Personal Branding

Later this week, I’m going to make a more robust post about personal branding and how effective it can be.  From the moment I decided to turn myself into a brand that focuses on service, engaging with others, and motivating, I have experienced a significantly greater amount of rewarding success.  Through that branding, I found my way to a very special opportunity this past weekend when I spoke at and attended the 2014 Virginia Young Professionals Summit, sponsored by Senator Mark Warner.

I also had the great fortune of being on the receiving end of yet another wonderful, engaging talk by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business professor and close friend Donna Wertalik about the importance of personal branding when marketing yourself.

One of the most outstanding ways I was ever suggested to market myself was through my personal logo, on the recommendation of a great friend named Phill.  Today, that personal logo has a new home – my laptop case.

My new laptop case, ordered from Zazzle!
Great product and even better service! Thanks, Zazzle!

World, get ready. Here’s comes hesonwheels, with a brand new fury and vengeance. ;)

And I’m back.

It was NOT an April Fool’s joke! It’s April 1st and I am ecstatic to announce my recommitment to blogging as often as I would LOVE to. The hesonwheels blog is something that I have missed SO much over the past few months. Primarily, due to my endeavors as a graduate student (from studying, to service, to networking, to just trying to live a LIFE), I haven’t been able to spend as much time writing leisurely as I would prefer.  I consistently found myself in real-life and not able to reflect as much – and if I was reflecting, it was all pushed into my e-Portfolio (which I’ll explain more about later).

Today is special in so many ways. Not only is it my first true blog in a VERY long time, it marks exactly ten days remaining until I present my comprehensive exam, or e-Portfolio, to the faculty in my program. On April 11th, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., I will present information that I have “researched” over the past two years – that is, how have I changed and developed as a person and as a professional through my time spent in my Master’s program. Nerve-wracking? Absolutely. 100 percent. AND I DON’T EVEN GET NERVOUS FOR PRESENTATIONS!  But, at the end of the day, I just keep telling myself – I need to be confident in my delivery and they will be confident in me – and let me graduate with my degree!

One of my absolute favorite quotes, especially when I need to get in the zone prior to a presentation.

Another reason today is very important is because I am also announcing another commitment – but this one is new. I thought long and hard about this one, just like my return to blog – because I’ve really learned over the past four or five months to not bite off more than I can realistically chew.  I’m working on a project that I’ve been wanting to do forever – it’s called 1 second everyday. I first heard about this project through one of my favorite TED talks, months ago (of course I can’t go a whole blog post without mentioning a TED talk!), and I decided that, with a new month, and what I really view as the beginning of a new chapter in my life, it’s about time I finally take that plunge and make that commitment.

So, while I won’t post the one second to hesonwheels every single day, in 365 days you can fully expect a posting of that montage – the video that is my past 365.  Between now and then, you can expect a much more updated hesonwheels, as well! I’m excited for the ride – I hope you are, too.

While I wasn’t quite in the right place to do this at the turn of the new calendar year, you could think of both of these commitments as sort of a New Year’s Resolution.  You might remember this blog post from back in 2013, which I have to admit I was actually successful at about eighty percent of the goals I set for myself back then – which I view as a success for the most part! I didn’t make a similar list for 2014, but these two goals of blogging more and engaging with 1 second everyday, I hope, will force me to make the most out of every single day.  How will you make the most out of your days??

Well, with that – I’m going to get on with the day and get back to finishing the remainder of my ePortfolio.  Ten days to go you guys, wish me luck!

The British are coming!!…or something like it.

For the past few months, I’ve been brewing some exciting things. Ideasopportunities, meeting new people, traveling the country, exploring the land.  In all of that brewing, I have to admit – some things suffered. The most obvious of those things? This blog.  And so, as I set my goals for this season, go ahead…

& mark your calendars, my friends. will be making a triumphant return from hiatus on…

Many of you have been asking me “Justin, where are the posts?” “What have you been up to!?” “Share some new recipes!” and … I’ve finally made the decision to make the come back.  Blogging is one of the most therapeutic things I do, and I’ve missed it so, SO much.

Until then, keep up with life’s happenings here and here.  And keep your calendars marked for April 1st!

Yoncé is a feminist?

SURPRISE! Most people don’t know about my obsession with this woman.  Definitellyyyy by celebrity crush; has been for years.  But, incase you didn’t already know what I’d be up to tonight…


Tonight, Beyoncé is making another stop at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and I couldn’t be any more excited – because I’ll  be there! Now, most people who know me know that I don’t tend to splurge on anything to do with music. With Pandora, and Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes Radio, there are so many options that are so much more affordable. BUT…it’s Beyoncé, one woman who rivals my crush on Michelle Obama.  Why do they both have to married?

“Twenty years from now, you’re going to say, i was at that Beyonce concert,”

Happy Birthday, Celine

This is such a huge week for me.  Ya’ll sound beautiful.


I just want to blog everything.

Now that I have a little bit of free time on my hands, I just want to blog about everything in sight.  I can’t decide if that’s a bad thing or not.

While I ponder that, check out this web-gallery that I just found on social media, via Imgur.  Imgur is a photo-sharing site I believe, it kind of reminds me of Buzzfeed (at least what I know about it).  This gallery is just…a tear-jerker.  It takes a lot to get me teary-eyed and this one certainly did.  From my love of little children, to my appreciation of love between people, this gallery just…wow.

What a great way to honor someone you love, I’d say.  Check it out.