New to the Area?

         Moving to a new city is exciting! After all, you are starting from scratch with a new place to live and work. A new city brings sights to see, and of course, new people to meet! A new city opens up a diverse mix of people and cultures, including locals who have vastly different perspectives and experiences to yours, and will enrich and widen your outlook on life.

Navigating in Greenville can be especially challenging to someone like me, who is from the Midwest. That area of the country was planned by creating homesteads. So for the most part, everything is on a grid system; most roads are north/south or east/west. It took me a while to realize that in Greenville I couldn’t just turn on a road and expect that it was going to head in a certain direction! I also had to really think while I was traveling on I-85. I knew I wanted to go east or west, but the signs only say north or south!

How do you navigate when you are new to an area? How do you go about finding a doctor and other professionals? I found the best resource for most things was to reach out to my co-workers, most whom have lived in this area for the majority of their lives. Another great source for information has been our children’s school teachers some of whom are also new to this area and understand the struggle.

An additional resource is to volunteer at charities that are meaningful to you. The more you put yourself in places that fit your interests and lifestyle, the easier it will be to find people with whom you have things in common. Also, the more involved you are in the community in which you’re building a life, the easier it will be to feel at home.

I have also found that keeping in touch with friends from my previous “life” has helped a lot. It is so much easier to do in our constant communication world!  There is no better feeling than setting a goal for yourself and working each day to achieve it. Learning your way around a new city (not just physically) is a reward as you continue to see the progress that you are making!

Written by: Carol Tribby

Carol_Tribby_3177Carol Tribby joined the Godshall team in 2013 as the Director of Business Development. She was born in Wisconsin.  She lived there and in Iowa growing up. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She lived in that area until she relocated to Greenville, SC in 2013. She and her husband have 6 year old twins and love to camp and hike in their spare time.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always a time to look back on our lives and be thankful for all that has been provided to us. We’re thankful for the memories we’ve created with the families and friends we have. We’re thankful for the delicious food we will never be able to eat enough of. We’re thankful for the traditions that may or may not have been created on purpose! Here are some of the memories and traditions our staff is most thankful for!

I have numerous memories and traditions for Thanksgiving. One of the biggest traditions my mom and I  have is waking up around 5:00am every morning on Black Friday to get the best deals. Most people hate it, but we find it insanely fun trying to save every penny we can! We love a bargain! But my favorite part of any holiday is the fellowship I get to be a part of. Even though my family is rather small compared to most, I love spending time with them. It’s something you can’t take for granted because tomorrow is never guaranteed. – Shawn Kinard

One of our traditions is we celebrate “Thanksmas” the Saturday after Thanksgiving in West Virginia with my husband’s family and extended family of Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. It is the day we “kick off” Christmas with a white elephant gift exchange, delicious food, great football, and an enjoyable time with family that we only see annually on “Thanksmas!”- Cathy Boggs

My favorite memory for Thanksgiving was 18 years ago. It was the first thanksgiving that I was married. We invited lots of family over for dinner. My husband put the turkey on the smoker. Little did I know, the neck and giblets had to be discarded first.index He overheard me on the phone asking a relative where I would find them!!! The look on my husband’s face was priceless. I am thankful he can still put up with me 18 thanksgivings later. Now, I enjoy every second of making a flawless family Thanksgiving dinner.  – Catherine Culler

My favorite part about Thanksgiving is the time with my family; we do eat a great deal but we try to relax, take walks and take time to reflect on how blessed we are. If I had to go with a food favorite, my grandmother’s stuffing would win for my Thanksgiving side dish! Even though my grandmother joins us for the meal, my mom makes the stuffing now. It is different from your typical stuffing; it is heavier like a dressing but still has that yummy cornbread taste! – Rebecca Faulk

Some of our favorite things about Thanksgiving are:

  • Spending time with family
  • Watching the parade
  • Football games on TV and in the backyard with our now teenage boys
  • Preparing the meal is as much fun as eating it
  • The Clemson v. Carolina game! It is always a fun way to kick of Thanksgiving weekend!
  • Putting up the Christmas tree!                                     – Julie Brown

I am thankful for my mother.  She is the youngest of 10 kids and has been cooking full meals since she was 10 years old.  Every year she makes a flawless Thanksgiving meal that is on the table at 12:00pm sharp.  It’s only when you get older that you realize all the time that it takes to prepare a huge feast and how expensive it is! Turkey and all the trimmings is not cheap. 🙂 I’m 42 and I’ve never had to cook for Thanksgiving.  My mom likes to do it all.  Now that I’m married and have to spend the holidays with two sets of families, I appreciate my mother’s food even more. She just makes everything yummy!  Here’s one of my favorites that my husband specifically asked for this year:

Baked Corn

-2 cups of corn
-2 eggs well beaten
-2 cups of grated Monterrey Jack cheese
-1.5 cups of sour cream
-½ cup soft bread crumbs
-1 (4.5 oz.) can of chopped green chiles
-½ tsp salt
-¼ tsp pepper
-½ cup grated cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients except the cheddar cheese.  Pour into a 2 quart baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Top with cheddar cheese.  Bake 5 minutes more.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. It’s delicious! – Karen Truesdale

As I was growing up and right up to about 5 years ago, my family would travel to Huntersville, NC to my Great Grandparent’s farm.  My grandfather’s brother and sister lived there and still own about 30 acres.  My grandfather would perform the prayer and it was always remarkable and well received by all in attendance.  After the meal, we’d all go out to the pasture and shoot skeet or feed the cows (sometimes, they did not have cows).  My cousins and I would always find new things to discover in old shops and barns scattered around the property.  If the weather did not cooperate, we could always sit around and listen to my grandfather talk about farm life back during the Great Depression or my uncle’s war time experiences during World War II.  Many memories have been etched into my family there in Huntersville!  Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving on Lake Hartwell with Julie’s family and my mom as we await the annual Clemson vs. USC game! – Drew Brown

What are some of your favorite traditions or memories from Thanksgiving?

Meet the Staff!

Introducing Katherine Ericson!

Katherine Ericson

Healthcare and Marketing Recruiter

I am a Greenville transplant.  I have lived in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Virginia. I am a Wake Forest graduate – “Go Deacs!” I am married to a phenomenal husband with two fabulous children and an adorable Springer Spaniel, Molly. I enjoy reading, traveling, spending time with family, cooking, hiking and camping. I have been a recruiter at Godshall for nine years, focusing on healthcare, insurance and marketing industries.

1. How did you get into recruiting? – When I decided Greenville was where I wanted to settle, I was told by multiple people, “You HAVE to meet Julie Godshall Brown!” With 13 years of experience in marketing and customer relations, she thankfully felt recruiting would be a natural fit!

2. You staff for medical and marketing. How did you break into those fields? What do you enjoy most about each? Prior to Godshall, I did marketing in Charlotte, NC for commercial real estate and a large radiology practice. The knowledge I’ve obtained in these fields has helped me tremendously in penetrating the healthcare field and expanding our presence in the market by becoming an expert in the skills and needs for these positions. I love both industries for different reasons. Healthcare employees are some of the most wonderful people you can meet. They have so much passion for their profession. The market is fast moving and people are hungry to find the right fit. I feel like I am in the trenches with the office managers in trying to develop a strong team for their practice. Being a marketing professional, it is a natural fit for me to want to work in creative environments. The candidates are so unique and professional, and the employers are innovative and continue to impress me with the way they remain leaders in the market.

3. What is your favorite part about recruiting? It may sound cheesy, but we change people’s lives. We’ve assisted new graduates in their first career and helped people trying to get back on their feet after troubled times, especially after the recession. When I make that perfect match, I try to stay in touch and see where people are 5 years later. It always brings a smile to my face to learn they are still happy and enjoying their job.

4. What are the top 4 traits you look for when interviewing?

1. Ambition – Hunger to work and work hard! It surprises me daily how often I don’t feel this from my interviewees.
2. Pride – Someone who takes pride in their success!
3. Communication – As an English major, I am always impressed with good articulators. Be prepared to articulate your job history and your professional goals. If I can’t understand your experience and desires, how can I recommend you to our clients with confidence?
4. Personality – Be positive! People want someone on their team they can connect with in a positive way. However, you do want to be careful with this and read your interviewer – show your personality but remain professional!

5. If you could give advice to those looking for a job, what would it be?
Remember that you are looking for a job because YOU want a better situation for yourself. Yes, there are layoffs and there are unfortunate situations, but when you are on an interview, it is your time to find something even better than your last situation. Be excited for the possibilities! My husband and I always tell our children, “YOU are responsible for your life – make it great!”

“Out On The Town” in Greenville, SC

Are you new to the area? Trying to figure out the best places to eat around here? No need to worry! Here are our some of our staff’s favorite restaurants!

pomegranate

“I love their Chicken Torsh. AND they have a reserved parking spot across the street for to-go orders!” – Courtney Mebane

brickstreet

“I always like Brick Street Café.  They have the best chicken salad and love muffin! And their sweet potato cake is the best ever! ” – Catherine Culler

augusta grill“I love Augusta Grill. It is fantastic, low-key, comfortable and feels like a neighborhood club.” – Drew Brown

rick erwins

“I love Rick Erwin’s! It is fantastic! We always feel like we’ve been “out on the town” when we go to Rick Erwin’s! Of course with two teenagers, we don’t get to go enough!” – Julie Brown

Cucharita“I love to go to “La Cucharita”! It is a Colombian restaurant on Pleasantburg and East North St. Food brings memories and when I go to this restaurant it brings a lot of memories from my mom and grandmother’s cooking growing up in Colombia. It is a taste of my country here in Greenville!” – Ana Davis

lazy goat

“No matter how many times I eat there, the fried goat cheese never fails me. I love Mediterranean food and being able to eat it tapas style and try a wide variety of menu items. The atmosphere at The Lazy Goat is comfortable and relaxed but brings both a big city and local feel all at the same time. Not to mention, the view of beautiful downtown Greenville isn’t too shabby! Table 301 does a wonderful job with all of their restaurants, but The Lazy Goat will always be my “go to!” – Rebecca Faulk

tupelo

“Tupelo Honey is by far my favorite place to go! I have very limited options for restaurants because I am gluten-free. Thankfully, Tupelo Honey has an entire gluten-free menu! I love their Pimento Cheese dish; they turned something so ordinary into an absolute delicacy! Apparently their biscuits are to die for as well, but I wouldn’t know :)! ” – Shawn Kinard

Larkins

“Larkin’s is my favorite! I had my wedding reception there so how can it not be my favorite! Their food is consistent, wonderful and you can’t get a prettier atmosphere than one while sitting on their patio!” – Katherine Ericson