/Jamie Belt

About Jamie Belt

I am Jamie Belt, a West Michigan native, but went from corn fields and ball parks to a completely different feel of the city life in Grand Rapids. You can generally catch me checking off a to do list, navigating plans for the future, or eating at new restaurants anytime I get the chance. By contributing to this blog, I am learning more and more about how lucky I was to grow up here everyday. I currently am a junior at Grand Valley State University studying Human Resources and Supply Chain.

Scott B.

2018-02-20T17:03:59+00:00 Profiles|

Scott is a Michigander, born and raised, but has also worked and lived in places like California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Ohio. The common thread for all of these locales is water. Scott loves living near water and the beach (Ohio is technically considered a Great Lakes State). But Michigan is the Great Lakes State and West Michigan has always been Scott’s true home. After being in a [...]

Southern Roots

2018-01-25T10:54:47+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

Growing up, “yes ma’am” and “no sir” were expected phrases when speaking to everyone, carbonated beverages were ALWAYS “soda”, and “y’all” was the only proper way to address a group of people. I was born and raised in Michigan, but the two biggest influences in my life were southerners. My parents grew up in the [...]

Eva R.

2018-02-13T10:21:37+00:00 Profiles|

Eva has a serious case of wanderlust, and it has taken her a multitude of places: Ohio, Kentucky, both Carolinas, and Texas just to name a few. Between her desire to explore different places, and a variety of work assignments with her employer, she has had the opportunity to see different parts of the country [...]

A Midwest Cajun Palate

2017-12-05T14:42:55+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

While I consider myself a West Michigan native, my parents certainly are not. They spent their childhoods and a good part of their young adult life down south in Louisiana. So, even though I may have grown up in the north, there was certainly a constant Southern influence in the house. The South is well known for its hospitality and it’s hard to be a great host without serving great food. Anyone who [...]

Jennifer R.

2017-11-27T13:00:48+00:00 Profiles|

Jennifer is a Chicago native who has been in the marketing communications field for more than 20 years. Previous roles included time with the Chicago Board of Trade and Office Max, however she was laid off at her previous job due to the recession. Following the downsizing, she was left with a question of where [...]

Mel Trotter Ministries

2017-11-06T14:37:37+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

As all of my friends went back home this summer, I found myself alone in a city I didn’t know and looking for something to do. I’ve always enjoyed volunteer work, and I thought it would be a great way to meet people and get involved in the community I would now be calling home. [...]

Not in Kansas Anymore?

2017-10-16T13:03:05+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

Growing up in West Michigan is quite the experience; you could get a completely different perspective from 10 people that grew up 30 minutes apart. For me, the first thing that comes to mind when I think about growing up here is my small hometown, Stevensville, and the outdoors. Whether it be long walks, days [...]

Dancing Away Stress at Tuesday Night Swing

2017-09-25T15:13:03+00:00 Blog, Blog Posts|

The first time I found myself at Tuesday Swing Dancing in Rosa Parks Circle was during the afterglow at West Michigan Intern Connect, a networking requirement of my summer internship; and the first experience hooked me. It was certainly nerve wracking to stand at the edge of Rosa Parks Circle, in the middle of downtown, surrounded by people, many of [...]