My Desire To Travel

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Dreaming about returning to Ireland.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about travel. It’s all I seem to want to do. To hop aboard a train, fly in a plane or drive to a brand new location. At this point in my life, I’m all about the experiences.

However, since I’m starting a new grad program, I know I’ll be in Georgia for at least the next year and a half. Any excursions I make beyond the Peach State will be limited to a few days. That makes me wonder where I’ll want to live next.

I’ve lived in Georgia my whole life. It’s a great state, no doubt. But I want to try out something different. It doesn’t have to be far away. It just has to be new (and have a thriving community for PR professionals). I’ve made a little list of cities I’d be up for trying. I’m hoping that my next location will either be one of these or someplace similar.

Potential Someday Homes

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Austin, Texas
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Phoenix, Arizona

Fall 2014 PR Conferences

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Conferences are crucial for PR and communications professionals. They allow us to network and learn alongside other leaders in the industry. Below are just a few of the upcoming PR conferences for 2014. I encourage you to attend if you can!

August

-PR Writing Summit, 8/7. Held in Chicago, this summits allows attendees to improve PR copy and begin writing engaging content for their audiences! Conference is presented by PRSA and Ragan’s PR Daily.

-Social Media Summit, 8/12. Held in San Francisco, the Social Media Summit offers opportunities to learn from successful brands and communicators. Attendees will learn social strategies and tactics that are invaluable to communicators.

 October

-International Conference, 10/12-14. Held in Washington D.C., the conference focuses on ROI. Communicators can gain practical insight into the value of their work. Professionals can also network with PR professionals of all backgrounds.

November

-Advanced School of Marketing Research, 11/3-7. Based in Atlanta, this conference offers insight into professional firms who are using advanced and innovative marketing techniques. This week-long experience allows attendees to learn from the experts.

 

 

The Pros Of Collaboration

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This summer I’ve been interning for a company in Atlanta. As part of my internship, I’ve been working on a summer-long project. It all culminates tomorrow into a final presentation. As the end nears, I’ve been reflecting on what the experience has taught me.

This kind of project has been brand new for me. I’ve had semester-long projects before, but never anything as structured and collaborative as what I’m working on now. In many ways I’m thankful for this experience. I used to be more of an independent spirit, but now I think of myself as team player! I learned to love collaboration for a number of reasons. Below I list the top 3 pros of working on a project together!

1. Opportunity for bonding. If you’re working on a project for work or school, you’re working with your peers. A project allows you to grow closer to them by working towards a common goal.

2. Learning to be adaptable. You may think your way is the best way. In a group, it can be hard to reach an agreed-upon idea. Try to think of your ideas from a different perspective. It will be a humbling and beneficial approach!

3. Going outside your comfort zone. It can be difficult to push yourself outside of your routine ways. Believe me, it will be for the better.

 

Make Time For Writing

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For writers, allotting time for writing may be the most difficult task. Writers and creatives can brainstorm all they’d like. But if they want to see their ideas come to fruition, they have to be written down. Many struggle with the process of brain to paper.

I certainly struggle with finding time for writing. Stories are always on my mind, and yet I don’t write down half of my ideas. As I work through each day, from driving to work to making dinner, I’m constantly thinking about writing. I’ll imagine an article I want to write or a book I’d like to read. I thrive on these creative ideas from 8 to 5.

Unfortunately for me, I’m too drained to write when I get home. Instead of writing, I look for a passive activity to unwind after working. This means that at the end of a tiring day, I may find myself feeling unaccomplished. When I don’t write (at least a little bit) each day, I’m letting myself down.

So how can this problem be solved? The eternal struggle of work and creative writing projects? There is no simple and easy answer. Instead, you have to set aside a time and commit to it. For me, I work best writing immediately before or after work. If I wait too long, I won’t get to writing.

Here’s my advice to fellow writers: Take the plunge. Don’t let your thoughts prevent you from writing. The sooner you sit down and write, the easier the process will be. And who knows? Maybe that’ll put you on the path to writing your dream book.

 

Twice Clothing Review

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I’m a thrift store kind of person. I can’t resist a good antique or vintage piece of clothing. I’ve always shopped at places like Goodwill, Plato’s Closet and Rag-O-Rama. Somebody’s donation ends up being my treasure.

Luckily I’ve found a new outlet to suit my thrift store sensibility. That company is Twice Clothing, a brand-name used and secondhand clothing shop. They buy and sell already-loved clothing for discounted prices at www.liketwice.com.

I stumbled on the website through a friend’s referral. After searching through it, I found a number of Talbots and Ann Taylor Loft pieces, all for ridiculously good prices. Twice is like a sifter of Goodwill. It takes the second-hand brands you’re looking for and puts them all in one place. Although some of the choices were limited or out of supply, I was still able to find good deals. I ordered two new dresses, a sweater and a skirt from brands I know and trust.

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My new Ann Taylor dress from Twice!

 

Two days later, my Twice package arrived at my door. And it was free.  Through a friend’s referral, and a 40 percent off promo code, I got my new clothes for no charge at all. I even have $15 worth of credits left on my account. What Twice lacks in merchandise options, it makes up for in promotions. Check Twice out for yourself!

Monday Reminders For Communicators

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Happy Monday, readers! It’s time to return to the office and get back to work. For communication professionals, that means pitching to media, writing press releases and monitoring social media.  An engaging new week starts here!

Typically communicators stay busy all the time. In fact, most of them thrive on a full work load. Before diving into this week, PR pros and communicators should take these thoughts into mind. They’ll help PR worker bees tackle the week positively.

  • Go ahead and get that fancy cup of coffee. Treat yourself before heading into work. Be nice to yourself and start this week with a caffeine kick.
  • Whatever’s stressing you out, it’s not the end of the world. This week will come and go, just like last week.
  • Turn on some music. Plug in your headphones and listen to Pandora radio. Find your pump-up station and get ready for work!
  • Prioritize your workload. If you feel like you have too much work, determine what needs to get done first. Make a list and work downwards. Some things can wait.
  • Work towards a goal. Don’t have weekend plans? Dream up a new adventure. Your adventure will motivate you to work hard this week.

Feel-Good Friday Playlist

It’s Friday! My favorite day of the week. You can get work done and have fun. I’m determined to make this a great day, so I’ve included a short playlist below. Play it if you’re in a cheerful, tired, melancholy or normal mood. Sometimes music can change your whole day.

“I Wanna Get Better”, Bleachers

“Til I Hear It From You”, Gin Blossoms

“Fever”, The Black Keys

“Mayor of Simpleton”, XTC

“Veronica”, Elvis Costello