New Year’s Career Resolutions

PR Girl desk accessories

No desk is complete without a little Kate Spade 🎀

Some people pooh-pooh New Year’s Resolutions because, well, a lot of people fail to achieve them. But I think where most people go wrong is by setting impossible goals. I believe it’s all about baby steps. I started out 2016 determined to make Charlotte my home and to stop wallowing in self-pity. Over the course of the year my plans for how I would get there kept changing – it was as if Siri kept re-routing me until I found the best path. But I closed out 2016 in a much better place than I was at the end of 2015, and I plan to keep up that same rate of progress through 2017.

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Starting from the bottom: Grunt work

Packaging client holiday gifts

6-inch ribbon curls, honey! 🎁

This past week I kicked off the holiday season with three separate events: the PRSA Holiday Mixer, my agency holiday party, and our friends’ ugly Christmas Sweater Party. I love all of the festive outfits, sugar cookies, and of course, champagne! But each year as those bottles are popped and bubbles fill my glass, it reminds me of my very first experience in agency life nearly five years ago.

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5 professional relationships that deserve thanks this holiday season

5 professional relationships that deserve thanks this holiday season

As we gather around the table this Thursday and eat into a turkey, mashed potato, and gravy coma, we’ll undoubtedly take a moment to reflect on the basics that we’re thankful for: family, friends, food, and good health, to name a few. But even though the focus of the season is on our home lives, it’s important to give thanks to the key people in our professional lives, too.

Take a few hours over the 4-day weekend to reflect on the past year, put together a list, and start writing out little notes of warm wishes for the holiday season.

Tip: You’ll want to get these notes in the mail by the second week of December at the latest in order to reach people before they head out for the holidays.
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10 things every confident woman has

10 things every confident woman has

An article I often refer back to is 8 things every happy woman should have on Thought Catalog. Not because I’m questioning my happiness, but because it’s kind of fun to check back periodically and see if/how my answers have changed.

While the article states that “happy” women have these 8 simple things, I think that it has more to do with confidence and self-assurance. It’s describing women who know who they are and what they like. I believe that once you have this down, you exude confidence, and confidence translates to happiness and contentment.

So I decided to make my own version of this list and fill in my answers. Feel free to share your answers in the comments below!
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A step-by-step guide to planning a ribbon cutting ceremony

A step-by-step guide to planning a ribbon cutting ceremony

In my last post, ribbon cutting ceremony planning worksheet, I listed all of the questions you need to ask at the beginning of the planning process to ensure no detail of your event is overlooked. Now that you have gathered all of the information you need, here is a step-by-step guide to throw a successful ribbon cutting, from securing the little details to the news coverage.
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Ribbon cutting ceremony planning worksheet

Ribbon cutting ceremony planning worksheet

At some point in your PR career, you will probably be tasked with organizing a ribbon cutting ceremony, whether it be for a client, your agency, or your company. Compared to other events, these can actually be quite simple, as long as you are organized and cover all of the details. Here is the list of information you will need to gather before and during the planning process to ensure a smooth, seamless event.

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Friday vibes: September 2

Bichpoo puppy in Charlotte, NC

Rufio enjoying our new park! 🐩😍

Hurricane Hermine has landed! Luckily we are about three hours inland so we don’t need to worry much about damage, but my weather app does show constant rain for the next 24 hours. I was originally hoping to soak up the last of summer this weekend and maybe get in one more pool day, but I’m also totally fine with spending the 3-day weekend rained in. I envision sweatpants, Redbox movies, baked goods, and online shopping the Labor Day Weekend sales. Sayonara summer!

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How changing my location changed my life

How changing my location changed my life

I often think of that old saying, “if you can’t change your location, change your hair color.” I can’t remember where I first heard it – probably in a fashion magazine growing up – but in 2015 I knew that my yearning for change could not be satisfied with new tresses. I was stalled in my career, MPR was forced to work two jobs, and we just couldn’t see how we would get ahead if we stayed in New York. So that’s why we made the bold decision to not renew our lease, and just four and a half months after our wedding we packed up all of our stuff and moved down to Charlotte, NC.

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Back to school: Continuing education post-college

How to keep learning after college

If you’re like me, you get a little nostalgic this time of year seeing all of the “Back to School” ads and photos of college students moving into their dorms for the fall semester. College was a blast – not only because I made some of my best friends and best memories there, but because as a COM major I felt like I was surrounded by “my people.” The social media-obsessed, hungry for pop culture and success. I loved learning not just from our textbooks, but from trends and the media.

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