Authenticity

Practicing Self-Love: My 10 Commandments

ahhh…endearment 🙂

self love
I am glad that you are reading this post. This isn’t by chance or you just so happened to “stumble” across this post. It was meant to be. Self-love is an individual journey that only YOU can pilot, but often we allow others to direct us consciously and/or unconsciously.

In 2013 I met my mentor, Marion Christopher Pugh, who inspired me to develop my own journey of self-love through his everyday life. He has created his own environment of tranquility, happiness, and support even in the most toxic areas and moments. If you ever have a conversation with Chris I am sure you have heard him say “love yourself.” These two words carried me since I have met him. Sounds completely cheesy, but that is where my true self-love journey began and I am still growing. This journey is a life-time mastery, but it is beautiful struggle that takes time…

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Body-Positive Campaign + Empowering Women

via HuffPost

This is what a bikini body looks like. #DropTheTowel

A new campaign is reminding women to show off their beautiful beach bodies and #DropTheTowel.

Created by Wear Your Voice Magazine, the #DropTheTowel campaign features women of all shapes, sizes and color to remind women that every body is beautiful and should never be hidden.

I feel that this is an amazing ad campaign, and I am ready to see more ladies sharing their confidence! Let’s all be summer-fab like these beautiful ladies and #DropTheTowel!

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PR is a Journey

 I begin to panic because I start telling myself, ‘You’ve never done this.’

There are many nights when lay awake thinking about my next move, or how my future logo will look and new people to add to my ‘red book.’ Yes, my red book…because it’s hot and full of powerful connections!  I toss and turn because I’m thinking of new ventures and diversions that could sky-rocket my PR career. I do admit, I get ahead of myself at times. But, I often have to remind myself that my skillset and brand will need some time to grow.

At the moment, I’m interning with a publicist from Atlanta. Although it requires a lot (A LOT!) of research, I enjoy the work. She gives me weekly assignments and sometimes, I begin to panic because I start telling myself, ‘You’ve never done this, and I sure don’t want to tell her that!’ So, I do the tasks and like Tim Gunn says, I ‘make it work.’ I learn so much along the way that I realize, I wouldn’t have been able to start my own brand without this knowledge and practice. I realized that much grooming has to be made before I can jumpstart ANYTHING!

Ah! Patience is truly a virtue. I realized that you need much of it working in PR. I cannot tell you how many days I’ve wasted alone on RESEARCH! Trying to find the right person of contact, the perfect event or fundraiser for our clients, in a particular area…ugh! My head hurts at times. There has been miscommunication errors, email mishaps, and plenty of unanswered phone calls. Maybe there was something I did, said, didn’t do…who knows! My mentor has had to correct me on plenty, but yet, I love it 🙂 I’ve made things happen; a movie premier, event appearances, store openings…all because of me! That’s an accomplishment!

Yet, my journey isn’t over. I still have so much to learn. I hope you’re able to follow along with me through my ups and downs 🙂

This post was random, but thanks for listening.

Reputation: Who Are You?

How do I want people to see me? How is my brand represented on social media? Am I achieving my brand’s goals? These are all questions that I’ve actually been asking myself this week. When I initially started my blog/brand, I wanted it to be solely based on Fashion PR. Now, it includes the entire fashion lifestyle and PR culture, which is what I actually want my brand to be seen as.

My brand is positive and I want others to see this. I promote myself and my brand on my personal social media accounts, as I see the need to be transparent with my follow base. My social platforms are expressive, yet reserved. I don’t say everything that I want to say out loud, online. I like for people to see me as a positive, influential, fun and educated being. I am honest and open with my readers, and I want them to know this.  All of which, I hope will be useful in my career. When I’m posting personal things on my personal social platforms, I want my future boss and readers to know that I am a regular person and have everyday problems just like them. I share news and blog updates, as well as encouraging posts on all of my platforms. I’d like to think that I am consistent and will hope to inspire others with my blog.

I’d like to think that people trust me and trust what I have to say when I am posting, especially when researching my brand. When using Google, I am learning how to appropriately use Search Engine Optimization (SEO), as this will help others when they’re researching ‘Angel’. At the moment, when typing Angel Harmon into Google, Angie Harmon shows instead. I learned that to narrow the results, using “angel harmon” + “georgia southern” will show all of my information. You can find my LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profile information on the first page. There’s even an article on a local boutique’s website where my name is mentioned as a stylist for Jemelleh Coes, 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year, where I helped prepare her wardrobe for a trip she took to meet the President. Awesome, right?

Overall, I found that my brand is an extension of myself and there is so much more to learn. At this moment, I know that in order to increase my blog/brand reader traffic, I will have to expand further and network with more fashion and PR professionals. This will definitely help increase my social presence and boost my brand. Double win!

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Listen Up! The General is Speaking!

When I think about the military, social media doesn’t seem to ring a bell. Recently reading Ragan’s PR Daily article, I gained insight about pushing the social media curve and being straight-forward.

Now retired General John Michel recently shared six social media tips in an interview with writer John Egan. These tips were helpful in every way, in which they could serve as daily reminders for all social media strategists. In summary, General Michel’s tips:

1. Be consistent . Do not post anything that isn’t in-line with your personal brand.

2. Show respect. Be wise in the content that you post.

3. Be authentic. Engaging with your audience gains more respect and traffic involvement from your followers.

4. Craft a strategy. Post material with meaningful impact, that is consistent and original to your brand.

5. Don’t be robotic. It’s okay to use automated posting methods, but be engaging with your audience. It’s definitely a return on investment.

Social media, he says, “is all about interaction.”

6. Watch your words. Be sure to check, check and recheck your work before posting.

All of his tips were definitely true, and will be notes that I refer back to when needed. They come in handy for everyone! My assigned and chosen clients this semester, Charmin and Angel Soft, could definitely use tip five daily. I feel that automation is a kill in social media today.

Hal Thomas, of Noble Mouse, stated that originality in follower interaction is something that we must fight for. I agree. Strongly agree. Although automated messaging in the corporate world can be a hassle, I feel that if anyone truly cared, they would fight for personal interaction policy on social media. Whether it is easy or not, it’s still worth fighting for in the end. This is what customers want.