BeYour-OwnBrand

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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PR Becomes You

Coming into this PR business, it isn’t as bad as I expected…but it is time-consuming. I have been working on starting my own side business and have been learning more and more that I still need grooming. I’m not quite there yet.

After graduation, I expected to jump face first into my career as a publicist…ha! These days I spend many hours researching information, strategizing and absorbing as much information as possible. I receive numerous emails daily for new career and marketing tool updates and lay awake most nights thinking of new business opportunities.

It’s not too stressful, just not the average 9 to 5 experience. If people knew the amount of hard work, dedication and time that it takes to accomplish a task…we’ll probably get hand and feet massages each week! Yes! It is well deserved! 

There are a billion ways to start and grow a business, but if we aren’t clear on what we want, it’s easy to get off track. It’s also easy to become complacent in doing what we feel is ‘best.’ As I said before when starting my blog, I’m here to grow and learn just like the next PR superstar. So, as practice makes perfect…here are a few tips that we can all use to cultivate our careers:

Be clear on your purpose.

What is your WHY? What is it that you really want with your career and your business? Think about clients you’d love to work with, connections you’re willing to make, or projects that interest you. Envision your values and set your principles into steps that you take daily.

Keep track of everything.

We all have ‘lightbulb’ moments, where we get an idea or thought and the next moment its gone. Keeping up with everyday thoughts can get overwhelming, trying to remember important messages or people you meet daily. Being able to put your thoughts on paper or an app, allows you to clear the busy circulation and places your focus on things that actually matter. It works…TRUST ME…I am the NOTE QUEEN!

Develop a daily reading and writing habit. 

The consumed material will help you develop and influence how you communicate with others. Find great reads that share insight on ‘what to do’ and how ‘not’ to fail. Learning from others’ mistakes will save you time and trouble in the future.

Create a consistent routine. 

Ever heard the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I believe it to be true. Do you have ‘to-do’ lists? What about career projections? My aunt told me about her ‘vision board’ that she uses to place images and quotes, providing daily inspiration. You should try it.

This may be the beginning, but I hope you’re just as excited as I am! One day at a time. One step away from our goal.

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.

Crazy Is a Compliment

“You have to give yourself permission to be contrarian.” – Linda Rottenberg (USA Today, 2014)

I’ve been researching career tips and came across an article featuring Linda Rottenberg, who is considered one of the “most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership” (Endeavor Global). Rottenberg’s mission is to help entrepreneurs develop their goals, “no matter how…outlandish the concept” (USA Today, 2014).

She truly believes in the ‘power of crazy’ and dreaming out loud, which many people are afraid to do because they feel that it “threatens the status quo” of the business world. When it comes to your dreams and ideas, who cares about labels and how people think of you? Look at RuPaul, Steve Jobs, Alexander McQueen and Tyler Perry; crazy ideas, yet successful.

 “If you aren’t being called crazy, you just aren’t thinking big enough yet.” – L.R. (Glamour, 2014)

Just as those brave pioneers, I do not expect to follow suit with being ‘normal.’ Do you? Join my pledge to challenge ourselves for crazy success and entrepreneurship.

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Stop Procrastinating. I have so many ideas, but I shy away from thinking out-loud. It’s time to start putting our plans into action; making things happen, even if we are on our own.

Drop the baggage. At some point in time, we will have to cut-off those closest to us that are holding us back. Those that give ideas, but put no work into action or are just reaping the benefits. Yes, this could include family.

Think Out Loud. Dare yourself. Challenge yourself. Push the limit with your talents. Let’s not hold back on our success or the creativity that we possess.

Take a Chance. Create an effective strategy and find ambassadors (strong supporters) to generate and market information through word-of-mouth. Just like gossip, our messages can spread like wildfires across social media.

Be Flexible. Don’t attempt to kill yourself slowly (Laugh-Out-Loud)! Enjoy life and your work while being efficient. We don’t want to spread ourselves too thin.

Photo Source: USA Today