Victoria: Week 3+4

I write this blog as I am currently sitting on a flight on my way to explore Xiamen! This gal booked a spontaneous trip to Xiamen, China and Denpasar, Indonesia (Bali). I am super excited for this experience and to continue to grow as an individual. That being said, I apologize as I won’t be sharing any images or links as I write this on my iPad.

Practicum:

My final two weeks at HeartPress PR consisted of finalizing my small projects such as media lists, media advisory, press releases, market validation research, backgrounders and client relations. In addition to my small tasks it was essential to ensure my main client Volunteer Victoria is set for National Volunteer Week on April 15-21. Volunteer Victoria is one of HeartPress PR clients and became my main client to oversee stepping into my role. I became the main contact for all partners, sponsors, media relations, and communicator for Volunteer Victoria’s Week event. This consisted of several emails, spreadsheets, event planning and just about everything you can think of when doing PR for a client. My last two weeks flew by extremely quick as my final date at the office was sneaking up on me. In regards to social media I spent a good full day creating content and scheduling posts – easy task? Not so easy after all, especially when your scheduling far ahead. This task is also very time consuming!

Overall my month time at HeartPress PR taught me many skills, a lot more insight in community relations, non-profits and PR, and what it can look like to also work with small-medium size businesses. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and the connections I know have in Victoria. The purpose of moving to Victoria was not just for personal growth, learnings, and findings, but more importantly, relationship building and making those strong connections in a new city. I value connection and I believe it is so important to build those relationships, especially being in the PR.

Lululemon:

Working 8AM – 8PM isn’t anyone’s “best life” but when it comes to lululemon Victoria and the community built within the team and the guests was so lifting and positive that I completely enjoyed every minute at the store. Double shifts can be hard but this culture and community foundation Lululemon Johnston St offers made it so easy to come to work.

Making connections and meeting more of our ambassadors through sweat sessions brought such joy! My heart is so full with the relationships I’ve built within this community and the friendships I walked away with,

Coffee Shops:

I finally checked out Discovery, one of Victoria’s “must” coffee shops. The brew, the people and the atmosphere was great! Freshly brewed – that’s a hell yes for me!

Hey Happy – the sun was beaming through the open glass window as I sipped on my coffee. This place was so rad as you can watch them freshly make your coffee – ooo that drip!

What’s Next?

This question is rising and I can’t say I know exactly what is next for me. This question is so big but It doesn’t scare me at all. I have a vision. I have goals. I will crush those goals and I will pursue my vision and make it a reality. How and when will that be? Time will tell. This trip was not in the plans for this year, yet it was booked before I gave my notice to both Lululemon and the Whitecaps FC. I had a slight fear it may not workout and I may come back jobless, however I am grateful and thankful to be apart of two amazing companies that support my vision and goals. In fact, I received “congratulations, you deserve it – have fun!” – WHAT A DREAM!

I am extremely thankful and my heart is so full with everyone’s support.

Goodbye KPU thank you for the many lessons. That chapter of my life is now closed.

-Gopublikk

Kleyra xo

Advertisements

Victoria: Week 2

Practicum:

During my second week, I was challenged with prioritizing work for each client. My notebook was full of assignments that needed to be done – all are important. However, it was my decision to decide which project I would tackle first and the tricky part about this is your clients don’t always check their emails and don’t always get back to you right away – so how do you move on? I learned that sometimes you need to make the decisions for them, sometimes you need to prompt them for an answer, or you just simply leave it. Last week HeartPress PR did a pitch and this week we received amazing news and will be moving forward (can’t say what/who for confidential reasons) but this was super exciting to be a part of!

On an even more exciting note, I was offered to extend my contract and continue to work for HeartPress PR – Victoria is calling me people! This place is gorgeous and everything is so close. At first I struggled adjusting BUT my lemon family, new freinds, and my best friend are making it so much easier to fall in love with this place. I am torn but so thankful for this opportunity and I can’t say what my decision is on this yet!

Lululemon:

#JOBLOVE – Last week I got to touch base with the Victoria community even deeper! This small little town is slowly growing on me and it helps that I have such loving co-workers who are amazing supporters So many team building activities and learnings from lululemon Victoria.

Coffee Shop of The Week:

2% Jazz Cafe – This place is so rad and the people are even more rad – aha! My coffee beans came from Brazil and it sure was delicious! I am so fascinated by the different tastes – oh how I love fresh brewed coffee!!! Anyways, this place also has delicious food too!

Weekend:
Saint Franks – Who doesn’t love games! I absolutely love game nights and this bar has it all. So many good old games to choose from and apparently, they have the best hot dogs too! We arrived too late for the hot dogs but the drinks and the bumpin’ ambiance of Saint Franks was so good!

Stay tuned!
I will be blogging weekly about my experience and takeaways throughout my time at HeartPress PR, new findings in Victoria, coffee shops – obviously! lululemon Victoria, and my networking experience.xoKleyra-gopublikk

 

Victoria: WEEK1

Practicum:

My PR practicum kicked off this past Monday morning on March 12th. I walked into HeartPress PR and felt immediately welcomed by the team and was gifted my personal HeartPress PR coffee mug. My heart was so full and right in that moment I knew I had made the right choice. It took approximately 1 minute to make new connections in the PR industry in Victoria – thank you HeartPress PR for this opportunity and for being so kind!

My first week consisted of learning our brand voice, getting to know our current clients and the new projects we have upcoming. In addition to this, the team had two big presentations and an important pitch that I got to sit in and take part in. My first week was full with a lot of work and that was just the beginning. I love every minute in the office and as each day goes by I am now more than ever sure about my career choice in PR.

Lululemon:

When it comes to lululemon I was not nervous to meet the team at all. Walking into lululemon felt like walking into a room full of more ‘family’ members! New faces with big smiles and filled with lots of love, positivity, and energy! The store felt like home and I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing company – #joblove.

Two tools we use for communication – check it out:

Slack

-Constant Contact

Coffee Shop Of The Week:
Caffe Fantastico was the first coffee shop I went to and the views in this shop are beautiful! My supervisor and I took our one-on-one meeting over to this cafe on a sunny day and the scenery was beautiful! You definitely need to try there peanut butter cookie with a side of Cafe Au Lait (coffee of the day) – textured steamed milk. Your choice of texture!
.
Weekend:
St Patricks Day – Woo! I hit up The Canoe Pub and a live local band called OK Charlie performed top hits – you bet I was on the dance floor singing a long!
 .
Stay tuned ! 
I will be blogging weekly about my experience and takeaways throughout my time at HeartPress PR, new findings in Victoria, coffee shops – obviously!, lululemon Victoria, and my networking experience.
xoKleyra
-gopublikk

Why Victoria?

“Why did you decide to move to Victoria for your practicum? Vancouver has so many opportunities!”

This question comes up quite often, especially since I am now officially in Victoria for the next couple weeks. So here is why I chose to move to Victoria for my practicum:
It really came down to the overall experience. After travelling back and forth from Vancouver to Victoria a consecutive of times I started to get curious about the PR work that Victoria may have to offer. I know Victoria is small and opportunities may be limited, however the idea of living on my own for a couple of weeks, exploring a new place, and stepping out of my comfort zone was very intriguing!
As an individual who is passionate about building relationships, networking and meeting new people I knew this would be a great opportunity. I knew that moving to Victoria meant I would transfer to lululemon Victoria for the couple of weeks – if you know the lemon community then you know all is “good in the hood”. 
The move became a lot more easier the more I looked deeper into it – heck my best friend lives in Victoria! It became evident that I wanted to dive into a new environment, face new challenges, discover something new within me and around me – #growth.
short & sweet – but there you have it! Stay tuned as I will be blogging weekly about my experience and takeaways throughout my time at HeartPress PR, new findings in Victoria, coffee shops – obviously!, lululemon Victoria, and my networking experience.
gopublikk 

Passion + Love goes a long way

Aside from all the questions we get asked, their are two that always come up. That is,  “why do [we] work and go to school full time?” and “how do [we] manage to do so much with such little sleep?” Our answer to this is very simple. We love and enjoy everything that we do. We have goals and aspirations that drives us to take things further and look beyond the horizon. As much as we don’t like doing homework, we love what we learn. As much as we like our sleep more than our work, we love our jobs. We’re used to working extra hard and putting in extra hours so we have the option to get the things that we want and more. To achieve greatness and become unstoppable is the goal here. So we shoot for the stars and expect results later and not right away. This way we are forced to always be on our A game and surprised when we do see our results and achievements instantly. And who doesn’t like surprises? The excitement you feel when you get the unexpected is like the one you get from a sudden standing ovation. Best.feeling.ever. 

Now to answer the question “Why do we work and go to school full time?” Well for the most part we do it because we want to and we enjoy it. We also like to think and do things outside of the average circle of people. Keep in mind when we say average, we’re referring to what we’ve read and heard from others; that is we live in a world where their are three different types of people. Each which choose to make decisions and live their life differently. The most common type we hear about is those who settle for mediocrity. We hear more about these kind of individuals because its “easy” to seperate and distinguish them from others. Mediocre people tend to end up settling for whatever and not max their potential. For this reason, we strive to be above average. We also say it’s doable because of the support system that we have. Although we may be pushing it, we go out with our friends and family, and we make room for some alone time. At the end of the day it’s all worth it. Going back to hitting the books and working full time, we want to put an emphasis on the fact that we don’t always find it being dreadful. Perspective is everything – that’s why we take on a lot of things that we have passion for.  We are students who pay for our own education, we want to be able to afford a place and move out, we also need to pay our bills, we invest in our business, we’re growing our business, AND we want to travel. These are some of the reasons why we are motivated to do both. We’re determined to get things done, but to us it’s not how fast we get it done – more so how we get it done. We bring what we learn into our work to gain experience and to extend our knowledge. We bring our work to school because it’s fun and it’s related to what we’re learning. What’s even more fun is we have passion for what our end goal and to say we’re excited is an understatement. Ultimately, we do both because although we walk around tired and sometimes drained, we are happy and enjoy every minute of it. Gaining experience while developing our minds and skills at the same time? Yeah, we’re all for that. 

Moving to the next question, “How do we manage to do so much with such little sleep?” Well the answer to this isn’t too different from the one we answered above. Aside from taking our Arbonne energy boost, drinking coffee and tea, power naps and gym sessions for energy boost – it all comes down to the passion and love that goes behind everything we do. If we didn’t wake up loving our jobs we wouldn’t be working as hard. Sleep is important (hence, the naps), but we learn to function under short hours of sleep because sometimes waking up extra early or sleeping late to finish a project will get you one step closer to your end goal. Being able to motivate yourself is one thing to learn, but we find that sometimes what motivates you isn’t always enough. Motivating factors vary and sometimes don’t go a long way. For example, money. That’s a common one we hear and we witnessed first hand that, that only goes so far. On the contrary, if you do something you’re passionate about and wake up to something you love, it will make a difference. Try it and tell us if you wouldn’t sacrifice a little sleep for it?

We are are willing to compromise and make sacrifices for the things we love (and same goes for the people we love). So that is why we are more than okay to do all this work and function under such little sleep. This is also why we are careful when choosing when to collaborate and in choosing with who we want to partner with. We only ever want to give our best and our fullest attention. We work with those that we feel resonates us and our business. 

So we don’t kid when we say passion and love goes a long way for us. 
– Gopublikk 
 



















Written by Kelly Gonzalez 

#kellsnklersroadtosuccess

It’s a new year and we are excited!

Thinking about everything that we did in 2016…well naturally because we’re both woman who are emotional and busy, I think of the word “Panic.”Because of the amount of work projects we’ve been a part of, it has been one hectic year for us. Despite the success we’ve obtained and the goals we’ve achieved, our road to get there was difficult- but not impossible. Before we get started on how we felt this year, we want to say that we are happy and thankful for all the people we connected and partnered with. Throughout our journey, some of these people have motivated us even more to make movements that empower others, but mainly one another. Not only have we grown individually, but together as business partners we have stepped it up and also grown immensely. We embarked on a new approach for our business and really turned something from good to great.

Now with 2017 here, Kleyra and I are looking for nothing but the same thing – if not more. We stand by one another, we help and support one another, and we also challenge one another. We believe and hold ourselves accountable to a lot of things. Before Kleyra and I started Gopublikk we knew that going into it we had to prepare ourselves mentally; tell ourselves that anything is possible and that patience is a virtue. With those two things in mind, we both became capable of maintaining the same level of intensity and commitment to make things happen – even when it gets tough. Lets face it, overcoming adversity isn’t easy.

2016 was rough because we definitely were fighting against time. We realized that we needed to get so much done in less time. This was our fault. Being able to execute things accordingly resulted in sleepless nights, lots of shakes to replace meals, and long nights of scheduling. For this reason, we found ourselves trusting our instinct more then usual to get things done. Their had been many moments where we were just sitting at our dinner table contemplating how things were going to be completed with so many ideas and things in mind. With all things considered, we started feeling anxiety and feeling stressed because we both would get overwhelmed with our homework, other jobs, and our home life. Our life isn’t balanced. We can try and say we divide our time equally, but realistically we just know that as long as we make time for the things we want and the people we love; we’re more than okay. By making room and setting this as a priority for the two of us, it helped make things a lot easier and bareable. Love and support goes a long way. Anyway, last year we gathered our thoughts and process during the year and this year we did it before it started – we’re already on a roll!

Get ready for us Vancouver!

 

Gopublikk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Kelly G.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello April

 

11324900_1025135157555925_1971546419_n
Jordan retro 4: Columbia 4’s

My favourite month is here,

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!

This year, April has presented some fun, exciting, new things my way and I cannot wait to share it with you readers.The following is the list of things that will be happening this month:

  • School is out! – April 7th is my last day! FREEDOM (almost there!)
  • Flag604 – joined a flag football team to up some cardio! On the plus side I get to do it with my boyfriend, little brother and cousin!
  • Full-time overnight shifts. -I will be moving from day time to overnight as a lemon educator handling international calls, live chats and emails!
  • 30 day challenge – This month I will be doing a 30 day yoga class challenge.I am going to be taking at least one yoga class everyday on top of my daily gym workouts.
  • Ovarian Cancer Canada – opportunities are arising and I will be joining this Canadian charity. I look forward to build new skills and be on such an amazing team. I cannot wait to contribute to this charity.
  •  Vacation? – I am a queen of doing spontaneous trips. I don’t know when, or where but let me tell you gang, this gal is exploring a new place this year!
  • I’m feeling 22! – My twinsie and I are turning 22 this month!

As you can see this month has a lot of exciting life happenings – stay tuned as I will be writing about each and everyone of these. Lastly, the sun is shining here in Vancouver, BC which means hiking season is here and I can officially wear my favourite sneakers – retro jordans! (side note: I collect jordan retros).

Stay Tuned.