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

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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!
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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!
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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

To be inspired. 

As you all know, we attended CommYOUnityYVR’s screen night event at the Settlement building in Gastown on Saturday, June 10th. The power of personal connection is truly amazing because to give and connect with creative people in this world is divine. We want to start off by thanking Kiana Heighton for bringing everyone together and making this night happen. The whole team did a spectacular job with setting the relaxed, yet fun ambience. For those who haven’t been in the Settlement Building, the decorations and natural lighting coming from the windows turned the place from feeling cold to cozy; it’s what made the place look so unique and beautiful. It had the guests feeling cool because of the airy, open mood. This became so evident as the night went on and the space continued to fill up. People continued to vibe off each other’s energy and the night became that much better. We can vouche for that because the moment we walked into the building we both felt the burst of connection; a warm, tingling sensation. To be in a room that allows relationships to be built by countless supporters and entrepreneurs is truly influential. The evening started off with short delightful conversations with old friends, while leading into business like conversations with others.

Spread love and give these humans a follow.||#thebeautyofnetworking 

Kleyra Gonzalez – Founder of Gopublikk || @gopublikk |MIA: Kelly Gonzalez 

Personal trainer, Penny connecting with Oxygen & Ride Cycle Instructor Barb  @bunnybarbbee  || @pennydnbfit

Social Media Coordinator, Ashley connecting with Kleyra. Support this business babes new business @coast.social – @ashmrosiee  

We love to hear each other’s stories and business goals. After all, listening to what others have to say and seeking support is key to learning something new everyday. We listened to Alanah Morin introduce the group of individuals that took part in putting the night together. Alanah is also a member of Community For A Sustainable World  (@communityforasustainableworld)and the Co-founder and Director of Operations.

As the evening carried on we got to know what each entrepreneur is challenged with, what community means to them, and a little about the industry each entrepreneur works in.

So what was our big take away from this night?

Networking is a big part of getting yourself out there, but you don’t always have to focus on that. To be present at a night like this reminded us how much we appreciate and enjoy genuine conversations. Laughing while working is great for your soul – work doesn’t always need to be serious – #laughalot.

Before our business foundation can even begin to support and empower other businesses we must understand where others are coming from. Therefore we like to start every conversation by: asking questions, finding commonalities, and just listening. We’re not perfect, but over time the more events we attend, the better we’ll get at doing these 3 things. So our second take away from this night is recognizing the power of your words and communication. So we are making it our goal to voice wisely and to not expend it wastefully from now on.

Shoutout to COMMYOUNITYYVR once again for a fun and giving evening.














S p r e a d l o v e 

Entrepreneurs in photos:

Sandy Martin- Corte – @epicexistencelife

Spencer J Steele – @spencerjsteel – check out his soundcloud.

Ashley R –  @coast.social – @ashmrosiee  

Penny E – @pennydnbfit give this babe a like on Facebook

Barb B –  @bunnybarbbee

Mhark M – @mhark – looking for a new look? Mhark is your guy! Check him out at black2blond.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CommYOUnityYVR

“It’s a twin thing”

– gopublikk

In early March we were approached to take part of an inspiring project, CommYOUnityYVR. The last couple of days you have seen us mention this event in our social media channels – we’re super excited and touched to have been asked to take part in such an inspiring project. The screening event for CommYOUnityYVR is tomorrow, June 10. It is aimed to promote local entrepreneurs to share their story and inspire others. We are grateful to have been asked to take part in such an amazing project and vision because we love to share stories and collaborate with locals – we love what we do. Kiana Heighton, director of the show, Co-Founder and Community Event Director of Community for a Sustainable World collaborated with a total of 30 entrepreneurs from different fields. Kiana asked questions (tough ones too), and dug deep to reveal each story and have it presented publicly on screen night to a group of local individuals. A big shoutout to Sandy M for all the editing and her videography skills, and another shout out to Tessa B and Ashley R for coming together and bringing a vision to life.

We are ready to mingle, eat, and have some drinks on Saturday! More importantly, to collaborate, connect, and speak to many entrepreneurs and individuals. We look forward to sharing our story, learning about others obstacles, challenges and success. To inspire and be inspired!


As entrepreneurs, we are thrilled to be a part of this moving project that will be happening this coming Saturday. We shared our story with Kiana and got deep down and personal with her about Gopublikk as a business and how we started laying the groundwork for success. Being part of this screening brings us so much joy – to be a part of a night that can impact not just one person, but several from the community to commit to an unrelenting pursuit of a goal they may have – that itself is rewarding. We love what we do and you’ll find us sharing that in everything that we do.

This Saturday it is going to be an honour to be in a room filled with many individuals that share the same vision; bringing the community together.

Catch us at 397 Alexander St. Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4 🙂

(Yeah, we put the address there on purpose!)
Gopublikk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Kelly Gonzalez 

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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