Inspiring Quotes of the Day # 6 — September 30, 2015

Inspiring Quotes of the Day # 6

There is always a fear of never being good enough. This can stop you from trying to push your limits and reach greatness.

I am guilty of feeling this way. Almost as if my failures will define me if I let them happen. This is not the case. The quote I chose today puts failing into perspective. It reminds us that failure is not a bad thing. It brings on change and through its trials, we find success. We can, and will, learn from these failures to constantly become better.

Don’t fear failure. It will just make you try harder to succeed.

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“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently” – Henry Ford

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Inspiring Quotes of the Day #5 — September 29, 2015

Inspiring Quotes of the Day #5

I have had a few frustrating days lately, with a feeling like I’m being silenced by everyone around me.

Respect is such a valuable trait that people forget within the hustle and bustle of their own lives. I chose this quote to inspire the ability to stand up and be heard. You are an opinionated being who should be able to share your thoughts with others and be void of all judgements.

I hope this fixes the feeling of powerlessness that comes sometimes with being ignored. Be you, no one can change that.

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“Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your inner voice” – Steve Jobs

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Inspiring Quotes of the Day #4 — September 28, 2015

Inspiring Quotes of the Day #4

It’s Monday. “Everybody loves Monday”…said no one ever. Not only is it Monday, but it is rainy, cloudy, foggy and generally unpleasant. This fact has caused me to feel lazy and just generally unproductive.

That being said, I need to put some pep in my step, which has lead me to my quote of the day! This quote is all about moving forward and pushing towards your goal no matter what.

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“If you can’t fly, then run If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Inspiring Quotes of the Day #3 — September 25, 2015

Inspiring Quotes of the Day #3

As my week comes to a close, and the weekend looms in front of me, I am aware of how important a work-life balance is to me. So, I thought I would centre my quote around this concept.

It seems like such a foreign concept, doesn’t it? Being able to “have it all” seems so far out of reach. It is the unattainable dream, if you will. However, I am a firm believer that it is possible to have it all. Or, at least, I’m hoping I can find a way to make it a reality.

The quote I chose for today is simple, punchy and straight to the point. I am a fan of these as they are easy to remember and easy to transfer onto mirrors and sticky notes for in the moment inspiration.

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“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” – Hilary Rodham Clinton

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We Do It “OUR” Way – Review of The Canadian Press Style Book — September 24, 2015

We Do It “OUR” Way – Review of The Canadian Press Style Book

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As a student, it feels like a lot of the textbooks we buy are overpriced, useless and unnecessary. While I always purchase what the book list says I should, I even find myself questioning when I will ever need these again. However, I was pleasantly surprised in the first semester of my first year when I came across the most useful textbook ever. (I know you don’t believe me, but just wait for it…)

The 17th Edition of The Canadian Press Style Book; A guide for Writers and Editors. (Available on Amazon.ca for purchase!)

Don’t roll your eyes just yet. Let me explain why. As Canadians, we are always compared to the United States of America. I am with you, it’s annoying. However, because of this, we have a serious spelling epidemic on our hands. The media we are bombarded with on a daily bases (most of it American) has caused us, as a society, to forget that we are special. We spell things differently from our southern cousins. As Canadians, we spell it OUR way. This is an important thing to remember. Always. Words like: neighbour, labour, harbour, colour, etc, we spell differently. And it even goes past the OUR rule. In Canada, “barbecue” is spelled with a “C”, not a “Q”. Weird, right?

I’m not trying to bore you with a spelling lesson. There is a point here. The communications field is filled with great writers who write a variety of ways for a variety of companies. If you are going to do this job in Canada, you need to know these tips and tricks. Hence, the book. I am a Canadian born 25-year-old who is an excellent speller, and there are words in there (like barbecue) that I had no idea I was spelling wrong! This book is so useful! I wish I had it in high school. It would have been so useful at a younger age to know these things. Communication in any field is key. And getting your point across in a concise (and correctly spelled) manner is also super important!

Also, the book is small. Like, smaller than a novel. So, it is totally portable and easy to have on hand for those “crap! How do you spell that!?” moments. So, I say go out and get your hands on this book as soon as you can. You will not regret it, no matter who you are, or what you are doing with your life. It’s just the Canadian way!

I hope you enjoyed my not-so-orthodox book review. I will be back again on Tuesday to cover more exciting PR topics for your enjoyment. Don’t miss out on my Inspiring Quotes of the Day!

Cheers!

Inspiring Quotes of the Day #2 —

Inspiring Quotes of the Day #2

After waking up from a rough night’s sleep, I was in need of motivation to just get up and go. I thought this one was not only inspirational and motivational, but like a mantra I want to live by. Enjoy!

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 “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” –  Nora Roberts

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Inspiring Quotes of the Day #1 — September 23, 2015

Inspiring Quotes of the Day #1

As I was sitting on the bus on my way to work this morning, it came to me. The thought that I could use this blog to inspire myself and others, not only in a professional way, but on a personal level too. This blog is a reflection of myself, and I am a very genuine person, who sometimes, needs a little inspiration. That being said, I have created this “Inspiring Quotes of the Day” series.

I will be posting these from Monday to Friday, as I feel that everyone needs a little inspiration during the week. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up with it and it will teach me to be more disciplined as well. Hmm…I think I’m getting the hang of this whole “blogging” thing.

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“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.”  – Pele

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How To Dress For Success:

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While trying to create a Vision Board for my “Personal PR: Promoting Yourself” class, it dawned on me: I don’t own a single piece of nice clothing. That horrifying thought was followed by a hypnotic chant of “where do I get these nice clothes?” and “what does ‘professional’ even look like today?”. Disclaimer: I am an avid wearer of jeans, nerdy graphic tees and comfy hoodies. I was totally out of my element.

After tormenting myself and spending a lot of time online, as well as in clothing stores I have no business being in, I came upon yet another question: “Am I the only one out there who is panicked by this thought?”

The answer is (thankfully for my self esteem) no! I came upon quite a few articles that focused on how young women should dress for the workplace. And that is how I ended up here. I thought I would share my new found knowledge with all of you lovely young women, like myself, who may be questioning what makes an appropriate wardrobe these days.

The best article I found was published by Forbes. Here are a bunch of tips from that article that I found to be very useful:

  • Presentation counts! This includes dressing as you want to be seen, and just because you might have a job that requires a slightly more casual dress, that doesn’t mean you show up looking like you picked your clothes up from your bedroom floor.
  • Size up your workplace! If you want to one day be a manager, look at how your manager is dressed and follow suit. I’m not saying buy the same outfit (weird!), just dress similarly so you won’t be overlooked for that promotion you have your eye on.
  • Here’s what you should have at least one of: a skirt that sits just above your knee, some nice dress slacks, a pant suit (If you’re into that), a piece of SIMPLE jewelry, a nice pair of flats or respectable heels (no stilettos please!), and a nice sweater for the winter. Don’t forget: have a light touch with your makeup and perfume as well as ask about pantyhose…no one wants to wear them unless they have to.
  • For your first day, over do it a little. It’s always better to be over dressed and told to relax for the next day, than be told that you should have tried harder.
  • Finally, just remember: always dress for the task at hand. Wear clothing that will suit what you are doing that day or the type of job that you have rather than totally missing the mark and landing flat.

I hope this was as helpful to you as it was to me. Be sure to check out the full article for more details at: http://www.forbes.com/2005/04/28/cx_sr_0428clothes.html

Also, stay tuned for more blogs by yours truly on Tuesdays and Thursdays! I will be covering more interesting PR related concepts for your enjoyment!

Cheers!

Kat