How to Move to a New City and Fall in Love With It

Moving to a new city can be one of the scariest things you’ll ever do, but it can also be an exciting and rewarding experience. It all depends on your outlook! I’m a born and bred Texan and besides a semester-long stint in London, I’ve never lived outside of the Lone Star state. I grew up visiting Colorado during the summer, but before interviewing at ACPR, I had never even visited Fort Collins. That being said, I survived my first month of living in Colorado (and my first snow day!), so I’m sharing my tips for thriving in your new city.

Make a bucket list
One of the best ways to get excited about moving somewhere new is by finding all the cool places you can visit and restaurants you can try when you get there! Put on your detective’s cap and dive deep into social media and sites like Eventbrite, Eater and even Facebook events to find trendy eats and activities.

Spread the word
Tell everyone you know that you’re moving to a new city! See if they know anyone who lives there that they can connect you with. You never know who has a friend from high school who went to college there or if there’s an old family friend that you didn’t know lived there. You could not only find a new friend, but a potential roommate too!

Go solo
Moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone takes some adjusting. You won’t know your way around the city or meet people overnight, so there’s going to be a lot of down time. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing though! Take this opportunity to try out that new bakery you found on Instagram, that museum you’ve heard great things about, or that gym you saw driving home from work the other day. The world’s your oyster!

#GoGetEm Tiger,
Cait

Photo courtesy of @on_topham_the_world

Caitlin Topham is ACPR’s Public Relations Assistant and resident pumpkin lover. She thinks every fall day should start with a cup of Harney & Sons Fine Teas’ Pumpkin Spice and a slice of pumpkin bread. #allpumpkineverything

Five Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

It’s the job of your dreams. The one you were born to do. And you manage to land an interview. After the interview, you can’t but help think that you have it in the bag. But days, then weeks pass with no offer. And the news finally comes in. You didn’t get the job. “But why?” you think. I know why. Fresh off of hiring my second full time employee (hi, Cait!), and reviewing what felt like hundreds of resumes, followed by interviewing candidate after candidate over a month and a half period, I believe I’ve seen it all. And I want to share what I know so that you can use it to your advantage next time, ensuring that an offer does come in for that job you’d kill to land. If you’re tired of being passed up for other candidates, consider these five things. They may just be the reasons why you didn’t get the job.

You didn’t send a thank you note (or even an email).
This is etiquette 101. Always send a thank you note. I know that many of you think an email suffices, but trust me, it doesn’t. I’ll take a gander that 90% of the candidates I interviewed for our PR Assistant role did not send a thank you note, let alone an email. Take five minutes and 49 cents to make an impression.

You didn’t do your research on the company.
You’d be surprised to hear how many times I’ve sat down with a candidate who didn’t know the first thing about ACPR. Many have assumed we’re a fashion PR agency (we’re not), that we specialize in social media (we don’t) or that we are a huge team (we aren’t). Take the time to prep for your interview.

You aren’t a fit for the company culture.
There’s a place for a pantsuit. Before you rock it to your interview, ensure that it’ll be well received. Each company has their own unique culture. Get a feel for the company and their employees before you apply. This is where it pays to troll social media. If something doesn’t jive from the outside, it likely won’t from the inside.

You don’t *actually* fit the job requirements.
It’s apparent within the first few minutes of talking with a candidate if they’ve lied on their resume. Job requirements are there for a reason (because the position has to fulfill specific responsibilities). Be honest and forthright about your experience. If you don’t have the skills, but are still passionate about applying, make a case for yourself when you apply.

You have unrealistic expectations about salary and benefits.
Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to expectations about salary and benefits. I’ve heard it all! But coming in with guns a’blazing isn’t the best approach. The company you’re interviewing with likely has done their research. They know industry standards, what their competitors are paying, and most importantly, what they can pay. Do your research, but be open.

Ultimately, if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. If it’s not, your dream job is still out there waiting for you. Just put your best foot forward (starting with my tips) and the rest will take care of itself.

Make your mark,
Allyson

Allyson Conklin is ACPR’s steadfast leader. Her perfect night in involves pajamas, a poke bowl and reruns of Law and Order: SVU. 

Photo courtesy of Cassie Rosch, Photographer 

The Morning Routines of ACPR

A wise woman we know said it best: How you spend your morning will directly dictate your day. And more specifically, the first five things you do every day can make or break it. That’s why thought it would be fun to share the morning routines of the our team. Consider this your all-access pass inside the lives of Allyson, Kelly and Caitlin well before we make it into the office!

 

Allyson Conklin
Founder & Principal
Morning philosophy: Cram as much in as possible before heading into the office.

 

What time do you get up: Most mornings at 6am. The alarm goes off just before 6am but I don’t get out of bed until after the coffee maker starts grinding the beans (it’s so loud it can’t be ignored), 10 minutes later.

What’s the first thing you do upon waking: Move around and stretch in bed, and cuddle with my dogs.

Coffee or tea: Tea at home, but I grab a latte on my way into the office a couple days a week.

What do you eat most mornings: Pre-walk or workout, a banana with peanut butter, cereal or a Greek yogurt. After, a protein shake.

What does your morning, from start to finish, look like: After getting out of bed, I write in my gratitude journal and meditate for two minutes, then make the bed. Next I sit with my husband while we drink our coffee/tea and talk about the day ahead (this is my favorite part of the morning). After that I check email and social media, and eat a little something. If it’s my day, I walk the dogs (it’s my cardio). If it’s not my day, I do a strength training workout. Then I shower and get ready for work. Typically while I’m getting ready I eat the rest of my breakfast and reply to emails. After I’m ready, I make my lunch, triple check my tote for anything I’ve forgotten, kiss my husband and dogs, then leave for the office.

How long does it take you to get ready: 1 hour from showering to getting dressed, barring any interruptions from Whitney, Macon or Amos (puppy kisses always take priority).

How do you get to work and how long does it take you to get there: I drive. 5 minutes!

What do you take with you to work: My handbag and a tote. In my tote I try to always remember (no promises) to pack my bkr, mug for tea, shoes, lunch, earbuds and whatever magazines were delivered the night before.

What’s your morning anthem: Mase “Feels So Good”

How does your weekday morning routine differ from your weekend routine: Two words: No alarms.

 

Kelly Tafoya
Public Relations Coordinator
Morning philosophy: Make it simple, but significant.

 

What time do you get up: 6-6:30am depending on the Sleep Cycle app on my phone. It monitors your motion and sounds while you’re sleeping to wake you up at the best possible time in your REM sleep cycle.

What’s the first thing you do upon waking: My phone is on the opposite side of the room, so I get up and immediately check my emails before washing my face. Allyson is known for insomnia inspired emails with questions that kept her up the night before.

Coffee or tea: Coffee. Always.

What do you eat most mornings: Banana and yogurt.

What does your morning, from start to finish, look like: My Boston Terrier Minnie is rambunctious until she’s fed, so that’s first. I then make coffee, and wake my roommate up (she’s a longtime friend from high school). We go for a short walk and drink half our coffees together, before solidifying our plans for the evening. We then blast music, typically Beyonce or One Direction, and get ready. I’m all about efficiency, so I shower the night before so I can be out the door quickly.

How long does it take you to get ready: 30 minutes.

How do you get to work and how long does it take you to get there: I aspire to take the bus as often as possible, which takes about twenty minutes from door to door.

What do you take with you to work: I carry a large tote with my handbag and all my essentials in it. The must-haves include headphones, a book, glasses, wallet, perfume, and keys to the office.

What’s your morning anthem: I’ve woken up to Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” since my freshman year of college. No, seriously.

How does your weekday morning routine differ from your weekend routine: Reading and journaling is the biggest differentiator. I like to start the weekends by staying in bed longer and leisurely reading and reflecting on my week in The Happiness Planner.

 

Caitlin Topham
Public Relations Assistant
Morning philosophy: Take delight in life’s little moments.

 

What time do you get up: Around 7:00am depending on how many times I hit the snooze button.

What’s the first thing you do upon waking: Make my bed.

Coffee or tea: Tea with a splash of milk.

What do you eat most mornings: I’ll have a bowl of cereal on a normal day, a granola bar if I’m running late or a Coco Butter smoothie from The Good Life Eatery Cookbook if I’m feeling really ambitious.

What does your morning, from start to finish, look like: After I’ve made my bed, I try and meditate for at least 1o minutes. Then I’ll get up and put on my favorite chenille robe (it was my grandmother’s) to start getting ready. Since my roommates leave before me most days, I blast whatever music I’m into at the moment. Once I’ve eaten breakfast, washed my face and brushed my teeth, I’ll dab on some concealer, fill-in my brows and touch up my curls and head out the door.

How long does it take you to get ready: 20 minutes (if it’s a good hair day and I’ve already picked out my outfit).

How do you get to work and how long does it take you to get there: I only live 10 minutes away, so it’s a quick drive!

What do you take with you to work: My massive S’well bottle, lunch, a jacket or sweater, my wallet and keys.

What’s your morning anthem: “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. In my world, Christmas music is always appropriate.

How does your weekday morning routine differ from your weekend routine: I don’t change out of my pajamas for half the day and lay in bed watching Real Housewives.

Create Your Best Work Flow With These 4 Tips

It happens every week like clockwork. You come into work on Monday with an overflowing inbox, upcoming meetings to prep for, and a to-do list that feels it could span a mile. But you’ve got this! As someone constantly refreshing my organizational habits, I want to share the lessons I’ve learned on how to create a productive and energizing work flow to #GSD.

To-do list > emails
The vortex that is your inbox can totally dominate your day, sometimes week, if you let it. Instead, skim through your emails every morning to ensure there’s nothing urgent, before exiting out and focusing on building your to-do list. This way, you won’t get sidetracked by trying to answer all your emails at once, and be able to prioritize without the distraction.

Lay out your week, then your day
It seems basic, but you would be surprised how many people never lay out their full week ahead. Sorting projects into a specific day will not only help you evaluate exactly what you can fit into your eight hour day, but when someone asks about a deadline, you can let them know exactly when to expect something from you. This not only manages expectations with your coworkers but also allows you to sign off at 5pm knowing you’ve budgeted time for other tasks, promoting your own work life balance!

Group like-minded items
If you’re constantly switching directions at work, and then having to come back to a particular task, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like nothing was accomplished. But that’s not true! After reviewing your day in the morning, try and align as many tasks as possible that can be done all at once. Little details, like updating an excel grid, is easiest if you can scratch it off for all clients at once. This lets you cross more off on your list, building your momentum for the next project. Additionally, it’ll ensure nothing accidentally gets missed because you were trying to accomplish too much simultaneously.

Assume there will be surprise projects
I always strive to having nothing but small tasks on Friday. That means, every major project for the week is due on Thursday in my head. However, every Friday, there’s often a project I’m still wrapping up at the end of the week due to something unexpected that popped up. This not only keeps me on track to not having to stay late on a Friday (no one wants that), but if it’s a week of no surprising projects, you’ll have an easier Friday that can be spent getting ahead for next week or starting a new project you’ve never had time for before!

Your work flow can totally make or break your week. However, with a strategic approach, you can dominate your week and crush your to-do list.

#LetsDoThis,
Kelly

Kelly Tafoya is the ACPR Public Relations Coordinator. A Fort Collins native, she has a penchant for shoes, obsession with swans and a serious case of wanderlust.

Photo courtesy of @on_topham_the_world

What We’re Reading – Week of September 18, 2017

Having a Work BFF Can Be a Sanity-Saver—or Really, Really Bad Idea on Elle

‘A bigger audience isn’t always better’: Misconceptions in influencer marketing on Glossy

Want to Avoid a Future Burnout? Stop Doing These 3 Things on Girlboss

Busy Girl Breakfast: Strawberry Raspberry Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding on Lauren Conrad

Standing Desks, Walking Meetings, and Other Easy Ways to Stay Fit at Work on WeWork

20 Questions With: Mandy Kellogg Rye

Mandy Kellogg Rye is the 37 year old founder and creative director of Waiting On Martha, the blog and e-commerce store dedicated to creating a beautiful everyday. The Atlanta based creative is an alumni of Bradley University (B.A. Political Science & Speech Communications) who was on the fast track to becoming an attorney before fate took over and altered the course of her life forever. After packing up her life and moving from Chicago to Atlanta with her husband Anthony and darling pup, Addison, she found herself without a way to connect with her friends and family back home. So she started a blog. And it took off. It’s not hard to see why. Mandy is one of the most talented women we know (and we should know, as Mandy was a client of ACPR for almost five years!) and her take on everyday living, from recipes and entertaining to home decorating and personal style, resonated deeply with her readers. But her readers wanted more. So Mandy opened the Waiting On Martha e-commerce store, which quickly gained a reputation for the “it” place to find unique home and gift items online. And just this year, after several successful years of business, Mandy made her dream of opening a brick & mortar store a reality after opening Waiting On Martha Home in The Vinings Jubilee. Mandy is the definition of #girlboss, a fearless entrepreneur who’s driven, tenacious, strong, and inclusive. We love her for her style, her sense of humor, her love for animals, and her realness, amongst a million other reasons. From sharing the best piece of career advice she’s received and the character trait that is vital to success in her field to how she stays grounded, we’ve tasked Mandy with 20 of our favorite questions.

1. What was your first job out of college?
After college I went to law school and worked part time as an administrative assistant at a commercial real estate firm.

2. When you were in college, what did you think you’d be doing today?
I thought I’d be a lawyer.

3. What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s end. I really believe comparison is the absolute worst, most toxic thing you can do for yourself and your business.

4. Can you recall the moment you felt like you hit a groove in your career?
There have been many moments, but what my groove actually looks like is constantly evolving and growing as my business and the people in my business grow and evolve. Currently I feel like I’m on the edge of a great groove; lots of change is in the wind.

5. What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office every morning?
Physically write out my to do list. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as physically checking off a box.

6. What’s one thing you do daily to stay organized?
If I’m being honest organization is something I’m working on. However, recently I implemented a project management system called Asana which has been a game changer; especially since all of my team works remotely.

7. How do you sign off emails?
Truly, MKR

8. What’s the one character trait that’s vital for success in what you do?
Hard work. You can be beyond connected, savvy, and smart, but if you don’t have a great work ethic behind all that you do you won’t last as an entrepreneur.

9. Can you share a career goal for 2017?
Open my flagship brick and mortar and work on a long term WOM plan. I’ve checked off the brick and mortar, but am still working on the long term planning part.

10. What’s your favorite magazine?
House Beautiful and Bake From Scratch

11. Do you have a can’t-live-without beauty product?
One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme

12. What’s your go-to cocktail?
I don’t really cocktail, as I’m much more of a wine person. But I do love a good Aperol Spritz.

13. Do you have a wardrobe staple?
Men’s button down shirts, cashmere sweaters, and smoking slippers.

14. Do you have a spirit animal?
Strangely, no.

15. Do you collect anything?
Matchboxes, shells, crystals, and hotel key cards.

16. How do you stay healthy?
I try to eat clean most of the time focusing on organic, local, and seasonal foods. I’m also a big juice fan. On Sundays I detox my body with detox tea and activated charcoal pills. When it comes to staying active I love tennis, pilates, and I have a Peloton bike at home that allows me to stay accountable with my fitness. There’s no excuse not to hop on the bike for at least 20 minutes. Most importantly, I make time for my morning ritual of meditation, thoughtful prayer, gratitude, and intention setting.

17. What’s the best hashtag of all time?
#itsfiveoclocksomewhere

18. What’s your decorating style?
Traditional with plenty of pops of color and pattern. 

19. What do you eat for breakfast most days?
Coffee!

20. How do you stay grounded?
My family, but my age also helps. In this business it’s nice to genuinely know that much of it isn’t as perfect as it seems. I think if I had started in my 20s rather than my 30s I would have gotten way too caught up in the comparison game.

What We’re Reading – Week of September 11, 2017

These Expressions Make You Sound Like You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About on Fast Company

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate on Harvard Business Review

Desk Stretches to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension on POPSUGAR

What to Add to Your Smoothie for Flawless Skin on The Everygirl

7 Professional Email Dos and Don’ts You Should Know by Now on Brit + Co