Yesterday we were all touched after reading that inspirational author, poet and activist Maya Angelou had passed away. We all grew up reading and reciting her words and continue to be moved by even the shortest of her sayings. Here are a few we can all relate to and apply to our careers.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”
“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.”
Meet Leila Lewis. A graduate from Santa Clara University’s business school and a Delta Gamma alumna, she’s a wedding and lifestyle publicist who started her own firm in 2007, Be Inspired PR. Be Inspired PR is a Los Angeles-based boutique agency specializing in marketing and public relations in the luxury wedding and lifestyle industries. Basically clients who have products and services they want to market to brides hire Leila and her team. She has since also expanded to take on lifestyle, fashion and fitness brands.
How did you get started in public relations?
I originally worked in publishing when I graduated from college and learned what is was like to work with publicists and be on the editorial side of media. When I transitioned into the event industry, I saw that there was a need for someone to represent wedding and event focused businesses. I loved wedding and event production but what I loved even more was getting the events featured on TV and in magazines. I landed a wedding television series for a colleague who turned into my first client. I knew my calling was inspiring others and helping them achieve their goals and dreams. With that the first every wedding public relations firm was born!
What is your average day like?
Crushing emails, following up with media all.day.long, social media strategy, staff meetings, consulting meetings, mixed in with a coffee break, a quick lunch on the go and if I’m lucky- a happy hour :)
What’s the best PR advice you ever received?
Treat others how you want to be treated! When you email someone and are warm it may inspire them to be kind right back and if not, brush it off and be better than them.
Any advice for those looking to get into PR?
You are getting into an industry that is behind the scenes. A pat on the back from your client or public recognition for your hard work may not happen as often as you’d like. Be prepared to define your own success and be fulfilled by what makes you happy- no one else is going to do it for you in public relations industry!
Any advice for those looking to open their own PR firm?
The truth is…. It’s not super glamorous to have your own company. There are no real vacation days, you now have a greater tax liability, if you have employees there is so much responsibility to book more business so you can continue to afford them. Remember that its 24/7. When you work for a firm you are able to have to shut it off when you leave work and when you own your PR firm, you don’t.
What’s your favorite part of working in public relations?
Landing dream opportunities for clients. I am also a manager for some of my clients and handle their brand deals – being able to bring financial opportunities from companies they love and admire is so rewarding and exciting.
Favorite part of owning your own firm?
I love being able to hand pick who I work with, it’s a blessing to have staff that I like to work with daily, and getting to decorate my own office space the way I like.
I’ve been doing a major closet clean out as I start to pack up my apartment, and that has sparked some new questions on what my “taste” really is. This post from our friend Nichole Ciotti at Vanilla Extract is the perfect combo of classic and sexy for a date night. Be sure to check out her other fashion forward posts and follow her on Instagram at @nicholeciotti :
A girl can’t just have one LBD. There’s the casual LBD, the fancy LBD, the business-y LBD, and my personal favorite, the modern LBD. I wore this number to our friends’ wedding in Napa this past weekend.
I was set on wearing a floral dress, but could not stop thinking about this one from the moment I tried it on. Let me tell ya why: 1) The cut-outs. They’re a little sassy, but still modest enough to wear to a wedding. 2) The dress has pockets (!!!).
About half way through the ceremony, I returned my bag to our room so I could be hands-free while dancing. It was so nice to be able to carry my phone and lipstick without having to ask B to hold my things. This LBD is great for almost any occasion and the fit and flare cut is very flattering.
I’m very happy that we have entered a time when it seems like the little things are what matters – taking the time to pack your own healthy lunch in a mason jar, arranging a wine night with girl friends, or simply going for a long walk and taking a stop to read a book in the park. Our generation is putting much more value on self-care and little luxuries than we all did 10 years ago (remember when everyone was dying for that LV knockoff bag from the school field trip to NYC? No longer). But with that comes a whole heck of a lot of pressure to be “Pinterest perfect.”
With the influx of social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, we spend a good chunk of our days day dreaming and seeing pictures of people’s lives at their best… sunbathing on a yacht in a size two black bathing suit, for instance (see above). This might not necessarily urge you to get a yacht, per se, but you may be wondering “why isn’t my life like this?” Whether it’s a vacation, a job, an apartment, or a relationship, we all are having major Pinterest FOMO.
Having just recently hit the breaking point of this madness myself (trying to find and decorate the perfect apartment in the city can do that to you), I wanted to give this friendly reminder – your life is beautiful every second of every day. Even when you wake up and your hair is a rat’s nest on your forehead. Even when you burn the brie-and-cranberry grilled cheese you tried to flawlessly whip up. Even when your room is dusty and lived in and a mess. These are your moments – and a piece of technology cannot capture all the love that is in each second. Your life is a movement and a constant creation, that includes many highs, lows, and all the wonderful seconds in between. Don’t compare your life’s movie to someone else’s perfectly edited screen shot. It may be a pretty picture, but you have a story.
Be sure to live in your moment and stay true to you. And maybe try a lower heat on the grilled cheese next time.