Round two of #MoxieFridays. This is a mini-series where The Moxie Playbook features women striving in their fields + passions. These women share how they are paving their ways into their passions + finding an uncomfortable in a comfortable world through various outlets, such as blogs, field work, + social medias. We are shedding a light on one women, one week at a time. Today, we feature Brea Allen.
Brea Allen is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she obtained a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is a self-proclaimed “Music and Pop Culture enthusiast” and loves all things including: awkward moments, positivity and Beyonce. When she's not on the post grad job hunt, she's blogging at AllSheWrotePR.BlogSpot.com.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I'm a 24 year-old post grad living in Atlanta by way of Florida. I grew up in one of the best times ever, and basically everything I do is for “the 99 and the 00's”. Since graduating I've started blogging and I've even started interning at a few PR agencies. I'm a believer of the saying “speak it into existence and it shall be done” because I've seen it happen!
2. Why did you create your blog, All She Wrote?
After job searching for months, I started getting on Twitter, reading articles on life after college and following people who had a PR background/were in school for PR. Through them I found that a large majority had an online portfolio and a blog. Then I read a few post-grad articles discussing how blogging allows you to have something to show for yourself when applying to jobs/internships. And I was sold!
3. Do you have any advice for upcoming bloggers/brand creators? + advice post-graduation?
Do your research/ seek advice from other bloggers before starting your own. The whole “starting a blog journey” is not as easy as you think. I sure thought it'd be easier! Once I realized I wanted to have a brand, I thought about my passions and how I could connect them to my audience (I hope I've stayed true to that). So I ended up changing my blog name four times and even moved from Tumblr to Wordpress to Blogger. Lol it was a mess because I didn't do any research on anything.
Also, time management is a huge factor! I'm still working on this skill. When I originally started my blog, I told myself that I'd keep up with it for at least a year and see where things should go from there. Unfortunately life happened and my blog has suffered a little. But I plan on coming back soon :)
As for post-grad life, I would suggest using that time wisely. While waiting to put your degree to use, try thinking of what your passions are and figure out how you can turn them into a paycheck.
4. What would be your absolute dream career if money were no object?
My dream career would work in/around anything music and pop culture! Those are two of my passions and I'd LOVE to have a career involving them both. Also, it would be great to get an opportunity working with/under Beyonce's PR team. Those people are geniuses! (If you're reading this, Miss Yvette call/tweet me!)
5. In the PR world, how crucial is it to network?
In public relations networking is SUPER important! In case your university hasn't stressed this to you, once you graduate, you'll realize that it's definitely a relationship-based industry. Start your internships/creating opportunities to meet PR pro's in your area, go to PRSSA meetings, do all that you can while you're in undergrad!
6. How would you describe your personal style?
In my head, my style is like some styles you see on Pinterest, but my budget just won't allow me to be great! Haha, but I'm a neutral kind of girl...my friends and family are currently working with me to step into 2014. Lol
7. In such a fast pace society, how do you stay current?
I stay current by reading theSkimm! It's a great way to get your daily news stories! I also read PR Daily, Mashable, Necole Bitchie and Madame Noire when I get the chance. And because of a great thing called social media, Instagram and Twitter keep me pretty current too.
8. Our motto is finding an uncomfortable place in a comfortable world, do you believe this is true?
Absolutely! Nothing great comes from staying your comfort zone. Even for me, public speaking is a MAJOR fear of mine (I even managed to dodge the class in undergrad). Since completing internships, I can't say that I still don't get anxiety, but I know I need to conquer it so I can grow as a communications professional.
9. Anything else to add?
My last point is kind of random, but if you've read until this last question I ask that you go out and give someone a compliment, write a letter/send a card to an unsuspecting loved one or even go to lunch with someone without checking your phone often. Just try random acts of kindness. No matter how big or small, the person on the receiving end will feel appreciated and you'll feel great for making someone's day. :)
Thank you, Brea, for sharing your background, knowledge, + a fear. Transparency is a great tool to have in PR. Everyone is not perfect. Finding that one or two flaws + fixing them will make you a better professional in PR + person in life. #TheMoxiePlaybook appreciates you sharing with us + other readers.
You can follow Brea on Twitter, @BreaJAllen, and read her blog, AllSheWrotePR.blogspot.com.
Come back next week for more post + another #MoxieFriday feature on The Moxie Playbook.
School is finally here. While I'm happy to get closer to finishing out my undergrad studies, I am a little nervous about getting out in the real world. With enjoying last week's Welcome Week event, spending my summer helping incoming Freshmen pick their own schedules, and mentally preparing myself, I think I'm ready for this year. This time next year, I will be writing a goal for goals of my final semester.
So here we go, here are my semester goals for Fall 2014:
I plan to:
I plan to:
I plan to:
My expectations for this year are HIGH. I feel even more comfortable than before to start this year off. I started off this year by being completely open + honest with friends, expectations, + feelings. The connections I have made with other students here are amazing. I'm excited to see what this semester has in store for me, + of course, I will keep you guys updated!
What are your semester goals? Share them via the comments section or Twitter. I would love to hear them.
Many of us vision to create businesses + outlets that will help, inspire, + encourage other individuals in this world. That is exactly what Dream On Youth is doing. This great organization started its roots in 2012 by Boss Lady, Cydney Irby. Since then, Dream On Youth expanded into a website where youth can expressly share their thoughts with the world.
Dream On Youth is a rising brand that instills confidence, hope, courage, and support to the young generation. Young adults (ages 15-23) go through so much so the site is there to support them. The website that showcases various blog topics that interns write.
Re-branding is updating a brand to better achieve the goal at hand. Dream On Youth has decided to give a face lift to the site and add another site for their media team.
Being a part of the media team, I'm excited about the changes coming forth. Dream On Youth has greatly impacted their audience in positive ways, including instilling self-esteem, confidence, + humility; these traits are just a few mentioned in their mission statement.
So tuned into Dream On Youth's re-brand launch on tomorrow, August 13, at 3:27pm (the day the vision was proclaimed.) As well as Dream On Youth's launch of the media team's website, which the name is so fitting to the brand. The website is DreamOnYouth.com
Let me know if you're interested in learning more about this brand. Follow Dream On Youth and Cydney Irby on Twitter.
The Moxie Playbook's mission is to encourage, inspire, and motivate young women who will soon graduate from high school + enter into college, or graduate from college + entering the real workforce. Readers should hope to find their uncomfortable place in a comfortable world where they are passionate about something. Becoming too comfortable leads to idle movement where nothing gets done. Eliminating that at all cost is the goal. I strive everyday to make this vision plain by posts, my life + experiences. Therefore, I have decided to start featuring extraordinary women I see who are excelling in their fields, finding their passions + have a heart of moxie.
Erikka Simpson, professionally known as Erikka Yvonne, is the first of the #MoxieFriday mini-series features. As a Detroit, Michigan native who is briskly making a respectable name for herself as a young entrepreneur and world changer, Erikka has already discovered her calling and is working diligently to impact her generation at the young age of 23. During her time spent as an undergrad at Grand Valley State University, Erikka discovered her passion for the creative world of Advertising + PR.
"The creative world gives me the opportunity to bring someone else's vision to reality," says Erikka in regards to her particular interest in branding, advertising, and public relations. "I like being able to take their ideas and turn them into something real."
1. Tell us about yourself.
I am a recent graduate from Grand Valley State University, strutting in the world of entrepreneurship and fulfilling my purpose. I am 24 years old working full time as a Marketing Coordinator for a non-profit organization by day and at night; I’m designing, researching, or blogging. My favorite color is pink! I live by the motto, live to inspire and inspire to live. "I believe in paying it forward. Mentoring and inspiring as many people as I can is my niche. It just comes naturally, so I feel it is my duty to help them understand that even a negative situation can be turned around to have a happy ending."
With this mindset, I created Strut in Her Shoes. S.I.H.S. is an inspirational blog created as a platform for women of faith to share their personal, unique stories of perserverance through setbacks turned triumphant victories.
"Overall, I aspire to be an inspiration. Live to inspire and inspire to live is my motto. I'm just doing my part."
2. I love the name, Strut In HER Shoes, and tagline, Keep Struttin’. Where did the inspiration for this organization come from?
Thank you. I honestly cannot take credit for the name. After graduating, I told myself I wanted to blog; I wanted to inspire others by sharing my story, journey and thoughts. On my way home one day, I was listening to some music, talking to God and he said, “Strut in HER Shoes”. I fell in love with the name. Keep Struttin’ is my way of saying Keep pushing.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with Strut In Her Shoes?
I want to encourage women of faith to share their stories and testimonies. Not only is a tactic of healing but a testament of just how good God is. By 2015, Strut in HER Shoes will not only be a blog, but it will be a foundation that hosts scholarships, counseling services and etc. So just stay tuned…
4. How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style… Girly x Professional x Edgy! Lol
5. What is something you cannot leave the house without?
I cannot leave the house without my cellphone. Omg… I would go crazy without it.
6. In such a fast past society, how do you stay current? Then, relax from the ripping + running?
I really don’t stay current.. lol. If it’s not on my Instagram timeline, I won’t know about it for a while. Especially with stuff like music and celebrity gossip.. I’m always the last one to know something. LolI relax… by watching a movie (usually resulting in me falling asleep) and participating in my group messages with my friends. I cuddle up on the couch with my puppy, Levi too.
7. Our motto is encouraging our readers to find an uncomfortable place in a comfortable world; do you think you have found this place?
Love the motto. I would say so… growth and maturity is an uncomfortable space. You have to let go of things you are use to… let go of people who aren’t growing with you. I’m not comfortable with being complacent though… growth is a part of life. Being uncomfortable is how you grow.
8. How can others get involved with your amazing organization?
We are currently looking for blogging contributors and vloggers. Anyone interested should email email@example.com with samples of their work. For the month of August, we are hosting a Shoe Drive in the Metro Detroit Area… please please please donate shoes for local charities. We are accepting all styles for men, women and teen girls! If you are not in the Detroit Area and want to participate, email us and we let you know how to participate!
9. Anything else to add?
Stay connected with us on social media, (IG) @strutinhershoes and visit the blog strutinhershoes.com. Follow me @erikkayvonne.
The Moxie Playbook strives for empowered women who are thriving in their field. Moxie means determination, energy + know-how; this is how I see Erikka. Thank you for being #TheMoxiePlaybook's first #MoxieFriday feature.
This is the first mini-series of #MoxieFridays. Stay tuned on next week's feature.
I never leave out the house without a purse. Today was no exception with having my first jury duty summons. I was not happy about missing work, but I made the most out of the situation. I prepared myself for a long day ahead with my new Mia Ray #GlamTote. Here is what I packed to relieve today's boredom.
1. #GIRLBOSS - I've been waiting to read this book since it came out. My mom surprised me with a copy last night when I got home. This book will start my goal of increasing the number of book I read outside of academic textbooks. I cannot wait to get started + get inspired.
2. iPad + iPhone - These items are everyday essentials. I use them every time I'm on the go.
3. Notebook + pen - I take a notebook around to make lists - to-do lists, goals, ideas. I'm such a list person that crosses out, makes scribbles, and check off done items.
4. Wallet - Some days I do need to leave my wallet, but cannot leave without it.
5. Sunglasses - I consider sunglasses my summertime headband. I get sad if I leave them.
6. Lip care (balm + stick) - I need a variety of lip care to avoid having a dry lip.
7. Perfume spray - I love carrying spray to add a fresh, fruity smell throughout the day.
8. Peppermints (added bonus) - I found a new favorite, Lifesavers Orange flavored mints, at work. They are the BOMB. There are always two at the bottom of my purses.
I was in + out the court building within two hours and was not called to duty. Though I had enough to do, I only prepped this post. Everything else not covered will be on this weekend's to-list.
What do you pack in your bag to avoid being bored? I would love to hearing your answers through tweets, @JailynGlass, and comments.
This lifestyle and beauty blog - created for twentysomething millennial women - inspires, empowers, and adds moxie to womanhood. Women will have a space to learn how to flourish from past mistakes and daily issues, while gaining insight on other topics.
If you would like to see a topic discussed, visit the Let's Chat page or through the social media icons above.