Bae Area

Man.. I don’t even know where to start. Let’s just say I was full during my entire 4-day trip in San Francisco. In those 4 days, I ate at 27 restaurants, became a skeeball champ, drooled while I watched Klay Thompson from afar, and so much more. Who knew you could pack all that into 4 days?!

Let’s dive in!

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Aloha baby

Alohaaaa – This trip to Hawaii was unreal! Though this trip was a gift for Ben, I had the best time of my life and learned so many new things about myself. I think what defines an amazing trip is if you had delicious food, met new friends and learned something new either a skill or about yourself.

If you’ve read my travel blogs before then you should be familiar with my style of travelling. I don’t like touristy shit… aka I didn’t go to Hanauma Bay lol. I’ll hit up the ‘MUST EATS’ but I love discovering a new hole in the wall! During this trip, I didn’t have enough time to hit up the North Shore and try any shrimp trucks and go to the Dole Plantation… etc etc, so if that’s what you’re expecting in this blog then you can leave now.

Let’s get this started!

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First steps to branding.

Your brand is the most critical thing in your business. It’s not just about slapping on a name and a logo. Branding your business correctly will help you attract new customers, retain your customers and increase your profits. Your brand speaks volumes to what your values are and your vibe.

A long time ago when I didn’t even consider myself a brand… I came up with a name that at the time seemed cool as my social media name. That is how ‘Ndrealynn‘ was born. I knew how to pronounce it, no one had that username for anything on social media… it was perfect. Except it didn’t mean anything, it didn’t leave an impression on others, and some people couldn’t even pronounce it properly. A question I kept asking myself for the past year was, “It’s been so many years now, is it too late to create a new name?”, and the answer is NO! It’s never too late, especially if your values and direction for your brand have changed.

I have officially decided to rebrand my blog and personal brand as Vancouver PR Girl. I think it comes as no surprise since it’s a name that I’ve loved since I started PR and it’s a name I resonate with. But enough about me let’s get to the good stuff!

What is a  brand?

I like to tell my clients that a brand is any touch-points or visuals their company has, that the customer will/could interact with.

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Osoyoos vs. Penticton

Cruising over to the Okanagan is always a good idea when it comes to small getaways. Now the only question you have to ask yourself is, “Should I go to Penticton or Osoyoos? Which one is better?”. You’ve probably heard so many times from each of your friends on which place is better and why. It’s probably goes something like this: “In Penticton, you haveee to go on the channel with a beer in your hand!” and “Oh, you’re going to Osoyoos? OMG you have to go to Burrowing Owl for dinner!”. In this blog, I’m going to tell you which destination I think is better and why.

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Organize your life.

No matter if you’re a part-time freelancer or a full-time one you need tools and apps that are going to help you stay organized. I’m the type of person that can remember a million things off the top of my head but these apps definitely help. I have shared my top favourite time tracking, task management, invoicing, accounting, and contract apps below and why I love them! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention they’re all FREE!

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Soy Candles FTW

Peach Bellini.
Black tie.
Japanese Cherry Blossom.
Sweet pea.
Vanilla Bean Noel.

What does all that shit have in common? No, not that they’re all from Bath and Body Works! They are all made with paraffin wax.

Gurl before I understood how bad cheap paraffin wax candles are for you… I was always stocking up at Bath & Body Works for their seasonal scents. If you know me now I am a huge soy candle lover after I discovered how much better they are and not to mention how much longer they burn!

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Focused + Fabulous

As “5 Facts about me” have been circling Instagram like crazy and making me feel like I’m on a deeper level with everyone I follow (when I am clearly not) I thought about revamping this question.

So here are my answers to the questions I get the most about. My job. Cuz clearly no one cares about my life facts but more so my job facts haha.

TOP 5 QUESTIONS I GET ASKED ABOUT MY JOB

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Sweet Cabo

My getaway to Cabo was short and sweet. I knew I wanted to go somewhere hot and not too far so it was either Mexico or Hawaii, but Hawaii would have cost me an arm and a leg so Mexico it was. I looked at a couple resorts and contemplated if I should book online on my own or through an travel agency. I ended up booking my trip at Flight Centre in Richmond Centre with Lance. I had a bunch of Christmas gift cards to the mall so I used those towards my trip. Flight Centre also price matches deals you find online. After going on this trip I am 100% happy that I booked through the travel agency, and I will tell you just why.

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Check yo tits.

Do not take your tits for granted. They may cause you pain and soreness when the time of the month rolls around, but they can also help you skip the line at the club or get you a couple free drinks from time to time (you know you’ve still got it!).

It is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I want to encourage all of you ladies to get your breasts examined. I’m going to share with you something very raw and real and hopefully leave you very grateful for your boobies, and also encourage you to check them and get them checked!

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Leaving the nine-to-five.

I just finished running a quick work errand before I headed back to the office and I see a girl walking on the street with her Lululemon yoga mat in one hand and a cold-pressed juice in the other.

My exact thoughts, “It’s 11 in the fucking morning… does she not have a job? I bet she’s heading home right now to make herself a post-workout avocado on toast.”

I need her job.

The scene I just described to you happened to me about half a year ago. No joke, and was one of the moments that made me realize that I needed to leave my 9-5. Let me just start off by saying that I didn’t hate my job. I loved my job but I needed a change in environment and more growth because it started to feel like the same shit, different pile.

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