10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Vacation

Recently, my husband Jon and I were able to take a trip to Scotland and Ireland for a couple weeks. We hiked, swam, toured castles, and ate lots of fish ‘n’ chips. While it’s never easy to go back to work, here are some of my methods to get the most out of your vacation so that you return to work energized:

1. Exercise

This does not mean you have to do laps in the hotel pool every day. Maybe it’s as simple as walking to your dinner reservation instead of taking an Uber. Or maybe plan a day to see an outdoor exhibit. One of my favorite parts of the trip was hiking in a national park and spending a few hours climbing around the boulders of a waterfall.

Waterfall

2. Try Something New

Yes, this is rather cliche, but like exercise, it doesn’t have to be something extraordinary. For example, I tried gin-flavored ice cream when we were in Ireland.  (I know it sounds weird, but it was amazing.) We also tried out surfing on a nearby beach. Most of the time was spent wiping out on the sand, but it was an incredible experience.

3. Talk to the Locals

As Rick Steves says, this can really “carbonate” a trip. We wound up sharing a restaurant table with some women from Edinburgh as we were on our way into the city. They were able to recommend some places for us to visit, but what made that conversation so memorable was that we were able to swap opinions on world news. It was so interesting hearing their thoughts on Brexit, President Trump, Scottish nationalism, etc. I felt very lucky that they were kind enough to chat with us for as long as they did; we learned a lot.

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Office Politics: Gossip Troubles

We’ve all been there. A co-worker whispers something clandestine to you about someone else, and you have suddenly landed in the office gossip pool.

I’ve been in teams before where talk about each other ran rampant. And to be fair, sometimes, it’s simply discussing another teammate, not out of malice, but simply keeping up. One of my co-workers at one point was undergoing a divorce, and a friend and I were discussing it, in order to come up with ideas of how to cheer her up. Is that gossip?

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9 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Today

If you’re like me, your everyday life is not perhaps the Disney fairytale you had hoped for. There are alarm clocks in the morning and bills at night. Some days at work energize you, but many days are simply drudgery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. where you come home wanting only blankets, Buzzfeed, and junk food.

Some days, that’s okay. But most of the time, those sort of comfort rituals don’t revive us for the next day; they simply make us dread it all the more. The point of time outside of work is meant for rejuvenation, right? Here are some ways I come back to myself after a stressful day at work:

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Latchkey Returns!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while, but Latchkey is finally up and running again. I took a hiatus from blogging to focus on my full-time job as well as to plan a wedding. (Aiiii!!!!) So, if you noticed the name change, that’s why. (For those of you who are curious, it’s pronounced “Keen.”)

Although it’s been fun taking off a few years, it’s time to come back. This blog first and foremost is a place where my clients can find my portfolio and contact me. But secondly, it’s where we can kick around some of the standard mid-twenties issues that many of us encounter. Working out while working 8-5. Networking within your industry. Navigating a healthy work/life balance. Eating properly. Budgeting. In other words, the daily grind. But of course, we’ll still look at marketing strategies as well as creative writing once in a while too.

I’m excited to begin this again and re-join the community. I’ll be posting about once a week.

All the best!

~Celine

Communications Audit at Church Marketing Sucks

I’m back at Church Marketing Sucks this month, this time writing about some potential communications channels churches can utilize. Check it out!

Communication Audit: 24 Potential Channels to Consider 

Sometimes, it feels like our church communication efforts are floundering.

We see other churches do something amazing (fight that temptation to compare) and we wonder if we could “borrow” the idea.

But then we have so much on our plate. It might be time for a communication audit.

Perhaps you have the right channels, but poor timing. Maybe you have enough money, but you’re putting it into the wrong channel. Maybe a method you’ve always thought is the most effective actually isn’t.

Taking an inventory can help you figure out what’s working, what isn’t and what you might consider adding. This step is so easy to overlook but so important.

Think about this carefully: Are you using the right communication channels for your church? (Emphasis on your church; what works for the church around the corner might not work for your church.)

Look through this list for just a few of your options. You can reach out to your community in a variety of ways…

Read more at Church Marketing Sucks’ website.