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.

Church Bulletin Do’s and Don’ts: Guest Post on Church Marketing Sucks

This week, I published a blog post for Church Marketing Sucks, where I wrote several pieces last summer. It’s always a treat writing for this nonprofit. Check out the article below!

Church Bulletin Do’s and Don’ts: A Visitor’s Perspective

It’s great to see the discussions on bulletins here on Church Marketing Sucks. But most of these articles are written by the creators of bulletins, not necessarily the users.

As a born-and-bred Lutheran with six years of attending an evangelical-free church and three-and-a-half years at a Bible college, I’ve seen my fair share of bulletins. As a parishioner, you can’t expect everything to be perfect.

But since a bulletin is the front door to a church, you expect that the bulletin will be helpful, especially on your first visit. While there are pros and cons to getting rid of the bulletin altogether, plenty of people prefer to keep the weekly print bulletin.

Here are some most common do’s and don’ts for church bulletins:

Read more at churchmarketingsucks.com.

5 Things I Wish I’d Done Differently in College

I have been at my first full-time, legit, salaried job outside of college for a few weeks now, and I absolutely love it! The small time away from school has already shown me what I regret a little about my college career. If you’re a recent grad like me, maybe some things on this list will resonate with you. And if you’re still slogging through college, take a peek through this list. Maybe my regrets don’t have to be yours.

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It’s hard to make time for what you love, but seriously, instead of vegging out on Facebook for 15 minutes as a “break,” why didn’t I read for fun? I read now during my lunch breaks, and it’s amazing how refreshed I feel after just 25 minutes. Not to mention, during my last semester in school, I discovered that I could read while power walking on the treadmill. It made exercising much more fun. I wish I’d made more time for that in school rather than allotting little pockets of time for social media.

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