A Breath of Fresh Air

once a yr go someplaceThis week, we are featuring a guest blog from Allison Peyton, a regional marketing specialist who works out of the corporate office in Des Moines. In her blog, she talks about why she’s such an avid traveler and how important she thinks it is for EVERYONE to get away from time to time… Enjoy!

I love this quote – What wise words. One of my favorite things to do is travel. My parents have always been avid fans of traveling so I think I’ve always had the travel bug… but it definitely increased when I was in college.

My junior year of college, I decided to room with an international student. I had no idea what to expect but I figured if it didn’t work, it was no big deal… and if it did, I would have a new friend. Lucky for me, I ended up loving my roommate, Silje. She was Norwegian but studied at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. I had originally thought I’d apply for a semester abroad in Prague and ended up deciding on Copenhagen so I could learn more about her lifestyle. I’ve never been to a city that is so clean and the people so incredibly respectful.

While overseas, I was blessed to be able to jump around and see lots of places and countries. Some of my favorite places were St. Petersburg, Russia, Croatia, Berlin, The Netherlands… the list goes on and on. It’s always so interesting to immerse yourself in new surroundings and learn about other people whose lifestyles vary so differently from your own. Whether it’s tasting the food or trying a local activity you have never dreamed of doing, traveling creates a type of adventure that you can’t replicate in any other way than just doing it. Traveling makes me admire other cultures and also appreciate what I call home.

Few people can take several months off to travel around the world, but I do think it’s great for everyone, no matter your age, your timeframe or what your budget will allow.  Taking some time to get away from your “real life,” can also increase your drive at work, at home, and in your daily life – plus it’s gives you something to look forward to. Then, when you get back to your “real life” after a trip, you’ll feel refreshed. Taking some time to yourself to travel – whether it’s on a plane to a faraway place or in the car for a weekend getaway – all around, it’s a great way for people to take a step back and focus on themselves.
travel does the heart goodWe all get run down throughout the year, and traveling truly helps bring a breath of fresh air into your everyday routine. It’s been a few years since I have been someplace new, and I can’t wait to figure out where I’m going to go next … Where will you choose to go this year?

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Dreams Do Come True!

DSC_0044This week, we are featuring a guest blog post from Chris Carter, who started out as an assistant manager at Bella Vida at Coyote Ridge in Carrollton, Texas – and was recently promoted to a regional marketing specialist in BH’s Dallas office. We hope his words of wisdom will help inspire you to think about your own dreams and passions. Enjoy!

Every day, after working long days at an apartment community, I always seemed to go home and make time to pick up my computer and my graphic pen to create.

I started to realize I had a love for graphic design when I started wanting to do it on a regular basis…so I started doing it more and more, going home and creating art, going home and creating friends’ logos and business cards, going home and creating anything that I could to exercise my passion.

I quickly learned how much I loved to design, which made me wonder if this was something I was supposed to do on a daily basis – as a full-time gig…

…and that’s where my story begins.

My name is Christopher Carter and I am the new Regional Marketing Specialist in BH’s Dallas office.  I started my transition from Assistant Manager to Regional Marketing Specialist in early March of 2014. I must say, I was pretty intimidated when I started this journey, but soon realized that THIS WAS IT!  I never understood what it meant to have a dream until I was presented with an outstanding opportunity at BH.

My normal routine at Bella Vida at Coyote Ridge was to be the best Assistant Manager that I could be.  I was focused on being the top collector of my region – but there was always something there that kept me wanting to go back to design.

In turn, I would take the initiative to create flyers for Bella Vida, create notices, and other design elements that would not only help us as a property, but would fill the graphic design void I was having. Little did I know, taking on these tasks was truly setting me up for something greater.

Soon after… that “something” happened.  I received an email from someone in the Dallas Corporate Office asking if I would be interested in a Marketing Specialist position that had just opened up. I couldn’t believe I was approached about such a fantastic opportunity, let alone at BH Management – one of the top apartment management companies in the nation.

Needless to say, I went on to take part in the interview and ended up getting hired. What started out as baby steps at Bella Vida turned into a full on sprint…and I couldn’t be more grateful!

The whole process has taught me a lot. No matter what it is you dream about, try and take the time to really tap into that dream, figure out how to begin the journey – and then GO FOR IT.  The connection could already be right there waiting for you… Mine was.

I feel blessed to be part of a company that truly has an endless amount of opportunities. At BH, there’s always a chance to grow, a chance to pursue your dreams, and make it happen.

If the sky is the limit, why not go for it?!

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Frame Fun!

This week, we’re featuring BH Director of Marketing and Training Kelly Weber, who brings out both her crafty and creative sides in the blog below. We hope she’ll bring you a little fun, frame inspiration if you’ve been on the hunt for a new craft project. Enjoy!

Those of you who know me know I love “primitive treasures.” Some people might call it junk, but I see it as an opportunity to refresh, repurpose or reuse – a chance to flex my creative muscle and make something unique and special, you might say.

I think it might be genetic. Growing up on a farm with my grandfather, we went to farm auctions every chance we got. Some things he used, some things just went in the “pile”, but he had an appreciation for junk long before the junk craze erupted. (Yes, there’s really a “junk craze.” Don’t judge.)

I can warm up to just about anything that’s weathered, worn or rested, but I seem to have a particular affinity for picture frames. Why? Well, there are lots of good reasons. First, they’re plentiful; available at just about every auction, estate sale or flea market. Second, they’re cheap; I’ve picked up boxes of them for just a few bucks. Third, they’re easy to store; so when I DO pick up boxes of them (which is pretty often) my husband doesn’t completely freak out. Finally, they’re easy craft projects. With the right finish and a little forethought, you can make something that’s perfect for just about any décor.

So, what are some of my favorite frame projects? Well here are just a couple. (Thanks for the sample photos, Pinterest pals!)

white framePicture frames as key holders: A quick, cheap and easy way to reuse small frames that are missing their backs and glass. Just add some paint, screw hooks and a picture hanger and voila, instant key holder. (Or use a larger frame and create a place to hang your hard-to-store beaded jewelry.)

tan framePicture frames as memo boards: I guess everyone has seen the chalkboard-paint-created boards, but there a lots of great memo board ideas. Insert a sheet of metal flashing for a magnetic board. Stretch strips of clothesline or twine make a unique hanging place. Add a sheet of cardboard covered with some batting and fabric to make a functional pinboard, or try using one of my other favorite craft staples…chicken wire.

yellow framePicture frames as picture frames: Weren’t expecting that were you? Sometimes a nice picture frame is just a place to put your art, but that still doesn’t mean it has to be totally traditional. Try framing vintage advertising labels (some have amazing graphics.), fabric or greeting cards. Remove the glass to frame all kinds of things like an old-fashioned hat, you’re child’s old teddy bear, or piece of architectural salvage. Or, try one of my favorite things to frame, absolutely nothing.

PS – Take some time to think about all the cool things that could be made into a picture frame too….but more on that some other time!

Thanks for reading this week’s edition of the BH Blog! Have a great idea for next week’s blog? E-mail it to us at BHNews@BHManagement.com. We would love to hear from you.

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Ready, Set, Action! Reflections on our BH Video Production

image (2)The last few weeks have been a lot of fun at BH, as we’ve worked hard to complete our second BH video production! It really felt like the ‘real deal,’ too… We wrote a script, created characters to bring that script to life, chose BH employees to fill those roles, and then coordinated our video shoot.

The shoot sure was fun. We had a lot of laughs… SO many in fact, we had to re-shoot several scenes because our producer/videographer couldn’t control her laughter – nor keep the camera still. 🙂

When all was said and done, we ended up with our final product – “First Day as a BH Leasing Consultant,” a spoof of sorts meant to over-emphasize what many leasing consultants go through working in the apartment industry.

You will see a quick snapshot from our video shoot at Weston Park Apartments in Des Moines, Iowa above.

We have also included the link to our final video below.  We hope you’ll at least get a few laughs in if nothing else on this Friday afternoon. Enjoy!

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