Three years ago, as I was going through my own college graduation, my brother was finishing his first year at West Liberty University in West Virginia. Seemingly an odd choice to the rest of the family (West Virginia??), Travis quickly made friends with his Camo-wearing classmates and breezily whizzed through his studies, while playing for the school’s baseball team, the Hilltoppers (appropriately named – just think of the hills of WV, of course). Graduating Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology – Travis is the last one of us Denman children to wear the cap and gown and make the walk out of college and into the real world. School’s out, baby bro – knew you could do it! So now what?
Last week Diamond PR and our client Aruba Marriott hosted a media luncheon for twelve top travel and lifestyle media in Toronto. I was excited to go back and see how the city had changed since I was last there about 15 (gulp) years ago for a summer camp trip. Being from Montreal, it was especially nice when the customs agent at Pearson International saw my Canadian passport and told me “Welcome home.”
At DPR we are always on the go, but we still find time to work on our fitness, especially with summer around the corner. Whether we are gearing up for a press trip to one of our amazing resorts or bustling around the M-I-A, staying fit is always top of mind for our crew.
When I’m not on the road, my personal fave… boot camp. A glutton for punishment, I love the high-energy workouts with Trainer Manning Sumner at Legacy Fit. One day he can have us pushing a Hummer and the next day running army drills on the grass… you never know. Intensity, that’s what keeps my interest.
Here are some of the ways the rest of our team stay fit, on and off the road:
What do you feel when you look at this magazine cover?
As a social media “ultra” and a PR professional, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out who people are based on what they share about themselves online. With the takeover of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, our online profiles usually make our first impressions for us, whether we like it or not. For the last five years, I can’t think of a time when I didn’t look someone up on Facebook before meeting them. I’ve even used social media to roommate match college students by analyzing their profiles, ultimately judging what kind of lifestyle they live and what kind of person they are by their photos and posts. After I noticed a stranger giggle at me photographing my plate a few weeks ago, it made me pause and examine why I post what I post, as well as how I’m perceived by the people who follow me.