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You may not know this yet but I am a bona-fide podcast junkie. I was what they call an “early adopter.” Something about the storytelling and medium just resonated with me. At present, I listen to no less than 20 podcasts ranging from business to branding to pop culture and true crime. I’m all in, man. A multitasker and information seeker by nature, I find that podcasts can be a great way to learn and be entertained while helping transform those mundane tasks (like those piles and piles of laundry) into an opportunity to further my knowledge or just have a laugh.…

Let’s talk about fear for a moment, shall we? Fear and I are very well acquainted. VERY well acquainted. I credit fear with some of my most epic decisions – leaving field hockey in high school, not auditioning for the community theater roles, not learning how to sing or dance, not studying abroad, my decisions to cut back on blogging, not pitching myself as a professional speaker at a local conference and on and on. Regrets? I have a few. I’ve been reading a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert these past few days and there is a chapter…

Remember when I declared that I was working on making this year my best ever? Well, I’ve been dissecting that a bit trying to uncover what it would take for me to feel truly accomplished in 2016 and I during that process I found that my idea of  “accomplishment” has drastically changed. For quite some time career recognition has been a huge priority in my life. (Second only to being a good mom, natch.) That was pretty much it for me. I got my identity from my job and what I accomplished. And while I always want to do an excellent…

You guys. The year is half over already! So hard to believe, right? I don’t know where the time has gone but I know that it seems to have flown by faster this year than any other. I had a recent conversation with a friend about a mid-year life check that inspired me to sit down and really think through the first few months of 2016. At first evaluation, I struggled to cite anything that I’d accomplished importance so far. Which was depressing, actually. But then I thought a little deeper and realized that I was incredibly wrong. For years now I’ve…

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates and guys are just people to have fun with.” – Sex and the City Some of my fondest memories in life have been made with my girlfriends. I had an impressive girl squad before Taylor Swift made them a thing. (Err… maybe even before she was born come to think of it.)  My first “squad” was in college. Jen, Kat, Zoe and I navigated the complexities of emerging womanhood and college life together in a run down apartment in Baltimore. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we battled term papers, heartaches, fake IDs, and 90s…

Groupon wants me to get Botox. No, seriously. They DO. Up until today, my weekly emails were largely harmless, featuring the likes of petting zoos and pottery making. No more. Groupon is now sending me straight down the botulism brick road. “$350 value for only $100. Buy now!” Their timing is ironic; today I turn 43. Getting older doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to. When I was in my 30s I dreaded the yearly birthday. (Okay, not everything about it sucked because QUEEN FOR A DAY and all that.) I hated inching towards 40. Doesn’t bother me at all anymore. That…

I’m a busy lady. With two teenagers, a fairly demanding job and (oh yeah!) a life to enjoy, I am always on the lookout for ways to hack the system. That being said, I believe that when you stop learning, you stop growing. Period. So how to continue learning without spending all of my free time in a classroom? PODCASTS. Now, I’ve written about this before and since that time, I’ve found a few new favorites so if you’re looking for some new ideas (or have never explored the world of podcasts) the following are a few to try: Stuff You…

I discovered an interesting concept the other day that truly spoke to me. In an interview with the New York Times, Bob Pittman, chairman and chief executive of Clear Channel Communications, discussed the concept of weeding the garden as it relates to business. He said, “One thing I preach is, “Weed the garden.” If I try 10 new things and, just for example, let’s say two are clear winners and two are clear losers. That means I’ve got six in between. What do I do with those? Most organizations let everything live except the clear losers. And what happens over time is that stuff in…

I revel in the new year. I love reflecting on the months that have past and setting goals for the future. Who doesn’t, really?  2013 was a year of closure and new beginnings in my professional life. I officially began an new chapter as marketing director of Graphcom and executive editor of Frederick Gorilla Magazine. Personally speaking, the job transition allowed much more stability for my family and brought a whole slew of new colleagues and friends into my life. It is a true blessing. (Not to mention a ton of fun!)  This year I am forgoing the resolution making of…

This is not a lecture, I’m guilty of it myself. Capturing moments. Sharing them with others. Multi-tasking. Catching up. Checking-in. And on and on and on… The problem is that we miss out on so many real, true moments in life. Moments that we don’t even realize we are missing out on. This video is an excellent reminder of valuing them. Big thanks to Joe M. for sharing it with me!