Category: Opinion

March 3, 2019
The Best and Worst Things about a Career in Social Media

I was recently named an influencer for Social Media Today, which was soon followed by an interview about my social media marketing journey. Like many entrepreneurs, I started my business based on a need in the marketplace. Truthfully, it’s been a rocky road, especially in an ever-changing industry. After nearly a decade, I’m just glad […]

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February 10, 2019
The Argument for Automatic Email Responses

I just returned home from an eight-day vacation to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Before leaving Pennsylvania for my tropical respite from work and winter, I set my automatic reply on my email. It's what most people do when they will be out of the office for an extended time, correct? But just because many of us […]

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July 8, 2018
6 Tips to Help You Stay Focused During the Summer

As a business owner, I’ve found that the summer months have a way of challenging my ability to focus. Do you find that this time of year makes it more difficult to concentrate and stay on-task? I know many other professionals who struggle as well when visions of sunny days, balmy breezes, and vacation getaways […]

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May 12, 2018
Rice Report: What Is a Good Mother, Anyway?

I would like to take a moment to wish all the mothers of the world a Happy Mother’s Day! I would also like to be honest about some things.  I’m not what most would consider a modern mom.  My parenting style is the way it is because I was raised by very strict southern women. […]

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March 25, 2018
I Don’t Pay Attention to Competition - and Neither Should You

I recently tried to connect two members of my community in hopes they could collaborate. One informed me the other was a competitor and did not wish to connect. My initial reaction was embarrassment. I was trying to be helpful, but I hadn’t considered that they would be competitors. While they served the same industry, […]

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March 4, 2018
It's OK To Be On Your Way

Last month, my husband and I took a much-needed vacation to Jamaica. We stayed at a Sandals Resort in Montego Bay. Prior to leaving, we saw a myriad of ads for the resort. They were full of the same – a couple in their 20s with six-pack abs and a rockin’ tan. I laugh, because […]

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February 25, 2018
Get Real: Sh*t Happens

It's hard to find encouragement for obstacles that occur in life. Simply put, not everything is roses. Sometimes, sh*t just happens. We all face crappy stuff. The car won’t start, we overslept, caught a cold, tripped on the steps… you name it. As a business owner, I encounter dozens of shi**y things all day. Clients […]

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January 28, 2018
Should Sports Rank Among List of Polarizing Topics?

I often advocate the avoidance of controversial topics on social media.  Bar rules apply – no politics, no religion. There are times I think no sports could be added to this list. It’s crazy to consider, given that bars are where many congregate to watch games. Don’t worry. I’m not lobbying for this anytime, soon. […]

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November 19, 2017
Gratitude Starts with Human Beings

It’s unusual for me to feature someone on my blog, but every so often, someone inspires you. As my years in journalism have proved, we must capture those moments. My inspiration today comes from my friend, Jenifer Epstein. We met through a program facilitated by my executive coach and client, John Dame. As with many […]

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