Life and Happiness, Tips for Success

What I learned about life and biz from my first NYC Fashion Week event


I recently made a new friend while I was working in a coffee shop, and he invited me to a Fashion Week event that he was attending. As someone new to the city, I was eager to jump on the opportunity to attend my very first real New York event – the epitome of New York events – Fashion Week.

Before arriving to the event, I tried on everything in my closet. I had no idea what to wear. I was freaking out, worried that I wouldn’t be “fashionable” enough to attend this shindig – after all, my life is lived in blue jeans and workout pants. I eventually landed on the most stylish blouse and non-ripped pair of jeans that I own, I threw some heels on my poor little feet, and I headed down the stairs of my 6-story walk up.

When I arrived at the event, my highly stylish friend Jonathan Mayberg (entrepreneur and founder of The Liquid Group, a strategic marketing and fashion event planning company based in NYC) was wearing a suit and, of course, looking snazzy as ever. I stepped out of the cab, slightly nervous, and began to walk into the elevator toward the penthouse of the Gansevoort Hotel. Continue reading “What I learned about life and biz from my first NYC Fashion Week event”

Entrepreneurship, Life and Happiness

Buns of steel, baby – life in a 6-story walk-up

New York City

I’ve been in New York for a little over two weeks, and it’s been such a fun transition from nomadic life to city life! I’m no stranger to public transportation, so the Subway is perfectly fine… but every time I hail a cab, I giggle and think to myself, “this is so New York.”

I signed a lease in a six-story walkup with two other girls (who are awesome, might I add… Craigslist isn’t that bad)!

Day one, aka moving day, … I’m just going to admit… it hurt the buns. Day two was not much better. Day three – cue the super sore quads and wobbly calves.

Walking up 75 steps (yea, I counted), was miserable at first. Carrying groceries, luggage, shopping bags, trash, or walking in heels was surely going to kill me before I had the chance to actually explore this great city.

Two weeks later, I realize it’s not that bad. I am less winded when I get to the top of the stairs, my legs feel tighter already, and I can feel myself getting better at tackling the challenge of walking up the stairs in 3-inch heels.

I’m adapting. I’m getting used to a change, and it’s making me a stronger person because of it.

If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you probably already know that the point of this article is not to talk to you about my buns and 3-inch-heel-woes. This article is most definitely about your business, and how every new challenge is going to help it grow and make you a stronger, more powerful, and a more educated humanoid. Continue reading “Buns of steel, baby – life in a 6-story walk-up”

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12 things I love from 2012

2012 has been a crazy blur of changes, travels, moves, decisions, confusion, and happiness. Between love, business, heartbreak, and awesome friends … a lot has happened in a year!

My blog is one year old this week (woo hoo!), so this post seems appropriately timed for some reminiscence with the upcoming New Year. Below are 12 things I love from 2012, and I hope you’ll love them, too. This list includes bloggers, communities, travel tips, health and fitness, business skills, and miscellaneous tidbits. I hope you like, and if you do, please share with your amigos and/or subscribe to receive updates in your inbox via the box to the right! Enjoy!

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Entrepreneurship, Life and Happiness, Tips for Success

Life and business lessons from a summer internship

After reading an article on Entrepreneurial Lessons from Your First Job on Project Eve, I decided to share a little tale of embarrassment from my internship days – and how I’ve learned from it.

When I was an intern as a junior in college, I moved to Washington, DC for a 3-month-long summer internship with Discovery Communications to learn all about the wonderful world of PR. Half way through the internship, a few interns and myself were asked to help staff an after-hours screening of a new educational mini series about the energy sector in which members of Congress and other hill staffers would be attending. We were asked to dress professionally, to smile, to be respectful, and to make a good impression (all of these were major “duh” expectations, right)? We did all of these things – we wore suits, the ladies wore heels, we smiled, and we did everything we were asked to do. This isn’t where we went wrong.

This… is where we went wrong: Continue reading “Life and business lessons from a summer internship”

Life and Happiness, Networking, Tips for Success

Rock your next conference – interview with Cindy Royal, Texas State Mass Comm Week

I want you to rock at your next conference – and so does Cindy Royal, the Director of Mass Comm Week at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Attending networking events and industry conferences are hugely important when it comes to keeping up with the latest and greatest in your field, meeting with potential customers and clients, learning from leaders doing it right, and gaining outside perspective. The conferences are often held in big cities, they can be expensive, and they can be overwhelming, but for the most part, completely worth it. The beauty of Mass Comm Week is that it’s outside of Austin (my favorite city in the US), and it’s completely free! As Cindy states in the interview, just because it’s a free event, does NOT mean it’s not awesome. (Gary Vaynerchuk was a speaker during his launch of Crush It).

I spoke with Cindy about the upcoming Mass Communications Week, which is filled with innovative speakers from the journalism, digital media, and public relations fields. In this interview below, Cindy and I discuss: Continue reading “Rock your next conference – interview with Cindy Royal, Texas State Mass Comm Week”

Entrepreneurship, Life and Happiness, Tips for Success

When what you’re doing isn’t working

A lot of times when you start diving into a new project, business venture, strategy, or idea, you’ll quickly realize that what you’re doing simply is not working. You’re not seeing the results you expected, and you’re disappointed.

You’re not growing your subscriber list, even though you’re doing everything right according to every blogger giving you advice out there.

You’re not seeing an increase in sales, no matter how many promotions and sales tactics you put into place.

You’re not seeing a surge in traffic to your beautiful website even though you’ve been guest blogging on some of the best sites with your exact target audience.

So what are you doing wrong? Why aren’t you seeing results, and what the heck does it take for you to get it right? Continue reading “When what you’re doing isn’t working”

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Take the long way – short cuts are for wimps

Short cuts.

We all love ‘em. They save you hours of time, they save you endless amounts of energy, and they save you tons and tons of money. Except that I just lied to you, and this is not true at all.

Short cuts are going to be the death of your success, and yes, I am telling you that taking the long way can get you there faster. [Tweet this]

My favorite TV show of all time is FRIENDS. One of the best episodes in this series was when Joey decided that he was going to build a small table for him and Chandler to throw their mail on when they walked in the door. Once he started building the small table, he decided to go ahead and build an entire entertainment system out of wood. Chandler walks into the apartment, sees the mess that Joey is creating, and Joey tells him to calm down and that it will be all finished in no time at all.

Once the entertainment system is built and ready to rock, Joey and Chandler ask the rest of their friends to help them lift it up and stand it against the wall between the two bedrooms. They stand the new entertainment system up against the wall, and… this happens: click the photo below to watch on YouTube. Continue reading “Take the long way – short cuts are for wimps”