Journey vs. Avicci Mashup

Journey vs. Avicci

Don’t you just like the band Journey?  I mean come on.  I don’t care how old you are they are just cool.  Even without Steve Perry we love them. They remind us, that being a bit older, not as old as Journey, we fill a much needed niche spot in the work world and that is bridging the gap between old school and new school.  I am in “that” age group that knows what “it” used be like, doesn’t wax nostalgic about it but instead embraces the change and can articulate how much better “it” is because I lived “it” when “it” was the “way “it” was.

We, in “that” age group are old enough to be compelling, less self-focused and more collaborative, cool enough to exude confidence and experienced enough to have great stories.  It transcends sampling, it’s like a great “mashup”, Journey vs. Avicci?  We are bilingual. We speak Rock and Remix!

Understanding the way “it” used to be before the technology came around to change “it” and make “it” better makes us, in “that” age group, not only the ambassadors of change but the new lead singer taking an old band on stage to the most diverse audience one can ever hope for.   Hey David Guetta are you reading this?  (Please don’t mess with Robert Plant).

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False Eyelashes, Fascination and Feminism

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The familiar all pervasive smell of Norrell perfume and cigarettes wafting in the air as I sat on the floor watching Captain Kangaroo eating my Quisp Cereal… Click, Clack, Click , Clack went the staccato sound of her Joseph’s Salon of Shoes platforms as she scurried around the house in her blur of a hurry.  Her dark brown, pinstriped suit (I guess you would call it that even though it was a blazer with matching “Hot Pants”) was her de rigueur attire.  Perfectly coiffed brunette bun hairpiece, and ringlets framing her face, false eyelashes, red lipstick and blue eye shadow with just a slip of black eyeliner.  She was fascinating.  She was my mother. 

 

My mother was glamour, brains and balls!  She was a warrior of the late 60’s and on.  Armed with a brief case, a Parliament in between perfectly manicured fingers and tireless ambition. She flew across the country habitually mistaken for a stewardess and soon to be kicked out of the local ladies Mahjong club for not giving it “enough personal attention”.

 

I didn’t know anyone like her.  She was captivating, fascinating, frightening and compelling.  My friends Moms were apron wearing, cookie baking, snack serving Mrs. Brady clones.  Mrs. Brown, My Mom, was an anomaly, a force of nature, larger than life at all of 5 feet.  (Ok 5’5 in heels).

 

My Mom wrote a book, invented the “Furniture Fashion Show”, started a mail order microwave cookware business with a retail shop to follow. (Yes, I was a victim of many unsuccessful attempts to actually brown a chicken in that thing). She was on Phil Donahue and the Oprah Winfrey show.  She was a National Spoke Woman for Armstrong and Whirlpool corporations.  I could go on and on about her myriad of pursuits and accomplishments.

 

I thought I wanted a Mrs. Brady Mom but my Mom was a star with more chutzpah than anyone else I have ever met in life.  She is smart, funny, fashionable and has more stories than anyone I know.  It actually took me time to catch up to her computer agility.

 

Growing up with a feminist mother was confusing and at times it felt simply abnormal.  But if my Mom weren’t who she was, I wouldn’t be who I am.  As matter of fact, women like my mother were the pioneers who taught many of us   perseverance and endurance.  She didn’t have to burn her bra or participate in any sort of demonstration.  She just had to stay true to herself.  No more “Hot Pants”.  Now armed with an iPad and a roster of clients who still use her as a publicist, she remains larger than life.  She is my hero. 

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Is your dog the person you want to be?

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My dog is the person I want to be.

My dog trusts his instincts without question. He loves everyone but occasionally his innate intuition tells him to stay away from certain people.

My dog has a limitless sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness.  He has a love of adventure and follows it without putting up barriers.

My dog is relentlessly excited about almost everything he does.  He always wants to get up in the morning no matter what happened the day before.

My dog is a team player who doesn’t practice exclusivity with any particular one of his teammates.

My dog has confidence.  He lives life fully and loves to play with passion and inhibition.  He doesn’t fear of what others will think.

My dog knows how to relax.  He never has insomnia.  He can close his eyes and fall asleep in the best possible positions he can find.

My dog is forgiving.  I may have had a bad day but he never holds grudges.

My dog is kind and sensitive.  He knows when I just need him to be there next to me and loves me unconditionally.

My dog is swagger.  He will boldly walk anywhere and go into any new situation with the attitude of “Who can I make friends with”.

My dog is not a pushover, he defends what is his but can also let go when a fight is not worth it.

My dog is never boring, he is loyal, funny, loving, trusting…

My dog is unique and has his own personality.  While he may have many similar and wonderful character traits of other dogs, I would never confuse him with anyone else.

Mostly, my dog is just who he is and always reminds me,

“To thine own self be true”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Glass Half Full with My Bacon & Eggs

 

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I love bacon and eggs.  I eat them almost daily, although these days it’s often turkey bacon and egg white omelets.  The point is, I eat them because they taste really good.  I eat bacon and eggs no matter what’s going on in my life.  I don’t even have to remind myself to eat bacon and eggs, I just do.

Why then when life gets crazy, work gets overwhelming or when I am facing any type of adversity do I not automatically remember to be grateful like remembering bacon and eggs?

About a year and half ago while dealing with some major adversity including chronic pain from  a blown out disc and collapsed vertebrae which as multi-marathoner/ultra-marathoner was a total game changer, I came up with an idea.

I set my iPhone alarm to ring every hour from 7A-10P. Every hour when the alarm sounds, I stop what I am doing and write down or acknowledge something I am grateful for in that moment.  No matter what I am doing, who I am with or where I am, I practice this if at all possible and invite people to join me.  Doing it myself is great but sharing a moment with others or even strangers has been extraordinary. Al little Pavlovian but nonetheless life changing for me.  Often times, I will read my list at the end of the day.  It “tastes” really good! 

Obviously most of us can’t do this every hour in the workplace however; even just a few times a day may help you experience life a little differently on a daily basis.  

I don’t need to be reminded to eat bacon and eggs and more often than not, I don’t need to be reminded to be grateful.

Gratitude has become my Glass Hal Full with My Bacon and Eggs.  

 

 

 

 

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Why Sir Richard Branson is My Crispy Bacon of The Day

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1. His desire is to draw out the best in people

2. He takes the status quo and turns it upside down

3. He cares about people and wants to protect them

4. He loves learning

5. His brand stands for quality

6. He likes to have fun

7. He does it differently

8. He has a sense of humor

9. He is transparent

10. He is successful

11. He dares to be different

13. He uses himself to create a marketing buzz

14. He shows humility

15. He is relatable

16. He is forward thinking

17. He is innovative

18. He explores unchartered territories

19. He is fearless with new ideas

20. He walks away from what he knows doesn’t work

21. He is brave

22. He is family focused

23. He is a visionary

24. He is a great storyteller

25. He is respected

26. He is enigmatic

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Why Sir Richard Branson is My Crispy Bacon of The Day

crispy-bacon

 

1. His desire is to draw out the best in people

2. He takes the status quo and turns it upside down

3. He cares about people and wants to protect them

4. He loves learning

5. His brand stands for quality

6. He likes to have fun

7. He does it differently

8. He has a sense of humor

9. He is transparent

10. He is successful

11. He dares to be different

13. He uses himself to create a marketing buzz

14. He shows humility

15. He is relatable

16. He is forward thinking

17. He is innovative

18. He explores unchartered territories

19. He is fearless with new ideas

20. He walks away from what he knows doesn’t work

21. He is brave

22. He is family focused

23. He is a visionary

24. He is a great storyteller

25. He is respected

26. He is enigmatic

27. He is enthusiastic

28. He talks openly about his failures

29. He believes in fairness

30. He is philanthropic

31. He puts time, energy and money into important world issues

32. He is a business hero

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