8 Networking Tips for Shy People

Thursday, October 23, 2014 0 Permalink

Shy isn't a word most people use to describe me. While I typically come across as confident and outgoing, the truth is I sweat at the thought of public speaking and get knots in my stomach before group functions. How do I conquer my fears to give off a commanding first impression? Here are my eight best networking tips for shy people. 1. ...

Entrepreneurs Need Vacations, Too

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 0 Permalink

Like many people, I have a lengthy bucket list that would cost a fortune to actually complete. (Vacation in Fiji. Buy a 1969 Corvette Stingray. Go on a hot-air balloon ride. It adds up quickly!). Last weekend, however, I decided to pull the trigger and check one item off my bucket list: See the Green Bay Packers play ...

The benefits of co-working (hint: it’s not just the free coffee)

Thursday, October 16, 2014 0 Permalink

I've been a freelance writer for nearly 10 years and, until last month, I've always worked from home. After all, working in pajamas was one of the reasons I decided to quit cubicle life. As the owner of a one-woman business, I didn't see the point of giving away my hard-earned (and not so substantial) income for a desk when I already had ...

Examining racism in Ferguson, from Ferguson

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11 Permalink

On Saturday afternoon, 18-year-old Mike Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., less than 5 miles from my front door. In the last three days, this small community has created a big stir with protests seeking justice for Brown’s death. Like many who grew up in St. Louis, I am both shocked and ...

For the first time, I am grateful for my grief

Friday, June 20, 2014 0 Permalink

"Grief does not change you. It reveals you." Those words stopped me in my tracks today as I finished "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. It's been nearly four years since my brother died and, in that time, I have experienced the five famous stages of grief, from denial to acceptance. After reading that quote, however, I felt something new and ...