Life…it’s all about the details

I will let the goodness in. I will let its magic transform me. Today, I will be my best version of myself because I live in the details of my life. Is anybody out there? Does anyone pay attention to details anymore? I go through my day and save worms scurrying across busy streets, watching…

Blogging…when you’re out of ideas

I am a writer. It took me six years and hundreds of articles and publications to confidently write those four words. And although I am a writer, sometimes the words do not easily flow from my brain, to my fingertips, to the keyboard, to my blog and are ready for me to hit “Publish”. Nope…

After divorce…my story

I want you to imagine walking out of a Michael’s Arts & Crafts store…your twin grandsons are fighting over a doughnut while you are grabbing up their hands to make sure they stay safe from cars passing by. It was warm outside that day and as I approached my SUV, my cellphone rang. Then my…

Why I will never miss #MPB2B ever again!

It’s taken me a few days to finally come to terms with it…therapy was considered, trust me. I was embarrassed to admit it, but here I am ready to give my exclusive confession: I wasn’t able to attend my favorite event of the year. I was a sad and jealous marketer who huffed and puffed at…

Relationship building is SOW GOOD!

Fall – it’s here AND it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  We are now entering the autumnal equinox with its beautiful array of amber leaves, pumpkin spiced everything and reaping what was sowed earlier in the year. I found out, sowing is not a lot of fun, though.  I did some research on this…

#FridayReads – Make Trouble by John Waters

So I’m not gonna lie…I picked up this book because it was pink and black…my favorite colors together on the planet. Say it…I’m shallow. (I already know…) I told you in previous #FridayReads posts I have really been into commencement speeches lately and this 70-page book is a revisit of John Waters’ address to the…

Do you have an after-sale digital strategy?

You’ve worked so hard to secure a client, walked the path toward the right financial planning and/or product, and the sale is made. Do you have a strategy to stay connected with these clients using social media and digital marketing beyond the sale? No, I’m not talking about your annual client meeting Do not confuse…

#FridayReads – Congratulations, By The Way by George Saunders

Kindness is a very big deal to me. If we could all just be 1% kinder imagine how we could shape the universe so differently. Hmm. I’ve been into reading college commencement speeches and when I saw George Saunders address given to a recent graduating class at Syracuse University, I knew it was a must-read….

How influencers have changed business

I used to get really annoyed when a financial service professional would pick my brain about increasing their online presence and yet, when I would follow-up they would say, “Well, so-and-so told me that it’s not a good idea so I’m going to just hold off for now.” Ugh – so frustrating, but I learned…

What does leadership in 2017 look like?

Quite possibly one of the number one comments I hear from financial service professionals today is, “I’ve been doing my business for blah-blah years and I find social media doesn’t make any difference.” I nod my head and say, “Keep doing what you’ve been doing then” and go about my business, but we all know…

There are no more secrets…

Do you remember when you were a kid and you told a secret to a friend and said, “Please, don’t tell anyone else this!” Then days later the entire school knew your secret and your friend was like, “I just told one person!” Yeah…if you thought that was bad, fast forward to 2017 where the…

#FridayReads – This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

I’ve been going through some things in my personal life that are really hard. Like anyone, I have good days and bad days. This week, I had a really good day. My mentor, Robert Brumby, had mailed a package to me and when I opened it, this 137-page book fell out. Now, it’s a small…