Fear is the Only Thing Holding You Back

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”- Nelson Mandala

While traveling in South Africa this past year, I came across this quote from Nelson Mandela. It struck me that in my life, I make a lot of my choices out of fear. Unfortunately, as […]

By | January 18th, 2017|Just Plain Crazy, Personality on the Side|3 Comments

Why I Go Off the Grid to Help My Business

Family off the grid


I enjoy working all the time. I am always online and in touch with whoever reaches out to me. It’s because I am passionate about what I do and I am able to combine my personal and business life.

But, every two years for the […]

What I Am Still Thankful For





(Thanksgiving post where I always talk about what I am thankful for.)

I am struggling with my words this year because of the unprecedented rancor of the presidential election.

Quite frankly, I am questioning what the future of America now looks like.  I have been in a funk these […]

By | November 19th, 2016|Personality on the Side|6 Comments

Protected: In This Election, Make Sure the Truth Still Matters

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By | September 28th, 2016|Personality on the Side|Comments Off on Protected: In This Election, Make Sure the Truth Still Matters

How to Get An Email Reply Everytime


I get frustrated when I don’t get a reply every time to an email. Sound familiar?

I don’t really expect a reply when I send emails to people I  have never done business with or talked by phone. But I do get disappointed when I don’t get email […]

By | June 29th, 2016|Marketing, Personality on the Side|2 Comments

Is the Business Dress Code Dead?


My last company was a technology mail order business. We had a lot of sales and services reps on the phone and over the Internet. As a result, few customers ever came to visit our office. After working at other companies (including IBM) where I had to […]

By | May 31st, 2016|Culture, Personality on the Side|23 Comments