Working in buzzword-heavy environments, the word clouds of my life are crammed with jargon. When talking with friends and family in industries other than tech, fitness, marketing, or social media, sometimes buzzwords are considered witty or creative. As a wordsmith, I get a good chuckle when these loaded, overused words are used in my everyday … Continue reading 28 of my Favorite Buzzwords
The combination of getting a library card, having more free time, and writing a defined reading list enabled me to surprisingly finish all 15 books on my summer reading list, including a few others. So, I've created another reading list to keep me accountable through the fall. But first, how did I read so much … Continue reading 14 Books on my Fall Reading List
Users are increasingly becoming at the center of everything. Although it seems obvious, it's necessary for marketing, IT, and design to be user-centric, especially as the service-based economy grows. Your end goal is often consumer satisfaction, so how can you best meet the needs of the consumer? Sometimes, it's easy to put yourself in the … Continue reading Thinking User-Centric: How to Better Understand Consumers
Per recommendation from leadership at work, I read the Creator's Code by Amy Wilkinson from my Summer 2017 Book List. The subtitle boasts "six essential skills of extraordinary entrepreneurs" and I was curious what those would be. More buzzwords? More bravado? Yeah. Preeeeetty much. Find the gap Drive for daylight Fly the OODA loop Fail … Continue reading The Creator’s Code: Entrepreneurial Skills or Habits?
At the intersection of social media and wearable tech, I was thrilled to try out Snapchat Spectacles. Mainly as a novelty, this gadget provides a snapshot (Snapchat?) of future trends. I chose the black pair, which are the most subtle compared to aqua blue and yellow. Walking down the street, I did get a few looks. … Continue reading Snapchat Spectacles: Social Meets Wearables
I love the social influence of healthy living. A fitness Instagram might be mocked by some, but it can help keep people accountable and positive, and it can help track their progress and goals. I love working out with others because it makes exercise fun and not a chore. CHAARG and aSweatLife are two organizations … Continue reading The Pressure of Sweating with Friends
As of late, we're constantly reminded that it's okay to say "no." We're encouraged to prioritize self-care and cut out what doesn't "serve us," even if that sometimes includes people. Outside of your personal bubble, on the other end of that "no," someone is wondering why you turned them down. Since people still love to … Continue reading Why I Said No: Sorry I can’t because…