Everyday Inspiration

Lessons from Being Named Volunteer of the Year.

July 8, 2015

As someone who works with membership organizations, I am a huge proponent of volunteerism.   Understanding that people are the lifeblood of associations and charitable organizations, volunteering is what makes them run and impact the world.  Sure, many organizations have full-time staff that take care of operations and high-level strategy, but in order for members…

What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

June 2, 2015

The first sentence that I ever uttered was “Ez a boog.”  Growing up in Florida being afraid of insects (and snakes) could be problematic, but I was. And I still am.  In college, I remember calling a friend to come over and kill a water bug for me. I’m also afraid of heights – watching me…

Reflections on Entrepreneurship: 4 Years Without a Parachute

June 1, 2015

I am one of those people who has a great appreciation for significant dates.  I love birthdays and anniversaries.  Today is one of those dates.  Today, on June 1st,  I celebrate four years of self-employment.  For those following the 7DC history, we are six years old, but I juggled a full-time job in the early…

Lighting a Spark

April 5, 2015

Many years ago I wrote a blog post about the Katy Perry song, Firework.  The post was actually about building relationships and I realize now that it reflects a lot of the themes that I talk about in Perfect Pairings: The Art of Connecting People.  However,  tonight, I heard the song differently. I heard a…

That Day I Published a Book.

February 14, 2015

When I was in high school, I ran for student council eight times.  I lost all eight times.  I had to ask a bunch of boys to my senior prom before a gay friend agreed to go.  I wasn’t what you would call, “one of the cool kids.” It took a long time for me…