The Day I Realized I Wanted Children, Outside The Social Expectation of the US

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The Day I Realized I Wanted Children, Outside The Social Expectation of the US

I have always gotten along and loved children. I have worked with them throughout my career starting at 15 working at a summer camp. Today I went to Sonoma to enjoy my wine club and the momentary sun among the severe weather lately in Northern CA. Noir always serves as a great icebreaker who was raised to be a non-medical service dog which means he can take tugs, pulls, and loves children. Today a little boy took a special liking to me. He must have been 7-8, but had no hesitation starting a convo with me. His parents tried to pull him back but I re-assured them that it was ok that he wanted to spend time with myself and my dog. He was well manored and very interested in Noir. We had a conversation about Noir's food interests and his sociability. Also, the girls in the group spent time snuggling and petting Noir. The parents were intensly thankful for the time I spend with their children while I had an awesome respect for the fact that they brought their kids with them wine tasting.

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The Number 27

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The Number 27

What a year we had. Why not start this blog off with some numerology? I've always been into algebra based math and numbers. I'm the kind of person who looks at clocks and addresses as I walk down the street trying to come up with as many mathematical combinations as possible. The Number 27 is an important one to me:

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This is 30: A Life Lesson in Why Everyone Needs to Be Active

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This is 30: A Life Lesson in Why Everyone Needs to Be Active

Well, what does one do as they approach age 30? If you are me you write.

Many know my story. I come from a middle class family and from parents who worked to take us from “lower class” to “upper middle class.” My mom’s story brings me to tears every time I have to repeat as I did weeks ago applying for a national fellowship and answering the question, “who affected your career most.” My parents faced adversity, but stood tall to make a better life for us.

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Five Reasons Why MaberMe, Inc. Is Not a 501c3 Tax Exempt Corporation

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Five Reasons Why MaberMe, Inc. Is Not a 501c3 Tax Exempt Corporation

Like how I worded that? The world of the “non-profit” or “501c3” seems to be very misunderstood. 501c3 is in fact a section of the tax code that allows a CORPORATION created for PUBLIC CHARITABLE purposes to be tax exempt (this is a simplified explanation of course). There are also many other non-profit tax statuses an organization can have.

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The Pretty Girl is Not The Dumb Girl

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The Pretty Girl is Not The Dumb Girl

This is a topic that has come up over and over lately in my day to day, so I felt inclined to share. 

Growing up I had an aversion to pink. Why pink? Because girls were supposed to wear pink.  Throughout my entire life I have taken issue with being categorized. I was a tom boy until highschool when I was forced more or less to keep speed. I could throw a football (still can), I had a mean baseball pitch, I was a golfer, and took great pride in my 49er jersey. Basically, anytime I was supposed to do something because I was x y z, I did the complete opposite. I have always been good at following directions, and a grounded, law abiding citizen, but I bent and broke things often in order to rebuild them differently. When I was young I was quiet and shy outside my household (which was probably for the best). I always had one best friend and liked it that way.

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Dear Employer, It Is Time To Stop Expecting 100% From a Millennial Employee

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Dear Employer, It Is Time To Stop Expecting 100% From a Millennial Employee

And why would you want 100%?

People change, things change and the workplace changes with generations. We have all learned from our parents and grandparents. I can’t say being a millennial is any different than any other generation entering the workforce; however, the struggles of the masses hit close to home. I wanted to openly write to baby boomer employers looking to hire younger promising employees.

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My 2016 Goals

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My 2016 Goals

Generally I do an entire blog to review my past year’s goals, but this year I don’t feel it’s necessary given my mid-year review and really just wanting 2015 to be over with! I write a lot about how being an entrepreneur is the hardest thing someone will do, especially as a woman and this year showed that.  I will do a brief overview.

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Be Kind: And Why Everyone Should Treat Their Facebook Page Like A Business Page

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Be Kind: And Why Everyone Should Treat Their Facebook Page Like A Business Page

I love Facebook, I hate Facebook. I think many of us have this love hate relationship with social media. On the one hand we love to stay connected with our friends and family and on the other we hate being bombarded by complete social media garbage. I always tell my friends and colleagues seeking self-branding assistance that the first thing they need to do is establish their identity and treat their social media as a main point of outreach. I’m not in the business of telling people what their identity or story is, but I am in the business of helping people establish and tell a cohesive story.

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What We Can Learn From AirBnB's Marketing Fail

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What We Can Learn From AirBnB's Marketing Fail

Let me start by saying I know very little of the backstory and perhaps don’t really want to know, but as an avid AirBnB supporter I would genuinely like to see them get it together. I am not actually a resident of San Francisco and did not vote on Prop F, but would like to know, did anyone actually think that it was going to pass? I certainly didn’t.

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What is Public Health?

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What is Public Health?

The “Healthy People” Report sanctioned by the US Department of Health and Human Services gives us a definition of Public health based on the “The Social Determinants of Health.” This definition, as I have always understood public health to be, has not been the prominent definition used on the ground and is very misunderstood if known at all. The Social Determinants of Health represent the aspects that contribute to health beyond the traditional definition of individual health that included research, disease, data, genetics, and averages. We understand now that many other factors contribute to the health of a population including access to health and mental health services, education, environment and built environment, economic stability, and social support. I add to these determinants, technology. I have tried for some time to categorize technology however I thoroughly believe it is its own area overlapping with all others.

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Six Life Lessons I Learned From the Most Toxic Relationship I've Ever Been In

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Six Life Lessons I Learned From the Most Toxic Relationship I've Ever Been In

Last night I was sitting at a local restaurant enjoying a vodka martini, which is a normal occurrence on a Monday as it has become my alone or #Bachelorette day, when I met a nice couple sitting next to me. After a few drinks and small talk the girl leaned over while her “boyfriend” was in the bathroom. She looked at me and said, “he cheats on me and lies, but he’s so charming and nice right?” I’m sure as it always does, my face said exactly what I was thinking but I calmly replied, ‘so is he cheating or are you not in a committed relationship? That’s under your control.’ I disengaged because I didn’t really know what to say and more importantly didn’t want to get involved at that moment in time. 

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My Mid Year Review

I consider myself lucky because my birthday falls pretty close to the middle of the year. I can use the time to not only celebrate the prior age, but to assess the first 6 months of the year. While I feel loved on my birthday, I have felt loved on many occasions throughout 2015 so far. I thought I would take the opportunity to share my experience by reviewing the progress on my 2015 New Year Goals.

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My 2014 In Review

A facebook post just wasn’t going to do it this year! I decided to do a full reflection on this crazy and amazing year I have had as a business owner turned an official entrepreneur. This blog doesn’t focus on the individual events of the year but more on the recurring themes that contributed to my personal development in 2014.  

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My Entrepreneurial Make-Up

I have been reflecting on this topic quite a bit as I made the transition in the last year and a half from employee, to small business owner, to entrepreneur. I was inspired to write this blog after meeting with a group of young and successful women at a Lean In circle and a lot of questions arose about taking that plunge. It seems there are a few key factors that differentiated how I saw myself when I became an entrepreneur.

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Flipping the Sales Funnel

Many people have seen the flipped sales funnel that switches the customer relationship process from primarily sales to primarily marketing. The flipped sales funnel, my version completely removing traditional sales from the equation, can also be applied to social services programming.

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Why Petaluma YPN?

This is an intro to my experience with the Petaluma YPN. Please join myself and PYPN April 30th at 6:30pm at Groverman hall at Petaluma Valley Hospital to learn more about Self-Branding and Building Business Relationships. The event includes snacks and beverages - $10 for PYPN/Petaluma Area Chamber members and $15 for Guests

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Effective Leaders Have to First Show Up…On Time

I am not exactly sure what it is, but punctuality has become a lost art. I have spent many a meeting sitting in a room by myself waiting for the rest of the attendees to arrive. I really started thinking about this topic when my clients thanked me for being on time to meetings and engagements. Isn’t showing up on time a basic agreement and REQUIREMENT in business!? This is difficult to say, but tardiness is rampant in the public sector and nonprofit world. Surprised? Did this statement shock and awe? We always joke about being on "government time," but why is that the accepted norm?

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What We Can Learn from the #BanBossy Campaign

Let me start by saying, I am a huge fan of Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In movement. I do agree that there had been a huge drop-off in the women's empowerment movement in the last 5-10 years since its incarnation. However, that is not what I am here to talk about today. Regardless of how you feel about the message of the campaign, one thing is very clear, successful digital marketing made this campaign boom. What started as a Lean In movement turned into an international phenomenon within hours. 

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