If I Had A Tagline…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tagline.”

If humans had their own taglines, what would MINE be? Who better to ask than my best friend, Sandra Lewis. I pick up the phone and text, “If I had a tagline, what would it be?” I put down the phone and await her response…

human taglineA few minutes later, my phone vibrates. That was fast! This should be good. Ready?

“I may always be late, but shit always gets done!”

I’m speechless. Not only does she give me a tagline that should be served with a Dos Equis, she ends it with #BOOM. Well, at least shit always gets done.

Want an honest tagline? Ask your best friend. Want a professional tagline? Ask a marketer!

By the way, this post is a day late. #dontjudgeme

And then there was… Pickleball?

Mark this down as THE day you were introduced to pickleball! ~Chris Lovasco

pblogoSay what? I thought Chris was pulling my leg. “You know Chris, if we were in Lynn, that would be an entirely different game than what you’re about to describe…” (What?! It would!) In the center of a full-blown fundraiser and literally just steps away from Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, I found myself talking squash a.k.a racquetball. My local YMCA has indoor racquetball courts, and it’s become one of my greatest sources of stress relief over the last year. However, like all good things, it will most likely come to an end. With the rumblings of a new local Y in the future, racquetball courts are underutilized and simply take up program space.

So what’s a girl to do when her back is to the racquetball wall? Pickleball, I guess!

A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

The Basics

  1. A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
  2. Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
  3. Played with a paddle and a plastic ball.

A Game for Everyone

The USAPA currently estimates there are now over 400,000 players actively playing pickleball.

  • Pickleball facilities are located in all 50 states.
  • Many kids and teenagers play it in physical education classes in middle and high schools.
  • Seniors enjoy the social aspects and the ability to stay active in towns and retirement communities.
  • Tennis, racquetball and ping pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in competitive tournaments.

Learn more about Pickleball at USAPA! Have you played? Comment below.

Pantone Problems

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Marketers wear several hats on any given day. Today, I’m dealing with Pantone problems. Is your blue making you blue? Is your green looking mean? Does that brown make you frown? Turn that frown and paint the town with rgb.to!

Usage is pretty simple, just type the color you want to convert in the top input box and click the button below. You can enter the color value in any format you want, rgb.to will figure out the color you just entered (RGB, HSL, Hex, keyword, Pantone or RAL).

Feeling blue? This could be the color for you.

I’m a hustler baby…

I just want you to know,
It ain’t where I been,
But where I’m about to go,
Top of the world! ~Jay-Z

I’ve always had a problem saying no to someone in need. As a result I recently counted the number of boards and committees I’ve joined during my former unemployment. Add this to my new full-time job and caring for a parent, then one starts to wonder why I keep volunteering. After reading the following article, I discovered that it’s just the hustler in me! Let me share:

Hustlers are driven. They are motivated to make a life of their own design, to make a difference. And just like non-hustlers, they’re motivated by their fears. Here are four things that occupy a hustler’s mind:

1. Never enough. Hustlers are motivated by the fear that they are not doing enough. They worry that they’re not taking enough action, even when they’re doing 5 times as much as anyone else. Hustlers fear that by not doing enough, they won’t succeed in reaching their goals, whatever those goals may be. So they respond by doing more.

Non-hustlers are also motivated by fear. But where hustlers’ activity is fueled by fear of not doing enough, non-hustlers are simply paralyzed by fear. They fear taking action because they’re not ready, because they might fail or because other people might judge them. Non-hustlers’ fear ensures that they never take enough action to reach their goals.

2. Not fast enough. Hustlers not only fear not taking enough action, they also fear not doing all that needs to be done fast enough. Hustlers fear that if they don’t move fast, someone else will. They worry that if they don’t take advantage of the opportunities presented to them, those opportunities might disappear. This fear fuels the hustler to move with a sense of urgency.

Non-hustlers prefer to move slowly and cautiously and to let things come to them. They say “If it’s meant to be, it will come.” They are afraid of moving, let alone moving fast.

3. Being out-hustled. Hustlers worry about being out-hustled. They worry that somewhere out there, someone else has got the jump on them. They worry that someone is working harder or smarter. This fear drives hustlers to bring their “A” game and to always remain a student. Hustlers are motivated by and learn from this fear.

Non-hustlers don’t worry about being out-hustled, because they’re always and everywhere being out-hustled. They’re very comfortable with the fact that others are out there working harder and smarter, building the lives they really want and making important contributions.

4. Legacy. Hustlers don’t fear their legacy, they fear of running out of time to do all the things that they can do to build that legacy. Your legacy isn’t built on what you do for yourself. No one ever says “Look at how wonderful he was! He made a fortune and bought himself a yacht and a big house.” Hustlers know that a legacy is built on the contributions you have made to the world around you. A legacy is built on what you have done for others.

Article Source: http://www.lifehealthpro.com/

Enjoy it while you can!

enjoy itGuess who’s back?! It’s been awhile since my last post, and for that, I apologize. I’ve actually been ENJOYING some time off (pun definitely intended). Since the last time I wrote, I’ve been on a quest to discover and pursue my passions. While some may think I should be pursuing a new job, during my last six-plus months of unemployment, I noticed there was one piece of advice I got repeatedly from some of my most trusted peers…

“Enjoy it while you can!”

What does that even mean? Who enjoys unemployment? For the first three months, I could barely get a full night’s sleep, wondering what was wrong with ME. Well, there’s nothing wrong with me. In fact, nowadays I tend to think what the hell is wrong with some people (hashtag #realtalk). When I came to that conclusion, I was able to sleep longer than usual with no regret. And, I definitely don’t spend day after day sitting in front of television (my dad would be proud). I have so much to tell my loyal followers who have been along my side and invested in this journey!

I was on the phone the other day with a woman I know professionally, who was asking about how things were going for me. I explained to her what I had been doing (as I will explain to all of you in the days and weeks to come) and that I was actually enjoying my unemployment. She went on to tell me how she followed my blog and was excited to hear what was next to come. She wished me the best of luck and would be looking forward to my next blog post. I admit, I was floored! People that are not related to me actually READ this blog?! That was all the inspiration I needed. So here’s my short list of accomplishments to get you caught up while I work away at wordsmithing some more posts for you to enjoy! I thank you for taking YOUR time to enjoy this while you can.

UNEMPLOYED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Yes, you can actually accomplish things when you’re not a slave to the grind.

  1. Discovered my passion for volunteerism (aka ‘working for free’)
  2. Saved Flo’s life…literally (just a little allergic reaction to chemo, no biggie…)
  3. Designed a new home office (5 years later)
  4. Became a starving canvas artist (shopping at Michael’s ain’t cheap!)
  5. I am enjoying LIFE! (we all should try it sometime)
  6. Wait, I’M a business? (Hello self-employment!)
  7. Lost 20 pounds and counting (detox, detox, detox)
  8. Surviving financially (learning how to make Abe cry)
  9. I’m refocused, re-energized and ready to hit the ground running!
  10. And I’m enjoying my unemployment…while I can! (time is ticking…)

Stay tuned for more posts!