Are You Bait for Bullies?

Bullies are nothing new; and, unfortunately, they can be anywhere in real life or online. When you’re dealing with one, it’s unmistakable. And, since it’s national bullying prevention month, it seems like a good time to examine this toxic behavior and how to handle it — as a grownup. Ironically, I don’t recall being bullied…

Domestic Violence Is a Cycle

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when many work to build awareness for the issue, the challenges and ways to get and give help to those who are victims of this abuse. I’m glad to see this national observance because I’m a survivor myself. It was long ago, and I moved past it thanks…

It’s Time to Improve How We Discuss Mental Health

Today, one in five adults has a mental health condition. So, there’s a pretty good chance you know someone who does — or you may have a condition yourself. Either way, days like this week’s World Mental Health Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week, all remind us all that it’s time to do a better job…

You Need a Tribe

Today is Women’s Equality Day in the U.S. It marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave us the right to vote. When I think about all the work that happened to bring that to life, it really drives home just how much friends and allies in this world matter,…

Beat Holiday Stress: Be Real With Yourself

The holidays can bring all kinds of joy.  They can also be insanely busy, full of people, parties, extra calories, increased spending and extra pressure we put on ourselves to make everything “great” for everyone we love. Depending on how you handle stress and excitement, this can lead to anxiety, depression or a combination of…

Everyone Has A First Drive… Remember?

Since it’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, I’m thinking a bit about life behind the wheel – and the many road trips I’ve taken since that first day of freedom. I’m also thinking about how people approach “the unknown” in life. The day I passed my driver’s test, I came home with my paper license…

I Bet You’re Famous on Social Media

“We’re all famous to a few people” is something my friend Joe Wison says… And, he has a great point. Think about the people you trade belly laughs with the most over social channels. Guess who’s famous? In today’s reality, the number of friends or followers you have through social platforms are details we all…

Stay Human

I’m not one to kick a brand when it’s down. In fact, I cringe for the PR teams who handle crisis communications because I’ve been there. I’ve lived it. I know it’s not easy to neutralize negativity when a company disappoints people in a big, public way. When you communicate during a crisis, you have to react quickly and stick…