Fannie Hurst, who?

Happy birthday, Fannie Hurst!

Fannie Hurst, who? She is an American author who was also a feminist and civil rights activist who was popular during the post-World War 1 era.

From 1910 until the 1940, she wrote 17 novels and 9 volumes that included 300 short stories. She had more than 30 pieces turned into full length movies.

It’s reported that newspapers of the time called Fannie Hurst the “Highest Paid Short Story Writer in the World.” She was one of the richest self-made women in the United States who left a million dollars to each of two universities for hiring professors in creative literature.... Read More

Get to Know Your Customer Day

Happy Get to Know Your Customer Day!

With all the noise on so many social media platforms, combined with hundreds of business start-ups every day, it seems like people aren’t giving much thought to who their customer is any more. Too many businesses are trying to be “all things to all people” and therefore not speaking clearly to or reaching anyone. This is not a viable business strategy. It’s exhausting, expensive, and unsustainable.

First, you decide who you specifically want to serve and with what unique skill set. Then begin to do just that. With each and every client ask them to put into... Read More

Time to Celebrate Firsts for Women

October is time to celebrate these historical firsts for women:

  • In 1976, I was terrified to enter high school as Barbara Walters became the first woman co-anchor of a major network evening news program.

  • In 1983, while I was planning my wedding, Dr. Barbara McClintock received the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

  • In 1984, I was pulling all-nighters studying for finals while Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan was the first U.S. woman astronaut to walk in space during the Space Shuttle Challenger flight.

  • In 1993, I watched in awe, wishing it was me, as Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

  • That same... Read More

Happy National Good Neighbor Day!

National Good Neighbor Day celebrates the importance of having and being a good neighbor.

Do you ever ask a neighbor to feed your dog, cat, or hamster while you’re on vacation? Maybe you trade helping each other out this way? My neighbor fed and watered my dog, two donkeys, 12 sheep (including two lambs), and a dozen chickens while I was out of town for almost four weeks this summer. She’s done this for my family for a decade. We take care of her dogs and longhorn cattle while she’s out of town, too. Win-Win!

Can you top the donkey-sheep-chicken-sitting neighbor story? Take a moment this weekend to... Read More

Happy National Pecan Cookie Day

Across the United States people are asking each other: “Are you a Pe-Can or a Pe-Can’t!” Well, maybe it’s just a Texas thing when I get with my northern family members who say pee-can to my pee-con! Anyway, let’s celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day, no matter how you pronounce it!

There are many cookie and cake recipes made better because of the pecan: chocolate chip, oatmeal, brownies, banana nut bread, and more. What’s your favorite way to eat a pecan?

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Pecans are unassuming and delicious to eat straight out of the shell... Read More

National Online Learning Day

National Online Learning Day celebrates how we don’t have to leave our homes or offices, deal with airport or traffic delays, or get all dressed up to go to a conference to learn.

Online classes are growing. As a matter of fact, I have two online classes with more coming soon: 4-week self-paced book writing success formula course and a 12-week hands-on interactive group coaching program to teach how to write a powerful and profitable book. With these courses people all over the world in any time zone can achieve success – in their PJs with a midnight snack if they want!

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Happy National Day of Encouragement

Sept. 10 -- National Day of Encouragement is dedicated to uplifting people around us personally and professionally, and making a positive impact in our world, in our way. Let’s make a goal to be shining examples of how we are better together.

Do you need encouragement? Do you know someone who needs encouragement? Someone who needs to feel like they are seen and heard, or like they and their stories matter? Share this post.

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Plan deliberate acts of encouragement for reassurance and inspiration, today and every day. It will make you... Read More

Happy National Swap Ideas Day

National Swap Ideas Day encourages sharing creative or helpful ideas with others and having them share ideas in return. Please share an idea for personal or professional use. I know some of you are organizers, photographers and videographers. Others are full-time moms with busy houses to run and the future to raise. Still others are entrepreneurs building businesses. Let’s share helpful hints that you use to make your life work better, faster, cleaner!

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Thanks to technology, swapping ideas today doesn’t have to be done on a one-on-one, face-to-face basis, it can be done online, at... Read More

Happy September Birthday Authors!

I love to read and celebrate writing, so I’ve learned about some of my favorite authors. This month we celebrate the birthdays and accomplishments of Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, and Stephen King. What a mix, right? It may be that September birthdays may be all they have in common? Or not? What do you know and like about these authors? What have you read that was written by any of them that you would recommend?

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Most people recognize this author’s books-turned-movies, but haven’t read the books. Sad because the books are much better when compared to the movies. No doubt you’ve seen... Read More

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day dates back to a time when we celebrated the labor movement and achievements of American workers who are the backbone and success of our free trade capitalist economic structure. Labor Day started in 1882 in New York City by a Labor Union. It became a federal holiday in 1894, but before that it was considered a “strike day” for the unions to get members an extra day off of work.

The laborers at that time were working an average of 70 hours per week, seven days a week. Work conditions were horrible, unhealthy, and unsafe in most factories; that is why and how unions formed. Our Labor Day National... Read More

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