Once Upon a Yeti: Lessons in Community, Awareness, and Finding your Way Home

Just over 18 years ago, a young teacher named Michelle, who recently moved to Florida, introduced her friend, Erika, to her neighbor, Kevin, a sales guy for a brand-new energy drink called Red Bull that at the time no one had heard of. Several years later, Michelle was giving a toast at Erika and Kevin’s… Continue reading Once Upon a Yeti: Lessons in Community, Awareness, and Finding your Way Home

Florida Daydreaming: How to survive and make a difference in 2020: Be a Sandbar

A shoal is created when breaking waves slowly and methodically reclaim sand from the beach and deposit it over time in a new location. The sand builds, millions of grains at a time, growing like a mountain until it rises from the bed of the body of water and breaks the surface. It can take… Continue reading Florida Daydreaming: How to survive and make a difference in 2020: Be a Sandbar

Pizza Science: Nailing your Purpose

Richard Branson advises people to ask themselves two simple questions when trying to find their life’s purpose: What do you love? What do you dislike? Seems simple enough. If you love creating bespoke artisan pizzas and sweating your ass off in front of a scorching 800-degree wood-burning oven on wheels, your purpose might be owning… Continue reading Pizza Science: Nailing your Purpose

A Flower Called Heather: Grief in the Workplace

Heather flowers. Small violet flowers. vintage paper background. retro style. (Soft focus).

My parents have conflicting stories on where my name came from. My dad insists I’m named after a tiny purple flower that blankets the fields of Germany called “die Erika” or “das Heidekraut” (“Heather” in English). My mom, however, maintains that my dad named me after some chick who sold brats and wieners on the… Continue reading A Flower Called Heather: Grief in the Workplace

Tactical Tips for Career Advancement

I’m a big fan of going back to basics when the need arises. So often we forget the simplest skills are the foundation of success. Back in February, I had the privilege of presenting these tactical tips at a Women of the Channel event in Tampa. (Check out their full agenda of events here.) I… Continue reading Tactical Tips for Career Advancement

All the Lies I Tell Myself

It’s been a long time since I have written something. Well that is not entirely true. I write all the time…but decline to share any of it. The pieces I write lately feel common, contrived, just kinda blah, a little meh. They leave me unsatisfied like a weak drink (such a waste of calories, man)… Continue reading All the Lies I Tell Myself

How to Fail Like a Champ

Last month during a family ski trip, I totally ate it at the busiest lift in front of like 3,000 people. I fell so hard, I turned into a cartoon. My 7-year-old, suffering from acute mountain sickness no less, managed to master this thing, but that “magic carpet” (BS!) took me down like the invisible… Continue reading How to Fail Like a Champ