Recently, I was invited to the FUND Inclusion Austin 2019 conference by Huston-Tillotson’s CEO and president, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette. She was part of a one-hour panel discussion, “Inclusion: Does it Matter?” Oh, I wasn’t about to miss this! I’d first heard Dr. Pierce Burnette at SMWATX 2018, when she participated in a panel discussion… Continue reading We Could All Do Better at Negotiating Salary
It’s award season, people! The Oscars inspired me to single out some of the outstanding performers from Social Media Week Austin, three days packed full of (you guessed it) social media tips, tricks, and triumph. Rather than do an exhaustive–and exhausting–SMWATX recap, I’ve carefully chosen winners in a few key categories. Best Presenter Hands down,… Continue reading And the Social Media Week Austin Oscars Go To….
“Be careful what you wish for.” Over a year ago, I set myself up for yes. In particular, saying yes to travel. Being a freelancer, I have ultimate schedule flexibility; having an empty nest (sans our ancient cat), my spouse and I have great freedom. With these things in mind, Hubby took a new job that… Continue reading What Happens When You Say ‘Yes’ to Travel
The company dinner. You put on some nice party clothes and head off for an evening of small talk, catered food, and obligatory I-don’t-know-what-else-to-do-with-myself-so-I’ll-have-another drinks. As the spouse, I’m often the recipient of small smiles and quick topic changes after the “what do you do?” question. “Freelancer writer and editor” seems to be a conversation… Continue reading You Should Be Proud to Be a Writer
I didn’t mean for it to happen. When I first heard the roar of the engine, there on the closed street in front of Austin’s capitol, I never meant to throw my arms up in the air and scream wildly. Who knew my heart would begin to pound simply by driving my little Fiat onto… Continue reading Falling in Love with F1
I grew up with my nose in a book, rereading my favorites over and over again. As a kid, I practically lived in the public library, methodically working my way through the Dewey Decimal System and summer reading lists. My allowance was spent in the mall, not at boutiques but at B. Dalton Bookseller. A black and… Continue reading 4 Tips for Editor, Writer Working Success