The Drive of a "Bulldozer Parent"

I’ve heard is a few times now and I’ve had enough. My generation of parents has been labeled the “Bulldozer Parents”. We seek to guide our children in their futures, so in turn, we are stereotyped as a “Bulldozer”. I call bullshit!

I just arrived home from an international trip where I chaperoned for my daughter’s high school.  It was a wonderfully amazing trip, with so many opportunities for these young people, many first time travelers to experience world outside their small town bubble. For my daughter, it was her first international trip and the opportunity for me to be a part of that was monumental. We commemorated it with a pair of Swarovski earrings of course!

Glittery souvenirs aside, I observed a perspective of my parenting style during this trip that partly made me proud but also made me ask myself why did I back down from feeling proud about it advocating & empowering my kids? For the first time, I was affirmed that...

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THIS. IS. YOUR. XENNIAL. BRAIN. ON. NATURE.

Remember that 90s drug awareness commercial with John Roselius (the guy from Mars Attacks! & Con Air with Nicholas Cage) where he cracks open an egg over a frying pan and says, “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs.” It was a staple of my preteen childhood and one that my kids tell me is now a meme. It was part of a time where PSA commercials like that were seen by a lot of young people during our afterschool programs or Saturday morning Saved by the Bell screen time, as YouTube or social media memes weren’t a thing to help lead the fight against drugs.


A few weeks ago I started listening to this Audible book called, The 3-Day Effect: How Nature Claims Your Brain by Florence Williams.  It’s the first audiobook I’ve listened to that felt more like an extended podcast then a book that was recited. It was intriguing and I loved having the background sounds of her journeys as she logged her observations and story throughout the book....

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A Cemetery Caretaker's Advice to Millennials on Memorial Day

Since 2016, my husband and I have been caretakers of a cemetery.  It isn’t the usual part-time job that someone our age would take. As the Memorial Day holiday approaches we are asked regularly what our plans are for the weekend. We look at our schedule for where our children need to be due to their commitments of activities, aka teenagers. As a caretaker of a cemetery, it’s clear that for the majority of Millennials (1985-1995) and their children, Centennials (1996-2010) Memorial Day isn’t about visiting those who were lost.  I’m not saying that none of them do but if you head to your closest cemetery on Monday, there will be more shades of grey than others walking the tombstones. I don’t say this to condemn, actually I wanted to write this post to encourage grace towards Millennials this holiday, and inspire us all to see where Memorial Day is a holiday tradition future generations desperately need us to recognize.
Chances are if...
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An Open Letter to the People-Pleaser Generation

You might know us as the micro-generation between the GenXers and Millennials, some call us the Xennial generation. We are a generation placed in the “in-between” but I don’t believe it means we’ve been called to be the invisible middle like many have been treating us. I believe we have been called to be the BOLD printed instructions at the top of the page, right below, the line to sign our name.
 
Ever feel like you just want a do-over? Like, you’re entire life you’ve felt like you screwed it all up, you made a mess of it, you made the wrong choices, wasted too much time, and just weren’t overall focused when you should have been and now it’s too freakin’ late? Feelings like you weren't really the one making those decisions, but in reality you were allowing it?
 


Everywhere you turn someone is telling you to share your story, they say that’s where you’ll be defined, connected, and most...
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Bikini Bodies & Health Plans for a New Generation

Would you like a health & fitness plan that’s worked for past generations? Do you find when you aren’t taking care of yourself you become more aggressive or just physically fall apart?  

I'm telling ya, you’re not alone.

I’ve experienced the gamut when it comes to neglecting my health and fitness, and it’s been a repeat cycle for me. What you might not be aware of, is that this cycle isn’t you but also how your generation has been influenced to view a health and fitness lifestyle.  Yes, I believe that many of the issues we experience in creating a healthy lifestyle are part of generational differences affecting our ability to find something that sticks. Over the past two weeks, I’ve creatively researched how each generation is motivated to view healthy eating, fitness, and overall healthy lifestyles and I’m convinced there is a better way for us to co-create a healthy lifestyle as a culture.  

Your first memory of...

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How Disney Might Be the Key to Connecting with Millennials

There are several running theories on the internet that Disney has had the ability to shape certain generations.  While I’m not ruling it out, I think the even bigger question is, “Do you believe Disney has had an impact on shaping you and how you connect with Millennials?

This question has been actively on my mind since my recent trip to Disneyland in California.  I experienced Disneyland with two GenX women and no children. It was life transforming for this Xennial, so cue the research and here’s what I believe maybe be possible if you can understand how Disney influenced your generation to better connect with Millennials.

First, a little history is necessary.  Did you know that in 1955 when Disneyland opened in California, Walt Disney had over twenty years of movie making under his belt already?  He was seen as an icon due to the release of these award-winning animated movies throughout the country; Snow White (1937), Pinocchio &...

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3 Ways to Prepare and Survive Alt Summit

You’ve probably heard of the rainbow-colored, Instagramable, design and fashionista symposium that takes place in the desert pop-up city of Palm Springs called Alt Summit.  If you haven’t it's the brainchild of the blogger mama, Gabriella Blair aka Design Mom, and to give you a quick idea of the type of apocalyptic sunshine for creatives that she and her sister have been bringing together the past nine years take a scan at some of the imagery that pops up when you search the tag #AltSummit2019 below.  

I tell you, I’ve been to blogging conferences before and I’ve never felt like I felt prior to attending Alt.  Glance again at these images above and tell me...

Do you glow with confidence?  You know when you walk in the room you are going to rock it and easily create a connection with others that will sway them to gravitate to you & your work?

Do you see yourself as FUN?  You’re the type of woman who can jump in...

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Being a Xennial in Millennial Owned Companies

Has anyone ever said to you, "you set the tone"?

I’ve had an infatuation with the career of business since 1995 when my creative little Bob Ross heart first realized that business, marketing, websites, and office organization were actually very much like creating one of my pieces of art that I believed I was going to someday sell to museums and tourists.  As you can tell, I have a bit of a lack of reality too.


First, let me start with saying, I think Millennials many times get a bad rap when it comes to being judged as adults.  I have learned a lot of lessons about being an adult actually from them. I agree that some of what their generation stands for and bring to the business world have been ignored or spun as negative characteristics.  Having jobs with flexibility, receiving feedback constructively instead of abruptly, and creating a community that can support you; doesn’t sound like benefits I don’t want to have in a career. Where my...

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It Might be True - You're Not Good at Sales

How many times have you felt, “I’m just not a good at sales.”?

I remember feeling this way.  It was 2008, I’d just started as a sales program specialist at a tool and machining distributor and I was continually being pulled into the office to be told I was saying the wrong things to the customer.  I wanted to quit.
I was making my numbers at the last minute, so every month-end was a feeling of desperation and anxiety.  I’d have a few big opportunities and then fall flat on my face the next time I tried what I thought I’d done to have the same success.  I tried doing what the management was telling me to do but it felt scripted, not like me, and the more I did it the less I felt it worked.  I felt better if I could just express what I believed was important for the customer, not the agenda of the company. Sound familiar?

Feeling spammy or like your customer doesn’t see your true intentions?

Scrambling out of...

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Girl, Keep Your Religion Out of Your Business

I have very clear definitions for myself when it comes to religion, faith, and business.  They are all extremely different from each other. I’m not going to go into my definitions, at least not for religion or faith because I’m gonna take my own advice that I decided for myself a few years ago in this pursuit of a home-based business career, “Girl, Keep Your Religion Out of Your Business”, and here’s why!

With the release of Rachel Hollis’ new book, “Girl, Stop Apologizing” my feed has Rachel’s face everywhere - people I follow, people who follow me all began to post that they received their pre-ordered book this week.  Many of these women whom I know more personally, practice a Christian religion of some sort. Which is fine, again I’m not gonna go into what I believe is the definition, my belief is everyone is given the choice to decide that definition for themselves.  What did bother me about this wave of...

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