A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia courtesy of the Visit Philly team. They showed us a different side to the city of Brotherly Love, and it is now one of my favorite cities. Who would of thought that you could find so much charm and vibrancy just a little over an hour outside of NYC? If you are in town for the Made in America festival or just a quick weekend getaway, take in the views of the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, ride through the Italian market on a segway, and learn about so many of America's firsts. The Liberty Bell and the typical tourist sites are alright, but Elfreth's Alley will really take you back in time. On my trip I enjoyed so much of the city outside of the stereotypical cheesesteaks and historical sites. If you’re ever in Philly, you need to try these things.
One of the most common questions that I get asked is: how do you manage your business while working full-time? The key is to stop stressing the things that don't matter, also known as non-revenue-generating activities. If it isn’t making you money, why are you bothering with it? Before you go on your righteous, “It’s not always about money.” rant, go ahead and exit out of this post, because I think in dollar signs. If you aren’t interested in making money then you don’t have a business or a side hustle, you have a hobby and this post isn’t for you. Trust me, I’m the first one who loves a good hobby, but in order to make your side business more profitable or even do it full-time, you need to be worried about the money.
If you're a loyal snapper, you probably opened this blog post ready to be outraged. If you're on the fence like I've been, you're hoping to find answers on which platform to commit to. Either way, we all need to cut Instagram Stories some slack and accept that it's here to stay. While yes, this new feature is a clear ripoff of Snapchat stories, this isn't the first time platforms have borrowed from their competitors. Here are some examples:
- Instagram offered filters first, Snapchat took it up a notch.
- UStream introduced live-streaming, and Periscope made the experience mobile.
- Periscope offered an opportunity for live video, Facebook Live was introduced.
- Twitter introduced hashtags and handles, they are a staple for many social networks.
A few years ago, I wanted to be a chef. When I launched my personal branding firm, The Branding Muse, I spent a lot of evenings after work cranking out blog posts and watching Chopped on Food Network. The more that I watched the channel, the more obsessed I became with food, hospitality and catering to people. Making someone a meal from the heart is one of the best ways to show love, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the busier I got, the less I cooked and ate. I'm already skinny, so skipping meals was the last thing I needed to be doing, but I just couldn't find the time. Over the years, I have learned some lessons, recipes and hacks to make sure I eat good and dedicate time to something that I love.
Wearing sneakers to work should become a thing, especially in places like New York and Chicago, where public transportation dominates. While I drive to the office most days, the comfort of my sneakers always beats any flats, wedges, or heels I can wear. I also have to admit, I feel like my swag is a on a trillion when I have a professional outfit on and a good sneaker. Before we all get carried away, I only own two pairs: my Jordan 11s and some random Nike sneakers for the gym. $280 for some Jordans will never, ever happen again, but I have found a few pairs that will blend in with my work outfits, but still make a statement - in good way. Here are a few that are on my radar