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Hide and Seek, Scams Dirt Cheap and Other Things We’re Discussing Today

Hide and Seek, Scams Dirt Cheap and Other Things We’re Discussing Today

Man it has been a rough one. Two mass shootings in 24 hours definitely shook our office, as I am sure it has done to many of you, and it is about all we are talking about today. Since I don’t think we can add anything new on that conversation other than our deep desire for a BIG CHANGE, we are sticking to some smile inducing, really unique and inspiring stories we’ve been reading about. Let us know what you’ve found that makes you say “WOW” too. We love to receive shared links that we can share to our followers too! Have a wonderful rest of your week! 

Have you ever wanted to see if you fit in an airplane overhead bin? I can honestly say I have wondered, and now a flight attendant from Southwest Airlines proved it IS possible – and it definitely made people smile (and a few say WTF?!). 

Talk about a dirt cheap scam. A man made over $300K returning DIRT to Amazon. This made the inner Neil Caffrey in us smile because of how long this con went on. It makes us wonder why Amazon doesn’t have people processing returns more quickly, and also – what does this guys yard look like? All things to think about at 3am…

We all have dreams of going into space, but how about colonizing Mars? According to Georgr Dvorsky, not in our lifetimes. There’s no water, no atmosphere; we would have to change the land (known as terraforming.) Even the gravity is different, however the idea of instantly weighing less sounded appealing to us! Maybe one day we can trade Slim Fast for spaceships. 😉 

Since we can’t colonize Mars, it is a good thing corporations are doing more to help us save Earth. Cutting ties with the plastics lobby is the first step in the right direction. It is a hard battle with a lot left to fight, but its a solid foundation to start with! 

Tattoos can be sentimental, funny or even helpful (like a ruler on your finger or a to-do list on your forearm, but after 5000 years of tattooing humans, they’ve now reached a whole new level of usefulness. Tattoos that can tell you when your blood sugar is low and update you on other medical issues would be an amazing advancement. We plan to keep our eyes on this one!

What’s On Our Minds – Five of the Week

What’s On Our Minds – Five of the Week

It’s time for this week’s version of “what’s in our brains”! Some real interesting discussions around the office this week. So let’s jump right in!

The late and great Stan Lee is getting memorialized in a street in the Bronx. This is one everyone in the office can agree on. A legend that created such a rich and MARVELous universe deserves every ounce of recognition he gets. 

Coincidentally, we all saw the Lion King over the weekend. After many deep discussions, the movie was considered a success among the office, though there was a conversation about whether or not Beyonce is a good actress. What do you think? I think the quality of the movie was truly incredible and shows how far movie technology has come. There were some updates, which is always a risk, but in my opinion, they all paid off.  Which live action Disney remake is YOUR favorite?

A new ad for In-N-Out? Some people thought so, and we thought it was pretty creative, but here is the REAL story behind that lone burger from California found in the streets of NYC. 

Aliens and outer space are a consistent topic in the office. Half the staff truly believe in life on other planets, some aren’t sure, and I am certain there’s one or two signed up to go storm Area 51. We love that Elon Musk is trying to get into space. When people who have the money and intelligence to try to better the world experiment like this, we all benefit. Even though this test was failure, I’m sure we will be reaping so many more benefits in other places. Keep on keeping on, Elon.

Since we are a creative office, we always have something weird or fun floating around. Since we have some new luxury lifestyle clients we’ve been doing some fashion research and happily, this video popped up again. Shiny is a reminder that even every day things like clothing can be used to tell a story.  It definitely makes me reconsider laundry day. 😉

Entrepreneurial Guilt

Entrepreneurial Guilt

It is hard to be a business owner. When you have a family, and particularly little ones who don’t understand why work is needed instead of play time, it can feel especially guilt inducing. The balance of work vs. life gets tough for everyone so any advice can help, and that is why I felt so grateful to have my quote included in this piece on Swaay.com.

This is How These Founders Are Overcoming “Entrepreneur Guilt”

  • by Shavani Mangar

Everyone experiences feelings of guilt, but what happens when those feelings begin interfering with your work and relationships? Four female founders reflect on their experiences overcoming entrepreneur guilt and share their tips on staying productive throughout the journey.

As an entrepreneur, there are countless sacrifices that have to be made in both your personal and professional life. Having to cancel certain commitments or dedicating more time to your business than your partner or family can quickly begin taking its toll. While overcoming guilt is no easy feat, it can be done. Here are some useful tips from female entrepreneurs to help you overcome entrepreneur guilt.

Strive For Balance

As a wife and mom of two young children, Audrey Craig, CEO of GB Design House, learned that balance is key when striving to eliminate entrepreneur guilt that wives and mothers often feel.

“Though I may be present in body while my kids are playing, my mind is with the client, and I’m often juggling phone calls too. That leaves a heavy layer of guilt when I go to bed, and I’m waiting for the drawing of our family that my daughter will do at school showing a stick-figure of mommy with a laptop and a phone. But just when I block it all out and spend a well-needed weekend unplugged with my family, I go to bed with the guilt that I didn’t check my emails and come up with new designs for an upcoming event.” 

In order to tackle her feelings of guilt, Craig made the necessary changes needed to achieve balance between her professional and personal life. 

“What helps me navigate the guilt is to remember that balance is the key. I am a better mom and better business woman when I keep a balance in my life. It’s okay to leave a messy desk at the office if it means I can see my daughter do her first flip-flop at gymnastics. It’s also okay for me to meet with an event planner that just flew in, and not sign up for the second field trip of the semester.”

Decide What is Non-Negotiable

Entrepreneurs are masterful in the art of multitasking and have no qualms about wearing multiple hats in order to get their work done. However, once embarking on certain commitments, it becomes imperative that you see them through to the end– at times costing you the chance to give your time and energy to people or commitments that matter most. Entrepreneur Dethra Giles, Founder of ExecuPrep, quickly learned the importance of deciding which of her commitments were non-negotiable and how to prioritize them into her schedule.

“I own a Performance Management Consulting firm and I am a sought-after keynote speaker with clients across the globe. This means that there are some months that I travel three weeks out of four. My children are growing up and life is moving forward, I am not there and that guilt is hard to bounce back from.” 

For Giles, time with family is non-negotiable. She shares some of her tips for prioritizing them amidst her busy schedule. 

1.”Be tech savvy: who knew that I would live in the age of the Jetsons. No flying cars but video calls are real. When I am away my kids and I jump on video call quite often.”

2.”A mess is OK: I grew up in a house that was always clean. So, walking into a messy house nearly took me to my grave, but I got over it and hired help. I didn’t grow up with such resources so the idea of having a maid did not sit well with me, but the idea of spending limited but valuable time cleaning my house instead of truly interacting with my family was way more uncomfortable. The times when the maid is not there, I tell myself “I am raising people not clothes so those unfolded clothes will be fine.”

Establish A Strong Team

For Emily Taffel, owner of Mugsy PR, establishing a strong team played an essential role towards easing her guilt by granting her the freedom to spend more time with her family.

“My step kids started hiding my laptop so I wouldn’t work as much and that was my wakeup call. I was feeling guilty for not being with them, but then feeling guilty about not working when I was with them. By building up a strong team and putting in place some procedures to ensure I can step away more often, I have been able to remove some of the guilt and find a better balance.”

Taffel took the initiative to surround herself with responsible, hard-working people who she could trust to help improve the efficiency of her business.

“We brought in very self-motivated people who often times think of an idea or a next step before I do. Instead of trying to lead employees I feel like everyone at Mugsy owns their work. They lead the projects instead of me trying to manage them. There is a lot of creative autonomy here which our team thrives on. We also started using Trello to track projects which allowed me to manage every aspect of things whether I was on-site or not.”

Get Clear on Your Goals

While it is only natural for entrepreneurs to seek more opportunities to scale their businesses, there comes a time when you have to consider that some opportunities may not be aligned with your goals. Liz Toombs, president and owner of PDR Interior, has experienced all sorts of guilt throughout the course of building her business. As her business grew, her guilt stemmed from spending more time working than with her family.

“I don’t know why, as entrepreneurs, and more specifically, as female entrepreneurs we saddle ourselves with guilt. Deep down I know this work is exactly what I should be doing, but for some reason I hold myself to a standard that always requires me to be doing more.”

Over the past few months, Toombs has approached her work life in a more realistic manner by identifying her goals and focusing solely on how to achieve them.

1. “Working with an executive coach who helps me get perspective on what my goals are, why I have set them, where I am in the process of reaching them, and being kind to myself while working on them.”

2. “Opportunities that come my way may be really cool, but every one of them isn’t always going to align with the goals I am working towards. I have experienced burn-out and extreme fatigue from filling my days with things that don’t assist in achieving those goals. I don’t want to feel that way again, so I’m working on politely declining anything that doesn’t make sense for me right now in order to stay sharp and focused.”

Overcoming entrepreneur guilt is not an easy process, but it is to your benefit. Tackling these negative feelings head on will allow you to be your best, most productive self in both your personal and professional life.

From the Arts to the Gram – Top 5 of the Week

From the Arts to the Gram – Top 5 of the Week

We’re buzzing today with an eclectic group of articles that have caught our eye this week, ranging the arts to nuclear breakdowns. What would you paint? Are you in the best location for your skills? How do you feel about Chernobyl? All questions that you will ask yourself today!

Talk about a beautiful way to change the drab views of concrete and asphalt. At Mugsy, we don’t mind a little grey in our day, but we also love color. To have hidden artwork like this not only changes the view, but our perspectives too! Where would you hide some water activated paint?

We work a LOT so we may not always be at the theaters, but you better believe we have movies on all. the. time. We rep a lot of them! But I don’t believe we have seen all of the movies on this poster though this week we met someone who has! #FilmGoals. Now I know what I’m getting for the office this holiday season!

Not from Mugsy, but apparently doing voices will get you fired from a drive-thru. It just goes to show you that maybe you are not in the place most suitable for your talents. If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will inevitably fail. Though, I do want to know who complained about the voices…probably someone afraid of clowns…Bottom line – find where your talents fit best!

Image recognition has a lot of amazing uses. And a lot of creepy ones. We still haven’t quite agreed in the office if this is a technology we like or are petrified of, but Entrepreneur Magazine has a great article on how image recognition can help your social media ads. Brilliant.

Finally, speaking about social media, it definitely makes things popular. Even things you may never assume. Like Chernobyl. The popularity of the new Chernobyl show on HBO has led to the creation of tours and trips to bring you through the safe zones. Curiosity wise we get it, but we still can’t understand the slew of people trying to turn this area into an Instagram hot spot. Must we do it ALL for the ‘gram, people?!

Top Five of the Week is Back!

Top Five of the Week is Back!

We have missed bringing you our favorite news stories and all the things that have us talking – and it seems you’ve missed it too. So we’re bringing it back. Here’s our Top Five of the Week!

  1. We never need a reason to celebrate Pride, but we do enjoy the camaraderie in celebration. The bright colors and the love being spread around is glorious to see. And one of our clients embraced this feeling whole-heartedly. Check out Pharaoun Cocktail Ring’s debut for Pride Month entitled ‘I AM BEAUTIFUL’.
  2. One of our favorite stories this week is about a man who took a lucky guess and cracked the code on a decades old safe. This guy needs to try his hand at the Powerball this week!
  3. Concrete Beach Brewery just released their summer beers! They are the best brewery in Miami to beat the summer heat – ok, maybe we are a bit biased – but for real – their beer is the best! Come try their Pool Party Pilsner, Honey Rye Lager, Tropic of Passion, Award Winning Havana Lager, or ANY of their brews, and then tell me I’m wrong. Bet you can’t!
  4. Alright this one is a little “ew” worthy, but cool nonetheless and it had us buzzing. There are very few cases where the response is “it’s just a tapeworm.” and you’d be happy, but when you think you have an aggressive, malignant cancer, this may be the best news you could get! Yes – a tapeworm in a nodule shaped like a quail egg inside a woman’s body that she (and doctors) thought was cancer. Read about it here. Wow!
  5. Finally, This has made our day here. Our dogs try to walk themselves, but this is cuteness to a whole other level! Look at the speed they are running too! We want to know why? Why is the alpaca being walked by the dog? Why does an alpaca need to be walked? Either way, we want to see more!

Have a great week and send us YOUR favorite news – we’d love to see what has you chatting in your office too!