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Art, Evolution and Coffee

Art, Evolution and Coffee

A week in the Mind of Mugsy.

Here’s a truly random top 5 list for your day!

Some interesting articles are floating around this time of year and these are the ones causing the most chatter in the office this week, You really get a sneak peek into our brains with this one lol.  We are a strangely beautiful office that talks about art, evolution, and female empowerment coffee. Let’s share!

We love when art crosses platforms. This is a beautiful blend of various tools and utensils to create something unique. The creativity it takes to see objects in this light (haha) is an incredible feat in itself, and then to execute it is simply astounding. It has sparked some creativity around the office.

As it all seems…

As it seems, there were a few different species of humans alive at the same time (which proves a theory of evolution that floated around the office, but that’s for another time…). Technology has allowed us to recreate one of our ancient ancestors and now we know what we used to look like. This is an incredible discovery, and it’s all based on a pinky and partial jaw bone. Well, DNA from a pinky bone. So Jurassic Park hehe. What do you think humans are going to look like in 10,000 years?

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Giving birds a bad name…

Alfred Hitchcock gave birds a bad name for years. The idea of this many birds in one spot was truly downright terrifying. But after seeing this, maybe I can start to believe that birds can be truly majestic and relaxing creatures. This kind of synchronized movement seems impossible, but they move so naturally. The consistent but ever changing pattern is surprisingly calming, even on the most stressful days. Then again, maybe the reason they seem so calming now is because they are so far away…

Our last two…

Our last two articles are coffee based because here in Mugsy, coffee is life. We were VERY excited this week to learn that Starbucks new blend is inspired by female empowerment and honors trailblazing women in the coffee industry! We will absolutely be checking out their Siren’s Blend in honor of this amazing women who brewed their way to our hearts.

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And finally…

This article was almost banned in the office. If we didn’t read it, we couldn’t admit any truth and possibly change our coffee intake. But alas, here we are and we are happy with the results. There were some interesting findings, ranging from how you take your coffee to other benefits from drinking this beautiful beverage we all love so much. Would you change your caffeine intake if you found out it was bad for you? Read the article and sound off in the comments!

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Movies That Inspire Us at Work

Movies That Inspire Us at Work

Movies have the ability to bring us on a rollercoaster ride of emotion so intense we laugh, we cry, and sometimes we even need a nap after. And sometimes – they can also bring out the beast of inspiration. Movies can have an impact that lasts for a lifetime, and while we have so many conversations in the office,  this has been one of my favorites, which is why I asked to write this post. The question was asked about what movie makes us want to work harder and do better and the answers were as eclectic as our group is.

Image courtesy of IMDB.

Emily

A true movie buff, she’s been making a list of “must watch films” for me for years that we have slowly been checking off, yet rapidly adding to as well, but when asked for the most inspiring movie, she said “Chef” without hesitation. A beautiful movie showing how a person with enough passion (and a rough enough day) can create something beautiful.

PS Although Chef is her inspiring movie, she constantly says Mugsy wouldn’t exist with We Bought a Zoo and “twenty seconds of courage”.

Elana
“The movie that makes me inspired at work is The First Wives Club. This fierce group of college best friends who went their separate ways in life were brought back together by tragedy. As they were reconnecting, they realized each of them had a unique talent or skill that would be beneficial in helping women like themselves, and the friend they lost. It rekindled their friendship, and they created something amazing as a legacy to their friendship. I always strive to find that kind of passion in all the work I do.“

Image courtesy of IMDB.

Image courtesy of IMDB.

Al

When asked this question, he immediately jumped at Back to the Future. His point was that it shows how your actions today build on your future. The better work we do now, the further we can push our ourselves down the road! Such a great point!

Yahaira
The Devil Wears Prada has so many levels of possible inspiration. If you look at the plot of the movie and how one person can endure so much with passion and tenacity as the only driving force, nothing could stop you in the business world. If you look at the quality of the writing and acting, it sets a high standard that can be achieved. No matter how you view this movie it is a great one!

Image courtesy of IMDB.

Image courtesy of IMDB.

Ryan

The most surprising (but my favorite) entry on this list was Hitch. I used to watch this movie on repeat, and there’s this scene when Hitch realizes that the truth in his own advice, “They want the real you.” Applied to every day and every aspect alone it is a great inspiration to be AUTHENTIC in all you do (the motto here at Mugsy). But that’s not why Ryan chose it. He says that he applies the dating advice Hitch gives into his everyday interactions with people. Totally explains why clients say he’s so likeable!

Now it's Your turn!

Share your favorite, most work-inspiring movie in the coments, and I will share mine too!

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!

The Best Tips on How to Find Work in the Gig Economy

The Best Tips on How to Find Work in the Gig Economy

For many Americans, it can be difficult to find joy or fulfillment in traditional work. That’s why it’s important to find a way to make money doing something you enjoy. It’s never easy to break into something new and start making cash right away, so it may be best to start with a part-time or short-term frame of mind. With a job in the gig-economy—meaning freelance work, where you’re your own boss—you can start building a name for yourself in your chosen field, try something you’ve always wanted to do, or practice a hobby and actually make money doing it.

Here are a few of the best ideas on finding the right gig for you.

Work with animals

Millions of Americans have pets, meaning you’ll have a lot of clients to choose from should you decide to work with animals. You might become a licensed groomer or sign up with a site to be a pet sitter or dog walker. This type of job will allow you to keep flexible hours, get outdoors for some exercise, and spend time with sweet animals who can help reduce your stress and anxiety and can even lower your blood pressure.

Get creative

If you enjoy drawing, painting, practicing calligraphy, photography, or sewing—just to name a few—you can start your own business providing services for brides-to-be, new parents, and anyone who might need your creative craft skills. To help launch your business, look into working with wedding and event planners so they can help direct you to new clients.

Start writing

Freelance writing is one of the best ways to slip into the gig economy, in part because it can almost always be done from home, and it allows you to set your own schedule. The best way to start is by looking online for freelance gigs or checking out the websites of some magazines, blogs, or webzines you’re interested in, and querying about how to pitch an article. Keep reading here for some tips on how to get started.

Crunch the numbers

If you’re good with numbers and have experience with accounting, you might look into doing some freelance work around tax time. Check out some local accounting firms and tax offices to find out how much they charge for their services. If you can offer competitive rates and get the word out to friends and neighbors, you’ll have enough customers to get you through spring.

Childcare

Have experience with kids? Put the word out that you’re looking for work in childcare, either through friends and loved ones or on social media. If you have a lot of free time—especially in the summer when kids in most states are out of school—your expertise and open schedule will be invaluable to busy parents in your community.

Getting started

Finding work in the gig economy can be tricky at first, but the key is to know where to look. Do some research online and find out what sort of services are most needed in your area. It’s also important to do your homework when it comes to similar businesses so you can offer competitive rates for your services. Once you’ve completed those tasks, it’s time to figure out marketing and accounting logistics. Start a business website that details your business and shows off your skills; many can be made for free or very cheaply on sites like Weebly. You also should consider using a free invoice app to make collecting payments and bookkeeping simpler, and create a business email account that’s separate from your personal account.

Talk to your loved ones and keep them updated so they can help, and above all: remember to have fun!

Guest post provided to Mugsy PR by Lucy of Gigmine.co.

Summer is Coming…Are You Ready?

Summer is Coming…Are You Ready?

My favorite season is DEFINITELY summer! That’s right…I love summer in Florida. For me, every weekend is about hitting the pool or beach, riding with the top down and sipping on summer-inspired cocktails at restaurants along the beach and intracoastal.

This summer, I’ve vowed to do more than my usual routine (even though it doesn’t get old for me). I want to take more advantage of Florida in the Summer. In case you need a little inspiration for your summer (at least when it’s not pouring outside), take a look at my summer bucket list below.

  • Visit a natural spring in Florida
  • Pedal power my Summer by booking a Cycle Party tour with friends and family
  • Ride my bicycle more around town
  • Make my way to Miami more and visit unique locations like Concrete Beach Brewery
  • Write more (see…I started already!)
  • Go hair-free with Body Details to make Summer fun even easier

What do you want to accomplish this summer?

 

How to Blog in 5 Easy Steps

How to Blog in 5 Easy Steps

Here at Mugsy PR, we know the value and importance of blogging. It’s a great way to educate the world while taking some time for yourself…that’s how I look at my blogging time anyway. Are you having trouble getting started or finding yourself stuck in a blogging rut? Take a look at our 5 easy steps for getting started – or back on track!

  1. What About What You Like: No one says you have to walk about a “certain” topic. Write about what you like and what you know about and then share it with the world!
  2. Start Small and Grow: If you’re just getting started, write a couple posts and share it with your close friends first. Once you find your rhythm and voice, you can then share on social media, Linked In, forums, etc.
  3. Sharing is Caring: Here’s the deal (and what was the hardest thing I had to learn), people want to know about the blogger. Share information about yourself. You don’t have to tell your deepest, darkest secrets, but a little information goes a long way to building your audience.
  4. Think Mobile: While sometimes it makes good sense to have some longer blog pieces, the truth of the matter is that most people research, read and work (at least a majority of the time) from their phones. I won’t go as far to say keep it simple stupid, but I will say you should think of how much you would want to read from your mobile device.
  5. Create a CTA: You don’t have to always be selling, but there should always be some form of a call to action. Even a question to be considered should always be left on the mind of your readers.

Now it’s time to get started! Start your blog and start thinking, writing and sharing with the world!