August Calling

Hey folks!

I'm back in Brooklyn after more than a month of traveling around. Admittedly I've been struggling with resistance in getting this newsletter out. Weeklyish was my goal; it may have been a little ambitious but the intent was there. The thing is, I have a link saved to share Jesse Williams speech at the BET Awards, if that tells you how long ago I started this issue (June, ahem).

HOWEVER TODAY is TODAY and SPOILER ALERT: This issue is long. So prepare accordingly. 

One of my long-time struggles has been writing for myself. I've been writing and editing for others for so long that it takes a little motivation for me to actually write my own material. Even though I know it feels good. Even though I know it will help grow my business. Even though it helps me get out of my own head. Even though it is a calling.

Reminds me of this nugget from Steven Pressfield's The War of Art

Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in potential. It's a repelling force. It's negative. It's aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work."

Well then. Needless to say, I'm working on my resistance.

So much has happened this summer. Out in the world and in my own. Here's a rundown:

 My dog, Lou, on the beach.

My dog, Lou, on the beach.

I spent close to three weeks in Maine. A quick summary: There are many things I love about Brooklyn. But it's not the easiest city in which to live. I grew up in Portland, Maine and really enjoy going back to see what's changed, go to my favorite places, see some of my people, get in ample beach time and just breathe in the air. I did all that and more.  I subletted my friend's place in the Bayside neighborhood, frequented Portland Power Yoga and just chilled out. All while doing client work and the radio show, of course. This is one of the reasons I love being a solopreneur who can work from anywhere. I am so grateful I took the plunge and left my corporate job (a year ago this month, but who's counting really).

Reconnected with my old high school friend Shannon Murphy Wong of Shannon Wong Pottery. I love her stuff and I got this amazing beautiful mug as a reminder of where my heart is! She's located in Portland, Maine and does custom orders! Check her out!!amazing beautiful mug as a reminder of where my heart is! She's located in Portland, Maine and does custom orders! Check her out!

 Shannon Wong Pottery

Shannon Wong Pottery

Speaking of artists, I also want to mention Farhaana Washington. We do karate together in Brooklyn and her photography captures the spirit in the city and in nature. I personally love her photos of animals and Coney Island! If you're looking for a cool gift or want to support Black art, definitely give her site a look!

OK back to the rundown:

A Big Queer Wedding. (Not mine). You know what's fun? Celebrating queer love. Especially after a national tragedy during Pride. #Orlando. This violence is happening everywhere. These are not isolated incidents. Do me a favor. Be an ally. Notice who's in the room and who's not. Use your voice to speak up for the marginalized and oppressed. Don't think about it really? Please start. Have trouble speaking up? Try. Believe me, I struggle with this, too, and no one's perfect. But these little conversations we have - with our coworkers, our family, our friends, our acquaintances really make such a difference in the environment for people. I'm not just talking about straight people standing up for LGBTQ folks, I'm talking about white people standing up, moving out of the way for people of color, and amplifying their voices. I'm talking about interrupting offensive jokes and comments at the expense of others. That said, we have to bring more love into this world. And witnessing the wedding of two of my favorites, Sonya and Chaia was just enchanting and magical and real and wonderful. Plus there were major babes there and who doesn't like to be around good-looking and smart-as-fuck and conscious people??

Chilling (and working) in the Catskills for a few days. I recommend the Phoenicia Diner.

The presidential campaign. Oy vey. It's not actually funny. Trump must be stopped.

Car Pool Karaoke (I have a thing for Missy Elliott, OK? Michelle Obama is pretty great, too)

Sage Summit in Chicago. A not-so-quick summary: Sage Summit is a big conference that software company Sage puts on every year for its partners, customers, and prospects. It's a big party. With workshops and exhibitors and media and celebrity speakers. Schmoozing galore. The first time I went to a Sage conference it was in Orlando about nine years ago and I was covering it for Accounting Today and the big headliner was Eddie Money. This year's big headliner was The Killers. I also listened to Gwyneth Paltrow, Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher, Yancey Strickler (founder of Kickstarter), Richard Branson and the two sharks from Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John. I tweeted the event for The Radical CPA and also threw out some tweets at my account if you want a recap. But mostly I was there to hang with my client, friend, and Let's Get Radical co-host, Jody Padar (CEO of New Vision CPA Group) and her most excellent and lovely team. Do you know we haven't seen each other in person for six years? We do all our work from Skype, phone, email and text. I love a virtual office! But back to Sage: the entire thing was well-executed. It was an example of marketing and branding done exceptionally well. A mix of cool and hip with old-school professional. Their global efforts were felt. I really enjoyed the hot dog carts at lunch. One thing I will say: I went to a session on the future of accounting and was beside myself that the entire panel was comprised of white middle-aged men (except for one younger man). Not one woman. Not one person of color. No trans person (I would have died right there if that happened). Pro tip: A panel of all white men, no matter their influence, discredits the subject. #dobetter. It certainly was not reflective of the participants at the conference.

 Seriously? Come on.

Seriously? Come on.

Anyway. I took a bunch of photos and a video of The Killers bringing Vegas to Chicago, which you can view via Insta.

Let's see what else:

My old coworker and friend Sage Hayes (no relation to the software company) released
this inspiring and poetic video about Embodied Liberation. Sage does trainings about trauma and the body and often works with people who are on the front line of trauma. It's worth a watch. 

My boo's birthday. I managed to keep a secret about his surprise party. He couldn't decide whether to love me or hate me when he came out of shock. (He had a lot of tenderness in his eyes when he said that, so chances are it's leaning in the love direction.)

And now it's August!

Before I go, I want to give you an update on what's happening with Let's Get Radical. Let's Get Radical is a radio show I do with Jody Padar on VoiceAmerica Talk Radio. It's an hour every Tuesday at 11AM EST. We talk to small businesses and entrepreneurs and the people who love them about small business issues, branding, their stories, and as Jody describes it, a dip into their "financial underwear drawer." We recently interviewed Michael English, an entrepreneur who is creating innovation spaces at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina. We also interviewed Mindy Mackenzie, a former executive of Jim Beam all about creating a company grounded in truth-telling. And if tax is your thing, we spoke with Avalara's Shane Ratigan all about what's coming down the pike in 2017 in the area of sales tax. Exciting stuff, people! Exciting stuff!

Oh, and also. Check out this week's show and next week's show because the episodes were recorded live at Sage Summit. Which means our guests were all spur of the moment and we interviewed everyone from Chicago's best Bar Mitzvah DJ to an accounting technology guru to an exhibit booth entertainer (yes, you read right) to the president of Sage North America (he didn't know about the term solopreneur so I rib him a little about that). Anyway, we definitely have fun with it and it's the first time Jody and I are actually face to face, so the vibe is different! We are on iTunes!Leave us a review!

OK folks, that's all for now. I love hearing from you, so if you have something to say regarding this newsletter or want to connect, feel free to reach out! And as always, if you get this and are like, what the heck, just unsubscribe. I won't be offended, promise. 

Til next time,