Making Concessions: Covid While 40 Weeks Pregnant

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I am rarely surprised or frightened by the world around me. When COVID-19 first came out and I kept hearing people worry about it, I kept becoming annoyed by it all and saying, “Yeah yeah yeah. Relax people. Why aren’t we worried about the common flu that kills between 12,000 and 61,000 people every year just in the US? Or heart disease, which kills 650,000 people in the US every year? Or car accidents that kill 35,000 people every year in the US?” I kept saying, “this is a media-driven panic, goddamnit! Turn off your TV!” I heard a very […]

I Need A Hug… A Single Extrovert’s Worst Nightmare

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Here we are, through March 2020, where most of us probably feel like February was four years ago instead of four weeks. Our lives have been turned upside down, and let me tell you, this weekend was one of the hardest times of my entire life. I don’t think I’ve experienced sadness or anxiety like I have since I was a little girl trying to figure out my childhood that forced me to grow up and take care of myself much faster than any five year old should. Saturday I took a 48-mile bike ride just to wear out some […]

Featured Artist: Amy Hutcheson

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Amy Hutcheson is an artist based in Memphis, TN. Her work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including, Globe Fine Art, Santa Fe; Mongerson Gallery, Chicago; The Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville; and Jack Robinson Gallery, Memphis. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections in Memphis and Chicago. In 2012 Hutcheson received Best in Show, From The Ground Up, from The Ground Floor Gallery in Nashville and was a nominee for the Emmett O’ Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration, nominated by The Brooks Museum in Memphis. Hutcheson received her BFA from […]

Love and Lessons

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I’m not going to make up statistics, but it seems like most people become parents on accident and then improvise as needed, accepting their new role, as humans do, fairly easily. I think I may have a skewed view of that, and the ‘accidents’ just stick with my memory better, but it does seem that more times than not, it’s either a true accident or something along the lines of “well, we weren’t NOT trying.” I love that one. Nothing like a double negative to soften a vulnerable position. When I decided at 39 to get pregnant, I had my […]

Own Your Value: Increase Your Perceived Worth [Video + Worksheet]

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Like it or not, you are constantly communicating what you’re worth. In any professional environment, you’re constantly giving subtle, unconscious cues on how people should regard your status, work, time, and talent. A lot of this is in our control; it just takes conscious effort to become aware and then refine what we’re putting out into the professional world. Most personal value advice focuses on literal valuation: researching and negotiating salary and compensation. In my popular talk, “Own Your Value,” I break down three major ways to increase your value: owning your voice, owning your work, and owning your time. Here […]

[excerpt] Relationship Ready: How I Stopped Fucking Randos and Started Cupcaking My Soulmate

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The following is the Introduction from Heidi Busche’s new book, Relationship Ready: How I Stopped Fucking Randos and Started Cupcaking My Soulmate, available now on Amazon.com! If you’re still interested in casually dating, friends with benefit-ing, or fucking randos,  then you really aren’t ready for this book. You know that wobbly table you’ve got? For now, put this book under the short leg of that table to steady the wobble. Put it on a shelf, bury it in your closet, use it as a coaster. But keep it around for that moment when you realize that you want a relationship and […]

The House of Bags

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She never called. The police detective on my case never called. She promised me. She promised me she’d call. That’s all I wanted from the police officers. The results. I wanted to know the results of my lab work. If they found a match. A DNA match. My legs were spread wide for the nurses. No tears. Calm. I was so calm as they scraped, pricked, and exposed my body to find answers. Photos. They took photos of my insides. Displayed. My insides were displayed on a large TV screen. I could see. See what I looked like inside. Was […]

Burn, Baby, Burn: Notes From the Ashes of the #MeToo Movement

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Forests recover from wildfires through the germination of seeds that are stored in the earth, some of which need the heat of fire to germinate successfully. Singed trees can sprout new branches that become new trees. In short, many forests benefit from an occasional fire. But what of the business landscape after the wildfire that is the #MeToo movement? It has been nearly two years since the movement spread across the country and then the world, like a climate-change fueled wildfire. The tinder? The untold stories of millions of women who had experienced sexual or physical harassment, assault, or abuse […]

Lisa Kolodny Johnson: A Career Powered by Great People + Strategic Brands

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Marketing and branding wizard Lisa Kolodny Johnson is about as well-diversified in her field as they come. Her career has bridged a multitude of industries and included working for Playboy Inc. and NBC-owned iVillage, which has undoubtedly earned her a well-respected and esteemed reputation. Currently, she is the Senior VP of Marketing and Business Development at Indagare Travel, a boutique luxury travel agency headquartered in NYC.  On top of overseeing all aspects of her current full-time managerial marketing and communication position at Indagare Travel, she is a dedicated mother, wife, and mentor. Her badassery knows no bounds. Kolodny-Johnsons’ humility, despite […]

Featured Artists: Ninth Street Collective

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Being an artist is a serious profession, but too often, many of the skills needed to succeed are not taught in art school. For most artists, balancing studio time with career opportunities can be overwhelming, especially when they are self-directed. Fortunately, this is where entrepreneurial groups like Ninth Street Collective (NSC) can help artists by providing them with tools to learn the business of art. With a focus on professional development, the Collective, founded by five female members, fortifies emerging and mid-career artists by generating long and short term goals, creating action plans and strategizing career paths. From identifying exhibition […]