Doing Work That Matters

The reality is that it is hard to make a living doing work that matters, but I’m more determined than ever to make it work.


A Year Without Soda

Just realized that it has been a year since I gave up drinking soda. Don’t miss it much.


Show Your Work

A quick review of the new book Show Your Work and then backing it up with showing some of my own.


If Titanfall is the Future of Gaming, I Won’t Be Playing Much

This week Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment released Titanfall.

Rarely do I get as excited about a new game as I was for this one. After playing the BETA and seeing first hand how amazing this game was I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

This morning I popped the disc in and began to play the campaign.

For those of you who are not gamers, the campaign is the storyline you play through. You are given a character and you play through the story until you win the game.

These are living movies that I can escape into. When done right, I get

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Inverted Selfie

A Warm Walk In The Woods

This time of year I always get the itch to get outdoors.

It was unseasonably warm this past weekend and I looked down at my hiking boots and they were crying out to get some dirt and mud on them.

There was too much snow in the woods, but I knew Hopkinton State Park would have cleared roads to walk through the woods on.

So, my daughter, dog and I went for a walk. Of course my camera came along for the walk. I wouldn’t be much of a Samsung Imagelogger if it didn’t.

Don’t forget to get outside and away from a screen

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The Art of Saying Hello

This weekend I found myself thinking about the beginning of email. When every new message arrived it was exciting because it was a note from someone you knew or someone looking to know you.

We didn’t have tons of emails yet and spam was out there, but it was a rarity compared to today’s constant stream.

I wrote a long email to a few close friends updating them on what was going on. It was the sort of stuff we’d put into letters to friends and it felt good.

Then, I decided to take it a step further and sent a similar quick

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The Week That Was

This week was a long one.

Too much snow. Not enough sleep. Brain in overdrive trying to figure out the teeter totter of life.

So much going on from the big to the little, that it felt right to do a quick recap post since there is so much I haven’t shared.

Like most of the country (maybe world?) I jumped on the newest season of House of Cards. No surprise, I loved it. The fact that they left so much unanswered will keep me and all the other fans eager for more. Hopefully they don’t wait too long until the next season.

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When an Idea Clicks

It felt really good to speak at #FuelTheFuture and I left inspired because the idea behind what we are doing at YSN clicked more than ever before.


Looking Back At Facebook and Where it Goes Next

Ten years ago today, Facebook was created.

Since then it has grown to a worldwide site that millions of people go to every day, multiple times a day to share anything and everything.

If you haven’t seen it yet, every user has a Look Back video waiting for them. For some reason they decided not to allow you to share or like your own video, so I had to capture mine to show to other people.

(Update – Since I wrote this they’ve added a share button)

What prompted this post was a company asking me what my thoughts were on Facebook and where

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Simplicity in a Bowl of Soup and a Magazine

The house is silent except for the slow passing by of cars trying hard not to slide on the freshly fallen snow.

Dylan is in the other room watching a video on the computer. His headphones don’t allow any noise to leak.

Mondays are a night when we rarely eat together due to dance lessons, workouts and schedules that don’t sync. These are also the nights that you’ll find me cooking something in a single pot that can be enjoyed at different times by all who are hungry.

I sat down at the kitchen peninsula where you’ll rarely find me.

The Chicken Corn Chowder

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What Happens Next You Have To See

Building something you believe in from the ground up is rarely an easy task.

A year ago, when I first heard the idea behind YSN and GO I couldn’t shake how right it felt. The months would roll by and I kept thinking about it and how it had all the components of something amazing.

There was a solid business model, a team of talented people and a clear goal of making the world a better place.

The past two days I’ve been in Washington, DC with some of our team. There were multiple conversations with really important people. We held a successful

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Morning Doodling

Know Thyself

My morning began with finding out a close friend’s father had passed away. It was followed shortly with a sick child. It is still early enough that I’m wondering what the third thing might be.

Some may say “typical Monday,” but I don’t look at any day differently than another. Each that I’m above ground is a good one in my book.

I’ve been looking at the social streams that I’ve decided to sit on the banks of and have been clearing them out more than usual.

The weekend full of links, lists and look at me is something I don’t want to

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Social Misery Loves Company

A weekend surrounded by friends reminded me about what is important in life and that too many people seem to only focus on being part of the collective social misery.


Five Days in the Desert With Nokia

Nokia brought a diverse group of influencers to Las Vegas to spend quality time with their new Lumia 1520. I was lucky enough to be one of the invited.

Snowy Morning

Create From Your Head and Heart First

I watch as the snow falls outside my office window as the flurry of updates fall across my HootSuite screen.

While every snow storm is different and unique, the links, lists and reviews continue to be the same old same old.

The more I thought about this, the more I realized I should fire up the microphone and record the first episode of Managing the Gray for 2014.

Listen and you’ll hear me think about and work out my thoughts around the first hours of the new year and how I hope people will choose to create in the future.

See you at NMX

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Tea Time

The Quiet Days

In a mere few days we will flip our calendars to a new year.

2014 promises to be an interesting one, but honestly would you want to live in a world where you wouldn’t think that about the upcoming 365 days? The mere thought of how bad things would have to be for that sort of thought saddens me to my core.

These are the quiet days of the year for me and I love them.

The weather gets gray, the demands slow down and I can really spend more time just wandering and wondering.

I started my three word exercise the other night

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My cat Mustang watches the snow

Checking In

A quick sign of life so that you know I’m still out here working hard, taking photos and living life.

Filming at Lynda

Content Marketing Fundamentals Course

I’m excited to announce that my new class Content Marketing Fundamentals¬†is now live. Current subscribers can enroll and start watching immediately.

If you have never heard of, I’ve been a fan for years. Their all you can eat pricing model is why I’ve always liked them.

They only work with the top teachers in any given field and I’ve watched everything from photography classes to creative inspirations on their site.

This is my second course with them (first was Insights from a Content Marketer) that the photo above is from. I have two more coming out in the new year

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Emily Reads

Reading Makes the World a Better Place

Today is National Family Literacy Day and I’m helping raise money for a great cause works hard to insure that families around the country discover the power of reading and get all the assistance needed to make that a reality.

IdeaFestival 2013

IdeaFestival 13 – Space, Soil and Sherlock

Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to attend IdeaFestival 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.

This yearly gathering of the eternally curious is easily one of my favorite conferences. I always leave with tons of brain nibbles that keep me thinking long after I’ve returned home.

Up front, I need to thank the team for flying me down and taking care of me while there. All they ask in return is that I share my thoughts with those who will listen and I’m happy to do so.

Sadly, I had to miss the first day of the festival which focuses on the

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My Appearance on And That’s The Truth With Terry Whitaker

Earlier this year I was asked to come in for an interview with Terry Whitaker for her show And That’s the Truth.

We talked about my theater background, career and determination to make the world a better place. Of course we also chatted a bit about Amazing Things Will Happen.

This was kind of trippy to watch since it was filmed so long ago and some things have changed, but overall I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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