Inspiration and wisdom for women, young women and feminists
Earlier today a reporter posted an online article about the fact I was taking two busloads of women to the Women’s March on Washington, DC on January 21, 2017 to stand shoulder to shoulder and toe to toe with hopefully a million other women making sure the new administration did not forget about women’s rights like pay inequality and our right to choose about our body. As soon as the article came online it was filled with really tough comments about me, the event and our mission. I never doubted having the article placed, but I needed to get away from the computer to soak in some inspiration.
I headed to Barnes and Nobel to be in peace without a computer. I decided to look for a couple Women’s Rights books and words from some foremothers to cheer me up and sustain me. As I was starting to search, a bright 20 year old woman came up to me to ask if I needed help. In typical form, I couldn’t just say “I’m looking for a book on Women’s Rights,” I had to tell her the whole online article issue and my need to find words to sustain me.
Immediately she said, “I love Women’s Rights” and I have the perfect book for you. She proceeded to hand me “The Feminist Fight Club” by Jessica Bennett and said I think you’ll love this. Without looking through the book, I took it and said “Thank you I trust your opinion.” I proceeded to tell her about our plan to walk on Washington and she said she would love to attend. I gave her my business card and told her I wanted her to join us. We both went off smiling having met each other in an unexpected time and place but realizing we were soul sisters in feminism. I made sure to also pick up the book “Feminism Unfinished” to give me more historical perspectives on the American Women’s Movements.
My defeated spirit spurred by some men’s comments to the article changed when this one woman lifted me up with simple but compassionate words and actions. It is a reason I love women and have worked so hard to support them. We get each other. We support each other. We want to be better together. That is the reason I am marching on Washington DC because women deserve every single equal ounce of rights and justice in this world. We are amazing people with extraordinary abilities to support and help each other and the world. We can and will make it different.
Thank you to my 20 year old Barnes and Noble friend for the unexpected gift of warmth, friendship and hope. I do hope she joins me to march in Washington on January 21st. I’m sure we will be arm and arm together and shoulder to shoulder with thousands of other positive women.
Special Giving Tuesday Message
Celebrating its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It is proof that social media has had a positive impact on the world as we know it. Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year.
This is the first time in my 22 year entrepreneurial career that I am personally participating in #GivingTuesday. I typically market events, memberships and my company Women TIES to get more women to buy from each other and create a stronger financial buying circle for women; but today is special, because today is Giving Tuesday and I need your financial support.Instead of my written word to explain why I need your assistance, I taped a video message for you to listen to with an open heart – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdKVm_Pyp-g
I know you will receive many giving requests today and all causes have purpose and significance. I can’t say the organization I am raising money for is more deserving than any other, but I ask you to consider donating so I can help raise money for 261 Fearless.Org and to run in the 2017 Boston Marathon with legendary Kathrine Switzer who will celebrate her 50th Anniversary of being the first woman to officially register and run that race. I will bring women entrepreneur’s dreams with me to this “feminist moment” as I line up at the start of the Boston Marathon line with Kathrine so we can all cross the finish line together.
To make a donation to my Boston Marathon Run and 261Fearless.org, go to this link.
I can’t run without your financial and emotional support. I promise you the donation is going to a very worthy cause about “women supporting women” in life and running. I remain committed to you and women everywhere. Thank you for your generosity today.
Cyber Monday Marketing Tips for Small Businesses and Women Entrepreneurs
As I entered my office on a foggy Monday in Central New York, I decided to create a simple Cyber Monday special and market them to my customers and the public. I love running a business where I have the ability to create a positive, brighter atmosphere for myself and my constituents quickly. I also love the ability to establish marketing specials and use social media to broadcast them.
In case you didn’t know, Cyber Monday was created as a marketing strategy the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 and it’s quickly become one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.
Today’s blog post offer simple tips on how to create and market a Cyber Monday Special today even if you haven’t thought about doing it until this moment. I hope these easy suggestions help you:
* Review the list of your business services or product offerings. Decide which you’d like to post as a special – maybe one of your most popular ones or perhaps one you’d like to have more customers consuming.
* Create the “offering” by deciding on a certain percentage discount off the regular price or giving 2 items away for the price of 1. You could also offer a bonus product or service if someone buys from you today.
* Market the Cyber Monday Special on your social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, etc. and share it with your friends and hopefully theirs.
* Market your Cyber Monday Special through a personal email blast to your current customers making sure they are aware of the deal.
* Most importantly, follow through on what you offer by: making sure you grant the discount, billing properly or mailing the bonus item immediately. You want to be honest, fast and successful in delivering what you market on Cyber Monday.
If you are waking up today not knowing what kind of marketing you should be doing, take my advice and bring some light into your business by creating and marketing a cool Cyber Monday Special for the customers you love and the new people you want to attract to your company.
NOTE: If you are a woman entrepreneur (women only) interested in my company’s Cyber Monday membership deal, simply visit http://www.womenties.com/join.cfm and join at the premium level and receive 3 months membership for free to your annual membership. It’s that easy! We’d love to have you brighten up our growing New York State organization too.
Inspiration and wisdom for women and female entrepreneurs
I purposely positioned my desk and computer to face out a huge window overlooking my front yard, 70’ blue spruce tree, 6 maple trees and a horse farm across the street. I believe work is enhanced when you have beauty to view.
Living in Syracuse, New York means when beautiful Lake Ontario graces us with fun, sun and pink sunsets in the summer, we can expect snow to rage wildily in the winter if the winds are just right. As I looked up at my pine tree, little tiny snowflakes are crashing into each other as if they have no direction.
In an instance the snowflakes resembled how people are reacting after the presidential election. All the emotions, conversations and actions are as frantic as these snowflakes being driven by the harsh wind. If there wasn’t wind to fuel the snowflakes movement, they would peacefully settle down at their own pace to the ground. But instead of floating and settling, they are propelled speedily around bumping into each other.
I have had to defend my feminist voice more recently to people I didn’t expect to although I’ve voiced it for 22 years. The reason is because we are taking two buses of women to Washington DC on January 21, 2017 to be part of the million women landscape in our national’s capital. Our foremothers did it. I will do it and I’m bringing like minded women with me. It is not a sin. It is not a revolt. It is a peaceful reminder that the United States is made up of women – 52% in fact – that need their rights and other human rights not forgotten with the new all male, white administration so far.
Just like a snow pile can’t block the view of a window unless enough of them collect in height and length, the reminder that women’s rights and human rights must be remembered in Washington, will be seen when a million women and their supporters create their own “snow pile” of a million of them together in solidarity in January.
Like the snowflakes, we will float. We will not collide. We want a peaceful journey. We don’t need harsh wind to push us around. We just want to be seen and all land together in one place, in one pile, to show our massive presence.