What's Your Power Song?

Gail Blanke is an Executive Coach and the author of several books, including Throw Out 50 Things and In My Wildest Dreams. She's also someone I consider a Badass Business Person.

In Throw Out 50 Things, she talks about having your very own power song. Your song may be attached to an incredible memory, a time when life was in flow for you, or that high school game when you had won the championship. It fills you with confidence and describes how you want to feel. It gets you pumped and radiating confidence for that career-changing presentation or interview. Said more beautifully...

What would it take for you to know the truth: that you're exactly the right person, at the right place, at the right time, to get what you want? What song would you hear- and sing- when you've decided to be energized, irresistible, and unforgettable? Here's what it takes: you have to find your song and sing it. Sing it for all your worth. Why not? This is the moment you've been waiting for. And the world has been waiting for you.


I've had a few songs over the past decade, including "Catch the Sun" and "Breakaway."

But these days, I'm loving something a little more sophisticated and dynamic: "Soul Selfie" by the world's #1 poetic voice, Sekou Andrews. Please give it a listen - he is incredible!


Please share! What's your power song?


Image from TEDMED

Posted on September 19, 2016 .

Back to School... Cool?

I have forever been a fan of the 1-strap shoulder bag. From a young age, I always thought that it was so... adult looking, and I was always eager to be ahead of my time. 

But as I've become prone to real #adulthood, I have a confession: I've secretly fashion-judged my peers who would tote their goods between home and the office with... a backpack.

And now I sheepishly admit that it's time to ask myself: should I join them?

I've been a subway-walking commuter for the past 10 years and now walk a round-trip 3 mile commute to the office daily. I refuse to join a lament that many share, "We're getting old!?" (Maybe you're getting old, but I am not getting old). 

However, regardless of age, it's important to take care of your body through small, everyday habits. And I can tell you that all these years of walking slightly lopsided with a shoulder bag is leaving my spine feeling crunched and my posture semi-permanently slouched. Of course, sitting at a desk all day doesn't help either. 

So, with too much narcissistic hesitation, I'm wondering: is it time to think about a backpack?


I think this Smith style from State Bags is pretty polished for hipsters and grown-ups like. What's even better: for each one sold, they hand-deliver a bag with essential goodies to an American child in need.


Please weigh in! Do you use a back pack? Are you self-conscious about it, or am I completely narcissistic? Has it made a difference in your body?


PS: Going back to school and Getting organized for the new year

Posted on September 12, 2016 .