30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 11: How I Stopped Spinning My Wheels

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 11: How I Stopped Spinning My Wheels

When I started this month’s challenge about saying no, I thought it was going to be mostly me literally saying no to people. What I’ve realized after doing it for 11 days is that a lot of it is about simplifying things in my life. Saying no to invites, events and really anything that pulls my focus.

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 10: Late Night (Snacking) With Robin Gelfenbien

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 10: Late Night (Snacking) With Robin Gelfenbien

When my Mom was pregnant with me, she had a hiatal hernia, so the doctor told her not to eat solid foods at night. That’s when she turned to ice cream and who could blame her? Every night she’d watch the 11:00 news and let that cool sweet creamy nectar slide down her throat, into her belly and into my bloodstream.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 7: Oops, I Did It Again

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 7: Oops, I Did It Again

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I get easily distracted when I go to my co-working space. I see new and old friends there and I love catching up with them. The problem is that it takes me away from my work because I have a hard time with boundaries, saying no, politely excusing myself and more.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 6: How to Ghost PEN15

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 6: How to Ghost PEN15

Yesterday after a few meetings, I popped over to my co-working space to get some work done before heading home. When I arrived, they were setting up for an event, which meant I was going to be hard-pressed to get much done. Damnit!

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 5: What Would We Do Without MySpace?

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 5: What Would We Do Without MySpace?

Lately I’ve been working from home a lot and while I love it for the incredible focus I get, I can get a little down from time to time. I’m a complete extrovert and feed off of other people, so going to my co-working space can remedy that in no time, but it can also get me into trouble. Since I love people so much, I also love to talk to them (A LOT) and that can get me off schedule.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 3: What Would Susan Lucci Do?

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 3: What Would Susan Lucci Do?

When The Moth (a popular storytelling series based in New York City) has a theme for one of their Story SLAMS (an open mic) that is perfect for one of my stories, I get tickets tout de suite.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 2: C is for Cookie

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 2: C is for Cookie

While I haven’t officially announced this, every month of my 30-day challenges, I have also given myself an additional 30-day goal that is more traditional.

  • During December’s “See Ya, Bucko” Challenge, I didn’t spend money on coffee for 30 days.

  • During January’s “Gelf-Care” Challenge, I didn’t watch TV for 30 days.

  • During February’s “Trust” Challenge, I gave up sugar for 30 days.

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 28: In Rob We Trust

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 28: In Rob We Trust

Storytelling is not just about entertaining people, it’s about connecting. It’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about it. I love connecting with people in a very real way, especially when I share one of my personal stories.

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 27: I'm Gonna Go Postal

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 27: I'm Gonna Go Postal

Despite my last two blog entries, I’m generally very nice to customer service people on the phone and in real life. I generally think it helps to be nice to people regardless of the situation vs. coming out swinging, but yesterday, I wasn’t in the mood.

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 26: The Oscar for Poor Customer Service Goes to...

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 26: The Oscar for Poor Customer Service Goes to...

“Ms. Jel-fil-been, I’d like to thank you for being a loyal Citi credit card customer for 25 years,” the customer service rep says on the phone last night.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” I think. “Let’s wrap this up.”

I don’t want to be reminded of how much money I have spent during that time, but yes, I am indeed extremely loyal.

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 25: The Oscar for Credit Card Theft Goes to... Some Schmuck in Skokie

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 25: The Oscar for Credit Card Theft Goes to... Some Schmuck in Skokie

I’m sitting on my couch watching The Oscars when I get text on my phone from Citi saying they couldn’t process a recent charge. I’m not sure what they’re talking about. I haven’t used my Mastercard to pay for anything recently, but I’m so wrapped up in Melissa McCarthy’s dress that I hold off on doing anything about it until the commercial.

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 24: Shakes on a Plane

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 24: Shakes on a Plane

If there’s any form of transportation I trust the most when it comes to potential theft, it’s flying. If anyone is going to steal something, it’s harder for them to do it on a plane because they’re trapped there for a few hours. Sure they can plead innocent, but it’s easier to find the culprit on a plane than on a train, a bus or a subway where people get off frequently (and in NYC, I, unfortunately, mean that literally and figuratively.)

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 20: Delta, Delta, Delta, Can You Help Me, Help Me, Help Me?

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 20: Delta, Delta, Delta, Can You Help Me, Help Me, Help Me?

I’m sitting at the gate in the Charlotte airport awaiting my flight to Fort Myers. We’ve already been delayed once for about 45 minutes probably due to the rain outside. It won’t affect my connecting flight in Atlanta, so I’m not worried about it.  

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 17: Roomie Knows Best

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 17: Roomie Knows Best

“I wouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself right now,” Mindy says on our call Friday night. It’s rare that we get to talk. She’s got three young sons, a demanding job and a minimum 2.5 hour commute in each direction every day.

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 16: We Must, We Must, We Must Increase Our Trust

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 16: We Must, We Must, We Must Increase Our Trust

“I can’t believe you did that,” my BFF says to me. This statement surprises me, but then again, it shouldn’t. I have known Kristen since I was seven, we traveled together in Europe and the U.S. for three months and we lived together in San Francisco for two years. I think she knows me pretty well.