What we couldn’t stop talking about …
We spend months reading new books, sampling new foods and testing new products. We tip our hat to 2016. It was an eventful year full of awesome creations. Seriously, you have to check these things out for yourself. Here is a list of 18 Our Favorite Things:
VinoVersal is not your ordinary wine club. It’s an experience. Club members travel the globe tasting wines from around the world and learn about the vintners and history of the regions, culture, cuisine and climate, without leaving home. A fun night for girlfriends and the wines really are tasty.
- Conquer Your Year Planner
Conquer Your Year is a strategic blueprint that breaks your boldest goals and dreams down into actionable steps quarter to quarter, week to week, and day to day. It’s specifically designed to help you execute your biggest goals for your work and life, with mind-blowing efficiency. We LOVE this planner and highly recommend it.
We all were saddened by the passing of the dear Purple One. His long-time friend film director Spike Lee held a Block Party in his honor and it was AMAZING. We were all in our feelings watching some snippets. Each this one. We should all be so lucky to leave such a legacy.
- Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
In this day of Olympic superstars like Simone Biles, Serena Williams and Carmelo Anthony, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time in American history that they would have been discouraged or prevented from participating in the games. It’s even harder to imagine them competing, possibly winning and then being essentially erased from the history books. The documentary, “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice,” examines the journeys of the 18 African-American athletes who, in spite of Jim Crow laws in the United States, traveled to Nazi Germany to compete in the 1936 Olympic Games.
- The Power of Habit
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. Very cool read.
- Victoria Mui’s question of the year …
We had the pleasure of chatting with Canadian entrepreneur Victoria Mui and, boy, did she drop some jewels. One question she prompted helped transform the way some of us spend our day. Victoria told us to take time out to set up our goals and set a time to review them. Ask yourself this: “If I do exactly what I did today for 365 days, would my business get better? Would it move forward?” If not, then you need to rethink how you’re spending your days.
- Abundance Now
Lisa Nichols swooped in at LionessMagazine.com this summer and was a force of knowledge, passion and inspiration. She was bold and candid and didn’t pull any punches when it came to telling women entrepreneurs the difference between an average thinker and an abundant thinker. Here’s a piece of her wisdom: “Abundant thinkers make decisions based on knowledge not longing. So many people make decisions based on emotion. Abundant thinkers make decisions based on information. And so while longing and emotion are on the sideline – they’re’ in the passenger seat or the back seat – emotion is never in the driver’s seat of an abundant thinker. Average thinkers will allow emotions to be in the driver’s seat. Average thinkers are managing their lives 30 days at a time. Abundant thinkers are managing their lives 12-18 months at a time.” BOOM.
F6S is where founders grow together. Entrepreneurs can connect with accelerators, funds and investors. You can get help with free stuff, talent searches and exposure. F6S has been a lifesaver. We’ve saved money through various partners, received first dibs on cool opportunities and even snatched up freebies.
FilmFish is a film recommendation app created by Topher Grace, Joyce Kulhawik, Simon Borrero, Daniel Posada and Phil and Donald Sull from MIT. They have the typical broad categories like action, comedy, romance. There are also sub categories like High-Octane Action, Raunchy Comedy, Best of Romance. But then they break the categories down even further for you with really cool sub categories like Truly True Love Stories, Tarantino-Esque Action/Crime and RomComs Men Will Like.
Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor. For example, go to the website plug in “electric cars” and then buzzsumo shows me the popularity of that keyword on social media outlets, which of my competitors are known for that topic, who are the influencers on that subject and more. Helps you find your audience. You can only do a few free searches per day or you can sign up for a free trial. Pay options for nitty gritty work. buzzsumo.com.
- Pay Equity Legislation To Become Law
An Act to Establish Pay Equity seeks to help end the gender wage gap in the Commonwealth by providing a more comprehensive definition for comparable work, allowing employees to discuss what they earn without threat of retaliation from employers, and by eliminating the practice of requiring salary history on job applications before a job offer is made. The legislation will take effect July 1, 2018. WOOT WOOT!
Thinx is taking a revolutionary crack at redefining underwear for women with periods. Their Hiphugger style underwear is so absorbent, Thinx said it can hold up to two regular tampons worth of blood. A way to catch messy period leaks? YES! Sign us up!
- Amanda Nunes
This Brazilian mixed martial artist rocked our girl Ronda Rousey (we still love you!) in 48 seconds. Every new kid on the block should get their chance to shine. We wish she received a little more press leading up to the fight, but we’re sure everyone knows her name now.
- Olympic Gymnasts
Go USA! Our Olympic gymnasts showed up at the Rio Olympics to win. The five-member team that took home the gold was comprised of Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian. They also kicked butt in individual all-around.
- Bullet Journal
Bullet journaling is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook and diary. We talked about the benefits of it at our annual Unleash event. It will teach you to do more with less. Head over to Pinterest so you can see cool examples to get an idea on how to rock your own.
- Tape A Call
This app makes it super easy to record a telephone call on your iPhone or Android. Pricing is reasonable and it has worked like a dream for recording interviews.
- Brain Wave
This app is fantastic. If you haven’t tried binaural beats we suggest you do. Binaural beats are auditory tones that put your brain into the same activity state as when you meditate. Use it to reduce anxiety, anger or to perk yourself up with a dose of energy. Different beats have different effects. Choose the type you’d like in the app and hit play.
This free app helps you learn a new language. It’s totally free and easy to use and there are groups available in the app so you can practice what you’re learning. Give it a go to work on a new language this year.