19 Jun 19

Dealing with depression is like holding a bird in your hands. If you squeeze it too hard, you’ll create an anger and resistance to it being held. And it will fight. If you are too lose and not really holding your hand, it will fly away and you’ll have to chase after it. But if […]

19 Jun 19
Erika's Blog

I am very much the type of person that buys crap ton of stuff when my mood isn’t so great…..enter FabFitFun add-on sale. I think the combination of wanting new skincare products and feeling kind of crappy led me to my INSANE purchase that I will be sharing today. I actually think the add-ons and […]

18 Jun 19
Lauren Caleb

Why does my baby keep waking up? Well, it’s a baby, so…

BUT, you can help your baby stay asleep with this snuggie guy…

17 Jun 19
Kalpesh Bedsa

9 research-based strategies to maximize your profits – What do Alan Scott, the inventor of Botox, Snuggie-creator Scott Boilen and Alexander Graham Bell have in common? Two things: They are/were all successful businessmen They didn’t particularly care for the product they sold* There’s a persistent myth that in order to be a great salesperson, you […]

15 Jun 19
Bird in the Word

It has taken me four weeks to write this one post. Four. I have stared at this screen hurt, sat here confused and wasted time arguing with shame. Writing this I have felt exposed, misunderstood before ever even sharing and fearful of the position I may put myself in by being vulnerable. Four weeks of […]

13 Jun 19

Murray Bartlett (left) as Michael Tolliver reconnects with Laura Linney’s Mary Ann Singleton.  Alison Cohn Rosa/Netflix One of the best lines in Armistead Maupin‘s original Tales of the City book comes when naive San Francisco newcomer Mary Ann Singleton wonders if she should ditch her new life to go home to Cleveland. Trying to shake […]

13 Jun 19

Murray Bartlett (left) as Michael Tolliver reconnects with Laura Linney’s Mary Ann Singleton.  Alison Cohn Rosa/Netflix One of the best lines in Armistead Maupin‘s original Tales of the City book comes when naive San Francisco newcomer Mary Ann Singleton wonders if she should ditch her new life to go home to Cleveland. Trying to shake […]

11 Jun 19
Kalpesh Bedsa

9 research-based strategies to maximize your profits – What do Alan Scott, the inventor of Botox, Snuggie-creator Scott Boilen and Alexander Graham Bell have in common? Two things: They are/were all successful businessmen They didn’t particularly care for the product they sold* There’s a persistent myth that in order to be a great salesperson, you […]

10 Jun 19
Thrive Global
Commencement speeches are a time for college graduates to hear from some of the world’s most successful and famous people before they cross the stage and enter the next phase of their lives. This year, a number of notable CEOs addressed the Class of 2019 at colleges across the country, sharing stories and life advice to America’s latest crop of graduates. In their speeches, businesses leaders from Tim Cook to Daymond John touched on what it means to be a leader, how to respond in a crisis, and the importance of listening to others when building a community. Their advice can apply for anyone, whether you’re holding a diploma or simply subscribe to a lifetime of learning. Here’s the best advice that CEOs gave the Class of 2019 in commencement speeches this year. Daymond John: “Continue to do your homework. Keep your learning goals instead of your earning goals.” Daymond John, the “Shark Tank” investor and CEO of FUBU, told graduates of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business that nothing is new and the “only thing that costs more than education is ignorance.” “Airbnb is still a timeshare. Uber is geo-tracking with a limousine service. Facebook is a nasty chain letter. I hate to break it to you, the Snuggie is still a blanket, it just has two holes in it,” he said. Tim Cook: “We forget sometimes that our preexisting beliefs have their own force of gravity. Today, certain algorithms pull toward you the things you already know, believe, or like, and they push away everything else. Push back.” “Call upon your grit. Try something,” Apple CEO Tim Cooktold graduates of Tulane University. “You may succeed. You may fail. But make it your life’s work to remake the world because there is nothing more beautiful or more worthwhile than working to leave something better for humanity.” Robert F. Smith: “We are enough to ensure we have all the opportunities of the American Dream. And we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds.” Robert F. Smith, an investor and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, shocked the graduating class of Morehouse College by announcing he would establish a foundation to wipe away their student debt. In his speech, Smith also touched on the importance of small, yet intentional change. “Don’t forget that communities thrive in the smallest of gestures. Be the first to congratulate a friend on their new job,” he said. “Be the first to console them when they face adversity.” Julie Sweet: “Leaders who build diverse teams and advocate for all are the leaders who perform the best.” Julia Sweet, the CEO of Accenture North America, urged graduates from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas to have open, honest dialogues within their communities about diversity and inclusivity. She said that “being inclusive could not mean asking entire communities to park their experiences at the door.” Janet Foutty: “I believe the only way to move forward and make progress is to act as if there is no ‘they.'” Janet Foutty, chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, challenged graduates of New York University’s Stern School of Business to adopt a “we” mindset instead of falling back on “familiar excuses,” such as “They’re responsible for pollution or poverty or prejudice. They’re the ones who choose this leader. They are sexist or racist or homophobic.” “What if there was no ‘they’?” Foutty said. “When we build a we that spans diversions and apartments, spans organizations or works between business and government, we have a much longer lasting and a much further reaching impact.” Van Jones: “If your generation says, ‘I’m not worried about the awful people, I’m going to find the awesome people and we’re going to fix these problems,’ you will finally have a country with liberty and justice for all.” In a speech to Vassar College graduates, Van Jones, a CNN political commentator and the CEO of the criminal-justice initiative Reform Alliance, drew parallels between pulling together the graduation robe and pulling together people from different political and socioeconomic backgrounds. “When you want community, you don’t start at the top,” he said. “You don’t start with the elites. You don’t start with the people who have everything already. You start at the bottom. And you start pulling up from the bottom.” Esther Brimmer: “It is important to step up and speak up, not sit on the sidelines.” Esther Brimmer is a foreign policy expert and the director and CEO of the international education nonprofit NAFSA. Addressing graduates of Pomona College, Brimmer encouraged students to both share their talents generously with the world, but also take time to replenish. “Engage your head, your heart, and your soul,” she said. “Your head tells you to run with the swift, your heart entreats you to give back, and your soul implores you to find your fun.” Jim Weber: “A curious attitude often reflects humility of your understanding of the world around you.” “To avoid being a one-hit wonder, you’ve got to develop a great radar as a leader and then be willing to recalibrate because nothing ever stays the same very long,” Brooks Running Company CEO Jim Weber told graduates from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Mary C. Daly: “You have to bloom where you’re planted. You may not always be in control of where you land. But you can absolutely decide how you’re going to live there.” Mary C. Daly, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, started her career as a 15-year-old high school dropout before earning advanced degrees Shetold Syracuse University graduates she credited help from others and owning her situation as the keys to her success. Tewolde GebreMariam: “During a crisis, it’s not about making money. It’s about making a difference. It’s about doing the right thing at the right time.” After Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down on March 10, killing all 157 people aboard, the airline’s CEO Tewolde GebreMariam decided to indefinitely ground the company’s entire fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes. GebreMariam told graduates of the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media that although his deciesion carried a huge financial risk, it was the right thing to do. “How you handle yourself in that crisis situation and the decisions you make when things are not good will define who you are after the crisis has past,” he said. Wendy Kopp: “You may find yourself encouraged to back off of your activism. I urge you to continue with it.” Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America and the CEO of education nonprofit Teach for All, urged graduates of the University of California, Berkeley to not only challenge the status quo as it relates to systemic injustices, but also the status quo of how those problems are approached. “To create different outcomes, we need to develop different capabilities than most of us have learned,” she said. “We must learn to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, to see the strengths in those from different walks of life and different ideological perspectives, to listen and learn from each other.” “And we must be literate with trauma — our own, others’ and the world’s — so that we can have generative conversations, even when others hurt us.” Originally Published on Business Insider. More from Business Insider: 6 science-backed reasons you keep procrastinating — and what you can do to beat it once and for all 10 expert tips for wowing a hiring manager to land the job of your dreams I asked experts how to be healthier — here are the 8 best tips they gave me Follow us here and subscribe here for all the latest news on how you can keep Thriving. Stay up to date or catch-up on all our podcasts with Arianna Huffington here.
08 Jun 19
TG Transformation Stories

“Look, is this what you want to see? Some thirty-year-old man wearing panties?” I said as I lifted my skirt for the camera to see the feminine underwear I was wearing. “Don’t think I haven’t noticed the changes to my body. When are you going to end this? What do you want from me? It […]

07 Jun 19
A few holdouts aside, the gay TV show has mostly gone the way of the gay bar. Acceptance and equality come at a cost — when you’re finally allowed in the club, there’s no more need to make your own. Like the tragic closing of storied San Francisco gay bars Gangway or The Lex, gone are the days of solely gay shows like “Queer As Folk” or “The L Word” (pending reboots). Television no longer has to cater solely to gay audiences in order to tell nuanced gay stories. Enter the next chapter of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City,” which picks up 20 years after its last installment and doesn’t miss a beat. Though the mini-series was highly controversial when it first aired on PBS, Netflix’s continuation feels like a warm embrace from an old friend; an unconventional marriage between rose-colored nostalgia and progressive identity politics. Creator Lauren Morelli (“Orange Is the New Black”) and executive producer Alan Poul (“Six Feet Under”) found a way to honor the spirit of the original while celebrating the queer culture of today. While exploring the varied experiences of three generations of LGBTQ people (and truly representing the entire spectrum of the alphabet soup), “Tales of the City” finds that our needs remain the same — connection, chosen family, and living one’s truth. “Tales of the City” begins with our buoyant heroine Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) nervously returning to 28 Barbary Lane. She’s been living in Connecticut, her journalism ambitions having given way to hosting informercials for an unfortunately named snuggie ripoff, the “bloodie.” (Mary Ann: “It’s like a blanket and a hoodie.”) The occasion for her return is the 90th birthday of her magical and mysterious former landlady Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis). Once there, she is greeted by friends new and old, including best friend Michael “Mouse” Tolliver (Murray Bartlett), ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), and estranged daughter Shawna (Ellen Page), some more happy to see her than others. Much as she once left her ho hum life in Ohio for greener pastures in San Francisco, we learn that Mary Ann long ago abandoned Brian and Shawna to pursue her career. Now 25, living at Barbary Lane, and effortlessly cool (or at least that’s what she wants Mary Ann to think), Shawna offers Mary Ann a fist bump and a deliberately measured “‘sup?” before walking away. Later, as the two women share a joint on the roof, Mary Ann is lulled into a false sense of security before Shawna finally lets loose. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis in “Tales of the City” “I mean its funny, right?,” she asks through a placid smile. “Like, you gave birth to me, and then you ran off for some like, bullshit career, and now here you are just, like, standing here, as if we’re buds.” Most shocking to Mary Ann about this sharp rebuke is that Shawna thinks she is her biological mother, and Brian and her other friends never told her she is adopted. Her fixation on this fact, and refusal to acknowledge Shawna’s abandonment or admit her part in it, provide the season’s central emotional arc, which proves just complicated enough to be compelling. Both characters have other things going on, of course; Mary Ann’s potential rekindling with Brian and Shawna’s romance with a filmmaker (Zosia Mamet) who is even more aloof than she is give both characters space to work through their issues. The real reckoning comes when Anna announces she is selling Barbary Lane, much to the surprise of its longtime residents. Their eccentric elder has been receiving odd visitors and cryptic letters, and Mary Ann and Shawna must work together to solve the mystery; they are bound indelibly by their love for Anna and Barbary Lane. But there’s so much more going on in “Tales of the City.” (Perhaps a little too much, but it mostly holds together.) Michael and his younger boyfriend Ben (Charlie Barnett) are dealing with Michael’s positive status, smoldering ex-boyfriends, and the challenges of intergenerational dating; new Barbary Lane residents Jake (Garcia) and Margot (May Hong) must adapt their relationship after Jake’s transition changes his desires; Brian messes up a good thing with his hilarious neighbor (Michelle Buteau); and the Millennial jokes runneth over with an overplayed Instagram sub-plot from Barbary Lane’s fame-seeking twins (Ashley Park and Christopher Larkin). Offering a little something for every persuasion on the full LGBTQ spectrum is no easy task, but it’s one Morelli and her team of all queer writers and directors perform admirably. It’s this wide variety of perspectives assembled that allows the series to be as ambitious as it is. For example, in a scene that harkens back to the original series, an older group of white gay men take Ben to task for his PC language policing and lack of respect for what they had to endure. In a tense scene that airs the community’s dirty laundry, the older men defend their right to say transgender slurs because they survived AIDS, and Ben, who is black, must sit there fuming, disempowered and outnumbered. The scene works because the show ultimately comes down on Ben’s side, with Michael rightly apologizing for his inaction. It’s a fine tightrope to walk, and a terrifying one to attempt in this climate, but “Tales of the City” manages to hold space for both perspectives. Another standout episode must be kept tightly under wraps to preserve the mystery, a key element of Maupin’s storytelling. Suffice to say that by showing young Anna in flashbacks, and casting her with transgender actress Jen Richards, “Tales of the City” successfully honors the character Dukakis created while also acknowledging the painful history of cis actors taking trans roles. The presence of Daniela Vega (“A Fantastic Woman”) as well as Garcia, the all-too-rare trans-masculine character, should appease those who would question bringing Dukakis back. With its celebratory group scenes, gay celebrity cameos (werk, Bob the Drag Queen), and gay history lessons, “Tales of the City” might be just the thing to bring the community together this Pride month. And that’s something to celebrate. Grade: B+ “Tales of the City” premiered on Netflix on June 7, 2019. 
04 Jun 19
The Weekly Rant

I am writing you this letter to: Protest your inefficiency at prioritization of emergency calls. To give you a clue about our neighborhood. Day One The tree branch broke and downed power lines on my street. YOU, meaning the Almighty Power Company, put out an orange cone and used yellow construction tape to block off the […]

03 Jun 19

Is there one perfect bottle for making mixed drinks in summer ’19? We asked those in the know.