Goals

Re-Imagining Success

Re-Imagining Success

Last week, I asked you to consider committing to yourself as the vibe for 2019. How is that coming along?

One of the things that I said I would commit to is incorporating some balance in my life. By nature, I am a workhorse; I don’t know how not to work. Which in turn makes all my conversations work-ish. Even when I am trying to have fun, it somehow comes back to work. My idea of fun these days is attending a good networking event. Just the other day, I was hanging out with one of my favorite people. They said “Minda please stop talking about work while we are at the museum.” I was embarrassed to be called out, but I must admit, I didn’t even realize I was doing it.

Are You Ready For Your Seat?

Are You Ready For Your Seat?

Did you know that our CEO, Minda Harts, has a podcast? It's called Secure The Seat, and is in its second season. Secure the Seat is about women of color in the workplace — what does it take to secure a seat at the table, and once you do, how can you bring others along with you?

Home for the Holidays

Photo by  Igor Ovsyannykov  on  Unsplash

by: Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder, The Memo

The holiday season means different things for different people. For many, it's a magical time to get together with family and visit with old friends. There are family traditions, lots of food, fights, introductions, gifts, family reunions, and more!

One of the best things about the holidays (other than all the delicious food) is going back to my childhood home. My dad makes gumbo every year. We exchange gifts in my parents living room and laugh at a number of inside jokes. The house is filled with so many fond memories.

Over the years, the inside of the house has changed -- furniture's been moved, carpet has made way to wood floors, my childhood bedroom has turned into a guest room, and the toys, books, and posters from my youth have been put in boxes. Every year, I'm greeted with some new addition or change.

Every year, seeing the house change reminds me of the ways I've also changed and grown. New professional accomplishments, friends made, hobbies picked up or lost, etc. Every time I go back, I'm reminded of how far I've come from the year before.

No matter how you spend your holiday this year, we hope you take some time to reflect on the previous year, celebrate how you've grown and changed, and make plans for the year ahead.

On behalf of everyone at The Memo, we wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays and a wonderful year ahead!

Don't Waste My Time

Don't Waste My Time

Wasted time and distractions are silent killers. Let me break this down like a perm: you know the moments when Facebook pops up with memories from like eight years ago, and you’re reminded of how much time you gave that person that you will never get back? Often, I flashback to the people, places, and things I gave entirely too much of my good energy to. (And most of them, didn’t serve 60 seconds of my time.) Time spent begging folks to stay, asking folks to leave, or being mad at your boss…

Take The First Step

Take The First Step

Earlier this summer, I wrote What Do You Have To Lose? Many of you reached out directly to let me know that the article resonated (it even encouraged some of you to pick up and move to a new city!).

Sometimes we need a little push or some encouragement to help us cross the finish line. We were never meant to crush our career goals alone--we need a community to root us on!

What Do You Have To Lose?

What Do You Have To Lose?

Recently, I was at Marshalls buying candles. (Don't judge me - they have the best candles.) In addition my candles, I also ended up buying this sign that said: “Follow Your Dreams For They Know The Way.”

It got me thinking: there was a time in our lives where we dreamed so big that no one could bring us back down to earth. Somewhere between “adulting” and disappointment, though, we changed the way we dream. So many of us ignore our dreams, or limit what we think we can do.

We don’t allow ourselves the space to get crazy, audacious, and ambitious.

Savings: "What I Wish I Knew"

Savings: "What I Wish I Knew"

Do you have enough money saved for your future #goals? If the answer is no, or if you aren’t really sure, you aren’t alone --  just 45% of the 62 million working women (aged 21-64) in the U.S. participate in a retirement plan. Women are more likely to do part-time work that doesn’t come with a retirement plan. We also earn less on average, and leave the workforce at a higher rate to care for small children or aging relatives.

Especially if you’re young, you may think that savings and retirement planning is something for “Future You” to worry about. However, the best time to start saving is now! 

With this in mind, we asked women:   **What is something you wish you knew sooner about saving?**

Dream Killers

Dream Killers

by: Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo

I feel like the old Bad Boy Artist Black Rob's song, “Like Whoa!”. Are we really in 2017? 

Some of us had good, bad, and ugly 2016s. I remember growing up, going to church and there being some theme for each year. For example, Name It and Claim It 2010, or Get Your Money 2014. As inspirational as those affirmations were, resolutions can be overwhelming.