Eluling… How To Start Fresh Every Year

The beginning of this secular month coincided with the beginning of the new Jewish month. Now that doesn’t always happen and isn’t very common but causes a bit of confusion among the secular community when it does.  But that is neither here nor there. This new month is called Elul. People talk about Elul being the last month of the year, before Rosh Hashanah comes in to begin our new year. However, that is not quite correct either. Here’s a funny trick about the Hebrew year. Our big new year’s celebration (think......

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Foot Savers
PR & Marketing, Random |
September 01, 2011

Foot Savers

Okay, so first off I have to say this. Dr. Scholl’s is not paying me for this endorsement however, I am a BzzAgent and I receive these products to try and talk about. I received a pair of Dr.Scholl’s for Her: High Heel Insoles to try along with some coupons to share. I had my doubts. I have tried these kinds of things before. They never made much of a difference, in fact, they just caused pain in my shoes. I slipped these into the one pair of shoes that I have......

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Finding Balance In Forgiveness, Bliss In Pure Happiness

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness and bliss and balance lately. You find those moments where the world seems off kilter or flying past you. When we work all the time or rush through our lives, it can be hard to find the balance. And then last night I was saying the nightly prayers, the bedtime Sh’ma… just like I always do… every night… and I started to pay attention, again, to the words I was saying. You see when you read something every night it begins to become rote… easy…......

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Two Cool Jews Being Cool Jews in Soho

I have two amazing friends. Okay, I set myself up for that one. I have many cool friends but today I want to talk about two in particular. I met Esty and Dovi Scheiner what feels like a million years ago. Dovi’s brother is a rabbi in Colorado who my family is close with and I met them at a bar mitzvah. It is Dovi’s sister-in-law Chani as well as Esty and Dovi themselves that I have to thank for my amazing spiritual journey into Orthodox Judaism and Chabad in particular. I......

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The Negative Online Experience

This post is slightly different from yesterday’s blog. Yesterday, I talked about a message I received on Yelp in response to some feedback that I left. I pointed out that it was a very positive experience and the business owner genuinely appreciated the feedback and wanted me to come back and try their business again. Today I want to talk about our 24 second attention span/news-cycle and the advent of mean online commenting, either anonymously or through features like Facebook Connect. Have you read any controversial news article online lately? Ever make......

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Positive Use of Online Feedback

This is part one of a two-part series. Interestingly enough, I have experienced both the positive and negative side of online feedback in the same day! Let’s start with the positive and figure out some takeaways. I am very active online and one of my favorite activities is reviewing restaurants and businesses on Yelp. I like to be honest about my experiences both good and bad but I am never nasty. I attempt to provide true and accurate feedback without being mean. I know that the business owner doesn’t always feel that......

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Some People Are Just Real

Knowing that my blog is read widely and open to everyone, I definitely keep certain things to myself. Sometimes there are amazing and fun or sad and upsetting things that you just don’t want to share. I have been keeping one of those (positive ones) to myself lately and have decided it was time to share. 🙂 I have been chatting with Mayim Bialik (of Blossom and Big Bang Theory fame) since April or May. It’s very cool. She came to Colorado to hear the Maccabeats play the Boulder Jewish Festival and......

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Obituary for CeCe Davis

Cece Davis, known to her friends as CeCe the Civic, was born in 1996 in Japan. She passed away June 14, 2011 at 9:05 am in Denver, Colorado. The final cause of death was found to be a defective distributor cap, shot spark plugs and ignition wires, however, CeCe had been suffering many illnesses for a long time. At her death, she was bald (front two tires only), a badge which she wore proudly as those were her winter tires she still holding on to. Cece’s long and illustrious life began in......

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Hashgacha Pratis = Divine Providence = Fate?

I know a lot of people don’t believe in hashgacha pratis or divine providence or the invisible hand of G-d. I don’t know that I always believed in it either. BUT a recent turn of events made me think that someone is certainly watching out for me. I knew there had to be someone. I mean honestly. The fact that I have only had to sleep in my car once for a few days… that despite moments of serious poverty, I managed to find food to eat most of the time… someone......

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Advice To Women or How To Be A Bad Ass 101

I will argue with you if you tell me that a woman can’t do what a man can do… in general. But there are some very clear gender attributes (for lack of a better word). One of those is our female predilection for getting down on ourselves. We women are SO mean to ourselves sometimes!! And thus, we need some reminders. Here are three different sets of reminders. Two were aimed specifically at women and the last are from Amy Poehler’s speech at Harvard’s graduation. Why is this so important? Because sometimes......

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