“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” (Charles Dickens) Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb



What is Your Personal Brand Value?

18 Oct


17674daI ran across this piece today Have Americans Given Up on Business Ownership? and couldn’t help but relate to the soul-searching that goes into making a career-change decision.

Since so many of you undoubtedly wrestle with this (a Gallup poll shows 70%+ of Americans don’t like their jobs), I thought I would share it and this advice from author J.T. O’Donnell, founder and CEO of Careerealism.com: “Stop looking for a job and start looking for a problem to solve.”

Why, you ask? Because, whether you are searching for a new job, exploring a new career path or preparing to start a business, in the end you are your own personal “brand” and marketing yourself requires that you demonstrate the true value you bring to others.

Happy Friday. Cheers!

A Fresh Start

15 Oct

Gayle Joseph Group Logo FLast month I embarked on a new venture and founded my own communications firm. This is a dream I have had for a long, long time and, after years working for and leaning on others, I finally did it. I stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight, on my own.

I’m filled with excitement, exhilaration, anticipation and a tiny bit of fear. But, fear is normal, right? Plus, if the outpouring of support I have had since announcing my start-up is any indication of what is in store for me, then I’ll kick fear’s butt.

Meanwhile, my days (and nights) are an endless stream of everything I love – business planning, brainstorming, creativity, reading, writing and networking. The sky’s the limit, on my terms, my way.  Pretty darn sweet.


Enjoy the Moment

8 Mar

One of the reasons I love Michigan is the change of seasons. As we move from winter to spring, I want to share a lovely pic courtesy of Google Images, as well as an important lesson I am learning from my precious granddaughter, who enjoys every inch – every aspect – of what is around her. When I am with her I notice more (because she does) and I am reminded of the significance of right now. Being with her is evidence of the joy found when we actually do live in the moment. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t reflect on and learn from our past or plan for our future. But, we must remember to also enjoy the beauty of our present.

So, with the arrival of spring, let’s just stop (or at least slow down) and…yes, you guessed it...smell the roses.


A Daughter’s Adventure

23 Oct

Today I want to share my daughter’s blog… Erin’s Japan Blog.  She is enjoying an incredible month-long adventure in Japan courtesy of Rotary International, with the blessing and support of her employer the Crim Fitness Foundation.  Although, I am merely watching her journey from the bleacher seats, I am clearly enjoying the view.  Hope you do as well.


Who Said Change is Good?

16 Oct

After a beautiful summer and a too-long break from writing, I’m back.

I’ve had many changes in my life these past several months:  One of my daughters, along with my granddaughter, moved 2,000 miles away to San Diego to join her husband as he begins a four-year stay with the U.S. Navy. My son left Green Bay and my beloved Packers to join the New England Patriots on the east coast. My father married.  And, I started a new job.

That’s a lot of change in a short season.

But, here’s the thing. I am a glass-half-full kind of girl. I really am. I see the good in all things. Usually.

I definitely see the good in my career change. I’ve come back to the place that was always my work home. Fifteen years ago I joined a little known start-up called John Bailey & Associates. We hired amazing talent, aligned with solid collaborative clients and, in just a few short years, grew more than 200 percent. Then, in 2001 at the height of our success, I left. I wanted a different experience. I wanted to learn something new.

So, I said goodbye to my “baby” to join a billion dollar manufacturing company called Guardian Industries. And, learn I did. I learned how to navigate a corporate culture; I traveled the world and learned how to promote events abroad; I learned the importance of gaining consensus to make change within a fifty-year-old company; I learned that money isn’t everything and, most important, I learned that I am an entrepreneurial spirit who loves small business.

Fast forward ten years, and I have rejoined my former agency, which was purchased by Jeff Lambert, leader and founder of Grand Rapids-based Lambert Edwards & Associates. Now, I am able to use my experiences of the past decade to succeed my dear friend John Bailey. Exciting. And, a career happily ever after for me.

I also see the good in my son’s move from Green Bay to New England. That was difficult for me, but it is a change designed to set him up for success as an NFL starter. I get that. I know that last year’s experience with the Packers – and the Super Bowl – was unlike anything that a young football player could ever dream of. Whatever happens for him now is truly a bonus…and a blessing.

As for my dad? He has a new lady in his life. She’s wonderful. Even better, she is wonderful to and for my father. Now she is his wife. I am happy for him and I’m certain my mom would be too. That is also a blessing.

I have indeed experienced a lot of change in one season. But, this is life, right? We have to take the bad with the good, the bitter with the sweet, and the change with the familiar. What is most important is that we embrace life – with all of its ups, downs and changes – because it truly is a blessing.


Why Did God Make Mothers?

7 May

Mom and Her Four Girls - Laura, Linda, Deborah and Gayle

I’m missing my mom more than usual this weekend as we celebrate Mother’s Day. But, rather than dwell on and write about my loss, I’d like to share a fun look at motherhood through the eyes of a child.

My dear friend sent this to me yesterday. I’m not sure where it originated or if it actually is content derived from the mouth’s of babes. Regardless, it is pretty funny. Enjoy!

Answers given by second grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1.  She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2.  Mostly to clean the house.
3.  To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1.  He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2.  Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3.  God made my mom just the same like he made me.  He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1.  God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2.  They had to get their start from men’s bones.  Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1.  We’re related.
2.  God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1.  My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2.  I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3.  They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1.  His last name.
2.  She had to know his background.  Like is he a crook?  Does he get drunk on beer?
3.  Does he make at least $800 a year?  Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1.  My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world.  And my mom eats a lot.
2.  She got too old to do anything else with him.
3.  My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?
1.  Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2.  Mom..  You can tell by room inspection.  She sees the stuff under the bed.
3.  I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What’s the difference between moms and dads?
1.  Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2.  Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3.  Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4.  Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1.  Mothers don’t do spare time.
2.  To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1.  On the inside she’s already perfect.  Outside, I think some kind  of plastic surgery.
2.  Diet.  You know, her hair.  I’d diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1.  She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean.  I’d get rid of that.
2.  I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it, not me.
3.  I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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