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I used to love hiking. In fact, I studied abroad in New Zealand as a high school student and spent a month at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre while there. But, I got away from it after the first of my four knee surgeries more than 15 years ago. However, the pandemic–and a […]

FAMILY

Top 12 Products for a Family Hike

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“Friends and colleagues started coming to me asking for advice in media coverage, so I started to teach business owners how to gain media success.” NAME: Eva Shortt AGE: 38 JOB TITLE: Zahav PR agency owner YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 6+ CHILDREN: 2 (ages 7 and 4)   PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: After I graduated with a […]

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September 2021 #CommsMom: Eva Shortt

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This weekend, it’s my dad’s birthday. His health has rapidly deteriorated since the beginning of the pandemic and my heart breaks every single day that I can’t be there to help my mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law.   Why can’t I be there? Well, I am a dual citizen–a Canadian living in the U.S.–and the […]

TRAVEL

What It’s Like as a Canadian-American During the COVID Border Closure

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“Being in communications has helped me be a better mom. The skills we learn in this industry carry over in dealing with our kids: the way we listen to them, speak to them, have hard conversations with them. It’s taught me a lot,” Audra Mincey says.    Audra Mincey, Founder of Moov PR   NAME: […]

Mincey, Founder of Moov PR

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August 2021 #CommsMom: Audra Mincey

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I’ve been using email marketing software since 2003 when I was one of the first beta testers for Constant Contact. Yep, you read that correctly: 2003! So, suffice it to say, I’ve used just about every software out there: Constant Contact, Mailchimp, SendFox, Finalsite e-Notify, HubSpot, and, of course, e-newsletters through Outlook and Gmail. I […]

Email newsletter software comparison between Flodesk and Mailchimp

WORK

From Mailchimp to SendFox to Flodesk: Why I Switched

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NAME: Shaqueria Howard or “Tudy”   AGE: 25 JOB TITLE: Publicist/CEO  YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 5+ CHILDREN: Indigo, 1   Shaqueria when 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC launched   TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Since graduating in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Florida A&M University, I have been working in PR for […]

Shaqueria Howard at work

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July 2021 #CommsMom: Shaqueria Howard

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Trigger warning: as noted in the title, this blog post is about my daughter’s open heart surgery and the roller coaster of emotions that comes when your child is critically ill. Please do not read beyond this point if it could potentially upset you or trigger your own experiences in a negative way. When my […]

These two pictures were taken exactly eight years apart, to the day. What a #heartwarrior!

FAMILY

Eight Years Post-Open Heart Surgery: Our Story

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I know so many of you are travelers like me. As we headed into 2021, I was hoping that I could soon begin traveling again. But, knowing a lot of the countries I’d like to visit are still shut down, I am now looking ahead to 2022. That being said, what I’ve realized is that […]

TRAVEL

Wistfully Travel Planning: Japan

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If your town is anything like mine, you know just how hard the pandemic has hit small businesses. I’ve been trying my best to support local shops, restaurants and small business owners as much as possible; in fact, I was featured in this Thrive Global article back in April on how people are supporting their […]

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