The Future is Female, and I’m Here to Help Push That Reality

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I’m a little pissed off.

But you see, I’m not an angry person – I’ve been called bitchy or bossy before (which I don’t mind), but not angry.

After raising my three girls in what I thought was a post-feminist era, having the good fortune to enter the tech field in the late nineties with a group of men and women who worked together without barriers, now – now in the 21st century, I’ve been awakened again to the ugly reality of sexism’s far reaching tentacles and finding out that we’re not where I thought we were.

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Succeeding in a Boys Club

I’m fresh off one of the best hours or so I’ve spent in months. Maybe years. I want to believe I’m an advocate for women succeeding in their careers, business and life – but I don’t often get to see the energy of several hundred women in a room together expressing their successes, frustrations, hopes and dreams.

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Indulging in Rest(oration)

rest-areax-largeI am the first to admit I live a pretty dreamy life. I’ve been married to my best friend and soul mate for over 30 years. I have 3 amazing daughters who love me, allow me to be part of their lives, and continually amaze me with their strength and beauty. I love my work, travel frequently, have a lovely home, garden, a strong family, and incredible friendships.

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Wherever you go, there you are

You know it’s a good vacation when I have no idea of the date or the time as I sit to write this post. I’m in the incredibly enviable position of sitting on a beautiful, almost empty beach of a remote fishing village on the pacific coast of Mexico. I’ve digested the newest Dan Brown novel, a half dozen magazines and entirely too much tequila on night one.

Too many times, I’ve thought a little too much on my time off, or spent it discussing, analyzing and dreaming – only to return to my life either feeling discouraged or wishing I was in a different place.

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“Lifesavors”

Yesterday I did an annual review with an employee – I was a bit distracted by an upcoming doctor visit and we ended up talking more about life than anything. She’s a single mom, deals with the usual anxiety (as do many of us) and has been thinking about returning to school…but as we chatted, she said, You know, things are just kind of calm right now, and I’m not sure it’s the right time to add school to my life.

Now, while I truly believe in education, bettering oneself, and moving ahead in life (whatever that means) – I completely got what she was saying. Continue reading

Life, interrupted.

I think I have my life in pretty good balance. I run my company, have time for my family and friends, exercise, garden a little, travel – and even blog with some regularity. It can all feel wonderfully balanced. Imagine that the week following Christmas, we even threw together a little wine and cheese party with some friends and it was completely lovely. “This life-balance thing really works!”

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The sound of silence

Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn towards meditation. For a person who loves to talk, narrates every story multiple times, and writes what words I have left in the day, this has been a surprising discovery.

I’ve found that just the word meditation carries a lot of varying ideas, and for some is more than a bit scary. Is it spiritual? Complicated? Does it require candles, incense, readings, and a theme? (No, no, no and no.)

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Beginnings…

With one of our Arizona clients, Kara Osburn, at the amazing Tempe Center for the Arts

Sometimes it’s good to look back and remember how things began. I often get asked the question, “How did you get started in ticketing?” And some days, I certainly ask myself the same.

There are times I feel almost like it’s not fair that we stumbled upon the business plan and opportunity. But isn’t that how it happens most of the time? Very seldom are we hit with an idea in the shower, out of the blue, that becomes a real entity. Rather, it’s  seeing the opportunities that are there because of what you’re already doing. Continue reading

Hello, Mom!

Last week I made a quick phone call to my dad from work – something about his computer – and mom answered. “Hi, Mom…” was about all I got out before she said, “Are you tired? You sound tired…”

Truth is, it was 3 o’clock in the afternoon and I was fighting that slothy feeling that comes right about then. So, she was right. And on a deeper level, I’m adjusting to the empty nest and a business that is settling nicely into it’s 9th year. I’m taking some time to reflect and redirect, and while that’s truly a great process and the right one for now, I’m feeling a little restless. I have a feeling she could hear that in my voice.

But here’s the thing. I’m 48. She’s 76. In 99% of my day, I’m the one noticing things like someone is tired. How’s your day? Did you eat breakfast? And – you look tired. It can be a daughter on the phone, my husband, or someone at the office. I do it all day long, like breathing, don’t even think about it. I’m a  mom, wife, and boss.  Continue reading

Hey, Grumpy Pants!

Got a call this morning from a theatre manager who had just lost her front end/box office manager – and has a heavy show schedule in October. She’s going to have to scramble, do a lot of the work herself, and try to find someone who has experience, availability and the right personality to be a part of her team. No easy task.

I told her tongue in cheek, “Staffing will be the death of us!” I’m fortunate to have a majority of our staff that’s been with us for more than a few years. That gives a sense of stability to everyone – but right now, we’re shifting responsibilities for a few, had to let a new hire go a few weeks ago, and are always retooling and refining. And until the dust settles, we all feel it.

Last week, I followed some sessions from  Inc Magazine  (@incmagazine ) and #INC500 and the recurring theme was getting the staff right. It’s the thing that keeps us awake at night, can ruin a small business, or – when you get it right – makes a company hum along and seem easy to run. Continue reading