Why I’m Never Going to a Nail Salon Again

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I read an article in the New York Times about the exploitation of migrant workers in nail salons last week. I shared the article on Facebook immediately because I wanted more people to know about it.  I was pretty shocked and horrified to hear about something I had been such an active participant in. I’ve been getting my nails done pretty regularly ever since I can remember. I’ve always over-tipped, as I felt like the manicurists were probably not receiving an excellent wage, but I had no idea of the extent of the problem.

The article explains how many workers are not paid a daily rate and rely solely on tips. Some of them don’t even get to keep those tips and are living in such terrible living conditions. Others explain how lucky they are to make $30 a day. I was blown away when I read this. Read more

Meet My VIP Launch Team

Listful Thinking VIP Launch TeamThe past couple of weeks I’ve been scouting for readers of to join my VIP Team to help me prepare for the launch of my book “Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed.” I’m really looking forward to working with them and getting to know some of the regular readers of this blog!

Here’s the list of the fabulous people who were chosen for my team:



Garette — Hackensack, NJ

Irene — Setauket, NY

Frances — Chicago, IL

Darcie — Brooklyn, NY

Eileen — West Roxbury, MA

Arianny — Lynbrook, NY

Elka — Homestead, FL

Jason — New York, NY

Joni — Lincoln, NE

Shing — Queens, NY

Kate — Canton, OH

Ann — Ontario, Canada

Shelagh — Andover, MA

AnneMarie — Forest Hills, NY

Katie — Green Bay, WI

Bianca — Hermosa Beach, CA

Kathleen — Topsfield, MA

Sandra — East Elmhurst, NY

Laura –New York, NY

Susan — Aldie, VA

Barbara — Nanuet, NY

Shari — Austin, TX

Kathy — West Chester, OH

(PS If any of you didn’t receive the welcome email that I sent out on Tuesday – please shoot Matthew ( an email and we’ll find out what happened to it!)

Sneaky Ways to Get Your Act Together

organziedYou probably have at least one person in your life who always seems to be on top of things. They’re always prepared for meetings, they never forget your birthday…you know the type.  Not to brag – but my friends say this about me.  So what’s our secret?

The truth is we don’t have an endless memory, we just know where to get the right facts.  I can’t help myself — I’m a journalist after all. Read more