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The (light) Hug
Do you hug, handshake or cheek kiss ? Being stuck in too many awkward situations, I have opted for the friendly light hug as my default. Shaking hands seems so 90s, kisses seem so 2000…the light hug is in.
I have a little Tiger Mama in me, maybe just a Tigress….
Relaunch of BlueSkyMediaNYC.com
Just like all major media companies :-), Blue Sky Media NYC has gone through a rebranding process. Instead of BSMnyc.com, we are now branded as BlueSkyMediaNYC.com and the site has been refreshed, renewed, revived and, finally, relaunched. Please let me know what you think!
I have simplified my life. I returned from the summer rejuvenated and fired up — ready to kill it with Blue Sky Media NYC. I am at full capacity now with six (yes, six !!!) clients. So, simplify and focus is the mantra. I implemented the change immediately. For those that see me daily, you will certainly notice the change (or lack thereof). For those that see me monthly or quarterly, it will be subtle and probably unnoticeable. It is surprising that not one person has questioned me. Everyday, for every meeting, I have worn the same thing, kind of Steve Jobs for chicks - a pair of black boot leg pants, a white tailored button down shirt (with a cami underneath) and a pair of black boots (albeit I have thrown in some sleek and chunky jewelry and a cardigan here and again). I feel liberated and free. Boring or brilliant?
Tennis mother, I am….
It is 11:30 pm Friday night and I have officially become a tennis mom. I just returned home from my daughter’s first tennis tournament — first round started at 8 pm, a 10 game proset, she won in a heartwrenching 10-8 victory. Then we drove home from Armonk. I just tucked her in. What did I learn? Here we go: 1. Tennis parents are crazy. These are 7 and 8 year old girls and we were behaving badly, the girls were fine. One mother yelled at the Tournament Director about a bad call. One dad was called out for coaching his daughter during a changeover (this is not allowed). I was absolutely miserable and could barely watch the points - my heart raced, sweat was building, dry mouth and no appetite. Really, seriously, what is wrong with me? 2. Little girls just want to have fun — watching my daughter race back and forth, run to pick up a ball, bound to the opposite side at changeovers was a true delight — who cares if she wins or loses (well, I did and I feel bad about that). 3. Finally, hats off to The Buppa who showed up with husband and three sons to route on my little girl — she was almost as nervous as I was. Thank you Buppa — that meant alot to Carolyn and to me. Tomorrow, we go back for round 2 — does anyone want to watch…..
Do you have any expectation of privacy? I have asked several folks this question today. The answer, no. Almost everyone I know (except my husband) is on Facebook. We share, comment, embed and search. We “check-in”. We look around for friends. We see old boyfriend’s family pictures (come on, you know you do it too). We love it and we thrive on it. Whatever we do, we want to share. So, let me know what you think. I have no expectation of privacy, so Facebook, Twitter, Formspring, Foursquare, HotPotato and “Like” me all day long !
I just finished The Likeness by Tana French. What a great read - a smart, twisted murder mystery. I would say it is several levels above my “normal read” in terms of literature — if you remember, I read 12 Vince Flynn novels in the Summer of 2009 (when is that thirteenth book coming?). I have made a concerted effort to read more sophisticated books — e.g. Sarah’s Key and now, The Likeness. I want to grow as I read, learn and experience more, normally through the eyes of someone outside of Manhattan. So, this past week it was the story of Irish Cassie Maddox - a detective with a flaw, not an insidious flaw, a human flaw - she feels. She goes undercover in a bizarre “body double” scenario and ends up a bit too involved in her coverlife. It was the perfect read for lounging on the beach and a few long plane rides. Sometimes it just feels good to put down the electronics, blogs, magazines and trade materials and just indulge in a guilty pleasure like a good murder mystery (that said, I did take time out to pre-order an iPad). Enjoy and let me know if you have any other recommendations. I have Girl With a Dragon Tatoo, Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel and The Help in the queue.
Blue Sky Media NYC - BSMnyc.com
Today, I announced the launch of my new venture — Blue Sky Media NYC, a media advisory boutique (BSMnyc.com). This is the text — please send me your thoughts (and referals).
"As some of you know, I will be leaving MLB Advanced Media on February 26th. After more than 16 years working for professional sports leagues (12 years at NHL and 4 at MLBAM), I have decided to start a media advisory boutique, Blue Sky Media NYC, BSMnyc.com. <http://BSMnyc.com> I plan to advise start-ups and more mature companies on their digital strategy, including licensing and syndication of content, acquisition of software and applications, VC fund raising and website design and production services. In addition, I will assist in navigating the complex layers of negotiating with sports leagues and media and technology portals, television and cable networks, distributors and publishers.”
I have received great feedback and response from partners, colleagues and friends. I am so excited for this next chapter. Thanks to everyone for support, insight and guidance.