Chances are you were taught proper etiquette regarding dining and communicating, but what about texting? Whether you’re texting friends, family or co-workers, there are rules of texting etiquette that are important to observe – I’ve teamed up with Progressive Life Lanes to share the new rules for texting etiquette in 2016 and beyond below.
Stop sending group texts in 2016
You’ve found yourself in the rabbit hole of group texts before, and because many people don’t realize they’re replying to everyone when they respond to group texts, it can get really annoying, really fast. When at all possible, try to communicate directly with people, even if it means sending a few texts. Or if you are making plans, consider sending an email.
Steer clear of making common texting mistakes
In the brave new world of communication, it’s important to avoid common texting mistakes that you may not have even known you’re guilty of. Think of including a smile with words in your texts. Using polite words, like please and thanks, can often soften a relayed message. And avoid using curse words or texting in all caps. There’s a fine line when it comes to delivering short and concise messages with a pleasant tone–but if you read the message aloud to yourself before sending, you should be able to analyze how well the text will be received.
Know when and where you should put the phone away
The #1 rule for texting is do not text while operating any sort of motor vehicle, period. According to the National Safety Council, using a cell phone while behind the wheel of a car makes you four times more likely to be at risk of an auto accident. You should put your phone away and avoid texting in movie theaters, at dinner tables, and please take a break from texting from the bathroom in 2016. Eliminating texting from these locations will not only keep you safe and sanitary, but will also keep you courteous to those around you.
Looking for more texting etiquette rules to keep you on the right track? Check out all the suggestions at Progressive Life Lanes today!
Is it me or does it seem like January went by way too fast? I mean, it feels like Thanksgiving was just yesterday and we’re already one month deep into the 2016 new year. I think its safe to call January a practice month, and if you haven’t yet tackled your new year’s resolution, you can safely begin today.
From budgeting apps to save you money to fitness apps that’ll keep your healthy goals on point. I’ve teamed up with Progressive Life Lanes to share a few of my favorite New Year’s Resolution apps that’ll kick your year off right. It’s never too late to get a jump on your new year’s resolutions with apps and here’s the downloads to prove it!
Spending less and saving more is a goal many of us tend to strive for every year. Budgeting is an important part of developing positive financial habits and building wealth, but, unfortunately, many fail to keep on track after the first 90 days of the new year. There are several banking apps like SIMPLE, and automatic saving apps like DIGIT (I’ve saved close to $500 bucks!) that help make budgeting easier than ever before. There are even mobile money apps that take the pain out of budgeting by automatically tracking your spending and updating spendable cash each day. It presents a clear, real-time picture of whether you are within your budget, and helps you create a connection between everyday decisions and larger financial goals.
Losing weight is always one of the top New Year’s resolutions. There are apps that can help practically anyone stay on top of their fitness goals for the new year. These apps can help measure your level of fitness as well as challenge users to meet and exceed their fitness goals. Although losing weight is a gradual process, smartphone apps are a great way to hold yourself accountable, as well as keep motivation high as you hit your milestones. From solo fitness apps like Lose It to group fitness apps like Nike Training Club, My Fitness Pal and Fitocracy once you sign up and find the right one for you, you’ll be on your way to a happier and healthier lifestyle in no time.
Looking for more apps to keep you on the right track? Check out all the suggestions at Progressive Life Lanes today!
Starbucks better watch out! Have you heard of the latest innovation in wearable technology? A new caffeine bracelet called Joule aims to help coffee-drinkers avoid the spike and crash. It contains FDA-approved patches that deliver caffeine through the skin. The body absorbs each patch (the equivalent of a cup of coffee) over the course of four hours — giving wearers long-lasting alertness without the jitteriness.
The company just launched an Indiegogo campaign, and has currently raised $6,448 out of $15,000 needed. There’s no question with the amount of national print and tv press the Joule caffeine bracelet has received, this thing will be in full production sooner than later. What makes the Joule caffeine bracelet so amazing? The FDA-approved patch dispatches caffeine immediately — faster than drinking coffee — and has the same amount of caffeine as a medium cup of joe.
So just how much with the caffeine patch and bracelet cost you? The Joule caffeine bracelet will cost you $29 via the Indiegogo campaign. It comes with 30 caffeine patches, and you can always buy more separately when you run out. For you timepiece connoisseurs, there’s another option available as well, The Joule Time model costs $99 on the Indiegogo page. Keep in mind, while you’re searching for your next jolt of caffeine, the Joule caffeine bracelet and Joule time model is not kid-friendly and you need to be 18 or over to use.
Are you interested in changing your caffeine intake with the Joule caffeine bracelet? Would you use it? Share your thoughts below!
From the beginning of smartphones and apps we’ve learned the digital doctrine of ABC’s (Always Be Connected.) Now with the help of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – we’re obsessed with starring at our phones 50, 100 and even up to 300 times a day. Many people choose to dedicate the beginning of the year to fresh new year’s resolutions for fitness, finances and even digital health and wellness. I personally decided to refresh by going on a much needed digital detox.
There are plenty of benefits & a few setbacks that a digital detox can bring in your life – discover the five stages of a digital detox and how starting healthier digital habits can leave your refreshed and connectedly balanced for the new year below.
Preparing for a break from digital devices and social media takes determination and having a complete goal in mind. Whether it’s spending time working on interpersonal relationships or just taking a break from feeding the social media beast preparing for your digital detox takes time.
Benefits – Whether going on a digital diet and minimizing your time on your smartphone, tablet or other electronics or slowing up your social media intake on Facebook or Instagram, taking the right approach on how far to take your digital detox will only work out if you determine what you want to get out of your detox in the long run.
You’re bound to get anxious once you determine to take the leap into a detox like this but remember though this confrontation can be difficult at first, the pay off is significant. Many detoxers find a real world connectedness that enriches and enhances our lives in a way no Wi-Fi connection can.
Benefits – Some of the changes you should anticipate after a digital detox are more balanced and calmer calmer feeling in your life due to periodically stopping the continual digital exposure throughout your day. You’ll feel more rested, more aware, more present, more productive and less overwhelmed and stressed out. You’ll also feel more connected to your work, love relationships, family, friends and yourself.
After taking the leap and going through with your digital detox, to your relief you’ll find that it’s actually easier than you thought it would be. After all, you’ve lived a life before gadgets and social media so surely you’ll be able to conquer what life is like without it.
Benefits: You can be so preoccupied with your digital devices that it’s all too easy to inadvertently sacrifice time, relationships, sleep, focus, productivity and balance in your life. Many people are not even aware of the toll their extensive usage of digital devices costs them until they have suffered a loss or upset because of this. The relief you’ll experience during the digital detoxification process is just the beginning to a life of balance and how happy you’re truly feel once you complete your challenge.
Once you reach a level of contentment with your digital detox, you’ll find yourself breathing a sigh of relief and coming to terms with just how dependent you were on “likes”, “shares”, “comments” and “checkins”. The digital age has changed the levels of transparency that we expect from ourselves and others. Keep it real with yourself about your addiction and what you’d like to gain from your detox and instantly feel the weight of the world wide web off your shoulders and the freedom to live your life the way you want to live.
Benefits: There’s a saying “The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist.” (-Zig Ziglar) The moment you become transparent with yourself, you’re able to recognize what areas in life that you’d like to improve. When you have a digital detox you feel more rested and less stressed. Who wouldn’t want to feel less stressed?
Reaching the final stage of your digital detoxification is where you begin to feel all the benefits in a euphoric way. You’ll begin to feel more rested, more aware, more present, more productive and less overwhelmed and stressed out. You’ll also feel more connected to work, love relationships, family, friends and to yourself. This time of self awareness will empower you to rebel against the norm of social media use and will make you feel like a maverick and true trendsetter of creating a balanced life.
Benefits: Creating a life lived on your terms will empower you to own your happiness and create long-term, meaningful connections with coworkers, friends, family and more. The biggest benefit of them all, you’ll live a happier and healthier life!
After completing my digital detox for the month of January, I feel more relaxed and have a new perspective on how I use social media. After all, isn’t social media supposed to be used to facilitate connections? If FOMO (fear of missing out) is a little too strong in your life, maybe a digital detox is just what you need to jumpstart your new year.
Have you tried a digital detox yet? What was the biggest benefit for you?
In honor of the African-American trailblazers who help shape American history, AT&T celebrates the people, movements and tools empowering positive change. Black History Month is a lot more than 28 days recognizing our history, it’s also a time where we identify how our history has shaped us into who we are today. Over the years, I’ve found inspiration from many African-American leaders and trailblazers in the community and technology fields. One innovator that I truly identify with is Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. at MIT.
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson used her knowledge of physics to foster advances in telecommunications research while working at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Jackson conducted breakthrough basic scientific research that enabled others to invent the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting.
Before women in stem was a huge initiative, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was making strides in the industry which has made it easier for many women like me to explore interests in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Because of her efforts, I’ve been able to create moments that matter teaching future entrepreneurs at Michigan State University and conferences around the country.
“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with my alma mater Michigan State University and the Spartan Innovations Entrepreneurial program. My commitment to the program included speaking to over 100 students of all colors, ages and backgrounds to share my journey in the technology space. In addition to sharing my journey, I had the pleasure to advise many of them on their entrepreneurial and innovation path. As a former low-income and high-risk student, it meant the world to me to speak with students who may have a similar education route as I did. Moments like these don’t just matter, but they shape the way you view influence and creating a legacy for others. Becoming an advocate for Stem and entrepreneurial education is just the beginning to creating a legacy of my own.
How are you celebrating Black History Month and making your mark? What historical trailblazers inspire you to create moments that matter of your own? Discover more historical moments and leaders on 28days.att.com.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias
Have you heard the news? While other carriers are battling it out, Walmart Family Mobile just crushed the competition and upped the ante with the launch of Walmart Family Mobile PLUS! For as little as $49.88, you get unlimited talk, text & 10GB of 4G LTE data PLUS the gift of family movie night with a monthly VUDU movie for FREE!
I can admit it, I’m a bit of a data hog! Between an ample social media addiction, running a business on the go and keeping up with the latest in technology, it takes a healthy dose of data to keep me going. Luckily, The new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan offers a great value on talk, text and data that I need (and for less than $50 a month, my wallet loves it too!)
Not only does Walmart Family Mobile carry top notch smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and LG G Stylo, but with Walmart Family Mobile Plus plans, they put the F in family and free with complimentary movie rentals from VUDU. Check out just some of the phones you can find at a Walmart store near you below:
- Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime – $99.00 (Rollback from $149.00)
- Samsung Galaxy Core Prime – $79.92 (Rollback from $99.92)
- HTC Desire 626s- $129.00
- LG G Stylo – $179.00 (was $199.00)
- LG Leon LTE: $69.82 (Rollback from $99.82)
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/28aqc or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Once I got my hands on my new LG G Stylo, setting up service and customizing it with apps, music and more to suit my life was easy. Unlimited talk, text and 10GB of 4G LTE data is great but what I enjoy most, is using the the bonus VUDU movie for my very own “Girls Night In!”- it’s like the gift that keeps on giving!
Life can sometimes get in the way of reconnecting with family and friends. Using my bonus movie night to reconnect with my best girlfriends, grabbing my favorite snacks, cuddling up with my beloved blanket and watching my free movie rental using Vudu on Roku. “Girls Night It” is something that I look forward to every month and it’s a great extra to add to an already great Walmart Family Mobile service. Can you imagine family movie nights or a girls night in of your own? Thanks to unlimited talk, text and 10GB of 4G LTE data from Walmart Family Mobile Plus – now you can!
Want to learn more? Check out all the great deals and available devices on rollback at Walmart and connect with Walmart Family Mobile online today! Find and follow Walmart Family Mobile on Twitter @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more!
According to Fast Company, there are over half a million new businesses (530,000) created each month. That’s a whole lot of entrepreneurs!
I realized at an early age that the entrepreneur lifestyle was for me. In 3rd grade, I made the decision that there would be no one who could out match my hustle. Almost 30 years and 5 businesses later, I’ve been recognized as a top leader among my career peers, featured in business magazines and held public speaking forums across the country on the art of the entrepreneur enterprise.
Let’s face it, the entrepreneur life ain’t for everyone, there are long hours, private ideation sessions, and plenty of research required to build a successful business – and then there are business secrets that’ll help you avoid the mistakes of others and expedite your road to success. What’s the secret to Divas And Dorks’ success? Discover secret apps in my arsenal that fuels this successful business and discover why they’re secret apps every entrepreneur needs to succeed below!
Pennies Personal Money, Budget And Finance Manager: If you can’t keep your personal finances in order, how do you expect to get your business budget together? Budgeting shouldn’t be hard work or boring. That’s why in Pennies you won’t find any charts, graphs or complicated diagrams. It’s personal finance made easy, it’s your money made simple. Should you spend or should you save? Pennies shows your spending and finance health with bold colours, helping you slow down or speed up to keep you on track. (Download Pennies App)
Shoeboxed: Get rid of your binders, folders and archaic filing systems and go digital (and green!) with Shoeboxed. Paper, receipts, business cards, forms, books = unnecessary clutter on my desk. There were days in the past where I simply wanted to take it all and trash it in one swift sweep of my arm over the top of my desk. This gem of a tool let’s you easily scan, take pictures using your mobile device, or even send them via snail mail anything and everything that you would like to save but not necessarily keep on your desk or in a drawer. (Download your free trial of Shoeboxed today)
Evernote: Evernote is my lifesaver and enables me to work more productively. First, what I love about it is that it works both for my personal and business life, and helps me manage the operational pieces of both. Also, I use it on the go. Life is fast and busy for all of us, and Evernote lets me carry everything with me. Wherever I go, I have all the information, checklists, and notes I need. It’s always there for me 24/7. (Download Evernote app)
Moleskine Timepage: The most elegant calendar for your pocket and wrist, Timepage is a calendar designed to make every day more enjoyable and easy to navigate. Have all your calendars in one place, seamlessly integrated with weather forecasts, maps and contacts. (I have six different calendars, so you know I need something simple and seamless that’ll work for me!) Even on the Apple watch, you can see your day-by-day schedule for the next week, discover the weather, see how long until your next event and travel details and wrist tap reminders…ALL ON YOUR WRIST! Genius! (Download Moleskine Timepage)
17Hats: What if there was a secret app that combines many of the apps you are likely using into a single flawless interface. It’s creators have built 17hats with the entrepreneur in mind. They have given us a suite of functions to from from sales leads to research and information gathering via an online questionnaire on to a proposal to hand off to your potential client. 17Hats doesn’t stop there – the ball continues rolling downhill to contract, invoicing and finally payment. It’s like a fortune 500 company CRM system but designed for the single DIY’er. It also doesn’t carry the big fortune 500 company price tag. (Download your FREE trial of 17Hats)
Dropbox: Who doesn’t have a Dropbox account? But did you know you can run your entire business, using The Cloud? What would happen if your hard-drives were to be damaged in an accident or natural disaster? Would you be able to recover from lost data and time? You really need an off-site backup system in order to safeguard yourself against that kind of vulnerability. An automatic backup is by far the easiest. Don’t make the mistake of buying storage space, computer storage and flash drives when Dropbox has everything you need and is as mobile as you! (Upgrade for FREE Dropbox storage)
PDF Reader Pro
BONUS: PDF Reader PRO Edition: There’s no longer an excuse to delay the closing of a deal! This app allows you to electronically edit and sign documents easily and securely. It also records and stores each document’s history, so you have automatic audit trails — saving you the time and trouble of backtracking in case the need arises. (Download PDF Reader PRO Edition)
These are just a few of my favorite apps that I can’t manage my hustle without. Why make the same mistakes and try and fail with other apps when these award winning apps can get you on the right path to entrepreneurial success? These apps aren’t just for business either, use them to manage family budgets, trip itineraries, photos, everyday receipts and more! Being an entrepreneur isn’t just a career move, it’s a lifestyle!
Did I miss any other secret apps for entrepreneurs? Share your favorite apps for entrepreneurs below!
Have you ever wanted to take the leap into the career of your dreams, but needed a little guidance along the way? Discover some of our favorite apps to help you finally launch your website/blog, one to help you create A++ photos, a calendar app that focuses on your free time, an efficient meeting planner and a way for traveling parents to build relationships with their little ones. Check ‘em out below, then get to downloading!
Weebly: You busy girls with a full-time job that have always dreamed of having your very own business or blog on the side, that’s now easily attainable! With the site developer platform’s relaunched, all-devices app, you can efficiently (and almost effortlessly) set up your online shop, website or blog in minutes via the app’s drag-and-drop feature. Your site will look customized and flawless without the need for coding. Once your site goes live you’ll be able to manage sales, events, your site’s comments, traffic, etc. in real time, directly from the app. Who knows, your digital space may blow up and you could be turning this side gig into a full-time career in no time. Free on iOS + Android
Invite: Finding a mutually agreeable time to meet with a group is always tricky. Well, those days are over thanks to this app. Suggest a time to your group, invite others to select their available time(s) and then the most agreed-upon time slot wins. Voila! Meeting management just got hella efficient. Free on iOS
HomeTeam: Traveling moms + dads, etc., This is the app for you! Like a next generation of Skype, this app helps to improve family connectivity when families aren’t together IRL. By combining video calls with games and books, you can communicate with the littlest family members no matter how many miles apart you are physically. First month free, $8.99/month on iOS + Android
Free Time 2: Most calendar apps focus on showing us all the times we’re too busy for activities — this is not one of those traditional apps. Instead, it works with your current calendar so you’re able to quickly see your free time and share your availability with anyone to make scheduling fun extracurricular activities (or just some chill time) instantly. $1.99 on iOS
Relonch: If you’ve always felt like your Instagram snaps could use a little professional help, look no further. This photo assistant app helps you create perfect snaps every single time by simply following tips from the pros. By using guidelines to help you come up with photo ideas, composition lines, shooting positions, etc. and choosing an occasion to follow a stencil idea, you’ll be recreating winning shots to up your ‘gram game in no time. Prepare for total Instagram domination. Free on iOS
Now that you’re equipped with a few new apps to help you on your road to entrepreneurship, which apps are you excited about downloading first? Share your thoughts below!
As an entrepreneur, I spend roughly about 200+ days on the road traveling for work and play. Getting critical work done on the go, usually meant tracking down the nearest coffee shop to score caffeine and wifi. Sometimes I’ve been lucky, but oftentimes the “Where’s the wifi” game didn’t always lead to the out of office productivity I needed. After searching long and hard to find a space to work in, I’ve walked through doors that looked more like standing room only nightclubs, rather than work-friendly workspaces. That’s until I discovered the best app for entrepreneurs that’s helped me score the best workspaces on the go – say hello to the WHA app.
What’s WHA? (Not to be confused with WhatsApp) WHA is short for Work Hard Anywhere and it’s kinda like the Yelp for hardworking creatives, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who work beyond the corporate cubicle. As seen on Entrepreneur and Yahoo – WHA uses geolocation to identify what cafes and coworking spaces are around you, and then gives you the lowdown on whether or not there’s decent wifi, parking and seating. In other words, if time is money, this free app is worth its weight in gold for freelancers and other professionals on the go.
The beauty of this app is that it isn’t limited to retail coffee shops or open locations with wifi. The WHA tipping feature lets visitors leave relevant bits of information for one another, like drop-in rates for coworking spaces, operating hours for cafes and other need-to-know info. So the next time you find yourself traveling or exploring someplace new, you can work smarter than before with an app that keeps you in the know. Get it for free in the iTunes App Store today & sign up to discover when the WHA app will be available for Android users here.
How do you find places to work on the go? Share your tips for finding great workspaces below!
Are you into adult coloring books? My sister has been using coloring books as relaxation therapy for years now – and lately the trend has taken the world by storm. Who knew that coloring with crayons & markers in coloring books for relaxation would become as popular as meditating to create a stress-free zen?
From hip hop coloring books featuring Tupac and Biggie to more pop art inspired coloring options featuring Taylor Swift, coloring for adults has gone mainstream. Although coloring is a great way to alleviate stress, you may not have a coloring book and crayons available at all times. That’s when these awesome adult coloring apps save the day. Discover 5 adult coloring apps to relax you anywhere below.
COLORFY: If you love beautiful floral patterns and mandalas to color, Colorfy is a great app with a variety of designs for anyone to color with the tap of their finger. Your color choices may be limited for the free version, but in order to access a full version with more colors and updated designs you’ll have to pay a subscription fee. Subscriptions are $2.99 USD weekly, $7.99 USD monthly and $39.99 USD annually. Get the free version here.
COLOUR THERAPY: Start to relax with this free anti-stress colouring book for adults. Each detailed illustration in this collection has been carefully crafted so that even amateur artists can enjoy the satisfaction of creating something of exceptional beauty. You can use this colouring app in two ways: either tap an area of the screen to apply block colour or use the pen tool to create free-flowing lines, shading and swirls. Get it for FREE in the iTunes app store.
ADULT COLORING BOOK: Engage yourself in hours of peaceful color therapy with dozens of outlines to paint, including mandalas, flora, fauna, and geometric designs. Just select your color and tap to paint! Share your masterpieces on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, & more! Get it FREE in the iTunes app store.
PIGMENT: Color like you would on paper with actual colored pencils! Unlike tap-to-fill coloring apps, Pigment is the ONLY true coloring book experience on the iPhone and iPad. Choose from 200+ hand curated, professionally drawn illustrations, 8 different kinds of pencils, markers and brushes, and an unlimited number of colors to choose from. Access a free version or a full version with more colors and updated designs you’ll have to pay a subscription fee. Subscriptions range from $1.99 to $24.99 USD annually. Once you’re done, easily share them with your friends and family, and even print them out using AirPrint. There’s no better way to color! Get the FREE version from the iTunes App store.
PRISMA JOY: Never be bored again while waiting in line, entertain yourself while waiting for appointments and relieve stress and clear your mind with the Prisma Joy app. Free bold colors and lots of free art allow you to express your creativity using the designs created by award-winning designer, Joy Renee. Get the FREE app from the iTunes App store today.
From landscape coloring apps to intricately designed online coloring books, adult coloring books are selling out online, in iOS and Google Play stores and brick and mortar bookstores too. (Check out these top selling adult coloring books found online here.) Have you taken on the coloring relief trend? What are some of your favorite adult color books or apps? Share them in the comments section below.