REBLOG: Searching for Happiness – The Value of Suffering

reblogPart of my weekends are dedicated to catching up on my reading and networking with other bloggers. I was intrigued when I found a post on ScaleItSimple – a blog that focuses on Positive Vibes, Lifestyle, and Travel. Please take a moment and check out her post: Searching for Happiness – The Value of Suffering.



Mondays Are for Motivation (and coffee)!

There’s tons of negativity associated with Monday, specifically a Monday morning. I get it – you just had a great weekend and chances are you’d rather be at home than heading into a new week at work, I’ve been there. But Mondays can be about so much more! Monday morning is the jumpstart of your week, giving you an opportunity to set yourself up for success. Mondays are for Motivation (and coffee)!

I hope you take the time this morning to plan out your week ahead, write down things you’re grateful for, and identify what you’re excited about. I guarantee by doing those things you’ll feel a little more pumped to attack this week ahead! You got this!

I am excited for January's blog stats! It is my first month intentionally tracking goals and I can't wait to see this awesome month in numbers! (#nerdalert)-2.png

Don’t forget to share your attitude of gratitude and excitement with me on any of my social media platforms or via e-mail! I’d love to support you as you go through your week!


Now Presenting: The Four Time Blogger Award Winner…

cropped-no-2-guide.pngI have hesitated to call myself a “blogger” for quite a while, I felt like it wasn’t a real thing and so I didn’t talk about it in my “real life”. It was something that I did on the side, for myself, and knew that even though I dreamt of it turning into more, that it probably wouldn’t, because who gets to live out their dreams?

I kept myself in a little bubble, not really engaging with others unless I really felt confident that we had connected already and that it wouldn’t seem strange for me to be there and reading the, sometimes personal, happenings of their lives. People with thousands of followers, making a living from what started off as a personal blog.  I was just a hobby blogger, with my 100 followers. No big deal.

And then my holiday break happened. It was 10 days for me to put my “real life” job behind me, and focus solely on writing and engaging with other bloggers. The difference in readership, relationships, and the community that has been building is palpable. I have found that my “real life” job is no longer the one that I think about at night when I can’t sleep, when I’m looking around on Pinterest it’s not about progressing that work, it’s about writing, engaging, and building a community. Blogging became a little more real.

I may never be the rich and famous blogger turned entrepreneur with perfectly designed images, dreamy workspaces, blogging full time – but I definitely think I am comfortable calling myself a blogger.

Part of the growth in my blogging community has been to look for new writers to follow and engage with. I have been on the hunt for others that I can relate to, and that can tell a compelling story. I’ve shared their stories, connected with them on social media, and commented on their posts. You wouldn’t believe the amazing talent and is out there, across the world. I aim to give them all the opportunity to share their contact information, and build relationships across the blogosphere.

In the last week, four of these amazing people nominated me for three separate blogger awards: The Blogger Recognition Award, The Versatile Blogger Award and The Mystery Blogger Award. I couldn’t believe it as the notifications started rolling in. These awards were created by bloggers, for bloggers, to help spread the word, expand reach, and showcase blogs you enjoy reading. I am so honored to have been nominated for each of these awards.


In an attempt to streamline the continuation process, I am going to combine the three awards into this single post. Nominees are welcome to select the particular award they are most interested in displaying and participating in.


Thank you to Mrs. Mulvihill & Jasmine for nominating me for THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD! I enjoy reading both of your blogs and am honored that you thought that The Corner Office was a place you enjoyed spending time in, and wanted to share.

The Guidelines for this award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

To give you the story of how The Corner Office started, I’m going to point you toward my About Me page: What’s This All About?” – it gives a brief explanation of the transition I have gone through, and what my mission behind TCO has transformed into. Community baby, community!

My advice for new bloggers: engaged with others, and be true to yourself. If you’re trying to be someone you’re not it shows – and you’ll end up exhausted and frustrated. Find other blogs you enjoy, follow them, comment on them, share them. It makes you seem like a real person – which you are! – and makes you approachable. I promise it will increase your readership. (As long as you’re not a jerk!)

mysteryawardThank you, Tina, for nominating me for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD! This award is for “amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they did it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma, the award creator!

The Guidelines for this Award are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

Three Things About Me: 

[ONE] I tried yoga for the first time last week – I loved it!

[TWO] I am currently drinking my favorite coffee (Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll KCup) in a new mug!

[THREE] I have worn some version of pajamas for the last three days.

Questions from Tina – I will use these as my questions as well:

[ONE] Why did you start your blog? See response in award above.

[TWO] Do you feel young at heart or your age? I actually feel older than my age, I always have. I tend to more introverted, and in my 20s and 30s, that has not been in line with the rest of my generation.

[THREE] What kind of vehicle do you drive? A Ford Escape. My second one, I love it.

[FOUR] What is your favorite television program? Oh my, picking just one will be impossible. The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, New Girl, Parenthood, Friends, The Office – BAH! I could keep going!

[FIVE] What’s the last movie you watched? We watched both We Are Your Friends and The Accountant yesterday – I enjoyed both of them!


Thank you, Jen, for nominating me for THE VERSATILE BLOG AWARD!

Guidelines for this award are:

  1. Display Award
  2. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you & provide a link to their blog
  3. Write 7 things about yourself
  4. Nominate Bloggers

Seven Things About Me:

[ONE] I’m going to cheat and use the three above 🙂

[TWO] I regularly dream of being back in my northern Michigan family cottage, it was my happy place.

[THREE] I have a LulaRoe addiction, I wish it was acceptable to walk around in leggings all day.

[FOUR] Speaking of addictions, I am also a notebook and journal collector, I have so many adorable notebooks that I can’t bear to open and write in. I have this expectation that I use them for something grand…but instead they just decorate my office.


Onto my nominees – select whichever award you would like. I selected you because I do enjoy reading your stories, and have related to something you’ve written. You’re putting yourself out there, and I love it! Pick your award and display it proudly!

Making Time for Me

Not The Average Mama

Flying Through Water

Thoughts from Jasmine

The World of Suzy Homemaker

Suzie Speaks

Crazy Love Parents

Blogger Social Media Share

Morning Friends!

As you know, one of my goals for 2017 is to cultivate meaningful relationships with the people in my life, to be intentional with my time with them, and being a form of support for them. This, without a doubt, includes you! What better way to help cultivate our relationships and get to know one another than to keep in touch throughs social media!?

Use this post to share your social media and blog information with others. That’s it, no catch! If you feel so inclined to reblog the post, invite other blogger friends, or share other blogs, feel free! No rules, just people that want to make other connections in this huge blog community we have! Can’t wait to connect with you!



Attack the Day with Enthusiasm!

Three years ago, after spending my holiday break from work thinking about how to improve the morale of my team, I pushed myself a little outside of my usual mode of operation with a weekly motivational e-mail. I wrote about it as one of my 5 Easy Team Building Activities You Can Implement Today!

Last week while we were discussing moving forward in the new year I asked my staff if they felt the Monday e-mails were worth my time, specifically if it would make a difference if I DIDN’T continue to send them. With smirks on their faces, they told me how much they depend on them to start their week off right – they miss the e-mail when I miss a week, and look forward to seeing it pop in their inbox.

I had been thinking previously about publishing Monday Motivational posts here on The Corner Office, and the kind words and encouragement from my team were just the right amount of inspiration I needed. So, starting today, I will be writing two Motivational Monday pieces – one for them and one for you! As I tell my team, sharing your “attitude of gratitude” items for the week is never required, but always encouraged!

I hope you attack the day and week with enthusiasm! Happy Monday!



Coming Soon: A New TCO

the-corner-office-10November will be a month of rebranding and restructuring for The Corner Office. I’ve already been working diligently to ensure that I am moving forward strategically and with a mission in mind.

After much soul searching, research, and overthinking, I am transitioning this virtual space into an environment of motivation, creativity, support, and connection. I aim to create a space to encourage everyone to be the best version of themselves by connecting them to people, ideas, and resources. Connect. Inspire. Share. Learn.

I believe that in a world so focused on social media and the constant grind that we don’t take enough time for ourselves, physically, mentally, or spiritually. I want to motivate people to take care of themselves and live a life of positivity, kindness, and fulfillment.

If that is something you’re interested in, I encourage you to stick with me through the next few months as I move forward with my plans. It’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but I’m excited to see where the road will take me. You’ll slowly start to notice some changes as I start checking things off my to-do list, first up was redefining my branding. You’ll see a new logo and mission on the blog website (, Facebook Page (, and Twitter account (@TCOBlog). I am hoping to launch a fully branded blog website in December!

One of the new aspects of the blog will be sharing ideas and connecting people to each other. The initial primary approach to doing this will be regular guest blog posts and interviews with people that have an idea or message to share. As I am planning ahead, please feel free to email me if you’re interested in guest blogging or being interviewed.


I am incredibly excited about the things to come for The Corner Office and look forward to continuing to connect with each and every one of you. This has become such an important part of my life, it’s about time TCO gets the love it deserves.

As always, thank you for your continued support, readership, and sharing!