Life Pivot – How’s it Going?

Well that’s a loaded question! It’s been nearly a month since I started this journey and sometimes I feel  like my whole world has expanded, and other times I feel like I haven’t budged an inch!

What I’m finding is that my feelings about progress are directly related to the amount of work I do to ensure I make some: whether it’s networking, blogging, planning, reading a helpful book or learning more about a topic. The only reason that’s relevant is that there are days when I just don’t feel like it — any of it. That sounds lazy, I know. But I know I’m not lazy. I think I’m just tired. It’s been a long haul, and I’m tired. So I’m trying not to let it get me down, and I’m letting my body dictate how much I get done.  Continue reading

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It’s HOT! How Are You Doing, Seattle?

Yesterday’s new record 93 degree temperatures were a challenge.  It’s one thing when you spend the day in an air-conditioned office and go home to discomfort.  It’s another thing when the heat hits on a Saturday and you have chores to do.

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Wednesday Night Markets are Back at Pike Place!

marketsquareLast night marked the return of the Wednesday Night Market at Pike Place Market, running every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. through mid-October. PPM tents

According to market officials, in addition to some  of the regular vendors that will stay open late for evening visitors, Pike Place will host local producers in tents in front of the regular market stalls just below the entrance on Pike Street (on the cobblestones).

It wasn’t a huge crowd that turned out for last night’s event (partly, I think because a good number of visitors waited at the Market entrance and the evening events took place further north down the cobbled street through the market. Continue reading

Seattle Shows its Pride

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pride3It was a beautiful (if hot) sunny Seattle day on Sunday… a perfect (okay, maybe too hot) day for a parade… and what a parade it was! Moving from Westlake to the Seattle Center, Seattle’s Pride Parade marched down Fourth Avenue amidst music and dancing and a lot of crowd interaction.

Strategically positioned at the corner of Fourth & Denny, we were in prime position for photographs and a great view as the parade turned up Denny towards the Seattle Center (not to mention — confetti!) We enjoyed the music and sassy announcing (upon the Chipotle big burrito’s arrival “I totally want to ride that big burrito… Oh! That didn’t come out quite right.” Right!pride4

pride6Parade Marshalls Jane Abbott Lighty & Pete-e Petersen were warmly greeted by the crowd in their zippy red fiat, and kudos to Seattle’s biggest companies for proudly supporting Seattle’s LGBT community, including: Amazon, Microsoft, Cupcake Royale (baby, we were baked this way!), Seattle Storm, the City of Seattle (including Mayor McGinn!), Zico, Delta, Alaska Airlines, Seattle Childrens, PopCap Games, UPS, Holland America, KeyBank, Whole Foods (Label foods, not people!), Wells Fargo, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Starbucks, Group Health, Verizon, BECU and Macys (and that list is not even exhaustive)!

Congratulations, Seattle! I was proud of YOU, too.

DSA + MID 2013 Annual Meeting

Early June always sees the return of the Downtown Seattle Association / MID Annual Meeting, taking place again this year at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre. It was a pretty good turnout for this not-inexpensive event, but the attendees and the networking afterward make it totally worthwhile. Continue reading

Talkin’ Politics in Seattle

Last Thursday, June 6, the Downtown Seattle Association hosted their Mayoral Candidate Forum (along with support the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), the Seattle Hotel Association, the Seattle Restaurant Alliance and Visit Seattle) at Seattle’s Westin Hotel. A crowd of about 150 Seattle business folks and curious-types attended to hear the platforms and pitches of Current Mayor Mike McGinn, information-systems consultant Joey Gray, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Greenwood Activist Kate Martin, Socialist Workers Party candidate Mary Martin, state Senator Ed Murray, businessman Charlie Staadecker and former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck. Continue reading