48 minutes | Mar 2, 2023
Am I a Responsible Digital Citizen?
We spend a lot of time on our smart devices. On average, there are 6,000 tweets on Twitter every single second. When added up, everything equals 350K per minute, 500M per day, and 200B per year. That's a whole lot of engagement going on and it's not even counting Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and SnapChat. When we include those channels the overall numbers are astounding. According to the latest data, the average amount of time spent on social media worldwide is set to hit about two and a half hours a day. That’s a lot of time to comment on, or like and share all types of content. It's in these moments we can make mistakes that could cost us pretty big—maybe lose some friends, offend colleagues, and possibly get fired from a job and miss out on future career opportunities. This episode is all about taking responsibility for our online behavior. Stephanie Humphrey is a former engineer and technology expert. She is author of Don't Let Your Digital Footprint Kick You In the Butt! and is currently a technology contributor for Good Morning America . Stephanie is on a mission to help us become better digital citizens by being more mindful about what we post, comment on, and apps we download. Overall, she says it's important to be more considerate regarding all of our online activities. With Humphrey's innovative program, 'Til Death Do You Tweet!, she travels the country speaking to students and guides them through issues of cyber bullying while helping them understand how social media can shape their lives. As technology continues to advance and 500M of us turn to social media each and every day, we can and should consider ourselves a Digital Citizen.
36 minutes | Dec 14, 2022
Culinary Rapture: Community & Camaraderie
I remember Sunday afternoons walking along the sidewalk to my grandmother’s house. As my brother and I neared the door, the aroma of rich and thick marinara sauce filled the air. I could actually taste the fresh basil, garlic, and pancetta the moment we stepped inside. That memory and many others have stayed with me for life. When I close my eyes, I can easily go back in time to that dinner table with a bowl of meatballs and a plate of rye bread at its center. I see the faces of loved ones—many long gone, but not forgotten. I said it before and it bears repeating, I am on a journey filled of Culinary Rapture, being carried away by the execution, presentation, flavor and taste of food. On this episode, I highlight the community and camaraderie that comes with a table filled with smiling faces. I mean, we have to cook for and eat with the favorite people in our lives. What are those meals and who are those people for you Alex Hitz is an award-winning celebrity chef, culinary columnist, event designer, and tastemaker. He has a new book out called, Occasions to Celebrate – Cooking and Entertaining with Style. Our conversation is packed with all types of recipes and memories that smell delicious. Alex has prepared dream meals for some of the world’s most iconic people, including the Reagans and the Royals. He shares stories of his early days attending dinner parties with his parents, lazy Sunday afternoons with L.A. socialites, and how he ended up on the Orient Express with a birdcage hat on top of his head. The Wall Street Journal calls him the very best host in the world, and by the end of our conversation you will be taken with his wit, style and charm. It’s the time of year to think about those you prepare meals for and who you have around your table… the community… the camaraderie. Why not get lost together in a journey filled with new dishes, new ingredients, new cuisines, and new ways of preparing meals? It's time to heat things up and make life interesting!
35 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
Sparking Your Creative Genius / Pt. 2
At times, we get caught up with fast-tracking and pop culture does not help. Popular shows like American Idol and The Voice offer pathways to big audiences. However, nothing is immediate, and the people we see on stages in local theaters or on Broadway in New York City, are people who have refined their talents over years and years. Nikita Burshteyn is an up-and-coming musical theater performer and breakout talent from the off-Broadway musical, Romeo & Bernadette. He shares the secrets to his success, which is the accumulation of years of vocal training, tap and jazz dance classes, and lots of blood, sweat, and tears. Nikita explains what he does in the space between gigs, which offers him time to refresh and refocus his attention and intentions. He trusts his gut when it comes to auditioning for parts, but also knows his range—which has his eyes set on some very well known roles. "P" is for passion, one thing Nikita felt the moment he started playing the violin in the second grade, which led him to musical theater. "P" is also for performance, something he makes look natural based on multiple hours of preparation. Finally, "P" is for process, how he decides on a role, develops a character, and brings it all to life under the warm inviting lights of the stage. Sparking Your Creative Genius is something that comes naturally, and is easier to do if you stay motivated and have the courage to bring your ideas to life on a regular basis.
36 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
Movement: The Miracle Drug
On this episode, Fitness Expert, Mark Fisher explains why it is important to stay active. He also suggests finding a compelling "why,” saying a strong "why," made up of our emotions and value structure, can help us cross any finish line—whether it be a walk in the park, hiking a trail, or starting a weight resistance program. Movement is a miracle drug and can take us places we never dreamt physically possible. Who knows, maybe it’s a finish line at mile marker 26.2 in Central Park for the New York City Marathon.
34 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
Sparking Your Creative Genius / Pt. 1
On this episode of HAPPENING, Stand-up Comic, Comedy Writer, Actress and Filmmaker, Kendra Cunningham, tells us how a joke is born and brought to the stage. We discuss what it takes to fight the resistance that tries to keep us from getting creative, whether it is writing that book, starting that business, auditioning for that big role, or telling that joke. Ultimately, it comes down to a series of “P’s,” including the words “purpose”, “plan,” and “passion,” just to name a few. What is it that you are trying to ignite and bring to life? Whatever it is requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and Sparking Your Creative Genius. This is the first episode of a three-part series dedicated to making creative dreams a reality.
43 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
The Sweet Spot: Finding Peace & Joy in the Everyday
On this episode of HAPPENING, Kanan Kapila discusses the benefits of having a regular routine. She talks about her love of yoga and meditation, while describing the many ways her daily practice has enriched her life. As a trainer, she has bear witness to those desperately seeking to transition from one stage of life onto the next. She has seen tears and wide smiles as those around her transcend. Kanan says practice does make perfect—a perfect you. For those caught up in the commotion or chaos of life, there is a way to slow down and find peace and joy in the everyday. She says we are born with joy and just have to claim it. Now is the time to embrace your thoughts, connect with your body and bring real change into your life.
24 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
The Mind vs. The Mess
On this episode of Happening, we discover how clutter affects our physical space and well-being. It can be debilitating and limit our personal and professional growth, while being a source of stress, tension, and anxiety in our lives. Andrew Mellen is known as the most organized man in America. His work has been featured in O Magazine, GQ, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, NBC and ABC. He says now is the time to change our relationship with all of our stuff. Changing the way we think, feel and talk about stuff can help us clear out the clutter.
29 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
Culinary Rapture: Falling in Love with Flavor & Taste
Join in on the exploration of flavor as Brian Osuch chats with Registered Dietician and Nutritionist, Mia Syn. They get lost in flavor, food preparation, and overall wellness. Listeners hear about tasty and easy to make and recipes, while learning how to enrich their lives through food. This episode is all about feeding our souls with lots a lots of culinary excellence.
21 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Love, Uninterrupted: Dating During the Pandemic Is Possible
Nearly half of U.S. adults say dating is harder now than a decade ago. Add in a global pandemic and some may say it’s virtually impossible. I recently chatted with a woman who disagrees and says it’s VIRTUALLY possible. A 2019 Stanford University Study finds 65% of gay couples and 39% of straight couples met online three years ago. Which means all these dating apps and sites can work. But, what does it mean during COVID-19? Should singles slow down from all the left or right swiping, or is LOVE, UNINTERRUPTED and DATING DURING THE PANDEMIC IS POSSIBLE? Andrea Syrtash is my favorite go-to dating and relationship expert. She’s a published author with such works as Cheat On Your Husband (with Your Husband): How to Date Your Spouse, He’s Just Not Your Type (and that’s a good thing): How to Find Love Where You Least Expect it, and It’s Okay to Sleep with Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating, Debunked. You’ve also seen her on GMA, the Today Show, Wendy Williams, and The View. Let’s just say… she has some street cred. We discuss how video has transformed the dating landscape, opening the door to better communication and representation. Andrea says the biggest gripe from singles is how some people don’t look or sound the way the present themselves. Gone are those days! Andrea provides fun virtual and socially-distant dating ideas. She also tackles the question of physical contact, including kissing and other forms of intimacy. She calls the pandemic the great equalizer, as we’ve all been forced to make adjustments—including those in the dating pool. If I’ve learned anything from Andrea, it’s that slowing down, asking questions and learning about another person is a great way to build a solid relationship foundation based on value structure. Now’s the time to showcase your creativity with virtual cooking dates, adventurous socially-distant outdoor dates and smart/informed indoor dates. Love can be uninterrupted, and dating during the pandemic is possible.
29 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Staying Fit in the New Normal
Staying fit during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a struggle for many people. Some have headed back to gym, while others have opted out, preferring stay-at-home options. However, one thing remains—even during these uncertain times, physical fitness is key to living a healthy and happy life. The CDC finds more than 4 in 10 U.S. adults are obese, and 60% have at least one chronic disease. With so many things affecting or challenging our overall well-being, STAYING FIT IN THE NEW NORMAL is more important than ever. I recently chatted with Fitness Expert, Harold Gibbons. He’s a trainer at my favorite gym in New York City, Mark Fisher Fitness. His mantra is “Fitness Is Freedom,” and I’ve personally watched him liberate people into a life of wellness. His mission is to help others claim ownership of essentials, like examining exercise, physical activity, and fitness as tools of empowerment to enrich the quality of their lives. If I’ve learned anything from Harold, it’s that we are still able to work toward a healthy and happy life outside of the gym environment. We just have to get creative. Being mindful is key, it’s important to think about what you eat, set a plan for when you want to exercise, follow through and then be sure to do it again, and again, and again. Harold says make it fun and offers many stay-at-home options to keep your body active and in shape. We may be living in uncertain times, but we can still most certainly invest in our health, fitness and overall well-being in 2021.
24 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Maximize Your Career Potential in Time of COVID-19
About 30 million workers are collecting jobless benefits. That's roughly 1 in 5 people looking for ways to standout and land a new job.As the country starts opening back up for business, now’s the time to be focusing on tactics and strategies to MAXIMIZE YOUR CAREER POTENTIAL IN TIME OF COVID-19.I recently chatted with Vicki Salemi, career expert for Monster, and author of Big Career in the Big City and The ABC's of College Life. She has a passion for empowering people in their careers—helping many build up and flex their business muscle. Vicki says in order to achieve the big gains, it’s important to shift your professional perspective.Vicki has 15 years of experience in corporate recruiting and human resources. Her personal website says that she lives to empower job seekers with insight and first-hand knowledge from the halls of HR. She provides tips to help capture the eye of recruiters and HR executives.If I’ve learned anything from Vicki, it’s that now’s the time to take small steps with big goals in mind. Sometimes an entry-level or part-time job leads to a much larger opportunity. Never forget that transferable skills can transform your career path.Most importantly, be bold—build and engage with an online community of colleagues and people who want to see you succeed. Having a well thought out plan is the best way to maneuver the current business landscape and help you MAXIMIZE YOUR CAREER POTENTIAL IN TIME OF COVID-19.
18 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
Prepping Pets for a Back to Work Lifestyle
Over the past few months our pets have grown used to having us around. As more states reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns, many pet owners will be returning to the workplace. It’s time for Pet Prep, getting our fury loved ones ready for new routines.I recently chatted with Dr. Justine Lee, doctor of veterinary medicine. She’s the author of It’s a Cat’s World, You Just Live In It, and It’s a Dog’s Life, But It’s Your Carpet. She’s also host of the ER Vet at Pet Life Radio podcast. We discussed all the things pet owners need to think about before heading back to the workplace, including separation anxiety, common triggers that upset pets, and a few easy ways to transition into new routines.I also had to ask Dr. Lee a few questions about COVID-19, now that most of the country is seeing an increase in the number of infections. I was curious what that meant for our pets? She has some important things to say about social distancing and nose-to-nose contact.COVID-19 definitely changed our daily routines. That’s why it’s important to come up with a back-to-work pet preparation plan ahead of time. It will help ensure a smoother transition for you and your pet.
20 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Anxiety in Times of Uncertainty
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America finds 40 million adults are living with anxiety in the United States.Between the outbreak of COVID-19 and human rights movements like Black Lives Matter, many people may be feeling even more uneasy.I recently chatted with Dr. Sera Lavelle, Ph.D, founder of New York Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy. She has been written about in Elle Magazine and Allure, and helped hundreds of people overcome their difficulties. We dove into the deep end of the pool, so to speak, discussing ANXIETY IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY.Stress, tension and anxiety, is a combination many of us have become familiar with over the past few months. The doctor and I talked about how important it is to balance between “real – worry” and “emotional – worry.” It’s one way to stay on track and keep ourselves from spiraling out of control with anxious thoughts.Dr. Lavelle also offers guidance regarding fears associated with financial loss, heading back to work, using mass transit, and how to deal with family and friends with different stances regarding health and social issues.Everywhere we look there seems to be turmoil; cable news, social media feeds, and websites - there’s no escaping dramatic headlines. These days, fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping is a must, if we’re going to stay healthy and of sound mind. There are ways to manage the everyday exposure to worrisome news about both, COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.
24 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Riding the Rainbow & Beyond: Marketing to a Queer Audience
According to 2019 statistics, LGBTQ+ adults globally held a combined buying power of more than 3.5 trillion dollars. That gives the queer community a great deal of economic power.June is Pride Month, a time many brands market toward LGBTQ’s, but this could also be a time companies give off the impression that they only “ride the rainbow,” and outside of Pride celebrations, they’re gone, silent and invisible to the LGBTQ+ audience.I recently chatted with Matt Wagner, vice president of client services at Target 10, a New York City-based agency that applies LGBTQ+ consumer insights to brand strategy. He was in Hells Kitchen, one of the most active gayborhoods in New York City. You’ll even hear a few sirens blaring in the background.We discussed everything from how companies can authentically engage with LGBTQ's, what brands can do beyond marketing, and who should use the term queer or LGBTQ+.Talking the talk and walking the walk, two things that are essential for any brand to make a lasting impression on the queer community. June is Pride Month, a fantastic time to wish LGBTQ+ colleagues and friends a Happy Pride. It’s also a perfect time to review your marketing plans to see if you’re selling or celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. To everyone listening, be loud, be proud, be heard. Happy Pride.
22 minutes | May 5, 2020
The Professional Pivot: How One Man Turned Flowers Into Fortune
On the debut episode, I chat with small business owner LEWIS MILLER, president of Lewis Miller Design (LMD), a man known for turning ballrooms, art museums, and other prime locations into extravagant event spaces covered in reds, purples, and every other hue of an artist’s palette. However, it’s his Flower Flashes that have captivated people all around the world and shined a spotlight onto his small business. He and his team of five have been doing great things to successfully maneuver this tricky landscape of the past few months. While other businesses have hit the pause button, Lewis Miller Design has made a "professional pivot" during these uncertain times.