Endeavorance

The point of our blog isn’t to show you how up to date we are with buzzwords and jargon. It isn’t to instruct you with how-to guides, tips, tricks, and hacks. It isn’t to encourage, endorse, or engage in conformity. The point of our blog is to provoke, to counter popular notions, to question the status quo, to prompt your imagination, and to challenge you to think and achieve more than you might otherwise. Whatever happens, it’s worth the endeavor.

Endeavorance

The point of our blog isn’t to show you how up to date we are with buzzwords and jargon. It isn’t to instruct you with how-to guides, tips, tricks, and hacks. It isn’t to encourage, endorse, or engage in conformity. The point of our blog is to provoke, to counter popular notions, to question the status quo, to prompt your imagination, and to challenge you to think and achieve more than you might otherwise. Whatever happens, it’s worth the endeavor.

A Bridgmanite Too Far

A Bridgmanite Too Far

Last week was a banner week for the Panic Industry. On Tuesday, January 18th, Newsweek published an article called, "Earth's Core Is Cooling Faster Than Expected, Creating Uncertain Future for Planet". I'm telling ya, kids. This is exactly what we needed. If the only...

Reactive or Conscious?

Reactive or Conscious?

REMEMBERING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.Reactive or Conscious?JoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications GroupJanuary 20, 2022The definition of reactive is “done in immediate response to something especially without thinking or planning.” A few antonyms of reactive are...

Cleanup on Aisle Tonga

Cleanup on Aisle Tonga

Unless you were otherwise preoccupied this past weekend, you may know an underwater volcano erupted off of Tonga on Saturday: On Friday, the volcano sent ash, steam and gas up to 20 km (12 miles) into the air, Tonga Geological Services said in a Facebook post. It has...

Winter

Winter

REFLECTION & ACCEPTANCEWinterJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications GroupJanuary 13, 2022It’s finally starting to get cold in the Northeastern part of the U.S. where I reside. We had our first snowfall last Thursday night and, ever since, I can feel the air has...

It’s 2022 Folks!

It’s 2022 Folks!

PROMISES & PROGRESSIt’s 2022 Folks!JoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications GroupJanuary 6, 2022In 2019, I started the annual practice of making myself a promise as opposed to a resolution. As each year progressed, it was satisfying to check in with myself and see...

Fourth and Long

Fourth and Long

If you're anything like me, the month or so of meaningless college football bowl games that starts on the Fourth of July and goes through Flag Day gets to be interminably monotonous and boringly predictable. But because I'm not inclined to take any chances, I bought...

Four Years Ago

Four Years Ago

BIRTHDAYS & GRATITUDEFour Years AgoJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group30 December 2021Four years ago today, I was sitting in a hospital room as a newly labeled mother of two. It was a Saturday, the day after my son was born. And I was in a hazy,...

The Omigosh Variant

The Omigosh Variant

Since we've gotten past Christmas — but we still have the New Year holiday to go — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Schools Undertaking Coronavirus Knowledge, Epidmiologic Research Specialization (SUCKERS) have identified yet another strain of...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

PERFORMING & JOYMerry ChristmasJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group23 December 2021I grew up regularly attending a Roman Catholic church. I was an active Youth Group member. I was one of the first alter girls allowed in my parish. And I was in the Church...

’Tis the Season

’Tis the Season

I went to Dunkin’ (the coffee joint formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts) Saturday morning to get breakfast sandwiches for Anne and me. “Who cares!” I hear you cry. I actually don’t blame you for wondering. But this turned out to be a faith-affirming visit. I pulled into...

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

CHRISTMAS & FAMILYChristmas CookiesJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group16 December 2021While driving to the doctor’s office the other day with my son in tow, we discussed our upcoming plans for the weekend. I told him I wanted to make Christmas cookies....

Clear as Mud

Clear as Mud

teamwork (noun)1. cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause2. work done with a team And, So, It Begins From September of 1987 to June of 1995, I worked for an organization that...

Trusting Me

Trusting Me

TRUST & PROMISESTrusting MeJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group9 December 2021In January of this year, instead of making a resolution, I made myself a promise. I promised I would learn to trust myself. I’ve trusted people I shouldn’t have for as long as I...

Keep the (Climate) Change

Keep the (Climate) Change

I recently read an article in Risk Management Monitor about remarks made by Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Chairman of Lloyd’s, at the recent RIMS ERM Conference in New York City, on the role of risk management in fighting climate change. I almost stopped reading after I saw...

Rest and Digest

Rest and Digest

PARASYMPATHETIC & SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEMSRest and DigestJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group2 December 2021It’s a bit difficult to believe Thanksgiving was already one week ago today. But it was. It’s also a bit difficult to believe Christmas is only...

Bitter Pills

Bitter Pills

According to several news articles, including this post from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson will be splitting into two divisions — one for its consumer health products and one for its pharmaceuticals and medical devices. This will be the first time since the company...

Renew

Renew

SHAME & FORGIVENESSRenewJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group18 November 2021Yesterday I went to the library to pick up my renewed library card. The last time I stepped foot in the library was more than two years ago. Once the pandemic started, I didn’t go...

Say What?

Say What?

Our friends at CNBC have joined our friends at Harvard Business Review (HBR) and our other friends in the nation's capital to collaborate on The Great Infantilization. While our friends at CNBC and HBR are supposed to be educating us, or at least sharing meaningful...

Validation

Validation

SELF-WORTH & READINGValidationJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group11 November 2021I must admit, my Amazon wish list has gotten out of hand. More than 60 book titles stare back at me when I look for my next read. They sit patiently on my virtual wish list...

Turbulence

Turbulence

PEACE & TURBULENCETurbulenceJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group4 November 2021On February 15, 2019, I bought myself a Valentine’s Day gift package. I purchased three books, one of them being Inward by yung pueblo. The other two were Billy Lynn’s Long...

The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

UNDERDOG & LIFEThe Perfect FitJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group28 October 2021Five months ago, I lost my beloved Great Dane, Crush, a bit unexpectedly. You may have read the story I wrote about him. A few weeks after he passed, I was asked if I planned...

Letting Go

Letting Go

IMPERMANENCE & NATURELetting GoJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group21 October 2021Humans can learn a lot from nature if we allow ourselves to absorb its teachings. In nature, there isn’t the concept of control. A tree doesn’t hold onto its leaves when...

Everything I Need

Everything I Need

KINA GRANNIS & QUIETEverything I NeedJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group14 October 2021If you had the chance to read my post last week, or happen to own a calendar, you likely know it’s October. October is the beginning of autumn and arguably the most...

October

October

AUTUMN & TRANSITIONOctoberJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group7 October 2021While I enjoy each season, I must admit: Autumn is my favorite. And if I had to pick a favorite month, it’d be October. Aside from my birthday being in this glorious month, I love...

Life’s Cycle

Life’s Cycle

CYCLES & BREAKING CYCLESLife's CycleJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group30 September 2021This morning, my son and I took a stroll around the neighborhood while we waited for his bus to arrive. We found a dead cricket being eaten by ants, a rotted piece of...

Dear Gabby

Dear Gabby

FEMICIDE & AMERICADear GabbyJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group23 September 2021Dear Gabby, I know you likely didn’t realize this before your untimely death, but your OCD, your anxiety, and your mood didn’t cause your fiancé to be abusive. If you chose...

An Unwelcome Outburst

An Unwelcome Outburst

OUTBURST & STRENGTHAn Unwelcome OutburstJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group16 September 2021An outburst is defined as a sudden release of strong emotion. Have you ever been on the receiving end of other people’s outbursts? I have. Have you ever wondered...

Seasonal Redirection

Seasonal Redirection

AUTUMN & CHANGESeasonal RedirectionJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group9 September 2021We’re 14 days away from the Autumn Equinox. And although it sounds wonderful to have an exact moment (3:20 p.m.) that Autumn begins, that’s also not the full picture....

The Rule of Sevens

The Rule of Sevens

You can tell something's in really deep trouble when you start to see articles about it. Given the diligence with which we've gone about removing meaning from language, conflating it with oppression, and weaponizing it in service to whatever our particular agendas...

Silence

Silence

SILENCE & SELF-TRUSTSilenceJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group2 September 2021Sometimes silence is deafening. Sometimes silence is cathartic. And other times silence can be anxiety inducing. Silence is defined as “complete absence of sound.” As I’m...

When Everybody’s Out to Get You …

When Everybody’s Out to Get You …

In celebration of Back to School Week, Harvard Business Review (HBR) published another article for children. This one particularly targets children who work from home, who experience periodic feelings that the world may not exist to make them happy, who have rather...

Retreat. Read. Rest. Resume.

Retreat. Read. Rest. Resume.

RETREAT & RESUMERetreat. Read. Rest. Resume.JoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group26 August 2021I walked onto the porch, my Kindle in hand. I sat in the wrought iron patio chair and found it rather difficult to get comfortable. So, I sauntered back inside...

Well, Blow Me Down

Well, Blow Me Down

Late last week and early this week, parts of the northeast were being warned to brace for the arrival of Hurricane Henri. (I live in central Connecticut.) As a result, news outlets — broadcast and online — were selling tons of advertising by sharing hysteria mixed...

The Fast-Forward Button

The Fast-Forward Button

FAST-FORWARD & REWINDThe Fast-Forward ButtonJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group12 August 2021Have you ever wished you could have a fast forward button for life? I have. I’d want to rewind right back to trudge through my life’s muck, but I’m always curious...

I Do … Until I Don’t

I Do … Until I Don’t

Part A I don't think most people know or believe how much I love people. If you overlook the facts that they're forever ignoring history — including their own pasts — and so hopelessly addicted to instant gratification that they make themselves precedent setting cases...

Our Tomatoes

Our Tomatoes

TOMATOES & GARDENINGOur TomatoesJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group5 August 2021This past March, my children and I planted several kinds of seeds. When it was time to bring them outside, we realized we had more than 13 tomato seedlings. It was closer to...

Follow the Bouncing Ball

Follow the Bouncing Ball

I'm not precisely sure I had many expectations of the coronavirus pandemic. I guess if I'd given it any thought, I may have imagined it'd make us more self-reliant, more resourceful, more determined to do for ourselves and to take care of others. If I'd been inclined...

What’s the Story, Morning Glory?

What’s the Story, Morning Glory?

LIFE & OASISWhat’s The Story, Morning Glory?JoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group29 July 2021At the tender age of 11, I was thrilled to listen to a new album released by the English pop band Oasis titled What’s the Story, Morning Glory?. During every car...

What’s Another Word for No?

What’s Another Word for No?

I think my life has an inverse relationship with the writers and the members of the editorial staff at Harvard Business Review (HBR). Here's why: As I get older, HBR's writers and editorial personnel seem to get younger. As I get more mature, more things become...

A Rose-Colored Moon

A Rose-Colored Moon

THE MOON & ITS STORYA Rose-Colored MoonJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group22 July 2021We took a stroll in downtown Mystic, Connecticut, on Tuesday night. It was a beautifully temperate night. And the smell of the Mystic River was warm, fresh, and...

With All Due Respect

With All Due Respect

JoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group15 July 2021While perusing the internet last night, I came across several hilarious articles, blogs, Instagram stories, and Tweets referring to the language we use in corporate emails. While I thoroughly admit to laughing...

Haint Blue

Haint Blue

HAINTS & GHOSTSHaint BlueJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group8 July 2021In January of 2011, I was a bridesmaid in a wedding in beautiful Key West, Florida. The bridal party traveled down a few days early to get to know one another and enjoy the beautiful...

Don’t Let the Door Hit You ….

Don’t Let the Door Hit You ….

I was holding out hope, however faint or desperate, that Harvard Business Review (HBR) would take the summer off. No such luck. I don't really know how HBR manages to stockpile so much of the self-evident and otherwise boneheaded stuff it insists on throwing at us and...

Sunflower Season

Sunflower Season

SYMBOLISM & SUNFLOWERSSunflower SeasonJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group1 July 2021It’s officially sunflower season. I walked outside on Tuesday morning and noticed the first bud opened into a glorious sunflower. The sunflowers started to pop out of the...

Know Your Audience

Know Your Audience

The title of this post is the first rule of communication. It's also sometimes the hardest to remember, especially if you're an inveterate practical joker. When my sons were growing up, I played innumerable jokes on them, concocted stories, said crazy things for...

The Monday Morning Quarterback

The Monday Morning Quarterback

HINDSIGHT & TENACITYThe Monday Morning QuarterbackJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group24 June 2021Have you ever read an article or watched a TV segment and proclaimed you would have done things differently from the way they were done in what you saw or...

Our Feelings

Our Feelings

FEELINGS & EMOTIONSOur FeelingsJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group17 June 2021A feeling is defined as an emotional state or reaction. An emotion is defined as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships...

One of Those Days

One of Those Days

ROSES & THORNSOne of Those DaysJoAnna Bennett, O'Brien Communications Group10 June 2021Ever have one of those days? You know, the ones in which everything seems to go wrong. I had one recently. I woke up feeling a bit sick but still had to wake up and get my kids...