The Importance of Coffee

The importance of coffee? Coffee Lovers everywhere are probably looking at me with some side eye thinking “no, let me tell you the importance of coffee”. And I get it. I own a Nespresso machine after trading in my long-time Keurig. I even bought clear glass mugs to make sure I could visually experience all of the creamy Nespresso layers while I drank my coffee. Call me a coffee snob and I will toast my clear coffee mug to your criticism, because coffee runs deep through my veins and I’m not even a bit sorry about that.

One of Hustle & Thrive’s coffee  tee shirt designs .

One of Hustle & Thrive’s coffee tee shirt designs.

Outside of the pure enjoyment of drinking one’s cup of Joe, is the infamous “coffee meeting”. Coffee meetings are so important that many businesses depend on them to network, build relationships and to turn proposals and ideas into transactions. Coffee meetings often involve the purchase of a cup of coffee or latte…..but heck, even tea drinkers and dedicated gym-going water drinkers participate in coffee meetings without coffee. The symbolism and the scheduling of a coffee meeting (with or without the consumption of coffee) on your Google calendar is important because it means that you are committed to something. And that’s really important.

  • A coffee meeting with an old friend that you haven’t seen all year means you are rebuilding/rekindling a relationship that needs nurturing.

  • A coffee meeting with a potential new business client means that you are taking business seriously and you are hustling to grow your reputation, brand and bank account.

  • A coffee meeting with a colleague or future collaborator means that you have set time aside to focus on ideas and issues that are important to you with the intent to implement meaningful impact.

  • A coffee meeting with a current customer/client means that growth, progress and evolution are on your coffee agenda.

  • A coffee meeting with a mentor, educator or a friendly referral of someone that someone else felt “you had to meet/connect with” means that you are potentially surrounding yourself with people that are smarter than you. And what a smart thing that is for you to do!

One of my favorite Martha’s Vineyard Coffee Shops is  Nat’s Nook Cafe  in Vineyard Haven. Great coffee and a great atmosphere for a productive and enjoyable coffee meeting.

One of my favorite Martha’s Vineyard Coffee Shops is Nat’s Nook Cafe in Vineyard Haven. Great coffee and a great atmosphere for a productive and enjoyable coffee meeting.

As you can see, the importance of coffee extends far beyond the Arabica bean and our desire for caffeine. I’d also like to note that coffee meetings should be meaningful and have a purpose. They should not be used as a time filler or distraction from an important focus. It’s okay to say NO to a coffee meeting too.

I hope that you have some important coffee meetings set up for 2019. And if you don’t, what are you waiting for? #2019Goals

Want to have coffee with me? Let’s do it! You know it’s kind of my thing.

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This Summer On Martha's Vineyard

It's mid August and we are in the throws of "The Week" on Martha's Vineyard.  The week where Illumination Night, The Agricultural Fair and the Annual Oak Bluffs Fireworks Celebration all take place in a matter of a few days.  Traffic is heavy, our 44th President and First Lady Mr. & Mrs. Obama are here on vacation, along with lots of other well known celebrities getting their Vineyard fix.  Bill Murray and Peter Simon gave us some media drama and excitement after some shenanigans at Lola's Restaurant in Oak Bluffs last week. And most of the Island's local business owners are hoping to retain what summer staff they have left, while they strive to make big sales through Labor Day to help them get through a New England winter.

on July 27th Hustle & Thrive Company and NAMIC New England had another wonderful and successful event with the 2nd Annual Evening of Entrepreneurship & Media event held at The Crossroads Gallery.  We had a dynamic panel of women that brought a truck load of entrepreneurial education, raw emotion and shared journeys that inspired the crowd. Catered by the fabulous Cardboard Box with wine sponsored by Jim's Package Store, both located in Oak Bluffs, our evening was complete. New friends and connections were made and it was an amazing way to head into a busy August.

As a year-round Island resident, I was also proud to have played a small role in i-Fashion Magazine's Summer Fashion Show at the Harbor View Hotel by helping to include our local business community in their event.  It was a beautiful afternoon on the porch overlooking the Edgartown lighthouse, showcasing  Lloyd Crawford's L'Antonio Resort Wear line, accompanied by Dr. Laura Quiros my amazing friend and Diversity and Inclusion business partner.  Local models and vendors participated in the day's festivities and everything and absolutely everyone was so beautiful.

Both of these events fell during Legacy Week On The Vineyard.  Founded by my good friend Sheryl Wesley, Legacy Week highlights HBCU's, school pride and their alumni through various events across the Island.  And if you are part of the Black Travel Movement's HUGE Facebook following, you already know that they plan to include the Vineyard in their travels July 20th-27th 2019 to coincide with next year's Legacy Week activities.  Don't be surprised if Island hotels and rental homes start to fill up before THIS summer even comes to an end!

I may have had some of the most fun during Legacy Week at this Wakanda/Black Panther Movie themed kid's party.  Who had more fun, me or the kiddos?  I already know the answer and there's no shame in my Wakanda game! (M'Baku did not show up though, damn it)

There's still a little bit of summer left to enjoy all that the Island brings us, so I plan on enjoying every moment left before my favorite season (Fall) is upon us.  Then it's all about football, hoodie sweatshirts and pumpkin spice after that.

What's your favorite thing about Martha's Vineyard in the summer?

As always, if I can ever be of any help to you and your business,
don't hesitate to reach out!


Martha's Vineyard Public Relations Launched!

If there's one thing I am good at, it's identifying potential and building upon it once I've found it.  When I met Olive and Hana, I took the same exact approach.  These two gals are brilliant, customer service savvy and a whole lot of fun to be around.  So I did what any small business owner should do.  I presented an opportunity to be a part of something great and empowered them to to embrace their entrepreneurial spirits and be a part of the Hustle and Thrive Company team.

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Martha's Vineyard is such a huge hub of entrepreneurial energy.  From the artisan and farmer's markets to the vibrant art community that line our galleries and coffee shops. The untapped talent and potential on the Vineyard is simply outrageous.  I knew Olive and Hana would help me bring the small business Island community to the next level.  So I made it official and Martha's Vineyard Public Relations was born as a valuable H&T service for the small business community. Olive and Hana will be assisting with all things PR as well as coordinating and working with our local virtual assistants.  You may learn more about them here on the About page!

If you are a small business owner in need of exposure and business storytelling, please reach out to me today for a free consult!