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A storyteller at heart, Julie Holton is the Owner and Principal Strategist at mConnexions, a full-service marketing and communications agency that focuses on developing digital marketing solutions for clients. Julie leads a team of digital marketers, website developers, writers, designers, brand strategists,  and creatives.

Whether it be through digital platforms or traditional marketing, Julie's strengths have always been tied to building connections. Before launching mConnexions in 2017, Julie led the strategic marketing directives for a mid-sized law firm of nearly 50 attorneys practicing 70+ areas of law at three offices across Michigan. She currently continues to serve on the editorial committee for the Legal Marketing Association's Strategies magazine.

Prior to working in marketing, Julie spent more than ten years working in top television newsrooms across the country, as an Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and executive producer. Julie worked with her news teams to develop digital and social media strategies – even before social media sites began to peak in popularity.

Julie also has a passion for her community, working closely with several non-profits. Most notably, she sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Chapter, she serves as the Media Coordinator for Grit, Glam & Guts, and as an Advisory Board member of ePIFany Now.

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At mConnexions, we believe that strong relationships are the foundation for building a successful business. These connections are so important, that we put it right in our name: Marketing Connections. With strategic branding, digital marketing, and content creation at its core, mConnexions builds, implements, and manages custom strategies for businesses. Learn more at mConnexions.com.

Behind every successful person is a mentor, a coach, a consultant, a friend full of encouragement or tough love — or both. 

And whether we’re talking about success in business, leadership, parenting, or life, behind every story — however you define success — there’s also a pile of good books!

I have one you need to add today.
Continue Reading Book Recommendation: The Financial Mindset Fix

With the entire world watching, Simone Biles is teaching us one of the greatest lessons of all time on success versus self-care.

Dedication feels like an understatement to describe what it must take to survive the grind necessary for an American athlete to make it to the Olympics. Simone has made it look easy, shattering records to become the most decorated gymnast in the world. And let’s not forget her incredible courage to fight for survivors of the horrific abuse at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar, or that she grew up in foster care after first struggling with hunger in a home where her mother battled addiction.
Continue Reading Simone Biles: The Ultimate Lesson on Success versus Self-Care

The holiday season is kicking off and we at the Think Tank are watching the end of this year with great anticipation. Needless to say, 2020 has been a whirlwind, crazy, and chaotic year filled with lessons, struggles, and successes.

As we reflect on where we are and where we’ve been, we want to take

“I’m not asking much, just a token really, a trifle! What I want from you is – your voice.-Ursula the Sea Witch

Ursula The Little Mermaid

Do you remember watching the classic Disney movie The Little Mermaid and seeing Princess Ariel give up her voice to become human? While it may have seemed like a good trade at the time, she quickly realized she gave up a precious part of not just communication, but her soul. Watching her flounder to express herself, go on a first date, and let the man she loves know he’s been brainwashed by a monster was frustrating for the viewers. 

While we may not be squaring off for a battle with a sea witch (unless your mother-in-law is coming to town), 2020 has absolutely been dramatic and difficult. So in a year that feels like the fight between good and evil, how can you win at the most important thing: your voice?
Continue Reading The Value Of Finding Your Voice and Being Authentic

A man I love once told me that I am what’s wrong with the world.

“You,” he had exclaimed in frustration. “You are the problem!”

I was in my early 30s and working as an Executive Producer in a TV newsroom. My sixth newsroom in four states, which to me symbolizes the sacrifice and hard work I had put in to build a successful career and advance in an industry that I can only describe as a 24/7 pressure-cooker.

I was having dinner with my parents when my dad, clearly exasperated and not intending to hurt my feelings, declared that as a member of the media, I was the problem.

Continue Reading How To Pray For The Media. Hint: It’s Not How You Might Think

Mic check 123… Is this thing on?

Oh, it’s on. We’re back. And it’s time for something new for Think Tank of Three.  Get ready, our brand new chapter starts now with our exciting new co-host!

Continue Reading New Season, New Host, New Think Tank of Three – Episode #35

Stephanie BarnhillGuest Blog by Stephanie Barnhill, Operations Consultant at mConnexions

I am a near 38-year-old woman, happily married for almost 11 years now, living in Michigan with three adorable dogs. No picket fence because our HOA won’t allow it. And no kids either because we’re childfree.

“Childfree” is a word you may not have heard before – I only learned it in the last few years. It’s used in place of the word “childless”, meaning a life without children isn’t negative for us as nothing is “missing”. A life sans children is what we chose. Perhaps the terms feels a bit tedious, but I think it’s an important distinction for some people, like myself. We are without children on purpose, because we do not desire to be parents.

But let’s rewind a bit.
Continue Reading Being Childfree: Our Path To Discovering We Don’t Want Kids

First comes love, then comes marriage. But wait! What about the parents who skip having the baby in the baby carriage?

Is it true what they say, that you don’t know ‘love’ until you’re a parent?

Are you selfish if you choose not to have children?

What about men and women who want to conceive a child, but are unable to do so naturally?

Or the women and men who want to have children, but haven’t yet found love?

There are many paths to choose from — and some paths are even chosen for us. In this episode, the Think Tank of Three talks with a guest who shares about her choice to be ‘childfree’.

Continue Reading Can You Know ‘Love’ Without Being a Parent? Choosing to be Childfree with Stephanie Barnhill – Episode #34

Beth Peck, Project KoruGuest Blog by Beth Peck, Executive Director of Project Koru

Right this moment I am staring out the window of a little 63’ Franklin travel trailer, listening to the quiet morning waves of Lake Superior. Mornings are always my favorite time; it’s quiet, all I can hear is the light breathing of my three kids as they catch up on sleep from the previous day’s adventure mixed with the rustle of the biggest evergreens in the great state of Michigan.

Sitting in my little twin bed drinking freshly made camp coffee, I always have a happy heart when I’m working in the morning from Lil’ Frankie, the name we gave our travel trailer. She’s 150 sq ft of vintage charm that I worked all spring to restore. Every nook and cranny has a purpose and every time I’m in here my soul explodes with happiness. She is mine, and I made her. I made this life.
Continue Reading A Mom, A Travel Trailer, & A Reminder to Take The Jump!