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

What happens when your plan goes off the rails?

I never imagined that at this point in my life I would be asking:  “Where am I going?”  “What am I doing?”  “What do I want to do?”.  I actually had a plan.  In fact, by now, I was supposed to be living that plan full throttle, able to choose projects that I was passionate about, living my “idea” of success.

Well, my plans didn’t go in the direction I had pictured.  The career track I thought I was on, fizzled away, my beautiful family took center stage, and the self developed some very real doubts.  Here’s the thing; the change wasn’t causing me the issue.  This wasn’t the first time I’ve switched gears.  I went to college with a pre-med focus and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.  However, medical school was no longer in my plan.  I was turned on to broadcasting my senior year, and once I said it out loud, there was no turning back.  I decided to go home where I was able to start my career in Fresno, California.  Broadcasting later moved me from California to New York to Connecticut.  I’m not new to change, but for the first time ever, I found myself unsure of what my next move should be.
Continue Reading Getting Back On Track!

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

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!

At Think Tank of Three, we passionately believe that every person must stand against racial injustice.

We are women, empowering all women. This space is a space for you. We want black women and women of color to feel safe and know they have a voice here.

While major brands with vast resources have responded with large donations and advertising campaigns, the more relevant question for us is what can we do?

More importantly, what must we do?
Continue Reading Standing Up Against Racism: This is a Safe Space for All Women

Let’s face it, depending on your situation, there may be more low moments right now than moments of joy, as we cope with COVID-19.

We’re right there with you!

So we went live on Facebook to share a special twist on the Expert Connexions series airing on mConnexions’ Facebook page.

By day, they are hard-working professionals; experts in their fields of public policy work and advertising creative. By night, they know how to block out fear by creating fun ways to connect their virtual communities!

In this virtual chat, Julie Holton and Audrea Fink of the Think Tank of Three Podcast talk with Seth Barnhill & Terry Streetman about some creative ways to get through this tough time.


Continue Reading Think Tank of Three Co-Hosts Talk About Creative Ways to Connect Online

You never know how you’ll respond to a crisis until you’re in one. You can prepare. You can take classes. You can even run drills. But it’s never the same as the real thing.

Congratulations, Think Tank tribe. You now know how you’ll respond to a global crisis!

And though we are writing this intro with a bit of sarcasm and a hint of snark… we are also completely serious about giving yourself credit for however you are responding.

How many people have become overnight homeschooling parents?

Work from home wonder women?

Zoom and video conferencing gurus?

Seriously. Even if you feel like you’re failing (which, we can confidently say, you are not!), you deserve credit. We are all trying to navigate our way through something that has never been experienced before. There’s no guidebook for anyone to follow.

It’s with this in mind that our Julie Holton and her team at mConnexions launched a special live Q&A series called Expert Connexions, to help sort through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. ICYMI: our Audrea Fink joined her live on Facebook to talk about how life has changed, personally and professionally.
Continue Reading Think Tank of Three Co-Hosts Talk About Personal & Professional Life During COVID-19

Guest Blog by Joyce Marter, LCPC Psychotherapist, Entrepreneur, Writer & National Speaker, featured in Think Tank of Three Podcast Episode #19

Take a deep breath. Give yourself a moment to reset. Now is the time for all of us to support each other and try to make the best of an unexpected situation.

There’s no doubt, we are living in uncertain times. With news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) constantly filling everyone’s newsfeed, people are unsure and nervous about what may happen next. It seems every hour there’s an update from leaders across the globe, mandating social distancing, canceling large sporting events, and making travel recommendations. It’s hard not to think about how this could impact you and your loved ones, and the rest of the world– and how it may continue to impact us all.
Continue Reading How to Practice Self-Care During a Season of Uncertainty

Did you grow up knowing exactly what you wanted to be? 

Were you clear how to get to where you wanted to go? 

Did you ever worry that if you didn’t do it just right, you just couldn’t do it? 

Today we are talking about career paths and the meandering roads to success.


Continue Reading The Career Path Less Traveled with Jessica Werner – Episode #29

Is an office dress code about professionalism or subversive sexism?

This is a real question I’m asking. In fact, this entire post will be questions.

This topic comes up here and there for me and I’ve debated writing about it before. I get started writing and then I end up with more questions. I decide that dress codes are inherently sexist and then I change my mind.

I’m sharing this post now because I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Continue Reading What Not to Wear: Sexism or Professionalism?