There’s something unique about you.

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Woman wearing colorful makeup in hi-tech fashion. Her hand is painted gold with splashes of color.
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Finding out who you are — what you’re good at, what you stand for, and what inspires you to travel down certain paths — is an amazing adventure. If you asked me five years ago who I was, my answer would be quite different from today. I’ve spent quite a bit of time discovering not only what I can do but also what makes me tick.

Self-discovery is both a scary and exciting process. The more we learn about ourselves, the more apt we are to not lend so much weight to what others think. …


If you have a feline family member, I’m sure you can relate

Our cat, Midnite — photo by Pamela Hazelton

Our beautiful black cat, Midnite, has developed the habit of hopping up on my desk while I’m working. She used to take refuge from the dog, Mouse, by sneaking into my husband’s office before he could close the door. Now that she’s found a way to tell Mouse she’s in charge, she’s shouting it from the rooftop.

In the beginning, she’d plop down right in front of the monitor, leaving me adjusting my position to see what’s on the screen. I tried scooting her off, but she kept jumping up. So, I’ve most affectionately let her have her way. I…


Are Mike Lindell’s promises just pillow talk?

Capture of Mike Lindell’s announcement video / Frank logo

As a marketer, I keep up with a slew of trends. That includes hopping onto new social media platforms, regardless of politics. So, of course, I signed up for VIP access to Frank — Mike Lindell’s network that supposedly will support a billion people.

But it didn’t happen. Lindell promised VIP access at midnight Friday, April 16th. The only requirement? Provide your cell number and confirm the access code sent via text. Quick and easy.

I went to bed early, setting the alarm for 11:50 pm. By alarm, I mean I asked my husband to do anything necessary to rouse…


I spend less time looking at screens and more time getting things done

Photo by Pamela Hazelton

A few months ago, I took the plunge. I upgraded my Fitbit Flex 2 to the Apple Watch Series 6. It was more of a need than a want — I required a device to track various health metrics, as well as my fitness activities. It made sense to ditch the Fitbit — I’m not thrilled about Google acquiring the company — and get something that could connect with the rest of my Apple devices.

I opted for the GPS + Cellular version because I liked the idea of leaving my phone at home while going for walks and being…


Now that I have your attention…

A young man sits in a chair, reading on his tablet. He has his right hand, forefinger extended, resting against his face and forehead. He looks confused.
A young man sits in a chair, reading on his tablet. He has his right hand, forefinger extended, resting against his face and forehead. He looks confused.
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Hi! I have something important to tell you. Are you ready?

Seriously, pay attention, because it’s crucial you get this!!

Did you know that over formatting your work can have the COMPLETE OPPOSITE EFFECT YOU INTEND?

If I threw you off your reading game, that was the point. Many writers — especially newer ones — use bold, italics, ALL CAPS, title, subtitle, quote, and pull quote formatting, thinking it successfully draws more attention to their points. It often doesn’t.

A writer’s job is to evoke emotion through text. Just as you want to use the best words to tell a story, you want to emphasize correctly.

Italics are ideal…


Stop making it easy for editors to reject your work.

The Grammarly logo and poor scoring report details sit atop crumpled pieces of writing paper.
The Grammarly logo and poor scoring report details sit atop crumpled pieces of writing paper.
Background by Racool_studio / Composition by Pamela Hazelton

There’s a vast misconception about Grammarly’s purpose, how it works, and its reliability factor. Some writers give this editing tool way too much credit. For others, Grammarly is the bane of their writing existence. Delve deeper, though, and you’ll learn that Grammarly has an important seat at the writing-editing table.

As I previously wrote, a plagiarism check is step one for many editors. Since this vital tool is included with a Grammarly Premium subscription, it’s often the go-to plan. …


From the banks of Ocquionis

Ocquionis Creek, Richfield Springs, NY — photo by Pamela Hazelton

As I write this, it’s been just a few hours since my father drew his last breath. Just that one sentence, though. It would take me a week to return to the otherwise blank screen.

I write, thinking I have something profound to say; about how to always live without regret and tell others you love them. You know, the usual prompts that pop up every time we lose someone near and dear to our hearts.

Truth be told, I have no regrets, and my father and I exchanged expressions of love regularly. There was no unresolved disagreement or concern…


Open your inbox — read only what applies.

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If you’re like me, you’re so inundated with emails, texts, and messaging apps it’s sometimes nearly impossible to keep up. As a marketer and writer, keeping up with the latest trends is crucial. News about the latest TikTok and Instagram influencers is enough to keep anyone on their toes. And current events can make or break a pre-scheduled campaign.

There are three email newsletters I review each day, without fail. I open them before any others — if a client has an urgent need, they’ll follow up their email with a text anyway.

The Morning Brew Series

One email series covers all the bases…


These zero-cost methods set everyone up for success

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A hand extends to grab another hand to lift someone up. Background is a beautiful blue sky with a lone cloud.
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The writing community is undoubtedly unique. The perception about writers falls somewhere between starving musicians and executives. So, it makes sense that we take refuge in various groups designed to help guide each other up the ladder.

Supporting fellow writers’ works isn’t always easy, especially with respect to purchasing books (digital or otherwise). But there are more powerful ways to help them be their best.

Point out mistakes in a humble, private way

No matter how long you’ve been writing, you probably get the itch to chime in on fellow penner’s stories. Sometimes to applaud their work, but sometimes to point out issues. Writing groups are safe zones…


Stop changing everyone’s tires for free

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No matter your talent or passion, recognizing your worth is essential to overall happiness and success. That includes the time it takes for you to create, advise and do for others.

The modern internet puts loads of information at our fingertips. Emerging from its belly is the expectation that more things should be free. The concept has ebbed its way into nearly everything: a beautiful illustration created on an iPad or backup music for someone’s YouTube video. It kills plenty of vibes.

I’ve worked primarily “online” for three decades. Oh, I’ll go ahead and date myself right now. In my…

Pamela Hazelton

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