We hear it constantly: “Social media is ruining our lives.” These words almost always come from people of generations who actually remember a world without it. I, a proud millennial, am not here to give any kind of lecture, and I most certainly am not here to tell you social media is bad, because it’s not. I love social media as much as—if not more than—the rest of us. Facebook helps me stay in touch with family members. Twitter keeps me connected to the world’s latest in news and pop culture, and provides a source of laughter via the endless circulation of memes. Instagram allows me to express my creative and social side. Finally, the one I literally cannot live without, Snapchat, lets me see what all my friends are doing at all times. So now that you all know that I too, can’t go without it, let me tell you about a time when I did. (read more…)
Sometimes you only get a minute. A minute to talk with someone after a meeting, a minute on the phone call, a minute at the cocktail reception. Ever stop to think how valuable that minute could be?
Not long ago, a teenaged girl timidly approached me after a speech to thank me for my talk and to ask me a few questions. We had an intriguing, focused dialogue, as if no one else was in the room, although there were hundreds. The conversation was not lengthy, yet surprisingly in-depth about an issue bouncing around in this teenager’s mind like a ball in a pinball machine.
After our talk and before she disappeared into the crowd, she told me I was her “life changer,” hugged me, and was gone like a puff of smoke. (read more…)
When you put your feet on the floor in the morning, how ready do you feel to lead your organization to greater heights, to make an impact in your industry, to build a culture of excellence within your company? If your answer is a hesitant “I think I am,” then you likely are not. It’s time to assess your leadership readiness, and to unleash the highly effective, authentic leader within you that your organization has been awaiting. (read more…)
Equipping our girls for success in the world and in their lives is critical. It’s preventive. It’s proactive, and it’s empowering.
In an age where cyber meanness can turn deadly, mean tweets are pervasive, and drug usage is on the rise, “proactive prepping” may be a solution to combating the ramifications of life’s negative scenarios. In other words, the earlier in life we can prepare ourselves and our girls for what lies ahead, the better outcomes we all may have.
Total Package Global research indicates that building confidence skills at an early age can circumvent the perils associated with succumbing to peer pressure, drug and alcohol use, bullying and cyber bullying. Teaching a positive leadership-oriented skill set can effectively set girls on a positive course for life. (read more…)
In today’s overwhelming world of altered photos, filters, and fillers, the thought of raising a teenager (let alone a teenage girl) may be a scary one. As mothers, we remember being teens ourselves, and recall the pressures and anxieties that we faced. Nowadays, more than ever, it’s a time to focus on shaping girls into strong, independent young women, to help them rise up, be heard, and exude confidence. So, what can we as parents do to encourage our daughters in all of the above? We’ve tapped Kristi Hoffman, M.S., author of the best-selling book Total Package Girl: Discover The Ultimate You For Life, to offer some insight on the personal and social development of pre-teen and teenaged girls. Read below for her take on the ins-and-outs of teenage girls and how we as parents can help build their self-esteem. (read more…)
The reviews for Kristi K. Hoffman’s book Total Package Girl keep coming in!
“This timely handbook gives every tween or teen reader an enthusiastic boost to ‘just be you'”
#jbu! The chance to look at one’s own talents, skills, feelings and energy lead to good decisions, strong values and pride in the person you are and what to be! Hoffman is a cheerleader for this generation and knows how to get her points across clearly and with enthusiasm dealing with the many life issues of being a teen. A great way for parents, teachers, counselors and others to start the conversation allowing each girl to better understand herself. An appealing format, welcoming to all girls, full of honest examples of situations to analyze and apply in an appropriate way. It is a motivational “total package!” (read more…)
The following blog post was written for the Ms. Career Girl website.
Are you exhausted from trying to keep up with the negative comments that keep swirling through your mind? Possibly they came from nasty co-workers, old classmates, teammates, random people at social situations, family members, negative childhood memories. Maybe they came at you in the form of gossip, mean tweets or posts, nasty texts. (read more…)
The following blog post was featured on the NewOrleansMomsBlog.com.
Our innate nature as parents is to protect our children. Yet it’s difficult to know how much “protecting” is enough… or too much. Who’s to judge whether our parenting style is “just right” or “over the top” or “helicopter mommy”-ish? (read more…)
As a parent, we want our kids to succeed. Failing sometimes doesn’t seem like an option. As it turns out, research shows us that failing at an early age is a good thing particularly as it relates to building confidence and compassion. But whoa is it hard to watch your kids go down trying when going through a particularly challenging moment. (read more…)
Enough already! The incidents and stories keep on coming. The meanness, hatred, nasty words, evil pranks, fights, incidents online, suicides. Read the daily news for more. People know when they are being mean. They know when they’re negatively taunting and deeply affecting another person. So why then does the meanness and hatred continue, and why won’t it stop in the near future? (read more…)
Last time we checked, no one was flawless. But that’s not always easy to remember when you’re going to the season’s first pool party or heading to the beach for summer vacation.
Feeling panicked, insecure, and ultra-intimidated about bathing suit weather? No more! Beach vacations and pool parties are about to get fun again. (read more…)
Getting a late start on your New Year’s resolutions and now it’s February? Well lucky you. Join the party! February 1 is the new January 1. So jump on, late “New Year New You” starters.
If hopes of starting a fresh new year filled with resolutions didn’t quite work out as planned—health or family crises may have taken over, over-commitments didn’t allow it, poor time management took over—c’est la vie. Let’s get going #RightNow. (read more…)
Are you feeling like it’s a challenge to get focused on accomplishing all you must get done at this crazy time of year? All of us feel the crunch at some point in the holiday season.
It’s “Why Not Wednesday” so why not take a “me quiz” today? Today’s topic: Gratitude Versus Entitlement. True, we can all be “better” on wants versus needs, eh? Particularly in a #FirstWorldProblems kind of life.
So, here goes our “why not” quiz. Ask yourself these things to determine whether you are a person of gratitude or entitlement or somewhere in the middle. Remember, no judgments, but dig deep and be honest with yourself here! It’s merely for self-awareness purposes — no public shaming involved — it’s just for you. (read more…)
Confidence isn’t just a buzz word. It matters. But why? Here are 3 reasons you should care about developing your confidence factor: (read more…)
It’s in us. We just may have lost it for a bit: FUN.
Work, daily dogma, negativity, mundane business as usual … each can bog us down. We all have days when happiness evades us. A slump, a lull, a rut. You know the days—when we don’t feel like smiling, we feel sluggish, bummed about something that has happened to us, or we just plain feel sorry for ourselves for no apparent reason. It’s a funk and we all get into one once in a while.* (read more…)
Kristi K. Hoffman loves to mentor others. As part of her mentoring, she has invited guest blogger and Total Package Global Public Relations intern, Jackie Tidd, to write a blogpost this week. Jackie is a senior at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in general business. Her passion is to help others by taking the lessons she has learned from her trials and turning them into positive life memos for others. (read more…)