I needed a break. It’s been a long, cold, winter and it feels like it’s been going on forever. Like, we started winter before winter even started. Maybe it’s that after being locked down for almost a year, I just wanted to have some fun.

My boyfriend/travel partner suggested the Florida Keys, and within two weeks we were on a flight down there. We flew into Miami where the humidity hit us like a ton of bricks. We picked up a National rental car and headed to our first hotel of the trip: Fontainbleu Hotel.

The Fontainbleu Hotel has a…


Grouper Piccata with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus! 🐟 🍠

I am one of the 32 million people in the United States who deal with food allergies. For a long time, I didn’t even know I had food allergies — I just thought it was normal to feel a little crummy after eating. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I figured it out after I had a severe allergic reaction out of nowhere to almonds.

Traveling with food allergies is really hit or miss, and finding safe places to eat can range from being an annoying experience to a downright frightening one. Finding allergy-friendly places in the…


Complaining. We’ve all done it. But does it really make us feel better? Studies say no, and that every time you complain you train your brain to keep finding fault with your environment. Sure, we may all feel like we need to get it all out there about our issues sometimes, especially around circumstances we can’t control. But once we start complaining we often find it hard to stop.

So, what’s the difference between venting and complaining? Venting is an acknowledgment of your emotion around a subject, complaining is passive and presents no solution. …


Most people have gotten that dreaded sales call during dinner, and understand the difference between warm and cold calling: The community member you just met at an event calling to introduce themselves will probably be a call you’ll return; the fundraising call you didn’t initiate? Probably not.

Both methods of outreach can result in your solidifying connections with people and groups with whom you might want to do business. But overall, companies often see that warm engagement and salespeople with friendly attitudes are a much better investment of their time and resources

The Era of Cold Calling is Over.

Cold…

Alessandra Desiderio

Finance | Technology | Operations | Outcomes

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