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Why We Are Radiating Positivity At Matchmaker This Year

Why We Are Radiating Positivity At Matchmaker This Year

Each year, the Matchmaker Logistics team creates a mantra to focus our group for the year ahead. For 2018, we chose “Radiate Positivity.” Now for a 3PL broker, this might sound a little like: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” but I assure you – thinking positive has big rewards! According to a TED Talk by positive psychology expert Shawn Achor (a 12-minute “must watch” if you ask me), when it comes to determining happiness, the things we think would make a person happy – fast cars, big paychecks, even a glowing family – don’t necessarily mean a person is happy. In fact, 90%

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You Had One Job

You Had One Job

In my last post, I wrote about how this winter, folks all over the Southern United States have been waking up to unexpected snow and ice. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought those of us in the South live here in order to avoid those kind of troubles. It’s enough to make you want to pack up and move somewhere tropical, like Hawaii. Though it seems like Hawaii was trying to top the news in ‘unexpectedly bad mornings’. From the It Could Be Worse Files, residents of Hawaii woke up last

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Sn-OMG! and Snow Hyperbole

Sn-OMG! and Snow Hyperbole

It snowed in Alabama on December 8th.  Although we southerners listen to all of the traditional Christmas tunes (Let it Snow!, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland), we don’t expect it to actually happen.  The snow cramped my travel plans as I made my way to the annual Matchmaker Logistics end-of-year retreat and Christmas party.  My flight was delayed and my luggage was delayed even longer (arriving a good seven hours after I did). Then, the first week of the New Year, what comes along? A bomb cyclone.  I didn’t even know this was a thing! Forget blizzards.

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Crazy for the Game

Crazy for the Game

You all know I’ve been waiting for this moment all year. More than Black Friday sales, presents on Christmas morning, or a kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve -The Alabama Crimson Tide are in the playoffs! My love of college football is well-documented around these parts, as is my love of the Tide. And when it comes to competition, well…I can’t help but get a rush from a sense of competition. Getting to see my all-time favorite team in the playoffs this year is just the best holiday gift ever. I thought it

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No Fighting for Hot Toys on Cyber Monday

No Fighting for Hot Toys on Cyber Monday

If your Monday ritual involves kicking back at your desk with a cup of coffee and reading your Just Another Mary Monday, I hate to break it to you – you’re missing all the good deals. That’s right, today is Cyber Monday, the name given by online retailers to the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Much like Black Friday at brick-and-mortar shops, Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year. Online retailers offer deep discounts, deals, and steals to those willing to wake up early and get clicking. The perks, of course,

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Dog Eat Dog? Dog Eat Everything!

Dog Eat Dog? Dog Eat Everything!

You may recall that I recently adopted Carly, an 18-month-old Great Dane. Great Danes are known, primarily, for their size. (Think Marmaduke.) Carly is such a sweet girl, but still a puppy, and, as such, she requires a lot of attention. Her favorite time of day is our Matchmaker morning video conference meetings – where she makes a valiant attempt to get into my lap (yes, she thinks she’s a lap dog!). In the past four months, I’ve realized that Carly is a chewer. Crafty Carly found a way to make our loveseat all her own by

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The “Spirit” of Competition

The "Spirit" of Competition

It’s coming. The big secret no one is expecting. Hidden from sight! Obscured from vision! It’s—it’s—Mary and Dale’s Secret Halloween Costumes! Halloween is tomorrow night, and I can’t wait. My husband Dale and I dress up in themed matching costumes every year to attend a local Halloween party with a great contest. This year, I’m really going for a win (yes, I say even Halloween is a good excuse to get competitive!) so Dale and I are keeping our costumes totally secret until the party. Sorry, Mary Monday fans. What I can reveal are some

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The Only Jets I Love

The Only Jets I Love

It may be football season, but you won’t hear me professing my love for the Jets. Sorry, Jets fans! No, you’ll find the jets I love at air shows. In fact, if there is an air show within 100 miles of my house, you can bet I’m going! I grew up going to local air shows in Wilmington, NC where pilots from all over – hobbyist and military both – brought their coolest tech, showing off everything from jets to privately owned planes to other cool military equipment. Kids and the young-at-heart could sit

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Would You Pay $200 for a Book? I Did.

Would You Pay $200 for a Book? I Did.

And that’s not the kicker… When you have a child, you spend a lot of time theorizing about how to pay for college…and the next thing you know, applications are going out, and your theories get put to the test! This year, my oldest son, Denver, started college. Of course, we’re beaming with pride. It’s a great feeling to see your once-small baby grow up and take his first steps toward his future as an adult. It’s absolutely one of the highlights of my life as a parent, and I couldn’t be happier. Lucky for

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KISS Another Year Goodbye

KISS Another Year Goodbye

  Got your coffee? Well, grab a slice of cake to go along with it, because HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!  That’s right, today is my birthday. This is a pre-written dispatch from my desk, as I have taken the day off work to spend quality time with me, myself and I. I have a full day of pampering planned. First off, manicure and pedicure. There’s nothing like starting your special day dozing off in one of those big massage chairs. After I’ve got my claws looking fabulous, I’ll head to the outlets for a

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