Blog & News 2018-01-15T21:41:48-05:00

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Four Steps to Avoid Avoidance

Raise your hand if you’ve ever avoided something hard or scary. Now raise your hand again if you did that scary hard thing and it wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be, or it was as bad as you imagined but you were still able to do it. I can’t be the only avoider out there. One key things that I’ve found myself avoiding, and being forced to face head on recently, is asking for help. Does anyone else feel me on [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Stomping Grounds|

Local Teenager Takes on Deforestation at Home and Abroad

What do you do when something angers you so much that it spurs you into action? No, I’m not talking dropping that morning coffee (although if it were Fathom Coffee, I’d be pretty disappointed). When I saw the destruction of forests around the world, and particularly in Virginia Beach, I knew that something had to be done. If I weren’t the one to take action, then who would? Seeing trees, these beautiful, greenhouse-gas absorbing, air purifying, happiness-inducing, food-producing, habitat-creating wonders destroyed was so devastating [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Stomping Grounds|

Level Up Your Sales Skills in 2018

Sales people have gotten a bad reputation in the past for being too pushy or not trustworthy, but that is not true of modern sales. Being able to persuade people, aka sell, is a valuable skill set in our economy. Everyone is in sales these days, whether you’re convincing your friends to use your ride sharing affiliate link or selling your new product. Utilizing these sales skills can help you up your persuasion game this year, and you might find that you use them [...]

By | February 13th, 2018|Business Insights, Stomping Grounds|

There’s No Crying in Board Games

I like playing board games with my kids. What I like even more is crushing them. Driving them into bankruptcy in Monopoly is just as gratifying as cornering the sheep market in Settlers of Catan. And when they lose (which is often), they cry. It’s not a surprise. I’m a ruthless paper land baron, sheep empire builder, and field marshal. The kids complain that the rules aren’t fair, that my dice roll was lucky, or that they didn’t know I had that extra development [...]

By | February 8th, 2018|Business Insights, Stomping Grounds|

Six Winter Activities in Virginia You’ve Never Heard of but Have to Try

Hampton Roads isn’t exactly known for our harsh winter conditions like the Northeast, but it’s not exactly a tropical paradise either. We consistently get cold, even freezing, weather and what is turning out to be our annual snow storm. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself fantasizing about the beach more and more as the winter drags on. Unfortunately, the cold, hard truth (see what I did there) is that winter isn’t going anywhere soon. If you’re like most of us, you don’t [...]

By | February 2nd, 2018|Health & Fitness, Stomping Grounds|

Are co-working spaces cheaper than coffee shops?

When you’re just beginning as a freelancer or trying to grow your new startup, you’re probably closely watching your money. Working from your home is the cheapest option assuming you already have a desk and wifi. But you quickly learn that it has its limits - you easily become isolated, distracted, and unmotivated. (At least your laundry is getting done!) You still don’t feel successful enough to warrant your own office space, so your next step is probably cheap options like coffee shops, cafes, [...]

By | February 1st, 2018|Coworking, Stomping Grounds|

Build Muscle And Trim Fat With This Health Hack

Are you familiar with the concept of nutritional timing, such as consuming protein directly after a workout? Nutritional timing is the practice of strategically consuming macronutrients - the major compenentions of your diet, i.e. protein, carbohydrates, fat, and minerals - based on the time of day. For our workout example, in the 30-45 minutes after a workout, your body is more anabolic and processes the fuel you give it more efficiently. Eating during this window can yield better results than eating outside of this [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Health & Fitness, Stomping Grounds|

Fika Coffee Bar Cruises into Holiday Launch

Kathleen McReynolds embraces the slow life in her vintage camper turned traveling espresso bar. When Kathleen saw the beat up vintage camper, she wasn’t deterred by the flaws and imperfections, but motivated by the potential. Under the rubble was a gem! Kathleen moved the camper to her Pungo property and began the renovation process.Chronicling every step on Instagram, Kathleen built a base of customers invested in the FIKA story, before even launching her company. The camper had to be stripped down to its bare [...]

By | January 2nd, 2018|Local Eats, New Business Highlights, Stomping Grounds|

Six Reasons to Join a Coworking Space in 2018

If you spent even a moment of 2017 contemplating the use of a coworking space (or even if you didn't), here are six reasons to give one a try in the new year! 1 Boost your productivity Working on your couch may be comfortable, but working in a beautiful space can have a positive impact on your creativity and motivation. Coworking spaces like 1701 offer various different environments from bright, airy common spaces to cozy conference rooms, couches, industrial-inspired areas and more. Surround yourself [...]

By | January 1st, 2018|Coworking, Stomping Grounds|
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