Entries by Chrissanne Long

The Thing About Trolls

Not the cute “Hair Up” “Dance Dance Dance” variety. The Internet variety. I have learned a lot about trolls over the past several years. Ever since I have been encouraging conversations about the local economy and small businesses in an online forum, I have been dealing with the most interesting people. When one troll didn’t […]

Whatever it Takes

It’s easy to point the finger. But what makes us stronger is taking responsibility for our role in success (or lack thereof). If we’re stuck, how did we get here? And what is it going to take to get unstuck? Chances are, we didn’t get here overnight, and we won’t get there overnight either. The […]

Who’s Driving?

On my 30th birthday, I was still shadow-boxing, battling to discover the answer to the question, “Why am I here?” I thought I was born to be a mother, and yet that had yet to happen. I write about that in another post. I can recall the day of my birthday very clearly. It was […]

Skin in the Game

Why Emotional Labor isn’t Optional We like the sidelines. The gray area. The safe zone. The periphery. I used to like all of those things too. But there was something about those places that kept me feeling empty. Maybe even a little bit isolated from everything that seemed important. Life, however was relatively “easy.” I didn’t […]

It’s Your Turn

When you find someone else finding themselves, it’s almost as exciting as when you find yourself! Recently, one of the key members of my team, Jessica, started participating in an 8-week challenge. Participants were customers at a local gym, and the final weigh in was yesterday. She lost 19.2 pounds. But, that’s not the biggest […]

Get Over Yourself!

  Great advice from a local restaurant owner We (my local business network) had a meeting of the minds this morning. We had a lively discussion about how local business owners can work better together, and ultimately drive more awareness and foot traffic to the stores that are, historically called the “backbone of our community.” […]

The Heart of the Matter

Relationships are the Root of Success Thriving communities give off a special kind of vibe. There’s an energy and a dynamic that spreads in the smiles, actions and connections that are shared among the people of any successful community. I once heard the statement: “The Roots Determine the Fruits” and it resonated with me. Another similar […]

Tuning out the Critics?

Make Sure it’s Not a Cop Out “Don’t worry what other people think — you can’t make everyone happy,” has been common advice I have received in my life. Admittedly, I am a bit more sensitive than apparently, most of the world, and I have needed to strengthen my thin skin over the years. So, I am not […]

Something I’ve Never Seen

Bringing Different Perspectives Together for the Greater Good How we look at the world will never be complete. Individuals can only see a fragmented view, based on a very limited scope of the world, based on our own experiences. I have never experienced poverty, although it exists. I have never been the target of racism, but […]

But it Doesn’t Mean Anything

Written by Chrissanne Long | October 13, 2017 One of the greatest soundtracks of my childhood was the Sound of Music. I still love that movie today. When Maria is teaching the children Do-Re-Mi, before she starts singing, and throughout the song, the recorded soundtrack includes the dialogue from the movie. I can almost quote […]