#3: I bet you don't think this is about you

Staying safe in these online streets and quitting goals when they don't align

I’m so sorry for not making it for drinks this weekend…but I have a good reason I swear it!

*orders a Witch’s Heart cocktail in honour of last week’s episode of WandaVision*

Okay, so hear me out. I’ve been wanting to talk to you about online privacy and data protection. And the fact that your eyes just glazed over at those phrases is exactly why it took so long for me to write this. It sounds boring and not like something the average Internet user should care about. But you should! And here’s a big reason why…

Without any warning, Google shut down this guy’s account and now, after 15 years of using their various services to mange his life, *poof* it’s all gone. That’s SCARY AF!

And that’s just the beginning. I’ve heard numerous horror stories of accounts being hacked, identities stolen, people lives being permanently upended because they thought their info was safe or inconsequential.

So what do you do about it? Well, there’s a whole lot. But you gotta start somewhere. So the first thing I recommend if you have a Google account (which most of us do) is this…

Go to your Google account page, check on your Privacy & Personalization settings. Next, go through the Security Checkup and enable all the recommended protection settings. Finally, visit Google Takeout and download a backup of all your data to your computer. (Bonus points if you add a reminder in your calendar to go through this process again at least once per quarter.)

You may think you’re a tiny fish in a huge pond when it comes to privacy breaches and data theft, but the truth it, that’s what makes you the perfect target. You’re easy to access and probably won’t notice anything until it’s too late.

Something for you to try…

Let’s keep the theme going. If you’re ready to go deeper into protecting yourself online, here are a few tools to help:

  • BitWarden - this app generates and stores your passwords so you don’t have to remember them. That way you don’t have to use the same password on every platform

  • ProtonMail - if you’re ever ready to ditch GMail for a provider that doesn’t read all your emails and use them to target you with ads, then this is your best bet

  • Brave - I’ve mentioned the Brave browser before as a great way to stop getting YouTube ads, but it’s so much more. It stops websites from tracking you online and blocks harmful ads. It’s also built on the same platform as Google Chrome so you get all the benefits, with none of the creepiness

What I’m up to these days…

I started the year with a big goal of becoming a Certified Notion Consultant, but two months in - after taking a good hard look at where I want to be in the next 3-5 years - I’ve realized it’s not the path for me. If I plan to move away from the hours-for-dollars trade I do now as a freelancer, I need to be investing my time into passive income opportunities and products, not just switching to a higher paying gig.

OMG, have you seen this?!

This one made me chuckle.

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#2 We all do stupid shxt

Gorilla Glue lady's not that crazy, online meetings that aren't boring and Ana Kasparian spills my thoughts

I had a whole piece about tech giants that I wanted to share with you guys today, but during the week the Gorilla Glue story happened this week, and ya'll. I gotta talk about this.

So just in case you haven't seen it, lemme catch you up real quick. A lady posted a TIkTok saying that she ran out of the commonly used Got2B Glued Hairspray and so she grabbed for Gorilla Glue spray, thinking it was also for hair. Fast forward a month later, her hair is ***stuck***. Like, will not move, will not grow out, nothing. She tapped her head on the vid and it was like hitting a brick.

Needless to say, the internet has gone wild with every range of emotion from disbelief - ie. she did this for clout (really, she ruined her scalp for likes?) to most people hoping she'll pull through and keeping tabs on her story.

But the people that get me the most are the ones insisting that they would never do something this dumb, because they know how to read. And those people, I call bullsh*t.

Let us not pretend we've not all clicked "I've read the Terms & Conditions" without actually reading them, knowing damn well it might bite us in the ass some day. Or simply opened up some item and went straight into using it without reading the instructions because we assumed we already knew. Or even worse, deliberately used a product in a different way than intended because we thought it might work for our unique situation. I know I have. And even after this, I'll probably do it again.

None of this is dumb. It's called being human. The human brain is fallible, flawed and fragile. And none of us are exempt from doing stupid shxt. So the next time you're ready to judge someone on the Internet for being human, remember it could be you next.

Something for you to try…

Boring Zoom meetings are the bane of our existence, but lucky for us, a few innovative folks online are changing up the online meeting game and I'm loving what they're coming up with so far. Check these out:

  • Whereby - online meetings in your browser, no downloads, no login, no passwords.

  • Gather.town - think games night for a large group, translated into the online space

  • Icebreaker - get folks together in a group, but with a one-on-one component, just like with networking events

What I’m up to these days…

Meetings, but fun! Had my first meet-up with other Notion Ambassadors and our kickoff meeting for cohort 3 of Launch MBA recently. These are how I found out about the cool tools mentioned above - so you know our meetings were lit! 🔥

OMG, have you seen this?!

Couldn’t have said it better myself, Ana.

Thank you for being one of my first subscribers of #GrownUpCocktails. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Your feedback is also very critical in making sure that I make this the best part of your Sunday, so please, hit reply and let me know what you think!

#1: Sycophants gonna sycophant

Drumpf's out but it's not over, getting rid of YouTube ads for free, and guess who just put a ring on it!

Cocktail this week: Island Girl to celebrate a Jamaican in the White House

Let us take a moment to acknowledge...

The Orange Cheeto is finally out of the White House.

Yes, we get a moment to celebrate. But just a moment. Because the madness isn't over yet.

We must never forget that “Individual-1” didn't create the chaos of the past half-decade by himself. He would have had no power if it weren't for his supporters, and most importantly, the enablers who worked for him and defended him in Congress.

In the grand scheme of things, the Mitch McConnells, Lindsey Grahams and Bill Barrs of the world are the ones we need to watch. They're smart enough to know better, yet they were so fxcking power hungry, they cast all sense of duty and logic aside to repeatedly defend this man, implement his bigoted, self-indulgent policies, then gleefully let him get away with it.

Drumpf is who he is. There's no denying that. But he could not have done what he did to America without these men. They gave him their power as long as it kept them in power. Until they tides started turning and it no longer suited them. Then they took it away.

If we're to take learn any lesson from their actions, heavens forbid, let it be this...

When you're finding your tribe, make sure they believe in you and what you stand for and aren't just around to ride your coattails. Because if not, they'll be gone with the first swift wind that blows.

Something for you to try…

If you’re ever looking to get rid of all the ads that follow you around online (yes, even those on YouTube), then you’ll wanna check out Brave. It’s an alternative to Chrome, but it’s built on the same framework - so you get to keep your bookmarks and extensions, but protect yourself from the silent spies tracking your every move online.

What I’m up to these days…

I just became an official Notion Ambassador, woohoo! I’ve been obsessed with Notion as a productivity tool for a year now, and for 2021, I decided I wanted to share it with others and help them use it to change their lives, the way it has changed mine. This is only the first step, so stay tuned for more to come!

OMG, have you seen this?!

Someone recently reminded me of one my fav videos on Twitter ever. Check out the caption!

That’s it for the first ever issue of #GrownUpCocktails! Thank you for being one of my first subscribers. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Your feedback is also very critical in making sure that I make this the best part of your Sunday, so please, hit reply and let me know what you think!

What is Grown Up Cocktails?

The quintessential adulting experience for solopreneurs

In college, I used to think of the day when we would transition from all-night ragers chugging Hennessy straight from the bottle (true story) to being the type of grown ups who would instead meet at the bar for cocktails and pleasant adult conversation.

Now that I'm 30+ and thoroughly enjoying that lifestyle, I find that it's not just fun to do, it's so much more fulfilling than I thought it could be. When my friends and I walk away from a night of grown up cocktails, we often leave with new perspectives, insight and knowledge that we use to improve our lives and our businesses.

That's the experience I want to bring to this newsletter. A fortnightly email that will include:

- my (sometimes NSFW) perspective on a hot topic issue
- a few awesome articles or tools that can help you level up your solo business
- a (super short) update of what I've been up to on the interwebs
- something hilarious to top it all off

So join me for a drink, won’t you?

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