Mellissah Smith

This is your life. Do what you love.
I remember being 27 years of age and physically pinching myself. I thought in that moment, life just didn't get better and all my dreams had come true. The innocence of feeling joy from experiencing a new city, my dream job as an marketing entrepreneur and being surrounded by people who empowered me, was more than I ever dreamed was possible.
Making Your Mark in Your 40's
In your 40’s, and you haven’t made your mark yet?

I’m almost terrified to write this down, but it is something that has to be said. As I sit with my 40-something year old friends, we all sit with a similar dilemma that leaves each and everyone one of us slightly unfulfilled.
Finding your true purpose
Do you live a purposeful life? Do you consciously make decisions based on your purpose? Are you aware that you are more powerful with purpose?

I've lived an interesting life. Like many entrepreneurs I have gone from having an idea to seeing it through, having another idea and seeing it fall in a heap and then the momentum of building a business to heights that you actually have never imagined.
Why entitlement in our kids is our responsibility
A glance at entitlement. 

A first world problem for sure, but it is one I see regularly as an entrepreneur and one who travels widely around the world.

We all work hard. I don't have children, but I see a lot. I have opinions, just like most, but there is some substance in my opinions because I have been around for a long time.

Parents work hard to build their businesses and wealth. They do so because mostly, they didn't grow up with the wealth that they would have liked, or perhaps they just want to live a better life.

They accumulate wealth, and with that comes big houses, flash cars, holidays in the South of France and skiing in Aspen, and so on.
I had a moment of clarity yesterday, that will define my life moving forward. I realized that I am not living the life I want to live and something has to change.
A lot of entrepreneurs understand money. How many understand what is the most important thing in life?
Under full disclosure, each week I look at our revenues for all offices and what profit each individual office makes. It is something that I have become accustomed to doing for quite some time and it is important that both myself and our internal accountant, who was formerly an accountant at EY, manage on a daily basis. 

Without profit, a professional services business is nothing.
Living a limitless life is extraordinary
I never dreamed I would be living the life that I do. I grew up in humble beginnings and although I always knew I had a brain, I never dared dream to live a life more than what was most obvious and in front of me.
What Happens When You Are Having A Midlife Crisis?
I always like to hit the hard topics, because quite frankly they stir the pot and create discussion - which is exactly what I want this blog to do.
Never Settle In Any Aspect Of Your Life - I haven't, and I have No Regrets
Have you ever wondered why you are where you are today? Why the choices you made or perhaps were made for you, led you to a life that you are living?
When To Listen, And When To Ignore
Life is one rollercoaster ride that just keeps going round and round. If you ever stop and get off, and wait a few moments, you either wonder whether you enjoyed it better being on the roller coast or whether or not standing still was and is a better option.

A catalyst for many things in life is change. Do we want change, or do we want to keep doing the same things we've always done. You know that saying "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." Tony Robbins nailed it with that one and I hear it over and over again, only to be reminded of how true this saying really is.
Who are you really? Do you know?
I've had a 24-hour overload of over-thinking, self-criticism, insight reviewing - that really has sucked.

I am not one to complain, because let's face it - who wants to listen to anyone complain? I don't even want to hear myself complain... it's dull, and definitely not respectful to all the good things that go on in life.
The Magic That Only Chemistry Can Do: Thomas Edison
After spending 4 days in New York, I am reminded once more the value of chemistry. If you are anything like me, each and every time I fly into New York, I fall madly in love once again with the city that never sleeps.

New York is more than just another city in the big world we live in. It is a city with so much hope, excitement and opportunity, that even people that have glasses half empty, have to at the very least appreciate.
What You Should Know When Creating A Brand Identity
Our extraordinary client Fabricare Center is Marketing Eye's featured guest blog of the week. The exceptional Dry Cleaner is opening their second location in the Sandy Springs area at the end of March. Check them out if you live in Atlanta, they offer free pickup and delivery.

Improving the quality and care of your garments has and will always their top priority. Not only have they been focused on expansion and having a wider reach within the community, but they have recently undergone a branding refresh. After 40 years of service it was time for a new look and feel. Yes, their is new branding and a new location, but the same great service still exists.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - What Will We Do Next
Yesterday I was bursting at the seams. Life couldn't get much better. I had a few meetings and they went so well that I literally couldn't stop smiling and that feeling deep inside was one that I haven't felt in a long time.
I'm at a cross roads and I don't know where to go
It's come to that time of year again, and I am facing my biggest demons - expectations.

For anyone who knows me, they know that I always strive to do my best at no matter what I put my mind to. I rarely take on things where failure may be an option, but this year I have, and I am scared to death.

Putting yourself out there is incredibly hard. It means that you have to be ready and able to accept rejection on so many levels. While I can be hard in business, I am reasonably fragile in life and being "me" can sometimes be hard work.

I wanted so much for myself and for my life. I wanted to make a difference, not only for myself, but for my family and friends and the world at large. I want more time, not just for me, but more time for others who I care about. 

We are all heading towards Christmas, and while we should be celebrating, and I should look back at the years' accomplishments with pride, all I can think about is the things I didn't get time to do. The things that were left on my to do list. 

I have so much on my plate; building an international business, developing two Apps - one that will change my business, and the other that will change a whole industry. I have dedicated of recent a least 40 hours a week to charity, and that is ongoing now for at least the next three years. I never see enough of my family and friends and at night I am just tired. 

I share my highs and lows with myself. If you share it with other's you are "big noting" and I have not been brought up to do that. My dog, couldn't care less, as long as she gets her walks, eats good food and gets as many cuddles as humanly possible.

I share this with you in a raw way because I guess there are other entrepreneurs out there that quite possibly may be feeling the same.

We have hit the end of the year, and we have another in front of us - but are we ready to finish 2015 and start 2016? Are we prepared for what is to come? Have we set goals for 2016 and are we going to actually keep them? Are we all living on a treadmill or is it just me? Can we be better than we are today, without sacrifice?

My world is full of abundance, yet void. There is more to life than work, and there is nothing more important than loved one's and friends. Giving purpose and meaning to life guides us to a better version of ourselves, yet does it drain us of what's left?

I want more than anything to fulfill all my dreams in 2016. I want it all - but I know that that is not at all possible. It never is. You can't have it all - at least, not at the same time.

When I dream for peace and quiet, I secretly hope like hell that life will get a bit rowdy. Can people like me ever be pleased or do we just walk around picking up things as we go and finding that at times we have too much on our hands and need to let go?

My life is seemingly perfect, but is full of imperfection. My dreams are simple, yet they appear complicated and impossible to fulfill. This roll-a-coaster is making me sick, yet if I get off, will I fade into the ground in which I stand?

My cross roads, is not just mine... it's other's too. I am not the only person living this life with decisions to make. My cross roads could end tomorrow if I chose for that to happen or could go down a different path, for the very same reason. We all have choices and it's that time of year that we all start thinking about it.

I know I am.

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