Mary Grace Donaldson | Author | TrueToast Magazine

“You Can Only Pick Three”: Disproving the ‘Zuckerberg Theory’

Randi Zuckerberg Theory

I came across this article recently. Immediately, I was intrigued by the title. And once I opened it up, I came to realize that it is based off a quote by the one and only Randi Zuckerberg. As with all great quotes of our current time period, it came from a Tweet. “The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma: Maintaining friendships. Building a great company. Spending time w/family. Staying fit. Getting sleep. Pick 3.” […]

Personal Branding for People Who Hate “Personal Branding”

Personal Branding Girl

As I consider myself an “old” millennial, I was relatively new to the term “personal branding” when I first heard it. It sounded so… technical. So contrived. The word “branded” made me feel like a Perdue chicken, waiting to be stamped with a barcode. Like corporate jargon was being forced on me against my will, stamped on me in the form of a unique, metaphorical barcode that I would apparently […]

The ‘Roving Office’ – Working Remotely as an Entrepreneur

A roving office, you may ask? Well, by way of explanation, I’m currently writing this article from Starbucks, and it’s very possible that I won’t finish it here. Or maybe that I will, but that will happen on a different day from today. That’s the idea of a roving office — it’s the all encompassing-term that I tend to use to describe someone like me, AKA, someone who works pretty […]

8 Female Entrepreneurs That Inspire the Next Generation of Innovators

Female Entrepreneurs

Good news for 2018, folks! Feminism, which is historically defined by Merriam-Webster as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes,” is in the air. Not only is it in the air from a social perspective, but also, it’s progressing in the workplace and in the entrepreneurial sphere. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t see the reality, as we have a long way to […]

7 Inspirational Quotes to Start 2018 Off Right

New Year 2018 Quotes

If you’re anything like me, you have found yourself thinking that New Year’s resolutions don’t always last. You’re going to be more organized. Be more creative. Write more. Keep track of your ideas. Get inspired. And then, you reach mid-February and you come to realize that much of your well-intended resolutions have gone out the window. What’s the Deal with New Year’s Resolutions? So, maybe there’s a different tactic to […]

7 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season as an Entrepreneur

Give Back This Holiday Season

I believe that it’s very important, no matter your profession, to give back to your community on a year-round basis. It doesn’t have to be near to Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday in order for you to make an impact. However, the holiday season is still the ‘season of giving’. And while it’s important to give of yourself 12 months a year, there is something very special about giving […]

That Feeling When … You Have Many Gigs at Once

Too Many Gigs

Well-rounded. Non-linear. Busy. Productive. Multi-faceted. Those are all of the positive euphemisms for when people mean to say… “Someone who lacks direction due to all of the different things he or she does.” The follow-up questions often come in the forms of “But which one will you pick?” or, “You have to narrow it down. How will you prioritize?” If you can relate, it may be because you are used to juggling […]

You’re Still a Doer: What This Fiverr Ad Gets Wrong About Entrepreneurship

You're Still a Doer

“You eat a coffee for lunch. You follow through on your follow through. Sleep deprivation is your drug of choice. You might be a doer.” Raise your hand if this sounds like a description of… well, you! Or, at the very least, has ever sounded like you, but you’ve been wise enough to reform. Fiverr, a hub website for anyone who works in a “gig economy” across a variety of […]

Old (Millennial) Soul: 11 Signs You Were Born in the Wrong Decade

Old Millennial Soul - Born in Wrong Decade

Before I graduated from high school, I was voted “Born in the Wrong Decade”. It was a big joke, of course, as most senior superlatives are. But, while many labels that were placed on me over the course of my high school career felt either wrong, unfit, or insulting, this one felt as though it fit. Why? Because it felt true. I’ve always felt as though I didn’t belong in […]

The Ups and Downs of Working in a Family Business

Family Business Upsides

Even as a child, I was nearly positive that I didn’t want to inherit my dad’s automotive and equipment leasing business. I also knew, even then, that my dad would never want to retire. Sure enough, he’s now in his 60s and has no plans to retire anytime soon. That means his company keeps chugging along, as I learn how to manage working in the family business. My Dad, The […]