Category: WomenSpaces

Picture of Anne and her daughter Emma.

Shifting Priorities and Unexpected Opportunities

Weeks spent in quarantine force on us a slower pace compared to those rushed days of the recent past. I feel like I’ve been swimming in molasses with waves of sadness, fear, worry and occasional absurdity rolling over me depending on the day. Time is a mess. There’s too much screen time, not enough time to sleep and plenty of time to think. We’re all trying to cope, but the big takeaway is that even the best conference technology is no substitute for real human connection. It doesn’t take long for isolation to take its toll.

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Clothing hanging on coat rack with hat.

What to Wear?

Clothing makes a bold statement. It offers the world a distinct impression of who and what we are. Just look at the photos from the 2019 Met Gala — the “Camp” theme interpreted in myriad crazy ways by the celebrities in attendance. Not that I’ve ever attended the Met Gala (I’m sure my invite got lost in the mail), but it’s a great example of the power of a costume to showcase a person’s personality and identity.

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Anne Richardson delivering her Holocaust Legacy Partner presentation.

Telling Netty’s Story Again

For the past fifteen years, I have been a Legacy Partner to a Holocaust survivor, which means I am a “Guardian of the Holocaust.” I am committed to this lifelong pursuit to ensure that the world remembers the survivors and victims of the Holocaust.

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Tugboats at work on the harbor in Portsmouth, NH.

Finding Our New Home in Portsmouth, NH

It’s human nature to seek out comfortable grooves and settle into them. Routines, schedules, relationships, habits (even unhealthy ones) tend to stick to us and can be difficult to alter. Most people resist upsetting the delicate balance of things, especially if there’s nothing wrong with the status quo.

Suffice it to say, change can be frightening.

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Anne Richardson and her beekeeper friend, Maggie Berking Daigle suited up to check the hives.

Maggie and the Bees

On a summer weekend earlier in July, my husband and I traveled up to Maine to visit our friends, Maggie and Bob, who had recently built their forever home overlooking Sebago Lake and the White Mountains. This was our first trip to see them since their house was constructed and while we had heard stories about its unique location, the open airy feel of the living areas and how the natural environment around the property had been carefully incorporated into the house’s look and feel, I was unprepared for the magnificence of what awaited us as we drove up the long dirt road that served as their private driveway.

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Anne Richardson of Richardson Media Group presents a Holocaust survivor story at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Telling Netty’s Story

Over the past 14 years, I have been a Legacy Partner, which means I am a “Guardian of the Holocaust.” I have accepted this lifelong pursuit to ensure that the world remembers the survivors and victims of the Holocaust.

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A woman walks along a snow-covered street.

Walking Inspiration

As someone who takes a walk almost every day, I’m no stranger to its fitness benefits and other positive attributes. I love this quote about walking by the writer, Kenneth Grahame, 1959-1932, who’s perhaps best known for his classic children’s book, The Wind in the Willows. Clearly, Grahame relished being outside in the elements and appreciated the importance of his daily constitutional. Thought I’d share his words here to remind us all to get up from our desks, take a breather and put the day into wider perspective.

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A closeup image of a woodpile.

The Woodpile

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Anne started Womenspaces, a blog about home, family and personal relationships. We continue that tradition here, profiling pieces written by women who have come together through Richardson Media Group.
Up here along the New Hampshire border, winter often forces us to endure bone-chillingly low temperatures. The past week or so has been a particularly cold stretch with thermometers struggling to rise above zero degrees much of the time.

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One of the many beaches on Cape Cod.

Summers: Past, Present and Future

This August my husband and I stepped away from our busy work routines to spend several days on Cape Cod. Our mini-vacation was hastily planned, but delivered a refreshing respite from the usual schedule back home.

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A selection of Nancy Drew books.

To My Daughter

I was thinking back to when you and your brother were little, and your father and I would read to you in the evenings before bedtime. It was a cherished time of the day for all of us, when work was done, school complete, and we could be together. The books we read to you ran the gamut from classics like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. Eventually, we included those funny Captain Underpants series and early volumes of Harry Potter and other fantasies. We chose the titles, not to teach you life lessons, per se, but to have you appreciate how humanity could be described through multiple viewpoints. Certainly Willy Wonka looked at the world very differently than Professor Snape did, and we hoped by using more than one literary lens we’d demonstrate to you the importance of considering multiple perspectives.

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Anne outside the door of the Richardson Media Group office.
In addition to her role as owner and media director here at RMG, Anne authors the majority of our blog posts. Favorite topics include the entrepreneurial journey, media planning and buying, and forming productive agency partnerships.