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My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret


There is a common saying in America when conversations crop up about entrepreneurship, greed, and even hard workers: “He or she is a slave to the money” or the ever-witty “green eyed goblin”. My question is – who wants to be a slave to anything? Especially money!

My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

Harriet Tubman had the right idea when she courageously escaped slavery. But she didn’t stop there. She wasn’t selfish in her quest for freedom; she fearlessly risked her own life to free other slaves while working as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. If this is not an example of an empowering and strong women, I have never seen one.

It was just announced that Harriet will be the new face on the $20 bill, edging out Andrew Jackson. Jackson –a slave owner– won’t entirely be removed from the bill; there will be a small homage to him on the back side. Oh, the irony.

Harriet Tubman will be the first woman to grace our currency since former first lady Martha Washington (who was a hip, hip lady) was featured on the $1 silver certificate for five short years from 1891 through 1896. Furthermore, Ms. Tubman will be the first African American showcased in our wallets — ever!

Amazing women will also be featured on the back of both the $10 and $5 bills. (I’m so happy right now!) A woman was originally supposed to replace Alexander Hamilton’s face on the front of the $10 bill, but the Treasury did an about-face (no pun intended) when they realized what an enormous hit the Broadway rap musical Hamilton has become. Pretty much every talk-show host has whined about not being able to get tickets anytime in the next 24 months — it’s that popular. Every major media outlet has written its praises, it’s dominating on social media (showoffs!) and it’s pretty much eclipsed all of Broadway.

My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

But wait… what?? A hugely successful Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton? I have to get extremely honest (read: vulnerable) and admit that, as someone who was born and raised in Canada, I had no earthly idea who Alexander Hamilton was and what the dude was about. Quite honestly, I didn’t even realize that the mug on my $10 bill wasn’t even that of a past president.

I simply had to find out more information about this mysterious person. What was it that warranted a Broadway musical about this man?

How could I find out more about him? That should be easy enough right? I literally have a wealth of information available right at my pretty pink-manicured fingertips. But who wants to pick up a dull, 600-page history book? And quick Google searches don’t give much depth or color… So it was a no-brainer when I discovered that I could listen to the audio version of Hamilton: The Revolution through the Audible app. Score! The absolute best part – I could do my investigating in an Uber, while working out, and while I’m running errands! I immediately signed up for the free 30-day trial.

As I’ve since learned, Hamilton went from — in his own words — being “…a stranger in this country. I have no property here. No connections.”, to one of the most celebrated figures in American history. He started out as a poor orphan living in the Caribbean, and went on to become a Founding Father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation’s financial system (and the first Secretary of the Treasury), the founder of the Federalist Party, the world’s first voter-based political party, the Father of the United States Coast Guard, and the founder of The New York Post. That has to be quite the story, right?!

My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

Hamilton: The Revolution is an audio book by the creators of the musical, telling the story of how the musical came to be (and almost wasn’t!). It’s a fascinating look into Hamilton, the musical, and the process of producing a Broadway masterpiece. The story was engaging and informative, colorful and shocking – all of the characteristics that made me want to purchase a ticket to this musical ASAP (ie. as soon as I find a magical genie). An absolute must-listen for Broadway or history junkies. 

Now, I have always considered myself an avid reader; even prided myself on this characteristic. However, long gone are the days when I had nothing to do other than devour loads of Sweet Valley High books in one sitting and immerse myself in Jessica and Elizabeth-land. (I always wanted to be more outgoing, like Jessica, but felt a lot like Elizabeth. Just sayin’). I have responsibilities now – and a surprisingly full to-do list (of my own making). Being an entrepreneur makes arranging time for reading more challenging than it once was. Multi-tasker has become my middle name. Thankfully, Audible allows me to listen to the books that I am craving to devour, as I’m doing other things. It’s a true “on the go” device must-have, enabling me to have access to my favorite books right in my back pocket. I can listen during my commute, or while my hubby is watching basketball. Ahhh, sweet, sweet technology….

My Favorite Multi-Tasking Secret

I am beyond eager to start tackling my (dusty) list of essential reading. Here are just a few of the choices that I am downloading on Audible now:

1. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World: by Adam Grant

My Favorite Multi-Tasking SecretI’ve always fancied myself to be a non-conformist. Especially as a geeky teenager glued to my computer instead of going to the ‘cool’ parties. So since this book preaches that it’s nerds like me that end up creating change in the world, it’ll be the first book I read. 😉 From what I’ve heard, this book explains how to grab hold of, understand, and harness your inner creative genius. My hubby just finished reading it, and he said he learned a lot of interesting things about the human brain, how it works, and how to influence people. Sounds super-fascinating!

2. The Girl on the Train: by Paula Hawkins

My Favorite Multi-Tasking SecretWhoa! I have heard so much about this book from my social circle. I can’t wait to get my ears on it! This book has been hailed as the next Gone Girl, some proclaiming it to be even better. A fiction book that is said to take you on a thrilling and exciting ride. Rachel, the protagonist, is just a regular commuter on the morning train – until one day she is anything but that due to witnessing something she cannot forget.

3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: by Marie Kondo

My Favorite Multi-Tasking SecretI know, I know – a book about cleaning you ask? Do we not do enough of that already, let alone making the time to listen to an audiobook about it? Well, this book tops the bestseller list for a reason. This book so much more than just the art of the mop and dustpan. This book teaches us not just how to declutter our home but also clear our minds and allow joy to surface.

4. Year of Yes: by Shonda Rhimes

My Favorite Multi-Tasking SecretFirst off, this author chick is bad to the bone. She is the creator of the critically acclaimed Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Not to mention she is the executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder. Shonda tells her audience how to be a “YES” woman. Shonda changed her life by taking on the challenge of saying yes for one complete year. I am intrigued with how a busy woman; such as Shonda, was able to commit to saying YES to every request for one straight year and not lose her sanity.

What an exciting time to be alive and be a woman. Hear us roar! I look forward to the near future of hopping into a cab and tuning into my latest addiction on Audible, then pulling out a fresh and crisp $20 bill –adorned with Harriet Tubman’s face– to pay for the ride.

Sooooo… what are you waiting for? Sign up for a FREE trial of Audible right now!

What’s the best book you’ve read –or listened to– recently?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible.
The opinions and text are all mine.

A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.


  1. Sania Mirza

    I had heard about audiobooks, but never actually thought to much about it until now. Thanks for putting it back in my mind… I’ll check it out 🙂

  2. Janika Colt

    I’ve been an Audible member for a few years. The older your membership gets the cheaper subscription fee gets. You don’t find that anywhere else. Especially this such great quality. I’m absolutely with you on this. I would recommend it to everybody who’s interested.

  3. Anouska Leigh

    I’ve just checked the pricing of memberships and the books on Audible, I think it’s more affordable than anywhere else. I hope it works with my kindle. If it does, I’ll most definitely sign up.

  4. Audible is life changing! I’ve been a member since 2011, and I will not unsubscribe until they no longer provide their services. You can even customise the speed of the narration. What more can you ask for?! 🙂

  5. Andrea Beasley

    Fair enough. Sounds very interesting. Does it work with Android devices too? I don’t have an iPhone or and iPad.

  6. Meggie Chambers

    Audible is exactly what I need! I travel a lot, and during long flights an app like this could be my bestfriend. 🙂

  7. Selia Szczepanska

    Thank you for your amazing input, Hilary. I would really like to try it whenever I get the chance. 🙂

  8. This is another cool service I need to try. Been hearing a lot about it. But I’m a skeptic, you know? So I never tried it. However this article has encouraged me to sign up for a trial because I trust your reviews. 🙂

  9. Such an informative and inspirational piece, Hilary. Very well done as always. Audible is an excellent idea. I’m considering to try it. 🙂

  10. Monika Zajac

    audible seems to be right place for book lovers like myself. a great resource with so many options. i will sign up. thank you!

  11. Kylie Johnson

    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for mentioning of Audible. I’ve heard of it before, but I forgot what it’s called, so I never got to check it out. Love your your enthusiasm by the way. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  12. O M G! Thanks so much for telling about Audible! I’ve just registered and I feel like a kid with a sweet tooth in a candy shop! So many choices. Don’t know what I’m going to start with first.

  13. Hello! Thank you for the information. I’m thinking of signing up as a premium member. But I have some questions. Say I downloaded a book, do I get to keep it forever, or will it vanish once a month passed? And what if I download more than one book per month? Will I need to pay an extra fee per book I download?

  14. Audible is a great service! I’ve been an Audible member for a while and I definitely think it’s worth it. I’m glad you and I share the same interest in this, Hilary!

  15. Dana Rosatti

    Nice! I checked their website, and what they offer for such small monthly payment is amazing. I’m thinking of getting a subscription.

  16. Lucretia Asher

    The Girl On The Train sounds very interesting. I’m a big fan of thriller. I’ll purchase it via Audible tonight. Can’t wait!!!

  17. John Oringet

    I’ve been using audiobooks for quite a while now. They’re one of the best parts of modern technology. You should check out a book called “the most good you can do”.

  18. Tracie Raymond

    Loved all your examples. I really needed to hear this. My god this app is a Godsend. It is a great tool for continuous personal growth and improvement. Hilary I love you! thank you so much for this post.

  19. Samantha Anthony

    I wish I could be such a good multi tasker too! But I don’t have the skills haha. As for audio books, I’ve never tried it, but it’s very popular. One of these days I’ll get into it too.

  20. Lucia Pittman

    These are all great ideas and , Hilary. Even though I’m not a bibliophile, I do not think it would be an issue for me to start listening to a wide selection of books it has to offer. This arrived at the right moment because I’ve wanted to know how to use it for ages. My friends says that it is really useful, better start downloading it now. Looking forward to more inspiration and recommendations!

  21. Debbie Jones

    Might I just say I really appreciate your taste in so many things including books? All those 4 sound like such inspirational books that I’d like to read / listen. Many thanks for mentioning Audible, as well. I’ll start my trial as soon as possible.

  22. Elin Hanks

    What a great way of making extra use of time! I’m a multi tasker too. This will definitely become a daily habit for me.

  23. I’ve tried so many audiobook apps, most of them don’t work, and some are just meehhh. But those are some useless free apps of course. I’ve heard of Audible before but never tried it because I didn’t want to use a paid app. Now that I know I get a 30 days free trial, and can cancel my subscription whenever I want, I’ll confidently sign up!!

  24. Christina Norelli

    Is it strange that I have really never heard of this whole audio book thing before? Sad to see I’ve been missing out on this amazing thing. But happy to have found out about it. Thank you, Hilary!

  25. Sonja Fallow

    What a great application! Can I use it on my iPad and Macbook too? If so, I’ll absolutely sign up. 🙂

  26. Jae Medina

    Audible could have been very useful back in my college days. My life isn’t as busy anymore, but I’m downloading it anyway. It’ll be fun. 😀

  27. Joni Cisneros

    These are amazing Hilary! thanks for sharing.

  28. Lena Dzeko

    I’m not too tech savvy so I don’t know much about apps and gadgets, so I’d like to thank you very much for telling us about Audible. The thing is, I have a 13 year old daughter, and I’d really like her to read good books, instead of listening to inappropriate hip hop songs all day. So I’m going to buy her an Audible subscription, because if I can’t make her read books, I’m going to make her listen to books! 😉

  29. I’m not sure I’d have time for audio books, but I’ll keep it in mind over the next few days and see where I could fit it in. That info about Harriet and Hamilton is so inspiring. Really makes you realize the American dream is alive if you want it.

  30. Jenny Garett

    I’m not a big fan of books but I think that Audible is a game changer. It makes the story’s come alive and I’ll able to listen to them while I’m working. Thank you so much for writing a lovely article. You are so wise and so real and we need more of that in the world. Wonderful posts all the time!

  31. Cassi Braun

    Soooo very true!!! I have been an Audible user for over 6 months, and it’s been so far so good. Highly recommendable. 🙂

  32. Felicia Stewart

    Great idea! Wow. I love books. But I don’t have the time to read lately. I think Audible will be the solution to this problem of mine. Big cheers!!! 🙂

  33. Matilda Parker

    You’re full of brilliant ideas, Hilary! Very inspired to follow your advice. I think listening to books instead of music, while working will help me be more productive!

  34. Kimberley Foulkes

    It seems I’m the only one here who never heard of Audible before. Bit embarrassed… I need to catch up lol Thanks for the link.

  35. Shirley Fuchs

    Thanks for your perspective! How do you put out such great content all the time without fail? 🙂

  36. Elsie Spurlock

    Great read!
    I really enjoy listening to the books I have already read and enjoyed. Audible was easy to use and it had my book that I want. It allows me to listen to a book whenever I have free time throughout the day, whether I’m at the local coffee shop or driving to my workplace. It actually replaced my car’s radio. It offers great books and news content that made me happy to cancel my satellite radio. 😀

  37. Sarah Ubitel

    I’ve had a really hard time letting go of physical books. I did buy an e-reader last year and have used it while traveling. I feel guilty about buying books now because of the resources involved. Gonna start using it more : )

  38. I’m open to changes. Not all my colleagues agree to audibook idea (more of them are traditional learners), but I have the app on my phone. As for me, Audible helps!

  39. Susanna Milton

    Brilliant! I’ll be honest with you, I’m no bookworm, cause I’m usually too lazy to read, unless I HAVE to! But at the same time I want to learn new things and be more cultured too. This method seems to be the perfect way of achieving that. Thanks a lot for this post.

  40. Melissa Princeton

    Loved the $20 bill irony! Learning something new from you everyday. Your knowledge seems endless. 🙂

  41. Sabrina Wellington

    First of all AMAZING article! I love how you started off with slavery and connected to it to audiobooks. That takes serious intelligence and talent. Well done! 🙂

    The app sounds pretty cool. I’ll be checking it out.

    • Stephany F

      I was just thinking that. Reading this article is like reading a book in the way that it flows from topic to topic so seamlessly.

  42. Molly Twain

    You couldn’t be more right, Hilary! I wholeheartedly agree with you. I started using this app last year, and it’s the best thing I’ve done with my phone. I would recommend everybody to at least give it a try!

  43. Ayla Pennington

    Literally just clicked the link and signed up cause I’m an adventurist like that haha :p Well, to be fair, I was drawned by the endless selection of so many amazing books I saw while browsing, and the pricing is very reasonable. Thanks! 🙂

  44. Evelyn Sandler

    Hi, Hilary! You always introduce us with something amazing every week. I never heard of the Audible before this article. I will try it myself, and if I like it, I’ll share it with my students. I’m an English literature teacher at an high school in Hoboken. 🙂

  45. I’ve listened to a lot of good books (I need to because I’m a University researcher). Most of the time, I take notes while listening. For me, gone are the days where I’ll have to “highlight” sentences to note important details.

    Among your list, I love “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Great book!

  46. Amelia Beckons

    Sounds great! Way better than this unstable app I’m using at the moment. I’ll sign up. What’s to lose right? 30 day free trial. that’s so cool!

  47. Kim Hartford

    Gotta love the modern times. I wish we had these back when I was a student. Could have been very useful!

  48. As a post grad student, professors would require a LOT of reading and sometimes I’m dead tired that I’d just like to close my eyes (but need to have pieces of information from books). Audiobooks are my companion! I learn while I rest.

  49. What can I say but thanks for sharing your secret   It’s nice to learn while being able to do other stuff! No time wasted! Impressive article, Hilary!

  50. Okay, I’m a bit traditional. I read a lot (and I mean a LOT) and audiobooks are not really my thing. But I must admit, you got a point, audiobooks will allow one to learn while doing other things. Guess, worth a try…

  51. You brought back my excitement when I downloaded my very first audiobook from Audible! Yeah, I have audiobooks on my iPhone and I’m enjoying them 🙂

  52. I’m a French girl currently living in New York (been here for quite a while) but I’m still learning. It’s very interesting to know these. And to honestly tell you, not a fan of audiobooks but your article got me. Hmmm… Let me try!

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