Another ah-mah-zing feasting @north2014. A Malling and Schmidt event, presented by Visit Denmark & FOOD. Compliments from Chef Thorsten Schmidt.   (at The Old Bowery Station)

Another ah-mah-zing feasting @north2014. A Malling and Schmidt event, presented by Visit Denmark & FOOD. Compliments from Chef Thorsten Schmidt. (at The Old Bowery Station)

Be the “go-to” person!

One of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

People who are intrinsically miserable inside tend to poo-poo on you; make it seem as if, what you’ve been able to accomplish in your life…is nothing great to write home about; and secretly gloat in the delusion that you might have a one-off day, because of them. These people are small-minded and you should stay far away from them.

Positive people enjoy being around each other. It’s a celebration everyday. Compliments and pats on the back come naturally, because you’re not in competition with them. Positive people also tend to be connectors, the people who will introduce you to someone, they think both parties will mutually benefit from. Connectors, as Malcolm Gladwell argues, “also benefit from the goodness of connecting.” They tend to be the “go-to” person.

There’s nothing more complimentary than someone saying to me, “you need to meet so-and-so,” or “I told so-and-so about you.” That means people are proud to be associated with you and consequently trust that whatever your interactions with further contacts will be, will be favorable and memorable. I also take great pride when someone asks me to represent them or asks me to lead a situation. That means they trust my competence and execution.

I’ve been asked on a few occasions to start my own school. I was asked to join the 2-year DC fast-track principalship, to opening up my own school in Arizona, to colleagues from the various schools I worked at telling me that they would follow me if I became an administrator. And I’m flattered. And I always responded with, “I want to operate from a place of wisdom not action.” In other words, I think when the time is right, if that’s my path, it will present itself to me. I’m not some power-hungry person; I love being an educator, I was born to teach. Running a school is less instructional-based and more management. And I would need to get to a place where I no longer felt the need to be inside a classroom. The magic happens inside the classroom, not when you’re running meetings. The magic happens when your students start to see their own progress, not when you’re working on an excel sheet. The magic happens when you see the shy, awkward teen, slowly becoming comfortable in their own shoes, not when you’re planning events and writing rubrics.

There’s nothing more gratifying than coming home, with a huge smile on my face, having yet another kick-ass day. I feel so blessed and honored to be where I am in my life. This might sound silly, but I was always envisioned Oprah status. Like major big league. Everyday, I hear my prayers getting answered. Everyday, god says, “you’re on the right path, keep going!” Keep shining your light, intellect and goodness, and while it’s not obvious, you’re making huge strides toward where you need to be next. I put into the universe what I want. I work hard. I’m good to people. I’m respectful. I stay in my lane. I stay out of drama and other people’s business. I help those in need. I help myself when I’m in need. I don’t wait around for someone to save me. I’m not a victim nor do I feel sad about my life. I love my life, my family and friends. I breathe in greatness everyday. Everyday I’m inspired to be better, to ask more of myself. I’m not even half way there, but I have no qualms looking back at my life and saying, “get it girl.”
I love my job(s)! I love that I get to wake up everyday and do what I do for a living (which is a lot). I have never felt more professionally and subsequently, personally, fulfilled. It’s like this culmination of all my years of experiences coming together in the most amazing perfect storm. I have also never felt more appreciated and celebrated for the work that I do. I always said that 2014 was going to end in a bang: looks like the fireworks are about to explode.

Thank you, thank you!

I got over 5,000 hits across my various social media outlets…within just the last couple of weeks!  Unbelievable.   

I’m not sure what’s working, what’s not, but something’s clicking.  So, thank you for reading and supporting little ole me.  I love you all.  

Hugs, kisses, high-fives, thumbs up, and a ginormous smile!  :D

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Wrap-up!

I absolutely love fashion.  Always have, always will.  For someone who considers herself pretty creative, I could never, in my wildest dreams, design articles of clothing.  I think fashion designers are so talented and gifted in their craft.  I would never imagine draping fabric a certain way, or cutting out certain parts of a dress, to show a hint of side-boob, or a portion of the back, or the latest trend now: cutouts that highlight the hip bone. 

Every person loves to look nice.  Every person wants to consider themselves stylish.  Fashion designers are able to use their vivid imagination to create clothing that flatters the human body. Granted, certain body types (long legs, thin arms, minimal butt and boobs), show off a dress more, because the body figure is more manikin-like, but even for women who are curvy with a junk in their trunk or with ample boobige, the right dress, can literally stop traffic. 

What’s going to be on trend for Spring 2015?  Lots of white/creams/off-white dresses, and lots of pinks, purples, florals…think Spring. 

Also, the shoes will be flat.  Thank gawd.  Birks are huge, but if you’re like me, you don’t want to look like a tree hugger, there will be sexier Birk looking sandals headed your way. 

Also, the hem lines are much longer, covers the knees, the silhouette will be more 1940/1950’s, think classy and regal.  I call it the “bounce to the ounce.” 

As always, I had an amazing time.  Thank you to all the designers who asked me to come.  Thank you to all the PR peeps - I don’t envy what you do for a living, kissing ass is a full-time gig, and you do it so very well. 

I can’t wait for Winter Fashion Week 2015.  Cheers.  

The Green Party having its community meeting before the November elections. I’m always interested to hear what other political parties are advocating: 1) more teaching, less testing (moving away from Common Core Standards), less privatization of public schools, tuition free CUNY and SUNY, 2) raising the min. wage to $15/hr and 3) fair taxes. #independentmovement #greenparty #voteforF #politics #greennewdeal

The Green Party having its community meeting before the November elections. I’m always interested to hear what other political parties are advocating: 1) more teaching, less testing (moving away from Common Core Standards), less privatization of public schools, tuition free CUNY and SUNY, 2) raising the min. wage to $15/hr and 3) fair taxes. #independentmovement #greenparty #voteforF #politics #greennewdeal