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28 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Dinner conversation expanded beyond my fabulous cooking and onto social graces. My husband and I were discussing manners, where they were invented, and what “dressing for the occasion” really meant. Coco Chanel said it best “it’s always best to be a little under dressed.” Presentation is important. It demonstrates respect for yourself and for the person or people you are meeting. Business attire, golf attire, business casual and sassy-dresses all communicate something specif...
35 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This month is full of jubilee. If you’re working to make strides in life and business, try focusing purely on relationships for the month of June. Everyone I’ve been in touch with this month, just wants laughter, hugs and new memories. Employers, if you’re looking for productivity, you’ll find it in the fall, only with more charm and delight. If you allow your teams to celebrate after a long 20 months of sad isolation, you’ll be in good graces. This is the business of the hum...
42 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Recently, I attended my (97 years young) Grammy’s memorial service in Illinois. COVID had us waiting to be together as a family, but finally we were able to be together to celebrate her life. Grandma Grace and her beloved had 8 children. Those eight, became 41. With spouses, 75 people rolled in to celebrate her life. It was sad to lose granny. She is like a silent force, ever present. However, I do believe she was thrilled at the showing and especially delighted at the love o...
49 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Yet another shift in our evolving society with the sunsetting pandemic. Recently, I've had numerous conversations with professional colleagues about business and the state of affairs. Consistantly reported, is this zeal for face to face encounters. With the resurgence of in-person meetings, most are redefining productivity. The 'new normal" is in direct opposition with our "natural normal". What has surfaced and what is now trending, is the search for appropriate balance betw...
56 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Every year, the lady crew heads out for a golf trip down the shore. We select a few courses we don’t play often and set up a scramble, or a shamble. Usually teams with the highest index and the lowest are mixed together, along with the oldest and the youngest. It makes for a great time, good conversation, and learning new approach shots. With COVID sunsetting (hopefully) we chose to stay together at a friends in Ocean City, NJ. 17 women in 1 house. Can you imagine the laught...
63 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This is a sober reminder to appreciate your loved ones always, because you never know what tomorrow will bring. Over a week ago, I woke up to a text message from my mom, telling me she was having heart issues and that she was at the hospital. This text came in at 11pm, but I had been asleep for an hour. It was now 6am when I read the message. I called Mom and she had, had a heart attack. We were both shocked. Mom is a massage therapist, a personal trainer, and pretty much ea...
70 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
People ask me what I do, and I proudly answer, “I’m a Financial Consigliere” a keeper of secrets, the gal that knows what businesses are selling, merging or going public. My clients actually lean in when they tell me their plans, and whisper. More importantly, I make sure they don’t lose the wealth earned, while venturing out for new business. Today, I was coming back to the Northeast from Chicago and a real estate mogul asked me the million dollar question. I shared my name...
77 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Recently, I’ve played a lot of golf. “Gettin’ down to divot town”, “ following the path of righteousness in my swing.” Literally learning the swing, then closing my eyes and following thru. YES! I hit the ball with my eyes closed. Twice. For me? About 100 swings for 18 holes. Maybe 90-95. That’s a lot of swings. Hence, proper stretching is required, along with a good soak, a foam roller and a theraball for sore glutes. At this maturing age, proper stretching isn’t optional,...
84 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I had a different blog set for this morning, but something Fred said in our Philadelphia Gotham meeting last night prompted me to save the planned blog for another day, and write about the author. Fred is an amazing person. We all know this, and we surely have told him the same. Fred chooses the best in all of us and draws it to the surface. Like a gardner, he waters those talents and makes sure they get plenty of sunshine to grow strong. His greenhouse, called Gotham, prov...
91 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
May the Forth be with you! I know it’s Cinco de Mayo, but, I love Star Wars. To all those Star Wars fans out there, I was reminded of wisdom Yoda shared with young Luke, while stretching his abilities in the swamp. When we clear our minds and decide to DO something, we commit to seeing it thru. I love Yoda and am reminded to remain present. For when we live in the present, we can live fully. No! Try not. Do. Or, Do Not. There is no trying ...
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