Doesn't it seem like every public figure is writing a book these days? From Arianna Huffington to LaLa Anthony to T.D. Jakes to Steve Harvey. It's hard to know which ones are strictly publicity stunts and which ones are truly worth your time and money. After catching T.D. Jakes on Oprah's Lifeclass last May sharing his experience writing Instinct, I literally bought the book that night. He was down-to-earth and inspiring and completely sold on the concept of intuition, in which I am a firm believer. I brought the book with me when we traveled to Miami and read the entire thing in 2 plane rides. I found myself highlighting passages left and right and feeling like the book was written for me. There are so many smart concepts in the book - none of which are rocket science, but all of which make perfect sense as applied - but one in particular did it for me: The demand isn't as significant as your purpose. When I read that it was a standstill moment for me.The demand isn't as significant as your purpose.I'm busy. I'm overextended. I burn the candle at both ends (and often in the middle). I constantly feel like people are pulling at me from all directions, wanting and needing things from me. Kids, friends, clients, parents, followers, team members, WHOMEVER. And it's easy to get stressed out and exhausted and to contemplate throwing in the towel and getting a job at the mall. [Go ahead and laugh. I'd be the best damn retail associate you'd ever meet. But I digress.] So when I read those words, I had an immediate shift in perspective. Yes, I may feel like I'm always 'in demand' but that stress is not as important as the reason why I'm here. My purpose will always outweigh the pressures of the work. Wow Pastor Jakes. Ok, I hear you. My response to all of that stuff is what really matters.The other thing about that excerpt? It literally sets the stage for brand building: chart your course (create your blueprint/plan of action); stabilize your process (research, test and implement systems); organize your assets (play to your strengths; use what you already have; get prepared). These are the things leaders do. Everyone else? Complains and misses out on the opportunity presented.Ouch.There are oh-so-many gems in this book. Give it a read [disclosure: affiliate link] and let me know what you think. … [Read more...] about Smart People: T.D. Jakes and “Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive”
CRAZYTOWN. I was nominated for three Iris Awards®. Pinch me! The Iris Awards® honors the parent blogging community and its body of work throughout the year. The Awards recognize the finest expressions in art, commentary, commerce, philanthropy, ideas and connections, all the while celebrating the emerging industry created by its pioneers and leaders.Through the act of expressing both the everyday and the exceptional, we individually create and collectively achieve. And great achievement deserves recognition. My nominations are for Influencer of the Year, Game Changer of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. And, the coLAB: collaboration for a diverse alliance project that Blogalicious was a part of with Latina Bloggers Connect and Alt Summit also was nominated for a Game Changer of the Year award! What is truly surreal is the company I am keeping - the bloggers nominated in every single one of the categories are bosses. These awards are so very special to me because they are community-conceived (by the Mom 2.0 Summit team) and community-chosen. I remember the giddy and goosebump-y feeling I had when I had the honor of presenting at the first-ever Iris Awards in 2014 and then to be nominated for Game Changer of the year in 2015. This so amazingly special to me and I am so grateful to live this nutty, fulfilling, unpredictable and FUN blogging life.I love everyone!! Congratulations to all. See you in Laguna. … [Read more...] about That Time I Was Nominated for 3 Iris Awards®. Like, WHOA.
I may or may not have shouted from the rooftops that I was invited by my beloved Mocha Moms, Inc. to attend a media influencer event at the White House this week to discuss Mrs. Obama's health and wellness initiative, Let's Move. The event was great - an opportunity for 120 or so mom bloggers (invited by an array of media brands, including SheKnows, Babble and Cafe Mom) to hear from various stakeholders (i.e. USDA, Partnership for a Healthier America, HHS, etc.) and to take waaaaay too many selfies in front of various backgrounds in the East Wing. Three-time Olympian, Dominique Dawes, shared her story of having to change the way she ate and moved after she stopped competing, and also as an exhausted and busy mom of a toddler. I loved listening to her speak because she was down-to-earth, honest and FUNNY. We also had the treat of a cooking demo from Cris Comerford, the White House Executive Chef! She made her 'Must-Have Mason Jar Tuscan Kale Salad' (which she was tickled pink to say was inspired by Pinterest). The venue, the photo opps, the high-profile speakers...It was a blogger's dream.Of course, the highlight was the remarks from the First Lady and she was as engaging and relatable as always. She shared her story of getting a wake up call when her daughters were younger and vowing to make healthy changes to their eating and activity habits. She also encouraged us to use our voices and platforms to spread the word about the small changes moms can make in their families' food choices that will result in a major impact on decreasing obesity, heart disease, diabetes and more. As she said, in her house dessert went from being "a human right to an occasional treat that only happened on weekends." If only I could convince my husband of that. HA.But let me tell you what else shined - for me, anyway. Hearing from Ryan Shadrick Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel for the Partnership for a Healthier America. She explained that children see something like 5,500 commercials for junk foods on TV yearly and only about 700 for healthy foods. When it came to marketing fruits and veggies, it was a losing battle. So they decided to take a look at what kinds of things enticed children to ask their parents for the crappy foods. The answer? Branding!Celebrity endorsements, snazzy logos, bright colors, catchy slogans and flashy ad campaigns are what makes candy and soda sexy. So, the PHA decided to 'rebrand' fruits and vegetables and give them their very own monster ad campaign. Meet FNV! Brilliant!And you'll want to follow them in Instagram and maybe even rock some of their tees.Oh how I love a good branding. … [Read more...] about the brilliance of branding: meet FNV
My name is Stacey and I have a pretty planner addiction.'Tis true. I document all of my daily work activities and notes in my trusty notebooks and schedule my days using a *gasp!* PAPER planner. Of course, I still use Google Calendar so that I can interact with, you know, the rest of the free world, but if I had my druthers, I'd be using my planner 100%. There's just something about writing that makes recording important dates and thoughts a satisfying undertaking. I will admit that I love a good pen (and a good highlighter - for which Jazzy teases me regularly), and so maybe I have a penchant for the written word. Call me 'old school.'Last year, while scrolling through Instagram, I stumbled upon the Goal Digger Planner and I fell in love (as one does with planners overs social media). [<--- weirdo] And I placed my order on the spot. Two and a half months in, my GDP is part of my daily routine. If I commit to mapping out the next day, the night before, I find that my productivity levels increase because I'm clear about what my priorities are. My number one productivity issue is that I end up putting out fires all day and fielding requests instead of working on my planned tasks for the day. If I have 2-3 projects written out in my planner, then I know those are what I need to focus on getting done..."urgent" emails and phone calls be damned.What's unique about this planner is that there is a Monthly Analysis page at the end of each month, that encourages you to look back and assess how your month went, week by week. It really helps someone like me who blinks and then the month is over. There's also a page where you can list your "Goals Accomplished", "Goals Changed" and new goals for the coming month. Since we humans tend to remember only the negatives (i.e. all the things we didn't get done), this is a nice way to remind yourself of what you DID do and to give yourself a little pat on the back. Now if I can just keep up this practice for the remaining 9 months of the year, I'll be golden. … [Read more...] about Old School + Organized w. my Goal Digger Planner
It already feels like weeks have passed since heading to Los Angeles for We All Grow Summit, but in actuality it's only been less than two weeks! I'm guessing it's because since leaving the gorgeous Long Beach setting of the Hotel Maya, I've been to Arkansas and New York City but I'm making a concerted effort to document my experience before time and memories escape me.This was my second year attending We All Grow (which makes my attendance score 100%!) and I am so full as a result. Launched by my dear friend Ana Flores or Latina Bloggers Connect, We All Grow Summit is "the go-to professional conference for Latinas in the digital space." I know what you're thinking - and you're right! I'm not Latina but there is no way I would miss this labor of love that Ana has birthed so thoughtfully and gracefully.I ended up having to leave a day early to make it home in time for my daughter's 10th birthday - those special occasions are non-negotiables in my house - but I was able to drink in the WAG awesomeness for 2 full days. Here are my highlights:The Hotel! I had never been to Long Beach before, but I have attended more conferences than is normal. The Hotel Maya is, hands down, one of my favorites. The property is a Hilton hotel, but the design and layout makes it feel like a boutique, resort hotel with tons of open spaces, cozy nooks and whimsical design elements. Maybe it was my Hilton Honors status, or maybe we just lucked out, but Jazzy, Cara and I were given a walk-out, waterfront room that was perfect. The staff was super-friendly, the grounds gorgeous and the rooms lovely. We also spent MUCH time at Fuego, the on-site restaurant and bar that had inside and patio seating, and delicious guacamole that I may or may not have overdosed on. The 'Eyes on L.A. Style with Transitions Lenses and Visionworks' Field Trip! What a brilliant idea. The day before the conference officially begins, We All Grow partners with amazing sponsors to host field trips for attendees. There were several to select from this year (you have to submit your choices in order of preference and wait to be matched) and absolutely no trip was a bum deal. I went on the LA Style Tour with Transitions Lenses and Visionworks and was secretly thrilled that glasses were being treated as as style accessory since I am a proud specs wearer and love changing up my look with a variety of frames. I was also pleased to be re-introduced to Transitions Lenses as I used to wear them about 5+ years ago but stopped when I started wearing more trendy frames; now that the lenses are available for all frames, I'm totally going to get a pair. Trust me when I say that going back and forth between my prescription frames and my prescription sunglasses frames is a pain in the butt that I am eager to do without. Ok, back to the field trip. The focal point of the day was meeting with eyewear designers Coco and Breezy, who are Black and Latina twins and are rays of upbeat and … [Read more...] about Learning, Laughing and Growing at We All Grow Summit