This time last week was very special for me. I had the pleasure of speaking at an awesome event held by an organization called Project Glimmer. Their work helps to show young women, who need a little help to see it, that they are valued. See their mission statement and method here below . . .
Our mission is to inspire at-risk teenage girls and women to believe in themselves by letting
them know their community cares. We gift (new) beauty products and gently used/new jewelry,
accessories and wellness items during meaningful times of the year including Mother’s Day,
Graduation, Birthdays and the Holidays.
I participated in a panel discussion as part of Share Your Glimmer, A Day of Empowerment, a two day event series in San Francisco. Project glimmer explains that “The event brings confidence, inner beauty, and real life career skills via professional beauty & hair touch-ups, professional photo, resume/LinkedIn Professional Station and culminates with an inspiring panel discussion.” This particular event targets foster girls in high school or college and inspires them towards graduation. Without some intervention of encouragement or support, the numbers show this group off young people have disheartening odds. Project Glimmer quotes that only 50% of foster youth graduate from high school, 3% graduate from college and 1 in 5 will become homeless within a year of aging out of the foster care program. Through my platform, Follow My Feet, I speak often to young people, women, and people of color encouraging them to (1) visualize themselves in a passionate and purpose filled life and career and (2) continue on a path toward executing that vision in an actionable way.
It was such an honor for me to share some of my journey, lessons and motivation with the young women who attended. The panel brought together successful women from a variety of industries including marketing, music, beauty and technology for an intimate conversation discussing how we got our start, what our career paths have been, challenges we’ve had to overcome, and who inspired us to succeed.
You can see more about Protect Glimmer and the #ShareYourGlimmer event by watching this video about last year’s event:
Thank you to Project Glimmer for including me in this meaningful effort!
Visit their website to learn about how you might support them as they support others.
This time last month, I was in heaven. Well, not exactly heaven, but pretty close. Like most great guys, my sweetheart, John likes to spend time with his family whenever possible. For some springtime family fun away from home, we all met up for a family vacation. John and me, his parents, and his sister all jetted off to the sun & sand of the Dominican Republic. We stayed in a fabulous resort that will, no doubt, be my choice every time I find myself in Punta Cana from here on out. Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa is a lovely luxury resort that is adult only, modern and on trend. Photos from their website and online review sites, like the ones below, won me over . . . and I’m so glad they did.
We had a fabulous time! Of course, one of the best parts about traveling is getting out and experiencing some of the culture, food and entertainment that a new place has to offer. After beach-combing and sight-seeing, being able to come “home” to a place like Breathless Punta Cana was the best. The resort boasts a top of the line fitness center, 24-hour room service, several bars, parties by the pool, gourmet dining and an array of spa treatments. Since I travel a lot, I was glad to learn that Breathless has locations in Mexico and Jamaica as well. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from this picture perfect vacation!
Check out the Breathless portfolio of resorts, as well as their sister brands, for your traveling dreams today
At the beginning of the year, I took an inspiring trip to Nicaragua. I love traveling, and I do it often. This particular trip was especially rewarding since 1) I got to travel with my love and 2) we were there for a good cause. You know I love to help in the community anyway I can. This trip was a way to expand that outreach to the global community. My honey, John, played baseball and still loves the sport. So, when a friend of his invited him to come and give back through Project Béisbol, I invited myself to tag along. I’m so glad I did.
Project Béisbol is a non-profit organization that uses baseball as an avenue to connect with youth in communities of economic need. Their pillars of community, education and opportunity also lead to team work, physical activity and cultural exchange PLUS fun. They operate via programs in multiple cities throughout Columbia, Nicaragua, Cuba, El Salvador and Guatemala while also hosting fundraising events and equipment drives in the United States.
It was such a great time, to see the kids just be themselves while enjoying Project Béisbol. Sportsmanship teaches so many lessons that are beneficial to every kid. Making sure that kids are not being counted out of that tradition just because of the cost of equipment or uniforms is such important work. It means that children in areas that could most benefit from positive activities will be able to enjoy them.
Of course, the scenery and food in Nicaragua was amazing! It was also a huge plus “getting away” with John, and seeing him give back through something he loves like baseball. To me though, the highlight of the trip was the smiles on those kids’ faces.
Please check out Project Béisbol to see more about the good work they do, and to see how you may be able to help if you’d like.
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day! I’m so glad for the strong women in my life. From my late grandmother, to my mom, my sisters and the awesome women I get to work with. In honor of all of them, and you, I put together a little playlist featuring songs about and by women who live and love strongly. You can check out that playlist here, on Spotify.
Let me know what tunes you like to jam when you’re ready to turn up your strong woman vibes. And, if it’s your first time hearing my latest song Get Up, tell me what you think. As a little bonus, here is a link to a recent article featuring me on WomenFitness.net
Thanks to them, and everyone who supports and highlights strong women all over the world!