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Breathe…The Future is Now #HappyReinventing

After a profound week of insights at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show), you sit back and wonder how the world could have existed without all this technology and interconnectivity.  The irony of it all, however, is the lack of connectivity we have to one another as human beings.

Are we replacing the soft touch, eye-to-eye contact with robotic and AI practicality? Replacing human jobs with digital productivity? Letting machines make decisions for us and dictate our behavior patterns? Making the work place obsolete? Providing no environment for the imagination to flourish?

Or is all of this accelerating our brains capacity to imagine on a scale that we never did before and challenging us to find new ways to think and explore? Can we really be replaced by machines and AI to the extent that we will need to find another way to sustain our economy if we can’t earn money and buy all the goods that are being created by these new robots…and being sold to us?  Is progress becoming negative for humanity and are we to slow it down or just plow through it in the name of innovation?

It’s daunting and exciting, romantic and nostalgic while innovative and exploratory.

But for what? To say that we can? To be bigger and better? To create a world that we once envisioned only in the movies and on the Jetsons?  Do we stand to benefit from it?  In all the futuristic movies, there’s a cold and harsh world with very little human connectivity – you never see the “peace, love and happiness” of the 60’s era that was the quintessential of the human spirit come to life.

Why are we doing this? Our kids have different social norms that have them living their friendships and communication over social media, the adults are scrambling to keep up with the Joneses on technology platforms, we can barely have a conversation with out being pinged, happed, buzzed from some type of gadget and yet this digital world is supposed to be making us more “connected”?  Connected to what? I’d rather snuggle up to a warm body than a computer at night yet we’re being bombarded with our “need” to go to sleep, monitor our sleep, wake up to, have our first coffee, brush our teeth, do our grocery shopping, drive around…all without effort and without thinking… why is that so good?  Is this really enabling us to use our brains capacity? Will we become an even lazier society, more sedentary, and thus unhealthier than we already are?  Is this all just a ploy to rid the world of human beings so some larger more universal play can happen?

These digital devices and apps are touting health, fitness, mindfulness, meditation – ironically – gadgets that support our need to be addicted to them but ironically giving us “solutions” to relax and unplug.

It’s all quite absurd but we seem to not be able to live without them. This addiction is more severe than we realize, and capitalism and curiosity are driving it.

There does feel like there’s a backlash happening, but it will never be grand enough to slow down progress or halt productivity and growth of the future.

All we can do is be mindful of it, ask the questions, resist the urge to engage because it’s there and being sold to us, know what makes us feel good, warm and fuzzy, teach our children to love what we know was a beautiful time of staring out a window for hours on a car ride and let our imaginations run free, walk down a street or around a school campus and look at our fellow humans, make eye contact, smile, be engaged, be present and “just be.”

We don’t have to be always “doing” in order to feel fulfilled.

Take a pen to paper and write a letter to your 8-year old self.  What would you say about your life today and what it was when you were that age.  How would you protect yourself from getting pulled into the vortex without the checks and balances for yourself?

Be aware and alert, be accountable to yourself and your desires and passions, dare to unplug and explore your world. Check in with yourself and don’t just go along for the ride and get swept up in the pace of future innovation. Be conscious of what you’re doing, even if you’re doing it.  Take the time to be present and dig a little deeper with yourself and those around you.

Resist the urge when you can…challenge yourself…be mindful.

Check out the new mindfulness and meditation centers, classes and programs popping up if you’re eager to keep that balance…

Or just unplug, take a walk, smell the roses, feel the sun, breathe….

Enjoy and #HappyReinventing!

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Maybe We Should…New Year’s Resolutions #HappyReinventing

Me? Write a New Year’s Resolution blog? You bet! Wouldn’t miss a chance like this while it’s the topic of conversation to inspire, motivate and remind you of what you’re capable of being in this lifetime.

If not now, when?

Yes, this is the same me who previously avoided putting out a blog during New Years as it was too “cliche” … I believed. So many resolutions established and unfulfilled. I just didn’t want to get into it in a New Year’s blog as I like to inspire year-round, not just once a year.

But maybe we really need to take heed of this age old tradition. After so many years of saying and resolving NOT to make any resolutions, we stop believing in the magic of simply setting our minds to something and making it happen.

That’s all it’s about, yet the repeated failures at whatever that lofty goal was causes us to eventually lose faith in ourselves and the ability to believe we have the discipline to stick to something we’re committed to.

The more that happens, we tend to give in to status quo – and our big dreams become smaller and smaller. Our visions of what we see ourselves doing becomes relegated to someone else and then we look on as an eager and wishful by-stander. Is that really what you want?

What we forget is it’s not too late to create those realities for ourselves. This year, have the courage to make one or two resolutions – make them “bite size,” achievable, attainable, then set more milestones. No need to take it all on at once.

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“Running in Heels” – Ladies, Listen Up – This One’s For You! #HappyReinventing

A friend of mine recently referred to me as the “CEO of Running in Heels Magazine” — I laughed, thought it was cute and clever, and then realized what it really meant.

I’m sure many of you can relate to that statement and I’m officially owning it. It may be a metaphor but I can truly say I have definitely spent the last 30 years running in heels – from the day I opened the doors of my business – chasing and running after new business, running after the desire to be the best at what I do, keep everyone happy, meet our deadlines, reach our goals and build a successful life full of love, health and prosperity.

Then came a family – running to create the ideal home, running to the market, running to the home design and supply stores to get the house in livable condition and keep improving on it (for 30 years), running to have a full social life, running to get home on time, running to put a meal on the table, running to keep my man happy.

Then came my fabulous children – running from work to home and back in the early days while juggling babies, nursing, diaper changing, playtime, reading time, cuddle time…all while juggling work, deadlines, clients, business travel. Running to and from one obligation to another while running home to those sweet and slowly growing faces, hugs, intense moments of love, education and entertainment.

Then came school years – running to and from school meetings, events, conferences, functions, projects while running back to clients, office, work, airports and definitely running to airplanes. Running to get a little food, a little workout, a little playtime, and some lovin’ with my hubby.

Now I find myself running to catch my breath, running to find balance, running to find some inner peace while still juggling, running, traveling, working and running a great family and business!

Of course, as the years have gone on we find new things to run to and from, we find new passions, hobbies, social occasions to layer into our fabulous and busy lives so we just keep running and running. We never really stop to think about the fact that we’re running from here to there – physically, mentally, emotionally – we just do it, as it’s just the way we have to move through all the things we have created in our lives.

All while wearing heels…

Yes, almost every day! I’m on the short side so I always felt that heels best complimented by work attire, definitely made me feel up to the task, and when I found platform sandals for weekends…eureka!

So yes, I deserve this title – CEO of Running in Heels Magazine – I own it and wear it proudly…as do all of the women out there who are running in these same heels! All the power to us! Have we started a new movement? Better run off to figure this out and build another business vertical!!


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Can Your Passion or Hobby Lead to a Reinvention?

Can your passion or hobby lead to a Reinvention?

You may be searching for your passion but maybe you’re trying too hard. In my journey and as I interview people for my book and new TV show, I hear many struggle with finding their passion.

Reinvention is about having that “aha moment” – saying to yourself “I want more,” “I want something different or new,” “I deserve to have something fun and beautiful in my life and I’m going to re-prioritize”…now, what is it?

Finding you passion is a very lofty and ambitious goal and like your Reinvention journey, there’s a roadmap to get there. You can’t necessarily wake up one day and “know” what your passion is or should be. It becomes daunting and then you’re disillusioned that you haven’t got a passion and there must be something wrong with you. Then you stop searching for something wonderful that you can enjoy…a hobby.

So start with a simple hobby – no agenda, no long term plan that this is going to “save your life” or get you out of what you’re doing. Just something that complements your day-to-day journey. Cooking, jewelry making, play an instrument, create some art, learn a language, kite flying, knitting, cycling, rock climbing, start a collection of something… Allow yourself an hour or two a week to indulge in it and see how much you can nurture your soul and find interest in something that’s yours and special to you. You’ll mingle with like-minded people around something of interest to you all and you never know what might come from that – but you have to allow it, that’s all.

Often, as we get older, priorities shift and we start to let go of those things that are important to us – we take care of others in our lives, we commit to our jobs and careers, which often aren’t related to our hobbies or interests but are simply a means to an end.

We then justify why we don’t have time for the things that make us feel good and settle for a complacent life.

It could be that a simple hobby, something you can have fun with and enjoy may ultimately become your passion. Then you can figure out if that hobby can transform your life.

You may need to pull your head out of your phone or computer long enough to see what’s going on around you. Do you realize how much of the world around you you’re missing as you text and email while you walk around? You’re probably not always present in your real world environment, surroundings and human interaction as you’re searching, reading and engaging in your digital microcosm.

It’s a bit of a metaphor for the way we live – buried in the present and not looking up to recognize what the world around us has to offer. Perhaps if we dreamed a little more and recognized that we’re entitled to have our hobbies and dreams, our new reality could be just what we want.

I’ve been interviewing folks for my book and TV show and recently came across a story of a woman who discovered a buried talent as an artist. She didn’t even know that she had a talent in her. She wasn’t frustrated and didn’t even wish she could follow her dream. She didn’t even realize that she had a gift, but she stumbled upon it and she allowed herself to recognize that what she was doing was truly art. It took one or two people to validate their enthusiasm for what she was doing, and that just continued to feed her passion that just kept growing. Years later, she’s highly regarded in her field, is making a wonderful living and is fulfilling a dream she didn’t even know she had.

She was open and receptive to the fact that what was showing up in her life was something that she could nurture. She chose to make something more out of it and allowed it to flourish. This is remarkable.

So do something new, look for a hobby, not a passion and let it take you places unexpected. It’s good for the soul. It’s your Reinvention.

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Yes! The long Memorial Weekend brings the promise of down time, the beginning of summer and a little time to contemplate what we’d do for one extra day if we had time on our hands.  I love it! Don’t you?

What are you going to do with your time?  Take an extra walk, a guitar lesson, clean out the garage, a Zumba class, cook an extra meal, work on your website, and figure out how to use your social media better? Play with the kids, go out with your friends? Paint a picture, take a bike ride, watch a game, play a game? The possibilities are endless.

Just pick one small thing and watch a big change in yourself.  Allow yourself to realize the value of what you’re doing by adding something new to your life and every day routine.  Cherish the feeling you have for feeling accomplished.  Pat yourself on the back for getting out of your comfort zone and going beyond just “thinking about it.” Take that risks and the payoff will be tremendously rewarding.

I picked up a racquet and played tennis with my son for the first time in four months.  I took an extra Zumba class at my sister-in-law’s studios, LA Dancefit – the funnest place on earth!  I cooked a fun meal with my husband with new recipes and ingredients.  Rode my bike with my family…to have breakfast…but nevertheless, we rode instead of driving.  Just a few extra things that added to my existing schedule, workout and kitchen routines – I kicked them up a notch and I not only give myself credit for all these things but I had the most wonderful weekend.

Tell us – what are you going to do?  Summer’s around the corner so there’s plenty of time.  Don’t let those 24/7 work days control your life.  Let your passions control it and take a risk!
Some advice from me and

–          Be open minded

–          Don’t be afraid

–          Step out of your comfort zone

–          Dig deep – explore what’s missing that you’ve wanted to do, see, change

–          Make a crazy good list – no one will see it but you – so don’t hold back

–          Look for excitement and embrace change

–          Acknowledge all the reasons it felt good

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Indulge Yourself – A Little Reinventing is Good for the Soul

Life gets busy and sometimes we forget to take a breath and just sit back. I was traveling on business this week and in between meetings I stopped at a favorite lunch spot to get a quick bite of their homemade pasta. I sat at the bar and a lovely lady was next to me, on her own, doing the same thing. After finally putting down my phone, blackberry and iPad, we started talking. It was her day off and she was relishing in the fact that she was having a “mini holiday.” She was taking the day to herself to indulge a little, escape from a little reality and do something nice for herself.
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