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11December

Realness and Blogalicious 8

Hi everyone! I hope your week has been amazing. It’s time to talk about the one thing that I struggle with, and I think a lot of people struggle with too. It’s time to talk about my journey, and how I took the leap to be transparent at all places, Blogalicious 8.

Be Blogalicious is a multicultural influencer organization that strives to create a place of inclusion, connection and collaboration. They have so many resources & the community is so inspiring. So, when I had a chance to attend their annual conference I knew I had to do it. With this being my “Year of Yes” too, I also took the chance and signed up to volunteer. I’m lo-key shy, so this was a big leap for me. But, the leap paid off, and I was selected for the “Social Squad”.

 

Social Squad boo, @pumpsandcircumstance
Social Squad boo, @pupmsandcircumstance and I having fun!

As a member of the “Social Squad” you work behind the scenes at the conference doing anything from putting gift bags together, to setting up stage settings for keynote talks. It was amazing! We worked hard, but the camaraderie of the “Social Squad” was amazing. Everyone was just down to help, and there were no egos. It was just a group of like-minded people getting it done. I definitely will submit to volunteer again.

 

But, that was only a part of the specialness of Blogalicious 8 for me. I learned so many great things from the speakers, and met my “She-Ro” Luvvie Ajayi. She is the amazing “Side-Eye Sorceress & “Wacky Wordsmith”, who is a NY Times Best-Selling Author of “ I’m Judging You”. You must check it out, everyone else is (e.g. Bono, Ava Duvernary, Uzo Adaba, Gabrielle Union, etc.), it’s a must read or listen!

 

Luvvie Ajayi & I
Luvvie Ajayi & I (This made my year!!)

I also got the opportunity to attend an amazing event with Jack Daniels. Jack Daniels is one of my favorite cocktails, and I’ve used it in recipes and as my drink of choice for years. I truly am a #FriendofJack. P.S. Their Winter Jack is impeccable. Definitely, try it out for a nice cider or hot toddy.

 

Winter Jack
Winter Jack Daniels Cocktail #FriendofJack

 

But, the highlight of my time at Blogalicious 8 was my time with AARP. I had an opportunity to share my caregiving story, and I didn’t realize how emotional that would be for me. I’m wrapping up year six of my journey with my mom & sister, and I can’t believe how far we’ve come. It’s amazing how time makes things more bearable when at first they seemed impossible.

 

I never thought I would be able to tell anyone about the times that I thought I wasn’t going to make it. Or, the times when I wanted to kill myself and leave my mom and sister to fend for themselves. I was so low, and I had to fight for them and my sanity. I feel so blessed to be where I am now. But, it wasn’t easy. It took a lot of honesty, faith and counseling to get where I am now. But, I thank God I made it. I thank God that he gave me the strength to remember that I made a vow to stand in my truth, if I made it through. So, I shared my journey and it went viral. I still can’t believe it. Over 200K people saw my story, and could identify with my journey. That’s such a blessing. That let me know that sharing my journey is the right path for my life. It also showed that I can be honest an real, and people will identify with me.

 As an influencer there’s always the pressure to make everything look so curated. But, life is not curated. People want realness, and that’s all I have time for anymore. I don’t have the energy or time to fake it. I’ll give you great content and beautiful images, but you can bet it’s going to be the real deal. So, be you and do you!

 

That’s the biggest lesson I learned at Blogalicious 8, and I’m so glad I took the time to invest in me. Invest in yourself, and you may be pleasantly surprised about what you learn. You deserve to live your most authentic life, and that only comes by being honest with yourself. So, take a chance on you! I can’t wait to hear about what you do!

 

 

Until we meet again!

 

Xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Front Page, Caregiving

17October

Bucket List Moment Fulfilled: Diner En Blanc Orlando

I truly believe in making magical moments. There are so many things that we’re responsible for, and one of the hardest things for us to do is LIVE. But, this year I made a vow, or actually a pact to say, “yes” to the things that scare or challenge me. Well, I can tell you this has led me to some amazing experiences. One of the most memorable just happened, Le Diner En Blanc.

Le Diner En Blanc Orlando
                                         Le Diner En Blanc Orlando Image by Macbeth Studios

When I found out that Diner En Blanc was coming to Orlando, I knew I was going to do everything I could to go. If you check out my previous post when I attended the media party, then you know this has been on my bucket list for a while. So, I was stoked to be able to cover it for “Le Blog”. Even, better than that I was able to bring my sissy. I was totally winning. Now, let me tell you about the event.

 

Le Diner En Blanc is a pop-up all white dinner party that is held at a mystery location. Guests are bused to the location from all over the city for a party like no other. For Orlando’s inaugural event, the Beacon in Lake Nona was the chosen location. The Beacon is a beautiful 3-legged art installation that was designed by renowned artist Jefre and Michael Counts in partnership with Lake Nona Developer, Tavistock Group. This area was designed to be a community focal point for the community, and it was the perfect spot to bring together so many different people for the purpose of fun and connecting. It was so amazing to see 1000+ people converge on this beautiful installation. It was truly a Beacon letting everyone in Orlando know the party has begun.

The party in motion!
                                                     The party in motion!

 

All of the guests looked so beautiful in their white. The outfits ranged from conservative to dramatic. Can we say lots of fascinators? Also, there were tribal headdresses, and Apothic Wines, the wine sponsor, wore those. Side note, you must try their red and white. Simply delightful! Also, I since I was covering the media lounge. I also got to try the most amazing sushi from Maki’s Place in Lake Nona. I had the most amazing Tuna Temaki. I definitely will be going back. Everything was so well thought out. I don’t think a detail was missed, and it made the evening divine.

Tuna Temaki From Maki's Place in Lake Nona & the mask from Apothic Wines!
Tuna Temaki From Maki's Place in Lake Nona & the mask from Apothic Wines!

 

The party also didn’t stop with dinner. Once dinner was over, it was time to dance. The music was pumping, and the band was amazing. They were so good that a guest asked for their contact information, so she could book them for her wedding. They also had Dayve Stewart, who is an excellent saxophonist here in Orlando. Along with dancers, and an amazing DJ. Any song you wanted to hear, they probably played it. Everyone was dancing and having fun. They also had a proposal on the dance floor. Love and happiness was truly in the air.

 

As the evening wound down, it was time to light the sparklers to signal the end coming near. It was so beautiful to see 1000+ people dancing with sparklers. It was the perfect way to end the evening, and then just like magic it ended. The guests packed up all of their gear, and headed back to the bus. Diner En Blanc is over for 2016. But, I would strongly recommend that you sign up for next year. This is definitely a moment you don’t want to miss. 2017 is going to be amazing!! Here’s the link to the site to find out more deets.

 

Until we meet again! Do something you never thought you would do. Au Revoir!

 

Xo

 

 

Posted in Front Page

19September

Magical Weekends and Magical Dining

What's up everybody? I hope your week is starting off good. My Monday has been crazy. I almost had a flashback to my last "Tuesday that felt like a Monday". You know that one after Labor Day. All I can say, is "Le Struggle cry.   But, I've decided to focus this week thinking about happy thoughts. So, I have to tell you about my magical weekend with my sister.

 

Tracey always works on Saturday, and she's normally tired when she comes home. But, this week we decided we needed to have a "night out", and we went to Seasons 52 for Magical Dining. Magical Dining is this amazing time of the year ( August 29th- October 2nd), where restaurants put together an amazing three-course prix menu for $33. One dollar from every meal served goes to a charity. This year the proceeds are going to The Russell Home for Atypical Children. So, you get a great meal while supporting an amazing cause. Tracey and I really look forward to Magical Dining. As caregivers, we have to "ball on a budget". So, we really appreciate every opportunity we can find to have fun affordably. Interested yet? Well check out the food smile.

 

Seasons 52

Posted in Front Page, Caregiving

12September

Weekend Adventures & Fashion at Saks Fifth Ave Off 5th

Hi everyone! 

I hope you’ve had an amazing weekend. Wasn’t it great to have a short week coming off of Labor Day? NOT, it’s amazing how going back to work after a short week can feel like you never had any time off at all laughing. But, in spite of all the projects and normal craziness of life and family, I’m still grateful. It’s amazing how gratitude can truly turn a “frown upside down”. It also helped me power through to a fun filled weekend of events.

I had the opportunity to go to a great networking event on Friday night with Chic Conviction. Melrose Elise and Lex Ansley, founded Chic Conviction to provide a non-judgmental place for people to connect. I‘ve been working with them on Social Media, and I’m so excited to watch them grow.

On Saturday, I spent my morning at Saks Fifth Ave Off 5th at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets for a Fall Fashion Preview hosted by local fashion blogger, Orlando Fashion Girl. It was such a great opportunity to nosh, connect and become familiar with another Orlando gem for shopping laughing.

 Saks Fifth Ave Off 5th

 

Posted in Front Page

29August

Diner En Blanc Is Coming To Orlando!

Hi everyone! I hope your week is starting off wonderfully! I’ve missed you all so much. It’s been hectic with work, family and life. I’m sure you can all relate. But, I wanted to stop in to share with you my latest adventure laughing.

 

Diner En Blanc

Have you heard of Diner En Blanc? If not, don’t worry about it. By the time we’re done with this post, you’ll be looking for it to come to your city. Diner En Blanc is a worldwide event, in which people gather in a public space and setup a “pop-up chic picnic extravaganza”. One of the wonderfully mysterious best parts is that the invited guests aren’t told the location of the picnic until the day of the event. This amazing concept began in Paris in 1988, and has grown and spanned the globe.

 

 

Posted in Front Page

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