Savvy Girls Know Their Personal Brand

UWIB BoardAt least I think I do! But there’s always room for improvement. Already lots of fun things happening on the UWIB NYC front this year, excited to be a part of such an amazing 2015 board making bold moves.

This evening’s content focuses on personal branding, finding your unique voice and navigating career challenges. We’ll welcome a presentation by personal branding expert The Lovely It Girl and then participate in small breakout sessions focused on developing your own personal brand. Come prepared to learn about the keys to living the personal and professional life you love (from the inside out!).

WHAT YOU’LL GET:

  • Actionable steps toward building your personal brand
  • Quality networking time with other UWIB NYC members and the new 2015 Board of Directors
  • Delightful snacks and drinks from our sponsors

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m

LOCATION: WeWork Charging Bull, 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

Expecting a wonderful crowd. Will post learnings as a follow up. #FUN

Enter the Chill Zone

Is it just me or does time go by faster in New York City? What if time actually moves faster here than in other areas of the world or even faster than just a few miles away where there are more trees and less traffic noises? Maybe a New York minute is a real defined increment of time manifesting as two minutes squeezed into one typical minute experienced by everyone else outside the NYC bubble. Suddenly four years can feel like a decade, which explains a lot.

I feel the difference as soon as I hop out of the train, car, plane – you name it – and take in a few breathes of fresh air somewhere else, even if its just a few miles upstate. Everything slows down, and not just that, but I feel how fast i’ve been moving. My body needs a few moments to recover and catch up with itself, like I’ve been running in a marathon without even knowing it and I urgently need air, water and rest. Sometimes when I go home to SF, I can lay so low and literally laze around for as long as possible to make up for lost chill time – marathon chill sessions of epic proportions. For some reason i feel like it’s allowed – I can finally do nothing without putting any kind of deadline or pressure on myself to be productive again. That must be the difference between the two cultural meccas – legendary chill zone vs. 24-hour ultra productivity contest.

My big goal this year is to open up my schedule for more fun and spontaneity. At first glance I might already be able to claim that my life is full of this kind of magic already – but the truth is, I, like so many other New Yorkers I’m sure, over-schedule and plan out my life like it’s going out of style. Deep down part of me is scared of what will happen if I wake up one weekend and have nothing to fill my day with – what, no plans? No brunch? No friends? What will I DO in that case? I want to shift away from thinking about DOing to instead embodying a mentality focused on BEing. If I don’t have anything to DO, what if that’s when the most fun can finally happen?

Note to Self

A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love-from a belief in what is not real, to faith in that which is. That shift in perception changes everything. – Marianne Williamson

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Putting It Down To Pick It Back Up

Digital Detoxin

Oh my god you guys, I am taking a digital detox day off of social media. I even might have just tried to cheat on my own personal agreement with myself by almost typing in LinkedIn to do some lurking as though that wouldn’t completely count! Who am I?

I’m working from home today and its so far super productive and cozy working from a warm living room when it feels like arctic tundra just outside the window. Why the decision to detox, even if just for a day? Well I noticed I was spending so much time keeping up with the joneses and checking up on my updates, my own and my friends’ and just random events and curiosities – and lately always before bed. It would all start with a simple idea to check Facebook for an event update as I get a sense for my upcoming weekend calendar, then slowly there I go, falling back down the rabbit hole leading into all my other favorite haunts. Suddenly I look at the clock and notice a whole half an hour had passed, but where did it go?

I don’t want to let time pass me by like that, at least not for today. I feel programmed sometimes to be ultra-plugged in and connected to all plausible life updates in real time 24/7. It very well might be too much and like anything that gets overly indulgent perhaps to unhealthy degrees, its wise to go without for an intermittent amount of time to see what changes come from abstention. So far I’ve felt more focused on my work since I’ve multi-tasked way less than usual, I feel more present and I’ve even taken time to write a blog post, which – if you’re checking out my archives here – hasn’t happened in a hot minute (2.5 months, sadly). My incredible capacity for fomo has also subsided, maybe I’m growing out of it?

Here’s to getting re-focused on fun writing I love – it’s never too late to re-commit to the things that matter most. I love the image for this post so much. Sometimes it takes disconnecting completely to reconnect to what’s most important. Strip away the distractions and escape mechanisms so you can see what’s been trying to get your attention all along. Pick it back up again, hold tight and don’t look back.

There’s a Meditation Party and Everyone’s Invited!

Oprah and Deepak

Did you know you were born to be happy? That’s what Oprah (yes, THAT Oprah) and Deepak want you to believe. Lucky for you, this dream team is only 3 days into their famed 21-Day Meditation Challenge, all focused on “Expanding Your Happiness.” Try it if you dare to venture into the great beyond, to the greatest vacation of your dreams, to a far away land you’ve always wanted to visit, all without moving a muscle. All you have to do is listen in, get comfortable and breathe. Really, it’s that easy!

I’ve done the challenge a few times now, and can say with confidence it’s an amazing way to get familiar with meditation, especially if you’ve never tried it before. Why do it? Well, for me, meditation has proven to be an incredibly useful tool for getting centered amid the overly fun yet often over-stimulating fast life in NYC. Meditation is an easy way to tune into an oasis of calm wherever you go, because, as they say, wherever you go, there you are.

Thousands of people across the world are participating in the challenge and many are sharing their experiences on the event website. If you feel so inclined, peruse the comments for inspiration, or follow my lead and get everyone you know to try this out. Like anything, the challenge is fun to share with friends—it’s a peace party and everyone’s invited!

–Originally written for the Praytell Strategy blog on 8/14/14

Living In The 5th Dimension

Is it just me or do things always turn out better when you just go with the flow? I never really took that saying to mean more than just a cliche; an easily passed along snippet people tend to say when they’d really rather remind you to “calm down” or “stop doing what you’re doing.” Lately I feel like I’m seeing how important it is to really let the universe take hold and drive. The less I try to make things happen or follow whatever plan I seem to be attached to in my mind, the more things are happening on their own–more so than I could have imagined.

Crystal Fair Jules

Jules on a hunt for the best rainbows.

There’s some kind of power out there at work. The other day I re-connected with an old friend from college and we went on an East Bay adventure to Berkeley’s Brazil Cafe then to the Contra Costa Crystal Fair. I keep mentioning this trip to everyone I see lately because it’s just too good not to bring up over and over. I mean, how stereotypically Bay Area can you get? I wonder if I should have taken my shoes off immediately upon entering the Easy Bay-bound Bart. I love the Bay Area exactly for that reason: I literally cross about ten different micro countries manifesting as neighborhoods and cities along my journey across the Bay. I suppose this kind of diversity finds a contender in New York and its surrounding boroughs, but there’s something unique about the Bay’s special flavor palette.

At the Crystal Fair in Walnut Creek my friend and I perused the wears until we both stopped at a special table advertising bio-luminescent spirulina smoothie mix and a selection of crystals. I think we were drawn to the pair manning the table–a colorful woman embedded in a sea of green-blue tye dye sheer pantsuit handling what looked like a mini light-saber hovering over her throat, and her husband, adorned with numerous necklaces and what appeared to be a matching kufi and embroidered vest. We chatted a bit and the woman divulged that the light ray wand was a UV way machine that emanates light waves known to heal ailments and straighten out telomeres that constrict due to stress. We soon learned our newfound friends were fellow Banana Slugs who loved Santa Cruz so much during school that they never left. I told the light ray lady about my newfound career freedom, she paused and held up her hand so as to sense wind or some kind of energy, and she quickly assured me “I feel good about that.”

Her husband invited me and my friend to a teleconference that happens once per month to educate people about the benefits of bioluminescent spirulina and extended an invitation for us to visit them if we ever make a trip to Santa Cruz. A session with the UV light ray wand was $25 for 10 minutes, so I passed in case I wanted to use my cash to have a picture taken of my aura. I would venture to guess my aura is purple, the most magical color for auras, but I’m not sure since I didn’t end up getting the photo. Our new friends’ banner denoting their organization detailed their membership to the Cosmic Council of Light. I didn’t know there was such a thing as the 5th dimension but apparently the Cosmic Council of Light is a real entity intent on helping people get there.