March 2020-2021 will always be remembered as the beginning of a lost year for most of all. As I reflect on this past year committing to self-care and dressing up went out the back door. No spa, no pedicure, haircuts, even wearing jewelry made no sense. Shopping online and zooming became our connection to the rest of the world and will most likely be with us post COVID. Frankly, the convenience is mind-blowing. (I hate driving to Home Depot to buy a light bulb or some silly contraption that you have to hunt down). Also, as much as I yearn to have face-to-face meetings, I have a growing appreciation for Zoom’s efficiency. But these minor inconveniences are not what defines this past year.
I recently came across an interview of Sophia Loren and her son Edoardo Ponti, a filmmaker much like his father and had recently cast his mom in a film that piqued my curiosity. During the interview at the age of 86, Sophia was both enchanting and captivating. At her age, she still evoked a presence of confidence and sensuousness that immediately reminded you of her films as a young starlet. No doubt in my mind that I had to see this movie featured on Netflix. Since February is the month of love….
It’s been said the first 100 days of the year are critical to sticking with your resolutions. If you get that far in keeping a consistent pace, you just might have developed a new habit. But three months and ten days is a long time,
and most folks….
Looking back, I can’t remember a more turbulent and fearful time as this year has been. You would have to be at least 115 years old to remember a worse time than 2020, whether it’s the 1918 Spanish flu, the 1940 great depression, or the fighting and rationing held during the two world wars.
What an incredible year … It seems so extraordinary as to seem impossible…..
There has never been a more uncertain gut feeling about the future than now as we confront this pandemic and its impact on our lives and those of our loved ones. Keeping a bucket list may at times feel futile or insignificant but it shouldn’t. We will get past this, much like the Spanish Influenza 90 years ago. Actually, this is a good time to rethink one’s goals and rework them to fit a more thoughtful timeline. I thought it would be fitting to explore how to keep to that elusive bucket list that we all desire, especially as we age, and time becomes an increasing obstacle.
I do not recall during my college years or the early part of my professional career hearing much about structural or systemic racism, but that was 40+years ago. It is fair to say that the last 10-15 years this topic has been gradually surfacing in different manifestations best demonstrated by the Black Lives Matter movement reaching an unparalleled global impact brought on by the cruel lynching death of George Floyd.
It looks like we are in for a long haul until a vaccine for the Coronavirus is available. This means that many of you will be working most of the time remotely, especially if there is a more deadly second wave on the horizon. Let’s hope not and that through social distancing, we can manage this pandemic. In the meantime, we need to start….
The Month of March celebrates all that is good about being a woman and the many contributions we have made even as society’s systemic barriers try to keep us down. This is especially true of women of color who truly are trailblazers in breaking that glass ceiling. Shout out to Vice President Kamala Harris for doing just that. One more glass ceiling to go and this country will be all the better for it. Happy to re-post this article in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Bookstores are hard to resist for me as I enjoy reading titles of books to see if any of them intrigue me enough to want to take one home. I tend to be a bit of a self-improvement nerd, so the title of this book made me think about my short attention span in what is a fast-paced work environment for most of us. How does one slow down and take notice? In fact, how does one gain or….
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