August 30, 2015

NOLA Reflections

The 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina was addressed this weekend. 

It is no secret that the NO, is my most favorite place on earth. I suppose if I could be anywhere in the world right now, I would be sipping an amazing liquid, watching the Mississippi, eating something fantabulous while looking up at #MyLouisianaSky.

You can track my love for Louisiana's 'SKY' on Instagram

I was born into love of Louisiana by my maternal grandmother who was born in New Orleans and often went back ... she loved Dooky Chase, Gulf shrimp, and made the best gumbo I've ever had.

I miss her more than I can articulate. When she died,  part of me died with her, so I keep New Orleans deep in my soul to be closer to her.

My prayers this week extend to those lost, those who continue trying to go home and those who still have broken hearts.

What can you do? GEAUX. Spend some dollars in Louisiana. Check out the sights, fall in love with New Orleans, and take in a service project if you have time. 




August 16, 2015


My dining-room table right now *gasp*

I realize that stress is a co-companion to life.

Now that I am on the door-step of living 50 years in this world, I see that there is never a time when there is no stress. It comes and goes in a sort of flow-pattern. It weaves its way, in and out, sometimes strangling, other times, slightly bumping you or boxing you in a bit, being just enough of a nuisance to cause tossing and turning at night.

When it is at its worse, it makes you sick, breaks down your immune system and paralyzes you in any way that only it can.

Getting a handle on how to keep stress in check, not containing it, which allows it to manifest, but spreading it out so that it is evenly dealt with is what I am suggesting to myself right now.

How do you handle stress?

Listing the ways you think it adversely affects you is a start.

* are you lashing out at loved ones? Your pets? Having fits? Crying?

* are you unable to eat, sleep, work?

* do you have too many moments of feeling despair?

* are you overly negative, hostile, snippy or snarky?

* unexplained rashes? excessive weight-gain but you don't really eat? head-aches? 

Maybe it is time to evaluate your mind-frame, health and ways to make the best of your life.

Here are some great ideas that I use to keep myself in the best possible shape:

                             - chiropractor

                             - yoga

                             - healthy eating

                             - music

                             - meditation

                             - prayer

                             - organize your finances or whatever is troubling you.

Good Luck! 

August 15, 2015

#Blogher15 Late #MultiCulti15 #Queerosphere Recap!

Blogher is the reason this blog is still running. It is an internet based network that informs, promotes and employs women's dreams.

I have been attending Blogher national conferences since 2009.

For the past three years I have been blessed by being able to accompany Paulina Campos, and Ananda Leeke as #MultiCulti co-hostesses. "MultiCulti" encompasses the world as we all see it.

I really love all of them, Blogher/SheKnows ( Lori Luna is our lovely guardian angel ) and watching how we work together inspires me all year long.

This year was extra special in that we were able to share the space with Deb Rox

Working with fantabulous people is what networking on the web is ALL about! 
I added Mardi Gras beads for the love of NOLA

Let them eat cake!

Laken, Princess Eliana & Carlissa 
This #MultiCulti, I ATE, A LOT!


I don't know how the gals at Blogher/SheKnows can top this year's conference, BUT, I have a sneaky suspicious that they WILL!!!

July 6, 2015

#Multiculti15 #Blogher15

It is almost #BLOGHER15 TIME!

YAY! Although I am an introvert, BLOGHER has done for me what Toastmasters has done for so many who have difficulty communicating. While I don't have difficulty communicating, I AM SHY and being in crowds makes me nervous!

I am quickly outgrowing this to be quite the social-butterfly thanks to Blogher's faith in my party-giving skills! I ADORE people to no end and truly love all of Blogher attendees and am SO excited to meet with the newbies AND the vets.

My first Blogher in 2007 introduced me to women that I remain close with to this very day, with one in particular being my 'Partner In Crime'!

Chicagonista Partners In Crime! @mjtam

#MultiCulti Chicago

#MultiCulti Hostesses @AnandaLeeke, myself and @Pauline_Campos

Join us as we paint THE BIG APPLE #MULTICULTI! It's 2015!!!!!