When I was growing up, I wanted to be Oprah or Barbara Walters and the truth of the matter is—I still do. However, I have come to that hard realization that a network is not going to come sweep me off my couch and into my own show, so I have decided to take matters into my own hands.
As part of an example to my children and more importantly to myself, I have decided to carpe my own diem and bring my dream to life—just in a little different fashion. I realized that I don’t need to interview the rich or famous to be inspired, because I am surrounded by amazing people in my own life.
For the next year, I am going to ask 52 very different people the same question and present their answer. My plan is to publish a book of all the advice at the end of the year and give it to my children to show them that your dreams can come true in many different ways.
- Acknowledge the Hard. Dwell on the Good…advice from Suzanne Pease (9/15/2017) - My next guest contributor juggles more titles than a circus performer. Writer, physical fitness instructor, single mother, event planner , manager of our neighborhood Swim and Racquet Club–Suzanne Pease, or Suzi as she is affectionately… More
- Be Present…lesson learned by Charlene Brehl (8/22/2017) - My next contributor suggested I describe her as my simple friend with simple thoughts-but the only thing simple about her is that she is simply extraordinary. Charlene Brehl exemplifies what it means to be kind,… More
- Yes! There is Life as an Empty Nester…thoughts from Mary Kay Klein (8/16/2017) - My next contributor has the unique distinction of being my longest running friend–47 years to be exact–and the most surprising thing about our friendship is that we have never lived in the same place together… More
- Never Stop at the First Fruit Stand…a lesson about patience from Jodie Calcagno (8/8/2017) - My next guest contributor is entrepreneur, designer, writer, wife, mother, and purveyor of all things fabulous, Jodie Calcagno. To describe Jodie would be like trying to take a photo of the sunset as it sets… More
- Do What You Love…advice from Personal Trainer Rocky Kitzmiller (8/2/2017) - My next guest contributor can be described as nothing less than a force of nature. Passionate, kind, strong, giving–Rocky Kitzmiller is someone that you just love to know. She is one of those people who… More
- Never Regret Betting on Yourself…advice from businessman Tom Johnston (7/25/2017) - My next guest contributor is Tom Johnston, a founding partner in the Franklin Johnston Group– one of the most active and successful development teams on the East Coast. Tom has been involved in the development… More
- Never Lose Your Sense of Humor…important words from CDR James “Puck” Howe USN (7/12/2017) - My next contributor is not only a decorated Navy Pilot, he is one of the most hilarious people I have ever met. I admire how he faithfully and skillfully served our country, but what impresses me… More
- Don’t Take Seriously the First Words Out of the Mouth of a Confused, Embarrassed, or Panicked Adolescent..advice from Fred Strong (5/17/2017) - My next contributor was my first boss. This person plays an extraordinarily important role in your life because they are the first person to evaluate your abilities outside of home, school or activities. Looking, back,… More
- My Life is Just as it Should Be…advice from Valerie Winborne (5/11/2017) - “Mom. Did you know Mrs. Winborne is in the Smithsonian, has been in a Salt N Pepa video, worked with Spike Lee and was named the National Dance Society’s Master Dance Educator of the Year… More
- Nobody Cares What You Know UNTIL They Know You Care..advice from CEO Chris Calcagno (4/26/2017) - My next contributor touches on what should be an obvious but often forgotten tenet in this noisy world–the importance of care. This doesn’t surprise me because Chris Calcagno is one of the most caring people… More