A Nugget of Wisdom from Highly Successful People

One of my favorite things to do when I procrastinate is read posts like, “Best Routines of Highly Productive People,” “9 Things Successful People Won’t Do,” etc. etc. You get the idea. I’m always hoping for little nuggets of wisdom or insight so that I can be even more productive and successful. It’s my personal quest to keep moving forward and become a better version of myself every day. I feel that if I’m wasting precious time, at least I’m reading what I feel are productive articles that aren’t a waste of time!

So, I was re-reading a post written by James Altucher. If you don’t follow his blog, check it out. He is kooky and has some out-of-the-norm ideas, but he’s got some interesting insight. His post: “What are the Best Routines of Highly Productive People” gave a breakdown of what he does daily. Up at 5:30am, read 5-10% of 5 books, do some light exercise, have coffee, and then get ready to write. He’s launched and sold several companies and made (and lost) millions, he has a fairly successful podcast, has written quite a few books, and has a huge blog following. I would say he is productive and successful, and he has definitely done it his way, so more power to him.

The other day, I went to a Wharton breakfast. It was a small gathering of approximately 10 of us and we listened to Kyle, one of the founders and CEO of a multi-million dollar company. He’s a friend of mine, but I had never heard his career story. Essentially, upon graduation from Wharton, he got a corporate job and was completely miserable and was laid off 5 months later. He then went to another, even more miserable corporate job, and as he recounts it, “I would have fired myself.” To clarify, he wasn’t fired from this job but he was told by his management that he should start looking for something else.

He eventually met his business partner when he decided to take a step off the corporate path and was bartending! And even though Kyle’s business partner had originally provided all the funds to keep the business afloat, he made it clear to him: “I don’t report into you.”

Upon hearing this story, another CEO in the room piped in, and found it uncanny that he had a similar start. He too had butt heads with his upper management, and was laid off from his first corporate job.

Now, both of them run very successful companies. The second CEO now employs over 200 people.

So what do I take away from this? In some cases (I’m not saying for all cases), but in a lot of cases that I hear, there is a definite personality that makes one a successful entrepreneur. They are confident and brash, and frankly, don’t always try and make their current situation work out. In the example of both cases above, both guys did not bow down to corporate management in an effort to keep their jobs going. They were not people pleasers but stayed true to their personality and what makes them happy.

The wisdom I gain from this is sometimes you have to let it all go and stop playing the game if it doesn’t feel right to you. It demands some discipline and focus, and a very strong sense of self. And there’s something very admirable about that.

Jo Malone Launches Latest Fragrance: Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Those of you who know me well know that I am a huge Jo Malone fan. I’m so obsessed with her fragrances that I have more than one huge 100mL bottle. In fact, I own these four scents:

1)    Wild Bluebell (pretty much my daily staple)

2)    Wild Fig & Cassis

3)    Blackberry & Bay

4)    White Lilac & Rhubarb (A Limited Edition)

Well… add another one to the list!

Jo Malone tapped into the scents of the English coast and the team held a celebration launch earlier today at Neiman Marcus in Fashion Island, Newport Beach for their latest fragrance: Wood Sage & Sea Salt.

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I was thrilled to be invited to join representatives from the corporate offices of Jo Malone as well as the dedicated Jo Malone Neiman Marcus team for a delicious brunch at Mariposa (Neiman Marcus’s restaurant). Approximately twenty of us feasted on delicious lobster egg benedict (though I had a plain one), mimosas, and sea salt chocolates while sitting on their patio enjoying the fresh ocean air and listening to a wonderful sensory presentation to experience the latest creation.

Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful.

Of course, the scent is so delicious that I couldn’t walk away without purchasing some candles for my home. It truly is another winner for the Jo Malone fragrance wardrobe.

For more information, visit the site

And check out photos from the event below:

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My place setting. We made these cool, seaside-inspired bracelets, too.

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Wood and sage centerpieces

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I highly recommend mixing different Jo Malone fragrances to create your bespoke scent

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Lovely ladies!

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Even my baby was having fun at the event!

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Getting crafty and creating our bracelets

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Last but not least, sea salt chocolates!

Pets are Clean and Safe with Come Clean Soap

My friend Yvonne is a serial entrepreneur.

First, she has a very successful blog: Hey Do You (www.heydoyou.com) that has a fierce following of those who want to stay cute, clever, and connected. Second, she is quite the successful social media specialist. I see her jet-setting all over the world for brands such as Ford, Cynthia Rowley, Lyft, and so many others. Finally, as a FIDM graduate and beauty veteran, Yvonne is always tinkering with different product formulations. Her latest launch, Come Clean Soap, is a line of pure soaps that are safe for both humans and dogs.

Yvonne launched the soaps with the dog line. It is created with drops of 100% pure essential oils to repeal fleas and ticks, blended with human grade moisturizing gentle glycerin soap. Plus, once you use a bit of it, you can get to the sweet center – a collectible vinyl toy (for humans only!). There are soaps that feature the American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Bull Dog, English Bull Dog, Doberman, Pug, among others. Of course, I got the soap featuring the cute Yorkshire Terrier! Here’s Buster with his soap below.

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See the entire product line here: www.whenicomeclean.com. They’re the perfect pet gift!

And… if you don’t have a pet in mind, there are some other fun soaps featuring the latest purses, shoes, etc.

But… how can you not be swayed by these Clean soap-loving doggies below!

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10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon

I can’t remember who sent me this link, but I liked it so much, I wanted to make sure I noted it for future reference. Hence, here it is on my blog!

Read the entire piece here: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/07/10-painfully-obvious-truths-everyone-forgets-soon.html

In the meantime, here are the

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon

  1. The average human life is relatively short.
  2. You will only ever live the life you create for yourself.
  3. Being busy does not mean being productive.
  4. Some kind of failure always occurs before success.
  5. Thinking and doing are two very different things.
  6. You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive.
  7. Some people are simply the wrong match for you.
  8. It’s not other’s people’s job to love you; it’s yours.
  9. What you own is not who you are.
  10. Everything changes, every second.

Go Pack a Lunch with Bentgo

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Thanks to my friend Gail (whose PR clients are the Bentgo lunch guys), today I spent the day up in L.A. at a beautiful home with a great kitchen for a shoot of some fun Bentgo products in the works. More to come on this at a later date!

In the meantime, if you haven’t heard of Bentgo, go and check these useful and stylish lunchboxes out. Plus, if you’re quick, you can grab these at an amazing deal as there’s a Groupon going on right now for the next 10 days. Get a whole set valued at almost $52 for only $19.99. http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-bentgo-lunchbox-set-3-0

Or you can always procrastinate and buy it full price at Crate & Barrel (one of the many fine retailers that sell Bentgo lunchbox sets) at a later time.

Based on the tried-and-true design of bento boxes, the Bentgo lunchbox keeps lunches fresh in its cleverly compartmentalized interior. Inside the colorful BPA-free plastic container, two tiers keep food tidy; entrees fill the large bottom layer, included plastic silverware fits in the slim middle layer, and side dishes are kept separate in the top layer’s divided compartments. The Bentgo box is paired with a microwavable and leak-proof plastic cup, which is ideal for soups, and an insulated bag designed to fit the box and cup together.

I love my set (I got one in blue, but they’re also available in gray, fucshia (purple), and lime green).

It inspires me to pack a lunch and picnic somewhere!

For more information, visit www.bentgo.com.

Happy 12th birthday to my Buster!! Still a baby! #waitingforsophie #firstbaby

Happy 12th birthday to my Buster!! Still a baby! #waitingforsophie #firstbaby

(Source: tierdropp, via hawtvintage)

Beautiful Baby Girl Shower

This past weekend I went to my friend Kate’s baby shower at The St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point, CA. She’s having a girl so everything was pink and pretty! Her sister did such an amazing job hosting, and of course, The St. Regis doesn’t disappoint with its gorgeous views and food spread!

Check out all the loveliness here:

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Cute honey jars were on the table for all of us

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Another gorgeous diaper cake!

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And beautiful floral centerpieces! Stunning! Best of all, I won one of them because I won the ‘Celebrity Baby Name’ Game! I’m obviously up on my TMZ, Us Weekly, and People Magazine gossip because I was able to match the most celebrities with their babies’ name!

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The hors d’oeuvres were yummy and plenty, but the desserts were out of this world. Mini cheesecakes, hazelnut mousse, scones, chocolate ganache… delicious!

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Plus, Casey’s Cupcakes, which I’ve raved about before, were on hand, along with Eiffel Tower chocolate pops to match the Paris theme.

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It was such a beautiful shower and a perfect summer-like day with temps in the mid-80s! Congrats again, Kate!

Win a Bottle of Boiron Chestal Honey Cough Syrup

For most of the country, the winter this year was brutal. Sadly, more winter days mean more chances to catch the cold and flu season. And one of the most annoying symptoms of the season—the dreaded cough—causes more than 30 million doctor visits each year.

Unfortunately, I had to deal with an annoying cough this winter, after I don’t know how many years of not even getting sick at all. I blame it on being in the hospital for my baby’s birth in late December! Thankfully I was prepared with some Boiron Chestal Honey cough syrup. (Disclosure: I actually already had some Chestal in my medicine cabinet but Boiron USA gave me a bottle of Chestal for this product review.) 

I’ve been a real fan of Chestal for years because instead of working against the body as a suppressant, Chestal works naturally with the body to improve the productivity of all types of common coughs. The natural goodness of honey in Chestal coats and soothes the throat, while the blend of homeopathic medicines loosens chest congestion, thereby making coughs more productive for a speedier recovery. Best of all, the honey makes this cough syrup taste good.

Chestal is the perfect cough syrup for both day and night—calming those dry, fitful coughs at bedtime so they don’t prevent sleep, but without drowsy side effects for the day. There’s also a Children’s Chestal for your kids ages 2 & up.

Check out more information and testimonials from fellow consumers and health care professionals at www.Chestal.com.

Now here’s the best part: I’m giving away a bottle of Chestal (either Adult or Children’s version)! Please e-mail me or reply to this post with a reason why you want to try Chestal and I’ll randomly pick someone. The folks at Boiron USA will then mail you your full size bottle.

What do you have to lose? It’s definitely worth trying!

Good luck!

Non-Drowsy · Dye-Free · No Drug Interactions · Works Naturally with Your Body

Children's Chestal by Boiron: visit www.childrenschestal.com

My Beautiful Baby Boy Shower

This is so long overdue (especially since my baby is now practically 2 months old!), but I wanted to do a shout out to my dear friend Anne for throwing me a Pinterest pin-worthy baby shower. I’ve always told her she needs to be a professional party planner, and when you see these amazing party favors and decorations, I’m sure you’ll agree.

If you are looking to throw a jungle-themed party in the near future, hopefully these ideas will help stir up some creative juices!

Beautiful photos courtesy of Thao Vu Photography (www.thaovu.com).

First up, a candy bar for my guests! Thank you David Klein, inventor of the Jelly Belly jelly bean, for the jelly bean hook-up!

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Look at my diaper cake! On a side note, we’ve already gone through all those diapers!image

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Anne’s cousin Janet not only made the chocolate peanut butter truffles above, but also a cheese platter, and some serious professional-worthy cookies. They were gorgeous and delicious. I think she needs to start up a cookie business!image

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Candy bags all wrapped up and labeled with tags I printed using an Avery label template I downloaded

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Look at the decor! Jungle-themed lanterns and “It’a boy!” and leopard ribbons were all over!

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We had lots of shower activities and games! I got the alphabet book idea from my friend Crystal’s shower. It’s a creative and personal way for all your friends and family to write a message and get their artistic side on. I also loved my friends’ Annie and Allyn’s idea to do a scrapbook of messages. I received the sweetest messages!

Finally, it doesn’t hurt to have a picture-perfect setting and day!