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It’s A Very Happy Yin Yang New Year

As 2014 Fades into The Sunset

As 2014 Fades into The Sunset

Is it the end, or the beginning? It is hard to tell. The sun is setting and the last minute celebration plans are being made as there are just a few more hours left to the year 2014. Or, are there just a few more hours left until its 2015?

Or does it even matter how we perceive this day?

I think so.

In my mind, I would like to wrap up 2014 in a nice big red bow. It was a present. A present to me. I learned about myself, my strengths, my weaknesses and above all, how friends help me become a better person. But as Mary Grace said today in Ashtanga Yoga…in order to let more of the good things pour in to your life, you have to make space.

As I type, my phone is exploding with beautiful Happy New Year greetings. Lots of love from so many people I know. I love the distraction as I smile writing this post and stop from time to time to respond to my messages.

So now I digress back to my opening statement. Maybe it’s a yin yang day. On the right, it’s a day to celebrate the year and all of its fruit.  Held closely to the left is a blank slate side ready to be slowly engulfed into a whole new story and picture.

Inhale...Exhale

Inhale…Exhale

Or is it an inhale and exhale sort of a day? {Thank you Marj for posting this image} I am just not sure. I think I want to keep my memories close by.

Well for certain, it’s emotional, it’s wonderful and it’s real. It’s not a day to get drunk.  I believe it’s a day to raise a glass and thank the ones in your life for their friendship and cheer in the new year.

With that, I leave you to investigate your interpretation of “the ball dropping”, “NYE”, party hats and gatherings. Who did you know this year that did epic STUFF (I try to keep it clean) and now you want to pursue the same. Or perhaps you did and you want to keep up the tradition. Think about it, and consider it pouring into your life like an endless stream.

Lastly and more importantly, I leave you with this thought. There is certainly no harm in letting those in your life know how special they are and how you look forward to filling up the left side with them very shortly, or inhaling a beautiful new year with them right by your side.

A very Happy Yin Yang New Year to you all!

 

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Rebirth

Yoplait Taste Challenge

Yoplait Greek #Tasteoff

I’ve been busy, but it’s time to revisit. Work and training for Ironman left me with little time. But I missed the writing, I missed the helping. There is much to do, and many people are unclear how to do it.

Fall Running with Lululemon Athletica

Fall Running with Lululemon Athletica

To love what you do professionally while reaching great personal goals is the holy grail to life. I love connecting people with services and products they value. I have been asked to be an ambassador for Sony Action Cam because I have an active/fitness blog and I am a triathlete. I have been in several Lululemon Athletica Long Island email promotions and in social media campaigns because I wear and believe in the products. I have been invited to seven course meal dinners at fine restaurants for my blogging and foodie expertise for my twograpenuts blog. I have been given barter opportunities and discounts at several businesses for my valued opinion and storytelling writing. Right now I have a Yoplait Yogurt Challenge Test on my kitchen table from Klout because I am recognized as an influencer.

I have continued to leverage my influence and network to support the food bank efforts on Long Island promoting Island Harvest. I have been active along with my husband “the running artist” to raise awareness for special needs and autism. I believe communities need all the help they can get and there are plenty of resources. It’s the connecting of the two that makes things happen.

I work hard and live hard. From my triathlon coaches mouth…”No one said Ironman was easy, they just said it was worth it.”  Now its time for a rebirth. Change is never easy, but I rarely hear someone regret their future course and growth.

A few months ago I attended a Lululemon Athletica sponsored yoga event at the Long Island Cradle of Aviation. It was a beautiful evening with really special yogis and life coaches. One of the exercises was to write down the 5 words you want in your every day life. These were my 5:

1. Proud

2. Special

3. One of a Kind

4. Unique

5. Calm

I do not know if these 5 words will change as I grow, but I don’t think they are bad to start off with. I am looking forward to the metamorphosis and to share my journey with you.

 

 

 

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So What Are Your Brussels Sprouts?

The Brussels Sprout

Social Media has become intertwined with the business market of today. This means businesses need to provide products or services that are exciting and unique in order to entice people to share the news. I had a recent dining experience that proved this fact to be true.

Living in the Tri-State area, there is certainly no shortage of restaurants to choose from regardless of  what your preferences or needs may be.  The biggest challenge seems to be trying to create a short list that narrows your selection down to a few places that cater to your food, atmosphere, location and price preferences. Luckily there are tools such as Eater, NY Magazine, Zagat, Foodspotting, Facebook,& Foursquare  that can help a diner create their short list.  Recently I added a wonderful Lebanese place to my final list, by the name of Ilili located in the Gramecy Park/Flatiron section of Manhattan, and I learned about it from someone on Twitter.

Now I will admit that I do follow and know several “foodies” in the NY Metro area, but it was actually a friend of mine who works at the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) that first suggested IlIli. The recommendation was seconded by another Twitter follower who chimed in with rave reviews about the Brussels sprouts.  While Brussels sprouts are certainly an acquired taste that may not cause most people to rush into a restaurant, I happen to like them. The chef at Ilili is outstanding at preparing them and in my opinion could change almost anyone’s mind about these little cabbages.

My fellow diners and I really enjoyed the Brussels sprout dish at Ilili which were accompanied by grapes, walnuts, a fig puree, & mint yogurt. It was actually the highlight of my meal, and my inspiration to write this blog post.   I could have easily picked any of a number of 26 rated restaurants in the Zagat listings, but I took a risk and I relied on my network to lead me in the right direction. This time, it certainly paid off in spades.

Amazing food and extremely friendly and attentive staff. I’m definitely coming back. Thank you!…From a patron posted on the Ilili Facebook wall

The restaurant’s core concepts appear to provide excellent service and to offer a great product and allows word of mouth in the social networks to do the rest. This is very transparent when you see how the positive feedback found in the social networks is driving business into the restaurant just like it did with my friends and I.   Ilili is an excellent example of a business that allows its network to do the marketing for it. Ilili has a Facebook page and you can follow them on Twitter to stay connected with their happenings and to see what others are saying. So I ask you this question…What are your Brussels sprouts?

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