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What Mother’s Day Means To Me Even In Our “New Normal”

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I feel as though right now is such a transitional time for so many moms. I am at home with my kids’ homeschooling, cooking, cleaning, and trying to be a sexy wife. All while trying not to go crazy. I don’t know about you, but I have gained so much more respect for teachers and mothers. On Mother’s Day, even though I cannot go anywhere, I am going to put makeup on, get dressed up, and take some pictures with my family to celebrate.

The meaning behind Mother’s Day is so amazing, and I think Mother’s should be celebrated daily. I hate when moms say,, “Well, I am just a mom,” as if it’s not a worthwhile adventure! Being a mom has been the hardest, most rewarding adventure of my life. I believe that my greatest lessons and deepest insecurities have been shown in motherhood. I think that being a mom has shown me the purest form of love, not because I love my kids unconditionally (I do), but because they love me unconditionally. My kids have shown me to love without expectation, especially when they are so little. You can hurt their feelings and they will forgive you quickly. They look up to me. They cheer for me. They love me in all my mess and in all the chaos, sometimes I think they love me more than I love me.

On Mother’s Day, even though I cannot go anywhere, I am going to put makeup on, get dressed up, and take some pictures with my family to celebrate.

Even so, I have found a lot of mixed emotions around Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day can be happy for some because they get to spend it with their children and family. On the other hand, it can be extremely hard for mothers who have lost a child or had a miscarriage. My heart also goes out to the moms who don’t get to be with their children — those with strained relationships with their mother or mother-in-law, with moms in prison, in the hospital, in the military, or who have passed on. Mother’s Day may be a special day for me, but it is also an extremely difficult one for so many others.

I think even men, specifically husbands and significant others have it difficult! I know, don’t roll your eyes just yet. They are expected to buy their wife something from the kids and then make sure they get something for their own mother, all while trying to balance who they spend the day with. Do I try to get dinner with my mom before Mother’s Day? Do I send her flowers? While most of the time our partners forget to take the garbage out or pick up something from the store.

They love me in all my mess and in all the chaos, sometimes I think they love me more than I love me.

Seriously, maybe it is just me, but I want to feel special on Mother’s day and be thought of! But when kids are young they can’t go buy you a gift, and if your husband doesn’t take the time, he (insert eye roll) forgets. Or, if you are divorced or separated, then what? Even if they remember, what should they get? Fresh flowers? A necklace? I’ll be honest, I can be challenging to buy for. Half the time my husband picks something out for me and it’s not exactly what I wanted anyway. Then he feels bad and unappreciated as if it was a waste of his time to try.

Then there are women like me. I know that my husband is most likely going to forget, so I buy his mom something, my mom something, and myself something. I think that there are so many things to think about that we miss. I am a mom, I have a mom, and my husband has a mom. I also have a blended family and want to make sure that my kids recognize all their grandmas. You put all that together and it can be difficult to manage. I am by nature a people pleaser, so it’s hard for me to demand that I get all the attention. I want to celebrate the moms in my life. I have spent years on mother’s day exhausted going from one place to the next with the hopes of getting home in time to maybe celebrate me. It’s a challenge for me to balance it all in one day — even on a day, that’s supposed to be about celebrating me.

Self-care is different for every woman I know. Some women lock themselves in a closet just to get away because they need some quiet time. I know some moms who like to relax and take a bath with a glass of wine, while others just want to take a nap. I do not believe there is a one size fits all. Self-care for me is coloring my grays, putting on a face mask, and taking a bath.

It’s a challenge for me to balance it all in one day — even on a day, that’s supposed to be about celebrating me.

Some would say that “self-care” is selfish, but I believe that I cannot fully show up without taking care of myself, physically, emotionally, and spiritually first. I can’t pour from an empty cup. Be sure to take time for yourself and your heart. What makes you feel celebrated? How do you feel loved the most? Do those things. Here are a few ideas of my own to get you started.

Self-care Tips For Mother’s Day

  • Take a bath
  • Paint your nails
  • Walk around the block alone
  • Put some headphones on and listen to your favorite song
  • Ask your kids to tell you things that they love about you
  • Plant a garden
  • Buy yourself flowers
  • Buy some new shoes
  • Do a 10-minute work out video
  • Make a new habit body ritual — dry brushing, happiness oil, and lotion.

I am a mom every day. Some days are the best days of my life; other days are miserable, challenging, and absolutely exhausting. Sometimes I feel like I am messing everything up — including my kids. (It scares me when I think of all the therapy they are going to need.) But at the end of the day, I believe with all my heart that every mom is the perfect mom for her kids, though it is not an adventure to be taken lightly. You were chosen to be a mom. Celebrate that every day, especially on Mother’s Day.

Originally published at SWAAY

Heather DeSantis is a top millennial publicist and the CEO and Founder of Publicity for Good (PFG), a purpose-driven public relations firm. A Forbes 30 Under 30 Nominee and former Miss Ohio International, Heather attended The Fund for American Studies Institute of Philanthropy and Voluntary Services at Georgetown University in 2010, and began her public relations career in 2012, working with clients including Panera Bread and two former NFL players. She then established Publicity for Good in 2016 and now leads a team of 15 remotely from an Airstream while traveling around the United States. Heather’s disruptive approach uses public relations not to push products, but to put the spotlight on a brand’s higher purpose and socially impactful activities. This principle has guided PFG in generating millions of earned media impressions for its clients, from over 3,000 media outlets and counting. Heather also founded Good Side News in early 2020, an online publication that aims to bring light to the positive side of life and current events amidst a global crisis. Heather has appeared as a speaker at SXSW, Docusign Momentum, and other industry conferences. She is also a contributor for Thrive Global, Kivo Daily, and Disrupt Magazine. Her entrepreneurial journey and nomadic way of life have been featured on major news outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Entrepreneur, iHeart Media, Business Insider, MSN, and Inside Edition.

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Erika Mejia- Founder of Lovely Roses

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Erika Mejia- Founder of Lovely Roses

Who says achieving your goal is impossible if you don’t have piles of money in your pocket or are not skilled already? Yes, these are important but not ultimate elements for a magnificent triumph.

Achieving Goal is Possible- Example of Erika Mejia

You might have heard somewhere a saying, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” and Erika Mejia is a perfect example of this. She opened her floristry named Lovely Roses after going through a lot of struggle for years. Originally from Honduras, she left her country during her teenage and came to Miami to test her destiny. Having only 200$ in her pocket, she continuously looked for her desired work, revealing her high dedication, hope, and a positive approach.

She did many jobs but sought her passion, meanwhile. She knew that she had not yet achieved what she wanted. This is why, when she got a chance to learn floristry during one of her jobs, she became entirely fascinated with roses and everything that could be done with them. Although she did not have any skill for that, she kept on learning, becoming proficient ultimately.

 

Erika Mejia Opened her Flower Shop

After a great deal of discipline, dedication, effort, and hard work, she learned various techniques to turn roses and other flowers into a great piece of art. Now it was the time to bear fruits of her meticulous efforts. She turned her life from an employee to an employer. She opened her flower shop named Lovely Roses, the famous roses store in Miami.

 

Lovely Roses- What You Need to Know?

Lovely Roses is an international and Miami’s most famous floristry dedicated to creating authentic bouquets of roses as luxurious as they are exclusive. Her dashing bouquets have inspired many individuals falling in love. Her unique designs have quenched her clients’ thirst for finding impeccable nosegay. Among her many clients are celebrities including Pitbull, Demi Lovato, Anuel AA, Karol G, Luis Fonsi, Camila Cabello, Thalía, and many others.

 

Why Choose Lovely Roses?

Lovely Roses designs and offers fashionable and luxurious products featuring preserved roses. The experienced professionals of the company know the art of infusing glamour and luxury into traditional gifts to convey your pure emotions to your loved ones. They provide the best of their expertise in each product that they design.

The suppliers of Lovely Roses reside in South America (Ecuador and Colombia), where they meet and exceed international quality standards when it comes to their production systems. The sublime designs are made of preserved roses, which can be kept indoors for up to 3 years. These are specially treated through a certified process, unlikely the other mechanisms, to maintain their freshness and naturalness.

You can order your choice of roses to give as presents, decorations, or souvenirs to the desired people. The light-weighted boxes for these roses are made of laminated and textured paper. These are manufactured in various cylindrical, square, or personalized designs according to your choice and need.

Not only company has ensured the presence of preserved roses as beautiful and heartfelt, but the Lovely Roses delivery specialists are also always dressed elegantly to meet any occasion. They give their services in a professional manner, which causes you to order again and again.

 

Erika Mejia’s Secret of Success

It’s certain that you have someone behind you who keeps on backing you while you go through hard times. You give them all your credit for your success. Erika Mejia also credits her family and friends for her dedication to her personal and business success. 

She does not believe in achieving only personal goals. She wants to share her knowledge and keys to success by training those who are interested in learning the art of roses and floristry in general. For this, she has come up with an idea of introducing a comprehensive course that provides basic materials and tools for developing arrangements from Natural and Preserved roses.

In fact, Erika Mejia is exemplary for those who want to start-up their business on a small scale. Not only is she a leading businesswoman but also a perfect motivator, especially for Latin American immigrants who face similar trials in their way to success.

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The Media Reformation Has Begun: Find Out How HumanKINDtv Is Disrupting The 24/7 News Cycle

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Prior to COVID19, about 67% of Americans had stopped watching the news because they found it too depressing. Tired of feeling manipulated by fear, millennials and boomers alike just checked out. They stopped tuning in. They stopped watching the fear-based news because they don’t trust the media. COVID19 brought an onslaught of attention from audiences who needed to get informed about what’s going on. But with that brought skepticism, cynicism, and conspiracy theories in an attempt to understand how things just don’t add up.

But how did it get to this point? First, we have to examine how objective journalism failed under the pressure of the 24/7 news cycle. 

In 2012, the Huffington Post published an article that took an honest look at the problem, entitled 24 Hour News Killed Journalism. In that article, they examine how there was once a time when news organizations spent a long time developing stories to present them during one hour of broadcast time each evening.

Confirmation bias is inevitable when you’re living the story in the heat of the moment. It’s not possible to step back, check your bias, and report objectively when you haven’t had time to process information emotionally. Citing sources, fact-checking and transparently sharing data information sources, including who funded studies, is missing from modern journalism.

Enter HumanKINDtv, an online video streaming startup preparing to launch a self-sustaining ecosystem in entertainment media that reforms and transforms the entertainment industry by creating a culture for journalists and content creators where storytellers win big.

Are you in search of solutions journalism via an online streaming distribution platform? Or perhaps you are looking for curated news content you can use? Well, the media reformation has begun, and HumanKINDtv delivers! Kayla O’Donnell is the founder of HumanKINDtv,  a video streaming platform, and HumanKINDpro, a content creation studio, dedicated to curating and distributing inspirational and informative stories that foster empowerment. HumanKINDtv believes in elevating humanity by leveraging the power of storytelling. Its mission is to restore trust and connection via entertainment media. 

HumanKINDtv started on July 4, 2014. It is a voice that you can trust, propelling everyone into the future of past chivalry and honest gestures in the new economy. HumanKINDtv was founded on the principles of compassion, caring, connection, and collaboration. It stands for all that is true and all that is right. It is all about people and the worldwide community. The HumanKINDtv cycle intends to overwhelm ordinary reality and cause you to question everything you hold to be true. But how is HumanKINDtv breaking the 24/7 news cycle norm?

Inspiring

Kayla O’Donnell’s creativity is an inspiration. She is a content creator who produces unique heart-centered content to teach lessons to her audience. She also creates original content for SMB (specializing in B2B content services with ROI tied to metrics but also for B2C). Her thesis for HumanKINDtv is that content creators must be well cared for in order to create content that cares for and inspires people. Among other ventures, she played the lead in Goodnight Wonderland, The Last Plague, and Mayo Girl (short films). She’s currently developing an updated version of The Last Plague: A Choose Your Own Adventure story examining potential outcomes for COVID19 through a fictional lens.

Informing

Information is vital to adult education through the media industry. And not just information but correct, relevant information. She believes that although Ted Turner is an admirable and tenacious entrepreneur, he never could have foreseen the outcome that a 24/7 news cycle would produce.

“It’s impossible to show up to the scene of a crime where someone has been murdered and not sense the eerie quality of a soul leaving this earth. We are all connected. So unless you’re a sociopath, you need time to process the information and the emotional aspect of this atrocity. When journalists and field correspondents are expected to get the details and immediately report on the facts without emotional processing, we do a disservice to the lives that were impacted and to the public,” says O’Donnell.

In addition to creating media, Kayla O’Donnell has written and developed over 15 television and film concept stories, including outlines, characters, scripts, mood boards, and treatments. She discovered the power of language and stories when she was in college. Her inner passion was to disrupt the way content was being produced and distributed, which is the very reason she founded HumanKINDtv. 

O’Donnell also worked on productions for major brands like The Onion, HBO, The History Channel, Second City Communications, Lifetime Walmart, ATTN: Comcast, Dhoom 3 (Bollywood), the state of New Jersey and many independent projects.

Empowering

Empowering refers to the act of making someone, or people, stronger and more brave or confident, especially in controlling their own lives and claiming their rights. It is giving someone the authority to do something and to advocate for themselves.

“Without relevant data-based information, people are confused. The current media system focuses on what’s going wrong, rather than what’s going right because, historically, it works. Human beings are hardwired and conditioned to search for danger. It’s neuroscientifically almost impossible for human beings to ignore an imposing threat to our safety. Yet we are tired of feeling manipulated by fear,” says O’Donnell.

Kayla remembers how she overcame numerous challenges and adversity and wants to help other people to find empowerment through stories and tools. She believes that entertainment and media have the power to transform worlds or poison populations.

Connecting

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. Other times, it is allowing others to take your side. HumanKINDtv brings the world community together with truth and a unique connection. 

O’Donnell has also managed the design and implementation of over 80 IT and telecom installations across 16 states. She co-created the Women’s Film Festival (6 years running) that hosted over 200+ live screening events to date at their annual festival. She also co-founded the Walnut Club, a social club for professional women, in Philadelphia. Kayla has also participated in early-stage development of 12-15 startups, including ROAR for Good.

How Kayla Achieves In The Entertainment & Media Industry

Kayla O’Donnell is not afraid to look at things the way they are. Though as an entrepreneur wanting to will things into existence, she sees things optimistically, while not being afraid to break the rules. She does not conform to societal norms, but instead finds herself envisioning ways to make things awesome, not “better” because better for some isn’t always better for all. O’Donnell always collects data to assess situations. Her practice of meditation and mindfulness also helps her create authentic content. This media icon also learns to appreciate the little things and moments of life. She dreams big, she loves hard, and dances a lot but never enough. Her patience and perseverance in achieving success are what will amaze you. 

Kayla’s HumanKINDtv has the power to disrupt and transform the entertainment and media business models and consumption habits beyond recognition across the globe. She’s achieving this goal by elevating humanity through storytelling. If you are looking for answers to the entertainment media challenges or insights to satisfy your audience, it will help if you connect to Kayla O’Donnell. Join the trend today. HumanKINDtv, together with you, can transform the culture of corporations and media companies. HumanKINDtv is bringing back the American dream through empowering and informative content.

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Resilience is the key to success – An interview with high powered executive coach, Dr. Taryn Stejskal

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Success is a concept that is desired universally. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, conglomerate, or brand, everyone has their definition of success. Though success does not have a stipulated formula, successful people often exhibit similar qualities. Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal was born on December 27th, 1978, in Michigan, USA, and is a celebrated American executive coach, author, and speaker. She firmly believes that resilience is the missing ingredient that has immense potential to help people succeed and achieve their goals. In this interview, Dr. Taryn shares her thoughts, experience, and inputs to help us understand how resilience is indeed the key to success.

Dr. Taryn, could you tell us more about your upcoming book titled “Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People”?

My book is based on a decade worth of research. I analyzed thousands of pieces of data to understand behavior patterns and practices that allowed people to develop and sustain resilience in both leadership and life. People can’t lead flourishing lives without complexity, challenges, or change. What defines us is how we choose to react to stressful situations and how we allow it to mold us for the better. My book covers the five behaviors that resilient people practice and exhibit. The secret to building resilience into our lives depends on our willingness to imbibe and emulate these five behavior patterns. Flourish or Fold, is slated for release in 2020, and I hope that it will empower people to lead more fulfilling lives.

How did you discover the power of resilience?

Dr. Taryn: I have dealt with undiagnosed dyslexia and several traumatic experiences during high school, which led to twenty years of PTSD. My formative and adolescent years were difficult, but in the end, I rose above it. I conquered my demons through introspection, perseverance, and a deep understanding of resilience. Through my trials and tribulations, I conducted in-depth research to understand the latent potential of resilience and how it can be harnessed to help people lead better lives. My quest to unravel resilience lead me to ask a simple question. When faced with a challenge, why do some people flourish, while others fold? This is how my own experiences lead me to discover the power of resilience.

Could you tell us how resilience is the key to success both professionally or personally?

Dr. Taryn: Resilience has multifaceted applications. I have spent several years coaching CEOs and executives in leading organizations to help them lead their companies successfully and face failure. Through the power of resilience, teams can work together efficiently and boost both morale and productivity. When people choose to cultivate resilience in their lives and embrace it, it will help them unleash their full potential. Being resilient allows you to grow, evolve, and improve as you face challenges in life. Resilience can help you become the best version of yourself, and that is the highest form of success.

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