A woman who creates change.

I don’t often use the word “honored” but last week I had the opportunity to meet Eve Ensler during a panel she moderated at Young Arts, and that was a HUGE honor for me.  It’s not very often that one gets the opportunity to meet someone who has made such a huge difference in the world, and there she was.  In the flesh.  And she talked to ME!

We are living in a world where even in the most developed corners in the world (ie- here), every single day we hear of someone who has suffered violence because of their gender. Between football players who see their wives as punching bags, fathers who kill their daughters, and everything in between, we are living in a world where women (but not only women) are having a REALLY hard time just existing.

I keep talking about the conversation we need to have as a society about violence, and Eve Ensler has been pushing this conversation for years. I was lucky to be a part of this one, and I hope that with 1 billion rising, it is a conversation that will continue until the one billion rises.

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Happy National Coffee Day!!!

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May your life not require as much caffeine as mine 🙂

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A Coke and a Smile!

I don’t know what is in a Diet Coke.  In fact, I don’t wanna know.  What I do know is that there are some days when a Diet Coke will fix just about anything and today is one of those days.

It’s still rainy out and as a result, my mood has taken a beating.  I really don’t like rain and this dampness is really getting old. Instead of feeling diligent and responsible by being at home working, I feel like I’m being held hostage. That’s no good.

But I am being productive at least and that makes me feel good.

Lately I’ve been dedicating a lot of my time to the Young Patronesses of the Opera annual gala, which is coming up.  What started as a little project to collect a few items for the silent auction, has become this community outreach operation that has led me into the exciting world of  fundraising and charitable gifts.  It’s actually pretty awesome because not only do I get to help, I also get the opportunity to learn about certain opportunities that I can then share with others.

photo838Like Give Miami Day, for example. According to The Miami Foundation, “Give Miami Day is a unique, 24 hour online giving event that allows individuals in our community an opportunity to build a greater Miami by making a charitable gift to a local nonprofit.”  This year, the deadline for non-profits to complete their application is November 3.   Do you have a Miami based nonprofit you’d like to register?  This is a great opportunity!

1472842_576630119059220_716637424_nThere is also 5k PARKfest on November 2, which is a 5k where 50% of your registration fee goes to the cause of your choice! The bigger the team, the larger the donation.  Needless to say, this is not only an amazing team-building activity, it is also a great way to raise some money for your nonprofit of choice WITHOUT HAVING TO DUMP COLD WATER ON YOUR HEAD!  Everyone wins 🙂

Added bonus: You burn some calories.

Do you know of any cool ways nonprofits can raise some money? Sharing is caring!!

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Love Drunk

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Hugh and I love to go out on dates.  In fact, we love dates so much that we don’t waste an opportunity to sneak one in if the conditions are favorable (and by favorable I mean, neither of us is physically/ mentally exhausted).

But last night was different.

I spent all day yesterday going back and forth between the Social Good Summit and the Social Media Week events that were scheduled for yesterday.  Hugh was working all day and participated in a panel on “Design as a Tool for Social Change”.  By the time we got home, we were wrecked.  It took all the energy we had left to go to the Social Media Week reception that was scheduled for the evening. I didn’t really want to go but I’m so glad we did!

After the reception we ended up at Sushi Samba and had an amazing date!

In fact, it was so amazing that this morning I woke up with that not so amazing feeling that makes one need comfort food (or in my case comfort iced lattes) and a bed.

I cancelled most of my commitments for the day and have spent the day in recovery mode dedicated to catching up on everything that’s been happening while I have been otherwise engaged….

  1. It’s been raining cats and dogs.
  2. The lovely Olee informed us that Bocce Bar got a new chef and a new menu.  This had me nearly in tears until because the old menu was very “Annush friendly”  and the food was always on point.  Apparently the new chef is Southern so the menu has more meat than it used to. But it appears I can still eat there.
  3. But on the upside, Ari and Dani gave us a heads up about Pubbelly going vegan on October 2.  At first I couldn’t believe it, but it’s true! My poor mom…her birthday is October 2 and we are taking her out to dinner.  I hope she won’t notice the lack of meat on her plate 🙂
  4. Emma Watson gave an amazing speech in front of the United Nations a few days ago to launch #heforshe.  You must watch it!!!  This is definitely one of the  conversations we as a society need to be having.
  5. There may or may not be a woman in Florida with three breasts.

Now I need a nap.

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Social Good Summit: What do you want the future to look like?

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What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?

That’s the question we are asking this year during this two day conference held during U.N. and Social Media Week, on September 22-23, that aims to examine the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives locally, and by extension globally.

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about the future and how I can make it better on a personal level for everyone around me- particularly my community.  It’s this thought that’s been the driving force behind many of the changes I’ve been making in my life and the greater interest I have in being involved in my community.

My involvement in this conference this year is solely on a volunteer basis. However, Hugh and many of the community-minded thought leaders in our community will be taking the stage here in Miami to discuss technology as a means of social good and hopefully provide some insight as to what can be done.

If you’d like to be a part of it but can’t join us here in Miami, there is also a conference going on simultaneously in New York, as well as multiple meetups around the world.  If you want more information, just click here.

Remember, we must be the change we wanna see…and to achieve this, we must get involved and continue having these important conversations. Only then will we make the world a better place.

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Fashionably Conscious!

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It’s that time of the year again…YAY!

I love clothes (and shoes and bags), but have neither an unlimited amount of money to spend on luxury items, nor do I wear everything I actually own.  So what’s a girl to do?

Well, every year some of Miami’s most fashionable ladies (me included) donate the gently worn designer clothing and accessories they collect throughout the year to Fashionably Conscious.  If you are wondering what that is, it is a yearly sale benefitting Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center, which provides free after-school and summer programs to the children and families of the West Grove.

The items are sold at a 50%-80% discount and 100% of the proceeds go to help those less fortunate.  Not a bad deal.  You’ll feel good for helping and look good doing it.

I will definitely be there.  As should you.

And if you have any gently worn designer items in your closet that you are willing to part with, you can still donate them TONIGHT between 6:00pm- 8:00pm at at Adolfo Dominguez Miami at the Village of Merrick Park. Your donation is tax-deductible and as a small thank you, you get bubbly, snacks, and 20% off any purchases.

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The Pooches Need Help and LOVE!!!

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Before we got Sophie, we really didn’t understand what a hard life dogs without forever families have.  It also goes without saying that we also had no idea of how difficult it is for those great organizations who take care of these dogs.   It is for this reason that we became involved with the PetNet, the young professional group of the Humane Society.

I’m not going to lie…so far, I haven’t been to most of the meetings BUT as the new year kicks into effect, so will my participation. It is for this reason that I would like to ask you, if you are a young professional in Miami and love animals, to join us for happy hour on Thursday and we can talk about how together we can make a difference in an animal’s life.

If you can’t, that’s okay too.   You can always help out by making a much needed cash donation, or by adopting a pet! I encourage you to make adoption your only option 🙂

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