January 24, 2019

As I was scrolling through Netflix’s selection last night, I came across the documentary on "The Secret" (I was actually looking for the Fyre Festival doc.) and thought that I could use a refresher.

This is a practice/philosophy supported and presented in the documentary by philosophers, entrepreneurs, authors, metaphysicians, psychologists, and physicians. 

Now, I am no stranger to The Secret; I’ve read a lot on manifestation/visualization and have seen my thoughts come to fruition over the years, including my lifelong dream to live in NYC (which I wasn’t sure how I’d ever do, but have been doing for the last 6 years!), interviewing Gavin Rossdale (my childhood crush), landing the job I wanted…

The thing I’ve been laser-focused on the last few months was finding love --every penny tossed into a fountain, every wish made when the numbers on the clock were all the same, every lucky superstition I could participate in on New Year’s Eve (check out my previous love blog) was dedicated to find...

January 21, 2019

It’s been a few weeks since I set out on this journey to be a full-time writer and the struggle is real. In the first couple of weeks, I applied for several copywriter/writer jobs, and am now watching the “unfortunately-you’re-not-right-for-this-position” emails roll in.  Even though they’re not exactly what I am ultimately looking for (I’d prefer an entertainment-based writing gig), it’s still hard to receive these rejections.

I’ve had a few calls with regional magazines, and though they love my portfolio and what I’m doing, they only seem to want my ideas on how to improve their magazine and pitches on talent they should be looking at. What do I get though after I give you my ideas? Um, where are the writing assignments? Where are the serious positions? It’s disheartening to jump on call after call and have it go nowhere, especially when you have ten years of experience under your belt.

I try to direct my attention to my nonexistent book, and it scares me to the point that I have...

January 15, 2019

It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, and when it isn’t and I’m feeling a little low or unmotivated, this is what I do:

Turn on Some Music

When I’m feeling lazy, can’t get out of bed or just a little bummed, I put on today’s hits or some fast-paced, jazzy Bublé and turn it up! In no time, I’m dancing around and I’ve got that pep back in my step. Seriously though, when people ask what’s the one thing I couldn’t live without, hands-down, it’s music! I need music to survive.

Clean & Organize

Most of you who know me, know that I am a little OCD and love to keep my place super organized and neat. There’s not much I can control in life, and this is something I have complete control over. I believe in energy, Feng Shui, chi --whatever you’d like to call it-- and if there’s clutter, dirty dishes, and a mess in my midst, I can’t be productive. I need a clean space to think straight. I am always getting rid of things and organizing, because, honestly, it soothes me.

Talk it Out

I am someone who feels so...

January 10, 2019

In 2013, I posted this quote from Vibe’s editor-in-chief, Jermaine Hall on my Facebook page, because it encapsulated what I do as editor-in-chief:

“A lot of things that come with being editor-in-chief aren’t necessarily drilled down into the day-to-day tasks. It’s a lot of schmoozing; it’s a lot of fixing relationships; it’s a lot of bartering; it’s a lot of people skills, I would say. It’s really going out there to be the ambassador of the brand on all levels. And that doesn’t necessarily come from being the strongest writer, it just really comes from people skills and the contracts and the relationships there that you’ve been able to build over your career. So, I think it’s knowing that it’s more than writing and more than just editing at this level,” said Jermaine Hall in Mediabistro’s feature, So What Do You Do?

I became editor-in-chief of Miami Living Magazine in 2009 after the current editor decided to move on. At the time, I had only been writing for about four years; and honestly...

January 7, 2019

In 6th grade English class, they asked us to write a speech. I wrote mine about movies. To this day, I can still remember talking about Spielberg, the movie theater experience, and all of the genres under the sun. I believe my opening line was: “Everyone loves the movies!”

Spend a day with me and you’ll quickly realize that I am fluent in movie/TV quotes, and pretty damn proud of it. I am always injecting quotes from Mean Girls, Friends (I am so Monica!), Clueless, and Seinfeld...into the conversation -- I honestly can’t help it.

Like books, movies give us a break from our lives and transport us to new worlds. They provide insight, offer different perspectives, make us laugh, make us cry, and inspire us. And, my favorite, they connect us.

Because I know good movies like sommeliers know fine wines, my friend Kathleen suggested that I share this passion with all of you. So, here are my top must-see films out right now:

Bird Box

Sandra Bullock is one of my all-time favorite actresses and as us...

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