Spotlight for April 2019

Changing your mindset…..with Kate

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*When you focus on the good, the good gets better.✌K.S.

Love, Love, Love this months Spotlight!! She is just so extraordinary with the amount of energy and passion she has for people all over the world. We met last year through social media and it has been such a pleasure to watch her be so successful not only in business but in her own day-to-day life as a mom and wife. She is such an inspiration to me and I wanted to share her with you all…meet my good friend Kate Scully.

The many faces of Kate Scully…..

 

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Me: “What is your name?”                  Kate: “Kate Scully.”
Me: “Where are you from?”

Kate: “From Chicago, spent the last decade abroad in the middle east, and just moved back to Chicago last year!”
Me: “Tell us about your lovely family and what you all like to do for fun?”

Kate: “I have two wonderfully crazy sons, Jameson (5) and Rhys (3), my husband Joe, and our puppy Louie who is a 60lb bernedoodle. We love traveling, going on adventures, the beach, and just hanging out together as a family.”

IMG_20190411_094620Me: “Tell our readers all about your business(s) and what’s in store for 2019?”

Kate: “I am a wellness mentor with a virtual franchise in the health and wellness industry. I absolutely love making new friends, connecting with others around the world, and helping people learn how to live their best lives through changing their mindset and nutrition. Big things to come in 2019 as our company is in a massive expansion phase; and I am partnering with other entrepreneurs globally who have a similar mindset and a passion to help others change their life.”
Me: “What was/is your toughest battle personally or professionally?”

Kate: “Probably the last year of my life, moving across the world with my family, dealing with reverse culture shock after 10 yrs abroad, and starting both a brand new business along with a new full time job as well!”
Me: “Share your most inspired story with us from 2018?”

Kate: “During the summer of 2018, I followed my gut and took a huge leap of faith. I left my teaching job and took on a completely a new role as an instructional coach at a new school – which comes full circle as this school is where I went to elementary school! And at the same time is when I jumped into this new business opportunity to start helping more people beyond my classroom walls. I finally feel truly aligned in my passions and my role as a mentor in both the educational setting and the wellness world.”
Me: “As an optimistic women in all aspects of your life and in helping others, is there anything you can honestly say you tried and failed at and never did again?”

Kate: “Yes and no! Of course I’ve failed! Failure is simply a stepping stone to success and I strongly believe that in order to succeed you need to fail forward, many many times. But honestly I don’t think I’ve ever NOT tried something again after a failure. Besides art. 😂 I took an art class in high school which I failed miserably at. Haven’t tried my hand at art since then!!” 😉


 Me: “What is your biggest pet peeve?”

Kate: “People who are close minded and refuse to listen or have a conversation.”
Me: “What social media links and pages can we find out more about you and your business?”

Kate: “I use my Facebook page to network and connect with others – and would love to meet you through Messenger! Send me a friend request and a message and would love to chat! Also you can follow my Instagram page – my handle is Kates0486.”

 


Me: “Do you have any special offers or discounts in your business you would like to share with us?”

Kate: “Yes!! This week actually we have a double promotion going on. I’m offering free memberships (which give you 25% off all of our products for an entire year – like a Costco membership but guaranteed to get you feeling better than you ever have!) Also this week there is free shipping and an additional $30 off on our starter packs! As always we have our eat for free club which I’m a HUGE fan of – free food ALWAYS tastes better! 😉😉 Please do let me know if you have any questions and looking forward to connecting with you a soon!”

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Interviewer: LaFrieda Smith

Guest: Kate Scully

*I want to thank Kate Scully for being my Spotlight this month. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram for more of her story!

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Its Our Anniversary…Yeah, Yeah..with TTT

Today, April 9, me and my husband celebrate 20 years of marriage💍. We have been each others best friend, confident, lover and although we have had our tough battles with race, age, and differences of opinion in society, we are stronger than ever and don’t plan on stopping our hearts from beating as one❤I love him more and more everyday….20 years of marriage, 3 angels and 2 rock-n-roll souls forever🎸I love you my King👑😘

On our 2nd honeymoon here in Daytona Beach….enjoy the rest of the week everyone.

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Family Meeting…..Team Challenge!!

    We left off last month with starting an Employee of the month winner…which was me, by popular vote, and I was exempt from chores for a whole month. So this month, I got to pick who was Employee of the month based on their performance last month. Last month, we split up into 2 teams, Briana and her dad then Devon and Jr. And the winner was Devon and Brian Jr. for great teamwork when it came to dishes and towels!! On the other side, Briana and her dad…I have no ideal what was going on but, yeah with taking care of our dog Sage and cleaning bathrooms…I’m sure you can figure it out..lol. 

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   So in doing this team experiment, we realized that while having two people in charge of multiple chores and working together..doesn’t always get things done unless you do follow-ups with each other and actually setting schedules. This month, since Jr and Devon won the challenge last month, they are exempt from chores and everyone else has there own individual chores. 

Mom-Dishes 🍽/ cleaning bathrooms🚽

Dad-Towels💦 and sweep/mop floors💧

Briana– Taking care of our dog Sage🐶 and vaccuming🏡

Stayed tuned next month to see who wins this challenge voted by Devon and Jr.

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Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful….with Nedra

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Strawberries and Rock-n-Roll……

   Me and my husband attended this great festival tonight featuring the bandStyx

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    “Styx” an American band from Chicago formed in 1972. The playlist included songs like: Mr. Roboto, Too Much Time On My Hands, Blue Collar Man, Lady, Renegade, Miss America and more!

Here are some photos from last nights concert…..

Band members included: Tommy Shaw, JY Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips.

Check out the Festival if you are in Florida it has great vendor foods, rides and games for the whole family along with rockin’ music. Enjoy!!

 

Family Meeting….Take 2…Action!!

So we left off last month with the Smith Family learning a new way to communicate in their family meetings called Zoom.  We rejoin the Smiths in their March meeting with topics such as chores, employee of the month, cleaning and helpful tips to save their lives.

Yesterday on Zoom….

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We discussed the chore redistribution by having everyone pick a number from 1-5.  After this, we had everyone split up into two teams.  

Later on…..

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We all had to write down prior to the meeting who they thought should be Employee of the Month and why….fold it up into little pieces and put into a box.  Sr. was in-charge of revealing the votes.  When I announced what the prize would be for the Employee of the Month…there was outrage from the crowd!! Needless to say, a couple people were not happy with the results of the Employee of the Month.

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*I won the Employee of the Month and I am exempt from chores for a whole month!!*

To end the meeting we have two teams: Briana and her dad will be taking care of Sage and the bathrooms while Devon and Jr. will be doing dishes, towels/sheets,  vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. We also as the parents did a 15 minute demonstration for the teens.

Brian Sr. showed them what to look for in an oven fire and where to turn off breakers, and second, in case of flooding where the main shut-off is in the front yard and how to properly turn it off.

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I showed them how to clean the bathroom properly in 15 minutes.

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Until next month….which team will win Employees of the Month?

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Black History Legends….Day 16

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee 

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1st African-American physician to become a medical school dean in 1993.

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Pictured above: Barbara Ross-Lee with her well known sister Diana Ross.  They grew up in Detroit and Barbara earned degrees in Biology and Chemistry in 1965.

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Pictured above:  Lee earned the position as Dean of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993 until 2001.

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Pictured above: Lee, the vice president of Health Science and Medical Affairs at New York Institute of Technology then later in 2002 became the dean of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Pictured Above: Barbara received many award and honors such as Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame (1998), Fellow, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians Member, Trilateral International Medical Workforce Group, Member, NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health Member, DHHS Advisory Committee on Rural Health, Distinguished Public Service Award, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Honorary Doctorate of Science, New York Institute of Technology.

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Pictured above: Barbara Ross-Lee, her sister Diana Ross and her niece Traci Ellis Ross.

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Black History Legends….Day 13

  “Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival. … To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”  (Chief Justice Earl Warren-June 12, 1967)

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Pictured above:  Richard Perry Loving and Mildred Jeter Loving the first interracial couple to win the Supreme Court on passing a law to allow whites and colored to be married according the rights of man.  Loving-v-Virginia a 1967 court case with the help of the ACLU, it was brought to the attention of the Supreme Court after Mr. and Mrs. Loving fought to have the right in Virginia to be together as husband and wife and did not want to be separated because of hate. On April 10, 1967, the case was heard and on June 12, 1967, it was declared that the Pace-v-Alabama of 1883 was unconstitutional, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment and overruled by ending all illegal restrictions on marriage in all states except Alabama, which later joined after Nixon got involved.

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Pictured above: Richard and Mildred Loving with their children Donald, Peggy and Sydney.
Pictured above: The “Loving” movie that recreated what they went through in their struggle to be together.  On June 12, 1967, they declared it “Loving Day” in honor of Richard and Mildred Loving.

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Pictured above: Books that are available on Amazon about Mr. and Mrs. Loving.

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Pictured above: Richard Perry Loving died in 1975 at the age of 41 after being killed by a drunk driver, his wife Mildred Jeter Loving lost the sight in her right eye in the same accident and later died at the age of 68 years old from pneumonia on May 2, 2008 in Central Point.

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Spotlight for February

……..Coming to you from Lioness Academy, I have the pleasure of introducing to you a personal friend of mine! I met her last year and she has been a phenomenal women in her profession and has transformed many lives in her business worldwide.  I would like to present to you my Spotlight for February….

Michiko Riezz

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Interview with Michiko Riezz- The Love Doctor

 Me- “What is your name?”
 Michiko- “Michiko Riezz.”
 Me- “Where are you from?”
 Michiko- “Well, that’s not easy to answer.  You see I am an Army Brat so I had the privilege of traveling the world from a very young age.  I was born in Germany, and after that. we moved just about every three years.  Most people think “OMG what an awful childhood” but to be honest I loved it.  I got the chance to see and experience different cultures something I truly treasure and embrace.  Growing up the way I did, molded me to be as outgoing as I am today.  So I have always felt at home everywhere.  At the moment, I live in Germany with my husband and our 2 beautiful children.”
 Me- “Tell us about your business and what makes you passionate about your business?”
 Michiko- “12 years ago, I made a decision that changed my whole perspective on life.  I saved over 400 relationships and in my career mode, my own marriage was suffering horribly.  I was completely career oriented and I hated myself, my body, my life.  I was unhappy and mad that he could not heal my pain and unhappiness.  I pushed my husband away to the point that he had an affair.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not excusing his mistake, there are always two people in a relationship that has faults.  That was my awakening.  I would never tell him this but his adultery was the best thing that ever happened to me.  I knew I had to do something but I didn’t know what.  After a long soul searching path, I found my true passion.  As I said, I saved over 400 relationships each being different yet there was one thing all of them had in common.  The wives I spoke with were not happy, but it was not their marriage that made them unhappy, it was the fact that they forgot their dreams and life goals after they got a ring on it.  That was me.  I wanted to do something meaningful for women all over the world.  This was the birth of the Lioness Academy. I support women worldwide, finding themselves setting goals, building a business and true happiness.”

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” What so many young girls are missing more and more of these days is someone to tell them that whether they’re skinny or athletic or have a little extra weight here and there, they’re beautiful just the way they are, for no other reason than because they’re themselves. Someone to tell them that their beauty is not defined by how they look on the outside.” M.R.
Me- “Tell us a little about your family?”
 Michiko- “My wonderful husband of 17 years, my biggest fan and personal ass kicking coach…we have been through alot.  Our love story began as a fairy tale then a thriller then Psycho movie and today we are the true meaning of the Phoenix from the Ashes.  We have two beautiful children, Ricardo 15, an aspiring artist, who loves sports and is a true gentleman despite his young age.  Our youngest Valentina is now 10 years old.  She teaches me so very much with all of her innocence and big dreaming.  She is like a little fairy…she able to open your eyes to see what can’t be seen.”
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 Me- “How many different languages do you speak?”
 Michiko- “I speak 3 different languages.  Of course English, then German, Spanish and a little French.”
Me- “Tell our readers about your newest challenge and how it has affected your everyday routine?”
Michiko- “I quit smoking on the 31 of December.  I’ve been smoking since I was 15 and I never quit nor did I want to.  My daughter came home one day and said, “Mommy my classmates are saying that I smoke because I smell like an ashtray!”  That was the trigger I cannot even find the words to describe how terrified I was just thinking about quitting.  So I spoke with my husband and we decided together to quit.  It’s really crazy how much our life has changed after quitting.  I have so much time in the morning that I can even sleep 30 minutes longer.  My kids say they really like coming around me now because I don’t smell like smoke.  I’m not going to lie, I have gained a little weight but its totally worth it.
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   “Best moment ever….. My daughter said ” mommy you don’t stink anymore when you kiss me” 🤑 
It melted my heart and proved that I made the best decision when I said “I’m quitting”M.R.

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Me- “Success, is your word for 2019? What is the meaning of this word for you?”
Michiko- “Based on personal experience and my understanding of life values, I have to say that success is not the goal.  Success is the process.  A journey.  It’s the way you feel and the energy that is created on your way to whatever your goal may be.  It’s you, striving for something.  In my old career, success didn’t occur the day I got the job.  It didn’t occur after that when I wrote “Be a Happier Form Of You”.  It occurred when I was doing everything in my power to get to that point-when I was crashing on my BFF’s couch, or not knowing how I would pay my rent, or taking classes that would expand my knowledge and understanding, improving myself.  Success came in the form of working with my team, evolving into a confident assistant manager who could understand how to serve people.  It came by doing all of that hard work, growing and understanding what I was moving toward, while also navigating a personal life at the same time-allowing happiness to shine through despite all those ups and downs.  Success came from taking better care of myself.  Somewhere along the way, I started to understand that I owed it to myself to consider and love myself.  Each of us has a past.  We have regret.  We’ve said or done things to ourselves or others that we wish we hadn’t.  The people who know you best may forget these things, or dismiss them, but you’re more likely to internalize them and not let them go.  I was guilty of that and then I forgave myself for the person I had been, the one- who made mistakes in those old relationships, in my marriage, who argued with mom and dad not truly appreciating the opportunity at hand.  In time, I came to love the person I was in the present, and I grew intensely excited about the person I knew I could become.  I’m not rich by no means.  I don’t have the physique of a Supermodel. I don’t wear my cheerleader smile all the time.  I can’t predict what my life will look like on April 1, 2058 but I’m proud of who I am today because I know where I’ve been, and I know that I can improve even further.  I love the fact that I am a work in progress, and I am willing to put in the work.  There are people wealthier, better looking, happier and who contribute more to society but no one can tell me I’m not a success right now.  I feel successful.  That is my meaning of SUCCESS, the feeling of being successful.”

 

  “Success is the process.  A journey.”
  Be a Happier Form of You by Michiko Riezz
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Me- “Tell our readers about the Global Woman’s Club Frankfurt?”
Michiko- “The Global Woman’s Club Frankfurt launched in October of 2018.  It is the first GW Club in Germany.  GWClub gives women the opportunity to bring their voice on a stage not only locally but globally.  It is networking on a completely different level.  Making the global platform local and the local platform global.  Global Woman Club is an ever-growing sisterhood with many uncountable benefits for our members, including breakfast meetings served in an amazing location.  The GW platform brings high-quality women like yourself together from all around the world.  In a mere matter of minutes, you will feel comfortable and at home. Mirela Sule founder of GW Club aims to connect professional businesswomen around the world, empowering, helping, and guiding.  We all are from different countries, different backgrounds and even at different stages in our lives, profession and/or business.  But what we all have in common: Our passion to succeed in business life on our terms and the pride to walk tall.  GW Club help women to build their confidence and belief that they can be successful in whatever they do.  We help each other build our brands and promote members projects through our media platform.  If you are interested go to GWClub and find a club near you.”

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Me- “What social links and websites can our readers follow you and your organization?”
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Interview by LaFrieda Smith
Guest spotlight: Michiko Riezz

I want to thank Michiko Riezz for doing this interview for my blog.  If you would like to learn more about Michiko Riezz and and her business visit her website below.  Subscribe and Follow my blog.  Thank you to all my readers.

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