Being Grateful for a Lot - When life is full (even with good things), gratitude helps. I share my takeaways from Part I (Marriage, Love, and Family) of Janice Kaplan’s book, “The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life”.
6 Audiobooks That I’m Streaming (plus a Giveaway) - I currently enjoy listening to books more than reading them. I share my top 6 audiobook picks: 1. The Last Black Unicorn 2. Sapiens 3. Grit 4. Principles 5. Deep Work 6. The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business (I also share how my readers can win 6 titles from my post sponsor, audiobooks.com, this month.)
Why the arts is a vital part of public school education - My experience earlier today at a ballroom dancing assembly (In addition to dance, the kids also learned etiquette lessons and were able to link dance to academic pursuits. Thanks to school administrators, educators, nonprofits, businesses, and politicians who support the Arts in public schools!)
NYC High School Acceptance Letters 2018 - Public school eighth graders received their letters this past week. If you live outside of NYC, the process is hard to grasp. My son Michael was accepted into both of his picks (Townsend Harris and the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College). Now, he wants to go to our local zone school instead. Kids!
How to grow healthy natural black hair (tips from my stylist Shanelle) 1. Be gentle with your hair. 2. Condition, condition, condition. 3. Don’t pull your hair up or back too much. 4. Keep your split ends trimmed.
Valuable safety resources for dealing with traumatic school events - Community Education Council takeaways: A parent expressed her fears based on the most recent school shooting at the Parkland Florida High School. Relevant New York City school initiatives and beneficial online resources were shared. Practical advice regarding at-home conversations between parents and kids was also provided.
For the Culture: Black Panther Movie Review - my family’s outfits and movie review (The movie’s box office success is well deserved. Ryan Coogler, the writers, cast and crew worked together to make something amazing.)
Joy and Meaning - The nation’s latest school shooting thoughts along with Alastair McAlpine’s Twitter thread based on questioning terminal pediatric care patients about what they enjoyed and what gave life meaning.
Two ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day - I like the idea of Galentine‘s Day which was sparked by the Parks and Recreation television show. The philia (friendship) type of love should be celebrated. 1. Schedule things that your female friends will enjoy. 2.Support their businesses. Recommended: Self Care box. Happy Galentine‘s Day
Black History Month thoughts - It’s important for all Americans to learn Black history year-round, including in February. A brief history of Blacks in America. It’s equally important to celebrate Black excellence year-round.
Cameron Herold (Who’s in My Ear)- I am listening to podcast interviews where he is the guest and reading his books the first quarter of 2018. His business principles apply to various areas of life - including parenting. 5 things that I especially appreciate about Cameron Herold.
The three best Big Game commercials 2018 (Coleman family picks): 1. The NFL’s Eli Manning and Odell Beckham commercial with the reference to “Dirty Dancing” 2. The new “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer commercial 3. The Doritos and Mountain Dew ones where Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman battle PLUS a bonus pick - Groupon‘s commercial featuring Tiffany Haddish
How to raise boys who love reading 1. Read yourself 2. Read to them 3. Read with them 4. Let them read to you 5. Let them read what THEY want to read (Encourage reading but don’t stress your kids out about it!)
Hurry up and Wait (January 2018 Review) 5F breakdown - faith, fitness, family, finances, and fun; fitness was the highlight (I lost 8 pounds!); finances were “hurry up and wait” (work projects postponed to February and a merchandising partner was experiencing delays); great month overall
Five family-friendly places to travel in the USA (outside of New York) 1. Florida - Orlando (Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando) 2. Louisiana - New Orleans 3. North Carolina - Raleigh 4. Pennsylvania - Hershey (Hershey Park), Harrisburg, and Bucks County (Sesame Place) 5. Virginia -Hampton Roads and Williamsburg (Busch Gardens) BONUS: DC (The National Museum of African-American History and Culture)
International family travel ideas from New York - My press takeaways from the 2018 New York Times Travel Show: Cruises (Norwegian); The Caribbean (Martinique and Jamaica); Asia (Japan); Europe (Madrid and England); Africa (Nigeria)
5 Family date night ideas to enjoy at home (including movies or television shows, classic card games, video games, traditional board games, and cooking classes with top options in each category) Laughter, talking, and enjoying one another’s company are the most important things!
How to find the best modeling agencies for kids in New York City (Reader Q & A) 5 tips: 1. Check the Better Business Bureau. 2. See if they have an online history of complaints. 3. Make sure that the talent portion is a SAG-AFTRA franchise agency. 4. See if they have a positive online reputation. 5. Find out if they have a history of securing work for their current clients.
How to help kids chase their dreams: Pay attention to the things that your kids really love and help them build on their natural strengths and gifts. Expose kids to successful people in their dream fields (success leaves clues as Tony Robbins says). Have kids put some skin in the game/invest in achieving their goal. Recommended podcast: Outlier Parenting
I raised my hand (the women’s march 2018; voting; finding ways to bring about change at the local level; my positive experience as a New York City Community Education Council VP; and encouragement to raise your hand and help with issues that you feel most strongly about)
Do you need to tweak your morning routine? Including power of making small changes, the SAVERS acronym from Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning; making modifications; and when to alter your morning routine.
Black Panther: Why representation matters more than ever (Black Panther movie has sold more pre-sale tickets than any other Marvel movie; Wonder Woman was a great representation of women as superheroes; Black Panther represents a black superhero and an African nation in a positive light; onscreen racial representation in popular culture movies is important; Black superheroes matter; diversity matters
Why an accountability partner is helping me get more fit - including fitness facts for women over 40; what to look for in an accountability partner; examples of how a partner can be helpful in day to day life and additional reading recommendations (including The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin)
How to encourage your kids to volunteer and give back - answers to some questions that moms have asked me about the topic over the years; questions include: When should I start? Where are some places that accept kid volunteers? Why is it important to help kids develop in this area? and What are some things to watch out for?
5 Best Podcast Episodes last year (in my opinion) -achieve your goals with Hal Elrod episode 201; brilliant business moms with Beth Anne Schwamberger episode 171; online marketing made easy with Amy Porterfield episode 171; redefining wealth with Patrice Washington’s October 26th episode; and the one thing podcast episode three (along with all of the lessons that I learned from those particular episodes)
Four habits that will increase productivity at work includes the habit of planning (including a recommendation for Rory Vaden‘s book “Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time”); the Pomodoro technique; the habit of themed workdays; and the habit of taking work notes
Hear 4 ways to consider approaching your 2018 goals. Tips include only sharing goals with a trusted few; setting fewer BHAGs (i.e. The One Thing and Essentialism); focusing on performance goals rather than outcome goals; and only focusing on the next 90 days (i.e. Todd Herman and Matt Clark)