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SouthBurgher 012: Active Listening & Intuition

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Grief & Loss, Inspiration, Leisure, Life, Mental Health | 2 comments

Series Description: In the midst of a professional relocation from Pittsburgh, PA to South Florida, I am highlighting successes (and some roadblocks) during this huge life transition. I hope these tips and stories help people in the event they ever decide to make a move in life.

Image Source: http://themindunleashed.org/

Image Source: http://themindunleashed.org/

We are in month 3 of my journey in South Florida. Can you believe it!?!?!?!?  One thing I can tell you is that I do not feel alone. This does not mean that sometimes the feelings of change don’t creep up as I continue navigating this entirely new land, job and chapter in my life.   The amount of support from so many avenues of connectivity is overwhelming and much appreciated.  A friend recently shared an article called 7 Ways to Better Listen to Your Intuition by a blog called The Mind Unleashed just made my morning (thanks to a caring friend).  Here are the 7 ways but click on the full article for a more in depth look at the power of intuition.  This blog and website is an example of #3.

1. Meditation

2. Commune with nature

3. Creativity

4. Learn to listen

5. Be body conscious

6. Let go

7. Stay positive

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Can’t DENY This 006: Kelly Clarkson

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Life, Marketing, Music, Pop Culture, Social Work | 0 comments

This series highlights an artist who is back for another victory lap. You see, just having the platform to make an impact on pop culture at any given moment is the win! Rather or not it charts, you are still listening, watching and staying entertained…

When I say Kelly Clarkson, what comes to your mind?  American Idol?  Catchy pop music? A powerful vocalist who just had a baby?  All common and accurate thoughts, Clarkson released her latest LP Piece By Piece (6th effort in total to her catalog) on March 3, 2015.  Fans of her work will find this effort right in line with her previous albums over the past 10+ years.  Clarkson is consistent and does not stray into that “reinvention” mode like many pop starlets.  This sometimes alienates the loyal followers, which Clarkson does not lack.  It is her powerful voice that soars on so many tracks of this cohesive collection.

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Image Source: Google

There is a positive vibe on several tracks like ‘Dance with Me’ has the potential to be a #1 hit just like the second single from her last effort, Stronger.  Its building chorus makes you want to impulsively break out in dance.  It is a reminder of the power that ‘Since You Been Gone’ (even today) has at any party of bar when that guitar riff is heard.  Other great tracks for your marathon run or immediate need for a pick-me-up are the title track, ‘Piece by Piece‘Invincible’ and ‘Second Wind.’  Clarkson has a way of pushing out negative energy and uplifting her listeners to keep on moving in the direction of their wildest dreams.  With lyrics like, “Say what you want about me.  Your words are gasoline on my fire,” Clarkson successfully gets the listener back on track to achieve their inner greatness.  Having worked hard for what is a very successful career, Clarkson has always been one to stand her ground in regards to her critics and label execs (we all remember the My December era and her choice feelings about Clive Davis, right?).

‘Someone’ and ‘Run Run Run’ featuring John Legend reflect relationship woes with more subdued tonality and reflective lyrics.  Fans of ‘Already Gone’ from the All I Ever Wanted will like the track ‘In the Blue’ or just think it is a safe repeat to a formula she has consistently followed since the Breakaway album days.  Clarkson often says she is not perfect, and this album might have some sleepier moments that cause you to skip onto the next song.  However, no one can deny the emotional connection she brings to each and every song.  Even if this album does not chart multi-platinum singles, it is a great addition to the catalog of an accomplished artist in a world full of forgettable micro-moments and a musical landscape so different from the era of American Idol: Season 1.  Kudos to Ms. Clarkson and we look forward to a supporting tour (be sure to bring baby River Rose, or at least some pictures) in 2015!

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Motivational Monday 008 – @WillRecruits

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Business Affiliates, Career (Job Seeking), Human Resources, Inspiration, Leadership, Motivational, Networking, Professional Development, Social Work | 0 comments

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Going through a huge life change down here in South Florida (job, new home, etc.), things are consistently progressing in a positive manner.  However, like Will Thomson, I STILL struggle and/or battle with the feelings of contentment.  Always thinking about tomorrow or what’s next, check out this great article on just being appreciative for what is right in front of you.  Read More>

Will and I have never met in person but interacted via social media.  Check out the story here!

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Dolores Part 39: Still Alice

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Diversity & Inclusion, Education, Family, Film, Grief & Loss, Healthcare, Inspiration, Life, Marketing, Memories, Motivational, Pittsburgh, Pop Culture, Social Work | 0 comments

Blog Post/Series Description: Dolores is my maternal grandmother living with Alzheimer’s Disease. A woman who helped shape me to be the man I am today. These posts highlight anecdotal stories about her life, her family and the legacy she will leave.
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Source: Google Images

Tonight is the night for Julianne Moore.  I would like to see her win the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of an outstanding woman who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in her early 50′s.  The basis of the movie is how it effects her family, as well as herself.  This CNN article says it all regarding how pertinent this disease really strikes at the core of so many families. Hopefully the mainstream visibility of movies like this will bring comfort and also resources to families in need of help dealing with the same concerns.

Update: I saw this movie 3 days following the 2015 Oscar’s.  Ms. Moore had me in tears several times during the movie showcasing the slow-burining realness that is this disease.  The confusion and frustration of her family, but also unconditional love was extremely realistic in nature.  The ending was subtle, but brought the message home.  Life is so fragile, and living in the present is so important.  Support your local Alzheimer’s Association.  I am.

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Dolores Part 38: Big Sean

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Family, Gerontology (Aging), Grief & Loss, Inspiration, Life, Marketing, Pittsburgh, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Blog Post/Series Description: Dolores is my maternal grandmother living with Alzheimer’s Disease. A woman who helped shape me to be the man I am today. These posts highlight anecdotal stories about her life, her family and the legacy she will leave.
So I was driving down I-95 during my morning commute today and listened to the new single by rapper, Big Sean, called ‘One Man Can Change the World.’ You might be thinking, “Um… where is this going?” Stick with me, here.  A tender rap ballad (They come along every now and again), this track talks about the wisdom passed down from so many of life’s lessons, including his GRANDMOTHER. Seriously, even if rap is not your cup of tea, still try and listen. 
 At the end of the song, there is a soundbite of a conversation between Big Sean and his grandmother.  Yes, folks, I lost it during rush hour.  Dolores is still thriving in Pittsburgh (written 2/18/2015) and yes, I do miss her.  The emotions this morning did not stem from the geographic distance of Florida to Pennsylvania.  The grieving process started long before I ever decided to relocate to a new state.   I have grown confidently content with my relationship with Dolores over the years since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. curacao  You see, with Alzheimer’s, the grieving process starts even when a person is still alive.
I am on a mission in South Florida, which will include career and/or volunteer opportunities (or both) that center around caregiver support for the aging population.  Plans are in action and the #connectarian (yes, I just talked in the third person) is making subtle moves.  Stay tuned… and “Nuni (Dolores), I love you!” Thanks for the vote of confidence, too, Big Sean.
“If you love yourself, know you will never be alone.” – Big Sean
P.S. – Ariana and Big Sean, maybe you can work/invest on a senior home in Boca (you DO have roots here) and we can work together on making a great environment for all of the world’s grandma’s.  Hit me up!  Seriously!

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SouthBurgher 011: Consistency

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Career (Job Seeking), Customer Service, Florida, Healthcare, Leadership, Motivational, Networking | 1 comment

Series Description: In the midst of a professional relocation from Pittsburgh, PA to South Florida, I am highlighting successes (and some roadblocks) during this huge life transition. I hope these tips and stories help people in the event they ever decide to make a move in life.

I am now roughly 6 weeks into my journey as a transplant from Pennsylvania, living in South Florida.  Working full-time, I continue meeting tons over people with every outing and even click of the mouse.  You see, I was investigating options for health insurance, as I will have  a small lapse until I am covered from my employer.  I made a selection from the ACA Marketplace after a few attempts over the last few weeks. I landed on the phone with a call center (independent of the ACA Marketplace) with a brilliant woman.  Seriously, this was a call not intended to be about professional networking (but really, every conversation has endless possibilities, right?), but the woman assisted me with making sense of independent health insurance that led to an e-intro to some locals.   BAM! Within 24 hours, I spent my Monday evening chatting on the phone talking about living life in this South Florida region.  #connectarian

If you remember, I have a vested interest in geriatrics, which was a large part of my conversation with a professional who educated on a website called The Caregiver Reality.  this stats is taken from the main page of this website – “Today, with little education about caregiving and little support, no fewer than 40 to 50 million Informal Family Caregivers (IFCs) care for their loved ones.  15 million of those IFC’s care for the 7 to 9 million present victims of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia’s (ADRD).”  

I have also discovered a radio show that takes place from the renowned Gerontologist, David Levy JD CCE, that speaks to caregivers about support and education for families dealing with aging family memories. Like this great resource on Facebook now.

Source: www.caregiverreality.com

Source: www.caregiverreality.com

This relocation has led to moments of insecurity and excitement (yes, both happen throughout the day). Finding this site is a triumph!  My outstanding support system has truly stepped up and I NEVER feel alone.  One friend reminded me that a life change of this magnitude takes consistency and the ability to keep going.  I am doing just that!

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Can’t DENY This 005: Florence + The Machine

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Music, Pop Culture | 1 comment

This series highlights an artist who is back for another victory lap. You see, just having the platform to make an impact on pop culture at any given moment is the win! Rather or not it charts, you are still listening, watching and staying entertained…

Florence + the Machine is back and by the sounds of it, BIGGER than ever.  Their most recent LP, “Ceremonials,” was releasedin 2011. Welch proclaimed was her attempted at being a “better” version of the band’s debut, “Lungs.” So, let’s hope a trend is happening here and album #3 takes us to another level of euphoria.  The anticipation for new music from this band could not come at a better time amidst the dwindling buzz of the 2015 Grammy’s (thank goodness Kanye apologized – I say that lightly – to Beck on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show).

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Source: Google Image

By the sounds of their first visual, which feels more like a trailer than a single, the band opened the gates for what might be their best effort yet.  The visual for “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, directed by Tabitha Denholm & Vincent Haycock, shows Florence Welch dancing with herself in the beautiful outdoors.  She recites the song title repetitively while getting lost in the sound (which will happen, so be forewarned at first listen), Welch twirls along an outdoor stage as the iconic build up and powerful instrumentation commands this short clip.  The visual clocks in at just under 3 minutes. Take the joyous ride and remember why we have patiently (or maybe not so patiently) waited for the return of this flawless band.  Florence + the Machine is confirmed for both Coachella and Bonaroo performances in 2015, however, this mystical trailer leaves us eagerly questioning their next announcement.  They have us right where they want us.  We are listening!

 

Watch “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”  Now 

 

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SouthBurgher 010: Got the J-O-B-!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Career (Job Seeking), Community Development, Customer Service, Events, Florida, Healthcare, Human Resources, Inspiration, Leadership, Marketing, Philanthropy, Social Media, Social Work, Training & Development | 3 comments

Series Description: In the midst of a professional relocation from Pittsburgh, PA to South Florida, I am highlighting successes (and some roadblocks) during this huge life transition. I hope these tips and stories help people in the event they ever decide to make a move in life.
Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

Today marks the start of a new chapter in my professional life.  I will begin work with Switchboard of Miami, a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that counsels, connects and empowers people in need. As a marketing coordinator for this great organization, I am responsible for marketing the ‘Help Me Grow’ Campaign, conducting all community outreach and events.  Under the marketing plan of the Children’s Trust, I will be directly interacting with the medical community and early childhood development marketing place.

Now it is time to face the South Florida commute.  Wish me luck!

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The “Tweeted” Cover Letter

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Business Affiliates, Business Venture, Career (Job Seeking), Customer Service, Generations Workplace, Human Resources, Leadership, Marketing, Networking, New York City, Professional Development, Social Media, Training & Development | 0 comments

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When applying for new opportunities during your career, why not think outside the box to get one’s attention?  If you believe in yourself and know you can do a job, showcasing that charisma in a clearcut manner may just yield the results you are looking to attain.  So, NBC Universal (South Florida), I hope you are listening/reading.  I applied, and in case Now I am dedicating this post to you.  Let’s talk soon!  Just in case you missed it in the application, heres my cover letter…

“Tweeted” Cover Letter