Name:  Lisa Anderson
Company: Cycleward Studio
Age: 36
Instagram: @cyclewardstudio
Website: www.cyclewardstudio.com

How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always been a really hard worker. I’ve had a job since I was 14 just because I enjoyed working.  As I got older and experienced a variety of jobs ranging from a bar tender, sales, insurance, cycling instructor, a pilot….I knew at some point I needed to have my own business.  I flirted with the idea a blow/braid bar, indoor playground, crossfit. I’ve always been obsessed with fitness so was hoping that God would lead me into that direction. My cousin Jamie and I were driving home from working out one night in January of 2013 and said Ft. Lauderdale desperately needs an indoor cycling studio. A really bad ass one!  POOF….From that moment on we started working on it. We had every obstacle you could think of thrown at us but we never gave up and managed not to kill each other!!  January 19th ,2015 we opened our doors! This is the most complete I have ever felt!

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What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
We are Ft. Lauderdale’s first premier indoor cycling studio. We offer 50 performance tracked bikes with stadium seating, black light illumination and an enormous screen to keep your mind off the burning sensation in your legs!  You’ll feel like you’re at your favorite night club while sweating, burning fat, and having a pretty damn good time doing so!

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
Yes I do!  I measure success by the impact we have on our clients. There is nothing more rewarding than coming to work to see all those beautiful, sweaty, grateful, smiling faces!

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Hearing a client tell me how Cycleward has changed their life for the better!
Seeing the pride in my parents, husband, and kids faces that all my hard work and obsession paid off!

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
Wow, where do I begin.  I’d say my partner and cousin Jamie and I’s biggest mistake when we first opened was letting our staff see our indifferences.  We grew up together so we are very close but very different personalities, so opening a business together was a challenge at first. Not being discrete about it definitely showed a weakness to our staff. We might of lost a little respect from some, some laughed about it, others took advantage of it.

I do believe that mistakes happen for a reason. They help you grow and make you stronger as a person, a team, a business.  At the end of the day I believe our crew understands that we are human and we are going to make mistakes.  Our love and dedication for each other and our business earns their respect.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
BALANCE! Accepting that I’m not always going to make the best decision, be the best proprietor, instructor, mom, wife, daughter, and friend.   Doesn’t mean I still won’t try but it’s ok if I fall short once in a while.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
I’d say my parents. My dad for his patience with following a dream and never giving up on something he put his mind to. My mom for her ability to see the good in everyone, and having a heart of gold!

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
Um….all the time… Ha, I’m a baby! I am very hard on myself and I get overwhelmed very easily. We recently had to make a very tough business decision and it was very emotional for me. I know we did the right thing though and if I wasn’t sad about it I would have been disappointed in myself.  See….I told you I was hard on myself!

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
It’s very easy to let Cycleward consume me. I believe it takes time to build a solid foundation, and I struggle with putting myself and family first.  Last year I was in the hospital twice due to neglecting my body. There’s a reason why the safety intro on an airplane explains to put the oxygen mask on you first!
My kids are 4 and 8 and I wish I could freeze them. We are a very close family and I don’t want to miss out on a second of them growing up.
On a positive note I have developed so many new friends and met so many great people, so I have no complaints!

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
No! Giving up is not in my vocabulary.  I’ll fight to the very end. When times get tough I pray and trust that God has me where I am to serve a very good purpose.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
Leaving things undone. Guilt, that my kids are growing up so fast and one day I’m going to look back and wish I spent more time on the little things.

What makes you happy?
My family and seeing other people happy!

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
You can be anything you want to be, but don’t rush it! Time flies by so fast. It’s ok to just sit still for a while!

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That we are a bike shop, lol!

What is your favorite quote?
“She believed she could, so she did!”

Name: Betsey Chesler
Company: Cameras For Kids Foundation
Age: 52
Instagram: @CFKF
Website: www.CamerasForKidsFoundation.org

How did you get to where you are today?
After spending a month traveling South Africa in 2008 volunteering in Orphanages and shooting the incredible landscapes, I returned to the States and realized how I had just experienced a life changing trip!  Upon my return I began researching what happens in our own backyard when a child is taken away from their families due to abuse, neglect and abandonment and quickly learned that at any given time there are over 500,000 children in the foster care system each year.  Horrified by these statistics, I was compelled to try to make a difference in their lives.  I also knew the therapeutic value of photography and art, so I created a curriculum that I could use to teach the kids the art of photography and began at one local South Florida residential foster facility.  After the first eight week program I knew we were on to something big.  Not only did we see an overall transformation of the kids in our class, but they learned so much and were creating exhibit worthy Fine Art Photography.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
CFKF provides cameras and weekly instruction to disadvantaged kids teaching the art of photography while instilling self-esteem, self-confidence and offering a skill set. We then go on to exhibit the kids work in Galleries and other public venues.  To date, CFKF has placed cameras in the hands of over 700 at-risk children across the US, Canada and Haiti.  GLOBAL IS THE GOAL.

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How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I believe success is accomplishing something you set out to do stemming from a deep and pure place from within…accomplishing something with great purpose.  Furthermore, to impact others in a positive manner, to make a difference in the life of those less fortunate than ourselves, to me that is success.  It’s beyond your own accomplishment, it’s touching the lives of others.

Do I consider myself a success? I will humbly say yes, however, I have much more to do and will spend my life striving to learn, grow, share and continue to accomplish making a difference on any level in this big world of ours.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Every day, in one way or another, touches me.  The rewards can be as simple as witnessing a child who views their printed photography for the first time.  The joy and pride on their faces still over-comes me every single time.  To see a child suddenly feel hope and a sense of purpose in life is all the reward I will ever need.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
On all levels, I’ve thrown myself into CFKF and it’s become a full time mission in my life (morning, noon and night).  That said, I’ve allowed myself to be consumed by the Foundation and the children we serve while not finding the right balance to nourish my own needs and interests.  Finding a balance in life has always challenged me, and then every once in a while I stop to think about it and consciously set some personal goals for myself.  I learned long ago, I’m no good to anyone else unless I am good myself.  I predict I’ll work at this until my last breath.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
Personally, I’d love to spend some time on my own photography and art.  Now that I run CFKF full time, I don’t make time for my own shooting and really would like to do so in the future.  Professionally, the path has always been and continues to be to take our photography program global, and we are on our way!

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Who has been your greatest inspiration?
This is a tough one…but without question, both of my parents have inspired me through life to set goals and go after them.  The only one that could stand in my way would be ME, and they’ve shown me how to go after something I believe in.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
Last weekend in NYC.  I was at a conference with several other nonprofits and we were all sharing stories about the kids we serve.  One story brought tears to my eyes.  Too many children become victims of circumstances and are truly helpless.  Their scars run deep and they may spend a lifetime trying to heal.  Many never recover. It’s so terribly sad to me that the very one’s that the children trust to keep them safe are the one’s that abuse and neglect them…their parents.

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
As I mentioned before, my career has totally consumed me therefore, I probably have short changed some of my relationship. It’s a juggling act, but in the end it’s about prioritizing your time and purpose.  I’ll continue to work on finding this balance as well.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
In the nonprofit world things move too slowly for me.  I’m results driven.  Working with other nonprofits and state agencies can be frustrating, often never having the perfect solution.  Sometimes it can wear on you to the extent of feeling like enough is enough.  Then I wake up the next day and it’s back to work I go!  After all, the kids are waiting for us. We wouldn’t want to let them down.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
My sleepless nights come from taking on much more than I should at a given time and then feeling overwhelmed by it.  It’s always self-induced with me…or as I like to say, I continue to challenge myself and there is no end in sight. People wonder why I’m so tired at the end of the day…ha!

What makes you happy?
The little things in life make me the most happy.  I child’s smile, animals, my family and friends, a beautiful photograph, music, the sunshine, the ocean, jogging, pilates, ice-cream and even broccoli (my fav!)

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Trust your intuition! If I had listened to my gut, I may have prevented some mistakes along the way. We are smarter than we give ourselves credit for…as long as we draw on our intuition.
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What is your favorite quote?
“Help those who will help themselves”

In the midst of South Florida’s cold snap, I needed a break from old man winter without having to tangle with TSA, so I indulged in spa services courtesy of Bliss at the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel.

My afternoon was spent in complete Bliss. Upon entry I was warmly greeted by a friendly receptionist who escorted me through the modern 4,000 sqft. spa to a women’s lounge where I received access to a digital locker, plush robe and cozy slippers.

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With five treatment rooms, two manicure and two pedicure stations, there were plenty of services to choose from. The modern design and ambiance of the spa is matched by the menu of services including a “Quick Bliss” set of treatments for the professional who needs a little pick me up but is pressed for time.

I decided on the Rapid Rub ($80) and Oxygen Blast ($90). I spent a few minutes in the waiting room enjoying the decadent chocolate brownie buffet and warm tea prior to my services.

I met my therapist, Diane Harris, for a 30-minute targeted massage that worked the kinks out of all of the aches and pains in my neck, back and shoulders. After being put completely to ease, I met my aesthetician, Judy Leone, for a quick complexion facial that included a fruit-acid peel, antioxidant vitamin massage, hydrating enzyme pack and oxygen spray, which dramatically brightened my skin.

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For guests who have more time to indulge, the spa offers seasonal packages that mix and match different services.

I have already started planning a “Galentine’s Day” getaway with a few of my best girlfriends.
Pairs who want to get pampered can try the Couples Cabana Blissage ($320), full body massage and warm wax foot wrap; Oxygen Blast & Side by Side Hot Cream Mani ($230), quick complexion pick-me-up facial and complete manicure and Side by Side ($160), pedicure and hot cream manicure. The full day of pampering also includes a bottle of bubbly, four chocolate covered strawberries all-day access to the pool and 20 percent off any additional services booked that day.

With one call to 954-414-8233, Bliss Spa at the W, Fort Lauderdale will truly make you feel loved.

Name:  Nina Lacher
Blog: Law of Fashion Blog
Website: www.lawoffashionblog.com
Instagram: @ninaerin18

I was born and raised in Florida to a family of entrepreneurs. They instilled a passion in me for being a hard working, independent woman.  I’m married to my college sweetheart for just over 4 years. I’m a full time attorney, COO of my mother’s company Mattress Helper and fashion blogger.

lawoffashion-1How did you start Fashion Blogging?
It was a combination of needing a creative outlet from my day job of being an attorney, coupled with the problem that I would always spend time getting dressed and doing my makeup in the morning, and my husband would never see the “work” I put into it because he would still be sleeping. Also, I work in a family business; just me, my mom and my dad. I work 10 hours a day so I was always too tired to go out after work. I wanted to document the outfits and the time I put into my morning routine!

Describe your style?
Classic with a hint of trendy

What are some pro’s and con’s of Fashion Bloggers?
Pros: Meeting amazing people, being a part of a community and working with incredible brands! Cons: It’s surprisingly time consuming!

Where do you find your style inspiration?
Everywhere! You can pick 1 article of clothing that can inspire your whole look. Sometimes I’ll look at actresses, models, even mannequins in a store for style inspiration.

One piece of advice you would give to any start up bloggers?
Don’t do it for the money, do it because its your passion! Eventually the money will come to you.

Join us for a 4 Day Kendra Scott Trunkshow! Lilac And Lilies Boutique and Beauty for Real are getting ladies gussied up just in time for Valentine’s Day.

From Thursday, Feb. 11th to Sunday, Feb. 14th, shoppers can get celebrity style on sale. L&L will showcase Kendra Scott Jewelry, the popular designs often worn by Selena Gomez, Mindy Kaling and Eva Longoria, at 15 percent off while offering complimentary mimosas and sweet treats.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13th, Leslie Munsell, celebrity make up artist and founder of Beauty for Real, will make a special guest appearance and perform sexy eye and kissable lip touch ups while showcasing the latest items from her new 2016 collection of make up, skin care and hair styling products.

ABOUT BEAUTY FOR REAL:  
Celebrity makeup artist Leslie Munsell launched Beauty for Real (BFR) in 2010 focusing on simple, straightforward, high fashion and highly functional products. Her expertly created make-up, body and hair styling products are innovative, high performing and highlight every woman’s natural beauty. BFR also creates seasonal, exclusive collections for Aerie. For more information, please visit BeautyforReal.com or follow on Twitter @BeautyForReal and Instagram @BeautyForReal.

ABOUT LILAC AND LILIES BOUTIQUE:
Lilac And Lilies Boutique hand selects pieces from more than 60 clothing and accessory designers for the fashion-forward shopper. The boutique focuses on quality products with a variety of price points and provides customers with a personal shopping experience. For more info, visit www.LilacAndLilies.com and “like” Lilac And Lilies Boutique on Facebook.

WHERE:     

Lilac And Lilies Boutique
2541 East Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

WHEN:        

Thursday, Feb. 11th through Sunday, Feb. 14th – Kendra Scott Trunk Show
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13th – Beauty for Real Mini Makeovers
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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We love turning up the tunes while we work. Right now, we’re loving these high-energy, feel-good songs that make work in fashion so much fun. Enjoy!

Name: Paige Held
Company:  The Yoga Joint
Age:  37
Instagram:  @paigeheldyoga
Website:  www.theyogajoint.com

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How did you get to where you are today?  
By staying focused on my visions, working HARD everyday. Learning that disappointment can be an amazing teacher. Learning that failure can be the steeping stones to success. By never listening to the negative things people may say about you and your business. And most importantly listening to your heart and living in your passion.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?  
I teach a 75min hot fusion yoga class that has great music and great message to get you thinking about life and help you destress. You create immense strength and flexibility on a deep physical and mental level.  It is a great workout and work-IN

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I define success by living in purpose, by offering myself in service to people. Staying balanced with my career, being a good mother and wife, and taking care of myself physically, mentally and spiritually, and by having financial freedom. Yes I consider myself extremely successful.

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The most rewarding part has been to see how something I created with my business partner and best friend Kelly Green, change so many people’s lives for the better. To be a part of peoples lives and their healing has been amazing to say the least. To see my visions and dreams come true is so rewarding.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
I know I have said it already but my mistakes all seem to stem from not trusting my gut, and going against my intuition. What I am now leaning, is to stand in my power and listen to that little voice inside.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?  
Wow this is a hard one, I am in the expansion phase of company and my goal is to have 100 + studios. I am only 37 so I have a lot to achieve personally and professionally and I don’t plan to stop until I am dead!

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
The students have been my greatest inspiration. People come to yoga for many reasons, and many come under some dark, dark, dark circumstances. To know their stories and how they are stepping on their mats while going through chemo, mourning the death of a child,  loss of loved ones, divorce, loss of a job… the list goes on and on. To watch them go through all this and continue to show up in life is such a gift to be around.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?  
I recently found out that some people that were working for me had been talking negatively about me, and some of my life choices and decision. I thought these people were my friends even consider them like family.  To have these people turn on me was one of the hardest things I have had to come to terms with and I spent some time crying over it and feeling overwhelmed. I will tell you now that I have taken some time to reflect it was such a blessing in disguise.

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?  
The more I expand my company the busier I get, that requires me to be very organized and use my time wisely, that means making lots of dates with my husband, kids and friends. I literally have to pencil them in.. I know that sound crazy but it works for me and everyone feels like they “get me” …  My career has affected my relationships in such an amazing way. I have made friendships with people that have inspired me and push me to greatness.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?  
Giving up has never been an option for me. I truly believe in my heart that everyone in the world could benefit from a daily yoga practice and I think that is why I am here to share yoga with the world. That keeps me going!

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?  
Well I have to be honest; I do yoga everyday so I don’t have many sleepless nights. I am super blessed to be a great sleeper.

What makes you happy?
Being able to spend time with my husband and kids makes me happy. I am blessed to have created a company where my business partner is my best friend and our corporate team consists of all my best friends and strong powerful women who build each other up. Saying that I get to spend lots of time with my friends because we work together, so being able to spend time with my family, traveling, watching movies, going on walks with our dogs, going to the beach, having dinners and just relaxing at home makes me HAPPY.

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
To love yourself, not take the way people behave personally, and to trust your first instincts they are always right.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I have it all figured out. People assume I have everything figured out and I am just a work in progress doing my best.

What is your favorite quote?
Be the change you wish you see in the world~ Gandhi

Name: Jackie Kay
Company: Personal Stylist
Age: Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.
Instagram: @JackieKay2013

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How did you get to where you are today?
The journey thus far has been a lot of hard work. I’m a firm believer that nothing worth having comes easily. Keeping my faith strong, being my own hero, remaining positive and never giving up has helped me get to where I am today. Anyone can give up when things get difficult; it’s picking yourself up and continuing that makes a person strong. (Oh, and vodka helps on the tough days, too.)

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
Well, the people I style for jokingly call me: “The President.” The nickname came when I was able to follow through on an incredibly tough job. I’m not sure that’s a pitch per se, but my motto is “give me a day and I can make it happen.” I am blessed to style my bestie, Shireen Sandoval (from Deco Drive Channel 7 & WSVN.) I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that? I love helping women feel beautiful and confident. I also love fashion and strongly believe when you look good, you feel good. On a side note: I feel as if women should build one another up and support each other — that’s real beauty to me.

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I consider myself a work in progress (always improving, always growing). Success can be defined in so many different ways. For me, though, it’s when I get that butterfly feeling in my stomach knowing I’ve made a difference in someone’s life .

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Shireen (for the past few years) and travel with her to some amazing places. What’s more, I’ve developed a friendship with her that has become one of the greatest gifts of my life. Finding another woman in this industry who encourages you, supports you and truly loves you for who you are is such a dream come true. I’ve also had the opportunity to dress other celebrities, attend fabulous events and meet a plethora of interesting people. I consider myself very fortunate.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
If you care about what someone else thinks you will forever be a prisoner. Life’s too short not to be happy and to be caught up in what others think is a waste of time and energy. I used to be a people pleaser, but I’ve recently learned to make myself a priority. It saves me from a lot of disappointment. I’m still trying to find that balance, but it’s definitely something I’ve learned from.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
Great question! I would love to travel the world and continue to style people. Write a book about all my adventures and drink lots of red wine! I would also love to have a family of my own one day and I hope to be an inspiration to other women; encouraging and building them up, while always working on myself.

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Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Anyone whom I can learn a life lesson from.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
I’m not a crier by nature, but I did recently stress eat by gorging on an entire pizza. I was stressed and anxious about a pull (series of clothing) that was supposed to be mailed to me from out of state. I wasn’t sure they (the clothing) were going to make it in time for a huge fashion shoot. It was a lot of pressure and I was beyond nervous! Yes, the clothing arrived and yes, I had to hit the gym extra hard.

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
My circle has become smaller, but it’s stronger. I only keep a few people really close to me. In this industry you have to, otherwise my energy goes toward the frivolous. As far as relationships, well, let’s just say, I’m single and ready to mingle.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
Giving up is not an option for me. If something no longer serves me, I simply release it .

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
I’m a worry wart by nature, however, I’m learning that sleeping is actually very healing and LAWD knows with my schedule, my body and mind need rest.

What makes you happy?
Oh, so many things! A beautiful sunset and the laughter of a child.

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re doing better than you think you are.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I run around from boutique-to-boutique and pull clothing and that’s it. People don’t realize how many phone calls I make and the driving I do (I live in Broward County and work in Miami.) Also, there’s the time that it takes to build working relationships, scout new stores and the late hours of planning for upcoming shoots or blogs or even just wardrobe. It takes an enormous amount of time, scheduling and above all, patience.

What is your favorite quote?
Proverbs 31:25
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”