With Easter Sunday approaching quickly, here are some of our favorite Easter Egg decorating idea…

Gold Foiling is a great way to give your Easter Eggs that extra sparkle and shine!

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Marbling gives your Easter Eggs an artistic multi-colored effect

Marble Eggs

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Cute emoji’s, words and prints create playful Easter Eggs

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Wordy Easter Eggs

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Name: Lisa Petrillo
Company: WFOR-TV – CBS
Instagram: @lisapetrillo
Website: cbsmiami.com

How did you get to where you are today?
The simple answer. Through hard work, staying at it and on it and truly loving what I do.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
I am the Entertainment, lifestyle and food reporter for CBS4. I do my best to be the “smile” of a newscast. You’ve usually heard all the bad news before I come on, I hope my reports will make you feel good about things for a bit.

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
For work: I think true success is being satisfied with the work that you’ve done, at the end of the day. Nothing makes me happier, or makes me feel more successful than when viewers tell me how much they enjoy my work and tune in to watch me.
Personally: It’s all about family. My husband and I are raising 2 kids who we hope will be happy people, who will be kind and thoughtful to others AND be an asset to the world. I’m happy and blessed to say it’s looking good so far! ☺

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What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
I have interviewed some of the most interesting people!  I’ve chatted and danced on camera with Oprah Winfrey, had a great interview with Paul McCartney, had Tom Hanks tell me I remind him of Julia Roberts (how charming of him! Hahah). I’ve interviewed Hilary Clinton and watched and covered my friends, Gloria and Emilio Estefan get the  Medal of Honor at the White House. It’s been amazing.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?  
There are always mistakes here and there and you learn from all of them. No one is perfect and you just try harder next time.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
I just want to keep doing what I’m doing, while still learning and striving to get better, one of these days, I wouldn’t mind having my own show. Not anchoring a news program, but hosting a lifestyle/food show.

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Who has been your greatest inspiration?
All of the working Moms who juggle it all everyday.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
I can’t say I cried, but sometimes the schedule is overwhelming and there are too many demands leaving no down time. It’s those times when I have to learn to just say, no, it’s enough. That’s always been a struggle for me to learn to say NO.
I’ve also realized that some people are just out for themselves no matter what and that’s that. Stay the course and stick to your inner values and good things will happen in the end.

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
My career has opened me up to meeting some wonderful people. Many have become close friends through the years. My personal relationships and friendships have remained strong. Those who I know and love the most, I keep close and they know who they are.

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Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
No. I’ve thought about “changing” things up, but never giving up.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?  
Too many things on my schedule, that I haven’t thought through, Turbulence on a flight AND when my teenagers come home in the wee hours of the morning.

What makes you happy?
Just hanging with my entire family, (including my 2 dogs); Spending time with close friends;  I also feel happy when a story I created for work comes together on the air just like I wanted it to…. AND I’m happy when a great song makes me get up and dance!!  I also love the mountains.

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?  
It truly will all work out. Don’t worry about having to make everyone like you. The smart ones will and the rest don’t matter.

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What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
Oh, this is a good one. Because I cover entertainment, food, celebrities and fashion, most people think it’s fun and so easy!  It is (mostly) FUN. But, it’s not easy. It can be very demanding and difficult at times and requires many types of skills that I’ve worked very hard at obtaining. My husband always gives me the biggest compliment when he says : “You work so hard, to make it look so easy.”

What is your favorite quote?
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
– Mark Twain

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Name: Madeleine Marr
Company: Miami Herald, Miami.com
Age: 40 something!
Instagram: @madinmia
Website: www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities

How did you get to where you are today?
I wanted to be in journalism since college when I was the TV and movie critic for my college newspaper also called The Herald. I also loved international travel so found out that there was an English language weekly magazine in Madrid and applied. Lo and behold they needed a managing editor and I worked there for almost two years at the top of the masthead of Guidepost. Later, incorporating my love of travel and journalism, I moved to Puerto Rico to be a copy editor for The San Juan Star daily newspaper. Back in my home of NYC I freelanced and ended up at Forbes – their Special Interest Publications.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
I interview all types of celebrities who have some kind of connection to  South Florida, whether it be a movie, TV show, book, exhibit, song, etc.

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
In the world of entertainment journalism, I would say I have a plum job as I have gotten exclusive interviews with dozens upon dozens of megafamous people in showbiz. I also work for one of the most major dailies in the U.S. so yes, I would say I have arrived!

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What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
It’s rewarding to meet people who I’ve been a fan of most of my life in the flesh and realizing that they are just human beings.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them? Mistakes?
The big one: Spreading myself too thin. Trying to do to too many things at once and pleasing too many people. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is the art of gab but to also how to be a terrific listener.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
I’ve got a great idea for a book – mixing motherhood with red carpets. I am taking any and all ideas on how to get this off the ground!

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Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My mom – she used to be a pretty big time publicist in NYC. She’s going to be 89 on April 1 and she is still as sharp as ever. I think I inherited her way with words. She is truly an amazing lady.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
I really have honestly never cried at work unless someone I knew was ill, had died or was leaving the company. I get a bit stressed when publicists who have my cell phone number call or text me on weekends! LOL

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
That has been a bit of a juggle as I have two small daughters, aged 6 and 8. So their father has had to step up and be Mr. Mom often when I go out at night for events, a role he is very good at but all the same, it can be tough at times.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
No – goodness no! That is not my nature at all. I’ve been told many times I’m a survivor and will always land on my feet. You just have to take a deep breath and keep going, no matter what.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
I’m a little like Woody Allen, with the hypochondriac thing. Getting better, but I’ve had those moments where I’m thinking, OK I need to call and get that CT scan.

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What makes you happy?
Seeing my daughters’ sleepy faces the first thing in the morning. Making deadline! Seeing an article I worked hard on come out beautifully in color in print the following day. Talking to an old friend.

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Stay on your path. You’re doing the right thing.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I have an easy gig.

What is your favorite quote?
“Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

Nila_Do_mug3Name: Nila Do Simon
Company: Venice Magazine
Instagram: @nilado
Website: venicemagftl.com

How did you get to where you are today?
I was always been a voracious reader. The Hardy Boys mysteries, The Baby-Sitter Club series, Mark Twain novels, Shakespeare plays, you name it. I remember reading books while at the dinner table, during car rides and right before I went to bed. Along with my brothers, I would regularly go to the local libraries and spend hours going from book to book, magazine to magazine. My parents are both avid readers, and my father is a writer who has published several best-selling books of his poems in his native Vietnamese; whether or not they knew it, their love of reading unconsciously spilled over to me.

We didn’t have a newspaper subscription growing up, but my parents always brought home the day’s paper after work, and I would read that from cover to cover, too. I remember thinking how a writer’s words affected me as a reader, and in the case of newspapers, I started really feeling the power of the fourth estate early on. I thought if I could be affected by reading a journalist’s words, then perhaps I could strive to affect and inform readers with my words.

I eventually majored in journalism at the University of Florida, where I began falling in love with photography. There, I realized how words and images, when paired sonorously, have the ability to tell stories in effective ways, and hopefully move and provide thought-provoking ideas to readers.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
At the end of the day, I tell stories. These stories are of real people and situations, and I love that I can get them onto a page. I love that I can connect with individuals on a micro and macro level to tell their stories.

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
Perhaps success can be thought of as setting a fairly lofty goal and eventually achieving it. Am I successful? I’m not quite sure I can answer that without some subjectivity, particularly because I’m intimately familiar with the contexts that surround my achievements and my disappointments. But I at least like to think that I’m not a failure.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
I really don’t pay much attention to awards, but one particular accolade made me especially proud, particularly because of the team effort that went into it. When Venice magazine was in its infancy, we submitted our magazine for consideration of Best New Magazine of the Year, awarded by the Florida Magazine Association. And, guess what? We won! It was huge for that organization to recognize our team, especially our publisher, Carlos Suarez, for bringing the magazine from a mere concept to a strong literary product.

On the individual front, I admit I was very honored to have co-written a New York Times front-page story about legalizing same-sex marriages in Florida. I attended a mass gay wedding at the Broward County Courthouse at 3 a.m. on January 6, 2015, and to be able to help tell the plight of same-sex couples whose rights to marriage had been a dream up until then was beautiful experience that I will never forget.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
Not trusting in my teammates’ skills. There’s a point where micromanaging is really unnecessary and not only ineffective, but just plain silly. I’ve been there, and I’ve learned that if you surround yourself with really strong colleagues, then there’s no reason to not trust them and for them not to trust you.

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What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
Does dunking on a 10-foot basketball hoop count? I’ve always wanted to do that! … In all seriousness, I still want to tell my parents’ story and their epic journey of coming to the United States. Look up the word “sacrifice” in the dictionary; you’ll find their photos. Their resolve to make a life for themselves and their family, despite monumental odds, is super-human. Whether or not I find a publisher for it, I intend to write about their biographies – and only hope I tell it as eloquently as they have managed to live their lives.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

I am more inspired by actions and moments than I have been with individual people. For example, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lyrical words in “The Great Gatsby” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s touching prose inspire me to tell stories with meaningful syntax and diction. Jon Krakauer’s crucial attention to details and unearthing of facts show me that no matter how minute the fact, it could make or break a reader’s attention. Lane DeGregory and Pamela Colloff’s abilities to connect and empathize with their subjects are handled with so much deft and care that it’s a true art form.

I’m also a big sports fan (I blame it on my father, who treated me as his third son), so epic performances such as Pete Sampras’ five-set quarterfinal win at the 1996 U.S. Open, after literally getting sick on the court, inspire me to dig deep and persevere. Too, off- and on-the-field accolades have inspired me to remain gracious, such as Larry Fitzgerald’s ever-humble nature. Here’s a man who is considered one of the greatest wide receivers of all time who just won a huge playoff game, and he’s on the field wishing a reporter a quick recovery from his cancer treatment. The world is bigger than us, and people like Larry Fitzgerald continue to remind me of that fact.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
I’ve been fortunate to develop a thick skin, particularly at the beginning of my career. The newsroom can be a nasty place. I remember senior editors ridiculing my writing publicly and, in perhaps the cruelest way, questioning my character. But I always stood by what I was producing. Sure, it saddened me, and in one particular instance, it left me despondent and pretty much non-verbal for the rest of the day. I also realized that there is so little time in the day that tearing up wasn’t a particularly time-effective way to move forward with a solution. At least for me. I didn’t want to waste my tears on some person or situation that made me sad. Instead, I’ll save those moments for Nicholas Spark movies (ah, such tear-jerkers those movies are!).

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
In some ways, it’s enhanced them, and in some ways, it’s weakened them. But the common thread is that my career has taken my relationships to its rawest forms. My days can be unpredictable and, at times, stressful and frustrating. I know that my closest friends and family members who have stuck by me and supported me through all these times are here because they want to be. And, I am so grateful for them.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
Never. I’m all in and ready for the cards to be dealt.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
Comma splices and run-on sentences! Oh, and deadlines.

What makes you happy?
Brilliant prose. That, and Gator football, basketball and volleyball.

What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?
That this job can be fun. Despite all the late nights, missed birthday parties and super-low pay you’ll receive at 21 years old, journalism and magazine editing is exciting, fast-paced and too much fun.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I don’t work. Ha! Nothing could be further from the truth. Folks might see me at an event or party, but nine out of 10 times I’m “working” it to some extent. My work is a bit more untraditional compared to the typical 9-to-5 office job, and I don’t ever clock out. As the editor of Venice, I’m always representing the magazine, so communicating with others and discovering new stories are essential parts of my job.

What is your favorite quote?
My high school basketball coach told me something that I apply through all parts of my life: “If you’re on a scoring spree, keep shooting; if you’re not on a scoring spree, keep shooting until you are.”

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T2Name: Tomi Rose
Occupation: Realtor, Senior VP of the Sports & Entertainment “OSE” Division at Opulence International Realty and Editor for Rose Magazine
Company: Rose Magazine
Age: 41
Instagram: @tomiroseone
Website: www.tomiroserealestate.com

How did you get to where you are today?
I have a strong belief in faith. I’m dedicated to hard work and my perseverance is unmatched.

“It definitely takes persistence, hard work, dedication, and goal-setting to achieve anything worthwhile. It was not an easy road,” Rose revealed. “There wasn’t an open door for me. There were many obstacles I had to overcome to get to this level of success. It’s not a quick process.”

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
Hello, My name is Tomi Rose, the best sports and entertainment realtor in the game.

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I define success, as an individual vision beyond the supernatural. Success for me goes beyond a lifestyle to your way of life. “I’m hungry for the knowledge to be successful,” says Tomi Rose. “The goal is to learn and add blocks daily towards building a success life.”  I look at Bill Gates, and he’s successful. I look at Oprah, and she’s successful. I believe their success came from them designing their individual building plan, implementing the process and adding blocks daily, to build a solid life”. I can’t consider myself successful until my foundation is laid and my building is complete.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Selling the most expensive home in North Coconut Grove history, located at 3590 Crystal View Court. Selling this residence at this price point is record-breaking and history-making. Setting the highest price per square foot at $1,100 for the neighborhood is a record and has been unheard of until I set it. Through this sale, the future of the neighborhood will be elevated to a new arena of property value, and I truly take pride in having contributed to that.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
I made mistakes in business trusting in people to be loyal. I learned in business, loyalty goes as far as your value to an individual or company. My strength and ability to turn my lessons into motivation to pick myself up and leave my mark is the same reason why I have become the most sought after and best Sports and Entertainment Realtor in the game!

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
Personally, Professionally, I want to be the first African American Residential Realtor to sale over $100 Million in one fiscal year repeatedly.

T1Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My children are my greatest inspiration.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
I’m overwhelmed daily; because there aren’t enough hours in a day. When overwhelmed, I don’t cry. I take breaks.

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
I have an awesome professional support team. But, I’m addicted to my profession which doesn’t seem like work; because it requires me to spend time with clients, and a number of them have become dear friends. I’m blessed to have the flexibility in the career I have to balance it all and spend quality time with my wonderful husband and children.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
Giving up isn’t a thought or an option for me.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
I may have done more work in one day than the average person. When I lay myself down, my conscious is clear I gave 150%, but my mind continues to race. I can’t recall the last time I had a full night’s sleep.

What makes you happy?
Spending quality time with my family.

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Start now pursuing your dreams and stay focused.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
That my profession is easy.

What is your favorite quote?
“Keep going, no matter what,” Reginald E. Lewis

hire-up-quoteHiring Up: Why We Need People Who Are Better Than Us!

I had no idea I wanted to be an entrepreneur.  I didn’t pursue an MBA, I never wrote a formal business plan and I never managed anyone but myself (just barely).  However, I knew I had a cool concept that I was passionate about and confident enough that other women (like me) would love and support the fashionable enterprise.  It wasn’t a vanity project; it was my career and a vehicle to being financially independent.

The first 365 days of entrepreneurship were anything BUT glamorous – they were rough.  It was basically a party of one (myself) and a part-time employee.   Working seven days a week quickly started to suck the life (read: happy hours, boyfriends, vacations, routine mani/pedis and exercise) right out of me. It wasn’t Dolly world with a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule.  I remember driving home late at night and barely keeping my eyes open.

Superwoman I was not!  I quickly realized I couldn’t successfully run my company without help.  However, I didn’t look for just anyone to fill the designer shoes.  I set out to assemble my A-team!

First, I had to fire my ego! I resigned to the fact that I didn’t know everything and set out like Steve Jobs to “Hire The Best”.  Recruiting is hard but if you are hiring intelligently (meaning seeking out the most capable candidates whose brilliance exceeds your own), you will create a team of excellence.

Entrepreneurs who are intimidated by employees who are in some way more capable or knowledgeable than them are destined to fail. Talented candidates are not a threat – they are an invaluable asset.

So think like the NBA, and stack your team wisely.  Here are 3 tips for HIRING UP!

  1. You Complete Me (well sort of): Look for complementary skills.  Today’s marketplace calls for diversified skill sets. What else does the job candidate bring to the table? Roles within companies (especially small businesses) are constantly being redefined. The “A-Players” recognize fluctuating responsibilities and adapt accordingly to best solve problems.  They wear many hats and ALL should complement your hat. You should never hear the words, “that isn’t in my job description.”
  2. Say Hell No to Helicopter Boss!  Don’t micro-manage – its a costly management style. (disclaimer: this is something that I still struggle with). It took me a long time to learn to “let go” and let them get on with it. The debilitating effects of micromanagement are endless.  It prevents innovation and creativity, slows workflow, discourages teamwork and makes you look like a control freak!
  3. Show Gratitude for Attitude – When interviewing job candidates, I pay less attention to work experience and more attention to how eager and driven they appear. Hard work is just as important as talent.  One cannot be taught how to work hard – it has to come from within. Those with less job experience arrive with less biases and rigid working methods and therefore can be molded into a star employee with proper training if armed with the right attitude.

lisa-featuredName:  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!”

betsey-featuredName: 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”

paige-held-featuredName: 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.

12512314_678044982337176_5505402063815327741_nWhat have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
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

jackie-kay-featuredName: 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.”