Archive for April, 2012

Living Life Out Loud!

April 24, 2012

How’s your health these days? Do you have lots of energy? When you wake up estandingach morning do you look forward to the day ahead?

As a professional speaker helping people to excel in today’s stressful world, I’m booked alot within the healthcare industry and there are some common denominators worth noting in people living vibrant healthy lives. My happy self included.
1. Positive attitude
Blah, blah, blah…we’ve all heard this a gazillion times but the truth is everything starts in the mind. Did you know that being open to learn new things can keep you young? (and it’s cheaper than a face lift)
Last week I spoke to a ‘mature’ group ranging from age 70 – 95 years old that blew me away with their zest for life and the energy of a 40 year old. Most of them knew how to email because they’d attended computer classes, some were absent ‘coz they’re still globe trotting, others were taking courses at the local university and all of them were living life out loud.
Awesome attitudes. Awesome place (The Buckingham Houston, Texas)
2. Pursue your passion
Is there something you’d love to do but think you don’t have time? Think again. Time is running out and ahem, you’re not getting any younger. I didn’t think I had time to play tennis in between speaking, writing, marketing, playing piano, volunteering and socializing. Now I’m totally addicted to the game, playing five times/week looking and feeling better than ever. In my audience last week were people who paint amazing artwork, swim every day, travel, raise trees, play poker and are excited about life. How about you?
3. People
Living a happy healthy life takes more than just you. Social interaction with other people keeps your mind active and your spirits up. Isolation can lead to depression and a miriad of other illnesses.
The group last week were a great example of how people flourish with friends to talk to.
My life is blessed with wonderful people and one in particular that I call my everyday friend. Talking to her about victories, challenges and plain ol’ scoop takes the stress out of my day and gives me a innate feeling of peace knowing someone out there cares (such is the thinking of a single gal whose Prince has yet to ask for directions to her door)
Living life out loud doesn’t cost a large fortune. It takes a small change of mind.

Reality Show or Reality Check?

April 2, 2012

Recently I was an honoree at the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) Celebration of Women’s History event where they wanted me to speak for two minutes on success for an audience of 400. Being a professional speaker let me tell you that was a huge challenge. How to cram a sixty minute keynote into two minutes?

Give ’em meat with no fat (or pink slime!)

I shared the five principles it took for me to master the piano they can apply to succeed at anything in life: Passion, Persistence, Attitude, People, Focus and said if Aretha Franklin can come out with a new album at age 70, they too can rock like a rock star! They totally got it.

Enter the real diva du jour…

Cynthia Bailey glided up on stage. The Real Housewives of Atlanta TV star is also a 6 foot something model with her own agency and she doesn’t walk, she glides. Pictured here with TWEF’s founder Dr. Deavra Daughtry, Cynthia’s  stunning beauty, ever- ready smile and commanding presence had us at hello.

Ms.  Bailey came from small town humble beginnings in Alabama and took a leap of faith as a young woman by moving to New York all by herself with little money and a big dream: she wanted to be a model.

She came, she saw, she conquered.

Listening to her speak I was struck by several things: her courage, vulnerability and humility. As a young girl she knew there had to be more to life than the reality she was living so she set out to find it. That took lotsa spunk.  Now as a 44 year old success story she credits everything to her husband and daughter and said her biggest thrill today is seeing  students at The Bailey Agency School of Fashion become confident poised young adults with healthy self esteem.

Cynthia Bailey’s new reality paid off big time.

When did YOU last do a reality check? Do you like what you see or is it time to take a leap of faith and change channels?

Tick tock.