Saturday, July 8, 2017

On being inspired, creative and avoiding toxicity in life

"Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people"
~~  Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) , longest-serving First Lady of the United States, held post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.

I shared this quote "Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people," by First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, as I have always been inspired and moved by her but especially this quote. A recent article titled "10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague," excerpted this quote and brought it back to my attention. Of course I've shared this article both on LI and FB. What strikes me most is how relevant this has been for me in my life.

Better to listen, better to look, best to speak less - thats why we have 2 eyes, 2 ears and just 1 mouth. The more one ignores ignorance, moves away from toxicity (whether at work or with family) and instead observes, imagines, lives, loves, laughs, etc., the more success one has. Be it accomplishing goals, making dreams become real, or simply trying out new things. And it's not rocket science to know how turning negative energy into positive energy leads to many pleasures and surprises in life.

Another article that really inspires me is an allthingsdigitalmarketing blog posting titled "Private Sessions with Be Beautiful Pilates," by Andrea Goldstein. I was immediately drawn to it not just from the title, but the opening sentence provided a wealth of perspective and intrigue that made me want to read the entire article right away. I learned the importance of motivation, and why one should never feel insecure about trying out new things while being comfortable in your own body/skin.

Now to creativity and my invention. When I first started my journey to the world of ideas, invention and now to actual product, I never realized how important the virtues of patience and persistence were going to be. Thank goodness the loooooong enduring process that I'm experiencing is indeed worth every nanosecond of sweat and breath I've put into myelashCurler. I'm so excited to report to everyone that the first sample run is in - YAY! After testing, I realize a bit more R&D is needed and I should know more soon. I'm awaiting more feedback before myelashCurler becomes what I imagine it to be - complete, polished, product and works seamlessly as I know it will. Stay tuned as more information will be on the way soon. Bookmark or ~ you go to the same place either way :) See ya soon.

#creativity #invention #ideas #inspiration #EleanorRoosevelt

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Private Sessions with Be Beautiful Pilates

When someone mentions Pilates, you may picture a room of lean, fit bodies on Reformer machines doing all sorts of complicated movements.  It can be a bit intimidating to those who don’t spend every day devoted to fitness or are beginners who want to avoid injuries.

A few years ago, I was feeling clumsy and out of shape from sitting at a desk all day.  My chiropractor recommended that I look into Pilates classes to help strengthen my core and improve posture. While doing some online research, I found 5 star reviews about Be Beautiful Pilates, run by Flavia Bruni.  In addition to the glowing reviews, her lessons had had been named “Best Pilates for Women” by New York Magazine and she happened to be up the block from my office in SoHo.  

I soon met with Flavia, a native of Italy, and immediately took to her warm, nurturing, and down to earth personality. As a professional dancer, she is very concerned with body awareness and the prevention of injuries.  Flavia assessed where I was in my fitness and slowly introduced different exercises.  In our weekly one-on-one sessions, we discovered that using the reformer aggravated my lower back so she instead taught me movements on the mat. 

Flavia Bruni
As I got more comfortable with the exercises, the Reformer was incorporated a bit more.  Yet, most of my session is done on the mat using therabands, balls of all sizes and the Pilates springboard on the wall for arm and leg strengthening.  

An hour with Flavia feels more like a great physical therapy session than an exercise class.  Working with her enables me to do movements that loosen up my body from sitting at a desk.  Her lessons are not only designed to make you feel better and stronger in the present, but also to keep the body moving in a  healthy way as it ages.

Flavia introduces more complex exercises when she thinks I am ready for them and offers encouragement to try them.  If anything causes pain or feels wrong, she will never insist that you need to complete the exercise.  She is also continuously learning about different exercise techniques to help her clients.  She incorporates movements from Feldenkrais, dance, yoga and other modalities that complement the Pilates exercises.   

Although private sessions are more expensive, if you have injuries, are out of shape, or just want some personalized time with a trainer who will design an exercise program just for you, don’t hesitate to contact Flavia. If you mention this blog post, you will get 10% off your first lesson.  You won’t regret it!