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And this is 2020

Barbara Walters was the go-to resource for all things newsworthy on a Friday night when I was growing up. She had the best interviews with the A-List celebrities at the time, and I distinctly remember thinking, “what is going to happen when the year is really 2020?” And yet, here we are…this is 2020, and I think about is how many predictions from the 80’s and 90’s have and have not come true.

Time has passed since I’ve last written in this space because to be honest, I didn’t make the time – to fix the site after a security breech, to inspire when I wasn’t feeling inspired. I wanted to redefine what this space meant to me, and to any of you who came through. I struggled to make room for all that I had to pour out about what I had been going through onto the page. Yet, in my mind, I was writing volumes to fill pages of an entire book with stories of sorrows, travels, joys, motherhood, loneliness, beauty finds, triumphs, successes, fears, and pretty much all the emotions  and experiences one can go through in any given year. As we all know, what you see on Instagram is just the curated work of someone masking the uglier parts of their week, month, year. But more often I find myself connecting with women who are telling it like it is. The good, the bad and the ugly. In those women, I connect most. It is who I was when I started this space and look to return to that.

I consider myself to be an optimist, possibly to a flaw. I encourage myself to take on a positive approach and perspective when sh** hits the fan (for example, my daughter died, so I started a blog to tell my story to help others while trying to be a role model to my son on how not to give up after some tragic happens in your life!), yet knowing I live in a world that is filled with negativity, it can be challenge to not just give in. But I haven’t. I’ve taken the Barbara Walters approach and truly dug deep into my story, the one I would most likely share in a “tell-all” interview, and decided that 2020 HAS to be different. I’m not sure and don’t plan on outlining the HOW right now other than knowing that the first step in change is accepting that it MUST happen. I’m ready for it.

There are a few highlights (“the reel”) from 2019 that I do want to share:

Cruise on Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruise EDGE

Celebrity Cruise EDGE Love Wall

 

Cruise on Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

 

ShopRite Press Trip

Shoprite Press Trip in Avalon NJ

 

Shoprite Food Table

Walked a Mile-long NYC runway with Sorel

Sorel Boots Mile long runway in NYC

Sorel Runway NYC

My son walked his first runway show with Bloomingdales

Back to School with Bloomingdales Kids Runway

Hosted an In-Store Event with COACH

COACH Handbag event

Started to work with Geri Torres Photography for content

Pretty in Pink with Coach bag

HM Style - Sweater

Burgundy Fur Coat

Black and Brown Fall Style

 Comic Con and Halloween Makeup and Costumes

Comic Con - Poison Ivy Makeup and costume

Halloween Maleficent Makeup

Became a Westfield Garden State Plaza Influencer

Garden State Plaza Influencer Program

Created YouTube content, grew my channel and gave Vlogmas a try

YouTube - Bloomingdales Beauty

Vlogmas - In the Heights

Did a campaign with a best friend for Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Coat campaign

Celebrated my daughter’s 5th Heaven birthday in Montreal

Montreal for Thanksigiving

 Target campaign for the Holidays

Target Wonderland campaign recap

So this is 2020, and I’m here for it. For myself, for my family. And for you. I hope to begin to encourage you again to take on life with a smile and a strong sense of positivity, even in the depths of sorrow because those moments come to us all too, even in our greatest years.

Wishing you a grand entrance into this new decade! Welcome to 2020!

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7 Comments

  1. January 10, 2020 / 11:45 pm

    It has been a big year for you lady! 2020 is going to be well!

  2. January 7, 2020 / 8:01 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful year in 2019! Hope 2020 brings you more wonderful exciting things coming your way! Love the winter whites on you by the way! ❤️

  3. January 5, 2020 / 1:03 am

    So glad you’re back. It looks like it was a hell of a year and I can’t wait to see what you get accomplished in 2020.

  4. January 4, 2020 / 10:23 am

    Looking forward to seeing more from you in 2020!! You have had some great moments in 2019. Happy New Year!

  5. January 3, 2020 / 12:48 pm

    You had a great 2019! I hope your 2020 is just as fab.

  6. January 3, 2020 / 10:09 am

    Looks like you had a really eventful and fun 2019! Best wishes in the new year!

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