Monday, April 27, 2009

Elvis has left the building!

I just got back from THE wedding. Friends from Westport, CT who also own a home in Lake Las Vegas threw a wedding for their only daughter that was an event to be written about. Sadly, I had to miss the opening weekend festivities which included a Friday night party at their home complete with entertainment by the Rat Pack and an amazing display of ice carvings and unlimited food and drink. I arrived Sat due to my Speakers School. When I arrived there was a gift waiting for me in my room, consisting of chocolates, cookies, poker chips and more. The wedding was held at The Ritz Carlton in the garden, the setting was spectacular. It was too windy to go to the next part on the Ponteveccio Bridge so we proceeded to the grand ballroom which was magically lit.

There was a table of thongs (shoes not panties) for all the gals to switch from their heels to dance in. Pashmina shawls tied to our chairs were a take home gift. Elvis did indeed entertain along with more music and dancing. I saw about 25 women that I hadn't seen in over 10 years from my days with them in the Westport Young Women's League, that was a trip down memory lane. They all got up to do a line dance which I was dragged into as I had taught them or their children at my dance studio at some point. From there, we went to the after hours coffee hour with sliders and fries and more music.

If that was not enough, the next day we went to the Loews' Hotel for a stunning brunch on the patio right on the lake. To be said "a good time was had by all" is truly an understatement!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Funny I wrote that and immediately thought of my first catering business called Gourmania. I digress! Tomorrow I leave for Atlanta to speak and I LOVE staying at the W hotel there, so eclectic, so fun, so me:-) Home for one day to do "stuff", c'mon you all have "stuff" then the whirlwind begins...Speakers School this Thurs and Friday and I always look forward to that. People from all over the country, some I know, many I don't, always an interesting mix, so always a joy. I keep seeing an increase in attendance as more and more people either enter the profession or realize it's the best way to promote a product or service.

I leave the next day for a wedding at The Ritz Carlton in Las Vegas, (details after the occasion) then straight to New York City, my ol' home and home of "the son" who happily I will get to see and hug after my two presentations. And to my home in FL for another round of "extreme decorating" before closing up for the summer. Whew!

Home on May 4th for a month or so of deliberate "stay at home-ness" to write, to do projects, to relax, to eat and exercise really well, heck I might even sign up for a course that meets weekly, something I haven't been able to do in 22 years since I started on my "travel-mania" speaking career.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

To breathe or not to breathe...

I have been so remiss about my promise to write every Sunday but if ever there was an excuse, I have one. Three deaths in these three 89 year old, a 49 year old and a 32 year old and thankfully only attended one of the funerals. Rather than go into a morose expose on death and dying, allow me to reconnect next Sunday in a more upbeat frame of mind. All these life exits have caused great reflection on life and it's meaning and have only reinforced my philosophies and all that I speak on, so to quote my favorite quote, my email signature...

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
...but by the moments that take our breath away".

Carpe Momentum!!