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What I Learned from Groot

Just finished watching Avengers: Infinity War with the family at CGV Cinemas in Buena Park, CA (shameless plug). The movie runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes but has you hooked just 5 minutes in. This blog won’t go into any details that will spoil the movie but I wanted to share something we can take from the movie and put into our work life.

One thing I love about team superhero movies such as the Avengers is that it shows each members’ strengths and weaknesses and that no role is insignificant when it comes to achieving the team’s ultimate goal.

I mentor a lot of young professionals and something I often hear them say is that they feel their position is going nowhere and that their role is not really important to the overall success of the company. I can can definitely relate to that sentiment, however, I always tell them that if a position does not contribute anything meaningful to the company, they wouldn’t create that position in the first place. Whether you realize this or not, your presence in important.


One of my favorite characters in Avengers: Infinity War is Groot. As part of the Guardians of the Galaxy team, and now what we would consider a “teenager,” you would think, at first glance, that his role is not important at all, until his strength and skills became the important piece to finish a project. The one thing I love about his character is that he never felt insignificant. He knew his role and understood that his role was not quite needed yet, but he made sure that he was aware of what was happening with his team and was ready the moment that he was needed.

Let Groot, who is part of a big team, be a reminder that there are no small roles in any team. Do not be weary and anxious but be observant and do what you can to make the load easier for the team.


We may not be Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther or Thor but that does not mean we are less important. Always remember: our skills and expertise play a part in achieving the vision of the team or company that we are a part of.

Happy Monday and thank you for the visit and the read.



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Quotes to Help Start Your Week

After a great weekend, it’s always difficult to motivate ourselves on a Monday. But as I’ve learned lately, if we want to be successful we should find ways to be excited everyday. When we allow ourselves to enjoy the weekend and the rest it gives us we should feel happy, rejuvenated, and excited for Mondays; after all it’s a day where we can push the restart button and have a fresh start.

I’ve chosen 5 quotes in the hopes that they will help inspire us for the next 5 days.

Love your work1. Falling in love with your work does not mean putting all your time at work. It means to be present and always aspire to do things excellently.


Steve Jobs

2. Don’t settle for just any job. Find what you are passionate about and do a great job. Remember, whatever position you are in right now is where you are currently meant to shine the brightest. Make the most out of it and prepare yourself for the next level.


No one ever made a difference3. As mentioned in my last blog, following the current trends is not always the way to go. In order to make a difference one must be different.


Be Grateful

4. Enjoy each day and be grateful always. Nothing can and will be done if you worry about things that are out of your control.

Be Open5. Keep your heart and mind ready for whatever comes your way during the next season of your career and always celebrate the process.

Wishing you well and that this week will be wonderful!

happy reading,
Cicelle your happy blogger in Cali 🙂

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3 Life Principles I Live By


I have met great leaders in my 20+ year journey of finding my career path. Some leaders I met through books that I read, others are academic professionals, spiritual leaders, and some are industry leaders. Although I’ve learned a great deal from all of these leaders, there are 3 who played an integral role in shaping who I am now.

Two were the first set of people who taught me that life is not about how much one makes. What’s truly important is how they live life and the legacy that they leave behind. The third leader is a fierce female leader who I met almost  2 years ago. I was given the briefest time to enjoy her presence but her vivid love for life left such an impact in me that I want to emulate that everyday as I press through to becoming a Woman Leader.

Here are 3 Nuggets of Truth that I learned from these 3 beautiful people.

Vicente Domingo


I remember my Dad as an insatiable reader who favored biographies and memoirs. The definition of brilliant. Throughout my childhood he always reminded me of the difference between good and nice (which is now one of the guiding principles in my life). He believed that both are traits that a person should have but would also always say: “Chique, when choosing to be good or be nice always choose to be good. The difference is in the decision making.”
Being good means to consider your values and your life principle, while being nice first considers the views and expectation of others.

Conchita Lashley


My Mom, who is the very first #GirlBoss I ever met, exemplified what it meant to be a #GirlBoss decades before the term was even coined. She knew that she wanted to teach other women how to be leaders in their field and be the best they can be. She will still remind me that

“building a career should not be about money but about the legacy you leave behind. The satisfaction you get at the end of the day knowing that you hustled hard without compromising your beliefs, values, and principles. And it will be the thing that people will remember about you long after you’re gone.”

Linda Spencer


I have worked for various industry leaders but one woman has stood out among all of them. This lady from New Jersey built her company in the heart of Orange County in Southern California. Standing toe-to-toe with giant companies with better technology and more resources, this women-owned boutique staffing company and its fearless leader are proof that everyone has a shot and everything is fair game. During one-on-ones in her office she would tell me:

“Never apologize for who you are. Once you apologize, who are you?” She would say: “CiCi, apologize for things you did wrong. Never because of who you are, never apologize for being a woman, for your race and culture, for whatever you want to use as an excuse. No one will take you seriously when you don’t take yourself seriously and know who you are.”

These three wonderful leaders took the time to instill a mindset of authenticity as well as success. Although they said things differently they shared a message, the success is not real if you needed to compromise parts of yourself.

Their words have paved the way for people like me with big dreams and I hope that by sharing their words with you that you are inspired to jumpstart your success.

happy Monday and thank you for the visit and the read.


love always,

photo credit: Heather Stillufsen