As a Staffing Recruiter one desire that most of the people I speak with is a job with a company that promotes a work/life balance. But what exactly is work/life balance? How can we achieve such a thing when we are bombarded with deadlines, projects, bills, bills, and more bills? For one, a balanced life […]
This weekend the fam and I watched one of the best movies of 2017, Michael Gracey’s The Greatest Showman. I found it entertaining, inspiring, and energizing all at the same time.
The movie has a simple but beautiful message about embracing the things that make us different. The only way others will come to accept us is if we have fully accepted ourselves. P.T. Barnum was a man with a big vision and had the dream of making people, happy which he achieved by providing a different kind of entertainment. He looked not for people who look like him but for people far different from everyone else. He made them believe that their difference is what makes them special.
Two things that stood out for me are the beautiful choreography and soundtrack. Both of which highlighted the multi-talented Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Kealla Settle, Zac Efron, and really just the entire cast of the film.
Two of the song from the soundtrack became instant personal favorites. One was Rewrite the Stars sung by Zac Efron and the beautiful Zendaya. (Side Note: Seeing Zac Efron sing and bust out some of those dance moves gave me major High School Musical vibes)
Although written as a love song, the lyrics talk about how no one can write our story but us. No one ever automatically gets a say in how our life pans out.
The second song is This is Me which is also becoming one of the most popular songs this year (if you have not listened to it yet, do so). It shares a message of self-empowerment like Rewrite the Stars and plays like an anthem with its high tempo and a powerful choral presence from the ensemble. Truly a song for anyone and everyone.
As we enter into a new week may we accept and celebrate our uniqueness as something beautiful that we can offer to the world. Like the fabulous characters from The Greatest Showman, let us not apologize for what we are or what we don’t have and just proudly bring our A game.
“Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.” Nora Ephron (I feel About My Neck)
Nora Ephron is one of the best female leaders in the film industry and as a prolific writer she wrote great literary works that signified the courage and struggles of women in all walks of life. Until her death she left a legacy that placed her as one of the movers and shakers in the industry.
I am a fan of female leaders who defy the odds and prove to everyone that dreams can be reached whether you wear a suit and tie, stilettos, or both.
In 2016 I was given the opportunity to be part of a unique company in the staffing industry. In the midst of the big-wigs such as Adecco, Randstad, Kelly Services, Robert Half, and Manpower there stands a boutique, woman-owned staffing company in the heart of Costa Mesa named Mattson Resources. You may ask, what exactly is so special about this company? It’s their fearless leader in the person of Linda Spencer.
I met Linda 2 years prior to my joining the company. In 2014 I was asked to come by their beautiful office for an interview. That was the first time I was going to be interviewed by the President of a company and I was not sure how to feel about it. When I entered her office what greeted me was a confident woman with a big, welcoming smile. I was first mesmerized by her red nails but what truly captivated me was her unabashed love for the company and its employees. I didn’t get the job then but her smile and confidence stayed with me and I left her office determined to emulate her confidence and genuine love for people.
Fast forward to 2016 when I got a call from Mattson Resources inviting me for another interview. A part of me was hesitant but I remembered her red nails, big sparkling smile, and the warmth she spread. When I came the second time I did not see her around but was offered the job the same day. I was so excited to start just to be infected by her confidence.
My decision to join her company was the best thing I ever did for my career, I did not just gain a great mentor and leader but a sweet friend. Linda Spencer practiced an open door policy with no restrictions: you can go to her office to vent, to argue, to laugh, to eat and you will leave full of wisdom, ideas, stories, and a satisfied belly.
One of the many things she reminded me is that if you want to succeed in life don’t ever be bothered by what other people say about you, do a darn (explicit word changed lol) good job and show them who’s the boss of you.
In the past year, due to complications, Linda’s health deteriorated but she still came to the office everyday with a big smile on her face and fierce determination in her walk to inspire her Mattson family. She will always remind us to wear our “big girl panties” and move forward, no time for a pity party when you have so many more things to accomplish. You just move on and learn your lessons.
In the late afternoon of June 22, 2017 a fierce #GirlBoss, loving mother and wife, and a sweet friend passed. Her absence now brings deep grief and pain to many but the way she lived her life prepared those closest to her not to be buried by pain but to use it as a source of strength and inspiration to live a more impactful life.
To my Linda thank you for the inspiration, the wise counsel, your friendship and the genuine love. I will miss your big laugh, your tight hug and your determined purpose.
Until then my Linda, my #GirlBoss,
It’s been awhile since my last entry. Sometimes life takes a different turn and we just have to roll with the punches. During my hiatus I read various works of literature:
fiction (Kevin Kwan’s book series Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriends and waiting for the last book Rich People Problems coming out this month on May 23rd)
leadership books (such as #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso, Find Your Extraordinary by Jessica Herrin, and The Leader In You by Dale Carnegie)
career books (Mistakes I Made at Work by Jessica Bacal, I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones, Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar)
inspirational (Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick)
and Health and Fitness (Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley).
I know that’s a lot of books, but what can I say? I enjoy reading! And Audible has become my new best friend thanks to the craziness that is LA traffic, so absorbing books has been easy and my personal oasis.
As I write a new entry I asked myself: what topic will help us through the week and encourage us to gladly welcome Monday. Then the three Be’s came to mind: BE Grateful, BE Positive, BE Open.
Be grateful daily. The fact that you have the strength to open your eyes is already a chance to take the bull by the horns and make a difference.
Be positive. It’s easy to think the worst in any situation, but a positive mind is capable of far more than we expect.
Be open. Most of us are reluctant to change that we close ourselves to opportunities that come our way. The more we open ourselves up to possibilities, the more we’ll enjoy life’s adventure.
Whatever you are or will be going through remember that life is a journey full of surprises and all we have to do is be grateful, be positive, and be open.
Happy Monday and enjoy the ride.
Like many people I enjoy reading, from books, articles, blogs, and most recently tweets (although I am very selective of who I follow). I like following influencers who bring about positive change. I believe that 140 characters can effect change in people, good or bad. It always depends on the person reading the tweet.
Recently I started reading books from modern women who speak words of greatness, entrepreneurship, and inclusivity. One thing I noticed is that each of these beautiful authors quote female influencers such as Maya Angelou, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Theresa, Princess Diana, Michelle Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton, Indira Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai, Ava Duvernay, J. K. Rowling, Emma Watson and of course the Queen Oprah Winfrey 🙂
Today, I give homage to these fine human beings whose words have made a difference but, more importantly, their lives have made an impact in women’s lives. Regardless of what we think about some of them they are important figures in breaking the glass ceiling for the future leaders of not just the nation, but the world.
- Ava Duvernay (Director of the Documentary 13th)
- Princess Diana (Princess of Wales 1981 to 1997)
- Eleanor Roosevelt (Former First Lady of the United States)
- Emma Watson (Actor and UN Ambassador for Gender Equality)
- Hillary Clinton (Former Secretary of State and First Lady of the United States)
- Indira Gandhi (Prime Minister of India 1966 to 1977 and 1980 to 1984)
- J.K. Rowling (Author)
- Malala Yousafzai (Activist for Youth Education)
- Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister of Britain 1979 to 1990)
- Maya Angelou (American Poet, Memoirist, and Activist)
- Michelle Obama (Former First Lady of the United States)
- Mother Theresa (Missionary)
- Oprah Winfrey (Talk Show Host and Philanthropist)
This letter is lovingly written to my daughter Hannah and all Millennials who stumble on this blog. For the past few years the word millennial has become a byword for your generation. The word has been loosely thrown around and used to put down an intelligent and socially wired group.
I am from Generation X, we’re the individuals born between 1960 to 1979. We were born when MTV came to be, when cable channels were the best thing since sliced bread. We’re a generation who firmly believes that higher education is a great tool to accomplish what we are all set to do. We paved the way for your generation to do things greater than most of us can and ever will achieve. Yes, some of us have called you self-absorbed, narcissistic, or the most colorful one: “the me generation.” Maybe there are some truths to those claims but I believe that you are more than what other generations depict you to be.
You have witnessed the greatest and the worst in the 20+ years you’ve lived on this Earth; from the largest number of single parent households, 9/11, the Great Recession, the worst natural and war disasters whose ramifications will be felt for years to come. No one has prepared you for any of these. On the other hand, your generation was in the forefront of the birth of modern technology, technology that has made our world an easier place to reach.
You’re also a generation of people who are constantly coming up with ways to make money while still giving to the needy and saving the earth. YOU ALL were a catalyst for those movements. You pushed the rest of us to get out of our reservations and connect to others in mediums other than postal letters and phone calls. You have encouraged us to see the world as you see it, a place of exploration and learning. Your zest for life and love for inclusion is a breath of fresh air.
As you continue on, please don’t stop learning and exploring,
listen intently, yet don’t be disillusioned.
Love others as you love yourselves,
foster inclusion and be vigilant. Be the voice for those who are weak and continue to fight against injustice.
Above all: enjoy life and be excited in your journey.
With lots of respect,
a Gen X’er
P.S: An encouragement from the most popular Gen X’er (you may read entire speech through this link
“Let me tell you, this generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, and just, and inclusive America. You know that constant change has been America’s hallmark; that it’s not something to fear but something to embrace. You are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber all of us, and I believe as a result the future is in good hands.” Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America