Posted in Living, Review

It’s Monday, Let’s Rewrite Our Stars

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.

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It’s up to you, and it’s up to me
No one can say what we get to be
And why don’t we rewrite the stars?
Changing the world to be ours

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.

 

Happy Monday,

with love
Cicelle

Posted in Special Entry

Inspire Monday

Today in America we celebrate the birth of a man who used his voice to represent those who were unable to speak, whose feet he gave to those who could not march and whose platform he dedicated to spread love and nonviolence. Today, we celebrate the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA.

Such an influential spokesperson that even to this day his words still ring true and bring inspiration to all. Wherever you land on the political  spectrum, whether you are a GEN-Z, Millennial, Get-X, Baby Boomer, or Traditionalist, and whether you consider yourself an activist or not his words will continue to drive all of our souls to love, to doing the right thing, to standing for truth, and to put our hope in the infinite God.

As we remember the Reverend’s life let these 5 powerful quotes remind us of our purpose and our duty to our country (whether you are in America or anywhere else in the world) and our fellow men.

May this video inspire us to not be silent to truth, love, and kindness. I Have A Dream

As always, thank you for joining me on this journey. May your Monday be well and your week wonderful.

with much love,
Cicelle

 

Posted in Career

Back From Hiatus & 5 Books to Read to Start 2018

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I took a hiatus from my Happy Monday Blog during the last quarter of 2017. A lot has happened in that time, the biggest thing being that I started a new job and joined a great talent firm based in South Florida. The best part is: I get to work from home and avoid the LA traffic (if you live or have even just visited LA you know exactly what I’m talking about). Went through some learning curves and had to get used to working from home again but I’m here now to start the year right and getting back in the groove.

On this blog I would like to share some of my goals for the year. One is to consistently publish a weekly blog (I will be intentional about this) and two is to read more. These are the five books that I’ve chosen to read for the first quarter of this year. Some of the books were purchased years ago and I never got to them or I never had a chance to finish them. Sharing it on here will be my way of pushing myself to finish them and share with you what I learn.

 

Combined, the five books are about learning how to work simply while reinventing yourself on how to be awesome and finding happiness in cracking your career code. You’ll understand this at the end of the blog :p

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The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
This book was based on the author’s hit blog 1000awesomethings.com and it talks about learning to celebrate the little moments, those moments that we may think are insignificant due to our hectic schedule but may have the potential to change our perspective in life. In a world where it’s easy to find the negatives, it’s nice to know that we are given moments to celebrate the little things that are great.

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
I have been a follower of Rubin’s blogs at gretchenrubin.com ever since my daughter picked up this book 2 years ago. She swears by it and although I have yet to read the book her blogs are helpful to stay focused and avoid getting too into the mundane things so that we remember to smile and be happy. The book will never discourage in feeling disappointed, frustrated, or sad but what it showcases is that we should not wallow on the negative feelings and miss out on the beautiful things around us.

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Work Simply by Carson Tate
We’ve heard these words so many times – “Work Smarter, NOT Harder” but what does that really mean for someone who works in an organization with multiple personalities? How can we work smart manage our time wisely? Oftentimes we end up spending time developing the process rather than actually working to produce results. This is one of the books I have read and has become a guide whenever I consult with people and/or when I am given the responsibility for multiple tasks. The author encourages the readers to embrace our productivity style:
1. Arrangers – one who thinks about their projects in terms of the people involved
2. Prioritizers – the real definition of “goal-oriented” individual
3. Visualizers – one who possesses a unique ability to comprehend the big picture
4. Planners – one who lives for details
This is a great read for those who are struggling to find their productivity style.

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Reinventing You by Dorie Clark
Are you looking to change careers or vying for that promotion at work? Then this book will be a good start to understand how to define your brand and how to reinvent yourself for success. First ask the question “Am I where I want to be professionally?”, and if not what are you going to do about it? The book mentioned that the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. This is a step-by-step guide developed by the author, a branding expert whose clients’ include Google, The Ford Foundation and Yale. The steps she developed will help in assessing our unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution we can make.

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The Career Code by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power
One of my great finds for 2017. This is one book that I’m re-reading as the year starts. The book is created with every professional from all walks of life in mind. “No matter if you’re starting out or starting over, or you’re an entrepreneur managing a team of people, The Career Code will help you navigate the corporate ladder and set you up for success all the way. The tried and tested rules to live by will give you all the tools you need to achieve your dream career.”

I read in an article once that the difference between successful individuals and others is that they set aside time to read a book and learn from others. My aim with sharing this blog is to get us to start reading more and learning more from seasoned professionals and thought-leaders to help us accomplish our goals.

Happy Monday to all and happy reading!

Cicelle

Note: All books are available at Amazon, both electronic and print.

Posted in Career

It’s a marathon not a sprint

I have been a running enthusiast for the last 7 years. What I love the most is the energy it brings me every time I hit the pavement and hear the thump thump of my shoes on the ground; but it wasn’t always like this. In the beginning, running and I had a love/hate dynamic: when I couldn’t even last 5 minutes, let alone a mile, and I was always so winded. The struggles are real and if you talk to other runners they will tell you the same thing. But as they say: you have to start somewhere.

I have likened career growth to running. If you want to achieve something in life you will have to learn to pace yourself. Start somewhere and work on it consistently until it becomes a daily part of your life.

As a Career Stylist I always advise professionals to take stock on developing an area of expertise. Find what you enjoy most in the field you are in because somehow this is where your passion lies.

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For example
Let’s say you are a Mechanical Engineer for a biotech company and you enjoy the process improvement and qualifying installation, both operation and performance. I would advise you to inquire any available training within your company or request if they have the available budget for career advancement. Some companies do and some do not but if you are serious in advancing your career you will find other ways whether it’s paying for training on your own, investing on books, or asking senior people in your company to mentor you.

Remember that, like running, career advancement has a process which starts with you making the decision to want to better your craft and learn the techniques, pace yourself and then keep running no matter how hard it may seem. Starting may lead to a chance to enter a race and then get to the finish line.

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Happy Monday and may this week be the start of something good for you.

Posted in Career

Gen Y and Z: “will I fit in?”

I am fascinated when it comes to learning about different generations because knowing their history will make me understand certain behaviors and nuances and how they will continue to affect the society they live in. As we know GenY, commonly known as “the Millennials” (born 1977 to 1995), are dominating the market from jobs to consumer goods; although a new generation is coming out called the GenZ or iGen or Centennials (born 1996 to present).

These 2 generations are dominating the job market either by getting the job because of their modern technology expertise or by bringing jobs as entrepreneurs. Their innovative spirit and active imagination make them more and more attractive to hiring managers.
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Knowing this, how will the older generations fit with the new breed of talents and still provide a significant contribution? If you notice I did not use the word “compete” and instead used the word “fit” because statistics show that older generations will only lose if we start competing. The word “fit” makes a world of difference to both Baby Boomers and GenXers, by taking out the pressure of showing who’s better and instead brings the significance of each generation and how they can work cohesively with one another.

In my research I’ve learned that the events that each generation experiences shapes who they are not just personally but professionally, if each generation brings in their unique expertise and skills then a winning team has been created.

Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) have the largest voting population, some of the most significant part of their history is the emergence of some of the most influential leaders  such as John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X. Unfortunately these 3 remarkable leaders were also assassinated, with both JFK and MLK’s assassinations televised. This generation endured the worst political scandal, Watergate, but also enjoyed booming post war economic success. Baby Boomers will always be known as the generation who can re-surface after a fall and will work hard to ensure that the generation to come will not experience the sufferings they faced.

GenX (born 1965 to 1976) this generation is also known as the “lost generation” “slackers”, “the latchkey kids”, “the middle-child generation”. They are mainly known for being neglected or ignored. One might ask who the heck are they? They are the generation who has seen the highest divorce rate and the rise of the AIDS epidemic. One significant event that this generation experienced was that on July 20 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon manned by 3 astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. This generation saw that nothing is impossible when your vision is larger than life. GenXers produced the likes of Elon Musk of Tesla Motors; Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google; Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO; Sheryl Sandberg CFO of Facebook; and JayZ well…does he need any more introduction?
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How will these 2 generations fit and work with GenY and Gen Z? Baby Boomers have the resilience of a bamboo, they’ve seen and experienced how hard life can be and their wisdom will be a great contribution to the emerging generation. GenX can no longer be called lost, they found their way and have shown the world that they are great leaders and mentors.

As long as we stay relevant to what the world needs rather than with what is merely trendy, it does not matter what generation we come from. What truly matters is what we can provide for the next generation to continue help make the world a better place.
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Credit Resources includes: Gen HQ, Inc., NASA, Forbes,

Posted in Uncategorized

a GirlBoss’ Legacy

Saturday morning I went to attend the memorial service of one formidable #GirlBoss, Linda Spencer.

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Beautiful eulogies were given which took us down memory lane, even those memories we were not originally part of. Throughout the entire service one thing was certain, this wonderful lady lived a colorful life with one mission in mind:
to leave a legacy that will inspire others to be excited about life and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Death is inevitable but what makes our life here on earth worthwhile is what we do for others. While I listened to the beautiful words spoken during the memorial service I was inspired to really think about the legacy I want to leave behind and one quote stood out the most.

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That is what Linda was to every person she came in contact with. This selfless woman always went out of her way to extend a helping hand and, in return, those lives she touched will forever remember her big heart.

All these quotes resemble what Linda accomplished so beautifully during her lifetime. She loved people; molded and mentored them to achieve higher than they could have ever expected for themselves. Even now that she has passed, the guidance she gave those around her work/home/hair salon/everywhere else will shine and affect countless others until the end of time.

Linda Sue Livergood Spencer
Born to lead an extraordinary life
Walked on this earth with one mission
to be an extension of God’s goodness.

 

Posted in Living

The Eternal Effect of a #GirlBoss

“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.

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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.

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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.

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Until then my Linda, my #GirlBoss,

love,
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