When Someone You Never Met Teaches You A Lesson

Can you believe it is already mid-October? I hope you are all getting your Halloween prep on,  are into your post-summer grooves and are gracefully embracing the fall.

For a mid-month pick me up, I want to share an email I recently received from someone  I’ve never met. Her message absolutely made my drop a few tears (power tears of course :-))  and has been one of the best emails I’ve received.  Note, I asked her if it was ok to share.

Check out the email below and you will understand.

—Beginning of Email I received—-

Dear Stacie,

I hope this message finds you well. It’s not often we thank the people who have influenced a certain part of our lives, unbeknownst to them. Therefore, I wanted to write this message to say thank you for the indirect role you have played in my life.

I’m a recent graduate of the SDA Bocconi MBA Program. Back in 2012, I came across an article you were featured in for Essence Magazine. At the time, I was working in music, but wanted to get back into the fashion industry (I studied fashion communications during undergrad) and was also considering going back to school to pursue an MBA.

Your interview made me realize that I could combine both my interest in fashion with my desire to pursue an MBA, with the new knowledge that there were business schools with streams in luxury business management.

Fast forward to August 2015 where a new experience began for me in Milan, in which I was accepted into the Luxury Business Management track as part of the SDA Bocconi MBA.

The following summer I received the amazing opportunity to intern at the LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics HQ in Milan and now I am commencing my third week within the Trade Marketing team. I’m not sure what path I would be on right now had I not come across that article, but I am glad I did. So, all this to say thank you.

Thank you for sharing your experience and being a positive influence for a young woman such as myself.

All the best,

—End of Email—

 

 

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Essence Magazine Article-September 2011

 

After reading her email, I learned that we shouldn’t forget how powerful our stories might be for others and how big of an impact you can have on someone else’s life without knowing it. We are sooo busy that we forget that our progress is powerful and can inspire others.  We also think about all the things we haven’t done instead of all the great things we do.

Lastly, it also reminded me how important it is to take the time to simply drop someone a note to let her/him know how much they inspire you. I’m sure the receiver will be just as grateful as I was. I have made a goal to send a text, voicemail or a quick note at least once a week to someone who has inspired me in any way shape or form. Believe me, I always could use a little motivation to navigate this thing we call life.

Feel free to share how someone inspired you recently in the comment section below!

Thanks so much for reading my much-neglected blog. Stay tuned (but don’t hold your breath) for the next one. 🙂

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I’ve been a bit selfish and I’m ok with that

 

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During the race

 

I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, the largest 1/2 marathon in the US.  My goal this year was to run a half in order to understand if I would then want to do a full marathon (note: the jury is still out on that one).  There was something so exciting about running with about 30,000 strangers, through blocked off highways to the boardwalk in Coney Island and crossing the finish line. I LOVED IT! Read on for the selfish part….

It was the preparation that required time away from family and work and a bit of selfishness. I injured my knee snowboarding this winter which meant six weeks of physical therapy to make sure I could get through the 13-mile run. Two to three days every week, I would have to leave work right at 5:30 / 6 or occasionally take a quick lunch out of the office.

For the training, it meant that I missed a couple of Saturday ice hockey practices or sometimes didn’t have the house “ready” on school mornings.  The mornings went beyond normal chaos to code red tornado chaos. Believe me, my husband didn’t keep this to himself. He asked, “Why do you have to do this? You are running a company. We live in NY where life is already hectic….now this?” OK, Ummmm. Next Post….

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The day after the race… feeling so proud 

 

I could have beat myself up over it but instead, I decided to remind myself that I wanted to do this and quite frankly wanted a sense of accomplishment that had nothing to do with my family or my work–the two things that I feel define us the most.

I feel that some of us give too much and make ourselves martyrs when it is not necessary. We worry about what will happen if or who will do this or that. Can you do me a huge favor and PLEASE stop it? Don’t deprive yourself of what you want to do as long as it doesn’t jeopardize the safety of your family. Your children will love you the same.  You will still kick butt in the office. All will be ok. Actually, all will be better because you will have a sense of success and triumph that you did only for you.

In the end, how do I feel about my 13-mile journey? I feel proud, have a new sense of energy and can’t stop smiling because I did something for me.  In other words, so worth it!

Be selfish and enjoy it. I am sure most of us are worthy. I certainly did….and will do it more often. #teamselfish

 

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Post the race. My first ever medal. EVER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Curious, Fearless and Try Something New

“I am neither clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious”  Albert Einstein.

I am in the middle of launching a company new to the US. It requires a tremendous amount of energy, focus, and dedication. It also requires a deep appreciation of learning new things and a constant need for curiosity. I’m convinced it is good for you. Life is interesting. As children, just about anything new excites us, we are curious and earnestly ask why. As we mature, we start to put up a guard and we allow fear or our routines stop us from learning new things.

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Snowboarding-Round 1

I have always been one who loves to try new things both professionally and personally. I’ve also learned that inspiration can come from many sources. For my personal life, it has mostly been my children to provide this inspiration.

This winter, my eight-year-old convinced me to try snowboarding. He said, “Mom, all the cool kids snowboard, so you should too.” Well, in my quest to win Cool Mom of the Year award, I did. The first lesson was interesting, to say the least.

I would love to tell you I was a snowboarding queen but honestly, I sucked. Really sucked. My 5-year-old reminded me by saying, “Wow mom. You are pretty bad. Maybe you shouldn’t embarrass us.”

Reluctantly, I signed up for a group lesson a few weeks later. By the end of the day, I was continuously going up the slope and finally stopping properly (meaning not falling on my butt to stop).

Such a small victory made me feel energized, happy and even, dare I say…. youthful.

With work, you MUST have the same amount of curiosity and courage to learn new things.  You will have a spark about you that others seem to lose along the way. It may be as simple as taking a course, reading a book or listening to a podcast (if you are in business, try Harvard Business Review Idea Cast and/or Forbes).

Many I know feel stuck or unfulfilled in their professional life. Learning something new, being curious and getting over fears many times can be crucial to overcoming the feeling of stagnation.

A year ago, I took a coding course. Why? I really wanted to try something new as I manage or hire web and app developers. It was amazing to spend time learning this new skill. Again, I felt refreshed (and quite humbled)!

First Work Event At New Company 

This year, I took on a new endeavor to run a company from A to Z. This has required me to learn and appreciate so much in a very small amount of time. Guess what? I’m still in one piece and I feel more energized than ever. Also, I know that because of this, I am a much better mother, wife, and employee.

Here is what I think we should do in the next 24-48 hours. I know we are all busy but we can do it.

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First Day of School. Our school bus=the subway.

Welcome to Power Meetings and Playdates!

The main reason I decided to launch this site is because I do believe that women today are very powerful in so many ways. I want women to unapologetically embrace this power, not to lose sight of their long-term goals, get rid (completely rid) of the guilt and enjoy themselves along the way. This site is not just for mothers, it is for women. Playdates are not just for kids.

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My girls and I. Brunching and Bit#$ing.

I truly believe that we all have something to offer others. In my pursuit to do just that, I started this site, not as a way to preach my beliefs to anyone but to share what has worked for me over the years in the workplace and at home. I come to you as an executive, wife, and mother. Just writing those words caused me to question how many of us manage to do this and keep our sanity.

I, like many of you reading this, am on a quest to have what I want with a little sanity thrown in every once in a while.  However, I don’t have the all the answers. Really, does anyone?

I will share bits and pieces from my professional life and my family. I will take you through my journey–not because I think I know it all but because misery loves company. Just kidding. Through these posts, I will pass along tips that helped me along the way and shed light on what I find to be a great mix that keeps me focused on my goals and keeps the family happy. Be prepared to hear about the endless mistakes and also see many moments I have with my super supportive friends.

First a bit about me and the fam. I have two very, very active boys. Alessandro (8) and Giovanni (5). They are cool. Sometimes, a bit too cool for my traditional Midwestern background but that’s another post. Fabio is my husband (yes, his real name is Fabio). Anyway, I met Fabio when I was in graduate school in Milan (General Business Management with a Focus on Fashion) and we hit it off. Cultural differences sometimes strike but again, that’s another post.  Read More