MARCH 2021
Staying Connected 3,000 miles away
It has been a full year since the pandemic hit our states. No one could have imagined that this virus would have lasted through 2021, but it has. One take a way that I have observed during these unique circumstances, is Covid-creativity. It has been fascinating to see how families and businesses figured out various ways to connect by using their imagination. Whether the connection was through technology, a simple drive by, creating a pod or talking through a glass door, it was inspiring to see such creative determination.

Zooming took on a whole new life!! I did use Zoom on occasion prior to Covid, but mostly for business meetings. Once we realized that we could socialize on zoom, it opened the gateway for us to have some fun. I attended many zoom events; friends and business happy hour, themed events involving hats, a few zoom conventions and many business transactions and networking took place on Zoom. One of my favorite Zoom events was the Virtual Facial. This was hosted by some business associates with about 12 on the call. The esthetician sent the attendee’s all the products needed prior to the event. During our “spa night”, we had our wine ready and products lined up ready for our instructor. We cleansed our face, put on an exhilarating mask, ended with a nice moisturizer, relaxed, and had a really nice time. Now that was truly Covid-Creative!

My daughter Sam lived in Brooklyn until the end of March 2020, when she was encouraged to come home with Mom during quarantine. As a fashion stylist/designer, NY was shut down and business photo shoots were cancelled. Once home, Sam began sewing masks adding this new item to her already established business. Sam stayed with me until July, then decided to move out to California. Sam found a place in Venice Beach (near her sister) and continues to expand on her brand. Sam also created and launched a very successful line called the PapaSweater. Watching Sam’s creative mind as well as her business flourish, has been very exciting for me as her proud Mom, but also as a business owner.  Across the miles we share stories, experiences and add value to each other’s businesses and growth. Recently we attended a Business Master Class together over Zoom. Together we work on our Strategic Plans and Mother/Daughter partnership.
My first-born daughter Melissa moved out to California about 10 years ago (still waiting for her to come home). Melissa works for a Movie Production company Kennedy-Marshall based in Santa Monica. For the past several years, I have gone out to visit Melissa, along with Sam for some mother/daughter bonding. It has now been a year since I have seen Melissa. It has been tough, but we have found a common enjoyment in writing.
Melissa is a very talented writer and has been writing in journals and inspiring others for many years and will likely turn that skillset into a professional life coach. This past weekend, Melissa and I attended a Writing Workshop together via zoom. It was so special to be able to see my daughter on the zoom grid and share this experience of writing together. We are each other’s accountability partner’s and biggest cheerleaders.
Creative ways of communicating have been good for the mind, body, soul, spirit and…. sanity… this past year. Whether you attended a virtual yoga class or said cheers to your friends through a computer screen……the world has discovered alternate ways of staying connected. Clearly, we all look forward to the “old fashion” in person human interaction, live concerts, Broadway, a real spa day and seeing and real “hugging” our family 3,000 miles away. 

Until then…………virtual hug xo

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Celebrating Women’s History Month
The Trailblazer: Sally Ride (1951-2012)
Astronaut, engineer and physicist Sally Ride was the third woman in space, and the first American woman in space, when she joined the Challenger shuttle mission in 1983. She beat out 1,000 other applicants to score a spot in NASA’s astronaut training program and continued as a university professor of physics and the director of the California Space Institute at the University of California when she left NASA. Not only did she go where no woman had gone before, she helped other girls to do the same by starting Sally Ride Science in 2001, which created educational programs and products to inspire more girls to get into STEM.
March is Women in Truck month
Tracy Brito Denora is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Warehousemen & Movers Association (NJWMA). Recently Tracy was featured in Trucking Moves America Forward where they featured her in their series, Celebrating Women Of Trucking. Click the link below to read more.

Consumer Notice: Beware of Unlicensed Movers! Please Watch this Important Video
Watch the brand new video created by the New Jersey Warehousemen & Movers Association that focuses on the dangers of hiring unlicensed movers.

Come Lunch & Learn with POSSE on this great topic with Jean Marie Herron, CPO, and her colleague Cindy Myer, President of Ridgewood Moving Services as they discuss all the ways they have helped clients thoughtfully and safely dispose of household items.

Date: Wednesday, March 17th
Time: 12:30 - 1:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom Meeting

Charity Spotlight:
Center For Food Action
The Center for Food Action (CFA), founded in 1976, is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that provides emergency services to northern New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. CFA provides food, housing, utility, and heating assistance and offers counseling and advocacy services to low-income individuals and families.

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Spring Recipe
Spaghetti al Limone With Asparagus

Pasta sauce should celebrate the craftsmanship of pasta rather than try to steal the spotlight. The citrusy olive oil sauce that naps on these noodles does just that, bringing out the spaghetti’s limber, delicate nature.

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