My Thanksgiving Playlist #7 – “Sweet Potato Pie”

Dear Readers,

As a southern lady, I grew up on sweet potato pie. My maternal grandmother would purchase the frozen pies (which were pretty good) and my paternal grandmother would make them from scratch (which were pretty great). I will admit to not knowing the 1st thing about making one, but they are still one of my favorite desserts.

Before you ask, yes I am well aware of Ms. Patti’s sweet potato pie and was tempted to look for one. However they are made with nuts and I am highly allergic. Until I find an alternative, I will make myself content by listening to Ray Charles and James Taylor sing about Sweet Potato Pie.

Fondly,
Monique

My Thanksgiving Playlist #6 – “Home”

Dear Readers,

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day.  I am pleased to share the 6th song on my Thanksgiving playlist, Home by the amazing Ms. Stephanie Mills. She is also a Brooklyn native.

The title of the song says it all – Home. During the holidays we all long to be surrounded by  family and close friends in the comfort of home.  For me this is one of the greatest joys around.

Fondly,
Monique

My Thanksgiving Playlist #5 – “If I Ain’t Got You”

Dear Readers,

We are counting down the hours before the “big” day and I’m moving through my Thanksgiving playlist. Today I am delighted to share one of my favorite songs of all time,  If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys. The one thing I know for sure is all that I have would absolutely mean nothing if I had no one to share my triumphs and setbacks with. For this I’m truly grateful.

Fondly,
Monique

My Thanksgiving Playlist #4 – “Thankful”

Dear Readers:

I hope your day was productive and lived up to your highest expectations. As you can see I am committed to completing my playlist in time for Thanksgiving. This evening I would like to share Celine Dion’s Thankful, which is such a treasure.

Have a great evening.

Fondly,
Monique

 

Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday – “Finding My Voice”

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Dear Readers,

Wishing you a happy Serenity Sunday and a day filled with peace. As I was planning today’s post, I was drawn to this video by Maya Angelou in which she shares how she found her voice.

We all encounter challenges that force us to retreat from the world and the only thing that we can do is go within. However, when we find the courage to emerge, and give voice to our feelings, something wonderful and magical happens. Only then, can we begin our journey with peace and serenity as our companions.

Thank you for joining us for Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday. Have a great day.

Fondly,
Monique

 

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday. As we begin another week, please accept my very best wishes for a peaceful day and a productive week. As I have journeyed through 2015, one thing that I have learned is I must have serenity in order to survive.

These peaceful moments often include: sitting by the water and writing in my journal, reading magazines that focus on home decorating ideas and trends, taking walks so that I can enjoy Brooklyn’s beautiful homes, updating my playlist to include songs that encourage me to slow down and buying fresh flowers for my apartment and dessert from Magnolia’s Cupcakes in Manhattan and Juniors Bakery in downtown Brooklyn. While this may sound cliché, what I want most of all is to be happy and at peace. Of course my life is not this simple, but I enjoy creating periods of solitude every chance I get.

So today I will embrace those things that lift my spirit, provide moments of joy and peace. I hope that you are able to do the same. Thank you for sharing your day with me.

Happy Serenity Sunday.

Fondly,
Monique

Brooklyn Legends Brunch with the Arts – A Candid Conversation

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Dear Readers,

I hope that you are having a sensational day!  On Saturday October 10th we shared the exciting news of A Ballerina’s Tale the documentary chronicling Misty Copeland’s career as a ballet dancer. This eagerly anticipated movie, written and directed by Nelson George, made its public debut on Wednesday, October 14th. If you missed Brooklyn Legends Brunch with the Arts – A Ballerina’s Tale please follow this link.

I have seen the movie twice and I am in awe of Misty Copeland’s determination and the sensitive manner in which Nelson George shared her story with us. Misty’s career trajectory took many twists and turns and she paid a tremendous price for her achievements just as you and I have. I also remember a conversation with a good friend around the challenges we often face when shaping our careers and the misperceptions many have around “success” and it comes down to this –the world doesn’t see your struggle, they only see your shine. Perhaps we need to tell our stories more often.

On Monday, October 12th, two days before the movie’s public debut, the 92nd Street Y hosted a screening of A Ballerina’s Tale followed by a discussion with Misty Copeland, Nelson George and Gayle King. For today’s Brooklyn Legends Bruch With the Arts, I am pleased to share this conversation with you.

Have a sensational Saturday.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits: The 92nd Street Y

Brooklyn Legends Week in Review & Serenity Sunday – Oct. 25, 2015

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Wooden Bridge at Brooklyn Botanic Garden – ©Shutterstock

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday and the Week In Review. I hope last week lived up to, or exceeded, your highest expectations. I was able to connect with a few friends who are well into their fall work agendas.  Indeed being happily employed is always a reason for celebration, but there was a common observation throughout our conversations – time is passing so quickly and our to-do lists are growing exponentially. I truly hope this is temporary as I look forward to my moments of peace and serenity so that I can renew my mind and spirit.

If you live on the East Coast, the weather is simply glorious and the fall foliage is breathtaking. I hope you will find time to enjoy the scenery before winter arrives. For ideas on places to see and activities with your family, I encourage you to visit Time Out New York’s website.  You will find a treasure trove of information carefully curated by their editorial team.  Here are photos of places in New York City where you can enjoy fall’s scenic beauty.

Brooklyn Legends Week In Review

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Last Sunday thousands of beautiful ladies gathered in Prospect Park for this year’s Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.  I was so proud of my Brooklyn Metropolis Lions Club members who supported this worthy cause. Regrettably I was not up to the Walk, but I plan to be there next year.

However, the weekend was not totally lost. I participated in a timely discussion about the challenges women face on their journey with Breast and Ovarian Cancer.  Our intimate group of 12, also known as the “Brooklyn Metropolis Circle of Sisters” allowed for a candid exchange of information.  In this safe space we discussed the importance of: early detection, a caring team of healthcare professionals, a firm grasp of treatment options and committed supporters who celebrate your victories and encourage you when challenges arise. The conversation was led by an amazing woman who has overcome Breast Cancer twice in her life. She provided a wealth of information and our discussion lasted well after the meeting ended. I would love to share her story with you in the coming months.

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Via Pinterest

Last week’s Brooklyn Legends Motivational Monday Facebook posts were a reminder for me to persevere. We started the day with inspirational quotes to encourage our readers and ended with a video featuring Paulo Coelho with Oprah Winfrey on How the Universe Conspires to Help Us as we pursue our dreams. You can view it on the Brooklyn Legends Facebook page, simply by following this link.

On Brooklyn Legends Tenacious Tuesday we celebrated the phenomenal women featured in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ PBS film, American Masters: The Women’s List which aired last month. Greenfield-Sanders invited the world to “meet some amazing women who have created and defined contemporary American culture.” These trailblazers are: former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, attorney Gloria Alfred, entrepreneur Sara Blakely, comedian Margaret Cho, actress Edie Falco, scientist and entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, athlete and fashion model Aimee Mullins, politician Nancy Pelosi, actress Rosie Perez, writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, talk show host Wendy Williams and pilot Nia Wordlaw. We have included the trailer from the film below. To view last week’s Brooklyn Legends blog post, please click here.

We celebrated Brooklyn Legends Working It Wednesday, with help from the fashion editors at Glamour.com. 2015 must be the year for accessories for every new concept is so interesting and fresh. Here are three really cool accessories we feel will make your wardrobe pop. For more ideas, remember to visit the Glamour website.

On Brooklyn Legends Thankful Thursday, we embraced gratitude and expressed our thanks to you – our readers and fans – for supporting our work. Your encouragement is very important and we are grateful for your feedback here on the Brooklyn Legends blog, the Brooklyn Legends Facebook page and Brooklyn Legends on Pinterest. Here is the link to our Facebook page once again for your reference

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Thankful Thursday ended on a fun note when I also shared 3 things that made me smile. Everyone who knows me will tell you that I love flowers. For me they are one of the easiest ways to brighten your day and your environment. Here are some magical designs by Preston Bailey to spark your creativity.

Friday and Saturday were low-key days for me but I yesterday I shared one item I found to be simply sensational – a New York Times recipe for Peaches in Muscat.  I am working on my “list of things that make me smile” and the very idea of this got my attention. I did not get around to this today, but I will certainly let you know how it turns out.

Peaches in Muscat – Enjoy!

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

As always, thank you for allowing us to share your Serenity Sunday. Have a wonderful day and a great week.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits:
The New York Time
American Masters: The Women’s List via PBS.org
Preston Bailey designs – Prestonbailey.com
Glamour.com
Pinterest
Time Out New York

 

Finding Joy

Serenity Sunday 1Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday, our day to encourage you on your journey to finding joy and peace.

Recently I have found myself wanting more of each in my life. For fortification I turned to one of my favorite authors Dr. Brene Brown who is a Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Dr. Brown has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. She is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.

For today’s post, I would like to share a brief video of Dr. Brown on the subject of joy which she describes as “an emotion that delights and frightens us at the same time because we are terrified that it can be taken away.”  So how do we find it and keep it? Let’s hear from Dr. Brown in her own words.

Thank you for sharing Serenity Sunday with us.

Fondly
Monique