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¡Es el momento for higher education!

In February 2010, Univision Communications Inc. launched a comprehensive, multi‐year national education initiative called Es El Momento (The Moment is Now) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, educators and civic and community leaders from around the country. The Es El Momento initiative is aimed at improving academic achievement among K‐12 Hispanic students with a specific focus on high school graduation and college readiness.  Es El Momento higher education program has partnered with many community programs, including Latinos in Social Media, the Largest Professional Network for Latino Professionals.

The Es El Momento community-based program is useful for Spanish speaking parents, teachers and  educators that need resources to guide, mentor and inspire students to pursue higher education.

Es El Momento provides the following academic preparation tools:

1.    Resources to help parents motivate their children to have high expectations of their academic abilities in elementary, middle school and high school.

2.    Video tutorials emphasizing importance of parent participation & support to ensure children succeed in school.

3.    Resources to help educate parents on parental rights & responsibilities, how the educational system works and  Department of Education Helpline.

4.    Academic college preparation tools for parents and students to encourage their children to successfully prepare for college

5.    Financial Aid resources & scholarships.  Learn about the availability of state, federal and private financial resources.  This provides an opportunity to research grants, scholarships, loans and other financial resources available to pay for college.

6.    College preparation & mentoring tools to enable parents to inspire & educate their children.

7.    Latinos in Innovation Career pages.   NASA & Doctor Isabel pages provides mentoring from a perspective of an astronaut & doctor.  This will definitely be one of the favorite pages for students seeking Engineering or Physician careers.

8.   University A-Z  search tool to research favorite colleges.

Will you “accept the challenge” and take part in the movement for change by becoming involved in our children’s education?   Let’s unite and get our children the resources that they need to succeed in school.   Es El Momento para higher education!

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The Power of Social Media

Yuzu Tea

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I will be attending a tea cupping at California Tea and Coffee Brewery today.

I want to show the world the power of social media.  Will you help me?

I will be giving away 2  tea samplings to one lucky follower on twitter and one lucky follower on Facebook.  The samples contain 8 delicious loose leaf teas  from California Tea and Coffee Brewery.

Here is how to participate:

1.  Check out California Tea and Coffee Brewery website and write a comment below about your favorite tea and why?  Be creative.

2. Twitter followers: Follow @CA_tea and @Eva_Smith on Twitter so that we can DM you.

3.  Facebook followers:  Follow California Tea on Facebook and write a comment on the tea of the Day post.

4. Tweet “I just particpated in The power of social media in tea giveaway: http://ow.ly/442u9

5.  Follow my tweets from the event and retweet the teas you love.  I’ll be tweeting lots of pictures of delicious tea. Follow the hashtag #catea

The winners will be announced randomly after the event.

This is not a paid post my honest opinions were used.  I did not receive any products or compensation in return for this post.

Your OWN Show Full Episodes

Did you miss any of the Oprah Winfrey Network, “Your OWN Show” episodes?

Here are the links to the FULL Episodes:

Your OWN Show Episode 1 – FULL EPISODE

Your OWN Show Episode 2 – FULL EPISODE

Your OWN Show Episode 3 – FULL EPISODE

Your OWN Show Episode 4 – FULL EPISODE

Your OWN Show Episode 5 – FULL EPISODE

Your OWN Show Episode 6 – FULL EPISODE

Your OWN Show Episode 7 – FULL EPISODE

Your OWN Show Episode 8 – FULL EPISODE

Enjoy!

FUN Friday

Happy Friday! Make it a FUN Friday and take the stairs!

Leadership Lessons from Children

Happy Martin Luther King day!  Today we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr day with personal & professional life leadership lessons from children. Read more

Your OWN Show premiers tonight!

Oprah Winfrey Network will be premiering, “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star‘” on January 7, 2010. Your OWN Show is a reality show challenge that allows 10 contestants to compete for a chance  at a talk show of their very own on OWN.    The OWN show is co-hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Carson Kressley.  We received an exclusive preview of Your OWN Show on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Here are the Top 5 reasons you should watch this show:

1. Dynamic & Diverse contestants: More than 15,000 people auditioned to complete for the opportunity to have their own show on OWN. 10 finalists were selected to participate for the opportunity of a lifetime. There is a comedian, news reporter, financial planner, a minister, a cook, mom and more. Each contestant has an amazing personality and a story of triumph on the sequence of events that led them to become a finalist on the show.

2. A-List Mentors: The contestants were separated into two groups and are given an intense challenge to complete. Each week the contestants are mentored and judged by Thought Leaders in Television, Entertainment, Media and Fashion industries  such as Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, Gayle King, Vera Wang and more.

3. Behind the scenes privileges: Ever wonder what it would be like to work behind the scenes of a major television program? There is a lot more involved to producing a show then a person sitting in front of the camera and speaking. Nancy O’Dell and Carson Kressley guide the contestants through several challenges each week.  Follow the OWN show behind the scenes view of all the brainstorming, effort and challenges involved to prepare and produce a show.

4. It’s a Reality show: We love reality shows! You will laugh, cry and even find yourself rooting for the contestants.

5. Education:  Follow along each week and educate yourself on the planning, research, expertise and experience required to a host a successful talk show.   DREAM big with the contestants and celebrate with the winner. You may also find yourself taking notes as you consider preparing to pitch your own show.

Disclosure:  We were given a sneak preview from SheSpeaks & Klout because we are a Klout influencer. We’re under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. We get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals in 2011

What is your favorite Goal attaining system?  I prefer setting goals using the S.M.A.R.T. system. If you don’t have a goal setting system, I recommend this system.  It’s a simple and effective way to set SMARTer goals.  It will help you identify key goals, areas of improvement and also provides a worksheet to review periodically throughout the year.

 

In summary, S.M.A.R.T. goals need to be:

S: Specific, Significant, Stretching & Simple

Goals need to be specific. To set a specific goal set a well defined goal. You should be able to clearly identify the goal and answer these questions: Who are the stakeholders? What will you accomplish? Where will you accomplish it? When will you accomplish it? and Why do you want to accomplish this goal? I also like to use the S for $. Will it cost anything or will it save money?

M: Measurable & Manageable

Goals need to be measureable. How will you measure your success? Can you manage the progress towards your objective? Create a support system from trusted friends, colleagues and others in your professional social network to encourage you and help you measure your success.

A: Attainable, Attitude, Appropriate, Achievable, Assignable & Ambitious

Goals need to be attainable. Can you accomplish the list this year? Is the goal achievable? Do you have the resources you need to attain the goal? Develop the right attitude to ensure you achieve your goals. Are you your best advocate? Be ambitious. Don’t settle for average results.

R: Relevant, Results, Results-focused, Results-oriented

Goals need to be relevant and results oriented. Is the goal relevant to your career, business or personal goals? Be honest in the evaluation of yourself.

T: Time-bound, Time framed, Time-Specific, Trackable

Goals need to have a time-frame. Is the goal time-bound? What is the time-frame to complete the goal? Make sure to consider the time it will take you to complete your goal by setting a time-frame and timeline to complete the goal. Be wise and give yourself enough time to complete the goal. Track your deliverables with project management tools. You can create a quick and easy goal tracking spreadsheet with Excel

Discussion: Please join me in setting up 2011 SMART goals. What type of tools do you use to set your annual goals? Do you set short-term goals or long term goals?

Additional resources:

8 Strategies for Achieving SMART Goals

Use SMART Objectives to Focus Goals, Plans and Performance

The Importance of Working Together With Your Team

21 Ways to Excel at Project Management

Top 10 Christmas Lights 2010

One of our annual family traditions is to drive around the neighborhood and enjoy the Christmas lights.
Most of our neighbors have turned off their Christmas lights because of the weather. Since the area
is nearly a blackout this week, a techie girl needs to go online and find her favorite light shows from around
the world.

Here are my favorite Top 10 Christmas Lights 2010:

#1: Holiday Road • Spring Lake Michigan

#2: Bishop Riley Way, Churchlands

#3: Orchard Road, Singapore

#4: Tega Cay, South Carolina

#5: University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

#6: Round Rock, Texas

#7: Austin, Texas

#8: Perth, Western Australia

#9: New York City, New York

#10: San Diego, California

What’s your favorite video? Do you have other captivating Christmas light videos to share?

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

 

 

The 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is on Saturday, September 11, 2010.  It is an excellent way to get involved and strengthen your community by taking the time to help a neighbor, a school or local nonprofitRead more

What is Your EAT PRAY LOVE?

EAT PRAY LOVE movie rolled into theaters on Friday, August 13, 2010 and debuted at #2. I did not read the book, but was very curious about the movie because of the cast and producer Brad Pitt.

Julia Roberts plays an amazing leading role as Elizabeth Gilbert a recently divorced author who gives up everything to travel the world for one year on a Spiritual and Personal Journey. She goes to Italy to Eat, India to Pray and finds Love in Bali. EAT PRAY LOVE was directed by Ryan Murphy (who also created Glee) and filmed in chronological order in Italy, India and Indonesia. The movie also features great acting by Billy Crudup, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Javier Bardem and Viola Davis. Another interesting fact about the movie is that the double mozzarella pizza scene in Naples, Italy is filmed at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, the memorable restaurant Elizabeth Gilbert originally went to. There is a lot of Food and Love throughout every scene.

I absolutely loved this film! The movie was not predictable and the actors made all the characters come to life. I enjoyed watching the food in Italy, the food in India and really wished there was a lot more food in Bali. In fact, I enjoyed the food so much I went on my own Eat Pray Love dinner after the movie at a local authentic Italian restaurant and another Eat Pray Love Brunch the following day – – you will definitely want to discover the pleasure of eating after watching this film.

There is also a wide range of diverse music in the film. The blend of Classic, Contemporary and Brazilian music will make you Happy! Some of my personal favorites were Heart of Gold, Samba da Benção and Got to Give it Up which you can find on the EAT Pray Love movie soundtrack.

This movie will make you take a closer look at yourself, your relationships and reflect on the loves of your life, family and friendships. The film will encourage you to take the time to revive and empower yourself. You may even walk away asking yourself, What is my EAT PRAY LOVE?

I walked away from the movie with a greater appreciation for other countries. I found that even though we have many cultural & religious backgrounds, men and women have many similarities when it comes to matters of the heart. We need to take more time to reflect, revive, renew and restore our souls — not necessarily by traveling the world for a year — but by balancing our busy lives by traveling and taking pleasure in EATing –and LOVing the people around us.

Did you watch the movie EAT PRAY LOVE?
What is your EAT PRAY LOVE?

10th Annual Street Painting Festival

It’s a beautiful day for a Street Painting Festival!

Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival marked the 10th year of success with professional artists, new comers & aspiring artists sharing their talent by painting beautiful pieces of art on hot asphalt.  The Festival offered great food and beverage, entertainment, music, art, and many different vendors selling a variety of merchandise and services throughout the Old Town Temecula area.

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The 3 day Street Painting Festival wrapped up on June 27th with awards given out at 3:30pm.

This year’s award winning street painters:

Best in Show - Gayle DuRivage, 2010 - Meditations.

Best Black and White – Cecelia Linayao of San Diego, "The Color of Beauty"

Best Youth - 15-year-old Alina Bartolina-Yerma

Best Newcomer – Norberto Villez of Murrieta, "Portrait of Inspiration"

People’s Choice (tie) – Lee Rupp of Winchester - "Psalm 46:10 - Be Still and Know That I am God"

People’s Choice (tie) – Rebecca Hayes-Johnson

Life Lessons

I celebrated a special birthday this month.  It was one of the happiest days of my life because we welcomed a new addition to the Smith family with the birth of a grandchild and celebrated an older and wiser me.  After reading “The 45 lessons life has taught me” by Regina Brett,  I  realized that life has many more lessons to teach me and that we are all still learning:

“To celebrate growing older, Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

What life lesson has life taught you?

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals in 2010

Every year around this time of the year, I reflect on the current year and begin to set my goals for the following year. I review my personal and professional accomplishments. I also ground myself by developing areas of growth.

Over the years I have tried many “Goal attaining systems” and have found that setting S.M.A.R.T. goals have worked best.

Let me define S.M.A.R.T. goals:

S: Specific, Significant, Stretching & Simple

Goals need to be specific. To set a specific goal set a well defined goal. You should be able to clearly identify the goal and answer these questions: Who are the stakeholders? What will you accomplish? Where will you accomplish it? When will you accomplish it? and Why do you want to accomplish this goal? I also like to use the S for $. Will it cost anything or will it save money?

M: Measurable & Manageable

Goals need to be measureable. How will you measure your success? Can you manage the progress towards your objective? Create a support system from trusted friends, colleagues and others in your professional social network to encourage you and help you measure your success.

A: Attainable, Attitude, Appropriate, Achievable, Assignable & Ambitious

Goals need to be attainable. Can you accomplish the list this year? Is the goal achievable? Do you have the resources you need to attain the goal? Develop the right attitude to ensure you achieve your goals. Are you your best advocate? Be ambitious. Don’t settle for average results.

R: Relevant, Results, Results-focused, Results-oriented

Goals need to be relevant and results oriented. Is the goal relevant to your career, business or personal goals? Be honest in the evaluation of yourself.

T: Time-bound, Time framed, Time-Specific, Trackable

Goals need to have a time-frame. Is the goal time-bound? What is the time-frame to complete the goal? Make sure to consider the time it will take you to complete your goal by setting a time-frame and timeline to complete the goal. Be wise and give yourself enough time to complete the goal. Track your deliverables with project management tools. You can create a quick and easy goal tracking spreadsheet with Excel

Let’s work SMART.er and not harder in 2010.

Additional resources:

8 Strategies for Achieving SMART Goals

Use SMART Objectives to Focus Goals, Plans and Performance

The Importance of Working Together With Your Team

21 Ways to Excel at Project Management


Discussion: Please join me in setting up 2010 SMART goals. I will write a follow-up article next week to share my 2010 goals. What type of tools do you use to set your annual goals? Do you set short-term goals or long term goals?

“Twelve Priceless Qualities of Success”

“1. The value of time.
2. The success of perseverance.
3. The pleasure of working.
4. The dignity of simplicity.
5. The worth of character.
6. The power of kindness.
7. The influence of example.
8. The obligation of duty.
9. The wisdom of economy.
10. The virtue of patience.
11. The improvement of talent.
12. The joy of originating.”

-Marshall Field