Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse!


Hello and Happy Eclipse Day!


On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring events. The path will stretch all the way from Lincoln Beach, OR to Charleston, SC.

Make sure to wear protective glasses and have fun! 

Maria

Sunday, July 30, 2017

See Forever and Then Some

Hello friends,

I thoroughly enjoyed today's warm weather in NYC.

Brunch at the Meat Packing District, then The High Line then One World Observatory. Awesome Sunday excursion with family and friends.







I hope you are all enjoying your summer. If you haven't had a chance just yet, you have about five weeks left!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth!














Three facts about Fourth of July 4 you may/may not know:

1. Independence Day is really longer than a day
July 4 is the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but not all 56 eventual signers signed that day, few others signed the original a few days later on July 8th. Most members of the Second Continental Congress did not sign the Declaration of Independence until August 2nd.

2. Why red, white and blue?
The common story is that the colors represent purity and innocence (white), hardiness and valor (red), and vigilance, perseverance and justice (blue). The colors of the flag, however, may simply have been chosen because it was designed after the British Union Jack.

3. Why the fireworks?
Fireworks on the Fourth of July is a tradition dating back to 1777, the first anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife that he wanted Independence Day to be celebrated with parade, shows, and “Illuminations”, hence the splashy show put on in present day.
Source: Daily New | Lifestyle
Enjoy the holiday friends!

Maria

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gracias Abuelita!

To conclude Women's History Month...here's a shout-out to my Abuelita.
At eleven years old when I read my first few romance novels – my grandmother’s Barbara Cartland collection – I was hooked. There was something magical about the stories and how they unfolded.
What I didn’t know at the time was that my grandmother would be the reason behind my writing.
“Speaking of romance,” my mother said over coffee one morning, “Your grandmother was quite the romantic writer.” “Grandma?” I shrieked. The reference caught me off guard, Grandma had been deceased for years and my mother rarely spoke of her. “Yeah” she answered. “Your grandmother wrote love letters to your grandfather when he was away on business.” “She did?” I never heard this before. “Yeah, didn’t you know?” Mom continued, “She placed first in a writing contest.” Love letters? Contest? Whoa. I had no idea.
When I started to write romance in my twenties the genre fascinated me. Intrigued by such appeal I often questioned from where my desire to write emerged. After my mother’s revelation I thought long and hard about my grandmother’s writing. When did she start writing? What inspired her to write?
Mystified as I was to learn about grandma’s writing prowess one thing was for sure, it offered a new perspective: Romance writing was in my genes.
My grandmother would have been ninety-seven years old this past February and I still think of her when I write, I can hear her giggle as I’m crafting a sexy scene. “Gracias Abuelita for your gift. I know now I was born to write.”
Women writers rock!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Malala Yousafzai -- International Women's Day, March 8th

Malala Yousafzai has never been an ordinary person.
Malala began blogging when she was barely 11 years old. At the time she was writing about the Taliban takeover of her hometown of Mingora in Pakistan. The group responsible for the takeover followed an extremist version of Islam and believed girls should not go to school. Malala was very courageously standing up for girls right to education. 
On October 9, 2012, the Taliban tried to silence her. A gunman boarded a truck that she and her classmates used as a school bus and shot Malala in the head. Malala survived the attack. The months following she showed remarkable strength and optimism during a long recovery. Since then Malala has become a symbol of the struggle for girls' rights worldwide. In fact, she delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations just nine months after the attack. 
Two years after her ordeal, on October 10, 2014 Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala said the prize was an encouragement to go forward with her mission to help kids, "This award is for all those children whose voices need to be heard."
Malala, a woman of integrity and character.

Happy International Women's Day!
Maria Cox
Source: Time For Kids / a div. of Time, Inc.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Enemy Within

Do you ask yourself, what keeps me from meeting my goals? Why do others achieve theirs successfully?

Most of us have goals, big and small, but the most realistic goals in the world won’t materialize if you engage in self-defeating behaviors.

So, what is self-sabotage?
“Self-sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure it doesn't happen.” ~ Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

In today’s business environment we’re “on” all the time. All eyes are on us to achieve or fail. It’s important that we don’t give in to negative feelings and risk spiraling out of control.

If you’re self-sabotaging you’re not alone. Studies suggest that 85 percent of people engage in some form of self-sabotage.  

Below are two of the most common behaviors:

“If only…”

We all have some regrets, whether they're about something we did (if only I hadn't dropped out of college), or something we didn't do (if only I’d ask for that raise). To dwell on these “if only” fantasies will only keep you idling in neutral.

The ‘worry-wart’

You fret over things that really shouldn't matter. You fear that if you fail others will think less of you. You doubt your abilities even though “you’re very capable”. Listen, we all have insecurities; we just have to learn to manage them effectively.

Here are a few things that experts suggest we practice in order to minimize the self-deprecating inner talk:

Smile more
Smile. Right now J

Emit good energy
The energy you send out into the world comes back.

Do for others
If you’re wallowing in your own misery why not pull aside and regroup? Focusing on others is a great way to gain perspective.

See the bright side
Remember that the universe is in balance. Things aren’t always as bad as they seem.

Get grounded and stay grounded
Positive thinking without positive actions gets you nowhere. Be prepared to do the work.

Laugh
Especially at yourself!

Anytime you feel like your plan has gone off course, fight against shutting down. If you get a bad review, don’t throw in the towel. Before you give up on your strategy, before you decide to give up on your dream, sit down and plan a new approach.

Happy 2017!