Taking a LITTLE girl to a shooting range? To shoot a gun that shoots 600 rounds a minute? I’m speechless because this is all COMPLETELY ABSURD. Don’t we want our little girls to learn which sport is healthy and best for them? Don’t we want them to learn about their connection to this peaceful earth?
Most 9 year olds are reading fun books, ice skating, playing piano or soccer or kicking a ball in the street and so forth. This type of object, which is a killing machine, an unnecessary type of gun to be at a public shooting range, was put in the hands of an innocent little child who had so much to look forward to in life. This trauma will now part of her thought process/autonomic nervous system and will be a life long coping process.
It’s not everyday you get to meet trailblazers. Glass ceiling breakers. It’s not every day you get to meet people who were doing it FIRST. I have been fortunate enough to have met and interviewed some remarkable people over the years since starting this women’s lifestyle brand 5 years ago, next month.
(From left to right: Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Gene Simmons, Katie Couric, Marlee Matlin, Arianna Huffington)
This week, it was Barbara Walters. As a lifestyle and parenting correspondent onTV each week, you can understand why meeting broadcasting legend Barbara Walters was very special.
A few weeks ago, I had the great privilege of vacationing in Mont Tremblant, a beautiful vacation resort about 90 minutes north of Montreal in the Laurentian Mountains. My family has been skiing at Tremblant for years, and while we are used to going during the wintertime, this was our first vacation there during the summer.
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I had stayed in the local hotels before, but never in our own home. We were fortunate to have stayed at a Tremblant Livingproperty. For those who might not be familiar with Tremblant Living, founded in 2003, Tremblant Living specializes in superior luxury vacation rentals in Mont Tremblant, QC. They hand-pick their homes to bring the public exquisitely appointed properties located on –or close to- the prestigiousMont Tremblant resort. They are widely recognized as the leader in their industry for managing state-of-the-art homes ideal for entertaining friends and family or hosting corporate retreats.
“At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”
The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.” (http://www.nwhp.org)
There are tall ships
There are small ships
But the best ships
Unless of course, they’re not.
Yes, this post is about the dark side of friendship, a Global TV segment I did while on my blogging break end of July.
To be honest, I have not had too many toxic friendships over the years. I was never one of those bitchy girls either. I was raised to talk to everyone and I always had friends in many circles. I never liked cliques. But many of you have written in about the friends you’ve dropped, dumped and severed ties with.
One mom wrote in about her best friend’s daughter taunting her own daughter and belittling her on Facebook. Another woman wrote in about her long time friend who was in a bad marriage, and out of jealousy, was gossiping and badmouthing her behind her back. These toxic friendships are unsupportive, draining, unrewarding and can be suffocating. Toxic friends stress you out and are generally one sided, whereby you don’t get back nearly half as much as you put in.
It’s not every day Mattel makes a Barbie® to your likeness. To honor my role as Chief Inspiration Officer of Entrepreneur Barbie® with a mission to inspire entrepreneurship in girls across Canada, Erica DiamondBarbie® took 5 months to make. I am beyond proud and humbled, and if I am to be honest, it’s probably one of the most momentous milestones of my career.
As an entrepreneur since the age of 24 (now starting my fourth entrepreneurial venture), having written a bookon female entrepreneurship, as a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, a life and business coach for female entrepreneurs, and having made it my life’s mission to inspire others to take the dive into passion, this feels kind of like the pinnacle of your career.
Before I show you Erica DiamondBarbie®, what I am most excited about, is the first-ever Barbie™ Business Bursary program – the search for Canada’s Next Young Entrepreneur, with Mattel funding girls’ big dreams. I am sitting on a panel of judges helping award Mattel bursary money to 3 fabulous, young entrepreneurial girls with great vision and spirit!
I was an advertising executive in the television industry for 12 years before I jumped off the fence. I am an only child, raised by an Asian mother who had her own successful career in the medical field, and a German-American father with a successful career in the aerospace industry. I was raised to excel in my studies and obtain the high-paying executive job and title. I was on my way.
I was fortunate to have found my soul mate and husband in my late 20′s, and we both decided to wait a few years before starting our family. My first daughter came along shortly after my promotion into a management position. Having the financial resources, we had a full-time nanny, which allowed me to continue my career. My job required much time, travel, and intellectual/emotional effort. Being in the entertainment industry, I got to meet and work with famous television and movie stars. In addition to attending awards shows, movie premieres, and launch parties, my husband and I got to attend exciting events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl.