Category Archives: career

searching for tires & finding a star


during my recent quest  for free tires, and before manifesting the tires in a completely bizarre and unexpected way (which you may read here), i began my search on craigslist. sure that i would find someone in nyc looking to unload 3 tires – i did not.  what i did find, was a salon in soho looking for a haircut model and i was in need of a free haircut!

it’s been years since i was in the industry, but back in a previous life, i was the manager for a high end hair care line. i spent 4+ years travelling around the country visiting the top salons, selling hair products and getting to know  stylists in the best of the best salons in the united states.  occasionally, some of the country’s top talent would offer me a complimentary cut or color. a pretty awesome perk, i know. . . .

back to craigslist.  the salon was sam brocato, located at 42 wooster street, in the heart of soho.  in the last stretch of her two year apprenticeship, a beautiful young woman named christina was in need of hair model for a short cut, and along with 3 tires, i also wanted a new short haircut.

i felt like i won the lottery when christina responded to my e-mail letting me know i had been chosen for the free haircut.  not powerball or anything, but at the very least a good scratch-off ticket.

by the time she was done, it was apparent that her talent was as large as her heart.  if it’s what she aspires to, one day i’m sure i’ll see her name in the style magazines along with the likes of frederick fekkai, oribe & christophe – at least i hope so.  i can do my small part by introducing christina to you today.  you can do your part by booking an appointment with her – you wont be disappointed – and . . .  you’ll have an amazing new style!
to christina, i thank you –  for your time, for your talent & for picking me! may success follow you always.

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sam brocato salon ~ christina ~ (212) 334.3777

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”
 ~ Alan Cohen

many thanks


my aunt fran, who we always called sis, spent every day making life better for people. she was an accomplished professor who left the world of higher education to assist  people who may not have been able to receive a higher education without her help, generosity and kindness.  she taught children in the public school system in downtown newark, nj and made lives better for all ‘her’ children. because of her efforts helping kids understand that they mattered, assisting them to learn and sharing her light, there are adults today that have risen out of poverty, gone on to college, and made a better life for themselves –  a legacy we should all want leave behind.

sis left this world way too early yet was able to do what may take others many lifetimes to accomplish. she spent her spare time doing things like volunteering for habitats for humanity and helping the poor and underprivileged throughout the world in many ways. it’s hard to believe it’s been seven years without her yet good to know her legacy will live forever.

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thanks for all you’ve done here, sis – and a big shout out of gratitude to all the people who helped her along the way.

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
 ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

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am i missing something here?


i don’t know anything about paula deen except that she’s a famous cook.  i’ve never watched her on tv, heard her speak or even heard anything about her ever.  is it true that paula deen is being disgraced for using a bad word 30 years ago?

i just watched a clip of paula deen on the today show where matt lauer harshly (in my opinion) interviewed deen, who appears to be genuinely distressed by using the bad word 30 years ago, has apologized, asked for forgiveness and says she is not a racist.  she went on to say,

“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you.”

did i miss something big here?  i’m feeling a bit confused because if that is not the truth, i suspect a boat load of people would have come forward by now to deny that what she said is true.  if it is indeed the truth, i want to meet the person who has never said something horrible too!   are the networks really dropping her show &  destroying one woman’s career because she made a mistake while someone had a gun to her head in a hold up and she called them a bad, bad word?  

please do not confuse what i’m saying by thinking that i believe her name calling was appropriate.  i am 99.99% sure that i have never called anyone by that word, but i’m also 99.99%  sure i have said many horrible things in the last 30 years that i wish i could take back – and not even at gunpoint.

seriously?  is this a good use of media? resources? time – or, anything else?  how about a little forgiveness here? maybe some compassion? or even better, a little looking inward by all of the peeps pointing fingers  . . .  if using bad vocabulary once was the worst thing i had ever done, i think i would crown myself queen of the world.

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“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
 ~ Mary Pickford

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another craigslist job opportunity for the folks in need of integrity:

Fast Comment Poster – Virtual Position (Midtown)

My company runs several websites related to skin care and shampoo products. We are looking for comment posters to comment on various forms regarding skin care, shampoo and other stuff related to skin care. For example, on a hair blog you would comment about how to control frizzy hair using the products. The content will be provided. The position is virtual every Mon & Wed from 2pm-6pm. Pay is $8 p/h for the first month, and $10 p/h after one month. You are paid as contractor (part-time), so there are no taxes taken out of the paycheck. Requirements:
-Must have a fast computer
-Must have fast internet connection
-Must be fast on the computer, able to post comments quickly

(more craigslist winners here)

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“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
 ~ Aristotle
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hide your kids!


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i’m laughing so hard right now i can’t think of anything more to say here . . . .

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looking for a new job?


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while browsing craigslist’s writing/editing jobs today,  i saw this
opportunity which i decided to pass on,  but thought i would
pass along . . . .

Online Dating Surrogate (Flatiron)

Successful entrepreneur needs discerning woman to handle online dating communications for him for roughly an hour per dayProcess:
1. Review profiles of women on 3 or 4 dating sites
2. Per criteria you will be provided, mark as “Favorite” all potential women to contact
3. You’ll let me know when to review Favorites periodically and I’ll delete those I’m not interested in
4. You’ll write to and exchange messages with the remaining Favorites and try to set dates

Work hours, location and salary:
> One hour or so per day – flat $100/wk
> You set the hours
> Work from anywhere you choose

Ideal candidate for this job is similar to dating candidates sought:
> Pretty, thin, educated female in her 20s or 30s (with great taste and strong writing ability)

If This Part-Time Job is For You:
> Email to craig0519nyc@hotmail.com your picture, resume and lengthy enough response to assess your writing ability
> Indicate why this job will be easy and fun for you and describe why you believe that you have great taste and a discerning eye

  • Compensation: $100/week for roughly 7 hours work


78Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

 

what would you love in 2013?


 

and what would you do to prepare if you absolutely knew it was going to manifest for you?

i am going to meet many amazingly wonderful people, one of which will be my future husband, get and sell the shot that will launch my photography career, write, write & write some more, do my best at the work i love which will compensate me beyond my wildest dreams, be aware and act on every opportunity to serve and finally, stay present and see the joy in every second of every day.

as you can see, i’ve got a lot to do right now so we’ll touch base again later, ok?

many miracles, peace, love & joy to all!

namaste,

laurie

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“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”
~ The Dalai Lama

time to start the shopping


and i have a great idea for you

if you have one or more of those people in your life who already have it all, consider this: give them a memory!  it’s personal, it’s thoughtful and it’s unique. restore a valued or damaged photo for someone you love.


visit my website if you would like to see more – and thanks for looking  🙂

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“If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.”
 ~ George MacDonald 

benefits too?


i received an e-mail from a recruiter today.  can someone please tell me why he has a job and i do not?  here’s the e-mail:

We are a recruiting firm specializing in candiate – employer introductions in the finaicial services industry.  You background looks like it aligns with a position that we are looking to fill and would like to find out more about yourself and what your are looking to do to see if you are a good fit.  Please give us a call of email us to start the matching process.

You have nothing to loose besides potential interviews   (no period necessary)

Dan

Staffing Specialist

1979 Marcus Ave Suite 210
Lake Success NY 11042

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here’s the response i wanted to send, but decided to blog instead:

Dear Dan,

I want to work for you company!  I would love to write run on sentences filled with missspelled words and get paid for doing so and  I have no experience or interest in the financial services industry but I have no doubt you will help me on my way to a new career.   I’m am so glad you got a hold of my e-mail address!  And your are right, I have nothing to lose

Laurie

Unemployed and Confused
New York, NY

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“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”
~ Jim Rohn

today’s good news!


once in a while you hear something that you may have heard 1,000 times before, 1,000 different ways but the 1,001 st  time – it actually sinks in!

i just heard les brown say, “you will fail your way to success.”  this is very good news since i’ve basically spent the last 2 years failing.  now i know i can expect  gynormous success – starting now.   i’ll keep you posted.

“Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.”
 ~ J. Paul Getty