Tuesday, June 19, 2007

BFF- Bling Friends Forever at Handmade Galleries

On my way to the Handmade Galleries artist benefit last week, I stopped in a mini mart to get gas and saw the most blingiest dollar sign necklace on a display above Blow Pops and next to the trucker caps. Handmade owner Andy Spyros is a longtime client and good friend. I knew she'd love the necklace so I plunked down my cold hard cash and paid the five ninety nine. (Now is that $5.99 or $599? You decide.)

Andy, awesome person that she is, LOVED the necklace, got a good laugh and promptly put it on. It looked really good with her outfit and she and I both agreed that she needed more accessories.

That day not only had a great party at the store, but Citysearch was there doing a 1 minute clip with Andy as the star of the show. With bling, she dazzled.

I got to play the role of The Enthusiastic Handmade shopper. After preparing hours and hours for my Citysearch debut, powdering my nose, finding my motivation and all, I stood in front of the camera and gushed on why I love Handmade.

"The customer service can't be beat. And there's always a surprise here to delight you when you walk in. I love Handmade! It's Melrose without the attitude."

"Ooooooooooh, good line" exclaimed Joe the cameraman/interviewer.

I pushed a stray hair aside and returned to my trailer. :-)

So after that we took our kids, plus my sister Zan and soon to be 21 year old niece Kati to the Amazon restaurant on Ventura Blvd.

We went there a few months ago when Kathy Murillo came to town. I had the same thing (Night Shrimp) and our children (fueled by lemonade and a pre-dining stop at Coldstone where my other niece works) promptly began to tear the place up and run wild. This photo was taken mid-kid-insanity. I sincerely believe the staff and patrons were delighted to see us go. (Fortunately we got there early before the rush)

Handmade Galleries got about 30 people to sign up as bone marrow donors, they raised close to $3000 for Jack, the kids were happy, and we did an awesome job on Citysearch!


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Serious Law of Attraction Karmic Ka-Ching!

I am soooooooooooooooooo on a roll it's just exhilirating.

A week ago, I met with the most wonderful healer, Dr. Elena Esparza of Just Breathe Healing in L.A. She is a chiropractor, herbalist, energy work expert, and a life coach without calling herself that.

She recommended as part of my treatment that I do the following each day:
1. Practice gratitude
2. List my basic accomplishments for each day (even if it's just making my bed)
3. Adopt the persona of The Serene Queen and give myself nightly foot baths.

I was feeling stressed out when I saw her, so this advice was taken to heart. I REALLY focused on gratitude througout the day. Here is a report out of the week's karmic ka-ching as a result:

1. My livingroom was painted by two amazing professional artists and a friend and I never once lifted a paint brush.

2. I was invited to speak at a business seminar.

3. I was invited to deliver the keynote presentation to the Latina Style magazine Business Series on June 29 in LA.

4. My website was offline Thursday morning so I alerted my webmaster, Anita. Turns out all of iPower Web (soon to be my former web host) was out. Anita was so grateful that I notified her (and apparently saved her lots of headaches) that she gave me a year of free hosting. Wow!

5. While my website was offline, I took advantage of the non-cyber world and attended the end of year luau (complete with Polynesian dancers) at my daughter's pre-school.

6. After the luau, the director of the school offered to take Citlalli the next day (a day she normally doesn't attend) FREE OF CHARGE so she can enjoy the luau again.

7. I went for a consultation with a person and the topic got around to her business and she ended up giving me the entire consultation and perks for free because our business conversation gave her so much value.

8. Dell computers, who I have this dislike/hate relationship with, sent me a check for $90. Turns out I overpaid them for something related to that piece of plastic they sold me in March.

9. At Handmade Galleries' fundraiser, Citisearch was there filming a short clip on the store. They needed someone to play the role of an enthusiastic patron. Andy (the owner, also my friend and client) asked me to do that. My wow line: "Handmade Galleries is like Melrose without the attitude!" Great, cut, print, ka-ching!

I am keeping my heart, soul, and mind on gratitude. If this isn't Law of Attraction in action, then I don't know what is!