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speaking at samsung


I recently spoke at the Samsung Experience Center last week on my entrepreneurial journey. I was asked to be part of their Fall Discovery Series, an initiative supporting @lollipoptheater that brings entrepreneurs and creators in to speak to the next generation. And those who know my story know that my path has been untraditional, to say the least! Click here for Samsung's blog post, and a couple of key points below:

〰 Be fearless. Ask yourself, what’s the worst that can happen? We often have a habit of allowing fear to takeover, getting in the way of what we want without even realizing it. But when you unpack it, the worst case scenario isn’t usually that bad at all.

〰 Self-love is everything. Entrepreneurs don’t talk about this as often, but most of us had to do some serious work to get past our own blocks about what we’re worth, and what we deserve. Subconscious feelings about not being good enough or deserving success often exist somewhere below the surface and those thoughts need to go. I’ve read countless stories about successful CEOs who have done exercises like mirror work, literally standing in front of a mirror and repeating “I love myself” in order to reach that place. (Sounds silly, but google it if you’re curious.) We’ve been told to believe in ourselves since we were kids, and it sounds trite, but it truly is the foundation for success.

〰 Honor your path. It’s not always a traditional one, and that’s okay. Pay attention to patterns or moments throughout your life where you’ve experienced what I call, that magnetic feeling. Your intuition guiding you to do something, or any true passion that calls you. I started a food blog years ago and I never could have imagined that it would lead me to be on TV, open a pop-up restaurant, start a catering business, and then launch @salthousemkt. It might not always be obvious, and their might be several twists and turns that it leads you to before getting to where you’re meant to be. Just keep following the signs, be patient, and enjoy the process.

be your own pro

I recently had the pleasure of starring in a social media campaign for a new beauty brand, Kiss NY Pro. It was such a blast to shoot. Hope you enjoy the video below!

entrepreneur dinner series | women in tech

entrepreneur dinner series | women in tech

The Entrepreneur Dinner Series is one I dreamed up with a client-turned friend, Danya Cheskis-Gold from Spark Capital. We're both passionate about bringing like-minded people together over a delicious meal, so we created this series as a way to do that for women entrepreneurs. The idea being that as a successful woman in New York City doing what you love, it can be really nice to just sit and enjoy some time with other like-minded women in a similar field or position.

We started with the category 'women in tech' and it went so well that we started doing it quarterly, also in partnership with Cooley LLP (a law firm that works primarily with startups). 

This last dinner was held at Maman, a charming coffee shop and event space in SoHo.

Wine was provided by ClubW, an awesome wine subscription service. They had just released their new rosé collaboration with Yes Way Rosé, Summer Water, and everyone loved it. Check them out and get a free bottle of wine (!) by clicking here.

Click the images below to view the gallery.

see the world (or at least more of it)

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – The Dalai Lama

It’s great advice, don’t you think?

I love to travel, but for whatever reason I haven’t done enough of it. I did a month-long stint in Europe when I graduated college and other than that, it’s been cruises and a lot of lying on the beach in the Caribbean and Mexico.

That’s about to change, partially because I’m lucky enough to have an expert traveler for a best friend. He traveled the world for five years, and is currently back on the road down to South America on a motorcycle. Like the bad ass that he is.

He has inspired me to travel more this year because I now have the fantastic option to meet him along his way as often as I can. First on the agenda is Guatemala and/or El Salvador. My first trip to Central America! What. ;)

It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world and cook with the locals, so I think I’ll try that out this trip. I hear tamales are a thing in Guatemala, and a quick Google search led me to learn of the El Salvador’s famed pupusas: corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and other goodness. Doesn't suck!

Of course, if leaving the country isn’t an option for you right now, there are lots of places closer-to-home to consider - I'm sure of it. Likely things you can discover in just a couple hours’ driving time. Think about it. I bet there are things in your own dang town that you've never even seen.

Such as ... Ready for something ridiculous? I’ve never been to the New York Public Library. Yep... straight-up embarrassing. Libraries are literally one of my favorite things (I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them, for Christ's sake), yet I’ve never even been to what might be considered the greatest one ever. There's just no excuse.

(On a sidenote, for anyone that’s never been to New York, I think you should make 2014 the year you do it.)

It's easy to let life get in the way... To wait until next year, or next month, or when you'll have more time...

Seriously? You know how ridiculous that sounds.

We have to remember this stuff. We have to make time for it. We've got one life to live...

Tomorrow, I’m excited to share with you a new thought process I've adopted that can help make traveling more of a reality. (Or at least, it’s what’s working for me.)

Ciao, bellas!