Community Connections

Today I had the opportunity to decorate a room for a special young lady at Community Connections. The maintenance guys painted the room for me prior to my arrival. I had several things I brought from home to put in the room and a few things I purchased (all the bedding had to be new). As you can see I love Asian accents and contemporary styles.

While I was decorating , the young lady that was getting the room came by. She was very appreciative and thanked me for fixing up the room. It was a very humbling experience, especially during these times knowing that your life could be turned upside down at any minute
if you lost your main source of income. This was just a small gesture to make their new environment feel like “home”. If you or someone you know has things at home that you can donate to Community Connections, please Adopt-a-Room!

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UNF Girls Going Places

Today I had the great opportunity to mentor girls from over 30 high schools in the Greater Jacksonville area at the Girls Going Places conference. There were aprx 100 girls and 30 mentors. We had a day full of games, budgeting, interviews and product development. This was my first year and it was an awesome experience! The girls were all talented and creative…hmmh I wonder what happened to me at that age?

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Delta/Southwest feature Jacksonville, FL

You know those airplane magazines you flip through when you’ve finished reading your book or listening to your ipod? Well this time you need to pay close attention to the details. This year Jacksonville, FL was the city featured in the Delta and Southwest airline magazines. Focusing on the city’s history, its waterways, medical facilities, golfing, hotels and restaurants. The magazines’ communication partner held a premier launching at the MOCA. In the Delta Sky magazine on page 80. I had the honor of designing an ad for the City of Jacksonville featuring Downtown, World of Nations, Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Sail Jacksonville.

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FCAAC Heritage Breakfast

Ok, so today I had to get up at 5:30 am in order to attend the FCAAC Heritage Breakfast at the Hyatt downtown. I was so sleepy. But when I got there, I was greeted by the wonderful FCAAC staff and plate of fresh fruit! I sat at the table with a group of fellow colleagues that are participating in a mentor program through the FCAAC this spring. The guest speaker was, A.D. Roberts, Our Spirits Renewed. Sometimes you just need to hear an encouraging word from someone to brighten up your day. He talked about the power in the word hope. He gave an analogy of buying a lottery ticket, and the feeling that he could possible win millions, travel anywhere, buy whatever he wanted… Wow! what an awesome feeling to have unlimited possibilities. Lottery ticket $1 • Winnings $0 • The Possibility PRICELESS.

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What are your kids eating?

Today I had the unique opportunity to visit the DCPS Nutrition Service Center for a MWBE Vendor Expo in conjunction with Aramark Education. With a scene right out of a Honey Bunches of Oats commercial, I was ready to tour the “kitchen”. To my surprise the “cafeteria lady” isn’t the one making meatloaf surprise anymore. At the DCPS Nutrition Service Center, they have strategically come up with innovative ways to make healthy breakfast and lunch choices for the kids. All the ingredients were fresh and made to order.

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