Saturday, February 25, 2017

How do you "Meet in the Middle" ?

Hellooooo.....

Wow ! Crazy email set ups. Not sure what I did yet sometimes I can't get into this page right away.... something to look into .....

So I have a group of 4 of us that connected through eWomenNetwork in some way shape or form and we have become close friends. We've been through a lot of things together including the passing of one of our dearest friends....... we try to get together whenever our schedules allow and that is usually once or twice a year on a personal meeting. We meet at other times for business yet we love sharing our personal time together..... this was one of our discussions last night at dinner.... We talked a lot about blogging yet the topic came around to MEETING IN THE MIDDLE.  What does that mean to YOU?

So we meet almost exactly in the middle for all of us.... sometimes, one drives a little further than the other and vice versa. We meet in the middle to make sure what we do stays together. Our friendships, our discussions both business and personal, our enlightenment of working towards common goals in life......

Do you meet your clients in the middle? Are you able to open up and  listen to what they say?  Listening is a skill that is so important in our everyday lives. Today, more than ever, we need to LISTEN to others. We need to be open, compassionate and understanding. Does this mean we always agree? Heck no !  The idea is for both sides, all sides, to listen and to be open to meeting in the middle.  Compromise should be a win win for all concerned.

To stay strong, to stay alert and aware, to stay on top of things and be the true intent of your being..... you need to MEET IN THE MIDDLE.  ( If you don't already)
So we drive to dinner and meet in the middle. We consult with clients and meet in the middle. We teach and learn from our children by meeting in the middle.  That middle is so important. It's where things can grow and change in a positive way. It's where ideas come together, spread together and create change.  Don't miss the boat by  talking over yourself, by walking away and by not willing to take a drive to keep connected.  MEET IN THE MIDDLE and see what happens....

Thank you my good friends....You can find these wonderful ladies on FaceBook or reach out to me...

Donna Davis.................................................................................................................................

Ana Roberti...............................................................................................................


Diane Metivier.............................................................................................................

Now Diane couldn't be with us last night as she was home with the flu....yet we sent her a video !!!!
Diane is not only a financial advisor, author, poet  and Mom, she is the creator of Matt's Heart Quest. A place where she raises money to donate to other organizations in her son's name. Her goal is to raise a million dollars to give to charity in her son's name over his lifetime.

Ana Roberti is not just and interior designer....she brings your "SOUL" into your dreams. Executive and Mom-Ana has a way of making you feel the best you can in your space and your experience working with her.

Donna Davis.... Visionary, Author, Caregiver and creator of THE MENOPAUSE FAIRY..... find Donna to talk about all those things we go through in life that we just need someone to go through with. We have no explanations yet we have people we can talk to that can understand....

And yours truly,  Ava Holly,  Author, Poet, Mom, singer/songwriter, Actress , Manager , consultant and now TV host.....Changing the World one project at a time....
Watch out as we come together to bring you exciting new things to read, see, touch, feel and enjoy...

There are many little circles that we travel in aside from our bigger circles. Groups of friends and advisors for various avenues in our lives..... MEET IN THE MIDDLE AND MAKE IT HAPPEN !



Friday, February 17, 2017

No One Does it alone....AND.....

....Collaboration is Key.........

Good day everyone. Hope your weekend is starting off great. With President's weekend upon us, there are extra activities and events going on that you can be involved in. For me, I will be with the founders of Atlantic City Fashion Week, Jeana and LaMont Bowling tonight and tomorrow night. We have our beautiful Alexis walking in the show this evening. This will be her first runway show ! Go Alexis ! Catch all the photos on Face Book later from the Showboat Atlantic City, NJ

As you can see, from following my blog, or from just getting out and about-- No one makes it alone. It is so important to build your own tribe, if you may, to have your own team of people that are there to support you when you need them AND to have an equally important team in place to get things done.  I am so thrilled and honored to be in Collaboration with both Samina Mughal and Mark Legrand.  You can find them both on Face Book.

 MARK LEGRAND BOUTIQUE

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER SAMINA MUGHAL

I'm sure, if you are following this blog, you have seen the beautiful dresses Samina makes as we have been photo shooting them from various places across the U.S.   She also has a line of resort wear, gorgeous tops, and purses/handbags..... You can view some of her line here and stop in at Mark Legrand's boutique if you would like to purchase anything you see here. You can also contact me directly if you are not in the area.

Mark's shop is located at 711 Shore Road Suite 7 on the main strip in Pleasantville, NJ.  He will be hosting a variety of interesting events to make you feel good from the inside out !  Along with being a designer and doing the manufacturing of OUR line of bags coming out in the Fall, Mark is opening up his shop as a Unique Boutique.... There you will find designer clothing, purses, jewelry and as I said different types of events to compliment all these things !  Make sure you stay with us on Face Book to find out all the things that are going on in the shop and keep updated on Ava's Eye Bagz coming out before the next Holiday Season.  

We will also be featuring both Samina and Mark in an upcoming TV segment of Ava's Casual Chat on the WBTVN Network soon....

I am thrilled that Samina has also launched the SM Global Foundation for Cancer Survivors. We will be doing a charity give back program with OUR bags and the SM Global Foundation is one of the charities we like !  Stay tuned for more information on ALL the collaboration with 4 A STAR, SM Global Catwalk, SM Global Foundation, Ava's Eye Bagz, Ava's Casual Chat and Mark Legrand !!!









Enjoy !

Friday, February 3, 2017

Ramping it up in 2017...what's YOUR next move?

Hello 2017....

So January came and went and recently I was able to enjoy a wonderful cruise to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. It was great to be with some great friends on the Carnival Sensation for the Poker Cruise 2.

Well, I always say that January is a planning month. I planned for a trip so coming back with piles of work left for me was just another sign that it was time to RAMP IT UP. 

I stumbled across this very cool network TV company on Face Book.... I come to find out that many of it's members/hosts are part of our eWomen Network including one of the founders. It was very cool talking with Jayne Rios one of the founders of the WBTVN -  Women's Broadcast Television Network....

I am proud and excited to say that I will be one of the new spotlight hosts. I will have a once a month 30 min. segment based on empowerment thorough the entertainment and fashion industry and through businesses making a difference in the World. It's going to be fun and exciting and is going to ramp up all that I am doing with this blog, with the business and with our new line of purses and handbags coming soon......

I hope you are finding a way to RAMP UP YOUR 2017 and try some new things to take you to new heights....

At the WBTVN there are Branded channels, spotlight hosts, and corporate channels available.  This global on line network offers Live streaming, live chat with and audience 24/7....How cool is that??

This is one of the founders, Jayne Rios
You can catch her beautiful and welcoming videos right at the network which I will link below.
Some of the shows I am gravitating to are MAKING IT HAPPEN TV with Victoria Lee
CINDY UNCORKED with Cindy Ashton  COFFEE WITH CLAIRE  with Claire Billingsley and now AVA'S CASUAL CHAT with yours truly.... We should be airing on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:00 PM EST  1:00 PM CST. Shows will also be archived at the network.  As I learn, I will pass the info on to you.....
The network platforms include  amazonfireTV, ROKU, IOS, androidTV and several more....

Start by checking out these amazing hosts.... and I will let the link speak for itself.... let's start ramping it up now.....
Enjoy !




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www.wbtvn.com                       



                     

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Find your HAPPY and more....






Hellooooooo all,

I hope the Holiday Season, no matter what you celebrate, has brought you joy as we approach the New Year. Let's be grateful as we move forward to 2017.

First, let me conclude our Elvis Sightings for this year....

# 11. Elvis was an answer to a jeopardy question .
#12.  Elvis was a special guest on America's Got talent Holiday Spectacular.... yep, they brought in Terry Fator !!!!   Love him. If you are not familiar, Terry is a ventriloquist who won the show in Season 2. He now has a home on the Las Vegas Stage doing great things with his puppets. He sang Blue Christmas with his Elvis pal on the holiday show and it was amazing !

and we end with # 13. ( Day after Christmas, however it was fitting to end with 13)

Art and I had the pleasure of a gift certificate to the fabulous LB ONE steakhouse . On the walls there are photos from great classic movies and some great memories of film etc...
One of the photos features the "Hollywood Diner" showing Marilyn Monroe, James Dean...couldn't quite make out the other person in the photo however Elvis was unmistakable.

And there we have that chapter.... maybe we will visit that again next year....

On to finding your HAPPY !  
Life is too short to agonize over things that are troubling us. I know, we have heard this all before, we have said and done all the things to give us clarity as the year closes out..... ok, if you have done that, continue on that path. If you haven't done that, think hard about the things that make you feel good and feel happy. THAT is where your success will lie in both business and in life. Positive begets Positive and happy releases positive chemicals in your body that make you feel good. When you feel good you do your best work, your best "play" and your best Happy !  It is all too often that we hear sad news around the holidays.... life it too short. Don't wait on finding your Happy. Let that  take whatever is going on into another direction .You will be able to handle it better.

Find your Happy as we move into 2017. I look forward to writing with you all year and being Happy in all of our Journey's.

From our house to yours, have a wonderful , safe, fun, and Happy New Year !

Enjoy !

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Elvis Sightings and more....

Good Tuesday morning,




Finally back in the swing of things as I return home from "N'awlins".  What a great city. Trying to make it a yearly tradition for my daughter's birthday.... so many great sights, sounds and the food...... unreal !

We will do some more cool stuff from NOLA on the Friday Blog.... ( couldn't post from there, just not enough time)

Now, up to "Elvis Sightings"# 7, 8, 9 and 10....

These first couple are small  then it's gets to a build.... I have to thank my good friend and Biz Associate Mari Dattolo for sending me #10...brought tears to my eyes....

#7. A conversation about the movie "Death Becomes Her". I was asked if I remembered the party scene where certain people that want to live forever attend this party and it goes that they don't want to be known..... if you know the movie , you know the scene, and Elvis  is a prominent figure in that scene.... You should see it, cool movie...

#8. Elvis on a new Stamp... I tried to send over the photo of it yet it just wont' send.... check that out....

#9. At our hotel in New Orleans...
 

....This photo was being auctioned off in the lobby with a handful of other photo's, sports related, music etc...... 
#10. comes to us from my friend, Mari....this is a video that is so inspiring... I could not believe it wasn't Elvis singing..... the tears came when Ellen told this young man he would be singing at the upcoming Elvis Birthday Celebration in Graceland..... how cool is that ? !!!



Enjoy !


Monday, November 21, 2016

The "Elvis" sightings rolling in #'s 5 and 6....

Here we go with  Elvis as we get closer and closer to the holidays......

So #5 belongs to an Insurance commercial where we get to hear LOVE ME TENDER, the first Elvis movie song....

and # 6  goes to X FACTOR UK contestant Ryan Lawrie as he opens the show last night with
JAILHOUSE ROCK .  This is movie week on the X FACTOR UK for the last handful of contestants....

Both sightings have to do with Elvis in the movies.....


Saturday, November 19, 2016

So let's talk PIE !

Hey all,

Is everyone getting ready for the upcoming Holiday Season? It seems like as soon as Halloween hits we are ringing in the New Year in the blink of an eye.....this week....THANKSGIVING !


 Well for many of us it is Turkey and all the trimmings. I know there are many out there that don't even celebrate this holiday as this blog is read all over the World.... so let's just say that we give thanks no matter what we celebrate. Each day we can all find something to be thankful and grateful for.....

Now let's talk PIE....

According to Food and Wine the pie that comes in as the all time favorite is  (drum roll, please...)

                         PEACH PIE....also one of my favorites....



Here is a recipe I grabbed from the story.... Also, feel free to send me your own favorites.... maybe I'll even try one of your recipes !!!! 

INGREDIENTS

CRUST
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (4 ounces) cold solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup ice water
FILLING
  • 8 large, ripe but firm peaches (3 1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced
  • Egg wash made with 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • Bourbon Whipped Cream, for serving

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  1. In a food processor, pulse the flour with the sugar and salt until combined. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and sprinkle the ice water on top. Stir with a fork until a crumbly dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead 2 or 3 times, just until the dough comes together. Cut the dough in half and form into 2 disks; wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disk of dough to a 12-inch round. Ease one of the rounds into a 9-inch glass pie plate and transfer the other round to a baking sheet. Refrigerate the dough.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and fill a large bowl with ice water. Using a sharp knife, mark a shallow X in the bottom of each peach. Blanch the peaches in the boiling water for about 1 minute, until the skins begin to loosen. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peaches to the ice water to cool. Drain and peel the peaches and cut them into 3/4-inch wedges. Transfer the peaches to a large bowl. Add the sugar, lemon juice and flour, toss well and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the peaches and their juices into the chilled pie shell and scatter the butter slices on top. Brush the edge of the pie shell with the egg wash and lay the round of dough from the baking sheet on top. Press the edges of the pie shell together to seal and trim the overhang to a 1/2 inch. Fold the edge of the pie dough under itself and crimp decoratively. Brush the remaining egg wash on the top crust and cut a few slits for venting steam.
  5. Transfer the pie to the oven and place a baking sheet in the bottom to catch any drips. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°, cover the edge of the pie with foil and bake for about 40 minutes longer, until the filling is bubbling and the crust is deeply golden on the top and bottom. Transfer the pie to a rack to cool completely. Serve with Bourbon Whipped Cream.

MAKE AHEAD

The dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month. The peach pie can be stored overnight at room temperature.

NOTES

As an alternative to the Bourbon Whipped Cream, serve the pie with vanilla ice cream.


ENJOY !