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Miami, where Global Tribes Meet

Isaac Prilleltensky speaking at TEDxMIA 2010

When you decide to take on a challenge as great as attempting to replicate one of the country’s leading gathering experiences (a TED conference) you really have to equip yourself with the right combination of scuba tanks, gear and dive buddies for the deep-dive experience that is the production of a TEDx event. This past week a group of amazing minds all based in Miami accomplished what many thought wasn’t possible for our great city.

Viewing the experience as a truly explorative journey, our quest was to celebrate not the obvious success of Miami’s cultural diversity but to experience the diversity of ideas and innovation that is being born in our back yards and rarely recognized. Basically, we wanted to “out” local genius and with the right due diligence, we identified eight fat brains who were willing to commit to the quest for excellence in content and delivery.

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Posted Nov 11, 2010 Tagged under: art and music, events, ideas and innovation, inspiration, networking, social media and technology

Top 5 Lessons I learned from Oprah


This past weekend I celebrated mother’s day with 6,000 women in attendance for O Magazine’s Live your Best Life Weekend and of all the lessons I learned from Oprah and her tribe which included my favorites, Martha Beck, Suze Orman, Adam Glassman and Nate Berkus, the following were the greatest insights.

1. Live boldly.

Not one but three of the speakers, including Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray Love all shared the importance and power of living boldly and I couldn’t agree more. In the last 15 months, I have taken risks, conquered fears and have realized the more chances I take, the bolder my life becomes and the bolder my life becomes the greater the rewards.

2. Fill your cup first before you fill the cup of others.

“Wow,” I thought to myself, as I listened to Oprah share this simple yet profound piece of advice at Radio City on Saturday night. Both men and women suffer from this but women are the biggest culprits.. Why is it that we take care of our mothers, our husbands, our children, our cats and dogs before we even begin to think about our own needs? Why, why, why? If I could stress one insight the most, it’s this one. Fill your cup first ladies. And remember you are really doing a disservice to everyone you love by continuing the role of sacrificial lamb, so stop.

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Posted May 11, 2010 Tagged under: inspiration, lists, motivation

What Matters Most

As we begin to prepare for 2010 i find myself thinking of what will matter most in my life, in my community and for the world over the next twelve months. Searching, writing and setting out my own futuristic projections i find comfort in knowing I am not alone with many of my crazy projections. Guru Seth Godin today posted what will probably be the greatest gift I will receive this season and for this i share it with all of you. He answered my question by bringing together more than 70 thinkers to inspire us all on what really matters. This saved my Monday morning and i hope it infects you with hope as it did for me. My favorite insights are: Neoteny, by Joichi Ito; World Healers by Martha Beck, Slow Capital by Fred Wilson and of course, Autonomy, by genius, Dan Pink.


Posted Dec 14, 2009 Tagged under: inspiration

Julie, Julia and Gina

Last night, I had the great pleasure of curling up with Stephen and our cat Mouse after putting Lucas to bed to watch Julie and Julia. When the film was first released, I received so many emails from readers, friends and family telling me that I had to see this movie. Now I understand why.

The parallel stories of these two amazing women mirrored my life in so many ways as it probably does for millions of writers out there in the world holding on dearly to a dream of one day being published. As I watched the journeys of Julie Powell and Julia Child, of course I couldn’t help reflecting on my own over the last two years. I was reminded that all writers walk up and down reality lane every single day, wondering, “Am I crazy to be doing this?” It was comforting to know that not only was I not alone but this has been the journey forever for so many female writers.

What I also loved about the film is the accurate depiction of the grand level of pleasure that comes from writing. Writing is delicious. I mean it. If I could chew and taste some of the words that I love, I’d do it. And although life as a writer is challenging, sometimes lonely and always confusing, I would not change a thing about it. I started this blog two years ago and it’s brought me more satisfaction than I ever imagined. Really expensive dark chocolate kind of satisfaction.

As Julia demonstrated with her food, you have to love it, and when you reach that level of yumminess with any passion you know its worth it.

In the spirit of sharing recipes, here are three lessons I just learned which I think are worth sharing:

Lesson #1. Everything that is good takes time. Whether it’s making Boeuf Bourguignon, writing a book or mastering your marriage, getting it right takes time It also gets better with time.

Lesson #2. There is a whole lot of fear that goes along with writing anything — a blog, a book , even a report or a piece of correspondence. Every time, the fear requires that you take that big giant leap and start writing, one word at a time. That’s all it takes. So all you “closeted” writers reading this post, this take a moment and write something. Do it. I mean it. I’m watching.

Last but least, Lesson #3. There’s no such thing as not being able to cook. We all can cook and like everything creative it just takes a big cup of passion with a pitch of courage and a dash of patience and we all can create amazingly tasty dishes in our lives as long as we follow the recipe. Recipes are key.

Tomorrow I will make the Boeuf Bourguignon …what will you try?

And if you are still looking for a unique inspiring Christmas gift for a friend in search of herself, pick up Julie and Julia. I give it two thumbs up.

Bon appétit everyone!

Posted Dec 10, 2009 Tagged under: inspiration, reflection

A Gathering of Shamans

You won’t believe the story I am about to tell. You may remember that three weeks ago, I wrote about the power of intuition (“Intuition, Your Personal Fortuneteller”) and vowed to live by it. Wow, how much has changed since then. So here goes the speed-dating version of what’s transpired.

Three weeks ago I read an article in O Magazine by life coach guru Martha Beck on inner genius (and as you all know I’ve been obsessed with the contemporized notion of genius for more than two years). And only eight days after reading and blogging about the article, I coincidentally found myself backstage as a volunteer at The Women’s Conference in California, standing next to Martha Beck herself. I could not believe that the stars had aligned (literally and figuratively) for me so fortuitously.

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Posted Nov 16, 2009 Tagged under: genius, inspiration, networking


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