It Takes Two To Tango

I am thrilled to be competing in the 2018  Dancing with the ARK’s Stars event in support of The ARK- Alzheimer’s Family Support Services!

The mission of The ARK is to provide hope and relief to families living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia through support services such as respite care, support groups, education, caregiver consultations, resource referrals and community development.

It is an absolute honor to have this opportunity to support local families affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

My grandmother lived with this disease for many years until she passed away in 2014. I am pleased to be competing in the Dancing with the ARK’s Stars in honor of my Mimi and the many others affected. Perhaps you have friends or family affected by this disease? I dance for them too!

Join me in the journey!  Your monetary donation counts as a vote for me as your favorite celebrity dancer and it’s 100% tax deductible!

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How to Accept A Compliment

Etiquette: How To Accept A Compliment

As published in Azalea Magazine  Spring 2017.

We all like to be noticed and acknowledged for our accomplishments; but many times, when thanks or recognition does come our way, we tend to fumble the receipt.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you are honored with recognition:

Say thank you. When you receive a compliment, be it big or small, a simple “Thank you” is the most modest and graceful way to acknowledge the praise. If you have difficulty accepting compliments, it is okay to stop right there.

Express appreciation.  If a compliment is particularly heartwarming or special to you, perhaps follow up your “Thank you” with “I appreciate your kind words.” It is perfectly acceptable to tell the giver what the compliment means to you, how it makes you feel, or why you value it.

Be modest. We should never brag following a compliment. Even in jest, this type response can come across as conceited.

Never contradict. Avoid phrases like, “Oh, it’s no big deal,” or “Thanks, but it was nothing.” When you downplay, deflect, or deny a compliment you are devaluing the person who gave you the praise.

Recognize others when appropriate. If you are being complimented on a group effort be sure to point out the contributions of others. Respond with something such as, “We all put in a lot of effort; thank you for acknowledging our hard work.”

Do not feel compelled to return the favor. There is no need to offer a matching complement. Doing so may come across as insincere and is not the most effective way to accept praise.

Receiving compliments is a talent worth perfecting. Bottom-line is, to accept a compliment only requires a smile and a “Thank you.”

 

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Present Day

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As published in Azalea Magazine  Winter 2016

It’s that time again. Holiday season is officially underway, which means the hunt for the perfect present has begun. It’s a cliché, but as you flock to the stores searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family members, keep in mind that gift giving is ultimately about the spirit or thought behind the present.

Here is a list of do’s and don’ts for gift giving this holiday season:

DO

Make a list.  Give presents to the people you want to show your appreciation to such as family and close friends.

Put thought into gifts. The biggest mistake people make when approaching holiday gifts is to buy what they would like, rather than what the recipient would like. Take time to really think about the gift recipient’s personal interests, needs, wants, likes and dislikes.

Consider presentation. The best way to present a gift is always beautifully wrapped and in person.

DON’T

Spend above your means. Gift giving is about being thoughtful and showing appreciation, it’s not about going into debt.

Leave the price tag on. It is not appropriate to show how much you spent on an item.

Expect anything in return. Giving is not an opportunity for quid pro quo. If the person reciprocates, that’s wonderful. However, if the giving is one-sided, be happy that you were the one doing the giving. After all, it is better to give than to receive, right?

While December is the biggest gift-giving month, there are endless reasons to give gifts throughout the year. The purpose of giving gifts is to bring joy to both the giver and receiver, promote goodwill, and make for a closer relationship. As we count down the days until Christmas, as with any gift giving occasion, just remember it truly is the thought that counts.