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Mika Brzezinski! All Things At Once!

9 Aug

mika-brzezinski-21Continuing with my summer book list; it’s about an extraordinary woman!  Mika Brzezinski!  I have a few favorite morning shows and MSNBC’s Morning Joe is one of them, because of this lady!

There’s nothing like being up early in the morning at 5 AM and seeing this beautiful woman, ready and able!   The chemistry between her and her co-host Joe Scarborough is amusing; but yet wonderful to see the respect that they have for one another!

For those tough questions that have to be asked or perhaps when Mika is not satisfied with the answer provided –  I can always count on her to say exactly what I would say; she’s on it!  Or even those times when perhaps she makes me take a few minutes to let it marinate what was said among the round table of guests; ends up transcending to some valid points!

All At Once by Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinski

This left me wanting to know more about Mika Brzezinski and I didn’t want it from any newspaper clippings, someone’s interpretation or an opinion based on 10 minute segment!  So I decided to hear it from her!

She made it very simple, I read her first memoir!  Who best to tell…. than her!

While sitting on my balcony, with a beautiful summer breeze – I’d finished the last chapter of her book called All Things at Once <very honest and vivid!)>  So vivid, at times I could actually be put right in the scenes she was foretelling of her life.  Her life of humble beginnings and how we sometimes want to separate the things that we do – as if we do it separately.  But in all actuality we do it all the same time!

Although being the daughter of former national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski can open a few doors for you; it was up to Mika to make sure she held her own ground.

We always hear, that you can have it all and then you come to realize; having it all sometimes is not what it seems.  There is a juggling act and since there is only one of you, something or someone is going to be disappointed!  It might be even you, most of the time.

Mika explained how her life involves so many roles and the challenges.  A wife, a mother and person who gives it all in her job.  In many instances, questioning your decisions and often more that not feeling guilty; remembering all that glitters is not gold.  There are so many lessons in this book, where she says it has shaped her into the woman that she is today.

“I may have been woefully unprepared for that assignment, but my biggest mistake was taking it on at all.  Ultimately, that was the greatest lesson: be honest.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, or what level you’re at.  Know your limitations. Know that it is okay to tell your bosses when you are over your head…they don’t teach you this type of thing in college.  It’s a trial by fire sort of lesson: the only way to get it right is to get it wrong first.”

As you read this book, there will be excerpts that you can relate to and have you thinking; everyone has their challenges.  It is so wonderful to get know the woman up early in the morning like I am!

Mika Brzenzinski

Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once is such a wonderful read. Published over six years ago; any avid reader would know a book is always available for your fingertips and time to escape; anytime!

As long as Mika keeps writing; I am interested in what she has to say; as well as listening to her in the morning!   Two more books to go and with my wish list; to attend one of her “Know Your Value” women conferences for 2016!

Bravo Mika… Thank You!

 

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

In 2011, Mika Brzezinski also published another book named Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth (Weinstein Books 2011). Also told as her personal story, the book discussed women and financial negotiations. It included tips for negotiating salaries and compensation packages. Made the New York Times Best Selling Author list!  

Then a followup came in 2013, with Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – and My Own by Mika Brzezinski another life chapter which she shares, her evolving relationship with food. Being always honest discusses her unhealthy food obsession, battles with bulimia, binge eating and lifelong struggle to be “model thin”.  Besides given a larger perspective on our obsession with food; taking on food manufacturers, advertisers, the media and the government.   MorningMika for Twitter

The Awesome DKNY Aliza Licht – Aliza Licht’s Brilliant Guide “Leave Your Mark”!

21 Jun

IMG_2811While visiting my brother in Indiana, I’d finished the next book on my summer book list!

You ever wanted to know what is the best way to land a job?  How about making an assessment of your co-workers and your work environment?

How about not to pat yourself on the back too soon, you have to wait in line for that promotion.  There’s proper etiquette when sending an e-mail!  Or, how do you know when it is time to move on?

All can be found in candid stories and inspirational experiences in this delightful book called Leave Your Mark – Land Your Dream Job.  Kill It in Your Career.  Rock Social Media; written by the beautiful Aliza Licht, SVP of Global Communications for Fashion’s international designer powerhouse – Donna Karan.

You don’t have to be in the Fashion industry; this book can be useful in any field or genre – when it comes to job hunting, being resourceful and working hard is the common denominator.   I’d found myself laughing out loud on how Aliza Licht’s mistakes kind of matched my own job mistakes.  Where I too just wanted to show that I was so resourceful and the pressure was on – only ending up wanting to hide under a rock when I got it all wrong!

Aliza Licht shares her choice of making a hard decision to leave the field that did not make her happy to work in a field that she absolutely and completely loves.  Although the decision involved a lot of soul-searching; her story allows the reader to relate and take a moment to ask the same question!  Reading the book, you will love how she tells the inside scoop on how she captured a 500k Twitter following brilliantly orchestrated for thee @DKNY PR Girl.  Just genius!

She also shares the importance of social media and how/what you post impacts your brand, with warnings on why it should be used responsibly.  No one ever wants to hear that you failed, however Aliza Licht reassures the reader how those failures are so critical in the learning process and can be used in the future to make important decisions correctly.

“In any industry, how you are perceived weighs heavily on your ability to succeed.  If clients don’t like to work with you, you’re not going to get that promotion! Your reputation always precedes you; but the company you work for also contributes to that reputation.  The companies listed on your resume are like badges.  People judge you not only for your skills, but also where you have worked.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Aliza Licht a few months ago at an inspiring luncheon in Manhattan hosted by Lyss Stern, Mom Moguls Breakfast 2015.  Aliza’s book was about to be launched later that evening and here she was just as gracious in sharing about her personal life on being a mother first, work and launching her book.  She was amazing!!

AlizaLicht Leave Your Mark

I don’t want to give too much away about the book!  Please add Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht to your summer read; you won’t be disappointed at all.  It can also be a nice gift to a person who would needs guidance in today’s job hunting.  And I might add, it’s the #1 New Release by Amazon.com! 🙂

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

Want to follow Aliza Licht, her Twitter page is @AlizaLicht. Aliza Licht taxi photo

Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC ® Aliza Licht and DKNY Taxi photo by Teen Vogue  Next book on Letia’s book list stars Mika Brzezinski!

A Wonderful Book by Miko Branch with Tiki Branch, Miss Jessie’s * * * Creating A Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally

25 May

Always there is a story that compels you and captivates you to know and want to know more.   During a mini-break from it all; I have been indulging in reading again.  The joy of having a hard book in my hand, having my favorite cup of tea and taking the time to engage in each and every word outlined for me to divulge myself and take part of the story being told.

Here I was on a Thursday morning, reading Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally by Miko Branch with her late sister Tiki Branch.  Those who are familiar with Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s; would believe it’s all about the business with her sister, Tiki Branch. No that is not all true; however it is so much more.

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It is about finding relatable instances in a story and being open to the story the author is conveying to the reader in mind.  It also can be very therapeutic to the author, finally giving answers to the questions asked of throughout the years.  This book is a beautiful family memoir and dedication to her sister, Tiki Branch.

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is such a wonderful opportunity for those who are searching for encouragement from a woman who is raising a child, a entrepreneur guidance tool, a how did you do that experiences and also sharing uncomfortable personal experiences with such thought; it is very hard to put this book down of the candid and delightful stories being told.

Miko and Tiki Branch - childhoodMiki and Tit Branch Grandmother miss JessieFor myself, I found so many similarities – for I also grew up in New York City where the sisters also did – the borough of Queens; in the area called Hollis.

Miko’s childhood depiction of that time period in the 70’s and 80’s were made very vivid to me! I often found myself laughing out loud while reading in pure enjoyment.

Then you will find the humble and loving experiences with their inspirational grandmother, Miss Jessie making me also understand the importance of it all.  Agreeing that those childhood times and experiences definitely shape your decisions in future.

Those decisions lead to the tenacity and drive of a mere idea for two sisters to establish a successful business in the hair care industry.  The thing that I loved about this book; is the honesty.

Miko Branch writes about the good times and not so good times.  Being vulnerable at times and then getting strength to overcome some pretty tough obstacles in the path to having a successful business.  Even if you are not trying to start up a business, there are so many life lessons shared in the book it can encourage those to get pushing in everyday life.

“But here’s the thing about success – you can never assume it’s going to continue.  An entrepreneur’s life is complex and full of moving parts that include bot the personal and the professional, especially when family is involved.  Just when things seem to be going well; other pieces can fall out of sync.  Working hard every day to expand the bottom line can lead to neglecting your happiness and a healthy life balance.  It can lead to bad decision making.  Ultimately it can be resolved….”

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is also a guide to become familiar with their products, various terminologies used and helpful key definitions in the business world.

If you looking for a great summer read to get back to taking up reading again, I recommend this book; it’s a page turner.  You won’t be disappointed!  Available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Thank  you  Ms. Miko for sharing, 

Letia

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is published by Amistad, an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.  During the week of April 23, 2015, the book made number #10 under the U.S. Best Seller’s List under Non-Fiction.

Miss Jessie’s curly hair products are well-known throughout the hair care industry and are considered the leader in kinks, curly hair and waves. They have been featured in numerous popular publications including O, The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Essence, Lucky, Marie Claire, WWD and Elle, in addition to appearing on NBC’s The Today Show.  www.missjessies.com Miss Jessies's

 Photos and book excerpt by Miss Jessie’s, © 2013 Miss Jessie’s, LLC. All Right Reserved.   Photo of book with tea cup; by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle and Design®

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