• Chanel Ali "Smart Phones Don't Lie" Episode 48

    · Tinder Tales

    Welcome to Tinder Tales! This is my podcast about the best and worst of Online Dating. Listen to my guest Comedian Chanel Ali as we talk about the behind the scenes conversations while working at OKCupid, Meeting guys over Twitter, and when Chanel and I matched on tinder.HOLY SHIT! We are on iTunes! Please Rate and Subscribe!Follow Chanel on Twitter at @Chanel__Ali. She’s got a great monthly show at Good Good Comedy called "It Sounds Crazy" Third Thursday at the month. Also look for her on Night Train on SeeSoFollow me at @Piccolomeany and I also run a show called Ambush Comedy every Tuesday at Two Boots Williamsburg 8-8:30pm Everyone gets a free beer, 8:30 pm we start an awesome comedy show. Recently featured in Time Out NYCDating Sites used by Chanel:OkCupidTinderPlenty of FishTwitter

  • SWE: Porn Stars Samantha Saint & Chanel Preston Share Sex Secrets

    · 00:54:28 · Sex With Emily

    This year the incredibly sexy Samantha Saint and Chanel Preston are hosting the AVN awards, where I will be giving the keynote speech. AVN is the Oscars of porn and both adies are nominated for best female performer of the year. I'll be giving away tickets to the AVN show on January 18th in Las Vegas (worth $200 a piece) . Follow me on Twitter @sexwithemliy to participate in the upcoming contest. Also, use coupon code EMILY for 15% off at Good Vibrations: Use coupon code EMILY25 for 25% off at and coupon code EMILY for 20% off your first purchase at Check out my new vibrator store: Now back to the porn stars: Chanel Preston gives advice on how to have extremely pleasurable anal sex. She would know, anal sex is the easiest way for her to orgasm (every man's dream). Samantha Saint is more of a clitoral stimulation kind of a girl. She shares how she orgasms through clitoral stimulation and of course, the Original Magic Wand from Good Vibrations (go to and use coupon code EMILY for 15% off the greatest vibrator of all-time.) Samantha Saint, Chanel Preston, and I discuss how to mix up your orgasms to have more powerful and consistent orgasms. One way to make her orgasm is through oral sex. The girls discuss cunnilingus tips, including how to suck and push on her clitoris. The conversation quickly switches to penises and how to give the best blow job while cupping the balls. The porn stars describe the cup, twist, and suck method for a job well done.Finally, Samantha Saint and Chanel Preston answer the question: what is one thing men could improve on to be better in bed? There answer isn't what you expect. They don't actually want to have sex like a porn star. 

  • #25: CHANEL’s former CEO Maureen Chiquet: How to Be An Exceptional Leader, Entrepreneur & Executive

    · 00:32:41 · The IVY Podcast

    Maureen Chiquet is the former CEO of Chanel. Portfolio magazine credited Chiquet with transforming Chanel into “the single most valuable fashion brand,” which grew to a reported value of $6.2 billion under her leadership. During an IVY Ideas Night in New York City, Ms. Chiquet shared insights from her journey to success in the entrepreneurial and fashion worlds, revealing how to harness hard work and passion to create a career you love, accomplish your goals, and grow a company at the level of Chanel. She also discussed her new book, Beyond The Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms. Please enjoy our conversation with Maureen Chiquet. And remember to visit to enjoy access to a lifetime of learning, growth, and impact through in-person collaborations with world-class leaders, thinkers, and institution   -- This episode of the IVY Podcast is brought to you by Verst.  What if WordPress, Google Analytics, and Medium had a baby? That baby would be Verst — the first and only website platform built for the unique needs of professional publishers. Hailed by TechCrunch as the “blogging platform with all the optimization tools you need,” Verst makes it easy for you to design, manage, and optimize your website - no plugins, coding, or professional help needed. You can even harness the power of machine learning to help you get more signups, purchases, or whatever your business relies on. Anyone can try Verst free for 30 days, and IVY Podcast listeners get an extra 20% off their first 2 months with code IVY. Additionally, the first 10 IVY listeners to sign up for a paid membership will also get a personal design consultation with Verst.

  • Liz Glynn, Nina Chanel Abney

    · 01:10:27 · The Modern Art Notes Podcast

    Episode No. 283 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Liz Glynn and Nina Chanel Abney. Glynn's "Open House" is on view now in Doris C. Freedman Plaza in New York's Central Park. It was commissioned by the Public Art Fund and will remain through September 24. The work takes as its jumping off point Freedman Plaza's unusual site, the place where democratic Central Park meets corporate midtown meets the aristocratic Upper East Side. Glynn's sculpture highlights the class distinctions that separate the park from the city by referencing a Fifth Avenue interior designed by Gilded Age architect Stanford White. The exhibition was curated by Daniel S. Palmer. Glynn's work routinely engages history and the way both it and historical objects are considered in the present day. Her work has been presented or exhibited at MOCA in Los Angeles, the New Museum in New York, the deCordova Sculpture Park in Concord, Mass., the Petit Palais in Paris, LACMA, and more. This fall, MASS MoCA will present Glynn's "The Archaeology of Another Possible Future" in the museum's Building Five. On the second segment, Nina Chanel Abney discusses her work on the occasion of a 10-year survey of her work titled "Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush." The exhibition is at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University through July 16, when it will travel to the Chicago Cultural Center and then to Los Angeles, where it will be jointly presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art -- the institution formerly known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art -- and the California African American Museum. 

  • Ask Me Anything #1


    You've been sending in emails, DMs and tweets so it seemed timely to answer all your questions in one go in a special 'Ask Me Anything' episode. Listen to the show for full details, but below is where you can find the links to anything mentioned in the episode. EG xxQuestion 1. How to break into beauty writing? Blog sites to look at include Tumblr, Wordpress, Wix and Squarespace. This website is built using Squarespace and I found it pretty painless to create the site and get it to do the things I needed it too. Listen to Sali here Sali Hughes Part 1. Question 2. How to deal with Hair loss...Speak to you GP, ask for a referral to a specialist or seek out a trichologist. Use the Institute of Trichologists as a reference. Philip Kingsley's London salon has three certified trichologists on staff and you can find their salon details here. Lucinda Ellery specialises in hair loss management and hair replacement solutions. question 3. What are my favourite beauty products, and why?Explained in full in the show, but here are the links...Origins GinZing SPF 15 Energy Boosting Moisturiser, £29. A'kin Rose & Geranium Creamy Cleanser, £19, and Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, £24.The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90.Real Techniques Multi Tech Brushes, from £10.Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation, £37, Chanel La Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Foundation, £37, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £7.99 and L'Oreal True Match Foundation, £9.99.Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Lipstick in Nude Spice, £35 and Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Bronzer in Saffron Gold, £48.QUestion 4. returning guests/guests requests.Answered in the show. I'm working on it...question 5. who are my dream guests, and why?Answered in the show but here are the links mentioned...RuPaul. What's the Tee with RuPaul and Michelle Visage.  Joe Rogan and Henry Rollins talking about Ru on the Joe Rogan Experience.

  • Episode 13: I owed him a sandwich Featuring Chanel West Coast

    · 00:57:09 · Improper Etiquette

    In this week's episode of Improper Etiquette, we welcome Chanel West Coast! We discuss Laura and Chanel's beef, having sex with your eyes open, nasty ass sex stories, BV and cheating, 3 somes, Chanel's DM's, and again Leah's lack of DM peen picks. To our Male Listeners: Can you show Leah some love?!?! Enjoy :) This episode was filmed and will be up on HOT 97's Youtube Page. Link to follow.

  • Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Backstage x Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld | Paris Show Week


    It’s all about #GirlPower at Chanel Spring 2015. Designer Karl Lagerfeld talks to us about his stunning Chanel collection that is all about empowering women and “be your own stylist”. Get an exclusive look backstage at CHANEL Spring 2015 with Karl Lagerfeld, Gisele Bundchen, Anna Dello Russo, Leigh Lezark and Marigay McKee, President of Saks Fifth Avenue. Executive Produced and Directed by Karen Morrison. Videographer Giovanni Sicignano

  • Chanel Fall 2013 ft Karl Lagerfeld | Paris Fashion Week


    Get an inside look at the Chanel Fall 2013 Collection with designer Karl Lagerfeld. Globalization was the theme of Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Fall 2013 show, one of the most exciting fashion shows of Paris Fashion Week. Everything about this Chanel collection was stunning - from the gorgeous glitter dusted eye makeup by Peter Philips to the ultra-cool rock-meets-goth inspired clothes and silver accessories. Featuring interviews with Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Paradis, Ines de la Fressange, Miroslava Duma and Godfrey Deeny.

  • Jean Patou – modeskaparen som gav Chanel en match

    · 00:54:31 · Stil

    Jean Patou var en modets machoman som älskade snabba bilar, båtar och kvinnor och spelade bort stora delar av sin förmögenhet på casinon. Under 1920-talet var dessutom Jean Patou banbrytare för det nya lösa och lediga sportiga modet, det som numera ofta tillskrivs enbart Coco Chanel. Men så var det inte riktigt. Även Jean Patou arbetade med enkel elegans som motto. Inga krusiduller. Plaggen var utstuderat enkla med rena linjer, och han satte rörelsefriheten främst. ”Den moderna kvinnan lever ett aktivt liv och hennes kläder måste vara därefter, så enkla som möjligt, utan att charm och kvinnlighet går förlorad”, som han sa. Jean Patou kortade kjolarna, införde  stickade cardigans för kvinnor och introducerade dom första stickade baddräkterna. Patou var även först som designer med att sätta sin signatur utanpå plagg. 1924 fick hans tröjor stora och tydliga J och P påsydda. 1928 blev han även först med att lansera sololja för en tid där brunbränd hud hade blivit moderiktig, ”Huile de Caldée”. Redan i början av 1920-talet skapade han dessutom en speciell tennisdräkt till den första franska tenniskändisen, storstjärnan, Suzanne Lenglen, som chockade dåtiden genom att bära halvlånga plisserade kjolar och färgglada scarves knutna runt den moderiktigt kortklippta frisyren. När han i början av1930-talet skulle lansera en parfym för att höja humöret efter depressionen, var han kräsen, inget dög. Till slut tog parfymören fram ett gömt prov och sa: ”om du inte gillar den här doften, börjar jag att valla getter istället”. Jean Patou kom att marknadsföra den av rosor och jasmin doftande parfymen ”Joy” som ”världens dyraste”. Till skillnad från den långlivade Chanel så avled Jean Patou bara 55 år gammal, redan 1936. Det fick till följd att många av hans framsynta idéer har glömts bort  – eller kidnappats av andra, som tagit åt sig äran. Men många av hans idéer lever vidare, än idag. I veckans STIL berättar vi mer om mannen som gav Chanel en match ifråga om både mode och marknadsföring. Dessutom ar vi oss en titt på hur moderna sporttextiler ser ut, och kollar hur det svenska tennismodet ter sig idag. Och så berättar Hedvig von Mentzer, skönhetsredaktör på Svenska Dagbladet, om dyra parfymer . Veckans gäst är Camilla Modin Djanaieff, en av grundarna av kommunikationsbyrån Modinåkerlind som arbetar med nya grepp inom mode och design.

  • Den hemliga doftvärlden – pengar, parfymörer , klädskapare och kändisar

    · 00:54:30 · Stil

    Parfym och mode har gått hand i hand i drygt hundra år, allt sedan den franske modeskaparen Paul Poiret introducerade doften Rosine. Men det var Gabrielle Coco Chanel som kom att revolutionera branschen. Inte bara genom att använda sig av helsyntetiska ämnen, utan också genom att sätta sitt och modehusets namn på parfymflaskan då Chanel N0 5 lanserades 1921. Idag är parfymer en mångmiljardaffär, och många vill därför lansera dofter. I Sverige har i år hittills 115 nya parfymer lanserats, både från modehus och kändisar. I veckans Stil sniffar vi oss fram genom dofterna i modevärlden, både förr och nu. Vi talar doftminnen med en doftforskare och har ringt upp den svenske näsan, parfymören Pierre Wulff i New York. Vi möter också hotellchefen som doftsatt sitt hotell, och mannen som ligger bakom doften. Och så har vi pratat med den svenska unga supermodellen Mona Johansson som gör reklam för en doft från designern Tommy Hilfiger. Vem försöker hon förföra på bilden? Veckans Parfym och mode har gått hand i hand i drygt hundra år, allt sedan den franske modeskaparen Paul Poiret introducerade doften ”Rosine”. Men det var Gabrielle ”Coco” Chanel som kom att revolutionera branschen. Inte bara genom att använda sig av helsyntetiska ämnen, utan också genom att sätta sitt – och modehusets – namn på parfymflaskan då ”Chanel N0 5” lanserades 1921. Idag är parfymer en mångmiljardaffär, och många vill därför lansera dofter. I Sverige har i år hittills 115 nya parfymer lanserats, både från modehus och kändisar. I veckans Stil sniffar vi oss fram genom dofterna  i modevärlden, både förr och nu. Vi talar doftminnen med en doftforskare och har ringt upp den svenske ”näsan”, parfymören Pierre Wulff i New York. Vi möter också hotellchefen som doftsatt sitt hotell, och mannen som ligger bakom doften. Och så har vi pratat med den svenska unga supermodellen Mona Johansson som gör reklam för en doft från designern Tommy Hilfiger. Vem försöker hon förföra på bilden?  Veckans gäst är  Bengt Göran Kronstam, prisbelönt vinjournalist på Dagens Nyheter som talar om förhållandet doft och smak.

  • Chanel Sparkling Boots Fall 2017 ft Anna Ewers


    We love this film by Chanel. Anna Ewers wears a pair of two-tone sequinned patent leather boots from the CHANEL Fall‑Winter 2017/18 Ready‑to‑Wear collection by Karl Lagerfeld.

  • Ciaté London's Charlotte Knight + Products That Work

    · 01:01:54 · Full Coverage

    This week, Full Coverage hosts, Harry and Lindsey are joined by the founder of Ciaté London, Charlotte Knight. We find out about Charlotte's inspirational career journey, the story of Ciaté, what the brand stands for and we get the scoop on some of their forthcoming product launches! Seriously, get excited.If that wasn't enough, there’s heaps of New News, reviews of the newest Full Coverage foundations and we fill you in on our current favourite products in Highlights of the Week.New NewsSkin Inc My Daily Dose of Glow / My Daily Dose of Vitamins $65.00www.iloveskininc.comKate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow $65 - katesomerville.comYves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation £33.50 / $58.00 - / www.yslbeautyUS.comMILK MAKEUP Blur Liquid Matte Foundation $40.00 - milkmakeup.comLaura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation £35.00 / $48.00 - www.lauramercier.comCharlotte Knight interview - Ciaté Londonwww.ciatelondon.comHighlights of the WeekChanel Le Volume De Chanel Waterproof £26.00 / $32.00 - Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Vitamin C Serum £72.00 / $78.00 and C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Eye Cream £63.00 / $65.00 - Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks $38 - patmcgrath.comFull Coverage is a podcast for beauty addicts, by beauty addicts. Join pro make-up artist, Harriet Hadfield and author, Lindsey Kelk as they discuss everything happening in the world of beauty.Harriet Hadfield is a professional make-up artist, best known for her blog and YouTube channel, and Lindsey Kelk is an internationally bestselling author, pro-wrestling enthusiast and amateur cat wrangler.Join the Full Coverage conversation! products are supplied free of charge by brands/PR agency for review unless otherwise stated.

  • Dr Howard Murad's Life Lessons

    · 01:05:11 · Full Coverage

    This week we were beyond honoured to spend time with Dr Howard Murad, founder of Murad Skincare. With more than 50 years of experience under his belt, Dr Murad is not only incredibly well-informed and uniquely experienced to tell us how to look after our skin but he's also become an expert in something other than dermatology, and that's people. Listen in as we discover not only how to take better care of ourselves on the outside but how to make sure the inside is being looked after as well, physically and emotionally.We're also discussing all the latest products from Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Avon and Hourglass as well as sharing our highlights of the weeeek! Spoiler alert, there may be some light harmonising. Download and enjoy!NEW NEWSAvon Lip Collection - $12 - avon.comMarc Jacobs Eye-Conic Palettes - $49 - marcjacobsbeauty.comChanel Ombre Premiere - $30 - chanel.comHourglass CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM HIGH INTENSITY REFILLABLE LIPSTICK - $34 - hourglasscosmetics.comHIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKNYX Ultimate Multi-Finish Shadow Palette - $18 - nyxcosmetics.comMILK Lip + Cheek Stick and Shadow Quad - $24/$36 - milkmakeup.comColourpop Crystal Collection - $5/$6/$9 - colourpop.comFull Coverage Drugstore Episode: Murad Links:App - - Coverage is a podcast for beauty addicts by beauty addicts. Join pro makeup artist, Harriet Hadfield and bestselling author, Lindsey Kelk to discuss all the latest goings on in the world of beauty.Harriet Hadfield is a professional make-up artist, best known for her blog and YouTube channel, and Lindsey Kelk is an internationally bestselling author, pro-wrestling enthusiast and amateur cat wrangler.Join the Full Coverage conversation! products were supplied free of charge by brands/PR agency unless otherwise stated.

  • 153: 24 Ways to Live Beyond Labels

    · 00:36:48 · The Simple Sophisticate - Intelligent Living Paired with Signature Style

    ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #153 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio ". . . for those of you who are tired of trying to squeeze into constrained categories, who long for integration and wholeness in everything you do, without limits on who you are or who you will become . . . it's time to move beyond labels." —Maureen Chiquet, author of Beyond the Label Labels by definition provide a boundary, an end, a predetermined area of where something does and does not exist. And while a label on our wine bottle that we have chosen to serve with dinner may reveal the year in which the grapes were harvested or where a particular item of clothing or an accessory was made ensuring us of what we choose to support regarding labor, these aforementioned labels are helpful, reassuring and welcoming, but contrarily, labels placed on people, individuals, women, men, different ethnicities, generations, are limiting. In many cases, labels for people have and do lead into stereotypes, all of which are reductive, oversimplified and purposely (by the one placing the stereotype on another) limiting on the group of focus. In all cases, as Maureen Chiquet, the former CEO of Chanel shares in her new book Beyond the Label, "The labels themselves make life more difficult." As a child when grand family-gathering food holidays would arrive on the calendar, it was always the women who were in the kitchen cooking the extravagant meal and after dinner, it was always the women who were in the kitchen cleaning up. I hated the assumption of these roles which nobody conferred with me about. Granted I was a young girl, and I did what I was told, and as a young girl, I didn't know why I felt this way, but as I grew up and still saw this pattern in some instances, I then knew why I had just grave reservations: I didn't want to be in either group, especially not the clean-up group as so much work and effort had gone into the meal. Was it the women's job to cater to the men who sat in the living room, laughing, chatting and sipping their coffee or evening drinks? There was no part of this assumption or label that appeared fair. Now some of the women may have sincerely wanted to be doing the cooking as well as the cleaning, but I know I was not the anomaly. Who wouldn't want to be fed and relax after the meal? I share this experience with you not to complain, I am adamant that while I love cooking, the clean-up task should at least be shared, especially if it is a dinner for two as a way of thanking the cook or providing more time to chat and unwind together, but to offer up the conversation about the roles we inhabit and why we do so. Often we step into roles not because we have an earnest desire to clean the kitchen, per say, but because we've seen others do it before us and that is "just the way it is done". If we constantly adhered to this way of living life, women would still be domestic property of their husbands with no means to be independent. Needless to say, roles should be questioned to determine who is benefiting and why such a role is being perpetuated. The labels and roles we embody throughout our lives should be in accordance with the individual, regardless of sex, regardless of social standing, regardless of . . . well, pretty much anything. It may seem safe to do what has been done before, but it is limiting, it is squashing of the incredible gifts each of us has to offer not only to the world and those we choose to share our lives with, but to our spirit and true contentment as we experience the life we have been given. Whether it's the assumption that the teaching profession is best suited for women because they are born nurturers (a false assumption, and a limiting label by the way for all the men who are innately nurturing as well) or the assumption that tall men with deep voices are better leaders (why? Because . . . they can sing bass and have to duck to get through the door? The last I checked, neither abilities were needed to lead successfully.), we reduce the potential to flourish and find the best fit for every individual when we place labels based on exterior appearances. As Maureen Chiquet points out immediately in her new memoir and life guide, she "hates labels and boxes".  And it was her fondness for the French culture that drew me further into her book as she shares in her introduction, "It wasn't just beauty that the French seemed to live for and breathe in, but a kind of freedom that emboldened me to radically extend the border of my more conservative Midwest childhood in the 1970s." Her curiosity is what opened the door to recognizing that the labels that were being placed on her, or she felt being placed on those around her were inaccurate and soul-depleting. And it was her curiosity that led her to achieve the life and professional success which she leads us through as readers. She listened to the voice within, she was fortunate to have parents who encouraged her curiosity and didn't limit her dreams, and she was courageous enough to do even when she didn't know what the outcome would be. Today I'd like to share with you 24 sage words of advice from Maureen Chiquet's new book, released last month as a means of encouraging us all to examine the labels we accept to be placed upon us and come to understand why so that we might let go of those that are limiting and remove all together labels or at least help to redefine or change the world's understanding of the possibilities of said labels that we may fall under at different periods of our lives. 1. Listen to your curiosities and follow where they lead you "It's often a matter of following the whispering intuitions and inkling that defy standard categories such as college major or job title . . . I do know the kinds of attitudes and sensibilities, the questions and the curiosities, that will lead you on paths to self-discovery, beyond recognized borders and conventions, and well beyond the labels that others want to use to define you." 2. Reclaim femininity on your own terms "Being a woman [is] not a handicap but an advantage, a source of strength." Simply by reading the word "femininity" we may have an idea of what the word entails, but we immediately limit in our minds what a woman is capable of being if we provide a definition beyond the actual definition "the quality of being female; womanliness", we limit what is acceptable for someone who is a female to do. In other words, there is no one way to be a woman. With every woman in the world, there is a different way to be, just as there are more than seven billion people in the world, there are seven billion different ways to be. Take a moment today, tomorrow or sometime soon to examine how you live your life that assumes behaviors and roles you partake in merely because you are female. Who set those rules? Why do you follow? Does it sit well with your being? Some women, no matter society's expectations will revel in wearing make-up and pearls, while others will be out on the lacrosse field at six in the morning training with their teammates forgetting entirely about wearing any sort of make-up. A woman is simply a woman for the sake of biology, that is all. Beyond that, reclaim your own definition. 3. Redefine how a leader leads "I started to understand that if women weren't rising to the top more often, it wasn't only because they weren't 'leaning in' or weren't just as ambitious as their male counterparts. It wasn't just because corporate policies didn't allow enough time for maternity leave or the flextime needed to raise families. These things were, and still are, crucial and must be addressed. But the underlying issue, the nut no one had cracked, was what kind of leadership we value and how we teach, assess, and promote 'good' leaders in all organizations —whether women or men." 4. If you feel something is missing, trust the observation of the void and look beyond "the world's obstacles, rigid structure and set definitions." To be able to look beyond, we must first look within. We must become so well in tune with ourselves that we know when something is not present and needs to be, even if we cannot put our finger on it at the moment. From my own experience, even at an early age, there were many instances, people, situations and ways of living that just didn't make sense, and so as I began to build my own life, I explored, I asked, I became more informed and I stepped out of what I had been introduced to by others and began introducing myself to ideas that were new to me until eventually I found what made far more sense disregarding whether others approved or not. 5. Follow Coco Chanel's approach to life: learn the rules, then step outside of them "Chanel seemed to break every rule by combining seemingly opposite elements and by elegantly subverting convention to create something breathtakingly timeless and fresh . . . a woman who refused to blindly accept the aesthetics of her time in order to invent her own." In the rhetorical writing class I teach, one of the first lessons I share is while there are many rhetorical tools an artist/writer/speaker/architect/musician can use, in order to use any one of them, they must first know the standard rules of grammar they are breaking. Therefore, when they choose to use the rhetorical tool, they know why they are breaking it and what effect they hope to provoke. 6. Savor life's beauty When we follow our curiosity, it is a striving toward creating a life that we want to dance with each and every day. And if we are lucky enough, when we are lucky enough, to cultivate this life, we don't want to rush, we don't want tomorrow to come today. We want to savor each and every day. In other words, "slow it down, relish it, take it in fully". 7. Become comfortable with a little discomfort Uncertainty or unhappiness. The two concepts were juxtaposed recently in an article I read, and the point was quickly absorbed. Are we willing to give up a little discomfort in not knowing how or when something we hope for, but deeply want, will occur in order that we may no longer be unhappy? Often we stay in circumstances, or remain under labels that do not fit us because it is what we know. And knowing is, for more than a few, far more comfortable than uncertainty. In the long run however, we only do ourselves a disservice and miss out on the beautiful life we could have led. 8. Let go of external definitions and lenses through which you have been defined and start from scratch. Ask why? "The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself." —E.E. Cummings 9. Search until you are broken open similar to the relinquishing of a protective shell In coordination with #7 and #4, many times we do not know what we are missing or what we will find when we step into the unknown.  However, the protective shell we are under, that we think is offering us the best possible life, is actually the limitation, the barrier we need to step out from underneath if we are going to realize our own unique potential. It is easy to know and accept this life concept, but I sincerely recognize far harder to put into practice. But, if you are feeling squashed, and keep bumping into a wall that time and time again has demonstrated it is not going to move, try a different path, even if you don't know where it will lead. So long as you head out into the direction that speaks to your curiosities, trust that you are doing yourself a grand favor. 10. Refrain from following prescribed expectations and instead simply "be" and express yourself authentically (and allow others to do the same). Find your tribe. Search out people who sing the same song or at least applaud you for staying true to yourself. Along the way, you may have to let go of those who want you to stay in the lane they became accustomed to you traveling, but model by example and support everyone's mode of travel and path chosen to travel down. When we all become more accepting of different ways of living life, we free each other to step into a lane (or off into the open field) to be what comes most naturally and applaud the unique contributions we all can give. 11. Knowledge allows the magic to happen "Every discipline in the humanities —literature, history, art history, philosophy, or religious studies —teaches us how to question how we see and interpret the world and who we are as human beings." As someone with a bachelor of arts degree, I took classes in art history, communications, history, literature, dance, sociology and a few other arenas in the humanities family that each contributed in their own way to the journey I am on now. I may not have pursued a specific career in most of these fields, but as I examine the careers I am pursuing, all of these classes have offered skills, knowledge and aha moments that helped me connect the dots and have given me a deeper understanding of the world, and thus my journey within it. "[S]he who has the most information wins." —John D. Rockefeller Ultimately, knowledge can only open doors and the beauty is, it can never be taken away from you. Knowledge of the "why"s in the world, how certain religions came to be, why this war was fought and this right denied, etc. are all bits and pieces of a grand puzzle that will help you understand why the labels that may be given to you don't actually fit at all. Allow all that you know and wish to know, as you pursue it fervently to be the key to opening up doors that curiosity leads you to. 12. Focus more on how it will work out and what could go right, rather than getting caught up in the reasons why it cannot be fulfilled (life has a funny way of adhering to what we consume our minds with - self-fulfilling prophecies) "It a little bit like when you are skiing. If you begin to stare at all of the rocks, crevices, and obstacles, you're sure to hit one." 13. Take the first step even if the plan isn't complete "Sometimes, you have to take that first step without a fully formulated plan, follow your intuition, and be ready to go with the flow, just like plunging into oncoming traffic at L'Etoile." 14. Improvise regularly "Indeed, if you only memorize the score, you can be sure to hit the right notes, but will anyone remember your bland tune? The creative spark depends on patience, persistence, and practice, but you have to be willing to take risks, too. To improve requires having a sense of where you want to go, then letting that resonance emanate from deep within yourself, the place where love for your sole expression resides. " 15. Let go of fixed expectations  "Letting go of fixed expectations, or at least being willing to upend them for a time, allows the possibility for an act of creation to surprise us, to leave us dizzy with the excitement of discovering something new that, somehow, feels just right, as if we were waiting for it all along." 16. Seek out respect coupled with love "I had never felt love like that from any guy I had dated. It went beyond love; it was the purest form of respect." 17. Find a path that allows your "beauty", your real assets to be be utilized ". . . 'beauty' — my real assets (intelligence, character, judgment, and taste)" 18. Embrace challenging circumstances as they unearth the pearl of a life you truly wish to cultivate "Challenging circumstances and discomfort are often excellent teachers inasmuch as they require us to get closest to what we fundamentally care about." 19. Raw learning experiences exist everywhere in every stage of your journey "No opportunity is ever too small to show you what you can accomplish, and no boss is ever so mean that you can't learn something, even if it's only to show you how not to lead." 20. Empower people and you empower progress "People work harder and ultimately deliver better results when they feel empowered." 21. Be calm, confident, self-aware and clear about where you want to go in order to have success "Horses react to humans in a pure, intuitive way. 'They mirror how we show up. More than eighty percent of our communication is nonverbal, so these nonverbal creatures can reflect back exactly what's going on with us and whether they trust our presence and will follow our lead.' Once you found yourself interacting with, leading, or heading a horse, you learned 'in your body' how to show up differently, how to be attuned to others without losing touch with yourself or your goals." 22. Be the leader of your individual life, manage yourself well to be able to lead others well. "In order to lead — and to get anyone else to follow you — yes, you do need to listen to others . . . a lot. But you also need to be attuned to yourself —your hungers, your drives, and your trigger points. In other words, you have to manage yourself in order to lead others." 23. Understand how to regain your footing and balance "I have found that taking a moment to move away from circumstances where you might feel pressure or triggered —to ask yourself what's most important to you underneath the surface —helps restore your equilibrium." 24. Examine and then release assumptions of how life should be that do not align with your newly defined self "There is no one right way. There is not one label you can slap over your family and call it perfect . . . It is the labels themselves that can make these choices even more difficult. If we don't unpack these assumptions [women should bear more of the parenting responsibility than men even when we wholeheartedly pursue our careers], if we don't stop and ask why it is so, we just end up exhausted and discouraged . . . by letting go of definitions others might set for us as well as the idealized images we have created ourselves . . . we get what we most want . . . the trick is knowing what it is you do actually want and being clear with yourself and your partner on how you both want to lead and prioritize your lives." One of the most perplexing answers I struggle to give is when somebody asks me what I do for a living. I fluctuate between "Which should I say first: a teacher or a writer, or better, a blogger?". It will depend upon the person I am speaking with, but most often, when I state that I am a teacher, there is a handful of assumptions that come along with it, most of which are untrue in my case, but you don't want to dive into a deep philosophical discussion necessarily. As well when I open with "I am a blogger", some become even more curious and others dismiss the title entirely. But the truth is, I feel limited by each, and perhaps you do as well, which is why Beyond the Label resonated with me. People ask such questions: what do you do for a living? are you married? where did you grow up? as a means to better get to know the person they are speaking with. The motivation is largely friendly and benign, but as most of us know, the answers, especially upon a first meeting, immediately build assumptions in the listeners mind - for better or worse. And so perhaps the fault is on us all, but that means all of us can play a role in moving beyond the label. "By moving beyond the label, we can all make our workplaces and our lives more effective and more equitable." "By releasing ourselves from these restrictions, we have a shot at creating success on our own terms." ~SIMILAR POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES YOU MIGHT ENJOY: Petit Plaisir ~Diana Krall's new album Turn Up The Quiet (to be released May 5, 2017), her 13th album, 5-time Grammy winner ~view her tour schedule here ~The list of 11 songs on the album: 1. Like Someone In Love 2. Isn't It Romantic 3. LOVE 4. Night and Day 5. I'm Confessin' 6. Moonglow 7. Blue Skies 8. Sway 9. No Moon At All 10. Dream 11. I'll See You In My Dreams  

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