Friday, September 11, 2015

14 Years: Don't Forget



14 years ago I had just returned to the U.S. after a wonderful trip to Ireland. A new school year had started and I was in my 10th grade first period Science class. I remember my friend Miracle rolling into my classroom and saying, "The Twin Towers were hit by planes." I didn't understand then the seriousness of the situation, but my teacher's face spoke a thousand words.

The rest of that day is such a blur...an assembly in the gym, teachers crying, kids playing, bridges shut down. I knew things would be different. Every school bus was escorted by police to the bridge that would take us city kids home from Long Island. It was late, maybe 8:30pm. At home I watched as the video of the attacks replayed, the death count rose, missing persons were called in, people walked miles to get home. My city was turned upside down.

In those dark, scary, painful moments, I got a glimpse of God's glory. No one cared about each other's sexual orientation, disability, race, gender...we were truly the United States!

Today I see the tension between police & civilians, different races & cultures, hatred among families. Today we write #NeverForget, but haven't so many of us forgotten? Maybe we didn't forget the event, the images, our own pain & fear, but so many of us have forgotten what it means unconditionally sacrifice for another. We've forgotten how to put compassion, dignity, respect and love before apathy, disregard, anger, and hatred.

I challenge you, not only today, but in your everyday, to do something outside of yourself for someone. Sacrifice for someone. Take it a step further by sacrificing for someone you would normally think "unworthy." Stand united, not as a nation, but as humans! Let's really #NeverForget

Send someone a gift letting them know they aren't forgotten: http://bitly.com/MandiCandI


Sunday, September 6, 2015

KEEN for Coffee

Hello to all my blog readers!!

It has been quite some time since I've posted here. Those of you who keep up with me on other social media platforms know I have been working very hard on several different projects. Between exploring The Axis Project, running my Jamberry Nails business, and officially becoming a Merchandise Manager (MM) with Chloe + Isabel, plus family responsibilities and my "day job," it's been hard to post as much as I'd like.

As a CandI MM, I am in the process of getting a team of at least FIFTY Merchandisers! My responsibilities are to inspire, motivate, and challenge them to achieve their individual goals. Every one of you who reads my posts has had a hand in helping me achieve this level of success in my business and I'm so grateful. I went back and forth on names for my team and finally chose #candiconquerors. Check out my Facebook post from a few days ago to read about the inspiration behind the name.


On another note, I want to share an exciting opportunity to support a great cause! Some of you know that my CandI business is not my only job. I am also the Program Coordinator for KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) New York. We are a national, not-for-profit, volunteer based organization. We provide FREE fitness, sports, and recreation activities for DiversAble youth (ages 5-21). Every young person who attends our programs is paired up with a volunteer coach, who's responsibility is to ensure that the Athlete is engaged, safe, and having fun! The KEEN experience is unique in that no child is rejected from our program due to their Diverse Ability. We work with all abilities, from Autism to Cerebral Palsey, and Down Syndrome.  Many of our families are so confident in our care for their young ones that they use the program time to run errands or just get some well deserved respite.

I, along with members of my church, LifeHouse Church, are organizing a fundraiser event called KEEN for Coffee! This event will allow you to interact with some of the families and volunteers I have the pleasure of working with, as well as learn more about this amazing organization. There will be food, snacks, music by DJ Ariel, and of course coffee! As this is a fundraiser, there will be donation boxes at the event.  I will have a CandI display table and Jamberry Nail designs available. I will be donating all of my CandI commission from orders that night and Jamberry will donate 10% of total sales to KEEN. 80% of all donations will go directly to the KEEN New York Affiliate!
Learn more about KEEN NY here .

Here are the specific event details:

 If you are unable to attend this event, but would still like to support me and this organization, please visit http://bitly.com/KEEN4Coffee. Scroll down on my boutique page and click on the KEEN for Coffee image. Proceeds from orders placed from the selected pieces will be donated to KEEN!
    No time to browse? Comment or message me with which pair of studs you want (KEEN colors!) and your email address :-)
If you'd rather represent KEEN on your digits with this exclusive Jamberry Nail Art Studio design, comment or message me saying, "KEEN Jams," and your email address - Each sheet of nails is $25 or 2 sheets for $40 (every sheet gives you 2-3 manicures & pedicures + lasts up to 2 weeks on fingers, 6 weeks on toes)
*Another design will be available soon!

Thank you for all your support!