Kathy Ireland ~ Living Life with Purpose

Achievement doesn’t come from what we do, but from who we are. Our career is an extension of our personality.” ~Marianne Williamson, from A Course in Miracles

I met Kathy Ireland on Twitter in early 2009. I was taken by her kindness and down-to-earth attitude. Since then Kathy’s multi-billion dollar empire has been growing larger each year. Kathy is the CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide®. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She empowers others and surrounds herself with talented people who share her passion.

Recently, Kathy Ireland appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine. Last year alone, kathy ireland Worldwide® grossed close to $2 billion dollars in retail sales. And it all started with a line of socks. A mom herself, the mission statement of kathy ireland Worldwide® is “…finding solutions for families, especially busy moms.”™

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kathy ireland Worldwide® founded in 1993, offers designs in Home, Office, Weddings, Fashion, Fine Jewelry, Baby Products, Destination Properties and More. Kathy is also Chief Designer for Window World, America’s largest window replacement company. Fairchild Publications names her one of the 50 Most Influential People in Fashion. Kathy Ireland Skincare products are incredible and affordable. These effective skincare products are from the Dead Sea.

Recent TV appearances include co-hosting “Oscars 2010 Red Carpet.” Prior to the live broadcast, Kathy had recently returned from a humanitarian trip to Haiti. On February 29, 2012, she was guest co-host on ” The View.”

Kathy has also written six books and produced several fitness videos. UCLA acknowledges Kathy as one of the top 10 Women’s Health Advocates in America.

Kathy Ireland recently added bridal fashions to her product line empire with a mission statement “…finding solutions for people in love.”™

Kathy is a dedicated Philanthropist. Her philanthropic work supports several non-profits including the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation, Feed The Children, the Alliance for Christian Education and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Kathy reminds me everyday that one person can make an enormous difference.

One of my favorite quotes of Kathy Ireland is: “Don’t just work for the money; that will bring only limited satisfaction.”

Kathy Ireland is and will always be a special friend to me.
Thank you for leading by example, a life with purpose and inspiring us all, Kathy!

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Multitasking vs Doing one thing at a time

Our Modern life has lots of advantages but is it really good for our health?

The other day, I was telling my husband that I am overwhelmed with the number of social media sites I am on and the overload of information.

I’ve always been good at multitasking. I find myself multitasking on my social media sites as well. On my iMac, I can have several tabs running simultaneously(sometimes I have 10-14 tabs open). I can tweet, chat, poke, pin, watch music videos, email and work with my own projects. I have a good memory. But why should I strain my memory?

Let’s face it: It takes a lot of energy to switch between tasks.

I’ve found out that multitasking strains the brain. Once, after several hours on the computer, I was in the kitchen preparing our dinner. My husband saw something on TV he thought would interest me, and asked me to look at it. When my attention was diverted to him and the image on TV, I burned my hand as I was removing our veggie lasagna from the oven. Apparently, I couldn’t concentrate on two visual tasks at the same time.

I believe the prolonged stress of multitasking: a.k.a doing too many things at once, can literally wear out our brain, memory, sleep patterns and overall health.

We need to find better ways to get things done. (“Work Smarter, not Harder”)

If we’re not tasking efficiently, than what are we accomplishing by multitasking? I think it’s very important to recognize our assets as well as our limitations.

Time is our most important asset. I work fast, even in the kitchen I can make fast dishes but why should I stress to make it fast instead of admitting that it actually takes time to create a delicious dish? It takes time to do things (right) whether it’s at work or in private. Being realistic about time, isn’t a bad idea. (“Real Art takes Real Time”)

Learning to say “No” is very important. I’ve received several offers to read new books and write reviews. While I am flattered, I don’t have the capacity to do that at the moment. It has always been hard for me to say “No” but I am learning.

Doing one thing at a time is more efficient and (mentally) healthier for me. At the end of the day, I feel better and more important I sleep better.

Your thoughts?

                                                     PHOTO CREDIT: SHI

Who will sweep the 2012 Oscars?

The Oscars will air this Sunday, February 26, 2012, at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ABC.

As my friends know, my husband and I are movie buffs. Every year we have our small Oscars party with some delicious dishes and wine. We both appreciate good acting, the dedication and passion that is required to create a great movie.

I believe this group has the best change of winning.

BEST ACTOR In a Leading Role:
JEAN DUJARDIN (The Artist)
Runner up: GEORGE CLOONEY (The Descendants)

BEST ACTRESS In a Leading Role:
VIOLA DAVIS (The Help)
Runner up: MERYL STREEP (The Iron Lady)

BEST ACTOR In a Supporting Role:
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Beginners)
Runner up: MAX VON SYDOW (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

BEST ACTRESS In a Supporting Role:
OCTAVIA SPENCER (The Help)
Runner up: BERENICE BEJO (The Artist)

BEST PICTURE:
THE ARTIST
Runner up: HUGO (see this in 3D)

BEST DIRECTOR:
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS (The Artist)
Runner up: MARTIN SCORSESE (Hugo)

Who will sweep the 2012 Oscars?

What are your predictions/favorites?