Pay It Forward

The love and joy we receive from our fathers is a very significant part of a young girls development. Yes, I am a believer that a strong father figure counts. He counts a lot. Men who go above and beyond to show their daughters compassion and care should be applauded. I am thankful to my own Dad, who has taught me many lessons and daily tools that make me think, feel, and question. For those of you that have such a dad, you know where I am coming from. Our fathers are the heroes we look up to and the voice that knows exactly how to guide us.

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Going Off Path

Each year, Jeffrey (my partner in crime) and I are invited to the Hospitality Design Summit (HD Summit). An experience we look forward to as it brings together an array of top hospitality professionals in every facet of the industry from around the country.The invitation-only event is held like a “thought-camp,” with a wide range of backgrounds— including thought-leaders, authors, innovators, inventors, and more. Totally our cup of tea!

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How To Sketch Out Your Passion

I get asked quite often why I decided to get into architecture and design. My usual reply is that I came out of the womb sketching floor plans. A roll of sketch paper is still glued to my hip to this day. The reality is that I really had no choice—and I mean that in the best way possible. The combination of the arts and putting concepts together is in my parents' DNA. My mother had such a passion for theater and the arts, and my father very much enjoys connecting the dots. Like most little girls, I enjoyed playing with dolls but it was the actual doll houses that I gravitated to the most.

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5 Tips For A Better Day

I feel like I've lived fifty different lives in one lifetime. Who knows, maybe that is why I appreciate cats so much. Or, maybe it all has to do with my personal journey to do better, be better, and think better. The reality is, I am still a work in progress but these days I am at my most happiest. I am reminded every day by those closest to me of how lucky I am with little things like a cup a coffee, a crazy text or even a simple "Hi!". It can be something light and humorous or a single line that starts my engine and motivates me to make it a worthwhile day.

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A Thing Called Love

I am much more a lover than a fighter. The Jersey Girl in me would beg to differ, but I guess you can say that it all depends on the day. With V-Day is just around the corner (as commercial as I think it is), I can't help but still reflect on what makes love so impactful in the rest of our lives. My fairy-tale and road to a solid relationship was a bumpy one. There were twists, turns, and unexpected detours that I definitely did not see coming. But, through it all - I learned about myself, about men, and that silly little thing called love.

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Don't Call Me A Bitch

I need to get a couple things off my chest but I don’t want to do it in a Facebook rant kind of way - we have had enough of those lately! It is actually quite the contrary as like many of you I am not a fan of reading politically fueled and hate provoking opinions on social media. Besides, my goal for H-A-L-E is to bring people together and create mindful conversations.Like many of you, I have been more involved and more interested with US politics than ever before. Perhaps it has something to do with getting older, having a wiser perspective on our nation’s political topics, or the simple fact that my rights as a woman are at the forefront.

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Taking Center Stage

Let me break the historic world of creativity down for you in a handful of words.....it is very male dominant. However, my amazing female colleagues, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, architects and every woman (and girl with a dream!) in between are starting to take the center stage. And, I am sitting front row loving every minute of it!You see, I like to consider myself to be a girl’s girl. I shout it from the rooftops these days because I grew up rolling around in the dirt.

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Ready to Rebel

I am a perfectionist at heart especially when it comes to my work. The hard part about being so type-A is that you always expect that everything will turn out just the way you want it. I’ve been like this most of my life, even as a young girl in dance classes or working tirelessly on a school project. Dotting my “I’s” and crossing my “T’s" is an understatement. Perfection is the only result.When I launched H-A-L-E.com a few years ago, I envisioned it to be a place where people would be inspired by my many thoughts and ideas in the world of design and architecture.

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