Sand Cloud – The Beach Towel You Can’t Live Without

A few weeks ago, we received an email from three young entrepreneurs in San Diego who

The 2014 Juneteenth Celebration in Pompano Beach

By David Volz Rhonda Walker enjoyed the 2014 Juneteenth Celebration: Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival

Teri Catlin Rocks TEDx!

By Teana King-McDonald Teri Catlin just wrapped up her first TEDx conference in Boca Raton on

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Stars in Your Eyes: A Few Minutes with Doreen Taylor

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By Misty Schwartz; photo courtesy Chad Geist

In our August 2014 issue, we spent a few minutes with Doreen Taylor. Read on for more!

Can we expect a book from you?

A book? Wow…I am not sure. When I typically put pen to paper it is to write a song, not a book, but I have to admit that I could definitely write a best seller, tell all about this industry. It is amazing the things I have seen. I want to teach others that they don’t have to sell out to have a career. I am living proof that you can take an ethical approach in a very unethical business and still come out on top. It may take longer- but it can happen and when it does, it is that much sweeter.

What is the best way for your fans to know what you’re working on? Facebook/Twitter? Do you post for your own sites or do you have your assistants do the posts?

Yes, all my social media is run and maintained by me. It is very hard to do since I have tens of thousands of fans but I really believe in authenticity and I want my fans to know that they are really connecting with me- not some intern or assistant speaking as though they are me. I think the fans know the difference. My fans and supporters are the reason I have gotten where I am today. To turn my back on them now would be wrong.

I have two pages on Facebook (www.facebook.com/doreentaylormusic and www.facebook.com/doreentaylorfanpage), twitter (www.twitter.com/doreentaylor) and check out my sites (www.doreentaylormusic.com and www.colorsoftheusa.org) . Pretty much if you google me, you will find me somewhere.

Tell us something new, something bold that you’ve never told any other magazine…news tip :)

If I haven’t told any other magazine, then it is probably something I don’t want people to know! Haha. To be perfectly honest, I really am an open book, but I like to keep my personal life private for obvious reasons. I rarely talk about that side of the coin.

One secret about me… I have struggled with body image my entire life and am an anorexia survivor. My weight has always gone up and down and finding balance in my life was very difficult. I have had to learn how to love myself and accept my body for whatever it is. I have learned that true beauty is on the inside and being healthy is more important than being consumed by the disease. However, each day is a struggle and I need to tell myself every day that I am beautiful, I am unique, and I am perfect for me. My song “Perfect for Me” on my album “Magic” was written all about it and was a cathartic way for me to express all the years of pain and struggles I have endured over the years. I feel like I am much stronger for what I have gone through and I hope I can be a role model for other girls who also struggle with this same affliction. 

Lighten Up! De-Clutter Your Life in Seven Easy Steps

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In our August 2014 issue, Charlotte Sundquist shared her story of how termites (really) led her to embark on a campaign to lighten up her possessions, and minimize and de-clutter her “stuff.” Read on, and follow Charlotte’s easy-to-follow suggestions for simpler, easier living:

The 1999 movie Fight Club has one of my favorite quotes: “the things that you own end up owning you”. I am now becoming Jack’s attitude of anti-consumerism. It’s time to recycle, reuse, and rethink all those expensive and unnecessary purchases. I’m finding it makes for better time management, a larger wallet, and an improved attitude. Having less “things” is translating to less cleaning, less maintenance, and more quality time to spend with people.

So, have I motivated you to give it a try yet? Here are a few simple suggestions to get you moving:

1. Pick one space and completely empty it out. It can be a drawer, underneath the bed, or even a room (the last one is only suggested if you really want to go crazy). Remove every item. Before returning anything back to the space, ask yourself if it can be thrown away or given to someone who could really use it.

2. Designate a “Get Rid of It” box. Every day, place one item in the box. When it’s filled, either bring the box to the trash, or schedule a donation pick up. I use the Vietnam Veterans Association website www.pickupplease.org, they come right to my front door. Replace with empty box, repeat. In one year, you will have removed a minimum of 365 things from your space.

3. Unsubscribe yourself from email lists. It’s amazing how tempting all those sales notices and coupons can be! Out of sight, out of mind.If there is no power of suggestion to tell me to buy, there really is no need for me to think about purchasing that third pair of running shoes.

4. Evaluate the clothes in your closet. Take out anything that has a stain, a tear, or just never fit quite right. Now, banish them from your life. It is not necessary to hold on to every t-shirt from 1987. Do not allow anything else to enter unless a less worthy piece is removed. Repeat over and over, until everything hanging makes you look and feel fabulous when you wear it.

5. If you’re a reader, tackle the bookshelf.  Be honest with yourself, are you really ever going to read that romance novel again? If it was that great, pass it on to a friend who has yet to read it. I was able to clear off three shelves. A month later, I would have trouble naming 5 titles that I gave away.

6. Don’t give up! Just because you aren’t able to throw away that vacation souvenir today, next month you may feel differently. I’m finding that I don’t miss things as much as I thought I would.

7. If you are anything like me, know how many jars of mayonnaise you have before you place another one in your shopping cart. 

And just remember, if your child needs some new art supplies or binders for this upcoming school year, odds are I probably have a few I’m willing to get rid of.