Writer of pop culture, career, health, lifestyle, relationships, personal essays and more. Creator and Storyteller-in-Chief of "The Not So It Girl" -- notsoitgirl.com
Using a microsite hosted on Scholastic.com (http://www.scholastic.com/nutcracker/), this program includes PDFs for grades 5-7 that focus on social studies, culture and geography in connection to the Disney movie Nutcracker. The microsite also includes a personality quiz.
The new biopic FIRST MAN recounts the inspiring and incredible events leading up to astronaut Neil Armstrong’s dangerous and historic mission to the moon. This lesson will bring a greater understanding to your students of the challenges and sacrifices made by Armstrong, his crew and NASA. In this lesson, students discuss why Neil Armstrong was the right person to lead the Apollo 11 mission, work in groups to research the importance of preparatory space flights that preceded the Apollo 11 mission, understand the many failures and technological advancements that were necessary in paving the way
Via a microsite hosted on Scholastic (www.scholastic.com/Goosebumps2) - these PDFs include resources that support STEM standards for grades 3-8 with learning activities that will fill classrooms with spooky, spine-tingling fun!
Via a microsite hosted on Scholastic (www.scholastic.com/SharkTank) - These PDFs include resources that support ELA and SEL standards to encourage students to map out their business ideas—and gain a deeper understanding of how their favorite companies and CEOs became household names.
During the summer of 1999, I was an about-to-graduate senior at the University of South Florida (go Bulls). I went to Walmart at 3am with my best friend Michelle because, what else do college students do when there's two of you and neither wants to be the designated driver? Walmart was our compromise.
I think it's only fair that since my stories won't always be told in chronological order. So, let's go back in time with a brief overview of my early days as a "wannabe" overachiever. I grew up in the suburbs of Miami and was the oldest of three siblings. I always loved words and stories. I'd wow my family by memorizing my books at two-years-old to make everyone think I could read.
Getting to New York City had been on my mind since I watched the Muppets Take Manhattan as a kid. The logistics never fazed me. It was happening —even if it meant sleeping in a locker at the bus station like Kermit. In high school, I told my friends I was moving to New York City as soon as I could figure out how. My dream of attending NYU or Columbia weren't financially possible so, I attended the University of South Florida.
Here's the incredibly true story of why I NEVER should been hired for my very first job as the assistant-to-the-editor-in-chief of CosmoGIRL! magazine. Now, I mentioned in my very first blog post on Not So It Girl that I spotted the premiere issue of CosmoGIRL! on the newsstand at a Walmart around 2am. I read then 26-year-old editor-in-chief Atoosa Rubenstein's letter from the editor and KNEW I was destined to work there.
When it comes to job searching, my gut never steers me wrong. The problem is I rarely pay attention and it's always too late when I decide to listen.
I just turned 40 and while I've had some INCREDIBLE career experiences, I always thought my trajectory would have included less freelance and more stability . . . less begging for low paying, not quite right opportunities and more satisfaction in high paying, dream job scenarios.
You know how they say you should never meet your idols? I'm not totally convinced that's true. In fact, I have lots of stories about meeting the ones that I absolutely WORSHIP and it only made me admire them even more. I'll just name drop Nora Ephron and Steven Tyler and promise those stories are coming in future posts. But, my interactions with them were brief. When I got a job at Sirius Satellite Radio and found out that I'd be WORKING with one of my idols? I really had to play it cool ...
There's this stigma around money when you live in New York City. Everyone just assumes you have it. And they should because NYC is fucking expensive. I always made decent money yet in my 20s/early 30s, the struggle was real to pay my monthly bills. I can't tell you how many times I decided to charge something basic—like groceries or a frozen yogurt run—so I'd have a positive cash flow in the bank for other essentials, you know, like rent.
I took a short break from writing here because as every Virgo knows, reassessing the plan, getting organized, feeling more organized is the only way to dive back in with a purpose. I cleaned out every corner of my house and with each drop off to Goodwill, I told myself I was clearing space for my creativity. Which is always my excuse when I procrastinate—which I usually do out of fear—and telling this particular story scares me more than telling the world I declared bankruptcy.
Today is September 18th, 2018. It’s my birthday, the official launch of my site NotSoItGirl and what I consider the start of my New Year. I’ve always made fresh starts in September, whether I’ve wanted to or not. September has brought me some of my greatest beginnings. It’s the month I got engaged, have been offered “dream” jobs and done grown up things like move into a house. September has also been a cruel bitch. It’s when I’ve been laid off many times over the years—including at six months pregnant.
Becoming the site director of OK! Magazine’s web site was a weird dream job/nightmare job situation. At first, I didn't even want to take the meeting. After my US Weekly stint, I basically knew I did NOT belong in the tabloid world. But a good friend took a big job at the media company that owned OK! and promised me that digging through celebrity trash (literally and figuratively) was not in the job description.
They say that the first step in dealing with a problem is simply admitting you have one. So, here goes—my biggest issue in my career is that I’m much better at figuring out and looking ahead to the big picture rather than ironing out the little details.