Flirting with the Boys!

 

‘Heavenly Bodies’ – Remembering Hollywood & The Greatest Fashion Designers of this Era to benefit AIDS fundraising efforts with APLA & The California Fashion Industry.   

Book by Michael Anketell:  http://amzn.to/1Lb77Av

 

Flirting with the Boys!

Flirting with the Boys!  And hugging Mike Anketell, Friend and Producer of these shows for APLA & CA Fashion Industry.

 

Not so long ago friends came together within the California Fashion Industry to take action for a cause greater than themselves.  Too many beautiful people were dying from AIDS and we had to do something…anything that would make a difference. 

 

One day during my decade with W Magazine, as head of the Western U.S. and Canada,   a sweet young man that I knew approached me and asked for my help.  He was a friend and shared with me his vision for bringing together the very best of International Fashion Designers with a yearly fundraising Fashion Show that would rock the California coastline.  And it did.  I immediately said YES, and asked “How can I help?  What can I do? How can I lend a hand?” Within a single day I joined the Executive Committee of Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA) & The California Fashion Industry and lent a hand here and there, wherever I could.  But it was my friend Mike who made all the magic happen.  

He seamlessly created events, year after year with everyone involved with the California Fashion Industry and APLA.  Mike brought together the hottest International Fashion Designers with the leaders of the California Fashion Industry and worked tirelessly for a decade to create a platform that everyone would Love and Appreciate.  More importantly, he was a master designer in producing these shows and managing to help raise more than $12 Million for APLA.  A lot of money in those days.  No small feat!  Mike’s courage and strength, along with his charm and tenacity was undeniable.  He knew what had to be achieved, and was aware of the importance of the runway stage and the hottest fashion designers to bring it all to life. Especially in California and the West Coast.

These were the Designer Events produced for 10 Years & the Celeb’s and Model’s that attended, or walked the runways.  (The names are solely listed to show the support of everyone in this Industry who cared enough to make a difference, and contributed to the legacy of the California Fashion Industry and APLA.)  Thank You!

 

The California Fashion Industry – Friend’s of APLA began in 1987. Shows included:

  • Adrian: A Retrospective (Adrian was the highest paid costume designer in Hollywood in the 30′-50’s and dressed Garbo, Garland, Crawford, Norma Shearer & Lucille Ball.) 
  • Geoffrey Beene: 25th Anniversary. Ali MacGraw introduced Mr. Beene and Celebs attending:  Jackie Collins, Elizabeth Montgomery, Linda Evans, Joan Rivers, Julie Andrews, Carol Kane, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, etc.
  • Bob Mackie: A Retrospective with a tribute to Cher.  Celebs included Carol Burnett, Carol Channing, Diahann Carroll, Mitzi Gaynor, Michael York, Joan Collins, Joan Rivers, Jackie Collins, Pia Zadora, Juliet Prowse, etc.
  • The Best of Hollywood Costume Designers:  First Lady Nancy Reagan, Eddie Fisher, Betsy Bloomingdale, Jackie Collins, Carol Kane, Michael Landon, Sara Gilbert, Cyd Charisse, Tony Martin, Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle, director Morgan Mason
  • Gianni Versace: The Man and His Art; A Retrospective:  Celebs: Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Lauren, Johnny Depp, Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Richard Gere, Cindy Crawford, Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, Rosanna Arquette, George Peppard, artist David Hockney, Lanie Kazan, Sylvestor Stallone, Jane Seymour, Pierce Bronson, Paula Abdul, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Shari Belafonte, director Joel Schumaker, Pattie Lupone, Dennis Hopper, JoBeth Williams, etc.
  • Thierry Mugler: A Retrospective:  Celebs:  Rod Stewart, Sharon Stone, Diana Ross, Dana Delaney, Daryl Hannah, Jackson Browne, Celia Cruz, Carol Kane, Jackie Collins, Linda Hamilton, director James Cameron, Debi Mazar, Lesley Anne Warren, Sandra Bernhard, Ivana Trump, etc.
  • Calvin Klein and Tina Turner at the Hollywood Bowl:  16,000 guests, 300 models & 3,000 for dinner!  Celebs:  Angela Bassett, Mark Wahlberg, Ali MacGraw, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Elizabeth Taylor, David Geffen, Barry Diller, Jacqueline Bissett, John Kennedy Jr., Julie Newmar, Beverly Johnson, Linda Gray, Vidal Sassoon, Kate Moss, Carolyn Bessette, etc.
  • Isaac Mizrahi and K.D. Lang at the Chinese Theater:  Celebs: Yves St. Laurent, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Anjelica Houston, Natalie Cole, Johnny Depp, Linda Evangelista, Christina Applegate, Kelly Lynch, Jackie Collins, Lauren Bacall, Raquel Welch, Juliette Binoche, Mickey Rourke, Cameron Diaz, Jeff Bridges, Paloma Picasso, Goldie Hawn, Wayne Gretzky, director Rob Reiner, director Jerry Bruckheimer, Ellen Barkin, Dan Aykroyd, Donna Dixon, Wesley Snipes, Tia Carrera, Jennifer Tilly, producer Jon Peters,  model Vendela, etc.
  • Gianfranco Ferre and Liza Minnelli:  Celebs:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Patrick Dempsey, Carol Alt, Melanie Griffith, Fran Drescher, Kelly LeBrock, Virginia Madson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, James Spader, Julie Andrews, Mark Wahlberg, Joan Jett, Rod Stewart, Rachel Hunter, Jackie Collins, Barbara Davis, Peter Marc Jacobson, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Jason Bateman, Mrs. Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton John, etc.
  • Todd Oldham with Susan Sarandon:  Celebs:  Fran Drescher, Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Berkley, Lea Thompson, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, David Hasselhoff, Brendon Fraser, Joan Rivers, Ali MacGraw, Julie Newmar, Herb Ritts, Sherry Lansing, John Malkovich, etc.

 

There were more shows and fundraising events that Mike coordinated and produced after these first ten years.  But these were the Best of the Best!  Golden memories of an era that influenced change and began a movement to help others, even with the most debilitating of diseases.  Lives were saved.  And people like Mike and everyone else who gave their Love, their time, their energy, their connections, and their passion for helping others and making a difference in the world, did actually accomplish a great goal, a great thing,  and a beautiful Rainbow at the end of this decade. We all came together for one cause, and that was to help and to heal others with AIDS.  This was our journey of Oneness.  This is what it’s all about.  Helping others.  

 

Times change. People change. Lives change.  Even Industries change.  And the world changes with them.  People move on.  And they retire.  At the end of my Decade with W Magazine, I knew it was time to move on and create my own Business. One decade was enough after great visionaries like Mr. John Fairchild retired.  This inspiring, funny, and creative man whom I adored and knew, flew the coop!  That was my sign that it was time to move on.  Forward. Onwards. Upwards.  And so I did.  Thank God!  I take such lovely memories with me, including this amazing and extraordinary time with John Fairchild and my decade with W Magazine.   Such a Blessing!

It’s been Grand! 

Flirting with the Boys!

Flirting with the Boys!  Rita Tanos & Mike Anketell at The California Fashion Industry – APLA Black Tie Event. 

The Sands of Time…

Taking a peek back while looking forward…

 

Dancing in the Sun - 2016 Photo Credit: Andrea Domjan Photography

(Photo: Andrea Domjan)

 

Sometimes in our lives there is a moment of surprise that takes our breath away.  We recognize the beauty all around us, in this present moment, even through sadness and loss.  The beginning of 2016 was like this for me.  Another Beloved family member had passed through the veils and all I could do was take a deep breath of life, feel gratitude for this present moment, and get on a plane to honor my Uncle Ted’s life with other close family members.  Many of them I had not seen since the passing of my Uncle Sandy at our last family gathering at Arlington National Cemetery. 

 

There was a feeling of peace within me, going home to Florida this time.  I felt such gratitude for my youth and the family and parents I grew up with.  I felt grateful for these beautiful white sandy beaches, and the many years I had spent walking them, often alone, trying to figure out my path and the next steps along my path.  Every day was a day of adventure in the ocean . . . swimming, water-skiing, diving, fishing, and just cruising on boats.  I felt such joy and happiness, just being alive.  All the boats and trips to the Bahamas and Caribbean were a plus, but it was here, in this place and along these white sandy beaches that I felt most at home as a child.

 

I checked in a day early to sit in silence and just feel the environment of my youth once again.  It was raining when I arrived and the decks and walkways leading out to the beach were full of gray mist.  I loved it.  Even in the soft gray of a storm passing, it was beautiful.  Young surfers come out to find a wave which reminded me of my youth on these Florida beaches.  As a young teenage girl I was often hanging out on the end of a surfboard, waiting for the next wave to ride, or the next boat to catch.  Such sweet memories!  Such Golden Moments to cherish and remember.

 

Home Sweet Home - Florida

Home Sweet Home – Florida

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Florida Sands

Florida Sands

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There is much to be Grateful for, as I remember these decades that have passed and all the family members that have gone before me.  They are all a Blessing in my life, and I know for sure that each of them is shining their light upon me from the heavens above.   I feel your Love.  I feel your Light.  I feel your Grace.   

 

Walking ahead...welcoming in the new!

Walking ahead…welcoming in the new!  (Photo: Andrea Domjan)


 

The Ebb and the Flow…

Florida Beaches - A Hole in the Sand...

Florida Beaches – A Hole in the Sand… This is how it is when a Tribe Member leaves you…like a hole in the sand of your lifetime,  it is suddenly gone forever, and the precious time you once shared together is suspended, into another Universe.  All that is left  is the Love inside your Heart that will continue to live on, inside of eternity.  Love is like this.  Love is like that.  It always continues on.

In the arms of an Angel

For you, my Beloved…You’re in the arms of the Angels now. May you rest in Peace.

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it ok
There’s always some reason to feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction oh beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
They may be empty and weightless and maybe
I’ll find some peace tonight
In the arms of an Angel fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here
So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There’s vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don’t make no difference, escaping one last time
It’s easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees
In the arms of an Angel far away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
In the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here
You’re in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

~ Sarah McLachlan

My Uncle Ted

 

My Uncle Ted - Laughing it up with the Boys!

Uncle Ted – Laughing it up with the Boys!     

 

What is it about a Human Life that can inspire, spread joy and laughter, and influence another?  What kind of energetic vibration are they sending out to the Universe to attract those closest to them?  This photograph of my Uncle Ted was taken in his mid-life, laughing it up with the boys. Not a woman in sight….just a fistful of boys having fun!  A few drinks close by and Uncle Ted’s jokes would surely light up the room, along with a bit of rum!  Bootleg and Puerto Rican rum were his favorites.

I hardly knew my Uncle Ted.  Although he was often present in my youth at our family gatherings during the holidays at Aunt Helen’s home, he would soon disappear from the scene.  Off to sea again!

Ted loved his freedom, and he loved the ocean and his tug boats.  From the Islands of the Bahamas and the Caribbean, to Puerto Rico and the U.S., he loved traveling at sea.   This was his first love and passion.  Why tugboats of all things?  I’ll never know, but something about this excited him beyond measure.  He loved his freedom and adventures at sea.  His second biggest love was Timmy, the beautiful, curly haired baby boy he adopted from Aunt Helen.  From the arms of Uncle Ted, to the arms of Uncle Sandy, and to the arms of my Father, Dusty, I’m not sure who adored Timmy more. Everyone wanted to hold him!  I have a very clear memory of my Father holding Timmy in his arms as a baby boy and laughing so hard while they played that he cried!  It made me cry too with tears of joy and laughter!

But it was Ted’s Tugboats and his passion for being on the water that was his driving force.  He loved it, just as much as Uncle Sandy loved the Coast Guard, and Dusty loved the Merchant Marines. They all loved the Ocean and Ships!  These three brothers were all about the sea and the unknown mysteries and adventures that lie ahead of them. Their union as brothers was inseparable.  But it was the sea that was their driving force of energetic connection with the Universe. The sea was always their best friend.  They know it well, and every day was a new landscape of adventure.  All three brother’s were well trained and educated in navigation. It always amazes me that they could read a map of their next course of action by the Stars. How extraordinary is that!

Uncle Ted was a child at heart.  With a tough exterior to cover up his own personal wounds, like a breastplate of sorts, he often hid his sweet heart from those closest to him. And when the rum set in just long enough for him to feel good and loosen up, he would let them know just how much he loved them.

Uncle Ted loved Life. He loved adventure. He loved the mystery. And he loved rum! Especially Puerto Rican rum, and bootleg rum! He used to bring the bootleg bottles of rum back to my Dad and Uncle Sandy upon many of his adventures at sea, and these three brothers would hoard it like gold.  The back of the liquor cabinet in our home was where it would take up space, until Uncle Ted arrived to drink it with them.

Besides these three brothers in arms, of all the many family members in our tribe, these three were the Rat-Pack. They hung out together every opportunity they had. They laughed so hard at their own jokes that they cried and howled. They argued well together.  And more than that, they learned how to debate well with each other. It was no longer an argument, but a different point of view that led to a deeper understanding and revelation. They loved each other well!  This was their gift to each other.

Three opinions, and three extraordinarily different life experiences, close enough to compare salt samplings, they were always in a place of love and laughter, no matter how long the discourse went on.  And often it went on for hours. In quiet places and small spaces, as well as at family Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings, there they were, the three brothers, always together throughout the years, and inseparable.  Joking, laughing and pulling pranks on each other.  These three brothers were devoted to each other!  Through thick and thin, nothing would ever come between them. Through rough and tumble times, they always had each other’s back, even when they did not agree with each other.  They understood and had clarity about what the other needed. Blood is always thicker than water.  And they always came through. This was their unique gift to each other.  And I, as a young girl was the lucky one…young enough to hang out with them, and witness their relationships with each other through the years.

I felt their heartache, just as much as I felt their joy. There is an eternal love between Ted, Sandy & Dusty that will live on, inside of eternity. They simply loved and cared for each other, no matter what.  Family was their rock of Gibraltar, and every brother and sister, every niece and nephew mattered to them. 

What else could anyone ask for?  To Love and to care for one another is the greatest gift we can possibly give to another.  The more open your heart, the more Love you have to give.

Thank you Uncle Ted for Shining Your Light so Brightly.  Onward and Upwards, towards the Heavens to join your Beloved Brothers once again! Don’t forget to sprinkle a little Stardust upon us every now and then.

I will always remember you as a Bright Light of Joy and Happiness in my Life.  

 

Ted's Tug Boats

Ted’s Tug Boats

Silken White Slate ~ A New Year is upon us. 2016.

We rest in the arms & wings of Love.

 

Silken White Slate of a New Year.

Silken White Slate of a New Year. 2016.  

 

We rest in the arms of Love.  Safe.  Protected.  Trusting.  All is Well. There are no battles to be fought, no wars to be had, only Peace, Beauty & Love. May we rise higher than we ever have before, in this New Year. May we become all that we are here to become.  May the deepest feelings of Peace & Love be with you now and always.  We have arrived on a Silken White Slate of a New Year.  Every moment holds the extraordinary, and an opportunity to go beyond what you have ever known before.  Shake it up!  Get involved with everything that pulls at your Heart Strings.  And let go.  The creator of the Universe is in the front seat, driving you.  Appreciate the view.  It’s awesome!  Here’s to a Splendid 2016! 

I Believe in Love! I Believe in Kindness! I Believe in Goodness!

I Belive in Love. I Believe in Kindness. I Believe in Goodness.

I Belive in Love.  I Believe in Kindness.  I Believe in Goodness.

 

The Dictionary defines the word ‘Believe’ as:
1) Accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of: • Accept the statement of (someone) as true: he didn’t believe her or didn’t want to know: • have faith: • (believe something of someone) feel sure that (someone) is capable of a particular action: I wouldn’t have believed it—what an extraordinary woman!
2) Hold (something) as an opinion; think or suppose: I believe we’ve already met; things were not as bad as the experts believed. 

The Dictionary defines ‘Belief’ as:
1) An acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists: his belief in the value of hard work | a belief that solitude nourishes creativity: • something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction: • a religious conviction: Christian beliefs| local beliefs and customs. 2) (belief in) trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something: I’ve still got belief in myself.
PHRASES: I am firmly of the belief that we need to improve our… beyond belief astonishingly good or bad; incredible: riches beyond belief…to the best of my belief, in my genuine opinion; as far as I know …blah….blah….blah…! ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

 

Oh La La…!  Beyond anything else, I Believe in Love and the Power of Love that transforms and heals lives.  It is the only thing that actually does.  I also believe in Goodness and Kindness and Gentleness.  Love is Grace and a miraculous power that healed my life at the young age of 17, when I thought it was all over.  All Sentient Beings feel this Power of Love.  Yet so few of us give into it wholeheartedly and completely.  What is it about an innocent child or a dog, or any animal that just loves you completely, and loves life, just as it is, so unconditionally?   It’s an extraordinary experience to witness a baby or a child at play, just as it is with a puppy or a newborn infant.  They only know Love.  They only know sweetness and kindness and goodness.  This is their natural energy field and their pure vibration.  And that Love is unconditional…no matter what else is going on in the world, anywhere.  It is pure LOVE.  

I am not by any means close to the dictionary’s definition of the words ‘Believe’ or “Belief’… but maybe today I am much closer to believing in the Goodness of all, and for all, even after so much heart break and recent killings in America and around the world in 2015.  With each heart break, it takes me to my knees as I witness these children fleeing from their homeland and everything they have ever known.  I feel the collapse of their families and these communities as they all try to find their own way to heal beyond this enormous grief and loss.  Leaving one’s own homeland and culture and family home is hard enough…but to also loose your family and your loved one’s along the way is something else entirely…much harder and more difficult to comprehend, especially for the children. 

My own parent’s experienced this kind of loss as young teenagers leaving their roots, their homes, their family, their Country, their native culture and language to find freedom and save their own lives somewhere else.  From Germany and France to Shanghai, China…there they met on a steamy night in a hot room filled with smoke and hopefulness. World War 2 was in full swing.  And they fell in Love!  It took my Father many more trips around the world and at sea to finally come back to Shanghai and marry my Mother.  But this was not an easy thing to do.  Coming from different Countries with different languages, passports, and religions, not to mention that WW2 was in full swing made it almost impossible.  No matter how sweet and true was their Love for each other, no one wanted to marry them!  It was war time.  They were from different Countries and religious backgrounds.  Finally my father realized that he could marry Mum offshore, three miles out with the Captain of the Ship finally announcing “Husband & Wife”.  And so it was!  As they came back to the shores off Shanghai, they finally had their Wedding Reception in a church that recognized their union as husband & wife.  What an extraordinary experience my Mum & Dad had to go through to prove their Love for each other.  My mother often wondered if he would ever come back for her.  I think it was the dozenth attempt to get married at Sea that finally made it official as Husband & Wife!  I’m certain it was a test of their strength and determination to forge ahead in their Love for each other.  Thank God! 

As for the children fleeing their own Countries now, I pray for them to find a new home that fully accepts them and appreciates them, and allows them to move forward with Grace and Ease…without political turmoil or separation.  Canada seems to be doing a fine job with these immigrants at the moment and far better than anywhere else.  When my own parents married during the war, they were finally free to leave Shanghai and move to America when the war ended.  And so they did!  Off to the shores of New York City as they passed the Statue of Liberty along the way.  Freedom!  I thank God for America and the Greatness of this Country and what it represents to all people.  Yes, we are a pizza pie of many nationalities and cultures from foreign lands, as it should be.  This is what makes America great! 

I know for sure that there is a Force of Love far greater than we can ever imagine in this Universe that is guiding us. Every hope you have and every dream that inspires you is a message from the Divine.  Keep your Heart open, and look up to the heavens every day and give thanks.  Open the curtains and the windows.  Open your Heart to this Present Moment and look inside the eyes of someone near you, close to you. Take the time to gaze inside the eyes of your closest friends and family.  Everyone in front of you is a Blessing, right here and now.  And you have a gift to give them.  

There is infinity and eternity inside our bones and DNA.  In our core essence and inside of our hearts lies an infinity that is greater than what we could ever dream of, or imagine for ourselves.  Allow LOVE to come to your aid.  Invite Joy and Happiness in.  Feel the Gratitude for all that is.  Allow all that is meant for you to flow freely, inside your Heart, Mind, Body & Soul. 

We are so Blessed to be here on this gorgeous planet Earth, in this moment of time.  There is a Divine pattern working in and through us… and whether we are aware of it or not, this is the sacred and unknown tapestry, the mystery, weaving everyday Miracles in our lives.   If we sit quietly long enough, this Divine Energy will arrive inside our conscious awareness, and stillness will bring us into the fullness.  Peace.  Beauty. 

Every new revelation and every new awareness in our consciousness keeps us growing, evolving, learning, and most importantly, it keeps us moving forward as a human species.  Even when it’s a hard day, or week, or month or even a year or so,…someone, somewhere is suffering much more than you.  Give it up.  Let go.  Get involved and help others.  It’s the only way out of your own personal rut.  Give back, even when you think you can’t… just do it!

I sometimes reflect on the mass killings on American soil and abroad this past year.  What is this all about?  Why are young children so angry?  Is anyone listening to them?  Is their voice being heard?  Are their feelings being felt and acknowledged and understood?  Where does their anger and hatred come from?  Any why?   What are we teaching our children?  And what are we doing with all these guns?  Guns = Killing.  Period.  What are we doing with a massive stockpile of guns on American soil that any young child can buy?  Why?  What do we need to protect ourselves from?  If fear is of your utmost concern, then that fear is also your enemy. It is fear, and fear alone, that will drive sane men and women to commit heinous acts of violence they did not think they were humanly capable of.  It happens every day.  College campuses, churches, cafes, offices, streets, sporting events, music concerts…high schools & elementary schools, on and on.

 

It’s a choice:  Fear or Love.  What’s it going to be?  What will you choose?  Do you need the gun to kill your neighbor before he kills you?  Is this what it’s come to?  Protection idealism can also equate to human ignorance.   What is your belief? 

Fear contricts, limits, and closes up everything.  It builds borders and walls that create more hate, more separation, and more violence and misunderstanding.  Do you want to build another ‘Berlin wall’ on American soil?  One of our Presidential candidates thinks it’s a good idea! I thought we were done with the days of Hitler’s past. What are we doing now?  God Help Us!  We need a Leader in the U.S., someone like Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and Robert F. Kennedy all in one to lead us out of this disgrace and narrow minded thinking.  Lift us up, away from fear! 

Fear is an energy that resides in your consciousness.  It’s in the way you think.  It’s in the way you act and behave.  It’s in the core of your cells and the flow of your bloodstream, and that fear will not leave you until you change your thoughts and conscious awareness.  Love above all else.  Let go of your frozen fear.  It’s keeping you stuck, and it’s killing too many young and innocent children, tearing families apart at their seams.  Fear is full of destruction and death. Love is full of inclusion, creativity, and birth.  

What does it take to open up your Heart?  Why have you lost so much Trust and Faith?  What do you Believe in, and at your core heart center, what is really important to you?  Isn’t it always about the children and grandchildren and your core family and friends you’ve adopted into your family?  What are your Beliefs?  What is your Truth?  Examine them. Look at your core beliefs carefully. Make sure they are in alignment with the Divine, and with real Truth and Goodness and Kindness.  Every teacher and every day brings a different perspective, depending on whom your teachers are, and with whom you surround yourself with.  

What’s it going to be….Love or Fear?

What is Truth but a Belief in something that you Believe in?  Yet in all of our glory and in all of our beautiful days on this glorious planet Earth, I do Believe in Divine Grace, and Beauty, and the Power of Goodness and Kindness at the Heart of every human being, and throughout the animal kingdom. There is a sacred pattern and natural flow in everything. In the very core essence of my Being and in the center of my Bones and DNA, as it is in you.  This beautiful and magnificent Life Lives me, Breathes me, and Gifts me with Love, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness every day!  And I am Grateful.  Life is living me from the inside out.

 

Reflecting back on this year, as we now approach the coming of a New Year, 2016, I can’t help but think about the families and friends across America and distant Shores and Countries that have lost Loved One’s.  The neighborhood senseless killings, the brutal attacks in public places, the innocents that just happened to be there at that moment, the horror of guns and war and violence, and the latest uprising of angry, heartless, almost soul-less and desperate people who kill other people for no reason.  This is human insanity!  Who is teaching our children? What are they teaching our children?

 

Is it a ‘firmly held opinion or conviction’ of something taught long ago in our childhood, or is it an original idea of something new?   Is it an ‘old belief’ to help us feel more secure that creates the possibility of a particular action? And what is that action?  Will it help to heal and serve in the name of Love and Human Kindness, or will it kill and destroy?  What is my belief?  What is your belief?  How do you want to show up in this New Year, 2016?  Hopefully in Full Magnificence, owning your own power through the Divine with Grace, Gratitude, and Beauty as you give of your own unique Gifts you have been given. 

 

I Believe in the Power of LOVE.   I Believe in Kindness.  I Believe in Goodness. I also Believe in a Universal Power far greater than myself…a Power that aligns with all the Planets and gives us the Gift of our next Breath, along with the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, and the Oceans.  Every Day!  God is Present.  God is Almighty.  It is only the human being that destroys, destructs and decimates the fragile, the voiceless, and the weak who are unable to care for or protect themselves.  This is our human ignorance.  And it must change in 2016 if we are to evolve as a human species and recognize the sacredness of all life and the enormous gifts we have been given.  Look up.  Look around you.  The Earth, Nature and the Animals will no longer tolerate our selfishness and abuse.  Above all else, we as Spiritual Beings, living a Human experience must change our consciousness and evolve.  It is time.  And the time is NOW.  In a few hours we will enter inside the silky clean slate of a New Year, without anything written upon it.  May we create a new history of our human consciousness, one that is awake, aware, and respectful of all Life.  Sacred Blessings to all in 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

The only way is Up! Are you looking for a New Career in 2016? Join our Tribe!

The World is our Oyster! Love Tokens in Gold or Silver.

The World is our Oyster!
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India Hicks – The Only Way Is Up!  

India Hicks “lives an idyllic existence on a Bahamian island, surrounded by five children and two dogs. And then what does she do? Sets up a world-conquering design business to empower other women.  India Hicks, granddaughter of Mountbatten, Charles and Diana’s bridesmaid, feminist.  Yes, feminist.”  It’s been so much fun helping to launch this company!!


Join us as a Style Ambassador in 2016! Have fun while earning a great income!  
http://indiahicks.com/rep/rtanos/home/becomeastyleambassador

Join our Tribe in 2016!

Join our Tribe in 2016!

The only way is Up! Looking for a Fabulous new Career in 2016?
Join India Hicks as a Style Ambassador today.

2016 could be the most Fun & Profitable Year of Your Life!  See details here about becoming a Style Ambassador with India Hicks:  http://bit.ly/1m2xqgC

Rita Tanos & India Hicks pix

Rita Tanos & India Hicks at Palihouse in Los Angeles – November 16th, 2015

Lovely product display of India Hicks Holiday Collection 2015.

Lovely product display of India Hicks Holiday Collection 2015.

Our Ambassadors organize events called Get Togethers, where they do just that, with friends old and new, building a strong, solid business on their own time, in their own way, and on their own terms.   

Ready to jump into something new in 2016?  India Hicks is looking for savvy women to partner with.  Join our team and build a business you Love.  Bring on the New Year and join our Tribe.  http://indiahicks.com/rep/rtanos/home/becomeastyleambassador

India Hicks - Cruising Harbour Island with her little Dachshund.

India Hicks – Cruising Harbour Island with her little Dachshund.

Ladies, if you’re looking for a new business in 2016 that offers all the Pleasure & Rewards of owning your own Business without all the risk, then join me and India Hicks as a Style Ambassador and start earning a Fabulous Income while having Fun!

This is so doable & so easy to get started!  Check it out:
http://indiahicks.com/rep/rtanos/home/becomeastyleambassador

 

Earn a Fabulous Living while having Fun!

Earn a Fabulous Living while having Fun!

Here’s to a fabulous 2016!  Join our Tribe!  

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