Things I Carry: Connection

Things I Carry: Connection

Things I Carry: Connection is the first but not necessarily the most important

Connection to people, organization and knowledge

My iPhone and iPad Mini offer me a way to connect on many levels. First, I can communicate traditionally with a phone call, quickly with a text or virtually with social media forums. Then, I can keep track of appointments and to do’s. Next, I can document with photos. Last, I can read, research and revel.

Nourishment for my mind and body

I carry a refillable water bottle, tea, sweetener and some snacks. My favorite tea is Egyptian Licorice Mint by Yogi (introduced to me by a dear friend) with a drop of SweetLeaf Stevia. The snack is either a Clif Bar or something a bit sweeter like Australian black licorice or Endangered Species organic chocolate.

Relaxation for peace of mind

Music is a must. Either Pandora or predesigned iTunes song lists. Also, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that can drown out all the hustle and bustle. Sometimes, it’s valuable to recharge and music seems to set the mood.

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Leadership as an Experience in Humanness



Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 10.55.45 AMCheryl DePonte

The Ken Blanchard Companies

Why Lead Now

Cheryl DePonte is a Human Resources Learning and Performance Specialist at The Ken Blanchard Companies and has over 15 years experience in the fields of organizational effectiveness and human resources development.

Leadership as an Experience in Humanness

At the beginning of my career, desperate for experience, I took whatever job I could in my field. Fortunately, my first manager treated employees and customers like gold. Luck struck twice when I was hired by yet another wonderful manager.

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 11.00.02 AMRegrettably, subsequent managers provided the “opportunity” to witness appalling treatment of both employees and customers. Still relatively naïve, I unconsciously swept their behavior under the rug in an attempt to gain valuable experience.

As my skill-set grew, I became disillusioned with my own attempts to lead. Emulating a combination of previous managers, who overall, seemed successful, led to followers who appeared blatantly angry, humiliated, and hostile. Advised not to take it personally, I couldn’t help but wonder what I was doing wrong and how I could change. With a warrior mentality, I read every work regarding leadership I could find and studied leaders as if by doing so I could internalize their success merely by being in their presence.

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Make a name for yourself

Make a name for yourself

During my morning walk, I realized that everyone is just trying to make a name for themselves! A name written on cement screams, “Please please remember me.” Tagging on the walls communicates many messages; one of which is I AM IMPORTANT. One wedding anniversary, I remember my husband also carved our names on the cliffs of La Jolla (along with many other people’s words of devotion). How romantic – a symbol of longevity! If our kids, parents, teachers, politicians, activists, and entrepreneurs just want to make a name for themselves … I ask, “Why not leave a legacy?” Why ONLY write your name on a wall or cement?

Be an example for all those you meet. Be the light that lights the candle (analogy for anyone who loved RENT as much as I did!). First, write a list of what gives you peace. Then what makes you happy. Then sad. Then angry. In these lists, you will find your legacy!

Many thought leaders before us have said that you gain as much, if not more, by giving rather than receiving. I know how, as Americans, our motto is BIGGER IS BETTER or I want more, more, more. What about switching it around to giving more, more, more? I’m not talking about giving away your hard earned buck$. Rather, devote your passion to make a positive change to pass on to future generations.

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Capitalism. Consumerism. Consumption.

Capitalism. Consumerism. Consumption.

Americans … It’s in our nature to buy, buy, buy. Even after 9/11, as we mourned, our president asked us to go make purchases to save the economy. Capitalism is the basis of our system. We are bombarded with commercials and bill boards to increase our list of wants. Brand-placements have been subtly put in the movies to reach our subconscious. Every magazine offers a plethora of ‘things’ we must buy! If we could only have ____, we would be rich, thin or happy. It saddens me that we have built our self-esteem on what we have rather than the authentic relationships we nurture. This may be the environment we grew up in but it doesn’t have to be our reality.

What guides your purchasing decisions?

Green products

  • What is the best product?
  • What is the best price?
  • What is trendy?
  • What do the Jones’ have?
  • Is there free delivery?
  • What colors are available?

Now is the time to THINK DEEPER as a consumer and as a human being!

Have you thought about?

Green energy

  • What materials were necessary to build your coffee maker?
  • Who assembles your child’s Aurora doll?
  • How much water was needed to make your carpet?
  • How much electricity was used in producing your car?
  • How much waste was produced while making your wide-screen television?

All the questions listed above relate to the Supply Chain. These are valid and essential questions.


Consider every dollar you spend a vote!  When you vote for products made with values of sustainability, you will be a driving force in inspiring companies to do the ‘right thing.’

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12 important questions about women and girls

12 important questions about women and girls

These questions address society’s view of women and girls.

They are a compilation of 12 social justice issues from around the globe.
They affect each and every one of us. Especially women and girls: OUR mothers; daughters; sisters; cousins; girlfriends; fiancees; wives; aunts; school mates; colleagues; acquaintances and friends.

1. Why are child abusers tormented in jail but rapists are not?

2. Why was there a law against raping married women on the books in several states in America but the same law didn’t protect unmarried women?

3. Why are women and children still being kidnapped (or sold by their own families) and placed into the sex trade and sex trafficking?

4. Why is it the fault of the woman being raped for wearing something provocative (or merely attractive) and the perpetrators are not blamed?

iStock_000015937463Medium5. Why doesn’t no mean NO?

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Happy Everything and Merry Always!

Happy Everything and Merry Always!

Happy Hollydays from Blazon Laurels

“May beautiful moments and happy memories surround you with the joy of this holiday season.”

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You’re invited!

“AWAKENING THE LEADER” Global, Systemic & Sustainability Workshop

January 21st, 2013, San Diego, CA

Designed for professionals looking to optimize their impact personally and professionally!

Thought-provoking, challenging, and deeply moving, this workshop contains a dynamic multimedia presentation drawing on some of the most respected social and scientific experts of our time, interwoven with age-old wisdom and inspiration.

With informative videos and guided personal reflection exercises, this “Awakening the Leader” experience reaches deeply into both the heart and mind.

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ORGANIC isn’t healthier?

ORGANIC isn’t healthier?
Recently, some news has been circulating about the validity of organic food not being more healthy than “other” food.

The Elephant in the room EXPOSED.

Let’s consider this statement from a few different vantage points. Quickly!

US regulations state that products can be sold until proven unsafe. No accountability for safety.

2. Public is at risk as guinea pigs while corporations make astronomical profits. Some health issues associated with chemicals may not surface for years. A calculated risk on part of money hungry corporations and CEOs.

3. Chemicals used in production of food and products do harm workers & environment. Clearly placing people and planet at risk.

4. You are what you eat. Whether healthy or unhealthy. Your choice (sorta).

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Our lifespan-ten years longer than our children

Our lifespan-ten years longer than our children
Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver…..FOOD REVOLUTION!

At the beginning of the school year……..

Please invite the teachers, admin and staff to watch 2011 Ted Talk Annual Award Winner, Jamie Oliver (only 20 minute video). Please invite all the parents, too.

Our school lunches must change. Now not later.

I want my child to live 10 years more than me. Not have a lifespan 10 years less.
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I’m on a mission! Let’s live, work and vacation in the healthiest and greenest city in America. Not only the “Finest City in America.”

SOL = Sustainable, Organic, Local

I’d like to dine in restaurants that serve organic and locally grown fruits and vegies; offer USDA organic chicken, grass-fed beef and sustainably sourced seafood; and have both vegan and vegetarian options. I’d prefer to frequent sustainable establishments that care about reaching zero-carbon goals.

Please join me in supporting this mission to have cleaner air and water and to live a healthy lifestyle. Let’s all support sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The more we support SOL dining, the more SOL dining will become the norm, not the exception!

Here’s a list of San Diego restaurants we can eat guilt-free and with pleasure. SOL DINING REVIEWS


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Kindness Matters…or does it?

Kindness Matters…or does it?

To be kind … or not to be kind?  That is the question!

Everyday, we encounter countless opportunities to be a good example for others. Perhaps, you do random acts of kindness:

  • Let people ahead of you in the grocery line
  • Smile at strangers
  • Pay someone’s toll going over the bridge or pay road

There is value in treating family with the same patience and support as you would a stranger!

  • Wait patiently while your daughter fixes her hair…again
  • Answer your husband or wife’s phone call using a loving tone
  • Call your parents or grandparents just to see how they are doing

Do you extend this same level of consideration to your colleagues at work? Or is there more competition than collaboration?

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."

— Theodore Roosevelt
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Guilt-ridden or Pride in What YOU Drive?

Guilt-ridden or Pride in What YOU Drive?

Are you zipping by me on the freeway in your Prius? Kudos for getting over 40 mpg. Perhaps you opted to buy an electric vehicle instead of a hybrid. Fabulous!

I have some questions for the people driving gas-guzzlers:

  • Have you looked into purchasing a different car that’s more fuel-efficient?
  • Is your car running perfectly?
  • What’s your motivation for considering a change in your auto?

Hybrids offer statusGreen products

Research shows that there are very few cars available that actually have gas mileage over 30 mph. If you desire 37-112 mpg, you will have to purchase a hybrid. Many are $20,000 – $40,000 and they’re too new to buy used. Some luxury hybrids are over $100,000. Yes, driving a Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus BEV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Scion IQ or Toyota Prius v earns you big status points…and you get even more if you drive a Fisker Karma, Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, or BMW ActiveHybrid 7.

Don’t be fooled

I’m certain you look at SUVs with distaste. In this day and age, how could anyone drive one? If you must judge…it’s time to base those judgments on fact, not fiction.

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