It’s a week before my trip to New York, where I am going to attend Nov. 9 The Stevie® Awards as a finalist.

I’m thrilled, nervous, excited, and completely humbled by the experience. I’ve thanked everyone in my universe who helped get me to a point where my business, Durée & Company, is considered to be a recipient of a prestigious American Business Award for Women in Business. To be among the competitors for the female Entrepreneur of the Year, in the category of firms with fewer than 10 employees, is an honor all on its own.

While I can’t imagine what will be coursing through my mind while I am in the audience at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, I know the best advice I can give anyone in this field is to be an intern. When I close my eyes and look back at my career, the beginning of so many good things began while I was at the University of Miami, 19 years old, starting out in PR. To this day, I still work with many of the same wonderful people. The network I rely on so much now started back then, one connection at a time.

You really can’t say what you want to be until you’ve done it. So I consider myself really lucky to find my calling in PR early on, and to be able to build a career, a company and a lifestyle doing what I love to do most. And of course, being nominated for a national award is more than icing on the cake – it’s a million blazing candles!

Thank you again to all of my team members, family, clients and friends. You’ll be with me in fabulous spirit at the Stevies.


The House

It doesn’t get cold here in South Florida much, so I don’t dream of warm getaways as much as my northern brethren. However, when I took in the images of the newly refurbished property, The House by Elegant Hotels, a warm getaway started looking pretty good.

Yes, the beach is sandy white and pure in Barbados; and yes, the fine dining looked luscious and delicious; and yes, the Jet Lag Massage seemed amazingly appealing, jet lagged or not.

But what beckoned to me was the fluffy white everything – pillows, bed spreads, curtains, sofas, candles and clouds – amid an “adults-only” environment, which means no cleaning of spills, marks, crumbs or scuffs off the fluffy white everything.

Sue me, I’m a mother. My dreams are made of different stuff.

After five months of making this property awe-worthy, my client, Elegant Hotels, must be congratulated. It is no small feat to create such a beautiful environ that reeks of relaxation.