CEO of Your Life

CEO of Your Life

While fast forwarding through the political posts on Facebook the other day, I came across something that someone wrote and I had to write it down. It said “Evaluate the people in your life; then promote, demote, or terminate. Your The CEO of Your Life!”

It got me thinking as recently I had written a blog post from the heart Humble and Happy  that post was my coming to terms with my recent employment situation. I had been forced out of a job I loved up until a few months prior to my resignation.

Our life as we knew it changed, my whole adult life I had always supported myself. When I got married I  contributed to 50% of our families expenses and still always had my own play money. I never had to account for what I spent nor was money an object. When I was with friends who didn’t have as much discretionary money or even those who did I always pulled out money. As long as everyone was having fun, what it cost didn’t matter.

Now  for the first time in my life I am self employed and building my own business . I have had to realize that I have friends who resent my current situation,  don’t understand it or were only friends when I was in a position to help their cause.

I enjoy being home for drop off and pick-up . I enjoy taking my son to doctors appointments. I enjoy being able to build my brand at my pace. I enjoy having playdates after school. I enjoy doing homework with my son at a decent hour. I enjoy waking up and making him lunch. I enjoy cooking a healthy meal every night (well almost every). I enjoy having lunch with a friend and taking our dog for a walk.

BUT

All of that enjoyment comes with ALOT of sacrifice. We don’t eat out often. We don’t go out on the weekends as much as we used it. We don’t or I don’t shop just because I want to. We don’t have a winter vacation booked nor do I see one in our future.

We have wonderful extended family but neither one of us comes from money.  Our parents have not been able to help us nor would we ask them to. My husband is a saver something I am not. Thankfully he had planned for me to  build my business and not being fully employed nor contributing to our expenses for 6 months (that’s quickly approaching).

Thankfully I am a planner and we had purchased tickets to many fun events before I was self employed so we are still able to do amazing things. I get invited to some great events through my blog so we are never lacking things to do. Now don’t get me wrong we are not Destitute.  We just can’t anymore because we can the way we used to!

I am never one to judge what someone does with their money they earned it. I never begrudge  anyone who has help from family , God Bless them. I give second and third chances and the benefit of the doubt when other’s didn’t. I am a friend in every sense of the word or at least I think I am.

So can someone tell me If I am CEO of my life and you are the CEO of your life ,why do we think it’s ok to resent and not support our friends? Together we are #StrongerTogether,  #BlessedWithTheBest and #SmileMore !

CEO Of Your Life

CEO Of Your Life

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Humble and Happy

Humble and Happy 

If you look in the dictionary the definition of Humble has many different meanings. One definition that caught me: marked by meekness or modesty, not arrogant or prideful. I had always thought I was a humble person !

I grew up in a lower income family and lost my dad at sixteen. I  worked hard to put myself through college and when I met my husband I  swore my child would struggle less than I did, he would not have student loans and wouldn’t know what it’s like to want things we couldn’t afford.

I always worked, at 13 I got a job with the local orthodontist it was he who suggested I  pursue a career as a Dental Hygienist.  His words were you can be a mom and set your own hours. Immediately following high school, I decided that dental hygiene school was worth a try. I got a job right out of college and after the first year of working full time I remember the joy of booking my first ever caribbean vacation. I have worked full-time for the past 22 years and have been fortunate to travel , we joke our nine year old has more mileage on him than my husband.

Being a workaholic has always been my nature,  I returned to work just 10 days after giving birth to my son.  I have always been a people pleaser and loved my job as a dental hygienist but I was also embarking on breaking out of the box and taking my career into other areas of the dental world. When I returned to work I moved to a management position in my office and we were starting to make some changes to bring the practice to greater heights.

I was working full-time, being a mom , we had no financial worries and I was happy, most of the time. My stress level was obscene. Although I know I created a lot of my own stress. I mean, I am a bit of a control freak. In my line of work it’s a good thing . My employer knew I would get the job done, she would have less stress and I made good money. My son was able to have whatever he wanted and not necessarily needed. We bought a home, went on vacation , had tangible items , money wasn’t an issue and after many failed secondary fertility attempts realized that we were blessed.

One day about a year ago an old friend and co-worker said to me you are not the same person you were when we worked together years ago. I was confused , baffled and looked at her with a question mark. She looked at me and said you lost who you were, you are not always smiling, your always running , your snide to people and you brag. Stunned I brushed her off and sort of severed ties with her, after all I was the same person or so I thought.

Fast forward to this past winter, After months of stress and being unhappy at work my husband and I decided that as much as I loved what I did it was time to move on. The decision was not an easy one, My salary contributed to the running of the house and our extras. We decided we could make it work, I would work on building my own business and go back to clinical hygiene. Until it all fell into place, our lifestyle would change. Was I ready for it? I don’t think one is ever ready to make life altering choices but I finally realized the stress was going to kill me. I was working hard so my son didn’t have a want or need, but if the stress killed me no one could buy him a new mother.

About three weeks after I left my job I received a call from my friend she wanted to meet for lunch. I was elated to hear from her as I missed our friendship but was to stubborn as was she to reach out prior. She had heard what happened and wanted to make sure I was alright. After having been home for 3 weeks , I had already started to make adjustments to our way of life. After a delightful lunch date, she looked at me and said I see traces of who you used to be . I looked at her and laughed and said I have been Humbled!

I won’t lie that the past 3 months have been a hard adjustment. We live on a budget, my son doesn’t get everything he wants, and  I am still looking for work.  In the past 22 years I have never had to worry about finances , the past 9 years I have never had to say NO to our son!

This past week we were invited to Delaware with my sister and her family. We had an amazing vacation. Family, Fun, Sun, Sand and lots of laughs. For the first time in weeks I didn’t cry.  For the past few months I would cry over money, cry thinking I should have lived with the stress, cry that I am letting my son and husband down. As I sat the last day on the beach I tried to think what besides my feet in the sand could have changed this past week,  my concerns were all still there. Then it hit me…

Feet In The Sand one of my favorite places

Feet In The Sand one of my favorite places

For the first time in 9 years I was actually on vacation. I wasn’t on vacation and on call. I wasn’t checking messages or stopping by the office for mail. I didn’t have to worry which Dr I would call since both  were out of town. I didn’t have to worry about payroll getting done, I was on vacation and I didn’t have to carry my phone incase the service called.  I didn’t have to worry about anything but spending time with my family! For that I have realized I am Humble and Happy!

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New York Hall of Science Summer Fun

New York Hall of Science Summer Fun

Living in NY we sometimes forget that their are so many fun activities within our own backyards. New York Hall of Science offers Summer Fun.

New York Hall of Science offers a hands-on approach that explains science, technology, engineering and math programming to children of all ages.

New York Hall of Science

New York Hall of Science

Their permanent exhibit, Connected Worlds, is a fully immersive, digitally rendered, full of interactive displays. Visitors explore the interdependence of six environments and interact with creatures, trees and plants within each atmosphere. Through gestures and movements, visitors can learn the core principles of sustainability and see the impact of human decisions on the environment.

Visit today for an immersive experience!

Interact, Collaborate , Play

Interact, Collaborate , Play

Main Street Mama will receive passes for review in exchange for a review after our visit.

Survivor #Heros Share your Story #WWEMoms

Survivor #Heros Share your Story #WWEMoms

 WWE is always on the forefront to help Find A Cure and raise awareness. WWE Superstars are constantly sharing their own personal stories to help the WWE Universe overcome any challenge they face, in 2012  WWE and Susan G Komen are teamed up  to increase awareness and fight the dreaded Breast Cancer disease. With Rise Above Cancer such a success in 2015, In May 2016 WWE and Komen have launched a new contest “Share Your Story Survivor Contest” so that Survivor #Heros Share your Story #WWEMoms.

Three survivors will have a chance to win an ultimate WWE fan experience at SummerSlam 2016 and will be featured in WWE and Komen public service announcements that may air on TV, online, in WWE venues and on the WWE Network in October 2016.

Susan G. Komen has truly transformed the world’s support for breast cancer research and awareness. WWE is exceptionally proud to continue our partnership with Komen and be at the forefront of this movement, as we continue to utilize our global platforms to raise awareness and funds for a disease that affects so many people. says WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon.

The contest which started on May 5, 2016 runs through May 27th so share your story TODAY!

Entries will be evaluated based on their compelling story of strength in the battle against breast cancer, what the nominee has done to take action in the fight against this disease, and adherence to the contest rules. Questions? Email WWEContest@komen.org .

As a woman in my early 40’s all to recently I have learned through watching many friends battle Breast Cancer how important yearly mammograms are and if something doesn’t feel right have it checked. What was nothing two months ago could be something today. Thank you WWE and Susan G Komen for all you do for to Find a Cure and Raise Awareness.

As a WWEMOM I have been compensated for this post. 

Mother’s Day #MotherDayMovie

Mother’s Day #MotherDayMovie 

Mother’s Day arrived a bit earlier this year for some of us moms who were treated to an advance screening of Mother’s Day #MothersDayMovie.  From the director of PRETTY WOMAN and VALENTINE’S DAY comes Garry Marshall’s latest film celebrating mothers on their special day. MOTHER’S DAY, starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis and Julia Roberts. 

I enjoy a movie that brings out different emotions as well as a movie  I can relate to. Mother’s Day will definitely did just that , I laughed, cried, laughed so hard I cried and I will admit I even snorted a few times!  

Attending the screening as a guest blogger of The Moms, and  Serta  we were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived.  Lounging in Serta’s newest and most comfortable beds, I wished we could watch the movie right there. I immediately texted my husband and said we are going bed shopping soon! Chef Bailey was on hand with morning treats . Our gracious hosts greeted us and awaited the arrival of producer Gary Marshall and Star Kate Hudson. Starting the morning off with Gary and Kate got us all in the right mind frame to enjoy the film. I often forget that Kate is Goldie Hawn’s daughter but once she speaks it comes back to me. It was very interesting hearing Kate chat about her mom and reminiscing about her favorite movies growing up, Overboard and Private Benjamin. Immediately I was thinking of my mom and how we would watch them and laugh together.

A movie that truly embraces motherhood

A movie that truly embraces motherhood

Mother’s Day hits theaters today and if you are looking for a big hearted comedy that embraces all the challenges we face as Mother’s as well as celebrates motherhood this movie is a MUST SEE! 

#ThankYouMom celebrating Mother's Day with The Moms, Serta and my BFF

#ThankYouMom celebrating Mother’s Day with The Moms, Serta and my BFF

**Disclaimer** I was invited to screen this movie as a guest of The Moms no other compensation was received.

Happy Mothers Day #ThankYouMom

#WWE #TheVFoundation Knocking Out Pediatric Cancer

#WWE #TheVFoundation Knocking Out Pediatric Cancer

Many of you who follow along with Main Street Mama know that we are a #WWEFamily. When I first  became a #WWEMoms my son was becoming a #wrestlingaddict.  I was fortunate to be invited to meet WWE Chief Brand Officer and mom of 3 Stephanie McMahon. Upon meeting Steph we were introduced further to the WWE Brand. WWE was striving to incorporate family values back into their sports entertainment business. Those values start at the corporate level and trickle down to the athletes and to the fans. It’s one of the things we love most about WWE.

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Shortly after becoming a #WWEMoms, WWE established Connor’s Cure . Connor’s Cure was established in honor of 8-year-old WWE fan Connor Michalek, a patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC who battled medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord. To date, Connor’s Cure has raised nearly $1 million and assisted more than 100 families around the world. I will never forget our first WWE event where we learned about Connors Cure my than 6.5 yr old rested his head on my shoulder and cried. Later that night he came to me with $50.00 from his own wallet and asked me to buy a Connor’s Cure bracelet for all his friends.

This past week WWE and The V Foundation announced  a multi-year partnership.

The new partnership will expand Connor’s Cure outside of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and support other top research centers and hospitals nationwide. As a result of the new partnership, funds raised by WWE will support Connor’s Cure through The V Foundation’s grant-making process. The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of world-class physicians and research scientists, vets and awards top-rated grant proposals from the nation’s leading medical facilities. In addition, funding will continue to support the research being done at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

WWE is committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research throughout the year through the sale of Connor’s Cure bracelets, fundraising programs and through its global platforms including WWE Network and TV broadcasts, live events, and digital and social media.

Every year, 12,000-15,000 children are newly diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. Through the efforts of The V Foundation, progress is being made with cure rates for most pediatric cancers dramatically improving. The V Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million through 66 pediatric research grants to-date, including more than $5 million to pediatric cancer research in 2015.

Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania #WWE

Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania #WWE

John Cena, Triple H , WWE Diva Paige , The Undertaker and Mr. McMahon

John Cena, Triple H , WWE Diva Paige , The Undertaker and Mr. McMahon

Just in time for the 10th Anniversary of Surf’s Up the Original film about surfing penguins , Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios announced last week that in 2017 together they will release Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania.

In the upcoming movie Surf’s Up Wave Mana Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big wave riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer.  Genndy Tartakovsky’s protégé Henry Yu (story artist on Sym-Bionic Titan and both Hotel Transylvania feature films) makes his directorial debut with this project, which is produced by Michelle Wong (production manager on Hotel Transylvania 2) and features computer animation from Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.  Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) is writing the screenplay.

 “We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Animation in bringing Cody Maverick back to audiences for more adventures, paired with our WWE Superstars in what promises to be a fun animated film for the entire family,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President.

WWE has a proven track record with family audiences, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with them and dive back into the fun world of our surfing penguins,” adds Kristine Belson, President, Sony Pictures Animation.

When I first became a #WWEMOM I had the pleasure of screening Scooby Doo WrestleMania Mystery and ever since I have become hooked on WWE along with my son. We look will patiently await the arrival of Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania!

 

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods and Diva Naomi Celebrate Diversity

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods and Diva Naomi Celebrate Diversity 

February is Black history Month during which WWE has Superstar Xavier Woods and Diva Naomi Celebrated Diversity with blog posts on how they celebrate all year long and not just this month.

I wanted to share them with you. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did!

Diva Naomi  

WWE DIVA Naomi

WWE DIVA Naomi

Black History Month presents an important opportunity, not only to celebrate the countless achievements of African Americans and their role in shaping our history and culture, but also to reflect on where we are now as a nation, and how we can continue to grow together.  Black History Month should be a time to learn from mistakes that were made in the past and aspire to a time when the only race that defines us is the human race.
Like so many African American children, I grew up dealing with racism and ignorance, and I know kids across the country are still dealing with the same obstacles.  That is why I love to work outside of the ring and spread positive messages, just as much as I love performing inside the ring.  When I interact with young fans, I want to instill a sense of confidence in each and every child, just as my mother did for me.  For 35 years, my mother worked tirelessly to support my brother and me.  She was always there to make sure I stayed on track, even when I wanted to give up or when someone told me I wasn’t good enough.  She made sure the word “quit” wasn’t in my vocabulary.  Throughout my entire life, I’ve never seen my mother quit.  Everyone has their insecurities, but I learned early on that no one but me can determine my worth or decide my limitations.  That is the message I hope to pass on to every person questioning themselves and their ability.
It’s so important to me that my fans know their inner beauty and self-worth, and that they never allow someone else’s label to limit their success.  I knew that I was destined to be a WWE Diva and refused to give up.  I live by the mantra, “Don’t follow your dreams, chase them,” and I hope the young fans watching me perform know that if I was able to become a WWE Diva, they can achieve their wildest dreams too.  I’m here because I beat the odds and so can you.
While I am proud to represent black women, my role as a Diva and an athlete is to be an empowering voice for women, period.  Regardless of race, we all want the same things: love, respect and our individuality.  My hope for the future is that, by loving what makes each of us different, we will learn to celebrate the diversity of those around us.  There’s no better time than now to look in the mirror, find what we love about the reflection staring back, and widen the lens through which we view each other.

Superstar Xavier 

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods

Black History Month is an important time to celebrate the influence African-Americans had on history, but it’s also important to recognize that this history isn’t just “black history,” it’s everyone’s history.
While we’ve come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, we have far to go and it’s so important to me that I continue my family’s legacy of progression.  My grandmother is the strongest person I know.  She lived through hardships I can’t imagine and made so many sacrifices in order for her children and her children’s children to benefit and lead a better life.  Because of her sacrifices and the sacrifices of so many others, I’m able to pursue an education and live out my dreams.  That’s why, in addition to being a WWE Superstar, I am actively working on attaining my PhD.  Despite the hardships my grandmother faced, she is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met.  She always has a smile on her face and that has had a profound effect on me.  I always look for the positive in life and never stop trying to better myself.
Back in high school, there was a wrestler, who was a few years older than me and the star athlete of the team.  After he graduated, I won the first big tournament of the year.  I was so excited and commented to my coach that I felt just like that star athlete that had graduated.   He said, “Why? You should feel like Austin Watson.  You should never compare yourself to anyone around you.”  That stuck with me.  It taught me to be proud of who I am and my own achievements, whether that’s winning a match or not conforming to anyone else’s idea of who I am or should be.  That’s something I really try to pass along to the kids I meet as a WWE Superstar.  Growing up, I didn’t have great social skills, but I found that I was able to better communicate and find friends through video games.  That’s actually what brought me out of my shell and lead me to pursue sports.  Of course, being a young, black “nerd” who liked to play video games wasn’t considered “cool,” and I got picked on.  In adolescence, you look to your peers who are “cool” and “popular” and you let them define who you think you should be rather than celebrate what makes you unique.  Being a gamer is what makes me unique and fun!  There is no need to be ashamed of who you are and what makes you happy.
Regardless of race, it is important to live by your own standards and not those set for you by society.  We are all individual people, not groups labeled according to color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.  I hope that we can use Black History Month as a reminder to build bridges rather than boxes.

I have not been compensated for this post. I enjoy sharing these blogs with my son as we raise him to be accepting , be a star , and live in a diverse world.

WWE Week Kicks Off

WWE Week Kicks Off

WWE Week Kicks off December 20th on USA Network and I know where my husband and my son will be glued every night along with myself.

As we embark on the Holiday Season our friends at WWE and USA Network have an exciting line up kicking off on Sunday December 20th with already a family favorite of ours Santa’s Lil Helper. The movie staring Mike the Miz and WWE Diva Paige an original comedy from WWE and 20th Century Fox will even put Bray Wyatt in the holiday spirit.

Staring Mike the Miz and WWE Diva Paige

Staring Mike the Miz and WWE Diva Paige

Our traditional Monday Night of our family gathering on the couch will get a little better on December 21st when Monday Night Raw is live from Minneapolis. Not your ordinary Monday Night Raw,  because of the  annual fan voted Slammy Awards. The Slammy’s honor the best of the year with their own golden statue, of course Roman Reigns has my vote for best EVERYTHING.

RAW every Monday on USA Network

RAW every Monday on USA Network

Tuesday December 22nd SMACKDOWN will be back live from Des Moines, boy do I miss Smackdown on Tuesdays. Almost a year later and I can’t get used to the Thursday schedule. I can’t wait to see what Superstars and Divas will be headlining.

LIVE Tuesday December 22nd

LIVE Tuesday December 22nd

Growing up over the holidays I remember watching Bob Hopes Tribute to the Troops. WWE has done a fantastic job now in it’s 13th year with WWE Tribute to the Troops. WWE brings together the best of sports entertainment, pop entertainment , and celebrity appearances. This tribute to honor and thank the servicemen and women who protect our country is a favorite of mine. In past years I have  recorded and watch over again throughout the holiday season. What a way to give back to those who give so much.

Be Sure to Watch December 23rd

Be Sure to Watch December 23rd

WWE Week not only takes over night-time viewing but daytime on USA as well from 11am-3pm on Monday December 21st – Friday December 25th.  Cat Greenleaf will be conducting interviews from her iconic stoop. These are sure to be revealing and interesting chats.

 

Be Sure to show your support on Social Media during WWE Week on USA Network by getting social using #Troops, @tributetotroops, @USA_Network , and of course me @notartar2 and my favorite #WWEMoms.

**I have not been compensated for this post. I am a WWE Mom Ambassador and LOVE sharing everything WWE**