F.U.E.L. : F.ocused U.nlimited E.xtraordinary L.ife
When life brings you lemons , you make lemonade. Janel was my lemonade! She is a great mom , a dear friend and a lover of life. She is an artist , a gardener, a teacher, and most of all a compassionate human being with a zest to help kids. She is a true example of integrity and has proven that every step of the way . To be happy and to teach people how to be happy, is to teach them how to be accountable to themselves first and foremost, and then , they can be an example to others. Janel has helped me out on all ends. When the going got tough with my family , fear looked me right in the eyes. The result ? I walked right through it. She jumped right in and took over our work and team of kids. She said simply , we love you, we got you and drive safe. She amazes me and all our beautiful news makers each and every day. She has so many artistic abilities, photography and journaling, to name a few. She has consistently since the first day , has worked with me as a team mate to make us both accountable for our exercise and nutrition regimens , so we can be the change we need to see in our news makers. She has so much to share on our ” Special News Maker Journey” Stay tuned for exciting lessons to come. Dream a little dream with us and let’s create the magic together...
Have you ever been on a plane and the flight attendants tell you , “ if there is an aircraft problem , please put the life mask above you on first “. There it is , simple right ? It can be ... Barbara taught me in order to be my best self, I must take care of my needs. Now you
must ask yourself , what are your needs ? For me , it is reflecting, meditating , eating healthy, exercise daily, and be in nature, just to name a few. Janel and I work diligently every day so that we can be the change we want to see in our “ Special News Makers” . Let’s face it , Barbara Walters was the top news maker ever created . As you follow us, we will show you the tools and I will show you the lessons I learned from only the best ... Blessings and Good night as I must meet J at the gym at 5 am .. ”Sing, Sweat and Serve ...”
When I first met Donna, she intrigued me with her enthusiasm towards literally the art and landscape behind fancy restaurants and catering halls. I asked her , "what about this industry do you like the most?' Her reply was "Table Scapes" I replied' " is that a thing? " , she said indeed it is ....
For months, Donna would ask me to find her a job, that she really could utilize her passion. I knew when we were cleared from the pandemic, I was going to reach out to Myra and Neil, owner's of the east end's finest catering Elegant Eating. Their business caters to all walks of life. They spend a lot of time catering to the most exquisite A-list clients on Long Island. Myra was a home economics teacher for 40 years. She has been gracious enough to have Donna come and learn the craft that interests her. Along with their beautiful food and events, it is their compassion toward's seeing others thrive. The staff is so happy to be there, and you can see the compassion, grace and expertise resonate in this team. I can not thank them enough for being involved in our News Makers and in the ability to launch our team into the real world.
Thank you to Myra and Neil for allowing our Newsmakers to take part and learn from you and your beautiful facility. To have purpose in your business, is to give back in a way that touches other's hearts. Myra and Neil have spent over 35 years helping the community smile, with their delicacies, as well as servicing the community in a " pay it forward way " to help out those in need.
We asked Donna, what she loves the most about being there ?
Her reply, "Myra has brought my dreams to a reality, by teaching me all the tricks to the trade. She loves that they are not caught up on new technology, but teach old world values, wisdom and grace in everything they do there. they attend to every detail. She is beyond thankful, to the team in believing in her and allowing her to pursue her career goal..
Blessings to Elegant Eating , located on Nesconset highway in Nesconset, Ny.
Elegant Eating and Donna Earl are our News_Makers of the week!
She then showed me that table scapes is a design career on it's own. It is a blanket term that combines your table's centerpiece and place settings, or the overall decoration of your table. I do remember, from working many celebrity parties, they did have a theme to their tables and created food almost like art pieces to go with the theme of table.
This was always my table scape growing up! having the opportunity to be a celebrity fitness trainer, I now recollect the memories of helping my celebrities with seating arrangements for their fancy dinner parties and guest placement . Barbara and I , would actually go walk on the beach and pick shells, that we would put the dinner guests names on. The lesson learned was, " the key to success is to "chop wood and carry water daily.." meaning you work on all the small details as well the large ones to get the job done correctly. It is called being INVOLVED in your passion, even the gritty stuff. It was a whole strategy back then, who to sit and where . I learned that they never sit couples together, because they wanted their guests to be able to start conversations with people they did not know, or wanted to know. Table Scapes were really a way to build guests' communication skills, as well a strategy to get guests to be present and inspired as a dining ritual. Communication skills is one of our main ingredients to being one of our Tomorrow's News-makers. The key ingredient , PRACTICE..
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We are in the process of building an equine rescue center in honor of my beautiful sister where all can come and heal through horses and educational workshops for trauma grief and loss. My sister Catherine was a dedicated mother and teacher who spent her career helping students the school systems could not handle. We are building this healing sanctuary and education center in her name. My heart is broken forever but I will continue to stand tall for her and show her four young boys how truly amazing their mom was. Donate now to 13handsequine.org in honor of Catherine Grimaldi Pane.