The Emery

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of touring a new coworking space here in South Florida, The Emery. The Emery sits between Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale in a up and coming community. It is conveniently located at

801 N. Federal Highway

Hallandale Beach, Florida


As stated on The Emery website, “The Emery is a co-working space and social club designed for women who are looking to connect, collaborate and belong to a supportive community.”

When I arrived I was greeted by the founder of The Emery, Aileen Lavin. We started the tour in the center of the work space which reminded me of a living room because of its comforting couches and chairs.

The open space is where members can gather and collaborate with other members. If members need privacy, there are also places sprinkled throughout to accommodate those needs as well.


In addition to the open space, there are two conference rooms that could potentially be used for workshops or pop up shops. If you are looking for a more intimate space, there are several smaller offices that can be closed off to take phone calls and meet with clients.

The originator of coworking spaces, Brad Neuberg opened the first coworking space in a wellness center. The Emery has hit the mark with its wellness and beauty lounge.

This month, members were able to take advantage of the glam services offered in the beauty lounge with hair and nail services on site. If all employers could see the benefit of offering wellness services, the world would be a better place.

We ended the tour in the cafe. Members are able to enjoy water, coffee, cold press juices and snacks to keep them fueled during their work sessions with healthy options.

If you are a woman that lives in the South Florida area and you are looking for a beautiful coworking space, then you have to check out The Emery. They are currently scheduling tours so you can get all your questions answered. They have membership packages guaranteed to fit your needs.


2018 Vision Board…

2018 The Year of Expectation vs Reality

I was challenged to create a vision board for 2018 to include all things that are important and a priority in my life. You may think, there are so many things that are important, how can you narrow it down to just a few? I agree. It was a little difficult narrowing it down but of the many things that I had to choose from, these seven focus areas are THE most important. My friend Susan from school created a vision board group on Facebook and shared her past vision board from 2017 to give us a visual as well as ideas of what to include in our vision boards.

I have done vision boards in the past however, I took this one more serious because although 2017 was a good year, there was a lot of not so good things that happened. Vision boards are visuals that are used to concentrate and maintain focus on goals you have set for yourself. You can do vision boards online using technology or you can create one using paper. My board lands somewhere in between.

I used a poster board, pictures from magazines and online and stickers from my sticker vault. Continue reading to see what I included in my vision board…

My vision board


This is an area that is extremely important to me. It has helped me in the toughest of times as well as the best times. This year, I would like to grow stronger in my faith by completing devotionals daily and journal my lessons. Writing in my journal will help me commit the lesson learned to memory and help me implement what I have learned into my life.

The book I have started


This area breaks down into two areas…


Mario works extremely long hours. He goes in at 2 am and sometimes does not make it home until 6 pm. With that being said, time is limited for us to reconnect. We rarely get a date night in and more times than not, it feels like we are just passing each other by on this thing called life. This year, I would like to have a scheduled date night once a month and connect more as a couple where we are acting more as “one” in our decisions, the way husband and wife should be.


This year, I plan to have intentional time together with the kids, fun family outings once a month. Also, something else that’s extremely important for me is family dinner time. I am guilty of veering away from the way I was raised for dinner time. Dinner growing up was eaten at the table with both parents and my brothers. The table would be set and we would pass the dishes around that held the food. We discussed our day and had conversations with each other.

Today, dinner looks a little different in my home. I fix everyone’s plate and we sit in front of the tv. Cell phones are not banned and we are not actively engaged in conversations with each other. The goal I would like to put in place is to have a no cell phone dinner time where we discuss our day and just catch up on what is going on in our lives.


Saving money is not my forte. I am slightly addicted to shopping. When I am happy, I shop. When I am sad, I shop. I even shop when I am stressed… Do you see the problem here…This year, I would like to budget better. To do this effectively, I have purchased a budget extension pack to use with my planner. The rent we pay is ridiculous and the amount we pay is much more than many pay for their mortgage. Our lease will be up this year so we are wanting to purchase a home. In order to purchase a home, our finances must be in order. I have also been looking into the Dave Ramsey Budget and I am trying to implement that as well.

Well Being

This area is soooooo important. I deal with anxiety and when I am stressed or lacking rest, the anxiety is at an all time high. I want to devote time to take better care of myself through my yoga practice and a better sleep routine. When I work out, I instantly feel better. I feel I look better in my clothes and my mood shoots through the roof. Both of these things help my self-esteem boost and it is imperative for me to stay consistent in this area, doing yoga 5 days a week.

When it comes to my sleep schedule, I currently do not have one and recently have been falling asleep on the couch while watching tv. My sleep is interrupted through the night with my 4 year old climbing into our bed. She has gotten better and only comes at most two times within the night but I need that to be reduced to zero times.

 Journaling is something I would also like to stay consistent with. For as long as I could remember, writing is something that has been an outlet for me. When I need a brain dump, I often journal in whatever random notebook laying around. This year, I would like to journal 3-5 times per week in the same journal. Nothing extreme, just a quick 5-10 minute session for things I am grateful for or things that may be overwhelming me during that season in my life.

Towards the end of 2017, I began getting regular manicures. I would like to continue with this which helps me to get “me time” and come out with beautiful nails.


Friendships are very important. I have said it before but I truly mean it. Friends are family that you get to choose. Moving around a lot growing up, it was always easy for me to meet and befriend new people. Although I know a lot of people and I am friendly with more, I only call a few my true friends. This year, I would like to spend more time building and fostering relationships with people who love me for me and do not have hidden agendas. I want to surround myself with people who help me become a better person, who I can laugh and have a good time with.



This is my 12th year teaching and I would like to get out of the classroom. This year, I am planning on beginning the route to getting my reading endorsement.


Last year, I began blogging monthly, for the most part. This year, I would like to step my blogging up and do it more consistently, at least twice a week. The crazy thing is, I do write often, much more often than I post. I just am so ADD that I fail to complete it and jump onto something else and I haven’t gone back to complete them. As of right now, I have 12 posts that are saved as drafts and need to be posted. I will be working on getting those out as well. I also would like to do more collaborations with other bloggers and possibly some small businesses locally.


Many of you know I am a Beauty Guide for Limelight. A promotion I was able to accomplish in November. In 2018, I would like to qualify every month and post regularly about this amazing company. I have a draft saved that discusses Limelight and the products more thoroughly, so please stay tuned to hear more about that.


This is an area that is very foreign at this time. I have not traveled on a vacation since 2012 for my honeymoon. Traveling is something I used to do often and it is great to just disconnect and see different parts of the world. In 2018, I would like for us to travel as a family on a vacation and as a couple, have a staycation or a weekend getaway.

If you have ever created a vision board, I would love to hear how you did it and if you were successful with achieving the goals you set for yourself. Do you set goals/resolutions? Please share how you keep track of them.

Happy New Year!!!