Jamilia Pegram, Wellness Coordinator, Amscan, Inc.
Author, Speaker, Blogger, MomLearn More
The surprise of my life was that facing fears was a path to joy. Some Nerve (“Downright inspiring,” Oprah.com; finalist, Books for a Better Life Award) is the story of ordinary people becoming braver than they ever imagined.Learn More
All about trying new things and making changes in midlife.Learn More
The kids, DH and I have taken to exploring neighboring towns on weekends, doing our own little version of #ShopSmallSaturday with the girls spending their allowances at the local candy or toy store and with us spending ours on coffee and books. In Bronxville, NY we were thrilled to discover Womrath Bookshop, a local, independent, family owned bookstore which has been in business since 1938 (77 years!). The term “like a kid in a candy store” is exactly how our whole family felt there, roaming aisles of new releases and bestsellers, yes, but also well curated paperbacks and backlist across categories. We even found Some Nerve next to Daniel Amen’s Healing ADD: I asked Gene what it has taken to stay in business through the years, despite the rise of online shopping and e-readers. “We work hard at it,” he said. “The internet has made inroads but we’re okay, we’re just not as robust as we used to be.” Book buyers still love to browse in a bookstore, but then many go for deeper discounts online. “People say ‘I love your store,’ and I say ‘Are you buying your books here?’ Because if you love a store and want it to stay open you have to support it by shopping there.” Before we visit a town, we google its shops. It’s been sad to see so many local independent book, toy and candy stores shuttered. The experiences we had as kids, of going into small stores full of things we never imagined before, seeing it with our own eyes and taking something special home right then if we were lucky, is much harder to...Learn More
I’ve always loved going on retreats. There’s no better way to get in touch with yourself and take steps toward positive change, or to focus on something of importance to you (like writing, yoga, prayer) than to get out of your routine. See How to Think Outside the Box (hint: by getting out of the box). When I was asked to give a keynote and a workshop at Women at Woodstock 2015, a retreat for women over 50+ (ish), I jumped at the chance to share what I have learned about facing fears. I was hoping to help others – I didn’t expect to have my own eyes opened, mind blown, heart touched in countless ways over the course of the 3 day retreat. Here are 9 of the lessons I learned: Laugh hard. Laughing always feels good, but with the pressures of daily life we rarely get more than a chuckle or giggle at a time. I’m not saying that leaving the house, dog, kids and deadlines for a few days changed my personality or anything, but… 2. You belong. Ann Voorhees Baker, who founded Women at Woodstock 4 years ago, told us how she always wished she could take ballet but never had the opportunity as a child. Her first lesson was at age 27 at the adult extension program at the Alvin Ailey school. She struggled to keep up and the teacher pointed to her in front of the whole class and said “You do not belong here.” Ann left the class, humiliated, and then what did she do? She took herself over to the Joffrey’s adult program instead, where she studied happily...Learn More
Terrorists want us afraid. They want to take the best, most enjoyable, most routine, most safe parts of our lives and create fear, chaos and dread – not only in the moment that lives are taken literally but from then on. They want to take our lives from us as we live them. The news would make anyone feel afraid. And yet after the attacks in Paris the hashtag #PorteOuverte (“open door”) spread as people offered their homes to those seeking shelter. This courage, this care, doesn’t go away in the face of terror – it grows. People who never knew they had it in them discover it, or see it in others and emulate it. Those who benefit from another’s kindness or who witness acts of heroism never forget it, the stories go on for generations. Is it possible to have your heart break for Paris, and yet feel heartened at the same time? Paris, in all your beauty and all your pain, our hearts are with...Learn More