Stand With Presence

This past weekend I took a walk along the Brandywine River to see the fall foliage. I was inspired by the new garden sculpture installation at Somerville Manning Gallery – especially Stand With Presence by Vicki Vinton.

The reaction to the sculpture was immediate and powerful.  Vinton’s inspiration for Stand With Presence was simple: a friend of hers was experiencing writer’s block and, in her true artist form, Vicki drew a red figure and sent it to her friend with a note – dig deep.

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“Current events are just old events dressed up in today’s fashion. The process of creating whether it be painting or sculpting must hold in it some sort of history. Simply the passing of time or a nod to events that have gone before.” says Vinton.

This is a pivotal time for women.  Women of all ages are rising up, speaking out, and making themselves heard as never before. Stand With Presence is a symbol of courage, and beauty –a reminder to keep your beliefs in yourself strong. A reminder that we have the answers if we take time to be present.

Over the past few years, we have seen the power of storytelling play out in one of the largest stages for women. Storytelling is rooted in our culture and has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to share who you are with the world while also providing the power to find our inner strength.

Stand With Presence invites women of all ages to share their stories and bring their strongest selves to their biggest challenges. Raising two boys on my own for the past ten years and starting a business has been my greatest gift, and has given me strength and courage. Your story can transform your life, change the lives of others, your story can change the world.

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Carroll Ivy and her friend, Cindy Pettinaro Wilkinson, pose with the Stand With Presence statue.

Follow along: #StandWithPresence @standwithpresence @smg_gallery

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For over thirty-five years the Somerville Manning Gallery has introduced current art trends into an area already steeped in a rich art tradition, mounting exhibitions that relate to this cultural heritage both past and present. Recognized as experts on N.C. Wyeth and his family, Somerville Manning Gallery has created multiple exhibitions on N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. Also represented are the Wyeth women, daughters of N.C. Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth Hurd, Carolyn Wyeth, and Ann Wyeth McCoy.

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A Mindful Meditation for Parents: Coping with This Chaotic World

Looking to help their kids navigate the pressures of social media — without pulling the plug on the positives we spoke to Dr. Michelle Maidenberg who maintains a private practice in Harrison, NY, and is the president and clinical director of Thru My Eyes Foundation. She is an adjunct graduate professor of Mindfulness at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and author of Free Your Child From Overeating.

Is social media really the cause of all this anxiety? It’s complicated. Recent studies have noted a significant uptick in depression and suicidal thoughts over the past several years for teens, especially those who spend multiple hours a day using screens.

Twenge’s research found that teens who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71 percent more likely to have one risk factor for suicide. And that’s regardless of the content consumed. Whether teens are watching cat videos or looking at something more serious, the amount of screen time — not the specific content — goes hand in hand with the higher instances of depression.

A Mindful Meditation for Parents: Coping with This Chaotic World

I have read articles recently describing how we are becoming immune to all the chaos. Although coping by way of cutting off my feelings could come in handy right about now, I’m finding it impossible to ignore or distract from them. Just as an atrocity passes, it seems like another follows soon afterwards. In the past several weeks our news has been flooded with attempted terrorist attacks, mass murders, hate crimes, raging forest fires, among other things. I find myself and my patients relying on a combination of coping skills including ignoring, distracting, or being dismissive of our feelings. Along with feeling profoundly saddened and mournful, and becoming considerably anxious about the possibility of these atrocities directly impacting us, our families and those we know and love. Read more.

Have a mindful and Happy New Year. Guided Meditation For Mindful Parenting (click to listen). Sit comfortably and gently close your eyes. Mindful Meditation

Dr Michelle Maidenberg

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Giving Back This Holiday Season

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Win a holiday stocking full of goodies from select Kennett Square and surrounding businesses!

This holiday season, our client Alexis Kletjian created a contest to benefit YoungMoms, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing local young mothers with the tools, motivation, and support needed to overcome challenges and create a stable future for their families.

Inspired by events in her own life and in the lives of her loved ones, Alexis understands the difficulties that mothers face. “When my brand gained traction, I decided to use the jewelry I created to bring meaning and joy to women,” she says. This season, Alexis is working to assist YoungMoms in their effort to support women in overcoming obstacles and making positive choices.

In addition to donating all raffle ticket sales to YoungMoms, Alexis is gifting one of her beautifully crafted and designed Mini Shields to each of the moms currently in the community. So 43 lucky women will have their very own shield talisman! “Jewelry is transformative; something to be cherished and passed down,” Alexis believes. “It is my hope that these shields will become their armor and inspire the passion to pay it forward one day, if and when they can.”

To enter to win a stocking, buy a $5 raffle ticket at Alexis Kletjian Fine Jewelry, Kennett Brewing Company, or Marché until Sunday, December 16. The winners will be announced Monday, December 17, so you still have time to enter!

All ticket sales will be donated to YoungMoms. For more information, click here.

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Client Spotlight: Ally May Associates

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Social Stylate is excited to be working with Atlanta-based real estate powerhouse Ally May Associates on her social media strategy.

A native of Atlanta, Ally May studied Hospitality Management at the University of South Carolina. After several years as a Catering Manager for high-end hotels in Atlanta and then Charleston, S.C., Ally returned home and redirected her career into real estate.

During Ally’s first year, she was honored as Rookie of the Year with a production of more than $7 million. The momentum has not stopped and neither has the fun! Ally has been in real estate for over a decade and calls the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood home, but her area of business covers greater Atlanta, GA. We asked Ally to share some insights on being a successful woman in the real estate market.

When did you realize that real estate and homes were your passion?
I believe the passion has always been there. Growing up our family would always drive around for hours looking at neighborhoods and exploring the city we lived in or were visiting. I still drive around trying to find streets I have never been down with my 2 dogs in tow and a podcast playing.

You got your start in Catering and Hospitality Management. How has that helped or related to your career in Real Estate?
One goes hand in hand with the other. After college I worked my way up at a luxury Buckhead hotel, Swissotel, first working at the front desk, to head concierge then catering manager. I then moved to Charleston, SC and was on the opening team of another luxury property, Market Pavilion Hotel. I handled all of their social and corporate catering business. I was 29 when I moved back to Atlanta and assumed I would continue in the hospitality business there then had a realization that I loved the client personal interaction but did not love the late nights. It was easy to handle a hospitality schedule in my 20s but couldn’t maintain the late hours till midnight and 1am anymore. I realized real estate was really not that different. If I was handling the planning of someone’s wedding or helping purchase/sell a house is was essentially the same. It was a highly personal, highly emotional experience and one of the biggest financial decisions or their lives. The commonality of the two was uncanny. It literally was the perfect segue of career.

Tell us about your first job in real estate.
My very first listing was in Midtown Atlanta. It was the most kind and patient seller who was moving out of state. He heard of me through word of mouth of a friend and was somehow under the impression I had a few years of experience. Once we met and he realized it would literally be my first listing, he still had faith in me. Once listed I received an email from a seasoned agent telling me I was listed too high and I would never sell at that price and clearly, I wasn’t familiar with the neighborhood. I literally put my heart and soul into that first listing personally planting flowers out front and helping re-arrange and stage the interior. We went under contract actually quite fast close to list price and the buyer’s agent was an angel and still a friend. I told her it was my first transaction and after closing she wrote a letter to my broker telling her what a good and professional job I had done. The magic doesn’t stop there… At the closing table, I met the buyer for the first time and we became instant friends. Fast forward and I have had the pleasure of watching her marry a fabulous & kind man, have 2 phenomenal children and even re-sold that same house about 10 years later.

What do you enjoy during your downtime, if there is any?
I spend any downtime I have walking and hiking in the woods. My sister and I have always believed in the power of Shinrin-yoku, a meditative experience of being in the woods. I also love to paddle board and when the weather is nice always have my two inflatable paddle boards in the back of my car. I literally disconnect from my phone and just immerse myself in nature.

You post a weekly Monday Mantra. Do you have a personal mantra or saying you use to center yourself?
Hustle.

What do you love about your hometown of Atlanta?
What’s not to love… I was born and raised in Chastain Park and went to Westminster from pre-first through high school. Some of my closest friends are from my childhood and I always say Atlanta is essentially a small town. There has been a lot of change and development with the booming economy lately but I love seeing how the city has preserved and is even growing all of the green space. Chastain Park, Piedmont Park and now The Beltline are gems.

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