On June 9th, 2017, I got published! I can’t believe it. I am still in shock and denial. I am also over the moon to have had my first article published on Thrive Global. When I decided to submit my article, I understood that there is a tremendous amount of competition out there between online writers, but I did not let that stop me. I always follow my dreams.  It is something I would tell my students, to reach up high for the stars.
Let me start by saying that, as I recently learned, there is a huge amount of prestige and personal satisfaction in seeing your work published on a big site. For me, it was about gaining confidence as a writer, and getting out there.  When I first had this idea of writing about my personal experiences with food allergies, I immediately shared the news with my blog followers. Never in a million years did I think my work would be published.
When I shared my plans of writing an article with my family, they, as always, were very supportive. No matter what we do in life, whether we are starting a new job, or working on a project, having family’s support means the world to us all.
Anyway, I wrote my story, a “pitch,” and a personal biography that is required before submitting. Then, on Monday, May 22, I submitted my article to a Thrive Global editor. I also sent an e-mail, as well as my story, to Ms. Huffington, since I had nothing to lose. Ms. Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive. I figured that she would be too busy to answer me.  Was I wrong? Yes! Two and a half hours later, I received a response from Arianna with the following invitation.
Arianna Huffington
May 22
“Dear Nunzia, many thanks for your email. I would love for you to write for the Thrive Global site—to get started, please fill out this form to make sure we have your information in our system. And here’s a look at our contributor onboarding guide, outlining how to contribute stories. For any further questions, feel free to reach out to Olivia Jorgensen, cc’d on this email. All the best, Arianna”
I received that e-mail from Arianna on May 22, and my story was published on June 9th. On that day, I was getting my hair done, and did not even bother to check my phone. Somehow, my husband received a message that my story was live. Was I dreaming? Was it true?
I could not believe what was happening. My phone was going crazy with messages from family and friends. I felt like a celebrity. I was in a daze of course, and totally losing my mind.  I could not focus, and yet I was trying my best to respond to everyone’s kind messages as quickly as possible.
On June 9th, I learned that dreams do come true. I know this will open many opportunities for me. It has only been two days since I got published, and I am thrilled to start this new chapter as a writer and contributor for Thrive. Xoxo

Hello my friends! Sorry if I have not been updating as often. I started a project that I love, and I’m thrilled that I finally got started. I’m writing my first children book. I will share more details on that later. Don’t worry, I will still get on here, as often as I can, to share my favorite clothing and beauty products. Until next time. XO

Hi friends,

When it comes to exercise, who motivates you? Are you your own motivator?

Working out is one of the first things I do in my daily routine. I do it without even thinking about it. Even when I was working in education, I used to get up at 5:45 AM to do my 30-45 minutes of fitness. It always came naturally for me. I am my own motivator!

We live in a very busy/stressful society. Physical activities can help us be happy, slow down, and see the world in a different, positive way.

Question: can you become your own motivator? Well, my husband worked out for years with his best friend, Terrell, an ex-Navy SEAL. These two would get up at 4:00 AM, rain or shine, to go running and train for survival/adventure races together. Now, unfortunately, my husband and his best friend live in two different counties; they no longer workout together.

Even though his buddy no longer works out with him every day, Patrick still manages to motivate himself to implement a daily workout in his busy schedule. So, if you don’t have anyone who works out with you, that’s okay. You can be your own motivator.

Have a great day, everyone! I will catch up with you soon. xoxo

“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” -Norman R. Augustine

Hello, friends! In this country, and around the world, we have been celebrating Black History Month since 1976. We commemorate Black Leaders in our history.

There are so many historical figures who have inspired me. Let’s start with our former Commander-in-chief Barrack Obama, our 44th president of the United States. He was the first African American to be elected to that office. Thank you for your service, Mr. President. We are going to miss you and your family in the White House.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist. Dr. King led a nonviolent movement to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United State.

Rosa Parks, the Civil rights activist, made history when she refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger.

When Octavia E Butlter was growing up, she was told she couldn’t be a science fiction writer because she was black.

Malcolm X, was an African American religious leader. He was assassinated by rival Black Muslims.

I was never into boxing. However, this great legend, Muhammad Ali,was my parents’ and the world’s favorite boxer. As a child, growing up in Italy, when his fights were on during those summer nights, we were allowed to stay up and watch. Even though it is not my favorite sport to watch, I remember making an effort to watch this icon.

By the way, this just blows my mind. How was this kept a secret for all these years?

“In the 1960s, Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn and others absorbed the accolades of being the first men in space. Behind the scenes, they were supported by hundreds of unheralded NASA workers, including “human computers” who did the calculations for their orbital trajectories. “Hidden Figures,” a 2016 book by Margot Lee Shetterly and a movie based on the book, celebrates the contributions of some of those workers.”

Last, but not least, Miss Oprah Winfrey. This American television host, actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur is one of my favorite icons, idols, you name it.

Everyone knows and loves her, and she does not require an introduction. I began watching her show when I first moved to the USA. She became one of my favorite talk show hosts. For me, Oprah is the female version of God here on earth.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes for Black History Month: “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.”
—Franklin Thomas, activist, philanthropist, and former president of the Ford Foundation

Hello, friends! Today, we are going to pay tribute to this wonderful actress. On Wednesday, the world and her family lost this beautiful and very talented actress, the beloved Mary Tyler Moore. According to her family, she passed away from cardiopulmonary arrest after contracting pneumonia.

Her recent death brought back many memories. When I first moved to this country, I used to love watching the re-runs of her shows with my husband, and we still do. It will be sad now, knowing that she is gone.
Mary Tyler Moore, helped women look valuable in the work force. She was such an inspiration at that time for many woman.

She became a feminist icon 1970, playing a single television producer; at a time when many women on television weren’t shown as having careers outside of the home. I always loved the way she looked with her make-up and her gorgeous and stylish outfits. I also loved her perfect relationship she had with her co-workers on the show

Born on Dec. 29, 1936, in Brooklyn Heights, this icon was only seventeen years old when she discovered her love for acting. I was unaware that she was actually a dancer, and danced in various television shows before becoming an actress. Thanks for all the laughs and the memories, Mrs. Moore. You are going to to missed. RIP.