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Photos from last nights 11th annual BrazilFoundation Gala in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art 

What an amazing night - beautiful people, great food and entertainment all in support of nonprofits changing social realities in Brazil. I can’t think of a better reason than to celebrate! This foundation truly makes a difference for so many wonderful people, and I’m genuinely inspired by all who work hard each day to keep the organization alive and strong. Applause to Lenona Forman [pictured above in green dress] for creating this incredible organization.

And I’m happy to report the Foundation raised over US$950,000, which will support the 2014 annual selection of grantees in the areas of education, human rights, and socioeconomic development, working to promote social transformation at the local level in Brazil.

Muito bom! 

A time when the journey rivals your destination: Today I drove a Maserati Quattroporte but saying it was an exhilarating experience would be an understatement.

Forget arriving in style, the experience of true luxury is unforgettable and life altering. I was completely in the moment, listening to a perfectly tuned engine as I drove what is called "a luxury sports sedan that reaches new heights in terms of elegance, quality and performance". Make sure to visit Miller Motocars in Greenwich, CT and test drive a #Maserati before the summer is over.

Also THIS WEEK ONLY they’re debuting the Maserati Ghibli (starting at $75,000 USD). I think it’s fair to say, adorable luxury is the new black! #Ghibli 

Jennifer Parde

—Sarah Bamford's Chart

So, I was sitting in on a friends business meeting, I provided a little advice on communications strategy for his client, and I end up with this awesome reading a few days later!

Joseph Mauricio works as a life coach in New York. He uses meditation techniques in coaching and as we drifted from business to more personal conversation during his meeting with my friend and web design guru Renaldo Phillips, astrology began to surface so I abruptly asked "what can you tell me about Virgo?" then he quickly replied "you want a reading?" and proceeded to collect information about my birth date for his friend, Astrologer Jennifer Parde. 

Well, a few days went by and this audio clip along with chart arrived in my inbox - how cool! I really enjoyed listening and I’m considering finding out more from Jennifer as she was very accurate about so much happening in my life. 

If you’re interested in having your own reading Jennifer charges $90 for a regular, full reading (which is roughly 60 - 75 minutes long). You can email her at jennifer.parde@gmail.com or call her (410) 916 - 7901

May the stars perfectly align in your favor! :)

Wow, it’s been a super busy, very humid, summer in New York City, having a ton of fun, praying for a trip to the beach in my near future, and returning back to blog with lots to share. Not sure where to begin… but since I’ve had this nagging desire to talk about a recent film I was lucky enough to catch, at SummerStage in Central Park two weekends ago, I think I’ll start there.

Thanks to a friend at Bla Bla Bla NYC I had the opportunity to attend the 11th annual New York City Brazilian film festival for the first time this year. Without a doubt I highly suggest anyone who enjoys provocative film to attend this festival - all those in Miami it’s heading to you in August! I really enjoyed the three short and feature films that I was able to squeeze into my schedule and the crowd was a lot of fun to mingle with before and after screenings. But the festival, presented by Inffinito, saved the best for last with an outdoor screening that concluded the five day event at SummerStage following a free Preta Gil concert. 

Ironically the social climate in Brazil, currently headlining the international news with protesters fighting government corruption, mirrors the films theme. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and scriptwriter Luiz Bolognesi, Rio 2096: Uma História de Amor e Fúria (A Story of Love and Fury), captivated me with its message of unwavering courage and love. The animated film targets teens and adults with a story woven together with an undying romance between a beautiful woman named Janaína and Indian warrior who, upon dying, takes the form of a bird. "For over six centuries, the couple’s story flourishes, passing through four phases of Brazil’s history: colonization, slavery, military regime and the future in 2096, when a war over water takes place." 

Because of my Buddhist practice I could easily relate and appreciated the reincarnation concept that linked each story throughout the film. I also admired Bolognesi’s characters as he truly embraced the essence of the passionate Brazilian spirit with each one. Although, I will say I did need to glance away at some of the more graphic scenes which accurately portrayed Brazil’s harsh history, so I don’t recommend this film to anyone under the age of 13. 

Click Here to See the Rio 2096 Trailer

I’m so looking forward to next year, hope you can join me. And in honor of the Brazilian spirit… beijos!

P.s. For all things Brazil in New York City you must follow my fellow PR girl Mirella Afonso on her Bla Bla Bla blog mentioned above. She carefully curates all things newsworthy with an entertaining flair brought together by both cultures. I’m really enjoying her harmonious content. 

Sunday, May 26th at 1:30 pm on WNET

"West Encounters East, a magical documentary film about the power of art to bridge cultural differences"

I’m fascinated by the concept of this film! It was created by Stella Holmes, an art historian based in Miami - must be nice. The combination of cultures looked at from an artistic perspective is genius. Coincidentally this particular bicultural combination is natural for me to relate to having a Brazilian parent and practicing a type of Buddhism based in Japan, Nichiren Shoshu Ture Buddhism. I also love all things related to art so this  key element is what really peaks my interest. As ‘West Encounters East’ explores a unique relationship spanning the globe “from the mountains of rural Japan to the heart of São Paulo, Brazil” I wonder how many other hybrid artists there are out there influencing our lives in meaningful ways. 

www.westencounterseast.com

45 Lessons Life Taught Me by Regina Brett, 90

An old and dear friend sent this list to me in March but something reminded me of it this week so I wanted to share it with you. I really love how Regina brings a no nonsense perspective into her life philosophy, check your ego at the door! Please share your thoughts, what would your number 46 be? My favorite lines are in bold….  

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

And on that note enjoy this beautiful Mother’s Day weekend! I love you Mom <3 

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New business cards are here, thank you @AldinePrinting and @HBombita for designing and producing an impressive product! #instagood #branding #marketing #publicrelations #logo #printing #newyorkcity #nyc #communications #design #hybridmedia

(The major foods you’ll eat and not eat on the Clean Detox.) 
Last week I attended a taping of the Dr. Oz show where a friend who has successfully completed the “Clean Detox” with impressive results spoke about her experience. While I was backstage I spoke with the CEO of The Clean Program and met Dr. Junger, author of the book ‘Clean’. Not only was I motivated by these passionate revolutionaries but I became so inspired by the 40 and 50 year old women who were mindfully changing their lives with this program. One woman actually said “I wish I knew about this 25 years ago” which made me realize that I could potentially avoid serious future health issues if I begin using this system to keep my body healthy.  
Step one in restoring the “body’s natural ability to heal itself” is the 30 day detox diet which includes a shake for breakfast, a meal for lunch and a light meal for dinner. One of the two caveats mentioned was to leave a 12 hour window between dinner and breakfast to allow “deep cleaning” after the digestive process ends. Additionally the diet guidelines discussed the difference between emotional eating and hunger. 

“When faced with the sensation of “hunger” during your detox, consider the possibility that it might not be true hunger. In our Western culture, what we call hunger is often the physical manifestation of an emotion that is asking to be “numbed” or comforted.” 

I really love this detox diet because it properly educates dieters and provides them with simple recipes and meal plans. The one thing I’d change would be to eliminate the fifth bullet point under that “don’t eat” list above. The thought of giving up red wine for a month is scary (but I’m sure I can do it)! 
If you would like me to send you the “detox manual” featured on the show today shoot me an email: sarah@hybridmediaonline.com 
Happy Detoxing! 

(The major foods you’ll eat and not eat on the Clean Detox.) 

Last week I attended a taping of the Dr. Oz show where a friend who has successfully completed the “Clean Detox” with impressive results spoke about her experience. While I was backstage I spoke with the CEO of The Clean Program and met Dr. Junger, author of the book ‘Clean’. Not only was I motivated by these passionate revolutionaries but I became so inspired by the 40 and 50 year old women who were mindfully changing their lives with this program. One woman actually said “I wish I knew about this 25 years ago” which made me realize that I could potentially avoid serious future health issues if I begin using this system to keep my body healthy.  

Step one in restoring the “body’s natural ability to heal itself” is the 30 day detox diet which includes a shake for breakfast, a meal for lunch and a light meal for dinner. One of the two caveats mentioned was to leave a 12 hour window between dinner and breakfast to allow “deep cleaning” after the digestive process ends. Additionally the diet guidelines discussed the difference between emotional eating and hunger. 

“When faced with the sensation of “hunger” during your detox, consider the possibility that it might not be true hunger. In our Western culture, what we call hunger is often the physical manifestation of an emotion that is asking to be “numbed” or comforted.” 


I really love this detox diet because it properly educates dieters and provides them with simple recipes and meal plans. The one thing I’d change would be to eliminate the fifth bullet point under that “don’t eat” list above. The thought of giving up red wine for a month is scary (but I’m sure I can do it)! 

If you would like me to send you the “detox manual” featured on the show today shoot me an email: sarah@hybridmediaonline.com 

Happy Detoxing! 

Karen Thompson Walker: What Fear Can Teach Us via @TED_TALKS

Well this changes things. If I’d watched this TED talk before writing the previous post regarding fear then the first two words would have dropped from the title ‘Not Another Year of Fear’.  It’s true, once in a while our fears do predict the future and we should read them so that we are prepared. Karen mentioned an interesting study about how successful entrepreneur share a habit of “productive paranoia” – adapting to this would help us all make better choices. Instead of dismissing our fears (what I thought I needed to do) we need to mindfully read them to turn our gained “wisdom, insight and truth” into preparation and action! The study also mentioned that the best “fear readers” have a combination of two very different temperaments, artistic and scientific. Therefore a successful entrepreneur would need to have an artist passion alongside scientific judgment (accurate enough). Subtle fears seem to be the truest so contemplating these are more important as Karen also mentioned. I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I did! 

Not Another Year of Fear

I woke up this morning to an image of a snake. It’s safe to say I’m terrified of them, the thought alone is enough to evoke a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach almost immediately (I’m feeling it right now).

This past week I learned that 2013 is the year of the snake as my social networks posted photos with captions explaining so.  I wondered if this was a bad sign because of my deeply rooted fear although I did a little research and contrary to my stereotype I discovered in ancient Chinese wisdom a Snake is a good omen.

Once my stomach settled the smell of coffee persuaded me to get out of bed, as I sipped my caffeinated drink I began to think about what I wanted to develop in 2013.

Unfortunately I wasn’t satisfied with a few outcomes in 2012 and in that moment my stomach started to churn again. To avoid sinking into a slump I asked myself how I could turn my regrets into lessons and suddenly it became clear I need to seize what I want, meet the Universe halfway in creating my ideal destiny. The concept seems simple but involves courage and when I looked back I realized I’d been too cautions to achieve the results I desired.  

This idea that I was too safe resulted from a conversation I had about 24 hours prior. I skyped from my kitchen in Goiânia with a dear friend that lives in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve morning. Coincidentally I was sitting in the exact same chair 24 hours later on New Year’s Day when I began to understand why I wasn’t satisfied with life.

Per usual we covered all our main topics during our chat beginning with family, friends, career, social life then she updated me on her dating life and we analyzed my non-existent man situation, – if that isn’t friendship than I don’t know what is! This particular friend always has smart relationship advice to offer me unfortunately when I have the opportunity to apply it I draw blanks. Just before we wrapped our conversation she mentioned a psychological game that intrigued me so we played. I had to draw a series of objects then she went into describing what each represented. It’s called ‘The Cube Game’ from the book ‘Secrets of the Cube’ for anyone interested. I highly recommend trying this exercise as an eerie sensation came over me while we analyzed my sketch. The juxtaposition of my objects indicated that I’d built this safe haven, “sanctuary” type space for myself and both my ideal partner and difficulties in life were in opposite direction but equidistant away from that place.

After we said bye she sent me an email (Virgo Opportunities and Challenges in 2013 by Carole Somerville) and this passage immediately jumped out at me: “Jupiter in your tenth house during the first half of 2013 will bring an equal measure of luck and opportunity for you to advance your career and personal ambitions. Don’t question it too heavily when you find yourself in the right places at the right times to get in on ventures that help you progress your main aims. Instead you should reach out and grab what the world has to offer you.

Now that I realized I was playing it too safe, maybe what I need in 2013 was to expand beyond the safe haven I’d cultivated and grab onto some new opportunities beyond in 2013. We know that great things in life require some risk and hard work so safety will only return average results and fearing (snakes or anything) was counterproductive to accomplishing my goals. This was the basis of what provoked my melancholy morning.

The last thing I want to do is wake up again on January 1st 2014 with the same dissatisfied feeling so my New Year’s resolution is to “grab what the world has to offer “ and go after all that I’m afraid of, this doesn’t mean I’ll be getting a pet snake but maybe I’ll go paragliding in Peru, who knows?  

Make it a HAPPY 2013!