What’s Your Biography Name?

“From Socialite to the Mob” by Brandy Cavalli

A few years ago I started writing my ebook called “From Socialite to the Mob”. At the time I felt it was my life story.

Here we are a few years later and I still haven’t completed chapter one of the book. After uncovering old emotions, it was too painful. The memories and flashbacks were too real & emotional.

Now I’m kind of glad I didn’t write the book yet because there is so much more to the story. This was just a portion of my life, my life has changed tremendously since my younger days.

Maybe one day I’ll write the full biography, but for now I’m still adding up more chapters. It’s amazing how throughout the years, the chapters change and evolve. If you do it right, no two chapters are the same.

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I still plan to write “From Socialite to the Mob” but it certainly won’t be the final chapter; more like an introduction. I’ve learned & grown so much over the years. Though sometimes a gift and sometimes a curse, ironically those days are what made me who I am and hope to be.

What about you? What would your life story be called? I’m still coming up with a new name, I guess only time will tell.

Let me know in the comments.

Atlanta Braves Win World Series After 26 Years

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Congrats to the Braves and the city (my city) of Atlanta. This is truly cause for celebration. I’ve been a Braves fan since Ron Gant, David Justice — Chipper Jones days.

It’s so awesome to see the boys back on top.

You Can Still Claim Child Tax Credits or Stimulus Checks Without Filing Taxes

Are you still wondering if you’re eligible to receive any of the COVID 19 Stimulus benefits?

According to a tweet posted on social media, Social Security states that you can still receive the Child Tax credit and/or stimulus payments.

I finally received a stimulus check after almost 1 year and half, but hey I still got it. Mine was held up with taxes but according to Social Security, you don’t need to file taxes in order to claim. I’m taking steps to claim the other two checks as well.

Visit SSA.gov/EIP for more information on how. It’s definitely worth a try! The government rarely gives anything away. I say let’s get the money while it’s there to still get!

Former Miss America Auctions Off Crown to Help Teachers Affected by The Pandemic

This is such an admirable story. Every girl knows what a big deal winning Miss America is. That glistening bejeweled crown has to be considered the most prized keepsake for any pageant queen.

The fact that this queen is willing to give up her beloved crown for the benefit of others is true QUEEN behavior. For all the fellas reading this, the beauty crown is equivalent to a super bowl or championship ring. It is the pinnacle of achievement for us girls. Imagine Tom Brady or Lebron selling one of their rings for charity. The proceeds would probably fetch millions.

The Insider — Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur is making history by auctioning off a Miss America crown for the first time, ahead of the pageant’s 100th anniversary in order to help teachers financially affected by the pandemic.

Van Derbur, 84, told The Washington Post that her crown is one of her “most prized possessions.” Anyone who knows a Miss America knows that a crown is the most special thing that she would personally own.”

The 1958 pageant winner will place her Swarovski crystal-covered crown and its matching bracelet on the auction block at an opening price of $20,000.

Van Derbur plans to use the proceeds from the souvenirs, which she initially intended to pass to her daughter, to help disadvantaged teachers in Denver, Colorado.

Read the rest of this story on The Insider.

Black Professionals Hesitant on Returning Back into Office Workplaces

CBS NEWS — Polls suggest some employees are content to be back at their desks, Black workers told CBS MoneyWatch that being in a predominantly White workplaces often exacts an emotional toll. Working from home offers a measure of inner peace and even helps them do their jobs better.

Such sentiments are common among people of color, including in corporate America. For decades, Black and Hispanic employees have reported feeling marginalized at work and being relegated to lower-paying roles even when their credentials qualify them for a higher-level position.

Black women, in particular, say a typical workday often requires looking past microaggressions from co-workers, ignoring flippant comments about their natural hairstyles or suppressing emotions lest they be labeled an “angry black woman.”

As a black woman and mid level professional in the Construction industry, I can attest that everything this article is stating is facts.

I started working from home approximately 2 years before Covid and I really can’t imagine ever going back into an office environment. The convenience & flexibility are definitely beneficial, but for me the privacy aspect is the main gain.

My staunch work ethic always allowed me to rise pretty fast within the ranks of the corporate world but ‘fitting in’ with various company cultures is something that I had a hard time adjusting to. I started my career very young, skipping college and joining the workforce. I did eventually go back to college 10 years post high school, so I didn’t have tolerance for the workplace shenanigans. I made sure I kept things social but I wasn’t there to meet friends or group chat. I just wanted to bury my head in my computer and get to work.

Working from home allows me the luxury of not having to physically see or entertain people daily. Working with people over the computer or phone is a piece of cake. Honestly I feel I am far more productive and I even find myself willingly working longer hours — to the benefit of the company.

What about you? Are you a professional who would rather work from home than going back into the office? Or would you rather go into the office environment daily or intermittently? Why or why not?