Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Speaking at an Event, 4/9/2014

Speaking at an Event, 4/9/2014


  

Lane Bryant Ponte Knit Jacket, Lena Trousers, V-neck T-shirt.  Aerosoles Army Loafers.  Coach Black Satchel Handbag.  LL Bean Trench Coat.  Red Coral Pendant, Black Socks.  

Tomorrow night, I'm going to be speaking at community event, "Living with Co-Occurring Disorders - Substance Use and Mental Illness" at a local hospital.  I'll be representing NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Staten Island affiliate.  Hope I do a good job! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

What NOT to Wear ... to a health fair

What NOT to Wear ... to a health fair


 

Friday I went to the Special Needs Health Fair organized by NYS Senator Andrew Lanza.  I was working the table for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), with my friends Patty and Dwight, and Patty's friend Doris.  Dwight was to give an In Our Own Voice presentation.  In Our Own Voice is a presentation given by people living with a psychiatric diagnosis where they talk about their experiences.  It covers five sections:  Introduction, Dark Days, Coping, Treatment, and Successes, Hopes and Dreams.   Usually the presentation is accompanied by a DVD, but since there was no equipment available for us to show the DVD, and the presentations were limited to 5-10 minutes, we had to keep it short.  

Now I had imagined that Dwight was just going to do his thing in front of our table, but this turned out not to be the case.  Unbeknownst to me, the presentations had to be scheduled ahead of time, and they were being held in a large cubicle.  The presenters spoke into a microphone, and everyone at the fair, which was going on outside the cubicle, could hear them.   Someone else had canceled, and Dwight was able to go on in their spot.  However, I had to go up to the speaker's podium and introduce NAMI and Dwight to the audience.  As you can see, I was not dressed for appearing in front of an audience.  Everyone else who had presented before us, and all the staff at the fair, were all dressed in business suits or dresses.  Dwight was dressed in a shirt and tie and dress pants.  I didn't know I was going to be speaking at the event, though, so I had dressed more casually.  Nevertheless, I did my job, which was to introduce NAMI and Dwight to the audience.  Patty told me we both did a good job, and that's the main thing.  

However, now I know for future reference, always dress at least business casual when I'm going to these events, because I never know when I'll have to talk to an audience.  It's better to be prepared! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Schedule of Recycling Events in New York City

Here's a link to New York City's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education events for Spring 2014:  


You can recycle electronics, textiles, and kitchen scraps at these events.  There are also Stop 'n Swap events, where you can drop off something you no longer need or use (in good condition) and pick up something you can use.  In addition, there are Fix-It events, where you can bring in something that needs to be repaired.  It's a great way to build your skills and meet new people with similar interests!  

Spring is finally here!  I haven't worn my parka in a few weeks, now.  Still too cold to go in shirt sleeves.  Soon, soon!  

I took this last year on May 1 at a park in my neighborhood. 

I'll be cleaning out my closet and armoire this month, seeing what can be worn, what needs to be repaired or tailored, and what needs to be donated or recycled at the SAFE event.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Speaking to a College Class, 3/24/2014

Speaking to a College Class, 3/24/2014
From left to right: Lane Bryant T-3 Jeans, LL Bean Boat Neck Tunic, Lane Bryant Ponte Knit Jacket, Doc Martens Boots, Pink and Blue Tote.







Last Monday, I spoke to a college class as part of my volunteer work for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  It went well, I thought; the class was involved and engaged and asked many good, thoughtful questions.  Talking with the college students is always a positive experience, even though sometimes it can be difficult, because they don't always ask "easy" questions.  We're there to help them learn about how people live with the challenges of psychiatric diagnoses, as family members and as people living with a diagnosis.  

Sometimes dressing for this class can be difficult, because I want to hit the right balance of casual and approachable, but I also want to come across as a professional adult.  I think this outfit struck the right balance. 

The jade necklace in the picture is a dragon, but the necklace I actually wore was a jade Kwan Yin, to remind me to be compassionate.  I picked it up at an outdoor vendor one summer day in downtown Brooklyn some years ago.  Is it real jade?  I don't know.  However, it did the job of reminding me to be compassionate and pay attention to what everyone had to say.