The Leiter side of life…

Updates from a 20-something lover of the little things.

Goodbye.

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Obviously it has been several weeks since I have posted on the Leiter Side and for many of you this won’t come as a surprise…

It is without further hesitation that I write this Sunday evening to inform all of my (very few but loyal!) followers that I will no longer be posting on the Leiter Side for the time being.

Where to begin?!

I started this blog two years ago and have written hundreds of posts. That’s a long commitment!

My writing for the Leiter Side started with a much more aggressive approach and acted as a journal of sorts as I was trying to determine where my path would lead. I wrote frequently about the little things a confused 20-something was facing. I think I will look back at this blog and realize that maybe the little things were the big things.  I hope I have faced them with grace and courage.

Writing for the Leiter Side kept me disciplined and focused on my life and what I truly wanted. It has been a long journey and I have felt as though this blog acted as a tool to help me through.

I am so, so grateful for all of you (mostly friends and family) who have remained loyal readers throughout my postings from Maine to San Francisco!

I have chose to put the Leiter Side on hold for now while I…gulp…look to grow my independent consulting business!

It’s a very exciting time in my life and my career, one that I have decided to put all of my focus and energy into at this point.

The Leiter Side will come back in some shape or form someday. Or maybe it won’t!  But either way, the journey has been a fun one.  Thank you, again!

Love,
Melissa

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To stay in touch with me, follow me on:

Twitter at @mfearon4 and keep up with my social media blog on www.melissaleiter.com.

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February 17, 2014 at 3:53 am

Beyonce IS #Flawless

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Incase you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, or are just unfamiliar with pop culture, Beyonce pulled an insanely awesome move last month and dropped an entire album (complete with oh ya know 17 music videos!) on iTunes.  The catch- no one knew about it until the day it was released.

(Photo grabbed from Beyonce's Insta)

(Photo grabbed from Beyonce’s Insta)

Amazing move.

Her music, her business savvy-ness, her incredibly handsome and talented husband who adores her, her beautiful daughter, her class, her style- are all reason enough to admire Beyonce Knowles-Carter.  But what I love most about her? Her fight for TRUE gender equality for women.

Gender equality for women, especially in business, is something I’ve been hearing a lot about recently. From some pretty awesome women I might add.

Arianna Huffington’s speech at Inbound 2013 was the first eye-opener that got me thinking about gender equality in the workplace.

Then, a few months later, I heard Cheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, speak at Dreamforce.  (More to come on this later.)

Now, I’m seeing more and more celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, speak up about the issues with gender in our society.

Just yesterday I stumbled across this quote from Beyonce in the Shiver Report:

“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.” 

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On that same web page comes another statistic I’d like to quote: “IF WOMEN RECEIVED PAY EQUAL TO THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS, THE U.S. ECONOMY WOULD PRODUCE $447.6 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL INCOME.”

I also believe that in order to achieve gender equality we women need to have more confidence. To truly believe that we are just as deserving to the pay and the positions that men hold in business.

New motto for 2014, ladies?

“I woke up like this
We flawless, ladies tell ‘em”

#flawless

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January 15, 2014 at 12:39 am

2013 Review of The Leiter Side of Life…

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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January 8, 2014 at 4:40 am

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Lessons from 2014

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I am not big on the New Year’s Resolution trend as I think it’s something a majority of people take part in but never follow through with. 1531870_10153631890195142_2097760802_n

I do think it is important to take a look back at the year behind you and the year in front of you and analyze what you did that you like, what you did that you didn’t like and what you want to do more of.  It’s almost like a marketing analysis.

I’m taking January to do some serious gearing up for 2014.  Complete with taking a month off from drinking and partying.  Time to get focused! (I find I’m easily distracted by a night out that too often than not can end up a late night out that leaves me tired and unmotivated.) Also time to have some self control!

That being said I woke up after a very early night to bed and some strange dreams (all of which when looked up online could be interpreted as dreams of change- coincidence?) and instantly started reflecting on some very important lessons I learned, some much, much harder than others, in 2014.

Here they are:

  • The people you love and trust are still capable of breaking your heart.
  • Confidence is the sexiest accessory you can add to any outfit.
  • People change.
  • There is so much more to aspire to then just aspiring to be someone’s wife.
  • If someone/something seems too good to be true, they/it probably are.
  • Asking for things seemingly out of your reach is scary. Getting them is incredibly satisfying.
  • The more you talk about something the less you get it done.
  • Your first instincts are almost always right.
  • Friends and family are more valuable then any paycheck. They have saved so many bad days much faster (and cheaper) than anything money could buy this year!
  • Losing a family member or friend may never stop hurting, despite the years that have passed, but they are still everywhere. You just have to keep your eyes out.
  • Ireland may just come in second to midcoast Maine as the best place on earth.
  • Being in a good mood instantly seems to lift the moods of others around you. So smile, laugh and joke more!
  • A good night of sleep solves a majority of the little “disasters” in my life.
  • Not everyone you love will love you back no matter how deeply you love them but as long as you love yourself, your heart does eventually mend.

Bring on 2014! Cheers. :) xx

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January 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Merry Christmas!

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In being home for the holidays, I have slowed a bit on my posting. That being said, I still have a few more acts of love, courage, hope & kindness to share…

19. Brenda Schmitz’s Christmas Wish. (FYI: this is another tear-jerker!)

20. My dear friends! (Including my sister!) I have known these crazy girls for many, many years now.  No matter how long it’s been since we got together last, the laughs are always the same. Many thanks for being the best friends a girl could ask for!

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21. Its a Wonderful Life. Probably one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told.

22. The Christmas card I received from my brother’s girlfriend’s son, Brayden.  He’s only 5 and I hardly ever get to see him, but my brother tells me he was excited about my arrival and wanted to make this card for me. Too cute!

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23. Beyonce and this act for her terminally ill fan. Just another reason I love her!

24. My mum for leaving this necklace in my drawer.

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The necklace was my grandmother‘s.  Her and I were extremely close.  She used to always wear this necklace around Christmas.  It was her favorite. I loved it as a kid, and as we grew older it only became more and more of a trademark of my Gram.  I sure do miss her around this time of year, but having little treasures like this keeps her memory even closer. Thank you for knowing I would want that necklace, Ma.

25. And last but not least, my Grandfather. For being the epitome of love, kindness, courage and hope.  My grandfather who, in his 90 plus years of living, will not stop learning and who continues to embrace that inner child we all have within. He’s truly an inspiration!

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I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas filled with lots of their own love, kindness, hope and courage! Bring on 2014!

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December 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

7 Days ‘Til Christmas!

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I’m leaving on a jet plane in less than 12 hours and headed back to the East coast! Woo!

As it goes with the days before leaving for a holiday vacation, I have been running around like a crazy person.  However, I must say that seeking out acts of kindness has really brought some light to my life and helped me focus on just how beautiful people can be.

So without further adieu, here are a few more awesome acts I’ve seen in the past week…

13.  On Friday I went to the Warriors game. They lost. I too lost…my wallet.  Devastated as it was something I did not think I would ever see again and dreading the cancelation of multiple cards left me not so cheery.

However, things happen.  That is life.  When I called the lost and found at Oracle Arena on Monday I was not expecting to hear that someone had in fact turned in my wallet.  With EVERYTHING in it.  Way to go person who returned my wallet! You’re AWESOME.  KIND. A MODEL CITIZEN.

14.  Later in the weekend as I was walking the Embarcadero enjoying the 60 degree weather, I passed the Christmas tree stand and this man…

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Yup, that’s an older man who has trouble walking carrying a Christmas tree over his shoulder.  He’s keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and not letting a little trouble walking keep him from honoring an age old tradition.  Truly inspiring.

15. This. Will. Make. You. Cry. (Sorry! But it is truly inspirational.  This man, his courage, his hope is just WOW.)

16. This one goes out to the man on the bus the other day who helped a woman who didn’t speak english open the back door.  Seemingly such a simple act of kindness but unfortunately not something we see every day.

With my recent move out of downtown San Francisco, I now commute on a packed bus every morning and night.  It never ceases to anger me just a little bit when I get on and there are men my age who fight to take a seat other than offer it up to me. Chivalry is truly dead.  Even more infuriating is when these same young “gentlemen” don’t get up for their elders joining the bus.

I digress. The intention of this blog post is to focus on the positive. :) Anyway, this girl was clearly struggling to figure out how to open the back doors.  The man tried to open them for her and made a point to shout to the bus driver to let him know she was getting off and needed the back doors to be opened.  Again it was a simple act that could have gone unnoticed, but I found it quite beautiful.

17. These 21 Photos of Triumphs in 2013 from the Huffington Post. One of my favorites being this mother returning home to her sons…

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18. And for Day 18…I must give a shout out to the crossing guard at 39th and Balboa.  My new morning running route is down Balboa to the beach.  There’s a school out towards the beach and therefore a crossing lady to help the children get to the school.

Now, clearly I’m not a child and I think I appear as though I’m capable of crossing the street without a guard holding up a stop sign, but the fact that this lady goes out and holds up her sign while I cross the street is a kind act.  And if not a kind act, an act of a sense of duty.  She’s awesome. Thanks crossing lady!

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A shot from my morning run on Ocean Beach today! Surfer. Ocean. Moon.

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December 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Class Acts

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Christmas is getting closer! I touch down in Boston (contingent on clear skies!) 1 week from today! So very, very excited to get back to the the snow, my family and friends.

Anyway, here are 6 more acts of love, kindness, hope and courage to spread real holiday cheer:

7. This guerrilla marketing stunt that will give you chills and perhaps move you to tears.

A brilliant marketing tactic by a bank in Spain. The bank is not forcing the message of their 130th year anniversary in your face in print ads, billboards, and the like but instead, has created something beautiful for all to enjoy that is in no way directly tied into the bank.

8.  Jennifer Lawrence. For being awesome.

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9. Patrick McConlogue. Read the full story here.

10. This 5-part series the New York Times just published about homeless children in America.  While it is incredibly sad and upsetting, to say the least, it is a courageous act of journalism.  The intentions of which are to shed light on a very real problem in our country.

11.  This awesome stunt by West Jet.

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12. This little girl, Claire who, at her holiday Christmas pageant, signed the songs for her deaf parents.

What are some of your favorites? Any good stories to share?

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December 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm

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