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HipNJ Interviews Inspirational Teacher Christine Agro

#HipNJ had the opportunity to interview Christine Agro, a nationally recognized speaker and Inspirational teacher, to discuss ways people can take do-able action steps to help begin to improve their own lives.  If you’re eager to make big changes but are fearful or unsure of how to get it done, keep reading for tips on how to start seeing changes.

“As a clairvoyant, I see everything as energy.  Whatever we’re working on, I can pick it apart to help see what’s underneath it,” Christine said.  “Any situation can be boiled down in one of these three categories: self-validation, standing in your own power and your own truth.”

Christine’s ultimate goal is to teach women (and men) how to understand what is happening in their life, and why, along with giving the tools to create change.  The idea is to then be able to make big changes, both personally and professionally.  As more women and men become aware of the need to become active participants in their own lives, they will continue to learn that they have the power.

Meditation is something one can do to start seeing change.  There are many different forms, but the ultimate goal is about connecting you to your body and being present, making the connection between mind, body and spirit, and bring that into physical form.

“When we step into present moment, that’s where we create our life and create growth and change.  So often people focus on what they can’t do versus what they want.  Ideally, we’d work to shift the focus on what they want and set steps to get closer to the goal.  By doing this, it makes room for lots of changes,” Christine added.

Many of us experience that moment, or many moments, that makes us see experiences or life differently.  This is what Christine considers to be the “wake-up call.”  It’s like going through life with one understanding, but when you peel it away, there’s more to it.  As you deepen your awareness, you uncover whole other levels, and so much more to life.

“Before we’re any gender, race, religion, culture or community/society, the core of why we’re here is to learn and grow,” Christine shares.  “When we understand that, we move from unconscious living to conscious living.  Adversity starts to melt away because we’re looking at experiences differently.”

Christine defines “conscious living” as being an active participant in your own life.  It’s making the decision to focus on what we want to create versus what we don’t want, what isn’t going right or what we don’t have.  Having an awareness that we’re here to grow happens through relationships and experiences.  Though not intentional, most people don’t recognize it requires us to step up.

For more information, please visit her website, www.awakenandgrow.com.  Find out how you can make changes and make your life flow by taking the Awakening Quiz today.

Katie Roberts

Fabulous Females: Katie Roberts

By Maria G. Fernandez
Instagram: @mz_maria_g

What do you do when it’s 18 degrees and you are trudging through Manhattan with 30 lbs of cargo on your back, en route to one of your major distributors? When you’re fingers are so frozen you can’t operate your cell phone? When you’re sick and tired of taking multiple modes of transportation to get to work? You go home and write your letter of resignation! Several years ago, Rutherford native Katie Roberts made the brave move to resign from her corporate job and become a momtrepeneur.

Katie Roberts

Katie left the corporate world behind and decided to follow her passion. What is her passion? Her desire is to “supply women with the tools and support they need to feel like the virtuous women they are intended to be, exposing that power to the world and in doing so, becoming a movement that shapes the world.” Such a powerful and moving statement! Her vision, and passion, where the catalyst for her to start World Momination. As a stay at home single mom (to two boys!), Katie tackles the daily challenges that come along with that in order to have a successful business. She makes it look easy, but it requires a lot of discipline and will power. Katie explained to me that she had to be very regimented in her application of time managements skills, and it was the hardest work she’s ever known. She’s reaping the rewards however, with a successful business, and by being an example to her children and other moms.

Katie has helped hundreds of women through her Bikini Model Mom challenge, Fitmergency (including yours truly, who lost 10 lbs in 10 days with this program!) and recently Juicy Bubbles. She’s also a motivational speaker, and you can catch her on her Instagram or Facebook live with her in your face real talk or tips, tricks for weight management. Her trademark “Goooooodddd morning!” and smile will put a pep in your step. Katie has taken it a step further and recently started a dating blog. There’s nothing that Katie won’t tackle, with vigor and spunk, to fulfill her life’s purpose.

Katie is an inspiration to many in that you can take big chances, work hard and make your dreams a reality. You can find out more about Katie here or check her out on her social media in case you need a kick in the pants!

The Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Charitable Fund

#GivingTuesday Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund

The Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund, a charitable organization founded by the Straus family, recently distributed $1.5 million to 185 families in Puerto Rico affected by last year’s Hurricane Maria with the help from  CareOne, a premier, family-owned healthcare company with more than 55 senior living centers across six states.

As the world reflects on the one-year anniversary of the most devastating natural disaster to ever hit Puerto Rico, #HipNJ is proud to note that CareOne was quick to help raise money for a fund that brought hope, relief and comfort to those on the island who needed it most.  The generous donations have helped many families purchase household necessities, generators, healthcare supplies and equipment, and so much more.

The Straus family and CareOne’s commitment to rebuilding Puerto Rico started immediately after Hurricane Maria hit thanks to CareOne CEO Daniel E. Straus and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus. On October 11th, CareOne participated in the first of two relief missions to Puerto Rico with New Jersey healthcare leaders and physicians from CareOne and RWJBarnabas Health. The trip included visits to hospitals where physicians spoke with local healthcare professionals and patients on the ground to evaluate how best to address the immediate needs of the island’s medical community.

Following the October 11th trip, Senior Leadership mobilized to raise additional funds for Puerto Rico by arranging a benefit gala entitled “Starry Night Masquerade.”  This event was spearheaded by CareOne President and CEO Daniel E. Straus and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus. The event speaks to the culture of philanthropy that is ingrained in CareOne as a company.  

“Starry Night Masquerade” was a star-studded evening that included celebrity guests like NFL players Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul and many NFL alumni, recording artists Pitbull and JoJo, and models and actresses Danielle Brooks of “Orange is the New Black” and Joan Smalls. Watch #HipNJ’s coverage from the star-studded affair.

One year later, the Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund, with support from CareOne, continues its relief planning with an on-the-ground team who continue to work to ensure the proper dissemination of supplies to medical facilities, as well as to transport patients in need from Puerto Rico to New Jersey.  

About Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund

The Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to individuals and families impacted by unforeseen circumstances as well as provide funds to research organizations. The Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund is an organization that focuses on improving the quality of life through charitable financial assistance to individuals, families and community organizations who are significantly impacted. The Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. For more information visit http://www.care-one.com/charitablefund/

About CareOne 

With services that include post-hospital care, rehabilitation, assisted living, long-term care and a variety of clinical specialty programs, CareOne offers compassionate care in gracious, professionally managed centers and communities. CareOne serves thousands of patients every day and admits and discharges more than 20,000 patients every year. With more than 55 centers across New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Maryland, CareOne’s outstanding programs and services are conveniently located throughout the state. Interested parties can engage with CareOne on social media by following @CareOneMgt on Twitter, @careonemgt on Instagram, and CareOne Management, LLC on Facebook and LinkedIn. For more information about CareOne, please visit http://www.care-one.com.