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ONE on ONE

by Mayi de la Vega

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

By | Culture, Holiday

Why I’m celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

As far as women have come, from the right to vote to the #MeToo movement, there’s still much work to be done. Hence, there’s always good reason to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, which falls during Women’s History Month. Founded more than a century ago, the global day recognizes women’s achievements in all aspects of life; raises funds for female-focused charities, and accelerates women’s equality in human rights and economics through its mission involving a call to action, collaboration, philanthropy and uplifting women. The 2021 campaign’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge. It’s a rally for true change.

I’m elated to see how many famous faces, household brands and media outlets are getting behind International Women’s Day. No institution is too big or too small to participate. Like most of you, my inbox has been flooded with virtual events and initiatives to support women-owned companies and women-supporting nonprofits. Amazon Live hosted one of the biggest celebrations, a panel discussion with Priyanka Chopra, Mindy Kaling and Diane von Furstenberg, whose new book “Own It:  The Secret to Life” should be on everyone’s reading list.   

The U.S. government also stepped up to the plate today by signing two executive orders to promote gender equality here and abroad. The first establishes an inclusive Gender Policy Council within the White House. Its staff includes a special assistant dedicated to advancing the equity of women and girls of color. As a Latin American woman who lives in the Gateway to Latin America, I’m especially proud that a Dominican-American woman who’s the former ambassador to Uruguay serves as co-chair.

Women’s History Month has only been around since the late Eighties. To honor it, Google’s charitable arm established a new female-focused program. “Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls” donates $25 million to support economic prosperity by inviting nonprofits worldwide to submit proposals through April 9 to receive grants and mentorship. Now’s your chance to apply! There are too many other initiatives to list, but a couple that caught my eye are Pinterest’s retail showcase of women-owned small businesses during March, and Netflix’s $5 million pledge to foster emerging female talent worldwide including training programs for Latinx women.

Some virtual events are the WOW Foundation’s Women of the World festival through March 21. Led by famous experts and authors, WOW’s webinars touch on a range of topics from managing finances to being a grandmother (something I can certainly relate to). I also encourage you to visit womenshistorymonth.gov for lectures, films and other insight throughout the month and year. Think how you can make a difference locally, too. Learn about women’s charities in your community, direct your dollars to women-owned companies, and call your mom, sister, daughter and bestie to tell them how much they mean to you. We women need to stick together.             

Giving Feels Good

By | Holiday

We have so much to celebrate from our health to a new home. Why limit gift giving to the holidays?

We could all use a little extra holiday cheer to lift our spirits this year. Channel your inner-Oprah to go big with gifts for friends and family, neighbors, colleagues, clients and anyone else who brightens your day. In case you’re stumped for ideas, here are some timeless gifts to make it a year-round habit.

Wine & Champagne

Holiday festivities and major celebrations like home closings require popping a good bottle of wine or champagne. Online shop 305 Wines recently opened a brick-and-mortar store in Miami. Its founders also run Florida Wine Academy, so they’ll know exactly what to select for any occasion. They join other premier sources like Fort Lauderdale’s Wine Watch and Palm Beach’s Virginia Philip.

https://305wines.com/

https://www.winewatch.com/

https://virginiaphilipwineandspirits.com/

Haute Housewares

We’re also blessed with endless options for luxury home items here, and the diverse selection accommodates every look from minimalism to beach chic. Here are a few of my favorite boutiques including Mrs. Mandolin in Buena Vista, Violetas in Coral Gables and Brickell, and Matilda’s Home in Stuart. You can’t go wrong with this classic decanter from Tiffany’s either.

https://mrsmandolin.com/

https://violetashomedesign.com/

http://www.matildaslifestyle.com/

https://www.tiffany.com/accessories/barware/diamond-point-conical-decanter-69328466/

Flower Power

A touch of green goes a long way, especially as the days grow shorter. Modern floral design has moved beyond traditional arrangements, such as House of Lilac mompreneur’s Melanie Fernandez’s penchant for interesting blooms like ranunculus and lavender latte-hued Koko Loko roses as well as fillers from exotic grasses to berries. She also offers dried flowers, wreaths, spa gift baskets and tucked-in treats.

https://www.houseoflilac.com/

Beautiful Books

Like the late Karl Lagerfeld, I can never have enough books. I love to leaf through them for inspiration and am always adding to my shelves or buying them as gifts. Premier publishers release buzzy titles around the holidays, and we’re lucky that many of them like Taschen and Assouline have South Florida stores to browse in-person. Books & Books does an outstanding job too.

https://www.assouline.com/

https://www.taschen.com/

https://booksandbooks.com/

Gift Baskets & Boxes

Discovering what’s inside a gift basket or box makes me feel like a kid again, and I love to share that joy. Among the dizzying choices, I tend to support businesses with local ties like the artisanal-geared Sparrow Box Co. founded by two mompreneurs in Jupiter. Sant Ambroeus’s and Amici Market’s holiday assortments are to die for, and Countryside Citrus highlights Indian River’s famed fruit.

https://sparrowboxco.com/collections/corporate-client

https://www.santambroeus.com/holiday-products/

https://www.countrysidecitrus.com/

https://www.amicimarket.com/

 

Giving Thanks

By | Holiday

In an unusual year, there’s still so much to be thankful for this holiday.

Thanksgiving grows more meaningful to me each year. Yes, things are a lot different this time. But no matter our difficult circumstances, I appreciate the holiday’s downtime and being around loved ones—even if it’s just for a day, and even if it’s just an intimate gathering. I’m looking on the bright side of things this holiday season and taking stock of what I’m thankful for.

 

MY FAMILY

I raised my children here, and now they’re raising their children here. Until you live in Miami, you don’t realize what a great place it can be for families. I’m grateful that we’re able to live near each other and not to have to get on a plane or drive for hours to visit. I’m so happy that my children have been able to join me in growing our firm, too. They bring such innovative ideas to the table, and I’m always learning from them. I treasure my time with my grandkids. To watch them grow up is a true luxury. I’m also thankful for my love Rich, who’s my rock and biggest cheerleader.

MY FRIENDS

I’ve made so many friends over the years, and they really keep me going. One of the fascinating things about Miami is that it’s an international crossroads where people come and go for holidays, second homes, stints for work and major annual events like Art Basel and the Wine & Food Festival. Some settle down here for good, too, like my wonderful friends who live in cool areas all over Miami. I also have dear friends across the U.S. and abroad thanks to being part of the Sotheby’s global network. My friends have opened up the world to me, and I look forward to seeing them again in safer times.

MY HEALTH

I’m grateful that we’re living in the grand era of wellness. So much has changed in my lifetime in how we eat, exercise and other self-care routines. We’re living longer and staying active far later into our elderly years. I never take my health for granted and am always striving to push myself from not cheating on my diet to working out regularly with my trainer. We’re so lucky here in Miami to be able to get outside during the winter for a walk, yoga, tennis, paddle boarding and more. It makes fitness fun.

MY CAREER

Setting out as a young woman, I never imagined where I’d be standing today. Whereas some people look at real estate as a job, I’ve worked hard to make it a full-blown career that’s constantly evolving and meeting new challenges. I love its mix of business and people—a balancing act that forces me to see all sides of real estate, whether for a home buyer or seller, developer, architect or colleague. Real estate is incredibly fast-paced and exciting, and Miami is one of the ultimate markets. It’s an honor to be able to contribute.

MY “ONE” TEAM

ONE Sotheby’s couldn’t have achieved year after year of growth and commitment without our team. They’re truly invaluable, and I’m forever grateful for having such dedicated associates, executives and all of the support team members from the marketing department to my right-hand woman, my administrative assistant. As we enter new markets and acquire other firms, we’ve added so many new members over the years. I welcome them to our brand and community and am fascinated by their talents and local insight. They’re an endless source of knowledge and strengthen our network, so we can all be better for our clients.

MY HOMETOWN

Since moving to Miami as a little kid, I have put down roots here. I stayed for college, founded my firm and raised my family here, and have gotten more involved in the community each year through professional and philanthropic engagement. I’ve watched Miami evolve from a small resort city to a major international destination with serious education, architecture and design, arts and culture and innovation from tech to medicine. The city has so much going for it—the blend of nationalities, the gorgeous weather, the natural beauty, the beaches and boating, the sunsets and moonrises. It’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with it and move here.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF YOU!