Here She Is….Ms. World Elite 2017-18!
Jun19

Here She Is….Ms. World Elite 2017-18!

Here is an article written by Janee Law from the Long Islander News and published on June 5, 2017. Native Crowned ‘Ms. World Elite’ As the sash was wrapped around her shoulder and hip and she was handed a bouquet of red roses, Lidia Szczepanowski’s grin quickly widened as she knelt down to be crowned Ms. World Elite 2017. The Ms. World Pageant, held May 26-28 at in Everett, Washington, featured 21 contestants, including Szczepanowski, of Dix Hills, the daughter of Polish immigrants who was crowned Ms. Poland in March. Both Ms. World title and Ms. World Elite were crowned. Szczepanowski said the elite designation is awarded to the highest scoring contestant who is over 40 years old. “It’s empowering for me because age is only a number,” Szczepanowski, 52, said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are and the judges saw that beauty is not about being the youngest it’s just who you are as a person. It’s the total package.” Szczepanowski was elated when she heard her name called. “I didn’t think I was going to win. There were so many beautiful, intelligent, well spoken, and experienced women,” she said. “The fact that I won the top prize in my category, I couldn’t be happier.” The pageant consisted of an interview before six judges, an opening gown portion, a fitness wear, evening gown and onstage question and answer session. Along with her crown, Szczepanowski earned a cruise to the Bahamas, luggage, jewelry and a couple of other gifts. “I believe Ms. World Elite is this smart, stylish, stiletto clad woman who exemplifies success, independence and glamour,” Szczepanowski said. “What I’m going to do is incorporate the title into my current lifestyle, which I’m so proud of.” Szczepanowski, a veteran of pageantry, has promoted a message of women empowerment through her career. But she said that earning the Ms. World Elite title marks an end to her pageantry days. The Melville-based litigation attorney will continue both her professional and charity work, however. She’s also the founder of both Everything Lidia, a multi-platform lifestyle enterprise, and the National Organization for Women’s Safety Awareness, a nonprofit that helps prevent crime and violence against women of all ages. Throughout her experience in pageantry, Szczepanowski said, she’s learned that being authentic and genuine is one of the most beautiful and attractive features that any person can carry. She added, “Everyone has their own beautiful way about them and if more people were true to themselves I think we’d all be better from...

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Tips, Secrets & Proven Strategies On How to Develop Your Personal Brand
Aug04

Tips, Secrets & Proven Strategies On How to Develop Your Personal Brand

Personal branding is “the art of building a unique brand around yourself as an individual” and it is just as important as your company’s brand and image. Personal branding requires you to “find a signature image, a unique voice, and a recognizable standard that your readers, fans, and clients can grow to recognize”. “Personal branding is becoming increasingly important because modern audiences tend to trust people more than businesses. Audiences are used to seeing advertising everywhere, and they tend to believe corporations and organizations take actions and speak with only sales in mind. Personal branding allows you to establish a reputation and an identity while still maintaining a personal level of trust and interaction, usually through social media.” Additionally, people want to do business with other people, not with companies. A strong positive personal brand can dramatically improve the number of users who take a desired action i.e. retain you or go to your website and buy something. (Portions above quoted from Inc.com article by Jayson DeMers, Aug. 27, 2014.) Here are some tips, secrets and proven strategies on how to develop your personal brand. 1.) Become an “EXPERT” in at least one professional field or focus on a topic that you are knowledgeable about and start blogging and posting about it • Develop yourself in a very specific niche and try not to come across as the “Jack of All Trades…Master at None.” Also consider discussing a hobby, sport or organizations you are involved with. • Consider signing up with HARO (Help a Reporter Out) and answer applicable queries…you never know, you might be published in a newspaper, magazine, or on the internet • Have someone pitch you and your expertise to local media, colleges, groups, etc., especially if your topic was recently in the news. Try not to self-promote…it annoys people. • Also have someone submit your name for consideration for awards and acknowledgments. But remember that these events usually have a “cost” attached to them and you will be expected to sell tickets, seats or ads. 2.) Set up and link accounts on various SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google Plus +, etc. • Set up both personal and professional accounts but do not pitch them too frequently. Let people become interested in YOU first and YOU as the professional second. Social media lets people discover who you are…and it’s free. You control the information that is posted. Be careful not to post inappropriate content or too many random and uninteresting photos. • Anytime you speak or are mentioned in any article, share/post it and thank the host or author. 3.) VOLUNTEER your...

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Why Do We Pray?
Feb15

Why Do We Pray?

The Power of Prayer…Click below to watch candid interviews with individuals from all walks of life about how they view prayer. Lidia Szczepanowski, Attorney, Entrepreneur, National Speaker, TV Host, and Lifestyle and Personal Safety Expert featured at 1:33. To read “The Paradox of Prayer” as seen in AARP Magazine from March, 2015, click on this link. http://pubs.aarp.org/aarptm/20150203_PR?folio=48#pg50 http://www.aarp.org/magazine/      ...

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The Best Personal Protection Advice and Safety Tips for Woman & Teen
Oct20

The Best Personal Protection Advice and Safety Tips for Woman & Teen

I Have a Manolo Blahnik and I Know How to Use It! FIGHT BACK OR NOT?   By: Lidia Szczepanowski, Esq. If you are the victim of an attempted assault or robbery, should you fight back?  According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service and a report prepared by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, active resistance can decrease the chances of a completed rape by about 80 percent.  The bottom line is this:  If someone is just looking to take your valuables and they have a weapon, give them up.  On the other hand, if an attacker is looking to sexually assault or rape you, statistics support the conclusion that you should “fight back.” Remember that active resistance could be as simple as making noise and bringing attention to yourself.  This can “disrupt” the attacker’s “plan” and he may get discouraged or lose focus.  If you respond with a physical counter-attack, make sure to commit to your decision because there is no turning back.  And remember, your goal is to escape, not engage in a fight. What should you do if someone pulls a gun out at you? If that happens, you’re probably going to have to choose between “bad” and “worse”.  There is no ‘right’ answer as to what you should do, just the “best” one under the circumstances since no two gunpoint situations are alike.  The advice given by most safety experts is to remain calm, establish eye contact, be as compliant as you can, be aware of your surroundings, and do what you need to in order to survive. If it’s a robbery, once again, just give up your valuables. But if someone wants to kidnap you or take you as hostage, most experts agree that you should never go from point “A” to point “B” because unfortunately there is a high probability that you will be taken by the perpetrator to the scene of your own sexual or other assault and/or grave. If possible, try to stall getting into a vehicle in any way you can which might include, for example, looking past your attacker’s shoulder and nodding, giving him the impression that there is somebody behind him, bringing attention to yourself, or perhaps even pretending to faint. Again, there is no “right” answer and your best defense is to avoid the situation to begin with.  In any event, everyone should “think in advance” how they would or could react if they were attacked or if someone pulled out a gun or knife.  It is important to remember that every individual attacker and situation will be different, and there is no one set of correct...

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“Pearls of Wisdom” by Marlene Dietrich
Jun06

“Pearls of Wisdom” by Marlene Dietrich

“It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”  ♥ “Darling, the legs aren’t so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.”  ♥ “I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”  ♥ “There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.”...

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Timeless Beauty…
May20

Timeless Beauty…

Since the beginning of time, philosophers have struggled to find the true meaning of beauty. They all had their own distinct ideas, but in the end their only common thought was that beauty was indeed impossible to define. So what makes a woman beautiful?  Hint: You can’t buy it, you can’t get it from someone else, and it’s not injectable. 1.) A RADIANT SMILE – a genuine smile is uplifting, contagious, and it can penetrate the mind and reach the heart. 2.) A SPARKLE IN HER EYES – when a woman has the metaphorical “sparkle in her eyes”, she has the power to light up a room. It is a reflection of her inner beauty, charisma and zest for life. 3.) A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR– it invokes smiles and laughter from others, spreads pleasure, can keep things from appearing too overwhelming and it certainly brightens up the atmosphere. 4.) APPRECIATION – the ability to find beauty in everything surrounding her and feeling gratitude for all the remarkable things she has been blessed with. 5.) PASSION – having boundless enthusiasm and using it to making a positive difference in the world. 6.) CONFIDENCE – trusting oneself and having faith in one’s own abilities, talents and skills. 7.) INTELLIGENCE – reveals itself in a woman’s eyes and in how she walks and talks and carries herself.  It is a vital element of a woman’s essence. 8.) EMPATHY – sharing the feelings of others and identifying with what another person is going through can elevate beauty to an even higher level. 9.) INTEGRITY –having  a sound and moral character and ethical principles and doing the right thing for the right reason even when no one is watching. 10.) A great pair of STILETTOS can’t hurt either. Enhancing and developing these qualities and characteristics will make any woman feel beautiful… physically, emotionally and spiritually. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched…but are felt in the heart.”-Helen...

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