Introducing Audrey Graziano, Our New Associate

You have already met Leigh and Ryann from the Polished by tu-anh team in my earlier posts. So today, I want you to meet our newest Associate, Audrey Graziano!  Audrey’s experience as a super mom, supportive wife, and a part-time actress is perfect for what she will be doing at our agency. She is smart, quick on her feet, entertaining, highly organized, disciplined, focused, talented, driven, stylish, creative, a great team player and most importantly, an excellent communicator who is not afraid of confronting and driving people to get things done, a rare trait for a creative person.

In fact, she is so good that I actually hired her to be my accountability partner and personal trainer, too!  I have worked with quite a few trainers in the past, but they eventually gave in and let me have my way, even when it was not to my benefit. (probably because they were men…lol) But with Audrey, there is no excuses and whining or sweet talking with her, it does not work. So for the past 4 weeks, she has been getting me up Monday-Friday at 6AM to go run and lift weights, the two activities I dislike the most! But it has all been great! Believe it or not, I look forward to our time together each morning because she motivates, entertains, and challenges me to do my best and not give up. I think I am ready for a 5k now! (smiles)

Read more about Audrey below this gorgeous family photo.

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Audrey with her beautiful family.

Audrey takes her top priority job as a wife and mother very seriously.  She is a great chef, a nurse, a personal assistant, a chauffeur, a sports fanatic, a health coach, a therapist, a secretary, whatever you name, she is it! And she does all of this wrapped up in a beautiful package. She is the ultimate cheerleader for her family, friends, and now…MOI! Her philosophy in life is to experience the life you have always wanted. Why not?

Over the years, she has been featured on various business and motivational podcasts, TV shows, and also hosted online health videos for top-of-the-line organizations.

Along with her zest for living a healthy and fulfilling life, Audrey is a philanthropist to the core, and loves to give back to the community and be of service to others. She is also a very spiritual and drama-free person. What a perfect fit for our team! Please welcome Audrey as you will be seeing her around with me often.

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Strengthen Your Workplace with Honest Communication

You have heard me share with you in the past about honesty and how it can and will improve any relationship you currently have.  This is why I require that everyone on my team read Just Be Honest and listen to Notice vs. Imagine in order to get on the same page with me and make our jobs easier.

Many organizations don’t realize that the root of their many problems is due to the lack of open, honest communication. As you’ve heard me mention before, the key to any great relationship and creating a productive workplace is to get that unsaid said. This way, no one is wasting time on miscommunication, misunderstandings, and incorrect assumptions. Just the other day, I experienced a new employee making something up to give an answer to a vendor.  This happened right in front of my very own eyes. She certainly had good intention behind her response. Instead of saying, “I am not sure, let me find out and get back to you”, she just made up an answer.  I am sure this happens in your organization daily or even hourly. So what can you do about it? Arm your people with the right communication tools to handle that.

Imagine if everyone on your team was open and proactively sharing their ideas, feedback, concerns, and questions-think of how much more productive and efficient your organization would be! The ultimate reward is a thriving organization. Especially all the time you would save, time that you cannot buy back.

Below is a video by the leading expert in honesty and great relationships, my mentor and client Steven Gaffney. Listen to his 5 ways to immediately strengthen any team or relationship. Put it to use and be consistent. You will see powerful results and all will benefit.

Let’s Get To Work!

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Alex and Jen modeling Goodwill dresses in a recent photo shoot at our studio.

If you have been following my recent posts, you know that it’s time for the Goodwill fashion show again! For those of you who attended last year and told me that it was the best one ever, I cannot wait to surprise you again this year.  And if you missed last year’s amazing event, you definitely need to get your tickets before it sells out again.

Speaking of raising money for a great cause, have you seen Goodwill of Greater Washington in the news this past week? A three-carat diamond ring was anonymously donated to the Annandale store! I wonder if it is someone’s engagement ring…  Well at least they are donating it to help the community. :) The ring is being auctioned off on their online site, and so far, bids have already reached over $9,000. How great is that? My mother is a diamond expert. I will have to tell her about it.

Not only will I be the creative vision behind this year’s fashion show, but I have also been working with my team on decorating our new tu-anh boutique with Goodwill furniture.  We are going to give all the shelves and racks found at Goodwill the Polished by tu-anh transformation to fit into our beautiful boutique. (see photo below of the process)

What can you do to support Goodwill’s mission? Start by coming to the Fashion show on September 17! Get your tickets early-we expect that it will sell out once again. See you there! xoxo…tu-anh

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Interns giving the Polished by tu-anh love and finishing touch.