Maggie's Discovery Corner

Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Maggie Spinella, Staff Support and Trainer for All Service Concierge and this is Maggie's Discovery Corner. I've never written a blog before. Over the years I'd just write things down on posted notes, index cards, kitchen napkins etc. You see it all started with a face-to-face with Ania Fiduccia, owner & founder of ALC who has help me to open a new chapter to my life. I meet Ania April of this year after making a decision that my 13 years of running a retail business was no longer what I wanted or needed in my life.


I knew I could help people more than just sell them things that they already had sitting in their closets. I wanted to go back to making a real difference in peoples lives. Before my retail hitch I had 4 wonderfully, amazing years taking care of 6 beautiful children while raising my own. I'm a mom, head to toes, skin to bone. I personally believe that it is the most important role I'll ever play in my life. It's a switch that will never be shut off. 


I'm also a HUGE people pleaser. I'll go out of my way to help people out. It brings me real joy to help people even when they don't know it was me that help them. I'm also the worlds biggest when it comes to sharing. If I have the knowledge or know how to get it I'm always waiting for the moment when I can pass it on. The saying is "Knowledge is power" The more knowledge we have, the more powerful we are as individuals, the more help we can be to others, not just to ourselves. The other saying is "God helps those that help themselves" Many people around us everyday don't know how to do that. If we could just give each person a little help each day, some knowledge that they just don't have, just think how incredible the world would be.


Again, thank you so much for stopping by. In my day to day journey on this path called life, I'll be bringing you a blog to help, spark an idea, create a new path, make a difference. Please, come join me at Maggie's Discovery Corner.    


Publish Date: January 6, 2016

Nothing gets people pumped like ringing in the New Year except if you've nodded off to la-la land before the ball dropped. For at least four millennia cultures around the world have made a point to celebrate the next spin around the Sun with colorful festivities and a spirit of optimism for the future.

But while the instinct to party like it’s 1999 dates back to  1,999 bce, the consensus that January 1 should kick off the year is far from universal. Chinese New Year falls between January 21 and February 20 to coordinate with the turn of the Chinese Calendar. Many cultures have opted to welcome the New Year in March, around the vernal equinox, to celebrate the blossoming of new life, agricultural fertility, and longer, warmer days. Autumn is also a popular season for New Year’s celebrations, such as the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah or the Ethiopian harvest festival Enkutatash. Some people welcome the New Year in June, or in April, or according to an ever shifting lunar calendar.

So given all these conflicting traditions, how did January 1 come to be such a popular candidate New Year’s Day? The answer: Julius Caesar. When it came to giving empires total body makeovers, Caesar had it figured out, which is why in 46 bce, he overhauled time itself.


This was long overdue, because the Roman calendar was in a state of total disarray. It was based on the phases of the Moon, but unlike other societies with lunar calendars, Roman timekeepers failed to keep in sync and up to date, resulting in major inaccuracies and no standardization.

On top of that, the popes in charge of regulating the calendar were corrupt, and would sometimes add days in order to interfere with political elections and successions like some kind of time-based swindle.. Nobody in ancient Rome would give you the time of day, because nobody could even agree on what day it was in the first place.

Caesar wasn't impressed, so he consulted with the well-regarded Greek astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria, who told him to scrap the lunar calendar altogether and go solar. In order to make the switch, Caesar, in a heavy handed way, forced  a whopping sixty seven extra days into the year 46 bce in order to resolve the discrepancies between the two systems. He just told everybody that there would be a few extra months that year, and to plan accordingly.

But this transitional 445-day-long year was worth it when January 1, 45 BCE—the first day of the Julian calendar—rolled in. The Roman New Year was traditionally celebrated in March, but Caesar agreed with the growing movement that January 1 was a more fitting date, for two reasons.

First, it was the day that Rome’s two elected consuls, which were like co-presidents limited to a one year term, took office, so it represented the dawn of a new political administration.

But perhaps more importantly, January was named after the Roman god Janus, who was in charge of gateways, transitions, and renewals. He is often depicted as a two headed god with one face looking forward to the future, and the second gazing into the past.


The metaphor was not lost on Caesar, and so January become enshrined as a perfect symbolic fit for New Year’s festivities. Naturally, Caesar also named the summer month of July after himself, while his heir Augustus snapped up August.

As the Roman empire expanded in the following centuries, the Julian calendar became widely adopted across Europe, and is the direct ancestor of our modern Gregorian calendar. While there violent attempts to take control of the government in order to restore the New Year to March during the Middle Ages, January 1 was favored by the designers of the Gregorian calendar, and that’s why we still consider it our annual reboot today.

As arbitrary as all that may seem, it turns out that the date also has some accidental astronomical validity because Earth reaches the closest approach to the Sun, around New Year’s Day.

This year, for instance, the Earth will be its nearest to the Sun at around 5:49 PM Eastern time on Saturday, January 2, at a distance of 91 million miles. After that, the planet will begin our swing back out to the farthest point from the Sun, at 11:24 AM Eastern time  on July 4, when we will be 95 million miles away.

So when you raise your glass at midnight "2017", be sure to toast Julius Caesar, who had a hunch that January 1 was a great time to start the year, and has since been celestially validated for it. And of course, if you wake up with a raging hangover, go ahead and blame that on him too.

Publish Date: November 9, 2015

Bathe to Beat the Burn Out for your Mind, Body and Soul


The pressure of daily life can take a true toll on your health if they overwhelm you, creating "burnout." Causing depression, exhaustion and frustration, burnout can be a negatively impact your health and life. By pampering yourself for a few moments every day, you can alleviate the symptoms associated with burnout.


Combat the emotional, mental and physical consequences of stress by transforming your bath space into an at-home spa.


Soak in a tub filled with your favorite fragrances and essential oils, Lavender offers a lush essence with calming properties to help ease anxiety and relieve insomnia. Eucalyptus is famous for energizing the body and mind. Patchouli can be a powerful mood lifting scent.


Mediate while you apply makeup. Practice deep breathing as you beautify, take long deep breaths through the nose. Forget about your today-list for five minutes and focus on nothing but inhaling and exhaling.


Bask in a natural glow. Brush your teeth by the light of candles made from beeswax or soy. The gentle flickering light can be both functional and restorative.



Publish Date: October 18, 2015


10 week challenge 

Each week, replace 1 text with a phone call or in-person greeting and watch how your world might become a little brighter.



We find there are many benefits to texting, including faster communication (I wrote letters as a kid, I had a pen-pal) and avoidance of awkward interactions (possibly a argument with a friend or every now and then a family member/in-law) But, relying too much on virtual messaging may be killing our human relationships.


There are examples aplenty: kids using phones under the table (instead of talking to their parents), People in their 20's who instant-message at work (instead of co-mingling with co-workers ("Did someone remove the water cooler"?) and people of all ages now opting to text with friends instead of a get-together.


A study I read states "among college students, such practices led to a 40% decline in empathy". We sometimes forget what we miss when we can see someone else's reactions, their expressions, the tone in their voice. Yet even as people become less sensitive, we're also craving contact more than ever. In another study I read, students who were asked to sit alone without their phones for 15 minutes, cutting the cord of constant communication, actually opted for mild electric shock rather then meditation in solitude. (when did alone time become so distasteful?) Ladies and gentlemen, I'm not anti-texting, it's very useful, beats the pony-express. I'm just pro-conversation!


Please, join me on the band wagon and strike up a face-to-face conversation.


Just think of the doors it may open.      


Publish Date: October 11, 2015

First step to making family memories …. Unplug



For catching up, BINGE watching is great fun. But there is nothing that compares to the anticipation of the next great series that enables you to be a part of our collective cultural conversation. So many people go online now to tweet and share their reactions with others. Binge viewing steps on the fun of being a part of that communal experience. So, it's not either or, it's just one more option in an on-demand world. 

But, it's really a loss for families. TV watching is designed to be appealing and yes, habit forming. Beyond the risks associated with being sedentary for extended periods of time, the addictive hours of screen watching have become a commonplace and an almost bonding activity for many families. TV binges are replacing time once spent on more active parent-child experiences, which have provided to be significant in children's brain development. Bingeing indirectly sends the message, this screen is more important to me than spending time with you. The explosion of viewing options clearly has advantages, but these days, we parents need to be thinking consumers of this medium. We need to decide ahead of time what we watch and what our children will watch and how many hours should we really allocate to the TV set.

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