Harlem: There's No Place Like Home
Harlem is a large neighborhood in the northern section of the City of New York, borough of Manhattan, which has gone through great adversity and many challenges since the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s, yet the residents are resilient! Today, the "New" Harlem Renaissance can be characterized mainly by economic growth and development, as real estate prices have been skyrocketing, and new shops are popping up all over Harlem as I write this.
In 2004, I left Harlem and my job on Wall Street for the bright sunny skies of Orlando, FL where I subsequently experienced great adversity and many challenges. Upon my arrival to "The City Beautiful," I accepted an administrative support position for a major communications company and was shortly greeted with Hurricane Charlie, which was the first of three hurricanes I experienced that year and the first I've ever experienced in my life. I question my decision to move by saying to myself, "Hey, the snow wasn't that bad after all!"
In 2008, while employed by a major financial institution, the great recession hit our country and I was laid off due to a merger and acquisition. Fortunately, I was afforded a great opportunity to work for a non-profit organization in West Palm Beach, which is one of the three main cities in South Florida. So South Florida, I went... which is a beautiful paradise with all of the cascading Palm Trees, it was love at first sight! Like the residents of my hometown of Harlem, I’ve remained resilient as I’ve come through great adversity and many challenges.
Subsequent to the "Great Recession," I also noticed a paradigm shift in the re-structuring of businesses. There was a tremendous increase in start ups and small business owners struggled to maintain while juggling various time-consuming and repetitive administrative tasks. I realized there was a need for Small Business Owners to outsource those tasks in an effort to Reduce Overhead Costs and Increase Efficiency. Consequently, I’ve created great partnerships in the South and Central Florida areas and the Northeast, which was the beginning of Harlem World Palm Administrative Consulting/VA. So although "You can take the girl out of New York, you can't take New York out of the Girl" and actually, "the snow really is that bad especially when you're spending Christmas Day at the Beach! It's a tough job but someone has to do it.
Happy Holiday greetings from our family to yours... Enjoy!