“Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey.”
― Jack Layton
Hi, I’m Diane and I bet you’re all wondering what philZENdia means. It’s really quite simple. Philzendia (fil-zen-dee-a) is a fusion of my husband’s name (Philip), my son’s initials (Z.E.N.) and my name (Diane).
Life is a journey. This journey is not always easy and is often filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys and unexpected twists and turns. Because of this, we are forced to make choices. These choices are what defines a person and makes them unique. We invite you to join us as we journey through life together. Our goal is to capture all the things that make us unique and share them with you as we enjoy life’s journey.
“As for the journey of life; at some point you will realize that YOU are the driver and you will drive!”
― Steve Maraboli
I’m a 40-something mom who was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. In 2004, I married the love of my life and moved to New Jersey. Two years later, we welcomed a bouncing baby boy into our lives. Although I consider myself to be a die-hard New Yorker and a city girl at heart, I adore living in Suburbia. I live a simple life and strive to maintain a happy and healthy family. I am passionate about a variety of issues that impact the lives of moms and women in general. I am also a sports mom who can be found shuttling my 9 year old son to and from basketball practice in the fall, and track meets in the spring. I love spending time with my family, vacationing, cooking, reading, and shopping!
Professionally, I hold a bachelor’s degree in Urban Legal Studies and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law – Newark. I spent the first years of my working life in government, working for the city of New York. I then moved on to corporate America where I negotiated complex derivative agreements for some of this country’s largest commercial banks. I left the corporate world in 2009 to spend more time with my young son and turned to the internet for my next opportunity. I began freelancing and produced several niche websites and blogs. Social media became one of my passions.
Philip is a 40-something dad who was born and raised in South America in a country called Guyana. He emigrated to the United States when he was in his early thirties. He is the resident chef and loves to travel.
4th grade student, track runner, basketball player, video game player, Spongebob fan.
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