LIW February 2019

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Meet This Long Island Woman Natasha Nurse

Owner/Cofounder, Dressing Room 8



Restaurant Pick

Full House Organic Kitchen

Describe the work you do and how you became involved in this work. As someone who was bullied for everything under the sun — my weight, height, skin color, even my laugh — from a young age, I’ve had to experiment with many different outlets to cope and find strength. I started Dressing Room 8 to provide a web-based resource where women can gain personal and professional empowerment through my fashion and lifestyle-focused blog, consultation, and coaching services. Dressing Room 8 helps women learn how to think with clarity, dress with confidence, and live with purpose. What’s the best life advice you’ve been given? “Just do it,” from Nike. Life is all about taking a chance and doing what you want to do. I live by these three words each and every day. What’s the biggest challenge facing women today? Access to resources and support for their business or to change their current situation. What was your most important break? Getting admitted into New York Law School. Going to law school was the beginning of the next stage of my life, which eventually led me to entrepreneurship. What has failure taught you? I don’t believe in failure. Everything we go through in life is a teachable moment. There are some lessons we like more than others, but everything happens for a reason. What’s the best business advice you’ve been given? Be authentic and have a clear purpose. Trying to be someone other than yourself or acting without a clear purpose will yield results you don’t want or expect. Based on your area of specialty, what advice would you give to other women? 1. Decide on the life that you want for yourself. 2. Don’t compromise yourself or what you want for your dreams. 3. Learn something new and meet someone new every day (my life motto).

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38 Glen Cove Road, Greenvale 516-621-4040 • Offering vegan, gluten-free, and traditional cuisines, this restaurant is the only one in the state certified USDA organic. Nothing toxic touches the food thanks to the special water filtration system; plant-based, biodegradable utensils and cups; and glass (not plastic) containers.

by Annie Wilkinson

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10. Offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning March 2019, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Nassau Community College, One Education Drive, Garden City. Includes job shadowing and onsite visits to PSEG Long Island, National Grid, American Water, and Con Edison. Learn more at development or call 516-572-7487.

Culinary Pick Couples Cook

A faculty chef will teach couples to prepare a Valentine’s dinner on Friday, February 8 from 6-10 p.m. at Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, 20 East Main Street, Riverhead. Tuition for course #XCU185 is $199 per couple. Register at or call 631-451-4000.

Winter Sports Pick Beyond Skiing

Long Island-based 50-Plus Ski Club members have schussed, cycled, and rafted for 20 years, from Riverhead to Rio de Janeiro. Try a Midweek Skiing trip to Windham Mountain Resort or experience Vermont or Montana. Membership is $30 per person or $45 for a married couple. Next meeting is Thursday, February 21, at 8 p.m. at the Syosset-Woodbury Community Center, 7800 Jericho Tpke. Learn more at or call Lois at 518-945-2667.

Career Pick

Utilize New Skills URGENT: Women is a free program that prepares women for jobs in the gas, water, and electric industries. Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals (URGENT) provides opportunities to earn certifications in Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF) and the

Product Pick

Granola Goodness Spectrum Bakes employs special employees: 75 percent of its staff are young adults on the autism spectrum. The Port Washingtonbased nonprofit makes bars in several flavors for $2 each; a 24-pack is $34.99. Order at or 516-888-9632.

Book Pick

The Female Persuasion Local libraries sponsor Long Island Reads so book lovers can read the same book. This year, it’s a New York Times bestseller by Syosset-raised Meg Wolitzer, about a college freshman whose views are transformed by an activist at the center of the women’s movement. Long Island Reads honors the author on April 7 (location TBD). Learn more at

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