Motivational Monday

Being VULNERABLE is one of the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do…

Being VULNERABLE is one of the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do…

Every time I go on a trip I learn something new about myself. This time: Vulnerability. I know so many of us will not admit our struggles with becoming vulnerable whether it’s for a love interest or even our career. Especially when blogging you have to be vulnerable, and at times you feel as though I’m not ready to take it to that point of being transparent. Listen, I’ve been there. I’m constantly faced with the issue of over sharing,…

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Got Wings? Don’t Be Afraid To Fly…

Got Wings? Don’t Be Afraid To Fly…

I honestly can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by.  I have many home improvement activities that I would like to complete, and last Thursday a lot was accomplished. Trees trimmed, large items removed from the home for donation or trash, prepping for a new coat of paint on the house, and then we see something in the bush. A baby bird sitting on the bush, and another baby bird about five feet away in the grass.  The kids…

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DOUBLE BOOKED: But Giving Back Feels So Darn Good

DOUBLE BOOKED: But Giving Back Feels So Darn Good

Have you ever double booked? Sure you have.  You’re so focused on pleasing everyone that you’re running around saying, “YES I CAN DO IT!”  Until the day arrives; you realized the times overlapped, and you’ve promised to be in two places at the same time. I woke up Sunday morning thinking how am I going to pull this off? I’m scheduled to serve for the first time at church, andddddd volunteer for a local art fair.  Both venues were counting…

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The quest to be Independent is not EASY, but it’s worth it.

The quest to be Independent is not EASY, but it’s worth it.

It’s the beginning of the month, and I always find myself asking the same questions: What do you want for yourself this month? How can you be closer to your happy place? Who can you help this month? When will I collect another story, or finish that book? At the beginning and end of a month is the perfect time to revisit and reflect on what you want to happen.  Write it down, pray over it, and work towards making…

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The Season of Shift: Change is GOOD!

The Season of Shift: Change is GOOD!

One would say that all good things come to an end. Don’t worry, I ain’t going nowhere. Lol.  I’m just observing some things that’s going on around me.  My boss deciding to resign, and the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world stepped down in the same week, same city. Organizations impacted, and the only thing we can focus on is how will their departure affect us? When I heard the news about both of them I…

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What it meant to be Black and Creative in Miami, Florida

What it meant to be Black and Creative in Miami, Florida

The 21st annual American Black Film Festival was held last week in Miami, Florida, and I was immediately immersed in the culture of being a black creative during one of the largest festivals in the country. It was a surreal experience because I was not a participant. Instead, I was working behind the scenes learning how the festival was operated, produced, and sponsored.  Assigned to the Sponsorship and Client Services team I was able to interact with you guessed it,…

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Rites of Passage: What I learned 15 years after my high school graduation…

Rites of Passage: What I learned 15 years after my high school graduation…

Early morning calls and late night text messages would sum up my last week. It’s been fifteen years since I walked across the football field at Benton Harbor High School.  I was honored to witness the class of 2017 enter the ramp to participate in the graduation festivities.  Embarking upon an unforgettable experience. It was a beautiful day, and the bleachers were packed with loved ones waiting to celebrate the annual event.  I stood on the bridge looking over greeting…

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Why do we Fear being SUCCESSFUL?

Why do we Fear being SUCCESSFUL?

It seems as though we only focus on the fear of failing.  The fear of venturing into the area of unknown, everything that comes along with it, but I don’t want to talk about failing today. Focal point: Success In order to be successful we have to take risks, right?  I’ll be the first to admit that a spirit of perfectionism can creep in and cause a lack of confidence when I’m in the editing process for work.  I’ve taken…

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Sit back, Give back, and Observe: <3

Sit back, Give back, and Observe: <3

The past week I forced myself to chill, and observe everything around me.  I spent most of my time preparing for my current class, and the events that were going on at the work place. On Friday I had the chance to pour into a few of our seniors that will be graduating from high school in less than two weeks.  Their minds have changed about life after high school, and at times I can relate.  We don’t want to…

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What #MOOD are you displaying on a daily?

What #MOOD are you displaying on a daily?

Nothing turns my world upside like hearing a student say to me, “Ms. RJ, why are you always happy?” It’s seems like a no brainer right?  My first thought is what are my students observing on a regular basis for them to even ask me that?  This is not my first time receiving this question, and I’m sure this will not be the last. I will tell you this was my first time hearing that question from a young lady,…

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