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Are you here to WIN OR WHAT? The 4th Quarter of 2016 is HERE…ARE YOU READY?

Are you here to WIN OR WHAT? The 4th Quarter of 2016 is HERE…ARE YOU READY?

Okay. Let’s get to it!

October 1st was Saturday, and that means the official start of the last quarter of the year.  If you are a sports fan you can definitely appreciate this quarter, and growing up in a household with sports fanatics I totally understand the importance of this season.


Imagine it’s the championship game, I’ll let you choose the sport ūüėČ

You are down by seven points after the half, and now entering the fourth quarter. ¬†During halftime you received the pep talk from your coach on how to bring this win home, but in the 3rd quarter you still didn’t see any results. ¬†I mean you were definitely getting closer to the goal, but not quite there.

Do you know that feeling?

Okay maybe I’m talking to myself over here.

I will admit that I had some life changing events occur in the 3rd quarter, but my goodness I knew that I had to pick up the pace in the 4th quarter. Especially if I want to win in 2016.

Here it is the end of the 3rd quarter, and I’m on the phone with one of my closest friends discussing what I want to crush in the 4th quarter. ¬†He encourages me, and understands my faith driven ideas so he was definitely hype about the plan.

So, you ready to hear about what’s coming up next?

The first event in the Midwest will kick off the #SteeleThankful challenge.

#SteeleThankful Challenge 2016
#SteeleThankful Challenge 2016

This will be open to a select number of people, (first dibs to the subscribers of the email list, so I suggest you don’t miss out). ¬†Last year I had an amazing time launching the challenge, so it’s coming back this year. ¬†The challenge highlights our genuine thankfulness in the month of November. ¬†Even though we are thankful all year long, it’s our time to celebrate with family and friends. ¬†I’m #SteeleThankful for this platform to share with you the ups and downs of my journey of entrepreneurship through storytelling for¬†Adventures of Alleykats¬†book series, and the documentary/photo campaign for the¬†Final 48 Project.

I’m excited to share what I’m #SteeleThankful for this year, and looking forward to hearing about what you’re going to share during the #SteeleThankful Challenge.

Are you ready to crush the 4th quarter with me?  What is one thing you would like to accomplish before December 31st?  Write it on a piece of paper, attach a scripture to it, and tape it to your wall.  Recite it every day, and see what happens!

There will be more information about location, and date after this week. ¬†Let’s get ready to fill the atmosphere with thankfulness!


R.J. – girl behind the lens


Day 25 – “Legacy” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 Days of Thanks)

Day 25 – “Legacy” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 Days of Thanks)

Legacy – a gift of property, especially personal property, as money by will; a bequest

Let’s think about it this way. ¬†Every time you leave home you are representing your family. ¬†That’s the way I was raised. ¬†My dad was constantly asking someone, “who are your people?” ¬†My dad even began asking my friends when he came to North Carolina. ¬†I thought it was odd because we’re from Michigan. ¬†No matter where I lived I had to remember that I represent my family, and I did it with pride.

My grandfather moved to Michigan from Mississippi.   He was apart of the Great Migration movement, when blacks were moving from the rural south to different parts of the country.  In this case, Grandpa John resided in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan; Benton Harbor.  He became involved in local politics, purchasing land, and working to provide a solid foundation for his family.

I can remember the stories growing up about my grandfather being involved in the funeral business in some capacity, and he was quite a handy man. ¬†Several years ago my dad was cleaning out my grandfather’s office, and came across this ticket. ¬†As an Archivist, I felt I had struck gold. ¬†It was another piece of our family legacy that I could add to the timeline of our history. ¬†It also made me think that he had the faith to run for such a position over fifty years ago. ¬†This handsome man was looking to represent the county as the Coroner, and I must not forget he was the first black Justice of the Peace in Berrien County.

He was simply Grandpa to me, and that was a title that he admired. ¬†He truly wanted to make a difference in his community, and provide for his family. ¬†What will your legacy say about you? ¬†You can make a difference in your community and the world, but it all starts at home! ¬†How will you make a difference today? ¬†I’ve started with writing the vision, and making sure I live this one life that I do have with no regrets.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?