Creating Your Own Lane

Creating your own lane can be a difficult thing to do these days.  So many of us want to swerve in and out of various lanes to appear to others that we can do ALL things, but some us actually crash before reaching our destination. 

In today’s episode, I talk about the importance of seeking and identifying what your true love and passion is.  I know some believe that they are multi-talented and some are, but me personally I am starting to realize and accept that I can only work on one talent at a time.  When I was trying to have my “car aka my hand” in various lanes I was completely unorganized, very unproductive and extremely stressed.  I was stressed, because I wasn’t seeing progress and the reason I wasn’t seeing progress was because I wasn’t giving the task my full commitment and focus.  When I stopped trying to be in all 4 four lanes at once.  I saw so much progress and growth. 

 Now I am not saying that you should never switch lane and move onto bigger and better things, but I would say that you should get comfortable in your lane first then switch.  Getting comfortable means doing your research on your gift and talent, speak with experts who were once in your lane or the lane that you are thinking about moving into and practice your gifts while in your current lane before moving into the fast lane. 

Again, I am not saying that you should only utilize one of the many gifts that God has given to you, but you must be honest with yourself and really seek, listen and embrace what He wants you to focus on.  Creating a lane that you can call your own brings more joy, happiness, growth and peace than you can ever imagine. 

I hope you enjoy this episode.  The goal for this podcast is to inspire others, but the more I record its becoming my audio diary.  Talk to you in the next episode.

 

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The Sweet Scents of Sweents

On today’s episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Arden. Arden is the owner of Sweents, an all natural candle wax melt company. Arden Sweeting is a spunky eight year old who loves dancing, fishing, and being an entrepreneur. Arden enjoys school with math and science being her favorite subjects. When she was seven years old, her parents found out that one of her brothers was allergic to the candles and air fresheners that were being used in their home. With the help of her older brother, Arden used her love of math and science to research natural waxes and beneficial oils. With these natural waxes and oils Arden created candle wax melts that are melted in wax warmers and are the perfect alternative to candles.

What I loved most about her products are they are all natural, but more importantly she wanted to solve a problem within her home. Her desire to ensure that her brother would no longer get sick from the smell of regular candles, she took matters into her own hands and created an amazing product! Many people would have stopped lighting the candles and never thought twice about it, but she decided that not only would she help her own brother, she would help people all over the world.

The support she receives from her family to maintain a business and go to school is admirable! Arden is a child of God and because her faith is strong and unwavering. God has opened many doors for her. I hope you are inspired and motivated by our interview. Let it be a reminder that if you don’t see a solution to a problem you are having. You have the opportunity to create your own solution!

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Where Are You Trying to Go?

How many of you are thinking about going to college?  I know after seeing Beyoncé’s documentary “Homecoming” everybody is hype about going to a HBCU school.  Attending college is an amazing experience.  You meet people from all over the world, you become a young adult, and you’re working toward the person that you have always dreamt about becoming.  But in order to experience college or university two things must happen first.  One you have to be accepted into the school and two can your family afford to pay the tuition. 

 

In today’s episode, I talk about knowing what your next move is.  Paying for college is a huge sacrifice that your family makes in order for you to further your education.  This is not an easy thing for any family to do, not unless your parent is Lebron James or Beyoncé, then this episode is not for you.  But when your parents or guardians say “Ok, you can go” that means that they are willing to support you mentally and financially.  So, today we talk about the importance of being clear as to what you want to do after high school.  I am not saying that you must go to college, but I am saying that if you do decide to go.  Stay focused and remember that someone is putting their dreams aside, so that your dreams may begin to come true.

 

During the episode, I mention an activity that I did with my girls after the college tour.  I created a template that gave my girls an opportunity to write down various cost of financial responsibilities that any family would have before including the cost of paying for college.  When you see the real numbers and how off balanced it could possibly be.  My prayer is that it forces you to become even clearer on what you want to do after high school.  Again, I am not saying college is for everyone, but if you are going to pick a trade, you have to pay for those classes also. The only way around not paying for post-secondary education is if you enlist in one of the many armed services or you hit the Powerball over the weekend lol.  But in order for you to understand the type of sacrifices that are being made, you must see the numbers for yourself. I encourage you to complete this activity with your parent/guardian.  If you love and care for your parents, like you say you do, then you will take the time to get clear on what your next steps are.  You don’t need to have it all figured out, but you must be honest with yourself and those who are supporting, providing and encouraging you along the way. 

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Stop Overthinking It

What is keeping you from living your best life?  Are you thinking that every step of your process has to be in line, in order for you to start your task?  In today’s episode, I talk about how to stop overthinking things.  When it comes to overthinking I am the QUEEN.  For many years I have allowed my “planner” and “to-do” list ways keep me from moving toward my dreams.  Now don’t get my wrong.  Having a plan and being organized is ALWAYS important, but you should also be willing to learn and grow from every step that you are taking towards your goals and dreams. 

Overthinking the process not only prolongs the dreams, but a lot of times it can keep a person stagnant.  I have list after list of things that I want to do, but I thought that my office needed to look a certain way, my voice edits for my podcast episodes needed to be perfect, and so on.  It wasn’t until late December that I realized that it’s either now or never.  I have made huge investments in P.U.R.E. Girls and I refuse to stay at this current level for another year.  It’s never going to be the right time and I won’t be able to avoid the mistakes that will occur.  Everything that I do from this day forward is solely based off of faith, belief and trust in God and myself.  When God gives us an idea for a project, a business, a career.  We aren’t suppose to just dwell on the idea, we must take action towards it.  You must do the research, talk to experts in those fields, watch tutorials, read the books and remain prayerful.  God sees into our hearts and knows all of our desires and dreams.  If they fall into place with his plan then it will work together for our good.  So stop overthinking everything and go get what is yours!

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Sharing my Story with Ebony M. Watson

On today’s episode we have Ebony M. Watson.  Ebony is up and coming inspirational speaker who is eager to share her story of past struggles and abuse with teens and women around the world.  It’s never easy to share stories of struggles, feelings of low self-esteem and insecurities with groups that you are unfamiliar with, but Ebony goal is to share her raw stories and most private struggles with her audience.  One of the many struggles that she talks about is her experiences with in foster care.  

During our conversation, we talk about her reasoning for wanting to share her story with the world.  How she overcame being physically and verbally abused while in foster care, which resulted in depression. I believe this episode will connect with all our listeners.  If you have ever been through something or currently going through an issue.  This episodes will let you know that you are not alone in your struggle.  We may not be experiencing the exact struggle, but there are people dealing with issues each and every day.  What I loved most about her story is how she didn’t allow her struggles to keep her from pursuing her dreams and goals.  Not only is she an inspirational speaker, but she also has her Masters in Social Work and is currently working within a school.

I hope you all enjoy this episode.  I pray that it inspires you to keep pushing through whatever is trying to keep you down.  You are more than a conqueror. 

 

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Kylish Kreations with Ms. Kyla Knox

Here on today's podcast we have Ms. Kyla Knox.  If you meet Kyla Knox you would think she was your normal fourth grade student. She loves her school, Estem, she is on the honor roll, she loves reading, making slime and spending time with her friends making Musically videos. However, there is one thing that sets her apart from most, she has an entrepreneurial mindset. A few months ago Kyla decided to take her chemistry skills to another level by taking classes with a local cosmetic owner to learn steps to create her own line of lip gloss and nail polishes from all natural ingredients.  

Tune in to hear what caused Kyla to begin her journey in the cosmetic industry.  My hope that you will be inspired to get up and get moving towards your dreams and goals after this episode.  

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