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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Big Ideas with Ms. Ariana Fox

Do you have a BIG IDEA?? Do you have an 11 year old motivational speaker as a friend? If the answer is no, then allow me to introduce to you Ms. Ariana Fox. Ms. Fox is a 11 year old motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She is our special guest on this week’s podcast. From the beginning to the end of our interview she will give you all kinds of positive and bold vibes.

During the interview, we discuss how she began her journey as a motivational speaker and what were some of the obstacles that she has faced in the past and present. We often think we need to be a certain age for our “BIG IDEA” to come true, but after listening to this episode I hope you are inspired to get working on your “BIG IDEA”!!! When God gives you a vision it is important to act upon it sooner than later. Now of course, don’t drop out of school to pursue your “BIG IDEA”, but you can begin to lay a great foundation now.

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Living My Best Life

Can you honestly say that you are living your best life at this very moment?  Are all of your dreams coming true?  Did you get accepted into top college choice?  Did you receive a new job offer?  Are you waking up every morning excited to see what God has planned for you today?  If you answered "no" to any of these questions, then this podcast is for you!

I was finally able to listen to the new Cardi B album and I am honestly enjoying it.  What I enjoy most about her music is the honesty, passion and rawness that she brings to each song.  I heard the song "Living My Best Life" back in May, but didn't pay much attention to the words (I was just happy to be vibin with my sisters that weekend lol.)  A few weeks have passed since hearing it, but I recently played the song this week and it is now in daily routine in my car!!  

During this episode, I discuss a few of the rap lines that stood out most to me.  While listening to the song I, of course, started to reflect on my life.  Am I really living my best life?  My version of living my best life use to consist of driving a dope car, carrying a Chanel bag, shopping every weekend, eating out almost every night and working a high paying job.  

Well let me bring you into my reality.  I drive a Honda Accord (she's cute, but she's no Benz), no Chanel bag, no shopping for me personally in almost a year(I shop for my children all the time), I can count on one hand how many times I have ate out this week, and my job is great, but it's not much left over once I pay my bills and take care of my kids and house.  

So does this mean I am not living my best life?  No it doesn't.  I realized that I am working long and hard to achieving and receiving those things, but living my best life involves seeing my kids smile, having them dressed nice when we go places, and being a responsible adult and paying my bills on time, traveling with my husband, and spending time with my family. 

I encourage to look around and find the small things that make living your best life your current reality.  Always remember to pray daily and believe that all your desires shall be added unto you.  I am excited to see your version of living your best life!  

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Choose Happiness

Do you want to be happy?  Do you know what it feels like to be happy?  Do you rely on others to make you happy? Or do you know how to make yourself happy?  

In this week's episode, I talk to you about the importance of ALWAYS choosing happiness.  In lieu of the two recent celebrity deaths I felt the need to speak about what being happiness can bring to your life.  I know trials, issues, frustrations, sadness, emptiness are things that you possibly face everyday.  But what you need to understand is that the issues, trials etc. are not meant to break you.  They are put there to help you realize your strengths.  

You might get tired, but during the episode I share with you how to find your "happy place".  I encourage you to take notes using our P.U.R.E. Moments journal.  This episode will have you thinking and wondering how to make your outlook on life much better.  Life is not easy, but it's definitely worth the ride.  

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My Mother and I

In this week's episode, I share with you my personal relationship with my mother.  As a little girl, my mother and I did not have the best relationship.  I rarely told her what was going in my life, at school or my relationships.  My reason being is because I never felt as though she would understand me.  My mother was the disciplinary of our family.  Anytime you got in trouble at school, my mother was the one who gave the beating, put you on punishment etc.  

So when I left for college I viewed that as my way to distance myself even further from her.  I rarely called while away at college.  I went home often, but I never really shared with her my full college experience.  It wasn't until I had my daughter in May 2007 that my mother and I relationship began to rebuild.  For the first year of my daughter being born, my mother was with me every step of the way.  I was dealing with an emotional break up with my daughter father and my mother was there to remind me that all things will work and be ok.  During that year she shared stories with me about her past relationships and how she moved on from them.  When she opened up to me as if it was two friends talking, I started to see her in a different light.  

As you continue to listen to the episode, you will hear more examples on how my mother and I have built an unforgettable bond.   I encourage you to allow your mom to be who she needs to be for you.  I know it may seem as though she doesn't understand you nor does she allow you to do much, but I promise it's only because her first assignment as your mother is to protect you.  

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