Teen Girls

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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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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Pretty Girl Teez

I am sooo excited to share this podcast episode with everyone!  One of my goals when starting this podcast was to give young girls who are doing great work in school and there community a voice.  Their are so many podcasts now that are geared and focused solely on adults, but the more I looked at my own group of young girls I realized that people need to know the positive things they are doing.  

I discovered Pretty Girl Teez when they started to follow our Instagram page.  After reading their business bio on their page I was interested in learning more about the company and the owner.  During this podcast you will learn more about the owner, Azaria Cherry and how Pretty Girl Teez and her non-profit, Z inc. came about.  

Here is her bio for you to read:

Azaria Cherry is a 13 year old, rising freshman at Maury High School in Norfolk, VA. Since the tender age of 6 she has dreamed of attending Spelman and aspires to become a pediatrician. In fact, she is one of 48 students selected within the entire city of Norfolk to participate in the prestigious Maury Medical and Health Specialities program. A medical partnership between her high school and Eastern Virginia Medical School that allows students to take medical courses on top of their required Advanced Diploma workload. Azaria’s love for science, human rights, and entrepreneurship has allowed her to form her own organization for inner city youth girls and her own clothing business selling positive affirmation tee-shirts. In her spare time, she enjoys numerous volunteer community engagements, cheering on her high school JV squad, Forensics, National Jr. Honor Society, FBLA, and Swimming. Although her plate is extremely full she maintains nothing less than a 3.8 GPA. Over the next couple of years she looks forward to tackling more personal goals that she has set for herself. 

I hope you are inspired by her story and goals for life.  I will forever be grateful for her, because by discovering her she forced me to research "How to record interviews for podcasting".  I kept making excuses as to why I couldn't record interviews, but because I wanted people to learn about this #Phenomenal young girl I challenged myself to find the solution on how to record an interview.  

Please support and follow her on all her social media pages.  She is having a Back to School drive in the Norfolk area.  So if you are in the area reach out to her to see if she needs any assistance.  

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Instagram:  @prettygirlteez
Instagram:  @z.inc_girlz - Non-profit Organization 

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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Update + Stop Running

In this week's episode, I give you an update on the new release of our "P.U.R.E. Moments Journal".  We are excited to release and make the journals available to our listeners and supporters.  We also encourage you to use this journal to write about your most memorable moments.  To purchase your journal, you can click here.  

In this episode, I also share with you my journey to accomplishing one of my biggest goals for this year.  In mid-February, I was chosen to run in the Broad Street Run.  This is a HUGE race!!  It is a 10k run and I am beyond nervous.  During this episode, I will share my moments of happiness, fear and how I faced my fear.  

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