Youth Empowerment

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!

Thank you for listening and talk with you soon!!!

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Sweents Contact Information
Website: www.sweents.com

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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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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.

I hope you enjoy this episode and stay tuned we have some amazing guests coming up!!

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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.  

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