empowerment

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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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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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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Nice for What

Ok if you haven't listened to the song "Nice for What" by Drake I need you to stop what your doing and click here (clean version). In this week's episode, I share with you my running experience during my 10 mile Broad Street Run.  Completing that race was such a great accomplishment for me.  I never imagined myself running 10 miles, but God spoke to me during that run and told me that if I apply this method of one foot in front of the other.  I will conquered my dreams sooner rather than later.  

In the second part of this episode, I talk about how the song "Nice for What" is truly truly my anthem lol.  When I saw the hashtag #niceforwhat being used by Mrs. Kahlana Barfield Brown I wondered what she meant by that.  Then my cousin and few Philadelphia entrepreneurs made their own music video using this song and again I wondered who sung this song.  So one day after work I was listening to the radio, something I rarely do, and I heard the song.  I looked on my dashboard and saw the artist name and the song!!  I was sooo hype to have now put all the puzzle pieces together lol.  

During the episode, I discuss how this song relates to me in more ways than one.  The song is empowering and motivating.  Majority of today's music doesn't shed light on women who are making positive moves within there communities, careers and lives.  The top of discussion these days about women mainly revolve around our body types and so on.  So for me this song is like a breathe of fresh air.  Mothers I encourage you to listen to this song with your daughter and have a conversation about the lyrics.  

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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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