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My Journey to the Motherland

Never in my 40 years of living have I been so excited about Black History Month. That's African-American history. That's the history of African descendants who live (or have lived) in America. My first trip to the continent of Africa opened…
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A Middle Seat Message of Resilience

Long post, but makes me appreciate those times I get a middle seat. I fly often and right now Southwest is my preferred airline...unless I forget to checkin for my flight 24 hours in advance. I was busy with the #aflvcentral conference and…
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5 Tips for Being Thankful When Life is Hard

Yesterday as I driving down the highway thinking about Thanksgiving and wondering what I would do for the holiday, I also thought about how many situations in my life were not where I wanted them to be. As I sank deeper into my woeful feelings,…
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Your Happiness Your Choice

I've been working on a new keynote, and I'm so excited about the impact I believe it will have on helping others to be more resilient. And even happier with life. It comes down to two choices- Accept it (SO What!) or Change it (So NOW…
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Scarier than Ghosts and Goblins...

The scariest moment of my life was how and when I became a teen mother.  Almost equally scary (upsetting, embarrassing, devastating...) was when I learned that my teenager was about to become a father.  As Halloween approaches, I want…
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Today is Launch Day SO I'm About to Take Off!

After six years of speaking full-time as a professional speaker... I am so excited to announce that I am now a speaker with the agency, ForCollegeForLife! Although I speak on several life skills topics and issues related to being…
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My Two New Babies

Did you know that last Sunday was Grandparents Day? At 40 years old, I am in a pretty unique position. I still have two grandmothers in their 90's. And I am a grandmother. Five-year old, Kailey and one of my new babies, six-week old…
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40, Friends, Forever

When I was a little girl, I initially struggled with friendships. In the sixth grade, my class started the "I Hate Summer" club. Even a couple of girls who had been my friends were a part of the club that made talking to me or sitting with me…

The 12th Anniversary of One of My Biggest S.O. What!'s

Tonight I'm grateful because it is what would have been my 12th wedding anniversary. And I'm not sad about what could have been or what at one time I thought should have been. On June 9, 2007 I got married with doubts. There was love, but…