Archive | October 2012

Motivation & Inspiration: PowerUp1020

**Warning** This post is long…no seriously I mean it’s really long, but so worth the read, I promise!

As of recently I have found it to be true that motivation and inspiration can come from some of the most unexpected places, at the most unexpected times. I posted not too long ago about the end of a relationship and how if it had not happened I wouldn’t be where I am today. Honestly over the last month I would have to say that breakup was divine intervention.

Let me explain:
For as long as I can remember I’ve been told there is a particular air about my spirit and energy. One elementary school teacher told my mother “She’s going to a an Ambassador some day”

~Side note, my parents took this as I talked too way much and told me to stop taking advantage of being persuasive 🙂 and let the other children in class learn.
** Hold on to that notion ‘cuz I’m coming back to it **
Let’s fast forward about 20 plus years and look at what I’m up to. I began this blog to find my voice and place not only in my physical location ( DC Metro Area), but also my place in life. Man have my eyes been opened this last month and a FIRE placed under my tush! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some truly phenomenal people over the last 6 months. Women and Men alike have given what they may have seen as a few words of encouragement, but what I feel and see now as the building blocks to my legacy. I’ve attended a few events and listened to some amazing speakers who have all motivated and inspired me; their message always boils down to “What are you waiting for?” and ” Step into your true place.”

Saturday:
PowerUp weekend, was a conference that really stirred my vision for what I want my legacy and life’s work to really be about. You see, at this conference it was all about us and where we ( as women) want to go and use our power. I was expecting to get some networking and words of wisdom, maybe even a little more ummph, to put me back where I was when I returned from Blogalicious12; but noooooo that’s not what went down at all. With great thanks to Uneeka Jay and her arsenal of Empowering spirits, I was moved beyond belief ( honestly I was almost in tears at times). Everything that was coming to me was not just from these amazing speakers but from something so much higher and powerful. “Stop waiting”, get rid of ” all I gotta do is”, leave the “I just” alone, and go TAN.
During our lunch, Helen Jonsen and I had a brief conversation about what I do and who I am, and afterwards I received my ah-ha moment. I got chills when I realized how passionate I am about encouraging others and my journey as a Veteran striving towards normalcy and reintegration into a society that really has no idea what to make of me. I finished my lunch awkwardly and even a bit uncomfortable, because the emotions that were stirring were unfamiliar to me, but later I realized it was my calling coming forth. I sat there reflecting on Uneeka Jay’s opening about “Before the Click” and Monica Barnett’s comment about using ” I just…” during The Power of Choosing Wisely. What just happened here? Why am I feeling like I’ve just been shaken at more core? After lunch, I sat through Helen Jonsen’s session stumped and practically rendered dumbfounded at anything I was asked to do. She wanted us to write down “wow” words describing ourselves, I COULDN’T GET THEM OUT!
To myself I thought alright this is it, I’m literally having a breakdown, but no my loves…it was a BREAKTHROUGH!
When the next speaker, Cheryl Pullins, started I didn’t even know if I was present anymore, that is until she hit us with “You Gone Learn T’day” and that’s when I snapped back to earth, whew that was crazy, but what I didn’t know was that things were about to get even crazier for me. As Cheryl took us through our session, more emotions came churning through my spirit and body, WTH ( what the heck, ham, what ever H-word you feel like inserting, you get the picture). Her message of “The Balance Myth” and the fact that it’s more about the “Choices & Decisions” we make in life really hit home. For the longest time I’ve been afraid of stepping into my place in the world because I don’t want to outshine anyone or come across as cocky, but the truth is, the person I was created to be is one with a Powerful voice to speak for those who can’t or are too afraid to do so. Dr. Nicole Cutts took this home in her session on “Creating a Vision Board for Personal and Career Success”.
One of our activities was to write down our ideal scenario for our life, be it work/career, lifestyle/possessions, relationships, personal/spiritual growth, or physical health. I chose personal/spiritual growth; now without getting too detailed into my vision let me say that this exercise that we participated in pushed me off the cliff of ” I’m not ready yet” into the valley of ” I’ve got a mission and I’m ready to start”. My mind and my heart raced as I got so excited about where I wanted to take my life! So as I read my vision to my peers and looked to my friend who had accompanied me, I read with confidence, conviction, motivation, inspiration, and above all else BELIEF. I was gonna do it and be fierce! Our closer, Mr. Jim Smith, spanked my “but” (as in told us to stop making excuses) and told me to go TAN ( take action now). I’m on it boss! I left PowerUp with a new attitude and outlook on my life.

Sunday:
I had shared my experience with my room mate the night before and she was pretty happy for me.
Kristy, (who is not only my room mate but also CEO/President of the non-profit organization I’m dedicated to) and I had a conversation about where K&K World Wide was going and the role I was playing in the enrichment program creation. Again the Universe and my Higher Power were speaking to me. You see, my desire for K&K World Wide is to create a Empowering and Enriching network for our children on a global scale. Our non-profit’s mission to assist orphanages in poverty stricken countries and our desire to work with our youth here in the U.S. is going to be such a fulfilling process. Kristy, prompted me on my thoughts and my mission. It was an amazing feeling. So here it is, Monday morning, and I’m still on this high given to me from beyond.
Remember that thought I told you to hold on to about a teacher referring to me as an Ambassador, well here it is, I’m claiming it and moving forward as an Ambassador for Change!
I’ve decided to take my passion for helping others and I am creating something mind blowing. I will be a voice for Women Veterans and our journey after service and all that lies between. I will create a network of mentorship and empowerment for our young, and Our Future. Even now as I write these words I feel chills and an energy like never before. I’m telling you now, this is going to be EPIC!
A special “Thank You” goes out to all of the positive Women and Men who have motivated and inspired me thus far, I pray I can return that same energy to you and the rest if the world.

Feeling Liberated!

Today I had time to truly reflect on the past few weeks. I was overwhelmed with emotion; Accomplishment, Closure, Liberation, and Pure Joy. Why might you ask? Well for one l’ve officially made my move to the DMV complete. It’s a wonderful exciting time, and 30 is right around the corner and I’m ready to take it all on and push forward into adulthood. My advice and wish for everyone out there is that I hope you recognize your true potential, be your own advocate for happiness, and believe in yourself! Stay Blessed and Have a Great Weekend.

~Miss Pretty As A Peacock~

for those of u who have asked what fragr

for those of u who have asked what fragrance I’ve been wearing here’s the link, blog post to come this weekend 🙂 It’s called sweet dreamz by naturally beautiful http://ow.ly/em0s9

My Very 1st Re-Cap: Blogalicious 2012

Where do I start for my very first event re-cap? Honestly, if I was to take you through every single session I loved, I’d be here for a week, So I’ll try and keep it short…at least try. Here goes…

The kickoff event was actually not on Day 1, but the Thursday night before at the Vegaslicious Tweetup at T-Bones Chophouse and Lounge. Here many of us were able to introduce ourselves, socialize, and of course try out the signature drink. There was plenty of laughs and card swapping (many by Moo), but around 9 pm something a little more important became a hot topic for the night…Scandal had made its way into just about everyone’s conversation, I was intrigued as to what was so sensational about the show since I don’t watch TV and have never seen the show myself. I did however make some awesome connections with a few folks, Jose Candelario (Official Funny Man), his wife Bonnie, Toni Harris, Meredith, and Aliah.

We were all smiles around the pit.

 

Here’s the signature drink for our tweetup..Welcome to Vegas Ladies!

 

Day 1, My day didn’t start at the Welcome Lunch like many others, mainly because I was there to help Ms.Maisie Dunbar of bluffajo.com setup before the conference began, we started around 09:30. It was pretty exciting to see all the vendors/sponsors set up as well all before everyone began walking around and looking for information. Plus I was able to get my makeup done and be a walking advertisement for my friend Maisie Dunbar, not just for great mineral makeup but also representing an awesome makeup artist.

BluffaJo Cosmetics made its presence known at Blogalicious12!

Here I am..All Made up, ready to rock…and advertise 🙂

 

The Welcome Lunch was a true treat, between the creators of BeBlogalicious.com and  our keynote speaker Judene Walden,Executive Vice President of  the Moguldom Women’s Division http://madamenoire.com/, we truly saw how the rest of the weekend would run. Judene came in with energy and a bit of a history lesson on Digital Media, which I found to be pretty engaging. It was also a bit of a change to sit at the table and every single person there was on an electronic device of some sort, we all discuss from time to time how rude it is for someone to be on their phone while eating, but for this forum if you weren’t tweeting or taking notes via iPad…you did not come prepared.

Meet “The Justices” behind BeBlogalicious.com

My girl Nae Carter of ichoosethesun.com was among the many who were lighting up the blogisphere and twittisphere during the luncheon.  

Now I’ll tell you this, there were so many events I really felt like I couldn’t keep up and that was just on Day 1. There was a Shop Your Way Afternoon Tea, Wells Fargo made a presentation on Empowering Your Financial Future, and then there were the Poolside Chats: Find Your Niche. Between sessions I was able to talk to other bloggers and find out what their passions were in regards to their blogs. The event that closed my night was the McDonald’s “Viva Las Ladies” reception, we had a blast socalizing, dancing, and picture taking.

Thanks McDonald’s!

Thanks to McDonald’s we had a blast.

We decided to strike a pose for the camera! Nae Carter, Aliah Davis, and T (me)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That wrapped up Day 1 for me, though many others took the “Trip to Da Strip!” I went to bed.

Day 2 started a bit earlier with our Kelloggs Love Your Cereal Breakfast, I  honestly found it nice, even though my archenemies watermelon made an appearance…I laughed in the face of my allergy…yes dear watermelon, I had my benedryl and I was ready! The sessions for Day 2 were just as great as the ones the day before; speakers like Mario Armstrong, Corynne Corbett, Miss Lori, the entire Box Tops 4 Education panel, just to name a few.

If I had to sum up Day 2 in a few words they’d be Uplifting, Encouraging, and Motivational. Negativity was nowhere to be found, just smiles and a whole lot of socializing. I did however have to have a moment afterwards…mainly because I was able to take a picture with Rozonda “Chili” Thomas!

AWESOME!!!!

Now for our evening events we were jammed packed with super cool events my two favorites were the   “Bowl For More Birthdays” sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the GainFresh party with…none other than Doug E. Fresh!! Ok, if you are an original Hip-Hop Fan you know this was the event to be at for our conference. Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or other wise you know without a doubt we had a blast.

A few of us took sometime to write about those who’ve touched our lives in regards to cancer.

 

6 minutes Doug E Fresh you’re  on…..

One of the many people I made friends with during the Blogalicious12..Aliah Davis

This party was epic, we rocked it until the DJ decided to play “Closing Time”(really dude?) but it was just as well since many would be getting up for the “Let’s Play” Playground beautification project early in the morning.

We had a Breakfast Conversation with Dr. Rosamarie Ingleton, sponsored by Eucerin and afterwards a good bit of sessions left, not to mention Manicures and Mimosas.

Yes, that’s Pink polish and my Pretty Peacock ring!

 

One of the sessions I truly enjoyed was the “Woman Behind the Blog: Perfecting Your Personal Image” Monica Barnett of Blueprint for Style, Uneeka Jay of Powerful Media, and Sharelle D.Lowery of Classy Black Girl all took it home when discussing your personal image and protecting it.

The closing event made my day, and was one I had been looking forward to all weekend. Harriette Cole closed us out in what I can now refer to as “True Blogalicious Style”. Harriette Cole discussed being your authentic self without sharing too much information…in “T” lingo that means “Put Your Filter On..You Know Better!” From Author to Entrepreneur, her story reminds me that we’re all a forces to be reckoned amongst our communities and we need to apply this in everyday life. What an honor to hear her speak.

    Should I send this? If you have to ask you already know the answer.

After all was said and done we all took some time for photo ops!

So that’s my Blogalicious12 re-cap in a nutshell…A VERY BIG NUTSHELL! Words that come to mind when I think of Blogalicious now: Positive Energy, Empowerment, Partnerships, Networking, Authenticity, Passion, Collaboration, and Social Good. All of these subjects were constants in our conversations and dealings throughout and I hope many others like myself will never forget them.