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This past weekend I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Delta Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Rhapsody in Pink Scholarship Ball.

A few have requested to listen to my speech.  Here it is!

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Special THANKS to KBS for the iPad recording.

 

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Add a Little Spice to Your Oscar Experience

Friends here’s a look at my latest Lifestyle segment on WCCO in Minneapolis, MN.

WCCO Saturday Morning March 1{LINK} to WCCO Saturday Morning, March 1, 2014

1. Fun clutches were from the Kardashian Kollection available at Sears.

2. Oscar Ballot available from www.cbsnews.com.

3. Dips and other tasty food ideas were from Tastefully Simple.

3. Cocktails: Champagne, CÎROC*, Pierrer and Stack Wine.

CÎROC Cocktail -  CÎROC Coco Light Martini (127 Cal)

 1.5 oz Unsweetened Coconut Water (8c cal)

1.5 oz CÎROC Coconut (94 cal)

1 oz Pineapple Juice (17 cal)

.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice (4 cal)

Shake and strain into coupe glass // Combine all ingredients in martini shaker with ice  // Garnish with lemon twist

4. If you’re in Minneapolis and you don’t have plans for The Oscars please join me at The Oscar Experience. Discounted tickets are available using the discount code, WCCO.

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*CÎROC*, Johnnie Walker & Bailey’s are partnering official spirits of the 83rd Academy Awards Governors Ball.

 

 

Seize the Day Lovers!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAYValentine’s Day is often a day of mixed emotions. For those that have a special person in their life it’s a day to commemorate their  love and special feelings for one another. It often involves gifts, a special meal and romance. Some people dread the day due to the fact that it reminds them that they are single; while others choose not to acknowledge the day because they believe it’s a “capitalist holiday” designed to encourage people to spend money. Many simply honor the day by spending time with their loved ones.

No matter how you feel I want to encourage you to celebrate LOVE today. There’s so much more than being in love or Eros love (passionate love, with sensual desire and longing). There’s self love (sincere appreciation for oneself), Agape love (unconditional love/God’s Love) and Philia love (used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity). Whatever the type of love…know that that you are loved!

TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME*

GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying :
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer ;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may go marry :
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry.

 Wishing you a Valentine’s Day filled with love, happiness + peace!

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*TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME was written by Robert Herrick

NEW New Year’s Resolution

“At some point in time everyone has been at the corner of New Year’s Resolutions and maybe I need a NEW New Year’s Resolution.” -Walgreens

The first month of this year has been plagued by severe cold weather all over the United States. Between the Polar Vortex I and II and the Deep Freeze it may have been hard for you to keep your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions. Or perhaps you’re like me and the majority of the participants in a recent Bizrate Insights survey and you “don’t make New Year’s Resolutions.”  Whatever bucket you fit into here are a few practical approaches that you can put into practice to ensure you are intentional about what you accomplish in 2014.

Choose a Word of the Year

This was a new concept and practice for me in 2013. However, I found a lot of focus and strength from the Word of the Year that I established for 2013. My Word of the Year for 2013 was UNLIMITED. UNLIMITED served as a guidepost for my life throughout 2013. It served has a centering mantra at times when I felt overwhelmed, it encouraged me as I chartered a new journey and more importantly it was a reminder of the goodness, love and blessings that have been bestowed upon my life and of the love and compassion I should share. My Word of the Year for 2014 is BETTER. I’m looking forward to a 2014 that is BETTER than 2013.

There’s a great book entitled, One Word that Will Change Your Life  by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page that can help you establish your Word of the Year. Additionally, President and Founder of Uplevel You, Christine Kane has a great online discovery tool that can help you identify your Word of the Year.

 

Create a Vision Board

A vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. It’s a common practice for people to tear pictures from magazines that represent the vision for their life they are attempting to manifest. I like to include words and affirmations on my vision board too. In addition to traditional poster boards and bulletin boards you can also digitize your vision board. I have a digital  vision board that I created on Pinterest.

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Establish Two Daily Goals

A dear friend shared this concept with me at the beginning of the New Year when I asked about his New Year’s Resolutions. Instead of making new resolutions he said he establishes two daily goals. I love the practice of two daily goals because it allows me to be intentional and realistic about what I want to accomplish for the day. Additionally, if I keep it up all year long I would have accomplished 730 goals for the year! My Type A personality likes the sound of that.

Two Daily Goals

If you’ve already thrown in the towel on your New Year’s Resolutions  or if you didn’t journey down the New Year’s Resolution path I would encourage you to try one of these ideas. I firmly believe success begins with intention. Words of the Year, vision boards and daily goals are great foundational tools that we can use to establish our intentions for 2014.

 

VLOG: Happy New Year

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Practicing Gratitude

Two weeks ago we celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States.

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Our Thanksgiving 2013 Dinner Table

Leading up to Thanksgiving I saw a lot of social chatter about what people were thankful for. However, the chatter has almost silenced since last Thanksgiving. I’m on a journey of living a more authentic life, which to me involves owning and taking responsibility for ALL of me…the good, bad, ugly, and indifferent. I also try to move in and with gratitude daily.

I believe more people should move in and with gratitude. Practicing gratitude allows us to focus on the good in our lives, families and communities.

Here are 4 EASY ways you can practice gratitude in your life this holiday season

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

I write down five things a day I’m thankful for. Sometimes I capture them in a traditional bounded journal book. Some days I capture them in an app on my iPhone called Gratitude Journal. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to keep track of the things you’re thankful for. Today, I wrote down that I’m thankful for new opportunities, my Costco membership, Face Time conversations with my BFF, getting some great deals on a few Christmas gifts and for finding the bottom piece of my Mophie charger.

2. Tell Someone Else

Do you have a friend that’s a GREAT friend? Is there someone that always remembers to send you a birthday card? Does your neighbor always seem to have the one thing you accidentally left off of your grocery store list? When you send your holiday cards this year why not include a personal note to those special someone’s in your life letting them know how much you appreciate them and their kindness.

3. Clean out your closets, kitchen cabinets and toy chests

What better way to prepare for the gift-giving season than by getting rid of the “stuff”  you no longer use? If you’re like me you may even have extra dishes, housewares, linen and clothing that you bought ON SALE and have no intention of using. Additionally, your children may have toys that they never played with or no longer play with. We all have gently used items that can bless someone else’s life

4. Volunteer at a local food bank or  pack food for needy children

This is a great individual, family and/or group activity. In lieu of a holiday luncheon with your friends, why don’t you spend the time serving lunch at a local shelter? Last Christmas season I volunteered at a local food bank. Not only was it a fun experience but it nourished my spirit and reminded me of the true meaning of Christmas.  Volunteer Match is a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities in your community.

Even though Thanksgiving is over, we can still practice gratitude. How do you practice gratitude beyond Thanksgiving? I love hearing from you, leave me a comment below.

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VLOG: BALANCE

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What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

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I read that question a few months ago while reading the book Lean In. At the time my response was I would ride roller coasters, go zip lining or try para-sailing. You see I have a fear of heights or what I refer to as a vertical challenge.

My life has been CRAZY BUSY lately…all in good ways (no complaints here). In the midst of working on a project in Chicago I got a call that one of my clients wanted me to manage/produce a screening for the movie 12 Years A Slave (A MUST SEE FILM) in Los Angeles. As I listened to the client explain the expectations and deliverables I thought, “WHAT, you want me to do what…..in LA? Are you sure about that?”

For the record I’ve never managed, produced, led or even worked on a moving screening, but looking back I realize I have the transferable skills necessary to manage/produce a screening. On top of managing/producing a screening they wanted me to do it in Los Angeles the HOME of movie stars (which I know none) and movie making. I wanted to say NO. Then I thought perhaps I could take on the project in a city where I had “connections” but after my mini anxiety attack and self-doubt conversation I was reminded that I’m on Faith Walk and that this Faith Walk that I’ve been on has not led me astray yet. So I put on my big girl panties and if I do say so myself I did the DAMN THING with the help of a great team!

I doubted myself and that doubt led to fear. I’m so proud of myself for not caving into the fear. I stepped up to the challenge and I was blessed with the resources and people to make the screening “FANTASTIC,” according to one of the executives at Fox Searchlight.

Reflecting on last night’s success I thought about how many times I’ve said no to things or didn’t do something because I was afraid. For all I know I’ve allowed fear to prevent me from SEIZING THE DAY.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

You just might CARPE DIEM!      

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12 Years A Slave Screening Collage

Carpe Diem Challenge: September 13, 2013

Make new friends but keep the old….

One of my dear friends, Daarel is starting a new chapter and moving from Atlanta to Memphis to work at this really cool education “hub.” In the spirit of celebrating his NEW job and NEW chapter my friend Natasha and I invited Daarel out for a “last hooray in A.”

We had a great time laughing, reminiscing and simply being ourselves. Our time together really helped my seize the day because the “summer cold” had me out for the count the majority of the day. It’s great to have friends that know your past, present and are EXCITED about your future.

 

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Make new friends but keep the old and don’t forget to seize the day!

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Carpe Diem Challenge: September 12, 2013

I knew she had a series of work out videos

I knew she was married to Ted Turner

That sums up what I new about Jane Fonda until I watched her Master Class last year. After listening to her life experiences and pearls of wisdom I learned about her as an individual; as a person that has made mistakes and has regrets and as a person striving to live her life authentically and peacefully. I learned that she is a woman of conviction, wisdom, passion and pure kindness.

Jane Fonda Master Class

Fast forward a year and a half later and who do I run into at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta….Jane Fonda!

She was sipping a Tito Martini while she waited for her escort to a fundraiser she was attending to arrive. <Side Note: I wasn’t familiar with Tito Vodka so I looked it up. It’s a handmade and distilled in Austin, TX>

Anyway, my friend Jaems and I had a brief conversation with her than we asked if we could take pictures with her and she obliged. After we took the picture she said “let me see.” A very REAL response.

So my Carpe Diem moment for Thursday, September 12, 2013 was a chance conversation with Living Legend Jane Fonda.

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Jasmine + Jane Fonda

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