Be Your Authentic Self

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Labor Day! Hopefully, you are enjoying your day with some much needed rest and relaxation.

In a world full of competition, being authentic is key! There is only one YOU. It requires courage and strength. There are millions of like-minded individuals with similar interests, but your execution will be different. Your delivery will be different. Your niche and creativity will be different. You can’t copy your neighbor’s vision and be successful. God ordained each of us with unique skills, gifts, talents, purpose, and vision. Don’t be disappointed in the delay of God’s timing with your goals and dreams. There is an appointed time for each season.

Have you discovered who you are? What is your why? Your intuition will lead to what is right or wrong for you. It will lead you to a grateful and thankful life. Be authentic in your choices. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. To leave an impression on people we meet, we must first leave an impression on ourselves. How do you feel about yourself? Whatever we plant in our minds, we will focus on in our thoughts. Embrace genuine connections and self-imperfections. Connect with like-minded people that will support and encourage you. We all have difficult times and need positive energy around us. We are not meant to do life alone.

Living from a place of authenticity, means being truly engaged in your thoughts and actions. Strive for excellence in all that you do. Be Fearlessly Authentic!

Here are a few ways to be “fearlessly” authentic:

– Think. Speak. Act Differently.

– Challenge Yourself.

– Love Yourself.

– Take Risks.

– Don’t Give Up.

Go after what you want – Authentically!

Always SMILE…


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Man Monday Motivation

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Man Monday! It’s the beginning of a new work week. Have you checked your Self-Esteem level lately? I know this is talked about heavily with women and youth, but it’s just as important for men.

From self-compassion, self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-love it’s important to understand how we view ourselves. Having a sense of self-worth means that you value yourself and you are worthy. Self-esteem is what we think, feel and believe about ourselves. It’s a driving force behind our confidence.  Women are viewed as been very “emotional” where men feel they have to be “stern” showing no emotions. This often leads to suppressing how you feel, which can affect your self-worth. It’s perfectly fine to show emotions and talk about your feelings. Self-esteem is something that needs to grow and be nurtured over time. Self-confidence, on the other hand, is more about how you feel about your abilities in different situations.

Are there certain situations that may be affecting your self-esteem? Dealing with challenging situations can alter and change your mood. What are the trigger points? Are you dealing with career concerns, relationships,  weight concerns, or anxiety?  Maybe it’s time to take a view of your lifestyle and make some needed changes. Too often we engage in activities or relationships that leave us feeling self-conscious, empty or terrible about ourselves. It’s time to focus on putting the time and effort on things that fuel your mind and spirit.

Whatever experiences you may have or currently going through, discover the root issue and seek out support. Spend time getting to know yourself. We all want to be accepted for who we are. But first, we must accept ourselves.

Always SMILE…



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Back To School Inspiration

Hello, Smiling Faces!

School is back in session! For many students, going back to school can be a little scary, while others are eager to complete their senior year of high school. Instead of dreading those days or rushing to capture the cap and gown moments, create an atmosphere to enjoy every moment.  We have a Ninth Grader…High Schooler on our hands and boyyyyy…it’s hard to believe! Emotions are all over the place! I have been warned multiple times that picture taking will not be allowed this year. I will abide, but what happened to my toddler?! I may have to sneak a photo! (LOL)

As parents, we have to ensure we have our child’s best interest at heart. Most importantly, our participation and ability to listen and recognize their needs are important. Changing from a care-free summer to a structured school year environment, can be overwhelming to everyone involved. It’s important to have a routine that works for the family. Always attempt to avoid the chaos.

Below are a few tips to engage you and your child, towards a successful school year:

1. Plan ahead. Prepare each day ahead to engage in your child’s school work, homework, and activities. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family. Nothing is more important than eliminating the chaos.

2. Bedtime is important. During the summer, children aren’t always on schedule. Proper rest is essential for a productive and healthy school year. Ensure that your child is on a routine to ensure adequate rest.

3. Communicate with teachers and administrators. Contact your child’s teacher at the start of the new school year. Get acquainted with them and engage in your child’s learning. Plan to keep track of your child’s progress, subjects, homework, and activities. If your child has an open house, be sure to attend. This will allow for a snapshot of the environment.

4. Volunteer. If possible, plan to volunteer in your child’s classroom at least periodically throughout the year. Participation in activities is a good way to develop a relationship with your child’s teachers and classmates.

5. Celebrate your child’s achievements. Be mindful of barriers your child has overcome throughout the year. Challenge your child to try new things. Get your child involved in after school activities and programs. Every child learn at a different pace and should be congratulated on their efforts.

If you are preparing for college, take the time to embrace your new journey. Learn as much as you can and embrace opportunities before you. Parents, always encourage your child to be open and honest with you at all times. Notice the signs that may be questionable, such as bullying or anger. Bullying is occurring more and more in rapid forms and is a huge concern. There are many programs and steps to take if you suspect your child is a victim of bullying.

As you prepare for the school year ahead, make sure you encounter some excitement and inspiration while supporting your child in the success of their future. Maintain a positive attitude and have a prosperous school year!

Always SMILE…


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Power of Positivity

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Saturday!! Let’s give it up for the HOTTTTT temps! I wish I could escape back to last weekend in Pittsburgh, to embrace some pleasant temps. The weather was great, although it was a little warm. I will be sharing some tidbits soon on some of the places I visited while there.

The Power of Positivity requires the ability to separate the positive from the negative. When you focus on positive thinking and living, you create a stress free environment. Now, don’t get me wrong some circumstances are unforeseen, but those that you have the power over, you must protect your peace of mind. There are ways to redirect and approach unpleasant situations in a positive way.

Having a positive outlook on life, doesn’t happen by accident. It takes conscious effort on your part to maintain a positive living. Just because you may experience a negative situation, doesn’t mean you have to remain that way. We allow situations to control our thinking and disrupt our day, by the way we respond. If you are a negative person, you will attract negative people and things into your life. Surrounding yourself with positivity, results in positive circumstances and outcomes.

Do you spend time appreciating and welcoming positivity, joy, and happiness or are you always feeling stressful? Sometimes, we can think a negative situation into existence. We focus on the wrong things; clouding our judgement and thoughts. We overthink about past mishaps, instead of focusing on the future. We can’t change the past, but we can focus on a positive, bright future ahead.

For me, I routinely speak positive affirmations over my life daily. From a bible verse or simple quote, it allows for a conscious effort to welcome positivity. Pep talks work. They motivate, uplift, and inspire you to thinking positive thoughts.

Here are a few tips to living a positive life:

• Stress Less. Stress affects our health, thinking, behavior, and attitude. Be mindful of the negative thoughts and actions you entertain.

• Encourage Yourself. Give yourself permission to think and be happy. Learn to encourage yourself when embracing opportunities and challenges. Always be a friend to you, first.

• Check Your Circle. Make sure those in your life are positive and supportive people that you can depend on. Those you surround yourself with  should uplift and push you to living a happy, fulfilling life.

Positivity is truly a self-proclaimed position. If you want positivity in your life, welcome it. Protect your heart, space and energy; for much of your daily actions flows from it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Always SMILE…


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When One Door Closes…

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy July! We have six months remaining in 2019. I can’t believe it! A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed a very relaxing…much needed…vacation to Great Wolf Lodge in Ohio! I may share some tidbits from that experience in a future blog post, but hopefully, you will take some time this holiday weekend to enjoy some rest and relaxation. It’s necessary that we rejuvenate and refuel our minds.

We all are familiar with the saying, “When one door closes, another door opens.” Do you believe that? I truly do, but we often spend so much time focused on why the door closed.  An ending can bring about a lot of mixed emotions and feelings, but we have to stay hopeful for the future. Sometimes, bitter endings are truly blessings in disguise. We have to keep the faith, take a few deep breaths and be patient. Doors may close, but there are new doors of opportunity on the other side. I can truly relate!

I’ve learned that doors of opportunity in life doesn’t always appear in the way we hope or believe. They may seem boring, frightening or beyond our grasp of imagination. Sometimes, we have to trust that we are walking through the right door or path that God placed before us. Every closed door is just a new beginning. Every little thing we do has a purpose. Every wrong turn and stumble is meant to be a teachable lesson.

This picture below represents the many doors of distinct opportunities waiting for us. Each door is unique and different. I took this picture at an event I attended on last month. I was reminded that I have endured some closed doors along this journey (and will possibly endure more), but there were opened doors of opportunity presented.

In life, there are some things we can’t control, but we can apply a positive attitude. Life lessons and experiences are great teachers. Not every plan works out. We all have endured or will endure losses, setbacks and failures. What we have to do is gather the courage to face our fears with prayer, hope and faith.

I can remember when I was preparing to release my book. I almost didn’t release it…or even write it because of fear, the possibility of not receiving support and negative thoughts that we allow to hinder us. I was in a dark place after my brother was murdered, but writing and journaling became therapeutic. I’ve always wanted to write a book to inspire and encourage others, but was fearful on sooooo many levels. That book, SMILE: Success Starts With You, was the doorway that led me to many opportunities to inspire and empower youth and adults. My small business increased on many levels and today, books are still being sold. You can purchase a signed copy, via my website at

That awful tragedy resulted in my testimony of faith and call to action to LIVE life. I have my share of difficult days, but each day (good or bad) is another opportunity to make it count. There are sooo many inspiring dreams and aspirations buried in the grave. Pursue your passions and activate your purpose. We have to step out on faith and allow God to lead the way.

Here are a few positive tips when faced with a closed door:

1. Don’t focus on the past. Look ahead to the future. Expect new opportunities.

2. Have a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude makes your view of life seem full of opportunities and possibilities. Surround yourself with positive people.

3. Remain hopeful. No matter what you are struggling with in your life, embrace a sense of gratitude. Be grateful for every experience.

4. Take chances. Making a big life change or trying something new can be scary. Do it afraid.

5.  Be Grateful.  Be Grateful. Be Grateful.

Keep these helpful tips in your back pocket. Have courage and keep the faith.

Happy 4th of July!

Always SMILE…




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Man Monday Motivation

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Man Monday! To all the fathers, I hope you had a wonderful day on yesterday! We are in the middle of June with six months remaining in 2019. Can you believe that? I’ve been sharing monthly blog posts for men since January and surprised at how well it’s been received. THANK YOU!

I’ve touched on several topics and requesting your feedback on specific topics you are interested in. What key areas interest you? I did receive some positive feedback on journaling topics for men and was very shocked, since women are generally the journaling gurus. Let’s change that perspective! I am hosting my second Journaling 101 course and would love for you to attend…right from your home or office. It will be held on June 25th at 6:30PM. Send me a Contact Form via my website: and will send you details.

It’s the start of a new week. What are you believing for this week? What key areas or projects are you needing a little motivation in? Maybe you just need to start NOW! Don’t wait another day or another month. The first step is to actually get started. Don’t procrastinate. Make it happen!

Always SMILE…



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Conquering Fear

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Thursday! Let’s talk about Fear. Before you can begin to overcome fear, you have to identify and understand what thoughts generate your fear. Understanding your fear is critical to overcoming it. Failure has a way of making us feel helpless or defeated. It causes us to be stressed and full of anxiety. When we fail, we learn. Taking responsibility is about growth. Failure allows for you to redefine your priorities in life. You soon realize what matters most.

The most successful people in life experienced numerous setbacks. Failure is a stepping stone that we all must cross. Think back over a time that you experienced failure. How did you feel? Hopefully, there were some key points that allowed for you to make some adjustments. Was it a teachable moment?

Whenever you feel fear creeping in, immediately begin to reflect on positive things.  Change your perspective on fear to being grateful. Don’t focus so much on the negative, but look to options to create a positive perspective. Truth be told, fear allows for you to be stretched and strengthened in the process.

Journaling is a way for you to write out your fears and track those triggers closely. When you take action and face those fears, you are positioning yourself towards overcoming obstacles that are keeping you in bondage. I will be hosting my second session – Journaling 101 on June 25th. You can join in right from your home. No travel required.  I am excited to bring some fresh, new ideas to past material discussed. If you are seeking to heal from hurt and pain, preparing for goals and dreams to become a reality, or a way to reflect and embrace memories, this session is for YOU!

Life is designed for us to grow. Once you completely understand what failure is and why we must experience it, you will open your mind and heart to experience the journey to growth and success.

Your intuition is your absolute God-Given guide and it is never wrong.  So many times during my fear of the unknown, I trusted my intuition. Whatever situation you are dealing with that may involve fear, embrace it and take action. Step out of your comfort zone. Maximize your potential.

Always SMILE…


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