Be Fearlessly Authentic

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It’s the Weekend!! The title of this Blog Post speaks volume! Be Fearlessly Authentic!

In a world full of competition, being authentic is key! There is only one YOU. To thine own self be true. 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, 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. Listen. It will lead you to a more grateful and thankful life. Be authentic in your choices. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Embrace genuine connections and self-imperfections.

Living from a place of authenticity, means being truly engaged in your thoughts and actions. Despite, what the world may tell you. Don’t be successful being a copy. We all are not perfect, but 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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Life of Color

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The weekend is HERE! I hope you had a wonderful week. I truly enjoyed my time this week in Chicago and so grateful to be amongst the top three for a toothpaste brand commercial! On to the Final Stage! I had a short time to explore and enjoy Chicago, although it’s only been thirteen years (LOL)!!

As I was strolling down The Magnificient Mile (Michigan Avenue), there were beautiful sections of colorful flowers everywhere! Lately, I’ve embraced the “Life of Color” lifestyle. Meaning to be alive, open-minded, full of hope and dreams – with joy, happiness, and self-care. Don’t shy away from what is difficult and hard…EMBRACE IT! Embrace a life of color in full bloom, like the colors of the rainbow. Bloom where you are planted. 

Experiences, challenges, and lessons will show up in your life. Release fear. Live on purpose. Live in the present moment. Surround yourself with those who honor the best in you. Embrace your dreams. Be happy. Be grateful.

Always SMILE…


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Happy June

Welcome New Blog Followers!

Someone, somewhere is welcoming the month of June! For me, I am excited to welcome a new month with exciting opportunities! Definitely, the end to another school year and the beginning of summer fun! Swanson is headed to the Seventh Grade! Time flies!

It’s a time for family gatherings, friends vacationing, or simply a time to enjoy the scenery around you. It seems like everything starts to bloom in the month of June and the wild creatures will be on the loose! Yikes…not a fan of creepy crawlers!

What are your favorite summer traditions? Fun day at the water park? Inexpensive local fun days or a beach vacation? Whatever you decide, create lasting, happy memories! One way to do that is to journal your adventures. This will allow for summertime inspiration and reflection.

Summer is all about spending extended time with family and friends. Get away from everything…have fun and enjoy!

Always SMILE…


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Lessons Learned

Happy Friday!

I am so happy to see the weekend! In a blink of an eye, you may just miss it! Time flies!  Have you ever just reflected on some of your lessons learned in life? Whether in your career, friendships, or starting a new endeavor? Sometimes, you have to experience life in order to learn the lessons. The truth be told, the more life you experience, the more lessons you will accumulate.

Although, some of those lessons were learned through experiences; as you grow, you will quickly figure out what’s truly meaningful and worthwhile. This will allow for self-awareness and personal growth. Life is happening NOW! We often wait around for that amazing opportunity or career change, but sometimes you have to go out and grab it by the horn…Live Intentional! Be intentional about your success, growth, and goals.

Don’t be resistant to lessons learned. Life has a funny way of repeating those lessons that we fail to understand. No matter how old or brilliant you are, we ALL will experience change in some form or fashion. Wisdom is key.

Here are a few ways to embrace life lessons:

1. Acknowledge change. Change can happen very quickly at any stage in life.

2. Accept change. Allow for the changes to unfold and gain understanding as to why things transformed.

3. Learn from the experience.  Accept it, embrace it, and learn from it. It is so easy to refuse to accept major or minor changes. Experiences are a great teacher.

Always SMILE…




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Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you special mothers! Mother’s Day can bring about so many emotions for women around the world.  For those that may not have their mother here on earth, always know that her presence and spirit will forever be in your heart. To those women unable to bear children of their own, but whose nurturing extends to so many beyond what we can see, our thoughts are with you.

Mother’s Day should be everyday! We wear so many hats of strength, faith, and endurance.  The daily tasks of being the taxi driver, food chef, and the lists goes on and on.

I pray that your day will be a blessing of reflection, love, joy, and memories to be shared  for years to come.

I am so grateful for the gift of motherhood!

Have a Blessed Day!

Always SMILE…



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Great Expectations

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Do you have Great Expectations? Dreams, hopes, and plans should position us to expect that great things will happen! You can’t predict the future, but you can expect that great things will happen in your life. There are unpredictable things that will occur and you will not be able to avoid them. Sometimes, bad things happen to very good people. You will have to pray and press your way through it, in your timing. The process is so important.

Don’t spend to much time dwelling on negative things. You never know which door will offer new opportunities, so you have to always remain in a position of expectancy.

What is the “Why” behind your goal or dream? Your goals and dreams should be bigger that your comfort zone. Take some time to reaffirm your goals. Do you feel excited about your life and the path you are on? Take risks…BOLD risks! I did and never imagined being where I am right now…on this day!

Give yourself permission to expect great things. Don’t live a mediocre life. Inspiration comes from within yourself. You have great things inside of you!

Expect great things and great things will happen!

Always SMILE…


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Don’t Stop Until You Are Proud

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Happy Saturday!! Don’t Stop Get It, Get It! Sometimes, you have to encourage yourself! Don’t Stop Until You Are Proud! Do it for YOURSELF! That Goal. That Dream. That Career Change. Keep pushing until you are proud.

In the midst of writing my first book, there were so many times, I wanted to stop. So much was going on in my life and dealing with the tragic murder of my younger brother, was devastating. I pushed through some difficult times, but so glad God kept me in his arms. I am EXTREMELY grateful and proud of all the support, success, and opportunities afforded to me.  Don’t Stop Until You Are Proud! The road traveled may be a little bumpy, but those curves and hurdles are meant to strengthen you.

What have you given up on? What are you procrastinating on? Pondering decisions and choices for a long period of time, will cause your growth to be stagnant.  If you keep pressing forward, that amazing day will come, when all your hard work will pay off. All because you didn’t believe in quitting. Don’t doubt your greatness to make an impact on this world. Don’t doubt your awesomeness to start that business, write that book, or complete college. There is no greater feeling in the world quite like accomplishing a goal or dream. We all have fears, limitations, and challenges that we deal with on a daily basis. Don’t compare yourself to others. Be proud of who you are and the journey you are on. Live on Purpose.

Remain steadfast in your faith. Remain hopeful.

Learn. Grow. Embrace everything.

Always SMILE…


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