How Are You Writing Your Life Story?

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy May! Happy Hump Day! Hope you are having a great week thus far. Whew! It’s been a busy…productive last couple of months for me.  From work travel, to family functions and just balancing life. I was reflecting earlier in the week, reminiscing about the surprise birthday getaway for my mother. She turned “65” on last month and I took her to Chicago to see Hamilton. She was sooooo exited and full of joy! I recently heard from the poll experts, that more people are visiting Chicago than New York to see it.  Of course, I had to introduce her to several “Windy City” sights and good eating, although she visited over a decade ago. Let’s just say the Skydeck experience was a bit much for her, yet she conquered it! (Smile)

Soooo let’s get back to my experience seeing Hamilton! It’s a must see! Definitely worth seeing. I heard the original cast will be retiring in July. I won’t spoil all the fun with details, but I left feeling more empowered to continuing making strides and leaving a legacy footprint behind.

Each day we are writing our own story with every encounter with family/friends, partnerships, networking, career opportunities, business endeavors, political positions and our daily spiritual walk. Your legacy will be left behind for others to share and talk about. What story are you writing? Hamilton’s story is being shared in the form of a musical, lived out from “poverty to power” in American History. There were many moments where Hamilton didn’t let anything stop him from “getting his shot” at opportunities and a few shocking surprises as well. Be mindful of the shots you encounter and accept.  Okkkk…I will not spoil the fun! To my Memphians, it’s coming in July! Tickets go on sale May 2nd. Go See It!

We are quickly approaching the halfway mark in the year. Can you believe it? With a few positive twists and unexpected turns lately, I still have a few goals left to master for 2019. One thing for certain, we can make all the plans, but God’s agenda will prevail.

How are you letting your light shine? We often think that we may not have what it takes to inspire, empower or encourage others, but truth be told, we all have an obstacle we overcame or a hurdle we crossed. Letting your light shine means letting all that is good within you come forth, embracing what is to come. Where are you spending your time and energy? There is so much negativity around us on a daily basis that when good enters our environment, it brings light to the darkness. Be sensitive to the needs of others. Find ways to be a blessing to those around you and beyond. A small act of kindness goes a long way.

It’s not easy to let your light shine if you feel a need to fit in everywhere you go. In some environments, simply smiling and speaking to people in a kind way will cause you to seem odd. SMILE anyway! Choose to be more concerned with being a vessel of truth and love on a daily basis than fitting in with the world’s standards.

No matter what your purpose in life, there is an underlying mission: Living your life in such a way that people say to themselves, “There’s something different about that person and I want to know how to experience some of that peace, joy, and love in my own life.” (Positive plug from Valorie Burton) Well, it’s been through disappointments, good/bad times, unexpected tragedies and opportunities that led me to LIVING life each day. Life is sooo short. I mean… really short. Move past failures, failed endeavors and approach each day with gratitude! To live your life to your fullest potential, you must use your gifts and talents with a passion and serve others. Your faith and purpose is a part of who you are. When you free yourself to be who you are, you also free others to be who they truly are.

Let your light shine!

Always SMILE…


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Happy Easter

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Easter! Hope you are enjoying this beautiful day as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! I am soooo glad about it! He Is Risen! Let this day signify in our daily lives as a day of forgiveness, grace, mercy, love and purpose.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our promise that the life we live is not in vain. Our lives have purpose. Spread your light abundantly.

Have a wonderful, blessed week!

Always SMILE…



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Happy April

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy April! This is surely not an “April Fools’” as we are in the month of April. The temperatures are a bit chilly here in Memphis on today, but expected to be warmer as the week progress.

Easter is celebrated in April, recognized for Resurrection Sunday, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we approach Easter, Good Friday is observed to commemorate the crucification of Jesus Christ.  Did you know that it is also Stress Awareness Month? Stress affects us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Stress can occur at any time. It affects our health, relationships, lack of sleep, health dangers, including anxiety. Busy careers, family challenges, toxic relationships and unforeseen circumstances can play a major role.

If you feel your stress level rising, try listening to your body. Maybe you need to take a step back from what may be causing you stress. Is it a work project, stressful relationship, death of a loved one, or a financial situation? Take a break. Breathe. Meditate. Notice the triggers. Giving yourself a mental break in all of your stressful situations can have powerful effects. Take a short vacation. Exercise and journaling can help ease the tension. Laughter is the best medicine for the soul. Spending time with friends and family is a healthy way to relieve stress. Kickboxing is a form of exercise I partake in five days a week. It’s truly uplifting and encouraging. I often incorporate running outside when the weather is beautiful, making sure my allergy pill is close by. Memphis weather is something else!

These days it’s hard not to get overwhelmed once in awhile. Turning on the news itself can be overwhelming and depressing. Don’t neglect what’s important. Sometimes, you may have to put some things on hold for a short time to feed your soul.

How do you manage stress? I would love to hear from you.

Always SMILE…


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Inward Reflection for Men

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Monday! Can you believe we are in the middle of March, already? This is the third blog post for men and so grateful for the feedback and support!  Please continue to share with your co-workers, friends and family.

Do you take time to self-reflect and evaluate yourself? At some point in life, we all tend to take a moment to reflect on many things. Somewhere along the journey, complications seems to arise in the form of disappointment. We experience low and high moments, caused by many factors. Life happens and we tend to try to fix or improve the outer layers, instead of focusing on what lies within. Our joy and peace brings internal happiness. When looking at this way of life, our vulnerability becomes very evident: we have allowed our emotions, thoughts and desires to be influenced by external circumstances, none of which are in control. We often anticipate things will soon fall apart. As long as our inner life is controlled by outer situations, we will always be in a devastating position.

Self-evaluation and reflection allows for an increased awareness for our own well-being. We are often in the midst of situations beyond our control and some we may have control over.  The best way to handle these type of situations, is to go inward and recognize our true state of being. Our joy, happiness and peace cannot be attained by external factors. When you look deep within yourself, do you see peace or internal conflict? We all learn from the past bad experiences, but thinking about them too much won’t allow you to live in the present. Consider the entire situation as motivation to be a better person.

I often talk to many people and some are wandering through life with no purpose, no intention and no clarity about what they need to do to make this life count. We are not on this earth to just exist. We all need a vision for our future. Life moves in one direction. Stop wasting your time. Move forward with purpose. Live your life with a sense of urgency. Make a bold decision right now and go make life happen.

I have a simple challenge for you. Write down three things that you want to do, but are too scared to start. What’s holding you back? Commit to taking action on these items over the next 30 days. Check in with me and let me hold you accountable.

I am very excited about this journey in sharing “Man Monday Motivation” the third Monday of each month. I previously mentioned having a Spring workshop for men, but decided to put that on hold until a later date. I would love to connect with you on a conference call to see how these monthly blog posts are working for you. You’ve shared a few ideas that I am excited about.  Send me a note if you are interested.

Thank you for reading and continue to share with those around you.

Have a wonderful week!




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Mid-Week Motivation

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Hump Day! It’s a windy day here in Memphis with temperatures in the 60’s! Can you believe it? Hold tight…the cold breeze is scheduled to return very soon. It’s my last day of work for the week and excited to spend several days off with my family on vacation. It’s Spring Break and I need a break!

How do you wind down for a few days? The back thoughts of needing a vacation from a vacation, comes to mind. Sometimes, just taking a few days to gather your thoughts, reflect  on your life and spending time with family and friends are the best times…and ohhhh a great book! What are you currently reading? I must admit, I love to read!

This is your mid-week reminder to surround yourself with positivity and those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself. We all endure struggles, pain points and those trying days of defeat. Hold on…don’t give up!

We all are a work…in…progress!

Have a wonderful week!

Always SMILE…


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March Into A New Mindset

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy March! Did I just say that? This is the last month of the first quarter. What happened to January and February?! March is here! Soon, we will be captivated by flowers blooming, birds chirping, the happiness of a new season and celebrating Women’s Month, but there is a slight chance of snow this weekend. Let’s watch and see!

Over the last couple of months, many adapted to embracing new endeavors, eating healthy, and exercising regularly, but how often do we think of changing our mindset?
In most cases, it starts with a decision. A decision to change our thoughts, patterns and actions. I’m totally on board for changing the way I approach and react towards things. I am truly adapting to the mantra, “Protect Your Energy” because it all starts with how you react and respond. Don’t give in to always having to respond with the same energy, or behavior brought to you; especially the negative side of things. Keep peace and joy in your heart. Have Faith. Embrace Hope. Spread Love.

Your mindset affects the energy you give off, which controls the energy you receive. Hopefully, you have written down goals and dreams for this year, that will also require having a strong mindset to make those a reality. Don’t focus all your time on the long term resolution, but actively putting in the work consistently will offer you maximum results. It’s so easy to jump five steps and miss the message at step two. Consistency will elevate you.

What mindset shift will you embrace? Will it be to change the way you think about fitness, goals or time management? Your ultimate decision will require dedication and motivation. Focus on the positive aspect and not the negative nuisances. Keep in mind, that life will sometimes get in the way of our best plans. Whatever the goal or desire may be, we should always see ourselves achieving them.

Here are a few tips to changing your mindset:

– Shape Your Mindset With A Vision And Specific Goals

– Practice Positive Affirmations

– Be Confident In Your Abilities To Excel

Focusing on the positive aspects helps us to feel more engaged and empowered. Cultivate the habit of being grateful for where you are in life.

Always SMILE…


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Self-Care for Men

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy February! February is the month of love. Valentine’s Day was celebrated a few days ago and hopefully, you showed love to those dear to your heart. This is the second blog post for men and I’ve received a lot of great feedback. Thank you so much for reading and sharing with others! Since February is the month of love, I would like to share a few thoughts on self-care and loving on yourself. Men, let’s dive in!

How often do you incorporate self-care as part of your overall well-being? Practicing self-care isn’t always easy. With busy schedules, demanding careers, or supportive families it can be difficult to find the time.  Self-care isn’t just for women. Men can enjoy it as well. Most men are conditioned to think of themselves as providing for their families and will tend to put themselves last on the priority list.  Men, self-care is important and you should prioritize it as well.

Do you routinely play down those days of feeling tired or experiencing those trying moments? Do you find the time to slow down and regroup? Women generally find the time, whether it’s a moment to catch up with girlfriends, enjoying a pampering day or home relaxing with a bubble bath and candles burning. Many men feel as if the only way to succeed or be successful is to become a workaholic. The idea of taking care of yourself may make you feel weak or feminine. Let me break that mindset and LOUDLY say that is incorrect! You deserve it. Men tend to fall back when it comes to self-care and the lack thereof, can result in chronic aches and pains to lacking energy. Your mood will change and alter your behavior and thinking.

You are worth every bit of love and care you desire, want and need. Self-care is an investment of time to slow down and take care of yourself. It is about promoting and increasing your overall mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Here are a few self-care tips:

1.  Make Time for Yourself. Get organized. This is the first step. Making time for yourself isn’t selfish, it is necessary to becoming your best self. Maybe it’s going to the gym, reading your favorite magazine or listening to your favorite album. Enjoying some alone time will allow for deep meditation.

2. Pamper Yourself.  Schedule a facial, manicure or pedicure. A relaxation massage is always a great idea. Pamper days are not just for women. Take advantage of some time to be pampered.

3. Manage Stress. Recognize your burnout signs. Sometimes, you may have to take a short break from a particular task or work project. Taking a half hour or so to clear your mind can make a huge difference. Journaling is a perfect way to jot down your thoughts and clear your mind.

4. Exercise. Daily exercise can help you both physically and mentally. It may be hard for you to go to the gym frequently, but try to incorporate exercise to your daily routine.  If time prevents a lengthy workout, spend some time outside or go for a leisure walk or run.

5. Quick Getaway. Take some time to rest, relax and rejuvenate. It does not require taking a week’s worth of vacation days. A perfect staycation is always a good idea. Taking a short break over the weekend, allows for you to return with a clear mind and can increase productivity.

Are you fostering healthy and nurturing relationships? It’s important to engage with those that you care about, and that respect and love you. Maintaining healthy relationships has been shown to positively influence your life. Self-care is a necessity for your mind, body and soul.  Schedule your self-care time, and guard that time with everything you have. It’s a mindset that we all can embrace on a regular basis.

Have a wonderful week!



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