Life As I Dream It
Live the Life You Want! September 21 2014, 0 Comments
Have you ever been a part of an experience so amazing that weeks later it’s still resonating with you and you can’t help but replay in your mind moments of that experience over and over again? That’s my life at the current moment. Two weeks after participating in Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend. I’m still on cloud nine because it was just that “O”mazing!
I decided to meet up with some colleagues and add to the already amplified girl power. There were women from all walks of life in and around Philips Arena, the CNN Center, Centennial Park and the newly constructed O-Town. These women were networking, connecting, laughing, and had come together for a single cause- to get something. Those something’s ranged from the extra boost to take a business to the next level, to seeing purpose, to seeking to be filled spiritually and emotionally. It seemed that there were more women seeking the latter however, out of the 15K plus in attendance I don’t doubt that everyone in attendance left with something GOOD and endearing even if it’s not what they came to get.
There were so many wisdom nuggets that I filled several pages front and back while uncovering more truths about me. I wear so many hats that sometimes life gets to be quite overwhelming. A few of these hats came from trying to please everybody and not saying no even when I was stretched thin. Mother O reminded me that I can say no and still leave the relationship/friendship intact. Every cause isn’t important to me so I don’t have to co-sign and support.
Failure will happen and it’s ok. It’s the lessons learned and forward movement that soothes the sting.
Support is critical. Continue to align myself with people who see the same vision as myself, who will not only encourage me but go as hard when I don't even ask.
Haters will take care of themselves. The energy that they give off is like a swinging pendulum. It’s going to come back at them, because as Newton’s third law states- for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Never put myself in a situation where I'm someone else’s pawn, especially on my own turf.
I lost my notes, laughed, cried, and met some amazing women. I left feeling uber empowered and ready for my next. Seeing a little black girl from Mississippi, born with all odds against her, not without obstacles, grow to become a media power broker was inspiring. Many have criticized that she doesn’t give God enough credit. Well Mother O not only acknowledged God as the source but took us to church a few times. She’s so human!
I guess I wrote all this to say it's NEVER too late to live your best life, to not be defined by your past, but truly and fully be- HAPPY, HEALTHY, and WHOLE.
In closing she recited the following poem. I hung on to every word and savored the last line. I repeat it daily…Sit. Feast on Life and I pray you will do the same. Sit. Feast on Life.
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Are you Daring to Be? June 12 2014, 1 Comment
I’m definitely not a life/lifestyle coach or a motivational speaker however; I understand the power of actions and words. Simple actions and choice of words can change a person’s demeanor in a split second. Actions and words can bring a person who's on the cusp of destruction back to a safe place. I work daily at being a beacon of light and hope. If my light should cross your path via social media, email, text, and/or phone, I definitely want it to be warm and embracing. Dare to Be was established as an empowerment brand and I’m thrilled to see women wearing the gloss, looking good, feeling good, and making bold statements about their lives! Take a look for yourself.
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