Before I Die: 5 Lessons About Living Life To The Fullest

Before I Die: 5 Lessons About Living Life To The Fullest

I first learned of the Before I Die project when one of my close friends wrote a blog about participating in a workshop inspired by the project. The project was created when Candy Chang, an artist who had lost someone she loved, painted the sentence, “Before I die I want to______” in chalkboard paint on an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood. The next day, the wall was full of personal aspirations and reflections from those that had picked up a piece of chalk to share a piece of themselves in a public space. Continue reading

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Do You Have A Dream?

Do You Have A Dream

As we celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday today, I am reminded of his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. In front of a captivated crowd, Dr. King shared his dream of freedom and equality in an electrifying speech that advanced the civil rights movement and cemented his place in American history.

Now imagine yourself in front of the Lincoln Memorial ready to address a crowd of thousands, or maybe you are at home sitting at your computer. What would you say? What would you write? Do you have a dream? Continue reading

4 Tips To Spark Your Creativity

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For the last three weeks, I’ve been suffering from an acute case of constipation. Mental constipation, that is. I think the stress of getting settled in a new place, project deadlines, and a never-ending to-do list has caused a major blockage. My creative flow is at an all-time low. While this bout of constipation has been extremely frustrating, it is also a sign that it’s time to take a laxative. So here’s what I’m going to do…

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4 Key Steps To Raising A Child With Vision

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It is often said that we become what we believe.  One of the most notable books on the subject, The Secret, is all about the law of attraction, positive thinking and visualizing your dreams to fruition.  I am a firm believer of this and when my daughter turned 3, I began to introduce this concept to her as well.  It might seem like a young age to start a discussion on such a mind-bending subject, but I figured if I can train her to go to the bathroom, to hold my hand in public places and all of the other rules of childhood, why not train her to believe that her dreams are there for the taking?  And while working with her to develop this characteristic over the last few years, I’ve had a few epiphanies myself! Continue reading

9 Things That You Should Not Do in 2014

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Happy New Year!  While you are busy making a list of all of the amazing things you plan to accomplish in 2014, here are 9 things that you should definitely NOT do this year. Continue reading

The Lesson In The Blessing: 3 Things I Learned In 2013

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Last week, I was blessed to be honored as one of the 25 Most Influential African-American Women in Cleveland by Heineken.  What a great way to end the year!   I was so inspired by my fellow honorees and their amazing stories.  In addition to having the pleasure of spending the evening in the company of these amazing women, I was reminded of three very important things. Continue reading

Dear Mom, You Are Doing A Great Job. Love, Your Kids

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At some point, I think all mothers have doubts about their parenting skills.  In our struggle to get it right, we tend to focus on what we are doing wrong.   Or what we think we are doing wrong.  Turns out, we are doing a better job than we realize. Continue reading

inspIration: How To Make A Dream Come True

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Have you ever been so close to reaching your dream, you can taste it…feel it…touch it?  That’s how I’ve been feeling lately.  That realizing my dream is so close!  Which is sooo exciting and sooo scary at the same time. Continue reading