Finish Strong!

Many people start the year with great plans and goals for their lives, careers, education, finances and physical fitness.  We are often great starters but few are great finishers.  In order to finish strong one must possess an inner resolve to see a goal or a project through till completion.  It takes fortitude, tenacity, persistence and a determination to avoid distractions along the way.

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ROCK THE VOTE!

Voting is an opportunity to promote, protect, and preserve our democracy. Passing up the opportunity to elect representative leadership means we are electing leaders who share the common interests of the people. Elected leaders have great influence on our freedoms. They can choose to protect our rights to education, healthcare, economic freedom, housing, reproduction and religious freedoms, or they can restrict those rights. They can lead our nation toward righteousness or toward moral disaster.

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A Salute to Survivors

October is National Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness month. Throughout the month, celebratory events are hosted by women’s groups, sororities, civic, community and faith-based organizations, designed to educate and lift the stories of courageous women. While I am not a breast cancer or survivor or a victim of domestic violence, I have overcome challenges in my health, finances, relationships and family.

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A Change In The Season

September is one of those transitional months that mark a change in the season. The changing of the seasons affords us the opportunity to reflect, retool and refocus. In my book, Run & Not Be Weary: The Pursuit of Purpose & Destiny, I speak of seasons and how we must prepare for season changes in our lives.  I write, “Within each season, our responsibility is to manage and complete our God-given purpose, regardless of its difficulty or duration. Then, in God’s appointed time, we must prepare ourselves to change along with the seasons of life.”

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Where did the time go?

This month my Facebook and Instagram timelines are filled with pictures of school age children, high school and college students returning to school after exciting vacations and summer breaks. Many parents have posted pictures of high school seniors juxtapose to their infant, early childhood and elementary school pictures. These posts are filled with joy and congratulatory remarks regarding their student’s growth and success. Yet, many parents expressed a sense that their children had grown up seemingly overnight and without notice.

In my own family, our oldest son is completing his senior year of college, our younger son has entered the workforce, and our daughter graduated high school and has begun her college career. As I peruse my social media timelines, and consider my own family dynamics, the question that comes to mind is, Where Did the Time Go?

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Are You Plateauing?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about issues around plateau, growth and expansion in my own life. In May, I celebrated by 55th Birthday which was an exciting time for me. However, I came into this year without much excitement, flat, or blah… After several weeks of feeling this way, I took a serious evaluation of where I have been, where I am, and where I was going as I knew I was approaching age 60 in a few short years.

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It's Never Too Late To Pursue Your Dreams

On June 10th, I accomplished a dream that was in my heart 36 years ago. I was first introduced to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 1982 on the campus of Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. This was my first college experience. As a black girl from the Southside of Chicago on a predominately white college campus, I was totally unprepared for what I experienced.

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Are you living to eat or eating to live?

Genesis 1:29 records God giving Adam and Eve instructions concerning healthy eating: And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.”  While some use this scripture to teach that we should not eat meat, there are scriptures in the Bible that make allowances for eating meat such as Leviticus 11:2, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying ‘These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth.”  I’m not debating whether we should or should not eat meat or whether we should only eat fruits and vegetables.  The point that I want to make is that we should all strive to eat healthy.

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Life Without Purpose

Dr. Myles Munroe was a game changer. He shifted our understanding of creation helping us to understand that our lives have meaning and significance. I can remember the first time I heard him speak live. His words filled the room. I listened intently to his message on purpose and connected to this truth in ways that changed my life forever.

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It's Mind Over Matter

A few days ago I was sitting at my desk thinking about that morning’s workout at Tadda’s Fitness Camp. It was truly a challenging workout: jog, jump, sprint! I can still hear Tasha encouraging us to do our best as we endured a strenuous exercise routine in the heat. At one point, I began thinking, “This is too much!” I didn’t think I could meet the challenge of a drill that spans the length and width of the entire parking lot 2 ½ times. “Really Tasha?”

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Embracing Change

One of the leadership books that inspired me last year was Scott Wilson’s Steering Through Chaos: Mapping a Clear Direction for Your Church In The Midst of Transition and Change.  I was so inspired by this book that it actually got me excited about something that at one time would make me cringe whenever I saw it coming and that is, Change.

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