Remembering Mommy…16 Years Later

Remembering Mommy…16 Years Later

Black Excellence, Empower & Inspire, More About Chanee’
As of today, my mother has been gone for sixteen years. Sixteen years of her not hugging me.Sixteen years of not getting her advice.Sixteen years of her not fussing at me for not answering my phone while I'm out.Sixteen years of ups, downs, pain, and joy. It's hard for me to talk about her because I hate thinking about her in the past tense. This year I knew I wanted to put something out on the blog, but I didn't know where to start. I started googling ideas and found a list of journal prompts for grief. I decided to use a few to reminisce about the best woman I've ever known. It helped a little. So, here goes… In a few sentences, what was your mother like?Mommy was fun-loving,…
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21 Things to START Doing in 2021

21 Things to START Doing in 2021

Empower & Inspire
January 2021 is off to an interesting start. Whew! The other day I posted a list of things to stop doing in 2021.Today, let's focus on things we should do more. 1. Do the things you say you’re going to do 2. Set boundaries 3. Say what you mean and mean what you say 4. Take care of yourself 5. Learn new things 6. Express gratitude daily 7. Conquer a fear or two 8. Drink lots of water 9. Exercise 10. Read more 11. Disconnect when needed 12. Laugh a lot 13. Dream big 14. Work towards your dream 15. Ask for help 16. Speak highly of yourself 17. Be optimistic 18. Cut things out of your life that don’t serve you in a positive way 19. Be consistent 20.…
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21 Things To Stop Doing in 2021

21 Things To Stop Doing in 2021

Empower & Inspire
Happy New Year 2021 and all that jazz!I hope this new day/week/year finds you well. With a new year often comes a new set of goals and achievements, people begin to set for themselves.I am all for and about setting goals and creating action plans to achieve those goals. An action plan usually includes a list of things you need to do and the steps you need to take to reach your goals. And that's great, continue with the action plan, but there are some things you're going to have to let go of, too. Below is a list of things you can stop doing in 2021 to reach any of the goals you've set for yourself. 1. Accepting less than you deserve 2. Caring about what other people think…
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Celebrating the one year anniversary of No, I Don’t Have To

Celebrating the one year anniversary of No, I Don’t Have To

Book Lovers, Empower & Inspire
One year ago today, I independently published my very first ebook, No, I Don't Have To via Amazon. By releasing my book, I realized my dream of becoming an author and creating another income source on my road to entrepreneurship.To celebrate my first anniversary, I am releasing the story that has received the most feedback and reactions FOR FREE. See below-Imaginary Race. I'm also excited to announce that I will be re-releasing the paperback version of No, I Don't Have To with more stories and activities in Spring 2021. I appreciate all of the love and support I've received in the last year and look forward to sharing more of my writing and experience with you all!Happy Holidays and Happy Reading! "Hey, Girl!" I said as I walked up to…
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You’ve Made It This Far For A Reason

You’ve Made It This Far For A Reason

Empower & Inspire
You've made it this far. You've made it through or are making it through some of the most challenging times in your life. There were some things you thought would absolutely break you, but look at you-you're here. You did it. You're doing it. While I'm speaking to you, I am also speaking to me. If you had told me fifteen years ago, I would have survived my mother's death and went on to do some of the things I've done; I would have thought you were crazy. But look at me- I'm succeeding. I'm thriving, growing, learning, and improving daily. Has it been tough? PLEASE BELIEVE IT. There have been times I've wanted to give up. There have been times when I thought I gave up, but I kept…
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I’m Grateful For My HBCU

I’m Grateful For My HBCU

Black Excellence, More About Chanee’
I have seen more appreciation for historically black universities and colleges on social media because of our new vice-president-elect, Kamala Harris. If you're new here, I am a proud HBCU alumnus. In 2006 I graduated from the National Treasure, Morgan State University. I am so grateful for not only the education I received at Morgan, but the family and friends I've gained, the experiences I had, and how I grew as a person. To check out why I only applied at Morgan, check out my previous blog post- Why I Only Applied To Morgan State. To get a small glimpse of my experience, check out my post, where I share some photos of my experiences- I'm So Glad I Went To Morgan State.
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My Favorite Inspirational Books

My Favorite Inspirational Books

Book Lovers, Empower & Inspire
Reading is one of my favorite things to do. Cliche or not-reading is the key to a better life. The reader and Language Arts teacher in me believes that wholeheartedly.  Below is a list of a few of my favorite inspirational books. These books have taught me, changed me, and inspired me to better and do better. Have you read any of my favorites? What book has changed your life?
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A Few Things I Learned About Myself During the 30 Day Walking Challenge

A Few Things I Learned About Myself During the 30 Day Walking Challenge

Empower & Inspire, More About Chanee’
Last month I came across a thirty-day walking challenge on Instagram. The goal was to walk thirty miles in thirty days. The woman who created the challenge (BmoreZinga) didn’t want to put pressure on people; she suggested we walk one mile per day but made it clear we would encourage each other and not shame each other throughout the process. It was okay if you missed a day. I accepted the challenge and, in the process, learned a lot about myself and reinforced some things I already knew. Walking is my favorite form of exercise. Exercising does not come easy to me. It’s a task, and it takes me forever to do, but not walking. I would grab my headphones and favorite playlist and enjoy my time by myself thinking…
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National Black Business Month

National Black Business Month

Black Excellence
August is National Black Business Month. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I regularly support and post black businesses. Check out a few of my favorites here. Here are a few more of my favorites below. Common Sense Cafe - catering, private dining, and plate sales SkinXO by Candice - Facials, Waxing, Eyebrow tinting Amor Beautique - online boutique Pressed Baltimore - all natural cold pressed juicing company Dose of Serenity - handcrafted wooden wick candles Crabs Down Under - delicious, hot and heavy crabs The Cheesecake Cafe - offers 18 flavors of cheesecake, milkshakes, and hot chocolate; while still offering custom cakes made to order Glitz Mixed Drinks - Glitz Mixed Drinks come get Lit with Glitz *Must be 21 or older Taste of Excellence…
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