Black Excellence: Supporting Black Business

Black Excellence: Supporting Black Business

Black Excellence, Empower & Inspire
A LOT is going on in the world, and none of it is new. There is a lot to learn, read about, write about, and process.While I’m still in process mode, I’ve created a list of a few of my favorite black-owned businesses and organizations to support. Many of the businesses Maryland based but offer products to ship. Take a look and support black business. HustleT2020: Customized t-shirts and hoodies Organics by Ellie: Skincare line made with all natural ingredients Royal Achievement Tutoring: First through Fifth Grade tutoring in mathematics and literacy Lorraine's Cleaning Service: Offers green cleaning for commercial and residential customers Flight Baltimore: American Fusion Restaurant and Bar (Vegan and Vegetarian meals avaialble) Tips and Toes by Tia: Maryland nail professional Spiced Living: Home, Kitchen, and Bath Products…
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Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation

Education, Empower & Inspire
To wrap up the end of Teacher Appreciation Week, I asked a few of my teacher friends to share a little bit about themselves and their thoughts on teaching. Check out what some of the education world's finest had to share. Anthony on IG Mr. Perkins on IG Mrs. Douglas on Twitter Donate to Mrs. Douglas’ Class
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Why I Became A Teacher

Why I Became A Teacher

Education, Empower & Inspire
My story begins as a little girl in elementary school. I've mentioned in earlier blogs that I am a product of Baltimore City Public Schools. In elementary, I attended Mary E. Rodman Elementary School #204 - we said it just like that, too.  I had some fantastic teachers throughout my time at #204 and knew back then I wanted to be a teacher. Throughout my time as a student in BCPSS, I had other great teachers, but teaching isn't a glamorous career, so I let go of my dreams of becoming one when I went to college. Read about some of those amazing teachers in last year's teacher appreciation blog. So, I graduated from college and went to the corporate side by working in a bank's call center for a…
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What inspires you?

What inspires you?

Empower & Inspire
What inspires you? The first post is dedicated to my mother, the late, beautiful Earlma Patricia Granger, better known as Boo. When I saw this question, I was filled with a bunch of thoughts and emotions. There have been so many people, things, and experiences that have inspired me. Instead of making this post too long, I'll break this down. Each Monday in May, I'll write about what inspires me. I could be biased, but probably not, my mother was one of the kindest, most sincerest people-especially when it came to her children (my brother and I.) She believed in every far fetched or minuscule idea I had for my life. She made me believe I could do or be anything I wanted to in this world. An idea that…
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How To Choose An Accountability Partner

How To Choose An Accountability Partner

Empower & Inspire
On my May 2, 2020, post, I wrote about the importance of having accountability partners. As you can tell by the title, today's post is about how to choose them.  Choosing the best partner is crucial in achieving your goals. You want to make sure the person or people you choose are the right fit for you and the things you're trying to do.  Let's get into it. To me, the most important aspect is choosing someone you trust, someone you know will support you and not sabotage what you're trying to achieve. I'm big on manifestation. For someone to hold you accountable, they have to know what your goals are. If you can't trust them to be happy for you and not speak negatively about your choices-they are not…
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Why You NEED Accountability Partners

Why You NEED Accountability Partners

Empower & Inspire
I tried to reject the idea of accountability partners when it came to reaching the desires I have for my life. I convinced myself they weren't needed, I got this on my own, and I didn't trust people to help with my decisions.  The truth is I wasn't ready to be held accountable. I knew if there was someone to hold me to the things I said I wanted, then I would have to let go of the fear and do them-or feel judged when I didn't attempt to do them.  Aly Walansky says, "Accountability means having both the ability and the willingness to give an honest account of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior to someone else. And while it's important to always hold ourselves accountable to ourselves, it's also…
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Celebrating 37 Years

Celebrating 37 Years

Empower & Inspire, More About Chanee’
Today, April 14th- a Queen was born! Shirt from @hustlet2020 I’m so grateful to see another year! I’m way too blessed to complain. I’m celebrating virtually today, but as soon as it’s safe to gather in public it’s on LOL! In honor of my birthday, take a look at a few celebrations from previous years! 2010 Me and my new fiancée 2010 Celebrating my 30th Birthday Ladies Night- Birthday Edition 2016 Birthday 2016 Celebrating 35 with my brother Turning 30 with my girls My paint and sip 2015 Cousin Crystal 2010 My rider 2013 Birthday/Bridal Shower 2011 Celebrating with my sis 2009 2009 with my brother Proposal! Birthday Dinner 2010 With our aunt and uncle 2010 Friends! 2010 My Miley 2010 The Pepa to my Salt 2016 Besties 2013 My…
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I Get To Workout!

I Get To Workout!

Empower & Inspire
We're in the middle of a pandemic. We're social distancing, some are out of work and income, and it's a stressful time for all.  I'm not taking away from those things. But sitting around and worrying 24/7 won't make the situation better. Why not put this time to good use? One way you can do that is by working out at home. I'm not a doctor, but I've lived long enough to learn the benefits exercise has on my body, but here's what the experts say: 10 Benefits of Exercise. So, how can you look at exercise as an opportunity? I'll tell you. Many people in this world don't have the opportunity to move around. They may have broken bones, weak from health treatments, stuck in a hospital bed, or lost the…
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Quarantine & Grow

Quarantine & Grow

Education, Empower & Inspire
As you all know- we're in the middle of Pandemic 2020. And honestly, it took a while for me to write an entire blog post about it because I didn't know what to do or how to feel. Being a natural optimist, I wanted to be all don't worry, be happy, but I let the media get to me, and for a second, I panicked. I went from this massive to-do list to visiting the grocery twice in two days for things I didn't need. Like that family size of Frosted Flakes that I finished by myself within a week…sigh! While I have been posting to social media daily intending to lift spirits, including myself. I took time to start journaling and sharing prompts to take this time to reflect…
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What She Said

What She Said

Empower & Inspire
As an ode to Women’s History Month, I’ve compiled a list of inspirational and empowering quotes from women from a variety of backgrounds and levels of success. 1. "Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." — Maya Angelou 2. "Find out who you are and do it on purpose." —Dolly Parton 3. "Women and girls can do whatever they want. There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish." —Michelle Obama 4. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman." —Melinda Gates 5. "We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." —Malala Yousafzai 6. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that…
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