Motivational Sprinkle

Happy Thursday! Today I am switching things up a bit. I’m doing a little “Motivational Sprinkle” to add some happiness to your day. We are going dive in uncut and unfiltered.

I’m going to be very honest with you all. I have been having a rough week balancing my blog, life, and coming up with new fresh ideas.

One thing I don’t allow in my life is depression or discouragement anymore. BUT, I found myself battling with it.

Why?

I was stressed the heck out. I’m usually the person hooping and hollering about great things happening for others except myself. I do believe good things will happen for me, it was simply harder for me accept.

Recently, I hit FACE FLAT. I had such a hard reality check in life I had to go back to the drawing board. Y’all, I was literally burnt out.

Now, let me be transparent for a second.

I struggled with depression severely. Now please do not think I claimed that over my life because I did not. Consequently, I had life facing me head on. As a result, I succumbed to my own obstacles instead of being reminded how strong I really am. Rule number one about me, I will never lose.

Next, let’s move on to you. MY AUDIENCE. I had this topic on my heart so much for a specific reason. I have observed so many young people struggle terribly with finances, emotional and spiritual support and LIFE. Let us dissect the root of these things.

Where does most of our pain come from?

  • Anger: a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.

It doesn’t have to be rage with screaming and shouting, but our pain definitely stems from it.

How are our emotions defined?

  • Emotion: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with
  • instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.

The Limbic System of the brain is our source for emotions. It is made up of several structures which are all located in the cerebral cortex.

So why are so many young children and young adults prone to fighting depression? From my listening, I gathered many have so many “things” they want to accomplish, but the lack in their life no matter what it is plays a huge role.

What I am saying is, they try to juggle this, that, and the third it begins to overwhelm them. Personally, I was juggling work, life at home, missing family, trying to start my blog and whatever else was thrown at me. But some people have another life at home where the household may not be stable or a stability but no means of providing for themselves. I notice young adults try to avoid asking for help until they are posing a risk to themselves. Don’t have too much PRIDE.

Now, I know prayer works because I’m evidence of the result. A lot of things that happened were simply a trick of the enemy. Nothing new. Recently at church, we had a sermon speaking on how our past is always reminding us. Whatever “fear” or “regret” you have from your past, it tends to creep back up and say “REMEMBER.”

I do believe in the times where young children and adults are pushing the hardest, those emotions brew.

I want to be a source of motivation for all but most importantly for people my age. Realizing where my strength lied and how hard I needed to fight for my dreams was evident. Each blockade began falling and I was able to chisel portions off of my body that kept me bound.

Please do not allow yourself to fall flat on your face and remain bound. Take a step back and look at things in a different perspective. Whether you regret a decision from the past or you don’t have the ability to say no, YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE.

What will it take for you to feel better? Will it be anonymously chatting or having a therapy session? It is perfectly fine seeing a therapist FYI. If you are in need of anything be it a prayer or encouraging words, I want to extend my comments section for questions and comments. Also, submit an inquiry on my form to contact anonymously too. 

Together we stand and together we conquer. Those dreams aren’t going to be achieved by themselves! 

Go get ’em! I hope a little motivational sprinkle over your day helped. 

Pop Shop Dine

Pop Shop Dine. Now, I do believe those three words ought to raise some curiosity. Let me go a bit more into detail about this. You definitely are in for a treat!

In all honesty, I am quite corny with puns if you caught my previous sentence and the picture associated. (LOL) But, any who Happy Monday! I do hope it is magnificent as it is the beginning of the work week. Remember to keep pushing and remain positive in all that you do. Now, let’s get to reading shall we?

First of all, I would like to give you all a little backstory as to how I met the beauty behind this Pop Shop Dine event. Also, at the end I’ll reveal the hilarious events leading up to my arrival. Sit back and enjoy!

Everyone, I would like you to meet Ebony Monique from “Monique Shoe Studio.” This is the brilliant mind behind the gorgeous shoes. I loved the picture above taken by another photographer that I had to insert it into this post! I love Monique’s personality that is coupled with her creativity so I believe this picture is perfect! But, I digress. Here is a little about how we met!

I met this beauty covering the “She Writes” brunch by Lillie Mae. It was absolutely amazing how we both met honestly. At the conclusion of “She Writes”, Monique and I encountered each other as she was going around the room passing out her business card. With a sudden glance of her work, I immediately established a relationship with her. We began talking more in detail as I learned about her shoe line and I was absolutely fascinated. This woman is truly talented.

She began a luxury shoe line both for men and women. She is a small business making a huge impact. And two, she is a successful minority stamping her name in the fashion industry. After speaking, we exchanged our information and remained in touch. I told her if she ever came back to Atlanta, I would love to cover her event! Low and behold, she took my offer and granted me an amazing opportunity.

All of Monique’s shoes are handmade and custom designed. They are classically designed with a trendy and edgy approach.

Due to the ambitious drive Monique possesses, she has been featured on a variety of fashion shows and NBC. Most noteworthy is the amazing collaboration she landed with the upcoming Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo! You will see her shoes featured at this event and as a bonus, you get free tickets on her! Simply visit www.atlantawomensexpo.com/exhibitorcomp

Check out this awesome ‘About Me’ from her website

“Ebony Monique grew up like most little girls, playing in her mother’s closet. Her love for shoes can be traced back to when she was two-years-old while most toddlers are busy getting into everything, Ebony was busy playing with her mother’s shoes, trying them on, falling in them and modeling them for anyone who would give her their attention.

Her love for shoes started her on a long journey to find stylish and affordable shoes. Each time a lovely pair of shoes caught her eye, she did what most shoe-crazed women do – Buy them! At one time, this led to Ebony seeking an extra bedroom just for shoes.

Ebony truly respects great shoe designers, but she has often wanted a shoe to have that special something to make it truly perfect.

Determined to locate that perfect shoe, she launched a shoe boutique in 2013. She never found it. Soon, she decided to fashion her own shoe line and bring her vision to life. She started describing her ideal shoe in detail to sketch artists and began working with a manufacturer to fabricate affordable and quality shoes.

Her obsession for shoes has helped her create shoes with personality that all women and men will love. Ebony’s journey to becoming a shoe designer has truly been a labor of love. She has designed her shoe collection all while being a loving wife to her husband and proud and energetic mother of three, a toddler and twin infants.

Ebony holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s degree in communications management and is working toward her PhD in leadership and management with a focus on organizational change.

Monique’s Shoe Studio features an Ebony Monique Collection. Luxury styles are all hand-made and designed specifically for the every day woman or man who appreciate quality footwear. Ebony Monique’s approach is to combine classic designs with a trendy and edgy approach. Ebony Monique’s Men’s Footwear is just as fashionable and well thought out.

Be sure to use #ebonymonique when posting to your social media sites.”

 

In addition to such a successful event, I cannot continue on without highlighting another powerful woman Monique partnered with to make this experience worth the while.

Stacia of “Soul2Sole Boutique” also brought her touch of fashion and they are definitely a dynamic duo with the products they have to offer. Stacia is based out of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She specializes in ladies apparel, handbags/clutches, shoes, hats and accessories.

Ya’ll this event was so great, there were some women peeping through the glass trying to see the commotion. I saw them walk away and thought to myself “let me go get them before they miss this opportunity.” Well, they came in, enjoyed themselves so much and made a purchase or two! Again, SUCCESS is the key word for these businesses.

(Note to Stacia and Monique: I have my eyes on the Sequin Lips Dress,, Obama Tote, and the Gem Shoes!)

Another note!

The Pop Shop Dine event was held at the cutest popcorn shop called Indulge Popcorn. It is located on 177 Peters St. SW Suite B, Atlanta, Georgia 30313. The owner Amy was so sweet and informative about the process they go through to flavor their popcorn and boy was it detailed. She had flavors ranging from Pumpkin Pie Popcorn to Garlic Parmesan. This popcorn is no joke! I even ate a caramel chocolate pecan popcorn that melted so softly in my mouth. If you are ever in search of a quick sweet treat, this is the place to go! All products are 100% organic with non-GMO ingredients keeping the flavor true to it’s name.

Lastly, let me fill you in about the adventure trying getting to the event. Boy was it a riot!

Have you ever had everything go wrong in one day on one of the most IMPORTANT days?! Well, that happened. My car battery died, I needed an oil change and this all happened directly before the time I needed to leave. In addition, my battery didn’t die once, it died twice! The second time I promise my car became lifelike and did everything EXCEPT what I needed it to do. As a result, my keys were stuck in the ignition, wipers were going crazy and my window was stuck down.

Oh, and do not think for a second it stopped there! My car started ticking and ALL of my gear lights were going off like a siren. Ya’ll, I was ready to ball out like a baby. But, after all of those moments transpired, my husband asked our neighbor for help a second time. She came to the rescue, my car was up and running and to my surprise my husband accompanied me to this event. Needless to say, I pushed and conquered and I am so thankful I made it to this event. It is a blessing to do what I do!

My mother always taught me to pray for a ram in the bush and favor was definitely working on my end. Though it may seem a bit trivial to speak about, I needed all of the prayer and encouragement because there was no reason for this to happen. Special thanks to my mom, aunt Janet and my dear best friend Makala reminding me where to seek my help. I was ready to give up and call it quits on this event with a sour heart but in the end God prevailed!

In conclusion, thank you so much for hanging around and checking out Pop Shop Dine along with these awesome business owners! Make sure you go support these businesses! Below you will find all links to social media and websites for purchase. Enjoy the gallery of Monique Shoe Studio Pop and Shop! Philippians 4:13

Ebony Monique:

Stacia Mcneil:

Oh real quick! I met a personal trainer too. Check her out if you are looking to be summer time fine for 2018

Nicole H. :

Empowering Beauty Within Oneself

Empowering Beauty Within Oneself

Empowering beauty within oneself. What does that mean to you? Let us sit and have a lovely chat about the importance of this topic. So, grab you a cup of coffee and let’s dive on in!

First of all, where are my manners? Happy Friday to you! I do hope it has been wonderful and prosperous because you have made it to see another full week! Now, let’s get back to business.

This event was held at Georgia State University by “The Ambitious Chapter of College Girls Rock Inc.“, “Embrace Your Crown Foundation” and “The Be Naked Campaign.” It was filled with fun, laughter and happiness.

First, I have to applaud EVERY SINGLE YOUNG WOMAN who attended this event. It was emotional, inspiring, empowering, and  relieving. You may ask yourself how can an event be “relieving” of all words to describe such? Let me explain.

  • Emotional: relating to a person’s emotions, arousing or characterized by intense feeling

This event was emotional because of the beauty that engulfed the room. Each young lady I laid eyes on possessed a level of unlocked elegance that hasn’t scratched the surface yet. Also, the time we had speaking to one another and sharing events through our lives, I witnessed a deep connection throughout the space. Although, there wasn’t a tearful emotion, the depth of understanding shared was beyond elevating.

Some young lady’s openly asked questions without any pride about what anyone would think and some listened to the words of our speakers. No matter, they all were poured into and I believe ones that may have felt alone grasped refuge in another beautiful soul to be reminded that they are never alone.

Next, let us cover inspire. What inspires you?

  • Inspire: Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Next, this event was inspiring simply by the fact that each speaker had an innumerable amount of unfiltered advice to share. So understand that they did not hold back, they allowed themselves to be transparent, and continued to backup their words with scripture.

I am unable to fly over the importance of having Christ centered in your life. Consequently, everyone will not understand ones walk, but knowing where you may exercise your faith is amazing. If I go down the line, Nikki, Zakiyrah, Bianca, Andre’ and Ashley ALL reminded us ladies why we should continue to push for ourselves. They also showed us that it is alright to have our emotions but we must snap back into who we are within ourselves. Most noteworthy, we must not become susceptible to the pain, anger and sadness that surrounds us in life.

Unfortunately, it is very easy to allow things to consume our attention and time away from our passion and purpose, but once you find who you are and who’s you are, things start to fall in place.

Finally, we are on to the last two.

  • Empower: Give (someone) the authority or power to do something

So this is quick, easy and to the point. We were all empowered to take authority over our lives and support one another. Simple as that.

Lastly RELIEVING.

  • Relieve: cause (pain, distress, or difficulty) to become less severe or serious

Ultimately, this event was relieving because so many ladies were in search of “something” and received their answer either from their neighbor or a topic that was discussed. For example, one speaker covered depression in the African American community which followed by a few questions. In addition, one young lady waited patiently to ask her question then revealed she just received her answer by listening to a response for another question. It’s the sense of relief that creates such a feeling. Furthermore, I was relieved that so many young women stepped out and sought guidance from one of the speakers. Whether it be a mentoring relationship or therapeutic help with a situation they are going through. Not one soul left the same way they walked in.

In conclusion, “Branding the Beauty in You” was absolutely amazing. I see this form of empowerment and networking stretching across the globe for many young women. There is always someone hoping for help, a friend, or a gateway to escape reality but they don’t seem to know where to find it. Because of this foundation, it can be the answer to many prayers. I thoroughly relished the moments along with overwhelming joy meeting everyone. Also having the opportunity to capture this through my lens. Finally, I look forward to the next chapter! Hence the importance of Empowering Beauty Within Oneself?!

Also, below you may find all links and social media to each speaker and the hosts of the event. Thanks for tuning in to Empowering Beauty Within Oneself. Make sure you remember, there is beauty within yourself. So tap into it. It’s something powerful.

Note to Shaquanna, Angela, and College Girls Rock Inc: You all are beautiful souls and as a result succeeded in pulling this event off. I pray unlimited blessings for all of you with my continued support. I’m glad to have met you all!

Andre’ Josey: Curator of The Secret Garden Party and The Beauty Campaign

Bianca Danielle: Founder of The Crying Voice Project, Philanthropist, and Master Life Coach

Nikki Woolfolk: Personal Stylist to Professionals/Fashion Advisor

Zakiyrah Ficklin: Voice of the Millenials/Author of Her 20SomeTHINGS and Founder of Her Foundation Inc.

Ashley Sistrunk: Master Stylist/Creator and Educator of the “Lace Me Up Tour/Pulp Riot Color

Shaquanna Chappelle: Image Coach and Confidence Enthusiast/Founder of “Embrace Your Crown”

Angela Young: Founder of the “beNAKED Campaign”

 

Mystery Feature Day

Mystery Feature Day

First of all, hey, hey, hey! We are back for our Mystery Feature Day! This feature is definitely someone you want to follow.

If you haven’t guessed it already, my special feature is the lovely Tara J. This young lady is a jack of all trades being a freelance photographer, make up artist and touring with Plus Size Model NAO! I even checked out a skit she was in. I guess you can say she’s an actress too!  If you haven’t jumped on the train to follow Tara’s moves, take the moment now!

Mystery Feature Day

Now, Tara is native to the 757 and I can already see she is definitely making some major changes. Check out the day she revealed her big opportunity!

Guess I can reveal my good news! I will be joining the #RunwayNAO tour with Ms Nao herself 🙌🏾 God got a way of closing one door and opening up heaven to rain down these blessing on me!!! You will see my name in lights one day! Shoutout to my true supporters from day one! My real friends and my real family! THE WORLD FINNA GET THIS WORK!! FIRST STOP FOR ME JERSEY & NEW YORK!! ☺️💪🏾 MAKEUP & PHOTOGRAPHY!
#TARAONTHEBEAT 💋💋
#RespectTheShooter
#TheNAOexprience
#3Pconsultants

Honestly, I admire this young entrepreneur’s hustle. She is consistent with her content and brand with everything she does. Her work definitely does not go unnoticed with the support people flood her with.

Second of all, as a freelance photographer, this girl has some awesome skills! Let me show you what I mean 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 Tara J. Visualz

In addition to photography, let us not forget her Make-Up Artistry either!

Also, if you are curious about getting in touch with her, below are all ways to connect

Lastly, thank you for sticking with me on these features and make sure you are going out supporting one another! Furthermore, let us continue to uplift the young adults to pursue the impossible.

Special note to Tara: 

Keep doing your thing and follow your heart. Trust and believe in your work and keep God first. I’m admiring you and all the talent surrounding the 757 due to the determination and ambition you all possess. I can’t wait to connect with you one day! 

-Relle 💋

Mystery Feature Fashion Edition

Happy Wednesday everyone! I bet you all thought I forgot about these features?! No! Not one bit. We are back for Mystery Feature Fashion Edition! How exciting!

Today’s feature is super awesome! Now, first, let me start off by saying, I go way back with this lady. It really amazes me how time flies when you feel like you just met someone yesterday. But, I digress. This person is an all around military wife, mother, former military, and business owner! Talk about more than a triple threat. So without further ado, let me introduce you to my third special feature

TAMARA SIMPSON

About:
LuLaRoe Tamara Simpson Boutique! I am an independent fashion consultant. Clothing styles in dresses, skirts, tops, and leggings in a variety of sizes!!

As I was doing a little research, I couldn’t help but love how cute these clothes were! I admit, I have seen many women partaking in being a LulaRoe fashion rep, but this is amazing! And special shoutout to them for keeping the curvy girls in mind too!

Oh! And before I forget, she is also doing a St. Jude fundraiser through her private Facebook group. Now, tell me why this shouldn’t be supported? You have the freedom to look good, feel beautiful AND support a wonderful foundation. Below are the rules to her fundraiser and the link to join will be attached:

Be sure to go and support her! You are able to find her and connect through two ways on Facebook. First is LulaRoe Tamara Simpson

Second is her private Facebook group for the St. Jude Fundraiser CRH LulaRoe Tamara Simpson

As always, make sure you go out and support your local businesses and small owned businesses. It means a lot when we as friends, family, associates and more create a support system to push growth with SBO’s.

If you are looking to join, make sure you ask her how!

Thanks again for sticking with me with another round of mystery features, this time being Mystery Feature Fashion Edition!

Love you all! 😘