Empowering Women…Inspiring Others…

Empowering Women, Inspiring Others.

Empowering women makes the world go round! It breeds better friends, lovers, passion, existence. Women empowerment leads to better teachers, mothers, providers, all around love. When we allow women to follow and carry out their dreams, the outcome is a benefit to us all. Empowered women are able to shine down on the world in ways that deviate from hate and drama in tactful ways. Empowered women make better wives and mothers.

Empowered women inspire others to do the same. They are able to see the struggle, humble up and help another going through it. I know that going through a lot of what I have gone through, it would be best to benefit from the inspiration from other empowered women. When women are empowered and other people, they are better equipped to raise empowered children who are not bullying due to their own insecurities they have risen above and are able to have compassion and love for others. It is time to get to a level of empowerment from within and then help others to do the same.

And, just so you know…women being empowered does nothing but benefit the men around us… JUST SAYING!

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Gratitude for my Elegant Team…the reason for the season!

Gratitude for my Soul Family

As we reach Thanksgiving and of course always, I choose to blog about my gratitude for my soul family.  I have many to be grateful for, God, the Universe, my children, my husband, and of course, my cat.  I have many friends to of course have gratitude for and angels along the way who have always taught me a lesson even if the experience was less than desired.

I would like to give special thanks for my Elegant Team.  As I continue to embark on further journeys and future endeavors for my social enterprise I realize who is there day to day making the dream work, bringing my vision to life.

I will start with my gatekeeper or Elegant Director, India. She has tirelessly put up with my continued obsessions, my yelling from my office to get something and always willing to do anything that supports the mission.  After hours, she will do whatever it takes to listen to an idea, personally or professionally by me, travel on a whim and be there for any and all that needs to be done.  Her ability to manage the Elegant program and work on other endeavors, makes the dream work.  She has learned me like no other and supports which ever way the mission goes on any given day.  India will give into the individuals served needs as I always want in the mission we started Elegant by.

Takisha, who may appear quiet, but is super outgoing and loving.    She will do whatever it takes to make the day go smooth.  She listens and is super supportive to the Elegant Team members and is always willing to go the extra mile when direction is given.  She is fun, loving and super caring to those we serve and continues to rise up with Elegant as we move forward into new avenues.

Chantel, who has been with us from the start, WOW!  She is a staple, someone that we can count on to ensure delivery of any supplies, care for the program afterhours, before hours and beyond.  Her commitment has enlarged the mission from the beginning following our current growth.  She goes above and beyond to make sure the individuals served are cared for even doing after hour calls and FaceTime with individuals making their home life as smooth as it is supposed to be at Elegant.

Monica, holds it down.  When she is not present her absence is missed.  She is someone the individuals can count on to maintain the rules and order while still giving them all the incentives out of her own pocket as with her own family members.  She goes above and beyond during hours and after hours to help individuals served feel special as she is to Elegant.  Monica has been with us for many years.  She is funny and super loving even though sometimes she tries not to show that side of her.

Derrick, of course is a relaxed, do anything type of guy.  He will do things without being asked and go above and beyond.  He brings a sense of calm and love to the program.  He will stay late and finish progress notes for all of his teammates while they leave to go off to other jobs or to go home.  He will step up into a leadership role as needed at anytime to ensure things are done.  In a moments notice, he can travel, work and will even come in work sick.  His effort and level of commitment are to be admired.

Darnell,  is funny, caring, loving and knows how to navigate any dilemma with ease and finesse.  His charm keeps the individuals served happy and content.  He is always accommodating, will go and pick up anything that needs to be picked up and has also been doing a lot of maintenance to chip in when we have a sudden defect in our wall from a slight punch from our individuals.  He has been with us for some time as well and I know he can attest to whatever he suggests, results to be delivered.

Penny, is a mother figure to me and the program, doing arts and crafts, providing that therapeutic element that is necessary in a program like ours.  Her ability to manage a crisis situation is excellent and done with ease.  She goes out of her way to make suggestions so that the lives of those we serve is one of quality and love.  She voices her concerns and makes things happen.  Her balance is one of beauty and elegance.

Edwin, is a Godly man who embeds the Elegant program with morals, values, and skills.  He works hard on off hours to make sure that the skills learned in the program are those of lasting success with real life practical examples so that those we serve are respected, loved and have the ability to flourish in the world.  Those individuals served who are getting job interviews and those employed have done so under the direction of his amazing values and skills that have been integrated into the Elegant Program.

LaTisha “Tot”,  Our newest Shining star to come to the Elegant Team who has fit in with ease and belongs in our team of love, joy, and excitement.  Tot can quickly diffuse situations and is always found engaging with the individuals served, cleaning, helping any way she can.  Tot actually asks what she can do to help and does it.  When she says something you can count on her to do it.  She is someone of her word and puts in the effort.  Her success should be no shock in the Elegant Program where she has found a fit.

Tracy, is the core, the foundation of Elegant, the reason for the season, the man who on the scene and behind the scene has the most affiliation to me, the man I envisioned for the job.  He has held up to the job by providing that brick layer that built us and will continue to shelter us with the brick layer he puts around us to protect us all from the evil that inevitably comes when you run a program as amazing as ours.  Tracy is my rock, without him, there would be no Elegant!

Everyone goes above and beyond…everyone takes money from their own pocket to better the lives of those we serve and beyond…everyone is living the mission!  I am beyond grateful to everyone who puts up with my level of “awesomeness” some may call crazy!  I am honored to be part of this Elegant Team!

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Effort, yes, EFFORT…

If there is one piece to success, relationships, love, abundance, it’s effort.  It takes effort to get anything worth having which can consist of the job you want, the business you passionately start, the countless hours you put in, the relationship of the man or woman of your dreams, the car or house you want, the family and values you possess, it takes effort, truly.

It has nothing to do with your intelligence level, skills, etc.  It has everything to do with your effort as to being successful.  Step outside of yourself, care more, make an effort for what you want.  Anyone can talk about it, anyone can pretend or put in a little work up front, but anything worth having takes effort.

As we get near to the holidays my ability to think about the year, has effort as my top priority.  If you want a life worth living full of love and happiness make the effort.

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Giving to Receive

Giving to Receive.

I really believe that if you give to others without expectation, good things will come your way.  But don’t expect them to give you something you aren’t prepared to give in return.  Your kids won’t live a life very different from the example you set and don’t expect your employees to do work you aren’t willing to do.

So be a model for what you expect in life. Live a life that makes you proud and others will want to follow you. If you are sharing what you want with the wrong person don’t worry. The right one will come along one day. In life, the more love you give, the more you will get back.  Remember to receive love you must be prepared to give it, even when it is hard for you. Give love without reservation and you will find the life you want to live.

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Blog 54 Silence

Silence

I have been thinking about silence lately. How empowering it is!  I don’t mean ignoring others, I mean sitting back and enjoying the quiet, listening to the sounds around you and observing the world.  There is a lot of noise around us.  When you really listen you see people for what they really are. You see the reality, the good and the bad, within. When I am silent, my intuition guides me.  It also inspires and enlightens me, helping to inspire and enlighten those in my care.  When you listen, not so much to words, but to the internal meaning they express, it puts a new perspective on life.

Silence helps me be more mindful of my actions and to think carefully before acting out my emotions.  It helps me focus more on what really matters and pay more attention to the feedback and support I receive.  What I now realize is that some of the people who speak the loudest have the least to say. In fact they are some of the saddest people I meet.  People who are always talking about someone, everything and nothing, are those we should pity, as they do not know peace and calm, only unnecessary drama.  So enjoy the silence!

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Blog 56 I Feel Thin

I feel thinner.

I jumped on the scale and it said a number I didn’t like, so I jumped off.  I feel thinner.  I feel more free.  I feel less bloated.  I feel like I got rid of 100 pounds even though it’s clear not one pound dropped.  I got rid of toxic people months ago and I have had more time for me, more time to build, more time to think, more time to do what I want to.

I am in the process of creating two other businesses and being the family woman I am.  It’s clear to me that we have to distance ourself from things which no longer serve us and wow what a difference.

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Blog 55 Letting Go

I am letting go of things that are not meant for me. That is a really amazing concept for me, as I continue on my journey. If we took nothing personally, how good would that feel? Well, just thinking of this short week I can come up with quite a few examples. Is anything really personal anyway, or is it just a reflection of someone else’s twisted journey, or better yet a lesson for us to note and move on.
How about the billing lady at my doctor’s office that continued to demand a preauthorization letter for a specialty visit when my health insurance didn’t require one? How about the e-mail from another agency about a client and their inability to help her get up and walk and work on healthy living? How about people that decide to be lazy and not do their job and add hours of extra work for us? If I sat around taking this personally what would that turn into? Maybe depression and anxiety because I wasn’t able to move forward with my mission? Instead, I called for that useless authorization I knew I didn’t need. My cool assistant put in some extra time with the people who couldn’t do their job. I let it all go.
I am letting go of what I shouldn’t own. Drama may pass through my door through a tiny crack, but what I can assure you is, I will seal that crack with the heaviest new caulk known to man. Trust me, it won’t be back. Let go! The insecurities and hatred others possess isn’t ours to own. Put love in the universe for those who desperately need it and know that love will return twofold to you.

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Blog 53 To Live is to be Courageous

Once, like many of us, all I had to look forward to each day was sitting inside four, dull, walls. I dreaded Monday, which was another day at a job I didn’t love. At work some people were full of self-imposed drama. Bosses resisted suggestions from employees, for fear they might out-shine them. My decisions were always small and comfortable. What should I eat for dinner, what are the plans for the next birthday, or holiday?
That’s stability. Most of us know it. I knew stability. But as I think about it, I realize it was mostly an illusion.
Life needs risk and some discomfort on the way to fulfillment. Even when success is achieved it must be managed with care. Other people become barriers when you achieve success. Hands reach out expecting money from the money tree. They want to start a business, but want you to do all the work. They want you to do things for them, while they avoid time and effort themselves. It takes courage to confront such challenges. It takes courage to know you’re right. You must be courageous to move on from just living, to living out your dream. When you forsake comfort for courage you can experience the best your life has to offer. Believe me, I have been there, and I know.

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Blog 52 Boundaries

I guess looking back, I didn’t learn a lot about boundaries growing up. I wasn’t sure what was healthy, or not. Now that I have the time to breathe some drama-free air, I realize how important boundaries are. It is so important to know if people truly want to have a healthy relationship with you, or just want something for themselves, which is a one way street you don’t want to go down.
It is so nice to finish work and focus on what I have created in life . . . to breathe fresh air and to drive down my own highway for a while. I am not here to impress anyone. I am here to follow my passion and live out my purpose, surrounded by those I love. We all need to sit down once in a while and really think about where we are and what we need to get there. Then we must create the boundaries we need to get us where we are going.

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