Category Archives: Personal Development

Breaking the Cycle of Low Self-Esteem

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  Throughout my entire childhood, I was surrounded and raised by women with low self-esteem. In fact, they had no idea of the meaning of it. My grandmother, who birthed 13 children and raised some of her grandchildren (including me most of the time) was one of the, She was content to allow my grandfather to bring home […]

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The Power in Networking

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  You have probably heard a thousand times (as have I) that your personal and professional success is as much about who you know as what you know. But although I had heard this over and over again, I didn’t really GET the message until I became the Director of two organizations within a large Federal agency […]

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Expect the Unexpected

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  We all make plans, wish for things and have expectations of how someone will act or something will turn out. Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out the way we would like and people don’t always react the way we expected or sometimes even show up. There have been times where I have planned an event, expecting hundreds of people […]

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Dealing with Yourself

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“It is a lot easier to pick someone else a part than it is to put ourselves together.” It is a lot less painful to look outside of ourselves than it is to look within.” These are two statements that I heard on an empowerment call as a young lady was sharing her story. I lead discussions […]

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Are You Your Biggest Challenge?

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm”….African Proverb Sometimes, if we would dare to be totally honest with ourselves, we would find that WE are the root cause of our struggles. In many cases, this can be very difficult. Some don’t want to own their own mess. It is much easier to believe that other people are […]

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Learning to Let Go of Expectations

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The one thing that destroys relationships and rips friendships apart more than any other is expectations. Saying that others are not meeting our “needs” usually means that they are not living up to our expectations of them. We then try to seek out the reasons they are not meeting our expectations and project our often false perceptions on them […]

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Being Honest with Yourself

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One of my favorites quotes is “Integrity is telling myself the truth and honesty is telling the truth to others.”…Spencer Johnson This may sound very confusing, but for some there is very little that they hate more than being honest, especially when it comes to telling the truth about themselves. I can certainly relate with them. I was once one of […]

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Dealing With Body Discrimination

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Body discrimination or what some call “fat shaming” can start at a very early age. It is the belief of some researchers that children as young as three have already learned to pick out the “good” and the “bad” bodies and I know this to be true. Once, while eating out with a friend, I witnessed a little girl who appeared […]

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Trusting God in Moments of Uncertainty

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Are you a “born” worrier? I used to be or at least that is what I kept telling myself. “I can’t stop worrying. I was born that way!” The truth is, I was NOT born that way. So what happened? Life happened! At school I used to worry about getting bad grades and at home living up […]

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Taking Time to Breathe

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Many days for me used to be so frenzied that I felt like I was running fast to nowhere…so fast that I could hardly catch my breath. My to-do list ran off my desk and down the hallway. I was overtired, overcommitted and overwhelmed. There were days that I wanted to scream out loud and some days I did. Well, actually I […]

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