Summer 2019 Read: More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

As mentioned previously, as Elaine Welteroth is June’s celeb TRANSPARENT of the month, she just released her first self-authored book and memoir, More Than Enough, on June 11, 2019.  On June 20, 2019, it has already been recognized as a New York Times bestseller! Congratulations!

Growing up in my teenage years, I had a strong love for reading books—all types: novels, fiction, horror, and memoirs/biographies along with romance books.  I probably should not have read some of those romance books at that tender age, but it created a passion for me to read outside the classroom.  My passion for leisure reading subsided when I entered undergrad and graduate school.  Reading for fun to me was no longer an option as I was burnt out for reading for a grade in school by force.  After graduate school, I began to personal memoirs with me first starting to read Becoming by my forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama.  Enjoying memoirs more came apart of adulting, I guess.

With More Than Enough, just being an avid fan of Elaine from her Ebony and Teen Vogue days as a reader of her work, I’m elated for Elaine to share her personal journey and advice for others to shatter our glass ceilings, of what it means to come into our own.  In the New York Times article titled, Race, Power, Drive: Elaine Welteroth shares all in new book, the first paragraph begins by explaining Elaine’s life plan: she’d hit the top of a magazine masthead, then move into TV, books, film, and beyond.  This life plan she already accomplished at the age of 32, and the best is yet to come!  Excited to see what else is in store for this revolutionary woman that continues to lead by example and experience.

Elaine describes this book as a “book about lighting torches,” and “[she’] hopes [to] inspire young woman to dream a little bit bigger and to support other women as you go.”

I was successfully able to purchase the kindle version of the book for my iPad in addition to my hardcover copy, which is expected to arrive Thursday, June 27th latest.  What are you waiting for?  I designate More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (no matter what they say) as the summer read of 2019.

Please share, what other books are you excited to read this summer??

Congratulations to our BOTWC winner Kailyn

On a monthly basis, I usually donate to a charity that is associated with the awareness that I broadcast on my site.  For the month of January, my celeb TRANSPARENT feature was Luvvie Ajayi, and as a religious follower of her works, most recently on Instagram, I came across one of her posts where she gifted these children a Because of Them We Can (BOTWC) box.  I wanted to do the same for some of my followers, where I created this trivia, and the person to get the most correct answers would be the winner.  The winner would then select a child that I would gift the BOTWC 3-month subscription box to.

The BOTWC box keeps Black History Month celebrations alive throughout the year.  The idea for this box came after the realization that Black history was only being taught in February, if at all, with the same cast of historical figures as subjects.  What happens is the subscriber can choose from a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month plan with size preferences.  The box is then shipped out on select dates, allowing the child to explore heroes and movements that paved the way.  The box each month includes BOTWC apparel items, educational activities and props.

If You want to receive a BOTWC box or gift some child a BOTWC box, please visit their website: www.becauseofthemwecan.com . Twitter & Instagram: @BecauseofThem

Congratulations to JR, the Instagram follower/winner and his selected designee, Kailyn of Pennsylvania! In these pics, the theme was Black Wall Street.  Whether you choose to be the next banker/investor, entertainer, doctor, engineer, teacher, athlete lawyer, ballerina, or the latter, we know because of them, YOU can! Congratulations dear!

New Year,… New Who?

We are officially into 2019 and almost halfway through the month of January!!! Congratulations on making it this far!!!!

January is when I set my general goals and milestones for the entire year. I have some interesting milestones that will occur this year (MCAT, 30th birthday, and marriage), while there are certain things I would like to achieve (a career-job based on my education, etc.). One thing that helps me organize my thoughts , ideas and plans is one of the most simplest items: a PLANNER.

I like to support various designs each year, and this year, I chose The Happy Planner (www.thehappyplanner.com). The Planner is uniquely organized where they categorize the 2019-2020 calendar with:

  1. Personal Goals
  2. Career Goals
  3. Financial Goals

Then each month, you write the following for each month:

  1. Write It Down (Summary of Thoughts)
  2. Goal of the Month
  3. Special Days to Note (Birthdays, Important Dates, etc.)

It’s half the month of January and through all the hiatus of things, I’m just now being able to sit down and write out my thoughts for the new year…

I would love to know….

  • How do you get organized?
  • What are your goals for 2019?
  • What is your goal for the month of January?
  • What do you want more in 2019?
    • A relationship? Marriage?
    • A Family? Another addition (child) to the family?
    • More travel?
    • More wealth?

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ….

Helen Keller, Author/Activist

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties”

“Time Does Not Wait for You”

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“Time Does Not Wait for You” -Dad

I was always told this quote by my father especially in the mornings because I was always late in preparation for my day to school by getting showered, dressed, eating breakfast, and getting on my way.  As I continue to grow older, I hold this statement as true.

Look at the time that has elapsed.  What have you accomplished?  What have you missed to achieve?  Understand that we need to live in the moment but also pay attention to what is ours because “time doesn’t wait for you.”

We all should have goals in life: both short and long-term.  Set up a checklist for yourself of the goals that you would like to accomplish in order to make sure that your time is used wisely.  What do you want to accomplish in the next 3 months? 6 months? 12 months?  When we set our short and long-term goals, we set ourselves up for success to achieve what is destined for us.  Time is of the essence and let’s make the best of it!

When creating these goals, always remember:

  1. No goal is ever stupid or dumb: don’t let people undermine you of your dreams
  2. Be realistic with your goal’s timing (it might take you 6 months to properly study for  an entry level exam to graduate school vs. 3 months to properly secure a new job)
  3. Sky is the limit: any goal can be achieved as long as you put your mind, will, and determination into it.
  4. Never give up on yourself: understand that with time, anything is achievable

Independence (Happy 58th Nigeria)

As I choose to revamp my site on Nigeria’s Independence (Happy 58th), I also reflect on my life and how I’ve gained my personal independence.  Independence as I transitioned into an adult, independence in my personal and familial relationship, independence with my education and the like. What a feeling to be emancipated!!

Independence can be both a positive and negative outlook depending on the circumstance.  Try to focus on the positive and you shall go far.

What have you currently become independent from? How did you handle the situation? Is there anything you would have done differently? What do you look forward to with this new independence?

Independence can be celebrated every year from a country’s perspective, but personal independences usually occur only once in someone’s lifetime as they achieve new milestones.

Showcase your independence! Continue to inspire others through your accomplishments.

Don’t Forget to Check Up on your Strong Friend

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Within the span of 3 days we’ve heard of two suicide deaths from well-known celebrities.  Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.  The thing is that suicide is not unfamiliar.  According to the CDC, suicide rates have markedly increased in 49 states since 1999.  The CDC reports that about 45,000 people committed suicide in 2016 and that rates were more than 30 percent in at least 25 states when compared to 1999’s figures.

The thing is we don’t know what someone is truly going through unless we are them.  Take accountability and make sure to check up on your strong friend.  Checking up on them reminds them that they are loved, thought of, and cared for.  We never know someone’s inner demons that they deal with.  Be sure to be someone’s help and support system, whether you are family, friend or just an acquaintance before it becomes to serious that suicide even becomes an option.

May the souls of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain rest in perfect peace.

**National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 1-800-273-8255 (available 24/7)**

Happy International Women’s Day

I wish I could say Happy International Women’s Day in several languages because that is what International signifies to me in terms of language.  Since English is my native tongue….

Happy Actor’s Day….Scientist Day….Musician’s Day…Teacher’s Day…Athlete’s Day….Cook Day….Doctor’s Day….Laborer’s Day….Mother’s Day….and many more!

Our women encompass all of these roles and many more.

Whose your favorite women to admire on this day and what role does she play in your life and the life of others?

💁🏾💁🏿💁🏽💁🏼💁🏻💁💁🏾💁🏿💁🏽💁🏼💁🏻💁💁🏾💁🏿💁🏽💁🏼💁🏻💁💁🏾💁🏿💁🏽💁🏼💁🏻💁💁🏾💁🏿💁🏽💁🏼💁🏻💁💁🏾💁🏿💁🏽💁🏼💁🏻💁

 

 

“Love Is In the Air”

✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽 Happy Black History Month ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

Do you feel the resilience that Martin Luther King, Jr. felt type of love?

Or did you have to deal with the triumphs of a Nelson Mandela to appreciate a humanity type of love?

Did you suffer the humility of a Rosa Parks refusing to get out of the seat and get arrested type of love?

Or do you understand what it feels like to buy your freedom like Denmark Vesey type of love?

Do you use your love for math to send people to the moon like Katherine Johnson type of love?

Have you ever felt the success and love of running a successful TV show like Oprah Winfrey….or win Oscars like Halle Berry

Can we sing “Rock With You” and understand the rhythm type of love from Michael Jackson…

Or be serenaded with love to the smooth sounds of the famous trumpeter Louis Armstrong

Have you ever loved the dynamic sister-duo of Venus and Serena Williams on the tennis court aiming high for their victories at Wimbledon

Are we inspired by the poetry of a Maya Angelou type of love…or entertained by the African folklore of a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Do we have the inner love of a Desmond Tutu for all creeds, colors and shapes…

And do we achieve our love for a nation as the first African American President Barack Obama type of love…

Black History should not only be celebrated for one month.  Year-round, everyday, we should be PROUD of all our accomplishments and achievements… OUR love is in the air.

 

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Because I will be JUDGED

Welcome to my site. Get OUT. Get UP. Be Inspired: Your Transparency is Beautiful.  Transparency can have many meanings, but the overall openness can lead to discussions, forums, and sharing commonalities and struggles amongst ourselves.

 

Have you read the book: “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual” by Luvvie Ajayi.  Well, Do Better and know that I’m doing my BEST, okay?

A special thank you to the ones who want to contribute towards my project and showcasing themselves to help you better understand, you are NOT alone and we are in this together.  My goal is to have this on a global platform where I can showcase TRANSPARENTs from around the world and form an inner network to transparency and the lens of our own lives.

Without further adieu….Your Transparency is BEAUTIFUL.

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