In my last blog I talked about how patience pays off. I received so many thank you’s from people I know, and from people I’ve never met, who read my blog. I’m glad that what I say and how I feel motivates and helps others in their personal and professional lives. The beginning of 2014 has been an amazing time in my life and I can tell it’s just the beginning. I literally feel as if blessings and opportunities are raining down upon me everywhere I go and with everything I do. Recently, I was sending someone some of my good news and they replied “I can’t stand the rain”. My brain didn’t comprehend that immediately (it was a busy day and I’m always multitasking so I get a little slow sometimes – don’t judge me), and I thought of two songs: Missy Elliott’s “The Rain” (1997) and New Edition’s “Can You Stand The Rain” (1988). After thinking, I decided to just ask what they meant by that. They said it’s a term for “all the good things pouring down” on me. I fully understood at that point and stopped singing in my head looking for a clue in those songs lyrics. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time, you know that I believe that rain is necessary because without it we wouldn’t have flowers, trees and green grass. As much as rain can damage something, rain can also purify and improve something else. Rain in our lives allows us to grow and flourish even if it comes in the form of a storm. Rain can also pour down upon you in the form of success, blessings, and favor.
It’s definitely raining in my life and in my career.
If you subscribe to the Super Newsletter and received your email this morning, you know that I am now also a correspondent blogger for Six Brown Chicks. I consider this an honor and an opportunity to do something I’m very passionate about on another platform; write. Writing is my primary gift. It’s one of the first gifts I developed as a child and it’s the one out of all the gifts I have possessed that has remained with me my entire adult life and hasn’t dwindled or gone unused. I appreciate any opportunity to share my gift of writing with the world. Six Brown Chicks has honored me with the opportunity to share my gift with an impressive audience of women of all ages, who do not yet know who I am or what I have to offer. I always use my opportunities wisely. I’m also honored to be selected because of the Six Brown Chicks mantra: Brown Chicks are women who are: Being Responsible Obedient Willingly Now. Choosing Honesty Integrity Commitment Kindness and Self-Worth. I am extremely thankful to Zondra Hughes and her team for choosing me and seeing these attributes in me as a representation of what they want to accomplish for the Six Brown Chicks brand. Zondra Hughes is someone who I have admired for a long time and having the chance to meet her this week amazed me.
One of my favorite quotes is so very fitting for what I’m experiencing. I heard it years ago and I often think of it during times when I have to make a business decision. It reminds me to assess the flow of opportunity, alliance and favor around me. It helps me select who I will say ‘yes‘ to and who I should decline offers from. It also tells me to enjoy the abundance of favor and success in my life when it comes about. It’s just five words that speak volumes and can completely alter your outlook when you understand how powerful the words really are. When we think of rain, the first thing we want to do is grab an umbrella so we can stay dry. It’s human nature for us to run indoors and get out of the rain when an umbrella may not be available to us. I’m not interested in staying dry and I’m not running indoors. I’m following the advice I heard years ago and I’m going to enjoy every raindrop that falls.
“When it rains, get wet” – Quincy Jones
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There was a time when everything around me seemed as if it were taking too long. Now, everything around me is moving so fast that I’ve had to completely readjust so that I can keep up with it all. Thankfully, between the slow lull and the fast speeds I learned patience. I learned that every step is its own small adventure taking me to the next. And as long as I continue to move forward and enjoy each small adventure I will grow and enjoy the overall journey. People ask me how I do everything I’m doing. Often I subliminally shrug and say “I dunno“. Aloud I say, “I’m blessed!” Which is true, because I am. I’m blessed that I didn’t script my life. If all of this were completely up to me and I didn’t know any better, I wouldn’t have accomplished anything that I have thus far.
It hasn’t been cotton candy and balloons getting to this point and I’ve had to make a lot of changes and sacrifices. It has been a lot of work. This is six years in the making and I just made my first television appearance on cable. This is six years of moving forward without anything but an idea that turned into another idea and another idea. I just finished writing my business plan. Had I done that six years ago it would have been one page long and I would’ve been very upset. Now my business plan shows past successes, and failures, along with how each successful step has been improved upon and repeated. It shows trends and growth. There are actually profit and loss statements and balance sheets now. I can actually see and show revenue. It may not be as much revenue as I would like it to be, but it’s something and it’s showing increase instead of decline.
This year I will pen two books…or more. Depending on what happens. This year I will host four events…or more. Depending on what happens. This year I will travel to three different places for a mix of business and leisure…or more. Depending on what happens. I haven’t learned to completely separate business and leisure; I’m always networking unless I’m in the movie theater. At the movie theater the networking takes place in the line waiting for popcorn or entry before the movie begins. But I digress. I can now say that I’ve written numerous movie reviews that have been published and I’ve written numerous articles that have been published. So far this year I have published my first two posts on LinkedIn. I’ve even ventured out and auditioned for a stage production and I have absolutely no aspirations of becoming an actress, but I feel it would be good exposure for the Super Woman Brand if I get a role.
Needless to say, this is just the beginning, as I’m writing this at 4:15 am on a Friday. In spite of the early and long days, patience is paying off – combined with work ethic and ambition of course. When I’m asked how do I do everything I do I will still proclaim that I am blessed while wondering how myself. But it’s truly rewarding to feel the shift from where I started to where I am today and at the same time have a glimpse of where I’ll be. It’s worth every sacrifice and all the patience I’ve had to learn. Thankfully, I’ve been a fast learner.
Sometimes, I like to provide information about things we may not know about that impact our community as a whole.
As you may know, I am a board member at St. Patrick’s Senior Center, which has been serving Detroit since 1973. St. Pat’s is located right behind Orchestra Hall in Midtown Detroit. Every day we provide our members with a hot lunch, field trips, computer classes, dance and choir activities, as well as health, transportation and advocacy services.
I truly believe that St. Pat’s is one of Detroit’s most amazing places and best-kept secrets. As a person who has many senior adults in my family, I support programs that support them. That’s why I’m asking you to help me spread the word in 2014, which is a banner year, as St. Pat’s develops, thanks to a partnership with Detroit Area on Aging, many services that will enable us to support even more people in these challenging economic times.
Here’s how you can help:
- Make an online donation by visiting our website at http://stpatsrctr.org
- Like our Facebook page – and tell your friends to like us, too!
- Attend our festive events throughout the year, including the Spring Irish Festival, Fall Musical Palooza or annual Golf Outing.
- Serve as a volunteer!
If you’d like to experience St. Pat’s firsthand, I invite you to come visit, have lunch, and take a tour. We can set it up at your convenience. I promise that any support you provide will be tremendously helpful and appreciated. You don’t have to be from Detroit to support our senior community or St. Pat’s. Thank you in advance for supporting St. Pat’s Senior Center in Detroit!
St. Pat’s is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization operating in Detroit, Michigan.
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