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My #FabLife40th Birthday

This is a monumental year for me. As I mentioned in an earlier post this year, I’m celebrating my #FabLife40th birthday this year! I’m celebrating the entire year by doing two things: by being a blessing to others and building upon what I’ve already started with the Super Woman Brand. In lieu of accepting gifts for my #FabLife40th birthday, I’m asking Super Fans to support two nonprofit organizations by giving a donation of $20 each for a total of $40 to commemorate the 40 years of my life.

If you’re new to my life story, you may not know that each year that I’ve celebrated my birthday is very special to me since my 30th birthday. I don’t need to celebrate with a party or cake and ice cream. I don’t need a lot of people around me or a lot of gifts either. I celebrate my birthday by setting attainable personal and professional goals. My birthday is also very special to me because I was diagnosed with a chronic illness when I was 26 and told that I could die by the age of 30. So turning 40 is quite an accomplishment for me and my health has tremendously improved. I feel blessed to breathe everyday. There are two times in my life that mean a great deal to me. When I was a child and looking forward to becoming a senior adult. That is why I’m a board member for two specific organizations. Real Life. My Music is a nonprofit organization in Detroit that provides after school programs in arts, dance and music for school aged children, while St. Patrick’s Senior Center is a nonprofit organization in Detroit that provides services and programs for senior adults.

When I was a child I was very blessed and fortunate to have opportunities to formally study dance and music. Not all children have those opportunities now. Real Life. My Music helps to bridge that gap so that we can have a generation of well-rounded children who become well-rounded adults. As I get older, I hope to have access to the services and programs provided by St. Patrick’s Senior Center so that I can have an active life in my golden years. That is why I selected these two organizations to support.

Therefore, in honor of my milestone #FabLife40th birthday, I’d like those who support me, to support the organizations I donate my time and resources to.  It’s just that simple. No gifts. No gift cards. Just a $20 donation to each organization anytime between now and December 31, 2014. That’s all I want from my Super Fans for my #FabLife40th birthday.

This is also just one of the many ways I plan to bless others during this year, along with the upcoming events, I Feel Good! Mind, Body and Soul Women’s Conference in August, Detroit Women In the Arts Wikipedia Edit-Athon in October and my summer release of “Breaking Through the Black Ceiling” with a portion of sales being donated to Karmanos Cancer Institute in honor of Mark England.

I appreciate you in advance for supporting initiatives that are much needed in Metro Detroit for our children, senior adults and our community.

Smooches! 

~Super Woman 

 

To make a $20 donation to St. Patrick’s Senior Center click here. 

To make a $20 donation to Real Life. My Music click here. 

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What They Don’t Teach In Superhero School

For the last four years, I’ve been Super Woman. I’ve evolved in many ways and I have learned many things; both personally and professionally. There isn’t a manual or handbook for what I do. This journey so far is very much like a comic book superhero’s life; unbelievable, adventurous and full of ups, downs and obstacles. I never could have imagined that my life would become full of so many unexpected situations, like saving kittens and helping little old ladies who are lost. It’s what I do. I make it look easy.

Over the last few years, I have discovered that there are a lot of things that they don’t teach in Superhero School. There are situations that you learn completely through trial and error.

For those who aspire to live the kind of life where you’re always on the go, helping others and fulfilling your life’s purpose, here’s what they don’t you teach in Superhero School

  • You will be misunderstood more than you are understood, and criticized more than you are commended.
  • If you concentrate on what everyone else thinks of you, you won’t get anything positive accomplished.
  • You need to know how to do everything yourself, even if you can afford to pay someone else or have a sidekick.
  • You will have long days and sleepless nights, even when you’re trying to take a vacation.
  • You don’t get vacation time, sick time, or me time unless you take it; then be prepared to cancel it.
  • No matter what you think your best super power is, you’ll probably use it the least.
  • Murphy’s Law is ALWAYS in effect (anything that can go wrong, will).
  • Being prepared is good; being prepared to change is better.
  • You will have to get accustomed to being alone, more often than you like; but it’s good for the soul and for your focus.
  • You will lose friends, and gain enemies due to no fault of your own.
  • The number of haters you have will greatly outnumber your fans.
  • Five hour energy, Coca-Cola and B12 supplements will become your best friends, and your best friends will become your heroes.
  • Working hard and working smarter go together.
  • The worst day of your life, isn’t the day you fail; it’s the day you stop trying.
  • People won’t quickly believe you are who you say you are. They’ll call you crazy instead. 
  • Being considered a little crazy becomes a benefit. When you become wealthy people will call you eccentric.
  • Others will try to be you, be like you, and ride your coat tails, but they won’t be good at it.
  • Every obstacle has to be looked at as a new challenge to conquer or you have already been defeated.
  • People will truly expect you to be everywhere they need you to be, but they will rarely return the gesture.
  • You’ll come up with great ideas to be in multiple places at the same time, but science has yet to catch up with you.
  • It helps if you really can fly.  Being fly [like I am], clearly is not enough.

One of the best lessons you learn is that in spite of the work that you put in, and the acknowledge you may never receive for it, it’s well worth it, because you set yourself above the norm.

If you go into every idea, every plan, every kitten-saving mission with the purpose of setting the bar high and achieving a goal, more than for the sake of impressing others, you will succeed. The result:

  • You will become an inspiration to someone else.
  • You will become one of many trailblazers and blueprint makers.
  • You will discover that the steps you took, no matter how small or insignificant they were to you, mattered to someone else.

That is what makes it all worth it.