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Work. Life. Balance.

I come from a long line of working women. My grandmother was employed at the local pajama factory in Fort Deposit, Alabama, where she stood on her feet for hours each day, ironing and folding. My mother spent most of her work life at was once known as New Jersey Bell and eventually became Verizon, […]

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You Are A Designer Original!

I have always enjoyed dressing up. It’s one of my favorite forms of self expression. Clothes allow you to morph based on your mood or the occasion. Still it’s easy in today’s Insta-glam world to question one’s sense of style. The current fascination with OOTD (outfit of the day) and red carpet looks can make […]

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Defining Our Beauty

When I look in the mirror, with my natural buzz cut, broad nose, full lips and ample bosom and hips, I see my mother. For me, she is the epitome of beauty, ever since I was a little girl, and she will always be my beauty icon. But even with someone so self-possessed to look […]

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Just Add Art

Lately I have been thinking about all the ways the arts–dance, music, acting, painting, writing–bring joy to our lives. For me, they are too numerous to count. One of my favorite early memories is of attending a performance with my mom of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, the late […]

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Wellness Is The Way

The untimely death of Luke Perry from stroke-related causes has me a bit shook. You see, recently I embarked on a journey to make wellness–both physically and emotionally–a priority. Simply put, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. This reflection reminded me of a deep conversation I once had with a colleague […]

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Take A Digital Detox Every Now and Then

When was the last time you took a break from social media? I think it’s an essential part of self-care, especially now when the rhetoric can get so incredibly crass, even hurtful. While it’s true that words formed against us are only as powerful at we allow them to be, the truth is, words do […]

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Tune In To The Beat Within

It is not easy to be the outlier, the one who opts to do things differently, to chart a course that may not be the one conventional wisdom says is the most acceptable. Still, now more than ever, we need people who are willing to tune in to that different beat within, even if it […]

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Making the Most of Your Dormant Season

Recently I spoke at a women’s conference and a woman in the audience who follows me on Instagram asked me, “ Since I know you like to garden, how would you describe the season you are in right now?” Without hesitation, I said that this is my dormant season. Let me explain. After years of […]

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