Throughout the many conversations I’ve had with friends and family surrounding relationships, one trend was quite evident – it’s difficult to recognize the role someone’s playing in your life until far too late.
We usually meet someone, date for a brief or extended period of time (which could include marriage), and then after the relationship has run its proverbial course, we reflect on it to discover the warnings we discarded and the fatal flaws we dismissed.
Based on a snapshot of the dating world, here are the 3 roles I’ve seen most prevalently: Laymates, Playmates, and Soulmates.
Now, let’s discuss the differences between the three…
I used to have what (at the time) was my “dream job.” I went to college to major in Recording Industry Management and I had a chance to intern for a division of a major record label. Other than what I do now, it was the best gig of my life.
From this experience, I learned a few things about success. One of the being: if you want to be successful, you need to be rejected.
Allow me to share with you a story, and 3 ways using rejection can lead you on to success. (more…)
Remember the popular, satirical YouTube video called “(Authentic) Black Marriage Negotiations”? Well, if not, to refresh your memory: the wildly popular video featured a computer generated image of a Black woman listing all the things she wanted in a man.
The clip was loathed by the many, but there were some who liked the video. It gained my attention because it tapped into what has been a big issue in my work.
People are often unable to tell values from wants. Often, these people suffer from “Type Hype.” But, what’s the fix? (more…)
When I lost my mom to Multiple Sclerosis a few years ago I couldn’t quite figure out how on earth I was going to excel in this thing called life without my biggest cheerleader on the sidelines. Sometimes I hear her voice singing her favorite song – Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” – to me saying “I’m stronger, I’m wiser, I’m better, much better…and I never would’ve made it.” I often wonder to myself if that’s so true, then why do I feel so empty? It wasn’t fair that I lost her and I was angry about it until I realized in order for me to (really) live, she had to die.
Okay, let me get to the point of why I told you all of that. Sometimes your biggest lessons are learned through your biggest losses. And, sometimes your pain causes you to birth your passion . I learned just how important it was to live with intention. Here are 4 lessons I learned… (more…)
Success: I want it, you want it. But does it come at the cost of your health and wellness?
We’ve heard that “the greatest wealth is health.” Then, why are we as Americans monetarily wealthy, yet we have the highest rates of obese (35.7%) and overweight (66%) adults in the world? I have had moments when I sacrificed sleep, food, exercise and “me” time because of external stress and obligations. Now as an entrepreneur, it’s never-ending.
We’re not often encouraged to have an outlet (an emotional and physical release) from the stressors in our professional lives if we want to be “successful.” Can’t we have both measures of success – health and wealth?! Yes, we can.
And, here are 6 effective ways to incorporate fitness and wellness into your busy lifestyle (especially if you’re an entrepreneur)…