Dream-Chasers Event Details

Hola Dreamers!

I hope this finds you well. So, we are finally having our very first event for Little Girls Big Dreams ( I know right, try to contain your composure). This is our first event,as stated above, and I am so anxious, excited, in awe, and overall oozing with anticipation for what is to come. Below are a few details.

Place: Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch)

Secret about me, I love libraries. The Plaza Library is one of my favorites along with the downtown library. I love books, I fly through them like a crazy person and then I’m completely angry with myself for getting finished so fast. I have an intense love affair with books so this is the perfect place for my first event.

 

Date & Time: August 5, 2017 @ 3:30pm

 

We have a few things in store, but alas, I cannot reveal it all here. I will, however,  introduce the you lovelies to the panelists, I am so pleased to be working with these ladies in this event. They are true beacons of light and I can’t wait for them to share with the girls how they came to be and what obstacles they may have faced getting there. Get to know them below:

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Exercise Your Faith

Happy Sunday!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

First off, I have to be completely transparent. I was worried. Worried about the first event for Little Girls Big Dreams. I don’t want it to fail. Simple as that, I have been in fear of failing with this vision since 2012, so much so that I didn’t move on it at all. Here it is 2017 and that same fear is starting to creep in, the only difference this time is prayer.

Each day I’m supposed to call a member of the Dream-Team and say a prayer for LGBD. Today I called my girl and in my prayer I expressed my worry, I asked God to take it from me and to keep me focused on what matters. Let Him take care of tomorrow while I stay present. Sharing that prayer of course brought on an hour long conversation full of confirmation, I am a true believer that nothing happens by mistake and some things were revealed to me within this conversation.

Here I am, with all the tools that I need right here within me. God has placed this vision in me and He is going to help me execute it. Fear is not something that I should allow to stay within me, it is a natural feeling but it is my job to remember that God is in control and there is nothing that I cannot do through Him, and that knowledge alone will alleviate any fear that I may have.

I want to challenge you to get close to God, pray to God, if you have anything you want to succeed at, anything that you are working through, times when things don’t seem to be adding up, hard decisions to make, or just thanking Him for ALL that He’s brought you through. Pray.

That’s all I have for you today, I was going to rave about my excitement about our first event, but I’ll save that one for next time. I wanted to be real and honest about the difficulties that I was having. So whatever it is you’re going through, ask God for help, get a good support system that will keep you lifted and that will remind you of your “Why?” You’ll be glad you did.

Chat with you guys Wednesday!

xoxoxo

LGDB “She”EO

Photo by Autumn Goodman on Unsplash

Good Parenting from a Kids Perspective: The List

Good afternoon dreamers!

As some of you may have guessed by now, I have started an organization that benefits young ladies in the arena of creativity, self worth, self love, and self motivation. I want to provide positive role models for our girls, I truly believe they need it, that the world needs it. Well, for those of you who don’t know, I am a mother as well, I have a 9 year old daughter and a 5 year old son, BOTH the loves of my life. My team/best friends and I got together and did an activity with the kids. We had our kids (roughly about 10 kids between us all…I know crazy) write down, anonymously, things that they would like us to change, work on, or just do better at. We threw these tiny pieces of paper in a hat, let the kids go outside and play while we read each off and wrote them down. The list is below:

1.) Use phone less

2.) Love me more

3.) Stop cursing

4.) Stop assuming things

5.) Spend more time with me

6.) To have more alone time

7.) Be a better listener

8.) More social

9.) Help with chores

10.) No judging

11.) Stop ignoring people

12.) Stay off the phone at home

13.) Stop accusing

14.) Stop hollering

15.) Stop fussing

16.) Lighter punishment

I honestly believe that parents have a lot to do with what kind of adult a child grows up to be. We introduce them to the world, we place our values in them, sometimes values that were passed down from our parents, we place our fears, doubts, dreams, boundaries, all into these tiny little beings and we expect them to be perfect at life. Sometimes its great to take a moment to reflect on the type of parent you might be and what your life is showing them. I don’t know which of these suggestions my kids put into the hat, and I haven’t asked because I feel like ALL of this is something that I can work on. I want to be the type of mother that pays attention to her child, what she says, what she does, how she speaks, around her child. I want my children to know that they are important in this world, but that has to start with letting them know that they are important to my life.

Most parents would say “you don’t pay bills around here, how dare you give ME a list?!?!? I’m the reason why you’re living…and blah blah blah…” Or “Children are to be seen not heard!” or any other “mama” saying that a lot of us grew up hearing.

Don’t shut down your child’s creativity, their right to speak up, their need to be heard, because sometimes that can weigh on their self esteem. Now, don’t get me wrong I’m not raising disrespectful human beings, but I am raising humans who know they have the right to speak up, they have the right to my attention, and they have a right to want more from me emotionally. If that takes me putting my phone down to watch my daughter turn the same cartwheels she’s been turning for 5 years, or, stopping my phone conversation to watch “Cars” I hate that movie  with my son for the 65th time, then so be it.

Listen to your kids, yes they can be annoying, yes they want a lot of time, yes they call your name every 5 minutes, yes they want EV-ER-Y-THING, but in those genuine moments, moments you can’t get back…be present for your children. They deserve it.’

xoxoxo

LGBD “She”EO

Do the Work

Good evening Dreamers!

I hope everyone is doing well.  These past two weeks have been a whirlwind for me. So many confirmations, but the main one has been constant and it is “Do the work”. Whatever work is needed to get you to your dreams do that. Nothing is easy, with social media we tend to forget that. As a “follower” all we see of other peoples lives is the good side, we rarely see the blood, sweat, and tears, that it took to get to that point.

Everyone wants these blessings, but they don’t want the bruises.

Don’t dwell too much on what someone else is doing in their life without also working on yours. Put in the time to live your dream and when it gets hard, push through it is extremely worth it. There will be times when nothing seems like its working, no one is supporting your dream, there’s a struggle anytime you try to complete a task…the list goes on and on. My advice to you is to keep pressing, keep pushing, keep working, you were born with a purpose, don’t let the journey to get to it cause you to stop.

xoxoxo

LGBD “She”EO 

#InSpireMe: GirlTrek

Hey Dreamers! Here is some midweek inspiration for you! I try to pull away from a Netflix binge from time to time and find something to watch that will inspire me. Today I perused Ted and this is what I found. So many wonderful people are making a difference in the world, just by being passionate about life, living, giving, caring, and loving.

Something that stood out for me in the video was how women in general take care of everyone but themselves. Husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, the list is endless and women are always the last, by choice.

I am Lakeisha, the daughter of Rita, daughter of Ruthie, daughter of Ella, daughter of Elzora, and  daughter of Ruth.

Ella died at the age of 50 due to a “bad heart” she birthed 12 children, 11 lived.

I never met my great-grandmother, I’ve always wanted to though. She left this place before my mother was even born. I was told she had a bad heart. How can a woman that birthed 12 kids, and start my entire family have a “bad heart”? Self care is so important, self love is important, putting yourself first is important.

“Walking 30 minutes per day can single-handedly decrease 50% of your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, even Alzheimer and dementia”

Get out there and move ladies, you owe it to yourselves.

xoxoxo

LGBD “She”EO

Be Present

Good evening dreamers!

Since I’ve started actively working on LGBD I have had my face in my phone, laptop, or the clouds, constantly. At any given moment I’m either searching for inspirational photos online, sending out emails, or daydreaming about what this can grow into. All of these are good things, this is my baby, my newborn baby, so it needs all of my attention, right? Every minute of everyday counts, so naturally I will do all that I can to make sure its beautiful.

This past weekend, however, I decided that I would be present. I would enjoy my friends and family, I would take a moment to be grateful, and not worry so much about LGBD and it was the one of the best things I’ve done since I started. I was able to laugh all night with friends, eat great food, and dance the night away without worrying about photo ops, or quotes, or color palettes, etc etc. I know that a lot of us become enthralled in our projects, creatives have this need to feel inspired, this need to always be doing something, but if we don’t take some time out to look at the blessings around us we may miss the very inspiration we are searching so diligently for.

Cultivating your dreams is a journey, I acknowledge that it takes hard work mixed with a few tears, but I also believe that when ordered by God, things seem to fall into place. The journey doesn’t seem as lonely when you constantly have a guide telling you where to go, and for some people this might not be God, you may attribute it to the universe or that little voice inside, either way sometimes we need to quiet our minds and just be led. Take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come thus far, so that you can appreciate the journey ahead.

xoxoxo

LGBD “She”EO

Make Lemonade!

Hey dreamers!

We are so excited to get you where you need to be on the journey of life. But first we have to heal some things. A lot of us are introduced to pain at a young age, and it stunts our growth, The pain that we felt at 7, 10, 12, 15, etc still resonates with some of us. We carry it around like a backpack pretending it isn’t there.

It doesn’t take long for us to learn that life is not a fair + easy journey. Its riddled with thorns, cracks, sticks, rocks, and other unseen obstacles that cause us to stumble along the way.  Remember, that you are not in this alone, everyone is going through something, we all just make the best of it.

When life hands you lemons…make lemonade.

Cliche’, I’m aware, but true nonetheless. Intense focus on problems that are out of your control will not make them go away. In fact we don’t have as much control over the things that we think we do. Everything we go through, everything that is placed in front of us is a lesson. There are no losses, no feeling sorry for yourself, no beating yourself up, its merely a lesson that will only come back over and over again until we learn from it. While we are in that lesson, while we have those lemons in hand we should do our BEST to make them sweet. We should look forward to the other side of the storm where we can say, we made it through. I am not an advocate of wallowing in pain, things hurt, why hold on to them? Release toxic relationships, learn from them, forgive and move on. Its so important to your growth, ignoring it will not make it go away. Deal with it, whatever that looks like for you and go on to live the rest of your life.  Use the lemons for something better….

xoxoxo

LGBD “She”EO