Are You Letting Bitterness Hold You Back From a Fulfilling Life?

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Out of nowhere Pearl looks up at me and asks, “Terri, why us?” I’m a little confused because clearly she’s not speaking in complete sentences, so I inquire. “Pearl, what do you mean sweetie? I don’t understand.” She replies ever so quickly, “Why us? Why did our dad have to die and why did our mom have to go to jail?” Damn, damn, damn… those are my thoughts exactly! I’m not prepared for this. I have my own inquires about life and I’ve often asked myself the same question, but damn, was I thinking about this at 12? Continue reading…

7 Business Tips from YouTube Vlogger GlamAholic54 aka Jayla Watson

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Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of eating dinner with Jayla Watson, a popular YouTube Vlogger also known as GlamAholic54. We “met” via email a few weeks ago and finally found some time to chat over dinner. I thought we’d probably meet for about 30 minutes or so but the conversation was so good, we ended up chatting for about 2 and a half hours! Jayla has a flourishing YouTube channel where she talks everything fashion. From hair tutorials to fall fashion inspiration, Jayla keeps her nearly 86,000 subscribers entertained with frequent vlogs about her daily life as a college student, hair reviews, outfits of the day and college advice for high school seniors. Continue reading…

3 Quotes to Inspire You When the Numbers Say You Suck!

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The past 4 months have taken me on a hell of a roller coaster ride. I quit my demanding day job only to find out that it’s nearly impossible to find a part-time job that pays me enough to pay my bills. My 2 degrees became more of a burden than a blessing because I am now over-qualified, for the positions that will enable me to have more time freedom for my business. The increase in my blog subscribers is virtually nonexistent. In my current life I’m working 40 hours a week at my day job, nearly 15-20 hours a week doing independent contracting for another company and as of late, I’ve felt as though I’m managing a blog that no one reads. Numbers obviously hate me, or at least they think I suck! End rant. Now what a whiner, right? But sometimes it “be like that.” Have you ever been at a point in your life where you feel like the numbers hate you? Continue reading…

New Experience Diary: A FREE Vacation, The Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show & Hollywood Exploring

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Ok so let me tell you. My fiancé and I flew out to Los Angeles, CA last Wednesday for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. We stayed at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood and got VIP treatment during the show. We had an incredible time in Hollywood! What made our trip even better was the fact that it was FREE. Our flight and hotel accommodations were covered by our local ABC affiliate. So here’s how we got the free trip. My fiancé saw a contest on the local news station searching for Jimmy Kimmel’s biggest fan. He wrote a 250 word essay proving why he’s Jimmy’s biggest fan and BAM… they chose his story. Continue reading…

Mocha Girl on a Mission: Bridgette Bartlett-Royall

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I am a Mocha Girl on a Mission because I launched BlackBridalBliss.com five months after getting laid off from what many of my friends and family considered a “good job”. My goal was to create an online space where Black women — and that includes all women of the African Diaspora, not just Americans — who were engaged and recently married could be celebrated. There were very limited platforms that featured Black women in their bridal bliss and told their rich stories. I was exhausted by the lame “Black women are all bitter, lonely and unlovable” narrative and decided to do something to counter it. We are resilient and driven yet can also be vulnerable and romantic.  Continue reading…

Mocha Girl of the Week: Shadé Adu

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Shadé Adu is a Mocha Girl on a Mission because she is an international educator, world traveler, and motivational speaker destined to inspire others, and live life on purpose. Shadé is the founder and Chief Savvy Officer at Savvy Solutions Consulting, LLC and shadeyadu.com. Shadé is a Mocha Girl on a Mission because her enthusiasm for life is the relentless driving force that meets all challenges and obstacles head on and with a friendly smile. Continue reading…

4 Tips to Help You Maintain During An Uncomfortable Transition

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About 2 months ago I decided to quit my (very secure and well paying) job because I was downright miserable. I wasn’t passionate about the work I was doing and I desperately needed a way out. Work began to dictate my life in and out of the office.  I needed a change that would allow me to spend more time focusing on what I love; speaking to youth about overcoming adversity and helping women become their best selves. Long story short, my fiance and I packed up my things and I moved from New York back to Maryland. During my transition one of my mentors offered me the opportunity to work with him when he had upcoming projects. In the meantime, ya girl was searching for a day job that could pay the bills as I grew my business. Continue reading…

Mocha Girl of the Week: Thais Francis

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I am a Mocha Girl on a Mission because, there is no mountain big enough, and even if that mountain is too big, I will chip away at it with faith and a toothpick. . As an artist, I have decided not to wait for permission to create; rather I carve out stubborn and non-existent opportunities to showcase my talent. Whenever I create, it is my hope to leave audiences affected, changed, different and inspired. I merge reality, with the experimentalism of my imagination through writing, singing, acting and dancing. Whether I am dancing at the ballet barre, writing a scene for a movie, or performing before thousands- my pulse still beats with the same desire to use my artistic capabilities to see and be seen. Continue reading…

Mocha Girl of the Week: Toni Brown

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I am a Mocha Girl on a Mission because after buying a home and quitting my job in lieu of a job that’s closer to my new home, I found myself without a job in my new home. Instead of letting fear and doubt settle in, I’ve been pushing my design and branding business to its limits. Although some days I don’t want to get out of bed, I motivate myself to turn my growing venture into a business that will help other image conscious creatives and boutique businesses stop struggling and live the life they truly deserve on their own terms. Continue reading…

Love Your Sister, She is a Gift

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Today the woman has surpassed the male as the competitor. His strength and testosterone are not enough to outshine the woman’s need to be seen, admired and known. In the story of Adam and Eve, God presented Eve to Adam as his gift. She was made perfect for him because she came from him. When he woke up she was there before him and he knew her instantly. This moment when their eyes met for the first time puts all romance novels and movies to absolute shame. Continue reading…