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…

Mocha Girl of the Week: Pamela Carlisle

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I am a Mocha Girl on a Mission because no matter what life has thrown at me, I have always found a way to keep fighting the good fight. I am on a mission to let individuals know that no matter what your past has dealt you, how you live the future, is up to you. Despite suffering with low self esteem (and I still do from time to time) and dealing with severe depression,  at an early age, I realized that there are ways to keep pushing to the top. Continue reading…

When Did You Become a “Real” Woman?

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When I was 17 I found myself searching for the definition of womanhood. 18 was right around the corner and I didn’t want to miss a beat when I reached this, oh so anticipated, rite of passage. When I turned 18, I wanted to act like an 18 year old. I wanted to be treated like an adult. I wanted to be treated like a woman. At 18 I’d finally be able to say “I’m grown” or better yet, “I’m a grown ass woman.” But what did it mean? I had no clue. Continue reading…

Mocha Girl of the Week: Janay Bankston

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After graduating college, a time meant for reflection and pride, I began to doubt myself, “What if I’m not ready for this?” The summer that followed I spent digging myself into a hole, isolating myself from the world. I never had a ton of friends and the few I did were in different cities starting their lives, while I was home hiding from it. After working so diligently to obtain a degree, I all of a sudden lost my zeal. Continue reading…

Mocha Girl of the Week: Briyana Willrich

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In January of 2012, my father was diagnosed with colon cancer. He was only given 6 months to live. He fought the good fight and lived until January of 2014, one month after I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Amaya Rose Flores. All throughout my pregnancy I took care of my father, drove him to his appointments, and was in and out of the hospital, all while preparing for my daughter to come into this world. My father’s passing was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through, especially with a newborn. My daughter is my angel, she helps me stay strong when I feel I have no strength left. Four months went by and I was finally able to go to sleep without crying and then I find out my mother has stage 2 breast cancer. Continue reading…