‘Brand’ New Moms!
How important is your visual image when creating your brand?
According to celebrity makeup artist and visual strategist, Brandi Mitchell, your IMAGE is everything especially when redefining and renewing your personal ‘brand.’
Here is an interview from Pam Perry’s popular Synergy Energy radio show with Brandi and myself talking about renewal and the steps to channeling your best self.
There are times when you have to simply give thanks and remember all the work you have put in and give gratitude.
I was watching this video created by Pam Perry and had to get on my knees and give praise just for living my dream and having the opportunity to take baby steps.
The home run is coming … thank you, thank you!
No one can tell you what’s its like being a parent. No amount of books, tapes, seminars or intimate conversations can prepare you for the major life change that happens after the birth of a child. It’s especially hard for women who have been self-sufficient, self-reliant and independent. After many years of independence and carefree living (other than a job)…BAM…you now have to shift gears and learn the meaning of unselfishness and sacrifice time, energy and money.
Career women are torn between foregoing their ambitions and relinquishing personal dreams, goals and future plans for diapers, daycare and Disney.
It was great to be back on the left coast … it’s been five years since my last visit – P.S. (pre- Sofia) and now I have a ‘brand new ‘ career and presenting at a blogging conference after launching The Brand New Mommy a destination for moms reinventing and renewing one moment at a time.
Hats off to the staff of Blogging While Brown for assembling such an outstanding group. Kudos to Aminah!Continue reading
I know you are sick of me talking about the 2011 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurial Conference – just a few more posts.
Allow me to introduce you to some real thought leaders on the Social Media stage and hear their tips to empower you to OPTIMIZE your social media brand starting today.
Meet James Andrews, CEO of Social People based in Atlanta and Los Angeles and he advises everyone from Jane Fonda (yeah, that one) to billionaires and of course my BFF Pam Perry the Social Media Evangelist. These folks are changing the game and letting us know that even at 51 you can be influencers.
It’s been fantastic leaving my nest and socializing in the big cities (Chicago for Oprah’s Farewell taping) and Atlanta for the 16th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurial Conference.
>Deals are done when you leave your house – I forgot that just going to Manhattan is simply not good enough.
Let me say that this post is so random with thoughts — please accept my apology.
Gil Scott Heron:
His voice and words was my soundtrack in college. Gil and The Last Poets truly empowered me to read more Black Literature, converse and celebrate different cultures, be uber proud to be Black and most importantly get off my ample ass and march against Apartheid and Citibank to divest in Sun City (1989) and speak louder when I felt invisible and desperately wanted to be ‘visible.’ I thank you, my proud, smart, gifted, and passionate brother for influencing my life.
As I move and groove in this journey called life, there are times I forget to celebrate my journey of reinvention.
Always keeping my eyes on the destination is great — but not cherishing the moment — well, not very sexy.
Have you (also) forgotten about your milestone because you want to get to the finish line?
Recently, I re-learned that being still, inhaling, exhaling, being giddy, and celebrating could actually bolster a moment. Continue reading
If Barbara Walter’s and so many others can have their countless list(s) of fascinating folks and trend watchers — why shouldn’t I?
Each day I encounter amazing women doing the darn thing (going hard), some with recognition and others about to B-L-O-W-U-P.
With that in mind, I compiled a list of fascinating women (not all BNM) who have truly reinvented the odds to succeed.
All the women mentioned have a common thread – they have turned loss and defeat into success. To these women I say B-R-A-V-A!
As we continue to renew and redefine our personal brand in 2011, remember, don’t just look at the success scorecard – take a close look at the struggle, story, and countless disappointment(s) — that’s the story for motivation. *Please check out these fantastic ladies and spread the word.
1) You. Despite all that happened, you got up each morning and managed to motivate and inspire a family, team, corporation and yourself.
2) Coach Beverly Kearney, Hall of Famer and Game Changer
3) Jennifer James, Trailblazer for Mom Bloggers
4) Joyce Adejumo, Entrepreneur and Activist
5) Pam Perry, Social Media Evangelist
6) Sherri Shepherd, Entertainer
7) Mo’Nique, Entertainer
8) Gina Ramcharan, Entrepreneur
8b) Krista Barnett, Inventor
9) Agnes Davis, Fitness/Swim Expert
1) Halle Berry. She makes motherhood and everything look so effortless and stylish.
2) Oprah Winfrey. What can you say but OWN.
3) Whoopi Goldberg. Thank you for keeping them accountable at ‘The View.
4) Michelle Obama. Thanks for being an outstanding First Lady with some melanin.
Happy Holidays, Fascinating Woman of 2010!