My phrase for the new year is "something inside" because that is where I find the strength, courage and motivation to act.


It is wonderful to find a word of the year that will motivate you to kick things in gear and do all you need to do to achieve your goals. Throughout the country, there are blogs, newspaper articles and all other kinds of media there posts, articles and stories about the “word of the year.”  These are stories about a word each author or story-teller picks as the word that will influence, guide and motivate her throughout the upcoming year. During the year 2014, I did not pick a word. I enjoyed reading other stories about the word of the year my peers selected. I watched them fail or succeed at living up to those words over the course of the year. I am even looking forward to reading all the year-end recaps about those words and the choices for words for next year.


I am not selecting a word of the year for the new year. Instead, I have embraced a phrase, an idea and even have a theme song to go with it. In the past, I selected a theme song for my business. When I start my work day, I play the song and know it is time to sit at my desk, sip my coffee and work. For the new year, I have selected the phrase, “something inside.” This is the phrase that will guide me over the course of the next year. More »


It is magnificent to take action and Pushing Lovely, a group of my favorite African-American bloggers plus 5 other bloggers motivates me. Pushing Lovely is a group of bloggers I co-founded with Brandi Riley of Mama Knows it All and Arelis Dias of My Pocketful of Thoughts. The group was founded to push women writers, one story at a time. Over the past two plus years, this group of women has helped me grow, develop and thrive as a blogger. They have encouraged me as an entrepreneur. They have been there through my best of times and my worst of times. Through it all, I have felt their love, support, positive energy and pushes. More »

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It is magnificent to know that even after almost a quarter of a century of marriage, you can still have great date nights and KY #YoursandMine I purchased at Walmart can help make them even better. I am many things: wife, mother entrepreneur, blogger, consultant and legal analyst among others. If you look at that list, you will notice that wife is listed first. That is because when all those other jobs are done and gone and I will still be married. Sometimes when I am fortunate, the work I do as a blogger with #CollectiveBias helps me in my role as a wife and when that happens things are fun. After all, how many jobs encourage you to go on a date with your spouse?

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you are a super hero


It is fantastic to realize that when it comes to work life balance you can succeed by being your own super hero. When my oldest daughter was a little girl she watched a movie from the Cheetah Girls with words to a song something similar to this:

I don’t want to be like Cinderella
Sitting alone in a dark dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and rescue me
I’d rather rescue myself

When I think about all working women do to run businesses, work jobs, manage families and find time for themselves, I am reminded of this song. Almost every day there are articles in blogs, newspapers, magazines and conversations on television about the struggle to balance work and life. After years of research on this topic, I have come to realize there is no quick fix, there is no one size fits all solution.
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It is wonderful to stop and take time to see what you have learned about yourself during a job search. Each day there are thousands of people all over the country conducting a job search. These searches take place online, in person and via traditional classified advertisements. Most people look at the job search process as a way of asking for things and hoping for results. While that is one way of looking at the job search, it is not the only way. You can also look at the job search as a way of learning important things about yourself.

The following is a list of five things you can learn about yourself from the job search:

1. How you handle stress
2. Who you are as a person, as a professional
3. What skills you have that are valuable in the open market
4. When you are at your best, most sparkling
5. Where is your area of geographic comfort for work and home More »

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