Who Is The Most Deserving Person You Know?

Who is the most deserving person you know?

For me that is a tough question. I am blessed to be surrounded by some wonderful, caring, giving and self-less people – personally and professionally.

My mother comes to mind. She selflessly gives of her time, talents and resources to others. She is always positive and encouraging. If she knows you are going through a difficult season you will get random encouraging texts or cards from her. I can confide in her and know that she’ll truly listen. If you ask for advice, she’ll give it. If you ask for an ear, she’ll give you just that. She’s my mom – and she’s just awesome.

My fellow blogging DIVA, Author Rhachelle Nicol’ is  passionate and committed to bringing awareness to domestic violence through her #MyScars chats, t-shirt line and online and offline community. She gives so much of herself to others selflessly and I’m thankful to call her friend.

The ladies of Sigma Beta Xi, Incorporated – a community-based sorority that I belong to – amaze me on a daily basis with their self-less giving, support and spirit of sisterhood.

Another blogging DIVA, Natasha of Houseful of Nicholes who dedicates countless hours to Habitat for Humanity in Chicago and recently completed a trip with Habitat for Humanity to Malawi. She uses her platform to bring awareness and encourage and inspire others with her personal family anecdotes.

I could go on and on listing DIVAs that are everyday heroes in their own rights. That give back and sow into others because they have a true passion to do so. I am sure you could do the same thing!

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Protecting Our Skin While Enjoying The Summer Sun

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Protecting our skin during the summer month’s is essential. My kids love spending time outdoors. It’s common for them to request we eat outdoors or have me sit on our patio to while they let their imaginations run wild with whatever they can get their hands on in our backyard.

We have to be careful with our outdoor fun, especially in the summer, as my younger two children have eczema and psoriasis. People with eczema and sensitive skin need to take extra care in protecting their skin from the sun. It’s best to keep their skin covered as much as possible but we need a product that we can trust for the skin that is exposed to the sun.

Protecting Our Skin While Enjoying The Summer Sun

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Summer Entertaining Essentials #TweetFromTheSeat #IC #ad

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Our Summer Family Cookout is the highlight of my summer entertaining. Each July, my family hosts my DIVA crew and our families at our home. 5 DIVAs, our Significant Others, and up to 16 children – under one roof for at least 36 hours. What’s not to love about that?!?

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What Does Success Look Like To You?

I have a straight to the point question for you today: What does success look like to you? If you had to visualize your ideal lifestyle, what would it entail? Many of us want “it” but do we know exactly what that “it” is that we’re striving for? Or are we hoping we can recognize “it” when “it” arrives?

Before we can start our journey to success, it’s essential that we have an idea of what the success we are striving for looks like. It’s, also, important to realize that my definition of success and “living well” may be totally different from yours – and that is okay! To one person living well may mean traveling around the world, and to another it may mean having more time to devote to an artistic pursuit.

What Does Success Look Like To You

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Five Positive Affirmations to Start Your Day

Simply put, affirmations are short, powerful statements that strongly state a fact – typically one you are striving to attain or maintain in your personal or professional life.

Starting your day with positive affirmations can help to shift your mindset and start you off in a productive manner.

MindTools.com gives a wonderful analogy when referencing affirmations: “[Look] at positive affirmations this way – many of us do repetitive exercises to improve our body’s physical health and condition. Affirmations are like exercises for our mind and outlook; these positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think, and act, in a new way.”

5 Positive Affirmations To Start Your Day

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Calming the Chaos by Jackie Woodside

The introduction of Calming The Chaos sold me. The author mentions the struggles of living and thriving with an attention deficit disorder and I knew this was the book for me. Often it is hard to explain (and contain) the numerous thoughts and actions swirling through one’s brain if you have Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder and Jackie Woodside seemed to GET it! Whether or not you have ADHD, you’ll be able to take the practical ideas and habits outlined in Calming The Chaos to bring order to any and all areas of your personal and / or professional lives.

“The truth is that when you say “Yes!” to everything, you are really saying “No” to your peace of mind.”

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I believe the best self-help / management books are those with theories, action steps and reflections that can be applied IMMEDIATELY. Calming The Chaos includes sections to do just that. A welcome addition to my resource library to assist with my personal and professional journey to being the best DIVA I am called to be!Continue Reading

The Importance of Me Time

Married life, children, a career, community service…that’s just the beginning of the list of responsibilities that I have. At some point not too long after my youngest son was born I realized I was just floating along. I was unhappy. I was doing “things” but nothing that truly brought me joy or a sense of purpose. I felt ashamed to admit it because I had a beautiful family, a great job and all the things that seemingly should have made me happy and fulfilled. But I wasn’t.

One day while talking with my oldest friend, she let slip that she, too, was struggling. We realized as wives and mothers, we were giving so much to others and not reserving anything for ourselves. There were guilty feelings for leaving our little ones to do simple things we once enjoyed – pedicures, dinner with friends, even a trip to the library alone seemed difficult to plan out.

Find time to relax and just be #EmbraceTheDivatude

We decided to make ourselves  a priority. More  importantly, we decided to take time out for  ourselves at least once every three months by planning a girls weekend away. Yes – we went big  quick. We reached out to three other mothers and  our circle was quickly formed. We planned our first  girls’ weekend and had a blast! Some went out to  dinner, some enjoyed the beach and some of us used  the  time to just enjoy the solitude. I read an entire  novel – uninterrupted. I got up when I wanted and  went to sleep when I was ready not because I fell asleep rocking a teething toddler or nodded off  talking to my husband.Continue Reading