LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Danielle Williams, sharing her lung cancer journey through positivity

Uncategorized Feb 18, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

Well, my story is one of overcoming and turning a sour life situation into a sweet beautiful expression of love, joy, and inspiration.  I’m a go-getter and I have lived my life with the belief that I can do anything. It wasn’t always that way when I was younger I didn’t know who I was and I lacked a sense of self-confidence.  

As I matured and took hold of my life, I started to live with the mental mindset of being my own cheerleader.  I worked really hard at training myself and my brain to look at things through a positive lens. I don’t allow drama or negativity to be a part of my life.  This has helped me tremendously in handling difficult situations and it also brought me a sense of peace in my life. I live by the model Mind of Matter. I don’t mind cause it does not matter.  This way of thinking and keeping a positive outlook on life...

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Leslie Baer Dinkel, Executive Director, Local Hope Guatemala

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

In my early thirties, I was a relatively happy person, but I felt as if something was missing in my life. A friend suggested I volunteer, collecting and distributing food for families that had fallen on hard times. Although I wasn’t sure that would fill my empty spot, I tried it—I felt like I had nothing to lose—and loved it! I felt incredibly gratified being able to help a family in a small way, and often, recipients would tell me that the groceries they received made a big difference in their lives. Over time, this led me to volunteer on Skid Row in Los Angeles, in places I never thought I’d visit. But there was an incredible need. I met so many hungry people, including families. With all the blessings in my life, I realized I had plenty to share, and that I should.

Through people I met volunteering, I ended up doing similar work on Skid Row with the Brothers and Sisters...

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Dr. Marlena, Mentor and Advisor Promoting Purpose and Passion

Uncategorized Feb 06, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I was suffering in silence, feeling alone in a room full of people, feeling less than enough while living behind a mask of “ok” and “alright” to fix myself. I lost everything when my heart stopped on that operating table. Fortunately, for me, I was given a second chance to live out my purpose and I’m now on a mission to ensure others do the same. 

What message do you promote?

As women, we are enough! I help them rediscover, redefine and reinvent their identity. Why do I say rediscover their identity? Its because sometimes as they go through life, they tend to lose who they are. You know, especially as women is that sometimes we give, we give to our children, we give to our husband, we give to the job we give to our parents and we're always giving, giving, giving, giving, giving until the point where we feel like that's all that we no longer exist.  

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From Sour to Sweet with Diva Danielle

Uncategorized Jan 30, 2020

download (2)Taking the bitter and making it sweet.  Life is unpredictable and that is what makes it fun, exciting, grueling and very rewarding.

When my life handed me a lemon in the form of a life treating disease of stage 4 lung cancer as a non-smoker.  I didn’t know exactly how I was going to make lemonade out of this situation.

What I did know was that I was going to be in for the fight of my life going forward. Once I came to grips with my lemon aka my cancer things began to morph.

download (3) In the beginning stages of my journey, my lemon was a beast, unfamiliar, hard to handle and wrap my head around.  Once I started to embrace my lemon, look at all the edges and feel it out. I started to see my lemon in a different way.

My lemon had become a force in my life that I had to learn how to overcome and ultimately conquer.  I had to take my lemon and make it my own. What does this even mean?  Well for me I started to treat my lemon like it wasn’t sour....

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Carey Conley; Author, Speaker, Coach & Vision Expert  

Uncategorized Jan 30, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?  

I have been an entrepreneur for over 25 years. I began in network marketing with Arbonne so that I could raise my children and supplement our income. I reached the top level in the company, and after coaching and leading several women on my team on the importance of having a very powerful vision for your life, I decided to speak, coach, and created a curriculum to help people publicly. I have now taught thousands of people why they need to have a written, crystal clear vision, how to write one as they have never done before, and how to break down that big dream into daily, doable goals. 

 

What message do you promote?   

#Vision is Victory

#Do It On Purpose

#Keep Looking up

Your Vision IS your victory as it fixes just about everything in your life!

Having a vision reveals your life purpose, and people with purpose are living out their God-given calling and legacy.

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BUSINESS: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Gina and Leslie In the Medical Cannabis Industry

Uncategorized Jan 23, 2020


What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?  

We believe that the most interesting people have come from difficult lives……it has seasoned and polished them.  And it is that uniqueness that makes them compelling and able to do neat things. And the ‘difficult’ part is different for everyone!  

We believe that people who have worked hard have an appreciation for their success and compassion for others and life in general. 

We work really hard.  As do many people. We want our story to be a love letter and encouragement to other minorities. 

What message does (your company) like to promote?  

We are elated to say that we have three companies now:

  • Greenhouse Wellness—Greenhouse Wellness is a medical cannabis dispensary in Columbia, Maryland and our primary message is “Cannabis is an effective, whole-plant healing option for those looking for relief.” As...
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BUSINESS: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Cheryl Throgmorton of Psychological Associates

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I found a field I was passionate about and that fit my talents at an early age. It was more by accident than by design, but it has worked out well for me. I have been an organization development (OD) and learning professional for coming up on 27 years. The OD values of respect, inclusion, collaboration, authenticity, self-awareness and empowerment fit the way I approach my work and my life. 

I became aware of “exclusion” at an early age. As a little white girl of maybe four or five years old, I asked for a black doll. The reaction I got was, “why would you want that doll?” This fueled a lifelong quest to create an inclusive environment where all voices could be heard, and where I notice who is not in the conversation. I also see the connectedness of things – talents, resources, concepts, energy, etc. Sometimes I may be a quiet observer, especially in group...

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BUSINESS: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Jennifer Doncsecz: Founder of VIP Vacations

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?  

25 years ago, I created VIP Vacations, a full service travel agency.  Over the years, VIP has evolved into becoming one of the top travel companies for honeymoons and destination weddings; having earned hundreds of industry awards.  Utilizing my background in communications, I was able to build a media presence on TV as a travel expert (Fox National News, The Travel Channel, syndicated NBC affiliates) and notable contributing writer for several publications (USA Today, Forbes, Inc, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Cosmo).  VIP has a reputation for providing amazing service, travel guidance, as well as being a valued resource to our clients.   

What message do you promote? 

VIP Vacations creates amazing experiences for our clients through travel.  We promote using an experienced travel advisor in planning vacations as we can reduce stress, save time and...

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LIFESTYLE: Find your WARRIOR at the Yoga Studio

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2020

It’s Tuesday or Wednesday or Friday or Sunday and I’m in one of my very favorite places and spaces. The Yoga Studio at Lifetime Fitness. I hit that door and I know without a shadow of a doubt something is going to happen…change…I will find clarity or hear a message that I need to hear at that exact moment in time.
It happens all the time. In every single yoga class I attend.
Just when I least expect it, the instructor says something amazing that I could have heard a million times before and yet, this time it sinks into my cells. Into my brain. Into my heart. And I never know when it’s going to happen. But it does. Constantly and continuously.
Breathing easier in the yoga studio is a truth for me. I can be turned upside down, challenging myself in a tripod pose or simply flowing and I know I am where I am supposed to be.
It was in THIS yoga studio that I found my Warrior. In those beginning classes during a particularly rough time, I needed Warrior One and...

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LIFESTYLE: Life Lessons We Can Take from Children

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2020

Life Lessons We Can Take from Children

Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, as a responsible adult, it’s your duty to teach children values and information. Essentially like a role model. This undoubtedly sets the child up with a good start in life. This dynamic isn’t viewed both ways however, but what if children can teach us things too?

Forgiving

Playgrounds can be places of intense competition and arguments for a child. The best part about this though is that the children tend to forgive and forget, perhaps quicker than an adult would do so. Often, time spent mulling an argument over internally isn’t a positive approach, as we are focusing on the dispute itself rather than weighing out a solution for it. Whether we feel at odds with a colleague or a loved one, having the ability to process this feeling and forgive rather than carry a grudge can prove extremely beneficial — allowing us to get on with the important things in life.

Being Honest

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