Listen To Our Author’s Interview On BlogTalk Radio

3 Mar

“The secret to success is not in pursuing large goals. It is in pursuing the small ones which lead to the larger ones.”

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Good Morning, warrior women! Well, I failed to speak inspirational messages to you all as usual on Monday, because I spent the better half of the day prepping for a guest appearance on Dub WyZe TaLk, which airs nightly on blog-talk radio. My friend and colleague, Evelyn Cogdell and I were invited on the show by Judah Stallworth, owner and host of Dub WyZe TaLk, to talk about our latest collaboration, “The Essence of Romance.”

This latest book from Evelyn is a must have dating/relationship guide for couples and singles looking to form a meaningful, trusting and loving relationship with their significant other- by bypassing red flags and the usual angst’s that comes with relationship hookups and breakups.

Between the two of us, Evelyn and I have taken our relationship wisdom that comes from living and learning from life experiences, along with researched data and statistical findings from sex therapists, celebrity relationship experts and wise things our mothers told us, to produce a great source of inspiration, education and food for thought for everyone in the dating age demographic. 

ESSENCE surpasses race, religion and cultural differences, as it examines the pros and cons of relationships. In other words, this book is the real deal and I hope that all of you grab a copy in support of its success :)

The above quote on success felt right for me to share with all of you. I define success in my personal and professional life by each small step that I take on my mission to serve and I feel this book will find success. When Evelyn Cogdell asked if I would collaborate with her on her latest book, I said yes, because I know she felt called to share her truths that could possibly help or heal another person.

If you are passionate and compassionate about your purpose, your personal gratification in the form of achievement will come with each small step you take in the right direction!

If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of Essence of Romance, purchase information is shared by the author on the interview. Peace and blessing. And remember to always treat yourself special.

Healing Through Meditating Moments

23 Feb

Happy Monday, women of substance! If you woke up feeling restless, instead of rested and harried, instead of hopeful, then you’re probably stressed.  As a nurse for well over 30 years, let me just say, you’re not the only one and there is something you can do right where you are, in the moment, that can ease your mind, bring a smile to your face and return you back to the healing process of mind, body and soul… It’s called Meditation.

Meditation not only helps relieve your stress and anxiety , it reconnects you to your spirit ‘self’ and your soul purpose for being. I don’t meditate often, but when I do, it’s because I know I need a space for solitude, serenity and surrender. So, go on and get quiet within yourself, for yourself and watch your spirit soar:)

Whatever positive you’ve implemented in your life to get to a place of healing, by all means continue the practice of making yourself better.

Be a Blessing…

A Ton of Thanks!

16 Feb

Happy Monday, visionaries! I love what I do. I love helping to empower the voice in other women on their personal path to ‘becoming.’  Apparently, judging from the surge in Authentic Woman followers and such great awesome social media connections, you folks seem to like what I do as well “aww shucks!”:)


For every one of you who make my purpose possible, thank you. It’s because of all of you that I get to speak my truths and aspire to inspire you to do the same. The wonderful poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou was spot on when she said,”You know better, you do better.”

I know better and strive to take my mission seat amongst those of honor and influence every single day. Joel Osteen said, “‘You think better, you’ll live better.” All I can say is Amen to that:)

So, thanks a ton to all of you for being the authentic women you are…for recognizing the authentic gifts in others…for shining a light on someone else, just because, and for keeping it real as you are blessed to be a blessing to others. I want to give a super special thank you to my wonderful twitter professionals for adding Authentic Woman to their lists as someone to follow.





No more excuses, women and men of valor, speak your life and treat yourself better.

What Does “Having It All” Mean To You?

9 Feb

Happy Monday, women of valor! There’s been some debate in the past concerning women, asking the age-old question, “Can women have it all?” I never seriously thought about it, one way or another, because I’ve accepted that I’m living the life I’m destined to live and doing what I love to do. If you’re a woman with a career, a mortgage, a husband and children in tow?

Perhaps, you are frazzled and feel like you can’t have it all.

Personally, I think having it all is doing what you love, loving what you do and loving yourself in the process. I wanted to share another take on having it all, from the perspective of Christy Whitman, who asked subscribers to share her video and new book on having it all. Enjoy!

I encourage all of you to share your voice on the topic as it affects you in your personal space. I look forward to reading your thoughts and hearing your voices...

Whether you feel like you can have it all or not, always treat yourself special.

Building On Your Relationships

3 Feb

Hi ladies.  I Hope everyone is keeping warm and being cautious on the roads if you have to venture outdoors. I wanted to post about relationships because we all know this is the month of “Amore.” And I have a special announcement at the end of this post:)
We know it doesn’t matter if you’re building a business relationship, love relationship, or if you’re cultivating true friendships, you have to be real about it. Why is it no longer cool to ‘fake it till you make it’? Because intuitive People can smell a “fake” from a mile away and they’re not down with the fake in you anymore. Besides, it’s a new year, a new day and a new season for you to live your authentic truths.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In love relationships, you have to earn the trust of your potential love interest. You began by putting your best self forward and being real. Don’t embellish and pretend you’re all of that when you’re really not.

In November of 2014, Steve Harvey gathered 100 men and an audience of women on his talk show where they took part in a survey posing relationship questions and answers from both sexes.

Here are questions asked by women:

When a relationship is over, why is it easier for men to move on?

66% of men said it’s not easier, they just make it look that way. Men are raised to be tough and not show their emotions and men do not have venting sessions like women. ( my thought is that men need to know that women are endeared to them when they cry and show emotion)

What drives men to cheat? 70% of men answered “Detachment” and 30% said “Sex”

Why is it that when men are caught in a lie, they never admit it? 38% of men responses were, if they hold their ground, women might believe them. Some of the men said that trust would be a disaster and they wanted to spare women feelings.

thfairytale eThe three most important things men feel they can give to women are: 1. Loyalty 2. Respect and 3. Security… followed by honesty and time.

The three things women wanted from men were: 1. Love 2. Loyalty and 3. Support.

Now, of course, there’s more that women want from the men in their lives and vice versa, but it’s about discernment and the ability of both parties to keep the lines of communication open.

And one more thing both sexes need to practice on the road to a true love/trusting relationship, is to avoid taking your anger to the bedroom. You see, tomorrow is not promised and you never want to live a life of regret.

I hope this relationship post was as fun for you as it was for me:) Please add your insights to the mix and I hope your true love finds you in record time.

Now for the good news! My friend and colleague, Evelyn Cogdell’s and my relationship book, “The Essence of Romance”, is published and available for purchase, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I have never spent so much time researching material for relevant data, fact checking and expert findings, along with some fun op-eds on maintaining loving couples relationships:) For details on purchase info, shoot me an email.

Go ahead and treat yourself special!

15 Awesome Self-Esteem Boosters

26 Jan

thbowlHappy Monday, women of vision! What, your morning not going so great? Feeling like you don’t fit in or have everything you need? That true love passes you by or that you’re just not enough? Hmm, you might  need to get your joy back sista friends. You have to be reminded of who you are and whose you are and you also need to believe those three glorious words, “I am enough!”

Here are 15 of my authentic Monday morning self-esteem boosters to use in your life and help get you back to a place of self love and self appreciation:

1. I’m kind, compassionate, dependable and loyal

2.I live a visionary life of purpose and possibility

3. I am enough and I am somebody!

4. I’m special and created…one of a kind.

5. I love myself from the inside out

6. My friends are authentic and accept me just as I am.

7. I accept my friends for who they are

8. I believe in sowing seeds

9. I’m too blessed to be stressed or intimidated

10. I appreciate every achievement, big or small

11. I don’t sweat the small stuff and find there’s always a solution to the big stuff

12. I am recognized for my service to empower the voice in others

13. I am grateful, humbled and blessed to be appreciated

14. I know I’m not perfect and accept my mistakes as life lessons to make myself better

15. I am loved. I know because God tells me so…


Comedian, author and talk show host, Steve Harvey spearheads a mentoring camp for boys. He tells them something that I’ve taken as an awesome mantra for anyone who wants to power up their self-esteem.

“Think of yourself as the next great something because that’s exactly what you are.”


Always treat yourself special!

Inspirational Quotes In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

19 Jan

thquesHappy MLK Holiday! Okay moms and dads, I know your children are happy to be out of school. Y’all just gotta role with it:) This post is dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and how his courage under fear and fire changed a world! Yes, Doctor King was a human man who wanted to live a long life, but he was called to carry out his mission by the most high-God and was cut down by hatred’s bullet in the process.

In appreciation for all of those freedom-fighters, known and unknown, I wanted to keep the fires fueling hope, equality and non violence going by penning inspiring quotes from the mouths of today’s men and women whose messages to the masses will touch your heart and fuel your purpose to making a difference in the lives of others:

1.”Dreams have no color” George Lopez

2.”It’s OK to dream at any age” George Lopez

3. “If you live long enough you’ll see everything” Cicely Tyson

4. “You have to let go of the old to receive the new” Joel Osteen

5. “Think of yourself as the next great something because that’s exactly what you are”… Steve Harvey mentoring young men

6. “Rise up and walk your life better not resentful and bitter” Clara Freeman

7. “I believe without laughter there is no point at all!” Lauren Bacall

8. “The day I think that I have made it, I’m finished. I use every single experience, every single day as a day of education. Every single thing that happens in my life; I am the sum total of everything I am”…Cicely Tyson

9. “Patience, Persistence and Perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success” Napoleon Hill

10. “Rise up out of the ashes and grab the something bigger and better to your future.” Joel Osteen speaking from scripture…”God will give you beauty for ashes.”

“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

The movie, “Selma” opened in theaters on January 13th. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday was January 15th.We celebrate his life and legacy on this day, January 19th, 2015 as Marin Luther King Day. If you haven’t seen this movie, please do and take your children to see history in the making.

thkingHave a beautiful MLK holiday!

And always treat yourself special…


Go Get Your Blessings and Accomplish Great Things

12 Jan

Happy Monday, women warriors! Last year, a friend and colleague dedicated a record to me in the spirit of encouragement and empowerment in my soul purpose to bring about positive change by empowering the voice in other women. The song is by the popular sister duo Mary Mary, called “Go Get It!”
If you haven’t heard this powerful testament to who you are and whose you are and how special you are, now you can:)

Don’t bring old habits of discord, discontent and self depreciating thoughts into a brand new year for new beginnings. The mistakes and failures of previous years should not be a source of contention going into the New Year. Don’t be too hard on yourself as you will  learn to turn past regrets into positive lessons for change.

It’s okay to approach your challenges from a different direction until you achieve the results you seek. In this new year make it a point to believe and trust in yourself and never give in to doubts, uncertainty or other people opinions for how they think you life should be.You have to know and believe that you are headed in the right direction of accomplishing great things.

God doesn’t want you to think small. You honor him by thinking BIG. He gives you a wide berth to accomplish great things in this one and only life source that you have as a spiritual being, living a human existence.

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Maybe your contributions won’t save the world, but they just might make a positive difference in another person’s life who is in need of inspiring intervention. Authentic women Step up to claim your blessings by stepping out of those doubts and fears that plagued you in 2014. In living life experiences you will face many challenges. You have the power to get to the other side of struggle by any positive means necessary!

This New Year, resolve to do one positive thing each day and celebrate every accomplishment great and small on your truth journey to ‘Becoming.’

Always treat yourself special and go get your blessings!

2014 in review

10 Jan

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A New Year for Happiness…

7 Jan

Happiness is…being in the company of my women visionary friends! The original title of my post changed from My New Years Wish For You” to a simple depiction of a grateful woman of purpose who is happy to be back at Authentic Woman where I get to reconnect with all of you:) and yes, this is a Wednesday post, signalling for me, a new way of doing things in the New Year!


I’m excited to re-join all of you on the cusp of the New Year 2015! I’m grateful for your follow, your trust and your voices. I know for many of you, 2014 was a year filled with purpose, passion and possibility and it also served as a mirror to reflect the unpleasantness of missed opportunities, financial lack, disheartening loss of friends and loved ones and an unwanted realty check on a world’s safety, health care (scare) crisis and civil and social unrest.
Those were the pangs and ills of last year in 2014, which we have to let go of. We were all bruised by horrific occurrences and left feeling fractured and broken from the uncertainties of witnessing life experiences in 2014. In this instance, I offer a healthier alternative for you to combat adversity. Start the process of loving yourself, show compassion to others and rise up from the mires of disillusions and feelings of helplessness, to look ahead to the immeasurable joy that comes when you walk and serve from the spiritual realms of faith, hope, and mercy.

You were given the gift of life for a reason. Examine your truth purpose for being who you are and whose you are and make this new beginning your time to answer your calling. I use my writings, my stories, my spiritual awareness and expertise of living and learning from life experiences to facilitate healing and purpose in others.


My New Year’s wish for all of you amazing woman (men too) is that you let go of the past and rise up to walk in your authentic truths to forge a path of overwhelming spiritual blessings and abundance with confidence and a renewed purpose. Seek to accomplish what appears impossible, make meaningful people connections, change a world with a single positive and witness extraordinary things happen for yourself and for those you serve.

“Treat yourself special in this new year and always!”


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