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Need a Maya Angelou Quote as a Pick-Me-Up?

Why not add Maya Angelou Quotes as a quick pick-me-up? Are you, too, feeling a bit overwhelmed or creatively stifled by the 24/7 discussions regarding this coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19)? Well, you’re NOT ALONE. Of course, I’m interested in the latest developments, data, press conferences, state and federal guidelines, etc. I’m simply feeling information overload. Gee whizz!

I had to stop myself from reading tons of articles and watching every press conference about this virus. It was time to fill my cup with something to ignite my creative fire.

Maya Angelou Quote

Keep It Fresh

As a blogger who LOVES to write content, lately I’ve struggled with WHAT TO POST. Prior to all this outbreak stuff, I had pre-scheduled (automated) blogs and social media posts with interesting and funny write ups but now I decided to delay the postings. Why? My reason for delaying the posts are to be sure I’m being sensitive to those directly impacted by the outbreak in any way.

Inspirational Topics

When I have writer’s block or need added substance for a writing project, I go to YouTube or Google to search topics like inspirational leadership, journaling, self-care, mindset habits or similar keywords. Several videos gave me a little inspiration, but something I saw reminded me of a Maya Angelou quote that has consistently encouraged me over the years. The thought of this ONE particular quote is the leading inspiration behind THIS post. It was difficult to post a few Maya quotes. She left us with so much of her profound wisdom. So, I just wanted to share a few of my favorites to help fulfill your inspirational needs.

Maya Angelou’s Inspirational Quotes

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.’

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget HOW you made them feel.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

“I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

FINAL THOUGHT

We all need to be mindful of what is going on in our world to stay informed and healthy. In the midst of challenging times, let’s inspire one another to keep a positive mindset. Hopefully, these Maya Angelou quotes added a rainbow to your cloud. Do you have a favorite Maya Angelou quote?

Sources: Goalcast, Time Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Inspiration

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#RandomActsofKindnessDay

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Did you know that, in addition to being my nephew Elijah’s birthday, February 17, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day?!

A random act of kindness (RAoK) is a selfless act of kindness towards someone else.

It’s just nice to be nice. It’s time to take action and DO random acts of kindness

“Make the world a better place by bringing a smile to someone’s face.”

Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

  • Donate toys and books
  • Treat someone to coffee or tea
  • Support someone’s growing business
  • Send flowers just because
  • Support a fundraiser
  • Call someone instead of texting
  • Volunteer to help an organization
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Smile at everyone you encounter
  • Bake cookies for your neighbor
  • Leave a generous tip at a restaurant
  • Offer to babysit for a parent who “needs a break”
  • Give a coworker an encouraging note or note of appreciation
  • Find a way to assist those in assisted living
  • Provide a meal or food gift card to a homeless person
  • Leave extra change in the vending machine

It is clear that life gets busy and we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of our own lives; however, a simple kind gesture can make a huge impact on someone else.

Kindness is contagious.

Reasons kindness can make you healthier

According to inc.com, the five top reasons kindness can benefit you is, as follows:

  1. Kindness fuels energy and esteem;
  2. Kindness makes you happier;
  3. Kindness is good for your heart;
  4. Kindness helps you live longer;
  5. Kindness plays a role in decreasing anxiety, stress, depression, etc.

BONUS: Kindness releases feel-good hormones.

Kindness is contagious

Your kind gesture will inspire someone else to do the same thing. A simple gesture can go a long way.

I talk a lot about self-care throughout my blog which you can refer to at another time, but in honor of the National Random Act of Kindness Day (February 17, 2020), it is important to highlight simple ideas for selfless acts for someone else.

How will you incorporate acts of kindness?

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2019: Thanksgiving Recipe Thread — The Q Tree

Wheatie’s pies reminded us it is time for the annual Thanksgiving Recipe Thread. Please add your favorites and drop a few stories in from your favorite holiday get-togethers. My Mother’s mother had a saying, “May I always have more guests, than I do dining room chairs.” Remember those who have no family and please, make […]

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Inspirational Quote of the Week

“How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you.”

“How you see others is linked to how happy, kind-hearted, and emotionally stable you are, which is why your perceptions of others reveal so much about your personality and character.” 

Source: leadershipfirst.net

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TONIGHT (8/27/19): First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom Hosts #EqualPayCA Panel with Project Runway Judge and Former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth & Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber 

Excerpt from Governor Press Office Media Release

“First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom Hosts #EqualPayCA Panel with Project Runway Judge and Former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth & Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber” 

“The panel follows a workshop for college women to ensure that they are getting paid fairly at every step of their careers.”
 
SACRAMENTO – First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will lead a discussion on equal pay and gender equality in the workforce hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus TONIGHT (8/27/19), joining New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Black Caucus and Vice Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
 
The event will also feature a “Know Your Rights Workshop” from Equal Rights Advocates, and the launch of #EqualPayCA: College Edition resources designed to help college students across California achieve pay equity at every step of their careers. A typical woman loses hundreds of thousands of dollars over her lifetime to the wage gap, but one study showed that negotiating a pay bump in your first job can increase lifetime earnings by over one million dollars.
 
When: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00pm [6:30p per event flyer]
Where: California State University, Sacramento, University Library, Carlsen Center, Room 1520, 6000 J St Sacramento, CA 95819 
Who: First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning journalist and author Elaine Welteroth, and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber.

For the full media release, CLICK HERE

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: SD Photography LA

SD Photography LA

SD Photography LA is more than a photographer that snaps pictures. SD Photography LA brings pictures to life. Whether on location or in a variety of abstract fun settings, SD Photography is sure to capture moments that best reflect your personality.

OWNER of SD Photography LA -Sylvie Damargi

  • 19 years old that’s short, ambitious, and full of energy.
  • Started photography in junior year of high school.
  • Sylvie fell in love with photography and it quickly became a passion.
  • Biggest Inspirations are high-quality and aesthetic photos – initially sports then fashion.
  • Sylvie enjoys photography to interact with different people and travel around the world.

THE MODEL EXPERIENCE PORTFOLIO

Click the link to check out SD Photography LA Portfolio

CONTACT SD Photography LA

By Sylvie Damargi

Phone: (818) 319-3553

Email: sdamargi@yahoo.com

Instagram: @sdphotographyla

Website: sdphotographyla.me

Located in Glendale, CA

HOW I LEARNED OF SD PHOTOGRAPHY LA

I was introduced to the OUTSTANDING photography of SD Photography LA from The Model Experience’s Summer Fashion Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center a few weeks ago. Check out the pictures SD Photography LA captured of my dancer/actor nephew Jay Robinson who participated in an interactive impromptu competition before my daughter model Tyra Simone walked the runway just a few moments later. It was truly a family affair that night and I was excited to learn this amazing photographer captured my nephew having his impromptu opportunity to walk the runway.

Check out these amazing moments they captured of my nephew Jay Robinson at the July 20, 2019 9pm Model Experience Summer Fashion Show pre-show festivities.

To learn more about SD Photography LA and BOOK them for your next event, CLICK HERE. Let them know, Destiny Inspired Consulting sent ya.

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7 Most Popular Pinterest Categories Topics in 2019

Have you ever created a new Pinterest board and had a difficult time selecting a category/topic for your new board? I do. Normally, I select the obvious like humor, quotes, technology, etc.

So, I did a quick search on Google one day and came across this blog article by, none other than, the blog.HubSpot titled,” The Top 7 Pinterest Categories…”

This writer noted the following:

    7 Most Popular Pinterest Categories

  1. Travel
  2. Health and Wellness
  3. DIY Home Renovation Projects
  4. Women’s Style
  5. Beauty
  6. Food and Drink
  7. Motivational Quotes

So, if you plan to create a new board on Pinterest and need help selecting a category, then consider the top 7 category topics listed above.

Just thought I would share. Now gotta get back to pinning and creating on Pinterest.

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Other Tips for Navigating Pinterest

  • Make the most of your Pinterest profile by saying what you do and how you can help someone fix a problem;
  • Utilize specific and brief board titles
  • Pin consistently
  • Create great visuals with Canva
  • Optimize the About section
  • Link your business website to reach new clientele
  • Place titles over images

Be Inspired

Be inspired and start creating personal or business pins.

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Black Billionaire To Pay Off Student Loan Debt Of Entire 2019 Morehouse Graduating Class — Black America Web

I’ve been praying for God to cancel my student loan debt for YEARS even though it seemed soooo far-fetched. Ohhh but Billionaire Robert Smith let God use him to bless Morehouse’s 2019 graduating class with a promise to CANCEL THEIR DEBT. Wait?!! Those blessings really do happen?! This is a sign to keep praying for more than we can ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20 Holy Bible). There is NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE with God!

God Bless Robert Smith for blessing so many others.

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans __ estimated at up to $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black […]

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One-on-One Interview with Celebrity Journalist Roland S. Martin – Is School Choice the Black Choice?

In case you missed it, on April 23, 2019, Celebrity Journalist Roland S. Martin was in Sacramento, CA for the Education Town Hall discussing “Is School Choice the Black Choice?” Check out my previous post, “An Education Town Hall With Roland Martin and Special Guests” for the media release and other details about the event. Moments before the Town Hall, I was given the opportunity to briefly sit with Roland to discuss where his passion for the topic began and to find out the message he wants to send through his School Choice Education Town Hall events.

While in the green room with Roland, his wife Jacquie Hood Martin, and public relations guru Brittany “Britt” Parmley waiting for my moment to chat with Roland, he was working on a PBS documentary. I can say he was multi-tasking and handling business leading up to the moment he walked out into the forum.

B. LaTrice: Good Evening, Roland. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you. My name is LaTrice and I am a blogger here in Sacramento. My business name and blog is Destiny Inspired Consulting. My blog is typically a lifestyle blog where I write about motivation, lifestyle, and “slice of life” topics. The data shows the majority of my blog followers are women between the ages of 25-44; most of those are mothers. So, about tonight’s [education forum] topic, [Is] School Choice is the Black Choice, what is the message you would want to express to followers of my blog?

Roland: The first thing is understanding is about education; this is about the future of their children. The problem is that you look at what is happening all across this country with black children in our school systems. I spent a lot of time deciding exactly what I want to focus on in terms of this choice movement. Look, I went to public schools my whole life in Houston [Texas], but I went to magnet schools when I was in elementary schools and magnet school is high school. So. having those magnet schools position me for what I am doing right now. I went to school for communications. So, what I am doing right now started when I was in the 9th grade. So, I’ve done this [advocating for education] for the past 36 years. So, being able to have that type of school is critically important. You look at the reading stats and math stats; the bottom line is black children are not getting the shot they deserve. So, why should we as African Americans, with our history, turn away from a system that allows us to be able to control our education? That’s what this [school choice] is about; this is about controlling education.

I go across this country. Black parents want success for their children. We did a poll a few years ago that we commissioned Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corners Research (President Obama’s pollster). They went out and did research. More than 70% of black parents said they would send their kids to a charter school. More than 70% of black parents said they would actually use vouchers. What does that mean? That means black parents don’t have time for all the political drama and the back and forth. They want what’s best for their children. The problem is when we’ve had this conversation about control of charter schools, is that [the conversations] they are largely led by white people and has been a white people led movement. I’ve said to the movement, you cannot have a majority of kids in public schools today who are black and brown, but you don’t have black people and brown people who are leading these efforts.

So, what I’m trying to do is talk to black people and say no, we have an opportunity to control the education of our kids, control the curriculum and control the dollars being spent. This is not about tearing down traditional public schools; they can coexist. But, we can’t be in a situation where we somehow believe that we cannot participate in these systems.

B. LaTrice: How would you encourage someone to get on board with the [school choice] movement or a mother [parent] who would want to learn more about school choice?

Roland: The first thing is for these parents. Either you have children who are in school or you might be a homeowner who will be hiring people, so you need to be able to say is that you need to be able to hire the best and the brightest. So, I want them to first say is, how am I involved with it [the movement]? If you are unhappy with the education of your child. You need to be able to say I want to put my child in the best place. If you can’t afford to put your child[ren] in public school, then we need to be saying NO, we need to control the charter schools; we are going to run those charter schools and support black-run charter schools and I encourage that. I want our children to be in the best situation possible. I want more black charter schools, but I want successful charter schools. I don’t support the failure of traditional schools and I don’t support the failure of charter schools. I want us to say that we want high quality that is working for our children. That means those women and mothers should be saying is my school doing the job. What’s the grade? What’s the proficiency rate? How many of these kids are passing? Are these kids on grade-level? If their kids are in schools where 70 and 80 percent are not on grade level, I don’t want my kid in that school. That’s where we start.

B. LaTrice: Ok, so just continue to educate themselves [on the topic of school choice]?

Roland: Yes, and learn more about it and do not accept the status quo and not have people try to make them feel bad or saying you shouldn’t be doing this. Nonsense, they should be doing this.

B. LaTrice: Awesome. Thank you for your time.

Roland: Cool. I appreciate it. Thanks so much.

Roland has posted the live stream of the “Is School Choice the Black Choice” Sacramento Town Hall Event on his YouTube channel.

Big thanks to Margaret Fortune, President/CEO of Fortune Schools for making this event happen and the special guest panelists: Pastor Tecoy Porter – Sacramento Chapter President of National Action Network, Dr. Hazel Mahone – Professor at California State University Sacramento, Larry Lee – Publisher of the Sacramento Observer, and Romel Antoine – Director of Regulatory Affairs for California Charter Schools Association.

‘School Choice is the Black Choice’ is on tour to create dialogue, awareness, and to educate black families on public school options. See the Press Release document for more information about the Assembly Bills – AB 1505, AB 1506, and AB 1507 that will be discussed along with Senate Bill – SB 756.

For more information on the topic of School Choice as it relates to the black students, families, and communities, please reach out to the following:

School Choice is the Black Choice

Fortune Schools

National Action Network – Sacramento Chapter

California Charter Schools Association

Sacramento Observer

I want to hear from you on YOUR perspective, thoughts, and understanding of the topic of School Choice. Are you a parent, educator, student, grandparent, community leader, or citizen who has feedback on this topic? I’d love to hear from you. This is an opportunity and platform where you can peacefully and respectfully share your two cents. So, I encourage you to share your thoughts and to please SHARE and REPOST this blog to create more discussion and awareness of the topic.

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