Softer Touch Induction Ceremony: Overcoming Adversity [Video]

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…PLUS my first keynote opportunity!

Last Thursday, I was invited by my mentee Kayla to be the keynote speaker at the Softer Touch Induction Ceremony at Georgia State University. Softer Touch is a women’s empowerment sisterhood whose mission:

“…unique individuals designed by God to be radiantly beautiful.”

I was invited to share with the girls how they can overcome adversity to find success. The speech writing process wasn’t too bad, it was a topic I often talk about with my friends and colleagues. Now getting all of that inspiration and turning it into something that people would be interested and inspired to hear…not to mention my own perfectionist tendencies, now THAT is a different story.

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My speech discussed how it’s good to appreciate where our favorite celebrities and thought-leaders are today, however, it is more inspiring to our journey and current path to find out where they came from. We all go through some type of adversity that is there to make us better, stronger, wiser, and greater, we just have to learn to appreciate them for the challenges they are and know that it is for our benefit.

Check out a clip from my speech during the Softer Touch Induction Ceremony!

 

“How do you know when the exercises are working? You start to feel the pain. Your muscles start to hurt and your body starts to ache, typically that’s when you want to stop. DON’T DO IT! In order for you to build muscle and get stronger, you have to break down a few fibers first. That’s what adversity is. Adversity is the breaking down of the past in order to prepare you for the future. Though it may hurt in the present moment, it will only make us stronger and better for the future. You shouldn’t be afraid of adversity. Don’t run from your weaknesses. Don’t let a temporary setback make you lose sight of an impending comeback…”

Also, check out a few pics below!

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What’s Old is New

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Have you ever noticed that we are constantly inspired by the old? Think about how you learned in school. You learned about things that existed before you or your parents were event an idea. Think about fashion! Some our favorite current styles are inspirations from the past.

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Sweater: Lily Kai Vintage | Skirt: Vintage | Shoes: Zara | Clutch: Kenneth Cole |  Necklace: Forever 21 | Bracelet: Loulie by Lindsey

That’s what inspired me with this outfit. My style has a lot of inspiration from the feminine styles of the 50s, 60s, and even the 80s. This outfit has a hint of 50s with the midi A-line skirt and a pop of 80s with this sweater. I guess you could say I like to mix it up!

As I coaxed Hubby into taking these quick shots before heading out to Arkeedah McCormick’s Women In PR event, I was inspired by the many things from the past that have inspired everything about me.

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Lessons of Jamaica from my mother. Cultural  inspiration from my Nigerian father. History lessons from school. They’ve all shaped who I am and what I know. If we would take a moment to revisit the past, we can easily see where our future is going.

What is something old that you’ve made new?

Inspired,

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Women In PR: Relax and Rejuvenate Event

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This past Sunday, I had the absolute pleasure of attending Arkeedah McCormick’s Women In PR: Relax & Rejuvenate event hosted at My Fair Sweets in Atlanta, GA. It was filled with amazing women in the public relations and experiential industry who really wanted to come together for great networking and pampering. The event also doubled as the book signing for Nicole Garner’s Are You In? Inc: PR’s Alter Ego and Arkeedah’s How to Start A Blog: 10 Essential Steps You Need to Know.

I had an amazing time eating the delicious sweets of My Fair Sweets. I had the banana pudding and strawberry cheesecake…to be fair, I split half with hubby and they were pretty darn good! I also got a mini-massage and my nails did. Not to mention very inspiring conversations from some new faces. Check out some of the pics from the event!