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The Cost Of Success: What Will You Pay To Achieve Your Dreams?

July 6th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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All of us have a goal or two we would love to achieve. Regardless how big or small it might be, it’s important to keep shooting for the stars until you reach your full potential.

The question is, are you will to do what it takes to get there?

One thing I’ve learned about life is that talk is very cheap. Folks have no issue chatting your ear off about their intentions and plans, but more than likely have no immediate plans to pursue their endeavors. Hearing the same story over and over again really makes me work to step up my own game so I don’t become yet another person I know full of hot air.

When you set out to achieve your dreams, it in no way is an easy journey. If that were the case, more people would be millionaires and doing remarkable things. At the end of the day, you have to be ready to pay the price that comes with the perks of achievement. Here are a few common costs associated with the hustle.

A relentless attitude. This might sound like a no-brainer but is a necessary evil to achieving your goals. One of the biggest reasons why people are where they are is because they lack a determination to pursue their dreams, no matter what. If it’s easy for you to throw in the towel, you probably won’t make it very far.

Ability to leave your comfort zone. Here’s another one that’s easier said than done for some people. At some point, you need to stop doing the same old thing in other to see results. You can choose to be “comfortably miserable,” or head into uncharted territory to see better results.

Read: Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy: How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Limited funds. No one says you need to go poor or rack up crazy debt before you make it big. This however does not mean you won’t experience setbacks that come with your hustle. Sometimes you have to start over at a new job or take a lateral position in efforts to gain the right amount of experience. If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a good chance you’ll need to funnel money back into your business to make it profitable. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by the fancy vacations others may take. Your time is going to come, but first, you need to take care of your business.

Read: Who Said There’s One Road to Success? 10 Reasons to Make a Lateral Career Move

Sleepless nights. Getting a good night’s rest is something all of us need, but will leave on the back burner to get to where we need to be. That can be very counterproductive. Whether you have a creative mind that won’t shut off or stay up trying to finish a little extra work, sleepless nights are unfortunately a common reality for dream seekers. See the irony?

Lack of work/life balance. You really need to be careful with this one as it’s never a good idea to isolate yourself from loved ones. In a quest to be successful, it can be very easy to focus all of your efforts on the pursuit of happiness and not those who inspire you. While it’s great to have a healthy work/life balance, there might be days (or weeks) when you need to put less time into your personal life and more time into your business venture.

Read: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: 10 Ways to Slow Down Your Hectic Life

There’s always going to be a cost associated with “making it,” you just need to decide how much is too much to pay.

Motivational Speaker Lisa Nichols Tells Parents To Serve From Your Overflow

March 11th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Motivational Speaker Lisa Nichols Tells Parents To Serve From Your Overflow

I must have been living under a rock because when I traveled to Orlando, Florida for the annual Disney Dreamers Academy, I had never heard of Lisa Nichols. But by the end of the trip, I was glad to have had the opportunity to speak to her for a bit.

As you may know, the Disney Dreamers Academy is a program hosted by the corporation, along with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. During the course of four days selected students, with big dreams, have the opportunity to explore their passions, receive advice from those who have had success in related fields and enjoy the Disney parks along the way.

The kids end up getting quite a bit from the experience. But so do the parents.

Motivational speaker, Lisa Nichols spoke to the parents about the importance of not giving up on their own dreams because they find themselves raising a child. She told them that they don’t have to make a choice between their dreams and preparing their child to achieve their own.

In our exclusive interview, Ms. Nichols spoke to us about why it was important for her to speak to the parents this year and she also encouraged us about achieving the dreams (even the relationship ones) we have for ourselves.

See what she had to say in the video below.

10 Ways To Make Your Daydreams Work For You

November 5th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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When was the last time you allowed your imagination to take over and daydream? It can be a wonderful escape given the amount of crap we have to deal with on a daily basis. Daydreams have power so long as we pay attention to the things running through our mind. It’s no coincidence you have been playing the same scenarios over and over in your head. Now is the time to make it a reality. Here are some pointers on how to make your daydreams work for you.

8 Common Dreams About Life And Love And What They Mean

October 7th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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Have you ever woken up from a dream that made you think, “Wow. I’m in need of some serious therapy”? You’re probably not as messed up as you think. Your dreams rarely have anything to do with the actual events/images/or people in the dream, but are rather a representation of something else. Here are 8 common dreams about life and love and what they mean.













How Is Your Fear Holding You Back?

June 6th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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I feel as though the saddest tragedy in life is when everyone can see our greatness but us.  As I thought about it more, I don’t think that the problem is that we can’t see our own potential, it’s that we stop ourselves from achieving it.  But why do we do this?  What is it in us that will allow us to sabotage ourselves?  Why would we take the easiest road when we know that that’s not the way that we truly desire to go?

You see your goal, it’s there, but for some reason you’re stopping yourself from reaching it.  What’s going on?

For most, it’s an issue of fear.

If there’s one thing that humans can bond on, it’s the feeling of fear.  Why?  Because there’s something very palpable about the feeling.  In everyone’s lives, at one point or another, we’ve encountered those strong feelings of dread/trepidation.  It’s very intense and creates a sense of panic that will either immobilize us, or cause us to fight against it.  However, when can fear be beneficial?  When do you know to trust your gut, and when do you know to ignore that fear?

Now, I’m not a psychologist, but if we break down fear, it seems as though it can be summed up into three categories.  The first category is  self-preservation.

Our self-preservation fear is innate, it’s what has allowed us to survive.  It’s the awareness in ourselves that causes us to look when something moves out of the corner of our eyes, tells us not to trust the creepy guy who you don’t know who wants to drive you to the store, or tells you “it’s not worth it” when you want to get into an argument/fight with the rude person.  This fear is part of your survival instinct, to help you to live as long as you can on this Earth.

The second category is irrational.

Irrational fear is like your self-preservation fear, just magnified and with no concrete evidence.  It’s like you’re afraid to go out of your house because you know what can happen, so you use that as a reason not to leave.  Irrational fear causes you to put your life on hold, because you’re too afraid of what can happen, so you don’t live at all.

The third category is complacency.

Now this fear, to me, is extremely detrimental.  You want a job, a new job, a better job, but the idea of “what ifs” overwhelms you so much that instead of going through with finding a job that’s ideal for you, you go the route of something more easy.  This fear stops you from being great, allows you to stay in the rut that you’re in, and encourages mediocrity and below.

So what was the point of identifying these fears?  The thing is that sometimes we can mistake one for the other.  People will let their irrational fears and their need for consistency stop them from achieving things that they really want.  They’ll rationalize why they shouldn’t, and try to put that fear in the self-preservation category, when the truth is, you’re only stopping yourself.

For those who believe in Charles Darwin’s theory of “Survival of the Fittest” know that it dictates that “only the strongest survive.”  The truth of the matter is, living the best life that you can means to be strong, courageous, and to discard complacency.  Trying to make irrational fears rational isn’t helping you.  It’s hindering you.

When you’re having a moment where you have an opportunity of progress, and you feel that twinge of fear, try to categorize it.  Figure out where it places.  Is this fear because I could potentially put myself in danger?  Am I fearful because I’m creating an invisible level of chaos, or am I fearful because I’m not comfortable of what lies beyond my life right now?  Once you can figure those things out, then you might be able to start living the best life that you can.

Remember, most successful people have had that exact same fear you’ve had.  However, they worked through it, made themselves vulnerable, and stepped out into a direction that was unfamiliar.  They got to where they are by working through their fear, now it’s just up for you to do the same.

Pass Or Play? Beyoncé Producer, Boots, Features Bey On New Song “Dreams”

April 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Producer Boots, born Jordy Asher, was a relative unknown when he signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation imprint. But with writing/producing credits on Beyoncé’s latest self titled album, for songs like “Drunk In Love,” “Partition,” “SuperPower” and “Flawless,” among others,  it was only a matter of time before his name got hot out here in these streets. Perhaps, with another Bey collaboration, this time on his own record, that time has come.

In a newly released song called “Dreams,” Boots, whose voice reminds me a lot of Frank Ocean’s (in the first verse), delivers a deceptively simple, almost monotone vocal, while Beyoncé harmonizes in the background. There’s a second verse where he takes it up a notch. And lastly, Beyoncé sings her own verse and gets kind of rough and gravely near the song’s conclusion. I’m a Bey fan but I won’t pretend that I’ve enjoyed everything she’s recorded…just most things. And with that being said, this song really does highlight her range.

Aside from the voices, the production will you have your head bobbing.

In an interview with Vogue, Boots explained how the two came to work together on this project:

“I love that the song has me and what I’m doing in my realm and her and what she’s doing in hers, and it’s so completely opposite but they work incredibly together,” he says. “It’s just a really cool testament to our friendship and relationship to do something like this, and as natural as it was for it to exist in the way that it’s going to exist. I feel like I’ve been given my wings to fly. It’s the greatest kind of cosign you could get, from someone who truly, truly believes in you. As gifted and as brilliant as she is, and she is, to be able to believe in me in that regard is a really special thing.”

And what makes a good thing even better is that proceeds from the sale of the song, which you can purchase for $.99, will go towards Day One, a nonprofit charity that attempts to help New York City’s youth end the cycle of dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocate and leadership development.


“Dreams” is one of sixteen songs from Boots’ mixtape  WinterSpringSummerFall. He’s been releasing tracks since February. You can listen to more from the producer, including tracks from this particular mixtape here.

What do you think of the song? Are you digging it? Are you a fan of the songs Boots wrote/produced for the Beyonce album?

Your Story Is Your Child’s Story: Why Kids Aren’t An Excuse To Stop Dreaming

March 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’s amazing the way God orchestrates things. I say God, some of y’all might call it “the universe” or attribute it to the laws of attraction. Whatever you call it, sometimes, through a series of seemingly unrelated events, the things we need to see, hear or experience, land right at our feet.

Last year, we told you about the incredible opportunity the people at Walt Disney World, Steve Harvey, and Essence Magazine provide for high school students called the Disney Dreamers Academy. A weekend long event, the Disney Dreamers Academy hosts high school students who attend workshops in their field of interest, engage with celebrity and motivational speakers and network. The weekend is meant to inspire them to nourish their talents and ferociously pursue the dreams they have for themselves.

It’s all about the kids. But there’s another piece of the puzzle. Each child comes to Disney with a chaperone, typically one of their parents. And yesterday, while the children were off enjoying free time in one of the theme parks, Dr. Steve Perry, founder and principal of Capital Prep, spoke specifically to the parents about their dreams.

He told the parents that in many of the essays they had to submit in order to be accepted into the program, their children wrote about them. Whether they detailed their struggles or described them as an inspiration, or both, he said, “the children wear your issues.”

Perry acknowledged that most good parents have doubts about the way they’re raising their children. He admitted that even as a principal of a school, dealing with other people’s children for a living, raising his own sons can still present a challenge. But he told the parents that despite their faults, they were doing something right and it was evidenced by the fact that their children had been chosen to participate in this program. He asked, “Those circumstances that you passed on to the next generation, did you imagine that they would be this?” In other words, the darkest moments in the parents’ lives ultimately afforded their children an opportunity of a lifetime. He told the parents, “You’re here because you taught your child to turn tragedy into triumph.”

I hope my paraphrasing of his words do the moment justice. It was powerful and I don’t even have kids yet. After he said it, I scanned the room to see if the other parents were as moved as I was and that’s when I noticed a woman silently crying, wiping away the heavy tears that were streaming down her face. Once Dr. Perry had finished speaking, I went up to her and introduced myself. She told me her name: Jamilah.  I asked her why she was so moved by Perry’s words.

She said, “My daughter, so far, is having a very powerful experience here. She was interviewed by Mr. Harvey on his radio show this morning, they’re following her with cameras, a lot’s happening for her. A big part of her essay that she submitted was discussing one of the most challenging experiences that she felt she’s gone through in her life, which was a really difficult thing in my life and some things that I had to overcome…”

I interrupted her to ask if she’d mind sharing some of those challenges.

What she said floored me.

A Dream Deferred? When Your Ideal Life Isn’t What You Thought It Would Be

August 16th, 2013 - By Dee Rene
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What becomes of a dream deferred?

It goes to a cubicle and dies.

In 2011, I sat slumped in my uncomfortable office chair, surrounded by piles of paperwork and my own mind’s clutter. I pushed away from the desk.

“I can’t do this anymore.”

I could no longer sit like milk on the shelf of my office waiting to spoil. There had to be something more out there for me than a job that was slowly draining the life out of my spirit like the air in a forgotten birthday balloon.

What was my dream? I remember shuffling through old notebooks and sticky notes. Confused how my dream had a long forgotten item on the to-do list. It had been replaced by needs for money, security, recognition and a host of other things that only left me fully employed and spiritually empty.

My initial reaction was to count the reasons why I couldn’t do it. Money, location, time, space, it’s Tuesday and life changes can only start on Mondays, fatigue and whatever else comes to mind. All of which are changing variables and would eventually come together if I just tried rather than wallowing in excuses.  When I pushed back from my desk that day, I pushed full steam ahead into finding my purpose and passion.

I went full steam ahead trying to “get there” and one day I finally arrived. A new city, new job, a brand new life and I was….struggling.

What happens when you take the leap of faith and you crash land instead of soaring high?

A good friend of mine said, “Just because you got there, doesn’t mean you are supposed to stay there. Perhaps there is more.” The finish line you saw in the distance was really just the starting line to another race. Although I had broken free of my cubicle, it turns out that the journey to achieve my dream wasn’t just that simple jump.

It was in this moment that true discouragement set in. Here I was, had risked it all, and found myself unsatisfied again and itching for more. While in pursuit of who you were always meant to be, occasionally you will encounter a dream deferred…again.

Every leap of faith won’t be in the right direction. Every road won’t end with a pot of gold. The part no one tells you about pursuing your passion is that you might get it partially wrong before you get it all the way right.

It was time to regroup. I revisited my notebooks and sticky notes and devised a new plan. Even a wrong turn serves a purpose and I will say that the first leap brought me to new experiences and new perspectives. I now understood that I could leap, fall, crash, tumble and get back up with my wig still on straight.

Although I wanted the fairy tale story that I leaped and landed in paradise, occasionally we miss the mark. Does that mean give up? Does that mean it’s never going to happen? Absolutely not. It means you go back to the drawing board, a little wiser and a whole lot stronger, and begin again. One of my favorite quotes speaks to this:

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Pursuing your purpose and recapturing your dream deferred is more than just one leap. You can chose to send your dream to a cubicle to die. You can chose to take that one time you failed as a sign to stay in a mediocre place. Or you can pick yourself up and jump just one more time. Have the strength to start all over again and be who you were always meant to be.


She Stays Busy: Whoopi Goldberg Creating NickMom Program To Celebrate Everyday Mothers!

July 28th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Can you think of someone, famous or not, who no matter what, has come up with yet another creative idea and is always busy?

Whoopi Goldberg is one of those people.  Whether she’s lending a helping hand to a project or lending her voice to a film, she is always working beyond her day job.

This time, the comedian, actress, and host of The View has developed a new show for Nick Jr.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lounge will be a talk and variety show that will air during NickMom, the programming block of Nick Jr dedicated to mothers. NickMom runs nightly from 10p-2a.

According to THR, Lounge will feature everyday moms and they’ll have funny and honest conversations while being “pampered, celebrated and have their dreams come true.”

Goldberg will also serve as the executive producer of the show.

This sounds like it’ll be a really cool show.  Although NickMom already has a few shows that they are renewing for next seasons, the ratings during those hours aren’t great.  If Lounge is properly promoted (and because of the station it will be on, that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of promotion, but moreso smart promotion), it would likely help the numbers jump quite a bit.

In addition to her behind the scenes work, Whoopi will continue her role as moderator for ABC’s The View.

My Quarter-Life Crisis: I Wanna Be A Grown Woman Too!

May 21st, 2013 - By Caresse Spencer
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“You know you’re about to be grown, right? You are grown at 25, but when you turn 26 this month, that’s really it. Next is 30!”

My dear, dear, blunt friend told me that this morning. And while she smiled and went on her way, I was left with the nerve she hit. Not the last one, thankfully, but if I’m not careful I may only have a few left! Between wrestling through childhood struggles, figuring out what I want to do with my life, and being reminded of my singleness by all the weddings and baby showers, this past year I’ve been having a quarter-life crisis! And from the texts I get from my friends, I see I’m not alone.

I remember going to college full of hopes and dreams for my future, and graduating with a head full of doubt. Four years later, while I’ve had the opportunity to work with some talented people and had a great deal of fun along the way and still am, I often wonder whether I’ll ever get anywhere near where I dreamed I’d be in life. I’m getting to do what I love (writing) by way of different platforms, but doing what you love doesn’t always pay the bills. Every now and then I find myself on considering applying for a full-time job somewhere I don’t want to work, so that I can stop living the life of a starving artist with supportive parents. I want to be able to pay my bills, give gracefully to my church and other organizations, save, shop, eat good and travel like other grown folks.  Well, I do some of that now, but I want to be able to without praying for a freelance or babysitting gig afterwards to make up for the money I just spent treating myself. I want to live comfortably. But I also want to do what I love. Is that asking too much? I mean who buys cake not to eat it too?

Maybe it’s my parents’ fault. Yeah, that’s it. They spoiled us, especially me. Now, I can’t imagine having to work somewhere I don’t want to. Then again, I blame all the famous people on television that say you can do anything you put your mind to.  Or maybe it’s the (false) prosperity gospel teaching that made me think naming and claiming was the key to unlocking my dreams. Better yet, all the positive thinking speakers and authors sold me some false hope too by giving my words more power than they actually have. None of these people sent a memo to the economy, employers, or my future husband that they were suppose to give me what I desire.

But wait, I’m 25, so I can’t really blame anyone else for what I decide to believe, can I? I can choose what to believe now about success—namely that success is not defined by status. If I’m supposed to be a janitor, then being a CEO is beneath me. That might sound strange, but success is determined by purpose and purpose is prescribed by God. And if you’ve ever heard any Bible stories, then you know God’s purposes are quite different than ours and His means are always unconventional. I could be right where He wants me to be, but too busy looking at where other people are to appreciate and invest where He has me. Now, don’t get me wrong, because of my spoiled upbringing, I do have to check my laziness and be sure that I’m not actually hindering myself. And I should dream and set goals that seem far-fetched, because I don’t know what might be in-store for me. But I also have to pursue contentment in the here and now. I have to embrace the truth that contentment is not about having what you want; it’s about wanting what you have.

Here’s to 26 and whatever it has in store!

Caresse Spencer is a writer for urban and Christian culture by way of Reach Records, Blueprint Church and the Rebuild Network who is currently working on a campaign (All is Vanity) with artist/songwriter Natalie Lauren to help women discover the best path towards getting more out of life. Check out her website and follow her randomness on Twitter @caressedionne