All Articles Tagged "inspiration"

Mikki Taylor On Not Getting In The Way Of Your Dreams

March 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Every year Essence editor at large, Mikki Taylor’s role in the Disney Dreamer’s Academy begins long before the students ever set on Disney property. Taylor is a part of the Speaker’s Resource Group as well as the selection committee for the students who attend the annual event. We had a chance to speak to Ms. Taylor about how she prepares for the conference every year, not getting in the way of your dreams and what she would say to the students who were selected to be a part of the program.

See what she said in the video below.

The Next Generation Can Lead The Way: How My Sister Inspires Me To Reach For My Dreams

January 20th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Being 10 years older than my sister you would think I’m the one giving all the advice.


My sister is enjoying the last semester of her sophomore year in college. She’s in the honors program studying business—and come graduation will have no college-related debt as everything is paid (down to her books). Though her current status is truly praiseworthy, there were many days of darkness and uncertainty.

Two years ago my husband and I made our way from Jersey to Maryland to watch my sister graduate. I was a little over eight weeks pregnant at the time and was looking forward to catching up after the ceremony.

“So did you decide where you’re going to college in the fall?” I asked.

“No,” she responded holding her head in shame.

While my sister does have younger sibling tendencies to wait until the last minute, I was shocked and disappointed our mother and her father couldn’t get along to help their child figure out her future. She applied to the college of her choice along with two backup schools. Her father wanted her to go to one school and basically would not contribute a dime to the other choices. Our mother is not in the same financial position and could not afford the payments on her own or secure the necessary loan. Because of this, my sister was told community college was her only option for the fall. But I knew where there is God, there is a way.

With a month before the start of the fall semester, I stumbled across a Maryland college holding same-day admission in Connecticut. Paying for her own way, my sister took the train up to my house where I drove 90 minutes (each way) so she could reach her meeting on time. She was accepted that day and the rest is history.

I’m so proud at what my sister has accomplished in her two years at college. She has worked hard to secure more scholarships and recently scored a summer internship with a Fortune 500 company that pays $20 an hour, offers free housing and provides two weeks (paid) vacation. Every time I speak with her, she’s on her way to an important dinner, flying to a nearby state for a business-related project, or meeting with someone working at the White House.

And I thought I was doing well as a happily-married, work-from-home mom and entrepreneur.

There are no words to describe how proud I am of my sister and her aspirations. Without really knowing it, she challenges me to step up my game and take more risks. Who knows where she’ll be after college.

The sky is certainly not the limit for her.

Husband Helps Wife Regain Memory With Photos From Their Wedding Day

October 2nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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On a beautiful day in June, Tunicia and Raleigh Hall tied the knot. One month later, the newlywed bride’s memory was wiped clean of all memories from their special day.

According to Pix 11, Tunicia, 43, began to suffer from what she described as the worst headache of her life.

“My head started hurting tremendously,” she recalled. “I don’t even have the words to describe it.”

By the time she was taken to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, Tunicia didn’t even know what year it was or how old she was. Raleigh, 50, knew that things were serious when his new wife turned to him and asked, “Are we married?”

As it turns out, Tunicia suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, with the trauma from the hemorrhage wiping out nearly all of her recent memory—including her wedding day.

“They said she had a 50/50 chance,” Raleigh told reporters Tuesday. “They looked at the CAT scan and their faces worried me, so then I said I gotta do something.”

“I felt like I lost her,” he emotionally admitted.

Initially, Raleigh was hoping that Tunicia’s memory would come back on its own, but after two days with no significant change in her condition, he decided to take action. He created a collage of photos from their wedding day on the walls of her hospital room as she fought for recovery. Amazingly, doctors says that the photos seemed to do the trick.

“I just know I was laying in the room looking around, looking at the pictures,” Tunicia shared.

“As nurses were coming in and visitors were coming in, they started reflecting the love we shared,” Raleigh added. “So then what happened then, Tunicia started reflecting that same thing that they were reflecting and she didn’t know why she was smiling but she saw something and I believe it was hope that she saw.”

Tunicia’s recovery was indeed a miracle and her doctors are crediting the power of family.

“It’s not just medical science that’s bringing patients back,” explained Dr. Richard Temes, Director at the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore LIJ. “Patients’ families are such an important key in terms of neurological recovery and this is a great example of that.”

On the day of the press conference, which fell pretty close to the Queens couple’s wedding anniversary, “American Idol” contestant Ian Holmes serenaded them.

“With his love and God’s grace I’m here,” Tunicia expressed.

With all of the negative news surrounding couples this week, this heartwarming story should serve as a sweet reminder that true love does exist.

14 Things You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About

August 20th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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As a woman, I sometimes feel as though we’re constantly being criticized for everything.  It’s almost impossible for us to just be… us, without someone putting in their two cents about how we should live, or present ourselves.

With those things in mind, we’ve come across the phrase “guilty pleasure,” which is a way to sort of lessen something that we enjoy, and it makes us feel bad about liking it.  Well you know what?  SCREW GUILTY PLEASURES!  I feel that there are things that even if I don’t fully understand, or even like, it shouldn’t stop you from openly enjoying them.

Here are 14 of those things, and add others at the end if I missed any.

Morning Inspiration: Songs To Motivate You On Your Way To Work

April 8th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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It’s that time of morning again. You’ve suddenly plunged into overthinking and worrying about your next moves in life and you need something to pick up your mood and motivate you. Music is the perfect thing to do just that! Check out our mix of different songs that will both inspire and motivate you in the morning.  What’s already on your playlist?

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3 Ways To Wear: Luxe Leather, Nighttime Edition

February 18th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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As we told you earlier, leather is having a major moment. Season after season, the fabric can be found in designer collections, adorning celebrities, and scattered throughout retail stores. Everyone needs leather items in their wardrobe that emit sex appeal, modern edge, and chill vibes.

Click on to view three leather-focused outfits, styled using the items above, for an evening out on the town.

3 Ways To Wear: Luxe Leather, Daytime Edition

February 18th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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Welcome to 3 Ways To Wear, a new series where each week, we’re putting together affordable looks that will hopefully inspire you to embrace a new trend. With three looks appropriate for day and three looks appropriate for night, we’re hoping everyone finds an outfit that speaks to them. First up this week: Leather!

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Despite the explosion of leather-clad items on the scene, it’s still a tricky textile to master. Conquering the leather look during the day proves to be an even riskier business. Fret not! We’ve put together three looks to illustrate that leather can be worn with style and grace in the a.m.

View the following pages for inspiration on how to style the leather dress, coat, and pant above.

MN Business Tip Of The Day: An Inspired Search For Inspiration

November 20th, 2013 - By Michelle Alerte
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As you go through each day, it’s often necessary to pull from a well of inspiration, leading to inspired project decisions, inspired working relationships, and inspired forward movement. While you’re at work, you’re also working to avoid feeling stuck and lethargic.

Try these three things to help get your business juices flowing:

Brainstorm- Writing down all your thoughts about a project or problem can help you get past self-censorship so you can get an honest look at your ideas and options respectively.

Thought- provoking questions- Asking yourself thought-provoking, challenging, and even downright silly questions can help when you are attempting to think outside of the box and to get yourself looking at a problem in a new and unique way.

Do something new- Yes you have to go into the same office, to the same desk, with the same people everyday of the week, but there are still ways to do something new. Try eating in different places (whether other delis and cafés or different locations at your job) or even working in different locations around your office. Exposing yourself to new spaces stimulates your mind to think in different ways and for you to see the world differently as well. Another “something new” could be speaking to people you don’t usually converse with. New people bring new perspectives and open the door for new experiences.

Terrence J Says He Nearly Went Bankrupt While Working At BET

October 2nd, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Think Like A Man Too actor Terrence J recently stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club to promote the release of his new book, The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom and his latest film, Baggage Claim. The 31-year-old New York native also opened up about overcoming major financial struggles and his split from former Victoria’s Secret Angel Selita EBanks. Peep some interesting highlight from his interview below.

On almost going bankrupt:

“There was a time when I was at 106 where I almost went bankrupt trying to keep up with other people. You know, you got all of these rappers coming on the show, you gotta keep up with them. You get your first AMEX, you blow through that money. There was a point where I lost everything. Then I get got diagnosed with vitiligo. I was scared about my health and everything. My skin started breaking out and I was just depressed.”

On his work ethic compared to former BET and 106 hosts:

“Giving 99% is the same as giving 0%. If you gon’ give 99%, you may as well stay home. I’m always like 110% in everything I do. You see the things that people do. I’ve seen the paths and I always wanted to excel. I knew I always wanted to do film. I never wanted to feel like I couldn’t pay my rent. When I first started at BET, I did not know how I was going to pay my college tuition. I was sleeping on the couch. I never wanted to feel broke. That’s why I hustle all of these jobs. It’s out of like, desperation. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night like, ‘Oh! Someone else is working and I’m not! Let me get back to the grind.’

On his split from Selita Ebanks:

“I think Selita is amazing. Sometimes things just don’t work. She’s a very busy woman. I work as well. I just think she’s amazing and I wish her the best.”

On being a bad host during his early years at BET:

“I didn’t think I was gon’ make it. I didn’t think was gon’ last. I’m just glad they stuck with me. I know for the first 2, 3 years I was terrible. So I’m just happy the network stayed with me. Things at E! are going really well.”

It’s inspiring to see that Terrence was able to roll with the punches and continued to chase his dreams, even while when he was faced with adversity.

Watch his full interview on the next page.

9 Exercises That Will Boost Your Creativity

April 16th, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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Creativity can’t be taught. But we’ve all got it in us. Even the most left-brained individuals have an artist inside of them waiting to be set free. All you need to do is create circumstances that allow your creative expression to flow out. If you think your creative muscle is in need of some flexing, here are some exercises to get you started.

For a more in-depth experience, check out The Artist’s Way. In addition to inspiring the creative exercises listed here, the book provides a 12-week program to tap into higher creativity.