What to tell your kid about the 2016 Election 


I voted. Instagramed my voting sticker. Facebooked a few inspiring posts to get my peers to participate in the election as well. I smiled so big when I picked my 9 year old son up from school and told him that I “rocked the vote!” He was upset I went without him, but I told him he can stay up just a little later that evening to watch the election numbers come in. That worked for him and we darted home to sit in front of the TV to watch Hilary Clinton take the position of the new Commander in Chief!

As the hours rolled by the coverage on CNN began to bother me. My 9 year old had to color in the color of which party won which state for his homework and I began seeing red (literally). He began asking “what’s going on mom?” All I could do was sit in silence because I was thinking the same thing. How was Donald Trump really taking the lead from a woman that has committed most of her adult life to public service and had experience in the White House. How could we have gone from 8 amazing years with President Obama to electing a racist ? How could this bully and womanizer be anybody’s choice for President?

Another hour passed by and my 9 year old son began to fall asleep. I told him to pray and go lay down and that things would be better in the morning, but now that the numbers are in and I see that Trump has won. Things won’t be better in the morning. What do I tell my son when he wakes up in the morning looking for information on who the next President will be? 

I’m clueless on what to tell my black boy living on the West Side of Chicago with a set of “working class” parents. I can’t lie and say Hilary won. I can’t lie and tell him that everything will be okay because I don’t know if that’s true…since Donald has became the President elect our stock market has already began to drop. Trump has already showed us his temper so war with another country is almost a given.

Black America is on pins and needles to see how “Making America great again” is going to work for us as a whole because it doesn’t seem like we were included in the plan. Parents are battling with the same thoughts I have. How do you explain to your child that sometimes life doesn’t seem fair and you’ve got to just roll with the punches? We as a people have to be honest and upfront with ourselves and our children. We don’t know what the future may hold, but we know who holds the future. Keep praying and trusting God and taking life one day at a time because there is no way we can change America’s vote. But we can change how we view America and our communities. The next 4 years won’t be easy but if our Ancestors made it so can we.
Be strong. 

Ferrara Candy Company is sharing goodness: Boo! At the Zoo

Kids love candy and if it’s gummy or sour they love it even more! This past weekend my family and I headed out to Brookfield Zoo to explore “Boo! At the Zoo”. We were greeted by super friendly and fun candy booths full of treats for the zoo goers. The kids faces instantly lit up when they received a treat. This was going on at 5 different spots around the zoo. 


We were able to have a VIP animal encounter with a cool Zoo keeper and a pretty cool wild cat. Ferrara Candy Company invited more than 100 kids out to experience this one on one time and boy did they enjoy themselves. When it was time for questions even the adults chimed in. 


Ferrara Candy Company is definitely sharing goodness with the community by sponsoring 400 plus neighbors with complimentary admission and transportation to Boo! at the Zoo. They sent buses to gather kids from their schools to enjoy the fun at the zoo! They are also donating more than 10,000 lbs. of candy and providing more than 300 volunteers to make this Halloween super special and spooktacular for the community. I know for a fact they donated tons of candy because I grabbed a few pieces of candy myself. Lol.

It really warms my heart to see a company five back and really do it where the community can definitely benefit from it. Just seeing the kids in their costumes smiling ear to ear with their candy just made my day.


Tips of how to be a Girl Boss!

Want to be a part of a webinar that empowers women to become entrepreneurs and to show them how to start and grow their own food business? Well this is the thing for you. Today Thursday October, 20th 2016 join Nicole Enearu and Nely Galan as they give you the tips to be a girl boss! To sign up and attend this event click here.

Nicole Enearu owns a McDonald’s franchise as a family business with her mom and sister. In this webinar, she gives you insight into the world of franchise ownership and shows you step by step how to become a franchise owner – from financial investment to training and operations. 

Nely Galan is a women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship advocate, Emmy Award-winning television producer, and a serial entrepreneur, who BELIEVES that helping women to become self-made is both a movement and a mission! After becoming self-made on her own terms, Galán has made it her mission to teach women—regardless of age or background—how they too can become entrepreneurs.

As a mom all I could think about is how they do it all. Check out my some of the Q&A’s I had for them.


Nely Galán

Are you a mom? If so, how do you tackle it all?

Yes, I am a mom, so I can very much relate to all the mothers out there who are up against the challenge of tackling it all. One of the ways I manage to accomplish this is by making my son a part of the process. What do I mean by this? I believe one of the most important aspects of entrepreneurship is “passing the torch” to our kids. If, for example, I have to speak at a conference or attend a book-signing, I’ll often bring my son along and find a way to include him. Since he’s a teenager, he’s more adept at social media than I am, so I often ask him to help me by posting or taking photos on the fly. Also, by including my son in my career, I get the opportunity to teach by example. He sees me in action, and learns first-hand what it means to truly hustle, and what it takes to get things done. In a way, it’s like an in-house internship for him.  

What’s the best advice that you have for a woman trying to start her own business?

One of the most important things to do before starting your own business is to first save one year of salary. Having a year of savings in the bank allows you the freedom to give it your all, to throw yourself into the new endeavor with every cell of your body. I tell women who want to start their own businesses to first get out of debt; to lower their overhead; and to consider starting a business on the side (while they’re still employed and earning income!), and save 100% of that money. We’re so lucky to live in the era of the sharing economy, which provides enormous opportunities for entrepreneurs to not only sell products, market businesses and lower their overhead, but also to work part-time or full-time from home. Why not milk this opportunity as a way to liberate yourself from the burden of simultaneously having to pay your bills and grow your new business?

 

Nicole Enearu 

Are you a mom? If so, how do you tackle it all?

I am not a mom, however my mother set a great example growing up on being able to manage both worlds; parenting and a career. I also admire my sister, who has small children, and tackles it all like a super woman. My mother and sister are my daily reminder that women can be successful in their businesses and still be terrific mothers. 

What’s the best advice that you have for a woman trying to start her own business?

The best advice I can offer is to start with something you have a passion for and understand there will be lots of hard work in the short term for a rewarding pay-off in the long term.

Check out the webinar it’s Free! Also if you catch the post and missed the live feed please know the Webinars can be viewed on the Adelante website between November 1 and November 30, 2016. Visit here to watch your first webinar today!

Brown Sons Empowered Launch #EmpireWatchParty

This Wednesday history will be made and if you are in Chicago I hope you are in the building. Brown Sons Empowered‘s launch party will be Wed. Oct. 12th 2016 at The Velvet Lounge. The night will be full of surprises and will turn into an Empire viewing party! As a bonus celebrity mom, Andria Mayberry, the Mother of Brown Son “Hakeem” Yazz the Greatest from the hit show Empire will be there.


We’ve done enough talking let’s be a part of the solution! Brown Sons Empowered is about empowering, encouraging, and uplifting our brown boys. 

Here’s some more info on Brown Sons Empowered:


The event is free! Please share and if you are in the Chicagoland area stop by.

September 2016…Are you kidding me?

It’s September already! I’m just in shock because 2016 is going by way too fast for me. As a kid I couldn’t wait to grow up and now as an adult I can’t wait to win the lotto. Lol. The kids are back in school, the summer heat is definitely gone, and now the holidays play peek a boo with us.


I love FALL, it’s my favorite Season. The weather, the colors, fun Fall themed events, and finally relaxing from a crazy busy summer. It just seems like it snuck up on us. I have a jammed packed Fall too, but it should be all love and fun. My wedding anniversary is in September, my husband’s birthday is in October, and of course Halloween falls in October. So be looking out for some blog post about all of that.

May September (and Fall 2016) be a wonderful time in your life! Eat lots of apples, pumpkins, and other Fall themed treats. Stay encouraged, excited about your future, and focused!
Blessings.

June: The Month of Miracles 

Hey guys…Happy June! We are in the 6 month of 2016 and I honestly can’t believe it. This year flew by. So many things I said I would do, places I said I would go, and goals I wanted to reach by now. The good news is I’ve done some of those things. The great news is that June is the month of Miracles so I’m getting a second chance on knocking somethings out the box!

Yup, I’m saying that this June great things are going to happen and the “shift” we all need will take place. I think the number one thing we have to do to receive the miracles that’s  waiting for us is to focus. Write your vision and make it plain. Sometimes we get so lost in the process that we lose focus on where we are going.

Secondly we have to want it! Faith without works is dead. We can’t say we want to be a millionaire yet we aren’t working on our business or saving our money.

And lastly we have to keep the faith. Stop doubting God and stop doubting yourself. If you have an idea, invention, creation, or gift use it and go with it. Don’t let anyone tell you different!

This June let’s be all that we want to be and more!