More Moves, Less Announcements

If you’re breathing anywhere near social media, you’ve probably heard these quotes before: “Make more moves and less announcements” “Real G’s move in silence” “Lions never lose sleep over the opinion of sheep” Now, these are all great Instagram Proverbs – I’ve been quoted saying some myself. However, what do you do when you find…

Self Care Is The Best Care

My sister uttered these words to me one time, “Vannesia, self care is the best care.” Now I don’t recall the context of the conversation, but I remember when she said it, I responded with the snaps of approval…you know the ones. You see, my sister has been studying Psychology for over 10 years, most…

Be Your Own Hype Man

Gather ’round, I’ve got a story to tell.   Now, you all know me by now — I keep it pretty candid on these blogs. This is no different. If you don’t know, I create and record motivational radio drops for a nationally syndicated radio show entitled, “On Air With Ace Alexander.” It airs on Monday…

If You Want a Lawn Full of Opportunities, You Have to Water Your Own Grass

This blog post was originally written for BAUCEmag.com and published on August 2, 2016. A republication appeared on ThoughtCatalog.com on January 17, 2017. We’ve all heard the slogan, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. It typically implies that the circumstances of your neighbor (friend, co-worker, relative) seem better than…

Before You Quit…

Whoever said, “Quitters never win and winners never quit” must not have been part the 2008 Economic Recession. Research shows that Millennials are among the highest educated generations and also the most underemployed. Studies also show that the Generation-Z, the degree toting rebels following these Millennials believe in entrepreneurial ventures. I won’t bore you with…

Not Another Meeting

I have wasted half of my professional life thus far on conference calls and meetings. Meetings that should have never happened without the prerequisite of an email, an agenda, and a thorough follow up of the action items from the last meeting. I used to be terrible at hosting meetings. I had highly detailed reports,…

#IssaBalance

Have you ever felt like this guy right here? It’s funny how we think of balance as even scales or a perfectly proportioned pie. I mean, you can’t really blame us. We’ve been institutionalized to think that balance is something to strive for. From balance sheets in finance to balancing physical check books back in…

Stay True

Hey Friends! Every once in a while, I have to pull a blog out of the archives. I write all my blogs with the intention to help others, but I’ve learned that they also serve as a public diary entry for me. Sometimes I look back on them when I’m having a rough day and need to hype…

Like A Fine Wine🍷

What if I told you that everything you’ve experienced in your life was 100% necessary for you – would you believe it? My birthday is tomorrow (I’m accepting all gifts, greetings, lunches, dinners, cakes, clothes and money without shame – let me know if you need to know my sizes!). Birthdays always breed a time…

I See You

I once had a co-worker, turned older brother, who would stalk my Instagram page. Although we were close in age, he was at a totally different stage in life. Married with two children, he always referenced what I did on the weekend as a foot loose and fancy free twenty something. Now, don’t get me…