When The Dog Bites, When The Bee Stings…

When the dog bites When the bee stings When I’m feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don’t feel so bad It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and my favorite time outside of my own birthday month (yes, I said “month”). I love to hear Christmas music and recently caught myself…

Power Down

You all know I love my Instagram proverbs. I recently scrolled across a quote from Novelist Anne Lamott’s April 2017 TED Talk: Lamott is a speaker, activist, and faith based supporter of all things good. This quote came at a time in my life where I was at an interesting intersection between results and work….

The Real Definition of Success

  I was sitting in an Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee meeting when one of the founding members, Mr. Markeith Braden, dropped this AMAZING quote about purpose! It resonated with me so much, that I had to put it in my weekly radio Pep Talk and share it with you all. Click the link above to hear what…

Michelle Obama Showed Me How To Do It

What would have happened if you realized your greatness earlier in your life? Do you think it would change anything? Now, I believe God works everything in His timing and he can restore any time that we think we’ve lost. However, I also know that sometimes we sell ourselves short. Recently this video of two…

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,…