What’s Your Benchmark?

Can I trust you with a secret? Okay good. I figured, but I wanted to be sure: I don’t always feel inspired, motivated or encouraged. Some days I’m busy, tired, and just want to kick back and mind my business. I know, shocking right? “But Vannesia, you have a motivational blog…” Yeah I know. But…

Bug or Windshield?

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Gulf Shores, Alabama and walked into the cutest shop attached to a restaurant. It was full with wall art, homemade jewelry and all things associated with a “mom and pop shop.” I love anything with positive words and I ended up picking up this little pocket-sized book…

Get It Done!

To my fellow Perfectionists, can I ask you a question? Have you ever tried something before you felt all the way prepared, but it still went exceptionally well? Like for real, go ahead and think of a time…I’ll wait. Got it? Okay good, because I didn’t want to feel like I was the only one….

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…

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…

The Only Way I Eat #DrEricThomas

Ever since I received my Walkman and my Men In Black cassette during Christmas ’97, I’ve had headphones. We’ve upgraded since then (come through Steve Jobs and Bill Gates), but I learned very early that I could drown out a lot of things (or parents) if I turned my music up. Fast forward to the…

Why “To Thine Own Self Be True” Has Become My Personal Mantra

Originally published on www.baucemag.com on August 26, 2016 I was in my first leadership course in college when my professor and future mentor Dr. Jennifer Robin explained one of  her “Three Rules of Leadership” to my class: Rule #3: Know Thyself. Dr. Robin was a professor, coach, consultant and author…basically she was killing the game. It was…