The Black Female Development Circle is a 501(c)3 organization that was established in 1994 to serve as a support system for black women. The organization's mission is"To Educate, Explore, Enhance, and Celebrate Womanhood" and has chapters at UCF, FSU, TSU, and FIU. Read more...

Get excited Ladies! Purple Power is quickly approaching. Here are a few reminders to help you prepare for our 2015 Purple Power Seminar: Women Under Construction.

1. REGISTRATION ENDS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 15th! Collegiate Members, don’t forget to register
your chapter by emailing our National Director of Records, Genesis Coleman (records@bfdcinc.org), with your Chapter Registration Form. Alumni/At Large Members, be sure to register on our Eventbrite page, purplepower2015.eventbrite.com.

2. Make sure your lodging accommodations are secured with the Hilton Garden Inn & Suites by Wednesday, July 15th. When making your reservation, request the BFDC rate to receive a
discount on your stay. Contact the Hilton Garden Inn at 1-866-311-6110.

3. Be prepared experience OUR mission as we continue to educate, explore, enhance and celebrate womanhood! Purple Power 2015 is new and dynamic and we’re so excited for each our member to be impacted by our diverse group of speakers.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to Purple Power, email me at specialproj@bfdcinc.org!

BFDC Love,

Aierress Hanna

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Coming Out

by Courtney Powell on June 29, 2015

Life is about GROWTH. Not just physical growth but mental, emotional, monetary, and spiritual growth. Growth cannot be achieved if you do not push yourself. Life can be very scary. Being a college student one semester away from adulthood, I question myself all the time. Experiencing growth can be overwhelming and discouraging but once you embrace the trials and tribulations your outlook on life changes. Growth only stops when you allow yourself to become at a standstill. Only you can stop your growth. The theme song for this blog is “Coming Out” by the legend Diana Ross. I encourage everyone to listen to this song and encourage yourself to continue to grow.

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Life Is What YOU Make It

by Kiara Nair on June 22, 2015

As I sit at my laptop writing, eating my homemade blueberry banana oatmeal that my husband and I made with my hair wrapped in 2 plastic caps as I “pre-poo” it… All I can think is, “wow, I love this”. I love enjoying what I worked hard for. We recently made the decision to begin a Vegetarian lifestyle (shout-out to our previous Director who has been doing it for years) and man it feels great! It has caused us to be more responsible for our health, cook more and plan more. Think about it, don’t you enjoy things more when you use your own hand, heart and mind to accomplish it?

As I reflected on my life thus far, I realized I have accomplished so much however there is still more to do. As ladies of BFDC, we are very driven, goal-oriented and successful women. Many of us set out to complete the plans we make such as making a certain GPA for the semester, graduating with not only our Bachelor’s, but Master’s as well, joining a sorority or business organization and more. But deep down inside there are still those dreams that we have yet to touch because we think it’s so far away or maybe people would think we were crazy…

There are business owners, wives, political leaders and examples of healthy black women amongst us… Many of us are those people on the inside but it has yet to manifest because we are afraid to go after it. I had an awesome conversation with my husband yesterday and it opened my eyes to the fact that the woman I dream about every other day can be me TODAY. So far our lives have been as a result of what we have made it. But I am daring you to literally make a list of steps to take to be the woman you dream of.

For example, I want to be one of those healthy, fit pregnant women that SNAPS BACK right after having my curly-haired twins in 2017 (A girl can dream right?! lol)

(SN: I know some of you were like pregnant?! Kids?! That’s not where I am right now hahaha)

Anyway I envision myself that way but just 3 weeks ago I was eating hamburger, fries & milkshakes every other NIGHT! That didn’t line up with my goal of being healthy & fit. So I got radical… I just decided I’m going to cut all of this crap out and be Vegetarian… and one day Vegan. It’s been 11 days and I feel my best and have already lost INCHES around my waist. But the joy I have of actually making steps and putting in the work to be the healthy woman I dream of is PRICELESS.

I’m daring you to do the same. If you have a “boring” life, it’s because you made it that way. If you have a I’m-so-busy-I-don’t-have-time-for-a-man life (uh oh, I stepped on some toes!), it’s because you made it that way. If you are 52 pounds overweight and a borderline Diabetic , it’s because you made it that way. Take responsibility of YOUR life. One day… soon I’ll be able to say I have a successful t-shirt company, because I made it that way and I am a homeowner because I made it that way. Life is what YOU make it ladies… SO make it good :)

Signed,
Kiara J. Mason

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Hello Ladies!

The 2016 Purple Power Seminar is 60 days away! I hope you all are as excited as I am to learn, share, and encourage one another for yet another amazing event! This is a reminder that the regular registration deadline is June, 2015. I encourage you all to register as soon as possible so you won’t miss out on great speakers, great food, and great fellowship with your BFDC sisters!

For any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our National Directors of Special Projects, Aierress Hanna specialproj@bfdcinc.org or Jakia Rodgers at specialproj1@bfdcinc.org.

See you in Orlando August 15th!

 

BFDCLOVE,

Jazmin

 

 

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Slow Motion

by Jakia Rodgers on June 9, 2015

What a beautiful mess!

How beautiful something can be after being hidden away for so long!

A mess that was never a mess at all!

Instead a beautiful display, much like a flower or caterpillar wrapped in its cocoon!

The meas that once was just needed a moment to blossom into something truly amazing!

Author: unknown

I chose this poem because it reminded me how everything truly happens in its on time. So while we’re waiting we should experience new things and enjoy the wait. When the end finally approaches then we can bask in its glory!

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During my church service yesterday morning, my pastor preached a sermon entitled “The Perfect Place for Imperfect People”. Within his sermon he discussed how Jesus has a PERFECT plan for every IMPERFECT person. This particular statement really spoke to me, as I began to reflect on my present circumstance and where I desire to be. When you find yourself in difficult situations, and you have a plan but you are concerned about the end result, it’s easy to get discouraged and doubt your future. When you doubt yourself and question your success, it causes you to become stressed and discouraged. Just continue to keep your faith and realize that the work is already done. Despite your imperfections and your lack of clarity, a perfect plan has already been established for your life. With hard work, determination, perseverance and faith, you will arrive at your predestined plan at the right time, and in the right environment. Do not allow distractions and frustrations to cause you to believe that your passion-filled plan will not come to fruition. Keep this phrase in your heart and in your mind, “There is a PERFECT Plan for every IMPERFECT Person.”

 

BFDC Love,

 

Aierress Hanna

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When she stopped comparing her life to others, it made it easier for her to see her blessings.

Do not consume yourself with someone else’s blessing, especially if you are unaware of the fight and battles she endured to get to where she is now. Instead, focus on counting your own blessings and take advantage of the opportunities that await you. Remember what is for you, is for you. No one can interfere with it but you. Keep your eyes on what is real and focus on the bigger picture. Do not get caught up in the smoke and mirrors. Focus on your journey and work to increase the quality of your reality.

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Greetings all!

BFDC’S 8th Annual Purple Power event is coming soon and you would not want to miss out! This year’s Purple Power event will be hosted in the great city of Orlando, FL at the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). This year’s theme is entitled “Women under Construction” and the purpose of this empowering event is to facilitate women’s growth and development within our organization. We aim to educate, inspire, and encourage all those in attendance. This highly anticipated Purple Power event will take place on Saturday August 15, 2015.

Please note that the early registration deadline is Friday May 22, 2015 and the cost per member is currently $65.00. You may register by chapter and individually through Eventbrite (link below).

We look forward to a wonderful event this year and we hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/purple-power-2015-women-under-construction-tickets-16786379513

BFDC Love,

Genesis

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I had a phone call conversation with my Grandma the other day and it was a very normal conversation about our lives and what is in the future for the both of us. Talking to her and hearing about the plans she has, really made me realize the strength of this woman. My grandma has 12 children, 20 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. She remembers everyone’s important dates and has never missed an event concerning her family. I look at her sometimes and wonder how she does it all and maintains such a strong backbone. I leave this blog to show people that a woman’s strength does not reside in her muscle mass, it resides in her heart. Our strength goes beyond numbers and descriptions. Own it. Strut it. Show your strength UNAPOLOGETICALLY.

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Layback & Coast

by Martine Souverain on March 31, 2015

Take a step back, evaluate what is important, and enjoy life.
-Teri Garr

The other day, multitasking crossed my mind. Human beings have multitasked to the point of no return. Accustomed to writing an email, working out, and snacking all at the same time is so normalized today that we no longer know what one by one means. Everything has to be faster while maintaining the utmost equality. We are surrounded by gadgets, planners, and alarms to keep us moving. Don’t get me wrong I like moving, it keeps me in shape  but do we even know how to relax anymore? As working and busy women the lives we lead are very hectic and stressful and call for some serious therapeutic “me” time.  Before you pick up that iPhone to scroll without a purpose on social media take the time to live in the moment, live in YOUR moment. Enjoy the second passing by because you can’t get that second back ladies!

Cute inspirational pic: http://cdn.tinybuddha.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/slow-down.jpg

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