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...

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens” –Mandy Hale

The above quote especially speaks to me as I find myself transitioning from one phase of life to another.     As a woman who loves to plan out every single detail of her life, I found myself planning exactly what I want to do after graduation, where I want to be, etc.  However, as time rolled by, I realized that my plan wasn’t really working out like I thought it would.  Things just simply weren’t lining up for me like I hoped.

Just recently I had to let go of my plans and begin relying on the Master Plan for my life.  This is challenging for me because I don’t really know what that plan is.  I am forced to trust and have faith that everything is going to work out according to God’s plan for my life, not my own.  You see, life is full of change and transitions that we all have experienced since birth.  For example, as children we make the transition from little kid to teenager.  It is quite an awkward and uncomfortable transition, however, it’s necessary.  It’s not long before we reach this point of frustration and yell out the infamous words, “I’m not a little kid anymore!”.  We mature, learn, and experience life through different eyes.

As a recent college graduate, I am experiencing yet again another transition.  I am transitioning from being a college student to being a working adult.  I am transitioning from being dependent to completely independent.  This feeling is…awkward and uncomfortable because I do not know exactly what’s going to happen  next and I’m not sure where my life is going.  However, I have faith in a master plan that is set especially for me.  I will lean not on my own understanding but trust that this part of my life will only last for a season and that I soon we be in a place where I am content.  I encourage you to also find that peace in letting go of your own plans and trust that in the plan already set in place for you.

BFDC Love,



“Don’t worry about being under construction right now because one day you’re going to be finished […] every construction project has an end date” – Monica May

This past weekend we were able to come together at The University of Central Florida for our 8th Annual Purple Power Conference. With 7 different seminars throughout the day there was so much inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and love that was being given that it was no surprise that everyone left feeling like they can take on anything.

Our last session of the day titled “Let’s Get to Work” featured Monica May; host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and a news/community affairs director for STAR 94.5 COX Radio station in Orlando, FL. Monica is best described as the “HARDEST WORKING WOMAN IN RADIO” and on Saturday she spoke to us about how she got where she was today.

She made so many valid points but one that really stuck out to me was when she told us to “get off your island and explore […] you my find your places in places that you’d never expect…”. You would never expect that someone who is actually very shy in person is this booming memorable voice over the radio that loves to talk; but that’s exactly who Monica is. If she didn’t step out of her boundaries and her comfort zone she may not have had the opportunities that she was blessed with. And that spoke to me to get out of my comfort zone and start making steps to do things that I may not normally do because they could make me really happy. If you find yourself living a “routine lifestyle” where there isn’t much progression to where you want to go in life, you may have to switch up your routine and lean towards a new direction that can help you progress. If you have stage fright, get on stage; if you’re shy, talk to someone; if you’ve never traveled, go somewhere. The little steps lead to even bigger ones until you can finally stop and look back to see how far you’ve overcome.


BFDC Love,



Now that late registration has come to an end, I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces at Purple Power held at the University of Central Florida on August 15-16, 2015. This year’s theme is Women Under Construction. Now let’s take a moment to think about what that means. The definition of construction is, “the act of building something, typically a large structure, as well as, the creation or formation of an abstract entity”. We as women are constantly under construction. We are constantly progressing and doing better in this one life we have to live.

When I wake up each morning I remember that the day wasn’t promised and with God as the foundation that I, this “abstract entity” is built upon, I do all that I can to progress and serve as an inspiration for those around me. And you can too. Of course we all have set backs and sometimes even knock down a few of our bricks (and others’ too) but always remember that at the end of the day we are all Women Under Construction and you are valuable in so many ways. We should serve as confidants for each other and do all that we can in a world that has deemed us as vulnerable and sub-par. So let’s continue to strive to be the best women that we can and surprise the world with the impact we make!

See you in August! :)


BFDC Love,

Ashley Sullivan


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 (, with your Chapter Registration Form. Alumni/At Large Members, be sure to register on our Eventbrite page,

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!

BFDC Love,

Aierress Hanna


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.


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 :)

Kiara J. Mason


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 or Jakia Rodgers at

See you in Orlando August 15th!







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!


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


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.