Purple Power 2015 : Women Under Construction Re-cap

“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,

Giselle

Caution! Women Under Construction

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

Purple Power 2015: Late Registration Deadline July 15th, 2015!

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

Coming Out

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

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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