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Happy Birthday Miss Zora Neale Hurston


Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd Birthday

In a place called Notasulga, Alabama  on January 7, 1891, Zora Neale was born  the fifth of eight children, to John Hurston, a carpenter and Baptist preacher, and Lucy Potts Hurston, a former schoolteacher. The family moved to the historic Town of Eatonville. Established in 1887, the rural community near Orlando was the nation’s first incorporated black township. It was, as Hurston described it, “a city of five lakes, three croquet courts, three hundred brown skins, three hundred good swimmers, plenty guavas, two schools, and no jailhouse.” http://zoranealehurston.com/about/

Today marks the 123rd birthday celebration of the prolific writer and anthropologist. A true Renaissance Woman, Miss Zora was always adding layers to colorful life. I am glad I was introduced to her as a young girl growing up in LA (lovely Augusta, Georgia) and I am glad to say I live a stone’s  throw away from Eatonville the place she called home for many years.

During the 1930’s and ’40’s Miss Zora was at the height of her  literary career she penned ,Their Eyes Were Watching God, in 1937; Tell My Horse, in 1938; Moses, Man of the Mountain, in 1939.  In 1942, Dust Tracks on a Road, was published and Miss Zora was getting some recognition for her brilliant works of art. Also in 1942,  Hurston  was profiled in Who’s Who in AmericaCurrent Biography and Twentieth Century Authors. In 1948, Miss Zora published another novel, Seraph on the Suwanee.

Miss Zora wrote many thought-provoking articles during the 1950’s that spoke to her outlook and insight on the plight and experience of the American Negro. After she had stroke in 1959, Miss Zora and was forced to live in a welfare home in St. Lucie and sadly died a year later. Unable to be properly laid to rest, Miss Zora was buried in an unmarked grave in the Garden of Heavenly Rest, in Fort Pierce, Florida. In the early ’70’s author Alice Walker gave this great lady, Miss Zora Neale Hurston back her dignity back by properly marking her burial site.

Today we salute your life, your living and your amazing legacy, Happy birthday Miss Zora!

"Fit and Lean in 2014!
Mind, Body, Spirit" 
Yolanda Clay Triplett "YoTrip"
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Nelson Mandela…The Servant Father of South Africa In His Own Words


 

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The world took a pause as we learned of the death of  Nelson Mandela. We can say a great deal about him but I found it most fitting to let his own words speak volumes to what he has said in his 95 years of living. Take your rightfully earned place of rest…as we honor and salute you Mr.

“One day I will be the first black president of South Africa.” 1952

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Rivonia trial on 20 April 1964

“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one-armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” Letter to Winnie Mandela, 1 February 1975

Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” Speaking on his release from Robben Island from the balcony of Cape Town city hall on Sunday 11 February 1990

“Since my release, I have become more convinced than ever that the real makers of history are the ordinary men and women of our country; their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom.” The Struggle is My Life 1990

“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” Interview for the documentary Mandela, 1994  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/nelson-mandela-life-quotes

“This is a war. It has killed more people than has been the case in all previous wars and in all previous natural disasters. We must not continue to be debating, to be arguing, when people are dying.” — On HIV/Aids.

“Nobody knows when they are going to die. Even though I am an old man I do not dwell on the possibility of death. Death comes when it is ready.” — Three days before it was announced that he had been diagnosed with microscopic prostate cancer in 2001. http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/mandela/2013/12/06/one-hundred-quotes-from-nelson-mandela

Rest on Servant Father of the Nation!

 

Wonder Woman Speaks Out!


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Wonder Woman vs. Wonder Woman (129/365) (Photo credit: JD Hancock)

If I sat down with my beloved Wonder Woman and conversed I would want to know a few things:

What made her think she could do it all? Wonder Woman was from the Amazon and possesses super-human powers:

Why did she set me up to think I could do it all?

  • Won heroine fighting for justice, love, peace, and sexual equality has also led to Wonder Woman being widely considered a feminist icon

What made her think that jumping into a headband, cape, belt, bathing suit and go-go boots for five minutes could be how you save the world and solve problems?

What would the Wonder Woman of the ’70’s say to the modern-day Wonder Woman?

Does she see Wonder Woman as a game changer?

Wonder Woman thanks for reminding me why you were one of my favorite characters to watch and read about as a child. I am also glad that as an adult I can appreciate this fictional person Wonder Woman,  who changed the game and paved the way for other female sheroes!

~~YoTrip

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“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE2 http://facebook.com/events/444796945573132/
“Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.
The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words”
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

Know Who You Are…Black Girls Rock!


BlackGirlsRock, Inc.

I believe it is important to affirm who you are: Believer in Jesus Christ,black woman, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, sister-in-law, Godmother, and friend. Writer, blogger, social influencer, life-long learner, mentor, speaker,  leader,  and visionary. Georgia born and raised, Florida resident, public administrator, college graduate, homeowner, information junkie, and foodie for life. These affirmation are just a few of the pieces of me!

This evening I proudly watched a spirited celebration of black women and girls via The Black Girls Rock  (BGR)Awards show.  As a salute to the role and work that black women and girls do in their communities or as celebrities, BGR shines a positive light on its honorees. Since 2006 Beverly Bond, CEO and founder  of BGR took a slogan on a tee-shirt and made it a movement for the masses for women and girls.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialog and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. continues to partner with BET Networks in the worldwide broadcast of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! The event continues to be a historic and monumental show highlighting the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers, and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in their communities. http://www.bet.com/shows/black-girls-rock/about.html

It is refreshing to view a program like the BGR Awards that is overflowing with a positive images of girls and women that look like me. The BGR Awards are given in the areas of : M.A.D.  (Making A Difference ) Girls, Community Activist, Young, Gifted and Black, Star Power, Humanitarian, Shot Caller, Rock Star and Living Legend.

Watching BGR Award show had me clapping my hands, smiling, shouting and shedding some tears of joy. Every moment and emotion shown helped to further my affirmations: Black Girls Rock, and I AM a Black Woman  who Rocks!

~~YoTrip

 

 

“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE2 http://facebook.com/events/444796945573132/
“Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.
The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words”
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

YoTrip Presents: My Thoughts on The Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference (#FLBlogCon13)


image(All the buzz as we await the #FlBlogCon13 opening)

( Bess Auer and YoTrip Pictures courtesy of YoTrip  9/21/13– #FlBlogCon13)

Last Saturday, I had the privilege to attend the 3rd Annual Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference (#FlBlogCon13). On the campus of the world-renowned Full Sail University a power-packed day of learning and yearning was planned for all the attendees. I gathered with over 300 others who had desired to be refreshed, revived and renewed in the field of blogging,  social influence, brand management, media strategist, and public relations.

From the opening, we viewed a thrilling video developed and produced by some of the students of Full Sail. The video was so inline with the conference theme “Aiming for Awesome”, introduced to the crowd by Bess Auer, visionary behind #FlBlogcon13.  Bess also welcomed sponsor Bahama Breeze, who introduced a new signature drink and gave away five all expense paid trips to the Bahamas. Lesson learned: never underestimate the power of looking under your table to find a hidden treasure.

The opening speaker, Pat Williams got the crowd going with his motivational moments. We were challenged by Pat Williams to practice ten things and we would see our dreams become reality. From right thoughts, to right words, to goal setting, to being responsible, and seek the right kind of friends were the first five.  The next five were to take our hurts,pains and setbacks into our success, next we should go the second mile by doing twice of what is expected, never give up because winners never surrender, remember character still counts and we should live our life by the Faith phenomenal. Pat Williams opening keynote “talk” was dead on and full of great nuggets on  making your dreams a reality.

As a first timer I decided to check out the  Blogger 101 class facilitated by conference founder Bess Auer. I wanted to hear blogging explained from the basic level. The way Bess presented her information a young child could start a blog on the spot! The session taught me a thing or two to improve my blogs.

My next session was “How Do Bloggers Make Money” and the speaker Jeanette Scott of J’s Everyday Fashion  shared creative ways to convert your writing landscape to dollars.  Jeanette shared myths and truths as she knew them to help people see that making money blogging is not a bad thing when done with class and style.

The foodie in me was happy to get to the business of lunch provided by Bahama Breeze. The sun was beaming down as if it wanted to play a major part in setting the mood for great meal of Shrimp and grits, salad, and the new signature drink.  Everything was just yummy from start to finish, hats off to Bahama Breeze. I also made some new friends (ladies from Tampa) in the chow line and met up with my dear friend Gennia  who introduced me to a group of lovely ladies.

I needed to be engaged after that yummy lunch, so I joined food blogger Julie Deily, The Little Kitchen, who gave insight on being a full-time blogger after leaving a safe and secure full-time engineering job. Julie was encouraging and a straight shooter when giving out advice and lessons learned in her life as a blogger.

I am a bit bias but my friend Sili M. Recio (My Manihood) was apart of an innovative and informative session on “The Business of Blogging: Building Relationships With Brands”.  The ladies on this panel gave the attendees case studies that lead to success in a branding campaign, tips for working to make your clients brand buzz, and increase their influence and engagement with their audience.

I signed up to get a new headshot taken and the photographer  was busy  with his steady stream of people trying to get in front of his lens. While I waited I enjoyed some deliciously cool treats from the Florida Dairy Council.  I met a nice group of folks who also wanted to cool off and feel like a kid, eating ice cream. One of the guys in the circle traveled from Washington, DC for the event and I also met with one of the Sysco representatives that shared how this company has a major impact on the food supply throughout the country.  At the conference closing the Sysco lady spoke to the attendees about making a difference in the community.

The closer for the #FLBlogCon13 was Pam Moore, CEO/Founder of Marketing Nutz and she made it clear that we should all remember “You are the Media” and that we should always think bigger.  Pam shared that social media gives us a platform for where we want to go, embrace the journey and be engaged.

The #FLBlogCon13 came to a close with the Ford After Party.  This party was full of food, fellowship, flowing music, fabulous drinks, and of course a fleet of Ford vehicles on display. The foodie in me was happy to visit all of the stations and partake of the sensational servings of tasty bites. From a variety of wings, to a meat and cheese bar, veggies, a cook to order pasta station and then the topper was the towers of mini cupcakes from Gigi’s cupcakes. Everyone was happy to eat, chat, and drink up as the sun went down and a coolness was ushered in to closeout the day.

From start to finish, I really enjoyed my experience at the #FLBlogCon13. It was informative, impactful and insightful to listen and learn from others on varying subjects in the world of blogging and social media. I am a life-long learning and anytime I can get into an environment that will give me knowledge on the craft of writing, blogging and social media, I am a happy person.

The venue of Full Sail University set the atmosphere, Pat Williams set the tone, the sessions were the foundation, the sponsors  were generous and the food was fantastic! Hats off to Bess Auer and her team for putting on The Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference (#FLblogCon13) for the third year in a row. I am looking forward to connecting with all the people I encountered during this event. I also can say that for the conference theme “Aiming for Awesome” was in full effect!

~~YoTrip
 
“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
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“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”
 
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

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YoTrip Presents: A Poet People Should Know Ramona “Jonesy” Jones


YoTrip Presents: A Poet People Should Know Ramona “Jonesy” Jones  Ramona Jonesy Jones

In honor of the 17th Annual National Poetry Month, I am graciously yielding my blog space to Poets. For the balance of April I will run and post my new monthly feature highlighting some amazing poets, YoTrip Presents: “A Poet People Should Know “

Five Questions For A Poet People Should Know

Who are you as a Poet? Please share something about yourself and your business.

As a poet I am always thinking of new ways I can write and make myself better.  I get a lot of inspiration from my students.  They know I love to write poetry so when they write poetry they are always trying to please me.  It warms my heart to know that they want to know what I think.  They make me a better writer.

What makes you a “Poet People Should Know”?

Not tooting my own horn, but my words are special.  Each word that I write comes from something I have experienced.  Those experiences have made me who I am today.

When did you find out that you had that something special that you wanted to share with the world?

I have always been a writer but I didn’t realize that I wanted to share my words with the world until a few years ago.  My words had always been written in a journal.  I never shared them with anyone because they were my private thoughts.  Those private thoughts turned into poems.  Little by little I started sharing them and a great friend of mine told me that I should really consider writing professionally.  I took my first step steps and submitted and agreed to write for a book my friend was publishing.  It was refreshing and I felt really good about it.  Afterwards I was connected with two authors who were publishing a poetry anthology and I had some of my poems published in there.  Then I was connected with Freedomink Publishing and I found my home.  My first book Life and Love Through My Eyes was published in July 2012.  I am working on my second book Dismissed Inhibitions for release this October.  I am excited because I have the chance again to share my experiences.

Where can people find out more about you and your poetic work? 

People can find out more about me and my work at www.freedomink365.com

My first book Life and Love Through My Eyes is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million.  You may also find me on Facebook (Author Ramona “Jonesy” Jones).

How do you make it all happen?

My publisher, Katandra Jackson keeps me on my toes.  I am so appreciative of her guidance and direction.

~~YoTrip

 

April is National Poetry Month

Let’s celebrate the beautiful of creative expression. For more information go to http://www.poets.org
National Poetry Month
Join  for The Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild 6th Annual Writer’s Guild Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Get details at   http://www.orwriters.org/. Write your Story… 

YoTrip Presents: A Poet People Should Know Courtney PHOENIX White


 

A Poet People Should Know

Courtney PHOENIX White Courtney PHOENIX White

In honor of the 17th Annual National Poetry Month, I am graciously yielding my blog space to Poets. For the balance of April I will run and post my new monthly feature highlighting some amazing poets, YoTrip Presents: “A Poet People Should Know “

Five Questions For A Poet People Should Know

Who are you as a Poet? Please share something about yourself and your business.

I AM… intuitively creatively,

Uniquely divinely,

Physically ferocious

I AM…..THICKKKKK

Courageously tangibly,

Binding legally,

Loving me,

Never facetiously,

Yours truly and  literally…. THE… SHIT

I AM…. never the one you love always the one you left

But dear heart I am nobodys second best

I AM….genuinely essentially,

Caressmatically, infatically, certifiably

The infliction of desire and the FIRST… AID… KIT….

I AM…everything possibly and maybe plausibly

Sickingly, amazingly, strikingly, tastefully yummy

Emotionally and Educationally prepared no dummy

I AM…what you need motivationally, never inappropriately, obviously

Curvatiously, sexually, metaphorically, historically, classically, being me generally, non-egotistically

I AM…SO…..PO…ET….TICCCC

I AM…phenomenally, womanly, satisfyingly, intimately,

The one and only, don’t talk to me like I’m five or six lets just go FIVE..OR….SIXXX….

I AM…animalistically, seductively, passionately, erotically, voluptiously, sensually, romantically, work hard ethically, basically

Sincerely,…..MS….. PHOE…NIX……

I am the owner/CEO of Yume Ai Entertainment.  Yume Ai (Dream Love in Japanese) is an all female all African American company offers basic entertainment services to the public such as photography, modeling, makeup, choreography, song writing, and styling.  I am also an information manager for a company we have recently aligned with called Mxology 21 where we construct streamline event planning for social and corporate affairs.  Writing has always been a passion of mine and I have always written and posted for feedback since 2005.  I have been writing ever since I can remember.  My diary was my first friend.  I am definitely a busy woman but the train isn’t stopping any time soon.

What makes you a “Poet People Should Know”?

I am a  the poet/author of over 125 mixed themed published poems. I have been posting since 2005. The Phoenix bird represents rebirth and the ability to rise from ash with new hope. Because of circumstances surrounding my personal life in 2005, the poet “Phoenix” was born. I am known for primarily for Erotica and have even been referred to as the new age “Zane” however my genres have expanded over the years. I strive to be the voice of women who are afraid of expressing themselves not only sexually but assertively. My greatest desire  would be to “give confidence back to women”. I am currently working on her first novel entitled, ‘Anybody’s Somebody’ in which I depict  women who long for love but instead avoids self-worth and life’s trials and tribulations; replacing it with their insatiable appetite for sex. That replacement only increased disappointment and struggle.  My debut title will be released by FreedomInk Publishing, Fall 2013 via Oppidian.

When did you find out that you had that something special that you wanted to share with the world?

I always put others before myself.   It has always been a gift and a curse.   It has gotten me to the lowest point in my life as well as the journey I am sharing with you now.  I started off writing about my own personal issues and wants and needs sexually and emotionally.  I started to encompass a “No Filter” persona and my audience immediately attached themselves to it.  I am at the point where there is not a day that goes by that I am not called an inspiration.  Women relate to me.  Men are attracted to my raunchy slang.

Where can people find out more about you and your poetic work?

Feel free to contact her with any questions or inquiries at Yumeaientertainment@gmail.com. You may also contact Courtney Phoenix White at courtney@freedomink365.com or cw.writeforyou@gmail.com.  www.facebook.com/courtney.p.3 www.twitter.com/msphoenixfire and www.imaginemephoenix.webs.com

How do you make it all happen?

A lot of prayer and asking for guidance led me on this journey.  I work 13 hours a day and write on the weekends and whenever I can.  I’m living the dream of a shy little girl who’s only goal in life was to be somebody beautiful and successful.  

~~YoTrip

April is National Poetry Month

Let’s celebrate the beautiful of creative expression. For more information go to http://www.poets.org
National Poetry Month
Join  for The Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild 6th Annual Writer’s Guild Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Get details at   http://www.orwriters.org/. Write your Story… 

YoTrip Presents


As we close the month of March, I am happy I could celebrate Women’s History Month with my featured blog posts YoTrip Presents “A Woman People Should Know”. I want to offer thanks to Dr. Darcova Triplett, Katandra Shanel Jackson, Miss SunnieJ, Jane Turner, Marian A. Clay, Dr. Loretta Faith Harris, Yvette Register, and Dr. Wachell McKendrick, these ladies are amazing in their own way. I am honored these ladies shared a window into their world with the world.

Posting interviews with these incredible women (my elite eight) has inspired me to continue YoTrip Presents in the months to come. In April, I will highlight poets, May is for Mothers, June is for Fathers, July is for bloggers, August is for Educators, September is for Authors, October is Organizations.

Thanks for connecting…

Happy Resurrection eve!

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YoTrip Presents: Yvette Register “A Woman People Should Know”


 

 

 

 

YoTrip Presents: Yvette Register “A Woman People Should Know”

Yvette Register Magic

 

Below is my seventh feature blog post in honor of Women’s History Month.  It is important that we celebrate the beauty and brains of women. Please enjoy learning about these fascinating women and then make sure you support them in their passions, projects, and products

Who are you? Please share something about yourself and your business.

My name is Yvette Register. I help people manage the risks of every day life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. I also inspire people to live out their God-given dreams. I do this as a State Farm Insurance agent, motivational writer of a blog called Beyond that Dream with Yvette Register and co-founder of the Cheers to Great Health facebook page.

I am passionate about helping people protect their families through life, health and auto insurance. (www.yvetteregister.com) I am passionate about helping people develop and live their dreams. (www.BeyondThatDream.com and http://www.facebook.com/Dreamoutloudnetwork) And I am passionate about people living a healthy lifestyle and eating right. (www.facebook.com/CheersToGreatHealth)

I work hard but I am never too busy for my son, AJ. I love helping him work towards the fulfillment of his dreams!

What makes you a “Woman People Should Know”?

I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed in 2011, nothing mattered to me but my fight to conquer the cancer that was trying to take over my body. I focus on living and trusting in the Lord to get me through it. As a result I am now cancer free and I promised the Lord I would spend the rest of my life telling others how good God is!

I want people to know that nothing beats having faith in God. I understand that tomorrow is not promised. I live with the believe in a win/win situation. If I die, I will go to be with the Lord. If I live I will get to be here with my friends and family to impact the world.

I give God all the glory.

When did you find out that you had that something special that you wanted to share with the world?

When I was a little girl I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I always felt I was here to help others. Becoming an insurance agent is one of the fulfillment’s of my purpose. I get to help people in the most difficult times in their lives. I love what I do and am blessed to be a blessing to others.

Where can people find out more about you?

Feel free to contact me in the following ways:

http://www.yvetteregister.com
http://www.BeyondThatDream.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/yvetteregister
For motivation please like the following page: http://www.facebook.com/dreamoutloudnetwork
For healthy tips please like the following page: http://www.facebook.com/CheersToGreatHealth

Phone number 407-841-8257

How do you make it all happen?

I make it all happen by the grace of God. I believe Phil. 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Everyday I get up and work hard. Hard work is like planting seeds to harvest in the future. I plant and trust God for the growth!

YoTrip Presents: Miss SunnieJ “A Woman People Should Know”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YoTrip Presents: Miss SunnieJ “A Woman People Should Know”   

 

Below is my fourth feature blog post in honor of Women’s History Month. It is important that we celebrate the beauty and brains of women. Please enjoy learning about these fascinating women and then make sure you support them in their passions, projects, and products.

MissSunnieJ

 

Who are you? Please share  something about yourself and your business.

I am originally from Philadelphia which is a major influence on my personal style.  My mother was a very fashion conscious woman and always emphasized that being well dressed at all time was very important to how people treat you.  She instilled in me a sense of individualism as she always stated that “she did not want to see herself coming and going”.  That is the foundation for my fashion sense which is highlighted in Sunnie’s Closet philosophy.  We treat each customer as a prized friend that we want to come visit often to get the items that match their personal style.  We keep mental notes to their size, profession, interests and needs to maximize their future shopping experiences with us.  We also send out personal messages when we have something special just for them.I believe it is the extra smile and extra mile we are willing to go for our customers that will raise the benchmark of customer service.
What makes you a “Woman People Should Know”?
I like to encourage everyone to live their dreams and to get away from dream killers.  I have experience in a wide array of areas from promotions, talent management, legal, banking, education, pageantry, network marketing, fundraising and tv production.  I am always willing to share my past experiences and contacts with anyone who is serious and willing to listen and take notes.
I am also a good listener and love bouncing ideas and new collaborative possibilities. Sunnie’s Closet is in its infancy stage and there are more facets to come.
When did you find out that you had that something special that you wanted to share with the world?
I always liked to organize, initiate and explore new learning experiences and opportunities both for personal growth as well as financial.  I was the class president 11th and 12th grade and involved in every committee possible.  I started  a girls club in 7th grade that took us all the way through 12th grade and giving events before I was old enough to sign the contract.  I always liked to motivate others to “go for it” of course as long as all the angles were reviewed first.
Clothes was a  passion as long as I can remember and I feel that my love and my desire to help others be confident in their own skin has culminated into Sunnie’s Closet.  I also enjoy shopping for men.  My baby brother was as passionate as I am and we would shop often together.
Where can people find out more about you?
www.Sunniej.com is a great site to bookmark as it will always be updated with my latest endeavors  new projects, events and appearances.  This site links to the full online men and women clothing lines www.SunniesCloset.com as well as other products and services we provide.
Sunnie’s Closet
Retail store
8421 South Orange Blossom Trail Suite #120
(Alliance Business Plaza across from Rooms to Go)
next to Florida Mall)
Hours:
Mon – Sat. – 10 – 7
Sunday by appointment only
Personal Shopping and Stylist Service available
How do you make it all happen?
Firstly, I do things I enjoy and always try to have fun no matter what I am doing.  I have goals that I am running toward and am committed with God’s help to reach them.  Time is always of the essence.  The key piece is prioritizing your daily activities to reach the desired results and staying focused. It is easy to say what you want but the test is what are you going to do about it.  Organization is mandatory when wearing multiple hats and increases   efficiency and minimizes stress.  I continuously look for new resources, keep an open mind and remain flexible to make necessary changes or adjustments.

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