Confronting Challenges One Step At A Time

In this photo, I am walking through the streets of a foreign country where I don’t know anyone and I don’t speak the language. It was uncomfortable but necessary to fulfill my purpose. For many of us, every day feels this way as we face new trials and challenges at work and at home. ????‍♀️???? […]

Candy Santana Is More Than A Pretty Face

Actress Candy Santana

You may recognize Candy Santana from her long list of movie credits like “Blue Bloods”, “Blowback”, and “Road House”. This New York native and first gen immigrant has many more titles than “actress”, however. She has earned degrees in Economics and Public Administration. In 2016, she graduated from law school! She is a movie producer […]

Thank You For The Lessons 2020. You May Leave Now

I’m embarrassed but I have a confession. I lost 350 of my 365 heavyweight rounds with 2020…BUT I’m still standing. I also learned 3 critical life lessons that I will never forget. 1. Instant mashed potatoes can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and they don’t seem to spoil. 2. If you have made […]

Don’t Compromise Who You Are

Don’t let anyone force you to compromise who you are for money. Not a company, not a companion, not a movement. Stick to your ideals. Value your values. At the end of the day, you will sleep better having done the right thing for the right reason.

The Beauty of Scars

I have had two major abdominal surgeries along with a dozen or so other incisions, scrapes, cuts, and bumps. They make my skin darker or lighter. They change the texture of my birthday suit from satin to sand. My scars draw attention to themselves as if to say, “Look at me! I made it through!” […]

About That Life (Motivational)

Are you about that UN- life? You already know. Un-fulfilled? Un-happy? Un-fortunate? Un-appreciated? Un-equal? Un-wanted? Un-heard? Are are you simply under the influence of someone who doesn’t reciprocate your lovingkindness? I understand. When you don’t give an “F” to the -un, the day to day grind is not very fun. Here’s something to think about. […]

What NOT to Say to Your Friend With Cancer (with Audio)

Click here to listen to the podcast for this blog I guess I have been writing this blog since around 2013. Five years is a long time to spend on a blog of a few hundred words. Right? That’s because I reluctantly became a cancer Griot after my first diagnosis of a rare sarcoma (GIST) […]

Do You Have A Poker Voice?

Successful leaders learn to not only have a poker face but they also have a poker voice. What does that mean? It means that when they speak, they have learned to control the tone of their voice, the pace of their voice, and the content of their remarks so that it is difficult to gauge […]