monday motivation

The New American Hustle

The New American Hustle

I know how hard it can be to be a single, working mother. Not because I am one, but because I was raised by one. My parents divorced when I was very young, and I grew up with my mother, a rebellious older sister and an autistic younger brother. I am not sure how she did it, but my mom managed to raise the three of us, work, and keep food on the table when things got painfully tough. She wasn’t perfect, but in the end she shaped me into who I am today. She’s shown me how strong a woman can be. She’s shown me that if it feels the odds are against you, still try your hardest, and things just may work in your favor. Most importantly, she’s shown me that I could go after what I want in life and not be afraid of having to do it all on my own.

You Know That You're Toxic

You Know That You're Toxic

In the early part of my childhood, it was just my mother and me. Then my mom met a man. At five years old, I could only imagine him being someone that would come in and mess up the good thing mommy and me had going. 

To my pleasant surprise, "He" became “Daddy,” and he filled a void in my life I didn’t know I'd had. Daddy never treated me any differently, and some of our characteristics now are so similar that you’d swear we were biologically related. 

Now You're Staring At A Queen

Now You're Staring At A Queen

“You think you know, but you don’t know the half, you think you beat me down, but I’ll have the last laugh, I’ll keep getting up, ‘Cause that’s what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna be the best me, I’m sorry if it kills you.” Mary J Blige, Doubt, from The London Sessions

As human beings, we can be our toughest critic. I have many insecurities, and one of the biggest is self doubt. Am I good enough? Am I capable of pulling this off? Am I smart enough? You name it, it runs through my head daily.

A New 24 on the Shot Clock

Photos/Images by   #WOCinTech Chat

Photos/Images by #WOCinTech Chat

If you are reading today’s Memo, we made it to see another Monday! I challenge you to look at today differently--today is not just another Monday! Let’s try and see this week as another opportunity to go after our career goals. Set an intention right after reading this--to do one thing this week that puts you one step closer to your goals. It might be asking for that long awaited raise, ironing your clothes tonight, in order to give you a little extra time tomorrow to savor the moments, or setting time aside this afternoon to research your new job. Whatever it is, I encourage you not to put it off another day. In 2013, my little brother wrote a song called Go On, one verse goes: “Every day that I wake, every day that I get is a new, fresh, 24 on the shot clock..I’mma go on.” This week you get another shot towards the life and career you desire.

Below are five tips to help you look at this week differently:

Have faith; even if Tuesday starts to look rocky---set your intention!

Surround yourself with people that want to see you win. Don’t listen to the haters!

Never be afraid to fail. A winner never quits on themselves!

Be you! You were never created to be like everyone else. We love you just the way you are.

Patience is real. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, but there was a process. Respect your process, which leads to PROGRESS!

Cheers to an awesome week! Tell us what you intend to do this week, so we can root you on!