BELIEVE. DREAM. CHANGE the world.

BelieveAndDreamBIG-CEMARIE-BlogPhotoCe’Marie is a dreamer. She’s a doer. An adventurer… She’s confident, capable and will change the world. Ce’Marie will be the voice of her generation.

How about you? Are you encouraging your children to make a positive difference and contribution to society? If we all think in a way to help others and change the world to be a better place than how we found it, then together, we’ll do just that. We will successfully make this world more peaceful than the moment we were introduced to it. Are you up for the challenge?

Please share your thoughts below :)

Lastnight’s Event: “All For The Love of Kids”

Yesterday my friend invited me to the event “All For The Love of Kids”, held in Downtown Los Angeles. It was incredible. The vibe was wonderful. People mingled and ate finger foods as we waited for dinner and the event to begin. We were all there for a greater cause, a cause to raise money for foster children in Los Angeles County and to honor two individuals who have given back tremendously to the foster children of LA. The two honorees were Ms. Tige Charity, from Kids in the Spotlight, and Mr. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, from Skyhook Foundation (and former NBA star — and phenomenal Lakers player).

Not only was the food delicious, but the event itself was packed with excitement. Not a boring moment, which I was grateful for.

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“I didn’t raise no follower…!”

The only thing we need to follow is our dreams. Otherwise – we choose to be avant-garde leaders ♥︎ ♡

“Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.”
― Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State

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“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
― Ray Bradbury

Yaass!! Time To Rise & Shine & Work At Our Potential!

Do you have an idea you’d like to bring to life? Or maybe there’s a new, more challenging, better paying position that is up for grabs that’s more closely related to what you have always wanted to do career-wise. Heck, maybe you have always wanted to learn a new skill or hobby, like how to crochet or knit. Whatever it is, why not pursue it?

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Will it give you more purpose? Help provide for you and your family? Breakthrough a mean cycle of settling and/or procrastinating? Or simply help you smile more often? Any of these reasons are enough to believe it is worth the risk, time and hard-work. Follow through with your right-brain’s nagging…  Still need some convincing?

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Watch & enjoy this quick, awesome video. It may just be the push you need… I use it every morning when trying to get out of bed at 5am. It’s a great reminder of WHY I set that alarm & have to get to it.

Notes to all the Special Mothers out there on Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day… Ce’Marie and I would like to wish all of the fabulous mothers out there a wonderful, happy day and year!

Here’s a special note from Ce’Marie to her mother:

“To my pretty, caring and hardworking mommy, I love you! :) :) You are shapping shaping my life to grow up and become a fun fierce, brave Queen, like you. You are our #1 fan – always going above and beyond to help us pursue our dreams. Thank you for believing in me and all of my bright ideas. I’ve been told my imagination is stupid and dreaming is for losers – and I believed it for 1 second until you told me it’s actually pretty unique and a good sense of wild. You taught me to not worry about what mean people say and to just enjoy being free in my imagination. I thank you mama for never belittling my dreams and instead telling me to shoot even higher than the stars… Momma, I hope you like my our card I we got for you – I really really hope so because I spent all of my allowance on it. ~ ♥︎ ~ P.S. it was alot of my idea to get you the bamboo plant, thought it would brighten up your desk while at work. I hear you sometimes talk to daddy about the stress of work, so this should help alot tremendously. I got Rewo [Ce’Marie’s older brother] to pay for it – I told him he owed it to us mommy ;) Ms. T [Ce’Marie’s school teacher] always says, ‘Keep up the hard-work, because someone is taking notice and another is always watching while the other is taking notes.’ I never really understood what that meant, until now (well more like 42 minutes ago when I asked Rewo). Well, I’ve taken notice of your hard-work and now I’m watching you while I take my notes :) xoxo, Ce’Marie Your Kids”

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And a note from the author of Ce’Marie books to all the responsible, great mothers out there who are making a positive difference in the lives of their kids and others:

I thank you.

I thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in raising strong, confident, smart, and loving children. We need more people, and especially more mothers, like you in this world! It is no easy task to not only birth a child but to also raise a child. Raising children takes strength, determination, money, PATIENCE and a good heart. So to all the mothers out there who are taking care of business and making it happen, I applaud and humbly thank you. And those of you superwomen who have to do it alone, I take my hat off to you. Today was designed in honor of the mothers and your persistence in making sure when it came to your family, sh* got done correctly, each and every time!

So… a toast to you, a beautiful future and a blessed year of happiness. Cheers! *clink *clink *clink

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And lastly, the most difficult note to compose – a note to all the Nigerian mothers who are awaiting the return of their innocent daughters:

We are all praying for you. We want our girls back. We want our daughters back, and we want this NOW!  So #BringBackOurGirls!

I pray that they are safe and unharmed. I pray that God helps them get through whatever it is they are battling. And when they do return (I am talking this into existence), I pray they suffer no more. We love you all and wish you comfort in God’s word. You AND your daughters will overcome this.

Your daughters will remain in our prayers until they are declared well and in your loving arms.

Written with so much love, empathy and concern,

xoxo

R.

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Thank you for the beautiful pictures! (Picture Credits)

I love… Love…LOVE this photo!

I genuinely enjoy seeing women in powerful positions.

Whether it is the Director of a firm, the CEO of her own business, or the Senior Designer at a large denim company – women are making their presence be felt.

In regards to this photo, take a moment to feel their power, take in their strength and love their fierceness! From the umpire shouting and exercising her authority, to the victorious catcher, and right down to the woman who is gracefully extending her body in an effort to reach home base and put a point on the scoreboard… These women are inspiring. These women are bold. These women are fearless!

Today – International Women’s Day ♥

Today is International Women’s Day!

We love to spotlight days like this. It’s awesome that there are so many organizations around the world that continues the fight & work towards equality for women. And I am especially happy that the Women’s Suffrage did not just end once women were given the right to vote. Enjoy some empowerment below:

“A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.”

– Loretta Young

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“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.”

-Charles Malik

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“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

– Margaret Thatcher

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For more information on International Women’s Day – visit their website by clicking on their logo below or by clicking here:

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28 Days Of Royalty: A Black Woman’s Smile

Good Morning Mothers,

*♥* This video is for you, not the babies – please be advised that the video requires Parental Guidance.

If you’ve ever been called an angry black woman, or asked to give your opinion on behalf of all your people, or went to a predominately other (Caucasian, Asian, etc.) university in which you’ve been mocked or chastised by the others or even by your fellow African Americans because you being you is simply different from them being them, or maybe you are from a background of mixed ethnicity and people attempt to degrade and downgrade you as if you are any less than who or what they are…

We understand.

Some forget the past and are insensitive to the fact that some people have a long history of turmoil, pain and hardship… However, I urge you to not sulk around and dwell on this. Let’s end the cycle of pulling out the “race card” just because we can. And instead, I challenge you to speak up and act peacefully towards a real change — and in doing so, if that’s labeled as pulling out the “race card”, so be it. It is not enough to just get angry at the ignorance we witness and are subject to but it is especially not recommended to throw ignorance at ignorance. So I propose we do our part in helping the next generation(s) see a different day and age. And in doing so, smile… Help combat the stereotype of black women being angry all the time.

Let’s work towards bringing to fruition a day and age where our children are aware of their worth. Content with the things that are happening for and by them. Aware of history – their own and beyond that. Eager to help, serve, love and be kind to others. And unapologetic for their differences–i.e. their natural skin tone and natural – big hair, larger than “average” nose and other features, likeness of a certain genre(s) of music, clothing, topics, etc. and/or choice of study in school and career.

Over at Ce’Marie headquarters, we are working towards our goal of getting more diversity into the media – first step, book 1 of la Ce’Marie picture book series.

What are you doing to make a difference for today and our future generations? Please share below :)

Until next time,

xoxo

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  • Video: Ty Gray El spoken word & youtube

[What’s A Girl To Do…]: Girl Power To The Rescueeee…!!

What’s a girl to do when life gets in the way?

First, take a deep breath in, let it out. Again, deep breath in, let it out… Now realize as women:

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Ladies, WE CAN DO IT!!

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Girl Power to the Rescueee!

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling “Tony the Tiger” Grrrrrreeaaat?!

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Rejoice! & Write it down
* When you’re feeling super great: Share girl empowerment messages to a neighbor / peer / friend / relative who may need a quick pick-me-up, keep in mind that we never know what others are going through and your positivity can rub off unto them..Also, why not record these feelings into a special, designated affirmation journal.

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling down?
Seek inner empowerment that you have been building since birth…

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Ohhh Yea ♥ Believe it ♥ We’ve Got This Ability!! :)

* Since birth, you and I have been snapping back after hardships, set backs, disappointments, etc. Even as babies, when we failed to stand up on our own and take our first step, we plummeted right back down. But, then we got right back up and tried again until ultimately we achieved our goal of not only walking but running! Remember: We are super-Wonderwomen: If it doesn’t kill us, it makes us stronger!

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling on top of the world-lucky?

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On top of the world fantastic!

Write down the positive emotions to save for a later rainy day…
* Rainy days seem to just creep up on us at the worst timing. So a way to combat a “rainy day” mood is to look back on the many awesome, “today was a good day”, Ice Cube moods & moments. What the heck are Ice Cube moods, you ask? The moods & moments that totally had you feeling on top of the world –  sometime in the past, like yesterday or a month ago or even three years ago (like a graduation or some other big accomplishment).

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Although a little cheesy, the point of this post is to remind ladies (and girls) out there to make light of situations that otherwise could have put us in bad moods. Sometimes we prematurely make a big deal out of simple everyday situations — but just as the uncomfortable situation came up, it too will pass. Let’s pursue our best — not perfection, but our best and keep in mind that things will always happen, good and bad. So with every “thing” that happens, we can essentially do one of three things:

1. Take it in stride and do your best to set aside the emotions & pessimistic thoughts and forge through it as effectively as possible; 2. Realize the issue, panic and complain, allow negative thoughts to take over, then try to fix the issue; or 3. Convince yourself that you are incapable, the world is coming to an end anyway, and all there is left to do is mope around and wait for either the issue to resolve itself or the world to come to its end… (<– totally over-dramatized, please, ladies, remember we are super Wonderwomen & option 3 is NEVER an option).

And let’s be realistic, we want to always do option 1 but although we are super-Wonderwomen, we are not perfect. So be patient with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for “accidentally” acting out option 2 – just work harder towards being a more positive and proactive person. This way you won’t give yourself unnecessary stress.

We are a work in progress – don’t strive for society’s goal of perfection, strive for excellence of your unique capabilities  :)

So, which (of option 1 & 2) will you choose today?

We would love to hear what it is that you do when life hands you lemons. How do you turn life’s hurdles into lemonade? Please comment below :)

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Girl Power. #WhatCeMarieIsAbout

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