BLM Girls Experience LA – RECAP!

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BLM-Girl-experience-branding-women-bloggers-fashiondujour-naturallycurlykinky

BLM-Girl-experience-branding-women-bloggers-fashiondujour-naturallycurlykinky

BLM-Girl-experience-branding-women-bloggers-fashiondujour-naturallycurlykinky

BLM-Girl-experience-branding-women-bloggers-fashiondujour-naturallycurlykinky

BLM-Girl-experience-branding-women-bloggers-fashiondujour-naturallycurlykinky

BLM-Girl-experience-branding-women-bloggers-fashiondujour-naturallycurlykinky

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There are a number of great things I can say about the BLM Girls Experience in Los Angeles.  The first of which was having the opportunity to work with Janae Holmes.  She’s the blogger at NaturallyCurlyKinky.com and she’s just a really great human being!  She’s not only a “can do” kinda girl, but she’s a “will do” kinda girl!  Love her!

Our time together began right off the bat with our branding presentation.  Janae and I led a presentation and facilitated discussion around the topic of branding and how to make the best use of your precious time.  The Girls were given a pink (of course) folder with handouts to take home and apply right away.  There were several really great questions about ways to incorporate SEO tips into our blogs and Janae even offered to give a little one on one help.

Next, we switched gears and got to know a little bit about each other through a series of questions and a short video to allow us to reflect on what we think about ourselves and how this is received by others we encounter.  Along these lines we also talked about the importance of staying connected.  We talked about how valuable relationships in our lives area and why it’s so important to make them a priority.  We took a moment to pick up our cell phones, scroll through our contacts and find a couple of people we had been meaning to reach out to and send one of them a text message to say hello.  Using the BLM “Thinking of You” postcards, we wrote notes to a few other special people to remind them that we are thinking of them.

We put our branding hats back on and put some thought into our vision and made vision boards to remind us why we’re doing what we’re doing!  To remind us of what we need to do to get to where we want to be.  We grabbed magazines, colored paper, markers, glue sticks and went to work.

Our night culminated with a toast while we watched the toast video.

The only bummer is that I didn’t take more pictures!

From the looks of it, the BLM Girl Experience events in New York, Atlanta and DC were just as successful!  I’m looking forward to our next chance to catch up at another BLM event.

P.S. Special thanks to our sponsors:  Young Connection, printing | Elephant Bar, food | The Action Factory, venue & A/V

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Young Adult Small Group – The Truth About Relationships


Buffets.  We’re all guilty of it.  Piling our plates with load after load after load of food that we don’t stand a chance of finishing and then we go back for dessert.  It’s kind of the metaphor for my life.  I battle the constant tendency to add “just one more thing” to my already overflowing to-do plate.  Just sit down somewhere.  You can’t do everything.  You need to rest.  All very valid words of advice, but none of them apply to me.  At least that’s what the superwoman in me says.  Where am I going with this?  I’m glad you asked.  If you’ve been following me for a while you know about some of my escapades.  I’m married to a minister (associate pastor).  I have 3 children.  Four, three and 4 months.  I work full time.  I blog.  I created the Facebook group called Bloggers Like Me (BLM), which has grown faster than I had ever expected or even hoped.  I am the fashion columnist for L.A. Focus Newspaper.  I won’t even mention the reality TV show.  I guess you can say I have a lot of irons in the fire.   While one might say, you can’t possibly add anything else, I have…and I’m glad I did.

Young Adult Small Group is a group that my husband and I started this time last year.   We began this group after being invited to attend a YASG that friends of ours were hosting.  The session was centered on the Life Management series by Pastor Rick Warren {highly recommended}.  We enjoyed it so much that we had to duplicate it.  So now here we are with week 1 of our second round of YASG under our belts.  This time, the topic is relationships.  To be more specific…the TRUTH about relationships!  The format of the sessions is an open forum where members can feel safe in asking questions and sharing in confidence.  While Jon and I don’t claim to have all the answers, we are moderating the conversations and providing biblical reference as well as our own personal experiences.   The members range from 25 to 35 all in various stages of relationships.

To let you in on some of the conversations that have taken place so far, here are some questions that were thrown out:

1. How do I know if I’m ready to be in a relationship?

2.  What are your deal breakers?

3.  I have so much to offer, yet I’m still alone.  Why?

4.  What do you do when your potential “boo” puts you in the friend zone.

Juicy stuff!  So,  am I glad I added another chicken wing to my already overflowing buffet plate?  Why yes, yes I am because I plan on savoring every bit of experience, insight and knowledge this group has to share.

My Insta-life

I sorta feel like Instagram blog posts are cheating because, they’re super simple to create!  Oh well, everyone knows that if it didn’t happen on Instagram it didn’t happen.  LOL

1.  5 O’clock shadow. caught in the act. kiss the baby.

2.  I totally forgot I had these Stuart Weitzman’s and this anklet, well clearly it’s a necklace.

3.  He took me {and the church} out to the ball game.

4.  Simona of Good Looking Out Blog at our LA BLMeet Up

5.  Not amused!

6.  It’s not too late to attend a meet up in your area.   See the FB wall for sete

7.  The BLM {Bloggers Like Me} Girls also support worthy causes like breast cancer awareness.  Our goal is to raise $2,400 through donations.  Interested, join the group!

Status: “It’s Complicated”

I’m the guest blogger today at our BLM sister, Eboni of  The Fashionista Next Door‘s, blog!  Come on over and see what’s going on. 

BLM::: Bloggers Like Me

I’ve been blogging now for a good little while and for one reason or another I haven’t been able to find an interactive place for bloggers of color to just share anything and everything they want.  The sites I’ve come across are very “networky” and I wasn’t really looking for that kind of commitment, if you know what I mean.  I was looking more for friendship and community with no strings.

I decided last week that I would just start a Facebook group and invite people who I thought might be interested in some good old fashioned friendship building.  I invited bloggers, non-bloggers who know bloggers, gonna be bloggers,  too busy to blog bloggers, one-post wonder bloggers, you name it.  LOL I also invited girls who are fashion and beauty lovers and fashion business owners that I know.

If you blog, want to blog, used to blog, consider this your invitation to join us, especially if you’re in the Los Angeles area.  If you’re a fashion/beauty business owner or just a lover of fashion looking for a few good blogs to read, consider this your invitation as well.

I will say that I am fiercely protective of the positive community and idea sharing that’s already happening in this group and will remove any negative comments and bad apples from the bunch.

I’m looking forward to the growth of this group so feel free to join us by clicking here, on the picture above or on the badge in my sidebar and invite others who would be interested in learning more and being a part!

Thanks girls!