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God Is Waiting on You
by Terry Ann Williams-Richard

I’m waiting on God is something
I hear much too often
And decided to drop it from my
vocabulary after a more sobering
analysis
I realize God is waiting on us
God is waiting on me
God is waiting on you
Through His Holy Word He has
Made His presence clear
He has made His promises known
He has made His plan accessible
God is waiting on me
God is waiting on us
God is waiting on you
To walk in His fullness
To live abundantly
To accept the reality that we are free
God is waiting on you to truly live

Copyright 2009 It’s Still All About Love and Some Other Stuff

Writers’ Showcase Day #10 Spotlight on…Jackie Clark

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A Message From…

Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Jackie Clark! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

Family Dinner and Living Ma’at

by Jackie Clark

Family is an especially important part of our lives! We support, encourage, and take care of one another. Well over 10,000 years ago ancient African civilization existed. Our African ancestors taught and lived by something called ma ’at. Many will ask, “What is ma ‘at?” Ma’at is an African divine concept that gives balance and order in the way we live our lives. There are very many countries, cultures and customs all throughout Afrika. One common thread among them was the practice of ma ‘at. The concept of ma ‘at include living out the concepts of truth, justice, balance and order among many others.

Honoring Foundational Customs

As families, how can we begin to recognize and honor some of the most foundational customs of our culture and began to see the benefits today? Let me suggest starting Family Dinners. We began having Family Dinners with immediate and extended family members. First, it was very celebratory! Whoever was assigned prepared the meal for everyone and went all out. Practicing the concept of order, each family team was assigned their week to prepare the meal. Family members who had not prepared the food performed the setting of the table and cleanup activities.

My favorite thing about Family Dinner was the opportunity to be together as a community and promote family love and support. It is the time to share our truth. Many discussions were held about individual and group challenges and goals. It was at Family Dinner that you arranged your ride to next week’s appointment, sought out information or help for something you were working on. A time to share new information you learned that week and always a fun opportunity to celebrate birthdays and achievements. Ma’at instilled a sense of responsibility of community and society to the earth and all existence.

Opportunity to Stress Integrity

The concept of justice is also practiced at Family Dinner. When we are all together, we debated current affairs, whether voting, education, policing and work challenges, making suggestions and sharing our views. It is also a time to talk out any conflicts brewing and teach the children how to resolve conflicts justly. There are many opportunities while together to stress the importance of integrity and doing what you said you would do.

Living ma ‘at is a very valuable concept that originated in our African culture but was lost over the years. It is something that you do and practice as you live an exemplary life for those following you. Help your family reawaken values we have lost from our Ancestors and reignite the power that results from living ma ‘at. One last critical key is to remember to thine self be true! Living ma ‘at you are being true to a part of yourself from which you have long been separated. Practicing ma ‘at is a valuable tool in instructing our lives and the lives of our families.

Copyright 2020 Jackie Clark

Help your family reawaken values we have lost from our Ancestors and reignite the power that results from living ma ‘at.

Jackie Clark

Jackie Clark is a happily married mother of two daughters and four grandsons. Since leaving a corporate marketing position, Jackie volunteers for an organization called Pass It On MAAT that promotes literacy and African American History and Culture

Writers’ Showcase Day #9 Spotlight on…Antoinette Bell-Claytor

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Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Antoinette Bell-Claytor! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

A Little Humor: In the Care Giver’s Corner

by Antoinette Bell-Claytor

Photo Credit: Google Images

Today we drop in on three care professional’s conversation as they take a 15 minute break together. Let’s listen in on Frantic Frankie, Flip Flop Flow, and Funky Freda.

Freda really girl, how many times did you shower Rose? Hon-na when I tell you that she was humming I don’t mean a song. I had to raise rolls and dry out cracks that clearly no one has touched. By the third shower she smelled like the flower of her name and not like the pile of fresh manure.

Frankie you need to calm the heck down. Honey you are going to burn out quick. Take a lesson out of my book. They don’t call me Flip Flop just because of my shoes. Life is too short to be so stressed. Trust the D.O.N. cares more about how many gloves you are using than the care you are providing to old man Charlie. My attitude is clock in check and change and keep them laughing. Feed them Shower them and put them back to bed. See the job is not that hard. Life can be flowers and rainbows even in this hell hole.

Flow everyone cannot walk around with a hint of cannabis in their hair. Sometimes you have to consider what can happen if you get fired. Ha Ha yeah right Frankie like there aren’t a hundred more of these jobs. Girl you making 8.50 an hour to feed, clean, comfort, and console people you don’t even know. Do not make the mistake of getting attached.

You sure are quiet today Freda, where is that funk we all love. Naa just trying to digest what the hell I just heard 45 say today about Mr. Lewis. Did you watch the funeral? I did-dent even know he got down like that with the civil rights movement. Folks was trying to say Black lives Mattered years ago. People need to wake up about shit. The system is so messed up everywhere and we got this fool running the country. This crap here seems so small in the greater scheme of things.

All right now listen to you girl. Hush Flow cause you aren’t bout ta try tell me we all just need to hit yo peace pipe. Ok ok baby Angela Davis damn.

I think you both need to stop. Did you guys look at the stats? They gone have the state walking through here. They could shut this place down than what are we going to do?

Oh Lord………. Freda and Frankie we gone leave that for right now. Ladies it’s time to check and change. Break time is over let’s go spread some sunshine.

Copyright 2020 Antoinette Bell Claytor

Antoinette Bell-Claytor is a certified health professional. She is also a proud Mom of two adult daughters and two teenaged sons; a doting grandma of two; and her 84 year-old Dad’s caregiver. God is her wisdom, strength, and how she is able to find humor. Crocheting and sewing are two of the main ways she is able to steal away for a break, get relief, and find joy in times when life seems overwhelming. She is excited about accepting this writing challenge.

Writers’ Showcase Day #8 Spotlight on…Ashley Aya Ferguson

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Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Ashley Aya Ferguson! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

No Takeout

by Ashley Aya Ferguson

Photo Credit: google images

I want someone to cook for me.

I want him to scour through recipes for the one he

knows I’ll enjoy because he’s been listening as I talk

lovingly about food.

I want him to think of me at the grocery store or

farmer’s market

while picking the perfect peach, or potato, or pear.

I want him to inspect for perfection, 

and consider how each will complement the dish at

peak harvest

I want him to know my tastes and know my faces

when I try a new thing and

I want him to aim to please, to care enough to get it

right

To let me rest as he perfects.

I want him to think of my smile when he’s mixing, 

my laugh as he’s folding, 

my curves as he’s simmering

I want him to want me to melt when I taste the meal

he’s prepared

I want him to anticipate my eyebrow raise at the

flavors and my long blink as I savor each bite of

goodness prepared with love.

Copyright 2020 Ashley Aya Ferguson

Ashley Aya Ferguson is a writer, single mother, and full-time content professional who spends her days, nights, mornings, evenings, and weekends with words. 

Writers’ Showcase Day #7 Spotlight on…Deborah Samuels

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Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Deborah Samuels! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

The Dream is Real: D. Bra Boutique

by Deborah Samuels

 “Every woman needs a bra! This was how my award-winning application for the Retail Lab in Downtown, Ohio started. I had to get the reviewers attention immediately and compel them to read my entire application. It worked! I was picked out of 50 applicants as one of the top 11 businesses for this pilot project. I prayed as I do with my grants for my clients before submission and thanked the Lord in advance to bless me with my own Bra Boutique. He answered my prayers. In December, for the holidays, I will open D. Bra Boutique!

Fitting a woman for a bra has been my passion since I was 15. I started fitting my mother for a bra over 40 years ago. I would come home from school and see the horrible indentation marks on her shoulder that looked like burn marks. I went to the store immediately and helped my mother by purchasing all these different types of bras to try on. She was in so much pain out of the discomfort of her ill fitted bra. She tried it on, the joy she felt, the way she walked and talked was so amazing to me. I thought if a bra could change her attitude and her image, I know I had to do something about it.

From this experience, I found my passion. I felt if my mother was having these issues and had a hard time finding the right size bra, this could be a business. I wanted to make sure all the women in my family, in churches and in the community were fitted and they knew what size they wore.

This opportunity to open D. Bra Boutique in Downtown Dayton, Ohio is my answered prayer from 20 years ago. I did not give up on my dream. I went to the Las Vegas Lingerie shows while I lived in Vegas for over 27 years. During this time, I sold so many bras I could not keep up with the orders, raising 5 young children and a husband. It was a lot to handle and I had to put my bra business on the side to raise my wonderful family. Now, at 55, I am ready to thrive! My children are young adults and I am excited to see them go to college and allow me to grow with my business!

I feel so blessed to be a blessing to my family, friends and to the community in which I live in and serve, Dayton, Ohio. This is the platform I will use to educate and motivate women of all shapes and sizes, 30A to 60Q to monitor their Breast Care Health. I will also have the accessories needed to make sure every woman that comes into D. Bra Boutique looks good underneath their clothing. I want them to be happy with their Bra and feel wonderful and confident with their purchase from D. Bra Boutique for many years to come!

Copyright 2020 Deborah Samuels

From Deborah Samuels “In churches, people witness to save souls. Through the Witness Project, we witness to save lives by educating women about Breast Cancer! This is my passion! I love what I do, making women feel wonderful! “

Writers’ Showcase Day #6 Spotlight on… Carmen B.

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A Message From…

Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Carmen B.! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

The Wrong Stop

by Carmen B.

On the Bus

Have you ever taken a bus and got off at the wrong stop? What was your first thought? Wait for the next bus, or start walking? Well, that is how I look at my failed relationships; I got off at the wrong stop! See, the way I look at it, all relationships are like embarking on a journey. It is always a sightseeing journey initially. You start out at the station, excited and eager for the trip. Along the way you might look out the window and see sites you really want to stop and immerse yourself in but life is about lessons and sometimes you should have stayed on that bus and just watched that stop pass by! Some stops are just bad for your health: mental, physical, and of course emotional. Some stops tear you up, put you through the ringer of life and spit you out like so much trash; all wrinkled and torn. Let me introduce of my least favorite stops on this journey called life. I am no expert (unless it is on failed relationships) and do not have any statistics to back up my theories just so you know.

The Stop

The Sweetshop Stop is where you meet a guy who is all about everything sweet. Flowers, dinner out, movies, boring sex, and sloppy kisses. Everything is just so mellow about this guy. This guy should have been named BORING instead of Barry or Bryan because he puts the B in BORED. He never experiments and only likes the missionary position. Sounds like a bad horoscope prediction, right?

Mr. Wonderful?

It is all about You and what you want. Now, do not get me wrong, what woman does not want a guy that is all about her to the exclusion of everything else? Maybe, I am weird because dude needed friends! I am not the type of female that wants a guy all up in her face on the daily, 24/7 because I have things to do, places to go, people to see and I do not need or want a man that sticks to me like mold on bread. Just no! When I got off on this stop, I thought I had finally met Mr. Wonderful but no, he was more of Mr. OhJeezWillYouGoSomewhere I am just here to annoy and bore you to death type of guy. I am just not into this type of guy, I got off at the wrong stop!

Copyright 2020 Carmen B.

From Carmen “Hello, My name is Carmen B. and I have had an ongoing love affair with words all my life. I live in Dayton, OH. I am married with 3 children. This is an excerpt of my writing project called Men Are Like Buses. I have a long way to go but am excited about this challenge forcing me to put it on paper.”

It is always a sightseeing journey initially.

Carmen B.

 

Writers’ Showcase Day #5 Spotlight on… LaJenine Wilson

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Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate LaJenine Wilson! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

The Power of Fish and Grits

by LaJenine Wilson

Photo Credit: La Jenine Wilson

 

“Get your behind out the car!” That was Nicole, just as loud and wrong as ever, posted right outside the entrance to the restaurant. She had one hand on her hip, the other rapidly fanning her neck and face, as if it was making a difference in the stifling Georgia heat.

“Make me,” I dared her. Then I started to gather my belongings from the passenger seat. “Got my purse, my shades, my cell and about to lose my freakin nerves.”

I wanted to run. Then I remembered my sister Nicole, a.k.a. Nick, possessed all of the speed in the family. Not to mention how Rainy always pounced on cowardly behavior. As kids, he’d look us dead in the eyes and say, “The only chickens allowed up in my house are baked or fried.” Then he’d strut around the room clucking and cackling like an intoxicated bird until we saw things his way.

Growing up, people said I was my father’s twin, smart mouth and all, but times like these made me wonder if that were true. Rainy James would never run from a fight, never.

My name is Monica James-Morgan, Mona for short, and this time Sunday I was trapped in the grip of southern heat with beads of sweat racing down my face, trying to remember the drama-free lines I’d rehearsed during my flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta.

My mother, Eva James, underwent heart surgery six months ago, but I just found out last week. Let Nicole tell it, she forgot to mention it during our last phone conversation. But I suspect that even in pain and discomfort, our mother wasn’t real eager to see me.

The last time I’d gone home was for Rainy’s funeral. Seven years and a few strained conversations later, the relationship between my mother and I had not improved. I was still the one who had chosen a career in television over working in the family’s restaurant.

Eva’s Fish and Grits has long been a fixture on Atlanta’s east side. Started by my grandfather Robert and named after my mother, Eva’s has been a part of our family for more than 60 years. With only two card tables, some folding chairs and a lamp, my grandfather had started serving his first customers in the basement of his modest two-bedroom home.

His menu, like the accommodations, had been simple; catfish, pork chops or fried chicken, your choice of five sides, buttermilk biscuits or corn bread, lemonade or sweet tea. His first customers had included civil rights leaders, ministers and politicians from all over the state. And his staff had included everyone from Grandma Day to Aunt Natalie, Uncle John to Cousin Rob. Just about every member of my family had worked there, except me, Ms. I-Got-Other-Dreams. I’d been too busy planning how to shake up Hollywood to be caught frying fish or refilling glasses of sweet tea.

LaJenine has written for the Atlanta Voice, Atlanta Tribune, Rolling Out and Gainesville Times. Her short stories and poetry have appeared on For Harriet and Gifted Women. She released her first book of poetry, Tip of My Tongue, in 2009. LaJenine currently lives in the Atlanta area with her son Keyon.

Writers’ Showcase Day #4 Spotlight on… J. Watson

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Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate J. Watson! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

Before Time, Now Time

by J. Watson

Photo Credit: “Palm Tree Forest” by Hans Eiskonoen on Upsplash

Whereas in the before-time, the learned ones had parceled out knowledge according to distinctions like man, woman or family clan, in this now-time they began to understand that they could no longer afford this kind of extravagance. No longer could or would they fragment knowledge gained in their centuries of learning wisdom taught by all manner of creatures, elements and circumstances. 

Red clay orange land. Sparkling obsidian black land. Rain moist. Verdant. This is how it once was and these are the places from which they had come. In this nowtime, villages burned. People were carried away. Some perished. And yet (as is the way of Life), some survived. 

With the creeping conquests old yet useful structures were felled. New ones– sometimes strange replicas– were put in their places. Elders accelerated the lessons teaching any and everyone old or young enough to learn. The minds and spirits of each were filled with as much of the knowledge as their constitutions could stand.
……
He has dreadlocks, smooth, espresso dark skin and a bright, gap-toothed smile. His face is that of a survivor. He raises trees from seeds. His home is filled with books, vinyl LPs, tapes and CDs. He owns a record player, a boom box and bluetooth speakers. He sketches and sculpts atop a flat work table. Old posters of movements and causes decorate his walls. His books are old, but unlike old electronics, they still work and offer up their wisdom. He creates levity, escaping material poverty– for those who liked to call it that– by being creative. The warmth of his heart fills the space and is palpable to any who visit it.  He is a troubadour. 

copyright J. Watson 2020

J. Watson is a mother, writer-scribbler, educator from the Texas Gulf Coast. She loves many things, including the arts and spirituality, especially that of the African Diaspora.

No longer could or would they fragment knowledge gained in their centuries of learning wisdom taught by all manner of creatures, elements and circumstances. 

J. Watson

 

Writers’ Showcase Day#3 Spotlight on…Lauren Nance

A Message From…

Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Lauren F. Nance! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

We All Win!

3 Strategies for Sisterpreneurs to Encourage One Another

by Lauren F. Nance, CMP | Nance Communications, Meetings & Events

Photo Credit: Leighann Blackwood

Isolating.

Exhilarating!

Draining.

Empowering!

The roller-coaster of being in business for myself has shot me high, brought me low, and come with a lot of short-stops in between. They say the faint at heart aren’t built for entrepreneurship. And whoever “they” are ain’t lyin’!

While ‘Rona wreaks havoc, pushing us all to a new normal, our emotions, incomes, and our hope for her to get lost soon has this business owner stressed-out! Gone (for now) are the days of meeting a business friend at Starbucks for a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, a scone, and chatting about business projects. Instead, only the tap of my keyboard and the occasional wailing of a podcast, or court TV shows are the company I keep in my home office now. It’s lonely and that’s not healthy.

I haven’t been alone in feeling this way, so I decided to get creative about ways to overcome the isolation. Here are three things I now do to stay connected to my sisters:

1) Video calls versus texts and phone conversations. I make it a point to vibe with at least two of my sisterpreneurs by video call each week. We talk business strategy and family matters. We meaningfully discuss the joys and fears we experience as women in business for ourselves. Connecting in this way is so vital. It lets us know we’re not alone in how we feel. We share, empathize, and hear each other’s heart to help overcome the discomforts of working solo.

2) Purchase or promote your Sisterpreneur’s business services and products. I appreciate the gifts of my sisters in business and buy from them. I promote their business, too, and they do the same. Actively promoting one another’s business benefits each of us. Exposure through our respective networks increases along the way, too.

3) Share resources. Let’s be honest. From time to time we get burned in business. We make missteps or others take advantage of our kindness. As a result, we find ourselves keeping business resources to ourselves so others cannot take advantage of our hard work to cultivate them. Though this is a common practice, I don’t follow it strictly. I share as freely as possible. I find that when I open my hands, goodness often comes back to me.

**Bonus: Mentorship. As I have become more accomplished in my business, I make myself available to mentor other sisters in business. Whether they need specialized support or just someone to talk to, I say “yes”. Why? Because other women have said “yes” to mentoring me. I’m a better sisterpreneur for giving back in this way.

In business, collaboration is truly better than isolation. Linking up with other like-minded ladies to share success strategies is the temporary cure to what ails us in the age of ‘Rona. To see and hear a laugh, an a-ha moment and the cha-ching of one another’s cash register are tell-tale signs of winning in business. Keeping it going will get us through to the other side.

Copyright 2020 Lauren F. Nance

About Lauren F. Nance. For nearly 30 years, Lauren Nance has provided strategic business communications services to her clients as the owner and chief consultant of Nance Communications, Meetings & Events. Lauren believes strongly that each individual has a heart-seeded vision for their life and/or business. As such, “Your Vision Speaks” is her tag line as she helps business owners make their visions a reality.

Writers’ Showcase Day#2 Spotlight on…Dr. Kim Porter

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A Message From…

Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Dr. Kim Porter! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

Five Social Activities for Homeschooling Families

by Dr. Kim Porter

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Due to COVID-19, everything is being re-evaluated and revamped, from the way we buy our groceries, to the way we educate our children. As many school districts across the country wrestle with solutions for the 2020/2021 school year, many parents are joining the ranks of millions of families who have chosen to homeschool their children. Homeschooling is just that, educating children in the safety of their own homes. In the past, it was done for religious and social reasons. However, with the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, parents are electing to educate their children at home due to safety concerns. While some families are utilizing the online option from their school districts, others are using curriculum specifically designed for homeschooling families.

However, as far as extracurricular activities go, many homeschooling families find socialization to be a challenge during this pandemic. Many places which were once open to homeschooling groups are now closed, and large gatherings are being discouraged. School districts, colleges, and even professional sports face serious issues about conducting business as usual even with numerous safety protocols being implemented. As of today, we received the heartbreaking news of no college football this Fall. (Well, I guess we’ll have to wait until next fall to beat Michigan, but I digress!) The dilemma that faces new and veteran homeschooling families is what to do about socialization of their children. Here are five safe suggestions:

  1. Virtual Field Trips – Many places, such as zoos and museums, offer virtual field trips. Some may charge a small fee in order to produce revenue, while others may be done at no cost. Contact your local zoo or museum and inquire about a virtual field trip.
  1. Homeschooling and Co-ops – Homeschooling families can collaborate with co-ops for small-group activities. Co-ops mostly consist of “outschoolers”, students who learn in an extremely non-traditional environment. Homeschoolers can join co-ops for games, outdoor activities, field trips, etc. Contact a co-op in your area for more specific details.
  1. Outdoor Classes and activities – As much as possible, teaching should be done outdoors as a group. A parent who is proficient in a particular subject can teach students in a small group with social distancing protocols. Also, as a group activity, outdoor movie theaters, student talent shows, or gym classes can be conducted.
  1. Zoom Parties – By now, nearly everyone is familiar with Zoom. It has been used for everything from meetings, to graduations. Why not arrange a school “dance”? Let the students decide on the theme, music, and time.
  1. Mentoring – Finally, with all of this pandemic teaching, don’t forget about you. Parents, especially the newbies, should commit to meeting with each other as a group. Mentor new homeschooling families and share experiences, both good and bad. To make it a little more fun, meet for coffee in a parking lot, on a socially distanced walk, or rotate meeting in someone’s backyard.

We should prepare to finish the school year as we have started. For some, homeschooling is a temporary option. For others, it’s a permanent way of life. Either way, it doesn’t have to mean social isolation. It can open up a whole new world of personal awareness and family fun!

Copyright 2020 Dr. Kim Porter

Kimberly Porter, Ed.D. is an educator with nearly two decades of experience in the classroom as a teacher and administrator. She is currently designing a literature          curriculum which will be available to homeschooling/co-op families on various homeschool websites.