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My City 4 Ways

Hello Honeybees,

My 2017 vision board for the blog has the Essence logo on it because I want to be in or work with Essence magazine. On Saturday I got the chance to see part of that vision come to life as I was apart of the blogger team for the My City 4 Ways presented by Essence & Ford Motor.

Memphis was the last stop on the Essence & Ford Motor My 4 City Tour. The tour was a combination of Style, Art, Music and Food all showcased by Memphis talent. Designer Karleen Roy ;  artist Jamond Bullock;  singer Keia Johnson  and Chef D. Arthur.  Memphis showed up to support its own.

The panel was moderated by co-hosts Essence Lifestyle & Relationships Editor Charreah Jackson and comedian Loni Love. Loni was to funny, keeping the crowd hyped with music  by Memphis twins DJ Tootz.  Being up close and personal with June Ambrose was like my Instagram coming to life. She is everything you see or read about her. Open, warm, totally down to earth and the life of the party. She is truly an inspiring living legend.

The beautiful Kelis & Chef D. Arthur provided tasty treats for the palate and the signature drinks were pretty and refreshing.

I wanted to participate in the “Ride & Drive” experience but as a former Ford owner I did not want to get bit by the new car bug.  But I will say that Ford Mustang was calling my name. I was also inspired by Patrice Banks of Girls Auto Clinic. Yes, ladies know how to fix cars & look cute while doing it.

The final performance by Singer-songwriter, Ro James was just what the ladies ordered.

Being a part of the Essence & Ford My City 4 Ways experience was one a great treat not just for me but for Memphis.  Hope to see them again.

Belinda Bloggingwithbee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I AM a Philanthropist

Hello Honeybees,

I am a philanthropist!!

When people hear the word philanthropist they usually think, Oprah, Bill & Melinda Gates or Warren Buffett , you know MONEY, BIG MONEY! The month of April taught me that REAL philanthropy is not just about money but it’s about giving back with your time too. Now, I am truly not in the big money category YET but I am in the time category.  As a working single parent my time is precious so where I spend my time is very important. I work for a nonprofit so I understand how valuable it is when someone wants to give to an organization whether that be time or money. So outside of the work that I do for A Step Ahead Foundation I give my time to the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM).

The mission of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.

The month of April saw the WFGM in full swing honoring 3 women in Memphis who have made a difference in the community. Edith Kelly-Green (Philanthropy & Leadership Award), Barbara Holden Nixon (Innovation Award) & Pat Morgan (Catalyst Award). These three outstanding women were honored at the Legends Award Reception. I volunteered my time for this event. It was during Mrs. Kelly-Green’s acceptance speech that it finally hit me….I am a philanthropist. Although she was being honored for her work as a philanthropist, she stressed the importance of giving money but most importantly the giving of time. On this night I was a philanthropist.

Two weeks after the Legends Award Reception was one of the premier philanthropic events of the year. The Annual Tribute Luncheon. Can you imagine over 1.600 people coming together to support the efforts of the WFGM? Well, you don’t have to imagine it because if you live in Memphis you were there or you know someone that was. The guest speaker was one of my SHEroes Ms. Tamron Hall.  Tamron spoke about the diversity in the room, how important the work being done by the WFGM in the 38126 zip code is to our community and overcoming obstacles. She also spoke about the charities that are important to her. Tamron Hall is a philanthropist. I also volunteered my time for this event. On this day I too was a philanthropist.

It’s not always about the money.

Now don’t get me wrong, it takes money to fund charities and programs, but it also takes the time that people donate to help nonprofits move the needle. We all have some free time to help others. Think about it this way… You didn’t get to where you are without the help of someone else.

I am a philanthropist……….are you?

Belinda Bloggingwithbee

Beewisdom- Philanthropy is part of the path to heaven- Tamron Hall

What I Learned At St Jude

Hello Honeybees,

As a parent I am always worried and concerned when one of my boys is sick. This allergy season has been really rough on my youngest. The worst year yet for him. I just can not imagine how the parents of children at St Jude feel. These children are dealing with life threatening illnesses. 

If you live in Memphis you know what a gem we have in our city in St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I also believe that we take this gem for granted. I know that I am guilty. We all know about the good work that happens at St Jude. I know that families never have to pay for the medical treatments that their child receive. I know that families from out of town have a place to stay so that they can be near their children at the Ronald McDonald House , Target House or Tri Delta Place.

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As part of the Memphis Blogger & Influencer meetup I had the opportunity to take a tour of St. Jude and learned some very interesting facts.

St Jude Memphis Blogger Ambassadors

Did you know that Danny Thomas, founder of St Jude, was instrumental in helping to desegregate the hospitality industry in Memphis? Before there was Ronald McDonald House families stayed at hotels which were not open to people of color. Danny told the hotels that if they couldn’t open their rooms to all that he would take his business elsewhere.

Did you know that it was the lack of quality healthcare of an African American boy that lead Danny to start St Jude?

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Did you know that the original architect for St Jude was African American? Paul Williams learned to draw his renderings upside down because he couldn’t be on the same side of the table as Caucasians.  

To know that St Jude has so much history outside of the medical miracles that it performs everyday is mind blowing.  As part of my #followmeinto50 I am planning to do a fundraising event for St Jude so stay tuned.

Remember this line because you will see it again….”If you can’t give green, give red”  if you know what that means let me know in the comments.

BelindaBloggingwithbee

Beewisdom- Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others- Danny Thomas

Women Helping Women

Hello Honeybees,

When I was looking to shift into the nonprofit field I knew that I wanted to do something to help women and or children. I was blessed enough to be able to do just that.  Not only does my work involve women and the planning of children but my life outside of work does too.  In the last four weeks I have been involved in causes that positively affect the women of Memphis & Shelby County.

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Dress For Success Memphis        The Little Black Dress Event

This was my first year attending The Little Black Dress Event but it was also one of my first duties as a board member. The event was held at the beautiful Memphis Botanic Garden. This is one of the signature fundraising events for Dress For Success Memphis.  We were graced by the beautiful voice of Ms. Wyndie Oh & dined on some awesomely delicious food.  The night was great until I was outbid on an auction item….got to move faster next time.

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Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis    Power of the Purse Auction

This was my third year attending the Power of the Purse Auction.  My first year I was a guest, the second year I was a volunteer. This year I was a member of the host committee. Held at The University Club this auction was every woman’s dream. Everything from purses, shoes, jewelry, wine, art, spa packages to sports packages and more. There was even a special visit from the Glamorous Life girl herself, Ms Shelia E.

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A Step Ahead Foundation            Fifth Anniversary Celebration & Holiday Bazaar

I have worked at A Step Ahead for 4 years and it has changed my life. To know that the work that you do every day is helping to make a difference in the lives of women, especially young women is pretty good. We celebrated for two days.  Friday night was our anniversary celebration. Being decked out in our cocktail attire we sampled some of the best food in the city, enjoyed our signature LARCtini cocktail, shopped with vendors and auctioned a painting by local artist Jimpsie Ayers. On Saturday we had our annual holiday bazaar. Food trucks, vendors, a bouncy house & face painting for the kids. Both events were held at Lindenwood Christian Church.

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ASAF Photo Credit: http://rogercotton.com/

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I encourage you to visit the website for each of these wonderful organizations.  They along with many others are doing some great work for women in Memphis.  Don’t sit on the sidelines, help to make a difference in the 901.

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Beewisdom- If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.  Booker T. Washington

Middle Finger Up

Hello Honeybees,

On Sunday I gave fear the middle finger….like Beyonce said, sort of…. “Middle finger up, tell it….fear bye”

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Those that are close to me know that I have a fear of heights and water.  My fear of water is not that bad. I’m only afraid of water when it comes above my waist. My fear of heights is very real. Let’s just say climbing a ladder is a no-no.  So imagine me walking across a bridge over the Mississippi bridge.

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Yep, I walked across the Harahan Pedestrian Bridge now known as Big River Crossing.  It’s a mile long bridge that connects Tennessee & Arkansas.  The train still runs alongside the walking trail. Which is what happened while I walked across the bridge.

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The views from the bridge are AH-Mazing.  I actually stopped to take a picture. I looked down only once because once was truly enough. And I didn’t want to freeze in the middle of the bridge.

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Although conquering this particular fear was not on my #YearOfYes list I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try. I am determined to not let fear get the best of me.  If I did I would be missing out on some of the best times in life.

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I didn’t take this walk alone. The ladies that I walked with were so encouraging and supportive. They also shared some very important life lessons. Lessons that I will take to heart.

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Ladies I thank you for the welcome spirit and shared wisdom.

2016 is almost over and yes there are still fears to conquer and guess what……I’m ready.

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Beewisdom- Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.  Japanese Proverb

 

It’s 901 in the 901

Hello Honeybees,

It’s September 1st in Memphis or 901 Day!

I love the city of Memphis.  I love the big city with the small town feel.  Everybody knows everybody.  Everybody is related to everybody.  We all have more cousins than we know what to do with. You know, those random people that show up to the family reunion that no one can really place.  We all have them….if you don’t then YOU might be that person.

I love the neighborhood pride. I love that Orange Mound is a city within a city. I love that no one can tell me exactly where South Memphis starts and stops.  Believe me it changes depending on who you ask.

I love the high school pride. I’m not even gonna get into who was or is the best. Nope, not touching that one with a ten foot pole.

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I love the food. Nope, I’m not a big barbque fan but there are so many other good eats to be had in Memphis.  Fried chicken and Fish, Peach Cobbler, Greens, you get the picture.

I love the music. Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rap, R&B…you name it we got it.

I love the friendliness of the people. I love the “yes ma’am” , “no ma’am”.  Although I try to tell young people that it’s not necessary to address me as such, I respect the fact that they still try.

I love that we have our own language…aint it mane.

I love the there are so many outdoor spaces to exercise, IF you can stand the heat. I can’t wait to get back to Shelby Farms. I still have not tried the Greenline and shame on me for that.

I love that there are so many volunteer opportunities and people actually volunteer. Memphis is such a giving city.  Put out the call and people will answer.

There are so many places in Memphis that I have yet to see and so many things that I have to do. But I know that wherever I go and whatever I do, I will find a long lost cousin who is repping their hood.  They will offer me a plate and ask where I went to high school.  This will start a long conversation. One that I will enjoy having.

I love my city!!!!

How are you celebrating 901?

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Beewisdom- This is Memphis…We GRIND here!