Black History Now-Meet Leslie Burrs

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ve been sharing interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs-Making History today!

This is my 5th and final year that I’ll be presenting this series as an exclusive interview series. So, I hope you enjoy :)

My guests are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders who are willing to step up and make things happen for themselves and those around them. I would like to introduce to you all my final guest of this series…

Meet Leslie Burrs- Award-winning performer & Composer

leslie-burrs-headshot In this interview Leslie shares with us:

1) What prompted him to get started in his work as both an artist and director of a boutique opera house.

2) How he evolved from composer and flutist to creating art with healing properties for those dealing with Mental Illness.

3) And how he currently defines and measures success as an ever evolving entrepreneur.

 

Check Out Our Interview Here: http://youtu.be/GyaTu-PNPys

You can find out more at:

Leslie’s Website: www.leslieburrs.com

Opera North’s website: www.operanorthinc.org

This is the the film Leslie produced for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services titled Autumn Journey.

Until next time…Peace!

 

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Black History Now-Meet Florcy Morisset

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ve been sharing interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs-Making History today!

This is my 5th and final year that I’ll be presenting this series as an exclusive interview series. So, I hope you enjoy :)

My guests are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders who are willing to step up and make things happen for themselves and those around them. I would like to introduce to you all my special guest of the week…

Meet Florcy Morisset- Independent Curator & Art Consultant

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In this interview Florcy shares with us:

1) What prompted her to open up an art gallery in the Historic Old City part of Philadelphia.

2) How she evolved from a brick and mortar gallery into a location-independent gallery in order to take the art gallery to an international market.

3) And how she currently defines and measures success as an ever evolving entrepreneur.

Check Out Our Interview Here:http://youtu.be/Tw6JjIKxncc

You can find out more at:

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http://www.vivantartcollection.com

Until next time…Peace!

 

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Black History Now-Meet Sonia James Pennington

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs-Making History today!

This is my 5th and final year I’m presenting this series as an exclusive interview series. So, I switched up things a bit and expanded into reaching out to people whose work expanded into the greater Philadelphia region as they are more location independent.

My guests are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders who are willing to step up and make things happen for themselves and those around them. I would like to introduce to you all my special guest of the week…

Meet Sonia James Pennington-Artistic Director, and Choreographer

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In this interview Sonia shares with us:

1) What prompted her to open up a dance studio and pursue the path of the arts even though she had originally chosen the path of law as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.

2) How she handles obstacles and roadblocks such as lawsuits that threatened to take her company from her.

3) And how she currently defines and measures success as an ever evolving entrepreneur.

Check Out Our Interview Here: http://youtu.be/v3NQlwocC_c

 

You can find out more at:
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http://www.introspectivemovementproject.com/

http://www.nationaldanceshowcase.com/

http://www.artistsinmotionnj.com/

Tune in next Saturday for my next guest entrepreneur. 

Until next time…Peace!

 

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Mirror of Truth

mirror“And in every one of us, there’s a war going on. It’s a civil war. I don’t care who you are, I don’t care where you live, there is a civil war going on in your life. And every time you set out to be good, there’s something pulling on you, telling you to be evil. It’s going on in your life. Every time you set out to love, something keeps pulling on you, trying to get you to hate. Every time you set out to be kind and say nice things about people, something is pulling on you to be jealous and envious and to spread evil gossip about them. There’s a civil war going on. There is a schizophrenia, as the psychologists or the psychiatrists would call it, going on within all of us. And there are times that all of us know somehow that there is a Mr. Hyde and a Dr. Jekyll in us…There’s a tension at the heart of human nature. And whenever we set out to dream our dreams and to build our temples, we must be honest enough to recognize it.”-Martin Luther King Jr.,The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Self-awareness is not meant to be a shaming exercise. It’s not about identifying your weaknesses and killing yourself to improve on them as if something’s wrong with you. Mass media messages don’t help in this regard. Nevertheless, it’s about seeing yourself from an honest perspective- to see who you are, and from whence you came, giving yourself permission to start where you are right now so to apply yourself when wanting to transform into the best of you…

“Believe in Your Power” is what the cover of my new journal reads. This gift from my awesome mentor confirmed once again why she was the right woman for the job because it symbolized that she’d paid attention. She saw the mascot created for “Asummermoon” as a visual representation of my inner wisdom and strength aka my inner superheroine.  And in true coaching fashion worked with me to awaken and put to good use what I was convinced it was best to keep asleep…my own unique super powers-my gifts, abilities, experiences, and essence.

*Side note observation* Isn’t it funny that those of us who are most determined to shine light and spread love struggle the most with what we are teaching and preaching? But it’s also what sometimes makes us the most qualified. Don’t believe me? In the field of addictions guess who made the best counselors? None other than former addicts in active recovery themselves!

Activating your true self and therefore your USP, is an act of love. And I believe love is a choice- more a choice when the feelings take a nose dive and need serious resuscitation.  What many don’t know is choosing love is actually very, very hard for me. I have to creatively remind myself, purposely retrain my negative thinking patterns, and practically apply it to my daily living. Heck, it’s why I greet everyone almost daily as lovely people. Its how I’m choosing to see others- what I choose to believe we all are deep down past all the things that don’t always represent that belief system. I am now conscientiously pursuing a Doctorate in Love-ocity from Life University because I’m fully aware that when I look into my own mirror of truth, I still see fear where there could only be love, and power, and a sound mind.

Fear creates envy, and prejudice, and misaligned justifications, fear keeps us from forgiving ourselves because we are worried it won’t appease our judges, fear holds us back when we tell others (while trying to still convince ourselves) that we want to move forward. Fear seeks the distorted mirror because it would rather misperceive than smash all the mirrors of deceit and come face to face with what’s really going on in the inside. When we don’t face what’s going on inside we find excuses to hide the very best of who we are.

If this is to be “our best year yet” I think we owe it to ourselves to keep it real with ourselves.  After all, self-awareness (one of the many attributes of self-love) is a trait the most successful people all share. It’s a good place to start when you’re ready to hit the reset button on a life that isn’t in alignment with your values, or wanting to learn how to create your own luck, or willing to have the courage to be more of the awesome, interesting, lovely being that is you.

Until next time…Peace!

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5 Simple Steps to Activate A Purposeful Year

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There are many goal-setting techniques out there to choose from. I’ve personally read about so many different kinds I got serious information overload. So what I try to do now is create structure around purpose while leaving space to color outside the lines. Here’s how I set my art in motion.

1) Reflect. History isn’t there to remind us of our failures. It’s there to teach us how we can succeed next time around. We reflect on what was, how we showed up to our lives, how we created more purpose so we can determine where our adventured will take us next. One way to make this process is to keep a record. I prefer to journal, my best friend knows that she knows that she knows journaling ain’t happening, so I suggested that she use the voice recording app on her phone and make audio journal entries. If she ever wanted to read it transcription services would be well worth the investment.
2) Dump. During my reflections I begin formulating tons of thoughts and creative ideas. Words come to mind. Images come to mind. Songs play in my mind. I record or collect them all. I don’t care if words pop up in my head that feel so far-fetched I write them if not for now then later. The key is to just let it flow. Don’t think about where you’ll place the items on a vision board or how the words are supposed to represent an income stream. The aim is to dream and let your imagination soar.
3) Choose. Out of that dump find one word, or a few words to create a phrase or theme for how you want to show up to your life for the year. It can represent what you want to see happen, how you see yourself at the end of the year, or the gifts you want to share while being a work in progress. Don’t get hung up on this step, you’ll find yourself making excuses to keep from action so keep it moving because it may come to you after the fact. This year my word, BREAKTHROUGH came during my reflections when I was journaling about how I couldn’t think of one word. My theme song, Go Get It came a few days later. I believe it flowed easier to me this year only because I’ve been actively practicing getting quiet and listening to my innersuperhoine speak to my heart.
4) Organize. Since the whole of my life is made up of several slices. I organize my dump into slices. Personal, Social, Spirtual, Physical, Professional, and Financial. By this time I try to pull 1 to 3 sentences together to align with each slice. If I accomplish it or the essence of it before the year is out I simply pull something new from my dump to work on next. So for instance, under Physical I knew a breathrough year beckoned me to feel good about the environment I slept in and worked in as well as to take care of my health so that I could have the energy to work towards my success. So under my Social slice I found myself writing: Light a scented candle before I do creative work each day. Why put this? Because it calms me and helps me write without editing at the same time. If you want some deeper insight and methodology into what goes into each slice, check out the Joy Equation. (One of my very 1st and best experiences with the coaching realm).
5) Astonish. When I set out to astonish myself, I don’t always set a SMART goal. Instead, under each slice of life I set out to simply to rock my own socks off for the year and obviously every year after that. The exception to this rule mainly falls to my professional and financial slices, only because I’m programmed to and am still actively learning to bring a more authentic take to these areas. But even now I’ve recently learned about having a one sentence business plan and just letting the how flow from it. The point is take action, and I do it so I feel alive because only then can I truly nourish others with the overflow.

This system (because that’s what it is) works for me and every year I learn how to improve upon it which in turn improves the results I see. I’m a firm believer that a simple, proven system done consistently works miracles and wonders. How you activate is entirely up to you.

Until Next time…Peace!

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