Power Mom: Rheneisha Robertson

Rheneisha has committed herself to the work of the organization, taking the responsibility of various positions until reaching her current one, Chief Programs Officer. Additionally, she is involved in various community organizations and she consistently helps her 85 year old grandmother while keeping up with the clubs, organizations, teams, and activities in which her husband and children are involved.… Read More Power Mom: Rheneisha Robertson

The Trouble With Always Representing

I thought of all the times I felt the responsibility to be an ambassador for Black women. I remembered being very young when my mother warned me that I better behave myself no matter where I was because I represented her and she had eyes everywhere. I grew to understand that in the eyes of people who had limited meaningful interactions with Black women, I represented all Black women, and those limited eyes are everywhere.… Read More The Trouble With Always Representing

Power Mom: Aubri Finley Geurin

While building a succesful business, Aubri and her husband are also raising two children, one of which has a form of autism. Aubri often highlights the achievements of her children to encourage other parents who are going through similar experiences. Likewise, she shares her burdens to show that sometimes the simplest tasks can be daunting, difficult or disastrous, but never permanent.… Read More Power Mom: Aubri Finley Geurin

Long Distance Daughter

She has a key to the house and will check in as needed. I also have aunts, uncles, other family members and neighbors who would check on her if I asked. It’s important to keep the lines of communication open. Text, call, email, video chat, or do whatever you like doing. People that you trust can be your eyes, ears, hands and feet when you’re too far away to see your loved ones and help them yourself. Stay in contact with them.
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5 Steps to Becoming a Morning Person

Sometimes I have patience with everyone else accept me. A lack of patience can lead to frustration and I definitely don’t need anymore of that. I’m starting something new – something I’ve been avoiding for decades! I shouldn’t expect myself to make this adjustment overnight so to be sure that I don’t become overwhelmed (which will make me want to quit) I must be patient with myself. That’s why I built it into the plan.… Read More 5 Steps to Becoming a Morning Person

The Yellow House: A Book Review

I couldn’t put “The Yellow House” down. I once lived on St. Andrew Street, not very far from the Irish Channel neighborhood where Ivory Mae, the story’s hero, grew up. I know the areas where the pink camelback house, the Royal Street apartment, and uncle Joseph Soule’s home are. I know people who work at Lafon Nursing Home and who graduated from St. Mary’s School. My husband, like the author’s brother, worked in French Quarter restaurants for years. In fact, I’m familiar with almost every part of New Orleans that was mentioned. The only place I had never heard of is the short end of Wilson Street, the location of the yellow house.
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I’m Tired But I Won’t Quit

I’m free to use my time as I desire but I’m still learning how to exercise this newly discovered freedom. I must be creative and responsible. I must exercise my imagination. I’ve been vacillating between the goal of a self-determined future and the security of full-time employment with benefits right now. I’m struggling to thrive. I’m fighting to have peace. I’m demolishing all that I believed about getting a good job to earn a good living because my children and their future children and grandchildren deserve more.
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Sometimes My Best Isn’t Good Enough – And That’s Alright

Lately I just really don’t care and I mean that in the best way possible. As I child I wanted to be perfect out of fear. I believed that my good behavior was the reason people loved me, or at least liked me. I was afraid of what they would think if I didn’t do everything just right. As a young woman I abandoned the perceived high of approval via perfection. Instead I pursued a new high – respect via constant improvement. I decided that I’d much rather have people respect me than love me. I reasoned that seeking perfection was illogical and usually impeded me from truly feeling joy. The intelligent thing to do was to seek respect – from other people of course. “Most people will always respect someone who is constantly improving, right?” I had convinced myself that this was true.… Read More Sometimes My Best Isn’t Good Enough – And That’s Alright

I Feel Loved

We’ve traveled, attended exclusive events, eaten at fancy restaurants and done all kinds of things that some people believe are indicators of living well. Due to hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Isaac we’ve had makeshift anniversary celebrations in the midst of evacuating or sheltering in place. We had a stay-cation in a beautiful hotel suite for our tenth anniversary and ate at Ruth’s Chris Steak House for our fifteenth. We did none of that today.… Read More I Feel Loved