Unstoppable Indeed

Amid the stories of black girls in detention for wearing their hair in styles that black girls wear…after the reading the tone deaf comments about the GOAT Serena Williams from Maria Sharapova’s memoir Unstoppable (?)… after seeing suspicious commentary about the suspicious death of yet another black girl…I decided to go find the image that made me smile this weekend and focus on what it represents.

US Open Women’s Singles Champion, Sloane Stephens receives a $3.7M check and a hug from Thasunda Duckett, the CEO of Consumer Banking at JP Morgan Chase.

It was the 2017 US Open women’s singles trophy presentation featuring runner-up Madison Keys, winner, Sloane Stephens, USTA president and CEO, Katrina Adams and “that lady” with the check, CEO of Consumer Banking at JP Morgan Chase Thasunda Duckett. All women of color (even though Madison might not identify as such), overcoming obstacles to achieve excellence.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.” ~ Maya Angelou, from I Rise

Inhale Staying Focused, Exhale Giving Up…
Inhale Big Dreams, Exhale Playing Small…
Inhale Achieving Excellence, Exhale Being Average…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

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Focus on YOUR Dream

Fulfilling your dream might mean you have to deny what other people might be dreaming for you in order to discover and focus on what you are dreaming for yourself.

Fulfilling your dream might mean you have to gain some knowledge or experience to develop your talent.

Fulfilling your dream might mean you have to be open to other voices yet discerning of their impact.

And any doubts you have about whether you can do what you’re dreaming are coming from a place of fear.

And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Inhale Focus, Exhale Distraction…
Inhale Influence, Exhale Interference…
Inhale Fulfillment, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

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Compelled to Purpose

Our purpose is sometimes revealed in unexpected, sometimes sad, even violent ways … like when we experience something personally or something happens to someone close to us and we feel compelled to act. Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving after a drunk driver, who had a history of arrests for intoxication, hit and killed her daughter.

Whose life will be saved by the protection your passion puts into place?

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inhale Purpose, Exhale Despair…
Inhale Focus, Exhale Discouragement…
Inhale Action, Exhale Distraction…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

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