Yesterday I celebrated the first anniversary of Truly Charmed! When I made that first post on November 22nd of last year, I never imagined all that would follow. My intent in starting this blog was to share stories (mine and those of other women) as a way to encourage women to heal so that they can move forward and live the fulfilling lives that we all deserve. I feel so fortunate to know that my blog posts have indeed touched so many women, and I am blessed because I have certainly been uplifted by those who have shared their stories with me. I look forward to so much more of this in years to come…unity…healing…claiming our charmed lives.
I started off by interviewing ladies who were gracious enough to let us into the trials and triumphs that they have experienced in life. I am sincerely thankful to these ladies and their transparency.
Charlene Frazier, and her story of healing from childhood wounds
Constance Johnson, and her story of transformation through faith and determination
Precious Middleton, who's thriving despite it all
Diandra Polk, who told us how she balances her many hats
Tiffany W. Jefferson, a champion for those living with vitiligo
I hosted my very first Truly Charmed event! Give Me Face Soiree
I launched Truly Charmed events with Give Me Face Soiree
Give Me Face Soiree was a girls’ day out, designed to get the ladies together for a good time. We gathered at Cali Joe’s (Sumter, SC) for a makeup tutorial, musical performance by Christi Joy English, raffles, and an all-around great time. I am in the process of planning two Truly Charmed events in 2016. So excited!
Over this past year I have learned so much about the ins and outs of building a brand on the web. Much of what I have learned has come from other bloggers, vloggers, and social media personalities. There are so many who I have become a fan of. Here are a few of my favorites:
AudreyCan.com-Audrey is super fashion savvy, and I just love the positive energy of her blog.
Love Thy Sistahs ,www.instagram.com/lovethysistahs –this is an uplifting Instagram page that I turn to daily for inspiration.
Black Women Do Work Out, www.blackwomendoworkout.com,for fit-spiration!
Emily LaGrange,emilylagrange.com-Emily offers a wealth of resources for bloggers as well as positive, uplifting messages
TheYBF.com, for my celebrity news and gossip fix
Truly Charmed is just getting started and I am looking forward to more growth, more relationships, and a continued focus on encouraging others to thrive and claim their Charmed Lives!
What have been some of your greatest moments over the past year? Share them with me in the comments section.
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What’s Christmas without a few live performances? I love ballet and theater, and wish that I had more opportunities to enjoy the arts. It’s one of the things that I make sure to fit in during the holidays. I can recall participating in a production of the Nutcracker while in middle school, and I fell in love with it. Over the years, I have witnessed many, many renditions of the Nutcracker and it never gets old.
This year I am planning to see two versions of this legendary ballet!
When: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. Sumter, SC 29150
For tickets call the Columbia City Ballet at (803)799-7605
The Hip Hop Nutcracker (see dates above)
Where: Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte NC 28202
For Tickets: CLICK HERE
The Color Purple is my favorite movie of all time. I was so excited at the idea of it being transformed into a Broadway play. I really, really want to see it. All I want for Christmas is three tickets (for the kiddos and me) to the Broadway play. Here's the current cast:
The Color Purple on Broadway
For performance dates, ticket information, reviews and more information, CLICK HERE.
I will be sure to post about the great performances that I am sooo looking forward to enjoying. You all will certainly hear from me if I am fortunate enough to get tickets to The Color Purple! What are your plans for the holiday season? What are you looking forward to most?
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For me, blogging and being transparent go hand-in-hand. I believe that by being open and sharing our stories we can be blessings to one another. I have shared deeply personal stories on the blog in hopes that it would help someone to move past whatever may be holding them back from healing and living a happy life. Today, things won’t be as heavy. I’m sharing ten fun, and very random, facts about me. Enjoy!
What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? Comment below!
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The busiest shopping season of the year is upon us, and I plan to focus on patronizing black-owned businesses. Why? Economic empowerment is an issue that sorely needs to be addressed and acted upon in the Black community. The buying power of African-Americans is massive. A report by the global information company, Nielsen, measured the current buying power of African-American consumers at $1 trillion. This figure is expected to increase to $1.3 trillion by the year 2017.
Sadly, these dollars do not stay in the black community. Imagine the impact on our communities if more effort was placed on buying black. It could mean great things for our schools, employment prospects, and the overall vitality of our community.
Why are we so hesitant to buy black? This question was recently posed in one of the Facebook networking groups that I have joined. In this group, comprised of black business women, the responses were surprising. Many of the ladies claimed that they’ve had too many instances of black business owners being unprofessional. Others complained that black businesses are not reliable. I believe that undesirable business practices are few and far in between. We can’t allow bad experiences with a few business owners to serve as a roadblock to economic revitalization within the Black community.
Let’s support black businesses. Buy Black. It’s not a, so called, militant stance. It’s not a slight to any other community. It’s a necessary move to improve the financial well-being of Black Americans. Why not start with the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday?
In preparation for holiday shopping, I have compiled a few sources that can link us directly to thousands of black-owned businesses. Here are four black business directories that you should know about:
Black Pages USA is a printed directory established in 1991. The company’s website indicates that directories are published for the entire state of South Carolina and the Jacksonville, Fl. metropolitan area. Refer to the website for information on how to access the current directory of black-owned businesses, and for advertising rates if you are interested in purchasing advertisement for your business.
From the website: “Official Black Wall Street is a digital platform and database created to give black-owned businesses, black entrepreneurs, and aspiring entrepreneurs a place to shine.” The site’s database includes a directory of 1,000 black-owned businesses.
This directory was created by black business women for black business women. Though Black Women’s Business Directory is based in Harrington, DE, the site houses listings of black woman-owned businesses nationwide. Here’s the purpose of the site: “we are a marketplace filled with reputable, woman owned businesses striving to meet the needs of the consumer by making this your one-stop-shopping experience".
Culsire.com, the self-proclaimed voice of the black community, is a blog site that publishes an annual catalog of black-owned businesses. This year’s catalog is scheduled to be published on November 13th. Visit the site to find out how to get the catalog and for advertising rates.
My fellow blogger, Cicely Carr, creator of Bougie Black Blogger is making an effort to promote black-owned businesses by giving readers the opportunity to nominate their favorite black-owned businesses to be recognized as the top black owned businesses in the United States.
Nominations will be taken November 2-18, and voting will take place November 19-24 2015. Visit bougieblackblogger.com to nominate a black-owned business. Once you’ve voted, tell a friend about this campaign.
What are your thoughts on buying black? Do you believe that buying black would make a difference in the economic well-being of Black America?
Last night, matchmaker and entrepreneur, Paul Carrick Brunson, featured Natasha Eubanks, creator of the celebrity gossip blog theYBF, on his Mentor Monday Spreecast. Natasha shared lots of valuable information about building a blogging empire and excelling in entrepreneurship in general. It was her story about how she became a blogger that resonated with me. Her story about the ‘birth’ of theYBF caused me to sit back and think about my motivation for blogging. It was interesting to find that I blog for several of the same reasons that Natasha created theYBF.
Natasha Eubanks created her blog, theYBF, during a break from law school. She found that there were no gossip sites and very few media outlets overall that talked about black celebrities. To fill that void, she decided to launch a site dedicated to the lives of black celebrities. TheYBF was created at a time when blogging was more of a hobby than a business endeavor. As the popularity of TheYBF increased, businesses began to approach Natasha with offers for advertising. She sought the counsel of her law professors in negotiating contracts with these companies. Over the past ten years, theYBF has grown into a million dollar business. All of this is the result of Natasha Eubanks deciding to create what she felt was missing in media.
The main reason for starting Truly Charmed is that it has given me the opportunity to focus on my greatest passions: writing and encouraging women to live their dreams. I have always wanted to use my gift to help others. I know for certain that writing is my gift. It’s what I do as easily as breathing. Here are a few other reasons why I blog:
Truly Charmed will be a year old on November 22nd and I am so proud of all of the support and encouragement that I have received over this past year. It’s heartwarming to hear how my posts have inspired others. I look forward to many more years of encouraging women to claim their Charmed Lives. I pay homage to successful bloggers, such as Natasha Eubanks, who have helped the blogging industry to grow in the manner that it has over the past decade.
Here’s to our Charmed Lives!
Are you pursuing your passion? Comment and tell us about it.
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Check out the costume ideas below! Did you see any of these during your Halloween festivities?
Kids aren’t the only ones who enjoy the treats of Halloween and the opportunity to play dress-up. Adult costumes range from the classic (e.g. action heroes, cartoon characters, etc.) to costumes inspired by Hollywood celebrities. Enjoy this list of costume ideas for Halloween 2015. Who will you be?
I hope that each of you had a great weekend. Don't forget to share your Halloween pictures at www.facebook.com/trulycharmedlife!
The creator of Truly Charmed, Antoinette Cain, delights in all things fashion, all things fostering empowerment, and all things that inspire ambition. Antoinette started this fashion and lifestyle blog to celebrate those who are living their Charmed Lives and to empower those who haven't yet realized that life may be imperfect, but in every day there is a Charmed moment.