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 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.