All posts filed under: Encouragement

Suffering Builds Perserverence and Character

Originally posted on Experiences, Thoughts, and Inspiration:
?In the past month, life has had many ups and downs! With the end of the semester as a first year masters student in student affairs quickly approaching there are a lot of assignments and projects to complete. Not to mention a building to run and administrative tasks for my assistantship, and then there is the balance of trying to be a friend, daughter, granddaughter, cousin, niece, and godmother.? Then as if things weren’t crazy enough I had decisions to make about summer as well as my future in student affairs. There were many nights where at the end of the day I felt defeated like I wasn’t going to overcome the slump of the stress and that nothing I did or tried was going to be right! It was in these times that I reached out for help, prayer and assistance from those that I could trust. It was these people that I am greatful for! They have provided me with an ear to listen, have encouraged…

A Letter to Myself and to Everyone Out There

Originally posted on Toast and Tea:
Dear you! You are my lover, my friend, my family. You are myself, and you are my everything. When everyone else leaves, you are all I have left. It breaks my heart to see how much you have been struggling with work and your relationship with people lately. I know how hard it could be to be in your shoes, and what gives me more pain is the fact that you think no one can be there for you when you need someone to talk to; and it is sad to know how often you give in to your anxiety every single time.. But this I say to you… You will be okay. I believe in your abilities to make yourself feel better on your own. You have lived through the years and you get by every day. I know sometimes you feel like ending all of your problems permanently, but you still choose to live and to love yourself every single day. That is just one proof of how strong you are. You are strong. You…

What is G.U.M?

G.U.M is a company geared towards bringing the millennial community together through the common love of 80s & 90s nostalgia and our never-ending battle with adulthood. From quarter life crises to unconventional career paths (YouTubing, Blogging, etc.) we aim to foster an environment of support, positive interactions, and collaborations. In a nutshell… We are the twenty-somethings and (early) thirty-somethings that realized no one prepared us for adulthood. The ones who don’t want to spend the next 40+ years sitting through a 9 to 5 job that we hate.The ones that are settling down and starting families AND the ones who are watching and are far from ready. The ones that are eager to be self employed, have money that makes itself, travel the world, be fit, and in style.The ones that are last to remember a life that wasn’t tech heavy and first to grow up with ever-evolving technology. The ones who strive to figure out the secret to work-life-balance and “having our shit together.” We are the ones that hate the negative connotation older generations associate …

S.T.A.R.T. Before You’re Ready.

Originally posted on CHASITY S. COOPER:
November was quite the whirlwind for me both professionally and personally, but I wanted to drop a note of reflection as we into the last month of the year.  Have you ever wanted to start something new (let’s in this case, say a blog) but continued to come up with excuses as to why you aren’t able to launch it? “I just don’t have enough time to write a blog post every day.” “What am I going to write about? And who will want to read it?” “I want my post to be perfect before I hit publish – I must keep editing!”   The truth is, while we were busy asking ourselves 21 questions, making statements and assuming, we could’ve published at least one or two posts, created a content calendar for the next two months and put throwback content in rotation on social media. Last month specifically, I spent most of my time getting back into the groove of working full-time and managing my various passion projects. And…

Dealing with Race Relations as a Millennial: Why I appreciate the University of Oklahoma SAE video

Time and time again,  many people of color millennials have had to argue why we are not in a post-racial America. Granted, there are a few obvious occurrences, like racial profiling followed by police brutality, yet there are many that go unnoticed. Many of which take place on college campuses and in the work place. Let me make one thing clear, the statement that we are in a post-racial America has not only come from members of the majority, but also those that fall under the minority. I have heard this largely from elder people of color who feel that “my generation has no struggle.” This brings me to why I appreciate the SAE video. Numerous co-workers (including those of color) were surprised to see such behavior from a young generation. There are a variety of racial events that occurred on my college campus within the past five years (mind you, I’ve been an alum for one). One of these events involving a group of white males trying to hit a black female with their truck. Luckily …