The Heart of a Dancer..A Queen Remembered

Good morning ladies and gentleman, as October comes to a close for the month, we remember those who have fought for their lives and are still fighting to this day to find a cure for a disease that comes in many forms. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our job is to be educated and aware of the early signs and stay united in the fight for the cure. Breast Cancer is not just a women’s disease but also a men’s disease.

I want to tell you a story about a daughter, mother, wife and accomplished dancer. Her name Sonia Vargas.

This is her story told by my dear friend Valerie Padilla, her daughter.

Sonia Vargas, 23 years ago never knew that simply taking a bathe would change her life forever. She worked as a secretary, was a dedicated mom, wife and she loved to dance. She taught her daughter Valerie, everything she knows about dancing, which I have witnessed first hand, from the Salsa, Tango, Fandango, Bolero and many more. Sonia was around 39 years old when she discovered a lump under her arm during a routine breast exam. Monthly exams of your breast are very important for early detection.

After discovering this lump, she immediately went to the doctor and had a mammogram done and they discovered a mass in the early stages. They were able to start her on chemo and began her fight. Sonia, a beautiful woman, lost all her hair and like most woman, the depression started and she felt she was no longer attractive. The family did everything they could to help her regain her confidence by buying her wigs and telling her she was beautiful everyday to keep her spirits up. Positive prayers and proper treatments made the cancer go away….so they thought.

One year later, the breast cancer that once was a distant memory, came back more aggresive. Sonia was given not alot of options accept for a masectomy. Women who are faced with the prospect of losing their breast, it is not an easy decision. We pride ourselves on how we look and in making this decision she decided to do nothing. Of course, the cancer decided to spread and it invaded so aggressively that it grew out of her body as a 3rd breast on her chest and became a part of her everyday life. She, like many women loved to look and smell good at all times and to have to live day by day with a growth on her chest, losing her hair and feeling sick all the time, it felt like she lost a big part of herself.

Her daughter Valerie, said that as her mom became sicker, she had to take care of her bathing and feeding her regularly. Valerie accounts that the growth smelled like rotten meat to everyone and people stared at her all the time. As the months went by, she became thin and frail and was admitted near Fathers Day of June 1998. The hospital she was admitted to was where she worked and she had the best care around her family and friends. When she was in the hospital, her doctor told her that it was so aggressive that chemo was not working and there was no cure.

She had to make another decision and she decided to keep it from her kids. Valerie was a teenager and being the oldest of 3 children, she felt helpless, pain and she wanted to do everything she could to take care of her mom. Her mom was her inspiration and hero growing up doing the dance group together and she just wanted to help her mom. After awhile, Sonia couldn’t speak but she could hear everyone. All her family, friends and co-workers did a prayer chain and sent flowers to lift her spirits.

October 24, 1998, Sonia Vargas got her wings at the age of 42 and left behind a spirit in her family that will last forever. It has been 21 years and Valerie celebrates life everyday for her.

Valerie and the women of her Empowerment Group just recently took a trip to Puerto Rico October 11, 2019 and we celebrated Valerie’s 43rd birthday!! Chapter 43 for Valerie was important to her and sharing her moms story touched all of us.

Her moms angelic looks, spirit, heart for dance, her love and caring for others and beautiful personality inside and out shines through her everyday.

Below is a chart of what to look for when you do your monthly breast exam. Early detention is the key.

I want to give a big thank you to Valerie Padilla for allowing me to share her mom’s story and to educate other women about the importance of early detection and treatments.

“Living my birthdays not just for me but for my mom’s life” Valerie Padilla

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Book Review #1:Rachel Hollis

Hey hey guys, I am doing something a little bit different these coming months where I am going to introduce you to my world of reading. Now, I will admit, I have not read a book all the way through since 50 Shades of Grey Part 1 came out but I have always wanted to read interesting works by other writers. The book I am going to review this month is a book written by a great women who loves to help other women get out of their way and see what the potential that they already have. Growing from tragedy and being able to be successful in life with some bumps along the way is real-life for her and she wants you to know-ITs Normal! Introducing a lady I highly respect for her courage and empowerment of other: Rachel Hollis

I read this book from cover to cover and was amazed at the similiarities we have. I thought I was the only one thinking and going through it. For those of you who do not know who Rachel Hollis is, she is a Mom of 3 boys and a 1 girl, wife to Dave Hollis and founder of a lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and Ceo of her own Media company. She has alot of followers online via instagram, facebook, youtube etc. She is a woman who likes to tell it like it is, she encourages, enlightens and works to help others acheive the same sense of confidence she exudes throughout everything she does with the help of God.

I am going to review this book in 4 parts:

  • Why did I pick this book to read?
  • What part of the book, really hit home for me: (ex. made me cry or have a aha moment)?
  • What is one thing I took away from the book that I will change in my life?
  • How would I rate this book out of 5 stars?

Rachel Hollis: Girl, Wash Your Face

  • I picked this book because it came highly recommended online. I was curious as to what washing my face meant so I said this might be a great book just by the title, so I bought it. I never realized when I opened it, I would never be able to put it down. It spoke to me so well. Everything, well almost everything, was so similiar to my life I couldn’t believe that this nice young lady had gone through all that and still managed to be a great women waking up everyday helping people with her wisdom and lending a helping hand.
  • A part in the book that really hit home for me was Chapter 15: I Will Never Get Past This- when she talked about her family. Not being as close as she wanted to be after the tragedy just trying to salvage what was left of her relationships and picking up the peices and moving forward in church and counseling, which is always the best medicine. I cried through the whole chapter.
  • One thing she stressed so much in her book about is being happy with who you are. It doesnt matter what you didnt accomplish or who hurt you in your past, you are responsible for your own happiness. Never let others believe you are never good enough to try new things or pick up where you left off with years ago. Always try to be you and be happy for you not anyone else. I realized that in trying to make others happy all at once, I have made myself unhappy. I have decided to run away from toxic or negative things and let others be unhappy by themselves and take care of me first. Be there after I am taken care of then console others.
  • 5- star rating from me for original content, very personable and uplifting!

Looking forward to reading her other book:

Girl, Stop Apoligizing

Ordered my copy from Barnes and Nobles today and will start reading after my 2nd book which is from a new first time author who writes about how the word of God influences your life processes everyday. Click link below to purchase Marcus Myrick’s

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Ive got the POWER!!

Just when you get to the point when you have given up….then you get that phone call. Everyday, I am usually not looking at my phone and looking to see whose calling but this particular day I was. That day, there had been a number that had been calling me over and over for about a month and I would never pick up. I have this rule..if you are not in my phonebook or I am not expecting your call, I don’t pick up. I listened to my voicemail and found out that my life was about to be blessed beyond comprehension.

I bet you guys are wondering what did they say in the message….here it goes..

“LaFrieda, you have been chosen to be accepted into our organization called P.O.W.E.R. We would like to congratulate you on being such an inspiring women of entrepreneurship along with your blog MMMoffamilyentertainment. We would like to speak to you as soon as possible when you receive this message.”

I dropped the phone…..I spoke to my advisor and she said that someone gave them my name and said that I was deserving of this honor♥️

I have been recognized by the P.O.W.E.R organization for inspirational writing!! P.O.W.E.R stands for Professional, Organization for Women Empowered Recognized. I am featured in this months magazine!!☺

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This magazine features beautiful and empowering women who are professionals and entrepreneurs including famous people!! Go to P.O.W.E.R Magazine.

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Speaking the Truth……. with Leila

About the author: She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology.  She is an Entrepreneur, a Speaking engagement coordinator, a Personal Style Integrator and owns a boutique in Kenya, Africa.
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Reader, adventurous, life’s student, loves real talk, dream-chaser, passionate about life.

Are Women Really Empowered?

  “Women empowerment has indeed done a marvelous job on increasing women’s economic and political capacity.

   The 21st Century has seen more women contributing more to a country’s GDP than any other century in the life span of the human race.
Behind the glamour of the empowered 21st Century woman is a lady struggling to define ‘self-worth and dignity’.

   I was having a conversation with a friend who is a counselor and it was so devastating to hear that despite being well educated, women are not emotionally empowered. Her clientele’s age-group target is women in their 20’s. In this era where we are told that women need to have their own careers, very few are telling the young women that they need to love themselves first.

  The young women are still allowing men to define their dignity. When it gets to a point that a woman can permit anal penetration just to keep a man… There is a problem!

  I was seated in a restaurant next to a group of women whose conversations were irresistible since they were loud so I was guilty of eavesdropping. They were discussing a lady whose husband isn’t only violent towards her but also towards the house help. The lady in discussion, has a business but the man controls when she runs it. If he is home after a night-shift and wakes up in the afternoon, she’ll have to close her business to go and attend to him. The domestic violence has affected her ability to run the business hence cannot increase the family’s income because her husband controls her every movement. How low can her esteem be????
Whatever happened to male protection of the female species? It has now become male violation of the female species.

  That is just a tip of the ice berg of the question on ‘What was the point of women empowerment if women polished their outside and forgot to take care of what is inside?’
  Output is a result of Input. When a woman doesn’t love, respect and invest in her personal growth, everybody around her will experience the anguish.

Let’s face it, a woman’s emotions cause a ripple effect.

  Whatever is in a woman’s heart affects her immediate environment.
The very first commandment of women empowerment should have been:

WOMAN…… LOVE THY SELF!”

 

To read or comment on this or more of Leila’s writing click here Leila’s Blog

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Getting down to business…Empower You!

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Black History Month…..Day 6

Congratulations to all 19 of our first African-American women judges!!

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Pictured above: 19 beautiful black educated women who won all 19 judicial seats in Harris County, Texas which is the third-largest county in the United States.
Pictured above: While making history in Texas, these 19 African-American women made U.S. History in 2018.

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Pictured above: A time in history when women could not serve jury duty until the late twentieth century.

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Pictured above:  These women who were lawyers and judges from different parts of the world starting in 1910, paved the way for women to serve in the judicial system .

   Educational Background of all 19 Judicial candidates of 2018 for Harris County

1. Lucia Bates
MBA / University of Phoenix and BBA / University of Houston
2. Erica Hughes–  
HBCU graduate, Member of Delta Sigma Theta and U.S Army
3. Sandra Peake–         
University of Houston College of Law, Houston, TX
4. Cassandra Hollemon
South College of Law of Texas and BBA from University of St. Thomas in Political Science
5. Germaine Tanner
Thurgood Marshall School of Law and Political Science major at University of Illinois of Urbana
6. Latosha Lewis Payne
University of Texas Law School and the first to graduate high school and college in her family.
7. Angela Graves-Harrington
Mississippi State University, Jackson State University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Thurgood Law
8. Lori Chambers Gray
South Texas Law School
9. Linda Marie Dunson
Magna Cum Laude, Texas Southern University of Law, University of Houston & Thurgood Law School
10. Michelle Moore
Magna Cum Laude, B.S. from A&M University
11. Ronnisha Bowman
B.A degree from Texas Southern University in Public Affairs and Judicial system
12. Shannon Baldwin
U.S. Army Reserves 1987(second lieutenant), Delta Sigma Theta and Cum Laude, B.S. in Law Enforcement and Political Science from Houston University and Thurgood Law School
13. Tori J. Finch
Thurgood Marshall Law School, Texas Southern University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gamma Mu Chapter (President); Delta Mu National Honor Society; Mu Kappa Tau National Honor Society; and Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, Inc., XI XI Chapter.
14. Tonya Jones
B.A in Political Science from Baylor University and Phi Delta Alpha Pre-law
15. LaShawn Williams
Daughter of an Army Soldier, Graduate of Thurgood Law School and Licensed to practice law in Texas and Tennessee.
16. Sharon M. Burney
24 years in education, Graduate of Thurgood Law School, Masters Degree in Future Studies
17. Ramona Franklin
B.A. in English from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, M.S. in sports administration from Lynn University, a J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University 
18. Dedra Davis
South Texas College of Law
19. Marie T. Jackson
B.A. Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, Doctor of Jurisprudence at
Texas A&M School of Law formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law

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                                   Congratulations again ladies!! Keep up the Great Work! 

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And the winner is…..Its back for 2019!!

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  Related image  I have the honor of knowing one of the nominees for this amazing group of women. They are a worldwide group with inspiring, educated, posed and passionate group of women who help other women with dreams and goals for their business and life. My friend “Michiko Riezz” a beautiful women inside and out, has been a wonderful inspiration for me and has been one of reasons why I chose to start writing. She is a life and business coach who is passionate about women feeling good about themselves and what they do.  I would love to introduce to you a rising star….Michiko Riezz

 

 

  • All the categories are under Global Inspirational, Global Entrepreneur, Global Honorary, Global Aspirational, Global Leadership, Global Celebrity and Global Corporate Awards.Image result for awards

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  “Michiko, the business coach, has always put her clients first.  She radiates a passion to help women from all the world to become very successful in not only just business but in life.  Michiko, the life coach, has recently made a commitment to make healthier lifestyle choices that are not only for herself but for her family whom she loves with every beat of her heart.  Michiko, as a friend, we met under the strangest of circumstances but formed a bond through a mutual belief that women are beautiful, empowering, and inspire each other when we all support each other.  She exudes the true meaning of her quote “The World look’s at you, Following your Lead! Show them who you are.” L.S. Image result for lafrieda smith

 

 How she has inspired me. This is why I think she deserves the(Global Inspirational Award)Image result for awards

**Please go vote above and I hope with everything I shared about this lovely lady that you will be inspired also to vote for her. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram!! Thank you to all my readers. If you have not subscribed to my blog.GO NOW!!

Ladies with Luscious Lips….Pay close attention!!

  Okay, ladies we are going to talk about your lips….not on your face but down in the shadows which need love sometimes!! So ladies….introducing

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    Hey Yoni Love Tribe! Meet the woman behind the magic – our Founder and CEO, Kimberly Smith, better known as Kim Smith! I am a fun loving, true to myself Cancer, straight out of Hattiesburg, MS who is figuring out this entrepreneur life one day at a time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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 Yoni Love is a self-love journey, not just a product. From here on out, I am making it my mission to share my journey with you and give you tools and information so that we all can harness the power of our pussies and walk in our purpose!
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