Couture Chronicles

Go Ahead and Get in the Gym: Life's Gym

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The gym. It's that unique place where purpose and pain, if used together with intention, can render some pretty phenomenal results. But there must first be purpose...and pain. Purpose comes in the form of recognizing where you are currently, where you have the potential to be, and what it will take for you to ultimately get where you desire. It is the nec[...]

Using the Testimony of Your Own Life

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The last of the Harvey children, Wynton and Lori, are grown and on their own. Steve and I are are now grandparents of four. The longer I live, the more I realize that (in most things significant, mundane, or otherwise) you are the most valuable thing you will ever bring to life's proverbial table. Parenting is perhaps the quintessential example of this princ[...]

Leave & Cleave

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Life is funny at times. It can be overwhelmingly complex. Other times, it can be beautifully simple. I was listening to one of my favorite preachers talk about leaving and cleaving today. He was speaking in a greater context but made a point that in life we are constantly leaving one thing, in order to cleave to another. That particular part of his sermon re[...]

Don't Settle

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Believe in yourself. Bet on yourself. Whatever you're dreaming is possible. Your dreams have as much validity as anyone else's. How serious are you about making them come true? Have you written them down? Do you make a consistent effort to pursue them daily? Weekly? Monthly? Do you invest in yourself as much as you invest in others? We live in such an ext[...]

Brilliance Becomes You!

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There is nothing wrong with being fabulous! The fashion world is filled with creatively innovative, imaginative people who use style as a form of distinction. Entertainment in general, seems to attract people who rarely shy away from the opportunity to take center stage and shine. But what if the language of style and glamour is a new interest for you? [...]

Later Haters

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There is so much negativity swirling around in the universe. Hate seems to have gained so much popularity. Everywhere you turn there is a platform for people to throw shade, spew intolerance, and ostracize another for their differences. At first glance, it seems new. That is part of the shock. You think to yourself if you are an American, particularly an [...]

Grow Into Your Crown

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Dr. Howard Thurman, a well-known educator, theologian, author and philosopher of the esteemed Morehouse College was known for having said "Over the heads of her students, Morehouse holds a crown that she challenges them to grow tall enough to wear." This profound statement is true for all of us. We each have the opportunity to grow into something remarkable [...]

Bask & Bathe

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Through trial and error, each of us has learned a few hard life lessons. We've also all disappointed someone, or even ourselves, at some point, falling short of expectations or our desired achievement. When these moments occur, or later on in life when the memory of those incidents resurface, it can cause us to feel melancholy, a deep sense of condemnation, [...]

The Grace to Struggle

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Whether all persons in this country have benefited from it or not, there is something to be said about the need to declare ones right to independence and freedom. Minorities of all walks of life (gender, race, socio economic status, etc.) know all too well that America is guilty of gross hypocrisy and double standards. However, we all hang in there and fight[...]

Fight For It

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If you are like me, you were raised to never initiate a fight (that doesn't mean you never found yourself in one). Outside of having a professional boxing career, the notion of fighting is generally seen as a negative thing --and rightly so. Both verbal and physical fighting can cause bodily and emotional damage that take decades from which to heal. So befor[...]