5 Things I Have Learned From Women Who Lunch Brunch  

A couple of weeks ago, I attended my second Women Who Lunch Brunch, which took place at  Benchmark Restaurant near downtown Brooklyn. Women Who Lunch Brunch is a vibrant online community joined by a group of multifaceted professional women who refused to be boxed in.

Curated by Roodelyne Jean Baptiste, Digital Marketer & Owner of RSocks, this event discussed topics ranging from entrepreneurship, finances to relationship, and also self-love. Honestly there is nothing more that I enjoy in life besides pancakes and mimosa then being surrounded by open-minded individuals with not just dreams but set plans to achieve them. Unlike many brunches that I’ve attended over the past couple of years, this one is by far one of my favorite for a few reasons: everyone is welcoming, they give out hugs, and the attendees are very transparent about their experiences.

Guest speaker Lisa Francoeur Mesa of LinkedIn & owner of Fancyfied dropped some powerful gems during the course of our brunch that definitely helped us shaped our mindset for the upcoming year. The passion in her voice when discussing her lifestyle brand Fancyfied was truly inspiring. The crowd came from diverse background; doctors, professional photographers, designers, and real estate agents who despite their busy schedules are looking to grow and achieve more in their life

Check out these gems Lisa dropped during the bi- annual Women Who Lunch Brunch

Lisa Francoeur Mesa & Roodelyne Jean Baptiste

“People within your network can help or diminish your dreams.”

I can’t stress this enough, you are the sum of the people with whom you spend the most time. As  Kanye said, “Too many Urkels on your team, that’s why your wins low.” If you have movers and shakers well trust me, you too will find way to be one as well. However, as Lisa mentioned if your environment is toxic, no matter how long you’ve been friends with them DROP THEM.

“Carve out time to devote to your dream.”

Despite your job, make time for the side thing until it can become your full-time thing. Rome wasn’t build in one day nor will your dreams. We create excuses faster than we create our goals, but if it’s something that you want to achieve make time.

 Procrastination: You eat what you kill.

Is procrastination inevitable? No, however, don’t let it cripple you nor your dreams. Lisa’s solution to procrastination is quite simple: “Think about all the things you’ve achieved in your life and use that feeling to keep you going.” 

“How you show up anywhere is how you show up everywhere.”

For most of us, we tend to hide our personality when we are at work. However, Lisa mentioned that by being authentic to your values, others will be able to see you shine through. As my mom would say, “The right people will be attracted to you and your essence, so go out there and  be you!

Write down your goals.

What have you done to realize your goal today? Let the reminders and goals you set for yourself haunt you. I know it can sound daunting but don’t let circumstances nor time take away from achieving your purpose in life.

Let me know how you’re planning to wrap up this year’s goals and be on the lookout for the next Women Who Lunch Brunch.

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Empowering Quotes from President Barack Obama’s Farewell Speech For Everyday Situations.

I know I wasn’t the only one sobbing couple a of nights ago while watching POTUS’s farewell speech. Although his speech was a reel of his accomplishments he didn’t shy away from discussing the obstacles he faced while in office.  Regardless of your political standpoint there were a lot of takeaways from his speech that can be used for everyday life situations. Check it out.

When you’re complaining about the youth not respecting their elders but you won’t get involved in your community or mentorship programs.

“Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.”

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When your business plan fails and you’re ready to give up at your first attempt.

For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some.

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When you’re tired of internet trolls.

“If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life.

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When you’re judging your aunty’s fucked up husband.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it

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When you’re aware that nobody got your back more than your ride or die.

“Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.”

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On The Rise: Shanice Parker

image1Right after graduating from college, Shanice Parker did what most college graduates do; apply to jobs. When the responses she was expecting did not take place, she used the skill set she had acquired from school and internships and created her own company, Billz Production. Since launching her brand in 2014, Shanice has produced video content with Reality TV- Star, Yandy Smith, MMG Artist Gun Play, GOOD MUSIC artist Designer, and countless others. Let’s find out more about Shanice.

1. Where were you 6 months after college?

Six months after college I was unemployed! I was having the hardest time finding a job. I had my mind set on one thing and that was landing a job with a production company. I already had experience in work environments that I knew I did not want to revisit so it was important to me that I had found a job that made me happy. After countless amounts of job applications followed by no response I decided I would create my own path and created my own production company 10 months after I had graduated.

2. When did you realize that you wanted to go into  production?

I realized I wanted to get into production after recognizing that every time I listened to a song I would visualize a whole music video. Location, colors, even down to how scene should be cut to. I didn’t even realize that was something only I was doing. I finally asked my friend do they see a video when they listen to a song and when they replied no, I recognized this was a talent that I was blessed with. I was always a creative person and I knew production would give me that freedom to produce creative visuals.

 3. You are a serial entrepreneur, how do you stay on top of things image2while  managing your personal life?

Whenever I need time to myself I give myself time. As an entrepreneur you have to remind yourself that you’re doing a great job and you need time for mental relaxation. I just had to come to an understanding that I do things my way and I won’t conform to what people expect me to be doing with my time. As an entrepreneur in this generation if you’re not posting that you’re working it’s as if you’re not working at all and if you post that you’re working people expect you to take a break. My advice to any entrepreneur reading this is to do what makes you happy but to remember you always come first!

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