Sorry guys, we’re Celebrating MGM this Monday!

“You can’t wear a tank top two days in a row, and you can only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week. Oh, and we only wear jeans or track pants on Fridays. Now, if you break any of these rules, you can’t sit with us at lunch.” -Gretchen Wieners

Happy Mean Girls Monday! In celebration of this auspicious occasion, I want you to think back to the first time you watched this amazing teen chic flick. I remember watching this movie and how much I couldn’t wait to get to school the next day and tell my friends about it.

Recently, I decided to watch this movie again and here’s what I got from watching it (as an adult who can quote this entire movie).

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  1. Learn to roll with the punches: Life is full of unfortunate events, it’s up to you to go with it and continue to live or you can cry your eyes out and quit. In this case channel your inner Regina George. She was the goddess of not caring about other thought of her. Did your twist out not turn out right and you only have about 15 minutes left until you have to leave for work. Who cares, transform those wet curls into a cute up do or puff and beat your face. Life zip, blackgirlmagic 1 point.

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2. Exactly what he said!

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3. Remember, no matter how old your mom gets, she’s going to want to barrow a sweater or want to know what’s “hip.” Just keep her in the loop and it’s a little less embarrassing. Mom’s are great, everyone want’s a “cool” mom.

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4. Chase the things you want in life. Your dreams won’t become realities if all you do is dream about them.

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5. Accept that you’re perfectly flawed. We were created with a sense of uniqueness. Love what makes you different. You can complain everyday but nothing is going to change. Embrace yourself and others will embrace you too.

As a tween, mean girls was the best for all the wrong reasons. Every girl wanted to rule their school but with the wrong attitude. Watching this movie as an adult is just as funny, but mainly because you realize that either you were these girls, you hated these girls or you wanted to be these girls. What ever category you fall under, just remember on Wednesday we were pink!

 

 

Women of Color Wednesday: Jereshia Hawk

I met this amazingly intelligent young woman when taping Episode 10 of Season 3 of The Social B. Show. I must say, I was wildly impressed by her determination, hunger for success, her clarity, and her focus.

This girl knows what she wants, and stops at nothing to move to the next level of achievement.

Ms. Jereshia Hawk is a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics at Western Michigan University in April of 2014. Currently, she works as a Transmission Pipeline Engineer for Michigan’s largest electric and natural gas utility. Other engineering roles she has had since May 2014 include metering and regulation, and damage prevention public safety outreach, enhancing the quality of life for over 6 million Michigan residents.

Additionally, she has also been dedicated to creating a more engaged workforce whose diversity enables best-in-class performance by chairing a multi-generational employee resource group, co-coordinating the gas engineering intern program, and by being an overall diversity champion. She served as a Product Specialist for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles from 2011 to 2014. She also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Love Struck, LLC. from 2012 to 2014, an online women’s boutique that provides high quality products to customers in over 20 countries.

It doesn’t stop there. Hawk is also an entrepreneur! She is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of the Goal Getter Group, a platform for professionals and entrepreneurs to get to the next level of their lives through self-awareness, support, strategic planning, and accountability. This organization is dedicated to preparing and advancing the empowerment of millennials.

Hawk’s life mission is to advance the empowerment of women. She aims to remove barriers, challenge the status quo, defy stereotypes, and go beyond what is expected; to not only have a seat at the table, but to have a voice, and to create platforms for other women to do the same.

Yes, honey! I’m here for it.

Her inspiring words to women of color are, “You have the power to design and dictate your life. You have the power to choose how you live your life. Raise your bar of excellence and engage in high quality experiences. Define your own standards. Choose who and how you want to engage with the world. Command the types of experiences you want to have. Choose not to settle. You are worth it!”

Hawk’s biggest accomplishment to date is the awareness of growing into her own greatness and defining what that meant for herself. “I was moving through life for so long not knowing or feeling like I had control, that I didn’t have the power to set my own standards and design a life I wanted to live,” she said. “As I became older and grew into my maturity, I discovered that I am a woman of excellence and that I could make the choice to live a life of abundance. Discovering that power within myself took me to the next level!”

Not only is Hawk young, educated, and the real definition of “goals,” she is also a woman who lives beyond her expectations and aims to inspire others to do the same through her actions.

As she progresses through her career, Hawk is fully committed to addressing under-representation of females and minorities in high level leadership positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations by establishing more robust and sustainable pipelines geared for the development of diverse leaders.

Jereshia Hawk is a woman of action, an empowerment enthusiast, absolute optimist, and a solutions architect. Her drive, tenacity, and resilience to pursue her passions is remarkable. She knows what she wants, maps out a plan, and goes for it. She owns her greatness, works tirelessly to climb the corporate ladder, and is constantly #MovingThatNeedle!

You are awesome, Jereshia! It’s women like you who inspire me to empower others, have full confidence and control of my life, and give me the drive to make my dreams become a reality.

 

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Women of Color Wednesday: BreAna Allen

I met BreAna Allen my freshmen year of high school at the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy. Ever since I can remember, she’s always had this professional aura about herself. I thought she was a teacher when I first saw her, but she was actually a junior in high school!

Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University senior BreAna Allen is the ultimate role model and a true inspiration. Majoring in Business Management, she is the CEO and founder of Beaute Inc., a growing corporation that specializes in retail, health and beauty, food eateries, and special events. She is also the author of the book, Let Me Show You, and is a business life coach.

Talk about a jack of all trades!

Allen aims to encourage both women and men to exceed all goals, at all ages, with high faith and clarity. Her life mission: “To further God’s kingdom with the witty ideas and inventions I’ve been endowed with.”

She is everything that Black Girl Magic embodies. Allen strives to teach individuals how to reach their highest moments of achievement in life. Allen says, “When God created your skin tone, your purpose, your value, He knew you would be unstoppable. Embrace the quality He has placed on your life and dominate! You were made to win in every single area of your life, no matter how you look. Winning has no favoritism, only willing mindsets.”

Allen’s ultimate accomplishment is when she hosted her first fashion show at SVSU, which had 750 attendees! “I was a brand new transfer student with a LOT of success on my mind. 750 attendees came and watched my ladies strut their stuff on the runway. To date, it was the largest fashion show in Michigan,” Allen says.

That’s absolutely incredible.

Becoming the shining star that Allen is today was not an easy journey. For a long time, she was insecure about her physical appearance and struggled with bulimia nervosa. However, her self-esteem issues is what motivated her to create her first T-Shirt line in December of 2008 called Beaute Marc to inspire women to discover their beauty and worth.

Looking at BreAna Allen, I would have never guessed that she struggled with self-acceptance. However, her diligence and her faith allowed her to overcome these obstacles. There really is “beaute” in the struggle, and Allen is a living testimony of that statement.

What I love most about Allen is her spirituality and her faith in God, and how she runs her business on faith. She stands firm with 1 Peter 4:10. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faith stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

She does exactly that, and more. With her confidence and her drive, I doubtlessly believe that Allen will be a millionaire by the age of 25!

BreAna, I have been following your accomplishments and watching you grow for years now, and I just want you to know that you inspire me more than I could ever describe! Thank you for showing me and everybody around you that with confidence, faith, and ambition, you can reach the highest of heights.

To add, Bre’s Hair Extensions, LLC will be opening its first location in Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw, Michigan – located at 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw, MI 48604 – on August 20, 2016! Be sure to like the Bre’s Hair Extensions Facebook page, and check out BreAna Allen’s website!

Keep climbing and keep shining, BreAna! You’re amazing, and inspire me and those around you more than you know.

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