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Birthdays Are A Blessing & A Reminder

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 08/31/15

I feel blessed to celebrate another year and another birthday.  I am not one of those women that is ashamed to share her age, by the way I will be 54 this week.  When you have experienced the trials and tribulations of this world and yet continue to live another year, I believe it is something to be proud of and rejoice.  Many reflect back around New Years and although I do pause during that time, for me I tend to set more goals and be reflective around my birthday. 


I have been told that I am a perfectionist and that I always have another ball up in the air.  I guess this is true.  We all carry a bit of our childhoods around with us throughout our lifetime.  When I was a little girl growing up my grandmother was always up at the crack of dawn and worked way into the night.  As I have grown older I have learned the value of rest and balance, but my true and basic nature is to go from one project to another.  My grandmother also used to tell us to do our best in all that we put our hands to do so therefore I am sure that is where the perfectionist part comes in. 


As I go into another year of life, one of the things I plan to focus on is going back to the basics.  The basics for me include working on my health by continuing to be mindful of what I drink and eat on a regular basis.  I also will continue to walk and increase my exercise activity so that I can lose weight and feel more energy.  A good night sleep has always been a challenge for me.  At this stage of life I am not sure if it is because my mind has a hard time shutting down or because of menopause, but what I have learned is exercise and proper nutrition helps me get a better night sleep.  


Over the next year I also plan to complete a few projects that have been on my plate.  I am back in school and will complete a course that I feel will be helpful for the journey I am currently on.  I will also complete my third book which has been in the making for a few years.  I will share more about the content of my next book as I get closer to completing it.  The goal is to share what I have learned in life and hopefully it will be a blessing to others.  Speaking of being a blessing, I recently met a new friend by the name of Regeanie.  We believe God brought us together for a divine reason.  Just the other day she  shared with me that she saw a copy of my first book that was released back in 1999 and that it was a blessing to her family.  I always pray whatever God puts in my heart to share will be a blessing to others.


When we look at birthdays as a blessing and a reminder for all of the things we have been able to experience and survive and then use that knowledge and information to touch the lives of others, our lives will not be in vain.  When we allow ourselves to be open and vulnerable we can help others as they cross our path to travel a little easier and to know they are not alone and what they are going through is not unique to just them.  Criss Jami said, To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. Thank you Lord for another year and another opportunity to be a blessing to others. 


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am. 

Los Angeles Sparks Set To Break WNBA Record For All Time Attendance

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 08/24/15

The Los Angeles Sparks Women Basketball Team owned by Earvin Magic Johnson and Mark R. Walter celebrated their nineteenth season in the WNBA this past June.  They are one of the three original teams from the inaugural campaign in 1997.  The Sparks aim to set a WNBA record by selling out the Staples Center on August 30, 2015.  Their theme is Breaking Barriers Breaking Records. President and COO, Christine Simmons feels positive that by joining forces and linking with community and women organizations this goal is achievable.


The Sparks Organization understand the importance of empowering women and girls within the community.  They embody what they preach by making sure that at least 50 percent of their employees are women. Their mission is to enrich the lives of youth in Los Angeles by supporting community programs that engage and motivate young people and families through sport, health & wellness, education, and service initiatives, with a focus on inspiring women and girls.  They go the extra step to make sure complimentary tickets are provided to youth that may not have direct access to attend.  Empowering women and girls empowers families and communities.


Several months ago the Sparks launched a WeAre campaign that highlights what women are doing across the greater Los Angeles community.  Events were held with the intention of sharing what the goal and purpose of 08.30.15 is all about.  They also share how we must encourage and build up the self esteem of girls and women no matter what they decide to pursue in life. On August 30, 2015 they have set a lofty goal of breaking the record for the highest attended game with over 22,000 fans in WNBA history played indoors. We can do it!


On Sunday, prior to the game, there will be a lot of activities to get the crowd hyped, excited and involved.  There will be a festival outside of STAPLES Center beginning at noon in the courtyard.  The festival will host musical performances, speakers and vendors.  The Sparks enlisted women from across the city to serve as Ambassadors.  I am proud to be one of the women chosen to be one of their Ambassadors.  I am proud that Forgiving For Living, Inc., the nonprofit that promotes empowering girls had the pleasure of honoring Christine Simmons, President and COO at our Eighth Annual PLUS Awards this past April for her commitment to uplifting young women. Women, girls and men alike are excited and are waiting with anticipation to cross the threshold of the STAPLES Center to help make history on 08.30.15. The game will tip off at 4:00pm.


Mia Hamm once said, Somewhere behind the athlete you have become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back play for her.  I say let us show up for all the girls who dream of one day not only playing for a professional basketball team, but have hopes of breaking barriers and records in any field.  #WeAre #WeAreStrong #WeAreWomen #WeAreLA.


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am. 

Reflection on the Watts Uprising 50 Years Later!

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 08/17/15

During the summer of the Watts uprising in August 1965, I was just a little girl at the tender age of four going on five in another community, but yet it was a reality that hit all of us black or white no matter where we lived.  According to history the riots or uprising occurred due to racial tension that culminated when two white policemen had a problem with a motorist driving while drunk that escalated and got out of control.  The way the police handled it caused the local community to say enough is enough. Fifty years later this type of treatment is still happening to African Americans across America.  It is called, Driving While Black 


During the sixties Watts was predominately African American.  The Civil Rights era promoted black pride and many residents were tired of the way they were being treated.  Although Los Angeles did not have the same segregation issues as the South, it still had its own form of racism that kept a community and people down.  The summer of 1965 in Watts became a turning point.  Within a couple of days things became completely out of control.  The National Guardsmen were called in and over the course of approximately a week rioting became rampant.   Sadly, there were several who died and a community became devastated. Healing is still in the making a half of a century later.


On Saturday, August 15, 2015 the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission presented the, Watts Revolt:  50 Years Later Symposium, at Charles R. Drew University in the heart of South Los Angeles.  Political leaders, community leaders and survivors of the 1965 uprising were present to discuss how Watts can continue to grow and make positive changes for the next generation.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters and others shared that although progress in the Watts community has been achieved, there is still much more to be done.  Relations between the police department and the community still need improvement and funding needs to be poured into development and businesses in order to help make it a thriving community.  Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, stated that the hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare for the residents of all South Los Angeles, including Watts and surrounding neighborhoods. Jobs, quality housing and retail must also be restored to the community to help with the healing.


I am grateful the nonprofit I founded in 1992, Forgiving For Living, Inc., has been working in Watts at the Jordan Downs Public Housing serving girls between 13-18 years of age for the past four years.  We believe in Watts and all of the beautiful people that come from Watts.  When I think of Watts I think of an acronym W is for having the Willpower to make it through the tough times.  A is for the Ancestry we come from to stand strong.  T is for Timing and knowing that the time is now for change and to move forward.  T is for all the untapped Talent that comes from Watts.  S is for Success is not an option.  Watts can be like the Phoenix rising from the ashes if we just give them a little help. 


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am. 

It's A New Day At MLK!

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 08/09/15

This past week I had the honor of attending the dedication of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.  The day was filled with plenty of pomp and circumstance, but given the history of this community treasure, I think it was warranted.  Dignitaries, politicians, community leaders and everyday folk came from across the county to celebrate this amazing milestone.  The hospital stands in a neighborhood that has a long history and yet has gone forgotten in regards to the basic needs of healthcare for years. 


The area surrounding the hospital carried a negative reputation due to gun violence and other tragedies that plagued the local neighborhoods. However, the right to quality healthcare should be granted to all residents and families no matter what their geographical location. The original hospital known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Drew Medical Center broke ground in 1968 and opened its doors in 1972.  The hospital eventually closed after only thirty five years in existence in 2007. On the heels of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare, quality healthcare has finally returned to South Los Angeles.


The hospital is also a campus.  It prides itself in bringing complete and total wellness to a community that has suffered for such a long time.  It represents the cooperation of both a public and private partnership that offers a new independent and privately run board.  As a graduate of UCLA, I am proud to know that the UC Regents has played a role in the success of this great venture.  At the helm of the hospital is Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, serving as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  She is quoted as saying that the hospital is creating a national model of innovative, collaborative community healthcare.  The Harvard, UCLA and Western Reserve University trained executive brings leadership and experience that will help lead the next steps for the hospital.


Without a doubt it has taken a village to make this dream a reality.  Besides the political leaders and financial backers, the executive leadership working with Dr. Elaine Batchlor, include, but are not limited to, John Fisher, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer.  Medell Briggs Malonson, MD, MPH, MSHS, Medical Director of Quality.  Dr. Oscar F. Casillas, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine.  Stan K. Frencher, Jr., MD, MPH, Director, Surgical Outcomes and Quality and Efrain Talamantes, MD serves as the Director for Hospitalists.  Together they will perform the day to day activities that keep the hospital running smoothly and productively.   


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.  The mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is to provide compassionate, collaborative, quality care, and improve the health of their community.  With strong leadership in place we can rest assure that, It is a New Day at MLK!


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am. 

Awaken Vs. Awyken

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 08/03/15

My life as a coach and consultant is about helping people to be their best. The process includes helping them search what is deep inside to find out what is their purpose, what they truly desire and how to bring it to the surface.  Within all of us there is a still small voice that guides us as to the gifts God gave us individually and uniquely.  These are the things we enjoy, what we do naturally and what others are always complimenting us about.  The struggle is when we do not know how to take those skills and talents and turn them into something that brings us personal joy while helping others.  When we do what we are called to do doors will open, our mission will manifest, others will be blessed and we can make a good living in the process.


From time to time all of us experience a block of some sort that limits our ability to see or awaken what is inside.  When someone is awakened they come out of a form of sleep.  Some people actually sleep a lot of their lives away.  Even when they are awake walking around, working and interacting with people, they can be sleep or living their lives in such a way that does not bring forth life.  In other words they are sleep walking.  This may sound funny, but it is easy and convenient to get caught up in habits, traditions, and expectations that cause us to go through life doing the same thing day in and day out without truly waking up and living the life we were meant to live.  We make excuses or blame others for why we are not where we want to be.  Or if truth be told some of us are lazy or may fear what our lives would really be like if we reached our full potential. 


I am constantly searching to learn more so that I can be better and pass on information and knowledge to others.  As a Christian, I learned about another form of awakening so to speak.  Under the leadership of Ed Smith, Pastor of Zoe Christian Fellowship in Whittier, an innovative biblically principled self-development form of coaching or ministry called Awyken was developed to give people what they long for in the depths of their heart.  The Awyken process brings together a blend of life coaching, neuroscience and human behavior change research that can help transform and touch anyone and everyone right where they are. It can help you not only find your purpose, but also reach your full potential.   


This coming Saturday, I am excited to be one of the speakers for the first Awyken Your Potential Conference at Biola University (www.awyken.com).  I will blend several of my passions and skill sets to share how to Awyken the Brand Within You.  Every day as we go through life we project an image or brand of who we are and what we are about. People make assessments about us from what we say and do.  This includes what we put out on social media.  The question becomes are we aware of what those messages are?  Do we put silly images out in the public, but yet we want people to take us serious?  It is time to awyken our senses. 


Summertime is when most of us kickback, relax and take life a little easy.  Relaxing and recharging is important, but remember fall and winter are right around the corner. Do not be afraid to get the information you need to live the life you long for.   I challenge you to not only awaken your senses, but awyken your life!


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am.