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Do You Have a Vision For The New Year ?

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 12/31/16

This year I gave as gifts to several family and work colleagues vision board kits. As I look back over the year I reflect on all that transpired, the good, the bad and the ugly and at the end of the day the fact that I am still standing makes me feel grateful.  Life is filled with many twists and turns and sometimes we don’t always understand how they fit into our journey, but everything has an impact on how we think, what we do and the impression we leave on others.

At the close of each year many of us sit down and write out goals that we hope to accomplish in the year to come. Statistics share that less than ten percent of people actually achieve their new year’s resolutions or goals.  If this is true why are we so compelled to set new goals each year?  It is my opinion that for some of us setting goals make us feel hopeful.  It gives us something to hold onto and aim for, but oftentimes we don’t really prepare for what we put down on paper.  We don’t think it through and understand the commitment that goes with achieving the success we desire or even pretend to desire.

Personally looking back over the goals I set for 2016, I accomplished approximately 80% of what I set out to achieve.  When I looked at the twenty percent I didn’t complete they included items that seem to roll over from year to year. If this is the case why do I keep putting them on the list?  We sometimes have a hard time letting go of what we either think we want or what we even allow others to say we need to have or do. When I went a little further I realized that ten percent of what was on my list were things I couldn’t really envision and therefore how would I be able to accomplish them. I’ve realized that sometimes it is time to just drop some things from the list all together.

Vision is vital if we want to achieve a goal.  The book of Proverbs says, where there is no vision the people perish.  We have five basic senses that include hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste. We learn and achieve many things from our senses.  For me I am a visual learner that’s why I love vision boards. When I can really see something it makes it more achievable for me.  I have to really see it in my mind and in my heart and then I can put it down on paper or on my vision board.

What is important to you?  What are your goals for the new year?  Have you really thought them through? Can you see them in your mind?  Can you feel (touch) them in your hands?  Can you hear them in your heart? Are they so real that you can even smell them? Can you taste the success? If you really want to achieve your goals in the coming year you need to really embrace them with all you’ve got and make sure they fit with your overall purpose.  A great place to start would be to lay your goals out on a vision board.  Keep them in front of you and review them on a regular basis.  Let’s get started and Happy New Year!

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

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com.

Hope For Our Children This Season

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 12/05/16

Whenever you are talking about helping someone it is never the wrong season, however, there is something special about the holidays that make people more aware, compassionate and philanthropic.  Just this past week I had the privilege of attending the Children’s Defense Fund Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  Founder Marian Wright Edelman was in attendance and she shared words of encouragement to all in attendance that now more than ever we have to be diligent to make sure we leave no child behind.

The Children’s Defense Fund began in 1973 with the purpose of providing a strong voice for all children.  They put an emphasis on the needs of poor children, children of color and children with disabilities.  Marian Wright Edelman tries to encourage preventive investments before children get sick, or drop out of school or suffer from the breakdown of families.  They have continued in their mission by promoting the Leave No Child Behind. The mission is to ensure every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life encouraging a successful passage to adulthood. 

This past week I also attended the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) Winter Wonderland Gala & Fundraiser at the California African American Museum where I was honored for the work of Forgiving For Living, Inc. (www.forgivingforliving.org).  NCRF was founded by Theresa Price and their mission is to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and or reenrollment among underserved and underrepresented youth.  They are able to achieve this by providing intervention, mentoring, tutoring, college readiness and much more.  To date they have served and helped over several hundred students with scholarships and gap fees.

Forgiving For Living (FFL) fits right into the middle of both the Children’s Defense Fund and the National College Resources Foundation missions.  It is FFL’s mission to help at risk girls between the ages of 12-18 overcome behavioral and mental health issues in addition to low self-esteem due to depression, abuse and or abandonment.  We achieve our goals through mentoring, teaching life skills and showing the power of forgiveness and letting go of what we can’t control.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said “Forgiveness is not an occasional act…it is an attitude.”  To date Forgiving For Living has served over 3,000 girls and has given away thousands of dollars in scholarships.

If we want to ensure a hopeful future for our children today, we must all do our part to make sure it happens.  If you are not involved in an organization that helps or works with children, you can still help and be part of the difference by volunteering or sending donations this holiday season. The choice is up to you.  You can make a difference!

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

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com.

Now What?

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 11/14/16

The race is over and the election has been decided and now we must all figure how we will move forward.  The country is definitely split and there are even some families that stand on both sides of the fence.  No matter how any of us feel we have to learn, adapt and accept the results of the election.  I believe many of us will be challenged and we are going to have to really fall on our faith and values.  The people have spoken and yet healing will still need to be done.

Out of fear and concern for the American people, as well as for the global economy, many are seeking answers including Fortune and Time Magazines who will assemble a hundred of the world’s top business leaders, along with other voices to meet in Rome next month to discuss basically now what?  Their goal is to have a conversation about what the private sector can do to make the global economic system work better for everyone.  This conversation needs to continue with all of us.

Since the election many have taken to the streets to show their concern by protesting the results. What I find interesting is probably no matter who would have won citizens would have taken to the streets. Civil Disobedience is our right and we should let our voices be heard, but we also have a responsibility to respect the electoral process even when we don’t agree with the outcome.  We have to respect the office even if we don’t agree with the person. However, we have policies and procedures in place that can guide us on how to protest if we desire to change the system.  For years there’s been concern about the power of the Electoral College over the Popular Vote.  If we feel the true voice of the people is not being heard, then what do we do?

After the election when Donald Trump visited the White House, President Obama actually shared, “we now are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”  We all have to do our best to do our part to continue to make America great.  America even with all of its faults is a great country and yet we have many that are still disenfranchised.  The question becomes will we all rise or will we all fall?  It is said history repeats itself, I hope we don’t go back in time and reinstitute negatives that so many people fought, died and gave their lives for.

Now what?  Now is the time for us to keep pressing forward.  Now is not the time to give up or even point blame.  Now is a time for no excuses.  Now is the time to become the best we can be and reach back and pull someone up with us.  Now is a time to return to the basics and remember our core.  We must show compassion, mindfulness, hope and love to those that might feel sad, depressed and beaten down.  Now what depends on each of us.  What will you do?

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

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com.

Can We Walk Hand & Hand Without Seeing Eye to Eye?

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 10/30/16

The election is upon us and we all have to make our voices count.  This has been the strangest presidential campaign I have ever witnessed, but no matter what side of the fence any of us may be on we have to make sure we can live with each other the day after the election.  No matter who wins there is going to be a lot of healing and rebuilding that has to be done.  Will America be able to walk hand and hand without seeing eye to eye?

What tools will be necessary for us to come together as a country and move forward?  One thing is for sure we will never see things all the same so we have to learn how to engage in dialogue that allows us to hear one another while respecting differences.  Where can we learn these skills?  One place is Claremont Lincoln University (CLU).  It is a place that offers innovative, 21st Century educational programs with a global perspective designed to bridge social divides.  They believe in practicing and teaching the “Golden Rule” by incorporating the basic principles in their three Masters Programs (Social Impact, Ethical Leadership and Interfaith Action).  Those who attend CLU are taught to integrate self-knowledge with critical perspectives and contemporary skills to create sustainable social change. What is also amazing is that you can receive a Master’s Degree in fifteen months for just $15,000. 

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Claremont Lincoln University (www.claremontlincoln.edu) will host its inaugural Spotlight Gala featuring the Lincoln Awards. The Lincoln Awards honor visionaries and activists in the areas of Interfaith Action, Social Impact and Ethical Leadership who have made a profoundly positive and lasting impact in their communities and who embody the values in the Golden Rule. This year’s honorees are Byron K. Reed, Senior Vice President, Director Community Relations Greater LA/Orange County Regions, Wells Fargo & Company (Lincoln Award in Ethical Leadership); Cheryl Kunin Fair, President and General Manager of KABC-TV, the ABC owned station in Los Angeles (Lincoln Award in Social Impact); and Hyepin Im, Founder and President of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) (Lincoln Award in Interfaith Action).

Claremont Lincoln University embraces forming collaborations and alliances with organizations and entities that are like minded. Dean David Carter, head of the Ethical Leadership Master’s Program was introduced to the a cappella singing group Linkin’ Bridge of Americas Got Talent™ who use their music to build bridges instead of walls to increase understanding. When the group learned about the mission of the University they agreed to lend their talent to be the entertainment for the event.  The night is sure to be not only exciting, but should ignite conversation on how we can begin positive steps to help make communities better.  We may never see eye to eye, but we definitely can learn to walk this journey called life together in a respectful and peaceful manner.

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

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com.

Thank You FLOTUS

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 10/24/16

Girls and women from all cultures and backgrounds are standing up and celebrating First Lady Michelle Obama.  Since the beginning of her service as the First Lady, she has raised awareness on issues girls and women face every day.  In 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama along with President Obama launched the organization, “Let Girls Learn.” The organization brings together various governmental departments as well as other agencies to address the challenges that prevent young girls from achieving the education they need and deserve.  Through Let Girls Learn young girls are taught skills that equip them with knowledge about diplomacy, organizing and strategies for change. 

We know that when we build the life of a girl and provide her with an education and the skills to improve her life, families improve and communities become stronger.  When girls are stronger they make better choices and this gives them the opportunity for a brighter future.  With all of the progress that has been made in the world today, it is sad that millions of girls around the globe still do not complete school.  Young girls are still victims of sex and human trafficking.  Recently I attended the Pasadena YWCA’s 14th Annual Women For Racial Justice Breakfast and Dr. Robert Ross shared from his keynote that there’s no such thing as a child prostitute.  That is called rape.  That is called sex trafficking of a minor.  We must all do our part to help end such injustice.

It is imperative that we all stand together to uplift and educate our girls today if we want a better tomorrow.  FLOTUS shared with girls this month on the Day of the Girl that we don’t have to be perfect to succeed.  She went on to say that many times our failures are what help us get to where we need to be.  This past weekend Lisa Collins from LA Focus held the 19th Annual First Ladies High Tea at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.  The day consists of honoring women who use their gifts to enrich the lives of others.  Each year they also have an essay contest where three scholarships are given out to the top three winners.  The theme for this year was “Shattering the Glass Ceiling – How Women Like Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton Have Inspired You.” We all need role models and people that lead by example. 

FLOTUS thank you for being a woman that made the wellbeing of women and girls everywhere a priority. Thank you for reaching back and lifting others as you climb.  Thank you to all the women who serve and sacrifice to make the lives of girls better for a brighter future.  I have tried to do my part through the organization, Forgiving For Living, Inc., (www.forgivingforliving.org) I founded close to twenty years ago.  We work with girls between 12-18 helping them develop positive self-esteem and empowering them to believe in themselves against all odds.  Let’s support organizations and individuals that stand up every day to help the lives of our girls!

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

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com