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Up Up And Away Korea Bound

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 10/05/15

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do.  Whenever I get an opportunity to travel and learn new things, new people and new cultures, I get very excited.  A group of fifteen community leaders will leave this week for a ten day Multi-Cultural Leadership Korea Visitation Program.  The event is organized by the Goodwill Cooperation Service also known as GCS, Los Angeles Club and is being sponsored by GCS International.  GCS is a non governmental organization, NGO, which is an organization that is neither a part of a government nor a conventional for profit business. The goal of the trip is to increase awareness and understanding of our two cultures and to continue goodwill relations with South Korea.


Our delegation includes Dr. Chan Hie Kim, Leader, Retired Professor, Claremont School of Theology, Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Orange County Business Council, Andres Carrasco, Director, Regional Affairs, Southern California Gas Company, Blake Chow, Commander, Los Angeles Police Department, Cecilia Cabello, Director, Governmental Affairs Office of Mayor Garcetti, Brian Kim, Manager, Pizza Service, Inc., Haesun Lee, Member GCS, Lacey M. Johnson, Assistant Deputy Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Attorney Lowynn Young, Los Angeles County Public Defense Office, Lieutenant Robert Bogue, City of Garden Grove Police Department, Robyn Adams, Psycho Social Rehab Community Research Foundation, Sheri Betts, Vice President, Consulting Western Division Pathfinder, Theresa Doran, Coordinator for the Pasadena Unified School District, Jongnam Lee, Past President, GCS Los Angeles Club and myself.  We were all brought together this past week for an orientation and send off dinner hosted by GCS Los Angeles at the beautiful Los Angeles Korean Cultural Center to prepare for the trip.


During our orientation we were given a fabulous overview of the history of Korea and South Korea in particular.  Korea is bordered by World Powers Russia, China and Japan.  Koreans are connected to the Japanese, but are influenced by the Chinese culture.  It is the only country that is still divided since the end of World War II. Although North and South Korea are somewhat peaceful, they are still technically at war.  A Peace Treaty has not been signed.   North Korea was aligned with Russia whereas South Korea is connected to the United States. Overall Korea has the lowest birthrate in the world today.  Since the end of World War II, South Korea has made great strides of going from a very war torn country to a developing country with  much to offer the world.  I personally own an Hyundai car and a Samsung cell phone which were both birthed from Korea.


I have had the privilege to travel the world, including delegation trips to China, South Africa, Israel and now South Korea.  I do not take this opportunity for granted and I desire to become a World Ambassador.  I believe in the power of each one reach one.  Each of us can make a difference in the world by sharing what we learn and experience to breakdown stereotypes and prejudices.  Most of the time people hold prejudices based on fear or lack of knowledge.  Traveling and experiencing first hand people of the world gives us a chance to learn that we have more in common than not.   If we want a better future, we must learn to live together in harmony today!


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 Good To Be A Girl: Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Conference”

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/27/15

Forgiving For Living, Inc., will host its Fourth Annual Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Conference, on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the USC Radisson Hotel for girls between 13-18 years of age.  Our theme this year is It’s Great To Be A Girl I believe now more than ever is a great time to be a girl!  Whether it is a little girl who is just starting out or a grown woman who has traveled throughout life.  However, it is also a difficult time to be a girl.  Every day we are hearing about girls being sold into slavery or human trafficking, or abducted from school against their will, or being shot for wanting the right to an education.  All because of their sex and gender.  We must do something to stop this violence and injustice and give all girls the opportunity they deserve.


The philosophy and mission of Forgiving For Living has always been to provide information to the girls we serve that will equip them for the best life possible by giving them life skills, mentoring and scholarships.  It really does take a village to raise up our youth and give them hope for a better future.  There is definitely a role we all play and if we just do whatever we can it will make a difference.  One girl at a time.


We serve girls from all walks of life and from all different backgrounds.  We believe it is important to respect diversity and to share in the culture and ethnicities of others while embracing our own.  Saturday at the conference our keynote speaker Indrani Phillips, Life Coach and Style Expert of The Effortless Lifestyle will share with our girls the power of positivity.  How we look at life and the attitude we take play a role on the choices we make and ultimately the outcome of our life. 


Our workshop speakers include Dr. Michael Flores, Professor, Cypress College and Ontario Montclair School Board Member.  Dr. Flores will share with our girls the necessary information they need to prepare for college and increase their success rate.  Allison Hollstegge, District Manager for U.S. Bank will provide the girls with information on how to make wise choices when it comes to money matters.  Denise Honaker from Polite is Right will provide the girls with etiquette and self esteem tips. Dr. Shaunte McFarland, Holistic Health Professional will share information to make healthy and wise choices.  Gabrielle Shah from My Beauty Products, will share beauty tips and how to be beautiful from the inside out.  Wenonah Valentine, Founding Director of iDREAM for Racial Health Equity will help the girls expand their horizon by creating vision boards.  Tiana Sanchez, Training and Development Leader and Georgia Zachary, President, Women of AT&T Southern California will also have something for our adult leaders and chaperones. 


We thank all of our supporters, sponsors and volunteers for helping us to bring this conference free to the girls of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Together we can change a life one at a time.  As we continue to grow it is important that we remember to keep the window open and the ladder down, but we must make sure our youth have the necessary tools to make it up the ladder.


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. 

Living Victoriously: Mind, Body & Spirit

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/20/15


Women Inspired Through Networking Elements Sister to Sister aka W.I.T.N.E.S.S. will host their Twentieth Anniversary Conference this coming Saturday at the USC Radisson Hotel.  Several months back, Jacques McNeil, President of the organization reached out to me and invited me to be one of the workshop speakers on the subject of forgiveness.  I have known Jacques and her work in the community for several years and it lines up with my core purpose of inspiring and encouraging women.  Jacques and W.I.T.N.E.S.S. embody the true essence of integrity and are an example of what it means to walk according to the Word of God.


The organization is known as being a Christian Book Club, but they are more than a literary ministry. They were established to equip women to live victoriously mind, body and spirit through the study of Christian literature in a small group setting.  Their mission is to reach and teach through fellowship that fosters healthy relationships.  They are very selective of the books they read and recommend with the purpose of promoting Christian values.  They believe in community outreach, health and wellness programs, monthly intercessory and corporate prayers.  Overall they aim to bridge generations and challenge each woman to step outside of her comfort zone and be the best she can be.


W.I.T.N.E.S.S., believes they are their sisters keeper.  They live out these values by holding each other accountable, being dependable, loyal, transparent, humble, forgiving, loving and honest.  These attributes will also be emphasized through the workshops and speakers presenting at their conference on September 26.  Their keynote speaker is the dynamic Pastor Theresa McFaddin Ordell.  She is a noted bible teacher and conference speaker known for her testimony of overcoming physical challenges to live a life of purpose.  One of my dear friends Deborah Smith Peques, Leadership Coach, Author and Speaker will be their honoree.  It is a joy to see and participate in events where you know people walk the walk they talk.  I have known both of these women for several decades.  They are the real deal. 


Women are the center of the family.  Families thrive and prosper when women are able to live victoriously mind, body and spirit.  Women carry a heavy responsibility today where families are sandwiched between the young and the elderly.  Oftentimes we are the caretakers for our parents and our children who return home after college when they are not able to find work.  If we do not take care of ourselves and make sure our health and spirit are on point, it will be difficult if not impossible, for us to handle the pressures and responsibilities that are placed upon us.


The Living Victoriously: Mind, Body & Spirit Conference, will be an opportunity for women to come together and relax for a day while gleaning tools that will give them the necessary skills to be successful and triumphant at whatever they put their hands to do.  Come join me!


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. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am. 

Shana Tovah: A Time For New Beginnings

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/14/15

Having the opportunity to travel to Israel this past May heightened my awareness of the Jewish culture.  I think it is wonderful to be exposed to other people and traditions.  Learning about and coming to an understanding of the diversity amongst all mankind also reveals what we have in common. This time of year marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days and this past weekend was the celebration of Rosh Hashanah which means, head of the year.  The Jewish people acknowledge their calendar based on lunar cycles.   Therefore their new year, civil calendar, falls differently than what most of us are accustomed to as the beginning of a new year. Biblically this time is referred to as the Feast of Trumpets.  


The Jewish people pause and celebrate Rosh Hashanah for two days where they have special services, offerings, family gatherings and traditional meals.  It is considered the new year of people, animals and legal contracts.  When I think about the last sentence, it is refreshing to think if there are people or situations in your life that need adjustment, now is the time.  Sometimes in order to move forward we have to let go of things that may be holding us back.  New beginnings are always refreshing and uplifting.  Even if you are not Jewish, this time of year can mark a new beginning in your life.  September has traditionally been the time when children get new clothes and go back to school, the weather cools down and we usher in the fall season and we reevaluate our goals as the last quarter of our traditional calendar is upon us. 


Ten days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish people celebrate Yom Kippur, which means, the day of atonement or judgment The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are when the Jewish people have an opportunity to repent with the hope of having a positive destiny.  As a Christian, this was a little bit difficult for me to process, but since the Jewish people are still waiting for the promised one, I can see and respect where this period of time is sacred and vital for them.  I feel we should be in a season of atonement every day.  If we pause as we travel along our journey to evaluate where we are and the choices we make, then reconcile with God and man where we have fallen short, we will be at peace.


The term Shana Tovah, means to have a good and sweet new year.   As I wish my Jewish friends this sentiment, I also wish the same for my non Jewish friends.  We live in a time where war is prevalent, lives are not respected or protected, human and sex trafficking are happening to women, girls and youth across the globe, and many families struggle just to stay afloat.  More than ever, I wish and pray for a good and sweet year for all mankind.  Many feel life is what it is and it will never change.  I disagree, I believe we all have the power to make a difference and make things a little better for those that will come behind us.  But it is up to us. 


Mother Teresa once said, peace begins with a smile.  As we pass each other along the road let us share a smile.  It may be the very thing a neighbor needs to have a good and sweet day!


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. 

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.