Sometimes things just evolve into what they need to be. On Tuesdays I give you Tough Love on Periscope because most people complain about Mondays and get the week started on a bad foot so I have to lovingly check you to get you back on track to greatness. By the time, Thursday has rolled around, we have already determined what kind of week it has been, we're ready for the weekend and more than likely have seen some things that leave you baffled and/or bamboozled. As a result, Thoughtful Thuglife Thursday is where we search for answers. Go get a snack because the first episode is about a good 16 oz bag of popcorn and a medium lemonade long. Let me know your thoughts about the 3 things I have seen or experienced with rude successful people. Feel free to share this post. Who knows...just might change the world one no-manners influencer at a time. Chile!
Let's just get straight to the point! My favorite time of year is Summer! School is out, the sun is shining and the grills are sending aromas of lazy, kicked back days ahead. Got the image in your head? OK great. Let's get to the good stuff.
FATHER'S DAY FAMILY TAILGATE! 3RD ANNUAL! June 12th! Park Circle! Bring your family, the cooler, and the chairs. I've got everything else covered! Well, unless you want fireworks. All I can do is sparklers. That's all I got...one day though. One day. I didn't want to interfere with the many events paying tribute to the lives of those affected by Mother Emmanuel shooting since it will be the 1 year memorial during Father's Day weekend. We will have games and music and of course the Undercover Chef "King of the Grill" F.I.G.H.T. Club! Yup that's a cook off in simple terms. Yall should know by know I'm extra lol F.I.G.H.T. stands for Faith Intensified Giving Hope Together. so yeah..it fits. Enter your team of 3 for bragging rights and the trophy! Families are the real MVP.
Anywho, we've got vendor spots and I am offering one for FREE if it hasn't been secured yet. Hesitation is expensive and the early bird always gets the worm. So hookup number 1 is available by clicking the picture of the beautiful whiting fish I was frying for my Lowcountry Table last year.
Now for the rest of the hookups! Browse through and see what you can find that will help you save some change and live life without going broke 'cuz that's no fun. I see Walmart has a coupon for baby items. Somebody buy a lil sumthin sumthin for the 15 lb newborn whose picture is circulating on social media. Good lawd! lol Enjoy!
It's that time again! #FromYaFriday! I want to be able to use my platform to shine a light on people in or from the Lowcountry who are hard working and dedicated to being that change maker and motivator in and for the community. Of course, there are always great people doing great things and that is a beautiful thing. What captures my attention is when there's a story with a message to be told. Youth. Elders. In between. ~Ee don' madda~ (Translation: it doesn't matter). "Age" never trumps "Impact!" Here we gooooo!
Blazin Cutz Owner & Operator, Recarlo Lewis is known by many who frequent his barbershop on Dorchester Road as well as the annual Back To School Supply drive and distribution he does. There is something more that made me choose him for this week's spotlight. He LOVES his community to the point of using his life as a teaching tool and inspiration for young people, especially young men, to do what they need to do to be great! Great is not to be confused with $200 belts or being able to get something for nothing. Nope. You ain gettin' any of his time with that mentality. He facilitates change and honor for self. He recently expressed his disappointment after being rejected by an organization, who shall remain nameless because I don't have enough room to give them the biggest side eye on this post, for an opportunity to continue doing what he loves for the community but on. different level. I will spare you the details to protect his privacy, but just know it was something that he should have been granted. Anyway, finding the opportunity in every obstacle, he is being supported by the same community he loves, to do what he was aiming to do with the dis-organization (yes that is me being petty) ON HIS OWN! His road hasn't been an easy one but it has been a purposeful one! Know how I know? Because he hasn't been deleted out of my newsfeed on social media! Ha! Give him some love and let him know he has the support!
Jazzmine Hodges of JTS Style Consulting is making moves in the fashion industry! With the launch of her Mistery Box™, she is building up her brand of dapper in the men's apparel and accessories world through customized boxes filled with classic and contemporary style for today's gentleman. Now I won't go into detail today. Why?
Yup! I got one and I will be doing a giveaway next week so stay connected as I open it up live on Periscope and give it away to a lucky reader who shares the blog post with the broadcast in it! Perfect timing for Father's Day, right?
Very nice, Jazz! She has put a lotbof hard work into this and it is so encouraging to see her push forward in excellence investing in her dreams and creativity regardless of what obstacles may present themselves. Can't wait to see you grow!
Ok this week's final spotlight is something that may not be global but it's impact is HUGE! Ran into Joseph Fields Farms at the Farmer's Market held at Park Circle every Thursday. (Yall come see me for The Charleston Crunch Co.! I use their produce for my Fried Green Tomatoes) They have a program that EVERY farm had the opportunity to participate in that helps so many households eat healthier for less! I'll let Mrs. Helen explain...and this was done on Periscope so I am interacting with live viewers. I haven't lost my mind yet...lol
Alriiiiight!! I am enjoying celebrating the Lowcountry's finest!! Know someone I need to shine a light on? Let me know here!
Smooches & Red Rice!!
This week snuck up on me! That's not a bad thing at all...especially when you know this weekend is going to be EPIC! Why? Because I will be vending The Charleston Crunch Co. at Park Circle Farmer's Market on tomorrow and in Mt Pleasant at the Bands, Burgers, and Brews event at Charleston Harbor Beach and Resort on Sunday! So what does that have to do with you? EVERYTHING!
When you come to my table and make a purchase of at least $10, show me this blog post, I will give you a free tshirt while supplies last. Yup...that's all ya gotta do.
Now for the rest of ya who might not be in the area where I am infusing the atmosphere with deliciousness, I have something for you too! You know I wasn't gonna leave you out. We go steady so I have to take care of you. *wink*
I've got a few deals for you to get a bigger bang for your buck this weekend. I try to include a variety of deals because there are so many different kinds of people who read my blog, and I want to show that I see you. You are not overlooked. I appreciate you. Is this getting awkward? No? Ok good. I just want people to know that I don't take it lightly that you take time out of your day to read what I have to say. With so many other opinions out there, you chose lil ol' me. You are wise! LOL! I'm an asset to the this doggone planet! Brains, beauty AND personality??? Pssshh! Forgetaboutit! I am worthy to be read, chile! But seriously, I do truly flex my gratitude muscle every time I get a set of eyeballs on my literary contribution to these "innanet" streets. So here goes a lil sumthin sumthin for ya! Make sure you check out the coupon for Wine.com! It IS Festival season and when you spread your blanket out, it would so nice to enjoy a bottle of grown folk libations to set the mood. Just a thought...and a hint to anybody inviting me to their spot in the grass or on the beach! Closed mout' don't get fed. *shrugs* !
Smooches & Red Rice
I love a discount more than anyone else when it comes to being frugal with needs and a few wants, however, I don't subscribe to the notion of not acknowledging the value a person brings. Oh don't get quiet now! You know many a tv show, overnight celebrities, and microwave successes have become besties with the spotlight because they are able to make tearing another person down seem like it is the thing to do. I call them the Don Kings of Shade. They edify you at the expense of other people just to get what they want out of you...and that's not necessary!
These people are a part of the Gimme Gang! Don't know who this group of bandits are? They allow negative, distracting, life sucking, dream killing behaviors to travel through them and their behaviors. You have to be careful because they will keep you in or bring you back to a rut, the gutter, that dark and dangerous place you are working and fighting so hard to leave forever. I have outlined 4 types of people/behaviors in the Gimme Gang in the audiobook From Numb To No.
Quite frankly, anything you try to do won't prosper until you have the Gimme Gang vacate the premises. I did a broadcast on Periscope today explaining some things and you can view it here for 24 hours. I'll consider turning it into a more permanent video later, but that sounds too much like work and work comes after I eat. I mean it IS now official #TastebudTuesday. Priorities. I'll catch you tomorrow with some REAL coupons that you can use without being disrespectful to anyone who deserves their full worth. I'm just sayin....and I tell ya cuz I care!
Balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship without losing myself as a woman! My Lowcountry roots keep me grounded.