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New Year, New You? New Day, New You!

Can you believe it? We are already a week into February! It seems like it was just yesterday when everyone was watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. It also feels like just yesterday that we all started those infamous New Year’s resolutions.

Those resolutions always motivate us on January 1st, encouraging us to get through the year. Are you going to quit smoking, start a savings account, exercise more? As we put heavy thought into whether we should run that mile while¬†looking outside at the foot of snow and ice turning to dirty icebergs on the sidewalks, there is nothing worse than beating yourself up over a failed “New Year, New You” Resolution.

When we beat ourselves up over failure, we allow ourselves to believe that we are not good enough to try again. However, there is something even more exciting than a New Year! It is called a New Day. And we wake up to one of those every morning. Each new day is a chance to start over and start fresh. And whatever you did yesterday that threw you off your course, guess what? It’s a new day, and you can start over!

Happy New Day! And may it be filled with new beginnings and fresh starts.

About the Author

I am a writer, poet, coordinator, editor, print model, violinist, motivational speaker and published author. I published my first book when I was eight years old. I made my first television appearance on the world famous Apollo Theater, winning first place for the amateur category. I have spoken on CNN Person of the Day, Good Morning America, UPN, NBC and Nickelodeon. In 2002, I spoke at the McDonalds Gospelfest, an annual gospel music and talent festival. I recited a poem I wrote and won first place in the first ever Gospel Poetry Category contest. Along with being a speaker, I also enjoy writing poetry and books. As a writer, I've received the National Organization for Women (NOW) "Young Achiever's Award", the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) Award in Excellence, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Award for Achievement, the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award given by Zeta Phi Beta, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. In 2005, my name was placed on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, in honor of Rosa Parks' National Campaign for Tolerance. In 2007, I won Seventeen Magazine and Avon Make Your Mark Contest, where they chose one young lady from the country changing the world through her work. In 2013, I was featured in Long Island Woman. As a model, I've appeared in hair and beauty ads, trade shows, NYFW and Africa Fashion Week (AFWNY) and look-books. As a published author, my work has been featured in Scholastic, Ebony Magazine, Newsday, NY Times, Long Island Herald and other publications. I've completed an editorial internship with Conde Nast (Glamour Magazine). Currently, I'm working on my next book due out soon, and I work in Editorial Relations.

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