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J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares Delaware A.S.I.Y.A. Empowerment Series Week 7: To Whom Much Is Given; Much Is Required

June 8, 2018 by  
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Friday…Week 7 of the J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares A.S.I.Y.A. Empowerment Series!  This week we will discuss the women before us who were the TRUE pioneers who paved the way to be unapologetic, authentic, transparent, strong and spiritually grounded!

When given such a GIFT, you cannot hoard it only for self…thus; To Whom Much Is Given, Much is Required!  So what will you do in gratitude for your gifts?  What cause will you pioneer for your peers and the next generation?

All this and more will be the theme of Friday’s class!

J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares Blossoming Muslimah Academy Week 7: Appreciating Allah’s Creation

December 2, 2017 by  
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This Saturday…the young girls (5-10) will be participating in an Arts & Crafts Workshop to show their appreciation for Allah’s Creation.  Fun and Engaging workshop.

Maintaining a Mental Space of GRATITUDE

November 14, 2017 by  
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As I sit in my office…I’m thinking and reflecting on the fact that November is the month known for its infamous holiday…Thanksgiving and it amazed me how many can think of things they are grateful for on that particular day; yet throughout the year suffer with depression (not due to mental illness), unhappiness and just feelings of sadness.

So I thought to myself how can one remain thankful EVERYDAY?  I came up with 5 Daily Tips one could utilize in order to stay in a state of Gratitude, Positivity and Productivity.

Tip #1: Never Compare Yourself To Others

Never compare yourself to others because you have no idea what that person has gone through in order to achieve what they have.  It’s similar to an iceberg.  While you only see the tip, underneath the surface lies a VAST block of ice.  So while you compare yourself to someone else, you may not see the vast block of possible childhood trauma, financial difficulty, personal sacrifice and hardships that person has had to endure or is enduring.  Remember, you are not in competition with anyone but YOURSELF.  If you focus on you, you will see your own personal growth in one area or another and isn’t that the goal??  Isn’t that what you want to see?  Your progess?  As long as that is occurring; you are moving in the right direction.  This takes us to the next tip.

Tip #2: Acknowledge Your Growth (No Matter How Small)

Far too often we minimize the necessary steps needed in order to achieve the final destination.  Those “small” steps as you call them are CRUCIAL to your personal development in every way.  When you minimize them, it takes away the joy of the journey, thus your proper gratitude to the situation, the moment and your life’s journey.  Imagine your FAVORITE cake!  Now it doesn’t just miraculously appear.  It took the baker to implement just the right amount of ingredients…the flour, the eggs, vanilla and whatever ingredients is required and if this cake were to be missing any one of those things and even if the amount of each ingredient were off…that cake would NOT be the same.  It would not be that masterpiece you just envisioned.  Such is the same with you and I.  Without each step, each accomplishment…the end result would not be the same.  It will not be whole, nor complete.  Each small step in the right direction is an indication that you are one step/ingredient closer to your goal.  It’s all in your perception.  Change the clouded lenses of which you are seeing your accomplishments (large or small)  Celebrate them and see how your level of gratitude increases daily. 

Tip #3: Volunteer

When you think you have problems, take a look, or step in the shoes of someone less fortunate than you and see if you really have a reason to complain.  Volunteer at a homeless shelter and see if the apartment you wished were a house is now not that bad after all.  Volunteer at a Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen and see if you’re not grateful for the items you have in your cabinets/refrigerator and that they are not suffice for you.  Even better; that you yourself have enough to even donate.  Volunteer at a hospital/hospice and see how blessed you are to be of good health.  When you walk away…AHHH there it is, you CAN walk away; there lies the blessing and the moment of gratitude.  If possible, take your children to volunteer so that you can plant the seed of consistent gratitude in them as well.

Tip #4: Watch Motivational Videos/Read Positive Quotes

Make it a point to google a motivational video about life, achievements, not giving up, self-esteem and the list goes on at least once a day or every other day in the morning or before you start your day.  Make this part of your routine to get your day started on the right foot and on a positive one.  It has a way of changing your mood as you face that boss or that contract you want to close.  Build up your defense for the negativity that you will encounter throughout the day so that you will not be void of what is necessary for you to accomplish your goals and daily tasks.  Do not hoard this piece of advice for yourself, share it in the workplace and write a daily positive quote in the staff lunch area.  At home; write a positive/inspirational quote for the entire family to benefit.  Put in on the refrigerator for everyone to see prior to going to work/school.  You never know…that positive quote may be just what someone needed for that boost of confidence to take that test or put in that request for that promotion at the job.

Tip#5: Nightly Journal

Each night before you lay your head to rest…obtain a journal where you can write down ALL that you are thankful for for that day in spite of the fact that the day from the outside looking in…may have looked like a bad one.  When you can remember things such as…I woke up this morning, I drove to work, I came home, I hugged and kissed my family upon return.  These are the things that for some…no longer have.  So it leaves you in a state of gratitude, a state of half full vs half empty.  Not a bad way to end the day!!!

J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares A.S.I.Y.A. Empowerment Academy Week 6: The Time is Now

November 1, 2017 by  
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This workshop always proves to be POWERFUL! Gratitude is something many of us begin to take for granted.  We will discuss the importance of gratitude, but more importantly…reflecting that gratitude with all those we come in contact with.

J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares Advisory Board Empowerment Day

October 21, 2017 by  
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J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares would like to thank its Advisory Board who regardless of what is going on in their personal lives…show up and give 150% everytime for our girls, fundraisers, events and the list goes on.  No one is an island unto themselves; J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares would not be able to do all that it does without these extraordinary women and their support.  So as a token of our gratitude, we have a special Empowerment Day JUST for them.  Muhammad Shakur and wife Sheena Shamier and powerhouse Ameenah Diggins will be bringing it.  We cannot wait for our Advisory Board to get a taste of the J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares experience.