12 Months of Giving Challenge


We must become the change we want to see in the world' - Ghandi Without others giving to me, I would not be where I am today. I've had mentors, there have been sponsors to programs I have been a part of, people have given their time and so much more. All of these things have shaped me into who I am today and I am forever grateful.

Join me! You choose who, what and how, but, you COMMIT to giving at least once a month for the year. If you want to join me on this journey and need ideas of ways to give, click the link http://bit.ly/2gQ6liK. You'll get updates on my journey and I would love for you to share as well. I'll be sharing Making Her Mark FB and Instagram pages as well.

At the link, I've outlined some ways I’ve gave in the past and how you can make an impact. Share pictures (when appropriate) so that we can bring awareness to others of efforts to support. Hashtag with #12MOG.

*If you know of someone in need, an organization that needs support, or an organization that you just feel passionate about the work they're doing - please send me an email or put in the comments below.*

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019: Cara Alwill of The Champagne Diet

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Cara Alwill is a best selling author, speaker, and master life coach. She empowers women to live their most effervescent lives, celebrate themselves every day, and make their happiness a priority. In the past four years, she has self-published four Amazon best selling books including Sparkle: The Girl’s Guide to Living a Deliciously Dazzling, Wildly Effervescent, Kick-Ass Life, The Champagne Diet: Eat, Drink, and Celebrate Your Way to a Healthy Mind and Body and Fearless & Fabulous: 10 Powerful Strategies for Getting Anything You Want in Life, and most recently, Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur. All of Cara’s books have reached #1 on multiple best seller categories on Amazon including Self-Help, Self-Esteem, Motivation, and Women in Business, and have gained massive popularity around the world. In July 2016, Inc. magazine named Girl Code one of the “Top 9 books every female entrepreneur should read” alongside Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, and Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso.

Her glamorous approach to self-help has attracted thousands of women to attend her workshops and events around the country. She is often sought out by the media to help women challenge their fears and create their best lives and has been featured in Glamour, Shape, Vibe, Huffington Post, PopSugar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, MSN.com and The Daily Mail to name a few as well as on broadcast programs around the country. In October 2015, she was invited to be a guest speaker at the American Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo where she spoke to its members about the power of personal branding. In November 2015, Cara was named one of YFS Magazine’s “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire You.”

This episode is for you if you are trying to shift your perspective, you need help cheering for other women or you are working to tap into your intuition.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

Weight struggles since childhood Going from college dropout to working with Clive Davis then working at MTV How going on a diet and drinking champagne only started an amazing brand The power of collaboration amongst women What women need more of Turning envy into inspiration Being at peace with your priority

Cara's best advice received: It’s not about you

What is making a mark to Cara? Making a mark is making other women feel understood, loved and heard. Being a light and shining a light and being the example that I want to be for other women.

Keep up with Cara on InstagramI Facebook I Twitter

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018: Does Balance Really Exist?

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Is there a such thing as a balanced life? Honestly, I’ve been in conversation with many women lately about balance in their lives and how to balance everything. I initially wanted to talk to you all about having a more balanced life, but, as my month went on and all the things I had going on – I started to think. Is there a such thing as a balanced life?

What is a balanced life? We have these thoughts on what life is supposed to be and all of the things we are supposed to or want to be doing. I’ve been called every woman and all kinds of things that sound great on the surface – BUT, in reality it’s just too much to be all that. I’m going to let it go. So there’s no such thing as work-life balance.

There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance,” said Sandberg

For many, living a balanced life is being able to have time and do all of the things they want and need to do. Quite frankly, being the ambitious women that we are I’m not so sure it’s possible. What I do think is important is aligning your life with the things that are truly important to you.

What I do think is possible is focusing on a few things that are priorities and being happy with those things and progress in those areas then moving on to the next priority. It seems like when you focus on one or two things there are other things that will fall to the back or just not get as much time or attention.

Recently, I’ve been juggling between my family life, my full time job, this podcast, and a start up I co-founded and busy would be an understatement. The thing is I’ve never felt more alive and excited, BUT, I’ve also start feeling EXHAUSTED and OVERWHELMED. I was trying to continue to give all of my time to everything as normal and still focus on my priorities as the time. Needless to say the things I gave most of my attention to where the things that flourished. For example, I wasn’t able to pull the weight I normally pull at home with the family – thank goodness my husband was their to pick up my slack. So, let’s talk about some things we can do when we are trying to have it all, but, there are just not enough hours or energy in the day.

So let’s talk about a few ways to know if you need to slow down 1. Listen to your body. How are you feeling, does your body feel tired or exhausted? 2. Are you forgetting things? Left your keys somewhere? Or maybe missed a meeting or forgot to pack lunch? 3. Extremely tired? As soon as you sit down, you are done. You may even fall asleep.

Let’s talk about ways to improve 1. Get focused on your priorities and what you need to do first to make the greatest impact. 2. Ask for help, so many times as women, we don’t want to ask for help. I know that this is me all day – I think I can do everything. But, the truth is we all need help sometime. Learn to ask – sometimes people will surprise you. We can’t do everything alone. 3. Say no – look everything you are doing right now is probably not in line with your goals or the impact you are trying to make. Figure out what’s moving you forward and what’s holding you back. If it’s not leading you were you want to go or aligned with your current priorities’ learn to be okay with saying no. Also, if you are receiving last minute requests – you may have to say no to those as well, if they are going to throw your day, your week or your month off balance. Try to stick to the goals you have mapped out. 4. Practice self care - after all this is the best care right. Sometimes, you need to tune out of everything and take a moment for yourself – whether it’s a couple of hours at the coffee shop, the spa, or taking a walk at the park. Schedule some time to just focus on refreshing yourself.

What about you – have you struggled with trying to do everything and just being exhausted? How did you make it through? What are some tips you have for someone going through this?

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017: Stacey Flowers International Speaker and Author

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Stacey Flowers is a TED speaker, business strategist, and author who will make you happy! Flowers has successfully navigated the world both as a professional and serial entrepreneur publishing her first book: Pregnant With Purpose in 2012 , followed by The Happy Factor and God Wants You to Be Happy.

She has experience in corporate consulting and motivating all ages. Her hope is to teach people to live beyond preconceptions, boundaries, and limiting beliefs. Stacey has engaged a variety of audiences on more than a dozen life topics. Her sessions include a diversity of subjects focused on driving success, discovering personal leadership, and expanding your capacity to influence. Her personal mission is to infect the world with happiness. In addition to her speaking circuit Stacey presently consults with colleges and universities on postsecondary educational resources for underrepresented groups.

This episode is for you if you are trying to shift your perspective, you're trying to find your voice or you are trying to bounce back after hitting a low point in business or life.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Experiencing a great deal of trauma early in life

  • The power of having someone stand in agreement with you

  • Being tested so God can prove to you that you can do it

  • Needing a cheerleader in life not just doing the bad times, but, also in good times to keep you on course

  • Getting comfortable with your journey and the mistakes you've made

  • Learning the practice and art of receiving

Stacey's most:

Impactful Read:

Book of Proverbs in the Bible

You can heal your life by Louise L. Hay

Advice Received: Everything is going to be okay.

What is making a mark to Stacey?

Making a mark for me is me completely and fulling helping other people to step into their happiness – which would mean ushering them in a space where they are able to unleash their God given talent to positively influence the world.

You can find Stacey at her website: www.staceyflowers.com

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016: Pat Coleman President and CEO of Behavioral Health Response (BHR)

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Over the holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of talking to Pat Coleman, President and CEO of Behavioral Health Response (BHR). BHR is a professionally staffed and accredited clinical call center that provides expert behavioral health, crisis response and corporate feedback services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to agencies and companies worldwide. As President and CEO, Pat is directly responsible for all aspects for the organization's crisis response and behavioral health support services to clients. BHR is the recipient of an Arcus Award. The Arcus Awards is the Regional Chamber of St. Louis' annual recognition celebrating organizations that made significant contributions to St. Louis. In our conversation, we discussed BHR being a recipient of the award and what it meant to the company.

This episode is for you are trying to make an impact by helping others, you are interested in learning more about a company that is providing free services to help with mental challenges or issues, or you are trying to make a difference in the community.

Topics discussed in this episode: • connecting to the community • saving lives • making a differenct in the community • it's not all about you, you can't do this alone • The importance of having mentors • growing with a company

Pat's most: Impactful Reads: Don't grow weary in doing good. (Galatians 6:9) The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer

Impactful Advice Received: Taking eyes off myself and putting them on others.

What does making a mark mean to Pat? Being able to change lives. I get so much joy knowing that I can help other people prosper.

Being able to take some of the things I have truly learned and put them back into other people.

You can find more information on Behavioral Health Response at www.bhrstl.com

015: Jasmine Lawrence Founder of EDEN BodyWorks

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Starting at only 13 years of age, Jasmine Lawrence, Founder of EDEN BodyWorks is on the road to success. With the drive and determination of a seasoned CEO she is strategically making her mark. EDEN BodyWorks was driven from Jasmine’s own need for a natural hair care solution. With hair that was damaged by harsh chemicals, Jasmine sought to develop unique products that were all natural and really worked. Unlike most products that are cosmetic in nature, her mission was to develop hair care products that actually deliver their promises. This episode is for you if you are struggling with balance, working to support the needs of the community, or you're working to build relationships.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How starting her business built confidence in herself

  • Growing an organization that can help with social change

  • Jasmine's thoughts on greater the risk the greater the reward

  • Her strategy to balancing school, work, and EDEN BodyWorks

  • What inspired her to create a natural hair product

Jasmines’ most: Impactful Book: Book of Proverbs in the Bible and Emotional Design, Author: Don Norman

Impactful Advice Received: Don't give up hope.

What is making a mark to Jasmine?

  • Leaving an impact on someone else's life that causes them to think 'how can I be different or how can I make something different or how can I do more'

  • Making people want to act in a positive way.

  • Mentorship and pouring out what you have into the lives of others.

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014: Melinda Watts Christian recording artist and founder of Glam Camp for Girls Inc.

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Melinda Watts is a Christian recording artist, author, speaker and mentor. She strives to empower others to live a whole, beautiful, inspired life under the banner of God’s never ending grace. As a former high school teacher, Melinda shines through her community work that she founded, Glam Camp for Girls Inc. Glam Camp is a national leadership and mentoring camp for teen and tween girls across the country. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, leading worship, and empowering others.

A two time Stellar and Dove Award nominee, Melinda leads worship across the country in various churches and conferences. Her prophetic ministry through music is embraced by vast audiences of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

This episode is for you if you are struggling with self belief, trying to find balance or just need some encouragement to keep moving forward on your journey.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • combatting traditional glass ceilings

  • How she started her professional christian artist career

  • How she came from in classroom teacher to founder of a leadership and mentorship camp for youth

  • The importance of treating people the way you want to be treated

  • What inspired her to take an entrepreneurial path

  • Lesson learned about her worth

Melinda’s most: Impactful Book: The Art of War, Author: Steven Pressfield

Impactful Advice Received: You can't have a dog and fight. Let it be what it is going to be detach from the outcome. Everything thats supposed to be for you will be for you.

What is making a mark to Melinda: When people see you, the way they think of themselves and the possibilities for themselves changes. When somebody can look at me and be inspired just by my presence, by my experience and walk away from me feeling like 'oh, I can do that too' or 'I can make it too'.

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Glam Camp for Girls www.glamcampforgirls.com Instagram

013: 3 Life Lessons to Learn from the Olympics

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In this episode, Dawnjuan discusses 3 life lessons to learn from the Olympics. 1. With sacrifice, comes reward. 2. Sometimes you need to tune out to stay tuned in to who you are and what you're doing. 3. We all stumble.

What are some lessons you are learning from the Olympics? Share your comment below.

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012: Sabine Quetant, Director of Marketing at Blavity

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Sabine Quetant is the Director of Marketing at Blavity, a community of the most exceptional multi-cultural creators and influencers in the world. They partner with diverse content creators and influencers to help them reach a wider audience, amplify their message, and fund their hustles. Blavity believes that the world shifts according to the way people see it. If you change the way people view the world, you can transform it. Sabine's work has helped Blavity reach a social audience of over 500,000 and 1 million monthly site visitors and growing. Since 2012, she has worked with companies from small firms to international conglomerates developing strategies to expand social reach and connect with audiences. She has spoken on panels addressing emerging social strategies and how to navigate the ever changing industry of social marketing. She aims to continue to connect and uplift communities through social media.

This episode is for you if you need advice on letting go and trying something new, recognizing your greatness and owning it or you’re working to improve your marketing strategies.

Topics discussed in this episode: • How being in college and having conversations around the lunch table sparked an idea • Pivoting based on customer's needs and wants • The importance of learning to let go • Using failure as a stepping stone • The importance of research and learning your audience • Being willing to share your advice and ideas with others

Sabine's most: Impactful Reads: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Impactful Advice Received: Just start.

What does making a mark mean to Sabine? Leaving something behind for someone else to pick up. Something that the next person can look at and build from and that they aren't having to start from scratch. Leaving something foundational that our community can build from.

You can find more information on Blavity at www.blavity.com and sign up for their daily newsletter at blavity.com/daily-newsletter.

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011: Bianca Jade of Mizzfit.com


Bianca Jade is the creator of Mizzfit.com, a destination for women to get motivated to workout through fashion trends. The site’s popularity quickly turned Bianca into a sought out on-air personality to lend her expertise on both regional and national television news programs including NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’ Live From the Couch, Daily Dose with Jillian Michaels, and Pix11 Morning News, on which she frequently contributes fitness segments. Bianca had so much fun working on camera that she has since become a TV host and Lifestyle Correspondent for entertainment networks and morning shows.

This episode is for you if you have lost a job and trying to start something new, pursuing being a media personality, or you need some tips on trying to get fit.

Topics discussed in this episode: • Starting over after losing a job • How her journey started with finding herself • Empowerment and fitness, strengthening the body and mind • Bianca’s concept on stopping and smelling the roses

Bianca’s most: Impactful Book: You.Are.The.One, Author: Kute Blackson

What does making a mark mean to Bianca? Someone out there will remember you because you had a impact on their life. If one person feels that way, then you’ve made your mark.

You can find Bianca at her website: www.mizzfit.com

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