To be or not to be empowered – “What is the question?”

 In a monologue from William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet says “To be, or not to be—that is the question” and those words motivated today’s blog content.  When I think of our ability to empower our lives, I think about how we often take advantage of our many opportunities. Like Hamlet, many of us find ourselves dissatisfied…

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Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation Inc

Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation, Inc was founded by me, Sonya McKinzie, on February 25, 2016. We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization providing services to victims of Domestic Violence and homelessness. Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation, Inc is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The vision of Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation was born from…

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Exchange fear for faith

There is something amazing about watching someone walk in their “God-Given Purpose”. When I watch motivational speakers share their stories that empower, encourage, and invigorate individuals, I wonder “how do they do it”. How does one exude positivity in their profession?  What do they do when they have a bad day? How can they encourage…

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I want more- is an understatement

Written by: Sonya A McKinzie To imply that I want more from life Is a simple and complex understatement that more means to grow and evolve into someone and something different Like – Educated, Empowered, and Evolutionary And- Spiritual, Social, and Secure To imply that I want more Is far-reaching Than what you see on the…

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Your happiness is not based on someone else

I cannot count the number of times in my life that I have sacrificed my happiness for someone else’s. At the time, I thought I was practicing selflessness when in reality, I was practicing foolishness. In my grown woman state of mind, I can look back and see where my choices to sacrifice my happiness…

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Fearfully wonderfully made…

Confidence is one of the most beautiful things that a woman can wear. A Christian woman bears confidence regardless of her situation and circumstance. As a woman of confidence, there is no fear in revealing who she is at the “very core of her being”. Whether the woman is plain and simple, eclectic, and beautiful; or…

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Walk in your purpose — ignore the naysayers…

When I opted to write my second book, I had domestic abuse and homeless individuals in mind. The book Perfectly Imperfect: Moving Above and Beyond the Pain is about women who have been hurt as a result of domestic abuse. This year, I plan to build relationships with domestic violence organizations and programs and donate…

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It comes natural “An Ode to Brown Girls”

by: Sonya McKinzie Brown Flawlessly Brown Beauty Beautifully crafted God’s design She is Simply breath-taking Her essence speaks volumes yet she does not part her lips to speak A permanent tan One that she was born with Intricately Uniquely Powerfully Brown Unaltered Unchanged Natural Brown Dangerous and Exotic Secrets woven into the depths of her soul She is mystical…

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What a wonderful recollection ….

Earlier this morning, I was feeling a variety of emotions all at once. Amid all of these emotions, my daughter turned 5-years old today. As a mother of an only child watching her transition from an infant to a toddler, and then to a preschooler has been one of the hardest things for me to embrace….

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Psalm 147:3 — He heals the brokenhearted

As humans we are creatures of habit. Often times habits are not favorable, and that’s the time to ask God for help in changing them. This past weekend I had the opportunity to assess several areas of my life and in this “space” this “process” I shed many tears. There was an outpour of sadness-…

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Transform your fear into action

Fear is such a powerful emotion that it is often exploited by those who use it to manipulate and control others. When I think about how I was victimized by my abuser by physical abuse, I remember feeling as if I were out of control of my own life. As I rebuilt my power and…

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Challenges foster growth

As a young adult, I struggled with shyness and awkwardness. In previous posts, I shared my insecurity with my complexion, weight, and absence of a father. As a young woman, these were major challenges to me.  As I transitioned into my twenties, I began to look forward to a day when I would reach a…

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Choices

With every passing day we are faced with choices. The importance of the choices and the consequences of the decision made could be minor, such as which pair of earrings should I wear, while other decisions can be life altering. Many choices that we make can impact our lives immediately, other choices might affect us…

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Domestic violence and the ability to move beyond it

Being an ex-victim of domestic violence, I will be first to say that like alcoholism and alcoholics, you never quite recover from the experience. Wounds heal, but emotional remnants remain. It is interesting the effects that physical and mental abuse has on a person. Masses of people experience abuse in their affairs or know someone…

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The Re-awakening of our black women

As a black woman in America’s society, we are often underestimated. Our value is frequently decreased by culture. Many of us conform to the depiction that society has created around and of us. There is negativity in the air; we are misrepresented and stereotyped. We are empowered and strong but we are also submissive, humble,…

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