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 with life and the many issues that comes with it. Often we can be caught up in the undercurrents of undiscovered seas, better known as seas of no return.  Many tread to these seas, and do not return sue to emotional, personal, psychological, and spiritual deterioration. In these moments, empowerment gets misplaced.

It is essentially up to us, to decide if we want to break the chains, as known as challenges, obstacles, disappointment, pain, discontentment, grief, brokenness, faded spirituality and faith and regain our “Purposed Position” in life. The reality of it is that we have the choice live or pass away. Of course, this is not a literal reference, however many of us tend to give in to the enemy. We give control to things that are pushing us backwards versus lifting us up and guiding us forward.  To you I ask – To be or not to be empowered – What is the question? There should be no other alternative to empowerment, God determined our purpose and destiny before we were born. We decide what to do with the empowerment, purpose, and passion gives us.

Stand-up and take your position in life. Do not allow life and circumstances to direct you, instead allow God to guide you towards your entitlement over your spirituality, mental capacity, emotional reality, and physical vocation.    

You are far more than you see in the mirror.

You are far more than what people label you to be.

You are far more than who you are today.

You are far more than your name.

You are entitled to be more than you are today, tomorrow, and forever.

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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 Sonya McKinzie’s personal experience with domestic violence. The vision later flourished into what is now classified as her passion and purpose to assist domestic abuse and homeless women with regaining empowerment and stability over their lives.  

The name of the organization was motivated by the scripture Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”. The purpose of the Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation is to assist individuals who are experiencing or in recovery from domestic abuse and/or homelessness with support and advocacy, obtaining temporary shelter, clothing, food, job skills training and with the “healing and rebuilding” process. We also provide referrals to available resources for individuals regardless to where they are in their life.

 MISSION:

The Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation (WOVTF) is to prevent domestic violence through awareness programs, literature, resources, and referrals to safe places for the victims and their families, personal and legal advocacy. Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation, Inc strives to improve the homeless, abused women and their families with quality of life, empowerment and to cultivate independence in a healthy manner. We are in place to help break the cycle of domestic violence, chains of brokenness, and break strongholds associated with homelessness and domestic violence by fighting these epidemics.

 We strive to provide stability and a sense of hope to the broken. Through our organization, we offer the Purple Care Package, Food Pantry, Clothing and Shoe Closet, Advocacy Support, Free notary services, job training and resume writing, and feed the homeless and hungry programs. These programs are in place to help empower, motivate, and a invigorate the underprivileged and homeless, abused individuals in our communities.

 VISION STATEMENT:

Committed to serving, empowering and assisting abused and/or homeless women and their children while fostering a stable and nurturing environment that will promote healing and growth.

Please support this awesome cause by visiting: http://www.perfectly-imperfect-womenofvirtue.com/

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 others when they are discouraged?

The answer that comes to mind is – they are living in their “purpose”. When you live in your purpose, God guides your footsteps, and negativity has no power over it. As an aspiring advocate and motivational speaker, fear is present. The fear of speaking to large masses- runs through my veins. But “fear” does not and will not consume me. God has purposed me to be a communicator, inspirator, motivator, and innovator. Several years ago, I chose to I exchange my fear for faith. The faith in knowing that my purpose is being fulfilled no matter how fearful I might be. God purposed me to make a difference in the lives of others. Fear, naysayers, negativity, nor irreligious forces will derail my destiny to bring change in this universe. I am not afraid to surrender my control and let God take the wheel. How about you? Exchange your fear for faith and watch the transformation in your life.

 

 

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 surface

It is simply – utterly- complex

Yet I want and need more

Mediocre

Is not good enough

Copyright © 2016 by Sonya McKinzie.  All rights reserved. This poem or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review

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 in order for someone else to be fulfilled were nothing less than foolish. It is essential that you find happiness within yourself in order to share and embrace happiness in others’ space. Self-love and self-awareness all ties into self-value. You must value who you are in order to celebrate your happy space.

Never sacrifice the things in life that makes you happy just so someone else can be happy. As individuals, we must make ourselves happiness and leave all else to God. We are responsible for our own happiness which contributes to the overall outcome of our lives. Be happy for you. Be self-confident and free.

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 flamboyantly beautiful and all in your face, the key word is Confidence. She exudes Confidence.

A confident woman understands her purpose and the gift that God placed in her life. She knows her time, space, and the walk she takes in God’s grace. As a confident woman, celebrate who you, what you are – a child of God and all you will be in favor of God.

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment, You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LordAnd their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.”

Fearfully wonderfully made…

 God- Faith-Confident.