Have your written your Personal Mission Statement?

Photo Credit: Leary Gates Several months ago,  we attended an “Ethics” training class, upon leaving the meeting, I had several gold nuggets that I applied to some areas of my life. Contrary to the nuggets I grabbed, one, in particular, stood out “If you wrote a mission statement for your life, what would it say?”. It was…

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Chances are…

Today, I in the middle of an eventful day at work, I thought about last night and the worries that invaded my peaceful slumber… Like a thief in the darkness, it swept away my peacefulness. Through my subconscious, I found that I was worried about something completely out of my control “Someone else’s actions”. Subliminal…

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Death to Noise written by Sonya McKinzie

You are the truest truth The most real reality Your heart is purer than the word itself Your presence is warm on the coldest day You bring solace to my inner pain You heal every broken space You erase the hurt from every inch of me You are death to noise You are death to my…

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Undesirable Solitude

Sometimes I feel like a target, when it comes to dating and relationships.  From a personal standpoint, I have experienced brokenness, cheating, disrespect, abuse, and growing a part and while it might not have always been my fault, I must take the credit from some of it.  In many of my relationships, when we disagreed…

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Live with Passion & Trials and Tribulations

Since the launching of “Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation, Inc”it has been such a challenge to say the very least. Several years ago, I realized my passion and my purpose, to help Domestic Violence survivors and their children with support services, programs, referral services, mentorship, and advocacy. In making this decision, I opted to invest…

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The Power in Encouragement

I am in a season; it is a very challenging one. I believe it is fair to say that when we are in a season of challenge, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It often feels like you might be stagnated and in that season, it is…

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Seeking Domestic Violence Survivors to share their story

Good evening , I am Sonya McKinzie, CEO & President, of WOVTF and I am seeking survivors of Domestic Violence to share their stories at my event on October 29, 2016. Earlier this year, I received a small response and now that I have firmed and secured a venue and date for our 1st annual…

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Lighting your candle

One of my deepest battles in life has been dealing with the feelings of inadequacy. Amid the layers of feeling inadequate are the feelings of vulnerability. It is simply impossible to allow yourself to be vulnerable without having some reservations. Hidden deep inside of you, and I is a space that is sacred, destined, and inevitably…

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God’s Plan- Our Purpose

Before preparing for church this morning, I felt compelled to share the words that are in my heart. When I set down with my uncle to discuss my desire to start my own non-profit organization, I recall his question “How are you going to benefit financially from a non-profit organization?” My response to him was “THIS” passion…

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Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation Inc – May 2016 Newsletter

WOMEN OF VIRTUE TRANSITIONAL FOUNDATION, INC   501(C)(3) Non-Profit, Charitable & Humanitarian Organization   MISSION: The Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation Inc, founded on February 2016, is a non-profit, charitable, and humanitarian organization located in Gwinnett county. The organization is in place to provide charitable services and resources to domestic violence victims and their children, homeless individuals, and…

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Getting the word out “Resources are available for abuse victims”

Last night while working on a project for my organization, a creative idea came to mind; an interesting method for making our presence known. See the attached picture. I think it is absolutely cute as a button. I wanted to make a packet that was both eye-catching and informative and I believe I struck gold…

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Go, go, and go then keep on going….

  In recent years, I learned to embrace the power of clarity, complete understanding. One evening, I recall laying in bed thinking about my passion, to be a CEO of my own organization.The vision of being the CEO and President of an organization geared towards human services pulled at my heart strings like a fish on…

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The Power of Your Testimony

Testimonies from Survivors of Domestic Violence Campaign – I want to hear your testimony – It matters to me and to the world!   UPDATE:   So far, I have received three submissions from some very “determined, empowered, and humbled” survivors of abuse for the “Domestic Violence tell us your story campaign”. If you have…

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Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation Inc- “Art Therapy: Poetic Words from the minds of Survivors and Victims

Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation will be holding its first outreach program for domestic violence survivors and victims.  We are launching a “Art Therapy: Poetic Stories from Survivors” contest for survivors and victims of Domestic Violence.  Starting April 18, 2016 through midnight May 18, 2016 we are accepting letters of interest and introduction with poetry…

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Recognize Authenticity

As a new business owner, I have learned really fast how small my support system really is. Several Sundays ago, my pastor discussed that if you have people in your life that do not support your purpose, your plan, and things that mean so much to you- they should not be in your life. When…

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Conformity Is A Hazard

Thinking back about 8 to 9 years ago, I was like a chameleon. Often adjusting myself to fit into my surroundings to avoid threats and change. By being a chameleon, it made life easier to avoid facing situations that made me uncomfortable. As history shows, I had my fair share of obstacles, challenges, and hardships…

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Your support is needed: Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation Inc Tee shirt campaign

  Good afternoon fellow WordPress followers and bloggers, Please support our newly launched nonprofit organization, Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation Inc, tee shirt campaign. Through your purchases and donations, we will be able to provide services to domestic violence survivors and homeless women in the Gwinnett, Barrow, and Walton county areas. Through our programs we…

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The messages in the fortune cookies….

For the past few weeks, I have been searching for a small office space for our new nonprofit but have been failing at securing a space immensely (smiling to myself).  Amid that fiasco, I have given myself the added task of securing a venue, caterers, and motivational speakers for our organization’s official launch later this…

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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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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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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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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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Even when I walk through the darkest valley ….

About three or four weeks ago, faced with the fear of making decisions and answering the questions“Are you ready to make the changes in your life that God has in store for you? Or are you going to continue to remain stagnant and conformed to your life as it stands?” I could not decide whether…

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Dream

Proverbs 13:20 “Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces”.

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Do you believe in miracles?

On February 14, 2016 (Valentine’s Day), my daughter and I went to the 9 a.m. church service, which is our norm. However this particular day she was reluctant to stay in her classroom, she clung to me a little longer than usual. Luckily one of the classroom helpers was able to sway her away from…

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God works in Amazing and Mysterious ways

God works in amazing and mysterious ways and I am blessed by his presence in my life. It has been several months since my schedule has allowed me to have consistency in my postings here on my blog and I have much to share. First and foremost, my book Perfectly Imperfect: Moving Above and Beyond the…

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Women of Virtue, Inc. (Perfectly Imperfect) founded by Sonya A. McKinzie in 2015 is projected to launch this amazing venture in steps. Starting late 2016 and early 2017, we expect that we will be a non-profit corporation, recognized as a 501(c)(3) organized by the IRS. Currently, we are working on the first step  which is building a virtual presence. The…

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Forward & Upward

Listening to my pastor this morning as always he opened my eyes to much as he always does, he discussed moving forward in life and not looking back. When one opts to move forward, they are also choosing to move forward. Of course, we all know to move forward signify a need to forget the…

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In today’s service at church, God placed it on my heart to “Celebrate someone else” and let them know they are appreciated. Often times, we get so wrapped in ourselves, our needs, our wants, and our world, that we fail to realize that the people around us might need a pat on the back, a…

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The deadline to preview my excerpt for “Perfectly Imperfect” was December 15th. Ebony Washington and LaTasha Williams are the winners! Please inbox me on facebook or send an email with your mailing address to perfectlyimperfectisshe@gmail.com.  Upon receipt of your information, a free signed book, bookmark, and T- shirt will be mailed to you. Be sure to…

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Delight yourself in the LORD

There are occassions when we get so frustrated and bent out of shape over the smallest trials in our lives. Amid the frustration, we tend to overlook the more important matters in our lives. Before experiencing our happiest times, we must go through the saddest times. Psalm 37:4 says 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and…

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Free autographed book!

Just a reminder: Perfectly Imperfect – New Book Give Away Interested in receiving a “FREE” autographed copy of my new book Perfectly Imperfect: Moving Above and Beyond the Pain? In order to be eligible for the book give away, you must complete a review of my book excerpt between 11/14/2015 and 12/15/2015. There are four questions…

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In the Midst of it all

  In the Midst of it all by Sonya McKinzie Sitting silently, Feeling sorry for myself, Picking myself to pieces, Peeling myself apart Thinking, Thinking, And thinking, What a failure, I am. What are my accomplishments? Am I a disappointment? Why am I so different? Does anyone ever notice me? In the midst of it…

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Perfectly Imperfect – New Book Give Away

Interested in receiving a “FREE” autographed copy of my new book Perfectly Imperfect: Moving Above and Beyond the Pain? In order to be eligible for the book give away, you must complete a review of my book excerpt between 11/14/2015 and 12/15/2015. There are four questions at the end of the excerpt and each must…

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Inspiring the Future

2015 has been a long, hard year for me. It seems that this entire year has flown by. It is hard to believe that we are already in October, and less than 2 weeks away from my 40th birthday. Seems I have not had much time to sit and enjoy my accomplishments (i.e. quiet time…

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Worth more

Originally posted on Walk In Your Purpose :
By Sonya McKinzie I am worth more The credit I am given Far from a hidden disposition or indiscretion I am worth more What you think I am And what I know I am Are unparalleled Two different point of views Two different reasons For being here Look…

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Excerpt from new book “Perfectly Imperfect” by Sonya McKinzie

Exclusively and Wholeheartedly                 “I love you and barely even know you,” he whispered. Then how could you love me? I wondered. As clear as the sky was blue, he proved those words untruthful with his actions, which contradicted his poetic “love stories.” During countless conversations, he promised not to lie, hurt, or betray me,…

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Loving versus Being In Love

For many years, the actions of “loving” versus “being in love” has had me stumped. Trying to understand what the differences were has kept me baffled. When I think of love, I have found that it is hard to understand, attain, maintain, and survive without. When you live the single life, you tend to find…

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Perfectly Imperfect a journey from brokenness to…

There are many, many nights spent sleepless, when I lay with thoughts lingering in my mind; it seems these thoughts are most active in the darkest of the night, when all is quiet and peaceful. I often lay and recollect my past then think about where I started from, its bittersweet because of all I…

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