Video Chat: Who Do You Serve? People or God?

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It is common to get wrapped up in relationships with people. Friends, family, and lovers are all in competition for our time. However, there is one relationship that holds more weight than any other and until you get that relationship on track, all others will surely fail.

Watch as Renée discusses the importance of developing your relationship with God before relationships with people.

-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative

Fashion Fix: Funny Lady Melissa McCarthy Launches Fashion Line

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“I want pockets in my dresses. I put pockets in everything! I want pockets inside my pockets.” –Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy warmed our hearts as the loving, quirky Sookie on the hit tv show Gilmore Girls. Since then her comedic career has taken off in films such as Bridesmaids and Spy; her role in This is 40 is a personal fave (you have to watch the outtakes). But now she’s dipping her funny chops in a new arena, fashion! Melissa launches her fashion label Melissa McCarthy Seven7.

“I just wanted to do a basic closet that I couldn’t find,” Melissa says in regards to her clothing line that comprises of everything a woman needs. Sizes range from 4-28 and are all priced under $150. The line debuts September 1 but will be introduced on HSN August 13.

Melissa reveals that fashion was her first choice of occupation:

“It’s always what I thought I would do,” explains Melissa. “I went into clothing and textiles in college and moved here with [shoe designer] Brian Atwood. I was going to finish at FIT and he made me do stand-up on the second night.” –Vogue

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Well, we Melissa McCarthy fans are grateful for Brian Atwood noticing her funny bone. The celebrity that decision has afforded will play a large role in the success of her fashion endeavors.

Melissa’s clothing line, much like her personality is all about feeling good. Comfort is key in feeling confident when stepping out of the door each day. With comfy, affordable pieces she can’t go wrong. Be on the lookout for Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Sept. 1.

-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative

HELLO GRIND

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Hello Grind,

Here we are again, faced with another challenge. Only this time I’m back to conquer the intimidation and fear of starting all over again. I know we’ve been through this before but what may seem like just another challenge to overcome doesn’t negate the overwhelming bouts of various emotions I’m experiencing. Truth is I’m scared, no terrified. But then I’m forced to reminisce on past embarrassing and uncomfortable lows which quickly reminds me of my resilience and strength. I’ve been designed and equipped for this God-given opportunity. Even though this major change is extremely beneficial for me, it’s still difficult.  Anxiety kicks in and I begin to worry and question my decision. How can I make this an easy and stress-free transition? I realize there is no right or wrong way in the pursuit of happiness.

I’m guilty of talking myself out of a situation. I think of all the negatives; never mind the positives which usually offset the negative. Somehow, I still manage to focus on what could go wrong and even have a back-up to the back-up plan rather than acknowledge the good in the situation. I know that takes talent (LOL).  I’m learning to give myself more credit while trying to eliminate the need for paralyzing information.

I’ve come to the conclusion that life is a series of mistakes, guesses, and revisions. In a new pursuit of happiness there are doors of endless opportunities. Pursue your goals and tackle change with a burning passion. It will open up unimaginable options.

Hello Grind, I accept your challenge.

Sincerely,

The Fearless One

-Madelyn Monroe

IG: Fearless_Femme

This was more so for me, but if I can motivate or inspire others in the process, I’m all for it.  Enjoy the process and move forward!

Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige to Join NBC’s The Wiz Adaptation

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NBC has signed on to air a live musical production of the 1978 classic film, The Wiz. Two big names have just been added to the pot guaranteeing this to be a pretty epic event. Academy Award-nominated Queen Latifah and singer/actress Mary J. Blige have both been confirmed to join this all-star cast. Latifah will play the Wiz and Blige will star as the Wicked Witch of the West.

It was previously announced that Stephanie Mills, who played Dorothy in the 1975 Broadway production, will play Auntie Em. The original film starred Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Lena Horne as the good witch Glinda, and Richard Pryor as the Wiz.

The Wiz Live! is executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers of NBC’s 2013 and 2014 musical telecasts The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! The production will feature acrobats from Cirque du Soleil.

Be sure to tune into NBC December 3 to see this classic adaptation brought to life.

-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative

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Mid-Week Inspiration: Where Does Your Value Lie

happy-womanPutting on a smile each morning is not always easy. There is much to grumble about. An unsatisfying job, a sick loved one, an aching back or bills that you cannot afford will make anyone want to scream rather than even attempt to have a good day. Finding a reason to rejoice in spite of turmoil will only happen when you pay attention to what you value.

Value is defined as relative worth, merit, or importance (dictionary.reference.com). We can all agree that money, food, housing, family and love are important factors in every person’s life. But let’s not forget about the small nuggets of happiness such as a funny episode of our favorite sitcom, stumbling upon a beautiful flower, the outburst of laughter of a young child. When we take joy in what we consider the small things of life, it is a little easier to smile.

We can very well become mad at God for not unfolding things our way. Or we can realize that His way is a million times better. His way involves prospering us, not harming us, to give us hope and a future (Philippians 29:11). We may not see it all in the grand scheme of things but if we do what is required of us and don’t trip, we give the Father liberty to act on our behalf.

God just wants us to acknowledge Him as God. He is a provider, counselor, healer, friend; everything that we need. He cannot fulfill these titles in us if we fill His space with fear, doubt, or disbelief. The majority of the great men and women of the bible were tested in their faith. Abraham (Abram at the time) was told to leave his home and go to the land God would send him without any clue of what that land would be. Ruth rejected the option of going back to her homeland to accompany her mother-in-law in a strange place with no resources. Job was stripped of everything he loved including his health. Our faith leads us to our purpose which leads to our destiny.

What do you value? Is it the amount of commas in your bank account? The office gossip? Or do you place worth on hugging someone who may not have received one all week; or giving a compliment to a co-worker who is possibly lacking confidence? Find a way to make someone else smile and it will have the same effect on you.

-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative