"...And The Day Came When The Risk To REMAIN TIGHT IN A BUD WAS MORE PAINFUL Than The RISK IT TOOK TO BLOSSOM."
Another day of Self love .... And another day to be grateful for visions and dreams we work hard to make sure manifest.. I remember my first Operation Blossom was just ME and my flat iron in a small room trying to explain the importance of loving yourself first and foremost to a few elementary kids. They didnt care so much about what I was saying as much as how cute they would be when they got to school the next morning. But I kept talking and fed into their scalps ,what i thought were, empowering words that I pray now they can look back on and recall my voice. Several years later I have seen that flat iron turn into a makeup brush, clothes hangars, nail polish, photo shoots ,catered food and motivational speaking..... I had a village join me today....A group of women who knows that to uplift my sister is indeed in turn an upliftment of their own spirit. WE got ELEVATED today Sistars.
Shandenia Gay /Kaylyn thank you for the time and effort you put into helping me provide for this day...you asked for nothing and for that may the Creator give you everything. Nnenna Ochuru and Jonay T. Hulin you two became fam the day we met... Like sisters from a past lifetime. Thanks for the back to school clothes for my girls for yet another year.Forever abundant you two will be. Jetara Jtlovebeauty Robertson sister girl, you are that calming wind that breezes through.. I have to have your smile and bubbly swag near me on days like this. Thanks for another year to enhance the beauty of my girls with your talent as makeup artist. Candace Strother , you've been someone Ive been watching from afar for so long, Ive always wanted to tell you that your presence alone demands a podium. My girls will forever know thanks to you that everything starts with a thought from pen to paper and are rooted by the words from our mouths and becomes success by the actions we take. That Self love talk was necessary. Thanks to Trini Nails for polishing the ladies nails. I see how our paths crossed yet again..The nail service put the icing on the cake. Thanks again to my nominators and donors: Cheletia Johnson, Dia Tisdel-Pickens (my Sorority/Line sister), Freda Wells,D Daniela Mickens, Swatara Olushola ( the food was delish), Alison Scott Cuillier from Lasting Impressions Dental Group (they were so happy to have new toothbrushes it was so funny)
Thank you Ariel Nichole for the photos. Each one is a short story. You remind me that photographers capture souls not just smiles.
THANK YOU, ASANTE SANA, MODUPE, GRACIAS ....however many ways you can think of saying thanks....Im thankful. Today was proof that a thought, a word,and a vision can soon become success.The divine in me recognizes the divine in you all. Sky is the limit and may the mother of wind be my carrier. Much love..... #operationblossom2016
Operation Blossom is a day to pamper underpriviledged well deserving girls with a day at the salon. This was the first year I had a TEAM to make this day extra special for the ten girls chosen who cant afford the luxury..Thanks to Exchange To Change Remix Shop for donating the girls first day of school clothes. Nnenna Ochuru and Jonay T. Hulin you two are a force to be reckoned with.. Thanks to Channel Tabor for leading the Self Love Salon talk session. You added the very element we needed this year: Nurture! Thanks to Jetara Jtlovebeauty Robertson and LAMIK Beauty for enhancing the beauty of the ladies. JT you always get the job done with so much grace. I admire you. Thanks to my nominating team Rotasha Moore , Ms Sekar, and Ms Jean for taking the time to nominate the perfect ten girls.Your time is greatly appreciated. Thanks to my client Felicia Mack for your monetary donation for the food. The girls ate every crumb.lol. Thanks to Alison Scott Cuillier for the dental hygiene products for the goodie bags. Their smiles will be brighter for the first day of school.Thanks to my YEYE Sangolana Fasemoyin for teaching me that giving IS receiving and reminding me that we must take care of our own communities before looking outside of them. Last but definetly not least -Thanks to My dear dear sweet humble and radiant sister Maati Ra of Blue Treasure Photography. Youve been down since Operation Blossom number one. Your karma cup overfloweth!!! lol.You are like a summer breeze- your presence was and always is so soothing. Thanks for capturing the moments. Let's see what the fifth annual Operation Blossom has in store.Sky's the limit and the wind is our carrier. http://www.flower-childs.com/operation-blossom
We seek nine deserving young ladies in grade school to attend and EXPERIENCE Operation Blossom. Operation Blossom is a day of pampering and empowerment that will enhance self-awareness and self- love among our youth.The day includes a mini makeover for hair,clothing,makeup, and attittude.Complimentary lunch will be provided and an empowerment insight seminar. This one day can influence a life.
All services provided by licensed professionals
The girls must meet the following criteria:
Currently in grades: 5th-10th
Attends school regularly and in good academic standing.
Considered underprivileged or at risk but deemed most deserving
Has the need for a mentor and/or needs motivation to accomplish long term and short term goals.Demonstrates a willingness to learn and mature with a positive attitude.
For more information or to make a DONATION of services,products,or monetary value, please fill out the Cultivate Contact Form.
I'd like to thank Blue Treasure Photography for the awesome captures and sponsorship. You are my gem! I'd like to thank our speaker and Mary Kay consultant Tashara Hanks for all you did.Hope to see you next year. Id also like to give thanks to my Sponsors Santita Hartsfield and Lisa Ford for sharing my vision, understanding my purpose and helping to fund a wonderful evening for these young ladies. Id also like to thank Stephanie Gray, Bk Williams, Tamara Stewart Harper for nominating ladies that qualified perfectly for this event. And a SPECIAL THANKS to the very woman who taught me that giving is receiving (think about it).THANKS Sangolana Fasemoyin! Operation BLossom is for well deserving, less privileged young ladies who have never or rarely experience the luxury of spa services. This day was truly special.
Thanks to all the supporters who were down for the cause. Tiffany M, Ally, Kyra, Tiffany S.I didnt get all the girls I wanted,but it wont stop cant stop here unti l reach my goal of nine girls a year...I hope to have the same support the next go round. #ourgirlsmatter
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