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*BEAM*

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Then the sun showed up
Kissing me ever so deeply
Illuminating me from the inside out
Driving clouded melancholy from my heart
Bringing peace to my mind
Just like that, began a rhythm
Through me shone Love like the one you lost, only real
And I give it to you with every smile
You’re left inspired to kiss another, ever so deeply
Beginning with the sunshine in your eyes
From ‘Heart of a Queen – Poetry and Prose from the Soul’ 


Dramas: Loving Me & The Things I Hate About Me

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I hate that I’m the one to always reach out…

…that I seem to love harder than ppl seem 2 love me…
…that my heart is as big and as open as it is…and that I can’t help but show it…
…that I cry over the sunrise and Kleenex commercials…
…that I am either hot or cold…
…that there is no gray area…
…that I am so expressive…
…that I oftentimes want more for others than they want for themselves…
…that I find it easier to encourage/support others more than I encourage/support myself…
…that I…
…that I still struggle with loving the things I hate about myself.
But because I realize Who created me, I am learning to love me, and all of the things I hate about me…
…because all of these things, are what make me me.
I understand that my heart is open in a world so easily closed off to the warmth of a full heart…

…that people may not know how to love…
…that maybe I can show them how…
…that God gave me arms for reaching…especially for those who pull away…
…that it’s my responsibility to teach people how to love me…
…that sometimes, people want more for me than I want for myself…
…that people know they can count on me for encouragement and support…
…I am learning to love me…in spite of me.

To love me just as God created me to be.

Dining with Bevy: Life with Vision feat. Bevy Smith

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Note: Some prefer the book and others prefer the movie. At BE{AM} INSPIRED, I provide both to meet you where you are! Readers and viewers alike, enjoy!

I’m a believer in the idea that nothing happens by chance. As we walk according to a pre-destined purpose, opportunities are presented to us and from there, it’s our responsibility to either take hold of such possibilities or pass them by. 

I too have been guilty of “missing the boat”, failing to walk through open doors due to a variety of made up inadequacies, lack of funding and unfortunately, blatant lack of preparation.

But here I am. Proud to finally be at a point in my life when, not only am I confident in who God has created me to be, but I am prepared to walk according to the vision that He placed in me so long ago.

This past weekend I was invited to attend ‘Dining with Bevy: Life with Purpose’, an exclusive brunch hosted by Bevy Smith – socialista, fashionista and SO much more! Beyond her work as a host for top music/fashion industry red carpet events, Auntie Bevy, as she is affectionately called in her Twitter world, is a woman dedicated to inspiring others to believe in themselves and the power that lies within waiting to be activated to in turn, inspire the world!

 Upon entering the ‘mocktail’ reception at Bernardin’s Fine Dining in Charlotte, Bevy puts her eyes on you, making you feel as if you’re the most important person in the room! Immediately excusing herself from conversations at hand, she takes the time to greet every individual as they walk to the door while effortlessly engaging others in conversation in between the arrival of her hand-selected guests.


After being ushered into the beautiful main dining room at Bernardin’s, the brunch is called to order by Bevy’s own lovely hands, elegantly tapping an empty wine glass holding a small tea candle; nice touch Bernardin’s! *wink*

Having gathered everyone’s attention, she begins by assuring us that, “everyone here is qualified…” 

Throughout the process of growing towards my destiny, I’ve learned this truth over and over again as God convinced me about two years ago that wherever He sends me – be it amongst celebrities, pastors, politicians, those with multiple degrees, whatever the case – He has qualified me to be wherever He sends me.

WARNING: “People will often give you the side eye (as if you don’t belong here) but don’t let that deter you.” – Bevy Smith

Too many people go through life thinking that because they’re from Smalltown, USA or because they have no higher education or come from a less than well-to-do family, that the visions, dreams and aspirations within them aren’t worthy of pursuing. 

Again, Bevy encouraged everyone to believe that “You don’t have to “get” somewhere to do something…” Reminding us that there are plenty of people who were born and raised in big cities, or who have families that provide them with every opportunity to succeed, who lack ambition and motivation. Where you’re from has no warrant once you finally get sight of where you’re going.  


I tell my friends/followers in my social media world to ‘Always #ChoosePeace’! Peace of mind can’t be but, but is a choice that we make every day of our lives. Bevy made a decision to always seek ‘tranquility, serenity and clarity’ and has found that while seeking these things, she is able to sort through the noise,  mess and naysayers when it comes to business, love and life and general. 


If we would seek the intangible, we’d be that much more prepared to receive our tangible desires when they come along. Bevy reiterated many of the lessons I have learned in life and try to instill in my viewers/readers.

A few more of my favorite Bevy quotes from the day:

The Incomparable Bevy Smith and I

“Everything we do should be reciprocal.” The laws of sowing and reaping do apply, whether you’re consciously sowing or not. This is why it is imperative that we be mindful of where we sow our seeds!


“I actually achieved my goals in TV and as a writer. I was broke but fulfilled. I was still successful because I was doing what I set out to do.”


“There is equity in relationships! It’s time to start cashing in on the equity that is in the relationships you’ve been building!”


I am grateful for the lessons learned from Bevy sharing her life and journey with us. I am also grateful for the opportunity to meet so many fabulous people who are looking to stand on ambition and  take the opportunities afforded them! 


On ambition, Bevy reminded us, “when you’re given an opportunity, assess it, but don’t be afraid to take it!” Determine that fear and uncertainty will no longer hold you back from your purpose and vision!


CJ South aka @creativejenius
Sasha aka @naturalhighco of The Natural High Blog



Positivity: Muting the Case of the Mondays

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So, as I build my life as a writer and speaker, I work full-time as an “Assistant Production Coordinator” for a production company here in Hampton. In other words, I’m a receptionist. 🙂

Some wouldn’t think this job very glamorous, and they’d think right but I must say, I love my job and the people I work with. Besides having the freedom to write and work on my creative life freely, I am constantly supporting a company and individuals who work directly with the likes of Harpo Productions, Discovery Communications and Sony Records to name a few.

In other words, I’m cool by association, even as a measly receptionist.

Truth is, I have over 10 years of experience in administrative support and my heart for serving people helps me to keep things in perspective when I think about the careers that my peers have as full-time artists, educators, etc…

Over the years, God has shown me that my position, wherever I am, goes well beyond answering phones, keeping the calendars of executives and distributing mail. I have embraced my position recognizing the opportunity that I have daily to enhance the lives of those I work with. By simply being ME I am able to meet simple needs of stressed out producers, editors and researchers both in house and around the country.

Prime example: When I answer the phone at work declare, “Happy Monday! Thank you for calling…this is Nina. How may I help you?” *BEAM*

“Happy Monday!” normally catches people off guard. After giving pause, many callers express their appreciation for my enthusiasm!

Every day I seek to make someone’s day brighter in whatever way I can, even if that means helping them to get over their “case of the Mondays”! Those who question my energy on Mondays will see that if they call on Tuesday, Wednesday or any other day, I generally share this same energy every morning even though I’m not a “morning person”.

My thinking: Why be miserable JUST because it’s Monday?

Monday is just ONE of seven days that we get and is a day wasted if we allow it to be. So, we’ve been told that THIS is how we are to treat Mondays…or how we should let it treat us. Mondays are a part of time which is continuous & out of our control. What we DO with this time is up to us!

How we FEEL about time, in this case, Mondays, is up to US! So, with that being said, HAPPY MONDAY!

Make the most out of every day that you’re blessed to live and every task given to your hands!

BE{AM} BE inspired as iAM inspired! #iShineYouShine