Inspired as a little girl while watching the daytime soaps, Oprah and Ricki Lake, Chere’ Turner knew she wanted to be an actress and a talk show host. And yes, dreams do come true – Chere’ now produces and hosts a talk show called, “Say Something! w/Chere’! Read more about Chere’ and her accomplishments in her Chronicles Too! feature below!
“Love yourself enough to be able to say yes or no.” – Susan Gregg
I think I’ve finally arrived at the place where I am very comfortable doing (or not doing) whatever I feel!!
In the past, I’ve gotten myself into some real jams in the pursuit of “going along to get along.” Now, I am saying yes when I mean yes and no when I mean no, and I must say, it is quite liberating. It definitely keeps down the level of stress, pressure and drama when your response honors you.
One of my favorite books is Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. There were so many nuggets of knowledge in her story that carved a new path for me. Saying yes means saying yes to yourself, but sometimes it means saying no to others. Her story took me a long way in validating my own feelings and doing only the things that are asked of me that I have time for, that I feel capable of, and that I want to do. If you haven’t read her book, I highly recommend it, especially if you can’t seem to bring yourself to say yes to you.
A “no” response is a full and complete sentence (period!). To explain, or apologize for a “no” response means you aren’t secure with your stance, or that you owe an explanation for your response. When your answer is no, it’s just no – and “maybe” is never a substitution for no! Ha! Ahhh, the freedom!
And the absolute beauty is, there are no worries about what others will think or say about it. Being authentic rocks!!
Chata Spikes is serious about what she does because what she does is serious! Chata’s passion for the art of communication and media has allowed her to use her creative writing skills, sultry voice and one-of-a-kind personality to launch Spiked Commuications, LLC, a communications consulting firm specializing in the art of communication and media development. Read all about this dynamic lady and the amazing difference she is making in the community by clicking the link below!
Getting fit while giving back was the name of the game on Saturday, January 26 for a number of CLS members. LL Dance and Fitness, in partnership with Classy Living Society, held a Zumba fundraiser to end the human & sex trafficking demand. A portion of the proceeds were donated to Wellspring Living, whose mission is to transform the lives of those at risk or who are victimized by sexual exploitation. The ladies also collected women’s toiletries, including tampons, lotions, shampoo and other like items for donation.
Founded in 2002, Polaris is named for the North Star, which people held in slavery in the United States used as a guide to navigate their way toward freedom. Today, Polaris is filling in the roadmap for that journey and lighting the path ahead. Click on the link to read more about Polaris and what they are doing to make freedom happen now for thousands of victims of human trafficking.
As National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month draws to a close, Classy Living Society will continue to stand united to end the demand. We wear yellow to raise awareness and to do our part in ending this crime that affects all populations.
On Saturday, January 26, CLS members got together at Cinco Mexican Cantina in Smyrna, Georgia to dine and discuss Becoming, the best-selling autobiographical memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama. Attendees were asked to bring their spare loose change to donate to the Loose Change Initiative; donations assist the homeless and low income families in the Metro Atlanta area.
The Classy Woman Reads Club meets quarterly in various locales and is designed to inspire women to think outside the box, socialize with like-minded women and READ!
Classy Living Society’s brick is in place at Centennial Olympic Park! CLS has acquired a personalized commemorative brick at Centennial Olympic Park through the Adopt a Brick program. Not only will our brick honor the legacy of the 20-year-old park in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, the adoption will help pay for new park enhancements, including the expansion of a 21-acre greenspace! We have made an indelible mark upon our city with this opportunity to own a piece of history! Exciting!