The Art of Balancing It All
Ep 17: Celebrating Black Fatherhood

Ep 17: Celebrating Black Fatherhood

June 19, 2020
It's Juneteenth, and as we celebrate our black heritage, we also begin the celebration of fatherhood with the start of Father's Day weekend. In this episode, we invited some dope black men to join us and talk about what fatherhood means to them and the importance of being a present father. Our special guests, Rodney Paylor and Reverand Mark Gibson share their personal fatherhood triumphs.
 
Rodney's fatherhood journey has taken him from teen dad to single father of two boys, all while navigating building a successful office supply service. His fatherhood journey would later include him having a third son where he co-parented for many years and now is full-time Dad to his teenage son.
 
He has always been passionate about health and wellness and now works in that passion as a well-known personal trainer that specializes in sports training and training those recovering from injury.
 
Affectionally called, Pastor Mark, Rev. Gibson has distinguished himself as a passionate and anointed preacher and teacher, with a sincere desire to teach God’s word to the lost, hungry, and distraught.
 
Born and educated in Washington, DC, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC; a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania; a Masters of Divinity from the Shaw University School of Divinity and is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership at Campbell University.
 
He is passionate about serving the community and is involved in several community organizations in the greater Raleigh area. He is married to the lovely Lady Margo Rice Gibson and the proud father of four sons and one daughter.
 
You won't want to miss this episode full of wisdom and gems from the man's point of view!
 
Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!
 
Reach out!
 
Rodney Paylor
 
Instagram: @rodneypaylor
 
Rev. Mark Gibson
 
Redeeming Love Missionary Baptist Church - www.redeeminglove.com
 
Facebook: @pastormark.gibson | Instagram: @eldermarkgibson
 
Ep. 16: Building Success Through A Giving Mindset

Ep. 16: Building Success Through A Giving Mindset

June 13, 2020
In this episode, we explore the unique power of giving and how it can open doors you never imagined. We also explore how the law of giving can be leveraged to move the conversation forward around systemic racism. To lead us in this conversation we brought on another one of our dope friends who truly embodies being a servant leader, Ryan Ray.
 
Prior to his role as CEO of Jobs for Life, Ryan led Triangle Entrepreneurial Leadership (TEL). He founded TEL in 2015 to create a safe haven for entrepreneurs to dream, to grow, and to lead their lives and businesses. Through TEL, Ryan has created a network of over 5,000 “learners” providing weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual events serving hundreds of attendees. In addition to events, Ryan has mentored more than 30 small business owners in various stages of business. Ryan has also served as Business Relations Manager for Arks, Inc. (a church financing and construction firm), and as the Education Director of the Dunn Police Athletic League.
 
Now as President and CEO of Jobs for Life (JfL), Ryan continues his mission of changing lives and transforming communities. He believes that in order to build any successful institution, we must first build its people!
There are so many powerful and inspirational nuggets in the episode so grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes!
We wish you the very best during these tough and revolutionary times. We hope this episode will provide some inspiration as you tackle today's events. Have topics that you'd love us to cover during this pandemic that will help you navigate it all? Let us know. Please email us at hello@theartofbalancingitall.com.
 
Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!
 
Ryan's Toolkit:
 
 
Reach out!
 
Ryan Ray
 
Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @ryanrayofficial
 
Ep 15: Intimate Partner Violence: Silent Tears During Isolation

Ep 15: Intimate Partner Violence: Silent Tears During Isolation

May 28, 2020
Without a doubt, this pandemic has been a tough one for all of us to navigate. But, for those suffering from intimate partner violence (IPV) worldwide. stay at home orders can mean their lives are now at greater danger. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes. About 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men experience some form of sexual abuse during their lifetimes.
 
We thought it necessary to have Dr. Shanita Brown, a licensed professional counselor, join us to talk about this important issue. Dr. Shanita Brown is also a speaker, educator, and trainer who fosters a transformative and empowering dialogue about intimate partner violence. She established a platform to break the silence and empower change regarding intimate partner violence and mental health through education, empowerment, and inspiration.
 
Dr. Brown has over 15 years of experience in the clinical mental health field, providing individual counseling in private practice, academic, and community mental health settings. Her extensive service includes work with N.C. Domestic Violence Commission Taskforce, SafeSpace Agency, and she most recently served on the Board of Directors for N.C. Coalition Against Sexual AssaultIn this episode, we discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on those who suffer from IPV, how they can get help during this time, and how loved ones can support them. Tune in to this critical episode.
 
We wish you the very best during this tough time and hope this episode will help you navigate a new normal. Have topics that you'd love us to cover during this pandemic that will help you navigate it all? Let us know. Please email us at hello@theartofbalancingitall.com.
 
Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!

Dr. Brown's Toolkit:
 
 
Reach out!
 
Dr. Shanita Brown
 
Instagram: @drshanitabrown | Twitter @DrSBrown | Facebook: @Dr.ShanitaBrown
Ep 14: Mother’s Day Episode: When Motherhood Feels Elusive: Overcoming Infertility

Ep 14: Mother’s Day Episode: When Motherhood Feels Elusive: Overcoming Infertility

May 10, 2020
For our Mother's Day episode, we wanted to take a different approach and acknowledge that motherhood doesn't come easy for everyone. About ten in 100 (6.1 million) women in the United States ages 15–44 have difficulty becoming pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-- which means Mother's Day can be a emotional and difficult day for so many. That's why we asked our special guest, Shonita Roy, mother, wife, and Women's Ministry Leader at Friendship Church Outreach Ministries to join us and share her 10-year journey to motherhood and her triumph over infertility.
 
Persistent, giving, and unstoppable are just a few words that describe Shonita Roy. A native of the nation's capital who now resides in Fort Washington, Maryland, with her husband Dameion (and their twin daughters - Samara, Damiya) she exemplifies vigor, style, and strength coupled with a godly lifestyle and uncompromising principles. Shonita has been able to introduce hard and taboo topics of conversation to the Women of the church, such as divorce, domestic abuse, suicide, mental illness, you name it, they cried, strengthened and healed from it.
 
A woman with wit and passion and kinship as a change agent is well on her way to making an even greater impact on the lives that she encounters, and we believe she will make an impact today with this special episode.
 
In this episode, we talk about the heartache women face when they find out they have infertility issues, and Shonita shares her coping strategies and how she found faith to continue her journey that ended with two beautiful twin girls.
 
Her story will inspire and bless us all. So, grab your coffee and join us for this candid Mother's Day conversation.
 
Reach out!
 
Shonita Roy
 
Instagram: @shonitar | Twitter: @shonitaroy | Facebook: @shonitaroy
 
 
Ep 13: Single & Dating During Quarantine

Ep 13: Single & Dating During Quarantine

May 10, 2020
During our Facebook LIVE episode, we discussed being Single & Dating During Quarantine with special guests that included relationship expert Elizabeth Overstreet, Rob McKiver of Pipin Hot Podcast, and Shamair Faison. We take a deep dive into how COVID-19 has changed the landscape of dating and provide tips on how to embrace this time while getting creative with dating during this pandemic.
 
The conversation with our panel was both spicy and vulnerable, so you will not want to miss this one!
 
Single & Dating Toolkit for mental health and well-being:
 
Reach out!
 
Elizabeth Overstreet
 
Email: margaret@illuminedtolead.com | Twitter: @NewRulesDating | Instagram: @the_relationship_investigator |
Facebook: @TheRelationshipInvestigatorsFastGuidetoDating
 
 
Rob "Random Roe" McKiver
 
Email: thegentslife@gmail.com | Twitter: @rob_mckiver | Facebook: @thegentslifeapparel
Instagram: @random_roe
 
Shamair Faison
Instagram: @shamairfaison
 
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Pam and I wish you the very best during this tough time and hope these episodes will help you as you navigate a new normal. Have topics that you'd love us to cover during this pandemic that will help you navigate it all? Let us know. Email us at hello@theartofbalancingitall.com.
 
Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!
Ep 12: Part 2: Maintaining Your Mental Health and  Well-Being During a Pandemic

Ep 12: Part 2: Maintaining Your Mental Health and Well-Being During a Pandemic

April 16, 2020
We continue to seek out dope guests who we feel intentionally can impart their wisdom with our audience during this challenging and uneasy time that we are experiencing as a Nation and as a Community.
 
That's why we are excited that Margaret Brunson joined us for this episode, where we continue our conversation about coping strategies you can start incorporating today to navigate this pandemic. We also take a deeper dive into the question: Who do you want to be after COVID-19?
Margaret has spent the last 15 years loving and leading in education and public health with a focus on working with mental health providers and non-profit organizations. She is the founder and CEO of Illumined Leadership Solutions and an inspirational speaker and author. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, an M.A. in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, and her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the North Carolina A&T.
 
In this episode, we discuss:
 
  • How to embrace who you are during this pandemic
  • The importance of movement, connection, and just being is to wellness
  • And, so much more
 
Grab your pens. It's time to take notes!
 
 
Margaret's toolkit for mental health and well-being:
 
  • Homebodies + Heroes - a guide for finding black therapist and podcast
  • Essentialism - recommended book
  • "The wound is where the light enters you" - motivational quote by Rumi
Reach out!
 
Margaret Brunson
 
Email: margaret@illuminedtolead.com | Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @mbisfree
 
Ep 11: Part 1: Maintaining Your Mental Health and Well-Being During a Pandemic

Ep 11: Part 1: Maintaining Your Mental Health and Well-Being During a Pandemic

March 31, 2020

Like you, we've been adjusting to the new normal that has come with COVID-19. Within days our lives changed from the hustle and bustle of rushing from meeting to meeting, work to an event to home - as Pam always says - we were doing the most. And then it all stopped suddenly. For many of us, stopped meant closing our business, being furloughed, kids are no longer going to school, or working from home. Our nation and the world are in uncharted territory, and at times, it feels surreal. 

That's why we were delighted that we'd already scheduled, Camille Braxton, Licensed Professional Counselor, to join us. Camille is both dynamic and resourceful and has dedicated her work to helping professional women achieve work-life balance while removing the enemies of stress, anxiety, depression, and grief. What better time to have her join us than now. She is the founder of LC Braxton Counseling & Consulting, which started in 2013. Her mission is to help individuals experience complete happiness, mental wholeness, peace, and prosperity in every area of their lives.

Many of her clients are women who have achieved corporate success and happiness by the world's standards, but internally, they've suffered from depression or anxiety due to unhealthy pressure and a lack of balance. Through her nurturing approach and intuitive insight, she helps her clients identify the underlying issues affecting them and create personal success plans that lead to peace and prosperity.

In this episode, we discuss breaking the myths surrounding therapy, and Camille gives tips and tools on how to maintain your mental health during these difficult times. So, click play and listen to this while you work, cook, or take a much-needed walk or break in your day. 

Pam and I wish you the very best during this tough time and hope this episode will help you as you navigate a new normal. Have topics that you'd love us to cover during this pandemic that will help you navigate it all? Let us know. Email us at hello@theartofbalancingitall.com. 

Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!

Camille's toolkit for mental health and well-being:

 
Reach out!
 
Camille Braxton
 
Email: lcbraxtoncounseling@gmail.com | Instagram: @lcbraxtoncounseling | Twitter @lcbcounseling | Facebook: @LCBraxtonCounseling | Website: https://lcbraxtoncounseling.com
Ep. 10: COVID-19: How to Navigate Financial Investments So You Can Win

Ep. 10: COVID-19: How to Navigate Financial Investments So You Can Win

March 19, 2020
In today's episode, we discuss how to navigate the current economic downturn being impacted by COVID-19 with Dr. Malcolm Adams. Economist, entrepreneur, and educator Malcolm knows the importance of accruing and sustaining wealth within the community. He is the author of Purposeful Economics Vol. 1 and owner of multiple businesses whose services range from IT services to real estate investing and mortgage banking to holdings and investments.
 
Malcolm has launched a nationwide effort to eradicate homelessness, resolve vacancies issues, help veterans transition and create jobs while scaling small businesses. In this effort, he has taught members of underserved communities in multiple cities to accrue, then manage wealth, build businesses, and attain assets via inexpensive means such as real estate and stocks.
 
In this episode, Malcolm advises on how to:
 
  • How to approach investing during an economic downturn
  • And, recommendations on how to approach business ownership in the next 30 - 90 days
 
As our guest always do, Malcolm gives it to us straight with no chaser. So, if you are wondering how to approach your investing, listen carefully to this episode.
 
Reach out!
Dr. Malcolm Adams
 
Email: mr.malcolm.adams@gmail.com | Instagram @realmalcolmadams | Twitter: mrmalcolmadams | Facebook: purposefuleconomist |
 
Ep. 9: Free to Be Me: Unlocking the Secrets to Being Free and Your Authentic Self

Ep. 9: Free to Be Me: Unlocking the Secrets to Being Free and Your Authentic Self

March 5, 2020
Today's guest Felica Raines Thompson unlocks secrets on how to be your free, authentic self. Known as Felica T, she is the epitome of a woman balancing it all! Felica wears many hats as a wife, mother, speaker, visionary, First Lady of Simon Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, and weekly radio talk show host on the Free to Be Me with Free to be Felica T on WIDU in Fayetteville, NC. She is also the Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Felica Thompson Ministries, Inc. and was recently voted 2019 ACHI Magazine Non-Profit Executive of the Year Award for her non-profit work. She is author of her newly released book Free to Be Me.
 
In this episode, Felica T gives advice on how to:
 
  • No longer be bound by other's expectations
  • How to move past being stuck
  • And, live each day as if it is your last
 
Listen. Felica T gives it to us straight and in a way that we can all relate to. So grab your pen, paper, smartphone or tablet and get ready to take notes while Felica T drops major gems.
 
Reach out!
 
Felica Raines Thompson
 
Email: me@felicathompson.com | Instagram & Twitter: @RevFelicaT | Facebook: freetobefelicat | Website: https://www.felicathompson.com
 
Purchase your copy of Free to Be Me on Amazon -- click here
Ep. 8: Bonus Spotlight: Events By Ashe + Spaceway Brewing Co.

Ep. 8: Bonus Spotlight: Events By Ashe + Spaceway Brewing Co.

February 27, 2020
Today we have two powerhouse entrepreneurs on the show Esha Davis, Co-Founder of Events By Ashe, and Briana Brake, Owner of Spaceway Brewery. We talked to these two dynamic women about their unique businesses, what has driven their success, and their visions for the future.
 
These trailblazers drop gems on what has made them successful, including surrounding themselves with the right circle and having the faith to follow their passion instead of a cushy career.
 
From being a pioneer in the beer brewery industry (Briana above) to an innovator in Caribbean Carnival travel (Esha right), these two will inspire you to push forward and conquer.
 
Reach out!
 
Briana Brake
 
Email: briana@spacewaybrewing.com | Instagram: @spaceway_brewing | Facebook: @spacewaybrewing
 
Purchase Spaceway Brewing Co. beers at https://www.spacewaybrewing.com/
 
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Esha Davis
 
Email: esha@eventsbyashe.com | Instagram: @eventsbyashe | Twitter: @eshaherbert | Facebook: @TrinidadCarnivalPackages
 
Book your carnival trip at https://trinidadcarnivalpackages.com/