The moment you let go, you live! Give yourself the opportunity to fall in love with your life… Refuse to settle simply surviving each day, and get to a point where you learn to LOVE each day, GROW each day, and APPRECIATE each day. Don’t allow distractions, errors of your past, nor the fear of failing keep you from your fulfilling your purpose. Today is a new day…breath queen, breath. 😘✨ #polishedpistil #womenempowerment

The moment you let go, you live! Give yourself the opportunity to fall in love with your life… Refuse to settle simply surviving each day, and get to a point where you learn to LOVE each day, GROW each day, and APPRECIATE each day. Don’t allow distractions, errors of your past, nor the fear of failing keep you from your fulfilling your purpose. Today is a new day…breath queen, breath. 😘✨ #polishedpistil #womenempowerment

The Long Distance Runner

Polished Pistil Logo Sketch

Very first Polished Pistil logo sketch

As I’m up way past my bed time, watching one of my guilty netflix pleasures “Switched at Birth,” one of the characters refers to one of the couples as “Long Distance Runners”.

 As we approach our one you anniversary at polished pistil… I began to think of my favorite couples, favorite businesses, favorite movies, and stories. They all involve people that shared a unique connection with a person, goal, or dream that they relentlessly fought to keep, to accomplish, to grab hold of it and never let go. (In a totally non creepy, controlling type of way)

“Love at first sight” stories are wonderful in a Disney movie sort of way, but the truth is there isn’t much gained out of WINNING without a challenge or a lesson.

The ladies that came to support Polished Pistil's Launch Day! <3

The ladies that came to support Polished Pistil’s Launch Day! <3

There were so many lessons, challenges, and accomplishments Polished Pistil had to overcome this year. The biggest accomplishment outside of making it an year(woo hoo).. Gaining you all as followers. It’s cheesy and so cliche…. But it’s TRUE. The mission, goal and vision of Polished Pistil is all about YOU! While I’m wandering on this narrow path, reading, studying, and praying on ways to become a better me, I’m also reading, studying and praying that my writing and silly videos are in someway helping all of you become a better you.

It is my hope that Polished Pistil has brought you closer to God and more in touch with yourself. That on days you were discouraged, because of PolishedPistil you did “it” anyway. That because of one of our posts, you reestablished a friendship, chose love and positivity or even just decided not to curse someone out that day (for you, I say >baby steps< ;) ).

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[Credit: A. Janell Photography]

I’ve wanted to write for women since I was 16 years old. And now, almost  10 years later it’s amazing that people actually are reading, enjoying, learning and laughing from articles written by little ‘ol me.

I want to keep it short and I don’y want to get all mushy (too late) but, in all seriousness and with the most sincerity….THANK YOU.

Thank YOU so much for following us, for supporting us, for reading my stuff… For arguing my points and disagreeing! For trusting me with your intimate stories and time.

I didn’t want to do any crazy “popularity” techniques… I didn’t want to follow 10000 people so that I could get a follow back… I wanted each and very follower and Pistil to join this journey over genuine interest. …. So with that said… You ladies, and male supporters, are just flipping amazing.

We are in it together… Things will only grow from here.

Trust God. Fight for your dream. Love ONE ANOTHER. Love YOURSELF.

And Stay Polished Pistil.

[June 22, 2013 and June 2014….below are  many (certainly not all) of the people involved in Polished Pistil make it one year! ]

The Long Distance Runner The Long Distance Runner As I’m up way past my bed time, watching one of my guilty netflix pleasures “Switched at Birth,” one of the characters refers to one of the couples as “Long Distance Runners”.

Long-Term Goals Over Short Term Gratification

polishedpistil-long-term goals short-term gratification Long-Term Goals Over Short Terms Gratification  (Isaiah 30:18) Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

Being in it for the long haul requires one to be diligent in their pursuit, consistent with their actions, and faithful during the journey. Things,…

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B. Smith Reveals Her Battle with Alzheimer’s Desease

B. Smith Reveals Her Battle with Alzheimer’s Desease

Z-UP-CLOSE-articleLargeUnable to recall today’s date or even the current year,  Barbara Smith says, “Things like that make me very sad.”

Designer, author, “iconic restaurateur,”  former TV Host, former model meets with CBS News yesterday to discuss her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Many of us know her as one of the first African American women place on the Mademoiselle cover, as the former owner of “B.Smith’s”…

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