Dear Toni,

toni_morrison140-dc25518d186d40d484101cd8a2db487825428dca-s6-c30Dear Toni,

It’s been 3 years since I wished you “Happy Birthday” via my blog.  The sentiment is still the same.  Honoring you as the woman, the writer, whose legacy of words shall enrich us all well beyond your birthday of birthdays.  Happy Birthday Toni!

With Love,  An inspired writer


Check out my post from 2013.


“Paradoxes of Prayer”

It will be four years since my mother passed away.  We haven’t completely packed up her things as it is a painful yet necessary process that eventually leads to healing on some level.  The paradox is the things you discover about a deceased parent in the process like this poem I found in her things entitled “Paradoxes of Prayer.” I’ll hold on to this piece of paper because it’s a piece of her. The bolded parts of the poem as these words were emphasized on the copy she had.  Be well. Be loved!

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might to greater things.

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy.

I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing I asked for, but all I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all men, most richly blessed.



Freedom and Forgiveness

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Happy Monday Bellas and here’s to a great start of your week.  I was supposed to start my fast giving up coffee for a month but I failed terribly.  So, today is the first day of my 30 day fast from coffee.  I’ve done it before and I can do it again – fix it Jesus! Super Bowl Sunday is behind us. 50 years of Super Bowl football.  What a feat!  I was so rooting for the “Cars” as my niece would affectionately call them, seeing the Carolina Panthers’ abbreviated name on the screen.  I was rooting for Cam but a whole lot was going on and he’s young and he’s still number one.  A Super Bowl win is in his future if he keeps pounding  with his cute self.

Halftime show was awesome from Beyonce to Bruno Mars and Coldplay in between.  I love Chris Martin but he just seemed to get sandwiched and outshone by the other two.  That’s just me.   The colors were simply jubilant and happy-evoking.  Believe in love baby!

Earlier in the day after service, someone had approached me and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever asked for your forgiveness!” That statement totally threw me because quite frankly I had forgiven that person.  I obliged and let them know that I already forgave them but I think this act was necessary for them to come up to me and tell me this.  Forgiving someone and asking someone for forgiveness are truly courageous acts that yield freedom otherwise unknown to you when you don’t forgive.  Forgiving someone for me is a truly selfish act because I’m not interested in staying bound due to someone else’s offenses and I really want to be forgiven as well when I’ve done someone wrong. There is liberty is letting go and releasing folk.   I thought that took a lot of courage and according to my sister no one knows how I’m really going to respond – LOL.  Truthfully, I’m quite approachable even if I don’t allow you in my circle, I can still forgive you.  I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to block my blessings nor allow unforgiveness to eat at me like a cancer.  It’s just not the fit and fab way.  I choose forgiveness and therefore, I choose freedom.  Who do you need to forgive or who do you need to ask for their forgiveness?  Get it right so you can move on and be free!

Don’t forget to grab your ticket for my vision board party.  I’ve got a woman of wisdom, grace and spiritual prowess gracing us with some serious knowledge to take our lives to the next level.  She’s had plenty of success with vision boards and I’m looking forward to her sharing with the group.  Get your tickets here.



More Please!

Royal blue stand down!

Last weekend I had the honor of serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Royal Detroit Gala – a black tie gala and fundraiser to benefit Detroit Crimestoppers. All the beautiful people showed up and showed out and I had fun because I come alive when I have the mike.  It’s like breathing (thanks Oprah for that line) for me because it comes so naturally.  I’d like more opportunities like this and I am sending that out into the universe. Also, I’m available to speak and/or emcee future events.  Was that a shameless plug? LOL, it was!  A lot of my blog this year will be devoted to me manifesting my goals as laid out on my vision board.

Coincidentally, this opportunity came on the heels of me writing a vision statement in September, 2015.  I took this same vision statement with me to a vision board party I attended in December, 2015.  Rather than waiting on more opportunities, I’m creating opportunities. Now that I’ve completed my vision board, I’m interested in helping others complete their vision boards.  I’ll talk more about starting a goal group to assist in reaching our goals.

Until then, check out my event “Envision with Fran – Vision Board Party!”  and get your ticket. Special thanks to George Page Photography for capturing me in this photo.  I certainly felt royal in this blue gown by Ralph Lauren. I never met a dress I didn’t like.  I just love dressing up.  Don’t you?  Be well, be loved and get your ticket.  Ciao, baby bellas!