Finding Joy

Serenity Sunday 1Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday, our day to encourage you on your journey to finding joy and peace.

Recently I have found myself wanting more of each in my life. For fortification I turned to one of my favorite authors Dr. Brene Brown who is a Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Dr. Brown has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. She is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.

For today’s post, I would like to share a brief video of Dr. Brown on the subject of joy which she describes as “an emotion that delights and frightens us at the same time because we are terrified that it can be taken away.”  So how do we find it and keep it? Let’s hear from Dr. Brown in her own words.

Thank you for sharing Serenity Sunday with us.



My Motivational Monday Reading List

Dear Readers,

Today is Motivational Monday at Brooklyn Legends. For the past few weeks, it has been a privilege to share with you inspirational quotes and other words of encouragement at the start of the work week.

Today, for a change of pace, I would like to share a some books and magazines that have truly inspired (and motivated) me at various points in my life. Perhaps there is a book here that you would like to add to your reading list..

Have a great evening.

My Motivational Reading List
Success Attraction Notes & Quotes – Dr. Stacia Pierce
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
What I Know for Sure – Oprah Winfrey
More Magazine – Meredith Corporation
The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell


Brooklyn Legends Week in Review & Serenity Sunday – Sept. 27, 2015

Dear Readers,

As a child I often felt as if time moved much too slowly. In my mind, a day lasted for a week, a week lasted a month and a month lasted FOREVER.  Now that I am an adult, the days seem to whiz by as I obsess over the remaining items on my to-do list. Each Saturday when I review my accomplishments and make plans for the week ahead, I look forward to Sunday as it provides me with another opportunity to welcome you to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday and share our Week in Review.

Welcome to Serenity SundayLast week was filled with historic firsts. Viola Davis won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series and Pope Francis made his first trip to America for an unprecedented three-day visit to Washington, DC, New York City and Philadelphia, PA.

As we celebrate Serenity Sunday, Brooklyn Legends is proud to join the world in honoring Pope Francis and we salute his vision for the future. Please be assured that we will pay tribute to Ms. Davis’ historic achievement in a future post.

We have created a collage on our Pinterest board appropriately titled “Character, not circumstances, makes the person” in Pope Francis’ honor. We hope these photos, and Booker T. Washington’s powerful quote, will encourage you as you go about your day.

Everywhere I went, people were excited and looked forward to the festivities. I never felt this enthusiasm was misplaced worship or adoration but a wonderful reminder to me of the compassion and respect that our mothers, grandmothers, aunties, other relatives and friends consistently give to the needy.

Welcome to Serenity Sunday-7Within my circle, this generosity is driven by many things, including an innate ability to empathize with the challenges of people they do not know and a willingness to meet them at their point of need.

Watching Pope Francis graciously spend time with those who stood for hours to greet him, despite their own unique challenges, and his visit with inmates in prison, amplified the generosity of spirit that I have seen in my circle finally come to life in a big way.

Thank you for allowing us to share your Serenity Sunday. We hope that you have a peaceful week.


Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday & Week in Review

shutterstock_156238763Dear Readers,

Welcome to Serenity Sunday and Brooklyn Legends Week in Review. This has been a busy for me at work as we transition from a fairly quiet summer to a busy fall. My colleagues and I are focused intently on a packed fundraising agenda that will guide our activity until the end of the year.

Things are moving at a fast pace on the volunteer and social fronts as well. For the past 7 years, I have worked alongside dedicated volunteers of the Brooklyn Metropolis Lions Club and the Crown Heights Service Center. When I am not working or volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my husband Stan or my brilliant Go On Girl Book club sisters.

Since summer was filled with apartment repairs and upgrades, Stan and I didn’t have time for a long vacation. However, we plan to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of the Adirondacks and the serenity Lake Placid in the coming weeks. With the much-too-soon passing of my two dear sister-friends, Janna Robinson and Brenda Ray who both died over a 3-week period, I am looking forward to a few days away.

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Last week’s Brooklyn Legends Facebook posts were a reminder for me to persevere. On Motivational Monday, Alice Walker’s timeless quote “whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul,” brought a smile to my face as I looked at the enhancements we made to our apartment.

On Tenacious Tuesday, Angela Lee Duckworth’s dynamic Ted Talk, The key to success? Grit, reminded me of my resilience and strength and how both of these qualities would propel me forward. This video was very popular and many Brooklyn Legends Facebook followers shared it with their friends and family. I am posting it below for you to enjoy. Tenacious Tuesday will also be our day to salute our Brooklyn Legend or a young trailblazer.


On Working It Wednesday, we highlighted the style and grace of Alek Wek, a world-famous fashion model and Brooklyn resident. We also shared fashion trends for you to consider as you add to your fall wardrobe.

We also introduced Maya Penn, a young entrepreneur and philanthropist, animator, blogger, writer and illustrator and eco-friendly fashion designer. Did I mention that she is 14 years old? We ended Working It Wednesday with Cameron Russell, another world-renown fashion model who invited the world to take a hard look at the industry that had her looking “highly seductive” at the age of 16.  You can access Maya’s and Cameron’s videos by following this link to Brooklyn Legends Facebook page.

We expressed our gratitude on Thankful Thursday by sharing words of encouragement throughout the day. Please know that I appreciate reading your thank you notes too.

On Finally its Friday, we ended the week with Time Out New York’s fall foliage guide and their recent listing of New York City’s most stunning buildings. Here are a few highlights for you to enjoy.

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Thank you spending part of your Sunday with us. We wish you a peaceful day and a great week.

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