I have wanted to do this for quite a while. You know how it is when you have friends that are doing amazing things or sharing amazing ideas and you have an “Ah Ha” moment. So you say, “you should meet my friend…” Well from time to time, I want to introduce you to my friends that I think you should meet.
With that said, I want to introduce all of my Girlfriends to Bea Williams, otherwise known as Mizz Bea. Brandi is a self-described change agent. She has translated her profession in the world of public relations into a vehicle for change. Brandi has earned the title of Socially-Responsible Public Relations Strategist.
I thought you should get to know her. I had the opportunity to ask Brandi to tell us a few things about herself that I thought you might like to know.
GF: Can you explain to The Girlfriends what is “socially-responsible” public relations strategist?
Mizz Bea: “I believe it is a term I made up (smile), but what I meant is that I specialize in teaching organizations, corporations and people how to make giving a core part of their business and life while making money and creating a deep impact in the community. I use public relations principles to make this happen.”
GF: What do you love most about what you do?
Mizz Bea: “I love being able to use my PR skills to help create change. I have always been a very interested in being a change agent. When I was given the chance to be in a leadership capacity, I jumped on it. I have also loved the civil rights movement from a far. When I was in high school I made a conscious decision to attend a predominately white university. It was surprising to many because all I ever talked about was black power. What I promised myself at the time I made that decision was that I would take advantages of the resources and networks that are made available to students who attend predominately white universities and use that to help my community. That is what I am doing. Helping my clients give with deep impact by teaching them how to make giving a part of the fabric of their organizations, companies and personal being. I am helping them reach their goals by leaving a legacy for the communities and people who they reach.”
GF: What do you value most about your girlfriends?
Mizz Bea: “I had a hard time making friends when I was in elementary school. I can’t explain why, but on some level I think it was because I am naturally shy, insecure and self-absorbed. I only wanted to be friends with cute girls and I would do anything to be their friend. By middle school I was better at making friends and the people I call friend today are the ones I have known since middle school. Their support and encouragement. I have some of the most selfless friends, women who no matter what, are always there for me – even when I fail at being their friend. They are my cheerleaders and they allow me to be me. They don’t judge. They offer praise and constructive criticism. Awesome group of ladies.”
GF: What has a girlfriend ever said or did that stands out the most in your friendship?
Mizz Bea: “In high school a friend told me that I was naive. That has always stuck with me because my naiveté has caused lots of issues with making and keeping strong relationships.”
She continues, “One other thing that stands out is the support of many of the women in my circle. They often don’t know what I am going through, but they are always there for me. They show up right on time with a call, text … I have even gotten car packages in the mail that were completely unexpected. I have been blessed with friends who love me unconditionally.”
GF: What blogs or websites do you read regularly?
Mizz Bea: “Honestly, I don’t. I am so still the girl who loves paper. I haven’t found one that I really like and follow. I have a few that I check in with like Hello Beautiful, Essence Online, News One, Clutchmag, and Madame Noire.”
GF: Finish the statement, ” During my days that I have free …”
Mizz Bea: Without hesitation, she answers, “I love spending time with my family.”
Now that the dust has settled from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s time to buckle down and focus on what you want for yourself. What…
The last few weeks I’ve had to choose between my health and “all the things that I have to do”. Now this may seem like an obvious choice but it’s not.
As a single parent with a demanding but fun career and a borderline Type A personality these type of choices present themselves as the choice of winning or failure. When you are like me and you pride yourself on being “every woman” [note to self–pull out my Whitney Houston CDs], the idea of having to sit down and do nothing is an awful option.
I had a perfect storm, so to speak, in which my running around doing everything, juggling my job as taxi driver to a teen, and pursuing my own hobbies and dreams my health took a hit. I found myself in an ambulance, in the ER and being faced with a life or death decision to have a blood transfusion. Of course, the mere fact that I am here to write this, you know that I chose to have the transfusion.
Since being released from the hospital, my mind says that I can get back to what I was doing–running around being super woman–but my body is not in agreement.
I spent this week in a series of follow up doctor’s appointments. They all agreed that it may take another month or more before I get back to feeling 100%.
And though I have tried to push myself a little more each day, I have come to the conclusion that I must choose to take things slow. And in doing so, I have discovered that instead of trying to fill my “free time” with more things to do that doing nothing is doing something. I now realize that when I choose to do nothing I am choosing to take care myself, to be loving to myself, and to give myself what I have earned the right to do–ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!