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Inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There really is no better way to get motivated on a Monday than by reading these words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.                            

Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech

Even if you didn’t watch last night’s Golden Globes, you probably have heard about the speech that seemingly made an entire world hold its collective breath.  In accepting the Cecil B. de Mille Award (which, by the way, she was the first African American female to receive this honor), Oprah Winfrey gave us what many are calling the moment of the night.  Below is her acceptance speech–the perfect way to motivate us all on this Monday.    

Your One-Word Resolution

Studies show that over 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions do not keep them.  Are you part of this majority?   In 2018, we challenge you to stop the resolution list and instead focus on one word that will inspire, motivate and empower you to be all you can be in this new year. So, what’s your word?  To get you started, here are some of the one-word resolutions our Generation W community are using this year: Opportunity Motivated Happy Intentional Balance Faith Gracious Possibilities Hope Become YES Wisdom More Grace Simplicity Imagine Fierce Accelerate Joy Silence Progress Focus Need... more...

A Letter to my Daughter Who is Struggling with Math

In 2015, I met Mary Bishop while doing a story on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Mary is a scientist who has worked in research and data analysis in life sciences since 2015. She holds a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from FSCJ. When I spoke with Mary, she told me that her teachers in high school discouraged her from considering careers that required math. “I’d been told by one of my teachers that I ‘just wasn’t good at math,’... more...

Let the Generosity of Spirit and Kindness Illuminate the World

This is the point of the holiday season when I am sure I will not get done what I need to get done–I will not prevail in my desire to be thoughtful and exceed all expectations (unrealistic though they are) that I have set regarding visits, gifts, cards, and connections. Sailing into the holidays is always a wish, but it always feels like a sprint with the accompanying hyperventilation required so that I don’t faint from a lack of oxygen. I am sure many of you can identify. That said,... more...

Monday Motivation: Pop It!

Inspired by a recent Instagram post from Alicia Keys, we thought all of us could use a dose of this dad’s motivation for his daughter. Repeat after us: Pop It! A post shared by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) on Dec 2, 2017 at 12:37pm PST

Generation WOW 2017: That’s a Wrap!

What a day! We are all riding high on the positive & the possible after today’s exhilarating Generation WOW.  We will soon be sharing more great images and quotes from our day, but for now, enjoy these moments caught via social media:   “For the girls out there, today is just the beginning” @DonnaOrender motivating the team as we prepare to start the @Generation_Wow event — Michelle Cook (@Wunulub) November 1, 2017     Kicking off @Generation_Wow with a... more...

Catalina Alers-Alers’ Instagram Take Over

We loved having Generation WOW speaker Catalina Alers-Alers take over the WOW Instagram page last week.  In case you missed it, we are sharing her inspirational images below. We can’t wait to see Catalina at Generation WOW on November 1st!   “Graduation day at UNF was bittersweet for my family and me. My dad’s death is the best worst thing to ever happen to me. That’s not something people normally say about losing a parent. But at the time, I was dragging my feet in... more...

Laura Morey’s Instagram Take Over

We loved having Generation WOW speaker Laura Morey take over the W Instagram page yesterday.  In case you missed it, we are sharing her images below, all representing people who inspire her. And, don’t miss seeing Laura at Generation WOW on November 1st–click here to sign up to be a mentee or mentor. Carmen Townsend – JT Townsend Foundation⠀ “Carmen Townsend’s son, JT, was a high school athlete who had a devastating spinal cord injury on the field. JT’s strength... more...

See Michelle Cook’s W Instagram Take Over

We loved having Generation WOW speaker Michelle Cook take over the W Instagram page on Friday.  In case you missed it, we are sharing her images below. And, don’t miss seeing Michelle at Generation WOW on November 1st–click here to sign up to be a mentee or mentor.   “I wake up every day with a purpose. Every day I commit to doing “something” for the good of our community and my family.” ⠀ A post shared by Generation W (@generation_w) on Oct 20, 2017 at 8:12am... more...