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Happy Veterans Day 2017

2017 holiday Nov 11, 2017

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" - Maya Angelou

Happy Veterans Day!

A great big "Thank You" to our military women and men who have served our country with dignity and honor. Thank you for your service to our great nation.

Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is...

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Hacks and Identity Theft

personal finance Sep 12, 2017

This latest internet hack of Equifax is an eye-opener to the amount of misguided trust we have developed in large corporations over the past few decades. We blindly provide our personal information to insurance companies, hospitals, people who cold call us for charitable donations, grocery stores, schools, and any number of organizations.  Between the most recent hacking news, including the US 2016 elections, the French 2017 election, Gmail phishing scams, bitcon hostage situations, we are being inudated with news of security breaches of corporations and organizations one would think would have be more prepared to withstand such attacks.  

When I heard about the Equifax data breach I thought, "Dang, this stuff just got real."  

The Equifax CEO provided an update on September 7, 2017. According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances,...

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John Lewis inspires you to be great

leadership Aug 17, 2017

Recently I had the privilege to listen to my Congressman, The Honorable John Lewis, U. S. Congressman, from Georgia's 5th District address a packed room of engaged citizens. 

John Robert Lewis is an American politician and is a prominent civil rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.

Afterwards, he patiently posed for pictures with various groups of people; including kids, teachers, members of the military, senior citizens, elected officials, and others.  It was inspiring to observe how John Lewis engaged with so many diverse people and seemed to make everyone around him feel special.

He simply inspires you to be great by sharing his personal story of triump, perserverance and integrity. 

I was fortunate to be able to take a photo with my Congressman.

When Congressman Lewis posed with some members of the military, I shared with The...

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Announcing our 21 Day Financial Fast

Get the book, 'The 21 Day Financial Fast' by Michelle Singletary. Coach Angela is moderating  a spiritually based financial fast beginning on Saturday, July 1, 2017. 

In “The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom,” financial advisor and Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary outlines the “financial fast,” a sort of money diet that promises to break bad spending habits, create a plan to become debt free, and set yourself on a better financial course for the future. While on a financial fast, you can’t spend any unnecessary money – at all. Unless it’s food, shelter, or something else essential to survival, you’re committing to making do with what you already have.

It's not about what you can't have during the fast, it's about the relationship with money. We are going on a financial fast to become aware of our actual needs versus all of the stuff we want.  



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Happy Father's Day to Men Who Stand in the Gap

holidays Jun 18, 2017

I am grateful for the men who choose to live their lives as positive examples for my son to follow. You are truly appreciated.  

Sometimes I notice my son paying attention to influential men. I imagine in his mind he is determining what characteristics and skills he wants to emulate.  My 12 year old is a spiritually based, kind, verbal, intellectual pre-teen who possesses a keen spirit of discernment.  

Rest assured that all of his material needs such as food, shelter and creature comforts  are met. He is a confident young man, who has a personal spiritual relationship with God.  He understands morally right and wrong at the level you would expect a pre-teen to understand.  I see him becoming more and more independent and responsible each day.

It is quite amazing to watch his transformation baby to toddler to preteen.  Realizing that the next 12 years will fly by just as fast as the previous, I choose to be more intentional about the influence I...

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We remember the few who've served, fought and died

holidays May 25, 2017

Since the founding of our great nation, we've stood on the shoulders of the few troops who've served, fought and died for us.

Memorial Day is a time we pause to honor our nation's war dead.  It is indeed a privilege to be an American citizen and therefore know and experience liberty. I was born in the late 1960's under the watch of the Vietnam era veterans who were drafted; meaning they did not volunteer to serve in the US Armed Forces. We experience liberty because of them and all of the brave men and women before them who've served, fought and died on foreign soils and within our borders.

During this article, we will not debate:

  • Whether the wars and conflicts were justified, won, or conducted above reproach
  • Whether the wars and conflicts were in accordance with the constitution
  • The character of those who burn American flags and effigies
  • The legal rights of those who choose not to stand when the National Anthem is played
  • The number of people wishing to immigrate to the...
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Give me my flowers while I live

holidays May 10, 2017

It's Mother's Day and I miss my mother.

In the USA, Mother's day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. It is a day where we honor maternal bonds, motherhood, and a specific woman who nurtured and cared for us.  

Mother's day is celebrated in over 40 countries.  Instead of saying 'hello' and 'goodbye' we greet women in kindness by saying 'Happy Mother's Day'.  I realize that it's kinda crazy to assume that most women have nurtured a child at some point in her life.  Early in the month of May we begin to to see retail reminders of Mother's day and begin to hear references of Mother's day on social media and in our social circles. 

During this time of the year, I tend to retreat to a place of lack and loss.  I seem to focus on the current feeling of being physically without my loving Hattie Mae who died six years ago.  Intellectually I understand that focusing on the fact that she was an amazingly loving, caring, attentive nurturer adds more value...

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Gain Goal Clarity in Four Steps

achieving goals Apr 19, 2017

Over the past few months, I have been helping clients who start lots of projects and for one reason or another don't complete them.  They see others achieving goals similar to the ones they dream of achieving one day. Some of them are overwhelmed with the number of activities they have planned in any given day.  Some see everything as a priority, whereas some allow everyone else's priorities to come before theirs.

 After working with my clients to identify their priorities and what they value, I adapted a technique I learned from another coach on determining the effect and long lasting impact of achieving our goals. 

 At any given time we have successes and wins occurring within different areas of our lives.  At the very same time we may be stuck in a few areas of our lives.  

Its a bit frustrating when you have a vision without willpower, support, and knowledge to push through barriers.  

 You will only need two things to start the...

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The formula for a good life is T-R-G; Time, Relationships and Gratitude.

2017 winning or learning Apr 04, 2017

I remember being excited to leave my childhood home after high school graduation and finish college degree. I was eager to move forward in life without truly understanding what I now know is absolutely true; it is better to live my life for a great eulogy and not necessarily for a great resume.  

Being born in the late 60’s, graduating from high school and college in the 80’s.  We were inundated with 24 hour news, talk shows, marketing blitz, social media, plastic skinny celebrities.  We watched tv shows like “Dallas” and “The Cosby Show”, we said things like, “Where’s the Beef?” and “I’ll be back” like Arnold Schwarzenegger. In our 20ies and 30ies, we lived our lives for a resume….attempting to gain, power, prestige and position, the things we could get, the places we could go.  With the luxury of experience my perspective has broadened to focus on living my life for a great...

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8 steps to make the remainder of 2017 fabulous

2017 life coach Mar 19, 2017

Take charge of the remaining months of 2017 by carving out time to manifest what you want, with a little help from Life Coach Angela M. Odom

I started the New Year off with expectation and incredible focus, then life got in the way and I began focusing my energy and time on the ever changing political landscape.  For about 30 days I was engaged in provocative conversations with strangers on the internet, glued to C-SPAN, and reacting to every tweet from our newly elected leader.  I was focusing on all manner of unproductive things until I reminded myself that what I focus on expands. Boo-Yah!  I imposed an intervention on myself, stopped being cynical, engaged in some extreme self-care and decided to focus on what I know works for me and mine; gratitude, responsibility and accountability.  
The sound bites of the 24/ 7 news cycle are designed to create some type of allegiance to a specific global news network or branded public figure in an effort to...
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