Meeting in the Ladies Room

Meeting in the Ladies Room

The most incredible thing happened to me in the ladies room last week at the Black Women’s Expo Gala and awards dinner. I had an interesting, yet inspiring conversation with Kim Coles. That’s right Kim Coles from Living Single, Ms. Synclaire James herself.  One should never underestimate the power of social networking. You see I connected with Ms. Coles on twitter sometime last year.  We tweeted each other from time to time and I attended a few of her events that she appeared. She was someone that I felt that I should know. It was something about her personality and her realness.

Back to our meeting in the ladies room... Kim Coles recognized me by face and spoke to me by name. That in itself was exciting! She had also seen our episode of Iyanla’s “Fix My Life”. She thanked us for being open, transparent and honest as women. She even referenced me as the sexy elder.

Some of the most powerful moves, ideas, decisions and deals are made in the ladies room. I don’t know why but that’s what I’ve heard.  Back to the story… It was in the ladies room that she mentioned that she would be the keynote speaker for the evening. When she took the microphone she was completely transparent with us. She shared that she had been on a personal journey in the last couple of years to find more PURPOSE and PASSION.  I felt like her speech was meant just for me. Given my current transition from full time employee to full-time entrepreneur I personally needed to hear what she was sharing.

Kim Coles spoke specifically about G.I.F.T.S. Following some life-changing transitions, Kim Coles had decided to use comedy and inspiration to help others identify and express their gifts. The G.I.F.T.S. program and Kim Coles encourages us to live life out loud, to experience greater joy, and to be more fulfilled by simply understanding the importance of sharing our gifts with the world. The G.I.F.T.S. Program is a lifestyle journey, where we encourage each other to make new choices in our lives a GIFTS... Gratitude, Intention, Forgiveness, Triumph, Self Care/Self Love.

That evening I was INSPIRED and ENCOURAGED that I’m on that right path, the path of living life, passionately on purpose. I’ve implemented the G.I.F.T.S. Program into my own life and I’m looking forward to seeing how some of my own life-changing transitions and experiences can inspire and help others.

Thank you Kim Coles for your time, energy, transparency and inspiration. Thank you also for challenging me to utilize my G.I.F.T.S. as well. I am forever grateful for the meeting in the ladies room!


Yanni Brown

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