Posts in 2014

GET UP AND GET MOVING

GET UP AND GET MOVING - December 28, 2014

DIET AND EXERCISE. Two of the most prevalently used, yet narrowly and sporadically practiced, words in American society. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the following obesity related statistics: More than one-third – 34.9% or 78.6 million – of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and […]

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FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS…

FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS… - December 21, 2014

First, I would like to say THANK YOU! aPOP is young and I’m amazed at the response in readership and subscription it’s received in such a short period of time. It’s humbling and and I am thankful. 2015 is near and there’s more to come… MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!!! I pray you are surrounded […]

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aPOP’s CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY

aPOP’s CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY - December 14, 2014

aPOP’s Merry Christmas giveaway begins tomorrow, December 15, 2014 at 08:30 am (Eastern Standard Time, North America) and I’m so EXCITED!!! Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I absolutely love gift-giving, so this is a treat for me to you. The giveaway gift is a $25.00 Starbucks eGift. To qualify, giveaway participates […]

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DON’T PANIC!

DON’T PANIC! - December 7, 2014

Life has or will sucker punch us all at least once. The dichotomy of joy and pain exists. It’s scattered alongside the pathways of life for both believers and unbelievers. Abundant life is abounding in the fullness of our needs, but it does not exempt us from hardship, disappointment, adversity, distress, and even temptation. Just […]

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POWER PROFILE: SCHINNELL LEAKE

POWER PROFILE: SCHINNELL LEAKE - November 30, 2014

aPOP’s POWER PROFILE: Schinnell Leake, Founder/Executive Director of Extra-Ordinary Birthdays Schinnell (L), Janet (M), and Caron (R). Copyright, aplaceofpower.com. All rights reserved. Recently, I had the awesome privilege of meeting and interviewing Ms. Schinnell Leake during an Extra-Ordinary Birthdays (EOBirthdays) event, held at the New Beginning Temporary Family Shelter in Washington D.C. Schinnell is the […]

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THE MAGNITUDE OF OUR GRATITUDE

THE MAGNITUDE OF OUR GRATITUDE - November 24, 2014

REPOST: I was honored to be a featured guest blogger on Devotional Diva and shared with its readers an experience that will forever be imprinted on my heart. As the girls entered the room, trickling in one or two at a time, their faces shone with gratefulness and possibilities. They began to cry out in unadulterated […]

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WHEN UGLY SURFACES: OVERCOMING NEGATIVE THINKING

WHEN UGLY SURFACES: OVERCOMING NEGATIVE THINKING - November 16, 2014

In 1994, an event occurred that astounded the Olympic sports community and swiftly spread to every media outlet and major tabloid for 24/7 public consumption. A sport known for its devotion to impeccable form, technique, and grace was ironically the subject of media frenzy because one of its own had “allegedly” conspired to break the […]

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5 THINGS + BEDROOM = HAPPIER HUSBAND

5 THINGS + BEDROOM = HAPPIER HUSBAND - November 9, 2014

Disclaimer: This week’s entry is intended to be as lighthearted and palatable, as possible. I am well aware that some Christians, and non-Christians alike, are less than comfortable with the idea of entertaining open discussions on sex and intimacy. It’s the pink elephant in the room….and in some churches. Yet, we’ve allowed and endorsed mainstream […]

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TODAY WILL BE A GREAT DAY!!!

TODAY WILL BE A GREAT DAY!!! - November 2, 2014

It sounds somewhat cliché or akin to an excerpt from a low-budget horoscope, but I’m content on proactively and deliberately declaring this as a statement of fact over my day.   These simple, yet powerful, six words face me from a sign posted over my desk, on a plain white background with bold black letters. […]

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THANKFUL THURSDAY – SURVIVOR

THANKFUL THURSDAY – SURVIVOR - October 30, 2014

On this last Thursday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am thankful that my sister-friend of 25 years teamed up with God, sound physicians, and beat the crap out of breast cancer! She is cancer-free and I for one am glad about it!!! According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the 5-year relative survival rate […]

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HARD DEPOSIT BUILDUP – SELF CHECK

HARD DEPOSIT BUILDUP – SELF CHECK - October 26, 2014

Wait a minute! Wait a minute!! What’s going on with my Keurig? There’s a brand new k-cup in the designated slot, properly aligned, full of potential, but the contraption is failing to dispense the caffeine goodness I need to feel invigorated and actually like people prior to 9:00am. Who should I call? What should I […]

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THANKFUL THURSDAY – MERCY & GRACE

THANKFUL THURSDAY – MERCY & GRACE - October 23, 2014

Isn’t it amazing how God never quits on us? In today’s society, we are ENABLED and ENTITLED to quit. We freely exercise our right to abandon our jobs, marriages, relationships, health, morals, tithes, prayers etc… If we are discontented for any reason, we can simply quit. No explanations. No looking back. I’m thankful that no […]

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A LESSON FROM OPRAH – PRIORITIES

A LESSON FROM OPRAH – PRIORITIES - October 19, 2014

I recently attended Oprah’s, “Live the Life You Want Weekend” tour in Washington, DC. Honestly, it was a thought provoking, on purpose excursion of the heart and mind. The speakers offered different expressions of the same inspiration: eradicate the obstacles that hinder you from experiencing your best life. Eradicate the obstacles that hinder you from […]

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LAUGH OUT LOUD (LOL), IT’S OKAY

LAUGH OUT LOUD (LOL), IT’S OKAY - October 12, 2014

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21 Life brings us funny moments. Moments that interrupt our often methodical and demanding lives. My youngest son has what I call, “a gut laugh.” When he’s amused, his laughter is BOLD, VIBRANT, and INFECTIOUS. He is fun […]

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ALWAYS SISTERS, ALWAYS FRIENDS

ALWAYS SISTERS, ALWAYS FRIENDS - October 5, 2014

The media has either negatively portrayed and exploited female friendships for larger viewership or served as a platform to reveal the greater part of their deficiencies. Reality television, especially, has exposed a bitter root in how some of us relate to one another. Moreover, mass ratings have encouraged networks to spawn different versions of the […]

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aPOP is LIVE!!! Find out why…

aPOP is LIVE!!! Find out why… - September 28, 2014

First things first, why is this blog called a place of power (aPOP)? POWER is the ability to act or produce an effect in one’s self, life, and territory….to MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN!!! I created a Place of Power (aPOP) to share my heart with other women and open up a virtual gathering place for women to […]

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GO AHEAD AND JUMP! – FACING YOUR FEARS

GO AHEAD AND JUMP! – FACING YOUR FEARS - September 23, 2014

So, I had this bright idea to face my fear of heights by jumping out of a moving plane at 120 MPH, from over 10,000 feet in the air. No wait, it gets better… I bought a discount coupon on the net. Yes, because a skydiving experience “on sale” is really what you want when […]

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MOMMY MADE FRUIT LOOPS FOR DINNER!!!

MOMMY MADE FRUIT LOOPS FOR DINNER!!! - September 23, 2014

A few years ago, I volunteered to be a chaperone for my youngest son’s first field trip to the farm (of note:  the volunteer quota for the museum trip had been reached). It was the first field trip I was able to attend with my youngest, so he was extremely excited, and so was I. […]

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6 KEYS TO A HEALTHIER MARRIAGE

6 KEYS TO A HEALTHIER MARRIAGE - September 23, 2014

When our children are first born, we spend much of our time and energy cooing over, nurturing, and showcasing them, but we also invest in fiercely protecting them from any and all perceived threats. We recognize the vulnerability of their new(born) state and our infinite love causes us to attentively and zealously cover what is […]

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BLURRED LINES: A LESSON IN PATIENCE

BLURRED LINES: A LESSON IN PATIENCE - September 23, 2014

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): I’m somewhat impatient and I have to work at it every day. Not too long ago, I had PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratectomy) surgery, i.e. laser surgery, performed to correct my vision. My original intent and hope was to obtain LASIK surgery. What’s the difference, you might ask? One procedure involves a […]

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TAMING UNHEALTHY ATTRACTIONS

TAMING UNHEALTHY ATTRACTIONS - September 23, 2014

What would you do for a Klondike bar? Listen, anyone who knows me, knows that I am a serious candy enthusiast.  The first step is admitting you have a problem…I just haven’t figured out the second step. I have my favorites: Now & Laters, Laffy Taffy, Jolly Joes (yes, they still sell them – ask […]

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FORGIVENESS IS FOR YOU!

FORGIVENESS IS FOR YOU! - September 23, 2014

We’ve all heard the phrase, “extend an olive branch.” Historically, an olive branch was a symbol of peace or victory, and throughout this blog, I submit that it can symbolize both peace and victory. I read somewhere that people believe that the olive tree is a very conscious and deliberate choice as a “peace” metaphor, […]

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I WANT MY MARRIAGE TO WORK!

I WANT MY MARRIAGE TO WORK! - September 23, 2014

The “big day” is becoming or has become a distant memory and then it happens… Life happens The repeated reminder that your spouse is truly imperfect happens The wrestle against principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world happens In times of challenge or distraction, spiritual vulnerability makes our marriages prey to the […]

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VULNERABILITY IS NOT A BAD WORD

VULNERABILITY IS NOT A BAD WORD - September 23, 2014

It’s 7:30pm on a weekday. You just slathered a cucumber mask all over your face, you have three rollers randomly placed in your hair, and you’re wearing sleepwear built for comfort, not the runway. You hear a knock at the door, but you’re not expecting anyone. You then have but a few seconds to decide […]

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