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Dream

Dream

Today is Martin Luther King Day and a great day to talk about dreaming. Dr. King articulated so well the ideas and possibilities for a race and a nation. It is beyond sad that his life ended before he could witness the realization of his dreams. I grew up in the sixties. I am part of the generation who witnessed the brave souls who took steps to make Dr. King’s dream a reality. I have met the first black girl who attended an all-white Gainsville FL High School for her Senior Year 1964-65.... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday January 18, 2021 comments Tags: #self-awareness, #IhadaDream, #civilRights, #Identity, #MLK, #LavonBracy

Perseverance

Perseverance

I choose a word, or sometimes it chooses me as my theme for the year! In 2021 mine is perseverance. With the highs and lows over two years, I need to focus on putting one foot in front of the other. As much as I would like to say that I was thriving through all the turmoil of Gary’s heart issues in 2019 that resulted in him spending eighty days in the hospital and the pandemic in 2020, I was NOT! I have to admit that some days, I clung to hope like a blanket and wanted to close my eyes and... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Tuesday January 5, 2021 comments Tags: #Achieve, #Persistence, #Commit, #Perseverance, #Persevere, #2021

Soul

Soul

I watched the new Disney movie, Soul , this week. As is usually the case with Disney/Pixar collaborations, there is so much food for thought underneath the loveable characters and storyline. For any of us who look at life for lessons, there are plenty there. The main character, Joe, is excited about finally getting his BIG break playing jazz piano with a well-known quartet. He is on his way home and dies accidentally due to his carelessness. He obviously, is not ready to go on to the great... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday December 28, 2020 comments Tags: #Soul, #Purpose, #Spark, #Mission

Gifts

Gifts

Everyone has particular talents or gifts that make them who they are. When we understand what our giftedness is, we are half-way home in the success phenomena. Those who struggle to find their groove waste time and resources, developing themselves into the best they can be. Self- analysis is as old as time itself. The bible described the Gifts of the Spirit that were temporal and spiritual. The Greeks and Romans identified talents they considered crucial to the human psyche, and Shakespeare... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday December 21, 2020 comments Tags: #self-awareness, #Gifts, #Talents, #Partners, #Aptitude

The List

The List

Yesterday my husband asked me for my Christmas List. I thought about it and realized there is not a single “PHYSICAL THING” I want. Instead, this year has shown me the stuff I want in my life that is missing is time with friends and family. We can never replace or recreate the moments of comfort, grief, joy, and sadness that went unshared. I sincerely hope that we have learned to prioritize our time differently and establish who and what matters to us. The essence of 2020 was solation from... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Wednesday December 16, 2020 comments Tags: #List, #2021, #Priorities, #self-awareness

Recipes

Recipes

Getting ready for the Holidays, most of us are in the kitchen more than usual. Whether we are making traditional favorites or trying something new, we rely on a recipe. The creative chefs out there can and do substitute ingredients or completely break free to try new things, but most of us like having these guidelines. Even when I am making something that I have made FIFTY times, I need to look back and refresh my mind or forget a step or a key ingredient. We can use the lessons learned in... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday December 7, 2020 comments Tags: #Self-Care, #KitchenWisdom, #Patience

Priorities

Priorities

The buzz word for 2020 is pivot! Realigning to accomplish has been required for most of the world’s population. As we near the end of this year of change, it is good to re-evaluate and see if what once was a priority still ranks high! Do you need to step away and do some soul searching? If you asked several intimate friends and family, could they accurately give your top two priorities? Could YOU? The year has been chock full of every possible distraction, so it might be time to hunker... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday November 30, 2020 comments Tags: #YearEnd, #Pivot, #Plan, #Goalsetting

Moments

Moments

Yesterday was November 22. I woke up remembering that it was the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. It is funny that was the first thing that popped into my mind, but it was. Some momentous events change our lives forever. I recalled I was in my seventh-grade classroom, and our Principal Sr Lucian walked in to say to our class and Mr. Overland that JFK was dead. There is no guarantee that our lives will go as planned. Everyone has moments that changed everything. My... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday November 23, 2020 comments Tags: #Change, #Tomorrow, #Today

Climb

Climb

I was the only woman store manager in the district of ten Circuit City Stores. The District Manager was a jock and held our quarterly meetings with the entertainment and team building activities doing things that guys took lots of pride in excelling and beating one another. Go-cart races, golf, bowling, and even an obstacle course. I was expected to participate in all of these activities and did so poorly ! The worst was climbing the wall of the obstacle course. I wore the safety gear, so I... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday November 16, 2020 comments Tags: #Achieve, #Persistence, #Commit

Remember

Remember

Remember November is the perfect month to recall how blessed we are. The holidays this month help us recognize those who have gone before us to pave the way. Veterans Day is a time to salute those who have served our country in peace and in war to keep us safe and free. Thanksgiving recalls when our ancestors landed here with nothing but what their small boats could carry. The Native Americans taught them how to grow crops, preserve them, and educated them about the winters to come to... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday November 9, 2020 comments Tags: #Patriot, #Thankful, #Unity

Behind the Veil of Lies

Behind the Veil of Lies

I think that most people today do not want clarity. They seek someone to blame when things are “wrong,” according to their standards. Few accept their responsibility in anything. Facing our capability and culpability means being able to learn from mistakes and failures. Only 100% of the time! We cannot understand anything or even fix anything until we are honest with ourselves. God gives us the desire for truth when we believe in Him. From the first moment, after Adam and Eve ate the... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Tuesday November 3, 2020 comments Tags: #Strength, #Understanding,

Blessings in Turmoil

Blessings in Turmoil

I was speaking at a conference in Acapulco and flew through Mexico City. I was nervous about changing planes in a foreign city alone, and my inbound flight was late! I rushed to my new gate and made it just in time. My luggage did not! So I got to my hotel with nothing but my carryon. The hotel was on a beach and far from any shopping, so all I had easy access to were the beach vendors. I made friends with several women at the conference, and we headed out to see what we could find for me... Read More

By: Bobbi Govanus Monday October 26, 2020 comments




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