What I’ve Learned Since Becoming A Runner

“The people who are the most successful know who they are, what they believe and why they are pursuing what they’re pursuing.” – Paul Angone

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to try new things. From a new dance move to a new dish, doing something other than the norm is totally my jam.

So when I decided to pick up running two months ago, I didn’t think it would be any different than other ‘new things’ I’ve taken on in the past. (Boy, was I in for a rude awakening.)

The first time I ran 3.2 miles with District Running Collective (DRC), I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it. While I started off at a decent pace, the moment I saw people whizzing past me, I got flustered and self-doubt set in immediately. I griped, complained and damn near cried for half a mile. But luckily my good friend Ashlee was there with me every step of the way to cheer me on until we finished. ☺️

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Millennial on a Mission: Dashawn Holmes

Happy Monday!

Today’s “Millennial on a Mission” is the founder of the UrbanFlix, Inc., an online media company that will house classic African-American movies, television shows, documentaries and original content. Launching in August 2015, UrbanFlix looks to become “the number one hub for classic urban content of the past and present.”

I’d like for you to meet Dashawn Holmes.


Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina but raised in the Bronx New York, Dashawn attended Central Christian College of Kansas. While there, he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Organizational Leadership,” Dashawn says, “all the while preparing for the launch of UrbanFlix at the end of this summer.”

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Dear Class of 2015: It’s Me, The Real World

To the graduates of the class of 2015,

Congratulations! After four LONG years of caffeine-induced all-nighters, team projects, crazy parties and procrastination, you now have a $40,000 piece of paper that is proof that you are indeed smart, kind and important. Now what? 

It’s hard to believe that four years ago today, I too was in your shoes walking the aisles of Syracuse University for the final time and thinking to myself, “I have no idea what’s happening, but I’m just going to smile to keep from crying.


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Millennial on a Mission: Timi Komonibo

Happy Friday!

Today’s Millennial on a Mission is not only a (future) fellow Syracuse University graduate, (congrats to the class of 2015!) but she’s also a entrepreneur with heart for giving back to her community. Her nonprofit organization, Style Lottery, is a sustainable fashion  philanthropy nonprofit that hosts “pop-up swaps” where guests can swap their lightly used clothing items with each other and donate what is un-swapped to organizations that serve women in need throughout the community. Now that she’s on the cusp of entering the job market, she hopes to launch a career within corporate social responsibility and/or philanthropy.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Timi Komonibo.


A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Timi went into college as an undeclared major, convinced (in her words) “that all Nigerian kids were supposed to excel at science and math”, but she struggled to fit into that cultural archetype. Instead, she noticed that she was stronger at writing and creative projects. “I took classes in almost every liberal arts department,” she recalls. “At the end of my four years, I graduated with two majors– one in Communication Studies and another in African Diaspora Studies. After graduating, I joined Teach for America and taught middle school math and reading in my hometown of Houston, TX.” On Sunday, Timi will graduate from Syracuse University with a Master’s degree in Public Diplomacy.

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You’re Not Behind; You’re Right Where You’re Supposed To Be.

Sometimes, we just need a moment to pause and reflect. 

I’ll admit, these first four months of 2015 have been an amazing experience. From going back to my beloved alma mater to deliver my first (paid) keynote speech, to picking up running and completing two 5 K races, (I’ve got a 10 K next month and a half marathon in September – wee!) I’ve been pretty busy. However, I’m grateful for all of the growth and lessons I’ve learned thus far.

But of course, being the “Millennial on a Mission” that I am,  I always think that I could be doing more. More speaking engagements, more blog posts and Twitter chats, and of course, much more with certain activation ideas that are just floating in my head waiting to be released. But over-thinking more often than not lead to stress, break-outs and most importantly losing sleep. And as much as we want to THINK that we have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé, we have to remember that our own real lives are a little bit more complex than hers (no shade.)

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It’s International Dance Day!


If you know me personally, then you know that I love to get my groove on from time to time. Since the tender age of eight, I’ve always loved the art of dance, even though I was never classically trained.

In the 8th grade, I choreographed my first routine and became hooked! From that moment on (until I graduated from college) I was enthralled in the world of dance: from hip-hop to modern to African, dance became an outlet of self-expression. It also taught me discipline, hard work, focus and team work — giving me the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most talented people I’ve ever met.

While I don’t dance as much as I would like, I never obliged to hit my two-step, dougie or “the whip” when the moment is right.
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Millennial on a Mission: Laurence Bradford

While this week’s “Millennial on a Mission” does many things, everything ties back to technology in someway. As a self-taught developer and the founder of LearnToCodeWith.Me, she has put together resources for people teaching themselves how to code. As she likes to say, “Get digital skills, be happy.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Laurence Bradford.


Hailing from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Laurence attended college in Boston at Emmanuel College where she studied history. “Today I am basically doing the opposite as far as disciplines go,” she says. Currently, she the Tech Careers Expert for, but also does website strategy consulting. “Essentially, I look at both a site’s content (written, images, etc.) and its design/layout,” Laurence says. “Because for a great website, both are vital.”

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