Monday, September 1, 2014

Your True Nature


"To realize your true nature, you must wait for the right moment and the right conditions. When the time comes, you are awakened as if from a dream. You understand that what you have found is your own and doesn't come from anywhere outside."

-Buddhist Sutra

Saturday, August 2, 2014

I'm Gorgeous Inside, Too!

This past week, "I'm GORGEOUS Inside" t-shirts arrived in mailboxes across the country!

Monica Coleman is rockin' hers in California! A writer and scholar committed to connecting faith and social justice, Monica is also mother, wife, and amazing friend! She is GORGEOUS INSIDE!

Little Miss LaRoche is rockin' hers in New York! She is smart, curious, polite, and a doting big sister to her new little brother and was so hyped out this t-shirt that she asked her mom if she could wear it right out of the envelope! Little Miss LaRoche is GORGEOUS INSIDE!

Karen Clark is rockin' hers in Maryland! She is a passionate mom who shares her love for family and friends with great enthusiasm! Her kindness and generosity makes everyone around her happier! She purchased a bunch of these t-shirts for loved ones! Karen Clark is GORGEOUS INSIDE!

And Adria and Lydia Kimbrough are rockin' theirs in Louisiana! Adria is an attorney and the first lady of Dillard University. Pictured here with her beautiful daughter Lydia, she is a standard-bearing presence for the students on the Dillard University campus, the greater New Orleans community, and the nation. She is an especially strong witness for young women and her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated! Both of these beauties have been stopped while out and about in New Orleans as these shirts have been quite the conversation starters! Adria and Lydia are GORGEOUS INSIDE!

The fact is, we are all GORGEOUS INSIDE! It is easy to get stuck on the fleeting notions of external beauty in today's society but what always serves us, what always endures, is what lies within. BE GORGEOUS INSIDE!

For a BRIEF time, I am offering this t-shirt again. You may find it at BonfireFunds

Thank you as always for you unending support!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I'm GORGEOUS Inside!

In a culture that worships youthful, physical beauty, we often deny the importance and power of inner beauty. Instead of embracing the process of aging, we live in a culture obsessed with staying forever young. Instead of being excited to one day look like our beautiful grandmothers, we obsess about looking like airbrushed celebrities and models. 
AYG & her grandmother, Eula Mae Madden on her recent 86th birthday
We do this all the while knowing deep down that the true beauty of a woman is generated from within.

This t-shirt is for you, your mothers, your grandmothers, your wives, your daughters, your granddaughters, your nieces, your sisters, your girlfriends.  

You are GORGEOUS INSIDE! And that is where it counts!

For the next 10 days, this The AYG List exclusive t-shirt will be available at Bonfire Funds for $20!
It is a black t-shirt, with a purple heart and white and red letters that comes in women's, unisex, and youth sizes as well as long-sleeve and sweatshirt versions. Upon purchase, your t-shirts will be mailed at the conclusion of this campaign, approximately during the week of July 14th. The proceeds will be used to support The AYG List blog and podcast.

I invite you to take pictures of yourself, loved ones, and friends wearing the t-shirt and send them to me at with the reason why you believe true beauty resides within. Be sure to include your social media handles for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I will be sharing some of your submissions on all of my social media platforms and select a few of you to be guests on my podcast to talk about women, beauty, and self-esteem. 

When sharing pictures wearing this t-shirt on social media,  be sure to hashtag them 

REMEMBER: When you're GORGEOUS INSIDE, the whole world thinks you're pretty!

Monday, June 2, 2014

AYG Presents "You Are The Future of Higher Education" Keynote and Seminar for ACE New Jersey Women's Network

On May 22, 2014,  I had the pleasure of presenting a keynote and seminar on the future of higher education in America to the American Council on Education's New Jersey Women's Network at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  It was a powerful half-day session during which close to 100 women deans and vice presidents from colleges and universities throughout the New Jersey and Pennsylvania region committed to assessing their role in making their institutions stronger and more effective at meeting the needs of their diverse student populations. These women were brilliant, engaged, committed, flexible, and witty.  I even gave an impromptu Twitter lesson that proved very effective.

We are often so busy doing our jobs that we take no time to reflect upon the work we've produced. Such time is so very important as it allows us to assess our efficacy, celebrate accomplishments, and craft new strategies for reaching ever-evolving goals. So many of these wonderful women mentioned that they really enjoyed our time together because they rarely get the chance to convene with their peers to share knowledge, get support, create alliances, and reflect. I was happy to provide them with opportunity to do just that.

Special thanks to Stockton's president Dr. Herman Saatkamp, provost Dr. Harvey Kesselman,  Dr. Laurie Shanderson, Dr. Amy Beth Glass, and my dear friend, chief of staff Brian K. Jackson.  

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