Author: Yolanda Jenkins

I’m Not Who I Used To Be To You

Dear family and friends, A little over three years ago something big happened in my life. I was fortunate enough to have you all there to celebrate the occasion. We were full of love, joy, and hope. Although I knew this event would change my life, I was utterly unprepared for one big thing. I had no idea that becoming a parent would change ‘us.’ I am no longer who I used to be to you and I am sorry. I used to know every aspect of your life. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but we...

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I Am a Made Leader

As the oldest of three children, you would think I would be a natural leader. In fact, I am a natural boss. I am good at giving orders and then giving hell when orders aren’t followed. As the oldest, I learned that when my siblings did not do something they were told or when they did something they were not supposed to…the buck stopped with me. I had a natural aversion to punishment and reprimands so I learned very quickly that I had to be the boss of my siblings. Being a boss was easy, but I had to...

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How Do I Choose Between Being a Mother and a Leader?

A couple weeks ago I had a conversation with my career coach about an identity crisis I am having. In writing these posts and managing my social media pages, I cannot decide if my ‘voice’ is that of a wife and mother or of a nonprofit leader (and an all-around boss!). I have read and observed various thought leaders and have realized that everyone who does it right has that one thing that they are known for. So how do I choose between being a mother and being a leader? As a wife and mother, I am a leader....

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Parenting Should Be a Judgment-Free Zone

Today I read an article saying that #fitmoms need to stop prioritizing working out over caring for their kids. A few weeks ago, someone wrote a snarky article about how they didn’t understand the new culture of wine drinking moms. Moms are told breastmilk is best and in the same breath shunned for breastfeeding in public. I have heard older generations who don’t understand ‘today’s mom’s’ need for self-care. Can we please create an absolutely judgment-free zone for our war buddies, AKA, other parents? I’ve only been a mom for a short period of time, but here’s what I...

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I Told My Husband I Wanted a Divorce

When I got married, I was certain that I was going to stay married until one of us died. My husband and I had already been through it all and still managed to end up together so I couldn’t imagine anything tearing us apart. In the summer of 2014, I drove across town in the dead of night to cry on my mother-n-law’s shoulders knowing our marriage had to end. A few days later, we sat at our dinner table and I said it out loud. That night I told my husband that I wanted a divorce.   There...

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Born-n-raised in Brooklyn, New York, I now live in the suburbs of Maryland with my amazing husband and three hilarious kids. Thanks for visiting. Kick it for a bit and I'm sure you will find something to help you improve the relationships that matter to you most and live a healthier, happier life. Read more...

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