Author: Yolanda Jenkins

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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To My Boys: Some Random Thoughts from Mommy

Dear Little Bear and Itty Bitty, I take my responsibility as your mother very seriously. It is my job to keep you safe, provide for you and give you the right tools to function as adults while honoring who you are as individuals. In the everyday madness that comes with that responsibility, I don’t often have the chance to say all the things that race through my mind. So today, I’ll take a little time to share “some random thoughts from mommy.” What I Wish for You I wish that you have a childhood free from adult responsibilities. Very...

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Meet Martine

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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