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I finally found it… “work” that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning, and a vision that keeps me up at night. A perfect marriage for all of my strengths, and fertile ground for all of my challenges. We are now officially 6 months old and I couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made, the lessons we’ve learned and the map we’ve created for our future. 

Making room for my dream in my life has meant pushing some things and some people away. In most cases, not because I want to, but because I have to… at least for now. There is a common misconception that if you become an entrepreneur you’ll have more “free” time. The truth is because I work two full time jobs – I’m teaching full time and I’m the Executive Director of Donda’s House full time, there really is no such thing as free time. My day generally starts at 6:00 a.m. I have to clock in to teach at 8:00 a.m. and the teaching day concludes at 3:15 p.m. Most of the time I schedule my conference calls between 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., because most business people function on the traditional 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. schedule. I usually do those calls while in my car using my ear-piece on my commute home. 
 
My Donda’s House work happens on my lunch breaks and immediately at about 3:20 p.m. The majority of my Donda’s House work time goes toward collaborating with my team, which includes a core group of about 12 people, meeting with and forging partnerships with potential partners, filling our grant applications and/or reports, and brainstorming and preparing for future events. I am usually working on Donda’s House nonstop from 3:20 p.m. until midnight or later.  Saturdays are usually also reserved for Donda’s House Committee Meetings (we have a volunteer Marketing, Fundraising and Programming Committee). Lately, half of our family meals are ordered via take-out  (usually not fast food, we go get fish, or jerk chicken or Boston Market) and the other half are home-cooked meals. My husband and I also juggle getting my 15-year old step-son to and from school, and to and from practice and matches (he’s Wrestling now and plays football when he’s not doing that). 
 
My husband and I try to squeeze in a date every now and then and our family tries to squeeze in a trip to the movie theater (which I’m almost ashamed to say, we’ve only seen 2 movies this year! and we used to go to the movies every Friday). Every day, we’re getting more support and the more people that join us that believe in our mission, the lighter my load becomes. My word for the year is “influence,” and that can’t happen if you’re not making connections, quantifying those connections and remaining consistent and persistent. Besides teaching, Donda’s House & my family, I’ve made room for working out. I try to get in 30 – 45 minutes a day, and I’m already starting to see the results. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and if you’re ever curious about what I’m up to… check out our official Twitter handle @dondashouse or check me out on twitter @blkgrlunmasked. I’m much more active on social media these days than I am my blog… but I’m planning to make some room for that too ;) 

Co-Founder & Executive Director of Donda's House, Inc. Wife to Che "Rhymefest" Smith. Believer. Writer. Scrapbooker. ΣΓΡ.

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