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Just Going Through The Motions In Life?

Don’t feel bad. In life, many people experience those moments.  And contrary to popular belief, I don’t think it’s such a bad thing.264

Sometimes the act of, “just going through the motions” during valley moments when your dreams aren’t manifesting, that business isn’t flourishing or “them kids” don’t seem to heed your guidance and you’d ordinarily just give up – is the very thing that propels you through challenging times and into the materialization of your harvest.

I believe the ability to honor ones vision or purpose in season and out – whether we’re “feeling it” or not, cultivates the discipline, maturity and personal growth necessary to manage through the “good times.”

So when you’re feeling discouraged, don’t give up. Show up!



Ladon Brumfield is founding Executive Director of Chicago-based girls mentoring organization, Girls Rule! (



She must be honest, both in thought and deed,
Of generous impulse, and above all greed;
Not seeking praise, or place, or power, or pelf,
But life’s best blessings for her higher self,
Which means the best for all.
She must have faith,
To make good friends of Trouble, Pain, and Death,
And understand their message.
She should be
As redolent with tender sympathy
As a rose is with fragrance.
Should be her mantle, even though her dress
May be of Sorrow’s weaving.
On her face
A loyal nature leaves its seal of grace,
And chastity is in her atmosphere.
Not that chill chastity which seems austere
(Like untrod snow-peaks, lovely to behold
Till once attained – then barren, loveless, cold):
But the white flame that feeds upon the soul
And lights the pathway to a peaceful goal.
A sense of humour, and a touch of mirth,
To brighten up the shadowy spots of earth;
And pride that passes evil – choosing good.
All these unite in perfect womanhood.

Create Date Monday, May 26, 2003

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

by Lisa Guillot, Step Brightly Creative Group

Part 2 of the Step Brightly Creative Women in Business Series Interview
with Ladon Brumfield, Director of Girls Rule!

Our favorite radio station, V103FM highlights “Views from the Heart” with Hermene Hartman, editor of N’Digo Magazine.  She shares her thoughts about Girls Rule and their list of 101 things a girl should know before she enters high school. Step Brightly’s favorite: #99 Pick friends who enhance your life.

Ladon Brumfield continues…

How do you continue to learn, evolve, network and find work/life balance?
It really is challenging! For entrepreneurs who are either building a business or working diligently to sustain or grow it, maintaining work/life balance is always a challenge. I think it’s an even more challenging balancing act for mompreneurs. I am no exception. I have to work extra hard to adhere to specific work hours so that work and life boundaries don’t become skewed. Sometimes I’m successful. Other times, I fail miserably.

I carve out time each day…ok, in reality, it’s just couple of times a week, to read articles from other professionals in my field. I also belong to several online community groups for entrepreneurs where I may network and share what I’ve learned while learning from others. To ensure that my programming continues to evolve, whenever possible I facilitate my own workshops so that can keep a pulse of and better understand the changing needs of the young ladies Girls Rule! serves.

How do you stay true to yourself as an individual in the business world?
I focus on purpose. I am not doing this work by accident, but by appointment. For me, Girls Rule! is a purpose driven work that I have been specifically prepared and crafted to do for this season. My spiritual, social and professional purpose and skill-sets are aligned…finally.

Many persons don’t know that initially, I primarily lived <read more>

Pulse evaluation

Taking Your Pulse

How many times have you created a strategy to ensure that you fulfill your resolutions or reach your goals only to find that you haven’t achieved your desired outcome? 

Don’t give up!  Even the best laid plans encounter challenges. 

Success lies in checking the PULSE of your activities.  Just as a physician checks ones pulse for irregularities and to make sure everything flows properly, we should regularly check the ebbs and flow of our goal oriented tasks, activities and processes to ensure that we are thriving toward our goals. 

Ladon Brumfield
Girls Rule!  Inspiring Girls to Blend…OUT!

Part I: Shanon Nelson; educator, author, and mompreneur.

“Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.” ~Ben Stein

Don’t get me wrong — I believe in that ages old Proverb, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”  Preparation when embarking upon any endeavor is critical to its success. 

However, lets not become so paralyzed by the planning process or the prospect failure that we do not act.   


A southern Indiana school district drew fire after telling a teenager to sing the national anthem their way – a more “traditional” way.  Since then the teen, Shai Warfield-Cross has received a formal apology from the school principal.  He also promised to personally introduce her to the audience the next time she sings the song, which she’ll be allowed to sing her way. <more below>

What Happened?

Shai, a 16 year old sophamore student at Bloomington High School North, has performed “The Star Spangle Banner,” at school sporting events for the past year without incident.  However, a big flap was caused when she sang her interpretation of the national anthem before a game in Marshville, IN.

Bloomingtion High School North’s principal, Jeff Henderson reprimanded the teen for her interpretation of the song after receiving complaints from some who found the melody to be unrecognizable and others who felt the rendition was disrespectful to both past and current members of the United States military.  

Do you think the National Anthem is up for interpretation?  Should we inspire girls to blend out – but only in ways that make others feel comfortable?

Ladon Brumfield
Girls Rule! Inspiring Girls to Blend…OUT!

Have you ever shared your intent to pursue your life’s dream, purpose or passion with someone and had them squelch your spirit?  Maybe you shared your vision to write a book, open a business, or to start a community serving organization or program and the person in whom you confided said, “That’s good.  Just have a plan B lined up.” or questioned whether your vision was “realistic.” 

Well, it’s important to remember that one’s vision is uniquely their own. Everyone won’t be able to see where you are trying to go.  Don’t give up or get side tracked. 

Together let’s affirm that… 

 “I will not loose sight of my vision simply because others can’t see what’s on the horizon.”

 Ladon Brumfield
Girls Rule! – Inspiring Girls to Blend…OUT!

The eloquent simplicity and truth of this piece is deeply resonating.  Whenever one endeavors to act or to “do” (particularly in ways that enhance their life or the lives of others) challenges and storms will undoubtedly come their way.  It is in these times that even the steps of strong men do falter.  It is in these moments ( I hope), recollection of these verses inspire us all to just…Do It Anyway.      


Do It Anyway 

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. 
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

~  written by Mother Teresa


Ladon Brumfield
Girls Rule! Inspiring Girls to Blend…OUT!

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.”

by Mother Teresa

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