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In this issue: "Seeing the Unseen", the Sincerely Chosen FINALE, my #2Cents2Empower you and more!
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Seeing the Unseen...

 

Growing up I always heard, "you can do anything you put your mind to."

I was encouraged to dream, and not just dream any 'ole dream, but to dream BIG.

As I became an adult and started sacrificing things like financial security and traditional job paths, the message morphed into: Dream but don't dream too big, time is running out.

Being a dreamer requires imagination, but the step thereafter that makes that dream a reality--the one where you become a visionary--that requires discernment.

A dreamer and visionary operate in two similar yet distinctly different realms of the universe. A dream will drive you, but a vision will sustain you.

Both require a stubborn like faith in the unseen and belief in limitless possibilities, but dreamers--well, they dream. Visionaries? They DO. 

They do make sacrifices, but they do not sacrifice their vision for creature comforts.
They do plan strategically, but they do not become rigid in their approach.
They do take losses, but they do not lose.
They do get weary, but they do not become hopeless.
They do embrace vulnerability, but they do not play anyone's fool.
They do remain relentless in their pursuit, but they do not become obsessed with control.
They do focus more on their vision than their current reality, but they do not miss out on the gift of the present.
They do come out of their heads and live in their hearts, but they do not lose sight of the importance in balancing the two.

They do until nothing more can seemingly be done, and when that happens, they find another way. ;-)

A visionary never quits because they know deep down inside, their vision is actually a mission. 

I didn't truly become a visionary until I realized that there were people who were willing to kill my dreams. They weren't being malicious or hateful, but their inability to see my dreams, even as they watched my progress, meant that I had actually been given a mission. And the manifestation of a vision--the fulfillment of a mission--can defy the hands of time and all human expectations.

So...

I'm rising higher and becoming something more powerful than a dreamer.
I'm digging deeper and tapping into a strength that only a visionary can possess. 
I'm becoming more sensitive to who and what I let near my vision...otherwise they'll taint it, and my spirit.

This is my vision, not theirs...and that's okay. (wink, wink)

Here's a declaration to remind you, and others, to see the unseen and stay committed to manifesting it:

I've been given a vision that many will hear, but few will truly understand and see. And that's okay. I'm born for this. #ATOEpiphany
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Be empowered today and every day, love.

- Sincerely Syreeta

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WEDNESDAY: SEASON 2 FINALE!


Wednesday, August 18th // 7:00pm 
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Don’t miss the season two finale of Sincerely Chosen, Philadelphia’s powerful live talk show experience starring Sincerely Syreeta!

The night will feature:

  • Complimentary hour of Stella Artois and Bud Light

  • Food + Drinks (We recommend trying The Chosen, a special priced rum-based cocktail)

  • Live Entertainment & Music by DJ G33K

  • Networking Mixer

  • Live interviews with:

    + Felicia Harris of this seasons' benefitting organization Influencing Action Movement
    + Saroya Royster of My Sisters' Keeper Philly
    + Thomas Butler, Executive Director of the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable
    + Khalil Marcano, Financial Coach and Vice President of Philadelphia Financial Solutions

  • VIP Admission includes backstage access, meet and mingle with Sincerely Syreeta and interviewee guests, plus refreshments.

Season Finale Perk: Purchase a ticket online for the finale show receive a 20% discount on general admission tickets to all Season 3 shows!

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  • This is 21+ event only. Valid ID is required.
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  • Bring a friend--the more the merrier!
  • Prompt arrival is strongly encouraged. You deserve a good seat.
  • Engage with our online audience by using the hashtag #SincerelyChosen when capturing moments from the show.
  • Get a head start on your food order by viewing the menu here.
  • A full bar and craft beers are available.
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2 CENTS 2 EMPOWER:
Your Win is Not Your Own

 

If you haven't been tuning into the Rio 2016 Olympics, I need you to get with the program. 

While I've never been a big fan of the Olympics, this year in particular has captured and maintained my attention like no other. There are countless inspirational stories of phenomenally talented athletes, but one story in particular struck my core.

Wayde van Niekerk.

He hails from South Africa and is the new 400-meter world record holder with a winning time of 43.03 from the 8th lane. He beat Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record by .15 seconds.

There were three primary aspects of his story that stuck out to me:

  • His mother, Odessa Swarts, was a champion track athlete who rose in the era of apartheid and, due to standing firmly in her beliefs. She chose to participate in the non-racial, anti-apartheid sport via the South African Council on Sport (SACOS). Any international opportunities were essentially blocked due to racism. In a Rio 2016 report she said, and I'm paraphrasing here, "I was not intended to be an Olympic champion; I was intended to be the mother of an Olymic champion."
  • His coach of 4 years is Ans Botha, a 74-year-old great-grandmother who has never coached an athlete that advanced to a platform of this magnitude.
  • His win is symbolic of a new chapter to a now democratic South Africa, one that citizens say is attempting to embark on a new path to freedom and equality. 

Niekerk stands on the shoulders of a mother who blazed a trail through oppression, a 74 year-old woman who believed she still had something to offer those coming up behind her, and a country that once nearly snuffed out the light of an entire generation with hopes and dreams.

His story--their stories--left me with three reminders about life and purpose:

  1. Your race is not your own. This is not just about you, it's about those coming up behind you. Therefore: your pain and sacrifice is not in vain.
  2. It is never too late to live some form of your purpose. No matter your age, you have something to offer the world. The question is: are you courageous enough to defy the limitations others will attempt to impose on you even if you are intimidated by the mission at hand?
  3. The torch is already there, it's up to you to become the light that gives it power and use. Carry it as far as you can for as long as you can...and have faith.

I'll continue to tune in as so many go on to break world records and defy the odds.

I don't know what race you're in at this point in your life, but remember each win is not your own.The lives of others are tied to your story, and your success is a testament to those who have believed in you and sacrificed for you. 

You are a champion. I know it, and I hope you do too.



What are your thoughts about the RIO 2016 Olympics? Let me know your #2Cents2Empower via response to the email or on social media by using the hashtag! You may see your thought shared along with others in the next newsletter. ;-)

SS Reader Response to #ATOEpiphany

"This is a really good thing you're doing. Challenges the need to control and desire to keep things secret."
READ ON SINCERELYSYREETA.COM: #ATOEPIPHANY
Stories include coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis; the deaths of three family members; realizing that change is certain and inaction is costly; abandoning the pursuit of perfection; and learning to let life surprise you.
READ ON THEPHILADELPHIACITIZEN.ORG:
Meet the Disruptor: Ivy Advantage & 12+
#JustAThought: I believe that we live in a world of limitless possibilities. What do you believe?
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