Building a Legacy Through Storytelling

Building a Legacy Through Storytelling

“The oral storytelling of our family is very rich.” – Louise


The bond between a mother and a daughter is a powerful bond. Especially in a big family filled with men.


In our final episode of this HERadventures series, Mary & I got a chance to sit in Baltimore with powerful mother-daughter duo, Louise and Paula. Louise is a mother of five children, is an attorney mediator, and the co-author of Being Relational: The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction and Lasting Change with her husband, William Senft. Her daughter, Paula grew up listening to her grandma sharing stories and is currently Associate Director of Admission at Friends School of Baltimore.



The stories of how the previous generations have influenced both women is astounding. Growing up in a sea of men has brought Louise and Paula closer – and allowed them to create a girl-gang within their own family – and made them stronger women together. It’s beautiful to listen to the emphasis they place on making sure their grandparents’ stories make it to the next generation and the work they do to keep their family’s history alive. Listen in to get inspired to start collecting your own family’s stories.



 



 


 



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Louise Phillip Senft is an award winning attorny mediator and co-author of Being Relational: The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction and Lasting Change.


In her words: Louise is determined, a believer, open, compassionate, a mother, insightful, and a leader.


Twitter: @QualityDialogue

Facebook: Louise Phipps Senft

Facebook: Baltimore Mediation

LinkedIn: Louise Phipps Senft

Archer Blog: www.BeingRelational.com/Archer-Senft-Updates

Website: www.BaltimoreMediation.com

Book Website: www.BeingRelational.com


 



 


Paula Senft is Associate Director of Admission at Friends School of Baltimore.


In her words: Paula is loving, empathetic, a bridge-builder and hardworker.


Instagram: @phunns

Facebook: Paula Senft

LinkedIn: Paula Senft




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Creativity Is Power. Women Are Powerful.

Creativity Is Power. Women Are Powerful.

“Just do something every day.” – Caprece


How many of us have had friendships lasting more than 30 years?! Goodness, I hope to find that kind of bond. Hanging at Mary’s studio in Baltimore,  Mary & I chatted with two icons of Baltimore’s artists scene: Caprece & Sehar. 


Upon meeting, I told Caprece I wanted hair like hers – I had to stop her from taking it off and giving it to me. These women were creative forces and were wearing it – literally. Caprece shares stories of her world travels, ambitions for her family, and how she keeps herself motivated. Sehar is a designer who has been molding and creating textiles for years as founder of Urban Masala, a globally-inspired wearable art company, and is finally learning the value of taking care of herself.



Not only have these women seen each other grow and develop over 30 years of friendship, they still find ways to encourage each other to continue creating. They also make it a point to curate a thriving scene for other artists in their community and share a beautiful view of the future. Listen in to shut the door on fear & soar. 




 



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Caprece Jackson-Garret is a publicist, marketing strategist, and event producer.


In her words: Caprece is a chronic fashionista, aDOREs expressing aesthetic perspective through wearable embellishment, the mother of two aMAZING daughters, an F.I.T. graduate, former Playboy Bunny who lived in Paris, France for five years, and covered the collections in Paris and Milan during the 80's.


Instagram: @bonneaucaprece



 



 


Sehar Peerzada is owner of Urban Masala.


In her words: Sehar is a wearable art innovator, creating limited edition hand block printed clothing. She is inspired by the entire African diaspora, studied fashion history-which for her begins in Africa. Sehar is also a costume designer, working for live theater and performers, and values her roles as a mother/wife/friend.


Instagram: @urbanmasala1

Facebook: Urban Masala

Website: www.urbanmasala.com

Etsy Store: UrbanMasalaE




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Women Are The Movement. Keep Going.

Women Are The Movement. Keep Going.

“We are natural born leaders.” – Felicia


I love Baltimore – it’s a city with grit, fierce determination, and a history of diversity. Just 45 minutes away from DC, it has its own character – including incredible women with the same grit and determination. Mary & I wandered the Great Blacks in Wax Museum and snapped photos in Graffiti Alley before meeting at her natural light studio in an old factory building near Druid Hill Park.


Much like Baltimore, the women we met had the same grit & determination. Our first set of women were two entrepreneurs and long-standing friends, Sarita and Felicia – what a way to kick off the conversations in this incredible city. Sarita is a owner of SparTea, a day spa for girls in Townsend, MD, mother of four, and breast cancer survivor. Felicia is a people-builder, public speaker, and entrepreneur coach.


 



Sarita and Felicia lift each other up both as mothers, women, and entrepreneurs. Both lost their mothers at young ages, and although that gave them a significant bond, we learned how Felicia pulled strength from Sarita’s battle with breast cancer and how they both became better women through the fight. Listen in for the laughter, tears, and love.




Mary takes a picture of Felicia & Sarita in Baltimore, MD


Continue to grow with Sarita & Felicia’s reading choices below:


Sarita Recommends: “The Five Laws of Success” by Arnina Nikitina


Felicia Recommends: “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews



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Sarita Murray is owner/founder of SparTea.


In her words: Sarita is loyal, a mom, Christian, hard-worker, tenacious, and a survivor in many aspects.


Instagram: @SaritaMurray



Twitter: @SparTea


 



 


Felicia Jackson Smith is a public speaker, executive coach, trainer, and entrepreneur.


In her words: Sarita is an amazing mother first, an awesome wife, the best big sister, loyal friend, entrepreneur, public speaker, and an executive coach/trainer.


Instagram: @jaguarjackson

Facebook: Felicia Jackson



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Gratitude, Relationships & Retro Phone Bills

Gratitude, Relationships & Retro Phone Bills

“Thank you is a powerful word.” – Maritza Lizama


Raise your hand if you have a friend because you’re from the same area of the world. Isn’t it amazing how we can bond because we understand each other’s culture and speak the same language – figuratively and literally? Similar backgrounds can give us a deeper understanding of another person while also learning more about ourselves.


Mary & I sat down in DC to chat with my dear friend, Maritza Lizama and her unstoppable friend, Pamela Nieto, to talk all things gratitude, relationships, and… retro phone bills?!


Maritza and Pam met five years ago as industry colleagues and quickly gravitated toward friendship. They found their similarities extended beyond similar cultural background and industry peers. Their drive, determination, and spirituality bonded these two in a way that makes you want to hug their faces. Maritza and Pam are the epitome of what it means to build your tribe. These women lean on each other, support each other professionally and personally, and even make time to get some serious booty-shaking in between their busy lives.


 



 


 


 

Listen in and get reacquainted with the power of gratitude, mentorship, and the love and strength of our mothers.


Continue to grow with Maritza & Pam’s reading choices below:


Maritza Recommends- ‘Extreme Ownership’ by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin


Pamela Recommends- ‘Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren


 



As promised, here's Maritza's extended recommended reads:


 Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown


 Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini


(also read his first book Influence)


Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero


A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman


Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits by Timothy Ferriss (this is a MAMMOTH reference book, great nuggets of wisdom)


Anything from Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin including Seth's daily blog (read this every day)


 



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Maritza Lizama is co-founder of LiMón, LLC.


In her words: Maritza has lived in the Washington area for over 3 decades. Believes getting married to the love of her life has been the best decision. Being a mom has been her highest and most humbling calling. She loves to cook and breaking bread with people feeds her belly and my soul. Feels as though her faith in a loving God keeps her grounded, generous, and hopeful.


Instagram: @maritza.lizama



LinkedIn: Maritza Lizama


 



 


Pamela Nieto is an account supervisor for a communications agency.


In her words: Pamela was born and raised in Colombia, but has been a Washingtonian for 15 years. Traveling has helped her appreciate life so much more. She is fearless when it comes to trying new things (traveling new places, trying weird foods, or a new fitness class), passionate about social marketing and giving back to her community. She also loves a bargain.


Instagram: @pamelanieto

Twitter: @pamnietob / @hagersharp

LinkedIn: Pamela Nieto



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You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose…

You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose…

“You know how in your life you have two special people?


Yeah, my sister is like number one.” – Natalie Poitevien


Sisters go one of two ways – they’re either SUPER close or not at all. There’s not usually a middle ground. Generations of my family’s sisters have shown me that, including my own. When my previous trainer, Natalie, said she was going to bring her sister on HERadventures, I was SO excited to hear about the closeness of the two of them. And it’s WAY more close than I expected.


 


 



 


Natalie and Shaneya didn’t choose their bond, but they definitely chose (and choose daily) to embrace it. Even if their significant others end up in second place. These two have each other forever.  


Mary & I chatted with Natalie and Shaneya in Washington, DC about their unconventional family tree, growing up in Brooklyn, and their hopes for the future. Natalie is a fitness coach and Shaneya is a senior stylist. This episode of HERadventures includes many laughs and a reminder that real sisters host “ugly face” competitions (yep, we have pictures).


 



 



 



 


Natalie & Shaneya’s Reading Choices:


Natalie Recommends: “The Great Work of Your Life” by Stephen Cope


Shaneya Recommends: “The Sookie Stackhouse Novels” by Charlaine Harris


 



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Natalie Poitevien is a personal trainer and fitness coach.


In her words: Natalie is silly, friendly, ambitious, spontaneous, and trustworthy.


Instagram: @prettydarnugly




 



 


Shaneya Rivera is a senior stylist.


In her words: Shaneya is hilarious, kind, brutally honest, determined, and an introvert.


Instagram: @shaneyaneyaneya


 



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Get out there and seize your next adventure.

Get out there and seize your next adventure.

“I stand in the light that’s shining on me and through me.”


– Kimberly Y. Moore


Not many of us get to manifest the human we’d like to work with only to have that person show up within 24 hours, but that’s the story of how Kimberly met me (Melanie). In the first episode of this season's HERadventures, you get to sit with me & Mary in Washington, DC as we get to know Kimberly Y. Moore.


 



We learn of the woman behind Go Together, a community building platform that matches carpooling services for students, and the adventure her life has been. It all begins with the fierce determination of a nine-year-old who changed her birth name. Then we learn about using a fashion show as a weapon against segregation along with finding the strength necessary to accept opportunities as they arrive – even in the form of jobs we are overqualified for.


Kimberly’s journey has been one of growth, inspiration, and developing routines that remind herself she’s enough – and goodness, don’t we all need that?!


 



 


Mary takes a picture of Kimberly in D.C.


 



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Kimberly Y. Moore is co-founder of GoTogether.


In her words: Kimberly is Intentional, Inspired by Faith, Fearless, Focused, Grace giving


 


Instagram: @journey2theone


LinkedIn: Kimberly Moore


Twitter: @kymoore1


 



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