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Breaking Cycles

Breaking Cycles

June 30, 2018

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True Leadership

True Leadership

May 31, 2018

Greek philosopher, Aristotle, years ago said that the best way to teach character is by modeling a good example. Children are like sponges, they observe everything. Our children may not always listen to what we tell them but they will always be watching what we do.

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By the Grace of God

By the Grace of God

April 30, 2018

Throughout the interview, I broke down a couple times because many of the memories of my past are still painful. However, the more we hold on to our past, the more shame to linger. True freedom requires spiritual growth and growth takes time. Hilary is such a great example of that and I am truly honored to be able to share her inspiring story of how she overcame an unhealthy season of her life.

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Finding your purpose

Finding your purpose

March 30, 2018

It's always difficult for me to write my blog, I always overanalyze everything and never know how to start it but like always it eventually just comes to me. I am super excited this month, well I’m excited every month for my blog; however, this month, in particular, I have been focused on finalizing my curriculum for my purpose workshop and it so happens that is exactly what God put in my heart for this blog

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Against all Odds

Against all Odds

February 21, 2018

Have you ever wondered how someone managed to find the courage to keep going despite all odds being against them? I know I have and before being on the path that I am on now, I thought there was a secret or shortcut but quickly learned there isn't one. Luckily I have found the answer and it is transformation.

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Crying is Okay

Crying is Okay

January 31, 2018

For as long as she can remember her father's persistence of helping out with his business encouraged her to be a business owner. Mayra is a hardworking woman who has always put everyone else's needs before her own. Everyone in her family has leaned on her and expected her to be the backbone of the family.

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Owning your power

Owning your power

December 31, 2017

For some reason this New Year’s feels different, maybe a large part of it is because I am no longer the woman that I was before. By no means am I saying I am perfect but I am constantly working on myself and have learned to surrender to God and understand that no matter how much I want to be in control, His plan is always better.

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God's Child

God's Child

November 27, 2017

Mother Theresa says that “Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” Being open as air rids all insecurities and transparency always wins hearts, Jaqueline won my heart when she bared it all.

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Healed

Healed

November 26, 2017

The best part of this journey has been meeting phenomenal “hurt” women and watching their growth. Nothing makes my soul happier than seeing women not allow their circumstances to define them! Veronica De Leon is a beast! She inspires me every day to keep going

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Be you!

Be you!

November 25, 2017

Most of the past decade I have lived in the south, I recently came back to California in March 2015. Coming back after being gone so long was a huge adjustment. Something about the south made me feel at home and connecte

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I'm back...

I'm back...

October 29, 2017

Let me start off by saying I want to apologize for being MIA. After attending Landmark I know that integrity is a huge part of shaping your life. If you cannot keep your word to yourself, how can we expect for anything else in your life to work? When I began my journey of this campaign I inspired women to take part and they agreed in hopes that I would share their stories.

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Be Still

Be Still

August 31, 2017

For the longest time, I struggled with seeing myself the way others viewed me. The Anel everyone knew was strong, took no crap from anyone and was a go-getter. In reality, I was human and hurt just like everyone else and had NO clue what I wanted to do with my life. I also learned to fake it or many years. It wasn't until I learned to be still, get connected to God that this all changed and I was able to get clarity on my purpose.

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I AM NOT ASHAMED

I AM NOT ASHAMED

July 23, 2017

In life, there are no coincidences and I strongly believe that Barbara and I were meant to cross paths. The 2016 I am Bold. I Rise marketing for the campaign had already begun. One of our mutual friends, also a participant, posted on her Instagram about the campaign and Barbara immediately reached out to her and said she wanted to be a part of it; she knew it was time for her story to be told.

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Power within

Power within

June 21, 2017

About two years ago I met this amazing, vibrant, caring, genuine woman, who at the time I had no idea would become one of my good friends. A mentor even because she has taught me many valuable lessons. Months before we met, her employer had gone bankrupt and were forced to close their doors.

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Love Yourself

Love Yourself

May 05, 2017

As I took time to meditate and research for this month’s blog I discovered something that captivated my attention. Did you know that there is a term for women that attach their self-worth to their romantic relationships? The term used to identify these relationships is “contingent self-esteem.”

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Making Sense

Making Sense

April 10, 2017

I have always held a special fondness for the month of April, aside from enjoying the beautiful weather and the blossoming of the flowers I am honored to introduce Tamara Mena. April’s I am BOLD I RISE ambassador. I was immediately moved by Tamara’s tenacity to turn her pain into her purpose.

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I am me

I am me

March 03, 2017

Survivor. The word alone carries so much weight. Google defined sur*vi*vor- noun as a person who copes well with difficulties in their life. –“she is a born survivor,” is the example they gave. 

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The truth shall set you free

The truth shall set you free

February 10, 2017

Ariana and I first met at a women’s conference and from the beginning, I knew that she and I would become friends We eventually began to met up to share our stories. As we sat and talked over dinner, Ariana was in tears as I shared my daughter's story with her. She said that I was an amazing and strong mother for standing by my daughter after I found out her father had sexually abused her.

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Only you define who you are

Only you define who you are

January 06, 2017

There have been times in my life where I have taken to heart what people think and say about me. I have slowly come to realize that I define who I am, not others. As Oprah would say, “Don’t get confused between what people say you are and who you know you are.”

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My Journey to Forgiveness Part 2

My Journey to Forgiveness Part 2

December 23, 2016

After the domestic incident between my ex-husband and I, social services were referred to our home. I remember being so irritated thinking, what did my kids have to do with him putting hands on me, he had never hurt the kids. The social worker came by to my house several times and I kept dodging her visits.

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My journey to forgiveness Part 1

My journey to forgiveness Part 1

December 09, 2016

Forgiveness can be a very difficult thing to do and I honestly never thought I was capable of forgiving when it came to certain things. Forgiveness is giving up resentment toward someone who has wronged you

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Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

December 02, 2016

Getting home from the Bold Ascension Calendar Sneak Peek Dinner my heart was so happy. I didn’t do much talking that night, I really just soaked in what was happening…the I am BOLD. I RISE. campaign brought all these women together and sitting there hearing the conversation really inspired me.

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New Direction

New Direction

November 18, 2016

The year is almost over and I must say it has been a truly amazing year. It has not been perfect by an means; however, it has definitely been a year of growth. Since I have came back to California, I have moved twice (about to move again), lost friends (my best friend of 16 years), officially became divorced (after 12 years of marriage), and my children lost contact with their father (due to him being incarcerated) which hurts me to see them hurt.

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Jump and the net will appear

Jump and the net will appear

November 04, 2016

Early today I was having a conversation with a friend and we were talking about all the changes that have happened in my life. As I reflected back on my journey, I realized that I have come a long way and although I am not where I want to be, I have to give myself credit for how far I’ve come. These last two years have been the most difficult two years of my life.

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