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“Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Something my grandmother used to say, “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” A well-known scripture, Proverbs 31, speaks of a virtuous woman with a list of qualities that Michelle Johnson-Murphy strives to reach daily. This is her focus scripture and while the tasks may seem impossible to achieve, those who know the Director of Payroll would consider her honorable, wise, and selfless. What many people don’t know is that Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degrees, and a Ph.D coming down the pipeline. Her passion for continuous learning came at an early age when …

Be Proud of Your Race and Culture

Be Proud of Your Race and Culture

“The unwillingness to try is worse than any failure” Nikki Giovanni (Author, Poet Laureate, Philanthropist) The privilege of growing up in a military family afforded me the opportunity to travel. Through those travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many people from diverse cultures, races, and ethnic backgrounds.  Those experiences taught me an important lesson which I continue to carry in my daily life: Be Proud of Your Race and Culture.   While other countries celebrate all facets of their culture every day of the year, in America, the African American culture is acknowledged and celebrated for the designated month of February, …

What Black History Means to Me

What Black History Means to Me

What does Black History mean to me? Black History to me means that without some of the great leaders who have come before me, I wouldn’t have the same opportunities I, or any of us, have today.  Black History Month in my household is not celebrated just February; it is every day of every month. I have three children. It’s very important my children know the life we live wasn’t given but earned, and a lot of people paid a hefty price for us to live the way we do. I have a daughter, who is a freshman in college. …

Forgive to Rebuild

Forgive to Rebuild

In American race relations there’s room for one thing – forgiveness.  It’s like a spoonful of liquid medicine. It is important, it heals, it strengthens. How many times have I walked in front of someone and not held the door?  Then seconds later thought, “ugh, that was silly, why didn’t I hold the door?”  Then those days when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to let another driver into my lane.  So, I just speed by and let them get in whenever, however.  The best thing I can do when I am aware that I haven’t made room …

#2020Goals – A Challenge to Face Fears

#2020Goals – A Challenge to Face Fears

Once upon a time, on January 8, 2019, I challenged Adrianna Warnell, Direct Marketing Manager and 5-year TMX Finance Family member, to face her public speaking fears and take her career to the next level. We made a deal that if I agreed to speak at an upcoming conference in 2019, she would do the same in 2020. So, naturally, to solidify and memorialize the agreement, I printed the exchange, framed it, and placed it on Adrianna’s desk to serve as a constant reminder to push harder and be braver than the previous day…  and, of course, to remind her …

Dedication and Perseverance: Delayed doesn’t mean denied

Dedication and Perseverance: Delayed doesn’t mean denied

Who remembers being a carefree child and always having an idea of what you wanted to be when you grew up? Some of us wanted to be actors, teachers, firemen, doctors, serve in the military, etc. For me, my family and I always knew that I would be a lawyer or pursue some form of career in the legal field. Our family and society may have inspired or influenced which path we ultimately took but without our own dedication and perseverance, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Dedication: “Your self-sacrificing devotion to your purpose in life and your unwavering …

When the Call Came

When the Call Came

In 1981, at just 17 years old, I decided I wanted to go into the Army National Guard Military Police Unit located in my hometown. I remember going to my parents and telling them I wanted to join and serve my country. My father, a Korean War veteran, was very proud  I decided to take control of my life and was honored that I wanted to follow in his footsteps and join the Army. Both of my parents had to sign for me to go because I had not turned 18 years old yet.  The training and discipline instilled in me at …

Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic Violence Awareness

*Content may be upsetting to some. Please read with caution. I always thought the signs of domestic abuse would be obvious. That I’d be too smart to fall into that, plain and simple. Except no one ever told me anything about the various types of abuse; that it wasn’t all just about the physical and the sexual. No one mentioned mental, financial, verbal, or the emotional kind. No one ever told me about the cycle of abuse. I became uncomfortably comfortable in that cycle for nearly three years. I stayed due to endless excuses that he fed me and that …

The Importance of Celebrating Heritage and Continuing Traditions

The Importance of Celebrating Heritage and Continuing Traditions

One thing that I always try to teach my children is that although we are American, understanding our heritage gives us an idea of how our ancestors lived and how and why our traditions came to be. I believe it is very important to learn our culture and where we came from, especially from a familial perspective. Understanding where we came from allows us to share how things came to be–through necessity or through old traditions and beliefs. I learned at an early age to participate in cultural activities because it creates a bond that we all share. Here are …

Food That Feels Like Home

Food That Feels Like Home

You can’t talk about Peru without talking about our food. Recognized as one of the best gastronomic destinations in the world, our cuisine has contributed to the growth of social development in our country in the last decades. In the last few years, world known chefs, award winning restaurants, hundreds of community events, new cooking schools, and a whole new perception on how our food represents our culture have been created. Our cooking scene is one that is constantly evolving, while always maintaining the traditional flavors and ingredients. Chefs have brought to our attention the faces of every person involved …

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