• My mom’s favorite church song is Grace & Mercy. When @pintsizefaith they sent me these shirts, they didn’t know.  I believe this was a message from my mom that his Grace & Mercy will bring me through. Thank you @pintsizefaith  for all the inspiring messages.
  • The time is always right to do what is right - MLK. Words I try to live by! If you visit Memphis, go by the Lorraine Motel. So many emotions just knowing this is where he took his last steps.
  • I thank God for my family.  Out here breaking generational curses and sharing black love. There was a time when I thought being a mom was negative because I watched so many in my family, including my mom, struggle raising kids on their own. Motherhood is a struggle but the best and loving kind of struggle.
  • I want to giveaway one Supermom hoodie and monthly planner to a mom that has big goals for 2020! 
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  • Somebody’s been drinking their water and minding their business 😆. My first blog post of 2020 is up! This is the year I say YES to myself more! I’m excited about it.  I also forgot I got Fendi bag on Black Friday at a consignment store because I tucked it away before Mr started asking questions! Pretty much brand new for a small fraction of the price 🙌🏾. My dress/jacket is also on sale at @recessionistasclose! Details are on the blog. Link in profile. 📷 @kaynjames
  • Y’all remember this? I saw that meme about what you call @diddy and you can tell someone’s age. Well I call him Puff. Happy Friday!  Fun fact: Peyton got some moves.  She can really dance. I don’t own the rights to this music. #puffdaddy
  • “I used to live downtown, 129th St” 🎶  My old heads know about this. That’s exactly what i look like.  Bonus points of you can tell me who or what song it’s from.  This has been my uniform (outside of my @supermomculture hoodie) over the holiday break +/- the hat. Trying to get my style mojo back for 2020! Shedding a few lbs will definitely get me inspired. Links to what I’m wearing in profile. #momstyle
  • *This pic is from Feb 19’* Get knocked down 9 times, get up 10 - Card B. I’m looking more like my before pic but I know it’s possible because I’ve done it before.  Last year was devastating for me and I ate and drank all my emotions.  I’m back at it again.  Click the link in my bio to see what helped me achieve these results.
  • Even though my voice is gone (I’m sure Mr & the girls are happy about that 😒), I’m excited for my first speaking engagement of the year for @bcollectivemag #belevated conference this month! I’ll be giving all the tea that has helped me to secure the brands. I’m so honored to be included in the line up!
  • I was holding on by a thread most of 2019. It may continue into 2020 but I’m holding on.  I thank God for keeping me. 
@supermomculture beanie is unavailable but new 🔥 drop coming in 2020!
  • Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas 🎄. Mr is missing but he’s still around 😂. To my defense, we took these before Thanksgiving and I planned to have another shoot with him but I was tired. Anywho... what y’all get?
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My Motivation for Grinding #McCafeGrind

April 14, 2014

This post is brought to you by McDonald’s®. I have partnered with them to spread the word about McCafé® Coffee.

People don’t grind for no reason at all.  No one just wakes up and say, I’m going to “Go hard today” with no motivation behind it.  Yeah, we got bills to pay, gotta keep the lights on and eat.  But what is the real motivation?  I could easily say Peyton motivates me to keep grinding.  She does motivate me to a certain extent, because I want her to have the best life possible.  But person that motivates me the most is my Mom. 

When I’m tired or just want to quit I think about my mom.  My mom has been through a lot of challenges.  My mom grew up in Mississippi before any civil rights movements even started.  To support the family, all the brothers and sisters had to work picking cotton.  She wasn’t a slave but could you imagine by the time you hit 5 years old you had to work in the field picking cotton until the sun went down.  That was my mom’s life.  When it was high cotton picking season my mom wasn’t able to go to school.  She couldn’t just be a kid and get an education. 
After getting married and having two kids, my mom left her rural town and headed to Chicago.  Can you imagine leaving such a small place to head to big city?  With a inadequate education, my mom was blessed to land a great job with an amazing company that she worked for over 30 years.  This job allowed her to support me without my father being in the picture (my brothers and sister are much older than me).  My mom and I were able to live in an upper middle class neighborhood and I went to a great high school.  I went on to get my college degree.  And my mom kept me looking fly the whole time. 
I’m sure a lot of our parents or grandparents have similar stories.  So when times get hard, I think about my mom and the challenges she overcame.  I know I can do anything in life if I work hard (grind) for it.  I have everything I need and then some.  My mom has worked to hard for me to fail.  I’m blessed to have such an amazing woman in my life.  There is no reason for me not to be motivated to grind. 

Every day is a new day to re-start your grind.  McDonalds’s McCafé® would like to help you with your rise and grind.  Stop in to pick up an affordable cup of coffee or a delicious iced or hot mocha or latte to help you seize the day!  Thank you for all the entries for the McCafé® prize pack giveaway.  The winner of the giveaway is Ashley Ellis!  You go girl! No reason not to keep grinding now! 

What motivates you to keep grinding?

This post is brought to you by McDonald’s®. I have partnered with them to spread the word about McCafé® Coffee.  Stay up to date McCafé® Coffee via @McDonalds and @McCafe on Twitter.  All opinions and stories are my own.

  • BonBon Rose Girls Kristin
    April 14, 2014 at 5:32 am

    I was raised by a single mama too and she motivates me every day!

  • Ashley Ellis
    April 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much! I truly appreciate you having the giveaway and I can’t believe I won. 🙂 Love the story of you and your mom! It reminds me a lot of my mother and I. What motivates me to keep grinding is my mother, fiance and church family who have always been supportive of me. I know when I am having a tough day, I can call on them anytime.

  • Talking with Tami
    April 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    great story

  • Taylor Brione
    April 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    SO inspiring! Go Mom!

  • Whitney James
    April 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Trina – very inspiring story! I have to say my mother is my motivation as well. I’ve learned how to be and how to do so much bc of her. Keep grinding and inspiring…xo!


  • Sonya K
    April 14, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I enjoyed reading about your Mom being your motivation. My mom also grew up picking cotton and missing school to do so. I was fortunate also to have a hard working Mom.

  • Cam
    April 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Goodness this sounds so much like my story! So sad I didn’t get to see you when you were here. 🙁

  • Rhonda
    April 22, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Love this Trina!!! You are blessed!

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