You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” ~ Melissa Etheridge
Happy Monday to all you beautiful souls! I have a very special post to share with you today and it’s all because of how touched I was after attending an ‘Ahh-Mazing’ brunch last weekend. Myself, as well as several other powerful and inspiring women were invited to an exclusive Opulence Brunch at the luxurious Iberostar Grande Hotel by Cortia Bingham, C.E.O of We Inspire Ltd. The brunch was the official kick-off event to commemorate the 2nd staging of We Inspire Women Workshop & Brunch slated for August 26th & 27th in Kingston, at the Courtleigh Auditorium & The Jamaica Pegasus, respectively.
When I received the invite from Cortia to attend this brunch I was apprehensive at first. Mostly because I was intimidated by the women who I would be sharing a room with. Strong willed, powerful women of several great accomplishments while I felt I had nothing much to offer and share in return but my presence. I don’t particularly like feeling vulnerable and knowing I would be sharing a table with 10+ women made me feel very vulnerable. So like always, I asked for a plus one so I could have my mother by my side to help ease my nervousness.
On the actual day of the brunch butterflies filled my stomach and all I wanted to do was to back out. But with a very much needed push from my mom, my best friend and my biggest motivator, we both got dressed and headed out to the Opulence Brunch. When we arrived in the dining hall at the Iberostar Grand Hotel we were greeted with champagne, mimosas and blueberry fruit smoothies. As I took both a mimosa and fruit smoothie from the waiter I laid eyes on the impressive spread of hors’ d oeuvres on the table where we would all be seated. The vibrant table setting was definitely a feast for the eyes and it left us sitting with anticipation for the delicious food to come.
After gracing the table and welcoming everyone, Cortia started by mentioning that we were invited to her brunch not by chance but because we were meant to be there. She told us she was led by God to call each and everyone of us present at her Opulence brunch. At that moment in time, I wasn’t quite convinced but by the ending of the brunch I understood exactly why I was there. I was meant to be there…
I AM __________________
After devouring a very delectable main course, Cortia had each person at the table share who they were by using the words ‘I Am…’ Once again, I was struck by nervousness but somehow I felt more than capable of sharing a few words of who I was with such beautiful, spirited women. Cortia made it clear to us how important it was for us to know that no one can define who we are as long as we know who we are and who we aspire to be.
And so the room went silent and one by one, we each proudly introduced who we were and who we aspired to be. At the end of this activity it was clear to me that I made the best decision ever to attend this brunch. I was filled spiritually, emotionally and physically (from all the amazing food). I sat in a room among 15 other women and for the first time in years I did not feel judged. Though we knew little of each other, I felt love, peace, camaraderie and acceptance.
The short time I spent with these ladies, I was left in awe at how inspired I felt. I drove home that evening feeling like I had a much greater purpose in life. By the time I made it to my room, I felt overwhelmed with emotions. Cortia presented an opportunity for me to sit amongst some very influential women and it reminded why I need to step outside of my comfort zone and how much more of myself I need to share. I have some soul searching to do, and perhaps you do too. I urge you all to hold yourselves accountable for what you say about yourselves from now on and when you have some free time say out loud who you are, starting with the words ‘I Am..’ Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥
“I Am Natasha Lee-Duhaney. I am the CEO of StylishLee, an online publication sharing my personal style, beauty tips and my travels. I am a Queen who found her KING. I am a loving Wife. I am a Sister. I am a Daughter. I am powerful. I am a lover of fashion and all things beauty. I am a lover of travel & lifestyle. I am an overcomer. I am unique. I am happy when those around me are happy. I am in love with luxury and quality. I am a friend in need. I am amazingly special. I am learning to be more giving. I am a woman of worth. I am unstoppable. I am blessed and highly favored. I am excited about the my life’s journey. I am a Libra. I am an extravert who is also an introvert. I am a contradiction. I am learning to to believe that I am phenomenal and gorgeous. I am destined for greatness. I am a WINNER. I am successful. I am learning to love ME for who I AM.”
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We Inspire…. Women Workshop & Brunch “As We Rise”, will dominate two (2) days filled with energetic empowerment to advance oneself to the highest level of YOU. Patrons will experience powerful presentations from more than 10 speakers, on how to Rise in any situation and live your best life NOW at the Workshop and an exquisite 4 course gastronomy at the Brunch, whilst they immerse in powerful words on self-love and value as we “Rise”
I plan to attend this two day event in Kingston and I cannot wait! If you are in Jamaica, I urge you all to join me in attending these two events ♥
Tickets go on sale in July
Workshop [Dresscode- Bold In Black]- $1800 JMD
Brunch [Dresscode- Fascinators & Frills] $3900 JMD
Visit www.weinspireja.com for more info
When we raise each other up, we are empowering each other to reach our highest potential.
Meet The C.E.O.
“Our theme this year “As We Rise” speaks to my unquestionable belief that any woman who desires a better life can and ought to rise above any obstacle or pain, she may encounter! Why? It’s simple, we are created by an all-powerful God who loves us everlastingly and people learn greatest by examples, therefore if others have done It before, you too can do it. We will show our patrons living proof of those examples at the event, that is, women who are extremely successful, wealthy and impactful and are courageous enough to share their most personal lows, pain and struggles and how they bounced back from those lows.” C.E.O Cortia Bingham.
Meet The Speakers