Wendy Gladney

Can a Truce Bring About a Lasting Festival of Lights? 

Every time we turn on the television or listen to the radio, we see that the world is still in flux and full of much turmoil and we are in dark times. Recently, a truce was instituted while an exchange of hostages between Israel and Hamas was being done, but will it last?  

Entrepreneurism and the Power of Networking 

I have been an entrepreneur and small business owner for over three decades. The world of entrepreneurism is not easy, and it is not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of elements necessary for success beyond the basic business acumen.  

Casualties of War 

Our world is going through turbulent times, but for those who read and study the Bible, this is not surprising.  Matthew 24: 6-8 says, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” 

Do You Have a Financial Plan For Your Life? 

Getting our finances in order is always something good to do. Staying on top of and understanding where we stand financially is critical.  October is Financial Planning Month, so if you have not taken a good look at your portfolio in a while, I recommend you do it now.  As the saying goes, “keep your mind on your money, and your money on your mind.”   

What Trees Are You Planting? 

Spring and Fall are good times to plant trees because the soil temperature tends to be mild. As I ponder what is best to do during the various seasons, one of the questions I ask myself is, “What trees am I planting today that will provide shade for future generations?” 

Time to Fall Into the Next Season 

This past Saturday, we ushered in a new season.  We said goodbye to Summer and welcomed the freshness of Fall.  Globally, we have experienced so many changes and challenges with the weather that most of us believe there is such a thing as climate change.  The erratic weather pattern makes it impossible to judge the seasons primarily on how hot or cold it is.  

The Art of Living Successfully  

There seems to be a system or a way to do everything these days.  I have always appreciated lists, systems, and developing an order in which to do things.  If we want to be successful and to live successfully, we must be intentional and consistent.

What Is Really Important 

I recently celebrated my sixty-second birthday.  I am rather proud to be 62 when so many people do not want to discuss their age. I do not know why we are so hesitant to share our age when it is a badge of honor.  

My 100 Days Challenge 

Over a hundred days ago, I was having a conversation with someone in my inner circle, and we were talking about stepping out of our comfort zones and doing something that we either have never done or that we do not feel comfortable doing.  

Black Businesses Matter 

National Black Business Month was created in 2004 by John William Templeton and Frederick E. Jordan Sr., to bring attention to the need of supporting Black-owned businesses. Today, there are approximately 2.6 million Black-owned businesses in the United States.  

Our Black Godfather 

The word godfather prompts different images in our heads.  Immediately many people think of the movie starring Marlon Brando and eventually Al Pacino.  While others think of rhythm and blues artist James Brown.  

Clear Your Desktop  

Technology is not my lane.  I always struggle with putting things in the right place on my computer.  My former assistant would always tell me I need to set up folders to file things away and not have so many things saved on my desktop.   

Your Adversity Can by Your University 

Life sends us through many trials and tribulations. When we go through the highs and lows, the question we must ask ourselves is did we just go through it or did we grow from it.  If we just go through it, we are bound to experience the same adversity again until we learn the lesson.

Why is it Important to Seek One’s Greatness? 

I have often asked myself why it is important to become our best self.  We owe it to ourselves, as well as to others, to live the life that God intends for us to live. If we want to live our best lives and contribute to our community, we first must understand what is our “why.”