Today’s episode we’re graced by the presence of my friend, Soror, Ism Candice Lenoir. She’s spent her recent years building an impressive resume in the film industry. She recently authored a book called “Being Number One” which we will talk about in today’s episode. On top of all this, she’s a budding motivational speaker with her beliefs deeply rooted in standing in your own power and living your truth.
Listen as we discuss the meaning of purpose. How we can discover it, and its major role in our lives from the moment we are born to the course we chart later on in our lives. Candice shares with us her own personal story of struggles– from a broken family to how she overcame all these hurdles to become the woman she is today.
The inspiration behind writing her first book
The fascinating writing process of her book
The hardships of being an open book for people
The meaning of purpose and how do you find it
Her difficult childhood and relationship with her mother
Her teenage years living with an all girl home with her grandmother, sisters and cousins
How she developed her interest in the arts
Her start in the theater and film industry
Your Path Scholarship for African-American students who want to pursue the arts: theater, film, TV, dance, or music
About our Guest:
Born in Chicago, IL and a graduate of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Candice also boasts a minor in Theatre and two years under the William Esper Studio acting program in New York City. Following eighteen years of her career spent in sales and marketing, she made the decision to follow her dreams and moved to Los Angeles. Her resume consists of an array of short and feature films. Her work behind the camera consists of “Dating & Waiting,” which was the first film Candice wrote, produced and starred in and has proven to be a fan favorite at multiple festivals. It has won for Best Comedic Screenwriting at the 10th Annual Festival Angelica in Big Bear. Within the last year, Candice has been honing her skills as a producer, writer and director. Attracted to stories that tell people’s truths and rooted in realness, her latest short “The Moment” is a look into some of the stories you will see come from her production company, Your Path Productions. As an actress, Candice has completed over 30 independent short and feature films to date. Most notable is the film “Hey Diddle Diddle” in addition to the web-series “12 Steps to Recovery.” Aside from working in front of the camera, Candice has line produced and served as an assistant director for multiple projects.
“And even now with your podcast, it’s a form of helping other people.”
“There was no room for failure”
“You’re the big sister, show them the way”
“Families stick together”
“Don’t seek validation from the outside, validate yourself, give yourself that permission to move forward”
“In life you have obstacles, but it doesn’t last forever”
Purchase a copy of Candice Lenoir’s book: “Being Number One”
In this episode we are joined by someone who has inspired me in so many ways!
From getting fit, losing 100 pounds– writing a book about this experience to encourage others, to creating a curriculum for young children, taking care of her Super Duper Young Man (SDYM), and uplifting women particularly black women, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with!
Dr. El Brown is the Founder of KinderJam, an interactive curriculum that promotes parent and child engagement through fun and music! She provides families and service providers the support, information, and tools needed to love and care for children.
She talks about reclaiming herself and getting fit to fight for life. We also touch on the importance of a village, a tribe and how having a community is vital in being successful with anything in life.
Listen as she shares her journey on how she overcame her obstacles and continues to run towards the finish line while helping her families, children, and her community!
Dr. El shares her experience writing her first book on how she lost 100 pounds in a year
The Straight Talk Podcast
Love Black women without apology
Dr. El explains the concept of spare keys
The concept of the village
Reasons why a woman should not relinquish the things that she has built
You might be aware by now about the fact that I love football and that I do enjoy watching and knowing more about the game!
Football is fun to watch. For players, it is a contact sport and can be a dangerous one at that. Injuries sustained by athletes playing the game are too serious not to go unnoticed particularly head injuries.
Join me in this episode as I go into detail about the traumatic brain injuries, concussions, its diagnosis, as well as my thoughts on the film Concussion, which is based on the incredible true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE.
What is concussion?
How serious is concussion especially among football players
The discovery of CTE
Symptoms of CTE
NFL’s stance on concussion
Thoughts and impressions of the movie, Concussion (2015)
Be inspired by the story of Khadijah Diggs, a single mother, a phenomenal triathlete as she shares how she got over her grief after losing loved ones to cancer. How triathlons were a part of that process.
Listen to how she first started swimming, cycling, winning races, and representing Team USA in different competitions.
As a single mother, and a project manager Khadijah has to make time to train at home. She has struggled through racial intolerance, and discrimination due to her faith but how she deals with these is heartwarming. As a mentor, she inspires a lot of athletes. She keeps going and never gives up.
If you are a triathlete, runner, or anyone who has goals, and aspirations sometimes you just lose your motivation, listen here to be refueled.
Listen. Dream. Grind with Khadijah Diggs.
Highlights from this Episode:
Her motivation for doing a triathlon
Some setbacks she has experienced
Her experiences as a swimmer and cyclist
Working with her best friend and her coach
How she finds time to train and balancing it with family time
Her great love for cycling
Her greatest struggle with her gear
Her first and only DNF
How to deal with people who may not understand her love for the sport
Her mantras for racing
How she started her Triathlete community and mentorship
Dedicating races and donating to Cancer Patients
Her advice for aspiring enthusiasts of the same sport
Her greatest moments in a triathlon
The importance of community
Her injuries and how she dealt with it
How she continues to connect virtually with other athletes
I had to rearrange my schedule so I could be off a few days but take care of my patients prior to being off. It was a crazy few days. Surgery was scheduled 12/9/2020 for Monday 12/14/2020. I had to crutch proof my house. I got rid of my mobile rugs I bought so my bikes would not mess up my carpet. I also secured the other rugs with tape: one in the living room area and the one in the bathroom. I also purchased a shower chair. I did not know if I would be able to bear weight after surgery and I wanted to be able to shower. I also purchased a rolling cart. The cart would help transport my food from the kitchen to my dining table. I also purchased paper plates, plastic spoon/folks, some prepared food, and restocked items. I purchased a laundry basket with wheels. I also purchased a cast protector to use to keep my leg dry, again so I could shower. It would be more secure than a trash bag and duct tape. I cooked fish, tuna, salmon. I also made dressing and my vegan turkey loaf to freeze if I get stuck here for Christmas. So I will have some holiday food. I purchased freezer containers and bags. I made sure I put all my dishes away. I actually practiced stairs with my crutches. I practiced before my right knee surgery and it was helped as I had about 16 to make it back to my apartment. This time I would have about 6 to make it to my elevator to get to my condo afterward.
Day Of Surgery
8:00 Woke up
9:00 Washed dishes
10:00 Drop off a package to be returned to UPS
11:00 Took my last walk before my road to recovery
11:30 Had the last of some clear liquids before I was NPO- nothing to eat or drink
12:00 Finished last minute straightening up of my place
1:00 Showered and got dressed. I purchased some track pants for ease with brace and dressing after surgery.
2:00 One of my friends picked me up. I grabbed my ID, brace, Ice pack, crutches
2:45 Arrived at the hospital and got checked in
3:00 Was escorted to my room, where I stripped, put all my belonging in a bags and waited. I also signed my consent forms. In the midst of taking care of everything I neglected to charge my phone. One of the nurses was nice enough to charge it for me.
3:30 IV was started, and SCD- sequential compression devices was placed on right calf to aide in circulation of good leg during the surgery.
4:00 I watched CNN as they counted the electoral votes for the final certification of the Presidential election results
4:30 My surgeon came and marked my leg .The anesthesiologist, anesthesia resident, and the operating room nurse came and interviewed me.
4:45 I was rolled to the operating room and I was given versed- the best IV cocktail ever. I was out
7:00 I woke up and saw my recovery nurse who was amazing. My surgeon talked to me but I don’t have a clue what he said. I gave him a thumbs up. I felt like I had too many cocktails. I finally completely woke up. The nurses told me I tried to flash everyone by trying to get up. Of course I don’t remember. I passed the tests–was awake/alert/oriented, used the bathroom, and my pain was controlled–in order to go home.. My nurse went over my discharge instructions. She told me I was partial weight bearing. That was a good sign. My recovery would be easier versus non-weight bearing. She told me that my surgeon informed me to text him to get the details as I was still under anesthesia when he talked to me. So I had no recollection of it .
7:45 My friend picked me up. I almost fell getting out of the car. I hobbled up the stairs and made it to my place.
8:00 I called, texted friends and family. Managed to eat and took some pain medication.
9:00 I realized my August 70.3 bag is a God send. I can carry items hands free and the bag is small enough to fit snuggly on my back.
9:30 My doctor texted me and told me the final verdict— lateral meniscus tear, chondral injury, and small avulsion from part of my ACL.
I lived, and now the real work begins. The road to recovery has begun.
Stay tuned plan to do a detailed podcast explained how I was injured and all the conservative treatment I had prior to surgery, also with details of my road to recovery