God Sings Through Me

God Sings Through Me oversized teeRN Brand recently released its latest addition to the inspirational collection of Christian t-shirts.  The God Sings Through Me oversized tee for women and dark heather gray v-neck for me began shipping to the public Stellar Awards weekend.

I had been wanting to create a design with God Sings Through Me but the concept just never came together in my head.  I had recently collaborated with Gospel Central’s Michael Stewart, designing the Gospel Central logo and the next thing I knew, I had a concept for the God Sings Through Me shirt.  The words God Sings Through Me were inspired by my late cousin Kimberly Walton.  She loved to sing.

You can now order your own by visiting www.christiantees.storenvy.com

“I show my scars so that others know they can heal.” Someone needs to see your scars!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

http://www.rnbranddesign.bigcartel.com

Find out more about the story behind “My Scars”

Sunday Mourning

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My Scars Chat – Oakland

My Scars Chat Oakland

Wow!! In just two weeks, I will be in Oakland, CA for another My Scars Chat. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. The feedback from My Scars Chat – Sacramento was amazing. I want to give a special thank you to Michael Minnick of WEAVE Inc., a local domestic violence organization in Sacramento, that not only volunteered his time to speak on the panel but also provided brochures.  Every My Scars Chat has been different thus far. Resources vary from City to City and State to State. However, I am thankful that I have been able to get so much support from various community resources in each City.  Someone reached out to me and asked if I could live stream the upcoming Chat and it looks like we are going to be able to make that happen.  So stay tuned for details about how you can view My Scars Chat – Oakland from where you are.

We have some amazing sponsors that are supporting our efforts of getting the word out. Make sure you take out some time to visit Divas With A Purpose a great community of women, empowering, inspiring and motivating one another. There is definitely a little bit of Diva in us all. Also, make sure to visit Butterfly L.U.V. for all of your lipstick and lipgloss needs. Lets kiss domestic violence away!

If you are looking for ways to get involved during October, domestic violence awareness month, here is a list:

Contact you local domestic violence shelter and consider volunteering

Wear purple. Purple is the color for domestic violence awareness.

If you are a survivor, break the silence and share your story.

Support a cause that is bringing awareness.

I show my scars so that others know they can heal.” Someone needs to see your scars!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

http://www.rnbranddesign.bigcartel.com

Find out more about the story behind “My Scars”

Sunday Mourning

Be A Fab U: Embrace Your Scars, Flaws and All

A Fab U 2Each time I am given an opportunity to share my story, I am reminded why I show my scars.  Join me tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25th at 8:00 pm with host Eboni Nicole on A Fab U Radio.  We have all experienced something that may have left us with physical or emotional wounds.  “I show my scars so that others know they can heal.”  Your past doesn’t have to keep you from living the life that you deserve, Be A Fab U.  When I understood what I had gone through, I was able to take control of rewriting my future.  The journey to embracing my scars, flaws and all was not an easy feat but it has been worth it.  I am still growing, learning and healing daily.  Thank you for joining me along my journey and feel free to call in during the show.  I will be answering your questions.

“I show my scars so that others know they can heal.” Someone needs to see your scars!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

http://www.christiantees.storenvy.com

Find out more about the story behind “My Scars”

Sunday Mourning

Free Is Too Expensive

FreeIn business, everyone wants to find a way to cut cost, increase profits and grow. When I first got started, I didn’t have tons of money saved up to invest, as a matter of fact, I didn’t have any savings. However, I never expected to get anything from anyone for free because I always knew that free had a cost. I was already limited on time, resources and ideas so what I had I knew it all had to go back into my own business. Free comes with a price tag, expectations and an underlying commitment whether spoken or not.  Somewhere down the line a cost will be paid whether it’s in time or quality.

Time

As a mother of 5, my time is always limited. If I have time to give away then chances are my time with my children or my business is being sacrificed. When ever I needed a babysitter, a ride, a design or anything, I made sure to pay for the services that were being rendered. When I needed to run errands, I caught the bus. When I couldn’t rely on the bus, I would ask for a ride but I always made sure to compensate those who assisted me. Why? Because I didn’t want to feel obligated to do anything later on down the road that would create a sacrifice that I couldn’t afford. See if I didn’t pay my friend or sister, then eventually I would have to return the favor which would ultimately cost me some time.  How much value do you put on your time or the time of others?

Quality

I knew that eventually I wanted to grow and develop my brand into something bigger, providing Branding, Marketing and PR services. And let’s just face it, you can’t barter and negotiate with quality. I wanted to put out the best representation of my company at all times. Sacrificing quality can be expensive and can cost you business.  So I avoided the FREE services at all cost, let’s face it the only person you can guarantee free quality work from is yourself.  The focus should be on creating mutual benefits from all parties involved, creating win-win situations can be a lot more rewarding than FREE.  When win-win situations are created, the expectations or sacrifices that each party will make are discussed up front.

Recently someone volunteered to do something for me for FREE. Let’s just say I am still waiting on it.  FREE has a price. You may not pay now but you will pay.  “Starve to create something new. But never starve your brand.” ~ Marc Ecko Unlabel

Why I Spent Over $300 On a Shirt and Would Do It Again

20140126-112816.jpgWhen I first began my t-shirt line, I knew this time around I was in it for the long haul. I wanted my shirts worn over and over again, hanging on the racks in boutiques and a brand I could be proud of. I didn’t want just any t-shirt to be the canvas for my designs. That meant that I would have to spend some extra money to get the quality of shirt that I desired.

For the past three years, I have done just that. I have spent extra money but the reward has been worth it. This winter, for the first time, RN Brand released a new design. Not just any design, the design would become the first to be a long sleeve shirt. Years prior, I had decided that RN Brand would not compete with the big retailers during the Christmas season. However, I changed my mind this past holiday season and I had the perfect design to release. I still needed the perfect canvas. I found it and though it would cost me almost double of what it cost to produce the other RN Brand tees, I knew it was worth it.

And my investment paid off! The pictures that have surfaced on instagram and facebook from happy customers have been priceless. The comments received, amazing! I didn’t spend over $300 on just one shirt but a case of shirts that brought me a return. You see since I decided to go all in with my brand, I don’t go on the shopping sprees that I use to go on, buying designer bags, boots, jeans and anything else that could consume my money. I have sacrificed all of those things in order to see my own dream manifest. Now when you see me rocking a tee, it’s mine and soon the jeans I’m rocking with it will be also. Invest in your brand, that is the best investment you can ever make.

“I love my shirt…” ~ Jill, Vacaville, CA
“Love my shirt. #Hewaswounded” ~ Samele, American Canyon, CA

“I show my scars so that others know they can heal.” Someone needs to see your scars!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

http://www.christiantees.storenvy.com

Find out more about the story behind “My Scars”

Sunday Mourning

RN Brand Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

Take advantage of the 30% off Thanksgiving sale on ALL RN Brand tees now through Saturday. Visit http://www.christiantees.storenvy.com and order yours today.  Remember to enter RNBLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

One of our newest items: He Was Wounded…We Are Healed is a long sleeve off the shoulder cotton blend tee available in sizes S -XXL.

He was wounded tee

“I show my scars so that others know they can heal.” Someone needs to see your scars!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

www.rnbranddesign.bigcartel.com

Find out more about the story behind “My Scars”

Sunday Mourning

Showing Our Scars movement

Information: My Scars Chat

My Scars Chat(s) are a series of panel discussions surrounding sensitive topics that have either been swept under the carpet or not discussed enough. The panel(s) is/are made up of both professional men and women from various backgrounds and professions who are well informed on the topics and/or work in the field.

My Scars Panel

My Scars Chat was inspired by Rhachelle Nicol’s quote: “I show my scars so that others know they can heal”. The My Scars Chat platform was created to increase awareness and provide a healthy environment/setting for discussions. An environment in which attendees feel comfortable to share their experiences as well as receive tips and advice that can be applied to their life.

SCARS are those lessons that we learn in life that seem unbearable and come at a greater cost. But the scars let us know that we survived it and healing is possible.

Topics:

  • Domestic Violence – the impacts on families, children and the communities and the various types of domestic violence defined
  • Love – Understanding what love is and what love is not
  • Mental Health – seeking help and understanding
  • Bullying
  • Single Parenting
  • Self-Esteem – understanding one’s self-worth
  • More topics being added regularly

If you are interested in having a My Scars Chat hosted in your area, please complete the contact form with your information.

My Scars Chat discussion

 

Let me just say that this was a GREAT experience. I learned so much. I would love to help in any way I can. Great meeting some new influential people right here in Vegas.. (I thought didn’t exist). Make this a movement and a resource, reaching out to those whom are to afraid to take the first step. ~ Kee

I am so glad I took the time out to come & support this event. All I have to say is POWERFUL! Thank you for spreading awareness of domestic violence; there is a generation that must hear these life changing stories. ~ Kym

I had such a busy day today and was feeling under the weather but I pushed through and attended this event and was blessed! I encourage people daily, it’s who I am. Yet I was broken! I never really shared my story publicly until today and I thank you Author Rhachelle Nicol’ and Jess Flo along with the many other women and men who made this event possible and who shared their stories and knowledge with us today. Today I shared my story, cried publicly (lol) and was healed. From now on I will SHOW MY SCARS SO THAT OTHERS KNOW THEY CAN HEAL! Thank you again and God bless you all. ~Eboni

“I show my scars so that others know they can heal.” Someone needs to see your scars!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

www.christiantees.storenvy.com

Find out more about the story behind “My Scars”

Sunday Mourning

Why I Show My Scars

I show my scars
6 years ago, I arrived in Las Vegas, NV on the bus with my 3 oldest children, one on the way and a suitcase. I wanted to start over and escape the hurt, pain and shame that had come from the choices I had made. I soon realized that no matter how little baggage that I physically carried with me, I was carrying so much more emotionally. Having escaped a near fatal suicide attempt, I knew I wanted to live but I didn’t know how to release the pain so that I could even breathe. All I knew how to do was to keep going about with my life as if everything was okay.

I found employment within the first two weeks here. My children and I moved into our apartment but it was so hard to make it a home; I was broken. I didn’t know how to surrender all the baggage and issues that I carried with me. They had become so much a part of me, I didn’t know that I could release them and find a greater peace. Things went from good to better and then quickly to worse. My internal turmoil was having external impacts on my life. I lost everything; my career, car, home was all gone. But I had been in that very place before prior to my move. Why couldn’t I be free from all the pain?

I had tried everything to escape and get some relief. Even after being born and raised in the church, I didn’t truly understand how to surrender it over to God. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Peter 5:7 I knew the scripture but I didn’t understand how to apply it to my life. I had been taught to keep everything inside. “What goes on in this house, stays in the house” is what laid the foundation for the prison that my soul was being held captive in. I prayed and I cried out to God like never before. I asked him to show me my heart and those things that were causing me to self-destruct.

It wasn’t until I was able to give it all over to Him that I was able to heal. I was able to trust Him completely with all of my issues, heartache and pain. He in turn gave me so much more. He gave me a new life in Him with purpose, vision and compassion for those who may still be suffering. “I show my scars so that others know they can heal.”

This journey has not been an easy one. If you recall my post titled “Don’t Quit“, I was on the verge of throwing in the towel but He whispered “don’t quit”. The blessings and doors that He has opened since have been more than I could have ever expected and they haven’t stopped. On this Wednesday, I fly out to Atlanta to meet one of my favorite gospel artist, Le’Andria Johnson, Sunday Best Season 3 and Grammy award winner. That was nobody but God. I hope that each time I share a portion of my testimony and show my scars, I can inspire just one to keep on holding on, don’t ever give up. God has so much in store for you. He has not and will not forget His promise concerning you. Join the I Show My Scars Challenge, someone needs to see your scars.

I love you and there is nothing you can do about it!

Have you liked the Showing Our Scars Facebook Page? We are “Showing Our Scars”!

https://www.facebook.com/ShowingOurScarsMovement

You can also order your “My Scars” Tee!

www.rnbranddesign.bigcartel.com

Find out more about the story behind “My Scars”

Sunday Mourning