We are so excited about the 2023 - 24 season of DFW Kids On The Move, Inc.
A Note From The Publisher
Welcome to DFW Kids On The Move!
I am so happy to have these amazing young writers & content creators on my team. When God gave me this vision of a newsletter, He also showed me each one of these young ladies as a part of the team. Thankfully, they (and the families) said yes!
To learn more about them and myself, keep reading.
From The Founder & Editor-in-Chief,
Taking Care of Our Planet
Celebrating Earth Day - April 2021
There's one simple reason as to why we should all be concerned about taking care of our planet..because we live here. Because we live here, we also want our children, grandchildren. great-grandchildren, and so forth to also have a healthy place to live.
To be honest, there was a time in my life when it didn't matter to me whether I was helping to save the planet that I live on. However, the more that I learned how important conserving energy, recycling. and not littering. I came onboard.
Today, I'm committed to preserving the beautiful planet that I enjoy and protecting it's inhabitants.
How can you help protect planet earth? Recycling? Picking up trash? Buying biodegradable products? Turning off the lights and water when they are not in use?
Let's save our planet!
Feeling Overwhelmed? Tired? Anxious?
Set Clear Boundaries by Teia Jones
Setting clear boundaries is necessary. Without boundaries, there's no balance or border in your life. You're more than likely to always feel tired, anxious, and overwhelmed.
When you set clear boundaries for yourself, you're placing yourself in a position to make healthy decisions for both you and your family. It means that you are making yourself a priority.
Setting boundaries is important because they teach people how to treat you. They teach people what you are and are not willing to tolerate in your life. Within boundaries, you show your power of saying "No" and meaning it.
When you create boundaries, you will possibly be misunderstood, disliked, and/or disregarded by some people and all of those are perfectly fine.
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My mother has always been a huge inspiration for any and everything I do. Seriously, she’s my role model, my teacher, my inspiration, my confidant and my personal therapist whenever I needed it.
My mom is very smart, if she sees something needs to be done, she’ll do it, just to make sure we are able to live comfortably. I could brag about my mom for hours because she is just that great. She’s very strong, in recent trying times, she has been my shoulder to cry on, and someone I can talk to no matter what.
My mom is the best person I know, and I hope when I grow up and have my own children someday, I’ll be as smart, strong, nurturing, and kind as she is.
Happy Mother's Day Mom
2021..It's Time To Press Reset by Teia Jones
It’s this time of year when so many of us press the reset button in our lives.
We reflect upon the past year and all the things that happened. There were so many things that took place in 2020, both good and bad, that taught us lifelong lessons.
Most of our expensive planners became useless and the calendar became a crossword puzzle. For some, our goals and dreams were derailed. For others, abundance proved itself with the excess Amazon boxes sitting on the front porch.
We added more titles to our name like teacher, entrepreneur, mediator of the children’s countless boredom fights, gourmet cook (or whatever was left over in the pantry).
We learned to pivot. We became so creative that our children can now say that they lived in towers and castles (all made of empty cardboard boxes of course). We walked in our neighborhoods and bought anything that resembled a bicycle all to have some form of normalcy in our lives.
We created havens. We learned to conduct family reunions on zoom. We rationed out toilet paper to our children with clear and direct instructions.
2020 took everything we had and then some. It taught us to save, and then save some more. It taught us to be grateful for frontline and essential workers like truck drivers, nurses, and grocery clerks.
We learned to play board games again with our families. Movie night became the highlight event of the week.
We made it. We did it. We’re here and we’re grateful.
What does 2021 have in store for us? Who knows. Will it be better than 2020? Hopefully so.
What we do know is that as long as we have our families, our health, and the mindset to pivot when necessary..we’ve got this!
2021..we’re ready for you!
From Nadia Graham
What Christmas means to me is celebrating the birth of Jesus, giving to others, the gift of giving, and spending time with family. One of my favorite Christmas memories is when I made candy cane reindeers and gave them to nurses at a hospital. Another favorite Christmas memory is when I received a Polaroid camera.
I really enjoy celebrating Christmas and it's my favorite holiday.
From Amaya Marsh
Christmas means sharing and giving, and spending time with one another. There are lots of people with limited income who don't get presents and don't get good or even healthy things to eat. Most of those people are just happy to be alive and able to spend time with each other. Christmas also means its a time that we celebrate the day Jesus was born.
I am grateful for a good family that loves me and shows me how important I am to them almost daily.
From Jazzeline Cager
Ever since I was young, I’ve always had a special connection to Christmas. Holiday music is playing, Christmas lights are all around, families gather from near and far and happiness is spread everywhere all through the love of Christmas. For me, I love connecting with my family through gifts, music and fun.
Christmas is a time to be happy, a time to be around those you love, a time to celebrate each other
What Christmas means to me is receiving gifts and giving gifts to my family. i love going into the store and picking out the special things that I think everyone will love.
Christmas makes me realize how blessed I am to have many presents and to have family that I can spend my favorite holiday with.
I absolutely love Christmas!
From Chloe Elisabeth
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. Christmas to me means first and foremost celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Christmas also means celebrating that my family is blessed in more ways than one. To me, Christmas is gifting back to the people you love, spending quality time with loved ones and just soaking in what all the Christmas season has to offer.
On Christmas Eve we usually go out for breakfast after pictures with Santa and later that night we go and look at Christmas lights. We also enjoy visiting a live nativity in our neighborhood. My mom, sister and I bake and decorate cookies and watch Christmas movies too.
On Christmas morning we wake up early, we pray as a family and wish Jesus a Happy Birthday. After we pray, we open our Christmas stockings and we all open our presents together. My mom usually makes something really good for Christmas breakfast and then we spend the day together.
I love Christmas and spending it with the ones I love.
From Miya Daniel
Some families don’t even celebrate Christmas, they mostly celebrate; Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Las Posadas(The Inns), Diwali, Chinese New Years, Boxing Day, Human Light, Hogmanay, Bodhi Day, Feast of St. Nicholas, and Malwid. These are just the celebrations in December around the world.
Presents are not really the main thing about Christmas.
Christmas is the time to be with family and about feeling good giving gifts to the ones you love. For this Christmas in my family, we are doing secret Santa for the first time ever. In two days, gifts will be exchanged and opened and appreciated. Even though we have a virus going around, being around family during this time is important. This should be a well celebrated time.
I wish you all a very good holiday, whichever you celebrate.
Please be safe and wear a mask if you are going to dinner to be safe. Have a very Merry Christmas!
November - National Adoption Awareness Month
Learn more about Ceshia Gray aka Mama In The Gray Area as she discusses what motivated her family to foster and eventually adopt.
Meet Local Meteorologist Greg Fields
Jr. Writer Amaya M. introduces us to meteorologist Greg Fields. Read the entire interview and tips that he shares for those interested in this field.
Gratitude In The Midst of the Pandemic
There is always something to be thankful for. in this month's newsletter, the team and I discuss gratitude.
DFW Kids On The Move
Meet our DFW Kids On The Move October/November 2020 Samina and Anaya of MuMu Spa Creations.
School In A Pandemic
Attending school in the midst of a pandemic is tough. Our Jr. Writer, Miya D., shares her true feelings about her experience as a student trying to balance school and life.
Apple Knots by Zariah
Are you looking for a fun recipe that you can make with the family for Thanksgiving? Check out this recipe from scratch that Zariah made with fresh apples and a few other things.
Thanksgiving Gratitude - by Chloe Elisabeth
Thanksgiving has always been a great time in our house to show how grateful we
are. We eat a lot of good food and desserts and spend time together. My mom
asks each of us before we eat what we are thankful for.
We take turns answering and then we pray to God thanking him for everything He
has done for our family. I am grateful for my family and a safe cozy home to live
in. We can also show gratefulness by helping others in their time of need. Let’s all
find something to be grateful for.
The Meaning of Gratitude - by Nadia G.
To me, gratitude means being thankful. I am grateful for food, music, and my family.
Food helps me get through the day but sometimes it can make me tired.
Music gets me through a lot, inspires me, and introduces me to amazing Fandoms (groups of fans). Family produced me and made me who I am.
They cover my needs and give me stuff I enjoy.
What was one of your greatest challenges while studying to become a meteorologist?
Without question, my biggest challenge academically in pursuing my meteorology degree was the Physics! My head hurts just thinking about it. Other than that, I was the only black student in my department. It mattered that I saw no one that looked like me and I had to work hard to overcome the subtle message sent that this career choice was not “for me”.
What keeps you grounded when you are dealing with difficulties at work or at home?
My faith and my family keep me grounded through all difficulties. Faith reminds me that whatever is happening is bigger than me—and God has answers, even when He doesn’t immediately reveal them to me.
Mama In The Gray Area
Meet Ceshia Gray - Wife, Mom, Educator, Foster Care/Adoption Advocate, and Founder of Mama In The Gray Area
What motivated you to adopt?
I’ve always known that I wanted to be a mom. I’ve also known since I was a young girl that I wanted to adopt a child. When I was younger, I had a best-friend who was a child in foster care. She was my summer-camp best friend. The last summer together, she told me she was foster child and would be moving to a new foster home, so she wouldn’t be returning to camp the next year. I had no idea what foster care was at that time. So, I went home, asked my parents about it, and informed them that my friend was in foster care. After they explained to me and my siblings more about it, I asked if they could adopt my friend. Turns out, she was moving foster homes to join her siblings. So, she couldn’t come stay with us. I believe I was about 10 years old at the time and from that moment on, I made a promise to myself that once I became an adult that I would try my best to provide a safe home for as many little girls in foster care possible. And if one or two just so happened to need a permanent home or Forever Family, that I would be that family for her.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) nearly 1 in every 11 girls have reported experiencing some form of physical violence while dating this year alone. For guys, it’s about 1 in 15. Unfortunately, these statistics are both alarming and increasing. For the month of October, we at DFW Kids On The Move, are committed to bringing awareness to this epidemic.
When we hear about domestic violence, it’s not common to also consider this issue within our younger population. We assume that violence only takes place in adult relationships. However, it is happening within teen relationships also and unless we bring awareness to this issue, it will often go unnoticed and not taken seriously. Many teens may not realize that they are actually in unhealthy relationships therefore awareness and education are vital.
I absolutely love sports, staying active, and encouraging others to do the same!
For this month's article, I am interviewing Aloria Prince.
Aloria is an educator, an author, and a professional dancer for the Dallas Sidekicks.
Thanks Aloria Prince for being my special guest this month.
Meet Aloria Prince
Aloria Prince is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University. She now works as a 6th grade Resource/Inclusion teacher in Lewisville ISD and is pursuing an MBA at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Aloria has held various titles within the Miss America Scholarship Organization; placing as a Top 10 finalist, fitness, and interview winner in the Miss Texas Pageant. She recently published her first children’s book LoLo Loves to Learn. Aloria’s goal is to encourage children to not only see the importance of literacy but to develop a true love for reading. Aloria’s love of the performing arts, specifical dance, has afforded her the opportunity to perform in numerous NFL and college halftime shows, including Kelly Clarkson, Usher, and the Black-Eyed Peas at Super Bowl 45. She is a former member of PVAMU Marching Storm’s Black Foxes and most recently became a member of the Dallas Sidekicks Dancers.
Meet Ruth Greer,
Meet Ms. Alyson Rae Lawson
by Jazzeline Cage
In this interview, I introduce you to Ms. Alyson Rae Lawson. Read her bio below and then check out her responses to a few questions that I got a chance to ask her. I am truly grateful that she took time from her busy schedule to participate and to inspire all of us!
As a Dallas, Texas native, Alyson Rae Lawson is currently the Chief Executive Officer of RaeLawson Enterprise and RaeLawson Enterprise 2.0, and a Franchisee/Operator of two 7-Eleven convenience stores with gas. Ms. Lawson is a Gen Y entrepreneur that possesses an extensive business acumen, with a true passion and ability to connect with people.Ms. Lawson attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, on a golf scholarship. While there she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Ms. Lawson continued her post graduate education and received a Master of Business Administration Degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce; and shortly thereafter received a Master of Accounting Degree from the University of Miami.
Can you briefly introduce yourself in a few sentences.
My name is Alyson Rae Lawson. I am the CEO of RaeLawson Enterprise LLC and RaeLawson Enterprise 2.0 LLC, a franchisee/operator of two 7-Eleven convenient stores with gas location in Arlington, Texas on the corner of Matlock and I-20.
What motivates you in difficult times?
Haters!!! Haters ALWAYS motivate me. I love showing people that I am stronger than they think. But I, also, do it for my family and those who have supported me growing up. I can’t give up! I have to keep going!
Let's Get Inspired to Write With Author Trenette Wilson by Nadia Graham
Welcome to Nadia Knows..
In this edition, I had the privilege of interviewing Lady Trenette Wilson. Lady Trenette one of the Nation's Leading Urban Etiquette and Teen Experts, CEO & Founder of National Association of Urban Etiquette Professionals, Urbangirlz, and an author.
Recently, Lady Trenette released her first edition of the three part series of Bougie Girls Chronicles.
Learn all about the latest news in our community, including how to pre-order Malaysia's Big Move.
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