What an exciting week! Who is ready for BlogHer12? Well, Rene is (um, sort of, if she can stop working long enough to shower and tell the kids to “Go ask your father! I’m on my way to BlogHer!”) and we wanted to give you guys a chance to meet the BlogHers here. Share a few Life Lessons with women who are taking time out this week to broaden their horizons and see what’s new in the blogher-sphere. So take it away, Kimberly Thomas! And thanks for submitting your Life Lessons. And remember you can email us to submit yours.
Are you happy at the moment?
I would have to say yes, a bit tired but yes. I’m a bit tired but aren’t all moms with children under age 6?
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
I would also tell myself to work harder in school and work toward academic excellence which would lead college scholarships. I would tell my 16-year-old self to not waste your time dating boys who have no ambition. I would tell myself to quit cheerleading and join the volleyball team and to continue running track. Cheerleading is fun but there’s no future in it.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
That I am relevant. I have something to say and people want to hear it. ValleyStreamMom.com is a much more than a typical mommy blog, but a blog that wants to improve the lives of the families in my community.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I have approximately one year to make this blog thing work. My youngest will be entering kindergarten and I do not want to go back to the corporate world. I want to grow my teen empowerment program, create after school programs, and make ValleyStreamMom.com THE go to blog in my community.
What’s your secret to happiness?
“Me-time” is my secret to happiness. I recently attended the White House African American Women’s Forum and First Lady Michelle Obama told 200 women to put ourselves on our “to do” list. That is something women seem to forget but shouldn’t. How can you help others if you haven’t helped yourself?
What’s your biggest regret?
I don’t have any regrets. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that my steps are ordered by God. What has happened is my life was supposed to happen to get me to where I am today.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
I teach my children to continue what they started and to never be a quitter. Quitting is not an option if you live under my roof.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I am a procrastinator. I am very active in my community and I tend to let things pile up to the point that I don’t want to do them because I’m overwhelmed. I need to stop that but in the end, I get the job done.
Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of the mentoring programs I have created in Michigan and New York. Some of Sparkle Empowerment Program for Girls I founded in my community. This program empowers young girls entering middle/high school to give back to their community through service, philanthropy, and prepares them for higher education mixed in with fun and exciting workshops.
When were you happiest?
I’m pretty happy now, but if I had to pick a time it was on my wedding day and the honeymoon that followed. I have been married to a wonderful man for nearly ten years now and I couldn’t ask for anything better than the life he has given our family.
What ten words best describe you?
Passionate, Understanding, Procrastinator, Humorous, Ambitious, Determined, Talented, Disorganized, Curious, Nocturnal
Kimberly L. Thomas is the founder/blogger for ValleyStreamMom.com, a local mommy blog with a national appeal. She is a publicist by profession and the Executive Director of Sparkle Empowerment Program for Girls and founder of Talented Youth Development, Inc. (TYDI). This program is a youth organization that empowers teen girls through community service, education, philanthropy, and leadership development.
She earned her B.A in the Fine, Performing and Communication Arts with a concentration in Public Relations from Wayne State University in Detroit. She also holds a certificate in Meeting & Event Planning from New York University. Thomas currently lives in Valley Stream, NY with her husband, Dermond. They have a 6-year-old daughter, Olivia, and a4-year-old son, Cole. Follow her on Twitter @ValleyStreammom