Featured Femme: SSG. Ranelle Skipper, Airborne Soldier

Staff Sergeant Ranelle Skipper, Airborne Soldier

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ranelle Skipper I am from Carencro, Louisiana, I spent the majority of my life there until I joined the United States Army at the age of 24. My relationship with God is very important to me; I pray and meditate several times a day.  I love to travel, spend time with my family, and sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am a fashionista, I love to shop, but usually with a budget.  Skating is a big hobby of mines right now!  I am also enrolled as a graduate student at Bowie State University; which is a historically black university, my concentration is Masters of Public Administration.

 What motivates you?

My upbringing motivates me, my mom was a single parent, and I saw how much she sacrificed to make sure that my siblings and I were taken care of.  My grandmother and eldest sister assisted with raising us when my mom went back to school while I was in elementary school. Seeing the sacrifices that the women in my life made for us, made me appreciate everything! I never took anything for granted because I knew how hard they worked to provide a life for us.  Spending time with family members such as my great grandparents also had a profound impact on me.  Dr. George Breaux, my great uncle was the 1st in my family to graduate from college. He was also one of the 1st black students to integrate the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), which enticed my decision to remain at ULL and graduate.  I like to challenge myself by setting and conquering extraordinary goals.  I come from a family of great people, so I have no choice but to be great! Keep Reading

34 Things About Me!

To celebrate my 34th birthday I created a fun list of 34 things you may or may not know about me 😉

  1. My full name is Erin Elvia Breaux Williams
  2. I live in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  3. Born in Nashville, Tennessee
  4. I am my parents 1st born child 👶🏽
  5. I have 1 brother (Zachary) and 2 sisters (Adrienne & Johnene)

    Me & My Siblings
  6. I’ve been knowing my husband for more than half of my life

    My husband & I before the Senior Prom
  7. I graduated a year early from high school
  8. The Sound of Music is my favorite movie
  9. Purple is my favorite color 💜
  10. I had my 1st son a few days after I turned 18
  11. I became a registered nurse at the age of 21 👩🏽‍⚕️
  12. Alumna of Charity School of Nursing and Louisiana State University
  13. I married my best friend when I was 22
  14. I have three sons Camron, Shawn, & Brenden

    Me & My Boys
  15. I only like to watch sports when I personally know a player
  16. Grits make me gag 🤢
  17. I am currently in graduate school for a masters degree in nursing informatics 👩🏽‍💻
  18. Both of my parents are fraternal twins
  19. I love to read historical fiction.
  20. Disney World is my favorite vacation spot.
  21. Math is my favorite subject
  22. Pecan candy is my favorite candy
  23. My favorite sports team is whatever team my boys are on
  24. My favorite childhood memory is spending time with my family in Port Arthur, TX

    Me in Port Arthur, TX with my Grandparents
  25. My 1st job was at a day care center
  26. The last book I read for fun was Lula Mae by Bianca Cuie
  27. When I was a girl I loved reading books from the American Girl series

    Grade School Erin
  28. I prefer to watch Netflix instead of regular TV
  29. The 1st book I remember reading is Jubilee by Margaret Walker, something about the cover captured me
  30. One item I can’t leave home without is my cell-phone 📱
  31. My favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough
  32. If I could give my younger self advice it would be to not worry about fitting in
  33. I would like to visit France
  34. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you , “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
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Featured Femme: DeLisa Alexander, Owner of Braids by Lovely DeLisa

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 32 years old,  married, with  4 kids ages 5 to 15. Outside of styling hair I love to read and play with my kids! Reading is almost like an addiction for me, I could be standing in a grocery store line and I pop open my Kindle and read! I like to read various types of literature including urban fiction and self-help books.  Lately I’ve been reading books by T.D. Jakes, which help me to better understand what is going on with my life. Chenell Parker  is an author from Louisiana who writes urban fiction, she is one of my favorites. Another good read is Think & Grow Rich,  it starts slow, but it has a purpose. Keep Reading

3 Tips to Close the Gender Wage Gap

Obstacles exist for almost everything.  Unfortunately there are also obstacles for earning equal pay for equal work! Identifying the obstacles empower us to overcome them! The gender wage gap seems to be a never-ending issue.  The wage gap is caused by several issues including gender bias, racial bias and discrimination, and industry worked. When I became aware of this and the fact that it has been going on forever, I felt powerless, but I wondered how can we overcome this ginormous issue? Did you know on average a woman earns 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man? The wage gap is even worse for women of color! Upsetting right! Never the less, there are a few ways to overcome this issue.1. Research the national average on salaries for whichever job you are applying. Knowledge of this kind can help you more confidently negotiate a salary offer. 2. Go after promotions early on. Research shows that wages for women stagnate around age 30; since this is the age, most college educated women start having children. Going after promotions early on can minimize or prevent a wage gap issue later on.3. Track your accomplishments and share them with your leader, this increases your chances and percentage rate for promotions thus lessening the wage gap.

Femme Facts:

  • Wage gaps not only exist for men and women, they also exist for minority racial groups.
  • Although the wage gap exists nationwide, it is worse in some states than others.
  • According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW,) the wage gap won’t close until 2119!

For more information on the wage gap click here!

Featured Femme: Marquita “Pinky” Busby, The Exception

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m 33 years old, I’m a survivor of childhood cancer, heart disease, and domestic violence! I have 3 children and a step-son. My sons are 13 and 6 years old, my daughter is 11 years old. I’m a certified life coach as well as a track and field coach. I’m also in the process of planning our wedding! Other than that, I’m your regular everyday person that likes to do a lot of weird stuff! That’s what makes me interesting, but I’m really not that interesting. Keep Reading

5 Tips That Will Help You Make the Most of Your Time

Our time is precious; time and money are two things that most of us cannot afford to waste. We can maximize our time and money by improving efficiency. Improvements in certain areas can reduce stress, save money, and give you more time to spend doing the things you love.

People ask me all the time how do you work, go to school, and have time for your family? The answer is that I try to organize and pre-plan as much as possible. No I don’t have a fit if things don’t go exactly as planned! However, I try to have a general idea of what my week is going to look like. Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Shonte` Heim Joseph, Future Physician

Femme a` Femme: Welcome Shonte and thank you for agreeing to share your experience as a student of medicine! Please give our readers a brief introduction about your interests and hobbies?

Shonte` Heim Joseph: I am currently an L2 (second year) medical student at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA. I’m also a dual degree student. When I first applied to med school I was totally an overachiever (laughing). In addition to getting my MD I’m also getting a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in behavioral community health sciences. I’ll obtain both  degrees in 2020, when I walk across the stage on that glorious day! My interest right now, as far as medicine’s concerned is practicing in a field that will help my people. In the sense of the morbidities that affect us more, diseases like diabetes and hypertension.  I am interested in practicing as an endocrinologist or nephrologist. I want to practice in a field that will allow me to give back to my community.

Outside of med school if I had a really long day at school, I like to go to Marshall’s or T. J. Maxx and go through the aisles and buy things for the home like candles. I love interior design, if I was not in med school, I would be pursing interior design. I consider myself a mini Joanna Gaines. I feel like I would be flipping houses if I was not in med school.  The other thing I  like to do is peruse the aisles at grocery stores, to figure out what I’m going to eat. Other things I like to do are Pinterest and couponing. I love going to the grocery store and watching the price go down, with my coupons.  Of course I also like to hang out with family and friends, that’s cool. The interesting part is finding a balance between doing what you need to do to be successful in your degree program and doing what you need to do to have a  healthy mental outlook . It took me a while to figure it out. When I began med school I was not ready for the amount of information you have to learn and retain. I think I’ve found a balance. I’ve gotten to a point where I am pretty balanced and pretty happy, even though med school is kinda crazy. I think life is about finding your happy place in the midst of all the craziness! Keep Reading

Featured Femme: Catrell Denise Ross, Breast Cancer Survivor

Femme a` Femme: Welcome, Catrell and thank you for agreeing to speak about your journey with breast cancer.  Could you give our readers a brief introduction about you, your family, and your interests?

Catrell: I’m a mother and a wife.  I enjoy reading, watching television, and good food (laughing).  I have an adult step-son and a 12 year old son who is my greatest joy, he is my motivation, and my inspiration. He keeps us busy with school events, football, and sporting events. Keep Reading

Don’t let your age define you!

Age is truly just a number. Although society would have us think that we need to have certain things accomplished by certain ages.  How many times have you been told you are too young or too old? How many times have you thought I’m too old, that’s for young people! Your age should not dictate how you live, don’t just take my word for it! Read the inspiring blog post written by Doreen via Age is just a number!

Featured Femme: Chef Johnene Joy

Chef Johnene is a native of New Orleans, LA. She recently moved to Los Angeles, California. She is an alumnus of John Ehret High School and Nicholls State University.

Femme a` femme: Welcome, Chef Johnene and thank you for graciously agreeing to be the 1st Featured Femme for our blog! We’re excited to have you! So let’s get right into it! Keep Reading