In One Week.

Happy Marvelous Monday!

I know we connected with you Thursday but, we wanted to send a quick update.

As you know, registration for the Marvelous Girls’ Summit has officially been open for ONE WEEK.

And in that week, registration for the Marvelous Girls’ Summit has already reached nearly half of the capacity of last year’s summit! In ONE WEEK (insert screech)!

It’s so exciting to see folks already enthusiastic about the one day summit where girls come together from different backgrounds, experiences, and communities to connect in small groups over the one thing we have in common: BEING A MARVELOUS GIRL!

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And while we had a great start in our first week of registration, I also know that there is a LOT going on and perhaps maybe, just maybe, there were some other things that took precedence.

With that in mind, we have decided to extend early registration to this Friday, September 15.

It is important the middle school girl in your life attends this summit. 

One of the reasons the Marvelous Girls’ Summit is so important is because seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way –  including their looks, performance in school,  and relationships with friends and family members.

We have to help girls know that a bad day, a disappointing grade, or even a pimple, doesn’t mean they are not good enough.

So, if you know a girl, 6th-8th grade, she needs to attend the Marvelous Girls’ Summit. Let’s partner in reminding her of how marvelous she really is.

For those of you already registered, you’re in for a treat!

And for those who are returning for the second year, we look forward to seeing you again and you already know this is a marvelous day!

Register here.

Hope this information is helpful. Please don’t hesitate to email info@marvelousuniversity.com when you think of any questions. We’ll be glad to serve.

With Gratitude,
Shanterra

Uh-Oh…

“Uh-oh…”

Words that belong on the Words Parents Don’t Want To Hear list.

But, I couldn’t think of any other words to describe the feeling if you miss the EARLY REGISTRATION deadline for the Marvelous Girls’ Summit.

Early Registration closes this Friday. As a friend of Marvelous University, I wanted to make sure the date didn’t get away from you.

For the second year, SMU and Sisters Supporting Sisters, a student group at SMU, will partner with Marvelous University to host the Marvelous Girls’ Summit.

Monday, on dfwiradio.com, I interviewed Jennifer Jones, better known as JJ, the Executive Director of Student Life at SMU. JJ shared about her long tenure at SMU and why this summit is important for middle school girls from SMU’s perspective. Here is the audio of our conversation. I think you’ll really enjoy it.

Also, I thought it may be helpful to share a few recently asked questions:

Do I have to pay to register my daughter AND pay to attend the adult workshop?Nope. Your workshop registration is included with her registration.

Do I stay with my daughter for the day? Nope. After you check her in, you’re welcome to enjoy your morning and afternoon. We ask you to join us for the workshop for adult women, which will start at 3:00 PM.

May I register a group of girls? YES! Groups are 5 or more girls in one registration. Girl Scout Troops, soccer teams, dance teams, cousins, friends…come and enjoy the Marvelous Girls’ Summit together.

Hopefully, this friendly reminder is helpful. Please don’t hesitate to email info@marvelousuniversity.com when you think of more questions. We’ll be glad to serve.

With Gratitude,
Shanterra

 

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Me and JJ

 

 

YAY! Registration is OPEN!

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Created for girls in grades 6th – 8th grades, this summit will bring girls from different backgrounds, experiences, and communities together to connect in small groups over the one thing we all have in common: BEING A MARVELOUS GIRL!

Girls will learn about the importance and ways to have “perfect” friendships; rejoice and celebrate loving her body as it is (she will love the jiggle talk); see current fashion trends in the form of a real fashion show and take away tips on how to make the trends work for her and she’ll do all of this while having a lot of fun!

There is even a special workshop for you, the adult woman in her life, who can join us after lunch to learn more about how to raise a marvelous girl.

Speaking of special women, an extraordinary student group at SMU, Sisters Supporting Sisters, is a unique partner in designing this day. These college women will help facilitate workshops, provide mentorship and be examples of how cool it is for girls to support other girls.

Without a doubt, every girl, regardless of age, will leave the Marvelous Girls’ Summit knowing she IS a marvelous GIRL!

Don’t just take my word for it. Here is a testimonial from last year’s summit! 🙂

When: October 28, 2017

Where: SMU, Hughes-Trigg Student Center

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Character Education Workshops:

*Building awesome friendships

*Maintaining a healthy self-image

*Choosing how fashion trends work for you

*Being! Vulnerable, Brave & Taking Risk

*Raising a Marvelous Girls (family engagement with adult women only)

Activities
*Fun!

*Dance breaks (Zumba anyone?)

*Fun!

*Team building

*Fun!

*Time for reflection and journaling in her Marvelous Girl workbook

*Fun!

Marvelous Girls’ Summit Registration includes workshop materials, t-shirt, gift bag, breakfast, lunch, snacks throughout the day AND you (her favorite adult) for the afternoon session!

Early Registration is open NOW! 

We are excited about this day and look forward to you joining us! If you have any questions, please email info@marvelousuniversity.com.

Have a MARVELOUS weekend,
Shanterra

PS: And if you’re not in the Dallas area but, you know this summit should come to your city, email me and let’s make it happen!

It’s Baaaack…

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I said something marvelous was coming?

Well, it’s TRUE!

October 28, Marvelous University, in partnership with SMU & Sisters Supporting Sisters, will host the 2nd Annual Marvelous Girls Summit for girls 6th – 8th grade! 

Registration opens to the public September 1. However, because YOU follow Marvelous University, you will gain early registration access.  Yay! 🎉Yay! 🎉And more yay!🎉💗💚💜🤸🏾‍♀️😍🤸🏻‍♀️😍🤸🏼‍♀️😍🤸🏽‍♀️😍🤸🏿‍♀️

Also, in July I was honored to be a speaker at the Coach Forum held at Vanderbilt University. I spoke to high school and college coaches on the importance of being what they want to see in their players. Hope you enjoy!

 

Stay tuned for early access and in the meantime, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to email info@marvelousuniversity.com or call 469-317-7429.

With Gratitude,
Shanterra

Tragedy. Art. Influence.  

What a marvelous Monday! I know I usually express how every Monday is marvelous but, this Monday was REALLY a marvelous Monday!

On DFWiRadio.com, I had a very special guest in studio with me, Kalen McGuire. Kalen is an artist, a photographer, a college student, and my cousin!

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Me and Kalen

 

Kalen and I had a great conversation and both smiled a lot while talking. I asked him about how and when he first knew he was an artist; where he draws inspiration for his work and what made him stop playing football, for good. He even brought in a beautiful portrait he painted for especially his mother. An extra special treat was the debut of some wearable art that I couldn’t help but love!

Tragedy In Charlottesville. 

Before talking with Kalen, I spoke about the horrific protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. After listening to the replay of the show, I have to admit that I sounded like one of those judgmental folks, that has never parented a human being or who has only “perfect offspring,” who I, in real life, challenge.

But on the show, as I spoke about my anger about white supremacist walking freely through the Charlottesville streets and wondering out loud where they learned their hatred, my words and tone suggested that all parents know what their son or daughter is doing every second of the day; that all parents know what their son or daughter is thinking and that they know everything their son or daughter is influenced by. To insinuate that line of thinking is irrational.

There are many variables that influence someone to become who they choose to be. Suggesting that all of the white supremacist and alt right protesters who marched Friday night and Saturday must have all been raised by white supremacist and alt right parents, was irresponsible.

As someone who prides herself, and her work, on being a partner to parents, I know that young people can sometimes grow up to be different from the person we planned or wanted them to be. I also know that we can be a major influence in who they choose to be and what they choose to believe but, I used poor judgment for not implicitly making this distinction clear.

You may be wondering if I heard from folks which would explain why I’m making this statement.

I didn’t.

I would tell you.

This is me taking responsibility for my own words. Constantly practicing what I teach.

Listen. Watch. Both.

I hope you get a moment to watch or listen to the show. The link to the video of the show will allow you to see some of Kalen’s beautiful pieces of art. If you prefer to listen only, here is the link for the audio.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode. Feel free to comment below or by email.

Let’s love one another. Be kind to one another. Get outside of our comfort zones and be the influencers we desire to see!

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Artist, Kalen McGuire

You Are Marvelous!

Shanterra

Race and Relationships Between Women & Girls

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Shundria, Nika and Shanterra

What a marvelous Monday! Yes, I know today is Tuesday and I should probably say something about the 4th of July but, I have to share about Monday instead 🙂

As you know, I have the honor of sitting in for the Mocha MoB show this summer on DFWiRadio.com.  My goal with this opportunity is to put marvelousness on blast by covering topics and current issues girls and women can relate to and this week’s episode did not disappoint.

I invited two friends of mine to join me on the show. Friends who I knew would be honest and not hold back their truth on their thoughts and ideas about the division in our society and what we can do truly model what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. If you want to see the conversation, here is the Facebook Live video. If you prefer to listen only, here’s the audio link.

Shundria Riddick is a friend I’ve known for years. She’s African-American. She is a licensed therapist, an author, a wife, a mom and great sisterfriend. Nika Spaulding is a newer friend that feels like a much longer friend. She’s White. She is a pastor, builds beautiful furniture with her bare hands, and is the best auntie ever. These two women joined me to talk about race and relationships between women and girls.

Let me be frank. As a Black woman living in America, the past few months have been emotionally exhausting. The same few months have been extra exhausting being an African-American Christian woman, serving as a youth director at a United Methodist Chuch, living in a conservative “red” state and feeling like the church as a whole has been quiet on a LOT of issues important to me and the youth I serve. Apathy, racism and a lack of empathy exist, even among folks who gather every Sunday. Exhausting!

I believe a strong contributor to my exhaustion was because I was having the same conversation with folks who look like me, instead of having more conversations with folks who don’t look like me. I needed to stop guessing about why white people… (fill in the blank). And instead, deliberately sit with friends who don’t look like me to try to make sense of some stuff.

I hope this can be the beginning of more conversations with not only my friends but, with other women. My thought is that if I am in a relationship with you, I become a human being. I become real and not someone based off of a Real Housewife show or some untouchable figure on a screen. The relationship gets us talking and listening to one another. We have to do this because girls and young women are watching us…and they need us to get this right.

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After watching or listening to this episode, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment here below or here. Also, if you have future show ideas on how we can continue putting marvelousness on blast please, let me know here.

As always, thank you for joining me on this journey. It is indeed marvelous!

Shanterra 🙂

 

Questions to Think About:

  1. Is diversity in relationships something you value?
  2. Do the majority of your friends look like you?
  3. How do you define “neighbor”?

Marvelousness on Blast!

Hey y’all! My favorite season has arrived! Summer has begun and here at Marvelous University, we have some amazing things happening and I felt it was only right to fill you in 🙂

Last week, I had the honor of being a guest on the Mocha MoB show on DFWiRadio, hosted by the Queen Mommy of Boys, Cheryl Rischer.  Mocha MoB is every Monday, 11a-12p CST on dfwiradio.com. We had such a good time!

As we were leaving the studio, Cheryl asked if I was interested in having her time slot during the summer, since she would be on vacation. How could I refuse!? Especially since being on the radio has been a dream of mine for YEARS! I actually have a Post-It on my prayer mirror to remind me to keep praying for it. So, when Cheryl asked if I wanted this time to connect an audience in a different way, I jumped at the chance!

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Prayer Mirror

There were two major things I was excited about during this show. One, I had a very special guest with me, Kaia! She’s the marvelous girl who wrote the review on Love Your Jiggle: The Girl’s Guide To Being Marvelous a few weeks ago. Kaia was my in studio teen expert 🙂 

I was also excited because I kept visualizing the Post-It note on my prayer mirror with the word “radio.” At one point, while waiting for the show to begin, I sat in the studio and just inhaled and exhaled deeply.  I thought about a time years ago, while driving down a street in Palo Alto,  and listening to the Oprah station on Sirus XM, I said out loud, “I want to have a show on the radio.”

Now, I know I am just sitting in but, while I’m sitting in, I am going to do the time with all the marvelousness I can muster! I will put girls on a sweet blast this summer and have great folks sitting with me to make sure I do just that. I hope you’ll join me in this new space and please spread the word. 

Our next episode is Monday, June 19, the Monday after Father’s Day and also Juneteenth. We will have two dads as guests to talk about raising daughters in this culture that seems to have a love/hate relationship with Black girls. You don’t want to miss it!

Oh, if you missed the show Monday, no worries! Here is the Facebook live video. That male voice you hear is Producer T, who helped make the time smoothly and very fast. 

I look forward to you joining us this summer on DFWiRadio.com and Facebook Live and of course, here on the blog! I can’t wait to see what the summer will bring as we continue to put Marvelousness on BLAST!

With Love,
Shanterra 🙂

 

 

Approval by a 14-year-old

There aren’t a lot of moments where I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

Okay, that’s not all the way true. I’m always overwhelmed with gratitude!

But, this time is special because the gratitude comes because of an Instagram direct message from a 14-year-old girl. 

A couple of weeks ago, she and I were both at the #BestSelf conference. And even though we were in the same space, we didn’t meet one another. The conference had such an impact on her that she reached out to express her gratitude. 🤗

When I first received her message, I was immediately brought to tears because this young marvelous girl thought enough about her experience at the conference that she found me on IG and sent a message. Now THAT is special!

She and I exchanged a few messages and I learned a little about her story. Part of her sharing prompted me to send her a copy of my book. Not for anything in return, I just knew I was supposed to send it to her.

Well, after taking longer than I had liked, I finally put the book in the mail. She received it and READ it in the same day! And sent me the most beautiful “review”.

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I am so grateful, thankful and humbled by her. I admit, this message had a little more love on it because, well, she’s a teenager

Why is that so special? Because people give teen girls a bad name. And by people, I mean adults. But, when a teenage girl loves something you have done or said or written and then goes the extra mile to TELL you…you have basically won the lottery! 🙌🏾

I could go on and but, if you have a chance, please watch the Facebook Live video below. It gives you a little more insight on why a message from this special 14-year-old was so important in my life at this time. I posted this to encourage YOU to go after your dreams!

Because truthfully, I’m even more inspired to go after mine. Love Your Jiggle: The Girl’s Guide To Being Marvelous was once a dream. I was anxious about it. Nervous about what folks were going to say. And praying and hoping it would resonate with girls and young women.

My dream has come true…again and again and again.

With Gratitude,
Shanterra

Think about it:

  1. Is there a dream you’re sitting on?
  2. If so, what will it take for you to leap?
  3. Do you ned someone to help you leap? I’ve been told I’m a great coach. We should chat 🙂

Stop Winging It!

Good Tuesday to you! 

I don’t know about you but, yesterday was indeed a Marvelous Monday! One of the reasons it was so marvelous is because I got the chance to catch up with Alex, the awesome president and gracious leader of the church youth group during my first year as a youth director. I have learned, when a young person is home from college and wants to spend time with you, you make the time! Alex is currently finishing up her first year at Xavier University in New Orleans. See my grin? I am so proud ofimg_5772 her! 🙂

After our lunch, I thought about the questions I prepared before meeting her. She probably thought we were just chatting but, I am very intentional when it comes to my relationships with young people. As I drove to meet her, I prayed and asked for wisdom. I also thought about specific questions and answers to listen for. 

I’m pretty sure I’ve never shared my process with anyone, specifically my mentees. It’s important to me that they feel like we’re just catching up even though there is a method to my marvelousness 😊 A good mentor doesn’t just pull stuff out of the air, even if it looks like we do. 

As I kept thinking about the time with Alex, I wondered how often do we wing it when it comes to working with or even parenting young people. I see it happening more than it should and we can’t keep doing the same stuff and expect miracles. 

Instead of just asking myself these questions, I jumped on Facebook Live to share some thoughts. Here is the link for the replay in case you missed it.

 

This winging it phenomenon is just one of the reasons I’m hosting the Marvelous Moms & Mentors seminar this Saturday. I hope you’re able to join us. We will engage in life-changing conversations about how you and other adult women have a huge role in how your marvelous girl views FRIENDSHIPS, BODY IMAGE, and SEX. Mixed with humor, research and yes, FUN, we will get to the practical ways of how to get her to be who you know she can be!

Space is limited so reserve your seat by Thursday!

Remember, you don’t have to do this parenting and mentoring thing alone. Create the village you need and use us to help in the positive development of your marvelous girl! 

Questions? Feel free to email me or give call 469-317-7429.
Shanterra