I Have To Tell The Truth

I am a black woman.  In case you forget, I AM a black woman. You may be thinking, “Why does this matter? Why is Marva telling me this?” For 45+ years, I have spent most of my days navigating majority white spaces, and in order to do that, I’ve suppressed my voice, my thoughts, my…
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A New Year’s Toast: To Your Joyous Success

  So long to exhaustion, disconnection, and feeling overwhelmed. Hello energy, balance, and JOY! “Joy is the difference between thriving and striving.” – Maya Angelou I love this quote from Maya Angelou. As a WOBO woman who hit-the-wall, I read this often to remind myself of a basic life ingredient. Joy had often been missing…
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When You Finally Say “I’m Done!”

  Recently, I met with a fellow WOBO woman who said, “I’m done!” and promptly left her successful professional career. Her mind, body, and spirit were utterly depleted. We discussed the factors that led to her exhaustion—lack of self-care and self-awareness—and I provided ideas for her WOBO recovery. A young woman at a neighboring table…
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