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What are you waiting for to be happy? Whatever you’re waiting for, just stop. Stop waiting and stop letting your happiness be based on external factors, because the moment you let your happiness rely on someone or something else, then you stand the chance of being unhappy. Your happiness is strongly dependent on what you define as happiness, while being cautious not to hang that definition on anything outside of your control. Happiness to me, is doing those things I said I was going to do and looking back at

At the end of October 2013, I did my first company photo shoot and although I had no idea about where to stand, how to pose, when to smile showing teeth or just lips, I had such a good time! After my makeup was done, I didn’t recognize myself. It was a whole different Sandra and I loved it. I wanted to share my album with you, but also send a BIG THANK YOU to my photographer and style team. They delivered beyond expectations! Stylist: Pauleanna Reid Hair & Makeup:

If you want to be the best at something, you have to be ready, willing and able to make a sacrifice for it. Ask yourself: what are you willing to pay to achieve what you want to achieve? If you want a successful business, how many hours a day are you willing to put in, how much money are you willing to invest, how many sales calls are you ready to make, how many networking events are you able to attend and so on? You set the price of what you

The day I discovered my purpose, I envisioned myself leading a mass exodus of people from their corporate jobs to running their own business; kind of like how Moses lead the Jews out of Egypt. And it seems my purpose may not be so far off from what needs to happen, especially for Black women in America. I recently read a report by the Center for American Progress on The State of Women of Color in the United States which highlights the barriers women of color face, despite being a very

Toronto, ON (January 3, 2014)–Sandra Gabriel, Chief Relationship Officer at Gabriel PR formally announces that she is no longer developing websites. “There comes a time in one’s career when it’s time to move on to new challenges,” says Gabriel. “I feel like I’ve gotten as far as I can go with web development and now I need to switch focus,” she adds. Web development makes up about 80-90% of Gabriel PR’s business, but Gabriel shares that the business is not letting go of web development entirely. “I will still offer web development as

Believe it or not, there was a time when I was so sick of social media, I couldn’t bare to read  or see one more thing about it. I was working in corporate communications at the time and social media was still fairly new to me, but my boss wanted me to learn everything about it so I spent hours in training and research to find out as much as possible and one day I decided that I just couldn’t stand it anymore. Then I began to see social media

For most of this year, I’ve been exhausted by the whole ‘self-help’ movement. I feel like a lot of us have been communicating the same messages about having high self-esteem and be yourself, and confidence is key and YOU CAN DO IT! and blah blah blah and I guess there are still people out there that need this type of positive reinforcement, especially the generation behind me; but I wonder how much is it really helping people? The first time this feeling struck me was in 2012; I saw Oprah

For the first time in almost 5 years, I’m planning my next vacation and it looks like I’m going to see Prince in New Orleans July 2014 for the 20th anniversary of the Essence Music Festival. I was driving home the other night and I heard Prince come on singing “When Doves Cry” and out of nowhere I heard this scream and then I realized the scream came from me as my heart and mind felt that I was going to see Prince and my body reacted before I could

Farewell Nelson Mandela

I’m listening to CNN cover the breaking news of Nelson Mandela passing away and while we’re sad to lose him, I can’t help but get a sense of relief for him. The first time I learned about Mandela was in my Black History class in high school. We learned about his stand against apartheid and his time in prison and how he became the first Black president of South Africa and how much he was loved and celebrated for the unity he brought to his people. And every time I

It was literally a cold and rainy day. I had a pretty big print job to pick up and deliver to a client before heading uptown (during rush hour) to meet with a prospect I had been trying to meet with for months…but let me give you the backstory first… The week before this rainy day, I had been trying to process a credit card transaction for one client’s print job and for whatever reason it would not work. I needed this transaction to go through so that I could

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