“To Know Me…Is To Love MeJust Because” – Ingrid Prescott

Learning to live your Best Life Ever!


Loving Self from “A to Z”

I AM MEand I am not defined by others opinions and beliefs about me. In order for me to form a perfect union of tranquility, peace, joy, hope, love and happiness, I need to recognize that I can’t be everything to everyone and not rob me of Me Time. I have the power to live whichever life I choose, without offending anyone. I will work to promote and encourage SELF and NEVER GIVE UP—to keep hitting that rock until it cracks, ignore the nay-sayers, and know that I am in control of my choices and free will. And I also recognize that my success cannot be defined by anyone else; but needs to be based on what I believe, which is MY truth.

From A to Z

Accept SELF

Believe in SELF

Care for SELF

Devote time to SELF

Encourage and enjoy SELF

Focus, forgive, and feel good about SELF

Grab life by the horns for SELF

Hope in all things for SELF

IMATTER. (Repeat to SELF as needed.)

Juggle life for SELF

Kindhearted toward SELF


Motivate SELF

Nurture SELF

Oneness with SELF

Pamper SELF

Quiet SELF for Relaxation

Renew and Rejuvenate SELF

Smile with SELF

Trust in SELF

Understand SELF

Value SELF

Work at putting SELF first

X-hilerate and encourage SELF that you are exceptional and amazing

Yearn to be loving & comfortable in SELF (Accept you need room for improvement.)

Zest for Life toward SELF (You give so much joy to others; be sure to keep some for SELF.)

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Love Says… It’s Official

“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”

Louise E. Boone

It’s finally official: I have taken the leap of faith and my website has been launched!

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Trust me, the road has been very bumpy and challenging–with plenty of tears that followed. However, quitting or giving up were never a topic of discussion–EVER. If you just believe, if your belief appears even as the size of a mustard seed… ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!

When the time allows, please check out my website: www.lovinself.com. The answer was right at my fingertips and in front of my face all along. Kudos to ALL the reps at GoDaddy who did a superb job at getting me to this point, and who handled my crazy, New Yorker energy and aura. ;o)


So, today, be mindful of how great you really are; trust and believe that you matter and that you can make a difference in your life and the AWESOME UNIVERSE.

Like Joyce Meyer said: “I believe that if we’ll stay amazed at the things God is doing in our lives–even the little things–we’ll NEVER be without HOPE.”

Yes, You Can!

“Yes, you can…

Trust that you can…

Believe that you can…

Know that you can…

and you will SUCCEED.”

Welcome to #ThoughtfulThursday! Today is a day to reflect and, of course, count your blessings, and think about your week–things that may have happened and how one regroups if the end result was not to your liking.

Perseverance is a word that I rarely talk about, but it definitely lives deep down in my spirit. Who has not experienced hardship, disappointment, or sadness on a few occasions? But in that instance, we often think, ‘nothing lasts forever,’ even though death and natural endings are definitely inevitable parts of our reality. So, when facing negative feelings compounded by the feeling that time is so short, how does one ever truly enjoy LIFE?

It helps me to feel positive and motivated when I reminisce on women like Harriet Tubman, whose resilient spirit speaks volumes, and truly can’t be matched or measured; especially when you wonder if she had been a happy person. We can’t truly know the evil, the hatred, and inhumane behavior she must have witnessed. And yet, in facing all that stood against her, she remained resilient, weathered the storm. How else could she have overcome, if she hadn’t trusted, had the faith and confidence that she and all those she wanted to help would be okay.

And, most importantly, SHE NEVER GAVE UP!! She was consistent, passionate, and smart to outwit the countless bounty hunters that were after her. I’d like to think it was because Her Faith and Trust in God never wavered, because what else could get her through, when her daily trials and tribulations worked against her, tried to make her doubt her own power and capability to achieve the unthinkable.

Because Harriet Tubman NEVER GAVE UP!!!

In consideration of Yes, You Can! and being able to take control of one’s situation despite how others felt about your decision, I heard something that I just have to comment on:

Yesterday, Michael Strahan announced that he was leaving Live! with Kelly and Michael to begin working full time with my girl Robin Roberts at Good Morning America. Okay, I’m happy for Michael, yet shocked because these things do happen. However, I honestly feel some kind away for Kelly because she was blindsided and that’s just not cool. Yes, in business there is no friendship, but there is something called respect.

So, Kelly, hang in there as this too shall pass, and you are definitely strong enough to weather the storm that was thrust onto your lap out of nowhere. Everyday, I thank God that I am a woman!! I’m just sayin’.

“Nobody should ever be blindsided,” she said. “I don’t know who’s in charge, but somebody should’ve said, ‘This is gonna happen.’ You shouldn’t have to read it in the paper. Ever.” – Oprah


Love Sees the Vision

The percentage of Americans who can see themselves starting a business in 2015 is 51% up from 42% back in 2013. – 2015 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report


The March issue of Money magazine focused on Being Your Own Boss; as the number of people doing so (and wanting to) have increased greatly after the banking industry collapsed (an excellent read). I’ve taken the plunge; I’m self-employed (a.k.a. an entrepreneur) because I was ready to take the jump by having the Faith that my parachute will open. I’m in the planning and development stages for my Lovin Self website for the sale of my Essential Bath Salts (Cashmere PetalsFresh Peonies, Warm Orchid & Calming Lemongrass) and Soothing Bath Teas (The Nile, Exotic Amber, & Cleopatra), of which all 7 of those luxurious aromas are ready for customers to enjoy, and I’m WORKING toward and PRAYING that my website will be ready to launch at month end.

I’m READY now, yet there is SO MUCH that goes into launching a website. For example, the SSL Certificate that protects your customers’ sensitive information over the Internet is extremely important, and equally important is having the right person to do the job. The Privacy & Returns policy must be on point, because people are entrusting you with their vital information, and that is something a good business owner can’t take lightly. Another checklist item is making sure that the SEO, which stands for “search engine optimization,” is in place and operating. Applying SEO aspects to your webpage “is the process of getting traffic from the ‘free,’ ‘organic,’ ‘editorial,’ or ‘natural’ search results on search engines, this cost is very important to the traffic that flows to your website.”

Having said all of that, I am very proud of what LovinSelf.com is shaping up to look like; especially, our monthly newsletter being created by my AMAZING & AWESOME editor Melissa Swenka who rocks every time and keeps me sounding intellectually savvy. My web developer and I are still working on improving and ironing out minor glitches.

The great news is that my 2BMe – “To Know Me… Is To Love Me… Just Because” – jewelry collection will be featured on my website, and in production, hopefully, before Mother’s Day. As an additional part of the 2BMe line, I will be offering silver-plated necklaces and bracelets for purchase, once we launch, with bracelet sizes 7 inches for ‘Tweens and 8 inches and 10 inches for bigger wrists.

Oops… I’m getting sidetracked… 

Getting back to the March issue of Money magazine, because I’m a new entrepreneur myself, I feel like they could have done more in depth reporting on the “Ultimate Guide To Flying Solo” because startups are on the rise, and many Americans are taking that leap of Faith and launching their own business.

If you are still uncertain or don’t know what to do or where to begin, reading as much as you can on the subject (I suggest starting with Steve Harvey‘s book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success) is an excellent way to start. But, most importantly, whatever your idea might be, do your research, research, research.

Money magazine recommends the following:

Step 1 – Figure out if your brilliant idea is a viable business – How many people want your product/service (your idea).

Step 2 – Put some real numbers on your idea – Figure out what to charge potential customers.

Step 3 – Plot out how to fund your launch – It does take money, but not millions, to launch your idea.

Step 4Protect your own financial future – We have to stop blaming Wall Street, “Corporate,” or the Banks when we continue working in their businesses; you have the power create your own. Ditch their rules and regulations by figuring out how to solve the problem and not be a part of it. You need to find YOUR solution and TAKE THE JUMP.

Step 5 – Make the most of Year One – Focus, plan, and continue to execute. Learn from life’s lessons and failures, and then regroup and be consistent.

My recommendation for Step 6 – NEVER GIVE UP!! Make determination, passion, and confidence your best friends.


Lovin Who You Are

“It’s not about going back… it’s about life being ahead of you & you run at it, because you never know how far you can go.” —Penny Chenery Tweedy


Source: KDHamptons.com


I have watched the movie Secretariat, seriously, a hundred times and not because I simply love horses. It was because Diane Lane gave a star performance portraying a remarkable woman by the name of Penny Chenery Tweedy, the First Lady of Racing. Today she is my #TuesdayHeroine.

Being a strong-minded, no-nonsense, feisty woman allows me to say, “I am who I am. And I will not apologize for who I am. If you love me, you will accept me… Just Because.”

Penny was that woman, who saved her family’s horse farm by listening to her gut and ignoring all the odds stacked high against her, especially in the male-dominated breeding and horse racing industry of her time. She was the youngest of three children and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, then studied at the Columbia Business School. Penny knew for certain what she truly believed thanks to her parents, and she stuck to her guns when she made the decision to take on the responsibility of running the farm.

It appeared at times that the only support she had came from her father’s secretary and the farm’s horse trainer. As a child she loved horses; she listened and watched intently as her father, who came from poor beginnings, built their farm of great horses even though he was facing financial straits. Their trainer, who was a sneaky, conniving thief, was trying to rob them of great thoroughbreds. Right before her mom died, she stopped the sale of three of their great thoroughbreds, which was being brokered by that very same conniving trainer. Not to mention, he also happened to be rude, obnoxious, and definitely disrespectful toward Penny.

Penny had to juggle her marriage and family (a husband and four children), who remained in Boulder, Colorado, with the responsibilities of the family’s horse farm, which was surely challenging at times. But, what I loved about Ms. Chenery Tweedy is that she stuck to her guns and ignored her bothersome brother–a professor at Harvard–and her husband who had joined forces to get her to sell the farm and, of course, Secretariat before the 1973 Kentucky Derby. REALLY?!

Secretariat is an American Classic, the story of a remarkable horse that won the 1973 Triple Crown, whose records have yet to be broken. And it was Penny’s brilliant mindset at the “Coin-Toss” alongside her father’s brilliant mind from which Secretariat was reared. Thank God that she ignored all the Nay-Sayers and embraced her belief and trust in SELF.

The moral of the story is to Never Give Up!!! When you believe in a thing, believe it wholeheartedly, unequivocally, where you can’t be shaken, rattled, or removed from it until it reaches full potential.

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” —Walt Disney

Source: Yahoo! Sports

Thank you, Ms. Penny Chenery Tweedy, for setting the stage for excellence, for never quitting or giving up, and for representing women exceptionally well. You are my #TuesdayHerione.

Love Says Jump

“I was tired of the way I was living. I was tired of going nowhere. I was sick and tired of being poor. I was completely worn out by poverty.” —Steve Harvey, Chapter 1, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success

Happy #MindfulMonday! If there is a day that will remind you of how sick and tired you are for not making a change in your life and doing something to improve it, it’s Monday. Am I right?! So, it is on a Monday that I decided to share some inspiring thoughts I had the pleasure of finding within this 6 minute video, which has only catapulted my drive to succeed and continue to forge ahead with my goals of making the Lovin Self brand a household name. If you are not happy with your current situation or circumstance… who is going to be the first to change it? Your neighbor next door, the postal worker, or your imaginary friend (or, worse, an imaginary enemy)? Who is so tired of being the blame for your lackluster performance in the game of life.

Like many who have taken the #JUMP against all the odds and made it through–Joy Mangano, Oprah, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Steve Jobs, and Michael Jordan–you need to be willing to take the Jump or Leap of Faith that can change your life for the better. I learned a very long time ago that if you want anything to change that affects you, you need to be a part of the SOLUTION and not a part of the PROBLEM. Yes, the rich keep getting richer and the Middle Class has been displaced. So what do you do about it? Do you sit and whine, complain that it’s unfair? Or you could jump on the back of that runaway horse (The Kentucky Derby is fast approaching) and grab the reins and ride your now-winning horse to the finish line like Penny Tweedy (my #Heroine for tomorrow’s post) did in 1973. Her horse Secretariat won the Triple Crown!

“So many people are missing their way in life because they are afraid to sign the lease on their gift.” – Steve Harvey

Let me explain…

A lease is a legal document outlining the terms under which one party (Tenant) agrees to rent property from another party (Landlord). Your “Gift” is the Tenant, and you are the Landlord who is ready for the deal to happen; but you refuse to sign the “legal” contract because you are afraid to make the commitment to SELF.

Every person that exists in this world does have a gift or talent; as I mentioned prior, here are a few more people who have embraced their talents and enjoy the rewards: Rihanna, Beyonce, Mark Zuckerberg, Kim and Kanye.

The world is changing so fast that the Internet can’t keep up; but yet it is a tool that you can utilize to charge-up your career goals and your gift by offering you a platform from which you can #JUMP into the arena of executing your life’s dream. I have taken the plunge, so can you.


“When you put your efforts into your gift, you are giving God something to bless.” – Steve Harvey

Another Day to Love


Live in the moment, because tomorrow is in the tomb of time; and be thankful for being able to love another day (a.k.a. FRIDAY). When we put forth positive energy, we will get positive results back, making it easier to set goals for yourself. A happy spirit is a vibrant, vivacious spirit that only looks for the “good” to happen. This happy spirit does not feed on or look for fuel from a negative or defeatist outcome. Yikes!!!

If this was a challenging week, you can take comfort in the fact that it’s over. Take this opportunity to look at the challenges you faced, regroup, and aim to learn from this lesson by moving forward with another plan. It will require your focus, and a willingness to execute with a joyous spirit.

Why? Because your underlying goal is to change your life for the better. The only way to do that is to change your thought process (i.e., your mind), and not begrudgingly.

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God willing, I will see you back here on #MindfulMonday with my “You Need To Jump” blog.

Kobe, You’re Loved!

“I’ve shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. But ‘too much’ is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very interesting. Going back to Mozart, he responded to critics by saying there were neither too many notes or too few. There were as many as necessary.” – Kobe Bryant

The Utah Jazz probably never saw it coming. In his final game, after a 20-year career with the LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant has officially retired from the NBA. Scoring 60 points in this final game, to bring the Lakers up to over 100 points, taking over the Jazz with a 5-point lead in the final quarter. Reflecting on his career when the buzzer rang, Kobe hailed his team and sticking together through it all.

“This is absolutely crazy … and to be standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey that we’ve been on — we’ve been through our ups, been through our downs. I think the most important part is we all stayed together throughout.” (Source: ESPN)

That’s a sign of true leadership, of true appreciation. Being able to acknowledge that you couldn’t have done it alone. Now, Kobe is not one to belittle his own talent. He can acknowledge his own craft, his own power, and he knows his worth! That’s something we can all take to heart–know what you bring to the table and don’t let the haters make you think otherwise. When you’re the “third-leading scorer in the NBA” and honored as a “five-time NBA champion”, not to mention being an “18-time All Star”, you will definitely not entertain the haters! At least not for long…

“Take it all in. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down, because next year it ain’t gonna be this way. Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick.” (Source: ESPN)

#ThankYouKobe, for giving the world a role model in determination, dedication, and hard work. There are never too many shots, or too few, only as many as necessary. There is never too much for us to handle as long as we believe in SELF and are willing to put in the time and effort to making our dreams a reality! So, on this #ThoughtfulThursday, what are you doing to make your dreams come true?

Source: NBA.com/lakers

Love the Masterpiece

I still fall on my face sometimes and I
Can’t color inside the lines ’cause
I’m perfectly incomplete
I’m still working on my masterpiece

 Jessie J – Masterpiece Lyrics | MetroLyrics


#HappyHumpDay!!! This week may have been a challenge, stressful, or even good; but the great thing is that you are near the end of the week, hopefully preparing for your weekend. You may have pissed someone off, because you’re not perfect or may have offended someone because of who you are. But you can #STOPTHEMADNESS. Even though who you are may be offensive to some, their reactions to your life are not within your control. You only (and always) have control over yourself and your reactions; please remember that. You can’t let someone else’s opinion of your life stop you from living it.

Steve Harvey is someone who I truly respect and admire because he keeps it real. I wanted to share with you this #AMAZING video where he speaks about “You Have To Jump.” Simply mind-blowing, and I will start my week off with it for #MindfulMonday. The more that we put off things that we can do now, or start now, will change our life path and decisions. So when we change our mind, we can change our life.

OK, I keep beating this dead horse, but I have to be honest in what has been fueling my energy: how the 2008 Banking Industry went down. How it was orchestrated, who paid for it (homeowners), and the result of it (the 1%ers got richer). OK, now what? If you don’t like your current situation or circumstance, try to change it. If you don’t like how the Fortune 500 is doing business, start your own. Complaining, being disgusted, and not being apart of the solution automatically makes you apart of the problem.

Listen, I was there. I always had a job to maintain my life, take care of my daughter, put her in the best of private schools to give her the advantage that I didn’t have. Now, I am in a position to work for SELF; and there is definitely no turning back. Losing my job was the best thing that happened to me because it made me React, Regroup, and Affect change in my life for the betterment of ME.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Susan L. Taylor

The message behind this: #WORKFORSELF!!! Yes, it appears that we hate on the 1%ers, but make the choice and do something different so you too can make life-changing decisions in your life that can’t be affected by decisions that the 1%ers make.

“You have not seen the best of me,” says Jessie J, so step out on faith, and #JUMP like Mr. Harvey said. In my world, EVERYONE is held accountable for what happens in your life based on your life choices.