It was the funniest thing ever when I got a text from one of my best gals asking if I had been on facebook that day. I clearly hadn’t when she kept going on & on about the power of social media & how the Gainsvile Police Dept. had been the talk of the day. I was even more confused when I logged on & realized I was tagged (more than once) on the thread of all of the comments on the photos! Well ladies- I found #CopBae & got all the deets on everything him. Read below to learn not only why he became a cop in the first place, but his advice to others as well. & yes- he is single!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

My name Bylynn Hatcher aka Lou, I was born and raised in Alliance, OH. I attended Alliance High School where I played basketball, football & ran track. After I graduated in 2005, I earned a full scholarship for basketball to Grand Rapids Comm College where I red-shirted my first year due to a hand injury during practice. I graduated from Grand Rapids Comm College with my associate degree & later transferred schools in 2008.  I earned a second full scholarship for basketball at Ashland University,  Division 2. I graduated in 2010 with my bachelors in Criminal justice and minor in sociology. After graduating, I continued to play basketball on a semi-pro level (A.B.A.) American Basketball Association, playing for the  Stark Revolution based out of Canton, OH. My first season of play we became “Champions”.  After that season ended, I had the opportunity to play for another semi-pro traveling team based out of Gainesville, FL. Due to the fast approaching season, I had to quickly pack my bags and moved to Gainesville, FL, leaving my family and friends in Ohio and Michigan. After playing another rough season of basketball, I decided I was burned out from basketball and wanted to start a career. I became a cars salesman for a short period of time and soon relocated to a sales rep at Verizon wireless. Verizon was a professional place to work, but I didn’t feel like it was challenging enough. It was then that I decided I wanted to become a police officer.

How did it feel realizing you were a social media celebrity for a few days? How did that happen? Any crazy stories?

I didn’t feel any different, but it did feel good to be noticed/recognized at a time where your doing your best to try and protect and serve your community at it’s worst times (during Hurricane Irma). When I think about it the pics weren’t  suppose to go viral. The pics were posted on facebook by our PIO. After posting the pics, women started commenting like wild fire. A lot of the women kept asking where is the  “Hot Chocolate” (LOL!).  Once Ben posted my pics, women started making even crazier comments! I didn’t realize how much attention the photos were getting, until many people started calling and texting my phone non-stop. When I finally went to the pics and checked out the comments, I couldn’t be live some of the comments I saw. The comments were enjoyable, funny, flattering, tasteful and made me watch my back while walking down the street or conducting a traffic stop  (haha!). I will say -none of them comments took away from the real reason why we were out there during hurricane Irma. all of the first responders throughout Florida had to leave our  families home at a time they needed us most during the hurricane. As a first we know what we sign up for. When it’s time to protect and serve for your community there are no second thoughts, we run towards the trouble while everyone else run away from it.

What made you decide to start your career?

I always thought of being a police, just because of the way my friends, as well as myself, where treated by the police growing up in my hometown of Alliance, OH.  Growing up, my friends and I really had to live and deal with being profiled, harassed and mistreated by the police. Through my youth and some of my adult life, I experienced, observed, witnessed many corrupted policemen. The corruption started to get so bad at the police dept. that the policemen that wanted to make a difference in the community resigned or transferred to another agency because they didn’t want to be a part of the unfairness.

Side Note: By all means, I’m not trying to make it seem like I was a little angel 100% of the time, because I had my troubled moments as a teenager/adult.

I feel that what made me want to become a police officer  was what I experienced through my life-  good, bad, being in trouble, how sports changed the way I look at life. What also influenced my decision was what morals and support I gained from my family, friends, coaches and community. I then applied to the police academy at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. I went through a four month program, graduated & was hired by Gainesville Police Dept.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

My 8 year old son, mom, dad, all my brothers and sisters and close friends. Wanting to be the best I can be at all times, even when my enemies wish & pray on my downfall. Being healthy, staying physical fit, having a healthy diet, making people smile and making a difference not only in my life, but others life’s as well.

What is your favorite quote & why?

“Everything happens for a reason” and “What goes around comes around” I live by these quotes, because it helps me put myself in other people shoes and try to understand their problems and struggles.

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

Never regret anything you’ve done in life. Learn from your mistakes- they will make you a better/wiser man in the future. Last but not least, embrace all your enemies hate (!!!!).

What is your end goal with your career? What do you want to accomplish?

To be successful & influence as many people as I can while making a difference at the same time.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

  1. Never jeopardize your morals for anyone.
  2. Always be confident and believe in yourself.
  3. Know your worth and know yourself as person. 

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

I really like to interact with the people in the community and change some of the negative perceptions that some citizens have about cops.

What is your least favorite?

Paperwork. An arrest or a use of force can last two minutes or less & the paperwork can last hours. Documentation and reports are very important in law enforcement.

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

Always trying to stay two steps ahead of the criminals. Many criminals are very creative & continuously think of new ways to try and out smart the law.

I would just like to give a special thanks to all my family and friends and everyone whoever supported me in whatever I did in life. I love you & thank you with all my heart.  It’s not as easy as people think to be a first responder. It takes a strong minded, brave hearted, unselfish, polite, caring person to do this job everyday. I also like to thank everyone who supports first responders and their braveness. – Bylynn Hatcher

 

Until Next Time!

-B

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Whew- this year is literally flying right by us!  It’s been a while since I’ve rounded up some of the fab people that I know- life happened ya’ll. Between Harvey & life- I have no other excuse except the fact that I was busy bossin’ myself.  No worries- the series is back & in full effect! This month is packed with #BossBabes, with the first of the month being non other than Chelsea Coffey!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

My name is Chelsea Coffey. I’m a 30 yr. old life and style blogger who recently relocated to New York City. For the last month I’ve been a resident of the Brooklyn neighborhood, Bed Stuy, and what a journey it’s been! I moved to New York without a job. Just blind faith that this transition was meant to be & that God would bless each and every step I took.  Thankfully, that was totally the case and almost a year later, I couldn’t be happier to have followed my gut.

I grew up in Maryland, and spent the last 15 years in Houston so I consider myself an east coast west coast hybrid.  The same can be said about a few areas of my life. To pay the bills (haha), I run operations for the US and Canada for a premium audio tech company out of Germany called, Sennheiser.  My creative outlet is my life and style blog, thecoffeybreak.com and my passion project is my nonprofit, Mia’s Closet.

What made you decide to start your career?

More or less, my day job was a gift from God, but blogging and my nonprofit work are both the most natural extensions of my personality. I always tell people to look back at their childhood. What was your default? What were the things you loved doing? What did you get lost in? For me, it was taking pictures and videos OF EVERYTHING haha And planning these little events for my neighborhood. It comes as no surprise that all those disposable cameras, the videos, and the photos were simply the blueprint for blogging, and that each and every event was essentially preparing me to do the same for kids in undeserved communities.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

My daily inspiration comes from a number of sources, but I’d have to say it’s got to be a cross between my sense of purpose and the ones I love most. That’s what gets me up in the morning.  For a little extra boost, I start (most days) with meditation, my daily devotional, Jesus Calling, and prayer.

I genuinely believe that mornings are sacred.

So, it’s so important to me that I my intentions on what I want to get out of each day before diving into anything else.

What is your favorite bible verse & why?

I have 2. Psalm 91:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.

 

and Isaiah 40: 31:

 

31      But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. 

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

Have three sources of income. Your huge savings won’t last forever. Make a backup plan for your back up plan & whatever it is that you want to do, go for it. The next big thing is on the other side of fear.

What is your end goal with your career? What do you want to accomplish?

My end goal for The Coffey Break is simple, to be able to touch lives through my content and support myself full-time while doing so. There’s so much opportunity in the space, and I love knowing that one day it can be my story as well if I just stick with it. As for giving back, my heart yearns (I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true haha) to be able to provide as many kids as possible with a boost in their confidence and self-esteem through events every year. There are so many kids out there with low self-esteem for this or that reason. Maybe they’re getting teased for wearing old/worn out clothes. Maybe they have all these great ideas and no one to share them with. Maybe their home life is in shambles. Whatever it might be, I just love the idea of being able to come in an disrupt the craziness if only for a time. You never know the impact you might have, however brief.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

  1. Trust your gut.
  2. Believe that the best is yet to come.
  3. Trust the process.

*Oh! And if nothing else, always ask God for clarity and confirmation first. Always. You can have the best plan in the world, but without His blessing, it can still fall short…  I learned this the hard way all of 2015, haha!

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

Video blogging hands down. I love storytelling –it’s literally my favorite pastime, and it warms my heart to know that one day I’ll be sitting on the porch with all my people looking back on it all.

What is your least favorite?

Hmm. Sometimes I feel guilty because video editing takes so long. I know how important it is to stick with it, but in the meantime I feel like I’m always trying to find the balance

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

Tunnel Vision // Or the ability to maintain it. I know I hear people say this all the time, but it’s just the coolest thing to see the ways in which I’ve been able to connect with people all over the world. Staying true to genuine interests without playing into a blogging style or delivery that would be inauthentic is my goal.

Until Next Time!

-B

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I received a free copy of Real American: A Memoir in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.

If there’s anything we can all agree on- it’s the fact that there is so much going on in America right now! From social issues, natural disasters, to just life in general- the world right now is #prettycray. These last few weeks have been the perfect time to snuggle up with a good cup of tea in hand with a good book- Real American- A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims.

There are some memoirs that I have not been a fan of- some seem so scripted that it’s hard to tell what the Author is really trying to depict through a number of pages. That was not that case with this one- reading this book was amazing! Seeing on paper the transformation and road to self- acceptance through racism in America was not only realistic, but very well written as well. One thing I love about this book is how the author is so transparent, sharing not only real life experiences, but opinions as well throughout. I also love how it is written- it is an easy read but is written in a way that leaves you hanging- always wanting to read the next page for more information!

You have a chance to read this book to! Better yet- you can get it for free through the giveaway below! This giveaway ends this Friday, September 29th so be sure to enter soon! Readers may enter to win below (via the widget) and by posting only ONCE to twitter mentioning @DeanJulie & using the hashtags #RealAmericanMemoir and #CLVR. Only one winner per household, which will be announced October 6th. Happy Winning!

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Until Next Time!

-B

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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With all the devastation that has occurred recently with Hurricane Harvey-it was only right that I hosted an event to help give back! Come join me this Saturday at Altar’d State in Rice Village as we give back together! Myself and a few other bloggers will be there from 12-5 collecting donations of school supplies & toiletries that will be donated to local Houston children’s charities. So many kids are going back to school next week who have lost everything, so it was only right to do this. By bringing a donation- you will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card, which will be given away every hour. & of course,  light bites will be served. Needless to say, Come hang out with me!

 

Until Next Time!

-B

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I was asked by Carusele to participate in the on behalf of Skintimate ® #NeverMissASpot Skintimate® at Target. Although I was asked to write this post, all opinions are my own.
As if I needed another reason to visit Target! Living in the store already, it figures that I found my most recent deal there while picking up my essentials for the week. With the warmer weather in full swing (especially in Houston!), there’ a few things I currently can’t live without –

Skintimate® Shave Gels are an essential beauty product for someone on the go during the summer season! This shave gel offers luxurious scent that delivers the ultimate close shave for smooth and healthy feeling skin. In addition to this, it’s perfect for dry skin as it is formulated with ingredients like Vitamin E and Shea Butter in the product! I am known to be clumsy here and there, so I’m convinced that this product was made for people like me.

You can get this fab product for 5% off at Target in-store from July 30th – August 19th. Don’t miss out on this deal- you’ll totally regret it! With that extra 5%, you can buy even more stuff from your favorite store! In my case- I will be sure to use my savings to buy another double pack of this stuff- it’s just that good!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Skintimate at Target. The opinions and text are all mine.

Until Next Time!

-B

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