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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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Philippians 2:3-4-

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”

Such a loaded sentence with so much truth in it! It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives- in our own desires, our own “wish lists”, our own everything. I think this is sooo human nature and something that everyone can admit to. It’s easy to forget the needs of others when we are so so worried abut ourselves. Living in Houston, just a simple drive downtown, or anywhere honestly reminds me just how blessed I am. On most street corners, you can normally find someone who is homeless standing with a sign. Whether they are telling the truth or not, seeing someone standing outside in the rain, heat etc. asking for a few dollars really puts into perspective how blessed I am, no matter the “drama (as I claim it)” I’m dealing with at that given moment.

This week, regardless of anything, I want you to realize how blessed you are! If you are reading this you either have access to a phone or a computer, so you are blessed! I challenge you to be a blessing to someone else! Whether it is blessing someone on a large scale or a small one- remember that we were placed on this earth not for our own selfish needs, but to be a blessing to others. Just think if everyone blessed someone every day- so many unknown needs would be filled!

P.S.- Deets to the outfit above can be found here.  I love the fit, so I linked some similars below!

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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Mondays are always busy for me. Work most of the time is a bit hectic throughout the day, then I come & get “blog, personal life, everything else” ready for the week. I used to do my weekly planning on Sunday- but have switched over to Monday and it’s been so much better. I’ve committed my Sundays to complete rest– Church, brunch with the girls, sleep, football- all the good stuff and nothing else. Taking my Sunday as an actual day of rest has been much needed for my and a lifesaver!

9 times out of 10- I am always busy. I’m used to having a packed schedule, my day designer is always with me and I make multiple to-do lists throughout the day. With the craziness of August, I took away much. One of the many things I learned is that life is so short & to slow down! So much can happen in a 24 hour time period- it’s so easy to always pay attention to “what’s going to happen next” instead of focusing on the now that we have been blessed with. I knew at the beginning of the year that my “minimalist efforts” were going to be in full effect, but I had no idea that towards the end of the year I would have a new outlook on life through a series of world events and life happenings.

I say this to say- keeping it simple is so much more than a new fashion statement to me, it’s simply my new way of life. Like this look- totally basic & a fav of mine. I’m loving these new flats I got in Ohio & am trying so hard to resist getting the other colors that they come in! It doesn’t help that they’re on sale now too, as well as my blush vest! I previously (like last year) don’t shop at New York & Company but that has since changed. I like their basics, and they have my #Fav Gabrielle Unions line- so a stop by there every now and then is now a must. As simple as this outfit is, it’s perfect for work but can be dressed up with some heels. Simple said (pun intended, ha!),  simple is totally how I’m currently doing things.

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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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from James 4:14-15-

” Why, you do not even now what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while & then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say “If it is the Lords will, we will live & do this or that.”

Whew- this verse is a lot to take in, where do I even begin! These last few months have been such a test of faith for me- I for one do not like having unanswered questions. There’s nothing in particular that I was worried about, just the thought of the “unknown” in life is totally not my thing (I hate it!). James 4 reminds us that worrying about the future literally does nothing- we have no clue what is to come & must always pray that God’s will be done in our lives.

I remember when I moved from Texas straight out of college- the day before I moved I got Proverbs 31:25 tattooed on my wrist as a reminder to not fear the future. Due to the levels of anxiety that I sometimes have, this verse also is always a reminder to me & I love that I always have it so close to me. These 2 verses in James are kind of the same- we should always remember that God’s plans for our lives are always better than our own! No matter what we think is good for ourselves, God always seems to have a little blessing under his sleeve.

P.S- Deets on the outfit above can be found here!

Until Next Time!

-B

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