2017 Q&A

I realized that after almost two years of blogging I have never done a Q&A.  And lets be completely honest Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away from Murder is almost done so its time to drop some new material. Haha!
So I definitely want to take a moment to thank you for clicking on this post and for taking the time to visit my blog. The Journey by Trice is my little baby and it’s my way of sharing the highs and lows in my life with the world.

As we enter into the holiday season I wanted to share some fun facts about me and answer a few questions that may not have been answered in my previous blog posts.
1. Where do I live?
I currently reside in North Carolina and New York; I work in New York and fly home on my days off. It can be pretty hectic but I am managing and I am growing daily.
2. What do I like most about New York?
I love having food delivered to the apartment and before you go there it’s not just your regular delivery service. I have a favorite diner that I love to go to, I sit with the elderly customers and enjoy breakfast at 8pm or a BLT at 10am. I just live my life and I just eat whatever my little heart desires (I walk the calories off by the end of the day.) With the weather changing I don’t feel like throwing on the layers of clothing so I simply log on and put my order in and 30 minutes later (sometimes less) there’s my food!
3. What TV shows am I currently watching?
Well I just finished binge watching “Greenleaf” on Netflix, I love anything and everything by Shondra Rhimes (she is my spirit animal when it comes to writing)
I also just started catching up on “Queen Sugar” on OWN (I am super behind)
I finished watching Quantico a few weeks ago and boy that kept me on the edge of my seat for weeks
I still have to catch up on “Power” so yeah, I’m pretty much all over the place when it comes to watching television.
4. What album/artist am I currently listening to?
First let me start off by saying this has been an amazing year for music and the entertainment industry as a whole. My ears are very pleased and I love discovering new artists and catching up with a few of my favs
- PJ Morton “Gumbo” Album
- The Walls Group “The Other Side” Album
- Sam Smith “The Thrill of It All” Album
- Lawrence Flowers and Intercession “Champion” Album (I love “Hey ,Hey God” featuring Josiah Martin)
- Chantae Mann “Craters” Single featuring PJ Morton
- Daniel Ceasar “Freudian” Album
- KB “Today We Rebel” Album
- Elevation Worship “Acoustic Sessions” Album
- Joistarr “Nothing Even Matters” featuring PJ Morton
- Eminem “Walk on Water” featuring Queen Bey
(And the list goes on!!!)
5. What is my favorite holiday tradition?
When I was little we use to play “A Christmas Story” all day long starting Christmas Eve into Christmas Day (it was and still is my favorite memory I have with my older sister)
Gathering at my Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve to open gifts at midnight! Oh and I can’t forget about the food! (It was and still is amazing)
Loading up the car around 2/3am and heading home with my immediate family, it was such a quiet car ride home.  (I was always so excited to go home and to go to bed so I could wake up and open gifts from my parents and siblings)
Drinking egg nog with my father!
6. My favorite late night snack/craving?
I have a very healthy/unhealthy addiction to ice cream (I get it delivered to me in New York lol) and chocolate chip cookies with a side of Almond Milk while watching all my TGIT shows!
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE  hot tea! I am slowly becoming a coffee drinker but for now I will stick to my tea!
7. What have I learned in 2017?
I have learned that it’s okay to feel hurt, and it’s okay to forgive. I learned to give myself time to process every emotion and not run from the fear of the unknown. I learned to depend on God and to trust every plan he has set before me. I have learned that the decisions I make will and can affect me for the years to come
8. What has been your favorite memory of 2017?
The night before my niece made her grand entrance my entire family was together and we were just having an amazing time and enjoying each other.  Being able to hold my niece for the first time after she was born still brings tears to my eyes, she is the “Sunshine of my Life” and she is definitely Auntie’s favorite (don’t worry she’s the only one so she can be my favorite!)
9. What do I want outsiders to know about me?
I do not have all the answers and I have no problem asking for help. I am growing and evolving daily and this life is a blessing. I am actively seeking out my purpose in life and I am determined to win! I pray that you see and hear God in your daily lives and whenever you feel discouraged just know you aren’t the only one going through. Just because I don’t share every single detail of my life doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. “A private life, is a happy life” (that’s my personal opinion. It works for me!)
10. What am I looking forward to for 2018?
Being able to watch my precious niece grow and develop. I am so excited to show her all the wonderful things in life and watching cartoons with her on Saturday mornings. I look forward to all the wonderful changes and the growth that will take place next year. I am excited about achieving my dreams and making the necessary steps to set myself up for a better future.

Spotlight Feature: Crystal Ngumezi and The Proverbs 31 Women's Organization

I am honored to shed the spotlight on Ms. Crystal and The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization. Crystal and her amazing company are impact young women in their community and around the world. We linked up for a virtual interview and I am so excited to share her journey with you all. 

Biography: My name is Crystal Ngumezi, I am the CEO & Founder of The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and have worked in engineering and management for companies such as Hope Personal Assistance Services, Union Pacific, Pratt & Whitney, and Dow Chemical Company. I started The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization because I felt there was a need for an organization that supplied underserved young women with proper mentors to help lead and guide them through life.
I have a passion to serve, inspire and teach young women, as well as individuals looking to start their own nonprofit organizations. You can learn more about me and what I do through my website at www.crystalngumezi.com
1. When was The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization founded?
The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization was founded on December 19, 2016 in Austin, TX.
2. Is there a meaning behind "The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization”?
There is a personal meaning behind The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization. My experience as a minority woman, coming from an underserved community and advancing to a career in mechanical engineering, sparked an idea to create an organization that would offer underserved young women equal opportunity to pursue professional careers. I thought to myself, “What if disadvantaged young women could receive free mentorship and professional etiquette training that would help them through school, encourage them to pursue college, and inspire them to pursue professional careers?” It is because of this question, that the vision for The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization was birthed. God gave the name of the organization to me, to create an organization that would raise up young women in the image of The Proverbs 31 Woman. Someone who is wise, articulate, business savvy and well respected within her community.

The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free mentorship and professional etiquette training classes to disadvantaged middle school and high school female students in the state of Texas. Our mission and purpose as an organization is to motivate, inspire and teach young girls, edifying the youth with enrichment programs through free mentorship and professional etiquette training. We are committed to serving our underserved communities, one girl at a time.

3. What do you want your customers to know when they are buying items from your online store?
When customers but items from www.p31womenstore.org 100% of all proceeds go to The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization to provide free mentorship and professional etiquette training to underserved young girls. Our customers become partners with us on our mission to change the lives of young women!
4. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your online store? My favorite piece of clothing from our collection is our original P31 t-shirt, with our logo on the front and our full name on the back. This was the first original piece I created for the organization, and it holds a special place in my heart. It is also our #1 best seller.

5. What has been your biggest highlight or monumental moment since you started The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization?
My biggest highlight to date with the organization was having the opportunity to expand to the Houston, TX market to partner with the Houston Texans Teen Club of The Boys & Girls Club of Houston. I am a huge supporter of The Boys & Girls Club, and it was a great honor partnering with them this year.
6. How does The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization impact your community?
The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization impacts the community by providing free enrichment programs to underserved young girls, pairing them with mentors to help them succeed through middle school and high school, and setting them up for future success through our professional etiquette training program.
Students from our program experienced a boost in self-confidence, more experience with presenting and speaking in front of people, a better understanding of what it takes to excel in high school and college, and more information on interview preparedness and how to dress professionally. Our students also participated in community service events and team building exercises with fellow mentors and volunteers of the organization, which taught them about the importance of giving back and working together as a team.
7. How can others become involved with The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization that are not living locally?
Individuals looking to get involved with the organization who do not live in our current servicing cities (Austin, Houston) can partner with us through donation giving on our website www.p31women.org or through our Store Site. We are able to provide our free services to underserved young girls through the contributions we receive through our community partners. By donating to our organization, we are able to expand to other cities looking to have our organization service in their area! Individuals can also join our email list by visiting our website and signing up to become a volunteer, as well as by liking our Facebook page @P31WomenOrg (Facebook ) to help us spread our online reach.
8. How can others stay in contact with you? 
We can be reached through our Email, as well as through our social media handles @p31womenorg on Instagram and Facebook (Facebook).
Our website is www.p31women.org
Crystal Ngumezi, CEO & Founder of The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization