Let God Crown You, Not The Streets

Let God Crown You, Not The Streets.

To all my young girls and young women who believe the streets are loyal.

Being a Trap Queen and chasing fast money is not an aspiration.

No one is going to be there when the cuffs and shackles are put on. Your “street family” don’t visit or can’t visit, they don’t put money on your commissary, they’re not there when your name is stripped to a number and when you have to strip, squat and cough. Your man aka bae moves on to the next chick who is not in the streets. You are left with broken promises, unanswered phone calls and no mail from those you looked out for, fought for, showed up for, left your family for, and spent money on. Those you broke bread with and held down suddenly disappear and you now become a memory and your status becomes forgotten.

Fast cars become a trip on Con Air or a prison bus as you are transported from court or prison to prison. Jewelry and expensive bags become shackles and cuffs. Those brand labels you wear become sweats, tan or orange suits. The streets you once rep and your street family are replaced with cement walls, food that looks like death, steel toilets, dirty cells, 2in thick beds, used panties, women who try to test you mentally, physically and sexually, COs and counselors who take advantage.

You didn’t want to listen to your mother or mother figure when you were a “trap queen” so now that is replaced with a “prison mom” who’s doing lots of time and they show you who to trust and how to do your time.

You learn to adjust and get excited about mail call and commissary days or being moved from a holding facility like MCC to a prison so you can live a little and eat real food. Trading soups for cigarettes or crocheting slippers for snacks.

Trap Queens have to fight for their freedom with a public defender or paid lawyer who goes out for drinks after work with the same prosecutors who work tirelessly to give you a plea deal that is unjust or charges that give maximum sentences.

Wake up! Don’t trade your name for a number. Let God crown you not the streets.

The UV Effect Podcast: Release Restraints To Activate Value

[NEW EPISODE] My guest on this episode of the#TheUVEffectPodcast is no stranger to adversity and overcoming. After being incarcerated at only 19 years old, this phenomenal woman developed the mindset and the vision to create the extraordinary life she is living today.

Show Notes:
  • I’m here to speak my truth and stand in my power.
  • My past is my story, it is the reason I am here.
  • No longer will I allow procrastination to prevent me from moving forward
  • If you are able to Activate, you would no longer be the best-kept secret.
  • Authenticity has no competition
  • When we work on our own goals, ambitions, and dreams, we’ll see how easy it is to live more, obtain more, have more, become more.
  • You don’t have to become your environment.
  • Standing out makes you become your best.
  • There’s a world that celebrates you doing the things that you love to do.
  • We have to stand up and be our best because somebody needs that.
  • Our unique value is connected to a portion of the world that we are designated to support.


Interview on Support is Sexy podcast

Lucinda’s is an incredible story of resilience and vision. And on this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Lucinda — who is now President and Chief Activator of her own company, Activate Worldwide, speaks around the world about the power of vision, and who has appeared in media, such as Essence and the Today show — shares how to shift your mindset, hold onto to your vision, remain resilient and believe in the possibilities, no matter your circumstance.

 On this episode, you’ll learn…

  • How to know when it’s time to share your story.
  • How to shift your mindset and hold onto your vision no matter your circumstance.
  • The power of creative visualization.
  • What a vision board is.
  • Why your vision board only works if you work it.
  • What are three key things that you should keep in mind when creating your vision board?


How To Receive More For Your Family

Almost every week, I post a host of Activate tips, resources, commercials, casting calls, speaker submission request and investment opportunities in my private Facebook group. Some say I am giving away my goods and others say it helps them improve their lives.
I want you to keep in mind, every email you send, every conversation and word that comes out of your mouth, every action you take, can and will affect someone else.
I want you to consciously use the Law of Increase.  The Law of Increase gradually shifts your thinking to see more of the goodness in your life and others.  The Law of Increase opens the door for you to produce miracles out of the most powerful vessel we have, “the mouth”.
You have to let your faith develop, you have to be patiently persistent, your intentions must be clear and strong.  You can have enforced increase in your life, you can engineer those amazing miracles and lucky breaks that makes life both invigorating and fulfilling.
You can craft a life where a steady stream of increase flows, increase in your life, increase in your love, increase in your relationships, increase in your finances.

We must do things in life expecting a specific increase to happen.  Expect to gain 3 new clients from an email message, expect to find that dress on sale, expect to be chosen for the award when you submit your application, expect for your child to get that scholarship or your significant other to receive that promotion. If you look for miracles and increase in your life, you will find them in droves and you will see how they are happening to you more than you ever imagined.  The problem is that most of us just dismiss the miracles and increase in our lives as just “coincidences”.


Such as:

  • finding a parking space right on time, when you were running late and there is money in the meter already.
  • running into a long lost friend that you wanted to reconnect with.
  • receiving a financial gift from someone or getting a new client just when you needed to pay a major bill.
  • getting a phone call that you were nominated for an award anonymously
  • negative results from a mammogram, that was presumed to be cancerous
  • layoffs at the job and your name was not on the list
  • your husband getting that bonus just before you find out you are pregnant
  • approved for that house even though your credit is bad
  • Expect the best all the time, look for an increase in all you do.

Lucinda Cross
Lifestyle Business Advisor

I help women speak up, stand out and earn more.

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How I Stepped Into My Purpose After Prison

Life after prison can be uneasy.

Where was I going to live? How was I going to support myself? What was I going to do with my life?

This new found freedom was overwhelming, especially when trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life.

Let’s face it: few people know what they want to do with their lives. The pressure of finding my passion and stepping into my purpose was enhanced after prison. It wasn’t a want. It was a genuine need.

I had to dig deep into the essence of my being to see who I was. I used this introspection to put the pieces of my life’s puzzle together. Doing this helped me discover my passion and step into my purpose.

Here are three introspective things I did that allowed me to step into my purpose after prison.

I let go of my dissatisfaction.

Misery will help you find your purpose.

Many people believe dissatisfaction is a bad thing. We’re taught to do everything possible to avoid it. So we develop habits to mask it. We take pills. We plaster on a fake smile. We buy something new. But what many don’t consider is that our dissatisfaction is actually a good thing. It’s our subconscious calling out to us for help. It’s a sign that we’re meant to be doing something. It’s the path that will lead us to our purpose.

The problem with these negative thoughts is not so much the thoughts themselves. It’s actually the repetitious cycle of thinking this way. The reason we think this way is because we don’t see a viable strategy for happiness. In order to create a viable strategy for happiness we have to turn our negative thoughts into positive actions.

After prison, I did everything I could to conceal my dissatisfaction with myself. I soon realized masking my misery wouldn’t help me heal or find my way in life. So I embraced it. I prayed, I sought counsel from others, and I looked for guidance everywhere. Eventually, my misery pointed me in the right direction.

Acknowledging my dissatisfaction allowed me to step into my purpose of uplifting others.

I left my comfort zone, again.

Being uncomfortable will help you find your purpose.

I was abruptly forced outside of my comfort zone at a critical point in my life when I went to prison. I was scared, withdrawn, and so very uncomfortable. But being there opened my eyes up to my unwavering spirit and intense power. As a person, I had changed.

After prison, I went back to partial normalcy and routine. This did me a huge disservice. I became comfortable, again.

When we become comfortable it means we’ve let our mistakes and setbacks define us. We become afraid of being vulnerable and potentially looking foolish. So we accept mediocrity. We proactively avoid challenges that increase our ability to be successful.

Deep down I knew if I ever wanted to be successful, I’d have to leave my comfort zone. In order to find my purpose, make it my passion, and walk in my destiny, I’d have to try new things. Even if that meant struggling to pay the rent.

Because the path to your purpose is going to be filled with potholes. But you must be strong enough to know that finding your purpose will bring you success.

I embraced my gifts.

Understanding your natural abilities will help you find your purpose.

Your natural abilities will guide you towards your purpose.

Do you like math? Are you a great listener? Do you have a knack for building things?

These things are your natural abilities. They’re your God-given gifts. They’re great clues for discovering your purpose.

Your natural abilities walk a fine line between what you’re good at and what interests you. Unfortunately, this line doesn’t always lead directly to your passion. It often zigs and zags. So figuring out what your gifts are can be difficult.

After prison, I asked myself what I was good at doing. I decided to make a list of activities that interested me and that I excelled at. What did this list reveal to me? That I had a gift for motivating others into action using my words.

The gift was like a little seed planted inside of me. I didn’t realize it was there until after I asked myself. But for it to grow I knew had to use it. Finding this little seed inside of myself shortened my path to finding my purpose, and it bloomed into my passion.


Lucinda Cross speaking at GLE Annual event hosted by Yandy Smith-Harris

Egl 11-05 230pm w-24 (1) Egl 11-05 230pm w-32


“The Passion + Purpose = Profit event on Friday night was super inspiring. The panelists, who included Tiara Williams, Monique Rodriguez, Tamika Mallory, Lucinda Cross, Tashera Simmons, Bershan Shaw and Precious Avorkliyah-Evans, encouraged everyone to put themselves first and do what makes them happy.

Either you can be Passionately Poor or you can be Passionately Profitable. When you are Passionately Poor it means that you are passionate about something, and people see your hard work, but you’re not getting paid. Passionately Profitable is when you are dedicated to your passion and do whatever it takes to brand yourself, and turn that into profits.

Each and every person’s passion is organic. Your Passion is created from what you LOVE plus what you’re GREAT at. If you don’t know what your passion is, you need to get out and experiment with different things you like to do. If you try something you thought you liked and it does not work, you get up and try the next thing, and then the next thing and then the next until you have found your passion.” —Recap article featured in EGL written by @Tawana Coleman, Speak Free Communications

Click below to read more: http://everythinggirlslove.com/recap-girls-love-events-weekend-2016/

Photo Cred: Santanah Pinto @adorjephotography

If You Don’t Do It, It Will Never Be Done

“Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.” Benjamin E. Mays
As we get closer to the end of 2016 I believe it is extremely important for you to embrace your wins and your learning lessons.
Activator, you have a gift for the world that no one else has. You are the secret sauce that makes life so flavorful delicious. Yes, you might have made some mistakes. Yes, you might have said yes when you should have said no. But I want you to stop thinking that there is nothing special about you and your story.

You’ve been waking up and changing lives without you even knowing it. You have been depositing little drops of hope and faith thinking that what you said and what you did, didn’t really matter.

But it does.

And it did.

That little vision, that small desire, that little nudge that keeps pulling at you is the real reason why you’re here.

What is the gift you have for us?

What is the gift that you are carrying for someone else?
You are the gift my lovely Activator. Large or small, you are holding on to something that only you can give.
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