Empowered Women: November ’17 Spicy Woman of the Month!
SPICY WOMAN OF THE MONTH
Glenda Deloris Foster
Empowered women don’t just happen. They are developed over time like a beautiful diamond stone! Hence, empowering women to live their best life is the job of every woman in my opinion, and our November 2017 Spicy Woman of the Month, Glenda Deloris Foster, feels the same way. She demonstrates it daily by leading by example so that other women know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they too can beat the odds! As the mother of two daughters and an impressionable granddaughter, she is adamant that they are empowered women that understand the only thing that will stop them from succeeding in life and living their best life is the limitations they put on themselves.
It is our goal to live & exhibit the following mantra daily, “Empowered women empower other women.”. Hence, I am truly grateful that Glenda trusted me to tell her story of how she learned to be #fearlessauthenticunapologetic and grew into a successful, trailblazing empowered woman. I pray that Glenda’s story of triumph lights a fire under other women who are dealing with self-doubt, feel as if their past is holding them back, or who feels that success & happiness is not in the cards for them.
Instead of me telling you more, just grab your beverage of choice, get comfortable, & let’s learn more about Glenda, an empowered woman on a mission, together!!!!
Empowered Women Are Always Evolving!
“My journey to becoming a Spicy Woman is a never-ending journey because at 50 years old I am still learning and evolving every day!
Q. What do you think is holding women back in the 21st century from being #fearlessauthenticunapologetic?
A. The fear of being different and stepping out of the norm.
Q. What advice would you give them?
A. I would tell them that they are already empowered women because they have the power and permission to live their best life inside of them. The only thing they have to do is turn the switch on, be their authentic self, embrace their strengths, and face their fears relentlessly.
Q. What is the best advice you were given by another woman?
A. My grandmother taught me morals & values that I still live by today. She would often say that we are as great as we allow ourselves to be so I have always lived by these words.
Q. Why do you think it is important for empowered women to empower other women?
A. It is important because women are the nurturers of our youth, the decision-makers in the home, the foundation of the home. If we don’t support one another in our quest to be the best version of ourselves and strive for excellence how can we teach our kids to do the same? We are our sister’s keeper and it is our responsibility to lift one another up, keep each other motivated, share what has worked for us, mentor one another, and be a role model for the younger generations.
Q. What is your greatest fear?
A. I fear not being a positive role model for my grand-kids. I realize that my fear is unfounded at times, but I want so much for them that I wasn’t able to give to my children. Second, there is so much negativity and hatred in society today that I want to make sure I’ve given them a strong foundation to survive like I did for their parents.
Q. What is your greatest accomplishment?
A. My greatest accomplishment by far is being a mother to four awesome children: two boys (Brandon & John Jr.) & two girls (Brittany & Brooke). In fact, I gave birth to my oldest son, Brandon, at age 19. It was then that I learned the true meaning of being fearless because I had someone that loved me just as much as I loved him. Sadly, I lost Brandon in 2005 due to kidney failure; I thought that I would not be able to go on. I used my tragic event to empower women by letting God use me to bless others by walking by faith daily.
Q. What’s next for you?
A. I am an actress and I am working on writing a stage play!!
Q. Who was the 1st person to help you believe you were enough? How did that impact your life then? How does it impact your life now?
A. My grandmother, Mamie Gray! Being a child of a broken home with my mother leaving my father, my sister, my brother and I ended up with my grandmother. This transition broke me at the time, but my grandmother wasn’t having it! She gave me the courage to have pride in myself and showed me what it meant to have strong work ethics. She’s also the first woman who loved me for me and that taught me how important it was to be true to myself. Even though my mom was not present, my grandmother would not let me use it as an excuse to fail. Her teachings and love are deeply rooted in me. So much so that the drive to win is impenetrable!! Mamie Gray was an empowered woman who gave me permission and the tools to be an empowered woman!
Q. Who is your mentor? Why did you choose her/him?
A. Kelly Evans! I chose Kelly because is the embodiment of an empowered woman!!! I admire her because she did not let adversity stop her from accomplishing her goals. People told her no many times, but she kept pressing on. Even though corporate America is thought of a ‘man’s world’ – cue James Brown – she stood her ground. Seeing her press through and work hard has given me an extra boost of energy to keep going forward.
Empowered Women Feed Their Mind, Body & Soul!
Q. What is your favorite quote, scripture, or saying?
A. My favorite quote is by Maya Angelou, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.”.
My favorite saying is something my grandmother always said, “You Are As Great As You Allow Yourself To Be.”
Q. Who motivates you?
A. My children and grandchildren. I want to leave a legacy for them and be a positive role model for them.
Q. What motivates you?
A. Achieving my goals regardless of what they are! I’m a go-getter!
Q. What would you like to leave as a legacy?
A. I want to be remembered as that woman who cared for others and made a difference in someone’s life!
Q. What’s your favorite ‘keep on keeping on’ song?
A. “I Look To You” by Whitney Houston
Q. What’s your favorite book & why?
A. The Color Purple. It gives a strong portrayal of the strength of African American women of our past. I like to think that the book empowered women of color to love themselves in spite of what society may think of our natural hair, our facial features, or even our body shape. They are the features that make us uniquely and unequivocally beautiful!
Q. What’s the last book you read?
A. Act Like A Success by Steve Harvey.
Q. What are your favorite podcasts?
A. The Ultimate Sales Hustle hosted by Steli Efti.
Q. What’s on your radio now?
A. The Steve Harvey SHow
Q. How many children do you have? Gender?
A. I have 4 awesome children, although my oldest son, Brandon, is deceased. I have 2 boys and 2 girls! My pride & joy!
Q. Are you married? If so, how many years? What is your husband’s name, if you don’t mind sharing?
A. Yes, I am. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 27 years, Johnny Foster!
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve & why?
A. Disloyalty. I always try to display loyalty and when it is not returned it really hurts my feelings and I feel quite different towards the person afterward.
Q. Where did you go to high school/college? What is your degree?
A. Spartanburg High School & University Of Phoenix. I majored in Business Management.
Q. Where are you from?
A. I’m from a little city in South Carolina called Spartanburg. In fact, it’s in the area called Upstate Spartanburg and is about 20 miles from Greenville, SC, 90 miles from our capital, Columbia, and less than 2 hours from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Q. Where do you live now?
A. I still live in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Q. What is your most embarrassing moment?
A. Really? If you must know, it was the day one of my false eyelashes came off and I did not know it. It’s still painful to think about lol!
Q. What is your favorite food?
A. OMG, l love me some seafood, especially lobster. It doesn’t help that my husband is a chef and we own a restaurant!
Q. Who is your all-time favorite singer/actor/actress?
A. Aretha Franklin/ Denzel Washington/ Oprah Winfrey
Q. What’s your favorite song?
A. “I Hope You Dance” by Gladys Knight
Q. What’s your favorite sports team?
A. Carolina Panthers
Q. What’s your favorite fashion trend this season?
A. Off-the-shoulder dresses with tall or over the knee boots! SEXY, SASSY, FABULOUS!
I pray that you were empowered by & enjoyed learning about our November ’17 Spicy Woman of the Month! More importantly, I pray that you read something that triggered a hidden memory that acts as a catalyst to move you to open the door to the powerful, brave, loving, fearless, authentic woman yearning to be unleashed.
My question to you is: ARE YOU A SPICY WOMAN? I would love to hear your story. Submit your nomination today!!! Who knows, you may be chosen to be the next Spicy Woman of the Month! DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION SUBMISSIONS IS THE 22ND!!
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As always, be #fearlessauthenticunapologetic and keep it Chic.Classy.Spicy!.