Where have I been?

The first rule of blogging is consistency.

I blew the first rule so I will make up for my lengthy absence by filling my blog pages with relevant and regular content that ranges from the public’s right to know via the free press to lessons learned on the campus of Florida A&M University. That range may seem to violate another blog helpful hint and that is to keep the blog topics much more narrow.

However, the beauty of blogging is that is one’s preference as to what to write for the desired audience. My primary audience remains college students, especially multimedia majors, their parents and guardians and colleagues engaged in higher education and communications areas.  There are several other curious souls who are populated by former college classmates, family, friends around the globe and the curious.

I will kick off my return to my blog site with a summary of what my primary focus has been regarding my life over the last two years. It has been my physical, mental and spiritual health.  A year ago, I made up my mind to kick my addiction to sugar and all foods that are “bad” for me.  I just completed my annual physical exam and the results from the lab tests, heart check and related reviews are fantastic. My weight is down more than 60 pounds. It was important for me to move away from the negative eating habits that were leading me to the unhealthy path of diabetes. The benefit is that I feel better in all aspects.

I constantly work on my mental and spiritual health. Thanks to great foundational teachings from the spiritual leaders at Atlanta’s Hillside Chapel & Truth Center and The Word of Truth Christian Center, I’ve spent the last 30 years being deliberate about this important area of my life. The results are still coming in as I have great “teachers” encouraging me to pray without ceasing, meditate more and be still. I don’t always get it right, yet I know how and where to go to receive the guidance to turn around.

I have to shout out the meditations delivered by Oprah and Deepak.  The words of T.D. Jakes, Jr., the writings of the late Og Mandino and Florence Shinn, and the countless hours of great messages delivered to me from my favorites Dr. Barbara King, Iyanla Vanzant, Apostle Leon Hollinshed, Pastor Lee Johnson,  Na’im Akbar, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Phil, Louise Hay, Rev. Michael Beckwith and so many more. I read everything that brings encouragement so that I may transfer most of my learnings and beliefs to the students enrolled in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, Florida A&M University.

So let the renewed blogging journey begin. Stay tuned for exciting stuff that is will not be neatly categorized by topics, people, places and things.

Yes, I am not taking my own advice that I have given my new student bloggers. I know.



About awkimbrough

I've led a vibrant team that won an Atlanta Emmy award for television excellence in the public service category. I've earned many awards and received lots of recognition as a multi-media financial journalist. My career boasts of writing a multi-million grant and designing diversity curriculum for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, and serving as the highest ranking woman in local governments throughout the state of Georgia. I am also a high achiever who had the vision to bring a $34 - $100 million project to the campus of a university that would change the trajectory of students and generations of people of color, albeit the university shelved the five-year effort. Yet, the works lives on and for that, I am grateful. Yet, my proudest and greatest accomplishments are found in the "hidden" life of Ann Lineve Wead Kimbrough and that is in spaces with my family, one-on-one mentoring with college students, my higher spiritual alliance and volunteer assignments to contribute to a better world. I am fortunate to have been a Mom to three amazing children who are now adults. Having a son with special needs -- blind and partially deaf -- have aided our family in closeness and joyous bonding around matters the world would otherwise believe to be one of "Oh, I'm sorry your son is blind." I am a better communicator and citizen of this world because I am the parent of a double-(physically) disabled child. I am a better parent because my first born is an achiever off the charts and proudly served as a member of the Marching 100 of Florida A&M University. I am a great woman because my only daughter is a minister of the Gospel, an exceptional veteran and life-long supporter of her visually impaired twin brother. I am a grateful grandmother because my children thought enough of their lives to bear great fruit. For those who want to read a traditional "About Me" here it is: I am a visiting faculty member @my grad school, Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications. Previously, I served as dean and professor of multimedia, innovative journalism in the Journalism & Graphic Design School at Florida A&M University. As an award-winning journalist and higher ed executive, my latest high profile project involves the multi-faceted development of a 'teaching hospital' formed via a public-private partnership and located on the FAMU campus. The public-private partnership's outcome is a multi-million-dollar, annual economic benefit to the north Florida region with direct benefits to communication students enrolled in programs at FAMU. FAMU's administration and board canceled the project. It has been a rewarding career where I have been transforming lives in education, government, and media for more 25 years. Also, as a ghost and co-writer of literary works that highlight the careers and lives of accomplished world shapers I am achieving a valued use of my talents and skills.
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2 Responses to Where have I been?

  1. Vev Y. Davis says:

    Great advice and you have been gone too long. Congratulations on your venture with BTNC.

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