Moving Forward

For at least the last 5 years I have had a theme song for my life, which was, How Did You Get Here, by Deborah Cox. This was my theme song because in so many instances I’d found myself in situations where I would be asking that question. Sometimes it was a relationship others a business decision or any other random thing that may have been going wrong.  It was rarely compared to any of the many successes that I’ve had.

In the last couple of months I’ve found that I haven’t been hearing that song in my head anymore.  The song that has taken its place is a gospel song called, Moving Forward.  The opening lyrics to the song are…

I’m not going back…I’m moving ahead…I’m here to declare to you…My past is over…In you…Things are made new…Surrender my life to Christ…I’m moving, moving forward…

Even though I’ve always been very vocal about my relationship with God and yes this song is a gospel song this song being the new theme song for my life has to do not only with my always growing relationship with God but it also has to do with my new mindset on life as a whole.

At some point there was a change in me on how I viewed my life, relationships and the situations I found myself in.  My entire perspective has become more positive.  I’ve always been the one to practice what I preached but honestly it is not always easy being positive especially in a life as risky as mine where I am always taking chances with entrepreneurship, following a childhood dream or putting my heart on the line in love.  Those risks can easily have you asking yourself, “How did you get here.”

Finally I am in a place where I can accept my journey and how I got to where I am today.  I realize that everything that I’ve been through was necessary for where I am now and especially for where I am going. I understand that having imperfections actually make you perfect.  The story of my life has become the foundation of my career as a writer and without that story then I have no idea where I would be today.  I’ve learned so much! I have grown so much and continue to make major strides to becoming the woman I see in my dreams and now I know like never before the only way I will ever look at her in the mirror is to continue Moving Forward no matter what life throws at me, I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead…I’m moving, moving forward!




Shireal “RENEE” – The Brand

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As an artist I’ve always used my real name.  What’s funny is I have a nickname that my family calls me but never once have I ever thought to use that as a public figure name even though while I was in grade school everyone including my teachers called me by my nickname.  The moment I moved away to college I started using my real name – I become Shireal when I was eighteen.  There was never any motive behind it it’s just what felt right.

Shireal Renee is my legal first and middle name.  I was named after both of my aunts, my mother’s sister who is Shireat and my father’s sister who is Renee.  My aunt Shireat’s name somehow along the years has been pronounced Sharelle so many times that we all just ended up calling her that.  So my mother named me Shireal spelled like Shireat replacing the (t) with a (l) and pronouncing it Sharelle after the name my aunt has adopted. It’s all so very complicated but that’s how it is.  Maybe that’s why I am so complicated.  As far as the name Renee that has always been easier road traveled in my names sake.

Now that you have the history of my name let me explain the branding. When I started my journey as an entrepreneur I always envisioned myself as a household name, but not just as an artist.  I knew it would never be enough for me to be known as a great talent I always wanted to leave something behind for my grandchildren – a real legacy a brand.  In doing so I decided that my businesses would all be under the “Renee” band umbrella.

Almost ten years ago I had a vision that was By Renee Visions (BRV).  I decided that my first company would be called BRV using the word visions because I would create and establish every vision that God gave me.  The first company was the publishing company so it is my heart. BRV is the vessel that keeps my blood flowing through my body.  As an author it is my therapeutic outlet and as a businesswoman it is my way to give other authors an opportunity to become fulfilled in the writing community.

Five years, four books and a DVD later God gave me the vision to start Renee Shopping Services (RSS).  This time sending conformation that the Renee brand was his word by sending me a business partner who was also a Renee.  Again God gave me a vision that would serve others solidifying to me that I am one of Gods servants.  It is through service that I will find my greatest success and truly fulfill my purpose in this world.

The “RENEE” brand is just getting started.  There are so many other visions that God has given me.  One thing I have learned along this journey is they will all take a lot of hard work, patience, dedication and an enormous amount of faith.  I am excited to see what God has in store for Shireal Renee and all of the Renee ventures.  But for now I am putting all of my focus in developing the visions that he has already blessed me with. One vision will fuel the next until one day there will be an overflow and the Renee brands will become the answers to so many people’s prays.  All this will be done in God’s time.  In the meantime I will continue to do his works and stay faithful to the visions.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way. / 

“Wide Open”: 15 Days (Crazy)

This show is in 15 days and today I had an impulse to rewrite the script.  Call me crazy but we changed the script 6 days before the show the first time we did it and it turned out phenomenal.  I mean of course the story will always remain the same but I’ve grown so the charter has to grow with me.  Plus I am a junkie for change so why not make it more exciting to add to the natural rush that I get when I do a show.

Besides “Wide Open” is about deliverance, faith and persevere so if I am not applying those beliefs to my everyday life then I am a hypocrite to be out there on stage encouraging it to others.  I have faith that this show is meant for greatness, I will work hard and follow my heart so that I can overcome any obstacle that stands in my way (even if the obstacle is myself), I am committed to this journey because God did not deliver me out of that situation for nothing.  He wants me to share my testimony to the world as a witness to how great and powerful he is.

Those who are meant to be there will be there, “Wide Open” 2014

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“Wide Open”: 17 Days (Testimony)

As I look back over my life and I think things over I can truly say that I’ve been blessed I have a testimony…

I have been writing in journals as far back as I can remember.  My journals have groomed me as a writer.  Most of my work is based on life experiences, I write from a real place.  Even my fiction work is based on real events that I can create from.  “Wide Open” for example is based on an experience that I survived in my life, “The Things Inside Me” is a poetic autobiography, “Outside Myself” is a poetic documentary all of these artistic expressions were born from life experience – they are my testimony.

This is why I am always so nervous when I put my work out, I remember when I first published “The Things Inside Me”, I could not be in the same room with someone who was reading it because I felt like I was being exposed.  I still have that feeling when someone is reading my work in front of me.  My life and work are a testimony of how good God is and how far he has taken me.  I always pray that someone will be touched through my work that is how I know that I am doing work that God wants me to and that is what makes it truly remarkable.

I hope that everyone who comes out to see “Wide Open” can find something they can relate too.  But more importantly that they see how you can truly change your life when you put your faith in God.  This is my testimony.

“Wide Open”: 18 Days (Superwoman)

I started my part-time job today working as a substitute teacher.  Let me tell you it felt like a hazing day.  They stuck me in a kindergarten class with some  sugared up children.  They were running around and yelling and having tantrums and fighting.  I was more of a bodyguard than a teacher.   I felt bad for the teacher who has to be there everyday there is no way she gets paid enough. Yikes.

Went straight to the grocery store after work, then home and cooked dinner.  I was feeling extremely tired after that but I knew I still had work to do so here I am updating my page and about to write another chapter in my book. I will be up into the wee hours in the morning then back up bright and early to do it again.

This is must be what it feels like to be a mom.  Shout out to all you moms out there who do this holding it down every day.  You are the real superwomen – true blessings to the world!