Reinvention

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Have you ever been in a bad situation, knowing that you should leave and you stayed? Unhealthy relationships, dead-end jobs, lapses in judgement, procrastination, etc, etc.  It’s funny how easy it is for us to get comfortable being uncomfortable.  It’s strange but true for many of us, including myself.  With this on my mind, it became very apparent that I need to do something different so that I can achieve something different.

From the very beginning I’ve had this vision of what my show would look like.  Although, I’m very proud of my show and what I’ve been able to accomplish I still haven’t created the show I envisioned.  As I sit here with a myriad of ideas feeling like I’m not making any progress, I watch the number of my YouTube views plummet with each new show.  All while my counterparts seem to be doing amazing.  My thoughts as I make my observations are, “Do I really have to be the butt of the joke, contribute to the overload of celebrity gossip, start rolling my eyes and sucking my teeth with hands flailing?”  After taking note of what I don’t want to become.  I took note of what is working for them.  Enter the reinvention of ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’  I’m sure you’ve been here before.  Feeling like you have to do something but you just don’t know what to do.

So, what would she do? She spoke to her sister who made a suggestion.  I must admit, I didn’t receive what she told me right away because of course I’ve had this vision from the beginning, and I want to do it my way.  Then I asked myself a question.  Is there only one way to achieve your goals?  The answer for both you and me is NO. If there is more than one way to do a thing and the one way you’ve been doing it isn’t working why not try another way and see how that works.

The next step is to get out of my own way.  What needs to happen now? I need to do something NOW starting right NOW.  No more excuses about not having: enough time, enough resources, a good support system, etc, etc. I am a person of action, and there is no time like the present.  Why? Because tomorrow isn’t promised.  We all have the same number of hours in a day.  The difference between those who live their best lives and see their dreams to fruition and those who don’t is commitment to achieving goals, tapping into your resourcefulness, being honest with yourself, and taking action NO EXCUSES.

We can keep going in the one way direction that is leaving us unfulfilled or dare to step out on faith and try another way, and perhaps another way until we reach our destiny.  Be inspired by who you can become.  Be inspired by possibilities.  Life is about choices.  Choose to live your best life starting now.  The only limit you have is YOU…so get out of your own way and go for it!!!

~Saran Almond

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Closer Than You Know

We, Unity, Cooperation, Together

Together WE can make a difference!  With so much going on in the world and the trials and tribulations brought on by life it’s easy to forget our blessings.  Often times WE are blessed by being a blessing to someone one else, and WE all can do this regardless of our personal situation.  My purpose is to provide information in a way that is not only informative but in a way that allows people to receive thoughts, opinions, and perspectives of others.  All of this so that people know WE are not alone, open minds to another way of thinking and/or understanding so that WE are more compassionate, sympathetic, and accepting of one another.

Closer Than You Know…a documentary on human trafficking in Charlotte is underway and coming soon. This is a very real issue affecting women and children every day, and yes it does happen here in Charlotte, NC.  In fact, it’s closer than you know.  The premiere date is tentatively set for January 2016…more information will be provided at a later date.  The more WE know the greater the chance that WE can saves lives as WE educate, inspire, and encourage ourselves and others to help end human trafficking.  Here is the winning short film that I created for The International Human Trafficking Institute’s “See Contest.”

 

 

More great news!!!

 

“What Would she Do?” returns this fall with new shows, new street interviews, new information, and more of your favorite TV host Saran Almond.  New shows come with the highly anticipated and very candid street interviews, subject matter experts and vital information.  As the show continues to grow and build momentum, I thank you all for hanging in there with me.  WE make a great team!!!

New Beginnings

On this show I spoke to Pastor Artie Thomas of Harvest Outreach Ministry and addressed issues of love and compassion for thy neighbor, homelessness, unemployment and faith. The heart of the matter is a message of encouragement to never give up. Some times we get down when life doesn’t go as planned, I have been guilty of that myself. I was touched by the strength and unyeilding faith of the people I spoke with. We have so much to be grateful for in the midst of our storms, and there is always an opportunity to be a blessing. It’s never too late to start a new path or move in a new direction. Be enlightened, and be encouraged by ‘New Beginnings’ on ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?

For more information about Pastor Artie Thompson and Harvest Outreach Ministry please select Pastor Artie Thompson on our guest tab.

I am MORE than: My wheelchair…Dating with a Disability.

On set with Monique Stamps and Ronald Zaconet.  Lovely interview.
On set with Monique Stamps and Ronald Zaconet.

Dating is often advertised as two young people who meet eachother, like eachother, fight for their love and live happily ever after. We’ve seen this since we were children in almost every Disney movie, on television and movies in general. But we all know that you don’t have to be young to date or even like the other person for that matter. The recent surge of reality television has proved just that. Amidst the rumors and applause, love lost and love found, the weddings and divorces, there’s an entire population that we have failed to include, at the minimum, in the conversation… and that is the disabled.

‘WHAT WOULD she DO?” started a quarterly dating series entitled “I am MORE than.” In this installment, I AM MORE THAN: MY WHEELCHAIR, we discuss dating with a disability, specifically spinal cord injuries. In conversation with a friend (who happens to use a wheelchair) we discussed some of the perceptions people have of people who utilize wheelchairs. I wondered, why are we not including the disabled in conversations regarding dating and relationships. We all love and feel the same way…disabled or not. When discussing dating and being in a wheelchair, I asked able bodied people if they would date someone in a wheelchair, why and why not. I ask people in wheelchairs that same question. You may be surprised by the answers. I had the opportunity to speak with some wonderful women about how their disability has affected their dating life OR has it? Tune in this Friday, November 19th at 10:30pm on Channel 21 (Time Warner, Charlotte NC) or via YouTube Channel: WHATWOULDSHEDOtheshow to hear what these ladies had to to say.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

For Resources available to those who utilize wheelchairs please visit our “Resources” tab on the Menu.

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WHAT WOULD she DO?: ONE YEAR ANNIVERSAY!!!

On Friday, October 19, 2012…I remember feeling relieved, happy, nervous, uncertain and overwhelmed.  I was determined to make the night a GREAT night.  I went grocery shopping and cooked in preparation for my BIG night.  By this time I had been working on ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’ for months and my show was coming on TONIGHT (at 10:30pm to be exact).  I wanted everything to be just right.  I wanted to share whatever this experience was going to be with my family.  I was panged with emotions ranging from excitement to uncertainty.  I hadn’t done anything of this sort EVER, hadn’t been on TV in years…what if no one likes it?

The food was ready and it was SHOWTIME.  I could barely stand to watch it, I refilled drinks, dished out seconds and in the small glimpses I could stand…I criticized everything (I won’t get specific…in case you missed it), for a moment I think I stopped breathing.  That was the longest and shortest 29 minutes of my life.  My phone was going crazy…text messages and calls.  The overwhelming response was Great!  It did exactly what I hoped it would…started conversations, offered varying perspectives…it made people think.  I was happy to see what I had worked so hard for become my reality.  As I readied myself to “woosah,”  my new reality hit…I was a Producer and a Talk Show Host.

Today, October 18, 2013 is my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!  Once again, one of my many thoughts is “WHAT’s NEXT?”  As I am at this milestone in my life it’s amazing to look back on this journey and feel grateful that I made it through.  It wasn’t easy but certainly worth it.  From inception to date, I am proud that this chapter will be one of the greats in my book of life.  Looking forward, I am now excited by the uncertainty.  I want to take this opportunity to Thank my family and friends who have supported, encouraged and uplifted me along the way.  My son, who is my MOTIVATION.  My mother, who is my TRUTH.  My sisters, who are my RESTORATION.  My friends, who are my SOUNDING BOARD.  My team, who is my SUPPORT.  God, who is my SAVIOR.

Thank you cannot express my undying gratitude for your support and well wishes. Thank you ALL!

In honor of the show’s anniversary…please tune in to the ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’ Recap Show.  PLEASE leave a comment.

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Date em OR Hate em???

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‘Date em OR Hate em” is a candid conversation between two women combined with the signature street interviews of “WHAT WOULD she DO?  “This show is about the DOs and DONTs of Dating.  Before we get into relationships there is “usually” some form of dating or as the older people would say “courtship.”  Dating has changed drastically from days of old so I decided to hit the streets and find out what’s going on out there and I did.  I’ve paired candid conversation and street interviews to make a very fun show.  This was also my first try at green screen (self taught I might add)…you’ll be sure to laugh, shake your head in agreement and/or disagreement but you’ll definitely have a good time.

Dating is the prelude to the relationship so proceed with caution and enjoy the latest installment of ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’

‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’ airs this Friday, September 20th at 10:30pm on Channel 21 (on Time Warner), Go to your Menu Options on AT&T Uverse (Public Access) and on YouTube via Channel: WHATWOULDSHEDOtheshow

Would love to hear from you…comments welcome! ❤

Coming OUT on “WHAT WOULD she DO?”

As I’m contemplating on my next show and what’s needed to get the show to be what I envisioned…a show that’s empowering, a show that is informative, a show that is a CONVERSATION STARTER…I’m wondering which way should I go.  “WHAT WOULD she DO?” is all of those things but I want MORE.  I want people to be enlightened and feel like they walked away with a “understanding” and/or a cause. 

As I embark on this journey of CHANGE…I wonder what that looks like, what it sounds like…what it feels like.  I want the community to get involved, get excited…GET MAD!

So here’s my first topic:

“Coming OUT”

In the wake of Jason’s Collins’ (the first openly gay nba player) announcement that “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” there has been a lot of talk and speculation about his life BEFORE the announcement.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Mr. Collins states, “When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a  certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her.”  As I read that statement, I wondered what that must feel like and thought how painful that must be.  What happened to that woman?  I wondered how that must feel and about the different emotions she may be going through.

Initially, I thought the topic might be “Men who have sex with men and say they’re not gay.”  Yeah, that raisies a few eyebrows but it’s deeper than that.  In a society, where homosexuality has been shunned, this must be a terrible feeling…not being able to be true to yourself.  When does that secret become malicious?  How do you get young boys and girls to come to terms with who they are?  Who do you tell, how do you tell?

There’s a side of “coming out” that hasn’t been examined…I want to go there.

Your thoughts?

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For the full Jason Collins’ interview with Sports Illustrated please click on the link below 

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2W4G92OWl

WHAT WOULD she DO?: Jungle Fever Hosted by Saran Almond airs tonight at 10:30pm on Channel 21 (Charlotte, NC)

Tonight’s show is titled “Jungle Fever.” This show is about people who choose to date EXCLUSIVELY outside of their race.

What may cause someone to make this decision? Could there be underlying issues…within a person, culturally, socially? Are black women less desirable because…?

There is a lot to be said on this matter…and much more than a 30 minute conversation could contain. What are your thoughts about people who date exclusively outside of their race?

It can be said that it may be a form of self loathing. It could be said that it may have something to do with your upbringing…not just how you were raised but also the people you grew up with.

Is it just a matter of who you’re attracted to OR is it deeper…tune in and lets get the conversation started.

Would love to hear from you…OPINIONS WANTED!!!

Copy and paste the following link into your browser to view the show…Enjoy!!!