Penna'e Akpuru | Speaking in Harrisburg, PA

I’m so emotional as I head back home to Harrisburg

I’m so thankful to GOD for all he is doing in my life. Things are not perfect, but I’m happy and surrounded by lots of love. Most importantly, I have peace. Dreams do come true, so don’t ever stop pushing. This is a picture of my very first salon in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania over 25 years ago. Great memories! I remember one day walking in my little storefront salon and praying that God would allow me to have a salon in [...]

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Why the Outside Matters Too

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~ Siddhārtha Gautama People say the outside doesn’t matter, that it’s the inside that counts, and of course there’s some truth to that. But even as God was cleansing my heart and mind and building my character, even as He freed me from drug addiction and abusive relationships, I struggled to hold my head up. My outside didn’t match the changes happening on the inside. Though my [...]


When a Setback is Preparation for a Comeback

If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh When the recession hit a few years ago, a lot of people found themselves struggling to keep the possessions they thought belonged to them. People went without food to try to pay their mortgages and hid cars from the repo man. I found myself in a similar position when I suffered a financial setback. I thought the $3000 [...]

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No Dream Too Big

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. ~ Richard Bach As a 9-year-old girl growing up under the dark clouds of physical and sexual abuse, I had a vision of myself doing hair in Africa. I knew it would happen because God told me it would. Over the years, people asked me why I thought I could do big things, like travelling halfway across the world, working with celebrities, and creating a life [...]


Are you prepared for opportunity?

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  ~ Seneca Not long after I moved to Atlanta from Pennsylvania, the friend I was staying with ran out of patience with me, and I ended up homeless. I was working in a salon, but not making enough money yet to get my own place. Some nights, I stayed in a shelter. Other nights, I’d sit in a Waffle House all night. Even though I’d fallen from running the hottest salon in my hometown [...]