Arise On The Real T. V.

There are only a few days left until #AriseGetsReal on The REAL. Arise will be featured on The Emmy award-winning daytime talk show, The REAL, which is co-hosted by Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley. The Arise Platform will be featured on the October 12, 2018 episode of The REAL. Click here for channel and airtimes and make sure you, and all your friends and family tune in on October 12th!

Just Go For It…

We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.

Cannoli Cookies…


2 cups Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
1/4 cup Ricotta room temperature
1 cup Granulated Sugar
zest from one Orange
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 large Egg room temperature
3/4 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Cannoli Shell crumbs optional


1-3/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 cup Powdered Sugar
zest from half an Orange
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
3 Tbsp Mini Chocolate Chips plus more for decorating


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter, ricotta, sugar, and orange zest together until light and fluffy.
Beat in the vanilla and egg until it is well combined – about another minute.
Slowly add the flour and beat until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and cannoli crumbs, if using. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.

While the dough is chilling, make the filling. Mix together all the ingredients for the filling together until well combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Take out the dough and make balls of cookie dough that are about two tablespoons big.
Bake for about 12 – 14 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden brown – the tops will not brown much. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
When completely cool, add the filling to half the cookies, then top with the remaining half. If desired, roll the edges of the sandwiches in mini chocolate chip cookies.

Life’s Lessons…

Good Morning,

“This is a very important lesson to remember when you’re having a bad day, a bad month, or a bad year. Things will change: you won’t feel this way forever. And anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most.
I believe you can’t feel real joy unless you’ve felt heartache. You can’t have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. And you can’t be birthed again until you’ve hit rock bottom”