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I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay.

I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay.

By LaToniya Jones
LaToniya A. Jones is in conversation with guests sharing personal stories about navigating self-awareness, self discovery, resilience and faith — through uncertainty.

Listen, subscribe and share our collection of 100 stories being curated July, 2020 - December, 2021.
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Embrace Your True Value | Lauren McElrath (25)
#NotSureOkay Story 25/100 features Lauren McElrath 🧭 During an epiphany at age 27, Lauren decided to take a leap of faith and pursue a more meaningful way of living. Stressed and feeling the full weight of burnout — she focused on reconnecting with her true identity and understanding the value she adds to the world. Listen in to how Lauren leads boldly, dumped a few habits, and lives better while embracing both her true value and humanity. 🌏 Connect with Lauren: IG: @laurenmelissam 🔆 Subscribe, Review, Share our I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay. 100 Stories Podcast/Project Learn more at
May 29, 2021
Doing Well, By Doing Good | Tylene Henry (24)
#NotSureOkay Story 24/100 features Tylene Henry 💡Tylene shared the value of serving others, positioning future generations for success, true meaning of wealth, creating wealthier mindsets, including others in your continuous growth journey, and building upon her legacy. Support, Mindsets, Resilience ⚙️Connect with Tylene: Facebook : Insta: Linkedin Website 2489805498 [Juneteenth Collaborative Project] 🔆Subscribe, Review, Share our I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay. 100 Stories Podcast/Project Learn more at
May 29, 2021
How Life’s Storms Led to More Love: People, Home, and Self | Kalyn Fahie (23)
#NotSureOkay Story 23/100 features Kalyn (Risker) Fahie Kalyn shared how her commitment and work as founder of Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE), national advocate / mentor, Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (VIDVSAC); love for family; faith-walk; and focus on self-care has been enhanced in unimaginable ways — through several of life’s storms (domestic violence survivor, loss of parents, illness, Hurricanes Irma and Maria). 💙 Ever so resourceful, Kalyn continues to advocate for and embrace everyone she meets to “Rise Above Your Expectations”. Happy 15th Anniversary SAFE (Momma Risker is smiling from Heaven). 🛬 I’m personally looking forward to a St. Thomas vacation and experiencing the self-care retreats that Kalyn is organizing both in the VI and Detroit. -laj ✨Connect with Kalyn: Kalyn Fahie IG and Twitter @mskalyn Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment 🎯Subscribe + Comment/Review + Share our I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay. 100 Stories Project / Podcast Learn more and stay connected at @NotSureButItsOkay (Instagram ).
May 27, 2021
From Seeing to Seizing Opportunities: Listening, Building, Learning | Karen Burton (22)
#NotSureOkay Story 22/100 features Karen Burton: Karen’s commitment to making space for others, shining a light on the significance of black architects, highlighting entrepreneurial experiences, and lifelong learning is very encouraging. As an experienced serial entrepreneur in the built community, Karen (with her husband Bobby) has attracted architecture firms, construction businesses, real estate professionals, and even nonprofit organizations to become members of SpaceLab Detroit. You'll also hear about the family members and colleagues that Karen gleans inspiration from and serves alongside to #seizeopportunities . 📌Connect with Karen A.D. Burton LinkedIn: Twitter: @buildingsource Instagram: @karendavisburton SpaceLab Detroit - Website: LinkedIn: Twitter/Instgram/Facebook: @spacelabdetroit Noir Design Parti - Website: LinkedIn: Twitter/Instgram/Facebook: @noirdesigndesignparti ✨Learn more about our 100 Stories Project at ❣️Please leave a rating and review to help us reach more listeners.
May 20, 2021
Living for Today: Leading an All-Women Law Firm and Clients To Do the Same | Shakeena Melbourne (21)
#NotSureOkay Story 21/100 features Shakeena Melbourne 💎Once you understand your affinity and yourself — you can live in it. Own it. Pursue it wholeheartedly. Shakeena’s bold leadership as an attorney was influenced by her Jamaican-American heritage, educators, and mentors who nurtured her affinity for decision making, fairness, and judgement. Shakeena’s personal motto of “living for today” is very present in both the exceptional working environment created to support her all-women team at Upton Law, PLLC, and the guidance provided to help their clients erase past mistakes in order to grow their businesses today. 📌Connect with Shakeena: Website:  Instagram: uptonlaw_pllc Facebook: uptonlawpllc Learn more about our 100 Stories Project at
May 17, 2021
A Father’s #GirlDad Love Story and Adoption Lessons | David Lingholm (20)
“God put us in the right spot with the right kid.” DL #NotSureOkay Story 20/100 features David Lingholm ❣️Intentionality, flexibility, healing, transparency, and “the power of presence” are themes woven throughout Dave’s transracial adoptive fatherhood journey with The Kid. Embraced by a tribe of fellow #GirlDads and families with diverse (racial, socio-economic, spiritual, academic) backgrounds— Dave feels blessed to guide, support, and reciprocate a beautiful love story with his daughter. 💪🏼💪🏽💪🏾 As a seasoned Social Media professional, Dave understands some of the harsh realities in our world. He doesn’t pause when it comes to shutting down disrespectful, condescending and racist remarks aimed at his family or other adoptive families either. 🤝Connect with Dave: Facebook - Twitter - LinkedIn - 🎙Learn more about our 100 Stories Project, register to become a guest blogger at .
May 7, 2021
Tap Into Your Why: Get Started | Felisha Hatcher (19)
“Plan in pencil.”- FH ✍🏽📋💎 #NoteSureOkay Story 19/100 features Felisha Hatcher Creating an “Urban Oasis” 5 years ago was the next logical step for Felisha after pouring so much into the dreams of others. Chime in to hear this social entrepreneur’s journey to creating a gathering space that engages activists, community builders, youth, and everyone in between. Felisha had no idea how to make it happen other than the fact that “it had to happen”. Her “why” was the compass; those precious 11:59 moments carried her forward. ⁉️We hope you have tapped into your WHY! 👇🏾Drop your why/inspo in the comments. 🤝Connect with Felisha: Co.ology Co.Share Space 18940 E. 9 Mile Rd Eastpointe, 48021 Phone: 586.771.2810 Website: Email: Instagram: @co.ology 🎧 Thanks so much for listening. 💫 Please Subscribe + Comment in the Review + Share our podcast. 💯 Learn more about our 100 stories project and become a guest blogger on 📌 Connect with @NotSureButItsOkay on Instagram. 🧗🏽‍♀️Cheers to Living Better, Learning Daily, and Leading Boldly, - LaToniya
May 3, 2021
Bonus: Courage to Speak Publicly, After the Strokes (Toni x Rosemarie)
Toni’s transparent moment about speaking on public platforms + this podcast after having 2 mini-strokes. This bonus episode is an excerpt /outtake from my recording featuring Rosemarie. Make sure to check out Rosemarie’s feature episode: Her Life Agency.
May 2, 2021
Bonus: STEAM Soapbox with Toni x Martin
Toni and Martin chat briefly about their love for STEAM and ways to collaborate on future initiatives. This is an outtake from our earlier chat. Check out Martin’s featured episode “Composing Positive Transitions”.
May 1, 2021
Crossing Borders and Barriers: Show up as yourself. | Munienge (Mony) Mbodila (18)
#NoteSureOkay Story 18/100 features Munienge (Mony) Mbodila “The attitude that you approach with determines the outcome”. -MM This guiding statement has been a part of Mony’s perspective for almost every aspect of his life — since relocating from the Congo in Central Africa to the Limpopo Province in South Africa in 2002 to pursue a college degree. Now a respected pure computer science researcher and presenter (across multiple countries), PhD candidate (expected 2021), pastor, husband, and father of three — Mony shares how both his initial persistence as a non-English learner, and vision for impacting the lives of others continues to attract exactly what he needs. ✨Share your takeaways and one of your guiding statements or principles. Connect with Mony: 💼 LinkedIn: M Mbodila | LinkedIn 📑 Google scholar: Munienge Mbodila - ‪Google Scholar 🌎Facebook: @Mony Munienge 📩 Email:  Thanks so much for listening. 🤝 Please Subscribe + Review + Share our podcast to help light the way for someone in your network. 👀 Learn more about our 100 stories project and become a guest blogger on 🤩Connect with @NotSureButItsOkay on Instagram. Cheers to Living Better, Learning Daily, and Leading Boldly, - LaToniya
April 29, 2021
Consistent Acts of Love: Healing through abuse and cancer to thrive in more love.| Andrea Knott (17)
#NoteSureOkay Story 17/100 features Andrea Knott Surrounded by consistent acts of love, Andrea’s light force attracted what she needed to flee and heal from an abusive marriage two decades ago; helped her endure a cancer experience; prepared her to acknowledge and receive “her God-sent hubby”. ✨We could use more of “your light” in this world. I hope you are inspired to: 1. Be a light force for someone --just because. 2. Call, text, tag someone in your “Consistent Acts Love” tribe. Connect with Andrea: 🎙Website: Peruse her voiceover portfolio. 🎧 Instagram: @andreak2347 Listen to the “Lynching Tree” clips mentioned. Thanks so much for listening. Please Subscribe + Comment in the Review + Share our podcast. Learn more about our 100 stories project and become a guest blogger on Connect with @NotSureButItsOkay on Instagram. Cheers to Living Better, Learning Daily, and Leading Boldly, - LaToniya
April 26, 2021
Investing in Yourself: Beyond Divorce, Rejection, and Delay | Kendra Dixson (16)
#NotSureOkay Story 16/100: Kendra Dixson shares her personal journey toward living better through faith, self-care, self-discovery, and making lemonade from less than desirable situations. As a psychotherapist, Kendra partners with her clients at Mind Connections, LLC to help them move from trauma caused by hidden secrets, unresolved issues, and shame — toward experiencing a fuller life on their own terms. Tune in as we discuss valuable resources and simple daily habits to help move beyond divorce, rejection, being misunderstood, or delayed dreams. Connect with Kendra: Kendra Dixson  MSW, LCSW Owner of Mind Connections, LLC Email: Website: TikTok: @mindconnectionsllc  Twitter: @KendraDixson Instagram: your_mind_connection Resources mentioned: The Fresh Start Divorce Recovery Workbook by Gary Smalley, Bob Burns, Tom Whiteman Words Can Change Your Brain by Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman Dr. Caroline Leaf (YouTube, Instagram) Thanks so much for listening. Please Subscribe + Comment in the Review + Share our podcast. Learn more about our 100 stories project and become a guest blogger on Connect with @NotSureButItsOkay on Instagram. Cheers to Living Better, Learning Daily, and Leading Boldly, LaToniya
April 17, 2021
Community Gardening and Natural Products to Live Better | Tamara Toole (15)
Story 15/100: Tamara’s commitment to self, family and her community is literally “growing” + “making” - to live better. #NotSureOkay Highlights: 🌱How growing in patio containers has evolved into community gardening on multiple lots of an Eastside Detroit community. 👨🏾‍🌾Detroit Black Farmers Grant 🕯Ways their handmade natural candles for home transitioned to an expanding business that supplements their children’s college expenses. 🤝Using all of the resources available (education, entrepreneurship, family and friends) to make your dreams a reality. Connect with Tamara: 🍒🥬Julia’s Apron Garden & 🧘🏿🧘🏽‍♂️Savvy Natural Products on Facebook and Instagram 🔆 Please Subscribe, Rate, and Share our podcast and website. You can also find @NotSureButItsOkay on Instagram.
April 15, 2021
Keep Stretching and Learning for Life | Christine Dewey (14)
Story 14/100: No matter the season of life we are in, my colleague Christine Dewey encourages us to stretch our minds and bodies— to be the best we can be; to serve others well. Learning (personal and professional development) is a lifestyle. Math is everywhere. A lifelong learner + educator, Christine emulates active listening; thrives on helping teachers, teacher-prep students, and learners of all ages gather and support each other. #NotSureOkay Highlights: 1. Downshifting to use her gifts differently 2. The joy + therapy 🐕 @Sophiedewey314 3. NASA experience with student-led scientific research projects 🚀 4. Learning vulnerability in Beijing 5. Reinventing herself ✨ 6. Pivoting to “do something less” 7. Goals vs tasks 📋 8. Seeking and activating the knowledge and wisdom of elders 9. Yoga 🧘‍♂️as Self-care (spiritual, mental, physical) Connect with Christine on Twitter: @CKincaidDewey. Visit and to learn more about teacher mini-grants. 📌Listen, subscribe, rate and share our I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay. show wherever you listen to podcasts. 🌎Learn more about and engage with the 100 Stories project on as we navigate life together.
April 9, 2021
Her Life Agency | Rosemarie “One Single Rose” Wilson (12)
Story 12/100: The world is Rosemarie’s stage, because she developed the audacity to speak, believe the power of words and really live every area of her life — on her own terms. Rosemarie is an award winning poet, spoken word artist, singer, actress, playwright, author of three self-published poetry collections. Highlights: 1. Getting over herself to perform on-demand, just-in-time set a precedence for her career as a performance artist. 2. Making bold affirmations and declarations about your life. 3. Multiple personas = line items. 4. Importance of retaining creative and intellectual property rights. 5. Theater+ screenwriting + (new projects ... including math 🤔😉). 6. The Wilson 5 (“performance” runs through her veins). 7. Her Granny’s wisdom (104 years young). 8. Toni is coached/ *in the hot seat... * throughout the chat. Connect with Rosemarie
August 29, 2020
Composing Positive Transitions | Martin Lindsey (11)
Story 11/100: Composing positive transitions can help sustain relationships and build a thriving business. Martin shared how his “creativity based lifestyle manifests at the intersection of engineering, digital media, animation, music and social media”. You will also hear a few tips on the importance of family inclusivity when navigating social and school-to-career pipelines. Connect with Martin: Founder & Creative Director Phunky Pixel Media Subscribe + Rate + Share. Follow our 100 stories journey on
August 23, 2020
Developing Acceptance, Asserting Expectations, and Preserving Integrity |Sabin Duncan (10)
Story 10/100: It’s a powerful display of love, strength, respect and integrity when men accept responsibility and acknowledge that they are accountable for self, family and community. When men are truly in a GOOD space — we all win! They are alert and focused on depositing GOOD. This conversation with my dear colleague-friend-brother (of 18 years ... aka Dr. Duncan) involves 1. Family heredity that led to seeking and reciprocating empathy 2. Being a #GirlDad, lifelong learner and expanding his Literary Soulfood agency (Fielding Books) 3. Releasing the weight of incompleteness 4. Maximizing God-given gifts 5. Exchanging healthy affirmations and admiration with the fellas 6. Male self-preservation and vulnerability Connect with Sabin: Listen + Subscribe + Share the I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay. podcast. Learn more about our 100 #NotSureOkay stories journey at
August 17, 2020
A Planning, Praying and Parenting Method | Sylvia Hubbard (9)
Story 9/100: As a single Mom of 3 for more than 20 years, who endured bankruptcy and a house fire that took 99.9% of her families’ physical possessions in 2013 — Sylvia shared her strategy for navigating life, and more importantly “governing self” accordingly (aka “Internal Parenting”). You’ll hear about her literary prowess and platform, phrases to live by, formal training in marketing/management, a passion for helping others and some of her favorite tools to remain focused. Connect with Sylvia at 💡”I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay.” now on Apple, Spotify, and Google podcasts 🎧 Listen + Subscribe + Share and learn more about our 100 stories journey at .
August 16, 2020
On Purpose + Unlearning Who We Think We Are | Brinda Devine (8)
Story 8/100: Living a life in purpose and on purpose was evident after Brinda fully submitted to God - shedding insecurities, anger and faking it through external successes. Sound familiar? Brinda shared how free and liberated she is with understanding her unique value, authentic self, and daily opportunities to advise others (including her son who is transitioning into young adulthood) on ways to live their best lives through Purpose8 Institute. 1. How do you know you are really living authentically? In purpose, on purpose? 2. Purpose as a Christian principle. 3. Book: Discover Your Value. Discover Your Purpose. 4. Shedding the fake it til you make it way of being. 5. Be a Light— in alignment. Connect with Brinda at and 🎧 Listen + Subscribe + Rate + Share the I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay. podcast
August 15, 2020
Confidence to Pitch Nationally and Change Money Mindsets | Tasha Danielle (7)
Story 7/100: Tasha’s candid conversations with her grandmother during childhood led to paying off $80k in debt before age 30. She continues to leverage those chats and her skills as a CPA to change the mindsets of peers, youth and educators. Stars aligned at just the right time for Tasha to pitch with PineSol + Essence —- and compete for $100k to grow her Financial Garden platform. Connect with Tasha (Facebook, IG and about planting seeds in the Financial Garden community. Get an autographed copy of Tasha’s book, Amina’s Bracelets: A Kidpreneur’s Journey for youth in your family/community. Listen + Subscribe + Share. Learn more about the 100 #NotSureOkay stories journey at
August 11, 2020
Activating Collective Voices + Economic Empowerment | Kwaku Osei (6)
Story 6/100: Instead of cringing at women’s inequality, poverty, corporate/governmental barriers, lack of funding and gentrification — you can do something about it! Be the change you want to see. We talked about Kwaku’s attraction to Detroit’s resurgence, community investment, entrepreneurial woes + wins, corporate + state regulations, and marching toward $1M+ to honor powerful Black women. #NotSureOkay Highlights: 1. “Civic and social engagement —shouldn’t be a luxury.” 2. “What we can’t do alone, we can do together.” 3. “Speak up when you have something valuable to share.” 4. “Support. Protect. Encourage.” ✨Connect with Kwaku:  🎧 Listen + Subscribe + Share Learn more about the 100 #NotSureOkay stories journey:
August 5, 2020
An Evolution of Panels to Podcasts | Deneen L. Garrett (2)
Story 2/100: You know conversations are really good when they evolve from panel discussions started in corporate America to an even broader influential podcast community. My friend Deneen is a connector and encourager. We chatted about how she is addressing the need to gather, celebrate and amplify women of color. Listen and let’s continue the conversation in our communities. Connect with Deneen: 1. Elevating the voices of women of color. 2. Influencing the corporate culture (internally and externally). 3. Catching up to the vision. All links: Listen, Subscribe, Share. #NotSureOkay
August 3, 2020
Exchanging Energy and Strength to Shine by Design | Brenda Vorus (5)
Story 5/100: A portion of our lives radiate a powerful light of resilience, respect and beauty. Small glimpses, our outreach and how we show up serve as a witness, a model, a guidepost for others. I spoke with my family friend Brenda about her optimistic outlook, multi-generational family of entrepreneurs, faith circles and thriving. Connect with Brenda: 1. Continuing to strive for personal growth and development. 2. Always choosing people over things. 3. Following hard after God. Email:  Facebook: https// WWW.SABIKA-JEWELRY.COM/BRENDAVORUS Learn more about the 100 #NotSureOkay stories journey (
August 3, 2020
Adult Superpowers from Childhood Trauma. | Lyndon “Think Differently” Johnson (4)
Story 4/100: Whether we developed self resilience to childhood bullying or had a supportive community to help us along — there may be remnants that spill over into our adult lives. How have you noticed and put these adversarial thoughts in place? We discussed how OCD, autism and constant bullying contributed to his current lifestyle and superpowers. Let’s work to help eliminate these types of experiences. #NotSureOkay Highlights: 1. Realizing you are different and wonderful. 2. Recognizing bullies and their targets. 3. Redirecting energy by offering grace and answering the call. Connect with Lyndon:  COMMS.BAR  +1 647-773-2677 Listen, Subscribe, Share. Learn more about the 100 stories journey:
July 31, 2020
Key Communications, Conversations and Choices | Lyndon Johnson (3)
Story 3/100: Communicating and connecting in a meaningful way was challenging before the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s even more important now that we find new ways to pivot toward our desired result (socially and professionally). I enjoyed reconnecting with Lyndon and his UK/London accent. I was transported for a bit (in my mind) to his small town and I learned that he has a history in broadcasting and is considering a return. Check it out to learn more about his “middle phrase-name”.  #NotSureOkay Highlights: 1. Conversations so meaningful that they lead to recognizing voices before physical characteristics. 2. Changing, pivoting and restructuring. 3. The beverage that describes him well. Connect with Lyndon:  COMMS.BAR  +1 647-773-2677 Listen, Subscribe, Share. Learn more about the 100 stories journey:
July 31, 2020
Forging new paths and unseen frontiers | Pat Crocker Williams (1)
Story 1/100: I spoke with my friend Pat for our inaugural story —about her infamous tea party, traveling the world solo, business expansion and several other transition points in her life — toward Going Real! Take a listen. #NotSureOkay Highlights: 1. Embracing the best shifts for you in business and life. Our lived experiences matter. Navigating societal expectations and finding love of self. 2. Navigating life more authentically. Nomadic lifestyle. Forgiveness. More Connected + Powerful. 3. Specific and strategic approaches to building a profitable client base for her boutique business. 4. Indulging in Masterclasses, The Atlantic and learning more. The Invitation Poem (shared) Connect with Pat: IG - LI: CyberCletch website:  Coaching website: https:// Listen, Subscribe, Share. Learn more about the 100 stories journey:
July 26, 2020
Welcome: I’m Not Sure. But, It’s Okay.
Hi! It’s Toni - LaToniya Jones. I’m looking forward to sharing 100 stories about how my family, friends and colleagues are maturing into self-awareness and resilience — in the face of uncertainty. We’re focusing on Living Better + Learning and Unlearning Daily + Leading Boldly to encourage others to do the same. Thanks for listening. Learn more about the 100 #NotSureOkay stories journey (
July 23, 2020