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Why wait to exhale? Itís time to breathe
Empowerment conference and fashion show March 7-8
 
Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014
by Khalia Wilkinson

We’ve heard it said before that beauty isn’t just about how you look on the outside; it comes from within your soul. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing a wonderful woman who embodies this concept.

Myra Bellinger is a wife, a pastor, an author and a businesswoman. She is sharing her story and beautiful ministry with women in the Charlotte area hosting the 2014 Breathe Conference at the Hyatt House Uptown March 7–8. It will be two days of helpful advice on everything from fashion to health, fitness, finances and more. In the following Q&A, Bellinger explains the message she wants to share with the community. Some questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Question: How long have you officially been in ministry?

Answer: I have been officially in ministry for nearly 25 years

Q: What is the concept behind your Breathe brand?

A: When we breathe, we inhale life.  Not just life, we inhale the life of God.  Our systems are recalibrated and refreshed in the moments we take each day to discover our God-given purposes and His direction for our lives. That’s what Breathe is all about.  It’s about making time for “just you.”  It’s about slowing down, with the right posture, in the right atmosphere, and tapping into the life source inside of you so that you can produce maximum results in your life.

Q: What topics will you cover at the conference?

This year’s conference theme is, “I am Every Woman,” and we are covering it all from health, fitness, finance and fashion to spirit, soul, and body. Friday night our primary focus is on the spirit.  I’m calling it a “Word and Worship” encounter. It’s free and open to everyone, both male and female.  Saturday is more specifically designed for the women, but we won’t exclude any man who dares to come. Saturday requires registration and will include lunch. We will discuss health, fitness, finance and fashion. Every woman needs some “Just Me” time… Plan now to come and experience a breath of fresh air just for you.  

Q: Tell me about what inspired your new book “Breathe: 31 Days of Inspiration.”

A: I was suffocated by increased responsibilities and clutter, which became overwhelming.  Once upon a time… I spent much of my time listening to that inner voice which always led, guided and directed me.  Then, I reached a point in my life when all I could hear were the crowded thoughts in my head and continuous questions in my mind that led to constant unrest.  I slept but seldom rested. I was not happy, and I was not fulfilled… I lived in the agony of this exhaustion until I learned to breathe again. 

Q: The conference will also include a fashion show. What can attendees expect? 

A:  The fashion show is our grand finale. It is going to be live! Marlena Evans and Ena Bowens of Impossible Curves, are our fashion show coordinators.  The show will highlight something for every type of woman… all colors, ages, sizes and shapes.

Q: What are some of your favorite fashions? 

A:  I am so my own girl… very comfortable in my own skin.  So, the reality is, I just like whatever it is that I like at the moment.  From a classic business dress pant suit to urban wear or Sunday’s best… I am a woman of many looks. 

Q: Tell us a few of you fashion must haves from season to season? 

MB:  They call me the Bling queen!  I love accessorizing.  Accessories (jewelry, scarves, and shoes) of all colors, sizes and styles are hot!  I do think that every woman should always have a hot pair of black pumps and that cute little black dress that can be accessorized to fit any occasion.

Q:  How can someone reach you for tickets and additional information about the conference?

A:  Go to my website, www.myrabellinger.com and access the BREATHE tab for registration and vendor information.  You can also follow me on Twitter @myrabellinger and Facebook at facebook.com/copastormyra.bellinger.

Q:  What is the legacy that you want to leave behind? 

A:  I want to leave behind a legacy of a woman who has maximized life and fulfilled her purpose for existence on the earth. With that being achieved, every other matter that concerns me (my family, health, and finances) will be covered.

Columnist KHALIA WILKINSON is writer/editor of the Style! Blog:  www.UpOnStyle.com.  She can be reached at: khaliawilkinson@gmail.com and Twitter: @KhaliaWilkinson | @ UpOnStyle 

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