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As 2015 comes to a close, many are buckling down making resolutions for 2016 but may need a little help sticking to them. That’s where legendary hip hop pioneer MC Lyte is stepping up to the mic to help by presenting the first ever W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience. It’s a three day retreat hosted by MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation in partnership with Prudential. The event is described as connecting like-minded individuals for goal reflection and spirit renewal through intimate sessions, workshops, and themed panels to teach women how to master their personal, business, and financial objectives.

The empowerment event held January 2-5 in Miami, Florida will be led by financial coach and Hip Hop Sisters Foundation CEO Lynn Richardson; and will feature a roster of industry experts and celebrities including Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Ledisi, Nicci Gilbert, Erica Campbell, Lil Mama, Cheryl “Salt” James, Dr. Robin Smith, Tamika Mallory, Tai Beauchamp, Michele Thornton, and Miss Diddy.

SHEEN Magazine spoke with MC Lyte about going into the New Year full of W.E.A.L.T.H. and being armed with the tools to have a successful 2016. 

How did the WEALTH Experience come to fruition? What inspired you to want to even do an event of this magnitude? What was the driving force behind it?

Well the president of the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, Lynn Richardson and Kelly Price and I were having lunch and she started talking about an event she used to do that was like this but on a much smaller scale. Kelly and I heard about what transpired and what comes out of it as a result. So we decided that we need to do something like that again. So there it was kind of set into motion; just the desire to put some powerful women in the room. I had been to so many retreats prior to this and I have enjoyed them all. They all have something different to offer, so we thought that this could be another aspect of an approach towards women being enlightened and inspired, educated, giving, getting, and sharing and eventually walking away with a plan for 2016.

Like you mentioned, each retreat offers something different. What sets this one apart from the rest? 

First off, you’re walking away with a plan for 2016. It’s really hands on with a workbook, and allows you to journal through what it is you want for your life and the changes that you need to make and the expansion that you are looking for. This is a huge how-to event.

As we are coming into the New Year, many are looking for ways to be empowered and to empower, so this seems to be an avenue that would help open the gates for their goals.

Absolutely. One thing that someone can say can sort of set you straight or change your opinion or open your mind up to the possibilities. So the speakers and celebrities that’s coming to tackle different topics, panels, and even the one on one portion; there’s just so much that is going to speak to every aspect of life and the acronym of W.E.A.L.T.H. which is Women. Expansion. Assets. Leadership. Transformation. Health. We will be touching on all of those points.

Do you have any advice for people that are trying to work on that plan and have been working on their dreams and goals for years and things just aren’t opening up for them?

I would say get to the W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience first. The second thing I would say is that it’s time to do something different. Whatever you have been doing for so many years that hasn’t brought about the results that you want, that you need or desire; then it’s time to switch it up and do something completely different. That means something has to be jolted with reality. For example, for someone that really wants to be an artist, they may have to realize that it’s not in the cards for them to be an artist or at least an artist to the degree that they want to be. Like a singer that wants to sell millions of records, but there’s a thing that comes with being an artist that sells millions of records, perhaps that’s just not in the cards for them.

So it’s about really dealing with reality and for them to realize, okay, maybe it’s not for me to be an artist in this way, but I can be okay with singing at jazz spots, or whatever, and while you aren’t selling millions of records, you are getting to continue working on your craft. Your expectations are managed at that point and perhaps you can get behind someone that has that capability, you know that star that you thought you wanted to be. There’s so much power behind the camera as well, so it could be about realizing that management or songwriting can be just as satisfying. For those that may be in the financial world or services, what is it that is going to open up your portal for more business? It could be your communication skills. How do you communicate with people? It’s everything, it could be your attitude, and there’s so many levels of communication including eye contact. You know when you have it in mind to help someone else, everything else just falls in place from there. Then in turn, you get the help that you’re looking for. That doesn’t mean go help someone just so you can get help (laughs). You want to give to someone, and its’ just the way the universe works that God will have you receive as well.

What made you decide on South Beach Miami for the first event?

The heat! (laughs) We really tried to take it out of the country, but unfortunately we didn’t have the sponsorship support that we needed for an event of this magnitude. So we thought, ‘let’s bring it back stateside.’ We talked about Arizona but during that time of year, it is cold there. So we just find the warmest place for that time of year. We also were looking for a place that had a peaceful energy, and initially we were looking at Puerto Rico. So there’s a part of this where we are working in our sessions, writing in our journals and then there’s reflection time by the water and some of the questions posed in the sessions, you’ll find the answer when it’s just you and the water, which is to me the greatest healing element that we have.

Your skin is amazing. Can you give us at least three of your beauty secrets on how you stay looking so young?

Water, water, water! That’s my three answers! (laughs) For me, just exercise. Every morning I act like I’m going to call and cancel, but I push through. I just push myself and it’s really just figuring out what it is you want to look like and then just working your ass off until you get there. You may never get there, but at least you are working towards it. At least you are getting some type of cardio that helps the body with blood flow and then you have to drink a lot of water, which helps to replenish. I drink alkaline water, which to me is important and it gets to the cells the way it needs to. I also make sure everything is in moderation.

For more information be sure to check out W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience to register for the event.