Mi’s Emancipated Groove | Win A Trip to Essence Festival 2015

Hey Cuties,

I have had so many significant life experiences it was hard to select one to share with you. I’ve already shared so much with you. We’ve talked about love, motherhood, starting my business and more.

Picture it, Cecily… {Yall remember that from Golden Girls?} 

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Friday, September 13, 2002 my life was given new value. I was a month shy of my 23rd birthday. I had left home six years ago.  I had been a girlfriend for two and a half years; then a wife for four years.

It was the day that would forever change my life. That was the day I emancipated Mimi. {2 years prior to Mariah Carey coming out with that album title.} It was a bit rainy that day but my mood was pure joy and elation. This was the day I left my ex-husband. I’d taken on the weight of the world at age 16. I had no idea I would have to grow up so fast. I had no idea that I would experience so much in the span of six years. I simply had no idea.

I decided enough is enough and there was no turning back. I had mentally made this decision prior to that date but I didn’t have a plan. I just knew I had accepted things for what they were and I was no longer going to be a part of this equation.

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The hardest part: Admitting to myself and to the world that my marriage had failed.

The best part: Finally getting to know Mi

Thirteen years later that is still the best decision I’ve ever made.  Don’t get me wrong, this was not a sad occasion, at least not for me. I didn’t shed a single tear and there wasn’t an ounce of bitterness present. I didn’t hate my ex-husband then and I don’t hate him now. He taught me so much about life, love and myself. I’m eternally grateful for our time and have no regrets.

Walking out that door gave me a chance to learn me. For the first time in my adult life I was single. There were so many things I’d missed out on. I jumped out there with no net and the world caught me! It made it even bolder than I was back then. I felt like I could take on the world and I was ready. Boy was I ready… Insert years or funny memories, stories and girly adventures. Shout out to the Crew!

Life is what you make it and I’ve been living it up ever since.  I vowed to love Mi, to learn Mi, and show the world what I had to offer.  I totally got my groove! 

It’s time to try and win some things.  I’m a stone cold dancer and my signature body roll is e-v-e-r-ything! Now it’s your time to shake it like a Polaroid picture. Attending an Essence Festival is on my bucket list; on top of that I’ve never been to New Orleans. I know, I need to get my life together.  I have dreams of food, dancing, sweating, more food, a little more dancing, a lot more sweating and food.

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Contest: Share a significant life experience and how you “Get in the Groove” with State Farm for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 Essence Festival® in New Orleans.

How to Enter: 1. Instagram a photo or video of your best dance moves using #StateFarmGroove & #ContestEntry 2. Go to  and click “Connect to Enter” your submission.

Prize: Round-trip coach airfare for winner and one (1) guest to New Orleans, Four (4) nights, five (5) days hotel accommodations in New Orleans, Two (2) tickets per night to the ESSENCE Festival® concerts in New Orleans, Two (2) VIP Experience tickets (tickets to various VIP events provided by the ESSENCE Festival®), Transportation to and from the New Orleans, LA, airport, and the winner will appear in an ESSENCE and State Farm video on

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What has been a significant life experience or milestone that made you burst out into your favorite groove?

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Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    We all got our groove on when we brought home our dog for the first time. If anyone out there is a pet owner, they know what a hugely wonderful time it is to welcome a new furry friend to the family.

  2. Dogvills

    Thank you for sharing this with us. We may have made the best decisions, but we always learn something from them.

  3. Kita

    You go girl. I got married young but I lived a great life before I got married my husband….not so much. I think he missed out on being that single guy for a while because he was always in relationships. I had a chance to date around. Now things have changed I am not the same person I was when we got married learning to grow with those changes have been hard but not impossible. Get your Groove on!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Kita, its crazy how we think we have life figured out. Yet we never account for our growth. That is exactly what happened to me. What I wanted at 16 wasn’t the same once I turned 22.

  4. Christy Maurer

    Boy, there have probably been a lot of groove busting experiences in my life…like when the kids were out of diapers…woohooo lol. Now they’re 17 and 20 and a whole lot of things make me happy about this stage! That is a super giveaway too, but I only enter ones that are for 3 or more guests cuz I’d miss them! <3

  5. Ashley

    Wow, Mimi! Thank you for sharing your story. Some things in life are meant to be apart of our growth, and not forever. I’m happy you’ve been able to move on and can look back on your situation as a lesson. Your transparency is appreciated.

  6. Alli

    You’re such a strong woman and I applaud you for getting out of a bad situation. My life changed when my grandkids were born. I want to live a long, healthy life so that I can enjoy them for years to come.

  7. celebbabylaundry

    You are truly a very strong woman, there are bad moments in life but I’m really glad you got out of it fast! You a very inspirational.

  8. Chubskulit Rose

    Not many people can pull what you did in getting out of bad situation so kudos to you! You are inspiring to many women.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks, we can either stay and be unhappy or move on to find joy. Sometimes that is easier said than done but I challenge everyone to find their joy. Sometimes that doesn’t mean leaving but changing your attitude and out look.

  9. ricci

    Love your story and I’m glad you found your groove!! I think my most significant milestone so far has been buying my first home on my own. I proved to myself that I don’t need anyone to support me, I am enough.

  10. HilLesha

    Those sunglasses are wickedly cute! I want to go the Essence Festival so bad, alas that isn’t feasible at this time. Maybe next year!

  11. michele d

    Sounds like a great event to be apart of. Loving those sunglasses! You look awesome!

  12. Echo

    You know, I’m really not sure. I guess when I got married and when my kids were born because those have been the best times for me.

  13. Jeanine

    What a lovely post from a very strong, and smart woman! When my mom passed away when I was 16 I learned there was no one else to depend on but myself, and although that isn’t a favorite, it really put my life into perspective and made me the woman I am today!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Jeanine. You sounds like a very strong and smart woman yourself. I couldn’t imagine having to deal with the death of a parent at only 16. I’m sure you’ve continued to make her proud. 😉

  14. Nichole

    What a lovely post. Everything happens for a reason and I just adore your outlook. My groove came when I started my blog and business. I love being mama to my 4 crazy boys but I craved to have something simply for me. Now, my life is chaos and a dance of schedules. But I thrive on the busy life with my family and business.

  15. Ann Bacciaglia

    I am so happy you found the courage to take your life back. I am excited that as of September i will have two kids in College and will have the time to work on myself.

  16. Uplifting Families

    I remember when my first marriage crumbled. I felt all kinds of emotions but in the end it was for the better. I know longer had to put up with the abusive behaviors(verbally and emotional). We married too young. I still have no regrets but if given a redo I would have paid closer attention to red flags.

    I remarried 7 years ago this month. My new marriage is totally different. It’s amazing even with the ups and downs.

    • MimiCuteLips

      I totally understand, I deal with my share of abuse in my marriage. Those red flags are a funny thing, when they say love will make you blind and take over your mind. They are RIGHT!

      Congrats on getting it right the second time around.

  17. Stacie

    Thanks for sharing how you got your groove back. I love the fact that you realized what was keeping you from being you and made the necessary changes. Kudos to you sis!

  18. Patrice

    Love your glasses so cool. Like your statement love mi, most people spend their life in blame mode. But you head out and never look back and life embrace and you grow into a stronger person …great story so inspiring to all women.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Patrice, they are so fun. I have a pity party but it can only last 2 days max. Then I have to build a bridge and move on. Can’t find joy in pity.

  19. Lynndee

    “Life is what you make it” – totally agree with you on that one. I’ve lost my first husband at age 30 due to a decease, but it didn’t stop me from continuing to love and enjoy life to the fullest. Life is good!

  20. LaShawn

    You go girl! Thank you so much for sharing your story! And those sunglasses are AWESOME

  21. Theresa

    Thanks for sharing your story. It can definitely be hard getting married young, but for me it was worth it. It just doesn’t work that way for everyone.

  22. Carin Kilby Clark

    I loooooved New Orleans when I visited and attending an Essence Festival is also on my bucket list. We need to plan it! I’m totally down with the eating… and the sweating. Haha. Let’s do it!

  23. Starkey

    My biggest moment was getting laid off from my then-full time job. I had no idea what was my next move, but I knew this was my opportunity to find it. I landed a job working for a youth development organization, and it was just right. I have grown and became a better person because of it.

  24. Erin Kennedy

    Thanks for sharing this story, I am sure it wasn’t an easy decision to come to, but you knew in your heart that you were to have a different live, and “get your groove on.” Everything happens for a reason.

  25. Tyra

    Isn’t it amazing how certain events can shape us going forward and allow us to really find ourselves. Kudos on turning what could have been a sad situation into something happy and full of self discovery!

  26. Lauren

    It’s great that you were able to set the troubling things in life aside to get to know yourself better. I bet that allowed you to get into the groove of things! Best of luck to all who enter the contest! I haven’t been to New Orleans either.

  27. Julian B. Kiganda (@BoldFearless1)

    Isn’t it amazing how leaving a bad relationship can give you a completely new lease and perspective on life? I can definitely relate and would have to say that my life changed drastically once my marriage ended. But, I appreciate all the lessons learned from that relationship and am a better person for it.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yes! There are great lessons to appreciate and learn. That is why I don’t regret it at all. I’m certainly a better person because of it.

  28. Chasing Joy

    Great read! I love that this was not a sad day for you and that it was without bitterness.

  29. Christine @MomsNCharge

    Love it!!! I remember clear as day when I walked out on my job..similarly, it had been something that I had thought about but not something I had a full plan for. I just knew I had to take that leap of faith and I did. 4 years later, it’s the absolute BEST decision I’ve ever made.

  30. Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

    Sometimes we hang on to the familiar because we are afraid of the un-konwn, but sometimes all we have to do is make that decision say world lookout! #BLMGilr

  31. Ashleigh

    It’s always best to take the highest road for yourself. We come in the world alone and we go alone, you will be better because of this.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Certainly, as a child my mom taught me the power of knowing “you came in this world alone and you will go out alone.” It has taken some time but I’m finally not afraid of being alone.

  32. Tricia W.

    Oh my … the glasses are FAB ! You are a true Diva,Michelle ! Love te article and thank you for sharing !

  33. Rocio Chavez (@yoursassyself)

    love this – how to get our groove back 🙂 I think my most significant milestone has been working on understanding that I am enough and the world isn’t out to hurt me, it’s out to support me every way it can. Good stuff 😀

    • MimiCuteLips

      Rocio indeed it is, there is room for all of us to be amazing. We are cheering you on even if you can’t always hear the roar of the crowd. 😉

  34. Mommy Peach

    Same thing happened to me but not with a husband. I learned a lot too and it helped me be the best me today.

  35. Aisha Johnson Adams

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I have only been married for a year. I hope that I don’t have to go through this. However, you blog is important, because it shows another side moving on… #BLM

  36. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    I’m cracking up at that body roll! lol

    I have been wanting to go to Essence Fest forever! It’s been on my list too long.

  37. Kira

    What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing.

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