Remembering | Honoring Denai Downs Vaughn

At 2 am, I was ready to retire for the day. After a long day of working diligently in my home office, I was tired & looking forward to stretching and relaxing with a good book. But wait, I thought to myself. Just before I go, let me have a peek at my facebook for the latest news. And that’s when I saw it….

Remembering | Honoring Denai Downs Vaughn

Dear friends – it is with great sorrow that I write this. My dear friend, Denai Downs Vaughn, lost her life in a tragic auto accident about 4 hours ago. Those who knew Denai know how much she loved life. She was so passionate about family, friends and faith. We have truly lost an incredible woman and heaven has gained an angel. I spoke with her father and he asked that we all pray for Tim and Victoria (Tori). I have no words. Rest in peace sweet Denai. You will be missed.

Oh God… How Can This Be?

No!  Not Denai…   How could this woman of God, serving him so faithfully be gone?  Denai who lived life “OUT LOUD?”  This bundle of energy, the Woohoo Girl…   Well, no sleep for me on this night – I spent the rest of the night reading her latest posts, looking at her pictures and videos. Remembering…

We Skyped For The Last Time About 3 Months Ago.  

We had fun, we both couldn’t sleep and we chatted long into the night about our goals, our dreams, our faith. I can still hear her soft giggle as we clowned around.  Such a precious memory.

You see, I got to know Denai one faithful night when my facebook had gone awry.  She noticed and sent me an inbox to see if I could use her help.  That was Denai. Always reaching out.  That night, we became friends.  

I worked with Denai for 6 months on one of her projects, The Royal Networker, The Elite Networker & The Protege Club.  We got to know each other really well as we skyped and sent each other messages. What a beautiful person she was.

Denai Was HONORED To Be Nominated On October 25th as

America’s Most Influential Business Connector for 2nd YR In A Row

Remembering | Honoring Denai Downs VaughnDenai Wore Many Hats:

  1. The NETWORKING Queen / Savvy Entrepreneur / The Woohoo Girl
  2. Host of Excellence Worx /  Only 3 Degrees / Blog Talk Radio
  3. The Royal Networker / The PROTEGE Club
  4. Thrive with 5 / iFBtv Network / RAW Woman Tv
  5. Author, Weak Brands Promise, Strong Brands Deliver
  6. Public Speaker / Influencer / Teacher
  7. Friend / Daughter / Mother / Wife
  8. Follower of Jesus
  9. Her presence was felt all over the net…

“You’ve got options,  but there is only one BEST option. Know what that is?

Watch and Discover.

~ Denai Vaughn”

Denai Recorded This Video, Outlive Your Life on November 7, 2010

We aren’t promised tomorrow, but we do have today. How will YOU make today more meaningful and purpose-filled?

Who needs to hear you say that you care through a phone call, text, email, video, or visit?

Don’t wait for a wedding or funeral. Do it TODAY.  

~ Denai Vaughn

Remembering | Honoring Denai Downs Vaughn Grief – Loss of a Spouse, Parent or Child

And here is her last recording on Excellence Worx,  wrapped up a couple of  hours before her death.  So prophetic…

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That was my friend Denai.  She had heart and she had faith. She loved life, she loved her family and she loved God. She knew her purpose and lived life to the fullest. She was loved all around the world. Always full of big visions, full of big dreams.  Sharing. Taking action. She was the Royal Networker & the NETWORKING Queen.

Denai was & will continue to be an incredible light in the world. I am forever changed for having known her. My heartfelt sympathies to her husband Tim, and her daughter, Victoria (Tori). Please continue to share her videos and her message. She lived a life that definitely outlived her life and we can all learn a huge lesson from her.

♥ Denai, Love You My Sweet Friend!

Until We Reconnect One Day In Heaven…

Remembering | Honoring Denai Downs Vaughn

  • Do more. Be more. Achieve more. YOU ARE WORTH IT! ~ Denai Vaughn
  • My definition of “WOOHOO” : Winning Others Over, Helping Others Out ~ Denai Vaughn
  • May you have a “WOOHOO!!!” day. YOU ARE WORTH IT! ~ Denai Vaughn
  • ‎I choose not to waste time on negativity & close-mindedness. There’s too many optimistic & like-minded people I desire to connect with. ~ Denai Vaughn

➽ Please leave a comment below to celebrate & honor Denai’s life… Thank you. ❥  

Many Reference Proverbs 31 For Good ReasonIn Proverbs 31, we see an all-out illustration of the godly wife and mother. She’s this virtuous woman worth far more than rubies. Who can beat that? Her husband trusts in her completely, she does him good all the days of her life. She knits, sews their own clothing, makes tapestry, she is never idle and her hands are always moving. She rises early in the morning and goes to bed late at night. She clothes her children well and they are never cold. She works the fields with her hands growing crop, then brings her stuff to the market to sell, and feeds her household well. She is a strong honorable woman, very generous to the poor and needy. Her husband is a well-respected man where they live and when she opens her mouth, out pours wisdom. Her children look up to her and call her blessed. So does her husband. She is not caught up in outward beauty; her beauty comes from her fear of the Lord.WOW!!!! Quite a standard to live up to, right?Many other proverbs give insight into how a woman of God is to walk, what kind of womanly influence she is to have in her household.

Follow me as we take a look and glean a few takeaways! These are more pieces of advice that address our hearts, tongues, and priorities – some specifically aimed at wives and mothers.


  • Compared to Wisdom, the Lady Folly is rowdy, loud, naive and ignorant. Proverbs 9:13
  • A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one picks it to splinters with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
  • The man who finds a wife finds something good, and the favor of the Eternal is indeed his. Proverbs 18:22
  • Much like a gold ring in the snout of a pig, so is a beautiful woman who lacks good judgmentProverbs 11:22
  • Houses and riches may be inherited from parents, but a sensible wife is a gift from the Eternal. Proverbs 19:14
  • You would be better off living in the middle of the desert than with an angry and argumentative wife. Proverbs 21:19
  • A dignified wife brings honor to her husband; a shameful wife is decay eating at his bones. Proverbs 12:4
  • It is better to dwell outside on the corner of your roof than to live inside your house with a badgering wife. Proverbs 21:9
  • The alluring words of a seductive woman are a deep hole; the Eternal is incensed toward those who fall in. Proverbs 22:14
  • Foolish children bring misery to their fathers, and a wife’s bickering is a like constant dripping from a leaky roof. Proverbs 19:13


  • When we speak brashly, folly is upon us seeking attention for ourselves.
  • Words of grace, discernment, and purity are pleasing in the sight of God and man.
  • Be fueled in God’s Word of hope! Stay away from worldly lust, keep your heart pure. 
  • Do you exercise wisdom or folly? Godly ladies build up others, lifting spirits that flourish. 
  • A woman’s behavior reveals her relationship with the Lord, and the value of her character


  • We have potential to be a direct blessing from Him, worth far more than any riches.
  • An upright wife brings glory and honor to her husband, she is excellence in her ways.
  • Her prudence—or thoughtfulness over others is a lovely fruit of her faith in the Lord.


Scripture’s Language Is Strong – Due to discontent, a nagging wife is a sorrowful thing in her household. Wow! Once she loses sight of Christ, the dangers of becoming quarrelsome and generating unnecessary friction increase dramatically.  The godly wife is to seek loving God and her husband wholeheartedly, for this leads to peace and prosperity.


  • 12. My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 6:20
  • 13. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Proverbs 10:1
  • 14. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Proverbs 15:20
  • 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15


You may be thinking: these are about sons, not women! Yet the son reflects the mother, the one who teaches him.

These proverbs reinforce the powerful reality that our mothering has a long-term impact on the attitude of our children…and that we should be so deeply tied to the nurturing of our children that their disobedience or disrespect is heartbreaking.

The last proverb gives us a solution. It tells us moms that we have to be willing to love our children through discipline, correcting their wrongs with devoted discipleship, for it reaps godliness rather than shame.

While touching aspects of womanhood a little differently than Proverbs 31, these proverbs provide wisdom that remind us to speak sweet words, serve our husbands joyfully, and impact our children for good.