Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflections on 2010

The end of 2010 is here, and what a year it has been. I learned sooo much, and I'm very grateful. I learned that:
  • Patience is a virture (and it's something I'm still working on).
  • God is control, and I am learning to be okay with that.
  • Everything I went through this year, all my struggles, will make an awesome testimony very soon.
  • Right when you feel like giving up, you should keep going because your breakthrough is on the way!

I also accomplished some things I wanted to including:

* Getting an article published in a national magazine (BUST Magazine)
* Having 50+ subscribers on For Colored Gurls
* Redesigning FCG
* Creating e-newsletters for both Mocha Writer and FCG
* Attending networking events
* Getting more business than I did last year

So, although 2010 was a little rocky at times, I feel that all in all, it was a pretty fabulous year. I can't wait to see all the fabulousness and great things that are in store in 2011!


Happy New Year, all, and I wish you all much Success, Prosperity and Awesomeness : )



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Monday, December 27, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 12.27.10

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands- your own."
- Mark Victor Hansen

Monday, December 20, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 12.20.10

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dreams for Kids


In an effort to make dreams come true for kids this holiday season, I'm helping my friend Stever Robbins and his favority charity- Dreams for Kids.

Stever is providing his best-selling audio coaching product "You Are Not Your Inbox" where he teaches you how to Overcome Email Overload, fast, easy and forever for just a small, $7 donation to Dreams for Kids.
100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Dreams For Kids. To learn more about this special organization and to make your donation and get your free copy of Stever's Product, click here.
Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Motivationals Mondays- 12.13

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Faith causes you to pray, push and be persistent even when everything around you seems hopeless and too big to face. Faith is the bridge that connects you from where you are right now to your place of destiny."
- Alex Brown

Friday, December 10, 2010

Smart and Savvy Business Questions for 2011

By A. Michelle Blakely

Before you start the New Year, make a quick analysis of your current business condition so that you can make the appropriate adjustments. Review every aspect of your business so that you are clear about your position, how and why you got here and where you should go from there.
  1. Where have you been? Before you can look forward, you have to look back. Good or bad, history tends to repeat itself. Sometimes the old adage is true, if you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting. However, when you are not prepared to adjust to change, you get left behind. Get clear about what your priorities and objectives are, know where it is you need to be and how to get there.
  2. Who or what received most of your time, energy and resources? Have you been busy or productive? There is a difference. Busy work simply passes time. Productive work generates results. Have you allowed individuals or clients to deter you from your goals, objectives and priorities? Take the time to cut the fat, and work on establishing a pattern of discipline, and correct poor business habits.
  3. What are your clients' current needs? In the small business world, things change fast, and the only things clients are loyal to is ensuring their needs are met. How are you keeping up with the changing needs of your clients? When is the last time you asked your clients: "How can I help you take your business to the next level?" or "How can I be of better service to you?" or "What am I doing really well at?" or "What can I improve on?"
  4. Who can help you get to the next level? Real conversations cultivate real relationships. Developing a solid foundation of powerful connections can grow your business fast and effectively. Know how and when to ask for help. Social media is only a means for introductions. You have to put forth the effort to turn those introductions into relationships and then into opportunities. Everyone is only six degrees of separation away from the one person who can turn their business around.
  5. What received the least amount of your time, energy and resources? Avoiding those things that you don't want to know, do, admit to or need to change can stifle and eventually destroy your business, not to mention you are missing out on a golden opportunity to LEARN. The wisdom is in the journey. With each dreaded task or fear you face, you empower yourself to be stronger and more confident to face the next one.
  6. How can you make better business decisions? Decision paralysis and information overload plagues many small business owners. However, overcoming them is not as hard as you would think. Knowing your purpose, your priorities, your ideal client and your capacity keeps you armed and prepared to make quick judgments on how new ideas, thoughts, etc. fit into your bigger picture.
  7. What facet can I improve? How are you honing your business skills? Are you seeking wise counsel, attending workshops and conferences, reading business books, acquiring professional certifications, etc.? You can only rely on your current knowledge for so long. Keep your skill set, your awareness and principles current and up-to-date. Commit to improvement, and never be satisfied with your current level of knowledge.
  8. How will I measure progress? You won't know how far you've come until you know where you've been. How will and do you measure success and progress? Be specific and realistic. Lofty goals can be burdensome just thinking of them. Make sure your goals are measurable and check your progress at least once per month so that you can make adjustments and changes where needed.
  9. How can you be prepared for being in the right place at the right time? Plan appropriately, and allow for flexibility. Practice business discipline. Be consistent. Be clear and concise. Your power is not in the number of connections but in your relationships. Never be afraid to ask for help.

For over 18 years, Simplicity Mastered (TM) founder and CEO A. Michelle Blakely has owned or managed small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Expert in her field, Blakely personally guides her clients out of their Business Brain Freeze (TM) to streamline operations, increase return on investment and attain quantifiable results. Forbes.com and FinancialPost.com each recommend her as one of 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter, joining the experts who know that Blakely is a master at growing small businesses...and doing it with "Simplicity."






Monday, December 6, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 12.6

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You, too, can learn to be as resilient as the grass. You may be cut down on a regular basis, yet your strength is in standing up, dusting yourself off, and starting all over again. Even when grass is covered in concrete, it finds a way to grow through the cracks... Take a 'leaf' out of the grass' book. Connect with your own resilience, and keep on growing."

- Jane Powell

Friday, December 3, 2010

December 2010 Goals


  • I easily and successfully earn the income I want through Mocha Writer & For Colored Gurls!
  • I come with really effin' awesome ideas, and create a fabulous plan that helps me do the things I want to do with my business and my blog!
  • I am very creative and generate superb marketing ideas for MW & FCG!
  • I increase the traffic to FCG by 10 percent this month, and help my sponsors gain more businesss!
  • I successfully finish the draft of my book, and I'm ready to move to the next step!
  • I release my writing e-report; it is a huge success that helps me get business!
  • I motivate and inspire people through FCG, and I help people achieve their business dreams with MW!
  • Colleagues and previous clients refer Mocha Writer to help those who may need my services!
  • I successfully write two great posts for YWB and Successful Southern Sistas!
  • I 'book' four FCG advertisers for January {let me know if you're interested! : ) }
  • I get 1000 'likers' on FCG's Facebook page!
  • I get 300 'likers on MW's Facebook page!
  • I begin freelance article writing for magazines and websites again!
  • I do better with balancing work and life, and make time for ME!
What are your goals for this month?


Monday, November 29, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 11.29

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You can take action, you can make a difference, and you can respond in a positive, creative way to any situation. You can do whatever must be done to live the life of your dreams. Yet in order to do so you must first believe that you can. In order to do so, you must let go of the limiting beliefs you use to hold yourself back..."
- Ralph Marston

Monday, November 22, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 11.22

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"The overriding factor in whether or not you realize your dream is going to be YOU. Not the world. YOU. If your faith is strong enough, that vision will come to pass."

- Russell Simmons

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reinvention Summit 2010


The Reinvention Summit, the world's first Virtual Summit on the future of storytelling, is currently taking place online until November 22.

Michael Margolis, president of Get Storied, an education, advisory and publishing company devoted to storytelling in business, formed this event with co-creators, partners, producers and participants.

Against the backdrop of the nation's recession and quickly changing communications, many organizations and individuals experience the need to reinvent themselves, their campaigns and their engagement strategies. A long time storytelling consultant, Margolis focuses on the power of narrative-- the most basic and emotionally resonant form of human communication.

The summit gathers a new tribe of storytellers: change-makers, marketers, entrepreneurs and creatives who see storytelling as critical to their work and mission. There's a star-studded line-up of 25+ speakers with diverse backgrounds to lead teleseminars, interviews and panel discussions that relate to the future of storytelling as our world goes through reinvention. All sessions are recorded for playback. The online summit includes lots of social networking, collaboration and crowd-sourcing for those who feel inspired to play. Entry-level pricing starts at just $11.11. To learn more, visit http://www.reinventionsummit.com/.

And here are some goodies for you:

  • Coupon for $25 OFF an Activators or Explorers Pass. Use code: REINVENTION
  • Complimentary download of "Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-makers and Innovators," an 88-page gift available at http://www.believemethebook.com/.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 11.15

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"As we increasingly master our perceptions, beliefs and thought/feeling patterns, we magnetically attract that which we most desire."
- Luanne Oakes

Monday, November 8, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 11.8

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams, you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will produce the desired result. Not every action will work. Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right."
- Jack Canfield

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Goals!

I haven't done this is a while, but here are my goals for this month (written as affirmations):

  • I easily make the income I want through Mocha Writer & For Colored Gurls!
  • People see value in what Mocha Writer offers!
  • I come up with fabulous and successful ideas that help me increase my income!
  • I get 900 FB Likers on FCG & 300 on MW!
  • The visits on FCG increase by 300!
  • I succesfully finish the draft of my book!
  • I successfuly finish my ebooklet, and it's a hit!
  • I inspire and motivate people through my writing and life!
  • I stay positive and focus on me!
  • Whatever happens, I always stay calm & centered!
  • I meditate, affirm and visualize every day!
  • I keep my energy and vibration levels up!

Wish me luck, ya'll! : )

Monday, November 1, 2010

Motivational Mondays- November 1

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs."

- Maxwell Maltz

Monday, October 25, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 10.25

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"Your life is yours. You own it, and what you make of it is purely up to you. Others may support you in your aspirations, but, in the end, it's your creation. You are your one and only boss, and with that awareness comes a special responsibility."
- Jane Powell

Friday, October 22, 2010

Toot Your Own Horn!


October is Self-Promotion Month! The observance was created by Debbie Allen, author of "Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters" and "Confessions of Shameless Internet Promoters." She created it after writing a book on the subject and has helped thousands of people learn the art of self-promotion.

As you probably know, it can be difficult for you to toot your own horn and let others know how awesome you are. Below are 10 steps Allen gives to help you shamelessly promote yourself (with tact, of course):

  1. Develop a strong belief system. Create better customer service, increased self-esteem and personal growth by promoting every aspect of your business.
  2. Develop gutsy goals that make you stretch. Create a "crazy" file for those gutsy marketing ideas that could make your business stand out among your competition.
  3. Seek out and act upon opportunities. Sometimes, the most important strategies appear to be so simple we tend to ignore them.
  4. Stay active in your community by networking and volunteering. Work ON your business in the community -- not just IN your business.
  5. Take your expertise to another level. Have revolutionary thinking! Do more to service your customers with follow up, follow through and added conveniences.
  6. Build a strongly connected group of strategic alliances. Look for opportunities to co-market and reconnect with similar businesses and/or your competition.
  7. Break the mold, then shamelessly promote your uniqueness. Share your marketing "commercial," and explain why people should do business with YOU.
  8. Get out in front of your target audience on a regular basis and don't ever stop reminding them about your business. ASK and REWARD satisfied customers for referrals. Use testimonials in all marketing materials.
  9. Embrace technology and market yourself on the Internet. The opportunities to market your business worldwide are endless today. Don't miss this huge window of opportunity. Build an effective service and sell [your business on your website].
  10. Apply for and win awards. Create an award-winning portfolio, and seek opportunities everywhere. This is a great way to promote your business to the media.
What is your business? What do you do? Tell us what you do, and toot your own horn below! : )

Contact Debbie Allen directly for personalized marketing consulting at 800.359.4544 or info@DebbieAllen.com.




Monday, October 18, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 10.18

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity or your curiosity. It's your place in the world, it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live."

- Mae Jemison

Friday, October 15, 2010

How to Create an eNewlsetter


As a business owner, you may have been thinking about creating an eNewsletter. But you may not have a clue how to create one. Here are a few tips:

Determine your goals. Why are you creating a newsletter? Do you want to drive traffic to your website or blog? Reinforce your brand? Ultimately gain new clients or customers?

Let prospective subscribers know what they can expect from your eNewsletter. Let them know exactly what they will receive from it-- and deliver. Do not mislead people by telling them what you think they want just to get them to join your list.

Create your own voice, and be consistent. Just as you can write in nearly any style on your blog, you can do the same thing with your eNewsletter. You'll probably try out different methods, and develop your voice over time, but you should try to be consistent in what you convey to your readers. The same applies to the design and flow as well.

Establish value. If you don't meet the needs of your subscribers, they won't stay signed up. How do you make sure they do? Examine how users interact with various aspects of your eNewsletter and listen to their feedback and responses.

Have any more tips? Share them below!




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Monday, October 11, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 10.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and the use establish the life you experience."

-Sonia Croquette

Monday, October 4, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 10.4

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve."
- Mary Kay Ash

Friday, October 1, 2010

An interview with the Get-It-Done Guy


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about Stever Robbins, and his new book, "The Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More."

I had the pleasure of interviewing Stever about his book and his thoughts on productivity:

Mocha Writer: How did you get the name 'Get-It-Done Guy?'
Stever: I made it up : -) I was searching for a name for the show [his podcast, Get-It-Done Guy Quick and Dirty Tips To Work Less and Do More] and was considering "Productivity Pal" or something similar. Then I realized that what people want isn't really productivity. Productivity is a means to an end; getting things done quickly and easily is the end goal. On the heels of that thought, "Get-it-Done Guy" naturally popped right in.

MW:Why did you write "Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More"?
Stever: In the time I've been in the workforce, the amount of work people do has increased tremendously-- at least as measured in hours worked per week. When people have watched me work, they would comment that I get a lot done in very little time. I realized that not everyone in the world shared my obsessive desire to optimize every facet of their lives, and as long as I'd done it already, I could help a lot of people by sharing what I'd learned.

MW: How did you discover that working less can actually help you do more?
Stever: It was having a conversation with Ted Turner, actually. I met him at a conference and couldn't stop thinking, "He and I are at exactly the same place, at exactly the same time. Only he's going to leave a make a billion dollars tomorrow, while I'm going to make far less. The only thing that's different between the two of us is that he's going to do something different than I am." That got me thinking that there are better and worse ways of things, and that I wanted to be as effective as possible in the things that I do. In other words, I wanted to find ways to work less while getting the same or greater results.

MW: How did you determine the nine steps?
Stever: I started with my personal learning log (you can read all about learning logs in Step 7: Optimize) and went through all the life lessons I could review, searching for patterns. There seemed to be natural themes that didn't overlap. Some lessons had to do with doing what I already did, only better. Those became Step 7: Optimize tips. Other lessons involved getting moving on things I'd been putting off. Those became Step 2: Stop Procrastinating.

MW: What do you want people to take away from the book?
Stever: If they get nothing else, I want people to internalize the notion of Working on Purpose and Life Maps. If you really, truly know what you're trying to accomplish in life, and you align all your efforts around that, you'll re-invent the rest of the steps on your own. The key to everything is simple but not easy: Know where you're headed, and know if what you're doing is going to get you there.

MW:What is the biggest hindrance to your personal productivity? How do you deal with it?
Stever: The Internet. The Web and email are a large part of my job, and they're both distraction machines. The moment I open an email or visit a web site to do research, I risk hours of distraction. Its siren song is extremely seductive and hard to resist.

My solution is to divorce my technology as I described earlier [Have it around, not just in front of you. Do your thinking on paper. Decide what you need to do. Then get out the tools to do it. If you need to do something on the computer -- like send an email-- get up, walk over to your computer, open the email program, send the email, close the program, and walk back to your main work desk area. By keeping each task distinct, you'll learn how to use your computer as a tool. Instead of being a distraction, it becomes a superb way of amplifying your focus....].

Rather than thinking of my computer as "my computer," I think of it as different tools, depending on my task. Sometimes it's my typewriter, sometimes it's my reference book, and sometimes it's my newspaper. When I think of it in terms of the tool I need at the moment, it helps me stay focused on the current task.

... and when that fails, I use a freeware program called "Freedom" on my Mac to shut down my internet connection for a couple of hours.

MW: If a person can make just one change to make themselves more productive, what would you recommend they change?
Stever: Definitely Step 1, which is Live on Purpose. Regularly stop and ask yourself why you're doing what you're doing. Then make sure what you're doing is the best way to reach that goal. I do this a dozen times a day. "Why am I surfing Facebook?" "I dunno. Habit." "Ok, self, get back to work!"

Living on Purpose goes far beyond your moment-to-moment tasks, however. I used to go to four or five business conferences each year. Why? "I'm doing important business development," was my answer. Yea, right. When reviewing my client list, I realized not a single client had come from attending a conference. My clients had only come from speaking at conferences. Now, I only attend conferences where I'm speaking, or if there's some other compelling reason to be there.

For more info on Stever, his work and to purchase his book, visit his website.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 9.27

"No matter how unfair life seems or how often you may have failed in the past, you can still change and improve your life. And not only change, but grow into the best, most authentic version of yourself that you can be...it's time to stop feeling that the odds are stacked against you and time to start stacking the odds in your favor!

- Bishop T.D. Jakes

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Writer Spotlight: Pamela M. McBride


What kind of writing do you do?
I do a lot of freelancing, and typically I write about career management topics and military life. I do write other things, but that's the majority of what I do. I have become an expert in both those areas because they've both been a part of my life all of my adult life for the past 20 years. And they also have been my professional interests as well as my passions.

"Work It Girl! The Black Woman's Guide to Professional Success" was the first book I had written, and at the time, I didn't know anything about writing a book so I was really starting from scratch. I've never had a class in writing or anything like that, never majored in anything related to writing in college. I had been a career counselor for a lot of years at the time, and I was introduced to someone who was a writer, and we just started talking. We really hit it off, and it was a really casual conversation one day. It was:
"We should write a book together."
"Oh, yeah, that'd be a great idea!"
"What should we write about?"
"Well, let's write about managing your career, a guide for black women."

And that's really how the whole project started...we did all the research needed, plus I had that area of expertise from being a career counselor...I've been in the career management field now for over 20 years...When we wrote the book, "Work It Girl," we used that phrase to mean using your talents, skills and abilities to get what you want. That was the whole idea of it. We had written 10 chapters in different areas...It covers a lot of things for a lot of people.


The other book, "The Mocha Manual Guide to Military Life," was actually somebody else's idea. For a long time, I said I wanted to write a book specifically for military spouses, but I hadn't done that. I hadn't really even been thinking about it at the time it came up. But the opportunity came where someone had the idea, and they wanted my expertise because basically, it's a part of a series of books, and the person didn't have that specific background but wanted to write about military life. So for me, it was just a wonderful way to partner with someone, to be able to do the project...and being able to write it in the same tone as my first book-- very down-to-earth, sister-friendly-girlfriend; it gives advice, but it's not preachy or teachy. It tells the stories of real-life people who have been there and done that, what they've done to get through it, what things worked for them, what things didn't. It was really a personally written book in that the reader feels like, "I know exactly where this is coming from," and this holds true for both of my books. It was very important to me to be writing the way I might be talking to somebody who was a very good friend of mine.

How did you become interested in writing?
Actually, what happened was, I was working as a career counselor living in North Carolina because I've been a military spouse for 22 years almost. We moved around a lot. [At] one job that I specifically had in North Carolina, a lady I worked with came into my office and said, "Hey, look at this article I had published in the "National Business Employment Weekly," and I read the article, and I thought, Hmm, I could do that! It didn't seem like this big, complicated thing. And she said, "Well, if you want to write an article, I can show you how to write a query letter and tell you a little bit about how to go about it and see what happens." I said, "Sure, let's do it." She showed me, we talked about it, and I got a nice query letter for an idea...The person [I sent it to] was very interested in me doing the article, and I did, and it just went from there. I just kept writing query letters and kept getting the really good feedback so that's really how I got into the freelance writing because at that time, it was for a supplement for the Army Times which means it was in "Army Times," "Navy Times," "Airforce Times," "Marine Times" and sometimes the "Federal Times." I really got hooked because I was passionate about the topic, I knew what I was talking about, I really like to have fun, talk to people and write in a way that's comfortable and entertaining but informative...I branched into other publications like "Essence," I did a cover story for "Black Enterprise," I wrote for "Upscale," lots of different publications. I really got the hang of it to the point where I started writing about things I wasn't even an expert on...I had several assignments a month for years from those publications...that's how I started off as a freelance writer.


I don't know that I really decided to [write a book]; it just kind of happened...but staying with it, I think, has to do with me sharing my passion and helping people get what it is they want by using what they already have. That's important to me...[Also], I really like puzzles, so to start off with an idea and come up with this many tips or that much advice or a great slant to an article, anything like that, and then to put it together, to interview a few people, do my own research and then write something that seems like people would really enjoy reading, it's that putting together the whole puzzle into a finished product. And it's very interesting because for a long time, I thought I would never write a book because the freelance writing that I write for magazines, what I like about it is it had a start and end. It was over, move on the the next one, and I wasn't sure if I could write a whole book, but it happened, one little step at a time, us doing our research and that kind of thing. I guess never say never.

What do you love most about your career?
I think probably since it is not my main source of income, it's not how I earn my living, it gives me the freedom to write what I want to write or not take an assisgnment if it's something I can't do. I don't have to feel pressured to it if it's something I don't want to do. It allows me to be creative but in a helpful way. I love the fact that there's so much to writing because I write for different publications; I write for "Operation Homefront Online" where I mainly end up writing career management types of articles for military spouses, and I also write for Military.com, which is similar in topic. [Additionally], I write a column for a county newspaper, and it's called "Work It Girl!".

What's the most stressful aspect of it?
The most stressful thing about it, I think, is when I don't have the time to write that I really want. I would love to be writing so much more than I do. And that is stressful. The other piece is that I always seem to feel like I'm not creative enough when I'm writing it, and sometimes, that tends to be stressful because I can be sort of perfectionistic about it so I'll keep on, and then keep on, then keep on, and I probably could've finished a long time ago, but I just keep messing with it.

How do you deal with writer's block?
I usually will switch my approach. If I'm blocked, and I'm working on something specific, and I just can't get what I need out of it, I can't get it down, I can't get it right or if I'm just stuck on that particular article, then I just have to leave it alone. I have to walk away from it and come back. Or I get online and do some reading of different articles and kind of relax my brain a little bit, and then something seems to kind of jump back into my mind. Sometimes, I talk it through with someone. I'll call someone up I really trust, and I say,"Hey, okay, this is what I'm doing..." and then allow them to give me some input or an idea or tell them specifically what I'm stuck on, and they can usually come right off the top with something that kind of gets me going again. One of the other things I think hinders me from writing is I really like the process of the research. I really do like the research piece of it where I get to talk to so many different people, the telephone interviews, things like that...but sometimes, I research, and I research, and I research, and I do way more research than what's really needed to finish the piece. So I really have to watch myself as far as that is concerned because I do love the process of learning whatever it is I'm writing about.

What are some of your career goals?
I've [recently] started a blog...It's called 'Pamela M. McBride-- The Work-Life Diva'. There's a section for "Work It Girl Wednesdays," there's another section for "Military Mondays" and a third one called "My Sentiments Exactly"; anything that doesn't fit into [the other] two categories can go there...Another goal when it comes to writing: I would really like to go ahead and start working on my third book, and this time, I don't think I want to partner with anyone on it...I have a couple of different ideas that I've been fleshing out. One of them is still sort of in the career management area; the other, I'm thinking is in the parenting area.

I've got a few speaking engagements I'm in negotiations with right now. I just wound up several this summer, so I'm working on my fall schedule now.

Do you have advice or tips for aspiring writers?
People say, "Well, I really want to be a writer; what should I do?" I have one word for that: Write. Successful writing, I think, is more about discipline than it is about necessarily the talent of writing. If you can write everyday, then you have ideas...I have an idea book that I have on me about 99 percent of the time, and if I don't have it on me, I pull out my Blackberry, and I put it in there. But what I like to do is, first thing in the morning (this is the best time for me; for other people it could be a different time), I just write. Sometimes I have something I want to write about, sometimes I don't. It's just like journaling almost, and some days, I just don't have anything to write, and I really don't want to write. That's when I start off with, "I really have nothing to write today. I'm really not in the mood for this..." [When I first started writing a column in Hawaii], it was the first time I could just write about anything I wanted to...so I started journaling, and what I did was whenever it was time for me to work on my column, I would get that journal, and I would flip through it-- page by page-- until something stood out to me that I could work from. That's how, every single month, I wrote my column: from something throughout the month that I had written down already.

I think that that is probably the most important thing people can do: Write and set goals about a project when you get a project. Once you have a project, you have to set goals because it's almost never going to be just sit down and do it. Most people who are writing, even if they're writing for a living, [have] so many other things going on, and you're never just working on that one project and [have] nothing else going on in your life. To have those writing goals, whether it be to write for 10 minutes a day or whether it be to interview three people this week, it doesn't really matter. It just needs to be specific, measurable goals that you can check off the list.

The other piece of advice...[is] reading. I think it's really important because it can help you with writer's block. It helps expose you to different things, the trending kinds of topics. You can learn from reading. When I wrote my first book, we learned how to do all that by research. I had a copy of "Writer's Market," and I read that thing like you wouldn't believe. And some things, I read over and over in that book, but it is what helped me know what I didn't know. And when there were things that I knew I needed to know, I'd go research it a little bit further, so it gave me a nice place to start from. I also read, and I still do, "Writer's Digest." That gives a whole lot of insight, a whole lot of ideas, it gives techniques and all kinds of stuff that comes in handy. You have to see life through the eyes of a writer. When you see things that spark just a little bit of interest, jot it down because it may be something you want to explore later.

I think having the passion [is also important when it comes to] writing. One of the things I learned very early on from my research when we were doing the first book is that people in the publishing industry have difficulty with authors because they either want to write and not go out and do speaking engagements, book signings or things like that. Or they don't really pay too much attention to the writing because they like the part about going out and doing those things more. I think the best writers, based on my research, are those who are willing to do both. Even if they don't like one part or the other as much, you really have to do both because, I really hate to say it, writing is probably the easy part. It's getting out there and selling...that's probably harder than actually doing the writing itself. So be prepared for how that's going to happen down the road. What things are you willing to do? What kind of money are you willing to spend? What makes you comfortable? What doesn't? Who is your target market? Those kinds of things are really going to become important when you actually finish the book, then the real work begins.

For more info about Pamela and to purchase her books, visit her website, PamelaMcBride.net.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 9.20

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"...Your circumstances are what they are. And in those circumstances, whatever they may be, you can choose to find empowerment and positive possibilities."

"What you get is what you see. Choose to see each day, each moment, each situation as an opportunity to move forward, and that's exactly what you'll get."
- Ralph Marston

Friday, September 17, 2010

Review: Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More



Happy Friday, ya'll!

I don't know about you, but I would love to work less and do more-- even though I love what I do. In his book, Stever Robbins, author and successful entrepreneur, gives the nine steps to doing so. I was able to read the first two chapters (which you can download here).

One thing I really enjoyed was Stever's writing style; it's like he's having a light-hearted but informative conversation with you. His humuorous personality really comes through, and I found myself chuckling a lot.
Anyhoo, the nine steps are:
  1. Live and work on purpose.
  2. Stop procrastinating.
  3. Conquer your technology.
  4. Cultivate focus.
  5. Stay organized.
  6. Don't waste time.
  7. Optimize!
  8. Build stronger relationships.
  9. Leverage!

So chapter one is about living on purpose, and it helps you identify your ultimate goals for every situation. According to Stever, the number one principle is "stop doing stuff that doesn't help you reach your goals." He goes on to give real examples of this with a real person, and he provides tools to help you make sure your actions line up with your bigger goals. For instance, he talks about creating a Life Map where you ask yourself, 'What would be a fulfilling life?', and you create this map for each aspect of your life (i.e., career, family, friends/social life, etc.). Additionally, Stever gives great examples with detailed charts showing you exactly how to do it.

Like I mentioned above, chapter two is stop procrastinating. There was an 'a-ha' moment for me in this chapter (hopefully, I'll listen lol): Stever talks about how it's a habit that he brushes his teeth daily and does his laundry once a week. Even though laundry is not that important, and brushing his teeth is important, he treats both tasks equally because they're habits. *light bulb on*


"Habits are actions we streamline to the point where they're no longer a decision, they're just something we do. They don't require thought, so we don't procrastinate. We just do them. The easiest way to overcome procrastination is to make things habits...establish a habit by making it regular."

I absolutely loved this, and I think it's a fantastic way to look at and deal with procrastination. He also gives examples of potential habits we could develop such as checking and responding to email only at specific times, working out and grocery shopping. Additionally, he provides methods to help prevent procrastination such as self-bribery and using other people (or accountability partners).


In just two short chapters, Stever gives fabulous advice and tips to get you started on working less and doing more. I really enjoyed what I read and will definitely be using these tips in my own life.


For more info about Stever, the book and to find out where to purchase, check out the website, Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More.



Monday, September 13, 2010

Motivational Quotes- 9.13

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"It isn't sufficient just to want- you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Friday, September 10, 2010

5 ways to beat burnout and stay motivated

Even if you love what you do, you might experience burnout and feel un-motivated at times (trust me, I do). Here are five ways to fight burnout or stop it from happening it in the first place:

1. Accomplish in increments. It's easy to get burned out by the everyday grind when you're just concentrating on a big goal someday. Article author, Jeffrey Tang, likens it to driving toward a mountain in the distance: You can drive for hours, but the mountain doesn't appear to get any closer. So you need to give yourself a way to gauge and record every little step forward you take. You can do this by:

  • Getting a journal, calendar or notebook. Writing things down is key.
  • Determining milestones on the journey to your goal. For instance, if you're writing a book, you could regard each chapter or each 1000 words as a milestone.
  • If the milestones aren't obvious, create them. Tang gives the example of training for a marathon. Instead of starting out at your highest distance, begin at a shorter one and work your way up slowly.
  • Track your milestones in an easy, visual way.

2. Train your muse. According to Tang, inspiration is like any other skill. It might start off unreliable, but it can be trained and cultivated into something you can count on. The best way to train your muse is immersion, surround yourself with things that inspire you and reflect your goals. To become a better writer, I read a lot. I also use vision boards as muses. The more your inspiration becomes a part of your life, the less likely it is to leave when you need it most. So be creative.

3. Work less. Reduce the amount of energy and time you spend working. If you have sick days or vacation days remaining, take advantage of them. If you're self-employed, force yourself to work fewer hours daily-- even if that means declining new projects. Keep in mind that working less doesn't mean you have to slack off or get less done; it does, however, mean that you:

  • Get rid of unnecessary tasks.
  • Take strategic breaks.
  • Stop multitasking.
  • Seek help from others.

4. Define success realistically. There's nothing wrong with having big dreams and ambitions. However, if you're always frustrated by lack of progress, it may be time to step back and analyze your goals. Ask yourself: Are these goals achievable? Are you holding yourself to a practical timeline?

A good way to do this: On a sheet of paper, write your big, ambitious goal. Then write down at least 10 specific, concrete steps that will allow you to accomplish that goal; make sure you're as detailed as possible. If you can't come up with practical steps to get from Point A to Point B, that's a sign that you need to redefine your goals or reconsider they way you're pursuing them.

5. Get more sleep. (I'm a firm believer in this lol). You have to make a conscious decision to get enough sleep, and like any other good habit, it takes time to cultivate.

For seven more tips, check out my source, How to Defeat Burnout and Stay Motivated.


Feel free to share any tips you have below!



Monday, September 6, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 9.6

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"If there's something you want to be or do, the best way to become that thing is to actually take steps toward it, to move in that direction. Don't just talk about it, but do something. It doesn't have to be a big thing. Just take a small step in the right direction every single day."

- J.D. Roth

Friday, September 3, 2010

How to Improve Your Concentration


I don't know about you, but from time to time, I have a hard time focusing and concentrating on things I need to do. In fact, it's something I've been struggling with for the past couple of days. To try and resolve this, I decided to look up some info to see what might help.

I found this fabulous article, 5 Tips to Improve Your Concentration, that I thought I'd share. In it, Sam Horn, author of ConZentrate, gives five FOCUS tips to help us concetrate better no matter what we're trying to do.

F= Five More Rule. According to Horn, there are two types of people: those who've learned to work through frustration and those who wish they had. Starting today, if you're in the middle of a task and you feel like giving up, just do five more. Work five more minutes, read five more pages- whatever the case may be. You know how athletes develop physical stamina by pushing past the point of exhaustion? You can build your mental stamina by pushing past the point of frustration.

O= One Think At a Time. There are times when we feel scatter-brained, and we think about the little tasks we need complete instead of focusing on what we actually need to be doing at the moment. Instead of telling your mind not to fret over another, less significant priority (which will cause your mind to think about it anyway), give your mind one task with start-stop parameters. So, for instance, say you keep thinking about how you need to write down all the money you spent this week when you should be writing an article. Tell yourself: "I'll think about the money I spent after I'm done working this evening. Right now, for the next 30 minutes, I'll give my complete focus to finishing this article." And if you still can't get it out of your head, write it on your to-do list; that way, you're free to forget about it until later.

C= Conquer Procrastination. If you don't feel like concentrating, or if you're putting off a task you're supposed to be working on, your procrastinating! (But you already knew that, right?). The next time you're about to put off a responsibility, ask yourself three questions:
  • Do I have to do this?
  • Do I want it done so it's not on my mind?
  • Will it be any easier later?
The questions can give you the motivation to mentally apply yourself. How? They bring you face to face with the fact that the task isn't going anywhere and that putting it off will only add to your guilt, and it will occupy more of your mind and time.

U= Use Your Hands as Blinkers. See your mind as a camera and your eyes as its opening. A lot of times, our eyes are "taking it all in" and our brain is in "wide-angle focus." We can actually think about a lot of things at one time and function efficiently. For example, think about when you're driving, messing with the radio, paying attention to your surroundings and looking for your exit.
Need 100 percent concentration? Let's say you're preparing for an exam; cup your hands around your eyes so you have "tunnel vision" and are looking just at your material. Putting your hands on the sides of your face blocks out surroundings; they are literally "out of sight, out of mind." (Think about what that means). If you use your hands as blinkers each time you want to narrow your focus, you teach your brain to change to 'one track' mind and focus on your command.

S= See As if For the First or Last Time. Frederick Franck said, "When the eye wakes up to see again, it suddenly stops taking everything for granted." The next time your mind is a million miles away, take a look around you and really see your surroundings; lean in and really look at a loved one you tend to take for granted. Doing those things will allow you to be in the 'here and now' and be fully present.

What are your tips for focusing and improving your concentrating? Leave a comment below : )

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.30

"Your life is yours to create. Be grateful for the opportunity. Seize it with passion and boldness. Whatever you decide to do, commit to it with all your strength...and begin it now."

"What are you waiting for?"
- Peter Buffet

Success & Fabulousness,

Friday, August 27, 2010

So you want to be an entrepreneur?


If you can relate to many or all of the following traits and you have an idea you really believe in, you might be ready to become an entrepreneur:

Optimistic. The road to entrepreneurship isn't easy. You'll face many challenges ranging from having low funds to a small client list. But the business owners who succeed are those who turn these obstacles into opportunities. They don't pout about their problems; they work hard to find a solution.


Independent. Starting a business is a lot of responsibility. And if you want to be successful, you have to be able to work on your own everyday without a boss making sure things get done. Yes, you might be able to work in a corporate structure, but you should take pride in being your own boss.

Driven. Entrepreneurs want to be successful. They feel a strong desire to accomplish and set goals to track their progress. Seeing your business grow is rewarding, and the earnings that follow is a plus.


Self-confident. "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right," said Henry Ford, an accomplished entrepreneur. Having lots of self-confidence can be very beneficial whether you're seeking a bank loan, distributing advertisements or just opening the actual business. When business owners believe in their businesses and themselves, others take notice and respond positively.


Disciplined. Entrepreneurs realize they have to be on top of their game, 24/7. Many take time to stay healthy, and many realize that it's important to get away and spend time with friends and family. They know that creating a schedule puts them at their best professionally and personally.

Visionary. They complete daily tasks to operate their businesses, but they don't let the little things stifle their dreams. New business owners think about where they will be in the future. Establishing five- and ten-year goals help them remain focused and endure the bumps along the way.

Competitive. Many entrepreneurs are competitive in some aspects of life, and this nature comes into their businesses. It pushes them to do better every year and beat personal records.

Persistent. They don't take no for an answer. Entrepreneurs don't just give up when issues come up. Instead, they work through them and keep at it until they reach the success they want.

Risk taker. A lot of people don't want to leave the security that a corporate job provides-- the monthly paychecks, benefits and bonuses. But entrepreneurs are willing to step outside their comfort zone as opposed to wondering, What if?

Now, you don't have to be perfect in all these areas to be a successful entrepreneur, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing you need to have when opening a business is determination to turn your dream into reality.

What do ya'll think? Is this list accurate? Are there any characteristics you would add? Let me know by leaving a comment! : )




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Monday, August 23, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.23

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."


- Mark Twain

Success & Fabulousness,

Friday, August 20, 2010

Affirmations 101


One thing that has really changed my life for the better is the use of affirmations. Not only have they helped me in my personal life but in my professional life as well.

If you don't know, an affirmation is a positive statement designed to counteract negative beliefs you may have. And according to Jeff Saniforth, founder of AffirmWare, a positive affirmation is a statement that becomes instilled in your subconscious mind and influences outside forces to maifest positive changes in your life through repetition.

A few benefits of affirmations:
  • By using positive self talk, you positively shape your reality.
  • It's an inspirational act to lift your spirits.
  • You gain the ability to connect with your inner guidance.
When you repeat your affirmations often, it can help you get on the path to getting what you want and becoming who you want. So after some time repeating them, what you've been saying will come into fruition (keep in mind this works for negative thoughts/phrases as well).

According to Staniforth, affirmations are based on three principles:
  • Your present reality is a direct result of your thinking.
  • Change your thinking, and your reality changes.
  • Affirmations change your thinking.
Some tips for writing your affirmations:
Use present tense. Positive affirmations work better when stated this way. So, for instance, instead of saying, "My jewelry business will be successful," say, "My jewelry business is successful."
Keep them positive. Instead of saying, "I don't eat junk food anymore" (a negative affirmation), try, "I eat healthier everyday" or even "I am motivated to eat healthier."
Make them short, and be as specific as possible. By keeping them short, your affirmations will be easier to say and to remember. And by being specific, you'll get exactly what you want. So if you want to make more money, affirm an exact amount, i.e., "I make $1500 through my business each month."
Repeat your affirmations often.
Use positive affirmations. Affirmations work best when you actually feel yourself being joyful when saying them. Additionally, use words that have power.
Believe. Now, you don't have to necessarily believe your affirmations initially, but as time goes on, you should definitely start believing what you're saying sooner rather than later. The quicker you start believing you can have what you want, you will.

Thoughts? Share them below.

Success & Fabulousness,



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Monday, August 16, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.16

"You've got to follow your passion. You've got to figure out what it is you love - who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow [their] own dreams."
- Oprah Winfrey


Success & Fabulousness,


Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Success & Fabulousness,


Friday, August 13, 2010

How to turn your side hustle into a business



If you've had your business going on the side for a while, you might be ready to take the plunge and go full-time. Don't know where to start? Here are nine ways you can turn that side gig into a full-fledged business:

1. Create a plan. Before quitting your job, create an exit plan. Figure out what goals you need to accomplish before you can quit. For instance, you may need to be making a certain amount of money or have a particular number of clients. Write down the steps needed to accomplish these goals, and give yourself a timeline for completing them.

2. Change your priorities. Instead of seeing your side hustle as your gig on the side, see your 9-to-5 as the gig on the side. Just make sure you continuously do well at your regular job so you aren't shown the pink slip before you're prepared to leave.

3. Let vacation time pay. Instead of using vacation time for, well, vacation, how about using it to meet with potential clients and networking?

4. Increase the hours in your day. If you feel there isn't enough time to work at both your job and side gig, consider becoming a night owl or early bird. You can use the time for buying merchandise, perfecting your business plan or doing more research.

5. Get some outside help. Before hiring someone, get suggestions from trusted people; you'll want an employee who is honest and reliable.

6. Use the knowledge you have. Know that the things you learn at your 9-to-5 can help you understand prospective clients and competitors.

7. Give freely to create some buzz. If you have a steady paycheck, you can probably afford to get exposure by giving away some freebies. (If you didn't know, people love free stuff!).

8. Pay yourself last. If you have the convenience of a regular paycheck from your job, put your business's profit back into the business. Use it to make marketing material or purchase supplies; put the rest of the money in the bank.

9. Swap your hustle. For instance, if you're an administrative assistant and want to go into catering, you can go full -time with the catering business and do office work part-time or on a temporary basis.


Success & Fabulousness,


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Monday, August 9, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.9

"You will find success and happiness on your own terms when you embrace your authentic self and love and believe in who you are."
-Rita Bray Owens



Success & Fabulousness,

Friday, August 6, 2010

Writer Spotlight: Chrissy Begemann



How did you become interested in writing?
I have been a voracious reader since I was six and that has definitely influenced my writing. I enjoy the structure writing brings to unorganized thought.

Why did you decide to pursue freelance writing as a career?
I had a wide variety of jobs while I was in college. The ones that made me the happiest at the end of the day were the ones that challenged me as a writer. As a freelance writer, I enjoy both the flexibility to take on projects that interest me and the challenge that comes from creating a product that meets the client's needs.

What type of freelance writing do you do?
News articles, blog entries, business proposals, ghost writing.

What do you love most about it?
I love learning about topics I would not normally research on my own.

What is the most stressful aspect of being a freelance writer?
Maintaining a strong client list.

How do you deal with writer's block?
I usually give myself 15 minutes to do some filing or cleaning to clear my head. After the 15 minutes, I come back to the task and free write until it comes together.

What are some of your career goals?
My specific career goals tend to change, but the field remains the same. I thrive in the world of print. The career goal in mind for now involves becoming the editor-in-chief for a publishing company.

Are there any projects you're currently working on?
August is a big month for me. I am working on a few of my personal blogs, Write is Right and The Life and Times of a Twenty-Something. I'm also trying to teach myself DreamWeaver.

Advice/tips for aspiring freelancers.
Build your network. Surround yourself with people with similar goals. You can learn from each other what works and what doesn't.
Ask for help. Find a mentor. Find someone out there who works on the level you dream about.
Know your limits. Don't get burned out by promising to deliver too much in too short a time. Remember to schedule days off to rest your mind.

For more info on Chrissy, check out her website, ChrissyBegemann.com.

Success & Fabulousness,

If you're a writer interested in being featured, contact me at jamie [at] mochawrites [dot]com.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.2

"Tomorrow's leaders not only have dreams, goals and plans. They are willing to work hard and take responsibility for turning their plans into energy, perspiration and effort. They don't sit back and wait for someone else to turn their dreams into action. They take charge of executing their own plan."

- Denis Waitley


Success & Fabulousness,

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thoughts- 7.30


At church a couple of weeks ago, my pastor spoke about having faith and how there could be no testimony with no test, or in other words, you can't succeed without going through something. The message really made me reflect on my own life.

My theory: All that I go through now is going to make a great story some day and encourage someone else. I feel like my purpose in life is to motivate, encourage and inspire others and to help them realize they can have anything they want if they A) want it bad enough; B) believe in themselves; and C) just don't give up. For me to be able to do tell and show someone that, I need to go through some less-than-fun times. I mean, sure, I can tell you to look at Tyler Perry- he was homeless, but look at him now! It is an amazing story, and that might motivate you, but at the same time, you might want to hear a success story from someone more "real" that you can actually talk to; and you may not feel you can relate to Mr. Perry. So while it's nice to hear stories about celebrities who've made it, I think it is sometimes more helpful to hear it from Jane or John Doe.

Know that there's a good reason you're going through what you're going through. You may not understand it now, but when you reach your goals, it'll be clearer, and you can help pull someone else up.

And remember, no struggle, no progress.

Success & Fabulousness,

Monday, July 26, 2010

Motivational Mondays- July 26

Motivational quotes to inspire you.


"Go out and change the world. The more you study, the more you should have--
A GOAL you should be pursuing;
A DREAM you should be launching;
A PLAN you should be executing;
A PROJECT you should be starting;
A POSSIBILITY you should be exploring;
An OPPORTUNITY you should be grabbing;
An IDEA you should be working;
A PROBLEM you should be tackling;
A DECISION you should be making.
The greatest force in the world is a positive idea."


- Anonymous


Peace & Blessings,

Friday, July 23, 2010

Business Spotlight: J97.5 FM

P. Stefan Gilliam, Owner of J97.5 FM



What is your business?
My company is J97.5 FM. It is an online Christian radio station that plays all genres of Christian music 24 hours a day as well as teaching, talk and ministry.


When did you start it?
J97.5 FM started in vision about four years ago and actually materialized into development in 2009. We've been running live on the air since September of last year.

Why did you create J97.5 FM?
There are a few reasons I decided to take on this mission with J97.5 FM. I saw a couple of voids in the Christian community:

First off, I was listening to Christian radio stations, and I noticed I had to go over to this station to hear gospel, then change to another station to hear Christian contemporary and change to even another station to hear Christian Hip-Hop or rock music. I didn't understand why Christian music was so segregated.

Secondly, I worked briefly at a Christian radio station. I had been in radio for years, but this was my first run at Christian radio, and I noticed that pastors, ministers, etc. were paying outrageous prices to get on the radio and preach the Gospel. I thought that shouldn't be [happening], seeing as how high level talents are paid to be on the radio; I felt we shouldn't be charging our leaders in faith to help spread the word of God.

I wanted to also provide a place to JAM OUT! I wanted Christians 'and the unsaved' to be able to hear clean, inspired music without feeling condemnation. I wanted the lost to be abe to turn on the station and bob their heads, later learning that they were listening to Christian music, but by the time they realized it, Christ had already dropped a seed in their spirits.

Finally, and most important of all, I got tired of hearing the same 12 songs over and over and over again. The stations I frequent have very little variety in the programming, and I wanted to help provide that choice of variety to Christians.


What are your business's mission and goals?
The mission of J97.5 FM is very simple: to bring clean, Christ-inspired music and programming that promotes the message of Jesus to people across the nation while providing an alternative to the mainstream for souls everywhere.

Our goal is to provide an avenue to Christ when one needs to celebrate, contemplate, grieve, seek or sing!


What do you love most about owning a business?
I love the ability to touch the lives of others. Even without the Christian aspect of my business, owning your own business gives you the chance to touch lives you'd never see in other ways.

Who and what inspires you?
Jesus and my six-year-old daughter. He keeps me humble; she keeps me on my toes.


What tips and advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business?
Go for your passion. Never give up. Seek Christ always. This route is much more difficult and trying than, say, becoming the next 'widget maker,' but it will also offer you the full experience of life. There is a reason God placed that passion in you and your life will always be more fulfilling if you follow it.

Also, no matter how many times you have to try it, no matter how many times you have to tweak it, never give up-- success is nothing more than a process of elimination. And always seek the joy, guidance and mercy of Jesus Christ with every step. Owning a business can be very trying, and He will keep you from wanting to pull your hair out or pull other people's hair out. And hopefully, one day, you'll be able to turn around and say, 'I'm so glad I did this.'


Check out the station (click the photo):









Peace & Blessings,

Monday, July 19, 2010

Motivational Quote of the Week- July 19

"Fear only sticks around if you hang on to it. It's very interesting. I think of fear as a very boring, very ungracious house guest, who will stick around only as long as I entertain him. The best thing to do with fear, is to let it go. If you laugh at your fears, they they just disappear. The only way I've ever been able to get rid of fear is to laugh it away.

I realized that two things can't occupy the same space at the same time, and, if I take the space that fear previously occupied and fill it with positive intention and specific goal-oriented action, the fear can no longer occupy the space.

I realized that there are two paths you can take in life. One is seeing life as a series of problems, fears and failures. The other is seeing life as experiences, opportunities and adventures. It is exactly the same life. It's just that the perspective is different. You can either walk path A or path B. The choice is always yours."
- Thea Alexander

Peace & Blessings,

Friday, July 16, 2010

BlogLive Atlanta: Round 2


As many of you already know, I attend BlogLive last weekend. It was a really fun event so I wanted to share my experience.

BlogLive was created by two fabulous women entrepreneurs, Tawana Necole (of Corporate Chics) and Akilah (of Execumama Enterprises); they also co-own Faceforward Atl, a company that produces events with a refreshing twist on networking (like BlogLive!).

So, the event is like live blogging. This is how it works: One of the hosts ask a question (blog post) to a panelist. The panelist answers (blog comment), and then the other panelists and attendees have an opportunity to give their thoughts and opinions as well (more blog comments). The attendees are given comment cards to hold up if they have a thought:



Like I said, it was a ton of fun, and I met a lot of my Tweeple and Facebook friends in real life like @Execumama , @CorporateChic, @ChocolateOrchid, @fabdogooder and @InspiredSista. I also met some new people like @NaturiBeauty @CurvyA and @JohnCloonan (<-- Go follow them on Twitter).

A lot of interesting topics were discussed to like the oil spill, reality TV, being dynamically inspired, failure and fear (@CurvyA said something I really loved: There are a million ways to do something right and one way to do something wrong, and that's to do nothing).
One of the most controversial topics was 'Should a woman be with a man that loves her more than she loves him' (And I just had to make that Question of the Week on For Colored Gurls).

Anyhoo, I highly recommend this event. Tawana and Akilah plan to take it on the road, so if it comes to your city or close by, you should definitely check it out!


Peace & Blessings,

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