Monday, June 28, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 6.28

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"If you're running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time. If you're trying to master a new language, try it one word at a time. There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365, and you'll find that no job is that intimidating. All it takes is discipline-- daily discipline, not annual discipline."

- Charles Swindoll

Peace & Blessings,

Friday, June 25, 2010

How to stop comparing yourself to others

This was originally written and posted on
If you're anything like me, you probably compare yourself to others sometimes; it could be anything-- how you look or even your career.
Amy Dubois Barnett, author of "Get Yours: How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More," has this to say about making comparisons (this applies to guys as well, by the way):

"What she's got, that's nice for her. But you, girlfriend,
are unparalleled. Your life and your path are your own. Learn from others'
successes and failures, but do you."
For the most part, this quote encourages me when I feel down. It also helps me remember that I should think about my assests and what I have to offer instead of concerning myself with what others are doing.

How do you stop this habit?

  • Become aware of what you're doing. Comparing is usually done without you even really thinking about it. The solution? Watch out for those thoughts. If you're on the lookout for them for a few days, they'll be easier to recognize, and soon, it will be hard not to notice them.
  • Stop. When you see that you're comparing, take a moment, and realize what you're doing. Don't criticize yourself or feel bad-- simply recognize the thought and gently alter your concentration.
  • Recognize your blessings. You'll be much better off if you focus on the things you already have-- shelter and food, the people in your life and the fact that you're still breathing!
  • Focus on your skills and talents. That doesn't mean boast and brag, but you should feel good about them and use them to your best advantage.
  • Be okay with imperfection. Realize you aren't perfect, and you never will be. Of course, you should always strive for excellence, but don't think you'll be the "perfect person." Your flaws make you you so you're already perfect.
  • Don't belittle others. At times, we criticize other people to make ourselves feel and look better. Doing this, however, is damaging, and in the end, it hurts you, too. How about encouraging someone instead?
  • Concentrate on your journey. Regardless of what society thinks and portrays, life isn't a competition-- it's a journey, and you should only be concerned with yours.
  • Embrace having enough. By wanting what the Jones's have, you won't see that you have everything you need. Realize that even if you only have the basics and people who love you, you are blessed.

Tips from

How do you stop comparing yourself to others? I'd love to hear from you : )

Peace & Blessings,

Monday, June 21, 2010

Motivational Mondays- June 21

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"There is no single prescription for happiness or success. Everyone's different. You have to follow your own life's path and do what works best for you. Stop looking too much on the outside for affirmation. The trick is to discover who you are and what your passion is early on, then believe in yourself enough to go for it without compromise. Answer to yourself and your God, not to what others expect of you. Be yourself, have faith, and love who you are."
-- Queen Latifah

Peace & Blessings,

Friday, June 18, 2010

Business Spotlight: The Cost Magazine

Matthew Cooper CEO and cofounder of The Cost Magazine & The C.O.S.T. Entertainment, LLC

What is The Cost Magazine?
Our company created The Cost Magazine as an online medium that is mainly driven by visual content. In this day of "right here, right now"-- when most consumers are not taking the time to sit down and read magazine articles, we have started to create a concept of visual journalism. We want our magazine articles to expand into pieces you can experience with all of your senses. We also want our magazine to be people driven; that's why we have different sections on our website where only the consumer has input. It is also an extension of our multi-entertainment company, The C.O.S.T. Entertainment, LLC. We will be utilizing the magazine as a springboard and primary marketing platform for our various music and film projects.

When was it started?
We started the magazine in December of 2009. My partners, Joshua Lynn and Timothy Cooper, and I had just finished a documentary on Baltimore hip-hop that we had funded ourselves. We were blessed to have the documentary screened at two film festivals in New York City. We were also doing freelance writing on the side so we felt combining the aspects of film, journalism and online media would create a new era of how media is presented to the consumer. We are still in the launching stage, but we are starting to reach several of our goals.

Why did you create The Cost Magazine?
We just wanted to take full advantage of today's opportunities. Looking at the economy and other factors, it just seems like the best time to start a business. Also, we wanted to bridge the gap in online media for our consumers. Most of our demographic, which is about 18-25, were consuming entertainment and pop culture online from various sites, but there weren't many online mediums to offer entertainment and pop culture combined with compelling content of politics and news. We wanted to raise the bar for online media in our culture.

What are your business's mission and goals?
Our mission is to be the number one source for online media. We are working toward that mission by creating small goals each day. We are meticulously reaching out to the masses on Facebook and Twitter. We're updating our videos on YouTube. We are also creating exclusives for our websites every week that are starting to make their mark and gain attention on the Internet. It's not going to be easy, but by the grace of God, we are making strides toward our mission.

What do you love most about owning your own business?
The freedom to be creative. This business is in our hand, and it's up to us if it fails or succeeds. We have no outside funding, just from our own pockets. So there is definitely pressure. But hard work never killed anyone, and we are going to look back on this experience of being young entrepreneurs as the cornerstone of our success.

Who and what inspires you?
I'm inspired by one who is willing to work hard in achieving their goals--getting up in the morning and making an honest living. That inspires me, and I truly respect that.

What tips and advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business?
First, you have to have a sound business plan to make sure you map out everything you want to accomplish. You definitely need a strong team around you, people you know you can trust through thick and thin, even when things aren't going right. Also, you need to expect to fail. At some point in your journey, you're going to fail, and that failure is going to prepare you for bigger and brighter things.

Check 'em out -->

Peace & Blessings,

Monday, June 14, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 6.14

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger."

- Christian D. Larsen

Peace & Blessings,

Friday, June 11, 2010

Get a real job?

The other day on Twitter, I came across a tweet about an article focusing on how to get your family and friends to stop telling you to get a real job; it's basically for folks who work at home.

This very subject is something I've struggled with from time to time (and sometimes still do) so I was very glad to read this. The writer, Jennifer Mattern, says our friends and family's concerns are understandable for a couple of reasons:

  1. These people love you and really do want what's best for you
  2. People really don't understand what you do.
Anyhoo, it's a really good article with great tips so if this something you deal with, go check it out: How to Shut up Friends and Family Who Tell You to "Get a Real Job"

Peace & Blessings,

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

I wrote a guest post!

Hey ya'll! I was recently a guest blogger on Inside the Media Biz, a blog that helps you figure out what you wanna be in the media business.
I wrote about freelance writing. You can check it out here--> Freelance Writing with guest blogger Mocha Writer. Feel free to leave some feedback over there (if you want : )

Peace & Blessings,

Monday, June 7, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 6.7

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"Think about your future possibilities and the fact that your potential is virtually unlimited. You can do what you want to do and go where you want to go. You can be the person you want to be. You can set large and small goals and make plans and move step-by-step, progressively toward their realization. There are no obstacles to what you can accomplish except the obstacles that you create in your mind."
- Brian Tracy

Peace & Blessings,

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Friday, June 4, 2010

DIY Marketing Month

June is Entrepreneur's "Do It Yourself" Marketing Month! Here are some free and low-cost ways to market your business:

Use all outgoing and electronic material as business promotion. Of course, you have your business cards (I hope), but think of all the other documents you use-- they are a great way to market your business. Be sure any stationery you give out has your business name, logo, contact info and your website on it; this also includes envelopes, faxes, invoices and any other documents you send. Also, be sure to put your business info in your email signature.

Article writing. Articles that are well-written and informative provide free advertising and also helps develop positive word-of-mouth for your business. The best way to write an article is to write about what you know, so writing about your product or service is probably your best bet. For instance, if you sell and make jewelry, you can write about your process for making certain pieces or what's going on in the world of jewelry design.

Press releases. When creating a press release to promote your business, be sure that the information is newsworthy. Did you just start a business? Is your business expanding? Are you offering a new product or service? These are just a few reasons to send a press release; for more info, check out my post, Press Release Overview.

Promote online. Hopefully, by now, your business has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking sites. If not, what are you waiting on? These sites help give your business a face and a presence other than your physical location; they help you develop your business through connections with customers and other entrepreneurs; and it's free recognition for your business. (See this post for social networking tips).

Create a business blog. Starting a blog for business is a great way to get the word out about what your company is doing, increase traffic to your website, and connect with potential customers. A business blog can help communicate your business's brand message.

Peace & Blessings,

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