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,

Monday, July 12, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 7.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"When you live your life on your own terms, you free yourself from trying to convince others that you're more than you are. You know that who you are is more than enough."

-- Susan Taylor

Peace & Blessings,

Friday, July 9, 2010

What is a copywriter?

If you're reading this, I'm sure you know that I am a freelance copywriter. However, when I tell some people this they either 1) Don't know what the heck copywriting is, or 2) Think I'm talking about copyright instead of copywrite. (Two totally different things). So, I want to briefly explain what copywriting is.

First, the difference between copyrighting and copywriting. According to, copyrighting is "the process of provable creative ownership of intellectual material that assigns a legal penalty for profiting from another's work." Basically, it's legal protection from plagiarism or taking someone else's work. You copyright things like books, articles, songs and even your blog.

A copywriter writes or edits copy or written content that usually promotes a product or service. They create content for articles, websites, blogs and other material.

In my case, I am a freelance copywriter meaning I have a freelance copywriting business. Essentially, people hire me (as a freelancer) to write and/or edit material for press releases, articles, bios, etc. for their businesses or publications.

Businesses hire copywriters for different reasons; some do because they don't have the time to write, and others do it because they feel it's important to hire a professional instead of writing things themselves. Although I'm a copywriter, I won't say every business should absolutely have one, especially if you don't have the funds for it. However, I will say it can be a great asset to you and your business. How?

  • A copywriter frees up your time so you can focus on the other important aspects of your business.
  • As an experienced professional, a copywriter gives your project the time and attention it deserves and completes it in the best and most professional manner.
  • Promotional material attract more customers for your business. Copywriters create content that is consistent, understandable and that helps you reach your intended audience.
  • A copywriter offers a second set of eyes. You don't want any mistakes, do you? Copywriters clean your content and give it a polished and professional look.
  • To brand your business successfully, you need to convey a consistent image. Working with a copywriter can help you do just that.

Have any questions or want more info? Contact me:

Peace & Blessings,

Monday, July 5, 2010

Motivational Mondays- July 5

Motivational quotes to inspire you.

"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end requires courage."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace & Blessings,

Friday, July 2, 2010

Feel the fear- and do it anyway

A few months ago, I felt the urge to write a book. A book somewhat based on my main blog, for colored gurls. However, I kind of thought I should wait to write it because I wanted the book to cater to the 20-something crowd; I felt I needed some more life experience so to speak. The urge would not leave me though.

One morning on Twitter, I made the mistake of telling tweeted that I was thinking about writing a book. I received all these positive responses (did I tell ya'll how much I *heart* my tweeple?), and a couple of people asked me what I was waiting on. That did it. I began to ask myself, Well, what am I waiting on? I honestly couldn't think of a good enough excuse reason to wait so I decided to go ahead and at least start. Yes, I'm still scared; yes, I don't exactly feel this is the "right time" (whatever that means), but I figured I really didn't have a good reason to wait.

I was also kind of thinking of someone who could collaborate with me on this book. I really didn't have a particular reason for wanting to work with LaKesha, aside from the fact that she's a great writer and blogger, but it was like, as cliche as it sounds, God wanted me to do it with her. I know it sounds strange, but I really, truly feel that way. So I had to tell her. Of course, I'm thinking that LaKesha's going to think I'm absolutely crazy because this is pretty random. I mean, I know her through Twitter and The BOSS Network, but we've never met in real life, and I've only talked to her once on the phone. Long story, short, we talked about it this week, and we're going to be working together! That was a relief, and although I'm still a little anxious, I'm very excited, and I look forward to us working together and the end product.

I wrote all that to say this: There will be times in your life when you're scared to do something-- maybe you want to write a book, too, start a business, change careers-- and you may not be able to actually get over your fear. And when this happens, when you just can't shake that scared feeling, you just have to feel the fear and jump in, feet first. You can't wait for anxiety to subside and then start; you have to go ahead and start anyway. Eventually, you'll get over the fear...or not...but it's okay because either way, you're doing it...and that's all that matters.

Peace & Blessings,

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