Wednesday, November 9, 2016

When the unexpected happens; stop and believe in yourself...

  October 1, 2016 I was in a serious car accident due to a driver speeding on I-35. I was on my way home; an a young lady decided that she wanted to be in a hurry to go somewhere. I was hit from behind and then head on. I walked away with a broken arm and an injured left foot; but I survived.
On November 9, 2016 Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. He was not my choice; but I know my God is still in control of me and this world.
When the unexpected happens we need to remember that it doesn’t defeat us it empowers us to look at life from a different view, with a different eye. Right now I’m using my left hand with little function; but I’m using it. I feel that God has given me a 2nd chance to complete His purpose by surviving the accident.  

       With this election, we will now have a 2nd chance. We will need to be stronger in our decisions, finances, raise our fist and be empowered about what we want from life. To be honest; I don’t believe Trump wanted to be president, he just wanted to prove anyone can.

Although I end up with a broken[left] arm and what seems like an out of place left foot. I cried a lot, I was lonely a lot and everything and everywhere I wanted to do and go I couldn’t. I felt a sense of lost and entrapment. 

I end up having surgery and a metal rod was place in my left arm.  My car was total, which left me with no transportation.  But I’m alive; God is good, I’m still alive.

Trust God through this transformation of our country. Believe He is still in control over everything.  It’s your time now to begin building your future through entrepreneurship and take care of your family, because only God knows the future!!

        Do you feel that you have a 2nd chance to open the door to entrepreneurship? What is your plan B???  I would love to hear from you, please share your views. Until next time, the Business Woman. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Not to DO List- The challenge is not to do it!

Not to Do List-The challenge is not to do it!

A couple of weeks ago, I was challenged to create a “Not to do list” What is a  “Not to do list”? It’s a list of things you no longer want to do. The challenge was create a list of items that I no longer want to do. I can think of a million things I don’t want to do, but I couldn’t bring myself to write them down; strange!  

In order to be better we have to do better and to do better we have to stop doing what is not productive in our lives. I actually created the “Not to do list” and amazed at what I no longer want to do; help me to realize what was causing unchangeable circumstances in my life.  The conclusions   of this assignment was to remove what is hindering me/you from being the our best, by accomplishing changes to help us in our  personal, spirituals, business and financial life.

Let’s look at a few “Don’t Do’s” I placed on my list.

Procrastination-I always wait to the last minute to do things and it continue to cause me late fees, or to be stuck in traffic, which is what I despise!!  Procrastination comes from doing what you don’t enjoy doing, so we tend to put it off to the last minutes. Now here is the key, when you remove something, you must replace it with something, what did  I replace procrastination with? I replaced procrastination with using my daytimer  placed  by my bedside to remind me of my responsibilities to my life, business and ministry. looking at getting things accomplish as a success! 

Snacking- Another item on my list; snacking. I love to snack and I enjoy snacking on chips, popcorn and cookies. My snacking generates from sitting in front of the TV or reading my favorite magazines. I stop buying cookies,  I begin purchasing Pop Secret Homestyle popcorn, and Lay’s lightly salt chips, still didn’t stop the snacking,  so I had to replace it with something else productive.  What Did I replace it with? Yoga!!!

There were more  items on my list, I wanted to share with you an example of how I worked  my “Don’t do list” If you are a late sleeper, and never get anything done do to sleeping late;  add don’t sleep late, don’t drink 4 sodas a day or don’t smoke. It’s about what you want to change to better yourself in helping you to be a success.

If you had to create a “don’t do list”  what would be one of the items listed? Would you be brave enough to accept the challenge? Do you believe you have a list of don’t do’s that need to be put in writing? Let’s hear from you what you would add to your list. 
Until next time.. The Business Woman

You are 100% responsible for your life.

You are 100% responsible for your life.

Have you ever wonder why some people are successful and you are trying to get to 1/3 of where they are? What about the businesses that starts over night and become a huge success by morning? Have you ever wondered why a person who begins a job the same time you did and by the first year have moved to another position within the company? These are individuals who take 100 % responsibility for their lives. They understand that in order to move forward, move ahead or to go beyond the next level, they take accountability for their career, businesses and their life.

We all know the saying; we are in control of our own life. Nothing happens that God don’t want to happen or my favor “if it’s for me; then it will be”. I wonder, if it is for you, but you don’t make the effect to make it yours’? What does this sound like to you; Excuses?? Yep.. Me too!'  Excused are made when you can’t find a reason to do or the fear of failing; crazy huh? There are people who love the limelight, love how success smells or enjoys having success in their life! Then there are others who are afraid to be successful or powerful; they speak about how it can happen, but then follow with excuses to why it can’t happen..for them!!.  

I consider myself to be very successful. It’s not because I have tons of friends or a lot of money. It’s not because I live in a 9 bedroom house or drive a fabulous car. I’m successful because some of the odds and failures that happened I’ve survived them. The struggles that I had to deal with and prayed through made me successful beyond measures.  My success is defined by overcoming my failures and struggles and how I came out on top by being an over comer!!!.

Many blame their un-success on money, education, lack of this and lack of that. Some say it’s due to racism, gender or politics. But imagine someone like Harriet Tubman who goal was to find freedom for those who wanted it; or Prince, who got tired of paying more royalties to record companies instead of receiving it, which open the door to other artists creating their own production companies.  I read an article about a homeless man who created a printing company by making fliers for people’s businesses.
NIKE create the slogan “Just Do It” , and we are the first to use it; but taking 100% responsibilities for our lives is not about just doing it, it’s about understanding you have to do it. Everything you do; anything you want to do has to align with your purpose, your values and your goals.

Jack Canfield the successful writer for “Chicken Soup for the Soul” wrote a book called “The Successful Principles”. In the first chapter of the he talks about E+R=O (EVENT + RESPONSE=OUTCOME) You blame the (E) event for your lack of results (R) creating no (O) outcome. When I read this I was amazed at how many times this has occurred in my life and some of the people around me, (I eventually made new friends) LOL. In the same chapter,  Mr. Canfield also indicated if you change the letters around by changing  your ( R)respond  to ( E) events the way things are; until you get the ( O) outcome you want -will change your thinking, your communication and your behavior; you will eventually change.

The key to being successful is not the money or fame and fortune; it’s being able to change your negative response so that your day will turn your life into a positive change. 
You are 100% responsible for your life, your business, your career. You have to make it happen, not make excuses to why it’s not happening. Stop wondering how it’s going to happen, just let God know what you want, and trust Him to make it happen. Believe me, if it’s not in His plan, you would not have the vision to do it.

What are your excuses for not moving forward? What motivate you each day to keep moving forward? The struggle is real, what are you doing to overcome? I would love to hear from you, you respond can help someone else!

Until next time... The Business Woman!! 

Reading your way to the Top!!!

Reading your way to the top..

I love to read, its part of my nature and what my mother instilled in her daughters. My mom [Joyce Figures] was big on education and striving to be the best. I want to believe this was due to an era she came from; a time when education was hard to come by for Blacks. Momma always read cook books, medical books as she often told us; the more you know the farther you go.

When It comes to reading I love to read successful stores or articles on people who changed their lives because they had no choice, or to read about how to do this or that (in business). I also enjoy reading motivational books by authors like John C. Maxwell or John Canfield, the author of Chicken soup for your soul. When I want to read books for my spirit growth, I’m hooked on reading any book by my pastor Dr. Tony Evans, or his daughter Priscilla Shiner; both are the most powerful writers; their books feed my heart and soul spiritually.     

As I prepare for my 2nd journey in life I begin reading again. This past week end, I had the pleasure of  stopping by Half Price Book Store to pick up on a few books to take me into the summer as well prepare me for business next journey.

There are some books I re-read because I’m looking for a new outlook of information and some I reference often depending on what I’m looking for in my client’s project.  I have a great deal of books on Event Planning; Event Designs and business; all have been read once or twice, depending what I need to learn or understand about my business or industry.  

Self education is requirement when in business or advancing in your career. This is the information that no one can take from you as well as available when you need it. Reading helps to stay on top of your craft, to learn what’s new in your industry or to make sure you know how to hold a conversation about what you do. Books are knowledge to open doors.

Have you ever walked into someone home and saw a library, or a bookcase loaded with books?  What about the space designed on the floors with piles of magazines and books? Believe me there’s a message to the madness of with those libraries and book cases; it’s about being on top of their game.

I challenge you to take a moment and browse the books stores and purchase books that will help you in business and your personal growth or your career. Teach yourself how to be the best event planners, marketing rep or PR person in your industry. All it takes is a few hours a week to read a couple chapters. In just a few hours you can increase your knowledge better yourself in business, learn how to speak knowledge in your career growth; as well as increase business by understanding your market.

What are your favorite business books? Who are your favorite author? What kind of books motivate you?

Until next time, The business Woman

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It happen, but does it require a write off????

It happens.. But does it require a write off????
Hey Everyone, this is not your normal Business Woman blog, but I hope you get where i'm coming from!!!

We all heard what happen to Steve Harvey; he announced the wrong Queen. Steve Harvey Comedian, Business man, Talk Show Host, Husband and father made a mistake when he announced the incorrect Miss Universe; a mistake; which proves he’s human.

Some said he would never host the show again, others humiliated him; jokes were posted all over social media, and he was the conversation of ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN. Some wrote him off and others listen in to his morning radio show for the first time to see what he would say, but he never said a word until January 18 & 19, 2016 on his talk show.  Both women [each] explaining their feeling and their emotions of what occurred.  But Miss Universe stated something to Steve that was profound “You made a mistake, don’t beat yourself up about it; it’s time to move on” 

We have all made mistakes in our lives, big ones, HUGE ones, as well as small ones.  Some mistakes are forgiven, others may take time, and some may never be corrected or other may never heal from the mistake. You may hurt someone, and someone may hurt you and no matter how many I’m sorry you said, it may never fix what happen.

I have made a lot of mistakes A LOT, I have hurt people, and people hurt me. I’ve forgiven and I tried to forgive, but like all mistakes, they were never meant to be mistake; and no matter how much you try to explain or say I’m sorry; we as human being just don’t know how to forgive or be forgiven.

When mistakes happen there are those who let it go, write you off or move on. It’s up to them how it’s done, but all you can do is receive their action-and move on.

Let me get a little spiritual for a moment- Jesus who knew no sin, who was perfect beyond perfect was beaten, lied on, persecuted for being who He was and said in a weakest voice said the most powerful statement- “Father forgive them; they know not what they do” I know those who crucified Christ believe somewhere in their hearts they were doing right and I know it was part of God's plan, but Jesus asked they be forgiven; that He [God] don’t write them off .

 When I look back over the years at those who hurt me, I forgave some, for some we moved on,but I don’t recall writing anyone off; not even my cheating X-husband LOL.

Don’t be so quick to write someone off just because they made a mistake, if they hurt you, we got that, if you hurt them, we got that too. Find some way to forgive, no one is asking you  to forget, but TRY to be strong enough to not be quick to write someone one off, who knows, the person you write off, may be the person you need you later on.

Miss Columbia forgave Steve Harvey; she laughed throughout the show. She stated that she was encouraged to sue and [she] won’t. Situation happens, good bad and ugly. Remember nothing happens unless it goes through God’s hand first, and how we handle what we are dealt depends on us not God!

Have you written someone off due to a mistake they made and how did it feel? Have you been written off due a mistake? Until next time, The Business Woman blog!!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

An Amazing New Year!

An Amazing New Year
Isn’t it amazing how the approaching of a New Year we gets this BURST of energy to conquer the world!  We’re ready to take on everything, anything and anyone that comes our way. We are changing, moving, setting goal, deleting folks from our friends list on Facebook, we are wiping the slate clean and starting all over. The New Year brings excitement; the possibilities of something new. There‘s hope in the New Year and miracles looking to happen. Isn’t it awesome the New Year does that to us?
No matter how you see it, the New Year is the open door to everything new and everything from old is gone. There is something about the New Year that wipes away the past faster than yesterday, the New Year makes everything that didn’t work disappear! 

For Some 2015 brought new adventures and excitement, tears along with fears, new job, old friends, new relationships, broken hearts, 2015 for some is a year that some can repeated while others are glad to see it departed. There were failures and success, new friendships and partnership built while others faded away. We pick up clients and lost some. We start new jobs, new business and return to the old way of doing things because everything else didn’t quite seem to work.
Whatever happens in 2015 good, bad or ugly, it’s okay, because it was part of God’s plan. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us “I know the plan for you it’s is to prosper you not harm you” (New American Standard Bible). 
Embrace what is before you. Stop making excuse to do this and do that. NIKE came up with the “Just Do It” slogan because the company recognized the fear players face each day on the court and on the field. What could possibly happen if you  went back to school; started a business or every Sunday go to a shelter to feed  the homeless? What could happen if you decided to move to the next level in your career, mentor children on Saturday afternoon or coach a little league basketball team? My mother always told my three sisters and me, “nothing beats a failure but a try”!! And I lived by that daily!
So, with 2016 on your coat tail will you “Just do it”? Create a year that will blow your mind!  Start that business, learn that dance, go to New York.. This is your life and it was only dealt to you with one hand, so don’t tunk out!!  Grab 2016 with possibilities, excitement and expect miracles.
Are you ready for the 2016? 
What goals have you set? What moments do you want to embrace? Are you going to make serious changes, Let's hear from you!! 
Post your comments!! Until next time!! The business Woman! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Make room for Business

I was in a conversation with a friend of mines, as we discuss business she informed me that she has over a 10, 0000 email in here email box. I was like really?? Have you tried getting rid of them? She was surprised I asked. I though, I have 3 email accounts and between them both I have over 2000 emails.. each account. Why do we let all those messages pile up? Don’t we have some kind of folder we can tuck them in till we need them? And why do we have so many email accounts? I have my business email, my gmail account and my personal email account I use for basic information. 

 Just like spring cleaning we have to take a moment and the time to clean out the clutter of our email accounts. Now I will be honest, I had emails from when I first open my accounts and located emails from New York & Company from 2009. And I have to say, the sales do repeat themselves lol; I also located emails from previous clients and friends I lost touch with. 

Cleaning out my email box was time consuming; I had to reviewed emails to decide if I needed them or to create a folder for them. So I took a Saturday afternoon, turn on Time Warner jazz station 1944, and begin working on a project that need to be accomplished.

I looked at the emails I was getting, and those I no longer need to subscribed to. emails were coming in that  was filling up my email box with specials  as well as information from varies 
companies and organization I no longer was involved with.  I unsubscribed to about 
15 companies, and that was just my gmail account. 

I search the email by titles to varies companies and organizations to see what 
was out there in dead email land. Example; I enter "Sparks" in the search title 
and all that dealt with the company came up, I deleted them all. No need for them, other 
email I felt I couldn’t part with, I either created a folder or clean out the current folder 
and add current information. 

Finally I deleted. Yep I deleted every email I knew was no longer part of my email life... deleted, and it felt great.When I finally finished I had a total of 7 emails in my email accounts. I went from 1709 with just my gmail account to 7 emails. 
What a relief,  It felt great. 

The pressure of having all that information in my emails accounts was wearing on me and it was extra stress I didn’t need. This process was a personal growth project for me. I let go! 

After letting go of the emails I reviewed my contacts. I sent emails to everyone in my contact list asking if they would like to remain part of my email base. Now out of 1300 contact 800 came back un-receivable, meaning the email no longer is available. YEA!! Another success, I was able to clean out my contacts. 

This allowing coding to where I want to place the remaining  contact Business; Personal; friends and clients. 

Cleaning my emails accounts allow me to not only get rid of unwelcome emails and stop 
subscription of unnecessary email, but it freed me to make room what I needed by opening the door for new business. I read somewhere; when you removed all that is cluttering your life, you make room for something new. And now I have room for  fresh and new business. 

What is cluttering up your emails accounts? When was the last time you removed all the unwanted information that was blocking you from seeing a future?  Let’s hear from you on how you made room for business!

Until next time.. the Business Woman!!