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Work/Writing Sample: Mission & Vision Statement – Charged Visions

After some deep thought and a recent career shift my vision is to assist entrepreneurs in gaining social media visibility by using automation systems and showing up in authenticity to fulfill their purpose. I help people with their social media management and assist them in automating their business, so they have more time to do what they are called to do. I am also the founder of the #IAmSimplyBeautiful Movement to empower women to love who they are without any apologies. For a while I tried to separate the two thinking they had nothing to do with one another, until a branding coach of mine helped me to get clear on the fact that while I am helping them be visible, I am also helping them show up in their authenticity. I started the movement a year go tomorrow to grow my confidence and help others to have a community of women to support them. I was bullied as a child and it led to self-esteem issues as an adult as well. My  internal vision is to create a global social media media visibility and automation business that offers support for entrepreneurs at various stages in their business where they can grow their audience and free up their time to fulfill their own vision and mission (my external vision).

My mission is to be one of the top Global Social Media and Automation companies in my field by providing high-quality education, services, customer service, community building and most of all by producing results.  I just participated in a Twitter chat on Community Building in Business and I believe that it is a key ingredient to the success of a company. By building a community of members that includes ambassadors for my mission and a team that helps build and uplift the community, I will be welcoming others into supporting my mission and helping make my vision a reality.

I am motivated to pursue my dreams firstly because of my WHY which is my three daughters and the lifestyle and opportunities I want to provide for them. Being a single mother with little support, I had many obstacles with working 12 hour shifts in the medical field where my career began. I needed more time with them and I wanted to attend field trips and school events, but my job wouldn’t allow it. I then kind of fell into being an entrepreneur and what I wanted most was freedom, but that didn’t happen overnight. I realized that I went from working 12-hour shifts to working 24 hours a day on my business. That soon ended when my kids had a “meeting” with me and told me that they needed more time with me. That’s when I realized something had to change and I learned how important automation is in business. I can now set up something once and re-use it over and over again. Not only does that motivate me to pursue my dreams, but it motivates me to accomplish my mission of helping others do the same. That is where my vision, mission and motivation aligns. In helping other people walk in their greatness I am able to walk in mine.



After participating in this discussion board and interviewing an entrepreneur that I know, I started really thinking about my passion, purpose, motivation and my why for being an entrepreneur even more in-depth. I saw this article on Facebook on Why Discovering Your Why is the No. 1 Business Move and it really ties into that. The article states that most entrepreneurs get started for a reason that is somehow tied into freedom and that is true in my case as well. I went into why freedom is so important to me above. My goal are freedom to do what I love, financial freedom, freedom to make my own schedule, freedom to travel, freedom to not ask for permission, freedom to spend quality time with my kids, freedom to be myself…and the list goes on.

I believe that this statement is one of the truest statements I have seen regarding entrepreneurship, “Businesses rarely make money right off the bat, so the dream of money alone will not be reason enough to see it through. Don’t trade in the shackles of your corporate day job for a gilded cubicle of your own making.” If I was just after the money, I would have quit a long time ago, because over the past few years I have had awesome months financially and I have had some months where I literally was in the hole. Your why is what drives you when things get rough and the money isn’t coming in like you hoped.

Warren, R. (2015, March 23). Why Discovering Your Why is the No. 1 Business Move – Entrepreneur. Retrieved fromhttps://www.entrepreneur.com/article/243737

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Awards and Honors: #State of Women Summit for #IAmSimplyBeautiful Activism

 

After submitting my video about the movement and what we are working to accomplish to their #Instagram Contest, I was selected to represent the movement at the #StateofWomen Summit in Washington D.C. on June 14, 2016.

According to their Website,

The United State of Women will be an important moment for both women and girls, domestically and internationally. It will feature speakers who will both educate as well as inspire all of us to take action on June 14th and well after. Summit check in will begin at 6:30 am (EST) with programming running from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm on the 14th. There will then be additional events throughout the following day, June 15th, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at various times.

The event will be Livestreamed and can be viewed online. Visitwww.theunitedstateofwomen.org/

THE SUMMIT WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS. CLICK ON EACH TO LEARN MORE.

The speakers for the summit were announced and all were in awe!

Speakers

President Barack Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

Vice President Joseph Biden

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls

Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls

 

Speakers and Presenters

Joyce Adolwa, Senior Director, CARE USA

Miki Agrawal, CEO, THINX

Luvvie Ajayi, Writer and Digital Strategist, Awesomely Luvvie

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Muslim Girl

Sue Ellen Allen, Author, Speaker, Activist and Ex-inmate, Global REINVENTION

Orubba Almansouri, Girls Education Activist

Sana Amanat, Director of Content & Character Development, Marvel Entertainment

Patricia Arquette

Nazanin Ash, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee

Kristin Avery, Director, It’s On Us

Lindsay Avner, Founder & CEO, Bright Pink

Chernor Bah, Associate, Population Council

Erica Baker, Senior Engineer, Slack Technologies, Inc.

Nicole Baldwin, Founder, Biao Skincare

Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Katarina Berg, CHRO, Spotify

Sayu Bhojwani, Founder & President, The New American Leaders Project

Cherno Biko, Co-Chair of YWAC NYC and Co-Founder of Black Trans Lives Matter

Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Department of State

Sharon Block, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Beverly Bond, CEO, Black Girls Rock!

Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Victor Boutros, Founding Director, Human Trafficking Institute

Keshia Bradford, Health Center Association of Nebraska

Bonnie Brandl, Director, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Connie Britton

Dr. Carol Brown, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jenn Brown, Executive Director, Civic Nation

Kimberly Bryant, Founder & Executive Director, Black Girls CODE

Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Maria Burns Ortiz, Co-Founder and CEO, 7 Generation Games

Kevin Burton, Assistant Director, NECA/IBEW Local Union #26 Joint Apprenticeship & Training

Sophia Bush

Rhonesha Byng, Founder & CEO, Her Agenda

Ambar Calvillo-Rivera, National Director of Partner Engagement and Outreach, Enroll America

Kelly Case, Program Manager for Sudan and South Sudan, Inclusive Security

Kathleen Causey, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Neena Chaudhry, Director of Education, National Women’s Law Center

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Catherine Chen, Director of Investments, Humanity United

Tara Chklovski, Founder & CEO, Iridescent

Juliana Chugg, EVP Chief Brand Officer, Mattel, Inc.

Evelyn Chumbow, National Survivor Network

Annie Clark, Author and Executive Director of End Rape on Campus

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration

Sharon Cooper, Consultant, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Ambassador-at-Large Susan Coppedge, United States Department of State

Trish Costello, CEO, Portfolia

Ann Cotton, Founder & President, Camfed International

Shantavia Craigg, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington

Meredith Dank, Urban Institute

Jessica Davidson, It’s On Us Activist

Ariana Davis, United Food and Commercial Workers

Charmaine Davis, Chapter Director, 9 to 5

Puja Dhawan, Director, NoVo Foundation

Dazon Dixon Diallo, President & CEO, SisterLove, Inc.

Marley Dias, Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks

Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green

Jaha Dukureh, Founder and CEO, Safe Hands for Girls

Maggie Dunne, Founder & CEO, Lakota Children’s Enrichment

General Ann Dunwoody, First 2 Four, LLC

Wanda Durant, Inspirational Speaker

Mark Edwards, Co-Founder, Upstream USA

Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Kweilin Ellingrud, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Lisette Engel, Advocate, National Crittenton Foundation

Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Charlene Espinoza, Founder & CEO, Bosh Bosh

Laurie Fabiano, President, Tory Burch Foundation

Ana Flores, Founder & CEO, Latina Bloggers Connect, Inc

Sarah Friar, CFO, Square, Inc.

Nely Galan, Author & Founder, SELF MADE

Helene Gayle, CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative

Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst

Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, PolicyLink

State Senator Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island State Senate

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Alison Gopnik, Professor, University of California at Berkeley

Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell, Inc

Lela Goren, Founder, Goren Group

Alex Gorsky, CEO & Chairman, Johnson & Johnson

Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program, National Women’s Law Center

Grissel Granados, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Carol Gstalder, SVP Consumer Insights North America, Nielsen

Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice

Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva

Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women

Mariska Hargitay, Founder & President, Joyful Heart Foundation

Gina Harman, CEO, Accion U.S. Network

Carla Harris, Chair, National Women’s Business Council

Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor, Wake Forest University, Anna Julia Cooper Center

Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, CALCASA

Mary Kay Henry, President, SEIU

Saanii Hernandez, Vice President, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Carolyn Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin

Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

Neil Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape

Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute

Jeanne Jackson, President & CEO, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham

Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine, Urban League of Eastern MA

Andrea James, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP

Sandra Johnson, CEO, SKJ Visioneering, LLC

Alexis Jones, Founder & CEO, ProtectHer & I AM THAT GIRL

Lara Kaufmann, Director of Public Policy, Girls Inc.

Kellie Keaton, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Shaquil Keels, It’s On Us Activist

Piper Kerman, Author, Orange Is the New Black

Khaliya, The Khaliya and Thomas Ermacora Family Falkora Mental Health and Neurotech Initiative

Angélique Kidjo, Founder, Batonga Foundation and Ambassador, UNICEF

Billie Jean King, Founder, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative & the Women’s Sports Foundation

Christina Koch, Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Henriette Kolb, Head Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation

Sallie Krawcheck, Chair, Ellevate Network

Maria Teresa Kumar, President & CEO, Voto Latino

Amy Lansky, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, The White House

Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay Champion

Seina Lee, Johnson & Johnson

Robert Liodice, President and CEO, Association of National Advertisers (ANA)

Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, Care.com

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President and CEO, Washington Area Women’s Foundation

Nitzia Logothetis, Co-Founder, Seleni Institute

Erin Loos Cutraro, Co-Founder & CEO, She Should Run

Rafael López, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising

Latifa Lyles, Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau

Grecia Magdaleno, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President for Global Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Nia Malone, Girls Inc.

Rose Marcario, President & CEO, Patagonia

Governor Jack Markell, Delaware

Mary Marx, President & CEO, PACE Center for Girls, Inc

Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, New York Women’s Foundation

Lauren May, Poet

Glen Mazzara, Co-Chair Diversity Advisory Group, Writers Guild of America West.

Shantia McCarthur, Girls Inc.

Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Matt McGorry

Tonia McMillian, Childcare Worker, SEIU

Ayodeji Megbope, CEO, No Left Overs

Debra Messing, Global Ambassador, Population Services International (PSI)

Carolyn Miles, CEO & President, Save the Children

Cathy Minehan, Co-Chair, Boston Women’s Workforce Council and Dean, Simmons College School of Management

Dr. Eric Minikel, Broad Institute

Mary Molina, Founder, Lola Granola

Michelle Monasterios Ramirez, Girls Inc.

Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, Founder, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation

Monique Morris, Co-Founder & President, National Black Women’s Justice Institute

Jewel Mullen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dorothee Mulumba, High School Student

Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, The White House

Evelyn Murphy, Co-Chair, Boston Women’s Workforce Council and President, The WAGE Project Inc.,

Molly Moon Neitzel, CEO, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

Romy Newman, President & Co-Founder, Fairygodboss

Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship

Mpumi Nobiva, Graduate Student

Michele Norris, Founding Director, the Race Card Project

Kakenya Ntaiya, Founder Kakenya Center for Excellence

Soledad O’Brien, CEO, Starfish Media Group

Ana Oliveira, President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation

Brittany Packnett, Executive Director, Teach For America-St. Louis

Zaa’Raa Padgett, Girls Inc.

Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President, The National Crittenton Foundation

Deborah Parker, Native American Activist

Cindy Pedraza, Business Manager, CocoAndre Chocolatier

Andrea Pedraza, Owner, CocoAndre Chocolatier

U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

Sandra Pepera, Director, National Democratic Institute

Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Department of Labor

Monica Phromsavanh, CEO & Co-Founder, ModaBox

Andrea Pino, Author and Co-Founder, End Rape on Campus

Amy Poehler, Co-Founder & President, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director, Caring Across Generations

Dina Habib Powell, Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs

Kemba Smith Pradia, Author, Public Speaker, Criminal Justice Advocate, Kemba Smith Foundation

Catherine Pratt, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court STAR Court

Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor At-Large, City of Boston

Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter

Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Department of Commerce

Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Ginny Quillen, Systems Engineer, Rockwell Collins

Kavita Ramdas, Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation

Matthew Randazzo, CEO, National Math and Science Initiative

Vasu Reddy, Policy Counsel, National Partnership for Women & Families

Shonda Rhimes, Content Creator, ShondaLand

Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Elena Rios, President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association

Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow

Shadarria Robinson, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

General Lori Robinson, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

Estefany Rodriguez, Poet

Lee Roper-Batker, President and CEO, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Deborah Rosado Shaw, SVP Chief Global Diversity & Engagement Officer, PepsiCo

Angela Rose, Founder & CEO, PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment

Lynn Rosenthal, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, National Domestic Violence Hotline

Christina Ross, Teacher, City Neighbors High School

Cecilia Rouse, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO, MomsRising

Jessica Sager, Executive Director, All Our Kin, Inc.

Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO, The TransLatin@ Coalition

Alicia Santiago, Science Advisor &Latino Engagement Specialist, Twin Cities Public TV

Kwadwo Sarpong, Founder, African Research Academies for Women

Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code

Catherine Schreiber Rouhani, Chief Operating Officer, Women’s Foundation of California

Steve Schwab, Executive Director, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Kimberly Scott, Executive Director of COMPUGIRLS, Arizona State University

Allison Scuriatti, Executive Director, FINCA International

Meena Seshamani, Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ritu Sharma, Senior Gender Advisor, International Youth Foundation

Pamela Shifman, Executive Director, NoVo Foundation

Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Anar Simpson, Special Advisor for the Office of the Chair, Women, Girls and Technology, Mozilla

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder, theBoardlist

Shivani Siroya, CEO & Founder, InVenture

Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation

Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, the White House

Megan Smith, Professor, Yale School of Medicine

Stacy Smith, Founder & Director, Media Diversity, & Social Change Initiative and Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Brenda Smith, Professor, American University, Washington College of Law

Joanne Smith, Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity and Co-Chair, New York Young Women’s Initiative

Anaya Spencer, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Jaye Spiro, Grandmaster, Mejishi Martial Arts, Inc.

Gloria Steinem, Feminist Activist

Debbie Sterling, Founder & CEO, GoldieBlox

Caryl Stern, President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, City of Tacoma

Michele Sullivan, President, Caterpillar Foundation

Neera Tanden, President & CEO, Center for American Progress

Gina Tesla, Director of Corporate Citizenship, IBM

Kimberly Thomas, Home Care Worker, SEIU

Fulani Thrasher, Access Living

Anne Toth, Vice President of Policy, Security & Compliance, Slack Technologies, Inc.

Patti Tototzintle, CEO, Casa de Esperanza

Mikaila Ulmer, Founder & CEO, Me & the Bees Lemonade

Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder, EDGE Certified Foundation

Nina Vaca, Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group

Yasmin Vafa, Executive Director, Rights4Girls

Mary Valadez, Senior Grants Director, Dallas Women’s Foundation

Dr. Sonia Vallabh, Broad Institute

Jayla VanHorn, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Betzaida Ventura, Personal Care Attendant, SEIU

Alexa von Tobel, CEO & Founder, LearnVest

Judy Vredenburgh, President & CEO, Girls Inc.

Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT NYC

Meredith Walker, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC

Kerry Washington

Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman & CEO, EY

Jess Weiner, CEO, Talk to Jess

Liz Weintraub, Advocacy Specialist, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Kim Wells, Executive Director, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

Jennifer Welter, First Female NFL Coach, Jenny Football

Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

Melanie Whelan, CEO, SoulCycle

Chris White, Principal Researcher, Microsoft

Marcy Whitebook, Director, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Judith Williams, Global Head of Diversity, Dropbox, Inc.

Kelly Williams, Senior Advisor, GCM Grosvenor

Dr. Lori Wilson, Associate Professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine

Jamia Wilson, Executive Director, Women, Action, & The Media

Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Rebecca Winthrop, Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

Kym Worthy, Prosecutor, Wayne County

Natasha Yakanda, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington

Meghan Yap, It’s On Us Activist

Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

ReShonda Young, Owner, Popcorn Heaven LLC

Teresa Younger, President & CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

 

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You are beautiful! Keep rocking your confidence!

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Writing Sample: Supply & Demand

Supply and Demand play a key role in our everyday lives even more than we realize sometimes. One example is the used car dealerships near my house. Around tax time, their lots are full of cars with high prices, but once tax season is over they mark down the cars and are willing to do payment plans or make other arrangements that they would never except during their peak season. Another example is when a new pair of Jordans comes out and people are waiting outside the store for them for hours and hours just to get a pair even when their price is the highest. Some people wait in line not knowing if they will even get a pair when they get to the front of the line. Many times the demand is higher than the supply on hand. In my own business, I experienced this recently when I launched my most recent compilation book, Tainted Elegance: Simply Beautiful 2. Amazon had 100 copies on hand the day it launched and that very day it became Out Of Stock because the demand was too high and they ran out of books. Had I have made sure to supply them with more books, I could have prevented that, but I did not want to order too many books and them have a surplus. On the other hand, I ordered a shipment of 100 books for a speaking engagement and only 30 sold on the first day which then caused me to mark down the books the second day, so that I did not end up with 70 books to bring home.

Supply and demand is based on the consumers and their purchasing desires and needs. Without the consumers, a product would be worthless. The materialistic demands of our country have led to higher prices and also the value we place on “NAME brands”. A great example that I have seen of this is during the holidays, you see an abundance of holiday products. Some stores even have specific isles just for holiday themed merchandise. The prices are usually higher than normal, but the stores will usually hold a sale on one or two items to get people into the store to shop. After the holiday is over, all of a sudden everything is marked down to usually between 25-50% off, then a few days later it goes down to 75% off and some places even discount all the way down to 90% off. The demand is higher during the season, but once the holiday is over they discount the merchandise to avoid a surplus of holiday merchandise.

Career Awards & Honors I Have Received

2014

Distinguished Woman of the Year in her 20s – YWCA

Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year (Under 30) – Unstoppable Women

Featured on Good Day Cenla – Alexandria, La

2015

Selected to be an EPIC Ambassador for the EPIC Conference

2016

Spirit Award and Most Social Media Impressions – Coach, Speak & Serve

#IALA Awards Finalist in Poet of the Year category and Anthology of the Year Categories

Selected to be an #IALA Ambassador

Selected to be an Ambassador for #SwagHer Magazine

Selected by The White House and the #StateofWomen to participate in the first summit headed by Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Oprah

 

 

 

 

 

My BOSI Entrepreneurial DNA

My primary entrepreneur DNA is opportunist and according to BOSI my strengths are finding new money-making opportunities, promoting something I believe in and being optimistic even after the toughest setbacks. My built-in weaknesses are maintaining consistent, long-term income, saying “No” to money-making opportunities and doing important administrative/repetitive tasks.

My secondary entrepreneur DNA is Innovator. According to BOSI, it is the part of me that comes up with breakthrough ideas and product. It gives me an  almost limitless innovation pipeline, but I agree that it keeps me in the lab of the business and away from the management activities and that can leaving a gaping hole in the business. That is where a virtual assistant and project manager comes in for my business.

I am highly creative and I am always thinking outside of the box. Multiple-income streams are my goal, but I have learned from coaches that I need to focus on one thing, get it done AND launch it before focusing on another. I think that has really helped me to not try to do 10 things at once and none of them actually gets done or done RIGHT.

Red-lights included me managing the operations and finances for the company and me spending time working on something else instead of promoting what I already have. I addresses those above. A virtual assistant and product manager helps me stay on track and deals with customer relations and my coaches have helped me plan out what I want to do, so that I am finishing what I start.

Green-lights are someone else with builder or specialist DNA is running my company, I am involved in business development of my company and I have a business/personal coach. Those are all things that I have really worked on this past year and I now feel more organized  and that things are running more smoothly.

“Your primary area of gifting is in business development. If you’re not spending most of your time in a RAINMAKER capacity, you’re not leveraging your most powerful strengths.”

– This was the final recommendation it gave me and again I think this profile is very accurate. I just partnered with someone for a business project who is a builder (yes, I had her take this assessment) 🙂 and I can already see how well we work together. I can be in the lab tweaking things to be just right while she makes sure we are meeting deadlines and keeping the clients informed on what is going on.

Basic BOSI “My Results” Profile. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2016, fromhttp://www.bosidna.com/results

My #EPICAmbassador Experience & EPIC Possibilities at the upcoming #EPICCon2016 Conference

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Hey my loves!

For the past few months, I have been serving as an #EpicAmbassador for the #Epic Conference that was founded by visionaryAprille Franks-Hunt. I have learned so much from her and it really has been a dream being able to work closely with her, gain valuable knowledge from her, and be able to support my mentor and her visions.

 

I had been following Aprille on social media for a while and was continually drawn to her genuine spirit, love for helping others WIN and her just plain raw authenticity. I have been around many entrepreneurs, but Aprille is truly one-of-a-kind. She not only wants you to see her successes and the fabulous side of her life, but she shares her struggles and not-so-perfect moments (which many people fail to show) as well. In a world filled with fakes and phony people, Aprille gave me the courage to just be ME. She was the push I needed on my confidence journey to finally give up trying to “be perfect” or at least put on a show that made it seem like my life was perfect and to let my imperfections show. Aprille’s dedication and consistency is unmatched in my eyes.

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Who is Aprille Franks-Hunt? Check outthis video on Aprille that I did for my Business Management class a few months ago. As busy as she is, she took the time to help me with this project and I am so grateful for that!

What does “EPIC” mean? According to the conference’s website (epic2016.info), EPIC stands for the following.

Engagement is everything in the social space you occupy. Understanding what engagement encompasses is imperative in your communications with your ideal audience.

Positioning is about how your brand intentionally prepares to show up on a consistent basis.

Impact is why you probably wake up in the morning. You have a message, a solution for those meant for you to connect with, to serve, to support. You want to create massive impact in your home, your local market and for the world.

Creating Consistent Cashflow is a challenge for most entrepreneurs at every level – whether you started your business a month ago or 10 years ago, understanding the landscape of your ideal clients and the ever changing climate of how to create products that produce results, systems that capture those results and a technology for duplication.

Being selected to represent the conference as an ambassador has really drawn me outside of my comfort zone and even before stepping foot into the actual event, I learned many things from Aprille in each of the components that make up the EPIC Acronym.

Engagement – I knew I needed to engage with my followers, but I am going to be honest with you (that’s why you are here right?), I wasn’t as consistent as I could have been and I lacked greatly in my follow-ups. I was all over the place and was focusing on way too many things. Once I narrowed down my focus, defined my target audience and decided to work on THAT SPECIFIC AREA until I get where I want to be then move to the next, amazing things started happening.

Positioning – Piggybacking off of Engagement, clarity was a huge issue with me that I had to face. It was hard to position myself for greatness when I wasn’t clear with what I actually wanted to accomplish. When you aren’t clear with where you are going, you oftentimes may find yourself running in circles. that exactly what I was doing.

Impact – I was clear about one thing and that is my WHY. My WHY is my princesses and the life I want to give them. My passion is helping women to be confident with who they are without any boundaries or stipulations that society my place on them. BUT it was time for me to create a community and by listening to Aprille talk about how important that is, I did just that and created the Official #IAmSimplyBeautiful Ladies Group. It started small, but is slowly gaining members who want to support one another on their journeys towards self-love and achieving their dreams. Many of the members actually got to meet in February in Atlanta for the release party for the Tainted Elegance: Simply Beautiful 2 Book Launch Party. Nothing is more amazing than meeting “sisters” in-person that you may have connected with online for months or even years.

Creating Consistent CashFlow – This has been the biggest issue for me. Have you ever just felt “stuck” in your business? Have you ever felt like you are just doing to “do” and the money isn’t coming like you thought it would? I realized my problem..I was doing everything, BUT putting my focus towards making money…Why have a business in the first place if your goal isn’t to make money? At Nikki Woods’s Spotlight Conference, Aprille showed so many ways to turn your book into cashflow and those ideas have helped me map out exactly what I need to do to take things to the next level. Sometimes we tend to overthink things and make things harder than they really are.

These were just a few things I learned as an #EpicAmbassador and was able to implement BEFORE the conference that is happening THIS WEEKEND. From the coaching calls to the Twitter parties, I was constantly encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone. I can’t thank Aprille, Ebony Combs (Lead Ambassador, #EpicCon2016 Media Correspondent), Ms. Ronda White, and Courtney enough.:)

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I leave in the morning to head to Oklahoma City for the conference and I am just walking on Cloud 9 right now for the opportunity to be able to meet so many amazing people and the speakers are beyond EPIC! <See Below> Speakers will be sharing nuggets on an array of topics. Visit here for more information.

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Tory Johnson from Good Morning America will be the Keynote Speaker!

 

 

 

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Aprille Franks-Hunt is the Master Coach and President of Coach, Speak, & Serve and is the Visionary of the Epic Conference.

 

 

 

The best part of the weekend (in my opinion) is going to happen on Saturday evening when Aprille will premier her first film, Unbroken Resilience that was birthed from Chapter 3 of her memoir.

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After taking some time off from dating to focus on life as a single mother of Shania, 19-year-old April is introduced to Daniel by her neighbor Lisa. Little did April know meeting Daniel would change her life in ways that will rock her entire world and activate a resilient spirit she didn’t know she had!

Imagine: Being 19 years old and hopeful about the world and how you’d grow up to do the things you’ve been wanting to since childhood….only to have the most intimate piece of you stolen like a thief in the night. Imagine all of your naivety being painted over with tar and the purity of your thoughts about the world, warped. Imagine being deceived and manipulated by someone you want to trust. Imagine drowning or burning in a fire – or being on the brink of ending it all.

Aprille Franks-Hunt‘s new short film is about RESILIENCY.

(From the Official Website for the film)

If you are attending the conference, you have made a fabulous decision and I look forward to meeting you there. If not, please follow the #EpicCon2016 and #EpicAmbassador posts across all social media platforms for tidbits, takeaways, pictures and more from the conference.

If you are not a member of Aprille’s Coach, Speak, & Serve Lounge group on Facebook, do yourself a beyond wonderful favor and add yourself to the group. It is not just a group, but a community of authors, speakers, coaches, bloggers, and entrepreneurs that are there to support you in what you desire to accomplish.

The countdown is almost complete! It’s time to get EPIC!

Writing Sample: Lyfe Smarts with Necie Black

Lyfe Smarts with Necie Black

By Ashley A. Love

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Necie Black from Lyfe Smarts, LLC is a great example of how transitioning from corporate America to entrepreneurship is not only possible, but can be life-changing. As a young girl from Los Angeles, she found her way into corporate America where she worked for almost thirty years before deciding to branch off and start her own business. With her husband’s support and her love for helping women live well and make better choices, she founded Lyfe Smarts, LLC where she began private and group coaching sessions, intelligence training, speaking services, and created round-table seminars and workshops to help those women gain the clarity, confidence, and the courage they need to live the life they want and achieve the goals they’ve only been dreaming about. Black is in the process of expanding the services she offers to include corporate trainings and is currently writing her first book. While entrepreneurship has its bumps and hurdles, Black continues to be a highly regarded influencer in her field and believes the connections she is making on her journey are “priceless”.

Keywords:  Necie Black, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship


Lyfe Smarts with Necie Black

When I think of entrepreneurs that I know, Necie Black of Lyfe Smarts, LLC comes first to mind. After almost 30 years in corporate America, she stepped out into the exciting world of entrepreneurship. She founded Lyfe Smarts, LLC in 2014 and serves women who desire to “gain the clarity, confidence, and courage they need to live the life they want and achieve the goals they’ve only been dreaming about…” (Black, 2016).

Black was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the housing project of West Dallas with five brothers and two sisters. She stated that one of her favorite things to do as a child was to “get up early Saturday morning and sit outside while it was still quiet and the morning dew covered everything” (Black, 2016). She attended Amberton University in Garland Texas where she received both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Business Management. She is also a Certified Master Coach, Speaker, and Clarity Counsel and is currently residing in the Oklahoma City area.

In 2013, Black started the transition from working in corporate America to becoming an entrepreneur due to her dissatisfaction of all she had not yet achieved in her life. “I felt the urge to do something different; something meaningful with a greater impact in the world”, stated Black (personal communication, May 6, 2016). After teaching office administration at a local Job Corps, she realized that she could “impact change on a greater scale” as an entrepreneur.

Black founded and registered Lyfe Smarts, LLC in 2014 with the intention to serve women ages 35-60 who feel like life left them behind. Her business name, Lyfe Smarts, was inspired by her own book smarts. Growing up, she had a love for education and still carries that love with her today. Although she excelled academically, what she didn’t learn from books, she learned “the hard way in life.”

“Being book smart is great, but you must couple it with intelligent choices, creating practical and tangible goals, putting in the work, and holding yourself responsible for creating what you want in life”, says Black (personal communication, May 6, 2016).

She offers private and group coaching sessions, intelligence training, speaking services, and round-table seminars and workshops to support women who want to make better choices, and create the life they want, but are unclear on where to start or what their next best steps are. Black spoke on what her ideal client is going through by stating, “Where they are in life is a result of poor choices, and they are weighed by guilt; suffering silently in the shadow of past hurt and fear. They may have spent the majority of their life putting the needs of others over their own and settled into a life of mediocrity. Their self-esteem and confidence are suffering” (personal communication, May 6, 2016).  Black’s passion for supporting women comes from her own real-life experiences. She has been where they are and wants to help them get to the other side of fear, pain, and frustration. She believes the keys to working with her are clarity, action and accountability. Her passion for serving women was evident when she stated, “We all know women are the backbone of the family, work place and community, so imagine how many women can heal and begin to live the life they want.” (Black, personal communication, May 6, 2016).

By helping others lead better lives, Black stays motivated to continue pursuing her purpose in life. She enjoys watching women grow their confidence and lead lives where they are truly happy. Black has connected with women from all walks of life and has formed many lasting friendships through her international speaking presence. She is currently serving as a board member and volunteer for Dress for Success Oklahoma City, whose mission is directly in alignment with hers. She believes “these connections are priceless” (Black) in business and in life.

When she is not acting as the CEO of her business, Black enjoys doing anything and everything with her family including traveling, shopping for her grandbabies with her husband, and enjoying the leisure time she gets from working at home.  Her husband, Michael, has inspired her to follow her dreams with his continuous support even back when her business was just a thought she had. By listening to her vent, always standing in her corner, and providing encouragement to stick with it, Black calls him her “greatest cheerleader.” (Black, 2016)

The best advice she ever received regarding entrepreneurship is “Give yourself permission to pioneer” which comes from the Profit Accelerator, Ms. Allyson Byrd (Black, 2016). Many times in business, I believe we can develop a fear of success and wonder how we will be able to adapt to the changes that comes with it.  Black stated the following when asked what her best piece of advice is for new and emerging entrepreneurs, “You can’t build and grow alone. Surround yourself with people who speak positively into your life, who refuse to let you give in, and who are not afraid to tell you the truth. You won’t know it all so be open to unlearning some things so you can learn the most important things to be effective in your new space. Allow yourself grace as you progress” (personal communication, May 6, 2016).  That advice reigns true regardless of where you are on your entrepreneurial journey. I have learned from many mentors, including Necie Black, you mimic the top five people that you are around most often and that has led me to re-evaluating toxic and meaningless friendships and ending them to make room for intentional, powerful and supportive relationships.

This is only the beginning for Necie Black and Lyfe Smarts, LLC. She is adding Corporate Services to her list of offerings where the focus is “wellness through confidence, employee engagement, and agility in ever-changing corporate environments” (Black, 2016) and is in the process of writing her own book. From a little girl from California to a life-changing entrepreneur in Oklahoma City, Black has faced ups and downs along the way, but she continues to stay focused on her mission to touch as many women as possible. She has definitely touched my life through her kindness, thirst for inspiring others, and positive attitude.

For more information or to contact Necie Black, visit http://www.necieblack.com.

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Letter of Recommendation: Ebony Combs

This letter of recommendation is from Ebony Combs who led the EPIC Ambassador program that I served on for the EPIC Conference in Oklahoma City in March 2016.

 

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Jan/Feb 2016 Recap: Sisterhood & Tainted Elegance Release Party

As I started the beginning of 2016, I knew things had to change. This had to be the year that I stopped sabotaging my own goals and start walking by faith (even more than I was doing) on this #MissionOfMagnitude. It is miserable living in your comfort zone because regardless of how comfortable you are, somewhere deep down inside you know that you want more for your life.

January was more of a planning month for me. A brief period of getting my goals and dreams together for the year and realizing that the how doesn’t even matter as long as there is a destination I want to end up at. With the wonderful help from a new friend, Zulma, I pressed forward to hold my first launch party for one of my compilation books. On February 13, 2016, after weeks, months and even years of talking to and developing online friendships, I met with some of the co-authors of my new compilation book, Tainted Elegance: Simply Beautiful 2 (and from some of the other books as well) at BRIO Tuscan Grill in Atlanta, Ga for brunch/lunch.

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Left: Vanessa J. Ross, Desh Dixon, & Lyneise Rachelle

Right: Zulma Berenice, Kirsti Paradis, and my baby Phoenyx Tolbert

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From left to right: Vanessa J. Ross, Shavon Goodwin, Lyneise Rachelle, Kirsti Paradis, Zulma Berenice, Desh Dixon, Phoenyx Tolbert, and myself (Ashley Love)

We had a fabulous time. It is amazing that I feel so close to women that I had only connected with online until that weekend, but God places the people you need in your life however which way when He knows you need them. I cannot forget someone who is not in these pictures, but that showed up and surprised me at the brunch as well…Ms. Serena Dorsey.

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I am not sure if she even knows how crucial she has been on this ride toward achieving my dreams. Back in 2014, I released the first Tainted Elegance book titled, Tainted Elegance: In the Key of Love. It was a book of the poetry I had written and compiled for years about my own journey to growing confidence and learning to love who I am. Serena purchased the first copy of that book online. It wasn’t just the sale that was so important. It was that someone believed enough in me to purchase a copy of the book and support what I was doing. At that time, very few people believed in what I was doing and I felt like “A Desert Rose” standing along, so that gesture mattered so much more than I can tell you. Not only did Serena just come to Atlanta to support, but she is pregnant as well. This right here is what sisterhood is all about.

If you want to see more selfies and pictures from the brunch, CLICK HERE.

That evening as I raced to the event venue arriving at a little after 5 (way later than I intended to), God sent me Angels to help me set up and make sure everything was together. Vanessa Ross,  Terrell Jenkins, Charles Clark, my princess Phoenyx just to name a few helped me to make the event a success and I can’t thank them enough. Tisa Edge Glover was a fantabulous host who truly connected with the audience and kept the flow going throughout the night. Before the event, all I could think about was numbers, but the night of the event, it wasn’t about how many people were there, it was about the breakthroughs that were happening in the room and the sisterhood that was developing between the ladies. When ladies get together without jealousy, drama, competition, or bad attitudes, AMAZING things happen!

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Flyer for the Tainted Elegance: Simply Beautiful 2 Pre-Release Party

Here are some awesome pictures from the event:

Phenomenal things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone! The event really pushed me beyond my comfort zone and prepared me for what is to come on the Beautyful Inside & Out Empowerment Tour and to plan my first conference in 2017! Woohoo! Do something that scares the hell out of you and see how amazing you feel when you accomplish it!

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