Keeping My Eyes Looking Forward: A Brief 2020 Reflection

This last post of the year is a quick playback of 2020. 

As a refresher on the way I do things ‘round here, I base my reviews off of my slighted tweaked version of a planning system called Life in a Notebook. My friend, C.J. Hayden introduced me to her system sometime after I had first become a student of her Get Clients Now program and I’ve been using it ever since. 

Like many others, I do choose a word and/or theme for the year. I simply incorporate it into my notebook system and formulate desires, intentions, commitments, and goals around it. There have been years where I dreamed up my words as a series for years ahead, and there were years where my word didn’t hit me until months after the start of the year. It’s always worked out. 

My word for 2020 was “Focus” and my theme was centered around creativity. I intended to get into grad school and pursue a degree in writing. I was going to need both focus and creativity to accomplish that so that’s where I directed my attention. 

Because I have been out of school for over…let’s just say it’s been a hot minute, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself until I had a rhythm.

Therefore, I didn’t write that many goals this year. Little did I know, COVID would shake up the world and cancel most plans anyway. If you remember, I spent all of 2019 resting in the gift of Love so I kinda felt that somehow I was given a heads up for this year. 

Plans? What Plans?!?

So what did I plan besides all things school-related? Honestly? A lot of internal work. More than anything, I wanted to remain faithful to my commitment to the Way of Love. I wanted to expand on my research and work around what that continues to look like for my life. I narrowed my focus on ways I could show up to this path for myself and the communities I was involved with. I was not all that surprised where my yearning has led me. I will blog more about this in the new year when things are a little more solidified, but as a hint, that pilgrimage to Spain made me realize how tired I was of the chasing the carrot lifestyle. 

It worked out that I finally sold my house this year! I have quite a few finance blogger friends, (one of them started a freelance writing school *affiliate link) so I try to catch some of that finance wisdom. I’ve joked that I feel like they are speaking some weird language that Google translate can’t seem to decipher for me. However, I understand ‘get thee behind me debt’! Less debt is less stress and less stress gives me more ease to focus on time spent with my Beloved. 

I would say that finding the Divine One during my struggles with anger and frustration was the hardest lesson I’ve been learning this year. Spiritual Direction and community have helped a lot. Developing a personal rule of life that encompassed practices that grounded me and helped me to center myself when all I wanted to do was react to my emotions in very unhealthy ways helped as well. I could sense several things at once: relationships deteriorating, my hesitation to welcome new ones, and my joy that others were becoming more solid. There was a lot of grief. But there was also a lot to be very grateful for as well. 

You can read more of my thoughts and reflections around anger, fear, and forgiveness here

It’s My Blogiversary

***sang to the tune of Tony Toni Tone’s “It’s Our Anniversary”***

Finally, come January 9th, I will have 10 years under my blogging belt! 

I’m not sure when I’ll be putting up that “coming soon” landing page, but this blog is getting a makeover to celebrate growth and transformation. 

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Wishing you all a Healthy, Safe, and Blessed New Year!

Work-life Balance or Work-life Integration [Vlog]

#Record 52So, I’m taking part of a video recording challenge called #Record52 hosted by the team over at Both Sides of the Camera. Part of the reason is to encourage my clients to get from behind the screen and show their lovely faces, (Especially when they are Speakers, or leverage speaking to promote their coachsulting businesses).

I figured if I can do it with my laptop and Galaxy, not to mention how extremely casual and laid back in presentation I am, they can surely do it.

The other part of the reason is that I too want to become more comfy with speaking and articulating my thoughts out loud as this isn’t my strong point and I want to be an amazing storyteller in multiple art forms.

You can check out my latest video here:

Just in Case that didn’t show up for you here’s the direct video link:

So, this week I bring up the concept of work-life integration again and though I don’t ask in the video, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  What do you believe is the difference between the two concept?

Work-life Balance or Work-life Integration, which would you rather have?

Until Next time…

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Black History Now-2014

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Wow, Can You Believe this is the last Saturday in the month of January?!? Time sure does fly when you’re on a mission to live on purpose with purpose. A part of that mission means sharing with you all some amazing resources and people you may want to get to know. So, I’d like to announce that throughout February, in celebration of Black History Month, I’ll be continuing my annual blog series on Black Entrepreneurship!

This will be a segment of Q & A’s and/or exclusive video interviews on local black entrepreneurs and business owners who are working hard at being awesome, while leaving their mark and building a legacy.

I started this series in 2011 to acknowledge some of the local black entrepreneurs I encountered along my own entrepreneurial journey. I decided to continue on with the series because: 1) I absolutely L-O-V-E Love shedding some light on the progression and success of everyday African Americans- dreaming, believing, and achieving a life they envisioned afforded to them by their daring venture into entrepreneurship, and 2) I know other young aspiring black entrepreneurs are looking for certain a someone to look up to.  I know this isn’t exactly history, but it is history in the making, and that counts for something!

I like to read about the everyday unsung heroes; the firefighter, the caretaker for the elderly, the advocate for the youth, etc. I want to share a fresh perspective from the people we know and grow up with; familiar people who are taking risks to own that dream business, or mountain moving personal brand.

Many small town or inner-city raised blacks are at the forefront of community development. They step to the plate as leaders and mentors to students and troubled youth. They bring employment opportunities to the jobless and donate to charitable causes. I want to acknowledge the African Americans who bring about positive reinforcement against the negative stereotypes that deter hopes and ambition.

My “interviewees” are full-time small business owners, founders of large enterprises,  solopreneurs, and side-hustle champions. One thing they all have in common is that they are defining success on their own terms, and working hard to align their brand with their vision. Black History in the making is definitely something worth celebrating!

I encourage you to take a look at the profiles of my previous year’s guest entrepreneurs for inspiration, and encouragement. Be sure to show them some support by sharing this series with your network.

This year I have an awesome line up for you and can’t wait to share what I have in store.

See you next week!

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Holiday Break Time

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Well, it’s that time of the year again! It’s the season of giving thanks, celebrations, counting your blessings, spending time with loved ones, and for me… taking a blogcation.  You could say it’s my tradition. Thankfully, I have awesome, understanding blog readers who come back over when I return in January,(and I hope you will this year too) but you could always get morning greetings from me via Facebook or Twitter until then 😉

So, when I return in the new year, I’ll be reporting in on my quarterly review, talking about goal setting, perhaps my own rendition of a happiness project (inspired by the happiness project book), making some announcements, and introducing you to some amazing entrepreneurs for my 4th annual Black History Now series 

In the meantime, if you’re new to the blog, feel free to check out the blog categories section in the right sidebar and choose a topic of your fancy…here are a few of my favorites from this year:

Fear of Success and What’s The Worst that Could Happen

Why Ask For Permission? [Vlog]

Abundance or Scarcity Mindset, Which do you have? [Vlog] 

Ask For What You Want 

Wishing You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

Old Posts Are Back up


Hi everyone! So, the old posts from July, (and the 1 from August) are back up on the site after that technical hiccup! Thank goodness most of the blog was backed up, which I do manually by exporting files and all that ‘geek talk’ jazz…now my site is also scheduled for regular backups using a simple back up pluggin (which I’m not linking because I’m in the process of using a different one since there’s no support on my current pluggin anymore.)

But…If you are looking for something more robust, and highly recommended for backing up your site (and you have the money) I suggest checking out Backup Buddy It is a premium pluggin, but I’ve heard it’s well worth the investment. Honestly, I’m just glad I draft my blog posts in Word before I publish them online so I was able to recover everything.

I apologize if you received notifications as I republished the posts. While I tried to keep the content the same as it appeared originally, what I write in Word is not always the finished post you see when I hit the publish button.

I should have a new blog post up on Wednesday!

Thank you so much for your patience 🙂

Until next time…