Taking A Little Holiday Season Break

Hey you guys and gals! I’ve decided to take a Blogcation for the month of December, and I’ll return in January (more than likely with a new format and direction). When I return I’ll be sharing with you all my “Year In Review 2012” plus thoughts on goal setting techniques I’ve been learning about and putting into practice and other goodies too (like my Black History Now series-exclusive interviews with local Black Entrepreneurs).

I’ll still be active over on my business blog, so if you’re looking for updates and tips on social media marketing, as well as other marketing best practices-join me over there!

If you enjoy hearing my thoughts I hang out on Facebook my platform of choice (despite their constant changes). and so I welcome you to connect with me there! Seriously, Let’s network!

If you’re new to my site or wanting to catch up on my publications, I suggest checking out my posts on Personal Development, Entrepreneurship, and for a boost of positivity and motivation Inspirations and Affirmations.

For my story so far check out my Personal posts. Just to be clear, you will never hear me say that I’m perfect and I have never claimed to be a “Miss Goody Two-Shoes” so my personal posts reflect my growing pains where I’ve come from and my hopes for where I desire to be. Enjoy! Happy Holidays to you and yours, and I hope to see you all back in January!

I’m A Proud Supporter Of Small Business Saturday

This a repost from my marketing blog

If you’ve been keeping up with our social media updates then you know that we are big advocates for supporting local small business owners. After all, we are a small business!

This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

A & D Media is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.

During that week we have something special planned for those who have shown us so much support since we launched our small business. Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer!

Check back on our website November 24th and you’ll get 15% off Any small web design project, this includes: Facebook Page Graphics (Cover Image and Profile Image), Web Banner, and Blog/ Website Header. On that day and that day only- we will have a Paypal button on the site so you can conveniently order your graphics at 15% off our normal price.

Enough about that! (I’m getting goosbumps from the self-promotion) Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November24th the biggest day of the year for small business.

To learn more about how you too can participate in Small Business Saturday®, visit ShopSmall.com.

How To Stop Being Busy and More Productive

It’s September. A new season is on the horizon, the year is more than half-way through. Summer vacation is just about over, school is now in session. Besides the start of a new year, I noticed that many people like the concept of fresh start for this month as well. And if people are looking for a fresh start, I can’t help but wonder what happened between the start of the year to the end of the summer that a hope for change will come with the start of this new season?

Sometimes we just need to recharge the batteries we already have

As I was wrecking my brain trying to think of new services I could offer through my social media marketing company, new relationships I wanted to build with the people I’ve been exposed to during my summer networking, new recipes I want to attempt to cook for the upcoming holiday, and a new short-story to outline since inspiration hit me while I was dreaming one night; I decided it was best to revisit some of the goals I made at the start of the year.  I was on a fast track to doing busy work when I seriously needed to excel at the work I had already started. It was more important to tie up any loose ends (and there are plenty of them) and readjust some goals that were just too unrealistic for now or no longer a priority in my life.

At the start of the year I was irritated because I was always tired and felt I was running around in circles with goal completions never feeling anything of importance was getting accomplished. I started writing out a to-do list at the beginning on each week using my favorite productivity app Evernote (ok I slip up from time to time) and decided that the only way to know if I was being productive was to literally write down everything I did at the end of each work day. This method has really helped me feel more productive versus busy and now I’m at least aware of time wasters.

Taking a look at my weekly track record made it easier to “secretly” conduct my own version of a personal monthly review.   If I’m dissatisfied with my monthly review or feeling that the steps I’m taking are not lined up with the goals set in each my 6 slices of life, I know it’s time to make a change. I have no interest in being busy it irks me almost as much as being bored. I ultimately strive for better work/life balance even though I’m not certain the scale will ever equal each other in weight.

What are some methods you use to be more productive and less busy in life and business?

 

Flickr Credit: Berna

3 Tips on How to Keep Your Business Going

This is a revamp of a guest post I did. You can find the original article here

As a budding entrepreneur, I face challenges and obstacles almost on the regular. Once I finally learn one trick of the trade and feel comfortable about it, the trends have changed and I have to learn something new all over again. Although this can get frustrating, I’ve never been so excited about work in my life. I truly feel blessed that I am able to take this opportunity and pursue my dreams. With that being said I am aware of a very real enemy that comes to steal your dreams in sly manners such as loss of motivation, and fear.

Passion-based business doesn’t necessarily mean automatic success and sometimes that can be very discouraging. To keep on with the keeping on, I’ve developed a list of 3 ways I stay motivated, and pressing on during the trials and tribulations that come with Entrepreneurship.

1)    Get Accountability

When you’re just staring out in business you’re reminded many times that in order to be successful you need to develop a tendency towards action. By breaking up big goals into small manageable actions steps, you are well on your way to being successful. Sometimes we get off course and the winds of life blow us astray. Accountability keeps us anchored, so when the storms of life hit, we can get back on track and find balance. Accountability could be mentors near and far; your business partner (like in my case), a business coach, your mastermind group, and even your blog readers.

2)    When You’re too tired, or uninspired to create… Celebrate!

Sometimes, because you love what you do, you can end up working yourself into the ground, (Especially when you are first starting out). Exhaustion kills creativity, and the things that inspired you before seem to just weigh you down. That’s when it’s time to take a break and just live. Celebrate everything you’ve accomplished thus far. If you finally got a website up, even if that’s as far as you got right now, celebrate it, have a website launch party if that makes you feel better. You’re amazing and everyone who matters knows the potential in you. As a Gen-Y Entrepreneur my biggest worry is that people won’t take me seriously if I let loose from time to time and just have fun and act my age. I now know that when I take time to smell the roses and enjoy being me, I work better and smarter because I come back to the table refreshed, and inspired. I also realized that I want to work with people who want to work with me; I’m a cartoon lovin, comic book reading, dance star (in my head), who also happens to love helping people realize their dream. Which brings me to the next point…

3)    Stay True to Yourself and Honor Your Values

I’m sure you’ve heard of personal branding. Personal branding is essentially building a reputation for yourself and letting that reputation precede you.  Businesses are run by people, or a person, You. It makes no sense to have a business run by you but you have to put on another persona to run your business. It won’t be fun, it’s a waste of time for everyone involved and it makes you lose inspiration to keep going. I kindly remind myself and whoever wants to challenge the things that bring me peace that my business has a real “home grown” not machine manufactured human behind it (I was referencing The Matrix if you couldn’t tell). I laugh, I cry, I need sleep, and yes I want to spend time with my family and loved ones too. I also realize the amazing spirit inside of all humans, and if I click my heals 3 times, and flow with what life has to offer me, I can really fly and be everything I feel I’m called to be.

At the end of the day, because I consider myself a woman of faith, I’m always humbly reminded that Everything is made possible through the Lord who gives me vision.

 

Summer Contest and Giveaway-Win A Free Gift!

Can you believe August is right around the corner?!? Well, if you didn’t know, August is my birthday month, and this summer moon likes to celebrate life. In celebration of both my birthday and new business partnership, I’ve decided to have a business pre-launch contest and giveaway! One of you lovely people will walk away with a Free gift from my online gift store.  How does that sound?

The contest is very simple; I just request that you like the Facebook page for A & D Media, our new social media marketing company, and ask your network to like us too! The person who brings us the most new Facebook “Likes” wins a free gift. (Yes, your own “like” counts.)

Let me break down the contest for you. The contest begins… NOW and will end on Saturday August 6th at 9:00pm. I will announce the winner by Saturday August 13th on a blog post.

In order to get credit for your referral, have the person you referred post on our wall that you sent them. Here’s an example: Your name is Joe S.- Joe S. will like our page, and then tell Sam P. to like our page. Sam P. will like our page and write on our wall that Joe P. sent him, now Joe S. has 2 credits and Sam P. has 1 credit towards winning the free gift. If there happens to be any ties, I have made the tie breaker very easy. Whoever was the 1st person to like us out of the winner circle will win. Easy Enough?

Our team will tally up the “Likes” and give you daily updates on who is leading.

It costs you absolutely nothing to win this Free gift, and your participation will be a nice birthday gift to me.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and Like Us on Facebook.