Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "True Mompreneur" Marita Kinney

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 Marita Kinney,  Best-selling author, life coach, motivational speaker, and of course an entrepreneur, Marita has  inspired thousands of people to overcome adversity with triumph through faith and perseverance. While facing several life-changing challenges herself, Marita had enough faith to conquer tribulations, coming out victorious. Capturing the true essence of what it means to turn ?lemons into lemonade,? she has taken the harsh lessons of life and developed a plan for successfully living.
 

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Marita Kinney: I had overcome doubt. I never thought that I could have both a family and a career. Finding the time to do what was in my heart to do was the biggest challenge. As a wife and mother of six children, my time was limited.

 BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?



MK: With no  one to talk to, I began to write letters to myself for encouragement  and strength. I had no idea that I'd share those same words with  thousands of women and become a best-selling author in my genre and  own multiple businesses.

 BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?


MK: Balancing life has always been a struggle. However I have learned a lot from my mistakes and have been honest with myself about my priorities. I had to decide what was most important to me and balance my life from there. True success was found in the life balance that I created.  It gave me a sense of accomplishment in every area of my life.

 BN:What is an inspirational quote that you live by?


 MK: Be the best you  that you can be. It's the best gift that you can give yourself.

 BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?


MK: I didn't begin with mentors or anyone  to help me. I had to become a student along the way and be willing to  invest in myself. Once I married my husband Demoine Kinney, he  inspired me to live without fear. I began to believe in myself and  the Power of God. Also Brenda Browder (another author) has mentored  me in my writing and publishing career, sharing her wisdom and  experiences with me. I'm grateful for the two of them.
 

BN:What are your must-haves to keep your career or business going  strong?

MK: It's critical to have a positive attitude and to keep  positive people around you. Building a strong team of people who  believe in you is equally important.
 

BN:What is your definition of a BOSS?

MK: A BOSS is a person who has the  freedom to do what she/he wants and not being intimidated by the  details in order to accomplish the goal. Followed by the ability and  discipline to see beyond the challenges of business.
 
 
Connect with Marita Kinney
learn more about products and services at  www.maritakinney.com
 

 
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Manifest That Childhood Dream Life You Once Craved By Dr. Mimi D. Johnson

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As a child most of us had an idea of how we wanted to live when we grew up. For me it was the mansion, a husband who wore a business suit to work, and 2 children, one of each.  I would shop and wear the finest clothes, employ the services of a chauffeur and chef, and jet set across the globe with my philanthropy endeavors, whenever I desired.  Do you recall that fantastic dream life that you wanted as child?  What happens when decades later your life has fallen short, the years have flown by, and you don’t know what happened to all of your young, fierce, fire, and magic?

Instead, you may find yourself stuck living a mediocre life, where the husband, children, the house, the job, and life itself, bear down on you.  All of these responsibilities have made your dream life, a distant memory.  

Living in un-fulfillment may cause you to become irritable, funky, and hard to be around. Have your relationships with your spouse/significant other or children soured, because of your short fuse and attitude?  Are you losing money from all of the cancellations or sick days that you are using?  Have body aches and pains developed from stress?  All of these symptoms could be manifesting because YOU ARE NOT LIVING IN YOUR BEST and HIGHEST SELF. You must act NOW to reclaim that imaginative little girl who had so much hope.  
I would like to offer five tips to help you along your journey, so that the REST OF YOUR LIFE WILL BE THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE.  

1. Develop a Spiritual Practice.  You are a creative, gifted and unique being.  You are here for a Divine Purpose.  There is a specific assignment aligned with your name.  No one in the world can replace you.  Get in tune with your Creator and Higher Self.  
WORD:  SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED ONTO YOU.
WORD “TEACHER, WHICH IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT IN THE LAW?” JESUS REPLIED: “‘LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.  This is the first and greatest commandment.”


2. Know your Value.  Know your Worth.  The Creator loves you deeply and cheers for your success.  Affirm yourself.  Study personal development and self-improvement - get tracks, cds, and books that uplift you.  Instead of watching the reality shows, and all that’s not feeding your MIND, SPIRIT, AND SOUL, find shows and information that make you feel good about YOURSELF.
WORD:  THE CREATOR WANTS YOU TO LIVE AN ABUNDANT LIFE.
WORD:  THERE IS POWER OF LIFE OR DEATH IN THE TONGUE.
WORD:  FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON.
WORD:  HOW PRICELESS IS YOUR UNFAILING LOVE, PEOPLE TAKE REFUGE IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR WINGS.

3. Discover your life’s purpose and passion.  Do your work to find out what you really enjoy and why you are here at this present time. Create a vision around it.  This “thing” makes you emotional when you think or speak about it.  You feel so strongly that if you don’t do this “thing”, a part of you slowly begins to die.

WORD:  WITHOUT A VISION THE PEOPLE PERISH.
WORD:  BUT I HAVE RAISED YOU UP FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE THAT I MAY SHOW YOU MY POWER.
WORD: I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS; NO PURPOSE OF YOURS CAN BE THWARTED.

4. Realize Your Purpose. After your purpose is realized, the basic idea is that you must align your purpose with your needs, abilities, and desires.  Your purpose tells you what you should do.  Your needs (money, shelter, clothing) dictate what you must do.  Your abilities (skills, talents, education) dictate what you can do.  And your desires (enjoyable work, passion) dictate what you want to do.  Taken individually each of these areas will only point you in a general direction, but when you put them all together, you’ll find it easier to set specific, practical goals.  This way you’ll be setting goals that help you fulfill your purpose, meet your needs, do what you love to do, and do what you’re really good at. Know that it is your Divine Order to share your gifts, talents, and abilities with others thereby bringing joy into their lives.
     
5. Community. Find yourself a COMMUNITY of women who are going where you would like to go.  Surround yourself with positive people who feed into and speak life over you.

WORD:  DO NOT CAST YOUR PEARLS BEFORE SWINE.
WORD:  DO NOT BE YOKED WITH UNBELIEVERS.

You are not too old.  The average American today will live to be 80, up from 47 in 1900. The most successful self- re-inventors are those who understand that they have time, and are willing to use it to invest in their own skill and education.  That means effort, often money, and hardest—the willingness to be a beginner all over again.  CONSIDER WORKING WITH a TRANSFORMATION/EMPOWERMENT COACH to assist with creating a life map and action plan to help get your life back on track.

Connect with the “Divinely Empowered Goddess”, Dr. Mimi D. Johnson on Twitter @doctormimij  and Facebook.  For more information on Life-Transformation/Empowerment speaking or coaching services visit: www.yoursoulsister.com
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Coaching and Networking Not only Changed My Life, but also Increased My Bottom Line By Audrey Woodley

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Several years ago I started a nonprofit organization called Changing Oasis, Inc. My vision and purpose were to help women who were in need of empowerment, guidance, and coaching. This was a big quest because, here in the inner city of Chicago, so many women feel like they don’t need anything except a pair of shoes, some cute lipstick, and eyelashes to be successful. But I knew they needed much more than that. This became glaringly clear once I hired my first coach.

You see, when I started my Changing Oasis, my life had taken a downward turn. At that time I found myself being a displaced math teacher from the Chicago Public School system. Even with my credentials of more than 15 years of experience, a master’s degree in leadership, and a license to become a principal, I was still let go. At the time I felt hurt and discouraged. But instead of letting that get me down, I decided to embrace it as a life lesson and use the situation as a bridge to help me get over to the right side of success. I also decided to use every lesson that I had ever taught my students to help myself and build my business. I can remember telling them that failure is not an option. In the same way I would push them to be the best, I began to push myself.

It was at that point I decided that I needed to rebuild not only my self-image, but also my spiritual being. So I took the money that I had often allocated as “my shoe money” and hired a coach. My coach taught me to focus on my inner strength and clean out old baggage, including my family. Now several years later, I’m looking better, feeling better, and even publishing my own books, and created joint ventures to partner with other inspiring authors that are looking to build their brand and increase their bottom line. I have my own online coaching and social media consulting company called Better Destination Media, Inc. Social Media Boutique—both in addition to my nonprofit, Changing Oasis, Inc. I learned from my second coach and after taking several courses in finance that it’s never good to put all your eggs in one basket. With my several businesses, I’ve definitely seen an increase in my bottom line. While coaching played one big role in that increase, networking definitely helped take it to the next level.

This past year I started on a journey to increase my network and had several goals in mind. I wanted to increase awareness about my business brands, drive traffic to my special events, and generate PR buzz for all three of my businesses. In order to achieve these goals, I decided to create what I call The Beauty of Business, which represents the principles that I use to make a lasting impression on the people whom I meet. These principles are as follows:

Always keep your head shot and bio close by. You might be called upon at any time to talk on a panel or to be interviewed about your business. Also make sure you have written two to three press releases. This will help you when someone has to introduce you and they don't have a lot of time to research all that you do. If you have a network, be sure to promote and send your head shot to their website so that if someone wants to find out more you and your business, your image and name will pop up in the Google web imagine search. Find ways to become a speaker or expert in your field, and capitalize on every appearance.

Make sure your website is designed in a way that accurately represents your brand. If you are using a free website, you will be very limited. If you are using WordPress to build your community, there will be fees associated with it. If you want to get out there with little or no money, try Wix or Ning and create your fan page to match these initial designs. Keep your fan page updated and linked to your website. Your web presence and what you are writing is key to your communication with the world.

Create a professional business profile on LinkedIn and update it weekly using the FLIPboard app. This is one place you will love especially if you are a building all of your networks in one place. The one key thing that's really cool is that you can post any pictures from any of your social networks and build a magazine based on your ideas. You will be ready to take on mobile marketing because you will be able to use this app on your phone, iPad, and any technology that will let you upload the app. As my social networks helped me build my bottom line, I must advise you on the importance of using them to also build yours. It is critical that you plan your schedule and time your posts of your work on social media. What I've found by using the FLIPboard app is that I am able to do everything in one place and it saves me time and energy. Plus I don't feel like I am getting lost in the social media realm.

In everything that you do, always remember your WHY. Your why is going to be your driving force. It will be that thing that keeps you going and growing, so don't take for granted the importance of knowing what your why story is. Take some time to develop it and keep it close to you at all times. You will need it on those days that you feel like you want to quit.

Once I knew what I wanted to do, I decided to arm myself with my principles, and I jumped into immediate action. I did several things to accomplish my goals.

First, I joined the B.O.S.S. (Bringing Out Successful Sisters) network here in Chicago. Being a part of this network has enabled me to join a network of professional businesswomen and be featured as a businesswoman. I have also had the opportunity to expand my network and build with the women in the Chicago-land area. Just like with the Diva Millionaire's Club powered by the Network for Women in Business, I’m able to post, blog, add pictures, and promote my events. You are building your network around like-minded women.

Second, I started an online radio show for Changing Oasis, Inc., with Intellectual Radio and Blog Talk Radio. We wanted to create buzz and help build on the foundation of leadership, networking, community, and sisterhood. This form of media presence and networking allowed us to interview businessmen and businesswomen all across the United States, which also gave me the opportunity to learn from other entrepreneurs and connect outside of my usual circle of friends. I have been able to build partnerships in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, and Florida. Having an online radio show has helped us build our brand without having a large advertising budget, which is why I encourage everyone to use these tools to grow their business.

Last but not least, I developed a larger social media presence by creating a fan page for my not-for-profit business on Facebook and being on book tours speaking. As a result of creating this page, many of my fans are able to see more content and communicate socially with our brand. This is something that only took a few months to build. We did ours using pay-per-click and sponsored stories, paying a company to grow the number of our likes. In the process, I learned that you should tag your fan page whenever you are posting in groups and in your personal news feed. This helps build awareness, and you can run a contest and get people to come support your business.

All of this has helped us to increase our network as well as increase my bottom line. You can build yours too if you follow these techniques.

Connect with Audrey L. Woodley on Twitter @AlwoodleyCEO and Facebook. Learn more about products and services at ChangingOasis.com