Monday, March 20, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Meet the "Creative Cultivator" Anneka M. Jenkins

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Anneka M. Jenkins, Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alumni NFL Cheerleader, Anneka Jenkins received her B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Radio Broadcasting. Currently lending her skills to Cox Media Group Atlanta, Anneka is also the Co-Founder of Show Me Shoes Foundation. The mission: rebuilding confidence..starting at the "sole".

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

Anneka M. JenkinsAt the beginning of my philanthropic journey, my biggest obstacle was the fear of getting started and not having everything together. When Show Me Shoes started in 2009, our idea was simply to collect shoes for women in need. That mission grew to become something bigger than the initial seed that was planted resulting in missions that serve not just women who new new soles.. but new souls. We overcame these obstacles by keeping the momentum going and living personally through our mission.

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

AJ: My personal journey inspired me to break into the philanthropic space. I was a Midwest girl, who was the only child with big dreams. When I moved to Atlanta to grow my career in media, I was blessed with a large group of interns who were just like me as a freshman or sophomore in college. When I finally figured out that life wasn't about me, yet my story - there was instant gratification in serving others - by inspiring them that they too can live out their deepest desires and dreams.

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

AJ: I have been able to balance my personal and professional life through my morning rituals: prayer, yoga and meditation. My daily calendar could be intimidating, but taking ‘sole’ care of me first thing in the a.m always gives me the “ump” to conquer the day. It's imperative I start the day by clearing my mind of clutter and to-do’s. This allows me to live through each moment and breath through any difficulties or decisions presented to me. I like to tell people, you should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour. :)

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

AJ: Be comfortable being uncomfortable.

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

AJ: There are so many influential people in my life. I am truly influenced by my family, friends, “sole-sisters”, volunteers,mentees and mentors. They have all overcome some sort of adversity, are goal-driven and risk takers on this journey we call life!

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

AJ: My “must-haves” to keep my career going strong are my faith; a strong team of supporters, Stop, Breath and Think Meditative app; my Google calendars and a clear, peaceful and open mind.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

AJ: My definition of a BOSS was taught to me by my mentor Janna B and has stuck with me ever since. BOSS is an acronym for a woman who Believes, Owns, Sees and Seizes their destiny.




Be sure to follow Anneka M. Jenkins  Twitter at @annekamaquay and @show_meshoes check out her products and services at  www.showmeshoes.org

3 Habits of a Modern-Day Career Goddess By: Charlene Rhinehart

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Some women sit around waiting for others to give them a golden ticket to success. Other women grab their black leather suitcase, put on their power heels, and create opportunities that align with the essence of who they are. 

When you see this woman, she’ll radiate with so much confidence that you’ll automatically know that she is a modern-day career goddess. The most strikingly surprising part is that her confidence isn’t layered with an ounce of cockiness; it comes from having clarity about who she is and having the courage to create the life that she wants. 

She’s mastered the career game because she’s proven that she doesn’t have to compete with anyone to climb the career ladder. She’s distinguished herself in a way that makes her incomparable to any other woman in the room. She’s in her own lane. Her lane is so appealing that other women secretly wish they could be her. 

Now, if you think you are a modern-day career goddess or have come face-to-face with one, here are three frequent habits that will confirm your thoughts. 


She Sets Goals and Achieves Them 
Many people talk about their dreams, but a career goddess takes the extra step to living her dreams. You may find her waking up at 5 AM to prepare for a 5K run or scheduling lunch meetings with accomplished leaders who can help her move to the next level in her career. Her unwavering commitment and daily focus make it impossible for her to fail. She doesn’t have time to engage in conversation about what she wishes she would have done because her calendar is filled with activities that are getting her one step closer to every goal on her list.

She Updates Her Resume When She Isn’t Looking for a Job
A career goddess is always prepared to take advantage of a new opportunity. During her quarterly reflection, she updates her resume to ensure it captures all of her most recent accomplishments and is a reflection of the opportunities she seeks to take advantage of. She understands the value of feedback and makes sure that she has others review her resume. A career goddess takes pride in her physical appearance but also makes sure that her resume equally measures up to the professional image she’s created online and in-person.

She Uplifts Other Women
Jealousy is definitely out of style. A career goddess knows that she doesn’t have to tear other women down in order to build herself up. Her empowering words instantly raise her brand to new levels of leadership. You’ll find her complimenting another woman on their new hair style, giving all-star recommendations on LinkedIn to women who have delivered exceptional speeches or taking the time to mentor another woman in the workplace. A career goddess understands that her success is quantifiable by the number of women that she lifts up, so she frequently invests time and energy into building other women up as she climbs the career ladder. 

Learn more about Charlene via her website at www.charlenerhinehart.com and follow her on Twitter @careergoddess

Friday, March 10, 2017

Just One Percent of Effort Will Change the Course of Your Life by Sylvia Duncan

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In my last two blog posts, I told you that hopelessness is a dream killer, I also gave you tips to know when and how this dream killer will hold you captive.  This month we’ll discuss how to take back your life.

I talk often about my childhood and how I grew up in a violent home.   And, some of you may be “over” hearing me talk so much about the adversity I experienced, and that’s ok.  I’m ok with it because, I know why I do it; I do it for two reasons, I do it to let you know that your past can and will affect your future, and I do it to motivate me to change.  Because adversity, not just domestic violence, but any adversity can and will alter your life in a way that will have you questioning “What the hell happened!?, Why are you where you want to be in your life?”  So, I continue to tell my story to let you know that, it isn’t you, it’s your reaction to what you experienced. 

Because what you experienced, left behind toxic, self-damaging behaviors such as; low self-esteem, lack of confidence and fear that have kept you stuck.  For example, you didn’t finish school because you didn’t think you were smart enough.  You didn’t apply for that job or seek that promotion because you didn’t think you qualified.  You were afraid to start the business so, you remained on a job you hated.  All toxic, self-limiting and self-sabotaging behaviors.

And I know what that’s like, that’s why I keep telling my story.  Like the man lying at the pool, waiting for someone to do for him, what Jesus told him to do for himself, “pick up your bed and walk” (John 5:6-8) ; I was spending my days waiting for something to happen for me, all the while, time was ticking away.  And, like that man at the pool who laid there for 38 years complaining that no one would help him, I stayed shackled by the toxic behaviors created by my past, complaining about the course my life had taken, instead of making things happen for myself.  And, that’s what I’m saying to you today, “Pick up your bed and walk!” Get up and do something!

Do Something

Yes, just one percent of effort will change the course of your life, but you must make the effort.  Instead of spending time reliving the pain of the past in a way that keeps you from creating the life you desire, let it be motivation for change.   Time is indeed ticking away and each day you spend stuck behind the bars of a “mental cell” you create, by indulging the toxic behaviors caused by your past, is less time you’ll have to create your destiny.  Hear me when I say this: “Reliving the pain of the past is a worthless activity”, the only things you’ll create are excuses and paralyzing fear that keeps you from moving forward into a productive, purposeful life.  However, using the past to motivate you to change is beneficial to your future.  Now…Get Up and Do Something.

Grace and Peace,

Sylvia Duncan, 
The Life Detox Coach, Author, Speaker 
www.sylviaduncan.com

Be sure to follow Sylvia Duncan onTwitter @Life@LifeDetoxCoach and check out her products & services at www.sylviaduncan.com