Friday, April 1, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet the "Media Maven"Ashley Brown

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 Ashley Brown,  founder of Ash Said It LLC. My company is a public speaking boutique that specializes in hosting red carpets, fashion expos as well as other upscale soirĂ©es. I have over 10+ years of experience as a radio announcer & I've recently honorably discharged from the Military.
 TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Ashley Brown :The biggest obstacle that I've had to face was dealing with the loss of my mother. That is the most difficult thing I've ever faced in my entire existence. I was lost. My heart was no longer in military service. I needed to leave but I had no blueprint on where to go. I took many odd jobs that year. Helped build multiple brands & had nothing to show for it. Then one day a light bulb went off in my head. Why the heck am I wasting time helping people disinterested in helping themselves? Why don't I pour my 13+ years of industry experience into something I can call my own. That's when Ash Said It was born!

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

AB: I had to stop & think about what my skills were. I was always in front of a camera or microphone however it didn't occur to me until someone suggested I emcee a wedding reception. I had never done it before but took to it like a dove to water. That was my gift! Now it was time to cultivate this craft.

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

AB: There is a fine line between personal & professional when it comes to entrepreneurship. I definitely work WAY more hours than I ever did at my 9-5. The only difference is I LOVE what I do! It doesn't seem like work sometimes.

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

AB: Those who know better do better. My grandma Lou would say this to me on a regular basis. Very powerful quote.

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

AB: My Mom was by far the most inspirational person in my lifetime. She encouraged all my wacky ideas throughout the years. She never discouraged my dreams and always supported all my ventures. She was my biggest fan on earth & my guardian angel up above.

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

AB: I live on social media! Lol. Seriously. Social media has essentially become a part time gig. In order to grow my audience, I've had to stay updated on the latest trends. I need to know what they like, what's the latest app they've downloaded & ways I can stay engaged with them. 

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

AB: A boss is someone who lays the groundwork for others to follow. They solve problems, create solutions and make executive decisions. They remain unbothered by here-say. A boss is too busy building an empire. 


Be sure to follow Ashley Brown on Twitter @1loveAsh and check out her products and service at  www.Ashsaidit.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

One of the Habits of Highly Unsuccessful People By: Shana Naylor

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One of the Habits of Highly Unsuccessful People Why do I keep putting off til tomorrow the things I and today?  We all know that in order to be successful, we must take action. It’s simple, right? Then why is it so hard to do? Often it's because the tasks are boring or difficult, or something we just don't want to do. So, how do we overcome this? The problem is that denial won't cause the task to go away. Procrastination won’t make it any easier; in fact, it will make it harder. So what do we do? Here are a few ideas that can help:

1. Take a look at your thinking. If your mind is full of negative thoughts, you will start to believe that the task is impossible and that it's okay to give up, put it off, or leave it unfinished. Instead of thinking, “I can't do this,” tell yourself, “I will get this done now.”

2. Get to know when your peak performance time is. Regardless of how you feel about the task, choose that time to do it if it's urgent or important.

3. Make the main thing the main thing. Decide what your most important tasks are and do them first.
Prioritize and organize.

4. Are you overextending yourself? Learn to say no. Many times it's hard to say no either because we don't want to let somebody down or because we're afraid to turn jobs away.

5. Be careful about distractions. People may come to you and say, “I just have a quick question,” and that might be true. But if 20 people come to you with a quick question, your day is used up with other people's work. Either tell them you will get back to them at another time, or, better yet, don't answer the request in the first place. When you're important tasks are completed, you will find time to answer the questions you really want to answer.

6. For tasks that you find especially daunting or unpleasant, you could make use of some tools that lots of people like. One is a simple kitchen timer. Set it for 10 or 20 or 30 minutes and work as intensely as you can on the project. Then take a break and work on something else for a while and come back to it. While this is only a short list of things you can do to make procrastination a little easier, you still have to face the truth behind your self-sabotaging habit. My challenge for you: Take some time to really think back to when this habit started.  For me, it was grade school.  When was it for you.


 
She’s a certified Corporate Trainer & Coach and hold an MBA. Follow her on social media @ShanaNaylor or www.shananaylor.com



Looking For Love/Support In All The Wrong Places By: Nia Perry

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Looking For Love/Support In All The Wrong Places Before I became an entrepreneur, I studied many success stories. There were so many common threads in the testimonies: persistence, stubbornness, loneliness, disappointment, loss, failure, etc. But, there is certainly nothing like experiencing these things for yourself to give you true perspective.

The reality is, the support you expect and need from friends and family may not be there. And, some may even turn against you. People will not like it when you discontinue working for or with them. People will take sides (often not yours) because it’s just easier to support the known, rather than the unknown. You are often misunderstood. For me, that was one of the hardest truths to swallow. Not to mention the financial struggle that comes early on when things don’t jump off the way you’d planned. But, entrepreneurship is hard and will innately reveal the ‘ride or die’ people in your life. I’ve written in the past about almost quitting, because I had reached a real low point. In the thick of difficulty, my dearest friends stepped up prayerfully, emotionally and financially. God also sent angels and quick seasonal relationships to remind me He still reigns, and He’s still got me.

But if I’m being honest, I admit to changing, too. I became more focused, and more selective with what and with whom I spent my time and money on. Debating if I really wanted that Subway sandwich, or do I want to buy that domain…I bought the domain. Instead of chatting at the lunch table, I would be in my car reading, writing, and making phones calls. And these simple choices can be difficult for some people to understand. They’re happy in their job, so why aren’t you? Or, “we’re all going out to lunch or happy hour, why don’t you ever come”? Plain and simple, it’s because not only is it cutting into my investment money, but also into the time I need to research, study, and implement. And so yes, I did change. I’m not better not than anyone, I just had to make the right decisions for me, my family, and my future.

But, it does not mean that being shut out for simply having the guts to pursue something beyond the norm, does not hurt. Frankly, maturity occurs when you decide to be different.

http://youtu.be/mtiGilIS-g0- Why You Must Be Willing To Walk Alone
To Achieve Your Dream | Lisa Nichols

Follow Nia at @PerryFamilyMKTG or visit her website at www.perryfamilymarketing.com

What I've learned from falling down a few times: By: Keita Joy Ductant

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What I've learned from falling down a few times...I have the band aids to prove it! LOL.

For as long as I can remember, I battled with low self-esteem and a longing to feel accepted by others, not knowing that I had to first love and accept myself and embrace the FACT, that I was created in God's image. I thought titles, degrees, fake friendships, and designer labels would make me feel good. Guess what, I'm sure you figured it out, that it didn't. Ok, let's fast forward some years...

Then, through a close relationship with God, I realized how special I was. I mean, I'm really special! LOL. Then, I learned that all my gifts, talents, and strengths were for others. I'm here to shine brighter than the sun and in doing so, empower others to shine bright as well. Yes and yes to women collectively walking in their purpose. Then, it gets good you guys...I learned the difference between living a good life and a GREAT life. A good life settles in relationships, settles in the area of careers, and in the amount of love they receive and give. I wanted to be GREAT. I wanted to live! Now, I'm on a quest to help as many high achieving women unleash their magic, live with purpose and walk boldly and courageously.

What I'm about to share, I did quite often, so I know some of you are doing it too. You're good at a lot of things, and because of this truth, you are living a complacent and comfortable life. You can achieve more but you shy away from your dreams because of fear. It's time to kick fear down with faith, and walk in your purpose! I believe in YOU! Let's be fabulous & faithful together!


 
Follow Keita at @keitajoylife or visit her website at www.keitajoy.com

Mental Spring Cleaning:3 Steps to De-clutter your mind & De-Clutter your life! By: Avalaura Gaither Beharry

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“Clutter is not just physical stuff. Its old ideas, toxic relationships and bad
habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.”
Nowadays it’s not only common to carry around a lot of “baggage” or “clutter,”

it’s considered normal and is often overlooked. Not convinced?  Think about the thoughts, experiences and memories you are still holding onto to from last week, last month, last year and even years ago. 33Things that you feel you shouldn’t have done, could have done better, or anger and resentment you carry towards others. What are those negative thoughts and experiences that play over and over in your head like an old eight track (yes I said eight track- that’s how old they are)? Things you know you need to let go of, but you don’t know how. Or worse the invisible things you don’t even realize how thinking about it is holding your positive energy hostage, like what
Gina said to you last year or that text message hubby sent you last week that made you feel “some kinda way.” Enough already! It’s time to declutter your mind, let it all go and reclaim your energy and your life!

This negative emotional roller coaster is holding you back, keeping you stuck in quicksand and taking your energy and attention away from focusing on positive, productive matters you want to create in your life.

Does this sound like you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, but I’m sure you’re tired. Right? All that dead weight gets heavy and exhausting! Give yourself permission to take a deep breath and let it all go!

Why it’s time to “let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go!”
Your mental clutter is getting in the way of the life you really want. More than likely you have no idea of all the negative effects clutter has in every area of your life.  I won’t bore you with all the scientific details, but I will make Clutter is not just physical, there are all kinds- relationships, time, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter.  Not only does it disturb your day-to-day life, but it also dramatically upsets the success of your career, business, happiness, inner peace, abundance in all areas, your health, your relationships, and your ability to live up to your highest potential and embrace your greatest being to be the person you want to be in the world. When you feel overwhelmed, burned out, anxious, depressed, fatigued, uncreative, or are frustrated with your body, your finances or your relationships, some form of mental clutter or stinkin’ thinkin’ is at the root of what’s really going on. And when you break through the clutter, you break open and create space for your life to start flowing positively again.In essence, your mental clutter is preventing you from being as successful, prosperous, happy, and fulfilled as you’d like.  Fortunately, we can change all of that with heart work, soul searching and exercises. Or if you’re smart, you’ll hire a life coach like me to create your customized plan, hold you accountable and even hold your hand step by step through the process. 

De-cluttering Exercise
“The wonderful, beautiful thing that happens when you rid yourself of the things that don’t see your worth? You make space in your life for all the Now you know the negative effects of holding on to what no longer serves you, it’s time to take an honest look at your life and declutter the baggage.
You may finish this in a matter of minutes, several hours or days. Take your time and have fun letting it all go!

1. What are you putting up with?
 Make a list of 10 things that you are putting up with at home.
 Make a list of 10 things that you are putting up with at work.
 Make a list of 10 things that you are putting up with in your relationships
     or any other area of your life.Make an action plan to get rid of/communicate these things that  you have been putting up with to anyone involved.

2. What’s unfinished?
Make a list of things that are unresolved/unfinished in your life (career, family, relationships,   health, spirituality) Make an action plan of steps to take to reduce this list.Do you need to clear the air with anyone? If so, just do it! Its time to forgive and let go. If you don’t know how to forgive or aren’t ready to, its time to see me for help. Life is too short!Did you intend to call someone or keep in touch with someone, but still haven’t done it? If yes, stop doing this exercise now and give them a call, send them a text or an email right now. Let go of as many coulda, woulda, shouldas, maybes, oughtas as you can. Write them all down, let them all go!

3. What are your standards?
Write down the old standards that you beat yourself up about, and judge yourself for that don’t serve you. Now, burn this list and let it go. Write down a list of the new standards that now serve you that you are going to adopt in your life from this day forward.

List 5 people who you admire the most.
Identify their greatest qualities, behaviours, attitudes and what you like about how they lead their life. What standards do they have? What standards could you raise starting today to be more like them?


Respect that other people’s standards will be different from your own and
that’s ok. Think of 5 close colleagues or friends – what are their standards
and how are they different from yours? Acknowledge and accept the
Now that you’ve completed the exercises, pat yourself on the back and give
yourself a big hug. Time to engage in self-care and celebrate taking massive
action to detox yourself from negative, limiting beliefs, behaviours and habits. This is the first step to embracing a freedom focused life full of passion, purpose and greatness. This is your time, rise up and claim it!

 
Visit Avalaura's website http://spiritualsage.net/blog-with-small-thumbnail/  and follow her at @HealerAvalaura

Monday, March 28, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Hair-Loss Advocate" Tanya Barnett

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Tanya Barnett, a Champion for Embracing Life, works tirelessly to inspire and motivate women and girls who have challenging life issues. She also founded Forever Free Books, a mobile nonprofit that delivers FREE books to children in need. She is a mother, wife, marathoner, triathlete and an aspiring author. 

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

Tanya Barnett: Fear! I was so fearful that no one would see the value in what I was doing. Our society focuses so much on beauty and hair-care; I’m bald. There are other women who are bald by choice who have t-shirt lines and such, so I felt like there was no need for my platform. I also did not want to be rejected, so I was very quiet about what I was doing. I thought if I failed, no one would know. My mentor challenged me to jump out there and reach out to bald women.I did it! I held the 1st Embracing My Baldness Conference in the DC area in 2015. There had never been any event for bald women in this area. We had over 25 women and vendors participate. Because it was such an emotional event for everyone, I knew I was walking in my purpose. When women saw the pictures on social media and in the newspaper, they contacted me from Chicago, Ohio and Georgia to ask me to bring my event to their areas. I am praying that I can do that as well as represent my hair-loss sisters by speaking at natural hair conventions and shows this year. 

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

TB: Losing my hair was devastating and very humbling. I let people assume I was bald by choice for 3 years before I told anyone. I could not say the word “alopecia” without getting choked up. I was attending a conference when Tanya’s Xchange was dropped in my spirit. I knew at that moment, I was to share my hair-loss story to help other women who were living with it. 

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

TB: Honestly, I have yet to find balance. I simply chose to be okay with putting things on hold to be fully engaged with my family. I slowly learned how to say, “NO” to things that didn’t add value to my life. 

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

TB: Love God! Love People! Do something about it! –Pastor Demond Taylor

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

TB: Julian B Kiganda, Christine St. Vil, Pastor Portia Taylor, My husband-Donald Barnett

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

TB: Google Calendar is my best friend! I constantly set alarms in my phone to unplug, read, or go for a run.

BN:  What is your definition of a BOSS?

TB: A BOSS is a woman who is not only successful in her business but she intentionally helps other women build their businesses and gives back to her community.


To Connect with Tanya Barnett, follow her on Twitter @TanyasXchange and visit he website at www.tanyasxchange.com