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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Michael Jackson, I celebrate his BIRTH not his death!





SO many people want to remember the date Michael Jackson died. I don't. 

I choose to celebrate his birth. He was born August 29, 1958. 
He graced the world 50 years with his God-given gifts and for that I am grateful.

Below is my favorite song by the "Jackson 5" - this was the song that made me say, "Oh, day, I'm going to marry Michael Jackson. On "I'll be there," I just KNEW his was singing to me!  I was always looking over my shoulder for MJ. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

What the Heck? If it aint a real YES - then NO! [video] Time Management Article


Lately I’ve been running. I knew my life was getting in a hectic pace when I got my daily nourishment from “The Runner’s Bible: Spiritual Guidance for People on the Run.” I grabbed it off the shelf and threw it in my briefcase. “I’ll read a few scriptures it at my desk before I get started with my day at work,” is my logic.
Yeah right. I’ve been pacing myself on roller blades….my feet don’t seem to move fast enough. Is it just me or has the notch on the dial of time been turned up. Everything is moving faster and everyone wants stuff quicker!



We are all overloaded in this information age – at work and at home. Too much information can be distracting and we lose focus of what really matters. We all want to accountable and answer every piece of mail, voicemail and email but God is saying to put some of the messages on hold and get a hold of HIS message.

In the world we can be busy, frustrated and live very complicated lives. But God calls us to seek first HIS kingdom and all that we need will be given to us. When we are led by the Spirit of God, He will give us the grace, energy and time to do all that is required.

If we don’t open every email or answer every voice mail, God will redeem us. I live by the rule – if I didn’t get to it today, if it’s really important, they’ll call back. Some things are just not that deep. Don’t fret.
When I set my priorities according to what God wants – not by the schedules of others – I find I’m truly content. Be still and listen to where God is leading you. He will not let you stumble or fall. His grace is sufficient. 


LEARN How to be More Creative!



Is Your Think Tank On Empty? How to be More Creative [Video]

“You don’t have a money problem, you have an idea problem.” – Dr. Mike Murdock

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Innovation. Creativity. Solution-drive strategies. Answers to issues. This is what people pay big money for. If you have an idea and put some action behind it – it can make you a millionaire. That’s the truth. Just look at history: Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Madam C. Walker to Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg.

Even on a job, you are rewarded with promotions and raises for having good ideas. But how do you get the creative juices running and revved up – especially in this economy.

Well, here are five tips to get you inspired and fired up:

  1. Read. I am a confessed bookaholic. I am usually reading about 3 or 4 books at the same time. Pulling out bits of inspiration from all. But even if you’re not a “book” person – read magazines. Subscribe to the ones that speak to what you’re passionate about. There is nothing like a good magazine where every page is filled with fresh new content that is gets you excited. The other thing that is sure to get you stirred up are online magazines, blogs and even some emails. Don’t ever get “overwhelmed” by information. It is the key to your creativity. Learn how to manage your emails and take time to read the RSS feeds of your blog subscriptions. Become an expert at scanning and hunting for information that may be the link to your next BIG IDEA.
  2. Move. Yes, get up. Exercise. Walk. Change your routine if you do exercise. Quit being boring. Take a dance class, do yoga or go swimming. Physical activities are great way send signals to the brain. Ever heard of the “runners high?” Those that run typically are inspired when they’re done because they have just released nature’s “feel good” drug to their brain. And the better you FEEL, the more creative you will become. Who ever had a GOOD idea, when they’re feeling BAD? So get up and move your body. Laziness drains you. Movement fuels you.
  3. Clean. You say, “yuck” but this can be very therapeutic and you’ll be amazed at the amount of energy that it releases because you’re putting things back in order. When you are organized – you will open up some space in your mind. An organized person feels the leisure (not stress) to find solutions to problems and answers to issues because they can think clearly. Clarity is a key to creativity. The more you “clear the deck” the more you can think without distractions. When your surroundings are clean, orderly and serene, you spark the ignition for innovation. No one can really think in a bunch of mess! Order leads to creativity.
  4. Visit. But not just anyone. Make a coffee-date with the most optimistic person you know. Vibe with a friend who always sees the glass half full. Go to a convention full of folks who are about business. Look online for a conference that speaks to your purpose. Or sit in on some webinars, teleseminars where you can hear the energy of the speakers sharing their passion. You must love learning. It is a way to push “reset” on a stale brain and expand your mental capacity.
  5. Change. Get an eyeful of new scenery. Go site seeing. Take off and go to a museum or just go on a long drive. Fully take in the atmosphere and learn to enjoy the small things in life. This is a surefire way to inspire you and take away doldrums. If you can take a vacation to an exotic place, go for it. Quit going to the same old place doing the same old thing. Enough of Disney. Go overseas or go to the Grand Canyon. See different. Be different. Get different results.

Finally, don’t forget to get quiet and really focus. In this information age where everything is moving at rapid pace, it’s important to unplug once in a while with a notebook and pen. Just doddle and let your thought wander and write down what you hear your inner voice telling you to do.

Don’t get so busy being busy that you don’t take the time to crack your creative code. You have tons of ideas waiting to be unleashed. Release your brilliance. Be driven – but first fill up your think tank and watch your life go to the next level.

How do you tap on your Creative side and refuel your think tank?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Brand New MOMMY: Karen Taylor Bass, Vlogger for Black Enterprise



Karen Taylor Bass, Speaker, Author and Chief Mom at The Brand New Mommy and PR Expert is on her way to empowering over 180,000 mothers, entrepreneurs and small business owners weekly with her #1 web-series, ‘Brand New You,’ on Black Enterprise.com.

Taylor Bass’ is scheduled to appear on NBC10! And WDAS-FM in Philadelphia (August 3rd) to discuss ‘Branding in the Bed Rest: 7 Insider Tips to Maximize Bed Rest and Stay Sane’ which appeared on Yahoo.com.

‘Brand New You’ is a lifestyle show with an authentic reinvention/branding twist featuring A-List celebrities, health/wellness experts, small business owners and successful entrepreneurs.

Elayne Fluker, Executive Editor of Interactive Media at Black Enterprise, says, “In our video series, Brand New You, host Karen Taylor Bass chats with guests about reinvention, taking time for self and finding the balance between work and life. Taylor Bass is an authentic voice for our audience, her style is engaging, and her mission is to empower. She is a star on the rise.”

The Brand New Mommy (TBNM) (www.thebrandnewmommy.com) is a blog for Black women seeking to renew and redefine their personal brand post childbirth.
“My dream is to empower women -- especially moms. I want us strive to put self first and get healthy. I forgot myself for many years and know what its like to put everyone first and that’s not sexy. Hopefully at TBNM we are saving moms each day and they too will give back and save a fellow mom,” says Taylor Bass.

Considered one of the premier authorities in the public relations industry, Karen Taylor Bass, has created strategic “out of the box,” public relations, branding, and marketing campaigns for celebrities, athletes, entrepreneurs, and corporations for over 15 years.

Bass has appeared on numerous media outlets: MSNBC; Jezebel.com, NBC Today New York; Fox-TV Chicago; BET News; CBS-NY; The Grio.com; Heart & Soul; Black Enterprise; The Network Journal; Essence; Ebony; Madamenoire.com; Philadelphia Daily News; Philadelphia Tribune; New York Daily News; and countless others.







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