A Look Back At 2018…

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Whew, another year! It’s like it flew by in a flash! I’m a firm believer in looking back to get ahead. In business we look back to assess our performance for the year. Often it’s even mandated. I have always maintained that we apply the same principles to our own personal life. Some don’t like to look back because they believe, they must focus on the future. If you’re driving and need to change lanes it’s important to look back then make the change. Only then will we able to know when it’s safe to do so…. or face the consequences.

For me I believe it’s important to look back to give thanks. To look back to see what worked and what didn’t. If we don’t look back we won’t know where we excelled or where we need to improve. So, here I share a few of my major points in 2018.

South Florida Writers Of Color Recognition

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I love to write and was thrilled to be recognized by the South Florida Writers of Color for my writings. If I can help someone through my writings, then my purpose is served.

Two New Books Released

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101+ Empowering Quotes For New Entrepreneurs

Do you know why some people succeed while others don’t? It’s simple. They never give up. Successful people press on when the going gets tough and they become discouraged. Why Motivational Quotes for New Entrepreneurs? Because Motivation is the key to Success. With over 25 Million Americans starting or running new businesses, entrepreneurship has become incredibly attractive, yet extremely difficult to sustain. Even with the traits of fearlessness, risk-taking, passion, resilience, and creativity, difficulties arise, and Entrepreneurs need to keep going. That’s where a boost of inspiration comes in. So, get this little book of Motivation. Offer it as a Corporate or personal Gift and sow seeds of encouragement today.

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GreenLight

GreenLight is a book of inspiration which we get step by step as we walk along the way. We cannot get green lights before we are on the road. At the lights, we are told what to do. When we get to life’s intersections whether it’s decision-making, career, business, or relationships, we find out what to do. In this book of Prayers, you will find: •Inspirational Short Stories and Exhortations to Uplift You •Prayers for Difficult Journeys •Devotions to Boost Your Prayer Life. So get your copy today

 

Pride in Other’s Publishing Achievement

I am pleased to have collaborated with others on their own publishing journey. Be intentional and Get a copy of these books for your own personal needs on Amazon.

          

Coming Soon

The Reggae Music Journey

The Reggae Music Journey which tells of the Iconic Patricia Chin’s contribution to the Globalization of Reggae Music.

 

 

 

 

 

I Speak. You Read.

Poetic words by Charmaine Allwood-Hanson

 

 

 

Community And Industry Work

Serving in Industry and the community is always a pleasure. Tons of hard work, but the results are satisfying.

Hospitality and Human Resource Association of Broward County, Florida (HHRABC)

 

30 Under 30 Millennials, Washington DC

It’s always a pleasure to serve as chief judge for the annual Ignite Caribbean’s 30 Under 30 Millenials making waves globally.

Book Signings and Interviews

Book signings and interviews remained a big part of my theme in 2018. Giving thanks for partnerships throughout South Florida’s libraries, Museums, and events. Deeper exploration continues in the New Year.

Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid
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The Iconic & Hilarious Oliver Samuels
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The Best of the Best! Artist, Singer and Song-Writer Beres Hammond

 

 

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Interviews

Helping others develop and achieve their best potential through career and new entrepreneurship is a passion. Listen to this interview on How To Evaluate Your Career… done with Kerry-Ann of Carryon Friends.

Dreams Come Through

Trip To Paris

As always the year was filled with travels but my greatest personal memory was the surprise trip from my oldest of a Weekend in Paris. All the way to Paris for a weekend? I questioned. But it sure was a memorable event that has left me with the notion that our dreams can come sometimes in ways we think not.

The Journey Begins

The greatest joy a parent can have is seeing their child accomplish their own dreams. Congrats to my youngest on achieving her BSc Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice. Mom’s real proud.

 

Cheers to you!

Finally, looking back on the past 12 months, the memories made and the goals tackled, I am truly thankful. I now look forward to the future and the expectations ahead. Can’t wait to see how it unfolds. Here’s to you and your family as we wish you health, peace, and hope that all will be well in 2019, and beyond!

How about you? What was your favorite experience in 2018? Do share. We would love to hear!

Happy New Year to you!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

7 Signs You Have OutGrown Your Job…

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Risk something or forever sit with your dreams

It’s that time of the year again when we pause to reflect on the past and create plans for the future. CNN’s Katherine Vassell shared The 7 Signs That You Have Outgrown Your Job  I like 5. Here I share:

  1. There’s no room for growth
  2. You don’t feel satisfied
  3. You aren’t getting new opportunities to learn
  4. You don’t align with the company core values
  5. Your salary hasn’t budged
  6. You become a work daydreamer
  7. You watch the clock

Pause. Reflect. Do any of the above resonate? Do share. We would love to hear. Need help to make that move? Let’s connect.

Cheers!

The 4 Benefits Of A Holiday Beach Escape As The Cold Descends…

 

Ever wondered how even the thought of the beach makes you feel relaxed? This holiday my family and I spent some time in the islands with a getaway at the beach enjoying the beautiful sunrise and sunset while avoiding the thought of the icy snow. It was a relaxing feeling that I wished could be brought to many during the Christmas snowy season.

I pondered more and decided to reflect on the reasons the beach is an answered prayer. Here I share 4 benefits as gleaned from Christina Heiser.

  1. The Blue Color

The color blue is associated with feelings of calm and peace while staring at the ocean puts us into a mild meditative state that enhances creativity.

2. The Sound’s Ebb and Flow

The quiet sounds that the waves, emit slows us down and causes us to relax and feel more engaged.

3. The Smell

The beach scent and the ocean breeze causes us to relax into a sooth state as we breath in the fresh air.

4.The Sand’s Touch

Touching the sand creates a warm and fuzzy feeling which leads us to quiet relaxation.

So there we have it. Next time you want a quick getaway, make it the beach. Go listen to the sound, the smell, the touch and bask in immense relaxation that only the quiet waters provide. While there, reflect on the year past and create plans for the future.

Need help? Let’s connect.

Cheers!

It’s Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas! 11 Songs That Inspire…

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas! The Holidays! Whatever you call it… to me its the most wonderful time of the year! People are kind, joyful, generous, smiling, pretty-all dressed up for those office parties, and family gatherings! There’s sumptuous food, Folly jolly chocolate delights, gifts and so much more! Yes, I know there’s always the Grinch but they’re just a few, so let’s not let them spoil it for us too.

Music of the Season

The season kicks off with holiday music… and today I would love to share them all!  Hey, I’m just kidding! I will just share 11 of my favs!

  1. All I want want for Christmas is you (Mariah Carey)
  2. It’s the most wonderful time of the year (Andy Williams)
  3. Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)
  4. Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano)
  5. Mary did you know (Pentatonix)
  6. Silent Night (Temptations)
  7. Last Christmas (Bing Crosby)
  8. Let it Snow (Dean Martin)
  9. This Christmas (Chris Brown)
  10. You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch (Thurl Ravenscroft)
  11. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (Johnny Mathis)

Am I missing any of your personal favs? Do Share! We would love to hear!

Cheers!

What Advice Would You Give To Someone About Life In Their 30’s?

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Time and tide wait for no man….~Robert Frost

What Advice Would You Give To Someone About Life In Their 30’s? That was the question posed in a social media question. Followers quickly chimed in. Here I share excerpts:

  • Prepare to want to be in bed by 9pm on Friday, plus lots more wisdom and wine.
  • 30s are awesome because you settle into self-love and you stop caring what everyone else thinks
  • Live your best life. Do you!
  • Think positive thoughts. Find reasons to smile throughout the day. Travel often.
  • 30’s are so good! The happiest decade! Wish I was still there.
  • Stay strong. Stay positive. You will be greater than you already are and more important be confident. Know and believe that you are amazing and keep believing in yourself.
  • 30 is the age at which you reclaim yourself.
  • Inspire. Empower. Spread joy.
  • Learn patience and forgiveness
  • Put on your dance shoes and shake it all decade. Flats will be calling in your 40s.
  • Life is just beginning. The best is yet to come.
  • Become your goal. Success is yours for the taking. Go for it even if you’re afraid. Take the first step
  • Prepare for an urgent need to change almost everything about your life; how you work; who you work for, what you will and won’t put up with from others.
  • Love hard and live hard. But be cautious
  • Embrace your authentic self. Pray for wisdom. Be happy and thankful for every opportunity. Know your self-worth. Invest in your future and serve others.Remain humble. Love, laugh and live.
  • No is a complete sentence
  • Take it one day at a time
  • Stay close to your mother and father
  • 30s are fantastic; 40s even better; and 50s so far – the best yet. You truly are as old as you believe you are.
  • Moisturize and drink a gallon of water everyday
  • Always listen to your inner voice and remember you are a champion

There you have it! A few excerpts. Anything missing that you would like to add? Do share. We would love to hear!

Cheers!

On A Budget? 9 Gifts That Cost Nothing But Is Invaluable….

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For it is in Giving that we receive

My personal joy is to give! I treasure any opportunity to give! The act of giving has always brought me even more satisfaction than the recipients of my gifts.  These days being on a strict budget has brought with it the stance to be even more creative than I was in the past when giving high-priced gifts. I ran a search for gift ideas to still meet my giving needs to others. I pounced upon LiZ Evans Huffington Post’s article 20 Gifts That Cost Nothing To Make But Might Be Priceless. From the list my top 9 Favs are:

Birthdays, Christmas, Graduation…Gifts That Cost Nothing

1.When Skies are Gray.  Give this to anyone in your life who may be going through a tough time. Give them a stack of cards or books with inspirational quotes that will help them ride the…

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8 Tips For Financial Wellness During The Holidays…

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I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
― Khalil Gibran

It’s the season of giving! If you’re like me I just love to give! Thoughtful gifts not only makes the receiver happy, but it also warms my heart.

A colleague from the No Stress Workplace shared a simple list of things to do to be financially aware during the most stressful time of the year … the holidays! Here I share the 8 tips:

1.Make a List and Check it Twice

Have a family planning meeting on what gifts to give where you can cut back and create a budget together

2.It’s the Thought that counts

Be creative and give meaningful gifts such as baked goods, a framed photo or make a gift card for a night of baby or dog sitting.

3.No Gift Rule

Instead of giving gifts save the money towards a family vacation

4.Stick to your list, without exception

Don’t get lured into store super sales

5.Leave Your credit cards at home

Use only cash

6.Stay on Track

Use a notebook or free app like mint.com to keep track of your spending

7.Cut Expenses

Stop dining out until after the holidays or bring your own coffee rather than stopping at Starbucks.

8.It’s the Little Things

Find ways to save, clip coupons, compare prices, utilize free shipping and plan ahead.

 

As we reflect on these 8 gift ideas, I’ll also encourage you to give the gift that lasts a lifetime. Books on Success, personal development and coaching  last beyond the holidays. Consider such meaning when you go on the hunt.

So does any of the ideas listed stand out that you could adopt? Any you can add? Do share! We would love to hear!

Cheers!

What Does It Take To Be A Good Writer?

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Don’t Waste Time Trying to Please People. -Stephen King.

Wanting to do their best work, new writers are naturally anxious. They ask questions. They probe. They Gorge. They sweat. It’s hoped they sweat while writing and not about how to start. Stephen King in his memoir titled “On Writing” stressed don’t waste time trying to please people. Indeed this is applicable in many situations as individuals attempt to develop their own Identity.

In a public authors forum, the question was asked “What does it take to be a good writer?” Writers chimed in. Here I share a few of their responses.

Writers…On Writing

  • Read a lot. Write, write a lot
  • Patience and Perseverance
  • Finding the connection between your soul and your writing hand. It will require a number of disciplines like grammar, voice, tense and genre. But the key is opening your spirit to the process…

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Success. Your 7 Determinants…

All you need to know is that it’s possible.

Success. We all strive for it. In talking to a group of new college grads as they contemplate the next steps in life, their dreams and goals differed. Common was the the ideal job, home ownership, beautiful car, marriage, and family to name a few.

But though Success means different things to different people, here are 7 determinants involved in the pursuit of success:

    Dreaming
    Planning
    Hard-work
    Dedication
    Determination
    Commitment
    Resilience

Of the 7, how many do you possess? Which are you best at? Which do you need to improve? Do share. We would love to hear.

Cheers!