I know some people don’t really go up for Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. It is a privileged and indulgence perspective, but that book was an integral part of my journey. I started reading the night after I finished the Bar exam. At that point, I was well aware that I had no interest in practicing law. In fact, I had known for over a year at that point. But I’d already spent the time in law school so I took the Bar exam as the period to end of a very long, convoluted run on sentence. As much relief as I felt that the exam was over, I found myself on the bathroom floor weeping after the test. I had no idea what I was doing with my life, no idea where I was headed. So I grabbed the book. It opened up with Liz on the bathroom floor sobbing, staring down the end of […]
It’s the beginning of the year. Everyone, present company included, is high off the victory of crossing the threshold of another year and looking for opportunities to start afresh. It is so easy to let this feeling fade as the month goes on. Now is the time to capitalize on your optimism and kick your creativity into high gear. Setting a good foundation now is essential for the work to come. Jump start your creativity in these 7 fun ways: 1. Pinterest. Pinterest is perhaps my favorite social media tool. If you are a visual creative like me, it is priceless. While I’m incredibly visual, I’m not at all artistically inclined. Because Pinterest is a search engine of beautiful things, I am no longer limited by my artistic ability (read: lack thereof). I go to Pinterest and draw inspiration for projects and life. I also tell the stories I want to […]
Regular check-ins with you accountability partner can make all the difference in your progress. It will help you to prioritize, commit, and complete your goals. Here are a few topics you should cover in each chat with your accountability partner. Goal Setting. This is your tree moment. Setting good long term and short term goals is important for framing your journey. Revisiting these on a regular basis will keep you energized for the road ahead. As HeyFranHey puts it, “zoom out.” It’s so easy to get stuck in the routine of the day to day, especially when you are working a full time job and hustling on the side. Taking a moment to zoom out helps you remember what makes it all worth it. Items Completed. Positive reinforcement is so important to productivity because it reminds you what you are capable of, especially when you are feeling down. Before you […]
Everyone needs a tribe. Friends and family are amazing and essential, but you need more than just friends and family to fulfill your dreams. These are the quintessential FACES that every tribe needs: Fantasizers. You need a safe vessel to store your dreams. This person will be an amazing listener and non judgmental. The point of this is just to let it out and inaction is not a negative in the dream phase. The dream is the why. It’s important to remember the why of what you’re doing. Accountability partners. This person will hold your feet to the fire and make sure you move it along. You really need an accountability partner when you start making plans and deadlines. Your accountability partner will call bullshit when you blow a deadline or start making excuses. Co-conspirators. These are the people that will grow with you. Co-conspirators are perfect for collaborations […]
I wrote a guest post on SincerelySonja.com about proper business structure for a boutique. Here’s an excerpt: Sole proprietorship is the easiest way to get into business for yourself. There’s no paperwork and no extra steps – just hang your sign and get going. While that may sound tempting, sole proprietorship also comes with more than a few problems. Here are a few reasons you should ditch the sole proprietorship and set up a corporate entity (LLC or corporation): 1. Legitimacy Setting up a separate corporate entity is a relatively easy and inexpensive step that will make your business appear legit and help outsiders to take you more seriously. Who’s going to take you seriously when your name, not your businesses name, comes up on their Square receipt? No matter your experience, customers, especially other business, will think you are unorganized and unprofessional if there no separation between you and […]
Perhaps my absolute favorite podcast comes from Necole Kane of xoNecole. She appeared on a number of outlets after shuttering Necole Bitchie. In this Bevy Says interview, she talks about the full life cycle of her brand and all the transitions therein. She spoke about how she outgrew her “Bitchie” persona and planned to transition into a more positive, uplifting path, now known as xoNecole. They whole interview was amazing. Check it out here.
Admittedly I don’t listen to Rap Radar with much regularity, as many of the artists just don’t appeal to me. But every now and then, a guest catches my eye. As was the case with Just Blaze. I’m a huge Jay-Z fan so I thought if nothing more this would be a sideline glimpse into one of my favs. Well the interview was excellent and surprising filled with hella business gems. When talking about his semi retirement, Just Blaze really went into the whys. As he explained music is a fickle business and you can be in one day and out the next. So he stepped away from hip hop to score video games and movie soundtracks, a move that has worked out for fellow super producers Pharrell (Despicable Me) and Timbaland (Empire). He also mentions that he learned early how to invest well. And now he’s able to dip […]