“I DECIDE MY VIBE”
When it comes to starting or beginning anything in life, there’s always that little voice called doubt in the back of your head telling you “you can’t!” Don’t listen to that voice!! Doubt and fear are the two of many reasons people either do not start or stop going after their dreams. Doubt you’ll fail, doubt you’ll have support, doubt it’ll be lucrative, the list goes on and on. I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN!” You can o anything that you put your mind to. Nothing’s impossible! Start that business on faith, continue growing your business regardless of the naysayers. People will always doubt you and most of the time it’s due to envy and or jealousy because you had the heart to follow and hunt down your goals and they didn’t. So with all that being said; keep pushing, keep striving, move in faith, not in fear, and remember…
Do you want to travel the world, but are low on funds? Ever been on social media and wonder how people are traveling to all these amazing places? Well here are a few tips, that will enable you to travel, just as much as that famous travel blogger you follow on your social media!
Know before you go!
Are you wanting to go somewhere fun and exciting, but not too sure on where to go? Planning a trip to a particular place, but want to know the best places to eat and explore while there? We highly recommend Trip Advisor!
Trip Advisor provides you reviews from recent travelers, ratings, and more to help ensure your trip is nothing short of amazing! So make sure you know before you go!
Put your 9-5 to use!
One way to travel on a budget is to plan your trips around your pay dates! This method is great, as you are able to “count” your coins! If you’re planning well in advance, planning around your pay dates allow you to purchase things one at a time – all while still buying what you need.
Need a payment plan? You can utilize the following sites to plan and pay for your trip on a payment plan:
Do you have a side hustle?
Looking for a payday TODAY?! Sign up for ride-share platforms such as Uber and Lyft! Did you know that as a new driver, you are able earn bonuses – which puts more money in your pocket. (Ching! Ching!)
Also, both platforms allow you to cash out your earnings for the day! So if you drive for 3 hours and earn $80…you can select instant pay and have your funds put on your debit card INSTANTLY! Bomb right??
*** Please be advised: There maybe restrictions and requirements for accessing instant pay, as a new driver. ***
Do you check your emails daily or on your cellphone? Well make sure you sign up for email notifications from sites like Hotwire, Travelocity, and Orbitz – as they tend to send you really good discounts on flights, hotels, and more!! Not seeing their emails in your inbox? Make sure you’re checking your spam/junk folder, so that you don’t miss out.
Did you know that most credit cards offer points, on everyday purchases? Use those points to earn bomb deals!!! You can also score cashback – depending on your credit card provider! COLLECT YOUR COINS & POINTS!
Do you prefer to fly on one airline over the others? You may want to consider getting yourself a credit card with that particular airline, that you enjoy flying on the most! You can earn miles that can be used to book flights! Also, some of those airline credit cards give you miles for using your card with their partnered hotels, restaurants, and car rentals.
Do you LOVE a certain hotel so much, that you stay at their hotel any chance you get? Well you may want to check and see if you can earn points for you stay! The more your stay, the more points you earn – which can lead to a free night stay(s)!
Don’t have the funds to purchase a round trip ticket? Why not purchase your travel one way at a time? This will allow you to get what you need – without going broke. Sometimes this also allows you to snag that special that Southwest Airlines is offering, at the same time of snagging an unbeatable deal that Frontier Airlines may be offering too!
Another way you can cut costs is by flying to an airport near your destination, and then driving the remaining distance. (i.e. Going to Miami? try flying to Fort Lauderdale, FL and then driving to Miami, FL.) Sometimes this method is cheaper.
Not in a hurry? Sometimes taking a flight that has multi-stops or has a layover can be cheaper! This is a great method for those looking for a deal and are not in a hurry to get to their destination.
Don’t forget about the RED EYE flights! RED EYE flights usually depart AFTER 9:00pm and arrive at the destination by 5:00am or 6:00am. These flights usually travel west to east and can be found on sites like Cheap Flights. If you don’t mind flying overnight to your destination, GO FOR IT!
Know someone that works for an airline? Did you know that most airlines give their employees discount flights or guest passes, to give to friends and family? – which is at an extremely low rate!
Want to skip the middleman??? BECOME an airline employee – as most airline companies give their employees FREE TRAVEL BENEFITS!! Though each airline have different policies for employee travel – it beats paying full price for your travel!
No Stress Lodging
Did you know that most sites like Orbitz and Priceline have the options of “Pay When You stay.” – for booking hotels? This is perfect if you want to book your hotel and simply pay when you arrive, especially if you don’t have the money upfront! We all know that sometimes plans change, so booking a pay when you stay is perfect – especially because this options tends to carry a very lax cancellation policy!
Ever heard of Airbnb? Airbnb is an awesome website to get a place to stay, for a very affordable rate! Depending on the type of traveler you are, you may just appreciate Airbnb more than a hotel. Some Airbnb places offer great perks such as FREE parking, use of an entire apartment/home, being in a centralized location, and MORE! So when you’re looking for a place to stay for your trip, DON’T FORGET ABOUT AIRBNB!
Need a car for your trip? Some car rental companies have special deals on their partner websites, that offers you very low daily pricing – if you pay for the entire rental upfront. Also, this tends to be offered if you allow the website to pick the car rental company for you. (usually Priceline & Hotwire)
Did you know that if you use a major credit card, most companies don’t hold a deposit? We suggest making sure you have a capital one credit card, as they offer car rental protection with your purchase AND allow debit card payments that instantly make the funds available for use! (1 payment per 24 hrs)
Beware though, as some car rental companies charge you more money if you use a Visa instead of a Mastercard, and vice versa. We’ve seen dollar car rental charge a $300 deposit for using a Visa card, instead of a Mastercard. YIKES!!
More than just Roadside Assistance!
Are you a member of AAA ? If not, then make sure you become one! AAA offers its members amazing deals and discounts on restaurants, hotels, car rentals, and more! AAA offers way more than just roadside assistance, so become a member and take advantage of its benefits!
Don’t Kill The Fun!
So now that you’ve booked your trip, what are you going to do on the trip itself??! Make sure you are doing fun things to create amazing memories on your trip! You can utilize the following websites for budget friendly food & fun activities to do on your trip:
So there you have it! Use our tips to plan your next trip…or 2! Where ever you decide to go, enjoy and have safe travels!
Meet Michelle Rhodes! A Nurse Business Consultant from Tampa, FL – who is making some serious BOSS MOVES! Michelle is motivated by her Mother’s unfulfilled dream of becoming a nurse! This same motivation plays a factor of her writing a book!
“I decided to write my book to help nurses transition from bedside to boss!”
Michelle is a Masters prepared Nurse, VA Certified Mentor and Wellcoaches Health Coaching graduate. Michelle’s book “RNTERPRISE: Take your Nursing Knowledge and Emerge with an Entrepreneurial Passion in 90 Days” – provides the business basics to help lay the foundation of a Nurse/Healthcare Professional Owned business.
With her background being in health care, it’s no wonder that her book is
geared towards Health Care Professionals!
“My book only took me 4 months to publish, and seeing it in print was a dream come true! I wanted to empower the healthcare worker to know that they have the skills needed to become an awesome business owner. This book has changed my life, and little did I know that this book was much needed!”
Michelle began writing her book in January of 2017 and was able to self-publish it in May of 2017! (AMAZING!!!) With her having an amazing book coach, it’s no question that her journey was short lived! To date, Michelle has sold over 500 copies of her book and has also co-authored 3 consecutive books since her first one! (BOSS STATUS!)
Though Michelle is planning to take a break from writing books, she does however have a small coaching group of 10 Nurses that she is coaching as an Anthology project! Make sure you keep up with Michelle as she has a Holiday Empowerment Brunch coming up in December, which will be located in Tampa, FL. Also, Michelle will be Michelle will be cruising and launching her 10 Nurse Authors to Jamaica! If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Michelle’s book, you can do so via www.amazon.com, and you connect with her at www.GreeneRhodesConsulting.com
Writing book isn’t Michelle’s only passion, as she is also a public speaker! With her topics of focus being Women Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and health and wellness of the black woman – Michelle is very passionate about public speaking and feels these topics embodies her.
“I ‘grew’ into public speaking as I realized people enjoyed the encouraging words that I spoke into their lives. My love for teaching, leading workshops over the years got me into public speaking. I joined Toastmasters and the rest was history.”
To date, Michelle has speaks at 4 events annually and currently does one paid speaking gig per quarter and it is growing. Along with her many talents, Michelle also offers Consulting with governmental organizations and corporations. Though her ultimate goal is to ger her programs into Nursing schools, Michelle feels that she is just getting started!
If you’re an entrepreneur on the rise, Michelle has the following advice,
“Consistency, serving, and fresh offerings.” “I wish I would have known how important coaches were, when I began my career. I attribute the bulk of my success toward their support.”
Make sure you keep up with Michelle and her journey via social media:
Instagram & Facebook: @michellerhodesonline
Michelle has these final words for our readers:
“Never underestimate the power of a goal and execution!“
Meet G tha King! Representing Durham, NC as an Independent Artist / Business Developer, G tha King is an Artist who has always had a passion for hip hop!
“I’ve always had a passion for hip-hop. I wrote my first rhymes in elementary school, but I didn’t start recording until I got to college. When I heard my voice for the first time I knew I was blessed with a gift.”
With his father being a convicted felon, who didn’t finish high school, and his mother being a hardworking woman, without a college degree, G tha King says that no one ever really expected much out of him growing up.
“I know that my conception was an accident but every day I wake up I want both of my parents to know that I am not a mistake. I want them to proud of what they created.”
So, what got G tha King interested in being an Artist? G tha King tells us that he just loves to create hip-hop music!
“My ultimate dream is to provide for my family and live off of my own creations. Working 9 to 5 is not what life is about. I don’t want to spend a life devoting my time and energy to someone else’s dream. I decided to pursue this career because I love to create hip-hop music more than anything else. And I’m damn good at it”
With his music coming from his own life experiences, he believes that his music is more so geared for the 21-35 age range, compared to other age groups. Though his music is not necessarily made for the club, it is perfect for the car ride – the journey. In the beginning of his career, G tha King tells us that he faced a few challenges, but that did not stop his grind!
“The biggest challenge is one that comes with the territory when you’re an independent artist with no financial backing or label support. Everything falls on me. All aspects are my direct responsibility. Creating music isn’t cheap, marketing music isn’t cheap, putting together content isn’t cheap, and time is of the essence. The entire process is a lot to manage. I have limited access to capital and resources.”
With G tha King not allowing his challenges to stop his grind, he got his first big break in his career when he released his debut album High & Mighty. G tha King says that he released the project in partnership with a digital distribution company, owned by Sony Music called “The Orchard.” (BOSS STATUS!)
“My most recent project is also my official debut album. It’s called High & Mighty. I wrote and recorded the entire album while living in Amsterdam from 2015-2017. I was able to release it on all major platforms, and I couldn’t be more proud of what I was able to accomplish when I released that project. All of my music is inspired by my life experiences. I knew that I wanted to create an album that solidified my place as a hip-hop artist and I feel like I was able to do that with High & Mighty.”
When he isn’t making music in the booth, he is doing events! In preparation for events, G tha Kings tells us that it all depends on the setting – though he tries listening to feedback from those around him. People tell him what they like most or don’t like at all, but he tries to keep that in mind when thinking about which songs to perform. G tha King tells us that Jay-Z is an Artist that he admires most and he would love to work with Kid Cudi.
“When I was growing up I revered Jay-Z. I think his discography and business acumen make an easy argument for him being the best to ever do it. Kid Cudi’s content and sound is authentic & unique to him as an individual. I think a collaboration with G tha King and Kid Cudi would produce an epic masterpiece.”
Make sure you keep up with G tha King, as he is working on content for a few songs off of his debut album High & Mighty, which will be rolling out in the near future. Currently, he is working on some material for a mixtape, which will be different than the album. He is also rapping on industry beats, no original beats, more of a traditional style mixtape. So make sure you are on the lookout for it when it drops, as it will be called “High Jacked.”
“I want to live and provide for my family off of what I create. I don’t want the fame. I want the freedom.”
If you would like to listen and purchase music by G tha King, you can do via his website www.gthaking.com, iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon, and anywhere you get your music! Simply search “G tha King” on ANY PLATFORM! His debut album “High & Mighty” is available for purchase, download, or streaming on all digital platforms.
If you’re interested in booking G tha King for event or projects, you can contact him via:
If you’re interested in becoming an Artist, G tha King has the following advice,
“Believe in yourself more than anyone else believes in you.”
Make sure you keep up and follow G tha King on social media at:
G tha King has these final words for our readers:
“I have a line of apparel called High & Mighty that I created in partnership with “Fly Above Graphics and Tees.” We currently have some dope graphic tees for sale. We also have some fresh hats coming soon! You can get your own gear at www.gthaking.com/apparel and save 15% when you use promo code SOHIGH at checkout. Also, lookout for the official video for a song called Trap that is off of my debut album High & Mighty. I’ll be dropping that visual in the near future. Peace.”
BLACK WOMEN’S INFLUENCER BRUNCH!!
On Sunday, August 19th, we had the pleasure of attending “The Black Table: Black Women’s Influencer Brunch” and it was AMAZING! This event was hosted by Fanm a Fanm (Women to Women) and was a perfect touch to our weekend!
So what is Fanm a Fanm? Fanm a Fanm is an online editorial, resource, and network dedicated to developing, connecting, and empowering Black Women Brands and Influencers! (#BOOM!!)
Their event catered to 150 women with delicious food, networking, speaker panel, business vendors, and bomb endless mimosas!! (YASSS!!) We even got the chance to meet the Founder of Fanm a Fanm >> Adriyanna!! (Pictured in the top right photo)
What a treat it was to learn the ins and outs of being a social media influencer, having a successful business, and how to brand yourself & business! This brunch was nothing short of a good time, keys to success, and networking galore!
Not only did this event allow us to network, but it also allowed us to check out some amazing vendors!!
We purchased some self care buttons and beautiful “love” earrings – and we’re so happy that this brunch gave us the opportunity to do so! 😊
Make sure you keep up with this amazing network via their website: https://www.fanmafanm.com/
We are definitely looking forward to this BRUNCH next year!! Cheers!!! 😊
Meet Chef Marlene Coles! Chef Marlene is from Claymont, Delaware and is a Chef and Owner of Chef Marlene’s Café. Keeping God first in everything that she does is her daily motivation , as well as moving forward and not looking back ! (BOSS STATS!)
So what got Marlene interested in being a Chef? Marlene tell us that initially, she became interested in becoming a chef simply by coming to the realization that she actually loved to cook. Though Marlene’s first passion was a becoming a Nurse and Educator, that did not stop her joy for cooking!
“It is my desire to learn the proper techniques, in order to be consistent with each meal. Therefore, I enrolled in school to pursue my dream of becoming a Chef.”
In the beginning of her career, Marlene was challenged with working a full-time job and taking care of her father, while trying to attend school. However, that did not stop her! Marlene attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where she graduated with honors.
“There were days I wanted to give up, but I persevered with the help of God.”
Marlene’s most popular dish “Seafood Pot Pie” is a homemade pot pie with various Seafood items such as langoustine, shrimp, and lump crab meat in a luscious creamy filling baiting of golden brown flaky crust. (YUMMY!!!) Marlene got her first big break as a Chef, when she hosted a Christmas breakfast for Comcast in Center City Philadelphia – and she was ecstatic! (NIICCEEE!) Though the “Seafood Pot Pie” is Marlene’s specialty, she enjoys cooking South African Cuisine.
“It’s very eclectic and culturally diverse it allows me draw from many cultures.”
Though she currently has an in-home Café, her ultimate goal is to open her own brick and mortar Cafe. Marlene tells us that she has cooked with Chef Masaharu Morimots, but says that Sunny Anderson is a Chef she admires most!
“I admire her because she’s a young female chef an example, but those aspiring to become chefs.”
Make sure you keep up with Marlene as she periodically teaches cooking lessons. She also has a YouTube channel where she gives lessons as well! (BOOM!) Not only is Marlene a Chef, but she is also an Author of a poetry book called Destined to Fly.
If you’re interested in having Chef Marlene cater your next event, you can book her via Facebook at: Chef Marlene’s Cafe
If you’re interested in Meal Prep, you can contact Marlene via email: Mcoles10483@gmail.com
You can also follow Marlene via:
Facebook: Chef Marlene’s Table
YouTube: Chef Marlene Coles
If you’re interested in becoming a Chef, Marlene has the following advice:
“My advice to anyone Desiring to become a chef would be to do your research regarding culinary schools to make sure it’s the correct fit for you. Make sure that food and people are your passion. If becoming a chef is your desire never ever give up on your dream.”
Marlene has these final words for our readers,
“It is my desire to be the best chef that I can be. My #1 motto is “Prepared with Passion and I Deliver with Pride”
Are you looking to purchase a house soon? Want to raise your credit, but not sure how to? Well we have just the right resource for you!
Meet Gwen Morris! Representing New Jersey, Gwen is a Full Time Radiant Registrar at Virtua Hospital and Independent Agent with Financial Education Services! Gwen helps people get excellent credit and strengthen their financial future, all while getting educated. (BOOM!)
“I am motivated daily by seeing peoples life style change.”
What is Financial Education Services? It is a company that specializes in Credit Restoration and Financial Education. Financial Education Services has been in business for 10+ years and holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. By creating stability for over 10 years reflects the high demand to help people with challenged, good, and bad credit.
So how did Gwen become interested in credit repair? Gwen tells us that she is a victim of identity theft, and she was driven to never fall victim again.
“Seeing my own success to good credit in a short period – I developed a passion to share with others. It brings me joy knowing I’m not a burden to my family with shabby credit and knowing myself, family and finances are protected. Many people are in need of getting their credit back to a respectable score so they can buy cars, homes and receive lower interest rates.”
Gwen tell us that a good solid credit score to have is AT LEAST 700!! (WOWZERS)
“Although a 620 can get you a loan for a mortgage, the interest rate will be high. Lenders are more comfortable approving a loan with a favorable rate.”
According to Gwen, a person’s pay history hurts the credit score the most. This is because payment history has a huge impact on your credit score, such as paying late and skipping payments creating a negative mark on your credit score. However, keeping your balances low and under 30% can help repair your credit.
“After seeing positive results utilizing simple steps, absorbing education and tools provided. I am thankful I trusted the process. I know I am no longer a statistic of over 43 million with struggling credit.”
Financial Education Services also offers Credit Attorney’s, Life Lock, Secured Card, Credit Education, Smart Credit, discounts on prescriptions and travel. To see more visit: www.creditriserplus.com
Make sure you keep up with Gwen as she will be having a Credit Webinar Soon. By joining Credit Riser Plus Club, which can be accessed on her Instagram profile via free give away link. You will get immediate notification with all upcoming projects.
You can also keep up with Gwen via:
Facebook: Gwen Morris
If you’re interested in having your own credit repair company, Gwen has the following advice:
“Be a product of your own success.
Try products / services to know they are real and work.”
Gwen has these final words for our readers:
“Know you are UNIQUE. Thank you for taking time to read my feature. I hope it brings value. If I can help, or if you have questions, feel free to let me know anytime. KEEP RISING! :)”
Do you love reading?! Looking for some mind blowing literature? Meet the talented Kreceda Tyler – better known as Author Untamed!
Author Untamed is originally from Albany, GA, but now resides in Augusta, GA. Author Untamed is an Author and Owner of her own publishing services company, Untamed Publishing. Untamed Publishing assists the independent and self-published author with affordable services, that are needed to publish their books. They also offer services such as editing, proofreading, synopsis writing, and even book trailers and promotional items with excellent quality at great rates. (SUPER BOSS!)
“As an author, I go by the pseudonym of Untamed (I’m also known as Author Untamed, the “author” tag gets placed in front often so it sticks, lol). I chose the name because as I came into my own with writing, I realized that I didn’t need to be afraid to hold back in my writing or stick to one particular genre. With that mindset, the word “Untamed” came to me and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”
“I believe anything that you are passionate about is Heaven sent. Without question, my husband and children are a blessing from on high just as my gift for writing. So my family and writing fuel me daily because both my family and my gift force me to be a better version of myself than I was last year, last month, last week or even the day before. They force my growth, maturity, patience, nurturing and love.”
So what sparked Author Untamed to write her first book? Author Untamed tells us that writing is something that she’s TRIED to leave alone, but couldn’t.
“In the infamous words of Tyler Perry, “You know when something is meant for you, when you try to leave it alone, but it won’t leave you alone.” I’ve written since I was 13 years old, for pleasure and leisure. However, there was a time period where I didn’t write at all. Once I felt that nagging spirit to pick up the pen again, the feeling was different. I wanted to write for leisure, but there was this yearning within me to go further. Looking back, I feel as though by that time in my life, I had overcome some unfathomable obstacles, and it was my time to give the world a piece of me to help others. Ultimately, that’s what our gifts are to be used for.”
As an author that has gone from independently published press to self-published, Author Untamed has written the following books:
1. The View.
2. Before Ever After.
1. The Contract co-authored with author JC.
2. Boss Queens The Stiletto Mafioso co-authored with author Timeless V.
1. This Side of Heaven- A Poetic Journey of Strength and Survival.
1. Never Again…No More series.
2. King’s Suite The Rise of Pooch Smalls.
King’s Suite is the life story of one of the male characters in the series. This series titles include:
1. Never Again…No More.
2. Never Again…No More 2-Getting Back to Me.
3. Never Again…No More 3- What Goes Around.
4. Game Over-Never Again…No More The Final Chapter.
Never Again…No More was written due to her being a teen mother, as it was her outlet for some of the struggles she encountered with family, her relationship with her child’s father, and being a young mother.
“It was my hope that this book could provide an outlook as to the consequences of our decisions as women and to help young women make wise decisions, as well as to be a comfort to other women who are dealing with the same circumstances.”
Synopsis for Never Again…No More: Born and raised in Atlanta, Lucinda, LaMeka, Charice and Trinity are best friends who all have suffered the perils of teen pregnancy. With their dreams and ambitions on hold, they struggle to find themselves and survive this game called life. Despite their efforts, the decisions they make create more trouble, and the consequences prove to be costlier than they ever could’ve imagined. They’ll learn that to win in life sometimes you have to lose. Journey with these ladies as they try not to fall victim… never again…no more.
“My series is geared towards young women on purpose, because it was a reflection of my own personal experience. However, with my other books, I didn’t write with a particular audience in mind – only for the enjoyment of the reader. While I enjoy reading regardless of the genre, I think that it depends on the preference of the reader. Since my novels do fall into different categories, I am able to touch a variation of audiences. If you like erotica, I got you! If you like urban, I got you! You want a little romance, but not hardcore, I got you! Hence the name, Untamed, right?! My aim is to not be boxed into one writing style for one type of audience and I think that is part of my fuel and growth to be multi-faceted as an author.”
It took Author Untamed a little over a year to write and publish her first book. Author Untamed states that when she first was published, she was under an independent press. Taking the writing portion alone, it took her six months to write her novel, but then she had to find a publisher! Even after self-publishing, Author Untamed says that her average time frame from paper to print was around 6-8 months. (WOW!!) In fact, When Author Untamed first saw her work in print, she tells us that she felt very accomplished!!
“Ah man, I felt every positive emotion possible. I mean the day I received my first book in hand, I felt like I hit the lottery. Although, I’ve never hit the lottery, I’d imagine that’s what it felt like! Mostly, I felt so blessed and accomplished that I put my gift into action and had tangible proof!”
In the beginning, there were a few learning lessons that were learned quickly, but it didn’t stop her from reaching the top! Author Untamed says that if writing/publishing seemed like a headache, the true challenge was after she wrote and published it.
“The hardest challenge is always marketing and promoting. Even if you have a publisher, you still have to do a lot on your own, and you have to be involved in every step of the process to ensure your standards are met because it’s your name. That doesn’t really change with self-publishing, it’s just that you’re now 100 percent responsible for that process.”
Author Untamed tells us that her books impact readers in various ways, but it more so depends on which book they are reading. If readers are reading her series, she believes women will feel empowered and inspired. However, if readers are reading her erotica book, she believes it will make them “feel good!”
“I believe that my book series will create the opportunity for open dialogue and conversations amongst mothers and daughters, that we are afraid and most times, unwilling to have, but that are desperately needed. But now if they are reading the erotica book, I believe they will feel good and maybe try some new things with their partner, lol! And on a serious note, there’s a message in that book as well about valuing your partner and their needs, which I hope resonates with the readers. No matter what they are reading I want them to have a positive, enjoyable and unforgettable reading experience.”
Author Untamed is always in a constant mindset of improving and innovating, so she is constantly looking to set new goals. Author Untamed plans to top the charts with Urban Books/Kensington, and then release other projects that are in the works with the majors. She also wants to expand her publishing services company, and move into television and movies with her series books. (Amazing!)
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Author Untamed’s books, they are all on paperback and available online via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and her Untamed Publishing website. Her books are also independently sold through Source of Knowledge Bookstore in New Jersey. (BOOM!) Also, all 4 of the Never Again…No More series eBooks and The View eBook are available on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd, Oysterbooks, and the Copia. All other books are available in eBook format on Kindle only.
Make sure you keep up with Author Untamed as she is the June Author of the Month on Me Time Book Club’s website and she will be the host of the “Sister Suite Talk” empowerment conference in June, and is working on more books!! (BOOM!) Currently, she is working on part 2 of The Contract, that she co-authored with Author JC. Author Untamed is hoping that they will be able to release that book in late 2018.
Also, with the help of her extraordinary literary agent, Author Untamed has also recently landed a Ghostwriting project deal and she landed a three book major publishing deal with Urban Books/Kensington! This means that her erotica novel, The View and Never Again…No More parts 1 and 2 will be re-packaged and re-released with the majors. (BOSS STATUS!!)
You can also keep up with Author Untamed via:
Facebook: Author Untamed
Instagram: @authoruntamed and @untamedpublishingllc
Twitter: @chazz_untamed and @untamedpub
Goodreads: Author Untamed
If you’re an aspiring author, Author Untamed has the following advice,
“Writing is an art form and it is permanent. If you’re going to delve into it, take it seriously. Your name is forever imprinted on anything you publish so be passionate about it and always be about the business of practicing and perfecting your craft. Also, learn as much as you can about the business. If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready!”
Author Untamed has these final words for our readers:
“I would just like to express that I am honored for the feature in Boss Up magazine. I truly appreciate the opportunity and for introducing me to new readers. To my current readers, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continued support. I hope that all of you will dive into my Untamed Territory and fall in love with a new author! Thank you again Boss Up for this wonderful feature.”
Meet Terrance Ramses – Caribbean Decent P.R and U.S.V.I., but representing New Jersey! Terrance is a BOSS ENTREPRENUER and Owner of Ripe Brand Clothing! (RBC)
With a vision to encourage entrepreneurship and stand out with the amazing tropical red pineapple! Ripe Brand Clothing has a mission is to Restore, Build, Create! (RBC) Respect Brain Creativity, Respect Black Culture, Respect Black Children, Repair Broken Communities. These are some of the acronyms of Ripe Brand!
Ripe Brand Clothing is a fashion brand that works with community to change poverty, as well as inspire others to go after their visions and passions. Ripe Brand Clothing is a full apparel line that offers T-shirts, Shorts, Hats, workout gear, dress, watches, socks, and more. This is a Men’s and Women’s Royal Line of Clothing, that is currently doing Urban and Beach Wear for traveling. Their themes consist of relaxation, tropical fruits, and casual designs! (NICCEE!!) Ripe Brand Clothing website currently offers 5 products, which are production based.
So what got Terrance interested in starting his own clothing line? Terrance tells us that he has always had the ability to draw and have been an artist most of his life. He finally decided to act on the passion that has been sitting in him since he was in high school, which came to him in a dream in 2015. (BOOM!)
“Our Community is geared to people who think change, uplifting, empowerment, entrepreneurship, uniqueness, and self-loving because we live in a society where everyone is trying to copy on another and there is only one you. Our community is call Royal Blossom Commonwealth. The reason that its named that because it is a kingdom that is that is going to sustain a culture of everyone being different to where the support system contains it’s on wealth or ideas and visions to inspire others to their purposes in life.”
In the beginning stages of his business, Terrance says that his challenge was fundraising – to help get his company off the ground! Once the company moved from Daytona Beach to Tampa, they begin to gain traction, as they met more supporters out there. Terrance tells us that he could have keep the crowdfund going, however he wanted to produce nothing into something.
Ripe Brand Clothing provides high demand products, that are based on production. Terrance tells us that for product design, it can take a day or week depending on the thoughts and imagination at the moment. For production, it could possibly take 2-6 weeks – depending on manufacturing, shipping, and quality checks!
“Our most popular piece is the Kings and Queens, which is the Red Spanish Black Crown T-shirt. It has most of the colors of Africa and the Caribbean Islands as well. The color scheme is unique with light weight, non-shrinking, no fade feel to it. When you put on our clothing you’ll feel as if you’re on top of the world.”
Make sure you keep up with Ripe Brand Clothing, as they have an upcoming event:
Black Bus Tour
June 23, 2018
Ripe Brand Clothing recently participated in Multicultural Day in Tampa, FL, which took place on May 19th! Rip Brand Clothing will also be participating in various upcoming fashion shows, and are also looking to do some nationwide things soon! (SUPER BOSS!)
“We are starting to get the requests at events and are in the process of deciding which ones to attend. The demand has gotten so high, to where we don’t know where to start.”
If you’re interested in purchasing Ripe Brand Clothing, you can do so at: www.ripebrandclothing.com
Make sure you follow Ripe Brand Clothing via:
Hastags: #ripebrandclothing #redpineapple #royalblossomcommonwealth
Website & Blog: www.ripebrandclothing.com
If you’re looking to have your own clothing line, Terrance has the following advice,
“Don’t quit no matter what the obstacles are. Those are just distractions from your visions. I would recommend 2 books to get on business: “Rich Dad Poor Dad” By Robert Kiyosaki and “Outwitting the Devil” by Neoplean Hill.”
Ripe Brand Clothing has these final words for our readers:
“My CEO – Mr. Donta Joe and my myself feel excited and bubbly about being featured in your magazine! We look forward to being at one of events!!”
Representing the DC area, Elona is an Author who works in Marketing Communications, for a global company. With writing being her hustle, selling book and sharing her testimony of child sexual abuse, it’s no wonder why her hustle inspires most!
So what made Elona writer her own book? Elona tells us that she was abused from 5-12, and that for her entire life she was blamed for what her abusers did to her. Elona states that once she fully understood how she was impacted, she wanted to explain and encourage others to get help. (Very Inspiring!)
“My daily motivation is to Inspire women to live free from the pain of their past. When we make decisions from a place of pain, we hurt our children, families, careers and ultimately ourselves.”
Elona writes her books to target women seeking to improve their lives, as well as overcome challenges and trauma. Elona has written the following books:
1. From Ivy League To Stripper Life
2. How Divorce Became My Deliverance.
3. Elona has also participated in some anthologies that can be found on Amazon.
From Ivy League to Stripper Life – Get ready to hear the ultimate story of a life turned sideways. Elona talks candidly about why her life spiraled out of control and the lessons she learned along the way. Through childhood memories and true stories from the strip club, Elona offers tips and life lessons every wife, mother and single woman will find useful.
How Divorce Became My Deliverance – This collection of stories is not a tale of woe; they are stories of encouragement for any woman coping with the stigma, heartbreak, and hardship of divorce. Because researchers estimate that marriages have a 50% chance of survival, these women have come together to share how they mourned the loss of their marriage, moved past the pain. While some chose to leave and others were left, they all walked the path to self-discovery and empowerment.
“I cried a lot writing my memoir. So many people are cyber bullied for sharing their stories and a part of me was expecting to be harassed; it never happened. My writing style is smart, but I don’t sugar coat nothing because pain ain’t pretty. People are so worried about sharing their hurts, but don’t realize that holding onto the secret is keeping them trapped in shame, guilt, and unresolved anger. SHE FELT THE SAME WAY UNTIL SHE REALIZED pain should be described as is – let readers feel, understand, empathize, and become outraged by it. THAT will inspire them to share their own story, seek healing, or help others. I’ve had survivors reach out and thank me for sharing. They were motivated to finally get help, confront their abuser, or share their story with others by speaking it for the first time or writing their own book.”
It took her 12 weeks for Elona to write her memoir, and she published the anthology in about a month – seeing it in print was the icing on the cake!
“It felt incredible. Aside from my children, I’ve never been prouder.”
Make sure you keep up with Elona, as she is working on more books!! She is also currently looking for people willing to participate in anthologies. Elona also publishs under Memoir Maven Publishing and is looking to publish memoirs, as she recently published a memoir titled Jeannette’s Life Through Ebony’s Eyes. (SUPER BOSS STATUS!)
If you’re interested in meeting and greeting Elona, she will be participating in the following events:
1. The ATL AAMBC Awards Show (Atlanta, GA)
June 8th || 7pm -10pm
2. Wine & Words Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
July 28th || She will be speaking on transparency in writing.
** If you’re not in the Philadelphia area, you can watch it on YouTube or listen to the podcast via iTunes. **
3. Embracing YOU Women’s Conference (Beltsville, MD)
August 25th || She will be giving a workshop.
If you’re interested in purchasing Elona’s books, you can do so via: elonawashington.com
You can view/listen to more of Elona via:
SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/2Ll3skZ (the podcast is on SoundCloud too)
Purchase books: http://bit.ly/2suasoq
You can also follow Elona via:
Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @elonawashington
If you are an aspiring author, Elona has the following advice,
“There’s a difference between telling your story and telling your business. Whether you decide to do either, be real about it.”
Elona has these final words for our readers:
“I have a new talk show on a local Philly channel called Power From Pain. I’m looking for guests willing to share their stories of triumph. I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Meet Shataya Simms! Shataya is an Author representing Ardmore, PA, who is motivated daily by her love for creating worlds outside of reality. So what made Shataya write her own book? Shataya tells us that she has always had a love for books and writing.
“I’ve been writing since I was seven. I think then, I subconsciously knew that I wanted to publish a book someday. When I was about 24, I was driving to work and the idea for my first book popped into my head. I didn’t exactly act on it but as the storyline haunted me, I finally sat down to write it. When the series was completed, I didn’t publish it right away. Just kind of sat on it. It wasn’t until a friend of mine inspired me to publish it.”
Shataya’s books are more for women of ages 16 and up. All of her books except “Nyce” are told in first person, from a woman’s point of view. Shataya has written the following books:
1. Living Anonymous
2. Still Anonymous
The Living Anonymous series is more of a coming of age love story with much drama. Shataya says that she knew that she wanted to tell a story about a girl, who is still on the path of figuring herself out.
“I feel that the best way that anyone can identify in what type of person they are is through relationships with other people. How do they handle themselves when they’re mad or disappointed or when life is simply not going your way. Because you take the journey through the eyes of the main character Aneesah, starting at the age of 9 and watch her develop into a woman. I feel that most women are able to identify because we pretty much all share the same story; we just have different characters and settings.”
“Nyce” will always be a special project for me. I always wrote first person female and Nyce is first person male. I’ve never written from a man’s point of view so this was very different for me and fun at the same time. My female characters are more reserved and with Nyce I was able to just tell it how it is with no filter. I would write a scene from my point of view as a female and then go back and ask myself “Now, how would a man say it?”
“Because my books’ main focus is relationships—not just a girl meets boy relationship, but relationships with family and friends – people will reflect on the love that they have with the people in their lives, as well as self-love and seeing that we all have weaknesses and flaws, and sometimes life just isn’t fair but you have to take on the challenges and seek help when you need it. It’s okay to fail but it is your choice on whether you’re going to dwell on your failures or get up and swing at life even harder.”
Initially, Shataya started out as self-published Author. As a self-published Author, she was responsible for everything, including the money that was necessary to spend to produce a book. Also, with her being a newbie, she found the process slightly harder because she had to build a following- and a lot of times, people are skeptical about taking a chance on a new author. However, this did not stop Shataya! For Shataya, it only took her a year and a half to write a complete book series, though she didn’t publish it right away. After seeing her work in print – she was completely overjoyed and proud of herself, that she accomplished a goal that she set out to attain!
“It took approximately eight years to publish, due to my fears of failure and just plain old laziness. I am glad that I didn’t release the books when they were completed though. I was 26 when all of my first drafts were completed, and 34 when I became serious about publishing it. I matured as a woman between that time and that allowed me to go back and make corrections to my characters. As I matured, my characters matured as well. As for the writing aspect, the hardest part is piecing together all of my ideas so that it becomes a good story. The main character in the series is in the music world. I wanted to get more into her career but realized that if I added too much, it would have possibly killed the story by becoming boring. I had to learn when something was too much and learn to elaborate when a detail was too little.”
Make sure you keep up with Shataya, as she is currently working on a story that plays off of the Black Lives Matter movement. She also has a children’s book that will be releasing soon under SJ Simms! Shataya plans to continue to write from the heart, and would love to land on the New York Times Best Sellers and/or Oprah’s Book club list, and to become a household name. Shataya also tells us that she would like to see one of her books making it onto the big screen.
You can meet and greet Shataya as the following upcoming events:
556 Book Chicks (Atlanta, GA)
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Shataya’s books, you can do so via Amazon or by contacting her directly: Shataya.Simms@gmail.com
You can follow Shataya via:
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: Author Shataya Simms.
If you are an aspiring author, Shataya has the following advice:
“To follow your heart and go with your gut. AND always do your research.”
Shataya has these final words for our readers:
“Ashanti Jumps the Broom; my children’s book that is written under my pen name SJ Simms will be releasing sometime in July. It is about a little girl who finds a magic broom in her Grandmother’s attic and each time she jumps the broom, it takes her back into time where she learns black history prior to slavery.”
Meet K. Reshay! K. Reshay is from Starkville, MS is an Author and Banker. Motivated by her husband and children, K. Reshay says that she always has a push to keep writing!
“I’ve been writing since I was eight. I stumbled on a few paragraphs in 2016 and decided that it was time for me to just go for it. The rest is history.”
K. Reshay has written the following books:
2. Appearances Too
K. Reshay tells us that her books are part of a three part series, which depicts how far people will go to hide their true selves. With uncertainty of who would enjoy her books, K. Reshay states the she has made her book for the age group of 18-65.
“I was surprised at the different types of people who read them. They were from all walks and different places in their lives.”
Initially, K. Reshay’s challenges were learning the business and time, but that did not stop her from pushing through and reaching the top. It took K.Reshay approximately one year to write her first book, and seeing her work in print made her feel accomplished!
“Working full time had me up late trying to get finished. But when I unwrapped my proof, I couldn’t stop looking at it. I felt accomplished and proud. It was literally proof that I could do it.”
Currently, K. Reshay has sold approximately 400+ copies of her books, and has attended book events where a reader purchased 10 books as Christmas gifts! (AMAZING!)
“My books give readers an eye opening look at the people around them and themselves. Why? Because it unveils everyone’s truth to the reader. It also makes one think about how quick we are to judge.”
Currently K. Reshay is working on another book, Appearances Too Mask Off, which is coming this Fall. Perfecting her craft is her plan, as she wants to continue to write and be successful. K. Reshay tells us that she’d love to see one of her books on the big screen one day!
Make sure you keep up with K. Reshay as she will be at the following events:
1. The Atlanta Kick Back
2. The National Book Club Conference (Her book will be featured)
3. Dallas, TX Book Signing with On Another Level Book Club
4. The New York Black Book Expo
5. MS Book Festival
Not only is K. Reshay an Author, she is also the President and Founder of Me Time Book Club, which was established in 2011. You can view her book club via: https://metimebookclub1.weebly.com.
If you’re interested in purchasing K. Reshay’s books, they are all available via Amazon, Kindle, and Barnes and Noble.
You can follow K. Reshay via:
Facebook: K. Reshay
If you are an aspiring author, K. Reshay has the following advice,
“My advice would be to not let anything deter them from their dreams. Keep writing and trust the gift that God gave. Attend book events, reach out to other authors and readers. Last but not least, be proud of what was accomplished. It’s not easy to put your thoughts into words and form a book no matter how many words it takes.”
Are you a BOSS?
Do you have confidence?
Do you have confidence in your business?
Are you confident in your business?
(Read it again if you didn’t catch it!)
If you’ve answered yes to these questions – then you have what I call BOSSFIDENCE!!
If you’ve answered no to any of these questions – figure out how to get yourself to answer YES!!
BOSSFIDENCE is a BOSS who has confidence in themselves, their business, or within themselves having a business!!
If you’ve decided to BOSS UP – whether it be in your life or career – do it with CONFIDENCE!
Sometimes BOSSING UP can be challenging and scary, but once you do it- there’s no turning back.
#Remember Growth doesn’t come from comfort zones or doubt – Growth comes from taking risks and confidence. So when you’re making BOSS MOVES, just make sure you have your BOSSFIDENCE on deck!
>>> They say confidence is KEY, so make sure you have access to all the locks!! <<<
Until next time…
“Boss Up & Be Blessed”
– Boss Up Magazine EIC. –
Own Your Vision Empowerment Co.
Located at: https://oyvhill.wixsite.com/ownyourvision & Philadelphia, PA
“Own Your Vision and flesh out your dreams”
Meet Vonée Hill – Owner of Own Your Vision Empowerment Co. Own Your Vision Empowerment Co. is a public speaking company that caters to youth empowerment & aspiring female entrepreneurs. Vonée is also the Founder and Executive Director of Hearts Of Gold Mentoring, PA, which services young ladies ages 8-18. Vonée is a TRUE BOSS and has a true passion for developing an at-risk population of youth, into young adults who have beat the odds. (BOOM!)
Learn more about Own Your Vision Empowerment Co. at: https://oyvhill.wixsite.com/ownyourvision.
You can also keep up with Own Your Vision Empowerment Co. on social media at:
Facebook: Own Your Vision Empowerment Co.
Hashtags: #OwnYourVision #OYVEmpowerment
This business is #BossApproved, so connect with Own Your Vision Empowerment Co. TODAY!!
Chef Marlene’s Café
Located at: Claymont, Delaware
Meet Chef Marlene Coles – Owner of Chef Marlene’s Café! Known for its infamous “Chicken Under a Brick”, Chef Marlene’s Café serves full four course meals by reservation only. Chef Marlene also provides meal plan preparation for those with a busy life style, along with cooking lessons for those desiring to learn how to prepare a meal. (BOOM!!)
“Prepared with Passion Delivered with Pride”
Ready to place your order?? Chef Marlene’s Café is currently offering:
>> Schedule Dinner Reservation for (2) GET 15% OF MEAL (Book via FB)
>> Meal Prep Plan buy 4 Meals get (1) meal free (Email: email@example.com)
Have you tasted Chef Marlene’s dishes? Make sure you let her know by using the hashtag: #ChefMar
Make sure you keep up with Chef Marlene and her delicious meals via:
Facebook: Chef Marlene’s Table
YouTube: Chef Marlene Coles
This business is #BossApproved so get your delicious meals from Chef Marlene’s Café TODAY!!
5 Types of Management Styles (and How They Affect Employees!)
By: Jill Burrus
In my years as an employee, and a manager in various capacities, it has been made quite clear to me that there are many different types of management styles out there in the broad work force. Some work better than others. Sometimes we need certain qualities in a manager to work with the various employee types out there too. Perhaps the reality is that just as in parenting, where you have many kids in one household with different personalities, parents have to work with each child according to their style and personality traits, to best communicate with them. I’ve come to see that each management style directly affects the employee base that they are going to be working with. Maybe you will see yourself in one or more of the 5 styles that I have noticed and will list below.
Loosey Goosey (The Laid-back Leader)
This manager is a super-chill person. He or she is approachable, easy going, everybody’s buddy. This manager typically doesn’t want to rock the boat too much, and will avoid any confrontation at all costs. This one doesn’t really DO a whole lot…they are just sort of there. They have a good attitude, and are really nice and customer service oriented, and happy to help anyone, but they really just sort of stop there. The Laid-back Leader is many times a great worker, getting in and down and dirty with fellow employees, but there can often be very little delineation in who is who on the job as it can come across like no one is actually in charge. This can lead to a strong employee taking charge, and calling shots, and lack of any kind of respect in authority of the actual manager. Employees like this manager as a person, but they don’t see them as a leader, and don’t trust that any issues that they ever have will go beyond the fairly mealy-mouthed, “Ok, I’ll look into that for you.” It is hard to have faith in this manager beyond them showing up to work and doing what has to be done.
Old Yeller (The Menacing Manager)
Everyone has experienced this one at some point in time. This one cannot control their temper, and oftentimes brings in whatever stress they are under outside of work. The Menacing Manager has little to no patience or real understanding of what it means to guide and lead, although they may very well be exceptionally skilled at the work itself, they are not typically in the mindset of dealing with teaching or growing employees. (Old Yeller, however, may be super friendly with the client base, which can come across as fake to employees. Nicer to clients than employees is the name of the game.) This manager will many times be a yeller, never really seeming to understand their tone or how they come across to workers. They may embarrass employees by calling them on the carpet in front of others, not aware of how to correctly handle a situation in private, with a calm demeanor. This sets employees up for running scared. Scared to make a mistake, scared to approach this manager for any request or guidance. The Menacing Manger can many times be heard bellowing something to the effect of, “FIGURE IT OUT! I don’t have time for this!” Or worse yet, “I don’t get paid enough to deal with this crap!” This will not result in happy employees or good and accurate work. Which becomes a circle of muck, because if one cannot ask for help, they wind up doing it themselves, and they do it wrong, and they get reamed for doing it wrong… and so the cycle continues. Until Old Yeller is wondering why everyone quit.
The Helicopter (Micro-Manager)
This manager has a job to do, and it is to make sure that everyone under him or her is getting THEIR job done. Fair enough. That is technically part of the managers role. But then they take it just a step further into the territory of hovering. They are everywhere and see everything. Which again, can be ok…to a point. But this one will add to the agenda, nit-picking. “Why is this here?” “What are you doing?” “What is this?” “Who did this?” Rather than good ol’ constructive and helpful criticism, this one is purely offering criticism. Now, to be fair – it is NOT the managers job to be anyone’s friend on the job. That is not the point here. But it IS the managers job to manage…effectively. Hovering to the point of making people afraid to blink is not effective management. This is setting up an atmosphere of distrust among the employees. Here, they are under the belief that they were put in a position to do XYZ job, and now, the manager won’t let them without breathing down their throat for 8 hours a day. This creates a feeling of inability in employees, and makes them nervous to make any move at all for fear that Big Brother is lurking. A ‘damned if I do; damned if I don’t’ sort of mentality.
The Hoarder (Don’t Delegate Doer)
This manager is real worried about things getting done, and things getting done correctly. Knowing that at the end of the day that they are ultimately responsible for it all, that they just do everything there is for them to do and for all the employees to do, too. This manager has all the jobs. He or she wears ALL the hats. And they are stressed out. To the max. This person usually has a good enough attitude, and is friendly and approachable, and easy to work with… if you can pry any actual work from their dead, cold hands. Employees will ask, even beg this manager for things to do, and be thrown scraps for busy-work that doesn’t mean a whole lot in the overall big picture. Things that if they mess up, meh, no big deal. The manager will keep the “important tasks” for themselves, even though it is no longer their actual job to do those tasks anymore. Though they are well aware that they have capable, able employees to do it, they just can’t seem to let themselves give up control enough to trust anyone else to get the job done like they would. Employees can sniff this out. And while some will relish in being paid to basically sit around doing nothing, many will grow frustrated from lack of any actual learning, or challenge. And boredom. 8 hours of filing or counting ceiling tiles would kill anyone. It’s a fast track for the manager to burn out and employees to exit stage left.
The Alarmist (Henny Penny the sky is falling)
This manager is not a bad person. They may even be a really good manager, typically. But when something, Anything goes wrong, this person is going to lose. their. ever-loving mind. It doesn’t really matter how intense the situation is, it could be a minor thing or a major thing, but either way, this manager loses composure when things go awry. They panic, loudly, and stress out and yell, and go into a mere meltdown as if the company itself was breached by a hacker and will come to a screeching halt in T-minus 4. Most things, as crappy and frustrating as they can be, as much of a nightmare they may be to fix… will not bring your company to a grinding halt. It may be a pain in the rump, it may take some phone calls and work, but the fact remains that if it was a mistake that was made…freaking out and panicking and screaming does not help anyone or anything. Freaking out others around you, and sending everyone in close proximity into a full blown tizzy is not productive. Who can think when they are in melt-down mode? While this is not to minimize the intensity of the very real times when all hell breaks loose, a true leader needs to lead during these times, stay in control, exhibit trust and show how to productively troubleshoot and problem solve – with a clear and rational head, and ability to stay balanced.
Which manager type are you? Do you see yourself in any of these types?
Published in Thriveglobal.com
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