I would be remissed to say that the recent release of my second inspirational book, Brown Sugar Magic: Goal Setting and Reflections Journal has been met with lukewarm acceptance and I want to change that reception. Receiving the “likes” on my social media is okay, but in true entrepreneurial spirit I would like to see those “likes” convert to sales.
I have been dealing with so much lately over these past six months, between a divorce being finalized, regaining control of my finances now as single mom, and closing out a school year, I’m surprised I got this second book out, but it was something that I HAD to do.
Yesterday after feeling like I had hit a brick wall emotionally and feeling a twinge of being burned out I laid across my bed and began listening to a couple of podcasts by Cara Alwill Leyba. Her message is clear and distinct and it pushed me to look back at my “do what you love” notebook and really plan out my course of action for these next few months.
I have to remind myself that yes it has only been a year, and my need to be good at everything I do is taking over my thought processes and essentially making me overthink EVERYTHING in my life. I had taken to Facebook and joined all of these groups and I find that this blogging industry is SATURATED. Everybody is creating a lot of the same things and the competition is STEEP. Even though regionally everyone is spread out, and there are some small hubs of creators in the same area, I see why now more than ever I must stake my claim in this creative industry and CREATE MY VISION!
So I see for myself in my vision and my future:
BROWN SUGAR MAGIC
I want Brown Sugar Magic to be my main inspirational platform. Creating my vision started with setting some realistic and achievable goals for myself. Through planning a course of action to take and being unafraid to put my words on paper, self-publishing my first book was a personal goal that I accomplished. My education was not pursued haphazardly, I was deliberate and intentional as I attained higher degrees of education. I know what it’s like and even sometimes find it overwhelming to want to do one thing but then have to revamp that objective or goal to take care of smaller things first. God planned my path for me and he innately gave me the ability to aspire for great things and become successful in my own right.
If I can inspire someone to be SMART about their choices in life as they design their future, be in touch with their needs and take care of themselves before they have nothing to offer to the people around them; I take on the role. Additionally, I want to help African-American women and girls build themselves up to only rely on their independence to see them through life. That’s not to say that having help in life is not good, but this is to say be able to help yourself so that if you are ever in the position to have to do for yourself, YOU ARE NOT HELPLESS! As I walk in my purpose, my dream, and define my vision; I will celebrate my setbacks, imperfect moments, and my growth. I see this as a way to encourage many others.
SPEAKING AND HOSTING
All throughout school I was constantly reminded by my teachers about my continuous talking in class. I was a fast learner and completed my work often times ahead of my classmates so I was always looking for someone to talk to. It could have been the fact that I was an only child but that would be an excuse. I simply just love to talk. The cheerleader in me wants to be in the limelight spreading inspiration, joy, and motivation. I have a lot to say about coming from a SINGLE parent home and PERSERVERING through the STEREOTYPES that were placed on me. I have had to be disciplined, make tough decisions, and show my resiliency to get to this place in my 35 years of life. I say this time and time again, I DEFY stereotypes and my authentic rawness at times is just the dose of reality people need to know that LIFE
AIN’T FAIR! Put me on a stage…I will rock the party, keep you engaged, but most importantly MOTIVATE!
BOOKS AND BLOGGING
Ever since being told by a teacher my senior year in high school that “MY PEOPLE“ need me, I get tickled at the thought of her saying that often. I love books and have read what I like over the years and always knew that one day I would write a book of my own. My flagship book, My Fourth Year in Middle School: The Truth About Teaching chronicles my transition into what was spoke on to me at the age of 18. If my people need me, whether it be teachers, African-American women and girls, writers, or whomever feels inspired by my words, I’m glad to be of SERVICE. I have always wanted to write, and the urgency I feel to be great will take time, after all, I teach full-time and pursue my writing when I am not in the classroom. I blog as much as possible and I am continuing to find inspiration and write what I think people need to read from me. Writing what I consider to be my first epic blog, What No One Tells You About Blogging, was the tip of the iceberg. One day my persistence with pay off! I am establishing my voice. This creative journey is personal.
If an ebook, writer’s apparel and other products surface as I make my stamp then so be it. Anybody can make a t-shirt, cup, bag, and other doodads and it will sell, but I want to be as consistent with my message that I anticipate being with these other endeavors. The ones that are selling everything under the moon, make it look easy from books to lip gloss. However, I’m learning that when you have a concrete audience, it is doable to make those kinds of sales. Because I’m still new to this I will limit my conversation on that.
If it takes me a few years to get this entrepreneurial niche down pact, I will do what I have do.