Six Plus Figure Income IS Possible!

vbme0073 music notes free photosHave you ever watched a video, a movie, a TV program, heard a song or a sermon at church that transformed your life in about two hours or less? Literally. Have you ever encountered someone who blew your mind the first time you met them?

Every now and then I have what I call moments of awakening, or paradigm shift encounters. These are times in my life when I hear something or meet someone who without warning, blows my natural-born mind! I am left stunned, dazzled, and in a jaw-dropping stance until I can effectively process the information or the experience. I have had moments in my life that left me dazed for weeks at a time and when it was all said and done, my entire life had been altered. Some of these experiences have been bad but MOST of them have been AWESOME!

I had one such experience last night.

About two weeks ago I had signed up for an online ‘live’ webcast, not familiar with the instructor at all. I had never heard of her before but her content sounded interesting and like something that I could benefit from being a self-employed African-American female. The ‘live’ webcast was last night and needless to say, I’m still shook up.

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The webcast talked about transforming your business into something that pulls the hinges off ‘impossibilities’! The instructor shared tips, tools and techniques that got me so hyped and excited about taking my online writing business to the next level, understanding that no one else will value my true worth, until I DO!

OMG I’m going crazy right now because I understand the power of believing in one’s self and many times, we are our own worst enemy. We hinder and keep our own selves from financial freedom and success by the way we think, process and execute. I also learned that the secret to our financial and business success is not external (who you know or your level of education alone) but it is internal (what you know and have learned through life experiences and your passion combined with a relentless pursuit).

If you want success bad enough, there is no force, seen or unseen that can stop you as long as you have God on your side, your passion, your purpose, your intense pursuit and a work ethic that demands excellence! Oh yea, and you must have a strategy and a system to effectively run and operate your business. You can’t just sit and wait for people to come to you and support you, you have to go get them! Make them notice you! Be the answer to their problem, have the solution for their situation!

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How much money are you making in your business today? How much do you want to make? Are you ready for the millions and trillions or are you just satisfied with hundreds and thousands?

I’m NOT! I am a child of God (first), a powerful black woman (second), a great wife (third), a wonderful mother (forth), a business owner (fifth), a world-changer (sixth), and a purpose-driven female (seventh) who serves the God of this universe that promised to give me the POWER and ABILITY to get/create/produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18)! I understand my worth and it’s about time the world (and my wallet) understands it too.

There is money, gold, silver, wealth and untapped treasures in this earth and it’s our time to receive it. So I’m taking this business God gave me to the next level, how about you?

Love,
Toni

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Is it your career, or your calling?

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What are you doing for a living right now?

What type of job do you have?

Do you look forward to going to work everyday, or is it difficult to get motivated?

Do you feel fulfilled at the end of each day?

Is the money good, or are you barely making ends meet?

Do you see yourself in the same line of business the next 10-20 years or until retirement age?

Whatever you’re doing today, is it just a career (a means to pay bills and provide for your family), or is it your calling (the thing you were born to do, your purpose and your destiny)?

There is a HUGE difference in the two. Your career will cause you to move around and switch jobs several times over the years, but your calling will keep you grounded, no matter how hard it gets.

Your calling is the last thing on your mind before going to bed and the first thing on your mind when you wake up. It’s the idea that you can’t get out of your head; it is the idea that drives you to pursue at whatever cost. Your calling will also become more important than a price tag, it’s deeper than money.

CAREER VS. CALLING IDEAS

Career: CEO in Corporate America
Calling: Small Business Owner

Career: Medical Doctor
Calling: Missionary to third world countries

Career: School Teacher
Calling: Bus Driver

Career: Mental Health Specialist
Calling: Writer/Author

Career: Car Salesman
Calling: Preacher

Career: Executive Secretary
Calling: Mother

Your calling is the thing that you were born to do, uniquely crafted by God to do, specifically put on this earth to do and strategically hard-wired to do. Your calling is usually effortless. It will have its challenges, which goes without saying, but it feels like second nature because the ability, the know-how, and the passion is weaved into the fabric of your soul.

So, are you fulfilling your career or your calling?

Are you building a business from scratch? Part 2 Freedom

self employmentSelf-employment, the new American Dream, for many! There’s nothing more enticing than employment freedom, in every sense of the word. When you’re self-employed you have the:

*Freedom to make your own hours opposed to clocking in a 9-5.
*Freedom to wear whatever you want (casual slacks, a sun-dress, or pajamas) if you’re operating out of the comfort of your own home.
*Freedom to set your own pay rate, you can charge competitively based on your industry, goods and or services.
*Freedom to spend quality time with family, plan vacations, attend soccer games and theatrical performances at your child’s school.
*Freedom to work alone or hire staff of your choosing, no more mean bosses, grumpy or back-biting co-workers. self employment attire

Now with this type of freedom comes responsibility and great demands.

Self-discipline is a pre-requisite. You must be able to successfully manage yourself before you can manage someone else. You have to have the ability to ‘stick to the plan’ in order to run your own business. You have to do in-depth research. This is necessary before you advertise and promote yourself before the world. There are numerous resources to help get you started but one of the best techniques is to interview a successful self-employed business owner. Talk to them, ask questions, find out how they got started, what are some of the foundational legalities?

Once you decide that self-employment is definitely for you, begin designing your business plan and organize your idea on paper. Write it down, tweak it, write it down again. And tweak it some more. Do more research, ask more questions, the more solid your foundation is, the greater the possibility your vision will survive!

Remember, being your own boss generates an envied sense of freedom, but it’s a freedom which comes with a great price. However, it’s a price that people like you and me are willing to pay! I wouldn’t trade self-employment for all the money in the world. Literally. self employment black female

Love,
Toni

To Our Heroes! Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to all! God bless the United States of America and all the patriots who have fought to make this great land what it is today! We love our veterans who have gone on before and those who yet remain.

You are our Heroes!

Love,
Toni

My First Author Interview – Sylvie Hache

Sylvie Hache' - Head and ShouldersSeveral months ago I met a young woman who inspired me in the most sincere way. She is a born again Christian who loves the Lord and lives daily to do his will. She is also a published author of a book entitled, Insight In Sight, which can be found at Sylviehache.com, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. This phenomenal woman has been on talk shows on national TV and radio, sharing her testimony of coming out of the gay lifestyle and offering hope to people everywhere. Her name is Sylvie Hache and I had the wonderful opportunity to interview her.

Q: Good morning Sylvie, can you please describe in three words your writing.
A: Informative; controversial; thought-provoking

Q: Why do you write?
A: It’s my passion. I believe we are all born with various passions, gifts and talents which are given to us for the rightful purpose of sharing them with others to bring hope, encouragement, enjoyment and pleasure.

Q: How many books have you written and what genre?
A: I have written and published my first non-fiction Christian-based book entitled “Insight In Sight – Was I Born Like This?” I look forward to publishing more in the future.

Q: Do you belong to any writer’s associations or groups and if so, which ones?
A: Yes, probably too many to mention… lol.

Q: Who would you say is your biggest cheerleader or supporter?
A: As a writer, there are many times I find myself alone with pen and paper or computer, hoping for inspiration. Although I’ve received support and encouragement from various people along the way, my biggest supporter would have to be God – only He can answer my prayers to provide the insight I need, so I can write and share.

Q: Did you self-publish or traditional publish your book?
A: This first book has been self-published.

Q: Did you use a professional editor?
A: Yes, I did. However, now I edit my own work, and have it looked over by a trusted colleague prior to posting.

Q: What one word best describes you?
A: Compassionate.

Q: Who are you reading right now if at all?
A: I’m usually in the process of reading several books at the same time. I read from many wonderful Christian authors who provide great wisdom, knowledge and encouragement to support my continued study of Truth through the Bible.

Q: How long did it take you to write your first draft of your book?
A: About a year. Then I took a year sabbatical. Then wrote my 2nd draft over the course of another year. Then prepared five additional drafts before writing this final published manuscript.

Q: Who or what inspired you to write?
A: The significant change in the quality of my life after learning the absolute truth inspired me to want to share this Truth with others – so they too, can experience the wonderful, peaceful and prosperous life we were all created to have and enjoy.

Q: How did you come up with the title for your book?
A: When it was time to submit my manuscript to the publisher, they of course required the title; yet I did not have one, but was compelled to submit “Insight In Sight” and it stayed.

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Q: Who designed the cover?
A: My publisher, after careful consideration of my mission, purpose and intent.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: Figuring out how to write a book (since I never took book-writing classes); after that, figuring out where to start the story, what to include, how to present it and when to end.

Q: How do you market your books and what works best?
A: My book has been in book trade shows around the world, in Christian book stores within Canada and the US, and available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both hard-copy and ebook format. I have also conducted numerous radio and TV interviews. All these marketing avenues have been beneficial.

Q: How did you define your target audience?
A: My mission is to help youth, young adults, parents and Christians – whether gay, straight or questioning – who are struggling with homosexuality or same-sex attraction, and seeking answers and biblical truth to know if God created them to live this way.

Q: Where do you write/create best, indoors or out?
A: Both indoors and out; I find a change of scenery often results in new inspiration.

Q: In your book, Insight In Sight, you discuss homosexuality and about coming “out of” that lifestyle. Have you had much opposition regarding your subject matter?
A: Yes and no. “Yes” from those who do not understand what I’m trying to share, and “no” from those who do. My passion is to reach out to those who are lost and hurting, because I have walked in their shoes. I am simply here to help.

Q: Are you working on any new books at this time? If so, how far along are you?
A: Right now, I am focusing on conducting speaking engagements and meetings with youth, young adults, Christians and parents of children struggling with sexuality – to offer hope, help, answers and encouragement.

Q: Give three good tips for new aspiring writers?
A: 1. Never give up, cave in or quit. 2. Keep believing you are closer than you think. 3. Keep seeking and praying for wisdom, guidance and direction.

Thank you Sylvie and God bless you.
Love,
Toni

Appreciation Quotes for Teachers

teacher appreciationI celebrate and appreciate teachers, instructors and educators everywhere!

“Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” –Chinese Proverb

“Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Brooks Adams

“Modern cynics and skeptics…see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.” –John F. Kennedy

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Plato

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” — Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . . . but the world maybe different because I was important in the life of a child.” — Kathy Davis

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“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” Tom Brokaw

“To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.” — Henri Frederic Amiel

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” Tennyson

“We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.” –Barack Obama

“The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate apparently ordinary people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.” — K. Patricia Cross

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” — Dan Rather

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” — Mark Van Doren

Thank you teachers, God bless and we love you all.
Toni

FREE Sample of New Book

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Thanks and God Bless,

Toni