Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight2015 was definitely the Year of the Female Entrepreneur, and it was an honor for me to showcase on my blog some of the most talented, inspiring, amazing business women that I've had the pleasure of meeting, whether it was in person or solely online interaction. You ladies rock!
Build Your Biz Through Blogging WorkshopIn 2014, I hosted my first PAID workshop (Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses) outside of my own company events. In the presentation, there was a small segment where I discussed the benefits of blogging for your business. Unfortunately, because it was only a one hour workshop, I couldn't cover everything, but the students wanted MORE, and requested that I return to cover the topic. The company agreed and brought me back in January to host the Build Your Biz Through Blogging Workshop, and it was the start of a great business relationship that led to several more workshops in 2015. It all started when I decided to put my fear to the side, walked in and simply asked if the company would be interested in hosting my workshop. Ask and you shall receive! March
Be Your Own Boss ConferenceThe Be Your Own Boss Conference allowed me to accomplish my goal of becoming a motivational speaker! After the devastating car accident that I experienced in November 2013, I made a promise to myself to share my story of overcoming tough obstacles in the hopes that it would inspire others to never stop fighting to reach their dreams. The highlight of the event was when a young lady attending from Fresno State University walked up after my speech and said "I loved your presentation...your story really inspired me to go after my dream of starting my business." Mission accomplished! Big THANK YOU to Rashunda Rene of the Inner City Youth Empowerment organization for having me. April
Became a PUBLISHED AuthorI wrote this book during one of the lowest points of my life. Over the last few years, I became a single parent to two young children, experienced a devastating lay-off from my corporate job (only a few months after I purchased my home), and was involved in a near-fatal car accident that left me unable to walk for almost 6 months. I had two options: I could continue feeling sorry for my seemingly unending stroke of bad luck, or I could use these obstacles as the motivation to pursue the life I knew I was destined to lead. I chose the latter! This book is filled with stories of determination, perseverance, and triumph despite countless setbacks and obstacles. I discuss how I literally started my business from my living room sofa, with nothing but my cell phone and laptop, to go on to living life on my own terms as a motivational speaker, author, and marketing strategist/business coach. Writing and releasing my first book was truly a labor of love. If I had to choose ONE accomplishment that I am most proud of, this would be it! Not only was it a long time goal of mine, but finishing this book gave me the opportunity to help others realize that they too can accomplish those BIG, scary, audacious goals. I am so grateful for each and every person that has purchased/read my book, shared it with a friend, etc. Stay tuned, because the Unleash Your Inner Mogul Tour, as well as book #2, is on the top of my goals list for 2016!
Beauty, Brains, & Bling WorkshopBeauty, Brains, & Bling is one of my FAVE workshops for young girls. I've attended almost every session with my 7 year old twin daughters for almost two years now, so it was an absolute honor when my friend Michelle Harris Collins asked me to lead a session on Exploring Entrepreneurship. We did a really fun exercise where the girls created a "business plan" and had the opportunity to present their idea to the group. Fun times! I am looking forward to the next session on January 30th 2016. If you have a daughter (or know a young girl age 7-11, I highly recommend you sign her up!) May
Nik Gets Fit (Weight Loss Journey)Back in April 2013, I made a decision to completely change to a healthier lifestyle by adjusting my diet, getting serious about working out, etc. As a result I lost 30 pounds. After the car accident, I pretty much gained all of the weight back and it was really hard to get back on track. In May, I decided enough was enough, and even though I didn't feel physically strong enough, I started taking the steps to regain control of my health and fitness. I made a serious change to my diet by incorporating more fruits/veggies and also meal prepping. I also started working out again, hitting the gym, doing Zumba 3 days/week and embracing my love for the outdoors by walking every morning at the park or hiking at the Culver City Stairs. The pounds slowly but surely started dropping off again! I am not exactly where I want to be, but watch out because in 2016 I WILL get there!
Featured in The Huffington Post
Receiving an email from THE Arianna Huffington that my article, "Act Like an Employee, Think Like a Boss: 5 Tips for Working Productively From Home" would be featured on The Huffington Post was such a surreal moment! One of my major 2016 goals is to increase my brand's awareness/visibility by being featured in more magazines, blogs, tv/news shows, etc., so hopefully this was just a pre-cursor of what's to come.July