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Thank you so much Taylor for having me. It was so awesome working with your team. Also, sending a major shout out to Crys Watson of Noir Unicorn, for making this connection happen.Unleash Your Inner Mogul is available on Amazon, or you can purchase here on my site by clicking on the Books tab.
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
Digital Media Marketing WorkshopCheers to another successful marketing workshop! I sold my book and was asked to teach another workshop (woot!), but the best part was hearing how much I've helped someone and how excited they were to begin implementing what they learned! If you would have told me a year ago that I would be standing in a room full of people, TEACHING, I would have never believed it (I had the worst fear of public speaking and could barely even walk, for goodness sakes). But when God has a greater plan than your own, you move on it. I'm so happy to have finally found my true purpose and passion. October
Career Day at My Daughters' SchoolOne of the highlights of my ENTIRE year was speaking at Career Day at the twins' school. The theme of the day was "That Can Be Me", and I loved speaking with the 2nd and 3rd grade classes and encouraging them to start pursuing their dreams NOW. September
Started My Natural Hair JourneyI'm going to be honest here: transitioning back to natural is NOT easy. As a faithful perm and wig wearer, it has definitely been an adjustment that I am still getting used to. There are good days where I am happy to snap a selfie to document the moment, and there are bad days when I have to grab a hat and keep it moving. But overall, I am enjoying experimenting with my hair, learning how to keep it healthy, and watching it grow. By this time next year I hope to have a better handle on it, and I'm able to mimic the styles I love from some of my fave natural hair divas. November
Six Weeks to Self-Publishing WebinarI planned to host this webinar much earlier this year, but due to an internet outtage in my area on the day it was scheduled, I had to postpone it. Well, I THOUGHT that would happen within a few days, but it actually took MONTHS (long story about fear and mental blocks that kept me from doing this). Anyhoo, I was so proud of myself for getting over it and getting it DONE, because after all, done will always be better than perfect. I will be launching the 6 Weeks to Self-Publishing online course in early 2016. If you've been saying that this year will be the year you finally write your book, and are interested in the course, jump on my mailing list here to be the first to receive details when it is released! I had a really great 2015, and cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for me. My word for the year is GROWTH...in all areas, spiritually, mentally, physically, business, etc.
What is your word for 2016 and what do you hope to accomplish?To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker P.S. Join the community of other Moguls in the Making on Facebook for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools!
Today's Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Keneshia Raymond, a Southern California native and Bay Area transplant who is making her mark on the wedding world! Keneshia is the Lady Boss and Editor in Chief of Blissful 2 Be Wedding Magazine & the founder of Enchanted: The Wedding Event. With a strong background in planning and design, she collaborates with a myriad of talented vendors to showcase the hottest new wedding trends and to give couples a wedding experience they will always remember.
Check out her interview...
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Name: Keneshia (Kay) Raymond Location:Bay Area, Ca Business Name: Blissful 2 Be Magazine & Enchanted: The Wedding Event Years in Business: 5 yearsAre you a full or part time business owner? I am a full time business owner. Why did you start your business? I started my business after being a wedding planner and noticing that their was a void in wedding magazines. They were not showcasing the real side of weddings, but all the pretty that went into it. I wanted to showcase real couples and the real side of weddings...every shape, size, and nationality, and also those incredible vendors who were not being showcased because they didn't fit in what was the traditional model of the wedding industry. I wanted to showcase not only our couples, but our vendors as well.
(Photo Credit: Alycia Creative Photography)What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding part of my business is the excitement from the vendors when they have been featured, or the couples when they see their wedding on the blog or in the magazine . Empowering the vendors to not only believe in themselves but to show them your work is amazing and the world believes so as well . I love being their cheerleader! I know it may sound corny but I feel like, as vendors, sometime we need the extra cheering squad. What are your biggest challenges? My biggest challenge is believing in myself, reminding myself that I am enough, and remembering why I do what I do and how much I love what I do. Also remembering it’s okay to say no and not overstretch myself. It's hard sometimes, but I am a work in progress. What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I have ever received is not to doubt myself, stay humble, and continue to learn.
(Photo Credit: Juniper Spring Photography)Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I have been a one woman show for the past 4 ½ years. I recently brought on a graphic designer to help with the magazine. For the bridal show, we are a team of two women, myself and Diana Dorsey, who is also a wedding planner and has been working hard to bring Enchanted to new cities & states. Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?
In 5 years...wow! I see Blissful2Be growing into a top 100 wedding blog and the magazine doing incredibly well. I see a team of 5 people working to get the magazine out bi-monthly and growing the education portion for our vendors. (Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Miller Photography)
What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?Starting a business is the easy part. Staying with it and growing your business is the hard part . Believe in yourself, be confident and persistent, enjoy and celebrate your success and your failure. You will hear a lot of No’s and that's okay because when you hear that one YES it will all be worth it . Stay strong and enjoy this life you are creating for yourself . For more wedding bliss, connect with Keneshia online:
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Happy Monday, future moguls! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I am so excited to be back with the Mogul in the Making entrepreneur spotlight. I took a brief hiatus, but I have a great line-up of uber-talented and inspiring entrepreneur interviews coming up in the next few weeks, so be sure to check back frequently so that you don't miss a beat!
To kick things off, this week's entrepreneur spotlight features Denika Turner-Stephens, founder of Runway 4 Peace, a community organization whose mission is to create and showcase positive initiatives in an effort to raise awareness for the Stop the Violence cause. Growing up in the city of Compton, Denika realized there were limited resources and activities available to inner city youth. As a teen, she dreamed of becoming a model, but was unable to find programs in her area to assist in fulfilling that dream. So, she made a promise to herself to do something about the huge void that desperately needed to be filled. In 2012, Denika started Runway 4 Peace as a way to give young girls the opportunity to experience life on the runway. Check out her story...
Name: Denika Turner-Stephens Location: Compton, CA Business Name: Runway 4 Peace Years In business: 3Are you full or part time business owner? Part Time Why did you start your business? Growing up in the City of Compton, there were not many activities for young girls to participate in. I wanted to model and that was a program that our community lacked. So I decided to provide those services. Unfortunately during the months spent puzzling my ideas, my niece was shot 3 times outside her home March of 2010 at the age of 10. To God be the Glory she survived. After experiencing something so tragic, I felt eager to raise awareness for the STOP THE VIOLENCE cause. Compton is known to be very violent and I wanted to change the mood by gathering the youth to create and showcase positivity, and also give young girls the opportunity to experience life on the runway. That's when I knew I had a passion with a purpose. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your business? I would have to say being my own boss and doing what I love. It's a joy seeing my vision come to life. What are your biggest challenges? I am afraid of rejection so networking is my biggest challenge. With me being young, not many people take my project seriously, therefore it creates this barrier that I am afraid to overcome. I came to the point, as if, I can do it on my own, but reality is, I NEED A TRUSTWORTHY TEAM.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? "If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough" -Steve Harvey "It doesn't have to be perfect to get started but you have to get started for it to be perfect" -Natalie Gouche Do you have a team, or are you a one man/woman show? Everyone thinks I'm a one woman show, however, I do run my ideas through my husband. Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? I plan to have a modeling school for my W.E.R.K program which is a Women's Empowerment Runway Klass to provide free training. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the making? Understand that your purpose is for YOU. There will be hard times, and it will seem as if no one cares, but never give up. Remember your "WHY" for doing what you do!
For more information on Denika Turner-Stephens and Runway 4 Peace, visit her Website or connect with her on Facebook.
If you would like to be featured in the MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.orgTo Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network!
Name: BRITTNEY CASTRO
Location: LOS ANGELES
Business Name: FINANCIALLY WISE WOMEN
Years in Business: 2 YEARSAre you a full or part time business owner? Full time. Why did you start your business? I started my business because I am very passionate about helping others, specifically women, use their money to live their dream lives. After being a financial planner working at other firms for about 7 years, I saw how savvy and successful women were still so intimidated by their money, and most avoided hiring a financial planner since most of the industry is still made up of male financial advisors. I wanted to be the go-to financial planner for women and teach others to live an authentic and inspiring life by learning how to make, manage, save, invest, and protect their money in a fun and simple way. My mission is to be the type of financial planner that changes the landscape for modern women and how they see and feel about their money, and is a pioneer for other women financial planners who want to help empower and educate women around money. What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is seeing the direct impact my advice and guidance brings to my client’s financial lives. I love hearing the success stories of my clients who tell me they love managing their money after working with me and make more money because they are now viewing their money in a whole new way. It is beyond rewarding to know I have helped them transform their financial lives from one of stress, overwhelm and anxiety to one of fun, excitement and peace of mind. Money is just a tool to be used however we desire in life and once my clients really commit to the financial planning relationship with me, so many magical things are possible for them. It’s so amazing and it inspires me to continue helping people with their finances, one woman at a time.
What are your biggest challenges? The biggest challenge is managing all the different hats one must wear when owning a business. Every day I have to come fully ready to tackle the many roles of being a business owner and make sure I am leading my FWW team and clients in the right direction. It is not always easy but with the help of my amazing support group full of family and friends, I am able to constantly grow to become a better and better business owner and leader for my FWW tribe. What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? To enjoy the journey. I know it sounds cliché but it is so important to enjoy the ride. It is full of ups and downs, twists and turns and there is always “something” else to worry about, do, work on, etc. so you have to be able to cherish each moment and soak up as much of the journey as possible. Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I have a team that consists of one assistant and one intern.
Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? I see the FWW business becoming more of a lifestyle brand that helps women create their ideal lives and expand into the media industry in order to do so. My goal is to continue serving as many women as possible through our financial planning services, online products, webinars, workshops, live conferences, and eventually launch the Financially Wise Women TV Show to help people understand that money can really be fun and simple. We have very lofty goals, but given our track record within the past two years of starting, I am only very excited to see where the FWW path takes us. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? Keep your eye on the prize and keep going no matter what. When you follow your dreams and lead from your heart day in and day out, amazing things can happen in your life. I have been blown away by all that has come to me since starting my business and even when the naysayers and myself for that matter have doubted the goals I set out for myself, I’ve only been able to achieve more than what I imagined because I’ve stayed the course and followed my heart. Starting a business is not for the faintest of hearts but it is really incredible and if you have that burning desire inside you to launch your own business, do it. You only get one life if you are lucky so make the most of it!
If you're ready to start loving your money, sign up to receive your FREE Financially Wise Toolkit jam packed with great tools & resources to help you on your financial journey by visiting the Financially Wise Women website.
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