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2016 Year In Review: My Year of GROWTH

As I sit here typing on this eve of the New Year, I am thinking about how absolutely giddy and excited I am about all that is to come in 2017! 2016 seemed to be a pretty rough year for many people. All throughout my social media feeds, I've seen countless posts with anticipation to end such a dreary year, and with hope that this upcoming year will be much better. I am a generally happy, bubbly, and optimistic person (you kinda have to be when it is your job to motivate and speak life into others), but I must say that I experienced several challenges and personal setbacks this year that has me running to the finish line, and ready to leap into a year full of happiness, fulfillment, and abundance. In fact, I have declared that my word for 2017 will be LEAP. Last year, I wrote my very first "Year in Review" post, and it was very therapeutic in a way. It was great to reflect back on all of the positive things that happened in my life as opposed to dwelling on the things that didn't quite go as planned, or that downright sucked. So, here goes...I bring to you my highlight reel of 2016:

Doubled My Number of Speaking Gigs

I achieved one of my top goals for the year, which was to double the number of speaking engagements that I had in 2015. Mission accomplished! Speaking and teaching are undoubtedly my two most favorite aspects of my business, so not only do I get to do what I absolutely LOVE, but I truly feel like I'm walking in my purpose every time I step on a stage or in front of a room. In 2017, I hope to keep it going by doubling my numbers again...and also to add INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER to my resume (Yes, I'm claiming it in advance!) Nikola Ahaiwe Speaking at The PowHERful Woman Conference

Speaking at The PowHERful Woman Conference - truly a "Mama I Made It" moment!

Nikola Ahaiwe Speaking at Women of Power MixerSharing my story at the Women of Power LA Mixer.

Nikola Ahaiwe Speaking at ALM Women's Empowerment EventWhat a pleasure it was to serve on a panel with these wonderful women of God at ALM's Women's Empowerment Dinner.

Nikola Ahaiwe - Motivational Speaker

The look of complete happiness to be walking in my purpose, teaching a Social Media Strategies for small businesses workshop.

Nikola Ahaiwe Speaking at Noir Unicorn Event

Pouring into the women attending the Noir Unicorn's After Work Sisterhood Pop Up Mixer...sharing tips on how to create their 9-5 exit strategy.

Nikola Ahaiwe - Motivational Speaker

I'm very expressive and tend to talk with my hands alot. That's when you know the message is GOOD!

Nikola Ahaiwe Teaching Social Media Strategies

Just a few of the other workshops and events I had the honor of speaking at this year. In 2017 I will be better about getting pics of my speaking gigs.

 

Launched My First Mini Course

This was a major accomplishment for two reasons: 1) I had been sitting on this idea for over a year, and finally took the time to make it a reality. I launched it as a mini course first, as a sort of test run leading up to the launch of my signature course, of the same name, that will be launching this year. 2.) I had absolutely NO knowledge of how to go about getting this done, but I didn't let that stop me. I did the research. I implemented what I learned, and I DID IT. It was a lesson in not waiting until things are perfect, but instead, just getting started and improving as you go. I got a lot of really good feedback, and am so excited to launch the full course, in addition to several other courses, this year. Stay tuned! Mogul Marketing Bootcamp Mini Course Launch

Hosted My First Signature Event: Say YES to Your Dreams

Another "just do it" moment. I was going to wait until the new year to host this event, jut because I felt that January was the time when most people go into vision board/planning/goal setting mode. But I realized that mid-year was the perfect time to do an assessment of where you are in the pursuit of your goals and to get a little motivation to keep going. I'm happy to say that the event was a success! Each and every panel speaker was AMAZING and the women in attendance walked away with a lot of valuable information and the confidence to boldly walk in the direction of their dreams. Planning is already underway for the next event, which will be a little different, but equally, if not more, wonderful than the first! Say YES to Your Dreams Vision Board Event

Launched Moguls Give Back

I literally started Moguls Give Back on a whim! I wanted to find a way to give back to my community, and I figured what better way than to start my own initiative?! The goal was for my fellow entrepreneurs to band together and do our part to service our communities.  I reached out to my tribe via social media and was overwhelmed and thrilled at the amount of support it received. In the summer, we hosted a School Supply Drive where we were able to bless almost 100 students with all of the supplies they needed to have a successful school year. In November, we hosted a turkey giveaway, where we were able to bless 6 wonderful families. This could not have been done without the generous donations we received. A special thank you goes out to Kenya Kirkland of Shop 1323 for letting us host the first event at her boutique, and Shelley Mechette of The PowHERful Woman for being an official partner for the second event. In 2017, I hope to take these efforts to the next level by officially forming a non-profit 501(c)3, and hosting more charity events throughout the year. Moguls Give Back - Nikola Ahaiwe Non Profit Moguls Give Back School Supply Drive Moguls Give Back Turkey Giveaway

Weight Loss Journey

My weight has been a big struggle for me for YEARS. Prior to being involved in the car accident that left me unable to walk for nearly 6 months, I was finally able to get a hold of it by dropping nearly 40lbs. Unfortunately, after that horrible ordeal, I just could not seem to get it back under control. The main reason was because I had on-going ankle issues that prevented me from working out the way that I would have liked to. This year, however, I decided not to let that hold be back anymore. I invested in a personal trainer (shout out to Lance Branchman) and finally started working toward my health and fitness goals again. In just the last two months of the year, I've been able to see a difference in, not only the way I look, but more importantly, the way I feel. Although the scale has only just recently started to be my friend (I wasn't seeing much of a difference in my weight), I experienced so many non-scale victories, such as my clothes fitting better, loss of inches and a change in my body composition, better eating habits, and overall feeling healthier and stronger (I no longer feel like I am going to pass out after each workout lol). Also, its given me increased confidence that is showing up in other aspects of my life, and business. Therefore, I will continue training into the new year, and who knows...I may even run a marathon or two before the year is up!

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Made Memories and Enjoyed Life

This was probably my most important fete of 2016...MAKING the time to experience life and make memories with those that I love. There is nothing like a near fatal experience to make you realize just how precious life is. Over the last few years, I've had this feeling that I've been merely existing, as opposed to living. This year, I can truly say I took my first steps to changing that by getting out there and making memories with my loved ones. After all, one of the main reasons I started my business was to have full freedom and control of my time, and because I wanted to live life on my own terms. In 2016, I finally figured out exactly what that looks like...

Took a couple of Kid-cations (vacays with the kiddos)...a road trip to San Diego and to visit family in Texas...

Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom

Spent a lot of quality time going on family outings and experiencing fun, new places. Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom

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...was even able to get in a few Mom-cations (without the kiddos) to Catalina Island and Washington DC.

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...and I made a conscious effort to get out more and support friends, family, and fellow business owners at their events, celebrating life occasions, and on their creative endeavors.

Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom

I know a lot of people that experienced quite a few challenges and hardships in 2016 (myself included), but it's so important to take a step back and remind yourself of all of the things that went well, all of the things you're grateful for, and the many blessings that you have in spite of everything else.

Now that you've had a glimpse into my year, I want to know:

What has 2016 taught you

What is the one thing that 2016 taught you? Drop a comment below.

   

{FREE TRAINING} 2017 Marketing Blueprint

Marketing Blueprint Webinar

Are you ready to commit to making 2017 your most successful business year yet?

Listen, if you have not started planning your business marketing strategy for 2017, you are already behind!

The holidays are fast approaching, and with so much going on with the hustle and bustle of the season, you do not want to get lost in the shuffle and walk into the new year without a solid strategy to take your business to the next level.

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7pm PST, I am hosting a FREE webinar, covering everything you need to create your very own 2017 marketing roadmap.

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During this free workshop, I am going to cover how to:
  • Set and meet your business + financial goals for 2017
  • Become visible and be seen as the go-to expert in your field
  • Package, sell, and promote your signature services and offerings
  • Create a sales funnel to consistently attract your ideal clients
  • Create multiple streams of income + systems to get paid on autopilot
  • and much more!

It's time for you to take your business to the next level! Let me show you how to get unstuck, get visible, and get PAID!

This workshop is for you if you are:
  • Tired of spinning your wheels and feeling stuck, trying to figure out this whole marketing thing on your own
  • Struggling to consistently bring in clients and reach your business' income goals
  • Tired of being a slave to your business and wish you could create a solid strategy and systems to free up your time to do the things you enjoy
This workshop is NOT for you if:
  • You're not committed to learning and implementing the strategies it takes to grow your business.
  • Taking your business to the next level is not a top priority for you
  • You are not ready to invest the time, dedication, and financial resources into yourself, or your business, at this time

Space is limited, so be sure to grab your spot today!

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Recap: The List Tour Conference

If you want your business to flourish and grow, it is an absolute MUST, that you continue to invest in ongoing training, seek more knowledge, and learn new skills. A great way to do that is to attend workshops, conferences, and live events that will teach you new strategies and equip you with the resources  and tools you need to take your biz to the next level.  I swear every time I leave an event, I walk away feeling pumped up and ready to take the (business) world by storm! So, when the the opportunity arose for me to attend The List Tour conference, hosted by LaTanya Washington, founder of LW Special Events Management, I knew that I HAD to be there. The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference What a wonderful event it was! The day was filled with a stellar line up of speakers.  Overall, it was a high energy, fun-filled day of learning, networking, and growth.  Attendees left with actionable steps that they could implement to uplevel their businesses and processes in the areas of marketing, branding, systems, staffing and much, much more. Highlights included a breakout jam session to Beyonce's Formation, a Shark Tank-style pitch session that brought contestants to tears at the possibility of seeing their vision come to life, and witnessing a pair of mini-moguls share their business concept. Check out some of my key takeaways:

Dr. Monica Wilson - Psychotherapist, Business Consultant

- Don’t sit on your gifts. To thine own self be true. Turn your pain into your purpose. - Your purpose is not about you…it’s bigger than you. You’re making a mark in the world, unseen or seen.

Constance Moonzwe - Executive Director, ITH Staffing

Constance Moonzwe The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference - Sometimes you may have the vision, but you may not be the right person to drive your business forward. Figure out what you’re good at, what you’re not good at, and partner with someone to help you.

- Finding ‘A Players” begins with setting the bar high. Your organization doesn’t have roomfor B, C, or D players. A players are people that can do 90% of the position well.

Dawn Osborne - Next Level Management & Consulting Dawn Osborne The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference- Focused action beats brilliance every time. Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

- You need a niche instead of being a generalist – jack of all trades, master of none. - If you don’t believe in your product or service, do something else. You have to believe in it in order to sell it to someone else.

Lydia & Peter Mehit - Custom Business Planning & Solutions

Lydia and Peter Mehit The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference - Focus on the customer FIRST, then the product. If you know who your customer is, then you’ll know how to market to them. - Price your products or services at a price that YOU are uncomfortable. If you are comfortable, you are not charging enough.

Queenie Johnson - Brand Strategist, Mama Be Brilliant

Queenie Johnson The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference Things you need to release (that you’ve been taught)
  1. Fear
  2. A mentality that there is not enough
  3. The thought that you can’t trust anybody.
  4. The need for validation. The reason you’re stagnant right now is because someone is not telling you “good job.”
  5. Fear of failure
- You've been trained out of your authority, and it's YOUR job to decide to rule your world. - Have a big message, but tailor it according to who you’re speaking to. - Your message has to pull at the gut, count the cost, and be energetically exciting, and it has to be about THEM, not you.

Sweenie May - Marketing Mastermind Coach

Sweeney Mae The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference Profile your target market – Study and speak their language. Learn (and master) the difference between a soft sell vs. a hard sell The day was PACKED with valuable content...no fluff. Exactly what I look for when determining the events that are worth my time and monetary investment. The List Tour is definitely worth it! It was also a great opportunity to network, and see a few of my fave women in business:
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Cortney Renee of Flourish Media Group
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Michelle Harris Collins of The Persona Program
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Queenie Johnson of Mama Be Brilliant
BIG thank you, and congratulations goes out to LaTonya Washington for organizing such a wonderful event. It was such an honor to be a part of this interactive experience!
LaTonya Washington - Founder of The List Tour
LaTonya Washington - Founder of The List Tour
The next stop on the tour is Houston on Saturday, October 22.  For more details, and to purchase tickets, check out their website at www.thelisttour.com

{EVENT} Say YES to Your Dreams: Panel Discussion + Vision Board Experience

Say YES to Your Dreams  Join me On July 9, 2016  as I host the Design Your Dream Life: Panel Discussion & Vision Board Experience!

I have pulled together an AMAZING panel lineup of powerful businesswomen who will be sharing their keys to success! Are you ready to start living life on YOUR terms? Tired of watching from the sidelines as everyone else seems to live YOUR dreams? Ready to learn what you REALLY need to do to start/grow your business full-time? Then, you have to be at this event! First, there will be a Q&A session featuring our expert panel, sharing words of wisdom on how to start a business, how to transition from part-time to full time entrepreneur, and so much more! Then, we will be creating our vision boards (materials included) and speaking our visions to life! Hosted by: Nikola Ahaiwe, Business Coach/Author, Unleash Your Inner Mogul Featured Panelists: Dr. Dominique Reese – Financial Coach/Author, Master My Money Dr. Dominique Reese Kenya Kirkland – “Thee Style Icon”/Owner Shop 1323 Kenya Kirkland - Thee Style Icon Shelley Jones-Vampran – Motivational Speaker/Author, 70 Days of Happy Shelley Jones Vampran Moderated by: Katherine “Kat” Branchman - Motivational Speaker Katherine Branchman Early bird tickets are just $20, now through June 19th. After, regular admission is $25 (pre-sale only. Please note that no tickets will be sold at the door.) To reserve your spot, register at http://sayyestoyourdreams.eventbrite.com Space is limited, so grab your ticket NOW!

[FREE WORKSHOP] 6 Weeks to Self Published

6 Weeks to Self Published

Will 2016 be the year you FINALLY write that book?

Have you said to yourself that 2016 will be the year that you finally write your book?  Have you been sitting on an idea for your book forever, but just don’t know where to start?  Are you ready to share your message and story with the world, and serve your clients on a much bigger scale? Did you know that writing a book gives you instant credibility, positions you as an expert in your field, and can help you take your business to the next level? Since publishing and releasing my first book, my coaching/consulting business has soared, and I've been invited to speak at several conferences, workshops, and events this year...all as a result of positioning myself as a thought leader by becoming an author. Many people have reached out to me to express that they’ve been wanting to write a book forever but 1. Have no idea where to start 2. Can’t find the motivation to finish it, or 3. They’ve completed the entire book but have no idea what to do next. So, I’ve decided to host a FREE, live workshop: 6 Weeks to Self Published – How to Profit as a Self-Published Author, to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received. Join me on Thursday, November 19 at 7pm PST, as I show you how you can write, self-publish, and market your book…in just six weeks! Sign up >>> http://bit.ly/SelfPublishingWebinar In this exclusive webinar, I will cover:
  • Self-Publishing Secrets: What I wish I knew before publishing my first book.
  • Strategies to GET. IT. DONE. How to get those ideas out of your head and finally get your book completed.
  • How to leverage your position as an author to bring in a consistent cash flow into your business.
  • The step-by-step process to write, self-publish, promote, and profit as an author.
  • And much, MUCH more!
Space is limited, so be sure to grab your spot today! To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe P.S. Join the community of other Moguls in the Making on Facebook for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools!
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