By: Jalissa Carter
Savoring a touch, so surreal.
A mind that’s connected to the image of you, like a video reel.
A beaten used book that unfolds a fairy tale beneath the pages. It amazes the hopeless romantic, the roaring fanatic.
She has a traumatic wind up heart.
Crying for love from the inside out.
To cherish and to hold onto fantasied memories.
Awaken from a series of dream experiences.
Her reality is without him.
She is surrounded by rose petals.
In the palm of her hand is it’s broken stem.
Soon after like a single dollar bill she embraces what’s real.
Erasing the figments of her imagination. The start of a solo valentines vacation. Be Queen and love your single life situation. The King for you will come soon, be patient. It’s the beginning of a chapter titled self love adoration.
JALISSA CARTER is a poet, writer, and author of the new book “Poetic-Li.” She lives in a charming mountain town of Northwest Arkansas with her husband, their beautiful daughters and pet fish.
Your Validation Isn’t Needed and Definitely not your Sarcasm!
By: Patrice Rivers
What does the world think of you?
Does it really matter what the validations and opinions are without thinking it through?
Never change what the world says about you
Without having to change you
I wrote this poem because the world and worldly people are always judging for no reason. We have to learn to tune out all of the negativity and negative people that always wants to put us down. I recently had an encounter with a lady (African-American) on the phone. She wanted to speak to someone and didn’t even know the person’s first name when I asked her and was a little unsure about the department she wanted to speak to. A lot of people aren’t clear to what they want or need, so I wanted to make sure that was the right department. Did you know she had the nerve to comment sarcastically “You must be new!” I told her that I have been working here for a year so I wasn’t really new. It will be two years in April as a matter of fact. She responded “Yes that’s still new” The fact that she tried to belittle me to thinking I didn’t know what I was talking about is a good reason why I try to separate myself from people like that and some women as well all because of the ignorance.
Just because I didn’t know what she was referring to doesn’t mean I don’t know how to do my job. That’s why it’s very important to remain positive and keep focused. One thing I do is silence people by not speaking to them at all! My inner peace and sanity is too important to allow people to distract me. Be careful who you talk to and deal with in life because everyone doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Don’t allow anyone to ruin your inner peace and definitely don’t allow the world to tell you who you are and what you are! Just like the lady I spoke with on the phone, she was negative and belittling and definitely an example of a major distraction!
Patrice Rivers is an author of seven books, a blogger, journalist, writer and the owner of That Riverz Gurl Brand. You can check out her website at www.patricerivers.com
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Love Is An Action Word
By: Jasi Green
When I go to sleep every night, the left side of my bed is empty. When I wake each morning, no one is there; well most times I find myself diagonally across. The point is, Sis isn’t missing any sleep. Am I looking for someone to wake up too every morning; absolutely not. One of the best things a woman can do is fall so deep in love with the woman she is, becoming or have evolved into. Self love is the best love.
Yes, I love the concept of black love but until one is whole, they are are not ready to unconditionally love someone else. Jasmin, three years ago did not have this mindset. Shoutout to my glow up!
Society has shown MEN ARE JUDGED BASED ON THEIR POTENTIAL; WOMEN ARE JUDGED BASED ON THEIR PAST PERFORMANCE. Such a narcissistic double standard.
One cannot be selfless with loving thyself first. The foundation to any great relationship, whether romantically or platonically, is self love. Self care is also essential.
My journey to self love began when I became committed to achieving goals. I had a lot of baggage to unpack, hypothetically speaking. It was not something achievable by saying, “Today I’m going to me be a better Jasmin”. That route failed many times. Your intentions are not a reflection of your actions, in such instances.
Women are natural born nurturers. We are molded to put our feelings on the back burner to care for others. The hardest part is admitting you’re accepting less than you deserve and walking away. We complain and cry instead of taking action because then we have to take accountability. Instead of seeking validation, seek self love.
Lack of self-love increases risk of suicide according to the American Association of Suicidology. The association conducted a study in 2008 which researched the impact of low self-esteem and lack of self-love and its relation to suicidal tendencies and attempts. My blog, Fall In Love With Yourself First, provides resources to those in need.
How much do you value and appreciate yourself? Love is an action word. Self love is appreciation of this action.
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Start Up information For Entrepreneurs
By: Rosalyn L Farmer
Most likely you have already identified a business idea, so now it’s time to balance it with a little reality. Does your idea have the potential to succeed? You will need to run your business idea through a validation process before you go any further.
In order for a small business to be successful, it must solve a problem, fulfill a need or offer something the market wants.
There are a number of ways you can identify this need, including research, focus groups, and even trial and error. As you explore the market, some of the questions you should answer include:
Is there a need for your anticipated products/services?
Who needs it?
Are there other companies offering similar products/services now?
What is the competition like?
How will your business fit into the market?
Don’t forget to ask yourself some questions, too, about starting a business before you take the plunge.
Make a Plan!
You need a plan in order to make your business idea a reality. A business plan is a blueprint that will guide your business from the start-up phase through establishment and eventually business growth, and it is a must-have for all new businesses.
Starting a small business doesn’t have to require a lot of money, but it will involve some initial investment as well as the ability to cover ongoing expenses before you are turning a profit. Put together a spreadsheet that estimates the one-time startup costs for your business (licenses and permits, equipment, legal fees, insurance, branding, market research, inventory, trademarking, grand opening events, property leases, etc.), as well as what you anticipate you will need to keep your business running for at least 12 months (rent, utilities, marketing and advertising, production, supplies, travel expenses, employee salaries, your own salary, etc.).
Your small business can be a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation. The business entity you choose will impact many factors from your business name, to your liability, to how you file your taxes.
You may choose an initial business structure, and then reevaluate and change your structure as your business grows and needs change
Once your business is up and running, you need to start attracting clients and customers. You’ll want to start with the basics by writing a unique marketing plan. Then, explore as many small business marketing ideas as possible so you can decide how to promote your business most effectively.
Once you have completed these business start-up activities, you will have all of the most important bases covered. Keep in mind that success doesn’t happen overnight. But use the plan you’ve created to consistently work on your business, and you will increase your chances of success.
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How To Win In Business
By Rosalyn L. Farmer
Every single time someone asks me how I’ve managed to be so successful in business, I’m quick to tell them my secret. Are you ready?
It’s … consistency.
I know, it’s very simple. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy and I truly believe that’s why so many people do not have the success they want in their business. They just don’t put in the necessary work over and over again to make it grow.
Maybe you have seen the positive effects of consistency in someone’s business and want to be more consistent in your own, but you just aren’t sure how. Today I want to tell you all about how I manage to stay so consistent in my business.
Mindset is the key to success. If you are ready to make a change and go forward with determination, you can be unstoppable. I’ve seen it in my own business and many others.
Know your WHY.
Why are you doing this? What dreams do you have? What do you want your life to look like in one year, two years? Five years? This why should be strong enough to push you past the feelings you WILL get that say “I can do that later.” What makes you push through the resistance
Realize that consistent efforts will show the world that you are serious about your business and you are in it for the long haul.
Know that it plays a vital role in the perception others have on you and your business. No one wants to work with someone who is on again, off again.
Create short term goals.
One month goals and three month goals. That will keep your eye on a smaller prize that will lead to the bigger prizes that will come through your consistency.
Give it enough time.
Expect that through consistent action taken over 6-12 months that you WILL see massive results. People are watching, wondering if you’ll stick with it. Once they see that you absolutely are, they’ll start coming out of the woodwork.
Be accountable to your upline. Let them know your goals and ask them to check in with you and prod you when you aren’t doing the key steps that will build your business.
Celebrate your successes!
So many people skip right over them and move on to the next but it’s vital you celebrate and acknowledge your work and efforts. I like to reward myself when I’ve achieved a big goal. Could be anything! A new purse, a nice date night out, massage …
CELEBRATE YOU ! Be consistent and Be Great.
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