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Exercise Your POWER!

Exercise Your POWER!

By Shunte Gamble | June 2, 2022

Have you ever felt lost, overwhelmed, or grown tired during different seasons of your journey? Have you ever felt like you’ve done all you know to do and things STILL did not pan out? 

You are not alone. You are equipped with the power needed for each leg of your life’s journey. 

As we walk in our purpose, we will endure a variety of tests and pruning experiences that serve the plan and destiny set for our lives. 

Exercising our power is crucial in becoming the best version of ourselves, positively empowering others, and transitioning to the next levels in life.

When I think of the word power, I often feel empowered. However on days when my strength is low, I scowl at it only because I know, deep down, it is also my personal responsibility. I am responsible for tapping into and utilizing my power, whether that means affirming myself, journaling promises, or empowering others in their time of need. 

Power a necessary component of faith and hope. It is the ventilator when you need help to breathe. It is the resuscitator when your heart is failing. It is the energy to believe even when your dreams and promises seem to die. It is a tool best used for a life well-lived. 

THE “MIDDLE”

Most often, it is in the middle, the time between the promise and its manifestation, where we find ourselves wrestling with patiently waiting as time ticks by. Our circumstances or conditions may cause us to struggle with staying rooted in faith. We may cave into feelings of frustration or loneliness or worry about what we lack. There may be times we cry out, get angry, or give up. 

This is when tapping into our power is essential to HOW we wait. How we wait is just as important as what we do WHEN we wait. 

(P) PERSEVERANCE

We all have our moments that challenge our persistence to keep on keeping on. I can count the times I have fought the urge to give in and quit.

Perseverance is a skill best flexed during these very moments. It is in the moments you don’t quit, you WIN!

You may not feel like you’re winning but you are! Think about it. Why are the blows coming faster or harder? It’s because the enemy sees you’re not going to quit. You’re not going to let go of the promise, your hope, or your faith.

This is you winning! Each time you give thanks, refuse negative thoughts, or never cease to pray you’re winning. 

We must also remember some of the issues we’re facing are situational messes we’ve created. While our creator is making the way straight, we are called to perseverance to receive the restoration, blessing, or miracles He is preparing. 

“Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking nothing.”

James 1: 2-4

(O) OBEDIENCE

I’m a mom of two boys. One will be 20 in a few weeks then the other will turn 10. The age gap is so big! At this point, I’m either a pro or I’ve forgotten what to do (lol). When my youngest son was learning to ride his “big boy bike”, as he called it, peddling was very difficult. I knew that peddling is the “power” needed to ride a bike. However, a few days in, I noticed he was getting stronger and he was continuously peddling without many boosts of speed from me. 

I had an aha moment! I challenged him to go FASTER. He was so content and confident peddling without my help yet there I go upping the ante.

Now to put this in context, his bike had training wheels and I was walking very close to him. He fell once but I was so close I caught him BEFORE he technically fell. In other words, I caught him once he began to lean too far. 

I began to compliment him on his ability to steer and peddle. Then I hit him with it. “GO! GO faster Braylon!” He began to wobble just hearing my challenge as he began to panic. 

I quickly responded, “You’re not going to fall. I am here to catch you if you do. The last time I caught you, I’m not going to let you fall. Just GO!” At that very moment, I felt a soft conviction in my spirit.

How many times has God affirmed He was there with us? I mean CLOSE beside us? How many times has He reassured us we are not alone? How many times did He say go but we were stuck in a place of fear or content and comfortable with the path we’re on or in the habits we’ve grown accustomed to? 

I thought to myself. I am His child and He is my Father. Not only do I have my training wheels (His word), but I also have my Father’s presence walking very close beside me. Like Braylon, I was terrified of falling or falling short. All along He’s telling me to GO and to not be afraid. 

Then I felt this impression. “I haven’t let you fall. I have not let any of my children fall.” We think we’ve fallen but even at our lowest times, we have never seen that fallen place because Christ took our place. He gives us this promise in Psalm 37:24.

“Though they stumble, they will never fall for the Lord holds them by the hand.” (New Living Translation)

Psalm 37:24

That means in your day-to-day life you can and will experience His goodness by exercising your power.

When we are obedient and walk in faith, we trust Him with things and people most dear and we allow Him the opportunity to work in us a new heart and a renewed mind. 

Even if we fall short, He is still there beside us, guiding us, affirming us, and keeping His word. Whatever God has called you to submit, do, or change, be willing. Never forget His word will stand and accomplish what it was sent out to do. 

( W ) WARFARE

Nothing worth having comes easy. Warfare comes when there is something of value to gain. Our most valuable treasures are faith, hope, and love. Don’t be deceived! It is not our jobs, cars, homes, money, etc.

Think about it! Through our faith, we believe we will be healed, meet a significant other, or walk through opened doors of opportunity.

Hope is the muscle of faith. It’s the super-buff bodyguard that protects all that we believe God has promised us. It is what transfers power to us when we are weak. It is vital during times when our faith is being stretched and tested. 

Distractions, delays, and set-backs are not denials from God nor evidence that God has changed His mind. Warfare teaches us that God is faithful. It teaches us that we don’t have to know how things will work out. When we look back in reflection, we can see situations that worked out when we did not know how they would.

Warfare can come when we are doing what is right! There’s something valuable the enemy is trying to prevent. It may be that God will use you to reach people, about to give instructions to you, or about to show His faithfulness. 

The enemy would love for you to believe that every time you experience issues or setbacks it’s because you’re doing something wrong, God has abandoned you, or your prayers are not heard. All lies! You can be walking smack dead in the center of God’s will and be attacked! 

Even if and when we are in situations we create, He still loves us and will protect us. With a turned heart, He will sort out our messes. Why? Because He’s our creator and father. What loving parent would not stand up for or help when their child is in trouble? None! Our Heavenly Father is the same and that much more!

(E) ENCOURAGEMENT

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.”

1 Peter 1:6-7

1 Peter 1:6-7 serves as a reminder of the joy God so wants us to have and hold dear. God fully understands the world we live in. He knows we face situations and people (including our mindset) that can rob us of our joy. Whether we see it or not, joy is set before us.

If you’ve been praying and your answer is NO, understand there’s a better solution or route you may not have thought about or even have the knowledge to comprehend.

If your answer is to wait, this is a perfect way to build your trust in God’s plan and His ways. Waiting could also prevent you from making a bigger mess out of the situation or relationship. 

If your answer is yes then you are to rest in joyful expectation and patience. Embrace it and continue to allow Him to work on your behalf. No matter your answer the message is the same. Joy is always set before us! 

Whenever we face difficulties we have the confidence of remembrance. Think back on His faithfulness. Think on the times He brought you out or when He blessed you despite your circumstances. Then use that as evidence that He will do what He speaks. 

(R) REAPING THE PROMISES

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (New Living Translation) 

Psalm 27:13

Great news! We don’t have to get to Heaven just to see God’s goodness! This is refreshing! Growing up, many sermons were fashioned around our next chapter (Heaven). I rarely remember sermons of the here and now. Now that I am an adult, I am exposed to and seek out messages about living out my best days while I am here on Earth. 

We have specific instructions that our promises (blessings) and promised places require. Every step we take brings us closer. No matter if our steps seem to go backward, forward very slowly, or in the “wrong” direction. God knows how to direct our steps.

There will be a time when there will be one LAST step to take. Think about it. Seriously think about it. What if you are one final step away from receiving a long-awaited promise or arriving at your promised place? Take that step! 

Trust that your last step is coming. Do not quit in the middle. Tap into your POWER.

Perseverance….hang in there.

Obedience….the key to unlock your next level.

Warfare….the weapons will not prosper.

Encouragement….what you say to you matters.

Reaping….God’s promises will manifest.

I leave you with this promise. Hebrews 10 35-36 “So do not throw away your confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”

Love,
SG

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Meet Yassy Brown

Meet Yassy Brown

By: Mixed Talk Media | March 18, 2022

Industry

Fashion

Introduction….

Meet Yasmin (Yassy) Brown, a Houston Mogul in the making. Yassy graduated from Eisenhower High School and headed straight to college for Fashion Design. Yassy decided she wanted to be more than just a Fashion Designer, so she started her own Modeling Agency by the name of “Haute Model Management” (HMM) with some of Houston’s Hottest Models, and influencers under the HMM brand. Yassy also won an award for Houston Hottest Modeling Agency.

Yassy has done a plethora of Fashion Shows and has produced and co-produced more than eight Amazing Fashion shows of her own. Yassy has been one of Houston’s Runway Extraordinaire Coaches for the past seven years and counting. She became a Model Teacher at Barbizon USA until she decided to part ways with the company to pay more attention to her brand and family. Although good things came to an end for Yassy Brown in the Modeling Scene. Yassy didn’t stop there, she took time off to spend quality time with her family Omar, Brayden, & Kai.

A New Beginning…

In 2018 Yassy decided to come back in the Fashion Scene to take 2019 by storm, and she did. She has had successful sold-out model Runway Workshops, became a Runway Director for Haute Houston, and produced her fifth Successful Fashion show under the name “Fashion Haus” alongside her team members: Kia Renee & Felicia Eboni.

Now working on her sixth Fashion Haus Show. Outside of Fashion, Yassy also has an organization by the name of “MomsofHTX” that is open for all mothers who are seeking support and friendships. MOMS OF HTX is set around daily activities that appeal to moms and children of all ages. Yassy Brown has made a Platform for Houston’s Fashion Scene since 2010 by giving models, photographers, designers, and interns opportunities to make a name for themselves and to show what Talent Houston has to offer in the industry. She has made a BIG Impact in Houston and does not plan on stopping anytime soon.

Who/What is your source of motivation?

My children are my motivation as far as starting my own company. I also wanted to make changes within the fashion world.

What makes your brand/business stand out?

Haus of Brown stands out because we make something magical. We appease the client in that we make them feel seen and heard and help them bring their vision to life and more.

How do you set new standards for your industry?

We are setting new standards by keeping up with current trends and setting new ones.

Experience, Knowledge, Values, Culture, Communication


Women in Suits Event

Mixed Talk Media had the pleasure of attending Yassy’s recent event, Women In Suits. The enegery was eletric. The fashion was haute.

Women and men both rocked suits as they networked, shopped, and soaked in the vibes from the DJ. Vendors with great finds and valuable resources lined the event.

During the event there were fun games that kept the crowd engaged, an opportunity for entrepreneurs to share about their brands, and an award ceremony to spotlight entrenpreuers who are dedicated to their cause, brand, and community.


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“As tough as being your own boss is, the dedication and tireless work is well worth the reward. Continue to focus on your dreams and never give up.”

Yassy

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2022 $5,000 Pitch IT! Grant Program Press Release

Grant Entry Announcement Press Release

By: Mixed Talk Media | January 10, 2022

Do you have a non-profit, small business, or agency? Could a $5,000 grant help your business?

Women Empowering Change has opened their 2022 Pitch IT! Program purposed to provide entrepreneurs with recognition, valuable tools to pitch their brand in the marketplace, and financial support.

Who: Open to entrepreneurs of nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and agencies.
When: Consists of 3 Rounds Described Below
Where: Online & In-Person

Round 1 | 30 Spots

  • NOW-APRIL
  • Enter Online (FREE Early Entry)*
  • Join WEC & Mixed Talk Radio Founder Shunte Gamble LIVE on air! (Entrant Selected Date)
  • Entrants must purchase a Two Day VIP Summit Pass.

Round 2

  • MAY-JUNE
  • Mixed Talk Magazine Cover Contest (Online Voting for ALL Entrants!)
  • Mixed Talk Magazine Cover Photoshoot (FREE for Contest Winner)
  • Radio Interview

Round 3

  • September 23rd Summit Day 1- Pitch IT! Masterclass
  • September 24th Summit Day 2- Pitch IT! Contest (Each entrant will have 30 seconds to share all about their brand.)
  • Summit Day 2- Catalyst 4 Change Leadership Award Ceremony & $5,000 Grant Presentation

ALL SELECTED Entrants are entered into the Magazine Cover Contest!

*Entry is free until April 1, 2022. Is it $50 thereafter. All entrants must have a registered business that makes less than $200,000 per year.*All entrants must meet the criteria listed in the 2022 CFC Awards WaiverGrant size is $5,000 and dependent upon attendance of the summit Masterclass and Pitch IT! Score. 

Meet Ebony Robert

Meet Ebony Robert

By: Mixed Talk Media | December 9, 2021

Introductions…

My name is Ebony Robert, born and raised in Orlando, Florida. I recall our family struggling; everything was being foreclosed and repossessed. My mother needed help, so she moved us to Louisiana after my father passed away to be closer to her family.

My father was a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Hills; he was also a member of Greater Orlando Legal Services, National Association for Advancement of Colored People, and Jones High School Alumni Association. He was a civil rights activist and a community worker. He was also an Army veteran of World War II. My mother worked two-three jobs to provide for us. After I completed High School, I started college. I obtained two master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education.

While my husband and I raised our five handsome sons, I taught full-time. Tapping into my love for beauty, I started handcrafting hair and skincare products that helped my sons with their problematic skin issues. I wanted to give my mother the world after she gave us everything she had. She worked so hard and deserved the best.

>>The Brand <<

We are a handcrafted brand that enjoys bringing you and your family products that work. Our products are multicultural and diverse. They are designed for any consumer who desires a natural toxin-free product. We make our products daily and in small batches.

When did you start your business? 

I started my business on June 17, 2017.

Entrepreneurship is a journey of many steps. What keeps you motivated?

Our motivation is to help our customers achieve a natural skincare and hair routine free of harmful chemicals and healthy for a beautiful and radiant outlook.

What makes your brand stand out?

We support natural and organic beauty journeys through a unique customer relationship. We are committed to providing quality and safer alternatives for skincare and hair growth. We understand our customer’s needs and beauty goals through outstanding customer service.

For years, many companies have based their mission and standards around making women feel prettier about themselves. I like to tell my consumers to own their natural beauty without looking like the women they see in the magazines.

How do you work to understand your customer’s needs?

Customer service is important because it is a great way to build relationships with clients. By simply listening to a customer, beauty service providers can learn a lot about their needs and preferences. This not only makes the job enjoyable but also shows care and sincerity.

Aside from products or provided services, what intangible things do you hope your clients gain?

I hope that our customers gain trust in our brand.

List your Top 4 Products

  1. Our Turmeric line is one of our best sellers. It’s great for dark spots and acne.
  2. Our Booty scrub kit is another top seller.
  3. Our feminine care products are unique. It’s keeps everything on track.
  4. Our Hair care products provide women with the results they are looking for when it comes to overall hair health.

Order Online

Ebony’s Beauty Hair and Skin Care Company
Website https://ebonysbeauty.shop

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Event Announcement

Press Release

By: Mixed Talk Media | December 8, 2021

Simply Fancy Boutique hosts its Grand Opening this Saturday, December 11th, at 8700 Commerce Park, Suite 134 in Houston, Tx. Doors open at 11 am.

You are invited to sip tasty selections and shop their latest fashion collections. This event is free and perfect for the woman who’s looking to shop!

Stop by Saturday, December 11th, at 11am.

Event: Grand Opening

Date: Saturday, December 11th
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: 8700 Commerce Park, Suite 134, Houston, Tx 77036

About the Brand

 Simply Fancy is a women’s apparel boutique that features elegant and classy fashion design. We offer stand out prices that will simply compliment your pockets and your style. Our sizes ranges from small to 3x. Simply Fancy Boutique want to bring confidence and happiness to every woman who shop with us.

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Ebony’s Beauty Hair & Skin Care

By: Mixed Talk Media | November 30, 2021

>> The Brand <<

Our brand is designed for black and brown skin tones. Ebony’s Beauty Hair and Skin Care products are formulated with natural ingredients That are sure to give your hair and skin the love it needs.

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Meet Sabrena Cross

Meet Sabrena Cross

By: Mixed Talk Media | November 30, 2021

Tell us about you.

As a savvy, multifaceted, well-rounded entrepreneur, with a readiness to assist you in living your best life Sabrena established Sabrena Cross Consulting which serves as the brand’s umbrella to her Professional Makeup Artistry business, Certified Lifestyle Coach business, Visual Fashion Stylist business, and Mentorship. Sabrena’s 25 plus years of experience, education, and wealth of knowledge were in part gained from her study of Psychology, multiple certifications, and her tenure at MAC Cosmetics, where she served as a Master Makeup Artist and manager. She also owned and managed her personal beauty salon. Sabrena is prominent in the beauty and fashion industry, along with her other business ventures. Not limited to such, she also applies her expertise to relationship cultivation and life advancement.

In an ever-evolving beauty and fashion industry, Sabrena serves as a Professional Makeup Artist and Stylist with a strong passion for enhancing beauty, creating fashion, and applying the artistry of cosmetics. Possessing a desire to make a total-person impact, Sabrena also serves as an Imagine Consultant and Beauty coach who executes a unisex approach of encouragement and coaching. As a companion to her empowering abilities, Sabrena is a Certified Lifestyle Strategist, Self-Discovery Life Coach, and Inspirational Speaker with a strong belief that life begins with self-love and authenticity. Transformation is encouraged by Sabrena in comparison to a caterpillar morphing into a colorful butterfly.

On the platform of stage productions, photography studios, television series, and social affairs, you will find the finished work of Sabrena’s makeup and fashion creations. Her work has been seen and featured on Bravo TV Network, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Ms. USA Pageant, many commercials, local networks, countless national platforms, magazines and so much more. Over the life of her career, Sabrena has had the opportunity to build a clientele base that includes, but is not limited to, brides, wedding parties, YouTube/social media influencers, Ms. Texas, male and female models, stage production cast members, musicians, actresses/actors, reality show stars, film, fashion shows, and celebrities. Sabrena has also been gifted the opportunity to through her Coaching practice a range to assist individuals in discovering their purpose and how to live their dreams through strategic vision building and self-awareness.

Having an extremely compassionate, selfless, and crafty mother, as well as a talented father who was an entrepreneurial craftsman, carpenter, and cowboy, there was no way Sabrena was going to escape her destiny of being a Creative.

Continuing in what she loves, Sabrena is the CEO of Sabrena Cross Consulting, Owner and CEO of ReTailored Love by Sabrena Boutique, Founder and owner of Butterfly Kiss by Sabrena Cosmetics, Founder of Butterfly Effect Foundation, Founder of Goal Digger Academy, and Founder of The Spotlight Project.

When did you start your business? 

I started my career and business journey over 25 years ago as a licensed Cosmetologist doing hair and eventually evolved into makeup. 2021 marked 20 years as a self-taught Professional Makeup Artist and a little over 10 years serving as a Life Coach and Fashion Stylist.

What motivated you to start your entrepreneurial journey?

So many individuals have struggles we are unaware of, self-esteem issues that are layered under superficial things, destructive tendencies, lack of positive body positivity, traumas that are buried, or limited awareness of how to enhance one’s beauty or how to properly do so. We believe that everyone deserves to look their finest, regardless of their shape, size, color, or creed. Your wardrobe should inspire you, bring life and inspiration to your daily lifestyle. So, being able to assist in peeling back some of those layers and helping find the lost confidence, hope, or just simply looking in the mirror and feeling good about oneself is the motivation behind starting the company.

We need the details. Tell us more about your brand.

Sabrena Cross Consulting is the umbrella or Sabrena Cross Beauty (makeup), ReTailored Love by Sabrena (boutique), Bling with Sabrena (jewelry), Goal Digger Academy (coaching and mentoring), and personal shopping. We are one brand with multiple experiences. Our business embodies all things image and beauty. As a collective, we are a brand beyond beauty, centered and focused on body positivity, self-love, and self-care. Our company has been blessed to take on some really big projects and business deals. We change lives one makeover at a time. Just call us the self-esteem booster! Have you had your dose yet?

How does your brand stand out?

This brand/business stands out and is set apart because we are truly a “One Stop Shop…The Beautique”! Establishing a great relationship and connection with each client/customer is of great importance to us. It allows us to cater to the uniqueness of every client/customer. We pride ourselves on having the ability to make every customer/client feel like our number one priority because they are. Our goal is to always deliver first-class service! 

How do you set new standards for your industry?

SC sets new standards by making an internal difference as well as an external one. So, we’re not in the business of masking flaws, we wish to help heal trauma, help embrace flaws, help see new possibilities, help explore your uniqueness, heighten confidence, give hope and so much more. For those who may not face certain struggles, we thrive off the push they provide us. When it comes to clothing, we strongly believe just because they sell it in your size, doesn’t mean it’s for you. We encourage our customers to focus on items that fit properly for their body type. Ultimately, we are more than just services; we offer an EXPERIENCE.

How can we support you?

-Makeup: The Beauty Look
-Styling: The push to step outside of your comfort zone
-Clothing: Our pieces are known for their uniqueness
-Coaching: Our Goal Digger Academy
-Cosmetics: Our Velvet Lippies (they are amazing)

What do you love the most about working with your clients/customers?

The absolute best part about working with our clients is the energy, joy, and positive vibrations that each client/customer exudes from our services or products. We love tapping into individuality and pushing the boundaries of one’s comfort zone!

Aside from products or provided services, what intangible things do you hope your clients gain?

-Confidence
-Recognizes one’s true beauty
-Body positivity
-Self-love
-Hope
-Courage
-Freedom
-Self Esteem boost

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www.sabrenacross.com

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“Confidence is a superpower, once you start believing in yourself and your brand, the magic starts to happen. Always remain true to yourself, your vision, your assignment, and the success will follow.”

Sabrena Cross
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MTM BIRTHDAY PROMO #3!

MTM Birthday Promo #3

By: Mixed Talk Media | November 13th

We are celebrating our birthday EVERY FRIDAY until Thanksgiving! Celebrate with us by joining in on AMAZING PROMOS!!
EVERY FRIDAY we will add a NEW promo because we are thankful for your continued support.

Free Thanksgiving dinner! All you have to do is stop by MixedTalkMedia.org and tell us what you’re thankful for.

Conditions

All entrants must be 21 years or older.
-Winner will be contacted via phone and notified via email.
-Winner will receive one Thanksgiving dinner that feeds 4-6 people.

Winner must pick up the dinner from Mixed Talk Studio located at 7324 Southwest Freeway Houston, Texas (Tower 2- Suite 615) on November 24th at 12pm cst.

What Humbles Us Can Teach Us

What Humbles Us Can Teach Us

By: Shunte Gamble | November 11, 2021


What humbles us carries the potential to teach us. As I reflect on the things I am grateful for, I cannot fail to include the lessons that humbled me. It is easy for us to set relationship goals, career goals, even self-care goals, but what about practicing humility as a goal?

I love the following quote. “For many of us, humility is one of the hardest traits to develop; because it has to start from a recognition that you are not always right and that you do not have all the answers. It also requires an acceptance of yourself which many of us find challenging.”

Whew! I talk a lot about being 100% transparent with ourselves on my podcast, Let’s Talk Life XL, with my guests. The verdict is always the same. We all concur this is a necessary component of self-discovery, self-acceptance, interpersonal growth, and overall change.

It took many failures to realize there usually are multiple ways to accomplish a goal. When I trust the leading for my journey, I can have a larger perspective of life. I find the time, in-between, is much more satisfying. There are more intangible rewards like joy, self-love, self- grace, and peace. I can receive new opportunities, clarity, and support because I am not clutching my way so tightly.

An open hand is better than a closed fist. Think about it. How can you receive if you’re not in the act of receiving?

Ways to Practice Humility

1. Practice gratitude.

 When you find yourself feeling bummed or frustrated, try writing a list of ten people or things you’re grateful for having in your life. Then invite the positive emotions/feelings each brings. Write those feelings or thoughts down along with why you’re grateful for them.  

2. Avoid comparison.

Comparison is the number one thief of joy, peace, contentment, love, and the list goes on. Focus on your gratitude list. If you feel you’re lacking in a particular area of your life, set specific goals to heal or grow in that area. For instance, if you feel like everyone around you is getting married or in healthy relationships, make a goal to enjoy your time as a single, meet new people, or partake in things you love to do. If you feel overlooked or unseen, make a goal to practice boldness or to practice self-encouragement (I like affirmations). Remember, you are one-of-a-kind. Your journey is designed specifically for you, the people you will impact, and the experiences you need. 

3. Practice vulnerability with yourself and others. 

The only way to is through. If we want to make progress and see external change, we have to start inward. When we are honest about where we are emotionally, mentally, or physically, we can take the steps toward personal development. This-takes-time. This-may-hurt. Practicing vulnerability may also require outsourced support, such as counseling. Either way, this is a sure path to the best version of you.

4. Lean into the power of constructive feedback.

 I like to describe constructive feedback as feedback that builds you up (like the construction of a building) and does not tear you down (like the demolishing of a building). Constructive feedback carries the power to better us in specific areas of our lives. When we are open to suggestions for improvement, we open ourselves to the opportunity to widen our perspective and apply new strategies to experience better or different outcomes. Remember, feedback should empower you to be your best self. 

5. Know that being humble doesn’t make you weak.

A huge misconception is that minimizing ourselves is the way to express humbleness or humility. So not true. The fact is, the opposite is true. When we practice humility, we glow. If you’ve ever turned on a light in a dark room, then you know the power of light. When we glow, we shine. When we shine, we light up rooms we walk in. When we surround ourselves with others who are also glowing, we become a larger beacon of light.  In essence, we emit positive energy that can empower and inspire those we meet along our journey.  

P.S. Be the light this world needs. Shine!
With Love,
Sg

Quote Source https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/humility.html

Meet Precious Jones

Meet Precious Jones

By: Mixed Talk Media | November 5, 2021

Meet Precious Jones, owner of 11:11 Vibes By Precious. While perusing social media, I came across a post for what I thought was dessert! Yes, I thought I saw delicious jarred desserts. After a second glance, I realized the dessert was, in reality, a candle. That blew me away! Pun intended. Intrigued, I clicked onto her profile to see all the beautiful creations she had to offer. 

Tell us alittle about yourself.

I’m 31 years old and a mother of four children. I’m from Dallas, Texas. I am a serial entrepreneur. I began my business in 2012, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until 2020.

Who/What was the motivation behind starting your company?

As a kid, I always loved the smell of candles; my mom kept them around the house. My motivation behind starting candle-making was because of the aroma of a burning candle, the fire from the flames relaxing me, to the candles looking so realistic. Being able to create them the way I choose brings out my inner child and my creativity.

Do you make a variety of aromas?

I specialize in sweet scents, but I have aromatherapy scents as well.

What is the best part about working with your customers?

Connecting with candle lovers and leaving them with a product they just love and is uniquely different.

Please leave a short message of inspiration for entrepreneurs reading today.

No matter what business you wanna start, start that business without a business plan! The same God that gave you the vision will give you the clients. Just Start!

Love it! Sometimes we think we have to have it all figured out. Taking the next step is equal parts faith and choice. From there, we can build a plan that will support our future growth. I second that! Start today and see where tomorrow takes you. 

MTM