Hello everyone! I can’t believe a week has officially passed since I was in Miami at Blogalicious 9. It feels like I’m still there. But, I think that’s because I had so much fun & connected with some amazing people. Blogalicious is a yearly conference put together by the Be Blogalicious Influencer Community/Network. This network is filled with amazingly talented men and women who are committed to helping others navigate this complicated influencer space.
Be Blogalicious is inclusive of everyone. But, they do an excellent job of helping address the needs of multi-cultural influencers. This can be a tricky space for us, and representation often has to be fought for. But, Be Blogalicious tackles those challenges head-on with definite style and grace. That’s not surprising since it’s founder, Stacey Ferguson is masterful at using her expert skills of negotiation and strategy to make magic happen. Stacey is a former attorney, who leveraged her knowledge and love to develop others into an influencer network that partners with brands such as Wells-Fargo, KIA, Jack Daniels, etc. But, behind every great woman, there is an amazing team or tribe. So, when she decided to drop the “major keys” to how to get that done. I was sold and definitely needed to make sure I attended again.
I attended my first Blogalicious in 2016. It was in Atlanta, and I can’t tell you how it changed me. I was able to connect with amazing ladies. I met one of my favorite authors, Luvvie Ajayi (Awesomely Luvvie: You must check out her book, “I’m Judging You”) and I really for the first time felt that I was on the path to doing something that aligned with my purpose to help others. It was sheer magic. I think what I forgot about, was how I was going to get there.
Going to conferences is super cool. Getting lots of beautiful swag is epic. But, after the conference is where the rubber hits the road. How do you go about hitting all of the goals you set? Also, who’s going to help you? Because if you’re set up like me, you need help ASAP! Man, I’m literally trying to work a full-time job, take care of my family, keep my skin moisturized, my spirit clear and be open to a relationship while being an influencer. The struggle is real with these first world problems. So, I have no time or patience to waste.
That’s why Blogalicious 9 was exactly what I needed. It was nice to connect with other people living the dream and struggle too. See, many people out there will have you thinking that their life is perfect. But, those are straight lies. Everyone I met was looking for a better way to balance it all. That’s where having the right “tribe” comes in.
A lot of times we think it’s going to be friends or family. But, often than not, its people you step outside of your comfort zone to get to know. You have to build your tribe based on what you need to get to the next level. That means you have to look at where you are in the building process and be willing to get uncomfortable. Are you willing to get uncomfortable to get to your next level? Also, it may mean cutting off relationships that don’t align with your vision.
We’ve all had those people in our lives that give you backhanded compliments or hurtful feedback. They often don’t even know that they’re doing it. But, they’re tearing down your dreams because they don’t have any of their own. Those folks have to go. God gave each of us an assignment. You can never let anyone’s perceptions of they think you are, or what you should do block that assignment. What’s for you is for you.
We also talked about the need for mentors. There are many people out there who are “life coaches”, etc. You have to find the person that connects to your plans, believes in you, and holds you accountable to following through. That can be a paid relationship or not. It just depends on your circumstances. Invest in yourself like you do when you travel, buy clothes, shoes, Starbucks, etc. You’re worth it!
Blogalicious 9 was amazing and has definitely given me some tools to tighten up my tribe. I don’t have it all mapped out yet. I feel like my tribe is evolving. But, I have a better blueprint of how to make it what I need. Between that and all of the amazing people I met, I feel like it was time well spent and needed. So, I challenge you to invest in yourself. Research a conference, webinar, coaching session, etc. that will help you be better and go. We only have one life to live. Make it the best life possible by investing in yourself.
Hi everyone! I hope your week is starting off great. This post has been in the making for quite a while. Since the year has started I’ve been on a journey to lead with love and have lots of beautiful adventures. I’m at a point in my life where I want to have memories over things. That’s how I got here & decided it was time to see some world.
Kingston, Jamaica is my second adventure this year. I went to Cuba in February, and it was life changing. I haven’t been able to share that journey yet. It’s buried so deep in my heart; I just can’t put it into words. I will one day though.
My friend Tash Johnson ignited my journey to Kingston; she’s the Founder of the Love to Vacay Travel Group. Love To Vacay’s mission is to give people an opportunity to explore the world while doing community service in the countries you visit. Plus, Tash is from Kingston and I was so excited about the opportunity to take a trip that gave me a more personal view of Jamaica.
My Love To Vacay adventure really gave me an opportunity to see the authentic side of Jamaica. We went to places that I would never have thought about. We rode through communities and Blue Mountain. We talked to people and their kindness gave me life. We ate amazing food and shared details about our lives. We bonded and encouraged each other in ways you can’t imagine.
My Love To Vacay adventure was amazing. Check them out the website here. Tash is always planning an adventure and she takes care of all of the details. All you have to do is pay for your trip and enjoy. Just leave it all up to her and have an adventure to remember!
Hello everyone! It’s been a minute since my last post. But, I’ve been taking some time to get my life together. No literally, I’ve been getting my life together . I’ve been spending the past few months focusing on traveling and self-growth. So, I couldn’t help but drop in and share the amazing brand that I’ve been blessed to try. prAna is built on the mission of inspiring healthy, active and free-spirited living.
prAna's ultimate goal is to provide sustainable clothing to everyone, and that their clothes can be worn "from city streets to mountain peaks". It's all about being fashionable, comfortable and versatile. That was right up my alley. My life has been all about adventure this year. So, I definitely need some clothes that can go bold with me into the light! On top of that, all of their clothes are made with organic cotton or of hemp. Plus, prAna also uses other recycled materials in their clothes. Sustainability is super important to the planet and me. Check out this video on prAna's commitment to hemp & organic cotton
I was able to try the White Copa Mika Top (similar) and the Cobalt Deco Capri Leggings in an XXL. As a woman with hips and thighs, I was a little nervous about how this was going to work out. But, I was pleasantly surprised by how well these pieces hugged my curves.
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I fell in total love when I slipped on the Deco Capri leggings. They fit my “playground” (hips and thighs) like a glove. The compression gave me all the feels ever in life.
The White Copa Mika Top is really nice and has a solid tank sewn in to create a smooth look. But, I did find that it didn’t cover my side boob that well. I wear a size H/I bra, so I know it’s not easy to find blouses that can contain “my girls”. But, that wouldn’t stop me from rocking this top. It’s light and super comfortable.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that prAna has trendy and sustainable workout gear that fits plus sizes. I can’t stop wearing this outfit. I’ve already worn it twice since this posted. So, it holds up great through washes. I would totally recommend you check out prAna & to make it that much easier for you to buy something, use my coupon code S17BLPD for 15% off. Click here NOW!
Until we meet again!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The bLink Marketing Network and prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week. Can you believe it’s almost summertime? To me summer begins June 1st, so I’m truly in countdown mode. With it being summer, that means there are going to be plenty of hot days & holidays to keep me super busy with family & friends.
So, to help me plan ahead for the awesome stream of beach days, barbecues and trips that are coming up; I’ve started shopping again at one of my favorite places ever, BJ’s Wholesale Club. They have everything I need to keep all of the demanding diets in my household fed, while not taking all of my money .
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I know you’re probably thinking there are only three people, including myself in my household. But, my people can EAT . Plus, my sister is a vegetarian & my mom a.k.a “the old lady” is super picky about food. Plus, we like to ensure that she has lots of organic food to ensure she’s being as kind to her system as possible. She’s diabetic and has conditions related to it that make it imperative she’s eating quality food.
BJ’s Wholesale Club has an extensive selection of organic food. It’s always great and a tremendous cost-savings to be able to get Coconut Oil, Coconut Sugar, etc. in bulk at great prices. These are everyday staple items in our house, so they get used pretty quickly. On top of that, they have a large selection of vegetarian products. They have everything from Gardein to Morningstar. I never have to sacrifice the brands my family love for them to eat healthy, and buying them in bulk cuts my trips to the grocery store by 50%. Can you say #winning?
On top of all of the quality food, they also have my bulk pricing on alkaline water or my favorite seltzer by Polar. Being able to get the latest Polar Seltzer makes my heart sing. They also have an extensive beer and wine section, including an attached liquor store. BJ’s Wholesale Club makes my life easy by being able to get everything I need from one store.
I just wanted to hop on and share a video with you. Mental Health is a topic we don't talk enough about. I hope my journey can help you or someone you know. Thank you Brittany Minor a.k.a "Clumps of Mascara for inspiring me to share. Mental Health isn't a 31 day conversation, this is a lifetime journey and we all need to support each other.
Here are the tips that I shared in the video. They've really helped me on the journey & I pray they help you too.
1) Write it down- Sharing your feelings on paper can help you when saying them is just not an option.
2) Don't be judgemental- We all struggle and we can learn from each other.
3) Change the narrative- Understand the power of your words and thoughts. Don't forget you have the power to change your life.
4) Pray constantly or find your faith- My faith in God grounds me.
5) Forgive yourself- It's not always going to be perfect. But, that's ok. Understand that these momentary setbacks or issues are temporary. They only become permanent if you let it be that way.
Finally, be good to yourself. You're so worth it! Mental Health is a daily fight and I'm here with you. Until we meet again!