Travel Diary: My First Day in Israel – Tel Aviv and Jerusalem


My first night in Israel! Enjoying delicious vegan food in Tel Aviv

My international journey continues…

I’m excited to announce that I was selected as one of four participants for the 2015 Vibe Israel Women Entrepreneurs Tour!

Vibe Israel is a nonprofit organization based in Tel Aviv that hosts week-long, all-expenses paid tours of Israel for online influencers and bloggers to meet the people who make up the local scene in the fields they write about. In return, they share their experiences with their millions of followers.

Israel has actually never been on my list of places where I wanted to travel, but when I received the invitation to apply for the tour, I became instantly curious about this small country that I only knew for its religious significance among Jewish people.

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Meet Our 2015-2016 Happy Black Woman Mastermind Members!

On Monday, we kicked off the June 2015 cohort of our yearlong training, coaching and mentorship program for entrepreneurs who want to build a business helping others, all while creating a life of happiness, success and freedom.

Today, we announce and celebrate the exclusive group of women who will be working with me over the next year in our 2015-2016 Happy Black Woman Mastermind!

We are welcoming 20 new members into the program and I’m so honored to be working with these amazing women over the next year.

I’m excited to introduce them all to you!

Click the link below to meet the newest members of our Happy Black Woman Mastermind program:

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My Launch Your Business Book is a #1 Amazon Bestseller!

11263053_10152988654308022_7043659218144004178_nIt’s been an exciting few weeks here at Happy Black Woman headquarters!

Last week, we launched my brand new book out into the world, Launch Your Business: The 5 Step Solution to Do What You Love, Quit Your Job and Have the Freedom to Travel and Live Life on Your Own Terms.

And together, we co-created a #1 Amazon bestseller in the “Starting a Business” category!

This book is a compilation of everything I’ve learned about creating freedom through online entrepreneurship over the past few years.

It also explains the simple 5-step process I’ve used to take my current business from side hustle to 6-figures, all while traveling around the world and living out of one suitcase!

To be honest, when I sat down to write you today, all I could think of to say was…


I’ve been glowing with pride after reading messages like this one from Bekki:

“I recently picked up your book, Launch Your Business and I connected with it as soon as I started reading it and I immediately started to take notes and make a work schedule for myself regarding my life coaching business.

Which, as I read your bio is one of the reasons I felt that I could trust what you were going to be telling me and as I read on my heart was like YES!!

I appreciate you sharing your experiences and knowledge of what you want other people to experience for themselves. As I move forward towards creating the life I want to have and work with others, reading a book like yours gives me helps me to understand that I CAN and that I AM creating the life I deserve right now!”

My heart is so full right now and it’s all because of YOU.

Thank you for being the reason WHY I do this work.

You make it all worth it.

Thank you for sending the link to your friends and colleagues.

Thank you for reading and sharing and taking the time to leave such wonderful reviews on Amazon.

Most of all, thank you for helping me spread the word about what becomes possible for your life when you say YES to yourself and your dreams.

Get Your Copy of My New Book!

Now if you didn’t grab your copy during our special launch promotion last week, don’t worry!

You can still get the goods on Kindle when you go to the link below on Amazon:

Get the Kindle Version of My New Book

If you’ve already snagged your copy of the book, would you be willing to leave a review on Amazon today? It will take just a few minutes of your time and it would mean SO much to me!

Here’s how to submit a review on Amazon if you’ve never done one before.

Ready to Launch Your Business? Get My New Book – FREE Today Only!

It’s finally here!!!

Today, I’m excited to announce the release of my brand new book:

Launch Your Business: The 5 Step Solution to Do What You Love, Quit Your Job and Have the Freedom to Travel and Live Life on Your Own Terms!

And guess what?

To celebrate, I’m giving you (and all your friends) a complimentary copy, totally FREE!

Get the Kindle Version of My New Book for Free (today only)

You can grab the Kindle version of the book for free today only (Tuesday, May 12).

This book covers, in-depth, everything I’ve been teaching about entrepreneurship over the past eight years since I launched my first business as a speaker, consultant and coach for nonprofit leaders.

It also explains the simple 5-step process I’ve used to take my current business from side hustle to 6-figures over the past few years.

In a nutshell, my new book is all about helping you STOP procrastinating and START getting paid to do what you love!

Don’t wait to grab this valuable resource – download your complimentary copy below and then tell a friend who could use my step-by-step process to finally get their business off the ground.

Remember, the free Kindle version is available TODAY ONLY:

I invite you to help me spread the word about the book by sharing the link with a friend who needs some motivation to launch her business!

And after you download the book, please take a moment to leave a review on Amazon :)

Event Recap: 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE in Atlanta

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Professional photography by Lynsey Weatherspoon

I’m still in a daze from our 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp! We had an amazing 3 days in Atlanta and it was so powerful to see our Happy Black Woman community come together in person for a weekend of training, networking and support for their business.

There were almost 100 women who joined us from all over the country to learn practical strategies for getting their businesses off the ground!

As usual…we laughed, we cried, we danced, we learned, we connected and of course, we feasted on delicious food and drinks along the way. I loved our signature tropical cocktail, the “Happy-tai!”

When I made the decision to shut down my nonprofit consulting business in 2013, I had no idea Happy Black Woman would grow so fast.

Just two years later, it’s amazing to see my vision turning into a reality. All I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a little girl was teach and now I get to do that on MY terms.

At the event, we enrolled a fantastic new cohort for our yearlong Happy Black Woman Mastermind Program, we pre-launched my second book and coming full circle to my nonprofit days, we were able to raise over $5,000 to support the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta!

I’m grateful to have an awesome team helping me build Happy Black Woman so I can serve this beautiful tribe at a higher level, plus give myself permission to take more time off this year!

Right now is one of those moments when I can’t believe this is my life.

I keep being reminded, over and over, that this work is so much bigger than me.

And that whenever I let go of my fears and just follow my purpose, miracles happen.

Here are just a few of my favorite photos from the event! 

Note: If you want to experience this powerful event for yourself, grab your copy of the Launch Your Business LIVE 2015 Deluxe Audio Program, available now for a limited time.

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Giving Back to the Next Generation of Women in Business


I just wrapped up my 2nd annual Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp in Atlanta! To be honest, I’m still processing the magnitude of the transformation that our Happy Black Woman community experienced this weekend.

It’s hard to pick my favorite moment over the course of 3 amazing days, but at the top of my list is what we were able to do together to give back to the next generation of women in business.

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How to Build a Great Virtual Team for Your Online Business

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As a location-independent business owner, I thrive in an online environment so my team has to be virtual as well! I get questions all the time about staffing and what kind of people you should hire to help you run your online business.

I’ve just gone through a process of adding new staff members and upleveling my team here at Happy Black Woman, so I wanted to share some ideas and resources you can use as you begin to hire your own support staff. Click here to learn more about our incredible team!

When I first started my nonprofit consulting business part-time back in 2008, I didn’t see the need to have anyone helping me. And I definitely wasn’t keen on the idea of paying someone to perform tasks I could do myself.

But as I learned more about what it really takes to run a business, it became painfully apparent that I could not grow without having some additional help with scheduling client appointments, organizing my speaking engagements, helping me implement marketing strategies, customer service, etc.

I started off with grad student interns who worked 5-10 hours a week and then I moved up to virtual assistants with more advanced skills. I found my first interns through my own network of colleagues by simply posting an ad on my blog. It worked out great!

Years later, at this stage of my business, I have identified my “dream team” organizational chart of four core team members, plus a handful of what I would consider “as-needed” contractors and freelancers.

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Are You Walking Your Talk as a Coach?

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As we prepare for what will be an EPIC Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp in Atlanta, the word “possibility” has been heavy on my mind.

Because what my team and I have been hearing a lot lately is:

I wish I could come to the event, but I can’t take off from work.

I know I should be there, but I can’t travel to Atlanta.

This is exactly what I need right now, but I can’t afford it.

It got me thinking about something one of my mentors, Valorie Burton, told us at her Coaching Training Institute many years ago.

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Work Is Love Made Visible: Why I Quit My Job 5 Years Ago

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I was sitting on the beach in Waikiki the other day and I realized a shocking fact:

As of this year, I’ve been working for myself longer than I’ve ever worked for anyone else.

It’s been more than 5 years since I quit my full-time nonprofit job in DC. And to be honest, at this point I feel like I’m permanently unemployable!

I was only 27 years old when I left my job and made the decision to become self-employed.

And I don’t regret it one bit.

Of course, there have been ups and downs and twists and turns.

For instance, I had no idea that after 3 years, I would end up shutting down my first business to build a new one!

But it was the very best chance I ever could have taken on myself.

Today, I wanted to honor this milestone in my career by sharing the blog post I published on my old website the week I submitted my resignation, which was back in December 2009.

If you’ve been thinking about taking the leap, I hope reading these words from that pivotal time in my life offers some insight for your journey as well.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Attend the 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp


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I’m excited to announce that registration is now OPEN to the public for our upcoming Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp happening May 1-3 in downtown Atlanta, Georgia!

We already have over 60 amazing women from our Happy Black Woman community coming to join us from all over the country.

Will you be one of them?

Click here to learn more about this transformational event and reserve your seat

Here are 7 reasons why you should attend the 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp:

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