“I Wish I Could Do That…”

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Whenever I tell people that I live a location-independent lifestyle, I usually get this wistful response:

“I wish I could do that…”

This phrase comes up a lot in our Happy Black Woman community and I have to tell you…

This ONE phrase could be holding you back from a lifetime of happiness, success and freedom.

When you say “I wish I could do that,” you are reinforcing the limiting belief that you CAN’T.

And this limiting belief could also be affecting other areas of your life.

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The Moment I Knew I Was Willing to Do Whatever it Takes

IMG_1289Back in 2012, I went on my dream trip to Europe.

Over the course of an entire month, I visited Greece, Italy and Spain – the top 3 countries on my “travel bucket list.”

I indulged in the incredible food, culture and sights of each country.

I saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa…

I walked through the Acropolis in Athens…

I relaxed on black sand beaches in Santorini…

I learned how to make pasta in Florence…

I toured wine country in the hills of Tuscany…

I hiked the Cinque Terre and lived to tell about it…

I partied and ate tapas in Barcelona…

It was one of the best experiences of my life.

And I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the freedom, flexibility and financial reward of being self-employed.

To be honest, after that trip to Europe…

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Get In the Ring: What I Learned About Success from Fight Night in Las Vegas

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Fight night selfies with the fam!

I’m still catching up on my sleep after spending the weekend in Las Vegas for fight night at the MGM Grand!

My family was in town to see my cousin Keith “One Time” Thurman beat Robert Guerrero.

We are so proud of our champ and I was inspired just by being there in person to see what it looks like to go after what you want and WIN, no matter what!

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Iron Sharpens Iron: How to Surround Yourself With the Right People


Pictured from left to right: Lisa Sasevich, Marni Battista, Rosetta Thurman, Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Dr. Venus Opal Reese

I had a great time in San Diego last week learning and speaking on a panel at my business mentor Lisa Sasevich’s​ Event Profit Secrets training.

I looked at this picture and realized that I have literally been surrounding myself with successful women over the past year, including the “Black Women Millionaire” Mentor herself, Dr. Venus Opal Reese​!

All of these ladies inspire and motivate me to keep doing the work to empower thousands of women in our Happy Black Woman Community to create their ideal lives and businesses over the next few years.

1505638_10152808537218822_2309359831781070814_nOur community is already growing much faster than I ever imagined, so stick around for the ride! Just in terms of our reach, we’ve gone from ZERO to 13,000 Twitter followers, 20,000 email subscribers, 75,000 pageviews/month and 200,000 Facebook fans. On the revenue side, I’ve gone from replacing my previous salary to surpassing the 6-figure mark with our transformational products and programs.

At this point, we reach a LOT of women all over the world every single day and still, I am constantly looking for additional ways we can spread the word and help even more women claim their freedom through personal development and entrepreneurship.

I remember when Happy Black Woman was just a little itty bitty blog back in 2010 when I had first quit my 9 to 5 nonprofit job and I was writing about the exciting, yet terrifying transition from employee to entrepreneur.

5 years later, here’s what I know for sure:

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Inspiration from David Copperfield: How to Live the Impossible

10917066_1049951455030820_4479997024698588459_nI’ve been a traveling a lot lately for both business and pleasure.

I’m back in the states on the west coast and definitely missing the warmth of Mexico right now!

Las Vegas was my first stop with my good friend Shana. I call her “Shana Love” because she recently became a certified love coach.

We had the opportunity to reconnect for a few days, and of course, turn up in the casinos and clubs on the Strip!

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How to Create the Life You Really Want in 2015


A perfect day in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

I love Sundays because they are typically my self-care days.

No matter where I am, I usually slow down, reflect and enjoy some relaxing “me time” before I enter the coming week full-speed ahead.

This past Sunday in Playa del Carmen, I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of huevos rancheros, fruit and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

I did a couple hours of work on my laptop outside by the pool – mostly wrapping up my strategic business plan and marketing calendar for 2015, which was really exciting!

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VIDEO: How to Recommit to Your Goals

Recommit to Goals Vid ImageThe pressure is on…

As the year comes to an end, you might be feeling some kind of way about not reaching all the big goals you set out to accomplish back in January.

If you’ve been beating yourself up about being an under-achiever this year, the video below will give you a simple way to get back on track today!

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You’re Never “Too Old” to Follow Your Dreams


A few months ago, I called my bank to change my address for one of my checking accounts.

When I told the call center operator that I had recently moved to Hawaii, she gasped and said, “Oh my God, I’ve always wanted to live there!”

I’ve gotten used to people saying things like that when I tell them I live on a tropical island, so I just kept going with the process of completing my transaction.

Or at least, I tried to.

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6 Simple Ways to Make Time for Your Business


One of the biggest excuses people use for not making progress on their business goals can be summed up in one deflating, five-word sentence:


First of all, I can tell you right now that if you’re using this excuse, you’re flat-out lying to yourself. Let’s just keep it real here, shall we? We all have the same 24 hours in a day. And everyone is busy. So the truth is, some of us use our time wisely and some of us waste our precious “free time” on things that don’t even matter. It’s up to you how to spend the limited time that you DO have.

When I work with private clients and students, we take a close look at their calendar and create a 20-hour weekly schedule to maximize productivity in their business.

Here are six simple ways to make time for your business (or any goal, really), even if you have a demanding full-time job, kids and a husband at home!

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