Giving Back to the Next Generation of Women in Business

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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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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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“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

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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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4 Steps to Creating an Online Travel Vision Board

I’m a BIG fan of visualizing your ideal life and using vivid images to paint a picture of exactly what you want your future to look like. This year, I decided to take my powerful goal-setting process to the next level by updating my travel bucket list and turning it into an online vision board. And I have to tell you…this exercise was SO inspiring!

Keep reading for my simple instructions on how you can make your own online travel vision board and use it as constant motivation for success in your life and business…

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How to Create the Life You Really Want in 2015

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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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