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Ebone' Marie – Ebone' studied theatre at Mesa Community College where she has also been seen in the 2014 Mesa Community College production of A Dead Man's Cell Phone as an Ensemble Member. She recently returned to theatre in 2017 production of Black Nativity with Black Theatre Troupe. She has been a Liturgical Dancer for the past 8 years and currently serves as the dance ministry leader at The Carpenter's House of Worship. She is a writer, model, actress and is currently the host of Love Thyself podcast on Vercay Radio. She has a passion for love and wants to share the love with all she encounters.
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Cheryl is a thought leader, presenter and author who is working to raise the bar for innovative PR that drives business growth. Since 1986 she has led PR programs for companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 1000 organizations such as Altiris/Symantec, Lexmark, O.C. Tanner Institute and Novell. She is a Forbes.com contributor and has been featured in The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University.
Michael Muse grew up with a family business of accounting and real estate. He has invested in real estate and subscribed to Rich Dads quadrant in investing into his financial literacy. Michael is a graduate of Labor Studies from Wayne State University Labor Studies Center. He worked 15 years in manufacturing while pursuing his dreams through entrepreneur avenues. Michael has been coaching for the last three years where he assists clients with personal development, leadership skills, income tax strategies and life skills. He recently released his first book, “Rise & Burn” which summarizes the strategies he used to overcome his fear of death during his health crisis. Michael is currently an Executive Vice President with MyEcon Corporation, Social Media Director with The Business Team LLC, and Manager with MWRLife Corp. Muse Motivation LLC is the company he founded a year ago for business consulting and training.
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I can’t escape my destiny. I’ve evolved over the past few years, but there is one characteristic recognized no matter where I go - Leader.
A Harvard Business School Alumna and certified Executive Leadership Coach from Georgetown University, I assist leaders with seeing a greater version of themselves and unraveling the web that life has weaved around them.
Iyanla Vanzant said you have to be clear on what you DO and who you BE (being). My gift is getting people to see a greater version of themselves. This maximizes their potential and inspires them to give 120% because they aren’t held back by self-limiting beliefs. I DO that through coaching, training, and writing books.
Leadership is TOUGH! Leaders worldwide sacrifice their personal lives for professional accolades, leaving them unbalanced, stressed out and burned out even after achieving high levels of success.
As the 13th African American woman to achieve the prestigious rank of Commander (Lt Colonel equivalent) in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225+ year history, where my demographic was 0.1%, I don't believe in playing small.
Leading 100s of people in high-stress office environments, I fully understand the challenges leaders have and assist my clients with ascending to greater heights professionally, while maintaining optimal health and strong relationships with family and friends.
What's the point of achieving high levels of success if you lose what's most important? I firmly believe and know for sure, You Can Have It All!
When I was a little girl, I believed I was a princess until I was taught otherwise. I was told a lie and I believed it. I believed that I wasn’t beautiful, talented and fabulous and so hid myself under a bushel. I put myself in the dark. I couldn’t see the light. I was lost. As I grew, I became even more lost, going round in circles, bumping into stuff, like unhealthy relationships! Hurting myself over and over. Until one day I had a revelation and I saw a glimmer of light and I began to follow it until I found the path home, back to me, back to the light. It’s beautiful in the light. And so I guide other women from the dark into the light. It’s effortless here. Light and breezy. Just follow me.
I’m the second eldest of 11 children, 6 girls and 5 boys, born of west-indian parents, who didn’t believe in freedom of expression. So I never learnt how to interact with men from a romantic perspective. My father was cold and hard, never felt his love and so grew into a woman seeking it out, mistaking sex for love. I attracted relationships that reflected how I felt about myself until I realised I was the common denominator and that if I wanted the type of men I attracted to change then I had to change. I had to change my vibe. I realised that when I changed the lens through which I saw the world, my vibe changed and thus my relationships.
The Vibe that a person gives off is simply a feeling that is felt by others it can be either positive or negative. ‘That Vibe’, the central theme to my teaching, is the vibe that a person emanates when they believe they are enough. The Woman of Vibe has ‘that vibe’ and as such her vibe is picked up by others as unique, different. It has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ (translation: ‘I don’t know what’). She exudes this intangible quality that makes her supremely distinctive and divinely attractive!
She believes that she was born powerful and that as a child of God, Creator, All Knowing, Source, whatever title you choose to use, that she was born ‘enough’, before she became attached to the illusions, the lies of this world that taught her otherwise. To become a Woman of Vibe takes some undoing.
The Woman of Vibe realises when she connects to who she really is, her true authentic self, she can have a Vision and Intentionally Bring it into her Experience. How? By using the natural Law of Attraction which is at the disposal of us all. In spiritual circles, it’s referred to as ‘Faith’. She uses this to manifest whatever she desires in matters of love, business and life!
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Yesterday, I decided to take a risk and try a new local restaurant. One I’d seen many times driving to work. Every time I passed it, I noticed a complete absence of people inside. Being a small business owner myself - I wanted to support local business and not the big chain restaurants who often lack the flare and interesting menus. I’ve usually met with great luck doing this. On occasion being served by waiters who own the restaurant and are part of the family business who smile with every course. I used to be quite the restaurant goer- or at least it was something I loved to do- being a bit of a foodie- not a complete one but living in Montreal, Canada- you don’t have much of a choice but to become one- even if only on a small level.
I ventured into this new restaurant filled with anticipation- a joy filling my heart that I indeed was going to try this place out after passing it many times. It was a bare bones type of place- only a few chairs but the ambiance was sweet- I liked it. I bounced up to the counter- ready to order. The person behind the counter didn’t smile much. It was 3 in the afternoon.
“Lunch is over,” he said as I looked at the menu.
“Oh that’s too bad, well I didn’t even realize it was this late- on break- time slipped by,” I laughed hoping he’d find the humor in my complete disregard for time- after all- I was on a holiday. He didn’t laugh.
“I will make you something on the lunch menu but if you come in here again- don’t ask for it.” No smile- no indication that this was some kind of joke.
I looked around the restaurant. No one was there- not a single table had anyone sitting there. No one at the counter either. I was still holding the menu and I gently placed it down.
“You know what Sir, look around you, I passed this restaurant so many times and there is never anyone here. No one seated. And I wanted to support a new local business. I could understand if you were overflowing with customers to be this militaristic in your service but I don’t think this is a good approach right now. I personally have no desire to give you my money after that.”
I turned and walked out the door. Driving by I noticed his head bowed. It wasn’t a language issue- his English was perfect. Sometimes in Montreal, you must be aware that what sounds like rudeness isn’t in both official languages of Quebec ( French and English) no matter who is listening because it could have been a cultural misinterpretation- my French would appear rude to someone if I spoke it, but it is only because I am learning. But this was not the case. He was simply rude and was unapologetic about it.
I began to think about this. I thought about how many times I passed people who never smiled back at me when I smiled at them. I thought about how many times I’ve noticed people talking to others with their cell phones out barely recognizing the person in front of them. Then I realized that we as a society have become rude for rudeness sake. Our political leaders, seem to even display public rudeness toward one another in a volley of votes on either side. Celebrities are making fortunes off of the shock value of rudeness. I suddenly missed an island I grew up on in Canada, Newfoundland. A place where if you walked by anyone without smiling it was rude. A place where no one would dare watch another wrestle with a bag or have to carry anything alone. A place where people say, “hello my darlin’, how are you my love?” as daily interaction- showing even strangers that you were noticed. It is perhaps very much the same even in small town America- I will have to see one day when I visit.
Perhaps the small restaurant owner learned something that day- after all, I would have ordered from the dinner menu anyways- if given a chance- I told him this. I would have never insisted on him doing the lunch but he never gave me a chance to be polite either. Maybe he expected the same culture of rudeness back. A lesson maybe is that we should take more time to smile at someone- a stranger- a smile goes a long way- put your phone down and talk- you’d be surprised at how beautiful connection and interaction is- stop being rude.
Vercay Magazine Contributing writer Melinda Cochrane
Entering the writing to be published stage of your art is a complex journey of both good advice and bad advice, which is often very unclear. One thing is certain, however, wherever you go, they mention social media presence or some sentiment that this is important. But, how important is it? And, what does that mean exactly? It is never truly clarified for a writer. Is it social media platforms, a lot of followers or presence on every platform known to the social media world? What I discovered is that this means very little at the end of the day. So why the emphasis on social media?
You will never figure out why because there is no set formula when it comes to making this part of your promotion or marketing success- or part of selling books even though many will claim there is and will offer you amazing social media packages to do so. There are many companies who sell writers packages claiming a set amount of views a day- and when looking at these sites one is instantly taken by the presentation. I fell for this a few times, but did it lead to book sales- no, but why not?
Now, larger corporate publishers have huge media marketing schemes- presence on every platform- and every media source they can to advertise- does this lead to sales- I have no idea but what I have noticed is that if you take note of their sites- there is never a single writer on there- they do not simply sell one writer even if the writer is a multi-billion dollar bookseller.
Does social media work for some writers and artists, yes of course. We all have heard of overnight Youtube successes- but I doubt it was overnight- it was consistency as well as a little luck. But does it happen enough to invest in the promotional sales packages different companies offer to sell your books and make you a star? I can only say that if it did the thousands of writers out there doing so would be instant millionaires but yet they are not. This has been my learning- if others disagree- I am fine with this- but this is what I have seen. I want to prevent other writers from being overtaken by social media and as a result, their craft and interest in writing may suffer.
Attending a conference or two, seeking advice in business, and my own experience has shown me that there are practical tips that do work as far as getting your name out there to create a good google search so that your name does exist on the internet somewhere- somehow - so that potential publishers can get an idea of your work and who you are. Does this lead to sales? It may or may not- there is never a guarantee for this- you have to be clear on this before investing in promotion because you cannot blame others if it does not work. Sometimes it is simply whether what you are doing appeals to those out there in the cyber world- and it is as simple as that. Your investment in social media marketing has to be open-eyed and realistic.
Here are the practical tips that you must take as potential not a guarantee for sales.
You will no longer see me on twitter, facebook or any other platform under my own name and alone. I found that this was just not a successful means of generating much other than strangers who were more interested in who and the what and not really your writing. I work with teams of all sorts across all platforms- why? Teamwork works. You may know a writer who seems to have a huge following- but check them out closely- is it their friends who like their blogs more than anyone else- friends are great but you should not be friendly only to sell books- be honest and start working toward a real writing career- that’s what I did and I am still doing.
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Melinda Cochrane International was created to serve others and to teach people how to live life with a Destiny Creation mindset. Today, rather than seeing my past pain as pain, I see it as purpose. I set out to publish, to meet writers- to talk to them- like Maya Angelou- and to create a mission for others to discover their destiny as well. I let my coping strategy become my life.
Destiny Creation mindset is a way to achieve rather than to see obstacles in life. To view life as possibles not impossibles and to see failures as only lessons to grow from.
When asked why I have never given up on my dreams- my answer is simple. I grew up watching a father with severe disability who never stopped dreaming and working. Living a full life is not only a necessity, but I try to teach others how valuable it is to act on your dreams NOW.
You probably know what your destiny is already- you simply haven’t taken time to identify it as such. I have achieved using this mindset, two university degrees, a teaching career, a writing career and a small business. I used it to buy a home and I used it to help me move toward more ways to help others. In total, I have published over 40 different authors independently. I have published 150 writers in anthologies. I have published my own books and I also teach students every year of the positive destiny they can have and the beauty of the written word.
Every human being is entitled to live a peaceful, purposeful existence and to follow their passions. Why not discover your own destiny creation? It is never too late to turn your wounds into wisdom. ( full article published at Woman on The Fence ) It is the mindset I used as a thyroid cancer survivor - every obstacle you have in life should be seen as purpose and with this purpose you can accomplish your dreams.
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Margo Lovett is the creator & host of Her Business – Her Voice – Her Conversation, a radio show streaming on Bshaniradio.com & I Heart Radio World Wide. Her Business is a global resource for the baby boomer female who will or has reinvented herself to become a speaker, author, and entrepreneur.
A “Reinvented One” herself, Margo’s first book will launch in mid-September 2017, followed by a chapter in the anthology Women Inspiring Nations, out in January 2018.
26 years of employment at one company ended, Margo had to reinvent myself. With a mortgage, legal concerns, and a small savings, she followed her passionate hobby of the last 15 years – internet radio. Thank God for the ability to hire an exceptional coach / strategist, and begin the journey from hobby to becoming an entrepreneur.
By: Melinda Cochrane - Contributing Writer
“In the past 5 years, female violent crime has risen by 12 percent, four times the rate among men…” The Independent UK.
The words we use can be a catalyst for our healing or they can act to counter-act any positives. Positive words create a positive force around us. Often as women, we are bombarded by words that are all too often negating our experiences. Media has used and manipulated popular derogatory words to make us either feel ashamed of our bodies or to make us defensive, which acts to divide rather than heal gender relationships.
A word can build a woman up or it can break us down and too often as I turn on music these days and television- the words I hear do nothing but make me feel as if young women out there are being manipulated to act in ways they are both unsure of and uncomfortable with. The manipulation has now extended into what I will call the Violent girl syndrome- an encouraged behavior for young women to be violent.
The first time I noted this was when I turned on the television, just to catch a show and a woman was pouring hot water over a male character- a comedy. It left me feeling shocked and made me wonder if the use of negative words and images like this in the media was also creating a confusion in young women in how to treat the opposite sex and as a result themselves spiritually.
Young women should be independent and confident but we should not use them to hurt young men. The feminist trend that is occurring is a positive one but at the same time a scary one for men. We all know good men and perhaps we should keep this steadfast in our minds as the media overflows with negative male examples. Our words could also create a violent attitude toward men- we should be conscious of this as well. True equality comes when all people respect one another. Young women and men are perhaps being wrongly told that they should be aggressive but in reality, we want them to be assertive. Assertive females are not violent and they do not act verbally or physically violent toward males. We must keep the rules for women as the same.
Records are also showing that violence among young women has increased. Feminism in its positive has given us our ability to do anything we want. The world has increasingly become kinder to females- although the recent harassment cases would suggest otherwise. These cases are important and shedding light on it is very important. But equally important is to shed light on what the media does toward women as well. How the repeated use of negative messages, the continued body shaming words and all those things that go with being females are also the direct results of a society that is determined to further divide male from female. We need to move toward healing so that our genders can act in unity. We must show young women that to be strong means also to think first before acting in a negative way as well.
As we fight for awareness as women with the Me Too movement, perhaps we should also give males the room to speak about what is called the disposable male trend. A trend where men no longer feel wanted or cared for in society. As more and more young men join fundamentalist groups, we must realize as feminist that to change things- we need to make males who are good and caring feel valued as well. We must change the vocabulary for women so they do not feel they need to be violent in approach or attitude toward men while at the same time we give men the space to say, “ I am not like this. All men are not alike. I feel disposed of and unneeded.” By giving males this space too we end any violent trend that occurring subconsciously toward males. We can start by changing the words we use to heal.
Changing the language words we use in media, in music and in our everyday interactions with one another will create a more positive trend and may close the divide that is occurring and move us toward healing. Freedom of speech is important but we must also use our words to heal us all.
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