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Musings

Why I Almost Quit My Business (Warning: Shade Inside)

February 11, 2016 • By

 

Listen, let me warn you now. There may be some curses up in here, some trap music references and a whole lot of honesty around what the online business industry has become. I was frustrated and quite frankly over it. And I feel that many of you may be feeling the same way, too. If you aren’t interested in reading the real, skip to the bottom so you can find out what I have coming for you in 2016. If you want all the tea, keep reading.

Guess what: we all aren’t going to have 6 or 7-figure businesses. We all aren’t going to be full-time entrepreneurs, but I’ve learned to make a passive income while working full-time. I haven’t hacked every single aspect of business to make 6 figures, but the few thousand dollars of extra income I made each month allowed me to live comfortably, to travel every single month last year (pictures here), to pick up and move to Atlanta, and to be able to do what I want cause I’m popping! (Have y’all heard that Drake/Future song?)  Anywho, that was the same income that kept me from freaking out when I was laid off from my job today. The startup that I work for isn’t doing that well and unless a miracle happens, Feb. 29 will be my last day. How ironic that I will have to take the leap into full-time entrepreneurship on the leap day in a leap year. I see what you did there, God. Boom. Yes. It got super freaking real for me, but you know what? I am happy and relieved. I could spend more time doing the things that I love at my own pace.  Since I have gotten this passive income thing down, I can only imagine what will happen when I’m working on it full-time.

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Musings

Why I’m Hating on #BlackGirlMagic + #Formation

February 6, 2016 • By

For many years, (most of my life really) I have always felt I was a black girl born to Hispanic parents. My mentors are black, my best friends are black (or think they black), my boyfriends are usually black, but what about my roots? I have come to terms with the fact that Latinas aren’t united in the same way that black women are, and for that reason alone, I’m jealous. I’m jealous of that sisterhood that could be, but doesn’t exist for Latinas.  Beyonce just dropped a very culturally relevant song and music video and this happens.

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Evergreen

3 Honest Lessons So You Don’t Suck As a Mentor

January 13, 2016 • By

Originally published on Her Agenda

I have always wanted a little sister, someone I could blindly love, trust, and support, because there are so many women who have been that older sister for me. My prayers were finally answered my senior year in college when I joined a mentoring program for women of color.

At the welcome dinner, where the mentees and mentors would meet for the first time, it was love at first sight. This vivacious young lady with a huge smile captured my attention immediately, and when she told me she wanted to major in communications I was sold. She’s it! What would bring an “urban” Latina from the South Bronx and an African southern belle from Dallas together, the world may never know. What I do know is, she taught me more than I think I will ever be able to teach her, but I am grateful to still have her in my life.

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Business, Evergreen

The Top Books To Get Your Mind Right in 2016

January 5, 2016 • By

You can’t believe everything you read on the internet. The internet is inundated with (inaccurate) information and Google is a black hole that will suck the life out of anyone. The one trusted source that (for the most part) won’t steer you wrong are good old-fashioned business and blogging books. The strategies, tools and advice that…

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Content Planning
Business, Evergreen

What I learned my best year blogging (Spoiler: better blog planning)

December 31, 2015 • By

In the marketing and startup world, we have a motto: always be testing. Testing strategies, tactics, copy, workflows – anything that you can test and improve upon you should. Your brand is no different. Wifi wealth is real y’all, and the Internet is providing opportunities like never before. Sadly, many have failed to truly embrace…

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