Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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The Moment After This Very One is Never Guaranteed


We are present in this moment, and gone in the next, often with no warning or announcement. Time is her own boss, she moves on unassisted with or without you. She rewards all of us, day by day with the precise 1440 seconds in which to make a meaningful impact on this earth. And one day when she decides that she no longer has any rewards for you, there is simply nothing you can do, but bow to her claim.



About two months ago, I received an urgent call from a close friend to speak about a project that she had been intending to start for over a year. She proceeded to tell me that her parents had motivated her to do whatever she had her mind set on because 'time is precious' and none of us are guaranteed another day. We had never anticipated that a month after our brief conversation we would bury one of her parents-her mother. The memory of our conversation resounded loudly in my mind and the realisation that no single person on the planet knows how long their days will be.

The term 'time well spent' has a different meaning for everyone of us. Whether it includes achieving your career objectives or completing personal projects that you may have begun at the beginning of the year; each one of has a list of what we intend to spend our time on.

But sadly, it's easy to get stuck under the bondage of hurt and pain and life's unfairness and forget to live, to see the joy. To forget to laugh out loud or dance, fully immersing yourself in the moments and not allowing yourself to get caught up in the doing and the getting, forgetting what it's like to 'just be'.

Take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you had to look back at how you've used your time; would that reflection fill you with joy or regret and a longing to go back to do things over?

If the latter is true of you then let today be the day that you make a decision to be more deliberate about how to spend your time in the way that means the most to YOU, not anyone else but YOU. I urge to it within yourself to:

Start the project:

Whatever it is, be it an NPO or a business or whatever is close to your heart, you can no longer afford to put it off for another year or a 'better season'. Start with what you have and make the most of the adventure. It most probably won't be easy but you will love yourself for taking the step and giving it 100% of your efforts.

Leave the relationship:

Some call it the sixth sense, and others intuition but we all know it when a relationship is toxic to our state of mind, emotions and growth. No matter how much you love the person, always remember that toxic relationships are a waste of time!

Say you're sorry:
Start with yourself; say a string of meaningful sorry's to yourself for the lost opportunities, the mistakes, the shame, all the broken pieces! Mean them, forgive them and move on. Then apologise to those you have hurt, as you do not know how much time you or the other person have. This forgiveness is sure to set you free, maybe not immediately but daily as you consciously choose it.

Live in the moment:

It's easy to worry about the future and live in haunted regret of the past and forget to fully embrace the present. It does not have to be a 'huge' moments, but simply enjoying the warmth of the sun or the smiling face of a little child is enough. Invest in appreciating these tiny treasures given to us by Time herself.

Unlike us Time has no space to entertain regret or construct excuses, she simply ticks on, erasing the past while forging on into the future.

About the Author
Lindo Buthelezi is a South African Fashion Stylist and Writer. Lindo describes herself as one who loves Africa, the potential that lies in her, and all her daughters.

More from Lindo can be found in www.lindobuthelezi.com

Friday, 14 July 2017

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MINDSET SHIFT WITH TEWA – WHAT DO YOU SEE?




The thing about the mind is, it believes whatever you tell it to believe. Therefore, it is extremely important that you train your mind to only see the positives in everything and tame it from running wild with negative imaginations or thoughts that are not in line with what you want.

The battlefield of the mind. Win in your head first and then you begin to see the winnings as your reality. You have to believe in the unseen with all your might. Takes time but practise will make perfect. Keep your focus, visualise great, because we are all born to win. Cheers to our successes. Xo Tewa.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

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Q & A: 'I would like to be remembered for my overall unwillingness to give up.' - Sasha Nycole

Sasha Nycole is a multi-talented Entertainment Host and Content Creator on a mission to connect and inspire some of the world’s greatest influencers and tastemakers of today.

Currently, at the age of 25, this promising media maven has had experience working on-camera and behind-the-scenes for top media outlets such as MTV2, BET, Power 105.1 FM, MTV and more. Today, through speaking, hosting events, and her personal platform, SashaNycole.com, Sasha is determined more than ever to live each day to her fullest potential. Having faced her own set of downfalls and setbacks during the early stages of her career, Sasha always vowed to never give up on herself or her dreams. With the loving support of her mother, who instilled her with strength, an undeniable work ethic, and determination, she knew that not only could she accomplish anything that she set her mind to, but that she could also encourage others to do the same.


It wasn’t until I got older that I realized that my mind was my most powerful tool. As long as I can create, I can do anything. - Sasha Nycole


Who is Sasha Nycole?
Sasha Nycole is an entertainment host, on-air talent and content creator. She’s a fearless go-getter with a drive like no other and a devoted woman of faith who aims to connect and create new opportunities for others in her field. She’s not just a dream chaser but a doer who intends on leaving her mark as a respected entertainment host despite any obstacles that may come her way.

Tell us more about what you do

I feel that I wear many hats a times and I think that it might have something to do with my Haitian background [lol]. But, for the most part I’m a media host and content creator. I have my own production company that I started back in 2015 called Sasha Nycole Entertainment LLC., where I am not only able to house my creative skills but also provide infinite opportunities for other aspiring talents as well. Within my company, I curate my own blog and host my own web-based talk show The Sasha Nycole Show. I also develop content for small businesses, brands and entertainment outlets. Apart from my work in media, I also co-manage a music production company called E.O.A. Productions which stands for Excel Over Adversity. My team and I work in the backend of the music industry, producing records and chart topping hits for some of your favorite artists. If anyone knows me, you know that I absolutely love music which is one of the main reasons why I started my web-show; because I wanted to expose my viewers to different sounds and showcase the industries next rising star.

How did you get on this path... being a media personality?

My journey first began in college. I got lost one day while roaming through one of the campuses at Rutgers University [that school is humongous] trying to find the computer room when I stumbled upon the campus radio station. There, I met the program director who took the time to not only redirect me to the computer room but also tell me about the process of becoming an on-air talent. I was instantly sold. I always knew that I had a big mouth but I never really knew what it could be used for. After being on-air for a few months, I knew that radio was something that I wanted to pursue as a career and so I sought out an internship to help give me get that real-life experience. It just so happened that the radio station that I would be interning for was at one of the top radio stations in the country, Power 105.1 FM. For about 3 years, I interned for the World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show The Breakfast Club and it was that experience that molded me in the media personality that I am today.

What are you passionate about and why?

I am passionate about creating. My mind works like a power mill on the daily. Whether is developing content for my show, online platforms, or other media outlets, I always look to see where my next inspiration will come from. Growing up, I was constantly told that I was in my head too much. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized that my mind was my most powerful tool. As long as I can create, I can do anything.

What is your personal vision statement?

My personal vision statement is “If you can dream it, you can create it.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you as it concerns your profession?

The most important life lesson that I’ve learned thus far is patience. I had to learn the hard way but I learned nonetheless. Accepting that things will happen, not always on my time, but when they are intended to happen.

What is your take on "women supporting women"?

 My personal take on “women supporting women” is that its presence needs to be seen and felt more in actual life rather than just living on social media with a hashtag in front of it. What are we doing in our everyday interactions to help build and uplift one another? Does #womenempowerment only exist when there’s an audience present to sing your praises for doing something that we should already be doing? I look forward to those real-life interactions when your fellow sister can call and pray with you over the phone or can selflessly create an opportunity for you without threat of missing out on an opportunity for themselves. That’s my take on it.

What is your favorite Quote?

My favorite quote to date is one that I came across not too long ago on Rae Holiday’s Instagram. It read, “Whoever counted you out, can’t count.” that speaks so true to life because your success isn’t based on what others think or say about you. You define your own success.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you say to her?

If I could give advice to my younger self it would be to just say, “Yes.” I can be honest and say that I’ve spent a good chunk on my younger years afraid to put myself in certain career building situations because of fear of falling flat on my face. So instead of saying yes and taking the chance, I would punk out and make up some excuse as to why I couldn’t do it (e.g.- I don’t have time, my head hurts, I have a bad knee). But you can’t tell me nothing now, I say yes to just about everything if it makes sense [lol].

Time travel or teleportation?

I would have to say teleportation. There is so much of this world that I want to see and experience so being able to go there in the snap of a finger would be amazing. Also, I’m afraid of flying, so there’s that too.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

If I could change one thing in this world I would be the lack of empathy towards others. That inability to connect, understand or find compassion for who someone is, where they’ve come from or what they define themselves as creates hate, which in turn causes destruction. I believe that through understanding one another, which doesn’t necessarily mean that we must agree with one another, we can create more peace in this world.

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for my heart and my overall unwillingness to give up. I’ll also speak it into existence that I would also like to be remembered for my future interview with Oprah when I land my own syndicated talk-show. That’s going to be epic!

Connect with Sasha Nycole
Website: www.sashanycole.com
Instagram: @SashaNycole

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

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Q & A: 'I Can't be anything else but successful.' - Biodun Onilogbo




Biodun ONILOGBO is a Nigerian entrepreneur who is passionate about making women look their best by providing authentic human hair weaves and wig units through her brand Bee Daisy. She studied Cell Biology & Genetics at the University of Lagos and worked in the Banking industry for 5 years, after which she keyed into the hair business full time. Biodun is happily married with two beautiful kids and a successful business.

We got Biodun to take part in our q & a session... read and be inspired.



What do you consider your greatest achievement so far in life?

My greatest achievement I will say is being a mother to two lovely children and ability to run and grow the Bee Daisy brand consistently and successfully for over 6 years

How did your journey into being an entrepreneur start?

Started off from an ADDICTION, I was so addicted to hair.

How was the idea to set up Bee Daisy conceived?

I used to get a lot of compliments regarding my hair and I realized I was doing a lot of free hair consultations for family and friends. I also started purchasing a lot of hairs for family and friends at no cost (no profit added). The volume increased everyday and I thought why not profit from my passion and BOOM Bee Daisy Hair was born.


What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
The fact that I can't be anything else but SUCCESSFUL.

What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned so far?

One thing I have learned so far is that no matter who you are, no matter where you are coming from, whatever it is you have set out to do or become in life, once you do it well (diligently) and you are so passionate about it, it's only a matter of time the world will hear about you. The world will discover you, the world will look for you!

What is your favourite Quote?
"People don't grow by accident, they grow by design. Design yourself. Design your future. Success never just happens.

What are you passionate about?

I am so passionate about what I do. Seeing ladies transform with our weaves/wig units, looking all excited and beautiful means everything to me!

What is your take on "women supporting women"?

It is a great concept. Some of us, (Women) tend to be very weak, it is a great feeling to know your fellow women got your back amidst the tribulations some of us (women) encounter.

Do you have any mentors and how have they positively aided your journey towards becoming a successful entrepreneur?
Yes I do. My mentor is Mo Abudu. She has had a positive influence on my life, my journey as an entrepreneur in so many ways and she doesn't even know it. I look up to her a lot, she has been a constant source of inspiration for me. Her life/journey fuels me with the energy needed to keep pushing.

Her life has taught me to have a positive attitude, to stay focused, to be consistent, to be best at anything I do, to keep the energy level on a 100 at all times, to never give up on my dreams, to give it all it takes at all times. The list is endless!

Looking back at your life so far.... is there anything you would have done differently?
I am deeply thankful to God for how far he has brought me, but if anything, I wish I started even earlier. I wish I took charge earlier. There is still so much to be done.

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as a successful entrepreneur who is able to fill a lot gaps, meet people's needs and solve problems with my entrepreneurial skills.

Connect with Biodun via
Instagram: @Beedaisyhair
Website: www.beedaisyhair.com
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Easy Steps to Aid You Support The Women Around You.


Great things happen when women support women. Some women believe this, some don't. Some like to be identified as a woman who supports other women when in reality she doesn't while others take progressive steps to support the next woman the best way they know how.

The topic of "Women Supporting Women" is one that we could o on and on for but today, we'd love to share with you an article we came across and couldn't ignore by Yumna Al-Arashi. In this short yet informative piece, Yumna shared five steps you could take to support the women around you.

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1. SPEAK: When your girlfriends are tearing each other down for no good reason, say something. When your office lacks an equal number of female employees, say something. When your friends feel insecure for reasons that are designed to keep them down, say something. When your boss degrades or sexualises you or your colleague, say something. When your girlfriend is about to walk out of the house wearing something absolutely unflattering, say something.

2. LISTEN: Be fully informed, read more history, take regular time away from news and social media to expand your brain, understand the world a bit more. Attend more crucial events and take up more public space, your presence and attention is needed. Stand strong and unite with women who do not receive equality.

3. RISE: Do not participate in petty competitive or jealous behaviour with other women, when you support them, you support yourself as well. Don't gossip, it's a waste of your time and tears up your credibility. Speak your truths without fear and call your friends out when they're wrong. Support your girlfriends when they're down and acting crazy, you'll regret not doing so when you're in the same position.

4. SUPPORT: This world has been created by a patriarchal society designed to keep women down, we are re-building this structure and every one of your actions matter, no matter how small. Support the women around you. When they do good, you do good. Believe in women's skills and talents; yes we are capable of physical labor and intense arithmetic. Walk away from conversation stating a woman is less qualified for a job than a man.

5. CELEBRATE: Never forget the inherent magic of being a woman. Consume more film, literature, history and art made by women. Learn more and love more about your anatomy, it's fascinating. Take care of your health, it's all you have. Spend more time with women of all ages and backgrounds, you'll forever be inspired by them. We are the storytellers, the bearers of life, and the true connection to this planet. Celebrate it.

Do you have something to add to this or share with the community? Please leave a comment in the comment section below.

Love & Light.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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NO SHAME IN MY PAIN: The #1in3 Africa Campaign

The #1in3 Africa campaign against sexual and domestic violence against women globally, originating from the heart of Nigerian sisterhood.
 

The #1in3Africa Campaign is a further call to action against the endemic scourge of sexual and domestic violence to women. It’s unique voice was borne out of the realization to treat the root cause of this persistent societal bane in spite of numerous global campaigns by reorientation, education and extensive awareness. The charge is to spread these educational and empowering messages across the continent. It is spearheaded by HM Wuraola Zaynab Otiti Ogunwusi, Yeyeluwa of Ife the Olori to his imperial majesty, Alayeluwa OONI Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the 51st OONI of of Ile-Ife, Arole Oduduwa.

"Daily there are reports of women being beaten, killed and emotionally abused by men they thought would protect them, men they believed will love them and keep them safe. My heart breaks as I read these stories and hear news of incidents across Nigeria of women who have lost their lives, will to live and confidence whilst in these very unhealthy and destructive relationships. Domestic violence is fast becoming a trend with little or no consequence considering the seriousness of the crime. UN statistics show that 1 in 3 women are abused daily this is a rather sad ratio. So I ask myself, “How can I help”? “How can I impact the lives of these women? The #1in3Africa campaign is a movement to help put a STOP TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN it is a cry for help against the injustice these women have to endure for fear of being shamed, ridiculed and alone. I, alongside three amazing, strong and courageous women have come together to be that voice for the helpless woman- there is no shame in your pain, it's not your fault, you are beautiful, strong and powerful. We look forward to going this life changing journey with you and giving you a chance to rise again.
HM Olori Wuraola Zaynab Otiti Ogunwusi. – Yeyeluwa of Ife

The United Nations statistics are staggering! The UN estimates that 70% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. This means that around 120 Million girls worldwide have experienced forced sexual acts at some point in their lives. Sadly, the most common perpetrators of this sexual violence are current or former husbands, partners or boyfriends.

• 1 in 3 Women have either been beaten or experienced sexual violence. 

• 1 in 3 women will die as a result of that violence.

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!
Join us on our mission to end violence against women by providing much needed awareness and support to the girls and women in need, beginning with our awareness walk.

The #1in3Africa Campaign is supported by the Emir of Kano, Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Aigbe, Kate Henshaw, Ini Edo, Monalisa Chinda, Uche Jumbo, Funke Akindele, Adunni Ade, Annie Idibia, Seyi Shay, Ndidi Obioha (Enthyst), HRH Queen Chika Acholonu, Mrs Onari Duke, Dare Art Alade, Mrs Ifeoma Williams, Mrs Yutee Rone and many more.

#1in3Africa Walk

Date: Friday June 30, 2017
Time: 10AM
Location: Start Off Point is Falomo Roundabout, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi Lagos

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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It Is Okay To Ask For Help




How often do we find ourselves overwhelmed by the pressures of life, work and relationships and yet surprisingly, most of settle for a life of misery as we refuse to simply ask for help. Some blame their upbringing or social conditioning but whatever has lead us to believing that asking for help is sign of weakness is like a cancer slowly killing us and robbing us women of reaching our full potential.

Recently, after facing a mini life crisis, I started to re-evaluate my obsession with being “Miss Independent” and what it actually meant to me. To a large extent this glorified title meant that “I didn’t need people”. (I cringe as I make this confession). However my actions sadly reflected this warped belief. The truth is, we are designed to exist in community and community suggests that we can ask for and give help when needed. I realised that the “Miss Independent” belief that so many of us crown ourselves with can be a dangerous door to isolation, and too much isolation can never be healthy, even for the strongest minds.

Then you might ask if I do not believe that women should be educated and in possession of wealth and power? My answer to that is ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I am 100% for women empowerment, which in fact comes with responsibility. It begins with empowering oneself by learning, travelling or whatever self-development means to you, which then leads to helping another woman up and teaching her to walk in her divine strength and power. See the difference?

As a collective, we are dangerously powerful with no limit to what can be achieved; after all two are better than one.

My dear sister once told me that God always sends help, but not always in the packaging that we expect or particularly like, and often times, it’s delivered by an unobvious source (a person), that we reject. However if we changed our perspective and realised that the lesson as well as the help is sent to grow us and never to humiliate us, our “asking for help tests” would be far more pleasant and often times shorter with a better score.

Therefore dear lady, learn to ask for help, not only to expand your life and mind but also that when required of you, you too can freely give it.


About the Author

Lindo Buthelezi is a South African Fashion Stylist and Writer. Lindo describes herself as one who loves Africa, the potential that lies in her, and all her daughters.

More from Lindo can be found in www.lindobuthelezi.com

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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Q & A: 'Plan, but don't over plan. Take risks, but don't be too risky.' - Heather Stenlake

Heather Stenlake is the beautiful mother of two daughters, an inventor and entrepreneur based in Pennsylvania, United States. Heather put $40,000 of her retirement savings towards inventing and producing a sheer slip that holds up a bride's wedding gown called "Bridal Buddy". The Bridal Buddy allows a bride to pee in private without needing help.

Perseverance is key. If you truly believe in something- and you're not getting the support you need- surround yourself with people who DO.
Heather started working in the bridal industry in 1998 and customers constantly asked her what to do when they have to use the restroom. In 2002, she came up with the idea for a solution and the blueprint for what would eventually become the Bridal Buddy. She also was having children at the time, so Stenlake put her idea away, and focused on being a stay-at-home mom.

In 2015, she rediscovered her notes for the Bridal Buddy, and moved to turn the idea into a business. Heather's inspirational attitude won over the investors on hit reality show "Shark Tank" and b
y the end of her pitch, she had multiple sharks clamoring to invest in her business and eventually went with the combined offer from the two sharks, Lori Greiner and Kevin O'Leary.

After watching Heather's episode on the Shark Tank, We couldn't not feature her as the positivity and motivation just by watching her was overwhelming. Heather's Internal and External beauty isn't the only quality that shone through our screens as we watched but her grit, tenacity, hunger for progression and passion for adding value is one thing we would never forget in a hurry.

Please read, enjoy and be inspired by our Q & A with Heather Stenlake.

Who is Heather Stenlake?
I am a mother first.
I am an inventor and entrepreneur. Artist and creative music lover who loves the outdoors. I have worked in the bridal industry since 1998- I've had all sorts of jobs-starting with bagging dresses after brides tried them on- and putting them back on the rack, to being a consultant- then owning my own bridal shop with my sister!

What inspired the invention of “Bridal Buddy”?

I was inspired to invent the Bridal Buddy back when I was a consultant- and without fail-most every bride asked the same question when purchasing their gown. "How am I going to go to the bathroom in this dress?" I sought out to find an answer.
Heather Stenlake pitching the Bridal Buddy on "Shark Tank."
Heather pitching the "Bridal Buddy" on  Shark Tank. Photo Credit: Kelsey McNeal
What other inventions do you have in the works?
I'm working on adding on to the line of Bridal Buddy- to accommodate different styles of gowns. I also have another bathroom related product that is in the works- that will make everyone's life a little easier!

Can you tell us about the biggest obstacle you have faced, as an entrepreneur, and how you overcame it?

Perseverance is key. If you truly believe in something- and you're not getting the support you need- surround yourself with people who DO. Surround yourself with positive energy like a light. My biggest challenge was tuning out the negative energy and words. They're not worth one moment of your time. Ever.

If you could go back in time, what one piece of advice would you offer a younger Heather?

If I could go back in time and give younger Heather advice...
#1 - Being pregnant does NOT mean you can eat whatever you want.
#2- Cherish every day with the people you love. Don't wait to visit them or tell them what they mean to you while they're still on this earth.
#3- You are always good enough. Don't waste a single moment on people who contribute nothing but positivity in your life.

What / who inspires you and why?
My inspirations would be Oprah Winfrey for one. She shows us that no matter WHAT hardships we endure in this life- we are all Spiritual creatures under God and the universe. She taught me to give our problems to The higher power- and to ask for help for guidance in this world. We are all meant for a higher purpose. We just have to ask God to lead us.

And definitely WonderWoman. Simply because she is a strong female figure who holds herself with grace and is feminine- Yet independent and powerful in her own way. Plus she can kick your butt if you cross her.

What is the most important lesson being life has taught you so far?

One important lesson that life has taught me so far would be that if you have a bad day or something happens to you that brought you down- it's ok. As one of my friends, Robin always told me "Go have your pity party. Eat your cake. But then tomorrow you're going to get back up put your big girl pants on and get back to work."

And while it's ok to feel some sadness if things don't go as planned- You cannot sulk more than one day over something you cannot change.

What advice would you offer other women looking to start their own business?

Advice I would give other women starting their own business would be, plan, but don't over plan. Take risks, but don't be too risky.

There's a fine balance - and it's up to you to find what works for you. Another thing I always have done is read books. I find if you don't have an actual mentor then find a book with somebody you admire who has been through it and knows the ropes and inspire me. My favorite books have been by Anthony Robbins, Joel Osteen, Daymond John, Kim Lavine, Lori Grenier. Find who inspires you- and get inside their minds.

What is your take on "women supporting women"?

"Women Supporting Women" is key. In a world that is dominated my men in many areas- we NEED each other to lift each other up! For instance- I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have Marissa at my side during the good and bad parts of this business journey. She reminds me how strong I am- and that God has me on a mission. I am here to help other women lift themselves up and feel strength- to do great things. She has been the "Micky" to my Rocky Balboa.

What is one bad habit you are committed to changing?
One bad habit I am committed to changing would be- to be more focused. I tend to have ten thoughts running through my head at one time. I find that I must focus on one task at a time- not several.

If you could recommend one woman for us to interview next, who would it be and why?

If I could recommend one woman for you to interview next it would be Joy Mangano. I had the pleasure of meeting her on the "Steve Harvey Show" and even though a movie has been made about her- she has so much inspiration and such positivity. She has been thrown many life challenges, but came through as a example of what a strong woman can be through hard work, and perseverance.

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as a woman who helped other women become strong, passionate females who did what is best for them- and their children. I would like to be known as an inventor, an innovator, and a woman who didn't take no for an answer. I would like to be remembered as a woman who had a confident smile and spread it around the world for other women to pass on.

Connect with Heather via;
Website: www.bridalbuddy.net
Instagram: @BridalBuddy

Sunday, 11 June 2017

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Secrets to Networking Success

Everyone knows that networking is a "key" skill for both entrepreneurs and career men and women but how many of us effectively and efficiently use it for the growth of our businesses, professional and personal relationships and more?

There are important factors to consider if we're looking to expand and leverage our network for success.

1. Be Authentic – When you’re networking with someone, understand that it’s a mutual relationship. It’s not just about what you can get from the relationship but what you can give as well. Understand that as you take, you have to give!

2. Be Fearless – Approach any situation be it a phone call, attending an event, walking up to someone and speaking or dropping a note with great courage. Have no fear when you approach people because people want to help, they’re just very busy.

3. Connect – When you connect on some level with someone, it makes everything easier and less awkward. Find someone you share something in common with and then figure out how you can divulge the relationship in the future.

4. Make it a Win-Win – With Networking, always bring something valuable for someone you’d like to connect with and that way, you’d make what could have been a one off relationship something bigger and better in the future. Networking is beyond passing out business cards … it’s more about developing a relationship.

What are some things you've done in the past that has worked for you in terms of building your network? Please share in the comment section below, we'd love to hear it.

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