Covid and the Holidays: how to make the best of it all

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away?? Seems like it was just November 1st! Well, that just tells me how fast time is flying by, and most of us don’t have the time to focus on anything outside of enjoying everyday like it’s our last! The holidays can be rough for some of us already, not to mention having to deal with this pandemic, how do we get through it all??

With the pandemic still going on, and alot of people are still not taking it seriously, numbers are continuing to rise and people are still getting sick and losing loved ones. We have to make the best of every moment and not just during the holidays. I want to share this with anyone going through a hard time due to this pandemic and dealing with the holiday season:

Stay encouraged. Take a few minutes out of your day to meditate, surround yourself with positive energy, if you have someone you can talk to that can just be an ear it could make a world of difference!

Also, motivational videos, podcasts, reading positive affirmations, spiritual motivation, at home exercising, even trying DIY projects. It’s so important to try and stay positive and encouraged during these trying times, all while trying to stay in good health; but it can definitely be difficult to deal with on your own.

Let the little things go, Live more, love harder, laugh longer and dance like no one is watching!

Share this with anyone you think may need a little encouragement or a few tips to stay encouraged.

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New Month, New moves, New Goals!

This has been a crazy year for us all in one way or another, to say the least. However, we are still here working hard everyday to stay healthy and keeping our families healthy from all of this craziness.

As we continue to work hard to stay healthy, we have to continue to stay focused on our goals as well! It’s a new month, time to make new moves and prepare new goals as we still have 60 days left in 2020! Look at how far you’ve come and how much more you can accomplish in the next 60 days. Are you ready?? If not, get ready! It’s a new day.

Find a way around the obstacles, stop making excuses and decide what’s next for you. Yesterday is gone. It’s time to evolve and execute! Let’s go!!

Things you can do to stay focused and knock your goals out:

  • Be Intentional
  • Wake up an hour earlier
  • Focus on the positive
  • Make sure your goals are realistic
  • Encourage someone

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BMW Business Spotlight: Women Entrepreneurs who support women entrepreneurs

I am happy to share this business spotlight with you all. This young lady has been opening her space up to women entrepreneurs for about a year to have a place where people buy and sell products/services as well as host events. I’m happy to share that I was able to support some of the awesome vendors and be a vendor myself as well as host an event at the Sole Girl Fashion Market!

During this pandemic, so many have started businesses to make money to pay bills and take care of their families. Right now, it is so important to have a place to be able to sell your products as people are being laid off and businesses are closing, it is awesome to have places to go that practice social distancing and enforce the importance of wearing your masks while conducting business.

Meet Shannon Thornton, owner of Sole Girl Shoe Party and SoleGirl Fashion Market. I and I’m sure others who you’ve supported and shared your space with appreciate you as well for all of your support and being a blessing to women entrepreneurs who own a business and want to share their products/services. You are Business Minded Women Business Spotlight!

To contact Shannon,

Instagram: @SoleGirlShoeParty | @SoleGirlFashionMarket
Facebook: Sole Girl Shoe Party | Sole Girl Fashion Market

Every Saturday 10am – 4pm at Sole Girl Fashion Market located at 8309 Old Branch Ave in Clinton, MD 20735

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Domestic Violence Awareness and Recognizing the signs

This past Tuesday, the hosts of the Men’s Corner DMV talked to special guest Pamela Hawk as she shared her story on domestic abuse and how it affected her as a mother of 4.

Pamela also shared with us some tips on the warning signs and some things you can do if you are ever in a situation and not sure what to do.

A few of the warning signs:

  • Being alienated from family members
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Controlling behavior
  • Financial control

Remember, domestic abuse can be verbal as well as physical. There are also men who experience domestic abuse.

Data from CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicates:

  • About 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime and reported some form of IPV-related impact.
  • Over 43 million women and 38 million men have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.


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Every Season Serves It’s Purpose

Are you ready for the next chapter of your life? Everyday you wake up you start a new chapter that’s waiting to be written.

This new season that I’m in is teaching me to get out of my own way and with my efforts, my drive, my vision, my determination I have become more and more fearLESS in my journey; I know anything is possible. This is bigger than just me. I have people who depend on me and believe in me, but for me, life is about learning from mistakes and continuing to inspire and encourage others. With every new season I reinvent myself because that is how I progress in my life, I encourage YOU to do the same! You can do anything you want and be successful at it, just know that the roads are long and the journey will not always be easy.

Every season serves it’s purpose, everything and everyone has a season. I believe my previous season was to remind me of my capabilities and for me to remember who I am as an individual and to focus on my individuality and the things I love to do.

With that said, I am excited about my next season and whatever my higher power has in store for me. I am not afraid of what’s next, instead I welcome the challenge and whatever my God has for me. Staying focused, determined and reminded of who I am, and the goals I have set keeps me excited. Believe in yourself and remind YOU of WHO YOU ARE ANND WHOSE YOU ARE and know that everyone has a season and yours is NOW!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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As you know, October is breast cancer and domestic violence awareness month. On Tuesday evening, Mens Corner did an interview with 4 time breast cancer survivor Sonice “Sonny” Crowe, who shared her amazing story with us and some great information, from paying attention to how we eat to some of her great holistic health tips.

Sonny even brought her 12 year old son out who spoke so eloquently on his thoughts on pushing through when times get rough, I think he had us all alittle teary eyed with his words that we were not expecting from this young man, which just shows us the amazing job mom is doing with this young man with all that she has to already deal with. This was truly an amazing show.

The Mens Corner was created to give perspective from a man’s point of view but also to talk about topics to keep us all aware of what’s going on in the community, what’s new and business showcasing.

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5 Tips To Find Your Divine Purpose in Life

Do you know your purpose?
Do you know what you were called to do??

Alot of times we DON’T, however what we DO know is that we ALL have a divine purpose here on earth. We were put here for reasons that we probably haven’t discovered yet, and it takes time to find what those reasons are, but we all have a purpose. Have you ever sat back and thought, I know there’s something greater for my life but what is it...??

Well, I know I have, and at some point a light 💡 goes off (not literally, but you know what I mean) sometimes it takes some longer than others to discover what that looks like and it’s OK.

Whatever your purpose is God will guide your steps accordingly.

Do not expect to not run into obstacles while figuring out your divine purpose. There may be some days you get discouraged and challenges WILL come, stay surrounded by positive people and things to get you through those rough days and know that nothing happens overnight everything takes time.

Your Purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it – Buddah

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10 Tips To Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic

It seems like it’s getting worse everyday especially when we turn on the news, always a new tragedy or new case. As we try to get through this pandemic, people are getting sick and losing loved one’s due to this virus and we are being quarantined. This is very real. We have to continue to stay positive, work together and stay home during this difficult time, UNLESS it’s a MUST we go out, we have to stay home. This is difficult for some of us, I know, but it’s real.

The government isn’t telling us we can’t go outside at all, we just have to take precautions, continue social distancing and use our masks and gloves when going to grocery stores, gas stations, ect. Outside of that we have to STAY HOME.

Think about your day to day activities. Make sure you are including the kids. Let’s stay focused on what’s important and think about others while we get through this. My prayers to all let us keep praying this thing will be over soon.

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What is Generational Wealth and How Important is it to You??

Let me first share my disclaimer: I am in no way a financial advisor nor am I a financial expert. This blog post is based on the knowledge of what I’ve learned from the experts and what I apply in my own life.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way…let’s talk!

Alot of times, we don’t think about building generational wealth nor how important it is, especially having so many other priorities going on, did you know you can build generational wealth through having trusts, and life insurance? Not only that, saving a good amount of money and not buying so many unnecessary things helps as well. I will share some ways to build wealth later, some you may already know and some you may not know. What does generational wealth mean anyway and why is it so important?? How do you actually build it?? It’s an important conversation to have so, let’s talk about it!

What is Generational Wealth?
Generational wealth is wealth that is passed down from generation to generation by investing and accumulating assets to provide financial security for the future.

Having young children or planning to have children and a family is a good time to start looking further into investments and planning for the future. However, I have a 23y/o and a 2 y/o granddaughter, so for me educating my son based on my knowledge and what I know helps him with the planning of his future.

Building Something That Outlives You should be the ultimate goal to wealth building. It’s also good to have a financial advisor or talk to people who have actually done it or doing it. I like to stay surrounded by people who have these conversations about wealth building and are actually doing it. One thing I’ve learned is everyone builds wealth in different ways, what works for some may not work for others.

It starts with educating yourself and being surrounded by the right people who have these conversations. Alot of us are use to buying “things” that will never build generational wealth but learning to invest in things that actually have value and could bring possibly bring residual income is a good way to see a ROI (return on investment), something that I could see; money coming in vs going out. Acquiring assets, learning to save and making smart money investments that make sense is the goal.

After learning what building wealth meant to me and how to start building it, it became more important for me to start making better money decisions. I was inspired to read Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, which is an awesome book and gives great scenarios on how the rich vs poor think. I also follow my favorite financial expert that gives it to you just like it is, Dave Ramsey.

Learning more about building wealth gave me a different perspective as it relates to saving my money, entrepreneurship, and how to handle my investments. When you take time to build a strategy that works for you and your family, stick to that and educate your children on the importance of building wealth for their family.

Now let’s go back, how important is this to you?” Do you know how to build wealth for generations??
If we aren’t taught, how would we know the importance of generational wealth and how to build it unless we talk about it? I’ve shared a few tips below that I hope will help.

Tips on ways to start building generational wealth based on what I’ve learned:

  • Talk to a financial advisor
  • Building multiple streams of income
  • Specific types of real estate investing
  • Saving a percentage of your income
  • Invest in educating yourself; especially on your finances
  • Be an optimist
  • Take risks
  • Educate your children about finances

Business Startup; What You Should Know When Building Your Business From The Ground Up

Do you have a vision or a concept you think will help others?? Starting a business can be exciting but it can also be scary. Not knowing where to start, how to register your business, business entities, business credit, business loans…there’s a lot to starting a business, however if you have a vision and a plan, you can make it happen! Hard work, dedication and being disciplined is also apart of the process.

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Not only did I start my businesses from the ground up, but I did not know everything I needed to know when I started to run my business, yes, I made mistakes, as most entrepreneurs do, however as time went on I learned a lot and from the mistakes made. When they say “experience is the best teacher” they are right. One mistake I made was not getting my business registered. I had the vision, I had the plan but I didn’t do the most important parts. Once I got that started THEN I was ready to rock! Nope, I still needed to make sure my business name was registered NOW I’m ready to rock! There are a few other things you have to make sure you put in place when starting your business from the ground up once you’ve done all of the legal stuff. Now that I have everything in place, it’s time to start building my networks, create my website and get started on my marketing and branding. One of the best things I could have done was network with some great entrepreneurs who had been in business for years, you can always get great nuggets to apply to your own business.

So, marketing your business and building your brand is a major part of people knowing who you are and what it is you do. Think about the BIG companies, you know most of them from their branding and how they market their business. It’s a good idea when starting your business to have a marketing plan and hire someone to help you with bringing it all to fruition. You want to be sure you have an online presence by creating a website or landing page, your marketing/web consultant will be able to help you bring all of your visions to reality. When you have built your client/customer base you can have them all check out your products/services on your website which makes it convenient for them to get info, book appointments or shop. Having a website will also bring you new clients/ customers through google searches, keywords etc.

Building your own business is not going to be easy, you will have to do everything do not be afraid to hire people to run your business and be clear on your plan. Stay focused, not giving up and following these good steps…

A few things to remember when starting your business from the ground up:

  • Make sure your business is registered properly
  • You are your brand
  • Create realistic goals and put them on paper or someone where you can see them
  • Be sure to create a great marketing plan
  • Build your network
  • Hire someone to help you bring your plan to reality
  • Work on your business goals everyday

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