Pen It To Paper

AND WRITE DOWN YOUR DREAMS

Before the new year came in there were a few goals I had to achieve; one was to finish reading, Always Jesus. I started out reading it January 1, 2017 and I completed it the day before Christmas Eve. It deeply warmed my spirit. It also got me super excited about my entrepreneurial journey all over again because it was like I was listening to Jesus speak clearly to me with an audible sweet voice. When I finished reading Always Jesus I was moved to take on the world and I didn’t see the point in waiting for 2018 because I was on fire at that moment and I still am. 

My other goal was to begin using my Happy Planner my neighbor had gifted me for my birthday in November. Using my happy planner I began writing down my goals, my business building affirmations and everything the Holy Spirit was sharing with me. I am always elated to hear what the Holy Spirit gives. I’m telling you the gift of discernment is absolutely wonderful. 

MOVING FORWARD IN BUSINESS. 

With all that I’m trying to accomplish I continue to write everything down; no matter how big or small, I’m penning it to paper. If it comes to my mind and lingers for ten seconds I’m writing it down. This ensures that I accomplish each goal listed in my happy planner. The other key is keeping my happy planner open to refer to my list to be reminded of everything on it. It also gives me a real sense of joy knowing that I get to put all that God has given me into action. 

I’m using my happy planner faithfully. I decorate it as I go with positive awe-inspiring and uplifting stickers. The stickers are all faith based which I love. 

Whatever your goals pen them to paper. If they’re laying on the table of your heart and in your mind write them down and if possible elaborate on each one so that your goals are clear for you. It’s good to write as much content as possible where your goals are concerned to help you to stay focused and committed. 

Lift those Limimts

And Learn To Do Things Yourself

In February 2017, I had someone redesign my website, Cyndi’s Designs, for me.  I shared with her my vision for my website and even though it wasn’t exactly what I envisioned, it came out really nice. In October of 2017, I had someone design the website for my latest venture, love for the skin, luxurious body butter, Beauty and the Face, LLC. I also told her exactly what I envisioned for my website and even though it took much longer to launch then promised, this website came out okay as well. 

Now, here’s the problem with having someone create and design your website for you or at least for me, there are limits. Like working in corporate America there will always be limits placed on you starting with having a cap placed on your salary and then it goes on from there.  Your hands are somewhat tied in terms of being able to incorporate your genius ideas into projects you may be working on at your place of employment. 

For me, having someone else build my website for me is very limiting.  The website designer will lay out the terms for the site such as you get three free edits usually and that’s it; anything more you’ll have to pay for.  Now, I’ll admit that the latter website builder added some things to my site that I never thought of adding which was/is a bonus and plus for me, but when I asked her to add three words, she quickly replied that I cannot ask her to add anything else to the site that I OWN!! This for me was unacceptable and only because I didn’t really bother her throughout the entire process.  I entrusted her to do the job that I paid her to do because this is what she does for a living.  She knows about SEO, traffic and all the things that go into having a successful website which makes for a successful business.

I say all of this to say, I know how to build websites using WordPress and Weebly and I have to say I do more than a halfway decent job having no formal training. I was determined to learn WordPress and I’m glad I did, but it was not easy at all, but I didn’t give up.  I got it down to a science now and love using WordPress and now that I’ve just learned what a child theme is, oh look out, I’m going to even higher motivating heights. It’s just what I do.  I told myself that I am not going to keep paying thousands of dollars for someone to build my websites for me when I can do it all myself.  Now packaging, that’s another story, but one I’m willing to write once I’ve learned how to package all my products and besides I love to learn and I love to try new things that are relevant to my goals and dreams. I understand that we can’t do everything ourselves, but what you can do I suggest you do.

So I’m lifting my limits and I’m going to continue creating and designing my own websites, my headers and everything that comes along with having a successful website which is mostly great content.  I think everything else will just serve as a backdrop for my writings and experiences that I get to share with you.

Be blessed and make this year the most phenomenal year ever.  It’s just what you do too!!!!

Cynthia

 

Now Is The Time; Or Is It

Is This Your Time To Soar To Your Destiny

When I entered into corporate America in 1990 I quickly realized that it was not a good fit for me for various reasons, the number one factor being I could not utilize my God-given gifts and my oh my did and do I love using my gifts to glorify God. He gave me my gifts for a reason which is part of His plan for me. I am grateful. 

When I left corporate America in 2002, I decided that from that moment on I was going to work at home for myself.  It was then that I began my very short lived typing/secretarial business.  I immediately found myself jumping all over the map because there has always been a reservoir flowing inside of me and I needed to get it all out at the same and that was an enormous mistake from which I gleaned my success. With so much to share with women who were/are just like me I began a journey that would lead to nowhere ( all my fault). I started a graphic design business. I wrote children’s books. I took a coaching course and became certified. I started a gift basket business and too many more to name and list here. 

Fast Forward; Not My Time Yet

When my father went on dialysis I had to do everything humanly possible with all the power available to me to help him and my mother. When he passed I had to then help my mother. When she started to decline very slowly I took care of her. She moved into our home and I became her caregiver for 16 years. 

During the time of me giving my mother my life I really could not delve deep into my business to give it the attention it truly deserved, but not one time did I stop planning and writing. When my mother died a few months ago it was really difficult to get moving in my life and in my business. I found myself chained to the bed. It just wasn’t time for me to go back to work for myself. 

Now Is The Time. God’s Time; My Time. 

Here it is the beginning of December and I’m working part time, full time and overtime in my business and let me tell you I am delighted and beyond excited as I prepare to launch my new skincare product Beauty and the Face, Love for the Skin, Luxury in a Jar!  It has been a longtime coming and well worth the wait for me and I hope for all my potential customers. It’s funny how Beauty and the Face has evolved. I started a blog about seven years ago and I never thought in ten million years that I would be handcrafting butter for the body. 

I am finally on a journey that is promising to carry me on my life loving journey to fulfill my life long goals and live my dreams.

Am I grateful. Beyond thankful. I’m going to blow this one out of the water. Whose traveling with me. 

If there is anything you’ve been dreaming about but you are not sure about go to God in prayer and ask Him if this is your time for whatever it is you’ve been contemplating. He’ll tell you by giving you, one by one, each lesson He has planned for your life in your business. Now is the time and I pray that if it’s your time too that you will skyrocket and soar with pure excitement.

Be blessed.  

Get On Track

Get Back On Track and This Time Stay There!

I know how easy it is to get off track, side tracked and every other kind of track there is.

Like losing weight, it’s easy to gain, but hard as the dickens to get it to melt off of your amazing temple, it seems easier to get off track than it is to get on track.

PROMISE YOURSELF, NO MORE PROCRASTINATION

When we’re trying to get on track procrastination seems to come in, hold us hostage and keeping us in bondage.  Our gifts lay dormant collecting cob webs and by the time we decide to dust off those dusty old webs, we’ve lost all motivation.

Listen, we don’t have all the time in the world to get things right.  If you’ve fallen off track now, at this nano second, today it’s time to make a move.  It’s time to take inspired action leaving all fear in your past.

We look up and time has come and gone and we’re still stuck in that same position we were stuck in yesterday, last month or perhaps even last year.

What does it take for us to get back on track traveling through the universe on our own exclusive journeys. Will it take a mind blowing quake to open our eyes and shake the fears out of us? Not necessarily.  You can get back on track and feel the sheer excitement that awaits you on your tailor-made journey.

Here are a few ways to help you get your feet out of the miry clay to fuel your visions, dreams and goals and get you back on track forever. 

  1.  Talk to God
  2. Read His Word (find verses of Scripture that pertain to your current situation/lifestyle)
  3. Access all tools and resources available to you.
  4. Write down exactly what it is that you want to do with your life.
  5. Create and design a plan describing your gifts
  6. In your plan describe how you will use your gifts and talents.
  7. Describe your unique skill set in full detail.
  8. Create a goal board for yourself.
  9. Believe and trust in God.
  10. Believe in yourself.
  11. Do what you were born to do.
  12. If you have done all these things, start over and edit your thoughts and plans and remember to,
  13. GIVE GOD THANKS.

Now, go and get your journal and start planning your life in a way you’ve never planned it before for you are worthy! Doors are waiting to open up to you.

Blessings to you God’s Virtuous Women Entrepreneurs!!!!!!

Cynthia

Customer Service

It’s Always More Than Just Business

Amazing customer service is important to every business. 

God’s Virtuous Women Entrepreneurs, you are superior and well, just simply awesome women who love doing business God’s way! Please, read on.

EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

When I had dreams, (at the age of 14) of becoming my own boss my dream, vision and ultimate goal was to offer superior customer service.

Delivering great customer service comes from the heart.  Okay, I understand that you are business owners and you’re probably saying to yourself and asking what does have demonstrating outstanding customer service have to do with the heart.  Everything!  I honestly think that a lot of business lack heart in their daily interactions with customers.  For me, pouring my heart into the products and services that I offer and provide for my customers is extremely important to me because my customers are important to me.  I like to think I know what is life-changing for my clients because I now understand what I once needed in my life; encouragement being one.  I realize the things that have taken me on an empowering life altering journey and I love to give back which for me, is more than just doing business as, well your ordinary everyday business owner.

When you give from the heart you really make a difference in someone else’s life and maybe even in their business. 

As a business owner I’m so sure that you know the importance of exceptional customer service. You give it and you know what it feels like to receive the highest level of quality customer service. You also know the other side of it and so you make it your top priority to give your customers what you feel they deserve which is why your customer retention remains at an all time high. This is also one of the reasons your business and you are able to enjoy great and ongoing success. Remember to have a positive attitude accompanied by a positive and upbeat tone of voice in addition to a great overall attitude!

Delivering exceptional service is who you are and you wouldn’t have it any other way.  It feels good.  It is positive thinking.  Excellent customer service is a business building component every business should incorporate.

Blessings in Business,

Cynthia