ADVOCATE AND NEW AUTHOR MAKES DEBUT APPEARANCE ON BET ‘AMERICAN GANGSTER’ (TRAP QUEEN SERIES) ON APRIL 7TH

Ayana Bean, born and raised in Boston, MA, is an activist, speaker and advocate for at risk women. She is a member of several organizations that have an agenda to end mass incarceration by pushing for prison reform. As a former financial aid adviser, music industry event curator and consultant, Bean is no stranger to the rhythm of life’s highs and lows. From being an entrepreneur, to making unlawful decisions that resulted in her being sentenced to prison for financial fraud. Released from prison in 2014 she began her road to redemption. Ms. Bean is featured in the BET American Gangster (Trap Queens) series Part 2. Episode 7


“The biggest challenge I have faced in business and in life is fear. It can be difficult to take on anything being afraid. Fear can stop you. Overcoming it is the win. “


Patrice: What is the name of your business and what does it intel?

Ayana: Besides being an activist and speaker, I am now a new author. My first book called “A Year and A Day” is based on my life growing up and the challenges I faced. Life of crime and heart aches. Through another business venture I purchase commercial and residential property investments.

Patrice: I definitely feel that your story will touch others, especially for women who have been through the same thing you have been through. Have you faced any challenges so far?

Ayana: The biggest challenge I have faced in business and in life is fear. It can be difficult to take on anything being afraid. Fear can stop you. Overcoming it is the win.

Patrice: Fear can definitely stop you dead in your tracks to what and where you want to go in live. Are you currently working on any current projects right now?

Ayana: Yes, my book “A Year and A Day,” working in the community to provide resources for at risk youth, and women re-entering into society from prison.

Patrice: Wow! Sounds amazing! What you are doing in the community is absolutely worthy and needed. How do you face diversity as a woman/man entrepreneur/author?

Ayana: As a woman there is always seems to be a lower standard as far as worth and as a Black woman even lower than that. It’s about facing it and sticking to your values, morals and worth.

Patrice: I totally agree with you! We all know that balancing your personal life and career can be challenging at times. For you, is balancing your personal life, work life and business life difficult for you at times?

Ayana: It used to be. I wasn’t great at the time management at first, but I have mastered it now and it’s much better.

Patrice: Time management can be a working progress but it’s a great tool to accomplish. Do you have any new projects or events coming up?

Ayana: I am planning a book tour once our world tour dates are confirmed to open up safely.

Patrice: Sounds like a plan! A book tour is always great to introducing the world to your new book. So, what does being an entrepreneur or business owner mean to you?

Ayana: It’s means strength; accepting and acknowledging the strengths we possess. We are capable of all possibilities and just go for it.

Connect with Ms. Yana Bean:

IG: @ms.yanabean

Twitter: Ms. Yana Bean

Facebook @ ms.yanabean


“The biggest challenge I have faced in business and in life is fear. It can be difficult to take on anything being afraid. Fear can stop you. Overcoming it is the win. “

Savon Speaks is Making Moves through Inspirational Podcast ‘SavonSpeaks’ and Pens First Book

Savon Holt is the owner and founder of SavonSpeaks. Her organization was established to motivate and empower women in finding their purpose. Her purpose and mission help them have and live the life they deserve. She empowers ladies who have experienced adversities and life setbacks to rebuild and get back to the life that’s destined for them. Savon is also a Licensed Practical Nurse, certified personal/confidence coach, entrepreneur, author, and mother of one wonderful son.  She has had a life full of obstacles to overcome. Being a teen mother has benefited Savon more than what she has expected. She knows how it feels to be a woman and wants to strive more but scared of her past.

 

The ideal message is letting other women know You are not alone! Many times, we go through things in life thinking no one understands us or that we are alone in this walk.

Patrice: Your vibe is so vibrant, warm and embracing to women all over! What led you to be an empowerment for women?

Savon: What led me to becoming an empowerment to women is knowing that there are women out there who have had to jump the same hurdles as me. And know that there are some women who just don’t have the energy to even jump, to take that leap to get out of whatever unwanted situation they are in.

Patrice: As a motivational speaker, what do you hope to achieve in your journey?

Savon: As a motivational speaker I hope to achieve the goal of positively changing mindsets. The goal is to inspire, empower and motivate someone who is ready to receive the help. I want to be an influencer and use that ability to bring forth positivity. As women we have it hard as it is. We take on so much responsibility that we forget about what makes us happy. So, the goal is getting women to love themselves first and live a purposeful life.

Patrice: Your show/podcast Savon Speaks is very empowering for women to come onto your platform and share their success stories. What was the inspiration of creating your platform?

Savon: I wanted women to know what Savon Speaks is about. From there I created Women Winning Wednesday’s which is my podcast and show. My featured guests discuss their journey to success. They share with their blueprint on how they overcome adversity and life setbacks on their journey to success. We talk about things such as troubled marriages, loss of child, domestic violence, surviving sickle cell disease, molestation, rape, etc, that was overcome and how they push through. Many of the women I have interviewed are businesswomen, authors, nurses, or a successful career in general. My show and podcast is set to be a blueprint for other women who are going through or have been through similar hardships but are stagnant in life because of their past traumas. So Savon Speaks WWW is to help empower, inspire and motivate them women to see that you can do it to.

Patrice: Does your platform have an ideal message for women you are speaking to?

Savon:  The ideal message is letting other women know You are not alone! Many times, we go through things in life thinking no one understands us or that we are alone in this walk. Truth is there is always someone going through worse, so lets not focus on Why those things happen or why things are happening that we feel are not in our favor, but What can we do to fix it so our future is brighter and happier.

Patrice: Because your podcast is so rich and filled with positivity and empowerment, what is next for this platform in the new year?

 Savon: The next step is to evolve. I want people to be able to listen to my podcast all over the world. I plan on making Savon Speaks WWW podcast and show national and international for people to listen and view.

Patrice: What are some of your expectations of being a life coach?

Savon:  My expectations as a life coach is to help my clients reach and achieve goals that they feel are impossible for them to do on their own. And leaving them with the skills and techniques to do it on their own. I look at it just like my nursing career. When patients are admitted, we are already starting their discharge planning. I apply the same method with my life coaching. When a client joins my BeComing H.E.R Coaching Academy, I am already planning from their end result/goal. As their coach my job is to build a meaningful relationship with them, no judgment zone, have my clients best interest at heart, challenge them, support and brainstorm with them, help them reach their goals, motivate, empower, hold them accountable, and help them surface that hidden gem within them.

Patrice: As a life coach, what message do you want others to know?

Savon: As a life coach I would like others to know they are not alone. One of the biggest steps anyone can take, is taking the step towards getting help.

Patrice: Not only are you a podcaster, a motivational speaker, a licensed nurse, a femalepreneur, but you are a new author as well! We spoke briefly last year about your new book project “My Truth” and now that it has manifested, what can readers expect from reading your debut book?

Savon: Readers can expect to get a glimpse of my journey. Past to present. My book “My Truth” is a memoir that is intended to be used as motivation and to inspire another person. Letting them know, if I could do it, so can you. Those limiting beliefs will have you miss out on so many blessings in life that you well deserve.

Patrice: Now that you are a part of the Author’s Club, how does it feel to be a new published author?

Savon:  I can honestly say it feels great. To know that I can reach someone with my story from my living room lol. Even if it just reaches one person and that person gets inspired and motivated, I will feel like it was worth they late nights and reliving my past events to write my story.

Patrice: When is your book set to be released?

Savon:  My book will be released on February 5th. People will have the chance to preorder January 22, 2021. I just wanted to make sure it was perfect and that the timing was right. It can be purchased on Amazon and on my website at http://www.SavonSpeaks.com.

Patrice: How hard was it for you to write your personal memoir and for readers to see the pain you been through?

Savon: It was tough because I had to really sit and think about the timeframes. Those events happened so long ago, and I had suppressed the memory of it. Suppressing it was my survival mechanism. But writing my bool forced me to deal with some of those issues head on. It was another self-discovery moment for me. So I would say it was bitter sweet in a sense, but I am proud of myself. I got through another challenge.

Patrice: The pandemic is still going on in the new year hurting small businesses and causing a mental destruction among the nation. Has Covid-19 affected your business as an entrepreneur at all?

Savon: I am still fairly new to the game. However, so far I have been truly blessed during these trying times. I can honestly say, things are going well. I just count my blessings! My business is going well and have a lot of support. I have landed a columnist position at Rochester Women Online, which allows me to continue getting my platform out there and I’m thankful for every opportunity.

Patrice: What can we expect from Savon Speaks this year?

Savon: You can expect more quality and greatness this year. Definitely will be putting my skills to use. For my podcast and show you can expect more great and empowering interviews. You can expect to see me doing more speaking engagements.

Patrice: Any final thoughts?

 Savon: For any woman out there, who want to do something meaningful for themselves, do it. You don’t need permission to be GREAT! You are all the validation you need. Stop being afraid to take chances. Success is the result of failure, so don’t be afraid to fall. Just get back up and find another route to your success. Grow where you are planted. Be your authentic self and watch how much easier life can be. Make 2021 be about Self-Love. Its okay to be selfish when it’s about your needs being first. Turn your pain into your purpose. Let the pain you experience be the reason you want change in your life. Opportunity don’t just come knocking at your door, you have to go get it. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Don’t focus on Why things have happened to you, because we can’t change the past.  However, what can you do to change things. You are responsible for your own Happiness. Write down your goals, plan and execute them. You got this!

 

You can purchase Savon’s Book Here: 

 

 

 

A storyteller and writer creating her own lane one opportunity at a time! Patrice Rivers is a 9x published author who created her own brand That Riverz Gurl Brand, LLC. Not only is she a certified journalist and freelance writer, but a Sickle Cell survivor and advocate. Patrice created the “Come Learn with Patricia” book series to share her personal testimony of living with SCD. Learn more about Patrice and That Riverz Gurl Brand, LLC by visiting www.thatriverzgurlbrandllc.com. Be sure to follow her on Instagram www.instagram.com/thatriverzgurlbrandllc

Ready! Set! Thrive!

It’s time to BREATHE again and inhale all the positivity, new vibes, and new projects for 2021! Even with the pandemic still going on and some countries/states always on lockdown, let’s try to focus on the positivity within it all. Even though the year might not have started as planned and the news keeps getting worst, guess what? Don’t lose your focus now, pretty girl! It’s time to rise and shine AGAIN! Last year’s trash, frustrations, distractions, and past issues should be buried beneath us. a Take in a deep breath and inhale good energy, new opportunities, and success and exhale all the negative BS, distractions, fake people, and nonsense of people and the world! With all that said, ladies and gents, let’s get to work!

By now, you should have established brand new goals for the new year. If not, that’s okay, but you still have time this month to write down your visions and dreams. Once you have established that, you are ready and set to thrive this year! As mentioned before, don’t allow the negativity of the world, situations, and people to get the best of you this year or trip you up when trying to achieve all your goals! God didn’t give you a vision or your gift for no reason! Find out what it is that you are good at and manifest in it! Writing down your goals might be the easy part of the journey, but the distractions of the world and people may be a challenging task to do. But if you stay focused, have a positive mindset, and prove to YOURSELF that anything is possible, you are well on your way is! The only person that is going to stop you is YOU! This year it’s all about YOU, your business, your goals, your wins, your blessings! Don’t let these haters and nay-sayers tell you otherwise! If you want to start your non-profit or writing services, go for it! Thrive this year and go all out in your dreams, visions, and goals! Happy New Year!

 

Patrice Rivers is a media mogul with the mind-set to tell “inspiring” stories in the world of journalism. She has also published nine books and is the owner of her brand ‘That Riverz Gurl Brand LLC’ that consists of her freelance writing, journalism skills, writing services, media platform and health platform. Learn more about this boss in the making by visiting her website at http://www.thatriverzgurlbrandllc.com Follow her on IG at http://www.instagram.com/thatriverzgurlbrandllc

Shift Your Mindset One Thought at a Time with Author and Mental Health Advocate Shawnee Palmer

 

After working in healthcare for many years, Shawnee developed a desire to become more active in helping people overcome the challenges in their lives. This desire soon transformed into a passion, which led Shawnee to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Counselor. She named her private mental health practice Alpine’s Empowerment Agency, both as a tribute to what she works with her clients toward—self-empowerment and overcoming their challenges—and after her grandmother, who has been a spiritual guide and angel for Shawnee, guiding her life long after she’s passed.  Alpine’s Empowerment Agency provides a private space where individuals and families can receive counseling to uncover and address the root causes of today’s problems. Shawnee has a passion for working with individuals who battle with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, anger, low self-esteem, and those who are grieving a loved one or having difficulties adjusting to a sudden life change. Through her agency, Shawnee strives to serve as her grandmother did, as a guide to those who are struggling in life, bringing them to a statement of acceptance and contentment. Shawnee has a new book out, “Shifting Your Mindset: A Guide to Overcome Depression, Anxiety & Trauma”. The book focuses on identifying ways to change your perspective on life for unmanaged and unresolved anxiety, depression, and trauma. As a mental health therapist, she wrote scenarios based on her own life experiences to give the readers ideas on overcoming life obstacles. She provides the readers with knowledge that helps them reflect on their current mental processes. This book experience helps readers to enhance their critical thinking skills.

“I had a desire to share my story on how I overcame depression, anxiety, and traumatic childhood memories in hopes that it would help others become victorious over their life woes.”

 

Patrice: What makes you a pretty woman who hustles?

Shawnee: My demeanor and how I carry myself with peace, confidence, and security. The love that I have for myself that helps me to stay self-motivated to create and accomplish all of my goals makes me a pretty woman who hustles!

Patrice: I was looking at your book “Shifting Your Mindset” and in the Preface section, it asked the question “If you had a chance to redo your life, what would you change?” I really like that question. So, I want to ask you that question. If you had to redo your life, what would you change and why?

Shawnee: For me, I wouldn’t change anything because those life experiences brought me to where I am today. I wouldn’t have the knowledge, wisdom, or understanding without those experiences. They led me to loving and nurturing myself more than I ever knew that I could!

Patrice: Tell us more about your journey as an author. What was your inspiration behind it?

Shawnee: I’ve been writing poems and short stories since elementary. I won a Young Author’s award in the 4th grade for a book I wrote on dinosaurs. I wrote off and on throughout the years but never shared the work I completed with others. As a therapist, I noticed that the calling on my life required me to reach a larger population of people and I wouldn’t be able to do that just with 1:1 therapy. Expanding my influence through books assisted me in connecting with more people. I’m a big advocate for people healing so I wanted to be part of many people’s healing journeys. This is the first self-published book of many to come in the future.

Patrice: Why did you choose this book you wrote to share with the world?

Shawnee: I had a desire to share my story on how I overcame depression, anxiety, and traumatic childhood memories in hopes that it would help others become victorious over their life woes.

Patrice: What message do you want readers to gain by reading your book?

Shawnee: My goal is for readers to learn more about themselves and ways to address their hidden pain. I want them to explore it from a different perspective so that way, they can get the healing that they need and deserve.

Patrice: In your book, you talk about self-care and I think that topic is so important especially if you are an author, established business owner, or entrepreneur. Why do you think that topic is so valuable and important to learn?

Shawnee: It’s valuable because stress is common but in order to truly address the life stressors we have and not allow them to break us down, we have to find outlets to release stress. Self-care should be practiced daily to keep a healthy balance between ourselves and life experiences that we have no control over.

Patrice: What is the best part about being a clinical social worker?

Shawnee: I have the ability to help others heal themselves. When people give me feedback about how I have helped change their lives, it warms my heart. It gives me the momentum to keep going and thriving to offer more to the people. It also encourages me to keep enhancing myself so that I am always presenting myself to my clients as my best self.

Patrice: Let us talk about your company Love and Serenity Wellness. What is the inspiration behind it? What type of skincare products does your company provide?

Shawnee: I believe in holistic healing for the mind, body, and spirit, Love & Serenity Wellness has the mental health sector by providing books and consultation services that aid in healing, understanding, and gaining wisdom that guides individuals to fulfill their true purpose in life. I enjoy teaching others how to reduce the barriers in their life, gain the knowledge that they need to be successful, and obtain the resources that they need to gain a sense of serenity and love for themselves as they venture out on their financial journey. I offer body and skincare products such as body butter, sugar scrubs, fragrance oils, detox bath salts, pain relief, and eczema cream. All products are therapeutic items that enhance the quality of the skin.

Patrice: Overall, what is the goal for your business?

Shawnee: To educate and empower business owners about mental, emotional wellness so that they are able to overcome any and all adversities that may come their way on their entrepreneurial journey.

Patrice: Do you plan to write any more books soon? If so, will it be on the same concept as the Shifting Your Mindset book?

Shawnee: I have started working on concepts for the next book and it will be a book about overcoming emotional hurt from a parent. It will allow the reader to address unhealed wounds and find ways to forgive their parents so that the issues with them no longer impact intimate relationships with others.

Patrice: Are you currently working on any projects for the remainder of the year?

Shawnee: I have several projects in the works for 2021! First, I am working on some workshops, courses and collaborating with others on panels to educate others about mental and emotional wellness. My biggest launch this month will be my non-profit, “Kindred Youth Foundation.” The mission is to build healthier emotional and mental wellness foundations through education and support for teens in underprivileged areas who have challenges with a parent or caregiver who is recovering from substance abuse.

 

 

Connect with Shawnee:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LoveAndSerenityWellness

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/LoveSerenityW

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveAndSerenityWellness

Website: https://www.loveandserenitywellness.com

YouTube: Shifting Mindsets with Shawnee https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8xUxlR-Bd5sgJuVf7HaEfQ

 

Patrice Rivers is a media mogul with the mind-set to tell “inspiring” stories in the world of journalism. She has also published nine books and is the owner of her brand ‘That Riverz Gurl Brand LLC’ that consists of her freelance writing, journalism skills, writing services, media platform and health platform. Learn more about this boss in the making by visiting her website at http://www.thatriverzgurlbrandllc.com Follow her on IG at http://www.instagram.com/thatriverzgurlbrandllc

Get Whole Again with Health Supplement ‘Wholepreneur Lifestyle’ with TerDawn DeBoe

TerDawn DeBoe has had an affinity for music, creativity, and Entrepreneurship all of her life. After finding a passion for graphic design and marketing, she became a full-time entrepreneur starting InnovativEdge Marketing (now known as Creative Thought Solutions) which has provided services for AT&T, The Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Caesar’s Casino, and 100’s of other businesses all across the country.  She has grown that business from a one-woman show to a team of six people specializing in finding creative solutions for companies and helping them accelerate their growth. She is considered the go-to expert when it comes to Brand Development, Sales Funnel Development, and Lead Generation using social media advertising. She helps businesses set up automated ways to attract, nurture, and convert their perfect audiences. Turning them from strangers to loyal clients. She and her team focus on one of the biggest struggles of business growth, showing them how to deliver their products and services using processes and systems that allow them to scale and break through their income barriers. In 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic, TerDawn found a way to help Entrepreneurs in an even more meaningful way. She teamed up with a group of Researchers, Developers, and Scientists to formulate an organic supplement line to support the well- being of Entrepreneurs. The company, Wholepreneur Lifestyle, offers supplements with brain support, immune system support, performance enhancement, relaxation support, and total wellness.

TerDawn has been featured in several media outlets as a leader in her industry and has also been able to achieve great partnerships with corporations such as Microsoft and with Organizations such as the Young Entrepreneur Institute. She also serves on the board of trustees Student Navigation and Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation.

 

 

Patrice: As a multi-entrepreneur who has created an outlet for Entrepreneurs to grow their business and income, how did the idea come to mind for Creative Thought Solutions?

TerDawn: Originally, my company was called InnovativEdge Marketing which was not very creative. I tried to fit into this mold of being like the other Digital Marketing Agencies I saw so that people would take me seriously. That turned out to be the worst thing I could do because I wasn’t true to myself as the artist and creative that I am. I actually discovered that the fact that I am so creative was my genius factor. After this discovery, I took some time to really figure out who I am and what I wanted my company to be known for. Creative Thought Solutions was born from that.

Patrice: I think your business speaks volume and is so important with all the services you offer; it is particularly important. For your clients, which services did they utilize the most?

TerDawn: Most people that come to me realize, after our first conversation, that the reason that they are not hitting their revenue goals is because they lack brand positioning. They never took the time to build the foundation that would allow them to actually be trusted by an audience to convert them to customers or clients. The brand development we offer is unlike most agencies because we brand them with marketing in mind. We focus on clarity, their messaging, their story, their creative genius factor ™ , their visual aesthetics, and their signature system.

Patrice: Tell us a little bit more about the Sales Funnel service you offer. What does that mean?

TerDawn: Phase 2 in our services is sales funnel development. A sales funnel is simply just a series of messages that leads people from being interested in a solution to their problem, to considering what the best option is to solve that problem, and then making a decision on the best person or company that will get them to the transformation they desire. With our services, we help businesses determine their irresistible offer, build the sales page that helps their audience understand the value of their offer, and automate the email communication that will help convert the people who are interested into buying customers. With a funnel, you can make money 24/7 without having to physically be present to fulfill the order. This is a great stream of revenue for businesses that don’t want to put all of their eggs in one basket.

Patrice: What are some of the other services your business offers?

TerDawn: Aside from the brand development and funnel development, we also offer social media ad campaigns to drive traffic to the offer because the only way to scale and make real money in your business is to convert a percentage of your traffic to sales.

Patrice: There are a lot of business tips out there for new business owners and seasoned business owners. What are the top three business tips that you think are important in business?

TerDawn: My top 3 business tips would be:

  1. Be Authentic. As I stated previously, I wasn’t authentic when I started my business because I wanted to be taken seriously, but in the end, that caused me to blend in with every other marketer that was doing the same. People want to know who you are before they like you and trust you to invest in you. Be transparent with your story. Share the behind the scenes of how you do things. Show your personality. Those are all ways for people to make the connection with you so that they can become loyal customers.
  2. Know Your Strengths. Hire Your Weaknesses. A lot of business owners get burned out trying to do all of the things that they feel they need to do in order to grow their business. By the time they need to deliver in their genius zone, they are too tired to put 100% of their energy into it. The best thing you can do is hire people who are strong where you are weak so that you can scale your business properly while staying in your zone of genius.
  3. Be Clear On What You Want to Be Known for. In order for people to know, like, and trust your positioning in the marketplace, you have to have a clear message on who you serve, the biggest transformation you provide, and the results you’ve gotten. This will help solidify your brand position in your potential client’s mind.

 

Patrice: How long did it take you to grow your business?

TerDawn: I spent the first 4 years trying to figure out what the heck I was doing and getting clear on my brand positioning and what I want to be known for. Once that was established and I started getting results for the people that worked with me, it became effortless to charge more, get paid what I asked and stay booked with clients.

Patrice: Let’s get into your health line Wholepreneur Lifestyle. Can you tell us a little bit more about your health line and the inspiration behind it?

TerDawn: As an Entrepreneur that is building my business, I found that I created bad habits such as skipping meals, forgetting things, grabbing the wrong things to fuel my body, and not having enough energy throughout the day. I realized that I needed assistance in order to keep my body performing at its best and maximum capacity. I worked with a team of researchers and developers to formulate the things I know Entrepreneurs need to build their health while they build their wealth because they go hand in hand.

Patrice: Why did you think it is important for others to know about Wholepreneur Lifestyle?

TerDawn: I believe that it is important that you can trust the company that you are getting supplements from. This is your body and a lot of companies don’t operate in integrity with the list of ingredients. We make sure that our ingredients are actually certified organic and our products use the top ingredients to ensure that you are only putting quality into your body.

Patrice: How important do you think mental and physical health is for entrepreneurs?

TerDawn: It’s the most important thing you can do for your business because if you don’t take care of yourself, you’re not able to take care of your clients and customers properly. Iyanla Vanzant is famous for saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”. I firmly believe that because you have to be healthy to healthily build relationship with yourself, your family, and your customers/clients.

Patrice: You mentioned that Wholepreneur Lifestyle helps with productivity, mental clarity and well-being. How is that different to other health supplements that’s already made for things of that nature?

TerDawn: It’s different because our products have twice the potency of leading brands. We make sure it’s quality and we also make sure that it is truly beneficial for Entrepreneurs which no other product line can say.

Patrice: What can customers expect from Wholepreneur Lifestyle?

TerDawn: Excellent quality, customer service, and results.

Patrice: How important do you think mental health in entrepreneurs is?

TerDawn: Entrepreneurship is not for the weak. It takes a lot of confidence, courage, and consistency. There are so many ups and downs and the downs can really affect you mentally. It can make you think that you aren’t enough, that you aren’t doing enough, and that you will never have enough. I’ve seen Entrepreneurs go through depression because of this. I’m an advocate for therapy, spiritual, and self-care practices to keep things in alignment so that you can have the tools to work through those triggers.

 

Connect with TerDawn:

Instagram, Facebook and, Twitter: @TerDawnDeBoe

Websites: www.TerDawn.com and www.CreativityHelps.com

 

 

 

Patrice Rivers is a media mogul with the mind-set to tell “inspiring” stories in the world of journalism. She has also published nine books and is the owner of her brand ‘That Riverz Gurl Brand LLC’ that consists of her freelance writing, journalism skills, writing services, media platform and health platform. Learn more about this boss in the making by visiting her website at http://www.thatriverzgurlbrandllc.com Follow her on IG at http://www.instagram.com/thatriverzgurlbrandllc

A Dream Fulfilled! Author, Writer LaWanda Burrell Shares Her Vision To Starting Her Journey as an Author

LaWanda Lewis Burrell was born and raised in Greenville, Alabama. She was a shy, small town girl with big city dreams that learned to speak her truth in the time of adversity. LaWanda is grateful for her good upbringing, love and support from her parents and older sister. At a very young age she discovered what absolutely fulfilled her purpose was being compassionate and helping others. Her love for people and working in the community helped her to gain numerous job and volunteer opportunities. LaWanda stepped out on faith and moved to Houston, Texas in 1998, two months after graduating from Stillman College, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She is a former educator and HR professional believing that success has no limits, if you can dream it, then you can do it! LaWanda is a proud member of the Order of Eastern Star and her beloved Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., as she served as the undergraduate chapter President for many years. She is a leader in the community volunteering as a historical researcher and board member for the African American Library at the Gregory School Friends Group, Harris County Remembrance Project as a historical researcher, and volunteer in the greeter’s ministry at Lakewood Church. She has been a guest speaker at sorority events, churches, book clubs and Houston Baptist University Board of Directors as she plans to further her education. LaWanda was overjoyed when her book Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up was selected to be on the summer reading list for the Houston Texas Book Club.

 

 

Patrice: What makes LaWanda a pretty woman that hustles?

LaWanda: What makes me a pretty woman that hustles is having a character full of faith, compassion, respect, integrity, kindness, and love. I believe that there is no limit to success, if you can dream it, then you can do it! “To whom much is given, much will be required”. (Luke 12:48) I believe in myself and that my life has purpose. I know that nothing worth having comes easy; it takes hard work and sacrifices. I believe in the successes of others and understand that what God has for me is for me. I am open to receive God’s favor and blessings to help others along the way. Like many BLACK QUEENS, we are powerful, beautiful, talented, unique, the strongest, most educated and creative beings to ever grace this earth. We are everything to everybody, always imitated but never duplicated. No matter what knocks us down, we always find a way to get back up again stronger, better, and wiser.

We rise up and continue to stay in faith because our problems have a purpose. We teach and esteem our little black boys and little black girls about who they are and whose they are. We pray, praise, and read our bibles daily to keep our spirits lifted. I believe when prayer becomes our habit, miracles will become our lifestyle. It takes courage not to be discouraged. We are children of God; we deserve life’s greatest blessings. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I believe in staying positive, loving one another, supporting and encouraging each other. We have a heart to hustle so that we can leave a legacy for our families. Always keep your head up and celebrate you. Dream BIG and Work HARDER!!

 

Patrice: Tell the readers a little bit about your career as an author.

LaWanda: I’ve always enjoyed journaling, it is a fun way for me to fertilize my spirit with positive self-thoughts, decrease stress, clear my mind, and give me reassurance of who I am in Christ. As a child, I was often told that I was a great storyteller with an active imagination. I love using my writing to inspire, uplift, engage, and encourage. There is no greater rush than a storyteller having the ability to share inspirational stories and discover that you have helped someone through their struggles.

My vision of writing a book happened after I accepted a position as a HR Director, but later noticed it was in a toxic work environment. Everyone will not be on board with doing things the right way, especially when it has worked the wrong way for so long. A year later, I got the courage to stand up and speak up for the unethical behaviors, but was continuously harassed and later terminated. As I prayed in the closet, I asked God to direct my path. I reached for a box on the top shelf and out fell a journal that I had written 5 years prior. I immediately started to type my first draft of my book. I was so engulfed in my thoughts that I had typed my book of over 250 pages within two weeks. I was persuaded by my husband to submit my book to a publisher, but was fearful of rejection because I had gotten rejected from job interviews a lot during that year. The harassment I endured played constantly in my head and created hatred in my heart.

Months later, I went back in the closet and asked God to forgive the ones that caused me harm. Finally, after 9 months of persuasion from my family, I submitted my manuscript, and the next week I was blessed with a book contract from Christian Faith Publishing after I forgave the ones that mistreated me in the workplace. My pain turned into my passion and God revealed my purpose!

 

Patrice: This year has been crazy with the whole pandemic, the BLM movement and violence. Have these events affected your writing at all?

LaWanda: Thankfully the pandemic and horrific events that has occurred to our black men and black women hasn’t affected my writing but has changed the way I market. Due to the pandemic, I haven’t been able to attend in person festivals and book signings like before, but I have been able to attend virtual book festivals, podcasts, and market my book on social media. It is exhausting and very frustrating to witness the injustices among our culture. Writing helps me release stress and anger, and is truly therapy for me. Our black lives do matter. This is why we should vote; it is our voice. The malicious behavior and systematic racism that our black culture have endured for over 400 years is why I write and continue to be a catalyst for change. The injustices that black women are facing is the story of my life as I experienced discrimination and racism as a teenager, in college and in corporate America.

Women sometimes don’t speak up because they don’t feel their voice is strong enough to be heard and accepted. There are so many like Breonna Taylor, Korryn Gaines, Pamela Turner, Sandra Bland, Atatiana Jefferson, and Shantel Davis, whom story was never told and didn’t make it to the media. “Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up” is a book that will encourage you to stand up and speak up for your beliefs, whether it is time’s up for un-forgiveness, domestic violence, depression, discrimination, infidelity, police brutality, fear, toxic relationships, bullying, poverty, low self-esteem, or workplace politics.  No matter what trials I endure I continue to trust God because faith and worry cannot function in the same space. Worrying kills while worshipping heals, take your concerns to God in prayer.

 

Patrice: You recently attended the 2020 National Black Book Festival held in Houston, Texas. What was that experience like for you? Is there anything that you learned from attending?

LaWanda: It was a wonderful celebration of authors of all genres. This was my first time attending and although it was virtual, it was an amazing experience. The National Black Book Festival for 13 years has invited an array of authors from the New York Time’s Best Sellers to your first- time authors, enabling everyone to showcase their books from every perspective, and offer authors critical opportunities to promote their books to a circle of readers most likely to engage with them.  It was an opportunity to listen to other author’s journeys and vision of writing their books. You get to share your struggles and strengths through group chats and podcast interviews. You are able to mingle with celebrity authors to gain knowledge of do’s and don’ts in the entertainment industry. Most were very transparent in explaining how their success didn’t happen overnight, they faced years of rejections.

They gave great tips on marketing your books, a variety of platforms to use for your specific type of genres, a lot of success stories, a lot of positive feedback to encourage the first time writer, and understanding the differences between publishing through a publishing company and self-publishing. I am very thankful for Founder Mrs. Gwen Richardson and The National Black Book Festival staff in blessing Houston, Texas and surrounding areas with this event year round.

 

Patrice: Are there any current projects you are working on?

LaWanda: My plans are to continue to market my book through radio and TV broadcasts, word of mouth, social media, podcast, magazine publications, book signings and festivals. This year of 2020 has been very challenging and unpredictable for everyone. However, God continues to bless us through the storm. Recently, I was approached by a production company in Atlanta, Georgia interested in turning my book Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up into a film. I am super excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity!! Our mission for the film will be to inspire everyone through hope, faith, forgiveness, and love. Our film will have a number of provisions in the content to help individuals understand the power of prayer, live a happy and fulfilled life of purpose, and respect and love for all mankind. This movie will make you laugh, make you cry, but most of all make you love and forgive.

Our plans are to start production of the movie Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up, in 2021.

Patrice: Congrats on that opportunity! Your book “Stand Up Speak Up Because Your Time’s Up” is based on a true story/facts correct?

LaWanda: That’s correct.  Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up is a 5.0 out of 5 stars gripping story about Ananda (main character) a shy, small town girl from Alabama with big city dreams who learns to speak her truth in the time of adversity. Her life is an emotional rollercoaster, as she deals with childhood bullying, relationship issues, happiness, death of loved ones, finding true love, health issues, loneliness, harassment, hardships, and cherishing marriage and family. I share inspirational true stories of my challenges and personal struggles where I had to lean to God for understanding and stand up and speak up for my beliefs. My book will motivate you live a life of purpose, understand your self-worth, and be kind to one another. My powerful testimony will fill you with hope and faith and encourage you to love and forgive.

 

Patrice: What messages do you want readers to take away from reading your book?

LaWanda: Everyone goes through struggles, it is not what you go through, but how you go through it. Understand that your trials and tribulations may be God redirecting your path in life. Be open to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Forgiveness is power, always trust God’s timing. Be different and learn to stand up, and speak up for your beliefs, even if you are standing alone.

Fasting from people that are not for you is very important. Mend relationships with the ones that truly matter, and stop wasting your precious time with the ones that don’t. Procrastination is a DREAM KILLER! You are the creator of your own destiny! Stay positive, Work Hard, Make It Happen

Patrice: For aspiring authors, what advice would you give them?

LaWanda: If you are an aspiring author start by thinking about your purpose of writing and the message you want to relay to your readers. Create goals and a timeline of when you may want to start and have your project completed. I wrote my book within two weeks, however it may take you a lot longer. Try a paragraph a day and before you know it, you will have completed an entire book. Make sure it is realistic and attainable goals, because you want to eliminate any pressure. Writing should be fun and enjoyable, something that you truly like to do. If you make it a chore, you won’t be able to enjoy the journey. Occasionally I face writer’s block, I lose my train of thought, don’t know what to write, or just get tired of writing. This is normal and may require you to take a break, get a bite to eat, spend quality time with your family, or take a walk.

If you get discouraged take a breath, read positive affirmations, pray, take it word by word and day by day. Your story is your story that God has blessed you to write. You don’t have to discuss your ambitions with everyone, because they may not understand your journey, and negative influences will increase your stress, and before you know it, you will have feelings to give up. Work hard in silence and let success be your noise. Always surround yourself around positive and influential people. Remember, it is just a chapter you may be stuck on not the whole story.

Patrice: How can readers purchase your book?

LaWanda: Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time’s Up is available in paperback, hardcover, audiobook (narrated by the author), and Kindle. It is available online at Walmart, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Books-A-Million, Apple iTunes, Audible and several independent bookstores in the US and UK. You can purchase signed copies of the paperback and hardcover on my website at www.sosweetauthor.com.

Email:

lawanda.burrell02@yahoo.com

Facebook:

@authorlawandaburrell

Instagram:

@wandavision2020

Twitter:

@lawandalewisbu2

 

 

Meet Princess James: A Survivor of Domestic Violence

Princess James is a native Houstonian and proud mother of four. Like many women, Princess went looking for love in all the wrong places. At the age of 30, she realized that she was a part of the problem. She needed to hit rock bottom so that God could fill all of the voids in her life, that she attempted to fill with men & sex. Since acknowledging the dysfunctional patterns in her life, she has written a book that is scheduled to be published later this year. Writing was a joy for Princess but she had so much more to say, which led to her creating a podcast to empower & inspire women. Ambitious Souls Podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Anchor & Spotify Podcasts.

 

Patrice: How long have you been a survivor of Domestic Violence?

Princess: I have been a survivor of Domestic Violence for four years & 10 months.

 

Patrice: How did you overcome your obstacles?

Princess: In some ways, I feel as if I was forced to overcome my obstacles. I was evicted from my apartment in December of 2015. Subsequently, I had to move in with my parents. I eventually started going to counseling & my therapist helped me realize that I was in an unhealthy relationship. With my therapist’s help, I was able to determine that I needed to follow through with my divorce.

 

Patrice: Since being a survivor, are you speaking out and telling your story to others?

Princess: At first, I must be honest; I was embarrassed and did not want to share my story with others. I have since then overcome my fears & I tell everyone my story to help someone else.

Patrice: As an advocate, do you participate in any activities for awareness?

Princess: As an advocate for Domestic Violence, I have attended Domestic Violence groups, but I have not had the opportunity to do any other work.

 

Patrice: You mentioned writing your first book. What will that be about?

Princess: The book is in the publishing stage at this time. Currently, I am waiting to approve the printed version of the book. I am hoping that the book will be available for purchasing no later than November. The book is about the many failed attempts I had at relationships. I learned to take accountability for my actions & I realized that I was a part of the problem.

 

Patrice: For others that are also survivors of Domestic Violence, what would you like to tell them?

Princess: I used to think I was different; I was unique so that he wouldn’t hit me & I would not give him a reason to hit me. I never realized that he was an abusive person & that was a part of who he was as a person. Some people never change. They will tell you that they won’t hit you again and that the men are sorry, but they will only do it again and again. They purposely isolate you from your family and friends so that they can abuse you. Get out while you can; the last time may be the last. You may not live to tell your story.

 

Connect with Princess: 

http://www.anchor.fm/ambitioussoulspodcast

When The Pieces Don’t Fit

I am who I am

I wasn’t born for your opinion’s that isn’t needed

My beauty lines and ancestor lines

My sarcastic smiles and flexible body parts

My world of Queendom power 

All defeated

You say I couldn’t fit in sista

But guess what? 

I was born to stand out like the cinnamon in my morning oatmeal 

The unique clothing and hair I wear

I salute hatefulness and deceitfulness with my cat eye

I was born to make changes

Hell

To be the game changer in my generation 

To make changes of the world that’s divided in a nation of hate

Call me a misfit

Because I hold the piece of the puzzle that will never fit your dreams

Your opinions of what you think about me

Judging me just like the world has already done

Yep I’m done being looked at like some psychotic rat experiment

Trying to figure out what I am

Who I am

What I’m made of

My DNA clearly states that I am made up of the dark melanin of my skin

The boss ways of my independent articulate ways

The sarcastic personality of my guards that stay high up like I am on my throne

I’m made up of God’s power and fierce demeanor to be different and not follow the world of cruelty and mishaps

I am that missing piece of the puzzle that isn’t meant to fit

Guess what?

I was always born to stand out!

~Lyrical Passion

Just Let It Go

“Let it Go, Let it Gooo, can’t hold it back anymore..”
So that’s the first thing that came to mind! Yes, I’m singing the Frozen song because I love it! But I wanted to use that line from the music in this blog post to say, “LET IT GO!” I’m screaming at the top of the mountains and on the slopes far away! Whatever you have been battling with or been going through in the last few months, try to let it go! I know it may be hard, sis, I know because I’ve experienced some craziness all this year besides this pandemic. I was reading today’s Daily Bread, and the title is called “A Critical Reaction.” It talks about how an author wrote a new book and received five stars plus an award. A book reviewer left an excellent complement of the book, but still was blistering it. So the author sought out to his colleagues if he should respond to the comment, and they said, “let it go.” So what I’m trying to say is that everything doesn’t need a response. And of course, you guys, I’m talking about myself because I can’t admit and say I’ve been struggling with that for years trying not to respond to every comment or person. Our energy and sanity are our friends, and if we continue to respond to every negative comment or criticism, our energy level becomes low. We will find ourselves irritated or upset. So pretty women, the thought for the day and week is to “Let it Go.”

 

 

Patrice Rivers is a 9x published author, certified writer and journalist and creative director of That Riverz Gurl Brand LLC. Learn more by visiting http://www.thatriverzgurlbrandllc.com