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a c i l e D a l o y a F Dr. Dr. Delica is an Apostolic and Prophetic Five-fold Ministry Leader, an Apostle, Ordained Pastor, Global Influencer, Author, Speaker and Ms. International Excellence 2021 - 2022

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06 T W E N TY-O N E THIN GS W E L E ARN ED N OT TO DO IN 2021

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UNCONVENTIONAL BEAUTY: I AM UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL

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1 5 L I E S WO MEN N EED TO STOP TELLIN G T H E M S ELVES

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W H AT ’ S YO UR PO STL O C K D OWN DR E A M VACAT IO N ?


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HURRIC AN E DOR IAN C HAN GED M Y LIFE FOR EV ER

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LESS WOM AN WH O ESC APED PROSTITUTION S H AR ES HER POW ER FUL STO RY, LAUNCH ES O N LINE COUR S E

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FO RGET BUDGETING. WHAT YOU NEED IS A SPENDING PLAN.

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EDITOR’S NOTE Happy New Year Queens! 2020 is done and 2021 has begun. I remember attending The Wealth Experience a few years ago. Lucinda Cross told us to get up on the stage and pretend that we were speaking to a crowd that came to see us. This stage was mounted by entertainment greats, Fortune 500 professionals, network giants and so much more. She said to envision that you are owning your stage and dominating your industry. Since that day I’ve been owning and showing up for my stage! This is not the year for self-doubt. This is not the year to beg for a mic. This is the year to create the platform you desire to mount. Sometimes people cannot see who you are because they are caught up with where you came from or who you are today so they reject you. My message is really simple for you today, Have Courage! Create the life you desire, with or without help. You can do it, Queen, I believe in you!

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Let’s face it, there are some things that 2020 exposed that wouldn’t have been revealed if COVID didn’t shake us up. Some relationships were past the expiration date and some of us were sitting on gold minds but were working for the factory, (you’ll catch that later). But there are some lessons we learned that we can not forget. Here are 21 things we learned NOT to do in 2021.

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The biggest lesson I learned from 2020 was to manage my time effectively. There were so many distractions like small urgent requests that prevented me from focusing on my priority at work. I thought I could multi-task so I entertained these small pieces of work while still trying to get my main priority done. It turns out that this doesn’t work for me. I managed to take back control of my time after I immediately stopped attending to these small urgent requests. Instead, I set expectations with people who were asking for help and I informed them when I’ll be available to help out. I got more done by doing this. Multi-tasking doesn’t work! Fred Blair, Founder of AwesomeHoops.com Not to take anything for granted. Bracha Goetz,Author of 38 children’s books

In August 2020 I quit drinking alcohol. I only intended it as a one month experiment, but it unexpectedly stuck and life seems infinitely better. I just enjoyed an alcohol-free Christmas, something that would have been unimaginable not long ago. I fully intend to find out what other positive surprises await by sticking with this big life change! Ben Taylor, Professional Blogger, www.tinylittlechanges.com


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#4 2020 taught me to execute ideas quickly because time passes fast. When the pandemic started, I was able to raise funds and launch One Doctor, an idea I had kept with me for many years. It suddenly made me realize what we could achieve if we had no excuses. Dr. Omiete Charles-Davies of onedoctor.app, a health app for finding doctors near you

#6 2020 was very effective at teaching me that not having a clear routine and schedule is a bad choice for me. When you’re self-isolating at home, work, play, and time sort of melts together. I knew that it had to stop, so I created a designated work-area in my apartment, a place for relaxing, and used my bed only for sleeping (no scrolling out in the morning or at night). Paw Markus - Racquetwise. com

I started my blog in 2020 and that was the highlight of last year. Therefore I hate 2020 a little bit less than everyone else. One mistake that I did was rushed things. For example, I rushed to launch my products without proper research. That made me realize that in 2021 I am going to carefully observe things and then going to take action. Ekta Swarnkar, blogger at Tia Says (https://tiasays. com)

#7 My most sobering lesson is not to take anything and most importantly ANYONE for granted. The restrictions on social interaction and travel have meant that we have all spent less time with loved ones than we would normally have liked to do. This has been particularly hard when those loved ones have been most at risk from the virus, the elderly, and other vulnerable people. My young sons have two sets of elderly grandparents. And the separation from them has been tough on us all. Thankfully, everyone is still around, and with the end of the pandemic within viewing distance, what I won’t be carrying into 2021 and thereafter is putting off visits and time spent with them. From now on, a priority will be making up for the lost time of the last year - no more taking for granted that we will all always be here. Leo Young, Optimized Family

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The days of going to the gym after work at 5:30 pm are over. This is the time the gym is most crowded. More people are using all of the equipment which makes it difficult to get an efficient workout done and it increases potential exposure to germs/viruses. I have been going to the gym from 6 am-6:45 am and there are very few in the gym at this time. It’s great because I have my pick at the machines as well as decrease the risk of exposure to someone that is sick. Luke Smith, Founder of We Buy Property In Kentucky

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2020 is not a year most of us want to repeat. One of the lessons I’ve learned is where there is a will, there is a way! At least as far as the versatility, adaptability, and capacity of conducting our lives online are concerned. What I won’t be taking with me into 2021 is any belief that we are limited in our technology and how to use it to our benefit. Two examples being how much of our dayto-day lives were moved successfully online. And just how quickly science and technology developed the vaccines. Tim Robertson Founder of inVPN. com, invpn.com/

I don’t have to have my life 100% scheduled. At the beginning of the COVID lockdown, I was excited to have some more time to explore some new hobbies and also really focus on my business. However, I soon felt like I was putting too much pressure on myself to be productive and I almost burnt out. I realized that I can give myself permission to just step back and say “not now.” Sometimes I need a mental health day where I can just zone out and take the pressure off. The next morning I wake up refreshed and focus much better, whether I’m exploring personal or professional pursuits. Lisa Sanchez, Fashion Editor, The Nines

#11 I don’t have to bowl alone. Even though 2021 still started in isolation, I don’t have to be by myself. I downloaded the Marco Polo app, so I can keep in touch with friends and family with video messages. I’m also going to schedule more virtual dinner dates and maybe the occasional trivia or crafting night so I can have more real-time human interaction. Lisa Sanchez, Fashion Editor, The Nines

#12 I will try to do more with my money. Rather than have money-collecting pennies in a checking account, I’m going to be a little more active and test out investing. With apps like Robinhood, I can dip a toe into the stock market. I look forward to doing research and being a little more adventurous. Lisa Sanchez, Fashion Editor, The Nines

#13 2020 was a year of...well...a lot! 2020 was so much all at once: so many tragedies, but also so much hope. We’ve all got some 2020 whiplash. It was hard to focus on our goals among all the goings-on, which is why in 2021 I’m leaving overwhelm in the rearview mirror and taking the road less traveled by choosing one unthinkable goal to focus on in 2021. I’m choosing constraints in my goal setting this year so that I can get in touch with my CEO Brain (aka the


pre-frontal cortex) where my long-term deepest desires reside. Listening to my CEO Brain is key to achieving my one unthinkable goal. Give it a try: ask your “What ONE result do I want to have in my life on 12/31/21?” Don’t let your brain take a nap and tell you “I don’t know.” If your primitive brain (I call it my Puppy Brain) starts freaking out, that’s okay. Just notice it with love and compassion, and let it ride shotgun. Put your prefrontal cortex, AKA your CEO brain, in the driver’s seat and start building massive self-confidence. You got this! You are ready for 2021. Sarah Moody Coaching

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This is why I’m investing heavily in marketing this year to get my business going despite the challenges of the pandemic. I’ve realized that not even the pandemic should discourage us from pursuing our business goals. Therefore, some of my top objectives include More social media activities to drive target audiences to our website. Employ content marketing strategies to accelerate lead management. Expand brand offerings to capture more demand from future markets. Matt Satell, CEO of Prime Mailboxes

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The lesson I learned from 2020 was not to doubt a life-changing decision once it’s made. Before the pandemic kicked in, I had decided to become a stay-at-home dad and develop my dad’s blog and my parenting website YourCub.com. Like all reasonably thinking people, such a career was not taken lightly - but within weeks of the seriousness of the Covid-19 becoming clear, it turned out to be the best move I had ever made, albeit unwittingly timely. I was already at home - and working remotely - so disruption to my family’s routine and lifestyle was minimal, and of course, I was where I wanted to be at the time I needed to be there. Meanwhile, friends and ex-colleagues had their lives turned upside down by restrictions and lockdowns affecting work and play, and of course finances. So what I’ve learned from 2020, is NOT to go back to the normal office-based 9 to 5 routine. Dave Pedley, Yourcub.com

#15 One lesson I learned not to do in 2021 is to be complacent with marketing efforts.

First, I learned not to be so quick to judge. I’ve tried in the past to be more aware of others and their situations in life, but 2020 opened my eyes more. Both from a racial standpoint and a financial one, we all need to have more compassion for each other. You never know what someone else is going through in life and many times if you have a bad experience with someone, it isn’t personal. Many times they are struggling with something, or you are struggling with something. And in both cases, you take your anger/ frustration out on the other person. Don Dulin Founder of UnfinishedSuccess.com

#17 In 2020 I learned the idea that I needed to take time to invest in every friendship I had developed in the past was false. Rather for 2021, I

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will spend my time investing in fewer friendships with those that reinvest in me. Meaning that I will give my time to those who mutually respect it and give back to me. We are not required or responsible to maintain relationships that are no longer positively serving us. Kate Steiner, Ph.D. , Founder, CEO, Coach, Facilitator LIFT Wellness Consulting, LLC

#18 I’m feeling pretty grateful that I am letting COVID be the catalyst to turn more of my visions into reality, prioritize what matters most, and set things up for future sustainability. One of the things I learned NOT to do in 2020 (that I’m not taking into 2021) is to expect mentors, colleagues, and peers to ‘proofread’ my vision (essentially asking for permission, validation, and approval to build the business I want.) Life is short and there are no guarantees. If anything, 2020 has taught us that. Melissa Slawsky, Branding & Business Performance Strategist

#19 I know that this may come across as cheesy, but I’d like to share this because it’s my truth! The greatest lesson that I learned in 2020 to NOT take with me in 2021 is my tendency to judge people. 2020 was a rough year and one in which I learned to be more empathetic, to care more, and to make a genuine effort to understand the point of view that others have. In 2021 and

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#20 In 2020 I learned not to depend on going to the gym to accomplish my fitness goals. When the pandemic and shutdowns first started, I was devastated knowing that I wouldn’t be able to go to the gym anymore. Fast forward a few months and not only was I working out from home, but I found that I had more free time, better results, and overall just a better outlook on fitness. By eliminating the stress and hassle associated with driving to and from the gym every day, abiding by the gym’s set hours, dealing with others, etc., I was able to gain so much more freedom in my routine and schedule. So you can bet I will NOT be going to the gym in 2021 :) Tami Smith, I’m a certified personal trainer and owner of https://www. fithealthymomma.com/.

#21 This year for me was full of growth and self-knowledge. I definitely have a lot of great things to take from 2020 and keep doing it from now on. I’m leaving behind fear of the unknown. For a while, I’ve been wondering how would it be to be my own boss, to have my own business, but there was always something holding me back. Alejandra Marqués, Time Management and Planning Mentor

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Unconventional Beauty: I Am Uniquely Beautiful Contributing Writer: Jupshy Jasmin

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ccording to Dove’s 2010 survey, 96% of women do not consider themselves beautiful. This is evidence that more women than we think are struggling with body image. A serious problem because beauty is the 4th largest industry. It appears that the numbers just don’t add up until you start paying attention to social media and their portrayal of beauty. It makes you wonder, could it be that we have bought into the opinion of influencers whose only objective is to capitalize on your self-esteem? Therefore, allow me to define conventional beauty vs. nonconventional beauty and how nonconventional beauty enables more women to embrace your unique beauty. Conventional beauty is the classification of beauty standards presented by a group of influencers, stating that only women who exhibit certain physical characteristics are considered beautiful. The absence or lack of any of their ideal features would exclude a woman from beauty consideration. This concept is destructive because it normalizes unrealistic expectations and exudes pressure on women to pursue the illusion of ideal beauty. On the contrary, unconventional beauty widens the beauty spectrum, cultivating the space for women to be inclusively beautiful, not just a selected few. Unconventional beauty is richly diverse, not limited to one’s complexion, hair texture, height, weight, or body shape. Unconventional beauty redefines society’s standards and allows women to gain a better perception of themselves.

Despite the constant barrage of photoshopped images from the media, ordinary women are crossing the boundaries. Through their movement, they are boldly advocating for the truth about beauty. Many are doing so by joining forces with the fashion industry. Plus size women are walking the runway, like Ashely Graham. Dark-skinned, afro-centric women such as Lupita Nyong’o and then there is a special group of women who we rarely see on the headlines. These women have the most powerful message to the world. There are women with physical disabilities. We are talking about women living with down syndrome, missing limbs, or with visual and hearing impairments who are commonly neglected by society. They are more likely to experience greater body dissatisfaction because they are often perceived as abnormal. They receive higher rates of stigmatization due to their physical differences. The good news is that beauty diversity embraces even these groups of women. Allow me to highlight 3 disabled models who exemplify unconventional: Rebekah Marine, born without a right forearm was first insecure about her looks. Over time, she began to see herself as beautiful. Since then, she has featured in several magazines such as Teen Vogue and People Magazine. In 2016, she walked modeled in New York Fashion Week. Jillian Mercado is a wheelchair-bound


woman who was diagnosed with spastic muscular dystrophy as a young girl. But she did not allow her disability to hinder her from her modeling career. She has made an appearance in the Nordstrom disabled catalog and many others. Cacsmy Brutus, known as Mama Cax, was a Haitian-American disabled model and speaker. She had every reason to allow life’s misfortune to silence her. At the age of 14, she was diagnosed with bone cancer that spread to her lung. At 16, she underwent an unsuccessful hip replacement that ended up getting part of her hip and her entire right leg amputated. Although this surgery changed her image forever. She decided to show up and speak out. She became an amputee model featured in a magazine like Essence Magazine, Teen Vogue, and many more. During the Obama presidency, she walked in the White House Fashion show. She hit the runway, showing off her prosthetic leg. Sadly, she is no longer with us, but her legacy continues to echo into the world because this is what unconventional beauty is all about. Thanks to these women and many others, they are helping to expand the social perception of beauty. Although social media has condition us to believe in their opinion of beauty, if we all decide to accept ourselves as beautiful, we can reduce the stigma in our society. Together we will reverse the statistics from 96% of women who do not consider themselves beautiful into 96% of women who believe in their unique beauty.

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LIES WOMEN NEED TO STOP TELLING THEMSELVES If you find yourself in here, just say ouch and do better. We are so critical of ourselves. You don’t realize how amazing you truly are. I hope that after reading this you’ll stop telling those lies. Here are 15 lies women need to STOP telling themselves.

1. Not seeing a dramatic difference right away means that you failed. You did not fail. The small victories will accumulate to create big ones. Vanessa Santos 2. I need to lose weight to be happy. Many times the number on the scale is not the real issue. The REAL issue is that women feel like they are never truly good enough. They feel like if they lose weight, they will be happier, they will have more friends, they will feel more fulfilled in their jobs, they will find a loving partner, or their partner will love them more. In reality, women need to love themselves FIRST for any of that to transpire, and it has nothing to do with their weight. Azizi Marshall, Founder & CEO, Center for Creative Arts Therapy & Artful Wellness Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Trainer in Drama Therapy 3. I have to work in a job I hate: You don’t have to be stuck in a miserable job. If you’re not happy and stimulated with

your work or if you feel unappreciated or frustrated, start making a plan. If you feel you need a change, you may be able to move to a different position or department within your company, or you may want to look for a new job entirely. If you stay at your present job, ask for raises and promotions, if you feel that you’ve earned them. Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D., (aka “Dr. Romance”) psychotherapist and author of The 10 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make Before 40 4. With it being a new year, women should stop telling themselves they are bad parents. As a parent myself, we often suffer from these thoughts when we are unable to provide extra toys, fun, and more to our children. However, just spending time with our children riding bikes, playing a game and more is FREE. Spending time is something they will remember because a material object will lose its hype within a month or so. Ashley Havecker Blogger at Irish Twins Momma

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5. Women need to stop censoring themselves so much at work. Too often, women feel the need to stay quiet and not overstep bounds, which can get in the way of creativity and innovation. Whether it’s embracing your femininity, stepping into authority, or questioning peers, challenge the idea that you’re being ‘too much” or ‘too loud’” Isabel Strobing, Community Manager at Mainvest www.mainvest.com 6. I think a big one is that they don’t have enough time when in reality it is much easier to take care of yourself than it is to be busy. Take 10 minutes in the morning to read your goals and do a single set of five pushups, five squats, and five situps. In five minutes of time investment, you could put yourself on a path to a healthier lifestyle. Geoffrey Lions, https://selfcareauthority.com 7. Acne before my period is normal, I just have to accept and live with it. Wrong. Acne before your period or acne which flares just before your period is not normal and you do not have to accept and live with it. If you’re stuck in a constant treating healing cycle in sync with your period it’s a sure sign you have underlying hormonal imbalances that are not being addressed. The delicate balance of not just estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone but also insulin and cortisol hormones are at play here. Acne breakouts are a signal your health and well-being needs attention. Cheryl Woodman MChem Scientist, skin health expert, award-winning skincare formulator honestyforyourskin.co.uk | @honestyforskin 8. I’ll be happy once I ….Our happiness should never be tied to a resolu-

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tion/goal because this will keep us from achieving the transformation we want. Being happy is a daily practice. When we choose to be happy, this gives us the motivation to move forward taking the steps required to achieve the goal/transformation we seek. Ro Sanchez, and I’m a certified Master Sexpert who owns a sex-self-care wellness brand for womxn, She.Slips. 9. I know my partner loves me even if they don’t treat me well. When people show you who they are you should believe them. If your partner doesn’t show you the love and respect you need, it is time to seek counseling or move on. Life is too short to allow yourself to wallow in a negative relationship. It will infiltrate your self-esteem and every other aspect of your life. Linda Mueller Life Coach & Founder of The Expat Partner Coach LLC 10. All men are liars, cheats, and players! If that’s been your experience, you’ve been hanging with the wrong men. It’s that simple. We attract into our lives what we believe we deserve. Do some inner work before dating any new partners. Rosalind Sedacca, CLCDating In Mid-Life Mentor & Coach 11. “I need to have perfect skin to be beautiful”. Perfect skin doesn’t exist and the notion that women need to look a certain way is outdated. Olamide Olowe Company: Topicals Co-founder & CEO 12. “Women’s sex lives are over once they hit menopause.”The reality: The discomfort of many of the physical changes in the run-up to menopause (which can include sore breasts, sleeplessness,

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flooding periods, and mental changes such as increased anxiety) may put sex down the priority list for a while. But postmenopause, as hormonal changes level out, sexual desire and satisfaction can skyrocket - whether a woman chooses to take hormone replacement therapy or not. With reproduction off the table, the act of sex becomes entirely one of pleasure and many women feel liberated at this time. Ruth Ramsay, Erotic Empowerment Coach, UK - www.ruthramsay.com

son is a blessing and a gift. If you identify with that label, own it with pride. Pursue those passions - and pursue them simultaneously if it feels right. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do, be, or follow a one set path. Marisa Donnelly Writer, Poet, Essayist & Editor

13. Your body is ruined by having children No! Many husbands are more attracted to their wives when they become mothers, they consider it very sexy and nurturing. Elisabeth Goldberg, LMFT Relationship Therapist 14. “I’m not worthy”. As a confidence and mindset coach, I see this over and over again. In this patriarchal society, women have been conditioned to believe that we aren’t thin enough, smart enough, good enough, pretty enough; and it’s bull. We are uniquely equipped to live the lives of our dreams - and we are exactly on time for them. All women are worthy of the life they desire. Lauren Kester 15. That you must choose one set path or passion. You are on this earth for a purpose. But that purpose doesn’t always have to be channeled into one specific avenue. There is so much well-meaning content out there that says you have to pick and stay in your lane, that you have to narrow your focus, and that you have to walk one path because if you are constantly distracted by everything else, you’ll never truly succeed. That’s not true. Although this has taken me years to discover, being a multi-passionate per-

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What’s Your Post-Lockdown Dream Vacation & Who’s Coming? I never thought in my lifetime, we would see a day where we would be unable to travel or socialize with our loved ones. I am sure no one could have guessed that 2020 would have turned out the way it did, but I’m grateful that we are still here. With all the restrictions and lockdowns, travel seems to be top on the list for everyone. So what’s on your post-lockdown travel bucket list and who are you taking along with you? I spoke with some friends and here’s what they said.

With two young kids and two sets of elderly grandparents, the Year of the Pandemic has been especially difficult for my extended family as we have had to socially distance the kids from their grandparents. My dream vacation will be to take all of them to Walt Disney World in Florida! The kids are at an age where they will not only enjoy the younger attractions and some of the older rides but also Epcot. The oldies will enjoy taking them around and being together as a family again. It will be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for all three generations of my family to vacation together, someplace extra special and extra exciting. - Leo Young, Optimized Family I’m a passionate outdoorsy guy camping, hiking, biking, mountaineering, watersports; anything in the

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wilderness, and I’m into it. Living in Scotland, I have amazing mountains and lochs, forests, and islands virtually at my doorstep. But my dream is to spend a few weeks trekking in Tibet including the Gama Valley Trek, the Mount Kailash Kora (reputedly the toughest trail), and visiting Lhasa the capital. For any wilderness trekking enthusiast, trekking on the Roof of the World is a dream. I’ll be traveling with like-minded trekking enthusiasts - this is not a trip for amateurs or relaxation seekers! James Black, https://wildernessredefined.com/ My wife and I along with my twin brother and his wife are planning a trip to the Bahamas this summer (July 2021). This is a dream vacation as we all love the beach and we were unable to travel this past year due to the pandemic. It’ll be great seeing one another as well as enjoying the beach/tropical weather. Luke Smith, Founder of “We Buy Property In Kentucky” I have always dreamt of visiting Russia in the wintertime. St Petersburg looks like a fairytale, all covered in snow with monumental decorations. I want to experience Russian winter that is probably incomparable to anything else in the world. We do have snow in Denmark, but we are not focused on winter games and festivities, so I’d love to see how Russians do it. I would bring my entire family on this trip and give my kids a chance to enjoy some winter magic. I know Russians celebrate Christmas in January and this is the time when I’d visit the country. Torben, Founder of DiveIn I A M Q U E E N M AGA Z I N E

I’m planning to take my family to one of the most favorite places on my dream list, New Zealand. One of the reasons to choose New Zealand is because they have the lowest Covid rates. Besides that, I’m addicted to the outdoors, and nature. New Zealand has a lot to offer. It is one of those places that excite the imagination. A land of mystery. You can ski and surf on the same day. Hike on a glacier before sinking into a natural hot pool in the evening, or take a boat through a cave of glow worms before entering the mystical land of Hobbiton for the afternoon. Brian Conghalie, Founder of myopencountry.com

RUSSIA My dream vacation would be to jet off to an island or tropical resort somewhere without the kids! An all-inclusive spot that I can relax and be waited on while sipping a fruity cocktail and not bothered by screaming children all day. Marissa LaBuz, a motherhood blogger for Just Simply Mom (justsimplymom.com) Since we didn’t get to travel this year, we’ve decided to set aside the funds we would have spent and take a bigger trip next time (pending). My husband and I have always wanted to visit Scotland. We took a trip, just the two of us to France several years ago, but this time we hope to take our two kids with us as well to give them the cultural experience of another country. Christen Phillips www.iseestarsquilting.com

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r. Delica is a Nursing Supervisor at a longterm care facility as well as an RN Independent Contractor. Prior to that, her main areas of nursing expertise were Critical Care and Cardiac Care. She began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, FL while she was pursuing her high school diploma. She graduated in 2000, but she did not obtain her FL LPN license until 2004. Then after, graduating from the University of Miami with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), she began travel nursing in Vermont. In 2006, Dr. Delica moved to Charlotte, NC, and obtained her RN license that same year in North Carolina. In 2012, she moved back to Florida and obtained her FL RN license in 2014. Over the span of her nursing career, she has a wide array of experience in Medical/ Surgical, Adult Health, Oncology, Pediatrics, Telemetry, Infectious Disease, Longterm care, Cardiac, Critical Care, Stepdown/Progressive Care, Correctional Nursing, Public Health, and Travel Nursing. Also, she has been called upon to assist during major catastrophes and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Wilma in South Florida (2005), Earthquake in Haiti (2010), Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (2016), Hurricane Irma in the Bahamas (2019),

and Coronavirus 2019 “COVID-19” Pandemic. In addition, she has held leadership/management positions in various nursing units and healthcare facilities as well as on hospital-wide committees. Dr. Delica also holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Education (BSHSE) and a minor in Community Health, cum laude from the University of Florida. In May 2019, Dr. Delica received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Ministry and was ordained as a Pastor by the Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida in Pompano Beach, FL through the leadership of Dr. Blanche Johnson Davis, Founder and President of Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida. In addition, she graduated with honors of the Class of 2019 from The Kingdom School of Ministry under the leadership of Dr. Cindy N. Trimm-Tomlinson. Also, she is a Founding Member of Impact University under the leadership of Apostle John Eckhardt and completed the Master Series for Distinguished Clergy Training of Skinners Leadership Institute in December 2020. A few awards/honors that Dr. Delica has received to date: Top 30 Women Trendsetters by KISH Magazine, 2020 100 Successful Women in Business by Global Trade Chamber, 2020

Induction into Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society at Purdue University Global, 2020 Induction into The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement, 2020 Top 100 Healthcare Leaders Award by International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare, 2020 Worldwide Leader in Healthcare 2020-2021 by Today’s Nurse Recognized by Prosperity Social Community Development Group, Inc. as one of the honorees for International Women’s Month, 2020 Top 20 under 40 Young Professionals by the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, 2019 Induction into Beta Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honorary Society, 2019 Top Nurse Leader and Entrepreneur 2019 by Today’s Nurse Finalist for Registered Nurse Practice Award 2019 by South Region of Florida Nurses Association Millennial Award 2018 by Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) Community Service Award by Miss Florida Plus America Pageant 2018 Community Advocacy Award 2017 by Association of Exchange and Development of Activities and Partnerships, Inc. (AEDAP) Image Award Honoree as a South Florida Community Activist Award from the Florida Memorial Univer-

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sity Chapter of the NAACP, 2017 Cornerstone Advocacy Award from Emerging African Leaders Conference (EALC) and Awards 2015 Volunteer of the Year 2014 by Junior Achievement (JA) of South Florida presented by OnHands Broward In being a serial entrepreneur, Dr. Delica is the owner of the following companies: Fayola Delica, LLC., a motivational speaking and consulting firm; The 360 Evolution Academy, Inc., a nonprofit holistic etiquette school for youth; Delica Construction Services, LLC., provides disaster mitigation and remediation services; Exquisite Traveling Services, an exclusive traveling company for small groups; Founder/ President/CEO of Revive Your Soul Ministries, Inc., a faith-based nonprofit ministry that teaches and trains in the area of prayer and worship; and Founder/ President/CEO of Delica University, Inc., a for-profit educational institution to train up the next leaders in marketplace ministry. Also, she is the former host of Ms. D Talk Show for young professionals to discuss challenges as well as solutions within their community on Kingdom Broadcasting International Ch 18.8 and Community Corner Con-

nection, a weekly segment where they showcased local community events taking place in South Florida on Tropical TV Channel 18.6. In addition, she launched her first TV Ministry in September 2020 entitled Kingdom Domination TV Show on The Now Network. This show airs in over 236 million homes in the U. S., Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Also, she has recently launched her second TV Ministry entitled Power In Prayer TV on Dominion TV, which airs in over 80 million homes around the world. Lastly, Dr. Delica is the Vice President of Operations for Global Innovative Consulting Network, Inc., a consulting group that provides professional services for healthcare providers for educational training, professional development, and success coaching as well as Vice President of Operations for Global Innovative Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is combating all forms of violence around the world. Dr. Delica is an author of three of her own books: The Ultimate Speaker’s Manual: The “how to” in presenting a professional speaking business (2014), The Ultimate Life Coach’s Manual: The “how to” in presenting a professional life coach-

ing business (2015), and The Ultimate Entrepreneur’s Manual: The “how to” in presenting a business with a professional image, to be released in 2020. In addition, she is a co-author of six other books: Resilience: Living Life by Design by Dr. Deana Murphy (2015), My Journey My Journal (2018), “20 Beautiful Women” Volume 6 by Saba Tekle (2018), The Purposed Woman 365 Day Devotional by Latisha Williams (2019), How Big Can You Dream Journal (2019), Women Breathe Again: Women Breakthrough Testimonials Volume 1 by Dr. Maggy Reed (2020), and Creating Your Legacy (to be released in 2021). Dr. Delica is your new Ms. International Excellence 2021-2022 who was crowned January 1, 2021. The previous titles Dr. Delica has held as a beauty queen are listed below: Ms. Haiti Excellence 2020 of Miss Excellence Pageant Ms. Heart of Florida 2019 of Miss Plus America Pageant First-Runner up Ms. Plus America 2018 of Miss Plus America Pageant Ms. Florida Plus America 2018 of Miss Plus America Pageant Ms. South Florida Plus America 2018 of Miss Plus America Pageant


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First Runner-up Ms. Gospel Curve International 2017 of Crowning in Excellence Production First Runner-up Ms. Florida Plus America 2016 of Miss Plus America Pageant Ms. Miami-Dade Plus America 2016 of Miss Plus America Pageant Ms. Fort Lauderdale, FL 2016 of Miss Corporate America Pageant Furthermore, she has won many oratorical competitions. Currently, she is pursuing a

graduate degree in nursing. Contact Information for Dr. Delica: W: www.fayoladelica.com E: info@fayoladelica.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fayoladelica Facebook: Fayola BizQueen Delica Twitter: @fayoladelicallc Instagram: @fayoladelicallc Clubhouse: @drfayoladelica YouTube: Dr. Fayola Delica


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Meet Caline Newton, Personal Finance and Business Strategist. Philanthropist. Paul Harris Fellow. Spoken Word Artist. International Speaker + TedX Speaker + Best Selling Author. A Grand Bahama Mama whose heart beats to the rhythm of Junkanoo and whose absolute favorite food is conch salad; which she loves sharp and spicy just like her.


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Caline G. Newton is ultimately a Culture Disruptor.

An Accountant of 25 years and currently the Accountant and Money Laundering Reporting Officer for a leading Law Firm since April 2000, Newton is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Financial Crime Specialist and a Certified Financial Education Instructor.

Caline is the Founder of Amplify Your Legacy - A Mindset + Money Mastery Movement that absolutely, unrecognizably empowers women and children fearlessly through Financial Literacy to ultimately achieve unrecognizable financial wholeness and intergenerational wealth.

In her capacity as a Financial Educator, Newton taught the Finance module for the Family Life Component for young couples seeking marriage under the Catholic for almost 20 years in Grand Bahama.

Caline is an unstoppable walking unrecognizable bold, brave, blazing and mind blowing miracle whose personal story of vulnerability, authenticity and success magnetically draws others to her as they become their own unrecognizable miracle.

Newton has also facilitated the access of over $1.3M for her clients as a Consultant for the Access Accelerator, Small Business Development Center in The Bahamas. Also coined the Bahamian Money Maven, Caline has been able to influence and impact over 5,000 individuals around the world through her brand Live Life Free with her training events since October 2018.

Her guiding quote is, “We cannot create abundance by residing in the consciousness of the poverty of our minds” - Martin Luther King Jr. Her guiding scripture is, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” Psalm 46:10


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I AM QUEEN Hall of Fame was created to honor women who have demonstrated consistency in their life and business. These women are spiritual midwives and they have to ability to help push and birth the dreams of others. In a world where competition has destroyed the unity between divine connections, these women opt for collaboration. Loyalty is rare and when it’s found it should be honored.

Dr. Moneshia Dashiell is the first African American Woman to be inducted into our Hall of Fame.


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Dr. Moneshia Dashiell is an Author, Child Development Specialist, Clinical Therapist, and Life Coach. She has been featured in many magazines and has received numerous awards for her contribution to education. Her motto, “I am too busy mothering nations through education!�

MESSAGE FROM DR. MONESHIA DASHIELL As an educator, my students have inspired me to continue writing books. To have the opportunity to watch them go from struggling to advancing in their academics because of my books is a great encouragement. It feels great to be the very first Hall of Famer for I AM QUEEN MAGAZINE and to know that I have made history once again--amazing! Your dreams are attainable and you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you.

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Hurricane Dorian Changed My Life Forever BY: MOLINA PIERRE MRS. HAITI INTERNATIONAL 2020

If someone told me last year that I would be here holding the title of Mrs. Haiti International 2020 and living in the United States today, I would say that’s a good dream; a bit far-flung. But yet, here we are. A big difference from the life we were living eighteen months ago. The journey to this new life began with tragedy. Hurricane Dorian struck my hometown, the Island of Abaco, and Grand Bahama in

the Bahamas on September 1st, 2019. It is a day that will forever be etched in my memory. Hurricane Dorian will go down in history as the great storm of 2019 that devastated Abaco, Bahamas, and caused a mass exodus of 70,000 survivors. It ripped through the heart and breadth of the land. Many died and, hundreds were injured. The hearts of many were broken.


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For my family and I evacuating was hard but necessary because we had two young children and one on the way. I was 5 months pregnant. The physical and mental pain grew as the adrenaline from survival mode wore off. Our reality set in; we were homeless and, our future was dark. The thought of competing in a pageant was the furthest thing on my mind in those moments. Eight days post-Dorian we landed in Fort Lauderdale, thanks to the 3C Foundation, which helped several Bahamian families find safety after the storm. The days following, although my future seemed uncertain, I was surprisingly at peace. I knew that God was with us, and every step that we took up to this point has been ordained by Him. One of the most significant moments that the Lord orchestrated for us was when a lovely family called The Pardals in Fort Myers, Fl offered to take us in for a few months until we got back on our feet. We went from the island to the country and it was wild. A house full of kids and farm animals turned out to be exactly what we needed. Our children were laughing, fighting, and playing again as they should be. They had toys and a bed and more than enough space to run around. They seemed to have found their way but as parents, we were still in the dark. Looking back, I realized that we were in the dark about our future because it was exactly what the Lord wanted. This time He was in complete control because our backs were pressed against the wall. Daily he provided sending help from everywhere for our physical needs. Yet spiritually, I wrestled with the transition that I was going through. I felt exposed and vulnerable. There were moments when I felt so alone even though I knew that God was with me. I began to write my feelings and prayers down. The more I wrote the more exposed I felt. Yet, the exposure did not lead to shame. I would feel peace and acceptance with each confession and prayer. The more of myself I revealed to God, the closer I felt to Him. Psalm 34:4-5 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. The Lord was healing old wounds that were covered and hidden for years and somehow being in this

unfamiliar place, under those circumstances, forced me to open up and let the light of God into these very dark spaces in my heart. I had spent so much time taking care of others. I forgot about myself and the purpose that God had created for me. Jeremiah 29: 11 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., the Lord wanted good for me, good was His plans for me, a hope and a future were my portions. When the time came for us to leave the ranch, it was again orchestrated by God. He provided us with all of the necessities to move. Baby Aaron was born December 22nd and we were home by Christmas Eve enjoying our first holiday together in our new place. Two months after giving birth, I felt a gentle tug in my heart to re-inquire about the Haiti International Pageant. I decided to compete. The COVID -19 pandemic began in the US around the same time, shutting everything down which led to the pageant being held via Zoom in June instead of April. However, even with all of the challenges I faced, I kept going because the Lord was directing me. Ultimately, He honored me with the crown. My obedience to His gentle touch led to Him granting me my heart’s desire which happened to be His plan for my life all along. I was crowned Mrs. Haiti International!!!! Molina Jeune-Pierre Mrs.Haiti International 2020 Facebook M.J Pierre Instagram @melomo233 and @glowingwithpurpose


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Formerly Homeless Woman Who Escaped Prostitution Shares Her Powerful Story, Launches Online Course The course entitled “Think Big, Start Small™” helps individuals transform from a life of wishing for it, to finally achieving the personal success they’ve been hoping for.

Transformational coach, Diseree Clay, has taken her skill of transformation and shifted this formula that has helped her in her own pursuits into the launch of her new course, “Think Big, Start Small™,” now available on her website, DisereeClay.com. This innovative course is targeted toward women who seek to transform into the best version of themselves and are ready, willing, and able to grow. Clay’s motivation for crafting this course stems for her unending desire to see people live a life on the other side of the window to personal freedom. Diseree comments, “Low self-esteem, abortions, molestation, prostitution, divorce, homelessness, and single parenting have together and separately given me a front-row seat in my own ‘classroom of hopelessness’. But with the help of my God, I refused to give in to the unhealthy and festering circumstances that surrounded my youth.”The “Think Big, Start Small™” transformational program has an easy to follow system that challenges participants to identify their goals, jump into action and stay motivated throughout the process of shifting from small goals to big wins. The course features a 5-module series valued at $1,499, with an introductory rate of $99. The program will also help people identify the areas of weakness in their lives and help them break the cycle to achieve personal success. This course encompasses varied layers that explore the different stages of transformation. These layers are crafted into easy to follow modules from “Identify Your Goals” to “Navigating Change” to “Assess Your Present and Your Future to Create Your Plan” to “Stay Motivated.” Since the launch of “Think Big, Start Small™,” Coach Clay has helped her clients get results in their personal and professional lives—often

leading to promotions and leadership advancements. Her step-by-step approach makes life transformation doable. Clients feel safe and able to shift their thinking and take small, immediate actions that bring exciting results into their personal and professional life. “As a Transformation Coach, I expedite my client’s growth and change. I do this by shedding light and understanding on their goal and vision, asking probing questions, hearing what they do not notice in what they are saying. I also spot what they do not see for themselves, while untying knots that hold them back, and by providing them with unconditional support, all the while encouraging their self-discovery,” said Diseree. “I help my clients release their innate wisdom and power to achieve the results they desire – to access and produce excellence,” she added. If you’re ready to transform, join Diseree’s inspiring and motivational program “Think Big, Start Small™” at DisereeClay.com. Transformation starts with you, and Coach Clay can help you shift into the person you’ve always wanted to be.


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I AM QUEEN Magazine (Bahamas) January 2021  

I AM QUEEN Magazine (Bahamas) January 2021 Issue; celebrates Dr. Fayola Delica. She is a beauty Queen, ordained Pastor and so much more. Her...

I AM QUEEN Magazine (Bahamas) January 2021  

I AM QUEEN Magazine (Bahamas) January 2021 Issue; celebrates Dr. Fayola Delica. She is a beauty Queen, ordained Pastor and so much more. Her...

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