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ON THE COVER: Free Your Mind: 7 Seven Spiritual Tips for Letting Go of Fear and Living a Phenomenal Life on Your Own Terms Be Inspired on Page 9

Publisher’s Message………………………………………………………………………4 How to Develop Your Gifts by Daronza Harris-Wilson……………………….6 20 Inspiring Quotes from Women who Inspire………………………………..7 Ten Things Every Happy Black Woman Knows……………………………...…8 Free Your Mind: 7 Spiritual Tips for Living on Your Own Terms………….9 Healthy Living: Peach Green Smoothie………………………………………….11 Healthy Living: Foods that Boost Your Energy…………………………….…12 Why Your Business Should Have a Website…………………………….……..14 Meet Leia Lewis Henderson-The Sankofa Lady………………………………15 Music for Your Inspired Soul……………………………………………………...16


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It's JULY! That means we're halfway through the year. The first 6 months of 2013 are already GONE. Done. It’s a wrap. The month of July also marks the beginning of the 2nd half of the year! Another chance to GO BIG: Renew, Revive, Restore. Take a look at all of those goals, plans, and resolutions made in January that didn't quite get done. Pray. Readjust. Make realistic goals. Throw out those that just don't make sense or fit into the mission of your life. Work diligently toward your goal. Proverbs 21:5 reads "The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty." Question of The Month: What is ONE GOAL you want to accomplish over the NEXT six months? Be specific. What do you want to make happen by December 31, 2013? Think about it. I am excited about the great articles in this issue to assist you in doing just that. Our cover article, “Free Your Mind: 7 Seven Spiritual Tips for Letting Go of Fear and Living a Phenomenal Life on Your Own Terms,” gives practical advice for letting go of fear and negativity in your life and being the wonderful YOU that God created. Check out my friend

Daronza Harris -Wilson’s “How to Develop Your Gifts.” She lays out a few simple ways to develop your God-given gifts. I am a big fan of’s publisher and editor-in-chief Kimberly N. Foster. Be sure to read her insightful contribution, “10 Things Every Happy Black Woman Knows.” Reminds of the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It!” LOL! I am also excited about introducing to some and presenting to others my friend Leia Lewis Henderson. She is the coauthor of “The Gratitude Book Project.” She is an awesome woman who is a visionary and a leader and does so much that it would be an injustice to try to explain it all here. Learn more about her on page 8. Not only read about her but listen to her interview on The Alynetta Beck Experience Radio Show! Go to http:// Until Next Time Be Phenomenal,


Daronza Harris-Wilson Contributor

People ask me all the time how to discover and develop the gifts God has given them. Here are a few helpful steps that I've discovered:

3. Have the courage to be different. Unhappiness comes when you try to be like everyone else rather than embracing the unique person that you are. 4. Learn to cope with criticism. Have enough confidence in who you are in Christ that you can listen to others and be open to change without feeling you have to agree with their viewpoint or attain their approval.

1. Focus on the strengths God gave you. Concentrating on your strengths will help you fulfill the calling God has put on your life.

God has planted greatness in you. Let today be the beginning of a great adventure as you step into the gifts He's given you. ( 1Corinthians 12:11) reading my devotion and feeling great!

2. Exercise your gift. Find something you like to do and that you do well, and do it over and over again. Want to know what will happen? You will feel better about yourself because you won't be constantly failing.

Mrs. Harris-Wilson is a wife, a mother, and a healthcare professional living in Plano, TX.

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At some point, we all need a little pick me up. Each of these quotes by notable Black women will provide you with inspiration and help you seize the day. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman “What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.” -Oprah Winfrey “I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can't fail if you do that.” -Anita Hill “Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.” -Audre Lorde “It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” - Kimberle Williams Crenshaw “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.” -Nikki Giovanni “Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for.” -Marian Wright Edelman “No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” -Althea Gibson “As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.” -Oprah Winfrey “We can say "Peace on Earth." We can sing about

it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be.” -Betty Shabazz “It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” -Lena Horne “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audre Lorde “There's always something to suggest that you'll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.” -Pyhlicia Rashad “Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.” -Alice Walker “Give light and people will find the way.” -Ella Baker “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” -Oprah Winfrey “All great achievements require time.” -Maya Angelou “The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.” -Ruby Dee “Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.” -Shirley Chisholm “The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” -Lorraine Hansberry

Taken from Are you happy? There is a happy black woman revolution happening! We are making decisions to get out of life everything we want: beautiful bodies, strong romantic relationships, healthy family connections, meaningful friendships, money, preferred careers, and grounded spirituality. We are doing it by monitoring how we think, what we believe, and how we act. Here are just a few of the things that happy black women know: 1. Every woman should have her own money. A man IS NOT a financial plan, no matter how much you love each other. (I can thank my favorite uncle, mom, and grandmother for that advice.) 2. What got you here won't necessarily get you there. Some of the skills that we used to secure the positions that we currently have in our careers, such as technical skills, become less important as you continue on your career path. Since you have proven yourself to be competent and knowledgeable, it’s the “softer” skills such as empathy, sense of humor, collaboration, and the ability to share and connect your personal story that get you remembered and included in higher profile projects and selected high-leverage opportunities. 3. Happiness is a decision. My childhood was not crazy, but I definitely had struggles—like many of us. For a long time, I allowed my circumstances to determine how I felt about myself and draw conclusions about the type of life I was destined to live. I carried that heaviness for a long time but realized in my mid-twenties that I had the

power to redefine how I viewed the world. With that power, I chose to view setbacks as either opportunities or temporary. 4. The “Strong Black Woman” does not exist. As far as I am concerned, being strong for the sake of being strong is for the birds. And anyone that wants to affix that label to me can take that Superwoman cape and get on with the get on. No black woman is made of brick and no black woman will always have it all together. More importantly, they do not have to. Each black woman is entitled—despite what the media perpetuates-- to embrace all of her humanity, the fragilities, the vulnerabilities, and the complexities. Period. 5. We all have a tribe: Some of us find our closest friends early on in life while others are late bloomers and are just getting to the groove of creating and sustaining meaningful friends. We all have a tribe. If you have not found yours yet, don't stop looking because they are looking for you, too. 6. Courage is a muscle that can be developed. I think Maya Angelou said something to this effect recently. You can build courage by being courageous at small things first like being the first to speak at a meeting or being the first to introduce yourself to someone that you want to get to know. Once are you comfortable with being courageous at small things you can be courageous at big things like quitting that damn 9-5 you hate, traveling alone, or relocating to a strange place to follow your passion.

7. Travel is powerful. Travel gives you some of the biggest life lessons about culture, nature, and history. Travel also introduces a woman to herself because she is forced to step out of her comfort zone, deal with being different, and learn to connect with people in a short period of time. 8. Life is to be lived on purpose. Life is way short and before you know it, you may be collecting a Social Security check. In hindsight, most people regret the risks they did not take rather than the ones they did take. So, if you want to do that thing, whatever it is, take some action steps within the next 24 hours to get the ball rollin'. 9. It is empowering to ask for everything that you want 100% of the time. Some of us engage is such debilitating self-talk that we talk ourselves out of pursuing an interest, asking a question, and taking a risk because we have already convinced ourselves that we will fail. This negative talk is irrational and has no grounding in reality. You cannot wait for someone to read your mind. You have to go out there and be proactive. While you may not get what you want all of the time, the practice of asking will become habit and increase your changes of getting most of what you want. 10. You have the right to change your mind at any time. We make decisions with the information that we have at any given time. If more information shows that we should reconsider, slow down, or hightail it in the opposite direction, it’s in our every right.

Did you know that having a professional website can expose your business to thousands of new clients and help you increase sales? Well, it’s true. Yet in 2012, 50% of small businesses do not have a good searchable website, or worse, they have no website at all! Surely, it is a considerable investment to develop a branding for your business, something people will relate to and recognize as you grow. So the question is, “Can you afford NOT to have a professional website?”. Here are 5 Reasons You Should Invest in a Website for Your Small Business Today: 1) People are looking for your product or service online. As traditional advertising, like the Yellow Pages and other printed directories, is disappearing, searching for businesses via the Internet is faster, easier and more common. 2) Inform and share information with your customers. You’re busy and you can’t be everywhere at the same time. From hours of operation and contact information to details about your products and services, your website will be the face and voice of your business when you are unavailable. 3) It’s the best way to spend your marketing budget. Out of all the advertising and marketing methods available to businesses, websites are one of the most effective, effiicient and inexpensive ways to create exponential growth and quickly increase visibility. Compared to other forms of advertising, a website is much cheaper but yields more results. 4) Legitimize your business. If you can’t be found, you appear to be out of business. There’s nothing more unimpressive than getting online to check out a business or service and finding nothing. 5) Compete in your market. Online sales are increasing year after year. Through the use of Search Engine Optimization, a good website can help you reach your target market. You’ve invested so much already! Don’t let branding get in the way of your success.

Leia Lewis Henderson, M.A., is Your Soulful Grower & Success Coach. She is a motivational teacher, speaker, author and consultant. Leia connects entrepreneurs and socially responsible organizations with strategic marketing strategies that raise their credibility, visibility and profit potential. Leia also is passionate about helping enterprising women, creative artists, and spiritual teachers monetize their knowledge, message and talent. She teaches visionary leaders how to create,

come. As one who desires to teach by example and model positive possibilities, Leia is launching her premiere signature program in Spring/Summer 2013. This original offering, called The SOULFUL GARDENING SOLUTION: The #1 Resource to Grow Organic Fresh Food with Fun & Flavor, will empower a multitude of women (and the people they love) to know the joy and wisdom of gardening. A heart-centered visionary and bold leader, Leia Lewis brings a spirit of kindness, bright creativity, clear intuition, diplomacy and service to her work and collaborations. She draws from the deep well of her life experiences and the wisdom of her ancestors, elders and mentors to deliver high-value learning experiences, programs and services that are Soulfully rich and professionally excellent.

promote and present signature programs that powerfully expand their capacity to serve more people, while generating exciting new streams of in-

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