Monday, November 29, 2010

No More Business As Usual

I had a great week last week even though I did not get a lot done because of the holiday and also me not feeling well one of those days.  My friend Georgette came from Texas, so it was nice to spend some time with her.  We got a chance to share a lot about what we are doing and how we can help each other grow our businesses.  I will become a partner in Georgette's travel business and she is going to become a partner in my 5Linx business.  

I am really looking forward to what lies ahead.  This year is almost gone and I have decided that 2011 will not be business as usual.  I want to grow the Ms. Boss brand so I will be taking more calculated risks and putting myself out there more.  In the past I've been very modest about myself and this modesty has been reflected in my income or the lack there of.  So I know in order for me to achieve the kind of success and financial freedom that I want I cannot continue to business as usual.

My question to you is simple this.  Did you hit all of your goals for 2010 or will you hit them before the year closes out?  Did you even come close?  If you didn't will you continue to do business as usual in 2011?

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!
Audrey

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What I'm Thankful For!

It's that time of year again, when we stop and reflect on all of the things we are thankful for.  Although I do this everyday, I don't share it with anyone.  But since it is that time of year, I just want to share what I am thankful for and would love it if you would share we me what you are thankful for.  Back in July my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  This really through me for a loop, because my mom had just lost two of her 6 brothers back to back to lung cancer.  When she told me her results came back positive for cancer I didn't know how to react.  I told her it would be OK and then I dashed off to a meeting.  This was my way of not having to deal with it at that moment.  When I returned home that night I still could not talk about it.  I went into my bedroom and I cried because I had just attended a funeral in May for my uncle.  The next day I talked to my mom about it and assured her that everything would be OK.  She had the cancerous lump removed and had her first chemo treatment was about 3 weeks ago.  After the chemo treatment she developed pneumonia and was hospitalized for 6 days.  She came on after that and had to go right back to the hospital because she had developed a condition called diverticulitis.  She was hospitalized for another 5 days.She was in so much pain.  I had to be strong but deep down inside I was crumbling and no one knew.  My mom was released this past Monday.  She still felt a little sick, but as the days went on she started to feel better.  She is feeling good and I am so grateful and thankful for that, because she loves to cook at Thanksgiving and I know if she had been feeling sick she would not be able to cook.  When I came down stairs this morning the sun was shinning so bright.  I opened all of the blinds in my office so that it could engulf the room.  I could smell Thanksgiving as I entered the kitchen where my mom and my uncle were already at it.  The ham was done and the cornbread was in the oven so the stuffing could be made.  I gave my uncle a pat on the back and said hello and gave my mom a big hug.  She said to me I feel really good today and just writing this brings tears to my eyes.  So to hear those words come out of her mouth makes me really Thankful.
 
Life is short and holidays are precious, so I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!
Audrey

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Putting In The Work

On Sunday's I usually like to just lounge around, but I decided that I want to postpone all of the lounging and put the work into building my businesses.  I set some goals that I still need to hit.  

I remember when I first started out in my doll company I used to grind, but then I got married and I stopped grinding like I used.  I made the decision about a week ago that if I am going to achieve the type of success that I want I have to put the work in and grind like I used to.  I used to burn the midnight oil until the sun came up.  After the holidays I will be on this grind again.  My goal for 2011 is to hit $500,000.  In order to do this I know I must create a very strategic plan and take carefully planned action.  I am creating a mindset of massive success right now.  I know I can hit this mark, I just have to put the work in.  So if you missed your mark invite you to join me on the grind and put the work in to hit your goal.

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!
Audrey
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success [MINDSET -OS]

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Do You Have Too Much Going On?

If someone asked me this question knowing all of the things that I do I would have to say maybe I do have a lot going on to some, but as far as I am concerned I don't have too much going on.  So let me just tell you what I do have going on and how I manage it all. Right now I run this blog, The Ms. Boss Report another blog titled Becoming Me, I host a weekly radio show titled The Ms. Boss Show and a social network titled The Ms. Boss Network.  I am also a business partner in 5Linx which is a tele-communications company.  I am also in the process of launching a web-TV social network with a partner and working a project to build a women business center in Liberia.  Some one may think that this is just too much, but this stuff keeps me going.  It keeps me constantly thinking about my businesses and what I want for my life.  I understand that in order for me to be successful I have to have a solid plan of action, which I do.  You see, the way that I designed my businesses was that each one of them can be done on a part-time basis.  As they grow I will build a team to help me manage the growth.  There are only 24 hours in a day and I've broken my days down to fit my lifestyle.  So I want to share a few tips with you if you have too much going on and don't see any progress.

1.  First know why you are doing your businesses in the first place
2.  Determine how important your businesses are and if you can run them on a part-time basis or do you need to run them full-time.
3.  Prioritize your tasks 
4.  Set a scheduled time to work on each business.
5.  Give yourself some time off

Hope you found this article helpful.

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!
Audrey

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ms. Boss International Update

I've been somewhat missing in action because my mom has been ill and had to be hospitalized, but I am back in business and moving forward.  I am really happy to celebrate the 1 year anniversary for Ms. Boss International.  I started this company last year and so far we are moving forward in a direction that I believe will continue to build and expand the brand.  I did a short video to give you an update about what I've been doing with the company and some new ventures.  As always I would love to hear from you about what you are doing, so feel free to leave me your comment.

video

Be Your Own Brand: A Breakthrough Formula for Standing Out from the Crowd
Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!
Audrey

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

No Matter What

No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You LoveLife as an entrepreneur can be challenging at times.  Each time a challenge arise you have to ask why you became an entrepreneur in the first place.  I've been having a very challenging few months with my mom being sick, but I have decided that I will continue to move my business forward no matter what.  This no matter what attitude and a solid plan of action will help you continue to move forward when you are up against the challenges that seems to never stop coming.  If you are having trouble with overcoming these challenges I would like to suggest Lisa Nichols book No Matter What.  I got the opportunity to meet Lisa and hear her speak on several occassions and she was great.  I love her book and I believe that if you are facing challenges and questioning your decisions, then you should definitely pick up a copy as soon as possible.

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!
Audrey 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Read Between The Lines With Shawn Edgington

I had the pleasure to meet entrepreneur and author Shawn Edgington a couple of weeks ago in NYC.  She has written a wonderful book which is packaged beautifully which is titled Read Between The Lines: A Humorous Guide To Texting With Simplicity And Style.  I love the book its colorful and fun.  Most of all you really learn a lot about texting.  I just wanted to include a short lesson on lingo from page 73 in the book.  So here goes.

1.  2Nite-Tonight
2.  B/C= Because
3.  BYAM= Between You And Me
4.  CHG= Change
5.  ERLY= Early
6.  IMO= In My Opinion
7.  L8R= Later (this is my favorite one)
8.  MYHOTY= My Hats Of  To You (my second favorite)
9.  PEEPs= People
10. P/U= Pick Up

I remember taking short hand when I was in high school.  I wonder will there be a class in texting?  As you can see it has become a part of our everyday life.  Almost everything is done on our cell phones. 

My mom is pretty new to texting, so I am going to get her a copy of the book so that she can keep up with the lingo.  If you haven't got your copy get it now.Read Between the Lines: A Humorous Guide to Texting with Simplicity and Style

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!
Audrey