My daughter & I at the Oakland Women’s March on Jan 21st
Well, here we are. Fully into 2017 with a new president (you can’t make me say his name),
So where do your goals fit in and around all this LIFE that we find ourselves in? Losing 10 pounds, going back to school or saving money may seem insignificant in the face of executive orders slamming down like anvils. But now more than ever, is the world in need of powerful women (& men) doing what it takes to shine bright. Hear me now…
Having a bright light doesn’t mean shouting from the rooftops, it means
- loving yourself enough to commit to you
- being honest about wanting more & knowing you deserve it
- allowing love to pour into the empty spaces
- grieving loss, wrongdoing & pain and being grateful that you can FEEL
- not just reading about & praising but DOing God.. as a verb
I am writing because I feel the overwhelm and I-just-cant-even energy weighing us down like wool blankets. I’m all for being comfy but look, nothing is changing under all those covers! We have to throw the covers to the side, get up and brave the cold. It’s time to create the energy we need to thrive.
And it’s time to do it the right way.
Step #1 to BE instead of become your best self: Take some time to think about how you’ve grown over the past year. Acknowledge the aspects of your life that have changed for the better and write them down.
Please share your thoughts below. I’ll be in my community and email inboxes frequently this month with more steps. I AM MY RESOLUTION! is my mantra, I hope it will soon echo in your mind as well ♡
Planning – Organization – Accountability – Written Intention
Law of Attraction Success Planner – This is my 2017 choice. It is planning through intention, has room for lots of list making, purpose building, goals & reflection. Plus it has all of the spiritual woo-woo stuff I love 😉 Oh, it lays flat and has ribbon place-markers (very important technical stuff for me). $20-40
Top·Down Planner – This was my choice last year. Absolutely loved it. 1-5 year goal section, mind maps, meeting notes, gratitude logs and it helps you plan your day according to your goals instead of what needs to be done. Some folks like larger planners, this one is thick but small enough to carry around. Woman-owned. It is pricey at $50
Proclaim, Prepare and Prosper Shades of Color – I was gifted this planner a few years ago by a good sistafriend and absolutely loved it because of the gorgeous art throughout. It is simple in terms of planning but inspires with lovely portraits of women, quotes, coloring pages, nutrition facts, etc. Black owned. $18
Desire Map Planner – By Danielle LaPorte, whom I adore. This is super popular, a planner based on your desires and the way you want to FEEL. She sprinkles her “truthbombs” throughout to keep you motivated. I highly recommend looking to see if its your thing. It is a daily planner where the rest of these are mostly weekly. Woman-owned $44
Passion Planner – Great planner for students & more. Room to write and create a roadmap to what you want. A young woman entrepreneur with a great story. For every one they sell, they give one away! $25-30
My Shining Year – A bestseller, thousands sold. Heart-centered creative, and very playful. Colorful and cartoon art. Not my style but many swear by it. It is not a daily calendar, meant to dream/vision for the year.Woman-owned $10(digital) -25
Commit 30 – Really cool accountability planner. Simple and daily pages. Lots of room to write & gorgeous simple covers. $30
Volt Planner – This one has space to draw and journal and is goal driven. Lays flat and has ribbon place-markers It isn’t pretty enough for me lol. Very sophisticated though. Also Woman-owned. $30-40
Rituals For Living Dreambook + Planner – I almost got this one. Love the combination of rituals and planning. Dreaming, goals, reflection & weekly task-lists. It is also very stylized and crunchy granola 😉 Husband & wife team $44
Have you tried any of these, have a favorite not mentioned? Let us know in the comments!
My secret tool for staying focused during 2017 (Free!)
Create your own personalized theme to use as a compass! Let it point you toward your vision month after month.
Elevation requires risk.
Ascension is rarely achieved without a fall.. or few.
The air up there is harder to breathe for unprepared lungs.
The higher you go, the further away you get from the ground.. your roots, comfort zone, safety.
Put your risk into words, acknowledge it, weigh it.
And then climb
I am bursting at the seams with some good news!
Last week, I was blessed with my first on-air television interview about Elevate your NOW. #stillcheesing
The show, Black Renaissance, features current issues and a healthy balance to media negativity by profiling folks doing great things in the world.
Yes, I was nervous but my biggest quandary? This sentence: You can wear anything you want except for prints, stripes, dots, black or white. WHAT? Queue closet explosion and my husband going to hide lol.
Check out my livestream video as I’m walking to the studio
The Producer & Director of Communications and Public Affairs at CBS Local Media, Akilah Bolden, ushered us straight into the studio as they were taping the preview for the 11 o’clock news. How cool is that? It was great until she whispered, “Kysha, you’re up first” and pointed me toward a desk 5 feet away from the news anchors 😮 Queue trusty deodorant lol. It turns out I had no need for nerves. Christin Ayers, the host, was personable and easygoing and I bonded quickly with the other guests on the show. It was over in a flash and so much fun.
The producer and I!
The show airs this Sunday the 16th, at 11am PST (Channel 44/Cable 12). I’d love for you to catch it and leave a comment letting me know what you thought of the interview!
BOOM! pppop pop pop pop pppop POP! Sigh.
In my wonderful city the fireworks begin weeks before Independence Day. Call it a heightened sense of patriotism, fascination with explosions or a love of pretty lights… all I know is at random times of the day or night, it’s irritating. Now I love fireworks. But what I’ve come to realize is the Forth of July marks the second half of the year and I am often “snap, crackle, popped” out.
In these last 6 months I’ve courageously stepped into a few resolutions and had a couple step on me – ouch. I’ve manifested a dream and watched another get fuzzy. The beginning of summer finds me at a place where I’m running on automatic and in danger of backsliding into old habits instead of being fueled by my usual passion and purpose.
Soooo, BOOM, POP! I’m using America’s 240th Fourth of July to strike a match and light some INNER fireworks for myself and YOU! My theme for July is “Success without Stopping” and I’ve created an awesome gift for you!
Fill in the blanks of this new lease on 2016 and post in the comments! I’d love to read it. I’d love it even more if you’d share your Inner Declaration of Independence with the rest of the Elevate your NOW tribe so we can be inspired and hold space for all that you declare. Want something EVEN better? Click here and you’ll receive a lovely PDF that you can print out and hang.. yeah, it’s cuz I love you 😉
INNER DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
I’d love to hear your thoughts, I always reply to emails and I check the group daily. xoxo
Good God, where did the year go??
I am actually super excited to head into the new year. Why? Because this time it’s not just me and my wonderful family. I am meeting 2016 as the creator of Elevate your NOW with an awesome community that is inspired to take flight to the next level of their lives.
However, I’m not going to lie, the end of 2015 came so quick I feel like I’m gasping for breath! I know I’m not alone in this feeling but you know what? We’ve got to slip on our bikinis (ok, ok, a one-piece.. wait, did someone say wetsuit?) and ride the wave! I’m determined to ride into 2016 wearing a crown of gratitude, a bedazzled tool-belt and some stilettos of steel! Heeeey, don’t hate on my outfit, after I give you the details, you’ll want to rock it too!
YOU HAVE 40 DAYS & BEYOND to stop the cycle of declaring resolutions only to get started, lose steam, and beat yourself up come February.
Repeat after me: I will not declare a resolution; I am my resolution! Join me in this campaign to bust into 2016 with an intention to BE instead of become! I am offering a FREE strategy of quick, bite-sized steps to absorb your vision into your reality.
Here’s a glimpse of what I have in store for you
- Hashtag Contest with great prizes!
- Banish the #1 killer of dreams
- Clear & passionate goal setting
- You have everything you need.. under your mess! Clearing space for 2016
- Your new woman-crush: YOU
- New workshops
- No woo-woo theories or dissertations – Practical day-to-day tips for reaching your goals
I’ll include some of the good stuff in my regular newsletter but if you really want to show up next year AS your resolution, click here to get EVERYTHING
Have you ever come across a successful business or invention and thought, “What? that was my idea! I knew I should’ve done that.”
Or perhaps ran into a guy you once knew, who now has a great career and marriage, and instantly regretted that you didn’t talk to him when you had the chance?
Opportunities and ideas are energy.
They are not created accidentally, they happen because ‘things’ in the world are aligned to bring them to fruition. Once this perfect idea is out there, it is then pulled toward the person that is aligned with it! Want to guess what happens next? YOU happen. You make a choice whether to engage or allow it to come into your life. When your decision is “no thank you”, it doesn’t just dissipate. This perfect inspiration? Hell no, it seeks someone else in alignment and you, my friend, have just missed out.
When Opportunity knocks…
- One who, for whatever reason, is uninterested
- One who wants it, but is scared stiff of being picked because they are insecure about their ability or experience
- One who is cocky and therefore not growing, “I’ve done it before, could do it in my sleep…”
Who does the director choose? #4: The one who has talent but more importantly, is eager and ready to either fall on their face or light the stage on fire!
I’m giving you a tool.
Think about the last few times an opportunity, inspiration or idea (that felt right) came your way. Did you show up as number 1, 2, 3, or 4? What was the result? If an opportunity to move forward in your vision presented itself, how would you love to show up and what shift do you need to make in order to be chosen?
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Seems that everywhere I turn, the theme is giving thanks with an undertone of potential grief.
I say let’s feel it.
All those things I don’t want to feel. Refuse to let in.
Your dream is ready. Are you?
“I have a gentle, joy-filled, respectful, unconditional relationship with my children”
– One of my 2015 vision statements
Aaaaaand this is my Facebook post from Saturday:
WOOSAH. 2 disrespectful instances in one evening?
Closet door open
belt in hand
My sista Linda, the Positive Discipline expert, must’ve been speaking my name because I decided to sit us both down and take a few moments to center myself (after threatening that he better hope I’m in a different space in 3 minutes).
Before it was over, we talked about choices, consequences, the warring voices in our minds and I LISTENED to what he thought of his own behavior and decisions. I learned some things and he lost some things as a result of his actions. And I must say, it felt good hugging instead of hitting. We’ll see how this turns out. #mommyslearning #learningtogether #putthebeltaway#dowhatworks #hasviolenceworkedforus #blackboysmatter #raisinggoodmen
WOOSAH. Again. Putting this on paper was hard, sharing it on Facebook and now with you is slightly painful. But I am sharing this very personal slice of mommyhood because we sometimes think the tools of manifestation, i.e. vision boards, affirmations, visualizing, etc., create some kind of magic that bring dreams to life. I apologize if I’m bursting huge shiny bubbles but: they don’t. There is magic, but like the choice I made to discipline my son without a belt, it occurs in the arduous daily choices we make to remain as we are or move into the version of ourselves alive inside of our dreams.
In my workshops I quote Rev Andriette Earl as saying, “The biggest lie, the biggest.. is that you can have a different life without being different”. The tools that I mention above and those I share and teach through my workshops assist and remind us that we desire a different life. The magic? Well the magic happens when SugarHoneyIcedTea hits the fan in our current reality! You know, like when an old pattern pops up in a yummy new relationship.. when you’ve decided on a budget and then see a 50% off sale.. when you’ve been planning out your meals and someone offers cake (wait, sorry. That’s me), when you decide to step out on a limb but still have one hand on the solid secure trunk of the tree.
Need another WOOSAH?
Saturday night, I chose to move beyond the default, our history, my experience. I chose a different life. I was able to choose because I’ve affirmed and envisioned that life consistently. But man, it is hard work! I’ve had many choices before this one with my tween/teen children (who are great) and many more to go.
This is my work and my passion! With my own life and with yours. Because you are reading this, I challenge you to use the tools you have already, use my Dreamwork and join me in a workshop to continue manifesting your dreams and working the real magic of manifestation; The journey into the new you ♡