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),
a country of disparate interests, the decision of millions of women to step up & speak out and of course… LIFE. Because in between the news reports, marching and pissed off Facebook posts, you still have dinner to make, people to love and Hidden Figures to go see.
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
Hey lovelies, When it comes to tools for success, you can’t beat a planner. Yes, I still like to write with a pen & paper (dark ages right?) and I love pretty, well-made things. Every year I’m on the lookout for cool, functional, right-for-me planners. Now of course, you can get a regular notebook or calendar but if you want some extra motivation.. I’ve put together a list of the ones I like:
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!
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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!
As I write this, the Golden State Warriors are balling in their first NBA Finals game in 40 years.
Are you kidding me? That is what I call a dream realized! Even if you aren’t a basketball or Warriors fan, we can applaud the manifestation of that 40 year vision.
Speaking of working toward dreams, I am so grateful and proud of everyone who did their Dreamwork! I received so many emails and comments about the various ways people used the Elevate tool in the video last week. I hope you are inspired and ready to do more because I have another piece of Dreamwork ready and waiting for you 🙂 Check out the video:
Dreamwork – Gratitude on HIGH!
Here’s what I’d love you to do:
Choose a time of day to record your Gratitude on HIGH: morning, noon or night
Decide whether you will record it through writing, audio recording or speaking it aloud to another person.
Answer these 3 questions: What in my past am I thankful for and why (could be yesterday or a decade ago)?
What am I thankful for RIGHT NOW in this moment and why (get present)?
What am I thankful for that I or someone else has done that will effect my future and why (what actions, attitude shifts, world happenings)?
ELEVATE your gratitude for 3 days
Leave a comment letting me know how it went!
So good people, there is no need to wait 40 years. It’s time. Workshop details and tickets coming soon. Don’t forget to share with friends and please leave a comment below or on my new Facebook page. xoxo