Bloggers Like Me

One of the primary reasons I decided to start this blog was because of my interest in being a part of a community of like minded individuals. On my quest to network and build community, I came across Bloggers Like Me, founded by Leslie of Fashion D’Jour.

Thanks to Bloggers Like Me, I’ve become acquainted with countless bloggers I greatly  admire. In light of my burgeoning blogging network, I’ve decided to showcase a few of my favorite blogs and bloggers in a series I’ve coined “Currently Obsessed: Blogger Crush.” The series will be commencing shortly as I already have my first blog crush lined up.

If you’re a blogger and you would like to join the Bloggers Like Me Network click here.

In addition, if you would like to be considered for my Currently Obsessed:Blogger Crush Series, please feel free to email me at whereisthelovebutton@gmail.com.

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Beyonce Teams Up with United Nations

As if I needed another reason to adore Beyonce?! She’s teamed up with the United Nations on a global campaign, dubbed I Was Here. The campaign seeks to encourage global activism by getting 1 billion people worldwide  involved in World Humanitarian Day, held on August 19th.

Check out Beyonce’s video campaign:

She graced the United Nations with her presence on Friday to promote the campaign. What’s not to love about these images?

I applaud Beyonce for her efforts in influencing change and shining a light on oft-overlooked social issues.

For more information, go to http://www.whd-iwashere.org/.

We Salute You, Gabby Douglas

 

I’d like to interrupt scheduled postings to send a shout out to Gabby Douglas. Overnight, the 16- year old Olympian became a household name after becoming the first black woman to take home the all around top prize in gymnastics. Her hard work, dedication, and faith in God should inspire us all to commit ourselves to pursuing our own goals with fervor.

Ms. Douglas, we salute you!

For the full Gabby Douglas story, check out the video below.

Billionaire Girl’s Club

 

 

Sara Blakely was recently featured on the cover of Forbes magazine. The 41-year-old founder of Spanx launched the hosiery company with $5,000 in savings and went on to become the youngest self-made female billionaire.

Blakely is a true inspiration for entrepreneurs everywhere. She started Spanx while working her day job, keeping her side business top-secret, and fulfilling orders from home.

Below is a summary I put together of Blakely’s top five tips for entrepreneurs:

1. ” Don’t let the first “no” (or five) stop you.”

Rejection is a part of the process. Believe in yourself and your product, accept constructive criticism but do not let a closed door deter you. Rejections should be viewed as stepping stones to success.

2. “Don’t quit your day job just yet.”

Be patient. Don’t resign until you are absolutely sure your business idea is feasible and producing enough revenues to cover your living expenses.

3. “Don’t seek validation from others.”

There is a critical difference between seeking out advice and feedback on your product/business plan and merely seeking validation. If you believe in your idea there is no need for further validation. As Blakley puts it “you want to tell the people who can help move your idea forward, but if you’re just looking to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife for validation, be careful. It can stop a lot of multimillion-dollar ideas in their tracks in the beginning.”

4. “Hire your weaknesses.”

No one person possesses  every skill needed to successfully launch, operate and expand a business. Objectively assess your  skill set and consider seeking out individuals who can fill in existing voids in order to add value to your company.

5. “Never stop evolving.”

Don’t rest on your laurels. Continually strive to improve and refine your product.

Vision Board

While The Secret provides a secular approach to the process of “Asking, Believing, and Receiving,” a number of its teachings are aligned with those found in the Bible. The Law of Attraction states that by making our desires known and focusing our attentions on them, the Universe conspires to make them materialize. Similarly, the Bible contains  scriptures instructing believers that if they ask and believe, they will receive. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”    -Matthew 7:7-9

With that in mind, using Oprah’s handy-dandy O Dream Board tool, I created my very own vision board.  The creation process was both fun and enlightening and I encourage you to make one of your own!

Click on the board to open a larger image of  it.

P.S. As Oprah says “making a vision board is not a substitute for elbow grease”. You still have to go out into the world and pursue those things which you desire. Only with effort and faith will your dreams come to fruition. Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-to-Make-a-Vision-Board-Find-Your-Life-Ambition-Martha-Beck/1