2018 Reading List

For 2018 I want to become more of a boss. I know I want to eventually run my own business, but I realized business owners don’t just wake up and have everything they’ve ever imagined. They have to be knowledgeable.

The books that I chose mostly align with becoming an entrepreneur and becoming financial literate. I want to learn about investing, and making my money work FOR ME. I don’t want to work for money. So! With that in mind here are the books that I plan to finish by the year out. Enjoy.

 

Rich Dad, Poor Dad
by Robert T. Kiyosaki
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I chose this book because most of our bad money habits are learned. A lot goes back to how we view money, and how we saw our parents use it and their parents so on. This book is a contrast of the lessons learned from the author’s “poor dad” and  his “rich dad”, who was essentially a friend’s dad who showed him the ins and outs of business and money. 

 

Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
by Charlamagne Tha God
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Honestly, the title alone had me intrigued. What is Black  Privilege? Right? Charlamagne believes that we have to create the lives we want, and I completely agree. This book is about living an authentic life and allowing that to be a guide to get everything you’ve ever dreamed. It’s about accountability, confidence, and walking in your own truth. 

 

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
by Gary Vaynerchuk 
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I had a friend to recommend this book a while ago, he’s very social media savvy. Not just posting, but posting intentionally. [Shameless Plug] Check him out! Amazing graphic/content designer (IG: @iam_hank). But yeah! I’m looking to improve how I use social media to promote myself and my blog. This book focuses on how to develop high-quality content, and how to tailor it to different social media platforms. How you interact with your audience isn’t the same for every outlet. I want to master integrated communication.

 

Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice
by Dennis KimbroNapoleon Hill
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Think and Grow Rich is originally by Napoleon Hill, which is a success guide to change your mindset to get rich. Well, Mr. Dennis Kimbro redesigned this version with a sprinkle of culture. It still is inspirational, and models the steps to success. He includes success secrets from Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, Dr. Selma Burke, Oprah Winfrey, and others. I can’t wait to get into this one!

 

The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage
by Daymond JohnDaniel Paisner
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Daymond John, the founder of FUBU, and star of the TV show Shark Tank talks about how being broke breeds creativity. He believes that his drive and hard work comes just from that. He says that starting with nothing forces you to use your resources effectively, desperation breeds innovation. With wanting to design my own innovative fashion product, I think this is a great place to start. 

 

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
by Kelly McGonigal
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I discovered that my willpower is a little low, lol! My health and fitness journey taught me this more than anything. This book explores the science behind self control and how we can use it to improve our health, happiness and productivity. Just what I need. 

 

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert B. Cialdini
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With wanting to bring an innovative product to the market, I need to know how to sell myself. This book focuses on the psychology of getting a “yes”. I’ll need that for investors, sales, even in personal relationships. 

 

Rich Habits: How to be successful with fingertip habit changes
by Stephen Dalton
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This book is self-help for people who are easily distracted, and jump between tasks. It focuses on small changes we can take to ensure productivity and financial success!

 

The Intelligent Investor (Collins Business Essentials)
by Benjamin GrahamJason Zweig (Contributor)Warren Buffett(Contributor)
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So Benjamin Graham wrote “the bible of investing” as a lot of people call it. He’s known as the greatest investment advisor of the 20th century. Jason Zweig and Warren Buffet use the same principles from his book but with a contemporary twist to reflect today’s market. I’m reading this basically so when I get rich I know how to make my money make money. 

 

The Magic of Thinking Big
by David J. Schwartz
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If you haven’t noticed just yet.. changing how I think is my biggest goal! I realized I have to change my perception to change my habits and then my life. The Magic of Thinking Big deals with just that. David believes that success isn’t dependent on intellect or talent but our thinking habits and learning to behave to reach that success.

 

Starting a morning routine. Eliminating excuses.

Background: Les be honest. Mornings are THE WORST for me. I have to be at work everyday at 8:30 AM, I normally roll out of bed around 8:10, 8:15. YIKES right? I will hold on to my bed with every piece of strength I own. I’m sure my snooze button hates me, lol. I’ve always had this issue. This cold weather ain’t making this no betta.

One of my goals for this year is to get up earlier, get a morning routine going. I don’t want to roll out of bed, starting my day off sluggish. I want to work out, drink tea & have breakfast. For now. I hope to eventually have enough time to even read or blog every morning.

Yesterday morning my alarm went off, I was having the same battle. I ended up just convincing myself, “I don’t have anything to DO anyway” I failed, but I took something away from that failure. It made me realize that I had to eliminate my “way out”. So last night before I got in the bed I made a plan. I wrote down what I wanted to get done when I got up the next morning. I made a goal, so there was something to work towards. I eliminated my excuse of not having anything to do after getting up early.

This morning my alarm goes off.  Of course. I hit SNOOOOOOZZEEE. Twice. I didn’t get up until a little before seven, but I was up and at the gym by 7:15!!! I’m extremely proud of myself. I set a goal, and I achieved it. I didn’t get up as early as I wanted, but I did better than yesterday. That’s what matters right? I’m finding the value in to do lists. Checking things off can be so satisfying and it keeps you well aware of the things you need to accomplish. 1 day in, forever to go though, ya’ll pray for me.

2018: Growth & Manifestation.

2018_ The Year of Growth & Manifestation

First off, Happy New Year! I’ve taken the first few days of 2018 to really reflect on 2017, to make sure 2018 really pop. 2017 made me realize a lot about myself, 2017 was a complete year of lessons. It was the year that I became more open minded to who I am, more honest about me.

Lessons/Realizations of 2017:

There is no one like me. I have a divine purpose and path.

Sometimes, it’s me. I have toxic tendencies and I’m not perfect. 

I can’t claim I’m going to be wealthy, with no knowledge on HOW to be wealthy.

Procrastination will ruin me. 

I can overcome ANYTHING

Life works FOR me and not TO me.

My physical environment is a manifestation of my psychological one. 

  • If my room/space is cluttered, my mind is too
  • What I think is what/how I create

I have to change how I think to change my life

All the thoughts, good and bad, I internalize. Be mindful of my thoughts.

Balance.

Share my story. Never be ashamed of my experiences. What I go through, someone may be able to relate and pull through too. 

The list could literally go on forever.

Since 2017 was the year of realization. I’m making 2018 the year of manifest. This is year I WILL change. I’m growing and glowing up all year. It’s my road to riches. Rich in love, rich in knowledge, health and wealth.

I usually hate resolutions. It feels so cliche. Despite all of that, I wrote down my goals anyway. I realized resolutions only feel cliche if they’re short lived and unfulfilled year after year.

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I’ve broken my goals down from what they are, to how I’m going to achieve them. I’m in the process of actually planning my process and what it looks month by month, weekly and even down to daily habits. Keep a look out for more blogs with more details! This year will be the year of me, come along for the ride.

 

Walking in purpose

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For a long time I’ve heard people talking about having purpose. One of the first places I remember hearing about living your purpose was in church. I remember praying and asking God, what’s my purpose? I would pray that somehow I would end up on the path that was meant for me. The crazy thing is, fulfilling your purpose isn’t as big of a puzzle of confusion as we think. You just have to pay attention to what gives you drive, pay attention to the things that make you happy. I’ve had so many “decided” paths lol, I just knew I was going to be a lawyer, then I became positive I would be a pharmacist. That was quickly shattered by Bio 160. I’ve majored in dietetics and nutrition. The sad thing is.. I just spent so much time trying to spell nutrition just then, like spell check couldn’t even help me out lol. Anyways, child I even thought about being an engineer. I was so tied up in finding myself that I didn’t pay attention to what I enjoyed all along. When you begin to walk in your purpose it seems like life just comes together like you need it. That doesn’t mean that things won’t be hard sometimes, but for me, all the things and people I needed to get to where I wanted to go was already around me. It’s all so crazy to me. Don’t be fooled, there are actually a lot of people out there who will support you. People you’ve never physically met, all the people you just “know of”. When I started Libheration it was just a leap, I wanted to start when I had everything together and perfect, but a friend said “just start small, start building your community”. I just put forth action and things begin to happen. I’ve been connected to so many amazing, talented people. I’ve always said that this has nothing to do with me. None of my success, ideas, connections, moves are an attest to me. I can’t really take credit, I feel like I’m just a vessel. I know it’s God. You know Chance The Rapper says “blessings keep falling in my lap” that’s the feeling.

Also, in maintaining your purpose, you CAN NOT pay attention to other people. This is something I say ALL the time. Because it’s so vital. You can’t stay focused on your journey if you’re comparing yourself to other people. You have to appreciate and trust your process. You have to find a balance in appreciating where you are and being stagnant .. one of my best friends made this great point. She was like everybody always saying to appreciate where you at, but sometimes where you at is because you not making moves to go to the next level. That was so profound to me, appreciate your journey, but never get complacent.

I said all this to encourage anyone to began that thing you’ve been thinking about for a minute. Just put a little effort into it, make your first jump. It’s so worth it. When you begin to chase the thing that makes you happy, it comes easy. You don’t have to work so hard, because it’s everything that you were made to do. So you’ve already been equipped. Ain’t that amazing? That’s like Sister of the Traveling Handz, I’m starting to believe that each of us were connected to begin something beyond ourselves. We were first brought together by our sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, and then we all used the same hustle we used in working that sorority. A lot of people don’t realize that’s it’s a business, and that honestly doing work for your sorority is work experience. It’s an incorporation. We used those skills, to put work in for ourselves. Now we’re all in places, on bigger platforms, able to make a difference. I realized that having women around you who support is a driving force. I want every woman to experience this feeling, you have women to hold you accountable, to connect you to resources, help you, teach you. I want both Libheration and Sisters of the Traveling Handz to grow into that community, and I know it will. Again, take the chance ladies. You will not only do something great for yourself, but you’ll also inspire more people to do the same thing! Go ahead, just take the first step, and before you know it you’ll be full fledged walking in your divine purpose!

Why did I start Libheration?

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

One day I decided that my journey was just that, my own. I found my own libheration. I felt free and I wanted this for other women.

So lately I’ve been getting asked what made me start Libheration? People are wondering where did the concept come from? It’s a nice play on words, it’s creative, it gets the people going. Lol no seriously. The concept started very small, I just wanted to do something for women. I began my own journey of finding myself, and I realized that things are more simple than we believe. I began to pay attention to myself and to my happiness. I felt free. I only began to feel free when I started to live only for myself. I stopped watching what everybody else was doing, and focused on myself. I realized that comparison is TOXIC. For a long time I struggled with where I was in life. I was still in undergrad, for the SIXTH year. I hated school. I hated my job. I hated where I lived. I pushed away the people who care about me the most. It wasn’t intentional, it was just a manifestation of how I felt inside. I thought I was moving too slow, I saw friends making major moves. I saw everyone I started with get into medical school, law school, land dream jobs, get engaged, living the life. Per my perception.

One day I decided that my journey was just that, my own. I found my own libheration. I felt free and I wanted this for other women. I’ve always enjoyed marketing/branding so I decided to do for myself what I had been doing for other people for years. I wanted my brand to represent sheer freedom. Liberate immediately came to mind. I thought synonyms of free. It was freedom. & it was for women. BOOM Libheration was birthed, and let’s not get it twisted, I never started this as a declaration of my perfection. This is just an expression of my own truth and I hope that in turn other women realize that their truth is fine too. It’s okay to be where you are, as long as you’re striving on your own terms to be better. Better for you won’t look like what better for me looks like. We are all unique, so our journeys will be too. I wanted Libheration to be a genuine community of black women pushing and supporting each other. I wanted testimonies that could free other women, and that’s what it became. I’ve gotten so much support from the very beginning. I am excited about continuing this journey. The goal is to help other women on the way.