PJ’s World Now Available…

PJ’s World is now available at the following locations: Karl Road, Whetstone, Gahanna, Northside, and Main Library.

In PJ’s World, anything and everything is explored. He takes the world on a journey, into his own imagination that includes magic, dinosaurs, and train rides. PJ loves talking about Hip-hop with his cousin from All in Together Girls. They talk about old school, new school, and everything in-between. He also joins a dance class of a world-renowned choreographer, who helps him understand the wonderful world of ballet. Driving a train is a must for this adventurous little boy who just wants to have fun and live life to the fullest.

What Imprints Are You Making on Life?

Have you thought lately about the imprints you are making on life, at work, and even at home? Are they things you would be proud of? Many of us go through life only reflecting on things to get us by day-to-day. We live for the here and now because the future isn’t always guaranteed. However what if the future was guaranteed? What if the imprints you make now could help your family in the future?

When I think about imprints and planning for the future and your family, I think about a conversation I had with an acquaintance many years ago. The acquaintance did not believe in obtaining life insurance because he thought it only set the stage for your significant other and family to fight over the money when you died. He didn’t realize that life insurance was put into place to help pay for your burial and other expenses, so your family would not have to pay as much. The surprise on his face when I stated this gave a clear indication he had never thought about this before. The same surprise can be seen on others face when I mention what imprints are you making on life.

Imprints should be positive impacts you are making on your life that will help you, your family, and friends in the future. So again I ask, what imprints are you making on life?

Kudos to Target

Kudos to Target for recently expanding the number of my titles sold at their store. This number has went from 1, 2, 3, 5, and now 7. These titles were published with Hampton Publishing House, LLC.

I am truly grateful for this opportunity to have my works sold at a store I absolutely love. Target is the place you shop only planning to spend $30 and come out spending $130 due to everything they have to offer.

If you don’t believe me, check them out here

Welcome Back Brieanna Wilkolf to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Author/Sponsor

Brieanna Wilkoff (she/her) believes wholeheartedly in the power of kindness, the importance of theatre, and the awesomeness of ’80s rock. She married her husband onstage at the oldest surviving theatre in central Ohio, and their first dance was to Bon Jovi’s “Thank You for Loving Me.” Her favorite musical is a three-way tie between Les Mis, Wicked, and Hamilton.

I’ll Be There for You is Brieanna’s debut young adult novel. It was inspired by her family’s commitment to kindness, including performing 100 kind acts in a single day. Brieanna lives in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, daughter, and dog. You can visit her online and sign up for her newsletter at brieannawilkoff.com or follow her on Twitter (@BrieannaWilkoff), Facebook (Brieanna Wilkoff Author), or Instagram (@brieanna_wilkoff).

BOOK SYNOPSIS:
I’ll Be There for You
Rae Ballester loves movie musicals and—thanks to her dad—’80s rock. Since he died a year ago, his favorite music helps keep his memory alive. Struggling to move on, Rae keeps her head down and earbuds in, but shunning the world has cost her even her closest friendships, leaving her the “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”

When Rae meets Mac, a boy with a charming smile who thinks any problem can be solved with a show tune, she cautiously welcomes their easy banter. With his humor, enthusiasm, and well-curated Broadway playlists, Mac slowly edges his way into her heart, but when he proves “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Rae thinks about withdrawing to the comfort of hair metal and the silver screen. 

Should Rae retreat from the world to protect her already broken heart, or will her involvement in the school’s theatre program and the random acts of kindness she and others have started performing give her “Something to Believe In”? I’ll Be There for You delves into the personal journey of healing old wounds, making new friends, and learning how to build a future with pieces of the past and present.

Welcome Back Colette Harrell to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Author/Sponsor

A Detroit, Michigan native, Colette is an author, story editor, book coach, screenwriter, playwright, and entrepreneur. Holding a master’s degree, she is a retired director of social services and believes God has a plan for every life, but you hold the key to manifesting its fullness. Colette is the owner of Intentional Entertainment LLC and Co-founder of COJACK Productions LLC, both entertainment companies that minister through literary, film, stage, and audio platforms. She sits on the board of the Ohio Writers Association.

She is the author of “The Devil Made Me Do It,” a finalist in the Phyliss Wheatley, Harlem First Books awards, and one of the top ten books for 2014 for the Read You Later Radio show. Her other book, “Tell The Truth, The Devil Won’t’ is listed as a five-star review on Amazon and Good Reads. Her book, Later, debuted as number one in African American Historical Fiction on Amazon and was named as one of the top 40 Fiction Books of 2022 by Conversations Magazine, Inc. Her latest book, The Book of Disasters, is a Romantic Thriller sure to titillate avis readers.

She is aka ‘Mother Sweat’ blogger/vlogger of Mother Sweat, Collards N Cornbread, the seasonings of life. It’s down-home wisdom for everyday living on Youtube.com.

As a motivational speaker, teaching workshops on state and national levels, she has spoken at various book fairs, festivals, conferences, and churches. She facilitates retreats that free women to live their best lives through the act of Forgiveness.

She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, writing with humor and compassion to engage and minister to the human heart.

The Book Of Disasters Blurb

What if everything we believed was a lie? All of us?

Nia Lewis is a lone librarian who has fumbled through life content until she meets the one. The only problem is he’s ‘different’ as in neurodivergent, living on the spectrum different. An army brat, Nia has always been somewhat of a coward. It’s her sister that takes on the world. 

Deacon is a modern-day “Rain Man’. He’s not a fan of people, but now that he’s met Nia Lewis, he determines he can change . . . for love. If only she will give love a chance. But his brother doesn’t want Deacon to change, especially to please a woman who doesn’t think Deacon’s good enough. 

In the background of their lives, looming over everyone’s existence, are five powerful families with five copies of an ancient book that has controlled and manipulated the fate of all humanity for almost two hundred years. The Book is the blueprint for yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It is their manifesto. When one of these books goes missing, unspeakable forces are unleashed to have it returned. 

Nia, the loner librarian, and Deacon, a man determined to change, fight for the good of all. At the end of their journey, will they save the world and claim a love that surpasses their dreams, or will they discover their differences too impossible to climb? 

The story twists and turns, leaving the reader with a growing sense of uncertainty. Alliances are formed and broken as forces clash and the stakes grow higher. But as the battle rages on, a faint hope remains, offering a chance that true love could still override the consequences of an all-or-nothing war for humanity.

Website: https://www.coletteharrell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Colette.R.Harrell

2nd Annual Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

It’s that time of the year! Registration for the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival has begun.

Read to Lead/Write to Enlight is a concept. It’s a motto. It’s about the natural process of allowing reading and writing to become a part of your daily activities and supporting authors, whether they are local, out-of-state, or from another country. We love literacy, whether it’s from Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, or France. We hope you get engaged with us on this literacy journey toward reading, leading, writing. and enlightening.

The event is being hosted by Hampton Publishing House, Java Central, and myself. we are excited to announce that this year, some of the proceeds for the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival we will go to Thurber House. Founded in 1984, Thurber House is a nonprofit literary arts center, James Thurber museum, historic landmark, and gathering place for readers, writers, and artists of all ages.

Authors can register here and sponsors can register here.

We hope to see you there or see your sponsorship if you are unable to attend

Thankful and Grateful

I am thankful and grateful for family. I am thankful and grateful for friends. I am thankful and grateful for new and old relationships. Most of all, I am thankful and grateful for new opportunities.

Below I list a few of these opportunities that have supported my books. What are you thankful and grateful for?

Available at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Available at Target

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Are Your Goals Goaling?

Hey sunshines,

I hope you are living your best lives and making dreams come true. Were you a bit confused at my question above? Well, if you were, it’s the same as saying « That math is mathing.»

What I want to know is are you goals goaling? Are you setting and achieving your goals? Are you making new goals? Are you pushing yourself beyond your expectations?

Let’s make these goals count!

PJ’s World Coming to The Columbus Metropolitan Library Near You.

I’m excited to say this is the third book I have written, which will be available at The Columbus Metropolitan Library soon.

In PJ’s World, anything and everything is explored. He takes the world on a journey, into his own imagination that includes magic, dinosaurs, and train rides. PJ loves talking about Hip-hop with his cousin from All in Together Girls. They talk about old school, new school, and everything in-between. He also joins a dance class of a world-renowned choreographer, who helps him understand the wonderful world of ballet. Driving a train is a must for this adventurous little boy who just wants to have fun and live life to the fullest.

Reserve your copy at the library here: https://cml.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S105C3773577

Coming Soon to The Columbus Metropolitan Library Near You

I am excited to announce The Wanderlusts can be placed on hold at Columbus Metropolitan Library today.

A few years ago, I too was a Wanderlust; traveling all across the U.S. and Canada. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures in the book that were taken from exploring so many amazing places.

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Are You Ready for the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival?

Winners of multiple prizes

Last year, I implemented the first Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival at Otterbein University. The festival was created to encourage individuals to read more, write more, and support local authors by purchasing a copy of their book.

We had authors from all across Ohio participate in the event. The authors were given an opportunity to read a portion of their work to others. Attendees were presented with the opportunity to win prizes, such a gifts cards, kindle, and possibly a free book.

This event was absolutely amazing and we loved everything about it. We hope you join us for this event this year.

More information coming soon!

Book Share Time!

What books have you been getting into lately (In my Tabitha Brown voice 😊)

I love visiting the library. You just don’t know how much I miss it. As a parent, it’s challenging having enough time to do simple things like this. Some would say make it a trip with your little one. However, those of us with very energetic children know that’s just not possible right now. So I have to enjoy it when I have some alone time. Don’t worry, I bring home things my little one can enjoy as well.

Well here’s some of our goodies for the month. What’s on your bookshelf or coffee/end table.

My First Computer

Write about your first computer.

I remember the first time I ever encountered a computer. I was around 10 years old and it was at my aunt’s house. The interesting part is that there was some type of code she had to type in to get everything started. Once it was ready, it would go to a black screen. She would then have to type in something else to take it to another screen. The monitor was big and bulky. Very similar to an early TV set.

Fast forward about 12 years later, I was out of college and I purchased my first desktop. This is around the time they had just started making flat screen monitors. The hard drive was still big and bulky, but I loved that computer. It had all my early writings on it, music, and all the tools I used to become an author/publisher.

The Story Behind the Books

Prior to Georgie and Gracie Eat Your Peas being developed, I decided the colors of the book would represent the UNIA flag, the Afro-American flag, and the Black Liberation flag.

“The Pan-African/Marcus Garvey flag was created in 1920 to represent people of the African Diaspora and to symbolize black liberation in the United States. As flags symbolize the union of governance, people, and territory, this flag was created to give Black people in America and the world over a symbol that unifies the Diaspora. This tri-color flag consists of three equal horizontal bands colored Red, Black, and Green, which represents

  • Red: the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry, and shed for liberation;
  • Black: for the people whose existence as a nation, though not a nation-state, is affirmed by the existence of the flag;
  • Green: the abundant and vibrant natural wealth of Africa, the Motherland.”

Feel free to read more about the by clicking the link above

Healing by Letting Go

Sometimes you have to let go. Stop holding onto things for so long that they turn into bitterness and resentment. Whether this is in reference to corrective action, performance evaluations, friendships, or hurt feelings. This can be the hardest thing to do, but can also be the most rewarding.

Just know you will be ok.

How Do I Continue to Push Myself

This is one way. I give myself goals to accomplish, which are achievable at first. As I continue to surpass my original goal, I amend it to another goal. My monthly book sale goal is to sell at least 20 books a month. I achieved that, so I increased it to 50 books. I achieved that also, so I changed it again to 100 books. What this means is I have 6 more days to achieve this goal. Think I can do it?

10 Benefits of Cinnamon

I’ve been on a cinnamon kick lately because I remembered that the benefits of digesting it was similar to Turmeric.

Who’s down for the benefits of using a natural product?

◦ 1. Contains powerful medicinal properties

◦ 2. Loaded with antioxidants

◦ 3. May have anti-inflammatory properties

◦ 4. Could protect against heart disease

◦ 5. Could improve sensitivity to insulin

◦ 6. Helps lower blood sugar levels

◦ 7. May have beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases

◦ 8. Cinnamon may protect against cancer

◦ 9. May prevent bacterial and fungal infections

◦ 10. May have anti-viral properties

Information above found here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Here’s one of the reasons you should consider reading Mount Vernon Avenue. This street is a representation of unity, culture, and a stroll down memory lane. Grab a copy at The Metropolitan Library, Indie Bound, Books-a-Million, The Bookloft, Gramercy Books, or at your local bookstore

What’s on your bookshelf?

Viola Davis’ story is a true heartfelt novel. I got the audiobook and it’s interesting listening to her tell her own story. It was her truth and she was speaking it. I cried, understood, and could relate to her story. She was speaking her truth. Only 39% of the book has been read, but I know I will continue this journey to finish her book because I owe it to me to see how she overcame her barriers and rose to the occasion. And let’s be honest, she has and is definitely still rising.

Feel free to share what’s on your bookshelf and what you have been reading

Cheese Please!

Today for dinner, we made our own pizza. We started with store bought dough.

Then we rolled it! Yes with a cup.

Then we shaped it. We did a little pac man design.

Then we sauced it.

Then we cheesed it! Ok guys, now you know I’ve made up quite a few words. Ha! I was in my mode.

Hope you try this at home.

Making Sacrifices

Today this posting is about the sacrifices you have made to get to where you are today. What sacrifices have you made for yourself? Maybe the sacrifice wasn’t for you, but a child, significant other, or a family member? Was it a big or little sacrifice? If you could do it all over again, would you still make the same sacrifice?

I’ve talked to various people about sacrifices they have made, which has ranged from moving out of state for a significant other and putting off starting a family for their career.

What sacrifices have you made or are still making

Let’s Get Into It…

It’s Tab Time!

Let’s get into it with Tabitha Brown. I absolutely love Tabitha Brown and her family. They seem very down to earth and friendly. I love all the things Tabitha is doing and the fact she is not compromising herself or integrity while doing it.

Very Good

I became aware of Tabitha just last year when a video surfaced on Instagram of her gifting her father a truck. This was such an amazing gesture and I loved his reaction and her love for her family. This made me visit her page, follow her, and experience all the great things she was doing.

Tabitha is a movement, from her beautiful natural hair, vegan lifestyle, books, kid show (Tab Time), hair products (Donna’s Recipe), clothing and household products, and weekly YouTube episodes with her husband (Tab and Chance).

It’s good seeing good people like Tabitha win. I wish her continued blessings, prosperity, and partnerships.

Be the Best You!

Good morning sunshines,

Letting you know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and all your hard work will payoff. Sometimes you may not think your work is getting noticed or even that people see your vision. It may take time for people to see what you already see, but give them time to catch up. Give them time to see your true self, your heart, and how amazing you are.

Keep making moves and being the best YOU, you can be!

Tasty and Healthy

This snack is delicious. Today, my daughter and I purchased fresh, sugar snap peas. My first thought was to cook it; however, the only option on the bag was to microwave it. I then posted my recent purchase on Facebook and a friend told me she eats them raw. So my daughter and I tried them raw. “Let me tell you” in my Fire Marshall Bill voice. They were amazing. Even my 3 years old was in love with this snack.

Feel free to try this cheap and quick with your friends and family.

Healthy Me, Healthy You, Healthy Us

In getting back to a healthier me, I have to be open to trying new things. Not that I have never eaten pea’s before. Just that I have never eaten snap peas. I found these Sugar Snap Peas at Trader Joe’s. These can either be microwaved or eaten raw.

I’ll let you know how they taste. Since we are in the peas-sharing mood, don’t forget to grab your copy of Gracie Eat Your Peas and Georgie Eat Your Peas at a local bookstore. Distributed all across the world.

Children’s Book Duo

Missy Sees Beauty

This is so exciting! I love seeing good people win. I also love when they open themselves up to the world to display their creative talents. That is exactly what Kellie D has done. She has opened up herself to the world to showcase her talents in writing and her love for poetry, children, diversity, and God.

I remember freshman year in college, when I first met her. She was so kind and funny. We often interacted during our many library visits, as we worked towards staying on task, being organized, and getting a handle on our term papers. Matter of fact, I think that’s where we first met. We stayed at the library until it closed, ate lunch together, and talked about writing and poetry. We even submitted our writing to a contest for the Quiz and Quill at school. Or at least I think we did. Lol!

As adults, we often forget to follow our dreams and put as much determination into ourselves as we do our jobs, loved ones, and other people. This is the exact reason I am so happy for her. She is a good person and deserves all the blessings come her way. She deserves to win as do other people who have unselfishly considered others before themselves.

Now, I want you to stop what you are doing and go buy Kellie’s first Children’s Book. This book will have you smiling from ear-to-ear at the beautiful pictures, rhythmic transitions, and the amount of awareness for children and helping them be self aware, considerate, and express their feelings and emotions.

Great job Kellie and welcome to the wonderful world of authorship.

New Year, New Goals

First, I want to wish you a happy new year. I hope this year provides you joy, happiness, stability, and continued growth. 2022 was amazing for some and presented challenges for others. I hope that you turn those challenges into stepping stones and keep stepping towards your blessings.

I was blessed beyond measure, even during the challenging times. Due to inflation, which has affected everyone, I had to rethink and reevaluate my expenditures to make sure I was living within my means. This can be challenging. My budget is still a work in progress to make sure I am making the most out of my paychecks.

With the new year, we have to make new goals and try to stick with them. Please see a list of my three goals below:

  • Goal 1: Decrease my added sugar intake. This means reducing/eliminating drinks with added sugar, candy, breads, pasta, and all those other products that has sugar that no one knew was there.
  • Goal 2: Exercise for 30 minutes a day, at least 4 days a week
  • Goal 3: Sale 20 books a month. My goal for January was already accomplished, as more that 20 books was recently purchased.

Have you set your goals for the year. My suggestion for you if you have not set your goals is to start small with 1 – 3 goals, work on adjusting goals from last year, and find a way to have fun.

Reflections and Projections


I am truly grateful for the numerous opportunities I have had this year. I have distributed/sold over 1,200 book since 2010. 121 books were sold this year, so I’m averaging about 120 books a year. My goal or projection for 2023 is to double this amount to 242 books next year. With my books being distributed all across the globe now, I think this is doable. I am putting this out into the universe to keep faith, strength, and stay focused.

What is your reflection for this year and projection for 2023?

The Best Man: The Final Chapters

Image from Peacock

Spoiler alert: I knew there was a reason I kept Peacock. I actually love the shows on Peacock and my reason for getting rid of it was to cut down on expenses. Glad I kept it. This cast have always kept me smiling from ear to ear.

I’m also a Real Housewives of Atlanta fan, so it was funny to see Shelby on the show and talking to Andy Cohen on Watch What’s Happen Live. Love Shelby and Andy.

A takeaway for me in this series is that Harper is an author. In 1999 when the original movie came out, he was a little bit past being an up and coming author who had seen many defeats when it came to writing. During this time, I was a senior in high school, not really knowing where life would lead.

In 2013 when the sequel came out, he was an established author who was doing well for himself. During this time, I had been a published author for three years. An up and coming author who was ready to leave my mark on the work.

Now in 2022, Harper is well established, making moves to create a movie, and doing speaking engagements, which looked similar to a TedTalk. For me, I’m an established author of several books, have established steady speaking/reading engagements, and have a bunch of wonderful opportunities I am unable to disclose at this moment.

Becoming a well established author takes time. Look at Harper, it took him approximately 23 years, but not counting the initial time it took him to write and get the process started.

Whatever you are doing in life, whatever dream you are working on making come true, don’t give up. The process may be long and hard at times, but “long and steady wins the race.” I’m not sure who quoted that, but it’s often exactly what we need.

Merry Invest-mas

I hope everyone has a merry invest-mas tomorrow. What this means is that you are no longer investing in things without a return on your investments. This means friendships, relationships, partnerships, feelings, stock, and other things that decrease your chances of gaining a wholistic wealth management approach on life

How Do You Measure Success?

Hey peeps!

I hope you are having an amazing day. In creating content for 30+ days, I thought I would focus on success, motivation, talent, and igniting the fire burning deep inside you.

We all need a little motivation every now and again. When you think about success, how do you measure it? Success is measured differently by many people. Some people measure success regarding 6 likes and 500 views or 25 likes and 30 comments. While other people measure it by how many products and services they have produced for their consumers.

There’s no right or wrong way to measure success. You just have to identify how you will measure success in the future. You will want to make sure you don’t measure success by the amount of likes and shares you receive. This may not be a true indication of success. You also do not what to train yourself to believe likes equals success, which isn’t true.

Ways in which I measure success is by reflecting on past and current information, such as page views, book sales, and programs I am being invited to speak at or attend. An example of this is my book sales, page views, and interactions with my page has doubled. I have also been awarded various opportunities to speak with college students, preschool children, and complete discussions to bring light towards difficult conversations.

I am saying this to say, you have to measure success on your terms, using your tools for success. There’s no other way or you’ll become accustomed to comparing yourself to others when trying to identify your goals, objectives, and measures of success.

Culture, Unity, Community, and Socialization

Mount Vernon Avenue is a book about a historical area in Columbus, Ohio called Mount Vernon Avenue. This book details the personal accounts of individuals who had the opportunity to visit the area and what they recall from their many visits there. These individuals range from the ages of 30 to 99 years of age. The information they divulge includes music, The Cameo, parades, Woolworth stores, shaking hands with a presidential candidate, and tutoring sessions.

The book coincides with some of what past artists in the area displayed in their artwork. Some of this artwork graced the Columbus Metropolitan Library in downtown Columbus, Columbus Museum of Art, and other places in the city. This literary work brings to life artwork in the form of words with explanations of the people, culture, and different activities that took place there.

Being Faithful in Your Dreams/Passion and Faithful in God

Question for all of you: do you think being faithful in your dreams/passion has some of the same qualities of being faithful with God or your religion?

I was talking to a friend on Wednesday. We’ve know each other for about 12 years. We’ve had our ups and downs, but have stayed friends no matter what. As I was talking to this individual, we were moved to talk about faith in your passion and faith in God. Isn’t it interesting the things you say or talk about in the moment. This conversation then amplifies your thoughts and helps you open your understanding.

When I think about faith, I think about having a total belief in something. Believing in something without the visual or tangible proof that it is actually there. Just knowing and having an innate feeling and determination. Now let’s look at the Merriam-Webster definition of faith: « Faith is the allegiance to duty or a person, fidelity to one’s promises, sincerity of intentionsacted in good faith, belief and trust in and loyalty to God, belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion, and firm belief in something for which there is no proof.”

Now let’s look at God, religion, and dreams/passion. To accepted GOD or a different religion in your life is to be faithful in the word, to accept the message, and to practice the scripture so that your life may exude the teachings and blessings of living a righteous life. To accept your God given gifts/talents is be faithful in what you were given or had the ability to cultivate, to accept your purpose, and to practice living on purpose. As you can see, being faithful in your passion can look very similar to being faithful in God.

You can be faithful in your passion, while also being faithful in God and/or your religion. Sometimes these things go hand-in-hand and sometimes they look very similar. When you’re passionate about something, you believe wholeheartedly in yourself and your future. You will move heaven and earth to make your dreams come true. You may not see success now, but you continue to push because you are faithful in your future. This is the same for God or a religion. You believe wholeheartedly in your religion, you move heaven on earth to attend church activities and functions, and although you cannot always see what you believe in, you still move forward with faith.

Being Fully Invested in Yourself

Are you fully vested in yourself? In order to answer this question, we have to consider the definition and usage of fully vested? Regarding stock options and retirement benefits, this just means “a person has rights to the full amount of some benefit, most commonly employee benefits such as stock options, profit sharing, or retirement benefits.”

The first question you have to ask yourself is what is my passion? The next immediate question you have to ask is how many years do I need to work in my passion or what measure of success do I need to make in order to be fully vested in myself? This is a case-by-case basis because not everyone’s goals are the same or measures success the same way. Some people may identify they are fully vested after 3 years and some will say after 7 years. Some people measure success by increases in supporters and some by increases in demand.

My story is that I stay vested in myself. This way I don’t have to get ready when opportunities present themselves. I don’t let the no’s get to me or at least too much. Ha, ha! You can’t imagine how many times I have been told no or yes with no follow up. If we are speaking honestly, those things get to me at first, but then I ask myself, is this no going to stop me. Then I say absolutely not. I sometimes take a break to clear my head and thoughts. Then I come back full throttle.

I’ve been fully vested in myself for over 10 years now. Are you fully vested in yourself?

Waking the Sleeping Giant Inside of You

How do you wake a sleeping giant inside of you who has been in hibernation for years? Right now, you’re probably wondering what in the world is the woman talking about. I am talking about a dream deferred as Langston Hughes would say. A dream set a side. A dream pushed to the back of your mind for other things were more important (Raising children, taking care of a family, emergencies, etc.) Now, you know what I’m talking ‘bout?

Of course you do because you’re probably reading this acknowledging the exact dream you let slip away. I told my self it’s time for me to push you towards accomplishing your goals, just as I have been pushing myself. For the next 30+ days, I am going to post things that assist me with continuing to push myself and things I say to myself to motivate me. Feel free to apply these methods to yourself or revamp and reuse.

What Are You Passionate About?

Good morning peeps,

Today is not just another day. It’s a day to restart some of those goals you put on hold a long time ago. Or even a day to continue pushing towards your dream/purpose. Be faithful in yourself and live life fully invested in yourself and the service of others.

Question: What is something you are passionate about and would continue to push towards accomplishing?

Don’t Let Fear Stop You

I want talk to you today about God given gifts and talents. I truly believe that there are some of us who are living to our fullest potential and there are some of us who are not. And that’s truly ok because I also believe there’s a time for everything and everyone. However, living through your gifts/talents doesn’t happen over night. You have to tap into your gifts by doing. This just means that if a poet or writer want to be great at what they do, it takes more then just thinking about it. It takes practice, patience, and disappointment. I call it a great recipe for success because often the disappointment turns into satisfaction as long as you are willing to adjust your goals and stick with it for the long haul.

The number one reason we choose not to use our gifts is because of fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of letting others inside our minds. Fear of how we will be perceived. Fear of failure. Fear our ideas will be stolen by others. And fear of the unknown.

Just think if God allowed fear to stop him from creating the world. Or fear stopped your parents from making decisions to relocate, have children, and even get married. I am so glad that many of us have decided to dismiss fear and start living in our purpose on purpose.

-Live on purpose

Mount Vernon Avenue

We’ve been quite busy with new releases, re-illustrations, an updated website, and more.
Re-branding takes time, dedication, and patience. Check out our re-Illustration of Mount Vernon Avenue. Let us know how you like it.

Grab your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Mount-Vernon-Avenue-Melica-Niccole/dp/1519074255/ref=mp_s_a_1_14?crid=AVT4B3NYQDLJ&keywords=melica+niccole&qid=1670843016&sprefix=melica+%2Caps%2C87&sr=8-14

Georgie Eat Your Peas

Introducing Georgie Eat Your Peas. Georgie was a jubilant soul, who didn’t like to eat his peas. He prayed to God almost every night, when he got on his knees.

Georgie Eat Your Peas is a social, poetic, interactive, innovative Children’s Book Duo. It is called a Children’s Book Duo because it is a one-of-a-kind book that is also paired with another book. The book is paired with Gracie Eat Your Peas. These books allow children to experience a book with a different main characters who is female or male.

Pre-order a copy here

Gracie Eat Your Peas

Introducing Gracie Eat Your Peas. Gracie was a jubilant soul, who didn’t like to eat her peas. She prayed to God almost every night, when she got on her knees.

Gracie Eat Your Peas is a social, poetic, interactive, innovative Children’s Book Duo. It is called a Children’s Book Duo because it is a one-of-a-kind book that is also paired with another book. The book is paired with Georgie Eat Your Peas. These books allow children to experience a book with a different main characters who is female or male.

Pre-order your copy here