Read to Lead/Write to Enlight

Read to Lead/Write to Enlight is a concept. It’s a motto. It’s about making reading and writing a part of your daily activities.

Recently, I ordered my daughter a few books. These are books I’ve wanted to get her for quite some time now. Three of the books were illustrated by Vashti Harrison and one by Keturah A Bobo. These books were written by Grace Byers, Matthew A. Cherry, and Vashti.

Best decision I ever made. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Hair Love and I Am Enough. I have yet to read herb Little Leaders: Bold Women and Exceptional Men. These books provide such in-depth information about so many great writers and innovators such as: Dr. Mae Jemison, Maya Angelou, John Lewis, and Paul Robeson.

Read to Lead/Write to Enlight can be a concept that you choose to implement with yourself or with others. I choose to implement it with my daughter and myself.

The Re-Release of Naturals: The Paper People

Naturals the Paper People was re-released today. This is a Children’s Book about paper people who live inside books, called “Naturals.” They come alive every so often to interact with people in the world and help them make decisions or learn new things. Their goal is to make the world a better place through love, education, helpful gestures, and unity.

The first book in a series of five is called: Our Hair and Shapes. This book is about taking pride in one’s hair by exploring different types of natural hair styles. The book also focuses on shapes that we come into contact on a regular basis.

Meet some of the characters below

Who I Am!

Black History not only extends past February, but it incorporates our successes, failures, traditions, and things that breeds passion in what we do. Writing is my passion. It makes me who I am. It helps me cope and let’s me be quiet, loud, outspoken, reserved, funny, and serious.

What’s your passion? How does it correlate with #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365

My Top 6 Stocks and Top 3 Cryptocurrencies

The stock and cryptocurrency markets have definitely seen better days, but for most people like my sister and I, this is a buyer’s market. Just meaning that this is the best time to buy things you have always wanted, such as Apple, Tesla, Airbnb.

Although this is a buyer’s market, please make sure you continue to research the stock you are about to purchase. I understand that some of you may want to buy the stock, which is now $0.30 a share. However, just a few months ago that same stock was $3- $5. With the pandemic still occurring, the decrease could be pandemic related or due to being overvalued. There’s no telling what the cause it, but it’s better to research and identify what caused the increase or decrease, so you don’t loose everything you have invested in that stock.

My ultimate Top Six Stocks and Top Three Cryptocurrencies, which I believe will excel for years to come, are listed below. These stocks have done well before, during, and are expected to do well after. Below I provide the company, tickers and

Top 6 Stocks

1. Apple (APPL)- INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTOR – Current price per share $168.64. Dividend- $0.88 per share.

Apple is well known for developing iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, computers, and technology to assist us with surfing the internet, designing flyers and books, and completing work or daily activities via the World Wide Web.

2. Airbnb (ABNB)- CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY SECTOR- Current price per share $166.53. No Dividend.

Airbnb is a hospitality hotel/hostel/vacationing in a home type of business. Consumers are able to stay in the homes of people who live or own property in the city, state, or country they live.

3. Ford (F)- CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY SECTOR-Current price per share $17.55. Dividend- $0.40 a share.

Ford is a car company that manufactures Ford vehicles. Interest in Ford has been increasing lately with the anticipation the company releasing its electric vehicles this yea.

4. Equity Residential (EQR)- REAL ESTATE SECTOR- Current price per share $86.38. Dividend $2.41 a share.

Equity Residential provides a way to invest in Real Estate without having to buy property, fix it up, and then resale it. There is nothing wrong with buying and reselling property. You just have the necessary resources to do so, which is why some people choose to invest in stock compared to the buying property.

5. ZipRecruiter (ZIP)- CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY SECTOR- Current price per share $21.43. No Dividend.

ZipRecriter is a web based employment database. It helps employers market open positions and jobseekers apply for those same positions. Employers can list information about their companies, reviews, and helpful information to assist individuals with researching opportunities. Individuals can upload their resumes, cover letters, and setup notifications for certain positions.

6. Discover Financial Services (DFS)- FINANCIALS SECTOR- Current price per share $124.14. Dividend- $2 per share.

Discover Financial Services is a credit card company. The company has cash back options, access to your credit score, and incentive programs for using your credit card or referring others.

Top 3 Cryptocurrencies

1. Bitcoin (BTC)- Current price per share $42,413.35

2. Ethereum (ETH)- Current price per share $2,923.36

3. Solana (SOL)- Current price per share $96.52

Healing Through Poetry/Writing

This past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of participating in Otterbein University’s first Black Alumni Panel as a participant in the National African American Read-In Event.

National African American Read-In (AARI) is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.” People all over the country hold similar events to pay homage to black authors and literature.

The event was well developed and I was asked a lot of thought provoking questions. The Moderator of the event was Margaret Koehler, Professor & Department Chair of English at Otterbein. One question asked was “What has been the role of writing for you both in healing?” This question allowed me to think about my past trauma and how writing played a role in the process of healing. Believe it or not, writing changed my life from being scared of public speaking to thrusting myself into the writing environment, which often consisted of performances, poetry readings, book festivals, and more. Writing gave me the ability to express myself with no restrictions. It gave me the ability to use free verse to navigate words, expressions, life, feelings, and all that good stuff. It also gave me the strength to speak up for myself and what I wanted.

Until my mid twenties, I had been a victim of a past traumatic experience that occurred when I was 13. This “Thing” was ruling my life and making decisions for me. It was making me doubt myself and my abilities. I made a conscious decision to take control of my life and what I wanted. I decided to write about this experience in my second book of poetry. This allowed me to free my mind, worries, and leave the incident right there in my book.

Poetry and writing has healing power. Just think about Maya Angelou writing about her experiences in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Zora Neale Hurston in Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Lauryn Hill in the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Writing about painful experiences does not always make it better. It just provides clarity, understanding, and helps the individual cope with unfortunate circumstances a little better.

Ways in which I started the process of healing was through my four books of poetry. Below, I list each of my poetry books the order in which they were released. Poetic Outlets shows my Transition as a writer from very simple to playful and thought provoking. My Poetic Soul Unleashed is a continuation of my transition as a writer, word play, inspiration, and love for my craft. Journey to The Truth is about tackling those hard to discuss conversations such as When God Is To Blame, love, and being a dark skin woman. Renaissance of the Psyche is about getting back to what I love and showing the world the new me. It’s about giving respect to the past in Respect and a Tribute to Nina Simone and bringing to light wrongs made right in The Omen.

Check out my 4 books of poetry below.

1. Poetic Outlets
2. My Poetic Soul Unleashed
3. Journey to the Truth
4. Renaissance of the Psyche

African American Read-In Event at Otterbein University

African American Read In

On Tuesday, February 8th at 6 pm, I will participate in the African American Read In event at Otterbein University alongside Rayshawn Wilson. I am truly grateful for opportunities like this. If you would have asked me in undergraduate school if I saw myself public speaking in the future, the answer would have been to no. I was extremely afraid to talk around others and I often forgot my lines. I sometimes stuttered as well.

As time progressed, so did my presentation skills. I have presented to college students, attended numerous authors events, and have been given a great amount of time to increase my confidence in presenting.

Hoping you all with join me in this Zoom conversation about publishing, writing, authorship, and upcoming events.

Information below found on https://otterbein.libguides.com/events/upcoming?fbclid=IwAR1PAH6I7o9DbB5vJY8UoTjREC9L9Cs1D2Ro18QXU2tK0qriqONm-Nn5dGU

Black History Month Alumni Author Panel

February 8th, 6pm-7pm

Virtual

A virtual conversation with two Otterbein alumni authors, Rayshawn Wilson (’02) and Melica Niccole (’04) as part of the African-American Read In. They’ll be discussing their path to publishing, their inspiration, and more. #FYS #INST and #cardsSTANDtogether approved.

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Investing Chats with Friends and Family

In about 2 months, I will start my monthly investment chats with my friends and family. There’s about 10 of us participating in this chat. I will be tasked with surveying the room, presenting what I know, and helping people understand the wonderful world of investing.

Surveying the Room

Presenting What I Know. I definitely do not consider myself an investment guru; however, I have made some great investments such as investing in technology and EVs. I will present what I know and refer individuals to financial professionals or my favorite, Investopedia.com. Investopedia offers a lot of great and relevant information for investing.

Using the Participative Strategy. I will work with others in the group to start researching and presenting stock on their own to the group. This will allow us to discuss various stock and learn about other options.

The strategies above are only a start. I am pretty sure this list will grow; however, let’s keep it pretty simple right now.

Recent Podcast Interview

This past Thursday, I participated in a Podcast Interview with Sharnel Williams. This interview was great. It had been over 5 years since I had completed an author interview.

Sharnel asked great questions, she had a wealth of knowledge about being an author, and she was easy to talk to during the interview.

One questioned I was asked that I had never been asked was which book of mine did I enjoy writing the most.

Check out my interview here:

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsharnel/2022/01/20/lets-talk-too-author-melica-niccole

Registration Open

Hello my good people,

The registration for the Read to Lead/ Write to Enlight Book Festival has opened up. We are truly excited for this event to take place, as well as other future events.

Read to Lead, Write to Enlight is a call to action. We dare you to Read to Lead, Write to Enlight and buy books locally. The event is geared toward spotlighting 7-10 local authors with the potential to also include 1-3 authors from other states. Authors will have the ability to sell their work, talk with attendees, and get the community engaged in reading, writing, and literacy activities.

There are different ways to support the event, which are:

Author Table

Includes author table, two chairs, a boxed lunch, and a page feature in event booklet.

Author Table/Sponsorship

Includes author table, two chairs, a boxed lunch, a page feature in event booklet, and benefits of a gold sponsor.

Spotlight Author

This allows you to support the event without attending the event. There’s nothing like wanting to attend an event, but being unable to do so because of your location or activities. Well with this option, you name and a link to your website will be added to this page.

Sponsorship/Advertise

There are three different levels of sponsorship, which are Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The very basic level allows you to be featured in the event booklet. The next level not only allows you to be featured in the event booklet, but also allows your name or organization to be listed on all the promotional materials. The last level allows you to have all the features of the Silver sponsorship with a shoutout on various social media accounts as a sponsor.

Interested in being an author, listed on the website, or sponsoring this event? You have two options to participate, you can go to my Envite page and select a sponsorship level or go to the registration page to select any and all options.

Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Here’s my 2022 news! I’m hosting my 3rd book Festival and first one in Ohio at my alma mater. I am looking for 10 #authors and #sponsors to participate in a book festival in September of 2022. Spaces will fill fast, so make sure you register. Registration will be released on my website MelicaNiccole.com by 1/31/2022.

Will Ford and Ravian Stock Be Impacted From The Partnership Split? -EVs

About two months ago, Ford and Ravian decided to part ways regarding develo🌜ping electric vehicles together. Ford also gave up a board seat with Ravian, which makes sense especially if they are deciding to compete head on with Ravian in the EV Sector. Although Ford gave up its board seat, the company still has shares in Ravian.

During the announcement of the split, shares of Ravian slid a bit, while shares of Ford increased. Both companies seem to be doing really well with their Electric vehicles and have received positive comments. In fact, Ravian developed the first ever electric pickup truck. Being the first to do this is such an honor,

Ford is on target to double its production of the all electric F-150, due to the high demand. 2022 and after is going to see the explosion of EV industry. It’s only a matter of time until mostly everyone is drive an EV.

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Just like cryptocurrency, electric vehicles are the next wave of the future, whether it’s from Ford, Lucid Motors, Tesla, NIO, Nissan, or Apple (If everything holds true about Apple developing an Apple car).

From the self-driving features to the battery swapping service in less than 60 seconds, who wouldn’t want an electric vehicle (EV)? Actually, I’m sure there are some people who would not want an electric vehicle. Some for the same reason as not wanting cryptocurrency (crypto), such as not understanding the product and being accustom to another product. I have definitely been there before. However with knowledge and understanding, I came to the conclusion that I want in a part of the movement toward accepting and investing in EVs as well as crypto.

Investing in EVs and crypto through the stock market and a crypto wallet is another way of investing in these products and making money while doing so. Most of the stock for EVs above can be found any where for $9 a share to $1067 a share, with the higher outlier belonging to Tesla. Stocks like Ford and Apple also pay a dividend per share, which is really nice.

When investing your money in EVs, I would suggest you look at the company as a whole from the last few months, years, and upon inception. Stock charts tell a story, whether it’s regarding a reverse split, company changing directions, or two companies discontinuing their partnership in order to develop their EVs independently.

I want you to leave here today with a few tidbits, which are to start researching and considering investing in EVs, cryptocurrency, and look at ways in increase your financial standing as an investor and consumer.

Happy holidays!

Bitcoin Mining

When I think about Bitcoin Mining, I think about the process used on Rariable.com to assist creators with selling NFTs. However, recently I learned that Miners/Investors can also make money this way. This led me to researching information on Investopedia.com to learn more about the process.

The link to the Investopedia article above identifies that miners can be rewarded Bitcoin by being the first miner to solve or be the closest to solve a numeric problem. Mining requires specialized equipment in order to do so.

The article also discusses newly formed Bitcoin, which made me reference a cryptocurrency podcast on Twitter that I recently attended. The podcast mentioned creating cryptocurrency, which did well in the beginning; however started to decline shortly afterwards. Please note that was for a particular currency and not Bitcoin. We all know this scenario, which is all too familiar for tangible currency. The more heavily populated a currency is, that currency tends to lose it’s value, especially as newer forms are created. I am not sure if this is the same with Bitcoin. I just want to start this discussion to identify if you are aware of how Bitcoin Mining works and can you provide tips? Have you ever participated in Bitcoin Mining and can you provide tips?

Feel free to add a comment below so we can discuss this a bit more.

New Face of Disabilities

Over the last 18 years, I have worked for a nursing home, day Rehab Program, Community Rehabilitation Partner, and now as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, all of which served individuals with developmental and mental health diagnoses.

In 2015, I wrote a self-help book for new individuals working in the field, natural supports, families, and individuals with developmental disabilities looking to gain competitive employment. The intent of the book is to provide terminology of VR language, definitions to diagnoses as identified by #CDC and #NIH and more.The book includes the following chapters

  • It’s Your Right To Know
  • Types of Disabilities
  • Questions To Ask Yourself
  • Steps To Working With People With Disabilities
  • Community Resources
  • Employment
  • Famous People with A Disability
  • Common used Words or Abbreviations
  • Revealing Something About the Author

Feel free to check out the book here and grab yourself or someone you know a copy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00TY3QJJU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1639846981&sr=8-1

Investing Part 4

One thing I know about investing is the importance of being able to discuss your investments with like mind individuals. Like mind, meaning those who are investing or want to invest in the stock market or Cryptocurrency.

Investment groups or investment discussion groups are really great to be a part of. They allow you to meet in person, virtually, by email, or text messages to discuss your investments and gain clarity to those investments.

Check out my new blog at EdwardsFamilyEmpowerment.blogspot.com which discusses investment discussion groups and social media stock groups.

https://edwardsfamilyempowerment.blogspot.com/2021/12/investing-part-4-of-5-by-melica-niccole.html?m=1

Steps for Successful Investing

  • Research
  • Setup
  • Research again
  • Create|Join
  • Enjoy

There are many steps to Invest. Above, I provide my top five list on how to be successful in investing. The very first step is to research how to invest. This is the most important step. This step teaches you the fundamentals on investing.

Depending on your research methods, this may take you a long time to complete . However, we all know that learning never ends, so some of the processes can overlap each other. You can learn as you invest.

The next step is to setup your investment account so you can start investing. When doing so, you will have to provide the company you are working with your social security number. This is for tax purposes.

Once your account is set up, use the site to research stocks. This is the third step. You can also use Yahoo Finance, Motley Fool, and other reputable sites to research this information. In 2022, The Dream Stock Exchange will make its debut on the stock exchange ( https://dreamex.com). Dream “will focus on small business capital formation and diversity using the power of the American investing.” Make sure you check it out.

The next step is to create or join an investment support group. This group can be made up of friends, family, and even strangers. This will allow everyone to discuss stocks in detail and get others opinions.

The last step is to have fun. Investing should be fun and you should only invest what you can. Have fun, but not too much fun. You also have to be responsible while investing.

Investing Part 3

Here is my next article on investing that I wrote for Edwards Family Endowment. There are 2 other parts set to be released between now and the beginning of the year.

Enjoy!

https://edwardsfamilyempowerment.blogspot.com/2021/11/investing-part-3of-5-by-melica-niccole.html?m=1

PJ’s World

It’s the re-release of PJ’s World. PJ’s World is a children’s book about family, adventure, and fun. Interesting as his activities are, he also talks Hip-Hop with his cousin, drives a train as a conductor, and becomes a dancer at the dance studio of a world renowned choreographer. Come and explore with him and be a part of all the fun.

The Omen

Episode 8

Have you read Tested on Kindle Vella? Episode 8 (The Omen) was released on Friday, November 12th. Episode 9 (The Mood/Still Standing) is scheduled to be released on Friday.

Check out the episodes here: https://www.amazon.com/Tested/dp/B09H36T3S4/ref=mp_s_a_1_23?crid=1P0GGH5BAARON&keywords=melica+niccole&qid=1637105796&sprefix=melica+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-23. First three episodes are free.