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

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.

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.

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

Book Reading for Children and Presentation for College Students

As stated in my last post, Friday was very eventful. I started by day by reading books to my daughter’s class. These little darlings were amazing; they listened, asked questions, and sang the All in Together Girls song. The center director messaged me a couple hours after I left and stated the kids were still singing the song. This truly touched my heart.

Next, I visited my undergraduate alma mater; Otterbein University. I met with a class to discuss my work with individuals with various disabilities, writing, and my books. I discussed career counseling, assistive technology, sheltered employment, supported employment, competitive employment, transition services, and more. A couple of students stayed to talk with me after class. I truly enjoyed speaking with the students about my work and passion. I also enjoyed giving them pointers I wish I knew when I was a student.

Collect Your Coins!

This past Thursday, I wrote a blog post titled, “‘Hobby Of Kings’ Or ‘King’ of All Hobbies.” It was my first post about coin collecting. Since then, I have learned quite a bit of information about coin collecting, such as Proof Sets, current mints, previous mints, and more.

The book, Coin Collecting for Beginners 2023: The New Updated Guide to Easily Start Your Coin Collection and Learn How to Identify, Value, Preserve and Profit From Your Hobby, by Lincoln Ford is helping me identify what questions I need to ask and start researching those questions. In my research, I found out there were numerous mints that had opened due to the gold rush and has since then closed. I also found out that the one letter on the right side of the coin identifies which mint made it. I am sure this is basic information for some; however I find it fascinating. When I read information about dates, such as 1792 and 1982, my mind began to create a timeline of events and all that has taken place before, during, and after these mints were established. I think about Independence Day (U.S.), Emancipation Proclamation, World War I, The Harlem Renaissance, The Negritude Movement, Plessy vs Ferguson, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, March of Dimes eradicating Polio, World War II, Board of Education vs. Topeka Kansas, Roe vs. Wade, Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disability Act, Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and much more.

My research led me to Proof Sets, which seem like a must have for a coin collector. If not all sets, maybe just one or two. Feel free to check them out for yourself. Let me know what you think or if you have experience in this already.

Feel free to check out my initial article below.

Out with the Old, In with the New

Father Time

The title of this blog post can mean so many things. This is probably the reason I chose this title. I wanted people to wander about the content of the article and naturally think about what this means to them. The interesting thing about the title, is that I interviewed someone in the past and this is what the person referenced when discussing Affirmative Action. The reference was regarding out with the old language of hiring minorities and in with the new language and law protecting these individuals. And when I think about affirmative action, it protected so many individuals besides the intended population.

My reference to old and new is regarding the end of October and the beginning of November. Out with the old month and sales goal and in with the new month and sales goal.

Check out this TikTok video for Good Morning Amira as I prepare for November and selling 15 books next month.

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTR99cKEb/

4 More Books Left

On September 20th, I started a challenge to sell 15 books a month, until December. This means that my goal is to sell 60 books by the end of December. I have almost reached my September goal. I just need to sell four more books.

Feel free to help me by reposting, sharing, liking, and buying a book.

Preparation Makes the Load a Little Easier to Carry

For some people, things come so natural. However, for other people like myself “Preparation makes the load a little easier to carry.” And that’s quite alright. No one is perfect and meant to know things immediately. Preparation doesn’t make perfect, but it gives you a foundation.

Take athletes and music artists for example, they have to continuously prepare for competitions and performances. Some of them participate in vocal lessons, cyphers, or training camps to help them prepare their voices, body, and skills.