Giving Back

Another week for the books.

When I look back at the week, I see so many things I wish I had more of, and others I’m glad are over. I think this is the case for everyone.

Above everything, I wouldn’t change any of it because it is a part of life that we must all go through.

On Sunday, Mel and her team were back on the streets helping people, and this time, they went inside their makeshift homes and talked to them more.

It is humbling to see what meager items they have, yet they are still so willing to give to others.

We often get caught up in our daily lives and ignore other humans around us. Some people pass us by with their shoulders held high. They may be extra tall today because they know, at the moment they falter one bit, it will all come crashing down.

It only takes one moment, one fateful moment in time, for it all to fall apart. We are all very close to being in the same situation.

We need to remember this and be thankful each day. Being able to continue our content and fruitful lives is a gift.

The shows we bring are our way of giving back as well. Through the rough times, we want to be able to take your mind into a place of peace and escape from the chaos.

We hope that each of you has a blessed week. Remember to have conversations with people and learn more about them. Become connected to the world around you.

Find a way to give back and watch the feeling of “Enough” come over you and peace fill your heart.

Stop the hatred, put down the pitchforks, and accept every person in the world, just for who they are.

Until next week my friends

CJ

Beating the Streets to Feed People

This past week was one of a lot of revelations. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see our vision come into view finally.


Mel and I founded this endeavor over a year ago and molding it into a safe space for everyone.


We are moving forward in our directions on what we do the best. I will be moving forward with the business side, and Mel will be pounding the streets getting the word out.


We have moved Lisa’s show to Mondays instead of Sunday’s and CJ in the Morning will be on Podcast format instead of a live performance. We brought in our new Brother Rudy Lopez to the show, and in a few months, we will have seven shows a week. Yes, we will not be resting until we bring every last person home off the streets.
You ask why, Because we care, its that simple, folks.

This past week Mel went live throughout her journey into the hard-hit areas of Indianapolis. Simultaneously, she brought people food, a prayer if they wanted it, and some much-needed conversation.


Too often, we walk by people we think are not worth our time, or may harm us because we do not know them.

Mel is not doing that, she is facing this head-on, and she has partnered with Michelle Balsley to feed people and spread an uplifting word.


We couldn’t do this without the love and support of those around us, our mother, Barbara Ives, Sister from another mister Misty Marshall and our family friend since the beginning of time, Sandi Hammer Forrester.

It takes a tribe to move. We are so thankful that Michelle Balsley brought this to us, and we could hit the ground running.


We made this video to show you the excellent work we are doing, and hopefully, you will want to come on board to help out in some way.

https://youtu.be/1AKuVU12n2I

Please contact Mel or Michelle.

Until Next Time Guys

CJ

Who is Ready To Shift

For most people, shifting is the hardest thing they will ever have to do.
In our everyday lives, we get stuck with our routines, and we become comfortable.

What if I told you that you could have the possibility to increase your happiness, health, and overall abundance by shifting?

Some of you would say, yes, let’s do it, and others would say, no, I’m good. I have everything I need.

The ones who say yes, 90% of you will turn back to your old ways.

The problem is not whether you want to shift or not; it is if you will allow yourself to move.

Shifting takes practice. We fall into habits in our lives. Without breaking these habits, we will never truly shift.

It’s a scary thing, I know. I had to shift my life to become who I am continually growing into.

Not only do you have to break the habits, but you have to track those habits to make sure they do not come back.

Its a lot of work, but it is work that is worthwhile. You have to put in the work to receive the results. The saying “Nothing in life is easy” is an absolutely fantastic expression.

Most people love their comfort, I get that. What is comfortable isn’t meant for those of us who want to hone our life into one of abundance.

Stagnation is not enough for people like me and others who want to shift.

Once you have decided it is time for a change, you need an accountability partner. This should be someone you want to emulate. This should be someone who has already shifted to a space that you want to go to.

This person will guide you through those bumps in the road that will not steer you off the path.

Once you’re ready and dedicating your time to shifting, the movement will blow your mind and creep into your soul. You will become almost addicted to it.

Once you’re ready to shift, and you genuinely want that change, keep an eye on this blog. We are building something for all of you!

Until next time my friends.

CJ

Kindness is Currency

If kindness was currency, some of y’all would be broke!
Some of you would be rich beyond your means.
Which one of these demographics do you fit in?

I ask this because I believe that the most beautiful gift we can give a person is our kindness. Take inventory of what you have to offer. You can show your skills as a great social media expert, a coach, a doctor, a financial guru, etc.. Still, the one thing that each and every single one of us has in common is we can offer kindness.

I know that kindness is the one thing that most people seek and what a lot of people see as a weakness. I will personally tell you it is the definition of strength.

Do you know how hard it is to be kind to a person who has nothing but malintent in their heart for you?

Do you know how hard it is to be kind when your heart is breaking and don’t have a penny to your name?

I have experienced kindness in its most natural form so many times in my life.

Have you ever walked down the street and been stopped by someone who has no money or a place to sleep. They ask you for money, and you say you don’t have anything to give, but you know you do. They say God Bless you Anyways. They are asking God to bless you even when you couldn’t bless them. That my friend is kind.

I went home to visit my family while in the military one time. I spent all my money running the streets with my friends instead of seeing my grandmother. She was the one person who cared that I was home the most. When it came time to leave, I didn’t have enough money to get back to St. Louis, where my plane would take off from. She called around and borrowed money to get me enough to rent a car. She even asked a friend to ride with me since I was driving through the night. She got enough money to buy them a bus ticket back home, so they had a way back. I tell this story because not once did she or her friend think of themselves.

I was young and didn’t think of anyone other than myself, but the kindness they showed me back then stuck with me today. Selflesslisness is often overlooked because people think about what they are gaining out of it.

A friend who shares a post because they believe in what you do, a person who buys your products because you are trying to create a business for yourself is showing you kindness. Someone who watches your kids so you can go to work is showing you kindness.

Walking in the store, holding the door open for someone because you don’t want to shut in their face is kindness. Nowadays, standing six feet away from someone because you respect their personal space and their health matters.

Kindness is a currency, we can become rich from the compassion that we share with others, or we can become poor by continuing to be our senseless selves.

Pay more attention to the actions you are setting free in the universe and how you portray your innermost self. What others see is how they will believe you are. It doesn’t matter how much you sell, how much you tell them you are different, what they feel from you makes the difference.

Have a great week, everyone,

CJ

Are you Living Free?

How many of you can say that you are living a free life? Not that you in America, and you have freedom, but you are living a free life. Free from society’s views of what is expected. Free from financial strain. Free from your own mind beating you up every single day. Free from caring for other’s opinions. Free from disbelief of freedom.

Now I would sit and wait for a reply, but I would be waiting for a long time. Don’t kid yourself, really, because most of you couldn’t walk down the street without putting something on that you thought would look good enough for your neighbor to see you in. Let that sink in.

Does it bother you when someone looks at you? Why? Why can’t they look at you and simply admire that you are another human being in this world and you may have something to offer them. Maybe they are respecting the fact that you stand tall and don’t give a damn what anyone else thinks.

Why do you worry so much about financials? Is it because you can’t go shopping all the time, and every time you go to the store you see things you like? Admire those things, but you don’t need them in your house or taking up your money. You want those things because you have lived a life long of needing material things to define you, or material things to make you feel better. Look inside, and you can make yourself feel better. You can make enough money to be happy, learn to live within your means.

Why do you worry about what society feels is a social norm? Can’t you live the life you want to live in? Even if there are some laws in place in specific countries, you can still live an abundant life and work towards total freedom.

Its called a “CHOICE” you have to start making them and stop blaming others for your inability to actually put candid thought into your brain.

Don’t sit there and think that you can’t have a better life. Stop letting yourself down.

Why is it you will take the shirt off your own back, for someone else, but you won’t even shut off your phone at a certain of the night to get yourself some peace?

It’s your “CHOICE” to live free, take the plunge, and join me on the other side. Let me know when you get here; make sure you call ahead because I’m making sure to protect my peace, and I am available by appointment only!

Who’s Ready To Be Great

I titled this, who’s ready to be great.

I did that because everyone wants to be the best version of themselves, the next millionaire, the next guru, or whatever.

I wonder who out there wants to be just great. When I say great, I mean, who wants to be great in just being themselves?

Being great can mean that you know yourself better than anyone else. Being great can be that you are always there for people. Being great can mean that you have the most robust faith on the planet. Being great can mean different to so many people.

In a world where everyone is striving to be something, how about just being great.

Now the dictionary defines great as the ability, quality, or eminence considerably above the normal or average.

I question you, is normal or average so bad? In today’s societal view, it is. I ask you why?

Often we are so busy trying to grasp that nugget, or chase that next dollar, that we never look around ourselves to hone in on the most important thing.

The definition of self and who we are at our core has to be why we exist. How can we genuinely live if we do not become “Great” in who we are?

Sure, chase something, stand for something, but make sure that you have sought after your innermost knowing of yourself in the core of who you are.

If you haven’t, then the very foundation that you stand on is false and flailing. Can you live with that thought? Can you live standing in quicksand your whole life? Sure, many people do it, but are you OK with that? I’m not.

My quest is to be Great at being me, then if that transcends into something else, so be it.

I hope you will join me in this quest. Once we are Great in who we are, everything else around us becomes easy.

Until Next week my friends

CJ

A Full Week Down

Well, it’s a wrap folk.

We completed a full week with all six shows airing. To say we are excited and exhausted is an understatement.

We had some technical issues with the new shows, but we were able to work those out.

One theme kept repeating itself all week long. We have the best people on the team and the best hosts for each show. Even when technical difficulties delayed us or threatened to postpone the show, our Hosts rolled with it and recorded.

Was everything perfect? NO! But we put our best foot forward and had a good time doing it. I am blessed to surround myself with a plethora of fantastic talent and initiative.

Some of the technical issues or other issues are with knowledge. A year ago, we were just two middle-age women wanting to do something to connect on a deeper level. Now we are five women wanting to connect with the world.

It’s a fantastic journey, and I wouldn’t want to share it with anyone else.

We have another week raring to go, and I started it out with CJ in the morning, and I can tell you I was motivated this morning. Please go check out the episode on our YouTube channel.

We will have it up on our Podcast format soon.

Here is to another fabulous week, and each of our Host’s, you are phenomenal, and we would not be who we are without you.

Cheers!

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.