Monthly Archives: May 2013

Friends Sharpen the Minds of Friends

You may have heard the phrase “Iron Sharpens Iron”, it is my goal to outline where this phrase has derived from, what it means, and how we should use this reference as a reminder as we maintain, build, and form relationships with others around us. The scripture “iron sharpens iron” is found in Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” There is reciprocal benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the blades more efficient in their task to cut and slice. Likewise the Word of God is a ‘double-edged sword’ Hebrews 4:12 , it is with this that we are to sharpen one another—in times of encouragement, meeting, or any other encounter.

lt is important to have people in our lives that mean us good and have our best interest at heart. We live in a world where everyone is looking for encouragement, props, and even conversations solely centered around them- although it is great to have friends and a team that is continually in your corner- you want to make sure that this action of sharpening is mutual. All friendships and relationships should be give and take- and it is vital to evaluate what you are giving out as well as what is being given to you.

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I love this quote from Oprah Winfrey. It is healthy to evaluate who is around you. Who are you spending time with? How are they mentally, spiritually, and emotionally helping you get to your destiny? We can physically be around people all the time, but if there isn’t a mutual positive deposit in one another’s lives- you may want to ask yourself-how is this time I’m spending and whom I’m spending it with supporting me in my dreams, endeavors, and overall well-being?

After the evaluation of friends, circles, and associates in our lives- it is also healthy to be aware of people who may give constructive criticism. As important as it is to have people in our lives to encourage us and prop us up on every leaning side- it is just as important if not MORE to have truth tellers in our midst who can challenge our ways of thinking. Often times, it is human nature to be defensive or shy away from elements that another individual may bring, because it stretches us to think outside the ‘normal way’ we’ve always thought and operated in. I encourage you today to embrace getting out of your comfort zone and embrace the truth, and the people that will help you become your sharpest self , for IRON SHARPENS IRON!

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Alicia Keys’ Animated Storytelling App for Children

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When I think on the Social U tag line “Telling Stories as Powerful as You Are” in addition to making the story and message digital and social- Alicia Keys nails the essence of this through her storytelling app; The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee . I believe each story should have a purpose and target audience. Alicia Keys executed this project so well by immersing life lessons, journaling, and her music within this interactive app. It is important to keep our children up to date socially, mentally, and spiritually, and I believe Keys does a beautiful job of encapsulating a little bit of her life story to support children today who face relative experiences.

“I love the fact that we can introduce different cultures, different stories and different music to a child’s world through this app” -Alicia Keys

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Bearing Good Fruit

Over the past week, I’ve found myself  doing an abundance of self reflection. Throughout the process of observing myself and observing others, it has become clearer to me that spiritual wholeness is the number one  element that will distinguish right from wrong and truth from deceit. We live in a world where the majority of people live their lives reactively instead of proactively- and I too have been guilty of this. The great thing I love about the Bible is that it is a resource to find guidance and help we need through any situation we may encounter. Today I want to share the Galations 5:22 scripture; it outlines the Fruits of the Spirit. This scripture has helped me live my life more proactively and it is a constant reminder to uphold God’s spiritual standard versus  the worlds standard. LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF CONTROL photo-38 Bearing Good Fruit Today’s Daily Devotional Scripture is below and I wanted to share this because as a woman, I believe the first steps to fearing God is receiving his love and striving to take on his characteristics. This scripture is a reminder that beauty fades and charm can be deceitful,  but the real substance about one’s character is in the fruit in which they bear. So many women in pop-culture and in the media are praised for their beauty and outward accomplishments but it is the spirit in which we carry, portray, and operate in that will bear a fruitful life. This scripture challenges me to ask myself daily: What fruit are you bearing? photo-37 The Fruits of the Spirit derive from God’s Love, inherently making LOVE the most important of all of the nine attributes because it is the acknowledgement, receipt and act  of LOVE that drives us to be motivated to take on the rest of the fruits of the spirit. I love Joyce Meyer’s quote about God’s Love- I use it as motivational starting point to bear good fruit

How do you love your neighbor? First, you must learn to receive God’s love for yourself. Until then, you can’t truly love anyone else. You may do all the right things, but your motivation will be all wrong. – Joyce Meyer

Below is a Fruit of the Spirit Scripture Chart which explains what each of the nine attributes mean and biblical scripture references photo-30

LETS BEAR GOOD FRUIT TOGETHER!

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There is Power in a business Testimonial video

Testimonial video shoot: There is Power in a business TestimonyA great all day testimonial shoot with G&C Food Distributors last week . It was inspiring hearing about the work culture of this dynamic business. Through this time, I was pleasantly enlightened that this business is way more than just #FoodDistribution. It’s their integrity and core values that keep them successful. Excited for the video editing sessions and the final product of the testimonial video. The stories from the employers and employees give a well-rounded and inspiring reasons why G&C Foods is a great place to work.

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WHY VIDEO TESTIMONIALS ARE IMPORTANT FOR ONLINE BUSINESS MARKETING

Whether your company is selling a product or service, professional video testimonials have the power to sway purchasing decisions in your favor, create  social engagement, and provoke conversation around your business in a big way.  The below infographic explains why your business should use video to markt your business.

 

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ABOUT G&C FOODS

Incorporated in 1976, G&C Foods has grown into one of the most respected food service re-distributors in the Northeast. From our state-of-the-art distribution facility just north of Syracuse, New York, we are able to efficiently meet the distribution needs of our clients from New England to Ohio, and beyond. Our modern distribution truck fleet is equipped with the latest satellite tracking to ensure speedy and timely service. While specializing in boxed beef and other center-of-the-plate items, we also stock a wide selection of frozen, refrigerated, and dry products.

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Speaking out Righteously

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to honor my mother all week, and highlight her as the main messenger for this week’s inspirational post. Below is a video of Deborah Briggs speaking to a group of women about finding their voices in God, and letting God’s message and approach be the motivation for speaking righteously into any situation that may be encountered. I hope the video inspires you as it spoke into my life as it was captured, edited, and produced. The workshop is called “Open Your Mouth”

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photo(3)From the time that I was younger, my mother always taught me to speak in love. This is one truth I have held close to my heart. Words are powerful, and when you speak, it is important to build up instead of tearing down. I am thankful for a God-fearing mother who has taught me to Speak life.

So much wisdom, courage and strength. I am proud to say our relationship has grown beyond just a maternal one but blossomed into a a woman-to-woman relationship. My spiritual advisor, encourager, comic relief, realness and overall extraordinary spirit. If I’m half the woman she is, I will be truly blessed and content. ❤❤❤ my Mommy! #thatsMyMama #Mother #Inspiration #Fly #ShesIt

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Go Social with Scandal

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Each week, one cast member joins us live from the Scandal set. I thought this is a cool feature to drive viewership and social engagement around the show. Audiences always want to get to know the “REAL YOU” and fortunately Scandal is giving us the chance to live chat with the cast members through video.

This week, Scott Foley (Jake) is answering questions live. You can join the conversation and and ask questions via twitter using the hashtag #Ask Scandal

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HAVE FUN GETTING SOCIAL WITH SCANDAL!

Below are the Influencers that have made the Scandal vision come alive:

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My Blurb About Shonda Rhimes:

Much respect to Shonda Rhimes for creating, SCANDAL, a phenomenally produced series on primetime television! A show that is widely embraced by all color lines and appreciated for its rare innovative authenticity. In my opinion Rhimes has raised the standard of television shows for the future. Not to mention, creating a platform for both current and aspiring Black actors, that they too can anticipate starring as the lead role on a primetime network. It feels great to physically see a reflection of myself on the screen. A Black female character of power, intelligence, transparency , success and pure sexiness. Thank you Shonda for this gift we all eagerly await to watch each and every Thursday! Now that’s the definition of #BOSS ❤#Scandal #Writer #Producer #Director #DreamChaser #PlatformMaker #BlackWoman #Power #ABC #PrimetimeTelevision #Success #Respect

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Entrepreneur vs. Employee

 

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DECIDE THAT YOU WANT IT MORE THAN YOU’RE AFRAID OF IT

 

I love this video. It demonstrates the differences in work ethic, thinking and determination between an entrepreneur and employee. More importantly shows the benefits one can reap when putting in the hard work with expectancy, integrity, and faith.

 

 

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Lose to Win

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Upon much reflection, prayer and review- it is clear to me that God takes us all through our experiences for the greater good. Throughout this post, I will list some recent circumstances I went through that has  equipped me and taught me how to be more appreciative during this current season of my life. These experiences have inspired this post. When it seems like your losing and nothing is going in your favor, just know that it is this process that is leading you on the path to Winning.

During the end of 2011, I moved to Syracuse, NY for job. After just two weeks of being on the job, I was let go. I was devastated and in a very low place. I felt like I had uprooted my whole life for nothing. As I write and share this- this is even freeing for me- because most who are  close to me- didn’t know this occurred. I was ashamed, and THOUGHT I had lost everything I worked to build. For about 2 months I was out of work, without money, behind on all my bills- this was just a dry season in life for me. In Addition to being out of work, I was going through a tough break-up and my Grandmother passed in the beginning of 2012. This season of life was beyond difficult, but it was through this season, I turned to God like never before. I reflected on the book of Philippians- specifically chapter 3. I must admit, when I first received the job offer, I was a tad bit haughty and relying on my own strength- God quickly observed this and stripped all of what I held on pedestal, away from me. It was through this time, that I knew, that everything I gained or received from that day on was ONLY because of him, not me. Once I grasped this truth, I then saw God changing and shifting everything for the better

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It is ironic how God show’s his sense of humor and love for us. On February 14, 2102,  (Valentines Day) I started my new job within the Public Relations and News office at Syracuse University. I also was accepted into the Kauffman Entrepreneur Fellowship where I began developing my business, SOCIAL U, and moved into my own apartment. I thank God everyday for friends and family who supported me spiritually, financially, and emotionally- I definitely couldn’t have done it without them. Below is one of my reflections I shared on Instagram on December 2, 2012.

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I want to encourage you today to stay strong, faithful, and prayerful- even if you are in your dry season. Know that God has a plan. When you are stripped from all your earthly possessions or whatever the specific circumstance may be, you are not losing…but in the process of Winning. Embrace your ‘losing’ season so that you can be ready for your WIN!

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“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”- Jim Elliot

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In this song Fantasia is specifically singing about a relationship where her partner is no longer willing to make the relationship work. Although I know many of us can relate to this, I thought it was important to share as a message of life. Sometimes we can miss what God has for our lives because we are so caught up in the present, making the present work, and holding on- when in reality these situations are only hurting and hindering our process. During the process of letting go it may feel like your losing everything, but the truth is, there is only more to gain once you let go of circumstances, past experiences, and people you are allowing to block you from WINNING.

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#SOMEVisualStory Presentation Process: The Power of Visual Storytelling for Brands on Social Media

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Click on the photo above to visit my storify to follow the @SOMEVisualStory Twitter discussion

As a visual and video service provider for Social U, I quickly wanted to find out what some of the biggest visual trends for companies were on social media. When the opportunity arose to create a teaching presentation through Dr. Ward’s course, I knew spending time researching this topic would be informative and a great credible source for my business to stand on. Throughout the semester, I set up Google alerts, joined relative twitter chats, and cultivated relationships with business owners and  industry leaders who could tell, show, and prove why visual storytelling is prevalent and vital for any company’s success.

Through my connections with @Ekaterina, @Swonderlin, and @KarenLeland– they took me on a journey that helped me further grasp the notion that photographs, videos, and info graphics are resources to  leverage a company’s business story. You can find their contributions and biographies in one of my prior posts. When Chuck Hemann came to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications during the Social Commerce week, he said something that stuck with me since: “If your business brand consisted of just images and no text- would your audience understand your business story?” This posed question, I took on as a challenge- it has been my main mission to create a brand where people know and most importantly understand my business. If people understand my brand through visuals, the more credible I am as a visual service provider.

Take a look at My Powerpoint Presentation on Slideshare

Below is a picture of Dr. Ward and I in our Google+ Hangout. During this session we discussed how I should go about the order of my presentation. He suggested I start with some background and statistics on visual learners and the evolution of visual information. For example simple images to this day and age, where the majority of companies use info graphics to create a happy medium between data and visuals. In the Google+ Hangout you can see my Visual Storytelling info graphic I used as a starting point  to build my presentation. You can also find this info graphic in the beginning of my storify.

Google+ Hangout has some neat resources like the google drive and different apps that can be incorporated and utilized in the hangout. It was through this session, I made a conscience decision that Skype or Facetime  is not the only resource to have face-to-face interactions. Google+ has many innovative elements , making their platform more favorable- especially for bi-costal interviewing.

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After my presentation I did some research and the following Analytics came up for my presentation Hashtag. The resources I used  are Social mentions and Tweet Reach.

Analytics for #SOMEVisualStory’s Overall Reach

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