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Editors Corner<br />

Tonya?s Talk<br />

Financial Facts<br />

A Path To financial Success<br />

Success Quotes<br />

Trailblazers in Business<br />

Featured Story<br />

The Barbershop Talk<br />

From A King To My Queens<br />

Taking Care of your -Mind, Body, Nutrition<br />

Success In Fitness<br />

Healthy Her<br />



Author?s Spotlight<br />

Transitioning for Change<br />

Beware Of Success Advice. Even Mine.<br />

Events/Conferences<br />

Edit or-in- Chief Tonya D. Lat ney<br />

Graphic Designer Andrea Sm it h, SAS Web & Graphic Design<br />

Cont ribut ing Writ ers<br />

Daw n M. Scot t , Vanlencia Griffin-Wallace, Karen Sout hall Wat t s<br />

Florence Norville- Cheek, Mat t Spiedel , Sherod Jones<br />


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Tonya Lat ney,MS, BSN,RN,CWP Edit or -in- Chief<br />


Is there a true meaning to success? What is success?<br />

Merriam-Webster defines success as getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame<br />

(https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/success).<br />

My personal definition of success is feeling happy, controlling my own life, and beating to my own<br />

rhythm instead of the world?s rhythm.<br />

I have had many people compliment me on how I walk into a room to teach or speak. I believe<br />

success is an attitude. Success is self-satisfaction. I love referring to Maslow?s hierarchy of needs<br />

because success to me is self-actualization, learning to be all that you can be, and reaching your<br />

own personal potential and purpose in life.<br />

In my life, I have learned to define success not by what society states it should be but by my own<br />

definition. If you are reading this article, then I am successful on the journey that I have set out to<br />

achieve.<br />

I challenge you today to set your own definition of what success is for you.<br />

Connect with <strong>SOWBO</strong>. We would love your feedback and suggestions.<br />

Tonya Latney, MS, BSN, RN, CWP<br />

Email: sowbo12@gmail.com<br />

Twitter: @sowbo12<br />

Instagram: sowbo12<br />


A Pat h To<br />

Florence Norville-Cheek, MBA<br />


Here are some of the definitions some of my<br />

clients have shared over the years:<br />

-Being able to retire at age 55<br />

-Being able to afford an annual vacation<br />

-Paying my bills on time and having money to save<br />

-Acquiring five rental properties in fifteen years<br />

-Living a debt free life<br />

-To be better off this year than I was last year<br />

The path to financial success is littered with clues.<br />

Let?s examine some of the strategies financially<br />

successful people employ.<br />

1. Est ablish Goals<br />

When I say ?financial success, what<br />

images come to mind? Do you see<br />

beautiful people traveling the world<br />

first class, someone driving off into the<br />

sunset in a brand-new red Ferrari or a<br />

smiling family standing outside a<br />

mansion? Whether you answer ?yes?<br />

or ?no?, you?re correct.<br />

Financial success means different<br />

things to different people, the sooner<br />

we define it for ourselves, the earlier<br />

we can take steps to achieve our own<br />

version. If you haven?t thought about it<br />

before, take a few minutes to write<br />

down what financial success means to<br />

you.<br />

Identifying clear goals is crucial to financial<br />

success. A financial goal is the exact amount of<br />

money needed for a specific purchase or service<br />

at a definite date. Making the goal precise helps<br />

you determine how much you need to set aside<br />

each month and allows you to track your<br />

progress.<br />

2. Know your Current Financial Sit uat ion<br />

Taking stock of your current financial situation<br />

today can help you determine what you need to<br />

do tomorrow. Are you on the right track or do you<br />

need to make changes? The net worth and cash<br />

flow statements are critical to understanding how<br />

you?re doing financially.<br />

Your net worth is a snapshot of your finances at<br />

one point in time. It is a good idea to calculate<br />

your net worth at least once a year. Your net<br />

worth should increase over time. If it is not, either<br />

you are not saving enough or taking on too much<br />

debt. Adjusting your spending and savings plan<br />

can help you change this.<br />



Do you know exactly where your money is going each month? If not, you are not alone. Many of us<br />

are well aware of the symptoms of financial distress we are experiencing, but are not sure of the<br />

cause. Assessing your cash flow can help you figure that out.<br />


If your income exceeds your expenses, you have a positive cash flow. If your expenses exceed your<br />

income, you have a negative cash flow.<br />

3: Creat e a Spending & Savings Plan<br />

Once you take stock of your current situation, it is time to create a spending and savings plan. Your<br />

plan should show where you want your money to go in the future. How much will you contribute to<br />

your retirement fund? How much will you spend on groceries?<br />

While you are creating your plan, remember that your expenses (including the money going into<br />

savings) should never exceed your income. If you have a negative cash flow, you will need to make<br />

adjustments. Your plan is only helpful if you follow it. Tracking your expenses on an ongoing basis<br />

will help you to see where tweaks are needed.<br />

4: Est ablish an Em ergency Fund<br />

An emergency fund provides a cushion that allows you to pay for expenses should the unexpected<br />

occur. Financial experts recommend saving at least three to six months?worth of living expenses.<br />

Since you don?t know when you will need the money, make sure it is in an account that is easily<br />

accessible and where there are no penalties for early withdrawal. Saving is easier if you make it<br />

automatic.<br />

5: Invest Diversely<br />

There are three main types of investment classes:<br />

- Stocks: A share of stock represents a percentage of ownership in a corporation. You can make<br />

money from receiving dividend payments and selling the stock for more than you bought it<br />

for. Historically, stocks have provided the greatest return long term. However, there are no<br />

guarantees.<br />

- Bonds: A bond is a loan to a company or government, with you, the bondholder, as the<br />

lender. Organizations issue bonds when they want to raise funds. Generally, you receive the<br />

principal, at maturity of the bond and interest periodically while you are holding the bond. In<br />

general, bonds are between stocks and cash equivalents in regard to risk and return.<br />

- Cash equivalents: Cash equivalents are assets that can be readily converted into cash. They<br />

tend to be low-risk, so there is little or no danger that you will lose the money you deposit. As<br />

a result, cash equivalents provide a low return.<br />


A good way to reduce the risk of losing money when you invest is to diversify. A well- balanced<br />

portfolio has a mixture of stocks, bonds, and cash equivalents.<br />

6: Make Sure You?re Covered<br />

Events such as a severe illness, car accident, or house fire can put a serious cramp in your financial<br />

health, even if you have savings. Having the right amount of insurance will help protect you from<br />

the financial consequences associated with many of life?s adversities.<br />

Healt h insurance is something everyone should have. Many employers offer group health<br />

insurance to their workers and, in some cases, their dependents. You may have to pay a portion of<br />

the insurance premium, but in most cases you?ll pay far less than you would if you had to buy a<br />

policy on your own.<br />

If you are employed, it is a good idea to have disabilit y insurance, which replaces a portion of<br />

your income if you are unable to work. There are two types of disability policies: short-term, which<br />

only provides coverage for a limited period of time and long-term, which provides benefits until<br />

retirement age.<br />

If you have love someone, or owe someone you need life insurance. Life insurance is not just<br />

intended to replace loss wages but services as well. (For example, a stay-at-home mother may<br />

want to purchase life insurance to pay for child care if she dies.) There are two basic types of life<br />

insurance: term and whole life.<br />

In most states, the law requires that drivers have at least liability aut o insurance, which covers<br />

your legal costs (up to a limit) if you injure a person or damage property with your car. If your car is<br />

several years old and worth little, liability coverage may be adequate. However, if your car is newer,<br />

you may want full coverage insurance. (This will likely be required by your lender if you have a car<br />

loan.)<br />

If there is a mortgage on your property, your lender probably requires you to have hom eow ners<br />

insurance. Even if you do not owe anything on your home, allowing the insurance to lapse could<br />

be a grave mistake. For most homeowners, their home is their greatest asset ? without insurance<br />

coverage, a disaster could lead to financial ruin.<br />

Renters insurance covers personal property loss and liability for renters. Don?t assume that your<br />

landlord?s policy will cover your losses ? in most circumstances, it won?t.<br />

7: Est ablish a Good Credit Hist ory<br />

Your credit report and score can affect your life in many ways. Obtaining a mortgage or car loan<br />

(especially one with a good interest rate), renting an apartment, finding a job (many employers<br />

check credit reports), and obtaining car insurance with low rates is usually easier with a good credit<br />

history.<br />

Your credit report tracks your credit activity, while your credit score is a numeric summary of the<br />

information in your credit report and is designed to measure your ability to repay what you owe.<br />


It is very important to use credit responsibly. Always make your payments on time and keep the<br />

balances on revolving credit low. Missing payments and carrying high balances will hurt yourcredit<br />

report and score.<br />

8: Delet e your Debt<br />

Having debt not only absorbs a significant portion of your income each month but also costs<br />

thousands of dollars in interest payments. Conversely, paying off your debt can provide a feeling of<br />

relief and give you more money for other things, like savings.<br />

9: Buy a Hom e<br />

Purchasing a home can be a wise investment. While the real estate market fluctuates, most houses<br />

gain value over time. Additionally, Uncle Sam subsidizes your property investment with tax breaks.<br />

However, homeownership isn?t right for everyone. It is important to honestly assess your financial<br />

obligations and determine if you can carry a mortgage and how much can you afford to pay. Don?t<br />

just rely on the lender?s approval amount to tell you what you can afford ? take a close look at your<br />

budget.<br />

The path to financial success requires being intentional about allocating your financial resources<br />

towards your goals. It also requires discipline, persistence, knowledge, determination and the<br />

conviction to define what is most important to your happiness.<br />

Florence Norville-Cheek, MBA<br />

Financial Services Professional<br />


?The goal of Jazz for Peace is to heal our planet, and the secret to our success is<br />

to help outstanding causes, because by helping the world?s greatest causes not<br />

only can you address our current problems but you can also address our future<br />

problems before they have a chance to grow and become destructive? ~ RICK<br />

DELLARATTA, Founder - Jazz for Peace?<br />

Persistence is the key to success, set goals moving forward never looking back.<br />

Goals you can hit every day that are realistic. Take a chance or you will never<br />

know. Failing is just a learning lesson on winning. When we fail we learn from it.<br />


We are a mother and daughter milliner designing team team in the Philadelphia<br />

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For me the ingredients to success start with giving ourselves the permission to<br />

be successful and then come the desire to make a difference and add value to<br />

others. It pushes you to dig deeper in yourself and learn more and start<br />

dreaming and create a clear vision for your future. When you discover why you<br />

were born and your purpose in this world you then move step by step towards<br />

?your own authentic? success. CLAUDINE CARON<br />

Success is waking up every day with the satisfaction that life is good with you in<br />

it. Everything else is gravy and falls into place.CAROL DEKKER<br />



Featured Story<br />

Ar t ist<br />

Dawn M. Scott<br />

Resilience and perseverance produces strong<br />

roots, resulting in a solid foundation for a<br />

purpose driven life. Speaking of roots, the gift of<br />

art is a part of my family tree. It seems the<br />

concept of individual seasonal color and fashion<br />

is incorporated into my DNA. When I see people,<br />

my eyes are often, immediately drawn to how the<br />

colors they are wearing coincide with their<br />

seasonal color palette. My mother often kept a<br />

copy of Vogue on the coffee table. I currently<br />

work with charcoal, pastels and acrylics. I would<br />

certainly welcome the opportunity to work with<br />

oils and watercolors. The mixing of colors<br />

through painting and the feel of pencils and paint<br />

in my hands served as a means of escape. When I<br />

can?t express myself, I feel caged. Leaving me<br />

melancholy and withdrawn. My current body of<br />

work has a theme, which has been derived from<br />

a former life of survival, pain and emotional<br />

suffering, but has also served as a light during the<br />

darkest hours in my life. Hardship and adversity<br />

were friends of mine, which Td Jakes states,?the<br />

depth of your adversity is often an implication of<br />

how high an individual is destined to climb?.<br />

Through personal experiences, I am inclined to<br />

believe nature has its percentage in child<br />

development, but nurturing is a major role in<br />

children growing into healthy positive individuals.<br />

Dawn M. Scott was born and raised in the<br />

Cameron Street Projects, Harrisburg, PA ?income<br />

based housing? with four sisters. She has been<br />

drawing since the age of five years. One of her<br />

first dress designs was of her sisters?prom dress.<br />

After high school she completed an Associate?s<br />

Degree in Apparel Design at the Clarissa School<br />

of Fashion Design, 1991. Uncertain of what path<br />

she wanted to embark upon, she began<br />

entertaining the opinions of others which<br />

resulting in the derailing of her creative self.<br />

She obtained her Bachelor?s degree in Human<br />

Services Administration, at Chatham University,<br />

2001. After working within the field of social<br />

services, primarily ?children and families?, for<br />

over ten years she was laid off. Hence the<br />

meaning ?Starving Artist?. She was given this time<br />

to create and are located in the seating are<br />

donated works to shelters, and social services<br />

agencies. A notable donation was presented to<br />

Health Center 9, 131 East Chelten Avenue,<br />

Philadelphia, Pa. She provided the clinic with<br />

three 24X36 works which are located in the<br />

seating area. The clinic met her needs while she<br />

was laid off. The clinic provided her medications<br />

she could never afford without medical<br />

insurance.<br />

Provided with time to reflect, she still refrained<br />

from pursuing her passion in art, patternmaking<br />

and fashion design. She obtained a Master?s<br />

Degree in Psychology and Public Administration<br />

at Walden University, 2011. She has always had a<br />

heart for the homeless population and continues<br />

to volunteer with Enon Tabernacle Baptist<br />

Church, Philadelphia, Pa Missions Ministry. She<br />

has also received training as a literacy tutor<br />

through the Mayor?s Commission on Literacy,<br />

Philadelphia, Pa. working within<br />

After years of working within the field of social<br />

services, God has granted her the grace and<br />

means to return to school. She is currently<br />

pursuing an undergraduate degree in fashion<br />

design. Her dream is to work as a professional<br />

patternmaker. Td Jakes stated ?If God provides<br />

you with a gift He will make room for the gift?,<br />

meaning the gift through his grace will provide<br />

the means to sustain you. She has been trusting<br />

God and though there have been mountains to<br />

climb he often makes a way.<br />


?Purpose Driven?-My purpose is to show<br />

others with prayer and a good sense of<br />

humor, we can convert our hustles into<br />

productive behaviors, which can assist us<br />

living a meaningful life. God promised he<br />

would turn those negative trauma filled<br />

experiences into therapeutic narratives to<br />

assist others whom are having similar<br />

experiences. Mindfulness of the concept;<br />

people, places and things, each day moves us<br />

closer to functional existences and further<br />

away from the behaviors, which keep us<br />

bound; and those unhealthy-mental strong<br />

holds, which often have us thinking we are<br />

unworthy of love. Maintaining focus and the<br />

promise of how ?God will make room for our<br />

gifts? meaning our gifts can be contributory in<br />

earning an honest living.<br />

Success<br />

My perception of success is based upon an<br />

individual?s experience in life. Many of us<br />

including myself were raised to view success<br />

as an experience based upon; obtaining a<br />

high school diploma, several<br />

degrees/accolades, a great salary, a pension,<br />

awards, a big house; marrying the most<br />

popular folks, though the nerdy dude makes<br />

the most money, and who will usually love<br />

you for you; and obtaining many friends<br />

though just a few good ones would suffice.<br />

These things are important and can aid in<br />

taking care of self, but this is a societal based<br />

mindset. What we are not informed of is how<br />

dysfunction, strongholds and abuse can<br />

interfere with our paths in life, not to mention<br />

how these three things can keep us bound<br />

psychologically and impair our ability to live a<br />

life of normalcy and peace. ?Keep Your Peace<br />

to Keep your Power? Joyce Meyer.<br />

Success manifests itself when love, trust and<br />

forgiveness is replaced with emotional pain.<br />

Without forgiveness and confronting our fears,<br />

those burdens keep us bound, hence the<br />

term...? secrets keep us sick?. Releasing<br />

unforgiveness, hate, resentment and mistrust<br />

allows God to work on our hearts, which<br />

enhances relationships moving us on the road<br />

to destiny. Doing the work to heal helps us to<br />

trust again. We need to trust which invites<br />

folks into our lives to move us toward our<br />

destinies. The experiences are often pleasant<br />

and not so pleasant, but they all teach us<br />

something ?Nothing is Wasted? Td Jakes and<br />

?The Breaking was Necessary to Build Me?<br />

Dawn M. Scott.<br />

Developing strength, peace, happiness and a<br />

solid foundation in your faith is everything.<br />

Without a love of self, nothing in life will go<br />

well. If we don?t fight for ourselves no one will,<br />

but God. God has a path for each of us and we<br />

cannot be consumed with the perceptions of<br />

others which may deter our destinies. Build<br />

your strength and go forth to serve while<br />

empowering others.<br />

Love and Peace be with you,<br />

Daw n M. Scot t , M.S.<br />



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Barbershop Talk<br />

From A King To My Queens<br />

Success means so many different things to<br />

many different people. I believe success is a<br />

combination of things that all work together.<br />

It?s what you feel is important for YOUR life and<br />

YOUR future. When you find out these things,<br />

THEN you find out what success truly means to<br />

you.<br />

I would say health (physical/mental), your<br />

relationship with God, and the well-being of your<br />

family is what is vital in being successful. I use to<br />

think it was all about money, but as I matured I<br />

realize that wasn?t correct.<br />

If you are happy and at peace with yourself you<br />

are successful. If you are healthy and looking to be<br />

a better version of yourself every day you are<br />

successful. Also, if you have goals and have plans<br />

on reaching them, you are successful.<br />

My wife, Zachia Jones, is a very strong and driven<br />

woman who pushes me to be better everyday.<br />

Having a strong woman in your corner is vital for<br />

any man that is looking to be successful. She gives<br />

me confidence to take on the things the world<br />

throws my way. Idon?t think that I could reach my<br />

highest heights without her. The right woman will<br />

propel an average man to an extraordinary level.<br />

The definitions of success ranges wide, but<br />

ultimately I believe it really lies inside of you.<br />

Sherod Jones<br />


Be encouraged and inspired by the thought<br />

provoking writings of these Authors.<br />








Author's Spotlight<br />


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Somebody had to<br />

be her e to tell the<br />

stor y.<br />

Valencia Griffin-Wallace<br />

I have been writing since a<br />

young age. My mother kept a<br />

poem I wrote when I was 8<br />

years old and I probably have<br />

been writing ever since. It is one<br />

of my first loves along with<br />

drawing. Writing is an<br />

expression of a story rather it<br />

be yours or not, it is a creative<br />

outlet of emotions put on<br />

paper. I decided to finally<br />

publish because our stories<br />

should not die in us or with us.<br />

My past wasn?t pretty, but it was<br />

the pain that fueled my<br />

purpose. That story has to be<br />

told for my future generations<br />

to know that whoever I become,<br />

I literally fought to become her.<br />

The highest hope for my<br />

favorite book, Motherless Child<br />

is that it become a teaching,<br />

motivational, and life-giving tool<br />

for those who have dealt with<br />

addiction. Drugs have been a<br />

problem long before my birth<br />

and will continue to be if we<br />

don?t deal with the why behind<br />

it. Since it is not being dealt with<br />

properly, kids grow up like me,<br />

dealing with situations due to<br />

the drug use of someone close<br />

to them.<br />

I needed a representation of<br />

childhood innocence, but<br />

loneliness at the same time.<br />

Since, I didn?t?have any pictures<br />

of me looking innocent and<br />

lonely, I needed to find one. The<br />

little girl on the cover seems to<br />

be like any other child just<br />

trying to enjoy typical childhood<br />

things like blowing a ?wish,? but<br />

it makes you ask what is she<br />

wishing for? My answer<br />

combined with the title tells it<br />

all. To be normal.<br />

Being my own boss definitely<br />

helps. I actually wrote the book<br />

years ago, but since I was in a<br />

different place emotionally, it<br />

didn?t ?read? right. So, when I<br />

went back to rewrite it, I had<br />

some memories that I forgot. It<br />

was a little easier. I dedicated<br />

plenty of late nights until it was<br />

finished. When you have a goal<br />

date, it makes it easier to<br />

strategically set aside time for it.<br />

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When formulating the chapters,<br />

I started with my life timeline<br />

and filled in the memories and<br />

events accordingly. I also<br />

listened to music from that time<br />

period in my life, it helps with<br />

putting you back in that era<br />

emotionally.<br />

The only thing I knew was I<br />

wanted it to have an ?aww?<br />

effect when people saw the<br />

cover. I had the picture toned<br />

down because I didn?t want it to<br />

be bright and shiny. I needed it<br />

to be a book cover that made<br />

you know, this was a story of a<br />

different kind of childhood.<br />

Money was never a factor when<br />

writing it. It of course is a form<br />

of passive income now, but I<br />

never planned on it making me<br />

rich. I think that takes away<br />

from the honesty of writing<br />

your story. Sure, I could have<br />

made it 10 steps to blah, blah,<br />

blah and put in some redundant<br />

catch phrases, but I had to be<br />

true to who I am, was and<br />

growing into.

Promoting, marketing and publicizing was all<br />

God. A while ago, I started a private community<br />

on facebook called Define U. The group is very<br />

supportive, and we promote each other. So<br />

when it came time to promote it, they crowned<br />

up, bought copies, gave reviews and shared it a<br />

whole lot. I also have a podcast, Define U Radio<br />

and did a few press releases, but if I had to saw<br />

what made the difference to it becoming a best<br />

seller, God-size connections, support and love.<br />

I plan on releasing at least one book a year for<br />

the rest of my life.<br />

Self-publishing made sense to me. I didn?t want<br />

to go through the process of proposals and all<br />

of that which could have delayed the book<br />

coming out at the time it needed to be.<br />

I didn?t really have a budget when doing the<br />

book, I was willing to spend what it took to get it<br />

out there and hit #1. It helps that I know how to<br />

do graphics and marketing, so where some<br />

people have to budget for that, I didn?t have to.<br />

he one thing about me becoming an author<br />

with now 8 books under my belt including 4<br />

anthologies and 5 best sellers, is this is my<br />

passion and purpose. Some people write<br />

because people will tell you it is good for your<br />

brand, but there are a few who write because<br />

we were born to do it. If you have a passion and<br />

can?t see yourself doing any one thing the rest<br />

of your life, definitely do it and continue to do it.<br />


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N o doubt you?ve read many self-help<br />

books or heard dozens of inspirational<br />

talks that began with some version of,<br />

?What?s your personal definition of<br />

success?? We now accept the concept that<br />

each individual is entitled to define success<br />

in their own terms, and that this is the<br />

beginning of crafting a personal success<br />

plan. We journal, make vision boards, and<br />

join master-mind groups. Yet, the same<br />

gurus who tell us our success will be<br />

individual and unique hand out an awful<br />

lot of one-size-fits-all advice.<br />

There do seem to be a couple universal<br />

truths regarding success. We?re all driven<br />

to seek it in some form, even when we<br />

can?t easily or clearly define it. ?Overnight<br />

success? is usually the result of significant<br />

time, hard work, and sometimes luck.<br />

However, the diversity in the way we<br />

experience the journey to success seems<br />

to be a deeper universal truth. Some of us<br />

are afraid of success, fearing that every<br />

achievement will increase expectations and<br />

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eventually lead us to fail spectacularly. Then there<br />

are those who burn for success, the visible, showy,<br />

flashy kind, and are willing to risk anything to<br />

achieve it. And let?s not forget those who see<br />

success in terms of legacy and changing the world,<br />

or a tiny corner of it, for the better.<br />

One of the toughest assignments I?ve ever given as a<br />

college instructor is the Personal Success Plan. Why?<br />

Because students kept asking me exactly what it<br />

needed to include. Convincing students that as<br />

unique individuals they needed and deserved a<br />

unique plan for success was harder than I expected.<br />

You too, deserve advice and a success plan that fits<br />

you. What does that look like? Well that depends.<br />

Ask yourself what forces are driving you. Clarify your<br />

values and passions and confront your fears and<br />

guilt. Without doing this work, you won?t understand<br />

your motivations. This clarity allows you to verbalize<br />

your goals to a coach or mentor, or to wade through<br />

the seas of information available to find those ideas<br />

that suit you best.<br />

Take time to stop and reflect after wins and losses.<br />

It?s not unusual for someone to reach a key<br />

milestone, look around, and think, ?This isn?t really<br />

what I wanted.? Similarly, a moment that feels like a<br />

failure can suddenly open your eyes to what?s most<br />

important to you. Has your picture of success<br />

changed? Did you allow another?s views or advice to<br />

push you in the wrong direction? What do you need<br />

to do to correct course?<br />


Remember your personal life balance<br />

between what you dream to be and what<br />

pays the bills. Assess any advice from an<br />

expert for its does-it-work-in-real- world<br />

quality. Success doesn?t happen in a vacuum.<br />

Don?t be afraid to seek success advice from<br />

those who understand your faith, culture, or<br />

community. Whether your success is a small<br />

suburban home with a white picket fence, or<br />

an intergenerational co-housing community,<br />

you deserve advice that matches your goals.<br />

The same holds true for those who labor to<br />

succeed in areas that society doesn?t honor<br />

with accolades or riches like parenting or<br />

social justice work.<br />

You wouldn?t squeeze your feet into shoes<br />

that didn?t fit. You wouldn?t eat food you were<br />

allergic to or didn?t like. Don?t mindlessly<br />

swallow success advice just because it comes<br />

from someone rich or famous.<br />

Be wary of persons or personalities who<br />

claim to know it all. Carefully scrutinize<br />

guidance from any source? even me.<br />

About the author: Karen Southall Watts is an<br />

author, speaker, and educator who lives in<br />

Vancouver, BC.<br />

Her latest book, The Solo Workday: Manage<br />

your time and gain new clients while working<br />

alone is out now at Amazon.com<br />

Karen Sout hall Wat t s<br />

~Professional Encourager~<br />

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AskKaren<br />

LinkedIn:<br />

www.linkedin.com/in/karensouthallwatts/<br />

Website:www.karensouthallwatts.com<br />


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Success in fitness is not simply helping<br />

people achieve their goals? it?s much<br />

deeper than that. Success comes when you<br />

have established trust and support with<br />

them. Success involves establishing<br />

long-term relationships with them as they<br />

move toward their goals. They are so excited<br />

and understand the value of how you help<br />

them. You are the only person they talk<br />

about when conversations include fitness,<br />

and they will refer people to you. When your<br />

name is brought up, all they can do is smile<br />

and tell everyone about how you helped<br />

them. In some extreme cases, you are the<br />

best part of their day.<br />


Success in fitness can sometimes be greatly<br />

misunderstood. Yes, achieving the goal is<br />

your priority. As you reach small goals, you<br />

begin to trust the process. When you trust<br />

the process, you begin to enjoy the journey.<br />

The journey doesn?t just strengthen you<br />

physically? it also strengthens you mentally<br />

and emotionally. I believe that true success<br />

in fitness happens when you have changed<br />

for the better both inside and out. Through<br />

the process, you achieve the goals as well.<br />


5 Tips To St art To Have Success In Your Healt h<br />

Wom en are pulled in so many different directions: family, work, and business. Because of this,<br />

many times your self-care gets neglected. My model this year is ?my health is part of my business?<br />

because if there is no me, then there is no business.<br />

I want to challenge women to take the time to learn five numbers:<br />

1. Weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)<br />

2. Cholesterol level<br />

3. A1C<br />

4. Blood pressure<br />

5. Blood type<br />

Weight and BMI<br />

Being overweight can lead to many health problems. The extra weight can actually slow your<br />

progress and productivity, making you tired and sluggish. So, get a scale and a mirror (yes, I said a<br />

mirror), and really look at the true you. Be honest if you do not like what you see. When we look and<br />

feel our best, we do our best.<br />

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.h<br />

tml<br />

Cholest erol level<br />

Learn what the difference is between HDL and LDL and the effects it can have on your body.<br />

https://www.healthywomen.org/condition/cholesterol<br />

A1C<br />

Are you eating a proper diet and getting exercise? Do you have risk factors or a family history of<br />

diabetes? Understanding your A1C will help you avoid diabetes if it is related to your weight, diet,<br />

and exercise. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/a1c-test/about/pac-20384643<br />


Blood Pressure<br />

There are many people who do not understand exactly what hypertension or hypotension is and<br />

the life- threatening effects it can have on the body. They think that once they are diagnosed with<br />

hypertension and the physician prescribes a daily medication, they are safe. This is not true. Take<br />

the time to understand what the two numbers mean and how, if not taken seriously, they can<br />

affect your life. https://www.healthline.com/health/high-blood-pressure-symptoms-women<br />

Blood Type<br />

Do you know your blood type? There are many beliefs that your diet and blood type can play a<br />

factor in your overall health. I myself have never tried the method; however, I do know that there<br />

are certain foods that I cannot consume because they make me mentally and physically tired. Do a<br />

little research, and see if there is any truth in eating right for your blood type, but if nothing else,<br />

make sure you know what your blood type is. Many do not know this information.<br />

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/the-blood-type-diet-review<br />

Tonya Lat ney, BSN, RN<br />


It ?s t im e t o t ake flight t o your dream<br />

St eps t o st art ing a journey t o your dream<br />

1. Believe & trust in your dream<br />

2. Visualize your dream<br />

3. Write your dream down<br />

4. Set long term & short term goals with deadline/target dates<br />

5. Connect with like-minded people<br />

6. Start your Business Binder<br />

7. Anticipate the changes that may need to change to reach<br />

your dream<br />



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