Affirmations for a Woman on a Mission Journal

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New Beginnings: 3 Things To Focus On

New Beginnings: 3 Things To Focus On

We have all faced new beginnings. Being in this space can be an emotional rollercoaster; challenging by not knowing what to expect but, also exciting by having a fresh start. I’ve found that mapping out a plan can resolve some of the anxiety and put you at ease. There are three basic things that I focus on that you may also find helpful!


Fresh starts should be opportunities that you maximize. Whether it’s personal or related to my brand or organization, I sit down and decide what I want to accomplish during a new season. Keep in mind, intentions should be in the moment. Decide what matters most to you and what you value. Intentions often get confused with goals. Goals are something that’s attainable and intentions embrace the journey. For me personally, creating valuable content for my coaching clients I serve is a priority right now. I’m launching a new website for my coaching brand Strategypreneur™. This is my current journey. I want to assist my clients in navigating through the digital marketing landscape and discovering what marketing strategy works best for them. My primary intention is not on making money, but about providing a meaningful experience for my clients that produce results. Making money is simply a by-product!

Then I allow my intentions to shape my goals. These goals measure how many people I can have a positive impact on with my intentions. The goals I set for myself are realistic. My goals are also measurable; I’m able to assess both my progress and where I need improvement.


In addition to being a business coach, I’m also an accessory designer for my brand Accented Glory! Being a creative, I’m a very visual person. I learn better by seeing and having hands-on experience. To gain clarity of my vision for new beginnings, I create a vision board. A vision board is an amazing tool used to help identify my goals and identify which steps I need to take to accomplish them. My vision board acts as a visual reminder of my intentions and goals. I keep my vision board simple. I focus on one topic, whether it’s personal or business related.


I’m learning how to invest in myself and my vision. When most people hear the word investment they think of money. But, it isn’t always monetary. Your time, gifts, and talents are valuable too. I’ve been taking advantage of some online classes that are helping me perfect my craft and market my services.

Being the manager of my organization’s Facebook group for women entrepreneurs, Digital Marketing On a Budget, has been very helpful in implementing action plans. In the group, I’m learning how to break huge tasks into smaller doable action steps. Doing this helps you avoid info overload and feeling overwhelmed. Baby steps are OK!

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” – Benjamin Franklin

The above quote is so true! A plan of action is a necessity whether your goals are personal or business related. A plan requires intention, clarity, and action. So, as you embark on your new or next beginning remember to focus on intention, clarity, and action. These three things will be a great assistance to your new journey!

Tonya Cross – Strategypreneur™ Coach

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Chat Cafe – My Sister’s Keeper Part 2

The Vine Events Chat CafeYesterday, we hosted our first The Vine Events Chat Cafe. Focusing on “trust”, we continued our discussion about why some women can’t get along with one another. We addressed three areas shared by our Facebook Fan Discussion that have the potential to shape our perspectives and therefore influence our trust.

1. Traditional Teachings – One of our Facebook Fans, kicked off our online discussion by challenging women to evaluate their ideologies. Her challenge introduced our first trust influence “traditional teachings”. Our Chat attendee, Kay Wright, shared her experience of growing up in the Christian Church and witnessing first hand how women were not allowed to serve in certain capacities. The double standard between men and women reflected for her that women could not be trusted to perform various duties.

2. Society – Another Facebook Fan made known the influence of “society”. She presented that women at an early age have to deal with cliques and social pressures. Chat guest, Michael Cross, took it a step further and explained how just recently more athletic opportunities are available for young ladies to work together as a team. Previously, most opportunities were only individual activities where they had to compete against each other. He believes the team concept encourages individuals to work together for shared success; teaching them skills needed to positively interact with one another. Other guest also shared examples of personal experiences with societal divides (cliques) and how it impacted their level of trust for others.

3. Baggage – Several Facebook Fans revealed that insecurities cause some women not to trust each other because they don’t value themselves. Our Chat guest, Rita Massey, agreed with our Facebook Fans and affirmed that baggage (insecurities) prevent us from allowing people to start out with a clean slate. Being cautious is warranted however, baggage should not become a wall that prevents us from initiating relations.

We wrapped up the discussion by allowing each guest to share take home points. Chat participant, Brenda Clifton, disclosed that the conversation exposed some trust influences that she had not even considered. Discovering self worth, not succumbing to societal pressures, and dispelling false ideologies are the beginnings to improving bonds in any relationship. All attendees were on one accord about the necessity to daily renew our minds. We must change our negative thought processes that cause us not to trust one another without just cause.

Now, we want to hear from you!

Which trust influence listed has the greatest impact?

What is another trust influence that can be added as #4?

Please join our conversation and leave your reply below.

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New Beginnings-The Vine Events Chat Cafe

The Vine Events Chat CafeWith a new year comes new beginnings and The Vine Events is taking our RealTalk events to the next level. This month, we will host our first “The Vine Events Chat Cafe”.

While researching the art of conversation, we ran across the topic of conversation salons and this was our inspiration for Chat Cafe. The conversation salon was an Italian invention in the 16th century. During these gatherings, participants would discuss current events, exchange ideas, and encourage activism.

Our Chat Cafe is for individuals who are seeking a mini break from electronic communication and is interested in engaging in face-to-face dialogue. The Chat Cafe will offer the combination of great food and conversation in a cozy environment. Our chats will not only be informative but, also interactive and encourage open discussion.

So, if you’re looking to examine social issues face-to-face and not behind a user name, we invite you to join us for our monthly Chat Cafe. This will be a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.

Our first Chat Cafe will be on Saturday, January 19th at 10:00AM in Salisbury, NC. We will be continuing our discussion titled “My Sister Keeper”. Participants from our first discussion in November stated on their evaluations that they wanted to go “deeper” and address each root issue that was identified. We listened and we’re looking forward to more intriguing dialogue.

The cost of this event is $10 per person. To reserve your seat, click on the donate button below. The directions to event location will be emailed to those who RSVP so, please enter your email address on PayPal payment page. Thanks and see you there!

The Vine Event Planning

Our specialty is informative events such as, Q&A parties, screening dialogues, interpersonal workshops, and community forums. We offer both face-to-face and online event designs. Contact us today for a “free” consultation for your next meeting/event.