Check out our team roster!!
These folks rock!!!
Check out our full list of fabulous guest authors!
We are so excited and encouraged to have all of these wonderful colleagues along the way, writing and inspiring the lives of others.
Here’s the TEW Crew:
- Dr. Bernada Nicole Baker – Walking in Your Passion/Purpose (Foreword)
- Julie M. Holloway “aka” JMH – The Entrepreneur Within Me
- Rhonda Alexander (T.E.W. Editor) – Don’t Stay Past Your Expiration Date
- Nicole Knox – Power Keeping
- Quinn Riley – aka “Q” – Living on 5th Ave
- Merry Linden – Asking for Help
- Anthony “Ant” L. Smith, Author/Keynote Speaker/L.I.F.E.style Improvement Coach
- Patrice N. Perkins – Don’t be a Serial Entrepreneur
- Glenn Murray – Relationships in Business
- Rhonda Alexander (T.E.W. Editor) – Don’t Stay Past Your Expiration Date
- Adam Jackson – Procrastination
- Ms. Shaniqua Jones – Senorita Entertainment | The Vision
- Danielle Willis – Eating an Elephant: Overcoming Obstacles to Entrepreneurship
- Steve Amella + Beth Doyle – Power Marketing
- Dana theLoctician & Barber – My Two Most Valuable Lessons: Faith in Me and Marketing is the First Step
- Tiff “aka Tiff’s Editing Cafe” – Workin’ 9-5 + More
- Kenny Carroll – From Ideas to Execution
- Corliss Johnson – Marrying My Destiny
- Galonda Chatman – Entrepreneurship. A Blessing + a Curse
Our mission is more about our JOURNEY. Often you become stagnant in a situation or a position, a job or a relationship. The ONLY way to get out is within yourself. I (JMH) was locked inside of a situation on a job where I truly felt I could not get out. It became so apparent that if I did not get out, I may never make it out. Alive. The mission of this book and the mission behind unleashing The Entrepreneur Within is very simple. It is our desire to INSPIRE.
It is our desire to challenge you to your greatness, to bless you with our painful but truthful stories so that you may not feel so alone. Or so that you may feel the courage or the power from one of these authors. The goal is to reach every single soul within one or all of the diverse chapters of this book. Go ahead, live a little. Be your GREATNESS, expand upon the life that you were given when you were born. Be who you want to be, and not who everyone else wants you to be. be.cre8ive.
Official theme song:
[jur-nee] Show IPA noun, plural jour·neys, verb, jour·neyed, jour·ney·ing.
1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time; trip: a six-day journey across the desert.
2. a distance, course, or area traveled or suitable for traveling: a desert journey.
3. a period of travel: a week’s journey.
4. passage or progress from one stage to another: the journey to success.
your journey lies within ♥
Dr. Bernada Nicole Baker
eGayles aka Edith Bradford and Charles Tait are the official cre8ive photographers for The Entrepreneur Within
This is just simply amazing!
No one said the road was easy, however it’s great!
The TEW Crew wishes you a happy and productive day!
The 3-Year Review
About 4 years ago I found myself unemployed due to layoffs so I sat home and taught myself graphic design with a $50 piece of software purchased off craigslist! Soon thereafter, I was offered a position as the administrator to a very busy CEO. For three years, I was truly dragged and driven through a pile of mud. I stayed loyal and worked my tail off to collect a paycheck, ensure my family had insurance and for whatever other reasons, I do not know and do not wish to re-live. Although today I wish I had never taken that job, I am grateful because it ultimately led me to true entrepreneurship.
At years (three to be exact) and a few days passed, I found myself frozen in an absolute state of confusion. I could not believe that I allowed myself to be treated in such a way by an authority figure. My boss berated me on a regular and continual basis, he embarrassed me in staff meetings, he often called me out on having minimal amounts of common sense, told me I hadn’t done a thing since I started there three years prior except design ‘pretty well’, told me I was easily replaceable, told me he would surely find someone that would do my job and do it better, told me I helped others on my team too much, told me I took on too many responsibilities, he told me I didn’t even deserve the ‘cost of living’ adjustment on my three year review.
The Weekend After and all those “Why” Questions
The weekend after the big ‘3-year review day’ situation I could not explain to others why I remained loyal to this situation for as long as I did. I talked to many friends and family re-visiting the situation over and over to seek their input on whether or not I was the crazy one. I repeatedly told friends that I could not envision one more day on earth if I had to go to that job yet one more time. I could not wait for my escape day and decided that time would come very quickly. I was so happy that I finally realized that it was time to ‘unlock the treasure of my artistic gifts and become an entrepreneur full time’. I had heard it was the most amazing career anyone could ask for!
That day, my children played the Wii downstairs with my husband laughing and giggling while I sat upstairs in the “office” of JMH Art + Design Studio and cried silently for hours. Puddles of tears watered my shirt and sweat from my hands rested “frozen” on my keyboard. I needed someone to push me over the edge and say – go on, go forth with this decision that you have already made up in your mind.
As I sat there debilitated for hours at my desk with the intent to write a 10-page paper for my marketing course, I asked myself these questions: How did I get here? How did I get this far off the artistic track? Why is it that when I quit art school the year after high school, did I not pursue a career in the ‘arts’. Why, for years was I able to sell my paintings to family and friends, but never step into an art gallery and have them peep my work? Why have I designed hundreds of logos for ‘other people’s’ dreams, while not fully and whole-heartedly pursuing my own? Why, after teaching myself graphic design four years ago while sitting on unemployment did I not pursue that business full time, instead of taking another dreaded administrative support role? Why, while working a full time job, was I able to freelance as a designer and make a 50% increase in revenue for three years, was I not able to do this creative thing full time? Why did I have to find out after nearly feeling ‘dead’ inside?
In the midst of an absolute panic attack, I was finally able to answer all those questions. I was afraid. I realized at that very moment that the answer to all of these “why” questions was this: “only I have the key to unlock that treasure of mine called “the entrepreneur within”. Don’t get me wrong, I had just re-read through for the third time Unlock the Treasure and Discover the Princess Within by one of my BFF’s and life coaching friends, Bernada Baker however that book is for young girls and teens! That lil book truly had an inspiring effect on my soul that morning. The moment I realized and truly understood this concept of ‘unlocking’ all that stuff inside of you that you were meant to be when one is born I realized now was that time for me. So, what next? Prayer.
#TEW2012 – coming soon!
In Pursuit of Your Passion
Have you ever wondered what exactly it means to discover your purpose and passion? What does it feel like to tap into your passion and to actively pursue your purpose? The days pass by when you are no longer comfortable in situations that were once all too familiar. There is burning desire on the inside of your heart to further indulge in your creativity and the freedom of exploring the artistic expressions that bring you joy and a sense of inner peace. You find yourself frustrated on every hand and things that once made sense to you, no longer deserve a rationale about why you do what you do. Have you ever sat back and watched other people find such joy and fulfillment in the work that they do from day to day? Are you looking for a greater sense of purpose and peace as you tap into your inner entrepreneurial potential? If you answered YES, to any of these questions then you are traveling the journey of being in passionate pursuit of discovering your purpose and birthing forth your passion.
In your quest to fulfill your destiny, you must be willing to take risks. You have to be willing to dare to be extraordinary. In your quest to pursue your passion, you have to be willing to pick up the broken pieces, after falling flat on your face and being ostracized, embarrassed and judged by others and pick up right where you left off. There is no such thing as failure if you learned a lesson during the process. When you are in pursuit of your greatness be prepared to confront a sequence of major challenges. In the midst of your journey, your faith has to serve as the foundation for which you establish your goals upon. The process of discovering your passion is by far not an easy task. If by chance you are not fully committed to pursuing your passion, then you may want to consider bowing out of the race now, I say that boldly because there is a mere possibility that with the journey of an entrepreneur, your return benefit may not be as rewarding as you were initially anticipating. Your days may very well be filled with an overwhelming abundance of frustration, a shortage of resources, writer’s paralysis, lack of motivation and a lack of support. In order to passionately pursue your purpose, it is imperative that you are a person of focus, tenacity and commitment in an effort to aggressively make your dreams a reality without throwing in the towel. “You can either throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face!” — Gatorade
Read more when the book comes out!