Daily Archives: December 9, 2013

Motivational Monday 12/9

How to Stay Motivated at Work

With the holidays approaching, it’s not only hard to stay focused, it’s also difficult to stay motivated. There’s so much going on in our personal lives, it’s easy to start slacking at work. Here are a few tips on how I stay motivated day in and day out.

How to Stay Motivated

Don’t get overwhelmed. Easier said than done, but when you’re feeling overwhelmed or put down by others, it’s easy to want to give up (PR, not ER).

  • Set goals. Set a goal for yourself each day. Go through what you want to accomplish from your list and check off the boxes one by one.
  • Prioritize. Make sure you’re getting done what’s most important.
  • Get sucked in. The days you are busiest at work are the days that go the fastest.
  • Eliminate distractions. These often leave you less motivated and unfocused.
  • Remind yourself why you’re there. Your team and employer are relying on you to get the job done.
  • Stay positive. Your attitude is everything.
  • Don’t take work home. Leave time at home as your time to relax and clear your mind.

How do you stay motivated at work?

Love Life. Do Good.Live Well


Music Mixx…Ashanti

Ashanti Finds A ‘Christmas Love’


Ashanti is taking another shot at holiday music this week with her new release, A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti. While her fifth studio album Braveheart has suffered more pushbacks than I thought possible, she’s looking to spread a bit of Christmas cheer as she releases the follow up to her 2003 seasonal offering Ashanti’s Christmas. While I’m still searching for the person who is authorizing studio access for Ja Rule‘s former counterpart, I must say that she does a decent job this time around. But it’s practically impossible to fail when it comes to Christmas music. The strongest moment of the five-track effort comes in the form of the smooth jam “Christmas Love.” This record is built specifically for two-stepping with your significant other and offers a musical to-do list for holiday lovers. Taking her holiday celebration to the next level, Ashanti will also be starring in an extra special Lifetime movie entitled Christmas In the City. Download your copy of A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti from the digital retailer of your choice and catch another glimpse of her acting chops as the made-for-television film debuts on Saturday, December 7th, at 8 pm ET/PT.

Music Mixx……The Soul Rebels

The Soul Rebels Prove They Have The ‘Power’ On New Mixtape


The relationship between brass bands and hip hop goes back as far as I can remember. Growing up in New Orleans, the two frequently joined forces at every corner of the city, ranging from block parties to concert halls. So for me, The Soul Rebels‘ latest project is as naturally N’awlins as having gumbo for dinner and beignets for dessert. Earlier this week, the band dropped the Power = Power mixtape, which features their take on popular songs in addition to a few original tunes. Kanye West‘s “Touch the Sky,” Nicki Minaj‘s “Moment for Life” and Drake‘s “Headlines” get the brass band treatment on the mixtape, which is available for free download on the group’s Bandcamp page. While Bruno Mars and Jay Z are also covered on the project, it’s their reworking of Daft Punk‘s hit single, “Get Lucky” that serves as the album’s highlight. Featuring Nola’s own Big Freedia, the song is transformed into a boisterous bounce song that almost made me shut my office door and twerk somethin’ no Miley Cyrus. Luckily for me (and my job), I was able to maintain my decorum in the workplace. But don’t take my word for it, give Power = Power a spin then head on over to their Bandcamp page to cop it for free 99.

My Sista’s Business….Talima Davis

Going Retail with Brooklyn Limegreen

 In Her Shoes

Talima Davis, Brooklyn Limegreen

So you have an awesome product and you’re ready to see it on retail shelves? For many manufacturers, including Talima Davis of Brooklyn Limegreen, this dream has become reality. With products on the shelves of Walgreens stores across the country, Talima knows a thing or two about going retail. When asked what inspired her to launch Limegreen, Talima shared the following:

What inspired me to launch Limegreen was very personal. My high school best friend and sister, Tamara, was diagnosed with cancer and doctors said it was environmental. This was in 2006. Right after that I moved into my first apartment and my nose started bleeding. I had sprayed some cleaner and then realized I inhaled something pretty toxic because my nose was running and I immediately felt ill. I tried looking up the ingredients and couldn’t find any. Tamara passed away in 2008 and Limegreen was born. It took me years to come up with a plan but I knew I wanted a product line that would benefit the environment and people at the same time.

If you’ve got an amazing product on your hands and want to begin securing retail distribution, following are Talima’s top three tips:

1. KNOW your products. When I say know them, I mean know their worth and what retailers you want to align yourself with

2. Put your best foot forward when reaching out to retailers. Send the best of the best!

3. Mass retailers are great but don’t limit your reach. Be open to exploring small, large and mid-size retail partners. You never know which may be the best fit!

About Brooklyn Limegreen:

Limegreen products use only the essential and best quality oils to maximize its potential and unique multi-use nature. The products are gentle, yet effective from head-to-toe, without putting one use above another.

To learn more about Brooklyn Limegreen visit www.brooklynlimegreen.com.

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My Sista’s Business (A Man’s Edition)….Molaundo Jones

 Molaundo Jones

In Her Shoes

Molaundo Jones, President and Founder of The Clever Agency

Leaving the comforts of a cushy 9-5 to follow your entrepreneurial dreams is no small feat. Many of us fantasize about being the captains of our own ships, but few of us truly act on it. Meet Molaundo Jones, President and Founder of The Clever Agency. As an artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist with years of academic administration and non-profit experience, Molaundo decided in 2012 that it was time to take the proverbial leap. An impressive year later, Molaundo has put together a collective of New York City’s brightest and most talented beings across multiple industries to create The Clever Collective. Today, he sits down with In Her Shoes to talk about his vision, dream clients and how to take your brand global:

In Her Shoes: Describe The Clever Agency to us Twitter style (140 characters or less):

Molaundo: Clever is a branding agency that produces videos, websites, collateral, and business development strategies for creatives and social entrepreneurs.
The man + Nina Simone (painting by Molaundo)

In Her Shoes: You haven’t been in business long but already you’ve scored some pretty amazing clients and projects. What’s been your secret to early success?

Molaundo: I have insane work ethic. While most people are asleep or hanging out, more than likely I and my team are probably on the grind. And it helps to have so many talented, prolific folks around me who share my vision and fervor. But, even with that said, it’s really the relationships that ultimately make the difference. Over the years I’ve worked with a lot of people that have vouched for my commitment to excellence and creativity. These relationships have proven indispensable to Clever.

In Her Shoes: What has been your biggest fear as a new entrepreneur and how have you overcome it?

Molaundo: I’ve never been motivated or immobilized by fear so that’s not something I’ve had to overcome. Even during my most challenging moments, I push through them by focusing on the work that has to be done. And, considering the accomplishments of the amazing people in my inner circle, I don’t have to look far to quell any insecurity that may arise. There’s a lot of inspiration around me that drives and emboldens me.

In Her Shoes: Who would be your dream client and why?

Molaundo: Wow, that’s a good question. I could probably fill up a couple pages with that answer! But if I have to choose one I would love for Clever to work with Sir Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group (Virgin Airlines). The lifestyle, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic enterprises that he espouses are as good as it gets as far as I’m concerned. And I dig his politics.
(L-R) Molaundo Jones and Vincent Burwell of The Clever Agency

In Her Shoes: You’ve brought together an impressive collective of talent to support your agency’s clients. Describe the culture that you’re working to build for The Clever Agency:

Molaundo: When I founded The Clever Agency, it was all about consolidating the creative power that was already around me and creating a culture of collaboration and respect. At some point we’ve all worked for the tyrannical boss or company that limits our movements to the point that it feels like a prison. My goal was to build a company that professionals would run toward- not away from. At Clever, our team shares a vision, has great passion for what we do, and we all aspire toward the same lifestyle.

In addition, I made a conscious effort to build a team of people that actually looks like America and the world-at-large. If you look at the staff pages of your average international ad agency, most of the people look the same. Everyone is represented at The Clever Agency and, because of that, it is much easier for us to meet the needs of any client than most.

Molaundo: Artist | Entrepreneur | Philanthropist from The Clever Agency on Vimeo.

In Her Shoes: As someone who has already done business outside of the United States, what three tips would you give a start up that’s ready to go global?

Molaundo: 1) Study the culture- Visit the places you want to do business in more than once and learn everything you can about that country’s cultural morays.
2) Build a network- Once you’ve figured out where you want to do business internationally, focus on building a network of supporters and people on the ground who can advocate for your business in your stead.
3) Get your visa- If you really want to take it to the next level, secure a visa that will allow you to do business above-board. Depending on your country of choice, it can be really expensive. If there’s any way that you can secure a foreign sponsor or domestic partner with an international presence, that’s the easiest way to go.
Molaundo + Nigeria Love

In Her Shoes: What’s next for The Clever Agency?

Molaundo: Clever is launching an international lifestyle website- The Intercontinentalist- in 2014; working in partnership with The Foundation for Art in Motion on projects in NYC, Port-au-Prince, and Hong Kong;  releasing a mini-documentary on Yorubaland, Nigeria; and we’re working on several projects with amazing institutions including Inwood House, NCTE West, and the Education for Life Academy.

For more information on Clever visit www.thecleveragency.com and follow the movement on Facebook and Instagram (@thecleveragency). To check out Molaundo’s work as a visual artist click here!

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