SoundCloud Hauls - June 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 I know, I know....I missed two months. But it's okay!

I'm back and I'm better! *In my Bryson Tiller voice*

But let's get into this thang!

This month's playlist is a bit random but still a fun one to listen to! SZA released her new album CTRL this month and Caleon Fox (a regular on my SoundCloud Hauls) released some new music that is hilarious and LIT all at the same time!!Also in the mix is popular YouTube/Vine song, Girlfriend," Beyonce song "All Night," and some Major Lazer!And it wouldn't be a haul without some Dancehall in the mix, this time from Alkaline! Check it out below:

What'd you think of this months' haul? Let me know in the comments below! And don't forget to follow me on SoundCloud to keep up with my music favs!

Adunni Dares to Dream by Taiwo I Ajao

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hey, guys! I have an awesome children's book to show you guys today!

Adunni Dares to Dream is the story of a poor African girl who dared to be different and redefine what it means to be an African female. Adunni came from a nice family, but because she was a girl, she was expected to just be pretty, get married, and be a mother for the rest of her life. However, Adunni didn't want that for her life. Adunni's dreams for her life came with some scolding from her peers, but she also wound up inspiring other people to follow their dreams and challenge societal norms as well. 

What I love about this story is the fact that it has such a deep meaning and profound lesson, but it is written in such a simplistic way that anyone can read and enjoy it. I always appreciate books like that.

Still not sure about the book? Check out this guest post from the book's author, Taiwo I Ajao:

Apart from being an inspirational story about an amazing person, “Adunni Dares to Dream” also celebrates culture. It is a book that anyone can enjoy and relate to but there are some particular morsels that you will identify with especially if you are African...especially if you are Nigerian...especially if you are Yoruba...especially if you are Ondo...and most especially if you are of St Louis Secondary School.

The book is set in Ondo Town and with the college of note being St Louis Secondary School.

St Louis Secondary School is an all-girls Catholic school based in several Nigerian states including Ondo and Ibadan. The school uniform featured in the book as a wink to the current students of St Louis College in Ondo.

Adunni sent both her daughters there and celebrated 50 years an alum in 2016                        
One thing that sets the book apart is the clever use of the Ondo language. Rashidat Raji of #Her. Gist was kind enough to lend her exceptional language skills. She added the Ondo translations in certain parts with such skill that you don’t need to speak the language to understand what is going on within the context of the story. Just in case, the book also has an appendix with the English meanings of the Ondo phrases.

We are proud to be able to showcase elements of this culture in a product created on the world stage with international standards.

Anyhow, wherever you come from, there’s a lot in this project to be proud of.

Dr Ajao

Shop for Father's Day, Get Cash Back!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Swagbucks is currently offering double cash back or more at a number of stores for Father's Day. From Best Buy to Lowes, you'll get cash back (in the form of SB points) for buying your gifts online through Swagbucks. They also have offers where you can earn SB points towards free gift cards for getting the Dad in your life a subscription to Hulu or Dollar Shave Club! It's a smart way to buy the gifts you were already going to get, and Swagbucks offers coupons and deals when you shop online to your favorite stores on top of the points you earn. 

You can find all of the details here. If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, you can also do that at this page and start earning points towards your first free gift card. As a bonus, if you sign up through me a spend at least $25 shopping online through Swagbucks, you'll get a 200 SB bonus - that's $2 in addition to the points you get for each dollar you spend.

These deals will run all the way through Father's Day on Sunday, June 18th.

Allow Your Gift to Make Room for You

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sometimes God will make us revert back to a thing of old to push us into a thing of new.

A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. - Proverbs 18:16 KJV

God gives all of us gifts for us to use and take full advantage of while on this journey called life. These gifts not only benefit us, but they also bring glory to God and help to fulfill his purpose for our lives. 

However, troubles of the world and attacks of the enemy can become a distraction for us, keeping us away from embracing the gifts God gave us. We start to worry about keeping a job, maintaining a lifestyle, other people's opinions, and other earthly troubles. But we have to remember that we are not of this world and that God is going to take care of us!

If God didn't think we could handle our gift or be successful, He wouldn't have given it to us in the first place!

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. - 1 Peter 1:40 KJV

I speak from personal experience. I have done many things in my life professionally and had success (I'm not trying to sound like a braggart, I'm just trying to explain); however, I knew that writing was my gift and what God put me on this Earth to do. Lately, I started to feel like things were starting to slow down for me in my business and I began to panic, but God started to explain to me that the slowing was for a reason - He is giving me an opportunity to work on my writing! For so long I was so busy with the inner workings of my business that I didn't always have time to cultivate and relish in my gift, but God has put me in a place where He is giving me time to do that. I'm not going to just sit by and not do anything - I'm going to take full advantage of the time God is giving me, because I may never get this chance again. 

So I just want to encourage you today to embrace your gift and fully explore it. Things are happening in the world, and Jesus is coming back soon. You don't want to leave this world without having at least tried to embrace the purpose God has for you.

Have a good week!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via FacebookTwitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I'll make sure to get back with you!

God's Rules for Everyone vs God's Rules for You (Part 1)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hey hey!

Today let's talk about rules. What are rules, exactly?

"A prescribed guide for conduct or action," according to Merriam-Webster.

Whether it be rules made by the government, in a store, or at school, rules are meant to keep the flow of things and to keep up a certain standard. So we can all agree that the Christian's rulebook is the Bible, correct? It is a book of rules that is our guide for how we are supposed to act and represent Christ.

However, there come times when specific scenarios come along that challenge whether or not these things are breaking a rule, or even if it is a rule at all. 

In the world, examples of rules that were taken into questions would be:

- Interracial Marriage
- Abortion
- Slavery

There are rules that God makes plain and bold in the Bible, but there are others that sometimes require a bit more digging to figure out.

In Christianity, examples would be:

- Suicide
- Church denominations
- Women wearing dresses/skirts or pants

So what do you do if find yourself in a situation where you aren't quite sure what God says about something?

Pray. The easiest way to figure out what God means about something is to ask God Himself! He will help you come to a conclusion. 

Sometimes you will find that the conclusion you come to won't be the same as what God told someone else - that's okay! 

- Maybe God told you that you can't handle secular music - that doesn't mean that your friend can't!
- You may shout every Sunday in church but a fellow member does not - you two just have two different styles of worship.

God made everyone different for a reason! Don't down someone else because they are walking with Christ differently!

At the end of the day, there is one rule we can all agree to: In order to become Christians, we HAVE to accept Christ. We have to confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Christ is Lord. And when we get to Judgement, I'm pretty sure God won't ask if we wore a skirt or if we shout in church. Just saying.

Have a good week!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via Facebook, Twitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I'll make sure to get back with you!

Rompers for Men: My Take

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hello lovelies!

There's a new craze going around in fashion that actually isn't for women....can you believe it??

Source: TODAY

It's called the RompHim, or the male romper. 

Yeah....that was unexpected, right?

Well here's the story of how the RompHim came to be, according to Elaine Chen, one of the four cofounders behind this new innovation in men's wear:

I personally love a romper for women, and we were looking for something different that didn't already exist for guys. Daniel [another one of the cofounders] here was a little tired of wearing the same button down and pants so we got to talking about why we couldn't build a better product and make a romper available for men that's cool and fun and different and is a conversation starter at the end of the day....You don't necessarily know what the conversation will be but it will be a new conversation and may end up being a brand-new experience or a brand-new friend for you. And that's the fun of it. We think this is a way for guys to have a new option in their wardrobe, to have fun, to feel unique, and take it wherever it goes. If they're comfortable with themselves in it then we think that's great.

Interesting story, am I right?

Another interesting thing about the male romper is the fact that there is a zipper fly to make it easier for guys to use the bathroom! Amazing!

Now that we have a little info on the male rompo', let's discuss this...

I'm slightly torn about this at the moment, if I'm being perfectly honest. When I first saw the picture and didn't know what it was, I honestly thought it was either a picture of guys in pajamas or a joke about rompers, I wasn't sure. But whatevs..

I'll admit, if a guy came up to me in this and tried to get my number, I just might walk away laughing, but after reading the logic behind it and looking at more pictures of guys in these rompers, I give them their props. You have to be bold to wear something that is typically intended for women and for the first time EVER. 

Maybe it just needs to catch on....maybe it's just an acquired taste....I don't know anymore. We'll see! Lol.

What do you think about the male romper? Are you for or against it? Would you let the guys you know wear it? Tell me in the comments!

10 Characteristics of a Determined Person

Friday, May 5, 2017

by Shaniece M. Wise
I believe what the world is missing is people who are determined and willing to step up and step out for their cause. People willing to tell their story, people willing to go out on a limb for what they believe in. Willing to help someone else who may be going through what they are going through. That is what inspired me to write my book, Activating Your Gifts.

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I wanted to be able to share the different techniques I used in order to pull myself up from what I thought of as a “valley experience.” I was in a place where I felt like I had been stripped of everything. One minute I was on the mountain, and the next minute I blinked, I was in a valley . . . a huge valley! What kept me from staying there was that I was determined. I was determined not to die in my valley. I could have easily given up on life. I could have easily thrown in the towel. I had to use the techniques that I teach about in Activating Your Gifts on myself to climb, to fight, and to pray.
There are many times in life where we fail, and circumstances will try keep us down. There are so many people in the world just allowing life to take them under; allowing their gifts to go to waste, to go untouched. Now more than ever does our world need DETERMINED AND UNSTOPPABLE people out there willing to stand up and tell their stories. That is why you write, you sing, you speak. If you don’t, your story will never be told, and others will never be blessed by your story.
Never give up on your dreams, goals, and your vision. Work hard at it every day, no matter what it is. No one ever said life would be perfect or easy. When you fall, you have no choice but to get back up. There is a gift inside of you that needs to be seen, it needs to be heard, and it needs to be delivered.
Today I give you the permission to be GREAT. Today I give you the permission to SHINE. Today I give you the permission to be exactly what God desires for you to be. Today I give you the permission to be UNSTOPPABLE. Today I give you permission to TELL YOUR STORY. Today I give you the permission to be DETERMINED.
Below are 10 Characteristics of a Determined Person:
1. determined person never gives up, no matter what.
2. A determined person understands that when they fall, they MUST get back up to continue their journey.
3. A determined person goes after what they want and they understand that surviving is not enough; existing is not who they are, but thriving is the key.
4. A determined person does not make excuses and is convicted when they do.
5. A determined person thinks about the future, their family, and the legacy they will leave behind, understanding that having at least four streams of income is the key.
6. A determined person has a bigger vision for their life and refuses to be around people who think small.
7. A determined person works hard to lead by example.
8. A determined person is cautious about the company they keep. 9. A determined person understands that change is inevitable, and they learn how to adapt quickly.
10. A determined person understands that abundance is more than just money, it is an overall reflection of their life and how they live it.
If you are ready to share your story and for your voice to be heard, schedule a “Discovery Session” with me. You can schedule your session by clicking here: Discovery Session
You can find out more about Activating Your Gifts and Shaniece M. Wise by Clicking Here: Activating Your Gifts -Workbook
Who Is Shaniece M. Wise? 
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Shaniece M. Wise is a Speaker, Personal and Business Development Coach, Executive Trainer and Author who helps others identify, activate, and maximize their gifts. As a coach, she considers herself an “Activation Specialists,” who empowers people in discovering and activating their interest, developing a career around their interest, and turning that passion into income. She brings these strategies to life through fifteen years of success in direct selling, coaching, and mentoring. Her successful experiences have provided her with both the confidence and knowledge to teach audiences across the United States how to move from a place of survival to a place of thriving by turning thoughts into actions.
Learn more by going Clicking Here: Shaniece's Web-Site
You can join Shaniece's Community of Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Professionals by Clicking Here: Unstoppable Community TN

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