CALLING ALL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS!!!
I started my business Destiny Inspired Consulting by Bianca LaTrice TWO years ago, because I recognized my work and skillset were undervalued at my day job. I wasn’t receiving the opportunities I deserved, so I launched my professional development and small business consulting firm to create opportunities for myself.
WHAT’S THE POINT OF MY BACKSTORY?
Thanks for asking. I started a business with little to no knowledge about setting up a solid financial foundation, ways to maximize tax deductions, or even the steps to file properly file business taxes. Until, I met my financial and tax expert, Rue Gumunyu; this sista knows her stuff.
I say all this to say, Rue is hosting an online workshop on Saturday, December 19, 2020, that is only $97. The information you will receive will save you and your business tons of money in the long run. I wish I would have had her valuable resources at the time I launched my business, but I’m happy she is my financial and tax consultant now. GUESS WHAT? I, Bianca LaTrice aka Destiny Inspired Consulting, am SPONSORING one lucky winner to attend Rue’s online workshop. Yes, Destiny Inspired Consulting is paying for ONE of you to attend the workshop.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO WIN THE WORKSHOP SPONSORSHIP?
Be sure to stay connected because Destiny Inspired Consulting will be blessing folks with many more sponsorships to come. I believe in sowing into the visions and dreams of others.
I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN COLLABORATION, NOT COMPETITION.
Some of y’all need to GIVE BIRTH to those dreams and visions that are buried behind fear. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect, JUST START!!!! Enter yourself or other small business owners who could benefit from Rue’s Ultimate End of Year Workshop. Even, if you don’t want to enter to win the sponsorship, be sure to attend as there are only 5 spots left.
You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader | The Essence of Leadership
I feel like I should repeat the title one more time, but I won’t. It surprises me every time I discover someone who will not exercise leadership or their voice because they don’t have a particular title. Ok, so when I started writing this post, I was only talking about the titles and leadership ability, but as I started going on, I began meshing into the essence of leadership and decided to keep the topics combined. That’s the nice thing about having my own blog and my own rules. ha ha ha
If you don’t know me personally or follow my blogs and social media pages, you may be wondering what inspired me to write on this topic. I don’t recall exactly when I became so intrigued in the topic of leadership, but it has been at least a decade since I started researching and leisurely reading more ion the topic. Actually, I have had an interest in the topic for 10 or more years, but I think the more I interacted with horrible leaders, the more I began to advocate against bad leadership. In the near future, I will once again pursue a doctorate level degree in education with an emphasis in organizational leadership. You probably didn’t want to know that, but oh wella.
Let me switch gears to say, it pays to have an older sister who is a “professional” thrifter. My sister, Shell, has an eye for quality discounted items at the thrift store. I enjoy the deep discounts at thrift stores, but I don’t have the patience to quickly spot the best bargain. Two years ago, Shell found a 99 cent book that ended up being a fantastic addition to my professional development/leadership book collection. OOPSIE, I should probably mention that the book was intended for my mom; however, I’ve been “borrowing” it for the entire two years. Ultimately, I decided I would have better use for the book. The book, entitled, “You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader” by Mark Sanborn, enhanced my knowledge base on the subject of leadership development. Without sharing too many details, this written resource has become one of my favorites.
Mark Sanborn is a “powerful storyteller” who articulates key leadership principles of “titled and untitled leaders.” Effective leaders can shape lives and careers.
What Leadership is or is not
Leadership is empathy.
Leadership is a behavior, not a position.
Leadership is influence, not authority.
Leadership is inspiring others to become better.
Leadership is about producing more leaders.
Leadership is NOT micromanaging.
Leadership is NOT about agreeing in private, but silent in public.
Leadership is advocating for what’s right in spite of opposition.
Leadership AIN’T for everybody.
Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.
Want to become a GREAT leader? Here are fifteen leadership qualities that can make you a good leader.
Honesty and integrity
Commitment and Passion
Delegation and Empowerment
Creativity and Innovation
Vision and Purpose
What Role Does Leadership Play During Crisis?
Globally, we find ourselves experiencing considerable uncertainty due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; is like a bad dream that went from bad to worse in 1.3 seconds. This infectious virus has caused widespread impact on our personal and professional lives. Schools, churches, grocery shopping, large gatherings, and the workplace is not what we used to know two months ago. It’s crazy how one minute my sisters and I were finalizing plans and invites for our mom’s 70th birthday party and then the Center for Disease Control issued guidelines stating we could not gather with any more than 10 people so those plans eventually cancel.
Our school district (Elk Grove School District) led the efforts on school shutdowns. Initially, some community members thought our district overreacted, but soon other districts followed suit. So, Elk Grove district was a leader in protecting the children in our community. As a result, I have a preschooler and high school sophomore who are not in school for the remainder of the school year. Correction, as of yesterday, my sophomore has started distance learning through her school and my preschooler is now receiving weekly curriculum to help keep them academically on task. How does this relate to leadership? Thanks for asking. Without going too far off the topic, it is critical to shed light on the importance of leadership during the time of crisis. Effective leadership is necessary from our Federal and local government, school superintendent, in the workplace and through our community leaders. Actually, quality leadership is necessary within the home with parents but that is a different topic for another day.
Essence of Leadership
I absolutely love an old 2006 video clip of General Colin Powell responding to a question about leadership. He says, “it [leadership] comes down to creating trust. General Powell mentioned how leaders should have “a clear mission statement, offer selfless service, prepare their “followers” and provide resources for those they placed in positions. If you have LESS THAN THREE MINUTES, then check out what General Powell says for yourself. Click HERE to see the brief video.
Honestly, I could chat about leadership and related topics for a long time. I have deep admiration and appreciation for quality leaders. On the flip side, I am DEEPLY annoyed when I see those in leadership who do not have a single key characteristic as a leader should. When I see leaders who lack empathy, have limited communication with those who they “lead” and do not have an advocating bone in their body, it annoys me. It really bothers me when I see amazing, wise and thoughtful change agents who smother their voice or their skill-set because they don’t possess certain credentials or a “leadership title.” No way.
Is that you? Are you one of the individuals who has so much to offer, yet you won’t let your voice be heard because you aren’t in an executive leadership position? If the person I described is you, PLEASE don’t wait for someone to LEAD you to SPEAK UP for yourself. Someone is waiting on you to step into your purpose. Leadership is not only in skill-set workplace or within an organization. You can lead your community, be a leader for your church, or exercise healthy selfless leadership within your family or home. It’s not always comfortable to USE YOUR VOICE and ADVOCATE for yourself, but the time is now.
One last thing. Earlier today, I shared Governor Gavin Newsom’s daily COVID-19 briefing with a note that said, ” I AM SO PROUD TO BE A CALIFORNIA GIRL WHO IS REPRESENTED BY THE AMAZING LEADERSHIP OF GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM!!!! (yes I used all those caps) Thank you, Governor Newsom, for focusing on health, safety, and [the] well-being of 40 million Californians. Thank you for creating an AMAZING bipartisan advisory panel to effectively and strategically address the ‘COVID-19″ induced recession.’ Thank you to our OUTSTANDING Governor for his empathy, emotional intelligence, sound guidance and moral obligation to lead our state. Governor Newsom is a change agent. California is BLESSED to have you. PERIODT (not a typo). Thank you for moving beyond politics. Thank you for your LEADERSHIP.”
It is just nice to know California has a leader who genuinely cares about the people he serves and is doing so much to address the needs of we the people. I couldn’t write an entire thing about leadership and leave Governor Newsom’s leadership out. While I’m at it, I also think Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York is a wonderful leader and will not rest until there is a solution to the devastation that is a result of the coronavirus. I don’t have to be from New York to be grateful for Governor Cuomo’s leadership.
Whether you are a leader with a title or a leader without a title, please let your voice be heard. Maybe you are a union leader, a church leader, a community advocate or a student without a title who is passionate about positive change. Please LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Be a Leader That People Follow!
Check out this visual presentation of leadership. CLICK HERE
What are YOUR thoughts on leadership? Is there anything YOU would add to the list of leadership characteristics? What do you think about General Powell’s thoughts on leadership?
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Do you have questions regarding the IRS Stimulus Check? I have had many many many questions about the checks, eligibility, etc. Until today, I didn’t know where to turn for answers to my specific questions. I had been checking IRS website, but wasn’t seeing much detail pertaining to COVID-19 and the stimulus checks. However, IRS now has a dedicated website page. (As of 3/31/20)
The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do?
I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment?
How can I file the tax return needed to receive my economic impact payment?
I have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019. Can I still receive an economic impact payment?
I need to file a tax return. How long are the economic impact payments available?
Where can I get more information?
Remember, I am just sharing this information informally as a regular person who had questions and couldn’t find the answers. So, I am using my various platforms to share the website link and the types of questions the IRS updated on the IRS web page as of 3/31/20. I am in no way representing IRS or attempting to be an expert. Just want to make that clear. This post is for information sharing only. Recently, I shared some inspirational posts to help re-ignite your spark and quotes that help me through tough times. BE ENCOURAGED
I sure hope you find this information sharing handy. Since it appears the IRS will be updating the web page with details as they receive them, I would encourage you to continue checking irs.gov/coronavirus for those ongoing updates. You are not alone. We will get through THIS together. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Home.
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Random Acts of Kindness Day
Did you know that, in addition to being my nephew Elijah’s birthday, February 17, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day?!
A random act of kindness (RAoK) is a selfless act of kindness towards someone else.
It’s just nice to be nice. It’s time to take action and DO random acts of kindness
“Make the world a better place by bringing a smile to someone’s face.”
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas
Donate toys and books
Treat someone to coffee or tea
Support someone’s growing business
Send flowers just because
Support a fundraiser
Call someone instead of texting
Volunteer to help an organization
Volunteer at an animal shelter
Smile at everyone you encounter
Bake cookies for your neighbor
Leave a generous tip at a restaurant
Offer to babysit for a parent who “needs a break”
Give a coworker an encouraging note or note of appreciation
Find a way to assist those in assisted living
Provide a meal or food gift card to a homeless person
Leave extra change in the vending machine
It is clear that life gets busy and we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of our own lives; however, a simple kind gesture can make a huge impact on someone else.
Reasons kindness can make you healthier
According to inc.com, the five top reasons kindness can benefit you is, as follows:
Kindness fuels energy and esteem;
Kindness makes you happier;
Kindness is good for your heart;
Kindness helps you live longer;
Kindness plays a role in decreasing anxiety, stress, depression, etc.
BONUS: Kindness releases feel-good hormones.
Kindness is contagious
Your kind gesture will inspire someone else to do the same thing. A simple gesture can go a long way.
I talk a lot about self-care throughout my blog which you can refer to at another time, but in honor of the National Random Act of Kindness Day (February 17, 2020), it is important to highlight simple ideas for selfless acts for someone else.
How will you incorporate acts of kindness?
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I’m tired y’all. No for real for reeaaalll. Since the middle of December, I’ve been going 100 miles a minute. Between my full time job, running my Destiny Inspired business, raising two girls, managing my oldest daughter’s modeling, hosting events, attending/supporting other events, ghostwriting blogs for others, managing clients and more. Whewwww
Ya girl is TIRED!
I had to share that. I love posting all the great stuff, but I also love the behind the scenes.
Oftentimes people ask me how I do it all since I do way more than what is posted. The answer is that I just get it done BUT this last couple weeks, I am feeling EXHAUSTED. My 43 year old body is like HOLD UP SISTA.
So, I’m hoping my glasses make me look NOT SO EXHAUSTED. lol
This Super Mommy is Super Tired! I will be scaling back and catching up on my nap times.
My SELF-CARE goals for this week include getting more sleep, enjoy some coloring in a coloring book and treat myself to a bouquet of flowers to celebrate ME just because.
Thank you Lord for some good restful sleep tonight to prepare for my week.
Good night peeps. May you have RESTFUL sleep too.
Are you feeling fatigue and ready to step up your self-care?
In case you didn’t already know, I was one of the featured authors in the She Believed Volume III book anthology just released on September 28, 2019. This is the 2nd published book anthology where my writing was featured.
My chapter in the She Believed Volume III Book Anthology is titled,” Divorce Yesterday’s Pain, Marry Tomorrow’s Promise.” Writing a glimpse of my story was an emotional yet rewarding opportunity. My story discusses love, pain, disappointment, healing, and wisdom gained. The writing process forced me to push beyond the fear of judgment to unapologetically share my truth.
In the midst of my life’s challenges, I never imagined God would use my pain and disappointments for His glory. God is so faithful.
Excerpt from page. 65.
“All I know is there was purpose in my pain, and there is purpose in your pain. Lord knows there have been times I’ve asked God, “why me?” Each painful experience had me feeling ‘some type of way’ towards God. I’m just keeping it real. I was angry at God. Why would He allow me to experience such deep pain?”
Have you ever experienced emotional or physical pain that it had you wondering what you had done to deserve it? I sure did.
Sharing your story to one person can be scary, but sharing your story inside a book without having control over who reads it is insanely scary. I am proud of myself and the other authors who allowed ourselves to be vulnerable for our own healing and potentially to help inspire the healing of others. However, this anthology is proof that myself and 10 others were unapologetic, determined, and fearless in sharing our pursuit of destiny. If we did it, so can you.
It is my hope that you will purchase this book for yourself or someone else. You just never know how this book will bless someone else who may be experiencing challenges and cannot see beyond their pain. Reading the stories of real life women who have overcome may be just what the “doctor” ordered.
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As a woman who has been an active member of the Hundreds Unit (100sUnit) for nearly one year, I can say the group is truly MUCH MORE than they claim. I have a firsthand testimony about 100sUnit. Oh yaaasss hunty!!! I got some stuff to say boo boo.
Who Is The Hundreds Unit?
According to the 100sunit.com website, the group was designed to “bring women together through fitness and dance.” The unit, co-founded by, Venetia James and Phyllis Cook, emphasize how 100sUnit’s mission is to “incorporate every woman.”
“health and fitness group is inspiring women to break stereotypes and build confidence, with a little help from the Sacramento Kings.”
In the strong and empowering words of Venetia, “Do Not Give Up!”
I did not realize how much I needed to be reminded not to give up. Being a person who organically inspires others, especially women and mothers, 100sUnit gave me what I needed. Their theme is Breaking – Building – Believing; Breaking through barriers, building women, and believing in the power of unity while meeting wellness goals.
While I knew the dance group was about women’s wellness and empowerment, I had NO idea that the ladies of 100sUnit would allow me to create such a strong bond and sisterhood with so many.
My First Day of 100sUnit
I remember the first day I walked into the Fit Republic in Natomas, California where the 100sUnit meets for conditioning with fitness trainer Duante Moore and then upstairs to our private practice room to learn our dance choreography. It was in that moment, nearly a year ago, when all sorts of insecurities arose that had been lying dormant. I remember looking in the mirror wondering what had I become? I remember doing the warmup dance moves being so winded, out of breath, and just so out of shape. Facing the mirror while doing the simple dance moves forced me to take a good look at myself. Wow. It was more than the physical fitness ability to do the moves, I was experiencing something deeply emotional. With every huff and puff, I would ask myself how did I allow myself to gain 40+ pounds in under two years. As a person who has dance background, I looked in the mirror feeling defeated. Where is dancer Trice? I didn’t see her in the mirror. However, I looked around me and saw women of all sizes, races, ages (over the age 20), and diverse cultures who were pushing beyond their own feelings of defeat. These ladies were supportive and encouraging so it kept me pushing.
Eventually, after fighting the “I want to quit” mindset, I kept returning to the practices because I simply enjoyed the ladies and I was noticing my progress. Not to mention my momma and sister wouldn’t let me miss practices. Ughhh. Lol
Geez…sometimes we are our own worst critic but we gotta get out our own way. Point Blank PERIOD!!
Instead of focusing on learning the dance moves, I found myself wondering how I had allowed life’s rough (unfair) circumstances to kick me into a depression. My sister and mom were instrumental in having me join the 100sUnit; it was an intervention. They knew I needed a positive outlet to focus on outside of my children and everything I had dealt with in the past two years. I can truly say that the ladies of 100sUnit, my family, and of course my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, are who kept me from falling into a deep depression. Being apart of the unit introduced me to a support group of ladies from all walks of life. No matter what we experienced in our lives outside of the dance room, when we come together it is all about sisterhood, support, networking, and encouraging one another to push beyond the norm to reach our wellness goals.
Fun Fact About Venetia
Just to show how life connects and reconnects people when you least expect it. Walking into those doors for my first 100sUnit practice, I was familiar with many of the ladies, particularly Venetia. Many many years ago, I met her in dance classes at California State University, Sacramento in dance with the amazing dance professor, Dr. Linda Goodrich. My favorite memory is when a year or so after I met her, Venetia came to substitute teach for Dr. Goodrich. Let me tell you that Venetia was NINE months pregnant and due to give birth within one week yet there she was teaching the HELL out of that Afro Caribbean college dance class. Can I tell you that we were just doing a “not so light” techniques from the famous dancer and choreographer, Katherine Dunham. Well, I just remember Venetia dancing across the floor with such graceful, fluid, and perfect technique without missing a beat. So, it is safe to say she was inspiring me long before 100sUnit was birthed.
Quitting IS NOT an option!
Anyone who has been apart of the 100sUnit for one unit or several different units knows you will continuously hear one of our founders or leadership say, “Do Not Give Up!” Recently at practice, Venetia said,” Yes, I know learning different styles of dance can be hard, but don’t give up on us and don’t give up on yourself either.”
Just so you know, this was supposed to be a quick reflection on my experience on this most recent Bohemian Rebel dance unit where our dances were influenced by various African and Jamaican culture dance particularly in honor of Black History Month. #ProudBlackWoman Welp it looks like I was trying to write a novel. Oops… My bad.
In conclusion, I was thinking about 100sUnit and my amazing 100sUnit sisters and I HAD to write about how the group is soooooo much more than a women’s empowerment group who dances. Oh no boo boo. They (WE) are soooo much more. I LOVE 100sUnit and all that it represents. I would be remiss if I did not express how our leadership emphasizes doing things in excellence. What does that mean? That each unit is practicing approximately six weeks to prepare to perform at a major event. So, during those weeks we come together and work hard to bring a polished product. Whenever excellence is not given to us in return, our leadership makes sure to address it with the strong message that we will never lower our expectations to accept less than God’s very best.
So, you have a glimpse of my testimony. For more about 100sUnit, go to http://www.100sunit.com to see what we are up to in the coming months in Sacramento, California and beyond.
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