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Welcome to the Happy Black Woman Podcast, a show for ambitious Black women who want it ALL! If you’re ready to transform your mindset, get out of your own way and become the woman you know you were meant to be, then you are definitely in the right place. Join mindset coach and business mentor Rosetta Thurman each week and get the inspiration, motivation and “tough love” you need to create the life you really want.

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Welcome to the Happy Black Woman Podcast, a show for ambitious Black women who want it ALL! If you’re ready to transform your mindset, get out of your own way and become the woman you know you were meant to be, then you are definitely in the right place. Join mindset coach and business mentor Rosetta Thurman each week and get the inspiration, motivation and “tough love” you need to create the life you really want.

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I loved this episode of the podcast. It really helped me with tips on how to get out of my fear.

Live Your Plan A Life

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Thank you Rosetta Thurman you are inspirational and love that you are sharing truth!

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437 Ratings
Average Ratings
400
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5 Mistakes Sabotaging Sales

By KiamiMerritt - Nov 09 2019
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I loved this episode of the podcast. It really helped me with tips on how to get out of my fear.

Live Your Plan A Life

By Tremetre - Oct 22 2019
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Thank you Rosetta Thurman you are inspirational and love that you are sharing truth!

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Happy Black Woman Podcast with Rosetta Thurman

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Welcome to the Happy Black Woman Podcast, a show for ambitious Black women who want it ALL! If you’re ready to transform your mindset, get out of your own way and become the woman you know you were meant to be, then you are definitely in the right place. Join mindset coach and business mentor Rosetta Thurman each week and get the inspiration, motivation and “tough love” you need to create the life you really want.

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Apr 20 2017

1hr 34mins

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HBW040: Valorie Burton: Helping People Get Unstuck and be Unstoppable

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On today’s episode of Happy Black Woman, Rosetta chats with Valorie Burton. Valorie is a best-selling author of 10 books, and life coach on a mission to help people get unstuck and be unstoppable in all areas of life. After spending time running a successful PR business, Valorie had an epiphany that her purpose was to help people live more fulfilling lives. So she decided to go full force towards her purpose and began writing her first book in 1999. To date, she has written best-selling books including Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable, Why Not You?, What’s Really Holding You Back?, and Happy Women Live Better. This inspiring chat will leave you feeling ready to face your fears and conquer your dreams.

Discovering a passion for helping women to be resilient and happy.

Once Valorie found her purpose, there was no stopping her. She knew she had to face her fears and move forward in order to fulfill her mission and help people. Valorie initially followed her purpose through writing and speaking full time. Eventually, she discovered coaching and that’s when she truly found her niche. Valorie runs a Coach Training Intensive that has helped countless men and women pursue their dreams of helping others through coaching. She shares valuable insight into what to do if you believe coaching is your calling and how to get started.

Pursuing your purpose with passion.

As a true expert in the coaching field, Valorie is able to provide a great deal of insight into what a true coach does and what to expect if you choose to pursue it. She also shares some common mistakes and misconceptions, including the importance of having a coach yourself if you want to be a coach to others. Valorie explains the value of having a coach and how it can help you truly understand how powerful coaching can be. She also discusses why you must be willing to “walk the talk” as a coach.

Being resilient in the face of disappointments.

Like most of us, Valorie is no stranger to disappointment. The key, she says, is how you face disappointment when it comes. Valorie shares her strategy of being resilient when faced with difficulties and how it has helped her overcome obstacles and find her happiness. After taking a huge leap of faith to follow her purpose, Valorie has spent over 15 years coaching people all over the world. She is passionate about the work that she does and shares with Rosetta how important it is to see disappointments and obstacles as opportunities, rather than negative experiences.

Why it’s important to invest in yourself.

As Rosetta closes out her chat with Valorie, they discuss in more detail why we all must be willing to invest in ourselves in order to find our true happiness and purpose. She shares 2 favorite books that have inspired her on her journey: Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism. Valorie shares how these books changed the course of her life and helped her truly find her path. After dedicating herself to helping others for so many years, it’s clear that Valorie lives in her purpose and is passionate about the work that she does.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:34] Rosetta’s introduction of her guest, Valorie Burton.
  • [2:24] Valorie’s mission and the work that she does.
  • [4:20] How Valorie discovered coaching and how women can get started in coaching today.
  • [7:48] Some other action steps to kick off a coaching business.
  • [13:21] The value of having a coach in order to understand how powerful coaching is.
  • [19:48] Two books that have inspired Valorie on her journey.
  • [23:23] How you can learn more about Valorie’s coach training.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode

BOOK: “Authentic Happiness

BOOK: “Learned Optimism

Valorie Burton’s website: www.ValorieBurton.com

Learn more about Valorie’s upcoming Coach Training Intensive

Feb 26 2016

29mins

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HBW 110: How to Overcome Fear, Procrastination & Perfectionism So That You Can Achieve Your Big Goals

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I'm back with a very special show, pulled right out of our annual Manifest Your Vision Mindset Retreat that was held a few weeks ago. This year's event was so transformational that I wanted to give you a little peek inside the magic! So this episode is an actual teaching segment from the event and it's all about understanding the mental barriers that hold us back from achieving our big goals. I explain a powerful concept called the "lizard brain" and why it's a source of fear, procrastination and perfectionism for so many women. Plus - insight and coaching for how you can finally overcome self-sabotage and manifest your dream life in 2018.

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Jan 27 2018

22mins

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HBW076: Unclutter Your Life With These 4 Rituals

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What would be possible if you could truly unclutter your life?What if you could get rid of all the extra stuff laying around your house that causes you stress every time you look at it? What if you could unclutter your email inbox, getting rid of all those spam and subscription emails you never even look at? And what about your mental and emotional bandwidth - what if you could completely declutter yourself in that way? This episode reveals Rosetta’s approach to uncluttering your life through 4 very specific rituals. If you apply what she has to share, you will be a new woman!

Clutter is a psychological weight on you even if you don’t realize it.

The human brain is meant to work in an orderly fashion - whether that’s in creative ways or more systematic ways - order is needed to keep stress at bay. When you have excess clutter lying around your home or office your mind tends to think about those things subconsciously, then your emotions get in on the act and begin to compile layers of stress that those things are not being tended to. In time, you’ll be a stressed out woman and not know why. Today’s episode gives you some tips for how you can unclutter your life and keep the stress monster away!

Do you have relational clutter that you need to jettison?

Most of us do. It’s the resentment, bitterness, or unforgiveness that we’ve allowed to linger in our hearts, that we are afraid to deal with. But sometimes it’s not those things - it’s the continued interaction with people who are tearing us down rather than building us up. In either case, the end result is that you are emotionally burdened and unable to be your best self. On this episode, Rosetta walks you through some of the reasons you need to declutter your relationships and tells you how you can do it.

Is inbox zero REALLY possible?

If your business or lifestyle requires you to use email to any degree you know the hassle it is to deal with junk mail, unwanted subscriptions, and the clutter of an inbox that is out of control. But you don’t have to stay that way. If you take Rosetta’s advice (shared on this episode) you’ll get control of your inbox in no time and find that this kind of decluttering actually provides you more creative energy and emotional strength to pursue things that really matter.

Did you know you can unclutter your mind as much as you can your home?

Most of us carry around baggage in the form of limiting beliefs or wrong assumptions about life, people, and the world we live in. It’s just a fact of how we are wired. But you can take control of the trash that clutters your mind and intentionally direct your thoughts toward things that are true, right, and good - things that will fuel your life rather than limit it. On this episode, Rosetta walks you through some steps you can take to uncluttter your life by decluttering your mind. It’s amazing what happens when you have your head on straight!

 

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:30] Rosetta’s welcome to this episode - and she’s going solo!
  • [2:00] The upcoming Happy Black Woman event - don’t miss it!
  • [3:18] Why decluttering your life is important.
  • [4:20] Getting rid of things in your home.
  • [5:20] How to unclutter in the realm of relationships.
  • [7:19] Decluttering of your inbox can set you free!
  • [8:38] If you can unclutter your mind (release limiting beliefs), you’ll move forward.
  • [10:18] How you can join the next Happy Black Woman event.
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Feb 01 2017

11mins

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HBW055: Nikki Woods, How To Write A Book And Leverage It For Your Business

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If you want to know how to write a book, this is the episode for you.

Many in the Happy Black Woman community have been interested in writing a book for some time but simply haven’t known how to get started. That excuse is gone with this episode. Today Nikki Woods, a black woman who specializes in helping authors get their book written, published, and out into the world with a BANG is on the episode with Rosetta. She going to share the basics approach she uses to help many authors write best-sellers and make that book an integral part of their brand and expertise. You’re going to gain a lot of insight about writing and publishing a book on this episode.

How to write a book: Nikki unpacks her process.

There’s a lot more that goes into writing a book than you might realize. It’s not only about sitting in a chair and pounding away on a keyboard. You’ve got to know how to organize your thoughts, how to plan the book out in a logical way, how to build a following BEFORE you write the book, and how to publish and promote it once it’s written. Nikki Woods is here to help. Her generous sharing on this episode will help you get oriented in the right direction to get that book out of you and into the world!

After you’ve written a book, what do you do with it then?

It’s a monumental task to write a book that’s worth reading. Even if you haven’t gotten over that hurdle yet, you will if you keep working at it. But once it’s written - then what? You can’t expect to announce it on your Facebook feed and sell thousands of copies. It simply doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to know how to promote a book the right way - the way that gets people’s eyes on it and their wallets out to purchase it. Nikki Wood has that part of the process wired and will be sharing aspects of it with you on this episode, so be sure you listen to what she’s got to share.

Why writing a book is a great opportunity for you as an entrepreneur.

When you put your knowledge and experience between the covers of a book something amazing happens. People almost instantly view you as an expert, a person who knows the details and specifics of how to do what it is you do. That’s when people start contacting you to find out how you can help them with their dreams. It’s when you begin coaching, building courses, speaking at events. The book is the key that opens many doors of opportunity. Today Nikki Woods is going to share how that happens and why you need to get started writing your book right away.

Build your platform and tribe before you write the book.

Many entrepreneurs who become authors make a fatal mistake at the beginning of their publishing journey. They forget to build an audience before the book is even written. It may sound counterintuitive but think about it: When you’re able to begin the conversation about the topic of your book far in advance of writing the book, people begin to see you as the person who knows about and is interested in that topic. They begin to see you as the go-to person for all things related to the topic. When you begin to talk about writing a book on the subject you’ll get all kinds of enthusiasm, feedback, and insight into what your book should be about and the momentum will start to build. Find out how Nikki Woods her students to build their tribe first, on this episode.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:30] Rosetta’s introduction to this episode and her guest, Nikki Woods.
  • [1:15] How Rosetta connected with Nikki in the first place.
  • [2:27] How Nikki got to where she is and what her goals are today.
  • [4:03] What was it that prompted Nikki to pivot to help women entrepreneurs.
  • [5:22] The focus Nikki offers authors and entrepreneurs.
  • [7:03] What Nikki had to overcome in order to step into her own thing.
  • [9:35] How you can get started on the journey to publishing a book.
  • [13:04] How you can leverage existing content into a book.
  • [18:10] Why you need to build a platform and tribe before you write the book.
  • [19:29] Understand the difference between traditional and self publishing of your book.
  • [23:32] How Nikki stays focused and productive.
  • [25:53] Managing business and career with kids in tow.
  • [29:46] What makes Nikki happy?
  • [33:54] One piece of advice from Nikki.
  • [35:07] How to connect with Nikki and receive her free book planner.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode www.AGiftFromNikki.com

Aug 10 2016

37mins

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HBW 116: The #1 Belief Holding You Back From Getting What You Want

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I often get asked, "Rosetta, how can I stop procrastinating on my goals?" Although it's a valid question, the truth is that when it comes to creating the life you REALLY want, taking consistent action is only one part of the equation. It's also important to look within so you can understand the beliefs that are preventing you from moving forward.

In this episode, I cover:

  • The #1 belief that holds you back from getting what you want
  • How to identify what YOUR specific limiting beliefs are
  • A simple way to install new beliefs so that you can begin to literally reprogram your brain and start seeing results

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Jun 04 2018

25mins

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HBW030: Kim Davis : Walk in your God-given purpose, on purpose.

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Today’s guest is Kim Davis. Kim’s mission is helping women walk in their God given purpose. She works with women first to find their purpose and then to live it out. She believes confidence, joy, and fulfillment all increase when women walk in their purpose. For a long time, Kim did not know her purpose. She wandered aimlessly through life, running after anything that might fulfill her. What Kim found was the only way to walk in purpose is through God and developing a relationship with Him. She now supports women in developing and strengthening that relationship. On Kim’s journey, she recognized that often women think they have to be a pastor or an important religious leader to have a powerful relationship with God.  She says you might be called to be a business owner, or perhaps a waitress, but you have a unique calling from God-He made you for a purpose. Kim’s own transformation led to her calling to help women transform their lives. Listen in to this episode as Kim shares how she embraced her purpose and owned her own calling.

 

Taking yourself seriously leads to clients taking you seriously.

Kim Davis says the biggest hindrance in her life was herself. She discovered her God-given purpose was to be a teacher, but for a long time she did not want the responsibility or the title. Even though Kim resisted the title, she was always the go-to person for teaching things. People would say, “Oh, you’re such a great teacher.” Kim would brush it off as just loving to share things. It was not until she started to own the title that she saw a transformation start. Kim began to embrace that she was the only Kim Davis and stopped comparing herself to others. She ultimately decided to make a business out of her purpose of teaching other women how find their own purposes. She was already doing that for free, without the label. Most of the people she was pouring into were “takers.”  They did not value her time and effort. She decided she wanted to help the people that actually wanted to use the resources she could offer. As soon as Kim put a price to her product, women that were actually ready for help remained. It was a lesson in valuing her own gift. Be sure to listen in for guidance if you are ready for transformation.

 

Focus on what you were put on Earth to do.

Kim Davis spent many years trying to fill a void in her life. She nursed if with temporary fixes, but without a purpose, she lacked. Her health suffered, her marriage suffered. She was unhappy and unfulfilled. Kim looked good to the outside world: she had the husband, the house, the job, etc. Inside, she was missing something. Kim was lost without answers to her lack. She is a solution-oriented person, so not having the answer was her biggest fear. Kim got to the point of choosing suicide or giving her life to God. Kim Davis for the One was shaped and structured from that personal journey of finding and walking in her own purpose. She got quiet and got with God. It was a process of Him growing her from flaws and insecurities to a beautiful masterpiece. Things that were broken were restored, and she felt alive again. Kim had to share these experiences. She thought if she could help people understand this invest in it for themselves, it would be a win-win. Kim is here today to help you focus on what you were put on this earth to do.

 

Make time for the things that matter.

Some specific action steps to take, if you find yourself on this path, include clarifying your purpose and getting quiet to listen. Kim teaches that it comes down to making time for the things that matter. Kim believes that having a relationship with God matters. She has many helpful hints to simply get started. One is to pray God’s word, seek His word, and obey His word. Kim has spent time finding something that speaks to her, and then learning how to apply it to her life. This is not an episode that teaches you how to go from zero to 100. For lasting change, Kim offers a layer by layer process. Her own story of prioritizing time for God is inspiring. She did not have everything perfect before she started. She simply reached out. You can reach out to Kim through her, Walk with Me, Talk with Me program. Kim will help you find your purpose, but she cannot do it for you. Listen to this episode of Happy Black Woman to hear just how Kim does it and how you can take a similar approach.

 

In business and in life, get virtuous and get capable.

In her journey of becoming an entrepreneur, Kim Davis relied on some inspiration and mentors. She did not transform overnight, or go it alone. Her mantra these days is, “You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time and I am hungry.” One tip to get you started is to become virtuous and capable in life and in business. God transformed Kim and gave her a spiritual vision for her life. That make it easy to quit her day job and begin doing what she loves. Her point is, get some help and direction. A spiritual mentor can help you work your spiritual vision and gain practical knowledge to integrate your purpose into this world. Kim believes God’s people are destroyed by a lack of vision and a lack of knowledge. If you have both, it will help you walk in your God given purpose, on purpose. You’ll find great encouragement from Kim’s story to find your vision, on this episode of Happy Black Woman.

Outline of this great episode

  • [0:29] Rosetta’s introduction of guest, Kim Davis.
  • [1:19] Kim Davis’ mission and work.
  • [2:16] How Kim helps women recognize their unique calling.
  • [5:04] Turning passion and calling into a business.
  • [8:17] Kim’s personal experience of finding and walking in purpose.
  • [14:04] Specific action steps to get clarity of purpose.  
  • [17:08] How Kim made spirituality a non-negotiable in her schedule.
  • [19:06] Help from Kim to get started on your journey today.
  • [20:27] Kim’s go-to for inspiration.
  • [21:56] Wisdom to support the journey.
  • [24:39] Steps to turn your God-given purpose into a business.
  • [28:09] Don’t miss the take-away!!
  • [29:07] Staying connected with Kim.

 

Resources & Links mentioned in this episode

BOOK: “Joyce Meyers' Everyday Life Bible Hardcover Amplified Version

Kim Davis’ website: www.kimdavisfortheone.com - Download your free BabySteps workbook.

 

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Learning to own your purpose, on this episode of Happy Black Woman.

“God’s people are destroyed by a lack of vision and a lack of knowledge” ~ Kim Davis

“You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time, and I am hungry.”~ Kim Davis

“You don’t have to be a pastor or powerful religious leader to have a powerful relationship with God.” ~ Kim Davis

Recognizing your unique calling, on this episode of Happy Black Woman.

Feb 13 2016

31mins

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HBW092: Living Authentically As Your Best Self

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Living authentically sounds good - but it’s not as easy as you might think. There are so many pressures in life, in our culture or family systems that push us to fulfill dreams or aspirations that are not truly authentic with who we are as a person. On this episode of Happy Black Woman, Rosetta dives into the reason being authentic is so important and what you can do to identify whether or not you’re living authentically. But more importantly, she covers what to do if you discover you are not.

If you focus on living authentically, you will live a good life.

When Rosetta was traveling to the Happy Black Woman event recently she was listening to one of her favorite podcasts on the plane - The Good Life Project. The guest on that episode was Mark Nepo, author of one of Rosetta’s favorite books, “The Book of Awakening.” He said that if you concentrate on living a good life, you’ll probably miss it. But if you concentrate on living an authentic life, you’ll live a good life by default. Rosetta saw so much wisdom in that statement and decided it was time for a reminder for all her Happy Black Woman tribe about living authentically. That’s what you’ll hear on this episode, so be sure you listen.

It’s easy to do what sounds right but isn’t authentic to who you are.

When Rosetta was entering college her family had all kinds of expectations of her. She followed the path that was laid out for her for quite a while, but something didn’t feel right. It didn’t resonate with who she really wanted to be and what she wanted her life to be like. That’s when she decided that she was going to make a switch and the rest is history. On this episode, Rosetta describes the things she noticed that told her she wasn’t living authentically and gives you some very specific tips for discovering whether or not you are living in an authentic way. Ready? Listen to this episode to learn it all.

You can never be a pretend person. You have to be who you are.

None of us can keep up the facade of living a “fake” life. You know what we’re talking about - the life you think everyone else wants you to live instead of the life you really know you should be living. You can do it for a while - and maybe do well at it. But in time you’re going to burn out, lose your motivation, and find yourself very frustrated and unfulfilled. It’s time to stop. It’s time to discover what an authentic life looks like for you. Rosetta’s got some great tips for you on this episode, so be sure you listen.

The longer you are on the wrong road, the longer it will take you to get back on track.

When will you decide to stop pursuing dreams that were given to you by somebody else? When will you stop trying to live up to someone else’s expectations? The longer you are on that road, the longer it’s going to take you to get back to where you are supposed to be - the place you long to be. Find out how you can identify the right path for you and get yourself started on it - living an authentic life - by listening to this episode.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:29] Rosetta’s introduction to this episode on authenticity (a Facebook Live episode).
  • [1:19] Why Rosetta became interested in this issue of authenticity.
  • [3:25] Rosetta’s journey to learning that she need to live authentically.
  • [8:30] How you can know that you’re not living an authentic life.
  • [11:03] You can never be a “pretend” person. You have to be who you are.
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Jun 14 2017

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HBW100: 4 Steps To Becoming The Kind of Woman Who Gets Everything She Wants

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One of the reasons Rosetta started the Happy Black Woman movement and community is because she did for herself what she advises you to do in this episode. She took 4 specific steps that enabled her to become the kind of woman she wanted to be… and that resulted in a very clear vision to help other black women step into their own areas of gifting and genius. Happy Black Woman was the result. If you are tired of the struggle and ready to become the kind of woman who gets everything she wants, you’ve got to hear this episode. It could change your life.

Your freedom as a black woman starts by killing fear and committing to getting what you want.

There are so many reasons we don’t start moving in the direction of our dreams, but all of them are tied to some kind of fear. That’s why the first thing you need to do is kill fear. It’s never going to serve you and only tells you lies. Killing fear means you silence the voices of doubt and insecurity that have held you back for so long. It means you get yourself away from the naysayers and doubters who are prone to discourage you and amplify your fears. Listen to this episode to find out more about how you can kill fear and commit to what you want.

When you have a purpose you don’t have time for foolishness.

It’s vital to get clear on your purpose, the reason you were put on the planet. The reason it’s so vital is that your life purpose will help you get clarity for your life, it will help you eliminate the things that are nothing more than distractions and unworthy goals. Rosetta says when your purpose is clear you begin to realize that you don’t have time for foolishness. Find out how you can begin to get clarity on your purpose and move in the direction you need to move, on this episode.

Most black women do not want to face the things that may hold them back.

You may not like to hear it but it’s true: most black women don’t want to face the things that hold them back. Why? Because the things that hold us back are deep-seated issues that we’ve been avoiding all our lives. Things like poor self-worth, powerful self-doubt, abuses or condemning voices from the past, and much more. It’s easier to stay where you are, to avoid dealing with those issues - but you’ll never move toward your dreams if you don’t do the work needed to overcome them. That's because they are your limitations. Rosetta’s got great advice for how to deal with these issues on this episode.

Being successful takes work: YOU have to make your dream a reality.

There is no magic bullet or formula that bring success to you. Not affirmations. Not prayers. Not meditations. Those things alone don’t get you anywhere because they are not accompanied by action on your part. You have to put your faith into action. If you have a dream, it’s up to you to fuel it and make it happen. On this episode of Happy Black Woman, Rosetta shares 4 steps every black woman needs to take in order to become the kind of woman who gets everything she wants. You don’t want to miss this one.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:29] Rosetta’s welcome to episode 100!
  • [2:00] What does it really take to manifest your vision?
  • [4:08] Rosetta’s year of liberation and the realization she came to.
  • [6:19] Kill the fear and commit to getting what you want.
  • [11:01] Step #1: Discover your purpose.
  • [14:19] Step #2: Develop your vision about your purpose and protect it.
  • [18:09] Step #3: Break through your barriers.
  • [22:45] Step #4: Take inspired action on what you want.
  • [25:07] LIVE Questions and Answers.
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Oct 04 2017

50mins

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HBW051: Giving Yourself Permission to be Successful on your Own Terms

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As an award-winning writer, producer, speaker and entrepreneur, it’s clear Lisa Nicole Bell is a woman of many talents. She’s the perfect blend of creativity and business know-how, which has allowed her to build an empire focused on helping people tell better stories. Lisa’s the founder of Inspired Life Media Group and host of the Behind the Brilliance podcast. Throughout this chat with Rosetta, it’s clear Lisa has the self-awareness to truly embrace her choices and is passionate about helping others do the same.

Finding the courage to do something on your own.

For Lisa, becoming an entrepreneur was something that had always been on her mind, but she didn’t quite have the courage to take the plunge. She found the courage out of necessity, after losing her job for insubordination. Lisa discusses what this transition was like and what made her realize that the right time to embrace entrepreneurship was now. She also talks about the role of courage in making this leap and why it’s important to have clarity about what you want your life to look like before starting a business.

Being happy is a choice.

As Lisa discusses her journey, she shares with great honesty some of the steps you can take to create a blissful life. She talks about why being happy is a choice and - most importantly - that nobody is standing in your way but you. Lisa shares 3 things anyone can do to build the life you want, including self-awareness, courage, and a plan that is practical. She delves into each step and helps us understand why each is integral to our success in creating the life we truly want.

No one has to sign off on your choices but you.

Lisa goes on to discuss the power of self-awareness and why it’s essential to your happiness. She talks about why we all need to understand that our journey is unique to us and you have to find a way to embrace it in order to move forward. Lisa shares the value of realizing you don’t need anyone’s permission to be happy, just your own. She talks about being successful on your own terms and why it’s at the core of living a blissful life. Lisa gives insight into why it’s essential that you give yourself permission to be successful on your own terms.

Getting out of your comfort zone every single day.

As they close out their chat, Rosetta and Lisa talk about the daily routine that keeps Lisa focused on her goals. Lisa shares why she makes it a priority to do something outside of her comfort zone every single day. She talks about the value of making this a habit and how it can help to lay the groundwork for achieving your goals. Lisa also shares 2 books that have transformed her mindset in her journey and how they helped her to embrace her happiness rather than relying on what other people think. Lisa Nicole Bell has inspiring insight into what makes her tick, and how she became the success she is today. Her story has lessons that can help us all gain self-awareness and build a blissful life.

Outline of this great episode
  • [1:22] Rosetta’s introduction of her guest, Lisa Nicole Bell.
  • [2:15] The work that Lisa does and her mission.
  • [6:08] Doing things you enjoy.
  • [7:32] At what point did you decide to take your talent and skills and become an entrepreneur.
  • [10:48] How do you incorporate the things you love into the work that you do?
  • [14:48] 3 ways you can get started in building the life you want.
  • [23:19] What are some things that you do during the day that keep you on track with your goals?
  • [26:04] A book that has transformed Lisa’s life.
  • [35:12] How to connect with Lisa.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode

BOOK: “Self-Reliance and Other Essays

BOOK: “The Art of Being Unreasonable

Lisa’s website: http://lisanicolebell.com/

Inspired Life Media Group

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Jul 06 2016

37mins

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HBW064: Aisha Moore, Take Care of You By Learning The Discipline of Self Care

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You know how to take care of you. You just don’t do it. Right? There are so many reasons why - responsibilities, kids, business, family - there’s no end to the things that demand a piece of your time, a piece of you. It can easily feel like there’s no time left over to take care of yourself, but if you don’t figure it out you know that you’re going to crash eventually. Today’s guest is Rosetta’s friend, Aisha Moore an expert in self-care who teaches busy women like you how to care for themselves first so they can ensure that they have the energy to serve others at home and in their business. What Aisha has to share today could save your life, both figuratively and literally, so be sure you listen.

What IS self-care and why is it important?

When you think of self-care, what comes to mind? Is it a nice manicure or pedicure? Is it time alone, reading a book or enjoying your favorite drink? Those things definitely qualify as self-care but the concept and practice entail so much more than just those acts. Aisha Moore has learned the importance of self-care the hard way, experiencing her own health issues that pushed her to make some clear changes to the way she was living. Her story serves as both an example and an inspiration to women all over the world and you are sure to learn something as you listen to her tell about the transformation that the practice of self-care has had in her life.

Your self-care needs to match what’s going on in your life.

It’s impossible to take care of you by doing the exact things that other people do to take care of themselves. Each person is different and requires different things for the nurturing of their own soul. But there’s also the issue of what’s going on in your life. As the seasons of life come and go you will find that you need different self-care habits than you did before. On this episode, Aisha Moore shares how this phenomenon happens and how you can learn to be flexible and wise in the way you take care of yourself, so be sure you take the time to listen.

You need to practice self-care every day to be your optimal self.

Self-care is not something you should allow to be a hit and miss thing. You are not invulnerable. You are not free of the normal human weaknesses that we all fall prey to from time to time. But you can prevent much of the physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties that threaten you by practicing self-care every day. On this episode, Aisha Moore shares a handful of ideas of how you can build self-care disciplines into your life on a daily basis. You’ll learn some fresh ideas for taking care of yourself that Aisha has seen help many others.

You have to make some hard decisions to make self-care a priority.

If you know you need to take care of you in order to be healthy you probably also know that you are going to have to make some tough decisions to ensure that it happens. You won’t stumble into self-care, you have to be intentional about it. On this episode, Aisha Moore tells Rosetta (and you) some great ways to set aside the time for self-care in your busy schedule and gives some ideas about how you can make the hard choices that are required if you are going to be your best self. Are you ready for the challenge? Listen to find out more.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:31] Rosetta’s introduction of her guest, Aisha Moore.
  • [1:34] The mission Aisha is on and how she’s accomplishing it.
  • [3:20] How Aisha decided to focus on the area of self care.
  • [8:28] The changes Aisha noticed in herself after undergoing a self care process.
  • [11:02] What IS self care from Aisha’s perspective?
  • [14:16] Specific action steps you can take to care for yourself better.
  • [17:11] Aisha’s advice to women who feel they don’t have time for self care.
  • [25:19] The decisions you have to make in order to make self care a priority.
  • [29:45] A top book Aisha recommends.
  • [32:33] How you can connect with Aisha.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode About AISHA MOORE

Aisha helps people identify what's stressing them out and helps them figure a plan to do something about it. Since 2014, Aisha has provided coaching and speaking services for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, associations, foundations, young professionals groups, colleges, universities and civic groups. She has worked in public health as a consultant and health educator for 15 years helping to make life better for others. She is featured in the Amazon Best Seller "Happy Healthy Nonprofits." She is the creator of the “Self-care Planning in 10 Steps” workbook and the “Self-care Bill of Rights.” Aisha has been featured on Beth Kanter’s Nonprofit Blog, MeditateThis! Podcast and the Get Your Mind Right Radio Show. Some of her past clients include the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Association of Black Psychologist.

Nov 24 2016

35mins

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HBW069: Kimberly Dunlap, How To Develop Confidence In Yourself

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If you’ve ever wondered how to develop confidence in yourself this podcast episode was recorded just for you. It features Kimberly Dunlap, one of the Happy Black Woman inner circle who has been wowing people with her insights into personal confidence, inner healing, empowerment, and a whole lot more. On this episode, Rosetta talks with Kimberly about the things that have led her to the point in life where she feels free of her own inner turmoil and empowered to help other women reach the same levels of satisfaction and confidence - and beyond!

Do you realize the power of your own story?

Most of us see our story as a path riddled with liabilities, hurts, and disappointments. We find it hard to believe that the things we’ve experienced can be of help to others. And while your path may be fraught with those kinds of experiences it’s nevertheless true that what you’ve experienced equips you to be an asset to others who have not yet overcome those same things in their own lives. This episode of the podcast features Kimberly Dunlap, a woman with her own past and share of pain, but she’s leveraging those experiences to use her story for the benefit of others. If you need inner healing, a newfound confidence in yourself, or a sense of greater purpose then you need to hear Kimberly’s story!

To begin building confidence it's vital that you learn to quiet the inner noise.

In this conversation on The Happy Black Woman podcast, Rosetta asked her guest, Kimberly Dunlap, what the first step is in moving toward inner healing and the building of personal confidence. Kimberly said that the very first thing every woman needs to do is learn how to quiet the inner noise that distracts and condemns. You know what she's talking about, don't you? It’s those nagging voices from the past that tell you that you are no good, not enough, or a failure. Silencing those noises enables you to begin hearing the truth about yourself so that you can start moving past the limitations those negative beliefs have impressed upon you. Find out more about how to find confidence and inner healing, on this episode.

Do you struggle to trust yourself?

Every person on the planet is riddled with a past full of missteps, mistakes, and wrong calls. That kind of track record could cause anyone to begin doubting themselves, to find it hard to trust that they are even capable of making the right call when important decisions arise. If you struggle with those things, you’re not alone. Kimberly Dunlap was plagued with the same kinds of insecurity and doubt until she determined that she was going to overcome. On this episode you’ll hear Kimberly’s story and find out how the insights she’s learned on her own journey to self-confidence can help you learn to trust yourself again and move toward greater things.

How to know if you’re living out a charade that’s not authentic.

You’ve seen people on TV and internet videos who seem to have it all together, but there’s something wrong in the way they come across, something that doesn’t seem real or authentic. None of us want to be that kind of person but we can easily fall into the trap of putting on a facade for others to see. We do it to feel better about ourselves and to hide our insecurities. How do you know if you’re living out that kind of charade? There’s one clear sign. You don’t have joy. Kimberly Dunlap shares how a lack of joy is the main tip-off to an inauthentic life, on this episode of Happy Black Woman with Rosetta Thurman.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:30] Rosetta’s welcome and thanks to you!
  • [1:18] Who is Kimberly Dunlap?
  • [3:00] The years and tears that led Kimberly to her passion.
  • [5:00] The things that led Kimberly to believe that she could develop a business from her passion.
  • [7:53] Steps Kimberly recommends to women seeking healing.
  • [16:55] Learning to believe that there is more for you in your life.
  • [20:11] Disciplines Kimberly employs to help herself stay in alignment.
  • [23:06] Books Kimberly recommends.
  • [24:16] Advice for black women who are seeking to live their purpose.
  • [27:40] How you can connect with Kimberly.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode About KIMBERLY DUNLAP

Dr. Kimberly K. Dunlap is a speaker, author, trainer and coach. She has a passion for women especially the educated black woman. This passion turned into a desire to help others avoid wasting precious time in their lives, and teaching them to be fully engaged in their current reality to avoid traveling down a road of hopelessness and worthlessness. She’s the founder/CEO of K. Dunlap Consulting, a Doctor of Education & certified professional life coach living in the Tampa Bay area; specializing in engagement and healthy relationship development. She specializes in Organizational Leadership, holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Professional Management minoring in Psychology. As a prior corporate training, Dr. Kimberly now assists educated women, primarily of color, in actively engaging in their lives, motivating them to build and maintain healthy love relationships and motivating them to thrive in their professional career growth; all with the goal of everyone living a life rich in gratitude and joy!

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Dec 21 2016

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HBW045: Motivating the Masses for Incredible Success, with Lisa Nichols

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This conversation is fraught with technical issues, but it was so rich Rosetta wanted to make sure you were able to hear as much of it as possible anyway, because when it comes to motivational speakers, her guest on this one, Lisa Nichols, is at the top of the list. Her global platform, “Motivating the Masses” has reached and served nearly 30 million people. Her story is not unlike many of yours. She was a struggling single mom on public assistance before she became the Lisa you know today, and it was her courage and determination that enabled her to push through the obstacles and difficulties to become the “Success story” that so many look to for inspiration. Please, patiently struggle through this episode and you’ll mine some diamonds from it.

Find out how Lisa Nichols created her “Motivating the Masses” business model.

Rosetta is always interested to know the story behind the story, the path that every entrepreneur she interviews has walked to get them to the place they are at now. Lisa’s story is one that led her through many difficulties, all the way to the challenge of a friend to get started with a business that is now known as “Motivating the Masses.” Her story is one to inspire you that no matter what your dreams are, you can’t start from anywhere except where you are at this moment, and there are things you can do right now to make that start. Hear Lisa’s story and be inspired!

A 7th book from Lisa Nichols.

Lisa Nichols shares the message of her 7th book, “Abundance Now,” with us on this episode of the Happy Black Woman podcast. It’s her manifesto about mindset and effort to create the life you want, starting from where you are. It provides a clear and practical blueprint for personal success, drawn directly from the Lisa’s life experiences. Her unusual story of transforming her own life from public assistance for her family to leading a multi-million dollar enterprise is what is behind this powerful book. Get more details about the book on this episode.

Successful at helping others as well.

The success Lisa Nichols has enjoyed came at a very high personal price and the blessings she has in her life now are not lost on her. She’s given back in so many ways they are hard to count. Through Lisa’s non-profit foundation “Motivating the Teen Spirit,” she has touched the lives of over 200,000 teens, prevented over 3,800 teen suicides, supported 2,500 dropouts in returning to school, and has helped thousands reunite with families. Her desire to help those who are now in the shoes she once wore is an example and inspiration to many.

Lisa is available to help you begin moving toward a more abundant life.

Over the years Lisa’s company, “Motivating the Masses” has helped thousands move from a mediocre life to one of great success and she’s confident that she can help you as well. She’s continually cranking out additional courses, resources, and posts expressly for that purpose and she intends to keep on doing so. Listen to this episode to hear how you can connect with Lisa’s team and get your life headed in a new, more hopeful direction.

 

Outline of this great episode

  • [0:30] A quick note about this episode.
  • [0:54] Rosetta’s welcome and introduction to this episode with Lisa Nichols.
  • [2:04] Why Lisa did her mission of “motivating the masses” as a business.
  • [6:04] The power of Lisa’s ripple effect: more joy and less stress.
  • [9:51] Lisa’s example of just getting started with your dreams and ideas.
  • [10:48] How Lisa keeps herself focused and on track day to day.
  • [16:56] What kind of team is need to run a company the size of Lisa’s.
  • [23:49] About Lisa’s book, “Abundance Now.”
  • [33:12] What makes Lisa Nichols a Happy Black Woman?

 

Resources & Links mentioned in this episode

BOOK: Abundance Now

http://motivatingthemasses.com/

Feb 29 2016

34mins

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HBW104: Creating Your Ideal Life by Stopping Self-Sabotage

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On this episode of Happy Black Woman, Rosetta addresses the topic of creating your ideal life by stopping self-sabotage. It’s often hard to achieve one’s goals because it’s easier to default to destructive thought patterns. By following Rosetta’s three methods of stopping self-sabotage, you can move towards the life of your dreams and overcome the barriers that have been in your way. Be sure to listen to discover her insights!

Self-sabotage manifests in many ways

One of the biggest barriers to your ideal life arrives in the form of procrastination. Rosetta explains that after a while, procrastination can begin to feel normal and acceptable. It can even take on the form of perfectionism - focusing on “perfect timing” in lieu of taking action is a form of procrastination. It can also arise because of a fear of the unknown. Be sure to listen to the full episode to discover how Rosetta overcomes procrastination in pursuit of her ideal life goals.

Method #1 - Make a decision!

Even people who are passionate about pursuing their ideal life can fall victim to not making decisions - which leads to never taking action. Rosetta explains that “maybe” turns into “never” but that making decisions allows you to move forward in your life. If you make a decision in your life there’s no reason why it will not happen unless you prevent it from happening. This form of self-sabotage prevents you from committing and stands in the way of living ideally. Catch the full episode for more information about making proactive decisions in your life.

Method #2 - Stop asking the wrong people for advice

Your friends, family members, and coworkers are all known constants. Sadly, many of them have never taken a major risk in their lives. Rosetta explains why you should not turn to these people for advice on your personal or professional life because they “validate the fear you have, which is a form of self-sabotage.” They will give you the permission to quit, doubt, and procrastinate, all of which are going against your plans for an optimal life. Rosetta explains the concept of protecting your goals from the people who care about you most in this stellar episode of Happy Black Woman.

Method #3 - Don’t settle for less than what you deserve and desire

Perhaps the greatest concept to take away from this episode is to never settle for what you don’t desire, want, and deserve. Life decisions are not always easy but you cannot allow subpar “opportunities” to get in the way of something that you actually want. Rosetta encourages her listeners to never allow things they don’t want to take up space in their life. She wants her listeners to understand that settling allows for complacency, which never leads to ultimate goal achievement. Be sure to listen to the complete audio to fully understand the three methods to stop self-sabotage, as well as hear from some great listener questions. And don’t forget to listen for your opportunity for $200 off your registration to the Manifest Your Vision 2018 retreat in January 2018!

Outline of this great episode
  • [1:00] Rosetta introduces the episode, regarding reasons on why it’s so hard to achieve life goals
  • [3:00] Three ways to stop sabotaging your own success
  • [5:17] Method #1 - Make a decision - stop being indecisive about what you want
  • [8:40] Method #2 - Stop asking the wrong people for advice
  • [13:25] Method #3 - Stop settling for less than what you deserve and desire
  • [17:44] Rosetta explains how jobs can be a means to an end, not THE end
  • [26:00] Work with Rosetta in person in January at the Manifest Your Vision retreat
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Nov 01 2017

27mins

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HBW072: Abiola Abrams, Self Love Revolutionary

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The lack of self love among black woman is at crisis levels. Years of wrong beliefs and negative circumstances have caused us to think and live more in terms of limitation than possibility. We don’t love ourselves because we are not convinced that we are worthy of love. But each of us is unique, a jewel that needs to be seen for what it is. This conversation between Rosetta and her guest, Abiola Abrams is full of juicy insights into the way you can begin to love yourself, believe in the power and potential of your true self, and begin walking a new path that will take you on the discovery of your lifetime.

We have a duty to evolve our bloodlines and our possibilities.

Abiola Abrams believes that black women not only need to learn the art of self love to empower themselves, they also need to learn it so they can fulfill a sacred duty to their children and children’s children. It is time for the limitations and hindrances to be cast aside so that black women and their families are able to partake of the inheritance of their birthright as black people. It’s time to evolve our possibilities as black women - and self love is the first step, taking back the dignity that is rightfully ours. Discover how you can take the first steps to restored bloodlines and possibilities, on this episode.

Trying to make other people happy you wind up not making anybody happy. Not even yourself.

One of the first steps Abiola Abrams says black women need to take on the journey to self love is to stop trying to please people. Of course, we all want people to be happy with us but it gets to a point where trying to make everybody happy makes nobody happy, not even yourself. You shouldn’t be living in that kind of misery even a day longer. Find out how Abiola says you can begin to step out of the misery by loving yourself and establishing a clear sense of identity in your authentic self, on this episode of Happy Black Woman.

You have to let go of everything that is not serving the life you want.

Throughout life, each of us has a myriad of things that come to be part of our life, things that we get used to and tolerate that should never have been allowed into our lives in the first place. It’s those things that are the hardest to get rid of because they feel so natural, so normal and right. But if there are things in your life that are not serving you in a way that will bring about the life you want and need, then you need to get rid of those things. On this episode, Abiola Abrams talks with Rosetta about the difficulty of letting go and how the first steps are sometimes the hardest.

Get specific about the things you want to be and do in the world.

You may have heard the old saying, “If you aim at nothing, you’re sure to hit it.” It’s a pithy way of saying that every one of us needs to have goals that we are striving for. Without them, we flounder in a sea of doubt and insecurity. But on this episode, Abiola Abrams says that it’s not just important to have goals, it’s important that they are specific and clear. When you get clear about who you are and what you want in life, then you are able to see what things in your life are helping you get there and what things are holding you back. Find out how to make the clear choice for yourself and your future, on this episode.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:30] Rosetta’s introduction of her guest Abiola Abrams and the work she does.
  • [4:30] The power and importance of self love.
  • [7:30] What was it that motivated Abiola to make changes in her own life?
  • [11:54] An internship that moved Abiola in a new direction.
  • [14:00] The “ah-ha” moment that showed her that she wanted to coach and help women.
  • [20:34] What Abiola had to overcome to become her authentic self.
  • [23:24] Where black women can start in discovering their own self and true life.
  • [30:22] Abiola’s advice for a woman starting out.
  • [33:55] How you can connect with Abiola.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode About Abiola Abrams

Self-Worth Revolutionary Abiola Abrams is an award-winning author, transformational speaker and coach, ESSENCE advice columnist, spiritual teacher and TV lifestyle expert seen on networks from MTV to the BBC. With soulcare and strategy, her work empowers spirit-centered women leaders to stop playing small, answer their callings and become the women they were born to be. Abiola’s mindset reset empowerment tools range from purpose-filled books, meditation albums and goddess affirmation cards to her Spiritpreneur School podcast, womanifesting courses and the Abundance Pray Love Retreat in Bali. Join Abiola’s Spiritpreneur Warrior Sisterhood at ManifestYourPower.com for guidance in self-love, self-launch, and self-creation.

Jan 05 2017

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HBW067: Kendra Kay Woods, Get Your Mind Right And Find Your Purpose

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If someone were to tell you that you need to get your mind right, you may take offense. But what if they are right? What if there is something in the way you think about your life and the success that is possible that is limiting you from achieving what you’re made to do? Kendra Kay Woods has learned from her own experience that her personal mindset is one of the biggest things that has limited her from reaching the level of success that she’s destined to reach. You can hear her story and find out how she can help you get your mind right, on this episode of Happy Black Woman.

What will it take for you to finally start moving toward your calling?

So many women in the Happy Black community are part of the movement in concept but have yet to take action on the dreams they have deep inside. The fact that you have to accept wholeheartedly is this: Nobody is going to do the work for you. It’s YOUR work to do, YOUR calling to pursue. There are plenty of women in the community to help you but none who can do it for you. You’ve got to get your mind right and start taking action. This episode may serve as the catalyst that gets you going because Rosetta is talking with Kendra Kay Woods, a mindset coach and true woman of action. You’ll be inspired and challenged to practically begin moving - maybe for the first time.

Before you can invest in yourself you’ve got to get your mind right.

When we talk about getting your mind right what we’re really saying is that you’ve got to begin thinking along the lines of what is really true - about God, about yourself, and about the world you live in. You’ve got to push away the false beliefs that you’ve held onto since childhood, the beliefs that keep you from taking action, from believing that you can accomplish great things. Kendra Woods is on this episode of Happy Black Woman to both serve as an example of a woman who has overcome her own limiting beliefs and as a coach to give you some practical advice about overcoming your own false beliefs and get moving on a better road toward a greater life.

To change your life, start exploring something different, something outside your comfort zone.

Whatever desires you have deep inside, they are not there by accident. They didn’t just show up one day out of nowhere. You’ve been designed for a purpose to accomplish specific things and those desires are an expression of what it is you’re supposed to do. But in order to see something come of those things you desire, you’ve got take action. You’ve got to put yourself in a place where something more is required of you than you are used to giving. That is the place you’ll begin to see yourself come alive and head in new and exciting directions. Kendra Wood is your guide on that journey and she’s got lots of tips and insights for you to hear, so be sure you listen to this episode of Happy Black Woman.

The first thing you need to accept is that nobody is going to do it for you.

Everybody wants something more than they are currently experiencing. It’s easy to wish upon a star and hope that it comes about. But that’s simply not the way things work. You’ve been given life as a gift and it’s your responsibility to do something with it. You can’t wait for things to happen. You can’t wish things into reality. You’ve got to take action that leads to the results you want to see in your own life. On this episode of Happy Black Woman, Kendra Kay Woods describes the path she had to walk to come to a place where she was willing to take action and develop the vision and God-given talent she’d been given. It’s an inspiring story and great encouragement for any in the Happy Black Woman community who are tired of the same old life they’ve been living.

Outline of this great episode
  • [1:12] Rosetta’s introduction of her guest, Kendra Woods.
  • [2:15] Kendra’s mission and focus around the area of mindset.
  • [3:40] The personal journey that took Kendra into mindset coaching.
  • [5:50] The resources Kendra found to help her transform her own mindset.
  • [7:25] What caused Kendra to take action on the things she was reading and learning.
  • [12:59] Investing in yourself to help you get your mind right.
  • [18:11] How you can start becoming the boss of your own mind.
  • [23:50] A powerful book Kendra has used to encourage her own exceptional mindset.
  • [25:31] Advice for women who are just starting out on their path toward success.
  • [28:00] How you can connect with Kendra.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode About KENDRA KAY WOODS

Kendra Kay Woods is the founder of Mind Boss International, LLC. Kendra holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Kendra worked in the corporate world for over 10 years and during this time she helped many women refocus themselves so that they could find their purposeful path in life. kendra finally launched her own business where she can encourage, inspire and empower women from all over the world to transform their minds and lives by breaking through limiting believes and fully accepting their worth. Kendra believes that women have to break free from the bondage of their mind in order to pursue the life that they desire and deserve. Through her speaking engagements and coaching Kendra is able to help women achieve a new reality for themselves. She understands that sometimes we can be our own worst enemy when we choose to think about ourselves negatively. Where the mind goes the heart follows and because of this truth Kendra has dedicated her life to helping women shift their mindset by providing instruction through her professional speaking and coaching platform. Visit her website at www.kendrakaywoods.com

Dec 14 2016

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HBW 114: 3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

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I'm back from an amazing weekend in Atlanta where I hosted my 5th and final Launch Your Business LIVE Boot Camp! After years of working with hundreds of Black women entrepreneurs, I've noticed how important it is for us to have open and honest conversations about self-care, boundaries and putting ourselves first. At the event, I was able to coach several women on how to let go of situations that no longer served them, which inspired this episode. I explore 3 areas where you may need to "spring clean" your life, including action steps you can take in your relationships, business/career and environment.

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Apr 16 2018

21mins

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HBW065: Heidi Harris, The Law of Attraction Champion

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You may be like the people Heidi Harris was meeting. They had heard of the Law of Attraction but didn’t know anything about it. It was through a number of conversations like this that Heidi came to believe that she should make it her business (literally) to make sure that everyone in her circles and beyond knew what the Law of Attraction is and how to put it to work in her life. The rest is history. On this episode, Rosetta chats with Heidi about how she has traveled her journey and what it is she helps her clients do to amplify their lives. Be sure you take the time to listen.

A story of hardship turned to new perspective and life change.

As is the case with many entrepreneurs who make a dent in the world, Heidi Harris is a woman who has come to the place of success she is at via a very hard road. Personal losses and tragedies set the stage for her mind and spirit to be receptive to the things she needed to learn about herself and the way life works. On this episode of The Happy Black Woman podcast, you’ll get to hear Heidi’s story from her own lips and be inspired that nothing is too difficult for you to overcome so that you can make a better life for yourself.

Gratitude is the first step to building the life you want.

Nobody who gives a gift appreciates it if the person who receives the gift never expresses gratitude. That’s because gratitude is the natural response to receiving good things. But for some reason when it comes to the blessings of life that happen daily we tend not to be as grateful as we should. Instead, pessimism, complaint, and worry consume us. When you can learn to step out of your difficulties long enough to find what you can be grateful for in the situation, everything changes. Join Rosetta on this episode as her guest, Heidi Harris explains how the power of gratitude can serve you as the 1st step to a better life.

You have to make a commitment and diligently work toward your goals.

How many times have you heard somebody say, “I wish I had _______.” It seems like you hear something like that every day. It’s fine to express a desire that you have to see something in your life be different. But it will never change unless you take steps to make it come about, and that begins with commitment. On this episode, Heidi Harris explains the significance of making a commitment to yourself and how that commitment can be leveraged to bring about the things you want in your life. You won’t want to miss this one.

What are the wrong beliefs that are holding you back?

Many people allow the path they’ve walked in life so far to dictate the direction and outcome of the path they walk in the future. It happens because they make assumptions about the future based on their past experiences, but the reality is that the past has nothing to do with the future except that it has prepared you to avoid the same mistakes and build something better. On this episode, you’ll hear a great deal of encouragement about how you can change the course of your life forever by changing the way you think. Be sure you listen.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:30] Rosetta’s introduction to this episode and her thanks to YOU for listening!
  • [1:06] Heidi Harris, today’s guest.
  • [2:12] Heidi’s mission: The Law of Attraction is Real.
  • [3:18] Why this mission is so powerful for Heidi and drives her in business.
  • [5:48] The process Heidi went through to transform her own life.
  • [8:20] The moment of awakening and the resources that helped Heidi the most.
  • [12:46] The most important step anyone can take to get started with the law of attraction.
  • [15:10] The daily structures Heidi uses to keep herself aligned with her purpose.
  • [18:23] The moments Heidi has experienced that have brought amazement.
  • [21:53] Additional books Heidi recommends.
  • [24:14] The #1 piece of advice Heidi gives to you.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode About HEIDI HARRIS

Heidi H. Harris, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, is a self-proclaimed cheerleader for all things positive. Her greatest attributes are her approachable nature, her listening ear and the ability to smile and laugh easily. She is a graduate of Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and of Strayer University earning a Master’s of Business with a concentration in Management. Having worked in the corporate world for several years the areas of Finance and Insurance, she always felt as if there was something else she was destined to achieve.

A few years ago, she was introduced to the book called “The Secret” which opened a whole new pathway to achieving her dreams. After which, she started doing more research on The Law of Attraction, collected books, joined a couple of meetups and practiced some of the techniques. What she noticed is that it works and that there only seemed to be a few people “in the know” about this powerful information. Thus, Curate Your Dreams was born out the idea that everyone has the ability to live the life they aspire to have. She invites you to join her on this journey to curate her ideal life as well as help other women activate their “super powers” and create a new reality. She will accomplish this by providing resources to rescue their forsaken dreams using the principles within the Law of Attraction. It’s going to be a compelling ride. Heidi believes EVERYONE has this gift; it just takes a little nudge to get started. That’s why she calls herself The Dream Superhero! Heidi’s pastimes include listening to music, especially Prince, attending cultural events, traveling and reading. She can’t wait to meet you!

Nov 30 2016

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HBW052: Myleik Teele, Standing in Your Personal Power in the Face of Massive Success

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Myleik Teele is a black woman who has built a name for herself in a number of area. Not only has she revolutionized the way women address their curly hair needs as the founder of curlBOX, she’s also worked with brands such as Calvin Klein Cosmetics, The Grammy Awards, American Idol and Nike, as well as music artists Prince, Linkin Park and Travis Barker. Much of that was done through the creation of Art of Facts Public Relations, an agency that grew at a rapid speed and was recognized as one of the top boutique public relations firms in the industry during its short existence. This conversation features Myleik’s journey from service based business to subscription product business and highlights the lessons she’s learned on that journey.

What is a subscription based product business?

Myleik’s journey led her to create a premier hair sampling box that’s developed a cult following of savvy women. The brand has amassed over 300k Instagram followers and created the popular web series, curlBOX TV, that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite hair care brands. It’s an “out of the box” product business that enables people to receive their desired products like clockwork without hassle through a simple subscription service. On this episode Myleik shares some powerful lessons she’s learned and the adjustments she’s had to make in order to confidently stand in the power it takes to be so successful.

What kind of mindset does it take for a black woman to be so successful?

When you look at the prospect of being successful, it’s one thing to plan and work for what you want, but there are very particular and powerful mindsets you have to develop in order to rightly handle that success. It may sound crazy but it’s true. Myleik Teele shares with Rosetta how difficult it was for her to be comfortable in the level of success that’s come from her hard work and the adjustments she had to make in the realm of her thinking to make it possible. You’ll gain a lot from this episode if you’ll take the time to listen and apply it to yourself.

Do you have a trusted 3rd party to give you feedback as you succeed?

Success can be lonely. It sounds like an unbelievable thing but it’s true. Myleik Teele discovered that as she’s become more and more successful the people in her life began to assume that everything in her world was OK, and as a result she began to withdraw from her in terms of emotional and personal support. There was no harm meant, it just happened as an outgrowth of how success changed those personal dynamics. Myleik discovered that she needed a trusted 3rd party to help her assess her own emotional and mental health so she could stay on the right track. You can find something to help you on your journey in this episode.

You need good things to do great things as a black woman entrepreneur.

Though a support network is very important to any successful entrepreneur, there are also things you need to pay attention to in terms of self care. Myleik Teele has discovered that some of the good things she needs in her life is good food, rest, good boundaries, and much more. You want to hear what she’s got to share on this episode so that you don’t have to learn these lessons the hard way. Myleik has a very refreshing and honest perspective on this issue and can give you some great insight into yourself and the things you’ll have to navigate on your journey to success.

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:30] Rosetta’s introduction of Myleik Teele of CurlBox.
  • [1:47] How Myleik came to be where she is.
  • [5:08] The transition from a service based business to a product based business.
  • [7:10] Surprises along the way of making the transition.
  • [10:41] What mindsets does it take to run a business like this?
  • [16:11] The benefit of having a completely unbiased 3rd party for input.
  • [18:52] The power of a support network of real friends and support staff.
  • [24:17] Things Myleik does to stay focused and on track.
  • [28:03] Important issues Myleik is working on currently.
  • [32:09] How brutal honesty has impacted Myleik in a positive way.
  • [35:00] How you can connect with Myleik.
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Jul 13 2016

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HBW 115: 4 Mistakes That Sabotage Black Women in Business

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This episode is a recording of a powerful livestream training I taught recently in our private Happy Black Woman Facebook Tribe. We went deep into 4 of the biggest mistakes Black women entrepreneurs make as we strive to build our businesses. The bottom line: it's time to stop sitting at the "struggle table" and eliminate the unproductive behaviors and limiting beliefs that sabotage your success. Because once you know better, you can certainly do better. 

If you're ready to get help with launching or growing your business, then go ahead and book your free Breakthrough Session for this week: https://happyblackwoman.com/breakthrough

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May 01 2018

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HBW 124: 5 Mistakes That Sabotage Your Sales

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I'm back! Thank you so much for listening to the show and getting it to 1M downloads!

In this episode, I'm talking about a topic that's so important for the Black woman entrepreneur who wants to build a 6-figure online business: SALES. 

One of the things I've learned from running online businesses since 2008 is that selling is an ART, not a science. Over the past 6 years alone, I've sold over $3M of programs and services and today, I'm sharing some of the common sales mistakes I see women making.

In This Episode:

  • A brief "life update" on the biggest change in my personal life right now
  • The mindset you need to have if you want to get more clients
  • Ways to know if you have a "hell yes" offer
  • How to stop creating content that attracts the wrong people
  • Why it's so important to personally get on the phone and talk to potential clients
  • Key skills for "closing the sale" over the phone
  • PLUS: An introduction to my brand new Sales Queen course!

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Want more training? Join me in Sales Queen - my brand new LIVE 5-week course where I’ll be teaching you how to SELL with confidence, get HIGHER-PAYING clients and GROW your online business!

Click here to learn more: https://happyblackwoman.com/salesqueen

Sep 29 2019

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HBW 123: How to Get Clarity on Your Business Idea

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It’s difficult to see results in your business when you're not even clear on what you want to do or what you want to offer yet. In this episode, I'm sharing an actual audio recording from one of my live seminars where I walked attendees through an exercise that will help you discover your business “sweet spot." Use this training to get clarity on your business idea and start taking action!

PLUS, I've also included a bonus "Business Sweet Spot Worksheet" with all the questions I mentioned in the audio. Just click the link to download the worksheet below. I hope you find it useful. Enjoy!

In This Episode:

  • A powerful mantra to help you release the feeling of confusion in your business
  • How to find your unique “sweet spot” in your business
  • 3 criteria for choosing the right business idea to focus on
  • Questions to ask yourself to make sure you're in alignment with your business direction
  • A "pro tip" to stop being overwhelmed by having so many ideas as an entrepreneur
  • What to do if you want to help people who can't afford your services

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Mar 12 2019

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HBW 122: Becoming Strong, Sexy and Unstoppable with Kafi London

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This is the final on-site interview from my annual event, the Manifest Your Vision 3-Day Mindset Retreat! In this episode, I chat with fitness expert Kafi London about how to become strong, sexy and unstoppable this year with ease and simplicity. Kafi is the Founder and CEO of Smart Women on Fire, a global empowerment company for women who are on the verge of burnout and are ready to reclaim their life. As someone who loves to help people energize their mind and body, her mission is to help professional women lead healthier, happier, more balanced lives by helping them control the mental, physical and emotional triggers that lead to overwhelm and burnout.

In This Episode, We Discuss:

  • The story of how Kafi went from being on the verge of burnout in her corporate career to a fulfilling business in the fitness industry
  • Why it's so important to get out of your head and into your body
  • How you can find your feminine superpower and tap into your "badass factor"
  • Simple ways to move your body every day - even if you have a demanding job and a busy schedule!
  • Kafi's tips for combining movement and nutrition for weight loss

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Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to get automatic notifications when I publish a new episode! If you enjoy the show, please leave a rating and review to spread the word and help more Black women transform their lives. Thank you so much for your support!

Jan 24 2019

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HBW 121: Creating Juicy Relationships with Debrena Jackson Gandy

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At my annual event, the Manifest Your Vision 3-Day Mindset Retreat, I got the chance to interview my guest speakers on-site, including the dynamic Debrena Jackson Gandy! Debrena is a keynote speaker, business owner, success coach, and the nationally published best-selling author of Sacred Pampering Principles and All the Joy You Can Stand. Her 3rd and latest book, The Love Lies, is recognized as the definitive guide to a NEW paradigm for creating JUICY love relationships. 

In This Episode, We Discuss:

  • Why we need a new paradigm for love relationships as Black women
  • Some of Debrena's top "love lies" that affect our happiness in relationships
  • The importance of having "high-level" self-love in order to have a healthy relationship
  • Debrena's tips for creating a juicy relationship in 2019!

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Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to get automatic notifications when I publish a new episode! If you enjoy the show, please leave a rating and review to spread the word and help more Black women transform their lives. Thank you so much for your support!

Jan 17 2019

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HBW 120: Discover Your Personal Power with Rhonda Ross

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One of my favorite things about the beginning of the year is getting to host my annual event, the Manifest Your Vision 3-Day Mindset Retreat! So for my first episode of 2019, I wanted to bring you a sneak peek into the empowering content that is being taught at this event. In this episode, you'll hear a powerful on-site interview with one of our amazing speakers, Rhonda Ross! Rhonda is a singer-songwriter and actress who explores questions of power, culture and spirituality through her art. As the only child of icon Diana Ross and Motown Founder, Berry Gordy, she is not only a talented artist, but an inspirational speaker for women and youth.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why the topic of personal power is so important to Rhonda and critical for all women who want to be their best selves
  • How Rhonda decided to take control of her life and not be limited by the expectations of being "Diana Ross' daughter"
  • The importance of doing the inner work to become who you really are
  • Rhonda's painful story about what happened when she was not being her authentic self

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Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to get automatic notifications when I publish a new episode! If you enjoy the show, please leave a rating and review to spread the word and help more Black women transform their lives. Thank you so much for your support!

Jan 10 2019

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HBW 119: How to Create a Transformational Live Event

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Since 2011, I’ve hosted dozens of live events including happy hours, personal development workshops and business trainings. To date, hundreds of women have attended a live Happy Black Woman event, workshop or seminar in support of their personal and professional growth. Today, I'm pulling back the curtain and sharing the "behind the scenes" of how I create transformational events for my tribe to the point where many women keep coming back year after year!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How I got started with live events 7 years ago
  • Why you should host an event and the benefits for your business and brand
  • How to pick a great name for your event
  • The importance of getting help with your event and who should be on your support team
  • Pitfalls to avoid when putting together your first event
  • Tips for giving your attendees an amazing experience!

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Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to get automatic notifications when I publish a new episode! If you enjoy the show, please leave a rating and review to spread the word and help more Black women transform their lives. Thank you so much for your support!

Nov 29 2018

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HBW 118: CLIENT CASE STUDY: How I Launched My Fitness Coaching Business and Got My First 2 Paying Clients In Less Than 90 Days with Jeni Bennett

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Today, I'm sharing an inspiring interview with one of my rockstar clients Jeni Bennett! Jeni is a fitness coach in the UK and she helps professional women over 40 become fit and fab forever so that they can create the body they want to live in. Jeni was a client in my Launch Your Business 90-Day Boot Camp and we go behind the scenes of her journey to not only launch her fitness coaching business, but to also get her first 2 paying clients in less than 3 months.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why Jeni decided to pivot from personal training to fitness coaching
  • How Jeni put together her first health coaching program
  • Jeni's tips for being fit and fabulous, especially for women over 40!
  • The key marketing activities Jeni did to get the word out about her health coaching services
  • Jeni's strategies for managing her time during the 3 months required to complete the program
  • How Jeni got 2 paying clients before the program was even over (and now has a waiting list for her coaching!) 
  • Jeni's practical advice for staying fit and healthy as a busy entrepreneur

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Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to get automatic notifications when I publish a new episode! If you enjoy the show, please leave a rating and review to spread the word and help more Black women transform their lives. Thank you so much for your support!

Nov 21 2018

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HBW 117: 5 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Your Business

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It happens to the best of us. At some point in your entrepreneurial journey, you start to feel uninspired in your business and you wonder what to do next. I've been in that space for much of this year and today, I'm sharing some of the strategies I've been using to get fired up to serve my tribe again.

In this episode, I cover:

  • The best way to discover what you really want to do in your life and business
  • How reflecting on what you've done in the past can give you insight for your next step
  • Why connecting with other entrepreneurs is critical to getting unstuck
  • How traveling can help you come up with new, fresh ideas for your business  
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Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to get automatic notifications when I publish a new episode! If you enjoy the show, please leave a rating and review to spread the word and help more Black women transform their lives. Thank you so much for your support!

Nov 14 2018

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HBW 116: The #1 Belief Holding You Back From Getting What You Want

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I often get asked, "Rosetta, how can I stop procrastinating on my goals?" Although it's a valid question, the truth is that when it comes to creating the life you REALLY want, taking consistent action is only one part of the equation. It's also important to look within so you can understand the beliefs that are preventing you from moving forward.

In this episode, I cover:

  • The #1 belief that holds you back from getting what you want
  • How to identify what YOUR specific limiting beliefs are
  • A simple way to install new beliefs so that you can begin to literally reprogram your brain and start seeing results

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Jun 04 2018

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HBW 115: 4 Mistakes That Sabotage Black Women in Business

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This episode is a recording of a powerful livestream training I taught recently in our private Happy Black Woman Facebook Tribe. We went deep into 4 of the biggest mistakes Black women entrepreneurs make as we strive to build our businesses. The bottom line: it's time to stop sitting at the "struggle table" and eliminate the unproductive behaviors and limiting beliefs that sabotage your success. Because once you know better, you can certainly do better. 

If you're ready to get help with launching or growing your business, then go ahead and book your free Breakthrough Session for this week: https://happyblackwoman.com/breakthrough

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May 01 2018

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HBW 114: 3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

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I'm back from an amazing weekend in Atlanta where I hosted my 5th and final Launch Your Business LIVE Boot Camp! After years of working with hundreds of Black women entrepreneurs, I've noticed how important it is for us to have open and honest conversations about self-care, boundaries and putting ourselves first. At the event, I was able to coach several women on how to let go of situations that no longer served them, which inspired this episode. I explore 3 areas where you may need to "spring clean" your life, including action steps you can take in your relationships, business/career and environment.

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Apr 16 2018

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HBW 113: What's Really Blocking Your Business Success?

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Lately, I've been having some eye-opening conversations with my entrepreneur clients about the blocks that are keeping them from making the money and the impact they desire. What I've found is that what looks like "lack of clarity" or "procrastination" is actually a clue that there's something deeper going on. In this episode, I discuss the #1 question I ask my coaching clients to get to the root of the issue.

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Mar 28 2018

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HBW 112: How to Stop Settling for a Plan B Life

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I just got back from Dubai where I was so inspired to play a bigger game in my life and business! Many women go for years pretending to be okay with not getting what they want instead of doing what it takes to achieve the AMAZING vision they've been dreaming of since they were little girls. In this episode, I share insight on how to know if you've been settling for a "Plan B" life, plus 4 ways to get unstuck, break out of your rut and ultimately begin creating the life you really want.

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Mar 15 2018

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HBW 111: The 3 Ms of Building a Successful Online Business in 2018 & Beyond

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Between all the different platforms, technology and tactics, so much has changed over the years when it comes to building a successful business online. The good news is that as a Black woman entrepreneur, you have the power to leverage your gifts and transform your financial future in 2018 and beyond. In this episode, I break down the 3 key concepts that are important for you to master if you want to get paid to do what you love and create your dream lifestyle of travel and freedom. 

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Feb 19 2018

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HBW 110: How to Overcome Fear, Procrastination & Perfectionism So That You Can Achieve Your Big Goals

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I'm back with a very special show, pulled right out of our annual Manifest Your Vision Mindset Retreat that was held a few weeks ago. This year's event was so transformational that I wanted to give you a little peek inside the magic! So this episode is an actual teaching segment from the event and it's all about understanding the mental barriers that hold us back from achieving our big goals. I explain a powerful concept called the "lizard brain" and why it's a source of fear, procrastination and perfectionism for so many women. Plus - insight and coaching for how you can finally overcome self-sabotage and manifest your dream life in 2018.

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Jan 27 2018

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HBW 109: 4 Spiritual Strategies for Earning More Money in Your Business This Year

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Today's show is for my entrepreneurs! In this episode, I share 4 spiritual strategies for earning more money in your business this year that have nothing to do with your marketing plan and everything to do with your FAITH in what's truly possible for you. If you've been struggling to create consistent cash flow in your business, these tips can help you reconnect to how abundant the universe really is.

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Jan 12 2018

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HBW 108: How to Choose Your Theme Word for the Year

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Happy new year! One of my favorite ways to set intentions for a new year is to choose a “theme word.” In this episode, I walk you through a process that you can use to decide on your theme for the year and allow it to guide your journey. I also share my own theme word for 2018 and the specific intention behind it. 

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Jan 02 2018

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HBW 107: 3 Mindset Shifts to Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever

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Happy holidays! With the new year right around the corner, most of us are setting aside time to write down our goals for 2018. However, few of us are thinking about what it will actually take - emotionally and mindset-wise to achieve them. In this episode, I'm asking an important question: "Who do you need to BE in achieve your big goals in 2018?" I share 3 empowering mindset shifts you can use to make 2018 your best year ever!

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Dec 27 2017

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HBW 106: 3 Ways to End the Year Strong

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It's December, which means we have just a few weeks left in 2017. And yes, there are definitely some changes being made here at Happy Black Woman Headquarters as I reflect and plan for the next evolution of my business and brand.

In this episode, I'm sharing a brief update on where the Happy Black Woman Podcast is headed and a teaser about our upcoming lineup of exciting events and retreats.

I also outline 3 powerful strategies you can use to end the year strong. I firmly believe that the way you END 2017 is the way you will BEGIN 2018. So instead of dwelling on everything that went wrong, I give you practical steps you can take to reflect on all the lessons you learned this year, set intentions for the coming year and purge everything that no longer aligns with your vision for 2018. 

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Dec 21 2017

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HBW 105: April Parker-Jones, Following Your Dreams for Personal Evolution

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On this episode of Happy Black Woman, Rosetta interviews award-winning actress April Parker-Jones. Currently starring on Tyler Perry’s television drama If Loving You is Wrong on OWN, April discusses her rise to success and the importance of having big dreams in order to personally evolve into a better version of yourself. Be sure to catch the full audio to hear this great conversation!  

April’s fascinating journey into theatre

From a young age, April has always been drawn to the stage. After participating in theatre throughout elementary and secondary school, she eventually changed her major to theatre in college after the prompting of a caring professor. A move to New York was quickly followed with a cross-country journey to Los Angeles and she never lost sight of the ultimate end goal. Her willingness to evolve and grow resulted in many positions of her dreams. You don’t want to miss the rest of her compelling story on this episode of Happy Black Woman.

The importance of taking a leap of faith into the unknown

Without a willingness to adapt, April never would have attained the level of success that she now has. Her fears weren’t enough to stop her from pursuing her dreams and she exclaims that “I’m so glad I was that crazy 19-year-old.” Rosetta and April talk about the critical need to evolve out of your past self and more engaging topics on this fantastic episode of Happy Black Woman. If you need encouragement on how to pursue your own aspirations, be sure to listen to the full episode.

April’s thoughts on her life now as an actor, wife, and mother

When Rosetta asks April about her thoughts on her life today, April is adamant about the importance of taking even bigger steps towards personal evolution. She explains that acting can be a fickle career and how she is learning about financing, real estate, and more to ensure she is cultivating other ways to bring in revenue for her family. To hear more about opening up your field of exploration and to discover the importance of enjoying the present moments, be sure to give this episode your full attention.

Advice on staying true to yourself in the midst of distraction

There are countless ways industries and careers will try to hijack your path to personal growth. April simply made a decision to embrace the person that she truly is and never deviate from that path. She is dedicated to surrounding herself with people who actually matter and using those positive influences to combat any negative feedback she may receive. You can hear more about April’s key words of wisdom, what continually inspires her, and her latest projects by listening to this stellar episode of Happy Black Woman with Rosetta Thurman.  

Outline of this great episode
  • [0:29] Introduction of this episode’s guest, April Parker-Jones
  • [3:15] April’s journey into theatre
  • [7:55] Importance of taking a leap of faith into the unknown
  • [9:45] Rosetta asks about April’s life now as an actor, wife, and mother
  • [15:00] April offers her insights, tips, and advice for staying true to yourself
  • [20:27] Growing and evolving into new life paths
  • [24:06] April’s exciting new projects
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April Parker-Jones currently stars as ‘Natalie,’ a single mother and fast-food restaurant manager on Tyler Perry’s television drama If Loving You is Wrong on OWN.

A native of Durham, North Carolina, April Parker-Jones began acting at the young age of five. She knew instantly with her first performance of The Tortoise and The Hare that the stage is where she belonged.

The thrill she received from being able to lose herself in a character was a freedom that she longed to live as often as she could. Parker-Jones studied theatre at N.C. Central University before moving to New York City in pursuit of a professional acting career.

While in New York, she was cast in many productions at The Billie Holiday Theatre such as Spirit North, Fool’s Gold starring award-winning actress Yaa Asantewa and Mercedes starring Karen Pittman.

Additionally, April Parker-Jones originated the role of Christina in the Off-Broadway World Premiere of Plenty of Time at Primary Stages in New York. For her portrayal, she earned two Audelco Award Theatre nominations for Best Actress starring alongside Jay Jones, her now husband of nine years.

Plenty of Time was directed by Jackie Alexander and told the story of a teenage love affair that spanned for 35 years. Upon her arrival to Los Angeles, she was cast in stage productions of A New Beginning at Chosen Ministries written and directed by A.J. Golden and A Yankee Trader written by Kato McNickle, directed by Ian Vogt and produced by the Virtual Theatre Project and tells of a family divided during the Great Hurricane of 1938.

In 2016, April was nominated for a NAACP Theatre Award for her portrayal of Genie Ann Parker in the stage production of Love Soul Deep written and directed by Patricia Cuffie-Jones.

Her theatre work has paved her way to numerous and exciting recurring roles on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, Lifetime’s Devious Maids, Freeform’s The Fosters and the CBS series Jericho. Other television credits include guest star roles on CSI: Miami, ER, LOST, NCIS, Lie to Me, NCIS: Los Angeles, Prime Suspect, The Chicago Code, Scandal, and several others. Film credits include Spider-Man 3, Have a Little Faith, and Heaven.

Nov 08 2017

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