The people of Houston and all those affected by Hurricane Harvey need our help! If you are interested in going on a mission trip from California to Houston to serve in the following weeks/months please sign up! We will be working directly onsite with several organizations and they will give us all specific assignments. More details to come!
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I am so excited to finally share my journey to becoming a host! Read more after the break!
I am so excited to be hosting this back to school drive! From school supplies, new clothes and shoes, we are collecting it all! All donations go to the Covenant House non-profit for homeless youth.
Donations can be sent to:
941 S. Vermont Ave Ste. 100 #107
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Will you join me in making a difference in the life of a homeless youth?
1.) Organize and clean out your closet. Go through all your clothes and shoes. Get rid of that one sweater from Christmas 2002 that you're never probably going to wear again and give away everything else you don't need.
2.) Sweep and mop all your floors and clean any dusty baseboards.
3.) Organize and clean out your refrigerator!
4.) Go through your phone and all electronic devices and clean out old photos and dated content.
5.) Delete your Ex's phone number, get rid of all the things that remind you of them and stop Instagram stalking them.
6.) Let the past go. Whatever happened last month or last week, LET IT GO! Your future is bright! May this new season bring you many blessings and good tidings!
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According to our friends over at Small Business Trends, these are the top ten reasons why businesses fail and recommendations on what you can do differently.
1. Starting for the Wrong Reason
According to Forbes, more than 500,000 businesses are started each month — many for the wrong reason. Case in point, an electrician who worked for a building contractor decided that he no longer needed to answer to an employer and could do better financially by stepping out on his own.
What he failed to realize, however, was that although he had the skills to do the electrical work, he lacked the acumen to manage a business successfully. Over time, his enthusiasm waned. He shut down his fledgling company and, happily, went back to work for his previous employer.
Unlike the unfortunate electrician, you stand a much better chance of success if you start your business for the right reasons. These include having a passion for what you’ll be doing, a positive mindset that keeps you going when others give up and a willingness to learn the skills needed to run a business.
2. Insufficient Capital
Starting a business without sufficient operating capital is almost certainly a death-knell. Not only that but many new business owners underestimate the perils of riding the cash flow roller coaster. In fact, according to Hiscox’s 2015 DNA of an Entrepreneur Report, 21 percent of US entrepreneurs have resorted to using their credit cards to fund their businesses.
Failure to manage cash flow is what caused one marketing consultant to lose his business. Used to a regular paycheck, he failed to realize that clients can take weeks or even months to pay. Being forced to take on expensive loans just to survive left him with no choice but to shutter his business and find a job with another firm. Protecting your capital before you start your business gives you a good buffer for the ebbs and flow in your business. In fact as per Hiscox Business Insurance, one third of small business owners don’t have insurance and one in three small business owners get sued even if they haven’t made a mistake and have to spend a chunk of their capital combating lawsuits. Getting the right liability insurance for your business is the first step to helping you manage your cash flow better.
Before starting a company, it is vital to ascertain how much money you will need to cover startup costs and to keep the business running for the first year or two. Use a startup calculator like this one from the Wall Street Journal. Also, sit down with a financial advisor or SCORE mentor to discuss your plans.
3. Improper Planning
Lack of proper planning is another common reason small companies fail and go out of business. All too often, entrepreneurs focused on achieving their dream of financial independence fail to take the painstaking but necessary step of creating a strategic business plan that factors in components such as workforce needs, analysis of competitors, sales and expense forecasts and marketing budgets.
One burgeoning entrepreneur, enthralled with the idea of becoming a salon owner, started her business without first conducting market research to see if the area could support such an endeavor. Try as she might, she was never able to build a customer base strong enough to keep her doors open. To better ensure success, take whatever time you need to create an effective business plan. Many companies have software to make the job easier and faster. It doesn’t have to be reams of pages long — some companies even offer one-page plans. Regardless of length, planning is critical.
4. Poor Management and Leadership
Effective management and leadership skills are essential to business-building success, and a lack of either can lead to confusion and conflict within the ranks, poor morale and reduced productivity. Make it a priority to acquire the skills needed to strengthen areas where you know you are weak. Read books on leadership from authors such as John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker and Sheryl Sandberg; join peer advisory groups like Vistage or take an online course in leadership from Dale Carnegie. The bottom line: Your employees look to you for leadership — so lead!
5. Expanding Too Quickly
More than one company has experienced bankruptcy as a result of the business owner’s reach exceeding his grasp concerning expansion. Decide about expansion only after carefully reviewing, researching and analyzing what you will need regarding new employees, facilities and systems. While it may be feasible to do much of the work yourself early in the life of your business, that won’t be the case after your expand. Just keep in mind, slow and steady wins the race.
6. Failure to Advertise and Market
An adage says, “When business is good, it pays to advertise; when business is bad, you have to advertise.” Many companies go out of business purely because the owner failed to promote and market. The “if you build it, they will come” mentality doesn’t work in an age when consumers can choose from among a multiplicity of options. You have to get your message seen and heard.
While traditional methods of advertising are still useful, one of the best ways to market your business is with a website. Even in 2016, nearly half (46 percent) of all small businesses do not have one, according to a report from the research firm Clutch. So just by creating a site, which you can do using any number of self-service platforms, you put yourself ahead of many of your competitors.
While you’re at it, set up profiles on social networks where your customers gather. Also, start an email newsletter and advertise on Google and Facebook — both of which are inexpensive ways to build a presence online.
7. Lack of Differentiation
You’ve heard of the term, “Unique Value Proposition” (UVP, for short). That describes the qualities, characteristics, products or services that differentiate a business from its competitors. The problem is, too few businesses actually have a UVP, or they fail to make it clear what theirs is — probably because they don’t know themselves. To determine your value proposition, use a tool like the Value Proposition Canvas, which makes it explicit how you create value for your customers and even helps you to design products and services your customers want. Once you know the UVP, communicate it clearly, to customers and staff.
8. Unwillingness to Delegate
Entrepreneurs can often be their own worst enemies in that they seek to do everything themselves. One extreme example comes from a CEO of a small but growing engineering firm who, after 10 years was still emptying the dishwasher in the employee break room.
As an entrepreneur, you may think, “No one can do it better than me.” Or, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Or, “I can’t trust anyone else with this responsibility.” That attitude can lead to a sense of overwhelm and burnout.
The remedy: Learn to delegate busywork (emptying a dishwasher certainly qualifies) to others while concentrating on the tasks that contribute to the growth of the company, like casting vision and grooming others for positions of leadership.
9. Unprofitable Business Model
Just because you have a business idea about which you’re excited doesn’t mean it’s a good one. That’s where creating a business plan, conducting marketing research and seeking the advice of others can be a lifesaver.
Also, it pays to ask yourself questions like: Is there a customer base for this product or service? Is there a proven revenue model? How long would it take to bring the business to market and at what cost?
10. Underestimating the Competition
A final reason worth mentioning for why companies go out of business is underestimating the competition. Even if you have a sound business model, plenty of funds to operate and the necessary management skills to be successful, you still face one daunting challenge: the competition.
You may be a David surrounded by several Goliaths; that’s particularly true if you’re in the retail trade, located where there is an abundance of big box stores.
Also, you have to consider disruptive startups who may be building a better, cheaper, faster, more convenient, higher-quality mousetrap.
To increase your chance of success, conduct a competitive analysis as part of your overall market analysis. Assess your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses and implement strategies to improve your competitive advantage.
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Switch up the color scheme. Pastels, nudes and solids like black and white are always in style. Throw in a splash of color and you're in a whole new office !
Organize and clean out your filing cabinet. Your old biology paper from 2011 is most likely irrelevant.
Get a new mouse pad. Make sure it's inspirational.
Update desk supplies and throw the junk away.
If you are having back pains, get a new and comfortable chair. Check out these modern chairs at Ikea.
Add more creative artwork and inspirational qoutes.
If the lighting is poor, get a new desk lamp. If the lighting is good, get a new desk lamp. Throw the old dusty black lamp that you got in college away and invest in a new one with bright bulbs.
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Truth is, by this time of the year your life is full of distractions. There's work, there's school, there's kids, there's bills and endless Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat timelines. Now is the time to take a moment, clear your mind and consider what areas of your life need renovation and reconstruction. This is crucial to your success for the remainder of this year. No longer give out your 'yes' easily, make them work for it. Only do and involve yourself in things that will enhance your growth, not stunt it. Cut out all the weeds in your life and focus on nurturing the things that are most pregnant with potential in your life.
2.) CREATE A NEW VISION BOARD
I usually create a vision board at the beginning of every new year. However over the first six months of the year, some of our goals and plans evolve. Our ideas change and our plans change. Moreover, on the flip side, maybe you you've already accomplished a lot of things on the board and simply need to add to. Whichever way, create a physical board. Yes Pinterest and other online vision boards are great, but there is nothing like having an actual physical board you can have in your living space and look at every morning. Here's mine from earlier this year.
3.) UPDATE YOUR RESUME
If you're unemployed and searching for work and still haven't got an interview, chances are you need to update your resume. If your not feeling confident about putting one together on your own, have someone review it and critique it. Sometimes the slightest adjustment can make the difference between you getting a job and transitioning into the next level of your career and you not.
4.) CLEAN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND ORGANIZE YOUR FILES
If your computer is filled with junk and your folders are unorganized, you need to clean up your computer files. Delete programs and apps that you aren't using and clear your storage space. Do this for all your electronic devices including your phones and tablets. Your mind will be a lot clearer and things will be a lot easier to find.
5.) CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET
Contemplating on keeping that pair of jeans that look dingy and with don't fit well or that old t-shirt your grandma gave you on Christmas in 2006 with the holes in it? Three words. THROW. IT. AWAY. You want your closet to be full of QUALITY items, not just a quantity of junk.
To find the nearest Salvation Army to donate your things, click here.
6.) ADJUST YOUR FINANCIAL BUDGET
Redo your monthly financial budget. See what areas that you can can cut spending and lower your bills. You'll be surprised at how much you will be able to save!
7.) EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER
Research the latest trends in your field and make sure you are up to date. In this world that is so rapidly evolving because of technology, it is very easy to fall behind the curve and get stuck in old models. Stay ahead of the curve. Every morning you should be doing research and seeing what new strategies are out there for you to implement into your work routine so you can continue to blossom in your success.
8.) PAY OFF YOUR DEBT
Be intentional about paying off the debt your accumulated in the first part of the year. This includes your credit cards, bills, and even $50 you've been owing your cousin Ray Ray since February. Once you make a conscious effort to get and stay on the road to financial freedom, you will have a lot more peace of mind. If you work hard and focus now on paying off these debts, you could possibly go into 2017 debt free!
9.) CREATE A SAVINGS PLAN
Americans are living right on the edge — at least when it comes to financial planning.
Approximately 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts and 21% don’t even have a savings account, according to a new survey of more than 5,000 adults conducted by Google Consumer Survey according to Market Watch.
Start saving today. The money that you preserve and put aside today, will be treasure and luxury you enjoy tomorrow.
10.) INVEST IN YOURSELF
Last but surely not least, invest in yourself. It's the smartest investment you can make in life. Start taking classes on things you've been desiring to become more knowledgable about and learn as much as you can. The more you learn, the more value you pour into yourself thus making you more valuable to the world overall. Moreover, other ways to invest in yourself are investing in your self image. This includes whitening your teeth, adding more quality items to your wardrobe to polish your appearance, reading new books, eating healthier and just taking better care of yourself overall.
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The evidence of your trust in God is in your ability and willingness to wait on Him. One of the toughest challenges many believers face in their walk in faith is waiting on God. We want everything instantly. However the fact is, the things we get quick often do not last and lead us into doing things that later fill us with regret and shame.
"For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay." Habakkuk 2:3
Everyday you are faced with a series of choices to make. These questions may range from the simplest things like 'Should I go to the grocery store today?" to more important things like "Is this person a healthy addition to my life?" We have to make choice after choice and sometimes it can just get simply overwhelming.
The single most important thing however, in the midst of all these choices, is being able to drown out the noise of this world and actively position yourself to quiet down, listen and obey the voice of God.
Being single and content can sometimes just be straight hard. You scroll through Facebook and Instagram and everyones status is popping up reading "engaged" or "just married". You think to yourself, "God what about me?" You see people in relationships that appear to be having the time of their LIFE while you consider your life and find yourself straight bored and lonely. You may have somedays you just want to cry out and say God, "When are you going to send me that man/woman?!"
Well to encourage you, I will share my journey in singleness.