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No matter what. Happy Friday 💛

There was a time in the life of every hero, champion, master, + tycoon, when they said to themselves, “Fuck it. I will not wait any longer.”

And no matter how near or far away their dream then seemed, they began to take action. Every day. No matter what.

No matter what. Happy Friday 💛

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Writing My First Book Was A Labor Of Love

Sam: “How much is your autograph worth?”

Me: 😒

Writing my first book was a labor of love. Today, it’s a family affair.

To the company that saw the value in my story and wanted to share it with their staff, thank you for the support 💛 Grateful for these moments.

 

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Today’s Motivation: Women Supporting Women

When you’re going through a low, it takes literally every cell in your body to get you to do the next thing.

My motivation today? Supporting a woman who in a very short time, has given me so much! I look + feel FABULOUS + thank God for this weather 🙌🏽 See you tonight @novemberroseboutique

 

 

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Sharing Your Story Is Heart Work

I was invited to speak today to a private corp Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 🇩🇴 I’m always so grateful to be able to share my journey. Even more humbled when I receive the feedback:

“Vanessa,

Thank you for your time today, for sharing you and having such a wonderful impact on our associates. The feedback was amazing and resonated across the “room.” We appreciate you and would love to stay in touch with you on any future opportunities.”

Sharing your story is heart work. It’s not easy work, but it might be the most important thing you’ll ever do.

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If You Never Go, You’ll Never Know 🏝 – Travel to Placencia, Belize

We’re in Belize BELLAs ✈️ Day 1 recap of a trip worthy of your time 🇧🇿 @SirenianBayResortAndVillas is an award-winning, all-inclusive beachfront resort nestled on the golden sands of the Placencia peninsula in
southern Belize.

From the Maya Mountains 🏔 forming a majestic backdrop to the west, to its
cerulean blue ocean waters 🌊 and pristine beaches, Belize offers its natural beauty, tropical wildlife and ancient history to visitors looking for the perfect getaway. Keep following our EIC’s journey, we have so much more to show you ✌🏽

 

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Productivity Tips on PIX 11

There’s a lot to be learned from the tactics of successful + incredibly busy individuals on how to better organize our own days. I’m back on @pix11news this afternoon sharing 5 things you can start doing today, to increase your productivity:

  1. Pick 1 task to focus on. One thing many successful people have in common is the ability to focus on what matters most. Pick one thing and do that one thing. Block out distractions by Time Blocking.
  2. Set a strict time limit on meetings. In general, people don’t need as much time as they ask for. Meetings can be time vampires. So, be cut-throat when it comes to managing your time so you can focus on high value tasks.
  3. Set up productivity rituals. Yes, that means getting up earlier.  Research shows that mornings can make or break your day. I swear by waking up earlier than most consider normal. Because of this, there are tasks +my self-care rituals that are done by 6am. Setting up rituals that automate behaviors, make us more productive – without depleting our energy reservoir. 
  4. Supplement for better immunity + overall wellbeing, which increases productivity. Increasing energy, immune support  by taking  natural supplements like Aloe Vera, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin D increases overall health, immunity, and sleep. All things needed to be able to tackle your to do’s with energy + clarity.
  5. Outsource personal chores. Highly productive people are selective about how they expend their time + energy. They don’t waste time or energy on tasks that others can do. Do a cost/benefit analysis of how you spend your time and see if it’s worth offloading some repetitive tasks so you can focus on what will bring value to your company.

Your productivity is your life made visible. Protect your time, your energy, your business, your life.

 

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You Can Always Make More Cake

I’ve always believed that from a scarcity mindset, when you think that helping other people hurts you because you no longer have the advantage you see the world as a giant cake.

Every piece of the cake you have is cake I don’t have. Meaning that in order for you to win, I must lose.

Instead, from a perspective of abundance, there is not only one cake. There is actually an infinite number of cakes and if you want more, you can make more cake.

From my upcoming book #MakeMoreCake 🎂
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God, Show Me What You Got!

When we walk into a room, our energetic state of being can be communicated before we say a word. If we’re coming from love, everyone feels it. And if we’re feeling resentful, edgy, sad or preoccupied, everyone can feel that, too. Silently, our energy speaks + our thoughts, feelings and intentions ripple out into the world.

Our capacity to affect others with our energy is both a gift and a responsibility. We have the power to choose how we show up and interact in this world. When we choose to come from compassion, peace, and unity, we become a powerful force for good …

Although I’ve been met with quite a few challenges this week, last night in prayer I literally said out loud, “Ok God, show me what you got!”

When you let go + let what’s meant to be be… you’ll be in awe of the grace you’ll bring into every aspect of your life. Let God wow you. I am so grateful I did just that.

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Your Ego Is Crafty

Why do some of the most intelligent people sabotage their own success? We all have an ego.
It’s made up of certain beliefs about our personality, talents, + abilities. Your ego, if left unchecked, can cause you to act out in ways that are uncharacteristic of who you believe yourself to be.
We’ve all reckoned with a bruised ego. We’ve all felt like a failure, embarrassed, withdrawn. We’ve stopped speaking up, avoided interactions with others, and quit taking on new responsibilities. In the end, only hurting our chances of advancing further in our lives or career.
Your ego is crafty. You don’t always know when it’s taken over.
Your ego can create an echo chamber. You might think you’re right, but if you’re the only voice speaking, who’s to say?
Instead of throwing walls up, consider what you stand to gain when you let yourself be vulnerable. When your defenses are up, it precludes learning + personal growth.
The ego often appears most strongly in situations where we stand to learn the most.
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Fighting the Stigma of Depression

I choose every day to live an empowered life. To me, that means owning my life and my story.

Most people who live with mental illness have, at some point, been blamed for their condition. They’ve been called names. Their symptoms have been referred to as “a phase” or something they can control “if they only tried.”

Stigma causes people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control. Even worse, stigma prevents people from getting the help they need.

I fight stigma by talking about what it is like to live with depression.