Exploring Social Platforms

Let me start off by saying, I have nor have I ever been a quote ‘bandwagon’ type of gal. Why because when your let to something blindly, you tend to get caught up in a kind of net that is hard to get out of. Take all of these new social media platforms, like Linkedin for example, this was something that’s existed for a very long time. And it seems everyone and their momma is on it, I wasn’t. Not until 2018 when I finally broke down and joined. Why? Because I was looking for a former classmate and I figured he’d be on there and I was right. Once I connected with him I kept it moving due to the fact that I did what I needed to do.

Until I found out that it could be used for more than just searching for someone. You can get business connections, touch base with other authors and small business owners, editors, advertisers etc. And I must admit, I am happy I jumped on this particular bandwagon. The other was Clubhouse, initially I was skeptical about even this, because it was just another app to gum up my phone and IPAD. Well, I am happy to say I was wrong, it isn’t. In just the few months I’ve been on I have connected with so many awesome men and women in the literary community. Whether it’s authors, editors, radio and blog hosts and even a few influencers. Who have lit a fire under my lazy, procrastinating butt and I am just so grateful for them all. Just being amongst these folks I have discovered things I had no idea existed. I suppose I have been under the proverbial rock. LOl! Anyway, I’m a member of a group of elite men and woman and I ain’t going nowhere! So, if you’re like me and are skeptical about joining any of the platforms that are out there, pick one you’re comfortable with and stick with it until you’re ready to move to the next. That’s it for now, until next time. Where love resides-Temari

I’m Getting Writer’s Block

First let me just say, yes, there is a such thing as ‘writer’s block’. And although a lot of authors don’t believe such a thing exists, trust me it does. It’s been dancing the jig around me for days; if I had a gun it would be deader than a door nail. Lol! I don’t know why I can’t seem to get these books finished. But the words only seem to come out in spurts. A few months ago, I attended a webinar with author Allie Pleiter, she was awesome let me tell you. She spoke about this system she created called the Chunky Method, which is writing in blocks at a time and you keep at it, taking one day at a time until your project is complete. So far it’s working out great for me, but lately not so much. I think what I need to do is to step back and focus on something else that’s non-writing, perhaps that will do the trick until the words start to flow again. I’m sure if you’re reading this you’re probably one of those people who don’t believe anything prevents a person from completing a project, that it’s all in our head. That maybe, but I don’t think so, because I hear the voices of my characters on the regular. They’re always speaking to me, even when I don’t want them to. But lately I suppose I’ve been tuning them out, hence the reason for my problem. Anyway, I’m determined to beat said issue and finish these two books, before I move on to the next. Wish me luck because I’m gonna need it. Until next time, where love resides-Temari

Sixty and still fabulous!

Today I officially turned sixty years old and to celebrate I opened my first Clubhouse room to celebrate. Despite inviting tons of people, only a handful actually showed up and even though it was a good room I don’t feel like it was a swimming success and it’ll probably be a one and done. Why? Because getting any kind of support where I am concerned is like a visit to the dentist, painful.

It’s not to say I didn’t appreciate the ones that did show up, I did. It’s just that I refuse to put myself through that ever again. As the singer Carly Simon said, ‘I haven’t got time for the pain.’ Anyway, on a bright note, I received tons of birthday wishes, phone calls, flowers, money and even one from my favorite pro wrestlers Cody Rhodes. So all is right with the world and the sun will come out tomorrow. Until next time, where love resides-Temari

The Importance Of Having a Backup

Let me just say, Monday when Facebook, Instagram and others were down, folks were going nuts. Do Not Run Your Business on social media. When you are ask if you want to log in using Facebook or Google accounts, DON’T. Do it the regular way and use your two-step login to protect your information.

I also wouldn’t recommend you not have all your eggs in one basket. Always have a backup. Start a website and email list to communicate with your circle, group etc for community management. Trust me when I say, you’ll be glad you did. Because relying on one platform is never good. It isn’t more work, it’s actually the same thing. When you post it goes to your page, group, etc just plug and play. I know a lot of folks were feenin for their Facebook fix; I wasn’t. Why, because I had elsewhere I could go. That’s it for now, until next time. Where love resides-Temari.

Put Up Your Billboard

Let me just say, whatever it is you do, by all means put up your billboard. My veteran author friend’s often tell me that people won’t know who you are or what you do unless you tell them. I feel like we as professionals and influencers often fail to make ourselves invisible and that’s a shame because there is so much that we have to share with the world.

I for one am guilty of this. Earlier in the Feed Your Dreams room one of the discussions was what platforms do you use to promote your brand? And believe it or not the main one that was mentioned was Facebook. Surprise, surprise! Yesterday it went down for an entire day and people were besides themselves because they relied so heavily on that particular platform for promotions or whatever. Myself, I didn’t feel the loss, why do I say this? It’s because I have other ways of communicating, especially since I became an independent author. I use LinkedIn, email blast, along with other social media platforms. So, if you’re relying solely on Facebook you need to get a backup. Trust me when I say it’s important that you do. If that shutdown was anything to go by means you really need to work on that. Think about it. That’s it for now, until next time-Where love resides-Temari.

Dream affirmation

Today was the final day of the Feed Your Dreams Summit on Clubhouse and let me tell you it was just as awesome and fulfilling at the day it began. One thing that was emphasized all seven days was affirming your dreams and goals. Something we should all do because there’s nothing wrong with having dreams of bettering yourself and circumstances and that’s something we all went away with. Believe and receive it and God will perform it today.

I will also say, is to remove the word ‘can’t’ from our dream quest because ‘we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us’ and the only thing we have fear is fear itself. hold on to that and we’ll be unstoppable.

Dream affirmation is important because there’s too many people who believe that their dreams are unreachable or even impossible to attain. That, I can honestly say it’s not even close to being true. This recent summit has proven to me that anything we set our minds to is possible. And don’t let anybody tell you any different. I am living proof that dreams are within our grasp. Because for years I’ve dreamt of being a published author until one day I stepped out on faith and just did it. Now seven years later I’m still living my dream. Sure it takes work and dedication, anything worth having is. But I can honestly tell you I’ve never regretted a moment of it. If you’re dreaming of starting that business, writing the next best seller, online magazine, blog, etc whatever it is stop dreaming and JUST DO IT! There are so many resources available to help you attain that very thing. Trust me on this, I know. So, get off the couch and get busy! Quit dreaming about it and get it done! That’s it for now, until next time. Where love resides-Temari

Happy October, baby!

October is the time the whether starts to get crispier and the leaves start to change. If you are a leaf peeper you can appreciate this just like me. Most people associate this month with several things, one is Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day and Halloween and the Day Of The Dead or All Saints Day, or the time for planting cold hardy flowers and shrubbery, and even the whole pumpkin spice craze. Lol! Myself, it’s just the month I was born. Period. So, whatever it is that you enjoy about October, I say enjoy it to the fullest. That’s it for now, until next time. Where love resides-Temari

Canning Season

First I’d just like to say happy October first! My favorite month! Why, because not only is it the month of my birth but my son’s as well, one day after the other, how cool is that? Anyway, this is also when the weather starts to get a little cooler, crispier and the leaves began to change color. And for some people it’s the time when they start to canning and putting away fruits and vegetables.

And I know for some look forward to it because either it relaxes them or they just plain look forward to doing it. But if you’re me, I just plain love it! Who doesn’t? Sure it’s a lot of work but if you think about it, you are storing provisions for yourself and your family. And for the ones that have no idea how and where to start, there’s YouTube, Tic-Toc, Facebook Live, and Vimeo how-to videos on the who, what, when and how’s of canning.

Myself, I just got a hand-on lesson from a relative and learned tons by doing so. But like I said, canning for all of us including myself is trial and error. But once you get find your rhythm and start, you won’t regret it. That’s it for now, until next time. Where love resides-Temari

I Forgot I Had a Voice

You know it’s funny, I hadn’t made a post since 2017, and let me tell you a lot has happened since then. One was I am no longer with a publisher and now independently published. And let me just say, it’s a relief not to be underneath anyone’s thumb. I make my own rules, deadlines, schedule my own interviews and book signings and events. And it’s like Michael Buble and Nina Simone once said, “It’s a new day and a new way and I’m feeling good.”

Yes in deedy so much has happened and I can’t wait to share in future posts but for now let me just say, it’s good to be back and I encourage you to visit my website: taishademay.com and sign up for my readers list where you’ll receive monthly and bi-monthly updates along with freebies. That’s it for now until next time, Live, laugh, love and smile often-Taisha

Feed Your Dreams Summit

In case you haven’t heard the buzz, the Feed Your Dreams summit is happening on the platform Clubhouse. They’ll be some amazing women speaking on areas in which they are experts and have first-hand knowledge on. And this is day three in which safety and self-first is discussed.

The room in particular is Feed Your Dreams, a platform I discovered I believe week three when I joined. I am so glad I found it because the people in there really do feed your dreams and make you feel there is hope in even the smallest of dreams. If you’re not a member you really should join, it would be to your advantage.

It has helped me tremendously and I have learned things that I myself never considered doing that would be advantageous to me, whether it’s business or personal. And I encourage anyone reading this to get on Clubhouse because as I said in a previous post, there really is something for everyone. That’s it for now, where love resides-Temari