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My first business trip was to Rome!

Rome, GA that is before you start to get all jealous. I always like to take a beat before saying Georgia just to get a reaction. Rome can boast of being home to 3 colleges, one of the top 20 largest cities in Georgia, however it is not accessible by highway. After traveling down several long and winding country roads, viewing a variety of old homes, horses, cows, goats and whatnot, I arrived at the city center. Being early for my trip I took a brief detour to explore a bit more of the city.

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Where did you go on your first business trip?

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In lieu of transitions at work and new responsibilities I’ve found myself varying in feeling excited for new achievements and intimidated by the enormous role I find myself undertaking. This morning I was feeling another rush of anticipation for Monday challenges, however while sipping my homemade white chocolate mocha before work, I realized I had yet to crack open the new issues of Entrepreneur magazine.

The Editor’s Note is one section I always read, this month it is titled “Rebel Yells” and goes on to throw a positive spin on disruption in business. As Editor in Chief, Amy C. Cosper says:

Disruption in business is a heady concept…when you disrupt something, you change the predicted outcomes.

Which is good right? Disruption in the form of positive change serves to bring the wow factor into your presentation, project and/or organization. The culture of change is a scary concept to accept because of the risks involved, who knows what will happen? Although as Amy says:

Staying true to your own mission is as important as changing someone else’s. If you surprise and delight your customers, that may be the only disruption you need.

So here’s to disruption, I know my last month has been beyond my imagination, but I truly love what I do and waking up every day to rise to the Challenge and create positive change makes every day completely worth it.

How are you creating positive disruption?


Projects take flight

“Take a change, you never know what could happen”

I would like to give a shout out to all the risk takers out there, the people who don’t listen to the naysayers and start out on the route to new beginnings, new achievements and as a result reach a new level of satisfaction in life. These are the people who rise to a challenge, who aren’t afraid doing something unconventional even though it is not traditional. After reading many business books, inspirational stories of entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses who went from 0 to billions, I’ve decided to join the ranks.

The Wind to your Kite was only the beginning of the development of my site and I’d love to hear your feedback on it: angelajford.com

Starting something new can be rough and scary. What risks have you taken this year?


One of the many pursuits in life, besides the American Dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is self-fulfillment. Even growing up I already knew I did not support the traditional dreams of a young woman, that is, going to college, meeting the One and having a house full of babies by the time I turned 30 (although there is still plenty of time for that!).

Being a workaholic was a given, having always wanted to work I found it was something I enjoyed, besides if you love something why stop doing it? Now as an innovator who runs off the beaten track I have new goals of not only working in a corporate situation but also focusing on freelance projects. In that note I’ve calmed down and stepped away from additional part-time jobs to spend time building a client base. My self-fulfillment comes from helping others get their projects off the ground and running, much like a kite, and I’m the wind. If you have any projects that need wind, email me.

Otherwise let me know how you find self-fulfillment?


Recently I finished reading Start with Why by Simon Sinek. The book was so fantastic and intriguing I even read the acknowledgements at the end, and trust me, I NEVER go that extra mile when reading books, especially non-fiction.

The author clearly points out that in order to succeed in our goals, visions and plans whether personally or career-wise we have to start with why. We have to know why we are inspired and empowered to do things the way we do them and once we know why we need to translate our vision to others.

If we never lose sight of why we are doing something, we never lose site of our passion and the reason we get out of bed every day. If we know why we stay motivated to go hard or go home and make a difference in others lives.

What is your reason why?


Readers,

As you have noticed by now my blog tends to focus on many topics including general interest, new technology, good reads, places to buy shoes etc. Check out on a personal note for more reasons why. I keep this blog as a journal for creative release and believe some of you-not the broad consumer market but the small creative niche market – might be interested in reading, liking, sharing and commenting on different topics. So far so good.

I could focus on the book I self-published: Gywn’s Tale a short young adult fantasy.

I could focus on 45 Days of Shoes and fashion trends via Instagram.

I could focus on being a freelance entrepreneur and how gaining clients and working on projects is fun and exciting.

However there are plenty of sites that have a very focused blogs and messaging. So without further ado here are my three tips on defining your focus:

  1. What are you interested in? What are your passions? Because you’ll be writing about something you know you’ll be able to provide better tips suggestions and recommendations for your readers.
  2. Define your market. We can’t all be Wal-Mart a one stop shop for everything! Where do you go for fashion advice? To Wal-Mart or to the fashion blog where you saw some unique trends you’d like to add to your collection? If you have a travel blog I want to see pictures and if you’re sharing unique gadgets well your blog just became by gadget go to blog. My weird gadget pick of the day: It’s a lamp, it’s a book it’s a lamp book
  3. What happens if you don’t have a focus? Nothing. Not to say that you won’t get readers, likes and re-blogs it will just be harder to find a place to share your message.

Yes I am preaching to the choir. Carry on writing and share a link to your focused or unfocused blog. What are the pros and cons you have found?


A few days ago one of the trending hashtags on Twitter was #threewordstoliveby. Mine were “never give up”. I recently stumbled upon the Suitcase Entrepreneur and found more inspirational words to live by, coaching, tips and trips to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

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Enjoy my favorite selections and let me know what are three words you live by?


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