Category Archive : Inspiration

Shelly Shelton Teaches Entrepreneurs How to Speak Their Truth and Bounce Back from Adversity

Shelly Shelton is an author, entrepreneur and a 15 year veteran in Talent Acquisition with her full-time job. She also owns a full-cycle recruitment & staffing agency specializing in government, healthcare, construction, and transportation. Shelly is a well-known Powerful Women’s Empowerment & Corporate Focused Motivational Speaker, Accountability Specialist and Talent Acquisition Guru! Shelly coaches, trains, and motivates aspiring speakers, entrepreneurs, franchise owners, small business owners, students, and educators on how to create their special formula and strategy to success. She also teaches them how to speak their truth, how to use their story to catapult them to a new level professionally, and how to hire the right team to support in their growth in order to stay together.


Listen to our full interview with Shelly below
Visit Shelly online at unstoppableuniv.com


How to Turn Your Mompreneur Goals into Reality

If you are a mom, then your entire schedule will revolve around your kids. You need to drop-off and pickup them for school. Also, you need to cook dinner and check their homework. Thus, it is very easy to lose your aspirations and interests due to this hectic schedule. The mompreneur term is becoming famous with time. It is giving mothers an opportunity to create their business without changing their schedules. The flexible work hours will ensure that you are always available for your kids. Also, you will have the freedom of being your own boss. It will give you a unique identity. In this article, we are going to share some tips that will help you in turning your mompreneur goals into reality.

1. Clarify your financial and time commitments 

You should determine your priorities before creating your business plan. It is important to estimate the time and money that you can put into your business. 

You can start by comparing your startup expenses with your household finances. Try to reduce your startup expenses. You should be realistic as you can’t spend your entire saving on your business. Also, determine how much money your startup should generate. Create a strategy that will help you in reaching your goal. 

You also need to address the time factor. Your mornings will mostly be devoted to errands. Similarly, your afternoons will be devoted to your kids. You will only find a few free hours in a day. Thus, it is important to make the most out of these hours.

2. Networking 

Everyone needs access to a support network that can provide guidance, practical assistance, and encouragement. You might not have enough time to attend a local networking function. However, you can use the connections that you already have. Ordinary conversations with people that you already know will provide useful feedback to you. You can also reach out to your friends by using social media platforms.

3. Test out small markets first

Many entrepreneurs look for high-profile opportunities when they are starting their business. However, you should actually set a realistic pace for your sake. First, build a prototype and give it to your relatives and friends. You can experiment with local trade shows. Social media sites are the best platforms for promoting your business. You can also use platforms like Etsy for promoting your business. 

You should create your business foundation on a manageable scale first. This will ensure that you can hone your product. You should start expanding your business once local people know about it. Sometimes you can find success by taking a shortcut. However, it will also lead to entrepreneurial burnout. You will feel uninspired, discouraged, and overwhelmed and will ultimately close your business.

4. Don’t wait for the perfect moment 

Most moms think that they will pursue their ambitions once their kids are in school or they are self-sufficient. This is a very common thought process. Most aspiring mompreneurs will hold their dreams and wait for the perfect moment. However, this perfect moment will actually never arrive. There is never a right time to launch your business.

It is going to be very difficult to manage entrepreneurship and motherhood. You will learn from your missteps and mistakes. However, this doesn’t mean that your brand will become a failure. If you are looking for perfect things, then it will stop you from growing and expanding. You can never reach your destination without taking the first step.

William “King” Hollis Releases Life Changing Book On Overcoming Suicide and Depression To Becoming One of the Top Motivational Speakers

William King Hollis is an international motivational speaker, author & coach. From being homeless to quickly becoming one of the top motivational speakers in the world, he has truly spoken his way to success. That same passion, authenticity and his unique gift of connecting to the hearts of people everywhere led him to accomplish something no speaker has ever done. In 2019 he made history by becoming the first and only paid motivational speaker featured at the highly prestigious “fashion week” held in milan italy. This proved to be a turning point and solidified him as being one of the greatest young speakers of our time. From every day listeners to celebrities, actors , professional athletes and leading corporations, his speeches continue to make him a household name in personal development.

Five hundred million views on youtube, the number one high school football speech,  and tens of thousands of subscribers later, he still continues to pursue his mission with a hunger for inspiring tomorrow’s leaders  within every community. Additionally, he has currently released his new book “The Best Gift Comes From The Bottom” which is quickly becoming a best seller and is now available in multiple languages through his website www.kinghollis.co

VEU Magazine had the opportunity to speak with William about his new book and his upcoming business ventures

What are some of keys to success that you used to come from the bottom to where you are now?

I had total  belief in myself and I knew that I was meant for something greater than my circumstances. It’s a feeling so deep within you and it drives you never to give up. I held on to that feeling no matter how hard things were at the time. I knew I had a message that could inspire people, transform my life and transform the lives of others.. I never lost sight of that. This is why I can honestly say I spoke my way to success.

Words of advice for anyone struggling right now, especially during these times now

No matter how hard things may seem, you must never give up. You have a gift within you that the world needs and it’s up to you to tap into that gift.. If you don’t know what that gift is use this time to focus on finding it. We all have something we do that is easy to us and extraordinary to everyone else. So, take this time to really look at yourself and your life. Determine what you want to accomplish and go after it. Never stop thinking or dreaming big.

You’re always working on a new project. What can we expect next from you ?

I’m working on several new major projects, but I am incredibly proud of my first book being released October 4th called “The Best Gifts Come From The Bottom” . It’s really special to me because I know it’s going to help educate, inspire, and empower people to transform their lives. It’s not just a story about how I spoke my way from homelessness to being the top motivational speaker in the world. They will learn the what and the why too. Also this book is not just for aspiring speakers or people looking for motivation. This book really has something for anybody that wants to tap into their full potential. This is why everyone needs to get a copy because i’ll be sharing some things in there that will help you take your life to the next level. Aside from that I have a clothing line, several motivational speaking albums in the works and I’m in talks for movie deals as well. There’s a lot going on over at Will Smiles LLC.

Abner Jackson III Releases New Book About His Journey with Sickle Cell Anemia

Abner Jackson III was born and raised in Sanford, Florida. He is a proud graduate of UCF (University of Central Florida) with a BA degree in Sociology and AA degree in Journalism. He moved to the Atlanta area, 12 days before his 31st birthday for better Sickle Cell care. While on a family trip in Atlanta, Abner became sick and with the treatment facility there, he would eventually move to the Atlanta area to be treated at that same hospital. He started writing more once he got there and recently started his own website. He has appeared on Oxygen Snapped, other movies and TV shows as an actor or background talent. Go on a journey with him and what he went through to become healthier. Moving to Atlanta was the best decision he ever made and God placed him somewhere with better doctors. God saved him, made him healthier in a new city for his mental well-being

How has having Sickle Cell affected your everyday life?

It can change my plans or me missing work at times. I have missed trips, gotten sick on trips, and it took me about seven years to graduate from college. I just try to live like everyday is my last and I don’t take life for granted. It has made me one of the toughest people on earth.

How do you stay so motivated as a person?

My goals in life that I still want to accomplish and my never give up attitude. I published my first book last month, so that was another milestone in my life. That and graduating from UCF are my two biggest accomplishments in life.

Words of Encouragement for others who may be going through the same thing 

Don’t give up, you never know the outcome of your story and life. I moved to Atlanta for better healthcare in 2011. I expected to go see the Hawks, Falcons, Braves or Dream every now and then and other events. I never thought I would go from writing 30-35 articles once I moved here to over 400 articles since I moved here. I started doing background talent and I currently have four IMDb credits. I started my website in 2018 and I get to cover events as media and meet celebrities all the time. None of that wouldn’t have happen if I didn’t take a leap of faith to move here. God opened other doors for me.

Tell us about your media company AJ3 Report

I started my website back in March of 2018. I had been the lead Sportswriter at Stacks Magazine and a Media Correspondent with VEU Magazine. VEU didn’t cover sports and sports was my passion. I started it and eventually got to cover sporting events. I have a Shout Out Sunday and Working Woman Wednesday section, where I have interviewed chefs, musicians, athletes, business owners, reality TV people, authors, actors/actresses, wrestlers, etc. On my Abners Angels section, I interview models and I have an Abners Good Eats and Sneakerhead Saturday section. Good Eats section is a paragraph about a restaurant I ate that I enjoyed, and Sneakerhead Saturday is a paragraph about upcoming shoes coming out. You can follow it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @aj3report.

What are some other projects you are working on?

Not much as of now, due to most stuff being closed. I have a second book I plan on releasing within the next month. A book about getting more traffic and growing your business online. I’m just promoting my book as of now and sharing old content that I covered as media. Would like to write another Sickle Cell book eventually, not about me. Something for kids, a children’s book. I will accomplish it one day. Thanks for opportunity and platform to share my story.

Divorce Attorney, Leslie Montanile, Gives 5 Ways New Divorcees Can Rebuild Their Lives and Live Out Their Purpose.

One of the things that most people hate the most in life is change. Any change can be hard, but especially leaving a long term relationship and marriage. Moving on is hard, but usually what we need to live a more fulfilling life. Divorce Attorney Leslie Montanile spoke with us to give a few tips for those who are starting their new journey in life.

1. Envision your life as you want to live it

Seeing what your life can look like in your mind can help you plan for the future you may have been dreaming about for some time. Writing down your dreams, desires, and goals for your life in a journal will allow you to explore yourself and dig deeper into what makes you tick and ultimately make you happy for your life – your purpose.

2.     Make a plan for getting what you want

Once you are clear on your purpose for your new life achieving those goals can seem like a daunting task.  Creating a plan, like a road map, will enable you to take one step at a time – one day at a time- to get you where you want to go.  Your plan should include where and how you want to live, your financial picture, career goals, and social interests. Defining each of these in writing will give you the ability to take steps towards creating your new life.  For example, when you understand your finances, savings, earnings, credit, retirement, etc…, it will help you decide how you want to live (buying vs. renting) and where you want to live (city, suburbs, farm, beach, lake or mountains.  It will also give you security, knowing what you have exactly and what you are comfortable living with.  Social interests are vital as it encompasses your life outside of work. When rebuilding your life, you want to include those things that bring you joy from daily living.

3.     Learn from others

Whether you are starting a new career, learning a new craft, or delving into a new social arena, be open to learning from others. Specifically from those that have been there before and or have the expertise to teach you something new or help you have a deeper understanding of something you already knew.  Networking groups, exercise classes (in the gym and outside), card clubs, cooking classes, book clubs, knitting – whatever moves you there is a pretty good chance there is a group out there that you can join to learn or enhance your skills while making a new friend and contacts all at the same time.

4.     Change your daily routine

To truly move on from your old life prior to divorce, changing your daily routine is a must. Every week change something old to something new.  Take a different route home.  Exercise at night if you used to in the morning. Change your bank or location.  Try a new supermarket for your groceries. Try a new nail salon or go with colors you would never have used before, its only paint.  Explore what is around you. Say yes to all the things you said no to in the past for all the wrong reasons. Skip the excuses and embrace the new you.  

5.     Create a contract with yourself

It’s your life, and if you agree with yourself, in writing, what you will set out to achieve and take those steps to get there, you will succeed.  Even if the path leads you down a road less traveled or not anticipated, you will move towards that life goal that you set for yourself if you hold yourself accountable for your personal happiness and success.

About Leslie

LESLIE MONTANILE began practicing matrimonial law in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. Working in a prestigious boutique law firm she worked closely with clients to successfully achieve their desired goals and immediate needs. Upon moving back to her native home in New York and working at NBC between 1997-1999, Montanile decided in January of 2000 to open her own law practice and dedicate her legal career to helping women effectively navigate the process of divorce and achieve independent financial success. Montanile received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, and is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York, California and Connecticut. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, a Woman’s NYC mastermind group and both the California and Connecticut Bar Associations. She has made guest appearances on Women’s Radio network and morning show, Connecticut 1 speaking about women’s issues that occur before, during and after a divorce. Her work has also been referenced in Westchester Magazine and Inside Westchester. 

Santia Deck Becomes the First Woman Athlete to Own a Sneaker Company

Santia is known for breaking records that are typically reserved for men athletes only. She recently signed a multi-million dollar contract with WFLA or Women’s Football League Association. This is the biggest contract that WFLA has signed with a female athlete. Her talk show, Queen of Abs is also available on iSHE TV, iHolyfield TV, and NPOWERED. Deck is using all the available platforms for inspiring young women. She has overcome many challenges in her life like scoliosis and bullying. Deck is an inspiration for all young women. Aside from that, she just launched her own sneaker company, and is the first women athlete to achieve this feat.

Deck new sneaker company is TRONUS and it has already received an amazing response. WFLA has done years of planning for this moment. Santia has already represented many shoe brands in the past. She has been the brand ambassador of various amazing shoe brands. Santia has finally achieved her goal of owning a sneaker company. Her team has brought on Jamine Sills. Jamine Sills is an amazing footwear designer and he is now working as a creative consultant for Santia Deck. The project got delayed as Santia wanted some non-negotiable things in her shoe. She wanted her shoes to be both fashion-forward and unique. The shoe should have a lightweight feel. She wanted a shoe that her fans can collect and show off. Deck wanted to make sure that her first attempt is successful. Thus, she and her team spent a lot of time learning about the shoe industry. Their project has evolved into a big shoe empire now.

Deck has been teasing TRONUS to her fans. She has already uploaded many original concepts on her social media accounts. The fans were flooding with her requests before even she launched the official website. Thus, her shoes were already hit. TRONUS is now offering free registration to their users.  You can get VIP access on TRONUS. This will ensure that you will get priority. Thus, you can buy the shoes before they are available on the general website. There are also many other perks that TRONUS is offering to the VIP members. TRONUS has gained 10 times the VIP members that they have first anticipated. They had a rough figure in their mind after they saw the response of fans on the Santia Instagram page. However, fans have completely blown away that figure. The team is worried now as they think that their entire first limited edition shoe will be sold to VIP members only. They won’t have enough shoes for the general public. The best thing about this is that they have still advertised their product. Thus, Deck is very happy with these initial numbers. Multiple resellers now want to sell these shoes. One reseller is even ready to buy the entire stock of TRONUS. However, Deck and her team have already declined this offer. They know the value of their brand.

There are many other business-savvy women like Rihanna and Serena Williams that have already collaborated with big brands. They are already working with big brands like Puma and Nike. Santia Deck is also trying to expand their brand in the same direction. They want to build a big brand. Deck also wants to compete with these big players. She wants to create a big brand like Nike and Puma.

Author Tiffany Love Wrote a Journal Helping Others on Their Spiritual Journey

Give us a little bit of your background, and what inspired you to write your story

I have always been a journaler and I love shopping for pretty journals. I have a ton of them most all written in.  I usually wake up and write down my dreams, my goals, and I’ll journal during my devotional time.  When I find it hard to pray I’ll sit before God and worship and will write out my prayers and he’ll give me strategies on what to do or whether or not I shouldn’t do it. So I created the journals to share my love for journals and my experience with others. 

Tell us about your journal and what can readers expect from reading it ? This journal was created to write your goals that align with the word of God. Also, you can keep track of your monthly prayers and the outcome.  It’s a way of keeping in contact with the Lord and creating that intimate relationship with the father and making personal.

What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process ?

Throughout this process of creating this project, one of the challenges I faced was finding the time to work on it.

Who are some of your literary inspirations and why ?

Some of my literary inspirations are:

 Tony Morrison

Maya Angelou

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Mary Monroe

These women are my inspiration because they all have their own creativity in telling the stories of African Americans through the eyes of African American women.  

What other projects are you working on along with your book?
Some of my next projects are to get back to working on writing more fiction books and I also want to create more journals. I love them and I think by journaling every day it will help you get clarity about your life.

Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors 

I would encourage my readers and inspiring authors to share their stories. Everyone has a story to tell and our stories help heal others.  Aspiring authors should stop procrastinating and go for it. Treat your writing project like it’s your baby and nurture it. Stay disciplined and consistent and always show up for yourself before anything else!

Tiffany Love

Purchase your copy of Tiffanys journey here: https://www.amazon.com/Visions-Dreams-Destinys-Collide-Journal/dp/1734780800?fbclid=IwAR1FDP9_47o-Q8jXwFsTzv-7v1qAs5PBr_XK0DARWSQhIUn-cs0Af-u2wSg

Follow her on social media @tifflove2