“I’ll do it tomorrow…” 4 Tips for How to Avoid Procrastination and Get Things Done!

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“I’ll do it tomorrow…”

4 Tips for How to Avoid Procrastination and Get Things Done!

By

Natasha Sharma M.Sc OACCPP

NKS Therapy

Natasha Sharma is a psychotherapist, doctoral student, author, speaker, and media spokesperson.

Natasha Sharma is a psychotherapist, doctoral student, author, speaker, and media spokesperson.

@NatashaSharma17

A stunningly high number of clients I see in my practice complain about the dreaded P-word: Procrastination. They have ideas, goals, small tasks and large ones, and never seem to complete any of them. When I ask them what gets in the way, the answer is often “I don’t know.” Procrastination – aka the ‘art’ of putting things off until another day – is incredibly common. Not that big of a deal for things that actually can wait, but perfectly annoying when there are things we genuinely need to get done sooner rather than later. It’s a problem that plagues the busy and the not-so-busy, over-achievers and under-achievers, the younger and the older. Why is this?

Human beings are creatures of habit, and our brains have a tendency to favour routine. So any tasks that drastically deviate from our daily routines require more effort from our brains, in the form of conscious self-motivation, organization, and initiation to those very tasks. And, in case you didn’t already know it, our brains don’t like to work! But constant procrastination often leaves us feeling disorganized, unproductive, and downright down on ourselves. And in the worst cases it can lead things to pile up forcing us to do everything at the last minute, which can be overwhelming and incredibly stressful.

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Here are 4 tips for how to avoid procrastination once and for all:

for how to avoid procrastination once and for all:

  1. Get a good night’s rest – every night! Procrastination is linked to the self-regulatory mechanisms of our bodies, also called executive functioning, which is chaired by the pre-frontal cortex area of our brains. Without adequate rest, this area of the brain simply cannot function at its optimal level, so organizing your time will be more difficult. Granted I said our brains are lazy, but don’t deprive them of a full 8 hours every single night. And if you can handle it, one good, strong cup of coffee in the morning will kick-start your pre-frontal cortex and get you ready for action.
  1. Don’t try to do it all; pick a few things! Picture this: You have a paper to write for a class you’re taking, your taxes are due, you’ve always wanted to learn how to build furniture, learn to speak Swahili, write a book…slow down! If your brain is overwhelmed with too many tasks, it won’t try for any of them! Instead, pick one or two things you really want or need to do and shoot for those to start. Once they are done, pick one or two more, and so on. Research has consistently shown that this method of ‘chunking’ things out helps to get things done faster.
  1. Write things down. This is an oldie but a goodie. Research has also shown that writing things down is more strongly correlated with completion of said things as compared to when we don’t write things down. Why? Accountability. Also, there’s a certain satisfaction in the physical act of deleting an item off of your “to do” list – it can be so gratifying!
  1. Use pleasure as a reward. Still got your pen out? Make a list of things you like in life; things that bring you sheer joy and pleasure. They can be things you do every day or things you occasionally splurge on. Be it an hour at the gym, taking a long hot bath, having a glass of wine, watching a ‘guilty-pleasure’ movie, whatever. Look at your list and use the things on it as rewards for getting something done. Promise yourself that: “After I write half of that report for work, I will watch an hour of TV” and “after I write the rest of the report tomorrow, I will play tennis with Bob.” And then make sure you do reward yourself with something after you finish. This is effectively training your own brain to anticipate rewards for not procrastinating, thereby doing it less and less frequently. Because in addition to being kind of lazy, our brains love to be rewarded!

Put these 4 tips into action and you’ll likely notice a big change in how often you put things off for another day. And in how you feel about yourself. Now if you’ll excuse me, my reward for writing this article is an episode of “Suits.” I’m totally addicted.

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#MOMS INSPIRATION Krishtine Ross Unlocks Her Golden Handcuffs. You can too!

I am so honored to bring this next installment of the Golden Handcuff Project to you.  As you know I work with thousands of moms and children around the world. Each person moves me, it is never redundant or a matter of going through the motions.  I come to love and care about each person that reaches out to me and my staff.  To say: “around the world” is a huge statement, however it is completely true.  There are countries I’ve come to wistfully dream of as I open communications with people in places I’ve never been.  I’m proud to say MotivatingOtherMothers.com is changing lives in over 40 countries.  While I absolutely love the global conversation, my company delivers boots-on-the-ground help to hundreds of mothers, parents, and their children each day in Southern California.  I recently had the honor of being there for a woman I’ve always admired and loved tremendously.  She is a good friend, a beacon of light, and a manifestation of everything thats right in the world.  My loving friend was separating from her husband.  She is an incredible mother to two girls and it is my honor to walk this leg of her journey with her.  Special thanks to thebabyspot.ca.  I treasure my partnership with this magazine and I support everything this magazine, embodying  innovation and integrity, represents.  To Krish … I love you.  Thank you for letting me in, trusting me, and letting me help.  This is a wonderful beginning for you  and for your daughters.  I am proud of you and excited to change lives together around the world. S

Enjoy and send us your feedback.  If you’d like to know more about my “7 Steps To Unlock Your Golden Handcuffs” send us an email and share your story.  We are here to help and to join you on your journey.  We are #StrongerTogether

Love and warm wishes,

AlexSandra

Posted By thebabyspot.ca on Jan 16, 2015 

Two weeks ago, thebabyspot.ca posted 7 Steps To Unlock Your Golden Handcuffs by Mom and Motivational Influencer Alexsandra Wright.
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To Move Forward Give Back #Alexsandra Wright

To Move Forward Give Back #Alexsandra Wright 

We are excited to say that one Mother, Motivational Speaker, Krishtine Ross, took this advice and is thriving! She has been kind enough to share her story.

IDENTIFY
Krishtine was going through a separation with her husband of thirteen years. It was hard for everyone involved and many changes were happening what seemed to be all at once.
Krishtine emphasizes that for a Mother going through a lot of stress, the safest place to be is “in the middle of a leap of faith.”

CLARIFY

One day, her coworker who was also a pastor walked through her office. He turned to her before leaving and said, “The safest place to be is in the middle of a leap of faith”. These words resonated with Krishtine for the entire day. She felt that her faith was strong and never in her life had stepped out.

DEFINE

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Krishtine knew her faith was strong but she knew that, especially during this separation, it could use some strengthening. She was a Mom and had to make a new life for herself and her children. She got up from her desk, went into the restroom and surrendered. As a Christian, she asked for God to steer her and asked Him to move her feet and lead her on a new path for her life. It was raw, vulnerable and a life changing moment.

REACH

Sometimes, reaching is not about reaching up, but reaching out. Krishtine did just that. She was overwhelmed that the very next weekend, her and her children were moving out of their family home. This could be a hard moment for any parent, but Krishtine was in awe of all of the help she had received from people she claims she had no idea would care. She felt vulnerable, but she stayed quiet, humble and moved slowly, being thankful for every little moment in her journey.

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There were struggles. There were hard times. But Krishtine was strong. Our favorite part of this story, she became so strong that her children felt STABLE with her decisions and the big changes that were happening in her life. Krishtine describes this transition within her family as “miraculous.”

Krishtine was overwhelmed by the kindness of friends, family and acquaintances. She was given kind words, a mattress, dishes etc. for her new home. But the greatest gift was to come. Krishtine decided to write down every person’s name who helped her, so one day, she can do something nice for them. She decided for each person who helped her, she would PAY IT FORWARD to another who is in need. Her desire was to become as selfless as possible and unite hands and hearts across the globe to strengthen others experiencing the same things that she has.
With that being said, we want to welcome Krishtine Ross as a Motivational Speaker for Moms, who will contribute to thebabyspot.ca and has given some great advice to Moms everywhere…

How can Mothers stay humble?

There are many experiences that I can share as to what has kept me humble as a mother and how other mothers can stay humble. Hearing the words “Mommy” as our children affectionately call us is very humbling. The voice is endearing, it’s sincere, and it’s expecting a certain accountability. Its honesty, protection and trust. It is security, patience, nurturing and love.
Having a child is a blessing and an opportunity. When I hear the word “Mommy”, it is not only heard but processed and internalized. At that point it becomes humbling. It would be wonderful if my girls knew how many times I take an internal bow every time they call me “Mommy”.
I encourage Mothers everywhere reading this to listen with your “Mommy” ears and allow our children to help in keeping us humble daily.

Any thoughts or insight how a busy Mother can stay grateful and focused?

I believe that mothers can stay grateful and focused by not placing so much on themselves in one day. As mothers, we tend to have a desire to “take care of it all” which allows us to wear many hats. We become the nutritionist, the chauffeur, the hairstylist, the housekeeper, the janitor at times, we have laundry, etc. once I realized that EVERYTHING CAN NOT BE DONE IN ONE DAY, I became focused and I actually had time to pay attention to what was really going on around me ( Hence: I became grateful).
The main objective is to either delegate tasks to your spouse or your children if they are old enough. Everyone should help to some extent. I believe it’s important to select days of the week to complete certain tasks and give yourself a time framed to complete the task. This way there is room to focus and no one becomes overwhelmed. For instance, my laundry was complete on Thursday’s.
Once a busy mother organizes her life and her time, there becomes more than enough room to focus and become grateful for what is.

How did your children adjust after your life change? Any advice for Mothers going through something similar?

My girls adjusted very well when we moved out of one home and into our new home. It’s is important to me that I address it this way because this is what worked for us.
I believe the reason why my girls adjusted so well is because my ex-husband and I were actually sleeping in separate rooms for five years before we actually moved out so they saw and felt then separation before it ever took place. I did this because I wanted my children to have both of their parents under the same roof for as long as they possibly could as dysfunctional as it may sound. At one point, my oldest daughter even told me that she notice her father and I getting along better since being in our own space.

As they days approached that we would downsize from a four bedroom two story home to a two bedroom condo, it was EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to me that my girls room ( they would share the master bedroom) was exactly what they wanted it to be. Each side looking totally different. I wanted it to feel like home to us right away. The day we moved in, I took off of work and I painted their room two different colors as they asked. I ordered their dresser, night stands, bed frames and mattresses. I put the bed frames together that day and had fresh sheets on their mattresses, hangers in their closet, drawers for their clothes, towels for them to shower, new and clean dishes in our cabinets and food in our refrigerator. This way, it felt like home, something they are familiar with.
Outside of these things, I had to make sure that during a time that I felt insure, my girls saw my strength and they felt MOST SECURE and this is what helped in their adjusting also. Them seeing that I did not and had no intentions on cracking under the pressure. I purposely left their bedroom furniture at our other home with their father so when they are there, they do not have a feeling of abandonment.
My security gave them confidence that everything is and will be just fine and that our new home is as safe and secure as the one that we left.
If I could give other mothers out there any advice, it would be not to wait to leave. When you know for sure that you have done all that you can do, be secure in yourself and move forward with your life. Your children are more resilient than you think. I would also encourage mothers to stand strong alone when you must and together when you have support. Children should not bear witness to all of our tears.

Should we challenge Mothers to a pay it forward revolution to spread joy to one another?

I absolutely believe 100% that mothers should pay it forward. It is because of my mother and mothers before me that I am able to stand as a testimony today. You can get through your situation and more importantly, YOU WILL get through it.
As mothers we are a community of our own and we share more than we think. Motherhood is a bond that can never be broken, yet shared for generations on. There have been several times that I have heard a child call “Mom” or “Mommy” and in a flash, I turn around or answer as if it were my own child. We all have. It’s the mother in us that triggers that instinct and I believe that we all share the responsibility. Please pay it forward. Help and support other mothers.
For all of you who would like to reach Krishtine, visit her at marriagedivorcelife.blogspot.com

Author: thebabyspot.ca

Women Veterans And Wives We Salute You!

VEDC is proud to present:

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WOVEN

WOMEN VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS NETWORK
November 6, 2014
08:00 – 17:30
Patriotic Hall
1816 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles

Register for this event now!

Event Details:

Join CAMEO as our team of local small business experts delivers advice on how to start and grow your business. Gain valuable, expert insight on finding financing, applying for government certifications, and other resources for Women Veteran Entrepreneurs.

Whatever stage your business is in, we’ll have interactive, informative sessions that will give you concrete steps to move your business forward.
Start Up – from the ‘I’ve got an idea stage’ to in business less than a year
Stable – in business for less than three years, but I’m up and running
Stretch – ready to stretch my wings and grow my businesses

You won’t want to miss our keynote speaker!

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Karen Bates
Founder of Military Loans
President, The VApro Network

Juggling With Fire
JuggleWFireAs a woman in business, you hold amazing super powers when juggling all aspects of your busy life…at times, it may even feel as though you are juggling with fire. And that fire can fan the flames to new levels of success OR leave you feeling burned. Instead let your fire take you to a new level! Three take-aways from Karen’s talk:
The 3 most common fires that leave women business owners burned
How your feminine super powers are the true key to your success
The one business booster (vs. an entirely new business plan) you need to catapult your business in 2015

For more information including a full agenda, visit the CAMEO website. Note: while we are proud to offer this programming free of cost, space is limited and we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins. Don’t forget to register!
SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Ben Raju, 330 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 1200, Glendale, CA 91203, 818-552-3300.
Have questions about WOVEN: Women Veteran Entrepreneurs Network? Contact CAMEO

See you there! Live, Love & MOTIVATE!

Motivating Other Mothers

Warrior #Mom Bentley Hale ~ November Spotlight

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Taking time to celebrate and give gratitude for all the victories in life, I am always aware that we do not gain victories alone. The best journeys and results come when teamwork is involved. Whether it is friends, family, co-workers, or even strangers… we are always stronger working in harmony with others.

So many wonderful people support my efforts to help other mothers and families, that each month, #Moms Motivating Other Mothers, will highlight one spectacular MOM who is making a difference and one family owned business or charity making significant effort with in our communities.

Our MOM for November is Bentley Hale. Through my work with Safe Passage, a spectacular non-profit in California helping mothers and children out of dangerous domestic violence situations, I met Ms. Hale.

Ms. Hale, of Elevate Women Events, was single handedly heading up the enormous task of filling the CBS Backlot with a fun filled event to benefit Safe Passage and the Grossman Burn Foundation. One woman … with a softly curving belly was running the show! I immediately recognized her spirit and was amazed by her level of compassion and understanding. I was proud to meet this young, beautiful bombshell with a heart the size of the Empire State building and vision not only far beyond her years, but also far beyond living for herself. Ms. Hale possesses so many good qualities that it is a challenge to nail down just a few. It is an honor to know her.

“Elevate! Events are planned to help raise funds and awareness for various women’s charities while creating a fun and exciting atmosphere for people to come together to help support a cause. The charities we support advocate for the human rights of women and girls, and seek to empower women both globally and nationally. Proceeds from our events benefit various women’s charities we partner with.” Bentley Hale ~ Elevate! Women

Ms. Hale is expecting her first child, a daughter, in January and is recently married. Marriage gave her a blended family and she flowed gracefully into being a stand out mom.

Ms. Hale has helped so many other women and charities realize milestones that is was a cinch to say yes when she asked me to be a guest at her next event. Elevate! Women and Elevate Retreats are proud to offer its first Pregnancy and Mommy Retreat in Big Bear, California, November 14-16, 2014. Saturday night, November 15, 2014 I will be hosting the “Campfire Life Coach” event. I built a special program for this fun fireside chat. I will focus on how to push through your challenges and manifest your dreams … with a little one in tow. No matter what the press says, I never stopped dreaming, manifesting, or working. It is what has enabled my business to flourish and it has enabled me to give back to you!

Campfire Renew, Inspire & Elevate Workshop For #Moms

Indentifying challenges, fears, hopes, and dreams.

Clearing the path to our core.

Acknowledging our challenges or goals.

Confirming our intention through positive affirmations and specialized exercises.

Creating tools to manifest positive outcomes and schedule of milestones.

I am truly an honored guest, and consider myself in the company of greatness. Cheers to you Bentley Hale as Warrior MOM of the month! You change lives everyday and we salute you!

* Register NOW for the retreat through ELEVATERETREATS.NET or MOTIVATINGOTHERMOTHERS.COM

Empower! Create Opportunity!

Our Vision: "Enriching communities by making small business dreams a reality." Our Mission: "To create and sustain jobs and businesses in our communities by providing high-quality economic development services."

Our Vision: “Enriching communities by making small business dreams a reality.”
Our Mission: “To create and sustain jobs and businesses in our communities by providing high-quality economic development services.”

Give the gift of a new job or a new business. VEDC.org is hiring now for many positions. Please check it out and share! We are looking for SENIOR LOAN UNDERWRITERS in the CHICAGO AREA for immediate hire!

Only 64 days left for holiday shopping! Manifest today!

Motivate yourself to start that new business you’ve always wanted or get the job of your dreams!

We are a non-profit and we CARE about YOU! VEDC has the awards and track record to back it up! We are proud to know that we back up what we say to create opportunities AND get you trained. No matter where you are, we are standing by to help!

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Award for Excellence in Economic Development – 1995
Economic Development Agency (EDA) Economic Development Award – 1997
California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Award of Excellence for Economic Development Programs– 1997
Bank of America Community Catalyst Award – 1998
California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Award of Merit for Economic Development Programs– 2000 and 2002
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Minority Champion Award – 1998
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Best Practices Award – 1999
San Fernando Valley Business Journal Economic Engine Award – 2002
Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) Achievement Award for Non-Profit Organization – 2002
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Technical Assistance Advocate – 2002
San Fernando Valley Business Journal Publisher’s Award – 2004
SFV Business Journal Award: Best Executive Director and Board of Directors – 2004
In recognition of your numerous accomplishments and contributions to the community, given by United States Senator Dianne Feinstein – 2004
In recognition of your exceptional commitment and services in the Greater San Fernando Valley and The City of Los Angeles, given by City of Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine and Controller Laura Chick – 2004
Child Care Resource Center’s H.E.A.R.T. Award – 2005
In recognition of dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all citizens of Los Angeles County, given by County of Los Angeles Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich – 2005
In recognition of our valuable work on behalf of children and families in our community, given by State of California Senator Jack Scott – 2005

Even more importantly we have helped to create more than 25,000 jobs! Visit VEDC.org and search for your career opportunity now! Find our job board in career opportunities at our website or on Facebook at Facebook.com/vedcjobs.

I know exactly the challenges many of us face day to day. Through your love and support I am blazing new trails and able to give back more than ever! My call to action is to begin by sharing information on how to manifest your own business or begin a new career today! I am so many blessed to have so many people help me begin to rebuild and I am eternally grateful to many including VEDC for giving me hope and purpose. I want the same for you! To move forward … Keep giving back!

Did Anyone Tell You How Awesome You Are Today?

Did Anyone Tell You How Awesome You Are Today?.

No Need To Look Back, You Are Perfect Where You Are

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It’s so tempting.  To look back I mean.  Celebrating our various victories, and replaying different parts of our lives and weighing out different outcomes.  Even licking our wounds.  I can tell you, taking inventory is important.  Paying attention to the peaks and valleys is an even more important task.  In your most inner heart, you will know which turn took you to which destination.

There are no right or wrongs.  There are no bad decisions.  This is about YOU and what your perspective is.  I can assure you that you are perfect where you are.  I know, perhaps it feels uncomfortable.  Perhaps you feel lost, perhaps your hope is running low.  THIS is the time magic happens.  Your magic.  This is the exact moment you can change your point of view, change your perspective and see all that there is to be grateful for and how much love you have to give.  I know it saves me every time.

Along my journey, I felt I had lost so much.  Friends, family, work, privacy and eventually myself.  My mom passed away shortly after Nixon was born and I didn’t have time to breathe, much less mourn the loss of my heroine…my mum.  Everything was whizzing by so quickly and those that I thought would stand with me did not, and those that I never expected to be there were. I knew exactly who was whom and what was what.  I kept replaying everything in my head…what did I do wrong, what could I have done differently, what do people think of me, what if I lose my career, and the list goes on and on.  On the other side of the swinging pendulum, my heart was at peace.  For I was moving on automatic, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  I realized I had no choice to believe and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

One particular night, when Nixon was six months old,  he had his first “high” fever.  I believe it was about 101 degrees, just low enough to NOT take him to the hospital, but just high enough to scare the shit out of me.  I gave my infant the ice bath, and the stupid infant medicine.  I got the humidifier and the ice.  I held him and sang softly.  I paced lovingly back and forth rocking him and telling him everything was going to be all-right. My mother had just passed, so there was no motherly advice I could get to soothe my aching heart and I’d been flanked by press so I was behind a gated compound in Encino.  Alone.  When Nixon finally fell asleep, I closed his bedroom door, and crumpled to the floor in inconsolable tears.  I had found a love that was greater than my heart could hold.  One that affected me more than anything in the world could ever or would ever could.  It was pure love.  I didn’t move nor sleep ’til day break and by then his fever was down.  I felt as though I had survived some unspeakable war…and won.

In that devastating moment of feeling the weight of so much loss, so much betrayal, so much isolation and so much fear, I KNEW that I was exactly where I was supposed to be.  I knew all that I’d considered as losses, were truly blessing cloaked in the disguise of MY OWN fears.  I was standing in my own way, by looking back and wondering WHY.  Looking back at people I had loved and lost but alas, they were not relationships of reciprocity.  The Universe… God, had stripped everything from me, and that was just the beginning.  I would lose just about everything else in my life before the rebuild would begin.  Reciprocity became a very important ingredient of success, love and life.  Choose wisely.  Only look back through your rearview mirror…for safety reasons. Not for any other reasons.

Somehow, I knew that I had to stand firmly planted in the moment, and just make it day by day.  Each day growing stronger, each day wiping the tears to clear the way for a smile.  Each day seeing Nixon growing and thriving … the obvious choice for me was gratitude.  No matter how hard each moment was, I knew I was exactly where I should be, receiving the lessons and the wisdom that would carry me through the next day.

Today, let me be the first person to tell you how loved you are.  Let me be the first person to bring you comfort.  You are perfect right where you are.  Tomorrow is yet to come, but it will be more excellent than today.  Be present.  Be in the moment.  Be the personification of love.  Give more.  Love more.  Help more.  Take inventory and be grateful for the journey you’ve walked and those who have walked with you.  You are who you are BECAUSE of…not IN SPITE of.  That my friend is to be celebrated not rued.  I believe in you.  I am so happy to share this sliver of my life, with you, new friends and old, because you count as do I. YOU make a difference just by choosing hope and love.

After years of trying to fit the mold, I’ve accepted that my band plays a different tune … and dancing to my own tune makes me happy.  Find your heart song and celebrate!

Get Motivated! Get Money! Get Fabulous! VEDC presents “Here’s The Money” for Small Businesses

Spread the word!  Each day brings new hope and new ideas.  VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center) wants to help YOU build your business with in the community!  Don’t miss this opportunity to MANIFEST your dreams!

Here’s the Money! Access to Capital Business Expo

One Time Only in Los Angeles County!

Saturday, September 13th – 8:00 am-3:00 pm at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Dr., Universal City, CA 91608

If you own a business or are thinking about starting a business come learn about valuable resources and financing options. We offer same day loan approval up to $50,000 in our Loan Pavilion!

Event Includes:

  • Keynote Speaker Johnny Earle – owner of Johnny Cupcakes
  • Business Workshops – Choose from 6 workshops focused on Starting, Financing & Growing your business. Topics include:
    1. Alternative Sources of Financing
    2. Financing Options for Businesses 0 – 2 years
    3. Financing Options for Businesses 2+ years
    4. Marketing Strategies to Increase Revenue
    5. Your Local Small Business Resource Partners
    6. Tales from the Trenches – Advise from successful small business owners
  • Finance & Resource Expo – opportunities to network and connect with local business organizations and local banks
  • Breakfast and Lunch – Network with other entrepreneurs

The event will feature a Loan Pavilion where business owners can sit one-on-one with a loan consultant to discuss and determine their lending options in a more confidential setting.  VEDC offers business loans to start-up and existing businesses. For a loan pavilion appointment please contact VEDC at info@vedc.org or call 818-907-9977. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended. If you have been turned away by a bank – Come See Us!

The Business Expo & Workshops are conducted by panels of experts providing learning opportunities and the chance to obtain information from business resource providers & lenders to help you find the money your business needs!

Follow this link to register for free at Here’s the Money! Access to Capital Business Expo!

For more information please call 818-907-9977 or via email at cwitt@vedc.org or log on to www.vedc.org.

Here’s the Money! Access to Capital Business Expo

One Time Only in Los Angeles County!

Saturday, September 13th – 8:00 am-3:00 pm at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Dr., Universal City, CA 91608

If you own a business or are thinking about starting a business come learn about valuable resources and financing options. We offer same day loan approval up to $50,000 in our Loan Pavilion!

Event Includes:

  • Keynote Speaker Johnny Earle – owner of Johnny Cupcakes
  • Business Workshops – Choose from 6 workshops focused on Starting, Financing & Growing your business. Topics include:
    1. Alternative Sources of Financing
    2. Financing Options for Businesses 0 – 2 years
    3. Financing Options for Businesses 2+ years
    4. Marketing Strategies to Increase Revenue
    5. Your Local Small Business Resource Partners
    6. Tales from the Trenches – Advise from successful small business owners
  • Finance & Resource Expo – opportunities to network and connect with local business organizations and local banks
  • Breakfast and Lunch – Network with other entrepreneurs

The event will feature a Loan Pavilion where business owners can sit one-on-one with a loan consultant to discuss and determine their lending options in a more confidential setting.  VEDC offers business loans to start-up and existing businesses. For a loan pavilion appointment please contact VEDC at info@vedc.org or call 818-907-9977. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended. If you have been turned away by a bank – Come See Us!

The Business Expo & Workshops are conducted by panels of experts providing learning opportunities and the chance to obtain information from business resource providers & lenders to help you find the money your business needs!

Follow this link to register for free at Here’s the Money! Access to Capital Business Expo!

For more information please call 818-907-9977 or via email at cwitt@vedc.org or log on to www.vedc.org.

Be Part of The Solution

madeline albright

 

Some days are better than others.  In essence all days are good, depending on how you choose to look at your life and your situation.

I must say, that I refuse to take my “rose colored glasses” off.  Why?  I can see pain and anguish everywhere.  I am capable of reading and understanding all thats going on in the world today.  However, my eye is always on a solution.  And if there is no solution, then proper perspective is needed as well as a call to action. 

Did you know that there is over $108 BILLION in unpaid child support in America alone? CNN reported this in 2012, and the number has only grown since then.  Where is our sense of common decency?  When is it that we begin to help those who really need help?  When do the children and their precious futures take precedents over greed, bureaucracy, and just plain irresponsibility?

The answer is today.  We all have the power to make a difference within the platform we are given.  Instead of turning a blind eye, or judging anyone, why not donate time, resources, and money?  I lived my childhood life largely unaware of  the challenges so many parents face.  I live my adult life acutely aware of every challenge that every parent faces.  I’ve chosen transparency as a way to stand up and face these challenges head on.  I am not afraid, nor will I leave any child without a voice.

We tweet, Facebook, Instagram and comment on everything we see on the internet.  How many of us shut down our devices and go out in the world and HELP?  I can say that I do.  I’ve helped over 1000 women and children in the past four months and wouldn’t change a thing.  I will continue to do so in every way possible.  I turned the corner, healing has begun, and life … a great life is in session.  To move forward…GIVE BACK!

Sadly, I’ve learned that many women are part of the problem.  Instead of standing together, they distance themselves and judge things based on their need to feel better about themselves.  I send them love.  I pray that social consciousness outweighs our need for validation and that TOGETHER we can all made a difference.  

JUDGEMENT.  There is value to this word.  Collectively, we have defiled this word and misused it.  Here is the definition:

 

judg·ment
ˈjəjmənt/
noun
noun: judgement
  1. 1.
    The ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.
    “an error of judgment”
    synonyms: discernmentacumen, shrewdness, astuteness, sense,common senseperceptionperspicacitypercipience,acuitydiscriminationreckoningwisdomwit,judiciousness, prudence, canniness, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, powers of reasoning, reasonlogicMore

     
  2. 2.
    A misfortune or calamity viewed as a divine punishment.
    “the crash had been a judgment on the parents for wickedness”
 
“The ability to make considered decisions or come to SENSIBLE conclusions”.  We need judgement.  We need to exercise GOOD judgement and we need to start being more sensible.  We cannot put ourselves above or below others.  Just read the situation for what it is, and make an informed decision.  One based in social consciousness.  Women, stand with your sisters, build them up and help them be strong.  If one were to put a camera or a microscope on any one individual for 24 hours, we would see all the beauty and perfect human imperfections that we all have.  Why not, focus on positivity and raise our children with social consciousness and a wide view of the world?  This breeds compassion.  We lack compassion and empathy.
 
For WE (meaning the human race) are the only ones that can make this world a better place for our children,  Stand up! Be heard!  Be part of the solution! Today…step out of your comfort zone and change something for the better!  Every act of kindness helps.  It takes a village to raise a child.  It takes sensible judgment to do it properly.  
 
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