Crazily there are people in this world that want to see you fall. In fact they are counting on it. It is up to you to show them what you’re made of. It’s not easy being a mom trying to keep it all together with tears in your eyes. It’s tough being an author when you’re independent and just out here trusting God. It’s equally difficult being a teacher and pursuing your dreams and you keep trying until you find your groove.
So being a business owner or entrepreneur or whatever you call yourself just make it happen. You have an unofficial fan club that’s watching your every move. Wave 👋🏽 at them through your content and keep shining.
You inspire people that pretend not to see you. Trust Me!
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Taking a personal inventory of myself and my skills, I knew that I wanted to do more than ordinary things. Ever since childhood I have had words floating around in my head that I have forced out onto paper over the years. Recently I sat down and faced my business, my approach to book marketing and my journey into entrepreneurship and realized I needed help. Furthermore, I needed to help myself get better positioned and edpreneur.
I base a lot of my writing on education because I began teaching in 2008 when I was over halfway done with my Masters in Public Administration. I had a plan for how my career would go as I completed requirements for my new teacher portfolio for the TAPP program. When MGRESA changed the submission dates for program completion, I was already a month into my Educational Specialist program because I had no traditional training or pedagogy. I set goals early in my teaching career based on where I would be in 3 years, in 5 years, and even 10 years. I met my 5 year goals within 3 so I know the power of manifestation.
By the time I had completed my educational specialist degree in 2010, I was ahead of my 5 year plan. Towards the end of my 4th year of teaching I had the bright idea to pursue my doctorate and from there my idea to write my book was outlined. It was not until 2013 that I put my most memorable experiences onto a word document and I began sifting through the details. I have always been ambitious and in between a divorce in 2011, school transfer in 2013, getting remarried in 2014, and stalling on my dissertation proposal I managed to graduate in 2016 with another degree, Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership, while simultaneously self-publishing my book.
Being a mother is my single most important job in my life but offering ebooks online, becoming my own boss, creating helpful content for other moms, teachers and ambitious individuals infusing my passion for writing and helping people together. Through my education, mixed work experiences, skills and training I’m confident that’s reading my books will help with personal development of individuals who struggle with finding balance in their careers and personal lives.
I have journaled and set new goals for myself my whole life and made the necessary adjustments when needed. Being asked was getting my degrees hard, do I like teaching, if I weren’t teaching what would I be doing, and are you going to keep writing is the reason I keep creating.
There’s no one size fit all but I like to think that I have a way of naturally understanding people and not judging their individuality. I have something for everyone!
It has taken me a while to get this post out but I’ve been playing with the words in my head until it all came somewhat together.
The road that I travel as a single, mother of two, educated, teacher, self-published author and entrepreneur is not easy. Some days I just want to say I’ll work my job for 30 years then retire and halt all of my creative ideas.
One morning I woke up with tears pouring from eyes and the overwhelming feeling of LIFE consuming me. It put things into perspective and I said to myself, “I have to get my business in order”, because calling into work while dealing with a family crisis is not my idea of a good start.
I need more clarity and while I watch, study, and YouTube other entrepreneurs and take in the tidbits they have to offer, I am reminded that this is not a race. I have to create, discover, and discuss in my own lane and too often as a creative there is a certain amount of pressure to always deliver.
I speak a lot of times on my business in my mini-blogs on my IG (@tilyarealeyes) and FB (LaTilya Williams) but I don’t get into a lot of detail about what my business entails. Maybe I should!
As far as passive income goes while reading I have decided that I want to work on that in the months to come especially since one of the top passive income ideas is books. But what exactly is passive income? My passive income would be considered my book because I get paid repeatedly for work that I completed once. I push my book My Fourth Year in Middle School: My Fourth Year in Middle School to the point of feeling exhausted. Although the concept of my book is good, I can admit that my marketing behind my book is/was lacking. I now must go back into that book and pull out my content because next June is going to be really BIG for me. I’ll announce that later.
Passive income in affiliate market skipped me and that is something that I just don’t get and can’t quite get a hold of. So I won’t talk anymore about something that I don’t get. But I can say that once I invested in myself and got into network marking, that has fundamentally been the best thing popping. LOL! A failed attempt at drop shipping let me know that that business was not for me but I have yet to give up on my multiple streams.
Creating an online course as passive income stays on my frontal, but now being back in school I just feel that I don’t have enough time to focus on the type of class that I want to create. Lets just be real, the idea is for me to earn an income while I sleep, so I’m not rushing my process. I’m taking everything in and relying on my common sense to lead when it comes to my business.
I read a quote that said, “Everybody is so busy posting their wins instead of their failures.” I find that sad because social media has us thinking that everything creatives produce is a win straight out the gate. I have since realized that my plate is full and everything sincerely and truly takes times.
I will continue to cultivate my passive income ideas…writing services, books, and network marketing. I will continue to feed my frenzy to try something different. I will keep believing in myself and everything that I set out to accomplish. I won’t ever stop designing a life that I want to live because at the end of the day I don’t want to leave this earth thinking about all of the things that I should have done.
I have since learned that I have to build up to my next title and create a buzz EARLY! I have to be smarter in this department this go around so that I can capitalize more on my message. Stay tuned, for that writing is underway.
So as I prepare for these next steps in my career, life, and journey I am so excited. I never thought about my writing as passive income but this next book, 12 Ways to Survive Teaching is sure to ignite souls and have you look at teaching from a humorous perspective.
The reality is I want to be good at everything. I don’t just want to be a book you read once then place on the shelf. I don’t want to be name only mentioned here and there, I want to be a guru if you will in my own right. I never thought about the power of passive income until I began to do my research. Now I must be a smarter business woman. It is truly all coming together and I feel it.
I took the leap before I was ready and now I must overdeliver. I have a timeline and I will excute!
Being self-published and trusting the process takes an extreme amount of clarity, patience, and sacrifice. I have realized that my “target audience” is not based in my personal relationships but people that actually follow my work in hopes that I inspire them. If you believe in the LaTilya Rashon brand…purchase your logo series shirt today. Thank you in advance!
I would be remissed to say that the recent release of my second inspirational book, Brown Sugar Magic: Goal Setting and Reflections Journal has been met with lukewarm acceptance and I want to change that reception. Receiving the “likes” on my social media is okay, but in true entrepreneurial spirit I would like to see those “likes” convert to sales.
I have been dealing with so much lately over these past six months, between a divorce being finalized, regaining control of my finances now as single mom, and closing out a school year, I’m surprised I got this second book out, but it was something that I HAD to do.
Yesterday after feeling like I had hit a brick wall emotionally and feeling a twinge of being burned out I laid across my bed and began listening to a couple of podcasts by Cara Alwill Leyba. Her message is clear and distinct and it pushed me to look back at my “do what you love” notebook and really plan out my course of action for these next few months.
I have to remind myself that yes it has only been a year, and my need to be good at everything I do is taking over my thought processes and essentially making me overthink EVERYTHING in my life. I had taken to Facebook and joined all of these groups and I find that this blogging industry is SATURATED. Everybody is creating a lot of the same things and the competition is STEEP. Even though regionally everyone is spread out, and there are some small hubs of creators in the same area, I see why now more than ever I must stake my claim in this creative industry and CREATE MY VISION!
So I see for myself in my vision and my future:
BROWN SUGAR MAGIC
I want Brown Sugar Magic to be my main inspirational platform. Creating my vision started with setting some realistic and achievable goals for myself. Through planning a course of action to take and being unafraid to put my words on paper, self-publishing my first book was a personal goal that I accomplished. My education was not pursued haphazardly, I was deliberate and intentional as I attained higher degrees of education. I know what it’s like and even sometimes find it overwhelming to want to do one thing but then have to revamp that objective or goal to take care of smaller things first. God planned my path for me and he innately gave me the ability to aspire for great things and become successful in my own right.
If I can inspire someone to be SMART about their choices in life as they design their future, be in touch with their needs and take care of themselves before they have nothing to offer to the people around them; I take on the role. Additionally, I want to help African-American women and girls build themselves up to only rely on their independence to see them through life. That’s not to say that having help in life is not good, but this is to say be able to help yourself so that if you are ever in the position to have to do for yourself, YOU ARE NOT HELPLESS! As I walk in my purpose, my dream, and define my vision; I will celebrate my setbacks, imperfect moments, and my growth. I see this as a way to encourage many others.
SPEAKING AND HOSTING
All throughout school I was constantly reminded by my teachers about my continuous talking in class. I was a fast learner and completed my work often times ahead of my classmates so I was always looking for someone to talk to. It could have been the fact that I was an only child but that would be an excuse. I simply just love to talk. The cheerleader in me wants to be in the limelight spreading inspiration, joy, and motivation. I have a lot to say about coming from a SINGLE parent home and PERSERVERING through the STEREOTYPES that were placed on me. I have had to be disciplined, make tough decisions, and show my resiliency to get to this place in my 35 years of life. I say this time and time again, I DEFY stereotypes and my authentic rawness at times is just the dose of reality people need to know that LIFE
AIN’T FAIR! Put me on a stage…I will rock the party, keep you engaged, but most importantly MOTIVATE!
BOOKS AND BLOGGING
Ever since being told by a teacher my senior year in high school that “MY PEOPLE“ need me, I get tickled at the thought of her saying that often. I love books and have read what I like over the years and always knew that one day I would write a book of my own. My flagship book, My Fourth Year in Middle School: The Truth About Teaching chronicles my transition into what was spoke on to me at the age of 18. If my people need me, whether it be teachers, African-American women and girls, writers, or whomever feels inspired by my words, I’m glad to be of SERVICE. I have always wanted to write, and the urgency I feel to be great will take time, after all, I teach full-time and pursue my writing when I am not in the classroom. I blog as much as possible and I am continuing to find inspiration and write what I think people need to read from me. Writing what I consider to be my first epic blog, What No One Tells You About Blogging, was the tip of the iceberg. One day my persistence with pay off! I am establishing my voice. This creative journey is personal.
If an ebook, writer’s apparel and other products surface as I make my stamp then so be it. Anybody can make a t-shirt, cup, bag, and other doodads and it will sell, but I want to be as consistent with my message that I anticipate being with these other endeavors. The ones that are selling everything under the moon, make it look easy from books to lip gloss. However, I’m learning that when you have a concrete audience, it is doable to make those kinds of sales. Because I’m still new to this I will limit my conversation on that.