There are so many services that go underutilized and the NYPL ( New York Public Library) is one of them. In the last few years you wouldn't believe all the amazing resources I've been able to access through the library from conference rooms to coding boot camps and business plan competitions. Here are 5 programs that are 100% FREE offered by the NYPL! I hope this will serve as an incentive for you to stop by your local library.
Reading is one of my biggest passions. I truly love diving into a new book and hearing someone story, experiences, and adventures. My favorite kids of books are non fictions. In 2017 I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked to. I think within the year I read maybe 4 or 5 books which is about ¼ of my usually yearly reads. But this year as a part of my vision board I wanted to read more and that’s exactly what I have been doing. There is no reason why I shouldn’t be reading a book every day. I literally have access to 1000’s of free books at my finger tips.
In the past I used to write reviews and summaries of the books that I read. I want to start doing that again to share my insights with others. I will be updating this blog post consistently for the rest of the year with books that I read and their accompanying reviews.
Books Read in 2018
I’m Judging you by Luvvie – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
The One Thing by Gary – Print copy bought on Amazon Review
Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes – Print copy bought on Amazon Review
Don’t dumb down your Greatness by Anthony Frasier – Print copy bought at the 2016 Get Shit Done Summit Review
You Need More Money by Matt Manero – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
You’re not that great by Elan Gale – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
April & May
I took some time off from reading. I didn’t even notice that I hadn’t read anything these months until I wrote this blog.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae – Print copy ordered on Amazon Review
Black Privilege by Charlemagne the God – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
What I know for sure by Oprah Winfrey – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz – Print copy bought on Amazon Review
The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Mason – Print copy bought on Amazon Review
September – TBD
October – TBD
November – TBD
December – TBD
A few years ago my best friend texted me in the middle of the night. She wanted to know what the number on the back of my library card was. I got out of bed and found the card and gave her the number, but I couldn’t help but wonder “why the heck does she need my library card number at 12:42 am?!” So I asked and that’s when I found out that she was going to use it to digitally rent a book from the library. She was bored and found out that the library offered free eBooks through a system called Overdrive.
Soon, I started borrowing books from the library through overdrive as well. At that time the way it worked was similar to an in-person library, where you gave your library card number and you were then able to borrow a book for 14 days. To access your eBook you could “rent” it through amazon kindle and once the 14 days were up you could renew the book or it would automatically be returned to the library for the next person to use. Like a regular library, there are limited copies of each book and waitlists.
I will ALWAYS work harder than you.
This past May I spent two weeks in Jamaica. The majority of my time was spent in the parish of St.Thomas where my husband and I grew up, I left when I was 7 yrs old and he left at 18 yrs old. This community is also one of the poorest and most underdeveloped parishes on the island.
As I was Taking in the fresh island air, views and just overall good vibes. I couldn’t help but think “ I truly need to be grateful for the access and opportunities I have living in America“. I also thought about how privileged I was to have grown up in the United States and in New York to be specific.
If you aren't familiar with the way the immigration and Visa system let me break it down for you. Most often people only get Visas for Working or going to school. You spend hundreds even thousands of dollars applying for those visas and there is no guarantee that you will get the Visa. Let's say you are one of the lucky ones who get the Visa.
You know what I find so funny?
The percentages of black and latinxs in tech as well as entrepreneurship. Literally, when I see these numbers I have to laugh at how low they are.
Why? Because this is a false representation of the black and latinx community. If you go to Caribbean islands, African, Latin American countries literally almost EVERYONE is an entrepreneur.
Creating is in our blood, entrepreneurship is in our blood, HUSTLE is in our blood.
We were all at tryouts. Everyone was there. The room was completely filled with people. Some were paying more attention than others. But me, i had my head in the game. I was fully focused, making note of everything and listening.
Some people made the team, some didn't but that's normal. After all it was tryouts anyways.
I made the team and today was practice. I sorta went in the zone at practice. I gave it my all. I would go home sore and tired but i gave it everything i had. Some people couldn't handle the intensity so they started skipping practice or just not going hard in practice.
Now we had arrived at game day. There were only a very few people there, i thought to myself , didn't the roster say 7am? Where is everyone. Regardless I stretched and did a few warm ups to prepare. Time was passing and the few people I saw when I arrived were now leaving. I started to panic, is the time on my clock wrong? Did they mean 7am in a different time zone and I missed the race? None the less I figured for the fun of it , I would still go to the starting line.
I got in position, and I heard the start gun go off. I immediately started running, fast bust steady so i wouldn't burn out before the race was over. I ran and ran and ran. Then i stopped for a moment and looked back and realized something that blue me out of the water.
People we just arriving to game day, people were just now starting to stretch, they were just getting here.
I was early, I was ahead of everyone else and all this time I thought I was late!
When you work hard, get in the zone and do what you have to you will leave others behind. You will sometimes feel like you are the one behind until you look around and see that you are actually Ahead.
Quote to take with you today -- Dont limit your challenges, challenge your limits!
A month ago, on September 12th I got the pleasure of attending the very first Ulster County Tech and Entrepreneurship Tour. I know you may be thinking.. What the heck is that!?
Well Ulster county is a county in upstate New York. Still confused? Well think of Apple Picking, fresh air and mountains.
As apart of a community initiative the Ulster County Executive office curated a Tech and Entrepreneurship centered tour for NYC residents to get a chance to see what Ulster County has to offer. When I first heard about the tour I was a bit skeptical. In my head only the city had a booming tech and entrepreneurship community. Anytime I thought of upstate New York I instantly thought about a more rural kind of lifestyle where Tech was used but wasn't priority. My gosh was I wrong! The tour stole my heart and had me ready to move to Ulster County the very next day!
Here's a Run down of the amazing adventure that took place that day:
I never win anything and on October 2nd I got an email from Gary Sharma letting me know that I had won tickets to Savor the Success' Rock the World Conference.
Thanks Gary! ( Learn more about Gary at Garysguide and apply to win event tickets)
This day long conference was just Magical. Savor the Success is a membership based support Network for Women professionals. With over 100 trailblazing women in the room I got the opportunity to hear some great advice, insights and life lessons on being a woman.
As a mom and a business woman it’s hard to balance both my personal and professional schedules. I get invited to events all the time in which I want to attend but then the issue of childcare arises. I have to find a sitter, then calculate how long I will be out, pack and prepare my son to go to the sitter and so many other details. Just planning out who will be his temporary care giver while I am out is a whole new job and quite frankly a very time consuming process. Then the issue of picking him up and heading home after events was a whole new dilemma especially living in New Jersey and commuting to New York. Then I came up with a simple and pretty obvious solution. This solution was to BYOB (Bring our Own Baby) when attending events. For the last few months I have been bringing my son along with me to all sorts of events. Networking, Tech Meetups, Demo nights, Mastermind Groups, Conferences and more.
Here are 10 Reason why you should also BYOB:
Yes you did indeed read that title correctly. I am an ordained minister. More specifically I am a wedding officiant. Why did I become a wedding officiant? Well I don’t have just one reason I have 10 and they are:
On this blog I plan to share my story while inspiring other humans to follow their passions, dive into the world of entrepreneurship,
and be amazing at everything they do.