Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Do You in 2015

Dec. 30, 2014

by CathyHarrisSpeaks.com, Empowerment & Motivational Speaker

Too many of us are stuck in places and have not come up with definite plans of action to get unstuck.  As everyone prepare for a comeback from this mini-depression in 2015, my advice is to DO YOU IN 2015.  First you need to come totally clean with your life then figure out what will truly make you happy.

As most of you know through my business, AngelsPress.com, an empowerment and publishing company and as an Empowerment Guru, I often tell my audience to feel free to ask me any questions so that my advice can help them move forward.  A reader recently asked me how could she get national magazines to take her freelance articles. 

My response was to DO YOU IN 2015.  Because of the economy, most or many of these national magazines are about to go out of business.  Over the past few years, we have watch the quality of many of these magazines reach an all-time low.  These magazines have always catered to their advertisers who don't always have a positive message.

Essence Magazine is now white-owned and the quality of their articles have really deteriorated.  After 63 years Jet Magazine has gone from print to digital only so why are you trying to get your articles in national magazines when they are struggling to hang on by a thread?

I do believe, however, that every black household need to have a digital and paper subscription to BlackEnterprise.com.  

Technology has changed everything and we have not seen anything yet.  Since we now live in a new digital age, national magazines that have not changed their format won't survive.  So therefore, my advice to you is to DO YOU IN 2015

Since you have been gifted or been blessed with the ability to write -- then you have one of the best talents in the world.  Many people won't be able to start a business in this lifetime or express themselves simply because they don't have the ability to put their words on paper.  Not everyone can write especially since that took cursive out of most schools.

Being able to write means you can become a 'voice for the voiceless.'  So get your own audience instead of trying to get the audiences of these national magazines.  There are billions of people in the world so carve out your own niche.

A niche is a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing.  As an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker who continues to conduct extensive research and who has access to a large amount of information, I specialize in 'Self Help' and 'How To' information. 

I put this information out to my own audience in the form of articles, books (e-books, paperback books, and audiobooks), newsletters, radio shows -- The Cathy Harris Show, youtube.com postings Cathy Harris TV, teleseminars and soon webinars, and empowerment seminars and workshops at www.CathyHarrisSpeaks.com.

My advice to you is to stop running behind these national networks and create your own network.  With all the social media networks out there -- Facebook.com, Twitter.com, Linkedin.com, Instagram.com, Pinterest.com, Ning.com, Yahoogroups.com, Google hangouts - just to name a few, there are billions of people waiting to get your message so DO YOU IN 2015

At one time I was just as guilty as others.  When I initially became a whistleblower, TheCathyHarrisStory.com, in 1999, and because the media was the best outlet for a whistleblower, I ran behind civil rights leaders to help me keep my story in the media.  

I also ran behind media entities to help me tell my story -- until I became a civil rights leader, a freelance writer and a syndicated columnist and started writing my own line of articles to tell my own story. 

No one knew my story better than me so it was important that I told my own story initially in my first book in 2001"Flying While Black: A Whistleblower's Story" which has been revised into two books "The Cathy Harris Story: A Whistleblower's Victorious Journey to Justice" and "The Failure of Homeland In-Security: The Government's Dirty Little Secrets from an Insider"under my own company, AngelsPress.com.

Most people spend their entire lives running behind these national networks which have readers that have literally put their lives on hold.  According to experts, over 95% of people are drifting through life and 5% is making something turn up.  So you need to decide if you will be in the 95% or the 5%. 

I am definitely in the 5%.  Get your own audience and get out there and educate people.  Even though I think it's important to form business alliances and strategic partnerships, it's important that you start off by DOING YOU.  

Many people are so desperate to be a part of something -- that they get involved in negative networks, for instance, many African Americans join groups dealing with Network and Multi-Level Marketing (aka Pyramid Schemes). 

As everyone prepare to make a comeback from this mini-depression, what we need right now is 'everyone on deck.'  Everyone with the abilities to educate, inform and empower need to get off the sidelines or come out of the shadows and create their own empowerment networks.

We need mobile training centers, empowerment institutes, non-fiction book clubs, Let's Read Campaigns, etc. and every home, car, and office must literally become a learning center.  
In your home it's imperative that you listen to FREE teleseminars, low-cost webinars, teachings on social networking sites especially on YouTube.com (Cathy Harris TV).

It's estimated that most people especially our youth watch at least 7 to 8 hours of TV everyday.  If you are not looking at discovery channel, animal channel, history channel, financial shows and other empowerment networks on TV -- then there is no reason that your TV should be on. 

Every child need to have their own reading devices versus TVs.  Amazon.com, the largest online book publishing website, have tons of FREE e-books.  

In your car you need to listen daily to empowerment audiobooks while you drive -- instead of 'booty-shaking' music.  Unlike in the past, there are very few positive radio networks out there and you can't expect the ones that are left to offer good educational shows.  It's never going to happen!

If you work in a workplace and you get 30 minutes to an hour for lunch then sit in your car or another quiet place and read books (e-books, paperbacks, audiobooks), listen to educational shows or youtube.com postings.  

Only 3% of Americans have library cards so it's imperative for everyone to get back into the library.  Go to the library at least once or twice a week and find out what your public library has for you in books (ebooks, paperbacks and audiobooks), CDs, DVDs, recycled magazines, newspapers, etc.

Just some of the ways everyone can educate themselves in a new field include -- 2 Year Community Colleges; 4 Year Colleges and Universities; Technical Schools; Adult Education Classes; Online Internet Courses; Correspondence Courses; Unemployment Offices; Small Business Administration (SBA.gov); Small Business Development Centers (SBDC); Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE.org) - just to name a few.

People learn differently but 'self-education' will be key if you plan on turning your life around.  If you are a detail-oriented person then you might do better reading books and other material to learn but if you have a hard time focusing, you will probably do better asking questions and taking notes at community classes, seminars and workshops or even listening to educational radio shows, teleseminars and webinars from your home.

Mainstream media monitors internet radio and other social media networks for their stories so these are great ways to build your own national network.

There is no white horse coming to rescue anyone.  You are the white horse -- so that person in the mirror (Y-O-U) can be your 'best friend' or your 'worst enemy' so don't forget to work on you first.  

The goal is to "Change Your Food and Change Your Life."  Because foods affects every area of your life from your mood, to your behavior, to your happiness and your enjoy quality of life -- make sure you are getting your daily dose of good, natural and raw nutrients in your diet while you clean up your environment by going totally natural from head to toe.

Then implement the 12 steps into your life at "Cathy Harris 12 Steps To Wellness" which came directly from my first health book How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days (Series 3)" -- so read that book.

Once you work on you -- everything around you will change.  You will be ready to live a balanced life and your brain will finally be in syn with your body and life will hand you all types of possibilities and opportunities for living a great life.  But first and foremost you have to show up in your own life and take back control of your own life and DO YOU.

You can read more empowerment blog posts at "Cathy's Purposeful Life Journey Blog."  Cathy Harris is an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Self-Publishing Coach and the author of over 20 non-fiction books.  She can be contacted through her empowerment company at Angels Press, P.O. Box 19282, Austin, TX 78760,http://www.angelspress.com, email:info@angelspress.com.  She is available for health, business and self-publishing seminars and workshops atwww.CathyHarrisSpeaks.com.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dreams Derailed - Are You Ready to Get Back On Track With Your Dreams?

Sep. 15, 2014

I haven't written a blog post for a while due to my move from Tampa, FL to Philadelphia, PA to Austin, TX.  This week's blog post is entitled "Dreams Derailed."

With all the despair and hopelessness in this country at this time, I want to inspire everyone with my tips on how to get back on track with living your dreams.  Many people have gotten off track with their dreams and don't know which direction to turn. 

Sometimes it's because of their real lack of desire to change their lives. For some reason or another -- people are afraid of changes especially as they age but this is especially the time that everyone should think about how they will live the rest of their lives.  

Change in itself can bring about true happiness and I am living proof of that.  In January 2013, I left Atlanta, GA after 19 years in search of a new home and environment since my neighborhood had become a crime-infested area and I wanted a new group of customers and clients for my business, Angels Press (http://www.angelspress.com).  

After living my dreams by being on the road for an entire year and traveling to 15 states with "The Cathy Harris Empowerment Tour" -- which was a "National Humanitarian Tour," I finally realized that I wanted to settle down in Austin, TX, where I will be building new business empowerment networks in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and other surrounding areas.

Many people have gotten off track because of the people they have allowed to come into their lives.  Many times it could be family members, relationships, friends or associates that will keep people from living their dreams.  

Remember other people won't see your dreams so it's important for you to protect your dreams by getting co-dreamers.  So surround yourself with people who will help protect your dreams.

No matter what has caused you to get off track, getting back on track will be about dedication, commitment, self-discipline and will-power.

A great philosopher once said, "You are what you think about all day long" -- so first for you to move in the directions of your dreams, you need to protect your thoughts.  Anytime a negative thought creeps into your mind, you need to replace it with a positive thought.

The great philosopher also said, "Change your thoughts and change your life."  So again what you are thinking about all day long -- you will become?  If you think about poverty, hunger and disease -- then that is what you will manifest in your life.  If you think about being happy, energetic and full of life, then that's the type of life you will live.

When you get out of bed everyday your goal should be to walk in the direction of your dreams and the best way to do this is to be positive. The best way to stay positive is to turn your brain back on by eating natural, fresh, raw, organic foods (eat from the land); Turn off the stove because heat depletes nutrients -- and juice, blend and steam green foods (the darker the green the better) which builds up your body and releases serotonin in your brain which makes you feel good; Take 1,000 to 2,000 mg of Vitamin D-3 everyday which is the mood vitamin; Get at least 20 minutes of sunlight everyday which will help your mood; Take 2 tablespoons of Omega 3 Flaxseed Oil everyday which is good for your brain, skin, hair, nails, PMS/Menopause, prostate, etc.; and engage in a regular exercise program which releases endorphins in your brain which makes you feel good. 

Also get plenty of sleep every night by going to bed the same time every night.  Don't forget to clean up your environment by going totally natural from your head to toe by using only natural products on your body and natural products to clean your house with.  

Once you turn your brain back on, you will not believe the opportunities and possibilities that will present itself in your life.  You will be able to see your entire life in a new light and get back on course with moving in the directions of your dreams.  Good luck!  CathyHarrisSpeaks.com 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Speaking 101

April 24, 2014 
Hey All:

You know I love you, right?  My blog post this week is Speaking 101.  I don't post a blog post every week but only when I have something really relevant to say or when I reach some type of milestone in my life. 

I can officially call myself an "audio producer" and "audiobook narrator."  I have 35 videos at Cathy Harris TV and I just finished my first audiobook "Diabetes 101: 3rd Largest Killer."   Wow...what an experience!!!  I can't believe I did it!!!

The audiobook will be available soon at Amazon.com, Audible.com and Itunes.com and with me at my events especially since Diabetes is the number one killer of African Americans.  

At this point in my life, I really wasn't looking for anymore titles, but as a business owner, you will find out that you will end up doing a lot of the work your ownself especially if you want it done right.

I use to hate how I sounded on recordings.  But remember most people are their biggest critics.  Sometimes your biggest enemy will be that brain between your two ears telling you what you can or cannot do. 

Remember the old voice recorders, I thought my voice sounded like a frog but as I grew older -- I learned to love my voice.  We all have things that we don't like about ourselves and sometimes those things can become our greatest assets.  However, I still cringe sometimes when I hear my voice but at this point in my life, it's as good as it gets.

What everyone need to understand is that everyone is human and you should never give up on yourself and the possible talents you might have that can help others.  Remember everyone has some type of talent or passion which is of value to others.

Becoming a speaker was hard work along the way.  After being on anti-depressants for one year after I blew the whistle in 1998, not only did I have memory loss, but I had to work with a speech coach from a college just to learn how to talk again.  

I also attended toastmasters.org which was very beneficial in helping me present to an audience which I recommend for any business owner especially all up and coming speakers and authors.

Medications of any kind will not only mess you up, all medications (especially antidepressants) will have side effects and will sometimes take away abilities that you may never get back again.  However, I am happy to announce my memories eventually returned and that was the only time in my entire life that I have ever been on medications.

When I retired from U.S. Customs in 2005, and launched my company, AngelsPress.com, I was a speaker but not an Empowerment Speaker.  So my company at that time was only a publishing company - not empowerment company. 

The only topics I was well-versed in was "workplace discrimination" and "international traveling" -- but most people don't fight back so I knew I could not build a second career on the topic of workplace discrimination or even international traveling -- so I had to gain access to topics that people really wanted to hear more about.

So how did I do that?  In order to gain valuable knowledge and put myself in a position to have access to great information, not only did I continue with a national e-newsletter that I had launched in 1998 to expose U.S. Customs, National Black Agenda Online, but my home and car literally became a learning center.

In 2012, I launched an initiative to show others what they needed to do to take control of their own lives and gain valuable information

Every step I have taken in my life up until now seem to have been in divine order to put me where I really needed to be to bring peace, joy, and happiness into my life and the people's lives that I care deeply about.

I want to thank everyone who have known me over the years for your support and others who are getting to know me now.  I wish you nothing but peace, joy, and happiness and as an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, I will continue alongside of you in the fight to make your lives and the lives of the people you care deeply about ...like heaven...on earth.  Just remember "All in Divine Order."    CathyHarrisSpeaks.com