Respect Your Choices: Finding Balance in Success
Twenty years ago, Vaughn J. McNeill, was a man struggling with his identity as a bi-racial man, being adopted, divorced, bankrupt, and homelessness. Determined to break out of a defeatist mindset and chasing dead-end dreams that were holding him back from success, Vaughn victoriously changed his life. Today, he lives the life of powerful choices.
In his book, Respect Your Choices: Finding Balance in Success, Vaughn shares his methods to creating a life that is rich in every way possible. Focusing on the three areas of life that must be refined to bring about positive outcomes – Purpose, Respect, and Choices, he identifies the framework upon which a fulfilled existence is built. Respect Your Choices offers thought provoking lessons, actionable plans, and personal experiences, and then makes clear that respecting your choices will help you find balance between your outlook and outcome.
If you change your perception, you change your outlook and once you change your outlook you change your outcome. Your outcome can be either positive or negative, as it’s relative to you!
by Jaguar Wright & Charron Monaye
Jaguar Wright— mother, culinary queen, original member of the Okayplayer Collective, and Soul/R & B vocalist who has performed with the likes of: The Roots, Jay-Z, Al Green, Terri Lynne Carrington, and a host of others — candidly shares her story of the fame, fortune, setbacks, and success that she experienced as a recording artist.
They say, “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”; this could not be further from the truth for Jaguar Wright. Her new book project, The Woodshed, reveals how Jaguar’s personal and artistic journey intertwined with her struggles as an eclectic artist who could only seemingly thrive in her own creative space. Her story began on the streets of North Philadelphia, which shaped a series of life events leading her to sign a deal with MCA Records. Jaguar created and performed music that spoke to her extreme highs and lows. Her business struggles in tandem with her personal struggles with divorce forced Jaguar to pick up the pieces and learn how to create a new masterpiece without losing her creativity and the heartbeat of her artistry – her career as a vocalist. At the pinnacle of her struggles, Jaguar was subjected to incarceration as a consequence of protecting her child, but all in all – the tough battles gave Jaguar a new voice.
Combining her story with bold advice and fierce wordplay, Jaguar Wright teaches, motivates, and gives the real nitty-gritty truth about surviving as an artist while trying to be true to self.
Shattering the Barriers of Single Motherhood: A Single Mom’s guide to Power, Resilience, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Master Certified Single Mother Life Coach, Author, Speaker and Single Mother Academy Founder, Sang Thi Duong, has been advocating for Single Mothers for the past 20+ years, and what began as a personal journey has since grown into a movement with thousands of Single Mothers worldwide.
In her book, Shattering the Barriers of Single Motherhood: A Single mom’s guide to power, resilience, and the pursuit of happiness, she discusses what no one really wants to talk about – real life as a Single Mother and redefining Single Motherhood on their own terms through resilience, power, and pleasure. This triple threat combo is the part of Single Motherhood that women have been taught to push aside, ignore, and succumb to societal standards. Sadly, “Single Mother” carries a negative connotation anywhere and it’s time to change the trajectory into a powerful uprising of Single Mothers.
Readers will learn the secret ingredients many Single Mother is missing; how to crack the Single Mother stigma; why being a Single Mother is not a death warrant; what a Single Mother can dare, dream, and achieve —and how they can live their best lives, raise phenomenal children and much more.
THE BLACK BLOOD IN MY HEART
The Black Blood In My Heart tells the story of a young woman’s experience and escape from domestic violence. Through her ordeal, she had to learn how to escape from her abuser, reclaim her dignity, reconstruct her life, and rediscover her peace. Domestic violence doesn’t just happen “out there” somewhere. It happens in every state, city, and town.
In this “real-life” story, La’Mena Marie shares her personal accounts of being battered, raped and humiliated at the hands of her husband. When we take the vows of marriage, never do we expect for the phrase “Til death do us part” to be a literal action that our spouse attempts to make a reality. But when La’Mena said, “enough was enough” her attorney told her to write down the particular events to build a defense case in court to help her break free.
What was supposed to be a timeline of events to build a case against her ex-husband became a window into this woman’s story, this Diary! Every woman who has left an abusive man—every woman who has yet to leave—will find encouragement and hope from the voice of La’Mena Marie, a woman who broke free.
Maximizing Your Tax Refund Made Easy!
Personal taxes are not taught in school – and the process of learning how to manage your own finances can be fraught with painful missteps. Maximizing Your Tax Refund Made Easy, helps walk you through everything you need to learn to manage your tax refunds including the best ways to prepare a basic tax return, gain financial freedom, and debt elimination.
In this guide you will also learn how to save, budget, and ideas for investing. Maximizing Your Tax Refund Made Easy is not your average personal finance and tax book. Specifically written by an Accountant and for Millennials, Entrepreneurs, and Middle Class Individuals, it will help you:
- Understand and implement a financial plan (a.k.a. a budget!)
- Generate and maintain an emergency fund
- Learn how to save money
- Take control of your credit score
- Become debt-free
Learn from a personal finance expert – not the hard way!
Bruised, Broken, and Blessed
Bruised, Broken, and Blessed: Life Changing Stories That Will Ignite Hope, Elevate Personal Growth, and Confirm Your Greatness is a collection of short stories from storytellers, entrepreneurs, and life coaches bonding together to transport individuals from a place of brokenness to blessed.
This book contains stories written by a dynamic and diverse group of women, men, survivors, veterans, and actors. These stories represent the journey of women and men who have experienced life’s failures, disappointments, and losses, but had the resiliency to continue pressing forward towards their breakthrough. Life requires you to not only elevate your mindset, but to grow through, fail forward, and take that mighty leap of faith even when the pain is unbearable. Always remember that in life, you will face some experiences that will break and bruise you, but never stop realizing that your blessings are on the other side of the storm!
Co-Authors include: Sang Thi Duong, Jasmine York Ball, Michael Simmons, Briana McKnight, Ontaria Kim Wilson, Dennis LA White, Summer Fitch, Anissa Zabriskie, Kenneth R. Nelson Jr., Roberta A. Albany, Latisha Stephens, Carnell Poteat, and Tyressa Ty
Available March 7, 2018
Leonard Smith is the product of a broken home. The streets of Oakland, California raised him during the turbulent time of the 1980’s and created his belief system. The same streets that taught Leonard many lessons were both a gift and a curse. His name is well known on the streets and in the various Juvenile Detention Centers throughout the city of Oakland. Leonard has to constantly navigate between his feelings and his method of survival. The story of Leonard Smith is a cautionary tale of tragedy and triumph. Leonard’s life embodies what many youth face every day on the streets of every major city in America.