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Sometimes pursuing your goals can be exhausting. I had spent hours planning a photoshoot for my new product, only to be let down by the colors of my labels, the lighting, and the sunlight. I was disappointed and got very emotional. I also spent over 18 hours looking for a Web developer to design a new web application for my start-up business, and it has been overwhelming combing through hundreds of messages, jumping on one Skype call and another.
Building a dream can be time-consuming the journey of getting to the point where you can show off what you’ve been building, can feel like hell. Most times we forget that the journey is part of the dream. It is all-encompassing, its the full package.

Dreams are sometimes like that, they are never as expected. We plan things out perfectly in our heads but reality gives us a check and we must adjust accordingly. There are several ways to combat the funk that comes up when things don’t work out as planned.

#1: Let it flow. Sometimes what we focus so much on perfecting isn’t always necessary. In the case of my photoshoot, I focused on the positives, adjusted a few things and went along with the process.

#2: Don’t get funky: it’s easy to get upset, discouraged, and downright funky because you didn’t have your way. You have to keep one thing in mind (nothing good comes easy). Always remember that when next you hit a block on your way to greatness. In my case, I focused only on the positive and put a spin on the photoshoot.

#3: Step back: One way to not flat line and kill your dream, is to step back and re-access; ideas can come at us with grandeur and our budget, skills, and resource can’t make it out the way we see it in our heads. It’s okay to step back and find another angle to accomplish your goals without losing your mind.

The truth is your dreams have a life of their own. They may not always take the intended course but be rest assured that they will come true.


Prior to establishing her coaching business, Regena was, & still is a real estate investor, active Realtor, a Certified Yoga Instructor and Soul Language Practitioner. She works with individuals & families to help them create transformation through wealth (specifically with real estate education & asset allocation), health with Yoga and Mediation & Spiritual Awareness, aligning them with their life’s mission and purpose.
Marrying her commitment to the public through real estate, and her love for supporting people live more authentically, Regena offers a range of programs and services including group yoga classes, private yoga instruction, transformational coaching & energy healing through Reiki and more. She works Nationally and spreads her message across the country in workshops and retreats.
(This is as a result of extensive personal transformation she herself experienced through years of deep healing work, mind, body and emotional healing). Regena specializes in helping her students and clients get unstuck and move through fear. Supporting them in living more purposefully, and passionately! Whether it’s on a mat, in a private session, in a classrooms, or out in the field showing properties, Regena is committed to helping Conscious Men & Women and families, achieve the results they wish to acquire.

What or Who inspired you to start your business? 

My frustration and experience with what wasn’t working in my life. I sought support and guidance, found out it was within me but needed a jump start and started working with coaches. 

How do you develop Key partnerships? 

Best partnerships are created with intention and sincere communication with clarity on what each partner contributes and clear agreements of what’s expected and to be delivered. 

How did you get funded or what creative strategies did you use to execute on minimal cash flow?

Aligning with others that get my message and what I do, and how I serve. I also used collaborative, mutually benefiting joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Another way I funded my business was through speaking engagements, classes, and workshops. 

What habits helped make you successful?

Focus, and masterminding with like-minded professionals. Investing in myself, my businesses and coaching.  

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

I believe in community and cooperation. There’s plenty for everyone. Not everybody speaks the same language although they may share similar material or style, it’s never the same. I also focus on the abundance mindset.  

What was your biggest mistake?

Believing that I had to be perfect. There’s no such thing as perfection.

How do you deal with failure and how do you learn from failures?

Failure is growth, it’s imperative in achieving success. If not learning from what’s perceived as “failure” one never grows. It’s only “failure” if one doesn’t learn. 

What was unexpected when you started your business?

It takes time, and sweat equity and still no guarantees. 

What did you learn?

That there’s always more to learn. And I learn from mistakes. I can easily learn from other people’s mistakes, it doesn’t all have to be my own. 

What would you have done differently?

Take more risks, and show up even more authentically by being myself – sharing my story more. Doing that NOW 🙂 

How can you minimize the unknowns?

Trusting the Universe/ God is in charge. Some risks cannot be pre-calculated. 

What advice would you give inspiring entrepreneurs?

Take more risks. Be Yourself and Share Your Story More. (Don’t be stingy.)

What does it mean to live a Designed Life?

Live with Purpose, No Matter What. Surround Yourself with Positive, Loving People that Will Support Your Vision

What impact do you want to have on the world or change you’d like to see?


What is your why?

My family, 1st generation Ukrainian American, my parents came here to make a better life. I AM THAT VEHICLE to make that happen. Global Transformation. 

What makes your business/product unique?

My experience and background. We are all unique and special. 

Describe yourself in one word?


What mantra do you live by?


What habits and mindsets made you successful?

Focus on what works, and move forward. 

What life lessons shaped you?

Happiness is a Choice, choose happiness and the rest will show up

How have they impacted your life or business?

Keeps me focused on what works, as opposed to living in the past. Freedom from struggle 

Where does your passion come from?

Personal experience, suffering, and letting go of what doesn’t work. 

What makes you smile?

Knowing that there are so many people in the world ready to uplift and impact others. 

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?

Hmmm…. I’ll take all three please 🙂 Thank you! 

Describe your happy place. 

In the present moment. 

What is your superpower/ how do you use it?

My Superpower is LOVE – coming back to LOVE, over and over and over again. 

Finish this statement, A WOMAN IS the power and future of GLOBAL transformation.  

How are you living out loud?

By sharing my story with confidence and creating global impact. 

What drives you?

People living with passion & purpose. Mirrors. 

How do you plan on living lavishly in the next decade?

Doing more and living abundantly with the flow of life, knowing when we do our life’s work/ assignment, the rest comes.

Regena Ozeryansky

Certified Yoga Teacher – Kids & Adults, Reiki Practitioner & Newly Certified Soul Language Practitioner

Company Name: Internal Peace Now


Instagram: @Yogini_RealEstateReg

Direct: 786-286-8127 

MT: 406-662-1569

Now offering national Classes, Retreats & Workshops

“Helping People Heal, From the Inside Out!” 

Kehinde Daramola is a Licensed Architect from Nigeria with a Masters Degree in Architecture from Covenant University. Since her graduation, she has worked in different capacity and on different projects  including residential, commercial, and industrial projects with few architectural firms. As a single mom of two amazing sons, she focuses on making sure she provides the best for them, “nothing matters to me more than their well-being and for them to get the best that I can offer”, she exclaimed. After the loss of her husband in 2015, she had to wake up to the challenge life had thrown at her; “I realized that my 9-5 job couldn’t do so much in meeting up with our daily expenses”, she said.
In 2018 she decided to quit her job to start a firm where she focuses on furniture making, interior design, and construction; she was inspired to start her business so she can be more financially independent, grow her network, and also grow her net worth.

As an Architect, she works strictly in ensuring that her clients’ job are delivered to specification, on budget and  in time. “Before I went into business I had always felt I needed a good capital for me to start but I realized that not all businesses require money, so I learned a skill in furniture making then started my business on Zero capital, my first job funded itself and my business has been thriving ever since”.
On interviewing Kehinde, she shared some nuggets on what inspired her to start her firm, how she started her business, and what she considers success to be.
What habits helped make you successful?
I would not say I have attained success yet because I’m on a journey to unending learning and growth; what I have learned so far is that I must be consistent, persistent and be open to learning new things, always.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I have an edge over my competitors because as an architect I have a background in space planning, design, and specifications which gives my clients the type of satisfaction we’d always wanted from them.
What was your biggest mistake?
My biggest mistake is not knowing so much about the business side of my skill since I had no prior knowledge on how to run a  business so, I struggle with documenting how my business should be run.
How do you deal with failure and how do you learn from failures?
Every failure is an opportunity for growth and an opportunity to re-strategize; that is how I have handled it so far.
How can you minimize the unknowns?
Life in itself is unknown, the only thing I think we can minimize the unknown is to live ready and take more risks.
What advice would you give inspiring entrepreneurs?
My advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is that Just Start where you are, start growing and learn as you earn.
What does it mean to live a Designed Life?
For me living a Designed Life is living a purposeful life actualized by living your dreams and fulfilling your visions.
What impact do you want to have on the world or change you’d like to see?
I want my life to be a trigger for hundreds of women like myself, to inspire them to take hold of their destinies and start making a positive difference in their businesses and career. Someday I want someone to tell me because of you I didn’t give up.
Check out some of her Furniture designs on Instagram or Facebook 
Whatsapp Number: +234 8065744016

One of the highlights of being a mom who loves to cook, is the ability to whip up new recipes or find old time favorites to try. After a long uneventful  day, my boys and I decided to make something out of the pint of blueberries sitting in the refrigerator. We tried our hands on this amazing recipe and we loved every bite. The boys finished it all of course. This is definitely a great dessert to try, it’s not too sweet and it’s just right. It’s simple enough for beginners to whip up. We had it with vanilla icecream but you can simply eat with a cup coffee. Life’s Good!

Blueberry Buckle
1 stick butter
1 1/4 cups of sugar
1 egg
2 1/3 cups self rising flour or (2 1/3 flour mixed with 2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 salt stirred well)
1/2 cup milk
2 cups blueberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cream half the stick of butter with 3/4 cup sugar. Beat in the egg. Add 2 cups of self rising flour or flour mix then add 1/2 milk.
Fold in washed blueberries. Pour batter into a greased 9×9 inch pan. Sprinkle the top with crumb topping made with fork or hand blending the remaining 4 tbsp of butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Bake for 35 minutes. You will see how the top buckles and understand its name.
The top would be crunchy and the inside very moist and slightly fluffy.
Enjoy with a cup of coffee or with vanilla icecream.

Bon appetit


Eleni Sophia is 21 year old author and entrepreneur from London, UK. Having published three books, she is now the founder of her own publishing house Perspective Press Global. A publishing house specialising in publishing works of motivation and poetry for those under the age of 20! Eleni Sophia writes poetry, encouraging young women on the importance of self-love and the power of their mindsets. We caught up with Eleni for a candid conversation about her passion for writing.

What or who inspired your love for writing?

I normally write based on personal experience. A lot of the time I hear, ‘but you’re so young! How do you know all this?’ I truly believe ‘experience has no age’, we all go through things so we can learn, evolve, grow and help others- this makes the world go around! Also, funny enough, the definition of my name is wisdom!

How did you come up with the idea for your book?         

I wrote my first poetry collection after my first heartbreak, I was constantly feeling hurt and it hurt me, even more, knowing other young women possibly didn’t have anyone else to relate to. I took the chance and published ‘Good Morning to Goodnight.’ A poetry collection guiding young women through a process of healing throughout my poetry and teaching them the power of their mindsets!

What motivated you to become an indie author? 

My first ever heartbreak! Funny how beautiful things can flourish from the ‘worst situations.’ I was constantly writing on the ‘notes’ section of my phone so I compiled everything together in a book of poetry so I could help fellow young women possibly going through the same thing.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Writers block is a big one! I normally get random ideas at 3 am and this can be so interruptive to my sleeping pattern! But again, writing is something I love so I wouldn’t necessarily say its ‘challenging’, rather it’s nice to let out all emotions- very cathartic indeed 🙂

Did you come across any specific challenges in writing your book? What would you do differently the next time? 

Well I’ve published 3 now and I’d say writing my second book, ‘Perspective by Sophia Dearest’ was a tough one; this one is not poetry, rather, a self-help book. I talk a lot about the power of faith, and I simplify the law of attraction- again, a very controversial topic and a lot of research had to go into the book. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, so it literally is one of those ‘you love it or hate it’ kind of books! It has its niche.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day? 

I’ve always been self-motivated, and I adore the quote, ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ Knowing I have a platform where I can use my voice to impact and empower so many young women all over the globe keeps me going 100%. Also, receiving messages from people who have read my books and knowing the impact I am having, is just phenomenal!

Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you? 

It wasn’t much of a story, but I love reading self-development books so ‘The Secret’, 100%  Sounds cliché, but it changed my life; knowing I am the creator of my reality, wow! I’m so grateful to have discovered it so young!

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

Actually yes haha when I was 11- I had won a competition so a short story of mine was published in a young writers book here in the UK- it was completely fictional and a story about how my mum and I went to Dubai and ate loads and ‘shopped until we dropped!’

Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.

Honestly, I cannot sit in one place and write, it’s so strange- my mind goes blank! I normally get ideas at the most random time-so they’re mostly written in the notes section of my phone!

Where is your favorite place to write? 

Normally in my bedroom; if an amazing idea comes to mind at 3 am, I grab my phone and start typing away!

Any advice for aspiring authors?

I often get a lot of messages asking me this question. Honestly, just go for it! Stop self-doubting yourself; once you believe in your work, nothing else matters. It is similar to self-love, I say in my book, ‘This One’s for You’ the love you have for yourself sets the foundation for all your other loves. It is similar to self-belief, once you believe in your work, everyone else will too! Take that leap, if you never try, you never know!

What does it mean to live a Designed Life?

I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction so I have to say living and manifesting an amazing life on your terms through the art of visualization and affirmations 🙂


Find more snippets of her work on her Instagram here:

Good Morning to Goodnight 1st poetry book:

‘This One’s for You’ 2nd poetry book:

Perspective Press Global:



Let Your Mind Be Powerful

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Nothing is as important as surrounding yourself with thinkers. They expand your mind and propel you to use your brain with so much depth and passion. I don’t understand how to live otherwise.

I envision myself retiring in my 80s and spending my days giving talks, writing, and traveling so I can learn more.

I have no desire to acquire things. I want to immerse myself in a wealth of knowledge. I don’t talk latest fashion, or cars, or whatever people talk about. Although I have nothing against those who do.

Let your mind be powerful. Have depth. Think. Use some percentage of your brain on acquiring knowledge. Don’t just exist. There’s more to who you are than your imposed gender roles, and whatever else you waste time on.

Life has so much to offer. There’s so much knowledge out there, go find it. Read at least once a day. Learn something new each day. Take a few minutes to think (not worry) think.
Have at least one friend who has “Depth”. If you don’t already, this is the year to find one.


Stacey is an incredible woman, who despite the odds, started her journey of entrepreneurship after ending a relationship, going back to school, traveling the world, and sadly losing her younger cousin. The team at Designed Life are incredibly happy to share her story as a woman who found her voice, found herself, and decided to live her dreams.

Who inspired you to start your business AND your WHY:

I remember barely being a flickering spark of myself, after getting out of that relationship – at age 38! I felt so alone, and lost, after being torn apart by his parents because of my nationality and age, dating in secret, and after he eventually told me I’m easy to manipulate. I didn’t see the double life he was living. I wanted someone to stick up for me, to fight for me- blinded by wanting to prove myself and find my worth in him and his family. It all goes back to that time I was 12 years old, and that horrible grade; it was the first time I did poorly on a test. I was used to getting 90% or higher, my own disappointment was no match for how I thought my mom felt about it. I figured she must’ve thought I was stupid; unknowingly, I set out to spend the rest of my years proving I’m not stupid, proving I’m good enough, trying to live up to high standards. Quitting my job to travel around the world to 19 countries for a year, wasn’t enough to prove I’m enough. Nor was graduating from my second bachelor’s degree at the top of my class.

So there I was, picking up, and carefully placing my broken pieces back together. For two years, I rebuilt, reshaped, and relearned who I am. I delved into personal growth, took in all the teachings I could find, attended events, connected with like-minded people, took on a new position at work, and before you know it, I found me again. I realized I don’t need a relationship to give me worth, I don’t need to prove myself to anyone, I am capable, courageous, strong and imperfectly perfect the way I am. But I still longed for more in my life. I knew I had a calling to serve humanity, and didn’t know how or where to start.

It was there – in the dark conference room, in 2017, thousands of miles from home, on the first day, in the second row, right in front of the main speaker, and founder of the organization, in my glory, soaking in every word he said, where my answer came to me. My phone was vibrating off the hook, and when I finally picked it up, and read the words that almost stopped my heart, made me want to burst out crying, and closed in the room around me, I had an instant to make a choice, a choice I had to live with for the rest of my life. Would I stay or would I go? My younger cousin Casey back home had died, she had taken her own life.

It was that moment I decided to stay at the conference, to learn, grow, and become the best version of me! I saw my younger cousin struggle, I saw the darkness she lived in;
I thought, that could’ve been me! I remember those days I was diminished to nothing – I remember thinking I didn’t want to be here anymore. I decided at that moment I was going to go out there and shine my light, so others did not have to live in the darkness Casey lived in!
We don’t have to wait until we get into despair before we change our lives before we see the beauty and importance and possibility in life! That is when I made it my mission to work with women, to empower them, uplift them, help them build confidence, and instill limitless possibility! An empowered woman can change the world!

What mantra do you live by?
“If they can do it, I can do it”

 What mindsets made you successful?
a) I don’t allow myself to believe that anyone is above me, and that I can’t accomplish what others have accomplished. I don’t think there are superpowers that only a chosen few have. I believe we’re all equals and have the same ability to create our dream life, IF we are committed, dedicated, and work for it. I view the accomplishments of others as proof that it can be done!

b) Also, remembering, from my trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, that one baby step at a time will get me there! Slow and steady progress can move us up mountains!

Where does your passion come from?
Dancing, traveling, and people! My passion for traveling has taught me so much about people, perspective, what really matters in life, and seeing the big picture. The majority of this world lives without – are living in poverty, but have the most beautiful outlook on life. They have so little, but are so happy! I’ve learned so much from locals in developing countries I’ve traveled to. It’s so fulfilling and enriching for me to learn about people from all cultures, backgrounds, races, etc., what matters to them, what causes them to behave the way they do, and to understand them. My passion is learning about others, which is a vehicle for me to express and spread compassion and kindness.

What is your superpower/ how do you use it?
Asking really good questions! Most of my life I’ve been told I ask too many questions, and now I can see it as my superpower because I ask questions for a very specific reason – to gain understanding or to help others gain insight. When my clients tell me I’ve asked a question they’ve never been asked before, I take such delight, because, I know it will start the wheels turning, and bring them closer to a breakthrough. We all have the answers inside, we just need some help finding them – and that’s what a well thought out question does!

Business name:

Stacey MacKinnon; (Online Program: Confidently You)

Work with Stacey



A week ago I happened to come across a piece of paper with an organizational structure and map of sort written by my son. He had an outline of his Fortnite Team called Timo. 

Here’s the Timo Team Organizational Structure: 

  • The team- Timo
  • The meaning of the team name: Honoring God
  • Mission: To build the best fortnite players in world.
  • The founder/creator: My Son
  • Leaders 
  • Co-leaders/ co-founders
  • CEO
  • Members (right now 20 members and counting)

He created the team by reaching out to extremely good players. He found his Co-founders by posting in a group and amongst the co-founders he selected a CEO/owner. He then reached out to more people and grew his team to about 20 members. They play together to sharpen their skills. There are about 8 tiers of membership  based on age group and skill level and each member tier has it’s own leader. How cool is that? 

This morning I found out he (my son) is on another team with people of his same skill level. He lets the CEO manage Timo team and daily plays. 

I asked why he isn’t on the team he created? He said he wanted the team to grow with the help of the CEO and leaders and not be the in the way. He also wanted to sharpen his skills and come back to Timo to lead. I was puzzled but I get it. So many times we can become complacent or feel like mini gods when we are in charge or when we start a team. He explained that he made sure he selected better players than himself that can teach him so he gets better. As a mom and a business woman, I honestly never taught him any of these. He somehow learned this on his own. So many times we build businesses and waste resources teaching and training people to do their jobs (nothing wrong with that). 

But looking at my son’s strategy, I’m leaning towards hiring and recruiting people better than me. Meaning, hiring and collaborating with people who can run with my vision and be incredible at their jobs from day one. People who can teach me and people I can learn from. 

I learned a few lessons from this TIMO Team created by my 10 year old son:

  1. Look for people smarter and better than you to build your business, nonprofit, organizations etc. Give them all the tools to thrive and step back as they create magic. My son spends time researching and looking for players who are better than him. Then he allows the CEO manage TIMO Team, micro managing a team isn’t healthy and limits the growth of the business.
  2. Reach out to people to grow your team. You can’t run your business alone, find and build a team with A+ players. Sit and learn from them to grow rapidly. There are people willing to run with your vision if you share it effectively.
  3. Believe in the power of collaboration. Collaboration is a key to expedited success. If you see a team, business,company, person, etc. that is better than you or your business and can add to your growth.. reach out and collaborate. 
  4. Step aside, once you create an effective team; step aside and let them run with your vision. My son spends time on other online teams to better his skills. He streams his games and spends time learning video game editing instead of running TIMO. Just because you created something doesn’t mean you must run it. 
  5. Be confident. My son believes in his ability to play really well. He calls himself the greatest fortnite player alive. Believe in your idea, your dream, and look for others that can help make it happen. 

This is the last week of the year, so as you begin to structure your business and organization, keep Timo Team in mind. Some of it  you may already have implemented but some may be a great addition to your business in 2020.

Happy New Year in Advance. 

Follow my son on and You can also subscribe to Timo Fortin (my son) YouTube channel and twitch account. Also they still need young members so maybe you know tweens that can join the team.  and

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Dear Small Business Owner

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Your venture isn’t a one hit wonder, it’s a building process to attain whatever strata you want in your sector.

In 2019 You made good plans, you strategised, the numbers looked good, you up-ed your networking game, you made noise where it mattered to be seen and gain relevance, you made efforts to develope yourself, you improved on your product or service and a lot of other things i might not know about.

There are no small victories. WELL DONE.?

Whether that worked out well or not, 2019 is almost out.
Reassess how you did. Don’t dwell so much on the things that were out of your control. But note the areas you know had inadequate attention, poor planning and bad decisions.

Now you gotta double that effort you gave in 2019. If you had a target to reach 10K people this year, double that in 2020. If you had set a goal to network with at least 10 different groups or people, double that.

Talk is cheap. Once you strategise and set those goals, hit the ground running in 2020.

I Believe in Prayer a lot. You should too every step of the way.

We will all Succeed.

Linda Dooyum Kpum

CEO 1278 Marketplace


People Networking

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You need this in whatever sector you’re engaged in, even if it’s the secret service.

As an ambivert and being highly misunderstood, intentional people-networking had been a weakness for me. But then again…when you start a business it builds and teaches you so many things.

So I learnt.

1. Power lies with how well you can network with people.

2. Leverage and opportunities lies with the people you network with.

3. Camaraderie, friendships that lasts a lifetime lies with people you network with. Try to make it as healthy as possible.

4. Valued Information and other forms of education lies with the people you network with. Be willing to share with them as well.

5. Never underestimate the power of a contact. Ensure you’re deliberately building blocks of network at every level. That guard is as important and sometimes even a more valuable contact than the MD.

Let’s network with people more. I am trying to do it better too.

P.S: I deliberately avoided the Word: Influence(r)


Linda Dooyum Kpum

CEO 1278 Marketplace