Monday, August 28, 2017

NBP21: Professional and Personal Development with Andrea Imafidon




In today’s episode we talk about the “hustle & grind”, #GetPaidNotPlayed, three tips to manage your business tasks with ease instead of overwhelm, steps to maintaining a growth mindset, the story behind the business name, overcoming adversity, the importance of a strong support system and journaling to grow.

TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE: The story behind Andrea’s business name and how it embodies Andrea’s business message. Andrea’s process to supporting her clients to grow via. “growth work” Overcoming adversity & negative energy with a strong support system, self love and long drives. Three ways to manage your business. Seeing the beauty in the every day and finding time for movement. ANDREA IMAFIDON SAID: “Seeing the greatness in people when they don't see it themselves.”

“Using your own voice and own power in situations.”

“We have been created to serve a purpose.”

“Hearing your own soul voice.”

“Having a voice is my WHY.”

HEAR MORE ABOUT ANDREA IMAFIDON: Andrea C. Imafidon, MSW is a certified Personal and Professional Development coach and image and brand consultant, who helps individuals, organizations, and small businesses become their best version of themselves on and offline through personal and professional image and branding and goal setting. She is also a speaker, mentor, digital storyteller and social media consultant. She is the digital storyteller and content creator at Brown Girl From Boston. She served as a guest blogger on “Blavity”, “Black and Married with Kids” and “xoNecole”. She also appeared on TLC’s Bling It On with Sondra Celli. Andrea is the author of three books, “Manifesting Your Greatness,” a goal setting book to help others to become goal getters, “Turning Your Passion Into A Paycheck: How to Monetize Your Passion, Strengths, and Gifts,” which is a guide to starting your startup and Self-Care For Brown Girls a healthy and holistic guide for Black and Brown women to truly and unapologetically take care of themselves. Andrea is a 2016 RISBJ Women to Watch Entrepreneurial Women to Watch nominee. Andrea served as a Social Media Roundtable Expert at the 2016 Massachusetts Conference for Women. She also served as an entrepreneurship mentor for South Coast Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll). She is the 2014 Practico Innovation Business Pitch Idea Winner for her StartSavvy app.

Andrea Imafidon is a professional coach with a certification in personal development coaching from The CaPP Institute. She earned an M.S. in Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. in Social Work from Tuskegee University.

FAVOURITE QUOTE TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD Progress Over Perfection

ONE BOOK YOU SHOULD READ The Power of Broke by Daymond John


In today’s episode we talk about the “hustle & grind”, #GetPaidNotPlayed, three tips to manage your business tasks with ease instead of overwhelm, steps to maintaining a growth mindset, the story behind the business name, overcoming adversity, the importance of a strong support system and journaling to grow.

TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE: The story behind Andrea’s business name and how it embodies Andrea’s business message. Andrea’s process to supporting her clients to grow via. “growth work” Overcoming adversity & negative energy with a strong support system, self love and long drives. Three ways to manage your business. Seeing the beauty in the every day and finding time for movement. ANDREA IMAFIDON SAID: “Seeing the greatness in people when they don't see it themselves.”

“Using your own voice and own power in situations.”

“We have been created to serve a purpose.”

“Hearing your own soul voice.”

“Having a voice is my WHY.”

HEAR MORE ABOUT ANDREA IMAFIDON: Andrea C. Imafidon, MSW is a certified Personal and Professional Development coach and image and brand consultant, who helps individuals, organizations, and small businesses become their best version of themselves on and offline through personal and professional image and branding and goal setting. She is also a speaker, mentor, digital storyteller and social media consultant. She is the digital storyteller and content creator at Brown Girl From Boston. She served as a guest blogger on “Blavity”, “Black and Married with Kids” and “xoNecole”. She also appeared on TLC’s Bling It On with Sondra Celli. Andrea is the author of three books, “Manifesting Your Greatness,” a goal setting book to help others to become goal getters, “Turning Your Passion Into A Paycheck: How to Monetize Your Passion, Strengths, and Gifts,” which is a guide to starting your startup and Self-Care For Brown Girls a healthy and holistic guide for Black and Brown women to truly and unapologetically take care of themselves. Andrea is a 2016 RISBJ Women to Watch Entrepreneurial Women to Watch nominee. Andrea served as a Social Media Roundtable Expert at the 2016 Massachusetts Conference for Women. She also served as an entrepreneurship mentor for South Coast Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll). She is the 2014 Practico Innovation Business Pitch Idea Winner for her StartSavvy app.

Andrea Imafidon is a professional coach with a certification in personal development coaching from The CaPP Institute. She earned an M.S. in Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. in Social Work from Tuskegee University.

FAVOURITE QUOTE TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD Progress Over Perfection

ONE BOOK YOU SHOULD READ The Power of Broke by Daymond John

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Brown Girl Branding 101


Brown Girl Branding: Artists, creatives and side hustlers, please protect ya neck and your brand. Please have a website. Please register your business. Please have contracts. Please research names and brands before naming and brand your business. Please have a business account. Please have an EIN number. Please run a dignify, integrity filled and honest business.

Schedule Your Start Your Startup Strategy Session Today: 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Don't Trash Your Business Idea Just Yet!! Free Webinar on July 20th!


Hey FLYness,
How are you doing? How was your weekend? I know you are probably at home winding down with your feet up or probably in bed resting while reading this email. I am going to make this email short, simple and brief because we have to conquer another day tomorrow. 

Many of you may have some amazing ideas but are afraid of executing your ideas, don't think you can make money from your idea or the product/service may exist in which you are on the verge on trashing your idea. 

During this webinar, we are going to discover/discuss five key points:
1. Understanding that no idea is a bad idea
2. Why you must research your idea/market
3. What's your commitment level of starting a side hustle/Investing in yourself and product
4. Branding Yourself and Your Business
5. Content/Product/Services strategy

Please join us on July 20th from 8 PM EST/7 PM CST from the comforts of your home, on your laptop, tablet, phone and etc. 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/788937772

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +14157629988,,788937772# or +16465687788,,788937772#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 788 937 772
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=amBYhSiZZ6b563NnqhEkhj9H-uXrauWk 

A Replay will be posted to the Brown Girl From Boston FB page. Please share this information with your friends, family, or tribe that are in need of turning their ideas into a side hustle/full-time business.

Peace, Love, and FLYness

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

'Cause I'm Paid in Full: How I Paid Off One of My Student Loans Effortlessly

"Thinking of a master plan
Cause ain’t nothing but sweat inside my hand
So I dig into my pocket, all my money spent
So I dig deeper, but still coming up with lint

So I start my mission, leave my residence
Thinking how could I get some dead presidents
I need money, I used to be a stick-up kid
So I think of all the devious things I did
I used to roll up, this is a hold up
Ain’t nothing funny
Stop smiling, be still, don’t nothing move
But the money

But now I learned to earn cause I’m righteous
I feel great so maybe I might
Just search for a 9 to 5
If I strive then maybe I’ll stay alive
" -Eric B and Rakim, Paid In Full


So...I have officially paid off one of my student loans I took out to study abroad in Jamaica while in graduate school.
Tribe, I didn't know this particular loan was paid in full since January!!! The master plan worked! Thank God for emails and communication with the loan officer! LOL! 

How did I pay off that particular loan? I paid twice the amount each month and in 2012 I've spent a Summer as an Americorps Vista (https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps)! As a Vista, I was able to use my education reward to use towards my student loan payments! 

*Loan Forgiveness Programs*

1. Public Service Loan Forgiveness
2. Teacher Loan Forgiveness
3. Teacher Cancellation for Federal Perkins Loan
4. Special Teacher Forgiveness Programs for Each State
5. Forgiveness with Income Based Payment
6. Americorp Vista *education awards to be used for student loans/tuition assistance*
7. Peace Corps *Pays up to 90% of student loans*

The key to building wealth is to pay off your debt, stay current on your bills, use credit responsibly and invest your money wisely! Sometimes, you have to make sacrifices such as relocating to an affordable city, live below your means, taking another job with higher pay, getting rid of cable, limit your eating out/coffee expenses, moving back in with your parents and start a side hustle or become a brand ambassador which I will discuss soon.


1. What financial goals do you have?
2. What bill(s)do you desperately need to pay off?
3. How are you going to budget your money?
4. What is something you want to own? Business? House? Property? 

Don't forget to pay yourself because you spent 40+ hours a week commuting, pouring your energy and hard work on your job or business!