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Flashlight Moments in the Dark Presents: Tyora Moody

The last week of the 1st quarter is upon us and all I can say is wow. Where did the time go. I was able to hit my goals for the first quarter. I launched my podcast and started this series which I am extremely proud of. If you have missed the interviews, I really recommend you catch up. Good stuff.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Tyora Moody. I first met Ty(as she is fondly called) on line when I released my first novel. She handled my publicity with so much ease that I didn’t have the stress I know many new authors have. The I got a chance to meet her in person at a book festival here in Atlanta and many other times since then. Read about her flashlight moment in the dark.

Unoma: Who is Tyora Moody?
Ty: She’s a quiet, focused woman who never likes to be bored and enjoys being creative and helping others pursue their goals. She takes life day by day and seeks to always keep growing.
Unoma: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your purpose journey?
Ty: I’m going to share my tagline from the last decade. Serving up a creative mix, flavored with FAITH
Unoma: What is the driving force in your life?
Ty: That’s a good question. To be on the path that God has destined for me. I have strayed down a lot of paths in the past that led to painful disappointments and unnecessary stress. God doesn’t promise an easy path, but I do think we can get in the way and make things worse.
Unoma: How do you balance family, faith and your passion/business?
Ty: Not very easily. I have learned the older I get to record my to do lists and goals, but remain flexible because life happens. I don’t have children, but I’m at the age where I’m the one looking after my parents. That’s a different place to be, but I appreciate the adult friendship with my parents. No matter what I’m pursuing, I try to remain conscious of my responsibilities as the oldest child.
Unoma: What was the single most devastating experience/challenge in your life and how did you overcome it?
Ty: The single most devastating experience in my life would probably be my divorce. The past few years I’ve gone through the phases of deep anger to finally forgiveness to that was a phase of my life. LOL! I have the testimony that when you forgive and let go, there is true freedom. I’m approaching being single for almost a decade now. I appreciate the woman I’ve become and continue to pray for growth and to be open to the future.
Unoma: How do you build confident expectations in your dark moments? (Business or Personal)
Ty: To build confident expectations it’s important to connect with God on everything, personal or business. Before I went to God for certain things. A few years ago, I had overwhelmed myself. It I remembered a few times being in tears and really mad with myself. It was during that time I learned it’s okay to pray about the type of clients you want for your business. I have prayed to God to help me narrow down the right types of services that I can deliver and still keep my sanity. And I went back to the basics of making sure I found balance through no working on the weekend, keeping dedicated hours and being able to be creative free-form style without all projects being for a client. I don’t feel the stress I did a few years ago.
Unoma: How does your understanding of the future give you hope for the present?
Ty: I’m a lot closer to 50 now and it’s funny everytime I look at my hair and see the number of gray hairs, I should be cringing, but I don’t. There’s a sense of gratitude. No one knows the future, but I’m grateful for how God takes care of us and how we survive life disappointments and are allowed to have new experiences. I’m also a person who leans towards the positive. That’s not always been the case, but you have to earnestly seek the hope in a situation, because it’s easy to be snatched in another direction.

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Unoma: What does it look like practically for you to “turn to the cross” in your business/ministry.
Ty: Don’t be afraid to bring anything to God in prayer. Don’t be selective. He’s given us talents and at times it’s confusing on what direction to go. Ask. Seek wisdom. That’s even more important if you’re a solopreneur and you are trying handle a lot of tasks on your own. I still keep a day job and there have been times when I wondering what would it be like to be that work from home entrepreneur. God answered that by increasing my day job duties and making that work even more interesting than ever. I think we need to turn to the cross constantly because He knows what’s next for us.
Unoma: What advice would you give your younger self?
Ty: Wow! To not listen to all the voices telling you what you SHOULD do. I wish I’d learned earlier to NOT be such a people pleaser, but to learn what was truly my own passion and pursue that first.

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Unoma: What can we look forward to from you this year? OR What are you working on?
Ty: I’m looking forward to a year of a lot of writing. I didn’t write as much as I wanted to last year. I have the first of three fiction projects I’m working on now. Relentless Heart is the third book in the Reed Family Series. The first two books are Broken Heart and Troubled Heart.
I also hope to write the third book in the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries and the second book in the Serena Manchester Series. I’m long past due for writing for these series.

I hope you enjoyed Ty’s enlightening interview. Find out how to get in contact with her below. Before we do that however I wanted to remind you of a couple of things.
Don’t forget to tune into  Anchor Talk for the concluding part to the gift series. Get your quick burst of inspiration, motivation and encouragement to help you push past the stagnation of uncertainty. Learn to glow in the dark places of purpose by building confident expectations in God’s promises. Also remember you have a special pre order offer with In the Dark paperback…a free Confident Expectation Prayer Journal(Light Pearls in the Dark)
OK, here is more about Ty

Bio: Tyora Moody is the author of Soul-Searching Suspense books which include the Reed Family Novellas, Eugeena Patterson Mysteries, Serena Manchester Series, and the Victory Gospel Series. She is also the author of the nonfiction book, The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, and the compilation editor for the Stepping Into Victory Compilations under her company, Tymm Publishing LLC.
As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her design and marketing company, Tywebbin Creations LLC. Popular services include virtual event planning, book covers and book trailers. Contact Tyora at TyoraMoody.com.

 

Ep9:Why Not Now? Confidence In His Time

Hi there! It’s another Tuesday and as you know another episode of Anchor Talk is now available. Have you subscribed yet? Viewers are enjoying the quick burst if inspiration to help you glow and manifest your inner light, to help you navigate the dark places.

We are now on Episode 8 and we are starting a series on Confidence. Over the next three episodes we will be talking about;

  1. Confidence Vs. Confident Expectations
  2. Confidence in His Time
  3. Confidence in His Calling
  4. Confidence in His Plan.

A lot of people give up on their dreams and desires for a lack of confidence. Their feeling of unworthiness can stem from a lack of confidence in themselves or God’s calling, God’s plan, or His time.

Today we talk about Confidence in His Time

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Join me these next three episodes as we break down this worldly strongholds.

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Flashlight Moments In the Dark Presents: Melinda Michelle

Hey y’all! Happy Valentines Day. It’s another Tuesday and today I welcome Melinda Michelle. She is known for her stories of warfare but that wasn’t what I got to know her for. No sir! I got to know her for her famous #GMMERants. Chile, they are off the chain. Here is an example…

#GMMERant: This one goes out to all the fast food restaurants that UNDER condiment! Listen…listen…listen. First of all…I’m a grown behind woman! What am I supposed to do with three ketchup packets? Really?! Like really?! It was your bright idea to have grown up fries, not mine. You could’ve had shoe strings, but you wanna be all fancy with crinkles and seasoned salt which requires EXTRA ketchup, cuz that ain’t regular salt! Then if I think, oh let me use the other sauce I got, that ain’t enough cuz you only give one of them then you want to charge for extra as if y’all ain’t high enough!!!! Listen, I know the struggle is real for everybody but the money y’all save on soda cuz of all the ice you use, you need to invest in ketchup packets!!! And for all of you that say, oh all you have to do is ask for more…LIES! When you ask for more they look at you like you have to pull out a birth certificate and a passport to prove you’re a US citizen and must pledge allegiance to their red, white and blue ketchup packet (yes Zaxby’s I’m throwing shade!) Anyways…just STINGY! I’m moving on with my life now, but all crew members expect a side eye!

Signed,
Choking on Potatoes

#TheyStingy #WhatHappenedToSharingIsCaring #IsntMyKetchupInThatOneCentExtraTaxIVotedFor #YallPlayTooMuch #UseShoeStringFriesIfYallGonBeCheap

I remember drinking a soda and aimlessly scrolling Facebook when I came across a #GMMERant. I chocked on my drink. She now does them few and far in between but when she does, I know she is thinking about me because she knows I love them. 😉

I have the pleasure of interviewing her today so lets get right to it.

Unoma: Who is Melinda Michelle?

Melinda: A woman that likes to laugh, wants to please God and trying to stay sane in an insane world.

Unoma: Yea we all need to laugh. It relieves a lot of stress and you really know how to make people do it too.In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your purpose journey?

Melinda: “My yes to God is one scary thing I’d repeat.”

Unoma: Oh wow! Now that’s a lot packed into that one sentence. Saying yes to Him is so scary. Sometimes I ask, “Are you sure God?” What would you say is the driving force in your life?

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Melinda: Fulfilling my Kingdom Purpose and missing no soul attached to my assignment.

Unoma : Yes I love that. Contrary to the popular belief, kingdom business comes with serious trials. So, fulfilling it is not for the faint at heart. Which is why I’m passionate about championing others through the dark places. You know those places of uncertainty. My next question is, how do you balance family, faith and your passion/business?

Melinda: Right now, it’s just me, but it still has its challenges. Every season I go to God and ask Him for a plan to organize my life. I follow it and it still leaves room for me to live life which makes the hard work worth it.

Unoma :I love it. A common mistake those that are still single make it not utilizing the season they are in. Trust me I know…LOL. Okay now let’s get into the deep stuff.What was the single most devastating experience/challenge in your life and how did you overcome it?

Melinda : When my pastor/spiritual father died unexpectedly. I accepted God’s sovereign will and remembered everything he taught me then applied it. Turns out, his wisdom is immortal.

Unoma: Wow, that must have been hard. That I’m sure must have been a dark moment for you. How do you build confident expectations in your dark moments?

Melinda:Reflecting on what God had already brought me through. Remembering those times that seemed impossible and now I laugh about them. I know He’s the same God.

Unoma : That right there is really the key. I talk about that a lot in my upcoming book In The Dark Remembering keeps us anchored and it gives us hope to push through.How does your understanding of the future give you hope for the present?

Melinda: That God cannot lie and no matter what I face, His promises are real and I can trust it, if I just hold on and faint not.

Unoma: Yes girl! Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful.His promises are sure because of who He is and not anything we have done. My next question is, what does it look like practically for you to “turn to the cross” in your business/ministry?

Melinda:Run to my prayer closet, throw my tantrum so that I’m honest and vulnerable with God, then repent for complaining. Once I get rid of the emotions, then I can hear Him clearly. I apply what He speaks and it’s all good.

Unoma: I’m glad somebody else cries. I breakout the ugly tantrum cry just to clear my chest. You’d think I was a child. Speaking of, what advice would you give your younger self?

Melinda : If you obey God the first time what you think you’ll miss out on you’ll find isn’t even worth it.

Unoma: Sage words. Aww, can’t be believe, we’re almost done. So what’s next for you?

Melinda: Quite a few things, • Next book in my love series – Breach of Faith – Book II
• Next book in my war series – My Brother’s Daughter – Book 8 • Speaking engagements
• Creating personal warfare strategies for people to overcome specific obstacles in their lives (Spiritual Life Coach)

Unoma: That’s a lot and I will be praying for you.Okay so tell the readers hoe they can keep in touch.

Melinda :FB – Melinda Michelle. IG – TheMelindaMichelle. TW – MelindaMichell  Email website

Unoma: Thank you.

I hope you enjoyed Melinda’s interview. Here is her official bio: Melinda Michelle is a Florida native. She was born in Jacksonville and raised in Sanford. Reading has been a part of her life from a very young age. Growing up in a family of avid readers exposed her to various genres of writing creating an eclectic taste in books. She is the author of 14 published works in the genre of Christian fiction in the areas of suspense, romance and thrillers.

I’m having so much fun and I hope you are being encouraged. You are never alone. We all go through life’s dark moments, how we manage them often determines the outcome. Being intentional about reminding ourselves of, and being confident of God’s promises helps a lot.Light Pearls in the Dark, my Confident Expectation Prayer Journal does just that for you. It is FREE with your pre order of In The Dark

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Blessings

Unoma.

3 Quick Ways to Navigate the Dark

It’s kinda late for me. Gosh it’s almost midnight and I haven’t slept. Before you know it it’s time to go to the day job. But I had to come in here and get this out to you. You know when the fire burns you can’t rest until you put it out. This kinda falls in line with what I wanted to talk about today.

We’re still in the beginning stages of the quarter/year and in my last blog post we talked about  setting goals and getting things in order. We also talked about how things might not always go according to plan.

That happened to me last week. I met one of my goals but life kinda happened and the others fell by the way side and really didn’t go as I intended. So I find myself staying up late today and possibly tomorrow to get a few things done. Why is it so important to me that I would sacrifice sleep?  Simple, I have a destination in mind. Full time entrepreneurship. Now do I know when that is going to happen? Yea and no. I kinda have an idea but I am fully dependent on God and really #InTheDark on when my expected end will get here.

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Does that sound familiar to you. There’s something you’re expecting but you have no idea when it would happen. You’re totally #InTheDark but you remain faithful because you confidently expect God to fulfill His promise to you. Remaining faithful in your now while waiting on your next is crucial to reaching your destination. Will it be easy? Of course not but when have you seen anything good come easy? There will be sacrifices you’d have to make and hurdles you’d have to jump.

Obstacles and detours lace the road to fulfilling purpose, pursuing passion/dreams.
Don’t give up until you see what you believe come to pass. So, how do you navigate in the dark?  Here are 3 ways I remain anchored #InTheDark
1.  Recognize the obstacle. They are not always an outside force, YOU can also be the one standing in your own way.
2.  Pick a verse to give you encouragement and affirm it daily through you trial. One of my favorites is Romans 12:12 “rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,”
3. Be a blessing to others.
No matter what, push through to tap the greatness that lies within.

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Blessing Unoma