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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: Tolulope Popoola

Hi there, Last week I took a break due to a family emergency. All is well and we are back this week with another episode of Flashlight Moments in the Dark. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing another writer friend of mine, Totlulope Popoola. Enjoy

Unoma: Who is Tolulope Popoola?
Tolulope: Tolulope Popoola is an author, flash fiction writer, publisher, writing coach, course tutor and a mixture of all things that add up to a “literary entrepreneur”. She is a wife to a certain Mr. Popoola, and a mother to two wonderful people. She is a reader and lover of words. She is saved by grace and extremely blessed. She is passionate about helping people to fulfill their dreams.
Unoma: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your purpose journey?
Tolulope: Trust God, obey and let go of the steering wheel
Unoma: What is the driving force in your life?
Tolulope: God. A passion to fulfil my purpose and reach my potential, to impact people positively, to leave the world better than I met it.
Unoma: How do you balance family, faith and your passion/business?
Tolulope: In my head, these are not separate things, everything I do fits into my life and my purpose. I’m blessed to have the ability to work from home and control my schedule. So if I want to take a couple of hours to pray, praise and enjoy God’s presence, I can. If I need to do motherhood things, I can, and if I need to work around my other commitments, I can too. On a practical level, I have a work calendar and a very detailed spreadsheet, plus a to-do list that keeps me organized. These help me not to get overwhelmed when I think of all the tasks that await me.
Unoma: What was the single most devastating experience/challenge in your life and how did you overcome it?
Tolulope: It was back in 2008 when I started writing my first novel. I had gone quite far, and was nearly done with the novel, when something happened. I came across a review of “In Dependence” by Sarah Ladipo Manyika and the story described sounded eerily similar to my work-in-progress. I immediately had to go and buy a copy of the book to find out. And when I read it, my heart sank. It was as if I was reading my own story, published with somebody else’s name on it. How did this happen? Did someone hack into my computer to steal my manuscript? I mentioned it to my writing mentor and she told me that it’s actually quite common for two writers to have similar ideas and similar storylines, it’s just a matter of who got to the finish line and published first. I researched it and found that it was true, and there have been cases where an author is sued for stealing a story that somebody else had published before. Since I didn’t want any trouble, I finished writing the novel, and filed it away. I was very sad and depressed for a while and even stopped writing for a while, but my mentor encouraged me to get over my disappointment and start working on a new idea.
Unoma: How do you build confident expectations in your dark moments?
Tolulope: I remember who created me and called me to walk on this path. God has proven Himself faithful over and over again, both in the little things and the big things. When I’m in a dark period, I encourage myself by thinking back to the times when I had a breakthrough, or when God showed up for me at the last minute, or when He spoke to me through the darkness and the fog cleared up. I know (even when my emotions are all over the place) that somehow God still listens to me, and He is working things out for my own good.
Unoma: How does your understanding of the future give you hope for the present?
Tolulope: I have big dreams and goals that I want to accomplish, and I know that these dreams were given to me through divine inspiration. As long as I stick with God’s plan for my life, everything will work out well. I’m learning to let God handle the “how” and just let Him lead me.

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Unoma: What does it look like practically for you to “turn to the cross” in your business/ministry.
Tolulope: I carry on a constant conversation with God in my head, I’m always asking for help, advice, wisdom, strength, etc. When things get really overwhelming, I stay in bed and listen to worship songs and pray.
Unoma: What advice would you give your younger self?
Tolulope: Start sooner. Don’t worry about self-doubt, most people battle with it. Go ahead and do your thing anyway.
Unoma: What can we look forward to from you this year? OR What are you working on?
Tolulope: I’m working on a novel and a collection of flash fiction. I’m also going to be doing quite a lot of teaching, coaching and publishing work for other aspiring authors @ Accomplish Press.

I hope you enjoyed Tolulope’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.
Anchor Talk is my new Podcast: A quick burst of inspiration to take you through the week. Tomorrow I start a confidence series you do not want to miss.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 Tolulope

Bio:
Tolulope Popoola is an award winning Author, Writing Coach and Publisher. She is the author of “Nothing Comes Close”, a contemporary romance story set in London, Milton Keynes and Lagos, and also the author of two collections of flash fiction stories, “Fertile Imagination” and “Looking For Something”. She has written extensively for many magazines and publications, including Brittle Paper, The Creative Penn, Flash Fiction Ghana, The Mantle, Magunga, The Travelling Yeti, etc.
Tolulope is the founder of Accomplish Press, a coaching, consulting and publishing company that specializes in providing services to support aspiring authors. She was given a special Award of Excellence at the 2016 Nigerian Writers’ Awards, and has recently been shortlisted for Diaspora Writer of the Year for the 2017 awards.
Tolulope was second runner up at the Women In Publishing (UK) Awards 2012, for the New Venture Award for pioneering work on behalf of under-represented groups in society. Tolulope’s first novel Nothing Comes Close was named “one of the best books of 2012” by Africa Book Club. She has also earned the nickname of “Africa’s flash fiction queen” for her unique ways with writing dramatic short stories.

Contact
Email: publisher@accomplishpress.com
Website: http://www.accomplishpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TolulopePopoola
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TolulopePopoola
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tolulopepopoola

Flashlight Moments In The Dark Presents: Norma L. Jarrett

Welcome to another edition of Flashlight Moments in the Dark. I hope you have been keeping up. This week is our third week and I have the pleasure of interviewing Norma L Jarret.

Me: So tell us, who is Norma L. Jarrett?
Norma: Norma Jarrett is a believer who seeks to encourage and inspire through the use of her creative gifts.
Me: What is the driving force in your life?
Norma: My desire to encourage and inspire women and to help them understand how fearfully and wonderfully he has made us all.

Me: How do you balance family, faith and your passion/business?

Norma: It is not always easy. I think you have to continuously commit it to God. Especially when you know you have not honored your time as you should. God is the great balancer. Me: What was the single most devastating experience/challenge in your life and how did you overcome it?
Norma: Losing my mother shortly after I graduated from college. She was my best friend. (next to my father) Her death was so unexpected and heart breaking. I can’t say I have completely gotten over it but it forced me to grow closer to God. I wandered around plugging that whole with accomplishments but on He could fill that space.
Me: How do you build confident expectations in your dark moments?
Norma: On the professional, I talk to God a lot but also have a few trusted sounding boards. I read the word and other motivational material. I pray and use affirmations and I try to stay around passion infused people. On the personal side I journal, stay connected to spirit filled but balanced friends, listen to praise and worship and attend church. I do lots of “self-talk” and remember everything is a season. It is also wise to have a great prayer partner.

 

 

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Me: How does your understanding of the future give you hope for the present?
Norma: I know that God holds the future. I have learned hard lessons about anxiety and fear. Some of our biggest mistakes occur when we get out of God’s timing. It sounds cliché’ but you do have to live in the moment. (Business or Personal)
Me:What does it look like practically for you to “turn to the cross” in your business/ministry.
Norma: It means quiet time for me. I have to shut everything down. By nature I am a socialized introvert so turning inward comes natural. It means getting up a little earlier to pray and meditate or something simple as sitting outside and soaking up nature.
Me:What advice would you give your younger self?
Norma: You are so much smarter, together and more beautiful than you give yourself credit for. Don’t ever let anyone else assign your value. Have fun and enjoy every experience in life.
Me:What can we look forward to from you this year? OR What are you working on?
Norma: I am working on two non-fiction books. Place and With Dignity and Grace.

I hope you enjoyed Norma’s transparency and see that even through uncertainty, we owe it to ourselves to push through the process and glow in the dark. Also Journaling play an important role in intentional thinking and reflection. There is still time to get your FREE Light Pearls in the Dark Prayer Journal. All you have to do is preorder In the Dark

Now let’s find out more about Norma,

Bio: Norma L. Jarrett, J.D. is the award winning author of Randomhouse novels, Sunday Brunch, Sweet Magnolia and The Sunday Brunch Diaries (Essence bestseller) and other works: Bridal Brunch, Brunchspiration, Christmas Beau, Love on a Budget, Valentine’s Day…Again??? and Salt and Sky. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Essence, Ebony, Publisher’s Weekly, Rolling Out, Southern Living, Upscale, Hope Magazine and other media. Norma has been a featured guest on The Yolanda Adams radio show, ABC 13’s Crossroads, Outlook Houston, Majic 102, Atlanta’s V103 and other media. Among other honors, Ms. Jarrett has received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her literary work. She has served as a panelist and/or speaker at events such as the Baltimore Book Festival, Miami Book Fair, Faith & Fiction Retreat, Harlem Book Fair, the Essence Music Festival, Christian Book Lovers Retreat and other venues. Ms. Jarrett is a graduate of North Carolina A & T State University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Norma is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and a founding member of The Anointed Authors on Tour. She is married and resides in Houston, Texas, where she attends Lakewood Church. Visit her website at http://www.normajarrett.net.

You can also keep up with Norma on Social media

@jarrettwrites7 (Twitter)
@Authornormajarrett (Instagram)
@jarrettwrites7@aol.com (e-mail)

Enjoy the rest of your week

Blessings
Unoma

 

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