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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.

 

Dikes of Courage In The Dark: An MLK Jnr. Insight.

On Friday I got the kids from aftercare and while we debated on what we wanted for dinner, my daughter blurted out. “Mommy it’s Martin Luther King Day on Monday and we don’t go to school.” I confirmed her statement and informed her and her brother that I had enough snacks to tide us over, all the goodies they liked. After they hollered in gratitude, an awkward silence fell over all of us. Then my daughter spoke again “I think we owe him something., In fact I know we owe him something.”

I sighed and explained, he has a National holiday and we could so some volunteer work. While her and her brother debated, I contemplated her statement and how I was feeling about the current state of the country. If Dr. King Jr was here today, would he be happy or sad. It’s as though we have regressed as a nation and as humanity.

Subsequently I thought about our sojourn here on earth. As the body of Christ, we were instructed to let our light shine. However I feel, rather I know like my daughter expressed, we as Christians are gradually dimming in the darkness of the world. Don’t we owe God more than that?Our faith and hope in Him are a response to His love. However in times of fear or uncertainty are we responding appropriately?  We are called to be witnesses and glorify God in all we do but when waves of uncertainty arise, do we stand strong and glow in His promise or cower to fear and dim the light that is supposed to shine?

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This excerpt I found from Dr. King Jnr.’s sermon Antidotes of Fear expressed my sentiments exactly.

Courage faces fear and thereby masters it. Cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it. Courageous men never lose the zest for living even through their life situation is zestless; cowardly men, overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life, lose the will to live. We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” DR. Marin Luther King Jnr.

We are told countless times in the Bible not to be afraid. We are promised that the Lord our God will not forsake us. Be are also told to be courageous.Therefore #InTheDark areas of life, build your confident expectations on the promises of God. That alone will hold back the flood of fear and give you what is needed to move forward in spite of what you see. Despite our detours or turbulence we must continue to each day “build dikes of courage to hold back fear” by holding on and embracing our season.

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Abraham had a 25 year detour.
Paul had a 3 year detour
The Israelites had a 40 year detour.
I could go on and on…
Do you stop to imagine what would’ve happened if they’d left the race midway?On the road to destiny dark moments are a necessity. Fix your eyes on Him in confident expectation of good things to come.

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Blessing

Unoma

#MondayMotivation : Look Within

New Monday. New Week. New Goals.

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I love the quote ‘be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.’ The first time I read it, it hit that spot. You know that place deep within your soul that is restless when you aren’t doing what you should be doing. Fulfilling your highest potential.

You’ve heard me say many times that we are all created for something. Given a gift/talent that we should be using to the glorification of God. The recognition of our purpose initially has us all fired up, ready to take on the world. You know, kinda like that feeling that comes after listening to a motivational speaker…Problem is motivation only lasts for a while and will never turn into transformation until you conquer your fear.

The fulfillment of purpose is a journey we are on until we leave this earth. Along the way fear creeps in. Fear is that comfortable friend. It likes to keep us safe. Hinder us from achieving our greatest potential. Our ability to conquer that fear comes from our hope and faith in God. He that put the dream in you will give you all you need to carry it out until the end.

So for this week I leave you with this “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns”.~ Philippians 1:6

Blessings

Unoma

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The Goal: Finish Your Assignment

Hey there. It’s Monday and we are going to have a fabulous day.

I’m still on restricted typing but I really want to stay in contact with you so I decided to share this video with you.

I watched and it really stuck with me. Apart from the humorous nature of the message, there is real truth in not allowing ourselves to be distracted by the cares of life. Trust that the Lord who called you will take care of all obstacles along the way. Your goal should always be to Finish Your Assignment.

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Got some great news, HE CHANGED MY NAME was #34 on the Black Christian News bestseller list for March 2016. This now makes it a National Best Seller. Thank you so much to all my readers and supporters. If you have not read it pick it up today. With over 20 five star reviews, it is a readers favorite. $2.99 e book & $7.99 in print.

Be Blessed. Let me know what you think about the video.

Unoma