Woe is me! Talk about taking a super extended break from blogging, influencing, and posting curated content for you guys on social media! I did it. I’m guilty! It was completely unintentional, but here we are. I wanted to take a moment to chat with my readers, followers, and new AKCESS fam about how it’s completely okay to take a step back…even when blogging is actually your business or source of income! Keep reading… Continue reading “As of Lately…”
Yes, you! GO OFF, SIS! If you are wondering what that means, it means that you are doing fantastic with whatever you are dedicating yourself to right now! You are going to get that new position or that big bonus! Whatever it is that you are focused on achieving, it is YOURS!
With March being Women’s History month and today being International Women’s day, I felt that it was absolutely necessary for me to express who I am and why I know that we are the most amazing beings created! So, let’s begin with, “Hey guys! I’m Kristen Spearman!”
Yessss! My first post of the year and I am NINETEEN days behind what I anticipated. That’s okay though because life happens. Delayed, but not denied, right? Continue reading “New year, new contracts”
Wow! The day has finally arrived ! It’s 12/05 at 12:05 one entire year later! AKCESS turns one and I am officially twenty eight! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US!!
Hey friends! Last week I asked my Instagram and AKCESS supporters for topic interests that were different from my #TrendingTopic posts! Once you guys responded, I created a list and chose the top questions that I believed to be the most helpful and the most relevant to AKCESS’ vision.
Here is the first question that I picked…
Wow! That was fast! May has come and almost gone at lightning speed! Let me briefly jump in to my May read.
I have a small confession! I haven’t finished reading the second part of my book The Purpose Driven Life this month. Although I would have loved to have already completed it; the truth is that I just haven’t done it yet. The good news is that April is not over just yet! I have been kicking back and relaxing with lots of other fun items this month though! Bring on the fashion, culture, and Essence!
I have a one year subscription to the magazine from a purchase I made in February, but the silly part of it all is that I don’t recall what I bought. Either way, I am thrilled that I have been able to get these directly to my home because it makes it that much easier for me to read. So first, I have to make it my business to point out these AMAZING covers! Ava, Oprah, Renee, and the other “woke” women of today are looking absolutely stunning. This edition highlighted a lot of very powerful and inspirational women, but the one that most stood out to me was Ava Duvernay’s piece. I felt more connected to her interview than any of the others. Per the usual, I had a couple of takeaways from reading her spread and here they are:
1. Work, work, and work some more until the people I admire are admiring me and my works!
2. Learn to be fully prepared, organized, and clear about what I want and how I will achieve it.
I felt that these were obvious, advice worthy takeaways, but I believe that the more you see it, read it, hear it, the better!
Now, quickly, I have to address some of the fashion that was featured!
These earrings are giving me so much life! I LOVE a good tassel or fabric infused earring. These are so sassy! The color is perfect, don’t you agree?
Bomber jackets!!! THEY WILL NEVER DIE! I don’t care if it’s winter, summer, spring, or fall; the bomber is light and trendy enough for all seasons! And who doesn’t believe in “good vibes only?” I am sure that is all we want around us, so why not wear it?
Hope this was a fun read for you! Until next time!
Oh yes! Book number three for 2017 is officially being completed! This particular book, The Purpose Driven Life, written by the great Rick Warren required a different reading approach! At the beginning of the book he asks the reader to read only one chapter a day. This allows you to read, learn, and internalize the information to meaningfully apply it to your daily life.
So, here’s a part one review of The Purpose Driven Life and what I’ve learned from my daily readings!
I was drawn to day six or chapter six (whichever is preferred). It’s entitled “Life is a Temporary Assignment!” This was a very eye opening and motivating portion of the book! Strangely enough, in my previous book review chapter six was my favorite too! Maybe that’s my new lucky number, who knows?
Per the usual, I never want to ruin anything for those that are interested in purchasing the book, but I totally make it my business to share my takeaways from it.
1. Life is extremely brief and it is only a temporary residence.
2. The more God gives to me, the more responsible he expects me to be. It’s like that saying, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
3. It is not about me – – focusing on just myself will never reveal my life’s true purpose.
4. Obedience unlocks understanding.
5. Genuine friendships are built on disclosure, but bitterness is the greatest barrier to friendship.
I am absolutely thrilled that I have been able to commit to something that is making me a better person to others, meanwhile nurturing my spiritual journey! It takes 40 days to make something a habit and I’m more than positive this is why Rick Warren asked his readers to read once a day over a forty day span. Be open to change, be open to learning, and lastly be open to improving yourself!
Yay! Book number two for 2017 is officially completed . I was excited to get a copy of the beautiful Claire Sulmers book entitled The Bomb Life: My Brand. My Terms.
I was entrigued to learn her journey and see how she became the queen she is today! I’m sure most social media regulars are either huge fans of Fashion Bomb Daily or have at least heard of the site. This is Claire Summers’ site. Now knowing what it took to create this empire is pretty mind blowing!
The most influential chapter for me of The Bomb Life was chapter six! This chapter was entitled the Business of Blogging and it was an eye opener.
Of course, I won’t ruin anything for those that are interested in grabbing this book, but I totally want to share my takeaways from it.
- At any given point in time, be prepared to shine!
- Rejection is a part of life! Sometimes I will hear no more than yes but realize that it only takes one yes to make something happen!
- Create good content that your niche wants to hear about.
- Never, ever sell myself or my platform short
- Network, network, and network some more.
- Keep introducing yourself until they have reasons to remember ME/AKCESS!
I really enjoyed every page of this book. Claire was very open about her struggles and her daily victories that made her who she has become! Fashion Bomb is an amazing brand and it gives such encouragement to me to continue building and working at my dreams!
Thank goodness for social media! Instagram’s search page isn’t just for fashion, gossip, and celebrities. Instagram was the only way I was able to learn about a seminar for fashion and personal branding hosted by Richland County Public Library. The panel consisted of successful bloggers all from the capital city. When I heard of this, I immediately had to rearrange my Saturday plans for this 3-4 pm slot. I had to be available for this! I am very thankful that I was able to attend and meet such talented individuals.
I wanted to pretty much give a brief synopsis of my takeaways as requested by a few of my awesome blogger and social media followers! I aim to give the people what they want! *wink*
1. BRANDING IS KEY!!!
2. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!
3. Be open to connecting to with people!
4. What my readers want + your thoughts and content = YOUR BRAND!
5. Hashtags are LIFE!! Only use 29 hashtags!! Minimum 15!
6. Be consistent with your social media sites such as IG and FB as well as on your actual blog because social media could be sold & vanish tomorrow! Have multiple outlets for your content!
These are all very helpful tips for beginning bloggers, but can go a long way with seasoned bloggers as well! I hope that those that requested this brief post are excited and are reassured that all of your hard work will absolutely pay off!
[ Our ideas either waste time or they allow us to use our time wisely, you choose! ]
I really loved the fact that this was a requested post. I am always listening and ready to give my viewers AKCESS to what they need and want! Keep them coming! Whether it’s on social media, my contact form here, or an email (Kristen@Akcess.me)….I’m excited to hear from you!