SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS: Living Life On Her Own Terms

SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS: Living Life On Her Own Terms

MEET KIERRA JONES A WOMAN ON A MISSION

Meet Kierra Jones, she is an Empowerment & Success Coach & Speaker to ambitious & passion driven women entrepreneurs who want to confidently & successfully shine in business.

After a successful, but demanding corporate career, Kierra realized she needed to re-empower herself to live life on her own terms & re-define what success meant to her. She now combines her corporate skill set with her passion for mindset, women empowerment, entrepreneurship, & success planning, running two businesses full time dedicated to helping women shine inside out.

MARCH TO THE BEAT OF YOUR OWN DRUM

I’m a first generation college graduate from NJ raised by a single mother. Since a young age I’ve had a bold personality & followed the beat of my own drum (hence why my grandmother nicknamed me “Miss Missy”! Once I got to middle school, I started to gain weight & I started having tons of self-esteem & body image issues. This impacted my self -confidence & how what I thought about myself & my abilities or lack thereof.  Slowly, I started to rebuild my image of myself. First, through style then through the opportunities I sought out and the drive I had to win.

However, this followed me in my successful but demanding corporate career and even as an entrepreneur because I was afraid to step out of my comfort zone. I was afraid to put myself out there.  However, the moment I did; I started to grow personally & professionally.  Today, I empower women to strengthen their inner conversation about themselves & their abilities so they can be as successful as they dream to be.

HELP PEOPLE SEE THEMSELVES AT A DEEPER LEVEL

What I love most about my work is impacting not only the lives of others, but re-empowering them to love & see themselves on a deeper level so they can truly shine in their gift. Helping them see the beauty in who they are & their “shine powers” so they can unapologetically and confidently shine in their gift.

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

My past, present, and future self inspire me. My past because I know the woman I used to be, the way I spoke to myself, the limits I set in my life, and the beliefs I had that sabotaged me from my success. And now, I see the power of getting out of my own way. But the person who inspires me most, is my future self. Because I know where I am going now that I chose to completely become exactly who I am supposed to be and stop fighting it and it pushes me to continue sharing my story, sharing my gift, and impacting the lives of others.

BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!

My favorite part about being an entrepreneur is the freedom! Freedom of creativity, how I utilize my time, who I allow in my circle & work with, location, and financially.

DISCOVER WHO YOU ARE

The biggest lesson I’ve learned about myself as an entrepreneur is I’m a control freak. Which I kind of already knew, but it’s real now. As the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of my businesses, I have to manage my time but I’m also so passionate about what I do. So I enjoyed doing some tasks that I know I need to release to my team. #WorkInProgress

SPIRIT WILL KEEP YOU GROUNDED

I have a very intimate & spiritual relationship with God. It is the foundation of my belief in myself, my abilities, and of that of which I cannot yet see, but I feel so deeply in my heart. Whatever one’s beliefs, I believe that you have to feel deep down in your soul all which you are worthy of & know you have a gift unique to you so shine in it!

YOU CAN OVERCOME ANY CHALLENGE

I had two big challenges when I first started. Since I built my first business while full time at my corporate job, time was a challenge. However, the bigger challenge the bigger my belief was that I could be successful & actually live in my passion. The two tie together so much because by me not fulling believing & committing myself, I really was “playing in business” because I didn’t believe I could really do it so I didn’t make the time necessary to get it done.

THINK BEFORE YOU BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR

I recommend anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur as herself several questions: Do you really want this? How much? Why? Do you believe you can do it on your own or would you rather have support to save you time, frustration, and lack of direction?  Belief in yourself and mission is key.  The moment I started to believe was the moment I invested because my dream, my happiness, the legacy I wanted to create for myself, my life, and my family was bigger than this fear. It was do or die, I felt this, and not investing was more scary then doing it.

MY LEGACY

I want women to know they deserve to shine!

LET ME TELL YOU A SECRET

My favorite person to have conversations with is myself!! And yes I answer back.

CONNECT  WITH  KIERRA

Learn more about Kierra on Facebook at  Kierra Jones & Co & The KJones Collection on Instagram at kierrajonesco & thekjonescollection.

You can also visit her websites www.KierraJones.com and www.TheKJonesCollection.com

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5 Inspirational Quotes that Will Transform Your Business

5 Inspirational Quotes that Will Transform Your Business

What is inspiration? Why does it have the ability to make us cry or reach our goals? Inspiration, is the one thing I cannot live without. The word inspiration comes from being “in spirit”. When we are “in spirit” we have the ability to feel more compassion for others and their stories touch us so deeply that for an instant we tap into who we really are; Spirit.

One may wonder “What does spirit have to do with business?” My answer is everything; because that’s what you really are, pure spirit. When you feel inspired you are connected to others and your true self. As an entrepreneur, it helps you attract your ideal clients and colleagues, it helps you feel joy and peace. In addition, inspiration helps you keep going when you feel you have nothing more to give.

Below are 5 quotes that will transform business because they will first transform your mind.

1. When you need to overcome fear:

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.” Mark Twain

2. When you feel you aren’t good enough:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

3. When you have the fear of stepping into something new:

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” John D. Rockefeller

4. When you feel like you don’t have the strength to go on:

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” Jim Rohn

5. When you feel stuck and don’t know what to do:

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” Nancy D. Solomon

Remember, everything first starts with a thought. Be a good steward of your mind and what you allow yourself to meditate on because you are called to meditate on whatsoever is good, pure and of good report. Your mind is a sacred place. Let me know which quote you touched you most below.

** If you liked this article, get more inspiration by connecting with my tribe on my website or my Facebook group Facebook Group: Brilliant Leadership and Presence

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5 Skin Care Tips for Black Women

5 Skin Care Tips for Black Women

How many of you have heard, black don’t crack?  If you are like me, you have heard it many times no matter what race you are.  The truth is our skin ages just like any other skin, aging for us just looks different.

Darker skin tones tend to be oily which can help skin stand the test of time — skin cell turnover is 2.5 times faster than that of lighter skin — and faster cell turnover helps reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.  Additionally, Those with dark or deep skin tones have a high concentration of melanin, which offers some natural protection against sunburn and other visible signs of UV damage like wrinkles.   All of that being said, it doesn’t mean you are exempt from needing sun protection and a good skin care regimen.

Many black women are not taught good skin care in their home as young girls so as a result, I tend to see a lot of rough bumpy skin, dry and flakiness, oiliness or acne.  You might be thinking, well everyone has that, and you are right, however, I tend to see those most often in black women because of poor skin care.

Often times women are using products like Dove or Black soap. Then they are using body lotion to moisturize or no moisturizer at all because they say, “I am too oily.”  Let me share a key tip here, oil is your friend.  Oil does two things, one it is a protective barrier for your skin, it keep the bad stuff out and second, it helps your skin stay young-looking longer.

When you wash your face with soap you deplete the skin of its natural oils. When the oil is not replaced, the skin goes into emergency mode and overproduces oil because remember it is the skin’s protective barrier.  If you are oily, use in oil free moisturizer to provide your skin hydration, which is water, not oil.  This well help balance out your skins oil production.  Using Sodium Laurel Sulphate, the main ingredient in soap can irritate and dry the skin out which is how I can always tell a face that is being exposed to soap as its cleanser.  It will often reveal, dry bumpy skin.

I could go on and on about what I see but I won’t, I am going to get into some solutions.  Having great skin helps a woman look and feel confident, and it helps her makeup look flawless.   If you have bad skin, all the makeup in the world can’t fix it.  It all starts with great skin.  Here are FIVE tips to help you have the best skin of your life:

  1. Have a good daily skin care regimen that you follow morning and night.  In the morning you are washing off bacteria that may have come from your bedding and from sweating throughout the night.  At night you are washing away the daily pollutants, dirt, bacteria and make up from that today’s journey.  Never sleep with your make up on,  that is your skin’s time to rejuvenate and absorb any good stuff you are feeding it;  this is why serums are used at night and not during the day.
  2. Wear sunscreen.   You don’t have to be sunbathing to need sunscreen. I see many black women with hyper-pigmentation often on one side of their face because they are being exposed to the sun when they drive. I recommend using in SPF25-30.  This can be found in your daytime moisturizer or your foundation.  Please note that, even though you often cannot see sun damage on your skin, it is happening.  Many may call it freckles but freckles come from exposure to the sun.  I never had “freckles” until I got into my 40′s.  Additionally, recent studies are showing that women of color are becoming susceptible to skin cancer.
  3. Exfoliate two or three times per week to ensure a reasonable amount of skin cell turnover.  Regular exfoliation will minimize dry bumpy looking skin.  Your products will absorb easier and your make up will look fabulous.  You an use a scrub or tool like the Redefine Macro Exfoliator  that removes 80,000 dead skin cells per treatment.
  4. Do not use alcohol based products on your skin and as they are drying. Be sure to look at the ingredients of the products you are putting on your face. The active ingredients should be in the top five on the list.  You may find a product claiming to be a vitamin C treatment only to find out that vitamin C is the last ingredient on the list because the ingredients are listed in the order of the amount contained in the product.
  5. Wear foundation or BB cream dailyFoundation/BB cream act as an additional layer of protection from free radicals and typically has a sun protection in it.  Also, these products evens out your skin tone leaving you with a flawless looking complexion.  Wearing a foundation or BB cream can even make you look younger because it evens out any discoloration especially under the eyes.

Bonus tip Drinks lots of water 64 oz or more to detox the body and hydrate the skin.

I hope you found this information helpful.  I would love to help you have the best skin of your life.  Each month I have openings for Complimentary 15-minute consultations ($49 Value).  During these consultations we briefly discuss your skin care issues and come up with a solution.  They are pressure-free and informative.  Take my free skin care analysis here.

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Beauty Matters: “Discover the Art of Selfies”

Beauty Matters: “Discover the Art of Selfies”

Women are always asking me, “Dorothy-Inez, do you ever take a bad picture?”  The answer is, “Yes!”  like any other woman who has done a photoshoot, I used to go through tons of photos before I would finally   get to a “YES!”  After years of practice and thousands of photos, I can say I have mastered the Art of Selfies and being in front of the camera.  I have learned my best angles, which side I need to stand for a duo/group photo, how to use light and doing my makeup.  For many women, taking selfies seems some what vain and very uncomfortable.   Younger women don’t seem to have as much of a issue with selfies as women 35+ do. I really believe it has a lot to do with mindset and self-image.

As we get older, we become more critical and self-conscious.  Things just aren’t where they used to be so we become very uncomfortable in our skin.  This self criticism is often projected onto other women who feel great about themselves or think they look good one day and decides to share it.  What’s wrong with that?  It’s time to own your beauty!

Don’t get me wrong,  there is something to be said for women who constantly post pictures of themselves because, “yes” I know for a fact there is something deeper going on for some of those women but for the purpose of this message, I am speaking to women with a healthy self-image but they are holding back because they are afraid of being judged or they hold some limiting beliefs about beauty for themselves and others.

If you are an entrepreneur, speaker, author OR coach, you could be missing out on opportunities to connect with your audience.  If used appropriately, selfies can become a tool for branding and most of all CONNECTING.  People love to see YOU.  My experience tells me that I can post positive quotes all day long and get a few likes, BUT if I post a picture of myself the amount of likes doubles.  Why???  What that says, is people want to see/know me.  It is called FACEBOOK right? So why not show your face in YOUR community?  It’s like coming to a party with a bag over your head. Let people see YOU.

Selfies allow you to express yourself in different ways by showing your fashion sense, lifestyle, you in action and having fun with friends at an event or outing. No you don’t have to post your whole life, but share pieces of who you are with those that have “chosen” to be a part of your online community.  If you are the brand, selfies can be very valuable.  I am a Beauty Expert and Transformational Coach, so it only makes sense that when I show up online that I am the billboard for my work.  The same goes for you!  If you are a Wealth Coach but your profile photo shows you with outdated style and beauty, I cannot help but question the credibility of your brand.  Selfies allow you to keep your look current.  When you take a selfie, it should be created with your brand in mind so it speaks YOUR message when you post it.  You don’t want to post selfies just to post them….THAT can be considered vain and leave a negative perception.

 

Below are some tips I know will help you create beautiful photos that you can use for beautiful profile pictures and in your online marketing.

  1. Make sure you have good lighting. Before you snap that photo, hold your camera up in position and do a 360 degree circle to see where your best lighting it.  It will yield a lovely more younger you.  (smile)
  2. Hold the camera at about 45 degrees above your head, it helps you look slimmer and its an attractive angle.  I recommend investing in a selfie stick.  You can get one for $19.99 on Amazon that comes with a bluetooth clicker so you don’t have to worry about clicking the shutter yourself.  If you don’t want a selfie stick, you can use the timer on your phone and it will automatically click.
  3.  Make sure your hair and makeup are presentable if you are going to an event, pictures WILL be taken so be camera ready.  Unfortunately, if you wear too little makeup for photos, you will look like a blank canvas when the flash hits your face.  Wear a little extra blush, deeper lipstick and use a hydrating setting spray when you know you will be in photos.  MAKE SURE YOU BLEND….no “apple” cheeks please.

4.   Practice! Practice! Practice!  Get in front of a mirror!  Yes, it sounds crazy, I know but learn your facial features, best angles and how to SMILE. Learn not to over smile…find your most inviting smile.  As you become familiar with your UNIQUE BEAUTY you will take an awesome photo in only a couple of takes, I promise.

5.   My final tip is specifically for PROFILE PICS…your profile pic is your chance to make a great FIRST IMPRESSION.  Here are some Profile Pic Dont’s: Don’t look to the ground or side.  Don’t post pics of you with other people. Don’t post animals or cartoon characters. Don’t post OUTDATED pictures.   Don’t wear sunglasses.

 

All of the above “dont’s” can have a negative impact on your brand credibility and trust. 

“Profile pictures can cost you thousands in potential clients.” – Dorothy-Inez  

As an Image Consultant, the first thing I look at when someone sends me a Friend Request, the first thing I do is look at their pictures; current/past because they tell a story.  Pictures are worth a thousand words so make sure your photos are saying what you want them to say about you and your brand.

I hope you found these tips helpful.  Trust me, there’ s more!  I wanted to help get you started today!  This is one of the areas I train my clients around so they are empowered and confident enough to create some of their own branded photos without having to hire a photographer all the time.

You have a tool in the palm of your hand and a gift from God called beauty.   It’s time to use both to connect with the clients you are called to serve.

 

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5 Beauty Secrets to Look Amazing In The Spotlight!

5 Beauty Secrets to Look Amazing In The Spotlight!

These days, beauty is a part of your branding.  From your logo and web design to how you choose to show up in your headshot and YOU TUBE videos.  Over the years as a Multimedia Makeup Artist, I have learned some secrets that can help you look and feel your best, so you can reveal your brand with beauty, confidence and charisma.  It’s no secret that everywhere we show up, our brand shows ups.  No matter what the medium is, print, radio or video, let your beauty shine from the inside out.

Here are a few of my secrets that will have you looking red carpet ready all day long!

  1. Hydrate, hydrate!!  I cannot say this enough.  Hydration is the FIRST key to beautiful makeup.  I like to use a hydrating spray like 10 Years Younger by Motives Cosmetics followed by a moisturizer.  If you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize AND please don’t use soap on your skin.
  2. Use a primer.   Many women think primer is a moisturizer when in fact, it is typically a silica based cream or gel that smoothes the skin, minimizes redness and helps your makeup last.  It does not clog the pores in any way so your skin can still breathe.  Apply primer after your moisture to create the perfect palette.
  3. Use a sheer-pressed or blot powder down the T-Zone to minimize the shine.  Avoid using heavy powders that are actually powder foundations.  Watch out for powders, especially mineralized powders containing MICA especially in flash photography as the mica will reflect light and make you appear to have what we call as artists, “floating head”, where your face is lighter than the rest of your body, you’ve see it. LOL
  4. Use a lipstick with minimal shine so your lips don’t become the focus of the picture or video.  Again, the shine is light reflective and can be distracting. I also recommend using a lipstick with color, not a nude because the lights will wash the color out.  Personally, I love wearing a red or hot pink lip!  Fun!
  5. If you are over 35…stay away from the SUPER MATTE look.  This is one of the biggest mistakes I see women make.  They still want to wear the foundation they wore back in the day and now its not working and no one is going to tell them.  That sales lady just wants you to keep buying and that’s it!

As you get older, it is important to keep movement and light in your skin to give it the appearance of vibrancy.  I recommend cream or liquid foundations with a light pressed powder like mentioned above.

So if you are using your daughter’s full-coverage powder foundation from MAC, STOP!  Liquid is simple to apply, your hands do the exact same movement.

BONUS TIP:  Apply your makeup more generously for photos and video since the lights mute out all coloring.  Recently, I was recording a video and realized I was not putting on enough blush for shooting my videos indoors.  Understanding your lighting is key.

Doing your makeup is not as difficult as it sounds.  It’s truly about taking the time to get to know YOUR unique face and how to apply the makeup in a way that compliments the masterpiece you are.

 

 

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