Positive thoughts and practices are the
weights that keep us sharp and toned.
What is the Pay It Forward Series you ask? It’s a series I created where I introduce you to a company or brand that I’d like to bring awareness and give exposure to. As Entrepreneurs, we have to be helpers one to another, and it’s my desire to pay it forward using my platform to support amazing people and brands.
For this episode, I’d like to introduce you to Daniel Holder. Daniel and I went to college together at Alabama State University. With his positive spirit, he always made you smile and greeted you with a big hug as he passed by on the yard and was not in uniform. (United States Air Force. Thank you for your service).
Daniel and I were always cool, especially because we were both in Greek life, (Sorority and Fraternity) where we often all supported each other’s events. Needless to say, Daniel is a great guy. Plus, he named one of his daughters Abigail, so he’s a great and smart guy :)
So when he reached out to me, asking if I was interested in reading his book, “I Am Church,” and if so, would love to hear my thoughts, it was a quick “Yes.”
I am all for supporting my good college peers and the greatness they have happening. Being able to play a part in supporting their success is always a wonderful opportunity.
Now, after saying yes, I let him know, “I’m not a fast reader so ummmm…you’re going to have to give me some time.” lol. I’ve learned to love to read. However, making time for it, is something I’m still working on.
I received his book along with a nice shirt (that good t-shirt material!) VERY quickly in the mail.
So, let’s get into my thoughts:
1) At first, to be completely honest, by looking at the title, “I Am Church,” I thought this book was going to be SUPER churchy and religious. I went in quite skeptical, but I kept reading. I’m so glad I did.
2) It’s an easy read. You know how some books are like the “King James” version of the bible? You know you read that page but you didn’t understand or retain ANY of it?!
Well, that’s not this book. It read like we were just in a nice casual conversation. I appreciated that.
3) I loved the “Questions to consider” at the end of every chapter. After reading each chapter, there are a few questions charging you to put what you’ve learned into action. That was very beneficial.
4) Last, I loved the apology at the beginning and your daughters’ story about their grand mom (Read the book and you’ll understand :) ).
So, If you’re asking yourself, is this my kind of read?....
If you know that your purpose is so much bigger than you…absolutely!
If you enjoy when someone shares their authentic and transparent life experiences to help you along your path in life…absolutely!
If you enjoy continuing to strengthen your relationship as a child of God and learning how to lead by example in your community…absolutely!
Daniel, thank you for sharing your experiences and converting them into text so others can be inspired and blessed by your journey.
Daniel’s website: https://holderministries.com/
Daniel’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holderministry/
** If you’d like to be featured on a future “Pay It Forward Series,” email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whew! It’s only the beginning of February and God has filled my year with amazing opportunities thus far.
I had the pleasure of being invited to speak to the students of Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas.
There's just something about an HBCU (Historically Black College/University) that makes me feel right at home when I step on campus. :)
When discussing social media, I came to them from a “big sister” aspect by sharing tips on how to build your influence, protect your brand, marketing, do's and don'ts. I was able to share advice about what I’ve learned during my journey so far and about things that I wish I’d known earlier in my journey.
Unfortunately, there’s no curriculum for how to become an influencer like there is in school. In school, you know what classes you have to take and what you need to learn in order to earn that degree. So even though I still have a way to go on my influencer journey, I’m always willing to turn around and reach out a hand to those that come after me.
We had great conversation. I saw pens writing and heads nodding which made me happy and, of course we interacted with some group activities, prize giveaways, and shared a lot of laughter!
1) I’m proud of myself for being confident in my journey and where I am as an influencer. That negative Nancy tried her best to creep in by making me think I wasn’t a “big enough” influencer to give advice because my followers aren’t 50k and above…YET:) But I kindly MUTED her and reminded myself that God chose me for this opportunity and hearing from influencers at various levels is a great thing.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” - Never compare yourself
2) Knowing that If God brought me to it, He’ll see me through it.” That was literally the sermon I listened to and live streamed from my church right before I started my travel. SO.ON.TIME.
What God had for you is for YOU! He makes no mistakes.
To the JCC students:
Thank you for showing up and being open and receptive to the tips I’ve learned through my journey of being an influencer. Y'all had me laughing when evaluating your social media pages lol! Everyone in that room has an individual gift that the world is eager to see and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of you.
To my prophyte, Tessie, thank you for inviting me and trusting me to speak to your students. I’m grateful.
Hmmmmmmm. I feel a College Tour in my near future. Who’s next!