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The Power Dress: Is it time for a wardrobe makeover?

Lately I have been considering a new style of dress when it comes to branding my public appearance.  I went through a phase of wearing plain corporate suits, then fancy suit jackets, then vintage dresses and now I just love to find my dresses in little boutiques in the village of New York.

But I am considering a new style that can really brand my personality and my presentation. A POWER DRESS is what I am in the search of.

Do you have a certain brand style in the way you dress?
Or a hat style or scarf signature?Do you have a certain accessory style or color?

What about that Power dress?  Men have a power suit and a power tie.  I am on the search for that Power Dress since I love wearing dresses so much.

I started to check out some of this elegant lady and I see that the dress adds to her look and speaks volumes in my eyes. Sexy but classy. Daring but Crisp.  I would love to hear what you think and if you have a certain signature piece or style, feel free to post a picture and share.

I would love your feedback.

Here are some pieces I like that Gina Torres, a television and movie actress is wearing.

 

 

 

 

 

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New Author Tip #4 Eliminate Time Wasters

New Author Tip #4 Eliminate Time Wasters

I want you to identify three to five time wasters and get rid of them. If you are an email junkie, Quit! If you are a phone addict, Quit! If you are spending too much time doing a bunch of minor task, Stop!

Take a look at how you spend your time, and honestly assess your time usage. It will be hard for you to complete your book and all the task that is needed to effectively promote, sell and position your book for success if your all over the place. The thing I hear most often from soon-to-be authors is “I don’t have enough time to write!” And guess what…that’s why they remain “soon-to-be authors.”

Not enough time?

When you really want something you make the time. If you are truly committed, you will make time for something you truly desire. If not, then you are just kidding yourself and wasting your own time just adding on more task that you don’t plan on completing.

I want you to write down a writing schedule.  Schedule regular time slots to work on your book and your marketing plan. If you’re a morning person get up an hour earlier. Usually around 5am/6am, the hour right before the sun rises is one of the most creative times of day. If you’re a night owl, such as myself, stay up an hour later and get to work. Either way, give yourself a regular slot of at least sixty minutes per day (2 hours is even sweeter) three to five time per week.

If you have children, schedule your time to work when they are doing their activities or take them to the park. Find a way to make it happen. The most important thing is to get into a rhythm and stick with it. Don’t use children, family, job or some other excuse for not writing your book. They are the reason you should write your book…think Legacy…think Generation…think Catalyst!

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Mindsturbation may be stopping you from???

Mega Mind

The Road to Redemption:

Overcoming life’s obstacles, roadblocks, detours and challenges

How to use this book: If you decide to dive in and out of this book expecting a miracle, you have just picked up the wrong book. If you decide to act occasionally on the suggested strategies, you will undoubtedly receive some benefit but it is highly unlikely that you will experience a transformation. In my experience, mindsturbation is the major difference that separates those who receive remarkable results and experience a major ARCSFL transformation from those who enjoy spurts of success. Mindsturbation is a combination of motivation and temporary mental stimulation. People looking for a temporary feel-good will find innumerable ways not to do the recommended success strategies.

The Road To Redemption is more than just another shelf item that you can read to get a quick fix, steps to, or how to advice book. This is a story of REDEMPTION. This is a process. Activation is required; the change does not happen overnight and requires you to focus fully on your destination in life. Many of us have become so self-sabotaged that we are just tired of being tired. Many of us have given up too soon, right before our breakthrough in life. Many of us have lost our hope and faith and have pulled back from being spiritually connected. Many of us have been motivated and empowered to experience only confusion, loneliness, self-doubt, and feelings of unworthiness. This has opened the door to saying yes, when we wanted to say no, to become unproductive because we allowed distractions and competition to hinder the completion of our process.

The Road to Redemption is designed to teach us to check our character, spiritual beliefs, mindset, relationships, and skill sets. Too often, our intellectual assets are underdeveloped, underutilized, or underperformed. The Road to Redemption will help you reach, stretch, grow, and propel into becoming the greatest and best YOU.

 

Take Action:

Get your copy today at https://www.lucindacross.com/thebook

Or go to Amazon at http://amzn.com/0615566065

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Personal Improvement starts with Personal Declarations

Okay so we just finished celebrating The 4th of July here in the states. One of the challenges that I had given my clients is to make their Personal Declaration of Independence. I asked them to take a stand and be free…

I invite you to take time this week before the month is out to take a stand and be in your own life.  First, make a declaration
to yourself that you WILL take your vision, life and goals to the next level. Make your vision for your life real! Make a declaration that you WILL make happen. Decide with certainty that this is what you WILL create.

Then…

Write out your Personal Declaration of Independence! It might look something like this:

‘I, __________, declare that I shall live  a life that operates like _______________. I will have a vision that touches the lives
of _____________people, and gives my life the fun, fulfillment, and the freedom I desire!

I declare that I WILL do WHATEVER it takes to make it happen, and give myself permission to receive all the support necessary!’

After writing your Personal Declaration of Independence, send it to 5 (or more) people you respect. Sending to other people makes it more realistic and it holds you accountable.

Written word has power. I know most people will never actually write a declaration (or type it) and send it to anyone. Why? Because most people are too busy.  But, there are a few of you who will. These are the people that usually make things happen in the world.

And…

If you want to be the kind of person that gets results, start today by declaring what you WILL do in order to go to the next level in your life, career, business, etc…

 

Looking for a coach to push your onward and upward connect with me for my Summer Special at https://lucindacross.com/services/worktogether/.

 

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New York’s own Lucinda Cross to be Recognized at the United Nations

ACTIVATE! New York’s Lucinda Cross to be Recognized at the United Nations-BMORENEWS Global Forum on Women’s Empowerment

Lucinda Cross is an award-winning business leader and one of today’s most dynamic voices on the subject of personal and business success.  She also counsels and mentor women to Activate!

 

ACTIVATE! Lucinda Cross: Cross was recently featured on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and announced to be a featured author at The Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion in September.

(NEW YORK – June 15, 2012) – BMORENEWS announced that Lucinda Cross will be recognized for her dynamic entrepreneurial spirit and determination to succeed. Cross will be recognized with honorees on Friday, June 15th at the United Nations during the BMORENEWS Global Forum on Women’s Empowerment.

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Lucinda Cross is a Visibility Coach & Platform Strategist specializing in supporting women in leveraging and monetizing their message.

Lucinda Cross is the best selling author of The Road to Redemption, which is a life story of how she went from being an 18 year old freshman in college to making a life altering decision that resulted in serving a 4 1/2 year sentence in Federal prison. Lucinda has since then made it her life mission to inspire, encourage and uplift women to build businesses from their message and experience.  Lucinda graduated from Mercy College, left her corporate job and has built several successful business’s, married the man of her dreams, and is now raising a family and speaking nationally on overcoming fears and obstacles against all odds.

She is the CEO of LC Associates and has been branded as the Activator!  Mrs. Cross is the author of Corporate Mom Drop Outs, and a contributing writer for 3 other best selling business books. She is also co-owner of the Super Mom Entrepreneur Conference and Expo. Her journey into entrepreneurship began when she became a mom and she has been building businesses ever since.  She has defied all the odds both in life and in business and has mastered the ability to turn adversities into advantages.  She travels the world sharing her message and inspiring women to Activate in all areas of life!

Mrs. Cross has been featured on ABC, NBC, Black Enterprise, NY1, NY Daily News, Essence Magazine, Tom Joyner Morning Show, WLIB the Al Sharpton Show, Black Star Web, and over 100 internet talk radio shows and several blogs including Babble.com, Top 50 Mompreneurs 2012, #2 on the Top 100 Mompreneur Blogs to follow by http://www.blogtrepreneur.com, and more.

For media or bookings please contact Jeny Murillo at assistant@lucindacross.com. Cross is available for in person and virtual media appearances as well as conferences, seminars and symposiums.

 

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Light Your Fireworks: Personal Declaration of Independence

Personal Declaration of Independence

My new book The Road to Redemption was launched on May 21st.  In addition to the success the book has landed for my speaking career so far, it has also started a movement.  A movement that fosters living a lifestyle of freedom and abundance.  I realized just how apropos this is for the Fourth of July weekend, which celebrates courage, freedom, boldness and new beginning.

I would like for you to declare your independence on July 4th. This is the true meaning of redemption.

What is the excuse you are using that is preventing you from being, doing and having more in life?

What’s the tyrant that is holding you back from being a woman of truth and integrity?

Is it that toxic relationship?  Not letting go of the past? That stifling job? Just pure procrastination? Is it your hidden fears of success or failure? Is it the debilitating habit of saying yes to people please? Or are you just toooooooooo busy to do what needs to be done?

What will you personal declaration of independence state? This is an extremely important question that can turn your life around. This is not a New Year’s resolution to lose 30 pounds or to quit smoking, lying or overspending. This deserves deep contemplation and, even better, a written commitment where you sign on the dotted line. I am asking you to create your own personal declaration of Independence and prepare to make this declaration on July 4th along with other warriors who are ready to be liberated. This is the day that you will declare your liberation from whatever or whomever and however in order to be redeemed.

Here is the challenge and helpful tips for writing your Personal Declaration of Independence:

  • Be honest with yourself: Name something (or someone) that is holding you back from fully being yourself.
  • Write out your Personal Declaration of Independence with a firm commitment and passion.
  • In your declaration, state exactly what you are committing to be liberated from and why this is important to you. What will you be able to accomplish by liberating yourself from this yoke?
  • Write that you are inviting and welcoming into your life all the support (physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual) that you need to stick to your pledge of freedom.
  • Then write down the specific actions you will commit to in order to see this through to the finish.
  • Date and sign your declaration.

This will be the start of a new thrust for you, especially when you see this declaration as a pledge—a promise to yourself that you will choose to cut yourself free from the negative habit or toxic tie because it is dragging you down—maybe even smothering you—rather than raising you up.

Keep in mind this will take some work. It requires you to be committed and writing the pledge down is the first step.

Resources:
—Moving forward against all odds is so important to me that in my book The Road to Redemption I devoted three chapters to the subject of freeing yourself and overcoming.

Let the fireworks begin!

Comment below and let me know you are in for the challenge and we will send you more information. Please share with your network.  You can say something like this: I am taking the Personal Declaration of Independence challenge. Join me as I light the fireworks in my life!

 

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Are you bolder than a 2nd grader?

On my way to pick my kids up from school we run into a talent scout who was waiting to meet another parent and her child.  The talent scout hands me her card and I instantly thought of my daughter and her desire to be on Disney.  Although this was not a Disney talent scout, we don’t despise small beginnings. I walk to my car and challenge my daughter to meet the scout (sometimes you have to test yourself and others to see if what they/you want, is really what they/you want).  I tell my daughter to come meet this nice lady who is looking for young girls for a few upcoming talent shows.

I walk away and watch from the distance……my daughter is singing…..my daughter is cat walking on the sidewalk……and now my daughter is giving her best Whitney Houston performance.

Talk about being bold.  The lady was shocked at her impromptu performance.

She asked Kayla “Are you ready to audition in front of a large crowd?”

My daughter replies, “I was born ready, my mother is my activator”.

The lady said “you mean your motivator”

My daughter replied “no, she is my activator, she tells me to be prepared at all times and to do my best.”

 

Side bar: What seeds are you planting in your children’s mind?  Do they believe in limitless opportunitunities?

Do they believe that they can be and do whatever they set their minds to?

Are you taking bold steps?  Are you showing up in the world ready to do your best and be your best when the opportunity presents itself?

Life is unscripted. Be bold.

(by the way in less than 15 minutes my daughter is the star of the show and will be doing a tribute in memory of Whitney Houston)

 

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Don’t let FEAR bully you

The FEAR bully never sleeps.  Just because you have made  strides to fight FEAR and be this FEARless being…FEAR is a bully, it’s like the boogie man. It will show up in the form of your mom, dad, children, supervisor, husband, you name it.  But here is the remedy: Activation!…FEAR and Activation can’t be in the same room, because there will be a good old western cowboy show down.

I remember during one of my workshops FEAR popped its head in and was loud and boisterous.  Side bar: FEAR will lose control if it feels like its being challenged, it will get loud or either tries to complain and cop a plea to get out.

So during my presentation, I addressed an issue that was bound to bring the FEAR out of the room and I talked about self sabotage. Well as soon as I addressed self sabotage in great detail, FEAR started to talk out loud, someone’s FEAR even made them leave the room.  Now this is not because I was challenging them personally, but I was fostering a breakthrough using change strategies and FEAR wanted to fight back so that it would not be exposed.

In short, I called FEAR to the front of the room to be exposed and BAM! POW! BOOM! FEAR left the individual alone and the person was mentally free and focused enough to enjoy the rest of the workshop and receive her blessing.

Please don’t let FEAR stop you from getting married, moving on with your life, starting a business, apologizing, forgiving, succeeding or even speaking or writing that book.  FEAR and Activation can’t be in the same room, so who are you going to let rule your next step?

If you are interested in how to write that book, when to write that book, what you should write that book about and then what to do before, during and after you write the book—- join me on June 4th at 9pm EST (Call in Number 218-895-0814 Primary Passcode225323#) for a brief preview session on a workshop I have designed just for you called “Write It Already!”. It’s available in both live and webinar format for your convenience.  The preview call is free and will offer a chuck full of information. Here is the call in information, place it on your calendar, so you don’t forget.

Oh, before I close, if you have not ordered your copy of the best seller The Road to Redemption, run over to https://www.lucindacross.com/beredeemed.  We have sold out for now, but we suggest you pre order so that when the shipment comes in next week you can get your copy shipped ASAP.

 

 

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For Immediate Release: The Road to Redemption Book

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 21, 2012

New York, New York

 

THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION

A Road Map of Overcoming and Finding Your Essence by Lucinda Cross

For every success story there is a story of overcoming and a high level of endurance. For author Lucinda Cross, her path to success is about facing life’s adversity with faith and courage.

Author and speaker Lucinda Cross plans to keep using her voice as a vessel to uplift, encourage, educate and empower women and young teens to become the best version of themselves.  In a world where chaos and confusion is the norm, Lucinda Cross reaches out and touches her audience in the most vulnerable places- their hearts, souls and minds.

The Road to Redemption is an honest examination of how Lucinda Cross does it- how she relates so effectively to her community and her network. In such a simplistic but insightful and meaningful way Lucinda Cross compares her past struggles to the challenges we face every day. Her past has been felt or experienced by all of us. The lessons she learned during her intense hardships are lessons we all can benefit from. At the age of 19yrs in college being sent away for 5 years to Federal Prison; struggles of being a single mother with a dream, leaving corporate America to start her business.  But through it all, Lucinda Cross has moved forward encouraging in every setback, mentoring, connecting, and teaching. Her book is an inspirational story and guide of hard-won triumph and optimism over episodes of tragedy and hardships.

Publisher website: https://www.lucindacross.com/redemption

ISBN-13: 978-0615566061

 

About the Author: Lucinda Cross is a dynamic speaker with an inspiring story and an incredible ability to touch people’s hearts and souls. She is a master at turning her past into a purpose driven life and teaching others to do the same in their own lives.

Lucinda Cross has transformed and transitioned her life, and has dedicated her life to teaching others how to do the same for personal and professional success.

 

For media inquires, bookings, or other publicity- please contact:

Jenny Murillo- assistant@lucindacross.com 347-634-5564

 

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