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Take Your Dream Out of Layaway-Book Review by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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This book is so full of tips that are outlined in a very easy manner so that no one misses the mark. Most all of us are familiar with the “old school” layaway system, where if you didn’t have enough money on hand to purchase a particular item, you would put a bit of money down and pay weekly, until the item was finally yours to take home. Joni Hudson-Reynolds uses this same system to posit that many of us have put our dreams on layaway, and it’s about time to get those dreams out of layaway and have them begin to work in our favor.

There are exciting chapters that include Finding The Dream Again, The Burden and Blessing of the Dream, Owning The Dream, Living the Dream and Working the Dream, among others.

Hudson-Reynolds helps people lay out a strategy to achieve their dreams and purpose, even if one has become stagnant and the latter has been up to now undiscovered. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and in 2011 launched Dreams with Deadlines—a workshop designed for women who have a dream and want to learn how to make it happen.

An excerpt from the book jacket: This book is for people like you—who have a dream but for some reason have not been able to make it happen. You will learn how to say no and mean it; how to close the adoption agency; how to own your dream; how to start again and how to effectively use your 24 hours and more.

The author uses Biblical scriptures to accentuate some points in presenting approaches that are both logical and informative. Nothing is particularly earth shattering, but the information is often filled with anecdotes about events that have occurred in the author’s life that make the suggestion presented easier to comprehend.

For example, in Chapter 5, Giving Your Dream A Deadline, Hudson-Reynolds talks about her freshman year of college and meeting deadlines for her assignments. She spoke of using a flashlight to complete her reading, because the power had gone out in her neighborhood. She vowed not to waste time or money that had been used for her college tuition, and says that your deadline to complete whatever task you have laid out should be of an urgent concern. Finally, she says you should make every resolve to complete it on time.

Each chapter is also followed by “dream steps,” so the reader can outline positive actions to bring one closer to his or her goals.

I found this book helpful in my personal life with my dream that needed a bit of a push, as well. I highly recommend this book for people who are just getting started on the road to their dreams, or for those who have pulled on the side of the road and need a little help navigating back to the finish line.

Hudson-Reynolds’ mission is to empower people with the tools necessary to walk toward their destinies. She is available for speaking engagements and interviews.

For more information about “Take Your Dream out of Layaway” by Joni Hudson-Reynolds, visit http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU001028477/Take-Your-Dream-out-of-Layaway.aspx.

Reprinted with permission from the Chicago Crusader.

Rick Scott claps back at rude Starbuck’s patron…but is it fair?


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What did Ad Week do to Kerry Washington’s photo, and why it matters

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Kerry Washington said she did not recognize herself when she saw the Ad Week cover, but doesn’t a publication have a right to photoshop a photo? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.theroot.com/blogs/the_grapevine/2016/04/kerry_washington_responds_to_excessive_photoshopping_of_adweek_cover.html?utm_content=bufferec12b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Are Americans getting what they deserve this election season?

We have all heard that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton if they win their party nomination they will be the most unpopular nominees ever. How did we get hear? Why aren’t principled people seeking the highest office in the land? Who wouldn’t want ever part of their life dissected for the world to consume? Who wouldn’t want to be fodder for social media on a 24/7 basis? Who wouldn’t want every speech they had ever given to be checked for error? Who wouldn’t want all of their close relatives subjected to constant press inquiries? Who wouldn’t want their financials open to endless scrutiny? Sounds like a good time? No it’s not but it is the reality, and “it ain’t pretty.”. So it is no wonder that the two reference above might be the last two standing.

Flying while Brawling…Woman Refuses to lower volume of boombox…are we getting meaner?


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Why the Erin Andrews trial should matter to everyone

Erin Andrews is a celebrity, but she is also a victim. She was recorded getting out of the shower in a hotel room by a stalker. He manipulated the peephole on her door and recorded her. The tape is on the Internet forever. She is suing the hotel and yesterday the hotel’s attorney took an interesting approach. He asked her about how her career and income has increased since the incident. He listed the endorsement deals that she has acquired. So where is he going with this line of questioning? Is he saying she has benefited from the tape or is he saying that her career has not been negatively impacted? Both thoughts are equally repugnant. Let’s look at what Andrews did. She checked into a hotel and took a shower. That’s it. We all have done it and once you give your hotel room the cursory look around you put the lock on the door and foolishly feel safe. Andrews is a sportscaster, game show host, celebrity, but more importantly she a woman who has been victimized by a stalker, and when you listen to the current line of questioning you wonder will she be victimized by the system.

Devon Franklin and Meagan Good on CBS This Morning discussing their new book The Wait


Watch the clip and note the interviewers cynicism. Share your thoughts.

Rev. Run and Tyrese coming to OWN…is this a problem?


This Saturday Rev. Run and Tyrese will join the OWN family. They are going to be acting as relationship gurus, check out what Tyrese said about fat women in 2013. “No two situations are the same. If you are fat and nasty and you don’t like the way you look, do something about it. It’s simple,” the singer-turned-actor replied. Continuing his no-holds-barred rant, he said, “When you take a shower and you put your fat, nasty body in the shower and by the time you get out, the mirrors are all steamed up so you don’t look at what you did to yourself. That may sound offensive or insensitive but ultimately, you are big as hell because you have earned that s–t. You worked your a– off to eat everything in sight to get big as hell. If you got a problem with the way you look, then you need to do something about it,” he added. “Excuses sound best to the people that’s making them up.” Of course after online backlash he apologized. So now in 2016 he and Rev. Run will be dispensing advice on a network owned by Queen Oprah. Share your thoughts.

Going 2 Extremes in 2016

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What does the word extreme mean? “Of a character or kind farthest removed from the ordinary or average”. (dictionary.com) Are you ready to perform beyond the ordinary or beyond average? That’s the question each of us should be asking ourselves as 2015 draws to a close. What are you willing to do? How far are you willing to go? The truth is there is nothing wrong with the ordinary or the average, but is that truly enough for you? Is 2016 going to be a carbon copy of 2015? We all have heard the statement “if you want something different you have to do something different”. Are you ready for different? Are you ready to stop talking about dreams and start making dreams realities? If yes is the answer you are ready for Take Your Dream Out of Layaway. http://www.amazon.com/Take-Your-Dream-out-Layaway/dp/1490898344/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451404544&sr=1-1&keywords=take+your+dream+out+of+layaway

Why was the SI Sportsman of the Year Serena Williams photographed like this?

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