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Meet The Social Media Ambassadors for Blogalicious 9

Social media is an important component of our business and promotional strategy. It’s one of our favorite ways to interact with and learn about our growing community. So when the time came to curate a strategic and creative social media team for Blogalicious 9, the ultimate conference for multicultural bloggers and influencers, we knew we needed the best talents in our community.

The selection process was no joke! Seriously, you guys didn’t make it easy on us simply because so many of you have great brands and even better personalities. But after a few weeks of peeling back the layers, we selected candidates we’re confident will represent our mission, #TribeUp theme, and overall Conference with love and respect.

With only two short weeks until we reunite with you in sunny Miami, Florida, now’s the perfect time to introduce you to this year’s Social Media Ambassadors for Blogalicious 9, or #SMAB9s for short. Show them some love in the Social Suite and on their social channels, guys!


Tennille Martinez

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Tennille Martinez (@msvirtualmaven) is an Online Business Strategist helping busy entrepreneurs with Social Media Management, Virtual Assistant services, and Digital Marketing. Her passion is tweeting social media tips, blogging about entrepreneurial hacks, and pinning great content on Pinterest.

“I am so excited about being part of the Blogalicious conference in Miami. What better hospitality than to welcome you and my tribe to the Miami Blogalicious experience!”

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Ashley Carter is the creator of FabEllis, a beauty, life, and style blog.  She is passionate about encouraging women to look and feel fabulous.  She loves sharing godly, go-getter inspiration and of course, wearing great lipstick.  Ashley lives in North Carolina and will always be a country girl at heart. Follow her everywhere at @IAmFabEllis.

“I am excited to be a #SMAB9 because Blogalicious is my favorite conference!  I attended for the first time in 2013 and it was truly life changing for me and the direction of my blog.  I can’t wait to share highlights of the conference online and I hope it inspires others to see the amazing opportunities in blogging.”

 

 

 

 


Samantha Broxton

samantha-broxton-social-media-ambassadors-b9Risk and Analytics professional, Social Butterfly, and Life-Long Learner living in Southern California—Samantha has a laundry list of goals and aspires to try her hand at everything from penning a work of fiction to launching socially impactful entrepreneurial ventures. She loves narrative and believe in the power of personal narrative to heal, bridge gaps, and build stronger community. A nomad, amateur chef, DIYer and natural living advocate. Sophia prefers to grow my own veggies and make my own deodorant. She blogs a bit, has been known to back-up sing, and loves having long conversations with complete strangers about their lives and passions. Sophia has a healthy obsession with period and obscure films, as well as science fiction everything (let’s discuss the multiverse)! Follow her everywhere at @raisingself.

“Funny story, I got married at Blogalicious ’10 in Miami, so it’s nice to come back to Blogalicious as a part of the team and celebrate my 7th anniversary after.”

 

 

 


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Renee Matthews

Dr. Renee (@askdrrenee) hosts The Ask Dr. Renee Show, a weekly YouTube show to motivate and inspire viewers to “Live the life they deserve”. She also hosts a daily Periscope show, #ReneesRemedies where she gives helpful health, business and life tips. Dr. Renee has been a contributing health writer for MadameNoire.com, BlackandMarriedwithKids.com, BlackDoctor.org, DiaryofaFirstTimemom.com and GoodEnoughMother.com. She is also a sought after speaker for various health organizations and schools. In addition to writing about health, Dr. Renee is a social media coach, conducts speaking engagements on social media, branding, motivation, and becoming an entrepreneur.

“I am excited to be a #SMAB9 because it is an amazing conference and I want to make sure I share the awesomeness of this conference with my community. There are many people that wonder what happens at these conferences and I want to let them behind the scenes of all the FUN!!”


Joi Light

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Joi Light is a lifestyle blogger that makes being a working mom look easy. She shows moms that they were women first and can still have a life after creating one. Follow her everywhere at @itsjoitomyworld.

“I can’t wait to be a Social Media Ambassador for Blogalicious 9 and share all the inside scoop on such an amazing conference.  Being around so many like-minded creatives and soaking up sun and knowledge is the ultimate weekend for a lifestyle blogger like myself.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Lees Garcia

Lees Garcia owns Glossy Grape (@Lees.Garcia), a product review blog complemented by beauty and lifestyle articles, finding the best of the best products to enhance your daily routine! She is based out of Tampa, Florida and has been blogging since 2015. She also owns a chain of e-commerce brands, from affordable lashes to trendy beauty products online via www.shopluxlashes.com.

“I’m excited to be a #SMAB9 because I can put my years of hosting and event coverage skills to good use! Blogging is my passion and I am excited to learn, network, and communicate through this awesome event!”

 


Briana Ford

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Briana Ford is the Managing Editor of Awesomely Techie. At her day job, she is a Digital Marketing Strategist, helping small businesses with their web, social, and search marketing strategies. She loves Apple products, is leary of smart houses (thanks to Disney), and is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs.

“I’ve been going to Blogalicious since 2012 and there is no other conference like it. I always come back home full of information, love, and awesome new friends! Being a Social Media Ambassador for Blogalicious 9 is awesome because I go hard on Twitter during the conference anyway, haha. I just want people to know all the awesome stuff they’re missing.”


Ariel C. Williams

ariel-williams-social-media-ambassadors-b9Back for the second year in a row, Ariel Williams is leading this year’s Social Media team for Blogalicious Weekend. She joined #TeamBlogalicious in 2014 as a Digital Media Events Intern and has since been promoted to Digital Content Manager, where she oversees blog content creation. Additionally, she owns and operates Danzy Bird & Co, a digital media agency that treats creative entrepreneurs to social media management, fun activations, content curation, and more. Follow her on IG and Twitter at @Ariel_CWilliams.

“B9 can’t get here fast enough! I’m so excited to work with this year’s team of ambassadors. These women are qualified, hungry, and ready for Miami. Just interacting with them thus far has been a pleasure so I know October 5-8 is going to be, dare I say, lit! Blogalicious is love, for real.”

 

 

 


Can’t you feel the energy popping off this post? Its so sweet! We can’t wait to see you all in Miami for Conference Weekend. Register while there are still tickets left.

>> get tickets for B9 <<

Will You ‘Change The Cycle’ At #Blogalicious9 With Us?
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Our long-time partner, Change the Cycle, is looking to connect with 5 special women for an on-site video and photo shoot at Blogalicious Weekend 2017 in Miami on Friday, October 6 at 6:30pm!

Specifically, they are in search of women who have a personal connection to abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) and Fibroids who are willing to share their story on camera to help other women who suffer speak up. All too often these issues go untreated and women suffer in silence because the public conversation isn’t being had!

If the following apply to you, please let us know:

  • You’re registered for Blogalicious Weekend 2017 (if not, go ahead and do so here: http://bit.ly/blogalicious2017)
  • You are comfortable on camera and allowing Change the Cycle to share their footage on the http://changethecycle.com/ website and social channels; you are of course welcome to share it as well on your own channels!
  • You have a connection to AUB / Fibroids
  • You actually have AUB/Fibroids currently and are navigating the treatment options
  • You who have effectively treated AUB/Fibroids (perhaps via the MyoSure/NovaSure options)
  • You who have become frustrated by failed treatments / want to avoid hysterectomy
  • You who have a long line of family members who experience AUB/Issues

If you meet the above criteria, please email Pamela King (pamela@beblogalicious.com) NLT than September 22, 2017 with a short blurb about your personal experience with fibroids and/or AUB, including when you started to experience symptoms, what those symptoms are, and where you are in your treatment journey (e.g., have you talked to your doctor, undergone treatment, etc.)

9 Fun & Affordable Things To Do & See In Miami

In less than one month, our annual reunion conference is going down in arguably one of the greatest cities in America, Miami, Florida. With every conference, we intend on learning and networking but having loads of fun, too. And what better place to do that than in sunny beautiful Miami?

The beach will be upon us. So will great food, tropical drinks, and “the strip” we’re sure everyone has experienced – or wants to – at least once. During your conference breaks have you considered exploring Miami? If you’re going that route with a few conference-mates, consider these spots.

9 Things to Do & See In Miami

 

Little Havana

From restaurants to the Bay of Pigs Museum to Hoy Como Ayer, Little Havana is the place to be. This section of Miami totes historical Hispanic culture that is open to everyone who visits. Here’s more information.

Prime 112

In short, Prime 112 is fantastic! If you’re looking for unique menu items that will Wow you for days on end, we’d recommend Prime 112 in a heartbeat. Located on Ocean Drive, this spot is sexy, thrilling, and often packed with celebrities and high rollers. The wait time can be monstrous but if you can get a table, it’s worth it! Check out their menu.

Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science

We found this blurb on the Museum’s website that instantly made us want to visit:

“Sitting on four acres within Downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, the 250,000-square-foot Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is divided into four distinct buildings: the Aquarium, the Frost Planetarium, and the North and West Wings. This unique campus-like setting takes guests on a journey from the ocean to the Everglades, and from the human cell to outer space. It investigates life as we know it while exploring the process of science and innovation.”

More than that, ” the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a leading science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future.” Get there when you can, fam!

Bayside Marketplace

Shopping, dining, and entertainment are what you’ll find at Bayside Marketplace. Play on the water in a community water taxi or pirate boat. Plan your shopping experience (yes)! Fill your belly at one of the Marketplace’s multiple eateries. It’s all there for you!

Art Deco District

Instagram photography fiends, take some time to explore the beauty that is the Art Deco District. The Miami Design Preservation League hosts tours that benefit philanthropic efforts.

“Tour Proceeds benefit our non-profit mission to preserve, promote, and protect the architectural, cultural, social and environmental integrity of Miami Beach and the surrounding areas.”

Find your tour here.

Miami Tower

Per Wikipedia, “The Miami Tower is a 47-story, landmark office skyscraper in Miami, Florida, United States. It is located in central Downtown. It is currently the 8th tallest building in Miami and Florida.” 

History, beauty and downtown Miami in one fell swoop.

Little Haiti

Known as the Haitian diaspora, Little Haiti is a celebration of Caribbean culture and history that’s displayed in bookstores, museums, family-owned restaurants, and more. Tourists frequent Little Haiti for its rich art scene as well as its live music and culture. Learn more about this magical place here.

Azucar Ice Cream Company

Visiting Azucar will take you back to Little Havana, which isn’t a bad thing. Good ice cream is worth a trip anywhere! This spot offers more than 20 flavors that dance between seasonal and signature flavors known to Miami natives. The menu made our mouths water!

Miami Beach

…because who doesn’t love the beach! Fam, bring your swimsuits and water garb and steal a few hours in the ocean. We won’t be mad at you for soaking up sun rays, making sand castles, and getting that glowy tan only Miami Beach can give you!

What are your favorite things to do or places to visit in Miami? Do you plan on doing any of these things in a few weeks during Blogalicious 9?

#TribeUp Blogalicious Weekend Labor Day Sale!

Blogalicious Weekend Labor Day Sale!

We are 30 days away from Blogalicious Weekend 2017!

When you think of Miami, a few thoughts probably come to mind: beaches, great food, lively music and yacht parties. Usually, you are not doing any of those activities solo, right?! It’s always more fun when the squad tags along.

We got you.

B9 Labor Day Sale

Tag your tribe and let them know that Blogalicious is sweetening the deal. Three (3) conference passes for $747! Yes, three of you can go to Blogalicious weekend for $249 each. That is a savings of $150!

Click HERE to register.
The sale ends 11:59 pm EST on 9/4/17.

See you in Miami!

‘Secure Your Bag’: August’s Monthly Round Up

Before August comes to an end, we’ve got three words for you: Secure your bag! Having a passion for your business is substantial but without money, it’s virtually impossible to maintain. Understanding the costs of running a business is something we face every day, so when we came across these lucrative opportunities, we couldn’t wait to share them with you. From expert tips on securing investors for your business to networking with major players (and potential mentors), we’ve got a Round Up worth reading!

Please enjoy and share with your communities.

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Real Good (reads, music & more)

With our fifth annual partnership with Wells Fargo for the Perfect Pitch Contest, learning how to present your business to investors is the pinnacle. And who better to learn from than the judge himself, Alfred A. Edmond, Jr.!

Alfred has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses perfect pitches and secure funds for their companies. Every year, he judges our contestants with integrity and a passion to help them succeed. We were excited to learn that he put together a video featuring experts tips on how to pitch to investors.

If you’re in the market for investors or could use a little more help with your Perfect Pitch in October, watch Alfred’s presentation below.


Events

Would you like to learn from Seth Godin, Becca Brown (Solemates and Shark Tank contestant) and many others, at the 12th Annual Smart Hustle Small Business Conference in New York City?
The Smart Hustle Small Business Conference is an all day event, taking place on November 1, 2017 in New York City. The conference includes networking with fellow business owners and professionals, inspiration from great speakers, fun, and BIG giveaways. You might remember Ramon Ray, who enthusiastically spoke at Blogalicious 2016. He’s an entrepreneur, author, speaker, blogger and the founder of the conference. Not only will you join a very special session with Seth Godin but you’ll also hear from other speakers. Take a look:
Leadership Lessons from an NYC Cop  – Chief Joseph Fox, New York City Police Department

How To Set the Right Price – Lisa Hendrickson, Strategist, and Inc 5000 Speaker

Using Content to Tell A Story  – Jenn De La Vega, FlipBoard

Scaling and Growing Successfully – Chieh Huang, Boxed.com

How To Get Media Attention – Becca Brown, Solemates

Blogalicious is excited to partner with Smart Hustle Media and invites the Blogalicious Community to attend! Use Discount Code BLOGALICIOUS for $20 off your ticket. Register for the conference here.
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Atlanta, we’ve got a treat for you.

On Nov. 4, 2017TOFi™ International, a unique investment firm dedicated to investing in women and girls of color, will present the inaugural HERs OWNly™ Pitch Contest in Atlanta, Georgia.  The event will take place at one of Atlanta’s premiere venues, The Riverside EpiCenter, located at 135 Riverside Parkway Austell, GA 30168. The HERs OWNly™ Pitch Contest, inclusive of  HERs OWNly JR™ ages 6 – 18 and HERs OWNlyTM, ages 19+, will provide women and girls of color business owners with the opportunity to present their breakthrough business concepts to some of the most powerful and influential business figures in the nation.

TOFiTM is quite unique, as its investments specifically target women & girls of color.  The focus is to impact the future in a positive way by assisting women and girls to expand their reach, develop the essential skills, and acquire the necessary platforms to maintain longevity in their respective industries.
Entrepreneurs will present in front of judges, investors, and a live audience. Through the pitch contest, TOFi™ International will create a launch pad that will enable women and girls of color to expand their ideas. Contestants will be selected based on their business ideas, skills, background, ability to execute, and the likelihood that investors can achieve a positive return on investment and have an impact on their success and growth.

The August 17, 2017 application deadline has passed but you can still visit www.hersownly.com to learn more about the competition.

Potential sponsors are encouraged to contact info@epimediagroup.com.

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Community Love – #TribeUp

TODAY Demetria Lucas D’Oyley will be joining #teamblogalicious in DC at our final pop up experience before we head to Miami for #Blogalicious9. She’ll be chatting about personal branding, building a “tribe” (of #Demigawds) and how to “level-up” your social influence.

This event is FREE! All you need to do is RSVP – http://bit.ly/b9dcpopup. See you tonight!

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Our thoughts and prayers are in Houston, TX and surrounding areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The devastation has left us with heavy and willing hearts. Many of us have donated to various organizations and checked in with members of our community who live there asking how we can help. The Huffington Post published this great list on ways to assist and foundations to donate to. Please let us know if you have any additional tips or resources so we can share with the Blogalicious family on how to offer relief.


Ariel Williams is the digital content manager and part-time social media support at Blogalicious.com. She also runs SlayCulture.com. Send your pitches and questions to ariel@beblogalicious.com. 

 

4 Tips on Finding Mentors Through Social Media

As you know, Blogalicious 9 will be all about building your tribe. While entrepreneurship soars through the veins of most of us, determining how to make your empire work for you can be difficult at first. In fact, the very thought of your precious ideas materializing is overwhelming. If you’ve found yourself overwhelmed with creating a successful entrepreneur life, here are two things that you must know right now:

1. You’re not alone.

2. You need a mentor or like-minded tribe.

How can I find these people?

Just like you find everything else — through social media. The disclaimer here is that the Internet is overly saturated with gurus, mentors, experts and coaches (so be careful). However, after wading through the clutter of newsletters, free eBooks and exclusive signup deals, serious mentors are still out there waiting for you. Here’s how you can use social media to find them.

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Search and use relevant hashtags

Hashtags are the highway to Internet usefulness! Using them can lead to prosperous opportunities if done with intention and focus. Start with simple hashtags like #entrepreneurlife, #entrepreneur, #mentor, #businesscoach or #success. When you find an interesting lead (like Shark Tank’s Damon John who pays attention to a few of these hashtags), follow their social media profiles and look for a website. Almost anyone serious about entrepreneurship has a website, blog or newsletter. Find it and #SignUp.

 

Look around you

The fact that you’re itching for advancement, you’re probably a member of dozens of groups, masterminds and forums already. This can be fun…at first. Before you know it, your phone is a cluster of never ending notifications and noise you simply don’t need. Take a week to evaluate every loose end you have. Identify the individuals who create the most engaging posts and reach out to them. Ask yourself if those people are more useful than the group itself. If so, skip the group, keep the person and learn from them directly.

 

Schedule a meeting

You’ve found who you’re looking for, but what’s next? Reach out to them. Sending a quick, “Hi. I admire your success!” could do wonders for you. At most, they’ll respond and get to know you better. At least, they may have a ready-made program, training or book for purchase filled with resources and tips to help stabilize your business.

 

Go local

Using social media to find your mentor is easy and convenient, no? For those who aren’t so technologically savvy, consider going local to find a few mentors. You can find a list of mentor programs here. However, here are a few resources to finding the perfect mentor for your business development:

  • SCORE Mentoring. From score.org, “SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years. Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.”
  • MicroMentor. From micromentor.org, MicroMentor is a free, easy-to-use social network that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors to connect so they can solve problems and build businesses together. Join a growing community that has already created thousands of mentor-mentee matches and continues to make an impact through the power of mentoring to help small businesses thrive.”
  • Mentor Protege Program. From sba.gov, The 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. Explore the links below for more information about the program.”
  • Minority Business Development Agency. From sba.gov, ” MBDA advisors help minority business owners gain access to capital, contracts, market research and general business consulting.”

We hope these tips have given you a jump start on finding your perfect mentor. Feel free to share any additional tips you’ve found useful in this activity.

 

Finding the Right Mentors for Your Business

9 Subscription Boxes We’re Dying to Try This Year

Subscription boxes are all the rage and honestly, we’re not mad at that. The convenience of these boxes makes it easier to try multiple products at once instead of here and there as our humanness allows. And, with the holidays coming up, indulging in the subscription box world isn’t a bad idea. In fact, now might be the perfect time to test a few so you’re prepared to gift the perfect box to your friends or loved ones.

Several members in our community own subscription box businesses, so you may include a couple. Here are 9 sub boxes we’re anxious to try this year, and hopefully, many to come.

9 subscription boxes we’re dying to try this year

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Not an actual subscription box. Just a pretty flat lay curated by our design extraordinaire Cara Paige.


The Self-Care Box

Curated by Tara Jefferson-Pringle, the Self-Care box is just that — a box filled with items to encourage women to focus on and spend time with themselves. Tara doesn’t look at her company as just a business. She calls it a revolution and we agree with her.

“Each box should feel like a deep exhale, a fresh reminder that while you are many things—an entrepreneur, a stay-at-home mom, a student—you are still you underneath it all.” 

Click here to learn how it works.

Blue Apron

…because food is life! No, seriously. For those days when you’re too tired to make a grocery store run, Blue Apron will come in handy. Whether you choose a two-person or family plan, this company serves fresh ingredients right to your front door so you can save time and literally cook outside the box.

Get started here.

 

SCRIBEdelivery

For the pen and journal obsessed, Scribe Delivery is here to take your coins! There’s a new theme every month and subscribers receive at least 1 Pen and 1 Notebook, plus pencils, and other supplies. Can you imagine coming home to new goodies like this every. single. month?

SCRIBEdelivery was created “to share our joy of a fresh notebook, new pen, and the inspiration to use them with the world.”

Learn more here!

Tees in the Trap

When we thought we couldn’t love Tees in the Trap more, they chose to start The Stash Box! Ahhh, this box is custom curated with both popular and exclusive items that only Tees could create. We don’t know about you but a monthly dosage of trendy t-shirts (like their infamous Maxine Waters tee), enamel pins, mini fans would be the riot we need in our lives.

Grab a box here.

 

BOXFOX

Cute name aside, BOXFOX offers “the best products from brands you love and brands you’ve never heard of to let you send the best gifts, every time.”

Get your effortless gift giving on here.

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Femly Box

Ladies, during “that time” life just gets hectic, doesn’t it? Your energy is low, your mood is off, and your will to do anything other than curl up in sweat pants is virtually non-existent. We get it – it’s rough. And while keeping all of that in mind, the Femly Box was birthed with love and care.

Get a monthly delivery of 100% cotton period care & more!

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Muslim Box Company

We recently learned about this company and thought it’d be cool to share! We love how it specifically defines love and happiness through the sunnah of gift giving.

“Muslim Box Co. is an innovative, contemporary Muslim brand founded on the Prophetic principles of generosity, sharing and gift giving. Bringing you leading and original brands from the Muslim world, our unique and lovingly created packages offer you a beautiful gift box you’ll be proud to give to your loved ones.”

Learn more here.

 

curlBox

Our keynote speak Myleik Teele is a dynamic business woman that so many of us admire. She’s created a box company that so many naturals and curly-haired women love called curlBox. Each month, subscribers receive natural hair, body, and skin care products from various companies like Lotta Body, Cream of Nature, Carol’s Daughter, Shea Moisture, and many more. This company alone has changed the way women of color respond to haircare products!

Get yours.

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Play! Sephora

Sephora. Has. A. Monthly. Box. Service.

And it’s only $10 per month.

What more is there to say? Play with yours here!

 

Which box are you anxious to try? Which ones are you subscribed to already?

Our ATL Blogalicious Pop-Up Experience Was Everything!
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Our next Blogalicious Pop-Up Experience is less than a week away. Before we embed links to the forthcoming kick back, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recap the Atlanta Experience.

As you know, Atlanta is our home away from home. So many of our community lives and works there, so it’s literally a reunion “every time we link up”. Because the love is mutual, you guys showed up and showed out, reinforcing the love we have for our southern delight. Here’s a recap of the Blogalicious Pop-Up Experience: Atlanta, featuring moments, run of the show, and photos drenched in tribe goals.

ATL Blogalicious Pop-Up Experience Panel Experts

We’re sending a special thank you to:

Precious Bivings of Surrender, Work, Live! who moderated the event. Precious is an accountability coach whose mission is to “M.ake A.mazing S.h*t H.appen”. We support her message and appreciate her support of Blogalicious.

Paulette Jewsome, representing Coca-Cola. Thank you, Paulette.

Denene Milner of My Brown Baby. Denene is the journalist mama to know! While her accomplishments are too lengthy to list — hello, Denene Milner Books and award-winning website — her heart is ten times bigger. We appreciate this woman.

Alexis Davis Smith of PRecise Communications, an award-winning boutique public relations firm specializing in consumer brand marketing, media relations, social media management and multicultural communications. Thank you, Alexis!

and last but not least, Danica Kombol of Everywhere Agency. Danica has been in our corner for years. There aren’t enough words to express what our connection truly means. Aside from letting us host our Pop-Up in your beautiful office, we appreciate Danica and her amazing team!

A Memorable Quote

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” – Seth Godwin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Candid Photos

Thanks to Team Blogalicious members Cara Paige and Terrance Gaines for capturing these moments in Atlanta for us! Use the left and right arrows on your keypad to view all photos.

We’ll see you at our next stop in New York this Saturday at Vapiano! RSVP here.

Heartfelt Messages On Why Tribes Are Important
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Finding your tribe can be vital to your success as an entrepreneur or influencer. It can be the thing that elevates you from working hard by yourself to working hard with other creatives and professionals in higher places. Your tribe will serve as your sounding board, support system, and beta testers for all things work and life. Within the Blogalicious network, these are things that we experience on a regular basis. Though we can speak freely about the benefits of having (multiple) tribes, there are many people without a tribe of their own.

Our conference this year, as you know, will focus on this topic and hopefully be paramount in your tribe building journey. We’ve put hundreds of hours into cultivating a space for you to do this and more. What’s great about our network is they believe the same manifesto – that tribes are important to almost every aspect of our lives.

In this post, we’re sharing heartfelt messages from movers and shakers within our community on why tribes are important. Write down your favorite messages and share them with us on social media.

 

7 heartfelt messages on why tribes are important

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  1. Tribe= A group with a shared sense of purpose that celebrates each other’s successes, supports each other’s dreams and encourages each other during challenging times. The tribe is non-judgemental and provides a safe space to be vulnerable and to grow. – Dr. Jamie Hardy
  2. Tribes are the lifeblood of our lives, whether connected by blood or common interest, we need our tribes to survive and most importantly, to thrive. Without my connections of other women and my family and friends, I would wither. Tribes give us the fortitude to deal with the hard edges of life. – Michelle Talbert
  3. In order to #TribeUp and elevate to the next level within our business, brand, and blog, it takes a #Tribe. We are born into the world, alone, but it takes a #Tribe of support, collaboration, and a whole lot of positive energy, in order for us to authentically be our best “selves”. Having sisterpreneurs in blogging and business who support our goals and mission, is what we all need to be successful! – Patrice Tartt
  4. There’s a popular Jamaican proverb that says “One han cyaa clap” (One hand can’t clap). Which means You need to work with others to achieve a common goal, you can’t do it alone. Growth and success does not happen in isolation – other people are part of our growth and success. Being part of a tribe, especially with my fellow Caribbean Content Creators means that we recognize that together we can build a stronger community, support system so that we can make a greater impact on the niched audience we serve. – Kerry & Reid Brown
  5. Long ago, women would go to the riverbed and wash and dry clothes on the rocks. The women who joined her, were her confidants, her tribe. The same is true today – only we meet up via text, via social media or better yet, IRL. – Danica Kombol
  6. Tribes are necessary like eating. Tribes are the fuel that pushes the human race forward. Where we live, our work and our hobbies are defined by our tribes that represent our activities and attitudes. Our value is based on the value we bring to others in the tribe, or by how large a tribe we can create. – Jay Jackson
  7. I personally wouldn’t be anywhere with out my tribe. Tribes cheer you on on the good days and support you when the world feels like it’s crashing down around you. – Andrea Corson

Are tribes important to you? Tell us why below or on social media.

How prAna Can Improve the Lives of Busy Working Women

These days being a busy working woman is just what one does. If you examine your tribes, virtually and in real life, you’ll notice your women-friends fulfilling their destinies, making life altering decisions, and traveling, usually while being someone’s mom, wife, girlfriend, daughter, or confidant. Her calendar is filled with so many obligations that she often wonders how she’ll get them done and what she’ll wear while doing them. We’re still fine tuning the mythical creature known as the work-life balance so we may not have all the answers on managing that lively aspect just yet. However, there’s one thing we can put you onto and that’s an amazing company called prAna.

prAna is a clothing company with a mission to inspire healthy, active, and free-spirited living. They create versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. prAna’s designs are based on their creator’s own experiences as yogis, climbers, and world travelers. They use their knowledge to make clothes that look good and play hard.

 

“We like to focus on the details and aren’t afraid to go bold when it comes to colors and whimsical patterns. We love to combine classic style with modern materials, ever mindful of where and how our creations are made.” – prAna

 

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In a recent campaign, a group of our influencers was sent clothing items made of organic cotton or hemp, in which many also use recycled materials. Maintaining planet friendly products is important to prAna (and us) and with one comfortable, stylish top or pair of pants at a time, they’re making this feat accessible to all. prAna’s “from city streets to mountain peaks” clothing is created to be fashionable, comfortable and versatile.

While prAna clothing is made to accommodate any adventure, the items are first and foremost mindfully made in order to support fair trade and sustainable practices. prAna actually has only one core belief, and that is to give back more than we take from the world.

Can you imagine your wardrobe being one less thing to worry about in your already busy life? Yesterday that might have sounded bizarre but today you can find assurance in knowing that it can actually be done. prAna has cute styles for traveling, yoga, climbing, swimwear, and activewear. (You’ll find extras like bra tops, dresses, and skirts on their website, too.) The best part about supporting this company is knowing that your purchase will make a difference in someone’s life and for our planet.

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1632, ATHENS, GREECE, EUROPE, CHRIS, BURKARD, RUSSEL, HOLIDAY, PRANA, LIFESTYLE, CATALOGUE

 

We can’t wait to put our prAna clothing and accessories to the test. You can, too. Use code S17BL for 15% off your purchase when you visit www.prana.com. Click on hashtag #myprAna on social media to see how other busy working women are simplifying their lives and wardrobes while prioritizing self-care with prAna.

Which item do you envision yourself wearing while running errands?


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