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Bev Knox is a Featured Guest Speaker at “Understanding the Game Women’s Conference” in Nov 2015.

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It is a fact that most people with a vision want to become successful. The only way you can truly do that is to invest in yourself and educate yourself to obtain a better future. I know what you’re thinking, “ I don’t have any money or time to go back to school.”

Stop right there because you’re already making excuses for why you can’t succeed and that isn’t going to do anything but hurt yourself. You have to make time for YOU if you’re going to invest in yourself.

Turn off the television at night and pick up a book about personal development. Discover the things you need to change about you to get your life where you need it to go. Stop listening to people who tell you that there’s no need to improve who you are. That’s insane! Everyone should be constantly working on who they are because no one is perfect.

If you need to take baby steps, take baby steps. Never give up on improving yourself though. Never settle for just being average. Want a better job? Build the skills you need to get a better job. Want a better love life? Learn how to grow more meaningful relationships!

As humans we’re constantly developing and evolving. Our responsibility is to invest as much time and resources as possible so that you can develop for the better. There is online training, life coaches, personal development materials and thousands of books just waiting to help you!

A great start for educating yourself and associating with like-minded people is to register for this upcoming event in Baltimore, MD. Tiffany Adams will host the “Understanding the Game Women’s Conference” on November 13-15, 2005. I will be one of the guest speakers educating women on personal development & success strategies. This will be a great time to get a signed autograph of my upcoming book, The Mystery Element, Understanding the Habits of Success.   I look forward to meeting you all.

I Hate this Heat! What’s a Girl to Do When it Feels Like 117 Degrees Outside?!

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It’s a beautiful looking day and I just got showered and dressed for my day! I look out my window, and it’s beautiful out! I grab my purse and run outside to get a sandwich only to find out it’s HOT as %@!&! Woah! I wasn’t expecting that! I don’t do heat well. I tend to be a tad on the bitchy side when I’m hot. What do you do when you’re trapped in the heat? Where can one hide?

Some of you ladies, like my BFF, LOVE the heat! Others, like myself, absolutely hate it! I like wearing shorts and dresses and other summer apparel, but why does it have to be so damn hot outside?!?!? In a perfect world, 62 degrees is just right for me! 65 the highest. When it’s too hot, you feel sticky and uncomfortable. You don’t wanna do anything and you just wanna crawl under an air conditioned room and stay there forever!

The ONLY time I enjoy being in this heat is when I’m laying on the beach in my bikini with a margarita in my hand! I love being at the beach (read my beach-time article), it’s my favorite place to be! There’s no better place to be in this kind of weather! Actually, if I didn’t have this rock festival to attend I would probably be there right now!

My ONLY other place to be when it’s this hot is in air conditioned stores! I like going shopping in the heat because every store has nice air conditioning, and who doesn’t wanna shop in nice cool areas! I know I do! There’s no way to really hide from the heat, unless you’re a loner who wants to stay in your air conditioned room for the entire summer.

My suggestion to you all… spend all day at the beach and wait for it to cool down and then do your errands and stuff. You’ll be less bitchy around 7 or 8 when the sun isn’t shining bright in the sky making your makeup melt off!

One thing I have to start doing is wearing sunscreen! Ladies protect your skin! You only have one layer (that we can see) of it, so don’t F it up! Sun damage isn’t cute, and you don’t want to have to pile on MORE makeup to cover up what you’ve done to yourself! It’s not that expensive! Better safe than sorry!

I hate the heat, but stick around and I’ll keep throwing out little tips here and there for how to stay heat-friendly! Because if anyone absolutely hates the heat and wants to avoid it at all costs, it’s me! You’ll thank me later. You’re welcome! :)

Until next time ladies, Stay beautiful. Stay positive. Stay YOU!

–Ziggy

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Straight Outta Compton Review by Dr. Bev Knox

I had a late class night where some of my students and I discussed the blockbuster movie Straight Outta Compton. My intent (since last month) was to go and see the movie on opening night… but because I HATE crowds and the potential atmosphere for loud chatter, I waited until late last night to venture into the movie theater.

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Because I fall into the category of “Old School” loving Old School music of all genres (a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like –Dictionary.com) I knew fully well who N.W.A. was and the hype surrounding their lyrics and method of delivery. In the late 80s I didn’t appreciate such hard core explicate verbal lashings of any kind (and to be honest, I still don’t)… but I did appreciate the absolutely FABULOUS beats, spins, verbal tone, sound of melody, and artistic creativity.

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Last night as I sat in an almost full theater, being the only person of color in attendance, I breathed softly analyzing my surroundings in full depth. I thought, this is pure perfection. This movie that tells a story about a Black hard core rap group out of Compton, and the struggles they went through to have their voice heard, is being viewed by everyone, braking down racial barriers. Again, pure perfection!

Then the movie started… then the music started… then the pure excitement started from within. As I sat throughout this movie and viewed it’s highly strategically placed segment contents, I experienced the following: joy, sadness, excitement, stunned gaze, laughter, understanding, encouragement, hope, amazement and the like. It also made me want to go and dig up any CDs from Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

I said to myself, this is definitely a movie I will incorporate in future discussions in my psychology classes. Why? Because it is obvious that a high percentage of college students may have viewed the movie and have an opinion about it. Also, it depicts and array of issues (i.e. expressed emotion, basic motivation concepts, resiliency and determination, health related concerns, temperament, personality, environment influences, societal issues to include social influence and antisocial relations, race and ethnicity, and other human behavioral concerns).

All in all, I gave the movie 2-thumbs up. It is by far, on of the best movies of the year.

–Dr. Bev Knox

What NOT to Wear While on Vacation with Your Family…

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I learned this the hard way on vacation last year! I hadn’t been on vacation in a while, so you know I had to buy all new outfits and bathing suits and shoes etc. What I didn’t realize though, was that I would be with my parents the whole vacation, not my teeny bopper hoochie mama friends! So it was a little awkward when I was going to the beach with my family and all I had was my Victoria Secret Bombshell bra bathing suit top and my skimpy ass bikini bottoms. Let’s just say I wasn’t getting an even tan this trip…

Being with your family is NOT the time to be a little tramp! Yo’ momma birthed you, she knows your goodies!   And you’re your fathers daughter, he doesn’t wanna see his little princess strutting around the beach half naked with her goodies all out! Save that for walking the beach with your girlfriends, attracting the attention you want from people your OWN age!

To my young ladies reading this article… I’m telling you this from experience. COVER THEM TIDDAYZ UP!!   There are SO many conservative yet still cute bathing suits out there that you can wear when you’re with your parents! Save that bombshell when you’re trying to impress that new coworker at the office. You don’t need to impress your family, they already think you’re beautiful. Plus that’s just awk.

And who wants to stay covered up all day in the heat because you don’t wanna take off your tank top! Dress smart! Besides bathing suits, there’s a whole bunch of other things you probably shouldn’t wear while with your family! Super short shorts that show off the cake, crop tops that got your girls hanging out, and mini skirts that can show off your hoo-hah to men you don’t want seeing!

Put it this way… if you wear an outfit you should make sure your father won’t feel uncomfortable looking at you when talking to you! He shouldn’t be staring at a rack of DD’s when talking directly to his daughter…. Or looking at your ass hang out them apple bottom jeanz when you walk to get the beach ball! Just don’t make your father a pervert! SImple as that.

There are so many ways you can look cute without looking trampy! Pretty rompers and maxi dresses with spaghetti strap tank tops, Bermuda shorts with jean shirts or even a slight crop tops! You see the commercials, put two and two together! Women aren’t sporting how to be a hoe on the television, so you don’t have to sport it in real life!

Wearing little to no clothes isn’t going to get you the attention you deserve… it’s just going to attract scumbags who want to have sex with you! Yup, I said it! Sue me! I don’t care, you’ll thank me later. You’re welcome!!

Until next time ladies… Stay beautiful. Stay positive. Stay YOU!

–Ziggy

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Changing Your Career Later on in Life May be the Right Move For You… Do it Wisely!

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Many people wake up one day and say, “hey, I really don’t want to work in this career path anymore.” To say that is OK however, how you go about changing your career later in life is extremely important. If you went to school for many years, have debt and a family to take care of, you might want to consider how you change career paths.

Notice how I am not saying that it is impossible to change careers later in life, because it absolutely it. It’s not smart to leave one career for a career that will pay you less or put you in further debt. If you have college loan debt and you’re in a high paying profession like dentistry, then try to stick to your profession a little longer to pay down some of that debt. Don’t get behind on your mortgage to change career paths. When you have a family it is important to make sure that they are provided for first.

Changing career paths later in life is all about doing it smartly. Yes, we have to invest in ourselves and in our education, but we must do it wisely. I must also advise on limiting any new debt for your new career path especially if you haven’t paid off the old debt that you already have. Seek out a life coach to provide you tips with how to make an easier transition from one career path to the other.

Put serious thought in to changing your career path before you do so. Plan out your goals and objectives very carefully. You will be much happier with your decision when you do.

I’m Having the Sunburn Blues… Peeling Red Patches, NOT Cool!!!

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Okay ladies, this is a topic I know a majority of you are much familiar with!! Sunburn!! It is uncomfortable, it hurts, and it’s not a fun time! You think all is dandy while you’re out at the beach getting your tan on, only to find out when you come home that your skin is peeling and painfully NOT tan…

This past week has been absolutely beautiful in my neighborhood, and I live right next to the beach. So it was clear that most of my time would be spent laying by the beach soaking up my Vitamin D. I have naturally tanned skin, but I love my bronze-glowed look I get in the summer from the sun, so I’m right out there with my white girls laying out getting my tan on!

I was at the beach four days in a row, for hours each day! The last day I was out there, three days ago, was especially sunny and hot, and I was baking in the sunlight, absorbing all the positive rays and energy! I loved it. I knew I was going to be a perfect shade of caramel by the time I went home, so I kept laying out there, absorbing all the wonderfulness of summer heat!

A few hours went by of rotating between laying out and going for a dip in the ocean, and I was hungry, so I started my journey home. I was sweaty and hot and uncomfortable, so I jumped in a cold shower to relax myself and cool down. When I came out, I lotioned up as usual and admired my beautiful bronzed skin in the mirror. All was good in the hood, I was pleased and happy.

Two days later, I started to feel a little rough patch over a few areas of my face. I didn’t understand why my face felt so awkward, until I realized I HAD SUNBURN!!! I know this is going to sound bad, but I didn’t know women of color could get a sunburn so bad. I was unaware that me being out in the sun for so long would damage my skin, so I was dealing with a bad case of sunburn. And it wasn’t fun! Lesson learned.

Now, four days later, my face and a few other areas like my back and arms are starting to peel and are still feeling uncomfortable. It’s not fun getting sunburn, and the peeling and after effect hurts like hell! There are products out there that can help though, I’m currently using lots of Aloe and this other aloe lotion that has tea tree oil and vitamins a, c and e in it! It’s helping, but to be honest, only time can heal this!

If you don’t want to go through what I’m currently suffering from, I suggest you put on some sun block of at least SPF30+. Don’t walk out into the sun’s skin death trap, you’ll be regretting it for days! Trust me, you’ll thank me later. You’re welcome!

Until next time ladies, Stay beautiful. Stay positive. Stay YOU!

–Ziggy

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It’s Ok to Say NO to Family Members

Ah, family! It can be so hard to say no to family… but there are times where you absolutely must say no to those you love. Is your family asking you to do something immoral, that is against your values, help them do something illegal or are they asking you to do something illegal for them? Your answers to their illegal (and unbelievable request) should be no at all times.

This is a very easy decision to make actually. It’s one thing to consider letting your family move in with you, lending them money or helping them in an innocent way improve their life. However, when a family member asks you to do anything that is going to put you in harms way or legal trouble it’s time to put your foot down and just say no!

Now, we’re all human. We’ve all had someone we cared about come to us and ask us to help them. It’s not always an easy decision to make. We often feel guilty when we say no to the people we love, but we should never feel guilty if we’re saying no for the right reason. Never let family members make you feel guilty, and then guilt trip you into doing something illegal. If you get in legal trouble, hurt others, or ruin your life as a result of helping a family member, you will regret helping them way more than a little bit of guilt.

Always make healthy, happy and legal choices. Even when it comes to your family!

Having a positive sense of self helps with making difficult yet sturdy decisions. Check out or array of Personal Development Classes that you can take anytime, 100% Online!

Stop Dealing with Toxic People… Kick Them to the Curb and Move On!

Everyone has experienced toxic people at some point in their life. You might even be experiencing that right now. Are you around someone who is constantly trying to bring you down, make you miserable or tare down your accomplishments? Then this is a toxic person and you need to get away from them fast.

At first it might seem like you can ignore these people and carry on with your day-to-day life. But soon you will see that their negative thoughts will become your own. Unfortunately, we sometimes start to believe things people say to and about us, be it positive or negative. You have to be strong and confident and be able to identify the good from the bad. You have to learn how to shut them down and keep on moving.

Toxic people are individuals who are unhappy with their own lives and want other people to be unhappy as well. They’ll stop at nothing to bring people down to their sadness level. This is why you must do your best to get away from these people. They don’t just make negative comments, they’ll spread rumors about you to damage your reputation. They may steal from you or try to break up your relationships.

Domestic violence is also a form of a toxic relationship, it’s actually one of the most dangerous kind. If you need to get professional or authoritative help to get these people out of your life then make sure you seek it right away. You can even take one of our Personal Development courses on how to do just that.

There is no reason to keep toxic people in your life a second longer than after you find out their toxic! Kick them to the curb and move on!

Thanks Bev

MasterMind Alliance in Full Motion… Connecting with Like-Minded, Success Driven Entrepreneurs.

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Calling All Entrepreneurs!!!  Let us form a Success Mastermind Alliance!!!  I want to connect with other like minded entrepreneurs who foster positive energy, focus mindset, and a FABULOUS sense of self.

There is synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement that participants bring to a Mastermind Group.  The beauty of Mastermind Groups is that participants raise the bar by challenging each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion (passionforbusiness.com)

Mastermind groups are relatively new to most people, even though Napoleon Hill created the concept around 75 years ago with his book, Think and Grow Rich.  A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others (forbes.com).

Let us connect, collaborate and support one another on our success journey.  Let us assist each other.  In order to receive, you have to give something:  time, effort, energy, etc.  Let us reach millions with our message of success.  Mastermind Intention.  NO HATERS Allowed!!!  If you have a Millionaire Mindset, connect with me at Bev@BevKnox.com.

It’s Time to GROW Up & Learn about how to BE in an ADULT Relationship!

Article Written by BevKnoxFabulous Blogger Ms. J.

Your 20s is a great time to go out to the club, meet people and play the field (if that’s what you want to do).  However, now that you’re in your 30s, 40s or 50s that kind of dating doesn’t apply to you anymore (not if you want a REAL relationship).  If you still think it does, you really need to grow up and start learning how to be in a grown-up relationship.

I’m not trying to be cruel, but anyone over 30 looks silly dancing in the club with the young teeny boppers looking for love.  At this point in your life you need to be trying to cultivate loving, meaningful relationships.  If you’re trying to meet quality people worthy of you having a serious relationship with, you should be doing it in a more sophisticated setting other than at the bar. A great place to start is to go to gatherings and meet n’ greets with people who are more like you and have your same interests.

If you’re noticing that you can’t keep a solid relationship then it’s time to do some self-discovery on your part.  Get dating and relationship advice from expert life coaches like Bev Knox who can help you attain and maintain a solid relationship.  When you’re heading into the mature part of your life, you want relationships that are going to benefit you and ad some value to your life.

If there’s something holding you back from getting that true relationship that you desire then you should try and explore improving yourself first.  As Bev said, personal development is key for a better future.  There’s online training available as well, so that you can fit your self improvement strategy into your busy schedule.  Click HERE for more Info.  Start today by growing up and growing your adult relationships!

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