As a busy business owner who has been out of school for a whole minute, I really push myself to learn something new every day. Time is not overflowing for me but I never want to be the person in my super book smart and street smart friend group that has nothing interesting to contribute to a conversation. So from Instagram to books to podcasts to my conversations with the homies, I'm taking note of all the things that get put on my radar. Here are 10 takeaways that I'm passing along to you.
1. Michelle Obama's childhood friend is Jesse Jackson’s daughter
While reading the page turning book Becoming, I learned that Santita Jackson (pictured to the right of MO), the daughter of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, was besties with my FOREVER first lady.
2. How to write a concise Brand Bio Formula
I can't quite remember how I discovered Go Live HQ but once I joined their email list, I received a Brand Bio Formula that helped me clearly define PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT. If you have a business and want to make sure your customers are clear on who you are, head on over to their site to create a concise statement for your company.
3. Janice Bryant Howroyd was the first black woman to own $1 billion business
While listening to one of my all-time favorite podcasts, How I Built This, Janice Bryant Howroyd was put on my radar. From her sassy southern personality to her undeniable intellect, I was hooked! So I started reading everything I could find that highlighted her story of turning a $1500 investment in her staffing company, ACT-1, into a billion-dollar business. Inspiring is an understatement!
4. There are underwear and swimwear that will have your back. Period!
That "time of the month" can bring exhaustion, cramps, and an embarrassing stain on your favorite pair of jeans. So I was blown away when I discovered a better, cleaner, more comfortable and graceful way to live with my period. I can't wait to give this brand a try. I'll keep you posted!
5. There’s an entire category on iTunes called “learn something new”
Head on over to find a gang of podcasts that can teach you new things daily. Winning!
Still looking for a meaningful gift for your bestie or even your grandma that won't break the bank? My friend Chantel put me on to these Full of Love blankets. They are super soft, sentimental and only cost $65. Score!
7. Holiday Barbie has an afro!
Whether your niece stans for the latest Barbie or you proudly display your collection of the legendary dolls in your bedroom, this Barbie Collector 2018 Holiday Nikki Doll is a must-have. Thanks, Dr. Kiki for putting me on!
8. Trump's Netflix Documentary is Whoa
No photo necessary! While looking for something to watch last Friday night, TRUMP: An American Dream popped up on Netflix and although I didn't feel like raising my blood pressure, I had to watch it. What I quickly learned is that number 45's rise was not what I thought it was. If you dare to watch, get ready for a mind-blowing reality check.
9. Kimberly Anyadike is super fly!
DID YOU KNOW: Anyadike is the youngest African-American woman to complete a transcontinental flight across the United States, which she completed at age 15 in 2009. HERstory!
10. January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day
I'm always looking for an excuse to take a bath break and little did I know, there's a whole day dedicated to the very necessary luxury. So mark your calendar and stock up on some bubbles and bath bombs. I'm all in!
And that's it. I'll be back on January 10th to reveal 10 more cool things I've learned. Until then, share something interesting with me in the comments!