January 2015 Newsletter

Design Your Future

The year 2015 will be the year of spiritual, social and financial awakening!

I am hitting the ground running with my Karatbars business and my consulting. The seven years of famine (2008 – 2014) are over for me, and I believe for many of you also.

Let’s start the new year off with a bit of introspection and lots of commitment to be better people.

As in the past, I am attaching QUESTIONS TO DESIGN YOUR FUTURE. I complete several of these sheets during the last four days of each year. I visit the forms during the year to track my progress, observe any changes and celebrate victories.

Please take the time to print off several of these forms and complete them before Monday, January 5th.

I believe that you will be greatly blessed by setting, tracking and achieving goals like I do every year.

Have a blessed and prosperous 2015 – I will!



  1. What do I want?
  2. Why do I want it? (Why is it important to me?)
  3. What am I willing to give up to get it?
  4. What is my game plan/how will I get it?
  5. What specific knowledge do I require?
  6. Who can assist me?
  7. What is my time frame?
  8. What can I do TODAY to get started?


List ALL of your goals on plain paper.

Categorize the goals into:

  1. Spiritual
  2. Family
  3. Personal
  4. Business
  5. Other

Select the top three goals, place them on goal sheets and work through the remaining seven questions on the goal sheets.

You may complete goal sheets for more than the top three goals, but usually the top three goals feed into accomplishing all of the other goals, so completing goal sheets for all of the goals may not be necessary.

Source: Coach David Martin, EmpowerMax Performance Coaching Systems

My Challenge To You

Commit to yourself that 2015 will be the year you’ll establish and work on your dreams and desires. Complete the Questions to Design Your Future and then come back to this blog post and post in the comment section your proclamation that you are committed to Design Your Future.


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Sherry Peel Jackson’s Thoughts About Ferguson Missouri

I have been thinking of what to say about the situation in Ferguson. As a Christian, as a black, as a woman that grew up middle-class between Detroit and Atlanta, I have many different experiences to form a perspective on the situation.

I listened to this video and found myself agreeing with most of what this young man has to say.

But what are the changes that we need to make – as black people, as people, as Americans?

Here are some of my suggestions:

  1. Stop blaming others for the decisions that we make.
  2. Turn off the television so that we can learn to think for ourselves.
  3. Stop thinking that hard work is not meant for us.
  4. Stop hating on people of other cultures that come over here, start businesses and thrive.
  5. Start reading things that will edify us and teach us how to become self-sufficient.
  6. Stop reading trash.
  7. Teach our children how to think, and solve problems without violence.
  8. Value education and utilize it to better ourselves.
  9. Stop being envious of people that succeed and excel in what they do
  10. Take an interest in what goes on in our communities.
  11. Get active in our churches and houses of worship.
  12. Teach our children how to be ethical and integral.
  13. Be examples to everyone that is watching, they are watching.
  14. Be lawful but respectfully question authority.
  15. Be passionate about life.
  16. Motivate others to be and act positive.
  17. Respect and help the homeless, widows, orphans and the elderly.
  18. Respect ourselves.
  19. Don’t throw trash out of our cars onto the street.
  20. Respect and treat others as we would want to be respected.
  21. Tell the truth no matter the consequences.
  22. Forgive.
  23. Love, don’t hold grudges, it only makes us bitter.
  24. Share good news with others and don’t hoard successful strategies.
  25. Pray.
  26. Seek wise council before making rash decisions.
  27. Manage our money so that we will not always be broke busted and disgusted.
  28. Don’t take what does not belong to us whether it be physical or intellectual.
  29. Keep our minds sharp and clear of evil thoughts.
  30. Eat as healthy as possible so that our minds won’t be foggy.
  31. Share your wealth and wisdom with those that want to excel – be a mentor.

You have heard 31 of my suggestions for CHANGE.

Now let me hear some of yours.


November 2014 Newsletter

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

I have been carefully observing the events of the last six months.

  • We have a disease creeping across Africa and seeping into the United States. A disease that many say is man-made. Yes, I am talking about Ebola.
  • We have breaking stories of whistleblowers revealing government corruption and malfeasance – CDC, IRS, NSA.
  • We have the renminbi (the official currency of the People’s Republic of China.) that is slowly creeping up behind the Euro and the dollar to blindside them in a takeover of the world’s reserve currency.
  • We have people by the thousands losing their homes every month through foreclosure and foreign investors snatching them up like they’re at a Black Friday sale.

All this and more has become commonplace in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

But, should it be commonplace? Should We The People stand up and fight or roll over as dead?

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Well, different people handle adversity in different ways. Some cower and become subjects to whatever whim the politicians and banksters demand. Some retreat into the woods and amass guns, food and water. Some act like nothing is wrong. Many have no clue about what’s really happening and they don’t really care – these are the ignant (as opposed to the ignorant).

In my view, and the view of many that are like me, the best thing to do is first pray, and then take action. The action you decide to take depends on your family circumstances and your tolerance level.

If you feel like you are a slave then try to divest yourself from the plantation as much as you can. Get with like-minded people and come up with local community solutions. Grow your own food. Barter.

Educate yourself about current events that affect your family instead of spending countless hours in front of the Electronic Income/Intellect Reducer (TV). Buy gold and silver. Ditch the fake stock market – it will crash again – soon! Invest in profitable real estate, oil, water, profitable businesses and agricultural land.

It’s your own fault if you fail to make a plan and begin to execute it.

This is certainly not the country that it was meant to be, and the only one that will make it what it is supposed to be is YOU. Man up and get ta’ steppin’.