How to Grow Your Part-Time Passion to Full-Time Influence

Harold Arnold is a good friend. His work ethic is to be gleaned from. In this episode we discuss his new book Second Shift: How to Grow Your Part-Time Passion to Full-Time Influence.  

You are uniquely created to reflect an aspect of God here on earth through the influence that you wield. Influence, however, is widely misunderstood as a commodity reserved for a precious few. In reality, you are designed to transform your families and communities with a transcendent message of hope as you commit to listen, love, and lead with authenticity.
Second Shift is a step-by-step plan for leveraging your passions as a path to extraordinary possibilities, especially suited for those pursuing them in the part-time margins of life.- Harold Arnold

 

 

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5 Apps to Manage Your Relationship

I will admit it I have a problem! I have a major problem managing my relationships. When my husband and I started courting I realized that I had a problem with remembering dates, things and overbooking. As time went on I realized I had a problem with that in all of my relationships. As a techie I realized that I didn’t have to have a problem with these things I could use what I had in order to manage them. Early on my husband would comment, “You need a calendar to remember to spend time with me?” Yes, I do. I have a problem. I don’t remember everything I should.

I have been an iPhone user since 2007. I was an Apple employee from 2011-2015 (one day I am going to tell you about that story). I’m probably not using all the best apps for managing my relationships but what I use works for me.

To schedule appointments, coffee meets, podcasts, church and bills. I use the calendar app on my iPhone, Macbook Pro and iPad. I remember the days when nothing would sync, then you paid $99 for a mobile me account for them to sync. These days EVERYTHING syncs through the iCloud and you can share calendars with others. I separate my calendars into Family, Business, Church and Committees that I am on. Calendar allows you to place reminders in your event, locations and invite others to the event. I use the invite feature to send others the event as well so that they don’t forget. They get the same reminders that I get.

 

Recently, Ted Rubin told me about an App called Refresh. Refresh is super cool. It connects to your email, calendar, and social media to give you information about a person prior to you’re meeting with them. It only gives you information based on the people whose email you have. It’s not going to just give you information about random people. Refresh allows you to know about people before you talk to them. It truly does “refresh” you for you’re gathering with them.

 

To make sure that I am getting “Things” done for my relationships whether business, family or pleasure I use Things to schedule my to-do list. Things is a hefty investment however; it’s worth it. It took me a few years to really get into using Things but after much deliberation the syncing capability sold me. I love sharing things on all of my platforms. Regardless of what device I use I have everything right in front of me.

Last but not least Trello is the ultimate organizational tool for business and groups. Trello is an app with a desktop companion that allows you to collaborate with people on multiple tasks. Trello brings organization to any team. When you work with a lot of people you need order and Trello does just that.

Managing relationships can be tough but if you are intentional to use apps and other things at your finger tips to make sure you are being faithful over people I am sure a weight will be released off of your back.

EP 4: How to Be Yourself And Get Attention with Chip Dizard

Listen as social media & tech expert Chip Dizard shares his experience of being himself and getting attention. So many people create personalities for social media instead of being themselves. Christina Faith and Chip have a very candid conversation about the impact of authenticity and return on relationship.

Set List:

Daarinah Feat. Melissa T- In My Heart
Jessica Reedy- Grace
Liz Vice- All Must Be Well
Brain and Katie Torwalt- When You Walk In The Room

 

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EP 5: Return on Relationships with Ted Rubin

Ted Rubin is an amazing communicator and relationship builder. Listen as Christina Faith uncovers the importance of relationship in our entrepreneurial efforts!

Set List:

Anthony Hamilton- Point of It All
Fellowship Church- New Creation
Andy Mineo- Wild Things
Jo Jo- Caught up In the Rapture
Sierra Sheard- Kill the Dragon


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Comparison the Thief

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com·par·i·son
kəmˈperəsən/- Literally, to compare one thing with another by noting similarities and differences. (Strong’s Dictionary)

Too many people are comparing themselves.

In a really bad way! I believe we are stopping ourselves from moving forward because of this comparison.

Peoples lives & accomplishments should be our motivation not our example of what we should want.

If Shonda Rhimes has three shows on primetime and I am just starting my web series that should not be my measuring rod.

Comparing ourselves to ourselves doesn’t allow us to appreciate where we are in that season of life.

Comparison is poison. It pollutes every area of your life. Most woman compare their beauty to another women’s beauty never seeing there own beauty.

Men compare themselves as well i.e. one’s strength to another’s.

Who cares what amount of followers, likes, comments etc someone else has. That isn’t your platform. Just keep working and appreciate the people who allow you into there thoughts and visual lens.

To compare is unwise (2 Cor 10:12). Let us all begin to appreciate where we are and where we have been without bringing in outside forces of pollution. Our biggest enemy is ourselves and our only comparison should be placing ourselves against the image of Jesus.

Is Your Social Media Social?

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Recently, I have been challenged by social media. When I look at my timeline its full of advertising -(hence why I unfollow when needed)-. Now I don’t mind advertisement however; there is very little actual social engagement going on. We have made social media a place to launch our ventures more than a place to connect with people for the people. We connect with people because we want something from them. We want there like, we want there retweet, we want them to know our names and brands. I have never been that type of person. I have met many people throughout my life but I never use those meeting times to present my product or personal brand -(many times to a fault)-. I believe in organic relationships. If I tweet you and you follow back that is awesome in my eyes.

Social media shouldn’t be used as a platform of gimme, gimme, gimme. Ben Arment holds seminars, online trainings and has written a book all under the brand _Dream Year_. While at a Dream Year weekend in 2011 he spoke about “The Ask”. The Ask is when you have built a genuine relationship people are prone to support your venture because they know you. If you are interested in working with someone try and build a relationship with them. Don’t just put yourself out there. People are more prone to comfortably listen when they have a relationship with you. Our current model of social media is WRONG. We have created this gimme look at me mentality instead of building authentic, loyal relationships.

Don’t be offended if people don’t friend, follow or respond back to you. Everyone isn’t going to be your best friend and the time is not always right to befriend someone. Social media should be social. It shouldn’t be a platform for you to build your brand. The first brand people see is you. So prior to reposting and spamming everyone that follows you on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc get to know them first. You will be surprised at the reaction you receive.

I’ve had the privilege of building dynamic social media relationships simply by asking people how they are doing from time to time. I don’t do it so they will remember me. I reach out because I genuinely care for them as people. Do you care about the person behind the profile or building your brand? Is your social media life authentic? I’d love to hear from you!

Thirsty: Are you thirsty for the wrong kind of love?

Join Christina Faith in her weekly excursion as she discusses the relationship topic of being THIRSTY. Which Thirst are you obeying? The thirst that leads to purpose and life or the thirst that leads to depression and baggage.

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Set list:

1. Chrisette michelle- Be In Love +
2. Swoope- #SameTeam
3. Lauryn Hill- Doo Wop
4. King and Country- It’s Not Over
5. Hillary Jane- Stix and Stones
6. Shai Linne- Our Treasure +

Purity Rings?!!

I’ve seen a lot of sister’s rocking purity rings. I believe that they are a good idea. It is very thought provoking if you are living what you wear. But what I wanted to speak about is the issue of women wearing purity rings on their wedding finger. Let’s keep it real ladies! Unless you are looking to never get married don’t put the ring on that finger. If a brother is interested in you and does not know a lot about you he is not going to approach you. Even if the brother is in church. What does he look like walking around asking if you are married? That would be disrespectful to your husband. He has to get real close to that ring to see that it reads “purity”. Also, this goes for any ring. We have 10 fingers keep the rings off of that one finger. You may miss your chance to be found by an incredible brother.

Am I A Friend?

We often reference that verse when we are thinking of how other people don’t/do love us. What about how we love others? I am being so challenged right now about my love towards others. It is easy to love people when everything is peachy. Male or female. But what about when you are on the verge of letting go? What about when you never want to talk to them again? What about when your feelings have been hurt? My flesh says, “Forget them”. But my heart says no love again like GOD loves (1 Peter 3:11). Don’t let go (Gal 6:9). Don’t do like you used to (2 Cor 5:17). Don’t shut down (1 Corinthians 13:7). Love at all times (James 3:15-17). When it hurts and when it feels good (1 Corinthians 13:5). Love isn’t contingent upon your emotional state (2 Corinthians 6:3-6). Love is intentional (1 John 4:18). Instead, I am choosing to trust (Ephesians 4:3) that God will heal me from whatever wounds I inflict and longsuffer with those that are my friends because A Friend Loves At All Times (Proverbs 17:17).

How you treat others exposes your view of God.The higher you view God, the more respect you show TO EVERYONE! 1 Pet.2:17- @RickWarren

What about you?

Learning about love with roommates

One of the greatest lessons of love as a single person can be learned through roommates. My roommate and I often urk each other. In this season of my life she and a few others know the true in’s and out’s of me. She sees me cry when everyone else thinks things are going great. She endures with my little habits. She gets under my skin like no one else. However; I am learning so much about love through her. The bad things are outweighed by the lessons of not holding anything against her that she did yesterday. The lesson of serving without excepting anything in return but God being glorified. The lesson of being strong in areas that she is weak. I learn about love with my roommate by continually confessing 1 Corthinians 13 over our relationship and trying to apply it daily. How are you learning about love? Love starts with your own process of giving it not receiving it.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never ends. There are gifts of prophecy, but they will be ended. There are gifts of speaking in different languages, but those gifts will stop. There is the gift of knowledge, but it will come to an end. – 1 Cor 13:5-9 (NET)

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