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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Single and Anxious: A New Web Series

Hello beautiful people!

 
We wanted to formally invite you to watch our first web series Single and Anxious. This show is funded 100% by faith through donations. We have crafted an amazing cast and crew that did an impeccable job. This show is 100% for you! Do us a favor and help us spread the word by sharing this email. We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and reactions. 

 
Press Release:

Directed & Created by: Christina Faith

Genre: Drama

Title: Single and Anxious

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Creative Thought Media Premieres Original Web Series, “Single and Anxious

Imagine college co-eds, raging hormones, besties, business, faith and a street hustle. These are just a few ingredients that make up the new web series, “Single and Anxious”; produced by Creative Thought Media. Relevant, edgy and honest, “Single and Anxious” follows 7 college students as they navigate through relational issues and the challenges of life. The cast is comprised of fresh talent from across the tri-state area that brings life and truth to the characters they portray.

Karissa and Amaya are the picture of female solidarity, that is, until loyalties are tested. Je’Kob is the dude with the smooth rap-game on the come up while Aaron is all about the bank. Sebastian is the guy everyone loves but will love make him sick? T is the one you don’t want to cross and Daniel is the player who might get caught in his crosshairs.

This web series is a new-school spin on some old-school classics, mixed with the grit of urban reality. Sounds good, right? But, with all of the web content being produced these days, what sets this series apart from others?  Show creator, Christina Faith, says, “Single and Anxious has been on my heart for years. I want our teenagers to grow up with college students that look, talk and wrestle with issues just like them.”

Prepare your web palette for season one; it’s about to be served. Episode 1 premiered on Thanksgiving Day, 2014

“Single and Anxious” a new web series based on 7 college students in Philadelphia, PA. Its Friends meets A Different World and has a child with The Wire. 
 

Watch NOW only at Creative Thought Media

Written by Fannetta Sanders 
Edited by Petite Fille 2014

 

Journey On

I have been spending a lot of time developing new projects.

 

New is exciting but it’s not easy.

 

When you have been given an idea you can wait on it or try it.

 

I am firm believe in trying it. If it doesn’t work I move on.

 

If it works I keep PUSHING. 

 

Recently, I have realized how damaging looking at other projects can sabotage your present work. 

 

Instead of letting my visual eyes rob me I’ve decided to be fueled by other’s accomplishments. 

My projects aren’t crafted in perfection. It would be arrogant of me to think no-budget-low-budget projects look like a Hollywood box office hits. 

 

My projects are crafted in faith. Faith isn’t based on what I see; It’s based on what I can’t see. 

 

A blog turned into a book idea; a book idea turned into a script idea; a script became auditions; auditions became rehearsals; rehearsals became filming; filming became editing; editing became promotion; promotions become premiering. 

 

In the midst of all of this I am working on weddings, writing a book (Single and Authentic) with an editor, crafting another project which I can’t speak of, collaborating with other brands, shooting music videos, attending doctors appointments, preparing for surgery, serving my husband, serving my local church and still making sure I make time for myself. 

 

What makes this journey worth it isn’t the accomplishments. What makes it worth is standing in the midst of God’s will for myself and moving forward without being able to see through the fog of what’s in front of me. 

 

It’s not easy! I get frustrated, discouraged, annoyed, irked, told no, I re-casted several times, my money is still funny, I don’t have everything “I need” for what I see. Yet and still I keep moving forward.

 

I remember when this journey started and I dreamed BIG! I dreamed so BIG that it caused a lot turbulence in my life. I wouldn’t change any of it. Jesus has used every single step to perfect me for His work in my life. That work isn’t to make me known but to make Him known. 

 

I’m not interested in the Oscars but if they open the door one day for the street smart nerd that is from South Jersey they better be ready for what comes out of my mouth! I “ain’t” got nothing but Jesus for you. 

 

He’s transformed me in such a way that I would never deny Him. Every bump in my pothole filled life is helping to make me more like Him. I’ve had some MAJOR conversations in the last week and if I hadn’t been hard pressed on every side in an uphill battle I wouldn’t be able to handle what’s coming my way. 

 

Don’t look around, look up! That has been my focus meditation. I can’t look at or be concerned with what I don’t have or what could be. I have to be concerned with the little mustard seeds in my hand now. 

 

Jesus is daily showing Himself faithful. His faithfulness is my only consistent in life. I am a work in progress. I am brave. I am aggressive. I am broken. I am daily in need of grace. I am creative. I daily press to get out what’s inside. I don’t full understand what is inside of me but I will die empty! Journey on reader, journey on! 

Comparison the Thief

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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.

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