Forbes 30 under 30

OMG! After 10 years of hard work as an Entrepreneur, military service, two degrees, and a successful modeling career, I’ve been nominated for Forbes 30 under 30. This has to be the greatest day of my life. Whether I win or not, I am super stoked right now. I’ve worked so hard and now it is paying off in a big way. Thank you to those who support me and my work. 🙌 Follow me: Myeka Johnson

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New Coffee Shop

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Hey Guys! I tried a new coffee shop on the outskirts of Uptown Charlotte. Duck’s Donuts is in a nice area. It’s surrounded by boutiques and a massage spa, which I am trying out today. Their coffee is amazing and also their hot chocolate. The unique thing about this coffee shop is the flavored donuts. I got a powdered sugar donut with blue berry glaze on top. My boyfriend got the most popular one, the maple and bacon donut. This donut literally has bacon crumbs on top. They have a variety of toppings that you can mix and match. If you are not into coffee, they also serve tea. If you are ever in Charlotte, check out Duck’s Donuts.

MJ’s Gift Shop

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Hey guys! MJ’s has switched gears. We are now an online bargain gift shop. We sell new, used, and created products for you and your family. Each time you purchase from MJ’s, a donation is made to Mission 22. Let us help you save money and make a difference all at the same time. Visit now.

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Why Art & Music Should Stay in Schools

Whenever school boards are faced with budget cuts the first thing on the chopping block are the electives courses.

I beg to differ.

Music is more than entertainment. Growing up practicing a few musical instruments, music contains many elements. In music you learn its history. Counting beats is mathematics. Arranging requires organizational skills. Music sheets are dialogues/scripts. Composing involves grammar, spelling and writing skills. Sound engineering and instrument tuning is science. Streamline music and digital uploads requires technology knowledge.

Art covers a wide range of things from crafts to writing to drawing to painting. Just because art isn’t scientific doesn’t mean there’s a lessor importance. As a matter of fact, the arts improve correlation, cognitive skills, and social skills in children. Crafts have helped those who have been in rehabilitation center regain movement of the joints. Arts involve counting materials, following instructions, learning history, and much more! Another thing about art is that it help children who are visual learners and those with special needs.

On a scale beyond the classroom setting, electives can serve as the foundation of career objectives. Not everyone was put on earth to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or police officer.

If more people speak out against eliminating electives from school curriculum, decision makers might be less inclined to use electives as a first resort when it comes down to budget cuts.

What are your thoughts? 

Creatively Yours,

Carriece Jefferson

5 Ways to Grow in Crafting

Crafts have played a major role in my life since the days of being a Girl Scout where most of my badges were earned through hobby related projects. Now that my business is in the handmade market, I am constantly learning new things.

Learning a new craft is fun and exciting, but it can also be overwhelming and let’s not forget expensive depending on the hobby genre. In order to grow you have to invest both time and money.

Here are five ways to grow in your crafts:

  1. Tutorials: Online, print, paid or free. Tutorials enables you to learn new tools, techniques, tips, and designs. Instructional materials can be found in libraries, used bookstores, magazines, newsletters, craft related sites, and YouTube.
  2. Meetups: A great source to join groups of individuals who share similar interests. You also have a chance to interact, make new friends, and try new things.
  3. Reading Materials:  Periodicals give insight into the related industry but they also feature articles on industry experts, suppliers, trends, and tutorials.
  4. Social Media: Various platforms have groups where you can ask questions, exchange ideas, share photos, and receive feedback in real time.
  5. Subscription Boxes: These are an excellent way to grow in crafts. Boxes come to your doorstep monthly inclusive of necessary items to complete a project. You save both time and money.

 

Creatively Yours,

Carriece Jefferson

Why Crafty Hands Club was Formed

Crafty Hands Club is a monthly subscription box service for individuals who want to connect and create through the means of jewelry making. 2012 was the year when I got back into jewelry making. At the time my focus was primarily Chainmaille. Anyone who does chainmaille can attest that it’s a time consuming media. The demand was beginning to outweigh the time I had to contribute, causing me to decline orders.

On a much larger scale I had to ask myself the question: Will making jewelry alone get me to the big picture. The answer was no. For a time, I thought subscription boxes was just a fad but here it is 2016 and they are still around. As a matter of fact, there’s more today than it has ever been.

Why a subscription box?

As a consumer I became tired and frustrated with starting a project only to run out of materials and/or break tools Searching online and driving across the Chicagoland area to replenish tools and supplies took a chunk of my time. What was even more frustrating was a lot of times, stores would either not have items in stock or they were discontinued. That’s when I decided to create a subscription box saving craft enthusiasts money and time by providing them with everything needed in order to complete a single project.

Visit Crafty Hands Club at www.craftyhandsclub.com or follow on social media.

FB: www.facebook.com/CHCSubscriptionBox

IG: craftyhandsclub

Twitter: @craftyhandsclub

Creatively Yours,

Carriece Jeffeson

Business Lessons from the 2016 NBA Finals

I love the game of basketball. In the beginning of the playoff season, I had two wishes. First, there would be a game 7 in the finals. My second wish was that the Cleveland Cavaliers win it all the way.

Both of them came true!

Why would I want the NBA Finals to go all 7 games?

Any team can thrive and make poster worthy plays when leading by a landslide. But the when a game is on the line, you see the real deal. Either both teams put everything they have on the hardwood or one throws in the towel. Thank goodness both teams made the series worthwhile. From an entrepreneurial standpoint, a tight game allows you to see how players work under pressure, figure out ways to navigate the court without foul trouble, bad calls, and missed plays.

Not to take anything away from the Warriors because they gave it everything they got and in the semi-finals, they overcame a deficit and beat the OKC Thunder. When Golden State overcame the odds, many NBA fans concluded that the team was on their way to clinching the title.

What the NBA Finals taught us about business:

  • Make Adjustments: Business is about learning and growing. Last year was Cleveland’s first time back to the finals since the devastating sweep by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. Not only that but the team had to get used to the return of LeBron James, a new coach, and the addition of Bob Love. The loss of the finals last year allowed the organization to reflect, restructure, and re-engineer. This season they gained a new coach, traded old players, acquired new players, and both Kyrie Irving and Bob Love weren’t injured, unlike the last season. Also, play adjustments were made; since Golden State has the speed and good offensive play, the Cavaliers had the physicality and good defense. Plays were adjusted and they used their strengths to their advantage.
    Overcome Adversity: The head coach of the Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue was the Los Angeles Lakers guard who got stepped over by Allen Iverson in game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. He went on to win two championships and furthered his career being an assistant coach for a couple teams before landing job as head coach for the Cavaliers. Now he has another ring but this time as a coach!
    Numbers don’t lie: As much as many fans threw around the words “cheating”, “rigged”, and “game fixing” the numbers don’t lie. Statistics in sports are calculated in real time and statisticians have to follow regulations of the American Statistic Association. I don’t think anyone loves a ball player or game that much to not only lose their job but face prison time.
    Maximize Opportunity: LBJ is the player that most people hate (even though in my opinion it’s extreme considering most of us only know of him) but he’s a genius when it comes to branding and making money. I bet millions watched the game and thousands attended Oracle Area wanting to see him lose to the defending champs a second time in a row. Say what you want but because of being the “most hated player in the league”, the ratings were high, the tickets sell went through the roof, and he’s crying to the bank!
    Be Consistent: There’s a quote, “Success is the sum of efforts made daily.” In order to be successful, you have to work at goals even if things seem impossible. When Golden State had the 3-1 advantage, many fans assumed it was a wrap but the Cavaliers believed that they could win. There are times in business where your competitors are dominating the marketplace but if you know your audience, the value of your goods/service and the brand awareness, your business will be able to stand the test of time. Every business reaches a crossroad but choosing the path to cross is what matters.
    Nice and Business don’t Mix Well: Beyonce could’ve said it a better way in one of her earlier interviews. In one game LBJ yelled at Bob Love for an inappropriate play that was made. In business depending on the type of error made, you can lose money. When you know what it takes to succeed you have to hold others accountable.
    The path is never straight and narrow: Many people go into business, set goals, and think the way to achieve them is clear and straight. Sometimes in business, you take falls, backward steps, forward steps, detours, jumps, and leaps. At first, the chance of Cleveland breaking the 52-year drought seemed impossible and then something shift, the opportunity presented itself and they took advantage.
    Address issues that don’t directly relate to the business: There were many opinions about the suspension of Draymond Green but the bottom line is there has to be accountability for actions. As a business owner, you might have to terminate an employee that was a good worker but their practices didn’t align with the company’s vision. Your business has to be protected at all cost, including making those hard decisions.
    • Show a Human Side: At the end of game 7, James, Lue, Smith, and several of the teammates shed tears, gave testimonials at the press conference, acknowledged God, and expressed gratitude. In business, it’s ok to show compassion and tell your story of humble beginnings. Sharing your struggle gives hope to those who are walking in the same shoes you once did.
  • Prepare for your Season: When James returned home, his goal was to bring a championship back home. Two years later it happened. His teammate Richard Jefferson had two opportunities in 2002 and 2003 when the New Jersey Nets were in the finals. Unfortunately they came up empty handed. Thirteen years later he has a ring! When you give it your all rather you are being noticed or overlooked, your time will come. Every season isn’t going to bring you a harvest but in the meantime you prepare so that when it’s your season, you will be prepared.
  • Gain Necessary Tools: When James went to Miami, many fans from Ohio felt betrayed but he had a desire to win a championship and besides he never said he would retire a Cavalier. When he went to Miami, he gained skills, developed as a player, learned to support D. Wade instead of carrying an entire team on his back. Once he acquired the tools he needed, he was able to bring them back to Cleveland and make contract demands. In business, there are times where you have to go outside of your organization in order to grow. It may be through networking, attending conferences, forming partnerships, or gaining investors.

What did you gain from this post? Please share your thoughts below.

Carriece Jefferson