What film is playing on your screen?

By Tosha Johnson | Detour

I immediately fell in love with this quote because it reaffirms what has been instilled in me since childhood—you are what you think. As a child, we have all had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up. However, somewhere along the way many lose that zeal and drive we once had to pursue those dreams and turn them into reality. Why?

As we grow older, we allow outside influences (i.e. family members, circumstances, etc.) to persuade us into believing that perhaps our dreams were not meant to be achieved. This could not be further from the truth! You have the power to change the channel if you are not enjoying the current attraction.

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Do you have character?

By Tosha Johnson | Detour , DIYThrive

Everyone has it. Some more than others. You have it. I have it. We cannot escape from it because it is who we are and we must strive to improve it in order to gain acceptance from others and ourselves. It is the only valid thing we have by which to judge someone. What is it? It is character. Character can simply be defined as moral or ethical strength. But when you see a handsome young guy walking down the street you don’t say,” That guy has a great…character!”

Character is not a physical thing. It is not something you wear. To some character is a quaint little idea based on what we learned in kindergarten, but it is much more than that. It is the culmination of who we are. Character comes as a result of life and it doesn’t come easily. In order to know where we are going, we have to know where we have been in the struggle to achieve character.

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How I learned Spanish

By Tosha Johnson | Detour , DIYThrive , Strategy

How I learned Spanish

Q: What do you call someone who only speaks one language?

A: An American!

I remember hearing this joke when I was a teenager and thinking, “I’ll show them.” At the time, English was the only language that I knew (it is my native language). Hearing this joke combined with my desire to effectively communicate with my Latino friends, put me on the path to wanting to learn Spanish.

However, having the desire to learn Spanish and actually learning Spanish are two different things. Learning a language can be difficult. Spanish has been on my bucket list for years. I took it in high school. I even made it all the way up to the Honors class level, which is the highest level you can attain din an American high school, but I don’t consider this achievement to be a success. Why? I could barely speak the language!

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How to Create an Automated Email Series using MailChimp

By Tosha Johnson | DIYDrive , DIYStart , Email/Social Media

When you first launch your business, one of the first things that you want to start doing is collecting email address. MailChimp is a great email campaign provider that will enable you to accomplish this goal. It’s easy to use and best of all it is free (if you have an email list that is less than 2K subscribers). It’s important to build an email list because this will help you to further develop a relationship with your audience.

Once your audience gets to know you, they will feel more comfortable conducting business with you. One of the ways to reduce the time it takes to get acquainted with each other would be to create a welcome series or email course. Once you create your automated email series, be sure to add it to your content calendar. Check out the video below and download your Automation checklist along with various.

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