LR Africa Day Fest| Summer Fun

We absolutely enjoyed ourselves at the 2nd Annual LR Africa Day Fest. It happened over Memorial Day Weekend and we ventured out shortly after the start. There was so much to do and see. They had crafts, art, food, and vendors. We purchased from local shops and artists and got to meet some amazing people.


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


Korto Momolu The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest


The Lovely Photog Copyright 2018|Africa Day Fest



The LR Africa Day Fest, presented by Afrika House Organization, was held on Saturday, May 26th from 11a-6pm in the SOMA Neighborhood & Bernice Garden of Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.

The LR Africa Day Fest featured vendors of all sorts, kid zone areas, entertainment with music and dancers, and plenty of food and art.

The LR Africa Day Fest helps to celebrate, showcase and educate on the African culture and arts. Africa Day is generally celebrated world-wide on May 25th of every year.

About Africa Day (Source:

“Africa Day, formerly known as African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day, began May 25, 1963, through the Organization of African Unity, now known as the African Union, which promoted solidarity among African nations. Since its inception, the celebration of Africa Day has spread to the continents of Europe and Australia. Cities across the U.S. also recognize Africa Day.”


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Spotlight on Featured Book Author: Tora Spraggs



I am introducing the new Featured Book Author series here on the blog, to help place a spotlight on published authors who have authored or co-authored amazing fiction or nonfiction books.

The authors that are featured are women and men who have positive outlooks on life and positive messages to share. If you know of an author, or would like to be featured, complete the Featured Book Author Form and I will feature your published work.

Featured Book Author



Tora “ToraNado” Spraggs is a dynamic business woman and author with a diverse purpose, possessing a unique mix of entrepreneurship and inspirational work. As the owner of Mosaic Magnolias; Tora delivers the message that your past traumas should not dictate and determine your future, “You were born to bloom”. She believes that building a strong foundation in faith during your healing process is a major key to success. As a unique entrepreneur and also a motivational speaker, Tora aims to make a difference with her personal story.

Featured Books

From Wandering to Walking in Faith: Breaking the Stronghold of Abuse



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Literacy is the Key to Success

My earliest childhood memory, is me sitting on my dads car reading a book at 5 yrs old. Ever since I could remember, I had a book in my hand. I started reading at a very young age. My mom introduced me to books as soon as I could walk and I began reading at the young age of 2.

I love reading books so much that instead of playing, I had my nose in a book. If I wasn’t reading, I was reimagining the stories that I dreamt of being in.

My love for books grew as I got older and I quickly fell in love with poetry by the age of 9. This year was a significant year for me, as my family dynamic changed and I now had a way to express myself——through poetry. I loved to draw and immerse myself in that creative space as well, but reading was like eating and breathing.

As I got older the fictional books, turned into non-fiction, and from there I began to educate myself on self care, self help business and more. Soaking it up like a sponge I learned more about how things were instead of how I imagined it. I always read in school, so much so, that by the time I got to high school, I was voted most likely to write a book. That says a lot for a young woman in high school. This was also a clue to what would be manifested in my future.

So fast forward to now, as a woman with a young child, I have given my love for books and reading to my daughter. Ever since she was in the womb, I’ve been reading to her. I have read to her continuously every night, since the day she was born. Now, at 6 yrs old she checks out a minimum of 30 books when we go to the library, which is every 1-2 weeks.

I have never let up because reading has been the best thing that has happened to me. It has not only allowed me to speak well, spell well, and educate me, it has allowed me to become cultured, imaginative and innovative. Through literacy, I’m providing my daughter the key to success.

There are several programs, authors, and published companies I support for helping to push and provide reading opportunities to children to adults. Literacy is a gift and shouldn’t be taken for granted. I hope that in this new digital age, reading books will never stop. It’s important to keep the legacy of real and tangible reading materials to help increase the literacy rates in our communities.

Literacy is…the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”

Kofi Annan

If you are a part of, or know of any great literacy programs or communities, don’t hesitate to share below.

Literacy Efforts I Support:

The Little Free Library

Barbershop Books

National Biographers Day

Did you know that it’s #nationalbiographersday ? Gearing up to start writing my autobiography and I’m excited and scared at the same time. I’ve been writing for years, but there’s something about writing about my life and the truth in it, that makes me hesitant. The truth is, if I don’t tell my story who will? .

Spotlight on Featured Book Author: Stevii Aisha Mills

I am introducing the new Featured Book Author series here on the blog, to help place a spotlight on published authors who have authored or co-authored amazing fiction or nonfiction books.

The authors that are featured are women and men who have positive outlooks on life and positive messages to share. If you know of an author, or would like to be featured, complete the Featured Book Author Form and I will feature your published work.

Featured Book Author

Stevii Aisha Mills embraces a culture where fun is not just a niche, it is a necessity! Stevii is a native of Greensboro, NC and a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where Aggie Pride reigns. Her formal education consists of a BA in Public Relations and a MS in Human Resources, however Stevii’s real life experiences have made her a well known social media influencer and gained her the title “The Chief IT Factor Cultivator“!

A woman unashamed to incorporate tons of fun into her life and business, all the while declaring, “I love my life!”, has made Stevii a highly sought out speaker and consultant.

Featured Books

Cultivating Your It Factor

You Have No Idea The Hell I’ve Been Through

The Pieces Of My Platform

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Choosing Your Ideal Client: Part I

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In business, we all want to work with the “perfect” client. Whether it’s for selling a product or specifically, a service, we want to be and deal with the best of the best.

As you know, I’ve been a photographer in business for awhile now, and in this time I have researched many different ways to reach potential clients and provide excellent service to them. In this time of research, I’ve found that I wanted a better relationship with the people that I service and want to be able to choose my ideal client.

What do you mean by choosing an ideal client? To sum it up, choosing the individual or business that you want to provide products or services to that are perfectly matched to your mission, goals and value offered in your business.

Why do I want to choose my ideal client as opposed to working with anyone? The purpose of choosing your ideal client is to help to increase the value, profitability, creativity and fulfillment in your chosen area of expertise. You essentially want to be able to work with your ideal client to have a better connection and long lasting relationship and to help produce productivity, referrals and confidence in what you provide.

In thinking about choosing your ideal client, you want to create a checklist, but before you do, you’ll need to list the characteristics that you DON’T WANT in a client and the characteristics that you DO WANT.

When creating your lists, make sure to think of the characteristics and behaviors that you don’t want your ideal client to possess and start from there. Are they close minded? Are they non-communicative? Are they demanding? Are they negative? You get where I’m going with this line of questioning right?

Now what about the clients you do want? Are they outgoing? Are they value centered as opposed to price centered? Are they confident? Are they reliable? Are they positive? In creating these lists, we can prune our clients lists or start to create an ideal client list, which will move us further into marketing to our ideal client.

Have you thought about having the perfect client or customer?

Why or why not?


What Seeds Are You Sowing This Season?




Spring is finally here! Well, it has arrived in some parts of the U.S., it has certainly been missed here in Arkansas.

To sow a seed, in gardening terms is to get a seed ready to plant for something to grow. In spiritual terms, to sow a seed, means to give or do something for the purpose of growth.


There are 3 Ways I plan to Sow a Seed This Season:


Stewardship for my community, family and friends.

Self Care for me and my mental and physical wellness.

Surround myself with positive people and things.


If you’d like to see me chat more about sowing a seed, check out my video below:

What Seeds Are You Sowing This Season?


Christian Inspiration|Single… but not Desperate!

I am embarking on a new journey and a new me this year. Learning how to become the woman God wants me to be. I have gone through a lot in my short life time, puppy love, infatuation, heartbreak, marriage and all the things you can think of during a break up.

There are things in your life you can’t control, but there are ways you can choose to deal with them. By leading a life that is God-Centered, instead of Self-Centered, you can open up the doors to so much happiness and true love for not only yourself but others around.

I have been so thankful to have found Dr. Matthew and Dr. Khamilah Stevenson through their videos and broadcasts from their church, All Nations Worship (ANWA). I have never been so convicted by the word of God than I have been through watching and following them. You can find out more about them and, here.

Dr. Matthew Stevenson III 

My mother raised me as a young teen mom and now is a successful Registered Nurse and CPR Instructor. She has been my rock and my mentor though out my life,  and I love her dearly for it. There is also a need for pastoral leadership and mentorship in my life that can show me through God’s word, what a  woman of God should be, expect and grow into in life.

That is why I am so glad that I decided to sign up for The Online Single Woman’s Conference 2017 (TOSC17)

The amazing couple, Pastors Jamal and Natasha Miller, Married and Young, are hosting TOSC17, with an amazing lineup! They have created this conference to help women of all ages learn how to get into position to be the best they can be in God centered relationships. TOSC17, is specifically geared towards single women, this conference can help any woman struggling with giving and receiving what they deserve out of people in their Christian walk.

TOSC 2017’s theme this year is….(Drumroll please)…

“Single, But Not Desperate!”

As your friend, I really want you to be there because I believe it will be LIFE CHANGING for you — & the best part is that the conference is COMPLETELY ONLINE, which means (no airfaire, no hotel fees, no hassles of packing, & you can watch it from the COMFORT of your home in your PJ’s if you like…)

SO, as someone who cares about you, I wanted to make sure that YOU have the opportunity to sign up for this conference under the EARLY BIRD PRICE!!

When you register for TOSC 2017, you WILL:

-BE EMPOWERED to be contently single and never be prey to desperation

-BE FREED from your past, failed relationships, and baggage that could destroy future ones

-BOLDLY love and embrace yourself so that you can receive love from others

-AUDACIOUSLY live out your single season walking in PURPOSE

UNDERSTAND how to date God’s way

-KNOW how to position yourself to be found by a REAL man of God

(or) how to rightly pursue a REAL woman of God

– RECOGNIZE counterfeits so you DON’T COMPROMISE and avoid them

This year’s lineup of speakers includes the authors

DeVon Franklin & Meagan Good

Don’t miss out on this AMAZING conference while it’s still available for the :

$115 (Until March 31st) It will be $247 after that date, so get it while it’s good!

Register here 

…and prepare for a LIFE-CHANGING CONFERENCE…

I’ll see you there friend!

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Inspiration|from Takei Inspirations™

Don’t be negative minded you’ll defeat yourself before you begin.
Release positivity into the atmosphere!

Today I just wanted to encourage everyone to remain positive.  Let your thoughts, words, and actions be the reflection of a positive attitude.  When life’s situations and circumstances come against you don’t focus on the problems focus on the solutions.  If you start to feel the weight of stress on your shoulders remind yourself that so many others in this world would love to trade their sorrows for yours.  Outlooks determine outcomes I want mine to be positive what about you?

Takei Inspirations

A poet, a writer, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and an amateur photographer

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