Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to the YBR family!

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more."

-Brother David Steindl-Rast

Alecia D.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

YBR Debut Radio Show- 11/30 @ 1:30 pm

Dear YBR family,

Don't miss out on the debut episode of YBR Radio! Sunday, November 30 @ 1:30 pm, we will be speaking about Financial Fitness with A Woman'$ Worth founder and Clutch Magazine's own, Arlice Nichole. With today's downward economy, we could all use some fun and fabulous tips on how to get and keep our fortunes no matter what is going on with Wall Street.

We will be discussing the following topics:
Ways to Increase Income
Credit RepairBuilding an emergency fund

Get your pen and paper out and get ready to take lots of notes! Listen live on BlogTalk Radio ( Feel free to call us up, we are so delighted to speak with you- the number is (646) 595-3206 or email questions to with RADIO SHOW in the subject line or you can even Instant Message me during the show on Google Talk (screen name aleciadee)!We look forward to hearing from you. You definitely don't want to miss it!

To Your Success,
Alecia D.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Top 10 Tips for Loving Yourself

There's always those days when we feel less than glamorous.. I'm sure you can relate. Check out this article featured on this week and start loving yourself today!

Alecia D.

Monday, November 24, 2008

How to Go Green Without Giving Up the Lifestyle You're Used To

The green movement has always been something in the background of my mind, but never really something I jumped into head first.. well, that is until now. I guess I just wasn't to thrilled about having to give up meat or wearing clothes made out of bamboo.

I'm not sure if it had something to do with my $90 electric bill (side note: yeah, I know.. there are only two people in my apartment and we're both gone more than we are home.. $90, really?) or due to the fact that I fell asleep with the TV on saturday night (lightbulb: that's why my bill is $90) and woke up to an infomercial on CNN about our Planet in Peril, but whatever the reason, I'm ready to turn over a new leaf and jump on this green bandwagon! Better late than never I always say.

Check out the below tips to help you get started if you too decide that you want to go green!

Get rid of your disposable plastic water bottles and invest in a re-usable one. You can pick one up at your local dollar store or even get a tricked out one with rhinestones and jewels. Whichever you choose, you will be doing a great service to the environment. Over 80% of the water bottles we use daily will never be recycled.

Recycle your old clothes. There are many ways in which you can do this. Donate to the Salvation Army, Dress for Success, or your local thrift store. Not only will you be decreasing waste, but you will be helping others who are less fortunate, and in some cases you can use the donation as a tax write off. An even more fabulous idea is to hold a recycle party with all of your friends. Everyone can bring in between three to five pieces of gently used clothing and each person can take turns sorting through until everyone has new pieces of clothes.

Stop using plastic bags at your local grocery store. Instead, invest in a couple of eco-friendly canvas bags and bring them with you when you go shopping. Maybe even take it a step further and trade in your Bloomingdales bags for the enviromentally sound alternatives.

Unplug your electrical chargers when you're not using them. I am guilty of having every appliance plugged in around the clock in my apartment. However, unless it's your refrigerator or some other appliance that really needs to remained plugged in, try unplugging when you're not using it. This act alone can not only decrease your electric bill, but it will decrease your carbon footprint substantially.

Use "green" cleaning products in your home. Clorox makes an all-purpose version called Greenworks which I used this past weekend (one of the rare occasions I was cleaning my apartment) and it worked just as well as any other cleaning product with less than half the harmful toxins (99% natural). Not only will your place have a fresh, natural scent, but you can be sure that you are doing your part to decrease pollutants into the atmosphere. *Bonus tip: have your guests leave their shoes at the door. This cuts down on dust bound pollutants that will make their way through your home!

Of course these are just my humble suggestions, but if one or more of these tips can help make our earth a safer place while not interrupting our normal routines too much, why not try them?

Alecia D.

Friday, November 21, 2008

10 Reasons You Aren't Rich

Saw this blog post on Black Business Women Online- comes from Jeffrey Strain from and it is very accurate!
If you're like me and are always looking for ways to claim your wealth..check out this post.

10 Reasons You Aren't RichThursday March 22, 11:30 am ET
By Jeffrey Strain, Special to

The reason why you aren't a millionaire (or on your way to becoming one) is really quite simple. You probably assume it's because you aren't earning enough money, but the truth is that for most people, whether or not you become a millionaire has very little to do with the amount of money you make. It's the way that you treat money in your daily life.Here are 10 possible reasons you aren't a millionaire:

1. You Care What Your Neighbors Think: If you're competing against them and their material possessions, you're wasting your hard-earned money on toys to impress them instead of building your wealth.

2. You Aren't Patient: Until the era of credit cards, it was difficult to spend more than you had. That is not the case today. If you have credit card debt because you couldn't wait until you had enough money to purchase something in cash, you are making others wealthy while keeping yourself in debt.

3. You Have Bad Habits: Whether it's smoking, drinking, gambling or some other bad habit, the habit is using up a lot of money that could go toward building wealth. Most people don't realize that the cost of their bad habits extends far beyond the immediate cost. Take smoking, for example: It costs a lot more than the pack of cigarettes purchased. It also negatively affects your wealth in the form of higher insurance rates and decreased value of your home.

4. You Have No Goals: It's difficult to build wealth if you haven't taken the time to know what you want. If you haven't set wealth goals, you aren't likely to attain them. You need to do more than state, "I want to be a millionaire." You need to take the time to set saving and investing goals on a yearly basis and come up with a plan for how to achieve those goals.

5. You Haven't Prepared: Bad things happen to the best of people from time to time, and if you haven't prepared for such a thing to happen to you through insurance, any wealth that you might have built can be gone in an instant.

6. You Try to Make a Quick Buck: For the vast majority of us, wealth doesn't come instantly. You may believe that people winning the lottery are a dime a dozen, but the truth is you're far more likely to get struck by lightning than win the lottery. This desire to get rich quickly likely extends into the way you invest, with similar results.

7. You Rely on Others to Take Care of Your Money: You believe that others have more knowledge about money matters, and you rely exclusively on their judgment when deciding where you should invest your money. Unfortunately, most people want to make money themselves, and this is their primary objective when they tell you how to invest your money. Listen to other people's advice to get new ideas, but in the end you should know enough to make your own investing decisions.

8. You Invest in Things You Don't Understand: Your hear that Bob has made a lot of money doing it, and you want to get in on the gravy train. If Bob really did make money, he did so because he understood how the investment worked. Throwing in your money because someone else has made money without fully understanding how the investment works will keep you from being wealthy.

9. You're Financially Afraid: You are so scared of risk that you keep all your money in a savings account that is actually losing money when inflation is put into the equation, yet you refuse to move it to a place where higher rates of return are possible because you're afraid that you will lose money.

10. You Ignore Your Finances: You take the attitude that if you make enough, the finances will take care of themselves. If you currently have debt, it will somehow resolve itself in the future. Unfortunately, it takes planning to become wealthy. It doesn't magically happen to the vast majority of people.

In reality, it is probably not just one of the above bad habits that has kept you from becoming a millionaire, but a combination of a few of them. Take a hard look at the list, and do some reflecting. If you want to be a millionaire, it's well within your power, but you'll have to face the issues that are currently keeping you from creating that wealth before you will have a chance to call yourself one.

To Your Success,
Alecia D.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Are You Really Available (for a Relationship)?

Check out this article I found on the Relationship Insitute website.

One of the questions which often comes up in our relationship work involves how available people are for a healthy relationship. As someone at a recent workshop cried out, "No one today has time for a relationship!" Singles often have a difficult time plugging into a new dating partner’s busy lifestyle, and may see their dates as being essentially unavailable for creating a deep, intimate relationship. Couples in a committed relationship may complain that their partner is consumed and distracted by everything but their relationship: they may be around physically, but never seem to want to connect in any meaningful way. Indeed, in our crazy, driven, time-starved world, it often seems as if our adult relationships take the lowest priority.

There are various levels of availability for intimate connection. While physical availability is the most obvious one, being physically present is no guarantee of intimacy, as many married people will tell you. Being in the same house or room or even bed with someone else can still feel very lonely if the two people are not in sync and do not connect. Nonetheless, consistent physical availability is a necessary prerequisite for deeper levels of intimacy to occur...

Read the rest here!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Building Your Credit Score

Check out YBR's first audio blog post! Press play below.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pursuit of Happiness Week!

I heard on CNN this morning that this week is Pursuit of Happiness week! I'm not usually big on holidays and things like that- but this is one that I had to get behind! Check out this post I found on

What on earth does pursuing happiness have to do with getting organized? Well, they are both all about focusing on your PRIORITIES. How often do you find yourself giving up activities that you love to take on responsibilities that you hate? Maybe it's time to reassess where you are spending your time! If you find that your TIME is continually being eaten up by distasteful tasks, annoying interruptions, toxic people, or other things that drain you of energy, you aren't living an organized or fulfilling life. Let's focus on making every moment count by clearing out the CLUTTER that routinely and unnecessarily robs us of happiness.

Some Practical Organizing Tips...
Have you ever stopped to think about what you priorities actually are -- what gives you joy? Time with your friends or family? Nature? Art? Now look at how you spend your time -- do you make room in your SCHEDULE for these things? Why not?

Get into the habit of making time each day for something you truly ENJOY. It could be something small -- like a walk in the park or a quiet cup of tea -- as long as it makes you happy. And treat your me time like it's sacred -- don't let anything interrupt you.

If you have a hard time figuring out what makes you happy, create a REWARDS list -- ways that you can do something enjoyable. And come up with several levels of rewards -- what would you do with 15 free minutes? An hour? A whole day?

P.S. Take the below quiz on your level of organization and distraction at work.

To Your Success,
Alecia D.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Launch of the YBR Radio Show

YBR Enterprise Inc has launched a radio show on Blog Talk Radio!! I am so very excited about this new development within the YBR space.

This podcast series is dedicated to coaching young, black, rich women on how to get and keep a successful lifestyle. Much like this blog, the radio show will focus on uplifting and inspiring all of you entrepreneurs out there by providing tips on health, business, finance, relationships and many other relevant topics. We will also have a series of guest hosts and interviews on the show to not only inform but entertain you as you strive to build a successful life!

Don't miss out on this valuable information! Click on the link below and hear all about this new, exclusive, successful lifestyle podcast series on Blog Talk Radio. Also, be sure to subscribe to the show so that you will always know about any upcoming shows and topics that we will cover.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

...And the Best is Yet to Come

I don't know why...but last night when I initially heard the news about President Obama- though I was happy, I wasn't overcome with as much emotion as I thought I would have. I must say that this morning, that has all changed.

I woke up this morning with a ball of emotion in my chest. I remember the first lesson I ever received on Civil Rights. It was some time in the early 90's at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Day School in Crown Heights Brooklyn. My teacher was at the front of the class talking about Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and the many others who dedicated their lives to making sure I could live a life that was equal to that of my white counterparts. It all seemed so distant from me at that time and as I grew older, though I began to understand the movement more and identify with its principles, as I looked around at my surroundings I assumed that where black people were currently would be as good as it gets.

As I sit here this morning with tears in my eyes, I must say that I am so happy to have been wrong.

Today- November 5, 2008 is a day I will never forget. Barack Obama is the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT in the United States of America. There will be a black first lady, a black first family. My younger cousins can look at Sasha and Malia and think- "they look like me" . I can finally identify with Washington DC and see myself represented in government.

Only time will tell what President Obama will accomplish within his presidency, but no matter what - he has already led a historic movement in U.S. history. I am confident that the best is yet to come and I am ecstatic to be around to witness it. There is so much work to be done now but I know that Barack is up to the challenge. We are living through HISTORY right now and I am loving every minute of it. The lesson learned for me is that YES, I CAN do anything! (and so can YOU)

As you go throughout your day today, rest comfortably in the fact that anything is possible. The 44th president of the same country that stole a group of people from their home land, threw them on a ship, and enslaved them is a black man. A black hero. Barack Obama.

God Bless America!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Re-launch of YBRead Book Club

Dear Young, Black, Rich woman,

I've heard the requests of YBR Network members and am happy to announce that we will be re-launching the YBR Book Club. We are set to begin reading our book selection at the end of November.

YBR is looking for suggestions for possible books and would love to hear from you. Send me an email at or leave a comment on my page on the social network and we will decide on the book on November 15.

Don't forget to join the YBRead Book Club on the YBR Network to get updates on discussion dates, topics, and much more! I'm looking forward to your participation!

Alecia D.

About Alecia D.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
I am a Successful Lifestyle Consultant studying such philosophies as The Law of Attraction, Zen habits, and the Principles of Meditation and have been featured on,, and Ezine Articles as an expert author. I am interested in success- being successful and helping others be successful!