Accept the Challenge to Change!

The only person you should be better (1)Change does not happen in places of complacency, comfort, or convenience. While these are our safe havens, they don’t always propel us to reach greater heights.

Yes, it’s easy to stay in a place where we know what to expect, either good or bad, but when we do so, we limit ourselves to greater opportunities.

Did you know that God already has your blessings on standby? The question is: How much do you want something? Why do you want it? What will you do to get it?

Are you ready for something different? Are you willing to change? Do you want to change, but not sure how? What is God asking you to change? What fears are you grappling with?


10 Ways to Accept the Challenge to Change:

1. Interact with individuals/groups on a different level of maturity

2. Attend church

3. Go back to school

4. Selectively share your ideas for a new project or business with someone

5. Be more selective of the TV shows you watch and the music you listen to

6. Find a mentor or coach

7. Find and take classes on being self-aware

8. Change your eating/exercise habits

9. Create a daily schedule

10. Say NO!

These are just a few things that come to mind that are a challenge (to some, not all), but if done, would bring about a new and positive change in one’s life.

~Koko, The Professional Soul Mate~

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Five Minute Friday: “Begin!”

Wow… I see a lot of things going on. I’ve been M.I.A. for the past few weeks or a month trying to restructure some things with my business. And now I see this is the last FMF hosting week for Lisa-Jo.

Well, with a beginning comes an end to something. For the last month, I’ve been focusing on restructuring my website, creating new services, and package plans. A lot of work and it definitely takes a lot of focus. But I can appreciate the new phase I’m in and moving forward with a grateful attitude.

I believe new beginnings come after a reflection process. When you reach a certain milestone in life, you take the time to stop, refocus, reflect on what was good, reflect on what was not so good, and basically reorganize or restructure. New beginnings symbolize growth, moving to the next level or phase, and this can be in regards to one’s personal, spiritual or professional life.

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The After Five: 

New beginnings can also be a bit scary as one enters new territory with no direction other than to go forward. And with fear comes those pesky little thoughts: “How will I do?” “Will I do better than before?” “Will this relationship last longer than the last?” “Will this degree finally allow me to move up professionally?”

Along with other positive thinking strategies, here’s my take on moving forward with confidence. The same way you overcame the obstacles, uncertainties, and mistakes in the last phase, so it will be in the next phase because you are a Conqueror. Even on the days you wanted to quit, and even if you did quit, somewhere along the way you decided to get back up again. Somewhere along the way you decided to tell “rejection” it would not win and that you would push forward no matter what it took.

Your new beginning today is the light that you sought after before. Rejoice in your new beginning. Be thankful for your new beginning, and enjoy the new process as you work towards your next new beginning.


Thanks for taking the time to visit.

I wish you well in your own new beginnings of life.

Should your new beginning include you finding a Coach for empowerment, a Virtual Assistant to help with your business, or a Transcriber to type your new book,

Contact me @ (501) 358-4191 to get set up with a FREE 60 minute consult or visit me at www.kokosprofessionalservices.com.


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First Year A Success!!!

One year ago yesterday, I took a step of faith into an unknown territory with no idea of what was to come, no specific structure, no specific guidelines, or manual… Through the favor of God, creativity, a LOT of determination, and willingness to learn, I joined thousands of other entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals. It wasn’t necessarily planned, but more of a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other, day-by-day progression.

Doors that I thought should open didn’t and my degrees did not win me any special treatment. But what I did have was a clean slate and three choices: Do, Settle, or Don’t….

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Well, “don’t” was an automatic cross-out. So “Do” or “Settle”— I could settle, BUT wait a minute now, what are my “DO” options? My spirit is saying “work for self”. That’s a possibility….. But WHAT ON EARTH will I do? My answer came January 31, 2013 and for the next five months I researched, I read, I created, I designed, I weighed options, I brainstormed. I sat, I waited, I put in the work. On June 30th, I got my first freelance gig doing data entry for a client through Shopify (adding images, product descriptions, making price changes).

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But I noticed the opportunities for transcription and even though I had never done this before, had no idea what all it really entailed other than “type what you hear”, I applied and I remember my first project taking me literally 24 hours to complete one audio (30-60 minutes, don’t remember which). Yeah, I had no idea what I was doing…..

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One year later, most of my VA work is transcription with over 200 audio hours completed, averaging 5 audio hours a week, sometimes way more.

So what is my title?
ALS (academic, life, spiritual) Coach, VAS (Virtual Administrative Specialist)

What EXACTLY does that mean?
As a Coach, I listen, I empower, I encourage, I inspire, I CHALLENGE!

As a VAS, I provide virtual (online) services to other entrepreneurs, businessmen/women, authors, other coaches, pastors as an organizer, transcriber, personal assistant, typist, event coordinator, and the list goes on.

How do I work? 
From home!

How did I do my first year?
Over 100 jobs via 3 freelance platforms, 50+ clients, overall rating of 4.91 and 5 figure earnings (*not 9-5 earnings just yet, let me make that clear).

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No, the process has not been easy, but every late night, early morning, 2 hour cat naps here and there and everything else has been well worth it.

So by the grace of God, praying Year 2 will be even better.

Words of Encouragement: 
1. A lot of doors will close, rejections will come, but if you still have breath, you still have a purpose, and there’s an opportunity with your name on it. Doors close because it’s not what God has for your,  it’s purpose has been fulfilled, or maybe you’re not in the right position just yet to enjoy the full blessings of the opportunity.
2. Some days things will go as planned, but most often not. Don’t worry, don’t fret, it’s just a test to teach you how to be flexible and adaptable and roll with the punches. (Have a little faith)
3. Sometimes those you thought would support you won’t and that’s okay, because there will be new supporters. Trust me, the right people will come along at the right time.
4. We all have a role in life and in some way our role in life is needed for someone else to fulfill theirs. So you are no less or no more than the next because we are ALL needed.
5. What this 1st year has reminded me is that “God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called” Many of the jobs I’ve taken on, specifically VA-related, I would not be qualified to do by “9-5” standards, as many were learned and self-taught per client needs. My degrees are in CJ and Psychology, not business management, but yet, here I am. I didn’t study to be a Coach, it’s already who I am.

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ANYTHING is possible with God. He will protect you wherever He leads you! Everybody will not understand your path, sometimes not even you, so be careful where you put your expectations!

Hopefully this will bless someone who has been considering a change. You can’t see the road ahead, and there is no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel, (but it’s there). If you’re concerned about what others will think, that is your first mistake. There are no real obstacles, but a fear of the unknown, and that’s all about YOU! Since “don’t” is not an option, you now have two choices: “Do” or “Settle”! (and if you settle, you surrendered to the wrong person/thing. Even more so, you’ve doubted your Creator and who you Can Be)………

I’m hoping to bless someone else who has been strongly considering working from home on a full-time or part-time basis by helping you get set up on different platforms and guiding/coaching you through the process. And no, this is not something you’d have to pay for. Just willing to help a couple of people who are serious about freelance opportunities, but not sure of the ins and outs or how to get started.  So if that’s you, contact me here or below to further discuss.

Be Blessed!!!