New Year, New Mindset, New Possibilities

The new year usually forces everyone to look over their lives. Sometimes people loath what they reflect on and other times they smile at what they have accomplished in the previous year. I, personally, applaud my growth in 2017 and I’m super excited for 2018.

New Year’s Goals

If you follow me on FaceBook or Twitter, you know that I am doing a lot of stuff. The new year is filled with the awesomeness that I cannot wait to share with you.

Ambitious Endeavors

As you know, Ambitious Endeavors is the website I use for my writing and entrepreneurial clients. This site houses my coaching, as well as articles to assist women writers & entrepreneurs in their quest to become amazing writers. I am happy to announce that Ambitious Endeavors is taking on guest posts and is beefed up with loads of information to continue to help women writers & entrepreneurs blossom.

There will also be some additions to the site to give readers more of what they need, such as:

  • New Coaching types to assist a more diverse amount of writers & entrepreneurs
  • An assortment of live and pre-recorded courses for writers & entrepreneurs to learn or enhance skills
  • Videos for visual aid and assistance

These are just a few new additions and I will announce more as the year goes on.

New Book

In 2018, I am working on my new book, Journey to the Sky: If the Sky is the Limit, Why Are You Still on the Ground. If you notice, the name of the book is the title and motto of this website. From the advice of an amazing coach, Karin Roest, I decided that writing a book that combined advice to women writers & entrepreneurs with personal stories of my journey was the best thing for me and my audience.

The prospective release for Journey to the Sky is between May and September, depending on its completion. In order to stay on schedule, I have formed a Book Development Team. This team will assist me in completing the book, as well as helping with the word-of-mouth marketing. If you would like a spot on the team, please click here.


Speaking Engagements

I am now available for speaking engagements. For so long, I was deathly afraid of speaking in public due to having massive stage fright. But I realized, the best way to get my message out there is to push past my fear and go for the gusto. Besides, speaking gives me a brand new type of audience to touch and help get where they want to be in their writing and careers.

My first speaking engagement is in February and I couldn’t be more excited. If you have an event and need a speaker, please contact me with the details.

Group Involvement

I have formed two amazing groups. One was started a few years back and had to be revamped in 2017 and the other was created in November of last year.

Ambitious Endeavors: Support Group for Women Writer & Entrepreneurs

The Ambitious Endeavors Support Group is a FaceBook group with women of all different ages, backgrounds, abilities, and locations. The purpose of the group is for women writers & entrepreneurs to feel comfortable about where they are in their careers. They share their experiences and expertise with one another in an effort to grow.

3SF: The Society of Sophisticated & Successful Females

3SF is a sorority-style mastermind group of women entrepreneurs. The purpose of this mastermind is to help women grow in their knowledge, whether they are new to entrepreneurship or experienced. There are weekly meetings through Zoom, a book of the month, and a messenger chat for instant help.

If either one of these groups is of interest to you, please feel free to join either on the links above.



You have supported me for some years now and I have to say, it warms my heart to know so many of you root for my success. As the year commences, I will continue to push myself and my business to new heights. It is my hope that you will continue on the ride with me. I could not do what I do without you. There are several ways to show your love and support.


Patreon is a wonderful site that allows supporters to fund the projects of those they support. Your contribution will help me to create more in a shorter time. And you aren’t just giving me monetary support. You get some pretty cool stuff in return. Click here to find out more.

Social Media

I would love for you to follow me on social media, as well as like my FaceBook pages. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. I’m everywhere and appreciate anyone who follows me.

Share & Comment

The other way to show your support is to share and comment as much as much as you can. The more people who know about me and what I’m doing, the more people I can touch. And I don’t doubt for a minute that you will help me do that.


I know there is a lot here, but I never dream small. Honestly, there are a few things that I haven’t divulged to you in an effort to be secretive. But because you are so amazing, you will find out soon enough. Until then, follow your dreams and be unstoppable.


Why I Made The Decision to Invest in Myself & My Business (And Why You Should Too)

I would like to believe I’m a pretty smart cookie when it comes to investing in me. Not trying to brag. Just being honest.

In my business and writing, I plan accordingly and use the best ideas to move forward. Within that plan, I use several different services and products to work more efficiently – working smarter, not harder.

But I wasn’t always the sharpest knife in the business drawer.

Continue Reading “Why I Made The Decision to Invest in Myself & My Business (And Why You Should Too)”

I Can’t Do It Without You

My Sincerest Thank You

Over the past 8 years, you have been there for me. Through my career ups and downs, you have shown me a level of support that always kept me going. It’s because of you I push forward in this crazy world of business and writing. You make me feel like I can do anything and for that, I am truly grateful.

An Opportunity For You

I see you commenting and liking my social media updates on my work, Ambitious Endeavors, and I Mean Really Dude. I can tell that you want to see me succeed and now there is a perfect way for you to be part of it all. I’ve teamed up with Patreon to help me get you involved as I move forward in my goals.

What Does This Mean

Patreon makes it easy for you to support me with different levels of contributions. These contributions will then be used to help in getting an assistant and hiring writers. Also, It will help with the day-to-day responsibilities I have while running multiple websites and putting out products/services that benefit people just like you.

What Do You Get Out Of It

I hope you didn’t think I was asking for your contribution without giving you a little something in return. Come on, you know me better than that. For each level of contributions, there are definitely some cool perks. Rewards for your patronage include:

  • Sincere thank you
  • Access to all Patreon updates
  • Weekly videos updating my activities
  • View first 3 chapters of all upcoming books
  • Autographed book(s) published within the year after becoming a patron
  • Shout out on Twitter @MsTrinaLynne, @AmbitiouslyYou, and @IMeanReallyDude
  • Name a character after you in future works of fiction
  • Name on contributor’s list on Ambitious Endeavors, Journey to the Sky, and I Mean Really Dude
  • Behind the scenes access to podcasts, webinars, and courses
  • Personal handwritten thank you
  • Attendance to a monthly “campfire” via Zoom with an ask me anything Q & A, as well as you can pitch ideas for future podcasts, webinars, and courses

Each contribution level has different sets of rewards, all of which helps you be part of the entire process of my journey to greatness.

Be Part of Greatness

As I said before, there are some amazing things going on now within Ambitious Endeavors, I Mean Really Dude and my personal career goals. It’s not all hype. In the coming weeks and months, you will be able to see the major push I’m making.

But why just watch from the sidelines? You could play a part in the greatness being set in motion. Your contribution gives you the opportunity to be part of the entire process up close and personal. Now, doesn’t that sound like an even trade? 😉

How Can You Help

To be a contributor all you have to do is click here and choose your level of contribution. All come with perks, but the more you give, the more you get.

Whatever you can give is a blessing and much appreciated. And I will do beyond my best to make you proud and make your contribution well worth it.

I do hope I can depend on your ongoing support.

Peace & Blessing

OMG, I’m Super Overweight

Over the past few months, I made some awesome health choices. I drink mostly water all day, every day. I go to the gym and when I’m not there, I walk almost everywhere because, well, I like walking and SEPTA prices are ridiculous. I eat pretty okay too.

However, when I visited the Pulmonary Specialist on Monday morning I got a truly horrific surprise.

Quick Health Background

I’m having another kidney surgery next week. Which I’m not a happy camper about, but it’s necessary. So I put my big girl drawls on and decided to accept it.

Those who have been around for a little while will understand my angst at having another kidney surgery. While those of you who are just meeting me will ask, “Did you say another? As in plural?”

That’s right.

This is my ninth surgical procedure in 5 years when it comes to these pesky kidneys. Apparently, I keep producing stones. And since the health system I was originally dealing with (where the other 8 procedures took place) can’t seem to figure out what’s going on, I decided to try another system. Unfortunately, surgery couldn’t be avoided. Yay ME.

Up to Speed

Now that I gave you the back story we can move on.

Like I said, I’m scheduled for surgery next week, which is awesome by the way. (Being totally sarcastic by the way)

Before I can undergo another procedure, numerous tests are done to make sure that my body is surgery ready. The hospital is very thorough too.

So that leads me to the Pulmonary Specialist for clearance. And that’s where something awful happened.

The nurse called me back and I pleasantly followed her. Of course, before I went to my room to await the doctor, I had to have my vitals checked. No problem. I stepped on the scale, proudly I might add. And there it was. A number that jumped right out of a horror movie.

210!!! I had my shoes on, but I mean, my shoes surely don’t weigh more than 5 pounds.

At the moment I played it cool, continuing with my vitals check. Did a breathing test. Talked to the doctor’s assistant, then the doctor. I left the office and headed for my chest x-ray and to get lab work done. All things part of my surgery clearance.

I was in a daze.


A 210 Pound of Bricks

It wasn’t until I returned home that it all came crashing down…all 210 pounds of me.

Do you know how much weight that is for a woman of my stature? Let me put it in plainly: I’m 4 foot 11 inches. There is no way that I am this large. I don’t even seem so big.

There was one other time in my life when I had gotten to a weight of epic proportion. When I originally separated from my ex-husband, I was at the most weight I had ever been in my life. Granted I was super depressed all the time about his infidelity and worrying about taking care of small children alone.

Now I was back there.

The biggest difference between then and now, I was younger. And as I worked out while watching my eating habits the pounds came right off. In this situation, drastic measures are set in place.


The Plan

Don’t worry, the point of this post isn’t to whine about how big I am. In fact, the weight is proportioned so well, if I hadn’t stepped on a scale I still wouldn’t have guessed.

My plan, if I choose to accept it, is going into beast mode.

That’s right.

A writer is only as good as they feel. And trust me, I’m not feeling writer-ly with all these pounds.

So instead of going into an unnecessary state of depression and depriving you awesome folks my words, I’m going to take the matter into my own hands.

While I already do things to help with weight loss and being healthy, I’m getting myself into tip-top shape with some help, so that when I take my promotional photos next month, I’ll be stunning.

I’m enlisting the help of the book, The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body by Morris Chestnut and Obi Obadike. 

Y’all thought I wasn’t gonna get book help? Books help me with everything.

The plan is simple: commit to being healthier and more fit without any deviations.

Why So Serious

I know you folks are probably wondering why this is such a big thing for me. Do I need to explain the height to weight differential?

Seriously though, I’ve always been a thicker gal, but I have not been happy in this body. Also, I know why this body exists again. And not to sound vulnerable, but it all happened over a year ago when I lost some things in my life that were very important. I allowed my emotions to control my eating and that’s not the way to go.

I spend each day encouraging y’all to be better and live better. For me, I feel like a hypocrite if I don’t get my weight under control.

And while I may only drink water and head to the gym occasionally. It’s time for a regimen that coincides with the woman you folks see every day in my social media posts, spouting all the good stuff.

By no means is this a sad post, or one which needs massive amounts of sympathy. What I want from you is accountability. Don’t be afraid to call me out if you think I’m not doing what I should.

Besides, I wouldn’t be the open, honest me if I didn’t share my health issues with you dudes. It helps show that nobody is perfect, but we all strive to be better.


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