UPDATE Dec. 9: My CNN contact emailed me today with a note stating the segment could air Dec. 17 or 18 – and it could change if there’s breaking news. As always, I’m still very grateful for the opportunity! Delay is not denial. The Lord is working on something real good. It’s all a matter of “positive perspective”! By the way, a big thank you to JOe VAn Hoose who’s doing a follow-up story on the Dec. 14th issue of The Athens-Banner Herald. Joe, was the first journalist to write a newspaper story on my new cornbread career. Thanks Joe for your encouraging support! Here’s a link to that article: http://onlineathens.com/stories/062310/liv_659979361.shtml
UPDATE Dec. 4: I didn’t see the segment. Waiting for an update from the producer. If it aired in your part of the world, please let me know. Again, I’m still VERY grateful for the opportunity to film with CNN. A dream come true. Already working on additional promotional tv segments (different network) where I’ll be sharing my testimony along with some delicious cornbread cooking lessons. Yall know some people don’t have a clue how to bake this famous southern dish. Delighted to spread some knowledge!
UPDATE Dec. 3: Producers of CNN Primetime Weekend with Don Lemon, rescheduled Cornbread Millionaire segment for tonight (between 10om-10:30om). They wanted to wait until Don Lemon was hosting. In the world of television, if there’s breaking news, the Cornbread Millionaire segment will be rescheduled. Whatever the case, I’m still VERY grateful for the opportunity. Thanks again to everyone at CNN!
On Saturday, Nov. 26, check out CNN Primetime Weekend with Don Lemon. We filmed Nov. 4 at the Young Chefs Academy in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Many thanks to the owner, Jennifer, for her hospitality! Filming was a fascinating experience; a dream-come true for me! I’ve always wanted a mention on CNN. Due to unforseen circumstances (I’ll spare you the details), I was late arriving and missed my chance to meet Don Lemon. I apologized numerous times, with tears, to the crew because I respect other people’s time. Many thanks to Ms. Jennifer, owner of Young Chef’s Academy in Sandy Springs, for allowing us to use her beautiful facility! The CNN segment is an update with details of what I did to survive the disastrous setback from which I’m recovering! I’m very grateful for the exposure which helps me grow my cornbread career. Three additional television segments (different networks) and a magazine story have been confirmed. I’ll post the details AFTER interviews have been completed.
Dec. 9, 2011…This is for everyone who loves free samples of designer fragrances. It’s a great way to test for allergic reactions and to make sure the fragrance smells good on you – before purchasing. Last night, for the first time, I visited the fragrance section of Nordstrom’s in Perimeter Mall (Atlanta, Georgia). There was an awesome collection of designer fragrances, body lotions. Customers are welcomed to three samples of this expensive collection. I also stopped by Bobbi Brown’s cosmetics counters and asked for a heavy moisturizer. The super nice clerk offered to mix up something for me to try and gave it to me in a cute bottle with a black top. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
I also enjoyed my visit to Sephora in the same mall for free make-up samples. Within minutes, the cosmetics expert identified my color and provide generous samples of moisturizier, primer and a foundation to match my skin color. I hope you’ll visit both stores. Samples are suitable for all budgets!
Dec. 4, 2011…On this new weekly post, I’ll be sharing fabulous money-saving tips on groceries, shoes, clothes and household items. Let’s begin with The $1.00 Lunch Menu. I personally purchased the delicious following from my favorite Kroger store: Small banana (.14 cents), cheese croissant (.59 cents), Oriental Ramen Noodles (.20 cents) and two FREE bags of Oyster Crackers. With tax (.05 cents), the total came to .98 cents! My lunch filled me up which is excellent for less than a dollar. What’s your favorite bargain? Please
After receiving numerous calls and emails asking for details on how I went through unemployment, foreclosure, homeless to Cornbread Millionaire. Since writing has always been therapeutic for me, I look forward to journaling the details on this blog. My goal is to make updates twice per week. Since I want to write a bestselling book for a major book publisher, I declare prophetically the words written in The Cornbread Journal will be included. What’s your dream? I'll begin with some things that are happening with me now. With the next posts, I'll go back to the beginning of when I wasemployed and how I became unemployed (a disguised blessing). On Nov. 30, I had the blessed experience of speaking with my brother by phone, we haven't spoken in almost 20 years. We both asked for forgiveness because when we were younger, we both did some wrong things to each other. When we talked, you could feel the peace. I look forward to meeting my niece, his 15 year old daughter! I'll post some pictures too. Months ago, I began saying intensely for him. I felt in my heart it was time for some deep healing and forgiveness, so I began with prayer. I wasn't surprised to get his text messages. Long story short, a great healing has taken place and we're both moving forward. It's the beginning of great things for our entire family.
On Nov. 28, I emailed several major corporations proposing a partnership; a unique opportunity to sell more of their products. I was delighted to receive a return call from one of my favorite entrereneurs, Michele Hoskins, founder of http://www.MicheleFoods.com, a multi-million dollar syrup business based on her family's secret recipe! She began her business with no capital, a dream and a need to care for her young daughters. In the beginning, she called Denny's everyday at the same time for TWO years seeking a contract for Michele's Honey Creme Syrup. Yes, she got the contract and has been in business over 25 years and has built a manufacturing plant. More details on the next post.
Dreamers are not always met with warm receptions. Dreamers tend to think everyone should be happy about their dream. But those closest to you, even your relatives, may sometimes resent your dream. They feel like your blessing may somehow take away from them. A dreamer must have a tenacious commitment to his dream. You cannot have a dream and be dependent on other people to verify the authenticity of your dream. T.D.Jakes Ministries/The Potter’s House
First and foremost, an apology to the customers who were caught up in the setback that shut down both me and my “budding” business for months! A positive, timely resolution is forthcoming.
On August 30, the contract for my home (pictured) was awarded to another bidder. The new buyers kept the contract, eliminating my opportunity to bid again. That’s okay. Apparently, the Lord intends for me to move on and I accept that with great joy! Afterall, He knows whats best! I will purchase a new home – at a later date when the business has grown to another level. I still feel victorious, because I’m now an entrepreneur with a thriving online business. Unemployment was successfully conquered. I didn’t stay in the pit. I’m focused on establishing an efficient processing system for the business, providing stellar customer service, working out the entrepreneurial problems (details forthcoming) and completing the hardback version of my humble eBook Homegirl’s Cornbread Sandwiches: Tasty Recipes & Wise Life Lessons. This version will contain details of my bitter struggle to comeback from devastation. Faith, as the size of a mustard seed, MOVES mountains. All things are possible with God.
WISE LIFE LESSON: An exit is an entrance to a better opportunity.
When one door shuts, another opens.
If you still fight the enemy over your things, you may become distracted and fail to guard what he really is trying to destroy in your life – your faith, your hope and your love. For if your faith fails, you won’t have anything to bring about a conversion in your life.
T.D. Jakes, Founder/Sr. Pastor
The Potter’s House
Photos from filming newsclip for WSB-TV (Atlanta) with Consumer Reporter Clark Howard. Aired August 25, 5:45pm.
Program filmed inside my friend Kim’s gorgeous 3,957 sq ft home that’s on the market for $413,000.
Contact Janet Sloan, The Home Source Realtors at 678.480.3540.
Praise breaks chains and opens doors; its the strategy for victory. Praise in the time of crisis. When Israel was outnumbered by the enemy, God told them to put a choir in front of the army and march into battle. And it worked! “When they began…to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the enemy.” (2 Chronicles 20:22 NKJV). Don’t wait until the battle is over to shout; go to war with the praise of God on your lips and watch Him turn your situation around.
Bob Gass Ministries