5 Christian Influencers You Should Know About | My Favorite Blogs, Podcasts & Youtube Channels

Anyone who knows me knows that I always try to read, listen or watch something positive every morning (emphasis on try***) as I have seen first-hand the difference that it makes in my productivity level, how I treat others, myself and most importantly my relationship with God.

The more I grow in my faith, the more I want to share the writers, speakers, artists, pastors, influencers, etc. that have helped me to grow in my Christianity.

After all, spreading the love of Jesus is what it’s all about, righttttt! 🙂

Here are some of the top content creators I recommend:

Tony Gaskins

I was recently recommended Tony Gaskins on YouTube *randomly* and when I tell you their algorithm was spot on – I mean SPOT ON! He speaks from a place of authenticity, understanding and most importantly a man of God’s perspective that is both relatable and necessary in today’s world.

I just recently ordered his newest book with his wife, A Woman’s Influence, and can’t wait to read it!

Watch his YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/31fHeMo

Living Fully with Mallory Ervin

I was recommended this podcast by my friend Katie, and when I tell you it’s a must – IT IS A MUST! Mallory, along with other guests on her podcast, dive into the topics that we are all thinking, yet never know how to talk about. 

Listen to her Podcast: https://bit.ly/3eAErRP

Transformation + Elevation Church

I honestly have the same amount of love and respect for both pastor Michael Todd (thanks Karli…& Davidddd) and Steven Furtick that I felt the need to mention them together.

Check out any sermon from either church and you will see exactly what I mean ~ no explanation necessary!

Watch Transformation Church on YouTube: https://bit.ly/31heKBS

Watch Elevation Church on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2Vlc02D

Set Apart Girl by Leslie Ludy

My friend, Haley, played this podcast on a trip to Houston once and ever since I’ve been in loveeeee. Leslie speaks from a true biblical perspective and doesn’t hesitate to call out any of the sinful actions of our earthly desires. 

Listen to her Podcast: https://bit.ly/3eBq2oi

The Glow Up

This is a no-brainer! Haley is one of my closest friends, as well as one of the most influential people in my life. She inspired me to grow stronger in my faith during my last 2 years of college and I can’t put into words the impact it has had on me and my family.

I was ecstatic when I found out her blog was live, as I know she can resonate with so many.

Read her Blog: https://bit.ly/3eBs9bE

Let me know if you have any other recommendations or favorites of your own! 

Xoxo,

Mikay.

Matthew 7 & The Law Of Attraction | What You Should Know

If you are a Christian and fan of the Law of Attraction (which states that our thoughts control our reality) like myself then I’m sure you are all too familiar with Matthew 7:7 which states:

“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”

Wow. Every time that I read this verse I remember just how good our God is. Jesus literally told us in the Sermon on the Mount that if there is something that we desire, all we have to do is simply ask him for it!

Isn’t that amazing? In Matthew 7:7 the Bible confirms that the Law of Attraction is a Godly mindset.

Our mind controls our life.

If there is purpose that you know God has placed into your life, all you have to do is ask him to show you how to to fulfill it then trust him to follow those steps.

Now obviously this is a lot easier said than done, but being a very intuitive person myself, I truly believe that most of us can just “tell” what step we should take in each of our lives. We just have to follow our gut and actually do it.

With all of us stuck in self-quarantine, why not take this time to self-reflect and spend some alone time asking God what it is he wants to use your life for?

Xoxo,

Mikay.

4 Digital Marketing Tips For Your Business In 2020

How is it already March of 2020!?

It’s mind-blowing to me to think back on all of the experiences that I’ve had in the last 10 years, both personally and professionally!  😲 

As I continue to grow in my professional career, I have come to realize that one of my favorite parts about working in this industry is developing strategies that are catered to each client to help them get the most out of their online presence. 

When it comes to marketing your business, a lot has changed in the last decade – and I mean A LOT! What worked 10, 5 or even last year is not guaranteed to work now when it comes to growing your business.

Here are some tips that I recommend anyone looking to market their brand or business online keep in mind:

Content, Content, Contenttttttt 🙌

Since the beginning of marketing times (if that’s a thing 🤣) coming up with a strategic plan for content has always been necessary, the only thing that’s really changed is how people interact and how people consume (which I discuss a little further below). But content must be a first and foremost goal, because how can you begin marketing your business without first developing the messaging?

Do your research and then do it again

It’s pretty common knowledge now that brands and businesses struggle with sharing content online that is both personal and sales-y. No one wants to feel like they are being sold to 24/7 which is why users expect personalized content that speaks to them when visiting a business’s website or social media. Take the time to research your prospects to know what resonates with them and then implement that into your content strategy.

Video and Voice

I’m sure you have heard times and times again that both video and voice is where the future is headed and that’s for a good reason! How people consume content is something every business needs to keep in mind when developing a strategy that increases your ROI.

The numbers, just like Shakira’s hips, don’t lie

shakira-hips-gifDo not underestimate the power of reporting! Though it may not sound fun, looking at the data is crucial to measuring the success of your efforts. Not to mention, with larger platforms like Google and Facebook consistently updating their tools the amount of information we have available for free about your target audiences and performance helps marketers make good decisions.

Bottom line: Put yourself in the shoes of your potential clients and customers. How do you find other businesses online? What do you like seeing on their websites and social media? And always keep in mind: people buy from people, not businesses.

Xoxo,

Mikay.

Reblog: Chosen By The Glow Up

I am so proud of one my best and truest friends, Haley, for taking on the new year head first and starting her own online devotional, The Glow Up. Check out her first post!

Xoxo,

Mikay.

The Glow Up

January 2, 2020

Esther 4:14, Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

God is about to do something new.

— Isaiah 43:19

Wow. I cannot believe it is already 2020 and we are stepping into not only a new year, but a new decade. The beginning of the year is always fun and refreshing because we have the mindset “new year, new me.” We make tons of goals and resolutions and for some it is finally an excuse for us to begin evolving into a better version of ourselves. Unfortunately, as the month goes by, we start slacking on our goals and for some, we even give up on them until the next year rolls around. Can I let you in on a secret? With God, EVERY morning is like the New Year. No matter how many times I have broken a promise to God, failed to control my temper around loved ones, or…

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5 Signs That You Are Living In Fear

Fear is something we all deal with in life and a lot of the time, you may not even realize how your life is directly impacted by your own fearful thoughts and actions.mikala-morgan-louisiana

Here are five signs that fear is currently holding you back from fulfilling your life’s purpose:

You find yourself holding back from doing things that you know you should

Now, this might be a given, but just think about it: How many times have YOU kept YOU from doing something that you know deep down you should?

We are all our own worst enemies, and I know for sure that my biggest villain in life has been myself and this is due to fear.

Fear of rejection, fear of judgment, fear of success, fear of failure, fear of imperfection, you name it – I’ve been there, we all have. Once we all realize that we are creating more stress on ourselves than necessary, we can start to let those fears go.

You find yourself living more in vain

Now this one might catch you off-guard, as a lot of people will confuse confidence and contentment with selfishness and vanity.

There’s a difference.

With a world that thrives on showing off our best lives online, a lot of these “successful” people we are spending our lives comparing ourselves too are just as fearful if not more. If you find yourself constantly trying to prove something or living out selfish desires, you are most likely acting out of the fear acceptance. But there’s good news – you don’t have to!

We have become a society that is so focused on raising people to be independent and strong that we forget we were not made to be independent but rather interdependent. We need others, we need love and we need acceptance – it’s even in the Bible!

But how we go about fulfilling these external desires will affect our internal happiness.

Feeling lonely? Volunteer at a nursing home, many of these elders have no family or friends.

Feeling unattractive? Reach out to a person younger than you and mentor them. Self-esteem issues are on the rise in our younger generation.

Feeling depressed or anxious? Reach out and help a homeless veteran or someone in a VA facility. A lot of our veterans suffer from PTSD and anxiety far worse than you could imagine.

Feeling unloved or unworthy? Spend time at your local animal shelter. These animals value every time they spend with volunteers and are sure to put a smile on your face.

Notice a pattern up above? All of these examples bring happiness to your life by taking the time to reach out to bring happiness to someone else.

You find yourself procrastinating

Ahh, procrastination. If you have ever been in any type of classroom you know this word all too well. A lot of times people associate procrastination with laziness and to a certain extent it is, but often times if you look at the deeper root of why you procrastinate – it’s fear.

You don’t think you’re good enough or will do something good enough because you are afraid, so you keep pushing it off. I’m here to tell you from experience running away from your fears does not help nor fix them!

Try to face each task head on and in the moment, it will make all the difference in your life.

You find yourself trying to control too much

This is another major sign of fear! One of the biggest fears we face as humans… is change!

…and if you find yourself trying to control absolutely everything in your life to avoid that, it’s time to let go of your fears and face uncertainty. Change is a part of life and often times we miss out on great experiences because we become stuck in our own ways.

You find yourself settling

Now this a big one for us twenty-somethings, as we see this way too often and again it comes down to the fear of change. Whether it be your job, relationships, education, health, etc. Fear often leads us to settle for where we currently are and what we currently have because we are afraid to venture out to the unknown.

Don’t be afraid. We are only given one life and you never know what can happen in the next minute, let alone the next 10 years. Take charge of your fears and most importantly your life.

Xoxo,

Mikay.