Joyce L. Barnett Posted Thursday, January 23, 2020


Originally Published on January 15, 2015

I recently counseled a forty-something year old woman, who felt stuck in her career endeavor. She started a business five years ago and stated that things were moving at a snail's pace. " I feel stuck. I just want things to move, and start expanding, " she implored. I could hear the anger and frustration in her voice, and the feeling of desperation that hung in the air. Empathy was not unattainable, having "been there, and done that" myself.

My first words of encouragement were advising her to change the way she talked about her issues. Instead of saying, " Nothing is working", where is God anyway and when is it going to happen, say this, " I need to know what my next step is." Relax your mind and your thinking. The power of " thought and movement" are key to any endeavor we strive toward. It is the power tool that accompanies faith in God. We must be sure and definitive about our goals and dreams.

Once we become clear about our vision, we must strategize, and "write" our plan as though we were making a map. The strategy is the power of "movement". I encouraged her to write and date her vision and revisit it in six months. Is everything on point, or will I have to make some adjustments? By the end of the year, I suggested that she take the vision tablet out and see how far she has come.

Prayer, meditation, and simply taking care of ourselves replenishes our drive. This will keep us from getting depressed, angry and disappointed. It is a holy thing and a "holistic" thing.

We must do the homework of the industry that is calling us. We must know what we are talking about so others will believe we do too. We must act, and keep it moving. It's about staying empowered. To be continued…

Joyce L. Barnett Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2019

ACCESS IS EVERYWHERE!                                                                                    

It’s very true that people are suffering from 'lack of knowledge'. 

We are fortunate in this age to have access to so many tools when there’s something we want or need to find out. It is all at our fingertips. Computer technology, social media, and the ancient wisdom of “word of mouth”. 

I am often asked by people in my age group how I accomplished a certain feat, and I always tell them that I take advantage of all that’s here and available. I don’t hear this much from the younger generation because they already know what's available and what to do.  

There is a huge number of folks sixty and over who know to do these things, but there are those who seem lost. I don’t mean this as an insult because people have the right to not engage in technology or social media. I get a little confused when the ones who choose not to engage want the same benefits as those who do utilize technology. 

One can say that they don’t want to learn technology, even on the basic scale, but want the same results as others who work feverishly on their respective projects. It seems that there is some fear of learning something new.

After all, the status quo is more “comfortable”. That is until the realization strikes that one needs more assistance. And the very thing that is feared is what that is.

Joyce L. Barnett Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Joyce L. Barnett posted November 12, 2019


Originally posted April 22, 2019 

Change is a part of life, even when we aren’t ready to embrace it. Sometimes it is more bearable when we initiate it ourselves.  Everyone likes making choices that bring benefits to our lives. What about changes that we have no control over? Before we know it, we are surprised by a new rule, order of government, or something we weren’t expecting. Case: Senior housing as we once knew it.

When I turned fifty-nine, I applied for low income, subsidized housing in a high rise building. The understanding was that I would be moving in with adults aged fifty-five and over, and people with disabilities. No, it was not the ‘typical’ ghetto-style project, but you might think so after hearing the story. A little history first.

The federal government became involved with senior housing in the 1930’s, predominantly nursing homes. Apart from that, senior housing with income-based rent was provided. Two populations were eventually merged: seniors and the disabled. 

The idea of both populations having a nice place to live based on their income is certainly a relief to many who need affordable housing. It has made the difference in having a decent roof over one’s head and being homeless. For years this has worked well until recent years. Since homelessness abounds in every city and seems to be getting worse among men and teenagers, some very sticky solutions are taking place. 

To get people off the street, agencies have offered residential units in senior housing which is causing huge problems.  Being the social activist that I am, I am all for helping people, but I don’t like what I’m seeing (and have experienced).

Some of the homeless people are moving in and bringing their ‘vices’ with them. There is no seventy year old who wants to live next door to a twenty year old who smokes crack cocaine and panhandles right in the very building where seniors and disabled people live. This makes them very vulnerable to personal robbery and any other lewd acts. 

Merging homeless people that have drug addictions with the population of elderly and disabled is a horrible idea. It’s a Catch-22 situation. During the time I lived in senior housing, I witnessed residents being propositioned in many ways. The way I carried myself, I was never approached.  A friend told me it was because of my ‘no nonsense look’ that turned them away. I think the federal government needs to open some of the vacant buildings in the city, fix them up, and put security in them. This is what needs to be offered to homeless men and women with addictions. 

Listen, I have a lot of compassion for homeless people. There was a time when I had a brief experience with it myself. However, I do have the good sense to know that you cannot mix folks with drug addiction and prostitutes with our senior citizens and disabled ones either.  


Joyce L. Barnett Posted Friday, November 1, 2019


Originally Published on February 10, 2015

Alright, you have worked thirty years or more in a profession that paid very well. You were able to purchase a home, nice automobiles, help your children go to college, and take great vacations. The retirement party is over in which family, friends, and colleagues attended. What's next? Those who have a substantial retirement fund typically have a dream of traveling to exotic places. For others, it may be an entirely different road to travel.

People who have retired, and receive Social Security income only, often set their sights on becoming business owners. They are searching for ways to supplement their limited income but do not want to labor the remaining years of their lives working for someone else…again.

I spoke with two retirees to see what business ventures they have embarked on, and here are their stories:

Edith is sixty-four years old and retired from nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She states that she is a caregiver by nature. Therefore, opening an Adult Day Center for the disabled and elderly population, was a passion for her. She rented property near her home, hired ten workers, and became licensed by the state in which she resides. Edith discussed the requirements and state regulations, such as: everyone involved with the business must clear criminal background checks, including her. Persons with felonies, past and present are not qualified by the state to work with children, elderly, or the disabled.

Phillip, an 'early' retiree, at the age of sixty, has become a licensed real estate agent in his home state of Pennsylvania. Through a healthy 401-K he started years ago while working for the city of Pittsburgh, he purchased a three-story building which he renovated into apartments. He now receives a very lucrative monthly income.

People who did not have a substantial savings upon retirement and are seeking ways to start businesses can speak with a counselor at the Small Business Administration in their city for guidance on grants and other start-up information.

Other ideas: Handcrafts, a beauty boutique, it's all about your passion.

Happy Managing!

Joyce L. Barnett


Joyce L. Barnett Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019  


Originally Published on November 9, 2015

It doesn't matter whether you have a large bankroll or small, pay "it" forward. Your time, words, and prayers are a gift to someone less fortunate. 

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, I was invited to the Christy Love Foundation, Inc. Gala.  The founder, Angela Renfro, is helping homeless women overcome their dilemma by giving them a place to live.  But it's more than just giving them shelter, she's giving them a second chance in life.

Every bona fide, hardworking woman with a heart has a cause.  Encouraging indigent women is one of mine.  So, I accepted the invitation, and gave of my 'presence' to the women. They were all decked out!  There was one woman who attached herself to me during the program.  It was no accident. So, I gave her the best advice that I knew. No matter what happens to a woman in life, she can always change her course, if she is willing to 'do the work'.  And so, it is.


Joyce L Barnett Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2019


The first thing I ever published was an article in THE ATLANTA VOICE newspaper. Then, a high profile agent contacted me for a meeting. We met at Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles in downtown Atlanta (now closed). I was all up in the air and happy.

Over our plates of salmon, peas and new potatoes, (yes, I remember the meal) she listened to me as I carried on about my goals. After lunch, she graciously told me to "Get clear and refrain from being all over the place. Not only will you experience burn-out, somebody unscrupulous will take advantage of you." I was not insulted because she didn't get where she was without this wisdom. 

After she dropped me at my hotel, she reiterated, "Get clear so you won't be taken advantage of. There are sharks out here." Then she took off in her gold Mercedes Benz convertible. I have always remembered that. Best advice to a rookie...and anyone else. #getclear



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