Have You Validated Yourself and Your Business?

Hey Cuties,

I had a busy weekend but it was good. Spring has turned into summer here in the DC area and our temps hit 90+. I attended some events, I finally finished packing away my winter clothes and hung up all of my summer clothes; yay for open toed shoes. I also received a package in the mail that set my soul on fire. I need to plan a celebration, we’ll discuss more.

I cut all of my hair off on Wednesday and took it from jet black to a cinnamon spice; next step, blonde.  There is a Coco Chanel quote that says when a woman cuts her hair she is going to change her life. Although I’m a serial cutter this was timely.  I am changing my life, life is changing and it will be moving in the direction I want it to go in.

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Photo Credit: The Man Child aka NinjaNas

I’ve been on a journey of clarity as of late. I’m not as obsessed with finding my purpose like I once was. Only because I’m slowly picking up on things and I think I have a bit of understanding now.  Shout out to Nicole Walters for gifting me her Fierce Clarity program. It was just what I needed. If you feel baffled about yourself, your business and who and what, this class will help you as well.

They say your purpose is that one thing that people constantly say you do well better than others. Well in the last six months there is one thing I keep hearing. The great thing is it is something I love. Many of my regular Cuties (you) have also commented saying the same thing.   I love people, and socializing is my thang; I’m a people person.  I also share, I love to share with folks and I’ve always been an open book.

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Hi, my name is Mimi and I’m a Lifestyle Media Correspondent; that means I share real life events, situations and day to day experiences in a variety of media formats. SQUEAL! This weekend I added MC/Host to my resume.   My new friends at the University of Maryland reached out to me to host two food-related segments at their Maryland Day event. My love for #FatSnacks is no secret and coupled with my love for people I was all in. It was awesome; I will give you a full recap on Wednesday. They said I was a natural, I was a hit, and I did a great job. They said they loved it and I said ME TOO!

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With that said, I’ve already started being more intentional about growing in the area that I want to be in. The good news landed in my inbox last week when I received Media Credentials for Essence Festival in New Orleans. *Second Line* Geeked!!! The greatest news of the week came in the form or a letter.

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This has been a year in the making and I am proud to announce *drum roll* I officially have a registered trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. *body roll* That ™ is now a ®. I am the proud owner of MimiCuteLips. No, I didn’t do it on my own. Yes, I used an attorney. Shout out to Tyra No, it isn’t cheap. Yes, it is cheaper if you do it yourself. Just because you can pull a tooth out doesn’t make you a dentist. There is a reason they have requirements and standards. I’m just saying…

With all of my newfound clarity and validation of thine self and thine business, I am looking forward to banging out the next quarter in grand fashion.

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What are you working on? Chat with me in the comment below or FBIG or Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. LC @ A Life of Authenticity

    Congrats on all of your recent achievements…the registered trademark and gig at Essence. Way cool!! Those achievements are definite inspirations for a newbie like me. Keep up the great work!!

  2. Joanna

    Awesome news! Congratulations. You’ve been on your grind lately so all this is just your reaping what you’ve sown. 🙂

  3. Keisha

    This is wonderful congrats on all your successes! I really need to work on validating myself and my business. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Trademarking your name is so important. In my business, name is everything, and it needs to be protected.

  5. Bill Sweeney

    In the blogging game, your name is your most valuable asset. It is vital to protect it. Great post.


    I have not thought about it before. Maybe something to look into. It is important to make sure we are actually representing our brand

    • MimiCuteLips

      Monica, I work so hard to represent my brand. I’m always branded when I do anything. That is why I wanted to legally protect it.

  7. Jeanette

    When you go girl it’s exciting with you can add more things to your resume for your business. I think I could do a lot better with my business than what I have been doing. I am in the process of trying to figure out how. It’s quite the learning experience and I really like it.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Jeanette and that is okay. I don’t have all the answers but we are both moving and that is the great part. We can all do more.

  8. candy

    Honestly I have been feeling rather burned out lately. We have decided to take a two week vacation and I am disconnecting completely. Hope this will refresh myself. I just cut my hair as well. New thing may be happening.

  9. Joely Smith

    i want to get trademarked so badly! I need to figure out how! I can’t really afford a lawyer.
    Anyway that aside, CONGRATS and I am LOVING your hair!
    I agree – you see it in the movies too – a woman cuts her hair off and something BIG is about to take place!
    LOVE your color too!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Joely. Doing the annual money box challenges it a great way to save up. You stash away a certain amount every check and the by year end you have the cash saved up. It is the most painless way to do it.

  10. Yeu Doi

    Congrats on the trademark! That’s a great achievement! Indeed, working out our purpose takes time. It also changes and gets refined along the way…so let’s enjoy the journey!

  11. Mandee

    Love the new hair! It looks great on you! I’ve been thinking about making a change myself, maybe I should start with my hair!

  12. Tiffani G

    Congratulations, Mimi, that’s awesome! You’re making great strides and are an inspiration for working moms. Thanks for letting us see all of your journey–we’re so proud of you!

  13. Amanda

    Congrats on your official status! It is a great reminder for people like me who aren’t professionally blogging right now to file all the necessary paperwork in order to truly dominate my field.

  14. Jennifer

    Oh wow! You are doing great things with your business. I love your new hair! I agree with the Coco Chanel quote. I do think when women cut their hair, they are either experiencing a great change or will soon. I always enjoy reading your posts about the different events you visit. It’s very inspiring to see other female bloggers working hard toward their goals. Best wishes to you as you continue on your journey!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Jennifer, I’m going to continue working. I love to share events and thoughts and experiences. I love these type of comments even more. They keep me going on the days when I find it hard to type.

  15. Dogvills

    Congratulations! I think I should also do this and validate my business.

  16. David Elliott

    I am still trying to figure out where I am going with things most time. I enjoy the writing part quite a bit. And I really appreciate that I can make people laugh. I am just not sure where I go from there.

    • MimiCuteLips

      David I totally get it. I experienced that several times. I’ve had two other businesses and everything. Don’t force it, it will come to you.

  17. Melissa Dixon

    I am currently working on improving my photos and getting more creative ideas. I am hitting the garage sales this weekend so I can gather more garage sale finds to create awesome posts for my blog.

    • MimiCuteLips

      That is awesome Melissa, you have a plan. I recently got a new phone and it has improved my pictures big time.

  18. Michelle Waller

    It has taken some time, but I do think I have. I am working more on my business now and hope to have it rocking in 2018!

  19. Rebecca Swenor

    Congrats on your getting a registered trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It is always amazing when we achieve a goal. It sounds like you have a lot of positive things happening and with all the hard work you have done you deserve it. Thanks for sharing these amazing happenings in your life.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Rebecca, it is so easy to get caught up in what we didn’t get. I have to remind myself to celebrate what I do have.

  20. Nay

    this is dope, definitely write a post as to the how-tis to get your name patented.

  21. Terri Beavers

    I have not validated myself nor my site. I never realized I should do this. I’m definitely going to check it out now though.

  22. Chrishelle Ebner

    You have so much exciting stuff going on. Congrats on the Trademark and the hosting gig. I bet your truly are a natural. I also love that new hair cut, fierce.

  23. Evelyn Reese

    Awesome post, and congratulation on the brand patent. Thanks for sharing the information on patents. My brand is fairly new and I still building at the moment. I am looking to forward to being on your level.

  24. uprunforlife

    That is awesome that you trademarked your name. I need to look into it but I am not sure it is possible.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Look into it, talking it out with a lawyer really got my wheels turning. Turning in a manner I hadn’t been doing before.

  25. Carissa

    Love it ALL!!!! Congratulations to you!!!

  26. Anitra | The Mom On the Move

    I really need trademark so much in my business. I’ve done it at the state level, but not federally. Sigh. Congratulations!

  27. Beeb Ashcroft

    Wow, good for you! That takes work AND money but it can be worth it in the end!

  28. Sheena Tatum

    Good for you girl! Keep up the hard work!

  29. E H

    What a great and inspirational read! I am so happy for you that you have achieved this type of recognition, and it is always so curious to read how bloggers become full media outlets – it is amazing how much power we bloggers have, and where we can get just by writing solid content – power to you!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks, E H. I forget how much power we have sometimes myself. Whatever you desire to be, just keep working at it.

  30. Victoria Heckstall

    If you have a business or are thinking about starting one, it’s going to be in the real world. Not in your mind. Your audience and customers are going to be real people, not imaginary.

  31. Rebecca Smith

    Congrats! I believe that I have been letting outside circumstances stop me from validating myself and my efforts. I need to celebrate the small success and continue to press myself to reach my goals. Thanks for the post and inspiration.

  32. Grace

    Congrats on making it official! Awesome tips to live by Mimi…. Definitely, need to celebrate all my wins!

  33. Toiia L. Rukuni

    Mimi, Congrats on everything! This is an awesome post. I am in the middle of a transition period for my blog/business and this is very timely too. I believe that validation is so important and thank you so much for this reminder!

  34. LeShelle, host of MRTV

    My application is in as we speak!! Congrats!!!!

  35. Angela Bethea

    I totally agree with you. These are great suggestions and tips! Congratulations in your milestone. More power to you!

  36. sara

    You are amazing! What a huge step. I know you will be so happy that everything is official now and you are your business. Love the haircut too. You are rocking 2017!

  37. Oyinkan Ogunleye

    I change of hair is always fun. I feel like it can make one feel like a new woman.

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