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#BooksandBronzer: SOAR! : Build Your Vision from the Ground Up



Recently, I’ve become a committed member of the T.D. Jakes online congregation. I love it. I listen to a podcast sermon once a week, get my life, wash, rinse, repeat. While I am on the hunt for a physical church home, I’m enjoying learning from the Bishop. Because of this, I’ve been dying to get my hands on his latest book: SOAR!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up. I got a copy at my local NYPL and cracked it open.

If I’m honest, I had no idea what it was about. I half-listen to the commercials (sue me.) All I knew was that it was about encouragement and getting your life together; two things I was in desperate need of. However, to my surprise, it was about entrepreneurship. Since entrepreneurship is a dream of mine I took out my pen and took notes while I read. After finishing the book the importance perseverance and failing

Fail Fast and Fail Early

Apparently, failing a lot is the key to being successful. Who knew? Well, T.D. Jakes, Oprah, and recently Will Smith have all been talking about it. SOAR makes it plain and clear that you won’t succeed without failing. He says, “you need to fail boldly if you want to succeed extravagantly.” Which, when I began to think about it, makes abundant sense. How do you expect to be the best when you first get started? Also, you can’t have such a big ego that you just know everything you do is going to work. It’s important to fail. So you can adjust where you need to and bounce back. The key is to fail fast and early in your venture so that when the big problems come, you’ll be ready. Trust the process. You need to learn something from every failure that will come your way.

Just Keep Swimming 

While the Bishop didn’t exactly say this in his book, he did say that your patience will be tried down to the very last drop. From things going wrong to unexpected trials and tribulations, you’ll want to quit. You need perseverance. In SOAR, he shared two bible verses that I wrote down and circled for when life gets to be too much.

Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives strength to the weak. And He gives power to him who has little strength.  Even very young men get tired and become weak and strong young men trip and fall. But they who wait upon the Lord will get new strength. They will rise up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weak.


Romans 5:3-4
We are glad for our troubles also. We know that troubles help us learn not to give up. When we have learned not to give up, it shows we have stood the test. When we have stood the test, it gives us hope.


In short, you’re going to fail. Learn something from it. It’s going to be hard. Don’t stop. I loved the book. Check it out if you’re thinking about getting out there and starting your own business. Go SOAR!


I created a look based on the blue of the front cover. The details are below.

Makeup look featuring the Lancome Teint Idol Foundation


Brows- Elf Cosmetics brow pencil

Primer- Smashbox Cosmetics lid primer

Shadows- BHcosmetics x @itsmyrayeraye palette

Fenty Beauty prism palette

Glitter- Urbandecay Cosmetics heavy metal

Lashes- beauty supply

Mascara- Lancôme monsieur big


Makeup look featuring Fenty beauty's prism eyeshadow palette.



Primer- Makeup Forever Step 1- radiant primer and Lancôme LA base pro

Foundation- Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra

Concealer- Kat Von D lock-it concealer créme and Colourpop Cosmetics no filter concealer

Contour Color- Elf Cosmetics cream contour palette

Powder- Laura Mercier translucent powder and Ben Nye luxury banana powder

Contour powder- BH Cosmetics x @itsmyrayeraye palette

Blush- BH Cosmetics professional blush palette

Highlight- MAC Cosmetics whisper of guilt and Maybelline molten gold


Liner- NYX cosmetics lip liner

Lipstick- MAC cosmetics cold hard cash lipstick

Gloss- Buxom cosmetics lip cream

What did you think of the look or the book? Let me know in the comments below!