About Yolanda

Yolanda Brown, MBA is the CEO & Play Strategist of Fun Spaces, Inc, and Board Treasurer for Urban Ministries of Durham. She has been writing for over six years to inspire and empower entrepreneurs in optimizing their business and life pursuits. When not working, this recovering industrial engineer is shuffling her sons to their various activities, pursuing another half-marathon medal, and praying for the next miracle. Connect with her online to join in the fun!

#nikkis40 Homelessness Fundraiser
Many years ago, my friend Brandi Richard impressed me with a major fundraiser she did in honor of one of her milestone birthdays. I admired how she used her growing platform to increase awareness of a certain cause and raise money on its behalf. I’ve wanted to do the same since that time. I have done a few small birthday fundraisers but this birthday, my 40th, is my most ambitious yet. The same way she inspired […]

How to donate your birthday to a special cause

Visit the New Smithsonian Museum
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) was a treat my family couldn’t get enough of. I highly recommend visiting when you get a chance. Even better, make it a two-day affair. There is SO MUCH to take in and that’s hard to do in a few hours. I won’t call the museum perfect but it is an awesome start and a welcome addition as a new national treasure. Exciting Surprise?!?Free Tickets To The […]

Our Day At The New Smithsonian Museum

Free Strategy Session
To prepare for 2017 work as a CEO and leader, it’s important to look at my past year. Over the last year… I’ve been diving deep into understanding online business, my role in it and how it will contribute to my income. there. is. so. much. information. Honestly, I’ve heard about some of this way of working over the years but have never truly studied what I needed to do to make it work for […]

7 Steps To Prepare For 2017

This is a throwback post from 2009. Still relevant these days. Enjoy! This week, my two-year old son received some new puzzles. He loves puzzles but has always just played with the pieces without really concentrating on putting them together. Well, with the new puzzles, we worked with him to actually put the pieces together and complete them. We did not put any pieces together for him, however we encouraged him to look at the […]

Business Planning Through the Eyes of a Child

"Doesn't matter if you've failed, if you've been beaten. All that really matters is if you get back up and try again. Because winning is fun, but winning when nobody thought you would IS JUST AWESOME." - Unknown. Be Awesome!
Although we are certain to fail at some things in life, what distinguishes a few of us is the fortitude to keep trying and trying again. As single parents, we especially seem to have a target on our backs with expectations for us to lose (though many surely want us to win). This Motivation Monday, I urge you to keep moving even when things look dark. Just like babies who try to walk (fall)… try […]

Motivation Monday: Be Awesome

It's Time To Launch Your Business Now
It’s time. Have you ever struggled with a product you bought and just wished they would add (or take away) this one thing to make it work better for you? Do you look at your community and wish there was just one service offered locally that would make your life sooo much easier? Will you go to work tomorrow wondering if your skills could create the type of income for yourself that you create for […]

3 Audacious Reasons to Launch Your Business in 2016

Leader Work Schedule
Do you have time to be the leader you want to be? As business and community leaders, it’s so important to have dedicated time set aside to doing the work of developing your craft and building your legacy. Having no time is a common reason people give for not going into business. Given the many, varied responsibilities of taking care of: home family self current work hobbies community service all of the THINGS it’s not […]

The Leader Work Schedule – A Proven Secret to Success

Business Mentor Needed 2
Business Mentor – It Goes Both Ways If you were not aware, January is National Mentoring Month. Mentoring is something that is near to my heart. I have created two mentoring programs and led a couple more. I think mentoring is so very important and is in line with the “it takes a village” belief for growth in any person, young and mature. I have a continued pursuit for the right business mentor for me […]

Business mentors needed!

Back to School - School Choice 2
By the time I finished with EJ’s elementary school search, my mom was very surprised it was so complicated. She reminisced on the days when kids simply went to their assigned school. Because of MY experience with that, I had to check out the choices available to my son for his school experience. This post was originally written in 2012 on my old single parenting blog. I’m sharing here as since it was one of […]

School Choice in Durham – My Research & Application Process

Choose One Business Idea Today
When it comes to starting a business, if you’ve ever wondered you know you want to be an entrepreneur and start a new company, but have so many ideas that interest you today… Things can get overwhelming… so much that you may decide not to pursue anything. How about I help you with another way to look at things  😀 I’m sharing what I wish I knew when I was going through this process. First, […]

How To Choose One Business Idea To Build Now