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Sunday, January 28, 2018

#ConversationsMag Celebrates New Year, New Opportunities in 1st Issue of 2018!

For Conversations Media Group 2018 is not just ANOTHER year. It's a new year with exciting new partnerships, new adventures and new projects that will increase its reach around the world.

To encourage its readers and listeners to make it a NEW YEAR for themselves as well, the first issue of Conversations Magazine of the year has that as its theme: NEW YEAR. NEW OPPORTUNITIES---and features individuals who are making that their mantra.

"I'm excited to start off the year with such an amazing issue," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Media Group and Editor-In-Chief of Conversations Magazine. "Conversations' theme is 'Feeding Your Love of Life', and I think we live up to it with this issue and all of the amazing people we are able to shine a spotlight on."

The issue features Webb's friends and repeat guests on Conversations LIVE the radio show fitness model/trainer/photographer Wendell B. and Social Media Influencer and Motivator Shari Alyse as well as amazing interviews with singer Kenny Lattimore, author Gretchen Rubin, Entrepreneur Evan Carmichael, author Evelyn Murray Drayton and more.

The online issue of the magazine will be available at www.conversationsmag.com by Feb. 1st. Order the print edition of the magazine now for only $6.99, shipping included at the button below:


Wendell B: Growing His Brand and Motivating the World One Post at a Time

by Cyrus Webb

We all need to have examples around us of individuals who have set goals, met them and inspire others to do the same. One of those people for me has been Wendell B.* He is a fitness model,trainer, photographer and an example that life is all about what you choose to do with it.

When I was deciding on the first issue of this magazine for 2018 I knew I wanted Wendell for the main feature. He has been an example to people around the world as to what is possible--and the passion he has for his work is amazing to me. He's been a repeat guest on Conversations LIVE the radio show, and in this conversation we talked about his commitment to himself, his audience, the importance of association and why it is imperative that you take care of yourself along the way.

Wendell, glad to have a chance to talk with you again. One of the things that we share in common is our love of positivity and being able to inspire and motivate people. That's one of the things that drew me to you in the beginning, and it has been great to kind of follow that journey that you've been on. What has that been like for you when you kind of reflect on it especially these past couple of years, to be able to do what you love but then to be able to motivate people along the way?
I wasn't expecting it, because I never been that type of person at first to just to be 'Oh I am going to motivate the world.' It all started for me just wanting to better myself and be a better me. And just by me sharing my story and being transparent, it just helped others in the process. I am thankful that just me being myself I have been able to help others all from just stemming from me basically want to help myself and hold myself accountable. I am truly grateful for the platform and Instagram for being there to help me be that voice to help other people to get through their situation.

You are right. I mean Instagram is definitely that place for you. At the time that we are having this conversation over thirty-seven thousand have joined you there on Instagram. Do you still have those wow moments when you kind of think about that? 
Yes, actually I am still wowed sometime because it's really intriguing to know that so many people find me this interesting to like my page and want to follow my daily life to see what I am posting and to see what I am just doing on a daily bases. It's kind of insane for me, because like I said it all started just for being me so when I go places and I see people and they know who I am, they sometimes kind of catch me off-guard because I am still a regular person. It's a great feeling I can't lie. It's a great feeling just to hear somebody telling me that you impact them in a positive way, it's not just oh you have all of these types of followers and all of these people and you are not doing nothing with it. So I am just grateful to know that I am touching people in that way.

One of the things that you shared at the end of December of last year was your best 9 pictures that got the most attention. I mean of course you know you have gotten hundreds of thousands of likes on these pictures. We talked last year about how a lot of people wait until January to kind of get things started, and how one of the big pieces of advice that you gave was taking advantage of now. You shared in one of those pictures that got a lot of attention how you'd had some moments that you had not been you know as committed, and that you have kind of gone back a little bit. What was it like for you for one to be able to share that to let us know that, but then to know how you are bouncing back.
The response that I got from that post was wild. I had actually sent the picture to a friend of mine who is actually one of my business partners with me and I told her I was kind of embarrassed to post the picture, because people look at me as okay you are getting these results you are behind the product and you know you are supposed to have these great results. She reminded me that at the beginning you promised yourself and you promised everybody that you will always be real and you will always be transparent, and you will always just share your story. So to have so many likes and so much feedback from me just being transparent and seeing my downfall it made me feel so much better, because it made me realize that what I am doing is really helping people. This is my purpose. This is what I am supposed to do. My falling off wasn't just a bad thing for me, It was actually a good thing for me because I was able to get results and show people how to get results.

It took me falling off, but now I can recommit a whole new amount of people that haven't seen my journey from the beginning. They can see me now work on my results from this point that I am at now.  This is my way to let them know that it's not just that you get results and you keep them. You have to work at it. None of us are perfect. Everyone has their ways and everyone will fall off. And I just want to be that voice for people to let you know that everyone is normal. Every day is not going to be a good day. You are going to fall off but the thing about it is you have to be able to pick yourself up and just know how to keep going no matter what.

I want to stay with that for a moment, Wendell, because you mentioned in that post two things: One of course has to do with eating which I mean we All can relate to that. The second thing that was not being consistent and it ties into what you just said, because I think a lot of the times, and this is just in life in general, I think that we all get to a place where we do get comfortable and think okay I have done this so I am good. I mean do you find that pictures like that post and the response keeps you moving and not being complacent?
Actually it really does because when I originally started my journey, as I always said, I posted my first post on Instagram that's how I was able to grow that following and being transparent and feeling like this is my way of keeping myself accountable. I had no friends to hold me accountable at the time, no one wanted to work out with me or eat clean with me. So my responses to that was I will post all of these pictures that I am unhappy with just so I can see myself daily and know what I need to change. So far a while I kind of fell off of that mind-set, because I had then got to a point I kind of plateaued and at that point in my mind-set it's like I can help others--but at the same time I kind of forgot about myself. And you have to find time in between time and doing everything that you are doing to not forget about yourself. You have to focus on yourself, because if you are not helping yourself how are you going to help someone else?

Wendell, you have done so much as a fitness model and trainer-but there are still other things you have been able to achieve, especially with photography. To be an entrepreneur is another thing that a lot of people are experiencing this year. What has that part of the experience been like for you to be able to have started this business, and let us know about it on Instagram to build it through Instagram and to share it with us that way?
I shocked myself honestly at the way that my photography business has grown in a short period of time, and it's only going to grow from here. From a child I always knew that I wanted to be my own boss. I wanted to be an entrepreneur but I never knew what it was going to be that I ended up doing. And even through a couple of years ago I used to always be down and out not having extra money for things, and I just talked to my mother and say I wish I had other things that I could do to earn extra money. She always told me it will eventually come to you. Just be patient. And it's so ironic how this can tie into my Herbalife experience (what Wendell has used along his weight loss and fitness journey). Herbalife is not about just the weight-loss. It's about the Mental Health, and like I said before it took me going to an event to hear what the speakers said you have to do.

I started reflecting on my childhood and things that you enjoy doing as a child. With me, I always enjoyed taking pictures as a child. Never knew that I could build a business out of it. I just did it for fun. So when I got the experience, and I was able to invest in a camera, I started playing around with it at first and didn't think about it still as a business until people started motivating me and telling me that my work was good. They told me to keep going. I was able to grow a photography business in just 10 months just on something that I enjoy doing!

Got you, and in that same vein as we were talking about the motivating with the tribe you know one of the things that we've all heard and I am a firm believer in is that leaders are definitely readers. 

You have been talking about that even in your post on Instagram. I want to broaden that a little bit not just talk about what you are reading but also those that you associated with. This is a really good point because I think again this is one thing that we have in common, Wendell. Talk to us about how important it's been for you to be able to make sure that you are watching those around you but also you talk about this in your post as well about encouraging your audience to keep the negativity away. How has that helped you in meeting your goals?
It's very, very important to watch who you are around. It might sound cliche, but it's very true when people say that you are what hang around. And when you really paying attention to it if you are hanging around people that just want to do drugs or they just want to go out and party all the time, nine times out of 10 you're going to be doing the same thing. So why not hang with people that are reading books, people that want to start businesses and do positive things and always encouraging you to do positive things? If you hang around positivity you will become the positive. I always tell myself I want to be the least smartest in the group that I am in, because I am always looking to learn and grow more. I don't want to be the smartest one because how am I going to grow? Always challenge yourself to just be around new people. I have lost so many friends over the years, and it's not a bad thing that sometimes you just outgrow people, God puts them in your life for a reason, and you just have to move forward to new levels and new people that are put in your life that are going to take you to a different level and be more positive.

Thank you so much, Wendell, for your time. What should our audience be as we are beginning 2018? What are some of the goals that you've set for yourself that you can share with her audience?
Some of my major goals are I want to inspire thousands of more people. I feel like over this past 2017 I was able to grow like 17,000 followers on Instagram, so when I look at it most people look at like oh I've got more followers. To me I look at it as these are more people that can watch my journey, more people that I can inspire. So one of my biggest goals is to inspire more people this year. On top of that of course I want to work on my photography more and perfect my skills more. I am hoping to get more publishing, a new studio...things that will help me grow. I just want to help others and grow: that's my main goal that I want to do---and travel the world.

Stay connected with Wendell on Instagram at www.instagram.com/datdude_doody and his photography page at www.instagram.com/topoptics_photography.

*   Photos courtesy of Top Optics Photography/ Rhonda Hosey

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Conversations' 20 Indie Artists You Should Know 2017

Conversations' Cyrus Webb has interviewed over 200 recording artists during 2017 through Conversations LIVE radio show and Conversations Magazine. As the year is coming to an end he is excited to share 20 Indie Artists that he was introduced to through Conversations this year that he knows audiences will want to pay attention to headed into a new year.

CONVERSATIONS' 20 Indie Artists You Should Know (listed in no particular order)


  1. Jason Pure
  2. Sabrina Maria 
  3. HisStory
  4. Sam Rochford
  5. Elle Casazza 
  6. Marc Daniels
  7. Jahna Sebastian
  8. Frank Wade
  9. Eryn Woods
  10. James "Mississippi" Marshall
  11. John k.
  12. The Dynamos
  13. Phillip Brandon
  14. Steven Martinez
  15. Russell Taylor
  16. Camille Nelson
  17. Jay Elle
  18. Carmen Lundy
  19. Iyse Gibson
  20. Ali Caldwell

Friday, December 1, 2017

Conversations Presents Branden Nicholson's "31 Days of Inspiration"

Conversations Magazine is excited to share daily words of encouragement from celebrity model/fitness trainer Branden Nicholson of B. Nick Fitness in California. The purpose? To encourage the reader to be the best of themselves each and every day.

Take out time to visit our website each day to find a daily dose of motivation and visit Branden online at www.bnickfitness.com.

Day One:  New day, new attitude...Take control, stay positive and be great!
Day Two:   The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come.
Day Three:  If you're not growing, then you're not living. You should never be the same person two days in a row. Make it your goal to get better!
Day Four: When you are going through something hard and wonder where GOD is, remember that the teacher is always quiet during the test.
Day Five: Don't give up on what God has called you to do. The end result is worth the pain. Keep the faith.
Day Six: Today is all about choices. Choose to count your blessings rather than your problems!
Day Seven: You may be the only one that can see your vision, but if you can see it that's all that matters.
Day Eight: Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
Day Nine: The same people that are hoping you fail will be the same ones that will have to watch you succeed. Never stop. Always keep going!
Day Ten: The WRONG people in your life will keep the RIGHT people out. You've only got a few spaces so choose well!
Day Eleven: You are where God wants you to be at this very moment. Every experience is part of His divine plan.‪
Day Twelve: All liabilities must be let go! If they aren't building you up then they're tearing you down.
Day Thirteen: An original is always worth more than a copy. Be original!
Day Fourteen: When you focus on problems, you'll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you'll have more opportunities.
Day Fifteen: People who judge you by your past don't belong in your present.‪
Day Sixteen: Look around...Is this where you wanna be? If not, now is the time to decide to change it! The power lies in you.
Day Seventeen: Don't let your thoughts talk you out of the changes you want for yourself. Your body can do anything. It’s just your brain you have to convince! ‪
Day Eighteen: Get up & Go forward! Let go of the past so you'll have a free hand to open the door to your future!
Day Nineteen: They can copy you but they can't be you. Just keep being a better you and get a kick out of them trying to keep up.
Day Twenty: There are quick fixes for everything in life, but greatness is not achieved in one day. It is a process that each of us must experience.
Day Twenty-One: Don't let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.
Day Twenty-Two: You can't expect to live a positive life around negative people.
Day Twenty-Three: I Will NEVER lower MY standards, to RAISE someone else's!
Day Twenty-Four: Direct your thoughts today because your thoughts will direct your day.
Day Twenty-Five: ‪Temptation doesn't surrender. You have to come ready to fight everyday!
Day Twenty-Six: If you don't invest in yourself then your dreams will go bankrupt.
Day Twenty-Seven: Not everyone's opinion should be relevant in your life. Stop making irrelevant people relevant.
Day Twenty-Eight: Never let your,"mind"bully your body!
Day Twenty-Ninth: One day, you'll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
Day Thirty: Want to see your biggest opponent? Look in the mirror.
Day Thirty-One: Don't stress. Do your best. Forget the rest

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Conversations Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2017


Inspiration. Motivation. Reflection. Action.

These four words define the 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2017 as chosen by Conversations' own Cyrus Webb. An avid reader and someone who appreciates the importance of sharing the stories of others, Webb has chosen the books that spoke to him throughout the year and he believes will do the same for others. 

Conversations' Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2017 (listed in no particular order)
  1. This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Star by Gabourey Sidibe (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  2. The Ken Commandments by Ken Baker (Convergent)
  3. The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe (Scribner)
  4. Life Is Like A Musical by Tim Federle (Running Press)
  5. Take the Lid Off by Smokie Norful (Thomas Nelson)
  6. When Soulmates Unite by Christina Renee Joubert (Teaching the World to Love, LLC)
  7. Eyes on the Prize by Carrie Williams
  8. The Not So Subtle Art of Being A Fat Girl by Tess Holliday (Bluestreak Books)
  9. Find and Follow Your Inner Compass by Barbara Berger (O Books)
  10. Hope for the Caregiver by Peter Rosenberger (Worthy Inspired)
  11. Find Your Soul's Purpose by Janet Conner (Conari Press)
  12. Teeth by Mary Otto (The New Press)
  13. The Path to Personal Power by Napoleon Hill (Tarcher Perigee)
  14. Reclaiming Your Body by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana (New World Library)
  15. The Art of Connection by Michael J. Gelb (New World Library)
  16. On Edge by Andrea Peterson (Crown)
  17. The Difference by Subir Chowdhury (Crown Business)
  18. Beer Money by Frances Stroh (Harper Perrennial)
  19. Spark by Angie Morgan, Sean Lynch and Courtney Lynch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  20. The Trauma Heart by Judy Crane (Health Communications, Inc.)
  21. Before Empire by Andria Mayberry (The TMG Firm)
  22. A Body of Work by David Hallberg (Touchstone)
  23. Dare to be Kind by Lizzie Velasquez (Hachette Books)
  24. Deep Water by Katherine Nichols (Simon Pulse)
  25. My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach (Harper Wave
  26. Social Media Wellness by Ana Homayoun (Corwin)
  27. Rule #1 Don't Be #2 by Daniel Milstein (Gold Star Publishing)
  28. Alger Hiss: Framed by Joan Brady (Arcade)
  29. Two Minute Mornings by Neil Pasricha (Chronicle Books)
  30. Being the Change by Peter Kalmus (New Society Publishers)
  31. Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo (Random House)
  32. Not a Perfect Fit by Jane A. Schmidt (She Writes Press)
  33. Code Girls by Liza Mundy (Hachette Books)
  34. The Song and the Silence by Yvette Johnson (Atria Books)
  35. Power Down and Parent Up by Holli Kenley (Loving Healing Press)
  36. ChangeAbility by Sharon Weil (Archer/Rare Bird Books)
  37. Unsinkable Faith by Tracie Miles (David C. Cook)
  38. Of Bees and Boys: Lines From A Southern Lawyer by Allen Mendenhall (Red Dirt Press)
  39. Live, Love, Explore by Leon Logothetis (Reader's Digest)
  40. Let the Story Do the Work by Esther K. Choy (Amacom)
  41. Knowing Is Half the Fight...Cooking is the Other by Darnell 'Super Chef' Ferguson
  42. Off the Cliff by Becky Aikman (Penguin Press)
  43. Fault Lines in the Constitution by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson (Peachtree)
  44. The Awakened Woman by Dr. Tererai Trent (Enliven Books/Atria)
  45. The Hidden School by Dan Millman (North Star Way)
  46. Fasting and Feasting by Adam Federman (Chelsea Green)
  47. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (Random House)
  48. Chasing Famous by Lisa Lloyd (New Hope Publishers)
  49. Living in the Darkest Life by Joyce Edwards
  50. Insight by Tasha Eurich (Crown Business)

Conversations' Top 50 Fiction Books of 2017

Conversations Book Club is excited to announce 2017's Top 50 Fiction Books of 2017. Keeping with its commitment to spotlight books from authors around the world, this year's list is one of its most diverse to date. Compiled by media personality and author Cyrus Webb, it is Conversations' hope that you will find titles you will enjoy yourself and will share with others.

Conversations' Top 50 Fiction Books of 2017 (listed in no particular order):
  1. Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson)
  2. Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon (Ballantine Books)
  3. Ashes by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  4. Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda (Graydon House)
  5. The 5 Manners of Death by Darden North (Word Crafts)
  6. Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren (Dafina Books)
  7. Inside V by Paula Priamos (Vireo/Rare Bird Books)
  8. When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (Lake Union)
  9. Roxie and Fred by Richard Alther (Regent Press)
  10. Fairytale by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press)
  11. The Idea of You by Robinne Lee (St. Martin's/Griffin)
  12. I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (St. Martin's Press)
  13. All About Him by Pat Tucker (Strebor Books)
  14. The Address by Fiona Davis (Dutton)
  15. Love Me For Who I Am by Sonya Visor (Covenant House Press)
  16. A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow (Thomas Nelson)
  17. That Church Life 2 by Teresa B. (Walking In Victory)
  18. Love Thy Neighbor by Linda Bello-Ruiz (Mariah Publishing)
  19. The Burial House by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central Publishing)
  20. The Answer by Ray Faulkenberry
  21. Code For Murder by Eliot Parker (Black Rose Writing)
  22. Yesterday Was A Long Time Ago by Selena Haskins (Calidream Publishing)
  23. A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press)
  24. Legacy by Jacquelin Thomas 
  25. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez (Knopf)
  26. And Then There Was Me by Sadeqa Johnson (Thomas Dunne Books)
  27. Florida Gothic by Mitzi Szereto (Strange Brew Press)
  28. Just In Time by Joan L. Jackson (She Writes Press)
  29. Welcome to My World by Curtis Bunn (Strebor Books)
  30. Book of Judas by Linda Stasi (Forge)
  31. The Dating Bender by Christina Julian (Limitless Publishing)
  32. Beneath the Trees by Laurel Saville (Kindle Press)
  33. Grains of Truth by Elizabeth Ferry-Perata (3L Publishing)
  34. Catcher, Lover, Spy by David W. Huffstetler (Becher House Publishing)
  35. Cashed Out by Michael H. Rubin
  36. All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster)
  37. Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton)
  38. A Fine Line by Dan Burns (Chicago Arts Press)
  39. L.A. Husbands and Wives by Marissa Monteilh
  40. I'm Frustrated: Thoughts Becoming Words by Dirty Dollar (Book Baby)
  41. A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber (Midnight Ink Books)
  42. Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell (Prospect Park Books)
  43. There's More Than One Way Home by Donna Levin (Chickadee Prince Books)
  44. Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing)
  45. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (Harlequin Teen)
  46. My Abnormally Normal Life by Kenny L. Mitchell (The Heavenly Expressions)
  47. At Wave's End by Patricia Perry Donovan (Lake Union)
  48. The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (Lake Union)
  49. Forever Is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan (Lake Union)
  50. Desert Kill Switch by Mark S. Bacon (Black Opal Books)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Conversations' Top 20 Books for Young Readers in 2017


For Conversations Media Group founder Cyrus Webb 2017 was the year of amazing books. "There were so many great ones that came our way this year," he says. "Conversations is glad to be able to share its favorites with the world and hopefully help others find something that will entertain, educate and inspire them."

This year's Top 20 Books for Young Readers continues Webb's mission of spotlighting books that others might have heard of that he had the pleasure of enjoying as well as lesser known titles and authors that he feels as though deserve recognition.

Without any further ado, here is this year's list (listed in no particular order):

  1. I Am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer (Dial Books/ Penguin Young Readers Group)
  2. London & Sydney Explore the World: Texas by Kellen & Berthina Coleman  (Fomenky Publishing)
  3. Listen by Leda Schubert (Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press)
  4. Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan (Chronicle Books)
  5. Shaken: Young Reader's Edition by Tim Tebow (Waterbrook)
  6. We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio (Alfred A. Knopf)
  7. Larry the Alligator Makes Friends by LaDonna Marie (Createspace)
  8. The Big Adventures of Tiny House by Susan Schaefer Bernardo (Inner Flower Child Books)
  9. Champion Immortal by Brian Thompson (Great Nation Publishing)
  10. The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie (Weinstein Books/Perseus Books)
  11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)
  12. Girls Who Code by Reshma Saujani (Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group)
  13. Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat (Harper Collins)
  14. Counting Sea Life with the Little Seahorse by Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent 
  15. The Cool Thing About Being Yourself by Ethan Wheeler (Createspace)
  16. Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim (Abrams Books)
  17. Welcome to Wonderland: Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
  18. The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  19. Please Explain "Terrorism" to Me! by Laurie Zelinger, PhD (Loving Healing Press)
  20. Animal Ark by Kwame Alexander (National Geographic Kids)
All the books in this year's list are available on Amazon.com.