Tuesday, December 26, 2017

YOU NEED TO WRITE A BOOK. 😯 Mahlena can help.

Mahlena (that's me!) shows you

1) What's your book about?
2) When do you want to publish your book?
3) What's stopping you from writing your book?

At the end of the video, Mahlena answers your questions about

* When do I Find Time to Write a Book?
* Who would want to read what I have to say?
* How can someone like me actually Write a Book?



Did you watch the video?


Now let's get to work:


STOP talking and START writing.

Sign up for your 1-hour Breakthrough Session with Mahlena.

Email WriteYourFirstBookWithMahlena@gmail.com to START WRITING NOW.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Confessions of an Overachiever: I feel the fear, and I do it anyway.

"The ideal person for me to date would be blind, so that they wouldn't be scared away by the way I look." 
- Mahlena-Rae Johnson to herself for most of her life

I know what I want, and I go after it. Hard.

That often requires imagination, because I want a lot of big things and big ideas that don't get much representation in reality.

For instance, on my Dream Board, I created an image that says, "Billionaire Mum."

C'est moi!
Ou, ce sera moi.

There aren't that many mothers who are billionaires out there, and only one woman billionaire I know of who is black.

"It's meee!"

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


i.e. Why You should Write Your First Book with Mahlena (that’s me!) πŸ™‹πŸΎ

In this video, Mahlena will answer the following questions πŸ€” :

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Y'all. I made this trailer.

πŸ™‹πŸΎHello Fellow Writers!

Earlier this month, I made this test trailer for my 4th book, Love at a Luau 🌊🌴🌺, and I'm so excited!

Have any of you made a trailer for your books before?

What fun things are you working on to keep you motivated as you write?

This is my first book trailer, and it has big Shutterstock watermarks in the middle, because I wanted to try it out before I purchased the stock footage.

But I'm still super excited!😁

(Also, I haven't finished writing the book yet. 😏 )

If you're doing something fun to help you keep writing, please leave a comment below!

Or, if you have a super secret thought you would to share, you can email me at WriteYourFirstBookWithMahlena@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I don't know what I'm doing.

I've got lots of questions.

For the past few years/most of my adult life, I have endeavored to present a picture of myself to the world as an exceptionally qualified professional person.

I wanted my brand to say, "Mahlena is a kind, collaborative team player who brings excellence and a quiet curiosity to what role she find herself in."

I spent much of my education and my career being told--often by accomplished black professionals--that if I showed up, worked hard and played hard, was the first one to arrive and the last one to leave, double-checked and triple-checked my projects, did twice as much to get half as far, and a bunch of other platitudes from The Book of Respectability Politics, verses 1 through infinity, then I would find success in my chosen field.

That did not happen.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FIND TIME for ME: How to Write a Book edition

"I always wanted to write a book."

How do you write a book?

Start writing.

"And when you come to the end, stop."

For you Fellow Writers saying, "I have no time to do anything, much less write a book!", start over here for a Quick Fix.

"Off to get my Quick Fix!"

For the rest of you Fellow Writers who have some time, but don't know where to start, let me spin you a yarn about my book writing journey.

I will, Sir Idris Elba!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ready to Write Your First Book?

I'm offering a limited number of FREE Write Your First Book 1-hour Writing Strategy sessions. 😊

This is for you Lady Bosses and Mompreneurs struggling to make that jump from “wish-I-could-be-an-author” to actual Book Writer.πŸ“š

Maybe you've got an idea for a story, but you have spent way too many hours thinking about writing a book, hoping and praying for inspiration to strike, or for time to free up in your schedule.

Or maybe you know what you're meant to do, but you are struggling with how to turn that story into an actual book people are begging you to read.

Either way, you need some clarity, and fast.

If you're so ready to:

* Finally have a step-by-step action plan to get that story inside of you out to the world, instead of spending your time doing everything for everyone else in your life

* Get clarity on how to create a time to write in your schedule so quickly, the words start flying out of your head and onto the screen

* Be confident that you've GOT what it takes to become an author (and a good one at that!)

Then let's talk! πŸ™‹πŸΎ

Email me at WriteYourFirstBookWithMahlena@gmail.com.

Let's make some magic ✨ (aka writing your unique story) happen for you!

Monday, September 18, 2017

How I created my family from scratch: Mahlena's Dream Board story

What is the ONE thing you would put on a Dream Board, 
if you knew it would DEFINITELY come true in 2 years?

This is not a story about how to find a husband.

I want to make that clear, because

1. Not everybody needs a husband. Most people don't.

2. This story is about much more than that.

3. I don't want to write a story telling you how to find a husband! There are already plenty of relationship coaches and matchmakers and weird old men out there telling women (and men) how to find a husband. That's not what this is about.

Steve Harvey, I'm looking at you. 
bt-dubs, Asian men are just as delightful as men from any other continent.

Back to my story.

In January of 2010, I was broken up with. Okay, calling it a break up would be generous. I was swiftly rejected by someone whom I thought I was going to have a relationship with. I was devastated. And I still had to get through my final semester of business school, an experience that also did not live up to my expectations.