About

“If you are comfortable where you are, then you are not in the right place” ~ Ayoka (Author Serene) Boyce

The short version of the story…

As I lay in bed, depressed, stressed and uncomfortable over the environment at my job, the concept of MORE Magazine Online flashed across my mind. I thought, ‘this is impossible’. I pulled out my laptop and started the research to make it ‘possible’.

If I had never been made uncomfortable, I would never have been in that still place to hear God’s plan.  My work woes were not by error nor by chance. Everything was strategically planned for the birth of MORE Magazine Online.

This is how it started…

Christmas 2016 was two months away. I was depressed but few knew it. Most people saw my smile and my upbeat attitude. I was in church and serving every week. Then I would come home and hide under my covers. Scrolling through social media, I wondered who else was secretly dealing with depression. Actually, I made a post asking if anyone was secretly dealing with depression and if they would be willing to talk about it for a new magazine.

And I had no clue what I was doing…

After six weeks of interviews and gathering information to go in the magazine, I was ready to put it all together. The simple steps were foreign to me. It was the announced release day and I was still sitting in the living room trying to figure out how to upload the content. I was on a conference call with the sound muted, crying my eyes out. Why did I ever think that I could do this?

But God…

I have thought seriously about going  back to the first issue. I want to make it better, easier to read. But I haven’t. I am okay with seeing the growth. I was thrilled that on the third issue I did not need to call tech support at all. I was learning how to publish. Wow. Months before I was ready to throw in the towel before I started.

So let me introduce myself…

My name is Ayoka Boyce. I am an author (I go by the name Author Serene) and a blogger,
In church (The Sanctuary RIC), I am a licensed 15747953_10154117019188531_1378225536_ominister and an administrator for my Bishop (Michael B . Curtis, Jr.). When I am at work, I am the chick who spends the entire day analyzing data with headphones on. When I am at home, I am the coolest aunt and daughter to my neice and mom.

And now I am also blessed to say that I am the Creative Director and Publisher of my favorite magazine ever, MORE Magazine Online.