Alright ladies we’ve all been there but I’ll paint you a picture anyway (I love picturing in my mind the displays of life’s events).
Do these scenarios sound familiar?
We’re looking FINE (at least in our heads). Make-up is “Fierce”, clothes are “On Fleek”, we smell “Scent-sational”, and you’re rocking those incredible heals that you JUST got at Dillards Add’l 30% off clearance sale-Life Truly is Good! But, in your head as you drive up to that restaurant you begin to ponder “The Journey”. What journey you may be asking? The journey from your car door to the restaurant’s front door in those new 4” heels. DAMN YOUR FEET ARE KILLING YOU but for the sake of style you muscle on!!!! READ MORE
“No ” These ARE NOT RESOLUTIONS!
Call it what you want- Growth, Progress, Development (you name it) whatever you call it, it doesn’t necessarily appear at the beginning of the coming New Year-it’s a CONSTANT. Maybe your choice to reach a particular point in your life comes on July 28, but here’s the question-do you wait for our National Resolution Day? Absolutely NOT! Real life doesn’t dictate that you postpone until January 1 what you can start today, or as old Benjamin Franklin said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. READ MORE
For the past few months I’ve been hanging out on Saturdays with an amazing group of young ladies who belong to an organization called, The Epitome of Class Sorority. Well I bet you think that’s quite a LOFTY, AMBITIOUS name for any organization today but the name actually does fit because this group is NO JOKE! The words; Determined, Go-Getting, Motivated, Striving, Purposeful, and Impressive all come to mind when I think of these amazing young ladies and their main Cheerleader, Kendra Johnson. READ MORE
Not 100% Sure Yoga is for You?
Okay, here’s the deal-sometimes you don’t want to spend a fortune to look “Legit”. What does legit mean you may ask? Well it means having the PROPER equipment.
When I initially started taking yoga classes I thought, buy a cheap mat and your good to go; which is exactly what I did. I mean really, you go to class, you roll out your mat, and you join the ranks of the Zen-World, Right? Well that was probably a tad premature on my part because my bargain basement mat started fading, separating, and looking a bit second-hand; but who cared it did the trick. Unfortunately though, it was pretty obvious by all who spied my mat that it was not purchased at Athleta (my yoga store of choice) or LuLuLemon, but since I dance to my own beat I was good! READ MORE
WHEN: Saturday, October 1 through Monday, October 31th
WHY: Because it’s imperative that we spread the word that Breast Cancer is the 2nd most common kind of cancer in women.
The good news is that mammography-the screening test for breast cancer helps detect it earlier when it’s easier to treat.
Want a way to easily remember to perform a Self-Exam to check out the girls (boobs, tatas, the dream team, breasts)? My friend, who is a breast cancer survivor herself says the way she tells ladies to commit to the monthly breast check is to simply do it on their birthday (can’t forget that date). Another way is to have a trusted buddy pledge to do the exam when you do. Since you both perform the breast self-check on the same day, you are both equally accountable to each other.
There’s an APP For That! I’ve even seen some sites on the internet that will send you a monthly reminder to do your self-breast exam,SERIOUSLY-How Easy is That! Whatever makes you remember to do it is all good-JUST DO IT!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE-SPREAD THE WORD-GET INVOLVED
SCHEDULE YOUR MAMMOGRAM
Weathering the Storm-Matthew Style
The time says 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 6 and I’m earnestly awaiting Matthew, and no it’s not a dinner date. Okay if you’ve been checking out the news Matthew just happens to be Hurricane Matthew, followed a little too closely by his mischievous little sister Nicole (time to separate those two evil siblings). I figured I better write this shout out blog right now before I lose power to my trusty computer.
Today has been a bear, I’m telling you this hurricane stuff is not for the faint of heart. Here’s just a brief rundown of my day and it wasn’t pretty. READ MORE
How to Get a Handle on Saying It
Yes Person /JES-p3: (r) sen
- an affirmative* I really wanted you to say yes
- a human being * this is too difficult for one person to complete
Synonym: people pleaser, person who finds difficulty in saying the word no
I figured I’d look up the combo word “Yes Person” and give you “MY” definition of a person who is unable to say “NO”. I mean seriously, the condition starts at an early age and if you don’t get a handle on it, the suffering, burden, and hardship it can cause one is devastating to your health and welfare. You can’t sleep, you struggle with uncertainty, and making decisions become an effort. It can cause someone afflicted with “Yes Syndrome” to doubt their self-worth, and all this is for the sake of making someone “ELSE” happy. Okay, I’m being a little frivolous and tongue-in-cheek here but you get the point-“Not Being Able to Say No, Can Be Hazardous to Your Health”. READ MORE
“IN CASE YOU HAVENT NOTICED I’M…………………BLACK”
As a Black yoga instructor (as in African American) I think I’m uniquely qualified to conduct a survey among black women on “WHY MORE BLACK PEOPLE DON’T TAKE YOGA CLASSES”?
Top 6 answers in no particular order:
- The music is so “BORING”, I think I could fall asleep.
- As soon as I walk in the door “I feel out of place”.
- Black people “Don’t Do Yoga”.
- No one helps me when I know I’m doing that shit “WRONG”.
- All those women are skinny as hell, young, and dressed like they’re going to the club when they leave.
- NO ONE IN THAT DAMN ROOM IS BLACK!!!!!!!!!! Can we have a Black or Brown face in attendance; honestly anyone who looks remotely like me?
I feel they’re pain because some of it is my pain. I’ve been practicing yoga off and on since the 90’s, I got registered in 2013 as a yoga teacher and it’s been a Long, Lonely Road. With African Americans and Latino Americans being the largest racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, it really infuriates me (Translation-Pisses Me Off) that this is even an issue in 2016. We are quickly becoming a Minority Majority Nation but where’s the acknowledgement? Words such as Oblivious, Hypocritical, Invisible, and Unconscious come to mind because we are so “Overlooked” as a culture by the yoga community who appears “ASLEEP” at the wheel! READ MORE