Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Cleaning!

Hello Lovelies!

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Spring is here and I am excited!  Why, you might ask.....well it is a refreshing time of year.  During this time of year "Spring" cleaning takes place.  Well, it doesn't have to be spring in order for you to take part in cleaning, but this is giving me the opportunity to bring this action to your attention.

It's time to cleanse/clean yourself, your house, your car, your LIFE!  Yes! It is time to do some much needed cleansing and cleaning.  Once you clean out the junk, the clutter, the unnecessary items, and cleanse your mind you will have space to receive newness.

Why you would want to pile the newness on old things; junk?  Prepare your storage, your closet, your mind and your life for the new things that are on the horizon.  Clean up.  Cleanse your spirit and your mind.  You might wonder, well how do I go about doing that?  Well you have to change the way you think.  You have to change the way you see yourself; your life.  I have given you examples of things that you can clean or cleanse, but for the purpose of this post I want to talk about getting your spirit/mind cleansed.

What is it that you really want out of this life that you are only going to live ONCE?  Before you answer that, you need to really think about it.  Search deep within.  What hurt are you holding on to?  What is that one thing that is lingering around that is keeping your from moving to the next level?  How does it make you feel?  What is your daily language like when you get into that HURTFUL, UNCOMFORTABLE, UNBEARABLE place?

See, you have to get to the root of the problem.  Many people stay on the surface and down play what is really bothering them.  Now, do you think that you deserve what it is that you want?  Let me tell you that you do deserve to be HAPPY, DEBT FREE, SAVED, FULFILLED, JOYFUL, PAID IN FULL, SINGLE, MARRIED, etc.  You deserve to get what you want out of life.  It all starts with you mindset.  You have to change the way that you think because THOUGHTS ARE THINGS.  They are.  You become what you think about.

I challenge you to become aware of your thoughts and your words.  This is very important.  Anytime a negative thought arises, replace it with a positive one.  It can be for the simplest of thoughts.  Think before you speak.

So let's get busy with cleansing our minds of destructive and negative thoughts.

This week I would like for you to take notes on your thoughts that are negative, destructive, hurtful, harmful......  I urge you to do this and at the end of the week you will be surprised at what goes through your mind.  This is going to help you with your mind awareness.  Fix it by replacing those thought with new and positive thoughts.

You can do it.  Believe in yourself!

Until Next Time,



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Monday, February 24, 2014

Eviction Notice is Served

Happy Monday Lovelies!
I come to you today bearing inspirational food for thought.  Enjoy!

The greatness about an eviction is that you are forced to see the "New" you.  You are forced to take all of your belongings and either get rid of them (baggage) or take them with you.  Eviction causes you to slim down i.e. get rid of things, people, problems etc.  Eviction may as well have the adverse effects....stress, depression, unhealthy weight gain/loss, self-esteem issues and more.  It is up to you to navigate to a place of HAPPINESS before, during, and after an eviction.


What or who are you being evicted from?  You don't have to look far or take a long time to figure why or what is the cause of your eviction.  Allow yourself to be evicted from toxic relationships.  Allow yourself to be evicted from debt.  Allow yourself to be evicted from past hurts. Allow yourself to be evicted from wrong doings.  Allow yourself to be evicted from YOU.  Wow!  Yes, you.  Your mind can hold your future hostage. You tell yourself "I can't" when in essence you can do ALL things through Christ that strengthens you.  

Control your thoughts.  You become what you think about.  Take self-inventory and monitor your thoughts today.  I challenge you to replace every negative thought with a positive one.  Even if it is about your self, your job, your spouse, your parents, your care whatever it may be.  Replace that though with a positive one and mean it.

You do know that you have the power to do that, don't you?  SPEAK life.  SPEAK positively. SPEAK the things you want into existence and BELIEVE that those things WILL manifest. Put ACTIONS behind your SPEAKING.  Act as if you already have what you have spoken.  FEEL it in your soul.  If you want more self-love, begin by taking care of yourself. Get a checkup. Eat healthier.  Do nice things for yourself. Care about your appearance.  Your body is a temple.  It is sacred.

Feed you mind and spirit by meditating, listening to motivators on topics that interest you, reading the Bible and inspirational books and articles.

Let go of the past and move ahead into your future.  Faith without WORKS is dead.  SPEAK it. BELIEVE it. WORK it.


Until Next Time,



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Friday, January 3, 2014

Financially Fit in 2014

Happy New Year Lovelies!!

I hope that your holidays were AWESOME!  You know, now is the time of year where people focus on goal setting and change.  Everyone focuses on different aspects of their lives depending on how well or not so well the progress was in the previous year.   Of course I will be helping you all get physically fit and healthy, but I wanted to take the time to provide you with a tool to assist you in becoming financially fit.  


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It is very important that you are financially fit, because it provides you a way of life which includes food, shelter, leisure, entertainment. etc.  I am by no means a consultant, accountant, or financial analyst.  I am providing you this information from my own research and personal experience. There are key ingredients to consider when focusing on getting fit. They include:

  1. Being HONEST
  2. Setting your BUDGET
  3. Assessing your progress
  4. Adjusting your BUDGET

You have to write out all of your expenses down to how much you spend at the vending machine.  Just be honest.  You can even take your monthly bank statement and find out where all of your money is going. Some banks even provide you with a summary of your spending.  Use this if it is available to you.  Next, set a budget after you have reviewed your expenses.  Write down how much you want to save per week or per month and then work from there.  Once you set your budget, abide by it for a month and then assess your budgeting for the month.  If changes need to be made, make those adjustments and follow the new budget for the next month.  Once you have a sustainable budget in place, FOLLOW IT.

You have to hold yourself accountable.

Here is an example of a monthly tool you can download and use.  There are plenty out there including daily and weekly tracking tools as well.    

You have to start somewhere.  Go ahead and get started today.  There isn't a better time for you to begin.  Start NOW.


Until Next Time,




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Monday, December 23, 2013

MACROS: Carbs, Proteins and Fats Oh My!

Happy Eve of Christmas Eve Lovelies!

The holidays are here and I am sooooo excited!   Christmas is by far, my most favorite Holiday of the year.

As you can tell by the title, this is far from a Christmas post.  Well, if you are focusing on your health and want to gift yourself a healthier lifestyle, then I guess you can consider this somewhat of a Christmas/holiday post.

If you are wondering how to lose fat, build muscle, or just maintain then knowing your MACROS will assist in helping you reach your goals.  To put it simply, the term MACROS is short for "Macronutrients" which are the nutrients that provide you with calories or energy to live.  There are 3 macronutrients that you will need to be familiar with while tracking your progress:
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats
According to your weight loss/gain goals, you will need to know how much and often of each to consume.  Each macronutrient has its own benefits for the body.  Each macronutrient also accounts for certain number of calories per gram.  Carbohydrates provide 4 calories per gram.  Proteins provide 4 calories per gram.  Fats provide 9 calories per gram.

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CARBOHYDRATES:
Carbohydrates are used as your main source for fuel.  They are mainly found in starchy foods such as grains, potatoes, fruits, and dairy products.  Carbohydrates can also be found in vegetables, beans, and nuts. Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest and offers more of a continual and stable flow of energy. Simple carbohydrates provide an immediate or a spike in the blood sugar and is broken down quickly making the need for more in order to sustain blood sugar levels.  Complex carbs consist of potatoes, grains, breads made from whole grains, oats, and fruit in its natural state.  Simple carbs include candy, soda, honey and sugar.  45%-65% of your daily caloric intake should consist of carbohydrates.

PROTEINS:
Protein is the most abundant nutrient in the body next to water.  It is important for growth, cell regeneration, muscle building and preservation, tissue repair, etc.  Protein is mainly found in meat, poultry, fish, dairy, nuts, beans and vegetables.  Once consumed, protein is broken down into amino acids, which are the basic building block for proteins.  10%-35% of your daily caloric intake should consist of protein.

FATS:
Don't misconstrue FATS.  Not all fats are bad fats.  Your body needs healthy fats for growth, protection, and energy.  Fats are found in meat, fish, butter, dairy products, vegetable, nuts, lard and grain products.  Saturated fats remain solid at room temperature.  Unsaturated fats remain in its liquid form at room temperature.  Unsaturated fats are found in oils and plants.  Fat is the last nutrient to digest in the body.  20%-35% of your daily caloric intake should consist of fats.

Whew!  Now with all of that being said, lets get on to calculating your body's needs for the day.  Remember, your body's needs all depend on what you are trying to achieve.  I found a MACRO calculator that I like and I think it would be a great start for you to find out how much of each macronutrient you should be consuming.  Click HERE to calculate your MACROS. I've also included a shopping list of items that fall into each of the macronutrient categories.  This is designed to help you with choosing what to include in your meals once you have your MACROS calculated.


MACRO NUTRIENT SHOPPING LIST


Let me know if you have any questions.  I wish you well on your quest to a healthier lifestyle!!

Until Next Time,



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Saturday, November 30, 2013

10 Must See Things at the 2013 Nzuri Natural Hair Festival

Hello Lovelies!

Nzuri is only a week away and I am so excited!! There will be tons of information, entertainment and fun for everyone!  This video depicts the top 10 must see things at the 2013 Nzuri Festival.



Go ahead and get your Nzuri Festival Tickets at the links below.

100 Carat Diamond Gala Tickets
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nzuri-100-carat-diamond-award-gala-vip-party-tickets-8337360269?aff=eorg

Festival and Workshop Tickets
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nzuri-natural-hair-show-workshops-admission-tickets-tickets-9150598687?aff=NzuriTeam&afu=7013947337

After Party Tickets
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nzuri-saturday-night-after-party-tickets-9218018341?aff=eorg

Discount Code for the After Party Tickets is 5Off

I hope to see you there!

Until Next Time, 



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Friday, November 29, 2013

Enjoying the Nzuri Experience

Happy Fabulous Friday!
I hope that each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Nzuri is only a week away and I am so excited!!  Go ahead and get your Nzuri Festival Tickets Here. I would like to share with you some things that will make your Nzuri experience a memorable and fun one.  Take it from me, you will need the following items the day of the show:
  • Comfy Shoes made for lots of walking
  • Wristlet to hold your cash AND card for some amazing shopping
  • Large purse or shoulder bag to carry your purchases
  • Phone or Camera to capture unforgettable moments
  • Patience and understanding as this will be an event with an expected 10,000 attendees
Take a look at the video below to see pics and video footage from our last years Nzuri Festival and events leading up to the 2013 Nzuri Festival.



In addition to the Nzuri Festival, you should check out Nzuri's Saturday After Party!!  For being an avid reader of mine, you get a discount by entering 5Off in the link below.



Here are few things to do before or after the Nzuri Festival.

EAT

ADDITIONAL SHOPPING


I hope to see  you at the show.  You don't want to miss it!


Until Next Time, 



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Monday, November 11, 2013

Nzuri Mixer and 100 Carat Diamond Awards Gala

Hello Lovelies,
This is going to be a picture heavy post.  Below you will find pictures from the Nominee Mixer that was held on November 1st at the Mosaic Bar and Lounge.

On December 6, 2013 from 6pm-11pm in Houston Texas, Nzuri will be holding its very first 100 Carat Diamond Awards!!  The people have spoken and the best hair stylist, best in social media, top chef, unsung hero, health and fitness etc. have been nominated.  At the mixer, the nominees were afforded the opportunity to tell us why they should win the 100 Carat Diamond Award in their respective categories.

This Black Tie affair is planned in honor of all the extraordinary and outstanding partners that have demonstrated their commitment to the African American community as servant leaders. 
If you haven’t gotten you tickets to this marvelous gala, you should do so now!
 
Event Highlights:
Top Chef Tasting
Silent Auction
Performances
Red Carpet Experience

Date:                     December 6, 2013
Time:                     6 pm – 11 pm
Location:              Hess Club
                            5430 Westheimer Rd.
    Houston, TX 77063
                               
Head on over and RSVP  as well as purchase your tickets to this Amazing Event!
Here are a few pictures from the mixer that showcases the nominees as well as the attendee. 

I hope to see your face in the place at the 100 Carat Diamond Awards Gala.


































































Until Next Time,



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