• Lifestyle,  Who Am I

    Feminism Includes Twerking And Cardi B

    I’m not here to claim expertise in feminism. But one thing I’ve always known to be true is that it’s inclusive. Period. That means if you identify as a woman the fight for equality includes YOUR right to be treated as equal.   “The most significant problem with essential feminism is how it doesn’t allow for the complexities of human experience or individuality. ” – Bad Feminist    I feel drawn to this topic in particular right now because of the comments that went back and forth between Cardi B & good ‘ol Ms South Dakota. And whoever the next lady was.   This tale is old (and overly repeated).…

  • Lifestyle

    My Journey to Self Love & Acceptance Came With 20 Lbs

    Life. Depression. Anxiety. All of it contributes to my 20 lb weight gain. I have to be honest, I have (had?… probably have) no idea how to get rid of 20 lbs of excess weight. I was an athlete for the greater part of my life & with a naturally athletic build, staying fit – or at least looking the part – has never been hard for me. I’ve never had to “try”. So when I finally got two feet back on solid ground, I half expected the weight to just go away on its own. The depression was gone. I now understood myself better. But the habits of the…

  • Lifestyle

    Black Womxn. Cosmetics. Power.

    Thinking of all the restrictions on what black & brown people can and can’t do is daunting. I guess that’s to say, it should come as no real surprise that the products we’ve been putting on our body are (more or less) intentionally created with products that are known to be hazardous. Thus, leaving us to unknowingly cause great harm to ourselves and our health.   Like most things, it’s going to be up to us to fight for us. We need to get serious about what we’re putting ON our bodies.  On our skin – the largest organ we have. Only having access to products that directly cause us…

  • Who Am I

    Word Of The Year | My Word Is Build

    I was introduced to the concept of choosing a “word” for the new year, in place of the standard new year’s resolution. As someone who loves setting intentions, this idea really resonated with my soul.I flopped back and forth between a few words – truly trying to choose one. At least until my word found me.   Build. It came into my mind and basically waved ‘hello’, then sat back waiting patiently until I realized why it was there. Everything I was grappling with before, all fit into this simple word.   2018 was the year of planting seeds.2019 will be the year I build.   I will build….   …my…

  • Lifestyle,  Who Am I

    Sometimes it’s what we DON’T see that holds us back.

    I spent close to 10 years in the tradition “corporate” work environment, before stepping out on my own and into the network marketing industry. In the midst of all this, especially during the last couple of years, I have done a lot of self-reflection and digging into my power. One thing I learned has shaped me the most. Or shaped my outlook anyway. Success. In both spaces. Does not look like me. Especially in the spaces that made up my corporate environment. I was always one of maybe two or three – if I was lucky. And in the networking world, I started to pay attention to who is writing…

  • Who Am I

    My Love Of Track. Andraya’s Right To Compete. And Dr Seuss.

    Growing up in a small town (essentially isolated) in the Midwest definitely came with a lot of life lessons. The biggest lesson I walked away with was KNOWING a person is a person. Period. If you know much about small towns in the Midwest you’ll probably not be surprised when I say that lesson was learned the hard way. That truth (a person being a person) and the strength to stand up for that no matter how shaky my voice is wasn’t exactly the way of life growing up. My stronghold on this truth didn’t develop because I learned by the example my community set. The truth in that lesson…

  • Being Mama

    Why The Grief Over A Cute Little Elf?

    We all hear the grumbles that grow in volume in the days after Thanksgiving. “It’s creepy” “It’s lazy parenting” “It’s so stupid” The Elf on the Shelf has a pretty bad reputation – especially among the houses without an elf on the shelf. If I’m being honest? I really don’t understand why. Our elf. Adam. Is the sweetest. When Isaiah was little that elf would do THE funniest little things. It seemed as if his goal was to bring more childhood laughter into our house. And who can complain about that?? As Isaiah has gotten older he does a little less, and sticks more to hiding in places that are…

  • Earth

    Polar Bears As An Indicator Species

    I’ve always been absolutely fascinated by polar bears. I can remember seeing one up close for the first time at the Omaha Zoo. (seriously one of the best!) My son & I were there and right up close. Which basically means we were standing at the glass that looks into the water pool that is a part of the polar bear habitat. We were lucky enough to accidentally walk up right when they were feeding this gorgeous creature. They threw in a few small snacks & the polar bear was unmoved by the idea of it all. Then. They threw a watermelon into the water. That polar bear gracefully dove…

  • Lifestyle

    Holiday Gift Guide for Her

    Honestly, I have most of my holiday shopping done. I blame it mostly on too much wine & too many sales this past weekend.   That doesn’t mean I’m the norm, however. So I thought I’d spend some time reflecting on what I’ve loved having this past year.   What’s better than a personal recommendation, right?   If you have a lady in your life that you’re shopping for ideas for, then I’m here to help.  I’ve put together a Holiday Gift Guide for Her for all your Christmas gift ideas.   Paperwhite Kindle Don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of a ‘real’ book in my hands. BUT…

  • Guacamole
    Wine Life

    National Guacamole Day

    I haven’t always been a fan of avocados, but one day I was & it was all because of guacamole.  And honestly I’ve never turned back. How could I? They are creamy, gorgeous green goodness. And. They are the sole reason for guacamole. Well, avocados and those smart Aztecs who first made it. Side note – the avocado was seens as a symbol of love by the Aztecs & I am all for that. Did you know that? Guacamole dates back to the 1500s when the Aztecs made it with avocados, tomato, and salt. Honestly? I don’t really understand why we need it to be made any other way. BUT.…

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