• Lifestyle

    Life Lessons. Courtesy of the Alphabet.

    With the start of a new school year creeping up on us, I figured I’d take it back to basics.  Life lessons. Courtesy of the alphabet.  Awkward. Awkward does not mean wrong. It’s often when I find myself in the pockets of awkward, that I see a chance for myself to take a deep breath and meet a new piece of myself. Feeling awkward is a time for me to push beyond my comfort circle to see what’s on the other side. To blast passed what I’m afraid of.  Backups. Backup plans, backup friends, backup lovers, backup jobs, etc. Backups will only ever keep you from what you want. From…

  • Earth,  Lifestyle

    Reducing Plastic. To Infinity & Beyond.

    It is really no secret at this point that we live in a super-duper plastic world.  So much of what we use throughout the course of our daily lives is designed to be temporary.  You know what that translates to? A whole fuck-ton of trash. Just piles of trash chillin on our gorgeous (all-we-got) planet.  Think about this.  Think about every single toothbrush you’ve had from the time you started brushing your teeth until now. Think about every single coffee (or hot chocolate, or tea) lid you’ve walked away with – from coffee shops, gas stations, hotels, work, etc.  Now that you have a picture of ALL the plastic in…

  • Lifestyle

    My Top Beautycounter Makeup Picks

    Alright. So it’s no secret that I ride for Beautycounter. (or at least I hope it’s not a secret!) I don’t use all of their products and I also don’t exclusively use their products. BUT. Because of Beautycounter I now know better. I can make better and safer decisions for me and my family. And because of Beautycounter I have learned that high quality products are no joke AND worth the hype. If you know me, I rarely say anything is worth the hype! So real quick. Let me share the make-up products I literally use every time I put on makeup. Then I can touch on why this all…

  • Lifestyle,  Who Am I

    What’s Wrong With Social Media & Selfies

    I’ll admit I was in the camp of those who deleted Facebook completely back in 2012. It was a combination of the election and where I was living that led me to my decision. I felt like I was going to drown at a time when I didn’t even want to go swimming. The onslaught of disappointment among people I had come to assume cared about me paired with my inability to control healthy boundaries, was simply too much for me at the time. So I deleted it. The space Facebook left brought me to a platform I had never seriously considered & the next year I found my home…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Lifestyle

    Mega Millions. Indeed.

    One person is the Mega Millions lottery winner. One ticket. $1.9 billion dollars. Can you even imagine? Silly question. Of course you can. If you bought a ticket, that’s exactly what we’ve all been doing for the last few days. I, personally, find so much joy in playing the lottery. (Especially one called Mega Millions!) Maybe that is partially due to my only engaging in the activity when it’s HUGE. So It’s not like I invest much time or money in the whole shebang. But, like right now, when I do, it’s So much fun imagining what it would be like to have your heart drop to your stomach when…

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