Thursday, April 10, 2014

Creative Inspiration Fun

Oil Pastels 
  I'm not sure where this jolt of inspiration came from but it could be from my latest travels. Whenever I'm away and playing, I always seem to get a burst of energy to do something more. With that said, I've had quite a few personal projects/ideas pop in my mind that I want to sincerely explore. The hardest part is always figuring out where to begin but I feel strongly about giving these ideas a chance.  Trusting the process of creativity can seem terrifying at first but usually something beautiful is learned through the experience.

Most will agree that fear, uncertainty, or even our own self can hold us back from realized dreams. Don't let anything discourage you! Let's go be GREAT together Xo

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By WideEyedIlluminations

Friday, March 28, 2014

Solo Traveling...Get Into It!

Passport Page with stamps

  I love reading travel articles! There is so much inspiration that comes with a picture from an exotic place and I for one, have been craving for some adventure. Lately, I've been reading quite a few articles about the importance of using your twenties to just "explore." Often times, we find ourselves professionally and personally stagnate these years because we are trying to figure out who we are as individuals. However, we don't seem to dedicate enough time to really pushes ourselves out of our comfort zone.

It's human nature to struggle with moving beyond your comfort zone but it's necessary for growth! The best way to challenge yourself is to try traveling alone. Yes, alone, especially to a foreign country! I read in this article that traveling alone is a great way to get to really know yourself. When you begin to submerge yourself with the uncomfortable,this is where you begin to recognize your true self. It's a great time for personal reflection and clarity that you wouldn't normally achieve among a group.

These articles have left me super inspired! For the most part, I usually travel alone whether it's for work or for pleasure but I've been bitten by the international bug repeatedly that it just make sense now that I focus on this more (plus I've already seen most of the "cool" parts of the US before). Furthermore, my friends are scattered around the country (some overseas) so it's been forcing me to travel alone for years. I actually started traveling by myself since the age of 11 or 12 so this normal behavior for me.

Got any ideas of international places to travel alone?

P.S. I definitely see myself living and working overseas very soon! I'm excited!!!

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By Jason Smart

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Greatest Stress Reliever is...

kitchen

COOKING! Believe it or not, I find the kitchen to be my oasis (and sometimes my enemy..hehe). After an arduous work week and personal stuff, I sincerely enjoy just cooking barefoot. If it's a rough week, then I might even bake--it just depends! Managing your stress level is important. Stressing isn't healthy even though we all do it but there are ways to manage it better--you just have to find what works for you. Some people choose the gym, running or even painting. Whatever you pick, make sure it is something you enjoy and clears your head!

Random thought...I have a huge obsession with kitchens, bathrooms and closets! These rooms have to be on point at all times. If the zen of these spaces don't flow, then I can't dwell in them. For the record, this isn't my kitchen but one can dream :-)

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By LittleMissAirGap

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why First Impressions Matter

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.-Maya Angelou
I love great quotes but this one by renowned poet and author, Maya Angelo, strikes a huge chord with me. Anytime I meet a new person for the first time, I give them a chance to get to know them. Based on that first meeting, it sets the tone of where things go from here. If the introduction was a fail, then 9 times out of 10 that's a wrap for me but if it was ok, then we'll proceed accordingly.

At the end of the day, I've got to stay true to myself at all times and it wouldn't be genuine of me to pursue a relationship with someone if I didn't feel right about it. I CAN be cordial to anyone even float in the same airspace too but it doesn't mean I have to associate myself with them. Sorry not sorry!

First impressions are everything from the workplace to social life to the dating world. You can hit or miss in a matter of minutes so it's imperative you make the first time count. Even if things didn't go over well the first time, second chances are possible but I'll stick to Ms. Angelou's wisdom.

How important are first impressions to you?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today is International Day of Happiness


Celebrate with the rest of the world today for International Day of Happiness. March 20th has been declared by the United Nations as a day to just enjoy being happy! Whatever brings you joy in life today, celebrate it! With so much going on in the world today, we forget that a simple smile is FREE and it takes very little effort to do AND it can make a world of difference in someone's life.

Of course, this day wouldn't be complete without playing Pharrell Williams worldwide hit, "Happy"! Not only is he THE pioneer of the happy movement but he is using his talent as a UN Ambassador for happiness in a larger than life way. People all over the world are creating their own rendition's of this music video and you can't help but feel happy when your listening to this sweet tune. Check out the fun at http://24hoursofhappiness.com/ 

Enjoy being happy people, not just today but EVERYDAY!

How will you all be celebrating happiness today?


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pescatarian Life...

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 I've adopted a new eating lifestyle for the next 40 days that I pray will transform my life for the better! It's not about weight loss (although that's a nice perk), it's about becoming spiritually grounded. So for the next 40 days, I'm 86'n (in other words, "getting rid of") all red meat and poultry (I don't eat much oink anyway but that's going too) to get myself together--I'll only be eating seafood/fish, veggies, fruit, dairy (occasionally), whole grains/legumes.

It looks challenging to do but honestly, this is just something that spoke to me that I SHOULD do so I'm doing it. We all need to reprogram our life sometimes and we all do it certain times out of the year for certain reasons so consider this my journey. I've never omitted meat from my life for such a long period of time before, but I'm looking forward to the experience. Who knows? This could become a permanent lifestyle change for the better.

Any other pescatarians out there? If you have any yummy recipes I should try, please share them in my comments. Thank you!

Photo courtesy of Flickr.com/By Artlink Central

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ban Bossy...Will you join the movement?

In honor of Women's Month, I'd like to share new and happening things that pertain to women news. Today, I stumbled upon the #BanBossy campaign that I thought was so great that I had to share in case you all haven't heard about it.

The campaign is being organized by Lean In and Girl Scouts of America which focuses on banishing the negative stigma that is attached to young girls who assert themselves as leaders. According to the Ban Bossy website, "when a little boy assert himself, he is deemed a leader but when a little girl does it, she's deemed bossy." See the negativity? The campaign aims to break this stigma and boost the self-esteem of young girls and women to embrace being a BOSS! The world needs more women leaders because we are still underrepresented in many facets of the world and it begins with our youth!

To help further the campaign's efforts, they've wrangled in some powerful women who lead the charge in banning the term "bossy." Check out this quick snippet:


For more information about the #BanBossy campaign, click here! Be apart of the change. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

March is Women's Month!

One of my favorite things to do is to celebrate women! We wear many hats in our day to day lives but by far one of the most honorable is being a vessel of life-bearers in this world. None of us would be here if it wasn't for a woman so yup...we run the world (Go Bey)...end of discussion! LOL

I'm honored to be apart of rich network of women who continue to fight double-standards, beat stereotypes, defy the boundaries of women in the workplace, avid game changers in the world, break societies glass ceilings, fearless in serving our country, ruling with an iron fist in our justice system, while still being mothers, wives, friends, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, Godmothers, and mentors to children especially young girls today. We are fearfully and wonderfully made!

It's not an easy job but we were each chosen for a time like this! We are brilliant beings and there is no stopping a woman when she is on a mission. Women rock!

I'd like to take the time out to shout out every woman in the world for their hard work and dedication to make this world a better place. You my dear are an agent of change! Keep up the great work and know your efforts aren't going unnoticed. THANK YOU! Xo