I don’t know why so many people are up in arms about Beyonce’s thigh gap or her alleged photo-shopping. It just goes to show that even “the baddest chick in the game” (according to some) sees flaws in her body that she’d like to filter out for pictures posted on her account online. How many of us post all of our photos without any filters, cropping or adjustments whatsoever? Even if you don’t, how many of us know exactly at what angles to position ourselves so we look slimmer, or more appealing? I know I do. So I don’t see why it’s a big deal. We all want to put our best face forward literally and figuratively. Plus, we all have areas or features of ourselves that we’d rather hide or mask or “filter out” so it’s not exposed for all to see. It should be more acceptable for us to share who we are without those filters, but frankly mainstream theories of beauty still reign supreme. (more…)
“The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.”
I started reading The 90-Day Novel yesterday and I got to the end of the first part of the book before the author delves into the day-to-day novel-writing process where he lists a few “hints” (pointers, rules, and suggestions) to follow for the next 90 days. The first hint being:
“Don’t talk about your story to others.”
See the commonality? He claims that doing so eliminates the urgency in getting the story out and down on paper. It also adds pressure to get the story done and to make it “good,” which usually just ends up being more of a hindrance than a motivator to write. So in my attempts to take a different approach in trying to accomplish this goal of completing a draft (and hopefully publishing it at some point), I’m going to follow his first rule of “write club.” I’ll contain my excitement and not talk (or blog) about my story…until it’s done.365 til 30, books, film, goals, pop culture, Writing
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell
Since putting my list together, it seems like the universe is confirming that these are the right goals for me to strive towards. Case in point: while looking on my Twitter app this morning, I noticed a tweet about a book that caught my eye because I want to read through more books and get a novel drafted. The book is “The 90-Day Novel” by Alan Watt, an author who actually wrote his first novel in 90 days. The book seems to chronicle his writing journey and steps to take in finally getting a story idea down on paper (or typed) from start to finish. (more…)365 til 30, Alan Watt, books, creativity, goals, Joseph Campbell, Writing
I’m one day into being 29 and I’ve already attended a concert (one of the things on my list for 30). I had a great birthday, nothing too crazy but spent with some of the dearest people in my life. Plus, the weather was gorgeously warm which I loved. I had dinner with my mom which I enjoyed. It was at Lido, an Italian restaurant in Harlem. While I’m not too crazy about all of the gentrification that continues to go on in my hometown neighborhood, one benefit that I do like is the wide array of new restaurants to choose from in the area. After that I got to visit my grandmother before meeting up with a childhood friend of mine for some girl talk and catching up. The last couple of birthdays were spent out on the town so it was nice to get a break from that this time around. Plus, I have a bunch of fun plans coming up next weekend to make up for not celebrating in a more outlandish way this weekend. I’m grateful for the calls, cards, texts and Facebook posts on my birthday and am excited to see what this year brings. (more…)365 til 30, childhood, church, concert, creativity, friends, goals, God, gratitude, Harlem, inspiration, Mark Howell Singers, Music, progress, reflection, relationships, singing, spirituality
So I really got to thinking about what I want to do and where I want to be by my 30th birthday. After some thinking and being inspired by another woman who challenged herself to make the most of the last year of her twenties, I decided to share my list of ten things I’d like to accomplish (or make a habit of doing) for the next year (and beyond). (more…)365 til 30, books, Coldplay, creativity, exercise, fitness, food, goals, gratitude, health, healthy eating, investing, Janelle Monae, Jay-Z, leadership, legacy, Moebius Syndrome, Music, Pink, pop culture, prayer, presence, Red Hot Chili Peppers, reflection, risk-taking, spirituality, The Roots, travel, TV, volunteer, Writing, YouTube
This is a new recipe I first made as a “breakfast for dinner” meal and tried again for brunch. It’s easy to make and really delicious! I found this recipe on this site but made it my own with a few extra ingredients.
What You Need:
1 Tbs coconut oil, divided
1/2 medium sweet potato or yam, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 yellow onion, diced
2 Tbs minced garlic
4 strips of bacon, diced
1/2 medium bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, diced
Mrs. Dash seasoning
2 Tbs all-natural chunky salsa, optional
What To Do:
In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and sweet potatoes, and sauté for 5 minutes. Prepare bacon in a separate pan or in the microwave then dice. Add the bacon and continue to cook until sweet potatoes are slightly softened. Add bell peppers and mushrooms and 1 Tbs of water. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are completely soft, stirring frequently. Meanwhile, fried eggs in 1 teaspoon coconut oil (or as pictured below poach the eggs in the microwave then season). Season with Mrs. Dash and serve over sweet potato hash. If you wish, you can top it off with the salsa or just eat it without.
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It’s Been A Long Time, I Shouldn’t Have Left You…
Here I am again, after a whirlwind that has been the past six months. So much has changed since my last presence on this site: (more…)art, artist, career, challenge, confidence, creativity, emotions, Europe, exercise, food, freedom, friends, goals, God, gratitude, law, law school, leadership, networking, new year, New York City, Norway, prayer, reflection, spirituality, Success, time, travel, Washington DC, Writing
I’ve recently made some beneficial changes to my eating habits (going paleo which I’ll write more about in another post, and eliminating gluten as much as possible from my diet). I’ve done so because I’m focusing on what I put into my body and in doing research I realize that eliminating gluten and grains may be helpful in boosting my thyroid function. One of the first meals I made was for breakfast based on a recipe I found online. I just modified it to make it fit into the paleo lifestyle. (more…)clean eating, diet, eating clean, food, health, healthy eating, motivation, nutrition, paleo, recipe
I first tried Greek Yogurt while out to brunch with a friend from college a few years ago and I actually wasn’t crazy about it. (sidenote: Am I the only foodie out there who remembers where or who they were with when they try new foods, eat favorite foods, or visit new restaurants?) Anyway, I didn’t like the sour tang to it being accustomed to regular Dannon or Activia yogurt.
Then I tried Chobani and wasn’t crazy about that either. Then, I found Fage (which means “Total” in Greek), a yogurt brand that offered plain options and others with honey or fruit. I tried the Fage with honey and loved it. It’s my absolute favorite brand of yogure and I tell everyone who mentions Greek yogurt to try that brand. It’s really creamy, rich, and comes with 2% or 0% fat options (without overcompensating with extra sugar). I also like that it’s all-natural filled with probiotics.
There are many yogurts on the market, and plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is a standout.
All yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. What distinguishes Greek yogurt is its thicker, creamier texture because the liquid whey is strained out. Also, it contains probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose and has twice the protein content of regular yogurts.
Judith Rodriguez, PhD, RD, says, “Skip the extra sugar calories found in most yogurts and pump up the protein by choosing Greek yogurt.” She adds that it contains twice as much protein, “which is great for weight control because it keeps you feeling full longer.”
I usually buy the 0% fat yogurt and instead of getting the individual servings with honey or fruit, I add my own. This way I can buy the large tub of it and save money (and added sugar) by adding my own goodies to it.
Greek yogurt can be eating and used in various ways. It can be used in a more traditional sweet sense with fruit, honey, or cereal, granola, and as a topping for oatmeal. It can be added to smoothies or shakes for a creamier consistency. Or it can be used in a savory way as a healthier alternative to sour cream, or in soups or sauces.
Here are a three savory recipes using Greek yogurt:
- Pasta with Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Creamy Lemon-Yogurt Sauce
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Aleppo Pepper
Do you eat yogurt? What’s your favorite way to use/eat it?clean eating, eating clean, food, health, healthy eating, nutrition, protein, protein shake, recipe, vitamins, yogurt
Don’t be fooled by the flimsy appearance or light feel of these resistance bands! Trust me, they definitely work you and test your strength.
Resistance bands are an effective alternative to free weights, such as dumbbells. They build strength and muscle by making the body work harder on the areas where the bands are attached. There are various forms of resistance bands, you can use bands like these for various resistance exercises, such as squats, bicep curls, or tricep extensions. You could also use resistance bands that tie around your ankles for plyo exercises or squats or even for certain pilates moves. You could also attached resistance bands to your door using a door attachment tool so the band would connect to an apperatus that goes around your waist for added resistance during cardio/aerobic exercises.