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Top 3 Cheap or Free ways to prevent HIV | HIV Awareness

There are many different methods for treating any symptoms and living long fulfilling lives with HIV/AIDS these days, and that is a wonderful advancement in medicine. There is nothing better than preventing the infection in the first place though. There are many different ways to prevent the spread of infection, but today I will talk about the top 3 that anyone can use. By the way, there is medicine that you can take to prevent yourself from contracting HIV called Prep, but it can be quite expensive. The methods that I will talk about today can be cheap or some of them free. Abstinence -  As much as this is the least favorite method it is the most  effective and the cheapest (its free). Not everyone contracts...

HIV Awareness| How do I tell My Partner I’m HIV Positive

In life sometimes we may end up in situations that merit a lot of bravery, and although it can be tough, in a lot of cases the toughest choice is almost always the most moral. Well that is the same rule that will apply here. Telling someone, especially your partner, that you have HIV is a very scary thing to have to do for many. Whether you just found out, or you found out a long time ago, there will come a time where you may have to tell your partner about your positive HIV status. When you’re discussing your HIV status It will be tough to decide who to tell, what to tell, and when to tell them. All of the answers to these questions...

Yoga 101|My Journey and Top 5 tips to get started

Good morning beautiful ladies of BGH! I hope 2019 has started off excellent for you. Mine is good so far, not accomplishing everything I want but making a large dent in my goals. Today we will talk about one of them and that’s doing Yoga. First I want to say that Yoga is Hard! I still have a lot of work to do on my yoga journey, but i’d like to tell you my top 5 tips on getting started, coming from my experience on what has and hasn’t worked. First a little about my journey Personally, I’m still in the beginning stages of my journey so this post isn't meant to provide professional advice, but if you’re just getting started, or have been interested in yoga...

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Thank you, Next! | My Emotional Wellness Journey| Mental health

For any of you ladies that have ever been through a breakup, you know how devastating it can be emotionally and even physically. It’s common for people to manifest physical pain because they are hurting so bad emotionally. I’ve been there myself, and I experienced physical pain in my chest so bad it felt as if my heart was actually breaking. Going through a breakup can teach you a lot, and you should get more out of it than “That guy was just a POS!”. Learning the fault you played in the relationship can give you hope for future relationships and give you a sense of closure from this relationship as well, especially if your ex won’t. Now i’m not saying you should paint yourself...

Testing Testing 1,2,3: Where can I get tested? | HIV/AIDS awareness

There is so much information out there about HIV these days, thats its crazy how many people still don’t know their HIV/AIDS status. The CDC says that 1 in 7 people infected don't even know it, which is even crazier. The only way possible that they wouldn’t know they’re infected is if they aren’t getting tested on a regular basis. (Check out my last post here on how often you should be getting tested for HIV). Getting tested on a regular basis is not that difficult, and isn’t expensive either. If you are in an urban area, there are plenty of places that can help get tested, and often times you can just walk in without an appointment. What If I don’t have Health Insurance? Well first...

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My Struggle with Superwoman Syndrome| Mental Health and Wellness

Hey there sis! I hope your 2019 is going well so far. We are all out here striving for our new year's resolutions, and pushing ourselves to achieve more than we did in the previous year. While pushing yourself is important to interpersonal growth, excessively doing so can be detrimental to your mental health, and sometimes even physical. We know that black women are actually less often diagnosed with common mental disorders like depression, but something called Superwoman Syndrome, is affecting us in a big way. Its something thats so ingrained in us that we don’t even realize it’s a disorder, and how its affecting our lives. Well today I’m here to spill the tea on superwoman syndrome and my struggles with it. What is superwoman...

BGH BookClub and Chill| Mental Health

Happy New Year sis! I hope your 2019 is filled with prosperity, growth, and health. I am here to make an announcement, and to bring something fun to your new year as well. Can you guess what it is? ( well from reading the title of this post you should already know). I’m partnering with BGH to bring the BGH Book Club! We are accomplishing all our goals this year sis and the books I have lined up for you will motivate you, push you forward and elevate you to accomplish your dreams. So how will this work? Every month we are going to have a book that we will be reading together. The last day of the month I will post my review on the book...

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HIV/AIDS Awareness| How often should I get tested?

I would like to first take a second to say that you don’t have to wait until something seems wrong to go get tested. Lots of women these days think “ I don’t want to be seen coming out of a clinic”, and if this is you sis, that’s just childish. If someone does say something about you coming out of a clinic, you’ll either have proof of negative results, or you’ll have a much bigger problem to worry about. Either way it’s a good thing you went to the clinic. However, since you’re reading this, I can tell you either live a health focused life or have at least abandoned that aforementioned mindset, and you’re wondering how you can stay healthy in a world...

18 Things I learned in 2018 That we can all get something out of | Mental Health

Hey Ladies! So last year I saw these posts floating around all over the place, and I decided that I would write one of my own the following year. In 2017 I went through a lot and it was a really tough year. I lost almost everything that I had. But 2018 was the year in which I finally dealt with a lot of the trauma from the things I went through, and discovered a lot about myself in the process. So these are 18 things I learned in 2018 that I hope we can all learn from. Forgiveness Number 1 is Forgiveness This one was hard, and always will be but in 2018 I learned what forgiveness actually is, when I learned to forgive myself for mistakes...

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I Tried the CEO Routine: My Thoughts | Reinvent your life series

I’d like to preface this post by saying that I am a morning person (don’t you judge me) and have been for a while, but this routine though? Whoa! It is really good, however there are definitely some aspects of it that need adjustment. I tried it for several weeks and finally just came to the realization that this routine as is just is not for me, and I’m going to find a variation of it that works better for my schedule. The CEO routine is basically a culmination of the routines of your favorite CEOs. People like Steve Jobs and others have a very long work day, some 18 hours long and I now understand the salaries that they receive. The routine that I...

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