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Why You Should Always Be Patient with Yourself

By: Karlise Cureton On this path of the hustle and grind to excellence, there's one thing you must practice to keep sane. Patience. I know we have set high standards and expectations of ourselves but please, make it a practice to be patient with yourself. Your growth, your healing, your progress. You're growing, learning and healing. Which means you should expect to make mistakes and to take detours. Leave yourself some wiggle room to slip up, to miss a turn get lost and arrive to the meeting late. You're gonna forget the names if the person you just met or send and email without proofreading it. Expect to make rookie mistakes. It's part of the process. Stop beating yourself up over the little things! Don't waste time worrying...

Celebrate Blackbreastfeeding Week

Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week

Every August, women around the country join together to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month. A month dedicated to highlighting the importance of breastfeeding, offering support for breastfeeding mothers, and resources for women interested in breastfeeding. At the end of August, a week is dedicated specifically to black women with the Black Breastfeeding Week initiative. While supporting the main mission of National Breastfeeding Month, Black Breastfeeding Week seeks step in where the lack of awareness and resources available for black women who are interested in breastfeeding exists. Empowering, encouraging, and informing women of color on breastfeeding and offering support in this space that has a complicated history in our community. Why Black Breastfeeding Week is Important Like so many disparities that exist within our community, breastfeeding has long been...

apps Tips for People Who Don't Like to Workout

3 Tips to Get You Excited to Workout

Unless you’re a fitness instructor, let’s face it, working out isn’t our favorite activity. Even though we all understand by now that it is 100% necessary for your body and your health. It’s easy for us to say “just do it” but, if we’re being honest, exercising regularly can really be a struggle for so many people. If you’re finding it difficult to get in your daily/weekly workout as much as you should, we have three simple things you can do to commit to a workout routine in no time. Make a playlist. Sometimes all it takes to get in the exercise spirit is some music. We love making playlists to kick our workouts into high gear. Queue up a few of your favorite...

4 Ways to Stay Empowered

4 Ways to Stay Empowered

As women, it’s hard to keep balanced on a daily basis. Between taking care of ourselves, others, and dealing with the everyday stress of the world, it can be a lot to manage. And while we like to think of ourselves as superwoman who can handle anything that comes our way, sometimes we need to uplifted, motivated, and inspired like anyone else. Whether it’s during tough times or simply an everyday need as you go through your daily life, there are a few things you can do to empower yourself when you need it the most. Believe in Yourself It sounds cliche but it’s true! One of the best ways to show up and empower yourself is to believe that you can achieve whatever you put your...

Eat Better

What the Health? No-Stress Ways to Eat Better

There's a lot of chatter around food and eating habits lately thanks, in particular, to an eye-opening--and slightly scary--documentary on Netflix titled What the Health. People everywhere are starting to rethink their food choices, dietary habits, and the way they think about food and for good reason. Although this documentary is one you’ll just have to watch for yourself (and take what you see with a grain of salt) there is much to be said about the effects that food have on your health and life. And while, we won’t tell you to stop eating meat and go vegan, there are ways to simply eat better in general. STRESS-FREE WAYS TO EAT BETTER Stock up on healthy snacks. One of the main reasons people fail at...

Taking Control of Your Wellness

Taking Control of Your Own Wellness

Wellness is the state of having good health and it typically centers on balancing the mind, body, and soul. It can be hard enough just focusing on one of these topics, let alone all three but in order to truly reach your health goals, you must become a master of your own wellness. The good news is, wellness is a lifelong journey and one that you have total control over. Taking small steps everyday to improve your wellness is all it takes to begin to see real change in your health and life. How to Take Control Your Wellness Mind - Having a clear and focused mind can do wonders in improving your health. So often, people--and women especially--don’t realize how much stress and worry we...

3 Ways to Boost Body Confidence

The season of sun dresses, bathing suits, and cutoff shorts is upon us. But if there's one season that has the ability to impact your confidence like no other, it's the summer. Regardless of whether you have "beach body" goals or you simply want to feel comfortable in your summer outfits, we have three ways to help you be confident in your own skin, no matter what. Body confidence is something so many women struggle to achieve but very few talk about. We live in the age of filters and photoshop and, oftentimes, we find ourselves slipping into the comparison trap. Nothing hits self confidence like comparing yourself to others. And while, gaining self confidence isn't a switch you can simply flip on and off as...

BGH Live! A Conversation with Ernestine Shepherd

Coming out to the Rocky theme song and letting us know the champ was here, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd arrived to chat with us and give us the real deal behind how she keeps herself fit and in shape—including her insane morning routine! At 80 years young, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd came to KICKSTART and BGH Live! to play. Dressed to the T and with a ton of energy, she gave us the scoop on the morning routine of all morning routines. Ready for this one? She wakes up every morning at 2:30am—yup we were like whaattt too. She starts her morning with devotionals and meditation to get her mind in a positive space. After that, it’s an easy breakfast of liquid egg whites and she’s off for a 2...

Hyleas Fountain

Go the Distance with Your Health like Olympic Medalist Hyleas Fountain

Our #wcw this week is Olympic medalist, Hyleas Fountain. Known as one of the most talented heptathletes in the country, Fountain knows a thing or two about going the distance. And, even though most of us aren't training to compete in Olympic events, we all can relate to the challenges that come along when you're in the race to take charge of your health. With a track record that includes accolades the likes of Hyleas Fountain, being healthy is just a part of life. But, for the rest of us, in order to go the distance that staying fit, eating well, and taking care of our bodies requires, we have to be intentional. And, according to Fountain, it all starts with approaching being healthy as a...