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Strength train your Motivation and Fall back in love with your goals!

The month of February is all about love, and American heart month, has us talking about loving yourself in many different ways. One part of self-love that a lot of us struggle with revolves around motivation. If you think about it, keeping yourself motivated is one of the best (and hardest) ways to love yourself. Motivation is the key to accomplish all of your goals. Everything that we have set out to do in 2019 (lose weight, grow our hair, etc…) all require a healthy motivation in order to accomplish them. So today, I’d thought we discuss the to 3 things you can do to increase your motivation and shoot for the moon, before we get there thought, I thought i’d mention something about motivation. The...

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HIV/AIDS and The Heart + What you can do!| HIV Awareness

HIV/AIDS is one of those infections that takes a toll on the body of the person infected in many different ways. In the month of February , the month of love and (more importantly), American heart month, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the effects that HIV/AIDS has on the heart, and what you can do to decrease your chances. Heart Disease We all know that heart disease is a huge problem in the African American community, but did you know that if you are infected with HIV/Aids then your chances of developing this disease goes up? (talking about adding on to an already heavy load!). HIV affects your immune system mainly, but that doesn't mean that the...

Loving your natural hair again; A letter to my sisters | Natural Hair

Hey sis, I hope your 2019 is blossoming into everything that you thought it would be, and i'm hoping and praying that you are on the brightest path to your goals. If you're a natural like me you probably started of your journey with some pretty lofty hair goals. The day I decided to go natural I told myself that I wanted to have waist length hair. Little did I know my journey would be full of twists, turns, highs, and lows. I’m coming into my 6th year as a natural, and I will just say that it hasn't been everything that it seemed it would be, for me, it has been so much more than that Hating my hair Around my third year of being natural,...

My Top 3 tips on having Heart Healthy friendships |Sister Circle

Hey sis, I hope all is well for you in 2019 so far, and that you are cultivating the life that you want to live. I thought I would write to you today about something that affects all of us, and that is our friendships. In 2018 I learned that it is important to value my friendships with the people in my life and all of my relationships in general. With that being said however, there are some friendships that bring very little value into your life, and should not be apart of your future. If you are reading this then I know you are similar to me In the way that you value your time and energy. Your time and energy are two things...

PEP vs. PrEP: What’s the difference? | HIV Awareness| Sexual Health

Good morning my sisters! I hope everyone is doing well and continuously learning and striving to be the healthiest versions of themselves possible. Today I wanted to focus on a topic regarding different medicine types for HIV. I know that a lot of you have heard of PEP and PrEP, but do you know which one is which, and what they truly are? Well today we are going to talk about it in hopes that it saves some lives. What is PrEP & How does it work? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and similarly to what the name suggests, this is the medicine you would take before you have been exposed to the virus. Personally I had no idea this existed until one of my gay friends...

10 Women in Black History you’ll love! | Black History Month

Hey my beautiful queens! I hope you are all manifesting amazing things in your life and working hard to accomplish your dreams. As black women we have so much drive  and ambition that helps push us and our entire community forward. So today, in celebration of black history month, I thought it would be a good idea to pay homage to some of these influential women, and bring you 10 women from black history that you will love! Althea Gibson If you love Serena Williams then we definitely have to pay homage to the woman help helped pave the way. Ms Gibson was the first black woman to compete in Wimbledon back in 1951. Learn her full story 2. Mary Mahoney This woman was the first black nurse to...

Fight Heart disease with Mushrooms | Stuffed Mushroom Day

Hey ladies! I hope everyone is doing well today! So if you all were not aware, yesterday was national stuffed mushroom day! I know some of you are like ew gross, and some of you are jumping for joy about this, but I invite all of you who are anti-mushrooms to try them stuffed as they have a completely different flavor than just plain raw mushrooms in a salad for example. You’re probably also wondering why i’m bringing this up as well. Well since it is February, the month all about love and black history, I thought I’d talk about heart health since that is something affecting both of those areas. Black women & Heart Disease It is sad to say but half of us black...

HIV Awareness | Concerning statistics regarding Black Women

We all know that there are disparities between communities, and HIV is no different. Our communities experience the highest HIV rates among all races and if you aren’t careful you could become apart of that statistic. As I say often, knowledge is power so make sure you’re getting tested regularly, simply because many of the black women infected with the disease, (7.2% of them to be exact) don’t even know they are infected (find out how often you should get tested here and where to get tested here). When it comes to black women, though we have some of the most devastating statistics, and so today I thought I would share a couple of these statistics so that we may get more serious about our...

The Power of Now Book review| BGH Bookclub

It's been a month since we launched the BGH book club and so now I’m here to bring you my take on it. The book for January was called The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. This book changed my life when I first read it and I hoped it had the same effect on you. To start, I’d like to say that overall it wasn't huge bank of unknown information, but the way that he positioned it was new and refreshing. We all know that you become what you think about, and many of us (me included) know how to switch from negative draining, crippling thoughts, to happier, more positive thoughts. This takes practice, and dedication on its own, but now we are talking...

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Top 5 tips for hacking your budget in 2019 | Reinvent your life series

Hey all my beautiful sisters out there! I hope everything is fine with you and your new year is going well!. As a quick caveat, don't forget that we will have our first BGH book club meeting this week. I encourage you all to be there! So now that my shameless plug is out of the way, I am here to bring you my top budget hacks that can help you get off on the right foot. I’ve mentioned several times in 2019 that it is important to you actual health, that you are also financially healthy. In my Top 3 ways to get your finances on track post I talked about making a budget, and how just expense tracking is not enough. For those of...

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