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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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AIDS v. HIV: Whats the difference?

In today’s society, there are more than 1.1 million people who have HIV, and if that is not shocking enough 1 in 7 of them do not even know that they are infected. With so many places, and different ways to get tested for HIV the only reason that someone would not know they are infected these days, is simply because they do not test themselves. Getting tested is just half the battle though, because when it comes to your health Knowledge is power. You’ll need a little more than just knowing whether you are positive or negative for HIV. You can not prevent something when you do not even know what it is! So today I am going to explain a little bit about...

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Natural Hair Kickstart | Reinvent Your Life Series

Hey Ladies! its that time of year again! We are going to be kickstarting all kinds of things next year and if you’re natural then your hair routine will be apart of it. Getting your hair routine back on track for 2019 is going to be vital for your hair journey, because lets face it, we all get off track sometimes. And if you’re like me, you’ve been off track for a few months or more (you know who you are sis). Specifically for those of us that are 2 or more years in, you’ve more than likely hit a plateau or maybe even a slump in your journey. That’s why a kickstart is necessary. We are going to discuss the kickstart, and I’m going to...

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Slay 2019 with a Financial Fresh Start | Financial Health

How many times have you gotten to the end of the year, and felt like you didn't quite accomplish the things you wanted to? I have, and as you probably already know it’s not a good feeling. One of the main reasons I’ve noticed is that they are creating all kinds of large goals for the new year and struggling to keep them. (If this is you, check our our post here on goal setting VS adopting a system). However, there is an even bigger problem that no one is talking about. Most people are not making any financial goals, and if they are, they're not making them in a way that's improving their day to day lives. So you might be wondering “Isn't this a...

Are you Emotionally Intelligent?| Mental Health

Have you ever met someone who who was emotionally unstable? Have you ever been that person? Lets face it, we are human and no human should ever be expected to hold it together at all times. There are times in life where you need to get your emotions out, maybe you’re under pressure in your career, or your school life and you feel like you’re at a boiling point. On the other hand everyday could feel like a boiling point for you, and thats not good either. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. When you read that definition it almost makes you stop and wonder “what does that look...

Top Mental and Physical Benefits of Meditation | Mental health

You hear about it everywhere you go these days, as if it's some kind of miracle cure. In The Power of Now written by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle (Great read, I highly recommend you get a copy here) even says that meditation can help with mental illnesses. I don't know this for sure, I’m not mentally ill or a doctor, but I’m definitely a tragic overthinker and meditation has been helping me tremendously. So today I wanted to share a little bit about my journey so far, and talk about a few of the benefits I have notice in myself when I’m meditating.   Mental   So let's talk about mental effects. I’ve always been what I like to call a “visionary”, (sounds fancy right?) but in reality I...

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Meditation 101 | Mental Health

  What can I say about meditation? In today’s world meditation is like a magical cure for a lot of today’s problems but what is meditation exactly and how do you get started?  Meditation is a lot of things but let's talk about what it's not. It's not easy, and it's probably not something you ever thought you needed to do. Simply stated, there are a whole host of meditation benefits (read them here if you want to), and what every individual gets from meditation is different. I got a better sense of focus, and better sleep as a direct result of meditation, and When i’m not meditating i struggle with both! Below i’ve listed some of my tops do’s and don'ts related to my meditation journey,...

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Top 3 Wash day stress relievers | Natural hair

Photo by Eye for Ebony on Unsplash   Hey Sis! I’m hoping all is well and healthy with you today and that your edges are flourishing just like your melanin is. As I sit down to write this, it's currently wash day for me. And I’ve got to say that as the years go on, the stress of my routine has gotten to me several times. It's gotten so bad that I’ve gonna month (sometimes more) without washing my hair, simply because the thought of all of those steps is overwhelming. I’m trying some things here and thee o completely overhaul and destress my routine ( a girl can hope right?). However, until that glorious day comes I’ve found a few things that we can implement into...

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