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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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How I Eat for Energy

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash I know what you’re going through all too well. You’ve got a lot on your plate whether you’re career driven, a woman managing a hectic household or often both! Yet, your yawning at noon. How are you making it sis? Probably just barely, at least that’s how I was. I was working, had several side hustles, and going to school full time. I passed out everyday at around 6pm and just couldn’t get most of the things I needed to get done actually done (and all the way, not just starting them)! I know that I was doing a lot but it didn’t make sense to be as tired as I was everyday. There had to be more to it then...

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Before You Take Another Bite Understand the Hunger and Fullness Scale!

Have you ever been at the table and had to lean back and unbutton your pants after a meal? Or have you ever been sooooo hungry that they could eat a horse and cuss someone at the same time? Well, you are not alone. And it is not your fault, but I am sure you would love a tool that you can use to avoid these two extremes altogether. First, let me start with The Hunger Scale. This scale like many is from 1-10 and there are a couple of markers that I want to point out, but first I want to discuss how this will benefit you. One benefit of utilizing The Hunger Scale is refraining from emotional/stress eating. Many of us eat when we...

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Top 10 Effect of Stress Among Women of Color

Although, I know for a fact that none of the readers of this blog are stressed….. I want to discuss it so you can maybe pass the information on to a friend or family member :). When it comes to stress, I believe the most important part to point out is that it is not our fault that we are stressed! Truly, I do not believe it is our fault. We live in a fast paced world, we have kids, husbands/wives, full-time STRESSFUL jobs, sports, and more. What I do believe is that we have a responsibility to manage ourselves in a way that allows us to minimize stress. I said minimize because realistically stress will never go away and that’s okay because of not...

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The Importance of Self Care for Women

When I looked up 'woman' in the dictionary, I was partly surprised at what I read. One definition says “a female person who cleans house, cooks, etc.: housekeeper.” I do not know how this makes you feel like a woman, but I know that my feminine power goes deeper and wider than just cleaning and cooking. Yes, we are caretakers, comforters, and nurturers. However,   we are also the bearers of the world and all of its beauty. Our feminine energy is harnessed by Mother Nature herself. As she cares for the animals and plants, we care for all mankind.  But what about self-care? When do we allow ourselves to be cared for, loved, manicured, massaged, and acknowledged? When do we love ourselves enough to care...

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3 Companies Who are Serious about the Fight!

Did you know that there are an estimated 40,920 breast cancer deaths just in 2018? With these staggering numbers, it’s important to look for any early signs that you might have breast cancer. Throughout the month of October, also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you will come across many companies with the drive of seeing the end to breast cancer. These organizations are critical in the fight to find the cure. Raising billions of dollars, your investments will further the research and actions to reach their goal! Below are 3 companies who are serious about fighting this disease- and winning!= True&Co. - Not only does this online lingerie company create bras that are perfect for post-mastectomy patients, they also have a Bras to Fight Cancer...

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What is the true definition of Motivation?

Mo·ti·va·tion the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. When Monday morning hits -  you probably thought “ I don’t want to do this, I just want to stay in bed, with the cover pulled over my face and pass the day away.” As you did, so did many others, even myself. Now we can all do that, and watch as the day goes by while we laid in bed unproductive from sunrise to sunset, but then what. What fulfillment would that give you, what will you have accomplished, in what way did you grow? But you already know that. So you get up anyway, brush your teeth, put on clothes, and you’re out the door. But, the question is not about...

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Holiday Beauty Lookbook: No Makeup Makeup

Natural Hair Styles for the Gym

Don't Sweat! Who said black girls don’t workout? According to a study published in the Archives of Dermatology, two in five African-American women do not work out because they are worried about their hair. WHAT?!?!?! I know right. Well luckily for you there are some natural quick hairstyles that can be worn for that sweaty cardio routine. Watch as Ab K shows us 5 natural hairstyles that can be worn to the gym. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbfvS4VKtFM[/embed] What if I'm not a naturalista? Not about that natural life, well that’s okay too. Below is a video that shows you how to place your relaxed hair in a quick up-do for a workout. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO1SxR57Zyw[/embed] For more on natural hair styles visit BGH Blog Home | Black Girl Health Blog By Patrice Shumate...

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Aspiring Beautiful Black Art of Women

Black Art at Its Finest Admiring all of the beautiful art that is being created and black women are used as motivation, but you barely see art of black women that shows an amazing message. As we learn to view art as a symbolism to a story and that story will reflect onto the art. Portraying black women in a non-explicit way shows great beauty. Seeing more black women being drawn it gives women the momentum to appreciate themselves and to help uplift other women. Knowing that they are idolized by others. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOjjwgQe3oY[/embed] Top Six Favorites: Each piece explains the life, style and feelings of black women. From appreciating the thickness of our hair to embracing our gifted curves, these paintings speaks our truth. Each painting tells a different...

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