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How to Practice Mindfulness During A Crisis

The brutal deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the 5 Dallas police officers left me numb. What I saw on the videos was pure cowardice. Violet acts of when you mix negligence with perceived power. It shook up my world. As a mother, how could I explain to my child the unexplainable without putting fear into her heart? This feeling of dread followed me from the car to the office, into my home, and as I slept. Why couldn’t I shake it?

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A Weekend Trip to Canada

I've intentionally set goals that allow me to travel and go often. So each month I've committed to seeing new places and spaces with little cost. That's includes everything, from new countries, states, and cities, by planes, trains, and automobiles. Driving to Canada took two full tanks of gas (about $20 each), a reservation at Airbnb (can be $25 a night, we spent under $150 for 2 nights/3days), and affirming we were going. I have decided traveling isn't expensive or impossible; it's possible because I said so. Take the plunge. Accept it is your divine right to see new places and to go often.

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Seven Months of Transformation

In the last several months, I've had some profound changes manifest into reality. These were the most transformational moments of my life. I started off the year like most people with New Year resolutions, making a decision to do or not do something. What changed was I took these resolutions and affirmed that they had already happened. 

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A Conversation With Lanie

Lannie, stands more than 6 feet tall, sports a full beard, and is a self-proclaimed "Red Neck from Texas". I consider him a friend. I met him on my flight to Amsterdam from England. We were alone in our seating aisle, and the conversation progressed naturally as the wheels went up. He had a kindred spirit. Our American accents made us instantly connect. "Where are you from?" And so on. Randomly, he asked me if I was easily "nauseated"? Before I could answer, he showed me a picture of him on the operating table with his skull bloodied and cracked open. He proceeded to tell me about his story. How he was a thrill seeker, and loved to BASE jump, skydive, and ride his motorcycle cross-country. Unfortunately, what he loved most was the cost for his accident. It resulted in a biking incident that left him needing his mouth wired shut and put on heavy pain killers. Lannie proceeded to tell me that the doctors said he would have to learn how to walk again with extensive physical therapy. He told me he was out of the hospital in 9 days, and back at work less than three months later. How was this possible? Because be refused to believe he was a vegetable. He defied the odds of the healthcare professionals, by not giving up or allowing his fate to be determined by others. 

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Defining Who You Are

 

 

Recently, I've attended many events in hopes of networking and meeting like-minded people. After a year of being out-the-loop following the birth of my daughter, I knew it was necessary to get back on the saddle. One question I found ironic was, "So, what do you do?" It was like a mantra programmed into the minds of everyone I encountered. Ummmm...yea. I wasn't sure what to reply. Was being a mother or full-time grad student a sufficient response in a room full of beauty bloggers, rappers, and artists' ? I felt very obliged to respond with "something". This instantly made me realize the value people placed on titles. If I didn't respond with how many followers I had on Instagram and views on YouTube, did that discount my worth as a person? No. In fact, it made me see the value in authenticity. Being my authentic self. 

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