Community

What does this word really mean to you?

Do you believe in community?

Who is your community?

This word is very impacting to me for several reasons, but the main ones are as follows:

1. Every ethnic group benefits from community except mine

2. Financial wealth and sustainability is strongest when you have a community base

3. The next generation are more enriched and stronger when community is ever present

Dr. Boyce Watkins

So yes, I do strongly believe in a community structure and especially that my particular ethnic group are not manipulated further into buying into everyone else’s community but ours. It is necessary for us to grow ourselves financially and no longer being duped into the overarching community structure versus the immediate which is obvious.

Talley & Twine is a brand - do you have any of their pieces!?

For me my community is comprised of all people in the African diaspora, however the immediate community of Africans in my local diaspora takes precedent in terms of buying and selling. Technology makes it possible now to reach out globally to each other financially.

Links to a few other black businesses you may or may not have heard of:

1. Zena Fadhion Jewelry

https://instagram.com/zenafashions?igshid=4ojp694l2xs0

2. Jazimations Illustrations

https://instagram.com/jazimations?igshid=15r4pr6op6jd5

3. MightyMuu videographer Photographer

https://instagram.com/mightymuu?igshid=4djd6wui68hj

4. Chef Elti – Chef

https://instagram.com/eltis_cakes_n_things?igshid=1vo5wn10jmrnf

5. Chef Agboola Ayodeji

https://instagram.com/iam_chefdejioculinary?igshid=t01p9tsh7qsb

6. Stacey G. Event Planner

https://instagram.com/staceys_decor_n_more?igshid=1xcx2888gk3ym

7. Figgers Communications

https://figgers.com/

Viral

What is this concept of viral? Why is it so important? How can it be misused, by whom and how?

By all intents and purposes the word connotes spreading something, usually a virus or bacteria rather rapidly, thus the reason I ask these questions because recently a few videos were sent to me which went viral.

Typically I do not resend viral videos unless they meet certain criteria and are able to assist in some positive way:

1. Authorities involved in some way and assistance is needed in apprehending someone dangerous

2. Amber Alerts

3. Abuse and some endangered including animals

4. Positive vibrations ie a celebration of a milestone, a recovery from a major illness etc

You catch my drift. One of the two viral videos was pretty serious. I didn’t resend it for various reason but primarily it didn’t serve any purpose anymore since I was already receiving feedback the person was already apprehended for their abuse.

Now the second video was atrocious. It was sent to me and before I could get half a minute into it, I had to hit delete. The language, the topic and the behavior were all a very negative combination.

This in my estimation is how people are misusing viral videos. Why waste our time spreading such negativity. An old adage we should all consider – if you don’t have something good to say, then say nothing at all. Remember you have the power to impact positively or negatively with your words, now multiple that by a keyboard, then social media universe? – Think!!!!

Life should be about living quality of life, spreading joy, speaking peace and supporting each other. Anything which does not support these should be avoided at all cost. Why contribute to anything else?

Are you addicted or

Have you ever thought about why you do this?

Art of Mindfulness – Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

1. Everyone else is

2. You are shy/introvert and using phone to avoid others

3. Don’t know how to start conversations

4. Maybe just not comfortable with silence or simply doing nothing

5. You like being busy doing nothing

6. Reading a book never occurred to you

Dear White People

2015 Poetry Slam

If you are offended there’s not much I can say to help you. However, I’m hopeful many will receive the message. It’s time society wakes up to the plight of the black world. If you are black and you don’t agree with the content of this video. That’s too bad, but I am not the one to tell it too. You can view it or not. knowledge us power

Link to youtube of this video

Silence is restorative

I’ve found this to be a very powerful truth.

I can talk and talk and find no healing, nor resolution, but as soon as I shut my mouth, open my mind and keep my heart reasonable ( mind you, I didn’t say … pure because honestly who has a pure heart? Let’s be real).

Good against evil

We try to be as pure as we can by balancing good against evil, and that’s the best place to be in the balance where you are trying. I am scared to death of the extremes. They both create chaos in this world.

I am writing to release the tension I’ve accumulated over the last several day. Tough and heightened tensions I don’t usually experience, especially Seems like I’ve not been able to find simple solutions to any one problem I’m currently addressing. Saving grace is my positive perseverance and attitude.

So I find the positive my immersing myself into complete silence sometimes for hours. No radio, music, other voices, magazines, books, and my computer or phone.

I seek answers in silence along with peace for my own wellbeing. Without my peace I am not myself so I seek restorative silence.

Crystal

Good Vibes

Positive Living takes conscious effort

I am big on positive thinking , even in the midst of not so positive situations. I don’t just say positive things, I exemplify it in my day to day. That’s just my philosophical approach to living.

Half full

I much rather see a cup as half full than half empty. It is deliberate and extremely beneficial to me holistically.

Thank you

Thank you to my 200 Followers. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and wanted you to know I don’t take your likes and follows for granted. I do my best to follow up, respond, comment on each person. If I do not – it’s still a work in progress and I am striving on doing much better.

Every like is an experience because it comes from a person with a real life, a real personality, with interesting blogs and contributions, and not a made up profile. I value you and deem you worthy. Thank you once again.

All the best to you and I pray 2019 is much better than any other year previously. May God’s favor be ever upon you hereafter.

Happy Old Year!

Happy New Year!

Good vibes and continue writing from your heart.

Good Vibes

Positive Living takes conscious effort

I am big on positive thinking , even in the midst of not so positive situations. I don’t just say positive things, I exemplify it in my day to day. That’s just my philosophical approach to living.

Half full

I much rather see a cup as half full than half empty. It is deliberate and extremely beneficial to me holistically.

Thank you

Thank you to my 200 Followers. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and wanted you to know I don’t take your likes and follows for granted. I do my best to follow up, respond, comment on each person. If I do not – it’s still a work in progress and I am striving on doing much better.

Every like is an experience because it comes from a person with a real life, a real personality, with interesting blogs and contributions, and not a made up profile. I value you and deem you worthy. Thank you once again.

All the best to you and I pray 2019 is much better than any other year previously. May God’s favor be ever upon you hereafter.

Happy Old Year!

Happy New Year!

Good vibes and continue writing from your heart.

Beyond Racist

See video

I read things and then I have to re-read them. Then I wonder to myself..is this for real? What cave like behavior is this?

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtMAfvhZeo/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=ldzmhy2zrvvz

The root.com

Then a see of other questions ensue because I just don’t get it!!!! People!!!

Why is this referee not fired on the spot?

Is the world of white people looking on at how African people are still being treated?

If so, where are you? Where is your outrage? Why in 2018 soon to be 2019 this type of behavior is still allowed?

Slavery ended but we seem to be treated more and more as subhumans and no outrage from all creed and race except us Africans.

What cave like behavior is this?

Over Eating

Overeater

I am guilty yes!

Practically all my life sadly.

Perhaps starting with my grandfather in particular

His favorite mantra to get us to wipe our plates clean was about all the starving children in Africa etc.

Why why why???Photo credit

Now, I work out, well I walk a lot with some very light exercises in between.

But I use to do all the super aerobics, calisthenics etc. When I realized it was just all hype. Exercise is good, but the key is controlling your intake of foods.

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Lessening or removing sugars and starches is key to maintenance. If you can not, then balancing your intake may be the best option.

I choose to exclude animal products from my diet as best as I can. Since I don’t cook all my meals daily I’ve found it can be challenging if I don’t have good partners to assist me in my endeavor. Case in point, I purchased a meal just yesterday and the vendor was aware I do not eat meat. I laughed when I discovered some meat in one of the portions. No biggie. They will learn slowly I guess. No need for anger nor stress.

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I don’t smoke and I consume nearly no alcohol. I say nearly because from time to time, during a Blue Moon, I do partake. My food compulsions were akin to any other addictions. Some smoke use drugs, shop, sleep, use social media, sex, work. These are all things which we oftentimes do in excess. The key? Detox, fast, remove the urge and recognize your triggers.

I think of my long term health and wellbeing, how I feel now and how much better I can feel with simple lifestyle changes and choices.

I would prefer to be able to walk for exercise than do no exercise at all. Sometimes I do light calisthenics just to remind my muscles deep within that they are still alive. I am still here and challenging them to be stronger.

I enjoy my workouts because I can be present in my health choices, even if I do eat more than I should now its not because I’m being forced to anymore or tricked. I do it because I love my food choices and I know I’ll be stomping the sidewalk like a beast, shortly after.

Me stomping lolPhoto credit

I choose good health because I want quality of life. I want to make waking up each day worthwhile and as painless as possible to my body.

Health is my gift to myself
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