Life Lessons from Detoxing

2018 was a pretty roller coaster year for my health, or maybe just a downward slope.  I was doing pretty well at the beginning of the year, then it pretty much just jumped off a cliff.  During that time, I was actually hospitalized and diagnosed with a condition that came as a result of poor eating, stress, and lack of exercise.  Three things that are absolutely controllable and easy to manage.

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Life Lessons from my Body

I was vomiting, light-headed, dizzy and experiencing extreme back, abdominal, and pelvic pain and had a consistent fever of about 102 degrees for three days, but I insisted that I was fine. I don’t like to claim illnesses and when it comes to getting sick, I often work under the, “if you don’t acknowledge it, it won’t be that big of a deal” model. Positive affirmations can be powerful but are not the best ways to manage increasingly serious health conditions.

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Life Lessons from Failure

One of our favorite Schoolin Life sayings is, “The only L’s we take are Libations,” but it’s not entirely true. Over the course of the last year, I’ve taken my fair share of L’s and quite of few of them weren’t served with a cocktail umbrella on top. We can gloss over with platitudes like “a setback is only a set-up for something greater,” or, “failure is the proof that you’re trying,” but the truth is that failure is hard and it hurts.

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Life Lessons from My Marriage

I was never the girl who daydreamed about getting married and starting a family. In fact, I never had any desire to get married. Frankly, I didn’t see the point in monogamy, and committing to spending the rest of my life with one person seemed...boring. I didn’t grow up in a family of married couples, nor did I see very many of them in my immediate circles, so marriage didn’t seem like something for me.

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Life Lessons from a Homebody

In my old age (yes old age, lol), I’ve really become a homebody. My home is my safe place, my sanctuary, and my solitude so I take great pride in having created a warm, welcoming and inviting space that feels like me. In an effort not to be home alone, I love sharing my space with friends and on any given Friday night, my place is filled with laughter, libations and an aggressive game of Phase 10.

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Life Lessons from Women’s Empowerment Events

Recently there has been a lot of discussion in the social media influencer space about how the “women’s empowerment” movement has brought about events filled with rhetoric and expensive products. You know the type - functions with bold “girl power” slogans where hosts promise inspiration, tools for success, and connections of a lifetime.

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Life Lessons from HBCU Homecoming

As the world sat in awe of the Queen’s Coachella performance which paid full-on homage to the HBCU Homecoming experience, I was flooded with all the feels and memories of what homecoming means to me. Fast-forward ten months later and Homecoming season has finally arrived. Ashley and I are both heading to the top HBCU Homecoming weekends!

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Life Lessons from My (lack of a) Fitness Journey

In general I’m pretty healthy, I rarely get sick, have never broken a bone or had a surgery, no chronic illnesses or allergies and in general, my doctors give me a clean bill of health at my regular checkups. But it’s not because I’m doing anything to help. My diet is all over the place, I eat out too much, have a serious carb love affair, and my (occasionally) libations are more than just an occasion.

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Life Lessons from Networking

The opportunity to “chop it up” with peers from all over the country about podcasting equipment, social media strategy, and episode layout, was golden and we soaked it all in. Networking, however, can be intimidating, and without the right approach, it can come off as disingenuous, flat, and well...boring.

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Life Lessons from My Hair

To help me consider hair and its related life lessons, I recently chopped it up with Nikki Binion, licensed cosmetologist and owner of B. Lauren Beauty in Dallas, TX, and one of my favorite Insta hair mavens. I’m sharing what I learned with you here.

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Life Lessons from Online Dating

Online dating is hard. Tinder, Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, Plenty Of Fish; I’ve browsed them all and the pool is as shallow as a dried-up puddle. I’ve come close to giving up and committing myself to #singlelife forever, when I’m reminded of real people I know who have found love online.

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Life Lessons from Essence

I was tired of sitting on the sidelines, so after I saw the 2017 film “Girls Trip” featuring my favs, Jada Pinkett- Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and of course Regina Hall I knew I had to go to Essence Fest 2018.

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