Friday, June 29, 2012

Quote of the Day: The Promise

"The process prepares you for the promise"

Accepting the "process" (atleast for me) can be the hardest part. We all like the good things, benefits, gifts, but the journey along the way can be so difficult that we want to give in. Don't. See your process through and reap the harvest at the end. Success is so much sweeter when you have worked hard for it:) I've come to think that life is just a series of tests beginning and ending and preparing us for the afterlife. Let's learn our lessons so we don't have to keep encountering the same tests. I wish you all a peaceful and positive day and a joyful weekend.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Song of the Day: The Wanted "Chasing the Sun"

I freaking love this song! I'm not exactly sure why... Maybe the tempo, Maybe the voice, the lyrics are just inspiring (depending on the way you interpret them) I just love it! Whenever it comes on my pandora, which is usually in the morning on the way to work, I get an instant bolt of energy like ok I can do this! So yea, I hope it does the same for you ;) Let me know what you think. As always, I wish you all peace and light until the next post.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Song of the Day: Messiah "Redemption Song"

"Caring is sharing"
So, I thought I'd come share this with you. With all the ails of the world (food shortages, water purification, education deprivation, and spiritual well being) it is rare that you hear an artist in today's music industry shed light on these issues. Enter: Messiah (Poet/MC/youth activist)

"Men became puppets now our women are barbies"

The line that resonated most with me upon first hearing this song. It suggests we question what's real? And consider the more fulfilling question, what makes us happy and free? What is keeping us from being whole/complete people?

I read a quote on one of my favorite hair blogs Curly Nikki that goes:
‘Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.’

Sound familiar? Man's quest for wealth is so passionate but does not always leave him fulfilled. We instead become "muppets and barbies" completely out of tune with ourselves living a mundane and unfulfilled life. Women can put so much time and energy into their outer appearance that they become spiritually bankrupt. Men base so much of their worth on the things they have acquired around them that, without "things", they have no idea who they are and what they contribute.

The idea is not to judge or demean but to rather look inward and assess the things that bring us true joy and peacefulness and strive to live everyday from that place, a place of fulfillment and truth. In that way, we can redeem ourselves. We have the power, intuitively, to correct our wrongs and walk in a new more fulfilling space and enjoy the freedom that it brings. Check out the video below and be encouraged :) Until the next post, I wish you all peace and light.


Homemade Guacamole Recipe

Peace Family,

In an effort to keep a balance with my food and fitness posts, here is another heartfelt recipe. I love this recipe and eat it at least once a week as a snack.

-2 burrito wraps cut into triangles
-rub the pieces with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano and parsley
-Bake in the oven for five minutes and no more these burn easily.

-1 avocado ripe
-1 small tomato
-Chopped onion
-Chopped garlic
-tsp of sea salt
-sprinkle of oregano
-sprinkle of parsley
*Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until your desired consistency

This recipe makes about a cup of guacamole. I usually eat it in two sittings. That's it! Enjoy! Let me know if you try this recipe and feel free to share with fam and friends.

Peace and light,


Interview: Nekita Shelton Sheds 151 pounds!!

Nekita Shelton

Cee: What inspired you to start your weight loss journey?

Nekita: Well, all my life I have had problems with my weight. Although I was content, my mother tried several weight loss programs to aid with my weight loss efforts. It wasn’t until I was 24 years old, and experienced a series of three main events, that inspired my weight loss journey.

  1. In August 2008 I was scheduled for a routine physical with my doctor where it was revealed that I had high blood pressure. At that point my doctor showed me some tough love and told me if I didn’t lose weight, high blood pressure could possibly cause a series of health problems later down the road.
  2. My Husband and I planned to fly to Orlando for his annual step show competition but, as we boarded the plane to take our seats, I found that I could not fit in the designated seating provided by the air line. In fear of having to purchase another seat, there was a nice elderly lady that kindly lifted her arm rest to provide me more space. I was incredibly embarrassed and knew a change had to be made.
  3. It was our daughter’s first trip to Six Flags where she was tall enough to ride the kiddie roller coaster, so we were all excited and ready to get on with her only to discover Mommy could not fit. With everyone all seated and the line full, I was asked to exit left due to my size. My 54 year old mother at the time had to ride with my daughter.
It was at that point that I felt Enough was Enough. I decided I wanted to make a change not only for myself but for my family as well.

Cee: How did you lose the weight and how much weight did you lose? (ex. exercises, food choices)

Nekita: September 8, 2008 I decided to join Weight Watchers for the third time around starting at a weight of 288 pounds, but this time it was a different feeling. I had the feeling of “THIS IS IT, ITS MY TIME.”  I was determined to give it another try. Within just a few weeks I saw the scale moving in the right direction and decided to just start walking. At the time, I wasn’t a big fan of working out and sweating out my perm lol, but once I started to exercise combined with eating right, the weight just poured off which formed my passion for fitness. Today I am 137 pounds losing a total of 151 pounds.

Cee: I've heard a lot about reaching a plateau in weight loss. Was that ever an issue for you and if so how did you overcome it? 

Nekita: Oh I know all about the “PLATEAU” stage and believe me when that time comes your determination is tested to the max. There were times where I would just cry to my trainers because I felt like I was giving 150% of myself to my workouts and my diet. It would take the scale weeks and what felt like years to move. Finally, my trainer explained to me how the body works and went through my food journal with me to assess exactly what I was eating and identified the grey areas where I could switch things up. I was so accustomed to eating the exact same things because they were working. But by switching it up and adding a few extra workouts per day, I was able to  push through my plateau. Plateaus for me happened more than once so I would constantly try to shock my body by changing up my diet and workouts.

Nekita Shelton

Cee: Was there a mental component that accompanied the physical work of losing weight?

Nekita: Through out the last 3 years of this journey I have come to realize weight loss is 80% mental and 20% physical. Part of the reason I think I was successful in my weight loss this time is because I was mentally ready. Many people think that your body has to be in shape to achieve physical goals, but when your mind is wrapped around your future goals the process becomes much easier. For example: I remember my first time attempting to run on the treadmill at the time I was 236 pounds. My body was telling me this hurts, I will never make it, but once I changed my thoughts to “I Can and I will” I had ran for 15 minutes straight before I knew it.

Weight loss is one the hardest things I have ever done in my entire life and changing my negative thoughts into positive thoughts was truly the #1 reason I was successful. Once I started thinking positive, I actually started to believe in myself.
Cee: What were the most challenging and rewarding things about your journey? 

Nekita: I would say the most challenging thing about this journey would have to be the initial feeling of food deprivation lol. I was so accustomed to consuming about a pound of food a day which is 3500 calories and decreasing to about 1800-2000 made me feel like I was going to die lol. My problem was never consuming large meals, however I was and still can be a huge SNACKER, so it took me about 2 months to adjust and control my snacking habits.

The most rewarding thing about this journey would be my passion for fitness, inspiring others, and the amount of growth I have seen within myself. Not only has this process transformed me on the outside but it has transformed me as a person on the inside as well. I always thought being “the big girl” was cool and just as I thought I was happy, going through this, made me realize I was not. I always cracked the first fat joke in fear of someone else getting to it first. Now, I don’t have to down myself to be respected. I can just be me. This process has literally made me feel like I can do and accomplish whatever I want to do. Never in a million years did I think that God would have this planned for my life. He is using me in so many ways to be a inspiration to others. I hope to motivate all the women who are sitting in my shoes three years ago to do and feel just as amazing as I do.

Cee: What tips would you give those who aspire to loose weight and keep the weight off?

Nekita: Well I would advise a few things which I had to learn through Trial and Error:

-Do not punish yourself for having one bad day. Many people think that because they have one slip up they should continue to eat bad for the remainder of the day. If you find yourself falling off of your plan, dust yourself off and start fresh the next day.

-Treat yourself! The more you deprive yourself of the things you love the more it will be a temptation for you to OVER eat the things you love.

-Find a workout that you enjoy. If you love what you are doing, you will work harder at achieving your goals because you are actually enjoying it.

-Most importantly don’t give up on yourself. Don’t rush the process. Try and think of it as a life style change rather than a Diet!

Cee: Toss Up: If you could be anything in the world what would it be and why?

Nekita: Inspiring and motivating people like me is my new passion. If I could be anything today, I would be a life coach/personal trainer specializing in weight loss and obesity. I would love to work with women of all ages not just in the gym, but also aiding with getting their lives back and living life to the fullest.

Cee: Where can people find you for more on your weight loss journey?

Nekita: You can find me on Facebook my name is Nekita Shelton. I hope to form a website as well as write a book on my weight loss journey, more information to come.

Thank you

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I'm Hype! Katy Perry Wide Awake Official Video

Ok I'm like mildly obsessed with this song and the video is just as good! I was surprised! I can't remember the last time I actually liked a video but this one is sooo cute :) So, I thought I'd share.



Monday, June 18, 2012

Easy Way to Drink Water During the Day

Peace Family,

With our busy lifestyles, sometimes it is hard to get our daily water requirement. Water coolers run out, water bottles are forgotten, but I've found a way to fix this issue for myself  with a workplace water purifier. Now, I know most of us keep one of these in our home fridge, but what about work? I mean lets face it, we spend most of our hours awake at work. The purifier in the pic above was only 8 dollars at Walmart so its pretty small but is easy to refill. I usually fill it twice in an 8 hour work day. I need it with all the running I do throughout my building lol. In a full day, I aim for 3 but usually drink 2 liters of water. I hope this helps someone. Feel free to share with fam and friends.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!!

Hey Fam!

The pic above is of myself and my father at an Oyin handmade event I was participating in. He tries to support us (my two sisters and I) as much as he can. As we have gotten older, we've developed a good relationship. He is a survivor in more ways than one and I am very proud of him today for all his growth and humility. We are taking him to dinner tonight at the National Harbor outside of DC sshhh! don't tell him it's a surprise lol. I  wish you all a very happy father's day together with the fathers in your life.

Peace and light,


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Song of the Day: Katy Perry

Good morning Fam,

This song has been on my radar for the past two weeks now and I love everything about it the lyrics, the tempo, the mood, Katy's voice, everything! Check it out below and let me know what you think. What is your favorite tune right now?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Nails of the Week: Go Green!

This week I decided to go bright with my nail color. I've been having a difficult time at work lately so I figure if I can look down at a bright color throughout the day it will help me to feel better lol. Well at least that's how I justified it in my head...Anyway here is what I used:

Sally Hansen: Limestone
La Colors: Treasure Island
La Colors Top/Base Coat: Clear

Thats it! Easy Peasy. What fun colors are you wearing this week? Leave all tips, nail tutorials, etc below I would love to see them.


Work Out: 6/11/12

Hey Fam,

I just wanted to pop in and let you all know how I got my cardio in today. The work out below is from a series geared toward college students and is convenient for dorm rooms. Nevertheless, I found it really challenging and had to stop a few times on the way through but it was a good work out. Not overwhelming but just right. Check out the video below and let me know what work outs you've been doing. Until next time, peace and light.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

What I Made: Hand Rings

Hey Fam,

I'm not exactly sure what to call these, but I have been seeing them everywhere made out of different chains and metals. I got the idea to make them out of yarn during the school year but was to busy to do that. Now that school is out, I have been making the time to do all the things I couldn't like cooking, exercising, and creating. I hope you enjoy the pics below. Feel free to share with your fam and friends.

Peace and light,


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Quote of the Day!!

Hey Fam,

I was browsing one of my fave natural hair sites CurlyNikki the other day and came across this quote. I just had to share. Enjoy! and blessings for a great weekend!

‘Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.’

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Today's Work Out: Insane! (Not like the infomercial)

Peace Fam,
I can barely type this to you all. I only got through the first 25 minutes of this work out because it is crazy bananas. Mind you I did the first ten minutes of the one beneath it before I realized I didn't like it. Woooo! Is all I can say smh dang! I'm covered in sweat! Check out the video below and the not so challenging one beneath it. I'm going to stretch and do some abs.


This video is serious! I'll have to build up to completing it for realz!

not so much..too much choreography for me

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Interpretation: Erykah Badu "Flaming Lips"

*Guest Post by Ashley D.

I remember watching the new Flaming Lips video featuring Erykah Badu like it was yesterday.  Actually, it was a few days ago.  One of my followers tweeted the link to me somewhere in between my first cup of coffee and the second set of morning bills I was paying.  My initial left brain reaction to the video was very similar to the rest of the world: What.  The.  Fuck?  It’s soooooo early for this.  But no sooner did the right calm down, my artsy right brain kicked in to help me process what I just saw.  On the second viewing, I analyzed the video, trying to see what it meant to me.  What message was the nudity displayed by Ms. Badu and her sister, Nayrock, conveying?  Here’s how I break.

Considering the different sounds and pictures from thevideo, it gave me vibes of human mysticism.  The nudity throughout the video represents the raw essence of the human spirit.  In the first full body shot with Erykah, we see her in a bathtub of water.  I find it interesting that while she is nude, she is covering herself.  That shows a sense of our natural vulnerability but a reluctance to bare everything within ourselves sometimes.  Amidst the various facades, masks, shields, fronts, etc. we wear as deflectors, all humans are vulnerable and the world can see parts of that.  Considering the music heard in of all the scenes with Erykah, not only do we see the natural vulnerability but we hear it as well in the rough plucks of the electric guitar (I won’t be a poser and act like I know the guitarist’s name so feel free to enlighten me, true Flaming Lips fans). 

Okay, we’ve got to the human.   Now here’s the mysticism.  The three scenes with Nayrock can symbolizetwo concepts.  The first with the glitter bath shows how we are light.  Our aura, glow, ego, demeanor, personas, swag, is our light.  Our souls radiate throughout us.  Every inch of us.  The second and the third scene can symbolize the same concept, but in different forms.  Both represent the beauty human life and existence.  The red liquid is the blood that flows beneath everyone’s flesh.  It’s what we’re covered in when we come into this world.  Oh, and the crotch shot?  No brainer.  That’s an ode to where human life comes from.  And the second scene with the white liquid?  That’s a nod to the very beginning of life.  The second crotch shot is a reinforced reference to our original home again (notice the way she has her hands over her womb this time).  This part seems to be a bit more…erotic…than the other scene.  I theorize this as signifying what it took to get us all here (errrr umm sex, duh).  The music played in all the scenes with Nayrock adds to the mysticism idea.  While there is still the rough electric guitar sound (vulnerability, humanism), it is paired with a series of light, electronic sounds that are majestic and whimsical (mysticism).  This can portray what we as people must do on a daily basis—balancing that what makes human with what also makes us mystical.  

So yeah, that’s how I read it all.  But hey, what do I know?  I guess that’s what happens to Creative Writing scholars working on one less cup of that good ol’ Colombian and one more minute for YouTube.

“All I ever wanted to be was a mother”

“All I ever wanted to be was a mother”

I was amazed when my coworker said it to me. Shocked really. It’s just not something you hear women say these days. “I want to be a business owner, a CEO, a doctor” but a mother? That’s classic. I sat listening to her in admiration. The honesty and excitement with which she said those words just made me smile. Women today are so fortunate to be able to break glass ceilings and work in occupations that were never available to us. The opportunities are endless! But even with all these new opportunities, it was refreshing to hear someone speak of that natural joy and fulfillment that comes with being a mom. After all, if we give ourselves a chance to think about it, what are your earliest memories? Who was there? Who coached you? Who nursed you when you weren’t well, kissed that “boo boo” when you fell down. Now wait before anyone gets upset, we know father’s do all these things too. But when I look back on those memories in my life, the face I see smiling down at me most (or looking concerned) is my mother’s! Or in my case memaa’s. So, I want to give my coworker, she knows who she is, a huge shout out for reminding me of perhaps the most special, most significant, and influential job in the world, BEING A MOM! Until next time, I wish you all peace and light.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Nails of the Week: A Bit of Glitter

I'm not exactly sure why but, I've been wearing glitter on my nails for the last few weeks now. Maybe its all the sunshine making me want to have something bright to look at all day. The colors I used for this simple look are below.

Fave Top/Base Coat: LA Colors
Pink: "Gossip!" Pure Ice
Glitter: "All that glitters" Sally Hansen

So, what have been your favorite nail colors this season? Leave a comment below.