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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Juicing my Way to a Healthy Life!!!

    So, I am on a journey to eat healthier and drink more water.  A friend of mine has been juicing and her videos and posts have encouraged me to do the same. Of course I have a juicer that was gifted to me from a family member. It's been tucked away at the bottom of my pantry. Occasionally I take it out to juice beets. Yesterday my local grocery did not have beets but it did  have beautiful green watermelons on display. Watermelons are perfect to get more water in. I'm actually craving watermelon as I'm writing about it! LoL!  Ok, let me get back in focus. I love apples and celery so I added those as well to my juice.  Juicing is great because, vegetables and fruit are nature's antioxidants.

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     Antioxidants have so many benefits and come in so many different forms.  Antioxidants protect your cells from free radicals. Free radicals may cause heart disease, cancer and other diseases. On the contrary Antioxidants like vitamins C and E  help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Moreover, fruits, vegetables and whole grains are all high in antioxidants, high in fiber, low in fat and cholesterol, and excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. The best thing is that fruits and vegetables are not only low in fat but are also easy on your wallet. Investing in a juicer may be costly but it's an investment in your health which is an investment in your life.  

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Friday, April 24, 2020

How to Overcome Trauma

     Recently my son and I had a discussion about drug use in our town. I told him how I hated it and I hate those who distribute drugs. My son asked why are you so angry? He asked where's the anger coming from?  I said because, I've seen how drugs has destroyed so many lives. I went on to tell him about all of the first hand accounts I'd seen growing up in a neighborhood surrounded by drug use. So the next day I listened to a minister and she taught a series on anger. That night I prayed to God and I confessed what was really bothering me. I was angry because, I saw prostitution at my bus stop every morning. I heard gunshots repeatedly near my bedroom window. I saw friends who had promising futures get strung out on drugs. So there I had justified my anger. The following night I realized the bigger picture; TRAUMA!!!

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     I had experienced trauma; I mean layers of it. Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing experience. The anger I was dealing with was internalized. I thought how? It wasn't in my home. My mother wasn't on drugs. Now I understood, we were at the center of anger and murder in our community. Trauma is now becoming the topic of discussion in my school because, several of my students are being reared in the same environment I lived in especially in my formative years.  So I can identify with them because, I saw it in the morning and in the afternoon.  Most importantly, 3 things were stable in my life despite the unpredictability in my community: my mother, my school, and my church. Honestly, those 3 things kept us rooted and grounded.  Unfortunately, I didn't escape some effects of the ills that were constantly occurring in my community.  While I can't change the past of my childhood, I'm now able to deal with the root cause of anger. I believe when one can get to the root of a situation, then and only then can one heal. There's great work yet to be done in yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's communities.

How to Overcome Trauma:
1. Acknowledge it.
     I had to acknowledge that I had suffered the ills of a community that was hurting. Trauma was in the streets, next door, and virtually all around me. I leaped over hurdles in my community and even chose to ignore it. I chose to ignore the fact that the people in my community had a Why too. They had reasons they chose the life path they did but no voice or real outlet.
2. Open a dialogue about it.
    Whether in a school setting or community group, the dialogue about trauma must start. I know that words have power. Words can heal, encourage, give hope, and rehabilitate.
3. Accept what you can or cannot change.
    I can change how I feel about my past and I can change my views.  I can also be an advocate for change but I can't change everything that has occurred. I choose to move forward. I choose to heal and change the trajectory of my family.
4. Forgive! Yep! Let it go!
    I have decided to forgive because, the people in my community knew not what effect they had on me. I blame my anger on them because they were under the influence of drugs. They were mentally and emotionally ill.  Most of all, I never knew their story.
5. Ask God to heal every wound.
    I have decided to ask God to heal me of every wound and every part of my conscience that has been seared by the collected memories of the layers of trauma experienced in my childhood.  Amen!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

How to Intensify your Eyes!!!!


  I am a Mary Kay Consultant but I am also an innovator.  I love to play with makeup and makeup tools that I already have to enhance my look.  So I have bought the MK Makeup Brush Set and several eyeshadows.  The colors were going on too light.  Water!!! A little water intensifies the colors and help them go on more boldly.  I am lover of the nude look but I wanted my eyes to come out amongst the pastels on my eyelids, and cheeks. So here is what I did:

How to Fight this Allergy Season!!!

      I deal with allergy and sinus all year round.  It's more intense in the fall and the spring.  I tend to experience more sinus pressure, congestion, sore throat, sneezing, etc.... more in those two seasons. It's not fun and puts a cramp in all the activities I would like to participate in.  It's usually best that I don't go outside when its very windy. I usually suffer after long walks or time in the wind because of the pollen.  I love to research and find natural ways to deal with these ailments instead of going in and out of my doctor's office.  And I certainly don't love being sedated by all the medications once I have a sinus infection.  So, I found something that helps with allergy and sinus and has been keeping me away from my doctor for the past 4 years.  Elderberry!!!! Elderberry aids in weight loss, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, reduces blood pressure, manages diabetes,  and alleviates respiratory conditions such as cold and cough. What's even better is that they also come in gummies in your local pharmacy. I take 2 a day and they taste delicious.

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