What are you doing to Be in SHAPE?
So often, women are busy caring for everyone: children, husband, parents,
and co-workers among others that they forget to take care of themselves. They
often develop that superwomen complex. "A woman with
a Superwoman Complex constantly needs to prove that she is smart, secure,
strong and self-sufficient as defined by Urban Dictionary." As we approach the holiday season, it is time
that you slow down and change things in your life.
It is almost Friday! Perhaps it was a week of deadlines, disappointments or surprises. It is time to relax, release and recharge. This weekend, do something fun. Lose yourself in child's play. If the weather permits, spend time outside. Go for a walk, smell the flowers, do some yard work or go fly a kite!
"Go fly a kite and tie your troubles to the tail
They'll be blown away by a merry gale,
Go fly a kite and toss your worries to the wind
Re-post from a year ago. I believe it is still relevant.
Healthy and Soulful in 2011
Hats off to a Healthy New Year!
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A
pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan
“Keep the soul in your heart and the health in your life”
Soul food is tasty, simple, hearty, and rooted in tradition. Many soul
food recipes - succulent fried chicken, sweet potato pie, rich macaroni and
cheese, sloppy barbecue ribs and meats, and ham hock collard greens with pork
fat -- have been passed down over the generations and include cooking
ingredients that we know today are not healthy for us to eat in large
I had an epiphany today about lemons and lemonade. Often people are
encouraged to make the best of a bad situation; “Make lemonade out of lemons”
as the adage goes. Just accept that your choice is either to take the
lemons or make lemonade. Today I ask why? Why should I take
your lemons? Why should I drink the Kool-Aid? Moreover, why am I
soaking up your gravy when I do not like the bread or the sausage?
Furthermore, I might not even like lemonade, Kool-Aid or gravy.
A Smile is more than an
Upside Down Frown
Kirt Franklin song I SMILE is so uplifting. It speaks to adapting and working through our
situations. Our attitude is everything. So often we get stuck because we cannot see a
way out. We waddle in self pit and self doubt rather than shifting our position
and pulling our feet up; the first step to getting out of a sticky
situation. Secondly, we need to change
our (shoes) thinking. Thirdly, try a
different (shoe) strategy. Finally, We
Do not grieve, for I am not there, the poet
encourages us to not stand by our loved ones grave and grieve. However grieve we must. We grieve the loss of the person. We grieve
for the things they left undone. We
grieve for the glorious times we shared, then we grieve for ourselves.
Losing someone you love is very difficult. Often
times it opens up wounds that were scabbed over long ago, then past hurt and
pain comes rushing back to the surface and the wound is torn open like it
Coping with unemployment and the stress of it all
The unemployment rate is hanging around nine and a half percent. This figure is even higher in minority communities. It’s normal to feel scared, lost, depressed and anger after losing a job.The stress of job loss and
unemployment can take a toll on your health. It is important
to take care of yourself. It means looking after your physical
and emotional needs and managing your stress level. Helpguide.org listed several tips to managing a healthy lifestyle while looking for another job:
light, Green light
Stress can take a toll on one’s mental, physical and
financial health. Finding the child in
you can relieve stressful moments. Do you remember the childhood game, “Red
light, Green light?” Oh, the innocence
of child’s play. With child like
behavior, they go full speed ahead, not fearing anything. They throw caution to
the wind and just delight in the art of having fun. What happen to those boys and
girls? Have they become adults with high
blood pressure, diabetes, substance abusers, obese couch potatoes, etc.
Every year, the United States recognizes March 10th as National Women
and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It’s a nationwide initiative to raise
awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls
and encourages ladies to take action. While progress has definitely been
made in the areas of AIDS prevention and treatment, women still
represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women
accounting for 66% of that group. This year focuses on this statistic, “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.”
In order to reach your goals, you must be in good health as you will need all your energy to tackle life challenges. When you are knocked down, you have to have the strength to get back up. A holistic approach is optimal: Mind, Body and Spirit! The list below are pearls to keep you focused:
“Water is the only drink for a
“Take rest; a field that
has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
“For sound sleep no pillow
is as soft as a clean conscience.”