Your Friendly Neighborhood Home Girl’s Tips for a Successful Week

Dear Young Black Professional,

Kudos to you for taking the necessary steps to having a great work week. You’re thinking about your future-self, and why shouldn’t you? That is one thing I believe more of us need to commit to when we finally decide we are putting our foot down and in the right direction towards reaching our highest potential.

People don’t decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.

Stop! Read that again.

You are the only one limiting yourself from greatness. So, I just wanted to say I feel honored that you are utilizing me as well as the amazing community of beautiful people YBPOC has brought together to rejuvenate the black experience in Orange County.

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving this blog a read. I hope you love each post and find them to be a useful resource for betterment as much as we do. If you ever have any questions or suggestions on topics you want covered, please feel free to reach out to our collective of millennials. We will do our very best to take care of you and get your questions answered!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Home Girl,

Jenevieve “J” Hutchison

Email : FollowWildThing@gmail.com

Twitter : @Real_Wild_Thing

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s 2019 fam. You owe it to yourself to be the very best version of yourself. Here’s the harsh reality about the world we live in: Jobs these days seem to want you to neglect your kids and families, forget your health, stay energized without getting tired, and be on time. So my question for you is, “What does the first hour of your day look like?” Do you have a powerful morning routine to set your day up for success, or does your morning routine look more like a fire drill? 

  • You scramble to find work clothes
  • Skip breakfast or gobble down fruits quickly
  • Anxiously rush out the door hoping you will arrive to work on time

Maybe it’s about time to evaluate your schedule to make sure that the start of your day is more calm and goes smoothly? The morning is the time and place before all responsibilities of the day take over. Before email, work meetings, and social obligations, the morning is the space before anything “ruined” your day. Before you dive into your crazy work week, allow yourself to take a moment and prepare yourself for what you’re about to get into. After all, if you could see what’s coming, you wouldn’t stress about what’s happening. When you become aware, you gain a slight edge over any situation that may come your way and have more of a chance for coming out on top. I bet you’re wondering where do I even begin?

The important thing you want to do is develop a healthy routine to get you on the right track. How can we do this, you ask? By utilizing mindfulness! Are you mindful? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re in luck. Mindfulness can be cultivated into a formal practice like meditation, and you can even begin today, right this very moment if you’d like. When you’re mindful, you achieve the ability to pay attention to the present moment, with curiosity and without judgement. The benefits of mindfulness include:

– Increased empathy and compassion

– Improved immune functioning

– Improved sleep

– Greater focus and concentration

– Reduced stress and anxiety

So what are you waiting for? Start now! By being mindful, you are making the choice to set yourself up for success. I recently started incorporating this into my daily routine and what really helped me adapt these mindful techniques is something called The Five Minute Journal. The best part is, you don’t even have to go out and buy this thing. All you have to do is keep a journal by your bedside and stay committed to the process. By jotting down my thoughts and thinking positively with this simple structured format, I found it much easier to start and end each day with gratitude, which in turn made me feel like I could take on the entire world!

When you wake up in the morning, you are fresh and have the precious opportunity in the first few minutes to set the tone for the rest of the day. So, make it count! With this short morning routine, your life will quickly change. It’s really quite simple:

  1. Wake up – Write down in your journal 3 things you are grateful for. Ask yourself, “What would make today great?” Recite affirmations for a little morning motivation. Drink a glass of water and make your bed. Try out these affirmations: I am a successful professional in my work setting. My business is growing everyday. My income increases daily. I am so grateful that I get to work when I want, where I want, and with whom I want. I am in the presence of great influential men and women in my workplace.
  1. Get in the zone – Quiet your mind and center yourself with a 10-minute meditation. If you’re new to this practice, try using an app like “Headspace” to keep you focused.
  2. Get moving – If you can do some yoga poses or stretching, this will really help you to get the blood flowing. Check out the “7 Minute Workout” app for simple daily workout routines. It’s only 7 minutes, so you have no excuse. Imagine 7 minutes in heaven. The lungs, digestive system, as well as muscles and joints will all benefit from practicing Sun Salutations. (image source: https://www.destressmonday.org/sun-salutation/)Image result for sun salutation
  3. Put the right food in your body – Your breakfast should be between 250-300 calories and include fruits, veggies and protein. If time is of the essence, try preparing overnight oats the night before, meal prepping, and even protein shakes or smoothies could save you time when you’re on the go. I always try to keep some healthy snacks in my bag if I ever get any midday cravings. Be sure to enjoy low-calorie snacks throughout the day between meals and drink lots of water to stay healthy, hydrated, and glowed up. Think about what supplements, multivitamins and probiotics you can incorporate into your diet as well to ensure your body is getting everything it needs to keep you going.
  4. Get ready – Shower, wash your face, brush your teeth (preferably fluoride-free and cruelty-free natural products without all those harmful chemicals), and don’t forget to floss.
  5. Get inspired – While grooming (hair & makeup), I like to listen to music, audio books, or podcasts depending on my mood. This boosts my morale way more than watching the news. The goal is to think positively before you get to work. Try to always put moisturizer and SPF on your face 20 minutes prior to heading out of the house.
  6. Get perspective – Think about your intentions for the day. These should be clearly set the night before when you’re planning and executing your evening routine. Write things down or set alarms on your phone if that works for you.
  7. Do something to move you forward – Stay motivated by visualizing accomplishing your goals but also reward yourself once you actually follow through with them. When you take things one day at a time, believe in yourself and surround yourself with positivity, there is no way you can fail.

Lastly, do not forget to love yourself. Seriously, self-love and confidence are some of the most important skills you can acquire in your life! Not only does it make you more attractive both inside and out, but it is simply good for your health and well being. Be self-confident as often as possible, and don’t be so hard on yourself while you’re at it. You are not your job. You are a beautiful human being, so embrace yourself. Be ready for a new chapter to start for you once you are ready to take the first step. Remember, life is an adventure to explore whilst you have fun. It’s time to enjoy your life, it’s time for change. Go for it! Cheers to a successful week.

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Se Sentir Bien

Yo! How we feelin’?

Well, I hope! I remember as a kid always just wanting to feel good. This innate desire came in the form of happiness from physical activity and being outdoors in nature, to creating art with my brother and neighbors, or even from the arousal of “sex play” we all participated in at some point in our early development when learning about our bodies playing doctor or touching ourselves. As long as I felt good, all was well. Instant-gratification, this was a naive way of living life. Trust me, sometimes you need the bad to appreciate the good. You cannot have sunshine all the time because it also takes a little rain to make things grow. The same goes for us, as we should be able to express all the emotions to live a healthy balanced life. I would say I’m a little more aware of this now, at least that’s what my ego wants to believe. I’m coming to terms with the notion that nobody wants to hear about how happy you are all the time, so it is something I’m working on. Being more vulnerable definitely has its challenges, but it’s so worth it. Give it a shot. It might actually feel good 😏

What makes each of us feel good is different as we are all unique in our own special way, however, I believe this question of what feels good is more complex than we think. What makes us feel good might not be good for us. Let me say that again. What we think feels good to us might not actually be good for us, our mental, physical, or emotional health. It’s a hard pill to swallow, I know. I’m literally processing all of this information at the moment too. The fact of the matter is, if you are serious about self love, you must love all aspects of your self. Flaws and all. So let me ask again, how are we feeling?

Be honest!

I feel like the more we talk about how we’re doing, checking in with ourselves and our loved ones, then the more aware we become. Once we become aware, the more capable we are to do something about it. Capable, of course doesn’t always result in action, but it is definitely a crucial step if you want to believe in yourself. The first thing to initiate change is awareness. Thus, if we are aware of what makes us happy and feel good, we can take the necessary actions to continue feeling that way and making sure our friends and family receive the same love too.

By the way, happy spring equinox loves! We also have a supermoon looming in the sky, which might make you feel all out of sorts during this Mercury Retrograde. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Full moons have a tendency to make us feel a little more emotional and moody than usual, so if you’re need of a good cry, go ahead and let it out. I promise I won’t tell anyone 🤐 Your girl has already had about 3 emotional breakdowns, so I’m ready for and incredibly positive energy shift to bring a fresh new chapter into my life. How about you? Make sure to focus on manifesting creativity and abundance for yourself and set aside at least one hour everyday for some self-maintenance. Just 1 hour out of 24, you can do it. Your time to yourself can include reading, writing, yoga, meditation, painting, exercise, or whatever your heart desires. But please do this one thing, you deserve it! When you decide it’s time to finally believe in yourself, take action. Do it. Try replacing, “Why is this happening to me?” with “What is this trying to tell me?” It’s a game changer, for sure. Also know that Spring is the best time to clean out your life.

Start by:

    Cleansing your spirit.
    Clean out closets and drawers
    Clean off the clutter around your sleeping area.
    Clean out old papers and receipts.

The full moon will be a bit bigger and brighter than usual tonight, so make sure to go outside! Lastly, use this time to focused on partnerships and your self-identity. Start looking at the dark parts of ourselves that prevent us from forwarding movement and level up already!

Refuse to give up on yourself, after all, you are the most important asset.

So, you want a prosperous life? Stop and take a look at all you have to be grateful for right now. Believe you are capable and commit to change. Have pride, stay motivated, and keep going. Be strong and know there is a world of abundance all around you. Start with big dreams and make your life a life worth living. Good luck. Stay wild 💚

#staywild #followwildthing #wildones🐾

Today I am grateful for:

More self trust

• The Four Agreements book by Don Miguel Ruiz

• Shelter

Morning Affirmations

AM Meditation:

What do you blame yourself for?

For me, not using my voice to my advantage in the past is something I might consider regretting. I blame myself for not speaking up in certain situations when I easily could. When you have a voice, you have an obligation to use it to empower others. So here I am, writing this blog now 👩‍💻

What would make today great?

If I could gain a firm grasp on the direction I want my life to go it, make the decision and commit to my actions to manifest prosperity.

DAILY CHALLENGE

Accept that all of this is temporary

Day 19:

What amazing things happened today?

1. I had 7 new people join my Zumba fitness class.

2. I got complimented on my hair.

3. I got to enjoy an hour of reading before bedtime.

How could I have made today even better?

If I could organize a group of women in my community to come together in a moment of self-love with a full moon dance party, drum circle and eat vegan food that we grew together.

PM Meditation:

  • I am creative in all areas of my life.
  • I am open to receive all that life offers.
  • I forgive my past and embrace all of the positive moments of the present.
  • I have a healthy state of passion and sexual desire in my life.

Evening Stretches

BONUS: What do I plan on accomplishing tomorrow?

Taking the time to clean out and organize my room for moving out next month. Catch ya on the flip side.

Until next time, make sure to follow me for more love, loves!

💚 Your Friendly Neighborhood Home Girl

My-Day

Be Daring. Mediocrity Changes Nothing.

Hello my loves!

So glad you made it. New year, new growth! It’s February, and you know what that means. My people, it’s time for a little self-reflection. Who out there identifies with the V-gang🌱? Fully plant-based vegan peeps, where you at? Comment below with your favorite vegan meal! I feel like people in general think I live this insane healthy lifestyle, but I don’t always hold myself accountable to such standards. Recently, I’ve reached a point in my life where I’ve decided the excuses have to stop and the time is now. My tip for you is make your health a priority; It’s like the cool thing to do, trust me on this one.

Allow me to share my journey with you:

“A good story is like a garden carried in the pocket.”

It’s said in West African cultures that there is an importance of stories represented through proverbs, demonstrating the values and wisdom of West Africa, and passed along throughout the generations. You ever get the feeling that no matter what you do, things will end up just working out in your favor? I guess, you could call it being blessed or Divine timing. We all know I already believe I’m blessed, but I hope you realize that you are too! Gross talk time… go ahead and cover your ears if you don’t want to hear it 🙉

So about a year ago I found out that I had been suffering from the lower abdomen pains of Fibroids, something about 75% of women experience at some point in their lives. Did I mention it’s more common in African American women? Bonus! These little suckers are non-cancerous masses found in and around my uterine walls, often changing in size and shape and causing severe unpleasant symptoms. I remember frequently waking up in the middle in the night, tossing and turning in agonizing discomfort wondering what the heck was going on inside my body? I even had a nice 3-day weekend in the hospital when I unknowingly tried to end my life with complimentary office donuts. Those grapefruit-sized little 🅰️-holes grew up to 17 cm inside of me. It’s basically like there’s another uterus inside my uterus. Yay! Good thing dancers have a high pain tolerance.

Want to know the treatment? Avoid foods that make fibroids worse like high-fat, processed meats, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine as well as keeping consistent with exercise. Hence, my lifestyle change! I am making the choice to take control of my life. With this responsibility, I am remaining at peace, dealing with what needs to be addressed, and reveling in everything else. Trust me, it’s not completely terrible, although I do have my uncomfortable days. I have high hopes for a bright future, and I only got blessings coming this way. I’m going to manifest and accomplish all of my dreams, I’m claiming it all! You could too. Remember to think, speak, and find a way to work your desires into the universe. She’s listening, you just have to pay attention.

So tell me why I’m driving to work the other day and it’s raining and I’m on the freeway, when all of the sudden I notice this wetness is dripping all inside from the passenger window? I was aware enough to react in time and put the window up, but completely unaware that the last time I rolled my windows up that I apparently neglected to get it all the way up; I view my life lessons in the same regard. If I am ever to try to do my best on the regular, I must be consistent in doing my best everyday. Easier said than done, I know, but it’s totally worth it. Just try it.

How do I plan on doing this, you ask? Selfpreservation!!! Checking in is one of the most important gifts we can give to ourselves. We’re loving ourselves right, so why not show it? By knowing our limits, honoring our needs and desires, and taking the time to heal and repair, we are able to give ourselves more spark to radiate our internal light ✨

Home Girl Tips for Persevering

• Ask yourself what goals you would like to accomplish, and be specific. Understand why you want this goal and how you and others will benefit from it.

• Set your intentions to achieve your goal. What helps for me is tasking out my goal into small steps, working backwards from my desired outcome and attainment date. Also, know what resources can help you achieve your goal including people or even the good old Google search.

• Keep a positive attitude by expecting good things will happen. You could even try keeping a daily journal or dairy of your good experiences. Remembering to do this everyday makes me able to practice gratitude more effectively.

• Be here now. Live in the present time and try not to dwell on the past or worry about what might happen. By letting go of your attachments, you’ll learn to not fear everything that comes your way. Hopefully your stress and anxiety fades away too.

• Give yourself a little more credit for your accomplishments. Base these solely off of your own personal standards– not the Kardashians. Have the courage of your convictions, and don’t change or compare yourself with them.

• Try new experiences! Experiment with new ways of improving a products or services at work or other events or hobbies you enjoy. What works for me is looking into how successful individuals or collectives achieved similar goals to mine.

• Always take time to care for your mind, body, spirit and emotions. If you need to, use your phone to schedule quiet times to think and reassess. Put your phone on airplane mode while you’re at it! Practice mindfulness stress relievers such as deep breathing and exercise. For the love of all that’s holy, please I beg you– sleep, eat healthy, and take time for fun and friends. You deserve it!

• Go through your day as yourself living out your goal. Hold your desired outcome firmly in your mind. See it, smell the scents in the air, touch it, and hear all aspects of your goal coming to fruition. Repeat the process again at night.

• Lastly, persist. Just focus on goals daily. Ask yourself regularly whether your activities are moving you forward in the right direction.

DO THIS RIGHT NOW:

Look at yourself in a mirror, take your phone out and reverse the camera so it’s facing you. (Whatever you have to do, please read these 10 lines out loud)

1. I believe in myself.

2. I have clear career goals.

3. I address my limitations.

4. I bounce back from disappointments.

5. I persist.

6. My family and friends support me in my pursuit of goals.

7. I can adapt to change.

8. I focus and complete projects.

9. My goals are consistent with my purpose and values.

10. I can follow my heart when I believe I’m right.

Now is the time my loves. There has never been a better time to inspire creativity, luxury, and romance into our lives. Love is healthy. We’re getting healthy. We’re loving ourselves. So, this month I’m continuing to focus on getting serious about self love and developing a healthy routine I can commit to. What does that entail? Definitely getting more sleep. You should too!

Choose to live life happy, healthy, and whole. Also, just enjoy the crap out of the day. It’s my day, it’s your day, it’s our day.

Love yourz 💚

#staywild #followwildthing #wildones🐾

Today I am grateful for:

Naps with rain as the background music.

• Energy

• Kindness from strangers

Morning Stretches

AM Meditation:

What are you most afraid of?

For me, not being able to reach my highest potential due to lack of motivation, knowledge, or experience would be one of the worst things to experience as a black woman in America. I have the right to exist.

What would make today great?

If I could remain in each moment that I am presented with and gain balance within myself to confidently pursue my goals of living the healthy alternative lifestyle.

DAILY CHALLENGE

Remembering that I am a forward progression constantly evolving. Strive to transform outdated expectations of privacy, secrets, and introspection.

Afternoon Stretches

What amazing things happened today?

1. I was able to express myself freely through art. Keep reading…

2. I got the chance to network with some close friends to discuss upcoming projects and business plans.

3. I started looking into logo designs for my new side hustle.

How could I have made today even better?

If I could, I would have liked to learn different techniques or methods my ancestors used to conquered their fears and find peace within.

PM Meditation:

  • I am fully grounded and supported.
  • I joyfully nourish my mind, body and spirit.
  • I have enough. I know enough. I am enough.
  • I accept that good health is my natural state.

Evening Stretches

BONUS: What do I plan on accomplishing tomorrow?

If I could, I would like to work on outlining my new business format and strategize an plan for acquiring investors.

You guys, I’m so proud of you for making it this far. I have one last question for you. What are your thoughts on the cannabis industry? I feel like there aren’t enough women who look like me profiting from this. Please go comment with your opinions below, I’m trying to do a little study.

Also…Get Out.

It’s brighter on this side cuz my worlds been flipped up side down

Yo check this out

My head is spinning

Top my shoulders round

Hear me!

Out now, she loud, black and proud Fem on the prowl

Fam you cold

Nah, that’s the sound

The ground

It’s rain, we pouring down

Freedom

Ain’t out here preaching just keepin’ humble, showing queens their crowns

Why frown?

We outchyea and we building

We going coast to coast and we be so extra

Wildthing, cuz you know it’s the wellness queen, she’s the green-eyed goddess if you don’t know

Stay wild, wild ones

West side

You better show

Up for yourself, family, friends and frienemies too

Not even sure what haters are cuz I hate em like they’re tater tots

…Not

You get it, cuz everyone loves tater tots and thots

Which reminds me…

GTFO

Catch up with me for more love wild ones!

💚 Your Friendly Neighborhood Home Girl

Sunday Funday

It’s January 2019! Give it up for yourself, you made it. I’m so glad you’re here. Yo, I’m here, you’re here, the gangs all here! But are we really? Think about that for a a second. Where are you? Where’s your mind at? While you’re reading these words, what other thoughts are building up in the back of your mind, deep in your subconscious?

Try this right now:

👃🏽Breathe in. Breathe out. Feel the flow of the breath.

👅Pay attention to all your senses – for ex: notice the taste, texture of food.

👤Empty the mind – take a few moments to be still.

😌 As soon as the mind wanders, bring it back to your breath.

👂🏽 Practice non-judgmental listening.

👁 Be aware of every daily activity (driving, texting, cleaning, etc.)

👣 Go outdoors. Walk around in nature.

🤗 Forgive yourself for every negative thought.

🙏🏽 Be grateful. Say thank you to nature, people and things.

👌🏽 Go easy on yourself – with time, you will see the progress!

…Do it. Go on, reread it again if you need to. Screenshot it. Save it in your brain for safe-keeping. Use it whenever you need to come back to this very moment in time. Because you were here. I was here, ganggang was all here. So keep your heads up kings and queens, and let’s enjoy this Sunday Funday!

Make a wish

What did you wish for? Was it for love or happiness? Health or good fortune? Don’t tell me! Whatever you wish for, I hope that you get it. Matter of fact, I know that you will. You deserve it! As for me, my wish is to stay focused on my creativity and planning for the future while maintaining a healthy and loving relationship with myself. How do I plan on achieving such a daunting task, you ask? With love, of course!

Also, this:

Now get out there! Go on, live your life and make your dreams come true. You deserve it! Have fun.

#staywild #followwildthing #wildones🐾

Today I am grateful for:

More time to myself for developing healthy habits

• Warm blankets

• Pure coconut water

Morning Stretches
Morning Affirmations

AM Meditation:

What attaches you to this world?

For me, what attaches me to this world is the connections made with others. I feel like we’re all lost souls floating around in space, so desperate for someone to show us a sign of love or a gesture of compassion. My goal is to transform my ego of the immature childish mind to the mature holistic and spiritually focused ego of the true mature adult, focused on moral virtue as opposed to childish self-centeredness.

What would make today great?

If I could put more energy towards releasing my ego attachment and not lose sight of who I really am. I aim to constantly remind myself that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

DAILY CHALLENGE

Focus energy towards clarity and becoming more in tune with the universe and my spirituality.

Day 13:

Afternoon Stretches

What amazing things happened today?

1. I got the chance to hear a sneak peak of some new unreleased music.

2. I was able to let my body rest without the use of an alarm clock.

3. I got to enjoy dinner from this delicious restaurant that I tried once before in Los Angeles who has another location close to my house.

How could I have made today even better?

If I could, I would have liked to spend more time visiting local restaurants to be able to provide reviews for different menu items or offerings.

PM Meditation:

  • I am guided by my inner wisdom.
  • I am at peace, whole and balanced.
  • I honor my body as the temple that nourishes my soul.
  • I am connected with my higher self and the Divine Spirit for positive energy.
  • Evening Stretches

    BONUS: What do I plan on accomplishing tomorrow?

    Not being afraid to put myself first. Keep consistent with my healthy rituals and routines that I’ve set for January.

    That’s all for now. Keep reading, it’s good for you. Follow my journey for more of the good stuff!

    💚 Your Friendly Neighborhood Home Girl

    Life is Funny

    Welcome! You made it. I’m so glad because there is something important I need to tell you…

    LOVE YOURSELF

    Yo check this:

    I had to repost some knowledge from my girl @i.am.moonlyt because I’m over here like, smh…🤦‍♀️ “If this ain’t me!”

    Here’s a real story:

    As a kid, I remember my ears being sensitive to loud noises from the crashing sound of waves, to fireworks, and even movie theater sounds. I would just cry because the noises hurt my ears so much. Later on I found out when my mom was pregnant with me, she watched Michael Jackson’s Captain EO show at Disneyland. She told me she should not have been in there as the music was too loud for her. Of course, who would have known back in those days without any research or consideration. Way to go old school safety regulations. Cigarettes are still bad for us, right? What do I know? 🚭 Fast forward many years later, find me blasting music all loud in my car and singing at the top of my lungs. I give no F’s.

    REVIEW: There’s this excellent New Zealand film called Hunt for the Wilderpeople starring that main G from Jurassic Park, Sam Neil, and this other beautiful soul named Julian Dennison. Basically this rough neck kid says, “I didn’t choose the scuzz life, the scuzz life chose me!” I feel the same way lil’ homie. My life tends to be a little on the ridiculous side, but I still can’t complain. Why should I? We live in paradise. The sooner you can embrace what makes you unique, the better you’ll feel about yourself.

    Thus, if people say I’m acting weird. I say, perfect. I’ll go be weird over here and I’ll catch ya on the flip side. Whatever you do, just do you. While you’re at it, make sure you spread love and stay positive. Like Peter Pan did to try to fly, think happy thoughts.

    Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.

    This was me a year ago. My hair might have changed but I feel the same way. Our minds are beautiful creations and the fact that we spend the majority of our time and energy worrying about so many things we cannot control is heart-breaking. The wild thing is, we can control how we feel. Allow me to repeat myself, we can control how we feel! We have the power to decide the way we want to feel. Yo! You can “rewire” your brain to be happy by simply recalling 3 things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days. Try it. We choose whether we want to set ourselves straight like a thermostat rather than a thermometer. Don’t let the climate determine your mood. For me, the choice is clear. Around this time last year, my decision was to stay wild.

    Today, I feel like I can finally say I’m vibing with a decent tribe. My circle of friends consist of creatives in my community who have good hearts and love to spread in abundance. I’m learning so much from my little squad everyday. Most importantly, I’m getting time to myself so I can focus on my goals and the person I want to become. Though I am constantly attempting to push healthier habits into my daily routine, a good friend of mine reminded me that life is a freestyle event. We’re athletes, and in this sport, whatever happens will work itself out eventually. I should just take things each moment at a time and focus on being mindful on a more consistent basis.

    We always should appreciate where we are in life, but strive for health, happiness and betterment. My soul will be overflowing with love to give and to receive, and my community will be improved because of it. Mark my words. This time next year, I see myself settled into a house I call my own taking selfies on my comfortable California king bed with my little family and my six figure income. For real though, who knows where I’ll be at next year but one can dream. Why not dream big? I’m not saying fur babies are out of the question either, I’m still hoping for a puppy Christmas present one day 🤞🏽

    Closing quote for the year:

    “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

    Life is funny. Make sure to laugh about it every once in a while. Happy new year fam! See ya on the other side wild ones.

    #staywild #wildones🐾 #followwildthing

    Today I am grateful for:

    More honesty, especially about how I feel

    • The sound of laughter

    • Kindness from strangers

    Morning Stretches

    Morning Affirmations

    AM Meditation:

    What is separate and different to me?

    Empathy is one of those things that I struggle with in terms of equality and rights. I can certainly sympathize, but to have empathy for those who cannot see a person that may look like me as another human being isn’t as receptive. I’m not about to get into a religious or political debate, just know that there are two sides to every story. You can’t seem to win everyone over, but you can still at least try to choose your attitude. Fear and hate don’t win in this game called life. Choose love always 💚

    What would make today great?

    If I could travel beyond the fear-mentality that I have created for myself and have an overflowing cup of self love in order to spill love to those I come in contact with.

    DAILY CHALLENGE

    Release all illusions within myself that I am not living the life I desire. Be the change I want to see in the world.

    Afternoon Stretches

    What amazing things happened today?

    1. I participated in a book exchange.

    2. I was able to hear from an old friend.

    3. I began planning my meal prep for January.

    How could I have made today even better?

    If I could, I would have liked to spend more time creating new memories and traditions with my family during the holidays, but just being able to see them at all is everything to me.

    PM Meditation:

      I am passionate, powerful, and productive.
      I am guided by my inner wisdom.
      I am connected with my highest truth.
      I am at all times safe, loved, guided and protected.

    Evening Stretches

    BONUS: What do I plan on accomplishing tomorrow?

    Creating a vision board to set my intentions for the new year, manifest my goals, and set myself and my family up for success in the future.

    2019, she ready!

    ✌🏽💚 S t a y • W i l d

    Happy Ho-daze

    Yo!

    Happy Ho-daze… Wow. Pause for a moment. It’s December. We made it!

    Welcome back loves. How we feeling? Good, bad, ugly? You tell me. Sounds funny to say this, but do you guys give yourselves pep talks? Confidence boosts? Words of encouragement? If you don’t, maybe try it. It can’t be that terrible, can it?

    I doubt you’ll get this. Doubt. We all suffer from it. Sometimes I question myself or think about my struggles, and then I laugh because the only troubles I have are the ones that I make up in my mind. Really, think about that for a second. We are truly blessed to be alive. Things could always be worse, and I’m sure there is someone out there who has it far worse than you. But, what do I know? I’m a female living in the United States with mixed genes: Black, White, Asian, Jewish and Native American in my blood. Not sure there is much lower on the equality scale than that, but I still rise. Forgot to mention that I’m a dancer, whom generally have a high pain tolerance as well. So many reasons that I am the way that I am today, but there is one thing I know for sure. I am so in love with the person that I am, flaws and all. We’re doing much better than we think we are, yet for some reason we still question ourselves and our worth everyday.

    Self-doubt is my enemy and my best friend. You want to know why? It is because the feelings we get from the drama of our own lives is what makes us human. We crave it. Like watching our favorite tragedy coming to an end, we just can’t get enough. “I’ll never let go Jack.”

    Story time:

    So, I’m in the airport again. Carousel 2 at John Wayne Airport and picking up my home girl coming in from New York. I’m sitting at baggage claim waiting for her to get off the plane when this older woman sitting next to me just had to ask if that was my real hair? My reply? “I bought it, so yes, it’s really mine.” She got a kick out of that one. Then she has the nerve to ask if everyone else who has hair like mine also has extensions. M’am, you do know everyone is different right? Did I make the right choice with my hair? Am I doing myself a disservice? That’s another topic for discussion.

    Everyone is different. I repeat, everyone is different! America is supposedly the melting pot of the world, and we should set an example for how privileged we are. We have the power to change things for good, and the authority to hold ourselves accountable for our mistakes. I’m not saying my faith in humanity is restored yet, but I definitely have hope.

    There was a moment the other night at this place called The Ranch. It was college night at a country line dancing bar, a place that was completely out of character for me. Regardless, I tried it. I must say, even though I don’t have a taste for country music, I really enjoyed myself. It was a diverse crowd of old, young, black, white, asian, hispanic, tall, short, thin and round, beautiful people out on the dance floor. Music is what connected us. There was even a nice bearded gentleman with a confederate flag on his shirt, and what did I care? He wasn’t hurting me, the vibes were chill, the people were friendly, and the cowboy boots were stompin. But of course, the most American thing I would do is look around for any safe places nearby for hiding or quick exits in the event that any sick f**k wants to come shoot up the entire place. It would be just like every other story on the news. Another tragedy, more thoughts and prayers. Honestly, it could happen to anyone.

    I feel like if more people loved themselves enough they would have an easier time accepting other people and their differences. That’s just my hope, at least.

    Well, with the new year upon us, let’s reflect on this year and how much we’ve grown mentally, physically, and spiritually.

    Last year my mental state was, “Donut kill my vibe.” This year, I’m really learning how to sit still and appreciate each moment while investing in myself, having a passion for growth and self-love with less donuts. It’s nice. You should try it.

    Last year, my tip for genuine happiness was a recipe and, “The secret ingredient is always love.” 💙 Ain’t nothin’ changed here friends. Love. Do it!

    Last year, I was more concerned with spreading love to anyone and everyone who could lend me a moment of their time so that I could gain the spiritual knowledge that I lacked. This time next year I believe my spiritual gangster self will know how to get b🐶**hes and f**k s**t up! I know one day I will learn how to stop chasing people who do not put me first. It’s in the stars. Make sure to call a loyal friend.

    Lastly, never forget, love yourself!

    #staywild #followwildthing #greeneyedblackgirl #wildones🐾

    Today I am grateful for:

    More faith in myself and in the process to reflect on what I’ve learned

    • Heaters

    • Zumba Fitness

    AM Meditation:

    What do you deny?

    For me, struggles with denial come from the fact that I am simply too nice. I tell myself over and over that I would rather be nice to someone than have any negativity involved, but I need to remind myself to protect my energy. I can still be nice and stick up for myself in a positive way. No one ever got everything they wanted from being a pushover.

    What would make today great?

    If I could visit a local farmers market for organic produce.

    DAILY CHALLENGE

    Release my denial and lies I tell myself. Accept who I am, remember the only person who chooses my attitude is me, and move on.

    Afternoon Stretches

    What amazing things happened today?

    1. I got the chance to connect with someone who works in the same business complex as me.

    2. I was able to send a baby shower gift to my friend living in New Mexico who is finally having a baby with her husband.

    3. I’m learning how to be more comfortable depending on myself and managing my time.

    How could I have made today even better?

    If I could, I would have liked to spend more time finding and embracing local organic products to review for my YouTube series.

    PM Meditation:

    I speak my truth.

    My voice matters.

    I express myself.

    I speak with kindness.

    I speak with love.

    My voice is strong.

    My voice is clear.

    My voice is steady.

    I have an opinion.

    I have the words I need.

    I stick up for myself.

    Evening affirmations

    Evening Stretches

    BONUS: What do I plan on accomplishing tomorrow?

    Taking in a moment of gratitude and appreciation for all the lessons I’ve learned in my life and guidance from my ancestors to get me where I am today.

    Follow me for more updates on my journey towards self love. Be sure to comment below if there are any local products or services you think I should review before the year is over. Catch ya later!

    ~Your Friendly Neighborhood Home Girl 💚

    Thank You For This Day

    Thank you.

    Yo! Welcome back loves. I am so glad you could make it! Thank you for being here. Today, is a new day. Wow, all I can say is I feel blessed. Okay, truth or dare 😈

    You picked truth, didn’t you? It’s cool, you don’t got to lie to kick it.

    Well, the truth is, I dare you to think about one thing you’re truly grateful for. Go on, really think about it; just one thing. Hold onto it. Aww, doesn’t that feel nice?

    Okay, so why don’t we think about ourselves the same way? Like really love and appreciate ourselves and how far we’ve come? Evolution you guys, it’s real. We made it to this very point in time in the entire existence of mankind, so why not show ourselves the love we never received when we were younger?

    I feel like self love has so much to do with decision making and managing of relationships; positivity is key. There has to be a balance so that one finds the peace they seek. Today we are speaking from not only the mind, body, and soul, but also from the heart.

    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

    So, here I am checking in again. How we doing? What’s going on inside? We feeling alright? It’s totally okay if we aren’t. I’m just checking to see if you checked.

    …So, did you? Check this:

    Many of us put in 40+ hours of work each week, 5 days a week away from our loved ones and generally not spending enough time with ourselves or managing our own thoughts. We crave more and more, spending so much money every single day, but at what cost? I’ll give you a hint: It’s running out… TIME! The one thing that’s indisputably worth more than money. And yet, here we are.

    Hang in there friends because it gets better, I promise. However, if it doesn’t get better for you, I suggest you find someone to challenge you to grow. After all, forward progression is what moves evolution along. You following me? In whatever way you’d like to grow, preferably towards a healthier lifestyle, may that person guide you towards your most desired goals. I hope you actually achieve them too! You really deserve the good life, so why not embrace it? While you’re at it, make sure you are someone who challenges you to grow. Also, don’t forget to love yourself.

    If loving yourself means having to let people know that you haven’t gotten back to them because you’re doing a balancing act with your career, health and fitness, side hustles and passions while simultaneously refocusing energy on your spiritual life, then please do this one thing for yourself. As long as one communicates their intentions with loved ones and keeps their priorities straight, then I say, “Go ‘head and love yourself!”

    Lastly, I just want to say thank you again. As if I haven’t said thanks enough already.

    Thanks –give it.

    #staywild #followwildthing #wildones🐾

    Today I am grateful for:

    The passion for growth and learning how to walk away from things that don’t align with my goals

    • The rain

    • Music

    Morning Stretches

    Morning Affirmations

    AM Meditation:

    What saddens you?

    For me, the thought of making the same mistakes over and over, not learning from my past, and re-living old moments in time gone wrong would be the definition of hell. Makes me sad to think I wouldn’t have known better to avoid repeating the same bad habits and not learning to be better after the first time. It’s definitely a learning process, and I’m working on this. Watch me grow to appreciate and accept my faults.

    What would make today great?

    If I could discover and capture the sounds of water droplets as they hit different surfaces to create new beats for songs.

    DAILY CHALLENGE

    Be thankful for the little things, for they are the most important

    Afternoon Workout

    What amazing things happened today?

    1. I got to use my umbrella today.

    2. I was able to make it to work and back home safely.

    3. I’m learning the importance of patience in hazardous conditions.

    How could I have made today even better?

    If I could, I would have liked to spend more time creating a series on my YouTube channel experimenting with organic beauty tips and fitness routines.

    PM Meditation:

    Embrace even the seemingly insignificant artistic perspectives for they may actually have a viewpoint that could be vibrating at a higher frequency.

    Evening Stretches

    BONUS: What do I plan on accomplishing tomorrow?

    If I could, I would like to experiment with produce in season to create a plant-based healthy recipe for juicing and meal prepping.

    You guys, it’s December next week. Follow me for more self love! 💚