Friday, July 29, 2011

There are Polite People Left

I just witnessed an action that leads me to believe that kind people, specifically young people, are still around in the world.  Normally if I see someone needs help getting through a door because their hands are full, they are in a wheelchair, or for whatever other reason I will get up and help them out.  This time I couldn't see the door but a young lady saw some elderly people needed help.  She caught my attention because she was moving back and forth (I guess she was trying to see if they really needed help or not).  Well, the last person did and she went to help them immediately.  I am so happy to see that people have not lost all care for other people.  What she did was a very kind gesture that unfortunately a lot of people don't think to do, or at least I haven't seen many of these people. 

We need more people that are willing to go the extra mile or to simply do something nice for another person.  A lesson that I am learning from my reading this week is that our society is fulled with selfish greed-filled people.  It is rather sad.  Many of the problems that so drastically affect our environment, economy, and health care system are because of greedy people.  If excess money, not even money, were taken out of the equation I think we'd be a lot better off.  However, the goal of some people is to increase their profits as much as possible. For what reason you ask.  I couldn't tell you.  Maybe it is just my personality but I don't plan to succeed and be financially prosperous because I close doors on other people.  It just upsets me. 

I have work to do right now so I'll have to return later to elaborate on my feelings.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hair length update 7-27-2011

It's a little uneven but coming along!  5 months post.

You can see where my hair is growing back at in the second photo.

Weight Goals

Weight Loss Goals
After each goal has been met I will cross them off and include the date.
123 ***Ultimate Goal***

Sources of exercise inspiration come from Youtube Channels: makingthebest09 and charliejames1975

We're going balls to the walls LOL (My prof used to say that when talking about weight loss and exercise.
I've started working out with my family on Saturdays too.  

A good way to get some exercise in is to stop meeting your friends at restaurants and meet them at the track.  You'll be able to catch up and move around. 

Hair Wants 7/27/2011

I haven't been spending nearly as much time with my hair as I did in the past. Now I'll wash it and let it sit in some braids or something. Before, I would do rollersets, press and curl, and let it sit in braids or something LOL.

My brother assumes I just don't care anymore. Which is definitely not the case. I am working towards long healthy hair. Having said that, it's not that I don't care. I just don't want to mess my hair up. I am recently recovering from some serious breakage and split ends. I had no idea what to do because my hair seemed to be so sensitive. One day I wanted to see how extensive the damage was so I clipped some of the hair from the damaged area (a decent amount) and saw that just about every strand had multiple split ends. It was a WTFreak, Man down, Code 10, O_o type situation.   I wanted to cry so bad. But I didn't. I revised my "hair regime" said some prayers (Had to ask God to help me) and kept it moving. Today, split ends aren't a problem in that region and really aren't a problem throughout my entire head.  I think I have my Aphogee products to thank for that.  Always come in handy.

A bit of advice to people: Don't try to follow the regimes of all the "Hair gurus". If you had a good "regime" before then stick with that and adjust when needed. I understand the want to buy every product that someone with long hair has when first introduced hair journeys. However, that may leave you broke and with hair a couple of inches longer than when you started. You really do need to assess what your hair likes and when it likes it. That's why I put regime in quotation marks. I don't think you need to say Monday you'll do this and Tuesday you'll do that, as if its mandatory. Yes, structure is necessary but doesn't have to be so rigid.  Your regime is like a cell.  Yes, I'm talking about eukaryotes and such LOL.  They need structure but can't be too rigid.  Otherwise, the cell can't function optimally and will probably die.  Unless you are a structured person you will eventually break free of a rigid routine because it will infringe on your life.  Keep it Simple in the words of my K.I.S.S. sisters.

Back to what I was talking about before.  The problem with me not doing as much to my hair now is my lack of a balanced system and sticking to it. I'm always worrying about the homework and studying I should be doing instead of goofing around doing "extra" things. So to resolve this issue I've been trying to let myself have a break if I want to chill out without thinking about school and all the things I have to do or should do.  In order to have a peace of mind and be successful a balanced system is essential.  You also need to leave PROCRASTINATION at the front door, and believe you me that bad boy always tries to hang around. :(

So I am going to make this happen.  I will be more playful with my hair.  This includes more flat-ironing (I know how much people hate that), Rollersets, Twist-outs, etc.  Don't worry...I love taking photos so as long as my husband will snap shots I will post them :)  I got some bad news for him though.  I'll need more earrings to go with my beautiful styles LMBO ;)

Have some fun people.

Wise Words

I love these two poems.  One I heard on Coach Carter (it had me balling) and the other on GI Jane (I can watch this movie a million times).  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

- Marianne Williamson




Self Pity 
I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

- D.H. Lawrence


If you want something...go out and get it.

Friday, July 22, 2011

It's Too HOTTT

Oh my gosh it is so hot outside...but it's hotter in this dang on house.  The air conditioner and fan aren't doing anything and it's affecting my hair.  I threw some oil in my hair and put on a shower cap so my that it wouldn't dry out.  I may keep it on over night.  Tomorrow is supposed to be hot as well.  I'm so glad it won't be as hot as today though.

Either way I'll be at the library.  Once again I have assignments and quizzes that are due.  WHEN WILL IT END LOL. I'm not complaining.  I've been doing well in school.  I want to keep it up so I can make the Dean's List.  But I don't know man. I'm getting tired and the laziness is setting in.  Someone tell me not to give up just yet LOL.

Anyways, I'm sitting here watching Real Housewives of New York (I gotta admit I love this franchise).  These women are off-the-chain-crazy.  On lady thinks she's pregnant and apparently hasn't considered that menopause may be an option (she is around that age).  On the hand, maybe she has considered it.  Menopause is probably a scary part of life.  You hear so many things about the process and medically speaking your hear about things like depleting hormones, osteoporosis, and etc.  Or she just wanted some extra TV time.  I'm gonna go with the latter.  I cause I'll see at the end of the episode when she takes a pregnancy test. 

Well I done for now.  I'll be back soon.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

This is ALL bad

So, I am working towards my Masters of Public Health and I've been reading more articles about epidemics and such.  I came across this article in the New York Times  (click the link) and this is ALL BAD for Public Health professionals.  If you don't feel like reading the entire article I'll just post this quote (but I recommend reading the article.  It is very short). 

"Almost 6,000 villages are supposed to be under surveillance, the campaign reported, but a W.H.O. representative recently found that local monitors were badly trained and unsupervised."

Now how in the world is this exceptable.  Well, they didn't say that the people weren't reprimanded.  However, that is ridiculous especially on the behalf of the people responsible for educating the monitors. 

We have to do better. LOL

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rice recipe

Cooking is something that I like to do...occasionally.  I more so like to make up my own rendition of recipes.  So what popped into my mind recently is a rice dish. 


-Basmati Rice
-Swanson's Chicken Broth
-Chicken Chunks

This should be pretty good, right?  What may make it even better is to roll all this up in a tortilla.  Throw a little sour cream and cheese into the mix (I'm a sour cream addict BTW).  I have a rice cooker too.  If I make it I'll post a pic. 

Hair Wants

I for sure want to try the Jane Carter line.  I've heard plenty of good things about the products.  As soon as I get some money and use my other products JC's line will be the first thing I purchase.  Also, I am considering the Shea Moisture conditioner spritz.
I was claiming APL (just barely) LOL.
Currently, I am use Aphogee (Love this stuff. It won't be going anywhere), Doo Gro shampoo, Suave Conditioner, NTM Daily Deep Conditioner, EVOO, JBCO, some essential oils, ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing Cream, and HE LTR Split end Protector.  I don't use all these products at once but they all are in my hair rotation.  I can't wait for my natural hair to grow out more.  Here's where I was during my transition before:

See APL lol ;)
I just threw this in because I like this style LOL.  But this is a picture from my last transition.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dance Fever Baby

I want to join a dance class, and not the traditional modern dance or jazz class.  I want to learn video choreography.  Videos like this

really make me want to dance (excuse the language in the song).  This dance group is getting down and I'm sure they are having fun.  I remember my best friend, Jessica (shout out to you JP lol) and me, would try to learn TLC and Aaliyah choreography.  It was so much fun.  I couldn't then and still can't hip roll but that's okay, I tried.

I miss the days of not being so busy.   However, I'm learning it's all about balance.  I have to make time to do things that are fun and that I genuinely enjoy.  I love to dance....oh wait let me clear that up...I love to ROCKOUT LOL, draw, compete, and chill.  Oh goodness, I just thought about how much I used to LOVE talking on the phone.  That was such a teenage hobby and most people go through it.

Ok back to me and dancing.  There's a place that has some classes that I'm going to check out.  It's called Vixen Fitness.  This should be a lot of fun.  I can't wait!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beyonce Craze

While my favorite Beyonce CD remains to be Dangerously In Love!  I am enjoying her new album 4.  It's HOT!  She has some of the "get down and dance tracks" mixed in with the "I love my man" tracks (Gotta love those ;)!  This CD helped me finish a grueling paper that was due last week.  
My favorite tracks are...
1+1, I Care, Countdown, and I Was Here. 

I can't sing (not even one note) but I was singing all of these songs.

I've seriously been playing it nonstop since I bought it!  My husband says I can be a little obsessive about things I'm really into.  LOL

If you haven't already check it out.  I'm sure you can go on YouTube and listen to some of tracks or at least go on Beyonce 4 at (just click on the link) and get a preview.

Anyways,  I hope you get to enjoy the CD because I know I am.


Pump it Up

There are a few artists/songs that I must play when I work out...

1) Lil Wayne
2) Nicki Minaj (if you have Pandora check out her station)
3) Young Money - Pass the dutchess
4) Chris Brown

OH MY WORD...How could I forget... Travis Porter O_o

I suggest you create a playlist and set it on shuffle!

What artist help you make it through a workout?