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Power in the Pain



I’m often asked how I came into the weight loss process and how I have been able to maintain for nearly 2 years. I consider it an honor and a privilege to tell that story with every hope that it would inspire someone to change. We are all a work in progress, and in need of motivation. I began my path like most people would. Fed up and ready for change…

80 lbs. heavier and referring to myself as the “Ice cream Queen”, I was addicted to fast food and all things processed. As a busy working Mother with a fast paced career, anything that equaled a quick fix held a place in my heart. This didn’t allow for the preparation of nutritious meals and things that would leave me heartburn free. I began to realize that I had created a routine for myself that was a first class ticket to an early grave. I

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Think Like A Princess Too!



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Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey and the whole cast are at it again. With a star studded array of actors, the Think Like A Man originals are back with a vengeance. After the massive success of the prequel, Hollywood execs have ordered round two of the comedy set to modern, complicated relationships that set records last year grossing over 34 million. Harvey seems to strike gold with every swing, and this go around is no exception!

As many prepare to catch Think Like A Man Too in theaters, I have seen the advertisements more frequently. It started me thinking about the constant shifts in relationships, my recent release of a relationship book and how many newer clients are expressing they need help. We have a lot of people telling ladies how to think, what to think and who to think it with. But I

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Of Mothers, Daughters and The Twelfth House in Astrology …



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“Astrology” by jaikdean

I was born under the sign, Libra. The one astrological sign symbolized by an inanimate, non-living object, the scales, Librans I was once told, do not possess balance.

Rather, we are searching for balance. In that this stands true for me, I find truth and logic in the astrological assertion that the planet, Saturn undergoes exaltation in the sign Libra.

As Saturn can be said to represent karma and the results of one’s actions, along with a whole host of other life aspects that relate to time action and limitations, that the sign Libra calls us into balance, the scales ask justice of us, resonates with me and my living.

My mother was a difficult person with whom to interact, understand and relate, or rather find common ground. And yet this mutual place of rootedness

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Why You Need Clearly Defined Goals to Achieve Financial Independence



Financial Independence isn’t hard to achieve. It doesn’t require any more hard work than is required to struggle from paycheck to paycheck. It doesn’t require you to be any smarter than you are now when it comes to managing money. However, it does require you to do things differently than you’re doing right now. While there are many things you can do differently in order to start achieving financial Independence, one of the most crucial things you can do is have clearly defined goals.

Let’s talk about why this is and how you can start putting this knowledge to work starting right now…

How to Get Rid of Financial Worries for Good

Clearly defined financial goals will help you put a stop to worrying about money almost immediately. This is because worry and fear are born out of uncertainty. Th

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Fab Fundamentals – The Difference between Losing and Legacy



Fab Fundamentals

We sat and talked. We talked about the weather. We talked about the turn that life was taking. We talked about men and the tendencies that they have, and she explained to me that they would never change… that I had to be the change I wanted to see in this life. We talked about the future. The future that she wouldn’t be able to coach me through, and in the interest of time, she asked me to listen intently. I was a young Woman; uncertain with many questions, and she was tired, but full of answers. We talked. We talked for hours; and though we spoke many words that day, I paid more attention to her actions. She was given a very limited time to live at this point, and she asked me to pass her the bright red nail polish on her dresser. In absolute awe, I handed it to her, and said to myself,”

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In the Pool, Life is Cool. Make Waves!



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On hot summer days, all you want to do is JUMP in the pool!

Sometimes cooling down is all we need to move our lives forward.

Take time out and get a dip or go for a good splash.

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Of Tasmit, Nebo and Gatekeepers …



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“The Blue Head” by Hitzi Hitzinger

Our youngest daughter was born under the astrological sign, Pisces.

Alan Oken says of Pisces, “It had been called the most misunderstood sign of the zodiac [addressing] the finite consciousness of man and the infinite consciousness of the universe … (more…)

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Dr. Sanders on Boko Haram – Highlights Northeast Nigerian Vigilante Group as Elements on FEEEDS’ Human Rights Watch List



Following CEO-FEEEDS June 12, 2014, testimony to the U.S. House of Representative’s Sub Committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organization, the kidnappings and actions by Boko Haram have gone unabated and unchallenged, with 21 people killed in the country capital Abuja June 25; 60 people  kidnapped (married women, girls, and boys) 100 miles from Borno’s capital Maiduguri on June 24, June 23 the bombing of the polytechnic university in Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city; and, in late May another 20 women kidnapped about 9 kilometers from Chibook – the original site of the #bringbackourgirls tragedy.

However, there is another issue which needs watching on top of the bombings, killings, and kidnappings in Chibook and through the Northeast. The so-called “vigilan

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I Laid Every Stone on The Altar



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There comes a time in your life when things have to “Change”. No matter what has happened or when things will happen in our lives one thing we lose sight of is God.

For me when I was at my weakest moments, I didn’t know God and even though he was there through every bad season, in my heart he was far away. We often question God and ask “Why Us” instead of understanding he places nothing on us we can’t bear to understand “Why not Us”

In my previous marriage I made countless mistakes and bad decisions, I even look back and question what state of mind I was in. As I mentioned in my book, I was lost not realizing the damage was done at the age of eleven when my abuser took my innocence. Not realizing that very moment changed my life even in my adulthood. When we don’t deal with our past it ca

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Of Mothers, Daughters and Seeing Each Other Eye-to-Eye …



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“Sylvatica” by Andre Barker

Witnessing our eldest graduate college in May 2009 and then graduate school eighteen months later in December 2010 delivered me to a new level of confidence and belief in myself.

I realized that something of all I had done as a mother had worked in nurturing our eldest daughter into not only a good citizen, but one who had goals and plans for achieving those goals.

When after earning her graduate degree in International Studies our eldest daughter asked to return home and live with us while attending law school, I was thrilled. I was also humbled.

Her actions, so different from mine in my early twenties, said that not only did she feel safe and felt comfortable living at home, felt that her father and I would respect her privacy, but that she counted me as a fr

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Conference — Holistic Approach to Wellness for “Returning Citizens” and Community Reintegration



Conference on Holistic Approach to Wellness for Returning Citizens and Community Reintegration

The United States has 5% of the World’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. Over 7.2 million in jails, prisons, on probation, on parole or under some form of correctional supervision with over 2.2 million incarcerated. America releases over 600,000 prisoners in various communities annually with over three quarter of that number returning to incarceration. It is time we focus on those that are released rather than how to can re-incarcerate them.

The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. in collaboration with other re-entry organizations and formerly incarcerated individuals is focusing this year’s conference on meeting and highlighting the poignant needs of formerly incarcerated individuals: youths, male and female adults.

Our goal is to cover the following areas by way

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Of Gifts, Witnessing and Time Immemorial …



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“papillon214″ by valérie kuki

Each of our daughters has provided me a unique gift with the presence of their lives in mine. Our eldest, a twenty-six year old senior law student exemplifies the epitome of loyalty. That she chose to move back home and resume living in her old room while attending law school touched me greatly. It gave me the invaluable opportunity to witness her ascendance into young adulthood and womanhood. It also provided me a portal through which to revisit my young adult life.

Though I married at twenty-one, much remains similar between me, and our eldest daughter, yet married. Her ambition and drive remind me so much of the unfinished business I entered with into my marriage.

Fortunately I returned to school in my early thirties, while pregnant with our second, now a

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