How to Shake off Sleep

Have you ever woken up but by around 2pm you realize that you never really “woke up?” You’re feeling like a zombie because you never really did shake off sleep. You feel like a fish out of water…

How to shake off sleep…

  • Wash your face with cold water- If you are outside of the home and you can get to a sink, just splash some water on your face. This will do wonders to wake you up.
  • Do some stretches- trying not to yawn, just do some basic stretches to get the blood flowing better. Increase air to your lungs by placing your hands behind your head and pulling your elbows backward.
  • Drink some water- guzzling water seems to help me real quick and of course H2O is amazing for your mind and body. Cold water may be best if you’re extremely tired. Then splash some on your face if that doesn’t work. ūüėČ
  • Find something that makes you laugh- No seriously, laughing wakes you up! I mean have you ever noticed when you can’t sleep, you tend to laugh at everything, so try it in reverse. Find something funny on YouTube. I recommend LizaKoshy
  • Do some random exercises- Yes, any type of exercise, movement, workout! Just get up and dance around, even for  a few moments.  If you’re sitting at a desk, just move what you can. 

Hopefully these little tricks will wake you up and help shake off sleep!

Why Do Black Girls Rock?

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Do we really have to ask this question? ¬†Black Girls Rock because we are Fearfully and Wonderfully made! ¬†“I praise you because I am¬†fearfully¬†and¬†wonderfully¬†made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

Wait a minute, aren’t all of God’s children fearfully and wonderfully made? ¬†Why Yes, however, I must say, black women have endured and overcome so much throughout history. ¬†We all know that blacks in general had to face horrific trials and obstacles in America, being dragged, beaten, tortured, raped, and ripped from their families.

According to some of Wikipedia’s definition of the treatment of slaves in the United States,¬†¬†“Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, beating, mutilation, branding and/or imprisonment. Punishment was most often meted out in response to disobedience or perceived infractions, but masters or overseers sometimes abused slaves to assert dominance. Pregnancy was not a barrier to punishment; methods were devised to administer lashings without harming the baby. Slave masters would dig a hole big enough for the woman’s stomach to lie in and proceed with the lashings.”

Even while carrying a child, many times, the child of a slave owner that had raped and impregnated her, these women had to endure and be strong, ¬†Over time this strength, mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally was passed down from generation to generation. ¬†Not to make light of what men had to endure, but right now I’m speaking about women and how black girls rock.

There are so many black women in history that have paved the way for black women today and even now black girls are rocking more than ever. ¬†You don’t have to take my word for it, just take a look at some of the accomplishments black women have achieved each year from 2001.

  • Ruth Simmons, formerly the president of Smith College, became the first black woman to¬†head an Ivy League university¬†when she became the 18th president of Brown in 2001.
  • At the Winter Olympics in 2002, Vonetta Flowers was the first black woman to win a gold medal in bobsledding.
  • In 2003, Serena Williams became the first African-American to win a Career Grand Slam in tennis.
  • In 2004, Phylicia Rashad made Broadway history when she became the first black woman to¬†win a Tony for Best Actress¬†in a play for her role in¬†Raisin In The Sun.
  • Condoleezza Rice became the first black woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state in 2005.
  • In 2006, Sophia Danenberg became the first African-American to reach the peak of¬†Mount Everest.
  • Barbara Hillary, a retired nurse and lung cancer survivor who was raised in Harlem, became the first black woman to¬†reach the North Pole¬†at the age of 75 in 2007.
  • First African-American woman elected Speaker of a¬†state House of Representatives in California Rep.¬†Karen Bass in 2008
  • In 2009, Michelle Obama became the first African-American First Lady of The United States of America.
  • Democrat Terri Sewell became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. House from Alabama in 2010.
  • Angella Reid served as the White House Chief Usher from October 2011, in the Obama Administration, until her dismissal in May 2017 from the Trump Administration. She was the first woman to hold this position.
  • In 2012, Ava DuVernay won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival for her drama ‚ÄėMiddle Of Nowhere‚ÄĒ making her the first black woman to take home the honor.
  • ¬†Rosa Parks was honored as the first African-American woman with a statue of her likeness on D.C‚Äôs Capitol Hill in 2013.
  • In 2014, Paulette Brown became the first black woman elected to lead the 400,000-member American Bar Association, which, until 1943, did not allow African-Americans to join.
  • Loretta Lynch became the first African-American woman Attorney General of the United States in 2015.
  • African-American women made Olympic history in the 2016 Summer Olympics by winning gold in gymnastics, swimming, and shot put. Simone Biles scored her third gold medal when she became the first American to win the Olympic vault individual, Simone Manuel became the first African-American female swimmer to win an Olympic medal in an individual event and Michelle Carter became the first African-American woman to win a gold in shot put.
  • Now, in 2017 Stacey Abrams, an American politician who is currently the House Minority Leader for the¬†Georgia General Assembly¬†and State Representative for the 89th House District aims to be the nation’s first female African-American governor.

Just as these black girls rock, so do you!!! These are just a few encouraging and motivating facts to keep you pushing forward.  They did it and so can you.  We all can! We have to keep believing in ourselves, looking at what our ancestors, family members, peers, friends, associates, and role models have accomplished and know that if He did it for them, He can and will do it for us.  This is why Black Girls Rock!

For more about a black girl who rocked, check out an earlier post…

Equal Justice: The Courage of Ada Sipuel

 

 

Feeling A Bit Meh?

So, I know this blog is all about speaking life online and motivating others, but right now, I’m feeling a bit meh! emotiguy-1654859_1920¬†Uh, I think I even have the wrong Emoji plugged in because this one is looking more sad and pitiful. ¬†I’m not really feeling sad or pitiful, just a little, well, meh. ¬†I know that things will look up and that life is full of challenges, changes, and ups and downs, so ultimately I’m not going to let anything get the best of me.

Okay, so here comes the motivating part. ¬†All of us go through times of struggle, anxiety, confusion, or even depression, however, the way we deal with these times and circumstances is what gets us through and builds us up. ¬†I’d like to think of it as moments used to build character, step outside of ourselves, rely on the strength of our creator, and time to reflect and redirect. ¬†With all of that being said, I for one feel better already and I hope that I have encouraged someone else as well. ¬†emoticon-1610573_1920So, just hold on, and hold out because although things may not be as you wish this moment, things do and always will change. Keep pressing forward and keep each other lifted. ¬†May God bless and keep you all in His perfect peace!

Equal Justice: The Courage of Ada Sipuel

I am so excited to introduce my new audio book,¬†Equal Justice: The Courage of Ada Sipuel.¬†I had a blast narrating this wonderful memoir about the life of a great civil rights leader that many of us may have never even known about. ¬†The author, William Bernhardt does an amazing job outlining the events and obstacles in the life of ¬†Ada Louis Sipuel Fisher as she applied for admission into law school in order to challenge the state’s segregation laws and to become a lawyer.¬† She faced many setbacks and fought against the “separate but equal” laws of her time… I believe you all will enjoy listening to this story as much as I enjoyed narrating it!¬† Thank you in advance for your support and happy listening!!
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Just as I did with my last two special offers for audiobooks on Audible.com:¬†Weight Loss Smoothies: 45 Delicious Smoothie Recipes to Lose Weight and Get Healthy¬†and¬†‚ÄúObesity: Discover The Secrets For Successful Weight Loss That Include Details Of Why Obesity Is So Unhealthy And How You Can Easily Lose Excess Weight‚ÄĚ, ¬†I ¬†am offering 3 free downloads of this audiobook to the¬†first three¬†people who email me and ask for it. ¬†I will provide you ¬†with the promo code. The instructions are easy and are as follows‚Ķ

1. Go to my book’s page on Audible.com: Equal Justice: The Courage of Ada Sipuel
2.   Add the audiobook to your cart.
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4.¬† ¬†Enter the promo code, and click ‚ÄúApply Code.‚ÄĚ
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Need More Energy… 5 Benefits of taking B-12 Vitamins

Okay so it is 2 pm and you can barely keep your eyes open.  You even got up and worked out early this morning. However, that afternoon drift is a mere crawl and it feels like the clock is just not moving fast enough.

Perhaps it is the first thing in the morning and you know you have a long day ahead of you, but you know that coffee will just have you up to bring you down.  You need more energy!man with lightbulb

B-12 Vitamins are a wonderful way to help alleviate that lethargy, drowsiness, and¬†fatigue. They do wonders for me. ¬†I notice a significant difference when I do and do not take them daily. ¬†Check out these benefits of taking B-12 vitamins…

These are just 5 benefits of taking B-12 for energy, however B-12 vitamins have even more health benefits.  Consider purchasing some B-12 vitamins for some many ways to increase and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

How to Find Motivation… 10 Steps that I Find Motivating

Motivation is the driving force behind the who, what, when, where, and why we do what we do in any given circumstance. ¬†According to Wikipedia, motivation¬†“gives the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa.”¬†¬†Many times, I have asked myself, what is my motivation whenever I am trying something new, would like to accomplish a goal, or wondering why I am even attempting to do something different.

I am sure we all have those moments in time when it is more challenging to find motivation than other times. I have found that the following 10 steps have helped me get motivated and perhaps can help you at some point as well.praying-1713281_640

How to find motivation…

  1. Take a moment to just sit still, relax, and meditate.

  2. Reflect on what you have already accomplished.

  3. Think about what you would like to accomplish next.

  4. Make a list of short-term goals.

  5. Make a list of long-term goals.

  6. Listen to some soft instrumental music, nature sounds, and/or worship songs.

  7. PRAY. 

  8. Read the Bible.

  9. Speak Life, saying what you can and will do.

  10. Repeat as much as necessary.

These are just my personal 10 steps that I find motivating in determining my motivation many times in life.  These 10 steps are suggestive and what has worked for me personally in the past.  I am not a doctor, scientist, theologian, or any type of guru, but I just want to share what helps me in my times of needing to find my motivation. I hope it will help someone else.