On Monday: Good Thoughts

This morning and throughout the day plot out your peace and stay there. Stay on your purpose and upgrade your conviction. All good things come to those who fight for it.

SLAY THE DAY

 

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On Cluttered Focus: Mental Clarity

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Fighting for mental clarity is a chore for me- between social media procrastination and completely overwhelming myself with  everything I have on my plate, I’m always dragging myself back to find focus. That in itself is tiring.

I notice when things get intense for me I pull up Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the Huffington Post. I think I am calming my nerves but what I really am doing is trying to escape the task at hand. My mind and focus get bogged down with politics, pretty pictures, other peoples fabulous life…it fogs my goals and intent. It takes away from my clear vision. I wish I was better disciplined with the mental sharpness of a tech genius locked up in a room for twenty hours. Not forever but until my task are done.

I get bored of my pep talks…why do I have to keep talking myself into winning?

Okay, maybe right now I’m a tiny bit down on myself for still seeing my path with weeds and debris in front instead of seeing what I did to clear the way to get this far.

So on it goes to find mental clarity and keeping the focus on the goal. I’m almost there I keep reminding myself.

 

 

On PoppedHomemade: Body Butter Goodness

wp-1450272445447.jpegI love a good body butter with a light scent that does not overpower and keeps my hands and body moisturized for more than a half hour. I was lucky to get two samples from the fabulous creations of Popped Handmade and am over the moon with her Minty Tangerine and Chocolate Mint.

Poppedhanmade is the creation of Carla Miles from Chicago. I did a blog feature on her several months ago. I was drawn to her positive and inspiring post.

She is a woman with a family not content with the status quo but empowered to create and establish her own business in homemade skin care products. I wish her much success in her endeavors and plan to continue to support her efforts because…sistah to sistah we have to roll like that.

Please visit her shop on Esty and follow her on Instagram and Facebook

 

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On Business: How To Excel At Excel

Any time one looking to start a business or grow an existing business can get some training for free it’s a win. A huge win.
I took an accelerated Excel class last Fall, got a great Groupon deal and learned a lot. I wasn’t bad at excel but I was not utilizing the program to its fullest. I personally love seeing a well put together easy to decipher spreadsheet. I also want to learn every aspect of my business and I know excel will help with accounting needs by helping me maintain financial information and up to date…as long as I put in the data 🙂

I found this online over the weekend and I think just for your basics these little tech videos will help getting you to a comfortable place with excel.

Happy Learning!

Excel at Excel

http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/community/b/tsblog/archive/2015/07/07/how-to-excel-at-everything-or-at-least-make-better-spreadsheets.aspx

On 101 Things In 1001 Days Challenge

I saw this challenge on one of the blogs I follow, Popped Black Woman Blog (please pop over and join. She has very interesting and encouraging post on life. Quickly became one of my faves). I was intrigued about 101 Things because its not quite the typical resolution that challenges you to accomplish/change your life in one year, this challenge gives you 2.75 years to accomplish goals.

It took me almost a week to think of things I wanted to do in 101 days because I wanted them to be very realistic combining the hard with the simple. I divided my list into categories so I can keep track of goals. I wrote the goals on index cards and will put  them on a calendar I am making for this challenge. Thank you very much PoppedBlackWomanBlog for bringing this to my attention and I hope you will be my #19

101 Things In 1001 Days

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Writing & Blog:

  1. Write Everyday
  2. Write a play
  3. Finish Screenwriting Class
  4. Write Screenplay
  5. Submit short stories to literary magazines
  6. Enter Writing contest
  7. Post to Blog M-F
  8. Build blog following
  9. Develop and stick to cohesive blog theme
  10. Attend a Blogging Event/Conference
  11. Join Writing Group
  12. Perfect Query letters
  13. Earn money from writing
  14. Attend writing retreat (PA)
  15. Add Youtube videos
  16. New Mac
  17. Add OOTD photos to blog
  18. Focus blog on lifestyle after 40
  19. Do another Blog Feature (once a month)
  20. Keep journal of ideas and prompts

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 Health and Fitness

  1. Hot yoga
  2. Exercise 3mos 30mins/day 5days
  3. Give up soda for 30 days
  4. Learn to swim
  5. Yoga for one full month
  6. Join NP Health Club
  7. Swim 3days a week
  8. Buy a new Bike
  9. Run 3miles w/out stopping
  10. Drink one gallon of water a day for month

Personal/Development:

  1. Study French Every day with the app Duolingo. LOVE IT. And signed up for class starting in April
  2. Go on Hike
  3. Read 52 Books
  4. Read five African American History Books
  5. Get Real Estate License
  6. Read 12 different genres of literature
  7. Read entire Quran
  8. Meditate
  9. Learn photography basics
  10. Take an acting class
  11. Sew-set up sewing machine
  12. Buy new DSLR camera

 Social:

  1. Stop saying No to dates
  2. Discover RI Actively doing that every weekend.
  3. Visit one new restaurant in RI a month
  4. Go Skiing
  5. Rent a cabin
  6. Audition for a Play
  7. Volunteer for a play production
  8. See plays at local RI theaters
  9. Host Sunday dinners 2x a month
  10. Create one year of Autumn Photo book
  11. Transfer videos to DVD
  12. Attend new ballet production
  13. Be less selfish with my time
  14. Groupon: Take advantage of classes, restaurant, social events 12 mos
  15. Slumber Wine Party
  16. Be more active in Friendships Reaching out more and setting girl dates 🙂

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 Travel:

  1. Visit Patrick in Cardiff
  2. Go to London
  3. Montreal Jazz Festival
  4. Essence Jazz Festival-New Orleans
  5. Road trip with family to Florida Universal Studios
  6. Family Girls Trip
  7. Take Darius to Sesame Street Place
  8. Enjoy local music festivals
  9. Rent a house at the beach

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Home:

  1. Finish Dining Room Table refinish-old door (next 30 days)
  2. Redo bathroom (April-finish in 90 days)
  3. Move bedroom upstairs (ASAP)
  4. Paint bedroom & Decorate
  5. Refinish all doors in house to natural wood
  6. Re-paint kitchen
  7. Bake homemade cake once a month
  8. Make a new dish once a month from cookbook
  9. Re-finish front and back porch
  10. Hire a new landscaper to plant flowers
  11. Buy flowers once a week
  12. Grow fresh herbs
  13. Select new pictures and theme for prints to hang
  14. Make new pillows
  15. Make new curtains

 Career/Life Change Goals:

  1. Increase savings
  2. Develop business plan
  3. Execute business plan
  4. Enroll in CWE class for women entrepreneurs
  5. Enroll in SBA class for women business owners
  6. For every goal crossed off pay myself $5
  7. Create Will & Get Life Insurance Papers in order and make accessible
  8. Create Business cards

Misc:

  1. Invest in a classic trench
  2. Wear a protective style for 30days
  3. Wear dresses for one month straight
  4. Clean out closet
  5. Donate to homeless charity
  6. No Television for one week
  7. Paint a canvass
  8. Spa day for Mom and Me
  9. Try the skin,hair,nails challenge for 30days
  10. Create 101 Calendar with stickie goals
  11. Write Oprah

My City Providence: The Vault Collective

 

 

 

I don’t post enough about the goodies in my state. I’m originally from Boston and commute there everyday for work but live in Rhode Island.  For a small state there are so many interesting and cool things going  here. Every year I vow to get to know Lil Rhody a little better but with a work schedule that keeps me in Boston ten hours a day and tack on a two-hour commute I must admit my quality of life has fallen. I wake up at dawn, take a 6:30am train to work, work till 6, get home at 7-7:30, by 8:30 I’m just prepping for the next day and in bed by 10. I haven’t had a much of a social life or had a whole heap of time to enjoy the things I love, like vintage shopping/browsing.

I read about the Vault Collective on Rhode Island Monthly’s twitter on Thursday and I was there on Saturday. The Vault is a collective of different vintage vendors and this pop shop is open till February.

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If you ever get the opportunity to buy a vintage coat do it. The weight and the timeless elegance of one is something you will never get from the coats made today. I have a wool vintage Bonwit Teller coat with a fur collar. It has to weigh at least three pounds. It is heavy, yes, but it has a swing to it that makes me feel like I’m about to go have drinks with Lana Turner. Most vintage coats I see are definitely worth the price for the craftsmanship alone. My coat cost me about $100 and most of them are in that range. Worth every cent and more. The Vault had a great selection and I’m kicking myself a bit because there was a red tweed that I should have gotten. KICKING MYSELFimage

Ha! A Ouija board. I don’t believe in evil spirits. Have a hard time accepting that if someone is an evil SOB in real life that God would let them continue to inflict evil after their death. That’s just really fucked up so I choose not to  believe evil spirits are allowed to keep roaming when we have to deal with evil in the flesh of living human beings.

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I’ve been reading a lot about pop up shops around the country. Very cool idea. This one was my first and I hope a lot more come to the downtown area of Providence. I think they are probably great for start-up businesses and small businesses looking for more exposure. Have you been to pop-up shops in your city?