Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted my own line of fitness wear. When I was pregnant with my son, more than 20 years ago, I didn’t like the maternity clothes in the store. So, I decided to have a few key pieces made for myself. Donald was my seamstress. He was awesomely talented, fine and so not into women but he sew his butt off. Sadly, Donald passed away years ago and hopefully I can find a seamstress just as good when I’m ready to get some pieces made. Choosing the patterns and fabrics were equally fun. I could spend hours in a fabric store, oohing and ahhing at the different fabrics, while pouring over the various Vogue pattern books. I never really mastered sewing and only time will tell if I decide to learn how to sew but in the meantime, I’ve found this most fantastic fabric called “Jungle Boogie Nights.” I’m looking forward to ordering this fabric and creating a really beautiful garment. OK, enough ranting about loving this really cool fabric. The point is the need to create will always come through so don’t fight it, just create something. Until next time, be well, be love, and be loved!
You don’t have to do this alone. You can ask for help. Some people will say, “No,” while others will gladly say, “Yes, what do you need?” The point is keep asking until you get a “yes!”
“Morning workouts seem to be more effective—providing they work for you and you can stick with them. There is evidence that suggests your metabolism is elevated to a greater extent with morning workouts, allowing you to burn more total calories in a day. In addition, it has been shown that morning exercisers have a higher adherence rate.” – Bob Greene, bestselling author, exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer
Everyday after I get off work, I chide myself for not getting up in the morning to work out versus going after work. I love working out in the morning and getting it out of the way. It’s not crowded, all the machines are available and I love the way I feel after I’m done working out. What I don’t love is getting up so early to do it. However, I met a woman in the gym’s locker room a few days ago and I ran into her again this morning. We’ve chatted before and she’s shared with me that she cares for her handicapped husband. So, here she was, early in the morning, getting it in for herself. I know all too well the stress of being a caregiver and also the importance of taking care of yourself. I commended her for not only caring for her husband but also getting up while it’s still dark to put in some time for herself. She was truly “fit and fab for life” personified. I’ll have to get her name the next time I see her. Hopefully that will be next week which means I’ll have to get up early every morning and get it done. She made me realize if you really want something bad enough you will make the sacrifices. While I know this to be true, we sometimes get comfortable and make excuses that really have no merit. My son is in college now so I don’t have chicken nor “chile” holding me back from getting up and getting it done. This is a never-ending challenge for me where I end going to the gym after work but it’s everyday “SHEroes” like my friend that remind me to get up, get out and get busy….early. Until next time, be well, be love and be loved!
There’s so many things to celebrating about publishing my first book but the one thing I can know for sure is that no one can ever take the title, “published author” away from me. Ironically, I’m ready for the next chapter of this awesome journey called “my life.” The life I’m learning to fall in love with and that’s truly being “fit and fab for life!”
Every year, my pastor calls for a consecration in February. For the last two years, I’ve chosen to unplug from social media. This is day 20 and so far, so good. I actually needed to unplug for a minute and recharge myself. I’m learning a lot about myself in 2013 as I continue my journey. I’m meeting and getting to know other people while I’m learning more about me. I’m taking baby steps outside of my comfort zone, putting myself out here and staying open to new ideas, people and opportunities is where I want to be. I have a small acting role as Coretta Scott King, when I’ve normally portrayed a reporter – something that comes naturally to me. My book, “Fit and Fab for Life” is becoming more of a reality as I will finally hold an actual copy in my hands in a few weeks. I’m moving further away from my comfort zone and becoming more fearless. I believe and know that the best is yet to come!
“I really think the range of emotions and perceptions I have had access to as a black person and as a female person are greater than those of people who are neither…. So it seems to me that my world did not shrink because I was a black female writer. It just got bigger.” – Toni Morrison
On February 18, 2013, the legendary author and first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature turned 82. As a writer, I celebrate her and the way she has showered the world with her words and complex characters through a number of different books. When you realize the power of words and the ability to weave them in to something that can move the world, evoke emotion, inspire, uplift, and entertain, it makes you appreciate the gift even more to be able to do just that. While “Fit and Fab for Life” is my first book, it definitely won’t be my last and I hope that if I’m fortunate to live to 82, I can look back at my own legacy of the written word. Again, here’s to you Ms. Morrison and your legacy of the written word that will inspire us for years to come.
“Confidence is the only key. I know a lot of people who aren’t traditionally ‘beautiful’ — not symmetrical or perfect-bodied or perfect-skinned. But none of that matters because all that shines through is their confidence, humor and comfort with themselves. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself” – Emma Stone