Wednesday, February 20, 2013

De-Stressing


Stress was something I dealt with for a while. It showed itself as chest pain,
and it was a constant problem that I didn't know how to control or concur. 

My doctor suggested I go on medication. But I opted not to because 
I didn't want to just mask the pain and issue, I wanted a permanent solution.

I came across this article on the Huffington Post and thought I would share. 
It's something I do often and it has been a big help.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Thoughts On The Chris Dorner Situation

While Chris Dorner was on the run in California, I saw all kinds of random opinions of the situation on Twitter. A lot of tweets I saw were of people saying they were rooting for Dorner's success because the LAPD is corrupt.

In my opinion, regardless of how Dorner lost his job, there is NO excuse for the way he chose to handle everything. Killing innocent people makes no sense to me, at all. At the end of the day Dorner is a killer and there is no justification for his actions. For those of you who were rooting for him, would you still feel the same way if he killed your family member while trying to prove his point?

Yes we all know or my have heard about how corrupt the LAPD is. But we can not judge an entire department based on the actions of their bad apples. LAPD does have a bad history, N.W.A. brought this to our attention years ago.



Monday, February 11, 2013

Be Healthy: Green Tea





Green tea’s impact on cancer and heart disease seems very promising, and many people have experienced life changing benefits as a result of taking it daily. Below is a comprehensive list of benefits you will attain with a regular dose of green tea.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Road To Brooklyn ~ Part IV

However, the most important thing about this was during the whole time I had an inner-peace. I never felt that I would be returning to California with my mom. But I was nervous about how things would work out and I remember simply praying, “Lord, please let your will be done.”

Being the obedient believer that my mother is, she followed the Holy Spirit’s direction when she was prompted to extend the hotel room until the day she was set to leave. And that Thursday evening I started my Craigslist search again, this time for my own apartment and I came across a broker in Brooklyn. My mom gave him a call and we met up with him on Friday morning.

He took us to a few different places, all of which I was not pleased with. The neighborhoods were excellent but I was accustom to a California way of living. So certain things that would be standard in a California apartment were not included in these Brooklyn apartments. Plus the buildings were very old.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Road To Brooklyn ~ Part III



I didn’t want to quit my job in May because I had planned to quit in July. I was trying to stick to my plan but things at my job were getting out of control. I spoke to my Pastor about how I was feeling and she made it clear to me that if I couldn’t handle being there, I needed to step out in faith and trust that the Lord would guide and protect me. I rustled with that for a few days thinking maybe things at work would get better, but they didn’t and one day I got a strong impression that it was time for me to leave.



I let go of my plan and my last day at that job ended up being June 15, 2012. On my last day the owner of the company put up a banner for me and had all the employees come to the middle of the office as he and my boss gave a speech about how thankful they were for my dedication throughout the years. Just as the Lord showed my Mother years prior, the owner applauded me. It felt good to close this chapter of my life.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My Road To Brooklyn ~ Part II


I spent a good portion of 2011 fasting and sowing seeds for life direction, and seeking answers from God as to what my purpose was. Then in April of 2011 while at work, I was reading singer Mashonda’s blog, like I had always done and it hit me. I got the idea to start my own blog. (Looking back I know the Holy Spirit prompted me to start it). So I started it, and posted my first entry on May 1, 2011. At the time, I figured I would use it to just write about random topics that caught my interest.

Fast forward to August 15, 2011. I remember sitting on my couch in my apartment in Long Beach, CA and clear as ever in my mind, out of nowhere, I thought “I want to be a writer.” I then thought back to the time when I was in 5th grade and I entered a speech writing contest and won. I thought back to high school when I always got A's on my essays. I thought back to college when a friend read one of my reports and said, “You’re a good writer.” I thought back to one of my college teachers enjoying my essay so much that she had the school newspaper publish it. I thought back to my Pastor telling me she had a vision of me writing a book about her life story.


Monday, February 4, 2013

My Road To Brooklyn ~ Part I



*Many people have asked why I decided to move from California to New York. And others ask how I was able to make such a big move. Throughout the next couple of days I am going to share my "Road to Brooklyn..." enjoy*


For 29 years of my life I lived in sunny Southern California. I moved about an hour west (toward the beach) from my parent's house when I was 19 to attend college. While attending college in the Los Angeles area, I decided to stay after I graduated. The following six years after I graduated I experienced a serious growth spurt. But not in the physical sense. During that time friends came and went and so did many drama filled situations. And at one point I found myself alone. But at the time, I wasn’t aware that God was setting me up for something bigger and was also answering my prayers.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Afro-Latinos & Black History Month


Black history month is known as the celebration of “Black” history in the United States and other parts of the African diaspora. Some people question the necessity having Black History month for several reasons; some of those reasons include the notion of privileging of historically disadvantaged groups and distinguishing Black history from American history. I’ve always had issues with individuals who do not acknowledge and/or realize the relevancy of Chicano, Black and, Asian-American history as American history. There is certainly a necessity within the academy for these departments. However, the standard approach to history these days is to teach an overwhelmingly Euro-centric point of view that often provides a slanted point of view.