Monday, August 21, 2017

"Monday" - I don't hate you as much as I used to.

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I HATED Mondays! Seriously, I am not the least bit of a morning person and Monday's seemed like one big ole morning (YES, the whole day). I was on Garfield's side for the longest (don't sleep on him, under all that petty is a pretty smart feline!!) It wasn't until recently when I started to embrace how truly special Mondays are. Mondays force you to change your perspective, to shift from weekend mode to weekday mode. They are a fresh start to the (work)week and an opportunity for greatness.

Considering that I have more on my plate than a buffet connoisseur, I definitely needed to shift my perspective from having a serious case of the Mondays (every Monday!) to looking forward to accomplishing some real sh!+ for the week. So how did I go from hating/despising/cursing to the high heavens Monday, and now singing its praises?

Well it took WEEKS of routine and change, motivation and determination, and a kick in the a$$ by my boss (because - I am THAT person, who is always 15 minutes LATE to everything!). Oh, and these tip:
  1. Use a Planner. As I said in the previous post, the use of a planner not only helps you plan out your time, but helps you see what you've been doing and motivates you to keep up the momentum. Use some of that free time over the weekend  (or those last 30 mins on Friday,  - lets be serious there is NO work being done the last 45 minutes of Friday!), to review for the week ahead and avoid the Monday rush of trying to plan your week while your week is subsequently happening. 
  2. Get in routine. I now spend my Sunday evenings primping and prepping for the next day and the week ahead. Face masks, ironing of outfits, touching up of nails and hair, etc. I also have a set bed time (by 11:00 pm) but trust me, this was hardest of all to get used to (all the good shows come on Sunday nights, but I digress!!!). However, once I (and my body's internal clock) got in line, it actually helps me move through my days (and weeks) a lot smoother. I don't feel as tired and I am more able to crises  All to start Monday looking and feeling my best, which helps me tackle Monday, #likeaboss.
  3. Maintain Balance. unless you work weekends, keep WORK out of your weekends. Don't answer those emails or calls - in fact if you aren't on call TURN THE WORK PHONE OFF!!!!!!! Not just for your own sanity (and to avoid resentment) but the sanity of your friends and loved ones. Its also a great way to keep your weekend to yourself. Remember the WORK-WEEK is for WORK. You'll feel refreshed and hold less animosity and resentment towards your work, because you would have had a real break, a separation from it for a few days. You'll come into work with fresh eyes, which is helps you solve problems and accomplish task more efficiently.
  4. Make Monday something to look forward to! Wear a new outfit, try a new hairstyle, get your weekly mani/pedi, or treat yourself to your favorite lunch. Changing the atmosphere and your perception of Mondays into something to look forward to instead of dread, shapes the rest of your week. Positive thinking breeds a Positive environment!

Do you LOVE Mondays? What are some of your tips and tricks? Share 'em below or on our Facebook & Twitter 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Balancing the "Dynamic Trinity"

All of my adult life, I've balanced work, school, and familial responsibilities. With a great support system (I see you, FAM!), and a goal to leave something meaningful behind for my children, I managed to obtain both my Bachelor and Master degrees while balancing the "dynamic trinity". It's been exhausting, exciting, stressful, and motivating all at the same time. And it's been worth it. Each degree earned meant personal & professional advancement and an opportunity to relate determination and hard work to my children.  Hence why I am returning to school once again - this time Law School, because  I aspire to have an alphabet soup of letter behind my name😄😄, showing the world that #blackgirlmagic is REAL.

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Why call this balancing act the Dynamic Trinity, well it takes a certain kind of individual to take on the responsibilities and obligations that entails managing a family, progressing along the career ladder, and embarking on a journey of knowledge, all at the same time. It takes tenacity, determination, resilience, confidence and faith to juggle these three very heavy containers. I mean have you watched a juggler, that skill is dynamic.

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The thing is balancing the Dynamic Trinity seems normal to me. And its actually the norm for so many of us - single dads, working the mid level position while attending online classes for that MBA; the 20-something sister who helps her older sister out with childcare, while attending GED/CNA classes 4 afternoons a week; or the at her prime, career shifter, who decides to go back to school and get that degree in Interior Design because she always aspired to have her own design boutique. The list goes on.

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So how can WE successfully balance the Dynamic Trinity? Several colleges and universities offer their students handbooks and brochures on balancing work, life, and school. These are good place to start, because they offer you information specific and relevant to you.  If you're already in school, check with your school's student affairs office.

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Here are a few tips, gained from experience:
  1. First & foremost, you need to identify your support system. This is the group of individuals who understand, support, motivate, and are rooting for your success. They can be your family, your friends, fellow classmates, co-workers, professors & supervisors, anyone that can offer you genuine support. Trust me, you CAN'T do this alone. Remember, to take time to thank your team, keep them in the loop (your schedule, career and school plans) and spread the love. 
  2. Time Management is a MUST! I'm not the most routine individual, so a planner (both print and online) definitely saved me from forgetting parent-teacher conferences, monthly staff meetings, and deadlines for school assignments. Schedule time for you to study, to spend time with family, and some time for yourself. It might seem odd, scheduling your life but being aware of your schedule, whether weekly or daily, helps you stay on top of everything, which decreases stress. The less stress, the better you'll feel and able to tackle everything on your plate.
  3. Listen to your body. If you're feeling tired, overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed, etc., take time out to center yourself. If that means taking a "mental health day" and staying in bed, DO IT, you've earned it. While the journey is long and at times rough, there is no need to overwork yourself. You have to be at your best if you're gonna make it to graduation! 
  4. Set realistic goals, then be flexible. It took me an extra year to get my undergrad degree due to taking time off due to a high risk pregnancy. When I returned, I had a new job and gained experience from a brief stint in AmeriCorps. I was actually better prepared that last year. If I'd let that time off knock me off track, I probably wouldn't be where I am today. Don't let setbacks derail you! Life happens, better to change with it. The end game is the same, the journey doesn't have to be. 
  5. Look at all the options. Is it possible to take hybrid (online classes with some face-to-face days) or online only classes? Is your employer flexible regarding time/schedule or even book or tuition reimbursement? Does your school offer child care services? Explore every opportunity to better support your goals, accepting help and advocating for yourself is one of the main aspects that will get you through the journey. 
I have no doubt that ya'll are out there doing the damn thing, getting those grades, passing those classes, taking your seats at the table, and making those family memories while living life. I'm rooting for you, you amazing DYNAMIC juggler!

Have any tips? Questions? Interested in taking the Dynamic Trinity on? Hit us up, we got you!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Keep Grinding"

The last two weeks have been CRAZY! I was accepted into Law School (and the joint MPA program!), increased responsibility at work (I asked for it!), and I've been in a Duke's of Hazzard type situation with my local post office (like, come on guys, you have one JOB - deliver the mail!). Through all this, I'm happy to keep going, to keep doing the damn thing, to keep grinding. Like my grandpops used to say, "When you stop moving, stop striving, You die!"

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Life is about progression. To live is to be in a constant state of movement, of change. The things that drive you, your passions, your goals and dreams need you to keep pushing and striving for them. That's the grind! defines "grinding" as "working or studying laboriously". It's SO much more than that.

It's getting up everyday, whether your working two jobs while going to school, so you can get your foot in that door; or taking on more responsibility at work due to staff shortage, with little experience but a heart full of faith; or taking that leap of faith and taking your hobby of photography full time and quitting that sure thing of job that you hate. It doing what YOU need to do to get to WHERE you want to be.

Now the journey won't be easy, baby. There will be bumps, detours, and straight catastrophic events, but you'll get through them - that's the grind! Resilience, determination, and perseverance is what will get you through it, help you while on the grind. You have to keep going, achieve those dreams, simply SUCCEED! I'm rooting for you, luv!

Whatever your hopes, dreams, or passions are, NEVER stop striving towards them. Wake up everyday with a purpose to get just one step closer to that goal. Pound the pavement, knock on those doors, stay home to study and miss the 3rd "party of the year". Trust me, when you're sitting on that throne, that stage, that seat at the head of the table the journey, "the GRIND" would be well worth it!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer '17!!!!!!!


Summer '17 has OFFICIALLY started fam! Longer days, hotter nights, and good times to be had all around. LET'S GET IT!!!!!

We're working on bringing you new posts, reviews, GIVEAWAYS, and content - including videos,  guest bloggers, and recipes (Yasssss, you know we're foodies, check the IGs!!!!); and a little bit into the world of the Admins..

While you wait, check out some sites that offer some legit advice on career, relationships, finances, and parenting. Hit us up if there's a topic that you're interested in, have any questions, or just want to say Hi! We're here!

Seriously, ya'll send us your ideas, videos, inspirations. We want to give you what you want to see!

One a final note, Thank You! for sticking it out with us, We Appreciate You!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Know Your Worth

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This week I caught up with a few members of my tribe and over drinks and tacos we discussed how hard it is to truly know and appreciate your worth or value. Too many of us don't realize how much we actually bring to the table, whether in our personal or professional lives. We tend to ignore the gains, losses, and lessons that shape up and guide us. We allow other's perceptions of us define us; we revert into the "victim" when things don't go right; we take the blame for things outside our control. Making it happen in life requires resiliency, determination, drive, and self-awareness - all things that are internally motivated. Qualities that only you can nurture.

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Knowing your worth is more than being fairly and adequately paid for your work. Its being respected by all people in your life, its being appreciated & supported by your partner; respected & loved by your children; and trusted & adored by your friends. Its having faith and confidence in YOURSELF!

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Unfortunately, for me, it took obtaining a bachelor's degree, 4 years in an entry level Human Services position and a promotion to realize I have a lot to offer. I gained a new respect for my journey, my experiences, and my failures, the things that shaped me and brought me to the place of total respect of myself. That newfound respect translated into confidence and assertiveness. Qualities that have helped me move further, better accept and move on from obstacles, and work toward the goals I set forth for myself. Its FREEDOM!

How you see yourself, translates into how other people treat you. If you have negative thoughts, a lack of faith, or an overall ambivalence about yourself then others will treat you as less than deserving of respect, consideration or overall acknowledgment. The manner in which you carry yourself, shapes other's perspective of you. YOU own that narrative, it's your STORY!  Write it as you see fit and people will play along. Value yourself and others will follow suit.

Appreciating your experiences, your qualities and personality traits, passions and drives; the people in your life; everything that "make you, you" is the first step in realizing your worth. There is value in knowing, loving and appreciating WHO you are. That self love translates into everything aspect of your life - it guides how others perceive you, how they respond and respect to you; it guides your determination  and your drive. Its shapes you & your environment! So take a moment and determine your value, decide what you will and won't accept from others, from life. Make a decision to LOVE yourself and get ALL that you deserve.

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When did you determine "YOUR WORTH"? 

Monday, July 3, 2017

#ProductReview - #Clasier Bamboo Cutting Board (#Sponsored)

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I've been making it a point to make more meals at home and give GrubHub and UberEATS a break. And to make those awesome, creative meals, you've got to have the right tools. One of those is a good quality cutting board. IDK about you, but the counters in my rental are NOT Granite and really cant handle too many knife marks or curry stains.

So, I was stoked to try out Clasier's Bamboo cutting board, courtesy of #Tomoson. According to their website, Clasier is a Brooklyn, NY based company (YASSSS! My Hometown!!), with the mission "to bring to the household quality supplies making the day to day family chore exciting and fun!" Classier states that their #Clasiercuttingboardwutensils is:
So you know, I had to give it a try and test it out. What follows is my honest review, but first check out the Flipgram for a look at the set.

First off, I appreciate the size, I can cut all the veggies for my stir-fry without having to waste any other dishes. Its sturdy with some weight but not too heavy. It can stand up to some chopping. It has an edge around it that it deeper than other boards so it can catch whatever juices or seeds you will come across.

When I first opened it, it had an odd smell. So I gave it a quick wash with lemon and salt and let it dry completely. Once dry, I "seasoned" it (like you do a cast iron skillet), by rubbing on some olive oil with a cloth and letting set overnight. Once set give a quick wipe w/a clean damp cloth and we're good to go (REMINDER - do this at least once a month to maintain your cutting board). Trust me, its WORTH it)

It is very easy to clean - wash with soap and water (but don't submerge in the water) and let dry completely before next use. I've had it 2 weeks and it has yet to stain - and I made some curry and spilled a little bit of soy sauce (provided you don't let it sit!).

It does seem to be made from a different material than tradition wooden cutting boards and doesn't absorb or retain as much water either (which is desirable, to avoid mold and discoloration). Its actually quite quaint and can be used as a cheese plate or the like.

Now these utensils are BAE. I run through utensils regularly, whether they melt (cheap plastic ones brought in a hurry); are lost (I have children, man), or due to regular wear and tear, I am constantly replacing utensils. I like these though, they are sturdy, have yet to burn, or melt, or stain, and the variety is cool. I particularly like the flat spatula one the most - breaks up my meat, great for a stir fry and making scrambled eggs - plus it's easy to clean. Like the cutting board - don't let these guys sit submerged in water.

Overall, I like this set. While its not the cheapest, its definitely a well made product and recommend it for any foodie's kitchen.

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#TRPSupports - Women's Health

As women, one thing that should be a priority but usually falls to the bottom of the list is - OUR HEALTH! We always put the health and well being of others, whether they are our children, relatives, significant others, or clients/customers. We tend to forget about taking time out to make sure we're running in tip top shape (YES! Even you, Wonder Woman).

With that, I'd like to focus a bit on our lady bits! Women's reproductive health is a BIG issue right now! With the impending changes to the Affordable Care Act, women's health is at risk. We risk access to contraceptives, to procedures and medications that can save lives, and the right to make our own decisions over our bodies.

One of the decisions regarding our health involves the ingredients that goes into feminine care products, more specifically tampons and pads. Products most women use regularly! According to Seventh Generation:
[Feminine Hygiene manufacturers].. "Aren’t required to disclose ingredients, many do include some basic information on their packages about the ingredients — unless they use fragrance. A ‘fragrance’ in a product can be made up of 50-200 different ingredients, many for which health data simply doesn’t exist". 
In other words, companies DO NOT have to disclose what in the products that we are using in the most SENSITIVE parts of our bodies! I don't know about you, but I DAMN sure want to know what is going into my body, especially something I am expected to use for a good 30+ yrs of my life. So how do we change this?

With........Women, like you, me and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY), are out there hitting the pavement and making moves with some very forward thinking companies (like Seventh Generation & Women's Voices for the Earth) to ensure that there is transparency in feminine care products. In fact,
On May 23, women from across the country gathered on Capitol Hill to send Congress a message: It’s time to care about feminine care. Period.

So join me and other women, in making a stand:

To Take Action and contact your local representative ⇉click here⇇

A special S/O to Seventh Generation for the inspiration and information! #comeclean #generationgood

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#ProductReview - MyBruneiStore's Self Adhesive Bra (Sponsored Post)

Two weeks ago, #tomoson & MyBruneiStore let me review this self adhesive bra - You know the one that ALL the Craze.

Although, this post is sponsored, all words and opinions expressed below are 100% my own.

Well, I have mixed feelings.
First off I'm a small boob chick (B-cup) and while it did cover the girls and the nips.... It didn't really provide any support or make a difference. I think its great for very thin or exposed garments that make wearing a regular bra unsightly or inappropriate. Even with the strings, I struggled to make any semblance of cleavage. Based on my experience, I think these guys are better suited for those with a fuller chest.

As far as the material and its ability to stick: I'll give it to them that it's definitely soft and comfortable to wear with little irritation. The silicone sticky gel is Strong & Sticky (check the video). I have sensitive skin and the bra was comfortable and easy to wear for a few hours (probably longer, if you don't sweat much.

The bra is quite inexpensive and arrived within 5 business days and was shipped very,very economically. Not in a box but in one of those small white postal/parcel packages with some bubble wrap on the sides.

IMO, its probably worth it simply to avoid bra lines and to cover your nips. If you are looking for help in the cleavage or support department, this are NOT the bra for you.

Below is a Video of the actual bra and the site.

Interested in purchasing or checking it out: Click here 

#ProductReview - Game Face Grooming (Sponsored Post)

This post is "Powered by BrandBacker" and sponsored by Game Face Grooming, however all words and views expressed here are 100% my own.

Ever been in the need for a quick wipe of the face, felt the heat, sweat and grime building layer by layer from walking around the neighborhood? Well, Game Face Grooming, thinks they have the product for you! Their Cleansing Facial "Refresh & Rejuvenate" Wipes - wipe away dirt, grime, and sweat while also hydrating the skin. And..... 
All products are:
Paraben Free
98% Natural
100% Biodegradable (TENCEL)
Dermatologist Tested
Made In The USA!"
Everything on the package.....Made in the USA!!

#GameFaceGrooming offers a variety of grooming products, primarily geared towards men, but encourage women to give them a try. Which I definitely put to the test, In fact, a few of the family got involved as well (The Boo and my 14 year old son). I wanted to make sure I gave you a well rounded review!

First off, the wipes are huge, which is definitely a benefit when having to remove the amount of sweat, grime, and stickiness that happens during a summer in the city. I have the added need of having to remove make-up so the more surface area the better. I definitely appreciated it and felt that I could get a really clean face without having to use another (which saves money!!!). 

These guys are BIG!

As far as texture, they are soft, yet durable, They can take a decent scrub without feeling rough. My son liked that it was tough yet soft at the same time. I assumed that since they are geared towards men, they would be drying for my skin and wouldn't stand a chance against my eye shadow and matte lip. 

My Son giving them a go.

Surprisingly, they took off a good amount of my make up without drying my skin. It didn't work for the waterproof mascara and eye liner though! The boo was actually surprised that his face didn't feel as tight as it usually does, when he washes his face. So yes, #GameFaceWipes do HYDRATE as they claim to do.  

So soft and they Hydrate!

Both The Boo and I enjoyed the scent. It kinda reminds you of baby powder but slightly masculine with a whiff of sandalwood or a musk. While it lingers a bit, it isn't annoying in the least bit, really pleasant. 

These wipes are great for men and women; they're versatile (they take off make-up without drying and all with one wipe, people) and portable (great for the gym or to stick in your desk for a fresh-up). 

I recommend you check them out. Game Face Wipes come in 3 varieties and as Underarm/Body Wipes, so you'll be able to find the one that works for you. Check out their site Game Face Grooming and find them at GNC and Walmart.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers, dads, pops, and old men out there. We salute you!

Keep being the funny, sarcastic, loving, over-protective, adventurous, and exceptional role models that you are.

To my pops: Thank you for raising a solider, a determined, unapologetic, ambitious, authentic black unicorn. If it wasn't for your intelligence, your love of science and music, and you openness to be apologetically black, I wouldn't be the woman I am. Thank you for the journey we had to take to get to where we are. We are stronger because of it, and I wouldn't change it for anything! ~LB

These memes are for Ya'll!

Now go out there and enjoy your day, you've earned it!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Vali - Health & Wellness (Sponsored Post)

Last month, I was given the opportunity to review/sample a time-released caffeine supplement by ⇒ Vali,⇐ a health and wellness company that "believes in honesty, transparency, and 3rd party testing of every batch we make." 
"This post is sponsored by Vali but the words expressed in the review below are 100% my own. I wouldn't be my honest transparent self, if I didn't give ya'll the 4-1-1".

As a self-proclaimed "Caffeine Addict", these pills are on point. Not only are they vegetarian friendly and non-gmo, but they do not have any added or artificial sugar (score💖).The added bonus for me is that they have less calories and fat than the 2 large coffee drinks I typical consume during a work day. The pills are clear with the visible white power, they are easy to swallow and don't have a weird smell or aftertaste. In fact they smell sort of sweet a little spicy like cinnamon, very pleasant.

I've been taking them for about a month now, initially replacing my morning coffee (large caramel macchiatto) with the pill, and its provided me with at least an extra 3 hrs of energy before I feel a little sluggish (not a full crash, that I usually experience by 2pm) and need that coffee boost (plus I love coffee so I am NOT really about to give it up). The energy is more constant and contained rather than a burst and subsequent fall, so its worth it.

I found they did give me an added boost of energy, which definitely came in handy when I was studying for the LSAT, while balancing work, family, blog (2nd job), and social obligations!  I haven't experienced any side effects or disruptions in sleep.

Overall, I highly recommend them and I mean that, as I don't wholeheartedly agree with the validity of some supplements. However this one has me thinking of considering similar health minded and mostly natural products.


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Random Thursday Thoughts

Since, I've been running on (E)mpty this week, since taking the LSAT, finding out I'm accepted into the John Jay MPA degree program, and balancing the everyday responsibilities of life, I figured I'd post a few random thoughts so you'll know YOU ARE NOT ALONE (in my best Michael Jackson voice).

Today's Media

Real Love

My need for personal space

Music that soothes my soul

Karma is real

No for real

The glow up be real

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Transparency - What's it really mean?

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In being the Ratchet Professional that I am, I value transparency in all aspects of my life and strive to always be ME, my true self.  I would prefer you be honest than to protect my feelings, and lie; I'd prefer you be upfront of your goals and motives instead of playing sly and being manipulative. I would assume, most of us would like the benefit of the doubt and the right to be given a choice over having our feelings TEMPORARILY spared.

So what exactly is Transparency, and why is it important? The Business Dictionary defines it as:
"the lack of hidden agendas and conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making; or the minimum degree of disclosure to which agreements, dealings, practices, and transactions are open to all for verification."
That's more from the business sense, from the humanistic approach, being transparent is not being pretentious; not fully projecting or putting forth your true self, your true feelings, motives, objectives, thoughts, etc.

Being transparent means being and accepting your authentic self, controlling your ego,  and being honest and trustworthy. Its a sense of freedom in being who you are. Being you with no pretense and no ulterior motives, gives others the opportunity to be fully informed and encourage them to be themselves.
Transparency helps you build trust and respect among those you interact with. It gives you the freedom to do what you're passionate about, with out having to censor yourself. It gives you the opportunity to work on YOU. And we all benefit from a great YOU!
When you’re transparent, you invite trust by revealing that you have nothing to hide. You establish yourself as an honest, credible person in the eyes of others."                       John Hall, Co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co.

✹Side note✹: 
I have a hard time believing people who say "I lied to protect your feelings", because the sole purpose of a lie is to reduce your own discomfort in responding to the perceived discomfort of another. In other words, you lie because you don't want to deal with the reaction or the consequences of that reaction, which more times than not are uncomfortable. Lying puts up a wall that prevents communication, trust, and respect building. ~LB.

Start being your authentic self, Fam! Strive for transparency so you can focus on what makes you great.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Be Fearless!!!!

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Life is all about facing your fears and moving forward.

Being brave is great and all but what do you really accomplish when you're still afraid of or fear something. Progressing on the journey that is life, requires overcoming obstacles, facing your fears, and jumping on to the next phase. 


So how do you become fearless? For one, it's not about being unafraid, its about being strong, confident, and resilient enough to face those fears head on. Its about getting to the root of the fear, understanding where it comes from, and how to dismiss the power it has over you. Here are a few tips on becoming your awesome, confident, fearless self:

  1. Be Confident! Things are easy to accomplish when you believe in yourself. Not as confident as you'd like to be? Work on building your confidence, everyday. Learn a new skill and become familiar; invest in a hobby that you are great at; do an honest self assessment and work on the personal skills and qualities you feel you can improve on.
  2. Learn to let go of other's perception, opinions, and expectations of you. You are in charge of your journey, you decided who YOU are. You are NOT who others expect you to be or perceive you to be. It's hard to focus on overcoming your fear when your worried about disappointing someone for doing what you think is right. DON'T do it! Your confidence really takes a hit when you're trying to please others. 
  3. Find a mentor (I've dedicated a whole post to Mentors, they're THAT important!), someone who has overcome similar obstacles, who can offer insight, understanding, and support. Knowing that someone has overcome a similar situation, brings about a sense of relief and helps you be open to the process. Definitely, helps with your confidence. 
  4. Do an honest self-assessment/exploration - why do you have this fear? Whats guiding this fear? Is it a real or a perceived fear? Has it happened in the past? Once you know what's really the basis of your fear, you can face it head on. Which leads to....
  5. Don't be afraid of failing; the prize is in the journey. Each failure, each loss, is a lesson learned, and builds confidence, Don't be afraid of the process, Don't be afraid of being uncomfortable, it builds resiliency, it builds the ability to push on, to keep trying. 

Whether your fear is of spiders and snakes; of going back to school after a 20 year hiatus; of changing careers while at the peak of your current one; or ending a long term relationship that has been on the outs for a while, fear causes us a lot of pain and anxiety. It can stagnate us and prevent us from moving in the constant ebb and flow that is life. But fear can also be positive, it can force us forward, it can align us along a path we never saw possible but wouldn't change for the world. It's what & how YOU make it!

Face those Fears, Fam!!!