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4 Free Apps to Use for Meditation Practice

We could all take more time in our lives to simply sit and be still. Thanks to modern technology this opportunity is more accessible than ever.

Do you ever feel overworked? Burnt out? Or like you lack motivation?Meditation can help you.

To meditate is to purposefully center and create space for oneself to simply exist without considering any outside pressures or obligations.

I don’t know about you, but meditation is definitely something I need, constantly, in my life. Here are some of the apps I’ve used when I started incorporating meditation into my busy lifestyle:

  1. Calm

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2. Headspace

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3. Breathe2Relax

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4.Stop, Breathe, & Think

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I hope you find your fit with one of these apps! Which one was your favorite? Do you have any apps not mentioned here that you use? Comment below!

 

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Meditations on Directing Your Energy

Happy Saturday!

Today, let’s take the time to become aware of and in tune with our energies. What you focus your attention on is what you allow to be strengthened by your energy. Take this as a lesson to focus on what’s important to you and what you want to manifest in your life.

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Why is Natural Hair So Expensive?

“At the end of it all, products are great and they’re kind of like the icing on the cake. But what’s going to dictate your style is your technique.” – Naptural85

 

In her video “Natural Hair is TOO EXPENSIVE?!?!,” Vlogger Naptural85 sparked a conversation on the natural hair product struggle.

She encourages naturals to stick with products they’re comfortable with and focus heavily on technique.

Watch below on how to learn your hair first!

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Affirmations to Give Power to Your Day

Looking for a boost in confidence? Motivation to keep going? Reminder of your core values? If so, you’re in the right place.

Affirmations are statements that you can use to achieve balance, security, energy, comfort, confidence, and healing. The list truly goes on.

There are countless ways you can use affirmations, but to put it simply: they are a way to speak what you want, who you are, and who you want to be into existence. They act as a tool to help map out your life and set clear intentions and wants for yourself.

While they don’t have to be said daily, it’s best to get into the habit of using them for encouragement—trust me, your day will be better for it.

Check out these daily affirmations:

  1. I am enough.
  2. I am loved and can love.
  3. I am grateful for all I have.
  4. I deserve to heal and grow.
  5. I am proud to wear my truth.
  6. I am confident in my ability to learn.
  7. I am an active participant in my life.
  8. I decide who I let into my life and what affects me.
  9. I pledge to search for love, honesty, and trust before I look for hate, deceit, and dishonesty.
  10. I can acknowledge that the light I see in others is the same light that shines in me.

What do you think? Those are my personal affirmations, but did any of them strike a chord within you?

Feel free to create your own personalized affirmations! All you need is an intention or appreciation and an action or feeling and boom—you’re affirmation is formed.

I encourage this process because you can learn a lot about your self that may not have been clear if you haven’t taken the time to reflect on what you want out of life and why.

What do you think about these affirmations? Do you have any of your own you use regularly? Share with our community in the comments below!

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7 year-old girl wins $16K to help brown girls with low self-esteem

At seven years-old, Natalie McGriff is an up and coming writer and entrepreneur.

Natalie received $16K after participating in One Spark, a crowd funding festival where creators showcase their projects. She gained the most votes in the education section for her book “Adventures of Moxie Girl. ”

 

With “Adventures of Moxie Girl,” her goal is to inspire high self-esteem in girls of color by depicting what society sees as their flaws, like kinky hair, as a superpower.

She draws her motivation from her own struggles with taking pride in her hair texture and skin tone. I mean, how much better can she get?

After identifying a need in her community, she used her personal experiences to help uplift and inspire. That’s what I call an ethical business model and a powerful girl with big dreams.

Since winning the contest, Natalie has embarked on promotional work for her book, including interviewing with her local radio station.

To follow more of what Natalie, check out her website here.

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4 Quick Ways to Make Any Bad Day Better

We’ve all been here. We get disappointing news, forget due dates, or sleep through all five of our alarms. Things happen, but it should only affect your mood in that moment, not for every single moment in that day.

Where would we be if we carried the weight of everything that’s ever gone wrong with the world? Probably stuck standing in place and frustrated. So why do we think it’s a good idea to dwell on everyday disappointments? It doesn’t add up.

You may feel like you’re doing something righteous, but holding on to negative emotions are unhealthy and in no way worth it in the long run.

You need to let go. Here’s some ways how:

  1. Reminisce

Sometimes it is good for you. Stop what you’re doing and reflect on a good or funny memory. Where were you? Who was there? Why was it memorable? Allow yourself to go back to that place and sit in the positive emotions from that memory for a few moments.

  1. Look at pictures of loved ones

I don’t know about you, but it’s really hard for me to look at pictures of my 2-year-old nephew in his pumpkin Halloween costume and not feel happy or at least laugh a bit.

Remembering those who know and love you can invoke feelings of security and contentment in you. Yes, something happened that you wish didn’t, but at the end of the day you know you are loved. So what else really matters?

  1. Focus on your breath

Paying attention to your breath is an indispensable tool for grounding yourself. You won’t need much time for this. Take two minutes, or more if you like (the longer the better), to inhale, exhale and follow the path of your breath.

  1. Be present

This step can be applied to many situations. When you are fully present in the moment, you don’t have room to focus on anything else. This isn’t compartmentalizing or burying emotions in your subconscious. It’s understanding that there is a time and place for everything, and the time for you to linger on negative emotions is up.

Every day won’t turn out the way you want, or the way you expect, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to remain stuck in the past.

If you take a moment to simply observe, life is always happening.  And it’s up to you to decide whether you want to be a part of your present or your past.

 

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3 Things to do when you’re indecisive

What is something we can all say we’ve felt when indecisive? Confused? Conflicted? Lost? Unsure? Maybe these terms are starting to sound familiar.

When faced with big and small decisions, these feelings are common and should be expected. Change and transition don’t come without an element of fear, but this isn’t a bad thing.

Being afraid primarily helps us remember what is most important to us. Fear of making decisions or change should not immobilize you—it should steer you in the direction you need to go in.

  1. Make a decision.

Seriously, just make a decision. I know it seems like an oversimplified answer to a big problem, but you must realize that feeling indecisive won’t just go away overnight. It “goes away” when you make a decision.

Some people are thinking right now “but what if I make the wrong decision?” when they actually mean, “what happens if my decision takes me somewhere I didn’t want to go?”

This leads to the next thing to do when indecisive:

  1. Realize that your life is full of possibilities

I challenge you to reconsider how you think about making “wrong decisions.” Now don’t get me wrong, there are such things as bad decisions. For instance, committing a crime or participating in something that you know will negatively impact someone, is a definite bad decision. That’s not what I’m talking about here.

The real beauty of life is how full of possibilities it is. Each day we make hundreds, maybe even thousands, of decisions–from how we interact with people and the route we take to work to where we do our shopping. Believe it or not, all of these decisions are in constant play with each other to influence your present and future.

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I like to think of it this way. Say you went to a frozen yogurt place and picked between two flavors. Now you just get to enjoy the taste of one of the flavors and not the other. Yes, you’ll be missing out in that moment, but you got a great, or maybe not so great, experience out of that one flavor.  Does this mean you made the wrong decision and should have picked the other flavor? No! The phrase “you live and you learn” is popular for a reason y’all.

  1.  Embrace uncertainty

Would life be half as enjoyable if we all knew what to expect from it, or if we all stayed in our comfort zones? I’m pretty confident that it wouldn’t be.

Living predictably seems like an incredibly monotonous existence. The best experiences and ideas happen when we break out of routine and try something new.

So the next time you find yourself feeling indecisive (because it will happen), don’t worry. Realize that those feelings are a part of life and keep it moving.  

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The Perks of Being Natural! (Learn More Inside)

Do you know the Perks of being natural?

Are you proud of your natural hair and decision to go natural? Do you sometimes feel tired of the upkeep and the constant product search? If you answered yes to those questions, then it sounds like you need a reminder of why being natural is important to you.

Check out pg. 11 below to find out why.

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Dear America: ‘Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows’

Amandla Stenberg, who we know for playing Rue in the “Hunger Games,” is calling out America for its appropriation of Black culture with what she calls “a crash discourse on black culture.”

The 16 year-old actress posted a short film on her Tumblr posing the question: “What would American be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?”

Watch below to hear more.

 

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UMBC Students Reclaim Their Stories, “I’m Not/I Am”

The Women’s Center and Women of Color Coalition partnered at University of Maryland Baltimore County to launch “Telling Our Stories: I’m Not/I Am.”

The powerful images coming out of this project have been readily received on social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr. We can never have enough representations of women of color reclaiming their history, and their truth.

The project is divided into two aims. Aim one is to reject stereotypes about women of color and raise awareness. And the second aim creates spaces and opportunities for voices of women of color and counternarratives.

And guess what one of the overall goals of the project is? Disruption!

Students at UMBC wanted to disrupt the assumption that on their campus there is no issue of racialized gender stereotyping. If a place like this exists, please point me to it!

Let’s follow in the coalition builders and students at UMBC foot steps and find ways to uplift our own communities in a beneficial way!

Check out some of the posters from the project here.