Juneteenth: The Past, The Present, The Future

When did you first learn about Juneteenth?

I mean, seriously, think about it.

It wasn’t taught in elementary school, middle school, or high school for that matter.

The vast majority of us didn’t learn about it until college or worse within the last 3-5 years.

It seems as if these holidays and historic events just came out of thin air but that’s not true. It’s time to recognize its place in American history and reflect on the long struggle for equal rights. We’ve been fighting for our lives since the dawn of time and we still have much further to go. As of June 15th, the Senate passed a bill to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday. President Biden signed off on the bill on June 17th and the rest is history – for now.

What Is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and enslaved African Americans had been freed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation became law in January 1863, it could not be enforced in places still under confederate control. Thus it took over 2 years for approximately 250,000 Texan slaves to learn their freedom had been secured by the government.

Click here to learn more about Juneteenth.

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A Journey To Wellness: The Importance of A Morning Routine

well·ness  /ˈwelnəs/   
noun

the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. 

As I vastly approach my 30th Birthday I can only think about preserving my health and wellness. Having a chronic heart condition I’m already conscientious about my health and take all necessary precautions, but where I fell short in my early twenties-mid twenties was understanding what wellness truly meant. Back then I thought wellness meant becoming vegan/vegetarian and exercising more. Now I know it’s much deeper and is comprised of many different things.

Creating a morning routine helps you set the tone of the day and it allows you to move through the remainder of your day with ease. We can choose what our focus will be for the day, prioritize time, and increase our productivity.

The pandemic was my saving grace because I had time to learn more about wellness in depth, slow down, and ultimately become intentional about my wellness journey. Once I started working from home I immediately created a morning routine. My morning routine consists of drinking celery juice or lemon water/tea prior to breakfast, reading my devotional and writing in my prayer journal, morning skincare routine, having breakfast, and stretching in preparation for my workout at 12pm.    

A morning routine looks differently for everyone, but the benefits are psychological and physical.

Seven benefits of a morning routine are: Boost Energy Level, Combat Forgetfulness, Improve Confidence, Increase Your Productivity, Increase Flexibility, Lower Stress, and Power of Control.    

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20 Black Owned Businesses To Support This Month…And Beyond!

Happy Blackity Black, Black History Month y’all!

I hope y’all didn’t think that I forgot about BMH. Since we live in a country that thrives on capitalism, what better way to spend our coin then by supporting those who look like us? Black Owned businesses (especially Small BO businesses) often get overlooked for many reasons. As we prepare to wrap up BHM, I wanted to share some small & large businesses worth looking into.

Creative Arts & DIY

Brittany Loves Art

My cousin Brittany started her Perler bead in December 2020. Brittany got into beading while working for an after school program, and her hobby soon morphed into a profitable business in the blink of an eye. Brittany can make anyone and any thing out of beads. She creates key chains, wall art, and portraits. She’s best known for her celebrity and family portraits.

Check out her work here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrittanyLovesArt

Designs By Rhyver

My sorority sis Rhyver has an amazing shop of customized home decor. Her work ranges from custom mugs, all styles of drinking glasses, liquor bottles, flower vases, and beyond.

Check out her work here: @designsbyrhyver on IG

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HOTM SELF LOVE CHALLENGE WEEK 4

We’re in the final week, Week 4 of the Self Love Challenge and I’m actually sad about it.

My prayer is that this challenge helped you tap into more of what you need. Often times we give so much of ourselves to others, that we forget to nurture ourselves in return. Here’s to refilling our cup until it overflows!

This past week we discussed self forgiveness, celebrating self and our accomplishments, re-evaluating our priorities through the lens of wants versus needs, and more!

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check out the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 22-28 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 3

We’re in Week 3 of the Self Love Challenge and I don’t know about you but, I’m really enjoying myself. Answering these prompts bring about a sense of introspection.

This past week we discussed giving yourself grace, dismissing worry and negative thoughts, boundary setting, and more!

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 16-21 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 2

We’re in Week 2 of the Self Love Challenge and I’m feeling recharged and in tune with self.

This past week we touched on a few topics, from the importance of affirming yourself, making room for healthy habits, embracing our differences, and loving on our inner child.

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 8-14 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 1

Welcome to Week One of the Self Love Challenge!

Each week on Monday, I’ll post the calendar for the next 7 days. Here you’ll have access to the daily prompt/activity. I’ll post the follow up prompts daily on my Instagram stories, here one the blog, and will save them for you to view on Instagram in the Self Love Challenge highlight.

Check out the first 7 days below:

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Self Love Challenge

Self Love

/ˈˌself ˈləv/

noun

  1. regard for one’s own well-being and happiness

Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth.

Self-love means taking care of your own needs and not sacrificing your well-being for others.

Self-love is not people pleasing.

Self-love is not selfish.

Self-love is not settling for less than you deserve.

Self-love can have a variety of different meanings, but the root always goes back to YOU.

We’re officially in the month of LOVE, which usually revolves around showing your love and appreciation for others. What we often forget is to show the same appreciation and effort in nurturing love for ourselves. There are plenty of ways you can show love to self and prioritize your own daily happiness.

 Join me on the 28 Day Self-Love Challenge.

Follow along every day in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter! #HOTMSelfLoveChallenge

Goal Setting 101

Did you know that 80 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions give up on them by the second week of February? Research conducted by Strava using over 800 million user-logged activities in 2019 predicts the day most people are likely to give up on their New Year’s resolution is January 19th. This means many people have fallen back into their old habits and lifestyles as we speak.

Well, I want that to end today!

I’m sharing my Goal Setting 101 habits that will help you yield real results. I believe it is important to utilize the art of Goal Setting because goals give you FOCUS, they help you MEASURE progress, they help you stay MOTIVATED, they help you beat PROCRASTINATION, they help you DETERMINE what you want in life, and once you accomplish your goals, you ACHIEVE more.

Along with creating my annual Vision Board, I write out my goals for the year. This is where I focus on how I want to feel and what I would like to accomplish.

My list consists of 8 categories which are: Career, Finances, Hair & Skin, Health & Wellness, Passions, Relationships, Spiritual, and Travel. Under each category I list what I would like to accomplish by turning my resolution into a specific, measurable goal.

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Vision Board 101

(Late Post)

Happy New Year! We’re in our first week of 2021 and there’s so much in store.

For the past five years or so, I started a tradition of creating a vision board on NYE. The goal was to go into the New Year with a clean slate and a new focus. Sometimes I created them alone or in a group with my close friends/family. I’ve found it extremely beneficial to visually lay out my hopes, dreams, desires, goals, and lifestyle changes for the future in plain sight.

Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do.

Check out my tips below on creating the perfect vision board!

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