In an era of “fake news” and hashtag “MeToo”, who really knows what it means to be authentic?
I decided to become a scholar of “authenticity”. In the past year, I have studied the social and political environment in this country. It is apparent that there is a serious lack of authenticity for many different reasons.
Since looking outward is frivolous without looking inward (my opinion), I took into account my own level of authenticity. The revelation was astounding!
This begins a new chapter in my life as an educator, speaker, coach, and consultant. Once I personalized the essential question about the meaning of authenticity, my worldview changed exponentially. My VOICE became stronger! I gained unparalleled CLARITY and CONFIDENCE.
This post is the first in a series I will be blogging about intended to help women authentically redefine their lives – opening up doors and windows to breathe fresh air as I have done!
Yes, I could share my answer now, but I authentically want you to stay tuned into my blog posts and traverse this journey with me. I welcome you to answer this essential question and share it with others.
Peace and blessings,
Knowledge and understanding
Understanding is good
And when I wake up in the morning
All I hear in my hood is people saying that they’re
Beautiful, loved, blessed…
There are not enough positive words I can say about the way I feel now. For once, I started something that I am confident I can maintain. I decided to permanently forego dairy, flour/processed products, and refined sugar. It has made a tremendous difference in how I feel thus far.
I have begun to exercise daily. My energy level has increased to the point that I am able to be much more productive. My moods don’t swing. I have a heightened sense of awareness through all of my senses; especially taste and smell. I use my inner VOICE to stay on track by reminding myself of where I want to be in life: mind, body, and spirit.
More to come…
I love myself.
It’s 4:11 a.m. and I couldn’t wait to celebrate making it to the 10th day of the detox. It’s obvious, if I made it this far, there’s no reason I can’t fully embrace and maintain a lifestyle change.
The future of my health is very promising – because I listened to my VOICE and made a DECISION to just do it.
I promise myself to always love me enough to only consume proper nutrition. I have to take care of this body!
Thanks to Move with Mack for the inspiration and coaching to get me going!
I awoke this morning in a strange mood. My detox is going great! No complaints there. I wasn’t sad, but I wasn’t happy either. Whatever is concerning me, is deeply rooted at the core of my being.
I realize as each moment passed while preparing to go to work, I was feeling angst about little things. Typically, this is where I say, “I am in a bad mood.” I know that those words will literally manifest “bad stuff” if I declare it to be so. It’s true! The subconscious will grab it and run with it!
Today, I decided to counteract this feeling and declare PEACE! So I consciously decided to be peaceful – with my family, friends, students, colleagues, my environment and all else I encounter. This means:
P – Patience – I AM patient. Above all – my students deserve my patience. They are certainly skilled at trying my patience. Nonetheless, they need me to be at my best.
E – Exhale – In brief moments of exasperation I give myself permission to simply breathe and exhale.
A – Adjust – Straighten up that crown! I know my feelings are short-term. So, I’m prepared to quickly recalibrate as needed. I AM Resilient.
C – Care – I think about not only myself but others as well. How can I minister to someone else’s spirit? Helping others always makes me feel better!
E – Enjoy – I AM intentional about being happy and fulfilled. So I will enjoy the process of turning something seemingly bad into good.
I know the outcome of my day has a lot to do with the choices I make throughout the day; therefore, I choose to walk in peace.
I am wishing you peace and blessings always,
Mesa, AZ WomanSpeak Public Speaking Circle
I started the 10 Day Detox a week ago Sunday. I awoke this morning with a lot on my mind that requires my attention. Mainly, I was concerned with the fact that not one person has enrolled in my WomanSpeak Speaking Circle.
On December 17, 2017, I hosted an Introductory Presentation to inform people what WomanSpeak was all about. I had 14 women in attendance. During the personal introductions, in response to my question of why they showed up, women consistently stated they were there to support me. I believe it was the 11th or 12th person that stated, I came for myself (although I want to support Davina), I really need what is offered here.
The actual ongoing meetings were scheduled to launch on January 14, 2018. I was there, but no one registered online or showed up. Since the meetings are every 2nd and 4th Sunday, today was that time again. No one registered, and I did not go to the space and sit alone this time. I politely notified everyone via the invite on social media that due to lack of registration, this week’s meeting has been canceled.
I checked my VOICE before making that decision:
I value WomanSpeak’s mission of helping women become confident public speakers. This opportunity is not for everyone. My intuition reveals that I have not reached the women that need WomanSpeak the most. In my marketing, I must provide (charity) more information about WomanSpeak in an effort to engage the right women.
I believe that experiences are mini-lessons that are designed to guide us through life. I look for the lesson in everything. WomanSpeak has really gotten me to take a look at how important it is for women to have a safe place to express their authentic selves. It is an honor and privilege to lead a Speaking Circle.
WomanSpeak is founded by KC Baker, International Speaker whose vision is that women, “Speak their truth and change the world.” I fully support that vision!
I love the saying, “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” Today, I was ready to go to an event that I knew food would be served – perhaps something I could not eat on my detox plan. I could have easily made the excuse that the meal is a part of the event; therefore, I must partake. Nope! I had no idea what the meal was going to be, but I knew what I was supposed to eat.
I can not eat dairy, bread, pasta, and sugar. I can have vegetables, fruit, quinoa, sweet potatoes and butternut squash, and more healthy stuff that I can not think of at the moment. I am not doing a good job of referring back to the list provided by Move with Mack. I know there are limitless possibilities if I really take the time to figure out what I should be eating. Right now, I am happy with my veggies, quinoa, and fruit.
I attended the 2018 Be Well Mastermind Series – The SPICES of Life. It was not just an event, but an EXPERIENCE! The women I encountered today were simply amazing! They were loving, kind, and willing to serve other women by being transparent and sharing their truths. I showed up ready for my prepared lunch in my new fancy lunch bag. The individual color-coded premeasured containers made it so easy! At lunchtime, everyone around me complimented how good my food looked. I had chopped salad, wild Tilapia, and of course, quinoa (my new favorite food replacing white rice, and for dessert, I had fresh slices of pears. Dinner was Teriyaki Chicken Stir-fry (minus the Teriyaki sauce).
According to my VOICE:
I value my new system for meal preparation. I see it as an opportunity to stay on track and not lose sight of my healthy lifestyle goals. I intuitively know that preparing meals ahead of time will reduce my stress level about what to eat when I am hungry. Forgiving myself (charity) for past food transgressions is also a big part of this. If I focus on the years of overeating and poor food choices, I will begin to crave those poor foods; therefore, I release myself from the past. Going forward, I must be a student of proper nutrition and engage in a whole new and improved lifestyle beyond this 10 Day Detox!
I have a new favorite food! Quinoa is my thing now. I can not believe that it took 53 years to discover this super-food!
My favorite breakfast!
For years, I told myself that I could not live without rice. It took me many years to finally embrace brown rice. Now, I am instantly in love with Quinoa. I am eating it for breakfast and on my dinner salads. I can honestly feel the healthy benefit of adding it to my clean diet.
I wonder what else is out there for me?
My VOICE says:
- Value the foods that improve my metabolism, blood sugar levels, and overall health.
- Take the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the foods I eat.
- Have an intuitive mindset when it comes to planning meals – eat only that which energizes and heals my body.
- Have a charity mindset to share information about health and wellness in hopes of encouraging others.
- Continue to Engage in reading and expanding my knowledge about health and wellness.
I have learned to listen to my authentic voice. If finding and utilizing your authentic voice is something you would like me to assist you with – let me know.
Yesterday was a very long day for me. We had a Family Curriculum Night event that lasted until 7pm (my day started at 4:30 a.m.). I came home to my office and worked until I fell asleep at my desk. I awoke sometime in the early morning and actually went to bed.
This morning, I awoke at 5 a.m. realizing that I did not complete my blog post for yesterday. I also remembered what I wanted to blog about. All day, my thoughts kept drifting to how my life is once again shifting upward. I am expanding and building endurance mentally, physically, and spiritually.
I was physically tired because I help set-up the gym for the event at the school. However, it was a different kind of tired. I felt tremendously energetic and happy; in contrast, a year ago for the same event, I could barely breathe while walking. The level of inflammation in my body has reduced to the point that I do not feel any arthritic pains in my hands, knees, or feet.
Obviously, what I take into my body has a far greater effect than I realized – good or bad. It’s focusing on the good that I know I must continue to do. Yesterday, I chose salads and healthy proteins all day. When the school provided pizza, salad, and dessert- I maintained the course with salad and lean chicken breast (very tasty).
I AM Celebrating my endurance! What can you find to celebrate about yourself? Please share by commenting.
I awoke today – the same as yesterday – feeling energetic and successful in the process of detoxing my body. If there is one struggle I have, it is remembering to drink all of the water (advised by Move with Mack – half my body weight in ounces). I am really working on that.
I love the fact that my brain is far less foggy day-over-day. I have no sense of being overwhelmed and my mindset is extremely positive and optimistic. I even find myself decluttering my environment both at work and at home.
I realize that my mind is affixed to the vision I set in the beginning of January on my vision board, which I look at daily when I am at home and every time I log into my facebook page (it’s the header).
Vision Board Excerpt Jan. 2018
- Pretty Amazing
- Healthy You
- Make Every Day Count
- Rock Your Body
My mind is set to transform my body in fulfillment of this vision – it’s simple! I must see myself as pretty amazing so that no negativity creeps in and throws me for a loop. I have to work hard physically and mentally to love my body at each stage going forward by making every day count.
My VOICE says:
- Value every moment of this experience as I positively transform my body.
- Take the opportunity to educate me more about nutrition and fitness.
- Continue to trust my intuition when it comes to health and wellness. Instinctively knowing not to consume foods and beverages that are not good for my overall health (even if they are my favorites).
- Continue to educate others by sharing my experiences. A mindset of carefree consciousness and charity keeps me in a happy place. I believe a healthy mind accompanies a healthy body.
- Engage in exercising by starting to move my body each day! This will get the results I envision for my future self.
Yes, I have attempted weight loss many times, realizing now that all those attempts failed because I was completely out of alignment with the wrong focus. I lacked authenticity when it came to myself. I made excuses and gave up on myself because it was easier than putting in the work to find and utilize my authentic VOICE. Today, my mind is set upon going to the next level in terms of my health and wellness. If finding and utilizing your authentic VOICE is something you would like me to assist you with – let me know.
My eyes opened instantly this morning at 5:00am. Yes, the alarm on my iPhone prompted it; but today was different. Today, I awoke with an unfamiliar burst of energy that has lasted me all day!
Oh! By the way, I am NOT hungry anymore. That feeling I mentioned yesterday in the pit of my stomach is gone. I feel like I have a normal appetite. For breakfast, I had pears and apples cut and soaked in Bragg’s vinegar with a touch of ginger and honey. DELICIOUS!!! My lunch was my homemade vegetable soup – still not tired of it. It has a wonderful flavor! I also had more fruit on hand in case I got hungry throughout the day. I didn’t even eat it all. I will finish it tomorrow at work.
My Delicious Homemade Soup
Apple and Pear Chunks
For dinner, I had a Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad…there are no words to express how much I appreciated it. I kept thinking while eating my salad how healthy I am going to be because I have absolutely no problem with eating this way for the rest of my life.
Today my V.O.I.C.E. spoke loud and clear!
- There is tremendous value in eliminating the things we know are not good for us. I realize that flour and sugar products cause a great deal of inflammation in my body.
- I am so grateful to seize the opportunity to heal my body from the inside out by eating and enjoying proper nutrition.
- My intuition tells me that I am in it to WIN IT this time around. I have a growth mindset and feel empowered to own my body completely. That means self-nurture and abstinence from toxins!
- Every step I take in this process lends itself to charity. My students are watching and rooting for me along this journey. As a teacher, I have tremendous influence in their lives. What I say and do matters. Modeling courage and perseverance is so important to me. I want to give them HOPE.
- I am so engaged in this process that I can think of nothing else. In fact, it is invigorating! I look forward to waking up energized and full of life every day for the rest of my life!
Today, I am grateful for my authentic voice! Whatever your passion is or thing you need to resolve or transform – make a decision, and do it! Yes, it is a process and it isn’t a quick one; but it will certainly improve the quality of your life to live authentically. I use my authentic VOICE daily (moment by moment) to stay on the right side of the aisle in life. I would be delighted to support you in finding and strengthening your authentic VOICE!
Special Thanks to Move with Mack for inspiring me to make the decision to take the first step!