Mindful Mondays

Be Present Today

After experiencing a weekend that was both historical and an emotional rollercoaster, I found myself needing to be more present with my family and with myself. Make sure that while you are checking in on others that you check in on yourself. 

Practice Gratitude 

Know All Is Well

Be Mindful 

Just Breathe

Inhale for 4 seconds

Exhale for 3 seconds 

Inhale for 2 seconds 

Just Be 🧘🏽‍♀️ 🧘🏾‍♂️ 

Evolving Takes Werk Podcast – Episode 7

Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness Evolving Takes Werk

Today I am grateful that I am a boy mom. It's kinda hard to say that with one son turning 30 this year and my almost 17 year old is 6'9. Though at one point they were my little boys who are now setting out to do great things.  Arlinda is a self-published author and a Wellness Advocate from Cincinnati, Ohio. In This Episode A Gratitude Exercise – 3 Things (2:02) Boy Mom (3:14) Time and Space To Tell Your Story (12:47) Comfort in Canva (15:30) Mentioned In This Episode: Tyler McKinley Canva — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/support
  1. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness
  2. Evolving Takes Werk – SNZ 2 Episode 5 – Be Fabulous
  3. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 4 – MIA
  4. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 3 – You Have Everything That You Need
  5. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 2 – Sparks Joy

#HeSpoilsMe eBook

This project has been a true labor of love. I honestly thought that it would have been on sale by now. Instead, I’ve found growth in the struggle to bring it to life. What I learned in this particular struggle is to stay with it, even when I was frustrated, even when I felt clueless and even when I was ready to give up. However, I knew that I could not move on to the next project until this one was completed.

Between 2009 and 2016, I self-published 3 books; Ghetto Chick, Infused and #hespoilsme. They have sat in my home and on my laptop for years. This year I made it a goal to create covers for all them and to get them on sale on Amazon.

It was all a dream. Now that dream is a near reality as I have completed the creation of the eBook.

My mommy tells me often, that I’ve always been a dreamer. However, I never dreamed that I would be so immersed in my creativity to the point that it pulls at me to completion. Once I’m done, I am not only proud of my work, I also feel as if energy has left my body. When I finished this project last night and sent it to the printer I was so tired that I fell asleep completely dressed.

So, when will this eBook be for sale? I have no idea. I am picking up the copy today. I need to sit with it and love on it in its entirety before I completely release it to the world. This book is different for me. It details a romantic encounter after my divorce and another failed relationship. I found love. It was inconvenient and beautiful. It was loving. It was sensual. It was out of comfort zone, kinda like creating this ebook.

Hmmm…..

More information soon to come.

#hespoilsme

Evolving Takes Werk – Episode 6

Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness Evolving Takes Werk

Today I am grateful that I am a boy mom. It's kinda hard to say that with one son turning 30 this year and my almost 17 year old is 6'9. Though at one point they were my little boys who are now setting out to do great things.  Arlinda is a self-published author and a Wellness Advocate from Cincinnati, Ohio. In This Episode A Gratitude Exercise – 3 Things (2:02) Boy Mom (3:14) Time and Space To Tell Your Story (12:47) Comfort in Canva (15:30) Mentioned In This Episode: Tyler McKinley Canva — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/support
  1. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness
  2. Evolving Takes Werk – SNZ 2 Episode 5 – Be Fabulous
  3. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 4 – MIA
  4. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 3 – You Have Everything That You Need
  5. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 2 – Sparks Joy

Evolving Takes Werk – Episode 5 with Dr. Quiera Lige

On this week’s episode of Evolving Takes Werk our special guest is Dr. Quiera Lige. who is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Georgia. She is also the owner of Fresh Wind Therapy. We spent some time discussing what it means to be a Black woman in 2020. I can’t wait to share our conversation with you.

Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness Evolving Takes Werk

Today I am grateful that I am a boy mom. It's kinda hard to say that with one son turning 30 this year and my almost 17 year old is 6'9. Though at one point they were my little boys who are now setting out to do great things.  Arlinda is a self-published author and a Wellness Advocate from Cincinnati, Ohio. In This Episode A Gratitude Exercise – 3 Things (2:02) Boy Mom (3:14) Time and Space To Tell Your Story (12:47) Comfort in Canva (15:30) Mentioned In This Episode: Tyler McKinley Canva — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/support
  1. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness
  2. Evolving Takes Werk – SNZ 2 Episode 5 – Be Fabulous
  3. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 4 – MIA
  4. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 3 – You Have Everything That You Need
  5. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 2 – Sparks Joy

Evolving Takes Werk – Episode 4

On Episode 4 we will be talking to Jamisha Kirk, of Buffalo, NY, owner of Resilient Light Natural Soy Candles and her journey to create candles that honors her mother and her quest for providing a natural candle alternative for consumers. 

Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness Evolving Takes Werk

Today I am grateful that I am a boy mom. It's kinda hard to say that with one son turning 30 this year and my almost 17 year old is 6'9. Though at one point they were my little boys who are now setting out to do great things.  Arlinda is a self-published author and a Wellness Advocate from Cincinnati, Ohio. In This Episode A Gratitude Exercise – 3 Things (2:02) Boy Mom (3:14) Time and Space To Tell Your Story (12:47) Comfort in Canva (15:30) Mentioned In This Episode: Tyler McKinley Canva — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/support
  1. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness
  2. Evolving Takes Werk – SNZ 2 Episode 5 – Be Fabulous
  3. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 4 – MIA
  4. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 3 – You Have Everything That You Need
  5. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 2 – Sparks Joy

Evolving Takes Werk – Episode 3

Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness Evolving Takes Werk

Today I am grateful that I am a boy mom. It's kinda hard to say that with one son turning 30 this year and my almost 17 year old is 6'9. Though at one point they were my little boys who are now setting out to do great things.  Arlinda is a self-published author and a Wellness Advocate from Cincinnati, Ohio. In This Episode A Gratitude Exercise – 3 Things (2:02) Boy Mom (3:14) Time and Space To Tell Your Story (12:47) Comfort in Canva (15:30) Mentioned In This Episode: Tyler McKinley Canva — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/support
  1. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness
  2. Evolving Takes Werk – SNZ 2 Episode 5 – Be Fabulous
  3. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 4 – MIA
  4. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 3 – You Have Everything That You Need
  5. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 2 – Sparks Joy

Evolving Takes Werk Podcast ~ Episode 2

Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness Evolving Takes Werk

Today I am grateful that I am a boy mom. It's kinda hard to say that with one son turning 30 this year and my almost 17 year old is 6'9. Though at one point they were my little boys who are now setting out to do great things.  Arlinda is a self-published author and a Wellness Advocate from Cincinnati, Ohio. In This Episode A Gratitude Exercise – 3 Things (2:02) Boy Mom (3:14) Time and Space To Tell Your Story (12:47) Comfort in Canva (15:30) Mentioned In This Episode: Tyler McKinley Canva — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/arlinda-christine/support
  1. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 6 – Boy Mom – Raising Greatness
  2. Evolving Takes Werk – SNZ 2 Episode 5 – Be Fabulous
  3. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 4 – MIA
  4. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 3 – You Have Everything That You Need
  5. Evolving Takes Werk – SZN 2 Episode 2 – Sparks Joy

Collective Resilience – From Vision To Stretching

Last night when Quiera posted in the group chat about the passing of Chadwick Boseman, I honestly went to Google to see who she was referring to because it couldn’t have been The Black Panther. It just couldn’t be him. It just couldn’t be another incredible loss for us. Not right now. It just couldn’t be. After settling into the reality of this loss, I went directly to YouTube to find an episode of Black Jeapordy that makes me laugh every time I see it like it’s my first time seeing it. I needed to laugh last night.

2020 has been a year of unimaginable loss, sickness, destruction, brutality, disappointment, isolation and gratitude. Yes, gratitude. Through our collectives losses we have shown collective resilience. From Kobe to Covid, to George, to Breonna, to Ahmad, to Jacob, and now to Chad. It’s been hard, sad and tearful and yet we show up for each other, whether it’s 6 feet apart with our masks on, on Zoom for a meetup or on social media just trying to make sense out of everything . And it’s so much at one time to try to make sense of.

Resilience. An ability to recover after being stretched. We come from ancestors who endured and survived many adversities. We not only honor that, we also have to acknowledge that we carry that resilience within ourselves too. Maybe we never knew it was there until now. There’s a meme that suggests that we check on our strong friends, we are honestly at the point where we need to check on each other often and gently with loving kindness. Many of us are not well and it seems that each unexpected blow hits harder and harder. It’s leaving us to question so many things, like our faith and God, and still not have an answer for any of it.

Yet, I offer this. 2020 was slated as the year of vision. It’s been hard to see through everything that has come at us but just maybe this is the year to hone in on our purpose while we are still living. To put the seeds in the earth, through our pain, heartache and discomfort, that will honor our legacy. Maybe 2020 is that year where we are stretched uncontrollably beyond our comfort zone to ultimately realize the resilience that lies within us.