Love & Hip Hop ATL | Official Season 5 Super Trailer

VH1 released the super trailer for Love & Hip Hop: ATL and I’ve got two words.

IT’S LIT!!!!

Who are you most interested in seeing this season?

I’m super curious why K. Michelle is back, but this would be a perfect opportunity for her to promote her new Puff Lounge opening soon in Atlanta! I also hope they do NOT wait all season to show Karlie fall out like that because THAT was hilarious! Episode 1 airs April 4th! I’ll be tuned in! Will you?

5 day Juice Cleanse Review

I had the NERVE and audacity to sign myself up (and push myself) to do a 5 day juice cleanse.

If you’re in Atlanta, be sure to check out Twizted Sisters to get information and get on board for your custom detox to spring clean your body for the summer!

Now, in an effort to correct and undo, a year worth of eating terribly and not working out, i decided to do this custom cleanse to kick start getting back on the road to fit. If you remember or have been following me for a while then you know that I dropped like a million pounds last year and you can read about that journey here.

If you’ve also been following me you saw how I spent countless weekends turning up, going on dates, traveling and eating junk food any and whenever I want. But then it hit me around my 26th birthday. I absolutely am NOT taking the best care of my body so, it’s time to get moving and back on track!

I’m sure you guys are wondering what are you even to expect from a juice cleanse? So I’ll answer all the FAQ I got this week.

Are you ONLY drinking juice?

Yes, bih. It’s a detox– so no food! That means only the fresh pressed juice, and a gallon or more of water daily.

Aren’t you starving?

Only on day one. As with everything you are gonna struggle because you’re correcting all the bad habits.

Is the juice good?

Well the fabulous thing about the custom detox is, CONSULTATION! I had the pleasure of telling Courtney all the things I DON’T like, which is practically EVERYTHING, then she made a detox based on the results I wanted to get from the detox. For me, I wanted to trim a little weight and stop feeling so sluggish to actually get some workouts in. (Because for me, as soon as my head is in it– nothing can stop me)

So! Now that that’s out of the way, what can I say about the 5 day juice detox cleanse to help you know what to expect? IT’S LIT.

Day 1:

  
I struggled. Hard. The juice was delicious but I was STARVING. I wanted to eat any and everything and everyone in the office seemed to be eating everything I wanted to eat but couldn’t. I was snappy, angry, and my friends and coworkers said I was a bit more evil than usual. I finished the juice for the day around 5 p.m. so I went to bed early to offset the urge to eat.

Day 2:

  
I was really over it, but I was already a day in so quitting wasn’t an option. My body started flushing the toxins from my body and I started to feel really drained. I drank about 2 gallons of water because I felt so thirsty while flushing the toxins. It was a more humbling day because I came to the realization that food addiction is so very real the way that craving food and not eating it really toyed with my emotions.

Day 3:

  
IT WAS LIT. I literally felt like I was floating on clouds. My body felt light, airy and overall GOOD! Not to mention it was HUMP DAY, which meant I was half way through! My body must have really cleared out my system because I felt AMAZING!

Day 4:

 
I was anxious, less hungry, and starting to see less bloating in my stomach area, and my body overall felt really good. I started creating a plan and focusing on what I would be eating and meal prepping for success the following weeks.

Day 5:

  
I made it! The juice for the day was to boost and reset my metabolism. Wasn’t the most appetizing but I was so happy to have made it all 5 days!

When I woke up Saturday morning my appetite was inexistent. After weighing myself I lost a total of 4.5 pounds! Eager and satisfied with my results I’m looking forward to continuing my lifestyle change, again!

Episode 5 || My Cup don’t runeth over for you!

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I’m back from the hiatus from hell! This week is a mailbag episode!
Hear about how I finally coached myself into a leap of faith, How I motivate/pep myself up when I’m feeling down, & how to deal with clingy friends!
Intro Music: Big Beat Azealia Banks

How to Meditate to Cope with Anxiety

By Jay Ballew

I struggle with anxiety*.

*definition: characterized by feelings of worry, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities

It took me twenty-six years to fully understand what this means, and I’m still learning more and more each day. One of the habits that I’ve tried to create for myself to help with controlling my anxiety is meditation.

I didn’t really know much about meditation prior to beginning, but I certainly had some preconceived notions about what it meant. In my head, meditation was a path to some magical space with a clear head. This space would entirely calm and allow me to escape the unsettling feelings of anxiety that disrupt my life on a daily basis.

However, I was completely wrong about what meditation entails, but I thought that sharing what meditation means to me may help out someone else with similar problems or misconceptions. Meditation has become an important part of my life.

Here are some tips that will help you to reap the benefits of meditation.

1. Be consistent.

I try and meditate around the same time each morning. For me, it has become an activity that helps me get my day started. Meditation is as much about repetition and practice as any other hobby or activity that you want to master. The more that you meditate, the better equipped you are to extract value from it.This also allows you to see what are the most effective methods for you, and what you like and dislike.

2. Find a comfortable space.

This means being in a room that’s comfortable for me, and even being in a chair that I’m comfortable sitting in. We all have different places that make us feel comfortable, though.

3. Posture is key.

If you’re like me, then you tend to want to slouch down in chairs, but sitting up as straight as possible is very important.

Finally, don’t be deterred!

Meditation is hard! You are not going to master it overnight. Hell, I am certainly still a novice myself.

Go into every session hoping to get the most out of it that you possibly can. Some days your mind will wander more than others. All of this is perfectly fine. Understand that meditation is not a problem solver, but it can become an essential part of your own personal journey.

How @Curlbox Founder @Myleik Teele is shaping millennial entrepreneurs with her #MyTaughtYou Mentoring Brand

Myleik Teele is a brand GENIUS. Avid Reader. CEO. Business Owner. Mentor in my head. Girl Boss! Bout her BUSINESS. Straight Shooter. Just LOVE HER!

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At The Ladies of Business Conference, I had the pleasure of having a 1 x 1 with Myleik to ask her a few minor questions (nothing too pressing, because I sure could have talked to her all night).


Your My Taught You brand is very transparent- Mentoring to everyone, what made you choose this as your next venture after CurlBox?

Myleik: I probably was doing My Taught You before CurlBox, and I think CurlBox just got so big that it eclipsed what I was doing before, but I was always doing it. I grew up from a very private mother and I used to feel like– the pain is in the secrets. If people think they know things about you or they feel like they can say something to you—it kind of over powers you and I’m just like.. this is who I am, this is what I struggle with- I’m no different than anybody else. You can still succeed after failing. You can succeed and make mistakes, you know what I mean? I felt like as a young woman of color that it was something that was so necessary.

Why did you choose your demographic to be young women of color?

Myleik: Because I felt like growing up I didn’t have that. I grew up in Los Angeles and a lot of the women who helped me get ahead professionally were not black women. They were white women, Jewish women, like people out in Hollywood—those were the people who took a chance on me. So for me, I asked what would happen if we took a chance on each other? We are so afraid to, for a HOST of reasons but it’s kind of like—feeling like I’m so committed to helping young women of color, heal themselves, access themselves, take inventory- so that they can live a full life, because so many of us feel like we aren’t living a full life.

What was one of your biggest entrepreneurial mistakes thus far and how did you bounce back?

Myleik: At the very beginning of my career, I used to—Everything that everybody said hit me so hard, and I used to be so hard. I used to be the “Meek Mill” of this whole thing. Running on twitter and type typing and it’s like “oh my God,” and I was so young! And It’s like you don’t think it’s going to hurt until someone kicks you in the heart and you’re like fuck this—I’m ready to fight anybody. I learned that when people— what people say about you says more about them than it does about you. And once you know that people are speaking from their insecurities, their pain, their whatever you go—girl this ain’t even about me!


Isn’t she just marvelous? Even in a brief moment – she drops so many gems!

At the conference in her keynote address, Teele explained how she continues to trail blaze in her business, remaining current, innovative and fresh. She also shared key tips to successful networking, and poured words of encouragement into a room full of current and aspiring women entrepreneurs.

Be sure to check out her podcast, an check out some of the #CurlBox and #MyTaughtYou hashtags on Instagram and Twitter!

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Top 5 podcasts to spice up your morning commute

If you haven’t subscribed & listened —  be sure to check out #AskLo Podcast on Soundcloud!

For me, podcasts are a lot more entertaining than listening to the same ol’ music each day. Like talk radio on the go, podcasts allow you the opportunity to gain insight and learn any and everything from a variety of hosts across the web! Not sure where to start?

Here are my favorite recommendations:

 Love + Radio

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Ok, this podcast has mostly hilarious content  outside of the deep, abstract storytelling. Stories are found everywhere and they do an AMAZING job of finding every day people to tell their stories of love, sex and scary and sometimes “inappropriate” life experiences. I love the show because they tell stories from a real perspective, the person going through it. Almost seeming like street interviews the podcast has captivated my attention from their raw interviews and crazzzzzy out of the ordinary topics.

The Read

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If you’re still late to this train I’m really sorry to hear that. Kid Fury and Crissle are GEMS. Giving you sass, pop culture and the signature READ– bitch if you aren’t into it, you’re seriously falling off! Get on it! They’re 3 years deep and between Fury’s always over it attitude, and Crissles “Bitch you won’t try it” attitude, these two are my favs!

The Friend Zone Podcast

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Mental Hygiene for your brain! *Dustin Ross Voice* NO, seriously these three have the perfect energy. At first I was like wait how is this gonna work? But they are AMAZING together. Fran is my wellness guru, Assante is just me, lol, my spirit animal damnit, and Dustin is everyone’s funny ass best friend who “on a petty note” is gonna coach you through whatever you need. This trio is amazing with weekly relevant topics along with wellness tips that challenge you to further your life experience and viewpoints.

 Serial

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This show is LIT! Week by week they have IN-DEPTH story telling where they piece by piece break down a story! This season is about Sgt Bowe Bergdahl and it screams privilege to me (I don’t trust him I’ve seen Homeland Lol), however season one.. Adnan Syed, that caused them to revisit the case! Phew! Sarah is lit. Serial is lit. Get into it!

My Taught You: Myleik Teele Podcast

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Every podcast has a takeaway. Myleik’s podcast covers any and EVERYTHING. Hardly ANYTHING is off limits. She’s a powerhouse when it comes to disseminating information, and I love it! Talking about love, business, career moves, entrepreneurship– you can send in personalized questions and get them answered as well!

Episode 4 | Networking Tips #AskLo Podcast

 

 

 

I’m back this week with Networking Tips on Ask Lo podcast! Need some advice on how to conquer that daunting room full of people you don’t know? How about how to get the best out of your networking experience? Check out this week’s episode! Be sure to share & comment with any of your favorite networking tips as well!