Thursday, April 11, 2019

His Garden Naturals' Pop up Customized Butter Bar

Would you like a local pop up customized body/hair butters bar?


We want to do another pop up shop for my company His Garden Naturals in Richmond VA, during summer. This time, at another location and, I want to create on the spot two customized blended butters for your hair and body. You would be able to order, get a ticket/receipt to hold on to it for approximately 30 minutes or later, and return to our pop up kiosk to pick up your jar of body & hair butter. Hmmm. How does that sound?  It would probably work better at a mall, flea market or outdoor event such as a festival or concert where people will be attending for several hours. We will always have the option of purchasing custom made online during these events. Tell me what you think? I would love to get your feedback and ideas that will help me make this effort a success. 




I was recently an opening keynote speaker at a conference for empowering women and  had the opportunity to  feature and sell some of my nourishing whipped lip, body and hair butters.  LOL! I took this from my daughters's instagram story below: 










Monday, April 8, 2019

Mother Daughter Talk On Taking Breaks - Supporting Mental Health

Take a break!


On Taking breaks for self-care and mental health wellness, Me and my daughter Imani teamed up to talk about things we do to maintain emotional and mental wellness while we were walking through the mall for brief walking exercise. We encourage you to intentionally reserve time to take self care breaks. Taking breaks are important to mental and physical health (emotionally, psychologically and physically) because you rest your body and brain. My daughter is definitely into fitness because her father (my ex-husband) and I were always into including healthy choices in our diet and her father was more of the workout parent. Although, we did work out together and walked in parks.

I started eating healthier before I became pregnant and only gave my daughter mostly organic and natural foods. She ate what we cooked and grinded. The only prepared baby food I would sometimes buy were from Earth's Best Organic Baby Food which was new to the market. Anyway, take a look at our talk on taking breaks:


FAIR WAGES & AFRICAN WOMEN SHEA BUTTER FORMULATORS

AFRICAN WOMEN & SHEA BUTTER FORMULAtion 


We really hope these women will eventually be fairly compensated for their labor of making shea butter. This is important to me and my company of making natural products because we use organic Shea butter shipped straight from Africa that we pick up from Vital Health Foods in NY annually. Once in a while, we have even seen a few pieces of the nut or shell in our bags straight from the village. So different than purchasing local. I went on a YouTube binge of watching women in several villages creating shea butter. I wanted to share with you as well. I loooove shea butter for its many benefits but enough talking. Here's the two last videos I watched.



Women are teaching other women from rural areas, how to make shea butter.  This is powerful because women are teaching other women how to create income for them and their families. This is EMPOWERMENT! This is how it was many years ago when so many of our ancestors used their creativity and experiences to help their communities and become entrepreneurs which creates jobs for families.





Friday, February 15, 2019

Reconditioning Your Mind to Be Optimistic.


SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MIND AND POSITIVITY:


Hello darling! I know, it's been too long. I'm balancing and still working on being harmonious in all of my endeavors. Now, what's on my mind today is Reconditioning the mindset... Here's what I mean: 
You most likely know this already but I think it’s a good bookmark: I want to discuss programming and reconditioning your mind to be optimistic. The intent is to help you feel better emotionally and mentally.
Do you know that you can actually recondition your mind/brain to be more positive and optimistic-focused? It is a learning skill such being a good communicator that includes LISTENING to others.
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Anyway, we can learn optimism from our family members and traits, and environment. Many times, I have to take clients on a journey into family history just to find a root cause or genesis of certain behaviors, thoughts and traits in order for them to better understand why they do what they do or think/believe the way they do.
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In a loving peaceful home filled with emotional-regulated/stable people, a child will most likely develop healthy self-esteem, feeling of security, sense of safety, and being loved. This individual will be more optimistic throughout life compared to one who grew up in the opposite environment or atmosphere.
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There are also other factors other than home environments that contribute to non-positive and non-optimistic mind such as our financial and mental health status. At some point, we have to take responsibility for our own happiness, peace and contentment.
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The optimistic person will most likely be better at coping and thriving in life. I especially, want parents and premarital couples to be MINDFUL of this. I seen kids and know adults who inherited their parent’s negative core beliefs, pessimism and generational patterns of mistakes unaware.
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Shucks, many of us can identify the good and bad we may have learned from our family because no human being is perfect without flaw. We are born into a dysfunctional world so I believe we must walk in grace, empathy and humility but keeping learning and growing. We WILL all make mistakes. Staying on a journey of self-improvement, growth and evolvement is key. Thus, the reason we need to work on being whole/healed and healthy within, in business, career, at work, in relationships, at home.
Two Ways of training the mind: 1. to be more positive-focused and optimistic is thinking of opposite thoughts of core beliefs. 2. Encourage and distract your negative thought or feeling with a competing or opposite mood/emotion by engaging in positive, humorous or interesting activities. This will help you develop a practice of not concentrating on what’s not currently working in your life.
Let’s break any cycles of dysfunction and brokenness.
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Here are some more studies that align with my belief and observation on the topic:
https://www.verywellmind.com/accentuate-the-positive-positi…
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https://www.sciencedirect.com/…/artic…/pii/019188699290009E…
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https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/…/optimism-pessimism-…/export.html