One of the ways that I practice self love is by surrounding myself with women who inspire me and lift me up. On Sunday I was fortunate enough to experience self love at its best. Dr. Jamie Hardy is the founder of The Fab Gathering, The Fab Gathering is a safe space to let down your guard and to receive support and tools to elevate your health and your life. This FAB gathering was all about self love.
A little back story. I started following Dr. Jamie after meeting her at a blogger workshop. Shortly after our meeting she hosted a Fab Gathering at Char restaurant but I waited to late to get my ticket. That was not the case this time.
Dr. Jamie, a pharmacist by trade, is on a mission to help women to be fit, FABulous, and fulfilled by giving their food, actions, and beliefs a makeover. She encourages women to live a healthy lifestyle without pills. Yes you read that right, a pharmacist trying to get us off the meds.
The day began with a panel of beautiful black educated women dropping gems on everything from navigating storms to self image and of course saying NO.
Melody Hubbard-Robinson dropped the first gem. During the introductions when most people tell who they are and what they do for a living, Melody said: “My job is….. but my purpose is….” I love that because we are more than our jobs. We all have a purpose and you are blessed if they are the same.
Dr. Kristen Walker let us know that if self care becomes stressful then you aren’t doing it right.
Kim Cox Esq. reminded us that you always have options. Don’t be afraid to take the chance to have joy.
Dr. Audrey Townsel dropped on of the most important gems of all about dealing with other people. When pouring into other people make sure that they can pour back into you.
I told you these ladies were fierce and I received every word of it.
After the panel it was time to hydrate because Dr. Jamie knew that we were gonna need it. Twana Johnson got us up and moving. We did a “quick” 7 minutes of cardio to get our heart rate up. 30 minutes a day is all we need to get us started & to help us stay fit. Twana’s gem was “You can catch someones cold but you can’t catch good health” That my friends is on you.
After getting our groove on we hit the mat, the yoga mat that is. My favorite yogi, Jackie O lead our practice. I am always in a calmer state of mind after yoga with Jackie.
Dr. Jamie then talked to us about the important benefits of journaling and introduced us to her new soon to be released Self Love Kit. Head over to The Fab Gathering website for more details.
As promised we had a healthy and delicious lunch. I was full but not stuffed. A perfect combination.
This was the perfect way to spend part of my Sunday. I was so inspired by all of the women. I am so happy that I had the chance to experience Self Love Day with the Fab Gathering.
Job well done Dr. Jamie.
Beewisdom- If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ~ Buddha
As we enter Q2 of 2019 many of us have either given up on our new year’s resolutions or we are hanging tough. I didn’t make any particular resolutions but there are some things that I am making a priority. One of the biggest is my health. As you know the latter part of 2018 was tough for me health wise. I shared my story here. One thing that I learned during the time I spent in and out of the hospital is how important it is for us to take care of our bodies. In my case prevention was key.
Some might think that because they are under 40 they don’t have to worry about their health until later. Well I am here to tell you that no matter your age…. Take care of your body..NOW!!! Here are some suggested health screenings that you should consider, of course age and family history can impact when you should have this test performed. Make the appointment ASAP.
Always know your status (STI/AIDS/HIV) no matter your age
Also, please don’t forget your mental health. Seek help if you need someone to talk to. If you think you might need some help, you probably do and that’s okay. We all need some help to navigate this crazy world.
Blood Pressure– A diagnosis of hypertension, or high blood pressure, is made if your blood pressure is higher than 140/90. Because high blood pressure can lead to other complications, it should be checked every two years if it’s 120/80 or under. If you have to take meds to help control your blood pressure take them. I’m got my prescription refilled this week.
Cholesterol– at least once every 4-6 years (or more frequently if you’re at risk for a heart attack).
Blood Sugar– Get a fasting blood sugar test or other screening test for diabetes or pre diabetes at least once every 3 years and take control of diabetes EARLY.
Skin Test– Check your skin for any unusual spots or moles. Be sure to ask your doctor to check your skin once a year, as well.
Immunization – People over age 50 should get a flu shot every year. And don’t forget, even healthy people need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years, and one of those should contain the pertussis vaccine for whooping cough.
Mammogram– women should have routine mammograms to help detect any early signs of breast cancer. Your doctor can tell you how often you should repeat the test. Early detection of breast cancer can save your breast and your life.
Pap Smear/Pelvic Exam – Combining a Pap test with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test can safely extend the interval between cervical cancer screenings from three years to five years in many women between the ages of 30-65.
Colonoscopy– can be done as a screening for colon cancer and other problems, usually starting at age 50. Go Get Tested
Eye Exam– Be sure to get your eyes examined regularly — at least every 1 to 2 years until age 60 and then every year thereafter. Go more often if you have vision problems or risk factors for eye problems.
Dental Check Up-You should visit the dentist at least twice year for an exam and cleaning. Your oral health can affect your physical health.
Ok, I’m off my soap box now. I want to be around to watch my sons become fathers and play with my future grandchildren. I want to travel the world and just enjoy life but I need my best body and mental state to do it. I also want you to be around to enjoy life with me.
Have you scheduled your yearly exams? If not what are you waiting on?
Beewisdom- Health is a relationship between you and your body
If you could have any superpower in the world what would it be? Would you like to have super strength like Superman, super speed like The Flash, the ability to fly like Wonder Woman or would you want to be like Storm with the ability to manipulate the weather? If you ask me today I might say Storm because I need for Spring to come and stay and to quit playing with my emotions.
We all have a superpower. Discovering what that superpower is can be tricky. Your superpower is what sets you apart from everyone else. You might not call it a superpower but to the rest of us it’s most definitely your superpower.
This has become a popular interview question as well as a college/scholarship essay question. In my house we have been in the college/scholarship process for several months now. My son has had to dig deep at age 17 to figure out his current superpower. Because he is only 17 I know that his superpower will probably change. He has a the ability to quickly analyze a situation and make a decision. There is not a lot of self doubt with him.
But it got me to thinking about my superpower. What sets me apart? What makes me standout from those around me?
One of my favorite superpowers is the ability to find the positive in any situation. My glass is always half full. Don’t get me wrong I live in a realistic world but I choose to find the good. It’s a very intentional decision. I don’t see the purpose of being negative, it just adds frown lines and shorten your days (as the old folks use to say). And who wants to be around negative people? Think about the people you meet on a daily basis, would you want to be around them again if all they brought to the table was negativity? Would you invite them to dinner? Would you want to spend any more of your precious time with them? I like to think that I attract what I’m putting out. So I attract genuinely positive people. If you hang around with me long enough my positivity will rub off on you.
I also believe that women by nature have the superpower of intuition. We can just feel when something is not right. I never realized how powerful my intuition was until I became a mother. And as I get older it seems to be getting stronger. Now I make it a practice to not ignore it and when another women shares her intuition with me I listen to her too. We are all stronger together.
Now, if I had to pick one super hero superpower, superpower… it would be the ability to kick some butt like the Dora Milaje in the Black Panther movie. You wouldn’t want to try me in a dark alley. LOL!!
What’s your superpower? What super hero superpower do you wish you possessed?
Beewisdom- Being ME is my superpower
Inspire was one of my words for 2019 and when I tell you that these first two months of the year have truly been inspiring…believe me they have. And not in the way that you might think. My initial thought for the word inspire was for ME to inspire others. There have been numerous occasions where that has happened. It hasn’t all been big moments but it’s the little moments that have truly opened my eyes and heart. It’s been everything from encouraging someone to take a leap of faith to sending a thinking about you text.
But the biggest surprise to me has been how other people are inspiring me. When someone takes the time to reach out to me for help that inspires me. It means that I’m on the right track. It means that I have something of value to add to their life and that they trust me. When I see someone succeeding at something it inspires me to keep pushing. Watching people find happiness or fall in love or watching people mend a broken relationship. Their success and happiness means we get to celebrate and who doesn’t like a celebration.
If being inspired and inspiring others keeps up this pace, 2019 is on track to be one of the best and happiest years of my life.
Who are you inspiring? Who is inspiring you?
Beewisdom- Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.