I’m not sure about you, but this week has been super crazy for me. Between not feeling good in my body, to preparing for back to school, working on my business, and having to deal with people on different levels along with their energy they put off; has been extremely exhausting! But guess what, I’m still here pushing & moving forward, why? Because I got this!!
Let’s be real, life is going to throw us blows all the time, but we have to know how to handle them & how to not let them effect our everyday lives. The key is, knowing that everyday won’t be perfect, but perfect is “HE” who made the day. Knowing that nothing is put on us that we can’t bare. I find that speaking to my situation helps ease the load. Although I don’t see results right away, I know that in due season everything will come together. I haven’t always had this mentality, and honestly, sometimes I forget about my own words because I focus more on the current state and have to shake myself a bit to get back on track. Worrying and stressing will not solve anything, it only makes matters worse.
So no matter what you’re encountering or have encountered this week & in weeks to come, remember “YOU GOT THIS”. Your troubles or struggles won’t last always. There’s hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your head up, remember, speak life to yourself & the situation & watch the universe give back to you what you put out.
Today’s affirmation: Even with tears in my eyes, I will forever say, I got this!
In life we tend to put others before ourselves, a tendency most women (and some men) have. But have you realized that the more you put others first, the more you’re taken for granted or put last by those you’ve put first?
Today I declare to CHOOSE ME & I ask you to do the same & CHOOSE YOU!! Now this doesn’t mean that you don’t love or care about others well being or circumstances, of course not, but it’s now time for you to love and care for yourself the same way you’ve been doing for others.
Let’s be real, most people could care less about you neglecting yourself to help them, all they see is their need or want. You better believe that as soon as you stop “putting out” per-say, you’re going to pick up on some vibes, attitudes, and even an exchange of words (HA!). If someone is upset because you decided to focus and care for you, instead of them, WALK AWAY!
Remove yourself from those toxic individuals who are noting but opportunist and begin loving & taking care of you again. No more coming to the rescue and aid of everyone else & leaving you for dead. Rise up & step into a new you! Say, “Today I choose me”, mean it and do it! You’ll begin to feel so much better and down the line, you’ll thank yourself for it.
Today’s Affirmation: Today I choose me, for me, because I love me…unapologetically.
It is a natural reaction to need or desire validation from another human being. The same when it comes to our feelings and/or emotions. Most times, unless someone picks up on your vibes, those feelings & emotions will go unnoticed by people because we have managed to mask our emotional state. This is something I too have done, and if I’m gonna be honest, “be real”, I still do it. I’m still working on me! Is it because I have something to hide? NO!! I’ve masked my emotions because of trust issues, traumas, and more.
I’ve hidden everything with a smile & I’m great because I never want anyone to see or know that I’m dealing with an issue. Sound familiar?! Sure it does! Most of us, if we admit it or not, are in the same boat. Here’s where you can be different, here’s where you can begin climbing out. When you get the strength to say I’m not ok, and know that it’s ok to speak those words, you’ve taken the 1st step to improvement.
Now I’m not saying, go tell Chatty Kathy, who will have the entire village knowing you have an issue before you even get the word “hep” out of your mouth. I’m saying tell a trusted friend, doctor, family member, anyone that you can actually trust. What if I have no one that I can trust? Take it to God and you can always trust you! begun writing your feelings out. Believe it or not, this is what began to help me (remember, trust issues). Writing helps release the hurt, anger, frustration, etc trapped inside.
Not only did I write, I prayed, I prayed specifically. I prayed that someone that I could fully trust would be sent into my life. But before that prayer was answered, before that trusted someone was sent to me (my best friend, who later became my husband), I had to learn to begin speaking release over myself & situations. Release the positive & take away the negative. Release joy and remove all hurt and pain. I had to speak life into April! Listen, I wanted someone to speak over me before I spoke over myself, I needed that validation, someone to rub my back & day it’ll be ok, but that wasn’t how it happened for me. You can’t expect anyone to fix you, if you don’t begin to put in the work 1st. It starts with you!
So as we begin a journey of inspiration, motivation, laughter, and tears; your very 1st assignment is to begin loving you. Begin speaking life over your situations. Pray for that confidante, begin journaling, whatever it takes! In the midst, remember and know, that this too shall pass. Keep in mind that your life is a testimony to others who have yet to go through what you’re about to come out of. Someone is depending on you!!
I’m going to leave you with this affirmation that I came up with, meditate on it, memorize it:
I have the courage to speak life into my life.
I have the courage to rise above adversity and walk in victory.
A Chicago Native, representing LA – Clarke Lau’ren is an Entertainer and Model! Clarke has been in the Entertainment industry for 5 years now, but says that she’s always been an entertainer in all ways – with taking photos and posing becoming a part of her expressing herself.”
“I had always heard that I should give modeling it a try and one of the first photographers that I worked with sold my pictures (I signed them away not knowing) to TMZ and Essence magazine. That woke me up! Lol”
Clarke tells us that she had so much fun being featured in the Migos “Bad & Bougie” & Jidenna “Classic Man” video, and can also be found in the following videos:
Wiz Khalifa ft Snoop “You & Your friends”
Haim ft ASAP Ferg “My song 5”
Sammie “I’m Him”
Clarke loves modeling and enjoys projects that truly allows her to show her personality and loves being able to try different looks and pull them off so gracefully. Not only is Clarke a model, she is very excited to get into acting and is finally dropping and showing the world her first love of music. With so much competition, Clarke’s initial challenges of her career was knowing her place, who she was, where she thought she fit in with so much competition.
“People think that it’s easy to look pretty and take pics. I’ll have a day where I question everything, but so do we all.”
As a Singer, Clarke is creating her sound and vibing with different writers and producers, with music inspiration being fearless, sexy, and loving oneself. When asked about collaborating with other artists, Clarke tells us that she has an interest in John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, 6lack, and Drake!
“I would like to work with John Mayer because I think our voices would sound amazing together. I would also like to work with Fleetwood Mac because that’s just on some whole other level.”
She says that she is really excited about where she is going, and that music is definitely a journey that she is glad she finally started. Make sure you mark your calendars, as she will be dropping her EP early 2019.
Ultimately, Clarke wants to be able to help inspire others and share her own personal story to anyone who relates that may need to hear it. She simply wants to leave a name behind for years to come for her future family.
If you are an aspiring model or singer, Clarke has the following advice,
“The company you keep is the biggest part in your growth. Stay true to yourself. Every GIG isn’t for you. Keep God first.”
If you’re interested in booking Clarke for any projects or event, simply email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you keep up with Clarke via: Instagram: @clarkelauren_
Clarke has these final words for our readers:
Thank you so much for the feature!
I have so much cool stuff on the way for 2019 – I’m turning up!
Meet the super talented Singer, Actor, and Model – DēP (pronounced “Deep”). Though currently residing in Los Angeles, CA – DēP is a Houston, TX native who has made some MAJOR BOSS moves in the industry!
Although DēP came from a musical family, he pursued college for a degree in Education prior to music. However, his degree in Education was his backup plan – in case music didn’t work out.
“I have always wanted to sing. Yes, I grew up around music but ever since they put me on a table top at my Aunt Linda’s church and let me sing, I was hooked. Funny thing is my mom didn’t really want me to pursue a singing career. I’ve always had a fire for going after things I desire, especially when someone says I shouldn’t.”
So how did DēP make his grand entrance into the entertainment industry? DēP tells us that he got his first big break by winning a VIBE magazine talent competition for unsigned artists. While getting his first record contract with Versatile Records in Washington, DC – he realized that the industry was ready for him!
“Everyone thinks that there is this one magical moment that unlocks success in anything, and that’s just not the case.” My life quote is “Nothing Is Happenstance!” – which means everything happens for a reason.”
DēP tells us that there were many experiences that made him a true contender in the industry. For DēP, growing up under the Southeast Inspirational Choir, attending HSPVA in Houston TX, taking piano lessons at All About Music, national/regional competitions, and local performance all over the place played a key role in his success. If you didn’t know, DēP has made major boss moves with various television appearances such as:
2015 Grammy Awards 2015 Grammy Salutes: Stevie Wonder 2016 TV Land Awards 2016 Espys 2016 White House Christmas Will & Grace 2018 The Rookie 2018 AND MORE!
He has also made appearances in several music videos, commercials, and movies such as:
“Matrimony” (Wale ft. Usher)
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
“So In Love” (Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton)
Beats By Dre
The Preachers Son
In the beginning stages of his career, various people had misconceptions about his image, but that did not stop him from pushing through! DēP tells us that the biggest challenge for him was actually choosing the right team – as he knew he couldn’t be successful on his own.
“In the beginning, they didn’t know what to do with me. I looked young, sounded, wrote, and spoke like an adult, didn’t really wanna promote a sexual image but that’s what they wanted. I was smart enough to know that I couldn’t be successful on my own and there was always some manager, fake ass label, or whoever that was going to “take me to the top”. I guess I wasn’t church enough because my discernment was off. It took me years to build the right team but the journey was necessary.”
Overcoming his initial challenges wasn’t the only thing that aided in his success, as the following business advice also helped:
Count my own money
Be involved with every facet of my career
Learn the business just as much as i was learning my craft
Never follow a no with a period.
“I wish I would have known that “I was enough,” in the beginning of my career. Growing up in the south, a Black man is flawed. We spend so much time trying to fit in a box or adapt to a definition that doesn’t work for a leader, entrepreneur, BOSS. When I accepted my power I was able to walk into any room and get just what I needed out of it be it a deal, a standing ovation or anything.”
DēP has shared the stage and opened up for some of the best of the best in music – from Beyonce to Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Alicia Keys Jussie Smollett, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Boys II Men, and more. Touring is something that DēP enjoys, as it allows him to meet people and get paid to work in his passion. He recently was able to tour as a solo artist, but stated that it was also cool being able to bring in artists that he has formerly worked a couple of shows with. Make sure you keep up with DēP, as he will be touring again in the Spring and Summer of 2019!
“It’s going to be epic because I will be collaborating with some talented Artist You SHOULD Know from across the country. I am amped because the raw talent with this group is dumb.”
DēP has had an opportunity to perform live with quite a few artists, but says that his favorites were Beyonce and Kanye West!
“They are crazy passionate and it challenged me to work harder. I remember thinking, “Damn DeP, yea you grind but they grind grind”. It was crazy because they had reached levels where they could let up and not work so hard, yet they were easily outworking everyone on the team. I learned the equation to success by working with them.”
When asked about his dream artist, he states that he would love to work with Missy Elliott, as she has the ability to bring out the best in people! He calls Missy Elliott a BEAST with true raw creativity!
Make sure you are keeping up with DēP’s music journey, as he has an upcoming LP called “Edible and Elevation.” – and describes it as his most authentic body of work ever.
“It’s gonna shock everybody, in a good way. I have some dope producers and a few guest artist on there. This is a true artistic joint. It’s a whole mood.”
His talents also go beyond the stage, as you can catch him performing on the big screen in theaters in 2019! DēP will be starring in the film “This Side Up” – a true story film, about a slave named Henry Box Brown – who mailed himself to freedom; the only one to do so successfully.
“Filming THIS SIDE UP was amazing because it was completely opposite of what DeP stands for, looks like, acts like and so I had to really flex my acting muscles that had been pushed to the background for years.”
DēP ‘s talents doesn’t stop at music and acting, as he is also an Author! DēP’s first book “Fallback to Step up: Things to fallback from in order to step up your life” will be available mid-2019 and will be holding a book signing soon. He also has a single called “Fallback” to accompany his book!
“I realized that many times we aren’t able to fly because we have too many bags. too many things holding us back from ascension be it people, outlooks, finances, mindsets, or more. As an entrepreneur, I read a lot of self-help and success books like many of my peers. They simply tell us to believe in self yada yada yada and not any real answers. Sorta like a high priced counselor that gets paid to help us arrive at a revelation without persuasion. Forget that. Give me some answers and some things I can apply. That doesn’t typically happen. All of these books and No answers. I fixed that!”
DeP has also started his full-scale artist branding and development company called “Think Dep Entertainment (TDE).” The company has currently released music with clients Latin pop artist – Bianca Acosta and Hip Hop artist – Jai G. He is also vocal coaching the newest client currently making waves TeaMarr.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, DēP has the following advice,
“Know what you want out of the entertainment industry, before going in and don’t lose focus or stop until you get it. Treat it as a business but protect your heart – aka the passion.”
You can listen and purchase DēP ‘s music by going to www.ThinkDeP.com OR by searching him on your streaming service under “Think DeP” or “DeP.”
Make sure you keep you follow DēP on social media, to keep up with his career and music:
Meet Tomekia Y. Luckett, PhD, RN! The Certified Life Coach, Assistant Professor of Nursing, & Owner – CEO of Dr. Tomekia Yvette Enterprises LLC, representing Summit, MS! With serving God while living a purpose filled life as her motivation, Tomekia is making some major boss moves!
Though being an Author was not her passion, she says that there was a need to share her story.
“For years, I had people tell me that I should share my story of how I overcame poverty, rejection and becoming a single mother of triplets at the age of 20. God really prompted me this year to go ahead and share my stories.”
To date, Tomekia has written the following three books, which were written in 30 days and were written to help anyone looking for inspiration and motivation:
Finding purpose in the pain: A journey of pain, healing and purpose
“Finding purpose in the pain, is a triumphant journey of how I overcame challenges to include: poverty, rejection and becoming a single mother of triplets at the age of 20. I was able to pursue education, and eventually earned a PhD in nursing leadership. I looked for love in all the wrong places and finally found the love I was looking for in God.”
Welcome to Nursing: A prayer and devotional for new nurses
A nurse’s touch : A prayer and devotional for nurses
“The two nursing devotionals are designed for nurses, to assist in managing the challenges of a nursing career while receiving positive affirmations and prayers.”
For Tomekia, her greatest challenge for publishing her books were overcoming herself! She knew it was something God wanted her to do, but she was scared and embarrassed by parts of her story.
“When I first saw my own work in print, I was excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time. I believe my books will inspire others to go for their goals, and believe that with God all things are possible”
Being an Author isn’t Tomekia’s only talent, as she is also a Public Speaker. Her public speaking career begin in her church and then turned into a career. Tomekia has spoken at over 100+ events, with topics being on Godly principles, women’s and men’s health, cardiovascular disease, love and relationships, and domestic violence.
So how did Tomekia get her first big break at Public Speaking? Tomekia tells us that she was invited to speak at a church and share her journey of becoming a nurse, when her triplets were small.
“Though I am quite shy, I knew God wanted me to speak and share my story including the pain I have endured.”
Tomekia also has an organization called “Dr. Tomekia Yvette Enterprises LLC,” which is a coaching and empowerment brand designed for persons needing direction with goals in life, love and career. Its purpose is to inspire and empower others to discover their God-given purpose and achieve their dreams! Dr. Tomekia’s personal mission is to help others awaken their inner dreamer, and maximize their God-given potential. She believes each of us has a unique purpose with greatness inside of us.
“My ultimate goal is to continue building her brand while inspiring and empowering others to go for their goals. She believes she am getting there, but there is always room for improvement.”
If you are an Entrepreneur on the rise, Tomekia has the following advice,
“Don’t let fear stop you from going for your goals. You can do whatever you believe you can do! I wish I would have known to make each moment count. Savor each moment, and take time to relish in success.”
Make sure you follow Tomekia via social media:
Facebook: Dr. Tomekia the purpose doctor, inspiration empowerment and wisdom
Meet Leslie Crawford – An amazing full-time Entrepreneur from Baltimore, MD! Leslie is not only a super dope Entrepreneur, but she wears many hats of entrepreneurship such as an Author, Speaker, and the Creator of the campaign – “I Choose Me.”
Leslie is an Urban Fiction Author, whose books are geared towards women. Although she never had the desire to write a book, Leslie considers herself a big reader that loves reading Urban Fiction books. One day she asked herself if she could write a book, and while on vacation she began writing. Though it took about two years to finish her book, Leslie says that’s how she came about writing her very first book – which made her fall in love with writing.
“I wanted to be a different Urban Fiction Author. I didn’t want to talk about the killing, drugs dealing etc. I wanted to talk about the issues we as women go through in life. I wanted to entertain but teach a lesson. At the end the reader can say – I know that woman or that woman is me. Not to be ashamed about it but to get help. My goal is to open their eyes to what they’re suffering from. When a woman reads my book, my goal is for her to take a look in the mirror and ask herself if she is that woman in the book. From my readers – I have been told even if the woman in the book was not her, she can still relate because they know someone like her. I had a reader email me and say my book “But He Loves Me” helped her walk away from a verbal and mental abusive marriage. That meant everything to me.”
To date, Leslie has written the following books:
1. Forbidden Fruit
2. Forbidden Fruit 2: The Aftertaste.
A book series about a teenager that grew up in a wealthy household but always had the desire to live the life of what she saw on reality TV. Her parents only desire was to shower their daughter with gifts, vacations, etc. they soon learned money can’t raise your kids.
3. Coach Mom (co-authored with her son)
A children’s book about a kid that was angry because his mom coached his soccer team one year. He attempted to sabotage the team because he wanted his mom to quit, he didn’t believe women should coach a sport like soccer. He soon learned about team work, friendship, and respect.
4. But He Loves Me.
A story about a successful woman that had everything, money, good career, good friends and family but she was lacking one thing; self-esteem. Not knowing or believing she would ever lack self-esteem because she covered it up with materialistic things, she meets a man that changes her life. From physical, mental, emotional, financial, verbal, and sexual abuse; he revealed to her that even women with it all lack something they tend to hide because they’re ashamed.
“When my book was first printed, I received the copy in the mail and I cried. I was excited because writing was not my career choice. I went to school for Business and didn’t start writing until I turned 27.”
For her first book, Leslie encountered the problem of getting published, as she was turned down from various publishing companies. Although she didn’t know too much about self-publishing. Leslie says that she decided to turn to self-publishing, due to someone mentioning it to her. Outside of her publishing challenges, she also encountered writers block – which is why she states she needs to be in the right mental space to write books. Leslie tells us that each book took its own time for completion and publishing. Publishing for “But He Loves Me” took six months, while the others took over a year. For Leslie, it really depends on what she else she has going on. Currently, Leslie is working on a book that she has been working on for nine months – which she has hasn’t been able to finish due to the state of mental space needed to do so.
“I have to be in a certain mood in order to finish it. I never rush the process because I want it to be great when it’s done.”
To make sure that others aren’t struggling with issues of publishing, Leslie has her own company called “Exposed Books Publishing and “When Children Write,” which focuses on coaching children how to write and publish their own books! (NICCEE!)
“When Children Write” will also be creating a virtual book club and more in 2019 to encourage more children to read and write. To learn more please visit www.whenchildrenwrite.com.
Exposed Books Publishing is her coaching and consulting company where she help women go through the process of publishing their own book and create a lucrative income. Since she was looked down on for leaving her 9-5 as a single mom to be self-employed, Leslie started helping other moms live out their dream of building a career with writing.
Not only is Leslie a phenomenal Author – she is a Public Speaker and Creator of the campaign – “I Choose Me.” – which is about empowering and helping women realize their worth. Although it wasn’t her passion, public speaking for Leslie was natural for her, as she knew she had something to say and wanted to share it – with young women especially. Leslie received her first big break as a Public Speaker with the encouragement of her Business Coach. Her Business Coach encouraged her to start going live on social media and make declarations to God. Leslie says that she started her declarations and going live, and from one live posting on her Facebook – a student at John Hopkins University asked her to come and speak at their Feminist group.
“I knew at that engagement my target audience was women ranging from 18-25. From hearing those women talk about their struggles at that event, I knew more women needed to hear from me.”
From that experience, she launched her “I Choose Me” college tour. Leslie speaks about women having self-love before trying to love someone else, and speaks to women ages 18-25, as she feels she is able to gain their attention at an early age. Since February of 2018, Leslie has spoken at three events so far, and has launched her college tour. She has opened her calendar for the remaining of 2018 and 2019, and is currently seeking more events to speak at for women. All though she has started her college tour, Leslie is seeking speaking engagements from organizations that cater to women empowerment.
“I Choose Me” is my motivational speaking topic, where I speak to young adult women about choosing themselves first before entering into a relationship. Knowing when to walk away from a toxic relationship and creating self-love before you seek love from others. I always felt like I wasn’t pretty as other women. I thought I always needed to be in a relationship to feel good about myself. For five years, I was with someone and during that time my insecurities came to life. My self-esteem was even lower, I dealt with depression, and stayed in a relationship just because I was afraid to be alone. After that relationship was over I continued to deal with the same issues. It wasn’t until 2017 that I begin to take a deeper look at my life. I stepped away from dating and started to see the root of my problem. It was me. I started seeking God more. It started with a selfie and when I posted it, I used the hashtag “I Choose Me.” From that point on I created this campaign to let women know, they don’t have to remain in a relationship just because. Choose yourself first and love you before you expect someone else to love you.”
So what is the inspiration behind her campaign? As a teenager, she dealt with self-esteem issues, and as an adult she continues to deal with those same issues. Leslie tells us that she has been very transparent on social media when speaking about issues she went through – as women relate more when you’re open and honest.
“My campaign was made to support women, as most of the time people aren’t transparent about real issues. They talk about self-esteem but they either never experienced it or they don’t tell their story. I couldn’t be afraid to tell my audience what happened to me. I was verbally, mentally, emotionally, and financially abused. These are the types of abuse no one really talks about. – I am open and honest.”
Leslie tells women to trust their instincts when they see the warning signs of a toxic relationship, and to know who you are before getting into a relationship.
“Don’t expect a man to love you if you don’t love yourself. My overall topic surrounds self-love and self-care. These topics were selected because I’ve been there. I have dealt with all of these items. There are some days when I still want to be in a relationship but I know opening my life to just anyone will not be beneficial to me.”
Ultimately, Leslie wants at least one woman to tell her that she helped her love herself more or that she helped her get out of that toxic relationship.
Interested in supporting Leslie’s campaign? Share and visit her new blog www.imchoosingme.com. You can do so by sharing her campaign to bring more awareness to this issue.
“A few years ago I said I wanted to start speaking, but I never had anything to talk about. I waited on God. I wish I would have known that I needed to put God in every part of my business. Once I started involving God in every part, things became better. After going through my previous relationship and discovering myself, I believe that’s when God released me to speak. God knew before I didn’t have anything to say. Despite going through five years of hurt, I knew I had to share my experience to help the next woman. I should have surrendered my business over to him a long time ago.”
If you’re interested in being an Author or Public Speaker, Leslie has the following advice,
“As an author, stick with what you know. Don’t try to write about something that you have no knowledge on. Be true to who you are. When it comes to public speaking you have to constantly practice. Don’t try to speak because you see everyone else doing it. You have to genuinely care about your topic. Your audience will be able to tell if you’re speaking just because or if you’re speaking because it’s your passion.”
If you’re interested in purchasing Leslie’s books, you can purchase them via Amazon, with autographed copies available via www.exposedbooks.com. Be sure to keep up with Leslie’s work, as she will be releasing her next book “What They Didn’t Know” in 2019!
Make sure you’re following Leslie via social media at:
“I believe everyone should live out their dream. Go after what you want, but make sure you’re passionate about it. Place God in every part of your life and/or business. As a woman – know who you are and your worth before expecting someone else to.”
The beauty world is lighting up! Cannabis is infusing the industry, and is taking self-care routines to a higher level. That’s because the star ingredient, known for its apparent stress-reducing and pain-relieving (among many others) benefits in the wellness space. From anti-inflammatory to pain relief CBD has proven to be a clutch product in a multiple of beauty based dilemmas and routines. Here are a few well known and not so well known CBD beauty hacks and uses you may not be aware of!
1. Foot freedom
As a pain reliever CBD works by affecting receptors in your brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond accordingly. This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that can help with pain management. Applied topically or ingested CBD can relieve pain so the relief rubs or medicated lotions available are great to use when your night requires a dedication to heels that your feet may not have agree too. The natural pain relief coupled with the plants ability to reduce swelling definitely decreases the ouch factor. A little lotion over the foot before or during foot pain critics say are full proof against withstanding a night on the town. Fashion designers and stylist have been seen toting CBD infused creams in their ready bags for celebrity clients who walk runways and red carpets for hours with no relief to aid in comfort. So hey if it’s good enough for Olivia Wilde we think it’s works giving a world.
2. Dodge Dark circles
Those long nights and early mornings can leave more than just an achy back and foggy brain. Under eye circles and puffiness are the pain in the behinds of most women and men for that matter. It’s hard to find products to do the trick and harder to find all natural versions of it. Most eye serums contain chemicals likeCoenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to help reduce and eliminate puffiness. CBD however being a natural anti-inflammatory has skin soothing properties that rival some of the better eye creams on the market. A mix of essential oils natural herbs and CBD oil could be a true Hail Mary when it comes to managing your morning maintenance or makeup routine
3. Acne avoidance
Rich in fatty acids and natural emollients that can help hydrate and smooth the skin CBD has incredible medicinal and corrective benefits when it comes to topical, skin-care uses. Including the the dreaded pimple predicaments, we all have those days when we wake up and realize that our skin has betrayed us. Acne can be a complete showstopper and real challenge if you have tricky skin combination that calm for multiple products. Recent studies found that CBD helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production by sebaceous glands. This could be good news if you want to avoid harsher chemical based products like, Accutane or spironolactone. CBD infused acne creams washes and moisturizers are available to help regulate skin irritations. The ability to manage inflammation and oil production, allows CBD to treat two parts of acne lesion development which until now has been done mainly with chemical based solutions like retinoids. CBD in addition to moisturizing and soothing the skin has anti-aging properties. CBD oil can help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles while stopping signs of aging before they start.
4. Mood moderator
Being beautiful means not just looking good but feeling good too! No one thinks the evil step mother was as pretty as the happy go lucky princess right? So it’s important to highlight CBDs proven and most popular delivery method is the bath salts or bath bombs available. Cannabinoid oil infused bath products can induce antidepressant-like effects, CBD affect neuro receptors increasing serotonin levels thereby reducing anxiety. Much like a soothing Epsom salt bath but elevated, your muscles and body relax and become engulfed in the waves of serotonin.
CBD can be an awesome addition to your actual makeup. Beauty brands are taking notice of the craze and have found inventive ways to capitalize on their multiple benefits and reinforce their brand image. For example a few vegan based lines have opted to develop CBD mascara. The oil-based CBD (as opposed to the industry standard, beeswax) to adhere the mascara’s fiber to lashes that goes on smoother and creamier than most formulas.
6. Hair hold
CBD Oil benefits hair, including hair loss, dry scalp, and the best CBD-infused hair products. So take a puff, puff, pass through the hair aisle to decide if your do needs a dab of CBD Oil. The science seems vague, but there’s some evidence that CBD stimulates hair growth when applied to the scalp because of the omega fatty acids.High in vitamin E and fatty acids, CBD Oil nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair, thus boosting hair growth. Inside CBD Oil are omega-3, omega-6 and the omega-9 acids, which help improve the quality of the scalp tissue. Stronger scalp tissue means hair follicles expanding faster which in turn means longer hair!
If you’re looking for jewelry that is fashionable and will turns heads, look no further than The Boss Lady Collection. Owned by Valerie Brown, The Boss Lady Collection is full of affordable and statement fashionable jewelry – regardless of the occasion. Whether you need jewelry for business or pleasure, The Boss Lady Collection is the perfect go to for your needs!
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Do you love and wear make-up? Love those make-up tutorials on Instagram? Well if you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, we have a super dope MUA who is killing the game and is definitely worth an Instagram follow! Meet Deborah Bland – a phenomenal Cosmetologist specializing in Makeup Artistry!
Representing Detroit, Michigan, Deborah is a MUA who is very creative and talented with make-up! Deborah received her Cosmetology license from Douglas J. Aveda Institute and specializes in colorful/glitter dramatic makeup looks. Though make-up has not always been her passion, she is now obsessed with it!
“Makeup has not always been my passion. I started doing nails at age 13 and got more into hair throughout high school, with makeup coming later during my senior year. I have been obsessed with makeup for about a year and a half now, but just started on other people in the last 6 months.”
Deborah tells us that she wanted to get her Cosmetology license in case she ever wanted to pursue a career in a different field of beauty, but actually got into make-up to show people the purpose of make-up.
“What made me most interested in being a makeup artist was showing people that makeup is not made for “covering imperfections” or “hiding your insecurities”. Makeup can not only enhance features of your face, but it can help people build inner and outer confidence. It makes you feel beautiful, which drove my passion to learn more.”
In the beginning stages of her career, there were a few challenges and things she learned. In fact, Deborah tells us that she has learned that you need to be consistent in the industry, to attract great opportunities. Ultimately, she didn’t let any of her challenges get in her way or stop her grind!
“Makeup is different from hair and nails. Clients don’t typically come every few weeks, as they usually need their makeup done for a specific occasion or event. This made it difficult to keep clients no matter how good your work is. As most Hair and Nail Techs know, people tend to cancel appointments at the last minute, which can be disappointing. But, if you stay diligent, positive, and patient – there will always be doors opening for opportunities.”
Although Deborah specializes in dramatic looks, she does provide services for special occasions like wedding parties, graduations, prom, and homecoming!
“Most of my clients come from Instagram and request dramatic looks. I absolutely love doing dramatic looks the most, mainly because most people feel that they can’t pull certain colors and looks off. I like to prove to them that it isn’t a question of “Can I pull that off?”, but it is a skill of recognizing skintone, eyeshape, and face shape that can make a world of difference in a look.”
“I feel that the most difficult thing about being a Makeup Artist is CONFIDENCE. You need your client to trust you enough that there is no need to worry about the outcome of the look. They need to know just how great you are at your work, which all correlates to the way you carry yourself as the artist. Makeup clients tend to be sketchy about the turn out of their face, if you are hesitant or insecure about your work. I like to show them who’s boss by my skills, techniques, and CONFIDENCE.”
Interested in learning how to do make-up? Well don’t fret because Deborah has multiple tutorials up on her Instagram page, for people aspiring to be a Makeup Artist! In fact, she gets a lot of good feedback on them and many requests for more. (NICE!!) If you’re an avid YouTube user, you will soon be able to find Deborah’s work there, as she plans to eventually have a YouTube channel, as well as have online classes available for people around the globe! (BOOM!)
“If I had the opportunity to style my celebrity idol, I would go for a dramatic colorful look! Something with color and glitter to catch some attention, but not crazy enough to scare anyone off! I would go for this look because it is not a common thing to see on celebrities, as they usually stick to “natural” “glowy” looks. I like to get people out of their comfort zone!”
Deborah states that her ultimate goal as a MUA is to have paid trips to do specific people’s makeup, as well as be well-known for her work; which she hopes will continue to inspire others to be a MUA as well. Deborah says that she is very proud of her success, her makeup videos going viral, brands asking her to promote their products, and of course gaining her Cosmetology license.
Interested in working with Deborah? You can contact her via direct message on Instagram using the handle @beatsbydeb to book her for her services, events, or projects!
If you’re interested in being a MUA, Deborah has the following advice,
“A common misconception people have about being a Makeup Artist is how original everyone is. The beauty industry as a whole, are full of artist of generations before our time. Every artist has learned their skill, if not from school, then offline, or through books, or hands on. Not saying some people aren’t just naturally talented, but most of the time, Makeup is inspired by something or someone. I suggest staying positive, confident, and consistent in your passion for makeup! Learn from others as much as you can, and give people the energy and experience you want them to give you for your services.”
Make sure you keep up with Deborah as she has several photoshoots coming up; with her being the main makeup artist for interesting makeup looks! You can find and follow Deborah via social media using the handle @beatsbydeb.
Did you know that BET isn’t the only network catering to Black entertainment?! Are you looking for entertainment that is relatable and enjoyable? Well, we’re here to give you the scoop on Aurore TV!
Meet Latasha! Representing Queens, NYC, Latasha is the Founder of Aurore TV, and the Writer/ Producer of the Amazon Prime comedy series “Sit Black & Relax.” Latasha tells us that working in the entertainment industry has always been her passion. Latasha has created two seasons of the comedy web series Sit Black & Relax & the Aurore TV flagship show, #WeShallOverChug – a comedy talk show that focuses on Black Culture, balanced by cocktails and ratchet nonsense, hosted by Latasha and Jameer Pond. (BOOM!!)
“I thought as a child I was going to be a singer (signed to Sisqo… don’t laugh too hard), as a college student dancer, and as a grad a model… and when I realized I wasn’t that great at any of that stuff I turned to my natural gift of humor and communication.”
Aurore TV launched in March 2018, and is actually Latasha’s latest venture after her take at YouTube vlogs and first season of her web series! She realized that she wanted to not only help herself as a creator, but other Black creators as well. Latasha tells us that she thinks everyone can come up together!
“Aurore TV focuses on narratives with a lighthearted feel. I think media shows us enough Black trauma to last a lifetime. We want you to exhale when you watch our shows. Life is fun. We air things that have great quality, mostly completed seasons if it’s a series, and things that we actually enjoy. We’ve watched every single thing that we’ve aired on the platform. I enjoy looking at something tangible that came from my mind and spirit. Looking at the faces of my team members, and the content we’ve established, it all becomes surreal, and I feel like I’m working with purpose.”
So how did Latasha get her own TV network? Latasha tells us that she asked around to see who would be interested in being on her team, as she knew she couldn’t do it alone – it was the biggest venture she ever tackled! (BOSS STATUS!) She hit up people that she knew, to see if they’d allow her to display their series & films on her platform, and then she reached out to creators that she didn’t know. Latasha states that she designed the site herself and kept up with film groups, to expose the platform! (YASSS!)
” The inspiration behind Aurore TV is the gap I noticed in between “coming up” and “making it”. What happens to all the dope creators in between? How can the Black audience find good series and films by their peers that can narrate their stories on their level? I wanted Aurore TV to be that support system and platform. Our ultimate goal is to put financial power into the hands of Black creators. Not only should we own our stuff, but we should monetize it as well! We need to stop asking for permission.”
Though Latasha faced the challenge of keeping up with content in the beginning of her business, it did not stop her grind!
“Weeks go by fast, and the next thing I realize, it’s time to put up something new! I want to make sure we support each creator as much as possible so we’re worth them sharing their work with us.”
“I’m extremely proud of everything I’ve done. I’ve been in the industry since 2010 and looking back, I’ve gotten myself to places people daydream about. Even when I’m not trying, I have really cool moments in my life that my creativity has allowed me to experience. It’s all good.”
Make sure you are keeping up with Aurore TV, as there are plans to do an end-of-the-year shindig, but details are pending. The network is simply looking to have a good time with the people who have supported them.
If you’re interested in working in the entertainment industry or having your own TV network, Latasha has the following advice:
“Keep your intentions pure, and treat everyone like gold. Don’t use people, know people. Also, contracts are very important, and uncomfortable to bring up with personal friends – but it’s something that must be done. It protects all parties involved.”
If you were growing up in the 80s and enjoyed watching the various TV shows as a pastime, you probably were pretty familiar with most of the hit TV shows back then. There were many shows that focused on family dynamics, but there’s one show that we’re sure you will never forget – FAMILY MATTERS!
Born in St. Louis, but raised in Los Angeles Jaimee Foxworth is an Actress, Singer, and Author known for her roles on “Amen” & “Family Matters.” Though she began her acting career at the age of 6, Jaimee initially got into acting by way of her older sister wanting to become an actress. Jaimee tells us that initially, she went on auditions because it was something her mother took her and her 2 sisters out to. After she realized that turning into a character helped her break out of her shyness for a short time, Jaimee says that she grew to love it!
“I enjoy the fact that acting challenges me. The most difficult thing about acting to me is the anxiety that auditioning can cause. I’m pretty shy around strangers, so playing a character gives me a chance to be more outspoken than usual. I also work best on the spot & that’s what acting really is – on the spot. When the director says, “action!”, you have to bring it. If you don’t have tough skin, have a passion for it or can handle rejection, then it’s not the career for you.”
Though she faced a few difficulties that were within herself, it did not stop her grind!
“Wondering if I was doing a good job or if I was a good actress. As well as feeling that I had to always be “on” & impress the adults in front me (producers, writers). I don’t really face those same challenges because I don’t have those same insecurities anymore. I bring my best to the table so you can take it or leave it. No worries on my end.”
Her experience playing on Family Matters was described as a great one, as everyone was very supportive of her. Jaimee states that they tried their best to make it feel like a real family as much as they could.
“I still have love for pretty much everyone from the cast. I keep in contact with about half of the cast. The ones I do have contact with, we check up on each other from time to time.”
Not only is Jaimee an Actress, she is also a Singer with the sound of an alto!! Jaimee tells us that she and her sisters used to always sing together around the house, but at the age of 16 they officially became a group called S.H.E. The group was signed to Shaq’s label (T.W.Is.M/Interscope) & they recorded an album called “3’s A Charm”. (BOSS STATUS!)
“I’m not as open with singing as much as my sisters are though. Besides my family & the album that we recorded, no one has ever heard me sing lol. If I do record any music in the future, it would definitely be if my sisters reunited or for a movie where I’m playing a singer or rapper.”
And if acting and singing isn’t enough, Jaimee is also an Author with a book in the works! Jaimee tells us that her book will be all about her ups and downs in the industry, how it affected her, made her look at the world, and how she bounced back after adversity & became a mom!! (YASSS!!)
“I think people have the misconception that all actors are rich & that most of us are stuck up. There are some really good, humble people in the industry.”
So what keeps Jaimee motivated and focused, in continuing her acting career? Her son and unfinished business! Jaimee tells us she feels that she isn’t quite finished acting, and that her son really wants her to pursue acting again!! (AWW!) We’re also told that she is interested in working with Whoopi Goldberg!
“I would love to work with Whoopi Goldberg. She’s always been so real & down to earth to me. Getting to work with her & possibly soak up some knowledge and tips would be a blessing.”
Jaimee’s talents doesn’t stop at all that’s mentioned, as she also enjoys exploring beauty and all things related to it. As a matter of fact, she plans to become a make-up artist!
“I’m not licensed, but I’m planning on getting one. I’m also a bit of a nail tech as well lol. I love the beauty industry & exploring the aspects of it.”
Currently, Jaimee doesn’t have any ongoing projects – as she is easing herself back into the entertainment world,
“I’m excited & dipping my toe into everything! Really just relearning parts of the industry & seeing how things have changed. I’m having fun with it all so this time around, I can take in the blessings & opportunities without feeling overwhelmed.”
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in acting, Jaimee has the following advice:
“This is a business, so don’t take things or friendships in the industry too personal. Rejection is real. If you’re not able to handle rejection then take a different path. Don’t be afraid to ask questions & stay humble.”
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself and/or your business in the next few year? If you’ve never asked yourself these questions, now’s the time. Write the question down & answer it. Notate in your calendar or set a reminder in your phone a year from today to see how much closer you’ve come to completing those goals. It’s never too late to start. Write the vision and put in the work to accomplish that what you’ve set out to do. Remember, the dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.
When I first started my business, I had one thing in mind… Goals in Different Area Codes! You’ve got to have the mindset of thinking beyond what is visible to the natural eye. Think bigger!! Speak into existence the outcome of your business. Life & death are in the power of the tongue. Speak life over everything you touch & in all that you do. Call the universe into alignment with your goals, visions, & your dreams. Once you speak it, claim it, & watch how everything manifests on your behalf. I stand in agreement with you all.
I get it, we all have a lot going on in our lives. We have our families, jobs, school, etc, but is that what’s really stopping you from being the goal getter that you know you are? If anything, those things should be motivators to push forward. Don’t use them as excuses to stay where you are. Your family is your motivation because you want to provide your family with better, you want to leave behind a legacy, school’s your motivation to earn that degree, certificate, or tools, to use to help grow your business, your job is that motivation, to use that income earned to finance your business without complete struggle and to one day be able to have others work for you! Again , no excuses, no ifs, ands, or buts, because IF you don’t go after what you want, you’ll regret it in years to come, AND if you don’t try, you’ll never know, BUT things will begin to manifest themselves, when you get out of your own way, so…
Ok, let’s face it, there’s a lot of carbon copies out here and a dire need of more originals. That’s where we come in, the real ones, the unique artists, the originals, who are not looking to mimic anyone else, only to be us, apologetically. There’s nothing wrong with being you. Believe me when I tell you that people love originality, customers love being the only one rocking an original piece or being the first to have or do something. With that in mind, be that first! Be the first designer, the first artist, the first blogger, of something original. When you’re original, others notice and will either have to have it or have to copy it . So get to creating something you haven’t seen or seen done and remember, while you’re at it to…
Do you have dreams to travel and see the world? Want to travel, but unsure if you can handle traveling alone? Wanting to plan a nice getaway or experience some amazing culture? Well we spoke with a true BOSS who makes traveling a priority!
Born and raised in Southern California, Minci Sekou Stenson is a Labor and Delivery Travel Nurse. Having a positive attitude that could change someone’s perspective on life, is her daily motivation and she has a true passion for traveling!
Minci recently took a month-long trip to Africa, which was a trip she planned for a year prior. Minci tells us that she decided to visit Africa to learn more about the culture, to meet the people, and to feel where we came from. (Such a Boss!)
Though Minci prefers to travel alone, she has mainly traveled with her Mother and friends.
“When I travel alone, I find that I am forced to meet new people and explore more without any pressure. In 2017 I was able to visit 15 countries. Next year one of my major trips is going to be carnival in Trinidad!”
When asked about three places that she would revisit, Minci told us that she would travel to Egypt, Greece, and Spain. Here are the exclusive details:
Egypt: “I would revisit Egypt because I feel like there was so much history, that I need one more trip to see everything. Plus, everyone made me feel so welcomed there.”
Greece: “I would revisit Greece because Greece was a magical place for me; I felt at peace.”
Spain: “I would revisit Spain because I feel like their country has so much to offer. It has everything you are looking for in a country, from partying, to relaxing on the beach, to cultural activities. You could never get bored of these places!”
Unfortunately, Minci tells us that Bogotá, Columbia is a place that she doesn’t want to revisit.
“I felt invisible there. The crime rate was high, so I had to be cautions the entire time which is stressful.”
During her travels, Minci has acquired some fantastic memories, with Egypt being the most unforgettable. Minci tells us,
“While in Egypt, I was walking down the street and a lady sent her kids to hug me, and I didn’t understand why. Then she proceeded to take her garment off and place it on my head, while saying welcome home and thank you for not being scared to come to my country.”
Minci also tells us about a few cultural shocks she experienced! Minci stated,
In Kenya, we went to the Masai villages. They make their homes out of cow poop and there were flies everywhere, even all over the kids. It was very difficult to stay focused while swatting flies and trying to not step in poop, however, the experience and what we learned was priceless.
Egypt was also a culture shock, when I saw that the people live in houses and apartments with no roof, because they don’t want to pay taxes. Even though I felt safe in Egypt, I had to walk around with an armed undercover cop just in case someone wanted to harm us.
Vietnam was a culture shock, and I call it the city with no space boundaries. The people have no consideration for your space, and everyone is running into each other. It got so intense that I ended up back at my hotel room, because I couldn’t relax. I was constantly thinking someone could be stealing from me.
Minci’s traveling not only include cultural shocks, but it also includes interesting food tasting! Minci tells us that in Belize, she ate termites straight from the trees and that they tasted like carrrots! (WOWZERS!!)
“One of the main reasons I travel is to be able to bring awareness to people, so that they can feel comfortable traveling outside of the United States. We are one of the only countries that don’t get out much. So as I travel I share my experiences though pictures and video. I also help people plan trips for themselves, because I have the patience to find the deals and do the research. Traveling has opened my eyes, as well as made me a better person in understanding diverse cultures; not only personally but with my career as well. I wouldn’t change my experiences for anything.”
When asked where she would go, if given $5,000, Minci tells us that she would go to Antarctica. Minci says that it could be due to not many people traveling there, but there is definitely something magical to her about Antarctica! Minci says that it’s been on her heart and that she is praying that she can go visit this year!
If you’re wanting or planning to travel to an exotic place or around the world, Minci has the following advice:
“To be able to travel and actually have an amazing experience is to first have an open mind. Having an open mind and seeing the country through the eyes of the people will help ease the anxiety and help you have more fun. I also advise people to indulge in the culture, hang with the locals to get the full experience but also still be aware of your surroundings. Also, don’t be afraid to try something new most likely it won’t kill you.”
Make sure you keep up with Minci and her next adventure, by following her on:
Snap Chat: phynix85
Facebook: Minci Sekou Stenson
They say first impressions are everything! Well we know a Doctor who can help make your first impression, an unforgettable one! Boss Up Magazine spoke with the amazing Dr. Simone A. Ellis, so if you’re needing or wanting an amazing smile, Dr. Ellis is just the right Dentist for you!
Originally from Kansas City, KS, but now residing in Houston, TX, Dr. Ellis is a Dentist and owner of the Smiles Design Studios in Missouri City, TX! (Nicceee!) For Dr. Ellis, she believes that it is her duty, in this world, to try each day to be the best version of herself, and to make those who love her proud. It’s no wonder why she is such a BOSS!!
So what made Dr. Ellis decide to become a Dentist? Dr. Ellis tells us that her Father took her to one of his dental appointments to get a tooth pulled, and she fell in love with the procedure at the age of 7. Dr. Ellis later learned that because her Father came from a low socioeconomic status, Dental care wasn’t regular for him, which unfortunately cost him his teeth as an adult.
“I decided to turn her curiosity into purpose! I decided to help educate those who may not have the resources or means to understand the importance of dentistry!”
Dr. Ellis attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry, now known as Rutgers, located in in New Jersey! She has been a Dentist for 8+ years and specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry!
“Changing the way someone smiles is such a beautiful thing. It gives people such great confidence and the investment that every time you smile you receive back!”
Dr. Ellis tells us that the most exciting moments in her career, was getting to treat a huge superstar very early on. She was over the moon and says that It made her realize that what she was doing was good enough for a celebrity to request her services. Dr. Ellis tells us that she gets the opportunity to work on great people every day, but you don’t forget moments like that.
Dr. Ellis tells us that in Dental school, the business aspect of opening a practice is not discussed thoroughly. Consequently, you receive a large sum of money to open your practice, but are inexperienced on how to manage it. Just like any business there are metrics and systems that need to be understood and put in place in the beginning.
“Since I got out of school and opened my practice one year after graduation, it became apparent to me that I needed to focus on the business of dentistry, so that my practice could thrive.”
Not only is Dr. Ellis a phenomenal Dentist, she is also an amazing Motivational Speaker! Dr. Ellis speaks on Practice Management, and focuses primarily on the practice owner. Dr. Ellis also talks about topics such as Team Building, Marketing, Million Dollar Mistakes, and Practice Systemization are a few topics that are heavily sought out, for her to discuss. Not only does she do motivational speaking, she also goes out to offices and train doctors and their team, so that everyone is on board.
Dr. Ellis tells us that she feels that the information she shares is beneficial for the Dental student as well as the Associate doctor. Dr. Ellis also tells us that on some of her Facebook we series, she has come to find that other businesses find the information and contact she delivers is useful!!
“I have spent countless hours of investing and studying on things that help practices to be successful, as well as continue to be very candid about my failures in owning a practice. Many times, people want to hear from someone who has experienced the same trials and tribulations, and I’m able to offer that.”
“In my industry unfortunately, there are not that many faces that look like me. African Americans in dentistry is still unfortunately underrepresented and to me I wanted to combine my passion with purpose. I love dentistry and I also have had to become passionate about practice management, so I have combined both. I started speaking at local dental chapters and quickly moved to speaking at conferences. It is amazing to educate others on how to run a successful practice.”
During her last year of dental school, Dr. Ellis was asked to speak at the SND conference in 2009. It was her first taste of understanding the importance of educating people on something that you have become an expert in. From that moment on, she knew that if she got the opportunity to continue to speak at conferences or events, and discuss her life lessons and success stories, she would be able to change the world in a much bigger way than she ever imagined. (Amazing!!)
“What an amazing feeling it was to be on stage with aspiring peers who were so interested in advice that I could offer now that I had graduated.”
Make sure you keep up with Dr. Ellis, as she hoping to release her first book sometime this year, as well as find the land for her expansion practice! (Get Excited!!) Not only that, but Dr. Ellis may add another podcast to her current “Docs” podcast, which will be titled “The Ambitious Dentist.”
If you’re interested in becoming a Dentist, Dr. Ellis has the following advice,
“So one of my favorite bible verses is First Corinthians 9:26 – “So I run like someone who has a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something, not just air.”
If you’re interested in becoming a Motivational Speaker, Dr. Ellis has the following advice, “Continue to be diligent and centralize your message as much as you can. Also do events for free in the beginning, so that you can continue to get traction and build up your confidence.”
If you’re interested in having Dr. Ellis give you an amazing smile, you can visit her at:
Smile Design Studios Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
6130 Highway 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
“We do have individuals fly to come and get their dental work done so don’t hesitate to look us up online.”
Be sure to follow Dr. Ellis and her Dentistry on:
Instagram: Dr. Ellis Ellis
Facebook: Simone Ellis
For speaking engagements, check out her website at:
Are you ready to transform your body? Have you been procrastinating on working out, and need an accountability partner? Well if you’re truly ready to get your body right and keep it tight, we recommend a true BOSS of fitness, the amazing Keonna “Kee” Jones!
Representing Washington, DC, Kee is a BOSS Entrepreneur!! She is a Child Care Owner and Educator by day, and a Personal Trainer by night!! (True Boss!)
Kee is motivated by knowing that she gets to reshape and transform her clients on a daily basis!
So what made Kee decide to become a Fitness Trainer? Kee says that she initially started as a client! Her personal goal was to lose 20 pounds and reduce her body fat percentage. Once she reached her goal, her close friends and family wanted her to help them with their goals. With her help, they achieved results and that’s when she realized her calling in the fitness world.
“I used to be a Herbalife Distributor; made great money, help & meet a lot people locally & internationally. Nothing negative to say, other than, there’s no shake, pill or body wrap that will give you instant results. Physical activity has to be done, whether you choose to use supplement aids or not. Having a Fitness Trainer provides the benefit of accountability, professional training and advice, and above all… guaranteed results!”
Kee became a Certified Fitness Trainer, through a self-paced program, with the American Council of Exercise (ACE). Kee has been training since 2013 and has worked with worked with over 100 clients. Kee enjoys group training, and her groups consist of 3-5 clients at a time, who all have different goals! Kee’s clients usually see results within 60-90 days, and Kee says she enjoys seeing the smiles on her clients’ faces, when they’ve reached their goals. For Kee, there is no better feeling than knowing that she assisted in changing someone’s life and lifestyle! Most of Kee’s clients have the common goal to lose their stomach and gain glute (butt) mass. Kee says that it’s possible to achieve with physical activity, to include strength training and proper nutrition with the right trainer; HER! (We heard that!)
Initially, Kee’s biggest challenge was preparing for and passing her exam. However, gaining clientele was never a problem, due to personal fitness motivation she displayed in the gym and on social media.
“I love the challenge of being able to effectively train numerous people at once. People could relate to my busy lifestyle, but still being able to work out.”
Kee got her first big break as a Fitness Trainer when she was being a guest trainer, at a fitness event hosted by the Redskins football team! Due to media being involved, Kee was able to get a lot of exposure as a new trainer! (Nice!!)
“I stress portion control and drinking water to my clients! It’s important to maintain balance between personal & fitness life. Don’t allow one to consume the other.”
“I used to eat junk food all the time. My Body fat % and BMI% were extremely high, based on my height & weight. There is nothing wrong with cheat meals, you just can’t have them every day. “
Kee currently trains at Torch Gym, which is located in Capitol Heights, MD (PG County). Kee also has weekly 1-on-1 training sessions and a specialty boot camp, called KITs BAE (Booty & Ab experience) on Mondays at 7:30pm. Make sure you keep up with Kee, as she will be having a Club KIT (fitness dance party) pop up event, on January 26th at 7:00pm. (Weerrkkk!!) Not only does Kee enjoy being a Fitness Trainer, she also loves to travel, and she flys out of the country at least 3-4 times per year! (You Go Girl!!)
If you’re looking to become a Fitness Trainer, Kee has the following advice,
1.) Be sure to study. Join online & in-person studying groups.
2.) Don’t mimic the next trainer. Be yourself. No two trainers are the same. That’s a good thing.
If you’re interested in having Kee has your Fitness Trainer, visit her website:
Be sure to keep up follow Kee on social media:
Instagram Fitness Page: @keepittightkee
Meals Ideas & Recipes: @keerecipes.
Facebook: “Keep it Tight Training”
Want a fresh start for a healthier lifestyle, but unsure of where to start? Looking to get your body right for the new year or that special occasion, but need some motivation? Well we have just the right motivator for you!! Check it out…
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Port Charlotte, FL, Destiny Colson is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Creator of the blog BlackHealthLifestyle! (Dope right?!) For Destiny, joy and feeling happiness is her motivation. Knowing that she can help educate and motivate positivity to others, through her wellness work, is what gives her a daily push!
So how did the BlackHealthLifestyle blog come to life? Destiny tells us that while she was browsing through the top fitness and wellness social media pages, she realized that people of color were few and far in between. At that point, Destiny decided that she wanted to provide a place where people of color, can go and see reflections of themselves improving their health and wellness. (#BlackExcellence!!)
The BlackHealthLifestyle blog was launched in April of 2017, and it provides a starting point for those that want to acquire and maintain a healthier life. Destiny believes her blog is vital to the world, as it showcases many ways and places that a person can work on their wellness. Though her target audience is herself, friends, and family, Destiny states that any and everyone can benefit from the BlackHealthLifestyle blog! (Boss Status!)
“I wish to reflect self-acceptance as much as self-betterment. I want people to know health is not a look, it’s a way of life. It’s the decisions you make for what you put in your body and what you do with it, “a healthier lifestyle”.”
For Destiny, working a full-time job, taking private clients, and traveling to see family created a challenge of “time” initially for her blog, but that did not stop her grind!! Destiny says through it all, she is most proud knowing that she’s personally touched so many lives.
“The testimonials I get in my direct messages is what pushes me. I have also picked up several high-profile clients for my personal business, which has definitely made it easier to spend more time on my blog.”
“Representation matters. I’m aware that in our community, everyone is not able to spend time or money in the gym, or on personal classes. I want to give examples of more cost/ time efficient ways to work on your wellness. My initial goal was to raise awareness that we are here also. That black people and other people of color can and do live healthy lives. We travel, we eat well, and that we can find ways in any circumstance to live our best, most well lives. I think that it is still just beginning for BHL. Even though we’ve grown so much faster than I had expected, we still have a ways to go.
If you’re looking to start your own blog, Destiny has the following advice:
“Get to know your target audience, utilize your insight tools that social media gives you, and provide plenty of content. Less is usually more, but in this case more is definitely best.”
Make sure you keep up with the BlackHealthlifestyle blog, as Destiny is working with different fitness bloggers, and is planning a few different classes that she will be providing starting in 2018! (Yassss!!)
To follow and keep up with Destiny and her BlackHealthLifestyle blog, follow:
Blog Instagram: @BlackHealthLifestyle
Destiny Instagram: @Sunshiineinc
Destiny has a few final words for our readers: I hope everyone checks us out! Leave a comment that Boss Up Mag sent you! We are accepting new 2018 clients for personal workout regimens, diet plans, and #BlackHealthLifestyle coaching to fit health into your life as is. Send us a DM or Email for pricing and information. Thank you all so much for this opportunity! I look forward to working with you in the future. Keep in touch!