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Health & Wellness
Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day A Little More Creatively
11 days from Valentine’s Day, give your love little gifts everyday.
Dress up in your sexiest
nightwear and prepare dinner together. Maybe you will make it
through the entire meal. Maybe you won’t, but it will be fun finding
out. ~ Have a Valentine Scavenger hunt leaving gifts and notes
of why you love your partner all over the house. ~ Place signs
and arrows on the walls around the house to create two different
paths. Leave your love a note stating that if they chose the right
path, you would be there at the end waiting. What your love doesn’t
know is that both paths lead to the same place.
When you are found, congratulate your
love and let them know that no matter what path in life they choose,
you will always be there.
Thoughts: "The Awesomeness of LOVE!"
"Love, a word that
comes and goes, but few people really know what it means to really
Love somebody…” (words from a song by Kirk Franklin)
My father, the late Bishop Jesse White, had a funny childhood
statement about Love that said, “Love is a funny thing, shaped
like a lizard. It begins in your backbone and ends in your
‘gizzard’.” I often asked dad what in Heaven’s name was a
‘gizzard’ (smile)! I guess your gizzard is connected to your
heart because if your Love is received,
you feel good and if it is rejected, you feel terrible.
M.O.V.E. in 2007
We all begin our new year with new resolutions and exploration of
things that we would like to change for the upcoming year. God has
given us the opportunity to explore, adjust and modify things in our
lives to make a meaningful impact on family, friends, communities
and the world. I encourage each of you to M.O.V.E. in 2007 to be
motivated, have a greater focus on others,
demonstrate victory in
every situation and be empowered in all aspects of
The Skin You're In
As an Image/Fashion Consultant, I meet so many women who want to
know how to take better care of their skin. Your face is the first
thing a person notices when they look at you. Yes, clothes are just
as important, but you must start at the top and work your way down.
Many people think that as long as you have the right colors, then
you are good to go. Well, I am here to tell you that statement is
just not true!
baking a cake. You try to mix it up the best you can, but it still
has lumps in it. You put it in the oven anyway, but once the cake is
done, the lumps are still there.
Therefore, when you put the frosting on, the cake looks like a bumpy
Women & Finance
Age And Your Finances
Managing your finances is a
lifelong process. It usually begins with savings—ideally as a child.
Once you have a regular income of your own and have started saving
on a regular basis, you'll have to decide how to invest the money
you are saving.
Investors in their twenties are often advised to put
more of their savings in investments that have potential to grow.
Even though these investments may carry more risk of loss,
a younger person has time to potentially
make up any losses they may experience early on.
Fit And Sexy: What Your Creditors Don't Want You To Know
hasn’t heard of the financially wise mantra of “pay your bills on
time,” “put money aside for a rainy day,” and “stick to a budget.”
But for those folks who are already experiencing financial
difficulty, these are lofty goals to build up to, as they have to
climb out of the hole of financial debt that has accumulated.
Several changes during the past year have made getting back on your
feet almost impossible. The minimums on credit cards have doubled,
in most instances. Foreclosures have skyrocketed, and, not
surprisingly, the bankruptcy law changes
have confused everyone.
Tiffany's: 5 Things You Need To Ask Before You Say "I Do"
New Year’s and Valentine’s
Day are the most popular days for “popping the question.” In fact,
they are probably the most romantic days to ask the most romantic,
life-changing question. A girl’s life is never the same if she says,
“I do,” literally and metaphorically. But before you say those two
most important words, there are a few questions you need to ask your
husband to be. This may all seem a little trivial or even
petty, but the fact is, we see far too many women are discovering
these facts after the wedding. It turns out, Mr. Right was Mr.
Wrong. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions that could save you from
heartache and even more importantly, from
having a bright, secure future.
Brings Prosperity In Business
order to successfully run a business, you must have FAITH. God has
an answer to every situation we may face during our journey towards
our destiny. God’s instruction is practical and His plan is the
foundation for a prosperous future. Please keep these pearls of
wisdom in mind as you fully develop into the beautiful, virtuous and
successful woman that you always knew you could be in this life.
#1 Create a sound business plan. Write down your goals
and objectives. Keep abreast of your progress and capture all of
your milestones. Always be prepared for opportunities to grow.
Jobs & Careers
His Thinking Hat On Provided The Right Answers!
his own small engineering business had already brought David a small
measure of success. And he had started the New Year determined that
he would improve his company’s profitability by twenty per cent.
However, David was also aware that he spent too much of his time
working in his business rather than on his business.
He knew that if his company were to grow significantly, he needed
impartial advice – and yet he didn’t feel
that he had the time or the spare cash to hire management
Case For Entrepreneurship
Have you ever dreamed of
being your own boss? Do you have a great business idea that you
would like to bring to fruition? There is no better time to start a
business than now! 14 million U.S women own or run a business; women
owned businesses employ a whopping 27.5 million people. According to
The Center For Women’s Business Research, nearly half (46%) of all
businesses are at least 50% owned by a woman or women.
Women are taking risks and succeeding as
Let Conflict Get The Best Of You!
Ask most people if they enjoy
conflict, and you will get a resounding “No!” Conflict is
usually viewed as a negative occurrence. Most people run away from
it, some allow it to simmer in the back burner unnoticed, and others
choose to wage wars over seemingly small matters because they have
an “I’m always right” attitude.
The reason conflict
is perceived as troublesome is because most of us don’t know how to
deal with it effectively. Yet conflict can allow us to acknowledge
that something is indeed wrong; that something is missing in what we
are doing. Granted, that’s not always a gratifying feeling, but it
is an important one.
Books & Stuff
Review: Broken Vows
There is never a dull moment
in Broken Vows. It was a constant page-turner. Naiomi Pitre's
writing abilities are undeniable. In her daring debut novel, Pitre
collides head on with common taboos currently oppressing the African
American community: lesbianism.
During a critical separation of two weeks, Dominic and Yvonne Long
both seek comfort in their own adulterous affairs. Yvonne’s
insidious relationship with her female red-headed secretary forces
her to undergo serious retrospection. Is
she gay or bisexual?
The Pursuit of Happyness
This is a story that had to have been told. Will Smith played Chris
Gardner, a salesman trying to provide for his family when he got a
grimace of what the possibility of working as a stockbroker could
bring. Chris struggled to make ends meet, his marriage fell apart
and under no circumstances was he going to be separated from his
son. After his wife left him and their son, he became homeless while
still trying to sell portable bone density machines and
an intern at a stock brokerage firm.
Review: Between Friends
Fans no longer have to wonder
what Pop/R&B sensation Tamia has been up to because her new release,
Between Friends, says it all! Teaming up with longtime friend
and master storyteller, Shep Crawford, and the production expertise
of Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Tamia boldly resurfaces with REAL
songs that prove true, tasteful music still exists. Between
Friends is an open book of emotions chronicling the beauty and
frustrations of relationships. Lyrically,
it is a step by step transition from being hopeful to angry to
Story Winner 2005/2006
Read the winning story,
The Key, by author Thomas L. Banks. "...they
won’t pick on me anymore!” He reached for his backpack and prepared
to leave (For a moment I was too shocked to move). Lately our
neighborhood was getting a bad name. It wasn’t anything like the
place I had come to know before. Familiar stores with their jobs
began moving out to the shopping malls in the suburbs. Old business
places were left vacant, boarded up.
Our clean streets and
neat houses began to look run down."
Read our interview with
Average Girl Magazine: Tell us about being a single father. What
are some of the obstacles you face with regards to access and
communicating with your children and building a solid relationship?
Communication is important, especially when it involves younger
children. My children were 3 and 4 years old at the time of my
divorce, and things are fine if you have a good relationship with
your ex, but if not, it can be difficult to get access and to
communicate. Certain topics can be
Read our interview with Jeff
Too often, we hear stories of fathers who have left their
families behind and went on to start new lives for themselves, not
caring what happened to those they left behind. Many of us know the
pain of growing up without a father and never hearing the words, “I
love you,” come from their lips. But not every man who is not living
under the same roof as his children is a deadbeat father.
There are fathers out there who are
fighting for the right to be in the lives of their children.
You Afraid of Heights?
was younger, my name was “Wonder Woman.” Empowered by colorful
UnderRoos, I was the DIVA of the Super Friends! I was invincible,
and my mission each day was to save helpless crickets and roly
pollies from utter demise. As a child, pain and fear seemed to be
non-existent. I clearly remember scraping my knees and running into
trees from pitiful attempts to fly through the air, which probably
looked more like retarded ballet leaps. Regardless, I was