Have a Weekend of Wellness

Have a Weekend of Wellness

For much of this week, I have been under the weather. It peaked today and I am trying to take all the vitamin C, elderberry and tea that I can handle. It’s an uphill battle and a feeling that I hope to be rid of by the end of the weekend.

One of my focuses over the weekend is to create a blog post calendar that allows me to create more meaningful content that carries the themes I would like to discuss. With that said, I am working on being more vulnerable with you my readers, because I feel that I will create better content that way.

This week, I rediscovered my Fitbit and read a great post by Mindi Masters 8 Steps to Reaching Your Wellness Potential. I have to say I used to be resistant to such devices, but it really has been a great addition to my wellness and wellbeing.

I am able to see how I am doing on my sleep. I now do about four of the two to five minute breathing exercises per day. I am more conscious of centering my energy and really creating a calm and more peaceful feeling within myself.

To help my body feel better and to even sleep, I have been doing the 15 minute Beginner Flexibility Routine from Tom Merrick. Also, the most healing video I have found lately that for anxiety that usually leaves me in tears is the Goodful 10-Minute Meditation for Anxiety. It is so soul cleansing that even if you don’t suffer from anxiety, it will help.

After stretching and meditating, it’s a perfect time to put your feelings on paper. I find that things flow more easily after a good stretch and some meditation. Make use of that notebook or journal that has just sat in that back corner.

Let’s all grab 2021 by the horns and really take charge of our physical, mental and emotional wellness.

Please share! What are your wellness activities for the weekend?

Show Up for Black Women: We’ve Earned It

Show Up for Black Women: We’ve Earned It

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” 

Martin Luther King Jr. (Strength to Love, 1963)

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There is such significance in this day and it holds such great meaning for many of us.

Black women’s role in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States is pivotal, because we were at the forefront of King’s fight for equality. In the midst of being the backbone of our families, we manage to stand up to systems that create inequality in an effort to create a more hopeful future for our descendants.

As was proven even more recently in the Georgia senate races, we show up and we show out. The one woman powerhouse Stacey Abrams, and many other black women have proven time and time again that the voice of black women will be heard and respected. We have a long track record of community care, in spite of the many negative depictions of our existence.

I couldn’t end Martin Luther King Jr. day without recognizing the force that black women are and the allies who support us. There is no better day to recognize that.

(Photo from Essence Magazine)

She Declared it “Mom Day”

She Declared it “Mom Day”

It was Saturday. I was cranky and every inch of my body ached. She knocked on my door and said “Mom, come see this.” I wasn’t too excited to get up from resting my aching muscles, but I did.

She walked me to the kitchen. She said, “Today is Mom Day, look.” She pointed to the calendar white board where she wrote in with a dry eraser “Mom Day.” Bless her heart for having the sense to use the right marker. It was the cutest thing ever.

Liv also handed me a card that she made for me. She is always so thoughtful that sometimes I can’t help but hold and squeeze her. Saturday was declared my day off by Liv and I was sent away to rest on my bed. She insisted.

How did I birth such an amazing human? I know, but I don’t want to toot my own horn.

What are some of the sweetest things that your child/children have done for you?

A Childhood Comfort Food

A Childhood Comfort Food

There are always those few things in life that take you back to your childhood, and more often than not, it’s food.

Sausages on toast was one of them. The real special touch was that sausages were sautéed with onions and bell peppers.

Here’s the simple recipe.

Sautéed sausages

Ingredients

  • 2 sausages
  • half a small onion
  • half of a bell pepper
  • 3/4-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons ketchup
  • a touch of black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut sausages diagonally or horizontally.
  2. Place vegetable oil, onion and pepper in a saucepan at medium heat
  3. Sautée till onions become translucent
  4. Add sausages, ketchup and black pepper (optional)
  5. Mix thoroughly for 3-4 minutes

I usually serve on sourdough toast with soft scrambled eggs. You can make it your own. It’s simple, and every bite is delicious.

What food takes you back to your childhood?