Mind. Body. Spirit, Minimalism, Reviews

Inspiration from The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements was written to serve as a practical guide for personal freedom. Author Don Miguel Ruiz shares the reasons why we are deprived of joy and unnecessary struggles and offers solutions to live by. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements is a transformative code of conduct that can bring us freedom,… Continue reading Inspiration from The Four Agreements

Minimalism

Five Ways to Delve into a New Hobby

It is safe to say that most of us have picked up a new hobby or two during this pandemic. My husband and I have dabbled into gardening. We have a fruit, herb, and vegetable garden in our backyard. We are also preparing to plant some perennials, a few annuals, and a pygmy palm tree… Continue reading Five Ways to Delve into a New Hobby

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Highlights of a World Traveler

I have been fortunate to be able to travel to various parts of the world. Traveling awakens many dormant areas in our imagination. It is liberating. It aids in self discovery. It is necessary. To date, I have uncovered 11 countries. Some of them multiple times. I have been to Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Africa, The… Continue reading Highlights of a World Traveler

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Agape Love: The Greatest Type of Love

Have you ever wondered how it feels to love like God? I sure have. I think the closest I can come to experiencing that type of love is the love I have for my baby. One positive thing this pandemic has done is given us more time. We have more time to think. Time to… Continue reading Agape Love: The Greatest Type of Love

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Intellectual Quotient Versus Emotional Quotient

There is constant debate over whether intellectual quotient (IQ) is more important than emotional quotient (EQ). They serve different purposes. They can be seen as skills you either have or you don't. In truth, both categories of intelligence can be nurtured. Someone's intellectual quotient measures their ability to perform well on standardized tests according to… Continue reading Intellectual Quotient Versus Emotional Quotient

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Benefits of Taking a Gap Year in a Pandemic

Many recent high school graduates find themselves at a crossroad while deciding on their future academic journey. A gap year, also known as a sabbatical year, is one that is taken before or after college/university where students explore numerous developmental activities. Commonly, students travel nationally and/or internationally to heighten their intercultural knowledge. They learn several… Continue reading Benefits of Taking a Gap Year in a Pandemic

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Conversations with a Front Line Nurse

My dear friend makes a sacrificial decision to care for the ill each shift. Her grit, compassion, and passion for her vocation inspires me and others for sure. Not to mention, she beat breast cancer like a soldier. Kedly Desliens is a travel Intensive Care nurse currently contracted in San Jose, CA. I decided it… Continue reading Conversations with a Front Line Nurse

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The Seven Key Areas of Home Economics

When most people recollect home economics class, they remember building a birdhouse or parenting a lifelike baby that cried and wet their diaper. Although home economics is no longer a widely offered course, it is an important field of study. Mainstream public school curriculum, especially in the western hemisphere, lack the inclusion of pertinent life… Continue reading The Seven Key Areas of Home Economics

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Setting Goals During a Pandemic

It can be difficult to imagine that we can set goals during these tough times but it is possible. Our world is changing. Drastically. With all of the novel political and professional changes, restrictions, new routines, and procedures, we have to forecast that some of those changes will be permanent. Even after things restore, whenever… Continue reading Setting Goals During a Pandemic

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Ways to Cope with the COVID-19 Epidemic

Experiencing an epidemic as life-threatening as the coronavirus can give anyone severe anxiety. So much is unknown. How much longer will we have to deal with this? How many more deaths will there be? What will result from long periods of isolation/social distancing? Anxiety in these times is completely normal. There are many manners we… Continue reading Ways to Cope with the COVID-19 Epidemic

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Traits of an Alpha Male/Female

There are a few myths behind defining people with alpha personalities. One serious myth about having an alpha personality is that the person has to be outlandish. People with alpha personalities typically are congenial and down to earth. After all, they do not have to try to be alphas. They are simply made that way.… Continue reading Traits of an Alpha Male/Female

Minimalism

Minimalism in Silicon Valley

The Bay Area in California became our home post my husband receiving an employment offer from a reputable company. What a career-defining opportunity! In preparation for the move, I did some intensive research and browsed Pinterest to learn more about what I should expect from living in the most expensive area in the nation. I… Continue reading Minimalism in Silicon Valley

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The Sad Truth About Maternity Leave in America

For a nation as powerful as the United States, it is absurd that there is no federal law that guarantees paid maternity leave. The United States leaves the option to offer parental leave in the hands of employers. The Family Medical Leave Act provides some assistance but it is a rather ungenerous law. The FMLA… Continue reading The Sad Truth About Maternity Leave in America

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Five Ways to Tap into Your Toolbox

I often wonder how interesting it is to see animals breed, co-exist, and die as they were created to experience. It is also inspiring to see how, from their genetic makeup, they are completely equipped to survive in their natural habitat and withstand certain weather conditions. It is intriguing how even their coat protects them… Continue reading Five Ways to Tap into Your Toolbox

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Highlights of My Academic Journey

I completed my undergraduate studies online at Ashford University. I thank God for guiding me through that rewarding journey. I majored in English and also majored in Political Science and Government. The most memorable aspect of my asynchronous learning experience was being able to make the world my classroom. During those four years, I completed… Continue reading Highlights of My Academic Journey

Minimalism

The Art of Feng Shui and Minimalism

Feng shui, a minimalistic decorating technique, is a Chinese geomancy. Essentially, it exercises architecture as it relates to harmonious ties between humanity, the earth, and the firmament. Feng shui is also known as qi, pronounced chi. Implementing Feng shui in any space involves being intentional of item placement, their symbolism, and associated color patterns. Feng means… Continue reading The Art of Feng Shui and Minimalism

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The Power of Motivational Messages

Motivational messages enlighten, teach, and help one create new affirmations. I enjoy listening to motivational messages. I create various playlists on Youtube and I download podcasts of inspirational thoughts. I consider myself to be pretty self-motivated but I welcome and can always use a pick me up. We all can. Photo by Ylanite Koppens on… Continue reading The Power of Motivational Messages

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Ten Creative Ways to Make Extra Money

There are plenty of ways to make extra money these days. This social-media-centric world presents ample opportunity for people to boost their income with minimal physical labor. Whether you want to make extra money to pay off debt, save for future purchases, or just to beef up your bank account, there are opportunities galore. Traditional… Continue reading Ten Creative Ways to Make Extra Money

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Ten Benefits of Shopping at a Farmer’s Market

Indulging in products from various parts of the globe is what I enjoy most about shopping at the farmer's market. My go-to items include plantains, whole pineapples, fresh buffalo wings, whole red snapper, and mangoes. In metro-Atlanta, the Dekalb Farmer's Market doubles as a tourist attraction and one of the largest indoor farmer's markets in Georgia.… Continue reading Ten Benefits of Shopping at a Farmer’s Market

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Tandem Skydiving in Chattanooga, TN

What's a better way to conquer one's fear of heights than to go tandem skydiving? I made that commitment a few summers ago and it was an exhilarating feat! Juston and I purchased a Groupon for a two-person tandem skydiving experience at the Chattanooga Skydiving Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The deal even included a video. Tandem skydiving… Continue reading Tandem Skydiving in Chattanooga, TN

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Decluttering Your Space, Declutters Your Soul

Decluttering Your Space, Declutters Your Soul - Love The adage, '"Less is more" is a declaration that the minimalistic approach is effective. There are numerous manners to exercise minimalism and other techniques of living through the principles of harmony and energy flow. I find when my environment is free of jumble, I am able to… Continue reading Decluttering Your Space, Declutters Your Soul

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MIA in MIA

Miami, Florida is one of the most unique tourist destinations in the world! Its tropical weather, stupendous beaches, picturesque night scene, and international ambiance add to its pristine character. My friend, Anica, is getting married so I decided to make a weekend getaway out of going to celebrate her upcoming nuptials. Anica's other girlfriends and… Continue reading MIA in MIA

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The Art of Esteem

I have been privileged to work alongside my infectious friend, Ankhet Amber Williams, Founder of The Art of Esteem. Her non-profit organization was created to bridge a gap between the standardized western school curriculum and essential life skill development. The Art of Esteem educates students on building their self-esteem, self-worth, and overall emotional IQ through… Continue reading The Art of Esteem

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How to Prepare for a Trip

Some pre-planning before traveling can make your trip go seamlessly. When planning for a trip, several weeks before, make a list of what you will need to travel with. Government Documentation/ID Ensure your personal documents (passport, visa, driver's license, etc) are in order.  It is ideal to make photocopies of your passport, visa, personal ID, and… Continue reading How to Prepare for a Trip

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Historical Criticism on “Through the Dark Sod” by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a prolific and reserved writer. Her style of writing left the reader responsible to dissect the underlying meanings within her writing as her word choices included ambiguity, symbolism, and art. In "Through the Dark Sod" the reader learns of the historical background hidden in the work as the title alone leaves the… Continue reading Historical Criticism on “Through the Dark Sod” by Emily Dickinson

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The Law of Attraction and Money

She knew the power of her mind so she programmed it for success! -Carrie Green I first learned about the law of attraction when I read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne over a decade ago. The book reveals manners to attract what one desires. The law of attraction highlights that things are experienced because they are… Continue reading The Law of Attraction and Money

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Letter of Advice

Dear Couples, My advice to you for a healthy relationship is to practice communicating effectively, to self-disclose often, develop strategies for listening to each other, place God in the center of your relationship, manage interpersonal conflicts, among other things in order to maintain a great understanding of each other. Effective interpersonal interaction is a rewarding… Continue reading Letter of Advice

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Multiple Intelligences

Intelligence is defined as the capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and like forms of mental activity. Howard Gardner’s theory on intelligence focuses on the multiple separate sources within the human brain to support learning. He believes that learning is rooted in biological sources and cultural sources. The significance of Gardner’s multiple intelligences is that it… Continue reading Multiple Intelligences

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My Hawaiian Spiritual Retreat

What is a Spiritual Retreat? A spiritual retreat is what one makes of it but it is designed to be an intentional time one spends connecting with God. A spiritual retreat can be executed near or far. Even in one’s home. Why Go on a Spiritual Retreat? God is omnipresent, right? Yes. God is. Going… Continue reading My Hawaiian Spiritual Retreat

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Haiti: The Unknown

Haiti has an undeserving reputation of being a destitute and unwelcoming country. The Haitian culture is rich. Rich of natural resources such as coffee and sugar. Rich of sculpted mountain ranges. Rich of beautiful and resilient people. To be rich is not just about its financial connotation. Richness is abundance. I am a Haitian-born immigrant. I was… Continue reading Haiti: The Unknown

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Quotes that Galvanize my Spirit

Inspiration comes from many sources. Music. Film. People. Religion. Spirituality. Travel. Food. Inspiration leads to inventions, self-development, creation, and even meditation. My favorite quotes, poem excerpts, and biblical scriptures inspire me to live my best life while vibrating at the highest frequency. They also put things in perspective and serve as a reference mechanism for… Continue reading Quotes that Galvanize my Spirit

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My Lasik Procedure

My outlook on life has changed forever! Literally! I got Lasik to correct my nearsightedness! What a remarkable experience! I have been contemplating the procedure for some time. I decided to undergo the operation to be independent of contacts and eyeglasses. Lasik eye surgery is the technology for improving the eyesight of qualified individuals for… Continue reading My Lasik Procedure

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How to Treasure Hunt

Thrifting has become a norm among millennials, baby boomers, and everyone in between. "Finding treasure" is colloquially used to describe finding great articles in thrift stores. As a minimalist and fashion-lover, I find thrifting fun and adventurous. I often leave the store thrilled and inspired. I explored Park Avenue Thrift Store recently. They are known to have… Continue reading How to Treasure Hunt

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Healed: Daughter of a Narcissistic Mother

What Is Narcissism? A narcissist is someone who is deeply self-absorbed. Think of Narcissus in Greek mythology. When a mother is narcissistic, she is unable to nurture her child(ren). She is incapable of being empathetic, show compassion, care, and love. She has unreasonable expectations of receiving special treatment. She automatically expects requests she makes to… Continue reading Healed: Daughter of a Narcissistic Mother

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How to Travel on a Budget

Traveling in the new epoch is no longer considered a luxury.  There are many ways to travel for cheap or even free. I have been fortunate enough to travel domestically and to various parts of the world. Traveling is a necessity. It broadens our horizon while exposing the mind, body, and spirit to novel adventures.… Continue reading How to Travel on a Budget