Things I’m Lovin Lately (Summer Turned Fall Edition)….
I never really take into account all the amazing aspects of summer… until it’s literally over. Summer is hands down the best time of the year. No stress, no tears over school, and absolutely no worries. And as the end of summer officially hit me harder than I even expected, I looked back on all of my amazing memories and everything that I am truly going to miss about summer. However it doesn’t have to unless I want it to it’s all in your head. As you all know I’m not big on Fall/Winter season I only enjoy it because it my kids & I birthdays. As I tend to get the blues, but as I get older I’m learning to embrace every season as it comes my way for new opportunites. So are a few “Things I’m Lovin” In the Summer way into the Fall/Winter & beyond no matter what season.
~ Embracing technology and learning how to weave it into my life in a positive way.
~ Making lists.
~ Bubble baths with salt and essential oils.
~ Spa days. Massages, steam rooms, saunas, facials, fluffy robes.
~ .Getting together with a big group of girlfriends and talking about life, rather than work.
~ Sitting down to a delicious looking dinner that I made myself.
~ Farmer’s Markets.
~ Fruit. Fruit salads, whole fruit and fruit smoothies. My fruit monster status.
~ Chocolate. Hot cocoa
~ Wearing my hair in a high bun all day. Aka, fuss free hair. Also: no makeup days.
~ The sound of crickets humming. The sight of fireflies. Warm summer nights and after dinner strolls.
~ Early morning breeze and summer sunrise
~ Skirts that twirl or flow, and shoes that sparkle.
~ Singing loudly in my car and thinking I sound amazing. example: Let it Go, Elsa has nothing on me.
So, there are my Things I’ve been loving lately for the last few months. I love doing these kinds of posts, so I’d love to know what you’ve been enjoying over the Summer too.
I’ll leave you with some links/info from around the web!
- Deals: I stocked up on my fave Pre-Workout Energizer! I have it before all my early morning runs or workouts.
- Eat: The Best Coconut Flour Pancakes // Microwave Blueberry Flax Oatmeal // Watermelon Sangria (so simple and sounds delish)
- Move: Head to Toe Running Workout
- Think: Thoughts on Fitness for Vanity // Feeling Fat is Contagious // Reframing Pinterest Crap (love this)
- Read: 10 Books for Your Summer Reading List
Habits happen naturally after they’re formed—they become a ritual, something you can slip into automatically, something you don’t even have to think about. For example, if you have to update an editorial calendar every day, make it an unconscious habit, sparing you the necessity of remembering it in a desperate scramble. Forming habits is the hard part—a good rule of thumb is to force yourself to commit the action every day, with no breaks from the routine, until it comes naturally (some people say it takes 30 days, but the evidence is iffy and subjective).
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. Check out our report and photos from last year’s Coachella. Coachella’s official name is ‘The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’ as it comprises of both some of the world’s most famous artists and bands, as well as some pretty amazing art installations. Held across two weekends every April, the music fest is played out across five main stages; the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent and the Sahara Tent.
Essence Music Festival, known as “the party with a purpose”, is an annual music festival which started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. Held each year in New Orleans, Essence Fest celebrates the talents of the local and national African American community. During its 25-year tenure, Essence Fest has grown from a music festival to include speakers, authors and comedians, creating a more expansive creative experience. Featuring a main stage in the Louisiana Superdome, the festival also offers ongoing talks, workshops and performances in areas throughout the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Guests can enjoy non-stop music entertainment, attend motivational seminars or witness quirky comedic performances in the largest cultural event of its kind in the country.
NYC Popfest is a 4 day indiepop music festival in New York City! The 2016 festival will run from May 19-22. n 1996, what started out as a house show with friends bringing together bands that were influenced by music from Factory Records, Sarah Records, Labrador Records and the C86 era turned into one of the most popular indie pop events worldwide. Ten years after that house show, those friends reconvened with new friends bringing together some of the best jangling, fuzzy, twee and indie pop bands across four days in New York.
In 2007, the first official NYC Popfest event was established. Together the pop lovers brought in bands not only from the United States but from all over the world. Classic artists such as Pipas, Ballboy and Allen Clapp graced audiences with their nostalgic pop songs. Pelle Carlberg (former Edson ring leader) proved that Swedish Pop can never do wrong. Buzzing new artists such as Human Television, The Secret History and My Teenage Stride added a sense of continuity in the pop world. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, what was once an obscure indie pop fuzz crowd pleaser, is now one of the most well known bands to be projected into the indie rock world. The following year also delivered a mixture of old and new as well. Buzz bands Love Is All rocked a packed Cake Shop. Cats On Fire flamboyantly charmed audiences.
#Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana Black Expo’s 46th annual Summer Celebration is July 7 -17. Celebrate with fun concerts, events and educational opportunities throughout Downtown Indy.
IBE holds its 46th annual fundraising cultural event from July 7-17. Twenty events over 10 days. There are opportunities to shop local businesses, take in a fashion show, have breakfast with the mayor, try out Microsoft’s latest gadgets and even see some of your favorite Pacers players.
This year’s Black Expo will offer several new exhibits including a Tech Zone, where you can get your game on, a conference where you can learn how to make it in the music industry and a teen forum on social media and politcs.
Another new addition this year is the IBE Pavilion, which will showcase the history and current activities of the Indiana Black Expo community.
“One of the things we need to do more of is to tell our own stories,” IBE communications manager Dian Foreman said. “We want people to be able to see that, yes, this is a fundraiser, but look at all of the things we’re doing all year round.”
Summer Celebration events will educate your mind, nourish your soul and get your body moving. Here’s a quick look at some of the events. For a complete list, visit indianablackexpo.com.
The BOX Craze: Living The BOX Life…..
I’m currently enjoying living out of a box lately. I’m into boxes these days from party boxes, meals, beauty products, candy, even razors for my man and more so here are a few of my happiness in a box this month!
Marley Spoon, the cook-at-home food delivery startup that competes with the likes of Blue Apron, Plated, and Rocket Internet’s HelloFresh, is effectively re-launching today in the U.S. through a tie-in with household name Martha Stewart. Check it out here https://marleyspoon.com
The Giving Key…..
This is not really a box life, but I brought one for my sister that says best friend she has a side and I have a side. They are so cute and something different and so personal…check out their story here! Check it out here https://www.thegivingkeys.com
Fun, Fly, Fabulous….
While subscription boxes are flourishing at light speed, there’s something missing from the game: a lifestyle box.
That’s where Fun, Fly, Fabulous comes into play. Curated by celebrity publicist and entrepreneur, Arian Simone, the box hopes to empower women, make their journey to being fabulous a lot easier, and keep all up-to-date on what’s trending. “This is my gift to the world,” Simone says. Check it out here https://www.funflyfabulous.com or https://ariansimone.com
The Candy Club….
Candy Club sends high quality candies to your door every month. Three pounds of candy. Since three types were sent, it must be a pound each? Its basically bulk candy awesomeness packaged for our easy consumption. Check it out here https://www.candyclub.com
Confetti Gift Company…..
When Hallmark ideas need a boost…
The perfect gift for ages 3 to 103 and beyond! If you are on the hunt for the perfect break up gift to help mend a broken heart, want to send a box of sunshine to brighten someone’s day or are looking for the perfect birthday gift to wish your bestie the happiest day ever, never fear, Confetti is here! http://confettigiftcompany.com/
Amazon Smile Account…..
Yet another one that is really not a box life, but you know how I love charities. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. Check it out here https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ch/about
So let us know how are you living the BOX Life!!!
“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” This popular Zig Ziglar quote holds especially true this time of year when we are half way through our New Year’s Resolutions or see our Vision Board is starting to wear off. If your motivation is starting to taper, you’re not alone. An article in the Wall Street Journal, featured earlier this year, shared that check-ins on Facebook to facilities with “gym” or “fitness” in the name drop 10% in February. The good news is there are certain truths you can keep in mind to help keep goals realistic and healthy habits going strong.
Truth # 1: You won’t always feel like working out. Lately, I feel like I sometimes have the words “I don’t want to go” playing on repeat in my head on my way to the gym … and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The important thing is to show up and do what you can even if you’re unable to give 100 percent. Any activity is better than no activity and you’re not likely to say, “Gee, I really regret working out today.”
Truth # 2: An occasional splurge is okay. Part of why some health-related New Year’s Resolutions are doomed from the get-go is because we tend to demand nothing short of perfection from ourselves. Then, if we splurge on cheese fries or gain weight after the weekend, we beat ourselves up and throw in the towel on our goals. One indulgence is not going to cause you to gain weight. You may find it helpful to follow the 80/20 rule of choosing healthy options 80 percent of the time and leaving 20 percent for a little wiggle room.
Truth # 3: You’re in this for the long haul. In order for healthy goals to turn into habits, we have to make sure we’re doing something that we enjoy and can commit to long term.
Motivation, like most things in life, has its ups and downs. Just remind yourself of why your goals are important to you, accept that you are human and no one is perfect, and know that every day is a fresh start.
I cannot get enough of Beyonce’s video for “7/11″. Love the song and especially love this collage of dancing selfies. Maybe I love it so much because a part of me thinks this is what it’s like to hang out and have a ladies night with Beyonce.
Dressing up, acting a fool, prancing around in bare feet, wearing only t’s and undies… what a fun slumber party!
This video is fast, furious and fun to watch, but Beyonce didn’t come up with the concept alone, she was inspired by another YouTube star named Gabriel Valenciano who has been doing this style of video for quite some time and he calls it a “super selfie”. This is what living is about, on your own terms, going out having fun and making someone laugh today. Who knows your smile and positive energy may be just what somebody needs today.
I want you to get up, get moving and enjoy life, dance like nobody’s watching…
The Evolution! Society
We will be on a community excursion and volunteering efforts for the month of July with The 46th Annual Indianapolis Summer Celebration hosted by Indiana Black Expo, Inc. If you have been living under a rock you are definitely missing a treat. The Summer Celebration is an 11-day celebration of African-American culture that’s filled with forums, film festivals, business conference, one- on-one competitions, food & vendors from all over the world and so much more. So once again this will leave me little blogging time, BUT I’m not leaving you hanging as I reconnect with my community. I will be posting pics of all my adventures and I encourage you to do the same throughout the month of July. However feel free to catch up on some of our previous posts or see what we are up to on Twitter & Facebook.
Focus on what it is important in life”
It’s going to be an awesome month!!!
Also, don’t forget we always give you your Motivational Mondays, Wellness Wednesdays, Fly/Fresh Fridays, “Things We Are Loving Lately” and we are starting something new with “The List” a summary of all that goes on in my circle from entrepreneurs, bloggers, community leaders, restaurants and small business ( keep a look out for that)….so stay tuned and be inspired…many blessings!
My Business Improves Lives: Always Push To Keep Learning & Growing…#WINNING…#THEBOSS
#Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan…..
See You At The Summer Celebration In Indy!
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