A fresh start- Wholesome love, wholesome you, wholesome foods.


The end of last year was marked by a sweet, sweet moment: The love of my life asked me to marry him.  And I said yes.  I still tear up thinking about it.  He's my best friend.  And we've been through everything together. While agreeing to commit the rest of my life in marriage to …

The substance of style: Wardrobe basics


I worked at a clothing store during my multiple-job phase in college, and am glad I can look back fondly on those (ahem) unique work moments and lessons. Por ejemplo. Work moment: Greeting folks with a cheerful, excited grin led to apologies from confused customers. Lesson: Genuine joy in shopping malls is completely disarming. Work …

Expressing yourself in style: Part II


In the same way what we say matters, how we look matters. Both are outward reflections of spirit. Our aesthetic goal should be to focus on looking good, meaning: Healthy, well-groomed, appropriate, intentional, comfortable, and expressively, uniquely, you.  That's really all a sense of style is: Being intentionally, comfortably, expressively, and uniquely you.   Of …

On Health: Be the best-looking you, ever.


Recently there's been a flurry of activity about a health-related article posted in the New York Times.  As I watch people I love struggle with their health and looks daily, sometimes winning and other times losing, I couldn't be a silent onlooker. At 32, I'm a healthy, active black woman at peace with who I am yet …

On weight loss: Winning spiritual battles and conquering the physical


A friend, leader, father, artist, son, and grandfather, Willie Middlebrook, passed away this weekend after health complications following the onset of a stroke some time ago.  As we mourn the loss of our friend and celebrate the peace of his homecoming, I can't help but reflect on health and mortality. Today in a fitness group …

Ensnared


Ensnared

Are you really ready to run your race? What have you chained yourself to that's going to hold you back from speeding across your finish line? Freehand ink drawing, April 12, 2012

Choose Love


You've probably heard the sad tales of ridiculous superhuman standards and the multitudes of single humans wookin' pa nub in all the wrong places because of them.  And for the record, I abhor this tendency and am quite aware that even those of us who think we're looking for the right things, sometimes aren't.  I …

Crash diet: How to love yourself Part 1 of 2.


Wow that's a big title. Not really any other way to put it though. Loving ourselves is the single most important compulsion in life... And of course the toughest. Self-love is what allows us to find joy, hope, love, kindness, health. Thing is, there's a lot in the way of this all-important process. How can …

Let go of the toilet seat, already.


Scene: An attractive couple madly in love with each other snuggle on the couch in their living room, enjoying a movie and feeding each other heart-shaped popcorn-chicken nuggets.  Kittens purr at their feet and butterflies flutter past in the waning afternoon sun.  Between powerful bursts from their exceptional sound system the melodious chirping of birds …