We’re 27 days in to the Healthier Wealthier You Challenges and I’ve been holding up pretty well. Here’s a quick recap of how I’ve been faring on the challenges.
1. Brown Bag Lunch: I’ve been bringing breakfast and lunch every day this month and will continue doing so. Sometimes it’s a salad, a sandwich, leftovers or even a Smart One meal. I’m trying not to go too crazy with the Smart Ones because they’re super high in sodium.
2. “The Wealthy” Savings Challenge: Since I get paid twice a month, I …[continue]
I don’t know about you but when I get sad, I spiral. One issue multiplies until I have trouble seeing anything good in my life. These times don’t happen as frequently as they used to but I can usually feel them coming on and feel powerless to stop them.
At a New Year’s Eve Zumba Masterclass, the entire room was given a positivity jar (tutorial can be found here) in order to help us capture amazing moments throughout the year and reflect on them. We all know …[continue]
Like most brides, I love chatting wedding stuff. So much, in fact, that I’m liable to talk your ear off! I do make an attempt to not bring it up unless someone else does, though. My question is why do people throw shade like it’s rice? I’m already scared witless so bitter divorceés, please spare me the diatribe about how horrible your marriage was and ends in, “But I wish you two all the best. Marriage is truly beautiful.” What inspires folks (especially …[continue]
I’m nearly 7 weeks post and at the point where my new growth is starting to make its presence known. I’ve also been working out more and need an easy breezy style and something to save it from these arctic temps! My hair thrives in protective styles and I loved my Havana twist updo from the summer so this seemed a logical choice.
To prepare, I shampooed with Aussie Moist Shampoo. I then applied Roux Porosity Control, Silicon Mix, ORS Replenishing Conditioner and castor oil to my hair. I …[continue]
Last year, I decided to create a vision board using O Dream Board. Admittedly, I thought it was hogwash. How could making a collage help me achieve my goals?
This year, I have a better understanding that what you focus on will come to fruition. When I created the board, I made it the background image on my phone and my laptop. Even when I wasn’t consciously studying the images, they were still fixing themselves in my subconscious.
Of the nine goals, I successfully achieved five. I …[continue]
I know the new year usually inspires loads of resolutions that, for many, last until February. Maybe March for the truly “dedicated.” Personally, this won’t be the case in 2014. Since I’m getting married in June, there are quite a few things I want to get in order for my big day and subsequent marriage. My list is topped by being fitter physically and financially. At the risk of falling subject to the “new year, new me” mantra, I’ve decided to name this group of challenges “New …[continue]
I started Stranded in order to document my hair journey but, to poorly quote India.Arie, I Am Not (Only) My Hair! I enjoy sharing all aspects of my life from faith to fitness to wedding planning and everything in between. Stranded has transitioned from a blog documenting my hair care to a chronicle of my life. Because of that, I knew it was time to rebrand leblog.
But what type of rebranding would only involve a name change? Ever since I migrated to WordPress from Blogger, my …[continue]
I’m penning this letter because I (we?) are getting married in six months! Remember extra-tall Jordan from high school? He gave us piggyback rides in summer school and we played spades a lot? Welp, we’ve gone from being good friends to being happily engaged. While this is good news in and of itself, it gets better: we’re both baptized and living for God! Considering how toxic your previous relationships were, it’s refreshing to be in one that is easy and drama …[continue]
Zumba was the first fitness class I ever fell in love with. I’m not a dancer but Zumba is a workout that masquerades as a party. It’s crazy to me that some people still haven’t tried Zumba because it’s crazy wild fun. If you’ve been considering it, here are 7 helpful hints for your first class:
1. Pitbull is going to be on every other song. So I hope you’re a fan. I’m not sure when it happened, but I’m pretty sure Pitbull is the unofficial spokesman for Zumba (Sorry, …[continue]
As much as we’re given lip service about being original, we’re actually expected to to blend in. Many an eyebrow has been raised to those who don’t behave as we expect and those who patently ignore the status quo are oft times ridiculed. Some people’s biggest fear is standing in opposition to the norm and being scrutinized for thinking and acting differently.
With all the temptations and distractions this world has to offer, it’s easy to get caught up in temporal …[continue]