“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
I am a self-proclaimed book nerd. Seriously, I was the kid who preferred to sit on the playground reading a Babysitters Club book than actually playing. Although I still love reading to this day, lately I’ve realized it has become a form of self care for myself. Trying to process the countless deaths of black men and women by law enforcement, a global pandemic, virtual learning, and a new baby has been extremely taxing. Thankfully, my books give me the break from reality I sometimes need and help maintain some sense of normalcy in my daily life.
Today I want to share my personal self care book collection. I’ve read each book at least 3 times, but what I love most about them is that they are written in such a way that you don’t have to read them in a linear or specific way. These books are designed for you to consume what you want, when you need it and there is no obligation to read them as you would a novel or a normal self-help book. Take Words of a Wanderer by Alex Elle for example; this book helped kick off my self care journey in 2013. I have several pages marked as go to pages when I need uplifting or a daily affirmation.
Now more than ever taking time out for yourself is needed. I hope you find a little inspiration from my reading collection.
It’s no secret my babies come out big. Brielle and Wade both weighed almost 10 pounds at birth 😱. As many parents know carrying a constantly growing baby in a car seat can be a bit of a workout. Add a diaper bag, purse, and masks to the equation and your hands are completely full. That’s why I was super excited when Padalily.com wanted me to try out their Padalily Arm Cushion for Wade’s carrier. The arm cushion was great for relieving the weight of the carrier and adding support when putting my him in and out of the car. . . Moms and Moms to be this a great and affordable accessory to add a little cushion and comfort in your life. Be sure to checkout @lilywinnail for more cute designs.
I will be the first to admit I’m not the best when it comes to meal planning. However over the weekend my husband and I decided to plan out our monthly budget and realized we were spending way too much money on food delivery services and fast food. So, we made a goal to focus on meal planning for the week and sticking to eating at home. One of my favorite go to recipes is Ayesha Curry’s Brown Sugar Chicken from her cookbook The Seasoned Life.
My family loves this recipe even my 6 year old daughter whose main food groups currently includes: mac and cheese, cheese quesadilla, green beans, and jelly sandwiches. Can’t get
enough of this “sweet chicken”.
Ayesha Curry Brown Sugar Chicken
(courtesy of thereal.com)
4 Chicken Quarters
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped shallots
3 cloves chopped garlic
3/4 cup chicken stock/broth
1 cup low sodium soy
2 cups brown sugar
1 heaping tbsp freshly chopped ginger
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat a dutch pot on med high to high heat with your butter and olive oil.
3. Generously salt and pepper your chicken quarters. Brown the skin of your chicken in the pot for about 2 mins on each side until it’s crisp and golden brown.
4. Remove the chicken quarters and reduce the heat to medium. Add in the shallots and garlic.
5. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock. Scrape down all of the sides to make sure you get all of the delicious seasonings and flavors into the broth.
6. Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Simmer the sauce for about 5-10 mins.
7. Add the chicken quarters back into the pot, place the lid on and bake for 45min to an hour.
8. The chicken will be flavorful and falling off the bone. Enjoy!
Practice Gratitude: Being thankful is one of the keys to a happy life. Too often we focus on what we don’t have ( YET ) instead of being grateful for the things we do. Part of my daily routine includes taking a few minutes out of my day to write down something I’m grateful for and it has helped tremendously.
Know Your Why: My why was simple. I’ve always believed in having more than one source of income and using my talents to inspire others. Your why is YOUR driving force, it’s the goal you want to reach. It’s whatever gets you out of the bed in the morning and pushes you to be the amazing woman you know you can be.
Make Time for Personal Development: This has been a complete game changer for me. Being a former teacher, I’ve done plenty when it comes to professional development in my career field, but I never utilized the same skills for my personal life. Waking up early to plan out my day has become part of my daily routine as well as taking a few moments to read something positive to fuel my soul.
Be Happy: Above all things choose happiness. Life is too short to not enjoy the things that put a smile on your face or spark joy in your life.
These are just a few tips that I use to help keep me motivated and living my very best life. I would love to hear from you and know what helps you stay inspired.
Bump Date: 22 Weeks 4 DaysBalance has been the overarching motif for the past few weeks in my household. Between teaching remotely, homeschooling my daughter, and being a wife, everything has started to become one big #quarantined blur. However, creating a daily schedule has helped me keep balance and sanity during these surreal times.
Here are some beautiful mamas/moms-to-be that juggle motherhood with style and grace:
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I say choose FAITH. Choose faith over doubt. Choose faith over fear.
Fear held me back from a lot of things and often limited me in my business.
❤️Fear of looking stupid.
❤️Fear of others opinions
❤️Fear of doing Facebook lives
❤️Fear of being successful
But once I pushed my fears aside and focused on FAITH….everything became so much easier.
I want to help other women see how magnificent they are and help them gain a little financial freedom. No matter if you choose to work this business part-time, full-time, or as a hobby. Don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back.