Archive for Life – Page 2

Midnight Thoughts…

As I sip my tea and read my book, I look around and I am happy. Beyond
blessed and grateful for everything today has brought.
This day has been amazing and exactly what I needed. After having a
not so good trip this past weekend, getting sick, and then feeling
unaccomplished in my goals the events that unfolded today were
When I opened my eyes this morning, I was greeted with kiss from my
heart and the Sun. somehow, even then, I felt today was going to be a
good day. Then my gas light came on and when I went to get gas, it had
jumped almost 20 cents in a weekend; thanks American greed.
Admittedly, I allowed myself to worry today…about my finances,
goals, and the enormous task list that seems to be mounting by the
day. But after worrying myself for a short time, I remembered how
pointless it is and decided what will be will be. Literally the moment
after I let go of my worry the blessings came, one after another.
Yesterday, I read “when you want something, all the universe conspires
in helping you to achieve it” and I watched it manifest today.

50 Shades of Grey: My Two Cents & Shade

I finally finished reading the 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy. I say finally because I started reading the books when the craze hit, about 9 months ago, and I’ve been “reading” the last book for about 7 months. I know, its pretty sad, but let me tell you why…

I won’t spoil the story for you by divulging any details, in the event you still want to read the books, but I will share my honest opinion…. First, let me say, I’m not new to this genre of book, I’ve been a fan of Zane books for years and they’re (wayyyyy wayyy WAY) more “provocative” than the summation of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. So after reading the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, I was curious what the hype was about?! I was like, “that’s it…this is what’s making headline news?!” But don’t mistake that statement, the first book was captivating and I was definitely anxious to read the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, afterI finished it.

In my opinion, Fifty Shades Darker, was the best book in the trilogy and it was very thrilling (compared to the other books) and a lot was uncovered. My only qualm with the second book (and subsequently the third book) were the sexual interludes and constant repetitive internal struggle of the main character, Anastasia. I understand the book is “about sex” but almost every other event in the book included Christian Grey “touching her sex”. It got old, quick.

In the third book, Fifty Shades Freed, there were 25 chapters of the same story over and over, I think the book could have ended in, no more than, 7 chapters. The first few chapters wrapped up my curiosity from the second book and the last 3-4 chapters had the climax, falling action, and resolution….everything else was just “fluff”. You could anticipate almost everything happening and Anastasia was increasingly annoying throughout the third book. I truly believe I could have stopped at the second book, or at the very least, chapter two of the third book and then read the last chapter of the book.

I am still happy to say I read all the books, but it definitely wasn’t a very pleasurable conquest; I liked the Hunger Games series more. With that said, I hope they don’t turn Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie…but I’ve already heard they’ve acquired the rights to do so…SMH.

Did you read Fifty Shades of Grey? What were your thoughts?

My First Newsletter: A Message From Jojo

I am so excited; I finally created my first newsletter! This has been a personal goal of mine for more than a year. Now that the initial goal has been reached of creating the newsletter, I have set future goals to to keep it up.

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.”

You can check out my first newsletter [HERE] and if you’re interested in joining the newsletter (I hope you are), you can sign up via the form [HERE]

Sunflower Oil & Oil Pulling

I finally went to the Market and bought a bottle of Sunflower Oil to begin Oil Pulling. I first discovered this method last year on Instagram and I have procrastinating on getting the oil to do so. I was reminded about this method yesterday when Elizabeth Antoinette (who is a very inspirational vegan) posted a tweet about this method and I quickly put it on my to do list.
In a nut shell, oil pulling is a practice done first thing in the morning for about 20 minutes that will thoroughly clean the mouth and remove other toxins and impurities from your body. If you want more information (and you should!) visit to learn about all the amazing benefits. 

So after Bikram yoga yesterday, I went to the market in search of Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil (or you can use Sesame Oil). It was pretty easy to find at the organic market that I went to [MOMs Organic Market] and I also learned Sunflower Oil is great to cook with. So tomorrow I will begin practicing the oil pulling method, which I am really excited about, and I will be sharing my experience soon! 
Have you tried Oil Pulling or are you willing to try it?