I bend so I don’t break

Remember how crazy 2016 was for y’all, but lit AF for me?! Well isn’t life like a box of chocolates? For the first couple of months of 2017, it felt like Mercury had completely chosen to set up shop in my life and LIVE in retrograde 🙃😩. The anxiety of turning 30…the overwhelming workload of my job…the financial burdens of my student loans…the strained friendships that developed…and everything else was beginning to take a toll on me EARLY in the new year. In my mind I’m thinking, “bruhhhh (God), noneeeee of these shenanigans were posted on my vision board. Let’s stick to the board please and thank you!”

I’m almost certain at that exact moment God laughed and was like “alright sis…ima chill. I been going mad OD on you lately. I GOT you!” (clearly my God wears Timbs and a Yankee fitted lol). Overwhelmed with life I decided to take some alone and unplugged time to pray and meditate with God. Not gonna lie. That adult ADD kicked in after about 20 minutes and I ended up on Facebook. I personally like to think I was being obedient and led there because low and behold I run across a Facebook event for a yoga session.

Flashback to like 2004, a visit home from college, my older sister takes me to my first Hot Yoga class in Chesapeake and I instantly fall in love. Even over 10 years ago, I never forgot the natural high it gave me. I had never felt so GOOD! But as a senior in high school I definitely couldn’t afford to maintain a yoga membership there. Le sigh. But what I could afford was a $10 mat and beginners DVD. Between then and now, I would stretch it out to maintain flexibility, but no real soulful purpose. Fast forward to 2017 and here I am on the verge of a breakdown as I approach 30, staring at my computer on Facebook reading about this yoga community called @BhavBrigade. Such a feeling of relief came over my body as I clicked “going” on their Moonlight Restorative: Yoga Under the Stars event.  Listen Linda. This yoga session changed my life! 🙌🏽The beautiful spirit and words of The Bhav Brigade founder Jessica Johnson allowed me to connect yoga and it’s movements to my life. She reminded me there is so much power and strength in letting go (and basically saying f*ck this shit). After her class I sat in my car and cried and thanked God for being faithful to me and for using Jessica to move in my life that night

Since that Spring class I have attended many of the donation-based, pop up sessions with the Bhav Brigade all across the 757 and I encourage anyone in the Hampton Roads area to also! Take a look at their website to see all the awesome events and projects they are working on, right in our (757) backyards. My yoga community is a constant reminder in my life that sometimes you need a moment to clear your mind and refuel yourself. You can’t pour into others from an empty glass.

So now every yoga class I attend I remind myself why I’m there: “bend now to make sure you don’t break later” 

Take a look at some of the recent pop up classes held by The Bhav Brigade of Hampton Roads! 

 

Happy 2017! 

 

 

Y’all…LIFE IS LIT!

Can I get an AMEN?!

Long time, no blog…I know…but I’m back and I’m better *Bryson Tiller Voice*

So it’s no secret, 2016 was 0/4 stars for most people, but when I tell you God showed up and showed out for me…CHILE! Now, I won’t fake like last year didn’t have its hiccups and disappointments, butttttttttt we’re not living in Paradise so crappy moments are going to happen. The key to surviving those hellish moments is learning to adapt and trust His plans. I did just that and God not only provided for me in ways I have never been able to before on my own, but He allowed me to keep a sane mind and humble heart through it all. I was actually low key sad to see the year come to an end. However, the same excitement I felt for 2016, I had going into the New Year as the countdown began. I’m a firm believer of speaking your rewards and blessings and favor into existence so there was no other way I planned to spend January 1, 2017 than doing just that.

So…I did JUST THAT! I gathered some of my closest local girlfriends and co-hosted my first “VISION BOARD BRUNCH“!

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I wanted the ladies to be just as excited for the new year as me so I went all out. I sent cute HobNob invites out in advance, collected magazines, printed Instagram quotes I loved, went to Michaels for enough craft materials for all of us, created a brunch menu (mimosas and sangria included of course), and bought each girlfriend a Balance Your Life Bracelet as a token of appreciation and what I hope to be a self reminder of balance for 2017.

FRIENDSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, and FOOD!

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Together we hugged, laughed, prayed, testified, ate, and last but not least…visualized our futures for 2017!

I encourage EACH of you to grab your girlfriends, your sisters, your coworkers, or even your boyfriend/husband and give it a try. The great Malcolm X said, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” The first step to living the life you want is to profess it. Create your vision board and look at it day in and out; work hard towards getting everything you deserve on that board and then SOME. Peace and blessings and GOOD VIBES ONLY!

Happy Vision Boarding!

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Voíla! 2017 Board

Mommy & Me

Hello. My name is Amanda. And I am a motherless daughter.

10 years and counting, I’ve been braving this journey of womanhood on a wing and a prayer. Lol…but I’m so serious.  Trust me, it’s a bumpy and scary ride growing into a womanhood without the guidance of the woman who birthed you (but that’s another post for another day). 

Every so often I like to dig through my mommy’s things and find anything I can relate to. In a sense, it’s my way of “girl talk” with her. I’ve done this ritual so many times, yet each time I feel like I find something new. I guess it’s all in the timing. What God chooses to have my eyes focus solely on is different every time. A few weeks ago, before my birthday, I felt the need to soul search through mommy’s things. I think this go round was my greatest find.

I found her passport.

My mother always talked about how much she loved to travel and how important it was to see the world while you could. She visited places from Hawaii, Canada, Jamaica, London, Paris….and the list goes on as I flipped by each stamp and into a second passport  book.  Only recently within the past year have I began exploring life outside of the 50 states. (And mind you I still have plenty of places in the states I want to see). And it’s true, once you get a taste of travel you can’t stop. Within a year I will have traveled “abroad” to Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and Domincan Republic.

Not too shabby for a newbie, huh?! 

Alongside her passport I found a postcard my mother sent home to my grandparents describing her travels in France. The best part about this was the date. The post card was sent when she was 28. The same exact age I decided to see what life was like outside of the states. It was the exact “girl talk” I needed before turning 29. To know we spent the same age traveling gives me insight to what she was like at my age now. The conversation that was robbed of me 10 years ago I am now having with simply a postcard. I still get teary eyed thinking about it and how awesome God is for bringing my focus to it.

As sacred as it felt to me, I couldn’t keep this to moment to myself. Check out her POV travel experience below.


Despite her luck being the “pitts” (and bruh she had the most going on LOL) she still found happiness in her travels (“but I’m still enjoying myself”). This was right on time. It reminded me her presence is always with me and no matter what the circumstances, God will always make sure I get my “mommy & me” moments! ♥