How I Stood my Ground... This Week and Beyond!



by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.com

I like to take a very rounded approach to life; but this did not come easily. I used to think and believe that in order for me to be a spiritual person, I had to be extremely pious, “set-apart”, sullen and you can add whatever adjective you think is necessary for consider yourself as someone who is given to the things of God. After much growth, and many trials, and lessons, I learned that I can be exactly who I am authentically and still be a lover of things pertaining to the soul. With that said, please know that this place I am in right now in my life is not maintained by only my pretty looks (I am very beautiful just in case you didn't know!); but by a series of consistent efforts on a regular basis.

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"Because you DESERVE to, that’s why!"



by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.com

I’m calling all of my fellow Black women into the auditorium for a quick announcement with my bullhorn in my hand. I am going to say this once and for all: “Black Women it is okay to LUXURIATE”! Yes you read that correctly. I do not know about you; but, growing up in the Caribbean/traditional church community I grew up in, it was not common to see women enjoying- without guilt- the finer things in life. There was a lot of “hmm, that would be nice; but, we cannot afford it.” Or, the ever so and still very present, “Oh I can do it myself.” Even worse if a Black woman took too much care of herself, she would be labeled as “siddity” or “bougie” or in some cases “acting white”. Unfortunately this narrative continues to move throughout some conversations that happen in our society today.

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New Growth w/ Nikki Walton – Ep. 3 – Godfidence with Jeannie Mai



Jeannie Mai joins Nikki to discuss faith, finding confidence in our divine purpose, respecting differences, and mindfulness as a practice of presence.

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3 Simple and Clean Ways to Remove Makeup Stains



By Onicia Muller of ASE Beauty

If you love makeup as much as we do, you know how real it gets when your foundation rubs off on your freshly washed white shirt or your favorite lipstick stains your boo’s clothes. The price we pay for staying fly! The good news is, you’re not alone. We’ve been there, done that and have found a few super simple ways to naturally remove makeup and other stains from clothing. Keep it cute and clean with our makeup stain tips.

“Feel, Feel, and Feel Some More”: Book Club Review Week 2


by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.com

“Hold onto the reins of love and nothing else. Hold on to the real behind the false and don’t be afraid.” - Rumi

Honestly, in regards to a review, the above quote sums up week 2 of the meditation/book club for me. If you haven’t had the chance to read my review about week 1, please dive in here.

We Began With The Silence...

Nikki invited us into a meditation on love. While our eyes were closed we were told to feel His presence and to feel the Christ within. To truly embrace the substance that love resides in, is almost like feeling a vibration. It is the “silence”. This is something that we can feel in the midst of the noise…beyond the thoughts and it is always there. “God is closer than your breathing.” I became committed to this concept during the remainder of the meditation. I can admit I struggle with the thoughts that filter in and out of my consciousness when I meditate. Sometimes (most of the time) I follow those thoughts down the proverbial rabbit hole. Before you know it, I am in a tizzy between the “What ifs” and my personal favorite, “Shoulda, woulda and couldas”. Even with the thought intrusion, God is there. The love is there. The Christ is there. This is the truth of the matter. I LOVE that. Like with anything, daily continual practice of this concept is key.

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