Phoneless And Hating It

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Seven days, six hours and thirty minutes I survived without a phone. It’s a miracle that i’m alive.

Ok, I’m a little extra, but not really. The back of my phone shattered and I could only use it when plugged into a wall outlet or my car’s iPod connector. When unplugged the phone automatically powered off.

For the first three days, the battery wouldn’t charge more than 22 percent. On the fourth day it shot up to 50 percent. By the seventh day, I had given up hope and left it in the car all day. At the end of that day, I went to plug in the phone to check messages and realized it worked. Don’t ask me how, it’s a miracle. Thank God!

You’re probably asking why didn’t I just get a new phone, I tried! The iPhone 5s’ were and are still sold out (Where’s Steve Jobs?). I talked myself into getting a 5c on the fifth day… while at the store the network carrier’s system shut down. I couldn’t catch a break. My schedule on day six didn’t allow for a trip to the phone store.

It’s Day 19 and I’m happily picking up an iPhone 5.  I’m in Sweet Brown mode.  Ain’t nobody got time to wait for the 5s and the 5c isn’t for me. I am okay with being behind the Joneses. I get to put the extra funds toward my Europe trip that you’ll be hearing about soon (I got a little time for that).

Fitness Tips for Success: Adjusting Fate with Arsee Hahn

A couple weeks ago,  Arsee (a.k.a. RC) posted a status on Facebook that read: “Nobody has time to workout, we make time.” If you know my fitness struggle, then you know that time is my biggest excuse. The message hit home, so I immediately reached out to RC and asked if she would be interested in a blog feature.

She doesn’t know it, but I had already planned to feature her at some point. She’s one of my fitness inspirations. RC is a certified personal trainer, a LA Kings Ice Crew member, and blogger on the side too.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your blog.

RC: My favorite smell is fresh laundry, “cheat days” in my nutrition are likely to includes gummy bears, and you’ll never catch me without chewing gum or chap stick. I’m a life loving, laughaholic, guilty of regular people watching and addicted to all things that enhance wellness of life. I studied Sports Medicine and Athletic Training as well as Emergency Medicine. I currently hold two nationally accredited personal trainer certifications. I’ve spent four seasons on the Ice Crew for the Los Angeles Kings, and was a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy Star Squad for two seasons.

I created my blog adjustingFATE (www.adjustingfate.com) as an avenue to help others find a new joy and passion for life via self-growth, primarily focusing on the mental and physical dimensions. Promoting the philosophy of creating strong bodies from the inside out. It’s a way to join together to share, inspire, and learn. The project is still under construction but hope to be fully up and sprinting come late 2013.

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RC: You can make excuses or you can make change, but you can’t do both at the same time.

Nobody has time to workout, we make time. If financial situations seem to be the barrier, take a step back to actually calculate how much you fork over in change a month for things that are not positively physically benefitting, you’d find you have more money for “leisure” than you thought you did. It’s all about your priorities, what’s more important to you? If your cable bill weighs more on the scale of things that will greater improve your life than a gym membership does, then you just mentally don’t want it bad enough. When you’ve decided you want something bad enough you’ll do anything to make it happen. What the mind believes the body achieves. Most importantly, in actuality you already have all you really need to get started…, your own body! Just get up off that rear end & sweat, move, use your body, get creative, stop talking about moving more and simply go for it! Be active!

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You grew up involved in sports at a young age. Exercise is second nature to you, right?

RC: Being active is certainly in my DNA. I was enrolled in my first sport (gymnastics) at age five, and hopped all over the sports map for the next 15 years. I competed in everything, from as eloquent as dance to as physical as full on tackle football. I love the rush I get from being active and challenging myself! To be in such control & have the ability to tap into and connect with yourself on a deeper physiological level is an addicting feeling.

Is stretching before and after a workout important?

RC: There are different types of stretching, all equally important. Slow, static stretches that are held should be done after exercise as a cool down to help muscles return to their relaxed state and ensures range of motion doesn’t deteriorate. Cool down stretches will also help aid in decreasing soreness. Before working out it’s always best to warm up with some light cardio and active stretches. These are stretches that use movement or mirror the exercise movement that is about to be preformed to help increase heart rate to get blood flow into targeting muscles.
Why is eating healthy important? Not only is it important, it is vital! Diet plays nearly 80% in the role of your results. You must train ridiculous, and eat meticulous. What you eat today you’ll wear tomorrow.
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How should beginners start building a fitness plan?

RC: I would recommend chatting with a certified personal trainer to establish a program design that will be most effective in meeting your specific personal goals. There is a lot of science, math & technic behind the muscle madness. You don’t want to end up hurting yourself more than helping. I’d also recommend finding a support system, a partner in crime (this could be your trainer). Someone equally as passionate and supportive in your ambitions. This will help hold you accountable, plus every journey is more fun shared with good company!

What does your typical workout routine include?

RC: It changes based on my current goals. As of the moment I’m working on maintaining. I’ve been sticking to doing split training, alternating upper body and lower body days combined with 4 days moderate cardio, and throw in core work on days I’m feeling some extra fire under my butt!

What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know today? 

RC: Just because you are capable of balancing much at once doesn’t mean you have to. Pick something specific to dedicate your attention towards. Pick a passion and stick with it. Give 100%, 100% of the time to all you do, know what your priorities are.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

RC: Good music, lots of water, and invest in something nice for yourself to motivate you to work out. Good training shoes, new ear buds, whatever it is that will help keep fitness fun. Think of it as a thank you gift from yourself for all the hard work you put in to keep yourself healthy & happy! You only have one you, why not be the best you there can be? Most importantly remember, you can love your body and try to change it at the same time.
Good luck and congratulations in taking the step towards adjusting your fate!

Keep up with RC!

www.adjustingFATE.com
contact@adjustingfate.com
Twitter/IG @RCofficial

Thanks for reading. xoxo

3 Car Accidents In Less Than 1 Year. I’m Lucky!

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Minding my own business, then BOOM! Literally, two minutes away from home, I’m hit. Less than 3 minutes before impact, the other driver cut me off by making a right turn from the left-turn lane. Why was I surprised when she followed that up with driving into my lane and colliding with my car? Sometimes I wonder if Cracker Jack gifts licenses.

As calmly as possible, I exchanged information while processing what happened, as she apologized. I nodded and remained silent. My car has been hit three times in less than a year (insert unhappy emojis).

I sulked in my sorrow all day, like the Lakers when they lost Dwight Howard. Seriously! The accident happened around 12:45 a.m. I went to sleep and woke up at 7:30 a.m., then made a trip to IKEA for project therapy. I refused to answer/return texts or calls until about 6 p.m.  After, talking it out with two awesome friends, I got over myself.

The day before, George Zimmerman was found not guilty, so Trayvon Martin’s parents lost a child and received injustice in exchange. The family and friends of Cory Monteith also lost an irreplaceable creation.

Yes, I have a right to feel the way I choose. In the grand scheme of things, the accident is not important. My car can be fixed and even if it couldn’t, it is replaceable.  Letting the damage to a material object affect me the way it did is silly.

Each time my car has been hit, I’ve walked away with a drivable car and all limbs intact.  My side mirror, rear door and side panel have to be replaced but I’m good. I’m lucky because it could have been worse.

A Dedication to Trayvon Martin “Little Black Boy Wonder” by Omari Hardwick

Stay In Your Lane! Go At Your Own Pace.

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Music playing, curls blowing, I commute through the canyons from the city to the valley. Gorgeous views line my path, it’s easy to forget that I am where I am.

The other day, I found myself driving like a go-cart hugging the curves of the road trying to catch the car in front of me. On occasion, I sail like a cruise ship inhaling the scenery and living in the moment, but I speed up when the car behind me is in a hurry.

As I trailed behind the car ahead, a light blub came on. I remembered that when driving and in life, we have to go at our own pace and stay in our lane. I said to myself, “Self.” Myself said, “Huh?” I said “Do you! Stop worrying about everything else.” 

If I rush my journey to reach those in front or please those behind, I could fall off and they would still be on the road. We have to do what is best for us… there will always be someone ahead and someone behind trying to rush us.

*Please do not use the above as an excuse to slack or be content with mediocrity. I have witnessed “When one door closes, another opens” being used after and individual woke up behind schedule for a interview, then cooked a full-out breakfast instead of making it to the interview. We have to do better.

xoxo

Kelly Rowland Airs Dirty Laundry

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Kelly Rowland serves it up while airing her “Dirty Laundry”.

I’m ecstatic about the woman our girl is becoming. Kelly is like an unofficial big sister to me. Seriously, Destiny’s Child was the music version of Sex and The City. Hell! I quoted lyrics earlier today.

Back to the single… I caught word of “Dirty Laundry” on a friend’s Facebook page. After sharing it there and listening to it more than a handful of times, I had to share it here. Kelly confesses some serious business.

Check out the single below.

Upgrade You

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Whether it’s a career, job, relationship, friendship, health or fitness, don’t be afraid to upgrade.

Confession: I’ve allowed myself to accept less than I deserve and sat comfortably in a below great position. That’s not the person I am, nor want to be. I decided to give up good and go for great. Let’s do it together!

How to Upgrade You

1. Evaluate – Take notice of where you are and where you want to be. If you don’t know where you are and where you’re going, it’s easy to get lost.

2. Plan – Map out the steps you must take to reach your goals. Write a list, create a vision board and compose a outline. Having multiple visuals serve as constant reminders to keep you focused on your end game. Lists allow you a sense of accomplishment, each item crossed off brings you closer to your goal.

3. Execute – Fulfill the requirements of your lists, vision board and outline. Keep placing one foot in front of the other. It may seem that you are far away, but you can reach your goals. If you fall down, get back up. Remain consistent, positive, focused and work for what you want.

Success 101: Class is in session (Produced by Faith)

Meet DeVon Franklin. He is one of my mentors, but he doesn’t know I exist, yet.

I was introduced to DeVon while researching for a publicist I worked with a couple years back. Intrigued by his story I locked his name in my memory bank.

Fast forward to March 2013… sipping Chardonnay and chatting with the girls at Yard House LA LIVE, up comes Mr. Franklin. Not in the flesh, but a Google image on a friends iPhone. The girls were eliciting my response in attempt to gauge my “Hot or Not” meter.

Surprised that I knew of him, they curiously questioned me and I divulged a few fun facts. DeVon currently serves as Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia Tristar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, making him one of the youngest individuals in that position in the industry. Did I forget to mention that these friends happen to work at Sony? Needless to say, they know him in that context.

The conversation reminded me that I never picked up his book, appropriately titled Produced By Faith. Yes, he’s an author… a preacher and motivational speaker too.

I made it my business to order Produced By Faith before it slipped my mind a second time. It arrived and I began reading it during my lunch break last Thursday.

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Produced By Faith is an inspirational guide to assist you and I as we navigate through life in faith. This book is exactly what I need in my life right now. It always amazes me when I can relate to a piece of work as if its author/creator can see right through me.

While reading Produced by Faith (or while it read me), I found myself shouting, “You too?” And then there were times when I would bow my head in shame and say, “That’s me.”

Coincidentally or not, I work in entertainment as well, but this guide is not exclusive to those pursuing a career in entertainment. I can talk the book up until I am blue in the face but I won’t. I’ll just let you know that if you are struggling with life, career or faith decisions, then you want to read it. In the coming weeks, I will share some of the points/lessons in the book via the blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Lastly, you’re probably still wondering if I think he’s hot, huh? Yes!!! No disrespect to Mrs. Devon Franklin (also known as Meagan Good).

Color Run Los Angeles 2013

Color Run LA happened on Saturday (Feb. 2) at Dodger Stadium with over 20,000 runners chasing pavement.

Overall, we had bunches of fun but our sad faces were on for a moment or two. My team signed up for the 9am start time but we were disappointed when we couldn’t get our happy feet across the start line until after 9:30. Once we crossed, with the fourth wave of runners, life immediately became colorful.

The other sad face appeared (pre-race) as we sat in what seemed like traffic on the 405 freeway to reach the parking area… we were anxious to begin the self-proclaimed “happiest 5K on the planet.”

Enough about the sad faces! Check out our happy faces below and look out for more awesome pics on my Facebook page tomorrow.

Did I mention that the swag bag made me smile? It included a pillow soft t-shirt, Color Run tattoos (2), a headband, and a color pack for the color explosion. And then, there were vendors passing out freebies and snacks, after we crossed the finish line.

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