I’m Weak! Help me work it out.

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Hi Guys!

I’m weak at consistently working out. Fitness is not my area of strength, I think that’s because my super genes allow me to look like a healthy 13 year old, without exercising.

If you follow kinkycurlsla on Instagram, you saw the video of my work kitchen. If not, imagine walking into a room filled with chips, donuts, pastries, candy bars, soda and pretty much anything else you can think of.

For the entire month of August, I have vowed not to touch the bad stuff.

Eating clean is a huge part of being fit, I hear that it’s actually more important than exercising.

In an effort to do better,  I also joined a once-a-week running club with my co-workers. Having a group to hold me accountable keeps me motivated. I’m resurrecting my ab workout dvd too. Hiking and climbing the stairs will happen when possible.

My goal is to create a realistic fitness plan and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Do you have a plan/goal? If so, what is it? We can help hold one another accountable.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

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

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We often get caught up in trivial activities of celebrities and forget to acknowledge significant accomplishments achieved by individuals we actually know.

Cue the confetti showers. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the Class of 2013. Congrats grads, you rock!!!

I’d like to shine a spotlight on a few awesome people I know. Check out a brief highlight of their achievements below.
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S. Dafney (top left)

Dafney graduates from King/Drew Medical Magnet High School in the top 25 percent of her class. Fall 2013 she will proudly sashay onto the campus of a four-year university and begin a new journey. Her major is undecided but her future is bright.

D. Gillett (top right)

Last week Gillett walked across the stage to receive her A.A. degree in child development from Los Angeles City College. The education she received there has prepared her for the Los Angeles Unified School District training she will begin in July. After completing L.A.U.S.D. training she will be able to work with children ages 2-5. Gillett plans to further her knowledge by pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

T. Gonzalez-Aird (bottom left)

Armed with a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film and minor in business administration, Gonzalez-Aird is on the hunt for a career in the entertainment industry. Once he lands, he will hit the ground running. His vision does not end there. Another stop on his path includes shooting a few amazing short films, music videos and commercials.

V. Malone (bottom right)
Ms. Malone finished her undergrad semester with a bang! She carried a 17 unit load and earned A’s in every letter grade course. Malone moves forward holding a B.A. in mass communication and journalism with an option in broadcast from Fresno State University. How will she use her degree? Oh! She plans to write and edit for a major network equivalent to CNN or ESPN.

Cheers! We wish you all continued success.

For most of you, the road wasn’t easy and the one ahead will present more challenges. When you’re faced with a bump in the road, strap on your big girl/boy boots and take it one step at a time.

xoxo

 
 

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.

Operation Gratitude

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Operation Gratitude sends 100,000+ care packages each year to U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, their children left behind, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors and their care givers.  Packages are individually addressed and filled with snacks,letters of appreciation, personal and entertainment items.

Packages are  assembled at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California for safety and security. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 915,000 packages.

In February, Be A Light volunteers spent the morning assisting Operation Gratitude with “Prep” and “Assembly Day” tasks.

Prep” work includes sorting donated items, folding shirts, screening letters, and otherwise preparing the products for Assembly Days. In addition, if time allows,  instructions and materials are provided  for making Paracord Survival Bracelets.

Assembly Day” work includes production of the care packages, labeling, taping, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines and breaking down cartons.

Check us out in action below.

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What’s Hot In L.A.? It’s RaVaughn!

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Do you remember belting out feel good R&B songs by Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and TLC? I do and I also recall not having a real clue what the lyrics meant but you couldn’t tell me that. Recently, I’ve been vibing to a few songs that take me back to those days, except I now know the passion behind them all to well.

Talented and gorgeous Los Angeles born and bred R&B song bird RaVaughn is set to drop her first album Love Always this summer, but it’s sure to take you back to the 90s with its soulful story-telling tracks. If the rest of the album continues in the path of the album sampler you will not want to ride in my car summer 2013.

RaVaughn, also known as Ne-Yo’s protege, is signed to CompoundU/Columbia Records. Most people think that she is new to the game but I know otherwise. When I met her about 10 years ago she and music had a full on love affair in progress. Her consistent dedication is paying off and she is receiving well-deserved recognition.

Listen to the Love Always album sampler below and check out the video for RaVaughn’s first official single ‘Better Be Good’ featuring Wale.

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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Justin Timberlake & Destiny’s Child?

Justin Timberlake & Destiny’s Child? Yes, please!

In a open letter to fans, JT announced that he will release a new album titled The 20/20 Experience, this year. Justin has been secretly working on the album since last June. My ears are open and ready to listen. After hearing the new single “Suit & Tie’ featuring Jay Z, it is safe to say that sexy is back & he’s all grown up.

Speaking of grown ups, the ladies of Destiny’s Child are now gorgeous women. My big sisters (in my head) are reuniting for the first time since 2005. They will release Love Songs, a compilation of some of my fav previously recorded tracks & ‘Nuclear’, their new single. The best news is that they will be performing during the halftime show at Super Bowl, YES (doing my happy dance)!

Check out the singles below.

For more info on Justin Timberlake visit: http://countdown.justintimberlake.com/

For more info on Destiny’s Child visit:  http://www.destinyschild.com/

She’s Faintly Masculine

I stumbled across Faintly Masculine a few weeks back. Faintly Masculine is a personal style blog for women who are inspired by menswear ; women who aren’t afraid to wear bow ties and wingtips while still embracing all their femininity. This blog is for the women who aren’t into the frills and fuss of women’s fashion and have embraced a more “boyish” way of dress.” The blog is founded by Ariel Sansaricq. She and I share an affinity to pieces inspired by menswear. I fancy my girly girl pieces too… Lace and bows? Yes, please! My daily attire is generally dictated by mood, weather and destination. Sometimes i’m a princess and others i’m a rockstar. Enough about me… Below are a few of Ariel’s fly looks. Check out her blog for more info and links. 6675412059_848692413c_z tumblr_mdli0dTR961rsszzzo1_500 tumblr_mdwjsovFZA1rsszzzo1_r2_500

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Christmas Day Will Be ‘Off The Chain’

Staying in Los Angeles for the holidays? One of the best places to visit is the movie theatre (I kid you not). Why? Most of the East Coast transplants are gone, tourists are scarce and natives wander out of the city too. What this boils down to is you lounging in best seats in an empty theatre. Feel free to kick up your feet and relax while eating the snacks you bought in the V.I.P. line (or what seems like one). Pretend that it is your personal home theatre.

On Christmas day, I will spend 5 minutes in not traffic to check out Django Unchained, the new Tarantino film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

Check out the trailer, storyline and photos below all courtesy of 135th Street Agency.

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED  stars Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz). Shultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle bothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Shultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive. Success leads Shultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Shultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side.

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Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Shultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival.

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Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Produced by Reginald Hudlin, Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone

Executive Produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamber,

Shannon McIntosh and James Skotchdople

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