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Get healthy or die tryin’

This has been a turning point week for me in terms of my health.  My body has been giving me signals that I have been ignoring for months now.  This week, I had to stop ignoring the signals and pay attention.

I’ll spare you the gruesome details and just say this: Lately I haven’t been sleeping well at all. On average I’ll get 3 or 4 solid hours of sleep per night.  Needless to say I’ve felt tired and moody.  I’ve had weird cravings.  I haven’t been drinking my usual 10 glasses of water and I’ve instead opted for pop and alcohol (don’t judge me) and here’s the ultimate kicker…

This week I’ve had two days where my body just completely rejected everything I ate.  Literally for two nights, I have not slept because of my body’s violent reaction to the crap I’ve been eating.  

Can you say AWFUL?!?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a total junk food junkie.  Even with my busy lifestyle I try to be mindful of what I eat.  But there are some days when I want to indulge in a guilty pleasure–a large latte, a crispy chicken wrap with lots of mayo or whatever they offer at the conference I just spoke at because by the time it’s over I AM STARVING!!!

Well this week, I had to face the fact that, I have to be consistently conscious and vigilant about what I put into my body.  I’m not like most people who can just eat whatever.  My system has always been a little hypersensitive…especially during this time of year.

So I’ve decided that I’m not only going to live a Bold, Fearless & Fabulous life, I’m also re-commiting myself to a Bold HEALTHY life. As of today, I’m making a commitment to get healthy or die tryin!

So here’s my initial plan:

- Get back to my 10 glasses of water per day regimen (2 glasses first thing in the a.m. always raises my energy and helps cleanse me)

- Get back to taking my multi-vitamins DAILY rather than every-now-and-then (there’s a noticeable difference in how good these vitamins make me feel)

- No coffee for a week (I love coffee, but I love being “regular” more…)

- No dairy (I think this may be a major culprit in my feeling crappy…)

- Eat all the fresh fruit I can stand (whenever I get a halloween candy craving, I’ll just reach for some grapes or apple slices instead–pray my strength!)

- I’m also going to research this gluten-free diet phenomenon.  Everybody’s been talking about it, let me see what the hype is about.

This is just a start.  I know there is much more that can be done.  I’m also going to resume working with my trainer John Hall who helped me make great strides in my health a few years ago.

I’m determined to get myself back together.  I have too much to do to feel sluggish, fatigued, irritable, bloated, moody and overall not fabulous.  My son, my hubby, my family and my expanding community need me! The journey back to a healthy me starts NOW!

Today’s Breakfast: Old-fashioned fresh-fruit oatmeal crunch

INGREDIENTS: Quaker oatmeal, fresh blueberries and raspberries, granola and 1 table spoon of organic light brown sugar.  Now usually I drown my oatmeal in butter and honey with a little milk.  This was so yummy without all of that!  The fruit and granola gave a natural sweetness.  I really didn’t even need the brown sugar!  This might become a daily fave.  Try it and tell me what you think!

Quaker Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

Yummy apple-strawberry granola

Fresh mixed berries

1 table spoon of organic light brown sugar

Time to talk about the thing nobody wants to talk about…

I’ve had it with brilliant and dynamic people having super-sad stories of lack and scarcity.

I am officially declaring that today, October 24, 2012, we are no longer afraid, ashamed, embarrassed, in doubt, in fear or in ignorance when we talk about the “m” word…that’s right, m0ney.

All weird feelings about m0ney end NOW and from this point forward you are breaking through lack, limitation or anything else that has kept you from creating a surplus of m0ney in your business and your life.  

I am on a mission to help people change their m0ney story once and for all.

Don’t worry, I am not here to judge or persecute.  I’ve had my own super-sad m0ney story, which is one reason why I became a M0ney Breakthrough Coach.

But in the past few years, I’ve experienced a complete shift around my thinking and ability to effortlessly create m0ney and there’s one thing I know for sure: we were put here to prosper, not struggle. Period!

Now that we have that out of the way, let me ask you a few questions and then, I will challenge you to make some decisions.

-      Have you been stuck at a certain income level for years and can’t seem to breakthrough to earn what you are worth? 

-      Do you want to achieve a new level of success in your business or career, but something always seems to hold you back from making significant progress?

-      If you’re an entrepreneur, are you still using the out-dated “dollars for hours” model?

-      Are you brilliant but still living check to check? 

-      Are you afraid to ask for a raise or charge your clients what you’re worth because you’re afraid of losing your job or leaving your clients behind?

-      You are fed up with money blame, shame or guilt and are ready to heal your relationship with money, once and for all?

-      Are you fed up with money blame, shame or guilt and are ready to heal your relationship with money, once and for all?

If you answered yes to any of these, TODAY is where your shift begins.

 Answer these questions honestly.  Then take this 3-step challenge:

1.)         Set a BOLD money goal.  This is a goal that is a stretch for you but is still achievable within a short period of time (usually 30, 60 or 90 days)

2.)         Write out what it will feel like once you achieve that goal.  Be specific.  Go all out with this one.  Be BOLD.

3.)         Write out what you have to let go of to achieve that goal.

Can you feel the cells in your body transforming around these questions?  This is the kind of deep mindset work we do in my Money POWER program.  There’s a group coaching session starting soon and you’re welcome to join…but ONLY if you’re serious about continuing the work you’re starting here.

As I said earlier, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that YOU are here to prosper.  What doubts or feelings do YOU have?  Share below and get ready to transform any “weird money feelings” you may have into total money POWER!!


Part 2 – “Should I just leave them alone?”

Should I leave quot;them quot; alone?

My last blog post set a lot of people off.

When I asked if I should follow the advice of my mentors and just “leave African American women-preneurs alone,” a flurry of emails, posts to my Facebook page and phone calls followed.

While some were “stung” by my comments, most respondents actually agreed that when you are in business, it is best to forget about color, go where the money is and work with those who value your brilliance.

Here’s what some people said to me publicly…

Varian Brandon ~ Very provocative my dear!! Can’t wait to see the thoughts….

Lisa Butler ~ ***silent***

Melissa Mitchell-Kline ~ Unfortunately, most of solo entrepreneurs are broke and they can not see the big picture investment that you are. Very few of my clients for my IT services business were African American. It was not because I did not try, but because they did not have the money and could not see the point. Now that I am once again going solo, I see both sides of the coin. Go for customers period and you will get a few AA women.

Lena Casimir ~ @melissa. You are on point! Look for great clients who will appreciate and reward your hard work financially. Unfortunately, most of your customer base won’t look like you if you are AA. But I have learned to get in where I fit in.

Monique Caradine ~ A radical mindset shift is needed. rADiCaL!

Rina Woods ~ Monqiue, as an Afircan American business owner who has a heart for other African-Americans after 10+ years I realized it has pretty much brought me down. I discount fees, go the extra mile, etc to HELP but at the end of the day, when I deal with non African American clientele they don’t tell me they are broke, they don’t tell me they have to wait until next pay day, they don’t ask for payment arrangements, they don’t invest little and have unrealistic expectations. It’s a completely different experience. Every now and again there has been an African American male or female who has no price resistance but it’s been very rare. So at the end of the day, I would prefer to work with uplevel clients and tithe 10% of my services to those who may not be able to honor the companies full fee.

Lori Dawson ~ I am appreciating this very courageous discussion, Monique. I love the feedback you’re getting. I encourage you to work with any woman who values your work. Please don’t hold back your gifts from those of us who are a few shades lighter in superficial appearance. Your passion, style amp; unique brand of magic is desperately needed in the marketplace. Dare I say that your heritage is by nature more dynamic amp; passionate than mine? Next to you I feel nerdy amp; way too uptight! Spread those gorgeous wings amp; fly!!!

There were many more messages sent to me privately and offline. After thinking about the issue at length and pondering my own frustrations as to why some African-American women entrepreneurs tend to choose struggle over strategy, support and accountability, here’s what I decided to do:

  • I’ll never turn my back on AA women-preneurs, I just won’t waste a lot of time trying to convince the ones who are indecisive to, well…be more decisive about investing in themselves through high-quality coaching/visibility programs and services. Success requires both a strategy and a mindset shift and mindset shifting is hard work!
  • I’ll elegantly challenge women to be decisive and step up NOW. In the past, I’d have half a dozen conversations going back and forth with women who say “…I really want to work with you, but…” Those days are over. I now realize the role I played in enabling their indecision. From now on it’s “step up, play big or go home.”
  • I’ve worked with some AMAZING AA women and what I know for sure is this: the ones who get it, get it. Others, however, are married to struggle (I know, I used to be one of them). So I have made a conscious choice not to work with people who want to stay stuck in their old “story,” no matter what color they are. If they are not ready to be challenged to change their situation immediately and bid entrepreneurial struggle fairwell then, no matter how bad I want to, there is nothing I can do to help them.

My intention is not to come across harshly. I love my sistas…you know I do! I want to take each and everyone of them on this journey to a life filled with complete OVERFLOW! However, everybody’s not ready for the ride and now, as a recovering “save-the-world” junky, I’m finally okay with that.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to love, embrace, support, empower, encourage, inspire and equip the women (and awesome men) in my ever-expanding world that I do have the pleasure of working with personally. I learn so much from all of you each and every day! :)


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