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Happy Internet Geek Tuesday! 4/9

Photo Credit: January O'Neil
Photo Credit: January O’Neil

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

When I started blogging about my poetry, January Gill O’Neil a/k/a The Poet Mom was one of the first people I met online. Her Poet Mom blog inspired me to take risks with my poems. She made blogging about poetry COOL.

Watch a video of her reading her poem, “What Mommy Wants.”

Check out her debut poetry collection, Underlife.

Follow her on Twitter @januaryoneil.

Do you have a favorite poetry blogger?

 

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Happy Yoga Monday! 4/8

Healing Mudras, another great book
Healing Mudras, another great book

Happy Yoga Monday!

Today, I want to share the Uttarabodhia mudra, a yoga hand movement you use to remind yourself of your oneness with everyone and everything in the universe. It’s a perfect way to practice yoga on the go! Click here to watch my short video. Enjoy!

Healing Mudras by Sabrina Mesko is a great book for understanding mudras.

OM #YogaMonday OM!

PS: If you would like to read about my yoga journey, check out my memoir That Which Awakens Me on Amazon.com. It is available on Kindle

My debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One features a main character who works as a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the Love’s Troubadours’ Pinterest board which contains some great information about the novel. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.

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Happy Creativity Thursday 4/4

Photo Credit; Derrick Weston Brown
Photo Credit; Derrick Weston Brown

Happy Creativity Thursday and National Poetry Month!

Today, I am celebrating the poetry of Derrick Weston Brown, an educator and a “people’s poet.”  He is also the author of Wisdom Teeth. Derrick is a dear friend and an extraordinarily gifted wordsmith.

Wisdom Teeth by Derrick Weston Brown
Wisdom Teeth by Derrick Weston Brown

His poetry gets underneath my skin and travels to the depths of my soul. When I hear him read his work, I am stopped in my tracks. Click here to watch his Wisdom Teeth trailer. Be sure to check his book out on Amazon.com. Go on and buy a copy! His poetry will expand your mind! Enjoy!

Who are your favorite poets?

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Blog Recap: Ananda’s Lifestylista Field Trip to Macy’s DC Spring Essentials Fashion Show

Ananda at Macy's Spring Fashion Show on March 28
Ananda at Macy’s Spring Fashion Show on March 28

Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

Since it’s Digital Sisterhood Wednesday, I thought I would share my lifestylista field trip  highlights from the Spring Fashion Show I attended last week at Macy’s Metro Center in Washington, D.C. The Fashion Show featured style expert and author Daisy Lewellyn

Ananda, Xina Eiland, Jazzy Jones, and Macy's Staff at Spring Fashion Show on March 28
Ananda, Xina Eiland, Jazzy Jones, and Macy’s Staff at Spring Fashion Show on March 28

Before the show, I met up with my Blogalicious digital sisters, Xina Eiland and Jazzy Jones. We had a chance to reconnect and talk about our plans for the spring season.

Style expert and author Daisy Lewellyn
Style expert and author Daisy Lewellyn

During the show, Daisy, the “Queen of Effortless Chic,” shared that she was a Howard University graduate (love that we are HU Bisons!) and gave five tips for Spring wardrobe essentials. Check out the photos and tips below.

Peplums are big this spring!
Peplums are big this spring!

Tip #1 – Peplum: Daisy recommended that women add a peplum top or dress to their wardrobe. The top could be paired with a skirt or pants. I love peplums. I wore them a lot during the late 1980s!

Lace is huge this spring!
Lace is huge this spring!

Tip #2 – Lace: Daisy encouraged women to wear colorful lace. I fell in love with the yellow lace dress. It reminded me of my Aunt Paulyne’s vintage 1960s peach lace dress I wore to my law school graduation at Howard University in the late 1980s.

Pullover sweaters are key to a woman's spring wardrobe this year!
Pullover sweaters are key to a woman’s spring wardrobe this year!

Tip #3 – Pullover Sweaters: Daisy suggested women incorporate pullover sweaters in their spring wardrobe. She used First Lady Michelle Obama’s sweater style as an example. I ADORE pullover sweaters especially the ones you can wear with a belt.

Printed pants are very in this spring!
Printed pants are very in this spring!

Tip #4 – Printed Pants: Daisy shared how women can add more color to their Spring wardrobe with printed pants.

Dresses are hot this spring!
Dresses are hot this spring!

Tip #5 – Dresses: Daisy talked about how dresses like the ones worn by First Lady Michelle Obama create a total look. I agree!

What are your five Spring wardrobe essentials?

DISCLAIMER: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about the Macy’s event. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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BlerdNation.com Features Ananda Leeke

blerdnationlogoHi All! Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday!

I have some great news to share. Today, BlerdNation.com, an online destination that was launched in 2013 to celebrate Black Nerds, featured my profile on its web site. I enjoyed answering the profile questions because it gave me a chance to shine my “Blerdy” personality for all to see. Click here to read the profile. Be sure to LIKE BlerdNation on Facebook and follow  on Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr.

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Happy Internet Geek Tuesday! 4/2

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Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

It’s National Poetry Month! One of the places I like to visit during the month is Poets.org. It offers a new poem each day. You can even have it emailed to you. Click here to sign up.

Are you a poetry lover? Who are your favorite poets? Where do you go online to read poetry?

Photo Credit: Tim'm T. West, www.reddirt.biz
Photo Credit: Tim’m T. West, http://www.reddirt.biz

I love reading the poetry of Tim’m T. West, an amazing activist,author, educator, feminist, hip hop artist, poet, scholar, and singer. I met Tim’m while he was hosting The Front Porch, a monthly poetry reading series at Mocha Hut, a cafe located on U Street in Washington, D.C (closed in 2009). He encouraged me to participate in The Front Porch monthly readings.

Photo Credit: Tim'm T. West, www.reddirt.biz
Photo Credit: Tim’m T. West, http://www.reddirt.biz

His creative energy, friendship, music, poetry, and poetical memoir, Red Dirt Revival: A Poetic Memoir In Six Breaths, inspired me to write and publish my own poetical memoir, That Which Awakens Me. Take a moment and click here to watch a video of Tim’m performing his creative work at the Front Porch in 2007. Also, click here to watch a 2009 video of my poem dedicated to him.  Enjoy!

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Happy Yoga Monday! 4/1

Smiling is mouth yoga!
Smiling is mouth yoga!

Happy Yoga Monday!

Did you know that when you smile you are doing mouth yoga?

Yes, really. It’s not an April Fool’s joke! I learned it from one of my Buddhist teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Click here to watch my short video on mouth yoga! Enjoy!

OM #YogaMonday OM!

PS: If you would like to read about my yoga journey, check out my memoir That Which Awakens Me on Amazon.com. It is available on Kindle

My debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One features a main character who works as a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the Love’s Troubadours’ Pinterest board which contains some great information about the novel. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.