Joy is your birthright!

Hey Groovy Friend!

Yesterday I took my bike Luna for a ride in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in DC. Bike riding in my city brings me a lot of JOY. Why? Because I love exploring different streets and looking at flowers, plants, trees, and the architecture of houses and buildings. I also love the feeling of freedom I get while riding my bike.

I discovered a while ago that joy was my birthright. I added it to the other birthrights of mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance that I actively claim. What keeps me going is carving out time and space to practice and enjoy these birthrights in my life and career on a regular basis.

JOY is a choice to become aware of and rejoice in the JUICY moments that OPEN YOU up from the inside out. The JUICY moments are filled with goodness. When you can make this choice and appreciate and experience your own JOY, you develop the capacity to rejoice in the goodness of others. That’s called sympathetic joy or mudita. It starts first with you.

I added JOY to the my other birthrights of mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance that I actively claim. What keeps me going is carving out time and space to practice and enjoy these birthrights in my life and career on a regular basis. Watch my video below to learn more.

Have you claimed your birthright to joy, mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance?

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Mental Health Is Our Birthright!

I was so happy to learn about the amazing tennis player Naomi Osaka’s decision to take care of her mental health (read her Instagram post here). I loved hearing tennis player and entrepreneur Serena Williams affirm Naomi’s decision. They represent two HEALTHY and #PRESENTAF women. They demonstrated what I know to be true: our mental health is our birthright! So is mindfulness and self-care. They are all our birthrights and ESSENTIAL to our well-being and existence on Mother Earth.

I am grateful for all of the people including numerous health, wellness, spiritual, and creative practitioners who taught me to value my mental health, self-care, and mindfulness, and supported me in my growth over the past 30 years. It’s a growth journey I continue to take daily.

This morning I decided to slow down and listen to Aretha Franklin’s You album in my Chakra Castle Chill Out Lounge. While I was chilling, I played in my lipstick and lip gloss box. Wearing lipstick and lip gloss has always been one of my self-care tools. When the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, I started collecting and wearing different lipstick and lip gloss colors even with my mask. My self-care practice became a wonderful way for me to honor myself and express my joy and gratitude for being alive and healthy each day. On hard days, it made me remember I was worth time and attention. My soul sistalove Ayesha and I share our lipstick journeys with texts and photos regularly. It’s a self-care religion for us!

Ninety-five percent of the brands I use are made by people of color. Many of the colors in my collection represent shades of the seven chakras. Today, the green lipsticks called my name. They were vibing with my heart chakra energy of loving kindness and compassion. I used Dr. Bonner’s orange ginger organic balm and Kami Cosmetics’ walnut lip liner (purchased from The Brown Beauty Co-op in DC). I mixed Einaff Cosmetics’ Margarita green lipstick and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty’s Midnight Wasabi green lipstick to create the look I am rocking today.

What self-care practices have you been using this year?

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