Tapping Into My Black Women’s Legacy in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

2020 started with a question. What will this new year be? It quickly became an invitation into the unknown I resisted accepting. Why? I struggled with the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, economic instability, politics, the elections, and America itself. All this “ish” amplified my fears and raised my stress levels to an all-time high. I wasn’t able to sleep a lot. I didn’t want to admit my normal life had changed. Fear of the unknown and anxiety became my roommates. My emotions bounced back and forth from angry to sad. As the summer season was wrapping up, I started to realize how exhausted I felt. I wondered how would I make it through. I wondered how I would move forward in my life, relationships, and wellness career. My friend Garnet urged me to see a therapist. Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, I was able to find a Black woman psychologist whose practice focuses on the mind-body connection. She was exactly what I needed.

After my first several weeks of teletherapy, I started thinking about how my ancestors made it through the the 1918 influenza pandemic known as the Spanish Flu. I wondered how they coped with the changes in their daily life. How were their family, friends, work, and community service impacted by the isolation, quarantine, limitations on public gatherings, and use of disinfectants? How did they deal with the loss of about 675,000 lives in the United States? How did they move forward into the roaring 1920s? My questions led me to my family history and photos. As I learned about my family and looked at different photos, I saw the faces of Black people who carved out a life for themselves, their families, and their communities despite what was happening. They made a choice to live fully as they moved forward. That choice came from them tapping into their ancestral legacy of resilience.

Ancestral legacy of resilience is the strength of the people in my family, community, and culture who overcame adversity, faced challenges, and navigated change. These brave folks are my sheroes, heroes, and theyroes. Three of my sheroes happen to be my Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Sorors: my great grandmother, Florida Jones Leake (changed to Leeke) affectionately known as ‘Florida J”; my great grand aunt, Lillian Jones Brown, the sister of Florida; and my mother, Theresa B. Leeke.

In case you didn’t know, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (SGRho) is an African-American sorority that was founded by seven young educators on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1922.

Florida J, a social worker, a dressmaker, a mother of a daughter and a son, and a wife to a barber shop owner, joined SGRho in its early days. She served as a national officer in the role of Grand Anti-Grammateus from 1927 to 1929. Also, she became a charter member of the Epsilon Chapter (later became Alpha Sigma Sigma Chapter) in Gary, Indiana.

SGRho selected Florida’s sister, Lillian, a teacher, a mother of one daughter, and a wife to a doctor, as an honorary member. I imagine she was selected because of her outstanding service and work as the founder and President of the Woman’s Council, an organization that supported the educational needs of Black children in Indianapolis (established in 1909); President of the Central Association of Colored Women, one of the five sectional bodies constituting the National Association of Colored Women, from 1929 to 1934; President of the Indianapolis City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs; and a member of the Women’s Improvement Club of Indianapolis.

Both these women were uplifting their communities at a time when so much was happening to prevent Black people from moving ahead such as racism and white supremacy (still happening today). They battled with segregation; inequality in education, housing, and healthcare; denial of the right to vote; lack of access to employment training and opportunities, economic stability and mobility, and generational wealth; the rise of the Ku Klux Klan; lynchings; and other lawless and violent acts. They didn’t run from these problems and the madness and chaos. Instead, they became a part of the solution.

In order to become a part of the solution, I know Florida and Lillian had to lean into the strength of the women who came before them. Women like their mother, Sarah Jones Washington; their grandmother, Jane Washington; and the seven founders of SGRho: Mary Lou Allison Little, Vivian White Marbury, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie M. Downey Martin, and Cubena McClure. Drawing on their collective strength, they learned to move past survival. They learned to thrive.

My mother, Theresa learned how to become a part of the solution and to thrive from two of SGRho’s founders, Hattie Redford and Dorothy Whiteside, during her Alpha Chapter pledge process at Butler University in 1959. Her undergraduate experience shaped her commitment to “Greater Service, Greater Progress (the sorority’s motto), membership development, and leadership. As a young wife and mother of three children with one on the way, she helped to charter Gamma Psi Sigma, a tri-city chapter for Saginaw, Flint, and Bay City, Michigan (now based in Saginaw) in 1967.

Over the past five decades, I have witnessed firsthand my mom’s ability to serve and lead with humility. I have watched her show up in her life as an educator, musician, mother of four, and wife to an entrepreneur as well as work in her local chapter, Phi Sigma. She has served as a Phi Sigma Chapter member; undergraduate advisor to Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Bowie State University and Alpha Phi Chapter at Howard University; chartering undergraduate advisor to Eta Beta Chapter at the University of Maryland, College Park; committee chairwoman; and Basileus (president serving three times). Throughout her 62 years of service, she has remained passionate and dedicated to membership development and training, community service in the Washington, DC area, and regional and national activities. My mother has willingly spent her energy and time as a SGRho life member and Cultured Pearl mentoring and investing in Sigma women (including me). She does it out of a deep love for her Sigma Sorors. She does it because she wants us to thrive in our unique SGRho way. She gives back because so many gave to her.

Because of her, I learned to love and serve SGRho in my own way when I joined Beta Tau Chapter with my line sisters Tracy Brown and Gail Harleston Tucker at Morgan State University in 1983. Because of her, I was able to lead when I served as the Northeast Region Youth Services Coordinator from 1984 to 1986. These experiences and the SGRho women like Grand Basileus Corine J. Green and Sandre Mitchell who mentored, trained, and supported me laid the foundation for the woman I am today. Their investment in me shows up in the work I currently do in my wellness company, Ananda Leeke Consulting, and Thriving Mindfully Academy.

My Sorors Florida, Lillian, and Theresa are powerhouses! They are my sheroes because they embody what it means to make a way out of no way with courage, creativity, continuous learning, resourcefulness, and service. Their spirits, fierceness, and tenacity breathe new life into me. They inspire and remind me how to thrive even in a pandemic that is almost a year old. I bow deeply in gratitude to these amazing women I am blessed to call my SGRho Sorors and Leeke family.

Happy Love Day Every Day!

Happy Love Day Groovy People!

Love Day is every day! May we open our hears and raise the vibration of love so that it blesses the universe with love and light.

Guess what? I’ve got two Love Day gifts for you. They are poems that celebrate love. Both poems were shared during my 2007 launch party for my Lorraine Hansberry-inspired novel, Love’s Troubadours at Mocha Hut on U Street, NW in DC. The book is available on Amazon. Enjoy!

Gift #1: “The Word” Poem

Gift #2: “What Does Love Look Like?” Poem from Love’s Troubadours

Learn more about Love’s Troubadours, a novel about Karma Francois, a 30-something BoHo Black American Princess who learns to love, accept, and forgive herself.

Karma is originally from from Oakland, California. She is an HBCU and Morgan State University alumna and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc (like me!). When the novel opens, she comes face to face with her choices and family secrets as she leaves NYC after losing her museum curator career and bougie lifestyle. Moving to DC is her only healthy option because she doesn’t want to go back home and deal with her controlling momma. Her healing journey brings her to a gypsy career as a yoga teacher, art consultant, and freelance curator. She struggles with it all and ends up in therapy. Blessed with an African American female therapist, self-care practices, extended family, and a new sista circle of friends, she begins to tap into her ancestral and personal legacy of resilience as she does the hard work of becoming whole. Buy the book on Amazon.

Watch the video to learn more about Karma’s journey and the lessons she learns.

A few more things …

Throughout Love’s Troubadours, you will discover Karma’s favorite music by Les Nubians, Alice and John Coltrane, Amel Larrieux, Stevie Wonder, Eric Roberson, and many more. Also, she takes a dip in the pool of online dating. So get ready for her dating adventures. Head over to Amazon to get your copy.

Our Hidden Superpowers: Personal and Ancestral Resilience

Last month, I led a training for the Sierra Club that addressed how people can tap into their resilience through a mindful self-care check-in. Since then, I have been reflecting on the ways I struggled emotionally, mentally, and physically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, economic instability, politics, and the elections in 2020 and the domestic terrorist attack by white supremacists on the U.S. Capitol during the first week of 2021. I remembered the stress and anxiety, and the way they triggered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) moments from living in DC during the first and second Iraqi Wars, Rodney King civil unrest, and 9/11. I thought about the ways I used mindful self-care practices to nurture myself; the support I received from family, friends, and a therapist; and the strength I gained.

My reflections led me to the wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou, one of my wellness women warriors: “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Dr. Angelou’s wisdom embodies resilience. For me, resilience is my ABILITY and CHOICE to rise like a phoenix from the ashes and bounce back when I overcome adversity, face a challenge or navigate change.

When you hear the word resilience what comes up for you? How do you define it?

My struggles taught me three things about resilience.

1. Resilience is one of our superpowers. We just have to remember to tap into and use it.

2. Mindful self-care practices lay the foundation for resilience. Mindful self-care practices help us release stress, rest, and restore ourselves.

3. We each have a personal and ancestral legacy of resilience. A personal legacy of resilience includes past experiences of overcoming adversity, facing challenges, and coping with change. An ancestral legacy of resilience is the strength of the people in our family, community, and culture who overcame adversity, faced challenges, and navigated change. They are our sheroes, heroes, and theyroes.

This month, I invite you to slow down and reflect on the two questions below.

  1. Think back to one moment in 2020 (or another time in your life) when you overcame adversity, faced a challenge or navigated change. How did it make you stronger? 
  2. Pick one person you admire in your family, community or culture for overcoming adversity, facing a challenge or navigating change. What did they teach you?

Do you and/or your business, organization or community need my training or coaching support on resilience, mindfulness or self-care? Contact me at ananda@anandaleeke.com and head on over to Ananda Leeke Consulting to learn how we can work together this year.


Digital Wellness Movie Recommendation: The Social Dilemma

Last year, I watched The Social Dilemma, a documentary film that paints an alarming picture of how technology and social media shape our lives, on Netflix. The film features interviews with tech professionals including former Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest employees who discuss the risks technology and social media bring to our emotional and physical well-being, mental health, human rights, freedom, and democracy. Watch the trailer below.

Given the fact the film was released in the midst of a global pandemic, mass mobilizations for racial justice, a major U.S. presidential election, and a new socially distant school year, I think it is a MUST SEE! Why?

1) Because our society’s dependence on technology for connection, education, health and social services, consumer shopping, news, and entertainment has expanded tremendously.

2) Because the tech companies and social media platforms have a lot power, are not heavily regulated, and if left unchecked, can hurt our emotional and physical well-being, mental health, freedom, human rights, and democracy. Medical News Today addressed the following negative physical, emotional, and mental health effects of technology in a February 2020 article:

-Physical Health: eyestrain, poor posture (neck and back pain), poor brain development in children and teens, lack of sleep, and a sedentary lifestyle that reduces physical activity and contributes to obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and a premature death; and

-Emotional and Mental Health: anxiety, depression, isolation, loss of focus, digital distraction, and tech overload

Read the Digital Detox’s blog post, The 19 Negative Effects of Technology in 2019. Also, check out the Pew Research Center 2020 Survey that reported 64% of Americans thought social media had a mostly negative effect on the way things in the U.S.

After watching the film, I took a hard look at my digital life and habits and decided to recommit to my own digital wellness. I recommend you watch the film on Netflix this weekend or later this month. May it inspire you to use digital wellness practices to transform how you use technology and social media this year.

Need more help with digital wellness?

Visit the Thriving Mindfully Academy here for digital wellness resources.

Need coaching or training support for yourself and/or company or organization? Head on over to Ananda Leeke Consulting to learn how we can work together this year.

Use De-Stress Tool to Manage Political Stress

According to a 2020 survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of American Psychological Association (APA), more than two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) say that the 2020 U.S. presidential election was a significant source of stress in their life. The APA survey also reported that regardless of political affiliation, majorities say the election is a significant source of stress (76% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 64% of Independents). Read more here.

Do these statistics describe how you felt last year?

Do they describe how you are currently feeling in the wake of what happened on January 6th when domestic terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol?

Do they represent how you feel about local and national politics, the current White House administration, the electoral certification process, Georgia Senate races of newly elected U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on January 20th, and the coming days of getting a new Democratic-controlled government in place?

If you answered YES or MAYBE to any of these questions, I ‘ve got something you can use to manage your stress.. Watch the video below and learn how to use the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s De-Stress Tool.

Need more support? Visit the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s mindful self-care resources here.

Need coaching or training support for yourself and/or company or organization? Head on over to Ananda Leeke Consulting to learn how we can work together this year.

2020 Lessons Learned: What did you learn? Read my 20 lessons from 2020.

Before I really get started in a new year, I step back and go on a personal retreat to review and reflect on the year I completed. Looking back before I move forward helps me explore the lessons I learned. In my one-on-one coaching sessions and Come Home to Yourself Retreats, I’ve been having some great conversations with people about the valuable lessons they learned in 2020. Many of the lessons they learned helped them see they were more resilient than they thought.

Have you had an opportunity to reflect on your 2020 and the lessons you learned?

What did you learn last year?

In December (my favorite month because it is my birthday month), I carved out time to do my own personal retreat, I used my Come Home to Yourself Retreat exercises and discovered 20 key lessons I learned last year. They included:

1) CONTROLLING THE UNIVERSE DOESN’T WORK SO SURRENDER: I learned to have a better relationship with my archetypes who often want to control everything. They include inner critic Broomie a/k/a Broomhilda, Chief Executive Assistant woman Madelyn, warrior woman Sapphire, and girl child Puf. Instead of shutting them down, I listen to them and let them know they have been heard. I tell them that my wise woman Ancestor, spirit woman Ananda, creative woman Kiamsha, and peacemaker Cheryl appreciate their concerns. Paying them respect and treating them as a full member of my inner counsel of arcehtypes reduces their need to control. It also creates space for me to ask the Universe what I need to feel, think, say, and do with the information they provided. Most times, I am not called to do anything. This process allows me to slow down and joyfully surrender to Spirit’s will. I flow so much better now.

PS: If you’d like to learn more about my archetypes and how I have worked with them in my life, check out my mindful creativity memoir, That Which Awakens Me here. You can buy the book on Amazon here.

2) I HAVE A RIGHT TO BE VULNERABLE: I learned tt is healthy to be vulnerable and have conversations with my heart regularly.

3) I GET TO PRIORITIZE WHAT I NEED: I learned what I truly need and to make rest, joy, laughter, and self-hugs daily priorities.

4) MY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS MY CREATION: I learned to live as a relaxed vegan which means use a blend of vegan and alkaline lifestyle practices.

5) MY PHYSICAL FITNESS IS MY SALVATION: I learned how to release stress and stay grounded by moving my body with yoga, dancing, walking, Barre 3, and bike riding daily (which means use one, some or all of them each day depending on my energy level).

6) MASTERING MY ENERGY IS KEY TO MY ABILITY TO THRIVE: I learned how valuable it is to manage and align my energy, time, creativity, and business with meditation, chanting, reiki, tapping, astrology, chakra and crystal therapies, and the moon cycles.

7) ASKING FOR HELP AND BEING A PART OF COMMUNITY SAVED MY MENTAL HEALTH: I learned not to waste time with stress and mental health struggles by pretending I don’t need help. So I got support through daily self-care, monthly therapy sessions, spending time with family and friends (social distancing, Zoom calls, phone calls, and texting), and participating in online meditation, self-care, and spiritual communities and events (Thriving Mindfully Academy’s weekly meditation community, InsightLA POC Sangha, Noble Indigo women’s circle, Rickie Byars’ B-Hood programs, Agape International Spiritual Center, and others) regularly.

8) MY CREATIVE EXPRESSION WAS LONGING FOR FREEDOM TO JUST BE WITHOUT ANY EXPECATIONS: I learned how to allow myself to be creative in smaller, intentional ways that didn’t require writing a book or creating artwork for sale. I learned how to create and schedule weekly and monthly creative sessions to play and have fun.

9) SOUND HEALING KEEPS ME SANE AND BALANCED: I discovered a new healing medicine by playing my Soul Orchestra of sound healing bowls, gong, koshi chimes, thumb drum, and rainstick regularly.

10) MY TECH AND SOCIAL MEDIA USE WAS WAY WAY WAY OVERBOARD AND CAUSED TREMENDOUS STRESS: I learned to take a summer social media vacation and how to transform my relationship with technology and social media with digital wellness through a 10-week course organized by the Digital Wellness Institute. It was one of the best educational and personal growth experiences I had. I am really get how my tech overuse has stressed me out. Now I am certified as a Digital Wellness Educator and can use what I learned in my own life and Thriving Mindfully Academy work with clients.

11) I DON’T NEED ALL OF THE STUFF I THOUGHT I NEEDED: I learned to simplify where I can in my life, career, and home.

12) BRINGING MY YOGA FLEXIBILITY INTO ALL AREAS OF MY LIFE HELPS ME AGE WELL: I learned how important it is to stay open, curious, and flexible to prevent myself from getting stuck in my way of being and doing as I move through my 50s.

13) I FEEL MUCH BETTER WHEN I WEAR LIP GLOSS: Wearing lip gloss each day (even with my mask) is a positive energizing self-care practice. I purchased lip gloss by Black and Brown beauty companies such as AJ Crimson, Kami Cosmetics, and Mented, and from Black and Brown-owned stores like Brown Beauty Coop.

14) I COME FROM POWERFUL PEOPLE: I learned to be more aware of, connected to, and celebrate my ancestral resilient sheroes, heroes, and theyroes. They are a source of inspiration. They also remind I come from people who loved, lived with joy, and overcame struggle.

15) I AM STRONGER THAN I THINK AND I AM NOT SUPER WOMAN: I learned to take regularly inventory of my own legacy of resilience.

16) PLANTS ARE MY NEW BFFS: I learned to reconnect with nature by following in the footsteps of my niece Jordan a/ka/a “The Plant Momma” by keeping plants around me for inspiration and positive energy.

17) KOOL AND THE GANG’S SONG CELEBRATE NEEDS TO BE MY NATIONAL ANTHEM: I learned to find special ways to celebrate my small, medium, and big wins daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. It taught me how to inspire and encourage others to do the same .

18) MAKING PEOPLE SMILE WITH ACTS OF KINDNESS OPENS MY HEART: I learned how to expand my practice of loving kindness by increasing my appreciation for and gratitude for people who make my life special, juicy, and blessed.

19) MY VOICE NEEDS TO BE LOUDER: I learned how to speak up with more strength and grounding when I feel overwhelmed and need to set boundaries.

20) I DESERVE TO BE A CUTIE ON DUTY: Wearing crop tops from Zara is EVERYTHING. Pure Fire!

I’ve got several ways to help you and your family, friends, colleagues, company or organization in 2021. Read on….

Join me for the Come Home to Yourself Retreat on January 10th at 2-4:30 PM ET. The virtual retreat will help you wrap up 2020 and start 2021 with more intention, ease, and gratitude. REGISTER HERE.

Explore working with me in a one-on-one coaching relationship or as a virtual trainer and speaker for your virtual event. Check out the services I offer through Ananda Leeke Consulting and the Thriving Mindfully Academy. Contact me to set up a complimentary 20-minute consultation call to explore how we can work together this year via Google Meet, Zoom or the phone: ananda@anandaleeke.com.

Are You Really Ready for 2021?

Are you really ready for 2021?

Have you set an intention, identified your personal and professional goals, mapped out action steps to achieve your goals, chosen accountability partners to help you stay on track or created a self-celebration plan to honor your small. medium, and big wins?

If you answered NO or MAYBE to one or more of these questions, you deserve self-care coach Ananda Leeke’s support.

Start 2021 right where you are with Ananda’s help during the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Come Home to Yourself Retreat on Sunday, January 10th from 2-4:30 p.m. ET.

Go here to sign up today!

Invite your family members, friends or colleagues to join you. Go one step further and buy one of them a ticket to attend.

Let’s SOAR Together in 2021!

Welcome to 2021 Groovy People! 

Are you ready for a new year? Have you set an intention?

Before I begin each new year, I take time to come home to myself with a personal retreat. During the retreat, I open myself up with mindful self-care practices including meditation, prayer, chanting, gentle yoga, reiki, and tapping. These practices ground me and prepare me for deep reflection. I use mindful journaling to review and reflect on the person I became, how I showed up in my life and career, the lessons I learned, the blessings I received, and the actions I took and people that need releasing and forgiving. Once I am able to pour my emotions and thoughts on paper, I am able to take in the growth and barriers that got in the way. From this place, I am able to set an intention, map out goals, identify accountability partners who will support my goals, and create a self-celebration plan that will help me honor my small, medium, and big wins.

For the past three weeks, I have led several Come Home to Yourself Retreats. During each retreat, I have supported a phenomenal group of people as they reflected on their 2020 lessons and blessings, released and forgiven themselves and others, set intentions, mapped out goals and action steps, identified accountability partners, and developed a self-celebration plan they can use to honor their small, medium, and big wins. 

During one of the retreats, I chose the word SOAR as my 2021intention. SOAR is an acronym that outlines my intention to:

S: SHOW up and show out fully as the REAL ME in 2021

O: OWN all of ME in 2021 – the good, in-between, and not so good


R: I REST daily!

Do you want to SOAR with me in 2021?

Take one step towards soaring with my Come Home to Yourself Retreat on January 10th at 2-4:30 PM ET. The virtual retreat will help you wrap up 2020 and start 2021 with more intention, ease, and gratitude. REGISTER HERE.

Need more help navigating 2021? Looking for one-on-one coaching support, a virtual trainer for your organization or a speaker for next virtual event?

Check out the services I offer through Ananda Leeke Consulting and the Thriving Mindfully Academy.

Contact me to set up a complimentary 20-minute consultation call via Google Meet, Zoom or the phone: ananda@anandaleeke.com.

Looking for easy ways to practice mindful self-care in 2021?

Check out the resources below.

  1. Slow down and listen to the new Thriving Mindfully playlist on YouTube. Allow the music to inspire and energize you. Open your heart and get ready to move your body with the special music here.

2. Take the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s self-hug challenge. Go here to learn the benefits of a self-hug and how you can get started with the self-hug challenge.

3. Check out over 100 episodes of the Thriving Mindfully Podcast here.

4. Visit the Thriving Mindfully Academy for mindfulness, self-care, and wellness resources here.

5. Connect with like-minded folks who enjoy sharing information about mindfulness, self-care, and wellness in the A Mindful Cup of Tea Facebook page here.

6. Join me for the weekly Mindful Monday Meditation virtual class at 7-7:30 PM ET via Zoom. Register here.

7. Go here to learn about and purchase my three mindfulness books: Love’s Troubadours, a yoga-inspired novel; That Which Awakens Me, a mindful creativity memoir; and Digital Sisterhood, a mindful technology memoir.

Today’s Great News: Completed Digital Wellness Institute’s 10-Week Digital Wellness Certification Program

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve struggled with tech-life balance. That means I was overusing technology … spending way too much time online looking at my smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens. My eyes, ears, and mind consumed an incredible amount of information and news. It all overwhelmed me. It cost me sleep. It disturbed my normal zen attitude.

In May, I realized I needed to transform my relationship with social media and technology. So I took a summer vacation from social media. When I returned in September, I decided I needed digital wellness support for my own well-being. I also wanted to get more digital wellness training to strengthen the mindful technology work I do through the Thriving Mindfully Academy.

I found support and training in the Digital Wellness Collective‘s Digital Wellness Institute (DWI) Fall 2020 Certificate Training Program. It was exactly what I needed! Today, I completed the program and have become a certified digital wellness educator. Learn more about the program here.

Special thanks to the Nina Hersher, Amy Blankson, Shaunelle Curry, the DWI faculty, DWC team, and my fellow DWI Fall 2020 classmates!

Wellness Wednesday Treat: Opt Into Self-Care with Me on Black Doctor’s Facebook Live Tonight at 6 PM ET

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Tonight, head over to Black Doctor’s Facebook Live at 6 p.m. ET for The Doctor Is In conversation on opting into self-care for 2021. I am talking with Dr. Monique Gary and Ricki Fairley of TOUCH The Black Breast Cancer Alliance. Go here to watch tonight’s Black Doctor’s Facebook Live.

Need more help opting into self-care? Sign up for the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Come Home to Yourself Retreat on December 20th (option #1) or December 27th (option #2).


December 20th, 2-4:30 PM ET

December 27th, 2-4:30 PM ET

During the Come Home to Yourself Retreat, you will:

-Practice mindful self-care with deep breathing, meditation, affirmations, and gentle chair yoga

-Reflect on and journal about who you have been and the lessons you learned in 2020

-Identify who or what’s been getting in your way in 2020Release and practice forgiveness

-Explore who you want to be and how you want to show up in 2021

-Set intentions and identify the resources, action steps, and accountability support you need to manifest the person you want to be in 2021

-Create a self-celebration plan to appreciate your small, medium, and big wins in 2021

A Zoom video link will be emailed to you once you register for the online retreat.