WOMEN’S HEALTH

Know the risks, signs, and symptoms in a country (U.S.) with increasing maternal mortality rates.

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Did you know that after giving birth, you could be at risk for cardiomyopathy — a condition of the heart muscle that makes it difficult for your heart to pump blood throughout your body? This is a serious condition that can lead to chronic heart failure and, if not treated quickly enough, it can lead to death. Unfortunately, heart failure is the cause of 25% of maternal deaths in the United States (Martin & Montagne, 2017).

Though we do not know the exact cause of pregnancy-related cardiomyopathy, some linked issues appear to be poor nutrition or nutrient deficiencies, viral infection…


MENTAL HEALTH

Speak and think these words daily as you work to build your confidence level.

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Photo by Sasha • Stories on Unsplash.

“I invite you to take in these words as deeply as possible. Repeat them aloud to yourself and listen intently with your heart.”

Welcome to this practice of meditation and words of manifestation for greater confidence in your everyday life.

I invite you to take in these words as deeply as possible. Repeat them aloud to yourself and listen intently with your heart. Believe in them... Believe in yourself as you sojourn towards greater acceptance of your own greatness.

“Your controlled breaths are the start of you regulating your body, mind, heart, and spirit. …


Career

High demand and high retirement rates is leaving ample room in the nursing field.

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Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash.

According to Gallup for more than a decade, nursing has been voted one of the top professions in the United States (Brenan, 2017). Since 1999, the organization has been asking folks to rate the “honesty and ethical standards” of people in different fields — the rating choices being “very high/high”, “average”, or “very low/low”. Nurses receive an overwhelming 82% “Very high/High”, with military workers, firefighters, and elementary-school teachers usually following behind. …


Women’s Health

Black women struggle with stress leading to health issues more often than most. Here’s how plants can help.

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Above photo by Prudence Earl on Unsplash.

“No big deal to some, but consider the fact that a life is lost sooner (even if it’s just three years sooner) most likely because of the unique stressors that no other group has to face.”

Research shows that nearly half of Black women have some type of heart disease caused by chronic stress (Collier, 2019). In fact, Black women have a life expectancy that is about three years shorter than white women largely related to stress (CDC, 2016). Three years? No big deal to some, but consider the fact that a life is lost sooner (even if it’s just…


Money

Growing Small Passive Income Sources During Tough Times

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Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

Last month, due to this global pandemic, CNN Business reported that 30 million Americans have found themselves unemployed. In the wake of this unpredictable situation, many have found themselves in financial turmoil unable to pay for the basic necessities and comforts they were previously accustomed to. Though things are now opening back up, many will return into the world post-quarantine still unemployed, as millions of small businesses may be on the brink of closing for good (CNBC, 2020). Fortunately, I have found my finances relatively intake and safe from dire strain as I work full-time in the healthcare system and…


Women of Color

The true answer: I have no idea, but I hope it’s not twisted racism or fetishism.

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Photo by Shanique Wright on Unsplash.

…without fail, if I do have an interaction with a White man, 9/10 times it ends in him complimenting me, flirting with me, or outright propositioning me.

There is something about me that has long been bewildering — White men love me.

Yes, I am an attractive educated cis-gendered Black American woman, born and raised in the northeast, who was fortunate enough to grow up in a super diverse community. That may be an appealing factor about me. Without discrimination, I have always dated and been interested in men from a variety of cultures. That may also be an appealing…


Women of Color

The topic of self-love among Brown and Black women continues to be a thing.

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Video still from Kelly Rowland’s “Coffee” video.

Utterly gorgeous, glowing, and ethereal, the video for Kelly Rowland’s “Coffee” — directed by Steve Gomillion — has subtly lit a match for self-love during this period of quarantine. A sultry montage of brown skin women of various tones peppered each scene, set in a still water oasis. Simplistic, yet evocative, it’s a version of the imagery we haven’t really seen before. Quiet movements, soft intonations, and sweet shifts from one figure to the next provides both a mood and esteem stimulator.

Unsuspectedly, Kelly’s soft but brassy vocals provide an ambience to examine a topic thats just a little bit…


Self-Awareness

Why you should, instead, start being selective about who gets YOUR attention.

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Photo by Yoann Boyer on Unsplash

…in an ideal world — especially with people who supposedly care about you — you should not have to force your way into their eye-line, shout to be acknowledged, or shove your way into their consideration.

I have one major pet-peeve — people not listening to me. It drives me crazy whether its interrupting mid-sentence, asking questions that were already addressed days (sometimes, minutes) ago, or just flat out face-turned-no-words-straight-up ignoring me. Throughout my life, I have spent countless hours listening to others vent about relationships, family, school, happiness, sadness, dreams, stress, jobs, disappointments, and life in general. But, I…


Women of Color

A realization that we all need to acknowledge and celebrate.

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Photo by Eloise Ambursley on Unsplash

“No amount of photo manipulation can change the fact that in-person, I’m one hundred percent an awkward ass black girl.” — Demilade Adebayo

In her article, Dolly Parton Almost Made Me Cry, Demilade Adebayo made a pointed statement that called to the attention of her readers that they aren’t that different from one another. In reference to past photographs of herself she states, “No amount of photo manipulation can change the fact that in-person, I’m one hundred percent an awkward ass black girl.” This is a feeling I bet what most Black girls and women feel (or have felt) about…


Womanhood

Or a Pro-You Statement?

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Gorgeous still from Kelly Rowland’s “Coffee” video.

After all, isn’t that what this topic is really about? Fighting for one’s own success in life against the opposing efforts of others. Weaponizing!

Let’s be clear and frank. Womanhood, beauty, and femininity all hold power. There is a certain grace that society gives to individuals who possess these characteristics — to varying degrees. However, there are also expectations — both, reasonable and idiotic — that, in exchange, are also required of these individuals. This is because society still largely, and widely, views womanhood as both a weakness and a commodity. …

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