50 Things @ 51 [Part 1]

[Go-Go-Go-Go Shortie…It’s Ya Birthday…We gone party like it’s ya birthday]

…and you know I only listen to the beginning of that song cause the rest is a blur.  But … yes it’s my birthday tomorrow … and I give thanks and blessings that God has brought me through another year. A birthday is a joyous occasion … hell more than that + but I’m just glad to be here + and everything else [good and bad] over the past year is in my rear-view.  Tomorrow I will be 51 … yes I said it … 51 + damn I’m old [but not really] nowadays we call it seasoned. I guess if I didn’t tell you how old I was you wouldn’t know so it feels like I’m sitting on this secret … [well…outside of the blog-o-sphere].

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Today my post is in honor of my birthday.  I wanted to list the 50 things I’ve learned at 51. Now I know folks may be wondering … if your 51 why not 51 things. The answer is simple … technically I’ve had one full year at 50 not at 51 + so next year you can ask me what 51 is like.  To make this a little shorter I’m just posting the list + and on my usual Sunday Chit-Chat post … I will elaborate on a few + because yes some need explaining.

So here we go…

  1. Cherish your close friends
  2. Pick your battles
  3. Relax + Relate + Release
  4. Self care is everything
  5. Sleep
  6. Have a creative outlet
  7. You don’t have to do it all right now
  8. Let your children make their own mistakes
  9. Brown skinned girls do need sunscreen
  10. I’m a weirdo and it’s OK
  11. Don’t sweat the small stuffFacetune_23-08-2018-23-31-37
  12. You can press the reset button at any time
  13. Learning to love my natural hair
  14. Don’t worry about what other people are doing
  15. Don’t let negative thoughts pay rent in your head
  16. Exercise is good for you
  17. Having rhythm and dancing are two different things
  18. It’s ok to be picky
  19. Hot baths are everything
  20. Drink the wine
  21. Love with all your might
  22. Broken hearts mend
  23. There is a thing as too much social media
  24. Try new things
  25. It can only hurt you if you let it
  26. Cherish your children
  27. Respect your eldersFacetune_23-08-2018-23-16-50
  28. Stop and smell the flowers
  29. Don’t shit where you eat
  30. Write it down
  31. Know God
  32. Love your body
  33. Work smart not hard
  34. People don’t need to know everything
  35. Embrace the unknown
  36. Bacon [in moderation] is not bad for you
  37. Sometimes falling is inevitable
  38. Eat clean
  39. Embrace your quirkiness
  40. Growing old is okFacetune_23-08-2018-23-42-25
  41. Listen
  42. Everything doesn’t require a reaction
  43. Don’t let people take advantage of your kindness
  44. Makeup can be your friend … embrace it
  45. Be kind to your body
  46. Laugh always
  47. People can surprise you
  48. Stay in your lane
  49. Yoga is life
  50. Find your groove

I want to take this time to thank everyone for visiting my blog today.  If you’re a new follower thanks so much for joining the family + and if your a current follower I really appreciate that love.  As always don’t forget to “like” + “comment” + “follow” + and stay tuned for Part 2 of 50 Things at 51.

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Let’s Work Out!

When it comes to exercise I’m in that below 50% range + because I really dread doing it.  I know that exercise does more than just help you loose weight and tone your body + but it also provides natural energy + helps you sleep + it’s good for your skin + and helps your memory … who can argue with that.  I can’t deny that I love the way my body looks since I’ve been exercising but personally I don’t like anything else about it.

I use to walk + but that’s just plain boring and the very reason why I dread it so.  When I gifted my daughter a Wii [several years ago] I would exercise with the Zumba game which is fantastic because you work each and every part of your body. My overall goal wasn’t to loose weight but to just get moving.  However when you’ve memorized every song and workout … it’s time for something new + so I searched for something with a bit more variety.  Exercise is essential to people dealing with diabetes and it doesn’t matter if you exercise for 15 minutes or an hour + the goal is to get moving.  It’s taken me years to find something that wont impact my knee since having surgery a few years ago.  So I’ve found that a combination of Yoga + Dance + and Weights is the perfect combination … and yes from time to time that Zumba + or that Just Dance Game does the trick.

Here is a short list of my favorite workouts that I’ve found on You Tube and Apple TV.

WORKOUT

VIXEN CARDIO | This 30-minute workout is from POPSUGAR Fitness and available on YouTube. I wasn’t ready for this one when I first tried it + but it gets you moving and you will sweat.

DANCEHALL WORKOUT | This Reggae Dancehall Workout is from Keaira LaShae + and by far my favorite. It’s works the abs + legs + the booty + and really helps to relieve the strain on my lower back. There are also different variations so you can work at your own level. It’s also short and sweet + and I can knock this one out after work.

YOGA | I’ve been practicing Yoga [although not faithfully] for the past 5 years + and I can’t deny that I helps my back + my knees and helps me sleep. Yoga by Adriene is one of the many you can find on YouTube + but it’s the one where the exercises are exactly what learned in physical therapy for my back. There are so many varieties of Yoga + and it works for weight loss + for relaxation + it’s good for your posture + and promotes better sleep. Yoga with Adriene is available on YouTube.

I hope these workouts are helpful + and if you do any of them be sure to leave me a note in the comments. Thanks again for visiting my blog today + and don’t forget to “like” + and “follow”. — Peace —

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Bingeworthy Documentaries

It seems that everyone [at some point] is binging something … be it on network television + or a streaming service … there is always something to keep us entertained. I am a documentary junkie. They can be moving + inspiring + terrifying + and gut wrenching all at the same time. To take one subject and push the boundaries beyond what we know + and our limits of understanding is excellent. This type of TV always pushes me to think outside the box at what I’ve seen + or experienced.

Here are a few that I go back to and re-watch + but I warn you … some are not for the faint of heart. I like crime + murder mysteries + and horror which isn’t for everyone. I’ve started some docs that are crime stories + and stopped by the 3rd episode because it got “too” real for me … but that’s just one side. I also love pop culture + music + and so many more.

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Beyond Clueless + Streaming on Amazon
BACKSTORY: Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics.

This look into teen movies brought back several memories of what I was wearing + doing + and feeling at the time these premiered. They were made a little differently back then + and while my background was completely different from most of what these movies represented + I can related to the confused feelings + and the isolation that some teenagers felt.

Never Sleep Again:  The Elm Street Legacy + Streaming on Amazon
BACKSTORY: Explore the origins of “dream demon” Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

When Freddy came on the scene I was quite young + [telling my age here which is a whole other post…lol] but I never watched any of them [because I was chicken shit] until an acquaintance dragged me out to see the 3rd installment [NOES: Dream Warriors]. Nightmare on Elm Street was my introduction to horror movies + and I loved reliving stories from the cast + and how this movie affected those that watched it.

Dirty Money + Streaming on Netflix
BACKSTORY: A Netflix Original Series documenting various stories about exposing the greed, corruption, and crime spreading through the global economy.

Talk about eye-opening. This is one documentary that left me speechless. It also shows how greed can affect people in the most heinous ways. From prescription drugs to payday loans + and even maple syrup + this documentary has a lot to say about just how far people will go make the “all-mighty” dollar.

The Keepers + Streaming on Netflix
BACKSTORY: A deep dive into the unsolved murder of a nun and the mysteries that surround her death decades later.

I wont give too much away + but what started out as a simple murder mystery turned into something much deeper + and more sinister. WARNING!!! if you don’t like crime stories … this one may not be for you. It’s seven episodes + and with each one I wanted to know a bit more.

What Happened? Miss Simone + Streaming on Netflix
BACKSTORY: A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.”

This was a complete history lesson [for me] into music + and culture. It also shows what happens in the mind of one of the greatest artist of that time.  Hearing the struggle with her race + and identity as a married woman and artist … my eyes were opened.  I was blown away.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog … don’t forget to “like” + “comment” + and follow … as always … Know Thyself. — 

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