On July 14, 2019 I completed the Spartan Sprint, an obstacle course race. As much as it was a physical challenge, it was a mental challenge. You’re tested. Are you ready to fight through? I was. It was tough, but I loved the experience.Read More
Are you heading to the beach or a body of water this summer where sand is around? Are you thinking “Jeez how can I workout during my vacay?” Do you like this excerpt photo and want to see what else I got?
This is for you! I take you through a short circuit that I did during my trip to Cancun!Read More
Corporations and boards have retreats ALL THE TIME.
Retreats to reset.
Retreats to look back on the previous year and look forward.
Retreats to analyze what’s going right and wrong and how to redirect.
Retreats are nothing new.
BUT what about a retreat for yourself when you need to reorganize priorities, think about where you are going and how to get there, and spend some QT with yourself? It’s self care, but it’s kinda not. I didn’t give myself a new nail color, I didn’t take a bubble bath…I went to work. I usually go out to cafés to get stuff done, but I stayed in my apartment and was able to dive into my very first “self” retreat.Read More
A small group will be going to Vitality Meditation this week. It’s a Black -owned Yoga and Meditation studio in Philly. You want in? We’re going Thursday at 6:30pm. Check out the events page!
YPFit Week 1 has begun and this week it’s all about yoga and meditation. I first tried yoga as an undergraduate at Rutgers and I did fitness yoga. It was terribly challenging which led me to hate yoga for many years. I eventually tried it again after RU (on and off) and practiced regularly while in grad school , which is when I really started enjoying it and could actually see the benefits of yoga in my body. I go to yoga once a week and I know it helps with my flexibility and it’s a HUGE complement to my other workouts. Without yoga, I feel unbalance and when I can’t go for a few weeks, I can tell. Yoga can be challenging, but if you have a great instructor who walks you through what you are doing, why and how to properly do the moves, you might reconsider your harsh feelings. Trust me!
enhances overall fitness- not just flexibility, but strength, cardio/aerobic capacities, balance and more.
helps you become more mindful
yoga is super beneficial for folks new to working out or seasoned athletes.
Meditation. I’m about one year into meditation and I use the app Headspace. I’m still learning the different techniques. and benefits, and although it’s preferred to have a daily practice, if I can do 4 days a week- that’s good. Headspace is a great resource so definitely check out that link above. Some benefits of being mindful include reducing stress, improving relationships, better sleep and many more.
I know we (the world) talk about fitness & eating healthy, but a HUGE and often forgotten aspect of health (especially in the Black community) is how stress impacts our health. Yoga + meditation are ways to to intentionally about being in moment and reduce the stress in your life. Take control of this too!
Introducing the YPFit’s 5 week fitness and nutrition challenge. Starting on April 21st!
Week 1: Yoga/Meditation
Week 2: Water
Week 3: Cardio
Week 4: Smoothies/ Juices
Week 5: Fitness/Nutrition Generally
On December 28th, I turned 29, and I wrote a pretty lengthy blog post that IG refused to post. Bummer 🤷🏽♀️. But wait a minute, it could be my first ever blog post on museologie!! So it is. The IG post was a recap and quick reflection of my 28th year. I share quite a bit on social media (usually health related, me cooking or goofing around) and at the same time, I don’t much share much as it pertains to my private life. A big part of this happy + healthy (museologie) journey has happened in my private life & I’d like to share some of what that looked/looks like.
2018/28 was a good year, but at the same time, there were lots of changes.
My guy proposed in Marseille and now I’m a fiancé. We have a fun & interesting 10+ year journey that maybe one day I’ll share. Right now, we’re planning our wedding, but most importantly, our marriage.
Speaking of Marseille , I did hella traveling. It was a goal of mines and I, for sure, crushed it. I traveled to several cities in the South of France, went to Barcelona, Paris, Iceland and Jamaica. Iceland and Barcelona were the highlights and my favs- I’d go back in a second and of course I’d go to any francophone country parce que je parle français…vraiment, j’apprends tous les jours.
I started attending Epiphany Fellowship after “church dating” for a while and I truly like the community there. Although I haven’t joined, it’s my home church now. I hope to join this year.
Speaking of church, my relationship with God has gotten better/deeper. I have been working on improving that. I make time to go to the gym, watch all my comic shows (shout-out to the CW, Hulu & Netflix) and do all my extracurriculars , but I couldn’t find time to do my daily devotional. Something was wrong with my priorities, so I had to reshuffle and reset. In Touch, Rick Warren and the Bible App are my go to’s for devotionals. I also read Spiritual Discipleship with the women’s ministry and I definitely recommend it for a group. Long story short, I’m happy with where I’m at and looking forward to progressing. As my friends & I continue to grow in Christ, it’s been rewarding to fellowship with them..usually through text, but hey, it works!
BOC (Brothers of Climbing) now has two ambassadors in Philly, so in December, I started climbing again. For my birthday, my mother bought me climbing shoes and I cannot wait to be more active in the Philly climbing community. Yall, come join me!
In November, I started therapy again. I went in grad school and this year has been…. a lot and I started having a feeling I didn’t like towards the end of summer. I couldn’t shake that feeling for months and, in the spirit of putting myself first no matter what, I started. Now that I’m a few months in- many tears have been shed, I’ve had several epiphanies, numerous discussions about what’s going on + why and it was, by far, the best decision I could have made for myself in 2018. Highly recommend therapy to all persons out there in the world.
In 2017 I read the book: Boundaries In Dating. The main take away for me was that I needed to set boundaries in my everyday life- so I did. And last year I started speaking up when people overstepped. Now I’m not conflict avoidant, but I am not sure of anyone who wants to speak to their friends, partner, supervisors or family when they’ve done something that you feel is out of line. I’ve had to do that more than once and I’m appreciative to myself for setting & keeping boundaries. Listen, I gotta stand for my values-that’s most important.
I dabbled with museologie: started, then fizzled. I had a few group fitness classes this summer, collected contact info for the newsletter… started a bunch of things, but never fully completed anything. This year, I’m ready and museologie will be launched.
My Little and I have now been matched for almost 3 years!!
I became president of the Black Bigs Affinity Group for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region and a board member for Young Involved Philadelphia. Both happened in Sept. I’m excited about these respective roles for different reasons. The Affinity Group focuses on recruiting Black folks to serve as Bigs and supporting current Black Bigs. For YIP, I feel (and was very honest during the interview and application process) that YIP doesn’t represent Philadelphians who have lived here their entire lives AND it definitely doesn’t represent the city’s diverse residents, especially Black and Brown folks who are active in Philly. And that’s not cool, so what’s up? Put me on the board let’s change it. Now I’m here. #hi.
Lastly, my girl friends...I have so many all over and I hold each one close. They inspire, uplift and encourage me. They are everything. A blog post will be dedicated to them in the future. But for now, 143. ‘Tis all. ❣️
More to come.
My only wish is that you strive to be happy & healthy as often as you can. I’m out. -JM