5 Tips for Getting Back to Life When You’re Thrown for a Loop

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I’m not a brain surgeon or a humanitarian worker or a teacher. Most days, I’m writing blog posts or working on marketing campaigns or planning an event.  So this morning, when I woke up to bloggers friends’ posts on social media that they felt lame writing about lipstick or family meals or Black Friday deals on their blogs as scheduled, I totally understood where they were coming from.  My plan was to go grocery shopping for Thanksgiving – a process that I normally look forward to – but this morning, after the decision in the Ferguson, MO case (or non-case), I was deflated.  I had stayed up the night before watching the post-announcement coverage, and woke up listening to the commentary on my regular morning radio shows.  At one point, my daughter told me to turn the radio off, “because it’s making [you] BLAH.”  I dug deep and found a burst of energy to get us through our shopping list but, once I got home and logged onto Facebook, things didn’t get much better.

About an hour had passed before I literally made myself logout of Facebook on my phone so that I wouldn’t be tempted to check it.  Then I realized that I was letting the conversation consume me.  I had deadlines to meet and a house to clean and a daughter off from school early for the holiday to spend quality time with.

Just 3 weeks ago, at this year’s Blogalicious Weekend conference, we had a Community Conversation on the first day entitled: Get Right Within: Learn to Manage the Emotional Ups and Downs That Affect Your Blog and Your Business presented by Ekene Onu.  We chose to make this topic a Community Conversation because it was a topic that was overwhelmingly represented in the 90+ speaker topic submissions that we received.  And so, today I thought – this is exactly the kind of situation that Ekene’s presentation was meant to address.  I sent her a quick note (on Facebook, of course) and asked her for a few tips that she would share with all of us struggling to get back to our daily grinds after being impacted by something so emotional as the Ferguson grand jury decision.  Here is what she offered:

In my talk, I spoke about putting things in a box and creating some walls around it, so it doesn’t overwhelm you.  The emotional tide of a day like today after the Ferguson verdict, can literally pull you under.   So here’s what I suggest:

1.   Be mindful of how much news and social media information you take in.  The news on loop is no longer about informing you and it can elicit a stress response.

2. Gain some perspective.  It can feel like the lives of black boys are at risk and if you are the mother of a black boy or the aunt, grandma or sister (and who isn’t), that can suck you into a vortex of pain and anger, but black boys will still be born. Black boys will still graduate school. Black boys will still run for president. All hope is not lost. Yes, there is an incredible amount of work to do and we have to change culture and laws and more but the sky is not falling, we are able and good still does exist in the world.

3. Make a plan. Planning is a powerful tool of empowerment. Answer three questions. What can I do? What will I do and when will I do it?  Write down the plan. Make a commitment and breathe. You will find that even as you do that, the feeling of helplessness and fear than manifests as unchecked anger will begin to dissipate. If necessary have some conversations around the plan. {I said conversations around the plan and not the pain. The pain can be like quicksand. Don’t get stuck there.}

4.  Prepare to persevere. This is not a quick fix situation. This will be a “hang in there” for the long haul.  This will be a “in my children’s generation” kind of thing.  The tide will turn but in time and if you don’t prepare to persevere, you may give up and lose hope.

Finally…

5. Find something to be grateful for today. There is always one thing.
I quickly took care of her first suggestion – I took a Facebook break and we left the television off all day.  The perspective piece was looking me in the eye when my other daughter came home from school giddy because my sister had spent the morning with her for Special Friends and Grandparents’ Day. And then, again, when my son came home with my husband from his school fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese’s, all smiles and hugs.  On my To Do list is still: Make a Plan.  But I am definitely prepared to persevere.

And today, in addition to my family, I am grateful for my little piece of the Internet and the bonus gift of smart and compassionate friends that come along with it.

TIP: Get to know Ekene.  Not only is she completely connected with her purpose of inspiring others to live successful lives, but she’s a warm and genuine spirit whose energy you can feel from a mile away. I <3 these kinds of people.

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Alcohol and Kids: Is a Holiday ‘Sip’ Harmless? {sponsored}

Since most of our family lives in Miami, we like to go there as much as possible for the holidays.  Last year we went down for Christmas and stayed through the new year.  It’s a ton of fun because between both my husband’s family and mine, there is no shortage of activities and events to attend and grandparents to spoil the kids.  This past New Year’s was no exception – my mom was watching the kids so that Hubby and I could venture out on the town for New Year’s Eve and she had a whole night planned for them; they were going to make a special meal and watch the Times Square ball drop on TV and ring in the 2014 with noise makers and glittery hats and and necklaces.  They had a blast and were zonked the next day, having stayed up until midnight.

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At breakfast, Chatterbox (the 10 year-old) went to pour herself some apple juice…except that she insisted on using a wine glass.  I didn’t think anything of it until she started referring to her juice as her “wine” and giggling non-stop. On boy. When I asked her about it, she said: “But Grandma let me use a wine glass last night for the champagne toast at midnight!” Granted, the kids had apple juice and not champagne, but because of the fancy glass, they felt ‘grown up’ and, Chatterbox, liked that feeling. I let it go for that one meal and swept it under my mental rug.  Fast forward days later when we were back home in Maryland.  Lo and behold, Chatterbox decided to go into the china cabinet to retrieve a wine glass for her meal and that is when I had to have a conversation with her about why it is inappropriate for kids to even pretend like they are drinking alcohol.  Of course she didn’t like what I had to say, but we curbed that behavior.

Now, I am not an uptight mom.  In fact, I consider myself a free-range parent.  Until recently, I was of the opinion that giving my kids a little sip of alcohol to satiate their curiosity was harmless: my parents and grandparents did it with my sister and I and are no worse for the wear.  Also, my family is Caribbean and rum is a part of the culture and seen as a cure for much that ails and I’m certain I had more than my fair share of rum and brandy before the age of 21.  In my work with Responsibility.org, I learned that:

Research shows that adults who had taken their first drink before the age of 15 were seven times more likely to experience alcohol problems than those who didn’t start drinking before age 21.

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Obviously this isn’t without exceptions: my sister and I are examples of that, however it does provide food for thought as another holiday season comes upon us.  Adult beverages are a part of the holiday fun, right? From cocktails and party punches and bubbly to rum cake and Black cake and plum pudding (that’s the Caribbean and Canadian in me).  In fact, in this month’s issue of Southern Living magazine in the southeast, I’m featured giving entertaining advice and one of my suggestions is to host a toasting party as a fun and easy way to throw a holiday gathering.  It’s easy to get caught up in the merriment without thinking of possible examples that we’re setting or unintended consequences of celebrating.

Do you let your kids have a sip of alcohol during the holidays? I’d love to hear thoughts on why or why not.

 

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored content series in partnership with Responsibility.org.  All opinions are my own. For more insightful infographics and articles, follow the #TalkEarly campaign on Pinterest.

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Host a Toasting Party and Fun Hostess Gifts: My Casual Holiday Entertaining Tips in Southern Living!

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I’ve already been driving my kids nuts because: “The mooost wonderful tiiiiime of the year” is here! With Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season kicks off in earnest and I AM HERE FOR IT. I go all in: decorations, baking, holiday shows, Christmas carols – the whole nine yards.  Starting in October, I’ve been scouring and clipping from the Thanksgiving issues of all of my magazine subscriptions and planning my menus.  Of course, a big part of all of this whole holiday hoopla is the parties.  I’m all about the holiday parties and gatherings but I am not a fan of stressful entertaining or overly complicated shindigs (unless I’m a guest at one, haha).  So when the editors at Southern Living magazine asked me for my casual holiday entertaining tips, I was more than happy to oblige.  In the December Holiday issues of the magazine distributed in the Southeastern region, I’m sharing two of my favorite tips:

Host A Toasting Party

Skip the big. fancy meal and complicated appetizers and have your guests celebrate by toasting to health and happiness! Setup a well-stocked bar with all the trimmings: cranberries, mint, rosemary sprigs, cherries and seasonally appropriate beverages such as apple cider, spiced rum, eggnog, and champagne.  Hand-write a few menu cards with suggested mixed drink recipes and display them in small shiny frames.  Finish with festive bowls of sweet and spicy nuts; holiday snack mix and a platter with cheese ball with crackers.

‘Tis the Season for Gift Giving

Sending your guests on their way with a little token of appreciation adds a thoughtful touch.  Who doesn’t like getting gifts?  The fabulous news is that these favors don’t have to be elaborate or expensive.  Some of my favorite parting gifts are: a single candle in a jar (bonus points if it’s gingerbread or pine-scented!); a coffee mug filled with chocolate candy; or a glittery ornament.

 

If you’re in the Southeast, pick up a copy! And no matter where you live, you can stay tuned for a fun project that I’m working on with Tervis. More on that soon – in the meantime, break out the pie recipes and the egg nog (it’s never too early for that).

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DC: Join Me on 11/22 for Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling & Family Fun Day


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Thirty-Seven years on this planet and I still, still, get giddy as the holiday season approaches! Since having kids, my excitement for this time of year has increased of course, because there is nothing like seeing the wonder of Christmas through their eyes.  Right around now is when I start planning my holiday menus and planning out our family’s holiday event calendar.  For several years we took the kids to Manhattan in December because there’s nowhere like New York City during the holidays: the lights, the hustle and bustle of people shopping, shivering in the cold but having an excuse to seek out hot chocolate, and of course, a visit to Macy’s on 34th street.  This tradition started during my own childhood and I will never tire of checking out their whimsical holiday window displays.

Well guess what?

We won’t have to go far this year to enjoy our Macy’s holiday window experience because THIS SATURDAY Macy’s Metro Center in Downtown Washington, DC will be debuting their holiday window display, lighting their tree and hosting events for the whole family.  Here are the deets:

Get ready to be wowed as our co-hosts, American Ballet Theatre’s, Misty Copeland and Fox 5 news anchor, Allison Seymour, count down to the grand reveal with the Ballou High School Marching Band and Santa Claus himself. Stick around the Main Stage for performances by Bystorm/RCA recording artist Mali Music and The Voice contestant DdendylThe Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir and excerpts from The Nutcracker by The Washington Ballet. Afterwards, head inside for an afternoon of excitement and holiday joy – there’s something for everyone!

The fun starts at 2pm and we will be there front and center.  I hope you’ll join us!

Not in the DC area? You can still get in on the holiday cheer. Macy’s is hosting events in the following 7 cities too:

Salt Lake City
San Francisco
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Boston
New York City
Cincinnati

You can find out all about them HERE.

 

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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On Kim K’s ‘Paper Magazine’ Cover: The Photo Isn’t the Problem; Putting It On Instagram Was

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Ask any of my friends: I’ve been ride or die for Kim Kardashian for years.  Yes, her materialistic lifestyle invites criticism. Yes, she’s famous for being famous. But really, I’ve respected her hustle of taking her infamy and turning it into a multi-million dollar empire.  If you take a look at celebrity in the U.S., many other have done much worse with much more (or less).  I think she’s managed to capitalize on her popularity by becoming a trendsetter in high-fashion and by (ironically) being relatively private.  Unlike her loose-cannon of a husband, we’ve never heard Kim spout controversial or offensive statements; we’ve never seen her out of control on drugs or alcohol – like many of her Hollywood female counterparts; and truly, in the grand scheme of things, she’s been harmless.

Being an avid watcher of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” series on E! (and each of the various spinoffs), I feel like I’ve “gotten to know” the family. Ha ha. I find that those people who despise the Kardashians the most have never actually watched the show.  To me, they are just a regular family, dealing with everyday issues albeit under a piercing microscope…and with enormous amounts of cash.  They family appears close-knit and protective of one another and it’s clear that they are trying to make the most out of life given the cards they were dealt.  The show also shows many moments of vulnerability – from Kris Jenner being protective of Kim after her divorce from Kris Humphries, to Kourtney dealing with Scott’s battles with alcohol and depression following the death of his parents, to marital struggles between Kris and Bruce to Khloe’s breakup from Lamar Odom and, always, tender memories of their father before he died.  Also, I had the chance to meet the entire family at a wedding a couple of years ago (see pic, above) and they were all completely warm and sweet.

As a serial entrepreneur, I have watched and admired how Kim, and the Kardashian family as a whole, have grown their empire piece by piece.  I remember a couple years ago hearing Shameeka Ayers (@brokesocialite) give a keynote talk on “Everything I Needed to Know About Building a Brand, I Learned From the Kardashians.”  She was right.  One point in particular that I remember is to: “Protect Your Brand Like a Junkyard Dog.”  In her talk, Shameeka referred to Kris Jenner as the ‘junkyard dog’ for the Kardashian brand, referencing the then-recent lawsuit against Old Navy for allegedly using a Kim K. look-alike in its commercials.   I’ve always remembered that tidbit of advice in managing the Blogalicious brand.  No matter what your personal reservations are, you have to appreciate their business acumen.

Here is a sampling:

  • TV Show(s): Keeping Up with the Kardashians and spinoffs
  • Sitcom and Movie and Guest hosting roles
  • Fragrance line
  • Makeup line
  • Skin products line
  • Endorsement deals
  • TV production credits
  • New York Times Bestselling author
  • Song and Music Video
  • Armenian genocide acknowledgment activist
  • Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Video Game
  • Kardashian Kollection clothing line

And I’m certain there is more. All for an estimated net worth of $65 million for her alone.  She has more Twitter followers than CNN Breaking News and is one of the top 3 accounts on Instagram. She is clearly doing something right.

Compare her to the Paris Hiltons and Lindsay Lohans and Amanda Bynes’ and Mylie Cyrus’ of the world and she comes out on top, IMO.  I’ve also enjoyed watching her evolve into a mother.  From what I can tell, she is enjoying motherhood and embracing her new marriage and having baby North in her life.  That said, the nude cover shoot for Paper magazine was too much for me.  She should have kept it to the original champagne shot and called it a day.  Actually, let me clarify, the fact that she posted the “butt shot” on her Instagram account is what I’m not ok with.  In the context of the magazine, with a world-renowned photographer, the photos can be considered “art.”  But on Instagram, where hundreds of thousands of young girls follow you and where people are posting everything from bathroom selfies to french fries, with a presumptuous hashtag as the caption, it’s just…trashy.  I’m just not sure what the angle was.  Granted, her behind IS what the entire Internet was talking about yesterday (and today), but there was no need to go there.

So, I’m conflicted.  I was rooting for her and appreciating her evolution.  But, it just seems like sharing a photo of your entire backside on Instagram sets you back a few steps, where it really wasn’t necessary.  Keep It Klassy, Kim.  And next time, run the idea by your junkyard dog before posting.

 

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The 3 Kinds of People You Need for Your Business

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Earlier this year, I went to my second SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX.  I was looking forward to attending sessions because last year, I was so overwhelmed by the entire experience that I ended up just hanging out at various social events and “networking” (i.e. drinking cocktails mid-day in the FastCompany Grill).  I was also invited to moderate a panel entitled: “Black Women In Technology: Uncovering Barriers to Entry” as part of the MVMT50 track of programming at SXSW.  My co-panelist was Marissa Jennings, Founder and CEO of SocialGrlz, the first mobile app magazine for young girls of color.  Can I just tell you? Marissa is wise beyond her years! Aside from launching her startup based on a paper she wrote while in college, she has quickly developed an impressive business sense.  One of the gems she shared during our panel was her networking strategy of meeting and identifying connections that fit into one of three critical categories:

1. Do-ers.

A great idea without execution is just a dream. Or, as one of my favorite verses in The Bible puts it: “Faith without works is dead.”  Every business needs “do-ers” – these are the people that aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty putting in the work to realize the vision.  The talent on your team is critical to your success and you should always be on the lookout for fresh, smart and passionate people to assist you in doing the work your business requires.  Keep your eyes peeled: you never know where you’ll find that invaluable teammate!

2. Donors.

This one needs no explanation, right? Whether it’s a few dollars via a crowdfunding campaign or thousands (or millions) via angel investment or financing, money makes the world – and your business – go ’round.  Those who have the means and interest to invest in you are your donors; my best advice for finding the funders is to make friends with everyone and make sure that you have a compelling package.  They key here is to always be ready with your value proposition for why someone with money should entrust it to you, along with the return on investment potential for them.  Exploring resources such as accelerators or pitch competitions is a great strategy to start with.

3. Door Openers.

I fancy myself squarely in this category.  This person is a super-connector and is able to introduce you to prospects for Do-ers and Donors.  Door Openers may very well be the most valuable of the three category types because their relationships are what will lead you to the funding and talent that will propel your business forward.  Take a look at your circles of acquaintances and make note of those who are the Door Openers within them.  Reach out! Make sure that they understand the nature of your business, as well as your needs, and rest assured, they will be able to introduce you to people that might be a fit for you.

 

So! The next time you’re at an event that you think is lame, or you find yourself in an engaging Twitter conversation with someone you’ve never met, think back to these three types of people and consider whether you’re being presented with an opportunity to help your business.

 

 

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Oh By the Way, I Have Blue Hair Now

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Blame my tween for my annoying use of “Instagram-speak.” Between my “FLEEK” references and my “Yassssss! Kill ‘em!” exclamations, it’s no wonder that my latest identity-crisis folly involved a trip to my stylist to dye my hair blue.  I typically go to her for highlights to cover my gray (yes, it’s bad) and I’ve been getting golden streaks for the past year or so.  But on Halloween I strutted into the salon, plopped down on her consult couch and announced that I wanted to tint my hair blue.  She looked at me like I had lost my mind. “BLUE? You? Why BLUE?”  And I explained to her that I wanted something funky and different and something that would snap me out of the Suburban Mommy grind.  That’s when she hit me with: “Blue is my favorite color! I love it.  I just didn’t know you were that much of a rockstar, that’s all.”

Honey. You betta’ ask somebody.

I thought it was funny that when the stylist next to mine asked what color I was getting and I said: “Blue!” He said: “I know that’s right!”  It was almost like, because he didn’t already know me, like my stylist did, blue made perfect sense.  But to those who do know me, I got alllll the skepticism.

And about 3 hours of lightening, then highlighting, then washing, then blowdrying, then re-highlighting missed spots, then washing and blowdrying again, I had my head full of blue panels. And I was in love.  I’ve gotten nothing but compliments, and in fact, the color is not entirely obvious at all times, which is nice.  I found myself a little self-conscious heading to my daughter’s Catholic school parent-teacher conference right after my hair appointment and then the next morning at Chik-Fil-A, where I could have sworn I getting unusual stares.  But I’ve since fully embraced my fun-colored locks (and, quite possibly, my one-third-life crisis).

Living Richly Recommendation No. 2: Don’t Be Afraid to Shake Up Your Look

 

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What’s for Dinner This Week: Curry In a Hurry, Baked Potato Bar and Pineapple Porkchops

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Curry was a staple in our household growing up thanks to my dad’s Trinidadian background and my mom’s Guyanese father and Bajan mother.  She also lived in Jamaica for a while which added another element of curry to her repertoire.  There is much debate among West Indian cultures about whose curry is the best – I have to admit, I like both.  My mom makes her curry with tomato or tomato paste (decidedly the Trini way of making curry); and that’s how I’ve made mine for years until, one day, I was in the grocery and decided to try the Grace Jamaican Curry Powder.  The bottle has a recipe on the back and I gave it a shot. No tomato required. When I’m in the mood for a more concentrated flavor, I go this route. Just don’t tell my mom.

Monday: Curry Chicken w. Rice

Tuesday: Pineapple-Glazed Pork Chops w.

Wednesday: Baked Potato Bar w. All the Fixins’

Thursday: Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Friday: Beats Me!

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SMART IDEA: Quandary – A Different Kind of Video Game #sponsored

I used to blame the iPad for running my kids’ childhoods and for my failure as a parent. Ok, not really, but really. When I was little, I was a bookworm – reading everything from The Babysitter’s Club to the Ramona series to Archie comics. And, I played outside! With friends! We used to ride our bikes and play wall ball and just hit the park and hang out on the swings. But for mine, it’s an entirely different story. It’s all about the iPad and the iPod and the App Store and iTunes and the Xbox360 and the Wii and, and, and. Some days my husband and I have to literally force them to read a book or go outside. And I hate it.

I think I wouldn’t mind it so much if I felt like they were using the gadgets to exercise their minds. But after perpetually peeking over their shoulders and seeing them play Minion Rush 1,000 times a day or watching Bethany Mota on YouTube (as cute as she is), I get discouraged by the fact that they are not actually learning anything. Of course there are educational games out there, but kids are not easily fooled! And so, when I received the opportunity to have my crew try out the new Quandary game that is designed to support ethical thinking skills, I leapt at the chance.

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Our Experience with Quandary

The premise of Quandary is that players lead a new human colony on a distant planet. They must make difficult decisions in which there are no clear right or wrong answers but important consequences – to themselves, to others in the colony and to the planet Braxos. It’s meant to encourage the players develop skills such as critical thinking, perspective-taking and decision-making. Since my children are at the ages where making their own educated decisions is crucial (should I go inside the neighbor’s house to play without telling Mom and Dad? Is it better for me to skip track practice to study for my Math quiz? Should I wear ankle socks to school even though it’s freezing outside? All situations occurring in the last week!); this resonated with me.

I called my two youngest kids and told them I needed them to try out a new video game for my blog – they were THRILLED. L’il Buddy, who is 6, jumped in the chair, ready and willing to take on the assignment at hand. I was curious how he would do because Quandary is recommended for children 8 years and older. It’s amazing to watch how quickly kids of any age figure out a vide game, and with a little help from me about where to begin, he got started. There is a lot of reading to do in the game, which is a good thing if you ask me, but a first-grader might be frustrated by it. He had to skip through the intro scenes that setup the story and settled on the screen that required some actions. The storyline features the creation of a new society on an undeveloped planet, heightening players’ sense of free choice and responsibility.  Once he found out that there is an audio prompt that reads aloud the characters’ thoughts, he was happy. I did have to explain to him the objective of the exercises, but once he got it down pat, he was off to the races.

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He played two levels before declaring he was done and then his sister, Giggles, who is 8 took her turn. Now, she is clearly able to read the storyline, but she skipped through it. I told her to slow down and take a moment to understand the story but she wanted to “get to the game!” She quickly caught on to the objectives and completed 1.5 levels before declaring: “There’s too much reading.”

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I asked both of them for their honest opinions:

Giggles said she wasn’t a fan because of “all the reading” and that it was a “little bit boring.” L’il Buddy, on the other hand, liked the game and wanted to play some more. Interestingly enough, Quandary may prove more popular with a slightly younger set. I could tell he enjoyed being the master of his own decisions and getting validation from The Council about the choices he made. Another benefit was that, for the first time in a long time, he and I were playing a video game together (because he actually needed me).

Between the two kids (the 10-year-old was at track practice), we give Quandary a B-!

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More About the Game:

* Quandary supports two core ethical thinking skills:

  • Perspective-taking: Quandary helps put players in others’ beliefs, preferences, attitudes, and condition — a core social skill.
  • Critical thinking: Critical thinking and reflection is associated ethical reasoning.

* The game calls on players to co-ordinate concepts or statements in complex ways and receive input and feedback from characters in the game.

* Quandary has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Games for Change Game of the Year.

* It’s not yet available on mobile devices.

* It’s free!

 

Disclosure: I was compensated for my review of Quandary as part of a campaign hosted by The Mission List. All opinions are my own.

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Smart Idea: Headspace App

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It seems like everyone and their dog is into meditation these days, yes?  It got me thinking that maybe there’s something to it (given that it’s an ancient, 1,000s-year-old practice and all – not just because Oprah said to, I swear).  I actually signed up for one of Oprah & Deepak’s Mediation Challenges, but I could not get past the second day – 20-minutes of breathing and being still was too much for me as a beginner, I’ve learned.  In fact, I totally sabotaged myself before giving myself a chance because I tried to MULTI-TASK while meditating and tried listening to the recording while walking on the treadmill – clearly I missed the entire point of the exercise.

Weeks later, I tried once more after listening to a webinar given by Chris Brogan who touted the benefits of meditation; but this time I searched for  an app on my phone to see what goodies the Google Play Store had waiting for me.  One of the top-rated apps is Headspace created by TED speaker Andy Puddicombe. So I downloaded it and gave it a try.  I started with the free Take 10 program – a starter program that delivers 10 minutes of meditations per day for 10 days.  I liked the interface and that the mediations are broken down into 10-minute modules (much more realistic for a road runner like me).  Once you complete Take 10,  you can subscribe and select from the different categories depending on what area of your life you’d like to focus on and go through those tailored meditations.

I’m only on Day 2 of Take 10, but I’m feeling progress just by simply committing to a daily practice of mindfulness.

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