New Resource – WHOLE Self-Care Newsletter

Just came across a wonderful new resource – a website entitled WHOLE – Women Healing Ourselves with Loving Energy. The main reason I visited the site was an article entitled “Love Your Nappy Hair” – you may already know this, but I have “gone natural” after over 30 years of relaxing my hair. I now rock a curly afro and LOVE my hair’s natural texture. I still color those grays into submission, but that’s another story and another blog post LOL

WHOLE is a monthly self-care newsletter created especially with African American women in mind – now don’t let that bother you if you aren’t African American – and I found the articles informative, entertaining, and an easy read. WHOLE is the creation of Jacci Thompson-Dodd, who also runs a blog entitled WHOLE Express, which is about empowering African American women to improve their health. More than just telling you about different health topics, WHOLE Express gives you tools, tips, recipes, and conversation starters that inspire health-promoting action.

Will You Know ‘Strong’ When You See It?

Just read a fantastic post from my good friend and blogger Karen CL Anderson, whose blog is locaged at: Before and After: A Real-Life Story. Her post entitled “What Does Strong Look Like?” is a thought-provoking look at what strength means to her, and what ‘baggage’ we as women can sometimes carry about the word ‘strong’.

I’ve been ‘strong’ most of my life…as a swimmer, I could swim a mile (72 laps of a 25-yard pool) without a lot of effort in my teens and early 20’s, and I’ve loved strength training since college. I liked being strong – and when I stopped working out regularly, after having my son over 20 years ago, I did not realize how much I would miss being strong until I was no longer described by that word.

Exercise Your Body, Be Safety-Aware

I just read a post on the blog “Time’s Up!” entitled ‘Born to Run’ that details a horrifying attack on a runner in broad daylight. The lady in the article was running in a place well-known to her, at a time when there was plenty of light, and did not think she’d be assaulted.

She was attacked by a man that she ran by on a park bench – she fought back and was injured, but not as seriously as she could have been. She was able to give them an excellent description of her assailant, which hopefully will help prevent this from happening to another woman.