One goal that I had for 2019 was to network and meet more women. As easy as it sounds, this goal was a big deal for me to commit to. While I love making new connections, it can sometimes be uncomfortable for me since I am an introvert.
Atlanta is known for being the Black Mecca of the South. From entertainment to history, it’s rich culture is undeniable. Moving from San Marcos, CA, a suburb of San Diego, I was overwhelmed with so many options to choose from. A lot of the things I missed while living in San Diego was at every corner here in Atlanta: Beauty supply stores, brown skinned baby dolls for my daughter, doctors who look like me and listened to me, real soul food…etc. The only thing I do not care for is the crowds. I typically try to steer clear of major events happening downtown Atlanta.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Let’s Get Glowing, a wellness event, presented by I’m Just Sakinah. It was nice and intimate, just how I prefer. The motivation behind Sakinah hosting this was the stark statistics of Black women having higher rates of many illnesses, such as hypertension, breast cancer, diabetes, stroke and lupus.
Let’s Get Glowing aimed to help women jump start their year off by focusing on total health. Sakinah created a safe space where women could learn things that would not only carry them through the year, but life in general.
Attendees started off with a yoga session with Tia, Eat. Trap. Love I did not get out of church in time to catch it. I am open to new experiences as long as the music is not vulgar. I am overprotective of what I allow into my spirit and subconscious. If you like trap music and practice yoga, you can contact Tia to get your OM on while rapping Two Chainz as your mantra. #balance 🙂
Next, was a healthy eating seminar by Whitney, who offered information for a plant based lifestyle and fun/healthy alternatives to snack without compromising your health. Going plant-based is not as difficult or restrictive as most people think it is. I love how Whitney showed different examples of how our food has changed over the years (size and overall quality–gmo, anyone?) and just how much sugar you are consuming with certain products. It’s one thing to read a label, but when you see a ziplock bag full of sugar, it makes you want to think twice about drinking Kool-Aid. She also, showed a plate with proper portions. Remember, we eat to live.
Lastly, Sakinah had everyone do a vision journal. All of the necessary supplies were provided, which is always a plus. A ton of magazines, cute stickers, positive word phrases and affirmations all while eating a delicious lunch that was Daniel Fast friendly (score!).
I am a firm believer in writing the vision and making it plain (Habakkuk 2:2). I am still doing a vision board, but this journal will be useful in helping me keep track of my progress of accomplishing all that I set out to do this year.
Every woman wrote a letter to herself on the first page, which is indicative of putting yourself first. #gentlereminder This journal will help me hold myself accountable. I look forward to reading it at the end of this year. If there is one person I don’t like to let down, it’s me.
Overall, I believe the Let’s Get Glowing wellness seminar was great and offered useful information. The only thing is I wish more women could have benefited from it.