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Stop Being a Victim!

Hi Readers. I actually did not mean to post this to this blog. This from my other blog “If Al Sharpton and Rush Limbaugh Had a Baby” which is about my experience living as a mixed woman with a black, progressive mother who watched MSNBC and a white, Republican who watches FOX News and listens to Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. It’s not a blog I totally feel comfortable about publicizing and it is not great to be honest, but I see few stories like mine on the internet or elsewhere and I feel that my story needs to be told. So I am not taking it off of my hair blog, which is a lot more popular. This may garner some criticism. But how can my blog improve if it is never criticized or encouraged and how can it be criticized or encouraged if it is never read? So here it is:

Today, I was talking to my mom (she’s the black one) about what I discovered about affirmative action–I won’t go into detail, but I will say that for a while, I believed the lie that underrepresented people of color who benefit from affirmative action are less qualified than their white or Asian counterparts, but after reading some of Beverly Daniel Tatum’s chapter about affirmative action in Why are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, I learned that without affirmative action highly black candidates are looked over. I felt empowered by this because all the while I thought I was not smart and realized that I may even be smarter than my Asian and White classmates from the top 10 university that I graduate from, so I told my mom. Usually when I talk to my mom (again the black, liberal parent) about issues of racism, sexism or other -isms, I do not allow my dad (the white conservative one) to hear it, because he usually says something insensitive, but I didn’t think he could hear because we were in the laundry room, but guess what. He did hear me and he did say something insensitive. When we walked out of the laundry room, the first thing that my dad said was, “Stop being a victim.”

This is not the first time he said this. The last time was when I expressed my dismay with personal encounters with racism I had experienced in the workplace, with the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Voting Right’s Act, and the way that the media was unfairly portrayed Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend on Facebook. He commented on my post and said the same, “Stop being a victim.” I gave him a long explanation as to how he was wrong and he simply said, “Ok. Go ahead and keep being a victim.”

These are the moments when I wished that I wasn’t mixed or that my dad would at least be more sensitive or stop listening to Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh OR that my mom was the white one and my dad was the black one–that way the white parent might show a little more sensitivity and the dad, who’s probably less likely to be sensitive experienced racism himself so he could identify with my situation without doing any mental gymnastics required to be empathetic.

I sent this to my dad (the white conservative one)–It’s a video that explains empathy–because he doesn’t have any empathy:  It’s a video that explains empathy

These are the moments wonder why my mom (yes, my mom the black one) would have thought of her children when she married such an insensitive man.

I hate it, because in these moments, my mom does not even understand. She think she understands because she has experienced racism, as a black woman, or that because her father did not understand sexism and was sexist. But having an aversive or passive racist father is not the same as having a sexist father. Does a sexist father tell you that someone is a thug who deserved to die simply because he smoked weed once, pushed a bus driver once, and looks like you even though he himself is all three?

Add a comment December 30, 2014

Messed up pics

Dear Readers (all two of you),
Just wanted to let you know that for some reason WordPress mixed up some of my pictures so, as of now, not all of them go with with the blog posts they are under. Honestly, I don’t feel like changing that right now, so…it’s going to be a while maybe forever. Or should I be more tactful and say, “I am looking into the problem.” That would be a lie, because I really don’t know if it’s worth the trouble. It might change back on its own. Who knows? Ain’t no body got time for that. J/k Sorry for being a terrible blogger.
Best Regards,
Oyibo Princess

Add a comment October 20, 2012

It’s been a long….time….the death of natural hair craze, Africana studies, and Girls among other things

Dear Oyibo Princess Blog Readers,

I am sorry I have neglected you for so so so so so long. How long has it been? Almost six months? Wow!

Why has it been so long? Well. Quite frankly, I have to be honest, but I just lost interest in the main topic of this blog: my hair. Yes. I still wash it. Yes. I still take care of it. I probably do less of the two nowadays than when I first started writing this blog, but I just realized that although it’s important to empower black women, mixed women, and other kinkies and curlies to love their hair, life is not all about hair.

It is like the way I feel about Africana studies. I love the subject. I believe it is important, but I will not devote my whole life to it and I could definitely see it getting old. Or maybe I should put it this way, I see the work of great scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Mark Anthony Neal, and Michael Eric Dyson as important.  However, I do not need to become a scholar of Africana studies. They devote their lives to those subjects so that African Americans like me can become doctors, lawyers, engineers, whatever. Or I should say at least so we can have the option. As I am writing this I realize the issues are more complicated than that, but I hope you get my point.

Now that I actually wrote out what is in my head I am not sure that I actually feel that way.  But anyway, my point is how much can you really write about your hair?  Even natural hair? Even coiled hair? You tell people how you take care of it. You try to disseminate fears about natural hair by dispelling myths. As for other topics…I’m drawing a blank…

As a result, I am just going to talk or write about what I see in life and about what I do.  I hope this doesn’t get boring like the last seasons of the Bernie Mac Show (may Mac rest in peace) or that lame copy of the Cosby Show on BET. What’s it called….Oh yeah…Reed Between the Lines.

Ok so anyway, for my first topic, I thought I would talk about jobs since I am still trying to find one. I know it has been an entire year and I still do not have one.  Honestly, however, I wanted to get a job in something that would help further my career and in order to do that, I had volunteer (work for free for a while).  But recently, a few events have happened that have woken me up. I believe it was from God.

So the first event was my discovery of this disgusting show called Girls. We do not have HBO, so I watched the pilot episode on youtube.  The show opened with a the main character, a college graduate with a bachelor of arts in English and her mother and father eating dinner and a conversation about how her parents could no longer support her lavish lifestyle and her dreams of becoming a writer..  The main character (I honestly forgot her name) complained that she was still waiting for her internship to turn into a job. The next morning she asked her boss for a a permanent job. He then fired her.  Her friends just suggested to her that she should get a job at McDonald’s. Her mom told her get a real (paying) job and write a blog if she really wanted to become a writer (great idea. I don’t want to be a writer by the way).  In the comments area below the video, a viewer said that he has a four-year college degree, has had nine unpaid internships since graduation, and has worked (with a paid job) through all of them.

As disgusted as I was with her, I saw me in her. I was disgusted with myself. I needed to get paid at all cost (well legally). Even if I volunteer on the side and get great experience while doing so, I need to get paid, immediately.

The second sign occurred when I was reading the great classic novel Things Fall Apart by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe (not the movie with Fidie Cent. lol 50 Cent).  In one chapter, the main character, Okonkwo had been banished from his fatherland and for seven years, lived in his motherland. The narrator spoke of Okonkwo’s challenges in starting over. Although he had been quite prosperous in his fatherland, starting over and building wealth in old age was exhausting and he did not have the energy of his youth.

I need to get a job immediately at all costs now while it is much easier and my brain is more alive before it is too late.

The third sign came when I attended a poverty simulation (for public health, btw) course organized by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Group. In the simulation, I was a mother of three, whose husband had lost his job as a computer programmer four months ago and could not find work. My teenage daughter was 7-months pregnant. My two sons were under 12 and as a result, by law, had to be under adult supervision or we would go to jail.

During the simulation, I was almost late to work twice because I had to cash my checks in order to get transportation tickets. We were three months late on the mortgage payments. I also missed the birth of my daughter’s baby due to the fact that I had to buy transportation tickets. Oh and my son went to jail for carrying a gun, but I had to ignore that.

Praise God though, because I was not fired, we paid the mortgage without being evicted, my grandchild was healthy, my son made it out of jail. But above all it was stressful and a lot of work, just to stay in the same place and I had to ignore my children just to take care of them.

The lesson there was that I should not have any children until I am financially stable if I want to have children at all….

Besides that this simulation or game taught me that I really need to think of my mother. She still has to take care of me and sustain me despite the fact that I have a college degree. The job market sucks and I may not be able to get the job right away, but I will need to think creatively and fast in order to get some cash flowing in.

If I have to volunteer at Grady to get the work experience I need and work as Subway to get the cash I need I will (I am not working at McDonald’s. I’m in public health and obesity prevention to be exact. Hello? However, working there may give me an inside scope on behavioral patterns that lead to obesity. Sometimes you have to work behind enemy lines. Or am I simply trying to justify evil. IDK…)   Well. That should be all for now. This really took way too long. Anyway. Odabo (I’m too lazy to put in the special characters and you know what I’m saying.) I should also say, “Boa noite.” I’m learning Portuguese these days.

Best,

Oyibo Princess

P.S. Even though I said I would write about topics, I probably will not write a lot. This took way too long and I realized probably as I was writing about Girls that I do not want to be a writer. I also blogged about all the hair stuff I could blog about so what more is there to write? I don’t know. Or maybe I do want to be a writer or journalist, but I would definitely had to learn how to write in a shorter time span.

Add a comment May 10, 2012

Natural in the Workplace: Sales and Marketing Edition

Hey all.  Just read a friend’s recent email which said:
“Hey Nicole-I hope you’re doing well!””Just wanted to say I browsed through your blog and think it’s great!”
And then I remembered, “Oh yeah! The hair blog.”
Sorry I have been neglecting you but I have been really busy with school. (I’m in school again. hehe. Who would have thought?) But, excuses aside, this new post is part of Natural in the Workplace Series. Okay. Le’ go.
This edition is about Tamara Green, one of my mentors in college and president of an organization I was apart of called Future is Now, a mentoring program for African American girls in fourth and fifth grade. Tamara works in marketing so if you are interested in this field please read this blog post. Please give it up for Tamara Green.
  1. Name: Tamara Green
  2. Education (Degrees and Schools): Duke University BA Philosophy
  3. What is the company/organization/agency for which you work? I work for a professional hockey team.
  4. Where are you located? Houston, TX
  5. What is your position? Sales and Marketing
  6. How long have you been working there? Just about a year.
  7. How long have you been natural? I’ve been natural for almost five years now. I didn’t realize it’d been that long.
  8. How did you wear your hair for the interview for this position? My go-to interview style is a twistout.
  9. Have you ever worn your hair in a natural style for any job interview? If so, for what position of what company and what where the results of the interview? I’ve never NOT worn my hair natural for an interview. I am not a big believer in straightening my hair. I’ve worn twistouts and braidouts for every interview since I’ve been natural and I’ve been offered each position except one!
  10. Do you wear your hair in natural styles in the work place? Every day.
  11. If so, have you faced any conflict because of it? Any praise? Never any conflict. Always praise. People are normally amazed at the diversity of my hair.
  12. What is your favorite hairstyle to wear to work?  Definitely a twistout. And now a twist and curl.
  13. What hair styles, if any, are considered inappropriate in the work place? I work in a really relaxed environment and I’ve worn my hair twisted, in an afro and everything in between.
  14. Have you noticed any other black women working for the same company or organization as you? If so, how do they wear their hair? I work in hockey so…..needless to say I’m the one Black woman around here.
  15. Do you find it difficult to take care of your hair now that you are working for this company or organization? Yes! My schedule is so crazy! I find myself neglecting my hair for sleep.
  16. Do you have any advice for professional women who want to go natural or natural girls who want to go professional (are entering the workforce)? Be yourself. Any place that can’t look past your hair to see your accomplishments probably isn’t a place that you’d want to work.
    Okay. That was a pretty great interview. Like with the last two, we can conclude by reading this one that hair is not the most important characteristic employers look for in an interview (as long as it’s not distracting or messy.) Speaking of interviewing, I have one on Tuesday. I shall let you know how it goes. Oh oh!!  Who am I interviewing with? It’s a surprise.
    Anyway, back to Tamara. I would like to highlight an important point that she brought up. Well, actually…two. She’s the only black person at here workplace, people at her workplace like her hair, and she wears a twist out.  I bring this up because I was talking with a lady last month who said that she was too afraid to wear a twist-out to work because “they” will not like it. According to Tamara’s experience and the experiences of several other women I interviewed, “they” will like it. Haha.
    Hey, I just realized this natural hair in the workplace thing may be getting redundant, so if you are tired of it or want to know something new, please, please, please contact me at oyiboprincess@gmail.com and weigh in. Ẹ se, o! O dabọ

Add a comment September 25, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k Training: Day 10

Today I ran. I got up late because I was so exhausted and I had a terrible dream last night about an ex-boyfriend so I went back to sleep and didn’t wake up until 7:20am.  Do not really see the point in dating a guy I don’t plan to marry.  But at one time I thought it was a great thing to have a boyfriend just for fun.  Now it’s haunting me. And it was a one-month relationship 4 or 5 years ago.  Mary-Kate and Ashley!!! I don’t want to curse you, but geez…. Anyway. Yeah. To the young ladies out there, serial dating is useless and private meetings are bad in so many ways. You can get killed, raped, pregnant, diseased, heart-broken, even hypnotized into dating/marrying a guy who is not right for you.

Nowadays, if a guy is interested in me, he has to meet my parents and has to clearly establish that he might be interested in marrying me.  Then he will have to go through a thorough screening process.  And NO PRIVATE MEETINGS! I think us ladies from my generation really allow our male counterparts to get away with a lot.  I used to allow so many guys to waste my youth.  Now when I suspect that they are wasting my youth, I do not fully understand his intentions, I am not stopping for him, especially if the Holy Spirit is telling me, “This is a waste.” Guys slow you down. I will not be slowed down.

This attitude I am developing (or I should say redeveloping  because I used to have it in high school) is probably the reason that successful women get married late or do not get married at all.  I am not saying that I am not interested in men, but…I will just take my time, be prayerful, and not anxious.  I have faith that God wants me to get married because every time I give up on the idea, he brings to my attention that I need to pray about it.  I get really angry when I feel as though a guy has wasted or is wasting my time.  The guy is just hanging around for no reason, especially if he is really boring and does not laugh at my jokes or doesn’t have any funny ones of his own.  Or say for example, he always wants to have private meetings.  There is nothing good that can come out of that. Or say for example, he only texts and never calls. Makes me think this is just a game to him. I have had to cut off so many for fear that they are wasting my time.  I hate being distracted.  So distracted that I am not getting my work done and then in the end, I still do not have a man.  I have no idea what’s going through those guys’ heads.

Do not get me wrong. I have guy friends but they are usually the older brother.  In fact, the no private meeting advice comes from a man, Father Patrick, who I adopted as my big brother while I was in Nigeria.  Or uncle type.  You have to watch out for those uncle types sometimes too.

Honestly, sometimes it is quite difficult to know if a guy is sincere, because he may laugh at your jokes, he may seem innocent, he may call just to hear your voice, he may give good advice, he may introduce you to his friends, he may hold the door for you, he may talk about marriage, he may take you out to dinner but he still just wants the cookies.

Only thing I can say for sure is NO PRIVATE MEETINGS.

Why am I talking about this? I am supposed to be talking about exercise.  I think my point was that my life would have been better off if I did not (and I will be frank and honest, it’s embarrassing but I think I should share because a lot of girls go through this) give things to guys who were not my husband things that only meant for my husband. In this case, I did not have sex with the guy, but I did way more for him than he deserved. Nothing against him, he’s just not my husband and hopefully never will be.  I am not sure why I had a dream about this guy but I pray that I do not have one like that again. Just to take away the mystery,  I made out with this guy. A future employer might see this or whatever but I think my story should be told. Private meetings are a bad idea.

Yeah. Anyway. Today running was really painful. Ugh. I surely hope it gets better. I am always soooo sore.  I think I will have to do Yoga today. Some girls in my Christian fellowship say that Yoga is for worshiping another god,  but honestly to me it is just stretching.  It also depends on your instructor too. This week it’s jog for 90 seconds, walk for 2 minutes.  Next week it’s jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes.  That is going to hurt.

Um…I think you should listen to this song:

It’s old. So what? Never saw the end of that video.  Guys should avoid private meetings with women too. The adultress can ruin your life.  It’s in Joshua I believe and it’s in Proverbs for sure. Proverbs 7 to be exact. It’s even all over TV, books, and the movies. Movie: Atonement.  Book: Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Show: Grey’s Anatomy. I thought that Grey’s Anatomy was such a terrible, terrible show because everyone in hospital was sleeping with each other, but my mom told me last night that every character on the show faces serious consequences because they sleep around.   But seriously, when unmarried people do things meant for married people it can ruin their lives.  You may not be able to be with the one you love if you commit adultry.  I have seen it so many times. Ok 5 times too many. I guess I did not know because of all of the blood. Oh yeah. Haven’t posted hair anything lately.  I am working on it.  I have been exhausted lately and studying Physics.

Add a comment August 3, 2011

Walk of Heroes 5k: Day 9

Did the circuit training and what not.  I woke up early but only started at 10. Ended at 11.  Not as pathetic as the last time I messed up but I still have to punish myself with no music. I was really tired though today.  I can wake up early but going to bed early is really a challenge. It means that I have to eat early and I just get so wrapped up in errands that I can’t seem to get to be. OKay.  This is the plan. I will take my shower now and work really hard on Physics for the next 6 hours. Make dinner at 5 or 6 start winding down with a book at 8 or 9.  Go to bed at 10pm sharp.  No excuses. So difficult because the night time is the right time, but it’s also the right time to go to sleep.

Add a comment August 2, 2011

Random (hopefully short) political rant

After the tragic events in Norway this past week, Westerners are now considering that extremism is not just an Islamic issue but a world issue as Christian groups can also be extremist.  People put terrorist and terrorist groups such as Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Anders Behring Breivik, the Ku Klux Klan, and maybe to a lesser degree the church whose memebers protest at funerals (only lesser because they only protest but do not kill) as religious extremist.

I agree that they are terrorist.   However, I would argue that these people are not extreme enough.  Now wait. Give me a chance.  Hear me out.  What I mean is I do not think these people are even religious.  Maybe religious in the way that the Pharisees were in the Bible. They cling tightly to religion outwardly but inwardly, in their hearts, they care nothing about God or honoring Him.  How can that be possible? I say this as a Christian who reads her Bible every morning and every night and as a student who has studied Islam.

If the so-called “Christian extremist” really read and studied the Bible, they would know that “Hate stirs up dissension, but love covers all sins.” Proverbs 10:12

If the so-called “Islamic extremist” were really so into Islam, they would know that in Chapter 5 verse 32 of the Quran, it says that  “The death of one innocent is equal to the death of the whole Humanity!”  The Qu’ran. Not a Hadith that can be disputed.  The Qur’an.

Christians.  Let us show mercy on others.  “Let us love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”  That is the second most important commandment according to Jesus. I do not feel that I have the authority to tell Muslims what they need to do. But for people in general, I do not think the answer is to be less extreme but more extreme. More extreme in our religion.

Breivik was not extreme in his religion.  He claimed that he was defending Christian values, but the guy was an avid World of Warcraft (a demonic video game) player and attended several online orges. I am not say that true Christians are perfect, but he habitually played these things.

The behavior of these so-called extremist encourages a lukewarmness in religion causing agnotism and atheism to grow in Western society.  In Revelations it says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

People want to be tolerant and based on the actions of so-called “extremist”, it seems as though it is impossible to be tolerant Christian so they leave the church. Therefore by Breivik’s actions, he is actually defaming the Christian religion.  He is shrinking the Body of Christ (as if he actually cares.)

In the Bible, there is a conversation between Jesus and a Pharisee:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40

Therefore by definition hate is the worst sin.  Love Muslims and people of other religions. Not their beliefs. Love homosexuals, but not what they do in their bedrooms. “Hate stirs up dissension, but love covers all sins.”  That is what God asks of you.

 

Add a comment July 27, 2011

Style Post – Sorry :(

Hey all. I have been meaning to make video style tutorials, but I am having some technical difficulties.  Thank you for your patience.

Just thought you should remember what I look like (I'm in the yellow tank)

Add a comment June 16, 2011

Hair Growth: Change in Regimen

LENGTH CHECK!!

I have been slacking on posting, but I have some exciting news! My hair has grown a lot in the past 6 months. It’s amazing!! As I stated earlier I have been natural for 8 years by some standards, 4 years by others, and 6 months by others. What I mean by that is that about 9 years ago, I decided that I did not want a relaxer anymore because I did not like the results and wanted my old hair back (I only had a relaxer for about three years).  So by the same time that next year, I was relaxer free!! But even though I grew out the relaxer, at the time, I would almost always straighten it.  If not, I wore a very unstylish ponytail.

Second semester freshman year of college, I decided that I wanted the entire world to see what my hair really looked like so I put the hot comb down–partly because I wanted it to be healthy and partly becuse my roommate said the smoke from the hot comb was making her sick. However, I didn’t know what I was doing. I just co-washed and combed my hair everyday.  It looked cute at first and everyone loved my hair but I was not getting any hair growth.  So Junior year, I started doing research.  Not as diligently as senior year, but I looked at http://www.CurlyNikki.com a few times and applied what I learned without taking the time to understand.

December of 2010, I had major breakage (as if I didn’t have enough before) and decided that I should start getting serious about hair research. I have been looking at hair blogs everyday since January of this year (2011) and applying what I have learned which has resulted in major rewards.

This demonstrates that, as a woman with kinky and/or curly hair, one may not have do a lot of work to get one’s hair to look good (co-wash and go), but one does have to put in a lot of work and obtain a lot of knowledge in order to have long hair.  I say this because hair length is not a result of growing one’s hair more quickly (at the roots) but rather about maintaining length (at the ends).  Seriously, I have not had hair this long since my mom used to do it when I was a kid. Now my mom, who is newly natural, is asking me for tips.  The key is…ah, ah…I will tell you in another post.

Some of you may say, “Hey. That’s not fair that black woman have to do so much work to get long hair.”  I used to say that too.  However, the beauty of the matter is that we have unique, beautiful, versatile hair that no other race of women (that I know of) have. I have at least 4 or 5 choice styles in my repertoire that are extremely popular. Women with straight hair cannot keep a style for long. Can a white woman rock a fro-hawk one week and have an afro the next? Not without a weave, she can’t. If she uses her own hair, will the style even last long? Maybe one day if she is lucky. We should be praising God for our hair. We should be praising Him no matter what, but my point is that having kinky-curly hair is truly something to be excited for! And my Asian and white friends agree with me, but that is another story.

Now that I am done with my tangent and done sharing the exciting news, I must go so I can work on the video for that style today!! Please expect a regimen post since I have now found a regimen that actually works!

Can you see the difference?

After 6 months of cowashing and going everyday

After 6 months of a careful regimen based on hair blog/vlog research

Add a comment June 9, 2011

Operation Recuperation

Operation Recuperation

As I said before in my first blog, I just completed my final semester at [Blank] University—I don’t want to give away my identity…okay…maybe later.  After completing a senior thesis which was 99 pages which I wrote in less than a month, I am seriously exhausted. I cannot even think anymore.  I don’t know how I’m writing this blog right now. Maybe it’s the bright pink colors or maybe it’s because I love my hair so much…ewww. Too much self love, but I cannot help it.  God did a great job. Eww. Yuck again.

Anyway…because I am so tired, I am starting OPERATION RECUPERATION!  It’s more than simple R&R. I’ve been told that if you sleep too much you can get sick.  OR involves getting optimal sleep, eating balanced meals, exercising 30-minutes per day, and having fun.  Those tasks may sound simple to some of you and maybe difficult to others. I would say that both parties are correct.  There are challenges in these tasks, but I can fix them.

Reasons why these tasks will be difficult:

  • First of all, I’m about a month out of practice for all three.
  • Secondly, well I need to outline why they would individually be difficult.
    • Getting optimal sleep: My sleep schedule is out of wack. In order to complete this senior thesis I had to pull several all nighters…well maybe I did not have to, but I did. Because I went to sleep at 2am, 4am, 6am, 9pm, and didn’t go to sleep at all, I do not currently have a good sleep schedule.
    • Eating balanced meals:
      • As many people know, healthy food is expensive.
      • It’s just really difficult to get the required number of fruits and vegetables.
      • Because of the stress of the thesis, I am out of the habit of eating well. I ate a lot of McDonald’s.
  • Exercising: I do not have gym membership like my parents now that I am not in school.
  • Having fun: It’s difficult to have fun when everyone is working and I am sort of addicted to the computer, which hampers me from getting any work done or doing other things in general.

Solutions

  • Getting optimal sleep:
    • Have a strict Internet/Electronics curfew. By 9am, no internet, no computer, no phone, no texting. This way I can wind down by 12am at the latest. I’ve been told that based on circadian rhythms, the best sleep you can get is between 10pm and 2am, so I need to get to bed by 12am at the latest and preferably by 10pm to get optimal sleep
  • Eating balanced meals:
    • Spinach smoothies (recipe will follow).
    • Plan meals a week in advance
  • Exercising:
  • Having fun. There’s really no solution, I’m just boring. Haha. I will just have to pray about it.

Berry Spinach Smoothie

  • makes 1 serving
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 3/4 cup water or milk (unsweetened almond milk, rice, soy, low fat cow’s milk, etc)
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries (I used frozen raspberries but any type will work)
  • 1 banana

Add a comment June 3, 2011

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