Authentic Lifestyle

 

I’ve Got A Secret: My Convo With Kirsty Spraggon

I suppose you might have guessed by now that I am a massive Twitter fan (@JaiStone). I can go down a list of reasons, but I’m going to get to my FAVORITE reason for hanging in the twitterverse so much. It’s because I get to meet amazing people like this week’s Naked Courage guest Kirsty […]
Finding My Voice Again: The Radical Self Expression Manifesto

Finding My Voice Again: The Radical Self Expression Manifesto

Here’s a confession: I’m a talker. I mean a bonafide, “gee whiz does she ever shut up” chatterbox. My whole life I’ve been tortured and punished for not having an ounce of control when it comes to this motor mouth of mine. Fast forward a few decades, and who would have thunk that I’d be […]
How The Couples Therapy TV Show Helped Me Tune Back In To My Marriage

How The Couples Therapy TV Show Helped Me Tune Back In To My Marriage

When my husband told me about this new reality show called Couples Therapy my first thought was, “I only make time for Scandal!”  Then I was like wait, isn’t that the show with Flavor Flav?! Nope, I will pass.  Then he mentioned that one of his favorite rappers, Ghostface Killah, was going to be on […]

It’s Crazy As Hell In The A-T-L: And It’s Not Just The Weather!

This is not my normal kind of blog post, but after this week in the Peach State I had to take commentary that I usually save for Twitter and drop into a full blown article. LOL!!! Low and behold if the dung heap ain’t deep in the A-T-L this week. Lemme give you the remix […]
Are We Doing Enough To Save Young Black Men?

Are We Doing Enough To Save Young Black Men?

We’re once again preparing to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and although this is always as good a time as ever to reflect on race relations, this year I’m most concerned with discussing how we relate to each other—particularly what we teach our young Black men. Are we doing enough to save our […]
I’m No Hater, I Just Won’t Co-Sign Your Mess

I’m No Hater, I Just Won’t Co-Sign Your Mess

Note: This post was featured in it’s entirety on Essence.com Ladies, have you ever been awakened with something in your spirit and you just had to act on it? Well, that is precisely how this blog post came about. I’ve been itching to dive into this topic for a while, and I suppose the start […]

Holiday Hallelujah: How I Lost Weight During the Holidays

If you are anything like me, you anticipate gaining weight any time there is a holiday.  I mean all those great dishes and goodies, who could resist.  In addition to all the fatty foods, the holiday season also reeked major havoc on my workout schedule.  This week was suppose to be my first day back […]
Photoshop Rehab: An Exercise In Self Acceptance

Photoshop Rehab: An Exercise In Self Acceptance

For years simply refused to be photographed.  I would see pictures of myself,  and react by going on a tangent about what I hated about my self.  For example I complained about my unsightly facial hair (the result my battle with PCOS) and my skin discoloration caused from waxing and plucking the annoying hairs.   […]

Cougar Chronicles #001: Dating Misadvendtures at Forty-Something

I hope you guys are ready for the next layer of Emotional Nudity *deeeep breath* (that was more for me, than you).  Here goes! So I have been out of the dating game for a while and recently decided to jump back into the pool… actually more like dipping my pinky toe in to the […]
The Sidechick Financial Plan: Money Lessons from Olivia Pope

The Sidechick Financial Plan: Money Lessons from Olivia Pope

Let me start with a simple yet important statement.  Ladies, we are financially responsible for ourselves at every  relationship stage no matter whether you’re married, separated, single or the “side chick”. *Thoughtful Pause* I should take this opportunity to discuss how you deserve to be so much more than some man’s getaway when he’s angry […]