Friday, March 6, 2015

Music That Can Mac // J Dilla and Entrstellar


Happy Friday! Between J Dilla and Entrstellar, I've been floating in musical bliss all week. J Dilla "Donuts" (affiliate link), a classic, has been in heavy rotation and made the work week all that much sweeter, no pun intended. You can pick up the frequency of the fun and soul he had making his music. Don't you just love art like that?

I've also been vibin out hard to producer duo, Entrstellar. My very good friend, Brandon*, who's work I have shared on here many times throughout the years is one half of the group. The other is a serious talent out of Canada named Jay Ellyiot. One of the they're latest remixes for Missy Elliot's "Beep Me 911" has got my mind spinning. They're Daft Punk "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" remix is dope too. I've been doing some serious body rolling and twerkin to it alone in front of my bathroom mirror each morning.


Wishing you all a great weekend. Spring is upon us in the northern hemisphere! The days are starting to get longer again and hopefully after tonight, the snow will leave NYC alone until next winter. Lol.What are you all listening to lately?

Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Science of Transitioning by Audrey Sivosathy







Recently Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of the amazing book, The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care, reached out to me and sent me copy of her latest book The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals. I had no doubt in my mind that it would be as awesome and thorough as TSBH was and I was right. This is a phenomenal resource from women (and girls) transitioning from chemically relaxed or heat damaged hair (from excessive straightening) to natural hair and newly naturals. I wish this was around when I was transitioning and went natural 7 years ago. It would have been a huge help to me. Instead I had to scour books, Youtube videos, hair forums and blogs to piece together all the info in this book. Now it's all in one convenient location to add to your library and easily refer to. Lucky ducks! I give this resource 5 out of 5 stars.

Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

I'm Asking for Scarier Things

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If your dreams don't scare you then they are insulting to God. Bold phrase right? I didn't really take this quote up until late 2013 when I declared that I wanted to go on a $4,000 South Africa trip in the summer of 2014. I didn't know where I would find the $4,000 for it (I was paying on consumer debt and not making much at work) but I decided to take God/the Universe up on its challenge. This desire scared the crap out of me because in my logical mind, I couldn't figure out how I was going to do this. The math didn't add up that I could save up for this trip. But I learned that it wasn't my job to figure out how. It was my job to do the work and believe. The money found me and the ways to make extra money to put towards the trip found me.

The South Africa trip was the biggest thing I had asked for to date and put deliberate energy behind so it's time to ask again and this time bigger and scarier. I'm setting my intentions out here when I express my desire for AGrlCanMAC (and my other writing) to afford me the ability to put in my two week's notice to my full time job if I wanted. I want it to happen this year. I trust the Universe's timing though over the exact time I want it to manifest though. I'm just ready to jump knee deep in the trenches and do the work. I am a writer and artist at heart and I'm finally owning and stepping into the fact that I want to turn these passions into paychecks. I would love for AGCM to be one of my full time careers that never feels like a day of work. I love it so much that I may never really "retire"; I'll just keep creating and doing the things I love until I die.

Monday, February 23, 2015

AGCM Book Club // Wild by Cheryl Strayed




 The CEO of the company I worked for was my Secret Santa and he gifted me with this book. Always down to read a book especially about adventures that push us to be better people, I was excited to crack it open. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, is about woman named Cheryl Strayed who in her early to mid-twenties, after she loses everything including her mother to cancer, her marriage and self control; she decides to embark on a solo hiking trip through the Pacific Crest Trail.She expects to "run away" in a sense and clear her mind with less distractions but discovers and experiences so much more. Filled with trials and tribulations along the way, she gains courage, strength, friendships, adventure, acts of kindness from many people and a deeper perspective when it comes to life and her life. It got kind of slow to me in the middle because I was just ready for her to be done hiking, lol, but you grow seasoned with her as she spends her whole summer blazing the trail meeting new people and stumbling upon various revelations.




Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Health Tune Up Calendar


I am on an exciting wellness journey and the things that I am learning are blowing my mind, in a good way. I'm gaining way more adoration and respect for the human body. Our bodies are truly expert running machines designed to do awesome shit. Just like any other machine, as it gets older it needs maintenance. In order to have longevity and run at their most optimal performance, our bodies need regular maintenance; occasional tune ups. Maintaining our health is a deliberate and rewarding practice just like maintaining a car or home is. The better maintained a car is, the longer it will run with fewer problems.

I recently felt that I needed to do certain things frequently and came up with an annual schedule for how often I should/wanted to do them. Below are some tune ups I put in place for my health throughout a given year. I'm excited to implement this and I'm sure as the years go on and my knowledge expands, some of these frequencies may be adjusted. That's OK, so long as I do them. These are not to be confused with check ups or doctors visits which are routine progress reports for your health. Do you have calendars for your health? Do your health tune ups include any of the things that mine do?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Girl Get Your Money Right

There's enough to go around. Let's get (and keep some of) this money!


These are some of my favorite financial resources by pretty brown girls who have made it their mission to help people across the globe to make their money work for them and not the other way around. If you're in debt or actively eliminating your debt or are totally green to budgeting and personal finance, these ladies have you covered. They each have different styles of teaching and I have learned from all three of them in different ways. I'm thankful for the variety. Rather you have a great relationship with money, bad relationship with money or a neutral one, there is something for everyone and all lifestyles.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Book is Finally Here!!! // Fine Natural, Hair Don't Care

Yay, my book for fine natural hair is finally available! I had talked about it over the past few months and how I was almost done and I'm finally done! It is titled AGrlCanMAC Presents: Fine Natural Hair, Don't Care: Tips to help natural hair with fine strands and medium to low density thrive. As the title spells out, the e-Book is dedicated to those of us with fine natural hair of medium to low density. I couldn't find many resources out there for us all in one place. I would find bits and pieces scattered about in tiny morsels here and there so I decided to share tips all in one place to help others. I would have loved a resource like this earlier in my journey when I was still feeling things out.

This is my first published piece of work. It's a quick and easy read, about 23 Amazon Kindle pages, and I hope that it will be a helpful guide in alleviating some frustration and confusion. It's available on Amazon for now, but in the future, I may research making it available through other resources and making it available in print!

If you don't have an Amazon Kindle, you can totally still read the book! You will need to download the Kindle reader app, it's free, and then purchase the book through the Amazon website. This is important because the app doesn't allow you to purchase books on it, it's only a way to read Kindle e-Books.You have to download the app and then buy the book from Amazon website.

This is a dream come true for me and only the beginning. I have more e-Books coming. Thank you so much for all your support, kind words, comments and readership. I appreciate it all and though this is my blog, I write and create to share with you all and help lift others up. I want to see us all thriving and living well and AGrlCanMAC will stand for no less than that. Please check out the book and share with family, friends and anyone you may know with fine natural hair of medium to low density. Thank you!!!!


Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

My First Time Getting a Colonic and I Lived to Tell About It


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If you've been following along with me on Instagram then you know that last month I got my very first colonic in life done. For the past 2 years I've been on a genuine wellness journey to improve my mental, spiritual and physical health. I cleaned up my diet, drastically cut down meat and dairy consumption (I even tried going vegan but it wasn't for me so I'm a part time vegan instead.), started drinking water and tea almost exclusively and got back to running and practicing yoga consistently. My journey towards the end of last year led me to learn more about my body and the organs that it’s made up of more to build on taking better care of myself. I had been wanting to try out a colonic for a while but the whole thought of the process always made me hesitant until last November.

I've been doing a lot of reading and research about the human body. I learned that most diseases, illnesses and cancers are a result of something going on with the colon. The colon is another name for the large intestines. This organ works around the clock removing waste and toxins from our bodies. Think of the colon as the trash man that comes on a regular schedule to pick up and remove your trash. After all the organs have gotten what nutrients they could from your food, it’s the colon’s responsibility to properly dispose of the leftovers and any toxins that the liver extracted. When your colon cannot move the waste along and eventually excrete it, we can get sick and/or experience things like constipation, diarrhea, etc. Think about it, if that waste isn’t moving along and out of us like it should, it just hangs out in our colon! This is not good and creates an environment for disease, parasites and worms. Yes, we have or have had worms or parasites living inside of us. We, many times, ingest parasites or worms from contaminated vegetables and plants we eat and from meat we consume; especially red meat. We can also ingest them from contaminated water. I imagined that in my 31 years of living, there was some stuff hiding out in there that needed cleaning out of my colon to further improve my health.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

That Starving Artist is Out of Style // AGCM Book Club // Lifestyles of the Authentic and Creative Hustle Guide



It's the year of the entrepreneur, I'm declaring it. It's time for us to go for ours this year in 2015. If you're not in your dream career now, you probably daydream about what you'd like to be doing. What puts a fire in your heart and makes your soul dance uninhibited? If it's something creative, you may feel like it can't support your current lifestyle or your family and bills. Some of us can't afford to be or feel we're too old (or grown n sexy) to be living the starving artist experience. Lifestyles of the Authentic & Creative: Hustle Guide says that whole broke and starving artist living is for the birds. It's over and played out. Artists' contributions to the world are just as necessary and fundamental to the human experience as doctors, engineers and lawyers are. Author Meca McKinney jam packs this publication with interviews with artists and creatives living their professional dreams and doing more than just getting by, they're thriving. Meca interviewed artists of various mediums who are making their passion/s their paycheck. Some artists included musicians, fashion designers, crafters, even a shoe cobbler and accessory designers. Many of these artists, including Meca, have children also and through working for themselves were better able to maintain a work life balance. The interviews share their journeys and some of what makes them tick. Often, as the outsider looking in, we only see the end product and think people have always had it that way. Learning even just small portions of their journeys and thought processing gives more insight and encouragement that if they can do it, we can too.

This e-book inspired me immensely because I declared that this year I am more actively pursuing and indulging in my art, creativity and things that I'm passionate about. I will become wealthy working for myself doing what I love. It excited me and inspired me to go for mine; that I am totally able to support myself, and my future family one day, doing what I love and on my own terms. If you're feeling hesitant to pursue your passions, reading this book may inspire you to go forward with less fear and doubt. You CAN make a living doing what you love. You CAN pay your bills and live the life you want doing what you love and are passionate about. This is so encouraging and exciting. Just keep at it. Your passion can be your paycheck.

Edited 2/3/15:
Forgot to leave the link where you can purchase! Purchase the e-book HERE

Note. This book was given to me for free to read and share my thoughts. Though I received the book for free, my thoughts are genuine and I am going to purchase a copy of this book to support the author, that's how much I enjoyed the publication.



 
Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

My Dream Engagement Ring


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I'd rather have an awesome marriage and no ring than a stunning ring and a shitty relationship. This is just how I see it. I'm in it for the experience, not the things, but if the Universe is taking requests and wants to conspire with him to propose with a pretty thing like a ruby one, here's mine! Thank you in advance!


Today I'm daydreaming HARD about what I would love for my future engagement ring to be when a lucky man presents it to me and asks for my hand in marriage. I am not in the market to get engaged right now but that doesn't mean that a grl can't daydream about what kind of ring she secretly hopes her Prince Charming proposes to her with! A part of getting what you want is identifying it: what it feels like, tastes like, smells like, looks like; you get the drift. Then you allow yourself to feel good about it right now and then carry on with your life knowing that your request has been received and is being worked on by God/the Universe. I even like to pretend sometimes I have whatever it is that I'm desiring already. Sometimes I get immersed in the experience and how it could play out and feel. It's a lot of fun if you have a vibrant imagination like I do.


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