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.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays


Wishing each and every one of you reading, a happy and healthy holiday season spent however brings you the most joy rather it's away from home, at home, alone, with friends, family or total strangers. I wish it is what you want it to be. Give thanks for 2014 and I'll see you guys in 2015!

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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My 2014 Year End Review


Number 1 taught me to stop asking with modesty for what I wanted. Ask for what I [really] want! I asked for a $4,000 international trip and I received it. 


At most jobs, every year you will have a performance review where you and your supervisor look over the year and assess your accomplishments, what areas you can work on to hone and improve yourself and your skills and you determine what goals you want to set for yourself for the following year. Why should our lives outside of work and households be any different? I've gotten in the habit of meeting with myself and God/the Universe to review my life on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis. It keeps me self aware and prevents me from just going through the motions and watching life wiz by me. I plan to hold household meetings every week, month, quarter and year when I have a family of my own. Communication is important rather it's with others or your own self because it creates a platform to identify and discuss observations and devise actions or solutions for them.

I'm going to review and recap 7 of the things I experienced or accomplished this year and share 7 things that I want to accomplish or work on in 2015. I welcome you to review and recap some of the things you experienced this year and what you're striving for in 2015 in the comments.

In 2014 I:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Emotion in Motion Blog Tour // Feeling Powerful

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When you know more, you fear less. And when you are fearless, you are powerful.

Hello everyone. Today's post has the honor of being a part of Bernadette Pleasant's Emotion in Motion Blog Tour. I'm so excited to be involved in such a positive project with other emotional and expressive women bloggers. Learn more about the blog tour HERE and be linked to the other participating blogger's posts. There's more to being a woman than trying to keep up with Beyonce and having eyebrows on fleek. Let's dig a little deeper sometimes to get to the root of things so we can live lives that are as great as they look.

I was given the option to talk about the emotion of feeling powerful or panic. I decided to talk to feeling powerful. At first I wasn't quite sure what I was going to talk to in regards to power and applying it to women's lives but as a creative writer, I figured it would come to me as I started to write. A few hours before I started writing this piece, it hit me out of no where what to talk to. Women many times think their power is in "thinking like a man", being as fast or strong as a man, being deemed equal to and being equally respected as a man or having some high level position in life or their own business. I think our magic and power is in our yoni and our reproductive system. What makes women very powerful is our ability to carry and sustain life. I've found more power and pride through knowledge encouraging me to understand my cycle and my reproductive system instead of fearing it and feeling as if I needed medication or luck to have control over it. It took me getting on birth control, experiencing terrible side effects and one particularly frightening experience on it that led to me getting off of it immediately afterward to see that (not only was I harming my body but that) I was pretty ignorant about my reproductive system.

A lot of women are. It's not our fault. The things that I am learning now, most of us weren't taught growing

Friday, December 12, 2014

AGCM Book Club // Books on My Wishlist






If you've been following my Instagram as of late, you'll see that I'm on an amazing journey discovering how nature truly knows what it's doing and provides us with all the tools and supplies we need to understand and heal ourselves. I'm learning more about my femininity and that it's more than just my exterior parts. I'm learning how to read and take care of my internal feminine systems and cycles and learning to communicate with them and not just ignore them, begrudge them (like periods) or unnecessarily medicate them. Below are some books I want to read and add to my personal library (or someone can gift me with them, if any of my peoples are reading!). I will always be about positivity and good health overall. That's always my main life's theme and desire so my latest book wish list is reflecting me building on that and I'm excited about what I'll learn so that I can share it with you all.


Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity and Overcoming an Angry Vagina: Journey to Womb Wellness

Both are written by the renowned healer, Queen Afua. I had the pleasure of attending her wellness center grand opening two weeks ago. When I tell you her energy was so bright, wow. A truly inspiring woman who really wishes to help heal people and teach them how to heal themselves. I'm excited to get my colon cleansing treatment done at her new center next month. More on that later though!

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health



One of the readers left a comment under my Periods & Productivity post and suggested reading this book so I'm going to!













Any new books on your wishlist? Please share.

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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Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 is Coming to a Close

Hello, HELLO! I've been gone for a bit because I have been distracted with some positive things and by some less positive things. If you've been following the Instagram account, then you know what the less positive things were and you know what I'm going through now. What I shared on the Instagram account, I will be writing about on here but it's not ready yet and I want to do just a bit more research before typing up a masterful and uber helpful (I hope) post. It is my desire that it will rock your world because some of these things that I discovered totally rocked mine and I think helped me to discover more of what my purpose on this earth is about. A lot of meaningful and special things can come out of our experiences.

I have at least 2 new posts that will in these last couple weeks of the year. Please be on the lookout for them and I've got tons of plans and initiatives to launch  for 2015. I'm excited about that and so much more.

Oh and the e-Booklet is almost done! This publishing journey, I tell ya. I keep finding stuff to add, change or omit!

Stay tuned and as always thank you so much for reading. Happy Holidays!



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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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Music That Can Mac /// Sidibe

Soul Siren cover art

If Dianna Ross, Cher, Janet Jackson and Sade mated and created a baby, it would be Sidibe! I haven't physically met this songbird but she is def one of my soul sistas. She's wildly talented and in tune with herself, her feminine power and the Universe. Her beautiful energy and voice paired with great music is sure to raise your vibration. Her latest EP, Soul Siren, dropped recently and I encourage you to check it out if you enjoy good music. I love all the songs on this EP and it was really hard for me to determine a favorite but I think the one song I love just a hair more than the others is Every Day.



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, October 20, 2014

Fit Brown Girls /// Nic B of Get Fit With Nic




Feminine and Fit! ��
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I love seeing other fit, brown girls like myself to keep me inspired to make my health, fitness and physical appearance a top priority in my life. I'm no stranger to fitness and I've noticed for many years, in the fitness magazines, women of color are largely under represented. Very few of us are shown on fitness magazine covers or in the pages. Being that I create the changes that I want to see, I want to feature brown girls on here who are fit and healthy in all avenues rather your an athlete, competitor, dancer or just someone who enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle.

Today, I'm featuring the lovely personal trainer, Nic B. Many know her as Get Fit With Nic on Instagram and Tumblr. Her strength, fitness level and physique are amazing. I don't know her personally but I really get a lot of inspiration from her IG account and think she has a good spirit. With a slogan, "I can. You can. WE can", I really think she wants to help people. She makes it very clear that what she's done, anyone else can do too with discipline and the desire. Nic doesn't take any supplements, fat burners, protein powders, etc- she just eats healthy and exercises regularly.
Need Motivation to Exercise? I always feel Great Before and After a Great Workout. The reason I said before is because I’m so ampt’d to start and kill it. After Working out, I always have so much energy. Someone success story can be your motivation. If they can do it, you Can do it too. Find someone who has a story that is very inspiring, someone you can relate to on your journey. There’s nothing like Working hard and losing inches. It let’s you know your hard work is paying off. (Stay off the scale) Get a Workout Partner. Someone that has a Goal and Want to see Results just as bad as you do. Hire a Trainer that can help you set your Healthy Fitness goals and give you the proper advice/ routines needed. Music Music Music!!. Music gets me moving. It puts me in the right spirit. Make sure you have the right tunes during your workouts.
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Besides her inclusive attitude towards health and fitness, what I also love about her is that she DOESN'T weight lift. All her strength and toning comes from her own body weight resistance, the use of resistance bands and simple exercises like squats and running up and down stairs. This is really awesome because it shows that you don't need a gym membership, nor do you need to weight train to be in good shape and have a nice, toned body. She shares tons of nutrition and exercise techniques and information for free on her IG account and her Tumblr account. If you're in the LA area, she's always hosting VERY reasonably cost, group workout sessions for as low as $10 many times. She makes health feel DOABLE and not like it's a luxury for only those privileged enough to have a gym membership or personal trainer. Good health is our birthright and we all can afford to make it a high priority.

Nic is an everyday woman who isn't training to compete. She simply wants to lead a healthy lifestyle and enjoys being active. I think many of us women can relate to this. We're not competing for anything, we simply want to look and feel our best so we can live to experience tons of great things.


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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Friday, October 17, 2014

Accessories That Can Mac /// Beads by Aree

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My love for Beads by Aree is really real. I've been admiring their designs for a few years now. One of these days, I'll treat myself to the "Spaz" hoop earrings that have been on my accessories wish list (still on the living debt free journey) for over a year now. Their signature styles include wire wrapped accessories like earrings, rings and necklaces. If you watch Hello Cupid from Black & Sexy TV, then you'll see their styles have been getting some air time in the 2nd season. How exciting that must be. 

{Image Source: Beads by Aree. "Love" brace ring}

From an artistry stand point, her wire wrapping skills are nice and the creativity and great craftsmanship is in abundance. From a small business owner stand point, how exciting to see your business grow and evolve into beautiful things. From a brown sista standpoint, how awesome to see us realizing our dreams and working in our purpose.

{Image Source: Beads by Aree. "Mama's Collar" necklace}


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, October 13, 2014

Being Happy in a Job that Isn't Your Dream Job

Our happiness doesn't rest on our dream job and dream life. It rests on our decision to simply BE [happy]. Stay focused on your goals and dreams but be thankful for what you have right now and keep making moves in the direction of your desires.
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We all have goals and dreams. We all normally have stepping stones and road blocks we encounter along our journey to get to them. Outside of having faith and the hard work ethic, we have to make sure our attitude is right. We have to be happy; positive. We have to constantly remind ourselves that things and situations don't make us happy, WE make ourselves happy. Positive things, more money, nice things and great situations are a byproduct of BEING happy. I was reminded of this recently as I grew frustrated with my professional life this year. I felt at my age I should be in a different situation professionally and making a certain amount of money. I started letting these feelings eat away at some of my happiness and went astray some. I began to feel resentful and overlooked the fact that I even had a job that made it possible for me to support myself. I also began to let these things drain my energy. This did a number on me and it took me getting sick multiple times and finally a painful ear infection to get me to "listen" to what God/the Universe was telling me. I was losing sight of my journey, allowing my vibration to be lowered and blaming it on outside factors.

I read a comment under a post on The Deliberate Blog recently that spoke to me. Melody, the author of the blog, gave advice to a young woman who wrote her asking how to break up with her boyfriend without breaking his heart or coming off as mean. They weren't a vibrational match anymore because over time she raised her vibration and he hadn't (and didn't seem like he wanted to), and she wanted to let go without breaking his heart. The advise she gave was great but the part that rang through my heart and pertains to the points I'm trying to get out was a comment one commenter left. I knew it was the Universe's way of getting through to me about the importance of our attitude and who's responsibility we give it to: "The best thing you can do is by focusing on you feeling good and being in alignment, regardless if he feels good or is in alignment. Your alignment is not dependent on his alignment. Your alignment only depends on whether you allow yourself to feel good or not."

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