Monday, February 1, 2016

AGrlCanMAC Tour de l'Afrique 2016: Angola

In 2016, AGrlCanMAC is touring every country in Africa and we are welcoming each of you to travel with us! Currently, there are 54 countries in the African continent and each month of this year we are virtually visiting 5 different countries in alphabetical order.

Our bags are packed and our next stop is Angola! The itinerary is finalized and it is the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Let's get into it!

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

An African City is Back for Season 2



The 2nd season of An African City is out and I couldn't be more thrilled. The first season that was on Youtube was a major source of hair and fashion inspiration for me. To those not privvy to the show, it's the West African answer to Sex and the City and set in Accra, Ghana instead of New York City. Each character lived either in USA or Europe and have returned home to live their lives there. The first season showed the culture adjustment of moving back home after being acclimated to Western culture and how the modern day woman experiences adventures finding balance in personal, professional and romantic life. Thank God for great girlfriends to get through it all! 

The second season is available at VHX HERE to enjoy. Some of my other favorite indie production companies like Black and Sexy TV have moved over to VHX with success and increased content, quality and production. I love what An African City is trying to do and encourage you to support the 2nd season at their new home at VHX if you enjoyed the first season. I love all this independent black content that is being created. It's about time our community stop waiting for large networks to give us representation and create and support it ourselves. I'll be purchasing the 2nd season, will 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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Friday, January 29, 2016

AGrlCanMAC Tour de l'Afrique 2016: Algeria



In 2016, AGrlCanMAC is touring every country in Africa and we are welcoming each of you to travel with us! Currently, there are 54 countries in the African continent and each month of this year we are virtually visiting 5 different countries in alphabetical order.

Our bags are packed and our first stop is Algeria! The itinerary is finalized and it is the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Let's get into it!

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Happy Friday!

We made it to another weekend and I've got some good music to talk about to enjoy over your weekend and beyond. If you are already hip to these artists then keep rocking on, you already know what time it is. To those who aren't, you just might get your life listening to this music.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Another Way to KonMari Your Closet


Early last year, my wardrobe "closet" and clothing drawers were an overcrowded, disorganized and uninspiring mess. More than half of my wardrobe wasn't worn, no longer fit or just wasn't my style anymore. I found myself wearing the same 10 things all the time. I knew I needed to update my wardrobe and personal style but I needed to clear our and organize my existing wardrobe first. I stumbled on an article about the KonMari Method, created by Marie Kondo from the Japanese outlook on decluttering and organizing your home and/or spaces, and decided to apply it to my annual yet never accomplished resolution to clean out and organize my wardrobe "closet" and drawers in my bedroom. For a single gal of only 31 years, at the time, I had a lot of crap. Here in the States, we often have way more clothes than we even wear or bought things impulsively and have only worn once or that the tags are still on.

In a nut shell, the KonMari Method is a method for cleaning and organizing spaces and your home. It encourages us to be more mindful about what we have and to fill our space with items that are a necessity or that we love. Everything else needs to go in the trash or be donated to someone who can use them or will love them. You can learn more about the method HERE. KonMari instructs you to pull everything out of your closet at once and you sort through them by creating three piles: Love/Necessity, Donate and Trash. But what if you have so much stuff that this sounds so daunting and overwhelming that you don't even want to start? Or potentially worse, you started and stopped in the middle and of course, you "haven't had the time" to finish. Now you're greeted with a huge pile of everything looking at you everyday and now you really can't find anything to wear. I know myself and knew that the latter would be my story so I took a different approach to this effective closet cleaning method and tailored it to fit my lifestyle at the time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Yoni Steaming for Optimal Feminine and Vaginal Health



I'm the yoni girl and I won't deny it. Our yonis are so important for our our health and wellness and I love sharing facts and information that I learn about it and how to keep it healthy and in a balanced state. If you don't know what a yoni is, you can check out a post I did about it HERE. Today we will be talking about yoni steaming, also known as a vaginal steam bath in the western world, which is not to be confused with yoni smudging. You can learn about yoni smudging in a post I did HERE. Smudging involves smoke from burning sage leaves where as yoni steaming involves steam from blends of herbs steeping in very hot water.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Why Setting Intentions Are Better Than Making New Year's Resolutions


Most of us are used to hearing about and/or creating "resolutions", goals for ourselves, for the new year. We have renounced this practice in our lives because most often, we forget them less than halfway into the year or do not achieve them. Today we are going to talk about why setting intentions for your year may benefit you more and be more rewarding.


In my experiences, resolutions were byproducts of things that I didn't feel good about and felt like I "should" change or fix about myself. In my adolescent years, I was more quiet than I am now and I remember feeling bad about it because I thought being quiet wasn't cool and that I should be more loud and outgoing. For many years one of my resolutions was to be more bold and outgoing and each year it never happened. Becoming loud and uber outgoing didn't authentic to me. That resolution felt like what I "should" be and not what I wanted to be. Looking back now, what I really wanted were environments and activities that were of interest to me and I would have naturally felt at ease and outgoing in. Two of my passions, that still are, were writing and stationary; I probably would have been outgoing in an environment surrounded by fellow writing and stationary geeks like me.

Goals are very results driven; you're allowed to feel good once you've accomplished them.

Resolutions are often looked at as having or setting goals. Goals are things that we desire and we often give ourselves a plan of action and a set time to accomplish them by. Intentions are things that we desire without an attachment to how they will come about in our lives or when we want or need to have them by; they can also have deadlines but they are much more fluid. Intentions also focus more on how you want to feel as opposed to what you want to have. Our baseline state is to feel good so intentions usually involve a feeling that feels good to us. Goals are very results driven; you're allowed to feel good once you've accomplished them. "No pain, no gain". "You have to make sacrifices to get what you want." This is how most feel about goals, that it isn't fun getting there but you will have fun once you're there.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2 Ways to Spiritually Reset Your Feminine Energies for the New Year


It's the start of the new year and you've got your intentions ready for your professional desires, personal and health desires and romantic desires but what about your spirit wellness? Today I am sharing two ways that you can reset your spirit and feminine energies so you can slay 2016 with a spirit that is more sound and light(er).

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tour Every Country in Africa!


As a black American that is a product of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, I am of African descent. I want to learn more about the continent that my ancestors came from and that their slave masters brain washed and beat out of them feeling connected to. Traveling to South Africa in the summer of 2014 also totally blew my mind more than I had anticipated. It's a feeling that I still can't fully form into words that encapsulates everything I felt and still feel. Even though my ancestors weren't from that region of the continent, I couldn't help but feel like I was "home". Yes, I am American but being in the continent of Africa felt like home, it just did. I want to travel to every country there (Ghana is likely next and then Rwanda!). With the money not in my bank account just yet to embark on all of that, lol, the idea to virtually visit and tour every country in Africa came to me. How fun! I love using my imagination and this was the perfect project to exercise it even more.

Africa is the second largest and second most populous continent in the world and is comprised of over 50 countries! I'm excited to roll out this feature that takes us on a virtual visit to every country in Africa all throughout this year. Each month, we are hanging out in 5 countries. We will learn cool facts about each country, where to stay, what to eat and fun things to experience there. You get to visit every country in Africa without even spending a dime, how boss is that?

The intention behind this project is to explore the magic and beauty of Africa's countries and inspire travel there. Along our year long tour, I encourage people who have visited or are from any of these countries to chime in in the comments section of the posts with any recommendations of things to do, eat and experience or any travel tips. So pack your bags (you might only want to check on bag though because baggage claim fees are ridiculous!) and a carry on and let's get this travel adventure started!

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 11, 2016

January 2016 Theme & Editor's Note: Reset & Refresh



Happy New Year everyone! How is your 2016 going so far? Mine has been nothing short of amazing, already. Adventure didn't waste any time finding me and I hope that more does. 2015 really blew my mind, taught me so much and involved some very significant leaps (which I will talk about at some point this year) of faith.

This month's theme is Reset & Refresh. It's never too late to wipe the slate clean but most of us, collectively, view January 1st to be a significant day to wipe it clean and start anew. That collective energy on that day is very strong so let's go with that reset energy! This month's posts include spiritual cleansing practices you can use to reset your body and soul for the new year, discussing how setting intentions and following inspired actions can afford you the life of your dreams and the roll out of us touring each and every country in Africa! How awesome is that?! There will be a detailed post on the latter tomorrow so tune in for the low down.


This month's message, for the theme of Reset & Refresh, from me is to ALLOW yourself to be yourself.

The end of last year, I finally allowed myself to be a writer. I was saying I was a writer but my mind was telling me that I was a fraud and not the real thing. I have been writing since a pencil was placed in my hands, I've consistently written in a journal since middle school and I've been blogging since 2008. In my mind, I limited myself to just a person who thoroughly enjoyed writing. I didn't go to college for journalism or literature and I didn't have any scholarly or riveting books that I authored. I always felt that title was for the Charles Dickens, Toni Morrisons and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiches of the world, not ME. But the feeling that I was, in fact, a writer in my own right; was a monkey on my back that I couldn't shake off. I could keep it quiet or distracted temporarily, but I could never shake it off.

The day before Christmas Eve past, the pastor of my spiritual center led a meditation and visualization call that everyone collectively asked how could they be of service to the world; how could their gifts impact the world's positive evolution. Very early into the led meditation and visualization, it came through to me with clarity and boldness: YOUR WRITING, MILAN. One of my contributions to serving humanity in this realm of life is with my writing. In that moment, I acknowledged, with certainty; that I am a writer and allowed myself to be one however that looked for me. This is one of my contributions to the world and part of the purpose of my being in this world. I must use it and share it.

Allow yourself to be and watch the resources and paths reveal themselves!

Most often, we cannot reach the greatness that we want for ourselves not because we have haters or no one believes in us. The vast majority of it is because we don't allow ourselves to be or have that greatness. Like me telling myself that I wasn't a writer because all I did was journal and blog, almost all of us do this to ourselves in different ways. We limit and restrict ourselves. "I can't be an engineer because I don't know math." "I can't have my own business because I wouldn't know what to do." Allow yourself to be and watch the resources and paths reveal themselves!

I'm definitely, now, reading books on creative writing, doing writing prompt exercises and will be attending writing workshops all throughout the year to further hone my craft and my purpose. Don't be overwhelmed, just start. Don't know something? Go to school for it, shadow someone doing it, take a class, research online, read books. Allow yourself to be great and the path will appear. If you dreamed it, it means that you can do it.

Wishing everyone an amazing 2016 that is filled allowance, ease, fun and expansion. We got this. Now, let's GO!





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.

Follow AGCM on Twitter /// Instagram /// Pinterest /// Youtube

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