Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AGCM Book Club // The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


This latest book club share came from boss chick, Myleik Teele, founder and CEO of CurlBox. If you don't follow her on Instagram, she is worth following. She shares a lot of great books that she reads and I'm glad she does. This one was a game changer for me and has definitely upped my bossy energy.

Did you know that once a habit is in place, it cannot be destroyed in the brain? Habits can only be created or changed and The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg explains why and how habits are a part of everything in our personal and professional lives for the better or worse. It is riddled with great examples throughout the book about how habits can effect individuals, social movements (like the Civil Rights Movement in USA) and businesses/corporations. I especially liked how the focus on one habit for the company, Alcoa, had a majorly, positive domino effect within the organization. It's a really inspiring story and the book is empowering and inspiring overall. It's like you're getting in on a "secret" to success and life. Every boss chick should check this read out.

The Power of Habit helped make me more aware of habits I have that are subconscious and those that are deliberate and makes changes to any that didn't work out in my favor. I live even more deliberately and  get more things accomplished personally as well as professionally because I have better and more effective habits in place. Most "successful" people that we will meet in life had boss habits that they follow that aided in their success. I borrowed it from the library first to make sure that I liked it and since I do, I will be adding this to my personal home library.

Have any habits you'd like to change or create to keep your boss chick energy hight? What are some of them?


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, April 13, 2015

Habits and Rituals Like a BOSS:: How Deliberate Habits and Rituals are Changing My Life

Life before a morning routine felt a lot like this!

As I've grown in awesomeness, I've developed an affinity for having routines and/or rituals in place for constants in my everyday life. I have found that rituals keep my focus and energies from becoming distracted as easily and losing site of my goals. In other words, rituals help me get more things done. Rather I was aware or not, I had habits/routines/rituals in my life that weren't all intentional or productive. Last year I decided to take a more proactive approach towards my life so that I could live more intentionally and not be as skittish and reactive. I started small by turning my attention to how I started my day and created a morning routine. Why this was important was because before creating this, my morning ritual was one of a reactive and chaotic nature. It normally included hitting the snooze button ten million times, almost oversleeping and then running around like a crazy person with clothes, soap and lotion flying everywhere while getting ready so that I wasn't late for work. This is not a good way to start one's day with their energies frazzled from jump. Since I was doing this everyday, it would spill over into work and at the end of the day I would come home spent.

Late last year, I decided to take control of this chaos and give it orders. My intention behind it was to end the chaos I was beginning each day with and instead start my day on a more peaceful and empowering note. I wanted to get ready for work at a pace that was fair but wasn't rushed and I wanted to leave the house feeling ready to take on the world. So the morning ritual was created and I've been doing for a few months now. I wake up between 5 and 5:30am (I can thank years of being a corporate pigeon for that!). Early, right? But it's very true, in my case, that the early bird catches the worm.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

No Buy Challenge 2015




"Live like no else now so you can live like no one else later."- Dave Ramsey, personal finance adviser


I've stated HERE that I am not playing around this year. I am in debt detonation mode. It started with paying off all my credit card debt the end of last year and now I'm trapped in the cipher and don't want to come out until all my remaining debt is gone. I have laser focus and I want my remaining school loan balance of about 15K zeroed by this December or sooner. I've been listening to a lot of the Dave Ramsey show lately and those debt free screams those people and families do excite me, inspire me and motivate me. There are individuals, families and couples who have sometimes paid like 100K off in 3-4 years! These are everyday people paying their damn houses and student loans off in under 5 years! Some of their salaries started out under 30K annually when they started this journey and by the time their debts were paid off, they were making; many times, double or more than double their starting salary. How can you not be inspired by that? I want to be "weird" like that. So it's time for me to focus harder, I can taste this victory. I would love to call into the show this year, at some point, to proudly do my "I'M DEBT FREEEEEEEE" scream.

I have decided to, in addition to increasing my streams of income, go on a no buy challenge this whole year.

Monday, April 6, 2015

15K to Zero by December or Bust! How I'm Zeroing 15K Worth of School Loans by the End of This Year

Me graduating from OSU back in June 2005 with my little sis.
I can't believe this June marks 10 years since I GRADUATED from college! I also am smh'ing that after 10 years, I'm still paying this school loan back! 


Late last year when I was goal setting for this year, I dreamt big. I told God/the Universe that I really want the remaining 15K balance on my school loan ZEROED by December or sooner. Yes, I want 15K gone in 1 year. I set my intentions, devised my game plan and when January 1st arrived, game time. Halfway through last year, 2014, I started paying $4 more than the minimum monthly payment of $256 to make it an even amount of $260. At the time, I was paying off my credit card debt/balances (which I successfully zeroed last December!) and that's all I could afford. In January I started adding an extra $10 on top of the $4 extra I was already doing onto my school loan, minimum monthly payment. I'm doing this to add more fire to the energy and intention I have behind the belief that I live in abundance and will pay what's left on my school loan SWIFTLY. I've been paying on it for 10 years and I say no more, want this sucker gone. This extra money on top of the minimum is my message to the Universe that I am serious about this and I intend to dead it before another 5 or 10 years has a chance to roll around! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Music Than Can MAC // Entrstellar Remix of Pharell's Frontin


Happy Friday! Reporting to share some feel good music for your weekend. I shared Entrstellar on here last month but if you all are still sleeping on this producer duo, wake up! They are good. They recently dropped remixes to Pharell's Frontin and Daft Punk's Technologic. Frontin remix is dope and more twerking in the front of the mirror in the privacy of my bathroom has been goin down. I love Daft Punk and they did this remix to Technologic justice! And if you like their remixes, for now, they are free for you to download for your enjoyment or add to your dance mixes. Check out both below and, poof, your weekend has just been made. You're welcome. :-) Let me know what you think. Pay their Soundcloud page a visit to hear all their projects. They drop new material every two weeks.






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, April 1, 2015

April 2015 Editor's Note: The Definition of Being Bossy







Wow, April already! The year is moving right along at a nice clip, let go of the seat belt! So ya grl has been a busy bee, pouring lots of great intentional energy and work into this space. I've made some changes on the site and over the past two months you'll notice that at least one new post is consistently going up at the start of each week. I love where things are headed. In my last editor's note, I talked of some great things I had in store and the picture above is one of them. You like? Let me explain what's going on. The start of each month, an editor's note will go up from me and include a magazine cover of sorts highlighting 4 pieces that will definitely go up on the blog that month. So for each month, at least one new post will always go up the start of each week and the "magazine cover" will give you an idea of what's coming for the weeks ahead in that month. Right now, the cover grl is almost always going to be ya grl but in the future, I'd love to start making some of YOU the cover grls! Sometimes I will give the months themes and other times, I may not.

This month's theme is I'm Bossy, being bossy; being a boss [chick]. The first thought that comes to me when thinking about being bossy/a boss is Kelis singing the chorus, "I'm Bossy!". The thoughts behind what being bossy is are highly individual. I define a woman being bossy or being a boss chick as someone who is a visionary, driven and active. She's got things to see and do and she's going to "git er done." She doesn't sit on the sidelines watching and waiting to be called to the table. She walks up to the table; has a seat and introduces herself.

Monday, March 30, 2015

I Still Miss Suede Magazine


It was my favorite urban, multi-cultural women's fashion magazine. Suede had magic that is incomparable, it's sad they only got to print 4 issues. Suede magazine debuted in 2004 and by 2005 was a wrap. I had all four issues, I wish I had saved them! I was a broke college student and eagerly absorbed every issue that came out. The issues and glossy pages took me away to another world of urban diva fabulousness that I knew I would get to partake in once I graduated and wasn't broke anymore.


Vogue and Harper's Bazaar were available to us but they weren't talking to us. Suede was. I loved seeing women that looked like me on almost all of the pages and designer wares and beauty and style tips being shared and discussed with us. Though I couldn't afford practically any of the styles showcased at the time (broke college student), they inspired me and my outfit pairings. My favorite issues were the debut one with Alicia Keys on cover and the Eve cover. Just the energy behind it and the visuals always spoke to me, excited me and inspired me. I know how tough the magazine industry can be, especially the print magazine world but I just miss Suede. I wish they would come back digitally, print again or something. What did you love about Suede magazine?


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 25, 2015

Editor's Note: Good Things to Come



Hi Everyone,

How are you? I hope this finds you all well. I'm coming in here really quickly to say hi and spread some positive energy. I'm so excited for all the awesome things I have up my sleeve for AGrlCanMAC. I'm really stepping into my destiny, owning my destiny and having so much fun along the ride. A lot of good things are in store and I won't show my hand just yet but just know I'm putting in that old fashioned, heart and soul and good work. One of the good things drops next month and I'm really psyched to launch it. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it and putting it into place.

Please check out my e-Book, AGrlCanMAC Presents: Fine Natural Hair, Don't Care: Tips to help natural hair with fine strands and medium to low density thrive, over at Amazon if you haven't already. You don't need a Kindle to read it, just download and use the FREE Kindle reading app. In it, I'm sharing helpful tips for naturals with hair made up of fine strands and is of medium to low density. We have to do some things a little different than our other natural sisters but that's ok once we know what to do! 

Hope you all are having a great week. Thank you, as always, for reading. I do this for me (why lie) and I do this you all too. Let's enjoy life and get our MAC (Mold Anything to Create our reality) on!













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 23, 2015

Learning My Rwandan Heritage // Rwandan Singer/Artist: Teta Diana

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Rwandan singer artist: Teta Diana
{Image Source}

Last year I found out that I'm a "young East African girl" after all. Lol. I am of Rwandan-Burundian descent on my mother's paternal side of the family and have since been learning about the culture and history. Recently someone reached out to me via email and shared with me a ton of Rwandan links and information. I'm so thankful for them sharing all that they did; it was a huge help and so kind of them. I had a post where I talked about Rwandan artist, Nicole Musoni, whom I really like. She's like a Rwandan Selena, except she doesn't dance. In the email they shared with me some other musicians to check out. One of them is named Teta Diana. While Nicole is pop-R&B, Teta is more contemporary Rwandan music. Her single, "Kata" has those feel good, let's dance vibes. I couldn't find a website for her but she has a Facebook page at Teta Diana. Any of you know of any other Rwandan-Burundian artists that I should know about?


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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Braids, Wide Brim Hats and Kimonos // My Spring & Summer 2015 Style Inspirations

I want a wide brim hat like Janelle Monae has in this picture {Image Source}

Winter's been, well, winter and though I have enjoyed the time snuggling under warm blankets with cups of hot chocolate and movie nights in, I'm experiencing a bit of cabin fever. It's time for winter and I to part ways for a few months. I'm so ready for spring and summer! I'm ready to be outdoors riding bikes, frequenting the beach, sipping on bottomless mimosas at rooftop brunches and the ladies' night I'm planning with my girlfriends uptown at La Marina. I'm inspired by so many things that I want to make and add to my personal style collection like a wide brim hat. Janelle Monae has been slaying in this accessory lately.

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