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.
{Image Source: Get Fit With Nic}
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

{Image Source: Beads by Aree. "Green Journey" hoop earrings}

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."

Friday, October 10, 2014

AGCM Book Club /// How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any by Erik Wecks


"If the goods and services you purchase with your money are a true reflection of your values, then a person who pays their credit card before feeding themselves has been so hijacked by bank marketing and scare tactics they actually value the bank's interests more than their own health and that of their family."- pg 52 of How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any by Erik Wecks


Making a lot of money and being financially stable do not always go hand in hand. The recession of 2008 showed us that when much of the middle and upper middle class ended up the creek without a paddle. Many are homeless and many are still recovering and earning less than what they were before. How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any by Erik Wecks encourages readers to make the most of what money they have right now, before one starts indulging in their wants (using cash or credit to fund them), and to make sure the basic necessities like food and shelter are given top priority. Some of us aren't in the position see that far ahead to the wealth creation and building mindset when we just want to be able to have safe shelter, clothes and food on the table. Having been in and out of debt, a family to take care of and not wealthy just yet, Erik can be related to. His frank yet non judgmental, tone encourages readers to become critical thinkers, take control of their finances and strive for financial stability. I love that he's pro making sure your basic needs can be taken care first of before placing dire emphasis on paying off debt and even saving for retirement. The future means nothing if you're not good right now. He also inspires readers to question just about everything that involves their hard earned cash: need vs want, what do you value, credit score worship, do you really need credit as much as you think you do, aspiration for living debt free, marketers injecting "emotion" and "morals" into ad campaigns to get your dollars, why banks, many financial advisers and many debt consolidation firms don't have your best interests in mind most of the time.

He also shared, which I totally agree with, that a home is NOT a [good] investment that you will receive more money, than you put in, back on. A home is shelter, nothing more, nothing less. He doesn't discourage buying homes, he just encourages readers to stop thinking they will receive a surplus monetary return on this "investment". He also encourages people to not distress their family life and basic necessities, like food, to keep a home they can no longer afford.

I think this book would resonate well/best with those new to managing their personal finances, who's monthly expenses are more than their monthly income, who are living paycheck to paycheck or who need a financial mindset reset before they wipe out. If you already have insight into your finances and are aware of and familiar with budgeting, saving and spending less than you earn, you will just feel like he's preaching to the choir.

PS (If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read this book for free.)

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 9, 2014

Periods and Productivity /// Cool Apps for the Modern Woman



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I don't like to use the word busy anymore. In my abundance thinking, "busy" sounds like I don't have time. I want to have time and for time to be on my side so instead I prefer the word, "productive". This infers that I'm aware of how many hours are in each day and I make good use of them. Today's modern woman is just as productive as her mother, grandmothers and great grandmothers were, she just has more technology available at her finger tips to help her stay the course. Here are some cool apps for your iPhone (and in some cases Android) that I think could help a 21st century sista keep her life a little more in check.




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Period Planner
We all get asked the same question at the OBGYN's office for our annual checkup: when was your last period? Some of you straight don't record them nor remember exact dates and just throw out an approximate date range. Some of you are like me and log yours every month on your calendar in your phone. I'm a serial documenter so I think this app is cool because you can log your periods, how long they were, symptoms and moods, when you have sex and, if you take any, when you take your birth control. For those that don't regularly document this type of information, this can help you recognize any patterns or fluctuations in your cycle. That can help you identify if everything is all good or if something is off.

The app also PREDICTS how long your cycle is, when your next period will be and your fertile days. If you and your partner want to conceive, you may want to get busy around the predicted fertile time

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mixtress Chronicles /// Egg Protein Conditioning Treatment, Great for Fine Natural Hair!


If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw recently that I did an egg protein conditioning treatment. I don't consume eggs regularly anymore but had two left over from making omelets a little while ago. I didn't know what to do with them so I thought it was the perfect time to try out the egg protein conditioning treatment. It's super easy and inexpensive to make and any hair type or texture can reap the benefits: light protein, imparts shine or sheen (for me it would be sheen) and smoother strands. As a fine hair (and medium density) natural, my fine strands adore protein treatments regularly and it took a liking to this light protein one. I could do this every other week. The treatment had my hair feeling fortified and smooth and helped impart more definition to my coils.

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Recipe
1-2 eggs (I have around BSL hair when stretched and 1 egg was enough for me)
1-2 Tbsp of oil of your choice: EVOO or coconut oil work really great (as pictured I used sunflower seed oil and it worked great)
Optional: quick squirt of honey or agave nectar

Mix all three ingredients together well in a glass or plastic bowl. Apply to hair in sections with hands or an application brush and leave on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing out. Then continue with your usual wash routine.

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You can apply this mix before or after washing your hair. I normally apply my conditioners to my hair before washing it. You also can leave this on for however long you like; at least15 minutes should allow for the treatment to be effective. I got caught up in cooking dinner and housework so I left mine on for about an hour but that's not necessary to reap the benefits. You can put a plastic conditioning cap on while the conditioner is left on or not. I imagine adding heat or steam would be a nice treat with this treatment too.

One last thing: When rinsing the treatment out, make sure that the water isn't too hot or the egg mixture will cook! Yes, you will have scrambled eggs in your hair if you're not careful! I found a scant few, lil fried egg pieces in the front of my hair. Must have been when the apartment above me, flushed their toilet and the water temperature got hotter for a second. Lol.


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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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AGCM Book Club /// Fly on a Dime: How to Find Fabulous Fashion at Any Thirft Shop & Make the Cheap Look Chic by Patrice J. Williams



If you are a virgin to thrifting and want in on the action but don't know how to get started then look no further because Looking Fly on a Dime by Patrice J. Williams comes to the rescue. Patrice is the writer and owner of the style blog Looking Fly on a Dime. This eBook is a thorough guide, yet a light read, chock full of great tips to snag designer and one-of-a-kind pieces to add some flare to your style for cheap, like sometimes even $1 cheap! She includes tips on prep for an outing, thrifting etiquette, what to get and what to put back, whether to thrift alone or with friends, how to sanitize; deordorize and care for your finds and ideas for how to rock your secured goodies. As a seasoned thrifter, the tips she shared are the sames jewels that I would share with newbies. I enjoyed and drew inspiration from the pictures Patrice shared of looks she's created from partially or fully thrifted items. I especially loved the look she created with a beautiful, thrifted cape. I want hers! I so want one for the fall and am hoping the thrifting gods will place a fab one in my view during my next thrifting excursion!

You can find the book through Amazon (Kindle). Happy thrifting!





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, September 29, 2014

Women's Sexual & Spiritual Health /// Yoni Eggs

{Image Source: Ashley's Naturals}


Us women are such precious and powerful beings. Our wombs carry and sustain life and give and receive pleasure. They can also carry guilt, shame and other negative energy. Yoni is a sanskrit word for a woman's "sacred space or passage"; it's a more beautiful term for a woman's vagina. I like that word better and think I shall incorporate that into my vocabulary instead. Yoni eggs are made from different crystals to address different types of energies and things going on in your womb and your overall physical and spiritual body.  An egg is inserted into the vagina and kegel exercises are employed over a duration of time to help strengthen your vaginal muscle and keep them tight (especially after you have had a baby and want to "snap it back") to keep the egg inside of you. Some of the other benefits include helping with experiencing stronger orgasms (for you and your partner), the ability to create your own "juices" for comfortable and pleasurable sex and feeling a strong sense of awareness and being in tune with your feminine self and the power.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Music Than Can Mac /// Sza

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Many of you may have heard of Sza. I'm just getting hip to her. Earlier this week, a cool Instagram page I follow, @TheGoodVibe.Music, shared a short clip of her song Babylon (see the video below) and I got sucked in. Her voice to me has that haunting, eerie sound like Lana del Ray. I find that her  "Z" EP puts me into that "weird chill out music" space that I like when I'm at home relaxing. And of course I love her big, bodacious natural hair!



 


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, be good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Don't Wait. Start Saving and Investing NOW.

I actively attract wealth.

"By all means, be responsible and pay back your debts in a timely manner but don't let repayment take precedence over your overall well being."

I'm not a financial analyst, investor, stock broker, adviser, accountant, etc. I'm a woman going through life one hiccup at a time on the quest to "get my shit together" or get it better, at least. Like many, I've gotten myself into debt, gotten myself out of it, only then to get myself back into it. I'm now on the journey to get out of it and stay out of it; end the in-n-out cycle. One thing I'm UNlearning is waiting until my consumer debt is paid off to start saving or investing. I love Suze Orman and maybe I misunderstood her message regarding debt and saving but I interpreted her books and the messages in her show, The Suze Orman Show (which I used to watch religiously), to be encouraging people not to actively contribute to a savings account when they had consumer debts, ie credit card balances, car notes, loans, etc. to pay off. Her reasoning is/was that you are making no money with it sitting in savings (Your money doesn't grow chillin in savings accounts. Their interest rates are too low to see growth. Even high yield savings accounts (CD's included) don't get above 1% these days) and that money could be used towards eliminating your debt much faster.

While I understood what she was saying, I soon realized that living by this philosophy, I had NOTHING for a rainy day. Nothing. I also wasn't putting anything away for my retirement because

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