May 27, 2010

Are You Fantastic Only In Your Own Mind

This month we will look into the word Fantastic.

Fantastic- In the late 14th century it meant existing only in imagination. It derives from old french word fantastique, the late latin word phantasticus meaning imaginary, from the greek word phantastikos meaning able to imagine, and from phantazein meaning to make visible.

So the next time we tell our children that they are doing a fantastic job we really need to rethink what we are actually telling them. When using this term we are essentially highlighting a specific thing, act, or perhaps action. This very act is intended to positively reinforce something that is tangible, so then why do we use a word that in its very nature, means imaginary. Well family that's the purpose of the Jargon section of this blog because when we know better we do better.

May 22, 2010

Heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular disease are devastating for anyone. The risk are growing for women and even more alarming are great for Original Women. Factors that increase the risk are high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Studies also show that Original women are not care for heart disease because they do not get the same test and therefore the same treatments. The important part is to be educated on heart disease so you can take the steps to preventing and getting the proper treatments.

There are some risk factors that are not under your control. Those risk factors are:

1. Age - as women get older the risk of heart disease and stroke rise
2. Gender - Each year approximately 55,000 more women than men have strokes and about 60% of total stroke deaths occur in women
3. Family History - if heat disease and stroke are common in your family that increases the risk for you

Despite these risk factors you can take action and lower your risk by 80% by following these basic guidelines:

1. No smoking and if you do smoke quit NOW! Studies show that if you quit smoking that in one years time your risk for heat disease will lower by more than half.

2. Lower High Blood Pressure - High blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. You can work towards lowering your blood pressure by eating a heart healthy diet, lowering your sodium intake, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and limiting your alcohol intake. You may also need to take medication to help regulate you blood pressure.

3. Lower High Cholesterol - Almost half of Original Women have a total Cholesterol that is too high. Excess cholesterol and fat in your blood build up in the walls of the vessels that supply blood to the heart and can lead to blockages. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, being active and taking medication if needed are ways to help lower high cholesterol.

4. Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight - Studies show that almost 80% of Original Women are overweight. Being over weight not only increases your risk for heart disease but also increases your risk for stroke, gall bladder disease and some cancers. Even a small weight loss can help to lower your risk.

5. Try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity level of exercise daily. Physical activity is crucial for your health and for your heart health!

Take control of you health

1. Have an invested part of your health care.
2. Be sure to be very clear and concise with your doctor about your health concerns.
3. If you do not understand what the doctor is telling you ask questions
4. Know your numbers! It is important that you know your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, BMI (Body Mass Index) and waist measurements and what this means for your overall health.
5. Ask about what screening test are available for heat disease.
6. ask about a heart healthy diet that would work well for you.

You have to power to take control of heart disease and not to let heart disease take control of you!

Queen Kalila Earth

May 13, 2010

Creating the Life You Always Wanted to Live

Being who we are as women we often spent a lot of time nurturing, caring for and attending to the needs, wants and concerns of our family, friends and others leaving little time to care for ourselves. As we go through our day to day routine this doesn't seem like much of a big deal but there always comes that day when we think, "When was the last time I took a bubble bath, read a good book, or got a pedicure?" How often do women wake up on their 30th, 40th, or 50th birthday to realize that every dream and aspiration they had in their 20s was replaced with the dreams of their children, husbands, siblings or friends? how ofter do we hear, "Wow, you are so great. I don't know how you hold it all together and still have time to be there for all your friends."

There is nothing wrong wit loving and attending to our family and friends but we MUST make time to love our self and nurture our dreams. Care about and tend to our needs and wants. Do what it takes reach our fullest potential.
A few steps we can take toward creating the life we always wanted to live are:
1. Knowing its okay to say no - we often have a desire to please which leads us to say yes to things we really want to say no to. Not wanting to let anyone down hurt any one's feelings. Being able to say no to some of the invites and demands in you like will give you time to develop the dreams you have for you life.

2. Give yourself enough time to get "it" don't - If there are tasks that you must complete be sure to give yourself ample time to complete it. Giving yourself to many things to do in a short period of time will just result in you feeling like you have failed if they can't be completed on time
3. Listen to your inner voice - that voice that is telling you that you can do it. That you are not too old to go back to school. The voice that is telling you that you and important and vital part of the family and member of society and you have something important to offer. This is the voice that is speaking for you and you should take heed!

4. Take care of your health - as Original Women there are so many health issues that we face (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke) and we have the power to cut the risk. Healthy diet, exercise, not smoking, limiting our stress levels and regular checkups will help us live longer, healthier lives!

5. Focus - Focus on who it is you know you were meant to be. Focus on your dreams. A fun activity to help with this is making a Focus Board. A Focus Board is a visualization tool used to aid in the achievement of our goals and help you reach your fullest potential.

Materials needed:

Crayons, markers, old magazines and newspapers, scissors, construction paper and glue

You use the newspapers and magazines to cut out pictures and words that represent goals you wold like to achieve in you life. Glue these to your construction paper and hang in a place where you can see it and focus on it on a daily basis. This is a great daily reminder of all of the wonderful things you would like to manifest in your life!

We hold the key that opens the door of opportunity that lay before us. Use those keys to open those doors and see what life has in store for you!

Queen Kalila Earth

May 11, 2010

A Dedication To Motherhood

Peace and Blessings Family,

As mothers day has come and gone the celebration of motherhood fades into the sunset. So I wanted to bring it back into the forefront. Mothering is a 24/7 365 day event with no breaks which deserves more than one day of recognition from others and even ourselves. We as original woman not only nursed, nurtured and cared for our own babies but those within our communities as well. This has been a major part of what has given us strength as a community and as a people. The time has come to stop reminiscing about back in the day when we had "big momma" (we all had one) who cared for us and what seemed like the whole neighborhood. The time has come for us to reconnect to the beauty in being a woman, a wife, and a mother. Our villages NEED US NOW!! They need us to be strong, regal, wise, loving, nurturing, supportive and divine!! So to all of the mothers, this is dedicated to you.

This womb cradled civilizations
Nurturing highly melanated minds creating nations
The stars looked at you with jealousy
Seeking to emulate your melody

La da di dat daa,  La da di dat daa

Sweet sounding rhythms
changing chemical compositions
formulating you so perfectly
From the mind into matter
Where all the bloodlines gather

La da di dat daa, La da di dat daa

The universe holds you close
As the light seeks your face
Being one in this time and this space
Two heartbeats closely synced
Became one even to think

La da di dat daa, La da di dat daa

Beautiful SciAsia Aset Earth

May 6, 2010

Peach Mango Smoothie

With those hot summer days quickly approaching us I thought I would share a recipe for a great fruit smoothie! Guaranteed to cool of those summer days!

  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 1 mango, sliced and diced
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice


Place peach, mango, almond milk and orange juice into a blender. Cover and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

May 4, 2010

Our Strength As A Unit Lies In Our Strength As Individuals

Peace and Blessings,

We often hear that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link. Well in the case of sisterhood, the bond is no stronger than the weaker sister. Now that may seem very harsh but it is also very real. Many of us have had what we considered to be strong bonds created with other sisters, destroyed by the littlest of things. We may have asked ourselves all types of questions in the event that this has happened to us. So i wanted to touch on this topic. It is always easier to walk through life with rose colored glasses, but when reality hits it can be more painful due to that particular view. As sisters, what we bring to the bond be it good or bad either strengthens the bond or tears it down. Much like a relationship with a man, we must either deal with the pain of our past and move forward or continue to allow our past to effect our present day situations. Many of us lie to ourselves about the extent of the damage that exists within us to do poor relationships with other girls/women from grade school through high school. Those interactions shape or in some cases dictate how we experience college and then work life in relation to other women. Due to the nature of our own ego's we simply want to push these issues on the back burner as if they can not and will not still burn us. When we choose to open up to a man, we accept that there is a vulnerability that goes along with that. We are willing to work through all types of MESS to deal with that man. Yet, with our sisters we place unrealistic standards on the nature of that union. We no longer tolerate differences and we begin to view our sisters as being dispensable. We have to shift this type of mindset. We are destroying our chances of creating strong communities of women who support, nurture, guide and love each other.

We may not:
  • Always get along
  • Always disagree peacefully
  • Always be there when the other person wants us to be
  • Always live up to each others expectations
  • Always know what to say
  • Always know when to say something
  • Always do the right thing
  • Always say the right thing


We need to always:
  • Respect each other
  • Be understanding of one another
  • Love each other
  • Be patient with each other
  • Leave room for growth as individuals
  • Accept your differences
  • Promote honest and open communication
  • Accept what we view as flaws in our sisters

Sisterhood is not and will not always be easy, but I will say that it is definitely worth the investment. We simply need to remember to be strong and resolute in who we are and be willing to learn and grow. I love you all as I love myself and want for you what I want for myself. So lets get back to promoting communities of women who support one another and promote the continuation of the practice as well.

Beautiful SciAsia Aset Earth