Lifestyle

"Live every moment, Laugh everyday,and Love beyond words"- Anonymous 

LOVE.INSPIRATION.HEALTH

 

Peace

This picture for me defines peace. It defines elegance and style but in a calm way. It was taken in the fall at the beautiful Kenneth Han Park in the Japanese Gardens. Galations 5:22 says "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness." Let's do all of these things, be good to one another and most importantly find peace in all that you pursue. Namaste.

                                                   

     

   

Joy

This shot is natural joy. The joy I feel when I see my mom or grandmother. The joy I feel when I do yoga and feel my body organs and breathe. Joy, unspeakable Joy. I thank God for these moments knowing that God always provides and my needs are met, even in the most challenging times. Remember Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Find Joy in the little things and enjoy this journey called life that God has prepared for you.

Family

 
                                     Gramma Lucille   My Grammy Lucille is 100 years old and is doing quite well. She was born in Belize City, Belize and gave birth to 10 children. She was integral in raising me as a young child. Grammy and I talk daily and I'm so grateful, as she is my spiritual strength, friend, confidant, and other mother. She prays with her prayer partner daily for everyone and everything you could think of. Gardening is a favorite pastime, reading her bible, watching game shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and chatting with her 7 living children and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. I love her dearly. <3   

                                   Gramma Lucille

My Grammy Lucille is 100 years old and is doing quite well. She was born in Belize City, Belize and gave birth to 10 children. She was integral in raising me as a young child. Grammy and I talk daily and I'm so grateful, as she is my spiritual strength, friend, confidant, and other mother. She prays with her prayer partner daily for everyone and everything you could think of. Gardening is a favorite pastime, reading her bible, watching game shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and chatting with her 7 living children and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. I love her dearly. <3

 

 My Family is everything to me. They pick up me up when I'm down, they've seen me cry, and they've helped me through my most challenging moments. Without them I wouldn't be pursuing my music career as fully and be the loving person I am today. Love each and every one of you.&nbsp;    (Left To Right: Kenyetta (Sister), Kimana (Sister), Alex (Brother), Me, Noah (Nephew), Margaret (Mom), Yannick (Nephew), Patricia (Sister), Missy (Sister), Tanya (Sister Missing from Picture)

My Family is everything to me. They pick up me up when I'm down, they've seen me cry, and they've helped me through my most challenging moments. Without them I wouldn't be pursuing my music career as fully and be the loving person I am today. Love each and every one of you. 
 

(Left To Right: Kenyetta (Sister), Kimana (Sister), Alex (Brother), Me, Noah (Nephew), Margaret (Mom), Yannick (Nephew), Patricia (Sister), Missy (Sister), Tanya (Sister Missing from Picture)

 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;  &nbsp; Granny Eunice    My Granny Eunice is 89 years old and lives in Toronto, Canada. She was born in Guyana City, Guyana and is a very humble lady. She loves to cook, bake, remain active and enjoys watching soap operas. :) In her younger days, she enjoyed raising her 13 children, 11 of whom are alive today as well as sewing clothes for her them. Her love for her children,&nbsp;grandchildren, and great-grand children is evident and she always remains positive. Though she lives far, she always thinks of me and we are connecting by phone more as the years go on. I'm going to visit her in Canada for her 90th birthday in 2018. Love you Granny Eunice! &lt;3

                                      Granny Eunice

My Granny Eunice is 89 years old and lives in Toronto, Canada. She was born in Guyana City, Guyana and is a very humble lady. She loves to cook, bake, remain active and enjoys watching soap operas. :) In her younger days, she enjoyed raising her 13 children, 11 of whom are alive today as well as sewing clothes for her them. Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grand children is evident and she always remains positive. Though she lives far, she always thinks of me and we are connecting by phone more as the years go on. I'm going to visit her in Canada for her 90th birthday in 2018. Love you Granny Eunice! <3

Inspiration

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                                     Strength 

        Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, our recent and forever First Lady of the U.S. inspires me to live with strength, ability,and poise. She is a fighter and has fought for the well being and health of the entire nation these past 8 years. A special quote from her that I hope inspires you is: "One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals." 

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                                            Love 

            Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West, the author, professor, scholar, and theologian is a phenomenal human being. I've read his books Race Matters and his autobiography, Living and Loving Outloud. A social justice advocate and activist, he is the epitome of selflessness. One of my favorite quotes by him is as follows: "Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.

 

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                                       Authenticity 

              Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu is among my top 3 favorite artists and influences. This beautiful woman is a singer-songwriter, record producer, doula, activist and actress. Her spirit of love, healing, and truthfulness rings close to my heart. In her words, "Beauty looks like encouragement, patience, acceptance, forgiveness, carefulness, and compassion. Beauty is spiritual and physical." 

Health

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Marguerite's Health Tips!

 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;  &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Omega 3   They are great for the brain! Prevents against depression, and its a good boost for brain functioning.&nbsp;      

                                      Omega 3

They are great for the brain! Prevents against depression, and its a good boost for brain functioning. 

 

 

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                                          Walking

Did you know that walking is like the best form of exercise? Some key benefits: improves circulation, lightens mood, strengthens muscles, leads to less memory loss. 

 

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                                         Vitamin D

Many great benefits but regulates mood and fights against depression! 1 a day will put you on the right foot. :) 

 

 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Travel   Traveling is one of my hobbies! I've been to 6 countries (Belize, Canada, Guatemala, France, Italy, and Spain)&nbsp;and 15 states, and I'm so grateful for all of these experiences. They've opened my horizons, stretched me, and helped me become the person I am today. Feel free to email me or DM me if you wanna learn about traveling in general or my personal travel experiences! :)

                                       Travel

Traveling is one of my hobbies! I've been to 6 countries (Belize, Canada, Guatemala, France, Italy, and Spain) and 15 states, and I'm so grateful for all of these experiences. They've opened my horizons, stretched me, and helped me become the person I am today. Feel free to email me or DM me if you wanna learn about traveling in general or my personal travel experiences! :)

  &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Yoga    Yoga is AMAZING for the body! Some of my favorite benefits: it prevents joint breakdown, lowers stress hormone cortisol, makes you happier and helps with depression. Its easily become my healthy addiction. &nbsp;:) This is Adrienne! My very first Yoga Teacher, she is awesome and in her 70's and teaching YOGA! She helped me really love the practice. Just proves that Yoga is for ALL Bodies, shapes and sizes. You can catch her Tuesday Night and Saturday Morning classes at Crenshaw Yoga and Dance, see my "Wellness Resources Section" for more info. &lt;3

                                            Yoga

Yoga is AMAZING for the body! Some of my favorite benefits: it prevents joint breakdown, lowers stress hormone cortisol, makes you happier and helps with depression. Its easily become my healthy addiction.  :) This is Adrienne! My very first Yoga Teacher, she is awesome and in her 70's and teaching YOGA! She helped me really love the practice. Just proves that Yoga is for ALL Bodies, shapes and sizes. You can catch her Tuesday Night and Saturday Morning classes at Crenshaw Yoga and Dance, see my "Wellness Resources Section" for more info. <3

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                                             Laugh 

As the saying goes, laughter is good for the soul. Apart from that, laughing relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, and can help you live longer. Laugh away ya'll! <3

We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us, that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.
— Bill Watterson

Local Wellness Resources

                      

 NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. &nbsp;I have the privilege of working for the Nami Urban LA location in Leimert Park as the School Based Programs Outreach Coordinator, working with high school and college youth on mental health awareness.&nbsp;NAMI has family to family classes for those whose loved ones have been affected by mental illness and even peer to peer classes for those recovering with mental health challenges. NAMi helps shape public policy, hosts NAMI walks, and has a national NAMI hotline. NAMI Urban LA is South LA's nearest chapter in Leimert Park. See the NAMI website at:  Nami.org  to find your local chapter. Follow the National Organization on Instagram   @namicommunicate   and follow NAMI Urban LA   @namiurbanla   to stay connected.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  I have the privilege of working for the Nami Urban LA location in Leimert Park as the School Based Programs Outreach Coordinator, working with high school and college youth on mental health awareness. NAMI has family to family classes for those whose loved ones have been affected by mental illness and even peer to peer classes for those recovering with mental health challenges. NAMi helps shape public policy, hosts NAMI walks, and has a national NAMI hotline. NAMI Urban LA is South LA's nearest chapter in Leimert Park. See the NAMI website at: Nami.org to find your local chapter. Follow the National Organization on Instagram @namicommunicate and follow NAMI Urban LA @namiurbanla to stay connected.

 Kinetic Studio LA is a Black Owned Community Wellness Center located in the heart of South LA, Kinetic aims to strengthen the mental, physical, and spiritual health of the community. It's changed my life and made me a much healthier person. Owners Coach La Niecia' Vicknair and Coach Kiola Raines are committed to changing the mindsets of the community and helping folks living healthier and happier, as well as their awesome staff.&nbsp; Check out the website for more information:  www.kineticstudio.la , and follow Kinetic on    I nstagram   @kineticstudiola.&nbsp;

Kinetic Studio LA is a Black Owned Community Wellness Center located in the heart of South LA, Kinetic aims to strengthen the mental, physical, and spiritual health of the community. It's changed my life and made me a much healthier person. Owners Coach La Niecia' Vicknair and Coach Kiola Raines are committed to changing the mindsets of the community and helping folks living healthier and happier, as well as their awesome staff.  Check out the website for more information: www.kineticstudio.la, and follow Kinetic on Instagram @kineticstudiola. 

 Marilyn Latham is a Health and Wellness advocate and Reiki Practitioner who believes passionately that individuals can love themselves into total wellness. She currently has a level 2 Reiki Certification and is studying to become a Reiki Master. Marilyn believes everything at its core is energy and when challenges are approached from this idea there is nothing that can’t be achieved.&nbsp; As an emotional wellness coach Marilyn uses Reiki and Mindfulness meditation to assist clients in overcoming challenges, reaching goals, identifying limiting beliefs, removing energy blocks, reducing stress, mental clarity and gaining focus to live their most authentic and productive life. Reiki is an ancient energy healing technique that travels through the bodies chakras and aura releasing old negative energy and replacing it with new positive energy. When our energy is cleared we are intentionally become a vibrational match to our desires. Follow her on Instagram   @marvalas1   and visit her website:&nbsp; http://www.loveyourselfhealyourself.com .&nbsp;

Marilyn Latham is a Health and Wellness advocate and Reiki Practitioner who believes passionately that individuals can love themselves into total wellness. She currently has a level 2 Reiki Certification and is studying to become a Reiki Master. Marilyn believes everything at its core is energy and when challenges are approached from this idea there is nothing that can’t be achieved.  As an emotional wellness coach Marilyn uses Reiki and Mindfulness meditation to assist clients in overcoming challenges, reaching goals, identifying limiting beliefs, removing energy blocks, reducing stress, mental clarity and gaining focus to live their most authentic and productive life. Reiki is an ancient energy healing technique that travels through the bodies chakras and aura releasing old negative energy and replacing it with new positive energy. When our energy is cleared we are intentionally become a vibrational match to our desires. Follow her on Instagram @marvalas1 and visit her website: http://www.loveyourselfhealyourself.com

 Black Women for Wellness is committed to the health and well being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment, and advocacy. They are a non profit in Leimert Park in South LA &nbsp;with mostly free programs for the community that focus on mental health, spiritual health and physical health. Check out their website and join their email newsletter at:  www.bwwla.org  and follow them on   Instagram   @bwwla.&nbsp;

Black Women for Wellness is committed to the health and well being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment, and advocacy. They are a non profit in Leimert Park in South LA  with mostly free programs for the community that focus on mental health, spiritual health and physical health. Check out their website and join their email newsletter at: www.bwwla.org and follow them on Instagram @bwwla. 

       The Village Health Foundation (VHF) is a Black Owned Complimentary Medical clinic and Community Health Center Non-Profit in mid-city Los Angeles. VHF is staffed by licensed acupuncturists and health educators knowledgable in the benefits of nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal therapies and other beneficial natural treatments. This health center treats clients who are at risk for, or who have already developed diabetes, hypertension, depression, arthritis, heart disease, nutritional and immune deficiencies, chronic pain issues, and more. The Village Health Foundation is a community center committed to improving our clients’ physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Visit their website for more information:        www.villagehealthfoundation.org

 Crenshaw Yoga and Dance (CYD)&nbsp;was where I discovered Yoga in 2013. It saved my life and helped me to heal and transform my mind into stillness. CYD aims to provide yoga, dance, and wellness classes at an affordable price to the South LA community. Check them out:&nbsp; www.crenshawyogaanddance.org  and follow them on Instagram   @Crenshawyogaanddance  .&nbsp;

Crenshaw Yoga and Dance (CYD) was where I discovered Yoga in 2013. It saved my life and helped me to heal and transform my mind into stillness. CYD aims to provide yoga, dance, and wellness classes at an affordable price to the South LA community. Check them out: www.crenshawyogaanddance.org and follow them on Instagram @Crenshawyogaanddance

 Olympia Auset and Lonnie Wade started   SÜPRMARKT &nbsp; because as you may know, there are few places in many communities where people can get fresh food affordably. This lends itself to disproportionately high illness rates among other issues.&nbsp;SÜPRMARKT makes it accessible and affordable to eat better by appearing in spaces that need it, offering $25 weekly organic  sübscriptions , and accepting EBT. Since starting in July 2016,&nbsp;SÜPRMARKT has served nearly 300 cases of fruits and veggies to the community and recieved grants from The Pollination Project and Co-Opportunity Santa Monica. Stay tuned for giveaways, events, recipes, and workshops via  www.suprmarkt.la .  Links:  Instagram.com/supr.mrkt   facebook.com/suprmarkt

Olympia Auset and Lonnie Wade started SÜPRMARKT because as you may know, there are few places in many communities where people can get fresh food affordably. This lends itself to disproportionately high illness rates among other issues. SÜPRMARKT makes it accessible and affordable to eat better by appearing in spaces that need it, offering $25 weekly organic sübscriptions, and accepting EBT. Since starting in July 2016, SÜPRMARKT has served nearly 300 cases of fruits and veggies to the community and recieved grants from The Pollination Project and Co-Opportunity Santa Monica. Stay tuned for giveaways, events, recipes, and workshops via www.suprmarkt.la.

Links:

Instagram.com/supr.mrkt

facebook.com/suprmarkt

 Green Tree Yoga and Meditation Center is a donation based Yoga and Meditation Center in South Los Angeles on Western and 83rd that offers yoga and meditation classes regardless of income. Green Tree believes that yoga, meditation, and healthy food should be accessible to all people regardless of income. They believe that their community-based and social justice programs have the power to heal and create positive change.They have workshops throughout the year and a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program. Check out their website:&nbsp; www.greentreeyogameditation.org  and follow them on Instagram for updates   @greentreeyogala.&nbsp;

Green Tree Yoga and Meditation Center is a donation based Yoga and Meditation Center in South Los Angeles on Western and 83rd that offers yoga and meditation classes regardless of income. Green Tree believes that yoga, meditation, and healthy food should be accessible to all people regardless of income. They believe that their community-based and social justice programs have the power to heal and create positive change.They have workshops throughout the year and a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification Program. Check out their website: www.greentreeyogameditation.org and follow them on Instagram for updates @greentreeyogala. 

 Visionaire, is the coaching practice of seasoned HR Executive and certified professional co-active coach, Lynne Bernstein. Lynne focuses on inspiring personal and professional growth and fulfillment through the co-active exploration of a life lived on purpose. Lynne is my life coach and she has drastically changed my life for the better, improving my personal and professional endeavors, taking me to new heights I had never imagined. Work with her and you won't be dissapointed! :) Visit her website for more information:&nbsp; https://www.visionaire.biz.&nbsp;

Visionaire, is the coaching practice of seasoned HR Executive and certified professional co-active coach, Lynne Bernstein. Lynne focuses on inspiring personal and professional growth and fulfillment through the co-active exploration of a life lived on purpose. Lynne is my life coach and she has drastically changed my life for the better, improving my personal and professional endeavors, taking me to new heights I had never imagined. Work with her and you won't be dissapointed! :) Visit her website for more information: https://www.visionaire.biz. 

   Online Resources

  Blackculturalevents.com  was founded by Dr. Pamela Ashe, Black Clinical Psychologist in the Los Angeles area. Black Cultural Events is a comprehensive cultural events website, one for black families, black art lovers, black concert-goers, and black theater-goers, just for black culture lovers overall. Check out their website for Dope local events! Follow them on Instagram   @black_cultural_events.  &nbsp;

Blackculturalevents.com was founded by Dr. Pamela Ashe, Black Clinical Psychologist in the Los Angeles area. Black Cultural Events is a comprehensive cultural events website, one for black families, black art lovers, black concert-goers, and black theater-goers, just for black culture lovers overall. Check out their website for Dope local events! Follow them on Instagram @black_cultural_events. 

 I know many of you know about  Pinterest.com,&nbsp; this awesome website that has connected so many people together to be HAPPIER and HEALTHIER! Follow me on Pinterest  @https://www.pinterest.com/margueritealexis  where you'll find my favorite articles on Health and Wellness, Music, Clothing, and Healthy Fun Recipes. Be blessed and make a FREE Pinterest account today. It keeps me happy and healthy. &lt;3&nbsp;

I know many of you know about Pinterest.com, this awesome website that has connected so many people together to be HAPPIER and HEALTHIER! Follow me on Pinterest @https://www.pinterest.com/margueritealexis where you'll find my favorite articles on Health and Wellness, Music, Clothing, and Healthy Fun Recipes. Be blessed and make a FREE Pinterest account today. It keeps me happy and healthy. <3 

  Blkbkla.com  was founded by Tyree Boyd-Pates ( @tyreebp ) &amp; Makiah Green ( @makiahisms ). They started #BlackBookLA as a way to connect Black millennials to Los Angeles. &nbsp;Like many of you, these two founders often wondered where all the Black people go to chill on the weekend. To make the never ending search for melanin a bit easier, they created Black Book LA – your one-stop shop for everything Black in LA! Follow them in Instagram   @Blackbookla_  .&nbsp;

Blkbkla.com was founded by Tyree Boyd-Pates (@tyreebp) & Makiah Green (@makiahisms). They started #BlackBookLA as a way to connect Black millennials to Los Angeles.  Like many of you, these two founders often wondered where all the Black people go to chill on the weekend. To make the never ending search for melanin a bit easier, they created Black Book LA – your one-stop shop for everything Black in LA! Follow them in Instagram @Blackbookla_

Music Resources

        Smooth Soul Productions is a Black owned music production company who produced my debut EP. Brandon, Lettrice, and Devin met in 2008 at West LA College and have been in business for the past 5 years. Together they produce R&B, Neo Soul, Hip Hop, Classical, Pop, Rock, and Funk music. They’ve helped me truly pursue my dreams! Working with them is a gift and an amazing experience.