Should All Animals Be Treated Equal?

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Animals share this planet with us. Some humans believe that non-human lives aren’t as important as our lives. Animals aren’t human so they are just a part of matter taken up unnecessary space right? Of course not. Others might feel the only exception is pets (cats, dogs, ferrets, exotic birds, rabbits, select rodents, etc). I’m here to kinda break that belief system for ya.

All lives are important. All animals should be treated equally and with the same respect as pets. This is deep and more people should think outside the box when it comes to all life forms on this planet. Here’s a story. By the way, I’m about to tell you a story that happened earlier today. This morning, me and my son Jordan were headed home from the grocery store. We were walking toward our apartment when we heard this loud screeching noise. I thought it was probably the lawn guys with their equipment, but as we came closer, it wasn’t a machine. It was a helpless Great-Tailed Grackle. We looked and just thought it was doing one of the mating calls, but that wasn’t the case. Plus it’s February and I don’t remember them being so bold in winter months. Have you ever seen a grackle flare up and do his dance to impress his female companion? We have many times! It’s pretty entertaining. This little guy was there with another Grackle who was walking after him. His legs were a bit weird and with a cry like that, we could tell he was in some serious pain. When we saw him, we just stopped. There are drivers who come through the complex and he was in the middle of the street. I didn’t want this bird to be a victim of a careless driver who simply felt this bird’s life didn’t matter.

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The Great-Tailed Grackle in our complex.

Jordan and I went in our home, dropped the groceries, grabbed a shoe box if we needed it and came running back out. Jordan was ahead of me and was able to get close pretty close to the Grackle. The second bird left and could be seen in the tree right above where we were standing. The bird didn’t budge while Jordan was standing next to him. The bird was no longer yelling in pain, but had a limp. Someone came and tried to touch the bird with it’s shoe to see if he could scare the bird away. I asked him not to touch the bird with his shoe. Then this man was like, “let nature take its course.” He was basically saying, if it was dying, let it die. He left and that was that. Me and Jordan stayed with him for about 7 minutes. I know very little about birds, but if one was in situation like this fella, I would definitely help if I could.

This Grackle let us get really close. He wasn’t afraid and stared at the both of us the entire time. One thing I can say about birds is that they will trust you if you give them a reason to trust you. Me and my sons had a memorable experience with a pigeon who was after the left over chips my sons dropped on the ground a few months ago. Birds are intelligent in their own way :).

To end this story, eventually, the bird started to fluff up his feathers. He limped and moved his feet a little. I would think to see if he was okay. He then spread his wings and flew off slowly.  We both were relieved, because the last thing we both wanted to do was later see this bird’s guts smashed into the ground. I believe fate takes its place. I also believe we shouldn’t just ignore another non-human, non pet life as if it’s unimportant. We both went back in our home feeling better about the situation.

Within the past 2 years, we have rescued 2 dogs and 1 kitten.

My question to you is this. Should all animals be treated equal?

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National School Choice Week & Why It Matter

It’s the end of National School Choice Week. For one whole week, most schools celebrate school spirit, fund raising and other events to help their schools. Here in Las Vegas, we celebrated with performances, and felt great about the schools we CHOSE for our youth. For most families around the country, its the other way around. This week was exciting for both parents and students, because it’s personal. We all made a choice to pick the school that is best for our families. 

Student performing @ UNLV for National School Choice Week
More Performances for National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week is celebrated, because parents and students made the choice to be different. There was an auditorium full of Charter schools, Private schools and Homeschoolers celebrating their choice to be different. We celebrated taking charge of our family and doing what is best for us.

My sons after the Assembly @ UNLV

This is a big deal, because most people are used to doing what they are told to do. We were told to put our children in the school the state and district said was best. We had to put our children in schools based on address. 

“Teachers felt being the President of our “beloved” country was the highest achievement in one’s life.”

In middle School, I grew up on the south side of Chicago. To be specific, 75th and Halsted. If you’re familiar with that area and/or grew up in the 90’s, it was the last place you would want to live. If you had children and wanted more for your family, you would have ran for you all lives! Yes, it was that bad. We’ve witnessed the after effects of drive by shootings, ran from gang members, experienced bullying, constant fighting, etc. As a parent on a mission, I made it my duty to focus on my kid’s needs. 

They needed me active in their education and a strong school system that cared about their present and future. This is what encouraged me to seek better options. Since the beginning of my sons’ education, they have attended charter & magnet schools. They have also been Gifted and Talented students since they were young enough to be tested. My sons have also held honor roll for most of their education.

What encouraged me to make this decision was paying close attention to the school politics and favoritism. Nowadays, most teachers are proud collecting a paycheck from a job like many others who work in Corporate America. Teachers felt becoming the President of our “beloved” country was the highest achievement in one’s life. This is pure b.s. When teachers would degrade students, because their way of teaching wasn’t working for the students. Yes, I’m being honest. My oldest son, Jordan was in 3rd grade when a Texas Teacher (black woman) told him he would never be a leader nor amount to anything in life. My son came home in tears and confused. Her behavior changed his outlook on life at such a young age. He no longer wanted to strive for success in the classroom. I teach my sons to be a leaders and make a difference in this world. This was when I began to seek alternatives. We’ve also experienced teachers comparing their grandchildren to their students. In second grade, my youngest, Jovan was the top student in his class. In his teacher’s eyes, he wasn’t good enough. He was a perfectionist so it counted against him. He was bullied and was treated horribly in just 2nd grade. As you can see, we’ve had our fair share of the school systems. 

My sons at awards assembly 2nd & 4th  Dallas, TX

As a parent, I made a choice. That choice was to find a better education solution for my sons. It was to put family first. I chose to work around our lives versus work our lives into everything else. 

“Our children grow up too fast and pick up behavior habits too quickly for us to be absent from their lives.” @missnishabee

This is the second year my sons have been attending Nevada Connections Academy. It wasn’t easy adjusting from a brick and mortar school to a virtual school setting. However, we stuck through it and it has been rewarding for our family. My sons have a great relationship with their teachers. I have built relationships with their teachers as well. We enjoy the field trips, live lessons, and extra curricular  activities. We have the freedom to work at our own pace & have access to the best education they ever had.

As we’re in the end of the week, remember this. We all have a choice. The school is not a babysitter nor should the school be scolded for not meeting your family’s needs. No matter what your current situation is, your children deserve the best start in life. Never forget you have a choice. I used to be so angry and frustrated with the schools. I later learned that when you know better, you do better.

A Healthy Life Starts With These 3 Factors

Beauty & wellness are together whether we want to admit it or not. There are tons of beauty products that promise results when you use them. There are wellness products that promise the same. However, to live a healthy life, you must take these three keys factors into consideration in everything you do.

Before I dive into these three factors, it’s best to remember that you can do whatever you feel is best for you. Do what makes you happy. After going Vegan over a year ago, I researched a lot. I learned through trial and error whether it was physical or mental. I found out a ton of information online and at the library. I purchased books from Barnes and Noble which helped me on my journey to a healthier, happier life.

The three factors are: mind, body and spirit. There is so much that falls under these 3 categories. To keep this short, today I’m bringing general info that may give you an idea of why having all three aligned with the universe can bring you a healthy life. From my journey, I’ve learned that this is the only way to live a happy and healthy life. I will elaborate on what has helped me find peace, embrace love and how blessings keeps coming our way as a family.

Mind. The mind literally deals with a mentality of how we deal with every aspect of life. We can have a mentality to succeed, or a mentality to fail. It’s all in how we think. It’s based on how the mind works and how we  perceive this world. I went from having a mentality of barely getting by just waking up everyday to becoming a better version of myself. When I became pregnant with my first son at 20, my mentality shifted from waking up and getting by to becoming the best mother and woman I could be. I went from being angry and misunderstood to being optimistic and having a clue of what I wanted to do with my life. Around the time my second son was born 2 years later, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. There was no turning back and I made the sacrifices necessary to accomplish those goals. One of those goals was investing in beauty school to become a Cosmetologist. It took me 2 1/2 years, but it was so worth it.

The mind is a very powerful tool that can think for us automatically or we can monitor our thoughts more frequently by taking our minds off auto pilot. In other words, simply taking control of our lives. We literally become what we think about. So whatever we think about frequently, and ponder on with passion will come to past whether it is good or bad. This even goes for being around people who don’t wish the best for you. If someone says hurtful things to break your mind and spirit, it’s easy to start believing it subconsciously. This is just because our subconscious mind picks up everything and will store it for later. This can make us second guess ourselves when someone thinks something negative about us. This is why it’s so important to limit the individuals in our lives to those who only wish the best for us. 

Once taking the time to focus on the positive outlook in life and stop trying to control the little that we can’t control, the mind becomes a healthier place. Focus on the great things you want & not how bad something is going right now. This makes all the difference to be in the driver’s seat of your life. This is the first step to reaching the goal of a healthy life.

“You control 90% of your life.”

Body. The body is tool to utilize. The body is extremely amazing and can help us have longevity in this life. Unfortunately, some still haven’t taken into consideration the harmful toxins we eat that are marketed as food. The truth is very little on the market is real food. For instance, I was having a conversation with a few ladies recently. We were talking about food (one of my favorite topics these days). A couple of these ladies were like, they know the harmful effects of meat and dairy products. They had no interest in changing there ways or even taking a healthier lifestyle info consideration. I always mention to people I mentor about how important it is to take baby steps into greatness (mentally & physically). We’re not perfect. I remember when I was starting out on a Vegan diet and how I got really sick one time for eating a few chicken wings from a restaurant. It’s easy to crave something, but hard to deal with the consequences. 

I mentioned the health benefits of not eating flesh and how important it is to live a healthier lifestyle to these women. They had no interest helping themselves to possibly save their own lives not their families’ lives. As a melanated woman in America, lately, I’ve been seeing women fight illness & diseases like breast cancer. Many women, especially those of color, are dealing with hysterectomies and are headed towards disaster if some things don’t change. Women of color are number one for breast cancer, hysterecomies and other feminine related illnesses. I tell these ladies all the time, it’s starts with the food in our kitchens, in the fast food restaurants, in the flesh of dead animals and drinking another species milk.

Our bodies are our temple and is the only tool to thrive in this physical world. We can’t pray over food that we know harms us. This just doesn’t make sense when you honestly think about it. I was raised Baptist and we used to pray over our pork chops, dead collard greens that took 3 hours to cook, and fried chicken. When I spent 10 years in a non-denomination, Hebrew Israellite church, we didn’t eat unclean food such as pork, duck and unclean seafood. However, we ate beef, lamb and all of these other precious animals. My point is that we were still eating dead flesh. Now that I have changed my lifestyle, I try my hardest to make the healthiest decisions for my temple. Yes, some days I have a moment, but I still make my best effort to take care of my temple. The human body is the second key to a healthy life. When we know better, we should do better.

“Flesh was never created, by our creator for human consumption.” 

Spirit. It’s so important to have a connection with ourselves and our higher power. I remember when I used to believe I was just this walking flesh on this planet. I’m so far pass this now :). When I learned I was energy, I was power, and electric being who was made my creator image, It was a life changer for me. I started to live a life that I didn’t know was possible. I meditate, pray and listen to music that sits well with my soul. I started to do things that opened up doors for me in my life that I would not have completely understood just 2 years ago. I started to understand the female energy and understand why it was so important for me to accept who I was. There was a point of time when I was lost and confused about myself as a woman. Tradition tells us that women are less dominant and inferior to men regardless of the super power men see we possess everyday.

Our spirit should be at peace everyday regardless of the obstacles we face. Its hard to be at peace and on track to a healthier life when the world is in chaos (especially is you follow to horrible news). It’s even worst with going to a job that doesn’t resignate with who you are. It’s even worst having children in this society. Let’s not even mention the public school systems. We have to find peace and have love in our spirit to be healthy, happy and to be fulfilled. Authentic love is something the world lacks, but it needed abundantly. This is the third factor of having a healthier life.

If you’re looking for ways to be at peace with yourself, focus on building awareness to your mind, body and spirit. Spread love and allow yourself to be loved. Eat healthier foods to promote a healthier body. Let go of anything that doesn’t bring you happiness (this can be difficult, but it’s so worth it). Pray & meditate frequently. Put a smile on someone’s face. The universe will send you everything you need you’re ready to receive it 😉

 

The BEST Way To Start Your Day (It’s not with coffee:-))

The best way to give your day a boost isn’t by drinking a cup of coffee. Yes, I said it! We drink coffee for that beautiful caffeine pick up and it puts such a huge smile on our faces right? Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a cup of coffee occasionally.

What I found to be better than coffee in the morning was delicious, mouth-watering fruit! When I stopped running to the store in the mornings, I began drinking smoothies. When I didn’t have time for smoothies, I started to pick up fruit. I usually would eat a banana in the a.m. with an apple or an orange. However, things started to change when I would pick up a ripe mangoes, darkened strawberries, blackberries and prickly pears. I started to notice how I would get the same “happy feeling” I would get while drinking a cup of coffee.

Coffee stimulates the neurotransmitter dopamine in our bodies. This simply means that it releases a sensation that is makes us feel as if we’re in the best state of our lives at that very moment. Several illegal drugs have been created with dopamine in mind so it can be as highly addictive as coffee. As we can see, they did succeed with this idea.

Sweet fruits on the other hand are similar to coffee causing some amazing effects! They have been linked to making us feel happier and more satisfied. From my personal experience, fruit is strong enough to make us happy while eliminating any sugar cravings. A while back, I really had a taste for a piece of candy. There was a storm going on outside so I had to wait for the storm to pass before I would go to the store. I had some mangoes that were ripe and ready to eat. So I sliced a mango. While eating this mango, I went from being a bit irritable about going to the store to a happy camper. It was the best satisfying natural snack I’ve had! This fruit completely eliminating my sweet tooth. From that moment on, I made it my bet interest to keep fruit handy at all times. This is what helped me lose 30 pounds :-).

Fruit is also known for raising our mood and making us feel as if we’re doing a great deal to our bodies. This is a feeling is a fact, because we are electric beings. As long as we breathe oxygen and our hearts beat, we are alive. We need alive foods to feed our temple and give us the best fulfilled life while we are on this planet physically.

When we consume meat, pasta, sugar and other products sold as food on a continuous basis, we are harming our body and telling it this: Body you are a trash can. You are not a temple. This is indeed the opposite, because our body is our temple. It is our responsibility to feed it properly so it can thrive.

Love yourself & eat more fruit! You’ll thank me later ❤

 

Caffeine source: phsychologytoday.com

Be Unique, No Matter What They Say

Society would tell us anything it wants us to believe. If we go with the waves and accept what we’re given, we are bound to find ourselves full of confusion, lies, despair, hatred and bitterness while accepting to live in a reality that doesn’t exist. What are we to do when we’re still up against the expectations of other people based upon society?

This questions must be answered, because it will lead one to a happy, fulfilled life or down the road of destruction like we’ve all seen before. To this day, I’ve always been the outcast in my family. I chose to take the risk of an entrepreneur. I have traveled freely without fear of the unknown which lie ahead. I’ve dropped my religious beliefs and adapted to a more spiritual path. I stopped eating flesh, eggs and eat very little dairy products when meat products are popular based on religion and taste. I saw a lack of role models and care in our mediocre schools across our country. I made the decision to utilize a virtual charter school that has been one of the best things I’ve done for my growing sons. My choices have made me unique even though many wouldn’t understand.

What has helped me keep moving forward is looking at what makes me happy. I know my life’s purpose and I refuse to let someone else manipulate my decisions. Well, I stopped letting others control my life, because I have to live it.

I accepted the path of being alone. I used to be very transparent with friends who believed they needed other people to prove who they are. I’ve said on countless occasions, we came in this world alone and will die alone. That is just reality. I left home at 18 years old. From that moment, I spent a lot of time alone. I lived my life by keeping in contact with people family from a distance. There’s nothing wrong with that.

When I faced my problems, I had to be my own Shero. I can’t speak for everyone, but being alone made me a stronger woman. Yes, I’ve faced challenges that some agreed to not making it through, but I know I chosen for this unique path. There were times when I was extremely uncomfortable, but a better door always opened. I look to my Creator for help when in need and know how to do the rest on my own.

It doesn’t matter if others don’t get it, because I was the chosen one. I’ve lost count of how many times someone I know would be confused or just want me to give up. Every time I speak of Mama With Purpose, or any of my past ventures, they would instantly say, “You should just work a full time job, spend your nights with your kids and forget about your business ideas.” The part is that I work my business on a very part time basis, because I work and have a family to provide for. When these conversations come about, I’ve learn to stop sharing my ideas with others, especially immediate family. I was chosen for this path and will thrive no matter what others think. It’s funny, because it’s always the ones who gave up on their dreams or don’t have any goals who want you to give up on yours.

In conclusion, listen to your heart and remember to take your brain with you. We’re living with purpose over here no matter what others expect of us. That’s what makes us unique.

When you’re Awake In A Sleep World: My Thoughts On Vegas Attack @ Mandalay Bay

I worked at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Saturday (9/30) & Monday (10/1). I was assigned to work there for the NetApp Convention until Wednesday evening. To avoid paying for parking ($15/day), I parked down at Tropicana Hotel which is at Tropicana Avenue/Las Vegas Blvd. To avoid parking so far on Sunday, I was dropped off and picked up. Each time whether I was walking or driving, I had to pass the Route 91 Country Festival, go through the Mandalay Bay and make my way to the Conventuon Center. While walking by, I noticed happy people in their cowboy/cowgirl attire saying hello & locking eyes with me as they passed. After working at Sheplers for one winter season some years back, I’ve learned to appreciate a great pair of authentic Western boots :). It was such a great crowd of people at this event. 

On Sunday at approximately 8pm, I just had this bad feeling and knew something wasn’t right. It also seemed as if everything was getting in the way to stop me from attending my 6am shift Monday morning. I woke up several times in the middle of the night & only had about 4 hours of sleep. I officially woke up to check the time on my phone. It was a little after 5am. I had a Facebook notification that said one of my facebook friends were “safe” in Las Vegas. When I saw this, I sat up, became alert & a bit worried about the possibilities. I then did a google search in Las Vegas. The most devastating news was in the search engine. “40 dead, over 400 injured deadly shooting.” I saw the words Mandalay Bay & Route 91. Yes the worst happened. 

All I could think of is how these people were having a great time. How I passed this festival alone and how we were stuck in the busy Strip traffic with my children in the car. I thought of how all the madness taken place in this world, the country festival, which I’m positive promoted great vibes was the place this massacre took place. 

What was this man’s motive? What would make someone to get a hotel room on the 32nd floor overlooking the event and open fire on an outdoor festival with over 20,000 people present??? What in the hell ticked this guy off? Why at one of the most EVER peaceful event on the Las Vegas strip??? From my experience, here’s my thoughts:

People are unsure where this world is going. Many are finding out that we’ve been living in a big fat lie where in America. Inflation is almost at its peak, cost of living keep rising, social media was a great thing until many found a way to spread a negative message causing people to live in fear more than ever, what we used to consider food isn’t food anymore, politics are corrupt and living out there own agendas, the American safety net is disappearing,