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 😉


My Journey Mind, Body & Spirit

Its been a while since I’ve started and executed a Fit Mamas challenge and here’s why. No matter what I was doing or how I was eating, I struggled to lose weight. In recent years, a diet isn’t a part of the solution, but would spend my time working out. Even when I would tell myself to eat healthy, I’ll end up over consuming. This was causing my weight to stay the same. 

After realizing this and having less cheat moments, I’m getting results without really trying. I’ve officially changed my eating habits to a Vegan/Vegetarian diet. I eat cheese occasionally. When I way occasionally, I literally mean once every 2 weeks or so. My meals are a lot smaller, but I eat a lot! I eat a high volume of fresh fruits, vegetables, lentils and nuts.

I absolutely love steamed Kale and have been working on staying away from crossbred produce. These hybrids have no nutrients and aren’t electric. On the physical side, I walk about 45 mins to 2 hours 6 days a week. I’m currently looking for a gym membership😊.

In addition, I’ve been practicing Yoga with my sons, meditating, and spending time with my creator. Reading has become my new favorite hobby. My mission is to be at one with myself and the Universe through mind, body and soul.

What are some ways you’re working on a healthier lifestyle?