Ep. 151 Make it Make Sense: When Will Sanity Make a Comeback?

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Ep.148 Why should you take control of your life by starting a garden?

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EP. 150 When will you give yourself permission to pursue your dreams?

I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe that things happen for a reason. Lately, I’ve been having so many conversations with people about pursuing your dreams. This is a topic that I’m constantly talking to my mom about as well. I’m actively working towards my goals every day. I’m always in a situation where I’m helping other people identify and achieve their goals too. 

I recently had another conversation with two incredibly smart women (you know who you are) regarding the topic of pursuing your purpose in life and how to motivate employees to explore having a side hustle/side passion.

It was a really good conversation. One of the comments that resonated the most with me was the idea that so many people don’t pursue their dreams or think about having a side hustle or side passion project because they don’t think that their companies will support and/or allow them to pursue their endeavors.

This comment really shocked me. I would never in a million years wait or seek for someone, in this case, a company, to give me permission to pursue my dreams. It truly was interesting to me to learn that there are people who find themselves in this dilemma. 

I’m not wired that way. When it comes to achieving my dreams, I’m like Nike. I just do it.  I will always shoot my shot. I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to invest in yourself. Quite frankly, no one else is going to do it for you. 

So I asked myself, “Why would anyone whether it be intentional or unintentional seek permission to pursue their dreams?” I came up with four reasons. 

FEAR

The reason why people feel the need to seek permission to pursue their dreams is fear. They don’t have that internal drive to motivate them or they don’t have that external drive of having someone in their corner to push them.

Click here to click for the conversation between my mom and I regarding this topic.

“I’m tired of not having enough,” is a statement that you would hear from someone who has internal drive. When you get sick of not having enough that internal fire inside of you is going to prompt you to want something more out of life. When you want more, you won’t feel compelled to seek permission because you’re tired of waiting. I’m going to get it myself. Then you go out there and start pursuing your dreams. 

If you lack an internal drive then you will need an external drive. Meaning, a loved one to push you outside your comfort zone. 

Some of the most ambitious people I know either came from a childhood where they didn’t have any money or they came from a childhood where they had someone to push them outside their comfort zone. Again, you’re either in a fight or flight mode or you have someone in your corner rooting for you. My drive would be considered external. I was blessed to have a very loving childhood. We weren’t poor, but we definitely weren’t rich; yet, all of our needs were met. 

If you want to take it one step further, even though we weren’t wealthy, we were blessed to have two loving parents who shared their knowledge with us. You can’t put a price tag on knowledge. My mom taught us about God and Jesus at a very early age and she was always putting us in extracurricular activities that she felt would develop the talents she identified in us.

Mom and me 🥰

The reason my mom did all of those things is due to the fact that she had a horrible childhood. She lived in the projects and swore to herself that her children would never go through what she went through as a child. She is an excellent example of having an internal drive. Her inner strength did not allow her pain and suffering to be in vain. My mom didn’t have any money, she didn’t have loving parents, she didn’t have a single soul in her life helping her, but she had that drive to have a good life. She knew that you had to have a balance in life. 

She wanted to work hard to get the things she desired in life. My mom channeled all of that negativity into something positive because she didn’t want us (my sister and I) to grow up the way she did. She broke the generational curse of living a mediocre life. My mom wanted us to be better than her. We were able to stand on her shoulders. I’m so grateful that my mom started developing me to have confidence in myself at an early age because it gave me the strength and preparation to endure the obstacles that I would later face as an adult.

Even when you have a “just enough lifestyle” as I did, you still need someone to push you outside of your comfort zone. My mom’s parenting style was very similar to that of an eagle. She made sure that when it was time that she would give us that much-needed push outside of the nest so we could fly on our own.

COMPLACENCY

If you lack the internal or external drive to pursue your dreams you become complacent. You start to believe that your circumstances dictate the level of success you can achieve in life. This is simply not true.  This is why people who overcome adversity are oftentimes the happiest and most people in life because they earned their success the right way. They didn’t let life’s detours cause them to give up. They just kept going. I don’t care how long it takes for me to achieve my dreams, I will die happy knowing that at least I tried rather than leave this world with a warehouse of unfilled dreams. 

The pandemic has further heightened my aversion to complacency. My mom blessed me with the gift of discernment. This may sound harsh but it really doesn’t take me long to know whether I’m going to get along with someone. My number one pet peeve is people who complain. 

My mom taught us at an early age to be grateful. She would share stories about her childhood compared to ours. She taught us the value of money. When I was in high school, it fascinated me how many of my classmates were just given cars for turning 16. I knew for a fact that wasn’t happening to me. The main thing that I noticed was that many of them didn’t appreciate their car the way I did when I saved my hard-earned money and bought my own car. 

I treated my little Mercury cougar like it was a baby. Why? I paid for it myself. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a Burlington Coat Factory. For those of you not familiar with that store, it’s like TJMaxx. Anyway, it was a Saturday afternoon and when I went in line to pay for my stuff, I noticed that the line was crazy long. People were angry. They were complaining. 

Again, I hate when people complain. Either shut up and stay in line or just leave. It never ceases to amaze me that the people who complain about long lines are often the folks who never worked a day in retail in their lives. Trust me, the folks who work in retail have no desire to be there either. Who wants to put up with Karen/Kens all day long?! Not me!

I worked in retail all throughout high school and did a little bit of it again when I was laid off a couple of years ago.  Folks who work in retail and grocery stores will always have my patience. I’ve always believed that if everyone was forced to work in retail the lessons they learned in patience would teach them lessons in respect. 

Getting back to my story, I was going to wait in that line no matter what because I finally found the workout resistance bands I had been searching all over the place for. The line was moving at a snail’s pace and as I finally made my way closer to the counter I could see there were only two cashiers working at the counter. These two women were not only ringing up merchandise but they were also handling returns. It made my heart go out to them even more so. The folks in line were complaining over the fact that these two cashiers weren’t ringing people up fast enough when they should have been thanking them for even sticking around in the first place.

When it was finally my turn I made sure to thank the cashier. She was so grateful and then proceeded to tell me that everyone called off from work that weekend. She had literally been working since 6 am. Now mind you, it was like after 1 pm when I was at the store. This woman had been unboxing inventory and straightening up the store before it even opened and now she has to deal with these angry customers. Are you kidding me?! 

I couldn’t thank her enough and completed the survey at the bottom of the receipt. I wanted to make sure that she received the credit that she deserved. I left that store feeling angry because when I thought back to the folks who were in that line with me, they had a “corporate world vibe” and looked like they worked from home. 

This is why whenever I hear people or read stories about people complaining about working from home, it takes every fiber of my being not to roll my eyes or go off on that person. I wish they could have switched roles with those cashiers.  They would realize what an absolute blessing it is to work from home and not have to deal with miserable people like themselves who take their anger out on other people. Trust me, those essential workers, many in the corporate world claim to care so much about would gladly switch paychecks and places with you in a heartbeat. 

These are things that you don’t think about when things are constantly given to you. You lack empathy. You expect the world to revolve around you. When you finally realize that it doesn’t you don’t know what to do. You feel lost and start to complain. Now, this is going to sound even harsher, but complacency is contagious. The corporate world is filled with complacent people who wish to steal the joy they see in others who didn’t succumb to complacency.

LACK OF BOUNDARIES

When you allow yourself to become complacent, you don’t establish boundaries in your life. When you live a life without boundaries, you’re further jeopardizing your ability to accomplish your dreams. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how and who we choose to invest our time will vary. I have a very good work/life balance. The main reason why is because I keep those worlds completely separate. I learned early on in my career that not everyone who smiles in your face is your friend, and to do my best to develop multiple income streams.

Depending on where we meet and how comfortable I feel with you, will determine the level of how much I share. When I go to work, I’m there to work. I view my 9 to 5 as a job that funds my life but is definitely NOT my life. I think so much of the friction that occurs in the workplace is because people project what they want onto other people and get disappointed when that person doesn’t act the way that person “expected” them to. Again, we don’t have to be friends in order for me to get my job done. If a friendship naturally develops cool, but just let it happen. I know this may sound harsh, but I have enough friends. 

In order to achieve your goals, you have to protect your time. It’s one of the reasons why I’m fiercely protective of my schedule. I will not waste my time participating in activities or spend time with people who don’t add value to my life or will cause me to feel uncomfortable or stressed.  Listen, a happy hour is not going to change the fact that we have absolutely nothing in common. If anything I’m going to be irritated because I’ll be thinking of the time lost to working on one of my passion projects. 

I know some people may be like, “How do you know if you don’t go?” I’ve never done drugs and I know that’s not good for me either. It’s the exact same concept. Not everything in life has to be experienced. Some experiences can be avoided by learning from other people’s mistakes. Plus, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know if you have things in common with someone. 

Again, having clear boundaries with my work and personal life allows me to create a schedule that enables me to work on my side hustles. I make the most of my time. I’m even productive during my lunchtime! I either go for a walk to get in some exercise, I practice Spanish with my Spanish teacher online. My mom is taking Spanish classes too now, so I practice with her sometimes.

My Voice over studio 🥰
Thrilled I finally have my own home studio!!!🙌🏾🙋🏾‍♀️🥰

After work, you can find me consulting with other individuals teaching them how to create their own website, podcast, or marketing campaigns, doing voice-overs, or thinking of topics/lessons for my English classes. Again, I make the most of my time. Contrary to what some believe, I am human. 😂 So when I’ve made the mistake of sharing some of my extracurricular activities with those on the job, the complacent folks are quick to say things like, “Aren’t you doing too much?” Or some other comment that they feel comes across as concern when I really know it’s jealousy.

My schedule reminds them that they aren’t doing anything at all or not doing enough of the right things to make them happy. 

LACK OF REST

Since I’m good at establishing boundaries, I know that getting enough rest is an important role in pursuing your dreams. Now the rest I’m talking about is mental and physical. You can’t dream if you’re constantly tired. I’m a morning person.

I prepare myself for the day by reading something in the Bible that aligns with the emotions that I happen to be feeling at that point in time and then I go exercise. I either go for a run, a bike ride, work on the elliptical machine or do an Afrifitness video. I’m in even more of a position to do these things because I work from home. I don’t have to waste time commuting because everything I do is online.

Morning run: A sweaty hot mess, but I got in my 5K. 🙌🏾
I run a 5K at least 3 times a week.
Lunchtime: Went for a walk near the beach. Couldn’t pass up that amazing natural light. No makeup or filter on this photo. Just my oily skin and Afro puff. 😂

Anyway, everything I just described is even more important to do if you work in a toxic environment or with toxic people. Those suckers will drain your energy. When I was working at dead-end jobs, I made sure to go for walks during lunch so I could decompress. I didn’t want that negativity getting in my soul. I would meditate on God’s word and listen to uplifting podcasts during my lunch. That small break gave me the much-needed motivation to get me through the day. 

By the way, I would never tell anyone to quit their job. Those bills aren’t going to pay themselves. When you make time to put God first by strengthening your mental and physical health you are going to see things start to change. This is when you’re really going to start to identify or start tapping into all the other gifts that God’s given to you. We ALL have talents, but it’s up to us how long they lie dormant.

I know how important it is to rest. Another one of my favorite ways to rest is to teach dance fitness classes. I can’t wait to get back to teaching those again. You have to have an outlet that allows you to rest so you can dream. 

I taped this video last year (2020). I thought I was going to be teaching again at the gym again. The gym I worked at ended up laying off the group fitness instructors. 😢 I remember being dead tired taping this video (I had just finished working out with my mom), but it had been ages since I did this routine. I created the choreography for this song and wanted to see if I remembered it. 😀

If you find yourself feeling fearful or complacent, what are you doing to create boundaries to place yourself in a position to dream? It may be scary, but take the first step to address what it is that is holding you back from pursuing your goal. Believe me, the return on investment is worth the risk, so make time and use whatever resources you have at your disposal to bet on yourself.

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Ep. 149 How can meditation and nutrition improve your health?

In today’s episode, we’re speaking with my English student, Chris. He’s a protein scientist from Germany. He’s dropping more gems about health and nutrition.

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Topics referenced throughout the show…

Quark

Ep. 148 Why should you take control of your life by starting a garden?

Ep 140 How to Combat Allergies and Improve Your Nutrition

Recipes

Bread

Bowl 1

240 g spelt flour

1 package baking powder

Mix them up

Bowl 2

250 g Quark (https://www.dietvsdisease.org/what-is-quark-is-it-healthy/)

1 egg

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon erythritol (sugar)

Mix them up

Mix the content of bowl 1 with bowl 2 thoroughly.

Ca. 30 min at 180 °C

Instead of Quark you can use an alternative containing a high amount of protein or you use whole grain flour

Pizza dough

400 g spelt flour

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 package yeast (dried)

1 teaspoon salt

½  teaspoon erythritol (sugar)

240 ml water (lukewarm)

Let it rise (incubate) for 2 h at room temperature , then you can prepare the dough to make pizza. 

Ep.148 Why should you take control of your life by starting a garden?

Living a healthy lifestyle is incredibly important to me. I want to give you more behind-the-scenes information that prompted me to get into gardening. As a Christian, I wholeheartedly believe in 1 Cor 6:19-20 that our bodies are temples and we honor God by taking care of them. 

Needless to say, I’m fiercely protective of what I put inside my body. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke, and I don’t do drugs. I’m team healthy living. Life is way too short. These bodies weren’t made to last forever. I’m interested in quality of life, not quantity.  So I do my part by making sure I live a healthy lifestyle so I can make the most of my time. It makes absolutely no sense to live a long life and you’re too sick and miserable to enjoy it. 

My family and I have had our fair share of health scares and my dad passed away from colon cancer at the age of 43. By the way, I just turned 39 last month, so as I rapidly approach 40, I realize more and more every day how young my dad was when he passed away. Now, what I’m getting ready to say may upset some folks, but I’m going to say what I have to say, so I hope you stick around to hear a different viewpoint but if not feel free to change the channel. You do you.

I don’t have ANY faith in doctors, especially ones that I don’t personally know. That title means absolutely nothing to me. Give me a nutritionist any day. Much of this is due to the condescending and dismissive attitudes I’ve seen in how my family was treated as well as my very own personal experiences. 

Many doctors are more interested in writing prescriptions and giving as many injections as possible so they can increase their bottom line instead of trying to teach their patients how to build and maintain a healthy immune system through diet and exercise. They could care less if you have an allergic reaction or die because they aren’t the ones that have to suffer the consequences of their incompetence. I know this first hand because this has happened to me as well as my friends.

I have some friends that are doctors and scientists who actually left the medical field altogether or started their own practice instead of working at these so-called prestigious hospitals because they wanted to be in a position to actually prevent or cure the ailments people faced, not just treat the symptoms.

However, in the medical field, you make more money by treating the symptoms rather than providing a cure. We ALL know how important diet and exercise are. You don’t need a Ph.D. to realize this information. Yet, during all of the hours that students spend in training to become doctors only 19 hours were dedicated to nutrition and health and disease.  By the way, that’s not even mandatory. That’s crazy low compared to the number of hours you spend in becoming a doctor, especially considering how important it is to have a proper diet and exercise. 

By the way, you never realize how much of a joke it is to have health insurance until you really need it. I had “good insurance” Blue Cross Blue Shield and still ended up in so much medical debt that I had to file for bankruptcy. So not only did I think I was going to die but then I had to endure condescending doctors who dismissed my pain,  then find out that my great insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield) found every loophole in the book to avoid paying for procedures they initially stated that they would pay for.

Anyway,  thinking about the struggles and crappy care my family has received throughout my life, then personally dealing with dismissive doctors who never cured my pain and incurring astronomical medical bills led me down the path of truly focusing on diet and exercise as my key to staying in good health. I went into debt trying to get well when a nutritionist was able to cure my issues by identifying what I was deficient in and boosting my levels up so I could enjoy life again. I didn’t need those insane pills that made me sicker than before I went to see the doctor. I didn’t need surgery. 

Take control of my health

One of the main reasons that I decided to start a garden is to take control of my health. Many of the pharmaceutical companies are recognizing the increased shift to people paying attention to their diets and are seeking natural or less invasive treatments (Chinese medicine) to cure their problems. If folks stay healthy that’s going to mean a decrease in sickness right? So now these pharmaceutical companies have started to focus their attention on doing things to manipulate our food supply.  

Did you know that 10 food companies produce almost every food we buy? I don’t know about you, but that’s disturbing to me. In fact, it’s amazing to me how many brands/products that we deem safe in the United States are banned in Europe. That should not be the case. There is NO reason why these harmful chemicals are allowed into our food supply. There has been an increase in ingredients like Carrageenan, MSG, certain food colorings, bovine hormone growth and a variety of other additives are being incorporated into food without us even knowing it. 

In the US, GMO food is allowed to be on the shelf without being forced to disclose these facts and/or if there are rules they are not being enforced. For example, Carrageenan thickens, emulsifies, and preserves foods and drinks. It has been linked to bloating inflammation and colon cancer, and a whole host of other side effects I won’t bore you with, but you can Google it.

The bottom line is that there’s absolutely no reason in the world any of these additives and preservatives need to be in your food. Companies are literally adding these additives and preservatives that they know cause people to be sick just so the food can stay on the shelf longer.  

Having the ability to grow your own food using non-GMO seeds will enable you to eat fruits and vegetables without worrying about harmful preservatives or pesticides being included in your food. 

Great way to exercise

Plus, gardening forces you to step away from the computer and to venture outside. It’s a great stress reliever and a great way to exercise. You can lose 300 calories per hour when you garden.

Reap what you sow

It’s incredibly satisfying to reap the benefits of your hard work. This may sound corny, but there’s something incredibly rewarding when I go into my little garden and pick the herbs, fruits or vegetables that I want to use. I was able to make a lot of really tasty dishes and  I’m going to actually leave a couple of the recipes on the website so be sure to check it out (especially the zucchini spaghetti).

Now some of you may be thinking, “Ok, great I want to but I don’t have the knowledge, resources or the space.” 

No worries, I got you. By no means am I some sort of gardening guru or gardening whisper but I will introduce you to some of the gardening resources on the Hustle in Faith website.

I had been wanting to get into gardening but I never had the space for it. I was pretty ecstatic when I bought my condo because it’s got a nice size balcony and gets a nice amount of sunlight.  I knew I wanted to start a container garden but I wasn’t quite sure where to start. 

Gardenuity

I kid you not, it was during this time that I got one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve gotten in a while. Someone gave me an herb garden from Gardenuity as a housewarming present. The timing of this gift was perfect! 

This was the perfect gift for me because I wasn’t quite sure where to start. I didn’t know what container I should use, herbs I should choose, the list goes on. Gardenuity thought of everything! These are gardens that are literally built to thrive in smaller places. Your garden grows in grow bags that are designed to help your herbs, plants, vegetables thrive. So anyway, I loved this garden so much that I plan on purchasing more from this company. 

I’m really looking forward to next summer because I’ll have even more time. I really LOVE being able to pick my own produce and herbs from my own balcony rather than going to the supermarket or produce store.

Now I know some of you may be wanting to start your own garden but you may be living in a space where that just isn’t possible or an area that’s considered a food desert. For those of you that are not familiar with the term food desert, a food desert is in an area that lacks grocery stores, fruit, and produce stores and does not have any farmers market so the residents in these areas don’t have access to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables so they can maintain a healthy diet. 

I’m sure it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that food deserts are more common in Black and Latino communities. Many of these areas don’t have a Mariano’s or a jewel or any of the major grocery stores the residents in their areas. They don’t have the transportation or the money to even get to these stores let alone have money to buy groceries.

Therefore, many residents are left to literally go grocery shopping at a Convenience Mart or gas station. By the way, convenience stores in poor neighborhoods are totally different from those in affluent neighborhoods. Convenience food stores in poorer areas are stocked with processed foods better known as junk food and sugary drinks. 

If you don’t want to go to these stores then you have fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s to choose from.  Without having access to healthy foods, fruits and vegetables are why many people in these areas tend to have health issues. Don’t even get me started about the fact that residents in these areas also have to contend with air pollution issues as well.

Oftentimes, residents in these communities aren’t able to identify bad ingredients that they read on the packages. Quite frankly, many times residents are just looking to survive so they may not be able to afford those fruits and vegetables and that’s not right.

Community Garden

As one of the richest countries in the world, it’s incredible to me that this is even an issue. Yet, here we are. So one way we can alleviate this issue is by creating a community garden.  A community can come together by allocating a space of land and planting a variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Working together on a common goal can help strengthen the ties within the community. Residents could petition to have land allocated for the garden or have everyone pay a portion and buy the land that could be used for the community garden. Having this garden within the community would save the residents money and the hassle of having to travel outside of their community to gain access to the herbs, fruits, and vegetables they need. 

I’ve seen firsthand how impactful a community garden can be for these communities. A couple years ago, I got to take the road trip of a lifetime with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). A few years ago, back in 2011, which feels like ions ago. General Motors sponsored some journalists and I was one lone blogger to attend the NABJ convention in Philly. 

Along the way, we got a chance to do community service projects across the country until we made it to Philadelphia which is where the convention was being held. One of my favorite projects was the community gardens project we did in Ohio. A lot of folks had written this area off. The city was clearly not investing any money in this area. It was really nice and inspiring to see this community garden right in the middle of abandoned buildings and vacant lots.  It was really nice being able to help them create and plant birdhouses in an attempt to further beautify the garden. I enjoyed speaking with the residents and they were incredibly proud of their garden. 

I feel like Chicago needs to have more community gardens. It’s unfortunate because the areas that do have these community gardens are mostly in affluent or gentrified areas and not in the areas that would truly benefit from a community garden.

I would love it if everyone had the ability to start their own garden. If you’re listening to this episode and you’re unable to gain access to fresh produce, be sure to check out the website for more resources. 

There are companies such as Fresh Moves Mobile Market which is literally a company that converts buses into supermarkets that drive into food desert areas allowing the residents to go grocery shopping on the bus. 

There’s another company called Goodr run by Jasmine Crowe, her company prevents food waste by picking up the surplus food from restaurants and organizations that otherwise would have ended up in landfills instead of to those who really need those meals to survive. I’m going to leave a link to the interview she did with Waste 360 because it’s absolutely fascinating how she got her company off the ground. 

Diet and exercise are incredibly important to ensure that we live the extraordinary lives that God wants for us. The key to making that happen all starts with the fresh produce that comes from a healthy garden.

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These top companies make a lot of food buy.

America’s Medical History w/ the Black Community

America’s Food Supply Issue

This Black-Owned Business Is Bringing Plant-Based ‘Soul Food’ to Black Communities

Gardening Resources

Planting a revolution

Meet Jasmine Jefferson, founder of Black Girls With Gardens

Gardenuity

Zucchini Spaghetti

Herbs from my awesome garden!

Can we say yummy?!

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 2 small Roma tomatoes
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon Orgeano
  • 4 Onion
  • 4 small sweet peppers
  • 1 pack of McCormick Spaghetti Seasoning Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic salt
  • 1 cup of carrots
  • Pepperoni (optional to taste)
  • Chop up all the vegetables except the Zucchini
  • Mix the vegetables in a bowl and include the spices
  • Using your zucchini maker create zucchini spaghetti noodles
  • Place everything into a deep skillet. Cook for 5 minutes on top of the stove on 350 (keep stirring until everything is hot.
  • Add Zucchini noodles to the mix
  • Then you’re ready to eat!

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Ep. 147 Make it Make Sense: Back to School/ Edition

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Back to School

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How Tennessee State’s Hercy Miller, son of rapper Master P, will spend his $2 million NIL deal

Back to the Office

4 in 10 workers say they’ll look for another job if they have to go back to the office full-time

Why Managers Fear a Remote-Work Future

Slack survey finds 97% of Black knowledge workers want the future of the office to be remote or hybrid

Job-hopping heats up: 65% of U.S. workers are looking for a new job

The Quitting Economy

Nearly two years after Covid sent them home, remote workers aren’t looking back

What is a microaggression? If you’re not sure then please check out these videos. Jazmyn is a comedian who escaped the corporate world in 2019 to pursue her dreams of being in comedy. These sketches are funny but upsetting, awkward, and VERY annoying in real life. If you don’t believe me, be sure to check out the comments section…😉

The CROWN Act

States that are purple or gray are places where legislation has been filed or where legislation was filed but did NOT pass. Again, remember this ENTIRE act is based on the ability for Black people to wear their hair in the God-given way that it grows…

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