“You don’t need to know how to dance, to have fun!”
This was the enthuastic declaration from the stunning former Pageant contestant and now budding Fitness guru Yendi Phillipps when I asked her about her new fitness program In the Dance Fitness Jamaica. I had the pleasure of meeting the talented and charismatic dance Pro during her media promotional tour for the DVD.
The former Miss Jamaica World, Miss Jamaica Universe, Dancer and Mother of 1 (yes she’s a mama!) developed In The Dance Fitness Jamaica as a way to share her workout secrets along with Jamaica’s rich and magnetic dance culture with the world.
Dancing since she was 3 years old, Yendi’s love of dance took her around the world where she studied and performed various forms of dance including Modern, Jazz, African, Jamaican Folklore and Popular Dance. Her passion for dance has gotten her in the best shape of her life without ever picking up a weight and doing it while having fun!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Yendi after I got my whine on in her class. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that the Alvin Ailey Dance School won’t be knocking on my door anytime soon but I held my own taking Yendi’s class. She’s an awesome instructor, hilarious (no really she had us laughing the entire time) and her program In the Dance Fitness will definitely make you feel great. Check out my video Q&A with the lovely Yendi below
Feeling ready to get your whine on? To my friends in Canada, head on over to your local Walmart to get your copy of In the Dance Fitness Jamaica. To learn more about Yendi and connect with her check out the links below. Thank you to her management team and Tika Simone for the invitation to the event!
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Did you know that February 13 is Madly In Love with Me Day?
Created by Author and Self-Love Catalyst Christine Arylo, the International Day of Self-Love was created to raise the awareness of self-love among women and girls around the world.
I recently had the honor of sitting down with Christine and 10 amazing and inspiring Self-Love Advocates for my free course Self-Love Academy. Even though I designed the Academy to be a 10 day experience, self-love truly doesn’t have an end-date.
In the face of fear, regret, guilt or shame we can choose to look beyond these emotions and choose to see the good in ourselves. During Self-Love Academy, I created special Love Mantras with the hope of inspiring and reminding participants of the power that lies within ourselves. Here are 11 ‘Amen Worthy’ Mantras to breakthrough your fears, boost your confidence and accept who you are:
#1: Self Love is a Choice. Today I choose to Love Myself and recognize that I have gifts to offer the world.
#2: I am committed to doing the work to unleash the best within me
#3: Nobody benefits from my exhaustion (BUT) everyone benefits from my happiness
#4: Saying no is one of the most powerful things that I can do for myself
#5: I am Beautiful, Confident and Smart.
#6: Today I choose to honor my beauty, my strength and my uniqueness
#7: I love myself enough to take the actions required for my happiness
#8: I deserve only loving and respectful relationships
#9: I am incomparable! There is nothing or no one to compare or compete with
#10: The antidote to fear is action
#11: It is better to give AND receive
Did you miss the live run-thorough of Self-Love Academy? Well not to worry because I’m keeping the course and virtual community open! Best of all it’s FREE!
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February 13 is the International Day of Self Love and this year I wanted to celebrate it in a big way.
I truly believe that we can achieve ANYTHING that we want in life but only if we recognize that we deserve it and get up and go after it.
Living your dream life and conquering your goals won’t happen by scrolling through Facebook or waiting for the perfect time. Your time is NOW and it all begins with acknowledging that YOU are what you’ve been waiting for.
That’s why I was inspired to create a special free event that will celebrate what makes you awesome, stop getting in your way and empower you to take action!
Introducing Self-Love Academy – A Free Virtual Self-Love Event designed to help you master the inner game of self-love so that you can master the outer game of life. Join me from February 3-13 along with 12 amazing and inspiring Self-Love Advocates as they share unique strategies, rituals and tips that will help you rid yourself of self-doubt and replace it with self-confidence!
Each day includes an inspiring video lesson and is accompanied by fun challenges to inspire you to play full out for a chance to win prizes including gift cards, books and programs. You’ll have have an opportunity to interact with your Self-Love Academy classmates in the Private Self-Love Academy Facebook Community
My audacious goal
My goal with Self-Love Academy is to not only empower you to love yourself more and take action to pursue your dreams and put your health first but pay it forward to help someone who is still on the path of discovering their inner beauty
At the conclusion of this event, a book comprised of wisdom from each Professor will be available on Kindle. Proceeds from each book purchase will be donated to the National Eating Disorder Information Center to further their work to help others step into their light.
I hope to have at least 100 participants in this special event! So, If you’re ready to make a difference in your life AND the world join us from February 3 – February 13
Visit www.selflove-academy.com to learn more. Hope to see you there!
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As much as I love the go-getter mentality of January it can be a bit exhausting.
Did you know that January 10 is supposedly the day when most New Year’s Resolutions fall apart?
I recently learned this when I appeared as a guest on the Kharisma Aro radio show to discuss strategies to set yourself up for success. Even though I don’t set new years resolutions, I’m not surprised that most of them unravel given the amount of pressure we put on ourselves to make each year better than the last.
I’ll readily admit that I have a bit more expertise than I should when it comes to putting too much pressure on myself. Maybe it’s my Achiever gene or my desire to push myself beyond my fears but it can definitely be both blessing and a curse.
You know the feeling. It’s the internal fire that burns inside you and pushes you to keep going. Yet at times, this same desire can manifest as a nagging whisper of discontent. It disguises itself as helpful but really it’s just a clever roadblock that makes you question if you’re really doing enough, nags you about what you ‘should’ you be doing instead and plants seeds of doubt of whether what you want is even possible.
When the ‘am I enough?’ whispers come out to play, it’s a surefire sign that it’s time to take a timeout and hit the reset button. This feeling is scarcity or lack – Not having enough, not doing enough and feeling enough. It’s likely that you are doing just fine and need a break to quiet the noise that is making you feel otherwise.
If you’re caught up on the overwhelm train and wondering if you should continue to keep pushing or abandon your goals altogether here are 4 things to try to get back on track.
1. Give yourself to permission to take a timeout
If you find yourself feeling that the only way out of your anxiety is to add more to your plate it’s definitely a sign that you need a time out. Stop, breathe and realize that you’re ok. You don’t have to do more to feel like you’re enough. It might feel like you’re the only one that doesn’t have their ish together but trust me everyone has their struggles and off days.
Trying to work from a state of overwhelm and diving deeper into busy mode shouldn’t be your first course of action. If your mind and body are not onboard you’ll be doing more harm than good. Your Permission to rest has been granted so take a few moments to take a break. You can read your permission slip here and as a visual reminder, download and sign my printable self-care permission slip reminder below
2. Get clear on what you’re really trying to accomplish
It’s one thing to have the achiever drive but what exactly are you really trying to achieve? Have you ever been so focused on trying to achieve something but the moment that you do, you feel – meh? Or even ask youself – “Is that it? Now what”
Can you relate? It’s definitely happened to me before. Why? Because reaching for the accomplishment didn’t fulfill a deeper and unstated expectation that I had. On the surface you maybe questioning whether you need to do more ‘stuff’ but is there is something deeper that you desire?
I know I’ve mentioned it a few times (ok maybe more than a few) but Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map is a great resource to get clear about the true meaning behind your goals and the actual desires that you are seeking in the process.
Before piling on more things to your hustle, get clear on what you truly want. If you’re intrigued to learn more about the Desire Map, check out the official trailer for the book here and you can buy the book here!
3. Practice a bit of gratitude
When feelings of scarcity set in it’s easy to lose sight of what’s going on in your life right now and what you’ve already accomplished. Starting a consistent gratitude practice has been one of the best things I’ve ever done because it forces me to put the scarcity mindset on pause and focus on what I have instead of what I don’t.
Whether you have a journal or a gratitude jar, take a moment to think about what you’re grateful for right now and celebrate what you have accomplished. I bet it’s a lot more than you think.
4. Phone a friend
Resist the urge to bury yourself in your work and phone a friend to share how you’re feeling. I have some close friends on speed dial for text message therapy if I need a pick me up or just a little tough love. You can even go one step further to have an accountability partner to help provide some objective guidance when you need an extra set of eyes and support. Check out my article on the benefits of an Accountability relationship here to see how it can work for you.
Now If you only take away one thing from this article remember this: You are enough.
Doing more doesn’t make it true because just being is all you need.
Over to you
What do you do when you start to feel overwhelmed and question your hustle and drive? Meet me in the comments to share your thoughts!
p.s. if you enjoyed today’s post you’ll love what I’m cooking up for February. From Feb 3 – 13 I’m hosting a FREE 10 day virtual challenge complete with prizes and 12 fabulous experts to help you master the inner guide of self-love so you can master the outer game of life.
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