Her Own Woman

There is no doubt that this princess is going to be the subject of much conversation for many years to come…

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Nothing is impossible

An amazingly inspirational video reminding us that nothing is impossible if we truly want it, and that you are never too old to keep doing what you love

Enjoy and Stay Blessed 🙂

Happy Earth Day 2018

As you all know, I am very passionate about the Earth, the biggest Mother of all.

And She, like many women is taken for granted, under appreciated, disrespected and abused.

It breaks my heart to see how we destroy her with our actions every day and I have huge respect and love for those people who care for her and do everything they can to save and protect her. We should all be part of this movement, playing as small or as big of a part as we can. Without Her, we could not exist.

To Celebrate Earth Day this year, I am sharing TWO videos – The First is the Earth Day 2018 Google Doodle. I chose this because 1) it sends a beautiful and poignant Earth Day message and 2) it is presented by Jane Goodall…A WOMAN!!! 🙂 So it fits right into The Woman Hood.

The Second video is the song “Colors of the Wind” from the movie “Pocahontas”, performed by Vanessa Williams. I chose this because 1) it says beautifully the words that remind us that we are not alone on this planet. That every being, every animal, every plant, every river etc are interconnected. We are ONE! 2) I love the line “how high does the Sycamore grow? If we cut it down, then we’ll never know…” So True!! and yet, we cut, cut, cut…trees, animals, people.

Enjoy! and Stay Blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

Braiding Hair Without a License! What?

I found this article interesting when I came upon it. I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not when I saw the title because…well, don’t we all braid each others hair? I know I used to braid my cousins’ hair for extra money when I was a teenager and I have braided lots of peoples hair as favors and for money over the years. Now to think I might have needed to have a license??? Oookay!!!

Doesn’t really make sense to me, but ok…

Tennessee Has Fined Residents Almost $100,000 for Braiding Hair Without a License … Seriously

I am never one to jump at the race card, but these are definitely things that make you go hmmm!!!

I guess I can understand that the Government needs to keep track of who is running what businesses in their state, so I understand that they would want natural hair practitioners to register and pay a fee to be allowed to practice. (I guess)

But then there is the bit about having to go to cosmetology school? Really? For braiding? Regardless of race, do we need to go to cosmetology school to do the most natural thing all women have done with their hair for as long as we have had hair.

But this is a very real matter, as I found out in a second article featuring the same problem in Oregon…

“Amber Starks (left), who is fighting to change state law to allow hair braiders to work without earning a full cosmetology license says: “Braiding can be a way for women to start to get comfortable with wearing their hair naturally. That’s what it was for me.” Braiders typically do not use chemicals, heat or scissors, thus practitioners say they should not be required to go through the 1,700-hour training required of cosmetologists…Read More

Kudos to Amber Starks and Fatou Diouf for fighting this and standing up for ‘natural hair rights’ 🙂

 

Happy New Year 2018

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To All You Beautiful Women Everywhere:

As we look forward into the year 2018;

Let us open our hearts to Love, Peace and Hope;

Let us prepare ourselves for Success, Prosperity and Abundance;

Let us take time everyday, to commune with our inner self,

And to listen to what the Higher One is telling us.

Let us Love ourselves and others from a place of Abundance

And as we give of ourselves and share of ourselves,

May we be continually ENRICHED!

Happy New Year!

NYC Marathon Episode 10 (Series Finale): Been there, Done that, And it was totally worth it! :-)

Where do I begin?

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Thank you for all the words of encouragement through my 6 months of training.

Thanks for all the advice which I actually DID take!!!

Thanks for tracking me and coming out. I feel SO privileged and honored!

And most of all, Thank you SO much for all the donations you sent in for a very real and honest cause.

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I attended the Blood Cancer Conference on Saturday and saw first-hand where your donations go. I met survivors, patients, healthcare personnel and fellow team mates/fundraisers.

It was a very moving event. One of the top fundraisers, who was also running the race, was in fact a survivor himself and he had an awesome story.

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  So I thank you!

And Now…..

Finally, today was the magical day that would change my life forever.

I was up at 4am to catch the Team in Training bus from Brooklyn to Staten Island.

Yes, that early even though my start time was not until 11am. But we had to get out there because the roads were to be closed at 7am.

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Traffic crossing the Verrazano Bridge going to the start

 
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So I spent a few hours relaxing and stretching and chatting. Dunkin Donuts provided bagels, tea, hot chocolate and coffee as well as beanie hats.

And there was all kinds of other stuff as well.

There were SO MANY people!!! From EVERYWHERE in the world! Announcements were made in just about all the main world languages.

As I watched the swarm of people, I just kept thinking…50,000 people out here to enjoy torture. 50,000 crazy people! HAHAHA!!!

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If you have ever wondered what the term “New York Strong” means….try running the NYC marathon.

It’s amazing how much goes into this.

The volunteers, the NYPD and FDNY, the medical personnel, the entertainers, the people along the streets, the participants and trainers.

My Goodness!!! It takes a LOT to put this thing on.

As you run through the boros, everyone is cheering you on, and you just want to say thank you so much for doing this and for being here…it’s truly amazing!

It was drizzling the whole time, and yet the streets were full of people getting wet just to be out there to cheer us on.

I did not get to take too many pictures, because I was actually focused on running, so I just took a few of the main important points along the way.

The Start: Crossing the Verrazano Bridge

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Half Way Mark

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The infamous 59th Street Bridge. This is said to be the hardest part of the race, because it is quiet (no crowds) and it tends to feel long and goes uphill for quite a while. I walked the whole uphill part and then started running again going downhill at the other end. It was not my hardest part of the race, but was definitely my slowest part of the race. 

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The hardest part for me was the last 5 miles, because I just really wanted to get home. I ran and ran and it just didn’t seem to end.

When I saw the 25 mile marker, I started sprinting with all I had left in me so as to finish just as quickly as possible. Although when I saw the video later, I saw that my ‘sprint’ really just looked like a slow walk. 🙂

By 26 miles I was an emotional wreck.

The team had told us to make sure we have a happy ‘hands-in-the-air’ picture perfect finish line crossing for the ideal photo, but I crossed the finish line crying so much that the announcer said “…it looks like Susan can’t quite believe she has done it…” She was right! I couldn’t believe it! I just kept saying “I did it! I did it!” over and over again. I could not get a fancy photo finish anyway, because it was DARK already. All the Grand Stand bleachers were empty. Everyone had gone home. Except for my dear husband and sons. They faithfully stood on the bleachers in the rain waving and calling out to me as I cried my way across the finish line….slowly! LOL. I love you guys!

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My official time was 6 hours, 47 minutes, 32 seconds

 

And Finally, I have to lift up those in whose memory I ran…

We crossed the finish line together and there is no doubt that their ‘Force’ was with me.yoda.jpg

Ursel Olupitan

Wing Commander Isaac Olupitan

Yetunde Olupitan, Esq.

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Ian Tsai

Margaret Holt

Alhaja Yetunde Adegbite

Mary Skousen’s sister

Aaron Ingram

Dawn Bennett

And the countless others whose names I did not get to mention here.

May we continue to fight ceaselessly until Someday IS Today!!!

 

Thank you for everything and God Bless!

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NYC Marathon Episode 9: The End in sight!!!

I can hardly believe that I have come this far.

What started out as one of those “..seemed like a good idea at the time…” actually turned into a real goal that I am now only 6 days away from actually achieving.

My Team Race shirt came in the mail this week and I went to the salon and got my nails colored to match. At least if I collapse I will look good. LOL!

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I have my Gu power gel, my running belt and even got a new phone because the battery in my old phone kept dying.

One last visit to the podiatrist tomorrow and two more visits to physical therapy.

Stretching! Drinking! Breathing!

I guess I am ready!

Everyone who has run this race has told me that the adrenaline rush of just being there is enough to fuel you through the race.

I am starting to believe this to be true because I had TWO very exciting moments when running in Central Park again this Sunday.

First of all, nearing Tavern on the Green this time there was a whole new building being put up.

As I got closer, I saw the TCS NYC Marathon logo.

It was the New York City Marathon Pavilion!!!

And right after it, along either side of the road they were setting up the grand stand bleachers for the Finish Line.

HA! So technically, I have already “crossed the finish line”

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Suddenly, I was filled with so much excitement, “this is real! This is the NYC Marathon. I, Susan, am running the NYC Marathon!!! OMG!!!”

I was fueled for the next few miles,

…until the heat and the hills started to get to me.

Just as I was starting to decide if I should exit the park and take a nearby bus or subway back, I heard the sweet sound of a solo cello playing a very familiar tune.

The cello was joined by other strings to complete the sound and I was breaking my neck and bumping into fellow runners as I tried to see where this music was coming from.

I never did see them, but the music hit the spot and did its job.

It was the theme music of “Game of Thrones!”

Whaaat?!?!!!!!

Every drop of Targaryan Dragon blood that I (totally don’t) have within me began to boil and I breathed fire as I rose up to the summit of that blasted hill!!

Yes, that was a really special moment! I think I should totally download that theme for those moments when I need to call on the Dragon Fire. Or could someone organize a string quartet somewhere along the way??

But that was actually not the second moment I was going to mention.

The second exciting moment was when a fellow Team in Training runner (the t-shirts are a dead giveaway) called out to me “Go Team!!”

Yay!!! It made me feel warm and fuzzy all over and boy, was I energized!!

So yeah…I think this is going to be truly exciting and fulfilling.

I remember when I ran my first ever 5K…I crossed the finish line and burst into emotional tears because I had never run “SO far”……That was a 5K!!!

Only Goodness knows what this will feel like.

6 days to go!!!

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