Happy New Year everyone! I hope you've had an amazing holiday filled with family and friends. I just wanted to drop a quick vlog to kick off 2017. My plan for 2017 is to focus on "stepping into the light". I typically am a "behind the scenes" type of person. I always have felt comfortable just doing what I need to do, and moving on quietly. But, I'm learning that the call on my life is too big for that.
I'm learning that my journey can help someone, so I can't be afraid to share it. So, I want you to take the journey of "stepping into the light" with me. To kick things off, here are five tips to help you get started. Let me know what you think, and anything I can share that will make it easier for you. We're in this together :-).
2. You're the happiness that you seek. When you're happy, everyone will be happy. Be open to being happiness, and make yourself a priority.
3. Take care of yourself physically. Do whatever you need to do to make your body/health a priority. Be proactive about your health.
4. Take the time to connect with people who will pull you into the light. Don't be afraid of people who make you step outside of your comfort zone.
5. Just step out. Take a chance on yourself, and do the things that you never thought you could do. Don't let the end of 2017 look like the end of 2016.
We've got this! This is just the beginning of our journey, it's not about perfection. It's about living our best life. Let's thrive in the sun together. I can't wait to hear about how you're doing. Until we meet again!
Hi everyone! I hope your week has been amazing. It’s time to talk about the one thing that I struggle with, and I think a lot of people struggle with too. It’s time to talk about my journey, and how I took the leap to be transparent at all places, Blogalicious 8.
Be Blogalicious is a multicultural influencer organization that strives to create a place of inclusion, connection and collaboration. They have so many resources & the community is so inspiring. So, when I had a chance to attend their annual conference I knew I had to do it. With this being my “Year of Yes” too, I also took the chance and signed up to volunteer. I’m lo-key shy, so this was a big leap for me. But, the leap paid off, and I was selected for the “Social Squad”.
Hi everyone! I know it's been a little while since I've checked in. Sorry, with work and family obligations, it's been crazy. But, I wanted to take a moment to talk about my partnership with Miracle Ear.
As you all know, I'm a caregiver to my lovely mother (a.k.a "The Old Lady"). My mother is legally blind, so that's really put a lot of pressure on her other senses to compensate for her lack of vision. Luckily, we haven't had too many issues. But, it's now become super important for me to protect and monitor her hearing.
It's amazing how we take our hearing for granted. I don't think my mother has ever had a hearing test. I think my father just compensated for what she didn't see or hear. That's a lot of pressure to place on him too. Especially, since elderly caregivers often are taking care of their needs either. That combination is a potential disaster waiting to happen. But, now that she's with us; that's all about to change.
I'm so thankful that Miracle Ear has launched the Hear a Better Day campaign. This campaign is about sharing the benefit of hearing aids in general. Hearing aids enhance the lives of not only those with hearing loss, but their loved ones as well. Miracle Ear is committed to ensuring that everyone gets an opportunity to savor every moment of life. Hearing gives you a sense of control over your life that is very hard to replace. It also helps reassure your family, that you're capable of taking care of yourself. Independence benefits everyone.
My mom loves to listen to audiobooks and television during the day. It keeps her mind stimulated and focused. That's so important as she ages, and it makes her happy. When she's happy, we're all happy. I couldn't imagine what her life would be like without her hearing. So, I definitely will be making a point of getting her hearing tested. I know it's not easy to have those tough conversations sometimes. But, Miracle Ear thankfully thought about that too. They also have resources for helping a loved one . They've thought of everything .
So, don't wait! Go and take your loved one for a free hearing test at Miracle Ear. They have the latest in hearing technology, and make it their mission to ensure you feel comfortable and taken care of of completely. Here's some information on their newest device, the Genius 2.0 with speech isolation. Listening is about to get easier.
GENIUS 2.0 builds on the superior audibility and key features introduced with GENIUS, but takes this brand new cutting-edge technology to the next level!
Unique GENIUS 2.0 Features Music Master is designed to enrich the quality of music and provide maximum enjoyment for listening to music. With three music settings – Concert, Playback and Performer – wearers will enjoy a variety of music. GENIUS 2.0 is designed to deliver excellent music fidelity whether listening to music or performing. Echo Guard stops sound from reflecting off of surfaces such as ceilings and walls in reverberant environments. GENIUS 2.0 Echo Guard provides a comfortable setting for wearers by softening the reflected sound for better sound quality. Wearers no longer need to avoid difficult-to-hear places where sounds bounce off of the walls. Phone Surround transmits the phone signal from one ear to both ears when using a handheld phone. The signal is automatically detected by a magnet and wirelessly sends the signal, surrounding the wearer, and provides better understanding without the need for an additional accessory. GENIUS 2.0 provides an improved listening experience for telephone calls.
Say Hello to Wireless CROS Solution The wireless CROS/BiCROS solution is designed for those with unilateral hearing loss. Available in our most popular style, the CROS RIC transmitter is worn on the unaidable ear and wirelessly sends the signal to any GENIUS 2.0 wireless hearing aid on the other ear, allowing the wearer to hear sounds from both sides.
We hope you are as excited about this new technology as we are! You can learn more about our GENIUS 2.0 technology, schedule an appointment to speak with a Miracle-Ear hearing instrument specialist.
Click here to learn more about Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid options. Until we meet again!
Hi everyone! Sorry about the quick break. But, with everything going on in the world, I needed to take a “pause for the cause.” My focus has really been off, and I’m praying for our world. This is such a challenging and pivotal time for us all. I pray that conversations, understanding and change come as a result of these tragedies. No life is in vain, and we all have an “assignment” in this world.
It’s so funny that “assignment” comes to my mind as I’m putting this post together. It makes me think about how my sister and I were raised. My parents raised us to be “conscious” of our culture and heritage. My parents felt it was their duty to ensure they gave us a full spectrum of what it would mean to be a black woman in America. They also wanted to ensure we learned about more than George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr., since that was the extent of black history we were being taught in schools during our childhood.
Are you taking care of "You?" Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know I didn't. But, I've started thinking about it more and more. Especially, since I became a caregiver to my mom.
I always say my life changed in the matter of three hours on December 20, 2010. That's the day my father died, and my mom came to live with my sister and I. I went immediately into super saver caregiver mode, and I've never looked back. The next five years would go on to be filled with cursing, crying, depression, stress, laughter, hope, and love. That's quite a cycle isn't it? But, that's a caregiver life. We give so much of ourselves to others; that you sometimes forget about the most important person in this, you.