LOTUS pose. Try-it-out Tuesdays.

It’s Try-it-out Tuesday for the Carolina Girls in Action blog! This means that we’ll be engaging in something that is beneficial to our mental, physical, or and/or spiritual health.


From the desk of Karra:

Today, I decided to practice my Kundalini yoga poses, and amongst them was the Lotus pose.

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This one quickly became my favorite pose for many different reasons. Let’s talk about some of its benefits:

  1. This pose is known as the “destroyer of all diseases”. If you’re physically ill or in pain, I definitely suggest trying this pose out to ease some of the discomfort.
  2. Calms the mind and prepares one for deep meditation–stabilizing. Many of us walk around not really connected with our true purpose, and this pose helps to make that re-connection.
  3. Stretches multiple body parts at once, such as the knees, ankles, hips, spine, and upper back.
  4. Helps to create balance in your entire system.
  5. Helps to open the energy located at the base of the spine. This allows you to take that energy and redirect it so that you may “ground” yourself.
  6. Reduces stress, anxiety, and mild depression.
  7. A plus, would be that this pose actually helps to ease menstrual pain for women!

One of our favorite quotes says:

Learn to accept your current circumstances, instead of always trying to be somewhere — or someone — else. There, in the present moment, you may come to understand that you are whole and complete, just as you are. From that realization, you can bloom like a lotus flower.


What are you guys trying out today?

Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$–Motivation Monday!

Okay so you want to buy this, and you want to buy that, but yikes. Where did all the “just for fun” money go? You paid your bills, you gave back the money you loaned from your dad, you put gas in the car and now…here you are at your local Hobby Lobby, trying to buy those items you needed in order to make that new product you wanted to place in your online store, but you realize that you’ve already gone $11.72 over your budget for the week. What now?


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Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ 101

If that story sounded anything like you—hear us out.

The very first lesson of “Mula” that the CGIA squad wants to share with you is to never just have one source of income.

You want to have enough fund$ to live life to the fullest? You need to create multiple ways for you to receive coins.

It’s a lesson that has been taught around the world many different ways. There’s a whole lesson about the “four streams” that we suggest you Google 🙂 . But here’s a quick rundown:

In the Bible it talks about four rivers that flowed into the Garden of Eden that helped it to thrive. It was then related back to our own lives. If we want to live a life of abundance like God intended, we need to have at least four streams of income flowing into our lives.

Your four streams should look something like this:

  1. Inventions: Believe that you will come up with new ideas that are necessary. You are capable of developing new ways and methods.
  2. Investments: Save, save, save, and save some more. Invest in stocks or shares. Make your money work for you.
  3. Steady Income: Take the job. Do whatever you need to do to be able to have a steady flow of income. Remember that the position you take is not your final destination. Better is coming.
  4. Faith: Believe that people can be blessings. Believe that doors will open. Believe that whatever it is that you need to make your dreams come true is available to you!

We know that for the most part, not all of these streams will be flowing at once—but it is not impossible! Keep your faith and work on making them flow at the same time in order to create the life that you have always imagined.


Even though it seems that this post was mainly about money, our biggest tip here is to NOT have your focus be on money! Shocking, right?

Bishop T.D. Jakes said it best, “Money is not your mission, it funds your mission”

Shoutouts Saturday! w/ Jayla Breanne Parker.

Welcome back to the blog! It’s “Shoutouts Saturday”! This is the time where we put the spotlight on fellow Carolina BOSS Girls in Action! These are the girls and women across the states who are putting their dreams in action and making BIG moves.


Today’s spotlight is on miss Jayla Breanne Parker–a local actress, model, and photographer who is making BOSS MOVES!

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Jayla Breanne Parker–model

Regarding your passion for modeling , photography, and acting…where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?

♥Hmm in 3 years I see myself pursuing a masters in film or in an internship at Cartoon Network.

Among your works, which one is your favorite and why?

♥My fave work that I’ve done is a shoot done at the UNCG pool with my friend Savannah.

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Savannah, a friend of Jayla’s.

It was my favorite because I usually don’t have the resources to create the work that I constantly have spinning in my head, and that was the first one that really came to my vision 😊

How do you indulge in your passions while working and in school?

♥Well I study my passion in school as a media studies major. It’s got everything and can be everything so it’s easy for me to just constantly be working on school and passion because it’s basically the same thing for me. I just work little by little everyday.

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Jayla Breanne Parker–model.

What do you recommend for other young artists like yourself…how can they balance their love for art and their everyday life?

♥Don’t ever stop doing you. No matter what anyone says. It’s your life, not theirs! Show off your art! Build your platform! Be yourself and get very very good at what you do 😊

 

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Get to know Jayla Breanne Parker!

Instagram (personal): @bluejay_96

Website: www.jaylabreanneparker.wordpress.com

Thank you for sharing your bubbly personality and wise words with us today! You are an inspiration to the girls of C.G.I.A. and we wish you many more years of creativity, originality, and success! You are a BOSS!

CarolinaBOSSGirlsinAction

Shoutouts Saturday!

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Welcome back to the blog! It’s “Shoutouts Saturday”! This is the time where we put the spotlight on fellow Carolina BOSS Girls in Action! These are the girls and women across the states who are putting their dreams in action and making BIG moves.


Today’s spotlight is on miss Sheridan Chi–owner of “Goddess Rootz“, an online beauty bar making BOSS moves.

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Sheridan Chi–owner of Goddess Rootz.

We at C.G.I.A. wanted to get to know the Goddess Rootz owner a little better, so we asked her a few questions.


How did the idea for your business come about?

♥Well I’ve always wanted to have my own business so it was always in the back of my head, but I didn’t really have the money to start on what I actually wanted to do. I was just going off one day on how tired I am of people wearing those little black Chokers that had no style or spark to them. (I’m a big fan of chokers.) So one day I was talking to my sister and all of sudden a bell rung and I was like OHHHH I should make my own chokers and sale them! And from that point on me and my sister stayed up all night and next day making a website and Etsy account and working on a logo and that’s where it all started.

What has been some of your failures and what did you learn from them?

♥My failures have actually been not planning things out before actually making moves. In the beginning when it was only just Chokers. I did not plan out anything, I just dived right in which was a big mistake because I made business cards and ended up changing my mind about the design and everything I wanted on there so I had to keep buying business cards which of course was messing with my pockets. Also not marketing enough. A BUSINESS PLAN is MAJOR key for a successful business and MARKETING is MAJOR key as well so make sure you do both. Now with this new re-launching of the site I can successfully say that everything is so much better as far as a business plan and so much more. My journey with goddessrootz has definitely taught me a lot and now I’m ready to take over the world 🙌🏽 #goddessrootzmob ISSA MOVEMENT 💓 #woman-empowerment 💓

What is the one piece of advice you would give to young entrepreneurs like yourself?

♥I would say don’t look at others success and compare it to yours. That will get you nowhere! You have to focus on your brand and what exciting new things YOU can bring that is different to this world of entrepreneurship. Be unique and be yourself and know that through hard work and dedication that your time is coming! Don’t rush it, take it day by day! And pray over your business.

Get to know Sheridan Chi!

♦Instagram (personal): @imsheridanchi

♦Instagram (business): @shopgoddessrootz

♦Snapchat: @goddessrootzchi

♦Youtube: goddessrootz LLC

 

 


The girls of C.G.I.A. want to say thank you to miss Sheridan Chi for dropping words of wisdom on us today!

You are an inspiration to many, and we wish you even more success in all of your business ventures!

–CarolinaBOSSGirlsinAction.

Work-it-out Wednesday! Stop Talking…Just DO it.

We say it at the start of each new month, right?

“Okay, this time, I’m gonna do it for REAL.”

Whether we’re talking about our health, bettering our relationships, going to school…again…It’s always the same spiel. And it stays as such. Just a spiel. Not our reality. You know why? Because at the end of the day—we don’t know what we truly want.

What? That’s not true.

I want to be healthy.

I want to be happy in my love life.

I want to graduate.

Okay, but what does that actually look like?


You want to be healthy. Fine. But what does that mean? What does being healthy mean to you? What do your meals look like each day? What do you do for exercise? What size pants are you wearing once you’ve reached your goal?

You want your love life to be a happy love life? What does that mean? Do you guys dance in the middle of the kitchen in your pajamas together at midnight? Good communication? Do you two work well together? Are you a stay-at-home mom and he brings home the bacon?

You want to graduate? Okay, so for starters, did you enroll? (And yes, I’m talking to myself right here.) What classes do you need to take to get that degree? Do you stay in touch with your advisor? What outfit are you going to wear under that cap and gown? What job are you going to have after you graduate?

 

Let’s stop—TALKING—and DO.

Picture that thing that you want and run after it full speed!


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After all this being said, it’s Work-it-out Wednesday for the blog, and my own personal goal for my health journey was to make small changes each week. The first small change? Simply walking 10 minutes a day. And of course today is the HOTTEST day that it has been in weeks. But whatever. I wrote out my plan and I’m sticking to it. I have my goals written down, and now all that is left to do is reach them!

 

–Kay.

The Somewhat Uncomfortable Topic.

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Let’s talk puberty!

Nooo don’t groan! This talk will be fun, I PROMISE.

So you were like 8,9,10,11,12,13 when something funny started happening to your body right? I mean all types of weird stuff. You started noticing that you had boobs—tiny ones or maybe a tad bit rounder ones—and then you noticed that hair was growing in all types of weird places.

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You might have had a growth spurt that made you a bit clumsy—in some cases, terribly clumsy.

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And then one day your tummy started to hurt or you felt a little too uncomfortable and OMG you were on your first period!

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Dis tew much 😦

The point here? It’s that you are not alone. You are not the only girl who has ever gone through any of this before. Puberty? It’s the norm.

You may have gone through it earlier than most girls, or later, or maybe it came around at the average time, but the big picture is that no one is more “special” or “cooler” than you are just because of their physical development.

Back when I was in middle school, it was a “bad thing” to be made curvy. Back then you were just considered “fat”. Currently, the “popular” trend is to be curvy. To sum it all up? Trends suck. When one thing is in, the other one is out. How lame.

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So. Lame.

Why can’t everything just be “in” at the same time?

Here at Carolina Girls in Action, we know that a trend doesn’t define how “cool”, “popular”, or “attractive” we are. At C.G.I.A. we know that everyone is unique and everyone is “cool”, “popular”, and “attractive” in our book.

 

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Yaaassss girl! Yaaasss!

Letter from Kay.

My prayer for you all is that God’s light will burn brightly in your lives!


My mother once hit me with a brainteaser that absolutely blew my mind.let-there-be-light_360_360_80

“So yeah, in the beginning, God said ‘Let there be light’…and there was light…but did you ever notice how it also says that the sun and moon weren’t created until the third and fourth day?”

I’m just gonna let that marinate for a moment.


How amazing is God that He can actually supply light without using actual, physical, light?

So where was the light coming from?

Who knows? I’m guessing the light was coming from…well, Him.

My point is, if God is great enough to supply the entire atmosphere with light, I am absolutely positive that He can shine in your life as well–and believe that He is already doing so!

God’s light is in everything. Physical, mental, and spiritual.

It’s in the trees, the rain, the aurora borealis (sigh of awe).

It’s in your teachers, your pets, your kids.

It’s in the library, the church, the hospital.
It’s in truth, love, laughter–it’s in all components of life.

Many times we are so blinded by the darkness that we forget about the life source that we most need at that time.

Light.

I suppose my prayer isn’t so much that God will shine in your life–because He is already doing so, you see?

My prayer is truly that you will realize how it has been YOU keeping yourself from shining brightly in all areas of your life and that you will take responsibility and uncover the light.

May God continue to be with you and give you strength to run your race!

Sending you MUCH Light and Love,

Kay.

Peace Be Unto You!

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

He says it himself! If he did it, we can too!

God did NOT promise us an easy life on earth.

The only time life will be perfect is when we are dead and gone on to live with Him. But don’t get so ready to pack your bags and leave just yet! If you are still alive, you are alive for a reason. (When C.G.I.A. has its second key release, we will be teaching you all how to find your purpose for living!)

But remember to keep that in mind! You are here for a reason.

Yeah, yeah, we know. Your boyfriend just dumped you to “work on himself”, you’ve gained 26 pounds in 2 months, your bank account only has 37 dollars in it, your car won’t start up again for the third time this month and now you’re late for work. We know. God knows. We all get it.

But you have two choices. Either crawl up in a ball, collecting gray hairs from stress, eating the rest of the tub of ice cream that you just bought 20 minutes ago, or you can let the pain/hurt/lies/bankruptcy go right back out the door that it came in through.

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You simply have to find your escape route!

To find your route or your path, you’ll need a light. (…you see where this is going?) Jesus is the light!

Escape route 1.

Use prayer and faith in order to aim that light on your problems! His light is so bright that the problems will burn away, and you will then have a clear path before you!

Psalm 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness

And yes, sometimes it’s good to pray for yourself. But more importantly;

Escape route 2.

Remember to pray for other people! Whenever you are going through your darkest times…like all the happiness is sucked away from you, that is when you should begin to pray for someone else. The main times when we are unhappy are when we are stuck in a rut thinking about ourselves! When we begin to stop putting ourselves as the main focus of our lives (sounds backwards, we know) that’s when we are the happiest. Pray for others with a sincere heart. Don’t just say, “God bless whats-his-name”. Pray for them what you would like for your own self! Happiness, Peace, Love, Health, Strength, etc.


Remember to keep your mind on God’s love, light, and lessons.

Remember that you can do ALL things through Christ!

When in times of trouble or hurt, ask God to bring back to remembrance all the things that you have learned from Him. He’ll do it!

John 14:26 …he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you

Peace be unto you all!

Light and Love,

The C.G.I.A. foundation

P.S. We’re interested here at C.G.I.A.. What’s your escape route???

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Grab an M&M! (Some Motivation from Monday)!

A few nuggets to take with you from Monday’s post:
🔹M&M 1: John 8:12 “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Once we choose to follow His light, we banish all opportunity of darkness to consume us!
🔹M&M 2: Once you begin following Him, you will become so infused with His light that you will begin reflecting the light! You won’t even have to tell anyone about your new lifestyle because they will see that you have already changed–not just because of your glow, but by your actions and new faith that you will begin to release.

🔹M&M 3: Stay unwavering in your faith, and He will put a new song in your mouth! Sing it for all to hear!

***1 Peter 3:15 “…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…”

Light and Love, C.G.I.A.