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New Year. New Me! Are You Living Up To Your Resolutions?

January 15th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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2014 is here! In fact we’re in our third week of it. For some of us, it signals a fresh start, a new beginning. For others it’s a continuation of a fulfilling journey that we hope continues without a hitch.

New Year’s resolutions allow us to set goals and construct the path we need to utilize in order to realize our dreams. Over the years, I have spent way too much time trying to come up with an impressive set of priorities and I can’t honestly say that I have honored every requirement. I had the best of intentions, but I ultimately succumb to the pressures of everyday living and never quite live up to the expectations that I have set for myself.

We are all guilty of this. How many of you have upheld the resolutions you just made less than a 16 days ago?  No judgment but as I get older, I am more determined than ever to connect with my inner self in order to unearth my true passions because those are the connecting dots that eventually form the bigger picture. Life is too short, so time is of the essence and as the days go by, and the years pile up, you want to be able to look back and feel a sense of accomplishment on every horizon. That is the best way to configure your resolutions. At the risk of sounding philosophical, being alive is a privilege that can be taken away without any warning. When you consider that fact, you will find yourself, strategizing your next move so that you can be content with the life you are living.

My hope this year, is to start building a legacy. 2013 was a year that revealed the essence of life and death in a drastic way. When you are younger, you are more preoccupied with superficial ventures, at least I was. Now that I am maturing, I am suddenly aware of how important it is to make a difference and possibly change lives. It doesn’t cost anything to volunteer and offer your services to people who are less fortunate than you or stranded in challenging conditions. We are so used to being caught up in our own predicaments but the truth is that we owe it to ourselves to give back in any way possible.

In order to be able to inspire, you have to be inspired. The reason why I feel ready to help out those in need is because I did the work. Last year, I promised myself that I would work towards leaving behind all the bitterness and frustration that plagued me for years. It wasn’t easy, but it became clear that my corporate job was hampering my ability to respect myself and I became obsessed with the notion of chasing my true passion. It takes courage to admit that you are not mentally sound but once you make that leap, the sky is the limit.

You have to be happy with who are because that is the only way your blurry vision can be restored. Now that I have left all the baggage behind in 2013, I am ready to tackle what’s ahead. I am also hoping to reinvigorate others so they can experience the joy of life in the most honest way. I think it’s important to spread the wealth, and that doesn’t necessarily mean dollars and cents. You can start by getting involved in neighborhood activities. Sometimes we tend to over complicate things and that’s the main reason why we end up defaulting. Keep it local and work your way up. You will be amazed at how easy and rewarding it is to positively affect someone’s life.

7 People To Kick Out Of Your Life In 2014

January 3rd, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just be friends? Well, we can’t. There are some people whose motives will never match yours, or people whose perspective on life you’ll never be able to change. It’s not your job to help them, and you’re certainly not mean for giving them the boot. Your time is precious and you should only give it to those who enhance your life, help you see the truth, and help you reach your goals. Here are 7 people to give the boot in 2014. Don’t worry; they’ll find other friends. Misery loves company.

Do Better: 15 New Year’s Resolutions Celebrities Should Make

January 2nd, 2014 - By Kelly Franklin
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Most of us are trying to do better in 2014 and we think famous folks should be no different. Here are 15 celebrity new year’s resolutions we wish would happen.

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Dwayne Wade – Stop Being Sloppy

Perhaps Mr. Wade will stop being so sloppy in the new year, what with his recent engagement to Gabrielle Union and all. Eyebrows are still raised about this new baby popping up out of the blue, with conception conveniently around the time of his brief break with Gabs. Something’s not quite right, ya’ll. Plus, this comes on the cusp of his bitter six-year divorce battle with ex, Siohvaughn Funches. S-l-o-p-p-y.

Pucker Up! A History Lesson On The New Year’s Eve Midnight Kiss

December 30th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah of the year, the culminating event in a holiday binge of eating, drinking and celebrating. It’s a time to don glitzy outfits, reflect on the past, and ponder future resolutions. And then there’s the kiss at the stroke of midnight.

Whether you ring in the new year by watching the Times Square ball drop from your living room TV or toasting champagne at an upscale nightclub, tradition makes a case for celebrating the new year with people you enjoy. According to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year—and the nature of this encounter—sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future. If a couple celebrating together doesn’t take the time to lock lips, it doesn’t bode well for the relationship.

For single people, there’s a superstition that not kissing anyone portends a year of loneliness… and probably a lot of bad online dating. (OK, I made that last part up.) Then again, kissing some sleazy random who may or may not have a girlfriend is worse than kissing no one at all.

Passionate New Year’s Eve kisses have featured prominently in popular culture. In Bridget Jones’s Diary, a New Year’s Eve kiss brings Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy back together. The Godfather: Part II also features an emotional New Year’s Eve kiss, but this one’s not about sexual tension. Instead, Michael Corleone gives his brother Fredo a furious kiss of death after being betrayed.

The New Year’s Eve kiss at the end of When Harry Met Sally is the beginning of happily-ever-after for the two estranged friends, and it’s just as memorable as the fake orgasm scene at the deli. Harry finally admits he’s in love with Sally.

“It’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible,” he says. Sally’s shocked response: “That is just like you, Harry. You say things like that, and you make it impossible for me to hate you.”

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10 Quick & Wise Financial Decisions You Should Make Before The New Year

December 6th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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The year is almost over, and after some wise (and perhaps some very unwise) personal financial decisions throughout the course of 2013, you may be ready to close the books on another year. Don’t miss a beat before this year is out. There are many financial decisions you should make before the end of year, such as starting a retirement fund or making room for a little extra cash with a side hustle.

Before the year is over, challenge yourself and accomplish these financial resolutions before the New Year.

A Workout Plan For Your Money: Nine Ways To Cut Down Gym Membership Costs This Year

January 25th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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There’s no bigger symbol of the new year than packed gyms across the nation. But getting fit can cost a pretty penny. Between gym memberships, gear equipment, and trainers, you start to question whether it’s worth it.

Take the edge off and save a little bit of pocket change by noting some tips on how to cut down on those fitness costs this year.

It’s A New Year And A New Me: Ways I Won’t Let A Man Treat Me In 2013

January 11th, 2013 - By Julia Austin
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Just as everyone is sitting down to assess their plan of action with their diets, their workout regiments, their careers, and their finances, the new year is the perfect time to sit down and assess your plan of action with your love life. If things didn’t go the way you’d hoped in 2012, for the most part that was no stroke of bad luck. It was an accumulation of wrong decisions, shortsightedness, and perhaps failure to respect yourself and your needs. Don’t just charge into 2013 saying, “My love life will be better this year!” Ask yourself how?What will you consciously do, or perhaps not do, to improve your love life? A great way to begin is to make a list of behavior and treatment you just won’t tolerate. This might help you get started with your list.

No Resolutions Allowed: Create a Vision Board to Achieve Your Best Life in the New Year

January 2nd, 2013 - By Andrea Williams
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Tis the season for making resolutions and, if you’re like most folks, you probably already have a list of projects and goals that you’re preparing to tackle in the New Year. According to a recent report by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 percent of people make resolutions, but only about eight percent of people will actually prove to be successful before December 31, 2013.

And aside from scribbling plans to drop 15 pounds on a bar napkin or mentally tossing around an idea to start a new business, there may be a better – and much more effective – way to document hopes and dreams that vastly improves the odds of them actually coming true.

In 2006, Rhonda Byrne took over the literary world with her book The Secret. The self-help tome guided readers in the “law of attraction” – the idea that if we think positive thoughts, the universe will cause us to encounter people and opportunities that match those thoughts and feelings. One of the primary tools Byrne advocates in the book is the use of a vision board, constructed of a bulletin or poster board covered with pictures and phrases of an individual’s dream life.

The belief that staring at a board full of random magazine clippings can actually propel us into prosperity and happiness is still far-fetched to some, but with over 21 million books in print and $300 million in sales (from the book and related movie combined), it is evident that The Secret, or at least the theory it represents, is no fluke.

Kelly Daugherty received The Secret as a gift from a friend and, although she was initially one of the skeptics, decided to give vision boards a try as she prepared to launch Smashing Golf & Tennis, her unique line of athletic apparel-meets-shapewear.

“I’ll admit, I was a non-believer,” said Daugherty. “Actually I was more than a non-believer. I would tell people to stop wasting their time and that vision boards are for people that believe in voodoo, astrology and tarot cards.”

Ultimately, Daugherty was attracted to the notion that creating a vision board could help her to channel her efforts to get her startup off the ground.

“To me it was about focus and positive energy,” she added. “For example, I really wanted to be in specific media outlets, which meant I spent a lot of my day networking with media and trying to create new story ideas. In turn, I wasn’t spending as much time as I would have liked selling to additional geographic regions, but every time I would get distracted, I would go back to my vision board and say ‘In Year 1 — these are my goals. Attain these, and then make another board.’”

And vision boards aren’t just for business. As an international athlete, global soccer ambassador and owner of Eat Soccer, a website geared toward all things soccer, Qiana Martin saw such incredible success with her first, career-oriented vision board that she now makes one for nearly every facet of her life.

Actually Want To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions For Once? 6 Things You Should Do Before You Make That List

January 2nd, 2013 - By Erica R. Williams
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It’s unfortunate that most New Year’s resolutions don’t make it past January. For some of us, losing weight lasts just as long as the trial membership to the gym. Eating healthy doesn’t last as long as the expiration date on the yogurt. And the goal to have better relationships usually goes well until someone says something to us that we don’t like.

Every year people rush to make their list of resolutions in hopes of being a better person in the new year; and while it’s not impossible to keep resolutions, usually they’re broken…unless you plan for success. Yes, even your plan needs to have a plan when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.

So before you make that list of changes for the New Year, here are five things to consider that could help you with your success.

MN Jam Of The Day: “Cherry Wine” By Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse

December 31st, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s the last MN Morning Jam of the year folks! So it’s fitting that we go out with a bang (and some wine, which we will drink much later in the evening), and some Nas, who is coincidentally playing a New Year’s Eve show tonight in NYC at Radio Music City Hall. The extra fine rapper teamed up with the late and great Amy Winehouse for this groove-worthy track about his search for the right lady. And the good news is, he doesn’t sound too picky in his search for a boo (“She could be from out the hood or either work for the president”). The song is off of his album, Life is Good, which was one of the best albums of the year, and it’s definitely worth a two-step at your desk.

No matter what you’ve been through this year, we’ve made it to a new year (in a few hours) with new opportunities. Let’s be thankful, and remember as Nas would say, that yes, life is good! Happy early new year loves!