Physical wellness

Shout Out Saturday: Dr. Bronner’s

So on this snowy midwestern Saturday I would like to give a shout out to my favorite brand of soap…. Dr. Bronners! Not only does this stuff have me feeling supa dupa squeaky clean and fresh, but it also is also eco-friendly and promotes one love♥ with its  core philosophy.


“The 30,000+ words spread across our soap labels represent Dr. Bronner’s life’s work of searching every religion and philosophy for “Full Truths,” which can be summed up in two sentences:

  1. “We are all brothers and sisters, and we should take care of each other and Spaceship Earth!”
  2. “Constructive Capitalism is where you share the profits with the workers and the Earth from which you made it!”

This core philosophy continues to guide our business practices today.  We see our company as a means to create resources to help build a better world for everyone.”Dr. Bronner’s site

Whats your favorite soap and why? 

One Love  PhenoMeJMarie

Reflection 1: “Lift Off”



Alright Alright Alright (in my kevin heart voice lol) 

As day one comes to a close,  its time to REFLECT… you started off the day allowing yourself to simply observe YOU. Meaning you were conscious of the things you said, did, heard, and  thought in a very observant way. 

For example:  In the meeting this morning you made a “hmm” sound after learning that apparently adults learn by reflection. The significance was  that it was an authentic, automatic response to information that related to the core of what drives you (Wellness, learning styles, 30 day challenge…its a coincidence that this was a pretty relevant example…or is it? 🙂

That may seem like a super minimal detail in the day, BUT  the point is to PAY ATTENTION, like foreal foreal. We are so good at being luke warm about everything that it becomes the norm. To help me out today I adopted a mantra for this journey to keep my eye on the prize

“You are  Extraordinary” Not Ordinary 

OH YEAH!  So I call Day 1 “Lift Off” because its one of the songs that had me feeling myself during todays * Bonus life work…plus its kinda symbolic of the beginning of this journey!



DAY ONE: July 8th

physical Wellness


Today is simple, all we are doing is taking a good look in the mirror! For me this took about 30 minutes, as I listened to “Reflection” sung by Christina Aguilera on repeat lol. I started with the top of my hair to the bottom of my  toes. I stood in the mirror in my birthday suite and took a good, long, hard look at ME. 

I tried to set the tone by lightning some candelas and dimming the lights…then I realized that I couldn’t really see myself and turned on my mega light to get the full effect. I cleaned my double sided mirror spotless and turned on my song….

Some of my thoughts during this physical assessment  process

My cheeks… no my whole face is so round, I look so young,  the complexion of my skin makes me proud, motherhood gave me dark circles under my eyes, I remember the fight that caused the scars on my face, I want invisalign for this overbite, loving my pearly whites, my shoulder tattoo makes me proud, I think its kinda dope how you can see blonde hair on my arms in the light, giving birth has allowed me to love my body even if its not exactly in ideal shape, stretch marks and all,   being preggo disrespected the “girls” in a way I was not aware was possible, Sit ups will become apart of this journey,I like the way my hands look, but not the way they operate, my pinky is always sticking out when I hold things and my thumbs curve backwards,  my legs are like tree stumps, I remember being called kankals for having such fat ankles….it hurt at the time but its kinda funny now lol, my big toe is long but I have cute feet!

This was one of my fav singers back in middle school (don’t hate on Ms. Tina or Mulan, just listen to the lyrics)

BONUS*: Find a private place and feel yourself…not physically lol. But play a song that turns you up and get it in. Preferably this should also be done in the mirror but if not thats ok. The point is to just get in your zone and feel your self like my boy B.o.b. 


  • Mirror
  • YOU
  • Music

QUESTIONS:  Did you notice anything you never noticed before, or forgot about, did anything surprise you? Were there more positive or negative things that you thought about? What lasting impression of your self are you left with? 

Now its your turn…I see you lookin with ya lookin (self) 🙂  



30 Day Challenge !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So today I decided I’m staring this 30 Day Challenge! The point is to hold me accountable to being the best example I can be for my daughter. Through my passion for  motivating youth, I stress that knowing and being your best self is the golden rule to life….And uh since thats a pretty strong claim to make, I need to commit to practicing what I preach!


Pheno’s 30 Day Challenge (P3DC):

  • Setting Goals using the wellness wheel to maintain balance
  • Using life as a classroom
  • Constant assessment
  • Daily reflection
  • Overal evaluation

Thats like the super basic version…But if WHEN completed,  the results will be revolutionary in my life… Especially when I plan to do this every other month for at least the next 365 days! To really understand what Im talking about just get to know me, as I get to know me for the next 30!

P3DC Begins (last nights impromptu video lol) …Don’t judge 🙂



I was amongst the Girl Treck Madison Chapter group that walked 100 minutes in the cold and rain. Because if she could walk for FREEDOM, we can walk for better HEALTH.

I almost didn’t go to the event because of the weather and the fact that my walking partners were MIA…  But  I am so glad I did!

This year my life has taken a new path to discover my best self and live my best life… As I walked alone I dint feel lonely, instead I felt a sense of independence and strength. I was proud of myself for staying committed to a cause that is important to me. I completed the 100 minutes with a sense of pride knowing that I have it in me to walk confidently in my purpose even if no one is by my side.

    Things can change when black women walk together: We Are Harriet!

Much ♥,