Free Your Mind

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I was having a conversation with one of my work associates. She and I are good friends. I started working on the afternoon shift with her and we have become good buddies. She is a Caucasian lady. The conversation started with a mutual friend talking about how she had gone to a Christmas party with her ex-husband. The hostess of the party was a President Trump supporter. The conversation went from there to people who kneel to the flag; to people who fly flags in front of their homes. My friend states she just flies the flag to show her support of the flag. I told her, while I support the flag it represents a certain demographic of people to me. Through our conversation we both learned something, I learned not to judge people by what is on the outside and she learned not to take things at face value, but to investigate. It was an enlightening conversation, and it made me feel as though I educated someone and I was educated. That is what happens when we ‘free our minds”, we learn.

In WOMEN OF WISDOM, it is the statuesque, beautifully elegant Michelle Obama. Her new book, Becoming, is insightful, beautifully written and a must read for 2018. It is clear to see her becoming a first lady started in her childhood, predestined to be the icon she has “become”. I dedicate this part of the website to her and how she challenges us to develop into something greater than we are by looking a the world through her eyes.

In Beautiful, Inside and Out, we review the 2018 trends that were predicted in Southern Living, and look forward to the 2019 NYFW trends. Tracee Ellis, style icon, activist, actor; who is living her best life, is all about freedom and equality for women. Here she shows us she is as fashion forward as she is forward thinking.

And last but certainly not least, in L.I.G.H.T. Sen Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, gives men the ultimate challenge, “Shut up or Step up”; Symmone Sanders explains “Why We Must Vote”; Tarana Burke updates us on the #MeToo movement; Amal Clooney condemns President Trump’s rhetoric and Chrissy Teigen is just being her outspoken, lovable self.

I love strong women who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in and I am so glad to see we are starting conversations that we would not have had 20 years ago. It is not in this month’s spread, but Red Table Talks have helped push us into another stratosphere. Jada, Willow and Adrienne are the consciousness of the all woman by having conversations that are relevant, contemporary and much needed, long may they reign. You can catch them on Facebook.

As we enjoy the holidays and welcome a new year, let’s start a new tradition: make a list of what we want to possess in our character next year:

1. Forgiveness
2. Kindness
3. Learn Something New
4. Be Open to New Ideas

Merry Christmas.

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