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How To Naturally Get Better Sleep

I am sure we could all use a better nights sleep, for at least a week. I am also sure that most of us don’t have proper sleep routines. I have yet to use these techniques myself but I am definitely going to try these tips for a couple days to see if I notice a difference.

 

Here are a few tips to naturally help you get better sleep.

 

Have a regular sleep schedule:

-       set a bedtime and stick to it

-       wake up at the same time everyday, don’t hit the snooze

-       nap to make up sleep, but nap smart

-       Don’t fall asleep after eating diner

 

Regulate your natural sleep-wake cycle:

-       increase your exposure during the day by, no sunglass, spend time in the sun, let more light in your home or workplace.

-       Increase your melatonin production at night, so, turn off your tv or computer, don’t read using a backlite, make your room as dark as possible, use a flashlight when going to the bathroom at night, instead of turning on lights.

 

Start a relaxing bedtime routine:

-       make your bedroom sleep friendly, such as, keeping noise down, keep your room at a cool temperature, have a comfy bed.

-       Reserves your bed for sleeping and sex, that’s it, nothing else

 

Eat right and exercise:

-       no big meals at night

-       no night caps

-       chill out on caffeine drinks

-       don’t over hydrate yourself at night

-       stop smoking

 

How do you get back to sleep?:

-       stay out of your head

-       just relax, don’t try to sleep

-       non-stimulating activities

-       not a time for brainstorming or worrying about issues

 

Try these different techniques out and let us know how much better your sleeping has been. And if you find there is no difference let us know that as well. Good luck and sleep tight.

 

Peace & Love

Gwendolyn Renee

“I didn’t choose writing. Writing chose me.” Interview with Bestselling Author, Tamika Newhouse

Tamika is definitely an entrepreneur on the rise.With many accomplishments already under her belt, she is a self-published bestselling author, she was inducted into "Who’s who in Black San Antonio' and she achieved a major publishing deal without the help of an agent, all while writing for independent projects. Along with her many accolades and recognitions, Tamika also has her own publishing company titled, Delphine Publications, which she founded at the age of 21. Check her out! This woman is a hard worker. Delphine Publications won an "African American Literary Award for Best Anthology." Her hard work has also gotten her recognized in, Uptown Magazine, Essence, Juicy Magazine, and in Vibe Vixen Magazine.

Just when you thought Tamika was on top of the world with her writing and publication achievements, she is also the founder and President of an online book club and radio show, "African Americans on the Move Book Club" (AAMBC). And it doesn't stop there, she's also CEO of "Obsessive Soul Media", with projects in the making, including short films, stage plays and so much more.

When she's not writing or running her up and coming empire, Tamika tours the country speaking about how she overcame  teen pregnancy to live out her dreams, as well as teaching aspiring writers about the publishing game. Tamika is currently working on her seventh novel,  "Kisses Don’t Lie 2".

You can learn more about Tamika, Delphine Publications, and AAMBC on her site, www.TamikaNewhouse.com

 

Let's Chick Chat had the opportunity to interview Tamika to dig a little deeper, to learn more about her preofesional and personal side.  Check it out below. Read more

2012 Life Reflection

Confucius~ 
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

 

2012 has been such a learning experience and I wouldn’t take any of it back. Sitting here now about to enter 2013 I can honestly say for the first time in my life I look forward to the New Year in a positive light. Not in my usual, it’s a new year lets try and forget all the wrong and start brand new. I’m ready to continue my life and make it even better than it has been the end of 2012

 

The beginning of 2012 was a little rough for me. I was in a relationship that was going nowhere, with someone I barely saw. I hated my job, and dreaded waking up every morning just to go. I hadn’t been working on any of my photography or art related projects. I was just going through the motions. I knew I couldn’t continue to live my life that way, but was so stuck in a rut I couldn’t dig myself out.

 

I finally got out of that relationship and landed myself in another. Career and art still remained the same. Although happy now in this new relationship, I still knew it was going nowhere. This time I thought, I’m happy though, why not ride it out? After some time of being in this relationship, I got the courage to up and leave my job and start new ventures. I felt like I was finally happy. I was with someone I was starting to love and no longer going to a job that crushed me. I slowly began to get back into my art, and find “myself” within my art. Just when I thought I had it all together, my world ended. I had one of the most heartbreaking break ups in my life. Everything came crashing down on me. I hit total rock bottom. My life just stopped. I wasn’t working at the time so I had no real reason to get up and leave the house. Art was no longer important to me. I had no appetite and all I could bring myself to do was sleep. I had one friend who stood by me through out all of this and helped me get through this time. I don’t think he will ever know how grateful I am for him and that he really did save my life. When I finally started to get out of the “morning” phase, I gained my appetite back and now could no longer sleep. If it wasn’t one thing it was another. I got to the point where I was fed up with myself. I was angry with myself for allowing someone to have so much power over my life. I knew then I had to make some changes. It was going to be hard and take a huge effort on my part, but I knew it had to be done.

 

With 4 months left in the year of 2012 I finally gained my life back. I began submerging myself in photo projects and sketching almost daily. I started to find peace in my art. I met a few people in the arts and developed real friendships. My Mom always told me that I need more friends involved in the arts and I never knew why that was so important. Just because I am an artist doesn’t mean all my friends have to be. But once again she knew what she was talking about. Having these new friends has pushed me to be even more of an artist than I thought I could be. I see things in a new light and I am excited to dive into new projects and expand my knowledge and I know have people I can do that with. I landed a new job as a bartender, and that too changed my life. I had a job I finally looked forward to going to everyday. It’s amazing how your job can change the whole mood of your life. The group of people I work with are amazing and we all connect so well and on a level I never thought I would with co-workers. I recently started apprenticing at a friend of mine tattoo shop. Something I have wanted to do for years and it has finally come to me. I look forward to continuing and growing with my art to have a living that I can truly enjoy, grow, and create a name for myself.

 

I’ve heard people say once one door opens the rest will too. This has been proven in my life. I have had one door after another open for me, and I am taking advantage of every step. With all these things finally falling into place, the little things have as well. For the first time in my life I can say I am truly happy and I am enjoying myself to the fullest. I look forward to what 2013 has to bring me and what I can take from it to continue the great energy, vibe, success, and ventures I have thus far. I can honestly say, 2013 is going to be my year.

 

Peace & Love

Gwendolyn Renee

Anomaly: 2012 Art, Fashion, and Music ft. Camille Safiya

On March 30th I got the great pleasure of attending Anomaly 2012: Art, Fashion, and Music, a showcase of artist in different mediums. The women who participated in this event were out of this world! The talent in the venue was bursting through the walls. When first arriving you can hear the music bumping all the way down to the front door. It immediately got you amped to have a good time. When the elevator doors opened you were surround by good people, good vibes, and even more pleasurable art plastered all over the walls, by Camille Safiya, a young up and coming artist, soon to be graduate of Temple University, Tyler School of Arts. I got the opportunity to talk with Camille about her art, influences, and style. Check out the interview below.

Peace & Love

~Gwendolyn Renee

 

LCC: What is your mission as an Artist?

CS: My mission as an Artist is to spread CreARTivity. CreARTivity is a concept I came up with that stands for “Create Relative Energy Amongst Real Talented Indi-Viduals in Today’s Youth.” My goal is to nourish the youth around the world. I feel that the younger generation of the world is the future and as long as feed them Artistically we empower them.

 

LCC: Being a female, do you feel you are embraced more or less as an Artist in the Art world?

CS: I love being a female Artist and the confidence I exude makes other love and embrace the fact that I am a female Artist. As a Wombman I have the ability to create life, I have been blessed to be able to take the gift of creation and apply it to Art. Every one of my paintings gives birth to new ideologies and new concepts.

 

LCC: How do you express your femininity in your Art?

CS: Every time I create whether painting, designing, dyeing, sculpting, cooking, glassblowing, singing, or taking photos I am constantly a vessel for the femininity GOD has blessed me with. I equate my femininity and giving nature to that of a Tree. Trees are constantly feeding every being around them, with oxygen, fruits, herbs and flowers. All they ask for is sunlight in return. Wombman do the same, we are the givers of our world and provide life and nourishment to all.

 

LCC: Viewing your paintings on your website, they have an Afro-Centric vibe to them and women seem to be the main subject in some pieces. Where does your motivation come from?

CS: The majority of the paintings on my website are from my first solo exhibition, “In Her Element,” in Harlem 2009. At that point in my life I was growing into wombmanhood and feeling like a blossoming flower. I felt that I was really in my element. I consider all of my painting Afro-Centric because Africa is always on my mind and in heart while I create. My motivation comes from the Wombmen in my family that have shown such strength and virtue in raising and nourishing our tribe.

 

LCC: Your pieces in the Anomaly 2012 show were different than those on your website, where did the motivation come from for those pieces?

CS: Many of the painting in Anomaly 2012 were live performance pieces where I was in front of groups of people usually performing with a singer, rapper, DJ, poet, etc. Paintings like “Dissecting Pluto, Venus, Sunrise and Seasons on Saturn” were literal transfers of energy that I felt, heard, or saw during my performance. This series was not concerned with a representational image; rather they were concerned with representing energy. I am a vessel, and when I perform I just let the energy of the event I am at flow through me, as I record it with color, line and mark.

 

LCC: How does your artistic scenes reflect your art style, or vice versa?

CS: I surround myself with creative beings that transfer the light and energy that inspires my paintings. I always bring that same creative light with me when I leave the house and give it to everyone I come in contact with, even if it is just with a simple smile or greeting.

 

LCC: What kind of atmosphere do you like to create your work in?

CS: I love to work in all types of atmospheres. I get an adrenaline rush from being in new places; my passion is traveling so I am always inspired by new environments.

 

LCC: What advice would you give other female artist out there?

CS: Love freely and use your creative instincts to build a healthy respectable environment for yourself and those around you to grow. You are a Queen, treat yourself like it and you will exude positivity that demands respect and Love from everyone.

 

To check out more of Camille’s art, you can go to her website, http://CamilleSafiya.com/

 

Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society

One of the most talented musicians and vocalist of our generation. At the age of 28, Esperanza Spalding has taken the jazz scene by storm. Although not new to the business, winning a 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and performing TV tributes for Prince and Stevie Wonder, her 4th album “Radio Music Society” has finally hit main stream. Esperanza is a soulful vocalist with a jazz foundation, playing the upright bass.

Her 4th album debuted March 20th, 2012 and has an iTunes rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Not bad if I say so myself. Although Esperanza’s musical style is jazz, her music appeals to all. The album progressively pulls you in, starting out neo-soul/latin with a twist of jazz and by the end you have been completely suberged in jazz and haven’t even realized it. The progression of the album is so smooth and keeps you rockin throughout every song. With each song I found myself turning up the volume little by little. From feel good songs like “Radio Song” and “City of Roses” , to songs expressing love for our black men like “Crowned & Kisses” and “Black Gold”, or songs about life and love like “Cinnamon Tree”, “Land of the Free” and “Vague Suspicions”, you can vibe without skipping a track. Even her rendition of Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help It”, with its jazz twist will blow you away. “Radio Music Society” will take you for a ride, make you want to fall and experience love, and then make you want to become socially conscious of what’s going on in the world.

Esperanza is definitely an underrated and underexposed artist, who needs to be brought to light. I know for sure I will be buying her first 3 albums, and have truly become a fan.

 

Peace & Love

~Gwendolyn Renee

 

To buy “Radio Music Society” click the link below.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/radio-music-society-deluxe/id505812960

 

Check out Esperanza’s video for “Black Gold” featuring Algebra Blessett.

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