Q.2 What would be your ultimate Girls Trip?

Tonight…i promise you…EVERY. SINGLE. WOMAN. came out to see GirlsTrip tonight in theatres. I’m convinced that the Malcolm Lee and Will Packer film packed  theaters all over the country tonight. It was a GRRREAAAT film. HILARIOUS!! GO SEE IT!!

In honor of what was a complete laugh fest tonight,  I decided to ask two lovely young ladies this week’s question. Here’s what Shanikwha and Apazra had to say…

IMG_0482-2Apazra (on the ritght) “My ultimate Girls Trip would be Europe! We are at an age where we are grown. We have established our families. It’s time to travel. WE need to get out there and show our Black Girl Magic!”

Shanikwha: “I think the ultimate Girls Trip for us would be to Napa. That way I can drink again…once Apazra is done nursing her baby. We’re gonna have an amazing trip spending some time by the Bay. Do some girls stuff and just be care free! When are we going???!!!! (joyous laughter between these two)

I had video of their answers ,but WordPress wouldn’t allow me to upload without an upgrade. I’m on a tight budget right now guys. Sorry. But you can find their video response on my Instagram…@i.am.tash

As for me? My ultimate Girls Trip would be to Italy. Sipping wine from vineyards with my friends, soak up the culture, embrace the staring eyes of Italian men, run around the city like care free school girls. Hmmm… but after seeing Girls Trip tonight…New Orleans may be on that list as soon as next year for Essence Music Festival. LOL!!

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SUNDAY MORNING REFLECTIONS

There’s still an hour left before my Sunday morning becomes Sunday afternoon…sooooo GOOD MORNING, Y’ALL!!

I love quiet Sunday mornings. They are the best especially when it’s super early and all you hear is the ambient noises and your breathing. This is the time where I reflect on what happened the day before and sometimes during the week or at least those things that jump out at me.

By the way, my YouTube is on pause right now do to editing accessibility. As soon as I get access again, I’ll be posting more videos promoting black owned businesses. Plus with this new job and EVERYTHING…i gotta find some balance without going completely nuts.

WORK LIFE

I am officially one month into my new job at the CBS affiliate here.my-job

It is a stressful job, but when I woke up this morning thinking about how these past 4 weeks have been going…all I could be is GRATEFUL…and I truly am. I have to constantly remind myself that i’m still new to the position (Traffic Coordinator) and I won’t perfect it in just 4 weeks or maybe even 4 months. I have a great team though and everyone is so very helpful …including my boss.

However, when you have a $16,000 30second spot glaring at you and it’s your responsibility to make sure it airs during the correct Daypart and rotation…you kinda don’t  wanna ***k it up. So I tend to get a little nervous when it’s that serious…which is often.

HOME LIFE

It’s great to be in my own space after living up under other people’s roof over the last 5 years. I still don’t have any furniture, but you know what??? I don’t care. love-shack

I thank the Creator every day for my little space i affectionately call “The Love Shack”. I have plenty of time to fill it with all the things, colors, accessories, etc that I love and that bring a smile to my face and makes visitors feel at home and good vibes when they come by. Although, I am still very cautious who I allow into my space.

For the first time in a couple months I was able to fill my refrigerator  and pantry with FOOD. OH BLESS THE LORD!! Grateful, y’all! I had to focus on getting some financial responsibilities squared away before I could go crazy with my grocery list. Don’t get me wrong…i was still eating…just not from my own table. Now i can fix my own salads, cook my own meals, and STOP eating out all the time.

LOVE LIFE

I don’t have one. That’s all! NEXT!!!

LOL!! Juuuuuust kidding! I do have a love life…LOVING ON ME!! Yup! Sounds corny, but it’s true. Now i’m not saying I wouldn’t want to be in a loving relationship with someone, but that’s just not what it is right now. He hasn’t found me yet. So in the meantime, i’m continuing the “LOVE ME SOME TASH” journey. How do I do that? Welp…when things get hectic or when there are just too many voices clambering at  me…I take a time out, sit under and tree, read a great book that feeds my soul.you-are-a-badass

One of my good friends gave me this book. I am half way through it. I think i’ll finish it today.  So many great nuggets in this book that constantly reminds you of the greatness that’s already within you and how you can tap into your ultimate Source Energy (I refer to that as God) and reminding you to love yourself at the end of each chapter. Check it out.

I love on myself by exercising and making smart choices when it comes to my diet. I recently started working out again. a-mean-workout

I’ve had this DVD FOREVERRRRR…and like with ANY workout…when you remain consistent…you will see results. I like Harvey. Although he can be very mean, “GET OFF YOUR FAT LAZY ASS AND BUILD THAT HOUSE!” Starting a new workout regimen leaves you sore as hell the next couple days, but the boost I get to sustain me during the day is so worth it. I’m loving myself.

At work it’s so easy to buy something because Atlantic Station is literally down the street, but i’m not bawling yet, so I had to take it easy and started fixing my own meals. I ate this salad for a straight week and loved it! work-salad

It included, spinach leaves, craisins, bleu cheese crumbles, walnuts, grapes, and balsamic vinigeratte. I KILLED this salad for lunch everyday last week. It’s not the only thing I eat. I eat breakfast and maybe a smoothie for dinner…with healthy light snacks in between. Changing things up with a workout and eating better has knocked out the afternoon drowsiness i was starting to get at work around 3pm. Now I’m full of energy all through the day. I’m loving myself.

Last night, a friend invited me to attend a panel discussion that dealt with relationships. I honestly did not want to go because i’m tired of dissecting relationships and why some do and don’t work, yada yada yada. However, I was obedient and I went any way and i’m glad I did. I’ve been divorced for 11 years and while I have healed from that painful experience, I still have a couple things I need to work on. I came away with this book .

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This book was written by, Jimmie D. Rogers, who was one of the individuals on the panel discussing life after his first marriage and now life  in his current marriage. I may tap into this today as well.

SPIRITUAL LIFE

I noticed lately that I’ve been getting subtle hints about meditation first thing in the morning. So i decided to try it out. It’s not as easy as it may seem when you first start out. I set my alarm to go off after 5 minutes. Funny thing happened though as I was a minute or so in…trying not think and just BE…sunday-birdie

I heard a loud THUD against my bedroom window. It broke my concentration enough to just turn my head in wander, but I continued with my meditation and I was impressed that I actually kept my thoughts on silent for 5 minutes. I got up went out on my balcony and saw this guy. Isn’t he beautiful??? He wasn’t hurt because when I got really close to touch him he immediately flew away.

I felt like I welcomed my Source Energy (God) when I paused to meditate. It’s like He appeared to me in the form of one of His beautiful creations, a stunningly green bird.

God has His unique ways of letting me know that He’s with me all the time or that He hears me. I love it when I notice it.

I always say that my life is not perfect, but quite honestly life is good and so is God. I’ve had a loooooong winter (medical issues, Daddy passing away, living like a gypsy, no full time job), but through it all, God has been carrying me. And now I’m in my “spring time”. Life is coasting along and I’m settling in just fine. No matter the changes in my personal seasons that I go through, He’s ALWAYS there…and reminding me that He’s never left.

Okay…that’s all I got, folks! Until next time…

Ms. Independent Auto

I can remember the times when Daddy showed me a few things about taking care of my car. Thanks to that great man, I know how to change a tire, change oil, change windshield wipers, check transmission fluid and the rest I either pay someone to do it or learned from observing the male friends in my life.

People say that finding a great mechanic is like finding  a great hair stylist…you hold on to them for dear life. But wouldn’t life be easier if you were knowledgeable about what it took to maintain your car? Think about how empowering it would be when you talk with a mechanic about your vehicle and you understand everything he’s saying and no one could pull the wool over your eyes!

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On this week’s episode of my YouTube Channel, I.Am.Tash., I spoke with the Owner and Chief Operating Officer of Ms. Independent Auto, Brandon Brown. This guy has a unique business where he empowers woman with information about the basic fundamentals of

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automotive maintenance, repair and purchase. Ladies! This is the guy you want to meet. Brandon offers group and one-on-one classes. How he started this businesses is a pretty neat story. I’m not going to tell you though…you have to watch the video and He’ll tell you! 😉

What I like about Brandon is that he genuinely enjoys sharing this information. It’s hard enough to find someone who will be honest with you concerning your car, but he makes it his job to make sure YOU are equipped with the knowledge to take care of your vehicle so you won’t get railroaded by ANYBODY.

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I highly recommend you check out the video and look Brandon up. Knowledge is power…RIGHT?

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MOODS MUSIC & LADONISH::iNTERiOR dESiGN

I couldn’t wait to come on here and share with you guys the two black business owners i interviewed over the last couple weeks!

Here’s the thing…i’ve been looking for black owned businesses that provide quality products and services. Right now I’m limiting my search to Atlanta because that’s where I live, but I plan to expand my search soon. More details on that later on…

His name is Darryl Harris and he said, “I named my business Moods Music because music has many.” Couldn’t agree with him more.

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Moods Music is that one spot where you can’t just go in, buy a few dope items and them leave. Naaaah…it’s that spot you wanna hang around awhile and vibe. You can find independent artists, music you won’t typically here on the radio…just an eclectic selection of great music. I can’t give y’all all the details. You gotta watch the clip.

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Wanna keep up with what’s happening at Moods? Then look for this logo on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and FOLLOW. Something’s ALWAYS poppin at Moods Music! Recording artists typically come thru and bless the patrons with a song or two like Atlanta’s own, Avery Sunshine. OOOOOH! Love her!

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This is the time of year where folks are sending their kids back to school and there’s an opportunity to get their house in order. Organizing and redecorating your home isn’t fun for some people, but it can be if you have ShaVonne LaDonis doing the work for you.

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ShaVonne is the owner of LADONISH::iNTERiOR dESiGN! This girl is high energy ALL THE TIME! LOL! She is definitely the kind of person you want to bring some order and pizzazz to your living space.

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She’s also running a special. So you have to watch to find out and take advantage! Book LADONISH::iNTERiOR dESiGN…where style meets personality! It will be an experience you will NEVER forget.

Okay enough of me rambling on…here’s the link>>EP.102_MOODS MUSIC & LADONISH::iNTERiOR dESiGN

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