Maternal Health and The 3rd Day of Kwanzaa. Ujima means Collective Responsibility…

As I woke up this morning at 3:33 am CST, I could hear my children doing their traditional shuffles. They were preparing to come and creep into the bed, with my husband and I. So as I prepared to tell them, “Go back to sleep”… I am wide-eyed checking my Facebook timeline. I scroll down, I see a friend had posted something about a domestic violence video, of a woman beating her boyfriend up for cheating.

Another post of a birth worker that just witnessed a new baby into the fold of humanity. 

Lastly I came to the post of one of my good friends Nicole Deggins of Sista Midwife Productions. 

She is celebrating  (5 years) of service to training women in the community as Birth Sista’s/Doulas in her signature program this month. I am so proud of her. 

Today being the 3rd Day of Kwanzaa which is Ujima, means collective responsibility. I am proud to be in relationship and position, to be working with such spirited women. There is a legacy to be told and a powerful level of commitment to birth such projects. Along with deep focus on collective responsibility, this day follows a key principal:

The third principle of the Nguzo Saba is a commitment to active and informed togetherness on a subject of common interest.


So my question is: How can we not identify with the princiles of the Nguzo Saba to begin building programs worth a collective commitment? 

In this quote below, I took from the article that Nicole shared, sparked my whole reason for writing this “first wake” post.  

Despite spending two and half times more per person on health than the OECD average, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. – the number of women who die during or as a result of childbirth and pregnancy – increased from 12 to 14 deaths per 100,000 live births from 1990 to 2015, putting the United States at 46th in the world. 


To me this is an long realized going off. A siren sounding. A gong… That we need to get to adhere to and get to work. As a social entrepreneur, birth woker, and future community developer, I have learned more about how the world works, being a mother than anything else. 

Motherhood has made me extremely passionate about creating synergistic balances, within the advancement community culture, reproductive health, and child wellness. This article spoke to me this morning and I hope that it speaks to you. That you may feel inclined to be a part of the solution for multigenerational health outcomes. Thus knowing that it all begins with how we are born. 

Til next time… I’m about to snuggle back into bed, with my husband and our youngest boy. Nothing like taking advantage of the power of a “second sleep.”

Happy Kwanzaa!!!

P.S. Check out the rest of the article below. There is a live feed from the event too. I’m gonna check it later. Leave a comment about what you think and how it relates to the 3rd Principle Of Kwanzaa Ujima.

Habari gani!!!

See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/what-explains-the-united-states-dismal-maternal-mortality-rates#sthash.nKbGvpDx.dpuf?platform=hootsuite

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All The Sh!t I Didn’t Get Done In 2016

What Up TIM Tribe?!?!

So I recently started following this swanky stylist chick Hilary Rushford, and she is so on point for me right now. Part of my reason for this post was inspired by her. Like she intuitively created a message for me to share with you tonight…

I woke up this morning thinking about ALLLLL the sh!t that I didn’t get done in 2016.

So in turn– This is how the Universe works.

–I got an email from Hilary that talked something about the shame + failure that she felt for stuff she didn’t get done in 2016… So since she shared hers with me… I am going to share some of mines with you!

What did you NOT do this year because you weren’t on your sh!t?

I am going to be extremely transparent here because, ultimately I did get a lot done… But I could have managed my time sooooooo much better. And I felt like sh!t for not getting it done.

So here is my sh!t list:

I didn’t stick to my plan to create a series of videos.

I didn’t finish our new website.

I didn’t complete the editing of my book.

I didn’t start (1) mastermind group.

I didn’t create any passive income.

I didn’t focus on my homeschool families.

I didn’t complete my Hypnotherapist Certification I started a year ago.

I didn’t finish my HIGHLY ANTICIPATED Album.

I didn’t raise $100,000 for Phase II of our perinatal health worker project.

 

The list can go on and on, but I will stop here.

 

As we prepare to walk in to 2017 Like A BOSS, we are observing space and time to make sure that we manage our projects with deeper intention this time.

 

So how are we going to do that right?

 

How do we make more time for Magnetic sh!t to happen in 2017?

The InTune Mother Team has been working hard to answer this question for a minute until we took some advice from the wonderful Aprille Franks Hunt to plan a quarter at a time. 

After I attended the webinar I was like, this is easy. I can do THIS… And I did. I created my vision board and loaded up my calendar to make sure that I moved with passion and purpose as a transformational and inspirational entrepreneur– 

Plus hosting our year end training and spending 5 passion filled days with some AMAZING change agents… I am super pumped about 2017. Because 2016 was a beast… And I’s tired BOSS

So in ALL HUMILITY, I am excited about the wonders of what 2017 has to offer our small organization, as we continue to be transparent, and creatively adaptive, with our family centered mission.

2017 Means More Freedom. And. More Self Care. And. More Family Time.

This is a totally different approach. SO– when you see me working my UNAPOLOGETIC BLACK GIRL MAGIC–

I AM taking more time to do what I love for me. What makes me feel good. What makes ME happy.  And that is being creative.

In 2017 I will Complete:

Complete my Hypnotherapist Certification 

Complete content for profitable online courses and workshops

Complete user-friendly homeschool platform 

Complete INNATE Certification

Complete plans to launch Birth Worker Retreat

Complete plans for out of the country travel with family

Complete the purchase a few plots of land

Complete my book AND (The Black Plague Project)

Complete booking for high paying teaching performances

Complete 6-Figure revenue goal

 

Because I am honest with myself, I know that I have to get more structure about my personal and business life.  So I am naming 2017 as my Gap Year… By doing so, I am inviting you to join me as an accountability partner to #GoTheDistance in 2017! Come check in with me on Periscope @The_InTune_Mother 

As I take you on a journey inside of The Original Mother… Into The Power of  TheMagnetic Vagina where we will focus on holding sacred space for 2017.

 

Hey I Got BIG Goals and I KNOW You Do Too!

So what do you want to manifest in 2017? NOT hope to do… But get that sh!t done!!! 

With the right MAGNETIC blueprint, you can’t loose.

Be a part of the Magnetic Vagina Masterclass… The door is open…