2018 Culture Keeping At The TIM Center

HAPPY 2018!!!

This year we did a lot at The TIM Center. Our goal was to present our body of work and our purpose to the community in a way that they could understand. Our vision is clear. To serve the underserved and under informed childbearing community– beginning with the African American/Black population.

We chose to use various ways to express our concern professionally and socially to the community. Out of all the work we put into 2017– our overall impact was sound and well received. For this we are thankful. 

This year we strive to expand our holistic approach in such a way that the community learns the value of culturally centered perinatal wellness.

Our vision is simple. Teach the community how to catch more than babies… But teach them how to thrive in doing so. Beginning with their living environment, their eductuain, their employment, their economy, and their empowerment.

As much as we would like to see everyone in the community utilizing our support services, we are aware that many will choose otherwise.

Our health promotion campaign is designed to support self-direction to childbearing families through the perinatal period.

How can we help you and your family become engaged and empowered through holistic self-care and overall wellness in 2018?

Check out our monthly service packages here:

https://timcenter.org/healthy-community/

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The Status of Black Women in America

As a Black/African American woman, with too many names to classify over time– I have finally come to grips with a conclusion as to why we are working so hard, but the hard work is not payin off. I wanted to write this really to the point blog post about it, yet it was much easier for me to “reclaim my time” by researching what others were saying– that validated my own personal and professional opinions.

An article written earlier this summer in the Washington Post headed:  Report: Black women are working hard but ‘our country is not working for them’

I was drawn to the fact that there is so much research out there to see where or where not Black women are able to keep up within today’s ever evolving societal shifts. The opening line read:

A new report about the nation’s black women paints a familiar portrait of a group that is working hard on many levels to achieve the American Dream but is still falling short.

That hit me pretty hard. The first part that stumped me was the wording the writer used to tell her story– the nation’s black women paints a familiar portrait– It immediately made me think of how often Black women are socially identified as cold, hard core, and incapable of feeling pain- at least in the portrait of this nation.

 

I also began to question my own work ethic. The level of self care I promote to others that I often neglect for myself. It makes me stop to think of how often Black women engage in such behaviors that are unhealthy trying to thrive in a country that is not designed to support such ambitions.

Then I thought about the images that we often paint for our children. Showing them how hard we go for them to have the best opportunities. The best new fashion trends and electronic trinkets… Regardless of a father being in the home. Then when we do have a dual parent household, if there is any lack of partnership, children learn how to wallow through disfunction in order to lead a life of pseudo sustainability.

I know that I said, I was going share with you about an article I found… So here is the next segment.

Black women vote at high rates, have made significant improvement in earning college degrees and are succeeding in opening their own businesses, according to “The Status of Black Women in the United States.” Yet they continue to be underrepresented in elected office, earn less than white men and women and are twice as likely as white women to be incarcerated, the report says.

“They have all the makings of what should be success, yet their contributions are undervalued and under compensated,” states the report, released this week by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The report was prepared by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a nonprofit organization affiliated with George Washington University.

The report’s findings are similar to previous studies on the state of black women in the country, including a widely discussed 2014 paper by the Black Women’s Roundtable titled, “Black Women in the United States, Progress and Challenges.” It also noted that despite high participation in the workforce, educational institutions and the political process, black women are underpaid and underemployed, suffer at a higher rate from major illnesses and are vulnerable to violence at home and in their communities.

There are perks as well as opposition to being a Black business owner. There is more scrutiny within the community to get started. Often times it is harder to get loans.

TRUE STORY: I was once referred by a White associate of mine to a personal banker friend of hers to apply for a small business loan. I was nervous because I had be turned down before and was trying to rebuild my credit, yet at the same time needed capital to expand my business model. The associate made sure to inform me that she only had a 502 FICO score and was able to get $50K from this particular bank. I was like HELL YEAH! I had at least a 620 so we should be good! Our debt to income ratio was good and all was well, until we got hit with– We are no longer offering that program. I told the loan officer that we had been referred to him by my associate by name and this is how the story played out.

Loan officer: Yeah that was a special program that no longer exists.

Me: How long ago was this program terminated?

Loan officer: Almost a year ago.

Me: Oh, well that is great, because she just got approved for the loan a little over 90 days ago– What program was that?

He was dead faced.

Loan officer: — There is nothing that we can do for you here.

BINGO! We still have so terribly far to go_______.



Here are some of the key findings of the new report:

• More than 6 in 10 black women are in the workforce. But between 2004 and 2014, black women’s median annual earnings declined by 5 percent. As of 2014, black women who worked full-time and year-round had median annual earnings that were 64.6 percent of that of white men, $53,000.

• The number of businesses owned by black women increased 178 percent between 2002 and 2012, the largest increase among all racial groups. In 2012, black women owned 15.4 percent of all women-owned businesses in the United States. Yet nationwide, businesses owned by black women had the lowest average sales per firm, at $27,753.

• The share of black women with at least a bachelor’s degree increased by 23.9 percent between 2004 and 2014. About 22 percent of black women over age 25 had a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in 2014, a higher level than black men, but lower than other racial and ethnic groups.

• Nearly a quarter of the nation’s black women, 24.6 percent, live in poverty, more than twice the percentage of white women — 10.8 percent — the group with the lowest poverty rate among U.S. women.

• Black women were twice as likely as white women to be imprisoned in 2014 — 109 per 100,000 black women in state and federal prisons vs. 53 per 100,000 white women.

The report calls on government and other institutions, including nonprofit think tanks and philanthropic groups, to develop policies that provide higher wages and paid leave, improve access to health-care services, combat racism and sexism throughout society and push for criminal justice reform, both to protect black women from violence and to reduce their numbers in prison.



In conclusion of my thoughts– It is imperative that we learn how brainwashed many of us are to believe that we are not facing a dark component that reinforces white superiority, on a subconscious level that perpetuates lack of agency, while promoting destruction of a population just like in Colonial times.

~ The InTune Mother

 

Article Retrieved From:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/08/report-black-women-are-working-hard-but-our-country-is-not-working-for-them/?utm_term=.07447dcf84a9

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THE IHOP POETRY EVENTS SHOWCASES THE CREATIVITY OF RESIDENTS, VISITORS, & ARTISTS IN THE SURROUNDING MIDTOWN, OKLAHOMA CITY, AND VARIOUS AREAS OF OKLAHOMA, ITS SURROUNDING STATES, AND INTERNATIONAL SISTER CITIES. WE ARE COMBINING THE AREA’S DENSITY OF CULTURE, TALENT AND ARTISTIC APPEAL WITH ITS ENGAGED COMMUNITY WILL RESULT IN A COMMUNITY THAT REPRESENTS THE PLANNED VISION, LANDSCAPE & HIP CULTURAL VIBRANCY OF THE COLLABORATING PARTNERSHIPS OF MIDTOWN OKC BUSINESS OWNERS.

 

 

 

THE IHOP POETRY EVENTS SHOWCASES THE CREATIVITY OF RESIDENTS, VISITORS, & ARTISTS IN THE MIDTOWN URBAN AREA AND SURROUNDING AREAS. COMBINING THE AREA’S DENSITY OF CULTURE, TALENT AND ARTISTIC APPEAL WITH ITS ENGAGED COMMUNITY WILL RESULT IN A COMMUNITY THAT REPRESENTS THE PLANNED VISION, LANDSCAPE & HIP CULTURAL VIBRANCY OF THE COLLABORATING PARTNERSHIPS OF MIDTOWN OKC BUSINESS OWNERS.

AFTER THE JULY 30TH DEADLINE, A COMMITTEE WILL CHOOSE ARTISTS TO BE JUDGED PUBLICLY ON NOV. 3RD IN OUR SLAM COMPETITION.

THE 3 OVERALL WINNING POETS FROM THAT NIGHT WILL BE FEATURED IN OUR CULTURE KEEPER MAGAZINE AND DISPLAYED AT FUTURE IHOP FRIDAYS. WINNING POETS MAY BE USED FOR IHOP PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AND PRODUCTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE POETS.

Note: This is an “unofficial” poetry competition. There is no expectation that any poet  will be adapted as a “Feature Poet”… (but who knows?!)

SUBMISSIONS BEGIN JULY 10TH.

DEADLINE: JULY 30TH AT 10PM.

TO SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY:

EMAIL A HEADSHOT AND UP TO THREE POEMS IN VIDEO OR, WRITTEN SUBMISSION IN 12in FONT, WORD DOC, GOOGLE DOC, OR PDF FORMAT TO:

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TO SUBMIT HARD COPIES:

DROP OFF YOUR HEADSHOT AND UP TO THREE POEMS IN PDF FORMAT TO:

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THURSDAY – SATURDAY 1pm – 7pm and SUNDAY 1pm – 5pm

FILL OUT THE SUBMISSION FORM PROVIDED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE, PRINT IT OFF, AND PAPER CLIP IT TO YOUR SUBMISSION.

BY SUBMITTING YOUR POEMS TO THIS CONTEST, POETS AGREE TO ALLOW THE INTUNE MOTHER PROJECT TO MAKE PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AND MAGAZINE STYLE PRODUCTS FROM SUBMITTED POETS. THE PROFITS OF THOSE PRODUCTS WILL BE EVENLY DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN THE TIM ORGANIZATION, THE PERSPECTIVE CAUSE  AND THE FUND FOR IHOP CULTURE KEEPER FRIDAYS.

EMAIL OBALAYE AT OM.THETIMCENTER@GMAIL.COM  OR RASHAUNDA AT RL.THETIMCENTER@GMAIL.COM WITH ANY QUESTIONS!

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How To Start A Self Care Regime That Will Help You Thrive…

An Invitation To Beauty, Culture, Nature Based Products, and Therapeutic Services 

We’re excited to invite you The TIM Center’s themed event “Mimosas 4 Mom’s.” The goal is to facilitate a day of indulgence for moms and women to experience some of our SIGNATURE products and services, made especially for our members and loyal customers.

 

We are happy to invite at least 15 women to enjoy the beautiful, toxic-free, cultural environment that The TIM Center has to offer. Come and enjoy our four signature service and products that include yoga, massage, natural hair services, and cultural movementClick the image to purchase your ticket. 





Culturally Centered Wellness Services Now Available In Midtown OKC

Our Cultrally-Centered wellness services will change the way women, men, and children experience health and wellness. Whether you become a part of our member partnerships on a large scale, small scale or medium scale, The TIM Center Salon and Community Wellness Spa will help you customize your wellness goals and take your SELF CARE Regime to the next level. Check out our Wellness Program.



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Your Ticket To Culturally Centered Self-Care

What is self-care and how do we decided what is most necessary for us to thrive in everyday life?

Well here are 13 ways to get started.

1.) Make sure that you celebrate yourself in various ways other than birthday’s or special occasions.

2.) If it feels wrong to you, then don’t do it. This is your Inner-G talking to you, so listen up.

3.) Get plenty of good rest. Sleeping in when you can and taking naps are good for restoring your time and energy sequence.

4.) Use your words with integrity. Speak exactly what you mean and be okay with it.

5.) Stop trying to please everyone. Self preservation is the first law in nature. Apply this law to yourself.

6.) Trust your intuition. This is an innate an primal power that we all possess. Learn how to get deeper into the consciousness of listening for your clues unconsciously.

7.) Talking bad about yourself is the worst! Talking bad about others is just as bad. When speaking about yourself, make sure that you are making positive affirmations to the best parts of you. Just as speaking positively about others can manifest good things for you too. Life and death is REALLY in the power of the tongue.

8.) Dream big, far, and wide. Then go after them without ceasing. When you go after what you want in life, it feels good to have an inspired intention. And self-care is ultimately about doing what feels good.

9.) Saying No, is a good thing. Feel confident that you know what is best for you and that saying no to something right now does not mean you can not revisit the idea at another time.

10.) Saying Yes, is also a good thing. It is actually pretty damn powerful. When you say yes to things, it sends a high vibrational frequency out into the Universe that bounces off of your words and intentions by adding more abundance to your life.

11.) Get InTune to kindness. The best thing you can do is treat yourself. Taking time to perform small acts of kindness for yourself, helps you articulate your ideas of kindness to others in a productive way.

12.) Let go of being in control. The way this life is set up- It is important to learn how to be in the flow. This is a critical part of our commitment to wellness. The more we stress on being in control, the harder it is to be flexible with the magic of managing expectations of others and ultimately ourselves.

13.) Drama and negativity are the assassin’s of good self-care. There are certain things that happen in our lives that lead us back to #12. One way to repell the drama and negatively is to speak power over the situation. Use words that defuse and empower vulnerable or less favorable times. It works like a magnet.

And I have a small BONUS point I want to offer you.

Number 14

LOVE. “Love is thee highest law and only true religion”. This is a great quote that came to me some time ago while on a journey to find out what  (religion) was most suitable for me. In doing so, I found that most reliable spiritual sources all led back to LOVE. Henceforth came the way I define self-care… By showing love to myself first and this affects the way I express value of others in my path.

I hope this post helps those of you who read it. As a tribe of dedicated non-medical spiritual practitioners, we are looking forward to connecting with you on how to move closer towards the empowerment and freedom lifestyle you can and WILL have.

Stay INTUNE!
RaShaunda Lugrand

 

Be sure to join me every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30am for Mantra Yoga (Sunrise Soul Sessions)

I AM Complete 

IN COMPLETION

Opening one door is as easy as closing another. For the past 30 days we have learned how to treat ourselves with more respect and kindness in this 30 Day Kegel Challenge. Along with this challenge came an abundance of anxiety, fear, and expectancy. I had to forgive my self on day 28 because, I was ready to call it quits. To just close the group I had created and continue to just do me. But something clicked. I am doing this for me. I am doing this for those who are afraid. For those who are looking for solutions to the madness in hyper-sexuality. Those who complain about relationship drama. Even those who FEEL LIKE THEY ARE THE SHIT! These are the ones who I can create an audience for. An audience that, NO MATTER WHAT, can see me committed and striving to usher them into the creativity of my world. 

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Relationships, Sexual behavior, and Spirituality have been a long time research of mines. This challenge was totally inspired by the desire to create more forgiveness, discipline, accountability, and emotional responsibility, to those who struggle within these areas. I remember struggling. Wanting to be loved by a man, who I thought I loved. I mean, he was my first. At least the first man who I gave consent to touch me. I was the last of my friends to become sexually active at age 17. I needed to know that I was not what my mother would say, “young, dumb, and full of cum.”  Well I was to a certain degree. That is why that relationship lasted over 5 years and the love was fleeting. We both came from toxic backgrounds that would make it hard to succeed. As much as I would have wanted the fairytale of my first being my last, I later learned that my life was not designed with that storyline. So I began my self-directed research on why that relationship failed and what I learned was SO deep that it led me to The University of Hard Knocks. Not only was I more equipped for future relationships, I became more aware of my own weaknesses and fallacies. I became aware that I was responsible for attracting the type of relationships that I found myself in. Not all were bad, but I could see the patterns. And for that I am thankful for the breath of life surrounding me. The trust that I had in my ancestors to lead me to my best self so that I could reconnect to Him. The man who my magnetic body was designed for.

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A DEEP PENETRATING EXPERIENCE

Over this past 30 days we walked through the journey of the root chakra, using the power of yoga and 30 of The 42 Laws of Maat. We chose to launch this challenge as part of a bigger project, “The Magnetic Vagina™.” I know that when you hear those words together, “ALL KINDS OF STUFF” falls out of the mind. Some people may even find themselves in opposition, but that is exactly what this project is about. To make you get uncomfortable with the bullshit that we ALLOW to penetrate us with or without permission. To make you be accountable for what you expect out of your human experiences and valued relationships. To find that place where you can speak life over your experiences, until you reach a point of unconscious success. This research is designed to help me and my tribe get a better idea of how various groups identify with the sexual norm and contextual terms around intentional reproductive behaviors.

CONCLUDING OBSERVATION

What my team observed was people wanting to talk about certain parts of sexuality and forgo the parts of sacredness. What does this mean? It was also quite interesting to see the pain that many people sustain about the power they possess in their innate magnetism. At the same time, how so many were so reserved that they were reluctant to even introduce themselves. To talk about their transparencies, and desired connections. As we prepare to shift into PHASE II… of The Magnetic Vagina Project… We ask that you share a brief testimonial about the experiences you have observed over these past 30 days.

Because this challenge was totally “self-directed,” your input will help us build an understanding of the benefits of having such dialogue.

We ask that you share:
☛ Your observed benefits
☛ Your observations of struggle
☛ Your interpretations of experiences.

 

In this we conclude with deeper intentions and goals surrounding family centered empowerment.

In that… I AM Complete …

To submit your testimony please contact us at www.timcenter.org/contact-us

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