Come Chat with Me

Last Monday we aired the season finale of Monologue Monday (if you missed it, check it out below).

 

Today, in lieu of a monologue, I’ll be hosting a live Facebook chat to discuss the future of Monologue Monday and answer YOUR questions about the series. Come join me! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the series, what you’d like to see next, and any questions you were wondering about the series.

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Head on over to my Facebook page (Latrisha Talley) as I go LIVE….TONIGHT!

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New Year

Happy New Year!

Yeah, I know, I’m a little over a week late, but it has taken me that long to get back into the swing of things. I’m really excited about this year. 2016 was the year for facing my fears and stepping out in faith, and in 2017, I want to delve even deeper into that. I’ve already got some exciting opportunities that are pending (As Lin Manuel Miranda says as Alexander Hamilton, “Just you wait…”), but in the meantime, catch up on these two episodes of Monologue Monday (below). There are only two more episodes left until the season finale!

What are your goals for this year? What do you want to accomplish? When setting goals, make sure they are:

  1. Specific (“I want to lose weight”= general vs. “I want to lose 10 pounds”=specific)
  2. Time Sensitive (have a firm date/time to have the goal completed)
  3. Measurable (how do you know that the goal has been completed?)

Once you’ve created a goal that meets those 3 criteria, then make an action plan with specific steps that you’ll take in order to achieve the goal. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and help keep you accountable. Take your time, and don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to accomplish too much. Just take it one goal at a time, one step at a time.

Wishing you a successful, prosperous, goal-achieving year. You can do it!

 

‘Tis the Season

Happy Holidays!!! In the spirit of the holiday season, Monologue Monday presents it’s Christmas episode, featuring a monologue from the classic holiday film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This is our 21st episode; let the countdown begin! Only 5 more episodes left until the end of Season 1 of Monologue Monday. Time really does fly when you’re having fun and pursuing your passion.

I wish you all a safe, fun, warm and Merry Christmas!

 

Discipline

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Aw Shucks! Today is my last day on the (modified) Green Smoothie Cleanse. I have spent the last 10 days drinking 2 green smoothies a day (one for breakfast, one for lunch) and a salad for dinner. Snacking in between meals has consisted of fruits and veggies (celery, apples, carrots, cucumbers) and for my protein fix, hard boiled eggs and natural unsweetened peanut butter (on my celery). I have been drinking nothing but water all day, with the exception of a cup of detox tea in the mornings.

For 10 days, I have not had sweets, bread, pasta, rice, meat (I take that back—the last 2 days I added lean chicken to my dinner salads), dairy, fries, pizza…basically all the things I usually eat on a regular basis. Needless to say, this was DIFFICULT! Especially for me, the person who has something sweet to eat EVERYDAY! The person who thinks pizza should be added as a level on the food pyramid.

Although I can’t wait to sink my teeth into some pizza, this cleanse has made me become aware of the health choices that I make on a daily basis. It has made me aware of my daily temptations and cravings. It has made me focus on distinguishing between wants vs. needs. It has defined discipline for me. It has made me proud of myself. It has made me believe in myself.

I couldn’t have done it without the support of my honeybun (lol) and my sister, as well as prayer and positive self-talk.

Moving forward, I’m still gonna eat my pizza, but maybe not as much as I normally do. I know there are better choices out there, I just always made excuses as to why I wasn’t choosing those better choices. Instead of believing that I HAVE to have something sweet, I know that that’s a choice, and I don’t HAVE to have it; I can choose something else, and still feel just as fulfilled.

Cheers to a healthier life!

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Nine to Five

“All these people on the planet working 9 to 5 just to stay alive…”

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Although I’ve been working the “traditional 9-5” for 7 years, I still haven’t gotten used to it. It just doesn’t seem natural to me. I’ve always had gigs outside of the 9-5 and the work required of those gigs sometimes spills into my 9-5, causing me to slip out occasionally for lunch meetings, coffee breaks, “personal errands”, etc.  Thankfully, no matter what 9-5 I’ve had, it’s been flexible enough for me to “slip out” for a few, but after a while I start to feel bad for somewhat neglecting the 9-5.

Recently, as I slipped out, waiting at a coffee shop for a quick non 9-5 meeting, I noticed how comfortable I felt. Although I kept checking my watch to make sure I wasn’t gone too long, I liked the freedom of sitting in a coffee shop at 10am instead of behind a desk in a cubicle. As I waited for my latte and breakfast crepe, I observed the hushed conversations of who I imagined to be stay-at-home moms or college students. I scanned the quirky décor hanging above entrepreneurs tapping and clicking away on their laptops and smart phones.  I relaxed in my chair as I thought, “I could get used to this.”

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind going into the office every now and then; sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. But I would rather have the freedom to choose and come and go as I please instead of being required to be there during a daily specified time period. It becomes so mundane after a while. And sometimes I just want to sleep in. Sometimes I just want to do nothing. Sometimes I want to slink in around noon in jeans and a t-shirt.

My frustration with the 9-5 should serve as an agent for change, pushing me to focus on building opportunities for myself to earn income outside of it, so that I can eventually quit and work for myself. I feel that I’m getting closer, but I just have to push harder and continue to remind myself of what I want and what it will take to get it.

I admit that I can be lazy sometimes and settle for the ease of collecting a regularly-expected paycheck, but if I really want to work for myself (and be successful at it), I’ve got to do more. Work harder. Challenge myself. Sacrifice. Plan. Execute. Network.

I’m not getting any younger, after all.

The Return of Writer’s Spotlight Wednesday

What up folks?!

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A while back I used to feature various writers through a monthly series I called Writer’s Spotlight Wednesday (WSW). Well, I fell off the bandwagon, but I’m ready to hop back on board. Writer’s Spotlight will be returning in January 2015. Stay tuned, but in the meantime, catch up on the previous WSW features HERE.

Are you a writer? Want to be featured? Contact me at: info@latrishawrites.com

Wishing you a fun and safe holiday season!

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Going Green

I’ve never really had any major skin problems. Even now, I have occasional breakouts, but that’s because on the rare occasions that I wear makeup, I don’t always wash my face before I go to bed. For the past two months, I’ve been working a gig that requires me to wear LOTS of makeup. I’ve been very diligent about washing it off at night b/c it’s not the type of makeup I’d be okay with falling asleep in.

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Since working this gig, I’ve noticed way more breakouts than usual and my skin is extremely dry. I recently started a new skin care line, so hopefully that’ll help.

But even more important than what I put on my skin, is what I’m putting in my body. So, in addition to trying a new cleansing/exfoliating/moisturizing routine, I’ve also been drinking more water and TRYING to be more conscious about what I eat (it’s a struggle b/c I LOVE sweets and pizza).

People have been all “team green smoothie” for a while and I contemplated joining the bandwagon, but was largely unmotivated until I found this website. The recipes look and sound so good (and easy) that I was excited to try some of them out. So I took a trip to the farmer’s market and stocked up.

So far, I’ve tried two of the recipes and they were both very good. I’ve definitely got to invest in a better blender because my smoothies weren’t quite as smooth as I would’ve liked but the flavor (and I’m assuming the nutrition as well) was definitely there.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how this will affect the way I look and feel. Next step…CONSISTENT exercise.  *cue scary music sting*

October Goals

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The more I accomplish, the more it seems is still left to accomplish. In a nutshell, I didn’t accomplish either of my September goals, however, I did manage to complete various items that were on my to-do list. I’m trying to balance three jobs, a social/family life, and some sort of regular maintenance of my home (laundry, dishes, etc.), amongst other things.

Noting that I hadn’t accomplished my designated September goals, initially I felt like such a failure. I’ve been reading this one book for three months and still haven’t finished. It’s not a difficult book to read; it’s actually a very engaging book to read, but again, I’m struggling to balance my life and sometimes other things seem more important than finishing this book.

It’s clear that I have a lot going on. It’s to the point that I think I’ve been making myself sick with worry, and all I want to do lately is just sleep. In the midst of trying to achieve my goals, I’ve been distracted (social media, Fall television, unnecessarily spending money, etc.). So for this month, instead of making goals to accomplish, I’m unplugging and detaching and taking the time to really focus. I’m taking the pressure off of myself to achieve a goal in a specified amount of time, especially if the deadline is unnecessary (why does it matter how long it takes me to finish a book anyway?).

Until next time…

September Goals

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Here’s a review of my August goals and an update for this month’s goals.

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Last Month’s Goals

  1. Complete final assignment from Financial Planner. I finished all my homework assignments from my Financial Planner and met with him to review my progress. I left the meeting feeling so accomplished and excited for the next phase of achieving my financial goals.

 

  1. Submit entry for specified Writing Contest. I finally finished writing my essay, had it proofed by a couple people and sent it off! I even got confirmation that it was received. Here’s hoping I make it into the top 3!

 

  1. Read 2 books on my list. I still didn’t even finish ONE! I’m halfway through the first one, though.

 

 

Current Challenges

I’m still working on being disciplined about using my time wisely. I really should limit the time spent perusing social media and just lounging, doing nothing in particular.

 

 

Current Successes/Things that are Working

  1. Continuing to keep the TV off. Enough said.
  2. Writing down and revisiting my goals on a regular basis. This keeps them current in my mind.

 

 

September Goals

  1. Finish reading at least one book. (Geez, c’mon girl!)
  2. Develop new vision board for “major life event” (MLE). I’m not ready to reveal to the public what my MLE is yet, but I want to create a mini vision board specifically for this event.

 

 

I’m going to try to keep it simple this month with just these two goals. I have a few things that I’m thinking about venturing into, but I want to give them a little more thought before I decide to make them actual goals just yet.

 

 

 

What are your goals for this month? How did you do with your goals for last month? How frequently do you revisit your goals and/or make new ones? Please share in the comments.