Life in My Words
By: Monique K. Rose
Daily exposure to racism in elementary school and below is emotionally and mentally traumatizing for children. I can tell by the conversations young children have about the topics that they THINK they understand well. This is why I don’t advocate for children to get involved in current events too young. Definitely not before middle school. (I’m a certified grade 6-12 teacher so perhaps my perspective is a bit biased. I’m open to your feedback)....
I wasn't aware of traumatic events going on in the world until 6th grade. Prior to that, I exercised cognitive skills, communication skills, and analytical skills. My parents enforced spirituality, education, and overall mentally prepared me by ensuring I had a strong foundation to take on the information that later consumed my thoughts as a preteen and beyond...
I find that children under 11 years old may not ACCURATELY identify racism in a predicament until they’re old enough to metacognitively reflect on it. For instance, if a white girl bullied me or didn’t want to play with me I just INNOCENTLY thought as a child SHOULD: “she's mean,” or “she just doesn’t want to play with me” or “she doesn’t like me” or “let me go find someone else to play with”. That’s normal or acceptable in my opinion compared to a child complaining that the white girl is being racist. It’s detrimental for young children, while their brains are barely developed, to accurately identify and cope with these worldly corruptions. According to the American Psychological Association, children that are exposed to traumatic events are more likely to have mental health issues. That’s how most of the kids in our community grow up traumatized and conditioned to a victimized way of thinking. I believe parents should continue to raise their children to see the world innocently until they’re mature enough to digest the corruption. I like that church is an uplifting place for children to identity right from wrong and understand that there are sinful things in the world before actually facing it. There are many places, programs, or organizations other than church that create a safer space for children to learn and understand current events.
It’s embedded in westernized culture to feed children the media. In many countries and cultures, children are raised to excel in their studies, build on their crafts/talents, and focus on self sufficiency. America apparently loves to condition peoples minds with their media agenda aka propaganda. I won’t expose my child to it. He’ll learn events through reading and in a classroom setting where his thinking is guided by experts. There are many interviews online where celebrity parents say that they advocate for the same, although they work in the media industry. I recall parent teacher conferences and PTA meetings where parents said that they don’t allow thier children to watch tv or use tech devices unsupervised. My upbringing was a bit similar so I experienced first hand the benefit of this and will continue to raise my son in that way. When he is in middle school, we will dissect these conversations with him.
But of course, how one raises thier child is very subjective. So to each it’s own but always keep your child's mental health in mind. - @moniquekrose
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Freedom is a belief.
It is not an object that you obtain,
a concept that you learn, a dimension
of life that you enter, or a human right
that can be taken away.
Let's take this moment to understand
Freedom as a mindset.
Let's take a moment to make a choice that frees you instantly: let go of negative thoughts. Simply accept where you are and who you are now.
A free mind is a free life to everyone that sees.
Imagine that moments of fear, anxiety,
and depression are moments when
your heart cries out from your mind to be set free!
Imagine that all along it's been you against you,
refusing to change the perception
that changes your reality.
We ought ‘a start accepting that sense of Freedom.
We better start realizing that Freedom isn’t
relying on an experience, predicament, or a system
to become better for you to be better.
Let's not become stagnant but present in order to master Freedom’s dominant trait: adaptability.
Message: Diets are temporary remedies and quick-fixes. A healthy lifestyle is permanent and transformative for generations to follow.
When I began to share my fitness journey on Instagram, my intention simply was to stay motivated along the journey. I initially made my username @moniquefitnessjourney and only followed fitness influencers. I had this intuitive feeling that blogging would keep me motivated especially since influencers made it seem exciting to share exercise videos. So I started blogging hoping that people who can relate to my journey, would learn from my experience and begin to follow my page. Apparently, my presumption was right. Blogging on Instagram led to features in DailyMail, MadameNoire, and AfroGirlFitness. It wasn't long before I realized that blogging my health journey would keep me on edge with the thought "You can't preach what you don't practice". So Instagram helped me to be consistent and I had followers that held me accountable, primarily because they learned from my experience.
The algorithm of my brain is that the more I know, the better I live and can educate others to live better as well. Sharing knowledge helps me to stay educated, work harder, and gives me a greater purpose for living. I decided to develop a business for health consultations and personal training. I went back to school to become a personal trainer and studied nutrition independently. My company is called Mo's Motivational Health Club and the two prominent resources we offer our clients seeking to kickstart their health journey, especially to lose weight, is a health guide to living a healthy lifestyle the natural way (no gym or dietary supplements necessary) along with a mobile app for mothers struggling to maintain fit bodies while balancing their family and career launching April 2020. The guide is called Mo's 5 Step Challenge™ and the app is called the moFitmom fitness app.
Here are 3 reasons you will benefit from implementing Mo's 5 Step Challenge™
1) It’s not a diet.
The challenge is a lifestyle change that you will grow to love, value, and share with others. The results are impeccable and rewarding to participants that especially have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and high intolerance level for stress. Let me explain how step-by-step:
Step 1 keeps your blood replenished, adds natural glow and moisture to your skin by purifying your pores, maintain a healthy metabolism, and will definitely keep you hydrated!
Step 2 decreases addiction to some of the most common "guilty pleasurable" foods such as french fries, chips, white bread, white rice, pasta saturated with sauces, cake, cookies, etc. I believe cheat days will occur especially on holidays and special occasions but it will be less likely for your body to grow accustomed to desiring it again once you feel the difference in your body after your first time cheating!
Step 3 will amazingly decrease your fat storage and build a healthier metabolism. Eating then going to sleep or eating at the weee hours of the night simply increases fat storage in your body & most times it's in the areas you least desire like your stomach, back, and arms. In simple terms: Your body powers down at night therefore, your metabolism slows down at night. I like to think of it as our digestive system collaborates with our brain. Our brain knows when its night time and tends to power down in sleep mode so This is the case for your metabolism as well!
Step 4 will add that surplus of nutrients to your blood stream on a weekly basis, which decreases chances of getting an illness or disease, especially if you are sticking to step 1.
Step 5 keeps you active always! There's no room for feeling unmotivated to go to the gym or making excuses about time and money! Working out at home while completing your daily activities conforms you into a robotic fitness junkie! You are burning calories and exercising your heart for a longer and much healthier life!
Monique is a teacher, entrepreneur, mother, and writer. She wears multiple hats due to her mission - living her best life unapologetically as if every day is her last day. She aspires to help all people with personal development and their health and fitness journey.
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