I cannot believe it is already February (we only just entered 2018).

This second month should bring about more clarity to the goals already set for the year. Here’s to more productive New Month.

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Hello Beloveds ❤️ and Welcome to the month of November. I pray that you use this month to continue being the better YOU that You can be to finish 2017 well. Here’s to Inspired Goals & Aspirations!!!

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Over the weekend I came across a 10-minute speech that has impacted me in ways I cannot describe and I advise you all that after watching the attached clip – it will change your life.

In this inspiring speech and interview; Rick Rigsby delivered the best commencement speech and explained how the wisdom of a 3rd grade dropout was what sustained him after the devastating lost of his wife. And who was the third grade dropout – his father, whose teachings have guided him through the most troubling times of his life.

Rick Rigsby: The Wisdom Of A Third Grade Dropout

Over 200 students gathered together during a graduation speech at California State University Maritime Academy where Rigsby talked about his father who he regarded as the smartest person that he knew. “My father taught me to combine knowledge and wisdom to make an impact,” Rigsby said in his speech. “Wisdom comes to you from the unlikeliest of sources, often from failure. The person that gets up off the canvas and keeps growing, that’s the person that will grow their influence.” During his speech, Rigsby also revealed that his first wife died in 1996 of breast cancer which left him devastated but his father gave him advice on how to move on and stay strong in his grief.

Hmmmm, deep food for thought for me right there!!! How to move on and stay strong in my grief (a reflection of my 2017 and the losses that I have experienced).

So who is Dr. Rick Rigsby? According to his website, Dr. Rick Rigsby is the president and CEO of his own company, Rick Rigsby Communications and and founder of Rick Rigsby Ministries in Dallas, Texas. As a motivational speaker, Rick speaks worldwide before top corporations on Wall Street, where he offers corporate coaching, motivational speaking, and encourages people in the audience to become the best versions of themselves.

Well, it certainly seems that Rick Rigsby has overcome many obstacles, and it looks like now his words are inspiring many others through his “Change Your Life” talks. He’s making quite the impact with his incredibly inspiring speeches, as his goal is for all people to live life to the fullest, and be the best possible versions of themselves. In a world filled with so much hate and tragedy lately, maybe we really do need more Rick Rigsby speeches in our lives.

His book Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout can be purchased from Amazon (click on title of book)

Video was sourced from Goalcast, which is an inspiring community for achievers dedicated to helping people improve all aspects of their lives.

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Welcome to Part 8 of our Healthier 2017 Lifestyle and I hope you have been enjoying this amazing discovery of using food as smoothies and the benefits to this healthier journey of oneself. Again as derived from curejoy.com:

71. Antioxidant-Rich-Goji-Gruel: Similar to the benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin. Goji berries have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes — talk about a super fruit.

72. Blood-Purifying-Stinging-Nettle-Herb-Joy: Stinging nettle is: diuretic, astringent, pectoral, anodyne, tonic, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, hermetic, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, decongestant, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-histamine, anti-lithic/lithotrophic, herpetic, galactagogue, and an anti-histamine.

73. Brain-Booster: Warding off heart disease. The blueberry’s fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.

74. Collagen-Building-Cream-of-Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe has lots of folic acid that is very important for regeneration of dead cells. This aspect is especially useful for pregnant women. This property of quicker regeneration also helps in giving a healthy skin. It keeps wrinkles at bay, maintains the skin elasticity and helps in collagen synthesis and thus has anti-aging properties.

75. Energizer-Sun-Shine-Smoothie: Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.

76. Fat-Loss-Raspberry-Shortbread-Smoothie: As the name suggests, raspberry ketone comes from the fruit and is, in fact, the primary compound responsible for a raspberry’s sweet smell.

77. Flavonoids-for-Kids: Apples are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your little ones healthy. Apples contain the same amount of fiber as a bowl of bran cereal and probably appeal to your child’s taste buds a little bit more.

78. Georgia-Peach-Skin-Rejuvenator: One of the major health benefits of peaches is for skin care. It’s a great source of Vitamin C which is widely used for skin care. You can get plenty of Vitamin C from a large peach. Apart from health benefits, you can directly use peaches for skin care such dark circles and wrinkles.

79. Healing-Hemp-Smoothie: Hemp Seeds are a perfect and natural blend of easily digested proteins, essential fats (Omega 3 & 6), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes. All amino acids essential to optimum health are found in Hemp Seeds, including the rarely found Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).

80. Healing-Tropical-Tango: According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Several trial studies suggest that polyphenolic anti-oxidant compounds in mango are known to offer protection against breast and colon cancers.

Here’s a reminder of past posts: Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 1)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 2)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 3)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 4)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 5); Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 6); Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 7)so keep on it Beloveds and look out for Part 9 of the Healthier Life coming soon.

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Welcome to Part 7 of our Healthier 2017 Lifestyle and I hope you have been enjoying this amazing discovery of using food as smoothies and the benefits to this healthier journey of oneself. Again as derived from curejoy.com:

61. Peppermint-Grapefruit-Detox-Water: Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Vitamin C-rich foods like grapefruit may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms.

62. Probiotic-Guacamole-Spread: Sauerkraut isn’t just a topping for hot dogs, it is also a functional food with health benefits. Foods were originally fermented to help preserve them, but this isn’t the only benefit of fermented foods like sauerkraut, which is made by fermenting cabbage.

63. Blood-Pressure-Reducing-Ruby-Sunrise: Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta carotene and fiber content. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents.

64. Quinoa-Tacobowls: Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein and comprised of all pernine essential amino acids.

65. Raspberry-Tummy-Tucker: By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells, raspberry phytonutrients like rheosmin may be able to decrease risk of obesity as well as risk of fatty liver.

66. Beta-Carotene-Rich-Plantains-and-Water: Plantains, a member of the banana family, are starchy and low in sugar. They are usually baked or fried and used much like potatoes in Caribbean and West African dishes. Like bananas, plantains are a good source of potassium and fiber. Plantains contain significantly more vitamin A and vitamin C than bananas.

67. Rapid-Transit: Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of Warding off heart disease.

68. The-Power-Punch: Bananas are a great source of vitamin B6.B vitamins help break down homocysteine—an amino acid that at high levels is related to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

69. Almond-Silk-Wonder-Milk-for-Weight-Management: One cup of almond milk contains only 60 calories, as opposed to 146 calories in whole milk, 122 calories in 2 percent, 102 calories in 1 percent, and 86 calories in skim. It makes for a great substitute that will help you lose or maintain your current weight.

70. Anti-Inflammatory-Peanutty: Although almond milk only contains 1 gram of protein per serving, it contains plenty of B vitamins such as iron and riboflavin, both important for muscle growth and healing.

Here’s a reminder of past posts: Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 1)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 2)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 3)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 4)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 5); Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 6) so keep on it Beloveds and look out for Part 8 of the Healthier Life coming soon.

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Welcome to Part 6 of our Healthier 2017 Lifestyle and I hope you have been enjoying this amazing discovery of using food as smoothies and the benefits to this healthier journey of oneself. Again as derived from curejoy.com:

  1. Fat-Buster-Green-Smoothie-Monster: Even spinach cannot come close in comparison to the number of nutrients that kale provides. Eating kale is beneficial for maintaining healthy skin, hair and strong bones, as well as helping with digestion and lowering the risk for heart disease.

52. Gout-Buster-Cherry-Bomb: When you eat cherries, you enjoy much more than just their amazing taste. They’re packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits, including help with insomnia, joint pain and belly fat. Cherries could be just what the doctor ordered.

53. Hormone-Balancing-Super-Smoothie: Apricots contain phytoestrogens, which will mimic the way estrogen is used by the body, helping to fill any shortages you may have in estrogen, and producing the same effect as if you had generated more estrogen in the body.

54. Instant-Energy-Breakfast-Smoothie: Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide superfood, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C); strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits, some of which may surprise you.

55. Low-Carb-Low-Sugar-Easy-Smoothie: Packed with nutrients and heart-healthy compounds, avocado slows digestion and helps keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal.

56. Mean-Green-Internal-Body-Cleanser: Spinach is high in fibre and water content, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract.

57. Nutritional-Powerhouse-Pumpkin-Seed-Shake: With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package.

58. Orange-Dram-Creamsicle-for-Weight-Loss: Eating Oranges cut a considerable amount of calories from the diet. It also keeps the body well hydrated.

59. Parsley-Passion-Smoothie: Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too. It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function.

60. Peanut-Butter-Fat-Burner: Peanut butter has protein as well as potassium — which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fibre for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.

Here’s a reminder of past posts: Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 1)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 2)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 3)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 4)Kickstart Your Way to A Healthier 2017 (Part 5) so keep on it Beloveds and look out for Part 7 of the Healthier Life coming soon.

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“Commit to Your Dreams, and Never Give Up”: says Denzel Washington where he gave a passionate speech about committing to your dreams, and never letting hardships stop you from pursuing your goals.

Full Transcript (as derived from goalcast):

“It’s not easy. If it was easy, there’d be no Kerry Washington. If it was easy, there’d be no Taraji Henson. If it were easy, there’d be no Octavia Spencer. But not only that, it if were easy, there’d be no Viola Davis. If it were easy, there’d be no Mykelti Williamson, no Stephen McKinley Henderson, no Russell Hornsby. If it were easy, there’d be no Denzel Washington.

“Keep working. Keep striving. Never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight. Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship, so keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. See you at work.”

Be Inspired Beloveds and Happy Weekend ❤️

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Esther Afua Ocloo also known as “Auntie Ocloo” was a Ghanaian entrepreneur and pioneer of microlending. She was born Esther Afua Nkulenu. She was one of the founders of Women’s World Banking in 1976, with Michaela Walsh and Ela Bhatt, and served as its first chair of trustees.

So today, Google Doodle is celebrating the Ghanaian microlending pioneer Esther Afua Ocloo on what would have been her 98th birthday. In a blog post, Google explains: “As both an entrepreneur and an advocate for microlending, Esther Afua Ocloo worked tirelessly to help others like her succeed.

The Google Doodle shows her at various stages of her life and business, sharing her knowledge with fellow Ghanaians. Today’s Doodle shows Esther empowering the women of Ghana with the tools to improve their lives and communities.” “Esther and other advisors knew that lending money to women could have a ripple effect, improving the prosperity and health of the women as well as their communities,” continues Google.

Founder of Nkulenu Industries, Ocloo started her business with less than a dollar and grew into a global inspiration. She produced 12 jars of marmalade at a 100 per cent mark-up and eventually expanded into selling orange juice. Struggling for work at the end of WWII and fresh out of Achimota College, Ocloo took out a loan to set up a business, rebranding as Nkulenu Industries (Nkulenu was her maiden name). The business specialised in products that were in short supply due to war rations and import restrictions.

After starting a business selling fruit juice and marmalade as a teenager and realising the financial difficulties poor women faced, Ms Ocloo helped found and operate a bank specifically designed to help women on low incomes. In the same decade she returned to Africa and set up the first food processing business in Ghana. Today, Nkulenu Industries is a leading company in the food processing industry in Ghana.

In 1975 as a succeeding businesswoman, Ms Ocloo was invited to the first UN World Conference on Women.  Later that decade, she founded and became the chairman of the board of directors of Women’s World Banking, which expanded her earlier goal of helping women obtain the small loans needed to launch businesses. The not-for-profit organisation has since helped millions of women start and run businesses, helping boost prosperity in countless communities.

During a trip to the UK in the 1950s, Ms Ocloo began to develop recipes for commercial food canning. She was also the first black person to gain a cookingg diploma from the Good Housekeeping Institute in London.

In 1990, Ocloo shared the $100,000 Africa Prize with Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.

Earlier this month, Pakistan’s digital financial service provider JazzCash partnered with Women’s World Banking to promote women’s financial inclusion across Pakistan. As part of the initiative, working women will be able to open bank accounts on their phones, avoiding long queues in branches and has signed up Ideas 42, a non-profit organisation that uses behavioural science to help solve social problems, to leverage best global practices.

Ms Ocloo died of pneumonia in 2002 aged 82.

So today, like Google Doodle, We at The Renaissance Lady blog honour you, Ms. Esther Afua Ocloo for paving the way for Working Women by empowering them to be the best that they can be within their communities and for the economy at large. 

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Welcome to Part 5 of our Healthier 2017 Lifestyle and I hope you have been enjoying this amazing of discovering food and the benefits to this healthier journey of oneself. Again as derived from curejoy.com:

41. Vitamin-c-Super-Booster: Although required in small quantities like other vitamins, vitamin C is indispensable for the proper functioning of the body. 

42. Ayurveda-Detoxifying-Tea: Cumin is extremely good for digestion and related problems. The very aroma of cumin, which comes from an aromatic organic compound called Cuminaldehyde, the main component of its essential oil, activates our salivary glands in our mouth, which facilitates the primary digestion of food.

43. Complete-Detox-Carrot-Beetroot-Juice: One of the major benefits of beet juice it that it contains a colour pigment called betalain. This is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, fungicidal and aid in detoxification substance. There is research that indicates that betalain may exhibit anti-cancer activity.

44. Flat-Tummy-Water-Recipe: Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes. 

45. Golden-Herbal-Detox-Drink: Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

46. Vitamin-A-Juice-Plus-For-Skin-Rejuvenation: Cantaloupe has lots of folic acids that is very important for regeneration of dead cells. This aspect is especially useful for pregnant women. This property of quicker regeneration also helps in giving a healthy skin. It keeps wrinkles at bay, maintains the skin elasticity and helps in collagen synthesis and thus has anti-aging properties. 

47. Day-Starter-Rocket-Fuel: Bananas are among the most convenient food sources of potassium. This mineral is essential for maintaining proper heart function and regulating normal blood pressure.

48. Drinking-Water: Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. Follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.

49. Earth-and-Abundance-Root-Chakra-Smoothie: As far as healthy foods go, cranberries are at the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content and are often referred to as a “super food.” Not to mention, half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories!

50. Fat-Burner-Persi-Nana-Chia-Smoothie: Chia seeds are packed full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to raise HDL cholesterol and protect against heart attack and stroke. 

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Welcome to Part 4 of our Healthier 2017 Lifestyle as derived from curejoy.com:

31. Arthritis-Evaporating Pineapple Shake: This popular tropical fruit contains a key enzyme called bromelain, which is chock-full of anti-inflammatory substances that can help reduce joint swelling linked to arthritis.

32. Avocado-Superfood-Breakfast-Toast: Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that are essential to eye health. These two carotenoids act as antioxidants in the eye and can minimise the damage and reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

33. Blood-Builder Smoothie: Oranges contain Vitamin A plays important roles in red blood cell production. Red blood cells are derived from stem cells are dependent on vitamin A for differentiation into red blood cells. Vitamin A also aids in the mobilisation of iron from storage sites to be incorporated into haemoglobin, the pigment that carries oxygen.

34.Bombay-Diner Detox Drink: Hemp seeds help regulate stress hormones and cinnamon is used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhoea, infections, the common cold and loss of appetite.

35. Calcium Concoction: Chia seeds are very high in calcium. A 3.5-ounce serving can provide about 631mg of calcium.

36. Coconut-Eggnog Energy Drink: Abundant in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, Coconut is packed with more Potassium, Calcium, and Chloride, which makes it a better choice to rehydrate, replenish and boost the body’s energy levels after any strenuous activity or workout.

37. Cucumber-Lemon Detox Spa Water: Cucumber contains citrulline which gives the liver an overall boost. cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B, rich in potassium and magnesium which help to lower blood pressure and have even been known to fight cancer.

38. Healthy-Green Detox Smoothie: Green smoothies provide a rich source of minerals. All of the bone-building nutrients are abundant including calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They are also high in antioxidants and phytonutrients.

39. Flat-Tummy Honey Lemon Water Recipe: Honey acts as a fuel to make the liver produce glucose. This glucose keeps the brain sugar levels high and forces it to release fat burning hormones.

40. Hydrating-Cleanser-Juice: This super green is packed to the max with nutrition that puts it high on the list of the world’s healthiest foods.

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