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Introducing Visionary Insights (and Other Happenings)…

Your Vision + Our Insights = PROGRESS

Hello SC Followers!

I know what you’ve been thinking….where have you been? I know I know…I’ve been absent but I promise its been for a good reason. Many things have transpired since my last post: I’ve moved to two different states (that was fun), I resigned from a traditional job and starting working at home…to then go back as a teacher (my first love).  I’m officially an author and recently launched my own consulting firm Visionary Insights.  Yes thats a lot…but I’ve been having fun with all the successes and failures that comes along with stepping out on my own into a new me…and I’m ready to share all these experiences and the future with each of you!

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AGAIN THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for supporting me and this blog over the years. Each of you are very important to me and dear to my heart, and I hope you will continue to support by subscribing to the new site and interact with me in the comment sections. I love each and every one of you and I look forward to embarking on this new journey with you!



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Set Yourself up for SUCCESS!!!

I’m a firm believer that in order to achieve our goals and aspirations we must surround ourselves in an environment set up for us to succeed!  In order to assist in getting your mind right, you have to get other aspects that make up your life in order.  This week I received a QCC regarding working out/training sessions (that I’m always tweeting about) and how to be successful with these goals.  I love this question for I feel that over the year’s I’ve coined a regimen that works for me and is conducive to my work schedule. For my long time SC family…you know I love sharing some of my “tools of the trade” when it comes to health and wellness. 
Like most people, I work a strenuousness 8-10 hours/day weekly, travel significantly and am very involved in the community. Having all this on my plate makes it….”interesting” to find time to get my exercising in.  So how do I manage all of these….first let me clarify: I try to stay active and purposefully set weekly schedules to workout/train (either at home or in my neighborhood gym) to stay healthy overall!  This is not just for weight loss, but I have seen the power of healthy living habits and the positive results it has on all facets of life.  Those who know me via outside of this blog are aware that I take my health/overall fitness very seriously.  Due to this, getting training sessions in at least 5 days a week (min 2 days of strength training) is a very important aspect of my life. 

But back to the question – how do I stay motivated to do this DAILY and achieve my fitness goals?  I set myself up for success by laying out my gear for the day.  Not only do I leave the house with a cute scene (like the picture above) waiting for me when I return, but I also set out my attire. This way when I walk in the door after work and put all my items down/away, I see the DVD’s, weights and/or my exercise clothes calling my name.  These motivational scenes can be done the night before (if your mornings are chaotic enough) or prior to leaving the house.  Either way, you’ve already previewed your brain to what is to come later (then you can use the rest of the day battling that “devil” on your shoulder trying to convince you all the reason why not to work out after work)…achieving that daily goal and being a step further for your greatness!
So what do you all think SC family?  Any suggestions on  how to keep us ALL motivated to achieve our fitness goals?   The orAKAle has spoken….

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Product Review: Carol’s Daughter “Healthy Hair Butter”

Shout out to ms KeysKorner for giving me some off this product. I’ve been meaning to order, but never got around to it; but low and behold my girl had a 4 oz tub of CD’s Healthy Hair Butter this in her PJ closet!  Lol.  My review is below…

Ingredients list: Water (Aqua), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Ascorbic Acid, Xantham Gum, Potassium Sorbate

yes I'm in the bathroom....#dontjudgeme

This conditioning hair dress is made for all hair types.  It is rich in all the good stuff and is creamy (not greasy).  The site references that it helps to minimize breakage, controls frizz and will load your hair with all the necessary nutrients needed to be healthy.  As always, we love the fact that this heavenly hair cream is free of mineral oils and an artificial anything!  This product can be used for protective styling, wash n go’s and also a light sealer for you coils.

Silky Coils Thoughts….

Overall I like the product…especially for it has my fav Shea Butter.  While it states on the site that its non greasy….I would slightly disagree. If used sparingly, depending on your hair type, you may see some residue on your sheets, hair accessories and hopefully not the clothing.  As you all may know, I have a heavy hand so the first time I used was entirely to much. Lol. BUT one thing I can say that if you use this product, you may not need a pomade, etc in the morning for styling….well at least ya girl didn’t 🙂

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For my type 4 haired beauties, this is definitely  a hot pick for keeping your kinks and coils moisturized and sealed. For my type 3 haired lovelies, I think it will depend on the grade of your hair. I’ve had some who said that it was to thick and sat literally on top of the hair, and others who swear by it…but only YOU know your hair and what it likes. Either way, I think its definitely a good product to have in the stash.  I’m not sure if I would add this to my summer time product list, but to each its own!

The orAKAle has spoken…………………….

Related post: Determining Your Hair Type, For the Love of Shea, Summertime is Here!

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Segregation or Mentoring….You be the Judge

Considering my residency on the East Coast has been a short one, I’ve had the opportunity to jump head first into mentoring young black girls academically and socially, and to support them in developing THEIR identity while transitioning to high school.  In my neighborhood, at the middle school there are 40-50 young black girls who are in desperate need of guidance, exposure to positive role models, mentorship and academic assistance.  These young girls come from all walks of life; home grown and newcomers to the area all within the last 3-5 years.  While the school is committed to assisting and developing ALL students, a group of professional black women in the surrounding areas were tapped to provide assistance to these young girls development; and we humbly obliged!

After meeting and interacting with the girls, it was apparent that there existed a need for positive identity formation, appreciation of their black heritage, analyze cultural values, and an understanding of how these components play into the young girls overall success at school.  Henri Tajfel’s Social Identity Theory proposes that individuals get their sense of self esteem, belonging and worth from being a part of a group.  So naturally, we wanted to form a network of women who reflected the diversity within the community and who would be positive role models for the girls.

From the beginning there was an understanding that we would not categorize these girls according to how WE felt they should identify themselves.  But rather, we should be cognizant of the fact that other outside and environmental factors would also contribute to their overall development.  This process of self-categorization has helped then form their own system of identifying themselves (either with an “in-group/out-group”) and would also set the framework for further comparison between themselves and peers.  It is likely that our efforts (mentoring, tutoring, enhancement of cultural awareness etc.) will be housed within the middle school setting; for the intent is to draw positive examples from within the existing environment from which the girls are expected to thrive (form a sense of “self”, and obtain academic achievement) before entering high school.  Through intentional mentoring, guidance and tutoring our stellar diverse group of women have made overwhelmingly progress in helping the young girls develop a sense of pride in their culture and positive identification of themselves

As a child, I too struggled with balancing a desire to belong and compared myself to what I believed to be “dominant” groups within middle school.  Like most young black girls in this country, it was a challenge for me to form a positive self-image and to develop a sense of worth.  It was the mentorship of other women, just like this group, who helped me to appreciate who I am (no matter the environment), appreciate how God made me, and to make positive comparisons between my culture and others.

This initiative ties in to a new movement happening around the country (Experimenting with Segregation); which confirms our belief that in order for our black youth to positively and  effectively develop their identity, it requires revisiting cultural values AND the positive influence of those who have chosen to categorize themselves in the SAME social identity group.  Despite some back lash regarding the segregation or establishment of an “outcast” group, suggesting that the majority was the superior or “in group”; I’m happy to report that the movement has not died. With continued support of the middle school, district and like minded supporters within the community, our initiative will continue to thrive, hopefully for years to come (or at least until the achievement gap is filled).

The orAKAle has spoken…………………….

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I’m Back….Well Somewhat…

Back by popular demand….its me Silky Chronicles!  Did you all miss me; because I definitely missed posting and interacting with each and everyone of you.  Like the new look for 2011?  It definitely fits were I am at mentally in my life…lol…but that is another post for another day.

So being back in the game has a small catch…this semester I decided to re embark on my educational endeavors and registered for my first  REAL graduate course (by real I mean a class that can be used towards a major I’m interested in) in possibly 6 years.  Part of my assignments include creating and posting to a blog relevant to discussion topics in class.  You can probably imagine the excitement that I felt when told this; for I’ve always truly enjoyed interacting with all of you ( SC Family), sharing life’s ups and downs, and any other relevant information pertaining to me…Ms Silky Chronicles.

So what does this mean…basically after every unit of study in my “Leadership in a Global Society” course I will need to post a blog relevant to certain concepts. Easy right? Well here is the kicker; I CAN NOT go over 500 words.




Yes that is how I felt when I saw the rubric. You all know that your girl loves to go on and on (and on till the break of dawn…lol) in my post; but I am excited to be faced with a challenge.  Not a challenge to use my dear blog to ace this class; but to get all my many thoughts and views out in 500 (cohesive) words or less.  Let us pray family…….lol


Call to Action:

Soooo did you really think I was going to let YOU the SC Family get off that easily…..HA….you were wrong.  Now this call to action doesn’t require any picketing, marching or even phone calling. All I need for my readers to do is 1) stay subscribed to the SC, 2) try your best to comment on my posts that deal with my class (and yes you will definitely be able to tell the difference between leisure and academic posts), and lastly C) spread the word about the SC!  Having YOU the readers participate not only gives me constructive criticism, but it also helps my grade as well….and you don’t want to see me fail now do you….(guilt trip).

More to come soon all; and again thanks for all the love and support.  The orAKAle has spoken……

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