“Choose to have a good day…everyday.” ~ Roanne Bacchus
“Choose to have a good day…everyday.” ~ Roanne Bacchus
My curiosity often gets the best of me, and every so often, it leads me to something pretty cool. Recently, it’s the Royaltie Gem; and it’s making the next advertising frontier, mobile devices, accessible to everyone.
Without spending hundreds of dollars on app development, you can automatically promote your business on every nearby Android phone. Hooray!
Say what!?! Yes. #exciting. If you are a business owner, can you imagine the reach? The applications to your business? The increased customer engagement? The increased revenue?
This is how it works. A tiny wireless device called a Royaltie Gem is sent to you. You decide the promotional message you want to broadcast. The Royaltie Gem sends your message to every nearby Android smartphone. Simple.
Why Android phones? In December 2016, there was a change in the android operating system that allowed for nearby notifications. This is not yet available on iPhones. However, Android represents 60% of the North American smartphone market and 85% of users outside of North America.
The Royaltie Gem is battery powered and lasts two years. It does not require cellular data or a Wifi connection. To receive Royaltie messages, the phone just needs Bluetooth turned on. Are you one of the many people who already keep their bluetooth on to connect to their headsets, vehicle or other devices?
There are no set up fees. No hidden fees. A $50 deposit and $29/month for three devices. There is an additional shipping charge outside the US. That’s it. It arrives up and running. Actually, one of the best testimonies I’ve heard is of a gentleman getting page views while his Gem was in transit to him.
The Royaltie Gem provides:
– an automatic way to promote your business on every nearby Android phone;
– unlimited messaging included in the low monthly fee;
– a simple way to connect with people you would not have otherwise.
I have not even received mine yet, but I’m excited. I’m also excited about the two-tier affiliate earning opportunity they provide. To find out more about the affiliate program, schedule a call with me.
Disclosure: I am a registered affiliate of Royaltie Gem. I only share products that I have used or have no reservation about using and the opinions expressed are fully my own.
Last week felt like the unofficial start of summer here in South Carolina. Friday 90 degrees F, Saturday 90, Sunday 85…this is usually the time of year that I get caught without enough…water. Most people know that I always have water with me, but when it starts heating up, I definitely need to up my water intake.
This is because through increased sweating, my body is loosing more water. And that’s is a positive event, because in spring, our bodies go through a seasonally-induced detox, getting rid of the stagnancies of winter for the lightness and brightness of spring. Having a little extra water helps that process.
I grew up hearing that ‘by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.’ That is now touted as a myth, but I say, why give yourself a constant uphill way to deal with hydration. Why not just avoid the hill if you can. Here are three ways:
– Start your day with at least a glass of water (whatever the glass is to you – 6oz or 26 oz).
– Keep water with you at all times. When I used to experience anxiety attacks, sipping water would help my body relax.
– Be mindful of your water intake throughout the day. Pay special attention when you’re out in the warmer weather or doing activities that make you perspire and make sure your drinking through the day.
Having enough water is uber important. Secondly, and depending on your activities, diet and level of perspiration, you must make sure you’re also getting adequate electrolytes. They are needed for your body to properly use the water you’re drinking; including having equilibrium i.e. not retaining unnecessary water.
Electrolytes are “Minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. It is important for the balance of electrolytes in your body to be maintained, because they affect the amount of water in your body, blood pH, muscle action, and other important processes. Electrolytes exist in the blood as acids, bases, and salts (such as sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, and bicarbonate)…”(1)
While sports drinks are touted for electrolytes, they also have sugar, sometimes artificial and that does not fit my M.O. My two favorite ways of getting electrolytes are with a naturally dried (air, sun) sea salt and black strap molasses.
Tropical fruits such as citrus also provide electrolytes and living in a tropical place definitely warrants the use of electrolytes. I believe that God is the perfect designer, putting just what we need where we need it, when we need it.
So, here’s to staying hydrated so you can keep up with all your summer fun.
I didn’t mean to, but in hindsight, I realized that I did. I lied to myself and in so doing, I lied to you. I am sorry.
When my tooth started bothering me a couple weeks ago, I was faced with the opportunity to walk my talk. Stepping up my actions to creating natural healing for my teeth took me head to head with my words. I’ve been doing my Let’s Chat Facebook Lives for four months now, sharing ways to improve our wellness naturally. I’ve shared my own journey and most of what I share, I’ve personally done. I started doing these because I’ve walked the road of illness and I’ve walked the natural path to wellness. I know that simple shifts in our lifestyle can create big shifts in our wellness. It is truth to me and so sharing comes from my heart.
But I was fooling myself, coasting along, doing a so-so job on myself. My 60% looked like someone else 100% and so I fooled myself into thinking I was doing my best. It’s amazing how pain and discomfort can wake us up. I had to step up my action, increasing my nutritional intake and eliminating the bad stuff which for me is mostly sugar. I was coasting, not paying attention to the extra sugar I was consuming until about five days into the protocol for my teeth, when I could suppress the craving no more. See what I did here.
PS – the effect sugar has on our gut causes more damage than it’s direct effect on our teeth. Stay tuned for a full post on this protocol.
It’s important to note that I’m also a recovering people pleaser and standing out from the crowd still stings a bit. Announcing something that could possibly be a failure later was not something I did. If I shared it, I had to be 95% sure, or else, it stayed in my vault. Intellectually, I know the road to success is paved with failures, but knowing and doing…not the same thing.
So why my confession now?
For several reasons that could all be summed up into, “I’m loving me more.” Here’s how.
I came across an old journal entry from just over a year ago. It read, “Gay Hendricks – Happiness is a feeling about your feelings. A subtle pleasant sensation that comes from being open to your emotions, open the the present moment, and open to life.” When we are not 100% in integrity with ourselves, we know, especially if we are open to our feelings.
I realize that I’ve gotten better at saying “No.” and not feeling guilty over it. I help. I give of myself, my time and resources. I care. I love. And, I must take care of myself first so that I can do all those things. I know this; not just intellectually now, but in practice. I’m not perfect at it, but I way better than I used to be.
Also, an unhealthy relationship with our emotions can have a negative effect on our health. No thanks, I’ll pass.
To make this a true confession post, here are two times I’ve not been truthful with myself. And while I gained lessons (and some awesome friends and experiences from them), they honestly did not work out how I hoped.
First, was aligning myself with a company whose products I was not 100% in agreement with. I was about 90% and I thought that was good enough. The products were really good, but there were aspects of them that I didn’t agree with completely, based on my wellness knowledge. Yet, I convinced myself that though it was not what I would consider a standard, it was close and that was okay. A lie by any percentage is still a lie.
Second was letting my assumption of the reaction of others, curtail my action. My many personal development trainings had taught me that our reactions are based on our beliefs so when others react to what I do or say, it’s not because of me, it is because of what they hold true. Yet, there were too many times I did not fully practice this by not sharing my ideas openly and honestly.
Lisa Nicols says that true freedom comes when you have, “nothing to protect; nothing to hide, nothing to prove and nothing to defend.” I want to live my life to the fullest and freedom is a value I claim to hold close. If nothing else, my 2016 one word, “Open” was a lesson in this.
So I’m embracing my 2017 one word, “Release” and I’m confessing to myself and you. And I’m forgiving myself for not being totally honest with me. And I’m promising myself that I will be completely honest with me; even if I have to be the only one standing for what I hold as true…because, I love you Roanne.
Is there something you need to forgive yourself for?
If we, as citizens of the earth, stop consuming toxic products, companies will soon stop making them. ~ Roanne Bacchus
Happy Earth Day 2017.
My friend posted an article on Facebook about night sweats remedies, which in turn, prompted this Let’s Chat. For reference, the link to the article is at the end of this post.
My first thought was that the night sweats had to be affiliated with liver function. Sweating means the body is generating heat to create an exchange, plus, then it’s happening at night which is primary body detox time. The liver has over 500 functions but let’s keep it simple: digest and detoxify.
When I read the recommendations in the article, two things jumped out at me:
– About mid way through the list was a pill recommendation. Medicine has its place, but it does not fix the dysfunction that’s happening in the body; and often times, the dysfunction is doing it’s best to help the body do what it needs to do anyway.
– Last on the list of recommendations was this, “Drinking alcohol before bed can cause night sweats. Spicy foods can have the same effect.” While both these things can have the same effect, the interact with the body differently – one destructively, one constructively. You may be able to guess which does what.
There is a growing liver issue in the United States called Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver “In the United States, it is the most common form of chronic liver disease, affecting an estimated 80 to 100 million people.”
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver disease is an umbrella term for a range of liver conditions affecting people who drink little to no alcohol. As the name implies, the main characteristic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is too much fat stored in liver cells.”
I talk more about this and make more connections in my Facebook live. The jist is that with the excess of sugar, like what currently exists in so many foods today, nonalcoholic fatty liver a no-brainer. Our livers are stressed and overwhelmed and night sweats becomes one way our bodies try to save itself.
But what do you do about that?
One popular treatment (also touted for weight loss) is Lemon/ACV/Lemonade diet. Google can give you lots on information on these, but be mindful that there is no single, magic bullet for your wellness. Especially with the state of our environment and our food, detox must be a regular part our life. This does not mean take a diarrhea inducing pill. Detox is more holistic than that and can include foods such as tumeric which supports the liver in it’s functions, including detox.
Here’s a list of other ways to help this function of your liver.
– Herbs/teas: Dandelion (plentiful and free in the spring); any herb that is a blood purifier because they help reduce acidity in and help the body get rid of waste
– foot bath/full body soak with 3 parts epsom salts to 1 part backing soda. Also helps with magnesium (a very abundant mineral that we are chronically deficient in).
– Water (start by drinking enough), then getting electrolytes so you body can use the water (air-dried sea salt + black strap molasses).
– Healthy fats and lots of them
– Hot foods: peppers, ginger.
– Exercise (to help circulation and your liver get rid of it’s waste)
– Enzyme supplements before bed (when not digesting, they are cleaning, look for a complex with a variety of the ase’s)
– Getting enough sleep, starting before midnight.
– In some eastern medicine traditions, the liver is the decision organ. Decide then act. More in the video.
– Extras: Coffee enemas and caster oil packs.
Help your liver digest and detoxify well and you’ll feel awesome, without the night sweats.
Article that prompted this post: http://blackdoctor.org/442749/night-sweat-relief/2/.
Epigenetics has proven that our emotional state has a tremendous impact on our physical health. That means we can pro-actively take action to better our wellness.
But how can we do anything proactive with the way life is today – busy, full, stressed. Our brains don’t even get time to rest. So in the latest Let’s Chat, I shared tools that helped me with my mind chatter. The video is here, but there’s a freebie at the end of this post.
It starts with paying attention; being aware. Awareness is the beginning of change. For that to happen, we must take time to slow down and listen, to reconnect with ourselves, with our God or higher source and with the part of us that inherently wants to be better, happier, healthier. It takes stepping outside of the busy-ness, even for just a few minutes.
So what does that look like? First, it doesn’t have to look like a monk or meditation master. It could look like sitting for five minutes and focusing on some easy music or focusing on your breathing (is it shallow? is it deep and full?) or doing focused relaxation (one body area at a time). It could look like focusing on a mantra, our One Word or looking out and observing nature. All these activities help to slow down the mind chatter.
Mind body practices like yoga are great also. Yoga keeps the mind actively focused on moving and aligning the body and breathing. It can’t then consciously think or chatter about the stuff it was rambling on about before.
Interestingly enough, just prior to preparing for my Sunday Let’s Chat, in my YouTube feed came this video titled “Working with difficult emotions”. It is by Anna Guest Jelly of Curvy Yoga. I’ve followed Anna for years. She is a wonderful teacher and shows great modifications. If you’re new to yoga, her youtube channel is a really good resource. The linked video is also a super easy practice.
Another resource is Brainwave Entrainment. Brainwave entrainment uses wave frequencies to bring into coherence the activity of our brain. A wonderful tool to help with mind chatter. What I really like is that I don’t need headphones, I could have it on as background music and it’s something I can’t overdose on. Even though I’ve been using it for about a month, I didn’t think I was ready to share it, until I realized how much it helped me this past week.
I’ve been using it as my background music while working on writing and design. Well, last night I got my period. Usually in the week leading up to my period, my mind chatter is not just there, it’s 10x worse. It’s erratic, focus is a massive challenge and it takes me 30 minutes to write a paragraph whereas on a more normal day I could do it in five.
But this past week I was able to be more productive than I would have expected pre-period. I was aware of the erratic chatter, but I would play the track when I sat down to work and I’d say it was about a 85% improvement. I got work done without feeling like it was an uphill drag. Yay!!! Learn more and get a free demo here of the same system I used.
I’ll see you next Sunday for another Let’s Chat and I hope this week you take time to give your mind some love and support.
When I would take selfies prior to my #100days of #selfies challenge, I would often crop my face. My thought was that I’m known for my hair and everyone will know it’s me by my hair. Cute, right? BUT what I didn’t realize is that I was shrinking. Shrinking from the spot light, shrinking from the stage, shrinking from sharing the love I want to be in this world. I was subconscious, but it was shrinking none the less.
Thank God for awareness because shrinking is not what I want for the good things in my life. And that is not the mindset I want my nephews and god-daughters to learn. I want them to live big lives. I want them to be change makers.
I want them to be open to a full human experience, including not getting hung up by their emotions. Not every day have been a joyful selfie experience; there was one day in particular. But because teaching is best done by our example, I must live ‘not getting hung up by’ my emotions. And so even through my less than desirable emotions, I #persisted.
Moving forward, I promise to not shrink – not just in my selfies but in my life. I know it will not always feel easy and exciting but full out is how I promise to play. It’s the example I want to teach by.
Come follow my journey on instagram.com/yesroanne.
“It’s not your job to be likable. It’s your job to be yourself. Someone will like you anyway.” –Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie