There ain't nothing like a Brooklyn girl! When I tell you guys I love Amra, I fucking love her. #rezyrider for life. She started from the bottom and when she gives life she makes all the girls gag. Her resume is impressive from Instagram baddie to full out business owner(hello Lipland). Amrezy is setting the Instagram trends before they even become outfit trends and is inspiring a whole new group of boss bitches through her confidence. I've personally been following her life since I first got on Instagram back in 2012 and she's slayed from then. There's been tons of negative things said about her including her choice to get some plastic surgery(key words here, HER CHOICE) her glow up pictures have surfaced but she doesn't give a fuck and I love it. Below are some of my favorite looks (trust me there's more), her whole closet is #goals. There's some #glamrezy in here too. Enjoy and hopefully you get some fashion inspo from it.
*photos taken from Instagram
It's Martin Luther King Jr. day and every year I am always conflicted about writing a blog post. I don't know how to describe my upset and disappointment. Racially, 2015 was an unmatched year. If black people weren't being killed by police or each other, we were being made fun of with black face, questions about our hair were taken as jokes and as a community we were taken for fools. Our valiant efforts in art were mocked as we were snubbed for prestigious awards. People outside of the race were using the N word as freely as the slave masters did back in the 1800's.
Martin Luther King Jr. did more than just protest for peace. He protested for the togetherness and activeness of the black community through service. We find ourselves hating everyone else for not assisting us when we don't even assist our damn selves. Since I was 20, MLK day was a day for me to listen to his speeches and reflect on the state of our people. Today, for the first time I decided that simply listening to him was not enough. I decided to walk in his shadow and do community service. As a woman who is still trying to navigate through life, the phrase "Be the change you seek" is becoming more salient by the day.
This post a testament, a promise to become more active in my community. Yes, I can always speak down on the generation behind me, what they lack, why they can't read properly or convey intellectual thoughts, or that they're consumed with consumerism and capitalism or I can stop talking shit and actually do something. Hopefully this post is a wake up call to my peers to walk in Dr. King's shadow. Donate your time, your money, your energy. Join your community board. Volunteer at your local elementary school. Do something to contribute to our neighborhood instead of hiding behind your keyboard and complaining.
The person above seems so long ago when it's only been 2 months. The last photo set was taken on November 8 and since then there's been significant improvement in the tummy area and in the butt as I have been busting squats.
I've grown accustomed to not having soda. I demolished a can of Pepsi on Thanksgiving to reward myself as promised but it was way too sweet and bubbly for me. I think at this point, it's difficult to tone my tummy because now that I've lost all the water weight and now, this is where the real work begins. I've been slacking on my daily runs and due to budget constraints, I haven't been eating as healthy as I should be.
The hardest part of the fitness challenge is going out with friends and being around people not doing the same thing as you. In the beginning I pretty much stayed in the house by myself, so there was no temptation to eat all the bad shit. Last night I had a piece of Popeyes chicken for dinner because Corey bought it. I do have the power to say no, I always have but I was starving lol and didn't have the resources to buy something for myself to cook. It's much easier for me to talk myself out of a bad decision than it is to talk someone else out of it too.
On the bright side, while I still don't know much weight I loss, I can fit into a regular store jeans. I purchased a pair of size 10's from Banana Republic. Although I can still fit into a large bottom, it's become more and more baggy. I'm almost ready to make that leap into Medium life.
New Year's Eve is quickly approaching and I would like to be on fleek for it. After buying the Sparkle tickets, it will be back to healthy eating for me. You can check me out in clothing here. Also you can read the month one of the fitness journey, here.
This post was prompted by tons of stuff that's been going on in my life but mainly the stuff that has not been going on. It's the stuff that all of us proclaim that we'll get to but never do and of course, the reasons that we don't; the excuses. If you've been reading this blog since August, then you know that my excuses have been the disdain of my existence. I have had all types of excuses for everything in my life. Job? No, the market is terrible. Hate my body? Baby's fault. Partner texting another girl? He's not loyal. Lost a sponsorship? My phone sucks.
For years, I was avoiding the root of the problem which was myself. It is much easier to blame failure on the weather or something/someone else. It's harder to take accountability for where you fall short. Stop the excuses and start figuring out how to do shit. We all have the power of the internet at our fingertips and if you truly want to do something, google it. Click on some articles, find someone to be your inspiration. My current inspiration is Maya Elious who epitomizes my work smarter not harder mantra. I aspire to be better than her but I love her motivation.
The first step is turning your excuses into a question about yourself.
- What qualities do I possess that is a turn off to potential employers?
- What can I do to achieve the body that I want if I'm unhappy with mines now?
- Have I not been paying attention to my spouse? Is that why he's seeing attention elsewhere?
- Where can I cut back on my expenses so that I can afford a better phone or camera?
The minute you cut the shit and stop the excuses is the moment that your mental space is lifted and you can actually focus on getting to the finish line. Since I started taking accountability, good shit started falling into my lap. The moves I used to dream about making, I'm actually doing and it will only get better.
If you read my post on rejection, I utilized the same principles and applied it to my every day life. There's always going to be a reason not to do something, but what's your motivation to get it?
Google Analytics is an unfortunate but necessary part of a blogger's life. It's confusing, muddled, messy and definitely not easy to decode. How do you find the information that you're looking for? I've been using Google Analytics with Raye Social from the beginning(August) and I'm here to assist you through your analytics journey!
If you aren't familiar with google analytics, it's a tool to help you track traffic to your website. If you applied for a sponsorship or hit up a huge PR company they have probably asked to see screenshots of your traffic. While each platform usually offers their own version of the analytics, Google is the industry standard.
Let's start with the lingo on the main page! You might assume that sessions mean how many people have clicked on your site. Sessions actually mean what happened at one time that someone or a group of people logged on to your site. So one session could be 5 people logged on, clicking through different pages simultaneously. A session is the amount of time not the number of people. The bounce rate is the amount of your traffic that leaves after only hitting the main page. The rest of the terms are self-explanatory.
As a blogger, there are a few key things you want to take notice of.
- The bounce rate
- Demographics (age, sex, income)
- Content drill down (found under behavior, site content)
- Referrals (the origins of your traffic; found under acquisition and all traffic)
The bounce rate shows if your content is compelling enough to keep someone on your page. If your bounce rate is really high 40% or more, consider making your front page more appealing, adding more photos or better headlines. The purpose of demographics is solely for selling. This information is great if you are an affiliate marketer and looking for content to post for your readers. If you realize that you're writing for women ages 18-26 but men ages 25-32 are on your site, alter your content to include them as well for more hits and longer stay time. The content drill down shows you which pages are getting the most hits, you should write more content like the ones that are garnering the most traffic. As for referrals, that is the most important analytic to me because it shows me if my social media plan is working. As you can see I get about half of my referrals from twitter. So that means my tweets are freaking working! I haven't received any hits from Instagram or Pinterest, so I may want to adjust my social media plan to increase those areas as well.