Monday, September 28, 2009

Motivational Monday: "Get Yours" Girls

What better way to start a Monday than with a bit of motivation? This book has been a huge inspiration to me, and I share with you in hopes that it will guide you further along your own journey as well.

In Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More, Amy DuBois Barnett addresses just that. She creates the quintessential handbook that steers young women through life’s critical transitions. With personal anecdotes and interviews with some of our favorite celebrities, including Sanaa Lathan, Kelly Rowland, India.Arie, and even Hill Harper, Barnett emphasizes discovering the beautiful woman inside of you and allowing her to shine through every aspect of your life.

Barnett addresses every major aspect of a young woman’s life from attracting positive friends to zealously pursuing your career. The text opens with a chapter dedicated to simply finding happiness, which remains the underlying theme. The author emphasizes the importance of finding what makes you truly happy. In sharing her own path to happiness, Barnett discloses her gripping experience of losing her mother but also reveals how her loss forced her to find herself.

This girlfriends’ guide answers many of the questions we have struggled with: how to grab your dream job; how to turn your house (or apartment, or even room) into a space that makes you feel good; how to become financially independent; how to find your personal style. She promotes getting healthy the happy way, without the taboo and stress of abusive diets; She also challenges the reader to reach beyond her comfort zone and to use fear as a motivator rather than an inhibitor. Yes, ladies she even offers advises on relationships. She concludes the book with a chapter on spirituality. Endorsing no religion in particular, she encourages the reader to ground herself with an appreciation of not her existence but also the existence of the life that surrounds her.

Barnett presents her life as an open book as she candidly shares her less than glamorous moments—her dreadful high school style, countless bad boyfriends, divorce, her bummy New York apartment and awful first job, situations that we all experience but which she conquered to become the woman she is today. The reader can trust Barnett’s wisdom because her success serves as a living testament of the advice she shares. A Brown University alumna, member of well-known Black sorority, former Editor at Essence magazine, former Editor -in-Chief of Honey magazine, the first African American as head of a major consumer publication as Editor of Teen People, and happy wife and mother, her achievements speak for themselves. Sharing her own rags to riches story, her perseverance serves as an even greater inspiration than the tips she shares.

Barnett’s approach to the text makes this not just an informative but also an effortless read. She includes quizzes to personalize the message and promise pages at the end of each chapter to help each reader take active steps in applying the wisdom shared. Barnett also enlists the support of well respected celebrities—Kelis shares her bold approach to her personal style and India.Arie conveys her take on spirituality, just to name a few. This book is well worth your while to read, and you will become a better person because of it. Living as an example that we can all admire, Barnett shares information to help us get there ourselves. Grab a pencil because you will want to take notes, take the quizzes and complete the promise pages in each chapter. By the end of it, you’ll trust her as if she really is one of your girlfriends.

The take home message: It’s about you and what you want. Go get it!

I found comfort in knowing that the warm and sharing personality is consistent with the woman behind the book. After hearing her speak and having the wonderful opportunity to meet her, I was even further encouraged by her sincerity and her words of encouragement.

This post also appears on Miss Journey's blog.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Your Journey

Dictionary.com defines a journey as “a travelling from one place to another” AND “passage or progress from one stage to another.” It is our mission with Her Journey Magazine to encompass both of these definitions and to address all of your journeys from one place and stage to the next.

We want to hear all about your journeys. So many of you have contacted us with stories that have been so inspiring. We have just not had the room to include them all in the magazine. However, with the Her Journey blog, we now have the platform for you to share all of your stories. We want to hear your stories, both of travel and triumph.

Every woman has a story and it deserves to be heard. You never know who your story may touch.

We are ecstatic about this decision and cannot wait to read your stories. And what’s even better, this blog format allows us the space for discussion. This is certainly going to be a great journey and we look forward to embarking upon it with you.

Send your stories to herjourneyblog@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Life After College continued

Now that school is back in session, those who have recently graduated may feel a bit abandoned (especially if you have not landed your dream job yet). Allow us to offer you a bit of company and guidance as you enter into this new season of your life.

It has been our experience that college does not adequately prepare you for everything life has to offer, but that does not mean that the resources are not out there. In addition to what we offered in our Life After College issue, we wanted to share a few other resources that can certainly aid you on your post collegiate journey (click on the bold text to be taken directly to the sites):

  • Twentity.com is the creation of the Life After College expert herself, ChaChanna Simpson. In addition to the book, Life After College: What Your Parents and Professors Never Taught You, Twentity.com offers: Graduate Into the Real World Bootcamp-in person presentations-a message board to connect with other twenty-somethings-AND a wealth of valuable resources
  • The SASSY blog is another blog with twenty-somethings in mind. Offering tips and sparking discussions on career development, finances, dating and relationships, fashion, social fun and whatever else is thrown a twenty-something’s way.
  • With the tagline “Breaking Financial Ceilings One Stiletto at a Time,” Girls Just Wanna Have Funds is a site for every woman trying to take control of her finances. Build your financial stability and prevent money problems with the advice they share.

  • James Ray, a powerful motivational speaker, addresses recent graduates on his site.Explore his site even further to learn how to take the next steps towards your goals. (read article)

  • Visit the Motivation Mama for a daily dose of encouragement, positive vibes, the opportunity to share your successes, whatever you need to move along on your journey to success.

  • Occupy you free time with the wisdom of Amy DuBois Barnett in her book Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Dreamed of and More. This book put so many things into perspective for me and motivated me to reach for exactly what I wanted in every aspect of my life. It's an easy read and definitely worth a few revisits. Highly recommended.

  • PLUS a little bit of travel fun:The Jet Set Girls have a few good gift ideas for that friend kind enough to open her home to you. A small token of appreciation is the least you can do. (read article)

What resources have you found especially helpful?

*View the Life After College Issue

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What in the world is in Minneapolis?

Most people’s response to my trip to Minneapolis was “Why? What’s in Minneapolis?” But there was a glint of hope in the few encouraging words from a fellow travel junkie who said "That should be fun.” Having no idea what to expect from Minneapolis, I set out with an excited curiosity to discover the Twin Cities had to offer.

Where to begin?
Of course I tackled some of the commonly known landmarks like the Mall of America. I’m not even afraid to admit that I was a bit intimidated to tackle the world’s largest mall (known to have more than 400 stores). With many stores that most of recognize, DSW, H & M, Macy’s, Frederick’s of Hollywood and a few I haven’t seen before, like a cute, chic, home decorating boutique Afternoon, the Mall of America is unique in that it houses an aquarium and a full amusement park, which is what took the cake for me.

The Social/Nightlife
Within my short stay I got to see a bit of nightlife in Minneapolis: a fun night at Imperial Room, after which I caught a glimpse of the city life vibe throughout the streets of Downtown Minneapolis. I was even pleasantly surprised to find a full club on a Monday night at Envy. I also heard of a new club New York, who supposedly plays NYC music.

Although happy hour is pretty common, something about Minneapolis’ happy hour was special. The opportunity to indulge in several dishes and drinks for the price of an entrée always makes me happy.  The site with the happy hour info www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/
Which brings me to my next very important point…

The Food (oh, the food)
If I share everything we ate, you might judge me. So I’ll keep it to the memorable/noteworthy experiences:
@ The Loop: Cappuccino Martini- best of both worlds: a drink and a dessert;
Chocolate chippers- fresh baked cookies: crispy on the outside, light and heavenly on the inside and served with ice cream
@ Hell’s Kitchen- Tequila Mockingbird- I think it’s the homemade grenadine that made it special
Fish and chips- local walleye and sweet potato fries; served with jalapeño tartar sauce and chipotle mayo
@ Sebastian Joes- homemade ice cream that comes in numerous amazing flavors including:
REAL Oreo ice cream- not vanilla ice cream with Oreo pieces, ice cream that is full of Oreo flavor in every spoon; mint Milano- with whole pieces of Milano; Pavarotti-banana nutty chocolate chip mix; Raspberry Chocolate Chip; Cinnamon (may be better alone); and Emmaculate Confection

Honorable mention:
@ The Weinery (as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives)- sausage wrapped in a pancake
@ Red Dragon- Wondrous Punch
@ Good Day Café- spicy ketchup

But it doesn’t end there….(judge if you want) lol
The ultimate food experience happened at the Fair, which also happened to be my first chance to visit the twin city St. Paul. From battered potatoes, foot long hotdogs, tacos, flowered onions, pork chops on a stick and big fat bacon to deep fried candy bars, donuts, funnel cakes, chocolate covered fruits, buckets of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and an endless milk stand, the fair was definitely a foodie’s dream come true.

Even beyond that, it was so beautiful to see what seemed like all of Minneapolis come out to enjoy the festivities. Definitely a family affair: all the ladies sounding like the mom from Bobby’s World, happy babies, and an overall vibe/feeling of happy in the air. Good clean fun, which I think is safe to say is a good representation of what I saw in MN overall. From what I saw the work/life balance is very important. And with such drastic winters looming in the near future, they show a sincere gratitude and appreciation for the summer months: lots of outdoor seating, enough bike riders to compete with car traffic and more lakes than one can imagine to choose from.

While there I learned so much that will stick with me much longer than any geography lesson I got in school. Now that I know what’s in Minneapolis I can tell everyone!

Who knew?
Minneapolis is the home of Target, 3M and General Mills.
The land of 10,000 lakes is where the L.A. Lakers started.

So much thanks to Toni for being such a great host and Tiffany for sharing all the Minne fun facts!

*This post also appears on Miss Journey's blog.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Her Journey Continues

After a successful year of Her Journey Magazine, we have realized that four times a year is just not enough. Because we miss you all so much in between issues, we’ve decided to reach out to you more often.

We are proud to present to you the Her Journey Blog!

With the Her Journey Blog, not only will we be able to share with you on a regular basis, but we will also open it up for you to share your travel stories as well!

If you are interested in submitting a post, please send an e-mail to herjourneyblog@gmail.com.

Her Journey continues!

Until next time,
Danielle “Miss Journey”