Workout Essentials

Open the favorites tab on your social media app right now. Nine-times-out-of-nine, there’s a workout video loop starring an “influencer” covering a way too complicated workout series. And though these videos are appealing to watch, and maybe even incorporate, sometimes they are doing much. Obtaining your body goals should be simple so, here’s a curated list of bare essential workouts to build a stronger, more robust suite of lower body muscles.

Three minimum workout to build a stronger lower body

Thrusters It is basically an advanced and more effective version of the bridge exercise. The hip thrust exercise targets the glutes, hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, and lower back muscles. The barbell hip thrust is an advanced level glute exercise. For beginners or less intense version, try bodyweight hip thrusters.

Flute + Kickbacks For toning and shaping. This workout is very common and simple to do no matter where you are. It’s aims to round out your glutes and tone quads and hams. To up the intensity, try these standing.

Jump Squat Many of the most effective workouts involve simple bodyweight motion, like a jump for example. In this compound workout, combine the jump squat with a full squat to target the suite of lower body muscles.

What every minimalist closet needs

I don’t know who needs to hear this but … your closet is a mess. Is minimalism a trend or a necessity? When it comes to our closets, getting dressed is supposed to be practical, accessible and creative. It’s hard to do those things in clutter.

Here is a quick guide to having a minimalist wardrobe that packs a punch.

Leather! It is your friend and can dress up and down any look. Black leather jackets are always a sure fire hit as are a pair of black leather boots. I encourage you to step out and purchase leather pants, a skirt or shorts. These items can be worn with almost any and everything and are a nice added texture to any outfit when the temperature allows. Ps. Sustainable options Faux or thrift your leather!

The Perfect Tee Now this can seem easy enough however, think again. I personally lean toward “My White Tee” for comfort and a clean look. Stick to a plain logo free white or a dark gray tee if you are unsure. Tees can be worn with leather, your power suit, and/or your favorite jeans. For day-to-night look, switch out your sneakers for a heel or boot.

Denim, and then more denim. Jeans are life for more reasons than one. They provide comfort, storage, and versatility. Find your perfect pair and live your best life. For a more formal look dark denim is the go to. Many women are opting for Dad Jeans Here for it. They are another day to night with a more fitted top, and a little heel or sleek boot and you are ready for dinner and dancing. I forever love a jean jacket and again it can be paired with any and everything.

The Cozy Sweatpants Yes, this is a necessity. You can opt for a cool pair of sweats or nice yoga pants either way invest in a set that you can throw on and run into that crush without feeling self-conscious. With the right pair of sweats you can dress them up with boots and a leather jacket.

Pop of color You must have one item that is your power color or print. This item may not be in heavy rotation yet still allows you versatility. It’s that sexy or edgy piece that’s super comfortable to you but gets all the compliments.

When ranging anywhere from borderline hoarder to piles of “these could come back into style”s, your closet is probably a clear candidate for getting it’s life together. Pulling off a look is hard enough in itself without the extra challenge of scrambling through unorganized racks filled with items you’ve likely not worn in a while or never will wear again. Take our word for it, you want a curated closet for your own sanity.

The Genuine Self

Many days I venture online in search of brevity: light, warm content to make me smile or laugh or both.  On this quest, often I encounter the trolls who swarm and attack countering opinions crossing the internet bridges that supposedly unite our world.  

Now, I’m not one to be the most politically correct but, I find myself falling in those same pitfalls that lead many times to trolling. Given those parameters, have I now become an ogre too?

A quick foray down your own timelines can show you something similar I’m sure.  We’ve learned to weaponize our opinions online and everyone is fully armed.  Between subliminal sneak shots and disses, to full blown cancellation. How does one simply “cancel” another human being?  People online clamor together against outdated ideals, brands and influencers to display the only signs of unity seen these days.  In 2019, shunning others publicly is the first step toward togetherness and acts a momentary facilitator and disruptor but, never is it a permanent fix.  As it shouldn’t be.  

People are redeemable.  Ideas are mutable.  Laws can be amended.  Life is not a finite hue of blacks and whites but of nuanced grays.  The perspective you’re screaming today could very well be your resurfaced shame later.

This cancel culture, while rampant, is coaxing the “influencers” to make sure their social commentary is as sharp and penetrating as possible to ensure they stay on the “correct” side of currently popular thoughts. Caustic regurgitations- from FaceBook posts to tweets shouted into the void- are the hopeful launch-pads to stellar internet careers.  It’s as if the internet world requires its social commentators to be as hurtful, exacting, and judgmental as possible.

We’re not fixed creatures who lose the possibility for personal change just because others posit that we should be lost.  We are dynamic- a species in constant evolution and expansion. The propensity for change should not be based on popular opinion- but on subjective and introspective query.  Nothing is above questioning and only actions should be cancelled.

Personally, I’m in full support of the expression of personal opinions- in all mediums.  I think it’s amazing that people feel so emphatically about things and aim to voice their concerns for regulating ominous and insidious behaviors.  That- to me- is the beginnings of real social change and brings a sense of community to many that feel poached and silenced.  Slamming and criticizing the actions of known offenders also makes perfect sense to me and I do it any time I feel it personally necessary.  I feel that I lead a consistently fair internet presence but, I still have trolled and even cancelled a few folks.

I write all of this to say: as much as I am aware of the changes in perspectives and stances and ideologies I have that are in creation, are progressing, and have previously abandoned, I know that going through all those phases are parts of life.  Time may be linear but life is cyclical- all lessons lead you away from and back to yourself.  Life is meant to be a flurry of ideas and lessons and mistakes and questions- an ebb and flow of nuances one can either grasp or stay blind to. Remain true to your genuine self- no matter the course of popular opinion, and the fulfillment that follows will feel earned and deserved.

Computer Science is the new Business Degree

If your bachelors degree (or any variant of higher educational certifications) isn’t centered around Computer Science, you need to make it centered. Period.

A fact. You’re living in the Age of Robotic Automation. The Dawn of this era began sometime in the 90s. And since our robotic counterparts inception into our day to day lives they have been building. Look around. The fruits of Robotics is all around you. You likely can not finish a single task in an average day without using some form of technology. So, why are you studying History for your BA?

For the sake of this conversation, let’s set “Passion” to the side. Ultimately, yes, you should make your personal passions your profession (if that’s your M.O). But, realistically we all work to obtain a degree with a single purpose in mind: MONEY.

In the early 2000’s, just before the largest economic recession of our generation, we saw Business degrees take off. You think millions of young inexperienced recent high school graduates were thinking “wow I’m super passionate about Accounting and I can’t wait to prepare financial statements for the next 40 years of my life”? Truly, that sentence was even too stupid to have been written just now. Millennials were going to college and grabbing business degrees because we understood that meant we could graduate and land a job that would at least push us into the middle income range. It’s called: Practicality.

So, then what’s the deal today? Why haven’t we entered that part of our lives where we understand Technology to be the equivalent of what we thought Business degrees were? I’m not talking about those very soft undertones of you understanding technology is taking over but, explicitly that it will be the end all be all soon.

A fact, People don’t know exactly what the Age of Robotics means. An Opinion, People are afraid of technology.

I’ll say this as many times as I need to until people catch up: It is not an option to understand Tech. It’s a must.

This biggest contributor to why Black Millennials are slow to the tech assimilation is very similar to why the Titanic couldn’t simply change directions and avoid the iceberg. A ton of effort, momentum and force has been dedicated to one direction and its just hard to change course. Take our word for it, Tech isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Learn some basics or change your major.