As another year comes to a close it gives one time to reflect on the lessons learned, people lost or gained, and events that took place in their lives. Many of us make New Year's Resolutions to become the best versions of ourselves in the upcoming year. We vow to hit the gym, eat healthier, start a business, and just be an overall better person. And I find nothing wrong with it. I see it as an accountability tool.
After announcing to the interwebs that I was starting a 10-day cleanse, I was minding my own business; swiping along on Instagram and a match made in food heaven caught my attention. How could I pass up banana pudding and crab fries from Cheers at the Big Chair - which so happens to be one of my favorite eateries. How Sway?! How?! How?!
You can't, so I didn't! Instead, I made another post of my daughter licking the top to deflect from my own huffing down of glory. I didn't totally bomb out because I went to the gym right after. Shout out to Planet Fitness! I also completed the cleanse and lost 10lbs. :-)
But then there are the bandwagoners (Yup! I made that word up) that jump on because it sounds good. I know you've heard them... 'New Year, New Me' 'Out with the Old, In with the New' - RIIIIGHT! I won't call you out but I SEE YOU!!!
Personally and professionally, 2016 was one of the best years in a long time. Even though life
dealt me a hand that I wasn't quite ready to play; it was all handled with a poker-face. I know that it was God and the Universe aligning to prepare me for the next chapters.
Like a book isn't complete without content, influence, editors, writers, illustrators, and publishers to bound it together, neither are our lives and businesses. So allow me to take you on this journey and introduce you to some AMAZING black, women-owned businesses that were part of shaping the story for 2016 to be a great year for Heal'n Hoop!
(Pictured L - R: SeKisha/Heal'n Hoop, Jaimee/Adjust Your Crown, Kelly/Kelly Maven Media
Haven in Disguise
I had the honor of participating in a free 8-week course presented by Momma's Safe Haven called Black Wall Street Southeast. During the course we developed business plans, created marketing strategies, gained valuable knowledge on public speaking, and networked with other entrepreneurs by vending and attending events . Momma's Safe Haven is a non-profit organization that serves the Ward 7 and Ward 8 communities in Washington, DC; specifically in youth education, talent development, and entrepreneurship.
(Pictured L - R: SeKisha/Heal'n Hoop, Beverly/Momma's Safe Haven)
None of this would be possible without the love and support of my muse, co-creator, business partner, and brand ambassador - my daughter, Bria. She has been by my side since the very beginning and I can't THANK her enough. If you are looking for an influencer and/or model look no further...Bombè aka She.TheBomb will get the job done!
The goal and purpose of the Heels to the ground...GO! Blog is to provide uplifting information, unite communities, invoke thoughts and dialogue, and to bring awareness for a healthy life inside and out! A HUGE Thank You goes out to these WONDERFUL business women and so many more that are not listed for being part of the growth and expansion of Heal'n Hoop in 2016! I hope that this will lead to a prosperous 2017 and continued partnerships!