Happy Monday Beautiful People!




Take the time to grow into the person you wish to be. Don't rush things. Get advice from leading experts. There are recipes to success, follow those recipes. You can achieve anything in life if you are persistent enough. You have to be in the race to win it, or to at least finish it. Keep steady and stay focused!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée







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Happy Monday Beautiful People!!



Get on the gratitude bus!! Tell all the people in your life who you value, that you love them.
Give them a call or even a simple text. Let them know that you care. Tell children, adolescents, and young adults that they are amazing and that they mean the world to you.
Our society means nothing if we do not have thriving youth to continue our legacy.
Gratitude has power. Harness the feelings of gratitude. Show some love!

Stay well! Spring is near, yay!!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée



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It is officially March! The year is moving along rapidly! This month is the celebration of both my birthday as well as Lucas' birthday. This week is my birthday week and I just want you and I to celebrate our existence!

You have a pulse, you have a heartbeat, that's a victory! A new day, a new week, a new month, a new year, are all opportunities that have been presented for you to LIVE! Enjoy the moments, the seconds, the minutes, the hours. Take a moment this week to just appreciate the life that has been given to you. You're here and I am grateful to be sharing these moments with you.

Close your eyes and just feel your pulse. Indulge in your breath. You have an chance to do something magnificent today. Do it today.


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

Mary-Andrée



Happy Monday Beautiful People!




These tips right here have helped me so much! I now communicate with clarity and I get my messages across much easier now!
They work for me and for many others, perhaps it may help you as well.
1. Clarity of intent - know what your goal or purpose is. What is the  main message you wish to convey.
2. LISTEN! - This is one is brutal, but when you actually get a grasp on it, it will change your life; literally!
3. Less is more boo! Too much information can be overwhelming. Keep it short and straight to the point!
Good luck, keep doing your thing. You are successful!
Happy healthy living!

xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée

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Happy Monday Beautiful People!




You have a leader within you. You can be the leader of your life and career. However, leaders are created not born. We may possess leadership qualities but often require refining. Identify what leadership skills you need to work on to be the best at what you currently or seek to do.
You are greatness, shine in all that you do!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée
















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Happy Monday Beautiful People!



How is your year going so far? Did January go the way you had expected? Did it not? It is already February, before you know it, the year will be half way over.
If you felt satisfied with January, keep it up. If you did not, let's reflect and try a new plan. This year will be a great year. Just believe! Execute!!!

Happy healthy living!

xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée


Hello Beautiful People!

Earlier this morning, our son expressed concern over possibly being judged about wearing his favorite hat and this was my response.
Words are very powerful they cut deeper than knives. We have to be mindful of the words we use with our children.



Happy healthy living! 

Xoxo, 

Mary-Andrée
Happy Monday Beautiful People! 



Do you ever evaluate what's contributing to your happiness? Who and what is controlling your joy? Are you waiting for Mr. or Miss right, a robust career, or even a dollar amount to begin to really live a happy life? We often spend time waiting and not really living.
Embrace the here and now! It's your life, your legacy, no one else can live it for you. Make the most of whatever is currently going on and ENJOY THE JOURNEY!!!!!! 

Happy healthy living! 

xoxo, 

~Mary-Andrée

Happy Monday Beautiful People!



This is one of my chronic issues! I get so distracted but I have been really working on staying on top of my tasks and getting everything done with little to no distractions. Upon my research, I discovered these key tips that are highly recommended for total focus and concentration.
1. Identify the sources of distraction, cut them off! It might be painful but yes you must do it! Silence the phone, turn off social media notification, etc.
2.  Have a list of items that need to get done.
3. Work on small task.
4. Eating a great breakfast, nutritious small portions throughout the day, stay hydrated.
5. Caffeine 1-2 cups/a day
6. Breaks
7. Mediation
8. Clean space/ declutter
9. Small rewards.

Good Luck!! Stay focused.

Happy healthy living!

xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée

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Happy Monday Beautiful People!




Here are two awesome books that helped me in a major way. The first is the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, it provides magnificent methods of thinking with 4 major principles. It helps reduce unnecessary stressful thinking, judging, and pushes you to be the best you can be! I read this book every year!

The 2nd book, What the Fico: 12 Steps to Repairing Your Credit by Ash Cash. If you don't know your Fico score, YOU NEED to read this! Your Fico score holds the key to so many possibilities. This a great book to get your finances tighter than ever!
Check out his website: www.Iamashcash.com

"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée

Simple way to stretch my curls: blow dryer with concentration nozzle at the roots on high for less than 2 minutes if you are comfortable with using heat!






xoxo, 

~Mary-Andrée 

Chia Seeds are a heart healthy food that can potentially help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is also and easy way to increase fiber in your diet!  
Try adding it to your smoothies, yogurt, cereal, and even your oatmeal!



Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Advice is so easily given, but advice is not a one size fits all! Friends, family, and people closest to us may be our leading sources of advice but if they aren't really living what they preach what good is that advice? Seek information from people who are leaders in that area to really gain true insight!

Go to the best to be the best!

Happy healthy living!!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée




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Happy Monday Beautiful People!

It's a new year, happy 2015! Are you ready to let your light shine this year. Whatever stopped you from growth last year does not dictate your future.
Make one concrete goal for the next 6-12 months and contribute daily to that goal.
Don't wait for the ideal opportunity to start, that time doesn't exist. Now is the only time.

Happy healthy living,

xoxo,

~Mary-Andree








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Happy Monday to you Beautiful People!!



I can't believe it's the last Monday of 2014!!!! New Year's resolutions are so played out. This year, try something new. Make a commitment plan to yourself. Fill it with goals that are realistic and achievable for you in your current situation right now, then add more as the year continues. Small meaningful achievements are the precursor to big monumental success!



Happy New Year! Thanks so much for following along. I wish you all the best!!

Xoxo,

 ~Mary-Andrée










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Happy Monday Beautiful People!



I'm so sorry I have been so distant! I promise I still love and value our interactions, however school has had the best of me this semester.

As we draw closer to 2015, a simple message I want to give is you are amazing, and you deserve all the best!

Can you promise that you will do awesome things this year and that there will be no concern of fear or doubt?? Let's do this together! You and I. We have so many great gifts, let's continue to share them. Let us make the change that we often complain we wish to see more of!

You and I are special. We all are. There is something in everyone of us that cannot be duplicated.

Let's be amazing!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree
Parenting is not the easiest job in the world, but it's definitely one of the most beautiful for me... 
We have had our share of ups and downs, however, it all has been a blessing. We continue to grow, learn, and love. 




Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

Mary-Andree
Happy Monday Beautiful People!




It is December!! 2014 is coming to a close soon. Now is the time to end with a glorious bang! Let's dedicate this month to living life outside of our comfort zones.
Try something new, make a new friend, eat a different meal, make a green smoothie, do something different. Fear is a dream killer, this is a great way to tackle fears; babysteps.
Good luck & happy December!

Happy healthy living,

~Mary-Andrée




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Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Abundance is for all of us. We simply have to believe that we are meant to have it. "Ask and you shall receive".
Abundance does not only represent money, it means plenty of love, happy experiences, good company, purpose, and passion.

Everyday start reciting words of abundance. Fix your mind and intentions on abundance. Also, remember, when you have, give. Give your time, energy, love. That is the root of love. It is through giving that we receive.

Happy healthy living,

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée




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Happy Monday Beautiful People!



How you start your day, week, month, even your year can have a tremendous impact on your flow of work! Shift your perceptions. Start a new project with a positive outlook. Do challenging things with a happy flow. Get into the right flow, the cool vibes flow!




Now start living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée



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Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Here are several signs that you are awakening to the person that you are meant to be, YOU!



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree
Happy Monday Beautiful People!




How often do you evaluate how you talk to yourself? There is evidence that how we talk to ourselves does have an impact on our behaviors, emotions, and even our potential success!

It is so easy to use words that are negative to describe ourselves, but how often do we say things that are wonderfully uplifting to describe who we are?

Also, how we talk to children has an astounding influence on who they become as they grow and develop. Positive words of encourage foster confidence, resiliency, and inspiration. Plant the seeds of self-love; not self-destruction.

I am brilliant, I am beautiful, I am loving, I deserve love, I am loving, I am grateful, I am happy...

Say it; internalize it EVERYDAY!!! It will eventually be embedded in your subconscious mind.

Happy healthy living!

~Mary-Andrée 

Here is this week's video 


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Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Oh to have talent that we know we should be using but we keep waiting for the "right" time to use them!

Life is going to keep happening and it is up to you to put those talents to work. Try to incorporate those talents in your everyday life (if possible). Be creative, get good at your talents. By you bringing it to life, who knows what opportunities might present themselves!

Stay true to the dream, your life is a manifestation of your dreams. You and the Creator are driving. Enjoy the ride!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée






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I adore jackets and I adore the Fall Season! Autumn is by far my favorite. These are some pretty chic jackets that are ideal for this weather. 

NASTY GAL MOTO ZIP CROP JACKET 


HELMUT LANG CROPPED WOOL JACKET 
FREE PEOPLE NORDIC NIGHTS JACKET

Happy Shopping!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree 
Happy Monday Beautiful People!

The struggle is real. Does it seem as though it is so easy to dish out advice but then to actually apply it to our own lives it becomes a real challenge? Well, I say let's try and hone on this because there is no reason why we are not deserving of the goodness we give out.

Let's try this exercise, If you give out great advice, write it out and then write how you can apply it to your very own life. I find that writing things out for me does wonders for my life. Now, this may not necessarily be an automatic fix but the more you see it, write it, you'll be more likely to be able to put it into work.

Keep in mind that it is alright if you do not live a flawless life. We are so hard on ourselves, making efforts are great achievements in themselves.


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree





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Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Show me your good stuff!! What makes you incredible? What makes you the wonderful person you are? Focus on it this week! This is a judgement free zone. I won't think of you as a self-centered person! Reflect and think about all the amazing qualities you possess. Be proud! Let's glorify our awesomeness :-) Tell me about it! Share it with me!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée

Check out the video :-)
Happy Monday Beautiful People!

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This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend event! It was filled with Oprah, Trailblazer coaches, and guidance to help gear us to live the life we want.
There were so many highlights, I cannot even begin to fully describe it all, however, what I can say is that Oprah believes in all of us. Now the obstacle is for us to fully believe and own it as well.

Trust yourself, embrace your past as a helpful piece of your success, and do what you love!

If you can attend this event (It's touring in a variety of major cities in the U.S.) GO! You will definitely feel empowered and be nurtured by Mother O!

Here is a quick summary!


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree

Additional resources:
http://www.oprah.com/app/oprahs-tour.html



Greetings Beautiful People,

I recently discovered this petition and felt compelled to share it with you all because of the severity of its content.

This petition is advocating against more toxicity from entering our food supply. Here is a brief overview:

"I am urging the President to deny the EPA’s approval of the 2,4-D and glyphosate herbicide combination developed by Dow Chemical Company. This mix of chemical herbicides known as “Enlist Duo” would mean an additional hundred million pounds of chemicals will be used to produce corn and soybeans across the country, putting families, children and the environment’s health at risk. Communities living downwind of fields and thousands of schools within 200 feet of corn and soybean fields are at risk of inhaling the new “Enlist Duo” herbicide. Exposure to the chemical 2,4-D is linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thyroid & reproductive problems, Parkinson’s disease and neurological damage." 


I hope that you will join us on this mission to keep these chemicals from our food supply.

SIGN HERE

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree


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Happy Monday Beautiful People!





This is part 2 of the skill building conversation we had last week. What are some important skills you feel as though you are lacking? Well, last week a few people mentioned that they are struggling with communication. Communication is such an integral part of interaction in any aspect of life. When we master communication, we can get our thoughts across effectively, we can make an impact in our industry, we can reach more people, we can be shining stars!

Better communication starts with better listening. HERE is an awesome video by Marie Forleo that makes mention of how to improve communication.

Here is another great resource on communication enhancement!

Keep going, stay strong, build those support groups, and NEVER give up on your dreams!

Watch the video!!


Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree
Happy Monday Beautiful People!




When we lack confidence it slows down the pace of growth. There are many necessary skill sets needed to succeed, and we may find ourselves doing circles when we lack them. In order to progress forward with power and focus, we have to refine the needed skills and talents to gain achievement.

What skills do you feel you are perhaps lacking or what areas do you feel you need to improve upon? Now is the time to do inventory and identify what needs to be done. Confidence comes when you know you have what it takes to excel. Find whatever it is that hinders your growth and get working.

Make a list, write it out. What do you need to work on to be incredibly confident in your pursuit of success. Good luck, keep me posted on you progress!

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

Mary-Andree

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Happy Monday Beautiful People!!!



Happy Labor Day as well! How do you labor? Be sure to labor toward the people and the things that will benefit you long-term. Whether you work for intrinsic or extrinsic benefits, take your of your health so you can see the fruits of your labor.

You have incredible gifts, share those gifts with things and those that will make your life GREAT! Live life, have fun, and be awesome!



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree



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Happy Monday Beautiful People!




Lately I have been having conversations with so many people and I keep hearing the same thing," my goals seem so far", "I have so many obstacles", "the struggle is real", and the list goes on. My question is, what exactly are your goals? How detailed are you?

Make a list of short term goals (3-6 months)

Make a list of very specific long term goals  (5-10 years)

Make an exit plan -A plan to remove yourself from a current unpleasant situation. Map it out, from start to finish. Attention to detail is a must! Treat it like an emergency, because this is your life and time is ticking!

You need to be able to see these lists EVERYDAY! Review them, update them as needed. This is a very critical practice to help guide your work toward your goals.

Keep me posted on your progress!!

Happy Healthy Living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree





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It is time to make some room for everything new that you want to come into your life. Mentally and physically prepare by acting as if what you want is already there. They say if you want a mate or a spouse, make room in your home for them even if you have not even met them yet! If you get into the mindset of your desired destination, you will find that you will gain more momentum to reach said achievement.

The preparation is a must. You must do what is required to attain what you desire. Some people think that positive thinking and wishing are enough to get what they want. Some people prefer to only pray for what they want. What they forget is that we have a special given power called intellect. This intellect will assist us to take the correct ACTION required from us.

Get your dreams and turn them into a tangible reality.

Happy healthy living!!



Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree

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Hello Beautiful People!

I am going to be a guest panelist on my sister's blogtalkradio.com show, Live with Shirely! Tonight at 9pm EST 
Shirley is the author of the book, Bad Girl Gone Good

The topic this evening is: 

Finding Peace Within & Healthy Living 






TUNE IN!!!! 

The Ebola virus disease is currently raging in West Africa. It is a very severe virus with a high fatality rate. The survival rate from the Ebola virus is 10%. It affects humans and non-human primates.

Currently, there are 1,603 cases and 887 deaths, two cases have been identified as American health care professionals. They were both brought back to the U.S. and are currently at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta.

How Does This Virus Spread? 

 This virus is spread human to human. Ebola virus can be contracted through bodily fluids and secretions, i.e. blood, vomit, stool, urine, saliva, and semen. It can also be contracted through broken skin and mucus membranes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "Men who have recovered from the illness can still spread the virus to their partner through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery".

Symptoms may occur 2-21 days after exposure. The person becomes contagious once they start to show symptoms.

The Signs & Symptoms


  • vomiting 
  • sudden onset of fever
  • rash 
  • intense weakness
  • muscle pain 
  • headache 
  • sore throat 
  • difficulty breathing 
  • red eyes
  • hiccups
Some cases also experience:
  • internal and external bleeding 
  • impaired kidney and liver function
There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola virus. 

How To Protect Yourself 

  • Limit travel to high risk geographic locations (West Africa)
  • If someone you know shows signs and symptoms, encourage them to seek medical attention immediately. 
  • Practice clean habits such as washing hands, especially if exposed to bodily fluids and secretions. 
Do the best you can, be happy, and use good judgement. 

Happy healthy living! 

Xoxo, 

~Mary-Andree 


Here is a downloadable pdf with additional information from the World Health Organization.



References and Additional Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/05/ebola-world-bank/13611523/
http://online.wsj.com/articles/ian-lipkin-ebola-how-worried-should-we-be-1407098183

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Happy Monday Beautiful People!




It's a celebration! I am talking about small victories! When you reach a milestone, a place marker in time, a small achievement or goal that you have set forth for yourself, you need to celebrate! You don't have to go super intense with your celebration, simply do something for yourself to honor your success.
Then immediately get back on the path to achieve more goals.

Life is about living, so while you are hard at work, don't forget to take time to appreciate your hard work and efforts. You deserve it! Now get back to work!! See you at the top of the success ladder!

Happy health living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée  



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Sundays are usually family days. It also the day of the week when we (my husband and I ) like to dress up and go out. This was the latest attire. 





Dress: H&M, Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Bag: Kate Spade (which has easily become our son's pseudo supply bag) lol.

Happy healthy living! 

Xoxo, 

~Mary-Andree 
Happy Monday Beautiful People!



Have you ever had envy of someone else's life? That person just seems so perfectly happy and perhaps you wanted a small piece of that life? Well, guess what? Your life is so much better!! Things are not always what they appear. That life that may be depicted as "perfect" is far from it. There is no such thing as a perfect life.

You can have an ideal life; a life filled with passion and rewards. How do you get there? Do what you love, be around those you truly love, and live with integrity. It is fine to learn from those who are incredibly successful and awesome, but remember to create your own life. Don't spent time chasing someone else's life. Be you, be epic!

Your life is so much better!!! Celebrate your uniqueness!!



Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andrée


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Happy Monday Beautiful People!

my inspiration board... 
Most of us have heard of vision boards. They are incredibly useful for mapping out our goals and aspirations, but what about inspiration boards? I had a day when I literally wanted to break down and cry because I felt as though all my efforts in pursuit of my dreams were useless. Yes, I had one of those day. We all do. Those are the days you just want to crawl back into back and sleep. In effort to overcome this temporary grief, I decided to make a board that reminds me of how awesome I am. This is a board filled with positive affirmations so when I look upon it, I can reflect on my skills, goals, and confidence. I know I have what it takes, we all have what it takes to make the dreams happen.

It is all about the passion. We must keep the passion burning. Sometimes we need reminders. This board easily does this. You can simply clip key words from your favorite magazines and paste it onto a board. Place it in a region where you can see it often (preferable near your workspace). Refer to it as much as you need. It is your friend.

Good luck and keep striving. Know that I believe in you.

Happy healthy living!

Xoxo,

~Mary-Andree