Beat the Blah

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The holidays are supposed to be about love and joy, but often we find ourselves a bit down in the mouth.  Maybe it’s the weather and shorter days, but how do we recapture the joy we had as children. 

In this episode, we discuss recapturing our joy while acknowledging that this time of year can be difficult. We discuss strategies to avoid holiday blahs and looking forward to the celebration.

We would love for you to join us on Instagram where we explore the 5 senses of joy every Friday!

IG: @singlemommyfabulous

Don’t miss this episode! It’s almost time for us to sign off for 2020!

Reinventing Your Career

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Your career may seem uncertain right now, but you don’t have to be. Are you ready to make a change in your career? Have you thought about what to do next?  This week, the moms talk about career changes, being flexible, and flowing with change.

We may not have seen it before, but has the pandemic given us a chance to reinvent our careers?

7 Reason It’s Time to Change Jobs During Coronavirus

Reinventing Your Career in the Time of Coronavirus

HerStory: An Ode to My Grandfather by Michelle Lopez

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A personal essay that explores the love and relationship of a granddaughter and her grandfather.

About the Author:

Michelle Lopez

Trilingual, Afrolatina. A writer, a creative. An Oakland, California native. With A B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, I am continuously inspired by my community, my environment, my cultures, my language and the world around me.

www.curlsandwords.com

IG: curlsandwords_

Digital Life: Addiction

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The moms talk about what they learned from the Tween Takeover! The discussion takes a dive into why social media can be an addiction, how it affects our mental health, alters our children’s behavior, and exercises control over some of our actions. 

We offer strategies to combat social media addiction. 

This episode aimed to gain a perspective on social media use. Social media does have a place in our lives.  We must define that place.

**Spoiler Alert***

The Social Dilemma content in this episode. The Social Dilemma is currently streaming on NetFlix.

HerStory: Who are you when no one is looking by Alicia Cañas

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Alicia Cañas of the Raw Tea narrates her poetry about self-awareness, acceptance and our relationship to the world around us. 

Alicia Cañas is a Mexican American creative writer with a B.A in Health Sciences from Indiana State University. She highlights complex aspects on the deep topics of self-healing, personal growth, & mindfulness. She does so in a manner that is relatable, & can be easily translated, and received so women can feel confident to take the steps to apply the methods to their lives. Alicia is the founder of The Raw Tea a platform which is currently ran off her IG page @aliciafcanas. With the intent for women to share this space to build a positive relationship with self & the community amongst one another. Through information, shared experience, and motivation The Raw Tea redefines the conversations women have surrounding the phrase “What’s the tea?” Or “I got the tea” into “Together Evolving & Ascending” to reflect the goal of a supportive, positive, and productive dialogue amongst women to ultimately facilitate growth & healing together.

You can find out more about Alicia by visiting our website or heading over to her IG @aliciafcanas

 

HerStory: A Black Woman’s Work is Never Done by Nadine Plummer

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In the word’s of our featured author, Nadine Plummer:

This #poeticpiece was inspired by the struggles, survival and stories I have heard, read and still see today, of Black women who had immigrated to the UK and/or born in the UK only to be treated as the Other; yet still forced to assimilate and work in harsh conditions to elevate white ivory systems, institutions and beliefs.

This is one of the longest pieces I have written and the first piece I ever put into audio.

It is powerful, relatable and honest. It speaks of a truth that has been plaguing us as a generational cursed but we will and are slowly prevailing. Our strength, honour and dignity will dismantle this unforgiving perception of what we are “good for”.

Vist her website at: https://npnarratives.wordpress.com/

Chronic Illness & Motherhood

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Adrienne’s back!  She and Nicole discuss living with chronic illness and how it affects their relationship with their children.  What they need from their support system and how anyone can be an ally to someone with chronic illness.

 

Definitions

Chronic Illness is broadly characterized as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.

Rheumatoid arthritis

A chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet.In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, including joints. In severe cases, it attacks internal organs.Rheumatoid arthritis affects joint linings, causing painful swelling. Over long periods of time, the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can cause bone erosion and joint deformity.While there’s no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, physiotherapy and medication can help slow the disease’s progression. Most cases can be managed with a class of medications called anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS)

Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.Symptoms vary but can include fatigue, joint pain, rash, and fever. These can periodically get worse (flare-up) and then improve.While there’s no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids.

The condition that they thought Nicole’s migraines might be was called: Intracranial hypertension means that the pressure of the fluid that surrounds the brain (cerebrospinal fluid or CSF) is too high. Elevated CSF pressure can cause two problems, severe headache and visual loss. If the elevated CSF pressure remains untreated, permanent visual loss or blindness may result.

Resources

Parenting With Chronic Illness

Transcript Chronic Illness and Motherhood

Supporting someone with Chronic Illness

Episode 4: COVID and Education

This week Adrienne and I interview two educators and gain their prospective on the state of education.

Resources for families:

California Department of Education: Get the latest updates on school mandates, internet access and meal programs for children

Comcast Hotspots: Use of Comcast Hotspots

Detailed plans on California school reopenings

References:

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: America’s Moms Are Running on Empty. We Need to Do More to Support Them.