Thurs, 04 27, 2017


Is there ever a right time to step out of your comfort zone?

Have you seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love? At least heard about it?

It is the story of a woman who pursues the things she thinks will bring her happiness.

Over the past week, I repeatedly heard stories of people wishing they could get out of their comfort zone to do something in life they love.

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You may or may not know this but I suffer from OCD. Why am I telling you this?

Because I hate odd numbers, yet here I am writing a post with FIVE reasons about judging others.

Doesn’t matter, I wrote another post with a list of 7 and a different one with a list of 5.

There we go. Now we have 12. Seeing as I love patterns, I can write another post of seven. Add a comment

Anxiety Disorder can show up at any point in your life.

It is normal to feel anxious when you are about to face certain situations in life, such as speaking in public, a job interview, travelling to a country you have never been to. Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time.

If your worries are taking over or even interfering with your daily life, you may be suffering from anxiety.

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As I grow older and mature, especially after hitting the big 3-0 in 2012, I began to realise that true peace must come from within myself and my own actions. I had to learn the hard way.

Below I listed 8 points I picked up along this journey which opened my eyes to how simple integrating daily habits can successfully bring you peace of mind.

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People have always said that Ms. Brown marched to the beat of her own drum. (They've honestly said that I marched to the beat of my own marching band. But hey, haters gonna hate.) However, the latest trend in clubbing might be tailor made for me. What is it? Quiet Clubbing! Quiet clubbing is a cutting edge new way to party! The idea is truly unique. It is a live music event where three DJs spin different genres which are streamed through wireless headphones.

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To most people in the world, January 6th is just another day. Here in New Orleans it’s Twelfth Night (Feast Of The Epiphany), the beginning of our Mardi Gras Season. Since the 1700s, we New Orleanians happily start adjusting our schedules and diets (we will be eating too much of everything, especially king cake) so we can enjoy everything the season entails. Here are six reasons why I love and appreciate Mardi Gras.

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Every Fourth of July weekend, millions of people make plans to go to the beach, barbeques, picnics and pop fire crackers, but here in New Orleans it’s all about the Essence Festival. Every year since 1995, we proud New Orleanians plan our off days, hair and nail appointments around the festival schedule. I’m happy to say that I’ve been attending and mesmerized by the festival events since I was about 13 years old and this year is no different.

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Do you consider yourself to be middle class?” I was asked this question the other day by a “middle class” 40 something year old white lady. Wth?????  I didn’t actually voice that out loud, but that was the look on my face. I know it because that’s exactly what was going through my mind. What I said to her was, “I can’t really answer that question as being one or the other because honestly I’m a combination of middle and working class.” 
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It's a new year and summer is creeping upon us, which means most of us our trying to get our health and fitness in check. 

I've been yo-yo dieting since I was probably 12! 
Over those years of up and down, I pretty much figured out what it takes for me to maintain a healthy weight. Everyone's different and I do realize that all our health and fitness goals will not line up in perfect harmony.
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Hi!  It's Jacquin of Interiors by Jacquin and I'm back with Part 2 of 3 Great Ways to Add Color to Your Home!  We all want our home to be a relaxing oasis and decorating with style, color, and comfort are the primary ways to achieve this.  As home is naturally a place of comfort, here are three key tips to make sure you aren't missing out on the style and color aspects.  If you didn't get a chance to check out Part 1, be sure to stop by the post here to get caught up.  Let's get started!

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Hi NoirExpressions readers! My name is Jacquin and I am the owner and editor of the Interiors by Jacquin interior design company and blog. I am glad to be a new guest contributor for Noir Expressions. Thanks for tuning in! When it comes to spending time at home, you want your home to feel comfortable, bright and upbeat. One of the best ways to brighten your space is by adding color. Today I'm sharing with you Part 1 of 3 Great Ways to Add Color to Your Home. Here are three easy ways to beautify your home with color! Add a comment

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail And how To Succeed In Goal Setting

Three weeks into the New Year and here I am typing up my first post of the year! For some writers, an absolute no-no! Unheard of. Three weeks without writing a single sentence???  Especially at the start of a new year when you should be motivated, inspired, energized, all that good stuff.  No wonder why new year’s resolutions fail!

Hold on – I can explain.
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This past May I became an official college graduate (cue celebration music!)

I felt like I had reached an important milestone in my life and I could finally get started living. Although I had many great experiences, I was never truly excited about school. I actually enjoyed work and learning new things and I’d been working from a young age so I just wanted to be in the real world. The “Real World” was like this big scary myth that everyone was worried about but I had experience working in the city so I brushed it off. I was able to get a job a couple weeks out of school through an employment agency. The agency placed me at a luxury swimwear store on Madison Ave and I got hired after my 30 day evaluation.

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“Remember that what you see and think about everyday has the power to form in your life..”

This month has taken me through a lot of changes.  I went from crying in frustration about what my next steps would be towards entrepreneurship to launching my own natural hair brand kollectivekoils (learn more about it here). Man oh man,  I would have never imagined one leading to the other, but it did. Frustration can definitely give birth to some beautiful creations. So what does this have to with a vision board Charmaine? Well, all these “dreams” I’ve had for myself this year came out of a vision board I made with my best friend back in September of last year. Add a comment

I’ve been told two scenarios when it comes to being in a relationship and getting married. One scenario is that dating and marriage aren’t about love but about what you can deal with in another person. The other is that marriage is too hard to just settle because you have to really love someone to be able to put up with his/her flaws.

I haven’t been in a relationship in a while but I do date, and I’ve been told by some people that the reason I’m still single is probably because I’m too picky. Don’t get me wrong I do want a nice guy but if I’m going to commit to a person I want it to be with someone who I really like and who excites me. Add a comment


I made my first vision board in 2002. Not only did I not finish but also I wasn’t really sure what I wanted out of life exactly. I had some very general ideas, so in hindsight, it probably was a proper representation of where I was in my life at the time.  There are things on that were on THAT board that I still want and don’t have and the lack of getting deterred me from creating future boards.

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My career path has taken me from my home city of Philadelphia, to rural Central Pennsylvania, to a small town in South Carolina, to the bustling metropolis of Chicago, IL. I have lived in places where it’s taken me about 5 minutes to get to everything, and other places where I’ve navigated both underground, public transportation and winding highway routes. Each time I have moved, I’ve learned something about myself. Since recently moving to one of my absolute favorite cities for what I know will be a nice, long while, I’m prompted to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned due to those cross-country moves. If you’ve recently moved, or are considering moving, here are a few lessons to look forward to:

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