Fri, 11 17, 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.” 

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.

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!

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!

The process of healing can be a daunting one, but it's instrumental in the restoration process. I had been dealing with severe anxiety for some time now. I hate to admit this because I don't want people to feel sorry for me, but I felt strongly about sharing this. I just want those who might be dealing with anxiety to know that there is hope and healing.

As I working mom, I (we) have the hardest job on this planet! Balancing work life, mommy life, and personal life. Finding balance can be extremely hard and at times we tend to lose ourselves in everything around us causing our personal lives to become a little nonexistent. From late night feedings and lack of sleep to sports and homework as they grow. Our lives revolve around being the best moms we can be to our little ones.

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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