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Remembering Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month I thought it would be fun and interesting to talk about some famous African American entrepreneurs over the next few weeks.

Paying homage to those who paved the way for those today..

Madam CJ Walker (1867-1919): Founder of the “hair-growing” business. She got her start trying to cure hair loss and turned into a self declared hair culturist creating Madame CJ Walker Manufacturing Company complete with sales and marketing departments. She even opened a college to teach others her craft. Her products were hair treatments and lotions. She inspired the first permanent wave machine and fun fact: Was the first self-made female millionaire in America! Not just first African-American millionaire, but FEMALE millionaire. Yeah, look out Oprah!

Elijah McCoy (1844-1929): Child of former slaves who escaped on the underground railroad, he was issued more than 57 patents in his lifetime. After an apprenticeship he began working as a train fireman and oiler. He create a lubricating system for steam engines to prevent them from overheating without requiring the train to stop. Fun fact: Other manufacturers tried to copy, but, their product was never as good, so people would say, “I want the Real McCoy” which is where the STILL USED statement comes from. Lol Um DOPE! #History

Garrett Morgan (1877-1963): I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this dude is one of the most interesting inventors and entrepreneurs I’ve read about because of the importance and lasting impact of his creations. He created multiple inventions and was a very successful businessman. But, two of his inventions were: the Gas Mask and Traffic Lights. His original gas mask was called a safety hood. He was able to save a number of lives after a tunnel explosion almost killed a number of water works workers. After running into some issues from people who didn’t want to buy from a black man. The US Army used his gas mask during WWI when poisonous gases were heavily used.

After witnessing a bad traffic accident and seeing the need to have a back up or replacement for policemen or traffic workers directing traffic he created the first traffic signal. This was sold to General Electric for $40,000 and was the original model for the traffic lights we use today. WHAT?! … I mean.. WHAT?!

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Today I wanted to start by showcasing some amazing people we either have never heard of or can easily get lost over time. There are so many amazing African American entrepreneurs and inventors modern day that I want to talk about too – but, special notice needs to be made to these 3 (of many, many others!)

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“I want to live my youth not experience my age.”…

That came to me one day while debating with another about dollar bills and what to do with them, how to save it, make it, blah blah blah. I realize the importance of rainy days and/or emergencies. I know that saving money is one key to a financial security as well as ones future. We are told to manage dollars and live on a budget. Not to live beyond our means; the list continues and as we grow older we only hear more sophisticated versions of “Save Money”.

If I would like to retire young enough to enjoy some fruits of my labor then saving money is a necessity.

What if I’m to be a family man? Then my family is a wonderful reason to save. Save Save Save! A lesson they teach early in school and continue to encourage this value as life continues.

What if I wanted to just be a spend thrift and die broke?

What “They” don’t teach is how to do both, enjoy the money we’re earning now and be prepared for the future.

Let’s remember how we came into this world and how we are leaving it. Most likely it will be in a similar fashion: Broke, little to no clothing and hungry. What I mean by this is that you can’t take all that money you save with you after this life and since we haven’t figured out the exact science to say when most of us are going to die, why am I supposed to save ALL THIS MONEY?

I personally don’t want to visit Aruba and/or Hawaii in my 60’s or 70’s when I have an inhaler and a bum knee, you might but, not me. I wanna run on an Aruban beach NOW and possibly with my walker when I’m 90. Lol. I want to wear nice suits that fall on my shoulders perfectly, I would love to see something magical early in life but then be able to revisit it later on in case I realize I wasn’t mature enough to appreciate it the first time. I want to work hard and thus play harder and when my time comes I won’t feel like I was too busy saving my money to enjoy some of the freedoms and luxuries it can provide.

Don’t be fooled.. I do get it!

The average adult, with the aid of medical and technological advancements, can now live longer and may need more money saved to sustain. A soon to be grandmother is expecting her first granchild or an additional family member then I see the need to be watchful of saving. If one parent is serving the country in a military capacity then I understand that. I could go on about why living longer could/would be completely justified in needing to save more.

For me… I want to live long enough to say that I have “lived”. Simple. We have all heard phrases like “live life to the fullest” or “live like there’s no tomorrow” however I do not believe we take that to its full potential. I want to be mindful of doing that.

I live life every single day, take chances, meet new people, welcome good change while learning from poor change. I appreciate the awards and apologize for my shortcomings (well some of them) lol. I live! I push myself and refuse to be stationary by society’s expectations or demands. I set my own. So how does this relate to the title of this blog?

As a child in a single household we survived by the strongest most intuitive bold woman I will ever know: my mother. Welfare, section 8, food stamps all were part of my adolescent stages. While one half of my creation did exactly what was asked/required of her she could not protect me from the horrible humiliation I felt due to our financial situation. No one could have, it was a necessary experience I was to live and learn from. And believe me I learned…

I have successfully completed high school w 4 years perfect attendance, double majored during my undergraduate career, shared 7 years of my life working for the Norfolk County D.A.’s office while building a high end sophisticated entertainment company. Let me assure you I’m just getting started and I plan on going until I can’t go anymore.

Work hard, play hard, live bold, challenge conformity, dare to be different, question authority and believe in your own ability to #MakeMoves

See you all next time!

Roll ‘Em

The thing that I feel the most lucky and thankful for is my family and friends. But, a close second is that I get to wake up and love every second of what I do for work every day!

It’s easy to follow society’s plan, It goes something like this..

  1. Schooling
  2. Secondary Schooling
  3. Job/Career
  4. Find a Mate/Partner
  5. Co-Habitate
  6. Pets
  7. Pro-Create
  8. Save money
  9. Raise Family
  10. Retire
  11. Eventually punch the ticket..

While all of that sounds great it also sound a little cookie cutter and boring to the opportunistic mind of me and others like me. There are so many things each person should attempt to experience but in order to experience different is to explore different, think different, believe different and want different.

I believe I am different and therefore I behave differently resulting in a different sort of life experience for me. I am both happy and nervous by this state of being but that’s the point. Being nervous isn’t something society says is ok. We are supposed to make comfortable, calculated decisions for everything, REALLY? Nah! I say NAY!

I say make safe decisions and risky decisions combined. Put yourself in a situation to live differently than everyone else. Does that mean go out and buy a Lamborghini? Well maybe but that’s not my point. My point is to try things outside your comfort zone and you just might make your comfort zone a bit bigger.

Make a list of things you would like to try but never have and how you could try them safely. Then implement that list and try one at a time, see if anything changes?

Let me know what your list looks like!

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

~ C. JoyBell C.

 

Happy New Years

Happy New Year! I thought I’d try a twist on New Years resolutions this year. I saw this New Years questionnaire and thought it could be a fun tool to help you think about ways to #MakeMoves in 2014.

  1. A bad habit I’m going to break: At times I doubt the confidence in myself as a person and I just have to remember to reflect in my good decision making and trust in myself in those moments.
  2. A destination I’d like to visit: Chicago
  3. I’m going to work harder at: The back end of my company Klass Universal Ent. I want to place more emphasis on the inner workings of it to help us break into the next level as a business.
  4. A project I’d like to finish: my first BOOK, I am working with a publishing company and a wonderful young editor who’s currently helping me to make this a possibility
  5. A class I’d like to take: Crossfit Level 1 certification and a real vacation.
  6. I’d like to spend more time doing: Other projects that swirl around my head all day, and make an attempt at expanding some other small business ideas I have.
  7. A food I want to eat more of: This would be more protein and good carbs to reenergize myself throughout my work week. Also more home cooked meals in general to spend more time inside working on smaller tasks and ideas I have stored away…
  8. I want to___ more: Read more. And, learn more about business overall: How to be a better owner, dj, entertainer.

How would you answer the above?! How will you #MakeMoves in 2014?!

^^Hahahaha! Thought some of you could have fun with this too 😉

I’d also like to take this chance to thank all of my readers for checking in with me every week – your comments, texts, tweets make me smile! Thinking about another new year of blogging, what would you like to see on the blog this year?! Any ideas/questions/themes.. Let me know, subscribe and I’ll catch ya next week.

Review of: Crossfit

I haven’t written any fitness related posts in a while and I’ve been doing something new and thought i would share yep wait for it… CROSSFIT! I know it’s the “latest” fitness “thing” and all that, and it looks really intimidating.. yaaawn. But, I’m tired of people dismissing it with those lame excuses, so I’m here to tell you what it’s about and my experience with it so far.

Crossfit combines aerobics, bodyweight exercises and weight training. Strength and conditioning – Pretty much the basics of any recommended fitness routine to achieve results.

Each class includes a warm up, and a WOD (workout of the day) and usually a stretching section and sometimes a development portion to focus on a certain strength/skill. The WOD’s are at your own individual pace – some people finish in 15 minutes, some people finish in 25 minutes. But, no individual part of it needs to be longer than 10-20 minutes.

The thing about Crossfit that I think is super important to know, and that people who do it all of the time talk about, is the culture. It’s probably talking about the culture that makes it seem like a “fad” or “cult.” (And, fun fact – it’s been around since 2000…, not last year) Everyone there does become sort of family-like or teammate-like. Everyone is positive, encouraging each other – it’s not competitive in a traditional way, you’re competing with yourself and you use friendly competition between members to push yourself through a tough workout. Sure are there some men and women who are in it for the gold? Absolutely, but walk into a yoga class or spin room and look for the HARD CORES… They are in every group of fitness fiends not just Crossfit

I dare you to walk into a Crossfit Box and not feel motivated and excited to check it out. The positive energy is everywhere. Most Boxes even offer a beginners class to familiarize you with some of the forms, names of moves and the pacing. Also if you live near quincy you can come to mine at Crossfit-93.Commy coaches are DOPE (Shout Outs to Craig (Beast), Bruce (Lion-O), and Cory (The New Guy) these are my favorite coaches all with uniques styles and ways of helping you achieve your goals whatever they may be.

That’s what kills me when people talk about how intimidating and difficult it looks. For all of you who are afraid or insecure, Crossfit is designed for you! It’s there for positive reinforcement without a personal trainer and it builds crazy confidence in yourself when you see what you can actually lift in weight, or that you CAN do a pull up and start seeing results FAST.

In terms of the heavy weight, handstands, pull ups, and burpees… Yes, they’re challenging, but yes, you can do them! Every move has a modification and you are allowed to just not do certain things and sub in other exercises. I would challenge you to overcome that and do it anyways, but if that helps get some of you in the door, then so be it.

#MAKEMOVES

Also check out this link before doing a class and find the the humor in it. It’s hilarious!!! Read the comments at the bottom as well. See you next week!

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey Friends, Followers, Subscribers and Family. Hope everyone is ready to eat some good food and maybe see some close ones you have been missing while Making Moves and staying busy as most of us are.

First I would like to say Thanks to My Editor and Chief (Sami P) for helping me to find my voice and share these thoughts and opinions with each of you. While we we don’t see a lot of commenting from our readers we do see a lot of traffic via texts emails and phone calls regarding the likes and thoughts of all of you and we thank you for that. It wouldn’t be possible if she didn’t take the time to perfect my thoughts, organize them and provide you all with a glimpse of what Kupah James thinks, feels and likes to share with you all. So a super big SHOUT OUT TO YOU S to the P!

Instead if I posted a blog about being thankful which is relatively cliche, we thought it would be better to share some very popular memes with you to then share with your loved ones on Thanksgiving! So without further (ado) below are some random memes that I like and I hope you get a kick out of them too. There is not a method to the order, rather laughs and tickles to keep you high spirited as the holidays begin.

Enjoy and please comment, repost, share, and like everywhere and anywhere! Thanks 4
giving me your time each and every week.

#MakeMoves

 

 

 

6 Rules to Live Life

This isn’t really a movie review, but you can probably see I got something out of it and I think you should definitely check it out. It was one of those things.. I’m watching it and then I heard a line, cleaned my ear out and was like, “say what?!”

That sh*t was real!

The movie is People Like Us starring Chris Pine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks and Jon Favreau. The cast should be enough for you all to watch it 😉 Real quick, the movie is about Chris Pine’s return home after his father dies and he finds out about a sister he never knew he had. Craziness ensues.

Seriously though: great talent, deep film, legit life lessons.

The following are 6 quotes from the movie that made an impact on me and I hope they will for all of you. I don’t want to add my own comments because I think they speak loudly on their own. Instead, I hope it sparks a discussion between us and between you and whoever friend/coworker/spouse, etc.

1) If you like something because you think other people will, it’s a sure bet that nobody will.

2) Most doors in the world are closed so if you find one that you want to get into, you sure as hell better have an interesting knock.

3) Everything that you think is important isn’t, and everything that you think isn’t important, is.

4) Don’t shit where you eat.

5) Lean into it, outcome doesn’t matter, be there for it.

6) Never sleep with someone who has more problems than you.

#NuffSaid Share this post on FB, Twitter, Pinterest. COMMENT. Let me know what YOU think!

Previous Posts related to Movies:

Movie Review: World War Z

Top Ten Worst Jobs In or On a Movie

Black Swan

MakeMoves: Post Roundup

I thought it might be cool to do a “roundup” post to make it easier to find certain types of posts. Today, I’m linking all of my Make Moves posts to really take all the work out of it for you 😉

MakeMoves – Straight to the point. Droppin knowledge. #MakeMoves.

How Do You Challenge Yourself to #MakeMoves? How do you challenge yourself? I write a lot about #MakeMoves and how I strive everyday to accomplish as much as i can and live as much as possible. But, how do I do that everyDAY? How do you?

Live, Laugh, Love – Looking to Summer 2013  A post to get the Summer started on the right track. But, useful for any time of year.

How to Start Making Moves with a TED Talk TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. There are a series of “talks” which are videos of speakers on the widest range of topics and each talk ranges from 3 min to 20 min. Let this one motivate you!

New Strategies for Every Excuse – I’m constantly reflecting on ways to make the most out of my day, my life, my company and I think the biggest thing I run into when I discuss #MakingMoves with others is that they don’t know how to start or where to start.

For some other reading/watching check out:

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die TED Talk 

Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath TED Talk (also new book of the same name out in stores)

The 25 Commandments of Self-Improvement from ThoughtCatalog

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As always let me know what YOU think!?!?!

Tips for Running Motivation

I’m often asked for workout advice. This can range from what type of workouts they should do, how to lift weights, explain Street Feet, and about running. I have a love/hate relationship with running; there are many amazing benefits to CARDIO and running is an easy and effective cardio routine. But, sometimes getting out the door to run can be… Ehhh… not appealing.

So, I thought I would include some tips for running motivation, to get you out the door and #MakingFitnessFun! Some of these are my recommendations and some are what I’ve found to be a general consensus of my closest peeps.

  1. A DOPE Playlist – DUH! This one is super easy to overcome because you can just download the latest Street Feet mix 😉 #ShamelessPlug, #It’sFree. Here’s a link to my SoundCloud mixes
  2. Running with someone. Running with a friend is a great way of getting out the door to run. You’re more likely to show up if you have plans with someone, you can catch up with a friend, focus on conversation rather than making that next mile! And, if you don’t have a friend to run with, your dog can be a great running partner! Try to find someone who either keeps up or slows down. There’s nothing worse then running with someone on another level can completely defeat the purpose. Agree to a pace and distance ahead of time incase you get ahead or fall behind you know where a meeting place is.
  3. Use a training plan. There are so many training plans out there, a handful of my friends say they’ve had great success with Hal Higdon running plans. They’re structured for beginners, intermediate runners and more advanced. This helps you set goals and make appointments with yourself to stay accountable and make sure you fit it in to a busy schedule!
  4. Download some apps!There are now so many fitness related apps, some great ones for running include:
    1.  Map My Run, which will provide running routes for you nearby to eliminate that pressure, and you can share some great ones that you enjoy as well.
    2. RunKeeper. This app is awesome if you don’t have a running watch and want details about your run or are on a specific training plan. It tracks your distance, pace, time and heart rate. It measures your performance over time and gives you updates. Provides training plans for you! And, even syncs to your music.
    3. Nike + GPS. GPS, running watch all in one, another great app that syncs to your iPod and tracks your workouts.
    4. Couch to 5k. This app is modeled after the pretty well known Couch to 5k training plan that really outlines everything for you through your phone.
  5. Enter a race – That’s motivation for ya – spending money on a race gives you that financial incentive and a deadline!
  6. Setting your workout clothes out beforehand. This is a big one in my opinion, and is great for WORKOUT motivation, not specific to running. Especially if you exercise in the morning. When you don’t want to get out of bed, make it as easy on yourself as possible. Set everything you’ll need out the night before so you just roll out of bed and can go. You’ll also make sure you don’t forget anything. Put your socks in your shoes, set out your outfit, put your iPod and running watch (if you use these items) and any fuel (for long runs) with it! If you don’t want to carry a fanny pack while you run FINE. just bring ID and some cash and if possible pass by a convenient store during your run and hydrate there. Less to carry and squeeze a little break into your run.
  7. Think about how great it will feel when it’s over. Runner’s High is a real thing – no matter how short of a run, your endorphins get moving and you feel amazing. You’ll always feel accomplished once you’ve hit the pavement!

What did I miss? Obviously there are a bunch of different types of motivators– what are some of your favorites?

#MakeMoves

Top Ten Ways to Refocus your Workout for Fall

As I mentioned in last weeks’ post Fall is the perfect time to refocus your fitness routine; start a new one or recharge an old one! Here are some of my favorite ways to get out of a slump or kick it up a notch!

1. Increase cardio as a slower season approaches! This is really important!! In the Summer you’re always gaining some extra physical activity by walking outside, swimming and staying out and about longer with the sun. Once Fall and Winter approach it gets colder and darker and we all tend to stay indoors, do less and watch “just one more TV show” than usual. SO, Increase that cardio and watch TV from a treadmill or elliptical – you can do it!

2. Lower your weight just a tad but increasing your reps. Maybe even add a set as well!

3. Maintain your water intake and servings of fruit.

4. It’s also a good time to change machines (if you tend to use the same one.)

5. The body needs change every 3-4 months so you can change the order of your workouts, time of your workouts or order of each exercise.

6. Try a new class. Group exercise is one of the best ways to have fun and not think about working out.

7. Create a new music playlist: music will help with motivation and light a new fire to your work outs.

8. Try to increase your time by adding even one extra set of a different type of exercise. Adding a quick Abs, Cardio, or Cross fit activity is great as the extra cherry on top. Just 10-15 extra minutes will do.

9. Bring a friend, especially for ladies who don’t want to be bothered at the gym by the creepy guys. We are less likely to approach you in groups of two or more. But there may always be THAT GUY so heads up.

10. Sign up for a race! Talk about motivation!? October is Breast Cancer awareness month and there are a variety of walks and runs throughout the month. Exercise AND raising money for charity = WIN! Here is just one race coming up in Boston!

What’s your exercise workout schedule look like? What’s your favorite routine?

New Season means NEW! So try something else, you might actually like it.

#MakeMoves