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The Encouraged always Encourage

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on December 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Empowerment Cards

Aha! and Alas! It is once again that time
that I drop on you – an encouraging dime.

Time is winding up in the year of our Lord 20 Tri-5 —
still good ol’ EMPOWERMENT is my default stride.

It’s fit for kings and queens; therefore it’s fit for you.
Goodness is surely yours – Encouragement is for you.

Without further adieu I bid you a deck from the heart.
This fuel comes from Tavis Smiley’s empowerment cards:

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Click the pictures to enlarge script

Empowerment is necessary when you’re journeying this course that is life.
To know that you’re not alone is pertinent information – that’s nice.

You are not alone on your journey on the course to everything that is good.
Ms. Qui is journeying with ya, in fact Encouragement is my favorite hood.

Tavis Smile is the author of the cards, but the encouragement therein is yours.
I’m Qui
A win in life is yours for the taking, empower yourself with good — and score!

Here’s a list of encouragement cards that we’ve dealt before:

Card#1: KNOW
Card#2: WHEN
Card #3: EXERCISE

Making the woman…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on December 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

woman-class-choicesAt the beginning of this year I demanded change of myself. I’d been overweight my entire parental life (since having kids) and now that my youngest is a freshman college, I decided to get back to me. I was in the process of Making the woman that I always wanted to be when my first womb-mate arrived. I put my personal goals on hold for 2 decades though I must say this year I got a firm grip on “getting back to me.”

Beyond dropping 30[+] pounds and holding — I am polishing up all areas concerning my self improvement and/or embetterment. Yes, I said embetterment. It’s a term that we don’t use anymore in American English. I think it was replaced by the word improvement. Meh. I like ’em both. We ought to always seek to self improve. Especially women. I know, because I am one. The most important self improvement that a woman can make early in her youth is to learn and utilize

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I’m having a blast over here! This was the perfect time in my life to make such a drastic lifestyle change. What lifestyle change? Well, since I’m no gym rat, my most significant change this year was my diet. I stopped eating out. I stopped eating fast food and largely cut back on finer dining as well because by default the best steaks are usually cooked in some type of oil. I lost 30 pounds by forgoing cooking with oil and butter. Eating from my own kitchen has been paramount in my success. I’m in search of my own apron now. Something to reflect the domestic culinary artist that I’ve become. I’m looking for the right apron, perhaps it will be smart, practical, cute and sexy – all in one. That would reflect my style; the woman that I am.

When Making the woman that I am, I drew from many sources in my youth. I pulled style from Lena Horne, Oprah Winfrey, Diana Ross, Christie Love (a fictional character; a sort of tv series version of FOXY BROWN), Thelma (from Good Times), Stephanie Mills and Patti Labelle to name a few. All of them embodied something that I liked and ultimately utilized in shaping Qui. I think it’s okay to admire and adopt. All women should. If you weren’t born with it, LEARN IT.

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Class is something that can easily be learned. Learn the ins and outs of proper conduct and utilize it in your walk, your talk, your business conversation, your everyday and everything. It’s not a part time gig. You should wear class like it’s your favorite outfit. In fact, make sure your outfit has class.

Don’t forget that every time you step out of the door you are selling a brand. The brand is YOU. To those that don’t know you, and have never met you before, what would your outfit say as a first impression? You gotta think about it. It represents YOU and what YOU mean. It’s never a question of IF anyone will see you out in public today – the question should always be WHO will see you out in public today? Always dress the part. Everyone loves statement pieces these days. You are the statement, now what pieces will you adorn yourself in. Remember, everyone (especially those that live to hate on you) will be watching. Give haters no factual gasoline by resisting to wear less than what you mean. If you mean, “step to me with respect,” you might forgo the daisy dukes and crop top. That outfit says ‘fun at the bbq with folks that already know me,’ not ‘step to me with respect at the grocery store.’ It’s super important to dress the part my ‘classy up & coming divas,’ and be on the look out for sisters like me to go out of our way to approach you and high five your level of class. Classy women support classy up & comings. Someone has to pass along this social necessary and we are so glad that it’s YOU

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And so in Making the Woman, please don’t forget the class.
We love how God made ya, but don’t show everyone your ass.

You may have a body that folks would pay to keep,
but no one will value it if you’re showing it ALL for free.

Up the ante and go CLASSY. Learn the way. You deserve it.
And when tacky steps to you, put CLASS on your response and curve it.

Don’t discourage those that hate, but continue to step in an ‘upper level stride.’
Class is something you hone internally therefore it will always show on the outside.

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Pull a Beyonce if you must. Embrace your light and dark feminine stance.
Sasha Fierce is her alter ego, but Jay Z cherishes Lady Beyonce’s hand.

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Every guy wants a dual feminine queen by his side.
But CLASS has to reign – if you intend to truly ride.

If there’s no class whatever will set you a part?
If you’re just showing your body – who’ll want your heart?

Let’s be honest ladies, we have got to exude class.
I’m over here working out, tightening up my abs.

I’m over here being resized by a tailor, the new size is hot.
I’m revamping the wardrobe to show off and yet cover my bod.

No slouch gear or going hodge podge – that can’t be our slogan.
I implore you to not forget class when you’re Making the woman.

Me? I’m all over it. Me? It’s my default stance,
I’m Qui
all about CLASS. It’s the foundation of my made-woman.

How do you stand and whatever do you stand for?
Keep it locked right here – on this topic – there’s bound to be MORE…

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ON TOPIC of CLASS:  

Girls Just Want To Have…

My Monday piece…

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 28, 2015 at 8:28 am

peace-is

Did you read it?
Now heed it.

If you GET IT,
don’t forget it.

Wisdom comes in spades and I just gave you one,
I’m Qui
Go out there, Smile, Love, LIVE and Have Fun!

This is My Monday PIECE:

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Awesome Christmas

In Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on December 27, 2015 at 5:13 am

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Most establishments closed for Christmas where I live.
The employers were obviously feeling ‘the give’
and gave most of their employees the Christmas day off.
Now that’s corporate consideration – if properly taught.

I really can’t recall a recent Christmas of the past
where giving most folk the day off was ‘the going fad.’

I hope this year was more than a fad and more of an aced test.
Yes! Spending Christmas Day at home with your fam – will always be legacy best.

The family may get on your nerves, but you don’t have to take it.
Unlike working on Christmas, being unappreciated and having to fake it.

This Christmas was an Awesome Christmas my Texas fam came out to find
that the weather in Arizona is A-OK and boasted of clear skies and sunshine.

Ahhh. I do love this state of mine, but dare I act in remiss
about my love for the Lone Star state. Ol’ Texas – yes. I do miss.

However, today I call Chandler home. Today, (to me) is a gift.
Tri-15 has done its thing, in yielding an Awesome Christmas.

My end of the year wish is that all are well and charting to do better next year.
Just know I’ll always be here and lo, for your good strides I’ll always be happy & cheer!

Today is the first day of the last week of this year – whatever will you do with it?
I’m Qui
Post an Awesome Christmas and Oui! I think 2016 is going to be a #REEL hit!

Qui Kisses
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I’ll see you in a bit…

Look how BIG it is!

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Stunning-Christmas-gift-wrapIt’s for you! OPEN UP!

Doors shut in our faces via opportunities missed pretty often during a life span, however, I pray that the opening of doors are just as frequent in your life and even more so than the doors that shut. It’s certainly attainable, achievable and conquerable. Believe it or not most of the time all that is required to capitalize on the influx of GOOD available—  is to simply OPEN UP.

When nice comes a’ knocking at your door, don’t answer with a frown, it may get the wrong impression, leave and contemplate (too long) before coming back. When the possibility of new love shows up don’t face it with the same face you said goodbye with (to your last lover). It won’t make for a good impression in any way. Avoid approaching goodness as if you “don’t deserve it” or like it’s “too good to be true.” Why would you think such a thing? Of course you deserve it and of course it’s not too good to be true. With all of the good that you have done in your life — YOU VERY WELL DESERVE GOODNESS. The opportunity to receive as much is available and near you. Knock-Knock! Open Up! Let surprise find you smiling. Knowing that good times are ahead is nothing to frown about. )))EMBRACE IT(((. Wait for it. Wait for it. Here it comes!

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Knock-Knock! Open Up! 
It’s Good Will, good times, good love…

Look thru the peep hole and if “the feel” looks quite familiar,
whichever “feel” you’ve longed to reel — be quick and commandeer her.

Make “goodness” your very own. Nurture her and do multiply.
Step#1: OPEN UP. No high guards or harboring grudge can reside.

You deserve much better than to be limited by someone else’s gate.
Project in mind: your future. Smile and journey towards your good fate.

Christmas season is about new beginnings and of course a good life is your present so —  Opened Up!
I’m Qui

Merry Christmas baby, rise above all that works against you and do it in love.

Step2 #2: No malice.
Sip from a peaceful chalice.

XO!!

On the 12th Day of Christmas

In News on December 23, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Qui Entertainment Magazine

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capital Well technically, it’s not the 12th Day of Christmas, unless I started my celebrations on December 12th — and I didn’t. I started my Christmas celebrations on December the 1st, but that hasn’t stop me from singing the traditional song with replacement lyrics. Very non-traditional lyrics (in fact), but I love them. Actually, the lyrics belong to Garrison Keller. Do you know him? He has an awesome LIVE RADIO VARIETY SHOW that I listen to on Sunday mornings via NPR radio.

I was born in the 70’s so not exactly the “radio era”, but I’ve always had a strong appreciation for radio variety shows. In the 10th grade I remember finding an AM station that aired old variety shows at night. I listened religiously and set my heart on reviving the art of radio listening. I still hold that charge. I’m still working on it, but until I carve…

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I’m DOING IT too…. but WHY?

In News on December 22, 2015 at 6:24 am

Qui Entertainment

I’m doing it because I DESERVE IT! I deserve good health.
I work the elliptical machine as if doing so could equate to wealth.

I’m down 30 pounds.
A Black woman – a little less round.

I’m happy in my soul
and good health for me is far valuable than gold.

Then there are THESE BLACK WOMEN! Behold:

weight-loss-successesVisit http://www.blackweightlosssuccess.com for more INSPIRATION

Me? I’m not on the billboards, I’m just getting started.
I opted for GOOD HEALTH to decrease the likely hood of ‘life thwarted.’

My lifestyle change has turned my visual clock (the way that I look) back a decade or more.
I’m Qui
and to FITNESS I say “Oui!” Eating clean is my thing and I stay elliptical sore!
Good Health is the ultimate score!

S c o o o o o o o r e!!!

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Entertainment

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 21, 2015 at 4:23 am

Entertainment. I like it. I need it.
Life can be monotonous; Entertainment – I feed it.

If I encourage you to laugh a little, please believe I heed it.
Life is what you make of it or ‘seed it.’

Entertaining NOT is the news and the headlines that precede me.
Though if it doesn’t invoke wisdom or a smile, please do stop and feed me.

Ooo wee! Today will be a day of random smiles and delights.
Today I will show face more and yield ‘ease up’ to the writes.

Though I do find a bit of excite to sit and sip jo’ with you,
so I’ve gotten up extra early so we’ve this time to do what we do.

It’s Monday baby, and it is poised atop of a week filled with love and good spirits!
Just 4-days from today and we’ll all be knee deep in merry – celebrating Christmas.

stir-fried-greensI’m ready. I’m ready. I’m not a big shopper
and since all of my fam is in Texas, I won’t be a dinner hopper.

Poo! and Oh well, my stir fried greens will have to do.
I’ve got brisket, tamale’s and spiraled ham too.

It don’t stop. I season with reason to pleasure the mouth.
I got that ‘good seasoning hand,’ I was born and fed in the South.

If Entertainment is what it’s about, then sit at my table and do indeed
Grab a plate, put in your face, inhale honey and don’t forget to breath.

Enter into this week with ease and work to wrap up the year in good cheer!
You ain’t got to jam the Nutcracker, but do put something festive in your ear.

Ease up on the egg nog and don’t let the deserts of the upcoming days rule.
Don’t covet whats on your neighbors plate and certainly don’t stare or drool.

Hang a steak in front of the hungry mule and insist that the elliptical machine can facilitate the quest.
Eat light everyday this week, knowing that Christmas dinner is coming and that calories may get wrecked.

Keep yourself in check and choose either the fat filled food or the beer.
Don’t indulge in both child, soon we’ll be celebrating the new year.

You know you want to look right. It’s just how you roll.
While you’re entertaining and being entertained – steer clear of the buffet troll.

Let your heart be on swoll and pray your waistline doesn’t binge/vent.
Do dance a lot, because cardio is hot. Heck blame it on Entertainment.

sweet-potato-pieDo belt out a laugh but don’t bust a gut having a good time every day his week,
I’m Qui
mostly talking to meGod bless me around the sweet potato pie. I’m weak.

Winding down without the whine but lots of wine still…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on December 14, 2015 at 6:31 am
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Nothing winds down like a #SpindleTop or an incredibly successful year. I love them both!!

There are less than 12-days before the next holiday  of this year
and I raise my sealed thermal mug to each of you — in a cheer!

We’ve come a long way baby and a whole lot has happened
Kim K had another baby and Kanye has given birth to “weird” rap fashion.

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It’s interesting, it’s live, it’s tiny, tight and bold.
They are breaking new fash’ identity without ALL OF the gold.

They are still rocking RUN DMC dome wear. In fact, I really like that.
There’s something dapper about intellect that secured under a nice hat.

I’m not whining, I’m just winding down the year and perusing through what happened.
Your girl Qui is renovating her wardrobe as well, I lost 3 dress sizes in fashion.

I am officially down 30 lbs from just earlier this year.
So you know that 2016 will find me bolder about #Fit cheer.

30lbs is nothing to whine at, and during the change, I had no wine.
I ate no fat or fast food to bat for 90 days and reaped a smaller behind.

no-whining-zoneNo cheating, lots of reading and lots of discipline to boot.
3 dress sizes down, I’m a little less round and working out is a hoot!

I didn’t make a 2015 resolution about weight. Resolutions equate to wishes.
Instead I decided to eat what I like, but from the labor of my own dishes.

No hidden ingredients were in my food. I didn’t whine, I took control.
And no matter how good, candy and carbs used to be – today I’m happy in my soul.

Not being obese feels better than gold, so I won’t be buying a new RUN DMC chain.
I’m happy, I’m giddy, my current wardrobe looks silly – due to my ‘shrinking fat’ frame.

I don’t think I’ll shower myself with Christmas gifts this year, I will focus on others.
I think I’ll love on my fam and friends via my ends and of course my father and mother.

God has been good to me! I believe I have a whole lot of what I need
to continue on this good journey of hammering out encouraging reads.

Say a prayer for QE because I keep all QE readers in my prayers.
Perhaps 2016 will yield us more green. Collab projects? Ha! I’ll be there!

No whine, just good friends and wine as we wind down this Tri-15 year,
I’m Qui
Good morning, good day, good life, good SAY! — For you, this is my cheer!

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[Weight loss Success Pics COMING SOON — January 2016]

 

What the L

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on December 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Good morning good people, take a hit and pass
I’m not on a mission about dissin’ – I’m all about the laugh.

Reality is running rampart, may comedy dispel,
and this little segment is something I like to call:

What The L!!

No this little ‘spit out’ has nothing to do with Samuel L,
but the fact that his pic came up on the research – was funny as hell.

Please don’t forget to laugh for a spell whilst you’re on your grind.
If there’s nothing around to invoke ‘the clown,’ laugh at your own behind.

I laugh at me all of the time.
I’m quite the clutz when I’m not in rhyme.

Not immune to falling down in public, though I’m quick to get up.
My fitness game is hardly lame, I fall and get up to keep my abs cut!

Now who’s laughing at whom?
Like I said, if I laugh at me – you know I’m-a laugh at you.

So go ‘head and do what you do. Look in the mirror and laugh
Life is only what you make it – less offense – more goofy gas.

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Teacher: “Kids, what does the chicken give you?”
Student: “Meat!”
Teacher: “Very good! Now what does the pig give you?”
Student: “Bacon!”
Teacher: “Great! And what does the fat cow give you?”
Student: “Homework!”  [ref. source: laughfactory.com]

Scene: A conversation with my friend’s father, who knows I do 
Web design.

Father: I have a business idea. How hard is it to make a Facebook?
Me: Oh, very easy.
Friend: He doesn’t mean to make 
a Facebook profile. He means to 
remake all of Facebook.
Me: Oh. Very hard.
Father: Oh, OK.
[ref. source: readersdigest.com – credit to: clientsfromhell.net]

tissue-toilet-paper-joke Q. What does Santa like to do in the garden?
A. Hoe, hoe, hoe!

Q: What kind of motorcycle does Santa ride?
A: Holly Davidson.

Q: What do you call a bankrupt Santa?
A: Saint Nickel-less.

Q: Why don’t aliens celebrate Chistmas?
A: Because they don’t want to give away their presence.
[ref. source: funology.com]

Grown Party Humor::

Q: What’s the difference between a G-spot and a golf ball?flower-pollenating-sex-joke
A: A guy will actually search for a golf ball.

Q: What’s the difference between a tire and 365 used condoms?
A: One’s a Goodyear. The other’s a great year.

Q: Why does Santa Claus have such a big sack?
A: He only comes once a year.
[ref. source: thoughtcatalog.com]

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It’s the weekend baby! Yes, it’s here again.
Happy Festivus! Go out and kick it with friends.

Good memories are made when you’re with loving folks
and I just armed you with a good array of jokes.

What the L! All is swell – use them and don’t be shy!
But only if you want to be the absolute parties delight!

Alright, some of these jokes are a little risque and some a tad bit strong,
I’m Qui
and they’re all good to me. When dealing jokes – you really can’t go wrong.

What The L!