Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Abiola Abrams


Abiola Abrams

Meet Abiola Abrams

1) Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

Beautifully flawed, human goddess, wonder woman!!

2) Tell us about your blog.

My two online hubs are my blog, “The Passionista Playbook,” and my web TV talk show, “Kiss & Tell TV.” I am a love and lifestyle blogger and vlogger.  The Passionista Playbook” started in late 2009 and “Abiola’s Kiss & Tell TV” started in 2008 as “Planet Abiola.” I write and broadcast all about living with passion. I cover love, sex, dating and relationships but also feature women’s lifestyle content: advice, celebrity and author interviews, plus food, style and travel. My favorite post of 2011 is my “Abiola’s Bombshell Academy,” a 30 day video vlog lifeclass about how to live the most juicy, passionate, fulfilling life possible. I will be expanding the videos to include homework and resources to accompany each video episode lesson. Link: http://www.abiolatv.com/bombshell-academy-lifeclass-how-to-live-your-juiciest-life/

3) What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

I create content for women because for me it’s all about sisterhood and it has been since day one. Nothing I do would be possible without digital sisterhood. For example, I notice that many bloggers and personalities don’t follow folks back a la celebrities. I don’t care how many times I’ve been on TV or the radio, it’s all about interaction. If I am having a conversation with someone online I follow them back. Digital sisterhood is about connections.  I am currently looking to feature the expertise of women who vlog in different fields on AbiolaTV.com. The first of these is single mom vlogger Tinzley: http://www.abiolatv.com/2011/12/single-mom-dating-advice-mothers-baby-weight-sex-appeal/

4) What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

Besides the wonderful work you do here, I have two!  My first favorite digital sisterhood moment of 2011 was when the blogger Charli Penn @manwifedog of ManWifeandDog.com reached out by including my blog on a list of faves on her blog. I was so happy to meet her and discover her site chocked full of love, light and fun. She mostly blogs about married life and I blog and broadcast mostly about the sexy, single life but we are on the same page. I adore her! She is my digital sister. Another great digital sisterhood moment was e-meeting the lovely Adaobi Iwenofu @divascribe of DivaScribe.com Magazine. It’s the British Essence and I now do a column for the incredible magazine and their cool site features my videos.

5) The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

I am completing my new book The Official Bombshell Handbook and I have lived fiercely by interviewing dynamic women making an impact from the fabulous 70-something year old author Jackie Collins to the hard-working 20-something year old rapper and TV personality Lil Mama.

6) How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

Life maintenance is critical for me. That includes gratitude, affirmations, vision boards and trying to surround myself with positive people. I have been trying lately to not over-commit myself and burn out as much as I used to. Life is meant to be enjoyed!  I have a confession. Because I have always worked in television, when I was in my early 20s my first agent fudged my age so that I could host teen shows and play teen roles which I did. I continued lying about my age because I believed the lie that no one would hire me to host anything if I wasn’t “younger,” whatever that means. But like I tell my audience, how you do anything is how you do everything so I’m outing myself.  We live now in the age of transparency which is a great thing. I don’t care if no one hires me now because I’m in my late 30s instead of my early 30s because I am confident in my work as a multi-platform TV, web, radio host and lifestyle expert –and with my web series and blog, I hire myself. And that feels great!

7) What are your favorite healthy foods?

I have switched to almond milk. I don’t let a day pass without eating green leafys. I love spinach and broccoli, which is rich with vitamin C. Also, oatmeal and green tea are my morning essentials.

8) How do you stay fit?

Walking is my main means of fitness. I recently discovered fitness blogger @MizzFitNYC Bianca Jade of MizzFit.com and will be collaborating with her on something fun soon.

9) How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

I am thrilled about 2012. I will live fiercely by doing more community building around my blog, web TV talk show and upcoming guide and memoir, The Official Bombshell Handbook. I plan to do even more speaking and I will be doing more extreme self care just for me. Oh – and something really exciting is that I am now offering Love Concierge Services for women. Here is the link: http://www.abiolatv.com/love-concierge-coaching-dating-advice-wingwoman-boudoir-relationships-sex-nyc.

10) Where can we find you online?

Come play with me, watch my videos and most importantly, share your work with me– I love meeting new folks. This is such an honor to be included on your list. Thank you for the digital sisterhood.

Web Site/Blog: http://www.AbiolaTV.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/planetabiola

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/abiolatv aka @abiolatv

Tumblr: http://kissandtell.abiolatv.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abiola

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/abiolaabrams

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Dr. Ayoka Chenzira, Founding Director of Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon


Ayoka Chenzira

Meet Dr. Ayoka Chenzira

NOTE: Listen to Dr. Chenzira’s December 27th interview with Ananda Leeke on Digital Sisterhood Radio. They discuss Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon and Dr. Chenzira’s interactive art installation, Ordinary On Any Given Day.

1) Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

Creative, curious, globetrotter, loving, living tenaciously

2) Tell us about your blog.

Ordinary On Any Given Day is the online home for my latest work by the same title. In lieu of a blog, a key component of the site are the Changemaker video narratives used in Ordinary On Any Given Day.  I filmed 17 interviews total, via Skype with known and unknown change makers. They include scholar/activist Angela Davis, Alison Bernstein of the Ford Foundation, Danica Kombol Managing Partner at Everywhere and Blogging While Brown/What About Our Daughters founder, Gina McCauley. This project was born out of a conversation with my daughter, who also serves as my producer, about what would the Facebook pages of iconic leaders such as Martin Luther King or Sojourner Truth look like? Better yet, their cell phones! Thinking about how our most respected leaders would interact with technology, transformed into Ordinary. During the interviews, I asked each, how they transformed from ordinary citizen into a pioneer for social change.

The project now exists as an online interactive installation named, Ordinary 2.0 which will debut publicly in the fall of 2012. Ordinary 2.0 carries forward the idea of being engaged with technology, not just around life events, such as, “I’m eating breakfast, I’m at the mall. I can’t find my cat,” but to highlight issues of social justice and the individuals carrying out expansive ideas about how to make the world a better place.  30 Days of Social Change is the social media campaign I’ve launched to locate these individuals all over the globe and also provide the foundation for an online community of change.

3) What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

The core of my definition for digital sisterhood lies in SISTERHOOD. Whether it is digital or analog, it is the wanting for other women’s health, and this is their health in the broadest sense, their physical, emotional and spiritual health–in their professional lives, the same things you want for your own health. We do this through information sharing and helping other women connect the dots. The digital universe merely helps us to support that fundamental linking. I think many of us work with the understanding that in many arenas women do not fare well.  People who don’t think of themselves as feminists, they can just look at the data from various sectors of society, culture and see women are not doing well. Which makes the concept of sisterhood important in that women must hold hands and move each other forward, not just pay lip service to it.

4) What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

My 2011 favorite sisterhood experience was when I was invited to show my interactive installation Ordinary On Any Given Day at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Istanbul, Turkey.  I took two women with me who helped to support the design and presentation of the project. It was quite grueling because we literally got of the plane from Atlanta to Istanbul  and immediately went to work. Setting up and problem solving, it was wonderful, we were able to throw the ball to each other without the ball hitting anyone in the head. After the third day we were so exhausted, we rented a different hotel room in a plush boutique hotel. And we just laid in the bed and laughed and were silly and giggled out all of the stress we were experiencing around getting this particular installation up and running. There were a lot of the things we asked for that were not in place. At one point it got so bizarre the only thing we could do is like, be in a fabulous boutique hotel and laugh about all the digital technologies and how it works or has momentary hiccups.

5) The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

Sometimes people get really stuck or complacent in their own minds, and its easy to do that because modern living can be quite overwhelming so there is a part of my nature that always resists being complicit. This year, I did things like go to Thailand just to ride the elephants, defend my PhD thesis at Georgia Tech, and put together a new interactive installation.  It was something I had never done this way before — just lying in bed thinking about how I wanted to do it, even though I didn’t know everything about doing it, plowing through and actualizing my own vision. These are three great examples for me.  Also, taking longer motorcycle rides.

6) How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

I have a very loving supporting family life. I have an extraordinary husband who helps to create an environment that is an extremely nurturing one for me. I have a daughter and a son-in-law who helped to support and help me think through a lot of ideas. So my family structure is a very nurturing one and that’s very helpful. And I sit quietly and rub my dog. It’s a three-year old white fluffy bichon and she lets me rub on her a lot.

7) What are your favorite healthy foods?

I’ve been conscious about food and how it’s processed and where its grown since I was a teenager. Many of us think there are certain foods that are naturally good for us, but periodically I think people should get their food allergies tested. As we move forward in life eating things for us a long time, sometimes they become not as good for you. So I am getting ready to have my food allergy test done, next week. In the mean time, my primary diet is vegetables and fish. I drink herbal teas, like jasmine or a tea called silver needle, which has a high level of antioxidants, and also dragon pearls for rest and sleep. But my husband does all the cooking in the house. We eat fresh fruits and vegetables every single day, he shops every single day, we don’t store food away. I think that helps to maintain a good healthy diet.

8) How do you stay fit?

I don’t do as much physical activity since I moved to Atlanta from New York City. New York City is much more of a walking culture. But I do enjoy walking a lot and live in a walking community in Atlanta. And I enjoy riding my motorcycle, which feels like exercise.

9) How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

Continue to travel to places I’ve never been and I am launching a new project I haven’t’ quite tackled before. I also got the go ahead to develop the work of an amazing writer, who many have read her books. I won’t say much more than that right now.

10) Where can we find you online?

Ordinary Web Site: http://ordinarydayacts.com

Ayomentary Web Site: http://ayomentary.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ayomentary

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Social-Change

Pitch Engine: www.pitchengine.com/ayomentary/artist-ayoka-chenzira-follows-up-ground-breaking-work-with-ordinary-20-and-30-days-of-social-change-challenge

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Veronica Arreola


Veronica Arreola

Meet Veronica Arreola

1) Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

An exhausted feminist, mom, wife, friend

2) Tell us about your blog.

I started Viva la Feminista in July of 2007, but have been blogging since 2000. I write about my life, raising a girl in our world, feminism, politics (local and national), being Latina and any combination of those topics. I am also a bookworm and one of the joys of having my blog is being able to review books. I especially love reviewing books that are helpful in this thing we call parenting.

3) What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

Growing up I had girlfriends, but I have never felt so supported and loved. Digital Sisterhood is a great term for that love and support that so many of us women do for each other. Whether it is retweeting our posts or sending a message when we blog about how life has dropped us a bag of lemons, I know my Digital Sisters are here for me. Each time I need support, I know I can send a message out into the world and I am overwhelmed with supportive messages.

4) What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

The second edition of “Summer of Feminista” at my blog: http://www.vivalafeminista.com/search/label/summeroffeminista. I continue to be amazed at the level of responses I receive for this series. Not just the number of responses, but the quality of thought. Latinas sharing their thoughts with the world, on my blog. It is humbling.

5) The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

Wow…this is a tough question. I guess I would have to say that the fact that I just finished my third semester of my doctoral program, that’s pretty fierce. It doesn’t feel like it most days, but I finished and am proud of the work I did in my classes.

6) How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

I  lean on my family. Cuddling with my daughter and husband is a cure all for any bad day. I have two best friends who are really family. We have a big family dinner on occasion and it’s really healing. Home-cooked meal, full tummy and great friends. I also have made it a must to have a girls night out dinner with three of my best girlfriends when I can. I love being with them!

7) What are your favorite healthy foods?

I’m such a failure at this! But I did go through a phase of making my lunch every day that consisted of cheese cubes, fresh fruit, a few small pieces of bread and yogurt. I work in an office and snack a lot, so the more small food I can have, the better. It keeps me from the evil vending machine.

8) How do you stay fit?

More failure! I need a Digital Sisterhood intervention!

9) How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

Again, I will try to do more to be fit. I let myself get so wrapped up in work and school that I’m not taking time for myself. I’ve been trying to walk the stairs in my office building. My daughter and I heard a story on NPR about how sitting on your butt all day can raise your chances of cancer. It totally freaked her out. And yes, that got me moving.

10) Where can we find you online?

Web Site/Blog: www.vivalafeminista.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/veronicaeye

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/veronicaarreola

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Ebony Utley


Ebony Utley

Meet Ebony Utley

1) Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

Ebony is the woman with ideas.

2) Tell us about your blog.

I started blogging in spring 2010 for Ms. Magazine. Since then I’ve also blogged for Religion Dispatches and Truthdig. I blog about popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. My all time favorite is a guest blog that I wrote for a friend’s site: Dear Nicki Minaj: An Open Letter – http://mghardie.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/dear-nicki-minaj-an-open-letter.

3) What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

I define digital sisterhood as the use of technology to create safer spaces for women to discuss and disseminate their ideas.

4) What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

This really isn’t shameless self-promotion (although I have been known to do so), but my favorite digital sisterhood moment of 2011 was the Digital Sisterhood Radio interview with Ananda Leeke about (wait for it) digital sisterhood: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-42015/TS-493916.mp3.  Although blogging is public, it’s essentially done alone. I write by myself at my computer, but having a chance to talk to another woman about my writing on women in front of an audience that I imagine was primarily women was super cool. Reading comments has its merits, but there’s nothing like a real time conversation to make the ideas come alive. I hope we will have more roundtables with more women on the air in 2012.

5) The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

I lived fiercely in 2011 by focusing on completing two of my major life goals. When I was 20, I decided that I wanted to write books and become a tenured professor. In 2011, I submitted the final manuscript for my book Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God [http://www.amazon.com/Rap-Religion-Understanding-Gangstas-God/dp/0313376689e] as well as my completed file for tenure. I did my part in making those dreams come true. Now I wait for the powers that be to take care of the rest. During this part of my life fierce living=focus.

6) How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

I watch the Young and the Restless. I know. But I’ve been watching for 15 years, and I like being able to call my 88-year-old grandmother and talk about what Victor is doing now. I look forward to the running commentary on our Indiana University Gals Who Love Y&R Facebook page. The stories [soap operas] represent continuity, family, and community for me. I teach about them; I blog about them and try to help others see beyond the stereotypes into a woman centered world where the matriarch is celebrated. Popular culture rarely represents the diversity of femininity in the ways that the stories do. When my work is finished, for five hours a week, Y&R is my consistent escape. I’m enjoying it while I can before the last soap operas are no longer on the air.

7) What are your favorite healthy foods?

My favorite healthy food would have to be blueberries. I am obsessive about my super fruit. I freeze them when they’re about to be out of season so I can enjoy them all year. I also dig arugula and spinach salads.

8) How do you stay fit?

Staying fit is vital to my mental well-being. I can’t think without letting those endorphins escape, but I hate working out at a gym so I swear by pilates. I played tennis for years and I love biking by the ocean, but in 2011 I started practicing kundalini yoga and tai chi—both of which are excellent for centering and strengthening my core.

9) How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

I plan to live fiercely in 2012 by tackling new tasks that I think I will fail at accomplishing. It’s time for me to try things I’ve never done before and that I feel ill-prepared to execute. If failing is the worst that can happen, I am guaranteed to learn important life lessons, and living fiercely means embracing those lessons. I am musing on several promotional plans for Rap and Religion—all of which involve technology. And the woman with ideas also plans to blog about the role of religion not just in popular culture but also in politics just in time for the election year. Stay tuned. The best is yet to come.

10) Where can we find you online?

Web Site: www.theutleyexperience.com.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/u_experience

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theutleyexperience

 

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Jessie Daniels


Jessie Daniels

Meet Jessie Daniels

1) Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

white girl challenging racism, shifting paradigms

2) Tell us about your blog.

In 2007, I started a blog called Racism Review (http://www.racismreview.com) with Joe Feagin. Joe was my dissertation advisor years ago (at UT-Austin), and continues to be a trusted mentor. Ironically enough, we were both born in Houston, Texas.

Our vision for the blog was that it would be a place for academics to share resources for addressing issues of racism. What that means in practice is that we talk about current events that in someway involve racism, and then offer an analysis of those events that relies on research and data. When we started, there weren’t a lot of blogs out there that addressed racism from a scholar-activist perspective, and a few that were around have gone away, but the RR blog is still there. We’ve also been part of the trend that’s helped make academic blogging more acceptable, even well-regarded in some academic circles. I’m proud of that record.

Joe, and several of our collaborators there like Maria Chavez, have really been doing the heavy lifting at the blog this year while I’ve been busy offline, so I feel a little sheepish talking about a favorite post of mine from this year, but I was very moved by Troy Davis, and did a blog post comparing his execution to the history of lynching in the U.S. (http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2011/09/23/death-penalty-racism-american-practice-lynching/). That post generated some good comments, was informed by a lot of scholarship, and is close to the issues I care about concerning racial justice.

3) What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

Hmm… that’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to say that ‘digital sisterhood’ is when women connect across boundaries, online and off, for equality and justice.

4) What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

Oh, that’s easy! In April of 2011, I got invited to participate in a wonderful event called “Ain’t I a Woman: Race in the Feminist Movement,” organized and hosted by Morgane Richardson, who mostly knew me through Twitter. The event was held at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, and included a bunch of young feminists, mostly young women of color. It was a marvelous event and I was thrilled to be part of it.

Out of that experience, Morgane and I are now collaborating on an edited book that includes pieces from some of the women who participated, as well as other folks. I’d say that ‘digital sisterhood’ experience is easily one of the highlights of 2011 for me.

5) The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

I spent 2011 living pretty fiercely. I recently moved apartments and offices to East Harlem, and that’s been both a wonderful change and a big adjustment. I’ve also been very focused on food (cut out most simple carbs – rice, pasta, breads) and fitness.

6) How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

Hitting the gym does it for me.

7) What are your favorite healthy foods (include a few web sites or blogs if you feel called to)?

I’m so fortunate to live in New York where there are some great Farmer’s Markets, so when I can I love to get fresh salad greens from one of those and make a giant salad. I’m also very keen on broccoli rabe, sautéed with just a little olive oil and a dash of Kosher salt, then sprinkled with a little parmigiano cheese. I work crazy long hours, though, and when I can’t get to the Farmer’s Market or even cook some broccoli rabe, I love a (vanilla) “Muscle Milk” which I’m now buying by the case, but you can also get in the bodegas here. It’s just so easy, and it’s got 25g of protein.

8) How do you stay fit?

I love spinning! Taking an hour-long class and working that hard really shifts my mood, makes me feel strong, like I can accomplish anything. I’ve also been lifting weights this year, which I love. I really want to get those arms….you know, the ones with the muscles!

9) How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

I’m thinking of getting a sleeve, as in a tattoo sleeve. (Apparently, I’m obsessed with my arms!)

That, and 2012 will be the year I finish my memoir. I have about 60,000 words of a projected 80,000-word manuscript. I’ve recently settled on a title for it: No Daughter of Mine: A Memoir. I’m counting that as big progress right now.

10) Where can we find you online?

I’m mostly on the Twitter machine these days, @JessieNYC.

Much less often, you can also find me all these places below.

-LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jessiedaniels
-Facebook: www.facebook.com/JessieNY
-Web Site: www.jessiedanielsphd.com

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Tracy Chiles McGhee


Tracy Chiles McGhee

Meet Tracy Chiles McGhee

1. Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

Love-filled, Country-raised, City-stirred, Book-smarted, Will-strengthened, Dream-womanifested

2. Tell us about your blog.

I have both professional and personal blogs. The professional blog is the website of an organization I founded called WOMANIFESTING (WOMA). WOMA is a DC-based, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status non-profit whose mission is to develop and support programs that foster self-empowerment, sisterhood, and service in order to positively impact the lives of women and girls, particularly those under-resourced and marginalized. . I currently serve as Executive Director. This blog was launched in February 2010. We blog about topics of interest to women. We focus on health and wellness, career development, financial literacy, civic and cultural engagement, and teen girl empowerment. One of my favorite blogs of the year was written by Benita Robinson Osbey, a fierce survivor of ovarian cancer. Check it out at:  http://www.womanifesting.org/apps/blog/show/10138264-my-womanifesting-story-benita-robinson-osbey. We are always seeking womanifesting stories from women that inform and inspire. Please inquire at tmcghee @ womanifesting dot org if you would like to share your story.

I’ve had a personal blog called Passionate Self by Tracy since 2010 where I share writing about things I’m passionate about. It has been inactive this past year as I focused my energies on writing the first draft of a novel and other projects, but there are plenty of postings still there to read and enjoy. I am active on its sister page on Facebook where I share quotes to inspire others to live passionately and to pursue their dreams. Finally, this year, I started a blog/website under my name where I share how I merge all of my passions together (http://tracychilesmcghee.webs.com/).

3. What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

My view of digital sisterhood in analogous to the definition of womanifesting, which is what happens as a woman recognizes, celebrates, and shares her brilliance and uses that brilliance to serve, uplift, and inspire others, particularly women. Digital Sisterhood uses the power of social media and web-based tools to strengthen sisterhood, to foster support, and to create a bigger impact through information-sharing, messaging and calls to action. Offline connections are fueled by online connections and vice-versa. There is a sense of moving forward together in Digital Sisterhood without geographic boundaries

4. What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

On March 19, 2011, WOMA hosted an event in conjunction with the District of Columbia (DC) Public Library, entitled WOMANIFESTING IN ACTION, in honor of our 1st anniversary and Women’s History Month. The event brought together local women leaders to share how they use collaboration, community building, and social activism to further their causes and to make a difference. One of the highlights of the event came when Yasmine Arrington, a local DC high school student, delivered a riveting “Call to Action” speech. Yasmine spoke with great wisdom and clarity of purpose. As a surprise to Yasmine, Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 of the Council of the District of Columbia, presented her with a resolution from the Council honoring her for her outstanding accomplishments, for taking the initiative to establish a scholarship fund for aspiring students with incarcerated parents called ScholarCHIPS, and for being an excellent role model to youth and an inspiration to us all.

5. The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.”  How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

It was definitely a challenging year but I have continuously made the effort to empower myself with knowledge that feeds my mind, body, and spirit. I’ve also been passionate in following my dreams, accomplishing goals, building positive relationships, and sharing gifts.

6. How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

On a daily basis, I seek inspiration, wisdom, and guidance through scriptures, books, art, quotes, and stories of people making a difference. I meditate to let it all sink in. I write, write, write. I maintain a home in which I am surrounded by things I love and things that comfort me. A home should give you the feeling of being cozy under a soft blanket as you look out to a wonderful view with a smile. Finally, I surround myself with like-spirited, drama-free people and enjoy what life has to offer when you are fully engaged.

7. What are your favorite healthy foods? 

Red grapes, cabbage, bananas, broccoli, almonds, salmon –all equal yum.

8. How do you stay fit?

I like to mix it up through walking, working out in the gym, and doing on-demand exercise routines at home. My daughter Sasha is an excellent work-out partner. My next move is to incorporate yoga into my lifestyle.

9. How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

Repeat all that worked in 2011 and stay open and ready to learn the lessons the new year will surely bring. I know living fiercely begins with loving and taking care of me first. When my cup is full and I give from the overflow–peace, joy and a sense of balance abounds.

10. Where can we find you online?

I have several spots. The door is always open. Stop by and sit a spell. Share your dreams with me. Let’s support each other in the spirit of digital sisterhood and womanifesting.

-TRACY CHILES MCGHEE

-WOMANIFESTING

-PASSIONATE SELF BY TRACY

 

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Shannon Mouton


Shannon Mouton

Meet Shannon Mouton

1. Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

Shannon works hard and plays harder.

2. Tell us about your blog.

How I started blogging is weird. I didn’t start out with a cause to promote or even passions I had to share with the rest of the world. I’m one of these folks that has to fill in every box on a form, so when I signed up for Twitter, I felt as though I had to have to blog. Plus, at that time, everyone I was interested in following and talking to had blogs and I wanted to be one of the cool kids too.  I started Shannon Sez So because I’m multi-faceted and my blog needed to be as well. Three of my favorite posts from 2011 speak to three important aspects of me, a Black person in America, a loyal friend and a single woman.

3. What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

There are all kinds of digital sisterhood, at its simplest, digital sisterhood is women supporting each other through technology, be it retweeting, liking or friending.

4. What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

A digital sister (a woman I met via Twitter) sponsored me to attend SXSW in March. She knew I wanted to go and couldn’t afford to at the time, so she paid for me.

5. The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

I launched my business, Topaz Consulting this year. It’s been a remarkable journey, exciting, scary, challenging, fun and so on.

6. How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

My home is truly my sanctuary. It is a place of peace and serenity where I, and my guests, can relax, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. When I really need to get back to center, I light the 10+ candles I have in my family room and let their aura warm my spirit and lighten my mind.

7. What are your favorite healthy foods?

I’ve fallen in love with hummus. It is packed full of nutrients and is a great dip for breads, veggies and crackers with nowhere near the calories of French onion dip. And of course, I’m a devotee of fresh fruits and vegetables. The colors, aromas and textures tantalize my senses, making the experience of eating them more than just chewing, swallowing and digesting.

8. How do you stay fit?

I’m not really fit; however, to keep what I have from getting totally out of control, I ballroom dance at least once a week.

9. How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

I’m going to check a few more things of my list in 2012.

10. Where can we find you online?

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShannonRenee

Blog: Shannon’s blog about marketing, public relations, social technology, entrepreneurship and other things

Web Site: Shannon Sez So

Facebook: http://facebook.com/shannonrmouton

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/shannonrmouton

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Deb Rox


Deb Rox

Meet Deb Rox

1. Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

No settling, no regrets, no fear.

2. Tell us about your blog.

I’ve blogged since 2007 at Deb on the Rocks, where I blog a mix of life stories, journal entries, humor and pop culture/current affairs commentary. It’s a Yahtzee cup–sometimes I don’t even know if a full house or a straight will shake out. I like having an open space that’s mine to play with or put on ice for a while. My favorite post was Manifesto: In Praise of Humor Bloggers, because often the funny women online get me through the day.

3. What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

The digital sisterhood is such a beautiful concept, because it embraces everything that is good about helping others and receiving help in an extended, powerful network. The connection of women online inspires me, fires up my start-up blood, sets us all up for success, cheers me out of doldrums, and is a constant reminder to me of the infinite brilliance and good heartedness of women everywhere.

4. What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

Oh, too many! I’ve loved being a part of the Listen to Your Mother Show national launch last year. As a business development consultant, it’s such a deep privilege to see someone’s truly important dream take flight, and Ann Imig’s project is amazing. I also am completely, wildly thrilled to be a part of evolving the website Violence UnSilenced into a full-fledged not-for-profit organization! That’s the power of the digital sisterhood right there–Maggie Ginsburg-Schutz’s genius idea to use the Internet to break the silence around domestic violence and rape, supported by a web community of survivors and readers, now buoyed by a fierce and skilled Board of Directors to take it to the next level. Such a great year!

5. The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

2011 was incredibly transformational for me. I completely changed my business development agency. I finalized a needed divorce, and removed some toxic people and things from my life. I sold some business entities that I had developed and I bought or invested in others, including the website ShePosts, which has been totally exciting. I’ve been fierce in making decisions and acting on them without regret. Fortunately not every year is this dramatic, but there is a lot of power in riding the waves of change with determination.

6. How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

Writing is a contemplative space for me, as are occasional dips into supportive counseling. I am so lucky to have many wise and gorgeous-hearted friends and two beautiful sons, all of whom give me hugs and perspective and bouts of side-splitting laughter–which is a necessity, I believe.

 7. What are your favorite healthy foods?

Avocados, watermelon, pumpkin, nutritional yeast, kale. I might have a problem with kale, actually. Can you eat too much kale?

 8. How do you stay fit?

Walking my Golden Retriever River every day, he’s my yogini in more ways than one. Two friends have inspired me to start swimming this fall, which feels sort of kooky but I like it. It’s a great gravity defying activity, so it’s sort of a super power. I definitely need to ramp this sector up for more wellness in 2012.

 9. How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

With all that has transpired in the past year, I plan to embrace some contemplative time in 2012 to make sure I’m headed to where I want to be. I’m going to write, much more, and make that a fiercely protected priority.

10. Where can we find you online?

Blog: www.debontherocks.com

Website: www.sheposts.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/debontherocks

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Julie Diaz Asper


 

Julie Diaz Asper

Meet Julie Diaz Asper

1) Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

Friendly, Joyful, Curious, Compassionate, Creative and Sensitive

2) Tell us about your blog.

I blog about social media and what I have learned from working with clients and bloggers at www.blog.gigcoin.com.  I also like to feature companies and individuals doing creative and simple things that work. I launched the Gigcoin blog in November 2010 when I was in the process of launching the GigCoin platform. Gigcoin is an Elance type of platform geared up for blogger gigs (surveys, user testing, writing, videos, promotional support). We have robust social media profiles that help you to quickly identify which blogger might be a good fit for your gig. We believe it’s an efficient way to recruit bloggers.  You can post the gig and see who applies versus having to chase down each individual blogger. It’s takes less work and gives you a broader talent pool. You also save time on managing and paying for the work because it’s automated. From our work with smaller companies we felt that businesses needed more tactical, real world examples and simple tips on how to use social media so that is the focus of the GigCoin blog.

One of my favorite posts from the blog was a profile of Jimmy’Z Kitchen because I love their approach to social media. They spend a lot of time building passionate fans versus focusing on the numbers. I also got meet some great Miami folks via that post. Here is the post: http://blog.gigcoin.com/jimmyz-kitchen-how-to-get-super-fans-not-just-likes.

I’ve also started Sol y Pimienta, a Spanish language blog which is mostly a vblog. I love cooking and it’s a joy to work with my best friend Chef Laura in the kitchen. She cooks and I film and edit. My favorite recipe is the turkey one we did for Thanksgiving, which I actually made for the first time this Thanksgiving. It was good! Here is the post: http://www.solypimienta.com/comer-hacer-pavo-para-thanksgiving-con-sabor-latino.

3) What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

Connecting with, supporting and promoting your fellow digital sisters in their quest for healthier, happier and more productive lives. From small gestures to significant help, we can all do our part to support a digital sister.

4) What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

I have many, but a favorite is running into a digital sister randomly and having a spontaneous opportunity to talk, laugh and bond with each other. I love moments that are not planned or pre-meditated.  When it just happens. I had a recent moment with Ananda at the Macy’s Heart for Haiti event on December 1.

5) The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.”  How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

I have lost a lot of the fear I had when I started running my own business in 2010. I jumped and managed to survive. It builds character to do that!

6) How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

I take time out for fun. I try to schedule the fun not just the work. I hang with my family and see my friends. Nothing makes me calmer than cooking for tons of people.

7) What are your favorite healthy foods?

I love greens like kale, collard greens and Chinese snow pea leaves. I like to stir fry my greens with ginger garlic and a little oil. It’s fast and good.

8) How do you stay fit?

I need to get back on the fitness track. I do best when I work in moving into everyday task – walk instead of drive, talk while walking versus at my desk and just move more. I love yoga but I need to make that more of a habit.

9) How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

No fear and lots of joy. Notice and enjoy the small stuff!

10) Where can we find you online?

Web Site/Blog:  www.gigcoin.com and www.solypimienta.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/juliediazasper

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gigcoin and www.facebook.com/solypimienta

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/juliediazasper

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Heather Coleman


 

Heather Coleman

Meet Heather Coleman

1) Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

She flies with her own wings.

2) Tell us about your blog.

I started blogging using WordPress in 2009 after getting more involved with social media platforms. The name of my blog is Twisted Turtle, paying tribute to my twisted sense of humor and love for turtles. I blog about social media, family, entertainment, the DC area, and just about anything else that pops into my head.

My favorite post for 2011 is the recap I did for the Ignite event held on October 20th. I was lucky enough to be selected to speak at Ignite DC back in February and have been hooked on them ever since. I used Storify to collect tweets and photos from attendees and shared it on my blog. It can be read here:-  http://twistedturtle.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/ignite-dc-ignitedc-no-8-recap.

3) What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

Digital Sisterhood is the idea of a tightly knit community brought together by a shared love and passion for expressing ourselves through the digital medium. We help share the message of Digital Sisterhood whenever and wherever we can.

4) What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in Digital Sisterhood Radio’s Feminism Online Project and being interviewed as a part of the DC Social Media Women episode in May with Tamara Rasberry. It was a great opportunity to hear our different experiences and points of view on the topics of feminism and how it relates to social media.

5) The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

I lived fiercely in 2011 by sharing some extremely personal feelings and experiences on the public stage in hopes of helping others feel less alone in their own experiences. I faced and conquered a lot of demons in doing so.

6) How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

I learned the hard way how important it is to step back, take a break from daily stressors and ask for help when I need it. Now I am a firm believer in surrounding myself with positive people and prioritizing what is most important in my life so I know where to focus my time and energy. I break projects and tasks down into smaller chunks and do one thing at a time as much as possible. My kids help keep me positive too by giving me a fresh perspective on the world around me.

7) What are your favorite healthy foods?

My recent faves are spinach and blueberries.

8) How do you stay fit?

I wish I could say I have stayed fit, but I have been weak in this area since having kids. Before kids I was training for a half marathon. I’m starting back with walking and hope to work back up to running again. I would love to try yoga for the first time.

9) How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

My focus in 2012 is getting physically healthy again. I’m also challenging myself to learn a couple of brand new skills, including website design (Drupal).

10) Where can we find you online?

Web Site/Blog: http://twistedturtle.wordpress.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/heathercoleman

Facebook: www.facebook.com/heathermariecoleman

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/heathermcoleman