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September 2019

As a freelance artist in the Philadelphia area, Brionna Williams’ specialties include modeling, dancing, and teaching and she is here to change the way people perceive models/dancers!  Brionna believes there is not one look, one size, one anything! We are all different, so if diversity is what the industry is preaching then we actually have to practice it as well. If you are talented and driven, there should be no limit to what you can do.   Read more about Brionna and be inspired on the Chronicles Too!  Link below.

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/brionna-williams/

The Chronicles Too! is Classy Living Society’s online blog that features individuals, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.  Get featured!  (Link below)

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At the touch of a button; at the command of a few keystrokes – technology has made communication a lot easier and better.  Or has it?

I met my ex-husband at a club in 1995 (shout-out to the old Club 112 in Atlanta!), and although we aren’t together anymore, I will always consider it a truly memorable night.  I was smitten right away!  He wrote his phone number on a paper cocktail napkin (he had perfect handwriting – which was a ++ to me), and on it, he also wrote “Please call me.”  The next day I called him and we met in person at Applebee’s that evening.  We hit it off right away and the rest is history – love and marriage.  I kept the cocktail napkin as a memento of our meeting; and I still have it today.

Now, this was “back in the day”, when entering code *69 on your phone would tell you who just called and hung up when you answered.  You had your own pager code to identify yourself to someone you paged (Beep-beep).  The pre-mobile phones everywhere era.  People actually saw each other and talked to one another rather than stand around staring at their phone screens.

Nowadays, technology, email, texting and “sliding into the DM’s”, etc. has changed the dating scene by activating the perpetual “texter.”  You know, those who will only communicate with you online or via text message or DM.  Now, I’m not too old fashioned that I won’t engage in a good text or email exchange – but that’s after I already know you.  Here’s how I see it – with online dating, you shoot a couple of messages back and forth to see if there’s a connection; if so, you exchange phone numbers and make plans to meet in person.  Yet somehow, and as mentioned in my earlier blog post “Online Dating…Is it for You? Is it for Anybody??”, there are the ones whom you have the greatest conversations with on the phone and online into infinity and beyond, but they just never seem to get around to asking to meet you in person.

I want to meet a guy I’ve met online in person – look into his eyes, hear his voice, feel his energy.  I want to get in his space before I tell all of my business in an email, text or telephone call.  To me, it’s the only genuine way for me to determine if I really like him or not and vice versa – if he really likes me!  How many times have you conversed a kazillion times with someone you met online and when you finally meet him/her in person, it’s a “no”?  At that point, it really makes you wish you never shared all your good business with someone you’re not going to interact with in the future.

Yes, bygone are the days when we wrote our phone numbers on the palm of someone’s hand, on a gum wrapper or a cocktail napkin and hoped that they would call.  Side note: it was also the day we could give a fake phone number to get rid of someone in your face – nowadays men will ask you to call them from your phone to get your digits. Ha!  (Gotcha!)

Because we have the easy access of email and texting and DM’ing…doesn’t mean we now need to forego getting into each other’s physical space.  We don’t need to lose the ability to have face-to-face contact and get our flirt on.  We shouldn’t miss the inter-personalities of eye contact and a smile, gestures and body language.  Watching someone’s lips say “I like you” is wayyyy better than receiving a text message that says it.  Sliding into the DM’s can never replace the experience of the best nonverbal component of interaction – human touch.

The next time you meet someone online, it’s okay to message a few times or maybe have a phone call or two.  But if somewhere in there, you’ve figured out you have an interest, somebody (and the old school part of me thinks it should be him) should arrange a coffee or cocktail date – and the sooner the better.

What do you think?  Are you in agreement with me and have a desire to meet in person early on?  Or are you okay with strictly online and text communications with the opposite sex?

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The Wife Coach, LLC is Lakia Brandenburg’s personal development boutique with a focus on wives and marriage. As The Wife Coach, she empowers women who are married–or planning to be–get rid of the fairytale syndrome and create a more realistic vision for their marriage as well as role as a wife.

Read more about “L.B.” and The Wife Coach, LLC on the Chronicles Too!  (Link below)

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/lakia-brandenburg/

The Chronicles Too! is Classy Living Society’s online blog that features individuals, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.  Get featured!  (Link below)

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I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself. – Emma Stone

In the work I am doing to better myself in my life journey (a/k/a therapy), I’m learning about my own core beliefs.  Core beliefs are defined as follows:

basic beliefs about ourselves, other people, and the world we live in. They are things we hold to be absolute truths deep down, underneath all our “surface” thoughts.*

Your core beliefs are typically learned throughout your life – maybe something someone told you about yourself, the way you perceive the world through your own experiences, or even through your religious beliefs, etc.  Basically, they are the “go-to” thoughts that are continuously on repeat in your mind that you’ve somehow adopted as your truth – whether valid or invalid.  Core beliefs are often activated by triggers – events that bring up thoughts that are colored by your perception.

Since I’m not a psychologist and still learning about this concept of discovering core beliefs myself, I’m not going to go into great detail – but one thing I know for certain.  When you begin to examine your core beliefs, it will tell you a lot about yourself, your thoughts and how you see the world.  It speaks an abundance of truth toward your esteem and confidence (or lack thereof) and why you may be plagued by negative thoughts, fear and anxiety and why you perpetually stand in your own way.

In order for you to move forward, you have to take an occasional glance backward to see where you collected certain steadfast beliefs that don’t necessarily serve you.  You’ve progressed, you’ve aged, you’ve grown – so why do you still harbor the same core beliefs you had when you were 14 years old?  This will never suit you in your 40’s, 50’s and beyond.  All it does is keep you stuck.

To heighten your current frequency of vibration, it’s time to begin the work of dispelling the myths that are holding you back.  You are not the mistakes you made, nor who your abusive ex said you were, nor what your family told you about yourself.  And you’re really not the negative words you utter to yourself.  Begin to pay more attention to what you tell yourself through your thoughts and who you see when you look in the mirror.  If you’re saying words or thinking thoughts about yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone you love, then why are you saying them to yourself?

Make a list of those things you believe about yourself – the good and the bad things you believe deep down inside  – and start working on eradicating those items on your list that are putting a damper on your good energy.  Start building the force field that will surround you enough to deflect the situations that would normally take you down for the count.  Embrace the “weaknesses” on your list and be kind to yourself about them.  No one deserves your good treatment and love more than you.  See who you are and be unafraid to be yourself.

*Reference: https://betterrelationships.org.au/well-being/core-beliefs-self-acceptance/

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Created and Curated to inspire a new narrative around fertility, Fertile Alchemy is a health and lifestyle brand designed to inspire women to live a fertile and nourished life. With an emphasis on nourishment, emotional health, and spiritual wellness, Fertile Alchemy is for all women.   Bri Braggs developed Fertile Alchemy after desiring a career change and career change and enrolling in a program to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach.  From there she’s submerged herself into the world of holistic health.  Read all about her and how she’s placed a healing touch on many women with her amazing brand.

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/bri-braggs/

The Chronicles Too! is Classy Living Society’s online blog that features individuals, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.  Get featured!  (Link below)

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Bagels!  I miss good New York bagels. They’re difficult to find in Atlanta…

When I was growing up in New York, my brother and I would go with our mother to the S&H Green Stamp Redemption Center/Store.  “What’s a S&H Green Stamp Catalog Store?” you ask?   Well, I’m showing my age here; but back in the day it was a catalog store where S&H Green stamps could be redeemed.  Much like today’s customer loyalty programs at a grocery store or restaurant where you get points for purchases; back then if you shopped at select stores (like my mother shopped at A&P for groceries) you received little strips of green stamps at check-out according to the amount of money you spent.  Paste your stamps into a blank booklet and when you’ve acquired enough, you were entitled to redeem them for all sorts of offerings from a catalog – from punch bowl sets to home decor – according to the number of stamps you had.

I’d always get so excited to go with my mother to the green stamp store!  It was fun “helping” her select what to get with her green stamps (even though she’d already made up her mind what she was getting before she went, but we always tried to convince her to get toys).  But best of all, I knew after we left the store, we were going next door for fresh hot bagels!  Near the green stamp store was a bakery that, similar to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts when the HOT sign is on, would sell warm freshly baked bagels right off the conveyor coming out of the oven!  They were so good; I wish I had one right now!  One of the many great memories of growing up in the Bronx.

It’s that New York water

I’ve said all this to say – I have found only one or two spots in Atlanta that make really great bagels; the kind I enjoyed in New York.  I’ve decided that maybe it’s like New York pizza – the authentic versions can only be found in New York!  The secret elixir is that New York water – you’ve got to have it to make New York bagels and pizza!  (Click on this hyperlink to read this Food & Wine magazine article: “Is New York Water Really the Secret to the Best Bagels and Pizza?“)  Many would not agree, but if you’d grasp the real truth, there is a big difference in pizza and bagels found outside of New York!

What are some of the foods in your memory that you just can’t seem to get today, for whatever reason?  Tell me about it in the comments, please, I’d like to hear it!  Nothing like drumming up good memories – especially as it relates to food!  Bottle me up some of that New York water, please!

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Photography by: Alyssa Bre Troffort Photography, Chante Photography

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Spotlight on a young lady I had the pleasure of meeting this past week – Stephanie McCloud!  She brings NEW meaning to the term fly girl!

Stephanie is the founder of Take Flight Girls, Incorporated, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, GA and St. Louis, MO. Their mission is to empower young women by providing experiences through travel, culture, and philanthropy while encouraging aviation, aerospace careers and providing mentorship in entrepreneurship.

Read more about Stephanie on her Chronicles Too! feature by clicking here:  https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/stephanie-mccloud/

 

The Chronicles Too! is Classy Living Society’s online blog that features individuals, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.  Get featured!  (Link below)

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/about/#featured

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Welcome to the NEW Classy Chronicles!

Formerly, the Classy Chronicles was the official online digital magazine of Classy Living Society. The newly revamped Classy Chronicles is now a platform housed on the Classy Living Society website! Through easy-to-navigate dropdown menus, the Classy Chronicles provides an outlet to many subjects of interest at the click of a mouse – articles and features that highlight people who are doing amazing things in the community, health and wellness, work-life balance, beauty and fashion and more!

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