How To Face Your Fears? A Guide To Understand And Face The Tough Circumstances Of Your Life

Feeling the emotion of fear or anxiety is natural to all human beings. Many of us usually fear or dread over little unimportant things happening in our life. Fear or stressing over some bad and little things can really hinder our daily activities. But, some of us feel more than needed anxiety and drool over unnecessary life situations. We fear over slight mishappenings and stick to the mindset that the same bad things could happen to us all over again. This fear that life can or willContinue reading “How To Face Your Fears? A Guide To Understand And Face The Tough Circumstances Of Your Life”

Compound Interest “The Magic Penny”

Are you struggling to save and grow your finances? What if I tell you I have a “magic penny” formula that can double your money in 31 days? Sounds interesting right? Most people haven’t heard of the magic penny before. How about your one penny turns into a million. Yes, of course, you can double your money easily by following just some steps and investing your money first. Just think about this: If you double a penny each day for 31 days, you end up with £10.7Continue reading “Compound Interest “The Magic Penny””

Should you make financial literacy a part of your company culture?

If you own your own company, it’s possible that you haven’t considered financial literacy programs in work. Should this be your responsibility?Well, those with lower levers of financial worry also have higher levels of financial literacy.So, what does this have to do with you, as an employer?Financial literacy is, generally, very low amongst the public. Money, therefore, remains a constant source of stress and poor performance at work. It also pushes employees to look elsewhere for other jobs, or feel unhappy in current positions.In order for aContinue reading “Should you make financial literacy a part of your company culture?”

How to find motivation right now

It’s weird times – it can feel increasingly difficult to actually feel motivated and reach goals.  It’s an endless cycle, too. We feel bad about ourselves, we can’t find motivation, we don’t meet goals, and then we feel bad about ourselves – it continues and continues.  So, what are some ways that you can get motivation quickly? These are quick tips, that might just give you that boost instantly. Sidenote: if you are feeling like you’re stuck in a rut, and nothing can break you out, itContinue reading “How to find motivation right now”

How to deal with Death Anxiety during a pandemic

For many of us, the current pandemic has really made dealing with anxiety and fear unbearable.Death Anxiety (or Thanatophobia, if you want to get medical), is known as the anxiety surrounding the fear of death or the dying process. It’s understandable and pretty common. Actually, worrying about the mortality of yourself or the people you love is completely normal. That being said, it does affect some more substantially.These worries can become problematic and consuming. Many people suffering from death anxiety struggle to participate in everyday life, especiallyContinue reading “How to deal with Death Anxiety during a pandemic”

How the trauma of slavery can be inherited

Transgenerational trauma or intergenerational trauma is a psychological term which suggests that trauma can be transferred or inherited through generations.Essentially, when a first-generation survives a large ordeal of trauma, they can transfer this trauma to their children, and even further generations of offspring. This becomes known as a complex post-traumatic stress disorder. While this kind of research into this is young, it is expanding and seems to have strong evidence tied to it.The main examples of transgenerational trauma come from horrible events such as slavery and theContinue reading “How the trauma of slavery can be inherited”

Why do people care less when women of colour go missing?

The Missing White Woman Syndrome/Effect is prominent in our society, and with social media picking up on otherwise unreported news, it’s more obvious than ever.So, what is missing white woman syndrome? And why does society seem to care less when women from BAME communities go missing? Let’s dive into this, and what we can do to help change it. Let’s use the main example. The little girl that we all know and have heard of. Her disappearance has led to book deals and even a Netflix series,Continue reading “Why do people care less when women of colour go missing?”

How to overcome entrepreneur envy

Jealousy can keep you down, so how do you get over entrepreneur envy?  We’ve all been there – scrolled through Instagram and seen people doing INCREDIBLE things with their careers. Better yet, read through a Forbes “30 under 30” list and felt terrible, especially when they claim somebody as privileged as a Jenner is “self-made”.  It’s normal for these things to not fill you with joy. It might just fill you with self-doubt or insecurity. Most of the time it will leave us feeling like we haven’tContinue reading “How to overcome entrepreneur envy”

Can your phone help with your finances?

It’s something we all have – that we usually exclusively keep to stalking Instagram profiles, making calls, and sending memes.  Gone are the days of heavy bricks with ariels (if anybody can even remember those), now we have tiny little computers in our pockets. We should be making the most from them.  When it comes to finances, our mobile phones can not only make it SO much easier to manage our money, but there is an array of apps out there to help us with our spendingContinue reading “Can your phone help with your finances?”

The Beginner’s Concise Guide to Understanding ETFs

What are ETFs? ETFs as we all know them are shorts for Exchange-Traded Funds. An ETF is a basket of securities that contains stocks, bonds, securities, and other financial assets. These funds are index funds that can be traded on an exchange just like stocks and bonds. ETFs were started in the ’90s. At inception, they only tracked market indexes like the S&P 500. About three decades later, there is just about all kinds of ETFs available for almost anything and everything. Some of these ETFs include:Continue reading “The Beginner’s Concise Guide to Understanding ETFs”

Five Things to Consider Before Making an Investment Decision

Given the current economic situation and recent financial market events, you may be wondering whether to invest or make changes to your investment portfolio. While I cannot tell you how to manage your investment portfolio, I can give some tips you can consider before making your decision. So yeah, let’s get right to it. What are those things you might want to consider before making your important financial investment decisions? Evaluate Your Financial Goals If you have ever made an investment decision, this is the time toContinue reading “Five Things to Consider Before Making an Investment Decision”

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple, published in 1982, is a classic novel that celebrates black women who challenge unjust authorities and raise their head beyond the yoke of their situations and circumstances. The novel follows an impregnated and abused young girl, Celie, through her personal and spiritual growth in slave-bound Georgia. It’s 1909. Celie navigates through poverty and oppression from family and foes alike. The story is told from the first person POV. We are allowed an entry into Celie’s mind. The narrative begins with the tone of aContinue reading “The Color Purple by Alice Walker”

Classics Don’t Die and Neither Do Legends!

It is indeed sad to hear about Chadwick Boseman’s passing. He was only just 43 with so much to offer the world. Chadwick Aaron Boseman was an American actor most renowned for his role as King T’Challa in Black Panther. Born on the 29th of November, 1976, Chadwick died on Friday, 28th of August, 2020. In 2016, before the release of the Marvel Production on the 16th of February, 2018, Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer. For four years while entertaining the rest of the world,Continue reading “Classics Don’t Die and Neither Do Legends!”

The Dangers of Subscribing to the Single Story about Africa and Black People

When you hear Africa, what’s the first thing that pops in your head? The home of black people? The home of crude, primitive men that live in caves and trees? Maybe a more refined ideology but crude nonetheless: a continent filled with poor, homeless people. Perhaps an abstract: crime, threats. In a large percentage of the cases, the conception is usually negative. After all, the news is filled with all sorts of negative things about Africa. As Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie puts it, most of us have beenContinue reading “The Dangers of Subscribing to the Single Story about Africa and Black People”

Growing Different: The Bearings of the Past on the Present in a Post-Slavery World

While random African and Caribbean brothers might be receptive towards one another in their continent and countries, it might not be the most common thing to see random brothers in the diaspora connect on that same level. Dr. Joy Degruy chronicles this in her book (Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and healing). She shares a personal experience: an encounter with a young boy and her own son, Nadim. She had just been back from South-Africa and trying to readjust to the Portland atmosphereContinue reading “Growing Different: The Bearings of the Past on the Present in a Post-Slavery World”

How to Know When Stress Is Starting to Take A Toll on You and Steps to Addressing It

Every once in a while, we all get stressed out and it affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Stress can reveal itself in a number of ways. These signs include: Persistent headaches and migraine Chronic muscle aches Chest pain Digestive imbalance (this spans from simple stomach discomfort to pronounced indigestion problems and diarrhea. Behavioural changes like distraction and absent-mindedness. You can also become really irritable and take it out on those around you. Heightened indulgence in cigarettes, alcohol, food, and sleep. These signs are some of theContinue reading “How to Know When Stress Is Starting to Take A Toll on You and Steps to Addressing It”

Three Healthy Ways to Deal with Anxiety

The first step in addressing an issue is recognizing it. It is after you recognize the various forms it takes that you can take active measures to curtail it. However, when it comes to anxiety, it may be a bit difficult for you to recognize it for what it is and address it. After all, the mind collapses into itself. The trick though is knowing this anxious behaviours before the mind freezes and actively resisting their grip. But just how do you do this? Let’s find out!Continue reading “Three Healthy Ways to Deal with Anxiety”

The Adventures of Washington Black

Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan, tells the story of a young boy, George Washington Black, born into slavery. When Washington is first introduced, he is eleven and working on the Faith Plantation in Barbados. He lives with an old, rather disillusioned woman that takes care of him. His boss is brutally cruel and makes life miserable on all fronts for the black slaves on the Barbados plantation. It all continues until the master’s elder brother, Titch, arrives to live on the plantation in Barbados. Titch, uninterested inContinue reading “The Adventures of Washington Black”

Three Powerful Black Female Authors You Should Most Definitely Read

Choosing the next book on your reading list might be a bit of a challenge especially if you’re looking to try something different. What book should that be? You’ve got so many options. Or none at all. Either way, worry not! If you’re looking to read a book by a black female author, you’re in the right place to be because right here are great recommendations of three famous, prolific black female authors you should most definitely read. Alice Walker Alice Malsenior Walker (born on the 9thContinue reading “Three Powerful Black Female Authors You Should Most Definitely Read”

The Biased Portrayal of Black People in Movies

The black skin tone has come to be associated with evil. Villains in more than 50% of movies have the tendency to have a darker skin tone than the rest of the folks on the set. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why this happens? Consider even the simplest examples- cartoons and animations that our kids consume. Is it not weird that Simba’s wicked uncle in the Lion King animation was black. Think about it! Consciously or subconsciously, the younger generation are trained to perceive theContinue reading “The Biased Portrayal of Black People in Movies”

The Attempt at Preserving Culture through Code-switching

Regardless of the racial mix, black people have their own cultures. They have their way of doing things that are generic to them. It’s very common to see a group of black people conversing differently from how they would when they’re among different people. When together, slangs might not be missing from the conversations. But more often than not, there are lots of times when as a black person, you might be around a gathering of other folks and you have to switch from your way andContinue reading “The Attempt at Preserving Culture through Code-switching”

Simple Tips to Starting your Independent Business

Mention every impressive brand you know and I will tell you of their humble beginnings. As ginormous as they might have now become, every business started with a single step and bloomed into something grand and beautiful. If you are looking to start a business as well, you can do so and run it brilliantly, as long as you follow these simple but really powerful steps. Figure out what you are good at What’s that thing you really know how to do? Drawing? Baking? Dancing? Fixing gadgets?Continue reading “Simple Tips to Starting your Independent Business”

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