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Amaranth: A Journal of Food Writing & Art
The Beyond Woman Magazine Issue 10
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Embracing The Body You Have

For years, I grew up not accepting the body I was gifted with. I constantly believed my thighs were too thick, my butt too big, the curves were too much, and the jiggles were just a bit too jiggly. Now, I'm embracing all of it, no matter the size or shape that I am now or will be.

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How Full Is Your Love Tank?

Is your love tank full and overflowing or empty and on the brink of non-existence? Just like the gas tank in your car, when it's full you can go anywhere and feel comfortable in doing so; however, when it's nearing empty, you have to choose where you go or how far you can go. And God forbid you run-out, well, you're stuck right where you are until you can fill that tank.

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Getting Into The Spirit of Things

Getting into the spirit of things on the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Tour.  A walk in history, coupled with tasting of some of Jamaica's finest rums.


Smacking of lips from the sharp, smooth flavors of the 'browning' that fuzzies your insides and warms your inner circles. 'Twas a spiritual affair, the Appleton & Me.

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Ladies, if you are 40 and over it means you have spent years acquiring things and people while forming certain habits. We get emotionally attached and find it hard to let go, but it's time to start purging. And after the purge, GUESS WHAT? There's retail therapy because, there are just some things we must own at this stage of our lives.  We must transition.


We are moving into the age of classy, sleek, stylish, comfortable and elegant, we no longer want clutter and confusion, suffocating or out-dated fashion, a broken bank account or a home that's hard to keep clean. Isn't that true? My guess is that it is. So. We need to plan ahead and get some of those must haves. 


And just like purging and transitioning, there are some activities we should have already tried or experiences we should already have done before 40. Plus some we still need to try.  Heck, life is full of experiences and honey after 40 you recognize just how much of what you can and cannot do or tolerate. 


GOOD THING, because here comes the health issues that pop-up over night. Trust me, some you never even see coming. And they can put a damper on your life, but, again, it's how we deal with each thing that makes the difference.


You know what the fun part is? After 40, you glow and you blossom into a beautiful butterfly, waiting to take on life's other experiences with the tenacity of a woman who has been there, done that, knows what she wants and doesn't give a crap what others think! Unless of course it's helping her improve in some way.