@beUnapologetic w/ @coachstormy)
During the month of January, I anxiously awaited jet setting to Atlanta with my mom and bestie to attend 'The Awakening' conference presented by Stormy Wellington of Wake Up & Win. I honestly had no clue what to expect at the conference, as a TLC Brand Ambassador, I assumed the gathering was about new products, team morale, etc. So at 6:30am headed to the airport, my silent prayer was for safe travel, and a request to not return back to Miami the same. What exactly does that mean, Erika? I didn't know specifically, but I knew I needed a shift, a new perspective to catapult my motivation and tactics - personally, professionally, and purposefully. Keep in mind, I assumed this would be from a TLC vantage point. Boy was a wrong...
So we arrive into Atlanta Friday afternoon and head to for a bite to eat & manicures before checking into the hotel. The entire day had been refreshing, getting out of Miami, seeing new faces, actually speaking to people in passing. It's such a different vibe in Atlanta, actual pleasant, southern hospitality. A quick stop to Trader Joe's then we head to check into the hotel. The calming momentum sets in as we settle in the room. Between laughter and chit chatting to catch up on life, the triumphs & challenges of balancing #GirlBoss ambition, love, intimacy & a peace of mind, the essence of the trip is finally setting in for myself, my mom & bestie... UNIVERSE, WE NEED A CHANGE!
The next day... the "storm" came & delivered it!
Through the rain, we arrived to the conference and were greeted by cheerful smiles at V.I.P check- in, and huh-what-say-what... BEYONCE, MICHAEL JACKSON, & grooving music that forced you out of your head and into the rhythm of the conference room. As we awaited for the everything to begin, we had funnnnnn, we let go of mental blockages, set aside ego, and all united under the same umbrella. We were all here for an "Awakening", within our own individual right respectfully, and who better to be the driving force behind it but STORMY WELLINGTON!
The energy. The force. The passion to MOTIVATE, INSPIRE & UNSELFISHLY ENCOURAGE change this woman evokes is remarkable. To see her enter the room and connect with every person is magnetic & contagious, it truly is! She greeted the room with that captivating smile and boldly announced, "NO FACEBOOK LIVE, I don't care about social media. If they wanted to know what was going on, they should have been here so put your phones up! I want this moment to be for YOU, I WANT YOU TO GET OUT OF IT WHAT YOU CAME HERE FOR." And right then & there I knew, it wasn't about the TLC business, it wasn't about entrepreneurship, it was about the single key element that plays a role in all of that... reconnecting, switching on the spark, and awakening the shift in ME!
Alright Erika, it's time to WAKE UP - spiritually, consciously, physically & mentally - & WIN!
During the conference, we were inspired by additional keynote speakers such as Bishop Sheldon McCarter to 7 - figure earner Pam McCray who shared their stories and celebrated their victories with us. Personal development workbooks were provided which Coach Stormy guided us through with such fervor and excitement it caused us to lose track of time and delay lunch. Twas totally fine with me, one, because our VIP treatment included succulent bites lolol not but seriously, the spiritual fulfillment was in the gain of removing the barriers, being honest with self, releasing, moving forward, and owning the power to know your worth, accept it, and go after it- NO HOLDS BARRED.
At the end of the conference I knew I couldn't leave without speaking to Coach Stormy and expressing how moving the seminar was for me. I didn't care about the crowd or waiting in line, I knew I had to do it. Now mind you, this wasn't my first interaction with her. Coach Stormy and I attended the same elementary school together (Go Hibiscus Hawks!), and about a year ago I ran into her at the mall and she gave me her number so we could connect for a feature on my blog. At the moment, I didn't really know what angle I wanted the feature to be about. And you all know I am very selective about stories I share, I share what I know personally and believe in, unapologetically. So I wanted it to be RIGHT. In my mind, I only knew of her great accomplishments with TLC... but I knew there was more to her and about her that I would want to spotlight on my blog. And this experience was it! Featuring Coach Stormy as an inspiration through her challenge, victory and paramount influence into lives with her mission to Wake Up & Win was the perfect PERSONAL spotlight for my blog.
In a nutshell, this was my first (& definitely, not the last) unforgettable WUAW experience. There were so many take home points that hit home for ME, one in particular was her encouragement to not take yourself so seriously! I needed that, I needed to hear that it's ok to have fun while you "Push It & Go Get The Money!" (weekend anthem lol) It's okay to pray and still get LIVE & PARTY, just learn to balance it. And that it's ok to give your body the proper rest & nutrients that it needs and requires. I am so guilty of burning the midnight oil, finishing up designs, and orders that I often neglect rest. The key is balance, and if a million dollar earner can vouch for learning to balance in life including rest, I will open my ears & eyes and take note! Thank you Coach Stormy for shedding that light for me. It was an honor we reconnect at The Awakening, this was the angle I was waiting for! I am a firm believer in 'All things in divine alignment'...
Glitterbugs, I hope you enjoyed this is just a small snapshot of Coach Stormy's 2017 state of mind, there's so much more in store from her! Be sure to check out her NEW website - Stormy Wellington and follow her @coachstormy! I am super proud and moved by her drive & ambition, and I look forward to bringing you guys more exciting features from the #WakeUpAndWin movement.
Detox update, today we are on Day 5, and when I say we, I mean it, because I've been excited and thinking of you guys as I dedicated myself to the 5 - day cleanse. If this inspires at least one person to detox, then I'm happy like a TOOFless toddler!
Back to my progress, let's get into taste, it honestly taste like... TEA! Cold Lipton tea, but it's NOT which is awesome! I'm into healthy drinks and smoothies and juices so I was prepared for a strong taste similar to that of dirt lol... but, NEGATIVE! It has an enjoyable taste. Because each packet makes a gallon of tea, I have it refrigerated so I literally drink it chilled throughout the day. Ok, next question, is it effective, you mean like, is it working? Do I have to stay no more than 15 feet away from the nearest restroom? lol NOPE! And trust, I have tried other detox teas that REQUIRED I stay home to avoid any mishaps. IASO tea isn't aggressive on my stomach at all which I appreciate. I can still have a regular, active day and just "excuse myself" when needed.
GREAT NEWS IS... I've already lost a full inch & a half! I definitely knew weighing myself for the 5days/5lbs goal wasn't an option like I mentioned before, I don't own a scale in my home. I prefer to let the numbers talk from measurements and dress size. On Day 1, my waist was at 31" and today I am at 29.5", my goal is 28" so be sure to follow the journey and cheer me on! #DetoxNSlay with me - Order Yours TODAY: IASO Tea.
(Check out progress - Day 3 below)
I am excited and nervous and anxious to share this detox journey with you. Today is Day 1 of 5. Not my first time detoxing but trying this new detox tea! It's been brought to my attention... THAT I LOVE TO EAT! And in the words of my mate, sister, and besties, "Erika, you are so greedy!" LOL I can't help it, I love good food! My only cop out is that I workout to maintain it, and honestly I am under the impression that I basically workout so that I CAN EAT! Don't judge me, I know my truth!
So I decided it was time to detox especially during the holiday season, when I know I am going to eat, enjoyably & unapologetically - CAN I GET A "HELLO"!? And with the New Year approaching, why not get started cleansing now. The goal is to drop weight over the holidays NOT GAIN IT! Who's with me!!! I can vouch that I feel so powerful when I have a good cleanse - juicing, liquid in a bottle, and this time tea! It's a great way to boost energy & your immune system, clear your mind from fogginess, and give the organs and digestive system a break from processing unnecessary toxins in the body. I've also noticed a positive shift in my vibration, I get more creative for my craft, and have a clearer state of mind for all the new things to come. Detoxing is an excellent way to help my fairies bring in all that I've requested by clearing out old debris.
I've tried a few different detoxes -some more stronger and powerful than others, if you know what I mean lol. Recently, my girlfriend introduced me to IASO tea, a natural detox tea that will clean your system, and the benefit is losing 5lbs in 5 days. What!!!? Sign me up!
I'll be sharing my 5 day journey with you! Stay tuned for my results. Ready to detox and lose a few lbs for the new year, click & order yours today on my link TODAY - TLC IASO Tea. #DetoxNSlay go hand in hand!
DAY 1 - Waist 31 inches (I don't own a scale for personal reasons lol but let's see these inches go down in 5 days)