Monday, February 28, 2011

7 Things You Should Know Before You Turn Your Passion into a Business

Design your life around your passion.

Now this is the gold. In other words, make your lifestyle your business. I quit TV producing to open up an organic raw vegan restaurant in Los Angeles because I wanted to eat and live a more holistic and natural lifestyle. I did a four year run with the restaurant and there were times, I would be at the beach while my employees handled my restaurant. That's the lifestyle I wanted. I wanted to be able to go to the beach and still make money. So figure out how you want your life to look like and design your passion and your business around it.

Be Authentic.

Authenticity is like the new sexy. When people are authentic, they will buy from you, they will support you, and they will follow you wherever you go. Consumers are smarter now more than ever and we want to know where our dollars are being spent, so work on your authenticity. What is authenticity? According to Norma T. Hollis, America's Leading Authentic Voice Doctor, authenticity is the key to finding your life's purpose and communicating it with extraordinary power.

Stay in the conversation of who you are, what you are doing, and what you are want.

The wealth is in the conversation, not the conversation we have via text, email, Facebook, or Twitter. Even though these are wonderful opportunities to market and advertise your business and events and projects, the wealth is in the conversation you are having with people, so stay in the conversation of who you are, what you are doing, and what you want in life. And be authentic about it.

Keep money on the mind.

Cultivate a wonderful relationship with money now. If you don’t you will surely not make a good living doing what you are doing. Cultivating a good relationship with money means you realize what money can do for you and your business and for the world. It gives you spending power to re-invest in your business, to offer more services and products to your consumers, and to live the lifestyle that you desire which makes you a happier person and people want to buy from happy people.

Know your partners. (not your competition)

Passion cannot compete, so I don’t look at what people do in my field as competition. They are teachers, lessons, people who I can network with, partner with, create joint ventures together with, etc. Know who they are and meet them. Have a conversation with them. Tell them what you are up. They might refer a client to you or a business opportunity or give you some advice.

Reach out to your Community.

From time to time, reach out to your community and get an idea of what they want or expect from you. It’s a humbling experience, but one you might want to practice from time to time.

Invest in yourself.

Attend trade shows, networking events, hire a coach, take a teleseminar, whatever it takes to keep educating yourself and learning. Learning doesn't stop with school and for an entrepreneur it is always evolving. Enlist a team of mentors, coaches, friends, etc around you who consistently offer you advice, suggestions, knowledge, resources, and information.

Nwenna Kai is teaching an online workshop on Turning Your Passion into a Business Workshop, on Tuesday, March 1st, @ 6 pm PST, 9 pm EST.

To register for the workshop, visit

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Raw & Living Foods for Beginners: Get Started! Part I

It's a New Year and spring is coming upon us. Its a perfect time to take on a new diet and lifestyle and learn how to do it easily, quickly, and inexpensively.

Join myself and some newbies for The Raw & Living Foods For Beginners Workshop. Get answers to all those questions that you have about eating raw.

Raw & Living Foods For Beginners: Get Started! Part I
Tuesday, February 22nd - 6 pm PST, 9 pm EST

Lecture is 45 minutes followed by a 30 minute Q&A

Learn what The Raw & Living Foods Philosophy is all about

Learn how to set up a Plant-based diet Kitchen on a budget

Learn all about recipe development & menu planning tips & tricks

Learn how & why to eat according to the seasons

Learn the do's and don't's and myths of a raw foods diet

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Investment - $35

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What's Really Eating Us? Black women & weight

When I came across the statistic that by the year 2034, 100% of black women will be overweight and obese, a bundle of emotions came across me as I felt embarrassed for black women, I felt sorry for us but mostly I felt compelled to write about it, talk about it, and take it on as a part of my platform in healing women.

Obesity is a symptom of something much deeper than just food and a sedentary lifestyle. As with any imbalance in the body, there is an imbalance in the mind/spirit as well which lends to the question, What’s Really Eating Us?

Anytime a large group of people who have identity factors in common with each other such as race suffer from a similar symptom such as obesity and thus a similar disease, then the question becomes what is going on with this group of individuals in which they share a common experience that is affecting them and producing a symptom as large as obesity. According to statistics over 70% of black women in America now are considered to be overweight and/or obese. I’m not going to put much weight on the statistics because I do my own personal accounting. Besides that I’m a skeptic when it comes to statistics especially since we have to be wary and conscious of from whom and from where this information is being disseminated? However, when I run my daily errands, when I look at my family, when I look at other black people’s families, when I hear brothers talk about black women’s weight problems, I don’t need a statistic to tell me what is really going on. In my family alone, I have a host of aunts, great-aunts and first and second female cousins who are overweight and/or obese. When I first took on this weight issue, I would run my daily errands and count the amount of black women who were overweight and/or obese and the numbers would run anywhere from 50-75 in a few hours of my day.

Too often western modern medicine dismisses the metaphysical, historical, political, and economic factors out of the picture when it comes to diagnosing and healing disease. While this form of medicine works to care for the symptom, it doesn’t aim to heal the entire person and look at what’s really going on?

We all want to blame obesity on food, but if that were the case, with the billion dollar weight loss industry, everyone who goes on a diet and loses the weight should be able to keep the weight off, but they don’t.
So again comes the question of What’s Really Eating Us?


We all know that the more money that you have, the more healthier you are. Why? Because if you have more money, you obviously live in a neighborhood that has healthier eating establishments, and options for sourcing organic, fresh, and healthier food. Also if you have more money, you value your health as you know that if you are healthy you have more energy and more energy means more money. Poor people who have a poverty consciousness eat cheap food. Its real simple and basic. People who are health conscious and who value their health over other material items will pay the few extra dollars that it takes to eat healthier. People who have more money are also more educated about their health. They seek knowledge and most of these people will read food labels, question where their produce is coming from, and they will read articles and books about health.

When you look at a working to middle class predominately black neighborhood in an urban city, look at the types of supermarkets in that area, the number of farmer’s markets in that area, and look at the conditions of that supermarket. Detroit, a predominately black populated city is considered to be a supermarket desert. A 2003 University of Michigan study of Detroit supermarkets showed there were only five grocery stores in Detroit with over 20,000 square feet. At the beginning of the recession, major large chain supermarkets fled the city leaving Detroit’s citizens to buy groceries from convenience stores.


In the media, we see black women celebrities who have struggled with weight: Oprah Winfrey, Star Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Price, Monique, Queen Latifah and more. Some of these women even have gone so far as to say how healthy, beautiful, and big they are thus giving black women permission to think that you can still be overweight and healthy. On top of that in a celebrity craze culture, we believe what celebrities dish out without any analytical reasoning of their messages on our part. Therefore this leaves a population of overweight black women believing that they are healthy in spite of carrying hundreds of pounds of weight.


As I talk to black women, many of us still believe the old concept that we are naturally bigger women. But if that were true, how would that explain, black women who are sizes 10 and under?

Is it in our DNA? Absolutely not! But many black women believe that because their grandmother, their mother, and their aunties are big, that they will naturally gain weight as well. There’s this unconscious agreement that goes on with black women in families where the mother is overweight and therefore her daughter must be overweight too especially if the mother is passing down her food and lifestyle choices to her children.


Women still believe that with childbirth comes excess weight. But many white and Asian women successfully lose weight after childbirth. So what’s so different about their bodies from our’s?


Now let’s get down to diet. One stipulation about the black community is that we usually eat like our ancestors or elders eat despite the health issues that it creates. When I first became vegetarian, the struggle was not in staying vegetarian and avoiding the temptation of meat, the struggle was in getting my family to understand and respect my new diet and lifestyle. The Standard Black American Diet is one that is rich in fried foods, meat, dairy products, processed foods, sugar, and fast junk. It is junk that clogs colons, creates diabetes, hinders the heart from beating, raises blood pressure, and shortens life spans and in spite of the abundance of knowledge everywhere black people still eat the junk of our elders and then turn around and laugh at the ignorance. So knowledge really isn’t power, is it?


When me and my black girlfriends used to go hiking every Saturday morning in the Canyons when I lived in Los Angeles, we didn’t see other brown-skinned cuties on those trails besides us. We saw 80-year Russian grandmothers and Botox overdosed Beverly Hills housewives turning red from too much overexposure in the sun while hiking those long trails.

What are the lifestyles like for black women across the country? And how does that reflect the growing weight problem among us?

So the question What’s Really Eating Us? has a number of different solutions and possible answers, but we must go beyond the obvious factor of food and take a deeper look at the health of black women from a holistic perspective incorporating the mind/body/spirit connection.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Yoni Diet: A Womb Wellness Class

Join myself and others in a powerful, health and life-transforming class about The Yoni Diet. Learn how to eat for your womb so that it is strong, supple, and soft.

Our Wombs are the most powerful force inside of our bodies. Our state of health stems from how healthy it is. All women need to eat life-giving foods that nourish and sustain the Yoni Body.

Learn how in this Womb Wellness Workshop!

The class is online.

Tuesday, February 15th – 6 pm PST, 9 pm EST
Lecture – 45 minutes followed by a 30 minute Q&A

Learn what foods are best to keep a strong, supple, and soft womb

Learn what 7 herbs are a woman’s best friend

Learn how disease is created in our womb-man bodies

Learn how to release fibroids, eliminate menstrual cramps, and shorten long cycles

Learn the proper way to detox and cleanse The Yoni Body

Investment – $35

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