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Where Has Chic LadyT Been?!

I know we went missing, so I thought I’d finally make a video on what happened. Chic Lady T put an event on in October and had to turn around and get ready for a Young Black Leadership Summit-YBLS right after. This was further complicated when I and the other attendees received an invitation to the white house from the president. So we were swamped with getting ready for all these things.

In the next series of videos, I will be spilling the tea on the Young Black Leadership Summit, Turning Point USA, and YouTuber Candace Owens. This channel will probably move in the direction of tea sipping on mainstream stories about blacks. TBH, I am reluctant to give any air time to the YBLS and the peoples involved because to me these political people are weirdos. And any attention, even negative attention, is good attention. But as I was personally there I will be putting in my two cents. Other than that I could care less. I am not interested in politics. I am straight up disgusted.

Change of Direction for Chic LadyT?

This video will also be speaking on ideas for the direction of this channel. We care about the black community so Chic LadyT would like to focus on our issues and black empowerment. That’s in addition to gossip and trending headlines. There would still be hair videos but they won’t be the main focus.

As for my hair, I do a quick length check in this video. After making this video, I trimmed off inches so it can be healthy. I want to cut it all off but I’m not that brave yet. We’ll see.

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I failed | 21 Day Productivity Challenge Update

So, Where Have You Been?

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I apologize for not updating you guys in reference to the 21 day productivity challenge. It was a big fail and I don’t think I was comfortable with admitting that. So I’ve been stuck trying to figure out my next move. I finally decided to hop on and let you guys know what happened. In this post I will reveal my setbacks, talk about my plan for a do-over, and how I will be avoiding my previous mistakes.

What is this 21 Day Productivity Challenge Anyway?

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For those of you who are unaware, I started a 21 day productivity challenge based off of Brian Tracey’s book, Eat That Frog. In this book, Brian tells his readers to eat a frog the first thing in the morning, every morning. A frog is something you have a hard time doing. Something that you have been putting off for some time. This is the one thing that would have the greatest impact on your life if you get it out the way. An example would be updating your resume so you can apply for a better job or calling a contractor to upgrade your home it sells at a higher price. You get the idea.

So, What Happened Sis?

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I started the 21 day challenge off on the right foot. I was making my lists and eating frogs. But shortly thereafter, maybe like a week in, I started to procrastinate. I would still do my most daunting task, or my frog, but anything else I did after that was only busy work. You know, the unimportant stuff. It wasn’t long before I stopped being productive altogether. After some time, I stopped eating frogs and all the tasks I completed were meaningless and empty.

Now don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a complete loss. I mean, I went from getting nothing done to at lease moving. I had been struggling with fatigue and complete lack of motivation. So it was nice to see that I was making some kind of progress. But I was running in place as Denzel Washington said in the audio of my video This Silk Press Video Will Change Your Life. I’m glad that the book and challenge got me started but now I need to advance forward.

If At First You Don’t Succeed

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So my plan is to try this again. I am attempting another 21 day productivity challenge using the Eat That Frog method. And once again I would like you to join me. This is a great occasion to do a do-over just in time for fall. I should have more success because the summer months are usually so chill. The fall is a busier time with kids starting school and all. The challenge will begin on Friday September 7, 2018 and will go until September 28, 2018.

I have a plan that will help me avoid the mistakes I made last time. I will pick one item as my frog for the whole 21 days. That means my frog will not be changing from day to day. Hopefully this will enable me to experience success.

The Rules

Many of you already know the rules, if not, here is a briefing. Every day either the night before or the morning after, you have to make a list. This list should include the frog and then anything else you need to do for that day. Then get going and Eat That Frog. That’s it. It’s really that easy! For those of you who would like to purchase here’s the book again.

The wonderful thing with take two is that we get to start over. Some people complained the last time I did this because I promoted it only a few days before it started. This time, I’m announcing this 1 1/2 weeks before the challenge begins. So join me if you want to be more productive. I will be adding a part 2 to this post to officially announce the do-over. Let’s go eat some frogs!

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21 Day Productivity Challenge

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The Dilemma

So, I’m getting sick of being unproductive. If I’m not editing a video or blog post, I am usually wasting time. I browse social media groups, binge watch YouTube videos, and surf the web when I should be doing chores. In the mean time, I miss important deadlines and have a messier than I’d like house. I repeat, I am sick of not being productive.

You see the problem isn’t that I don’t work, I do. But it’s that when I’m not working I don’t work. Ok, I know I confused y’all with that one so let me explain. When I’m not working on my business I like to disconnect. (I know I could have said that in the first place but I like to mess with y’all ha ha). This disconnection is so severe that it effects my home environment and those around me.

Enough is Enough

I finally got to the point where I wanted to do something about my problem. I went to amazon kindle book store and did a search for books on productivity. It recommended Brian Tracey’s Eat that Frog. I was interested as soon as I saw the title. I had heard of this book somewhere, somehow, so I purchased it. Turns out I didn’t have to purchase it because I already owned it.

I clicked on the book. It opened to the chapter that I left off at, which was in the middle of the book. Talk about slacking! Not only did I already own the book, I had already started reading it. And, I don’t remember applying any of it’s suggestions. Yikes!

So, What’s all the buzz?

As I read the chapter, I was immediately inspired and blown away. I began to remember many of its concepts. The book is based off a quote from Mark Twain, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long”. So, in a nutshell, get your most difficult, but important tasks out of the way, first thing every morning. You will have a better day and you will gain momentum and a dopamine hit from the accomplishment. I backtracked and read from the beginning of the book. The pages seemed to fly by.

If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. Mark Twain

Take Action

I subscribed to Brian Tracey’s YouTube Channel and decided this time I would take action. As a result, I am doing a 21 day challenge for productivity. I decided to start this Mother’s day. This will be my gift to myself. I know, there are many of you out there who may have the same problem as me so I decided to let you in on it. Join me if you want to become more productive.

The 21 Day Challenge Instructions

The way it works is you have to sit down and make a to do list. On the list you have to put a star next to the item that is the most important but most dreaded task. This is the task that you keep putting off. This is the task that will have a huge impact for your life if done. Examples: Write up a proposal for a raise, donate stuff from your closet, get child support ha ha. You know, the good stuff.

Then starting Sunday morning, you have to get up and make that task the first thing you do for that day. Then you repeat this process for 21 days. You make a to-do list the day before and complete the most daunting task first thing the next morning. And that’s it. Very simple.

If you have questions, comment below. I will respond to them via this post. I may post another article at the midpoint to check in. But, I will definitely post at the end of the 21 days to let everyone know how it went.

So to recap:

Day 1: Sunday May 13th 2018 (Mother’s Day) through Day 21: June 3, 2018

Tasks:

  1. Make a To-Do list the night before
  2. Tackle the most dreaded but important task first thing the next morning.

Alright, let’s get to it!

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How I Silk Press my Long Natural Hair

I finally got around to Posting a video demonstrating how I silk press my long natural hair. Click on the link above to check it out.

I confess. I am the one who used to binge watch curly to straight natural hair routines on YouTube. (I say used to because my busy schedule does not afford me the luxury to do that anymore 😢). I enjoyed watching the beauty guru’s natural hair go from being shriveled up to super long. I would wait for the anticipated end results to see where their length is at. You never know who’s rocking long natural hair until they stretch it out. I’m telling you that the shrinkage is real. Many sisters have long hair and you wouldn’t know it. Either it’s hidden under wigs or it’s shrunken up in its natural state.

Most women go to the salon to get this look but I learned how to do it myself. It took much trial and error. The end result wasn’t always silky, shiny, and bouncy. And when it was, I couldn’t seem to repeat the outcome. Nonetheless, I have finally figured it out and have it down to a science. I decided to share my process with you in this tutorial. There is one disclaimer though: the video is outdated. I have perfected my silk press technique even more! But I still wanted to share this video with you anyway. I hope you enjoy. Thanks!

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What Women are Putting on their Scalp for Natural Hair Growth Hack Will Surprise You

Many of my subscribers have asked me if this particular hair growth hack works. So, I decided to make a video on it. Check out the video below to find out “What Women are Putting on their Scalp for Natural Hair Growth Will Surprise You.”

Sometimes we naturals will try anything to grow our hair. I remember a few years back, women were using Monostat on their scalp to stimulate hair growth. I’m not going to lie, the videos were convincing and had me tempted but I got creeped out. After that, there was the inversion method. A technique where you held your head upside down for 5 minutes. I did try this method and achieved hair growth. Maybe I will make a video on it. This time women are using Vick’s Vapor Rub on the scalp to hijack hair growth. [dead silence] Are we going too far with this? Will this work? Is this weird? In the video, I let you in on the details.

When I first discovered this technique from the YouTuber, Sonyabeonit, I wasn’t surprised. After doing some research, you can see why this works. Vick’s Vapor Rub contains ingredients in it that stimulate growth. She was spot on for coming up with this idea. Unlike other “hair growth hacks” floating around that don’t work, like aloe vera, this one is a winner.

So the verdict on this hair growth hack,

I suggest trying this method. The step by step instructions on how to apply Vick’s Vapor Rub to the scalp is in the video. But, please DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT…apply heat with this treatment. Unless you want to be bald. Other than that, add this hair growth hack to your weekly routine and let me know the results.

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8 Ways to Rock A Headwrap/Turban

It’s getting cold outside and the air can do a number on my natural hair. I like how headwraps allows me to protect my delicate tresses while still looking cute. In the video, 8 Ways to Rock A Headwrap/Turban, these awesome ladies show us how they tie their headwrap. Click on the video above to check it out.

I’m boring when it comes to wrapping my headscarf. I do a low bun with a plain black scarf and go. But, in the video, the styles are versatile and the scarfs are bright. I love it! True African tradition with American flavor.

This protctive style is a definite go to in the winter months since it helps minimizing hair manipulation. And, I’m all about that! I say, go ahead and try the headwrap styles for yourself. They are quick and easy ties that anyone can do.  You can even email us your photos. I garentee your hair will thank you with longer, strong, beautiful locks. Don’t quote me on that lol.

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7 Senegalese Twists/Box Braids hairstyles for the Lazy — Easy Romantic Styles!

Senegalese twists / box braids are a lady’s best friend for many reasons. They allow you to give your hair a break. They help your hair to grow. They also save you time and are easy to manage. Saves you time, yea Right? I sometimes find the opposite to be true. Thankfully that’s not the case with the above video. Check out Zara and Nicola’s braided hairstyles in 7 Senegalese Twists/Box Braids hairstyles for the Lazy — Easy Romantic Styles!