motivation

To Be Treated As A Person Shouldn’t Be A Request

Hi, Aspirers today I want to talk about something that will be uncomfortable but it’s necessary. I was brought up in a household of love but living in a society that still has hate in their hearts. Our ancestors fought for our freedom why would we stop? Why should we stop?

Just because someone looks different doesn’t mean they are any less. I love being around people that are different from me because we can educate each other. Hopefully one day our descendants will grow up in a society where they don’t have to protest and riot to be seen as equal. To be treated as a person shouldn’t be a request.

So much has been taken from us and is claimed as someone else’s. This society isn’t justice for all it’s clearly justice for y’all. Being treated fairly shouldn’t be difficult. Those people with hate in their hearts choose to be that way. As easily you can learn hatred you can easily find love. Those that choose to have a hatred heart will be bond to lack empathy, compassion, and love. Why put so much effort into a negative mindset?

There are multiple ways on how you can help out the black community. Our community tends to be used by corporations that benefit themselves by using us as they see fit by taking our culture to turn into dollars but lack consideration for us as people. If you have to reach out to these businesses/corporations to put out statements you clearly can see what they support but still consider reaching out to them to make it known that we see they aren’t taking action and change needs to happen.

Looking to support black businesses in NC check out Official Black Dollar and visit their website to look up black businesses. For a broader search check out Official Black Wall Street to check out a directory for black own businesses in general.

Donate to NC bail support funds TEXT NCSPAN to 22999. NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union, Fair Fight, Know Your Rights Camp, Color of Change, National Bail Out, GoFundMe George Floyd, Campaign Zero, Reclaim the Block, and Unicorn Riot. That’s just to name a few.

Educate yourself by having those uncomfortable conversations. It’s okay to ask questions. How can we fix and issue without having these conversations? We all don’t have the answer but support and understanding each other is important for this change to happen. Want to be able to bring dialogue and have conversations with younger generations here are some books you can read: The Skin I’m In, White Socks Only, One Crazy Summer, The Lions of Little Rock, and All American Boys.

Your vote does matter! Go out and vote for people in office that care about the same injustice as you do.

Lastly, I want to end this post with these powerful quotes.

“Have a vision. Be demanding.”
– Colin Powell

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
– Maya Angelou

“The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.”
– Eldridge Cleaver

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
– Barack Obama

Talk soon, Courtney Taylor

Hello July!

Hi Aspirers!

It’s a new month with more opportunities coming your way! Also, it’s my birthday month! Don’t stop just because you haven’t reached your goal. You’ll never get there if you stop trying. You will always be one step further by trying than you would have been if you decided to quit.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Being alone doesn’t make you lonely

Happy Valentines Day Aspirers,

Today some of you might be celebrating with your special loved ones either today or maybe later on in the week because it’s hard to stay up past 10:00 pm on a weekday. For myself, I will be spinning time with the one person that means the most to me which is MYSELF. I have no problem with that but for others like myself, some of your friends and family might wonder why are you spending the 6th, 7th, 8th year (who’s really counting anyway) alone on Valentine’s Day. A lot of questions might be asked and the big question on people’s minds  is “Are you lonely?”

Guess what that’s a great question. Anyone can be lonely. You could be in a committed relationship, married, or have kids and still feel lonely. The presence of someone else might not define the well-being of your mental state. You can be around someone every day but something feels like something is missing. There are people out in the world that never experienced being alone and still have unanswered questions about themselves because they’ve constantly been around people for so long they haven’t found confidence in their own skin.

For the longest, I was terrified to eat alone because I thought I would be judged of not having anyone to eat or laugh with at the table. I was so uncomfortable being seen by myself. It sounds weird saying that out loud but it was true. I just went to the movies alone for the first time last year and guess what it was AWESOME! I love being alone at home but enjoy my own company in public is on a whole other level. I even walk away from my girls when we are out to use the restroom by myself. Ladies don’t act like you all don’t go to the bathroom in groups especially the college ladies that are reading this right now.

It’s okay to have anxiety but the only way to get over something is to try it. If there’s a new movie out, a new restaurant to try, a new store in the mall that just opened up I can’t wait for other people to make room in their schedule sometimes. I have to enjoy it first and tell them about it later. Being able to find joy in your own company makes it easier to find joy while with others. We have to be honest with ourselves sometimes it’s not the other person that is causing the problem because we might be the problem. Don’t expect others to bring joy into your life if you can’t enjoy yourself.

Ask yourself this question, are you lonely?

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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What is Orangetheory?

Last week I had an opportunity to workout at Orangetheory. I’ve known about Orangetheory for awhile from acquaintances but didn’t quite understand what was so great about Orangetheory. So, when I had the opportunity to have a free workout class with them and I didn’t hesitate to say yes. My first thought was now I get find out what was so great about this “secret” gym where a lot of people are a part of but a lot of information is never given. Even on Orangetheory website there isn’t much detail on the gym.

But, before you continue reading check out this video from my experience at Orangetheory.

Now that you saw a little preview on what to expect at Orangetheory let me go into more detail of their Heart Rate zones. Once you’re there you’ll receive a heart monitor which you’ll be able to keep track of which zone you’re in based on heart rate per minute. There are 5 zones and the goal is to be in the orange zone 12 times. 2367EE92-FC1E-4180-AF81-97BF00333939 How many times can you push yourself when working out? Some people assume that the goal is to stay in the orange zone because the gym is called Orangetheory which is wrong. They don’t want you to over excerpt yourself but they also don’t want you to go under. They want you to keep your heart rate elevated so you can reach that orange zone as much as possible to achieve your goal.

After you finish a class they’ll send your results via email. Here are mine: img_5333

As you can see I didn’t reach the goal of 12 in the orange zone but it’s okay. I felt like I had a great workout and I did push myself. For it being my first time in Orangetheory the pace was different from what I’m use to because everything was go, go, go and I’m not use to the gym. One note I will give you if you decide to try Orangetheory out is talk to the instructor and ask them to repeat what you want us to do. I wasn’t aware there was a screen showing us the floor workout until after I did one full rotation and I wasn’t told it was there to begin with. By everything moving so fast I watched the other members and mimicked them hoping I was doing the workout right but once in a while the instructor did come over and help me out.

After my workout I had one important question. The one thing that isn’t shown on their website is how much is it to join Orangetheory? I don’t know about you but when a company doesn’t put their prices online I’m assuming it’s EXPENSIVE! Guess what it’s not all! Let me break it down for you. There are three membership levels which are Basic, Elite, and Unlimited. The Basic membership include 4 classes per month for $69. The Elite membership includes 8 classes per month for $109. The Unlimited membership includes unlimited classes each month for $169. Unfortunately these classes don’t rollover if you miss a few workouts that month. What that means is if your a Basic member and you only came in for 3 out of the 4 classes in July once August comes that 1 class you miss can’t me made up. You’ll start over that month with 4. If you get the membership package make sure you can make those classes but if you can’t there are packages you can purchase that can rollover. There are 10, 20, and 30 pack packages. If you have a hectic schedule or want to take a workout class once in awhile packages will be a good option. You’re able to purchase 10 sessions for $199, 20 sessions for $359, and 30 sessions for $499. A walk-in session without membership or package is $28. Orangetheory gives group workout sessions not individual workouts. Workout in a group and get motivated together.

Are you interested in checking out a Orangetheory near you check out their website here to find a location best for you. Orangetheory is also located in 20 countries outside of the US. Your first class will be free! My opinion give Orangetheory a try. If you’re like me I prefer working out around other people not alone at home. There’s nothing wrong with switching up your routine and Orangetheory has no problem switching up theirs because they haven’t repeated the same workout since they’ve started.

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Sincerely, Courtney Renee

I had enough! #GRATEFULFORJULY

Aspirers y’all just don’t know! For the past 7 months I was working 2 job EVERYDAY of the week. I had to schedule and use PTO to have a day off. The longest I worked was 63 days STRAIGHT! Just last month I decided I had enough. Now I don’t have to work 7 days anymore and I’m so grateful for that!

If you want to share what you’re grateful for this July make sure to #GRATEFULFORJULY on all your social media! Can’t wait to see your posts!

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

HELLO JULY

Hi Aspirers!

Today is July 1st! Yes I said it, July 1st. Can you believe it? This year is flying by. July is one of my favorite months of the year because it’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH!! Seeing your next birthday is a blessing that we sometimes take for granted. Let’s take the time and make everyday a blessing. I wanted to celebrate my birthday a little different this year but I’ll still be accepting gifts of course. This July I want to point out all things I’m grateful for and things I’m able to do.

For the next 31 days of July I will point out at least 1 thing that I’m grateful for. I’ll be posting either on my blog or Instagram. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @_cocorenee if you haven’t already. If you want to share what you’re grateful for this July make sure to #GRATEFULFORJULY on all your social media! Can’t wait to see your posts!

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Smiles Are Contagious

Good morning Aspirers and good morning JUNE!

Can you believe it’s already June 1st? I know I can’t. While you ponder on how fast this year is flying by go and grab a doughnut because today is doughnut day. I’m eating mind as you’re reading this post. Not only is it doughnut day it’s also National Say Something Nice Day. This should be something we already do maybe not as much as we should but go and make someone feel special. Remind them that they are important because we aren’t told that enough. A simple how are you, holding the door, buying them a doughnut, or a genuine smile as you walk by someone can make their day. People are going through so much in life something as a nice gesture can make their day feel special. We sometimes forget about the small things and focus on materials things that can go away in an instant but what you do and say to someone can be held on for a lifetime. Can we all take a few seconds out of our day and be nice?

Sincerely, Courtney Renee