Here’s to feeling like Gabrielle Union…the now version at least.

By Joanne Mbevi

Justin Bieber said it in a song “… life’s not easy, I’m not made out of steel. Don’t forget that I’m human. Don’t forget that I’m real …” These words hit me differently, especially now that I am knee-deep into the new Gabrielle Union book, Got anything stronger. Calling this book a page-turner is the understatement of the year, not just because she is spilling the tea on herself, but because her openness is refreshing. You might look at her and be like, “I want that.” What you do not realize is that that is a product of a lot of therapy and hard work.

Let’s examine some of Gabrielle’s character development events. She has been through a divorce, she has been fired, she has had issues with fertility, she is a sexual assault victim, she is a black woman in Hollywood, you’ve heard those stories. The list is endless and yet, she is flourishing. I can’t help but think of all the emotional work she has had to put in to be her. An educated guess would be that she had to face it all, the pain, the heartache, and she had to go through those emotions and heal. Once she was ready, she sat down to write. I’m glad that she wrote. Truly, there is power in being vulnerable. 

Being a millennial is tough. There is a lot of noise that you need to cancel if you want that Zen state of mind. So here’s the challenge, that curveball that life has thrown at you, face it headstrong. Go for therapy if need be. Wake up in the morning and say those words of affirmation. Heck, if you’ve got nothing, just say “Gabrielle did it, so can I.”

Allow me to propose a toast. Here’s to looking as good as Gabrielle in our 40’s, to owning our truth, and to living life with unending joy.

Size 8 & Dj Mo show strength in the face of adversity.

By Joanne Mbevi

A couple of weeks back, the Muraya family through their YouTube channel announced that they were expecting baby number 3. We, their social media family, were in on this news because they have let us into the good, bad, and ugly parts of their lives. It feels like we are family at this point. That is why the heartbreak could be felt all over social media when the couple announced that they had lost the baby.

Size 8 has had fluctuating blood pressure for a while now and the doctors have been managing it. Earlier today, she was rushed to the hospital after feeling unwell, but sadly, she lost the baby. Even in this state of heartbreak, the couple stood by their spiritual beliefs and went ahead to count their blessings. What else is there to say? #conquermindset

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