Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April Experiment

As a quick refresher, the monthly experiments are designed to empower you to take simple and practical steps to create your own NeoSoul Lifestyle...a life that honors your soul. Every month the experiment takes place the 1st through the 7th. It is my hope that by starting these exercises it will trigger you to SUSTAIN many of the practices throughout the month and beyond!

So, let's begin! Here's our April experiment...

DETOXIFICATION - In this component of the experiment we practice behaviors to cleanse our life. I always like to have a water element as a part of this process!
  • Make a glass of water your FIRST drink of the day and drink a glass with every meal
  • Turn off your computer, tv, and phone OFF one (1) hour before you go to bed 
RESTORATION - Now that we have cleansed a bit, we now have room to restore something in our lives. And yes...I'm still keeping sleep as a part of the experiment :)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Reflect on a positive habit/hobby that you have let go of and think of a way to bring it back in your life then DO IT!
FLOW - So we've detoxed the negative and restored the positive! Next is to create some new energy into your NeoSoul Lifestyle.  
  • Yes you guessed it...keeping one of the previous exercises. Reflect on how your year is going so far. Are you on the path you visioned for yourself? Have you forgotten the plan? Does it need to be remixed? Does thinking about planning your life for the rest of the year give you a headache? Try planning the Spring season! Or just this month!
  • Create a lunch time experience....this means NO drive-thru fast food, NO eating at your desk, NO eating in front of the TV! Instead try new options like a new restaurant you've heard about, surprise your child at school, make a date with a special someone, find a place to listen to your favorite tunes or read a LEISURE book.
KARMA- As we live in this world and take better care of ourselves we are able to give to others. Simple and plain.
  • Give a compliment to a stranger (I can't tell you how many times this simple act has brightened my day!)
  • Send a "Thinking of You" package to someone that you haven't connected with (not including Facebook or Twitter) in a while. Send a card, a small "favorite" of theirs (candy, flower, CD, or gift card) and then set up a Skype session to get back in touch may want to send them a webcam as a gift if he/she doesn't have one :) ***You may want to do this exercise less than everyday...just make sure it is sincere and meaningful***
So, I hope you are ready and motivated! You can do this, and frankly...YOU DESERVE IT! The optimal experience of the experiment is to do each of the lifestyle element exercises DAILY April 1-7.  But as Rev. Run says "Do your best, and forget the rest!"

And as always...I would love for this to be an interactive experience, so share your thoughts along the way! 

You can also chat with me via Twitter @NeoLifeCEO and use the #NeoSoulXp hashtag!

~Living NeoSoul Style

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Music: Anthony David

To put it simply..."I love me some Anthony David!"  His soulful and slightly raspy voice simultaneously soothes and stimulates your mind and spirit as you listen to his music.  I can't remember how I got introduced to his music, but its been on heavy rotation ever since I found out about him.  I haven't seen him perform live YET, but I regularly check his tour schedule on his website (Anthony David)  because if he doesn't come to Toronto...I WILL be planning a trip around one of his performance dates!

Until recently my favorite song was "Stop Playin'" from the Acey Duecy album.  By the way if you haven't gotten the album yet, get it!  My new favorite is 4EverMore from his soon to be released (3/22) album "As above, So below" And I absolutely love the video (but I must admit I am so jealous of Algebra Blesset who plays Anthony's wife and is featured on the song along with Phonte)!  Look closely and you'll see cameo appearances from India.Arie and Eric Roberson too.

Let me know what you think!

....Livin' NeoSoul Style

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Music - Zo!

I love a song that makes me smile, think of a special memory, and dance a Detroit-style 2 step! I'm feeling this groove...what do y'all think?

Music: Conya Doss

You can't live the NeoSoul Lifestyle without incorporating music into almost every aspect of it! Check out this new video from Conya Doss, the song is "WiFi" from her 5th album Blu Transition. So, are we feeling it y'all?  I'm loving the social media spin in the lyrics!