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CONTENTS / Issue No. 2


ON THE COVER Kim Burrell Rocking Her 40’z With NO REGRETS!

34 Features


37  Who Rock the World? 38 “She’s Probably a

Gold Digger.” Really? We need to have this converation, guys.

42  The Best Medicine for Your Heart

44  Meet Phyllis Burton

40z Rock Ms. March


46  My Mouth Has Me in a Mess!

48  Am I Dating Men or Technology?

50  Heal Thyself 52  5 Steps to Achieving Your Hearts Desire

54  Quotes 2




22 28

In Each Issue 4

Editor’s Letter

6  Must-Haves: Editor’s #1 Top Picks

8  Healthy Living: Vol. 1, Eating to Live

12  Food:

Fresh Spring Recipe for the New Season


13  Entertainment:

Things to Do in Your Free Time

14 Q&A With Mia: Let’s Get it (W) Right!

16 Beauty: Stopping the Clock with Botox


20 Fashion: Fashion Crash Course

22 Fab Finds: 2014 Haute Spring Shoes for Any Budget

24  Spirituality: Hearing from God Are You Listening?

26  Relationships: Are You Loving Yourself Enough to Make Someone Love You?

28 Effective Parenting: Sticks and Stones

30 Finance: Ensuring Your Wedding Dreams Come True – What to do after the “I do’s”


T ravel Regroup. Recharge. Renew. Relax.



40zROCK / Editor's Letter

Look in Your Inner Mirror Quoting Plato, the great philosopher from Greece said “Beauty is certainly a soft, smooth, slippery thing, and therefore of a nature which easily slips in and permeates our souls. As I look at the environment we live in, I am amazed at how often outer beauty is given so much applause. In our society, youth is considered beautiful . As we mature and add a few lines to our faces and a few inches to our waist lines, our own perception of how we look changes and sometimes can affect us emotionally. We are judged and we judge, we put our daughters , sisters and friends through some treacherous paths all in the name of beauty. As Plato said it is a slippery thing if one focuses on just the physical aspect of beauty. Physical beauty has also been associated with arrogance, big egos and a lack of empathy for our fellow human being. As 2014 beings, I want to challenge each of us to take a look in the mirror…not the one on our bathroom walls, but the one that allows us to reflect our souls. Call it a maintenance check in this journey called life. Are we truly beautiful reflecting love and radiating kindness or are we a creation of two hours in front of the mirror. I recall meeting a young lady that was not your typical beauty queen : and yet when I left her presence I felt that I had met one of the most beautiful women just because the energy around her was full of love and giving. “ We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin . Let’s spend as much on the inside as we do on the outside and make this a better place . I will close with a quote from Helen Keller who knew no physical beauty because of her physical restrictions and yet she understood what true beauty is : “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. “

Sandra A. Wyckoff Editor-in-Chief

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40zROCK Sandra Wyckoff Editor-in-Chief

Assistant Managing Editor

Entertainment Editors

Creative Director



Contributing Writers

Samantha Reeves Fisher Rhonda M. Anderson Kim Evans Lawson Michelle Wade Ann Inez Hardell Emile Brown (page 4) Kevin Jeffries SMG ( cover + page 34) Lamik Cosmetics

Tiffiny E. Dixon Fashion: Fashion Week Crash Course

Mena Freeman She's Probably a "Gold Digger." Really? We need to have this conversation, guys.

Jaquetta Garrison 5 Steps to Achieving Your Hearts Desire Tezzie Gilbert Am I Dating Men or Technology? Kimberly Handy Beauty: Stopping the Clock With Botox Cheri Alphonse Hayes, ED.S Effective Parenting: Sticks and Stones

Danielle Johnson Healthy Living: Vol. 1 – Eat to Live

 tephanie D. Mckenzie S Relationships: Are You Loving Youself Enough to Make Someone Love You?

Jacquie Parish Travel: Regroup. Recharge. Renew. Relax. Kim Burrell – Rocking Her 40z With No Regrets! Heal Thyself

Jeneé Pierre The Best Medicine For Your Heart

Wendie Rice Spirituality: Hearing from God – Are You Listening?

Tammy Smithers Finance: Ensuring Your Wedding Dreams Come True – What to do after the "I do's" Merneen Spearman My Mouth Has Me In A Mess!  Mia Wright Q&A With Mia: Getting It (W)Right!




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Darling Greatly, Author, Bren'e Brown. “When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make,”


[ VOL. 1 ]

Eating to Live by Danielle Johnson

Nothing sparks a more spirited debate between girlfriends like the “highs and lows” of relationships and the “peaks and valleys” of DIETING…or in this case “Weight Management”…whichever term you prefer! I was enjoying a fun-filled Saturday afternoon with a couple of girlfriends over libations and appetizers…just shooting the breeze when we finally arrived at the topic of Weight Management! Actually, the conversation was jump started by two outsiders in suits promoting their “nutraceutical” line whose many benefits included, of course…weight loss!




We began to share some of our concerns

being said, this is Healthy Living Vol. 1:

tein), regular exercise…then you know

regarding this very sensitive subject,

You Truly Are What You Eat!

what to expect…that’s right, “SWOLLEN

especially since we’re not as young as we

When choosing to eat “healthy” it

FAT CELLS!” Just in case you were won-

used to be (but STILL only as old as we

can be an easy decision to make because

dering where these cells “swell up and

feel, lol). Our metabolisms have slowed

we understand the benefits of doing

park”, check out the nearest waistline

down a bit, the daily demands from

so, but such an overwhelming task to

first and continue south!!

our families and careers have become

implement. Most people think they

increasingly more challenging, and we

have to abruptly overhaul their pantries,

still have to make time to give back to

refrigerators, desk drawers at work, and

our churches and communities. Now

other secret snack places that family

that was a very high level overview, but

and friends know nothing about…NOT

take a moment to reflect upon your own

TRUE! That would be ideal if one could,

lives…what does your schedule look

but just like anything else that you’re

like!?!? How do you manage to get it all

just attempting for the first, second OR

done?!?!? But most importantly, do you

even the third or fourth time, you must

ever ponder the thought…”What if you

be mentally prepared to do so. There-

weren’t healthy enough to get ANY of it

fore, when starting out or over, take

done?!?! Then what?!?! I’m asking these

small incremental steps to increase your

diet one step at a time it is ABSOLUTELY

questions because I can’t stress enough

chances of a successful implementation

imperative to examine your portion size

the importance of understanding that

and reduce the risks of discouragement

as well. There’s a plethora of data to sug-

we are more than our weight!! The scale

if you fall off track occasionally.

gest that no matter how you serve the

is neither our friend nor enemy…it’s

A person’s weight is determined by

food- whether it’s in a cup, a bowl, or on

simply a tool to assist us in managing

the rate at which you store energy from

a plate…the more food that you have in

our health.

the foods that you eat, and the rate at

front of you, the more food you will eat

which you use that energy. Studies have

which in turn will increase your caloric

part of the equation to creating and

shown that it takes approximately 3500

intake. It is recommended that women

maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are

calories to lose one pound of weight. If

between the ages of 40-50 have a daily

several steps that need to be considered

your goal is to lose one pound a week

caloric intake of 1800-2200 calories;

and then incorporated into your daily

then you need to cut your caloric intake

based on activity levels, muscle mass,

routine when it comes to living a health-

by 500 calories each day. The simple sci-

and a variety of other factors.

ier, happier life. Not only is what we

ence behind this phenomenon is that as

choose to “feed/fuel” our temples impor-

your body breaks down fat, the number

“better”, there will always be a few habits

tant, but committing to a moderate level

of fat cells remains the same; each cell

that you have to break…or at least set

of exercise 3-4 times a week is equally

just simply shrinks. So, now consider the

up boundaries. You don’t want to feel

vital. Getting the proper amount of rest

reverse! If you’re not making the neces-

deprived or restricted because if you

and reducing stress levels will only help

sary lifestyle modifications of eating a

do your mindset will begin to shift and

to support your efforts of achieving and

balanced diet (appropriate amounts of

getting healthy will become more of a

maintaining a healthier “YOU!” With that

carbohydrates, nutritional fats, and pro-

hassle than a lifelong commitment.

Weight management is only one


 an abundance of fruits and vegetables, especially the green leafy veggies

 whole grains instead of refined white flour

 eat lean proteins, including skinless

poultry (grilled or baked), fish, eggs, and beans

 fat-free and low-fat dairy, such as Greek yogurt, cheese, and milk Now that you’re revamping your

When implementing change for the





what it is you’re eating during the day

divided by 2 and whatever the number

 Partake in dessert BUT in moderation  Limit your alcohol consumption,

and night so that you stay on track with

is, drink that many ounces of water a day.

your goal. There are countless apps such

It’s important to note that if you have

as MyFitnessPal and to

an intensive workout regimen or simply

 Replace unhealthy saturated and

help keep you focused on your weight

sweat a lot, you may need more than the

management goals.

suggested amount.

just empty calories

trans fat with nutritional fats that will help to lower cholesterol and allow you to enjoy your food

Hydration is another necessary

The journey to achieving and

 Limit sugar intake  Monitor salt intake

factor in the equation when it comes

maintaining a healthy weight is not an

to weight management. Fat burning is

easy one…especially the older you get

a metabolic process that requires fluid

but it’s not insurmountable. It’s impor-

intake. Not only does water help you to

tant to surround yourself with positive

weight, it’s essential that you eat regu-

slim you down. By drinking a glass of

people that respect the journey you’re

larly throughout the day- no skipping

water before each meal, you can drasti-

on and only want to see you succeed

meals or starving yourself. Never go

cally reduce your caloric intake because

in your quest to live a long and healthy

more than 4-5 hours without food. That

you won’t feel as hungry once your food

life. Reduce as many stressors in your

is not the answer for true and sustain-

arrives! Dehydration can make you feel

life as possible. Set realistic goals for

able weight loss. It’s a good rule of

fatigued. Water serves as a “pick me up”

yourself based on your mental and

thumb to divide your food intake into

and it does so by helping your blood

physical abilities. Have discussions with

three meals and a snack or eat as many

flow better to deliver oxygen and other

your physician or nutritionist and design

as 4-6 small meals a day. Make sure

critical nutrients to your body cells.

a plan that will work for YOU!! There

When attempting to manage your

that you eat a well balanced breakfast every morning. The word “breakfast” lets you know that you’re doing exactly that…”breaking your fast” from the night

are more diet plans circulating and pills OTHER BENEFITS YOU RECEIVE BY STAYING HYDRATED ARE:

 Decreases kidney stones. Water

before. Numerous studies have shown

dilutes salts and minerals that fuse together to form painful crystals

that people who skip breakfast tend to

 Helps with digestion. Waste particles dissolve better with water and more easily passes through the digestive tract.

be more overweight when compared to those who do not. By eating a well balanced breakfast in the morning,

 Trims and tones muscles. Reduces

muscle cramping, lubricates the joints, and • increases exercise time.

you decrease the hunger cravings that you experience throughout the day. Breakfast will also help to increase your

 Helps to flush toxins out of the skin.

Improve circulation and ensures that your skin remains supple.

metabolism so that you have the energy to complete your daily tasks, not to mention, help you get to that 3500 calorie

mark quicker!! Lastly, it’s a great idea to

drinking 8-8oz glasses of water a day or

keep a food diary so that you can track

you can take simply take your weight




Generally, nutritionists recommend

on the shelves than I care to count all guaranteeing astronomical weight loss without making the necessary lifestyle modifications. Some may work initially but if you’re looking for lasting results, YOU have to commit to a long-term lifestyle change that requires a shift in your mindset, a desire to break old, unhealthy habits, and a willingness to adopt new behaviors that will catapult you into living and managing the healthy life that you are called to live! 


FRESH SPRING RECIPE FOR THE NEW SEASON Is anyone else happy that the spring season is here? We can hopefully say goodbye to harsh temps and hello to sunshine and warmer weather. Should you be feeling the vibes of the new season, show your love by whipping up something the whole family can enjoy.



Heat the oil in a medium skillet over

Preheat oven to 350.

medium high. Sear the shrimp on one

Lightly coat both sides of the corn

side for 2 minutes; flip and sear 30 more

6 corn tortillas

tortillas with cooking spray. Bake for 4

seconds. Remove from pan. To the pan,

cooking spray

minutes on each side. Switch oven to

add the sliced red bell pepper. Saute

broil. Evenly divide the cheese over the

for 2 minutes, scraping the browned

tortillas and broil until cheese is melted

bits from the pan, seasoning the pep-

and bubbly, 2-ish minutes. Remove from

pers. Sprinkle in a leetle salt. Spoon the

heat and set aside.

guacamole over each cheesy tostada,


2 cups grated cheddar cheese 2 avocados /2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish 1

juice from 1 lime 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

In a small bowl, combine the avocados,

1 Tbs ground cumin

cilantro, lime juice and a pinch of kosher

2 Tbs chili powder

salt. Mash up with a fork until you get

1 tsp crushed red or green pepper

guacamole. Go ahead and eat a few bites

1 tsp garlic salt 1 red bell pepper, cut into small slices

for your well being. Toss the shrimp with the cumin, chili powder, crushed pepper flakes and garlic salt.




followed by shrimp and red bell pepper. Garnish each tostado with cilantro and give another good squeeze of lime juice over each one. ď&#x20AC;ś



April 4-13  WorldFest:

Houston International Film Festival

Come out to The AMC Studio 30 at Dunvale and enjoy feature films, shorts, screenplays, TV commercials, music videos and documentaries. $8—$500

April 6

 ouston Barbecue Festival H This annual fun event brings a full day of barbecue. Reliant Park, 1–5 p.m.

April 12 Japan Festival Come out and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Japan at Hermann Park’s Japanese Garden. 10 a.m.


Fiesta Atlanta

Celebrate Latino culture and Cinco de Mayo with Mexican folk dancing, arts and crafts, 5K run/walk and authentic Latin-American foods at Centennial Olympic Park. Free event. Cinco de Mayo Lake Lanier Islands Resort is hosting a big event on the beach with food vendors, Mexican folk dancers and music.

May 8

Taste of the Nation

Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music and a silent auction at the Georgia Aquarium.

May 9-11

Sweet Auburn SpringFest

Enjoy family fun, food and entertainment on Auburn Avenue.

JUNE / NEW YORK June 7-8

Art by the Ferry

Staten Island Ferry, Staten Island, NY. Art by the Ferry transforms St. George into a gallery that showcases Staten Island's diverse arts community. The Festival includes gallery exhibits, outdoor performances and family workshops.

June 15

Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall

Manhattan. A 17-time Grammy winner, Kennedy Center honoree and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin is more than just an American musical icon—she’s a force of nature. Appearing as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Franklin will show off the legendary vocal range.

June 19-22

American Black Film Festival

SVA Theater, Manhattan. This is the first year that New York City plays host to the American Black Film Festival, which shines a spotlight on independent narrative, documentary and short films by and about African-Americans.




40zROCK / Q&A With Mia

Let's Get It (W)right! Mia inspires people to embrace spiritual change and live fulfilling lives. Here, she answers your questions.

Q I have been dating this guy for the past year. Early in the relationship, he lost his job. He claims to be working on opening his own business. He is behind on child support, constantly asking me for gas and has the nerve to have women calling him on a cell phone I pay for. His response to any conversation I try to have with him is "that's what's wrong with women, you'll don't want to stick by your man". I want to know at what point is it ok to just move on and not feel guilty about it?

A Relationships will have their ups and downs. You have to be willing to go through the bad times in order to enjoy the good times. If we run from every relationship when something goes wrong, like a job loss, we will spend our lives seeking the perfect, but inexistent, relationship. However, there are several things wrong with this scenario. These stand out most – he is behind on his child support and women are calling him on a cell phone that you pay for. You apparently do not feel comfortable with this situation, or you would not have asked the question. I have no problem supporting a man who is in the process of building his dream, but the reality is that he must build his dream while

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taking care of his business. If he needs a business partner to invest in his dream, then you should present that to him and get it in writing. Otherwise, you are crippling him as a man. If you are to remain in this relationship, then you are signing up to be his sponsor until his financial situation changes. The truth is that you already know what you are comfortable with and you just need to courage to stick with your convictions.

Q Can you give me some advice on being single, sexy and saved?

A Single, sexy and saved…sometimes seems like a contradiction, but sexy is not necessarily exuding sexual appeal to others. I believe sexiness is an inner confidence and security in knowing yourself that becomes very appealing to others. Singleness is characterized solely by the fact that you aren’t married – whether by desire or not, it is simply defined. Salvation is from a conscious decision to have a relationship with God. My advice to women who are single, sexy and saved is to live your life! Enjoy this time and place in life and without regrets for not being in the other position. Explore, visit, make changes, etc. while enjoying your single life! Stay sexy and saved at the same time!

Mia Wright Co-Paster & Motivational Speaker

Q I have been married for 2 years. My husband travels a lot with his job, so, he eats out a lot. I have frequently had conversations with him regarding his weight gain. I have suggested exercising together, eating healthier meals etc. All of my suggestions seem to fall on death ears. I am concerned because I find myself having no desire to be intimate with him because of the weight. Hope this doesn't sound shallow, but I figured you can Help Me get it Right!

A Physical attraction is part of a healthy relationship. Physical fitness, or having a nice body, is often an indicator of a persons health. You should be concerned if your spouse has significant weight gain or loss, as there may exist another underlying condition. In the case of what you stated, lifestyle modifications are needed to get back to healthy. Your suggestions of exercising together and

 you have some life pressing questions you need to get answers to? Ask Mia and get it (W)right! Do Email: / /

eating healthier meals are good ones. It is unfortunate that they have fallen on deaf ears. I would question, how did you ask? Framing a question is as important as the question itself. When a person is off physically, they are aware of it. They need to feel supported and loved, no matter what. Getting your husband to join you at the gym may be difficult, but a romantic walk in the park may seem far more appealing. Saying lets eat healthier is different from preparing a healthy dinner and letting him know that there’s no need to stop for fast food. Perhaps think abut how you are presenting the options

to him, and try again. Whatever you do, don’t nag him nor make fun of him. Once he opens up to a healthier lifestyle, you can be supportive by helping him to understand meals and eating out while he is traveling.

Q What is the earliest life event that was instrumental in shaping your life?

A While I was in elementary, my mom and step dad had a bitter divorce. I remember being outside playing and a man who worked for the water company stopped in our yard. When I asked him

what was he doing, he told me that the home owner requested that the water would be shut off. Knowing this wasn’t the case, I asked him to wait and let me call my mother because there had to be a mix up. I think it was at that time in life when I determined that I wouldn’t allow anyone else to be responsible for paying my bills. It seems simple, maybe irrelevant for someone, however for me, it was a life changing moment. I began to pay attention to the financial needs in our home, helping when and where I could. I worked my first job at 12 years old and never stopped working. 


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No one wants to look older than

The Botulinum toxin or Botulism (food

procedure for the temporary treatment

they are. In fact, there are many women (and men) who will resort to somewhat extreme measures to appear younger looking. One of the trendiest procedures to achieving a younger looking appearance is Botox injections. Doctors have been using Botox for years to successfully treat wrinkles and fine lines around

poisoning) toxin was first discovered

of forehead wrinkles. Dermatologists in

in the 1820s after several people ate

Hollywood and all over the world took

improperly prepared sausage result-

note and Botox sales soared. With new

ing in their death. This same toxin has

uses of Botox quickly being discovered

been the subject of germ warfare during

and FDA approvals continuing to roll in,

World War II and was considered to be

sales reached $310 million by the end

the deadliest substance in the world at

of 2001. By the end of 2006 sales passed

the time. Of course this piqued the inter-

the $1 billion mark.

the eyes, forehead and mouth area.

est of scientist. In 1953 it was discovered that injecting small amounts of the toxin into overactive muscles caused them to temporarily relax. In the 1960s animal testing was done and it was determined that the botulinum toxin was safe and useful in the treatment of muscle spasms, crossed eyes, eye twitching, facial spasms, cerebral palsy and even those who suffered from extreme underarm sweating.

Therapeutic use of the neurotoxin

was approved by the FDA in 1978 and used in human volunteers for the first

This makes the wrinkles relax and soften. Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), and frown lines in between the eyebrows. How long does it take before you see results? It generally takes three to seven days to see full results. The results typically last four to six months as normal muscle action returns and wrinkles begin to

and the name was officially changed to

Are Botox injections painful?

In 1992 a study of the use of Botox was published in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology stating Botox injections was a simple and safe 40ZROCK.COM

muscles. The injected muscle can’t contract.


of Botox were discovered.


Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the

time in 1980 primarily for facial spasms Botox. As research continued new uses


How does Botox work?

No. Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort similar to a bee sting.

Are there any side effects?

ance if it is for cosmetic purposes to get

The “frozen face” look is probably one

rid of lines and wrinkles. Always check

of the most visible side effects of Botox

with your doctor and your insurance

injections. Numerous concerns have

company for coverage details.

also been raised over the training and at malls and spas.

What age group of women are most likely to get Botox for cosmetic purposes?

The majority of women who use Botox

technique of those who give injections Temporary bruising is the most com-

mon side effect. You may also experience

start after age 35. However, some women

headaches which should not last more

are starting much earlier in life in their

than one or two days.

twenties to delay the onset of wrinkles.

A small percentage of patients may


Natural Alternatives to Botox Hyaluronic Acid - naturally

occurs in human skin. When applied to skin it helps the skin to retain moisture and creates a firmer, plump appearance. Retinol - a derivative of vitamin A, this is the only vitamin that has been proven to reprogram damaged skin cells.

Where can I get Botox injections?

It’s used to correct age spots,

The safest place and most controlled

it’s an anti-oxidant, it stimu-

environment would be your doctor’s of-

lates the layer of skin where

bing causes the Botox to move around.

fice. However, Botox services can now be

collagen and elastin are stored,

found in gyms, malls, spas and at birth-

it boosts collagen production

How much does it cost to get Botox injections?

day parties. It became a common theme

while slowing down the natural

with TV makeover shows. But proceed

breakdown of collagen as we

with caution. Its popularity (and some-

age. This results in a smooth,

times high price tag) inspired a number

firm skin surface and better

of knockoffs and “faux-tox” became a

skin tone.

favorite of scam artists. Many women

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

are now receiving Botox injections for

- used to exfoliate the outer

Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries

layer of the skin, these acids

and divorce parties.

include glycolic acid, lactic acid

develop a droopy eyelid if you rub the injected area around the eye within 12 hours of receiving the injection. This rub-

The cost of Botox injections varies widely depending on where you live. It will cost more if you live in California, New York, Las Vegas or Atlanta vs Texas, Arizona or Florida. Depending on how many areas of the face you want treated you could expect to pay anywhere from $250 - $1500. Just getting the injection around your eyes will not cost as much

as getting injections around your mouth,

mediate results, you will see results over

forehead and eyes.

time with the use of natural alternatives.

Final thoughts - It’s clear that medical

It also depends on if the procedure

While Botox will give you more im-

is for cosmetic or medical reasons such

research confirms that Botox offers a

as cerebral palsy, excessive underarm

quick solution to erasing one of the most

sweating, chronic neck pains, multiple

natural signs of aging; wrinkles and fine

sclerosis, fibromyalgia, extreme joint

lines. Celebrities have embraced the

pain and muscle cramps.

Botox movement for years and we often

Is Botox covered by insurance? Typically Botox is not covered by insur-




see the benefits as well as the horrors of their decision to have Botox injections. We’ve all seen the “frozen face” look and

and citric acid. They remove dead skin cells.

wonder, will that ever go away? We’ve also heard that this is addictive for some and the gateway to plastic surgery. In our continued quest for the “fountain of youth” the perception of what is beautiful and acceptable continues to be a hot topic of conversation. Stay fabulous stay beautiful!

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The who, what, why, when and how it affects you and your personal style. If you’ve ever walked into a store that sells clothing, fashion week is absolutely about you, more specifically your wallet. This is the event that dictates the season’s hottest trends. Looks and interpretations of things we see on the runway will pop in stores all day from Bergdorf Goodman all the way to Forever 21.

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news, what trends are hot off the runway

The most important thing to make note

this season.

of here is that Fashion Week is invitation


only where design houses are eager to share their latest collection.

WHO ATTENDS Buyers – who they want to place orders on designs and carry them in their respective stores. Stylists & Celebrities – if a stylist puts the right piece on the right celebrity this affects their bottom (dollar) line greatly.

While only A-Listers of the fashion industry are allowed behind Fashion Week’s velvet rope, the after party scene is a little more all-inclusive. In fact the after party scene is a great place for emerging fashion industry professionals; designers, hair stylist, make-up artists, stylists, models, managers, writers etc.

Just about every design house will

have some sort of celebration and you

Reporters – They let us fashionistas

never know who might show up so dont

know, via magazine, blog or traditional

worry if you cant get into the most cov-

2 Ways to Get An Invitation Year after year the number of fashion bloggers invited to fashion week is increasing. Here is how fashionistas just like you are gaining access to the show:

1. V  isit the official Mercedes


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eted parties. Network your way to the

weeks include; Miami, Berlin, Russia,

2. N  etwork your way in.

parties you really want to attend

Australia & Istanbul.

and par lay that into an official fashion

London – Edgy/Avant Garde – Organ-

your chances.


Milan – Over the top looks – Owned by

A series of trade shows presented as

Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana

fashion shows happening in multiple

Fashion ( The National Chamber for

Attend conferences; join women’s organizations attend industry parties. Look to make connections with designers & publicists, whom you can reach out to directly and

cities where designers present their

Italian Fashion).

request invitations.

week invitation.

latest collections.

All Fashion Weeks were not created

ized by the British Fashion Capital.


equally. The most prominent & industry

The first fashion ever was held in 1943


recognized fashion weeks are hosted

and was the brainchild of fashion pub-

Fashion week should actually be called

by the four major fashion capitals of the

licist Eleanor Lambert. Originally called

Fashion Month.

world, each showcasing a different genre

‘Press Week’ Lambert created the event

of fashion:

to distract attention away from French

tions New York kicks things off in February

fashion during World War II. Gaining cov-

followed by London then Milan and Paris

erage from Vogue, who until this time

wraps things up in March. The same

featured predominantly French design-

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ers if not solely. The first fashion week

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Hearing From God ARE YOU LISTENING? by Wendie Rice

It appears that technology today is as essential as breathing. Everywhere you turn people’s mobile devices such as cell phones, computers, and ipads have practically become an extension of the individual. Without these modes of technology, we can’t connect with others effectively. We feel lost and out of touch with what’s going on in the world, and we lose the efficiency that we’ve grown accustomed to in this fast paced society.

One of the biggest phenoms in the

own house, businessmen and women,

appeal, unless you actually have them

world of technology are the studio

athletes and celebrities “rockin” the

on, they are rendered….powerless.

quality audio and fashion combined

“beats by Dre,” if not some other high-

headphones that everyone seems to be

end branded portable sound booth.

desire to hear from God and receive His

sporting. Everywhere you look you can

Despite the powerful sound quality and

direction and power in our life affects us

find someone, from the teens in your

the power of its fashion forward brand

when we don’t have our spiritual head-

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This reminds me of just how our

phones on. If we seek to hear from God,

for direction, we ultimately arrive safely,

God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28) If we are

we must make sure that we are listening.

timely, and somewhat smoothly where

listening and we hear from God, yet do

“Give ear and come to me; listen, that

we are trying to go. Also, if we make

not act on what He says, then it’s as if

you may live……” (Isaiah 55:3)

a wrong turn in life, God’s Positioning

we weren’t listening at all. Yes, it’s scary

System can “recalculate” our route. Are

sometimes, and the road uncertain, but

us to hear what He has to say. We as His

you listening? “And your ears shall hear a

that’s where faith and trust come into

children can live our lives according to

word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way,

play. If you sincerely want to do His will

His perfect plan and will for us if we just

walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or

and you’ve asked and you’ve heard…..

“put on” and “tune in” to the very thing

the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)

more than likely it is God guiding you in

that provides us with the clear sounds of

the right direction. “If any of you lacks

God’s voice…His word. God also speaks

through other channels as well. Not only

wisdom, let him ask God, who gives

to us through other channels, yet His

does He speak to us through His word,

generously to all without reproach, and

word gives us the purest version of the

but through other Godly people, circum-

it will be given him.” (James1:5) We must

message He wants to convey. “So faith

stances, dreams, that “still small voice,”

trust Him.

comes by hearing, and hearing by the

an inner peace….or lack of peace. But if

word of God.” (Rom.10:17) As we turn to

it’s not through His word, how can we be

who diligently seek Him, when we listen

God for answers and direction, we must

sure it is God speaking and not our own

to Him, hear Him, then obey Him, we

ask ourselves…are we really listening?

desires, judgments, or

can know that in whatever He tells us,

That is, are we reading God’s word? Are

fears playing a part? It’s hard to be 100%

He truly has our best interest at heart

we spending time in His presence, or are

sure, but if we exercise our faith in God

because of His love for us. He has good

we only receiving the faintest notion of

and lend ourselves to Him and the

things in store for us. “I will take my

what we think we hear from the “beats”

things of Him, we can trust that what we

stand at my watch post and station

headset, or our bibles, laying over there

hear is indeed from Him.

myself on the tower, and look out to see

on the dresser?

what he will say to me, and what I will

and in John 5:30, Jesus said that “I can

answer concerning my complaint. And

Bible as another form of useful technol-

do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge,

the Lord answered me: ‘Write the vision;

ogy that we can’t seem to live without

and my judgment is just, because I seek

make it plain on tablets, so he may run

today…, our GPS or navigational sys-

not my own will, but the will of Him who

who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:1-2)

tems. Instead of the Global Positioning

sent me.” But the key to hearing God,

System as it’s abbreviation represents,

even when we are listening, is to actually

this pastor called the Bible, God’s Posi-

do what He says. “But He said, ‘Blessed

tioning System. As we look to the Bible

rather are those who hear the word of

God wants to speak to us. He wants

I heard a pastor one time refer to the

As I mentioned, God will speak to us

He says, “My sheep hear my voice,”

And as God is a rewarder of those

Be blessed! 





Are You Loving Yourself Enough to Make Someone Love You? It hurts when someone doesn’t love us back. Many of us have tried and tried to receive the love that we’ve given willingly and enthusiastically only to draw the conclusion that our love is indeed unrequited. There is a love that we have to address if we ever hope to be happy, and that’s how we love ourselves.

Believe it or not, you may be the reason why the love you seek has yet to find you. This statement is not intended to make you feel badly, but it is intended to make you think. When you love yourself, you become empowered. You have an energy that makes people want to be in your presence. Additionally, when we love ourselves, we set standards for ourselves and expect people to not only meet, but exceed them. If you’ve ever settled, accepted anyone’s nonsense, given passes when you

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should’ve been kicking a**es, then you have been guilty of not loving yourself. Make no mistake, I have done it, too. In fact, it cost me 10 years of my life, and it’s a key reason that I became a relationship coach. Many times, we avoid conflicts and situations in relationships because we don’t to seem overbearing or domineering. But, understand that asserting your needs, and expectations is a huge part of communicating what you think about yourself. If you never speak up for yourself, then it tells your significant other what they should think about you. It also shows them what you think of yourself. Light bulbs go off….right…about… NOW! By the way, this concept also holds true for friends, relatives and co-workers. Every relationship in your life is governed by the high (or not so high opinion) that you have of yourself. I am not saying that you should become an arrogant prick, but I am saying that you should take a look at yourself and really fall in love with the person that you are.

by Stephanie D. McKenzie Author of The Business of Dating

Coach Steph has been featured on,, yourtango. com, WVON Chicago, LATalk Radio, WSEV Los Angeles and in Shape Magazine, to name a few. Recently, she facilitated a tele-seminar for relationship powerhouse,

REALLY! Now, if you need a little help, you can learn how to be a rockstar with me. In fact, I hope you will come and hang out with me because I am ready to show you just how much you rock! Even if you don’t believe it right now. Of course, if you do believe it, there’s nothing like hearing it again–and I am more than happy to oblige. In conclusion, loving yourself is not simply an option, but it’s a mandate. How do you know when you’re loving yourself enough to make someone love you? When you know (emphasis on “know”) that you deserve the best and you refuse to accept anything less under any circumstances...and no matter how hot he or she may be! 



STICKS&STONES Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me! As a child, how many times did you recite this old saying that you actually began to believe it? If you didn’t grow up saying it, maybe it was a comforting message your parents shared after an argument with someone or experiencing bullying at school or on the playground. Now you’re all grown up, are you sharing the same message with your children?

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by Cheri Alphonse Hayes, ED.S.

Bullying has taken on a very different

look in the 21 century. It is not always

front you to make your life miserable.

blatant and in your face. Technology has

Cyberspace has given them a place to

helped in taking bullying to a whole new

hide and also find a larger audience

level. In addition to the verbal, physi-

than they would amongst their friends.

cal, social and emotional abuse bullies

Recently on Facebook, I noticed an

impart on their victims, they are also

acquaintance of mine posted a picture

creating very unpleasant experiences

of a young lady and asked his audience

through social media, the internet, and

to sum her up, based on her looks. There

texting. This includes and is not limited

were many comments degrading the

to ugly conversations in chat rooms,

young lady as she was helpless and not

posting inappropriate pictures without

even part of the group so she could de-

the person’s knowledge or permission,

fend herself. So I decided to take a stand

humiliating others while playing online

for her as I too could be in the same

games, instant message or texting, and

position and would want someone to

creating webpages specifically to humili-

understand there’s more to me than the

ate an individual.

physical appearance they are being ex-


Today’s bully does not need to con-

E.R.A.S.E (Expect Respect, And a Safe Education) Bullying reports posed to. My response to the photo was,


“Beautiful in her own skin!” then I went

There is no Federal anti-bullying law.

on to comment about how in this day

Although 49 states have anti-bullying

and age, as adults, how can we be doing

legislation, bullying is not illegal (http://

this for entertainment. This young lady is

someone’s daughter, sister, niece, grand-

facts/). Statistics reveal every seven

child, and so on… My voice was quickly

minutes a child is bullied; one out of

diminished as the owner of the page

four children are prone to bullying; and

deleted and/or blocked me from viewing

one out of five adults, have admitted to

his page and making further comments.

being a bully. Believe it or not, children

I wasn’t offended. I just laughed and felt

are exposed to violence at schools more

great that I had an opportunity to stand

than any other place they frequent. Fur-

up for someone. Would I do it again?

thermore, when children are bullied 85%

YES! If those are my “friends,” I rather

of these cases go without intervention,

be alone.

11% with adult intervention and peers,

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Is your child a bully? How do you know? Here are some of the obvious behaviors to look for in determining whether or not your child is a bully: Does your child have issues with people in authority? Do you ever hear them speaking negatively about other children while trying to convince their friends to get onboard with the same notion? Does s/he force others to do things they may not want to do? Is your child violent with others and always says, “We’re just playing!” These are only a few and the more obvious characteristics of bullies. Regardless of the fact that some of these behaviors are modeled to children right in their own homes, bullies cannot be ignored and they need to be stopped. The repercussions of being bullied are serious

4%. Children are scared to go to the school’s bathroom alone for fear of being bullied. Is your child being bullied? How do you know?

Whether bullying affects you directly


Common Effects of Bullying to Watch For: 1. D  epression (including sadness, loss of interest in activities)

2. A  nxiety (tenseness, fear and worries)

3. Loss of self-esteem 4. I ncreased levels of aggressive behavior

5. H  ealth problems like headaches, stomach aches

or indirectly, we all share the respon-

6. Loneliness and social anxiety

sibility in keeping our children safe.

7. Missing school

Bullies are a menace to children and later “sometimes” become a menace to society. As adults, 11% intervention in bullying is just not enough to help those who cannot help themselves. Although

8. S ocial withdrawal and isolation

9. S uicidal thoughts, or suicide (in the most extreme cases)

stressors are a natural part of our existence and children will experience all sorts of challenges in life. It is still up to us to equip them with strategies, coping skills, and defensive mechanisms which will allow them to deal with what life has to offer in this sometimes cold world. 

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ENSURING YOUR WEDDING DREAMS COME TRUE What to do after the “I do’s” by Tammy E. Smithers, MBA

Getting married at any age can

rare few who may be uniting in holy

responsibilities that you and your spouse

be stressful. Young couples in their

matrimony for the first time. In either

will confront. Taking care of certain

twenties mainly have the idealistic view

scenario, the truth remains there are

financial matters early can help you start

of marriage and the happily ever after.

some very important things to consider

your married life on the right foot.

Couples in their thirties may tend to

when undergoing a merger.

be somewhat more stable with both

careers established and a hopefully a

are decisions to make, compromises to

Weddings can be expensive. When

little money stashed away in savings.

reach, and families to bring together.

you and your spouse return from your

Many couples marrying in their forties

With all the excitement and joy of

honeymoon, sit down and discuss a

may be looking at second or even third

an upcoming wedding, it can be

plan to pay off any remaining expenses

marriages. However, there are those

easy to overlook the many financial

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Marriage changes things. There


for your wedding. Try to pick a clear timeframe and stick with it. CHANGING BENEFICIARIES and/or other retirement and investment plans. Then, check the accuracy of the information and update your contact card beneficiary information if necessary. BANK ACCOUNTS You and your spouse may choose to consolidate your finances. Review the terms of your existing bank accounts. Should you keep them? Close them? Open a joint account at the same bank? These are all questions you should bear in mind when planning your new life together. HEALTH AND AUTO INSURANCE Assess your existing health and auto insurance. In many cases, obtaining joint coverage will save you and your spouse a significant amount of money.

insurance. In addition, you may want to

need for life insurance. Make sure both

extend coverage to the wedding gifts

you and your spouse have appropriate

you received, and for your engagement


and wedding rings.

In preparing for your financial future

STUDENT LOANS AND CREDIT CARD DEBTS Assess how much money you and your


spouse owe. Consolidating assets can

If you or your spouse plan to change a

also mean consolidating liabilities. Plan

last name, make sure it’s done on your

a budget to manage any debts you and

credit cards, tax forms, driver’s license,

your spouse may have.

passport, Social Security card, voter registration card, as well as on bank accounts and insurance policies.

MORTGAGES AND OTHER LOANS Always make sure you’ve saved enough so that your mortgage, car payments,

as a married couple, you will have to reevaluate some old things, prepare for some new things, and maybe even return a few borrowed things. But, being proactive about your finances may help you avoid dealing with money-related wedding blues. 

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Women are traditionally caregivers, regularly placing the needs of everyone else in their lives ahead of their own. Yet it is undeniably important that women take the time to nurture themselves and travel is one of the best ways to do just that! There is an adventurous woman inside each of us; one who occasionally needs to make time for herself to refresh and renew her mind, spirit and body. Vacationing provides that opportunity for us to recharge our energy and enjoy fascinating destinations.


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Rocking Her 40’z With NO REGRETS!

by Jacquie Parish

/ Photography: Kevin Jeffries SMG / Stylist: Charly Anderson / Makeup: Lamik Cosmetics / Hair: Uptown Hair Studio / Wardrobe: Rouge Boutique /

Kim Burrell is known for her dynamic, distinctive and captivating voice which carries power to soothe and encourage the heart of people everywhere. This Houston native is revered by her peers in the music industry from both the spiritual and secular world. This humble Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award winner has a true and undying passion for ministry and music. 40’z Rock had the honor to sit down and chat with Kim about her transition into her 40’z.

Jacquie: How was your transition going into your 40’z? Kim: I was so glad I had arrived, because I did not know. I dreaded the FORTIES, but honey let me tell you, your life starts at 40! I had been trying to find life up until my forties. So, I tell every woman to live until you get 40 and you will find out that is when life truly begins. You are able to access relationships better, you know yourself better and you become okay with all your imperfections. By the time you reach your 40z, you either know how to fix them or you realize they were great the entire time. So 40’z is awesome and it Rocks!

Jacquie: Tell us about something that you are most passionate about?

Kim: I am most passionate about people.

I love God’s creation. I started a conference called Ephesians because I began reading Ephesians 4 and after reading it, I wanted to stand on top of the tallest mountain and tell the world to read it. Ephesians gave me a different perspective and revealed the purpose for man. My biggest passion is the development and fullness of a person’s potential. Sometimes we live life and do not live it to the fullest because we do not know that we can. We do not realize what the expectation of the fullest is because we do not have the faith to believe in more than what we see at the moment. So, my passion is to bring awareness to every living person, especially women.


God tells us that He wants us to prosper and live in abundance in all areas. What steps do you believe we must take in order to live a healthy and balanced life?

Kim: Choice! Choice is about deciding your worth. Choice is developed out of what you decide about yourself and then you choose to do it. The steps start from Ephesians 4:23. It says, “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” The spirit of a person’s mind is what decides everything. However, before you take any actions, it has to cultivate in the mind. Once you play it out, then you execute and step out on faith to make it come to pass. The proper steps begin with you coming into agreement with God about who you are as an individual.


How do you balance being a mom, an artist, a pastor and just being you?

Kim: My life is very full. I think all the time. I have to because I am responsible for so many people as far as I am concerned. Everything I do is not selfishly motivated. As an artist when I go on stage it is all about ministry. I am never satisfied until my discernment is free to believe that I came there to touch who I came to touch and sometimes that can almost seem controlling. Nonetheless, I can reassure you it is not, it is discernment. My sensitivity goes into full throttle. Everything I do is intentional because everything He (God) does is intentional. I practice not even knowing every side of who I am but embracing the fact that I can sing and preach each day. I do have the ability to encourage myself and others daily. Also, I have the capability to see things differently and to bond with different individuals each day I open my eyes. To put it simply, “It is about embracing the inevitable.”

Jacquie: Do you find it hard to make a stand for God when you are in an industry where pretty much everything goes?

Kim: My choice of being and staying a representative of the gospel is a conviction funneled through my relationship with God and what I represent with him. I do not like to be lied




on, misinterpreted and or misunderstood. I am so passionate about being honest and truthful. I do not like to appear as if I am dishonest about what I am doing. You know I have to be strategic in a world where people of different genres of music enjoy my music far more than Gospel. I had to find a strategic way to appeal to them because there is a certain sound that the accomplished musicians listen to that is not as traditional as gospel. Gospel has taken on a different face and sound for the sake of progress, succession and moving forward. My conviction about my relationship with God has kept me grounded in Gospel because I am interested in delivering the message of Jesus Christ. I know personally of what serving God can do for you. So, I am addicted to the conviction of conveying that message.

Jacquie: Tell us a little about your last album, “LOVE?” Kim: (chuckle) The “LOVE” album was my way of saying to the church that it is okay to have romantic music for you and your spouse to listen to as you minister to each other (in other words make love). Listening to Mahalia Jackson will not cut it. We as Christians have to stop being so deep and maybe we will not have to work so hard in keeping our spouse.

Jacquie: Tell us about your friendship with Whitney Houston? Did you see any warning signs in the past that you reflect on in the present?

Kim: Yes, I saw a lot of signs. Whitney called me about a week before her passing and said, “Hey I keep having this dream of water coming close to my head, but it goes back down.” I did not think much over her dream until she drowned. I thought, Lord have mercy! God were you trying to get me tell her something? Whitney was very strong, bull-headed and very much her own woman. She did not dance to anyone else’s beat. I think that is what made us very close. I was very straight forward with Whitney. I did not play. I had to deal with her aggressively, but with love.

Jacquie: We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I remember attending one of your services when you mentioned how you missed her sitting in the front row, being your legal advisor and your biggest cheerleader. How have you been doing with the grieving process?

Kim: Strategically. Every day I wake up with a mindset not to feel sad. I love deeply, intentionally and I love very hard. I am a witness that love goes beyond the grave. It has been very much a transition for me and still it is very hard for me every day. I do not just say that lightly. It is something I know I will never get over, but I am learning to live with. My mother was the template! She was my lawyer when I could not afford a lawyer and she was my confidant. I will never forget when I was invited to sing at Yankee Stadium for the Pope back in 2007.

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There were 65,000 people in attendance. Before going, I called my mother and told her I was invited to sing for the Pope and it is going to be 65,000 Catholics, what should I sing? She said, “Give me a minute and I’ll call you back.” Within minutes she calls back… “Kim, I got it. Sing: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin in me.” I have those kinds of memories that I live for and that is what gives me the strength to cope because I am coping. It is hard! I am not trying to be deep for nobody. I am not trying to be all heavenly, the Lord is carrying me through and I am mad. I want my momma back! I miss her every day and it is a process, but I must learn to live with it.

Jacquie: What advice would you give to a younger woman? Kim: Do your best to prep yourself for 40 because life really does begin, at 40. Not to discredit what good I experienced prior to turning 40. I bought my first home when I was 27, but I didn’t know how to live in a home until I was 40. I did not know how to interact emotionally with my inhibitions. Every year leading up to 40 is a prep for what 40z brings and should bring. And that is the anticipation of REAL LIFE.

Jacquie: How is your love life? Kim: I am currently single, with prospects and I am totally paying attention to my inner man. I was married before and I do not want to ever be miserable in love a second time around. I am looking for a man who knows how to love me from his soul, how to embrace my child and who understands my call and devotion for ministry. He must accept that I may be on tour months on end, but he knows how to surprise me and be my man. He can give me a world within himself and keep me interested in being the Kim that I am.

Jacquie: Your last album, “LOVE,” received a Dove award and was nominated for a Grammy. Do you have any other projects you are working on?

Kim: I did the “LOVE” album, [because] as my way of saying, “Church, I cannot be a real woman and say that I want to get married, and when I get ready to make love with my husband we listen to Mahalia Jackson to get us in the mood.” The message of the “LOVE” album was more of a statement of love to the world. I am an artist that believes in real authentic Eros. I believe in agape, but I believe in Eros love. I believe in the full circle of it and I plan to do more music like that. Currently, I am in conversation with a major record label to do another album. Rob Glasper won a Grammy in 2012 for an album called, R & B Black Radio. Rob reached out to me because he has a church background as well. Now, I am combining the best of both worlds; my gospel message along with the message of jazz. I am creating music that will appeal to many fans [gospel, jazz, and R&B], but does not offend the church. 

WHO ROCK THE WORLD? In honor of women all around the world we wanted to recognize a few who led the way in 2013 Sheryl Sandberg - 2013

became the chief operating officer of Facebook, in 2012 she was elected the first women to serve on Facebook board.

Maria Rios - President, CEO and founder of Houston-based Nation Waste Inc., ranked No. 7 on Fortune’s 2013 Most Powerful Women.

Kerry Washington - Plays Olivia

Pope on Scandal, serves as the first African American female lead in a network.

Shonda Rhimes - Creator, head

writer, and executive producer of the medical drama television series Grey’s Anatomy and developed the ABC drama series Scandal.

Michelle Obama - First African American First Lady and wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Antoinette Tuff - Hailed as

‘true hero’ for handling Georgia school gunman.

Bren’e Brown - Author of the #1

New York Times Bestseller Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.





“She’s probably a



We need to have this conversation, guys. k by Mena Freeman

Stop assuming such a thing. Granted there may be

some womenout there who are up to no good. They may be constantly and actively in search of someone to provide for them in a big way. None of whom would qualify as a 40z Rock girl of course.

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Guys, you must learn to recognize this type of woman

there are some who are well disguised and have the look of

and move on to the many more sincere ladies. Yes, a few of us

sincerity. You just have to learn to recognize them quickly and

are lazy and manipulative. I said it. A few of us have no shame

move on. I too have been on several dating sites. So far, none

and will use a guy for all he’s worth. However, these women

have produced my soul mate. But, man I’ve had some fun. Yes,

are vastly in the minority. The rest of us openly and gladly

most of the time he paid for the first date. But being the receipi-

admit that we need a partner. We need a hand holding, tight

ent of a free cup of coffee does not describe a “gold digger”.

hugging, dance with me talk to me, sharing caring man. I’m

just putting it out there.

cousin last week I heard a term that was completely new to

me. Have you ever heard the term “paper sack” man? Neither

You know, the term “gold digger” is such a hurtful expres-

The same is true for us ladies as well. Speaking with my

sion. It also indicates some degree of fear or stress. Are you

had I! It was used to describe the men that so many young

afraid that we want to get our hands on your 401k plan?

women are allowing into their lives. These men have either

Please don’t be. Most of us professional women have got one

been incarcerated for a very long time or perhaps have always

too. For generations, we women have tirelessly worked to

lived with their parents or simply just have not “gotten it

close that earnings gap and shatter the glass ceiling. If you

together”. Women who just want a “man” are allowing these

travel in professional circles, the overwhelming majority of

guys to move into her home with her and the children. Often

women can hold their own. Yes, as a rule you still earn more

these guys have no job and very little intent to get one. I

for similar jobs and professions, but we are catching up. By

wouldn’t call these guys “gold diggers”, however. Or, should I?

the time a professional woman reaches 40 years old and be-

But, for sure it’s a whole new phenomena.

yond, she most likely is on a solid financial foundation. Unde-

niably, most of us are divorced, raised the children, and have

to receive that special gift of a mate, we just may have to kiss

had some hardships. Yet, many of us have had a successful

a few frogs. In this world, there will always be those who

career for an equal amount of time as you. So, what’s missing

do not have your best interest at heart. But do not be afraid

in our lives you ask? What’s missing is that dependable and

that every woman is out to get you. If she is a “gold digger”

reliable partner. And believe it or not, the same is missing in

you will recognize it fairly quickly. If she is a sincere, honest,

your life. We may just be looking for each other, but one of us

hardworking, fun loving lovely lady, you just may lose the op-

thinks that the other is searching for some finances.

portunity to know her by being paranoid that she’s after your

bank. We have all been burned in some way. Sometimes it is

Men, did you know that right now in this country there

The bottom line for all of us, male or female is in order

are over 54,000,000 single people! Over 41,000,000 of these

extremely difficult to recognize someone who is not sincere.

single men and women have tried various online dating sites.

You are human. Forgive yourself and move on. By all means,

Unbelievable! Statistics such as these indicate that there are

do not hold on to anger and hostility because of someone

a whole lot of people who are willing to pay for some help in

else’s insincerity.

order to find the right mate. If a woman is willing to pay for a

good “match” that tells me that she truly wants a good result.

ers. Before you accuse a lady of being a “gold digger” make

Therefore, she is willing to invest in the process. Pardon me,

sure that there is some gold. Make sure that your finances are

but most “gold diggers” do not invest in very much. Yes, again

in order. 

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These thoughts can be told by many hearts in many ways on

physically we always look on the outside to satisfy our issue.

different paths. People come into our lives and they evoke

Spiritually we are screaming for peace, a release from the

our emotions, they give us experiences and they teach us

bondage of worrying, anxiety and fears. We may feel like we

lessons. The decisions we make define our positions in society

just need our relationship that has ended to start again, our

that change with our personal evolvement. Heart break

loved one that has passed away to have more days, and all

leads to heart ache and take us to hollow areas of our soul.

of our losses to reverse. In those moments when we feel we

However, there is something that brings us back to the light

don’t have any control, give your Heart Peace. Our faith, our

while challenging and building our character. Give your heart

oracle, and our spirituality is the center of nutrition for our

acceptance. Before we can begin to understand and accept

Spirit. Peace teaches us to maintain balance and hope in our

the existence of others, we must understand and accept the

lives. Whatever comes on our journey, having peace above all

existence of ourselves. There was a question floating across

is good for the physical, the mental and the spiritual.

the timelines of social media pages, “If you could write your

younger self a letter, what would it be?” Many of the answers

build on our foundation brick by brick. Patience is a skill I work

were warnings, names of people to not date or trust, and

on, it’s a challenge in my personal fast paced world and I want

various regrets. This is normal - when we are still holding on

things now and to be done now. One skill that is most times

to past decisions and experiences. We have all been there. To

left behind is compassion. Especially, in those moments on

truly enter the realm of Self-Love, we must Self-Accept. Every

your journey when you are justified to be highly pissed at this,

experience is a brick on our foundation and purpose. Each

that, him or her. No one would argue or say you are wrong for

brick represents growth as you build brick by brick, regard-

your feelings because the act that was committed deserved

less of how hard it was to lay, it is still a part of you growing

such emotion from you. We tend to think of compassion as

and forming into the person you are today and who you will

something we lend to those is a positive context. The people

be tomorrow. Abandon phrases such as “I lost so much time

who you want to write off are precisely the ones who need it

in that relationship”, “I regret the day I met him”, “I wish I could

most. Give your Heart Compassion by remembering we have

go back and change (fill in the blank)”. As harmless as it may

all experienced pain and loss and it does no good being hap-

seem, you are reinforcing subconsciously the feelings that

py because others are hurting. Compassion is a skill that can

contradict acceptance and thus you create a burden and

be practiced each time it seems to be the hardest to forgive.

burdens weigh you down and make you too tired to keep

building. When you are going through it, it’s hard to reach

building. I used to work near a new homes construction site,

this mental level of self-actualizing, however, when you come

and sometimes the workers were building homes in less than

up out of it you must DO THE WORK to Self-Accept and move

great weather – very hot or chilling cold. But, I would hear

forward. Embrace the lessons so you don’t have to learn them

them laughing and helping get the job done. What if they

again and don’t invest in tearing others down that hurt you.

allowed their temporary conditions to overtake their outlook,

Instead, use your new tools your lessons- learned equipped you

dictate their attitudes and cause barriers in their communica-

with to continue building you up.

tion? When storms come on your journey of building brick by

brick, give your Heart Love. Say it, do it, show it, know it, be-

In my daily prayers I ask for many things for myself,

There are many skills we should strive to obtain as we

A life filled with love makes for a more fulfilled process of

others, my community and the world and I always close with

lieve it and deserve it. Love breaks down walls, heals the most

“above all else, let me have peace”. Our physical selves start

deeply rooted wounds from our past that we have buried, and

to crave when we are going through hardship – more sleep,

frees us to demand a life of abundance. We always have to

more food, more attention, and more solitude, and so on.

choose when we are making decisions about how to lay our

Because when we lack balance, we become scattered and

next brick, in your decision, always choose Love. 





40z ROCK MS. MARCH Phyllis is 42 and is rocking in her 40’z. She is a registered nurse and a full time Momager, she holds a Master’s Degree In Business and is a graduate of Page Parkes Modeling School in Houston, TX. When not managing her daughter’s acting career, she enjoys participating in monthly races which allows her to give back to the community and stay healthy while doing so. She ran her first marathon of 26.2 miles in January in San Diego, California.

Phyllis has been a member of the 40 Rock Organization since it’s inception in

2012. During her tenure as a member of 40z Rock, she was Ms. December in the 2013 Calendar and Ms. March in the 2014 Calendar. Phyllis works on the hospitality committee within the organization, using her sensitive and nurturing spirit to show compassion and bring comfort to people in their time of need.

Phyllis believes in winning to help others win. The words that she lives by

is don’t be discourage of doors that may have closed on you...because there’s always a opening through the window. Seize every opportunity! I Rock, You Rock, Together We ROCK! 

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MESS! by Merneen Spearman

Proverbs 18: 21”The tongue has the power of life and death…” Most of the mess in our lives originates from the mouth. What we say can really cause us trouble, or to the vast extreme, help us. In this teaching, we want to explore how to maximize our words for the glory of God, for our betterment and the betterment of others. Words are such a great part of our lives. So much so, that we don’t really pay attention to how we use them, because we use them so much. It’s needful that we become women who use wise words. Women who know and understand the value of what comes out of their mouths lead successful and productive lives.

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in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in,

force spiritual principles. The concept

using our words to glorify God, we will

and rely on the truth) that God raised

of repeating is vital in early childhood

escape a lot of unnecessary pain and

Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

development and music. There is a sym-

heartache. So, I’m excited about this spirit-

Manifestation is directly connected to con-

bol used in music for repeating certain

ual principle, like you, I’m always on a quest

fession. Confess means to say or to speak

sections of the music. In early childhood

to be better and to do better. I believe that

out. Once you have said or spoken out,

repeating a concept or words through-

God placed this subject on my heart and

then this leads to a manifestation. What-

out a lesson, for several days and weeks,

mind for a special reason. It is needed. I

ever you have spoken, something will

sometimes throughout the entire year,

have much to share on this topic and I re-

manifest as a result. When you confess

is necessary for the concept to become

ally want to glorify God with the words

with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and

foundational. You must rehearse the Word

that I have written. Thank you for want-

believe in your heart that God raised Him

of God as often as possible; using audio,

ing to use your words to give God glory.

from the dead; salvation is the manifesta-

reading or video.


Because of what you’ve said or confessed,

1. Means of Access. Psalm 19:14

3. Maimed. 2 Timothy 2:14-18

(KJV)”Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” The words that we release out our mouths are not just mere words. Let your words be acceptable unto God. In other words, be sure that what you say is acceptable before God. Words have the power to get you into something or out of something. The mouth is identified as an entry, exit, and the way in, the way out, doorway or a gate. The words

something materializes from it.

(AMP) “Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.” So many people have been maimed

that you use are synonymous to a key

by their own words and those of others.

or a lock, it is up to you which one they


will become.

2 Timothy 2: 14 starts out by saying

Once we understand the importance of

Answer the Following:  What words do you hear in your

mind without anyone having to say them?  Are there certain scriptures that

you can recall how you retained them; by repetition or just by hearing it once?  Do you recall the word of God

or certain aspects of the gospel better by repetition or just by hearing or reading it once?  Do you repeat or rehearse the

word of God in your mind or out loud?  How do you feel about the word

2. Manifestations. Romans 10:9 (AMP)

“repeat the basic essentials over and over

of God being emphasized over and over again? Does it annoy

“Because if you acknowledge and con-

to God’s people.” This is a form of using

you or do you enjoy it? 

fess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and

words, verbiage and speech to rein





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Many mature women are wondering if they are dating men or technology. Who can decode the LMBO, SMH, LOL, at ten, after 5, yours or mine or any of these encrypted messages that women receive from men. It is hard enough to date as it is but when you involve technology you are definitely taking the dating game to the next level.

I get asked from many women, how

do I keep up with what is trending? They often illustrate with much desperation and sometimes laughter, “What the heck

1. Set your standards early. If you get asked out via text message, don’t give your answer over text…Reply with, “Call me for an answer” 2. Just relax and be yourself. The authentic you is always better than the make believe you 3. Sex never seals the deal so don’t make that your focus. 4. Never date a man that is intimidated by you in any way. Men should want a woman that is driven and successful. 5. When dating, do not focus on every man being the one. Just focus on finding out if you are even compatible.

communicate with men?

6. Never share any personal information about yourself over text. Always talk about personal things in person. If you choose to text, keep them brief and light.

Last but not least,

is that?” I just learned how to use the other and now you are telling me that I have to learn something else just to I recently acquired some mind

blowing tips that I am going to share that will calm you down and help you

7. Sending naked photos and sexting are not for the mature woman. Stay away from it.

to learn how to date the man and NOT the technology.

some of the best tips from the show. I

Oprah Winfrey featured a Lifeclass

I could go on and on but these were

on OWN entitled, Stop Settling and Start

challenge each of you to really get to

Dating Smarter. The show featured a

know more about yourself so you can

special guest, Greg Behrandt and his

understand what you truly want when

wife Amiira Ruotola, authors of, HE IS

you are dating.


new book, It’s just a F***ing Date.

your standards, do not back down just

for the sake of a man. Technology was

Greg and his wife shared one tip that

Do not settle, create and stick to

created the coined, A-ha moment dur-

created to make life easier, but this does

ing the show…They said, “Just date and

not necessarily apply to dating. Technol-

don’t focus on trying to compete with

ogy can be a deal breaker when dating.

the technological aspect of dating.”

If you commit yourself to trying to keep

Here are some dating tips to help you

up with what is trending, you may soon

learn how to date the man and not

discover that you will be fighting a losing

the technology.

battle. Remember, date the man and not the technology. You have the power to do it! Now, GO!.




HEAL THYSELF by Jacquie Parish

Essential Oils (oils extracted aromatic plants) have long played an important role in history, medicine and religion. Oils have been used in religious ceremonies, cosmetics, funeral rites and perfume. The Ancient Egyptians are often credited with being the first to use essential oils. One of the oldest documents – dating back to 1553 BC – called the Ebers Papyrus details how to use frankincense for a variety of ailments. When Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in 1922, archeologist Howard Carter found 35 alabaster jars that were used to hold oils. Chinese aroma therapists believed that extracting a plant’s fragrance was a way to free its soul. The Ancient Greek Hippocrates used the aromatherapy of several essential oils to fumigate Athens and fight off the plague epidemic. Today, scientists, physicians and researchers are beginning to return to the use of essential oils as a way to naturally and holistically heal our bodies. Oils are natural anti-depressants, antibacterial fighters, and immune strengtheners.

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Here are some essential oils that everyone should have in their home. We also included their healing properties. LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the

BENEFITS:  Frankincense can be added to your lotion or soap to prevent acne.  It will help heal and calm burns, rashes, cuts and scrapes.  Frankincense makes a great massage oil because not only will it purify your skin but it will put up

most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.

 protective barrier in your aura to prevent other people’s negativity from effecting you.

BENEFITS:  Lavender is an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant oil that has a multitude of functions.

 You can also mix it with coconut oil and rub into your children’s feet to increase their immune system and help them sleep through the night.

 Add a few drops to a carrier oil such as sunflower oil and spritz it on you your body to repel mosquitoes. Place dried lavender sachets in your closets and drawers to ward off moths.

 Known to reduce anxiety, rub a few drops behind your ears and on wrists to ease stress.  You can also diffuse in your room to uplift your mood.

 Add 5 drops to a humidifier to relieve a stuffy nose.

 Add a few drops to a handkerchief and inhale to relieve nasal congestion.

 Place a few drops on your pillow to combat insomnia.

 Frankincense is also known to help with asthma and allergies.

 Add a few drops of lavender oil to your favorite facial moisturizer and see your skin naturally restored. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a bottle of witch hazel and use to combat acne.


 Make some lavender tea and use the water as a dandruff rinse.  Lavender and peppermint oil mixed with a carrier oil such as Jojoba will cure headaches when rubbed on the temples.  Simmer dried lavender with citrus peels in a pot of water to serve as a natural air freshener.  Add baking soda, lavender, water, and rubbing alcohol to a spray bottle to make your own natural antiseptic cleaner.  Inhale lavender periodically to fight feelings of sadness.

Throughout history, peppermint has been used to cure bad breath, soothe tummy troubles, relieve colic,gas, headaches, heartburn and indigestion. BENEFITS:  Emotionally, peppermint can help soften anger, ease depression and eliminate fatigue.  Add a few drops to your coffee or tea to alleviate indigestion.  Apply a few drops to the back of neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep your energy up.


 Rub a drop or two on your temples, forehead and over sinuses (carefully avoiding contact with eyes) to alleviate sinus pressure and headaches. Diffuse to reduce appetite.

Frankincense is a holy oil; it’s one of the gifts presented to

 Add to a carrier oil such a Jojoba and rub into an upset stomach.

Christ by the three wise men. It’s used during many religious

 Rub a few drops to the bottoms of your feet to reduce a fever.

ceremonies for spiritual protection. Frankincense has been

 Apply topically to eliminate itching from bug bites.

grown and hulled in Omar since 7,000 B.C. When the farmers

 Inhale before and after workouts to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.

collect Frankincense, they make a cut in the bark and let the sap ooze out releasing any impurities and negative energy. They wait a few weeks and then return to collect the now cleansed sap. Frankincense is currently being studied by the immunologist Mahmoud Suhail as a possible cure for cancer after scientists observed that some agent within frankincense stops cancer from spreading.

 Diffuse in a room to enhance focus and concentration while studying.  To deter rodents, ants and cockroaches, place a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place on their path or entry area.  Add 4 – 5 drops to a bottle of water and spray on plants to kill aphids.  You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to a bottle of water and mist to reduce hot flashes. 





to Achieving Your Hearts Desire by J. Michelle Garrison

Do you feel like you are stuck in a life of complacency and your intuition is telling you that there has got to be more to this thing called life? Is it your heart’s desire to make the rest of your life the best of your life? Every day you should wake up ready to live. Here are five steps that will help you go from living a life of mediocrity to knowing exactly what you want and how to go get it.

 STEP ONE: Identify Your Heart’s Desire

you will unlock the door to a life full of happiness and satisfac-

Many times we find ourselves unhappy and unsatisfied. We

tion. When you have identified what you want, move on to

go about our daily lives unfulfilled and frustrated. Sometimes

step two to establish a pathway of how to get it.

the hustle and bustle of life creates so much noise that we can’t hear from our inner self. Everyone was put on this earth with a unique purpose that manifests itself in our heart’s desire. I challenge you to get in a peaceful place and do some soul searching. Once you have identified your heart’s desire

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 STEP TWO: Believe It and You Can Achieve It The most important step to moving forward is having a positive mindset. A positive mind creates positive energy, which creates positive results. If you don’t believe you have what it takes to attain what you want; you’re defeated before you start. Believe

in yourself… Believe in your strength…Believe in your will

 STEP FIVE: Reinvest Your Return (a two part step)

power and watch the universe go to work in your favor.

Once you start to see success from all the hard work and effort

 STEP THREE: Develop a Roadmap Lewis Carroll, the famous author of Alice’s Adventures in

you have invested in Steps 1-4, it’s time to reinvest. 1. You should invest in others. There will be people who will

Wonderlands, said “If you don’t know where you are going, any

help you along the way or who have even paved the road for

road will get you there. Likewise, the British politician, Winston

you to travel. How awesome would it be if you are can show

Churchill, said “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”. If you

your appreciation by helping someone else? You will en-

want to get from point A to point Z, you must go through B to

counter someone who needs to know how to achieve their

Y, letter by letter. Consequently, life is no different. There will

heart’s desire. Tell them your story and encourage them to

be many milestones between your starting point and the finish

take these steps to a more fulfilling life. I guarantee you will

line. The good news is, every little step you take will get you

experience a greater happiness.

closer to your heart’s desire than you were before. Wake up every morning reviewing the road map, committing to taking

2. Reinvest in yourself. Studies have shown that people who continue to invest in self-development become more

the right steps to keep you on the path, and encouraged that it

confident and improve their quality of life. For example, I had

may not be easy, but you will be victorious. Eating an elephant

this bad habit of worrying about the future. . I could really

sounds like an impossible task, but if you take it one bit at a

use some self-development in this area, so I started reading

time you will get the job done. Just keep chewing….

books about overcoming anxiety and stress. After reading

 STEP FOUR: Surround Yourself With Those Who Have Been Down the Road You Have to Travel

“The Shack” by William P. Young and Don M. Ruiz book titled “The Four Agreements”, I’ve learned to live in the moment.

My family and friends know I have a heart for fitness and

They changed my life. No more worrying about tomorrow,

healthy eating. One of my long term goals is to work in the

I thrive for enjoying the present. I wake up each morning

fitness industry as a personal trainer. For years, I have sur-

more confident about the outcome of my day and the qual-

rounded myself with personal trainers, taken fitness classes, as

ity of my life has improved tremendously.

well as learned and established healthy eating habits. I have also done the research on the business economics of running

Whether you read self-help books, watch motivational

a fitness center. I have taken it upon myself to developed

videos, or attend church regularly, make sure spend time and a

relationships with people in the industry hoping to learn from

little money investing in your own self development. Not only

their experiences along their journey. This not only helps me

will you become a better person, but you will live a better life.

as I continue to develop my roadmap, it gives me an inside look

as to what I might expect and how to prepare for it. You may

steps will move you from an apparently good life to an obvi-

say, “I don’t know anyone who has achieved my same goal”.

ously great life. Search your heart to find its desires and take

Well guess what, you don’t have to know them. The internet

the steps to attain just that. Give yourself permission to believe

can give you full access to people that you may not have the

that you have more than what it takes to achieve your heart’s

opportunity to meet. Research their history, read their books,

desire. Be sure to surround yourself with successful people.

join their groups in order to find out what tools and resources

Remember to reach back to help someone else. And finally,

they used to help them along the way. This step may take a

never forget to consistently reinvest in yourself. If you follow

bit of hard work, time, and patience, but a “ whatever it takes

this path, then I believe that “Live, Laugh, Love” won’t be just a

attitude” will definitely result in a successful future. Let a living

slogan on your coffee mug. It will become your way of life.

testimony help YOU become a living testimony.

I will say it again, “Life is for the living”. Following these

Now go get it! 




QUOTES “A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talk to each other instead of about each other.”

– quotepix

Sometimes, in life, a bit of inspiration in the form of quotes can be surprisingly helpful.

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”

“Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face. It’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul.”


Steve Maraboli

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes You just need to breathe. Trust. Let go. And see what happens.”

Many Hale

“Sometimes the strongest among us are the ones who smile through silent pain, cry behind closed doors, and fight battles nobody knows about.”


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“Girls compete with each other. Women empower one another.”


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40z Rock Magazine  

Our mission is to encourage women to no longer center life around everyone else and start making a conscious effort to live a life that enco...

40z Rock Magazine  

Our mission is to encourage women to no longer center life around everyone else and start making a conscious effort to live a life that enco...