Thursday, January 18, 2018

Reclaimed Readables

Today's Readables features how to negotiate your salary and know what you should be earning, test your savings habits compared to others, how to actually choose a credit card, how to let go of your financial baggage, why we should financially support the TimesUp movement, and why getting rid of stuff actually saves you money.

Apartment Therapy: Why getting rid of stuff actually saves you money
Hello Giggles: Why we should financially support the TimesUp movement
Well+Good: How to negotiate your salary and know what you should be earning, how to let go of your financial baggage, how to actually choose a credit card
BuzzFeed: Test your savings habits compared to others

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Michelle Obama

What can I say about Mrs. Michelle Obama that has not already been said?


But the sentiment remains that she will forever reign and the most refined, most astute, most intelligent, and most accomplished First Lady the United States has ever known.

Not to mention, she slays; whether it’s her impeccable fashion sense, her side eye game, her quick wit that is so fast it slices those who don’t do right without ever mentioning them by name.

Yes. Our Forever First Lady is refined, eloquent, funny, woke, and is everything real Americans can be proud of.

On this, her 54th birthday, The Reclaimed is honored to celebrate the queen herself; Michelle Obama through her most power, prolific, and just plain awesome quote gems.

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”

“I never cut class. I loved getting A’s, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.”

“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”

“If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that.”

“Together, we can help make sure that every family that walks into a restaurant can make an easy, healthy choice.”

“The problem is when that fun stuff becomes the habit. And I think that's what's happened in our culture. Fast food has become the everyday meal.”

“The realities are that, you know, as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station, you know.”

“And let's be clear: It's not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren't healthy. It's also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.”

"When I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am."

"Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals."

"Find people who will make you better."

"Women and girls can do whatever they want. There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish."

"I've seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are. It reveals who you are."

"No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful."

"We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list."

"You've got to make choices that make sense for you because there's always going to be somebody who'll think you should do something differently."

"Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives."

"We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make... that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself."

"Do not die in the history of your past hurts and past experiences, but live in the now and future of your destiny.

"Walk away from 'friendships' that make you feel small and insecure, and seek out people who inspire you and support you."

"Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude."

"I admit it: I am louder than the average human being and have no fear of speaking my mind. These traits don't come from the colour of my skin but from an unwavering belief in my own intelligence."

"Be passionate about something and lean to that strength."

"The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them."

"Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own." 

"There is no magic to achievement. It's really about hard work, choices, and persistence."

Which quote was your favorite? Let’s talk! Drop me a comment below to share your favorite Mama Obama quotes.

Reclaimed Readables #WomanCrushWednesday

Happy Wednesday beautiful people!

This week's #WomanCrushWednesday Readables features Oprah talks to the Times Up movement, study shows women are more resilient than men, 10 picks to start your feminist bookshelf, a pro stylist with some awesome curly hair advice, and how one woman learned to respond to racism with faith.

Refinery29: Oprah talks to the Times Up movement
Well+Good: Study shows women are more resilient than men
Apartment Therapy: 10 picks to start your feminist bookshelf
BuzzFeed: A pro stylist gives curly hair advice
Relevant Mag: How one woman learned to respond to racism with faith.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Reclaimed Readables #TuesdayShoesDay

Happy Tuesday, good people!

This week's #TuesdayShoesDay features the affordable boots you will wear until spring, 23 pairs of cheap and chic boots from Target, the shoes Emilia Clark proves is still going strong, 15 affordable ankle boots that only look expensive, and the prettiest Nikes ever.

Affordable boots you will wear until spring
The shoes Emilia Clark proves is still going strong
23 pairs of cheap and chic boots from Target
Pretty Nikes
15 affordable ankle boots that only look expensive

Monday, January 15, 2018

15 times Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. spoke on Self Love/ Self Care Quotes

It's MLK day. 

Whether using today to volunteer at your favorite philanthropy or are using it to at least are trying to make one persons life a little better, it's honoring the legacy of this authentic American hero. 

We all are familiar with King's "I have a Dream" and "Mountain Top" speeches, but Rev. Dr. King had so much to say on the condition, character, and care of the over all human with regards to how that care flows into care for humanity.

Here are 15 quotes by the good Rev. Dr. King, Jr. on deeper self love and self care and how that care emerges to benefit society. Enjoy.

"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."
"We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope."
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
"No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for."
"Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
"Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education."
"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right."
"Let no man pull you so low as to hate him."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that."
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ”
“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
“You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile,laugh, and ways but no matter what you change, you will always be you.”