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Curvy Divas Fashion Show

May 10, 2015 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

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“LP” Performs at the Curvy Diva Fashion Show

May 10, 2015 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

Mr. Love Personified open’s up the Curvy Divas Fashion show. He did great job and kept the crowd entertained as you will see in the video.

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Expensive Hobbies

April 10, 2015 in Coaching Corner by antwanm

Everyone has a hobby or something that they enjoy doing. Sometimes we decide to turn those hobbies into a side business, when we don’t take our side businesses seriously they become “Expensive Hobbies”

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Be the change you want to see!

April 9, 2015 in Coaching Corner by antwanm

Change isn’t easy but it is very necessary for growth!

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Amarind’s Thai Restaurant

April 8, 2015 in Mr. Openyonated's Picks by antwanm


Spring Rolls


Pad Thai


Crab Rangoon

I love Thai food however finding a place with good food, service and a decent price point can be challenging.  I’m not a “foodie” as some call themselves but I love a good meal. Originally I was headed to Mama Thai but I decided to try another place.  With the help of Yelp and channel 7’s Hungry Hound I came upon Amarind’s. It’s a cozy place in Oak Park at 6822 West North Ave. The decor is not as splashy as Star of Siam but the food was delicious. I had the Pad Thai and crab rangoon. The food was delicious! My server Neesha was pleasant and prompt.  It’s definitely worth a return.

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Spring Cleaning.

April 7, 2015 in Coaching Corner by antwanm

Spring break A.K.A clean up week is typically a time when we clean up all the things that have accumulated during the winter and or put some things away. Are there things in your life that need to be thrown out or put up?

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Dig Up your Talents!

April 5, 2015 in Coaching Corner by antwanm

Each and everyone of us have talents. God has given us something unique to help others, support ourselves and ultimately give glory to him. Sometimes we bury our talents, this is an encouragement for you to dig it up and put it to use!

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IFly Chicago

April 5, 2015 in Mr. Openyonated's Picks by antwanm

If you are looking for a great experience try IFly. It’s an indoor sky diving  facility that will not disappoint. Initially I was a little nervous but the professional staff made the experience and enjoyable.  I flew with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday.  I have not had this much fun in a long time. They have many different packages to fit the novice as well as the more experienced. If you ever wanted to try something out of adventurous I suggest IFly!  Visit their website for more information.

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Stop talking yourself out of success!

April 4, 2015 in Coaching Corner by antwanm

Today I had a conversation with one of my elders about life and they mentioned one of the regrets that they had. I immediately thought about what life would have been like for them and their family if they had made a different choice. We must not let fear stand in our way. Live life with no regrets!

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“The Journey”

March 21, 2015 in Coaching Corner by antwanm

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words may never hurt me, it’s a rhyme that children are taught but is a complete lie.  Word’s shape people, lead people and yes can hurt them.  There are a few words that have stuck with me in my life but there is one phrase in particular that I have never forgotten. When I went on a doctors visit when I was younger with my siblings I remember him saying “this must be the one who eats the most food.” The doctor may have been joking however he did not know that years later those words would stick with that child well into adulthood. I love good food, who doesn’t? Food is everywhere ! Every social setting has some kind of food and drink whether it’s a birthday party or a family reunion needless to say food has an important part in all of our lives.  I’ve shared on Facebook a few pictures from sessions at boot camp with Getting Better Fitness but I’ve never mentioned why I decided to bit the bullet and get my body back to a place where I feel comfortable with it. When I was in my 20′ s I along with a group of friends started going to a trainer and eating right and it was fantastic. I lost weight, felt great, got compliments, my clothes fit better, etc. I said yes to the journey but I didn’t continue. Fast forward now I’m nearly knocking on 40 and this is the heaviest that I have ever been.  My requires that you have wellness check ups and my last one was not what I expected. I weighed 209 pounds! I’ve been went between 190 and 200 pounds for the last 5 years or so. People say you don’t look like it but I guess I carry the weight well. It was kind of a blow to me because I was becoming “the one who eats the most food.” One thing that also hit me was a while ago some people were looking at my book and made the comment about my picture “What happened?”  Funny thing is I can cook, I’ve lost weight before so I know what to do but I wasn’t doing it.  I had been to one of Javid’s bootcamps  the founder of “Getting Better Fitness” before and since I had fallen off of the wagon my body was not ready! At one point in the workout my body said “Oh no you didn’t!” and I had to have a seat.  I was ashamed because all of these women around me were going to town and I was sitting on the ground trying to pull it together. After that I took a break from bootcamp. A few months later I came home from work logged on to the Getting Better web page and signed up for weekly bootcamp sessions and popped into class the same day. I didn’t even say I was coming I just went.  The work outs have been challenging yet fulfilling. I need to build up my strength and endurance. I love the fact that there are other people there fighting along side me. It’s an encouraging environment Javid’s a great guy and I hope to be able to revisit the body that I earned the last time but this time I plan on keeping it around for a while. I plan on blogging week to week about my progress. If you want to learn a little more about Javid, his transformation and his work visit the site  and the Facebook page

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