LOCAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE SET TO EMPOWER WOMEN TO SEE THEMSELVES AS GOD SEES THEM: FLAWLESS!

 

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Topics explored: ‘Flawless Coverage’, ‘I Slay’ and ‘The Right Accessory’.

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This powerful event will be hosted by Tamara Ellison, CEO and Founder of Tamara Ellison & Co. LLC.  The event will feature presentations by an array of preachers/teachers such as acclaimed speaker, writer and senior pastor of 16th Street Church, Dr. Andrea King, Shepherdess Pastor Roseanna Campos and David A. Burrus, a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources, seminars, workshops, and conferences.

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“For every blemish in your life God’s grace will give you Flawless coverage! You don’t look like what you’ve been through. You are fearful and wonderful made! You are “Flawless by God’s Design’, says Tamara.

Flawless by God’s Design (FBGD) Women’s Conference is going to life changing. Come experience an out pour of the anointing! You will leave God’s presence FLAWLESS!

Here what some women say about what ‘Flawless’ means to them:

 

Presenters include:

8Andrea King

Acclaimed speaker and writer, Dr. Andrea King has been preaching since she was fourteen years old. Her ministry has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and the continent of Africa, preaching and equipping people for a life of victory. Though she has traveled to many places, she serves as the senior pastor of the 16th Street SDA Church in San Bernardino, CA, and is very active in the community.

Dr. Andrea is author of two books: Finding Christ and The Queen in Me. She is married to her partner in life, love and ministry, Pastor Kurt King. Together, they have two children. Currently, Dr. Andrea is the president of the Black Adventist Ministerial Fellowship (BAMF) and the Prayer Coordinator for the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC). She has pastored for over 15 years.

Dr. Andrea studied at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she earned her Doctor of Ministry degree. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Ministerial Theology and Communications from Oakwood University.

Dr. Andrea is passionate about prayer, praise and establishing the kingdom of God.

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A natural shepherdess advocating righteousness to advance, empower and build The Kingdom of God.

 

 

 

 

6David Burrus

David A. Burrus is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources, seminars, workshops, and conferences. His powerful messages on healthy relationships, leadership, personal development, and Kingdom principles are transforming lives daily. He impacts church leaders and laity by preaching the Kingdom message with practicality, transparency, and authority. His style is humorous, relevant and engaging. He is the best-selling author of The Blueprint: Discovering God’s Intent For Relationships, The Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur’s Guide to Extraordinary Leadership, and The Pursuit of Purpose.

7Tamara Ellison

Tamara Ellison is an author, public speaker, community advocate, inspirational figure, and a Minister. Also known for her dynamic praise and worship ministry; Tamara enjoys serving her community and mentoring the next generation. Passionate about empowering women; she believes every Woman and Girl can bounce back from life’s challenges victorious and defeat depression.

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ABOUT TAMARA ELLISON

Tamara Ellison is an author, public speaker, community advocate, inspirational figure, and a Minister. Also known for her dynamic praise and worship ministry; Tamara enjoys serving her community and mentoring the next generation. Passionate about empowering women; she believes every Woman and Girl can bounce back from life’s challenges victorious and defeat depression.

Tamara’s goal is to see women achieve balance –  Financial, Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Empowerment. A woman is complicated enough she must ensure she has a healthy balance. She cannot excel in business and neglect her health, nor can she thrive in her spiritual journey and forget have healthy emotion. The key is balance! Learn more at https://www.tamaraellison.com/

 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the The Trust Act Monday

CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the The Trust Act Monday, which will enact the nation’s strongest state-level due process protections against the deportation of immigrants. While the bill does not make Illinois a sanctuary state, it does say local law enforcement can’t ask people about their immigration status or hold them without a warrant.…

via Gov. Rauner Signs The Trust Act — CBS Chicago

‘We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of This Nation’

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The former vice president calls on Americans to do what President Trump has not.

In January of 2009, I stood waiting in Wilmington, Delaware, for a train carrying the first African American elected president of the United States. I was there to join him as vice president on the way to a historic Inauguration. It was a moment of extraordinary hope for our nation—but I couldn’t help thinking about a darker time years before at that very site.

My mind’s eye drifted back to 1968. I could see the flames burning Wilmington, the violence erupting on the news of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the federal troops taking over my city.

I was living history—and reliving it—at the same time. And the images racing through my mind were a vivid demonstration that when it comes to race in America, hope doesn’t travel alone. It’s shadowed by a long trail of violence and hate.

In Charlottesville, that long trail emerged once again into plain view not only for America, but for the whole world to see. The crazed, angry faces illuminated by torches. The chants echoing the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 1930s. The neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and white supremacists emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the web into the bright light of day on the streets of a historically significant American city.

If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.

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That’s the America I know. That’s who I believe we are. And in the hours and days after Charlottesville, America’s moral conscience began to stir. The nation’s military leadership immediately took a firm stand. Some of America’s most prominent CEOs spoke out. Political, community, and faith leaders raised their voices. Charitable organizations have begun to take a stand. And we should never forget the courage of that small group of University of Virginia students who stared down the mob and its torches on that Friday night.

The greatness of America is that—not always at first, and sometimes at enormous pain and cost—we have always met Lincoln’s challenge to embrace the “better angels of our nature.” Our history is proof of what King said—the long arc of history does “bend towards justice.”

A week after Charlottesville, in Boston, we saw the truth of America: Those with the courage to oppose hate far outnumber those who promote it.

Then a week after Boston, we saw the truth of this president: He won’t stop. His contempt for the U.S. Constitution and willingness to divide this nation knows no bounds. Now he’s pardoned a law-enforcement official who terrorized the Latino community, violated its constitutional rights, defied a federal court order to stop, and ran a prison system so rife with torture and abuse he himself called it a “concentration camp.”

You, me, and the citizens of this country carry a special burden in 2017. We have to do what our president has not. We have to uphold America’s values. We have to do what he will not. We have to defend our Constitution. We have to remember our kids are watching. We have to show the world America is still a beacon of light.

Joined together, we are more than 300 million strong. Joined together, we will win this battle for our soul. Because if there’s one thing I know about the American people, it’s this: When it has mattered most, they have never let this nation down.

nt forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America. Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?

Did we think the charlatans and the con-men and the false prophets who have long dotted our history wouldn’t revisit us, once again prop up the immigrant as the source of all our troubles, and look to prey on the hopelessness and despair that has grown up in the hollowed-out cities and towns of Ohio and Michigan and Pennsylvania and the long-forgotten rural stretches of West Virginia and Kentucky?

We have fought this battle before—but today we have a special challenge.

Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate.

We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.

This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants—all who are seen as “the other”—won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.

SOURCE: THE ATLANTIC

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SPMG Media: Today in History: MLK delivered his I Have a Dream speech

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On this day, MLK delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech
 
At the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, an estimated 250,000 people gathered and heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech. “Five score years ago … ” #SPMGMedia
Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family’s long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro* institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family

In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank.

In 1957 he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. The ideals for this organization he took from Christianity; its operational techniques from Gandhi. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action; and meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles. In these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. and inspiring his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, a manifesto of the Negro revolution; he planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters; he directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, “l Have a Dream”, he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

Join The King Center ‘s Beloved Community Talks: Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide

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Join The King Center ‘s Beloved Community Talks: Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide courageous conversations with Senator Elizabeth Warren, Clinical Psychologist Social Activist Tamika Mallory, Dr. Gloria Morrow and other women of influence on August 28th. The event will be moderated by Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center and Dr. Kendra King Momon, Professor of Political Studies. This event is FREE! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

The event will be streamed live on Facebook. Be on the lookout for specific information regarding tuning in on Facebook live for this event.

Mon, August 28, 2017

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Ebenezer Baptist Church

101 Jackson Street

NW Atlanta, GA 30312

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In keeping with Dr. King’s assertion that people are divided because we are disconnected, on the 2017 King Holiday Observance, The King Center launched, via the Beloved Community Talks (BCT) platform, a two-year campaign, Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide. The campaign will culminate in 2018 during the year of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and 5Oth Anniversary of The King Center. The purpose of the campaign is to provide the roadmap and tools necessary for individuals and communities to have the challenging and difficult, conversations to bridge the racial divide in America by addressing the pains and unrest of racism rooted in a historical context. The goal is for individuals to connect… come together and work to create actionable solutions that bridge the racial divides in America.

The Beloved Community Talks: Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide is the catalyst for the long-term goal to promote understanding, address forgiveness, encourage positive behavior modification activities, and influence equitable change to the national infrastructure. The King Center’s BCT toolkit was developed to guide individuals and groups to have the “courageous conversation.” Learn more at http://www.belovedcommunitytalks.org/

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Dick Gregory, Activist and Legendary Stand Up Comic Dies at 84

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He broke ground at the Playboy Club in Chicago and on Jack Paar’s ‘Tonight Show,’ then became a potent activist for civil rights.

Dick Gregory, a pioneering force of comedy in the 1960s who parlayed his career as a stand-up into a life of social and political activism, has died, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 84.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C., his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Christian, Gregory was recently hospitalized for a “a serious but stable medical condition.”

Regarded as the first African-American comic to perform regularly in front of white audiences, Gregory appeared on all of the top TV talk shows of the 1960s and ’70s.

The St. Louis native cynically satirized racism and other social ills during his routines (“Segregation is not all bad. Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?”). As a way to mine his always timely material, Gregory followed a lifelong habit of stripping articles out of newspapers and magazines. His act was smart and rarely employed profanity.

Gregory’s big break came in 1961 when he was booked into the Playboy Club in downtown Chicago as a one-night replacement for Professor Irwin Corey, a white comic who didn’t want to work seven nights a week.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner had spotted Gregory performing for a black audience, and he was paid $50 for the show, a huge payday for him at the time. One of his jokes: “Last time I was down South, I walked into this restaurant and this white waitress came up to me and said, ‘We don’t serve colored people here.’ I said, ‘That’s all right, I don’t eat colored people. Being me a whole fried chicken.”

The crowd during that first show, mostly white executives from a frozen-food company, loved him. He stayed on at the Playboy Club for three weeks (the gig turned into three years), and the attention got him a profile in Time magazine — “Dick Gregory, 28, has become the first Negro comedian to make his way into the nightclub big time.”

He was invited to perform on The Tonight Show in 1962, but Gregory said he wouldn’t go unless he was able to sit down next to host Jack Paar after his routine and be interviewed. A black performer had never done that before.

“I went in, and as I sat on the couch, talking about my children, so many people called the switchboard at NBC in New York that the circuits blew out,” he said. “And thousands of letters came in and folks were saying, ‘I didn’t know black children and white children were the same.’ ”

After the Tonight Show appearance, Gregory noted that his salary jumped from $250 for seven nights of work (three shows a night) at the Playboy Club to $5,000 a night. “And the next year and a half, I made $3.9 million,” he said. “That is the power.”

Gregory used his newfound fame to become a civil rights activist and opponent of the Vietnam War. He made friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; honored a request from Medgar Evers to speak at a voter registration rally in Jackson, Miss.; delivered food to NAACP offices in the South; marched in Selma, Ala.; got shot while trying to keep the peace during the 1965 Watts riots; was arrested in Washington for protesting Vietnam; performed benefit shows for the Congress of Racial Equality; and traveled to Tehran in 1980 to attempt to negotiate the hostages’ release.

Gregory ran for mayor of Chicago in 1967 but lost to Richard Daley, then entered the race for U.S. president a year later. A write-in candidate on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket, he received some 47,000 votes.

“Had I won, first thing I would do is dig up that Rose Garden and plant me a watermelon patch,” Gregory said in 2016. “And it would be no more state dinners, but watermelon lunches. We’d eat watermelon and spit the seeds on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Richard Claxton Gregory was born Oct. 12, 1932, in St. Louis. Raised by his single mother, Lucille, he did odd jobs to help support his family and used humor as a defense against the neighborhood bullies.

He attended Sumner High School, then won a track scholarship to Southern Illinois University, where he ran the half-mile and received the school’s outstanding athlete award. While a student, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954 and did comedy routines in military shows. Two years later, he returned to school after his discharge but departed without a degree.

Gregory began his professional career as a comedian in Chicago in 1958, serving as a nightclub emcee at the black-owned Herman Roberts Show Bar while he maintained a day job at the U.S. Post Office.

After his life-altering shows at the Playboy Club, Gregory wrote a profound 1964 autobiography titled Nigger, which described his impoverished childhood and the racism he experienced. He wrote a note in the foreword: “Dear Momma, wherever you are, if ever you hear the word ‘nigger’ again, remember they are advertising my book.”

He then played an alto saxophonist named Richie “Eagle” Stokes in Sweet Love, Bitter (1967), a story loosely based on the life of Charlie “Bird” Parker

In 1973, Gregory stopped performing in clubs because smoking and drinking were allowed (his activism surely cost him work), and it would be more than two decades before he returned to the stage. Until recently, he was doing more than 200 shows and lectures a year.

The comedian also published a 1973 book, Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature; founded Health Enterprises, which marketed weight loss products; and introduced the Slim/Safe Bahamian Diet Mix. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 but beat it.

In 2016, Emmy-winning actor Joe Morton (Scandal) portrayed Gregory in the off-Broadway play Turn Me Loose, produced by John Legend.

Survivors include his wife Lillian, a secretary whom he had met at a club in Chicago. They were married in 1959 and had 11 children (one died at birth).

SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Police confirm fatalities after vehicle hits crowd in Barcelona

Spanish police have confirmed there have been fatalities after a van crashed into dozens of people in the center of Barcelona on Thursday.

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Press conference update ….32 injured…1 dead in Barcelona Terror Attack

Catalan police tweeted that “there are mortal victims and injured from the crash” without specifying numbers. The Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper is reporting at least one dead and 20 injured.

Spain’s El Periodico newspaper reported that two armed men were holed up in a bar in Barcelona’s city center, and reported gunfire in the area, although it did not cite the source of the information.

It was not immediately clear whether the incidents were connected.

Following the van crash, emergency services said people should not go to the area around Barcelona’s Placa Catalunya, one of the city’s main squares at the top of the famous Las Ramblas avenue, and requested the closure of nearby train and metro stations.

El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was in contact with authorities, and the priority was to attend to the injured.

The incident took place at the height of the tourist season in Barcelona, which is one of Europe’s top travel destinations with at least 11 million visitors a year.

While full details of the van incident were not immediately clear, vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe since July 2016, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.

Witness Ethan Spibey told Britain’s Sky News: “All of sudden it was real chaos. People just started running screaming, there were loud bangs. People just started running into shops, there was a kind of mini-stampede where we were, down one of the alleyways.”

He said he had taken refuge with dozens of other people in a nearby church.

“They’ve locked the doors because I’m not sure whether the person who may have done it has actually been caught, so they’ve locked the doors and told people just to wait in here.”

In recent weeks, threatening graffiti against tourists has appeared in Barcelona. In one video released under the slogan “tourism kills neighborhoods,” several hooded individuals stopped a tourist bus in Barcelona, slashed the tires and spray-painted the windscreen.

The deadliest recent attack in Spain was in March 2004, when Islamist militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800.

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LeToya Luckett is Engaged!

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R & B singer, LeToya Luckett, is engaged!

News of the former Destiny’s Child member’s upcoming nuptials circulated on social media Thursday.

Celebrity stylist, Bryon Javar, was the first to share the news when he posted a FaceTime screenshot of Luckett sporting a fat engagement ring.

“Omg my sister is engaged!!!,” he wrote on Instagram. “@letyaluckett Congratulations #ThatsAGoodManSavannah.”

 

It wasn’t long before Ms. Luckett herself posted a photo to the social media site captioning it with, “I said, ‘Yes yeeesssss’ on his Burfday!! #issaengagement #GodShowedout #HesaGoodManSavanah #LoveWins #8/16/17”

Unbeknownst to many, the Destiny’s Child original has been dating Texas-based entrepreneur Tommicus Walker.

When throwing a surprise birthday dinner for him yesterday, he had a bigger plan — for her.

SOURCE: GRAPEJUICE

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Weight management tools are closer than you think

When you’re juggling a busy schedule, maintaining a stable weight can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are great resources available to help you meet and maintain your goals. All you really need is to know where to look.

Check with your health plan

Many health plans offer tools to help you maintain weight within a range that’s healthy for you. These resources can include exercise videos, goal trackers, meal planners, and more.

Not only that, your health plan may also offer classes that explore the connections between mind, body, and lifestyle. These sessions can help you create a sustainable eating plan, form good exercise habits, manage stress, and improve your overall health.

 Look into healthy workplace programs

 Your employer might have a wellness program. These typically include activities like walking groups, fitness challenges, or healthy recipe swaps. They may even offer incentives to encourage you to reach your goals.

If you don’t find a wellness program that interests you, try starting one. Whether it’s a stair-climbing club, afternoon dance breaks, or happy hour hiking, you can build new friendships with your co-workers as you cheer each other on.

Join community activities

 It doesn’t take an expensive gym membership to enjoy the benefits of exercise. Check the calendar at your local park or community center for fitness classes, sports teams, and other activities. Coffee shops, libraries, and health food stores also host bulletin boards listing free activities, as do local networking websites like Meetup or Nextdoor.

If you prefer going solo, smartphone apps and podcasts are a great way to go. In just a few moments you can download ways to work out, visualize your goals, manage stress, learn nutritious recipes, and more.

Now that you know where to look, you’ll find a bounty of resources within easy reach. Have fun exploring the ones that work for you.

SOURCE:  KAISER

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