Muse: Ava DuVernay

We all know her. She is well known because of her phenomenal directing of Selma. But for those who are film people, we have known about Ava DuVernay for years. I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere, and her short films… especially The Door are films I could (and have) rewatched several times.  So… why bring her up? What does she have to do with “The Tenth Muse”?  Everything.

Such a great shot

Yes, Everything.

I watched Ava’s keynote address from the Independent Film Forum back in 2013. I don’t remember when, I just remember I got all the direction I needed.  I wrote about it on Facebook, Tumblr & Twitter. I was so hyped because everything made sense after she spoke.

Back then these were occurring thoughts: gosh I’m never gonna make it because I am a trainer, but I don’t show my ass. HOW will I get any type of following if I simply enjoy wearing clothes when making fitness videos? I know what I’m talking about, but does that even matter? I don’t have a mentor, I never had one and I have no idea where I’ll get one! Ugh what is my niche?… So forth and so on.  I had great ideas, but my own self held me back more than anything and anybody.

Ava talked about not needing a mentor (11:00). As you keep asking other people for time, advice, relationships etc you are, essentially, taking time away from Your Doing. Taking away from being active in this process of transforming dreams into realities. A couple minutes  later(16:30) she dropped this gem. A gem that I hold near & dear every time I stumble or get frustrated.

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Kom…what?? Kombucha. It’s a drank.

Kombucha? Why would you drink that!

My favorite flavor so far
Triology-My favorite flavor so far

I promise yall a year ago there was no way in the world I would even consider drinking anything fermented. Child please! I have a little fit when I have to take apple cider vinegar when I’m sick now!  But here I am now sipping on Kombucha and not hating it…dare I say enjoying it?

Kombucha is fermented green or black tea.It is made by adding the bacteria and yeast that grows on top of the tea. When you pop the cap it reminds me of a carbonated drink and it tastes like mild apple cider vinegar with some flavors. When I first took a sip I thought ” hmm” then I sucked my teeth b/c of the tartness, and then gave a slight nod of approval. I had the Guava and Trilogy (raspberry, lemon and ginger) flavors. There are a ton of other flavors-I purchase it at Whole Foods. Be aware: I have heard that drinking non-flavored Kombucha is ROUGH.

There are lots of claims about the health benefits of drinking it, but there’s also tons of information about adverse side effects.

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Did you really get an Instagram?

Yes. Yes, I did.

All my life, I was “anti-instagram.” Haha, but, I’m pretty serious.

I knew eventually I would get one, but things happened/are happening where I feel an IG is a great addition to the social media platforms that I have especially as I am in the process of rebranding and growing The Tenth Muse. I am trying to figure out how to best utilize IG while enjoying it and exploring others. Surprisingly, I am liking it, and I fee like it is a great addition especially as I start kicking off new projects. I want to me new ppl via IG so hopefully I can!

A glimpse of all my posts thus far.

A glimpse of all my posts thus far.

My Instagram can be found at TheTenth_Muse

I’ll have some fitness videos, meal prep things, etc BUT It’s not a strictly fitness/exercise focused account because that’s not where the Tenth Muse is headed. Plus it is my brand so some of me will be mixed now. Most of my personal photos are on tumblr, but be prepared for some of me in there.

SO, hmmm, ahhh…follow me! :)

#GetThere #NewLevels

Soo, what’s been up?

Hi guys! What’s going on? It’s been a minute since I’ve updated and I am ready to come back! So let me give you a quick update

  1. I am back in Philly.
  2. Since moving back, so many opportunities have presented itself with me and fitness/training. I have been trying to step away from it, but never mind, I’m back. I’ll incorporate the community and collaborative aspects as I grow & learn & take on new challenges
  3. I am working these days, so my time management needs to be at an all time high.
  4. I have been wanting to interview people who have OR are in the process of getting healthier, now I can start because things are finally falling into place.
  5. I have tagged all my videos of me clowning around + doing some amazing fitness exercises HERE! Check them out and share em with your social media family!
  6. I am extremely excited about the future.

As always- #GetThere #NewLevels  

New info coming to you soon!  Stay tuned Muses.

Meet Me At The Track

…it’s going dooown .

Hey Guys!! Remember a few posts ago when I explained why I needed to start doing sprint/track HIIT workouts to improve my tennis game? Well I have been doing just that. Real Quick:  HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training. Alexis & I did distance intervals, not timed intervals. For instance a 50 m dash, all out -then rest or a low intensity jog. The dash was our sprint interval.

I am going into my 4th week doing sprint workouts and, while in the moment I despise them and it reaffirms that I do not miss track, these workouts have helped with movement on the tennis court. That was the bigger  & more important goal anyway. Alexis is an ex-trackie and hurdler who ran club track at RU and she plans all of our workouts, which are as followed:

Week 1:  8 x 100 repeats. Start at about 60 percent and increase your intensity & speed every 100 meter dash.

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The Tenth Muse: Past, Present & Future

Note to Self

Things are changing, it’s good for me to reflect as I move forward. I figured I’d share with my followers & friends some of my journey.

Past: I started thinking and planning for The Tenth Muse , or as I first called it, M10, in the fall of 2011.  By early 2012, it came to be. I had clients, I had my personal trainer’s certification & I was ready to go. Eventually, I quit my job and started training full time. I really loved training, but I realized my life as a personal trainer wasn’t really fulfilling or what I wanted to do.  BUT, I didn’t know what it was *exactly* that I wanted to do. Back then I had a confidant or an unoffical business partner; every decision, every idea, any success or failure associated with The Tenth Muse I would share. His opinion and input was so important & valuable as I struggled to figure out exactly what I wanted the Tenth Muse to be and how I could do this – whatever “this” was at that time. In 2013 , just as business started to pick up- bootcamp, clients, partnerships, I left the Philly region for graduate school. It was a master’s of public health program that was housed in the exercise science dept. It was a great program which allowed me to to learn entirely too much. *Nerd alert*  While down in South Carolina, the above friendship deteriorated to a point where we will never be friends again. However, I’ve come to realize, as upset as I was, maybe there was something positive in that mess.

Present: My belief in myself has and still does waver. I’ve gotten so much better over the last few years, especially as I am putting trust in my talents and myself rather than others. When it comes to decisions and the future of the Tenth Muse instead of that urge to discuss with someone else,  I now work diligently on my craft. I know where I am, I know where I can go & most importantly, I know my abilities, where I see myself & what I envision for the business is very possible. I wanted to rename the business “Aegle” and worked all last year on a business plan for Aegle. [Aegle is Greek and means “Goddess of Radiant Health”] Although I love the name, every week I am reminded about the ingenuity of the Tenth Muse and its meaning. I won’t be changing it anytime soon yall, don’t worry. So what have I been doing? READING! and lots of it. Fast Company is my favorite magazine. Harvard Business Review-I enjoy. Lots of online articles and information about community development and technology’s impact and influence on public health. Reading about leadership, networking, and resources that are available to use. I use social media, and in the last month, my facebook and tumblr followers have significantly increased. I am figuring out what works best on each platform. The goal on social media is to create more conversation and interactions.

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Tennis Training

Gotta get low for this one!

Gotta get low for this one!

Tennis is my favorite sport (Yall know this..right?) I love watching it. I love playing it. I love teaching it. After my boss agreed to start giving me lessons, I had to re-evaluate my workout schedule for a few reasons:

  1. It sucks playing tennis when you are super sore from your workout the previous day
  2. I needed to start doing sport specific training, which is very different than my old routine

    I still write everything out

    I still write everything out

So instead of explaining everything I was doing before, I’ll just write about my updated workout. The picture is what I wrote up and what I use as the bases of my workout these days.  Let me explain. Tennis is a sport that requires some endurance- if you have a long match, but most often you are in a rallying fairly quickly (I’d say between 15-30 secs of intense play depending on the skill level.) In between each point you are allowed 25 seconds rest, and on odd number games you have a changeover which is 90 secs max. In between sets the rest break is 2 mins. So my training needs to incorporate that pace…That’s where the HIIT Training comes in. It’s done on a track and it allows me to train closer to how my body would feel in a match. Now I am still keeping my 3-4 mile run once a week with BGR…I need my aerobic system to be working too, I need to be able to handle endurance.

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