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The Tenth Muse: Fitness Plus

When I started blogging back in 2012, I knew it would be a challenge to be persistent, but I thought I could handle it.  Fail. Super Fair. Epic Fail.

I have been sitting on The Tenth Muse for about 2+ years, not really knowing what to do with it anymore. I didn’t want to let it go, but I didn’t know how I could contribute and grow it with everything going on in life, furthermore, I was losing touch with my love for fitness. When I started,  I loved training, It was life. Then things shifted and how could I move The Tenth Muse with it the changes?

Let me take you, very quickly through what has happened:

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“Tennis Camps…best times”

This program connected me with social entrepreneurs, CSR folks and amazing change agents from all over the world. Seriously, we had representatives from 23 countries. In the 8 months of the program, I basically developed an entire social enterprise. One that I’ve had in my head for a while and one that is a culmination of all my passions: fitness, community development, networking and place making.

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What’s Really Going On?

Guys I’m not here.  Well, I mean I’m here, but I’m not writing or do I have plans to write anytime soon unless I get a request. (Oh, I will still have my pop-up fitness sessions at the Art Museum) Okay so let me explain:

This year, remember “the year to build?” Well it’s been very interesting in the last 5 months. I thought I’d be building my business (The Tenth Muse.) I thought I’d be working towards creating

Gotta step away from this for a minute.

Gotta step away from this for a minute.

a hybrid organization that uses sports to bring people together. I thought I’d be loving everything and working on it frequently after work. I thought all those things in December/January. But now, nah.  I am not sure what’s happening, but what I do know is that I need to take time to figure out where exactly  The Tenth Muse going.  So questions that I need to answer are:

  1. What are my gifts, skills and talents?
  2. How can I best use those to impact my community?
  3. Which community? Meaning which audience?
  4. How will I start and keep going with all my other obligations and do it well?
  5. Now that I’m done with my Board Prep Program, should I build a board or still keep it solo and build up?
  6. Jordan, what do you want to do? What can you do well?
  7. Why are you struggling so much with making major first steps and getting it from idea phase to tangible phase?
  8. Why do you feel like you need to speak to more people and keep doing research before making a move? Haven’t you done enough?

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Using Sports to…Make the World Better? Yep

Hey folks!

Let’s talk business. And by business I mean my business that I have been researching, networking and planning. To be honest with you, everyday I wake up not knowing how I  will feel about process. Some days I wake up and I am so extremely excited about it all, the entire process, and other days, I wake up feeling defeated, deflated and that entire day I question if I am doing the right thing (Should I be heading in this direction?) Ultimately, the good outweighs the bad, the faith offsets the fear.

So the majority of this post will be me discussing the research I’ve done about the use of sports to/for

  1. Promote peace.
  2. Youth Development.
  3. Teaching life skills.
  4. Help build confidence, esteem, & self-efficacy.
During a day camp teaching the girls how to serve.

During a day camp teaching the girls how to serve.

It’s interesting to learn about the many different methods that organizations use when sports is the foundation, which populations are being served, and how programs are tailored/targeted. Internationally, football (soccer) is huge, in America I see more diversity in the sport selections. I recently read some articles: one about the re-emergence of cricket in Rwanda and Net Ball (which I had no idea existed!) I’ve read through peer-reviewed research articles on this to find both strengths and weaknesses in using sports. It appears that the benefits do outweigh the risks, but programmatic design and the willingness of both groups to be have an open mind is imperative for success. BUT you can create a program to help with tolerance. Sports is used as a means to bridge feuding countries, heal broken nations, dissipate negative gender role myths, develop positive characteristics for youth development, spread awareness about diseases to communities and for many  other reasons.

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2016: The Year to Build

New year, older look?

New year, older look?

Last year, remember 2015?  A few days ago. My theme was consistency. 2015: The Year of Consistency. The Struggle! Being consistent is one of the back bones to success. I started strong, and throughout the next 45 weeks or so-I went in and out. For me, I wanted consistency in all aspects, but that’s difficult. It’s difficult to just throw that demand on yourself and expect to rise to those occasions. For instance. My morning routine includes

  • Drinking warm water with salt and lemon
  • Meditating up to 10 minutes
  • Reading my devotional and praying
  • Making up my bed

When I was on, I was ON. But it is so easy to snooze and fall off…. in 2 weeks increments at that. I probably did my morning routine 15 -20 weeks. And that’s being generous.

Every year between Dec. 29- Jan 2, I write reflections (of the previous year) and intentions (of the year ahead of me.) I’ve been doing this for years. Now, because it’s a note to me by me, I am frank and honest- especially pertaining to where I messed up *again*. Meaning, I’ve got to do some deep searching and reflecting on why I did it & what needs to change.

This is where and how I'm most productive- a cafe.

This is where and how I’m most productive- a cafe.

When I wrote my reflections, I realized that 2015 was a great year, one of those years that shaped me (moreso than others.) Naturally, there were  many trials, but my theme guided a majority of my actions. Because of that consistency it has opened doors and unveiled opportunities unbeknownst to me. Yes, I’m speaking about career and entrepreneurial opportunities. But guys, guess what? I can completely make-up my face. Which doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but it really is. We can talk about this process…in depth (so um…hit me up.) Small things, like Weekly Affirmations (tumblr), going to church every week, playing tennis and reading added to the self-efficacy that is so important when pushing to become your best self.

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Traveling, Fellowshipping & Learning

So it’s been a while .. right? Right. Here is what’s been up. In late June I applied for a fellowship through the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. The topic this year was youth development and in my application, I wrote about my work using sports as a means to bring individuals together & what I plan to do in the future using sports/physical activity to create conversations and bridge differences. Below has more information about UNAoC, visit the site & check ’em out. They have a ton of programs.

The UNAOC aims to improve understanding and cooperation among nations and peoples across cultures and to reduce polarization at local and global levels. It helps develop more inclusive societies, in which diversity is experienced as an asset.

Boat trip on the Nile

Boat trip on the Nile

I found out I was a recipient in late August, and on October 15 I was on my way to Morocco. My cohort consisted of 12 “emerging leaders”- we joked around non-stop with that phrase, and we all came from various countries in Europe and North America (EUNA.) I visited Rabat, Cairo, Doha and Sarajevo. I could go on & on about those 2 weeks, but I will do my best to summarize in the next 2 paragraphs.

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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.

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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