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With Respect for Our Mother

Posted by Funlayo on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Reflection 
 

Blessed greetings and Happy Earth Day 2013!

The issues of environmental protection and preservation are particularly important to me. One of my dearest friends even regards me as something of a fanatic in that regard and you know... I can't disagree with her! *laugh* As I spoke of in this post, Ifa-Orisa practitioners – as well as practitioners of many other earth-based and indigenous religions – regard the earth not as a "thing" over which we have dominion and which is simply there for o...

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What I learned from a Fortune Cookie

Posted by Funlayo on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : Inspiration 



Alaafia family! I must say that the first quarter of 2013 has been phenomenal for me and I pray that your year is also beginning in a wonderful way. I would like to take a moment to thank the the fantastic group who participated in our Spiritual Journey to Peru in January -- they truly embodied the power of positivity. Soon, I’ll be revamping the website to include a travel section and I’ll look forward to seeing some of you on future trips. Speaking of which, if you’re interested in ...

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Standing in Awe of Our Mother Earth

Posted by Funlayo on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : Reflection 
 

A peaceful little oasis in midtown Manhattan

I pray that you are well and well-rested as time has “fallen back.” I am doing very well, and I’m elated by the fact that President Obama has been re-elected. While no human, president or government is perfect, I truly believe he was the better choice and, thankfully, many of you agreed.

On the flipside of my happiness about the election, my heart is feeling very heavy for my brothers and sisters in my home city of New York, and all of the ...

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Odu Reflection: You’re Not Waiting in Vain

Posted by Funlayo on Friday, August 31, 2012, In : Reflection 
 

Alaafia from Gainesville, family! The sands of summer have slowly slipped through our fingers and the time has come to get back to the grind. Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? I’m blessed to be spending the semester down in the sunshine state as a visiting student at the University of Florida’s Center for African Studies. The welcome and the weather have both been quite warm and I’ve hit the ground running: studying Yoruba, writing, and reading for my upcoming comprehensive e...

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Jump in!

Posted by Funlayo on Monday, July 16, 2012, In : Inspiration 


Se alaafia ni, family? I pray that all is well and that you are immensely enjoying the bright sunshine and warm temperatures of summer. I have been having great times with my family and friends and am looking forward to a fantastic weekend – there’s still time for you to register and join me in the beautiful Pocono mountains. Also, if you’re in New York City, treat yourself to this fabulous event on Wednesday evening being hosted by my friends at WURArts and other great organizatio...


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Pamper Yourself with… Easy Summer Meals

Posted by Funlayo on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Pamper Yourself 


Blessings and more blessings fam! I hope your summer is starting in a wonderful way. Now that school is out, I’m definitely living my life like it’s golden and have already taken a few summer sojourns to California, Puerto Rico, and a few other places in between. I’ve communed with Olokun on the shore of the Pacific ocean, and with Obatala and Osun at the El Yunque National Forest and I’m feeling refreshed and so ready for our Embracing Emi summer retreats coming up in just a few week...

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Moving Through the Intersection

Posted by Funlayo on Monday, April 30, 2012, In : Inspiration 


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E pele o family! As always, I hope that this message finds you well and bright. While my posts on the site haven’t been as frequent lately – don’t worry, that will change once the semester is over – many of you are keeping in touch with me on facebook and twitter and I thank you for your energy! I also offer a hearty thanks to those of you who attended Sacred Healing & Wholeness in Africa & the Americas, the Symposium that I hosted at Ha...


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You Are Black Gold (With a Diamond Soul)

Posted by Funlayo on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : Inspiration 


Blessings and more blessings, family. Like so many of us, my heart has been hurting over the loss of our young brother Trayvon Martin, as well as over the deaths of Rebia Boyd, Shaima Alawadi and all of those who have been slain in acts of violence and discrimination in the past weeks. I pray light and elevation on their souls and that the orisa Ogun and Sango deliver swift justice where justice is due. Ase. 

I knew that I could not let these events pass by without saying something, but w...


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Pamper Yourself with... Sweet Osun Bath

Posted by Funlayo on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Pamper Yourself 


Alaafia family! Wow… is it really 2012? And is it really February already? Time surely flies when you’re having fun and I pray that the first two months of 2012 have brought some fun, love, clarity and all kinds of positive energies into your life.

Aside from being Valentine’s Day (did you know the day is in honor of a martyred Catholic saint?), February 14th is my mother’s birthday so I say e ku ojobi to my mother, Rev. E. Regina Hoist, and salute her for bringing me into the world....

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Spotlight! on Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Posted by Funlayo on Thursday, December 29, 2011, In : Spotlight 
 


Alaafia! I pray you are all very well as you read this and that those of you who may have celebrated any of the winter festivals of lights enjoyed spending time with your friends and families. I thought we’d bring 2011 to a close with another installation of Spotlight! the place where Ase Ire highlights people who are doing positive things. Today, I'm delighted to present a talented young woman who has some wonderful advice for us all to carry into the New Year. Peggy Robles-Alvarado ...


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Pamper Yourself with… Winter Solstice Bath Ritual

Posted by Funlayo on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Pamper Yourself 


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Blessed greetings to each of you today! I pray that the day finds you well and keeping warm if you’re in a cold climate like I am. Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere (it happens in June in the southern hemisphere) – it is the shortest day and longest night of the year and it marks the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere. The solstice has held significance for many cultures around the world since the beginnings of huma...


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Don't Look Back in Anger

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, November 27, 2011, In : Reflection 


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E kurole o! (Good evening!) I pray you’re all doing exceptionally well and that those of you who may have traveled to visit family this past weekend enjoyed yourselves and had smooth, safe travels. Did you get my email message on Thursday? If not, be sure to join Ase Ire's newly improved mailing list to make sure you don't miss any of my special messages and posts.
 
This week I was reflecting on some of the various people who have passed through my ...


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Do the DO, Leave the don't

Posted by 'Funlayo on Friday, November 4, 2011, In : Inspiration 


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Se alaafia ni, family? I pray this message finds you each well and bright. Things are busy in a wonderful way on my end. I’m working on a few special projects that I’m really excited about, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you in upcoming posts. In the meantime, do save the date for a special symposium I’ll be hosting next April. It seems like a ways away but it’ll be here before we know it.

Remember this post where I t...


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Pamper Yourself with... Pumpkin & Potato Bisque

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : Pamper Yourself 


Blessed greetings to you! I pray that you are well as you read this and that those of you in continental climate zones, like me, are keeping warm as the temperatures begin to dip. When it's chilly out, few things make me happier and warm me up faster than a nice bowl of soup. Soups are tasty, filling and easy to make! And while canned soups can contain a lot of sodium and preservatives,  by making soup yourself you can keep it pretty healthy and low-sodium.

I tried my hand at making a p...


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Messages from Egun (Ancestors): Psalm 58

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, September 29, 2011, In : Reflection 


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Blessed greetings all! I pray you have all been very well since we last "met". I have been re-adjusting to life on this side of the pond after spending the summer in Naijiria (Nigeria), getting back into the swing of graduate school and preparing for the changing of the seasons. I have also recently moved, which means re-setting my altars and assessing the energies in my new space. It seems to be full of light energy, adupe! (we give thanks!)

This morning, I was si...


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Riding on Mother’s Back

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Reflection 


E kaaro
(good morning) from Massachusetts! I’m back in ilu Amerika and feeling very blessed to begin my 32nd ride around the sun today. I’m spending this birthday weekend with two of my favorite people –my parents – and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with sista-friends to break bread and laugh lots later on this evening. So much fun to have and love to share!

As I knelt in prayer this morning, I began to reflect on all the beautiful babies I saw riding their mother’s backs ...


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Funlayo Says...: How Can I be Better?

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, In : Funlayo Says... 

Do you have questions about your spiritual journey, staying positive or other issues? Send them to Funlayo@AseIre.com or use the contact form. All inquires are confidential and you could see your question answered here on the site!

Wants to be Better says...
I am emailing you as I sit at work, a place I am not too happy to be at, however I feel all of that is about to change. I may be going back into the field I enjoy working the most in and I am so excited. The reason I am reaching out ...


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Spotlight! on Nubia Earth Bowman

Posted by 'Funlayo on Friday, August 12, 2011, In : Spotlight 



Blessed Greetings! I am very happy to welcome you to another installation of Spotlight! the place where Ase Ire highlights people who are doing positive things. I am joyful to introduce a sista who I have known since high school, Nubia Earth Bowman, and her company, Birth from the Earth, which provides birth and postpartum doula services, and childbirth education for families. In this time when childbirth has been largely removed from its sacred context and turned into a business that se...


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Pamper Yourself With... Shea & Palm Oil Soap

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, In : Pamper Yourself 


E kaaro
(good morning) from Victoria Island, Lagos! I am happy to share that I have completed the 8-week course in Yorùbá language that I came to attend at Obafemi Awolowo University (Greeeeaaaaat Ife!). Although I was certainly sad to leave my new friends and colleagues at the Institute of Cultural Studies, it feels great to have accomplished the goal that I set out to accomplish.

One of the nicest things about being here in Nigeria is experiencing all of the wonderful arts and handcra...


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Back to Basics

Posted by 'Funlayo O. on Thursday, June 30, 2011, In : Reflection 


E ku ile o!
(Greetings to you at home) E ku ise o! (Greetings to you who are working) I pray that you are all very well and that you are feeling bright. I am very excited to be writing to you from Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yorùbá civilization. I’ve been here at Obafemi Awolowo University studying Yorùbá language and culture for the last two weeks and I’m blessed to be here for the remainder of the summer enjoying all that Yorùbáland has to offer with my friends and colleagues. I w...


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Standing at the Crossroads

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, May 8, 2011, In : Reflection 


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Happy Weekend fam! I hope you’re all doing well today and getting things accomplished. Whatever it may be – large, small, or in between – it feels good to achieve goals and check things off the “to do” list. I’m finishing out my first year of grad school (wait… it’s been a year already? Wow!) and preparing to move into a new place so there’s lots on my list, but, thankfully, it’s all coming along.

I was recently talking to ...


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'Funlayo Says...: How Do I Explain the Gele (head wrap)?

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, April 17, 2011, In : Funlayo Says... 


Do you have questions about your spiritual journey, staying positive or other issues? Send them to Funlayo@AseIre.com or use the contact form. All inquires are confidential and you could see your question answered here on the site!

Seeking to Exaplain says...

Within the Yoruba-Ifa Orisha community, I have no problem discussing the purpose(s) behind wearing head ties, or covering the head. I am one to cover all the time as I grow older in the tradition. However, I often feel that I do not ade...


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Pamper Yourself with... Carol's Daughter Roses & Honey Collection

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : Pamper Yourself 


'Funlayo with her soul sista Kyrah (right) and Carol's Daughter Founder Lisa Price (center)
 
Happy Sunday all! I just realized that it’s been WAY too long since I did a Pamper Yourself post! But don’t worry, I definitely haven’t stopped pampering myself – and I hope you haven’t either. I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Price, the creator of Carol’s Daughter, last weekend at a wonderful birthday celebration for the Association of Black Harvard Women (note: if you’re a Black w...


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'Funlayo Says...: What's in a Name?

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Funlayo Says... 


Today Ase Ire introduces our advice column Funlayo Says... Do you have questions about your spiritual journey, staying positive or other issues? Send them to Funlayo@AseIre.com or use the contact form.
All inquires are confidential and you could see your question answered here on the site!


New Name? says...
I received a Yoruba name upon my beginning on this portion of my spiritual path and lately I have been pondering  the possibility of changing my "government" name to my Yoruba name. I l...


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(Wo)Man in the Mirror

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, February 27, 2011, In : Reflection 


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Se daadaa ni? (Is all well with you?) I pray that you all have peace & good feelings swirling within and around you as we move from the weekend into another week. Anyone who is close to me knows of my love for Michael Jackson’s (iba e) music. Whatever earthly frailties he may have exhibited, his music spoke volumes on so many themes: love, peace, understanding and of course, getting down and having a good time!

"Man in the Mirror" from Michael’s ...


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Spotlight! on Chinhee & Sunhee Park

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, February 7, 2011, In : Spotlight 


I'm thrilled to spotlight! not one, but two great ladies today! Chinhee and Sunhee Park are twins who are both psychic mediums and, over the past several years, they have been using their  gift to help others as they seek to fulfill their mission to "heal one soul at a time." I've actually known the twins since I was about 16 years old and though time and circumstance had separated us for many years, it's incredibly exciting to see that we're on similar paths giving of ourselves and helpi...


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New Year, Same You!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, January 2, 2011, In : Inspiration 


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Happy 2011! I pray that you were able to ring it in doing something fun! I took a wonderful white bath, said my prayers and then spent the rest of the night drinking hot cocoa, eating homemade biscuits with tupelo honey butter and laughing like crazy with my oldest brother. It was a relaxed yet fun-filled evening just like I wanted. Laughter is a great way to start – or finish! – just about anything.

I have to admit, although the celebratio...


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Taking the "Hi" Road

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, November 29, 2010, In : Inspiration 
 

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I had a wonderful time laughing and, of course, eating with my loved ones last week! I pray that those of you who chose to commune with those close to you had a fantastic time. There is never a wrong time to gather together and express gratitude for each other and for all the blessings we have each been afforded.

Whenever I go home to New York and then come back to the Boston/Cambridge area, I'm struck by the difference in people's attitude...


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Join Me in Harlem on December 19th!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, November 22, 2010, In : Events 

Happy Monday! I pray you've all been doing exceptionally well. I know that calendars fill up fast around the holidays, so I'd like to invite those of you in New York and surrounding areas to save the date for this fantastic event co-sponsored by ZEYBRAH and the Orisa Community Development Corporation -- two organizations working for positive change and community empowerment. There will be drumming, dancing, an African marketplace and more -- all FREE! The event will also feature a keynote a...

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The Art of Self-Soothing in 3 Steps

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, October 21, 2010, In : Inspiration 

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I’m allllll about positivity. I’m also about keeping it real so I’m going to let you all in all a little secret – it’s not always rose petals and sunshine over here! *laugh* Life is life and we all have our moments when frustration, anxiety, anger and other completely natural emotions rear their heads. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with experiencing or expressing our emotions – we’d be less than human if we didn’t – but...

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What I learned from a Banana

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, October 2, 2010, In : Reflection 


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Blessed greetings! You know, our teachers come in many forms – they don’t always have to be people. I’ve learned a whole lot of things watching the tide roll in, watching birds hop and flit about and, most recently, I learned something from carrying a banana in my tote bag.

Bananas have thick skin – or so it seems. But if you ever carry a banana in your bag you’ll realize just how delicate they actually are. Upon pulling it out after as...


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Pamper yourself with… Foot Baths

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, September 19, 2010, In : Pamper Yourself 

Happy Sunday! I hope the weekend has been enjoyable thus far. Have any of you moved recently? If so, you know the time it takes to get unpacked, acclimated to a new space and to make your peace with having left the old place behind. One part of my recent move has thrown me off more than any other … get this:

There’s no bathtub! *sad face*

As baths are a ritual part of my relaxation regimen, I have been trying to find ways to incorporate some bath-like elements into my new environment. Whe...

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The Joy of Being Comfortably Uncomfortable

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, September 18, 2010, In : Inspiration 
 


Blessed greetings! Ba wo ni? (How are things?) I pray, as always, that you are well and bright as you read this. I’m just about settled into my new digs and I was blessed to celebrate my birthday with good friends at the beautiful New England Aquarium and Boston Harbor (pictured above) earlier this month. 

I have hit the ground running with my PhD work! It is truly exhilarating to be around so many bright, interesting and diverse people – part of why I love being with all of you here...


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'Funlayo's Ase Moment: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : Ase Moment 
Alaafia! I'm excited to bring you a special Ase Moment for Ase Ire's first anniversary today! Leave a comment on this video by September 30 and you'll be entered to win a special prize. As always, I love to hear from you so feel free to email questions or suggestions to Funlayo@AseIre.com -- enjoy and be blessed!



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Relax, Relate, Release!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, In : Reflection 


Blessed greetings! I pray the day is treating you well. I've been busy, busy, busy getting ready for my big move to Massachusetts on Friday so I've been off the blog grid for a few days. If you've missed the posts, remember you can always get daily doses of inspiration from Ase Ire's Facebook or Twitter pages.

In the midst of all the preparation and excitement, I managed to take a few days to unwind in the beautiful Pocono mountains with my family. We had a lovely time relaxing, conne...


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Join Me at the NY African Film Fesitval on Saturday!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, In : Events 


Alaafia! Summer storms are brewing today in New York, but the forecast for Saturday is sunny and mild which is perfect for the African Film Festival! The Festival was established in 1990 and it's grown bigger and better every year since. With events taking place in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and on the lovely Governor's Island, there's plenty of opportunity to join in the festivities!

This Saturday is the Festival's Family Day which will take place on Governor's Island from ...


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Pamper Yourself with... Bubbles!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, August 2, 2010, In : Pamper Yourself 

I pray your weekend was as fun-filled and love-filled as mine! My goddaughter and a friend of mine came over to help me with the packing process I'm currently engulfed in and another friend made what turned out to be a treacherous bus journey from to DC to New York to see me before I make my way to Bawstin. I had a great time with her playing tourist in my own city, that's one of the pictures above. It's beautiful to have people who love you and who you can depend on; Ifa says that useless ...

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Odu Reflection: When Helter Isn't Skelter

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, In : Reflection 

Ever feel like life is spinning out of control? At one moment or another, I think we all have and it’s not a good feeling. But sometimes, we need that spin out, that commotion, that… raw energy to take us out of our comfort zone, to make us take a good look at our current situation and to help us muster the courage to make necessary changes.  

Recently, the odù Ifá Ogunda Otura was revealed during a divination session at which I was present. My mentor explained that this odù is k...


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A Whole New World

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, July 22, 2010, In : Inspiration 

Blessed greetings! I've been getting a lot of mail from readers lately and I must say E SE PUPO (THANK YOU VERY MUCH) for your support and for reaching out! Ase Ire is all about good feelings and knowledge so nothing makes me happier than to hear that my words have inspired someone or taught him or her something.

One of the letters I got recently was from a reader who is a Iyawo, or a new initiate into the Ifá-Òrìsà tradition. The period following initiation -- or any major life change...


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Ase Moment: Getting Past Regret

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, In : Ase Moment 
Alaafia! Welcome to the lastest installment of Funlayo's Ase Moment our video series! One of our readers requested a video on the subject of getting past regret -- and here it is! Watch, enjoy and leave a comment sharing your thoughts. If you have topics you'd like discussed, contact me! Ire o!

~'Funlayo


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Getting back Behind the Wheel

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Inspiration 

The weekend is here! I pray you’ve all had a wonderful week and got much accomplished. Like many native New Yorkers, I did not get my driver’s license as a teen. I am, however, very proud to announce that I took and passed my road test on the first go ‘round and got my license yesterday – that's the celebratory rose petals on the dashboard up above – watch out road!

The path to me getting my license was long and winding. I learned how to drive when I was living in Florida, on ...


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Quote for the Day: Your Deeds Speak

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, July 1, 2010, In : Inspiration 

An unknown author said:
The words we say will teach if we practice what we preach
I came across this quote today and it really spoke to me (pun intended! *laugh*); a recent incident led me to reflect on how often we are surrounded by those who tell rather than showing and whose words and actions don't match up. When words and deeds are incongruent, the deeds will always speak louder and will undermine the words no matter how flowery and eloquent the words may be. It is said that words have...


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Clearing Away the..."Stuff"

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, In : Reflection 

I had a great time at the United Nations on Saturday. Hearing from the likes of Dr. Majid Ali and Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely (pictured above with ’Funlayo) was wonderfully enriching and I was blessed to have an informative vision during the shamanic drumming portion of the program. All in all, a lovely, lovely morning!

Later in the day, I relaxed by the pool with a copy of Spirituality & Health Magazine (which I picked up at the conference) and I read something that really resonate...


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Join Me at the UN on Saturday!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, June 24, 2010, In : Information 

Sé àláàfíà ni? (How are you?) I pray this day is finding you well. Summer is officially here as of the Summer Solstice on June 21st and the weather is certainly showing it here in New York. I'm gearing up for a few short trips to enjoy some sun and surf and I hope you're finding ways to have fun in the heat.

Summer is a time for vacations, reading, reflecting and gearing up for the harvest of the fall. Our hearts tend to be open and ready for pleasurable and enjoyment and we tend to ...


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Ase Moment: Perfectionism vs. Passion

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, June 14, 2010, In : Ase Moment 
Happy Monday! Welcome to the lastest installment of Funlayo's Ase Moment our video series! Watch, enjoy and leave a comment sharing your thoughts. If you have topics you'd like discussed, contact me! Blessings and light always!



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Positive Poetry: Untitled by Dra. Silvia Crusco

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, In : Positive Poetry 
Positive Poetry is a series to showcase and celebrate poetic verses that inspire positive feelings. I'm happy to share another poem by Dra. Silvia Crusco of Brazil. Silvia is a doctor of veterinary medicine, visit her website here. An English translation of her Poem appears below. If you have poetry you'd like to contribute to this series, contact me. Enjoy!



Untitled by Dra. Silvia Crusco
No one can impose on our thoughts
No one knows our innermost feelings
No one can get the whole truth of who w...

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Buff Yourself to a Shine!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, In : Reflection 

Blessed greetings Ase Ire family! I pray, as always, that this day finds you well. I feel blessed to have had such a fantastic weekend celebrating my Masters graduation with dinner at Brazil Brazil and a fun day at Spa Castle -- this place is great and one of New York's best kept secrets, check it out sometime!
It's interesting how even the simplest, most ordinairy actions can provoke deep thoughts. This morning, I was riding in the car with my mom and I began to buff my nails. As I buf...

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Spotlight! on Sifu Ben Hill Bey

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, May 24, 2010, In : Spotlight 

     

Welcome to another installment of our Spotlight! series. I'm excited to feature our first man of the series -- I wouldn't wan't my brothers to feel left out! *smile* Today, I'm pleased to introduce you to Sifu Ben Hill Bey. Sifu Bey is a Master in the traditional Ba Gua Zhang style of martial arts, which he has practiced for over 30 years, and author of a new book on the art entitiled Ba Gua Zhang: A Historical Analysis, in which he explores the origins of the art. (Click here to v...


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Please Don't Stop the Music

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, May 20, 2010, In : Inspiration 


Alaafia! I pray the day is treating you well. I had such a beautiful experience this past Sunday; I just had to share it with all of you. Aside from volunteering at the AIDS Walk (you can still donate until June 4th, by the way!) which was great fun, a good friend of mine invited me to a musical recital. This was no ordinary recital, however, it was a beautiful and extraordinary display and testament to the power of music to do wonderful things within people.

Daniel's Music is a New Yo...


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Spotlight! on Magalie Delaleu Foster

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, May 17, 2010, In : Spotlight 
 


It's been a while since our last Spotlight! post and I'm happy to re-introduce the series with the beautiful and talented Magalie Delaleu Foster. Magalie is a daughter of Haiti, a wife, a mother and a descendent of a line of Haitian and French artists. She is carrying on the tradition of her forefathers as a visual artist, a skill she inherited and has honed since childhood. Magalie says that she really devoted herself to her art, which she sells through her website www.BlackEyePeaCreati...


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Balancing Spiritual Needs with Physical Desires

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, In : Reflection 



Hello and happy Tuesday! As I mentioned in the last post, one of the ways to enter our Spring Giveaway (now underway until May 31st!) is to post a discussion question, comment or suggestion on our Facebook fan page. We've gotten a few great questions so far and one was quite timely because it was something that I had recently been thinking about. The question was:

How can you balance your carnal wants versus your spiritual needs?

I recently spoke about my love of travel and 2 weeks ago I ...


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Spring Giveaway Begins Today!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Information 

E kasan! (Good Afternoon!) I pray this day is finding you well and bright! I see that many more fans have joined us on facebook and that the hit counter is going up steadily, modupe (thank you) for all your support! I'm in the process of revamping the site to include more information and articles on Òrìsà and other topics as well as a visual bookshelf, gift shop and more -- I'm excited!

I'm also very excited to open the Ase Ire Spring Giveaway today! I was going to wait until May 1, but i...

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Ase Moment: Rejection

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, April 25, 2010, In : Ase Moment 
Happy Saturday! I pray you have had a restful, yet productive day as I have. Spring has new things popping up all around: in the last post, I introduced our new Positive Poetry series and today I'd like to introduce Funlayo's Ase Moment our new video series! Watch, enjoy and leave a comment sharing your thoughts. If you have topics you'd like discussed, contact me! Enjoy the rest of the weekend; blessings and light always!



~'Funlayo

PS: If you have not donated to AIDS Walk NY, please c...


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Positive Poetry: "Don't Cry" by Dra. Silvia Crusco

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, In : Positive Poetry 
 Today Ase Ire introduces Positive Poetry -- a series to showcase and celebrate poetic verses that inspire positive feelings. Our first featured artist is Dra. Silvia Crusco of Brazil. Silvia is a doctor of veterinary medicine, visit her website here. An English translation of her Poem appears below, folowed by the original Portuguese. If you have poetry you'd like to contribute to this series, contact 'Funlayo. Enjoy!


Don't Cry by Dra. Silvia Crusco
Do not let your soul cry and do not feel a...


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'Funlayo’s Top 5 Travel Must-Haves

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, In : Information 
 
Blessed Greetings! Summer is right around the corner and I can’t wait for some fun in the sun! Few things make me happier than boarding a plane, train, bus, car – whatever! – and hitting the road. Whether it’s a trip across the ocean or to another part of the state, I can pack a bag in 30 minutes flat and be ready to go go go! Travel, particularly air travel, can be a real pain if you don’t have the right things. Here are my top 5 must-haves for travel:

5. Travel Pillow
Those flat ...

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Donate to or Join me for AIDS Walk NY 2010!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, April 8, 2010, In : Events 


Alaafia! The last few days in New York have been absolutely gorgeous and life has been truly blessed for me -- I pray it's been just as blessed for you! I've had my first visit up to Harvard 2 weeks ago and I can see it's going to be a great experience! I'll share more on that soon, but today I want to ask you for your help:

This year, I'll be participating in the 25th annual AIDS Walk New York which benefits many AIDS charities and foundations in the tri-state area. This event has b...


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Odu Reflection: The Past is Present!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, In : Reflection 
 


I pray this day finds you well! As you regular readers know, I do a lot of reflecting on things and I’ve been particularly introspective lately. It seems that the more I look inward, the more the universe sends people to ask me the right questions – the “right” questions being those that allow me to look even deeper into myself.  One question I’m often asked is: “Why do you study history? What are you going to do with that?” As I look within for the answer, my response is ...


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Join me for a Film on Friday!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, March 18, 2010, In : Events 



Alaafia! Namaste! Hope you're all doing great today! I'm feeling wonderful and really enjoying all the great energy I've been receiving from my family, friends and readers. As I mentioned in this post, I've recently been invited to begin my Ph.D. at Harvard University and the response to this accomplishment has been incredibly moving and humbling. I'm especially touched by the students here at Bronx Community College where I work (and one of my alma maters) who have come and told me I've...


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Healthy AND Tasty? Yes!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, March 14, 2010, In : Information 

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Happy Sunday! As promised, here are a few of my favorites that I've been enjoying throughout the fast some of us have undertaken.  I'm really intending this to be the start of a wonderfully healthy new way of eating and relating to food and I hope some of you will join in!

Before I share the recipes, I'll tell you that I use that word "recipe" very lightly because I cook in the "old school" style which basically means I rarely measure things. Just remember...


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Happy Black Girl Day!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, In : Inspiration 

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Blessed greetings all! I hope you're all doing well on this (finally!) warm day in New York or wherever you may be. I've got a lot of great things to share with you all including the recipes I promised -- who's still fastingwith me? -- but I found out about something too good not to share today so all the rest will have to wait.

I came across a great blog entitled "The Beautiful Struggler" by a young woman who goes b...


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And the Winner is...Wendy?

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, February 25, 2010, In : Reflection 

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I pray you’ve been enjoying this Black History Month as much as I have and that you’ve learned at least a few things you didn’t know before from my posts on the Facebook page and Twitter and from the great widget on the site that I snagged from Biography.com’s wonderful Black History site. It’s unfortunate, but observing Black History Month has become somewhat of a mixed bag for me. I personally commemorate and cherish Black history every day, because as ...


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You're invited to Fast with 'Funlayo

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, In : Inspiration 


Alaafia and blessed greetings to you, I pray you are well and feeling bright as you read this – I certainly am! I’m still in the ritual mourning period for my birth father, but I am remembering him with love and laughter and I have already dreamt of him, which is quite comforting. In the midst of my bereavement, I have received some exciting news that I know my father would be proud of: I’ve been offered admission to Harvard University’s PhD program in African and African America...


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Turning Mourning into Morning

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, In : Reflection 
 

     
1980                                        2009

This post is dedicated to the memory of my father John E. Wood
September 13, 1950 - January 18, 2010

This New Year, 2010, has certainly gotten off to a dichotomous start for many of us, hasn’t it? There have been immense blessings on one hand, immense tumult and melancholy on the other. While I and those of you reading this are blessed in that we’re still here, still in our right minds, still able to try again to achieve whatever ...


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Hearts Out to Haiti

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, January 14, 2010, In : Information 


Words cannot express the shock, awe and sadness I feel in the aftermath of the earthquake that rocked Haiti yesterday. Please, take a moment of silence and send some deep heart energy and prayer to Haiti and those in the Haitian Diaspora worldwide. Events like this show us how fragile and precious life is and how things can change in the blink of an eye. 40 seconds is all it took to change the course of thousands of people’s lives forever. 40 seconds is all it will take for you to help,...


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Happy 2010!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, January 2, 2010, In : Inspiration 


I pray that 2010 has gotten off to a wonderful start for all of you. For the first time in my life, I spent New Year’s Eve alone at home and it was a wonderful, wonderful thing! I partook in a delicious candlelight dinner, a cleansing white bath and a whole lot of prayer and reflection. 2009 was a year of a lot of accomplishments for me – including launching Ase Ire! – and I look forward to more great things in this new decade.

I found a little poem by Edgar Guest that captures my ...


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Let Us Not Engage the World Hurriedly...

Posted by 'Funlayo on Friday, December 25, 2009, In : Reflection 


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This holy day season has been a lot of fun for me indeed, and I pray that it has for you as well. I enjoyed some Hanukkah festivities, participated in a beautiful candlelight ceremony on the Winter Solstice, will commune with my largely Christian family on Christmas day today and am looking forward to lighting the Kinara for Kwanzaa tomorrow. It's beautiful when we can all join together and see that our sameness and the values and principles we share far outweigh...


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Help Me Help Somone this Holy-day Season

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, December 19, 2009, In : Inspiration 


My Ghanaian brother, John, and me in Elmina, Ghana -- 2005


I pray this day finds you all well and bright as we move further into this season of endings, beginnings and much reflection. I have been extremely introspective over the past few weeks and one of the things that continually comes into my mind is the thought of all those who are less fortunate than myself. At this time of year, many tend to increase their charitable giving – both temporal and monetary – and, while it is a wonde...


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Winter “Mock” – Tails on Me!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Friday, December 11, 2009, In : Information 

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Blessed greetings! I pray you have all been well this week and that those of you up here in the North East where I am have been staying warm as the temperatures have dropped. The end of the year is approaching and people of all faiths and backgrounds are preparing to celebrate their various winter holidays and usher in the New Year. Is it really about to be 2010?! I remember when the world was anticipating the changes everyone thought would take place with the comin...


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2009 Winter Giveaway

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, In : Information 

I'm excited to introduce Ase Ire's second giveaway! The first one was a great success with more than 100 entries in our first month and now, as the year draws to a close I'd like to engage our readers old and new. Giving brings me  such joy and most everyone is excited by the prospect of winning something so it's a good situation for all! I haven't decided what the prize will be just yet, but since I like to give choices, it'll more than likely be a choice of gift certificates, products that ...


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Odu Reflection: The Blessings Will Come!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, November 29, 2009, In : Reflection 



With Thanksgiving just behind us and the end of the year approaching, I and many people around the country and the world are reflecting on the past year and taking inventory of our blessings. With all this gratitude and good tidings abounding, I was reminded of a quote that seems quite incongruous with those feelings:

"Over generosity is often met with crass ingratitude"

This is a refrain from the odù Ifá Ogunda-Obara, which I recently reviewed with my Master-Teacher Awo Ifakunle....


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Cherish Today!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, November 23, 2009, In : Inspiration 

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I was looking through the children’s books in the City College bookstore the other day. I’m a big kid at heart, and I also have a beautiful niece and nephew who I love to buy books for. Children’s books are always so beautiful and positive – many adults would probably benefit from reading a child’s book every now and then!

Children experience a lot more negative talk than we may realize – they’re often being dictated to, threatened and stifled in many ways...


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Pamper Yourself with... Perlier Honey Bath Creme

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, November 14, 2009, In : Pamper Yourself 

I pray you’ve had a great week. I’m finally able to decompress a little bit after having taken the GRE yesterday – one of the many steps in the grad school application process I mentioned in the last post. Before taking any big test or taking any important step in life, it’s important to RELAX! Between studying and other preparation, the stress level can get pretty high and going into a test or other important event with frazzled nerves is a no-no.

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Quote for the Day: Overcoming

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, In : Inspiration 



"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."

I came across this quote by Helen Keller today and it struck me – hard. I woke up not feeling 100% well physically, but I decided that I was going to push through and accomplish the things that I had set to accomplish for the day. Now, my little sore throat and headache was nothing in comparison to the physical hardships faced by Keller and others, but it was a small sampling of my own power and drive to ov...


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Coming Over the PhD Application Mountain

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, November 5, 2009, In : Information 


Blessed greetings to all of you! I trust you’ve been staying busy in my absence – I pray you’ve been staying positive as well. I have been “on my grind” recently; I hope you’ve taken the time to catch up on all the posts you may have missed.

They say that anything that is worth having takes a good deal of work and I am certainly finding that to be true especially as I go through the process of applying to PhD programs. If any of you are thinking of applying, know that it i...


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Pamper Yourself with... Laughter

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, October 24, 2009, In : Pamper Yourself 


Anyone who knows me knows that I love to laugh! There’s nothing better to me than to spend time with my mom, my sister or other people in my life who I can laugh and share great energy with. Aside from being just plain fun, laughter is actually quite healthy – hey, where do you think the saying “laughter is the best medicine” came from?

As mentioned in this article on stress management, laughter increases some “positive” hormones in our bodies, like endorphins, and decreases...


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Take a Look Back

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, In : Information 


Staying positive often means keeping your eyes on the prize ahead of you and not looking back too much, but there’s one time when looking back is quite important: after you’ve had a “movement,” if you get my drift. It’s not usually something we discuss in polite company, but the state of your “droppings” says a lot about your overall health and it’s very difficult to be positive if you’re not healthy!

According to many sources, including one of my favorites, Dr. Oz, mos...


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Pamper Yourself with... Opulent Spirit Bath Essentials

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, October 18, 2009, In : Pamper Yourself 


Happy Sunday! I don’t know what’s going on where you are, but it’s windy and rainy here in New York – the perfect type of day to stay in and do some pampering! You all know how much I love baths and I’ve found a fantastic product like that makes one of my favorite pastimes even more enjoyable.

I discovered this little gem while at the Circle of Sisters Expo with my mother last weekend. I smelled their Mango Melon body butter and immediately fell in love! The scent was heavenly...


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Are You a Tourist or a Native?

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, October 15, 2009, In : Reflection 


This mosaic is from the Art for Transit collection designed for the MTA, see more here

Riding public transportation in New York can be a real trip! While I’m certainly looking forward to (finally!) getting my driver’s license and getting a car, public transportation is environmentally friendly and it gives me a lot of time to think and reflect on things. Another thing riding the buses and subways enables me to do is people watch – and watch I do.

One thing that always strikes me i...


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Pamper Yourself with... Sleep

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, October 11, 2009, In : Pamper Yourself 


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Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Sleep is cheap, easy and doesn’t require any special equipment but according to the National Sleep Foundation, many people don’t get enough sleep. I know I’m guilty of cheating myself out of adequate sleep at times. With all of our busy lives it may seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day but we have to make a concentrated effort to make sure we get enough sleep because not getting enough rest can be more detrimental than ...


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You never know Who's Listening

Posted by 'Funlayo on Friday, October 9, 2009, In : Reflection 



Reflective Question:
Have you ever overheard someone saying something negative about you? How did you handle the situation?

Let’s be honest: most of us gain some satisfaction out of talking about people once in a while. It may not be enlightened but it’s the truth. Every now and then, talking about the person we saw acting wild on the train, the “cat lady” that lives down the street or the “bad” child that made a scene in the store gives us some small bit of sadistic pleasur...


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And the Winner is...

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, October 5, 2009, In : Information 


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I’m so excited to come to the end of Ase Ire’s first month and the end of our first contest! The site has gotten over 700 hits and more than 100 facebook fans in 30 days and I think that’s a great start! It’s truly a delight for me to give, and I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the $50 Amazon.com gift certificate is Bernie Lengauer of Salzburg, Austria! Bernie is a great guy who’s been a supporter since before the site’s official launch. He...


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Pamper Yourself with... Spa Treatments

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, October 3, 2009, In : Pamper Yourself 


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Greetings from New Hampshire! I’m here for the weekend to celebrate my niece’s third birthday – they grow so fast! Seems like she was just born yesterday! I volunteered to be the game coordinator for the party so I KNOW I’m going to need a little R&R when I get back home. What better way to relax than with a good massage, facial or pedicure? As enjoyable as these services are they also tend to be quite expensive so most of us don’t get to enjoy them as m...


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Chilly enough for ya?

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, In : Reflection 

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Fall is definitely here in full effect! I love to watch the trees change color and, while I’m definitely a summer baby I must admit that the crisp coolness of the fall air is quite refreshing. It’s funny that people who don’t know each other and don’t really have anything to say to each other usually fall back on talking about the weather. While most people dismiss this as meaningless “small talk,” I see something deeper. The weather is one of the few th...


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Uptown Baby, We Gets Down Baby!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Monday, September 28, 2009, In : Information 


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I got so into my rest and GRE study this weekend that I didn’t grace you with a Pamper Yourself post, but I’m sure you found a way to indulge *smile* I was a little worn out because I’ve been blessed to attend some really great events over the past 2 weeks! If for no other reason, you’ve got to love New York for the plethora of activities and things there are to get into around here.

As I mentioned in last week’s Pamper Yourself post (those of you who fol...


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It Could Always Be Worse!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, In : Reflection 


Isn’t that the LAST thing you want to hear when things aren’t quite going your way? *laugh*

Much as we may not like to hear it sometimes, the reality is it’s always true! Even when we find ourselves in dark, undesirable situations some bit of light – no matter how small – manages to shine through and restore us. We have to be careful of focusing so much on the darkness that we miss that little bit of light in the distance.

Yesterday, I was standing on the train platform and a...


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Spotlight! on Funlayo Alabi

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, In : Spotlight 


Funlayo Alabi is a woman on the move!  Aside from sharing a name, we also share the drive to spread positivity and help people improve themselves; she expresses hers through her Maryland-based company, Shea Radiance, which sells all natural shea butter products and helps African women in the process. The mission of Shea Radiance is to “create beautiful body care products from ingredients that come from renewable and sustainable sources in Africa.” Funlayo and her company – which she a...


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Pamper Yourself with... Milk & Honey

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, September 19, 2009, In : Pamper Yourself 



Happy weekend! I pray that you’ve had a positive and productive week, I know I have! I had the pleasure of attending the Uptown Girl! Awards created by Majora Carter of the Majora Carter Group on Wednesday evening and I’m off to a fantastic art show today – I’ll share the details of both with you this week. I have to have these little interludes to keep me pumped up as I do my school and work thing and step further into this PhD application process… and it IS a process!

Anyone w...


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Quote for the Day: My Wish for YOU

Posted by 'Funlayo on Thursday, September 17, 2009, In : Inspiration 

“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”
- Anonymous

This is truly my wish for all of you today and every day. Let your light shi...


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Spotlight! on Brittany Thomas

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, In : Spotlight 


Brittany Thomas is an enterprising young woman who is the epitome of spunk! A Florida native and graduate of the University of South Florida, Brittany has taken the blog world by storm with Clumps of Mascara (affectionately known as Clumps), her super fun beauty blog which “celebrates mistakes,” balks at perfectionism and  aims to help women redefine beauty for ourselves. In addition to the blog, which boasts thousands of visitors per month, and her equally popular YouTube channel, Brit...


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Positive Thinking Day 2009

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, September 13, 2009, In : Inspiration 

Did you know that in addition to being Grandparents Day (I hope you sent a card or made a call or both!), today is Positive Thinking Day? Positive Thinking Day was developed by Dr. Kirsten Harrell, her sister Traci and their company Popular Inspirations, LLC., founded in 2005. Popular Inspirations is responsible for www.ipopin.com, which hosts ipopins. What are ipopins? They’re “One minute attitude boosters that bring the power of positive thinking to people on the go. You download i...


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Pamper Yourself with... Rose Water

Posted by 'Funlayo on Saturday, September 12, 2009, In : Pamper Yourself 

I pray you’ve all had a fantastic, productive week -- I sure have! I'm moving into my second week of 2 new work projects and my last semester in grad school so, as you can imagine, I’m super busy and when you’re busy, stress is just waiting to rear its ugly head. Can’t let that happen! I’m introducing Ase Ire’s new series Pamper Yourself withtoday. This series will always appear at the start of the weekend to give you some ideas on how to treat yourself to a little “someth...


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Is it Your Lucky Day?

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, In : Information 

I don’t know how lucky it is, per se, but today – 09/09/09 is a special day, do you know why? This is the last single repeating digit date that most of us will see in our lifetime as the next one won’t occur for almost 100 years (January 1, 2101 – 01/01/01).

The number 9 has many powerful associations and, seeing as it repeats 3 times today, that’s 3 times the power! If your life path number is 9, today should have been a particularly powerful day for you. The number 9 is associa...


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Spotlight! on Ayoka Quinones

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, In : Spotlight 

 

Today, Ase Ire introduces our first series, and I'm very excited!

Spotlight! will be a space to shed light on people who are doing interesting, inspiring things. I hope reading about these people will encourage you! Remember:  you can do anything you put your mind and action to and you can make your dreams come true. Know someone you'd like to see the Spotlight! on? Contact me!

Our first guest for the series is Ayoka Quinones, creator of www.AyokaPrays.com.


A specialist in Non-Profit o...


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Uh-Oh!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Sunday, September 6, 2009, In : Reflection 

Do you tend to assume the worst? When someone – particularly a boss or other authority figure – says “May I speak to you?” do you immediately think the conversation will be a negative one and spend time trying to figure out what you’ve done wrong?

We all experience these moments of negative thinking and self-doubt, it’s natural. But I’ve found that getting into these types of negative thought loops on a regular basis really stems from an underestimation of your skills and talen...


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Birthday Giveaways!

Posted by 'Funlayo on Friday, September 4, 2009, In : Information 

Happy Friday! Let me ask a question: Do you like getting things for free?

Of course you do! Today’s my birthday and it's a true blessing to see another year and to still feel like a vibrant young girl at 30 *smile* Over the past week I’ve been making use of several great free birthday giveaways from various companies that I patronize. Lots of companies give free things to their customers to celebrate their birthdays, and usually there’s no purchase necessary! That’s particularly sati...


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Quieting the "Shouldas"

Posted by 'Funlayo on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, In : Reflection 

Greetings again! I thought I’d take 2 steps on this first day, start the journey off right *smile*

Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the fact that I’m going to celebrate my 30th birthday this Friday. I feel incredibly blessed to have lived 30 years because, the grim reality is, many people in the world don’t. I also feel blessed to have been afforded the opportunities to accomplish as much as I have in my short time on this physical plane.

Although I h...


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Taking the First Step

Posted by 'Funlayo on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, In : Inspiration 

Greetings all! It’s my pleasure to welcome you to Ase Ire! It is my hope that this will be an online oasis for inspiration, interesting information and positive energy. Our theme is “Promoting the Power of Positivity” and I look forward to reinforcing positive power within myself as I write and within you as you read. Be sure to visit the What is Ase Ire? page for more on what Ase Ire is all about!

As I take the first step on this journey into the blogosphere, a few quotes come to mind...


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