Beyonce took 1 year to feel life. Mental Health is Real!

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ELLE 1/2020 issue

In a rare interview with ELLE, Beyonce' allowed us to roll down the partition and let us in to her world as a black women in today's society.

All to often we put celebrities on a pedestal involuntarily of the woman or man permission. We forget that they are human too, they cry also, and feel real pain or emotion.

So, before we begin to talk about her vulnerable interview, I'd like to thank her for continuing the conversation that almost all black women are having in their homes or in solitude, unfortunately.

Our culture has told us for years to not cry over spilled milk, don't cry, and smile girl, never let them see you sweat. But it seems we have forgotten to say build a strong mental stability. Because the truth is I am not sure those before us knew how. I believe we are now in a position to teach our elders a thing or two about taking care of SELF first.

Let's talk.

The more I mature, the more I understand my value. I realized I had to take control of my work and my legacy because I wanted to be able to speak directly to my fans in an honest way. I wanted my words and my art to come directly from me. There were things in my career that I did because I didn’t understand that I could say no. We all have more power than we realize.

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Beyonce further explains how knowing your value is so important to explore and then accept. It always seems that as a black women we know we have this super power inside of us but, we are quick to protect others from it. Doing this only kills us slowly inside. The word no is therapy for us. I'm excited that she's finding that women again. It takes real fearlessness to punch through that wall.

I think the most stressful thing for me is balancing work and life. Making sure I am present for my kids—dropping Blue off at school, taking Rumi and Sir to their activities, making time for date nights with my husband, and being home in time to have dinner with my family—all while running a company can be challenging. Juggling all of those roles can be stressful, but I think that’s life for any working mom.

Personally this hits home. On your journey to becoming or maintaining your life as a CEO and mother it's such a scary position to be in because we want to be the best mothers we can possibly be but, sometime or most times running the world is part of us being the best role model and mother all at the same time. It's enough to drive you crazy because you feel so guilty.

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The last time I went to a supermarket, it was more like a bodega before a Madonna concert. Jay and I snuck into one in Crenshaw and bought some Cuervo and Funyuns chips. And…y’all know you see me at Target and I see y’all trying to sneak pics.

I knew we had something in common. Funyuns are my fav! Beyonce has been my BBF in my head since we met at 15 years old. LOL These are the human moments we need to remember her and J are allowed to have without us rushing the damn bodega for an insta pic.

I'm so happy for Bey,she is 100% focusing on being present in life as a whole. This takes more work than you think. She says whatever to the pregnancy rumors, I mean really it's none of business. Live your life Bey! She is practicing more holistic forms of healing herself inside and out. Because we all know western medicine can not and does not cure us all!

The name of the brand comes from where I built my strength and endurance as a young woman. I ran and trained in the park, and that state of mind has stayed with me all these years later. It’s the first place where I learned to listen to my body. Many of us grew up seeing our parents act as if they were superheroes. Most women have been conditioned to ignore symptoms and just “tough it out” and focus on taking care of everyone else before themselves. I am no longer one of those people. After having a difficult pregnancy, I took a year to focus on my health. I have researched information on homeopathic medicines. I don’t just put any prescription in my body. My diet is important, and I use tools like acupuncture, meditation, visualization, and breathing exercises.

Did you catch the gem? RESEARCH to see what works best for your body. We are built a lil' different.

To get more check out the full interview on ELLE.

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