Nola Chic & Geeky Nola: NOLA to do List

 Hi everyone,  my friend Eliza, blog game  “Geeky Nola” her name says it all and can give you an idea of her style of blogging, she’s more reserve than I and I think we will be able to show you so much more working together, giving you a bigger bowl of gumbo.
😉😉Hola!! My Friends in Nola!!  😉😉
(See what I did there–I can rhyme. tee hee!) Okay, I’m done being cheesy. I’m just excited for APPPRIIILLL! 
For Next month will not ONLY bring in Rain Showers🌦🌦🌦; In less than a week away, April 1st will be the 1st day of NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!!!
And ya’ll know my geeky love for poetry & for the awesome spoken word community here in the city. 
(Shout to Team SNO❄ ⛄aka Slam New Orleans)
 (you’ll hear more about them soon)
So Now it TIME let’s get This SHOW Started!!🤓🎩
 Happy Almost “Magical” Monday Beautiful People! Get Ready for an Awesome Week of Action Packed 
& Energetic Geeky Events Coming Your Way! 
🔮First Up: A Magical Week in Health & Wellness 🔮
Bought to you two Magical & Super Balanced women: 
Britney of AmethystMoonYoga  Valerie of TheOhmWell
This Week ONLY (March 26-31) 
#FiveMinutesMeditationChallenge  & #LearnHealGrowRetreat 
Hosted by AmethystMoonYoga
Starts at 5am. 🌞🌞🌞
Follow @amethystmoonyoga on FB or IG for more info

REGISTER NOW ​(Deadline for Sign Up to Retreat. SAT 3/31)
This Week ONLY (March 26-31) 
Free Yoga & Meditation Classes at Duncan Plaza. 
Hosted by theOhmWell & Magnolia Yoga Studio
Cost: Free.99 
Mon-Wed-Thurs. Various Times.  
(Outdoor Space. Wear Comfy Clothes & Bring Mat)
Follow @theohmwell on IG for more info


Happy Hour Spotlight : 

New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley)
Get a drink & Stay for the CoolNasty Band’s funky musical vibes.
(Band plays Every Wed @ 9pm. Free.99)!
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CoolNastyJam: An Evening of Live Music & Good Energy all for Freee!
Hosted by DC Paul. Check Em Out Here!
New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM) & Poetry Festival
(Pssttt: Fest is awesome & family friendly. So sign up the little ones!)

More Info @ website: noyouthpoetryfestival.org

THURSDAY. 3/29 @5pm
 Black Sci Fi Club Meet Up. 
This Thurs. March 29th @ Mid City Public Lib (4140 Canal St.)
A Discussion on Nnedi Okorafor’s novel “Who Fears Death”

THIS FRIDAY. 3/30. Noirlians Pop Up @ 6 -9pm 
@ Community Book Center (Bayou Rd.)
#BuyYourWakandaGear #SupportNolaBusiness #ShoptilYouDrop

Check Out on FB: Here​
Health & Wellness 
For March & April 2018
EVERY THURSDAY @ 6 pm. Free. 99
Oneness Meditation Class 🌜@ Broadmoor Wellness Center
(3900 General Taylor, Uptown)
If you need some meditation in your life, you should go!!!
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New Announcement: Herb Healing Gathering. April 15th. 
Mark your Calendars!
Many NOLA Healers & Creators will be there! So, Bring Your Coins!
🙏#SupportNolaHealers 🙏
Hosted by asc3nsion_art  

 @4colouredgurlz will be @ the Gathering on Apr 15th too! 
NOLA HERB GATHERING by Ellenie of Asce3sion Art. 
@Grow Dat Farm (3500 Zachary Taylor) Cost: $35 

Register or Get More Info by Follow @asc3nsion_art at IG or FB
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 In Search of New Podcasts to Keep you Motivated? Here are Some Epic Ones to Get You Started!!!
                                                                                 👑Oldie But Goodie Podcast👑
Podcast ALERT:  2 Dope Queens
2 Dope Queens
This podcast is original, funny & very relevant to Millennial Mindset

Also These Queens Have Moved Up & have their own HBO Live Show  

🛍2DopeQueens: Listen Here  and Watch 2Dope Queens Here
🌋New Podcast Alert: (Straight Outta NOLA)
The Misbelief: Listen Here 
Again Happy Monday!!! 💪💪💪Let’s WIN BIG This Week
& Start Our Week with Purpose!!!
Your Geeky Friend,
🖖Eliza #livelongandprosper

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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