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Brain Health: A New Way Of Thinking

We buy equipment for our homes or spend money to have memberships at local gyms to stay physically fit. Yet, what has one done to exercise the brain and increase the longevity of our cognitive power? After all, it is just as important as the rest of the body. This is the question I have been asking myself a lot lately. I started to do a little research and came across the book Make Your Brain Smarter by Sandra Bond Chapman. She starts with how the frontal lobe, which houses our cognitive thinking, works and why mental complex thinking stems from this region of the brain.  One of the most profound things I learned is that there is no time limit on brain repair. Now that is a game changer!

Dr. Chapman indicated we must do three things. She called them the ABCs of Brain Health.

A = awareness of personal brain performance strengths and vulnerabilities

B = benchmark of cognitive brain function as the starting point of a cognitive fitness plan

C = Conditioning to conscientiously engage in complex and personally motivating mental challenges that draw upon the vast frontal lobe networks

We have goals for everything else in our life, why not have goals and benchmarks for our brain. So sit down and make a plan for yourself. I know I am. One of the biggest lesson I have learned in respect to the ABCs is this. It’s not about how much stuff we can memorize but how can me interpret and foster new ideas with everyday facts. Which brings me to the author’s next point, “know when and what to regard versus when and what to disregard.”

Now there are somethings that I am really going to have to work on as a millennial girl living in a digital word. When my email dings, phone rings, and text message sing ( Mariah Carey’s beautiful voice), that does not mean I should answer immediately. “It robs you of clear strategic insightful thinking….depleting productivity,” says Chapman. I must admit it usually takes me a few minutes to tap back into my though process after I have an interruption. Then there are times I just completely forget and I try to go sit in the same place I was thinking about that thought, hoping it will come back to me.  But it is more important to finish that thought, task, or come to a hard stop in your project before calling someone or responding to a new email.

Chapman states that, “One key way to revolutionize the way you learn, energize you imagination, and ignite a deeper level of thinking is to be more strategic about how much info you take in at one time and how much effort you spend blocking out distracting info.” Which leads me to the next habit I need to hack, multitasking. Why work on two things to only make them mediocre when you can accomplish one think that can be extraordinary? When we give something our undivided attention we tend to put pour our very best into it.  Have you ever notices that your best thoughts come late at night or early in the morning. I have surely had those moments. So much so that I keep a note pad and pen on my night stand.  “Big Ideas often come when the brain stops frantically trying to solve the issue at hand” says Chapman and “connections are built when brain activation slows, and even our brain is at rest.”

The one thing I wish I had heard earlier in my career is this: “Take time to rest your brain when: Brain fatigue, Info Overload, Major decision without clear direction, a dead end to an issue, frustration and negativity” says Chapman. I experienced some burn out in one of my previous position because I never stopped. I thought about work even when I was home and I just did not know how to shut it off. My thoughts were not fluent and I had a hard time concentrating. I started feeling overwhelmed all the time and I wondered if something was wrong with me. What I really needed was to slow down and rethink how I approached my job and my way of thinking and problems solving. It doesn’t matter what your age is. You have the power to take control of your brain health today. I encourage and challenge you to do just that.

I only touched on a few things but Dr. Chapman has much more to say in her book Make Your Brain Smarter. Happy Reading!

 

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Felicia Jordan

fjordan22@gmail.com

 

 

Education:     

 

 

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Master of Arts in Social Science, December 2011

Concentration: Public Administration and Political Science

 

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Communications, December 2009

Major: Information

Minor: Public Relations

 

Work Experience:

 

 

 

Multimedia Specialist: Education Technology Center, Brooklet, GA 2010- 2011

  • Created How-To video guides for teachers
  • Produced content for grant teachers on the agency’s website
  • Researched the latest technology and software for teachers to use

 

Graduate Assistant Technician: Instructional Resources Center, Statesboro, GA 2008-2011

  • Resolved technical issues with software, computers, and equipment
  • Trained students and colleagues to use editing software and cameras

 

News Intern: 13WMAZ, Macon, GA            2011

  • Conducted interviews, wrote, shot, and edit video for newscasts
  • Cultivated content for station website and co-developed live productions

 

Multimedia Communications Department: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA   2009

  • Assigned cameras and other equipment to students and faculty
  • Resolved technical issues with software, computers, and equipment
  • Designed programming for Northland Cable

 

Public Relations Research: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA   2009

  • Analysis of  Tourism inSavannahGeorgia

 

Eagle Entertainment: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA   2005-2006

  • Created promotional plans for events, shows, and trips

 

Program Evaluation: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, 2010

  •    Analyzed Boys and Girls Club Education and Career program
  • Designed programming for youth leadership

 

 

Technical Skills:

 

  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint , Publisher, & Excel)
  • Social Network (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Bebo, My Space)
  • Abode Products (Premiere, CS4, Photoshop, Indesign, & Audition)
  • SPSS
  • Sony Digital Camera
  • Video Editing (Movie Maker, iMovie, Avid News Cutter)
  • Web Formatting (HTML,XTML,CSS,JavaScript)
  • MAC and PC

 

Activities & Accomplishments:

 

 

  • Boys and Girls ClubMentorProgram
  • GeorgiaSouthern University Student Employee of the Year Nominee
  • Southeastern Regional Educational Technology Showcase committee
  • Voices in Ministry Choir

 

Relevant Coursework:

 

  • Public and Nonprofit Strategic Management (Graduate Level)
  • Program Evaluation (Graduate Level)
  • Principles of Marketing/Advertising
  • Web Development
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Corporate Public Relations
  • Public Management and Leadership (Graduate Level)
  • Grant Development (Graduate Level)
  • Photography I

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The Definition of A Women

Dictonary.com

–noun

1. the female human being (distinguished from man ).
2. an adult female person.
3. a female attendant to a lady of rank.
4. a wife.
5. the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness.
6. a sweetheart or paramour; mistress.
7. a female employee or representative: A woman from the real estate agency called.
8. a female person who cleans house, cooks, etc.; housekeeper: The woman will be in to clean today.
9. women collectively: Woman is no longer subordinate to man.

–verb (used with object)

10. to put into the company of a woman.
11. to equip or staff with women.
12. Obsolete. to cause to act or yield like a woman.

–adjective

13. of women; womanly.
14. female: a woman plumber.

—Idiom

15. be one’s own woman, (of females) to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent.

Webster Dictionary says:

A. an adult female                                                                          

B.) a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) —usually used in combination

In order to understand what it means to be an African American Woman, one must understand what it means to be a woman. I took a look at several definitions of the word woman. If I were to sum up in one word what a woman is to me it would be maturity. In my eyes a woman is truly defined by her level of maturity.

Rose DesRochers had a unique perspective of defining today’s definition of woman:

“Being Today’s Woman should mean that you can make a contribution to humanity, as a whole. It should be about finding your passion in life and embracing it with determination, and being dependant upon yourself, and no one else. Today’s Woman has more than equal rights and yet she still wants more. She wants to have her cake and eat it too. Come on, you have to admit that the feminist way of thinking is pretty much biased. She wants the same rights as man but has no trouble accepting a few favors because she has breasts and ovaries.”

http://www.savvy-women-magazine.com/Lifestyle/readers-story-todays-woman.php

For decades the back woman has dealt with the issues surrounding her hair. “Hair Still Matters” and the article “Black Hair, Still Tangled In Politics” both stress how society insists what the black woman should look like and if you do not conform then you’re a rebel.  Ingrid Banks, author of ‘Hair Still Matters’, talks about how hair matters for women of  color in profound ways. Though differences arise in different cultures, for women, hair is never simply arrested within the aesthetic. Femininity is defined often by the length of a woman’s hair. The less hair a woman has on her head the more she is deemed less femininity.  In Black Hair, Still Tangled In Politics, author Catherine Saint Louis revels the most woman find themselves on a quest to get “good hair” which often means transforming one’s tightly coiled roots as a means of being more acceptable to relatives and quote on quote “Caucasian establishment.”  ”For black women, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” said Ingrid Banks, an associate professor of black studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

From a young age,  black women across the nation are taken to the salon by their parents or gardens to get their hair chemically relaxed. I remember my first experience to the beauty shop. My mom said she no longer had time to deal with my long thick hair. So at the tender age of 5 years old I went to get my first relaxer or perm as the sometimes call it. It was considered one of my steps to being a big girl like my sisters and cousins.

                                                      

Hair Still Matters and Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics hit home with me on so many level as a young African American Woman growing up in the South. First and foremost I am what some people would call a pageant girl. I have competed in pageants on and off since the age of 12. My mother did not force me into this world I want to be apart of pageants because it allowed me to meet people outside of my small town and to get me out of my shell. I was also very fascinated with the pretty dress, crowns, and money you could win. Even though I was a tomboy in my early youth, this highly criticized world of beauty was dazzling. My competitive nature enjoys the competiveness but after reading these articles I have question my own links that I have gone through to get the crown. Winning is addictive.  I would never cut my hair because I though it would hurt my chances of winning. I have even thought about dyeing my hair a lighter color to make me look more appealing. In order to get pageant look, you have to have to perfect hair for the perfect dress. Shaya Rudd wore a weave in her hair because she thought she would have a better shot at winning the Miss America crown. Rudd reflection of her hair as she competed for the crown of Miss America is the voice of many women competing in pageants. Going natural would not get me the crown unless I was in a natural pageant or a pageant specifically for black people.  I know you ask, then why do them. The scholarship money provided to contestants helps me pay for college. My parents can’t afford to pay my way through college. The Miss America organization is the leading provider of scholarship for women. I have the opportunity to win $250-$10,000+ and one does not have to win to receive scholarships. Lots of young ladies place as a runners-up or win preliminary awards. The awards are in the form of scholarships. So yes I will do what it takes to win by my own standards. But I will not pay an arm and a leg for a gown that cost more than my rent. Some girls pay thousands of dollars for a dress, accessories, hair, nail, etc.

Outside of the pageant world, I wanted long hair because I know so many black women who want long hair but can’t because their hair breaks all the time. So it’s for those women I grow my hair out for. With short hair, women often find themselves being judged by society. As a young woman with long hair, I am often questioned if my hair is real. I constantly have to prove that I have natural long hair and that is not fair. Other women of different ethnic backgrounds are not questioned if their long hair is theirs. Why should I be questioned?  I am often looked at by other women as being one of those girls who thinks she is “all that” because I have long hair or I’m being white because my hair is relaxed. Being light skin doesn’t help either. No matter how I look at it, I’m being judged.

Eating disorders is not just a white thing, an Asian thing or a yellow thing. Despite stereotypical thinking of African Americans and Latino women that indicate such behavior does not exist in these communities. Many women of color struggle with eating problems and when diagnosed, the problem is severe due to extended processes of starvation as well as binging prior to intervention. Researchers believe that eating disorders in the black community arise from struggling with “simultaneity of oppression,” the stress of being undervalued and overburdened. Becky Wangsgaard Thompson in “A Way Outa No Way’: Eating Problems Among African-American, Latina, and White Women” found that the range of traumas the women in the study associated with origins of their eating problems, including racism, sexual abuse, proverty, sexism emotional or physical abuse, heterosexism, class, sexuality or nationality. “Between one-third and two-thirds of women develop eating problems as a result of abuse.” (Root and Fallon 1988). Victims deal with assaults by binging and purging. For many women their body is the one thing that they can control in their life and food was something they could trust. One participant in Thompson’s interview felt her body was the only thing she had left and felt momentary reprieve from her worries when eating. (2007) “I am here, (in my body) ‘cause there is no where else for me to go. Where am I going to go? This is all I got…..”stated interviewee Yolanda . (Thompson 2007)

       

Another interview says she remembered her grandmother telling her she would never be as pretty as her cousins because they were lighter skinned and her father insisted that she and her mother should be thinner as their class status changed. For some African American women eating is the way to meeting social responsibilities and superficially taking care of oneself according to Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant author of Strong and Large Black Women?  Exploring Relationships between Deviant Womanhood and weight. Studies have show that African-American women define and idealize the preferred weight in order to meet the approval of the men in their lives.