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A Word From Alphanista™

Thank you again to all the new subscribers we’ve had in the last several weeks.  Some of you have been in touch with me about the blog and had questions.  Below are some things you need to know:

1.    If you are a subscriber and have an idea, alpha article or question, please email it to me at mreidasst1@aol.com.  Articles should be between 300-500 words.  We are always looking for guest bloggers!  One of the top commentators, Ms. Tee (author Te-Erika Patterson) was one of our latest.  But you don’t have to be an “expert”.

2.    If you like the blog, you’ll love one of my 5 books published by St. Martins Press.   Most of the topics and articles we bitch about on here can be found in my books drawn out with characters, circumstances and real life solutions.  Thank you for those who’ve purchased a book, and to those who thought about it.  What books?  Please scroll down and then take a look at the right of your screen >>>>>>.  This blog is only the tip of the iceberg of what you can learn.  All the main female characters in my books are alpha females, and you know where there are alpha females, an alpha male is not far behind.

As always I appreciate your support of the blog.  It’s not just something to do for me, but something I look forward to everyday in working to meet your needs and stay true to the Alphanista™ empowerment message of doing it your way (even if it means breaking rules), and doing it big.  It’s a business for me, a fun, engaging, and enriching way of bringing more people into my world because “sharing is caring”.  I will be offering some new products soon, too, because this is a lifestyle, not just a word. But first, a free thank you product coming up in the next few weeks.  Until then, stay tuned!

Alpha Reads: Doctors: Bound By Secrecy? Victims Bound By Pain

Endometriosis is a chronic condition that affects the lives of millions of women.

It can get in the way of everyday living and steal happiness.  Doctors: Bound By Secrecy? Victims: Bound by Pain? by Karen Steward reveals the truth about what is behind this disease.  It centers around a mother committed to finding healing for ailing daughter, a sufferer of the condition.  The book takes them to Germany and the ups and down trials toward the path of healing.  I found the book inspirational, as it can give hope to many women who do not know where to turn, who may be frustrated with American doctors, who have had just about enough pain in their lives.  This book also taught me about the bond between mother and daughter and how love can heal and provide the answers we have always sought.

Doctors: Bound By Secrecy? Victims: Bound by Pain? is not only a book full of facts and finds, but it is also a great story from beginning to end.  This book belongs in the hands of anyone affected by endometriosis and adhesions, anyone whose loved one is affected, and anyone curious about unconventional approaches to treatment.

Weekend Read: Get Your Arse Together….Again.

Besides my own books, I read other books when I have the time. But lately, I have definitely been dragging myself around not as productive as I could be.  Especially these days with the world in such influx. That’s when I know I need a good read to feel safe and protected again, or uhm, some nice big man thighs in the bed, whatever.  Once I get my fix, I am good.  This new book, Awaken Your Strongest Self: Break Free of Stress, Inner Conflict, and Self Sabotage by Neil Fiore.  It’s really like nothing else I’ve read so far.  It’s what Alphanista™ is about–awakening the alpha-self, the leader in you, to manage your life.  The book touches on feeling disconnected or overwhelmed with our lives or feeling like we are not living up to our self-concept and performing way below the bar.  What’s different is that it says “feel the pain of staying the same.”  Now, that is something new because every other book out there is about changing the pain, leaving it behind, burning it up with the old panties in the backyard.  This was about staying in the pain.  There was an exercise about envisioning your life if it were the same–same job, same feelings, same struggles, same doubts, for the next five years.  Most people wouldn’t be happy with that because they are about forward movement. 

It doesn’t talk about discipline if you mess up, but structure, and boy do I need structure.  The book is filled with excercises and after “feeling the pain” it takes you to “feel the benefits of change.”  But way before that it breaks it all down from how we need to gather all parts of ourselves–the manager, the dictator, the procastinator, the pessimist and have them work together because they all serve a purpose and it will defeat the feeling of lonely struggle.  Here’s something else that stood out for me and I am paraphrasing: “To reach your destination in life you must sail at an angle, tacking slightly away from your ultimate goal.”  Like sailors do because they are connected to the laws of nature.  “If you’re trying too hard, you’re turning against life.”  Yup, life ain’t supposed to be hard, if it’s hard, turn around and sail at an angle.  So if it seems like you are going the wrong way, it’s the right way.  Sometimes, we won’t get there with one big swoop, but with a fumble or two.

I have to keep reminding myself of these things.  The concepts in Awaken Your Strongest Self, and I have read many, are by far the best, especially if you are weary about all the hocus-pocus books out there about instant gratification.  This is good food for anyone hungry to be make 2009 that year when it all comes together, whatever it may be.  Unlike most folks, I like planning for ’09 now, not in ’09.  If anyone buys this book, please share your thoughts with me. Or if there’s one you recommend, suggest here.


Alphanista Reads: Midnight and the Meaning of Love

by Aminah Hanan

Sister Souljah takes us on a journey in the second installment, released early this month, to her prequel to The Coldest Winter Ever that spans two continents with one of our favorite Hot Boyz, Midnight.

The story opens up in the projects of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York in the spring of 1986. Souljah’s storytelling paints a picture so vivid that you can almost hear the vinyl beat of Eric B. & Rakim’s Eric B. Is President playing in your head as you turn the pages.

A skilled warrior trained in the martial art of Ninjutsu Midnight must pool his financial and mental resources as he prepares to face his most vicious opponent Naoko Nakamura, his father-in-law. Nakamura, opposed to his daughter, Akemi’s, marriage to the Sudanese teenager, he has kidnapped her and taken her back home to Japan. Midnight is determined and will stop at nothing as he sets out on a quest to the Land of the Rising Sun, with love as his only weapon, to confront his father-in-law and bring his wife back to Brooklyn.

When I first met Midnight in the Coldest Winter Ever I was as fascinated by his character. What was his motivation? Could he be that disciplined surrounded by so much deception and deviation? Midnight is the ultimate dichotomy at its best. Proof of the old adage, never judge a book by its cover. He is a devout Sudanese Muslim and street hustler rolled into one. While reading the book I had to keep reminding myself that he was a young man who had not yet reached the age of twenty. Faced with having to deal with adult circumstances, as many teenagers often are, instead of making all wrong decisions most of the time Midnight walks the tightrope striking a balance between heaven and the hell that surrounds him.

Midnight and the Meaning of Love is a good read even if you have not had the pleasure of reading The Coldest Winter Ever or Midnight: A Gangster Love Story. The story stands alone peppered with memories from Midnight’s Sudanese homeland and his life with Akemi before she was kidnapped. Souljah has done her homework with this one, as evidenced in the advance copy of the book’s Acknowledgments. Traveling to four different countries she connects and weaves the cultures together seamlessly on American soil, the projects of Brooklyn her Ellis Island.

Aminah Hanan is an alpha female, blogger, book lover, blog conference Program Director, crafter, Health Care Professional, and writer who lives in Chicago with her family. Email her at aminahhanan@gmail.com