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Editors Note

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

It seems that with every new month, I’m personally faced with the desire to ‘move on up’; forward, to progress in all aspects. This means continually setting new goals and striving to achieve them. Where am I getting with this, you ask, well, each month I look forward to making this magazine something greater. It’s slowly taking form, we might not be ‘movin on up to a New York deluxe apartment on the East side’ like George and Weezy, but I have played with the thought of seeing AfroElle in greater places.

Mangoes and Lemon

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Mangoes and Lemonade is a website that is dedicated to sharing information and resources that can help people of Haiti, while serving as a reference place for those who are interested in getting involved with relief of sorts. My vision is to continue building the site and allow it to grow into a more effective tool over time.

Cover Story:A Jill of All Trades

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

A phenomenal woman to me is one that has a great purpose; she is passionate, compassionate, humble, caring and giving. She exudes a beauty that reflects great values, wisdom and strength. She is one that will use her influence to bring about positive change. She is a servant.

Featured Couple:Jonathon and Amy Mauritz

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Amy Ohen and Jonathon Mauritz met at a coffee shop. When asked what her first impression of Jonathon was, Amy says she thought Jonathon was a college frat boy. “I was surprised that he was flirting with me because I was minding my own business studying in my comfy sweatpants and t-shirt. I was definitely not looking my finest.

In The Kitchen With Yolis Green Living

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

I started eating plant-based diet in 2001. At the time, I wanted to impress a guy I was dating with my culinary skills and converting foods I loved to eat into vegan meals, it soon became second nature to me. Over a few months, I noticed some significant changes just from choosing differently in what I consumed. Lost a lot of weight, had fewer allergies, and my cramps disappeared. I acknowledged that my results were payoff of eliminating dairy from my diet.

Sisterpreneurs;Emily and Irene Wasonga

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Love’s Hangover is the name of a boutique jewelry store in Noblesville, IN co-owned by two sisters; Emily and Irene Wasonga. Born and raised in Kenya and living partly in Botswana; the two are now making their dreams come true with their jewelry business that started out as hobby in their teenage years.

Fashionista;Christine Neptune

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

I try to master the "boyfriend look". Baggy shirts, sweatshirts, men's button up's and such. I might not have a boyfriend but taking my brother's clothes work just as well. I like the mystery it brings behind it, people wonder and question me if I'm a tomboy.

Financial Goals

Posted by AfroElle On 2:15 AM

New year resolutions ; I will spend less then I make, increase my savings and investment, work smarter and not harder this year to buy that Y or Z and then all my financial woes will be over.
This is just but a few of the financial resolutions that make it to our to do list at the start of the year, the biggest problem about most of them though is that there is no yard stick and no “How”, that’s the reason they are all broken due to lack of accountability.

To avoid the cycle of broken resolutions come January; the following are simple steps to consider as you start the year……

  1. Budget, Budget, Budget
I’m sure you have heard it a million times, I cannot stress that enough, and sadly there is no sexy way to put it, YOU NEED A MAKE A BUDGET. The companies you work for or aspire to work for do it at the end of their financial year and because you are the CEO of your own life, you should take it upon yourself to budget your money.

  1. Increase your savings to accomplish your goals
This is best done if you have a goal in mind, for example if your short term goal is to save up for that to die for HP laptop that costs Kshs 60,000, saving Kshs 10,000 religiously every month for the next 6 months will enable you accomplish that goal.
  1. Plan for the year
Considering the budget you have come up with you will get a clearer picture of how much you are able to save, for emergencies as well as save for that end of year trip/ related expenses, start saving now and you will end up saving smaller amounts as opposed to crash savings/ swiping you credit card.

  1. Begin investing 
Investing money you have saved allows you to grow your money at a much faster rate, while banks may give you an average interest rate of 3% investing in the stock market may propel the interest you get to on average 10% and some of them as high as 30%, again this will all be determined by the goals you have set for the year.

Contributor Elizabeth Karina.


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