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Woman Making Moves: Sesame Mosweu

Posted by Editor On May - 24 - 2011

Sesame Mosweu is taking Bostwana media industry by storm; a true MOGUL in the making. She is not only a radio and TV presenter but an actress, lawyer and entrepreneur. Sesame has been on radio for 4 years and television since she was 19 years old.

Woman Making Moves: Jinna Mutune

Posted by Editor On May - 23 - 2011

A young, energetic rising star, Jinna Mutune is an aspiring Director from Eastern Africa whose native country of East Africa provides the perfect backdrop and inspiration for her creative mind. Jinna majored in Directing and Producing at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance [AFDA, Johannesburg, South Africa] and a course in Film Studies from the Houston Community College in Texas, USA and Fitchburg University (MA)

Woman Making Moves: Lisa Mundembe-Chuma

Posted by Editor On May - 23 - 2011

Apart from being an International Speaker for Schools in the UK, Lisa Mundembe-Chuma, originally from Zimbabwe is also the founder of Inspirational Woman Magazine a global women’s magazine that promotes unity amongst all women and celebrates women despite possible differences.

Woman Making Moves: Tiffany Aliche

Posted by Editor On May - 23 - 2011

Tiffany Aliche, better known as ‘The Budgetnista’ describes herself as a preschool teacher, tomboy, travelnista, social butterfly, chatterbox turned financial coach, speaker and author. A passionate teacher of financial empowerment, the New Jersey native earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University and passed up a career in corporate America to teach undeserved youth in Newark, NJ.

Woman Making Moves:Amanda Ebokosia

Posted by Editor On May - 23 - 2011

Amanda Ebokosia is the founder and CEO of The Gem Project, Inc. The Gem Project is a nonprofit organization that educates school-age children, youth, and young adults about issues that are affecting them and their communities. Through the use of the organization's innovative programs, the Gem Project is able to hone the skills of leadership and community organizing skills of our youth.

Woman Making Moves:TolumiDE

Posted by Editor On May - 23- 2011

TolumiDE, pronounced toe-LU-me-day, is a Nigerian - Canadian Singer and Songwriter. Her name is a fusion of er first name Tolu and last name Olumide. TolumiDE who currently lives in Washington, DC was born in Toronto, Canada, she attended Primary and High School in Lagos, Nigeria and later studied Fine Art in the University in Toronto, Canada.

Woman Making Moves: Vickie Remoe

Posted by Editor On May - 23 - 2011

While in grade school, most of the comments from her teachers on her report card noted "very clever but too talkative” what they did not know was that Vickie was destined for greatness with her skill. Born and raised in Sierra Leone, host Vickie Remoe, who is currently in Freetown, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, U.S.A

Woman Making Moves: Myne Whitman

Posted by Editor On May - 23 - 2011

Nigerian blogger and author, Nkem Akinsoto is greatly known in the blogsphere by her pen name Myne Whitman. The full time writer and blogger has a Masters degree in Public Health Research but decided to follow her childhood dreams of writing popular fiction to get people writing.

Marriage Enhancements for 2011

Posted by AfroElle On 2:38 AM
Tiffany and her husband Marty

We’re all well aware that 2011 is lurking right around the corner. Starting January 1st, many of us will commence new endeavors: dieting, vowing to attend church every week, saving more money, and other personal promises that help define a New Year and a new you.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but my marriage is something that I’m constantly trying to improve, not just for the New Year, but 365 days a year. Particularly with newlyweds, it’s important to practice good relationship habits from the beginning. In time, those habits will become natural patterns.

Here are a few things I’d like my husband, Marty, and me to work on in 2011. Maybe you and your hubby will take the journey with us?

1. Turn off the TV… and the laptop… and the iPhone
The television became an embedded part of our lives decades ago. But over the past few years, other forms of technology have taken over. We watch TV, send e-mails and texts almost subconsciously. But making time for your partner is more important than any reality TV show, text message or website, right?

My suggestion: Choose two days a week (perhaps Tuesday and Thursday) that you and your husband will eat a quiet dinner at the table with no gadgets in sight. Talk about your day at work or your plans for the upcoming weekend. It really doesn’t matter what you discuss – the point is to communicate. And if it seems forced at first, as I said before, in time it’ll become a natural pattern. A lot of husbands might dread this one-on-one time, but a couple hours each week won’t hurt.

2. Get up and get out
I’ve read many magazine articles and blog posts claiming that weekly date nights are crucial to improving communication and intimacy in marriage. While I don’t necessarily disagree, I do think weekly dates are a bit much for some couples, especially when work and kids take up so much of your time and energy.

My suggestion: As an alternative, plan a bi-weekly or monthly date night instead. It’ll give you and him something to look forward to. If possible, try skipping dinner and a movie. Let loose a little bit. For instance, hubby and I plan on trying indoor rock climbing next month.

3. Stay fit… together
Exercising with your spouse is a great way to bond, spend quality time together and help both of you physically look your best. Join a gym, run a few laps around your subdivision, go swimming at your local YMCA or join a salsa class – there are tons of ways to get fit with your beau.

My suggestion: After working all day Monday through Friday, there’s only one place I want to go after 5 p.m.: home. We’ve got a Wii Fit that’s been collecting dust for months. My plan is to bring it back downstairs to the living room where we can no longer avoid it. We’ll work out, together, in the privacy of our living room. So can you! And if you’ve got kids, working out at home is an easy, fun way to get the whole family in shape together. Doesn’t that sound fun?

So, that’s my two cents. What will you do to improve your marriage in 2011?

Writer's Bio:

Tiffany Maberry, a Hartford, Conn. native, has been writing professionally for over a decade. Her writing credits include The Hartford Courant, Urban Influence, The (GSU) Signal, The Professional: Connecting Atlanta (the official newsletter of the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals) and various corporate/private publications and blogs.

Tiffany and her husband, Marty, married in June 2009 in Jamaica after dating for six years. The couple is enjoying married life before starting a family. They currently live in Atlanta. Visit Tiffany’s blog, The Chocolate Knot, follow her on Twitter @KnotChocolate or e-mail her at [email protected]


2 Response to "Marriage Enhancements for 2011"

  1. Sommer J Said,

    Very good tips, Tiffany! I agree, working on your marriage all year long should be the case. Especially harder when children are in the picture. Excellent post.


  2. Kathy Said,

    Love the article Tiffany! And great points! Matt and I will have to try some of them out! Thanks for sharing.


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