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Monday, February 13, 2012

'From Self LOVE to Matrimony'- Relationship & Intimacy Seminar

Mind on the Matter in partnership with
Another Avenue Cultural Resource Center

Dr. Jeff Menzise; Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Relationship Expert, Spiritual Life Coach

March 24, 2012

From Self-Love to Matrimony
Relationship and Intimacy Seminar
• How to break the dysfunctional relationship cycle.
• How to enhance and improve your current relationship.
• Techniques for cultivating sexual energy.
•Methods for improving sexual and reproductive health.
• The TRUE meaning ofLove
• And much more...

Cost: Love Offering ($2 minimum to cover meeting space)
Individual Consultations Available: (Must schedule in advance)
-Personality & Sexual Compatibility
-Relationship Ready: Self Improvement Plans
-Holistic Regimen for Reproductive & Sexual Health -Etc.
Pre-Register! Seating is limited!!!
Mind on the Matter

For more info contact:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Nashville Women's Empowerment Workshop Series

No more excuses, it’s time to turn your dream of owning and operating a business into reality. If you have the desire to start your own business, you are ready to make a positive change, attend The Nashville Women’s Empowerment Workshop Series


PRLog (Press Release) - Feb 03, 2012 -
Nashville, TN: February 1, 2012 - On March 17, 2012- Announcing the launch of the cutting- edge and trend- setting Nashville Women’s Empowerment Workshop Series.  The theme for the Nashville event is “Creating Economic Impact through Entrepreneurship.” The workshop is the first of its series, which is inspired by the books authored by Renee Bobb herself called Start Smart: A Women’s Entrepreneur Guide to Starting a Business.  Upon registration each workshop participant will receive a complimentary autographed copy.

The Nashville Women’s Empowerment Workshop Series was created to supply women with the necessary tools to become a competitive and successful entrepreneur.  Empowering everyday women who are having a challenging time securing employment and meeting the financial needs of the household has been the driving force, said Renee.  I want to encourage the participants to tap into their passion and turn it into a profitable business.  Even if they have to start part- time and transform it into a full- time industry.  Our mission is to train women on how to become a CEO and, then, capitalizing on its intrinsic rewards.  The women will obtain a clear appreciation for their purpose and how to execute it efficiently.

Who should attend this event? -Women who are unhappy in their current jobs or desire to start a business.  The workshop also accommodates women seeking a life- change or even women who are current authors/experts and business owners.  The event will cover a variety of topics to include; how to start a business, creative financial resources to start a business, overcoming the fear and challenges when starting a business, building a support system to help you start your business and create a step- by- step income generating process that will produce results.  The women’s empowerment event embraces a compilation of opportunities for women on the rise.

Guest Speakers Include:
Lenore Gilbert, Mary Kay Sales Director for over 9 years, Owner of A and L Cleaning Services as well as Realtor with Century 21.

Renee Bobb, CEO of R.B.I. Enterprise, Radio and TV Talk Show Host, Empowerment Coach and Trainer for several non-profit agencies. She is also the author of 9 books.

Ann Haney, Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker. She is also the CEO of Living Abundance Couponing and Aaron Publishing Company

Trzana Staples, Author and CEO of Another Avenue Cultural Resource Center

Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm.
Cost: $45 Early Bird Registration (before February 18, 2012)
          $75 Regular Registration
Location: Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. The Goodwill Lifsey Training Center, 937 Herman St. Nashville, TN 37208

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

For more information about the Nashville Women’s Empowerment Workshop Series, visit

R.B.I. Enterprise is an Empowerment Training and Development Firm that specializes in Financial Empowerment, Career Development, Small Business Coaching and Book Publishing Training. Renee is the host of the weekly Radio Show called, “Empowerment Talk for Today’s Women,” which airs on 760AM The Gospel in Nashville, TN and She is also the author and publisher of 9 books. For more information contact us via email at or by phone (615) 753- 5647.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Health advocate plants seeds of change in North Nashville neighborhood Personal transformation inspires Trazana Staples to share knowledge with others

The kitchen table was filled with color on family night at Trazana Staples’ house.
Staples’ daughter Erica chopped spinach as son-in-law Roy stirred a sizzling pot of red and green pepper with onion. Staples prepared a kale salad while her grandson Joseph, 8, zipped through the kitchen carrying the peel from a banana.

“Is this for compost?” he asked of a bag by the back door heading out to Staples’ 15 garden beds.
After turning from fast-food to a diet of fresh vegetables — and losing more than 140 pounds — Staples has become an advocate for healthier eating in her North Nashville neighborhood, one of the largest food deserts in the city. She founded an organization called Another Avenue Cultural Resource Center that she hopes will help engage her neighbors. So for this month’s installment of Nashville Cooks, Staples invited us to her home for family night to show us how she prepares a healthy, simple Mexican feast for six — with plenty of leftovers — for less than $50.

“I’m discovering food in a whole new light — it’s a mind, body and spirit journey.”

Healthy changes

Just a few years ago, Staples weighed more than 300 pounds. And though she had tried to lose weight with Weight Watchers and diet pills, her health continued to decline. She’d had multiple surgeries in her 20s and 30s and had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and as pre-diabetic. Her doctor warned her that she needed to decide whether to live or die.

Then in 2007, Staples saw the movie Food Inc., and began making connections with those in the local food community. She also focused on growing her own food, a skill she had learned from her 103-year-old grandfather in Ohio. “I’ve been around the garden all my life,” she said.

And indeed, when she asked him the secret to his longevity, he had two tips: He grew everything he ate, she said, and he didn’t chase women.

These days, Staples says she grows her food or finds it at the farmers’ market. While her winter garden includes turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, garlic and fava beans, she’ll later have strawberries, blackberries, herbs, corn, peas, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, sweet potatoes and anything else she can fit on her half-acre of land near Tennessee State University.

 But in addition to growing food as her grandfather does, Staples takes health a step further by preparing food, whether it be Mexican or soul food, in healthy ways. She’ll saute greens in olive oil, for example, rather than cook them for hours in animal fat.

Inspiring others

On her weekly family night, Staples invites her children and grandchildren for a meal.
“We cook, eat, probably watch a movie, talk,” Erica said.
“And enjoy family,” her husband Roy added.
So as Erica heated tortillas in a pan, filling them with the sauteed vegetables, Staples added dressing to her kale salad.

She named the healthy properties of the green — such as antioxidants — as she worked. Then, as they filled plates for the children, they opened the quesadillas and added chopped spinach and mashed avocado. It’s these easy but effective lessons that make Staples’ message strong, and she hopes her kitchen and garden will become a resource center for those in her community, which has a high rate of unemployment and diet-related illnesses.

“Because I’ve been able to help myself,” she said, “I want to be able to share it with others.”
She hopes to empower her neighbors and encourage them to take responsibility for their health through Another Avenue’s programs, which could include a natural foods co-op.

“Once you start applying it to your life every day, it becomes easier. I feel good,” she said. “Anyone can do it, and I love food.”

Written by:Jennifer JustusThe Tennessean|head