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Speak Up for Your Health

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One Fact

The use of herbs and spices for health has been around since the era of the Egyptians.


One Tip

Check out Turmeric and learn how you add it to your diet this year.


One Recipe


Turmeric Broth Detox Soup

1-2 Tablespoons of oil

1 onion- diced

1 Tablespoons of fresh ginger finely minced

4-5 cloves of garlic minced

2 teaspoons of turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon of mustard seed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

4 cups of water

4 cups of vegetable stock

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lime or lemon juice


In a large pot or dutch oven sauté onion in olive oil for two minutes

Add ginger and salute for 2 minutes

Add all the spices and cook 1 more minute

Add water, stock and salt

Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes

Add vinegar or citrus

Taste and add more of what you like.


You can anything to this broth once you simmer it. I added one bunch of Kale and 1/2 pound of shrimp for three minutes


Let me know if you try this one, it is delicious.


Cheers to Living One Jazzy Life

Janice Saunders, MBA

Certified Professional Life Coach New York University

Your Speaking Skills Mentor


Speaking skills coaching can help you define what is important to you, not your mother, father, preacher or teacher, but what is important to YOU. Together you and I can work to use great speaking skills to align your daily activities to support the personal and professional life that equals your One Jazzy Life. Hit reply to schedule some time to talk.

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Speaking Skills Tip

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When you feel like no one is listening and you have great information to share there may be some concrete techniques you can apply to improve how others perceive YOU and your level of expertise in any particular area.

When you use your voice to speak up in a lower vocal tone you are perceived to have greater confidence. Perception  is reality. Women with high voices have great command over many subjects however, they can be perceived as having greater confidence by lowering the vocal tone. Think about it this week when you are listening to others in general.

You can practice lowering your tone in everyday conversations and when you have a presentation to give in school, at work or in your community. Keep it as natural as possible.

leave a comment below on how your practice goes.

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4 Steps to creating your One Jazzy Life in 2016

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How have you begun the New Year?

My desire for you this 2016 is that you embrace these 4 Pillars of Living One Jazzy Life and that you SPEAK UP every chance you get using your actions and words to move towards the vision you have in each of the pillars listed below a reality.

New Years exercise… grab a sheet of paper or write in your journal your thoughts on these few questions to begin the year.

Know your vision… finish these sentences with your words.


Pillar #1

Good health for me is ….

I am committed to …………………to make this vision my good health a reality.


Pillar #2
Financial stability to me is……

I believe people with an abundance of money are……


Pillar #3
Career success in 2016 means I ….

It is critical that I do……………….to achieve this career success in 2016.


Pillar #4

I am Expressing Sincere Happiness when I am…..

Describe what you are doing when you are expressing sincere happiness and what you can do to get more of that feeling in your life.
This short excretes is over. Congratulations on giving yourself the gift of reflection on what you would like to see in 2016 and what actions you are committed to taking to move the process in a positive direction. In the larger scheme of things you are ahead of your peers because many women don’t take the time to visualize what they desire and put a few things in place to make them happen.


If you would like to review these pillars in more depth, hit reply and let me know and I will send you a workbook.


Cheers to living One Jazzy Life

Janice, Speaking Skills Mentor to Urban Girls

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Theme Song

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One of my clients admits that the holiday season drives her crazy. Her mother, brother, co-workers, friends seem to all swallow a crazy pill and loose it. Not to mention her mate. The stress of making it “perfect” for everyone is what she suffers from right after the last Thanksgiving left over has been eaten. The good news is that a recent article published in the Guardian said that stress related misery does not kill you faster.

In a coaching session this past week she mentioned using her theme song, my private clients all know about this technique. Her song was the gospel song with the lyric that said “Pray about it when you don’t know what to do because God still answers prayers”

She was ready, she had her song, she pressed play and she shared joy of the coming holiday in the mist of all the insanity of making the season perfect. The pursuit of perfection can be good and bad however,  remembering that old saying “reach for the moon and you will hit the stars”, is what her theme song took her to. On the way to perfection there is joy, peace, gratitude and love this season.

Oddly enough I took that lyric and not knowing the melody of the song, made one up and applied it to many situations this past week in my life.

When a school lost my sons middle school application after sending me an email that they received, I applied the lyric. I prayed about it, because God still answers prayer. They let me resend it.

When another school said they could not honor my sons application. I replied to the email and prayed about it because God still answers prayer. They responded and said they will be scheduling an interview for him.

Before I opened his test scores, I prayed about it, because God still answers prayer. I am sure he can read and understands math.

My intention for you from this story is that having a song lyric or an affirmation that is short and one that you can look to how that lyric or affirmation has carried you through life,  time and time again helps when overwhelm sets in during the holidays and everyday life.


Cheers to living One Jazzy Life


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3 Tips on Beginning Traditions

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Holiday fun should be just that, FUN. You never want to feel overwhelmed or like you’re dreading the day of your event. Trust me, some people handle hosting holiday get together better than others. Keep these tips in mind when embarking on creating your traditions this year that can last for years to come.


# Begin with the VIBE !

Are you laid back or more formal? These are great places to begin because they can set the tone for what your tradition might be. You might have seen girlfriends of yours have a formal dinner for eight friends the first Saturday of the New Year or you may have seen Christmas tree trimming parties where the entire family is invited. Whatever your pleasure begin with who YOU want to celebrate with and the feelings YOU want to have while celebrating. At the moment sweet potatoes are baking in my house and that brings me to the different avenues you can use to create the VIBE you desire. Smells always conjure up certain feelings; so don’t forge to include scents when you are creating your VIBE.


# Think Small amounts of people and limit the amount of time !

Don’t you hate when you go to someone’s house and they just did not realize just how many people they invited to be over and to top it off they did not say when the party would end. When you are developing a tradition have the feeling you want to evoke dictate who is invited. If it is about family, then go with family and if it is about friends then go with friends. Think about the tradition you are beginning, will it be faith based, secular, competitive, learning … there are so many types of traditions that could be mentioned.


# When in doubt hire it out !

You may be saying to yourself “hire it out” yes, hire it out. You don’t have to cook, clean, and entertain. Choose one that plays to your strengths and hire out all the rest. For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, “hire it out” means pay someone else to do it. For example, you are a great cook but you can’t stand cleaning up and you don’t want your guest to feel obligated to help with cleaning before they leave, “hire this out” and have it being done while the event is going on. Then when everyone is gone, so is all the trash, the dishes are washed and life is good.


Make the decision to speak up with your actions and  have JOY in all you do this holiday season and have the traditions you develop be a cornerstone.

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Add Your Brand Of Love

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Add Your Brand Of Love

I don’t often talk about love because it is so personal to everyone and so different. In all of these differences you can use great speaking skills to begin to share your brand of love with yourself and with others when you are clear on what your brand of love is.

In conversations with your aunts or cousins that are on topics that you know may trigger you to start feeling less than 100% confident about your life, be armed with topics that share your brand of love.

For example, when that conversation comes up about you going to graduate school and you just have not made up your mind about what that might mean for your life, have something to share that you have made up your mind about. You may have just started a new position, taken on a leadership role in your church or have gone on a wonderful trip, be prepared to share about all the things you love in your life when conversations go to a place you are not interested in going. Yes, we all have stuff we love in our lives.


my brand of love involves sharing about the speaking skills training I am doing with young people

You have been in conversations where this has been done professionally many times. You may hear someone ask about what is happening on project A and the answer is on a subset of project of A that is going really well.

When you are prepared to share the good things that are going on in your life regardless to weather they answer the question you were asked when with family during the holidays everyone wins. All family really wants to know is that you’re happy. How you are happy is not as important. Women that I have coached over the years have decreased stress during the holidays by being prepared to speak up about what they are enjoying in their life with confidence when in conversations on topics that may trigger them to into comparisons.

So prepare in advance two or three stories around the great stuff you have going on in your life and then ask them what they have been doing since the last time you each saw one another and keep smiling.

Cheers to living One Jazzy Life

Janice Saunders, Your Speaking Skills Mentor

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7 Steps to One Jazzy Life

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Get rid of those RATS of FEAR and REASONS and start living…

Conversation with Yourself


Sit Still

This just means take a moment and ask yourself, am I living the life I want to live with abundance, joy and happiness. When taking this moment, cut off your cell phone, computer, home phone and any other way you could be distracted and sit quietly. Review all areas of your life that you feel are important, relationships, career, financial, health, spiritual and others you may want to add. If an area gives you a feeling of distress, just note that in your mind. Try not to judge and condemn yourself. Note the areas you feel great about as well. Sit with this for a few minutes, you may be able to sit for ten minutes or two minutes, however long it takes do this exercise until you get through each area of your life you want to evaluate.


Record It, this means write it down.

Think about what living One Jazzy Life would mean to you, because it is different for everyone. Speak to yourself about what you want to do, what impact you want to make on the world and what difference this will this make for you and those you love. Take a moment and record on paper exactly what your One Jazzy Life would look like in one year and in five years. Create a colorful vision for each of the areas that are important to you and be free with this. By free I mean for you not to limit yourself to what you think is possible but create the best of the best for yourself and say it out loud.


Making Room for The New

In this step you speak to yourself about swapping out some of the old habits and replacing them with new habits and rituals that will support the newly created vision of your life. I am not saying drop your husband or partner of ten years but I am saying evaluate if they are a part of your vision and how they can support you and then use great speaking skills to talk with them about your direction.


Managing Your New Direction

For every great habit you will create there will be at least three people in your life who will not understand what you are doing or why. I am not saying that you should get rid of those people but I am saying that you may want to guard your vision. The old folks might have said to “keep it close to the vest”. You don’t need to speak to everyone about what you are up to; they will see by your deeds that things in your life are changing for the better.


Use What You Already Know

By this I mean for you to remember those conversations you have had with your aunts, grandmothers, sisters and moms where they would share little sayings like ” you know you need to get some rest” or ” you can’t get something for nothing.” I am sharing this to say that at some point you may have stopped listening to those conversations that built you up and gave you confidence and then doubt began to creep in and lay down some roots. I am requesting that you remember some of those conversations that have gotten you through and begin to apply them to implementing actions to make your vision a reality. Write a few in the comments sections so we can all learn from them.


Act Now

Don’t just identify your vision that is not enough and it will only leave you feeling unfulfilled. Now you have to step out on faith and take some actions. I recommend you start with swapping one habit that does not support your vision with one that does every week and keep this going for three months and see how you feel. Actions take discipline. You may have frequent conversation with yourself to add affirmations, visualizations, meditation and much more to keep yourself inspired and accountable for results. Actions create an aura around you that will attract opportunity.


Say Yes

The final step is saying yes. When an opportunity presents itself, it may not be what you thought but you have a good feeling about it, say yes.

Let me know what you’re doing in the comments section. If you need support just hit reply or shoot me an email at janicesaunders@onejazzylife.com.

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