Welcome to another week on the Wellness Corner with Cassandra.
Can you believe that 2021 has finally arrived? I am not sure about you friends, but I am believing that this year will bring progressive change, great health and meaningful collaborations. We have all suffered in the midst of racial injustice, a pandemic, and the misuse of power. I hope that through these trials that we have all learned to put our mental health first, to reach higher toward our goals, and find gratitude in the smaller everyday things in life. May you be encouraged to use the inspiration that you find within yourself and others to support wellbeing and wellness in your daily walk. Together we can learn and grow from our collective stories, experiences, and accomplishments!
In celebration of Black History Month
I wanted to recognize a trailblazer who as a mother, entrepreneur, program developer and music instructor is bringing light to our country. Kybra Minisee is a trained violinist, who’s education includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Masters of Science in Food Science and Technology. Her lived experiences, as well as her scholarly training has given her the fuel to impact her community through music and entrepreneurship. At an early age, Kybra recognized the importance of music and business, and in her sophomore year of high school began teaching private lessons from her own studio.
As an accomplished violinist
Kybra has played for Colin Powel, Judge Joe Brown, and the California Association of Black Lawyers. She has also performed internationally and domestically. Those performances have included notable artists such as Solange, Phil Wickman, Jon Foreman, Israel Houghton, Switchfoot, and RY-X.
Kybra’s tenacity and strive for excellence can be seen through both her blossoming companies, Crescendo Conservatory of Arts as well as her nonprofit organization Love Notes Alliance. When asked, what inspires her the most, she gracefully left me with some tokens of wisdom:
“I am inspired by the creativity, the innovation, brilliance, and the resiliency of my people. With every obstacle and system created to destroy us-yet still we rise. I am also inspired and slightly obsessed with the potential for greatness possessed by each child. It is my goal to ignite confidence, passion, and excellence in my students.”
Ajaba Naturals and the Wellness Corner with Cassandra wants you to know that we see you Kybra Minisee and recognize your positive impact on all the communities in which you serve. Thank you for being a Trailblazer who inspires us through music, self-care, and ambition.
Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes to inspire good health, beauty and the light inside of you
Blueberry Lavender Pineapple Smoothie
Place all ingredients into the blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes. Remove from the blender and enjoy!
This week friends take a little time out for yourself to be inspired. Run a warm bath and indulge in some much needed self-care. Open your mind to new possibilities of love, success, healing and joy. To help get you started in the process I wanted to share one of my favorite lavender soaps listed on the Ajaba Naturals website. “Lavender- the color and scent for relaxation, youthfulness, creativity, imagination and optimism”, dates back over 2000 years ago. Known for its use in beauty, health and wellness lavender is a key stable in self-care. Ajaba Naturals Lavender soap bar has a non-drying all natural formula that leaves your skin moisturized, and nurtured, with a soft floral scent. Supporting your need for relaxation and exploring creative thoughts. It comes in a beautiful hand-crafted soap bar, that is a great accent for any bathroom décor. Grab a bar for yourself and friend! And may you be inspired to live a life full of greatness and purpose!