Month: May 2013

Look of the day!!

Boy have I been busy!!! I’ve been taking pictures but not posting them due to not having enough time in my day. I’m in the middle of rebranding my photography & event planning business, the good news is I’m just about done and ill be sharing my new pages soon. Here’s a quick look at my new logos!!

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So what do you think, aren’t they cute!

So getting back to my outfit of the day, on this day I attended an event called pretty in pink. I had a pink dress I planned on wearing but I’ve lost another 6 pounds and can no longer fit the dress. So I rushed out to my local Forever21 and found these off white studded jeans and pink sheer blouse. I found the shoes at TJMaxx for $7.00 in clearance by Jessica Simpson.

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Stay tuned for more looks I have many to share with you & Happy Memorial Day!!!

I HAVE PRE-CANCER, there I said it!!!

I have PRE-CANCER!!! There I said and it felt good to let it out!! I’ve been thinking for a while if I would share this not so exciting news to any ones else besides the ones I love and today I decided is the day. Whew what a relief I feel so much better and I don’t have this knot in my stomach every moment of the day (it was almost like my dirty little secret), but wait should I keep it a secret when I can share my story and help so many others?

We get busy in our lives and sometimes don’t take a moment to stop, breath, and take care of oneself. Being a mommy, wife, business owner, and athlete sometimes we let things get in the way and don’t take time to get ourselves checked out (blood work, yearly paps, mammograms, and etc.).

I’ve held this in thinking no one will really want to hear my problems or will really care, we as people get so caught up in our lives and family dynamics we forget to check on our loved ones (family & friends). So why bother them with bad news about me, they have their own things going on right? I’ve realized holding it in doesn’t help, if anything it was making me a little insane (LOL).

For me it was an appointment to talk about getting these tubes tied, no more babies for me! My Dr. required an exam, a pap smear before I can get my tubes done (a microscopic examination of cells scraped from the opening of the cervix, a screening test for cervical cancer). Sure no problem I get these done all the time, a week or two passes and I get a phone call stating I needed a colposcopy (being examined with a microscope), due to abnormal cells on the cervix. Sure no problem I’ve been through this before pregnant with my youngest two kids, they have always told me my immune system is lower and after pregnancy I should be fine so no worries over here, at least I thought. Two weeks pass by and I get the phone call that made me slightly numb, basically I was told I have Stage 3 Precancerous Cells Cervix also known as, CIN3: Serious abnormal cell growth in the intraepithelial.


I just received this news and soon as I hang up the phone I am all over Google researching as I have a mini heart attack. At first I was ok but after some thought I cried my eyes out thinking about all the what ifs (my mind is all over the place).

So it’s been about a month as I patiently wait to have my surgery (Leep Procedure) scheduled, all the while still having my up and down days with a little depression. This past Saturday I ran the Susan G Kolman Race for Cancer and I saw so many signs on people backs that were in memory of a loved one or someone that beat cancer, talk about an emotional race for me. That moment made me realize I need to share this experience with others and if it helps just one person then I did my job! You may think your fine but symptoms may not all ways show like in my case. So I am asking you all to make sure you get your annual checkups and if you haven’t yet or have never had one in your life, today is the day to make a change!

I thank the few family and friends that have told for being supportive through this time, love you all…


We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I am a Half Marathoner! Recap

On Sunday I ran my first Half Marathon 13.1 Miles, I trained about 10 weeks for this marathon and played kick ball at the same time so sometimes I had my challenges getting my runs in. My journey started Sat morning with a car ride to Myrtle Beach from Atlanta. I rode with two of my kickball team mates which made it even easier since we already had a bond from being on the same team. Myrtle Beach here we come! IMG_7363 IMG_7367 IMG_7369 IMG_7370

Hey I had to get comfortable, LOL! After navigation getting us lost for about an hour we finally arrived in Myrtle Beach around 3:30 p.m. at the expo to pick up our race bibs. While picking up our bibs we saw fellow Black Girl Run members and our kickball team mates.

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Finally were headed to our rooms and to dinner to meet the rest of the BGR ladies at Hard Rock Cafe.

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So dinner is done and it bed time, I have  got a big race in the morning. Oh wait we have to take pics of our race gear before we hit the sheets!

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  Rise & shine its 6:00 a.m. and its race day! I wasn’t to excited till I woke up, Beast Mode On! Yes I am crunk and ready for this race but first a few pics and I can’t forget to take my pain killers from my foot injury I occurred while training for my half marathon (heck no I wasn’t going to let that stop me).

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So I’m here I cant believe this day has finally arrived, as I stand at the 6:00 minute mile mark which I have no business standing at, I need to be way back in the 12:00 minute mile mark but hey I know they will be passing me up so let take a pic and get ready for this race.


As I waited for the race to start my nerves were bad and I knew I needed to get my Nano 7 ready, I’ve got a long  journey ahead of me. There goes the gun and I’m off! I hit my start button and I started my race  down the strip to the unknown watching the sea  of ladies run past me I felt my self get a little emotional, I couldn’t believe I was doing it! My nano spoke to me and told me I had just completed one mile, I thought in my head, “you have got to be kidding me that feel like three miles”! This is when I knew I was in for a challenging race. Everything was great and I paced myself until I reached mile four and could feel my foot starting to give me problems already, this is not good :-(. So as I struggled I decided to do the best I can and finish the rest even if I had to walk most of it. So I ran for a few miles and then would walk about a half a mile, and then run a little more.  This technique seemed to work for me until I got to mile ten, my body was tightening up on the right side. My quads were killing me, and my calves from running on my toes for most of the race. I decided to walk at mile ten and then run the rest of the way, when I got to mile eleven the plan was to run all the way to the finish line.  I can do this I run 5K’s 3 days a week right, reality check Genae you just ran 11 miles so right now you can’t LOL! I did a really good stretch before I started running mile eleven,  I got about a half a mile and started walking again, I was beat and felt defeated but I wasn’t giving up. I walked and ran until I hit that last mile, here I come! I mustered up all the energy I had left in me and sprinted that last mile to the finish line. I saw so many of my BGR sisters rooting me on as I ran through the finish, I did it I’m finished! I thought I might cry when I was done but I didn’t instead I was about to fall out from trying to catch my breath. I received my medal and now it was time to celebrate, picture time!

I finshed my race in 2 hours and 40 mins, not to bad since my practice time was 3 hours.


Next time I would like to finish within 2 hours and 30 mins

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What an awesome feeling and experience! My name is Genae and I am a Half Marathoner & a Black Girl that RUNS!

OK so now Ive got the bug im thinking of a Mini Triathalon in my future  :-).


The best advice I can give anyone for a race:

  1. Try to find a workout buddy that has similar goals, you will inspire each other and push each other at the same time.
  2. Make sure you get fitted for the proper running shoes at a professional running store
  3. Stay Hydrated
  4. Make sure you cross train, its important you add strength training to the mix
  5. Never wear or try anything new on race day, train in what you plan to wear on that day
  6. Pace yourself
  7. The most important advice I can give is run your race no one else’s

Black Girls Run: Atlanta Preserve the Sexxy

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting the Preserve the Sexy Tour in Atlanta. There were many speakers that consist of having healthier hair, eating healthier, using the correct running gear, and singer Q Parker from singing group 112 was a guest speaker. The tour focused on a program called, “walk before you run” which helps you transition into to running.

Ashley & Toni the founders shared how they started BGR and a little bit about them selves when it comes to their eating habits and working out.

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