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LipService: A Lips and Hips Newsletter
May 2014

Mother's Day: Replacing Flowers with Social Justice
Was it just us, or did mother’s day feel a little…different?  Of course, we all took part in celebrating the mothers in our lives.  Brunching, gifting, pampering.  You know, the usual.  But then, something else was happening around us.  Over the past month, celebrations turned into social justice movements all in the name of motherhood.
This Mother's Day, communities around the nation and world were also supporting, speaking, and teaching this Mother’s Day.  Using social media as a platform, people not only celebrated mothers, but we used the day and the month of May to bring awareness and start conversations.  The National Partnership for Women and Families spearheaded a weeklong
#WhatMothersNeed campaign to bring attention to issues that affect women, particularly mothers, and their economic security.  For instance, did you know that the United States is the only high-income country that does not have paid maternity leave?  
We also took to social media to help mothers halfway around the world
#BringBackOurGirls.  Kidnapped in April and largely ignored for weeks, almost 300 Nigerian school girls were taken from the security of family and friends with threats of being sold as wives.  On May 6, Girl Rising and Smart Girls hosted a "Call to Action" Google Hangout as a meeting of experts, organizers and passionate global citizens to discuss what's happening and what we can do to help and raise visibility.
Let’s continue to support our mothers – biological, spiritual, activist, global – by speaking up and speaking out.  Keep in touch with our Lips & Hips
Facebook page to stay updated on issues impacting mothers, and women, and join our conversation. 
Upcoming Events
L&H can’t contain all of the soul-stirring fun celebrating and encouraging women in the area. Look at what’s going on here and around us!
The DPDX Power Panel with friend Gloria Thomas (far right)

Lips & Hips DPDX: Dream. Plan. Do. Experience - Power Edition

I've got the POWER!  Are you ready?!  

Join the Lips & Hips team on June 21 from 9 am to 2 pm for our 3rd Dream. Plan. Do Xperience!  Our events are created with you in mind.  From the time we kick-off, we've thought of you every step of the way.

Local female thought leaders will share their personal, professional, spiritual, wellness, and financial experiences on our “Lip-Service Power Panel.”  Our panel will include:  Celeste Davis, Advocate, Justice is Love; Leseliey Welch, Principal Consultant, World Share, and Women’s Studies Lecturer, University of Michigan; Yodit Mesfin Johnson, Founder Lips and Hips; and Aisha Taylor, Founder, FNPhenomenal.

After the panel discussion, we’ll eat and "get moving."  Then, it's time to Dream, Plan and Do in sessions led by our dynamic team of facilitators.  You'll be inspired  and empowered from the outside in.

Please note: THIS IS NOT YOUR MOTHERS NETWORKING EVENT ;) Plan on being energized, and enlightened in new ways! Remember, this time is yours!  We want you to leave renewed, emboldened and filled with purpose.  Start dreaming!!!

Interested in being a vendor at the event?  Tables are $50.  Please contact Janice Gates at (313) 316-8425 or for more information.  

For tickets and more information, visit o
ur event page 

Tapping Your Feminine: Leading Your Life by Design!

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: The Garett Oasis, 29601 Little Mack Ave., Roseville, MI 48066 

In this powerful workshop hosted by Ber-Henda Williams, women will hold space for each other, discover archetypes, and lay the ground work for living out of who we are and not what we are.  

Join like-minded women who will hold space for you and collaborate with you as you midwife your next evolution into developing your feminine power. This circle of sisterhood will discuss: How to activate our sacred feminine energy (put you first), Re-engage our sensual side (this has nothing to do with a partner), Affirm new beliefs buy deleting old patterns that no longer serve us, and Create a personal statement that will hold us accountable to the new woman emerging!

Get to Know Us!
This month, we asked L&H team members: 
What song is your favorite tribute to mothers?
"Hey Mama" by Kanye West

"Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you. 'Cause I'm so proud of you. Let me tell you what I'm about to do.  Hey Mama, I know I act a fool but I promise I'm going back to school.  I appreciate what you allowed for me and I just want you to be proud of me."

Courtney + Janice
"A Song for Mamaby Boyz II Men

"Mama, mama, you're the queen of my heart
Your love is like tears from the stars
Mama, I just want you to know
Lovin' you is like food to my soul"

"Dear Mama" by Tupac

"Don't cha know we love ya? Sweet lady
Dear mama
Place no one above ya, sweet lady
You are appreciated
Don't cha know we love ya?"
This month, we'll begin providing monthly affirmations to help you center and prioritize your needs.  Why affirmations?  Intentionally choosing positive, self-affirming thoughts help train the mind into healthy habits and unleash your inner power!
Affirmations for Mothers and Others
I am fulfilling the greatest calling in the universe; being a mother.
I am exactly what my child needs.
I nurture myself so I can nurture my child.
My difficulties make me strong.
I love and accept myself exactly as I am.
I am the most powerful person in my world.
Biz Spotlight: Scarlet Communications

L&H celebrates women-centric businesses that embody our "Dream. Plan. Do." model.  This month, we are spotlighting Scarlet Communications - a communications and professional etiquette company that seeks to engage organizations with their clients by enlightening and empowering communities to achieve success. Scarlet Communications serves entrepreneurs and has offices in Detroit and Washington D.C., along with conducting training in 4 other states.

Scarlet Communications was founded in 2010 by Jacqueline Northrop Baker who consults, coaches, and trains companies in employee etiquette and engagement. Ms. Baker holds a bachelor's degree in public relations and a master's degree in instructional technology. She is also a certified Six Sigma greenbelt in process improvement. Learn more to see what Scarlet Communications can do for you and your community on their website:

Can't get enough of Scarlet Communications? Check out their blog 'Ask Scarlet' that answers your burning questions on how to address any situation. From how to behave at weddings to proper beer etiquette and how to handle difficult house guests, Scarlet has the answer! Follow their blog here.  
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