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LipService: July 2014
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LipService: A Lips and Hips Newsletter
July 2014
MONTHLY FEATURE
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Freedom: Fights for Rights
What a month we had!  Since we've talked to you last, a lot has been going on.  Besides just generally enjoying summer, we held our DPDX Power Edition that was energizing and affirming.  We also launched a lipgloss line.  Yes! You heard right. More on that below.  This month, we also celebrated Independence Day.  This year's holiday had us reflecting not only on our country's freedom and independence, but the notion of personal independence throughout society.  

This past April, the world watched in horror as 273 Nigerian school girls lost their freedom. Kidnapped by terrorists from their school campus, these young girls were forcibly torn away from personal and societal freedoms.  230 have still not been rescued. The Bring Back Our Girls campaign
(http://bringbackourgirls.us/) is a community of concerned activists and community members dedicated to keeping up awareness for the young girls and ultimately aiding in their return. Use #bringbackourgirls continuously to help inform your networks about the status of the girls and the movement.

All over the world, people are fighting for freedom.  From the conflict at the Gaza Strip, to children immigrants here in the United States, folks are fighting to defend what independence means for them.  What does freedom mean to you?  How does your freedom shape your experience with this world and with yourself?  Do you feel like you are fighting too?

Stay engaged with our Facebook page as we bring awareness to current events happening all over the globe.  Like our page and join in the conversation!  Learn more about all of our campaign work online as well at http://lipsandhipsonline.org.  
News Briefs
Lips & Hips DPDX - Power
Last month, L&H held another amazing Dream. Plan. Do. Xperience!  This event's theme was POWER and we felt power throughout the whole day. Our day included an amazing panel, workshops, vendors, musical and comedy entertainment, and spiritual guidance.  Check out some of the pictures by
B. More You Photography and check out our vendors too: Rebel Nell Power of Girlhood FnPhenomenal Conversation Pieces by Lisa Lewis









Many Facets of HER - The L&H LipGloss
Last month, L&H officially launched our new lipgloss line called, The Many Facets of HER -- an organic, vegan lip gloss line dedicated to all of the splendor of being a woman. Purchases of our lip gloss help to support our year round efforts to support women DREAMING, PLANNING and DOING the life they were purposed for.  The line includes 8 awesome shades that reflect every side of a woman's personality.  Keep your eye on our newsletter, because next month we'll be having a contest for our readers to win some new gloss and other special prizes!  The gloss is $16, and you can purchase directly from our website:
lipsandhipsonline.org.
 
Upcoming Events
Here's what's going on in the L&H community:
 
Get Out the Vote! Michigan Primary Elections August 5, 2014
Primary elections are held to nominate candidates for Federal, State and Local offices.  General elections follow in November.  To find out if you are registered and to find your polling location, visit
https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/.  To see all candidates running, visit 2014 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing.


Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend September 12-13, 2014
The Palace of Auburn Hills

Oprah creates and leads an all-new weekend experience, an unprecedented arena tour that will engage, encourage, and empower. Not only will you see the possibilities of a new life—the life you want—you’ll leave transformed and ready to take charge and make it happen. Oprah will be joined by her hand-picked life trailblazers including Iyanla Vanzant, Rob Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Mark Nepo.  For ticket information, visit http://www.oprahweekend.com/events/register/auburn-hills.  
 
Get to Know Us! + Affirmations
This month, we asked the L&H leadership class to share their personal affirmations with us on how freedom is expressed in their lives.

Why affirmations?  Intentionally choosing positive, self-affirming thoughts help train the mind into healthy habits and attract positivity into your life!
Celeste
I release all fears of not being perfect. I am good enough. I am perfect in my own way. I let go of all expectations. I am free to live the life I've dreamed. I let go of the need to help others. I allow others to make their own way.
 
Yodit
I forgive myself.  I have the grace to forgive others because I am worthy and they are too. 
  
Liz
Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in this present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.

Charmin
I am more than enough. I am worthy of all great things.

Praveena
Feed what feeds my soul. No longer the martyr.
 
Janice
Everything I need will come to me at the right time and place in this life.

Jasmine
I am created in my Father's image. I am His beloved daughter. He qualifies me in every aspect of my life. I am more than enough!

Lori
I am happy.
Biz Spotlight: Insite the R.I.O.T.

Every month, we celebrate women-centric businesses that embody the L&H "Dream. Plan. Do." model.  This month, we are spotlighting Allandra Bulger aka "Insite the R.I.O.T." of New Heights Edutainment Company.
 
Allandra is an artist, author, speaker, change agent and the founder of New Heights, an edutainment company that promotes perseverance, expanding self-awareness and overcoming limited thinking. The primary message of her work is to know yourself, love yourself, and let your light shine. Allandra blends her previous experiences in nonprofit leadership, community advocacy, and artistic expression to leverage New Heights' message through performances, workshops, and speaking engagements.
 
To date, Allandra has independently released two music projects, Away With Words (EP) and A Way With Words Vol. 2 (Mixtape). She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and holds a masters degree from Oakland University. Allandra recently performed at the Lips & Hips Dream. Plan. Do. Xperience in June.  For more information and booking, visit:
 www.insitetheriot.com.



Resources:
Independence is a constant right women and girls struggle to gain every day.  This month, we're featuring a campaign and resources to help others and yourself on this journey.
 
John Legend, RYOT and the Burkle Global Impact Initiative are teaming up to launch the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge, a fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls.  Everything launches on Wednesday, July 9th at 12:00pm ET and runs through Monday, August 18th at 11:59:59am ET.
  • The team that raises the most during the Challenge wins a $50,000 donation
  • Second place gets $20,000
  • Third gets $10,000
And, there will be weekly Bonus Challenges for charities to win up to another $20,000!
The best part of the Challenge is that even if you don't win any of the grand prize money, you get to keep the money you raise during the campaign. So, so great.  Visit the challenge here:
www.crowdrise.com/OperationGirl

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Rosetta Thurman, founder of the Happy Black Woman, features several blog posts, workbooks, and webinars for women to promote their business ideas. Women can learn how to become better bloggers, devote time and money to their personal business ventures, and maintain their happiness along the way.
 
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