Real Life, Real Lessons, Real Talk: @IBFFNashville 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog but I’ve actually been off doing non-Tasha like things like sleeping late, reading fiction books, eating gummy bears, drinking other things at Starbucks besides my tall soy sugar free hazelnut latte and wearing non-gym clothes. All of us need a break from the norm.  Yet it all brings us back to ourselves.


I also went to a film festival this past weekend.


For someone who can’t seem to sit still for longer than ten minutes (especially in clothes not made of spandex) going to a film festival just seems like a ridiculous idea. I rarely even watch movies unless it involves 1) Morris Chestnut 2) My bed, an IPad and snacks 3) music and dance 4) Morris Chestnut 5) historical significance 6) free tickets or 7) Morris Chestnut. Yet, for the past few years, I’ve attended the International Black Film Festival in Nashville. Every year I come away with something.  This year, I was blown away, as a professional, as an African American, as a person who strives every day to live from her soul but still struggles from time time.

Morris Chestnut was not there.  Brett Dismuke, David E. Talbert and Lamman Rucker were and they were one hell of a combination. Continue reading

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Ready, Set, RESET!!!!!!!!!! #SparklingDetox Time


O.K. That’s enough of the talk. It’s time to do. The Sparkling Detox Challenge starts today.

And there is no better time than NOW!

I’ve talked about too much activity, not enough sleep. Can we just throw stress up in the mix and how those three have COMPLETELY jacked up my ENTIRE life? My body is somewhere floating in another stratosphere. My Starbucks bill might be running neck and neck with my student loans. I just lost it for a bit. And then that whole “mercury in retrograde” thing (never believed in it before but I read up on it this time and I swear it sounded like my autobiography).

I posted a quote on my Instagram a week or so ago that read, “If you’ve ever fallen down and lost your spark, get back up as the whole damn fire.” Well, I’m about to be one sparkling inferno.

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But let me drink this water first. Continue reading

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Under The Struggle Is The Sparkle: #SparklingDetox Ready

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it an only be changed from one form to another.” -Albert Einstein-

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I am currently in search of the form on this Earth that is walking around with my transferred energy. I.Am.Tired.

My days start early. Somewhere around 4:15 a.m. (one day, recently, it was 2:30 a.m.), I am up and getting dressed, going over choreography, solidifying personal training plans, answering emails, spending waaaaaay too much time on social media, counting the hours until I can take a nap or go to bed for the night and thinking about what I am going to drink and/or eat that’s going to give me the energy to make it through the two or three classes, several clients, blog posts, calls, errands and other life issues before I get there.

Coffee wins more than it should. It’s quick. It’s on the way to work. It tastes good. It gives me the warm fuzzies. Yet, like most things, I know better. I know what’s happening to my body and I know what I need to do. I’ve already admitted what my issue is and it’s also my solution. Continue reading

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Zumba. The End.

I am an emotional mess right now. For that reason, this could get long.  But I won’t make it long because short version is life goes on.

Zumba Huntsville


It is with every emotion in the world that I say yes, the rumors are true. I am hanging up my Zumba shoes….for the most part. As of September 30th, I will no longer be teaching the class that started out with me riding in a car with three women that I didn’t know that well to Georgia and began in a back room which swelled to us basically dancing on top of each other and eventually sharing space with almost 200 people at a time. No longer will I pull into the parking lot on a Monday at 4:45 pm and dance in the corner, trying out new steps and practicing old ones or just getting my mind right because life was hard and I needed to be o.k. before I got on the mic. I’ve been sucking it up, sucking it in, sweating it out, screaming my through and combining my South Side with salsa at the same time in the same place for over nine years. Continue reading

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Getting My Sparkle on With Gerolsteiner: The #SparklingDetox

There are three I’d like to confess right now:

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  1. 95% of the time, I am not the friend you should ask to hang out after 9 p.m.
  2. I’d rather buy books than food, clothes, or well, just about anything.
  3. I have had a problem getting in my daily intake of water my entire life.

I know the benefits of being hydrated. I own six thousand water bottles in different colors, shapes and sizes. I can, honestly, FEEL the difference when I haven’t had enough water. And because I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, I’ve been feeling EVERYTHING a lot more. So really, what I’m saying is, water should be the least of my issues. I think I can take it on.

That’s why I was really excited when my #SweatPink family at FitApproach announced their partnership with Gerolsteiner, who is hosting a #SparklingDetox. Continue reading

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