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From Stressed-Out Perfectionist to Self-Care Enthusiast!



About Me


Hi, I’m Joanna. I live in St. Louis, Missouri and have spent my days working as a biologist, for the past 5 years. And when I’m not in the lab, I’m working on this little passion project of mine!



So here’s how this happened…



I look real chill in my photo, don’t I? Well, I can honestly tell you that this photo speaks a thousand words! Even though I was relaxed and enjoying an epic 3-day Lollapalooza festival, I was at one of the lowest emotional points in my life.


I had an unfulfilling career, and was growing increasingly stressed out trying to figure out my place in life. Before I knew it, my stress had manifested into anxiety, fear, and uncertainty that was doing real damage to my confidence and mindset.


I was doing everything I could to maintain a picture-perfect outside, but inside I was unhappy. And was compensating by acting how I thought I should, giving everyone else 110%, but neglecting my own needs, and constantly seeking perfection.



I was terrified of making any mistakes. 



Even worse, I was doing a terrible job at taking care of myself. A constant pattern I have seen among the black women in my life, known for taking on all responsibilities and taking no time for themselves. I was burnt out but I didn’t know what to do. And self-care wasn’t even a blip on my radar!


At the height of my anxiety and stress, I realized I needed to make a serious change. It was time to start looking to myself for the answers. And being unapologetic about it. Leading in the directions that felt natural, and listening to my mind and body when I needed to relax and recharge.



I knew there had to be other women that felt the way I did.



So I created The Melanated Maven as a sacred place for women just like you, to start making your self-care, intuition, & authenticity a priority.



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Ask yourself these questions:


+ Are you following other’s advice/way of living and not your own?

+ Is the idea of trusting your own intuition seem foreign to you?

+ Do you stress over making the “right” decision?

+ Do you find yourself giving others 1000%, and not much to yourself?

+ Are fear and worry keeping you from living life on your terms?



If you’ve answered, “Yes” more than once, it may be time to try something different.

But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!





How I Can Help


Going from perfectionist to unapologetic has not been an easy journey. So many trials, do-overs, and research! And through my journey of making myself top priority again, I’ve picked up many tools along the way, and I’m sharing with you what I’ve learned and what has worked for me.


And I’ve learned that your mind is the most powerful tool, and that you are in control.


Cultivating a better mindset focused on taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually is one of the best ways to empower yourself to create the life that you want.


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Topics I Cover:


+ self-care & self-love tools for the busy woman

+ the power of intuition & decision-making for YOU

+ unapologetic confidence

+ personal growth

+ positive mindset cultivation

+ productivity

+ maintaining a work-life balance

+ real confidence with no apologies

+forming solid positive mental and emotional habits

+freedom to be your authentic self!



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I’m always looking to share with you fresh, creative, and simple self-care ideas, and give you realistic, actionable steps to motivate you to create a fulfilling, and stress-free life.


My hope for The Melanated Maven is that it continues as a community of women passionate about their personal growth and emotional well-being. Join the conversation on The Melanated Maven Self-Care Sessions Facebook page. With even more inspiration on my Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!



Want to contact me? Don’t be shy, and fill out my Contact Page!



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