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Taking time off to reflect and refresh is an important part of leading a successful life.  You can’t climb the ladder if you’re tired and running out of steam.  So I’m a firm believer in taking time for vacations and trips away.    It gives me energy and inspires my creativity. Which is why I grabbed at the opportunity to travel to China last week.  Ladies, we’ve got to see the world to understand what a difference we can make in it!
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I learned on this trip how much of a city girl I am. I just love the lights, noise, the crowds of people. And boy did I get a city experience being in Beijing and around its 18million residents. Beijing’s hussle and bussle puts NYC to shame. I will never complain about New York traffic again! There are way too many cars which will knock you down in a heartbeat (they do NOT stop for pedestrians). There are just as many cyclers (bicycles, moterbikes, rickshaws and these funny looking miniature carriages) zigzaging along the roads. There’s constant honking by drivers trying to force their way through the maze.  There’s no wonder the smog is enough to make anyone an instant asthmatic! Pollution is such a major issue,you literally can’t miss the thick clouds which envelop the city each day and mask the sun. They are working on making things better, such as the shuttle buses the government provides for free at the subway stops which take workers throughout the business district. Despite over 5 million riders per day, the subway is spotlessly clean.  Every rider has to go through security which is handled in an organized and cordial fashion. And its soo modern! USA we have a long way to catch up to what they have in Beijing (plug for our President’s plea to invest in infrastructure).
 
Walking around the Dashanzi Art District of Beijing (also known as 798 art space) was by far the coolest thing I have done.  Imagine hundreds of art galleries located in an open space the size of Central Park.  Not your stuffy and elitist gallery but a hip loft like vibe that you can walk in and out of like an open market.  The creations were just breathtaking.  I was totally lost in awe of the creativity of the Chinese artists and the photographers really grabbed my attention with some very interesting multi-media pieces.  As far as I know there is nothing like it in the US, so if you are ever in Beijing this is a MUST see.
 
The city is alive and had much to offer me including a tailored suit in two days flat, a 90 minute foot massage that lifted every stress I have had out of my life! Then there was Punk, the cool club filled with ex-pats and an eclectic mix of Beijingers dancing to everything from to hip hop, pop, trance and techno-rock.  For a city so large, it’s unbelievable how serenity knocked on my door twice!  First i was on the subway talking with my travelmates.  A rider noticed we were speaking in English and decided to join our conversation.  She was a junior at a college in Seattle and back home in China for the summer vacation.  As a Psychology major she was looking for some guidance on how to apply to Psych graduate programs in the US. As luck would have it that’s what I do and hopefully another female Dr. in training there will be.  To knock your socks off, the story gets better on Wednesday as I was walking in the hotel and heard my name called. I turned around and the person tells me her name. I still don’t recognize. Then she reminds me that we were in the 7th grade together and she recognized my face! I must admit hearing I haven’t aged is flattering but this was a bit much! Middle school reunion in Beijing. We squealed like school girls catching up on life.  Meeting around the globe for the first time in X years was such a delight.  The world is small and large at the same time I learned during my week in China; an amazing trip I will never forget…  

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Taking time off to reflect and refresh is an important part of leading a successful life.  You can’t climb the ladder if you’re tired and running out of steam.  So I’m a firm believer in taking time for vacations and trips away.    It gives me energy and inspires my creativity. Which is why I grabbed at the opportunity to travel to China last week.  Ladies, we’ve got to see the world to understand what a difference we can make in it!
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I had the pleasure of using a Chinese toilet while touring the famous Summer Palace. Royal I did not feel while squatting and peeing. But my Liberian roots did me well and I made it through like the African Queen I am.  Despite that adventure, the Summer Palace was extraordinary. An immense structure of intricately designed architecture, a large lake, majestic trees and the most beautiful lotus flowers you have ever seen. Summer Palace was the place that Empress Dowager Cixi (also known as Dragon Lady) imprisoned her son so she could rule China for 60 years! China has had several female rulers another area the US needs to catch up with soon!
Forbidden City is the famous palace across from Tienanmen Square. It took hundreds of years to build this unbelievable mass. There is no way to describe the scale of the walls and all the buildings which housed the emperors, all his eunuchs and concubines (up to 1000 they say). The hand painted markings and intricate carvings are so masterful. All hundreds of acres are perfectly symmetrical and everything has a symbolic meaning.  It makes you inspired at the level of vision they must have had to decide to even attempt building the space. I’ve learned on this trip that the Chinese think big and get things done fast!
I was sweating like a pig on a roast climbing the steps of the Great Wall of China. God blessed us all with a foggy day because the baking sun on my back would have likely killed me. Still despite walking around in what felt like a wet suit, my breath was taken away by the immense beauty of the place.  Its hard to imagine that the wall is 4000 miles (longer than the span of the US). This wonder of the world took several hundred years to build.  I can’t imagine the sacrifice it took the workers to hawl all those bricks up the mountains in the same heat I encountered. I say a pray of gratitude for what they endured so all these years later I could have the pleasure of enjoying this gift!
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Taking time off to reflect and refresh is an important part of leading a successful life.  You can’t climb the ladder if you’re tired and running out of steam.  So I’m a firm believer in taking time for vacations and trips away.    It gives me energy and inspires my creativity. Which is why I grabbed at the opportunity to travel to China last week.  Ladies, we’ve got to see the world to understand what a difference we can make in it!
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I woke up on day one and turned on the TV. There’s a news show in english called Crossfire. The topic of the day was about a huge controversy in China over a CNN online article about foods that are challenging to eat. Seemed like a benign issue to me, but the Chinese were offended that their prized ‘pidan egg’ was placed on the list. CNN has taken down the article given the complaints.  Pidan egg or preserved duck eggs are a traditional Chinese delicacy.  Also known as 1000 year old eggs, they are rarely more than 100 days old.  It is made by coating duck or chicken eggs in a clay-like plaster of red earth, garden lime, salt, wood ash, and tea (sounds supergross to me and I side with the writer!). But one thing I have learned being on this trip is the Chinese are a very proud people with a rich history. They are looking to be considered a top Nation of the world (rightly so given they are the 2nd largest economy).  So any slight on their image is met with furious backlash…
Although I couldn’t read or understand a lick of the language, I felt right at home.  I got no stares or people trying to rub my black skin (as I was warned by several americans when they learned of my pending trip). I just went about my business like everyone else and it felt great. A little voice told me to stop by a local tea shop and I peeked in.  The guy greeted me and we used the universal language of smiles and finger pointing. I got to experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.  Everyone knows how much I love tea! So this was the highlight of my trip.
The foods were really different from what I expected. It is no secret to those who know me, that I had not been a fan of Chinese food. But I really wanted to experience the cuisine in country.  China is best known for Peking Duck and I can see why.  It was a wonderful treat to eat this meat combined with flour wraps, cucumbers, onions and duck sauce (yum).  I explored quite a bit and ate wonderfully fresh vegetables, enjoyed perfectly cooked rice and became quite adept at using chopsticks.  The joy of learning while eating was a delight…But my absolute favorite was Ganges Indian restaurant! The food was soo amazing. Hot, spicy and deliciously made chicken saag! I had the best time while watching a belly dancer perform live with scenes of bollywood movies in the background. When in China, eat Indian!

Taking time off to reflect and refresh is an important part of leading a successful life.  You can’t climb the ladder if you’re tired and running out of steam.  So I’m a firm believer in taking time for vacations and trips away.    It gives me energy and inspires my creativity. Which is why I grabbed at the opportunity to travel to China last week.  Ladies, we’ve got to see the world to understand what a difference we can make in it!

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 I have to admit I was completely dreading being on a plane for 13hours. I was even more terrified of the jetlag that would be waiting on my arrival given China is 12 hours ahead of NYC.  So I prepped like a soldier getting ready for war.  I drank tons of water (my motto is H20 is the elixir of God and cures everything).  I packed a thousand snacks for the flight because I wasn’t gonna be stuck starving. I carried some light reading to help me count down the hours.  I then stayed up the entire night before so I would fall asleep as soon as I got on the plane.  I get on my Continental flight, head to the cheap seats and I’m greeted by two lovely ladies who would be my aisle partners for the flight.  We signed in horror when the lady with a screaming baby (later to become a kicking monster) sat behind us. Despite the disturbance I fell asleep 30mins after we lifted off.  When I awoke I decided to check out a movie. Much to my surprise there was an amazing music selection which had me jamming to tunes for most of the flight. It put my ipod to shame and I was dancing in my seats the whole time. I almost broke out in song a few times I was so inspired!  I finally got two movies in as well and just as the credits of Julia and Julie were over, we landed in Beijing. I’ve never had so much fun on a plane.  And guess what? I jumped right into the timezone, no jetlag and never looked back! Stay tuned for my three part travelblog…

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Many of you did not have a chance to catch me live on Tuesday July 12th on The Michael Baisden Show.  Please check out the 10min segment,” Child Molestation:  Do you trust your partner alone with your kids?”  


There was a lot of positive feedback on facebook and twitter about the discussion.  I’m currently in the process of helping a listener to access resources for his/her recently abused child.  Please forward the link to your networks, you never know how many lives can be changed!

The Michael Baisden Show is a syndicated radio show which airs in major US cities. visit:  http://baisdenlive.com
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There is still time to sign up for the workshop I will be co-hosting today:

Connect With Your True Passion
hosted by health and wellness experts Betsy Karp and Dr. Scyatta Wallace
Thursday July 14th 7-9pm
215 West 75th Street #3F NY, NY
Cost $20
RSVP at info@janisaw.com
For information contact (347) 470-6605
 
Betsy Karp was a successful fashion designer who decided to follow her passion to help women become more healthy and happy in their lives.  Today Betsy helps her clients identify foods, exercise and clothing that brings more energy to their lives. 
 
We are partnering for this event because we both realize what a difference we feel in our hearts, minds and bodies now that we are pursuing our true passions. We want to bring what we have learned to women who are looking to take their lives in a better direction. 
 
So many women won’t think twice about spending money to buy a dress but hesitate to buy something that will benefit themselves.   Take the time to enrich your life and consider attending what is sure to be a fun and engaging discussion.  
 
For more information, please email me at info@janisaw.com

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Dr. Scyatta A. Wallace- Psychologist/Teen Expert will be interviewed today July 12th on The Michael Baisden Show.  
Dr. Wallace will be discussing tips for parents during the segment, “Child Molestation: Do you trust your partner alone with your kids?”    The interview will air during the 3rd hour of the show-between 5:15-5:45pm (est).  Check out the syndicated show which airs in major US cities. To find out where the show airs in your local area or to listen live online visit:   http://baisdenlive.com


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