LadyRomp Inspirational Conference Call



LadyRomp is a place where people can go for great stories on everything about women. Anything involving today’s women and girls can be found here, whether it be motivational stories or messages, news, health, or inspirational women, the site equips and inspires women of all ages to go after their dreams and find their purpose. Currently, the blog is gathering business contacts and within the next year or so, editor Kimberly Seabrooks dreams of developing a real, vibrant community comprised of small groups with the use of The LadyRomp Inspiration Network.

janinehausif_1353949722_11Janine Hausif will be joining us on our 1st call.

Entrepreneur. Idea Maven. Creator.

Soon after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Communication in her hometown in Maryland, Janine immediately uprooted her life to Brooklyn, New York. One chance afternoon Janine noticed a large decal plastered to a local business’s window that read “Black-Owned Business.” She thought it would be great…

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Quote Of The Day: True Friends


A Message From The Creator


My Friend: Eula M. Guest


The Authentic Networker

First let’s explain what an authentic networker is.  It is a person who is networking from an authentic place.  They are not there to just drum up business but to build a brand from a personal place.  Sharing a piece of your personal self to connect and build lasting relationships.


When I first started to go to networking events, I hated it; I am by nature very reserved and a bit of an introvert.  It took me a long time to go to events and just walk up to people and start talking let alone start networking.  As I started going to more and more professional development events and started building confidence, it became easier to start conversations.


After going to a professional development workshop and learning about authentic management, I found it easier to go up to people and start talking about cooking and recipes for creating a special meal, which for me are comfortable topics. Then I was able to come to a place of talking about business.  Since food is something that everyone can relate to, I found my way into sharing my authentic self and networking.  This has made it easier for me to walk up to people and have a conversation with a total stranger.


Tips to help you get over those nerves when going to your next networking, business conference, expo, lecture event:


  • Take      time to figure out what is your authentic self.
  • What      do you like to do that you love talking about besides your business?
  • Body      language is important; people can pick up if you are not comfortable.
  •  Practice      with friends, family members to get into the habit of being comfortable.
  • Talk      in front of the mirror to view your facial expressions.
  • What      drives your passion?  What do you love doing besides your      business?  Do you volunteer? Great ice breaker.
  • Don’t speak      about things that can be argumentative i.e. religion, politics, race, etc.
  • Come      from a place of authenticity
  • Remember      the end goal of networking is to build allies, partnerships, mentorships,      referrals and the bottom line future sales.
  • Remember      to have fun enjoy meeting people and RELAX.


Women’s News: Single and 40: What I Know About Love


Melanie Notkin

Founder and national bestselling author of Savvy Auntie. Author, Otherhood, March 4, 2014

My date isn’t listening to a word I’m saying. It’s not that he’s not paying attention; he’s looking straight into my eyes. But he can’t hear me. He’s thinking about how he’s attracted to me and enjoying our conversation, surprising himself. He hadn’t expected to be this smitten; I can see that in his eyes looking into mine. And I’m wondering if I might be a little smitten, too.

He snaps out of it when the bartender serves us our second round of drinks, my now-monologue interrupted as my date and I toast our meeting for the first time. “I’ve made a decision,” my date says, focused again on what he sees behind my eyes. “I want to go out with you again. This week.”

There are good dates, bad dates and forgettable dates. And there are dates that feel ethereal. They are rare, rarer than a much desired sun shower on desert-hot day. And sometimes, they last just that long, just long enough for us to remember a connection with someone can exist. For some, these first connections can last the rest of their lives. For me, I have learned to appreciate the potential all of these rare connections offer.

What I’ve learned about love in my 40s is that love isn’t meant only for those in their 20s. Or 30s. It isn’t that if one hasn’t found love by the time it seems reasonable to most, that they are not capable of love, or that love is not capable of finding them. It’s that love comes when it’s meant to come.

At 44, I see love breaking up into pieces for some who married young and I see grandparents falling in love for a new “first time,” stronger now than ever before. I’ve learned that love is not a gift for those who are deserving, but a reward for those who wait for it.

I’ve learned that love can last a short time, all in, but not all able. I’ve seen love last for decades, all in, all able, and all-knowing love changes.

I’ve learned to love the measures of love I have had. And indeed, I have had several beginnings of love. Some broke quickly, without warning and without notice. Some tore down as the edges frayed. Some were never balanced, on either side. Some will always be in my heart, if not in my sight.

I’ve learned that love can feel different depending on the man and collective circumstance. Sometimes love is easy, with not a beat missed. Sometimes, love is a struggle, beating down on one, not the other. Sometimes love is like a bad massage; it feels good but you need something stronger, deeper. Sometimes love is a torrent; it comes on strong, but often it ends in a trickle, without ceremony.

I’ve learned that men want love too, but are sometimes unable to be vulnerable to it. I’ve learned that women want love too, but are made to feel vulnerable by it. Men in their 40s are better able to show vulnerability. And women in their 40s are better able to let go of the walls they had learned to build up, buoyed now by a man’s open vulnerability, and fall in love because of that.

I have not had what some say is successful love, meaning love that lasts long and strong enough to be announced under a wedding Chuppah or signed into a legal agreement of any sort, not even a co-lease. But I’ve had love. And I will have love again. And I hope I have the kind of love that isn’t compromised, not to say we both won’t make compromises to keep it and to guard it. We’ve both learned how hard it is to find love.

I’ve learned that love is no game of musical chairs meant only for lucky ones who find a seat when the music stops. And I know that love lasts as long as you are both willing to remember the music that played when you first met.

At 44 I am more unwilling to give up on love than I have ever been, because I know that look of his. I know that feeling. And I know that a man is meant to be in my life, no matter if others have given up on my behalf.

I’m thinking this when my date takes my hand as we walk uptown. He stops in mid-sentence, interrupting himself, and turns toward me. There’s that look again, I see. “Something is happening here,” he says, confidently. I agree.

I don’t know that love will truly find us, him and me. But I know what beginnings feel like. And at the very least, I have that. And if not this man, then another love is coming. Another new beginning will begin another time.

I know in my 40s that love exists. And whether it exists as potential in a new beginning or forever in one that began long ago, I know what it looks like. I know what it feels like. I know more than ever that love is meant for me.
If you look at me closely, straight into my eyes, you’ll see that truth behind them.

Postscript:  There were a few lovely dates… but unfortunately, no love story in the end.

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Women’s Health: Questions Women Are Afraid to Ask Their OB/GYNs



Important questions women should ask about their sexual health

By The Mommy Docs

Even the most self-assured, confident women sometimes feel uncomfortable discussing the intimate matters related to women’s health.

Certain questions can make women feel bashful, and we have noticed in our practice that these questions are often saved until the very last minutes of a visit. We tend to call these the “out-the-door” questions — those that get blurted out as if an after-thought.

While this hesitation is understandable, you should know that as OB/GYNs, we have pretty much seen it all when it comes to women’s health.

Your doctor is there to help you and he/she is not going to be grossed out, surprised or judgmental — whatever your issue! Although you may be experiencing something unfamiliar, uncomfortable or embarrassing, you should know that your doctor’s office is a safe place where you are encouraged to have open, honest conversations about your health.

So, what are some of the most common “out-the-door” question’s we’ve heard in our practice?

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Are my labia normal? More than a few women have this question, and the answer is almost always, yes. Just as we all look different, so do our vaginas. Varied size, shape and color of labia are all common, as are uneven colors and textures. The best way to ensure optimal health is to become familiar with yourself — use a hand mirror to observe how your vagina looks. This way, you will be able to notice any changes or irregularities that should be brought to your doctor’s attention.

What is that bump? If you do notice an unfamiliar bump on your vagina, don’t panic. Women can develop a variety of bumps on their labia and vagina, but most bumps aren’t serious. Some common types of bumps are skin tags, small cysts, or instances of folliculitis — minor skin infections near hair follicles. That said, you should always ask your doctor to take a look at anything new as some STDs, like genital warts or herpes, may also present as small bumps.

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Is it a yeast infection… or something worse? Women sometimes confuse the symptoms of a yeast infection with those of an STD, especially if they have recently had unprotected sex. While a yeast infection can easily be treated with an over-the-counter option(s), STDs can call for more aggressive treatment and can pose long term health hazards if left untreated. If you think you could have been exposed to an STD or are experiencing abnormal symptoms, be open and honest with your doctor so you can get to the bottom of the problem.

Additionally, we always recommend that women and their partners should both be tested for STDs before having sex for the first time.

Is anal sex safe? Anal sex can be safe, but there are several things you should know before trying it. First of all, never have anal sex directly followed by vaginal sex, as this can transfer bacteria to the vagina. Realize that the rectum is not designed for intercourse. It is not as elastic as the vagina and doesn’t produce lubrication like the vagina, so it can tear. That said, anal sex can be safe when women are fully aroused, the anal sphincter is relaxed, and artificial lubrication is used generously on the penis and in and around the anus.

It is not uncommon for women to experience light anal bleeding for one to two days following anal sex, usually indicating a minor tear inside the rectum, which is not serious. However, any prolonged or heavy bleeding should be brought to your doctor’s attention.

These are just a few of the many questions we find our patients have trouble addressing with us. If you have a questions or concerns that aren’t addressed above, we encourage you to talk to your doctor — that’s what she’s there for!

The Mommy Docs are practicing OB/GYNs and stars in the hit show “Deliver Me,” airing daily on Discovery Fit and Health, in addition to a new series in development. The Docs are also authors of The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth.

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