#LetsJump

 

Double Dutch was one of the best games to play as a young girl in the neighborhood.  I loved to hear the whipping of the ropes on the cement as we screamed “God no higher no higher than God” to be the first to jump that round.  We learned from the older women in the neighborhood who would teach us how we got into the rope; the value of listening and showed off their skills at the same time. If you’re like me, you love this game and reminisce on the days of old when you and your girls played for hours on end!  Recently, Double Dutch has made a major comeback for all age groups and whether you’re a novice or veteran jumper, there is something you could learn about the game.  Not convinced that Double Dutch is for you?  Here are five reasons why you should give the game a try.

  1. Confidence

    If you learned to play the game at seven years old than you know what it felt like to have a whipping rope clap at what seemed like lightning speed.  Yet no matter how many times the rope hit you; you tripped over your own feet or got tangled inside, you never quit jumping (and you knew for certain people were watching)!  This game gave you the confidence to jump because you didn’t want to go home one more day not knowing how to play.  In life it’s always about how you show up and playing this game made you show up and give it your best no matter how many times you stumbled!

     

  2. Rhythm

    Two ropes turning inwardly at a certain speed made it so you had to jump in to see what you were made of but there was a certain sound that came with that.  The more comfortable you became the more you heard the hum of those skipping ropes and knew when to thrust yourself inside.  Skipping between two ropes and listening to the sound that you need to get in is a skill in itself.  There is a feeling associated with bobbing back and forth and the more attention you paid the more you developed the skillset to jump!

     

  3. Exercise

    Not only is Double Dutch fun but it’s also healthy! Because it is a three person game and everyone gets a turn, time flies by quickly making it a much more exciting activity than going to the gym.  The average amateur jumper gets into the rope and can jump from 30 seconds to one minute and the better you become the longer you jump.  A good, competitive game can last at least 90 minutes.

     

  4. Friendship

    Because this game was a neighborhood sport and everyone liked it, you made friends with those on your block and in the neighborhood.  As kids, we bonded as we helped each other grow and that developed the relationships that many of us still have.  We all know our crews that helped win neighborhood jumping challenges!

     

  5. Teachable

    In order to be very proficient, you needed the advice of those who could truly play.  They gave their insights, taught you new techniques and different ways to jump but also cheered you on when you did well!  Playing this game allows you to learn how to take constructive criticism and apply what you learned.  The more you listened the better you played.

Playing Double Dutch is one of the highlights of many of our childhoods.  It was a game we played all summer and until it got too cold; we made friends and shared a common interest with other girls we knew!  Join Princess, Inc. as they host the first ever Double Dutch extravaganza in Atlantic City on June 10, 2017.  If you are interested in donating or becoming a sponsor please visit our website at www.princessinc.org!

 

 

             

#RaisingPrincess

2011... where it all started... 

It was a call that I would never forget and one that would send me on a journey that I didn't know God was preparing me for.  "I have this idea," my partner, best friend and confidant Indra said to me slowly and deliberately.  I rushed right to her home and found an entire presentation about a program that would surely turn the idea of mentoring on its head. 

"Its called Princess, Inc. and this is what I want to do and I want to know would you help me?"  And just like that, our baby was born.  We gathered women who we knew- friends, associates, thinkers and those who had an undeniable spirit for giving.  With just an idea, some passion and a whole lot of life experiences, we embarked on one of the best journeys of our lives.  Now in our sixth year, Princess, Inc. is doing phenomenal!  We have served over 85 girls, given out over $5,000 in scholarships and continue to raise the bar for mentoring, civic & community service and the idea of "pay it forward."  Each day we rise, its a day to think longer and harder to make sure our daughter Princess is well taken care of.  

As she grows and blossoms into the vehicle for community change we are excited to see, we are appreciative of the support we have received- love, kind words, prayers and well wishes that let us know this work isn't in vain.  They go far and continue to help us and the program Ambassadors work at a standard of excellence so that we can continue to give our Princesses the best! As we raise Princess, and shape her into her best self, her cup continues to runneth over!

Will A Woman Ever Be Our POTUS???

This past presidential election has shown us many things...we've made some strides with the 44th POTUS being a brother from Chi-Town--but political analysts predicted that Hillary never had a chance at winning the election and that it had nothing to do with her pompous opponent...what is clear is that even in the 21st century Women's Suffrage and Equal Rights Issues are still very relevant....like the old song prophesied..."it's a man's world" or is it??? Click the link below to see what our forever FLOTUS has to say about this topic...

http://www.essence.com/news/politics/michelle-obama-for-president-2020

How To Take Over the World....

‘You Need A Lot of Confidence to Change The World’ Says Serena Williams

As women--and especially women of color there's been a cosmic shift gradually happening within the last 5-10 years---we are a force to be reckoned with....research shows that we have become---more educated, more talented, more self aware "rocking our natural tresses in corporate American" like what???? How we've taken over sports---like, tennis, gymnastics, dance....but even with all those strides...we haven't taken over the world---YET---and yes--YET is right...click the link below to see what Queen Serena Williams has to say about--how we can take over the world....enjoy!!!!!! #pow #pearlsofwisdom

http://www.essence.com/lifestyle/money-career/serena-williams-says-confidence-key-to-success