Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 13th 2015 Contents SOOO.... Last week I embarked upon an experiment
that was supposed to transform how I see my life, and
how others see me. I decided to spend a week being
purely positive, responding to questions like "How are
you?" with energy and optimism, rather than succumb
to whining and complaining.
Questions like "How ya doin'?" are to be met with,
"Great, thanks," rather than "Tired!" or "I had such a
How did I do? Not bad. I can't say I aced it, but it did help
me focus on my attitude, and helped me rein in my
tongue. It helped nurture a sense of gratitude about all
that is right with my life, rather focus on the little that
It also helped me be more discerning of the difference
between whining and genuinely seeking help. I mean, if
you're standing by the side of the road in the rain, with
two flat tires, the response to "How are you" can't be,
"I'm just peachy, thanks." In this case, it's entirely appro-
priate to say, "I'm in a jam. Can you help me out?"
So this week I will persevere in my pursuit of positivity.
Because it's working!
On another note, hey you guys, remember we featured
Chris-Ann Graham, lead actress of local movie This
Love, on the cover of WOW a couple of weeks ago? I
saw it this weekend, and I LOVED IT.
Sometimes local productions can err on either side of
the spectrum: Either they sound and looking like
wannabe freshwater Yankee mimic men, or, at the
other extreme, fall over themselves to prove their
"Trini-ness" and wind up looking like a two-dimensional
caricature of who we are. This Love is neither. I saw my
people, OUR PEOPLE, in a genuine, heartfelt, down-
home, true-true Trini Movie. It's on at Caribbean Cine-
mas and at MovieTowne. See it! You can thank me later.
Have a good week.
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overcame her and she set her guitar
down. She's not worried about for-
"I think I could still pick it up and
strum a few notes," she says confi-
I'm guessing she may not have
much free time soon, as she re-
cently launched an active wear busi-
ness, called Elite Activewear Ltd,
through which she offers some
truly beautiful, sexy workout ap-
parel. "They're very stylish, versatile
enough to wear at the gym or out-
side. They're made of Supplex,
which has the properties of cotton
but the versatility of spandex."
Jeanine sells primarily online, at
eliteactivewearltd.com, and pro-
motes has business through social
media. She recently launched in Bar-
bados, and is seeking out markets
with a "Carnival culture", where she
believes the women would be in-
clined to look sexy, even while they
sweat. She's looking forward to pur-
suing her business in the New Year,
to give it the time and attention it
needs to grow.
As someone who works out clothes
so beat up that I avoid going outside
for fear of being held for vagrancy, I
have to ask, why buy pretty clothes
to exercise in?
Jeanine thinks it's all about motiva-
tion. "It's psychological. When you
look good, you feel good. You feel
motivated to work out. Wearing
nice clothes changes your whole
persona. If you work out in just
sweats and an old jersey, you may
not feel that confidence. You want
to feel motivated and confident to
work out. You like how you look be-
fore you even make it to the gym.
We sell a lot of jumpsuits, and when
women buy one, they want another
and another, because putting them
on makes them WANT to go to the
Fair enough. But as an instructor,
how does she rev her clients up...
beyond their pretty, colourful work-
out wear? "Get them moving and
motivated... remember, it's a biolog-
ical thing: it's hard to start, but once
you start, the endorphins start
flowing and you feel better. It's also
about your health. Your stress levels
go down, and you feel different. And
once you remain committed, you
see the physical results."
Although the gym may be her sec-
ond home, she doesn't think it's the
only place to look for wellness. "It
doesn't have to be at the gym. You
have to find what's right for you, be
it running, aerobics... Find what you
like first. Then as you progress, your
fitness goals change. But it's impor-
tant to find what you like, and de-
velop a habit, a pattern. You'll see a
world of change in yourself. Then
you can go into whatever direction
your heart desires."
Jeanine can be found online at
on Facebook and
Instagram @ eliteactivewearltd.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"There is a special place in hell for
women who don't help other women."
Madeleine Albright , Former US Secretary of State
| FROM THE EDITOR |
"When you look good,
you feel good. You feel
motivated to work out."
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