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Morning Inspiration: I Let Myself Go

What can I say my 20’s weren’t the best time for me, my life consisted of work, work and more work. While other people my age  was out enjoying their lives I was stuck in my office trying to make it to the top of the corporate ladder! As a child, I decided early on that I wanted to be better than my circumstances, that I would be the first one in my family to get a college degree…

Simply put, I was going to be somebody!

Well, I did just that, I worked my way up to management (matter of fact the only black, young female manager amongst my peers)! But the corporate success I so desperately wanted didn’t come without a price! I gave so much of myself that I didn’t focus on myself and that’s when the weight gain began! You see, I was making great money so I could afford to do and eat what I wanted and that’s just what I did. Looking back on those years, I wish I hadn’t! I was so stressed out I developed high blood pressure at 24 which later caused me to develop heart disease at 28. And on top of all that shit, the very job that I worked so hard to get laid me off due to the recession. That was the wake up call I needed to get my life and myself back on track.

You see my friend Shonda and I decided it was time to make a change and that’s just what we did! We look way better in our 30’s than we ever did in our 2o’s!

I know this post is different than my normal posts but I know somebody is going through something whether it’s sickness, heartbreak, or life just has you down, don’t forget about you!

Remember, it’s never too late!

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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