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JWOF February Newsletter


JWOF February Newsletter


As we move forward into 2016 – steady as she goes, should be your mantra. We live in an instant world and sometimes we forget to breathe.  Take time this year to make a short list of milestones you want to accomplish, emphasis on short. Don’t overwhelm yourself but take the time to do some things that bring you pleasure this year.

JWOF is staging our second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Jungle Island in Miami and we hope that you will make the effort to spend this day with us and be reinvigorated and empowered from sharing with our panelists.  See you there.

We encourage you to become a paid member of JWOF and to participate in our various committees and bring your energy to this growing organization.

Our Annual General Meeting and Lyme will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 – hope to see you there.

Dahlia Walker-Huntington
President - JWOF


New Year, New You!

The new year typically represents a time when we all pledge to become better versions of ourselves. We get caught in the euphoria of making new year's resolutions such as I am going to lose weight; I am going to spend more time with loved ones; I am going to church more often, etc. Regardless of your intentions, some of us are able to follow through on our resolutions, and others slow down along the way.  This new year, let’s try a different approach – let’s focus on re-energizing our Wellness Wheel.   Wellness consists of six interrelated dimensions – physical, emotional, interpersonal, spiritual, environmental and intellectual. Finding a balance is not only healthy for physiological reasons, but simply just makes you feel better about yourself.  And as we know – peace ah mind is a heck of a ting!

According to the award-winning author Kathy Dempsey, we can learn a thing or two from lizards – if they don’t shed their skin – they die.  As humans, we are constantly evolving mentally, physically and emotionally – so we too, should shed or be dead! Otherwise, we are unhealthy. By definition, to shed means “to get rid of.”

A few of the tips covered in the survival guide offered by Kathy in her book Shed or You’re Dead, are:

  • Practice the 3 R’s of shedding
    Release the attachment - what do I need to detach from? Take on new things and let go of the old.
     2. Reframe the situation – how can I view this from a positive light?
     3. Refocus your energy - what action will I take to move forward?
  • Revisit and adjust your expectations – assess your expectations based on your current reality.
  • When change occurs, acknowledge the loss and move to acceptance – when there is change we believe we are losing something of value.
  • SHEDebrate - the more things change, the more you should celebrate – it means the beginning of something else.
  • Courageously embrace your fears and take action.  FEAR + ACTION = COURAGE
  • Focus your energy on things you can control and influence.

REMEMBER – it’s 100% your choice to shed
It’s not just about knowledge, it requires action too. So, as we journey through this New Year let’s shed some of the things preventing us from becoming the better versions of ourselves. Here’s to a new you!

Tamara Wadley-Senior
JWOF Member
Adjunct Professor, Wellness - Broward College


Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. (JWOF) brings a slice of Jamaican lifestyle and culture to Miramar, Florida on Saturday, November 21, 2015 with the second staging of “Ole Tyme Jamaican Gran Market” ™ at Christway Baptist Church Grounds 3800 S. Douglas Road, Miramar, FL 33023 from 11AM to 5PM.

JWOF is tapping into the nostalgia of Jamaican “Gran Market” and the Holiday Arts & Craft Fairs in Jamaica by bringing the concept to South Florida to coincide with the traditional kick off of the Christmas shopping season in the United States at Thanksgiving. Local artisans with a variety of unique items that cannot be found in stores along with a Farmer’s Market selling fresh produce will be presented. The event will also feature a Children’s Reading Corner, Storytelling and full day of entertainment.

This year JWOF has combined their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive with Gran’ Market. Thirteen separate locations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties serve as drop off locations for non-perishable food items that will be given to Life Net 4 Families of Broward County.

      1. InOchi Pilates Marion Robinson
        12855 SW 132nd Street, Unit 101, Miami, FL 33186

      2. Robinson Law & Mediation Georgia Robinson
        3500 North State Road 7, Suite 437
        Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
        Tel: 954-535-0827

      3. Andover Academy Donna Fong
        8501 Cleary Blvd, Plantation, FL 33324

      4. Law Offices of Dahlia Walker, PA Dahlia Huntington
        3325 Hollywood Blvd., #206, Hollywood, FL 33021

      5. South Florida ENT Associates P.A. Petagaye Huntington
        8181 NW 154th Street, Suite#200
        Miami Lakes, FL 33016 Tel#: (305)-558-3724

      6. Jamaica National Building Society, Janice McIntosh
        5039 N. State Rd. 7, Tamarac, FL 33319
        954-485-3777 Ext 3826

      7. Goldson Spine – Marcelle Jones
        10796 Pines Blvd. #101, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

      8. Goldson Spine
        734 N. State Rd. 7
        Plantation, FL 33317

      9. Goldson Spine   
        1335 South State Road 7
        North Lauderdale, FL 33068

      10. Jamaica National Money Transfer      Mrs. Carmen Bartlett
        (a) 6905 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33023 (954-983-6480)
        (b) 3895 NW 24 St, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311
        (c) 4100 NW 12 St, Lauderhill, FL 33313

      11. Caribbean Today Peter Webly
        9020 SW 152 St. Miami, FL 33157

“Gran Market” is a shopping extravaganza so patrons are reminded to come prepared to shop for the holidays. Admission is free for children under 12 years of age and Adults are asked to donate $5 towards the JWOF Powerful Women…Next Generation Scholarship; food and drinks will be on sale. Entertainment for children and adults will be provided. 

The event is sponsored by: Reading Pays More, Digicel Top Up, Riddims Marketing, South Florida Caribbean News, Jamaicans.Com, Andover Academy and SFL Tax.

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