Mixtape #17 End Well – Self Care

Any other year we would close out reading top ten lists, reviewing vacation photos, and goal setting for 2021. But this is 2020, so where do you go when you can’t go far? You go inward, reflecting on lessons learned, reorganizing…everything, create a vision board, and perfecting a good recipe!

Whenever God gives you a new beginning, it starts with an ending! Thank Him/Her for the power of a SHUT DOOR- Jefroy Hanson

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Reinvent Yourself

Okay, so y’all know I’m hype about being the best version of yourself you can be. Whether it’s the beginning of a new year and you want to completely reinvent yourself (#NewYearNewMe), or you just want to step up your game in a certain area of your life, the best way to achieve something you want is to make a solid plan to get there. That involves—you guessed it—setting some goals.


The Importance of Daily Rituals and Ceremonies

for Self Love (Read here).

For me, it’s a cup of coffee in the morning and an hour of exercise each day. No matter what your daily indulgence is, you can turn it into a ceremony of gratitude and appreciation. Daily rituals and ceremonies for self-love are a vital element of self-care.




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Jamaican Oxtail



6 servings


Ingredient Checklist

  • 2 ½ pounds oxtail

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon garlic and herb seasoning (such as Spike)

  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce (such as Grace)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced

  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (carrots optional)

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth

  • 1 bunch fresh thyme

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


Instructions Checklist

Step 1

Place oxtail in a shallow dish. Combine Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt, sugar, garlic and herb seasoning, browning sauce, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper in a small bowl. Rub both sides of oxtail with marinade; pour out excess.

Step 2

Heat vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Sear oxtail in hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a small plate.

Step 3

Saute carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in the same skillet until softened, about 5 minutes. Add beef broth, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Add oxtail, with its juices, and butter. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until oxtail is fork-tender, about 3 hours.

Step 4

Uncover skillet and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally until sauce reduces and thickens about 5 minutes.


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