They say the hardest lessons are the ones your soul needs most. In the finale episode of xoNecole's Happy Hour season 1, Necole, Amer, and Sheriden reflect on the entirety of 2019.
Over a few shots and tears, the squad discusses self-love by not allowing anyone to physically harm or disrespect you, losing jobs to healing from generational trauma, and how they plan to go into 2020 with more intention in their professional and personal lives.
These women have had a YEAR but it didn't come without a few painful and eye-opening moments along the way.
In this episode, Sheriden and Necole are living vicariously through Amer as she travels to Egypt, but there are lots of laughs as the squad pre-game while discussing how traveling can help you step out of your comfort zone and shift your perspective on life.
Plus, the hosts give suggestions on how to manage toxic family members during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Before leaving the bar, the ladies are joined by actor Kendrick Cross who plays Titus Hughes on OWN's new drama series Ambitions.
Over a round of drinks, the actor reveals how he turned poetry into an acting career, why vegans taste better, and answers a round of first date questions.
A HAPPY HOUR DATE WITH A VEGAN (Feat. KENDRICK CROSS) www.youtube.com
The Happy Hour squad is getting real about the anxiety, stress and burnout that comes with their careers and dream jobs. Although black women have become advocates for therapy, healing from past traumas and childhood wounds, when it comes to our wellness in the workplace, we've been slow to remove our superwoman capes.
Inspired by the xoNecole.com article, "I Took A Two-Month Leave From Work For My Mental Health", in this episode, the ladies share their different encounters with anxiety while on the clock. From Necole feeling burnt out from the acquisition and expansion of xoNecole and Sheriden becoming a slave to her inbox, to Amer working in a no-days-off environment with tough management to match, each story is a reminder of the importance of putting yourself first.
And thanks to advice from clinical psychologist Dr. Ayanna Abrams, you'll learn how to fill your cup instead of your to-do list.
Inspired by the recent controversy surrounding T.I. taking his daughter to the OBGYN to confirm her sexual purity, in this episode, the xoNecole Happy Hour squad tackles sexuality. The hosts gets down and dirty, sharing lessons learned and unlearned about sex from parents to first partners and beyond.
The ladies also touch on how the stigma around sexuality as it pertains to young black women has impacted their own views on sex. Sheriden keeps it real about her first masturbation experience at the age of nine, and how it opened her up to a world of pleasure and living a sex-positive life. Necole shares how a particular sexual experience left her feeling dirty, and why she wasn't comfortable in her sexuality until her 30s. And Amer teaches mothers how to approach the topic of sex with their children (especially their daughters), and the importance of passing along accurate information on the subject.
As women, we often keep it real about everything except for our bank accounts. We desire prosperity but operate with a broke mindset, and sometimes tie material things like a house, a car, and even getting our hair and nails done to our self-worth. Not to mention that social media has us showcasing our wins and not the journey it took to get there.
On this episode the xoNecole Happy Hour hosts spill the tea on everything from their finances and credit scores, to dealing with money shame in the digital age and keeping up with the Joneses. Necole shares her story of how she spent $30,000 in one year as a celebrity gossip blogger in an attempt to stay "glammed up," and the sacrifices she is now making to tackle her tax debt, while Amer talks her change in lifestyle after losing her six-figure job. And Sheriden explains how she's taking strides to improve her credit while also revealing that a man's salary is low on her tier when it comes to choosing a partner.
You'll also learn about some of their favorite resources to help transform your money habits and keep you inspired on the road to financial freedom.
Inspired by the xoNecole.com article, "I Met Him In An UberPool & Now We're Married," the second episode of xoNecole's Happy Hour Podcast explores the possibilities of finding love in unexpected places. The ladies interview special guests Jenisa and Lester Richmond about their unpredictable love story that started in a rideshare in Los Angeles.
Lester shares how Jenisa ghosted him twice before finally saying yes to a first date, and Jenisa shares how they kept the relationship going while living in two different states. Plus, the Happy Hour hosts confess their fantasy places for meeting a love interest and present an interesting challenge for listeners who are open to new love.