Today is the day that I, Makhia Mamon, do something I have never done before… and I am super nervous and excited all at the same time.

I’m officially a pageant girl! Tonight at 7 PM, it’s showtime. I  will participate in my very first pageant. I feel like it has opened my eyes a little to see some things I may have never noticed before. GLEAUX girl

I have to actually dance, speak, model smile until my cheeks hurt, and answer random questions in front of a large audience… that is freaking me out! I’ve had some good coaching and practice time so wish me luck tonight!

Takeaway: Growing is to become larger or to evolve, to rise, expand, advance, develop, etc. Choose to grow in every way possible. If you can imagine it, you can do it, just try and you are already halfway there! #youGLEAUXgirl #GROWgirl

This rollercoaster of life just keeps me in suspense… this is secretly kind of fun… shhhhh don’t tell anyone! LOL

Wheels Up!

May 1st, 2018

Ruston, LA

Today I leave for the Saunders Scholars competition in Rochester, New York. We left home around 8pm and headed to Dallas to spend the night and catch the 6 AM bus to the airport. It took almost 5 hours to get to Dallas from our house. My dad is NOT a fan of driving in the city so my stepmom drove from Shreveport all the way to Dallas. She was ok with it as long as she could turn the music up really loud and listen to Aha Gazelle and Tamar Braxton on repeat! I really just slept the whole time. We made it in a little after 12 AM and stayed the night at Sleep Inn DFW hotel until the morning because it was near the airport.

I hated to get up! The long ride way draining, but I had to do it. The shuttle took us to the airport. The driver drove super fast and all crazy. I guess that’s why my daddy doesn’t ever want to move to Texas. He does NOT like fast driving and a lot of lanes on the roadway.

Airport security is stressful. My parents had to take their shoes off and I had to trash my $40 lotion and perfume. That was a real bummer. Once we made it through security, the adrenaline started to kick in. It’s only my second time flying, but I was really excited to get on a plane again. Wheels up, and we are off… next stop, Chicago! 

We hopped off the first plane and had 20 minutes to find the next terminal to catch our connector flight. As we speed walked through the airport I saw tons of Chinese people. I have seen them before, but not so many all in one place at one time. We began to walk even faster as we realized the 20 minutes we had did not include loading time. I was tired and out of breath, but we made it just in time. They had already begun loading the plane when we made it. This plane was much smaller than the first one. I could feel every twist, turn, and bump. It was a lot of turbulence.

img_0732When we got to Rochester we were not able to land. Another plane was too far over the line or something. We had to loop around 5 times before we could land. My stepmom was terrified. It was her first time flying. She thought we would run out of fuel. We landed she yelped, “momma I made it!”. That was so funny and embarrassing. We got our bags and headed to shuttle pick up. The driver told us that it would take 30 minutes to get to the hotel, but it was literally 15 or less. When we arrived, my daddy tipped the driver for being so nice and being our “intro to Rochester” tour guide on the ride to the hotel. The hotel is beautiful and tall. Suddenly I felt a rush over me… this is definitely the start of something really amazing.

The Setup…

So we all know that a lot of children have a major dislike for school. Scratch that… I will make it a little more personal–> I HATE SCHOOL! Seriously! I know and understand how much education is needed and the main goals, objectives, and yata yata yata (<– Exhibit A: This is a Prime example of why we actually need school. This probably isn’t a real word and if it is, I’m sure that it is spelled wrong LOL).

I get all of that, but why though? Just why?

In my last post, I talked about my parents trying to use everything in life as a teaching moment. In October 2017, they (the parents) said, “we’re going to sign you up in this business class that the Ruston Chamber of Commerce is offering”. I was blown away. They already know how I feel about school. They were really tripping. At the risk of repeating myself, I will say this again… I HATE SCHOOL! They know good and well that I don’t like to do stuff outside of my comfort zone on top my upper-level dislike for anything dealing with people, education, books, pens… just anything even school-like is just not enjoyable.

They begin to tell me more about the program and how I would have to go to class once a week on a Thursday evening from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Now, what now?!? I was considering admitted them to the psychiatric ward by then. They had to be 2 donuts short of a dozen. They were seriously losing their minds, but they had already signed me up and not asking me for my opinion… they were just giving me the head up!

28151165_156052845098400_5718461947729412096_n(1)OMG! This is crazy and they– the parents, are too!

I was already forced to go to regular school Monday through Friday for 8 whole hours, not including extracurricular activities. Then they added an extra three more hours to my Thursdays. This “business program” was starting to sound like a fancy way of saying a school that ISN’T for a grade! I was not about to have that, but they said so and I went with it.

This is the beginning of the beginning, but it was sort of like a setup…

Stay tuned to read up on the rest of this journey– it’s a wild one!


Growing and Gleauxing by Courtney Clemons

I was at a job, underpaid & unappreciated.  I put myself in harm’s way to please my boss and that still wasn’t enough.  Working late hours, just to be back first thing in the morning, missing out on my child activities as well as my husband.  There wasn’t any me time. Even my health was decreasing, I wanted different I needed different.

Then came Herbalife.  My entire mindset was changed. Within weeks of being around positive people, my “GROWTH” became phenomenal.  I lost 29lbs! I was no longer taking blood pressure medication, income is where I needed it & honestly right on time. Most importantly I’m able to do exactly what Ms. Makhia doing helping others, express my journey through my growth.  I was going from job to job, risking going back under with my health. I wasn’t confident with ME, I gave up over and over again. But now I’m better–> better than ever!

Here is what GLEAUX means to me‼️






X– Xenodochial (I learned this word from Makhia. It means to be kind to strangers… I have been xenodochial all my life– How about that!?!) LOL

F436FC3D-F794-41E3-89F8-BD288BE8C464Meet the guest author & GLEAUX Ambassadors, Courtney Clemons (& her charismatic daughter Chloe). Courtney exudes everything GLEAUX is about. She’ s growing, living, and gleauxing every day. Follow her story here. If you are interested in joining here and the #herbgang visit her site.


Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zones

Life has a funny way of showing you things. I have seen some things in my day and can say first hand that it all is worth it and has a purpose so hang in there my friend.

In 2015, I made a major move from Arizona back to the quaintest town ever… Ruston, Louisiana. I came back to Ruston to live with my daddy and stepmom. My tween years have been all over the place. It’s like I was on the Texas Giant at Six Flags over Texas and I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a fun ride or if I was going to plummet to the ground being that the ride looked as if it was made from the oldest pieces of wood ever. The cracking and groaning sound it made as we got higher and higher did not help much either. My imagination had already put me in the hospital in critical condition. I was freaking completely out.

My parents tried to get me to do everything. When I say everything, I mean everything.

Dukes (that’s what I call my stepmoms… you know– like mommaDukes) would always ask if I was going out for cheer or dance. Daddy would tell me to go to all tryouts because,

“you have to at least try!” – Daddy

Do you think they even cared that I had no interest in any of these things? Uh, nope! I didn’t really like to do anything. Even though I didn’t WANT to do ANYTHING, I tried it all anyway. Girly things associated with school did not see me or my shadow. I stayed faaarrrrr away. Basketball was a complete flop! I hung in there and tried out, but umm no… that was not for me. I went out for softball. To be honest, it was really fun until I a one-hop hit me square between the eyes and left me with two shiners that I walked around with for a whole month! I was kind of over it, but I finished the season, and it was fun, but yea– no. Volleyball, now that’s another story. Volley was amazing. A complete success. It was so fun I stuck with it and plan to try out again for next year. Junior high track never saw me either. I made sure to steer clear of that until now. Yup, they got me. I tried out and now I am a javelin thrower. It is only my first year, but its pretty great and I will try for this again next year.

Parents have a weirdly insane way of knowing what’s best for us and try to steer us in the right direction more often than none. Us kids have an even weirder way of fighting them about it every step of the way. I know, I know, I am only 15, but I feel like I have experienced a lot. Nine times out of nine, the old peeps (parents) have a purpose for the things they say, do or push us into. We need to take a second to listen, receive the message, and act on it.

When Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince said,

Parent’s just don’t understand!

I felt that… LOL, but look at them now! Hmmmm…


What’s in a Name?

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term GLEAUX?

Most people think of the term glow that is associated with sunshine, diamonds, campfires, or even neon glow in the dark sticks. Some of you may even think of the new Netflix movie “Glow” with Alison Brie as the main character Ruth with all that glitter and spandex! When I hear GLEAUX I instantly think of Southern Louisiana and Cajun dialect and it becomes a six-letter acronym:

G: growth

L: life

E: eagerness

A: ambition

U: uniqueness

X: xenodochial-ness

Each of these terms in the acronym GLEAUX will be explained in deeper detail over the course of the next few months. Stay tuned

Welcome to my site!

Intro to Gleaux

Hi, my name is Makhia, the CEO of GLEAUX Apparel. I am a self-proclaimed cookie and cake connoisseur, an volleyball player and talented art student at my high school. I’m kind of shy and reserved, but I have always wanted to inspire people without actually having to say much to them; so I came up with the perfect idea to create my own line of positive self-awareness apparel that will help boost young teens and tween or really anyone’s self-confidence.

28151165_156052845098400_5718461947729412096_n(1)You can do anything you put your mind to so why not #choose2GLEAUX??? #gleauxapparel #youGLEAUXgirl#gleauxing #shining #tshirt #tshirtdesign#apparel #clothing #clothingline