Monthly Archives: December 2013

When My Life Transitions So Does My Hair

So I’ve made a decision that I’m actually happy with.  I actually believe I made the decision months ago but didn’t realize it.  This transition I’m making is definitely a lifestyle change.  I’m making a lot of those but I’ll share more about the others later.  The transition I’m speaking of now is *drumroll* my Hair!

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When I was younger I didn’t get a relaxer until maybe 9th grade because my mother wanted my hair to be as healthy as it can be for as long as I could handle it being natural.  Once before I got a relaxer my dad asked me if I wanted my hair straightened or pressed and I said yes and he took me to get it done.  My mother was more than a little upset.  I think it was because she wanted to be there for that event in my life and she just wasn’t ready for me to have my hair straightened in any way.  I got my hair pressed ever since then until 9th grade when I got my first relaxer.

I can’t lie.  When I got my first relaxer it was just easier to have my hair permanently straightened for at least 2 months because of all the activities I was involved in.  Being able to just put a comb through it and pull it back was just time-saving and I loved it.

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I’m getting older and way more comfortable with who I am and not worried about everybody else’s happiness above my own.  I’m loving me so I decided to grow my relaxer out so that my hair grows to its natural texture.

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Transitioning my hair to becoming a natural girl has been fairly easy and is actually about the same maintenance as my relaxed hair in my opinion.  I LOVE the way it curls and waves and moves and I’ve been watching an endless number of Youtube videos to figure out the best way to maintain it and make sure it stays healthy throughout the whole process and it’s coming along very well.  I’m really happy with the look and feel of my hair and I’m looking forward to every stage of my natural hair growth.  EVERY. BEAUTIFUL. STAGE. As of right now I am in Stage 2 as seen below. I will post pictures soon of all these curls I have.

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Hey is there something in your life that’s new for you or something you’re transitioning into or out of?  Let me know and leave a link if you’ve written about it in my comments.

The Cool and Calm of Nighttime…Authentically

I have been on this earth for 29 years and from my memory of my life, I have always been a night owl.  I never liked waking up in the morning to go to school and I’m just not a morning person.  I have never understood what makes a person wake up in the morning and be extremely chipper and happy.  Sometimes I just want to ask them “What happened to you this morning?”  I wonder how they are so happy and upbeat that early in the morning.

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I remember back in my school days my mother waking me up to get ready and she’d come in my room and say “Wake up Little Girl” even though I was in junior and high school.  I’d open my eyes and say to myself “I’m just going to lay here another 5 minutes”.  I would fall right back to sleep.  About 20 or 30 minutes later, my mom would come back and say “Girl I woke you up 30 minutes ago.”  I never could just get up.  I feel like I had to be jolted awake to really be awake.

I feel that nighttime is when I am my most authentic self emotionally, physically, and creatively.  I love the night because because of the mystery of it and how it allows me to find things out for myself.  The time I have at night is when I gather my thoughts and create and have my best ideas.  The nighttime is when I feel my most EVERYTHING!!! I just feel like myself.

Hey let me know when you feel your most authentic in the comments below. Night or day?

From Where I Write….

I know I know!! Another late blog post but I’m trying to play catch up here so please bare with me. I know I don’t have a lot of followers (or any) right now but I’m hoping I can inspire some people.  I love writing so I knew that I was going to absolutely LOVE blogging.

If you have read my previous posts, you know that I’m a newborn baby to this world of blogging but I love it! Along with this post I am answering the call of NaBloPoMo’s writing challenge for November 5 by posting a response to *drum roll* “Tell us about your writing space. Where do you write your blog posts?”

Considering I just started blogging I don’t have a writing space that has been consistent. I write wherever I am which sort of helps me to write and express greater than in one place.  I’m sure at some point I will design a space for my writing time but as of right now “I blog where I am”. Right at this moment I am writing from my sister’s dorm room because I’m spending time with her in her new city in the great state of Louisiana. I love it here by the way!!

Since I don’t have a particular space that I write, I decided to give some examples of spaces that I love for their design and inspiration to me:

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I love the idea of having a space of my own that I can write from where I feel creatively colorful all the time but I also like being out in nature so I’m sure I would be outside too. Nature is, after all, the greatest work space ever created. Love the following ideas:

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It is really great blogging because I am really feeling that creative swagger coming out of me. I  LOVE IT!!!!

Poetic Thursday

So it is Thursday again and I realize I hadn’t posted a new poem since I began Poetic Thursday but I’m trying to do a better job of being consistent in my blogging so here is another poem by me:

Perfection

In my mind I see perfection
He lives in my mind
As that symbol that could do wrong
But admit he was wrong and make it right
That will disagree
But agree with me that we disagree
And never let it come between he and me
That sees my faults and loves my faults
Because he knows they’re a part of me
I dream of him in the day
And think of him in the night
I feel his words sink into my heart as I breathe
I hear his voice
Penetrate my soul as he speaks
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder
And my eye beholds perfection in him
By definition, in my version of Websters
It’s simply put “He”

Written by me October 6, 2010

Hopefully I can keep this going every week. Comment below to let me know if you like Poetic Thursday.

Thanks for reading! It means a lot. 

A Cover Represents A Thousand Words

Ok so I’ve been slacking on a lot of things (this blog included) and reading has definitely been one of them. I love reading and have since I was a little girl. I could read a single book in 2 days and move right on to the next one without missing a beat.

Back then I got recommendations for books from my friends and for the most part, my friends and I would just borrow each other’s books and pass than around to everybody until they got back to the original owner. We had done that since junior high on into high school. My friends helped me choose books back then.

However now that I am older and more mature I choose my own books of whatever genre I feel at that time to indulge in. Lately though I’ve been reading more career books such as

Russell Simmons “Super Rich”
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50 Cent and Robert Greene “The 50th Law”
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The covers of these 2 books didn’t necessarily pull me in but the description of each book did. When I read a nonfiction book (which these both are) I read the book based on reviews, recommendations, and the  given by the author/publisher. I feel that most nonfiction books’ covers don’t tell you about the book more than it tells you about the author. Self-help/career read tend to play to the fact of who the author is rather than what the book is actually about so you have to read reviews and the description.

Fiction books, however, are all about the cover artwork because that is what will draw the reader to the book when the person is in a store that has a display of books. The cover has to be interesting to look at for a reader to pick it up and even read the description of what it’s really about.

When I decide I want to read a book no matter what genre, I go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or a local bookstore to read the description, reviews, or actually look through the table of contents and the first couple pages. Looking through the book myself helps me get a feel for the content and decide if it’s something I’m interested in. The cover may have very little to do with me buying it or choosing to read it. Content makes or breaks my decision ultimately on the choice.

I am actually now looking for a couple of books to keep me company. I get recommendations and inspiration from different places so if you have any recommendations leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

Working On My Unplugged Self

So at this time I am actually plugged in listening to Kid Fury and Crissle on The Read, an amazingly hilarious podcast of two friends that speak the honest, brutal truth and say what everyone else is thinking. These two personalities are intelligent and more real than real will ever get. Listening to Kid Fury and Crissle is something I make time to do every SINGLE week. It’s like a rite of passage and if you’ve never heard The Read, you should be read on the show. Google it, listen to it, and be extremely entertained.

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As you can see I am plugged in a good amount of the day and I know sometimes it’s a bit much but I’m sorry I am IN LOVE with Instagram.That’s my creative side because I love seeing people’s lives and what beauty people can capture with just a camera on their smartphone. AMAZING!

I also love using my phone to store things I need to remember and receive information from different websites. I use it to listen to podcasts, books, and read blogs. I’m actually using my phone posting right now. I am pretty much always plugged in but I am realizing being on social media and the internet all the time is leading me to forget how much I love being available to people in person and to myself present in the moment.

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I love just being! So I’m making a conscious effort to unplug and live in the moment to get things done and experience life in a way that I’ve always wanted to live. I’m starting the journey and I’m excited to see what’s in store for me!