Wednesday, May 18, 2016

7 Ways to Protect Your Space + Your Peace

It's so easy in this day and age to quickly become overwhelmed in our day-to-day lives. Not only do we have our daily responsibilities with work/career/family, but we are constantly "on" (i.e., engaged) non-stop via our phones with all the social networks, texts, emails, etc. We never give our brain a chance to REST. Being pulled in so many directions constantly eventually takes a toll.

Here are some things I do when I'm starting to feel overstimulated and downright stressed with the responsibility (or, expectation?) to stay connected:

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Letting Go of the Old + Embracing the New

I posted the above pic earlier this morning after reflecting over the last day or so over a past situation. It's so easy for us to revisit former friendships or relationships in our minds and miss the good times. I've been there. But God spoke something to me this morning that I, and so many of us, need to remember: It's ok to love from a distance. You don't have to go back.

Often times, we feel if you think about someone, or feel we miss them, that means we have to go back and try to make things how they once were. That isn't always the case. Remember why God removed you from the situation. Remember why you left in the first place. There may have very well been some good, or even great, times. But what went wrong? How were you treated? How did you feel when in that person's presence? How did you feel when you left that person's presence? It all matters. Genuinely pray for them, and move forward. You cannot make room for the new when your hands are full of the old. <3


Monday, May 2, 2016

Hair Growth!

For those of you who follow me on other social sites, you know I shaved the sides and back of my hair around August/September of last year. I LOVED the style but the upkeep with having to constantly go to get it shaved down was a lot for me, and I also wanted to do my styles and started to feel limited. Since then, I've been wearing protective styles while I grow the sides and back out until I felt comfortable wearing it out again (weave for 2-3 months, then box braids). I also took my Hair, Skin, and Nails vitamins to help speed things along as quickly as possible (I'm impatient, I already know Lol). I'm loving my results!!

Last Friday I took my braids down, and Saturday I went to get it trimmed and got a twistout.

Homemade Whipped Shea Butter Mix

Lately, I've been getting back to simplifying things in my life, and that has included reducing the amount of products I purchase and use. When I first went natural in 2008, I LOVED making my own hair products. I have become lazy in the last few years and after an extended period of time trying to find the "perfect" hair product (there isn't one), I realized my hair responded best with more natural products. So, last night I went back to making containers of whipped shea butter that I haven't made in YEARS.

Pic from my Snapchat (KeetaRay)

It's very simple. You will need:
- a large bowl (to mix everything in - I used a large glass Pyrex bowl)
- a hand mixer
- a spoon or spatula
- unrefined, raw shea butter
- coconut oil (doesn't have to be melted - mine was used in a solid state)
- jojoba oil
- avocado oil (you can also use extra virgin olive oil)
- vitamin E oil
- OPTIONAL: scented essential oil

I put in the amount of shea butter I wanted first, then added about a teaspoon to a tablespoon (I didn't measure, just added visually) of each of the oils in my glass bowl. I mixed with my hand mixer until completely smooth and fluffy. Then I used a spatula to put the contents in these small containers you see pictured. That's it! You can also add essential oil (like lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, etc.) if you want it to have a scent.

The whipped shea butter can be used on your hair as a sealant and also on your skin as a moisturizer. It's especially great for really dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis.

Let me know if you try this, or what ingredients you like to use when making yours.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Welcome to My New Blog!

Thank you for visiting my NEW blog, and welcome! I will be sharing everything I'm passionate about on this blog - from hair, to makeup, to wellness, creativity, and inspiration - all in once place.

A little about me:
I'm a Licensed Esthetician and makeup artist. I'm currently taking a break from practicing esthetics, and I do some makeup jobs here and there as my schedule permits. At the time I'm working full-time and am a part-time entrepreneur. I have a health, wellness, and skincare business with amazing products that I love and use daily - I can't wait to share them with you. I love to encourage and empower everyone - but especially women. We are so much more powerful and effective when we work together. Breaking Cycles (#letsbreakcycles) is something I also feel strongly about. Meaning, we don't have to continue to do the wrong things that we may have picked up along the way, behaviors and mindsets that were passed down from generation to generation. We can end those negative mindsets and start anew and we have to power to do so. I'm so looking forward to sharing pieces of my journey and what I've learned, and my hope and prayer is that it will encourage another woman to press forward toward her own goals.

I love interaction so please, comment on my posts. Share the blog with others as you see fit. Thank you, again, and God bless! :) xo