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How to Prep for the New Year before the New Year

  It’s so easy to fall in line with the traditional act of making a “New Year’s’ Resolution” – almost like it’s a trend rather than an intentional act of progress and growth. It is very seldom that most of us stick to our resolutions past January 31st anyway. I wholeheartedly believe that the reason many of us fail to follow through with our annual verbal commitment is due to our lack of preparation before New Years. If we are honest with ourselves, how many of us actually sat down and intentionally thought about a goal/accomplishment…

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Recap: My Successes and Struggles of 2017

I don’t know about you, but whenever the end of the year approaches, it sends me straight into reflection mode; borderline reminiscent. Knowing me, I never checked in on myself throughout the year to see how I was doing so consequently, November and December have become my annual “evaluation months.” Blogging has actually been one of my struggle areas this year so this post alone is my way of holding myself accountable to keep adding to my successes. It’s one thing to entertain thoughts and then ignoring them when you no longer feel like dealing with…

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What You Fear is Success, Not Failure

Fear is one hell of a drug; one hell of a vice. It’s the one thing we hate that is apart of us but we feed and nourish it on a daily basis. Often times we really can’t even articulate what it is that we fear, we just know that feeling if we are triggered. When dealing with passion and purpose, it has been said that many people remain stagnate out of fear of failure; fear of not being received; not being accepted. I beg to differ. I believe our fear enters another realm. We aren’t…

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True Life: I Want Box Braids but I’m on the Job Market

I finally pressed submit on the application for the first job I’ve applied for while two months shy of graduation. I go back to my daily scroll of looking at protective hairstyles on IG I want to get within the next two weeks because a playa’s tax return is on its way and it’s time for this hair to be tied up. I’m trying to finish this semester strong and because my assignments are piling up, I simply don’t have time to do all this hair every single day. Besides, however I can shorten my “getting…

Why I Chose to Give My Daughter Locs

*Image above is Addyson getting her hair retwisted by her uncle* It’s been two months since my daughter started her loc journey, December 10th to be exact, and it has been a journey for the both of us. This is a process I wanted to start when she was three-years-old (she is seven now) but I listened to the naysayers in my family who convinced me that it was a bad idea to give my daughter a “permanent” style at such a young age. I am not too familiar with “hair types” but I do know…

5 Ways to Incorporate Reading into Your Busy Schedule

“I wish I could read for leisure more but I am just too busy” –  said all of you. Ok, that’s an overgeneralized statement but I do see and hear that being said from many of you. One of the greatest lies ever told is that we simply don’t have enough time to (fill in the blank). It isn’t that we don’t have enough time; if we are honest with ourselves, we most likely don’t have enough discipline. I have that same issue and talk about it here, but I am proud to say that I…