Overcoming Self-Doubt

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It’s the beginning of a new school year. You’re ready to tackle anything that comes your way. Your drive and motivation is at its peak.

*First Day of your First Year*

You get to your classes and the professors talks about the syllabus. You’re staring at the paper while it’s staring back at you saying, “Yeah, that’s right my workload is heavy enough for struggling.” You start to worry because not only are you taking this one course, but you’re taking five and that’s about 15 credits as a full time student. Continue reading Overcoming Self-Doubt

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Limitations and Boundaries: Knowing when enough has become too much

We all go through this process in life called growing up, and the truth of the matter is, it’s more than just a phase. You don’t just pass through it, its lifelong, continuous. I am a firm believer in physical manifestation, meaning that if I cannot physically see with my own eyes what you are saying or claiming then it is null. It’s easy to really want something and declare it and profess it, but yelling and screaming it loud and proud will not bring it to manifestation. You can pray and fast but you are going to have to put in some work! Continue reading Limitations and Boundaries: Knowing when enough has become too much

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5 Reasons to Go Natural

As African American queens, we have all had a specific thought run across our minds; “Should I go natural?”. Some of us have accomplished, attempted, or kept it as a thought. If you fit into the “attempted” or “kept it as a thought” category, this post is specifically for you! As far as my accomplished sistas, don’t worry, if you need some reassurance, this is for you too!

 

Here are 5 amazing reasons why you should go natural:

 

  1. Self Acceptance

First things first, accepting your natural hair is not as easy as it may sound for everyone. However, I can almost promise you that it is a beautiful experience. Accepting and going through the transition stage can be a pain but it is super interesting to see what your hair transforms into! You would almost think your hair is consistently playing the “she loves me, she loves me not” game, as much as you may switch from loving your hair one day and hating it the next! However, with time you learn to feel liberated! You feel free from trying to impress and fit in with society.

 

  1. Versatility

What is more fun than having more options? Perhaps nothing! Being a natural allows you to have so many style options. I have nothing against relaxers. However, you don’t get to experience anything other than straight hair. When you’re natural, you can rock the bush, afro, puffs, twists, and don’t get me started on the protective styles! There are endless to choose from! With that being said, versatility allows you to stay interested in your hair!

 

  1. Healthier

It is always better to take the healthier route! Going natural is the healthiest option to choose for your hair. Harsh chemicals can damage the hair now or later, sometimes both! Healthy hair will only allow your strands to flourish like a pretty flower.  No more damage from hair glue or heat!  You are now in your natural state and it feels so good!

 

  1. Debunks European and Western standards

In the past years, straight hair was the only hair accepted in society.  Straight hair was known to be the hairstyle and texture to give you beauty and poise.  Kinky and coily hair was known as unprofessional and inappropriate.  However, you don’t have to worry about your hair getting ruined in the rain because you have a weave or a relaxer in your hair.  Natural hair is becoming more and more visible in today’s society.  Companies want to be apart of the movement. The fashion industry is becoming more supportive of the movement too! Going natural allows you to support and expand on what is defined as the “beauty standard”.  

 

  1. Unique and Special

Being natural is so unique and special. Not only to you, but to other people as well! You could be walking down the street and all eyes will be on your hair! You will get questions on what you do to your hair, what products you use, and some people may even ask to touch your hair! That is how special and interesting natural hair really is! Natural hair is subconsciously praised believe it or not.  Natural hair has a wide range of textures, which is another reason why it is so special and interesting.   

So ladies, I hope these five reasons convinced, and reassured your thoughts on going natural!

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Major Keys to Success: #1 Believing in Something

Hi there curly friends! I am super excited about our new series “Major Keys to Success” and I hope you all are too!

Today we’re going to be kicking things off by delving deeper into Major Key to Success number 1: Believing in something. In other words, having faith. Yes, that’s right faith. I’m sure when many of us hear this word what initially comes to mind without a thought is religion, which is absolutely ok. However, that’s not necessarily what we’re here to discuss today. Before we get back to faith and what exactly I mean by that word, let’s talk a little about why having these so called “keys to success” are important.

I want to believe that success is a chief component in the ultimate goal of all human existence. We all work very hard, sacrifice so much all in the confidence that one day it will all pay off. We hope to one day be able to look around and be satisfied but moreover, strongly convinced that we have achieved the highest level of success which we want to attain.

This is the dream, but getting there is the difficult part. Many people start off so well but along the way, things go south because they weren’t equipped for the journey on which they embarked. So here I am sharing with you all some major keys that have helped me on my journey thus far, and these same keys have helped many successful people.

I sat in an auditorium about 3 weeks ago listening to a pediatrician share her story of how she became who she is today, and I was touched because where she is, is exactly where I hope to be in the coming years. She shared with us her top 5 keys to success which I grouped together for a total of three and number one is faith. For the purpose of this journey to success, faith is believing in a supernatural power.  This does not mean that you must be religious, you just have to believe and be convinced that there is a power higher and much greater than your own.

Now you may be wondering why so here it is: There will be times when you want to genuinely give up. There will be times when you sacrifice all that you have accomplished in hopes of achieving one great reward but it does not play out the way you envisioned. There will be times when that dream that seemed so close to becoming reality now appears to be far out of reach. In times as such, only your faith can get you through.

For me personally, my faith lies in God and in Christ. I know that I have only begun my journey and have seen only the smallest of the tests and trials that there are to come. However, I can assure you that during these testing times, the one thing I know for sure that has gotten me through is trusting in God and relying on him for strength to carry on even when I feel that I no longer can.

So, whatever you choose to put your faith in, stick to it because in the toughest of times, that is what will carry you through. Inner strength to fight even when the battle appears to be lost only comes from a greater source. What will yours be?

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Monday Morning Inspiration

Here are a few uplifting celebrity quotes and how you can apply them to your daily life. #loveyourlife

“If you are feeling low, don’t despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning.” – Dolly Parton

What Ms. Parton is saying here is that it is okay to be sad for a season because that depression or sadness shall past. Brighter days are in your future and you may not see them right now, but they are surely coming soon.

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – CoCo Chanel

Why would you want to be like everybody else? You should strive to be different and unique and be the best you you can be. Coco is telling you that you will leave your mark on this Earth by standing out and above the crowd. If you do that, you can’t be beat!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

What Audrey Hepburn is telling you is to follow your dreams no matter what. Don’t let any dream seem to big or too small. If a dream seems impossible, remember that it actually is possible. Work hard at it and don’t let anything or anyone stop you from reaching your goals and dreams.

“Smile and let everyone know that today, you’re a lot stronger than you were yesterday.” – Drake

Believe it or not, smiling helps you feel happier and more confident. Whether you are having the worst day or the best day, try to smile through the struggle. Who knows, your smile might bring joy to someone else who is struggling as well. Drake believes that you are stronger than you were yesterday and so should you!

“I don’t know what my path is yet. I’m just walking on it.” – Olivia Newton-John

I think that this is a perfect quote for college students or college grads. It’s terrifying and stressful figuring out what you want to do with your life, but sometimes a path is laid out in front of you. All you have to do is walk the path, hope for the best, stay motivated, and truly believe that you will reach that final destination at the end of the path.

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