Getting out of your own way

August 29, 2017






This year has been full of lots of self-reflection and growth, which isn't always glitter and confetti. Moving into my first condo has been both rewarding and tiring. Some days I wake up ready to take over the world while other days I don't want to get off the couch. As a creator, I'm always thinking of what I want to do next but I also have my moments where I become creatively stuck. When confiding in my partner and other creators around me, they remind me that a mental break is healthy, as long as giving up is not the end result.


While I'm learning to get out of my own way, I'm more aware of:


  • The seeds (thoughts) I plant in mind will grow and align to my life outcomes, so I keep them positive. 


  • When celebrating people around me and their accomplishments, my heart is filled with gratitude and love. It's inspirational to see ideas put into action and hard work being rewarded.


  • I'm mindful of the accounts I "follow" on social media especially when strolling through my timeline frequently and daily. A balance is everything.


  • Changing habits are hard but with discipline and consistency, anything I put my mind to is possible


  • Protecting my energy, personal and peace. Saying No is healthy.


  • Letting go of control of things I can't change. Less anxiety and life flows with no expectations


  • A creative mind block does not equal failure, Just keep going.


  • Build a brick daily, Write down ideas and goals. Work on one at a time and cross them off


  • Trusting the process, I'm always reminded of why I started!




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Q&A on a Tuesday!

August 1, 2017

1. Five ways to win your heart?

Respect, Humor, Food, Reciprocation, Appreciation


 


2. Something you feel strongly about
Self- love,  it is important. It shapes the way you love others and allow others to treat and love you.
 
3. A book you love?
So many to pick from but the one I find myself reopening the most would be All the Joy you can stand - "101 Sacred Principles for making Joy Real in your Life"- by Debrena Jackson Gandy
 
4. Your views on mainstream music?
Music today is nothing compared to the 80s and 90s. I am an R&B soul at heart so I miss the way lyrics used to be.
 
5. Five Pet Peeves?
Waiting while I am dressed, Sweet foods, Soggy bread, Messy bathrooms, When people text and drive
 
6. Your Zodiac/Horoscope and if you think it fits your personality
I believe many traits that relate to the Leo fits my personality. Stubborn, bossy, hilarious…. Yes it pretty much fits J
 
7. Something you always think “what if..” about?
When I was younger I would have my what if moments but today I know everything happens in life the way it’s supposed to be. I would not change a thing; only grow to do better always.
 
8. Something that you’re proud of..
I am proud of myself for overcoming past traumas. Learning about triggers and learning more to not take things so personal. I am proud of my heart for learning to love again after the hurt.
 
9. Something that you miss
I miss many things but nothing compares to the days before bills had to be paid lol
 
10. Somewhere you would like to visit
Many places, Greece, China, Trinidad, Mexico
 
11. A quote you try to live by
“ Do not let the word make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

12. Name a few things you're excited for?
Becoming more healthy physically, mentally and spiritually, Exploring parts of the world I have yet to discover and meeting more beautiful souls!!




 


My First Photoshoot

July 25, 2017




Photoshoots, for some people they are a piece of cake! Some can get in front of a camera, bright lights, slay the photoshoot and leave and then there are some that are just more into selfie loving (like me). This was different, something new I wanted to face so I can become comfortable with more in the future..

I had a pleasure with working with 2SistasBoutique for my first photoshoot. Jasmine was a big help with helping me feel like I have done this plenty of times. Deciding what to wear, how to stand, how to pose and oh my least favorite FACIAL EXPRESSIONS lol. I cannot see my face while others are taking my photo and this resting bitch face did not let me be great. Jas would remind me to smile and in my head, I thought I already was lol. I remember a week prior I worked on some facial expressions and poses in the mirror but as soon as it was lights camera action time it was like that never even happened *eye roll emoji*.



I believe when others are taking photos of us oppose to our best selfies, we tend to over think it more than we should. As humans, we are so used to being in control that if something is not in our comfort zone or what were used to, we pick it apart and make our minds believe it’s not good enough/ugly. I remember when I was not sure on what expression I wanted to give I would have pep talks to myself because self-love is needed when we want to change our thoughts about ourselves. Knowing that this was my first photoshoot, I was picky and self-conscious with the results but I let go of the thoughts and saw myself in another light of not being in control but accepting me for me.

The outfits I decided to choose from were 1.) With colors because I love to wear black 2.) Comfortable because if not Jeans and a top would have been my go to. 3.) Did I mention Comfortable? That’s key for me. At times, I can get quite lazy with my hair so I tried a style that I have never worn and I loved it. After taking a step back and feeling a new layer of confidence come over me and I am proud of myself! YAY me to trying new thangs. If there is something, you are nervous or scared to do, DO IT ANYWAYS. It will make you feel stronger and unstoppable; you will look forward to going up against your fears!



                                                       Thank you @2sistasboutique (Instagram)





Feature Fridays- Simply Flora's Florist

March 3, 2017
"Because Your Memories Matter"

Designer: Brittani Jenise

          Simply Flora's Florist in Lansdowne, PA is a florist known for its beautiful flowers and excellent customer service. Whether you are looking to send someone flowers for a special occasion or just because, they have a wide variety of event flowers for you to choose from.

         Whatever the occasion, fresh flowers are always appropriate. That is why flowers have stayed as the gift of choice throughout many years. With their staggering variety, you can always find one that’s right for you. All of their flowers are fresh and of high quality.


         Simply Flora's Florist is experienced in producing the best floral arrangements in the area. They take pride in their floral services and can make arrangements for any event such as weddings. Their special event and wedding flowers can be custom designed by you. In addition to keeping the flowers in good condition, the flower arrangements can also create amazing works of art by combining them in stunning bouquets. It takes a lot of training and natural skill to do stylish/modern floral designs and you’ll definitely notice the difference if you get it done by their qualified florists. Their fresh cut flowers always make stunning centerpieces that bring their customers back again and again.

Services Include: Flowers Arrangements, Flower Delivery and Gift Baskets












                                         Website:    lansdowneflorist.com                        
                                         Location:  14 N. Lansdowne Ave
                                                           Lansdowne, PA 19050
                                         Telephone: 610-622-7980
                                         Days/Time: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm & Sat. 10am-2pm

                                                                 

Feature Fridays- Sista's Boutique

February 10, 2017
Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting a driven young woman named Jasmine Whitaker. We had our share of memories, nights of fun but when it got down to business this girl works for the results she wants to see. When Jasmine came to me with her and Stacy's (her sister) business idea of Sista's Boutique, I loved it! These crafty queens use their creative talents to create uniquely crafted gifts and relieve the pressure of having to plan event services alone. And that's not all... what's a party without photographs? These ladies photography services capture moments you want to remember. Give these two Sistas an event idea and watch them bring it to life. You won't regret it!


 Handcrafted Items
 
 At Sista's Boutique every item is hand crafted to fit custom themes. From party favors, decorations and even gift baskets.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Photography Services
 
 
                  With their creative skills, capturing your memorable moments will be a piece of cake!
 
 
 
 
 





          Contact numbers :215-400-1929 and 973-914-8312
Social Media: Instagram: @2sistasboutique
                       Website: www.sistasboutique
                  Facebook: Sistas Boutique
                  E-Mail: 3sistasboutique@gmail
 

My Curly Go-To Products

February 6, 2017

My Go-To Products


Coconut Milk's Shampoo and Conditioner always leave my hair so soft and smelling so good. Every time I go to try something new my hair craves these two the most. I like to leave some of the conditioner in when rinsing to keep my hair conditioned while styling.





Cantu's Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Cream is a conditioner that I love to use to leave-in or and it can be used as a deep conditioner and washed out after an hour. Usually on my wash day, I'll style my hair in two braids with this product and rinse it out at the end of the day. Use this once a week and you will feel the difference in softness when its time to let the curls out!




This has to be one of my favorite products. After I wash my hair I usually finger detangle or if it's too tangled I'll use a big tooth comb. My hair doesn't need a lot of a product so a quarter size amount for each part I detangle works for me. I separate my hair starting from the bottom back to the top front making sure I get enough product in the middle and the ends. I always use this product to keep my hair moisturized before sealing with one of the products below.






When I want more of a tight hold on my curls I'll use this product after I use my Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk. This Leave-In works well for all curl types and also seals my hair with a shine after air drying.

When I want more of a soft hold on my curls I'll use this product after I use my Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk. This Leave-In works well for all curl types and also seals my hair with a shine after air drying.



"What We Give Out, We Get Back"

January 31, 2017

The mind is a powerful muscle that may sometimes play tricks on us. Most of the time we can allow fear or the thoughts of things being "too good" to sabotage the good coming into our life. The thoughts we create turn into actions and how our energy will respond to daily situations. No one has it all together and we all have different ways of showing when we are afraid. Fear is a natural human emotion but when practicing to focus more on the things we can control, the thoughts of fear and worry come up less.

 As humans that experience pain, we are afraid to become vulnerable hoping to not feel that pain the same way twice. We tend to over think bad thoughts, take things personally and we can become obsessed with wanting to be in control of everything. I'm learning that growing through pain only reminds us that we are alive, we can only trust the timing of our lives and what goes around comes back around so always give out what you want to get back, positive energy and karma.


A book I'm currently reading titled "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise L. Hay has given me so much insight on where these fears come from and helpful ways to change the way we think. A lot of what we consider "False Evidence Appearing Real" can go back as far as childhood experiences that we have been through. As I'm learning to relearn to rethink, I'm hoping my words or this book may help someone else. Below I will leave a imagine of the book and the first quote on the first place that backs up "What We Give Out, We Get Back".


"What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating our future. Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences". - Louise Hay