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Getting to Know Me

In Family, Friends, Mental Well-being, Relationships on September 25, 2013 at 2:57 am

I recently had a moment where I was speaking to someone (this someone shall remain nameless and I’m sorry because I know there’s no fun in that). Back to the story, in the middle of my conversation I thought to myself “You don’t know me at all…” I was a little confused and irritated by this and I wanted to help them to understand but then I realized that I’m not sure if I even know myself fully. I don’t want to get all existentialistic on you, but I’m saying this in the sense that although I have had the awesome experience of having a consistent personality (a lot is to be said about that) my attitude, ideas, tolerance, and tastes have changed over the years. As I get older, I can only imagine that life’s interesting experiences will further mold me and I am up for that experience. I’ll just remember to be as patient with everyone else as I am with myself!

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When Giving Up is Okay

In Family, Friends, Mental Well-being, Relationships, Work on August 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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I’ve always had a thick skin- it’s been my gift and my curse along with my ability to move past situations quickly. People often misconstrued my “gift” as cowardice or having a quitter attitude. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. At a young age I’ve learned to put myself first and if something is supposed to be good for you it doesn’t hurt and constantly cause you to question it. This applies to being stuck in a job that you’re not satisfied with, being in an unfulfilled relationship where your partner does not value your happiness, surrounding yourself with friends who’d prefer your downfall over your success-I could continue with this list. In these situations, I give you permission to quit. Quit continuing ties just for the sake of being in a relationship/having friends when you’re really dissatisfied, quit the drama, quit the questioning, quit wasting valuable time, and quit wondering why you’re not happy all of the time.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

In Family, Friends, Mental Well-being, Relationships, Work on August 19, 2013 at 12:00 am

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Do You Brag?

In Culture, Family, Friends, Mental Well-being, Relationships, Work on August 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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Don’t be that person.

Falling Apart or Into Place?

In Family, Friends, Mental Well-being, Relationships on August 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

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Nostalgia for my Natural Hair

In Beauty, Culture, Family, Friends, Health, Media, Uncategorized on August 2, 2013 at 3:21 am

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It was over 10 years ago when I sat in my high school Social Studies class (do they even teach that subject in school anymore?) and my teacher, Mr. James, said something so profound that only recently resonated with me in my adult life. Mr. James announced to my class “People will tell you that your hair is ‘nappy’ to make it sound like a bad thing. I need you all to understand that your hair is very curly. Do not let people make you think something is wrong with you and that you are not beautiful because your hair is NATURALLY curly and not NATURALLY straight.”

Ah! Why didn’t I listen to Mr. James back then?! I’m sure I’d have the curls & length that I hair crush on in natural hair blogs by now. More importantly, being cognizant of the importance of being able to rock my hair naturally, why do I continue to straighten it using a pressing comb? For the past 2 and 1/2 months I’ve been wearing straight extensions. Do not get me wrong, I like the look and I enjoy switching up my style, but I miss my afro. The good and the bad hair days that it came with lol So, I’ve been scouring the internet for style tutorials and ideas for medium length hair. I’m curious to see my hair length after I take out my extensions, as well as find a new moisturizer. I’m open to suggestions and I’ll definitely post pics of my hair styles to come.

XO

J

What Do You Believe In?

In Culture, Family, Friends, Relationships on July 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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Would You Hang Out With Yourself?

In Family, Friends, Relationships on February 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

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Genius vs Stupidity

In Family, Friends, Relationships, Work on February 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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It’s important to know the difference.

2012 Baggage Claim

In Family, Friends, Relationships on February 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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Baggage. Physical or emotional, we all have it. Some more than others. And either way, I’m definitely not the one to judge. Past experiences have led me to have baggage and that baggage has played a large role my personal development throughout the years. Now that I’m older, I realize that my baggage is without a doubt an important part of me, but it does not have to define who I am and who I will be in the future. I looked back on my 2012 and thought about all of the negative things that happened like identity theft, drama in my personal life, breakup with my ex, etc. and I found myself angered with the past, how I had allowed things to happen to me, and my reaction or the lack thereof. Then I thought about all of the positive things that happened like graduating with my Master’s Certification in Health Communication, getting a new car, moving into a new home, and strengthening friendships with other positive like-minded people and I realized that I’m in such a better place mentally and emotionally. So, I’ve decided to check the 2012 baggage and move forward with the positive things that have strengthened my character and motivated me to find happiness.

Hopefully, you can find the strength to check your baggage and make the necessary changes in your life to become a happier person too!

Be well,

C

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