Flexing In My Complexion: Updated Skin Care Routine

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There are some people who have perfect, clear skin. I was never that person. Name a skin ailment and I might’ve suffered from it. At one point, I gave up on caring about clear skin. But all that changed when I subscribed to Sephora’s Play box. The exposure to so many different brands piqued my interest and it wasn’t long until I was back on the path towards the perfect skin care routine.

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Floating at Buoyant Float Spa

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When some team members from Buoyant came to Whole Foods and introduced* me to float therapy a couple months ago, I was all ears. I’ll try anything once. Besides, It’s my last week in the Midwest! And what better way to treat myself other than floating in a sensory deprivation tank?

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Three Ways to Practice Self Care in Trump’s America

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Charlottesville happened and I tried so hard to avoid being reminded of it. Trauma is a constant reality we have to face in the black community. Sometimes I don’t want to think about the people who hate me simply for existing, you know? I didn’t open instagram that morning. After the news broke, I logged out of twitter for the day. Then I get to work and was called the “n-word” by some coward of a customer.

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The Lies My Depression Told Me

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I’ve never hurt myself. I thought therapy was reserved for people with real problems. Why should I seek professional help over a couple of bad days or weeks? I went to work and I got things done. Ya girl was fully functioning; I wasn’t like the people I’d see on tv with depression. But the first lie depression told me was I wasn’t depressed.

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Sustainable Jewelry + GIVE AWAY :)

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Working in the natural food industry has forever changed me. I recycle. Today I was excited about adding scraps to my compost pail. I even try to avoid processed foods. The girl that once ate anything now reads labels. *insert shocked face here*

All of that is relevant because now that I care about what I’m putting into my body, I’m also concerned about what I’m putting on it. I’m talking clothes, jewelry and accessories. For awhile I’ve been interested in sustainable fashion but the price tag and mystery of it all usually scares me away.

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On My Radar: WCW Edition

This week is all about creating content, living my truth and supporting my ladies that do the same. Yesterday afternoon I sat in on a webinar hosted by Black Bloggers United and man, I have some work to do. I took notes and immediately after the webinar ended, I started looking at ways to collaborate and create a supportive community. In honor of that, here are some women on my radar who I believe are really shaking things up!

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Let’s Talk Hair

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You can’t open a magazine without being bombarded by ads about hair. Cleaning it, changing it, or maintaining it. But this post is about body hair and our obsession with removing it. Let’s just face it, western culture has a really unhealthy relationship with body hair.

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Exploring EarthDance Farm School

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So I’m a professional organic farmer now. Or at least thats what I’m saying after volunteering at EarthDance Farm School. Tucked away in Ferguson, Missouri, EarthDance is a little farm with loads of history. What started as a family farm in 1883 has now grown into a non-profit that develops farmers and fosters the community.

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Self Reflections and Notes on Confidence

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I’ve been reading a lot of books with themes that touch on confidence and inadequacy. Lately, my levels of both seem to fluctuate and vary by day. I was in a yoga class one evening and it hit me. I have lived with myself for twenty seven years. For twenty seven years I’ve been strong. I’ve been caring, resilient and lovable. I know these things to be true. So why am I so caught up in what anyone else thinks?

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