It is in your hands to make the world a better place. ~ Nelson Mandela
Welcome to 2013, people!
Socrates said "The unexamined life is not worth living".
I believe this wholeheartedly! I find myself writing lists and reflections most nights. This isn't something new for me. I've long been making lists of goals and plans which I pray over and work towards. However, this used to be done only on a weekly to monthly basis though.
2013 feels different though!
I have to keep reminding myself to do things I have promised (myself) I would follow-up on or improve in 2013. The first is obviously to do with becoming more mature spiritually and finding my God-given purpose in life. After that, it's learning to smell the roses along the way.
If I sacrifice so much to achieve ONE thing, is it worth it if I can't recall the path with other fond memories.
My hair is thriving but I need to start enjoying my length and thickness. (Winter doesn't help). I will also be experimenting with different mixes to cleanse, moisturize and seal my hair.
Sharing information on simple but effective hair care techniques is the last piece of the puzzle.
My YouTube channel and hair meetups will hopefully fulfill this. The meetups will be either workshops or meet-and-greets with product swapping and buying opportunities thrown in! There will also be more profiles on naturals, transitioners and relaxed heads of hair to encourage you all in your healthy hair journeys.
I can't wait!
What are some of your New Year Plans?
Life Lessons in 2012!
I finally got to see Stonehenge this year! Whoo hooo!
I've learned quite a few things in this kooky year! Here are my top 5:
#1. Be thankful!
In everything, I give thanks to GOD! For my life, family, work, friends, clothing, success, failure, opportunities and experiences. I must have been a grumbling version of myself in 2011 but I have learned that with thanksgiving comes a special kind of blessing. Peace follows!
#2. If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again.
And maybe just once more! It's not failing. It's an opportunity to learn more about that endeavor, practice more and get better. That's what I've learned from certain tests. I still have to try again on one of them....darn!
#3. Do your best.
That's the only thing that will make you feel peace at the end of each day, week and month. To be able to answer the question, "Did you do your best?" in the affirmative is a huge weight off one's shoulders. I do need to learn to value my free time more though. I can't let others use up MY time when they don't really value the sacrifice on my part.
#4. Don't jump at the first opportunity!
I have learned this in the last quarter of the year where I thought I should take the first job offered when it was not really going to add to my career plans or be the right fit for me. A few weeks before I was due to start, opportunities dropped into my lap in a deluge! Now I had to turn away things that I really was interested in for my lack of self-control (and maybe even self belief!). Give it a week before you say yes next time.
#5. You still have the power to say "NO".
This is something we all tend to be discouraged from as children. As children, we really didn't know enough to give an informed negative answer to whatever problem or opportunity we were presented with. As adults, we feel guilty for saying no! Well, I realized that 8 months in the wrong jobs was too much time to let go. Instead, I reached a compromise with myself: 4 months only and then focus on my career goals during working hours...lol! What I actually did was turn down the second part of the offer mentioned in lesson #4. This gave them 4 months leeway and gave me back my time! Finally, I am being empowered by the word "NO".
What have you learned in 2012?
Merry Christmas to one and all!
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Another LONG year it seems! Eventful to say the least!
Managed to end my transition to natural hair. My hair is almost back to waist length already! Thankful for work to keep me from boredom but not keen on the frustration that often accompanies it.
At least we get to enjoy a few days of holiday celebrating the coming of God's son, Jesus.
I know that without my personal faith, I could not have achieved any of the things I have in the past year.
And as more opportunities open up, I plan to prayerfully tackle them.
Hope you managed to get your Christmas shopping done in time! My Christmas list is more about the food for the day! lol! Ready for the challenge though!
Time to get refreshed and then go bother my brothers about the plans for tomorrow.
Have a lovely Christmas and Boxing Day, ladies and gents!
Face of the Day | Just over a week in review!
I have been experimenting away with make-up looks and I have been loving my two blushes: Flushed by Sleek and Raizin by Mac! I lean towards the latter most days as I feel it is a more subtle shade.
I have been using my eye shadow trio from Bare Minerals on rotation as they add a bit of spark to an otherwise simple look.
I have also found that when I wear simpler eye make up, my pink lip shades look nicer and when I wear brighter eye shadows, nude lips work for me. Unless it is an under-eye line!
Face of the Day (FOTD)| Purple Smoky Eyes
This is going to be picture heavy! You've been warned!
OK, so I'm newly diving into the make up world and I thought I would try out the smoky eye technique with an H&M 'Smokey Eyes' Palette. This was quite easy to produce: using the pink-purple shadow (inner eye and lid), grey shadow (crease and outer eye corners) and light brown (transition colour and brow bone).
The lipstick is by Sleek in the shade 'Cupid'.
My foundation is the 'Golden Dark Matte' Powder
Concealer is 'Dark bisque' from Bare Minerals.
Blush by Sleek in the shade 'Flushed'.
Now enjoy more photos!
The London Riots | Two steps back!
Source: daily telegraph
The London riots of last week were without a doubt a very low moment. The fact that several other cities piggy-backed onto these events was even lower! People lost their lives (some defending their streets) and homes in those riots. Our hearts go out to them.
However, there is one good thing in all these happenings! We witnessed communities coming together...to clean up the mess and rebuild! Adults and children alike responded to the call to help clean up because they cared. They wanted to be part of the SOLUTION. They showed that they actually valued their community. And we can learn a lot from them: not to write off every young person as a delinquent, misjudged member of society. To help them know where they fit in with the building efforts.
Quote of the week!
"We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start" ~Unknown
This is such a great quote I found on twitter just now. There are two sides to this:
- Counting the cost before you start something! I believe that when you fail to plan, you are planning for failure (indirect quote).
- Choosing to say NO to what is not essential to you! When you don't, you will overstretch yourself and either quit, or make mediocre efforts at each thing. These could be your legacy! Time is a finite resource: spend it wisely!
However, it is important to remember that not everything you fail at is a failure in itself. If you don't learn from it, yes, you have truly failed. If you consider it and learn what you will do differently, you will have taken another step towards the success of your next venture.
That's my sixpence! God bless!