We're in the age of the "feel good" - a plethora of feel good food, books, guidelines, etc. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, hell even this is somewhat of a reflective yet prescriptive post. I'm just saying everyone is different. People are motivated by different factors such as money, passion, survival, etc. During the last few years, even throughout my journey, I've discovered what motivates me. And that has complicated many of my relationships with jobs, in particular. I've seen quite a few desks, cubicles, and ID badges in my professional career thus far. However, I've always transferred from one job to another for a better opportunity. I've never technically "quit" a job, until now….Read More
One of the things I’ve shied away from, both in real time and on my blog, is my weight. Although I’ve had body-image issues since high school, it became more of a problem during my mid/late 20s. In fact, it’s been a struggle for the past 3 years or so. At 24, I was 5’6 in and a solid 145 lbs and I thought I could lose 5 lbs (ha!). Fast-forward December 2017, at age 27, I finally hit…Read More
As I was painting one day, I realized that I didn't have any candles. I love candles and incense so this was odd for me. Maybe that's why I've been on edge recently (lol). So instead of going to my regular chain store, I remembered a promise I made to support more women this year - this also means patronizing women-owned businesses. I started researching local handmade candle business. Thanks to the intrusion of social media via cookies, about 15 minutes later, I saw an ad for Posh Candle Co. as I was scrolling through Instagram. We're always being watched! But this time, I'm grateful haha. I moseyed along to the shop and found a 100% soy based Eucalyptus and Lavender scented candle named "Good Vibes," which was exactly the ambiance I was going for AND matched my Lavender Sage and Amethyst stone. Perfect! Look how the universe works lol. And it even came with a three piece crystal set (White Quartz, Rose Quartz and Snowflake Obsidian), a White Sage Smudge and a Palo Santo stick! I'm proud to say that everything is as expected and my little bedside shrine is complete (more complete lol). I couldn't find much about the owner, other than her name is Tay, but thanks so much Tay! She's awesome!
I wonder what my next buy will be? :)
I finally launched the BLACK GIRL WHO PAINT Shop last week shortly after our 6 month anniversary (March 4th)! It has been an exciting new experience. Selling apparel is different than selling paintings and prints BUT preparation has been key. I realized that it's okay to ask questions, utilize your resources, and if it doesn't feel right to say no during this process. It might sound crazy, but anything I do related to BGWP makes me feel good - internally and externally. And this launch has been another one of these moments. Check out the new BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT pieces below!
I picked grayscale and black-and-white apparel because I wanted to give each BGWP the autonomy to rock each piece as is or add a splash of color and personality! I can't wait to customize my own pieces too because already if I'm out and about in public, 9/10 I'm rocking my BGWP gear. I can't wait to see how others rock their BGWP gear! That's the most exciting part. The shop will have more goodies soon enough! This is just the beginning :)
Growth is a beautiful thing, especially when your growth comes with outgrowth - people, places, things, etc. For me, growing out of old habits means I'm getting rid of self-destructive behaviors and even flipping them into their positive counterparts. Once I figured out it really is me against me, I started shifting my internal compass from...Read More
I welcomed 2018 on an odd note. Odd only in the sense that I felt no need for a resolution or 'new year new me' mood. I continued some of the same shenanigans that I should/could have "left in 2017" into 2018 lol. Although my year 27 already began, this is the year I decided to take an internal deep dive to sort out my wants and needs in terms of my career. I want year 27 to represent organization but I realized I was still figuring out how to be happy while being all over the place...Read More
So December has been a tough month for me… I CAN’T LIE! Mentally, emotional, and definitely financially, I’ve been going through it...Read More