Weight For It

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…

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New Buys: Candles

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 late, I saw an add 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 is Tay, but thanks so much Tay! She's awesome!

I wonder what my next buy will be? :)

BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT Shop Launch

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 :)

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Growing Up And Growing Out

Growing Up And Growing Out

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...

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Defining MY Own Happiness

Defining MY Own Happiness

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...

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