Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Food For Thought

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly."
-- Thomas Paine

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Naturally Beautiful

Hi Ok readers! Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, Life has been really busy. I just embarked on this new journey of wearing my hair in its natural state, or also known as "going natural". This term describe wearing my hair in it's God given texture without permanently altering it with chemicals such as perms or texturizers. I decided to go natural because my hair was over processed, unhealthy, and damaged. I wanted a new beginning, a fresh start! I decided enough was enough and it was time to purge my head of this mangled mess. I did the Big Chop (BC) on September 5, 2009 and I love it. To take control of my hair and cut the damage away was painful at first but very liberating once complete. The pain was derived from not wanting to let go of my hair, the unknown state of my "natural hair", and the concern about how my hair was going to be perceived. As an African American female I was taught that nappy hair was "bad hair" and straight hair was "good hair". I've learned that "good hair" is healthy hair no matter the texture. Once I built the courage to proceed with cutting I felt a sense of control and I was no longer going to continue bad hair habits and be consumed about what others think. I'd accepted that my Kinky Healthy Hair was Good Happy Hair.

This journey of going natural went beyond my hair and our textured tresses can be symbolic of deeper life issues. In life we develop bad habits that ruin us mentally, physically, and spiritually. We make bad decision that are harmful but continue because we want to be accepted, or its what we're accustomed to doing.

We have allow toxic relationships to ruin our self-esteem and stunt our growth. We don't take care of our bodies, become inactive, and develop unhealthy eating habits that lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Unhealthy spending leads to debt that tear apart families. Immorality draws us away from God and leaves an unfulfilled void in our hearts.

Well just like my damaged, unhealthy hair, its time to cut away bad habits that are harmful and unfruitful. Its time to cut off toxic relationships that prevent you from growing as a person. And stir free from immorality that separates us from God and prevent us from living our full Potential.

Natural beauty comes from the inside out. As we address the innermost depths of our being true beauty will be reflective on the outside. Life isn't always going to be easy, but we must remain diligently focus on healthy productive relationships and habits in order to grow and be successful. Whatever is hindering your growth, Start today, Cut it off, and be free!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Be Bold!

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow
.--George Bernard Shaw
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