#IQUITMYJOB (2 Month Update)

I’ve been meaning to give you guys a little update on where I am and how I’m feeling about the decision so here it is! Better late then never!

I hope this helps you if you’ve been struggling with your own decision to quit your job. This year is all about abundance for me and this was the first step I felt I had to take to achieve it.

My Curls With Cantu: Favorite Curly Hair Products

This post is sponsored by Cantu

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I have been using Cantu products basically ever since I went natural over 10 years ago. I swear by them because they always leave my hair soft and moisturized, but most importantly, I love how they bring out my curl pattern. I’ve been wanting to do an ancestry DNA test to find out my exact heritage, but I know I have Dominican mixed in on my dad’s side, and my mom has super curly hair (it looks almost fake like a jerry curl lol). I often have the opposite problem of many natural girls, where my hair tends to go straight before it goes kinky, so some days my curls just don’t want to come out and play.

Luckily, I’ve found a great routine that brings my curls out to stay and I don’t even have to do a twist out or anything. I just wash and go.

First, I use Cantu Coil Calm Detangler and run my fingers through my hair. In the shower, I use Cantu Complete Conditioning Co-Wash. This is great when you want clean hair but don’t want to strip out too many oils. I apply a generous amount of product to my hair and then I comb it once with a wide-tooth comb. Then I rinse it out and don’t pass a comb through it again until it’s wash time. For me, passing a comb through a second time would pull out my curls too much.

Next, I use a generous amount of Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, separating my hair into sections to make sure I get every strand. The Conditioning Repair cream is my absolute favorite; I also use it before I blow-dry my hair when I want to wear it straight.

Last, I just put a dab of Cantu Coconut Curling Cream from roots to end. Then I just let my hair air-dry. I don’t normally get a lot of shrinkage and Cantu products actually provide even more protection against shrinkage.

If you needed a twist out, do the same routine but using the Twist and Lock gel as your last step to get the twist to stay but still feel soft and loose once you untwist.

Sometimes, if I’m pressed for time, I’ll just use the Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and call it a day – it’s that effective at reducing frizz, and leaving hair soft and manageable. That’s why it’s America’s #1 leave-in!

Cantu is hosting a My Curl. My Cantu. giveaway that will be running from July 1 to 31st. All you have to do is share a photo of your Cantu look using the hashtag #mycantu and Tag @cantubeauty for a chance to be featured in a post and to win a deluxe gift box including Coil Calm Detangler, Complete Conditioning Co-Wash, Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream (America’s #1 leave-in, Nielsen L52w xAOC PE 5/2/16), Coconut Curling Cream (Naturally Curly “Best of the Best” 2013) and Twist & Lock Gel (Naturally Curly 2015 Editor’s Choice). There will be a total of 6 winners!

My Curl. My Cantu. Share your look by tagging #mycantu for a chance to be featured on cantubeauty.com/mycantu. Visit cantubeauty.com/mycantu for additional tips, tricks, and tutorial videos.

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Happy Birthday To Me!

IMG_3551So today is my birthday and as I enter into the last year of my twenties, I have mixed emotions of feeling underwhelmed yet excited all in one. I think the timing of it all with my grandma passing and other personal things make me not really feel like celebrating. But then I think we should be grateful for EVERY day we wake up alive and not just our birthdays and remember to sing another tune. With that, to me your twenties are a long decade of learning and lessons and you go into 30 being a boss because you’ve grown so much from your learning 20’s. This gets me a little excited and I plan on taking this last year and make it the best on yet so I can walk into 30 like a boss lady.

To be real honest if I think about it too much I get a little bit of anxiety, like holy moly i can’t believe I’m almost 30. But instead of dwelling on everything I wish I had accomplished I am just going to go ahead and accomplish them this year. How bout that!

Another thing I want to focus on is putting my all into God and truly knowing that that is enough. To leave my life in His hands and know that nothing else matters. If one thing I need to take away from my grandma is her strong love for Jesus. Any time you asked her a question Jesus was the answer. She never stressed, always worked hard, was smart with her money, and lived a blessed life.  So here’s to a blessed 29th year of life.

I probably should have come up with this wish list earlier so people (hint hint) had time to gift me lol. But I wanted to put a little birthday wishlist out into the universe of things I’ve been eyeing to further my career.

1. Canon 6d

2. 85mm lens

3. LogicPro

4. Go Pro

5. Lynda.com memebership

 

Attention!

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Attention people! As a member of the black community inducted by God himself I have to say with the recent yet reoccurring events I need you to understand one thing: All we want is acknowledgment. We look at ourselves in disbelief like it’s a bad dream. “Did this really happen?! Again?!” No way another black person has been killed in cold blood, no way. Then we reach out to the world for confirmation that this is wrong, that justice is deserved, that OUR LIVES MATTER, and we are met with cricket silence.

I can just see all the backlash happening on the internet. I can’t even read most things out there because it makes my stomach turn. The fact that in this century there are still plenty of people that don’t get it blow my mind. But the worst part is that plenty of people actually get it but choose to stay silent. Silence and ignorance is what’s actually killing innocent people. Silence and ignorance has killed many more people than guns ever will. SO when you see a problem in your own country that affects people you know and you stay silent, well it feels as though you could care less.

And it hurts. We hurt. We cry. This is our lives. People don’t think our lives matter for some reason. Not enough to say anything anyway. People don’t understand when I see a black person get hurt, I see myself. So when all I hear is crickets from my non-black community it makes me feel like you don’t think my life matters or my brothers or father or nephews and loved ones.

I hope we can meet this issues with action and no longer stand in silence. We can not stop individuals from bad actions but we can hold the government accountable to prosecute their murders. We can hold them accountable to treat these like the crimes they are and stop giving a slap on the wrist. We can choose to VOTE for people who have EVERYONE’s best interest in mind, we can run for office, call our congressman, try to start bills. We have the power to change things, let’s not forget that.

Thank you for listening. At the end of the day I have a platform to spread knowledge and inspiration. And although post like these aren’t met with the same enthusiasm I have to speak up when enough is enough. I was raised to spread light and love and not just sweaters and at the end of the day I can’t concentrate on trivial things when I’m scared to raise black children in this country. Let’s repeat that, I’m scared to raise black children in this country. Scared for my family, scared for my life. Do you know what it’s like to be scared because of your race everyday. To wear it like a brand that makes you stand out in a room where often times you’re the only one that looks like you? Lets learn to spread ACTIONABLE love to ALL races. Let’s stop picking and choosing.

Let’s stop staying silent.

 

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RIP

Sorry I went MIA for a bit. While I was visiting home, my grandma passed away. It’s been the first time I’ve dealt with a death so close to me and I’m still dealing. I wake up with anxiety, body aches, and have caught a case of insomnia, not to mention I became very ill. It’s crazy how everyone deals with things differently. Instead of crying a lot, my body seems to have turned on me. But each day gets a little better and I’m so glad I was here for her last days on Earth.

What people don’t really talk about is all the planning and craziness that comes after someone passes. Planning a funeral is like planning a wedding in 1 week and it’s really weird and morbid to think about it that way but it’s the truth. Living is a business and dying is too. So let’s just say it’s been a lot for my family at the moment that I feel like we all haven’t really fully been able to grieve because of all the planning.

My grandma was in a lot of pain and when she passed she looked so peaceful. She was swelling and crying out on her last days but when she passed the silence and swelling went down and we knew she was in a much better place.

If it weren’t for my grandma,  I wouldn’t have this blog or my entrepreneurial spirit. (She was also one stylish lady back in her day!) I wouldn’t currently be working for myself and even have the freedom to plan a random trip home that allowed for me to be here to see her in the last moments. My grandma never worked for anyone in her life, she was always a boss and always had her own businesses until the end. #goals

It’s crazy how God’s timing is perfect. I literally had no reason to visit home other then I just felt like I needed a break. Never did I think my grandma would pass away while I was here. Also my cousin who she basically raised was visiting from Ohio too, who also had no specific reason to come home to visit. It’s like she was calling us all to be home. My mom also threw an early b-day party for her so many people came out to celebrate with her just days before. She got to see all her babies before she crossed over and she chose the perfect day to find peace. Her birthday.

I love you Manmi, may you rest in peace. Please continue to watch over us, your legacy will love on in our hearts.

 

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