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The Best Blog Post of 2017

I know we all have busy lives, and it's near impossible to catch every great thing that happens! So just in case you've missed it, I have listed my top 8 post of 2017.

These have made it to the top 5 spots because of their traction, their substance, and the pivotal point it has proved for many of my readers.


So grab some cider, hot cocoa, or wine...whatever you fancy! And let us look at the year in review.

1. CT Blogger Meet Up


CT Blogger Meetup


This is what happens when bloggers get together! It was nothing but pure fun and collaborations. Read what happened here.

2. The Secret to Losing Over 20 Pounds Fast

lose weight fast nearly hair

I'm spilled the beans on how to lose weight without going through an extensive long wait. Why wait for weight? Read more here

3. When He Breaks Up With Me

nearly hair cia

Well the title is self sufficient. Find out what I planned to do when I broke up with my boyfriend. Read the full article here

4. 5 Reasons You Should Stop Searching For Your Soul Mate

stop looking for a soul mate

If you can't stand the heat, you are going to have to leave the kitchen for this one. This is one of my most highly opinionated articles but honey it's a good read. Get the tea here


5. 5 Ways to Cheerful During The Holidays

stay cheerful during the holidays

The holidays can get pretty hectic and lonely if you are celebrating with one less person. I've provided 5 ways to stay cheerful through the holidays here.

6. 9 Lessons Learned From My FitBit

fitbit lessons

My FitBit has only spit straight facts since I started my new health kick! Find out what those lessons were here

7. 10 Habits to Create a Simple Life in 2018


2018 manifesto
Check out my 2018 Manifesto Here!

8. Fake Acrylic Nails With No Acrylic


fake acrylic nails
I love everything beauty and fashion. But I don't enjoy it as much when it comes with a price. Find out how I created my Fake Acrylic Nails without any Acrylic here.


And that's a wrap my lovely people! Those were my top 8 articles of this year! 

Let me know which of these were your favorite below in the comment section!

Happy New Year!






Top 8 Best Blog Post of 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Best Blog Post of 2017

I know we all have busy lives, and it's near impossible to catch every great thing that happens! So just in case you've missed it, I have listed my top 8 post of 2017.

These have made it to the top 5 spots because of their traction, their substance, and the pivotal point it has proved for many of my readers.


So grab some cider, hot cocoa, or wine...whatever you fancy! And let us look at the year in review.

1. CT Blogger Meet Up


CT Blogger Meetup


This is what happens when bloggers get together! It was nothing but pure fun and collaborations. Read what happened here.

2. The Secret to Losing Over 20 Pounds Fast

lose weight fast nearly hair

I'm spilled the beans on how to lose weight without going through an extensive long wait. Why wait for weight? Read more here

3. When He Breaks Up With Me

nearly hair cia

Well the title is self sufficient. Find out what I planned to do when I broke up with my boyfriend. Read the full article here

4. 5 Reasons You Should Stop Searching For Your Soul Mate

stop looking for a soul mate

If you can't stand the heat, you are going to have to leave the kitchen for this one. This is one of my most highly opinionated articles but honey it's a good read. Get the tea here


5. 5 Ways to Cheerful During The Holidays

stay cheerful during the holidays

The holidays can get pretty hectic and lonely if you are celebrating with one less person. I've provided 5 ways to stay cheerful through the holidays here.

6. 9 Lessons Learned From My FitBit

fitbit lessons

My FitBit has only spit straight facts since I started my new health kick! Find out what those lessons were here

7. 10 Habits to Create a Simple Life in 2018


2018 manifesto
Check out my 2018 Manifesto Here!

8. Fake Acrylic Nails With No Acrylic


fake acrylic nails
I love everything beauty and fashion. But I don't enjoy it as much when it comes with a price. Find out how I created my Fake Acrylic Nails without any Acrylic here.


And that's a wrap my lovely people! Those were my top 8 articles of this year! 

Let me know which of these were your favorite below in the comment section!

Happy New Year!






CT Blogger Meetup Holiday Soiree Networking Event

CT Blogger Meetup Holiday Soiree Networking Event



CT Blogger Meetup Holiday Soiree Networking Event"How do you know so many people?" they asked.

"I'm a blogger!" I exclaimed.

Who thought that becoming a blogger ten years ago would have afforded me such great opportunities and successes??!! 

As you remember reading in my earlier post for my 1st Natural Hair Meetup, I try to attend and hold events that connect women with each other as I believe together we are stronger. 


Last week Monday, I was invited, with a number of other Connecticut Bloggers, to a Connecticut Blogger Holiday Soiree. The event was hosted by Nonee, fellow blogger, at the Flora Restaurant in the heart of West Hartford.





Needless to say, it was a night full of laughter, amazing food, and collective insight from panelist such as Kallie from But First Coffee, Alycia from CT Eats Out, Sandra from the Rustic Life and Rachel from Pinteresting Life.


Kallie- But First Coffee 

To say that I love meeting new bloggers would be an understatement, simply because connection is the sustenance to life. 
Krystal From Simply Being Krystal

Bonita

During the event I was able to connect with fellow female bloggers and content creators who share the same passion for creative development.


I truly wish I went live at the event but I sincerely forgot as I was having so much fun. 

The Holiday Soiree exposed me to so many hidden gems within Connecticut. I had no idea CT had small business with a great eye for beauty, jewelry and eats.



Here are the some of the goodies I received from the event!


Foxwoods Water Bottle
Foxwoods Casino Water Bottle

ct blogger holiday soiree

Java Skincare Skin Care Products
Java Skincare Skin Care Products 

Red Bee Honey
Red Bee Honey

Entitled Beauty Mineral Lipstick 
Entitled Beauty Mineral Lipstick
Entitled Beauty Mineral Lipstick 

April Martin White Furry Paw Gloves
April Martin White Furry Paw Gloves


Treefort Naturals Green Tea Lemon Sage Soap
Treefort Naturals Green Tea Lemon Sage Soap


I can not wait for the next event! I honestly love the community of women I have met and will continue to meet as I chug along on this empowerment journey.

Comment below to tell me about the last meetup you've attended! I'd love to know. 

Connecticut Blogger Meetup Holiday Soiree

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

CT Blogger Meetup Holiday Soiree Networking Event

CT Blogger Meetup Holiday Soiree Networking Event



CT Blogger Meetup Holiday Soiree Networking Event"How do you know so many people?" they asked.

"I'm a blogger!" I exclaimed.

Who thought that becoming a blogger ten years ago would have afforded me such great opportunities and successes??!! 

As you remember reading in my earlier post for my 1st Natural Hair Meetup, I try to attend and hold events that connect women with each other as I believe together we are stronger. 


Last week Monday, I was invited, with a number of other Connecticut Bloggers, to a Connecticut Blogger Holiday Soiree. The event was hosted by Nonee, fellow blogger, at the Flora Restaurant in the heart of West Hartford.





Needless to say, it was a night full of laughter, amazing food, and collective insight from panelist such as Kallie from But First Coffee, Alycia from CT Eats Out, Sandra from the Rustic Life and Rachel from Pinteresting Life.


Kallie- But First Coffee 

To say that I love meeting new bloggers would be an understatement, simply because connection is the sustenance to life. 
Krystal From Simply Being Krystal

Bonita

During the event I was able to connect with fellow female bloggers and content creators who share the same passion for creative development.


I truly wish I went live at the event but I sincerely forgot as I was having so much fun. 

The Holiday Soiree exposed me to so many hidden gems within Connecticut. I had no idea CT had small business with a great eye for beauty, jewelry and eats.



Here are the some of the goodies I received from the event!


Foxwoods Water Bottle
Foxwoods Casino Water Bottle

ct blogger holiday soiree

Java Skincare Skin Care Products
Java Skincare Skin Care Products 

Red Bee Honey
Red Bee Honey

Entitled Beauty Mineral Lipstick 
Entitled Beauty Mineral Lipstick
Entitled Beauty Mineral Lipstick 

April Martin White Furry Paw Gloves
April Martin White Furry Paw Gloves


Treefort Naturals Green Tea Lemon Sage Soap
Treefort Naturals Green Tea Lemon Sage Soap


I can not wait for the next event! I honestly love the community of women I have met and will continue to meet as I chug along on this empowerment journey.

Comment below to tell me about the last meetup you've attended! I'd love to know. 

Simplify Your Life 2018 Manifesto 


simplify your life

Every new year brings new opportunities. In fact, every new day brings greater opportunities however it becomes easily to conceptualize a fresh start when you standardize the time frame. It’s around this time of year where resolutions are formulated to cultivate better lifestyles.

It’s not that our lifestyle are, terrible, it’s moreso along the lines that we want our lives to be easier and much more put together.

Am I right?

Simple can carry different meanings and is valued differently from one person to the next.
At its core, simplicity means ‘the quality or condition of being easy to do or understand.’ How many of us can truly say we have a simple lifestyle by this definition?

Probably not many. We are so multifaceted and each component of our lives probably overlap one
another at some point making it hard for us to live simply.

As you go into this new year, here are a list of habits you can implement that will make life simpler.

1.     Create a Vision Board. If you talk to some of the most successful and wealthiest people, they
all mention creating a vision board of some type. A vision board is a creation that depicts
everything you desire for yourself. Some vision boards have pictures of house, cars, and
properties. While others depict career and lifestyle goals. A vision board will help you put your
desires into perspective and allows your mind to slow down. If you know exactly what you want
your life to be, you can cut some of your indecisive habits in half.

2.     Create a routine. Everyone is not a Type A personality. I get it. However, that doesn’t limit you
from creating a routine that is suitable for your lifestyle. Studies show that routines actual
decrease the amount of stress an average person has daily.

3.     Say no. Don’t put yourself in a situation that will further complicate your life in the upcoming
new year. It’s ok to say no.

4.     Find a place for the things you use the most. Some of us are not the most organized, but if we
can find one designated area to put our most reached for objects, ie. remote, hair pins(these
always go missing),chapstick etc, we will make the most use of our time. Imagine how much time
we waste searching for our hair ties? It’s quite a bit of time.

5.     Utilize your time wisely. Evaluate where you are spending most of your time, and assess if
you should dedicate the time somewhere else.

6.     Free up some space. This could mean decluttering your closet, dresser, or even computer
space. Throughout the year we have collected some things that may not be needed anymore.
Give those things away or just simply trash it.

manifesto 2018
   7.     Reduce multitasking habits. Don’t feel the need to be in more than one place at a time. Or
doing multiple things at once. Slow down and just be present.

   8.     Create a simplification affirmation. Affirmations are the greatest tools known to man. Create an affirmation that you will believe and practice. Ie: I enjoy my simple life because it provides me
with all I need

   9.     Take time for yourself. Doing for others is super altruistic and commendable but where is your “you time”?  Create a space to meditate on yourself and the simplicity of your life

10.  Reduce your spending habits. Do you really need those one thousand dollar pair of Christian
Louboutin shoes? Don’t over complicate your life.

There are a hundreds of items that could be on this list, but it’s time for you to share something you’ll do to simplify your life.

 Leave your comment below to add to the manifesto!

10 Habits to Create a Simple Life For 2018

Friday, December 22, 2017

Simplify Your Life 2018 Manifesto 


simplify your life

Every new year brings new opportunities. In fact, every new day brings greater opportunities however it becomes easily to conceptualize a fresh start when you standardize the time frame. It’s around this time of year where resolutions are formulated to cultivate better lifestyles.

It’s not that our lifestyle are, terrible, it’s moreso along the lines that we want our lives to be easier and much more put together.

Am I right?

Simple can carry different meanings and is valued differently from one person to the next.
At its core, simplicity means ‘the quality or condition of being easy to do or understand.’ How many of us can truly say we have a simple lifestyle by this definition?

Probably not many. We are so multifaceted and each component of our lives probably overlap one
another at some point making it hard for us to live simply.

As you go into this new year, here are a list of habits you can implement that will make life simpler.

1.     Create a Vision Board. If you talk to some of the most successful and wealthiest people, they
all mention creating a vision board of some type. A vision board is a creation that depicts
everything you desire for yourself. Some vision boards have pictures of house, cars, and
properties. While others depict career and lifestyle goals. A vision board will help you put your
desires into perspective and allows your mind to slow down. If you know exactly what you want
your life to be, you can cut some of your indecisive habits in half.

2.     Create a routine. Everyone is not a Type A personality. I get it. However, that doesn’t limit you
from creating a routine that is suitable for your lifestyle. Studies show that routines actual
decrease the amount of stress an average person has daily.

3.     Say no. Don’t put yourself in a situation that will further complicate your life in the upcoming
new year. It’s ok to say no.

4.     Find a place for the things you use the most. Some of us are not the most organized, but if we
can find one designated area to put our most reached for objects, ie. remote, hair pins(these
always go missing),chapstick etc, we will make the most use of our time. Imagine how much time
we waste searching for our hair ties? It’s quite a bit of time.

5.     Utilize your time wisely. Evaluate where you are spending most of your time, and assess if
you should dedicate the time somewhere else.

6.     Free up some space. This could mean decluttering your closet, dresser, or even computer
space. Throughout the year we have collected some things that may not be needed anymore.
Give those things away or just simply trash it.

manifesto 2018
   7.     Reduce multitasking habits. Don’t feel the need to be in more than one place at a time. Or
doing multiple things at once. Slow down and just be present.

   8.     Create a simplification affirmation. Affirmations are the greatest tools known to man. Create an affirmation that you will believe and practice. Ie: I enjoy my simple life because it provides me
with all I need

   9.     Take time for yourself. Doing for others is super altruistic and commendable but where is your “you time”?  Create a space to meditate on yourself and the simplicity of your life

10.  Reduce your spending habits. Do you really need those one thousand dollar pair of Christian
Louboutin shoes? Don’t over complicate your life.

There are a hundreds of items that could be on this list, but it’s time for you to share something you’ll do to simplify your life.

 Leave your comment below to add to the manifesto!
*Article may include affiliate links

Suffering with Acne

If you've followed me for some time, then you know acne and I are fake friends!

Acne is always hanging around, trying to be buddy buddy with my skin, and i'm always the one to say "girl bye!"

Based on my previous acne post back in February of this year, I started using topical medications along with other recommended skin care products.

To say the least, it hasn't been as effective as I thought it would be.

Through my trials and errors I've realized that my acne is simply present because of my hormonal imbalances.

Many females experience hormone imbalances, some involving increased estrogen levels, while others deal with increased androgens and testosterone levels.

I haven't had proper blood work done as of yet to really pinpoint which levels are higher than others but I am trying to take natural androgen and DHT blockers for the time being.

I discovered that my skin produces a lot of oils, more than most people, and the only thing that seems to naturally work is increasing my water consumption.

Though my skin has seen better days, I am sharing with you some of the vitamins I am currently taking to help decrease my oil and acne production. I shot this video back in August, and I still currently take these vitamins. It isn't doing much harm, nor is it giving me DRASTIC results but in a way it eases my worry about not taking action on my acne.

I will have an in depth update on the progression at a later date, while I try to sort out my acne and hormone imbalances.




Products mentioned:


Zinc: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6avc/
Vitamin A: http://amzn.to/2fGMSS6
Ole Henriksen for hyperpigmentation: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6avg/
ProBiotics: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=585...

Suffering with Acne- Update

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

*Article may include affiliate links

Suffering with Acne

If you've followed me for some time, then you know acne and I are fake friends!

Acne is always hanging around, trying to be buddy buddy with my skin, and i'm always the one to say "girl bye!"

Based on my previous acne post back in February of this year, I started using topical medications along with other recommended skin care products.

To say the least, it hasn't been as effective as I thought it would be.

Through my trials and errors I've realized that my acne is simply present because of my hormonal imbalances.

Many females experience hormone imbalances, some involving increased estrogen levels, while others deal with increased androgens and testosterone levels.

I haven't had proper blood work done as of yet to really pinpoint which levels are higher than others but I am trying to take natural androgen and DHT blockers for the time being.

I discovered that my skin produces a lot of oils, more than most people, and the only thing that seems to naturally work is increasing my water consumption.

Though my skin has seen better days, I am sharing with you some of the vitamins I am currently taking to help decrease my oil and acne production. I shot this video back in August, and I still currently take these vitamins. It isn't doing much harm, nor is it giving me DRASTIC results but in a way it eases my worry about not taking action on my acne.

I will have an in depth update on the progression at a later date, while I try to sort out my acne and hormone imbalances.




Products mentioned:


Zinc: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6avc/
Vitamin A: http://amzn.to/2fGMSS6
Ole Henriksen for hyperpigmentation: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6avg/
ProBiotics: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=585...

*Article may include affiliate links
It’s that time of year again! As the holidays approach you many feel a bit overwhelmed, because let’s face it, you never want to be that person who gave a lame gift.

Some people plan their gifts a head, making sure they have enough time to scope out the best deals both online and in stores. Then you have those last minute folks who get an instant jolt in the middle of the night that confirms their realization that they have totally forgotten to purchase a gift.


Gift giving can become one long 12 days of Christmas headache. And if you fall into the later portion you may just end up with that lame gift you were trying to avoid. However, have no fears I have compiled a list of fan favorites that will warm the heart of any beauty obsessed junkie! I’ve even added some options that will allow you to get the items shipped overnight if you’re in that kind of sinking shipping.


So let’s breathe, take a deep breathe and starting sifting through this amazing gift guide.


2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz


If you are a youtube junkie like myself, then you know that every beauty thriving mama out there has this easy glide brow pencil! Some girls can’t leave the house without applying lipstick but hunny, you should never leave the house without your eyebrows twinning either!


Fenty Blotting Powder


I honestly had no idea the strength blotting powders carried until I blotted my face with this beauty. It had so much love for my oily face that I even started using it as a base powder.



Deva Curl B-Leave in Curl Pumper




I threw my ecostyler in the trash long ago because this gel had me at Hello! And for my tightly coiled ladies out there, if you aren’t using this…what is life right now?

Black Opal Invisible Powder

Black Opal 14.99
Before I know anything about makeup this was my tried and true. It left my face fresh and even while sucking up my oil!

Denman Brush


Denman Brush  9.99
You will never “catch me outside” without my hair being detangled. This brush has been a staple for me, since day one!

Cordless Deep Conditioning Cap



Plastic bags are cool, but heated caps really help to penetrate the product you need to condition your hair follicles.



Laura Mercier Loose Dark



This was the best decision Laura Mercier has ever made. I use this dark tone setting powder just as a quick dusting if I want a nice even finish.

Taliah Waajid Curly Cream


Looking for a soft lustrous hold on you braid outs, or twist out? This product has you covered!

Taliah Waajid Hydrating Hair Shine




If I want to revamp an old style, I just spray this on my hair and it gives a great shine!


Olehenriksen Balance Control





I've talked about it before, and Ill mention it again. This has been the best moisturizer for oily skin ever




This nail company has saved many of my occasions including my birthday trip. Best of all, it's cruelty free! Shop their nail lacquers and nails sets. 


NaturalAnnie Essentials Whipped Body Scrub



I'm so in love in with natural products and NaturalAnnie Essentials has one of the best body scrubs for those who enjoy natural products! (use code CIA10 for money off)


Leave a comment below and let me know which of these products will save your holiday gift conundrum. 

Ultimate 2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


*Article may include affiliate links
It’s that time of year again! As the holidays approach you many feel a bit overwhelmed, because let’s face it, you never want to be that person who gave a lame gift.

Some people plan their gifts a head, making sure they have enough time to scope out the best deals both online and in stores. Then you have those last minute folks who get an instant jolt in the middle of the night that confirms their realization that they have totally forgotten to purchase a gift.


Gift giving can become one long 12 days of Christmas headache. And if you fall into the later portion you may just end up with that lame gift you were trying to avoid. However, have no fears I have compiled a list of fan favorites that will warm the heart of any beauty obsessed junkie! I’ve even added some options that will allow you to get the items shipped overnight if you’re in that kind of sinking shipping.


So let’s breathe, take a deep breathe and starting sifting through this amazing gift guide.


2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz


If you are a youtube junkie like myself, then you know that every beauty thriving mama out there has this easy glide brow pencil! Some girls can’t leave the house without applying lipstick but hunny, you should never leave the house without your eyebrows twinning either!


Fenty Blotting Powder


I honestly had no idea the strength blotting powders carried until I blotted my face with this beauty. It had so much love for my oily face that I even started using it as a base powder.



Deva Curl B-Leave in Curl Pumper




I threw my ecostyler in the trash long ago because this gel had me at Hello! And for my tightly coiled ladies out there, if you aren’t using this…what is life right now?

Black Opal Invisible Powder

Black Opal 14.99
Before I know anything about makeup this was my tried and true. It left my face fresh and even while sucking up my oil!

Denman Brush


Denman Brush  9.99
You will never “catch me outside” without my hair being detangled. This brush has been a staple for me, since day one!

Cordless Deep Conditioning Cap



Plastic bags are cool, but heated caps really help to penetrate the product you need to condition your hair follicles.



Laura Mercier Loose Dark



This was the best decision Laura Mercier has ever made. I use this dark tone setting powder just as a quick dusting if I want a nice even finish.

Taliah Waajid Curly Cream


Looking for a soft lustrous hold on you braid outs, or twist out? This product has you covered!

Taliah Waajid Hydrating Hair Shine




If I want to revamp an old style, I just spray this on my hair and it gives a great shine!


Olehenriksen Balance Control





I've talked about it before, and Ill mention it again. This has been the best moisturizer for oily skin ever




This nail company has saved many of my occasions including my birthday trip. Best of all, it's cruelty free! Shop their nail lacquers and nails sets. 


NaturalAnnie Essentials Whipped Body Scrub



I'm so in love in with natural products and NaturalAnnie Essentials has one of the best body scrubs for those who enjoy natural products! (use code CIA10 for money off)


Leave a comment below and let me know which of these products will save your holiday gift conundrum. 

Cia Edwards

1 Peter 3:3-4

Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

Although putting on fancy dresses and wearing lemonade braids down my back was great for social media likes, I wouldn’t be able to post these pictures without the confidence I’ve learned on my self-awareness journey.

Like most, it was an immediate struggle finding my own image within a society filled with high profile elites and high end brand commercials constantly telling you your beauty lies within the brand you wear. As I reflect on my past journey I have become very thankful for 4 reasons in particular.


1. I am thankful for the naps that I had to struggle through

My kinky tightly coiled strands have taught me patience. I can’t possibly achieve a great style without time. There are some mornings when I just want to throw my hair in a ponytail and race out of the house, but my hair does not permit me to do so. There were times earlier on in my hair journey where I wanted my hair to reach past my ears but of course that wouldn’t happen overnight. Like anything else that you want to flourish and grow, it takes times. Thank you naps for granting me patience!


2. I am thankful for the bad hair days

Sometimes we rely so heavily on appearance. Guess what? Appearances don’’t hold nearly as much value as attitudes! On my worse hair day my attitude has to make up for my appearance which in turns brings out the best in my personality. Some may say, I’m “overcompensating” for a flaw, but I say it’s the girt in my smile and blossom in my voice that makes my attitude shine brighter than anything else!


3. I am thankful for the decision I made to cut out relaxers

Though I only had a relaxer for about 4 years of my life, those four years I really neglected the health of my hair. It was in those four years where I noticed I had fell victim to a chemical addiction. An unhealthy addiction at that. Though relaxers, if applied by a professional, can be quite safe, in the overhaul, the chemicals and fumes you may accidentally inhale during the application can be horrid! After I decided to cut out the relaxers, my lifestyle choices changed as well , and it was then that I was able to life a holistic healthier lifestyle. Or at least try!

4. I am thankful for the new friends and communities I have built on the road to happiness

During this natural journey, please trust me it was not easy. From the harsh stares, and the confused glares, it really takes a toll on a person’s psyche. Thanks to CurlyNIkki forums and a few trips to New York City, I was able to build a network of women who also took pride in their natural hair. They were so supportive and to this day I know I can always call on them to talk about the highs and lows in life. The thing about networks and communities is not the exclusivity based upon your characteristics but instead a place for individuals to feel included when the rest of the world tells you you're different.

Being thankful shows gratitude to not only others, but to yourself as well. Please share your thoughts of Gratitude below! Or send me a tweet at http://www.twitter.com/nearlycia

4 Reasons I am Thankful This Season

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cia Edwards

1 Peter 3:3-4

Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

Although putting on fancy dresses and wearing lemonade braids down my back was great for social media likes, I wouldn’t be able to post these pictures without the confidence I’ve learned on my self-awareness journey.

Like most, it was an immediate struggle finding my own image within a society filled with high profile elites and high end brand commercials constantly telling you your beauty lies within the brand you wear. As I reflect on my past journey I have become very thankful for 4 reasons in particular.


1. I am thankful for the naps that I had to struggle through

My kinky tightly coiled strands have taught me patience. I can’t possibly achieve a great style without time. There are some mornings when I just want to throw my hair in a ponytail and race out of the house, but my hair does not permit me to do so. There were times earlier on in my hair journey where I wanted my hair to reach past my ears but of course that wouldn’t happen overnight. Like anything else that you want to flourish and grow, it takes times. Thank you naps for granting me patience!


2. I am thankful for the bad hair days

Sometimes we rely so heavily on appearance. Guess what? Appearances don’’t hold nearly as much value as attitudes! On my worse hair day my attitude has to make up for my appearance which in turns brings out the best in my personality. Some may say, I’m “overcompensating” for a flaw, but I say it’s the girt in my smile and blossom in my voice that makes my attitude shine brighter than anything else!


3. I am thankful for the decision I made to cut out relaxers

Though I only had a relaxer for about 4 years of my life, those four years I really neglected the health of my hair. It was in those four years where I noticed I had fell victim to a chemical addiction. An unhealthy addiction at that. Though relaxers, if applied by a professional, can be quite safe, in the overhaul, the chemicals and fumes you may accidentally inhale during the application can be horrid! After I decided to cut out the relaxers, my lifestyle choices changed as well , and it was then that I was able to life a holistic healthier lifestyle. Or at least try!

4. I am thankful for the new friends and communities I have built on the road to happiness

During this natural journey, please trust me it was not easy. From the harsh stares, and the confused glares, it really takes a toll on a person’s psyche. Thanks to CurlyNIkki forums and a few trips to New York City, I was able to build a network of women who also took pride in their natural hair. They were so supportive and to this day I know I can always call on them to talk about the highs and lows in life. The thing about networks and communities is not the exclusivity based upon your characteristics but instead a place for individuals to feel included when the rest of the world tells you you're different.

Being thankful shows gratitude to not only others, but to yourself as well. Please share your thoughts of Gratitude below! Or send me a tweet at http://www.twitter.com/nearlycia
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