Product Review: Vegan Bath Bombs

Business: @Blissfulpeace_massage

Product: Homemade Vegan Bath Bombs w/ H erbal Infusion

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Roses, plumeria, lavender and another flower from another field I’d adventured before. These are the scents that flood my bathroom as I soak in what might be the best bath I’ve ever had (aside from that whirlpool in Vegas but this isn’t about that!) I knew that whenever I decided to put this bad boy to use that I wanted it to be nice and special, a moment just for me.  My first and only goal was to really get lost in my senses, relax and breathe. These bath bombs were hand crafted by the beautiful Dee of @blissfulpeace-massage. A massage therapist by trade, Dee has found her passion in product making and distribution and her products do just that, send you into blissful peace!

Back to this amazing bath!

I ran the water and as instructed I casually dropped the bath bomb in and watched it fizz to the top. Bubbles rushed to the surface and seconds later a beautiful aroma overcame the bathroom, as it continued to dissolve the anticipation grew. I quickly grabbed my wine, my book and hopped in. Burned myself a little but finally settled in and I melted. My skin drank the water and its contents and was satisfied, quenched and moisturized and this is all with me still BEING in the bath! Usually you reap the rewards of bath products after the fact but this experience left me soaking far longer than usual.

I suffer from dry skin, namely eczema which causes the skin to itch and becomes extremely dry in inclement weather. This bath made my skin so soft and supple that even as I got out and dried off, my skin was left moisturized, heavily hydrated and my skin felt firmer and tighter yet not at all dry!! Normally after a bath I have to go thru a regimen of natural oils to restore the moisture to my skin after showering, with this amazing bath bomb I didn’t have to!! Not only was I relaxed and ready for a good night’s sleep but the bath bomb really enhanced my bath experience thereby enhancing my me time making it that more special.  Dee is really on to something with her natural homemade products, she has a brand that continues to deliver quality to the masses as she continues to bless us one bath at a time!

 

 

****To order contact Dee @blissfulpeace-massage, wholesale options available.***

Dream

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When was the last time you actually sat and dreamed about what you want your life to look like? When was the last time you fulfilled a dream you’ve always wanted?? I pose these questions to get your mind going. I encourage you to understand that your dreams are attainable so start dreaming!

As an adult, I’ve found that it is much easier to just get caught up in the day to day hustle often forgetting the dreams you held as a child. Donald Trump had a dream. The connotation of “dreaming” often allows us to venture into our childhood and predict what our lives will be like without really living life and understanding what that even means, but we dreamt anyways. We dreamt of becoming famous singers, our name in lights. We dreamt of becoming doctors, and discovering a cure for cancer. We dreamt of being business men and women in the corner office downtown overlooking the city. We dreamt big and we dreamt long. Our dreams had no limits, no hesitations and no doubt that they wouldn’t come true. We dreamt on levels higher than God himself. We could see it, feel it, touch it, it was ours and it was beautiful.

So, what’s stopping you now? What’s stopping the child dreamer in you from reaching heights that you once could see, feel and touch. How did adulthood silence that little person in you who wanted so much but had no idea how to get it, you just knew it would be yours. How did your innate ability as an adult who is capable of decision making and who is capable of conflict resolution keep you from reaching your fullest potential as a human being?  We learned to think for ourselves, and somewhere down the line our thinking quickly became a prison that kept us from dreaming.

Today I challenge you to dream. I challenge you to dream BIG, to dream in COLOR and dram without LIMITS. IF money weren’t an option what business would you start? What new skills would you learn? What would your dream home look like? What smells would be floating through the kitchen? What would that dream vacation look like? Where would it be? With whom? I encourage you to write your answers down in a place you can see daily and keep your mind focused on those dreams until they become reality. The law of attraction through the studies of Abraham Hicks (check it out on YouTube) tells us that the Universe WANTS to be faithful to us, it WANTS to provide you with everything you DESIRE. Sounds easy, right?!well sort of. Your only responsibility is that you must keep your mind and your energy on the same wavelength as if you already have what you seek. In a nut shell if you want that shiny new car, and everything you think about is that car, the trips you’ll take, how much you’ll put as the down payment, what it will FEEL like driving it etc. these are all points of contact that activate positive energy vibrations within the universe and the universe will see that and match it and your dream will come to light.  I urge you to write out your desires in all areas of your life including finances, health, career, social life, travel and retirement and post them of the fridge or somewhere visible and can be viewed daily. Every 3 months add to or re vamp your desires and check to see if the last 3 months helped you reach your goals if so, great keep going!!! If not work to challenge yourself this next three months to live your life according to those dreams adding to or taking out anything that does not serve you purpose, it’s your life and YOU DESERVE IT.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S Lewis

Spa Retreat ATL 2017

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Candace Holyfield. Say her name. Best known as @queenofmassageatl and @sixfigurespachick on the ever so popular Instagram, has created an empire by way of spa technique, business coaching and social media marketing. Having moved to Atlanta just 2 years ago with a dream of going beyond the norm by creating a lane of her own, Candace is literally and figuratively Killing the game. Massage therapist by trade, Candace spends most of her days researching, educating and coaching the members of her self- titled group, the “Spa Boss Tribe.” This is a group of women who sign up to be coached with Candace on a more personal level. With weekly spa -calls, informative e-books, one- on- one coaching and access to all of her same resources, Candace sets her Spa Chicks in motion for greatness. She uses platforms like Instagram, Periscope, Twitter, Snap chat AND hosts events throughout the year that cater to her tribe. These events include the Spa Awards hosted in December and the Spa Retreat usually in the summer. This year the Spa retreat was held at Le Meridean Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

DAY ONE

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Day one of the Spa Retreat hosted at the beautiful and stylish Le Meridean Hotel. Friday July 21 30 spa and business professionals from all over the country spanning from Texas, New jersey, Philadelphia and Washington state, all arrived for a hosted bar and meet and greet with pool party to follow. The ladies were welcomed to each of their rooms with a bottle of wine, a weekend agenda and select treats from participating vendors.  Next up, pool time. The ladies dressed in their favorite bikinis, monokinis and tankinis and headed down to the resort style pool to soak in the sun, spa coaching and fun!! She began by getting everyone warmed up by taking pictures and allowing the other Spa boss tribe members to meet, laugh and share. She held a poolside class first allowing each attendee an opportunity to give a 30 second elevator pitch for your business, she was able to critique and give pointers. This allowed each person to know exactly who is who and know what they do. Many have been following each other on social media and have never met, this event allowed these beautiful souls to come together. Candace later discussed the importance of being a business owner and how imperative it is to have your credit repaired if needed. She offered resources and her personal help for anyone in need.   Not only did everyone get to meet and connect but Candace planned for all the ladies to attend the movie premier for the movie “Girls trip,” a movie that was so apropos to the energy of the retreat.  After the movie, the women were brought back to the hotel where @wombtherapist educated the ladies on womb health and provided vaginal steams (V-Steam) to anyone who was interested! The rest of the evening was spent catering to the tired ladies by giving them complementary massages as well as technique training. The ladies laughed, shared, uplifted and connected and this was just day one. Bring on day Two!

DAY TWO is where the fun really begins

After spending the evening in, the ladies got a chance to get outdoors and have some fun. 8 am call time, Candace brought in Make up artist @bhasslooks to get the ladies right for a promotional photo shoot to follow. With an all black attire the ladies each had a chance to get a promotional head shot taken for their own keeping as well as participate in group shots to be utilized for social media marketing in the future! Next the ladies changed into all white attire and slayed the next shots with an outdoor background. The ladies looked stunning in both looks! When I say stunning imagine beautiful brown skin the glows, with smiles that could kill and hustle like no other. Ladies and Gentlemen, I Present the SPA BOSS TRIBE.

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The afternoon commenced and Candace worked it out to have speakers and other business professionals come and give their time and energy into educating and dropping knowledge on the ladies. She also had classes available for the women to sign up for that included reflexology, a product making class and wholesale product class all for the benefit of the retreat members to take advantage of by networking or purchasing for their own businesses. The Spa retreat was your one stop shop if you’re a business or spa professional. @blissfullpeace_massage hosted a class explaining the benefits of wholesaling products and gave live audience testers highlighting how incredible her products feel and how they benefit the skins elasticity, tone in so many ways. Her glowing melanin was example enough of how amazing her products are!!

 

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First speaker Isaiah Fowler best known as @mrstartswithavision, blessed the crowd with his cut throat understanding to building your business and reaching your target market. He dropped gem after gem after gem resulting in a writing frenzy amongst the crowd. My pen could not move fast enough for the amount of knowledge he instilled and the creativity he inspired as I sat there listening, writing, absorbing. Within the first 10 minutes he inspired me to dream big enough, set bigger goals and my favorite, “stop giving discounts!” He then went into his specialty which is helping businesses utilize platforms such as Facebook ads and podcasting to reach a higher clientele and different demographic. His message was clear, his business plan streamlined yet evolving everyday with the times, @mrstartswithavision  left us with so much we could all benefit from. The most important piece I took from him was to “Increase my value, be firm and that people respect boundaries” in business these are tools that we all need to become familiar with and Isaiah just has that way of bringing that out.

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Five minute bathroom break and we’re back for more! Second speaker was business owner and author Tara Seales who is also owner and operator of Body Décor boutique. Tara graced the crowd with her vibrant personality and incredible fashion sense as she dressed in her own boutiques T-shirt that read “my 3 Favorite Positions CEO, FOUNDER, BOSS”  with an image of a black woman with natural hair and red bottoms on!(which i purchased)! In her ears  “secure the bag” handmade wooden earrings! The woman came to bring IT and she brought it and then some by blessing us with so much laughter, truth and motivation. She spoke about her new book, “Bossy is as Bossy Does- The 5 Keys That Open Doors,”which highlights the importance of checking in with yourself daily, hell hourly if needed, to ensure you and your needs are being taken care of.  She encourages you to be selfish and “bossy” all at once and the only way that will happen is being true to yourself. Her book has interactive sections where you (the Boss) can write your thoughts, ideas, inspirations etc. It is perfect for on the go or if you’re anything like me, your go to bedside table book for those sleepless nights. Each page provides an inspiring idea that will take you and your business to new heights.

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Last speaker of the evening, the beautifully spirited @drmarilynjohnson. Offering a holistic approach to beauty, Marilyn has been in the skin care industry for many years and now offers soul coaching as an addition to her growing business. She began her portion of the evening by having everyone in the room stand up and do stretch exercises as well as deep breathing and energy drawing work along with a few moments to self-wrapped in a hug of your own arms. She showered us with her energy, warm spirit, smooth undertone and captivating smile. Dr. Marilyn was the vessel that allowed for an over flow of self-love and understanding. She went on to explain the importance of understanding health and wellness, as well as grasping the concepts while taking a holistic approach to treating from the inside out.  She offers a service “49 days to fabulous” which per her Instagram offers tools that transform trauma into terrific mind body and spirit and money. Overall Dr. Marilyn’s energy was nothing like anything I’ve experienced. She was not only beautiful but intelligent, well rounded and extremely funny! The Spa Boss tribe is complete with a spirit  and body of work such as hers, she is a great edition to the powerful women that make up the tribe. Salute.

CHEF DISAS CREATIONS

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Just saying her name my mouth is watering. I say this to highlight the fact that CHEF DISA NEVER DISAPPOINTS. Ive been to a few events where Chef Disa was the official caterer and I can attest that her warm demeanor is a bonus to the delicious food she prepares and sets up herself at these events. Todays menu was sushi, salad, macaroni and cheese, chicken skewers, spinach and artichoke dip (YUM!) a strawberry and cream dessert. Each item was served hot and ready and she stood by humbled by the feedback. My personal favorite is the spinach dip, it is easily the BEST spinach dip I have ever had(and I’ve had A LOT) then there’s the chicken skewers, oh and the mac n cheese ! well as you can see Chef Disa comes to serve up love joy and foodie happiness!

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NIGHT CAP

After the ladies had a chance to eat and mingle and stew in the new information Candace gathered everyone downstairs to the hotel lobby. We sat on one side as Candace sat in the middle cross legged, paper in hand knowledge ready to be dropped. She went on to discuss the moves on the Spa boss tribe in the next year. Unfortunately I cannot disclose the details of the moves being made but trust that they are MAJOR.  Candace goes on to talk about different streams of income that can be created just using social media. She went heavily into content and creativity when it comes to posts. She swears by her mantra “ Every picture should make you some money on Instagram!” Candace has a very real approach to business coaching. She is straight to the point and gains the respect of her tribe based on her honesty and how hard she works for you as long as she sees you working. Author of countless eBooks, business coach to many and social media marketing goddess, Candace leads her tribe to the finish line with business after business being born and victory after victory being celebrated!

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DAY 3 BRUNCH AND GOODBYE

Day two evening was spent with more technique training and relaxation massages for the women in need. Candace gave a one on one with those who had specific questions or needed feedback on an idea. She always makes herself available to her tribe especially if there’s a business or marketing idea on the table.  Today was the last day and Candace asked everyone to meet downstairs in the hotel restaurant for her long awaited “Hashtag class!”  the ladies gathered around for breakfast with their notepads ready for more!  This class is everything. She highlights how easy it is to market yourself to a different demographic just by opening your page to new hashtags. This is one of the first concepts Candace goes over when you purchase her year of coaching. She does an Instagram audit and helps you to better market yourself or your product using the appropriate hashtags. This allows you to reach more which in turn helps you grow your following, and more followers equals more money to be made!! It’s a system and #IT WORKS!!

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My experience at the Spa Retreat ATL was none other than amazing. As promised, Candace delivered so much content, so much knowledge, so much motivation and so much positive energy that everyone left feeling like a BOSS. My experience in the Spa boss tribe has been welcoming and warm. Every woman who is in the tribe wants to support you, your vision, your brand. We become advocates for each other and promote for each other regularly. The retreat allowed for women to connect on a personal level, it allowed an open space for sharing the struggles of following a dream. We supported each other and even though we all come from different walks of life, that weekend, we were a family. I can’t speak for anyone else but I left with a fire in my heart. My notebook filled with idea after idea and inspiring quotes! I left feeling ready to take on my own dream and make it happen for myself.  If you haven’t already please follow all of the women mentioned above and watch their evolution from business women to BOSS women. It was my pleasure to write about and attend an event that was so well put together and left everyone satisfied. Stay tuned for her next event December 2016!!

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THank you Candace  and all the ladies of the Spa Boss Tribe.

 

 

 

HER experience

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Our story. The women’s experience often goes unnoticed until victory has been claimed. The purpose of HER experience is to highlight the experience of a diverse group of women in different walks of life. This piece of writing will debut HER story  in a very real, raw and unapologetic fashion. I was inspired to do this series of writing because of the stories I’ve shared with those around me. I became anxious to explore the mind of the woman, the heart of a woman and the healing of the modern woman.

“She was powerful, not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly despite the fear.”- Atticus

Interviewing these women was not only inspiriting but enlightening. Understanding that the same situations that I found myself in as a woman can be shared with women across the nation, across the world. HER experience will be a series of writing that will allow different women to share their stories of the woman’s experience on topics that range from domestic violence, women in the workplace, entrepreneurship etc. All the topics we will discuss will be an open dialogue of the interviewee and a commentary written by me. My goal is to bridge the gap of sisterhood by creating a platform for women to share these very real and challenging stories and connect with one another through storytelling and healing.

I invite my queens from all walks of life to tune it this series and show your support for these very brave women. I am proud of this piece or work because I have an opportunity to share my own story with these women and give them an opportunity to dig deep into themselves because THEY matter. For that moment, these women are listened to, comforted and able to share freely without judgement and fear.

To the ladies who have helped with this project, my heart is forever grateful and indebted to you for being vulnerable and honest. Each one of you shared something special with me and I THANK YOU. I encourage you to continue talking, continue sharing and continue healing, our mission to sisterhood needs it.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion , some humor and some style.”-Maya Angelou

Meditation

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I can’t stress enough how beneficial meditation is. Going within has awarded me the opportunity to become one with my mind, body and spirit. I became interested in practicing meditation after a profound experience reading Elizabeth Gilberts “Eat Pray Love ” many moons ago. 

 

The book takes the reader on an exploration of identity as she dives deeper and deeper into her spirit all while traveling the world. She indulges herself in Italian culture drinking fine wines and basks in the life of stillness as she explores her true self.

 

Unaware of what meditation really was besides just sitting quiet, I became intrigued with her journey and figured it was worth a try. After many unsuccessful attempts at quieting the mind I became frustrated that this was even something I could do. That was just it… I was so deeply trying to control something that should be left to be free and effortless. In “thinking” about the process and repeating to myself “relax, stop thinking, you’re meditating,” thoughts kept coming up that held little relevance to the present moment.

 

Eventually it got easier. I let go more. I felt moments of freedom even if they didn’t last long I then knew it was possible and my interest continued to peak. 5 minutes of clear space gave my mind new and exciting places to play. 5 minutes turned to 10 minutes and so on and so forth. It became my go to for clarity and peace of mind.

 

Each experience showed me a new level of transformative healing. Things became clear, my mind less cluttered and my body relaxed. Some of the many mental and physical benefits of meditation include decreased stress levels, improvement in brain function, improve sleep patterns, decreased anxiety, helps with depression, emotional wellbeing and increased compassion for the world around you.

 

The benefits are endless and vary from person to person. However, the common denominator with all who practice meditation is the power and clarity that comes with the stillness.

 

If you would like to start practicing meditation I recommend you start using guided meditations that can either be found in your app store or search guided meditation on you tube. Find a quiet and still space and lay in a comfortable position, focus on your breath each inhale and exhale should be intentional as you melt into relaxation. The first few times might be difficult but keep practicing and always be patient with yourself and always stay focused on your breathing, inner peace awaits.

Mother’s Day 2017 


We are all pieces of someone else. Genetically modified to become the creation of two spirits conjoined to create. Your nose from him,your wit from her , genetically predisposed to filter through life. With pieces  of her past and hope for his future you maneuver your way down the birth canal and find solace in finally placing a face to the boisterous voice that you recognized immediately.

For 9 months she housed you. She relinquished her rights as a human being and created space safely within her for you and you only. You were with her every waking minute of the day. You felt her pain, chuckled a little when she ate pickles and kicked a few organs around when she tried sleeping on her stomach in the middle of the night. You made the perfect roommate. Always there with her , encouraging her and uplifting her as she slowly transforms into the woman who will become your first word and favorite smile . She is your mother. 

Happy mothers a day to the women in my life near and far. 
My mother had me at 15. A baby herself she set on a journey into motherhood , her best job yet. She hid her pregnancy for 6 months, her small frame allowed her to do this without my grandmother suspecting . I came just 2 days after the start of 1987 and our journey began! Just me, mom, grandma and my aunt Just the four of us, it felt like that was all I ever needed in life 
Today 30 years later this woman is more than just a mother. She is my best friend. We grew up together . We maneuvered through life the two of us with ambition to succeed. And we did it!! 

Today we empower one another , we vent to each other and my favorite past time , we stay making each other laugh!! I’ve held her up in times uncertain and she’s been my rock to lean on when things just seem to be falling apart! She gets me. She respects me . She likes me. She loves me . 

Happy Mother’s Day to the most beautiful soul to have ever walked this planet. To her strength, her big heart, her passion for helping others, her love for God , her love of family , her love of herself,her husband and children . Today is about you and all that you have created sustained and wished for. I love you 💕 

Cotton Candy Skies

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I love the way the sun hides behind the clouds just right before sunset. The shadows and hues that catch the eye; astonishing, breathtaking yet oddly familiar.  No sunset like the last, each night we are awakened if only for a moment to the mysteries of the sky. With pink iridescent streaks dancing in an orange sea, the sun salutes us farewell,whispering “good day, many blessings, goodnight.

Mother sun shows her most beautiful side every evening, each night a new dance with the sky blue. She craves the attention of men and women, old and young flocking to the edges of the earth to witness her magnificence. First kisses, I Do’s, I love you’s, long walks, intimate moments, laughter, tears, thoughts, decisions all of which are thrown to the wind as the sky presents beauty, spiritual connection, peace of mind and comfort.

I love the way the sun hides behind the clouds just right before sunset. A finale to the day’s grief, stress, irritations and short comings.  A new day awaits as a new opportunity to create, to start anew, to be bold and be your own kind of beautiful. The journey commences even moments after the sunset but we must pay tribute to the beauty that dances in our skies each night.

Stop for a moment, smile at the sunset, say thank you, pause, breathe, take it all in and let it all out. These moments quickly pass us by and soon one sunset becomes less valuable and so goes the day to day grind. The days’ blend together in cyclical routine, and life so quickly passes us by. Enjoy the little moments. The moments of quiet, the flashes of time where you can just be YOU and breathe in that moment and let it take you. The next time the sun creeps behind the clouds right before sunset…as the most perfect shade of fuchsia traces itself into the blue…. as the orange bleeds its way out of the yellow sphere sitting perfectly in the center drifting softly out of sight, say thank you, say I love you, smile and press on. Get your dose of cotton candy skies.

Blacks in Business Feature: Loc Girls Rock

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FOUNDER: Zenobia A. -Loc Queen turned Entrepreneur

WEBSITE: www.locgirlsrock.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/locdgirlsrock.com

INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/locgirlsrock  {@locgirlsrock}

Who are you? What inspired you to open your own business?

My name is Zenobia, founder of Loc Girls Rock. I was inspired to create Loc Girls Rock (LGR) because I wanted to spread positivity amongst the loc & natural hair community. When I was in the beginning stage of my loc journey, I looked to social media to connect with other women with locs. The loc-oriented IG pages I followed made me feel good about my decision to get locs.  As a result, I was motivated to create my own atmosphere where I could be the creator of joy. My hope was to create a supportive platform to inspire & empower black women with locs.

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How was final ig logo born?

Loc Girls Rock was born on June 25, 2016 on Loc Appreciation day. How fitting is that!? I started an Instagram page which consisted of inspirational natural hair posts. As time progressed, I started featuring pictures of women with locs. I’m truly blessed because the Instagram page was well received and 10 months later, Loc Girls Rock has over 5,600 members. A natural hair enthusiast @ladynatrlmelanin said, “Thank you Loc Girls Rock so very much for helping all of us loc’d queens embrace our journey in such a powerful positive and ethereal way. The journey teaches us so much about our natural beautiful selves inner and out. We are loc’d and ascending spiritually, physically and mentally.”

What is final ig logomission vision and values?

The mission of Loc Girls Rock is to empower black women to rock their locs. LGR is committed to strengthening the natural hair movement by celebrating the culture & beauty of locs. There is a bias against black natural hair from the media, employers, and even men. The use of harmful chemicals and/or wearing weaves has become a norm for the black community. Therefore, this brand pays homage to women who have decided to embark upon the extraordinary journey of returning natural.

How has your loc journey been?

In the beginning, I struggled because I didn’t like how short my locs were. Once my locs started to mature, I was very happy with my decision to go natural. I felt so proud and confident to be rocking my own hair. It took me 27 years to stop wearing weaves and getting perms. Instead of concealing my hair, I am now embracing it. I am unrestricted and liberated. I recently celebrated my 2 year loc anniversary in January and I have to say I’m falling more & more in love with my locs each day. This experience has allowed me to honor my truth by embracing my authentic hair. I encourage everyone to embark upon the natural hair journey; it’s extraordinary and will transform your life. Going natural is an internal & external journey of self-discovery and love. That’s why I want the world to know why Loc Girls Rock!

Where do you hope to seefinal ig logo in 5 years?

In 5 years, I hope to see Loc Girls Rock flourishing by reaching at least 100k followers on social media. I’d like to collaborate with other natural hair supporters. All being well, Locgirlsrock.com will be a thriving online store, selling a vast amount of apparel and accessories. The LGR blog is going to be successful, providing great content for millions of readers. The sky is the limit so I’m open to anything and everything. Ultimately, I wish to continue to inspire black women with natural hair. I invite you all to follow the Loc Girls Rock Movement.

Any advice for those struggling to start a business?

Don’t give up. It is challenging but starting a business is a labor of love. You have to be committed and passionate about what you’re doing. Find platforms that coincide with your industry. Make Google and Youtube your best friend. Also, reach out to family and/or friends who can be of some service to you. The best advice I can give to struggling entrepreneurs is to stay in action. You’ll never know how much you can accomplish if you don’t put in the work. Action leads to results!

What’s the website and what will you be offering?

www.locgirlsrock.com provides loc inspiration and empowerment through fashion. Currently, we’re offering t-shirts but as we expand the catalog will grow. The Loc Girls Rock blog will explore the culture of locs and will be an inspirational tool to support the natural hair movement.

What legacy are you trying leave the world?

I want black women to embrace their natural hair. The social stigma against being black and natural has affected black women one way or another. My hope is to try to mend “the natural hair despair” by inspiring black women to rock their natural hair. Not only to wear it, but to own it. Love your kinks!

 What is your favorite empowerment statement for women around the world?

My favorite empowerment statement is from the book “Think & Grow Rich” by author Napoleon Hill; “No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” This quote can be applied to many aspects in life therefore I’m to correlate this to natural hair phenomenon. The natural hair despair cannot defeat us unless we accept the defeat as a reality. Don’t let other people’s perception of beauty define yours. As a woman, it is so important for us to be devoted to nourishing our soul by honoring our truth. Love and embrace yourself even in the face of non- acceptance or criticism. We are beautiful and courageous beings so remember to never give up on your dreams and stay true to who you are. ~~Your Loc Queen Zenobia

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I chose this Black Owned business to feature because the movement speaks to me. My natural hair journey began in 2012 (wow it’s been 5 years!! Sheesh) and has been quiet the adventure. Seeing a beautiful Black Queen follow her passion by creating a business that fits HER was inspiring on so many levels. She saw a niche and created a lane of her own. Yes, men and women have been wearing various versions of locs for years but the movement has gone overlooked. Zenobia created an avenue of business that is not focused on sales but EMPOWERMENT. Uplifting women throughout their journey has just been an added bonus. Her Instagram page is full of women on their own individual loc journey, inspiring natural hair quotes that she creates herself, as well as news outlets and controversy surrounding the loc and natural hair community. It has been such a pleasure to see LGR grow and flourish the way it has. Zenobia’s vision, hard work and countless hours has been well received.  The Loc community has embraced LGR with open arms and loving Locs as she ventures into merchandise developing and sales.  I cant wait to see the heights that LGR goes!! LGR will be a huge success because it was born from a passion, created with peace and honored with extreme purpose.

To get with the movement please add @locgirslrock on instagram and tell them we sent you!

!11:11!

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Lately I’ve been seeing this phenomenon a lot in my world. I’ll get up on an off day to go to the kitchen and there is 11:11 on the stove clock. I’ll get in my car to head to the gym and my clock will say 11:11. At work in between massage sessions ill check my phone and bam 11:11. At first it was a little spooky that MANY times throughout my week this number would surface, then after a few days it became fun and each time I would just smile at the Universe.

Back in the day (and possibly now) seeing 11:11 on any clock prompted everyone to stop for a second and make a quick wish. I probably did this a lot in high school however I don’t remember seeing it all that often and the wishes damn sure didn’t come true.

There is no definitive explanation for this clockwork phenomenon so I’ll just break it down to what it means and has meant to ME over the last month.

The last maybe 45 days has been, rough for the lack of a better phrase. It was just insane from beginning to end. My home life became chaotic and as I faced yet another huge decision in my life and things were just all over the place in all aspects of my life.  Turning 30 and entering a new year proved to be against me during these first few months. Then, I got my mind right. I meditated, prayed, cried, talked my girls ears off and finally in the midst of the storm I made a decision and felt content about it. This is when the 11:11 phenomenon began.

“Synchronicity is an inexplicable and profoundly meaningful coincidence that stirs the soul and offers a glimpse of one’s destiny “ – Phil Cousineau

Some and when I say some I mean MANY will argue that this is just a chance sighting. Okay I’ll take that due to the fact that numbers are all around us in EVERYTHING we do.  Others will say it’s happening due to predisposition meaning you have a predisposed relationship to that number ex; it is your favorite number or a number that has some important significance to your life.  The other reason is acceleration. You may have seen this number once or twice, maybe even three times and each time your mind wondered what it meant, this in turn create an attraction to the number and it begins to show up more.

I’ve taken the synchronicity approach. Seeing this number many times over the last month or so got me really thinking.  I’ve done some research on numerology which I love. Numerology is much like astrology as it takes your birthdate and adds the numbers and gives you a “life path” number. Mine just so happens be either 11 or broken down fully a 2 (1+3+1+9+8+7=29=2+9=11 and 1+1=2.) with my life path number being 11 (or 2) this caught my attention. In my experience 11 is assign of balance. A sign that you are opening yourself to a higher consciousness and spiritual path. A spiritual awakening where you come further into WHO you are and shed old habits of who you WERE. It’s a sign to WAKE UP! To stop, breath and thank you Universe for the cosmic pat on the back that you’re doing everything you need to at this moment. It has also been known to be a sign for new beginnings, manifestation and positivity.

Whatever description you buy into or believe is your choice to make. I just know that for ME I take it as the universe telling me that I’m on the right path and things will get easier. If that small glimpse of hope on the clock continues to be a positive sign to me then I hope it continues. And if you notice little synchronizations in your day just smile and thank God, the Universe or whoever for that moment in time, for it is PRICELESS!

Book Review: Mandala of Being

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“The Mandala of Being”- Discovering the Power of Awareness

Written by Richard Moss

I Initially purchased this book after hearing about it from an instructor during my massage program while attending healing hands school of holistic health.

The class was chakra balancing and on the first day the instructor brought in books that she thought would be beneficial  on our own healing journey while trying to facilitate healing for our clients. She passed the book around and after a quick thumbing through I knew I had to get this book.

I began reading the book April 22,2015 and quite frankly didn’t get very far. I reluctantly forced myself to piece together this knowledge that was so foreign to me at the time.

Richard moss is one of the most important teachers of transformational knowledge” -Marianne Williamson

I read maybe 1 chapter and quietly placed the book back on the shelf to revisit at a later date. I just wasn’t ready for the lesson he was providing at this very busy and transforming time in my own life.

Fast forward 2 years and many changes later I found the book while unpacking when I moved to Atlanta Georgia. Somehow this time it called to me. I placed it on my bedside table and waited for the right time to try it yet again.  December 2016 is when my journey within began and my own power of awareness began to strengthen with each page turned.

Our earliest relationship to ourselves

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“It is often a TRUTH of human relationships that our early psychology betrays us: we engage in relationships in ways that only partially express our true selves. As a result, the relationships we create tend to be manifestations of where we have lost contact with ourselves.”

“When we bring to another person something innately authentic and whole within us-‘no matter how vulnerable we may feel-we create a space of relationship that…enhances our knowledge of ourselves in ways that help us to heal our old wounds because it also blesses us with greater recognition of who we really are.” Page 6

Who are we really

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“Our individual consciousness determines what we are able to perceive, how we interpret our perceptions, what we value and make meaningful, and ultimately how we act.” Page 23

“It is so obvious, yet so ineffable, that most of us spend our whole lives in “default” mode, presuming our self-existence through identification with our bodies, our thinking, and our feelings instead of realizing our true authority.” Page 36

The power of awareness

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“We exercise the power of awareness and strengthen our spiritual muscle by bringing ourselves, over and over and sin, into the immediate present, to do so we must become present with what we are feeling and thinking. “page 41

“We must be truly willing to experience our feelings and clearly see out thoughts without reaction, allowing the moment to be exactly as it is without defending ourselves against these feelings and thoughts, without our minds moving away into further thought.” Page 43

Synopsis

The above-mentioned quotes come directly from the reading. As an active reader (one who highlights, underlines and makes little notes to myself while reading) these are quotes of information that spoke directly to me at the time. The power of open understanding plays a huge role in the concepts mentioned throughout the reading.

The power of awareness in my experience is seen through the cultivated and mastered relationship with self. Developing a relationship with one’s true self devoid of any stories of the past or worry of the future, places you at the exact moment presence and clear understanding.

I’ve used the exercises in his book to gain further understanding of my true self and the stores I’ve told myself in the past about who I am, how I should react and how I should feel at any given moment. He highlights that our memories are those that hold us in a particular “holding environment” that keeps us inadvertently “stuck” and continuing to react from the same places of hurt, disappointment which encapsulates our true selves into a cycle of self-destruction. By reconnecting with the breath as he explains. The journey through this timeless read has been rewarding, challenging and furthermore liberating from past experiences that have come to the surface. Each moment we have in this life we have to power to CHOOSE what reaction to have to certain situations. By staying connected to the breath and repeating either silently or out loud “here I am” one can always return to the center of self and slow the reaction time.

“The word mandala comes from ancient Sanskrit and means circle … the circle represents the intrinsic wholeness of the self, which naturally sustains within itself the fundamental tensions of opposing forces, such as chaos and order, masculinity and femininity. ” Richard Moss

“The mandala of being reminds us that inherent in being human are the forces that distract who we really are from the calm of who we can be. Richard moss’s formula for coming back to the present is a process we can all achieve.” –Anthony Robbins