I Big-Chopped!

Hiya! Happy Good Friday :).

It was a regular thursday morning. I had planned to simply take my marley twists out, detangle, wash, deep-condition and re-twist. Only, what did I end up doing? Cutting half of my hair off!

It felt a little weird at first, because initially I was planning to wait until June. However, as is often the case among us transitioners from relaxed to natural, we get extremely tired of dealing with kinky roots and straight ends. I thought I could wait it out….but I ended up taking the leap. Spontaneously.

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I’ll admit, the process was a bit of an anti-climax (is this it?), plus, I was surprised to find that I wasn’t as attached t my relaxed ends as I had anticipated. Maybe it’s because I must have watched around 100 youtube videos on transitioning to natural hair. Seriously. All I have to do is type the letters ‘b’, ‘t’ or ‘n’ and youtube caters to my every doubt, question and curiosity on how to care for natural hair. What a great tool.

Anywho, after the chopping, I proceeded to condition my hair and twist, and this morning took them out to reveal….my first twist out. I feel as if I’ve finally joined the club.

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This Week’s Favourite….

Heyall, how’s it going?

This week I’ve been spending a lot of time at home (despite the beautiful weather in and around London), however, my days have not been wasted! During my hibernation, I have been discovering lots of different products/ books/ films/ videos and more, and so I have been inspired to start a ‘this week’s favourite’ post. As you may have guessed, i’ll be posting a weekly…well…post of a book, film,article, person, product, artist etc which has either inspired me, made me laugh, lifted my mood, or all of those things. I hope you will enjoy my little discoveries as well! Without further ado….

This week’s favourite is ‘Evelyn From The Internets‘ YouTube channel. I have been subscribed to her channel for some time, but her Vlog Everyday In April (VEDA) series is too funny not to share. Honestly, she will brighten your day. In addition to her hilarious stories and videos, she talks natural hair, and also makes vlogs. Once you have your first hit….it might be a challenge to get on with the rest of your day.

Enjoy!

Take It Easy.

Wassup? I hope you have had a good week, full of lovely moments and stuff you’d hoped for…..
On the topic of desire and wishes, I just thought I’d pop by to express my gratitude for the goings on of my week. Not that it has been particularly outstanding, but it has been somewhat filled with great and small opportunities and enlightenment.

Over the past few days I have traveled to and from London a couple of times, which has given me the luxury of contemplating a taking an hour-long ‘mental wander’ each time without feeling guilty. During said wanders, I have been able to reflect on rather existential things I suppose, like the standard ‘why am I here’ and ‘where will I be in X years’ so on and so forth. Additionally, I’ve also been thinking about pressure: pressure to compete, pressure to fill up every second of my day with something ‘worthwhile’, pressure to stick to a routine…..the list goes on. In doing all of this, it has only resulted in anxiety (what a surprise!). So I had to stop and think about the following:

How often have (I) you been made to feel you are not doing enough? Not necessarily from others, but from (my)yourself?

Do you actually realise the pressure you’re putting on yourself? Are you aware that it’s all in your head?

Once I had answered these questions, prayed, meditated and tried to combat these internal pressures, my head started (and is continuing) to clear. I am now coming to see that what I am currently doing/ working on/ learning is enough. I do not need to push myself beyond what i can physically and mentally – comfortably – accomplish. This is not to say that I shouldn’t challenge myself, but I simply mean that I should not unnecessarily over-extend myself.


So, back to being grateful for opportunities. Once I cleared my mind, I was actually able to witness all kinds of opportunity unfolding before me. What an exhilarating feeling, to know that where I am, what I am doing, is already enough.

Please, take it easy on yourself. Proceed with enjoyment, and compare yourself to only yourself.

Coincidental Advice

See! I knew that archiving inspirational quotes would pay off one day. I just found the one below in a document, and it has turned out to be coincidentally helpful. I can’t remember where I came across it, but my psychic powers figured that the future me would need it.

“…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903
in Letters to a Young Poet

I think this is quite common but towards the evenings, I tend to feel emotions more intensely. At the same time, I feel more creative and more inclined to get things done. However, this evening has been one of contemplation and anxiety. Do you ever get a tightening sensation in your chest? Well, I felt that earlier, and I still feel it now. I’m not sure what has induced it, but I think i just need to learn to de-clutter my mind. It is easy to let one’s stresses creep up however, as the quote above reminds me, we cannot know all the answers to the questions in our heads. Not all at once, anyway.

 

Hinoki Wood.

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Hey, how’s it going?

Let me just tell you about this MUJI candle right here. It will have your room smelling like a log fire and beyond. This little candle? It takes me places, and I’m sure it would do the same for you. Generally, I tend to keep going back to Hinoki Wood, but other MUJI colours and scents are very much available! (Although this one is truly the best).

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*TIP: Use in a dimly lit room for optimum relaxation*

I hope you’ve had a good week :).