Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Though we're experiencing a milder than usual winter in NC (it's 66 degrees as I'm writing this) I still want to protect my hair. In addition, I'm increasing the frequency of my workouts and I don't want my hair to be an excuse not to go to the gym. So I visited Taji's Natural Hair Styling for another protective style. I was able to wear this hair style for a total of 3 weeks.
For maintenance I just spritzed my hair a couple times a week with my moisturizing mist. I would then seal in the moisture with a light oil, which would also add a little sheen. I would also cover my hair at night with my satin bonnet. That was it! Simple & easy.
Check out the pictures below.
During my 3rd week wearing this style, I took out the twists in the middle and created a different updo style.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Welcome to a new feature for NaturallyNita...Sunday Inspiration. Check back each Sunday for a post that will showcase inspirational or motivational thoughts, ideas, songs, or concepts. Let's grow together!
At the end of each year, most people whether formally or informally take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments (or the lack thereof) of the previous year. Most people end that reflection with this thought, "I'm going to do better at ______ next year."
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We should all want to continue improve on ourselves year after year. Anything that's not growing is slowing dying. So continual growth and achievement should be applauded. The reason why New Year's resolutions are often scoffed at is because in a high percentage of cases, people don't keep their resolutions. "I" believe that resolutions are not kept because people don't establish a plan for success. They have great intentions but no strategy for seeing it through to the end.
Vision boards became very popular after the book & movie, The Secret came out. In the movie, a man talked about the vision boards that he found some 5 years after creating them and in 5 years time he had everything on the board that he had put on his vision board. Is this some miraculous occurrence? No. Way before The Secret, In Habakkuk 2:2 The Bible says, "And the Lord answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets so that he may run who reads it." (ASV) When you plainly write the vision or your dreams down, you can run after them. And when you run after your vision, you can live your dreams.
Many years ago, I created a vision board. Many of the things on that vision board I achieved. Still more was left to be realized. This year I created another vision board and put the things on that board that I wanted to accomplish this year.
Here are the snap shots of that vision board and I'll let you know what they represent:
The top left corner of my dream board represents my relationship with God. In this year, I've committed to spending more time in prayer and reading the Word of God. I intend for my faith to grow stronger and to truly become an instrument of worship.
The bottom center of my dream board represents vacation plans for this year! Last year was dedicated to paying off debt which I did. This year I want to use some of my vacation time for some fun! The biggest vacation that I want to take this year is to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. I also want to spend some time at the beach and I want to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. I would love to squeeze in another trip to visit my best friend in the San Francisco Bay area as well.
If you've never done a dream board/vision board, I encourage you to do one. There is nothing like having a constant reminder in front of you. You may say you don't have the magazines to cut out the phrases that I did. That's ok, on Oprah.com, you can create a virtual dream board for free! For more information, click here.
So! I've shared my dreams/vision for 2012 with you.
What are your goals for the new year? What are your resolutions? What steps are you taking to make sure you achieve them? Share!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Hi everyone! Happy New Year! I know many of you are wondering, where in the world is Nita??? Well, I'm still here. I took a little hiatus after the holidays to get refreshed. I will be back in the next week with some new blog posts and an upcoming GIVEAWAY to celebrate my 1 year fully natural anniversary (December 20th) as well as my 1 year blogging anniversary (January 19th). So if you are a visitor to my blog and not an official follower, go ahead and become a follower so that you can participant in the giveaway! Only followers can participate!
In 2012 expect to continue to see my growth journey progress as well as more of a commitment to filling you in on my healthy lifestyle journey. This will include my commitment to exercise and healthy eating. I will also be providing more social/cultural commentary this year. Last year, I purposely stayed away from this as I wanted to commit my first year to focusing on my natural hair journey, however I am much more than my hair and will be showing you more sides of me this year. I will continue my recognizable natural feature in 2012 as well! So much more to come this year for my blog.
Also, I'm never far away from Twitter so if you're not following me there please follow me @NaturallyNitaNC! I do respond to tweets and I tweet daily about not only my hair but also other random happenings.
I hope you guys are off to an awesome year!!!!