In This Skin

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Today I say goodbye to my 20’s as I welcome a new chapter in my life. Today is my 30th birthday.

I became a mother almost 2 years ago. Along with questioning whether I could be a good wife and mom, I started to struggle with being comfortable within my own skin. Most new mothers can relate to the struggle to lose our post baby weight. On top of that, my hair texture completely changed from loose curls to tight kinks, curls and coils which was much harder for me to manage since I wasn’t used to it. I developed stretch marks, etc. Frankly, I did not feel beautiful or confident in myself or my abilities. Society’s perception of beauty and body after baby didn’t help to alleviate my anxieties one bit.

I began my transition back to natural hair in May 2009. A combination of transitioning and pregnancy gave me a whole new hair type to learn how to work with.

However, something amazing happened to me this year. I started to become more centered within my faith. This caused me to focus more on God and my identity within Him. I started to focus less on others and their perceptions of what is beautiful. “If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” (Matthew 10:39).

Once I shifted my focus I started to feel a peace within myself. I started taking better care of myself spiritually which started a snowball effect into other aspects of my life. I started exercising more regularly and eating much healthier as well. My anxieties started to diminish and I started to have a more positive outlook on myself and life in general. I began to define my own standards of beauty and not rely on society’s body image and beauty views. I realized that God gave me a new start, a new chapter. My old life has now been left behind and I needed to welcome this change.

My new life now included a husband that encourages me in all that I do. My new life also included an energetic, charismatic and playful son that keeps me on my toes. Yes, I have stretchmarks but they are a badge of honor for the beautiful life I carried and delivered into this world after 27.5 hours of labor & no meds). I started to embrace all of my 5’9 curvy body and every last curl, kink and coil on my head. My struggles and triumphs sparked a passion in me to help others in any way possible. I launched my lifestyle blogging career to continue to do just that.

I am now confident in my role as a wife and mother. I believe in my abilities as a writer/blogger. I accept that I am beautiful in my own unique way. Today I celebrate not only my birthday but a rebirth of me. I am now confident in my own skin, just the way God intended me to be.

Photography by: Daniel Racz (@girlswcurls)



  
  


Hair: Bee Mine Organics – Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo, BEE•U•Ti• FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner, Bee Hold Curly Butter.

Shorts: H&M

Blouse: Nordstrom

Shoes: Converse

Earrings: The Wrap Life

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Passing the Torch

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I feel that it is crucial for us as adults to help instill healthy self-esteem and reflect healthy body images into our children and the children around us. As a mother, I want to do my best to raise my son to love himself from hair to toe. I hope to do the same for my nieces and nephews.

I’ve been a crucial part in my oldest niece’s hair journey since she was 2 years of age. I’ve been working with her mom and dad to help maintain her hair but also help her to embrace her natural God given beauty. At 11 years of age she has started to come into her own. She even does her own hair!..lol.

Photographer Daniel Racz captured these images of Jenae and I during a recent shoot. The purpose of this shoot was to convey a passing of the torch from myself to my niece in embracing her natural beauty and loving herself just the way God created her. She wears her crown with pride and I couldn’t be any more proud of her.


  


  


  
           
  

Model: Jenae Dahlia

Hair: Cleansed Eden Body Works Peppermint Oil Shampoo. Leave-in Moisturizer by Hello Curlies. Braidout using Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter on damp hair. 

Denim Vest and Floral Denim Shorts: B.P

Tanks: H&M 

Floral Shorts: H&M 

Shoes: Converse

   

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In Front of the Lens with Daniel Racz

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When it comes to taking photos for my website and social media, I often use my Canon PowerShot SX510 HS or my iPhone 6. I am far from a professional photographer but this is what has worked for me over the years. To step in front of the camera through someone else’s lense was completely out of my comfort zone.

I recently had a photo shoot with photographer Daniel Racz of www.girlswcurls.com (@girlswcurls on Instagram).

My shoot was held in NYC. I was immediately captivated by Daniel’s ability to capture photos of any space in every element from an artistic standpoint. I absolutely adore these images of me captured by Daniel and I am so excited to share them with you all. We will be working together on future projects so keep your eyes peeled! See below for hair and outfit details!

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3 day old wash and go. The weather was extremely warm and humid on the day of shooting. I cleansed with Eden Body Works Peppermint Oil shampoo. I deep conditioned with Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner. I used Eden Body Works Peppermint Oil Conditioner as a conditioner and leave-in. I styled with Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker.

Clothing:

Dress & Top – www.shein.com

Shorts – Nordstrom

Shoes – Sneakers: Converse Sandals: Steve Madden

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