Hang With People Who Are Smarter Than You!

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wordpress-blogs-6When we were  young, being with peers of our own age was the only thing we were interested in. We had similar interests and lived in the same community and attended the same schools.

As we became older, we kept some of the friends we grew up with, but we also met new friends. Not everyone graduated from Elementary, Junior High or High school and moved  in the same direction. Even after college, some may have found new friends because somewhere along the line, they were growing and their interests were changing.

I noticed that as I became older, I wanted to know more. I wanted to learn more and I wanted to connect with those who could make that happen for me. I discovered that everyone I knew, or may have hung with, at the time, wasn’t interested in going in the same direction I wanted to go in. That’s when my social circle changed.

I was looking to follow my interests and passions. I allowed myself to be open to embracing not only new people, but people who knew more than I did when it came to the things I wanted to achieve.

When you desire more, something happens as a result. That’s when the door opens and the opportunity presents itself for you to meet the people who can take you to the next level.

All of the things that I was interested in doing or becoming became a reality. This would not have happened if I stayed, exclusively, in the same circles.

If you are the smartest person in the room, you need to leave and find those who are smarter than you. It is necessary for the growth and the expansion of your mind. If you find that you are not learning anything new or challenged in new ways, you need to add new faces to your social circle. Let people say whatever they want about you. Never mind.

We should always be growing and learning and learning and growing! That is the only way to have something to give back to our community and even add to our present relationships.

I believe in giving back! Take the things you’ve learned, and develop them, and share what you’ve learned with others! You will now have more to bring to the table and you will develop into your full potential!

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My Loc Wearing Friends

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It’s that time of the year again, when our locs need a little bit more moisture than they did over the summer. I have found that although my locs  have a tendency to dry out due to the summer heat, I only need a light oil to remedy the situation.

In the Fall season, the temperature changes and becomes cooler. We’re starting to wear more clothing and the constant rubbing of our locs against our clothes can dry them out much faster. In the summer we perspire more and the scalp is moist from that alone.

If you have shoulder length or longer locs, you will experience more dryness than not.

My summer routine for moisturizing my locs is pretty simple. I use a light oil such as: coconut oil or almond oil or jojoba oil or even extra virgin olive oil for my scalp. I use Shea butter, preferably…

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Nuts On The Run!

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I don’t know about you, but there are days when my schedule is beyond hectic and there isn’t time to sit and have a quiet lunch or meal. I have been making great effort to eat properly and at the proper time during the day. So what happens when I’m spending most of the day in my car?

Since I am a five, small meal a-day girl, I have to prepare a lunch bag to eat on the run. When  shopping for groceries, I purchase food items that I can put into a ziplock bag. My kitchen counters are flanked with canisters of various nuts.

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My stash of nuts are almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios.

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I sometimes mix the nuts together with raisins or cran-raisins. I include an apple or a banana as part of my healthy snack.

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*The good thing about this type of snacking is that you’re getting in nutrients.*

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Fruit and nut snacks are very fulfilling. They take care of those hunger pangs and they pack a punch of energy! So, the next time you have to eat on the run, consider taking along  some of these items. If you are busy working at home, keep a stash of your favorite nuts and fruits around. Making a run to the kitchen by choosing a healthy snack will be better than grabbing the sugar filled items be Plan ahead!

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My Loc Wearing Friends

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It’s that time of the year again, when our locs need a little bit more moisture than they did over the summer. I have found that although my locs  have a tendency to dry out due to the summer heat, I only need a light oil to remedy the situation.

In the Fall season, the temperature changes and becomes cooler. We’re starting to wear more clothing and the constant rubbing of our locs against our clothes can dry them out much faster. In the summer we perspire more and the scalp is moist from that alone.

If you have shoulder length or longer locs, you will experience more dryness than not.

My summer routine for moisturizing my locs is pretty simple. I use a light oil such as: coconut oil or almond oil or jojoba oil or even extra virgin olive oil for my scalp. I use Shea butter, preferably the white one, to moisturize my locs.

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From the Fall season to the Spring season, I use the same items mentioned above, but I add pure lanolin to the loc hair which locks in more moisture. I have found that this helps to keep my locs moisturized when they are exposed to the cold winter temperatures.

I also try to wear my locs in a braided style or tucked in or pinned up a little more during the Winter season.

I have not had breakage of any kind. I’ve been using this method for years now. Remember to wear a scarf or hair protector at night. This can keep your locs from also becoming dry and brittle as well as keeping lint and other particles out of your hair.

You can purchase these items from your local Fairway food stores. Coconut oil and olive oil can be found on any grocery store shelf. Mineral oil can be purchased from CVS or your local drug store. The 99 cent store in my neighborhood sells Shea butter, but you can find it online at Amazon or where African shops are located. I haven’t found Shea butter at my local hair supply store, but you can check your area to see if they sell it there. I suggest using one of the lighter oils (coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, mineral oil, extra virgin olive oil) for your scalp and the Shea butter and lanolin for the rest of your hair. Last, but certainly not least, is that you can use all of these products on your skin as well! ***If you have skin irritations or a skin condition, see your physician or dermatologist first before using any of these products.*** Moist locs are happy locs!

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Masks

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Mask: A cover or partial cover for the face, used for a disguise, a false face, a cover up. 

There are appropriate times for wearing a mask. At a masquerade party you can see the different masks that people arrive in. You might be able to identify who’s behind the mask if you are familiar with the exposed features of their face. Perhaps you can recognize an individual by their lips, nose or hair. Children as well as adults are known for wearing masks on the day of Halloween. Those are usually the appropriate times for wearing a mask.

There are masks that are not physical masks. They are the ones some people wear in order to disguise themselves, to cover their flaws, to re-invent themselves or to pretend that they are someone else.

Masked persons have held others hostage to the pain in their life. They cover up emotionally by giving others the impression that they are loving, caring and kind; meanwhile they are manipulative with evil intentions along with a host of other issues and problems. If anyone dare confront them on their behavior, they whip out another mask to cover the one they’re wearing.

Some people have learned to wear masks from the time of their childhood. If they have had a bad childhood or have experienced trauma, they may, for self preservation, wear a mask.

Once you get into the habit of wearing a mask, it is hard to take it off. You will have a difficult time confronting the real you!

Physical masks were meant to be removed. They are not to be permanently worn. Physical masks prevent you from seeing clearly. They block peripheral view. Physical masks can also be cumbersome and stifling. Emotional masks are similar in that they prevent individuals from facing the truth about themselves.

Liars wear masks! Liars don’t like themselves and as a result, they lie to cover or conceal the things they dislike or feel insecure about. They lie to mask the truth about their true character.

The problem with emotional masks is this; ‘People are transparent’! Really they are! Eventually everyone you deal with or have dealt with, will see you for who you really are! No mask of any size will hide that truth. Just give it some time.

Some of us wear more than one mask. We interchange them regularly; depending  on who we are trying to impress at the time.

Do you wear a mask? Have you ever tried to remove it? It is more fashionable and healthy to be yourself! We all have flaws and foibles. We all have weaknesses and failings. We all have feet of clay. The beauty is that we can always change the things that need to be changed in our lives. We have control over that. If you are trapped in past experiences that have wounded you, make the decision to get free of those negative feelings and reactions and take off the mask!

Remember this! Masks will never leave the wearer any happier. The longer you wear the mask the more miserable you’ll become.

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