Friday, January 30, 2015

My Naturalversary

3 Years Natural

natural hairstyles for January through July
Hairstyles from the 1st half of the year
It's already been another year. Does it feel like it?? YES! I know I've said this many times over the past few weeks, but I've been through the wringer this year with my hair. In last year's Naturalversary post, I had a few updates then, let's see where I stand on those now:
  1. I didn't do length checks every other month like I was supposed to. After the year rolled in, I decided to try and get proactive about my damaged hair. I tried different styles like flexi rods and heatless curls, then I revamped those styles when they got old. That worked for me until...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Finished Product

Full Sew-In With Lace Closure

I finished washing and stretching my natural hair, drove two hours, and arrived at the salon.

How to braid hair before a full sew-in with lace closureI've never been to a weave salon before, so The Weave Express was a new experience. I went on a Sunday which was by appointment only. There was a "weaver" and a "braider". They worked like an assembly line. A customer comes in and, depending on what kind of sew-in they're getting, the braider braids the hair in a style that suits the kind of sew-in she's getting and the weaver sews the weave. To thicken my braids, the braider added strands of braid hair to thicken and strengthen my braids for the sew-in. It took the braider about 20 to 30 minutes to completely braid my hair.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

I've Got A Giveaway For You

Instagram Loop Giveaway

Guess what?! I've teamed up with a lovely group of bloggers to offer my Instagram followers a chance to win $100 (PayPal Cash)! All you have to do is follow the steps below (no posting or commenting necessary). Once you find your way back to the original IG post then you're done!

How to Enter:

  • Follow me @allnaturalmi (on Instagram) and everyone else in the loop.
  • Like the image on Instagram
  • Tap the photo on my IG account to see the next step in the loop
  • For *Bonus* entries, when you get to @pharraway's page, tag a friend or two in the comments of the giveaway image who you think would love to win $100, then keep following the loop!
  • Once you arrive back at my IG account, you're all done!
Notes: This giveaway is open internationally. You must follow everyone in the loop to qualify and like each image. You must have a PUBLIC account at the time of drawing so we can verify appropriately. You must have a valid PayPal account to receive the prize if chosen as the winner. Giveaway/spam accounts will not be chosen. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced no later than Tuesday, 01.27.15, around 12 PM EST. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good luck and thanks for your continued support.

Per Instagram rules, we must also mention that this is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

I hope you all participate, find and enjoy some great IG pages, and most importantly win some money.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Honoring Dr. King

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015

There's one day every year where we honor a great man. (If you haven't seen Selma, GO!)
He was not perfect, no one is. We all have our flaws but working towards a better mankind should be all of our goals.

King's fly, run, walk quote

In the words of another great
"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all
persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities."
--Nelson Mandela

Is that so much to ask? Is that so hard to accomplish? Is it so wrong for everyone to have the same opportunities? I don't think it is. So, to live a life working towards a better future for not only my children but for us all is something I can try my best to do. 

The Drum Major Instinct quote

In remembrance of Dr. King, let's all try to have an impact on the world this year.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Internet Reacts - Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson's Reaction to NFC Championship

The Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers met this afternoon to play each other for the NFC Championship and for a spot in the 49th Super Bowl. I'm not really into sports, but I catch a few games here and there. I caught the Seahawks/Packers game and it was actually a great game. The Seahawks fought hard and definitely deserve their seat in the Super Bowl based on their performance in this game alone!

When Wilson was approached after the game, his first words in reaction to their win were:

Wilson's 'God is good' quote after winning the NFC ChampionshipThere's one thing I always say about "celebrities" (specifically entertainers and athletes)...they're people just as you and I are! People place them on pedestals when they should not and sometimes they're looked at as robots. People don't expect them to feel and react like to things like us "normal people" do, but I think Wilson's comments show just how human they can be.

My Facebook timeline is full of people giving Wilson props for acknowledging God; there are many articles already online about him being emotional and crying; and he's trending on Twitter. Things like this travel so quickly in this day and age.

My thoughts are that God does deserve the praise for it all!! I've received so many inspirational messages today and if anything I'll just add this one to the list. If something like this will bring people to God, or even make Him a thought on all of our minds...I'm all for it!!

During times of excitement, we're all bound to react differently. His teammate, Michael Bennett, was so excited he did a lap around the field on a police bike! I can honestly say the Internet has embraced this. I haven't seen anything negative about his appreciation for God and that I can be grateful for; we all know how the Internet can be.

Have a great Sunday night you all. Congrats to the Seahawks, the Patriots, and their fans!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

107

#J15 is here!

celebrating 107 years of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

For those of you who may not know, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated celebrates Founders' Day today. On January 15, 1908 at Howard University (right here in Washington, DC) Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded! AKA is the first Greek-lettered Sorority founded and incorporated by African American college women.
What does service to all mankind mean to me?? Growing up, there were many ladies of AKA in my community and they had a great impact on my life. I'll always remember that. Service to all mankind means continuing to have an impact on my community because I know it can change lives!! Alpha Kappa Alpha has impacted the world through our community services projects and will continue to do so for another 107 years and beyond!
Happy Founders' Day Sorors!
Skee-Wee!!
#AKA107 #AKA1908

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Oh No She Didn't

Hair Prep for Another Sew-In

hair before getting a sew-in
Pre sew-in hair was on fleek...lol
Why yes, I did!! Remember this post and this post?! This definitely didn't come out of the blue! I said I was going to do it and that's exactly what I did.

This sew-in was different than the last because I went into it having more knowledge about the process. This time around I felt more comfortable. My original plan was to take Hairfinity for at least a month without a sew-in to measure hair growth from the pills alone, but the opportunity presented itself for me to get this sew-in, so I jumped on it. I didn't want to wait until the end of January. I'm trying to have this hair touching my shoulders before the spring! :-)
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Looking for a Cosmetologist?

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Everyone knows the trouble I've had with my hair this past year. It's no secret. Throughout my hair tab you can see where it first went wrong, you can see me trying to hold it together and trying to fix it, then you see the second atrocity. SMH! The word crazy doesn't even begin to describe my hair misfortunes this year.

I wanted to do this post earlier in the year, but I ended up getting a sew-in which distracted me and I let it go. I also kind of felt like no one would bite, but I may as well reach out now because you never know what will happen.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

In 2015

My New Year's (Not So) Resolution

I was looking forward to the 2014 holiday season for so many reasons. I wanted to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family; I did that. I wanted to spend time with my friends doing things that adult life won't let us do as often as we used to, I did that. I needed time off of work; I got that. Even with all I did, there's never enough time to do everything or to see everybody, but I must say I'm pleased with how I was able to spend my time, these past two months.

I don't have resolutions for the year. I never do, really, but I have goals that I'm striving to reach. Towards the end of last year, things got completely out of control, time-wise. When the holiday season rolled around, I had to let working out go, my home schedule got off track and so did my blogging schedule. I had this cloud looming over my head of things I knew I had to do and things I wanted to get done...and I wanted to do it all in one day, even though I knew it wasn't physically possible. As a matter of fact, it's still there! As much of a stressor as that cloud is for me, I've settled with doing what I'm able to get done in what little time I have and I'm satisfied with that.

This year, my focus is time management. At one point, I used to write out my schedules for the week. I had a plan for what I was going to do with each hour of my time in each day. I need that stability again. I need that guide. I need to know that although I won't get everything done today, I have a plan to complete everything by the end of the week or month.

This is my goal. My days have been cut short by my new work schedule, but I am determined to make these hours work for me! I will use January to do some mock trials of day scheduling to see how it goes.

At the end of the day, I'm trying to live my life to the fullest. There are things I want for myself and for my life that are going to require a more together schedule than this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants schedule I have now. I'm determined to make it work, so I know it will work!

Watch me work!

P.S. - I know you can't help but notice the new hairdo; post to come soon!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's 2015!

The New Year

It seems like 2014 just rolled in, yet another year is upon us.

I thank the Lord for continuing to bless me with life.

I appreciate the every day things He provides that matter in the small AND grand scheme of things.

Dreams are beautiful and are like little pieces of heaven on Earth when they come to fruition.

2015 already holds tiny gems, but I pray this year brings me the desires of my heart, love, closeness to friends & family and so much more.

May my faith be on a continual increase.

I pray and wish the best for you all. May the Lord bless your year and grant you the desires of your heart as well. I know how much it/they mean to you! :-) 

BE SAFE & HAPPY 2015!


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