Over the past couple of days

Happy Thursday, naturalista’s! How has your week been so far? Good I hope. Its almost the weekend, so hang in there. One more day. 🙂

This is going to be kind of a random post. Just wanted to share a few photos with you ladies of my past couple of days.

So, anyone who knows me or follows me knows I am the biggest advocate for two things:

1. Jesus

2. Natural Hair 

3. Inspiration Quotes

Im a pretty simple chick. 😉 Last week I went to a ball game in Downtown Detroit, in which I came across the most beautiful graffiti.

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I was so inspired. Had to take a picture. What do you think?

Then the other day, I got a Starbucks and you know how Oprah Winfrey is doing a campaign now with the chai tea? (What doesn’t she do? Or own? I swear lol) and it just really inspired me.

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“Live from the heart of yourself. Learn to be whole, not perfect.” – Oprah Winfrey. I have to say, this quote really got me through this week. I have been super stressed out lately, just with my job, finances, relationships and the fact that I always strive for perfection has been hindering me in those three areas. Reading this quote and allowing it to resonate was really impactful. Its just awesome how God works sometimes, even through something as simple as this.

Thanks, guys! This was kind of a random post. Share your comments and thoughts below! What are some of your favorite quotes, scriptures? What has been getting you through your week?

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

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“God where is my Boaz?” by Stephan Labossiere; Highly Recommended!

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So, the holidays are over. You gained fifteen pounds, you may or may not have spent large amounts of time with family, and you witnessed all of your friends get engaged. Literally. I don’t know about you, but most of my twitter and Facebook timelines were encompassed by massive amounts declarations of engagements. No shade.
 
Christmas day I was sitting on the couch, surrounded by tons of family, finding myself having to constantly answer questions of why I am not married yet, or where my “man” is at. Hello! I am a 20 – something! Shouldn’t you be asking how my career life is going, school, or something a tad bit more measurable? Sigh.
 
Before you starting talking… Im not bitter! Marriage is a beautiful thing. Its just… When is it my turn? Im pretty, smart, and not dependent on anyone else to take care of me. I have a car. I have my own place. Shoot, I’m a good catch! So when will it be my turn… *Kneels to pray* God… Where is my Boaz?

“God, where is my Boaz?” written by Relationship Expert/Love Coach Stephan Labossiere is an Amazon bestseller, along with a Woman’s guide to understanding what is keeping her from achieving the Love she Deserves. Image

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Yeah. He’s fine.

Minus the typical three step formula, this book takes a deeper look into why certain single women spend so much time and energy concerned about finding a man, as opposed to taking that energy and effort and focusing more on her walk with God. This book helps you learn how to Chase God, not Boaz.

“God, where is my Boaz?” is a very quick read, each chapter compartmentalized making it easy to follow; very practical. 

Stephan states; “These aren’t tips and tricks on how to get a man. This book will assist you in taking a deeper look within which will help you prepare and position yourself for the love and man that is truly best for you.”

From a Christian, spiritual perspective, this self – help book dives into the questions that many single women have today; Why haven’t I met my husband yet? Why aren’t I married? Will I ever get married? And the never-ending question that most Christian women come to terms with, “Where is my Boaz?”

The term Boaz derives from the word “swiftness”, used in the Bible times as the “swiftness of a horse”. In the bible, in the book of Ruth, Boaz is the man who marries Ruth, a widowed Maobite daughter with endless faith and loyalty to her sister Naomi. After lots of “swooning” as we would call it nowadays, Boaz continued to pursue Ruth, and they eventually married.

What makes Boaz stand out and be this man that we desire is he never gave up. In the book of Ruth, He saw Ruth in the field, he saw a challenge, he knew what he wanted, and he went after her; no questions asked. He said he wanted to marry her, and kept his word. Boaz has become the epitome of what women want in a man; a man that keeps his word and knows what he wants.

Stephan states, “In this book, I’m going to help bring clarity to the internal struggle you’ve been enduring. I‘ve been led to provide insight into the things hindering your progression in relationships. The goal is to assist women with moving in a more positive direction in their love life, and their personal relationship with God.”

And man, let me tell you: He did JUST THAT.

When I first began reading this book, I was very pleased. Having read many relationship self-help books in the past, especially Christian ones, and I was under the impression that “God, where is my boaz?” might consist of a lot of “you need to do” this and “you aren’t doing that” critiques on women and why they are single. Reading on, I was pleasantly surprised. “God where is my Boaz” is more than a self-help book, it’s a book that leads women to the self – actualization and awareness of why we are single, how we can focus on our relationship with God as opposed to “finding us a man”, and how our Boaz will come, with the right attitude and faith in God.

 I would highly recommend this book to any woman of any faith who is looking to find their true match. It takes the story of Ruth and Boaz from a very practical standpoint, and breaks it down in terms we can all understand, while in the preparation stages of finding our true love.

You can purchase “God, where is my Boaz?” on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bookstores. It is available for paperback, kindle and audio! Check it out bloggers; Man or woman, I highly recommend this. I reviewed it on Amazon; still going through review, I will make sure to share that with you guys as soon as it is posted.

You can also check out Stephan Labossiere’s website, filled with tons of relationship advice for men and women, whether single or married and spiritual guidance! Awesome relationship expert/love coach that definitely reps for the ladies. 🙂 Link will be posted below.

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Thanks! Share your thoughts and comments below.

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

Visit Stephan Labossiere’s website! http://www.stephanspeaks.com 

 

Oh, what a tangled web we… weave?

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You wear a weave, Lizz. YOU WEAR A WEAVE. How can you POSSIBLY be natural if you wear a weave?
 
I’m sure I am not the only one who has heard this. The women who do wear weaves on occasion can attest to getting this question all the time, especially if they consider themselves a natural. In fact, I have gotten it MORE than a few times already since I do currently have a weave on my head.
 
Does wearing a weave/wig mean you don’t love yourself? Is it a form of protective styling? Is it false advertising? What the heck are you hiding under there?!
 
One day, as I was admiring some natural hair bloggers and vloggers online, I came across one who I do consider my hair crush or my hair icon, Taren Guy. Taren916. She’s AWESOME and I watched one of her vlog’s, I believe it was a random one, in which she began to elaborate on how important versatility is in the black community, since she’s gotten some flack on wearing wigs. Is a wig any different then Sengalease twists, or box braids? Is it protective styling, or false advertising? She then went on to define natural hair as simply when you “stop relaxing.”
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I can see her face right now. Any of you Taren916 subbie’s, you know how expressive she is. God, I love her. Watching that truly made me realize and come to the conclusion… Who on Gods green earth said that natural hair had to be one type of hair? One type of hairstyle? What if I want to experiment with Steam Rollers, or even color treatments? Does that make me not natural?
 
My personal definition of natural hair is as follows: Hair when you stop relaxing. Just stop relaxing.  No more creamy crack. And either, you choose to take the route of transitioning your hair and letting your relaxer grow out, or big chopping as the natural hair community is likely to say and cutting off the relaxed or damaged ends and starting all over. Starting fresh! Either way, you are eliminating the process of chemically relaxing your hair.
 
Women like to switch up looks and play around. We love doing this, and we can’t say that men don’t like it either. But when does it begin to be too much? When do we begin to use weaves and wigs as beauty crutches? Yes, there is no relaxer on our heads so we are protective styling… But when does it begin to be, excuse my Tamar Braxton, “team too much”?
 
Personally, I think there is nothing wrong with throwing something on your head when you don’t feel like showing your hair, or you begin to crave some straight hair for a bit. It doesn’t make you any less natural.
 
Embrace versatility! Its your hair, you have earned the right to do what you want with it. Just always remember, We are fearfully, wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.” 🙂
 
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