DEAR 2017

DEAR 2017

Dear 2017,

As you come to an end, I begin to reflect on the beautiful twelve months you have given me. You have been a year filled with love, laughter, hope, awareness, and turmoil, and although this may be an understatement, you are the best year out of the twenty-one years of my life. I do not know nor do I want to know how 2018 will top this, but I do know that I will enter the New Year with an optimistic mindset and move on forward; celebrating all of my accomplishments and preparing myself for new challenges that will come my way.
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SELF-CARE

SELF-CARE

From the moment we wake up to the time we come home from work, we are constantly on the go. Living in a fast-paced world, we can all agree that life is never on pause. Not even for a split millisecond.  Whether it be going to work, school, or traveling afar, we tend to build up stress and tension into our lives and too often, bring it home with us. On a personal level, I myself, accumulate stress and tension into my body every day. Living in a constant state of urgency, I tend to forget to relax and enjoy life.  Continue reading “SELF-CARE”

A BEAUTIFUL CROOKED PATHWAY

A BEAUTIFUL CROOKED PATHWAY

I am my own woman. I am a woman of integrity. I am loving. I am strong. I am not afraid anymore. I will spread hope to others. I will be relentless in my beliefs and morals. I will always put my family first. I will never compromise. I will change the world. And I will be the leading lady of my own life.

At this point in my life, I’ve learned that no matter how kind we are or how pure our intentions may be, we often find ourselves in a place we do not want to be. Be it the trial that inflicts us or the wounds that remind us of the things we find so hard to let go of, we are constantly in battle with ourselves. We often feel as if we are broken and our story has ended; allowing the wounds to define who we are and run the course of our lives. It Continue reading “A BEAUTIFUL CROOKED PATHWAY”

BEING AUTHENTICALLY HAPPY

BEING AUTHENTICALLY HAPPY

Just recently I have felt genuinely happy and comfortable in my skin. While on a quest to find who I am, it was not until I travelled to Kenya where I started to learn more about myself. Deeply rooted in my thoughts, I started to become aware of who I am as a person.

I remember telling people that I was happy. Happy. A word to describe a feeling or showing of pleasure or contentment. Telling myself and others that I was happy when I wasn’t, was a betrayal to my soul. After two years, I couldn’t stomach the pain of telling people that I was happy anymore, thus, I decided to take some time for my soul and started my quest on being authentically happy.

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KENYA | THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY

KENYA | THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY

The following morning the group woke up around seven-in-the-morning, got ready, packed up, and headed down for breakfast at 7:30. Before breakfast, we were asked to bring our bags and backpacks up to the bus for the men to load. The owner that lived near the accommodations had dogs, so they were out and about roaming the area. As such, Rascal, the German Shepard, got a little too excited and started to jump around and nibbled on my arm. Unfortunately, I wore a white shirt that morning, so dirt got all over me.

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THE BEST LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED

THE BEST LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED

The lessons that I have learned have really helped shape me into the person I am today. Thus, I have decided to compile a list of lessons that have resonated with me throughout the years.

  1. Learn to trust in God.
  2. Take charge of your life but expect the unexpected.
  3. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  4. Always know that love is stronger than hate. Love is a universal language.
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MY DAYTIME SKIN CARE ROUTINE

MY DAYTIME SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Taking care of my skin has been very important to me as I live with eczema. I have always been self-conscious about my skin especially the common areas where my eczema would occur, such as my underarms, my arms, my knees, and my neck. Living with eczema is no fun and often times I try to hide it as much as I can. Although I have been prescribed medical creams for my skin, I will always live with eczema, however, taking care of my skin as helped. As such, I decided to share with you my daytime skin care routine.

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MY CARRY-ON TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

MY CARRY-ON TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I love packing my carry-on! Whenever I travel, I love going out shopping to get all of my essentials in travel size! Yes, it’s the smallest things that make me happy and seeing all of my favourite products in miniature size makes packing even more exciting. Besides the stress of checking in, passing through security, and finding your gate, nothing is more stressful than not having the essentials you need to have a smooth trip. When I left for Kenya, I made sure I had everything on board with me, from travel-sized toothbrushes to all types of medication, you name it, I was prepared.

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KENYA | THE SECOND FLIGHT AND FIRST NIGHT

KENYA | THE SECOND FLIGHT AND FIRST NIGHT

During our eight-hour layover in Amsterdam, some of the girls and I decided to walk around the airport to purchase food before boarding our flight. Walking around the airport made you feel like you were in a mall or a shopping centre. With the little cute shops and cafes, I did not feel like I was in an airport. Some of the girls decided to purchase food at McDonald’s, but instead of purchasing food there, I decided to purchase food at a little cute teacup cafe. After being served Chicken Rice, Potato Salad, and Chocolate Cake on the plane – in which I did not finish – I was starving.

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KENYA | THE FIRST FLIGHT

KENYA | THE FIRST FLIGHT

After postponing this for a month, I am going to finally share my experiences in Kenya-yay and the crowd goes wild! I still feel like the trip never happened yet and it’s coming up soon, but since I took the time to share my stories with my family and friends, I now have the motivation to share it on my blog! Yes, I’m still trying to adjust back home and even though it has been over a month, I still feel like I am in a different time zone. Without further ado, here is the beginning of my journey to Kenya.

May 7th, 2017, was the day I departed from Toronto International Airport to Kenya. Upon arrival at the airport, the group and I had to meet at 1:30 P.M to check in. Mind you, Continue reading “KENYA | THE FIRST FLIGHT”