Monday, February 27, 2012

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (James 1:17)

What the heck have I been? I bet you guys have been wondering!

I must apologize to my followers (I know you guys must be tired of this infamous blogger line) for this absense. Things have taken a 360 degree turn in my life (for the better).

SO many things have presented themselves to me in so many different ways, I can only attribute it all to God, because at times, it really seems like.....too many blessings at one time. Let me explain:

Back circa September 2011, I began to question a lot of different aspects of my life. Mainly, I was questioning what my purpose in life was. By August 2010, I had graduated with honors with both a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Systems Engineering. I was 23 years old. Wow! What a blessing, right!? I had a higher education, I had a permanent, SECURE job, and a beautiful son and soon-to-be fiancee'.

Why in the heck was I questioning my purpose?

Something wasn't quite right in my spirit. So much success, but so little....inward gratification. What was missing? Me and my family had just joined a church not too long ago, and upon joining this church, I made a promise to God and to myself to find out my TRUE purpose and the will that God had for my life (the one He had for me before I had even formed in my mother's womb - Jeremiah 1:5).

Almost instantly, the Holy Spirit, which was given to me upon my accepting the Lord Jesus as my sovereign God, began to bring onto my spirit a state of reflection. Was I truly doing what I wanted to do? Was I passionate about the work that I was engaging in throughout my everyday life? Is it work that I would do, free of charge, for the rest of my life? As the answers began to come to me, I began to also question.....Why the heck hadn't I asked myself these questions before? Wouldn't it have made sense for me to ask these questions BEFORE I set out with my initial career path? 

He also began to bring questions to my spirit such as, Why did I make these choices in the first place? What was my motive, if not passion? WOW, yall, the answers were.....clear. I knew the answers to those questions from the minute I asked them to myself. I had chosen this life for the wrong reasons. The kind of reasons God warned us about in His Word (1 Timothy 6:10). Dang. Ya'll just don't know how I felt at the time. If this is not what I'm meant to do, WHY have I wasted SO much time, sweat, tears on this path. I felt as though it was all in vain. But the Holy Spirit always leads us into all truth (John 16:13), and brought about the scripture of 1 Corinthians 15:10. It was not all in vain, but through all of my struggles with such a difficult educational path, it will help me be even more diligent than the rest.

Upon me coming to terms with this new-found revelation about my current state of being, I began to ask God: What is it that I'm truly meant to do in life? And again, His Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance the very thing I had put off until retirement.....Event Planning, specifically weddings. I had always said that when I retire, I would open my own wedding planning firm. God said, "Retirement? Why not now? - Would you do it for free? (Yes) What do you like about it? (Everything, really - high paced, much variety, high in social interactions, a chance to bring happiness into people's lives, organization-driven...Yeah...everything).....Then what is holding you back?" Say whannow!!! Money??? Money?!?! (Well...yeah. I've spent my entire education on engineering, and now....I'm going to go into....event planning? How is that going to work out? No one would hire me!?) Why does someone have to hire you? Why can't you start your own company? (And quit my job?!?! The job that I begged you for? The secure, well-paying job???) Not yet....I will send you some help along the way. (Ok, God....I'm waiting)

WHOA. When He said He would send some help, yall. HE MEANT THAT THING!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!

Seriously, yall. Ever since that day in September 2011, my life has turned COMPLETELY upside down. He has opened up so many doors and so many opportunities, and even better yet, with HIS people (Praise God!), that it is truly somewhat of a miracle in its own right. I have a mentor (who not only has her own event planning company, but we both also work full-time jobs with the SAME employer - Recall God's words: Not yet....I will send you some help along the way), so she has been able to assist me when I'm trying to figure out how I can be successful with my company AND have a full-time job, AND I ALREADY have a HUGE client with whom I am the primary event planner for HUGE upcoming event in the Richmond, VA area.

Is it unreal or is it UNREAL!? My schedule is packed to the max, as I am also planning/coordinating my OWN wedding, to be held on April 14, 2011 in GEORGIA (approx. 9 hours away).

I am also the chair of a young ladies program (Delta GEMS) in my sorority (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.), where I am responsible for organizing/coordinating events for the young ladies and our chapter (which is an hour away). Needless to say......things are busy around here.

I will make a few more posts, so as not to turn this post into a fully-fledged book, so stay tuned!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

RED TAILS -- In Theaters Tomorrow!!!

The Tuskegee Airmen trained in Tuskegee, Alabama and studied at Tuskegee Institute, now known as Tuskegee University. They flew over 15,500 sorties and completed 1,578 missions with an outstanding record. These pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the "TAILS" of their P-47's "RED", and they were given the nickname "RED TAILS". 
Everyone go see RED TAILS IN THEATERS TOMORROW, and while you're at it - take your friends & family!!! I am so proud to be an alumna of this prestigious university!!!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

NYE 2011-12 Hair Summary

Hello Lovelies!!!
    I am back to give an update on how I wore my hair for New Year's Eve. In mylast post, I informed you guys that I would be attempting WwestNDNbeautyy's version of a Braid 'N Curl. Well....the results were....interesting. Here is how I went about doing the style:

My wash day regimen went like this: (Note: I always do these steps in about 12-15 twists)
  • 30-Min Prepoo/Detangle - Olive/Coconut Oil/V05 Moisture Milks Conditioner (50/25/25 mix)
Once I was finished deep conditioning, I allowed my hair to dry until damp. Once I was done, my steps went a lil something like this:
Step #1: Undo a twist
Step #2: Moisturize/lightly detangle with Kinky Curly Knot Today.
Step #3: Apply dime-sized amount of sweet almond oil to section.
Step #4: Apply quarter-sized amount of Darcy's Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme
Step #5: Smooth product onto section with Denman Brush.
Step #6: Split section into two. Take one section, braid it, while leaving about an inch of hair loose towards the bottom.
Step #7: Take loose section and wrap it around a medium-sized perm rod. Repeat with remaining section.
Step #8: Repeat Steps #1-7 with the remainder of my hair.

I was left with something like this.

Notice how I tended to roll the entire section of hair onto the perm rod (for later reference....LOL!)


This process took about 3-4 hours (Sad, I know - I'm speed styling deficient). I slept on this hair to ensure that the set was dry. Also, in the morning, I sat under the dryer on low heat for about 30 minutes. (I had spent too long on this style for it to be a bust from not being dry!) Afterwards, I undid the twists and was left with the finished style!

Check out my natural brown highlights! \*-*/
 My New Years Eve look:
Peep my Ciroc Party Hat - AYYYYEEEE! lol
I absolutely LOVED it! It turned out fabulous. Of course, it wasn't exactly like WwestNDNbeauty's, but I didn't really expect it to be seeing as how we have two different types of hair. Her hair has a much looser curl pattern, and her strands are not as thick as mine are.

Moving on.....HOWEVER, the results of Day 2 (sorry, no pics!) - after sleeping on the style with a silk bonnet (my hair is really too short of her nighttime maintenance of the style) - were DISASTROUS. I woke up to something that looked like a kinky-haired troll doll that had been abandoned for years. It looked SO bad, that I came home and re-styled my hair into twists, circa:

I've been contemplating what went so horribly wrong with the hold on this style and I came up with several possible reasons:

  • My sections were too big - Next time I will try smaller sections to aid in definition.
  • I didn't use the right products - She actually used a setting lotion product (Lotta Body), whereas I had just used the same ole products that I use for a braid/twist out (leave-in, oil, butter).
  • I should FOLLOW DIRECTIONS (lol) - I rolled my perm rod up the entirety of the sections, whereas she only rolled it up the loose hair. Hmmph, I thought it would turn out cute! 
  • Perhaps this style is only for longer lengths of hair - for maintenance purposes. Shorter hairstyles sometimes can be difficult to style overnight, especially for styles
Ahh well, better luck next time. :-) What are some styles that went WAY wrong for you? (*shameless plug* - I like pictures! lol)

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And I'm gone.....


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Product Review: Darcy's Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme

Hello Lovelies,
    I decided to post some more reviews on the products that I have used in the past (and present). Enjoy!


Product Review - Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Hello Lovelies!
     I am here to give a review of one of my (*spoiler*) LOVES! While I have no TRUE staples in my regimen because I am too much of a product junkie, I do have certain products that I would recommend trying for ANY type of hair, and this is one of them. Let's get down with the get down on this product:


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