HOW TO MAKE IT
HOW TO MAKE IT
How to Make It
The fairest thing in nature, a flower,
It has been a while since I've posted here! I've been doing a lot of growing and shedding a lot of layers to become a lighter, more balanced and happier me these last few months. It's been going pretty well!
A part of what I'm getting back to are practices I've let fade out of my life for some reason, even though they really benefitted me. One of these practices is a raw foods detox adapted from Revolutionary Fitness NYC's 7-Day Cleanse. I was doing this detox four times a year starting on or around the major celestial event of each season (spring equinox, summer solstice, fall equinox, and winter solstice).
Since I stopped, I've noticed changes in my overall health (not in a good way) and I think not detoxing has played a part. So finally 3 years later, I'm back on it! I'm going to be posting some of my recipes here starting with my Day 1 Green Smoothie, so stay tuned!
"Own your magic. Walk in your purpose and rock your truth." -Beverly Bond
Last month I had the pleasure of facilitating a workshop for Polk Girls Rock 2017, and it was glorious! The day of girls empowerment was lead by London James of The London J. Agency, LLC and I am so humbled to have been a part of it! The day was filled with college talks, team building, inspirational speakers and more. During my 40 minute workshop, "Coding Self-Affirmations", I led about 20 teen girls to think introspectively about themselves. We zoomed in on what qualities they make them special and why they are Polk girls who rock!
Even though my workshop was cut short, had to be re-worked 10 minutes before it was supposed to start (thank goodness teaching English in Korea for year taught me to be very adaptable), and the girls had lunch during my workshop, I still thought it went great! I forgot how much I love working with teenagers and young adults and am really excited to shift Earth & Alkemy's focus to include more community engagement! Stay tuned!
“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
I'm really happy that self-love and wellness in general are being talked about and celebrated more and more, but I'm not sure if I've seen a lot about what it all actually means. Self-care, Earth- care and Self-love are central to what Earth & Alkemy is all about so here's how I think about it.
What's Self-care? I consider Self-care to be doing my best to take care of my health, in all forms. One way to do this is to keep our minds balanced and free of lingering negativity by meditating (read about how I do it here). Another important way I practice Self-care is by controlling what goes into and on my body. That means being mindful of what I eat, what I drink, and what personal hygiene products I use. Practicing self-care is also connected to the Earth and how we care for her.
If I drive my car unnecessarily that puts out extra emissions making the quality of air that I breathe, that my family and friends breathe worse. If I buy a face wash or shower gel with micro beads inside (those tiny colorful plastic balls), they get washed away and eventually wind up in the ocean. Then the toxic micro-beads find their way into fishes stomachs which we eat; my family, my friends and myself.
These are just two quick examples of the cause and effect connection between Self-care and Earth-care. Everything is a part of some cycle and all living things are connected in someway or another. Just as throwing trash out of your car window can loop back to affect the health of you and your family, Self-love is affected by the quality of Self-care we pour into ourselves and Earth-care we give to nature. If you're interested, you can read more about this on my piece Afros In The Sky, published on Black Girl In Om.
*How do some ways you practice Self-care? Leave a comment about it!
Oh boy! This last weekend was a crazy one. For the last few months I have been co-curating the first ever Cultivate+Elevate, a weekend retreat meant to disconnect attendees from the stresses and distractions of everyday life and reconnect them with themselves, each other and nature. I was the last to come into the fold and much of the groundwork had already been laid out. Either way though, after joining the behind-the-scenes organizing I was geeked to share the responsibility of putting on an event I believed would be fun and helpful, especially for young entrepreneurs.
About a month and a half into organizing however, my excitement slowly started turning into worry. I began noticing little things that weren't going as planned or that made me uncomfortable. By the time the week of the event rolled around, my excitement was completely replaced with uneasiness and it turns out that my spidey senses were spot on (as usual).
Literally 30 minutes before getting off of work and exactly 3 hours before the retreat was to start I got a call (insert dramatic music here). It was one of the other co-curators making me aware that there was a HUGE issue with the campsite we had reserved. Devastation ensued. I'll save you all the details but all you need to know is we had to cancel the whole retreat an hour before it was supposed to start. I was so embarrassed at the unprofessionalism of it all. I was frustrated for the attendees that were so excited for the weekend and paid money to be a part of something great. I was so angry I almost threw up. Not because I was mad at my co-curators but because I was furious with myself. For over a month I had been ignoring the growing feeling of anxiety in my gut instead of facing and exploring why it was there.
To be completely honest, I've been really going in for a while now and self-care hasn't been at the top of my list as it usually is. Generally I always listen to my instincts, or at least analyze them (usually during meditation) but didn't do that this time around. Regardless of if it was my fault or not, I was a part of a massive, embarrassing failure. My name and my brand were a part of organizing the event, so I am automatically associated with this crash and burn. I'll call it, "taking an L by association". But this extremely not fun experience reminded me to really listen to my higher self again and not neglect her as I have been. I was disconnected for a minute but I'm reconnected again! Thanks for the reminder universe: no matter how much ambition and drive you have to succeed and grow, never neglect your Self.
**Let's have some fun. Have you experienced a major L lately? Comment below and tell me what it was!
"Without our land, we cease to be a people."