Heart Chakra, Root Chakra

NOLA

As my co-worker would say “Fatima you’ve been living your best life this month”. October has been filled with new excitement.

First trip: New Orleans.

I have traveled up and down the east coast, but going to Louisiana was definitely a huge move for me! Lets start with the plane tickets…Okay I haven’t been on a plane since I was like 9yrs -old, so yes I was extremely terrified. I didn’t know where to began with buying plane ticket especially trying to find some while on a budget. Cheapest airline I found going there was Spirit Airline and American, two one-way tickets by the way Total was: 215, which was a great prices for a last minute trip. Now the taking off and landing part are theee worst!! It makes me feel nauseous. But when that plane landed, my heart started racing, filled with happiness I was so ready to explore the city!

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Sadly after taking this picture i wanted to sleep and that pretty much what I did the first night, New Orleans is an hour or two head of Virginia so it was past my usual bedtime. Where we stayed was in the art district, which was walking distance from the beautiful french quarter that makes downtown New Orleans very popular! First real day there (second day) we went on a boat ride, sadly I didn’t take any pictures! But before we got to the french quarter we caught a trolley.

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Coolest shit ever I swear! i tried my hardest not to appear as a tourist lol! After the first ride everywhere I went I got on one…Uber didn’t even exist to me and the people were so willing to help guide us around. I mean riding through the city was truly a melting pot for me. The diversity and culture presented was mild blowing. The European architectural style all over made me feel like I was in a different side of the world.

Above photos are pictures from the treme neighborhood, or course we attended the treme festival. I use to watch the treme series of new orleans on HBO, but to be actually there and learn the history was a wonderful experience. I learned that the Treme neighborhood was one of the oldest African-american and free of color people neighborhoods. This community has the Congo square and famous Louis Armstrong park.

Any one who knows me knows I’m a sucker for vendors, native food and cultural music. While attempting to get some food, they had kids performs “moko jumbie stilt dancing”. The kids danced to African drums in colorful costumes.

I was overjoyed!! I felt connected..Once the festival was over the streets were filled with people, Jazz music and art. There was a parade in the mist of exploring a different part of the city. They started the parade with the New Orleans own Zulu people. I was eager to get a picture, I’m a sucker for culture.

The street flooded with art, local high school bands playing and jazz music.

Art was being done and hung up to dry as we walked through the festivities! This was the best city I’ve traveled to thus far. I loved everything about this place from the beautiful accents, street jazz music, 24 hour bars, being able to walk/drink in public, and of course the food the creole dishes were the best!

Definitely planning for Mardi Gras 2019!!

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Heart Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, Throat Chakra

Random Journaling…

As human beings, we all have our own values, beliefs and attitudes that we have developed throughout the course of our lives. Our family, friends, community and the experiences we have had all contribute to our sense of who we are and how we view the world. I can honestly say I don’t take notice to when I’m being bias towards another racial group. The action of being bias lies subconsciously within many hues. The actions that proceed the subconscious enters past the realm of being bias and becomes determinative.
I’ve gather affirmation on my inner beliefs on the topic of diversity. I believe race, in its true nature is a social construct. The perceptions of differences stemming from race are ingrained into humans throughout their life. Stereotypes as well as biases are results of non-substantiated assumptions made based on race. This belief spans globally, due to the diversity that exist worldwide.
I treat everyone with respect and kindness despite any racial or cultural differences. Asserting color blindness is numbing to diversity and the unique nature of others. I believe that the embracing of each other’s individual upbringing disperses negative connotations that were prematurely made. I do not make assumptions about a person or individual group until I have verified the facts on my own. I believe actions taken towards prevalent discrimination should be precautionary and not reactionary.
These factors will contribute to my counseling techniques in a positive manner, by establishing a foundation for interaction with diverse clientele. Instilling respect and appropriation for understanding different cultures I may delve into when counseling.

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Crown Chakra, Solar Chakra

Deep Cleanse

IMG_2362Okay so I know this picture looks absolutely gross, but this is what I’ve been dealing with my ENTIRE life. Scalp psoriasis is a mother**** I tell you! I have random outbreaks so I never know when my scalp is going to feel inflamed which is completely annoying, and the dermatologist prescribe medicated items that just make things a lot worse. What pissed me off the most was my stylist knew and was aware of my outbreak, she did absolutely nothing to treat my hair. A few days later this crap happened!  I’m still trying to learn the triggers though, so I’m trying to reduce my stress level and watch what I eat of course.

My boss and a few co-workers of mine recommended that I do a deep cleanse that would assist me with the dreadful problem, The famous apple cider vinegar/baking soda rinse, she stated that it was the best way to deep clean my locs. Sooo I decided to try it because I was tired of wearing freaking head wraps and feeling dirty knowing my scalp was producing a large amount of dandruff.

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I already had the apple cider vinegar because I like to drink it with some water. I already had the baking soda as well because I use it to make a face mask.. So yeah the only thing that was purchase was th lemon! I did my research of course and watched some YouTube vides to make sure this was completely safe, because I didn’t want any surprises.

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I took some pictures of the water as I added the ingredient into it, for those who want to try this don’t be puzzled of the water changes like I was lol because that’s apart of the whole experiment. But in these two picture it’s just showing how the water looks after I added the lemon.

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So of course online they give you the proportion sizes of the amount your suppose to add in the water, but who actually follows directions?? lol I know I don’t. In this picture I put what I thought was a decent amount of the vinegar and baking soda in the water. If the water starts to bubble that’s a norm, nothing drastic will happen. I also added some tea tree oil to the mix as well.

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I soaked my locs for 15 minutes the first time (I repeated this method twice) and the second time for about 30 minutes. This is how the water looked when I was done the second time. My hair was extremely dirty, three years worth of build up and recent dandruff… gross I know… Trying this cleanse not only cleaned my scalp and reduce the irritation of my scalp but it also, got rid of all the lent that was caught in my locs. I immediately conditioned my hair with a coconut deep conditioner afterward because baking soda will make your hair dry and brittle. Then I put a mix of tea tree oil, Jamaican black castro oil and raw coconut oil in my hair while drying it so ensure that my hair is moisturized.

 

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Heart Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Chakra

4 days of fun

So since my last post I’ve been doing things I wouldn’t normally do. It’s usually hard for me to break my normal routine, but after awhile you will realize that your life need new adventures.

Day 1. Biking

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Never have I ever thought I would learn how to ride a bike….. YES LEARN at the age of 24 I have never owned a bike. After a few falls and attempts, I mastered the skill. Biking was a very tiring expereince especially for a person who’s not in perfect shape, but I absolutely loved it. I felt amazing after riding, my heart rate was up, my body was more relaxed, I met alot of people and the scenary of the trails are awesome! Purchasing my own bike is currently a goal.

Day 2. Yoga In the Park

IMG_1337Yoga in the park is a thing! It comes every summer and leaves by winter. I’ve been doing yoga in the park since summer of 2016 and now it’s back. This day was extremely hot and first day of doing yoga again was tough. I enjoy doing yoga because it keeps me grounded and focused. Yoga helps me feel alive and present. Working in the mental health field doing yoga teaches me how to breathe and learn how to react to stress peacefully. Yoga makes me feel strong and liberated! I encourage everyone to do yoga as much as possible.

Day 3. Indoor Rock climbing

IMG_1647A friend of mine talked me into rocking climbing, he stated that this sport helps reduce stress, increase brain functioning and build confidence. Well…. I was trying to figure out where the hell he got this information from because I almost had an anxiety attack lol. I have a huge fear of heights, so rock climbing was quite an experience. Mentally I believe rock climbing teaches you determination, even though by body was tired by the second go round I wanted to finish. Nothing else mattered the goal was for me not to give up and I didn’t! Now what made it hard for me was that once I reached the top I was afraid to come back down. I refused to jump off the wall and use the rope to come down, so instead I climbed down. My body was extremely sore rock climbing requires a lot of strength, strength in which I lacked lol! It was an experience maybe I workout a few times before I decide to do it again.

Day 4. Soccer

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Once upon a time I played soccer in my youth. This day a few of my girlfriends and I decided to give it a shot! Boy was it an epic fail, it was fun but we were all rusty! None of us were physically in shape to run from one goal to another, were definitely burnt out really quick. Having fun was the ultimate accomplishment, everyone should play a sport you’re not good at it brings laughter.

 

 

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Third Eye Chakra

“New Beginnings”

This week I developed a new motto, well more like a phrase that sums up my explanation for my actions. “New Beginnings” has been my answer for everything this week.

Now before my “new beginnings” journey, I was so wrapped up in the wrong things and associated with the wrong people. For a long time, I felt like everything was taking a complete toll on me, from bad relationships, friendships, professional relationships, etc.. The list could go on. I instantly became overwhelmed with life changes and often felt depressed, but mostly alone. So, I decided to sit down, meditate, and have a long discussion with myself and some higher being. I concluded that I wanted a change!

I woke up the next morning and felt different. I sat in my car and before I know it I changed my number and deleted my WhatsApp account, my mind was moving so fast. I felt great for some reason  and nothing mattered anymore, I had a different attitude, different perception on how I wanted to live my life and the people I want to share my energy with.

This week has been amazing thus far, every day I woke up with feeling better and better. Now usually when I change my number I send out a mass text, but this time I can count my hand how many individuals have my number out of family and friends.

I came across a quote I noticed that was weirdly already my Whatsapp account status when I created a new one. The quote “I am thankful for those who left me. Because they taught me I can do it alone”- Chanakya. Clearly the person previously associated with my new number was in my head!!

I began to evaluate my life as I did the other day, but this time instead of being sappy I was thankful. Without those tremendous hurdles, loss of friendships, jobs, and better half’s, I will not be the strong individual I am currently or at least trying to be.  

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