Heart Chakra, Root Chakra

Bermuda

Yes living the best life I can as Brittaney would say!

I have never worked for anyone who appreciates their employees enough to take them on a cruise!

Royal Caribbean best cruise line ever, everyone knows it! I wish I could share the detail on the pricing but I didn’t pay for much. Overall the room was nice, I didn’t like the obstructed balcony i had it ruined the view. I found myself going to co-worker room just to compare their balcony view with mine. Two days at sea before actually reaching the Island was tough, as much as I wanted to engage into the partying and drinking I was exhausted my first night on the boat I fell asleep fully clothes thinking I was going to a party…yeah sleep got me real good! Second day at sea I finessed my way into getting free drinks everywhere I went because 300 plus dollars was not an option for me for a drink package, No way! Blah Blah… okay Views from when we did get to Bermuda.

See where the yellow boats are?? yup that’s where my balcony is and that’s all i can see on it is yellow boats, what a drag! It took us forever to get off the boat because some of the gang woke up late! but this is some as they got off the boat.

We didn’t know where to explore so we walked around just site seeing.

We were introduced to the pink sand beach, which was a 20 minute drive from the dock.. So we got to see Different parts of Bermuda, it was beautiful!

By the way if you didn’t know and ever want to travel to the Caribbean, they do drive on the left side of the road and right side of the car! FYI. Driving to the beach was a bit scary, the driver didn’t really stay in his lane and the roads were very tiny, as well as curvy. But!!! we made it there safe =).  As soon as we got closer to the beach there a set of tall rocks and I was determine to climb them just to get a better view of everything. It was hard climbing rocks barefooted, but it was doable.

The scenery at this beach was beautiful and yes the sand was pink but I didn’t take any pictures of it oddly. It was hot as hell out as well! I felt like I lost 20 pounds….But anyway my favorite part of the cruise was the crew members! I absolutely adored them and made friends quick. They were polite, helpful and funny. They played a big part into why I enjoyed myself the most on this trip.

Albert, Pratmesh and Nuur were the crew member who made my stay very comfortable! One even adopted me as his cousin..lol! the Crew member kept us in the loop about the events that were happening at night off the ship! A “big” party gathering with not just people from the cruise but locals was a great experience. Caution/Safety was a huge factor due to hearing horror stories about kidnappings and killings of cruise member when then come to Bermuda.

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I was definitely ready for a good time, being that I slept a lot on the ship, attending one event at night wasn’t going to kill me! plus my boss and co-workers complained about not seeing me much! The party was nice!! lots of drunk individuals just having a good time!

Sadly I had an allergic reaction to something I ate or drunk and was in need of something to calm the inflammation down. I broke out all over my face, chest and back the next day. so I went from looking hot above to looking like this…

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I felt like the world was over and my vacation was ruined lol! But luckily when I’m home i would soak in a bath salt, so it was only right to get in the salt water! I stayed at the beach in the water for hours it took me 2 hours to get in the water and be comfortable because it was so cold! The salt water did eliminate the inflammation, but once i got out my skin was peeling like a mutant.

Overall my vacation was awesome! Nothing but good vibes and good people I loved it!!!. Sadly I came home after a week of being away and struggled to adjust back into the real world. From these two trips, I gave myself goals to travel to at least 32 states and 15 countries before I’m 30.

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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

Loc’Versary

I’m a little late on some post I’ve been extremely busy and I have zero time management skills.

As of July 13, 2017, marks three years of my Loc journey. These three years has been tough, but it taught me how to love myself unconditionally. When I started my locs I was excited to have them, until no one around me ever had anything nice to say about them. My self-esteem hit rock bottom and I constantly questioned if I made a mistake. The thought of cutting my hair off and starting over just wasn’t an option for me anymore. As the process progressed I started to hate how I looked and I felt completely hideous…. Every day I received unacceptable comments from my friends, family and even my work place. It’s like when you meet someone new the first thing they look at was my hair I felt like I didn’t fit in anywhere. A year passed, then they began to grow on me, I had my days where I would stare at myself in the mirror for hours practicing positive statements (e.g “Fatima you are a beautiful black queen”). At one point, I was wearing make-up excessively to make up for my insecurities and everyone who knows me know I’m not a huge fan of make-up. Second year came around and I started not to care about what others thought, my dad had Locs my entire life and as a Rastamon he never tried to fit into society means. Growing up in mix cultural family no matter where in the world whether in Jamaica or here in American having locs were never accepted, they are considered dreadful, dirty and whatever else people came up with. He told me I had to start loving myself in order to feel real beauty. My dad and I aren’t really so his advice meant a lot to me, yet he was the only one who ever made me feel good about my journey. My locs started to grow longer every couple of months and after a while the compliments started, at this point I didn’t care if anyone had something mean or nice to say about my hair. I am completely in love with my Locs and how I look with them. There’s nothing dreadful about my locs and I am quick to comment when people refer to my hair as “dreadlocks”
I am my hair and pretty girls do Loc!

 

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Heart Chakra, Root Chakra, Solar Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, Throat Chakra

Day 3

Word choice: Beyond, Circumstance, Joy

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I try to never let negative people and horrible circumstances steal my joy. One bad situation can bring stress upon anyone and how you react to it determines your emotional state. I read a book by Robert Schram called “Maximize Life by Living for Peace, Harmony and Joy.” In this book, her states “bring joy to wherever you go and do not react to circumstances. You make your own circumstances and can change those that discourage, or bring you and others down” (Schram, pp. 281). He helped me realize that no matter the circumstances are every situation has potential to bring gratitude and happiness to your life. Nowadays I attempt shed light on everything even if it’s the hardest thing to do. Be the light and shine light one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sacral Chakra, Solar Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, Throat Chakra

Seven Days of Affirmations

I’m doing the seven days of affirmations presented by the lovely journalist Alex Elle.
Its day two and I am a bit behind on the challenged but better late than never right! As a counselor, I educate my clients on gratitude journals and positive affirmations, but never really took the time to try it out myself so here it goes. It’s not easy to think of positive things to say and I never really say anything positive about myself.
Dates: 7/17-7/24

Day1: Word choice are Love, Prevails and Trials

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Life is a big method of trial and error. Some people tend to be discourage when they have attempted to do something and failed in the process. Personally, I keep trying until the success is achieved but some people might just give up. Example of Trial and Error in my life: Last post I talked about going biking, now I didn’t know how to ride the bike but I kept trying until it became natural to ride. Some things in life require you to fail, it’s simply a lesson. Just because you failed at doing something doesn’t make you a failure but it should motivate the person to want to do better or at least learn from their experiences.

Day2: Word choice Hurt, Healing, Forward

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If you ever been hurt your bound to feel vulnerable, it’s natural. I’ve been hurt several times and angry with everyone. I decided to be miserable and dwelled on being hurt than trying to move forward. When your hurt you tend to feel stuck in one place and you get nowhere. I used to question how do I get through this? where so I start in order to move forward? why am I not strong enough? Or often compared my misery to others. Healing isn’t an easy process, but if learn ways to cope with your emotions or have a support circle it can be. Choose progression and growth over any obstacle in life.

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