Every since I was in high school and took French for the first time , I fell deeply in love with the culture. I am so obsessed. I haven’t been able to travel there yet. To keep me from forgetting the language I am taking it upon myself to learn at home.
Traveling to France would be a dream come true. I have always felt drawn to the culture because of the simple fact , that my soul feels at home there ( I know it sounds almost impossible, if I have never been there before).If I got to spend at the very least a week there, I would visit the touristy places such as the Eiffel Tower , however, the places where I can appreciate the true beauty of France and get to know the locals.
I would go shopping ,but for something unique to me, that would mean more to me than the most expensive of outfits. Ideally when I retire in many many years that’s where I would go.
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Warrior Queen is about my unwritten journey of self-acceptance, towards who I am to become. Warrior Queen is a woman so sure of herself, not of the superficial kind but through the deepest and darkest depths of my soul. That despite what obstacles lay before me on my personal journey, I will overcome it. I am destined to be her, that soul snatching Warrior. In order to bring her forth, I must uncover what that will take. My journey to embrace who I am, not who I think I should be, or how other’s perceive me to be.
To Be Continued……
It’s Jazmine again, today I want to blog about one of my favorite topics in the whole world. Ready?…Skincare…. I have been on a real eye opening journey towards healing my skin in a holistic way. I am not an expert, however this is my Personal journey and I want to give an overall picture of my journey.
I have sensitive, combination, and acne-genic skin, so I’m sure you can imagine the hell I went through to find products that worked for my skin. In the beginning, I didn’t know about the dangers behind ingredients and the toxic effects that occur when using these products. I spent tons of money on products, only to find that some of these ingredients irritated my already sensitive skin. I found that Retin- A Micro” worked for a while but it was pretty harmful for my skin, next I tried “Proactive” which yes ,worked on my skin for a good year, but soon realized I was allergic to “Benzoyl Peroxide” because I developed a rash so I immediately stopped.
My face improved shortly after that. When I stuck with a skin care regimen it helped tremendously. I tried “Murad “products , which we’re pretty good on my skin. Another issue is the price for quality skin care.
I learned that although a product might be cheaper, it contains a lot of harmful ingredients and little by little cause serious problems. I became more and more interested in what I used on my skin. What eventually reeled me in was that one night I was watching “Cat-woman” with Halle Berry 🙂 (love her). There was one scene in particular that opened my eyes on this journey .
The scene when Sharon Stone applied her moisturizer from her husbands line “Beau-line. There were dangerous side-effects which makes the skin disintegrate, and with continued use it makes skin hard like marble. I was floored because it struck a chord within me. Ever since that point I have been on this non-stop journey to the present.
I started reading books which fueled my obsession….one changed my life because I learned the importance of becoming an informed consumer, to know what goes into your body. ( The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup and Fragrances). I would recommend this for anyone who might be interested, but unsure where to start. I discovered that most, if not all conventional sites are what keeps us (consumer), misinformed and buying into the bull that’s fed to the public in general.
I began to mistrust a lot of conventional medicine and began to dig deeper to alternative methods of healing. I believe that in order to live healthier we should learn from Nature. Anything that’s processed isn’t healthy anyway . I like to rely on these two apps from the app-store “Skin-deep” and my newest “Think-Dirty”.
These apps make things a lot simpler to understand, when learning how to label read. Simply scan products with the bar code, and follow directions. The app follows certain guidelines which are certified by USDA Organic, ECO Cert, and NSF to name a few. There is a complete breakdown in the app.
I don’t always want to spend money on skin care, so I search Pinterest to find a DIY recipe. I enjoy that option with a variety to choose from. One of my go to ingredients is Coconut oil because it’s versatile and tastes great. I use the unrefined and unprocessed version.
I have made a body scrub, hair mask, used in food and face wash and moisturizer. This journey has taught me a lot about myself and how easily mislead I was as a consumer. I constantly research the Beauty Industry, in particular, the Organic/ Natural end. I look through several different websites, books, blogs, and I decide on what works for me, mostly through trial and error.
I sometimes buy products that contain toxic ingredients because I like the product. It is hard to give up the toxic chemicals completely. There is a huge ongoing list of ingredients to avoid so I listed at least four to help with some questions you may have:
http://greenbeautyteam.com/ and download “Toss The Toxin Toolkit” by Kristen Arnett.
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Picture this…. it was the 90’s, in the suburb of Long Island, New York. An ambiguous looking girl with unruly wavy/curly hair and big glasses, enters high school for the first time, a little nervous and excited, she has few friends because they moved away or were jealous of this young girl. She wanted to feel accepted by her peers, and not so alone, going through parents divorce. Being of mixed-race was pretty rare when I was younger. It’s not to say there weren’t many around just not where I was. I felt like I didn’t fit in because of my very Ambiguous look. I didn’t belong to one race or another. I started to feel normal when Mariah Carey came on the scene because she was similar to my complexion and was Mixed (still a Fan), she got me through some tough times…..
I was raised by a very beautiful, smart, strong, resilient Afro- Native American mom and a handsome, musically talented, free-spirited Caucasian dad (who I never thought of as white), who themselves come from very diverse, loving and open-minded families. I was taught and exposed early on that even though I am Mixed, people won’t always treat me as an equal. Meaning because I am half black (despite the fact that I am lighter complected) I will be treated as a Black woman, so I had to be fight three times as hard to not become a statistic. I made sure to stick to the straight and narrow and overcome any obstacle thrown my way. Throughout my childhood and high school years people began to treat me as such by calling me racial slurs called an (Oreo), tried to burn my hair in class all because they wanted to see me flinch. I was teased about my skin-color, my speech all because I looked and sounded different. I lived in a racially and culturally diverse neighborhood with friends from all over and we got along great. The funny thing about it all is what people Assumed I was based on my features and skin-tone. It used to offend me because I can see my ethnicities in my features and coloring, I just couldn’t understand why I had to look so different, when all I wanted was to fit in. I didn’t appreciate my Ambiguity for many years.
Fast forward a bit to my junior year where I met the one person whom I felt absolutely and totally comfortable with because she was/is my best friend. Our friendship and sisterhood is still going strong. She allowed me to feel comfortable being weird and different, and didn’t judge me based on how or why I felt more comfortable with one side. It was Us against the world. I blossomed from a shy quiet girl, to a Bold, beautiful, smart young woman. I started attracting more friends that were accepting of me, and to those that weren’t whelp……Bye Felicia…
2017… and beyond… I am now more accepting of myself and my many ethnicities, even when people ask ” What are you?”, What is your nationality?” etc. I accept and am extremely proud of my ambiguity. There are ,and will always be ignorance and assumptions, but It’s not my job to teach the ignorant about race, it is however my job to dispel any negative connotations that people may have about Mixed raced people, because these are the things that make us special and unique. Being the product of two human beings who fell in love despite being of different races themselves, is always a story of strength and adversity.
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I am a Warrior Queen.
I am Wild and Free.
I live by my own set of rules.
I am competent to rule my own Queen-dom, because I carry diverse strengths and resilienceness that’s been passed on from generations long ago. It flows freely through my veins because I embrace it. At first I was scared of how much power flows through me. I proudly own this beautiful power now and forever.
I feel its a privilege to carry this gift. I will pass it along through my next lifetimes. True Power not only comes from the past, but so does the knowledge of the universe once you open yourself up to it.
Embrace the Power of the Ancestors, learn from them, listen and repeat the knowledge.
When you come from a false sense of an esteem, you allow yourself to be mistreated, because you think that’s what you deserve. Only when you admit to yourself that it’s false, that you deserve better than, things and people become clearer, actions, thoughts that you have participated in makes you more aware of the wasted time and energy you put out there. It’s not enough to just change your external environment because: it has to start from within, and what respect and esteem really truly means to you, because your perspective defines your experiences good and bad. Open your eyes and mind and the rest shall follow.
Power is like the ultimate illusion that is dangled in front of us like a carrot to a rabbit. Those that achieve it unlock the door that’s already inside them. Coerced and ultimately unsatisfied because they keep on craving it. Power is an illusion that really no one can attain because it doesn’t exist except too those that have that elusive power. When you think about it , we all walk around in our physical form to see and experience things and still don’t understand what to do with it all. We fight, steal, torture, befriend, love, hate and yet we still can’t get it together. We are not reaching our full potential because we are bombarded daily with every aspect of the very things that are destroying us and creating idiots. My perspective is changing and constantly relearning all that I thought I knew.
My name is Jazmine.. Aka jazzie~fire… This is my first ever blog. A little about me, I’m a college graduate and in my last semester of school earning my Paralegal Certificate. I am multiracial and accept and love who I am. That’s a different topic for another day ☺.
I’m not entirelysure what I want to write because of my many different interests and enjoy learning new things. I know a little about a lot of things.
One of my absolute favorite things is Beauty any and all types of it. It is a true passion of mine. Lol, I’m a self professed product junkie, and always searching and learning what I can.
That’s all for now folks!!